Archive for February 10th, 2010

iePolitics: “She drank the Kool-Aid”

I’m sure that is what the reporter who called me a little while ago regarding Former Assessor Bill Postmus’ and Former Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin’s early morning arrests was thinking.  Well, yes, as a matter of fact I do believe this is just another attempt by a desperate district attorney to be re-elected and a governor-wannabe-again feeling the pressure from Meg Whitman.

Ramos will do anything to deflect from his own misdeeds.  And time will prove these charges are as trumped up as the last ones.

One thing comes to mind here and that is something Postmus keeps telling me.  He claims this whole corruption scandal is the result of Mike Ramos wanting to get at Jeff Burum.  He thought Erwin would roll on Jeff the first time.  If anything, their friendship seems stronger.  I expect today’s event to strengthen it even more. Read the rest of this entry »

Information related to two contracts awarded by the Board of Trustees’ for the San Bernardino County Employees’ Association (SBCERA) is raising red flags as to why the contracts were awarded, and what was the motivation behind the expenditures.

A well-placed reliable source within the retirement board says the contracts awarded to Orange County-based Delta Partners, LLC and the Sacramento office of lobbying firm Platinum Advisors were of questionable need and ushered through at the behest of former Treasurer-Tax Collector Richard Larsen. Larsen was a statutory member of the pension fund board during his entire tenure as the county’s elected Treasurer.

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SBSun: Gutierrez hit with two more felony counts

Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/09/2010 04:09:05 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – Prosecutors charged a Rancho Cucamonga councilman with two additional felony counts Tuesday morning at a court appearance in San Bernardino in connection with the Assessor’s Office investigation.

Councilman Rex Gutierrez appeared for arraignment in San Bernardino Superior Court on two original counts of grand theft and embezzlement. However, prosecutors have added two additional counts – grand theft and presenting a false claim – which allegedly occurred between 2007 and 2009, court documents state.

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RivPE: CHP probes wreck involving Riverside’s police chief

Russ Leach

10:35 PM PST on Tuesday, February 9, 2010

By PAUL LAROCCO and ALICIA ROBINSON
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside’s police chief is being investigated after a single-vehicle hit-and-run crash in his city-issued car about 3 a.m. Monday, officials said.

The city placed Russ Leach on medical leave Tuesday. Leach, hired in 2000, did not respond to requests for comment.

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SBSun: Supes change code regarding energy projects

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/09/2010 06:58:31 PM PST

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved changes to the county code in an effort to streamline the permitting process for renewable energy projects and impose tougher regulations on them.

The board voted 3-1, with Supervisor Paul Biane absent and Supervisor Josie Gonzales dissenting, to approve the changes.

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