Archive for February 17th, 2010

InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Law firm refuses to give county materials on Ramos

InlandPolitics has received information that the Santa Monica-based law firm who was paid $140,000 to investigate misconduct allegations against San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos and his staff has refused to turnover backup material to county supervisors.

The decision could lead to litigation with the firm. Any action against the firm ultimately rests with county supervisors.

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Rutherford

The political chatter is heavy this morning with Fontana City Councilwoman Janice Rutherford rattling the sabre at Second District Supervisor Paul Biane.

And of course, rumors have it that hiding behind the scene with Rutherford is the Lewis Group of Companies pledging their financial support.

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Election 2010: California Governor

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman now runs dead even with likely Democratic nominee Jerry Brown in California’s gubernatorial contest.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely California voters finds Republican hopeful Whitman and Brown tied with 43% each. Six percent (6%) like some other candidate, and eight percent (8%) are undecided.

A month ago, Brown, a longtime California political figure who now serves as attorney general, posted a four-point lead over Whitman, 43% to 39%. In November, the two were tied at 41% apiece.

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Ramos

In an interview the the Sun / Daily Bulletin newspapers, District Attorney Michael Ramos didn’t mince words.

Ramos’ statement in an article published this morning in both publications was clear and unambiguous.

It’s becoming ever so increasingly clear Ramos has become dangerous, and last week Attorney General Edmund “Jerry” Brown did nothing more than empower an already jaded man.

If he only knew.

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SBSun: Corruption case rife with political implications

James Rufus Koren and Wendy Leung, Staff Writers
Posted: 02/16/2010 07:08:37 PM PST

Corruption charges filed last week by the District Attorney raise the political stakes for all of the elected officials involved.

Both prosecutors who brought the charges – District Attorney Michael A. Ramos and Attorney General Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown – and two county supervisors with ties to the case are up for election this year.

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\Wendy Leung, Staff Writer
Created: 02/16/2010 05:49:30 PM PST

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – The City Council is expected today to approve the release of confidential documents to the District Attorney’s Office for its ongoing investigation of corruption in San Bernardino County.

The documents are notes from closed session meetings in 2007 concerning an affordable housing agreement between the city and National Community Renaissance, a corporation focused on affordable housing. In August 2007, the city approved a $42.5 million contract with the corporation to ensure that more than 500 existing rental units will retain their affordable rate for at least 99 years.

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10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, February 16, 2010

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

By the end of April, San Bernardino County government expects to have recommendations on how it can operate more efficiently.

The county will pay $87,500 to a Los Angeles firm to look at how San Bernardino County government is organized and compare it to eight other counties around the state and nation. It will recommend possible changes in the government structure such as the relationship between county supervisors and management and how decisions are made.

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VVDailyPress: Hesperia cuts $992K; avoids layoffs

February 16, 2010 5:15 PM
Beau Yarbrough

Hesperia isn’t laying any employees off at the moment, but the city is tightening its belt with almost $1 million in mid-year cuts.

“Revenue is down even more significantly than we’d anticipated this year,” Assistant City Manager Brian Johnson said during a budget workshop Tuesday afternoon at Hesperia City Hall. Declining property values don’t help the situation, since property taxes are one of the city’s main sources of revenue, especially for fire department funding.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Anti-politician rage imperils Boxer

Boxer

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com The Sacramento Bee
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Barbara Boxer’s 18-year career as a U.S. senator has resembled a “Perils of Pauline” movie serial, for those old enough to remember.

Boxer always seems to be on the verge of losing her senatorial seat but, so far at least, has always managed to win another six-year term, thanks either to her pluck (her version), massive rescue efforts by the Democratic Party, and/or the ineptitude of her Republican foes.

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 8B
Last Modified: Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010 – 9:48 am

CalPERS plans to extend a management contract with financial services giant State Street Corp., the same firm accused in a lawsuit of defrauding CalPERS and CalSTRS.

The one-year extension, announced Tuesday at a meeting of CalPERS’ investment committee, brought concern from state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, a fund board member.

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein

February 16th, 2010, 3:43 pm
Posted by Dena Bunis, Washington Bureau Chief

Sen. Dianne Feinstein told a group of two dozen Democratic bigwigs at a lunch today at the Balboa Club in Newport Beach that she’s not going to run for governor this year.

Feinstein’s office confirmed that she said that but wouldn’t give any details about the exchange.

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Calbuzz: IE Spanks eMeg’s Money; Commish Goes NASCAR

February 17, 2010

Ka-ching, baby: The 30-second radio ad “1-800 Number” from “Level the Playing Field 2010,” the pro-Jerry Brown independent expenditure committee, was just the warm up: today the committee kicks off a $250,000/month radio buy for “Kaaa-ching!” – a 60-second radio spot attacking Meg Whitman for lavish corporate pay and perks when she ran eBay.

The kicker: “There shouldn’t be a Buy It Now button on the California governor’s office.” Ka-ching, ka-boom. Level 2010 plans to unveil the ad at their San Francisco office this morning, followed by a preview for the reporters in Sacramento.

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LATimes: New wave of foreclosures by end of 2010 is feared

MORTGAGES

About 4 million U.S. homeowners are 90 days or more delinquent on their loans or in foreclosure proceedings, Moody’s Economy.com says. A federal loan modification program is helping a relative few.

By Jim Puzzanghera and Don Lee

February 16, 2010 | 6:59 p.m.

Reporting from Washington – Experts fear that a new wave of foreclosures will hit this year as prolonged unemployment makes it difficult for millions of homeowners to pay their mortgages — and many of them aren’t likely to get much help from a federal program aimed at keeping them in their houses.

Banks participating in the Home Affordable Modification Program, announced a year ago this week by President Obama, have been slow to turn temporarily reduced mortgage payments into permanent ones.

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