Archive for March 19th, 2010

InlandPolitics: The Colonies Partners settlement: The Answers – Part 1

This article is the first in a series of in-depth stories related to the controversy surrounding the settlement of Quiet-Title litigation between the County of San Bernardino Flood Control District, County of San Bernardino, and Colonies Partners, L.P.

So much has been said, so many actions have been taken, and so many misconceptions and misstatements have been made by individuals ranging from attorneys to newspaper reporters.

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Just when you thought you had seen it all with the American justice system we are treated to another dose of U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, San Bernardino County style.

In a letter from the Office of the California Attorney General dated March 17, 2010, Senior Assistant Attorney General Gary Schons makes a “Joint” request on behalf of his office and the San Bernardino County District Attorney to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors requesting they waive attorney-client privilege related to the now nationally-renowned $102 million Colonies Settlement.

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Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 03/18/2010 10:14:23 PM PDT

House Democrats on Thursday released their final version of the $940 billion health care overhaul bill with plans to vote on it as early as Sunday.

The 10-year plan would provide coverage to 32 million people now uninsured through a combination of tax credits for middle class households and an expansion of the Medicaid program for low-income people.

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RivPE: Brown wants laser-beam focus on California budget


By PE Politics
on March 18, 2010 6:30 PM

As Attorney General Jerry Brown campaigns for governor, balancing the state’s budget is his top priority.

“My focus will be on the budget. As (Former President Bill) Clinton said, he said focus on the economy like a laser beam,” Brown said during a meeting this afternoon with reporters and editors at The Press-Enterprise. “I am going to focus on the budget like a laser beam.”

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10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

A battle between two factions on the Loma Linda City Council appears to be taking shape as the field for the June 8 election nears completion.

Four candidates have returned nomination papers and qualified for the ballot, City Clerk Pamela Byrnes-O’Camb said Thursday. They are incumbent Robert Ziprick and challengers Verne Miller, Ron Dailey and Phillip Dupper.

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Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/18/2010 06:12:46 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Former county Supervisor Bill Postmus appeared briefly Thursday morning in Superior Court on felony charges related to an investigation into the multi-million dollar Colonies lawsuit settlement.

Postmus, 38, of Victorville was scheduled to enter pleas on five felony counts ranging from conspiracy to receiving a bribe and embezzlement.

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State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, who’s being pummelled in the polls by his GOP gubernatorial opponent Meg Whitman, doesn’t seem to be breaking a sweat about it. At the Commonwealth Club in Lafayette Thursday, the audience was reminded that Poizner is 1) a black belt in karate, 2) the guy who helped invent the GPS that’s in their cell phones and 3) a politician with millions in his campaign warchest.

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Meg Whitman

By Julia Prodis Sulek
Posted: 03/18/2010 06:18:58 PM PDT
Updated: 03/18/2010 10:06:58 PM PDT

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman reached out to Latino business leaders at a San Jose luncheon Thursday, promising to create jobs, improve education and cut spending.

She didn’t mention a touchier topic: immigration. But after her question-and-answer session with the Greater San Jose Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at a Santana Row restaurant, Whitman told the Mercury News she is “100 percent against amnesty,” wants to crack down on employers who hire illegal immigrants and will eliminate “sanctuary cities” such as San Francisco that don’t enforce federal immigration laws.

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By Ed Mendel

A proposed ban on fees paid to middlemen for investments from public pension funds, prompted in part by about $60 million collected by the small firm of former CalPERS board member Al Villalobos, may turn into a fight with big Wall Street firms.

Legislation sponsored by CalPERS and two state elected officials, Treasurer Bill Lockyer and Controller John Chiang, would require “placement agents” that help investment firms get pension fund money to register as lobbyists.

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