Archive for February 6th, 2010

InlandPolitics: Is San Bernardino City Unifed broke?

Well just when you thought you had heard it all another unbelievable story emerges.

This time it’s from the San Bernardino City Unified School District.

Sources from within the district tell InlandPolitics that schools in the district have ran out of money for supplies for the remainder of the fiscal year.

Meaning teachers and principals cannot submit requisitions through June 30, 2010.

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One has to admit the political buzz in San Bernardino County is non-stop.

Many reverberations have crossed the transom regarding District Attorney Michael A. Ramos’ motivation for his politically charged actions over the past 18 months.

Some motivations that have surfaced of late have gained credibility.

While Ramos is employing the “I’m fighting political corruption” mantra in limited public appearances throughout the county, other issues have arisen that involve not only Ramos, but his Orange County-based consultant David Ellis, owner of Delta Partners, LLC.

It becomes really slimy and underhanded from here.

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RivPE: Wilson gave $200,000 to Benoit’s campaign

Supervisor John Benoit

By PE Politics
on February 1, 2010 10:36 AM

The late Roy Wilson gave John Benoit $200,000 toward a possible run for supervisor, the same day Wilson resigned from the Riverside County Board of Supervisors and just five days before his death, new campaign finance documents show.

Citing a sudden decline in health, Wilson, 74, resigned from his position on Aug. 21 and died Aug. 26. At the time, Wilson had amassed a political war chest of more than $600,000 for a possible re-election bid this year.

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RivPE: Tribal group’s study slams Internet poker

05:45 PM PST on Friday, February 5, 2010

Sacramento Bureau

An influential coalition of tribes with casinos released a report Friday criticizing an Inland tribe’s proposal to legalize internet poker.

Coming just days before a legislative hearing on the subject, the study by former state finance director Mike Genest found that legalizing internet poker in California would cost the state an estimated $365 million annually in lost revenue-sharing payments from tribes that operate casinos.

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Assemblywoman Jean Fuller

BY CHRISTINE BEDELL, Californian staff writer | Friday, Feb 05 2010 05:27 PM

Last Updated Friday, Feb 05 2010 06:07 PM

This time she meant to announce it.

Assemblywoman Jean Fuller said Friday she will run for the 18th District state Senate seat now held by Roy Ashburn, R-Bakersfield. It’s the answer to a major cliff-hanger that’s hung over local politics for months because it affects so many races and candidacies.

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SacBee: CSU to fund 8,100 extra classes for fall

By Laurel Rosenhall
Published: Friday, Feb. 5, 2010 – 3:16 pm

California State University announced today that it will add 8,100 more classes to the fall schedule at its 23 campuses across the state.

The announcement comes as students have been complaining that budget cuts have made it hard for them to get courses they need to graduate on time.

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By Dale Kasler The Sacramento Bee
Published: Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

CalSTRS officials say controversies at the state’s other big pension fund, CalPERS, will complicate the already difficult task of persuading the Legislature to raise pension contributions for teacher retirements.

Staggered by a 25 percent loss in the last fiscal year, the board of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System began crafting a strategy Friday to petition lawmakers for higher rates.

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February 5, 2010 | 3:23 pm

Just days before state lawmakers convene to discuss legalizing Internet poker in California, a coalition of Indian gaming tribes is bracing to fight the proposal and has hired a former top advisor to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to help make its case.

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RivPE: Two plead not guilty in San Jacinto corruption case

10:00 PM PST on Friday, February 5, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

The wife and the sister of an indicted San Jacinto City Council member entered not-guilty pleas Friday to charges they funneled money into election coffers at the center of a lengthy Riverside County criminal grand jury indictment.

Marcia Lynn Mathews and an attorney for Shanda Lynn Mansperger, who had filed a waiver for her court appearance, entered the pleas before Superior Court Judge Harold F. Bradford.

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10:28 PM PST on Friday, February 5, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Lake Elsinore City Hall and a consultant involved in the campaign to recall a city councilman were among the six targets of search warrants obtained by district attorney’s investigators, court records show.

Warrants were obtained for City Hall, 130 S. Main St., as well as John Paul Burkett, of Wildomar, according to court records. Another warrant is for an undisclosed location.

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