Archive for March 12th, 2010

InlandPolitics: Statement of decision regarding District Attorney 2010

Dennis L. Stout

Today I am announcing my decision not to seek the Office of District Attorney of San Bernardino County.

From a very early age all I dreamed about was being a public prosecutor.  After 17 years as a Deputy District Attorney, I realized my ultimate dream in 1994 when I was elected District Attorney.  I ran unopposed in 1998 and was reelected to a second term. During those eight years we accomplished a complete rebuild of the office from the ground up. We implemented over 50 new programs.

We positioned the office so that it could become the best prosecutorial agency in the state.

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It looks like a June primary reelection win maybe on the rocks for Second District County Supervisor Paul Biane.

Biane who is seeking his third term on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors seems to have a lot of challengers these days.

Chaffey Joint Union High School District trustee Arthur Bustamonte filed to run against Biane yesterday.

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By Dale Kasler
Published: Friday, Mar. 12, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

California’s two big public pension funds took fresh hits to their troubled real estate portfolios this week, suggesting the fallout from the real estate bubble hasn’t completely run its course.

First up was CalPERS, which Wednesday walked away from a controversial Boston investment that cost it about $91 million.

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Calpensions: CalPERS & CalSTRS: still down $100 billion

By Ed Mendel

The nation’s two biggest public pension funds, CalPERS and CalSTRS, lost a combined $170 billion by the time the stock market hit bottom last March. Since then, they have regained about $70 billion.

Just getting back to where they were two years ago will take another $100 billion, a big hole to fill for retirement systems that have been relying on investment earnings to cover 75 percent of their costs.

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RivPE: SB County Supervisor Biane gets challengers

Paul Biane

10:00 PM PST on Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Fontana Councilwoman Janice Rutherford filed election papers to run against San Bernardino County Supervisor Paul Biane Thursday, making her the third challenger to take on the incumbent in the June 8 election.

Rutherford and Biane are past political allies who have endorsed each other in their respective races. As recently as September, Biane listed Rutherford as one of his supporters when he announced his re-election bid.

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Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/11/2010 08:05:03 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – City Hall will once again attempt to solve a budget deficit through borrowing, but a fix intended to allow the city to keep its books balanced for the next few months was made in the face of rather dire predictions for the longer term.

“The economy has still not bottomed out. We’re still feeling the effects of the economic decline,” City Manager Charles McNeely said. “The more problematic issue that we’re aware of is, what do we do next year?”

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RivPE: Judge has history of clashes with DA’s office

11:17 PM PST on Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Since 2006, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Gary B. Tranbarger has been gathering and distributing statistics showing the charge-by-charge outcome of jury trials in Riverside County

The district attorney’s office has chafed at Tranbarger’s data gathering, challenging his motives and the accuracy of his data sent to judges, prosecutors and public and private defense attorneys.

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Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 03/11/2010 05:52:43 PM PST

UPLAND – Mayor John Pomierski has announced he will not run for a spot on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

For several months, Pomierski was rumored to be considering a chance to unseat 2nd District Supervisor Paul Biane.

Pomierski made the announcement on Thursday at a fundraiser. He endorsed Fontana Councilwoman Janice Rutherford.

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RivPE: Numbers game heats up in DA race

11:17 PM PST on Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

In the race for Riverside County district attorney, both sides are using statistics to frame how Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco has been doing his job.

The conviction rate for felony charges taken to trial by Pacheco’s office in the last two years is less than 45 percent, opponents Paul Zellerbach and Michael Flory have said separately.

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James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/11/2010 06:01:46 PM PST

Local lawmakers lauded moves by both parties to curb the practice of earmarking, which critics have said is commonly tainted by corruption.

Democratic leaders on Wednesday said they would ban earmarks – spending requests for specific projects in lawmakers’ home districts – directed to for-profit companies. Republicans one-upped Democrats on Thursday by committing to a ban on all earmarks for the coming year.

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Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/11/2010 06:45:34 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – During his 11 years as superintendent of the biggest school district in the county, Arturo Delgado has dealt with challenges ranging from homeless students to high dropout rates and low test scores.

This week, just days before kicking off his campaign for county superintendent of schools, 11 San Bernardino City Unified schools landed on a list of California’s worst five percent of public campuses.

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VVDailyPress: More Victorville employees jumping ship

March 11, 2010 5:04 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • The city’s director of Public Works has resigned along with a top management analyst from the department, as employees still reeling from salary and benefit cuts have been told to expect more layoffs soon.

Public Works Director Amer Jakher is leaving to become assistant city manager for the City of La Puente, according to Victorville spokeswoman Yvonne Hester.

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04:31 PM PST on Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

CORONA – Balancing California’s budget on time, creating jobs and preserving funding for education and public safety are top priorities for four of the seven candidates vying for the state Senate’s open 37th District seat.

Voters head to the polls April 13 to pick a replacement for former Sen. John Benoit.

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10:00 PM PST on Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Libraries at middle and high schools in Riverside will be staffed differently next year, but school board members said Thursday they don’t know yet exactly how.

To buy district officials time, the board voted unanimously to send preliminary layoff notices to all 12 teacher-librarians in middle and high schools. The board then approved preliminary layoff notices for 18 adult education teachers.

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10:00 PM PST on Thursday, March 11, 2010

Sacramento Bureau

SACRAMENTO – Compulsive gambling experts had a ready opinion Thursday on whether California should legalize online poker to raise money along the lines of what an Inland tribe proposes: Bad idea.

California’s first-ever statewide conference on problem gambling drew academics, therapists and government regulators, as well as former NBA referee Tim Donaghy, whose new book “Personal Foul” describes how he bet on basketball games.

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March 12, 2010 | Lance Williams

Gaming Indian tribes have emerged as bigger players in Sacramento than the power companies that dominated California politics for much of the 20th century.

The pharmaceutical lobby’s political spending is nearly triple that of the state chamber of commerce.

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By John Howard | 03/11/10 1:00 AM PST

Of the more than $1.33 billion spent by special interests during the past decade to influence public policy in Sacramento, about three out of every four dollars were spent by an array of groups that included pharmaceutical companies, Indian tribes, petroleum and energy companies, the health care industry, and others.

As a group, spending by public-employee unions –including the California Teachers Association — represented just over a fourth of the total.

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LATimes: Whitman’s funds could pose conflicts

The Republican candidate for California governor has stakes in oil and gas concerns that seek to influence the state. Her wealth is estimated at $1.2 billion.

By Evan Halper and Michael Rothfeld

March 12, 2010

Reporting from Sacramento – Billionaire GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman has invested her vast wealth in firms that sought to profit from the country’s credit crisis, in venture capital and hedge funds open only to the wealthy, and in oil, gas, healthcare and other concerns seeking to influence state policy.

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