Archive for February 3rd, 2010

InlandPolitics: S.B. County supervisors campaign financials prove interesting

The campaign finance disclosure statements for members of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors have some interesting characteristics of note.

Here is the annual summary of all five supervisors who collectively raised $899,384.54 in 2009.

Not bad for a poor economy.

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Two staunch allies of District Attorney Mike Ramos have quietly scored payouts by way of lucrative contracts worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Some of the contracts, concentrated among three local agencies, have an interesting genesis.

The two Ramos allies are David Ellis owner of Delta Partners, LLC, located in Irvine and Brett Granlund, a registered lobbyist with Platinum Advisors in Sacramento.

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Bea Cortes

Stephen Wall, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/02/2010 05:42:44 PM PST

GRAND TERRACE – A group of residents wants the District Attorney’s Office to investigate whether Councilwoman Bea Cortes violated state law by voting to spend more than $2,800 in public funds on a business with financial ties to her.

A complaint was filed last week and is under review, said Susan Mickey, spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s Office.

“We’re looking at it to determine whether it warrants opening an investigation,” Mickey said.

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iePolitics: Paul Biane has another opponent

Supervisor Paul Biane

Posted by Administrator at 2 February 2010

Crestline resident and KCAA radio host Peter “Scott” Markovich has announced his candidacy for the position of San Bernardino County Second District Supervisor currently held by Paul Biane.  Markovich is the second opponent to announce his intentions to run. His website can be found at:  http://www.markovichforcountysupervisor.com/

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By Dina ElBoghdady and Dan Keating
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The share of borrowers who are falling seriously behind on loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration jumped by more than a third in the past year, foreshadowing a crush of foreclosures that could further buffet an agency vital to the housing market’s recovery.

About 9.1 percent of FHA borrowers had missed at least three payments as of December, up from 6.5 percent a year ago, the agency’s figures show.

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by David Streitfeld
Monday, February 1, 2010

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The New York Times

In 2006, Benjamin Koellmann bought a condominium in Miami Beach. By his calculation, it will be about the year 2025 before he can sell his modest home for what he paid. Or maybe 2040.

“People like me are beginning to feel like suckers,” Mr. Koellmann said. “Why not let it go in default and rent a better place for less?”

After three years of plunging real estate values, after the bailouts of the bankers and the revival of their million-dollar bonuses, after the Obama administration’s loan modificationplan raised the expectations of many but satisfied only a few, a large group of distressed homeowners is wondering the same thing.

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SBSun: San Bernardino County’s investments get top rank

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/02/2010 06:57:52 PM PST

San Bernardino County’s $4.9 billion investment pool has been ranked No. 1 in the country for its 2009 returns by TRACS Financial Institute of Public Investment Management.

TRACS, based in Park City, Utah, monitors public investment pool yields across the country on a monthly basis. San Bernardino County led the institute’s Top 10 list for January.

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Michael J. Sorba, Staff Writer

Posted: 02/02/2010 06:23:20 PM PST

COLTON – In the latest effort to find better – and cheaper – ways of operating, Colton officials are exploring the possibility of disbanding the city fire department and contracting with an outside agency.

The City Council unanimously approved contracts totaling $187,570 with San Francisco-based consulting firm Harvey M. Rose Associates, LLC to perform “operational performance audits” of the Fire Department and Colton Electric Utility.

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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger

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February 2, 2010

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday sent another letter to California’s congressional delegation asking for more federal dollars after President Barack Obama released a budget that provided only $1.5 billion of the $6.9 billion in new money that Schwarzenegger wants.

The governor wrote that Obama’s budget “represents only a down payment on what we are owed,” but described the president’s plan as “the first step in a lengthy and complicated process that can result in the fair and equitable treatment of California’s taxpayers — with your help.”

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Scarcely three weeks ago, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger unveiled his final budget, predicated on the outlandish notion that the federal government would cough up almost $7 billion more to cover California’s budget deficits.

Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders then jetted off to Washington to lobby for a federal bailout, but received – at best – a cool reception even from the state’s congressional delegation, much less other federales.

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Steve Poizner

By Ken McLaughlin
kmclaughlin@mercurynews.com
Posted: 02/02/2010 06:18:04 PM PST
Updated: 02/02/2010 10:07:39 PM PST

California Republicans are locked in a fierce debate over whether gubernatorial hopeful Steve Poizner this week made a fool of himself — or a name for himself.

But they agree on one thing: The GOP primary took a dramatic, critical turn Monday when Poizner publicly accused a top adviser to opponent Meg Whitman of trying to strong-arm him out of the race and offering him a political bribe.

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Calbuzz: Foxy Brown Lies Low as Poiz and eMeg Trade Fire

February 3, 2010

Meg Whitman is an arrogant extortionst. Steve Poizner is a wimpy nutcase. And Jerry Brown is laughing his ass off.

So goes the meme of the week.

For those who got drunk watching the Pro Bowl and missed Monday: The first, deliciously nasty exchange of the campaign for the Republican nomination for governor erupted when Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner asked the FBI, the U.S. Attorney and California Attorney General Brown – not to mention God, the CIA and the BBC – to investigate rival and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman for possibly criminal actions. Citing an email from eMeg consultant Mike Murphy to Poizner pollster Jan van Lohuizen, the Commish insisted Whitman had countenanced an illegal effort to force him out of the race.

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DEMOCRATS EYE REPUBLICAN LT. GOVERNOR

By Susan Ferriss
sferriss@sacbee.com The Sacramento Bee
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Political animals are rolling dice all over California.

The state Senate Rules Committee holds a first hearing today to decide whether the Democratic-majority Legislature will let a Republican take over as lieutenant governor.

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10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, February 2, 2010
By DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
The Press-Enterprise

Two Loma Linda City Council members have opened a new front in the battle against red-light cameras.

After Redflex Traffic Systems refused early termination of its contract to operate the cameras, Councilmen Ovidiu Popescu and Rhodes “Dusty” Rigsby want to tell San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies not to write tickets to motorists caught on the cameras making illegal right-hand turns.

“I think there are some things we can do to mitigate what I think is an injury to our community,” Popescu told his fellow council members last week. “We do, as council members, have the authority to direct the Sheriff’s Department on how they should proceed with enforcement.”

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RivPE: Tens of thousands raised for spring and fall elections

10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, February 2, 2010
By JIM MILLER, DUANE W. GANG and BEN GOAD
The Press-Enterprise

Most candidates for Inland local, legislative and congressional seats headed into the election year with well-fortified campaign treasuries, new filings show.

Campaign-finance reports due this week show that Inland candidates raised more than $2.2 million during the final months of 2009 for ballots in the spring and fall.

Riverside County is home to the 37th state Senate District, where there will be a special April 13 primary election to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of former Sen. John Benoit.

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RivPE: Signature gathering to start in San Jacinto recall

07:51 PM PST on Tuesday, February 2, 2010
By GAIL WESSON
The Press-Enterprise

Supporters of a recall of four San Jacinto City Council members should be out gathering signatures later this week, according to the recall campaign manager.

Darrell Connerton said he will meet with volunteers Thursday, once copies of the petitions are printed, a process that began Tuesday.

Interim City Clerk Rick Miller said he approved the petitions for circulation about 4:45 p.m. Monday. He has been consulting the Riverside County registrar of voters office to ensure the paperwork was in order.

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SBSun: Judge halts, cancels child porn hearing

Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/02/2010 06:06:16 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – A hearing on child pornography charges for a former spokesman of the local Democratic Central Committee was stopped and then tossed out Tuesday when the defense learned it had not received an 1,100-page report from prosecutors.

A sheriff’s detective was testifying when the defense lawyer for Sam Clauder discovered he had not been given a copy of a report the detective was using at Clauder’s preliminary hearing in San Bernardino Superior Court.

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