Archive for March 6th, 2010

InlandPolitics: Arrowhead Regional Medical Center deteriorating – Part 3

This is part three in a series of stories regarding the deterioration in San Bernardino County-owned Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC).

So far we have covered the degradation of the Emergency and Surgery Departments.

Now let’s take a look at overall management.

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In their first debate, Fiorina and Campbell lash out as DeVore largely avoids the fray.

By Seema Mehta

March 6, 2010

Reporting from Sacramento – The Republican candidates for U.S. Senate traded foreign policy insults in a tense first debate Friday, with businesswoman Carly Fiorina hitting former Rep. Tom Campbell for associating with supporters of terrorism and Campbell accusing Fiorina’s campaign of smearing him as anti-Semitic.

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SacBee: Meg Whitman leading the CEO race

Meg Whitman

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
March 5, 2010

Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman has pledged to bring business discipline to the governor’s office if she wins, and apparently her fellow CEOs agree.

Whitman has collected about $1.5 million from people who identify themselves as CEOs, far ahead of her Republican rival Steve Poizner, another former CEO who’s collected about $160,000 from CEOs. The tabulation doesn’t include donations under $5,000 given this year.

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Published: Saturday, Mar. 6, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Poizner this week launched the first television ad of his campaign. Following is the text of the ad and an analysis by Bee Political Editor Amy Chance.

The ad

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LATimes: Poizner reversed strong support for abortion rights


March 5, 2010 | 8:00 pm

Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Poizner, who is running as a social conservative, took the most liberal positions on a range of issues relating to abortion rights when he ran for state Assembly in 2004, according to a document obtained by The Times.

The form Poizner filled out for Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, in San Jose, earned him a 100% rating on abortion rights from the group for his losing race against Democrat Ira Ruskin in the 21st Assembly District. It shows that Poizner said he supported sex education in schools, including discussion of contraception. He also supported government funding of abortion services. And he supported efforts to expand the use of emergency contraception after unprotected sex, also known as the “morning after pill.”

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SBSun: Rialto employee group demands, gets new representation

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/05/2010 11:39:26 AM PST

RIALTO – Some of the city’s General Unit employees believe they were pressured by their representatives into giving up concessions last year to fix a $4.8 million budget shortfall.

In a letter of petition that prompted an emergency meeting Monday with Bob Blough, the general manager of the San Bernardino Public Employees Association, about 60 members outlined alleged failures on the part of union representative Bonnie Clarke and demanded new leadership.

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VVDailyPress: Almond recovers from near heart attack

Councilwoman still plans to run for reelection
March 05, 2010 – 3:30 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • Councilwoman JoAnn Almond returned to City Hall on Thursday after missing a month of meetings, having narrowly avoided a life-threatening heart attack.

“My doctor told me, ‘JoAnn, you cannot believe how close you were,’” the fourth-term councilwoman said, relieved to be feeling almost normal again after weeks at home.

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DailyBulletin: Central district’s fiscal condition sinks

Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 03/05/2010 09:07:44 PM PST

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – It was an emotional board meeting for Central School District Superintendent Sharon Nagel.

The superintendent broke into tears at Thursday’s school board meeting after listening to a report that the Rancho Cucamonga-based district may not be able to meet its financial obligations for the current school year and the two subsequent years.

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DailyBulletin: Claremont Unified to send 70 layoff notices

Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Created: 03/05/2010 06:05:44 PM PST

CLAREMONT – The Claremont Unified school board unanimously approved sending out about 70 layoff notices.

District officials, in a school board meeting Thursday night, said they project a $6.7million deficit for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years.

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RivPE: Jobs bill splits Inland House delegation

By PE Politics
on March 5, 2010 6:29 AM

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved legislation that proponents say would pave the way toward thousands of new jobs in the nation’s struggling economy.

As has been the case for much of the current congress, Inland Southern California’s congressional delegation was divided along party lines on the $17.6 package.

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By Susan Ferriss
Published: Saturday, Mar. 6, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

A prominent Republican state senator arrested on suspicion of drunken driving this week in Sacramento has taken a personal leave through Sunday from the upper house.

State Sen. Roy Ashburn of Bakersfield, a 14-year veteran of the Legislature, was arrested at about 2 a.m. Wednesday while driving his state-issued car near the state Capitol.

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Congressional estimates see grimmer deficit picture than Obama administration

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press Writer
On Friday March 5, 2010, 9:20 pm EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new congressional report released Friday says the United States’ long-term fiscal woes are even worse than predicted by President Barack Obama’s grim budget submission last month.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office predicts that Obama’s budget plans would generate deficits over the upcoming decade that would total $9.8 trillion. That’s $1.2 trillion more than predicted by the administration.

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Concerns about the state’s long-term fiscal challenges fuel shift toward national diversification in Californians’ tax-free bond portfolios.
By Tom Petruno Market Beat

March 6, 2010

California and its local governments have long counted on a large captive audience for their debt: Many of the buyers are high-income individual investors who live here and find the federal and state tax exemption on California municipal bond interest too attractive to pass up.

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Published: Friday, 5 Mar 2010 | 4:02 PM ET

By: Jeff Cox

Friday’s better-than-expected jobs report, while cheering stock investors, hasn’t taken the threat of a double-dip recession off the table.

What’s Next?

Even as the jobless rate held steady at 9.7 percent and the 36,000 workers laid off in February was much less than expected, economists and investment analysts said it’s still too early to discount the economy’s chances of revisiting recession.

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