Archive for March 13th, 2010

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 03/12/2010 08:38:30 PM PST

A dozen candidates will be running against incumbents or appointed San Bernardino County officials on the Board of Supervisors, in the Sheriff’s Department and the offices of district attorney and assessor in the June primary.

In Los Angeles County, there was little apparent county-wide interest — with one exception — in running for office. In the assessor’s race, 11 candidates filed papers by Friday’s 5 p.m deadline.

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SBSun: Assembly races draw many candidates

Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/12/2010 07:21:04 PM PST

Friday was the last day for most hopeful candidates to file their nominations to run for state office.

One of the most popular races in San Bernardino County is for Assemblyman Bill Emmerson’s seat representing the 63rd District.

Emmerson, a Republican, is being termed out and is vying for a spot in the state Senate.

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RivPE: Officer claims cover-up in ex-chief’s crash

10:33 PM PST on Friday, March 12, 2010

By ALICIA ROBINSON and PAUL LAROCCO
The Press-Enterprise

A Riverside police officer is accusing the department’s acting leader of helping cover up Chief Russ Leach’s Feb. 8 crash in his city-issued car.

Chris Lanzillo, a former president of the Riverside Police Officers Association, filed a claim March 4 seeking an undetermined amount of damages.

In the document, amid broad charges of retaliation and discrimination because of his union activities, Lanzillo alleges that on Feb. 8, then-Assistant Chief John De La Rosa was “complicit in ensuring that potential criminal conduct was ignored” when Leach was pulled over.

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Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/12/2010 05:38:32 PM PST

The Inland Empire may continue to be mired in a slow economy for the next few years, although some economists greeted a new report of increased retail sales across the United States as a sign the nation could be climbing its way out of recession.

The U.S. Commerce Department reported Friday that retail sales across the country rose 0.3 percent in February from the previous year. The report signified the fourth time in the past five months that retail sales increased.

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Each seeks an edge in the battle to capture the GOP nomination in California’s June primary.

By Michael Finnegan

March 13, 2010

Reporting from Santa Clara

The Republican candidates for governor sniped at each other in dueling news conferences Friday at the opening of the state GOP convention here in Silicon Valley, as each sought advantage for the three-month sprint to the June 8 election.

In a surprise hourlong gathering with reporters whose questions she has assiduously dodged for months, billionaire Meg Whitman portrayed Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner as an untrustworthy liberal.

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SFChronicle: Whitman lays out her agenda of reform

Meg Whitman

Carla Marinucci and  Joe Garofoli,
Chronicle Political Writers

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Responding to criticism that she has sidestepped media, Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman held an unprecedented, hourlong conversation with news reporters Friday, laying out her positions on state pension reform, prisons and immigration while taking shots at Democrat Jerry Brown and Republican rival Steve Poizner.

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Calbuzz: GOP Extra: Shocker – eMeg Meets the Press

March 12, 2010

Calbuzz gets results: Suddenly shifting gears on media strategy, Meg Whitman showed up at the Republican state convention Friday and promptly met with California political reporters for a full-on, one-hour press conference that made us wonder why they’ve been hiding and sneaking her out of the back door for the last year.

Now if she goes to dinner with us, we may have to actually quit bitching and moaning about the whole issue of her accessibility.

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LATimes: Politicking began before GOP convention opened

PolitiCal

March 12, 2010 | 6:13 pm

As Republicans gather for their convention this weekend in Santa Clara, the GOP candidates for U.S. Senate have been reaching out to the delegates to make their case for why they are the best pick to take on Sen. Barbara Boxer in the fall.

The front-runners, former Rep. Tom Campbell and multimillionaire businesswoman Carly Fiorina, trained their fire squarely on each other and largely ignored the third competitor, Orange County Assemblyman Chuck DeVore.

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San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, whose high profile alters the contest, says changes in his personal life influenced his decision to compete for an office he has belittled in the past.

By Michael Rothfeld

March 13, 2010

Reporting from Sacramento

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom officially jumped into the race for lieutenant governor Friday, explaining why he now wants a job he once disparaged as a ceremonial post without any real responsibility

Newsom, a Democrat, is known nationally, so his entrance changes the dynamics of the contest. The office he wants, after dropping his run for governor last fall, is low-profile but significant: Its occupant runs the state if the governor leaves California or cannot fulfill his or her duties.

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