Archive for February 11th, 2010

InlandPolitics: The less discussed part of the Colonies settlement agreement

On the final page of the 28-page settlement agreement between the San Bernardino County Flood Control District, The County of San Bernardino, and the Colonies Partners, L.P. is a Mediator’s Statement.

Inquiring minds are wondering if someone mentioned this minor paragraph to Attorney General Brown before his political speech yesterday morning?

The Mediator, Edward Panelli, Associate Justice of the California State Supreme Court (Retired) rendered his opinion as to the settlement reached.

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InlandPolitics: The pandering fools?

With one whoring the other for votes, the two so-called law enforcement officials pictured above know no shame. This picture speaks a thousand words.

John Doe’s?

Isn’t it also interesting how the investigation can’t put dates on any of these alleged acts?

So let’s get this straight.

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Mike Cruz and Will Bigham, Staff Writers
Posted: 02/10/2010 06:59:02 PM PST

During a news conference to discuss the prosecutions of Bill Postmus and Jim Erwin in an alleged corruption scandal, District Attorney Michael A. Ramos said that getting the money back is a priority.

Ramos cited the tough economic times and said the millions in public funds are particularly critical at a time when county employees are facing furloughs.

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SacBee: CalPERS project in Boston on verge of going bust

By Dale Kasler
Published: Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 8B

Another high-profile CalPERS real estate investment is on the verge of going bust.

Massachusetts officials this week issued a default notice against a Cal-PERS partnership that’s been struggling for years to build an $800 million residential-commercial complex in Boston. A default would likely mean the end of the project as far as CalPERS is concerned.

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By Anthony York | 02/11/10 12:00 AM PST

Within 48 hours this week, two independent committees were formed that could fundamentally change the way political campaigns are run in California.

Spooked by the prospect of running against a Republican gubernatorial candidate with virtually unlimited resources, allies of Attorney General Jerry Brown have pledged up to $40 million in two separate independent expenditure committees to boost Brown’s gubernatorial ambitions.

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LATimes: California’s first 2010 budget cuts advance

A state Senate panel pushes through a 5% slice in government payroll costs and an $811-million reduction in prison healthcare expenditures. The full Senate and Assembly have to approve the cuts.

By Shane Goldmacher

February 11, 2010

Reporting from Sacramento – Democratic state senators pushed the first budget cuts of 2010 through a key committee Wednesday, slicing government payroll costs by 5% and cutting $811 million from the prisons’ healthcare budget.

The votes were the first on budget matters since Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called a special session last month to address California’s roughly $20-billion deficit. Lawmakers deferred decisions on how much to cut from California schools and social services — the state’s costliest programs — until summer budget talks.

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SacBee: State tax haul $1.3 billion above January projection

By Kevin Yamamura The Sacramento Bee
Published: Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 4A
Last Modified: Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010 – 9:26 am

State Controller John Chiang reported Wednesday that California collected $1.28 billion more in January tax revenues than Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger projected in his current budget plan, although Chiang warned that the “state cannot be lulled into a false sense of security.”

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