Archive for March 8th, 2010

InlandPolitics: Ashburn announces he’s gay


State Senator Roy Ashburn (R-Bakersfield) who was arrested for driving under the influence after leaving a gay night club in Sacramento last week while appearing on a local Bakersfield radio station this morning that he is in fact gay.

Ashburn, a divorced father of four is currently on personal leave from the California Senate.

Ashburn had previously announced he was leaving politics weeks before his arrest.


Sources tell InlandPolitics Fontana City Councilwoman Janice Rutherford will likely challenge Second District Supervisor Paul Biane for his seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

Rutherford took out nomination papers in mid-February and who has recently become outspoken against Biane and county government has until 5 P.M. Friday to file.

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Wendy Leung, Staff Writer
Created: 03/07/2010 06:02:26 AM PST

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – So much of November’s City Council race rests on what happens this summer.

By then, results of the Republican primaries for the 63rd Assembly District will be in, which will indicate whether Mayor Don Kurth has a chance to replace termed-out Assemblyman Bill Emmerson, R-Rancho Cucamonga, and leave the City Council.

By summer, the outcome of Councilman Rex Gutierrez’s criminal case might be clearer, which will indicate whether his political career will continue.

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Steve Poizner

By Ken McLaughlin
Posted: 03/07/2010 05:28:26 PM PST
Updated: 03/07/2010 10:32:37 PM PST

When Republican Steve Poizner ran against Ira Ruskin in a heavily Democratic state Assembly district in 2004, Poizner assured voters he was against the war in Iraq, was 100 percent pro-choice and would stand up to “Republican Party bosses.” But six years after narrowly losing that Peninsula race to the liberal Ruskin, Poizner — who now wants to be governor — is painting himself as the only “true conservative” in the GOP primary.

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LATimes: Older, wiser, ready to run



‘This state is in big trouble,’ says Jerry Brown, who expects a brutal election battle.

By George Skelton
Capitol Journal

March 8, 2010

From Sacramento

“So you’re back at it,” I say to Jerry Brown after picking up the phone. “When wasn’t I at it?” he responds.

True enough. Brown has been running for office — or so it seems — as long as I’ve known him, going back to when he was a candidate for the Los Angeles community college board 42 years ago and I bought the tightwad breakfast in a Mid-Wilshire coffee shop.

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March 8, 2010

Jerry Brown roared back into California politics last week, putting on a clinic on how to win free media exposure, with a webcast announcement, CBS Evening News and Larry King Live appearances, sit-downs with more than three dozen newspaper, TV and radio outlets in every major market and an all-important interview with Calbuzz.

Virtually every news story used Brown’s money line -– “insider’s knowledge but with an outsider’s mind” -– the kind of yin-yang, unity of opposites, interspacial mind-meld Brown has always personified. Yet almost every story also took a different angle, reflecting his facility for reacting and responding to whatever is thrown at him, without notes, aides or cue cards.

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The 24 buildings being offered, including two in L.A., are drawing global investors. The sale is also being criticized for the loss of long-term capital assets in favor of short-term gains.
State buildings

By Roger Vincent

March 8, 2010

Efforts to sell 24 state office buildings have drawn lots of interest from potential buyers — as well as the ire of some former public officials who labored to get them built years ago in the belief that public ownership of the buildings would bring long-term financial benefits to taxpayers.

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By Dan Walters The Sacramento Bee
Published: Monday, Mar. 8, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

When Darrell Steinberg, the president pro tem of the state Senate, outlined his priorities last month, he included “oversight.”

In Capitol jargon it means the Legislature’s holding hearings or conducting investigations into how state programs are functioning.

Steinberg, in fact, has created a Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes and staffed it with ex-newspaper reporters, supposedly to do the same kind of deep drilling they did in journalism.

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DailyBulletin: OMSD sends out 142 layoff notices

Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 03/07/2010 06:02:26 AM PST

ONTARIO – The Ontario-Montclair School District officials will send out 142 preliminary layoff notices to certificated employees.

The cuts include 101 categorical employees, which includes at least 36 administrators.

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VVDailyPress: AV using reserves to rebalance budget

March 07, 2010 12:00 PM
Brooke Edwards

APPLE VALLEY • For the second year in a row, the town will keep a balanced budget by dipping slightly into its reserves and using that safety net to heavily subsidize its Park and Recreation Department and Apple Valley Golf Course.

Cash reserves in the general fund will be down 30 percent by June from where they were two years ago, according to a mid-year budget report prepared for Tuesday’s workshop, dropping from $15.4 million to a projected $10.8 million.

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