Archive for March 3rd, 2010

InlandPolitics: Arrowhead Regional Medical Center deteriorating – Part 1

Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse for San Bernardino County government it does.

From a Board of Supervisors under siege to a county-run medical center falling into disarray, things are pretty bad.

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Bill Postmus

11:06 PM PST on Tuesday, March 2, 2010

By JIM MILLER
Sacramento County

Special Section: San Bernardino Co. Probe

SACRAMENTO – Authorities allege that former San Bernardino County official Bill Postmus used methamphetamine, ran a political operation on government time and was at the center of a bribery scheme that cost county taxpayers $102 million.

But when it came to the day-to-day operations of the Postmus-led San Bernardino County assessor’s office, most everything seemed to run by the book, according to a new state report.

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RivPE: New reports show outside income, gifts

10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, March 2, 2010

By JIM MILLER
Sacramento Bureau

SACRAMENTO – Inland lawmakers took a pay cut to finish out 2009, but new statements of economic interest show that some of them more than made up for the loss with outside income.

The reports also show almost $44,000 worth of after-hours receptions, meals, concert tickets and other reportable gifts to Inland legislators from groups that have Capitol interests.

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10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, March 2, 2010

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County supervisors took steps Tuesday to put in place a policy aimed at making the bidding process for county contracts more public.

The policy would include a provision to publicly unseal bids of at least $100,000 at the weekly Board of Supervisor meetings.

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Many of the gifts come from groups lobbying state government. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger collected $585,000, mostly to cover travel expenses. Watchdogs decry the appearance of influence.

By Patrick McGreevy and Jack Dolan

March 2, 2010 | 9:16 p.m.

Reporting from Sacramento – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and state lawmakers received more than $929,000 in gifts last year, including overseas trips, boxes of cigars, bottles of wine, clothes and tickets to sporting events and concerts. Many of the gifts came from groups lobbying state government.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Brown’s back – with his baggage

Brown

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

A few hours after California voters decisively rejected Jerry Brown’s bid for the U.S. Senate in 1982, the two-term governor delivered a characteristically enigmatic response.

One widely quoted reaction was, “I believe the people of California would like a respite from me, and in some ways I would like a respite from them.”

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

Bruised by heavy losses and wary of the economic road ahead, California’s two big public pension funds are considering reducing their official forecasts of future investment results.

Such changes would have huge implications for taxpayers and public employees. A reduction in the investment projections would put more pressure on taxpayers and workers to support the two retirement systems, which already are significantly under-funded. The less the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System believe they’ll earn from their investments, the more they have to depend on other sources.

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March 3, 2010

Jerry Brown cast himself as the candidate with “insider’s knowledge but an outsider’s mind” in formally launching his campaign for governor Tuesday, seeking to balance and merge conflicting political messages of experience and change.

With a simple, energetic and straight-to-the-camera delivery, Brown argued in a three-minute 17-second video, posted on his web site, Facebook and You Tube, that he has the preparation, knowledge and consummate understanding of how government and politics work to break the partisan gridlock in Sacramento and “get California working again.”

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SFChronicle: Can Jerry Brown shed ‘Gov. Moonbeam’ label?

Carla Marinucci,Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Political Writers

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Democrat Jerry Brown, at 71 years old, is offering himself to California voters as the pragmatic, moderate and mature gubernatorial candidate with the experience to bring the state back from the brink of disaster.

But with four decades in public service and a reputation as a political chameleon, the attorney general must try to shake the one word that critics have aimed at him for the past 35 years: “Moonbeam.”

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Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Created: 03/02/2010 09:14:44 PM PST

CHINO – The Chino Valley Unified school board on Thursday is expected to approve the release of about 87 preliminary layoff notices.

The layoffs will save the district about $7 million.

Another $2.7 million could be saved if the board decides to not renew contracts with temporary teachers.

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Nearly $450,000 paid to law firm as of Tuesday
March 02, 2010 5:02 PM
Natasha Lindstrom

SAN BERNARDINO • County supervisors on Tuesday lifted the $500,000 spending limit on the law firm hired to recover hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages from former county Assessor Bill Postmus and five others the county has accused of abusing county resources.

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors did not set a new spending cap on Tuesday “because the county has no idea how much the litigation is going to cost,” county spokesman David Wert said. He said it’s possible the amount spent on the Los Angeles law firm of Irella & Manella could exceed the amount of damages the county’s seeking to recoup.

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RivPE: Riverside school board cuts busing

10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, March 2, 2010

By DAYNA STRAEHLEY
The Press-Enterprise

School buses won’t take students to and from middle and high schools next year in Riverside Unified School District.

The school board inched closer to solving its $49 million budget gap for 2010-11. The remaining $10 million gap will be addressed March 15.

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SBSun: Lawmakers push for multiple county panels

Extra grand juries?

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/02/2010 09:09:32 PM PST

The San Bernardino County Grand Jury first pointed out trouble in the county Assessor’s Office under Bill Postmus. One of three county grand juries could uncover the next county scandal.

Area lawmakers have proposed a state bill that would give San Bernardino County’s presiding judge the power to appoint up to three grand juries to investigate government corruption and other issues.

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SBSun: Fontana schools brace for massive budget cuts

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/02/2010 06:26:46 PM PST

FONTANA – A school district beset with a record $30 million deficit is on the verge of sweeping layoffs and program cuts as school officials prepare to vote Wednesday night on a massive budget overhaul.

“All of the recommendations I would make to the board are painful and difficult, but it has to be done based on the governor’s current proposed budget,” said Cali Olsen-Binks, superintendent of the Fontana Unified School District.

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