Archive for February 12th, 2010

InlandPolitics: Letter to Jeff Burum

*** The following letter was forwarded to InlandPolitics with a request to publish after 6:00 P.M. this evening***


February 12, 2010

Dear Jeff,

We write this letter to ask you to cease your passive stance towards District Attorney Michael Ramos.

News of the unwarranted attack on your reputation and credibility, and that of your friends and supporters has reached many of us in the last forty-eight hours.

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In this article we will take a close look at the destroy-at-all-cost targeting of San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos and his Orange County-based political consultant David Ellis, owner of Delta Partners, LLC.

One thing is for certain. It’s becoming increasingly obvious Ramos’ agenda in his falsely-proclaimed never-ending quest to rid San Bernardino County of political corruption, and it definitely isn’t about fighting crime.

That agenda being, neutralize the county’s west-end political power base.

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By Jim Wasserman The Sacramento Bee
Published: Friday, Feb. 12, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1B

If you’re among the thousands of Sacramento-area homeowners who played it conservative during the housing boom, who didn’t refinance or flip to a bigger house, everyone else’s foreclosures reached out and smacked you anyway.

Sales prices are lower. There’s less home equity to tap into. Local services have been shredded by falling property tax revenue.

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SFChronicle: Pete Wilson to Jerry Brown: GAME ON!

Pete Wilson

Politics Blog

Team Whitman just rolled out its campaign chair — ex-Guv Pete Wilson — and The Marine had a message for Jerry Brown and his union pals ready to sling $40 million worth of oppo research at Meg: Game on…

Or, as Wilson put it: “Jerry Brown and his allies are beginning the General Election today. We must respond.”

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LATimes: Maldonado denied confirmation by Assembly


February 11, 2010 | 4:15 pm

What was supposed to be a relatively quick debate over the confirmation of the appointment of Sen. Abel Maldonado (R-Santa Maria) as lieutenant governor turned into a drawn-out, five-hour affair that could wind up being decided in the courts.

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Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Created: 02/11/2010 05:35:21 PM PST

CHINO – After approving $27 million in cuts last year, the Chino Valley Unified school board is about to face another $19 million in cuts to its three-year budget.

Superintendent Wayne Joseph’s proposed cuts, which will have to be approved by the school board, may result in about 65 full-time employees receiving layoff notices. The pink slips will mostly be sent to teachers.

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Council gives staff little direction on how to stay afloat
February 11, 2010 4:59 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • Reducing the number of sheriff’s deputies and firefighters on city streets may be necessary to close Victorville’s $4.36 million deficit, according to City Manager Jim Cox.

“No one wants to suggest that, no one wants to telegraph that, no one wants to go there,” Cox told the council this week. “I think the reality is you may have to look at public safety.”

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10:47 PM PST on Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Riverside Police Chief Russ Leach took a medical retirement Thursday, three days after he crashed his city-issued car in what he called a “disoriented state” caused by prescription drugs.

The end of his nearly 10-year tenure comes as a report of his 3 a.m. collision became public and the city announced a “sweeping” internal affairs investigation into the department’s response.

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SBSun: Rialto school district: Projected $18 million deficit

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/11/2010 03:03:33 PM PST

RIALTO – The Rialto Unified School District faces program cuts and possible layoffs as it copes with an estimated $18 million deficit over the next three years.

“We’ve gotten through this year and we have plans to share how we will possibly have to make some cuts,” Superintendent Harold Cebrun said.

Officials said Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s budget proposals have translated into a $7 million hit to the budget for 2010-11.

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