Archive for February 13th, 2010

iePolitics: Yet Another Opponent for Supervisor Paul Biane

Posted by Administrator at 12 February 2010

Sacramento-based sources claim that Senator Robert Dutton (R-31) will throw his hat into the ring to unseat embattled San Bernardino County Second District Supervisor Paul Biane. Three others, Upland Mayor John “JP” Pomierski, KCAA radio host Peter “Scott” Markovich, and publisher of The Alpenphorn News, Dennis Labadie, have all expressed interest in the seat, with the latter two having already declared their candidacies.

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iePolitics: The Governor’s Race

Posted by Administrator at 12 February 2010

Months ago some Republican operatives were quietly admitting defeat in the Governor’s race no matter which of the then-three candidates won the Republican nomination. I didn’t like that defeatest attitude but have slowly resigned myself to the possibility of having Moonbeam as our governor again. It could be worse as the Governator has proven so I wasn’t too worried.

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iePolitics: Board Holidays and Meetings

Posted by Administrator at 12 February 2010

As previously reported, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors (BOS) is only meeting this year 27 out of 52 weeks, which proves we could do just fine with a part-time Board of Supervisors. Besides for the usual 12 “dark” weeks due to regular holidays, the BOS has found an additional 13 holidays to celebrate to justify their additional “darkness.”

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Liset Márquez, Staff Writer
Created: 02/12/2010 10:24:37 PM PST

ONTARIO – Councilman Alan Wapner said he is stunned that there’s not more concern among area officials about the local airport’s viability.

It has been a turbulent year for L.A./Ontario International Airport. Passenger and air cargo has dropped and airport managers have had to make cuts to make up for a $7million revenue shortfall.

Figures released last month showed that the 2009 passenger total, 4.8million, was a 20-year low.

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SCLA, city utility deficit hits $130 million; Water district funds nearly depleted
February 12, 2010 5:08 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • For the second time in a matter of days, officials have expressed doubt about the city’s ability to stay solvent in the coming year.

City Manager Jim Cox told the council Tuesday that Victorville won’t survive the 2010-11 fiscal year unless it trims millions from its budget, with impending layoffs and cuts to services for residents.

Now a new independent audit report warns that massive deficits and recurring losses in the city’s general, airport and utility funds “should raise substantial doubt about the city’s ability to continue as a going concern.”

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Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Created: 02/12/2010 06:29:01 PM PST

CLAREMONT – A budget workshop this week tried to inform residents and officials about the city’s finances – but a big question was left unanswered.

“No one knows if we’re going to have cuts or not,” City Manager Jeff Parker said.

City department heads are assembling their budgets and are anticipating a deficit.

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Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau

Saturday, February 13, 2010

(02-13) 04:00 PST Sacramento – —

Backers of a campaign to overhaul California’s Constitution have suspended their efforts because of a lack of money.

The campaign was working to put two measures on the November ballot to call for a constitutional convention as unrest about the state government and the overall direction of California deepens amongst voters. However, money pledged to the campaign by businesses and others never came through, according to the people backing the effort.

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By Denis C. Theriault

dtheriault@mercurynews.com
Posted: 02/12/2010 07:04:45 PM PST
Updated: 02/13/2010 03:14:11 AM PST

SACRAMENTO — Providing a glimmer of optimism for the state’s gloomy financial picture, California’s tax revenues soared $1.2 billion higher than expected last month, marking the third time in four months that the state’s income topped forecasts.

If that pattern holds, the state’s $19.9 billion budget gap might actually shrink this spring — which would be the first time since 2007 that the governor’s spring budget update has brought a bit of good economic news.

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WSJ: In California, Sen. Boxer Has a Fight on Her Hands

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer

FEBRUARY 13, 2010

By JIM CARLTON

SAN FRANCISCO—California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer comfortably sailed to re-election in 2004, thanks to her state’s reliable liberal voter bloc, but she faces headwinds this year as Republicans seek to tap the kind of voter sentiment in California that was behind the GOP’s upset win in another left-leaning state.

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10:51 PM PST on Friday, February 12, 2010

By ALICIA ROBINSON and PAUL LAROCCO
The Press-Enterprise

City officials say they expect the search for a new Riverside police chief to include candidates inside and out of the department, and one hoped the hunt would commence within a month.

Chief Russ Leach, 61, announced Thursday that he was immediately stepping down to take a medical retirement.

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SBSun: Colton City Council delays adopting ethics code

Michael J. Sorba, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/12/2010 02:41:40 PM PST

COLTON – City councilmembers will be barred from criticizing each other in public or responding to citizen complaints during council meetings, under provisions of a new ethics policy set to be considered this month.

The document details conduct for the council and lists specific best practices it would be expected to follow when conducting city business or attending meetings.

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Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/12/2010 05:12:05 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – Administrators in the county’s largest school district may eliminate more than 110 jobs – including those of teachers – in order to meet budget targets.

The San Bernardino City Unified School District needs to slash $30.7 million from its budget for the fiscal year starting Jan. 1.

The school board is poised to issue layoff notices when it meets Tuesday, but it is not a certainty that those who may receive pink slips will actually lose their jobs.

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