Archive for February 24th, 2010

InlandPolitics: Riverside County: Zellerbach to announce run for DA

The Press Enterprise is reporting that Superior Court Judge Paul Zellerbach will run for Riverside County District Attorney. Zellerbach has scheduled a press conference for 11:00 A.M. this morning.

Incumbent Rod Pacheco has already announced he is seeking re-election to another term.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Political war escalates

The escalation of actions between the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors and District Attorney Mike Ramos can be described in no other words than “Political War”.

While county supervisors sweep their offices for surveillance devices, Ramos tramples over Title 18 of the United States Code in his quest for political dominance in the county.

Title 18 covers violation of civil rights under color of law.

Something that now appears to have finally caught the eye of federal investigators.

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Ongoing investigations by the county, and state and federal agencies appear poised to deal devastating blows to the reputation of San Bernardino County-owned Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC).

Investigations have revealed multiple instances of medical malpractice highlighted by failures to properly diagnose.

At least one critical instance of misconduct resulting in permanent catastrophic injury was concealed from the parents of the victim. The failure to make a simple diagnosis in a timely manner was the cause.

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YahooFinance (Reuters): New home sales hit record low

Reuters – Homes under construction are seen in Walnut, California, February 16, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni …

On Wednesday February 24, 2010, 10:23 am

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sales of newly built single-family homes unexpectedly fell to a record low in January, according to government data on Wednesday that hinted at potential trouble for the fragile housing market recovery.

The Commerce Department said sales dropped 11.2 percent to a 309,000 unit annual rate, the lowest level since records started in January 1963, from an upwardly revised 348,000 in December.

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10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, February 23, 2010

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Amid heated discussion over a technical error and whether one firm received special treatment, Riverside County supervisors on Tuesday delayed granting a new contract to handle criminal defense for poor defendants.

When the public defender’s office declares a conflict of interest, such as when there are multiple defendants in a single case, the county must use an outside law firm to provide legal representation to those who cannot pay.

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RivPE: Lake Elsinore recall effort against Buckley rejected

11:36 PM PST on Tuesday, February 23, 2010

By GENE GHIOTTO
The Press-Enterprise

An effort to remove Lake Elsinore Councilman Thomas Buckley from office failed Tuesday night.

With all precincts counted, just over 56 percent of the city’s voters rejected a recall effort.

“It’s a victory for the city,” Buckley said in a phone interview. “I understand my imperfection. But the people of the city understand this was about more than me. This was about being able to keep going forward and not giving into intimidation and lies.”

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SBSun: GOP lawmaker’s bill targets ‘sanctuary cities’

Stephen Wall, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/23/2010 06:24:44 PM PST

A Republican state lawmaker has introduced a bill seeking to bar “sanctuary cities” from sending suspected illegal immigrants with criminal backgrounds to other counties.

Sanctuary cities are municipalities that refuse to allow their funds or resources to be used to enforce federal immigration laws.

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 8B

CalPERS says it has lost $475 million on an investment that yielded controversial placement agent and former CalPERS board member Alfred Villalobos his biggest single payday.

The loss is based on June 30 figures and appears to have shrunk somewhat in the months since. Because the loss is still on paper, it could rebound some more before CalPERS chooses to sell it. Nevertheless, the deal remains deeply in the red, according to figures released Tuesday by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System.

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Money & Company
Tracking the market and economic trends that shape your finances.

February 23, 2010 | 6:47 pm

California Treasurer Bill Lockyer’s plan to sell up to $2 billion of tax-free municipal bonds next week has been postponed by the Assembly’s delay in passing a budget-related bill.

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By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010 – 6:39 am

Despite their full-throated support for cutting public employee pension costs, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the leading GOP candidate to replace him, Meg Whitman, have backed away from supporting a ballot measure that would do just that.

Their decisions, part of the complex calculus of California politics, are the death knell for the initiative drafted the California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility. The Citrus Heights-based group had courted both the governor and the former eBay CEO.

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LATimes: Whitman refuses to commit to releasing tax returns

PolitiCal

February 23, 2010 | 7:42 pm

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman demurred Tuesday when asked if she would release her tax returns, as Democrat-backed groups have been demanding that the billionaire former EBay chief do in recent days.

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10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, February 23, 2010

By DAVID DANELSKI
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County supervisors on Tuesday approved one of the county’s largest developments ever, the 11,150-home Villages of Lakeview, which is expected to eventually bring 30,000 residents to an area between Perris and San Jacinto next to a state wildlife preserve where hunting is allowed.

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