Archive for March 27th, 2010

RivPE: Lawsuit filed in Riverside County DA race

10:00 PM PDT on Friday, March 26, 2010

By RICHARD K. DE ATLEY
The Press-Enterprise

A lawsuit challenges a candidate statement by Riverside County district attorney candidate Paul Zellerbach that prosecution conviction rates for cases taken to trial have been less than 45 percent of all charges filed.

Zellerbach on Friday defended the statistics, which cover the past three years.

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SBSun: Erwin lawyer wants judge’s recusal

Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/26/2010 06:08:07 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – A lawyer for former Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin is seeking to recuse the Superior Court judge hearing Erwin’s case because the judge once belonged to the same private law firm as a lawyer representing District Attorney Michael A. Ramos.

Lawyer Rajan Maline said Friday in San Bernardino Superior Court that he learned Thursday night that Judge Duke Rouse was a former partner of lawyer Richard Marca, who represents Ramos.

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Michael J. Sorba, Staff Writer
Created: 03/26/2010 05:43:45 PM PDT

More than 2,100 new jobs were created in February in the Inland Empire after 29 consecutive months of job loss, according to new figures released by Northern California-based Beacon Economics.

The unemployment rate of Riverside and San Bernardino counties also dropped a tenth of a percentage point from 14.6 to 14.5 percent when comparing seasonally adjusted numbers from January to February, Beacon said.

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Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/26/2010 06:28:18 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – The second day of the City Council and Mayor’s retreat was dedicated to long-range thinking as top officials jotted down wish lists for the kinds of improvements they want to see by 2025.

Whereas the retreat’s Thursday evening session was something like a college class on local government, Friday’s gathering was more like an all-day brainstorming session. In their second consecutive day together, the City Council and Mayor Pat Morris attempted to articulate a vision for what San Bernardino should become by 2025.

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10:00 PM PDT on Friday, March 26, 2010

By PAUL LAROCCO
The Press-Enterprise

A Temecula attorney is objecting to a recent search of his office by San Bernardino County district attorney’s investigators, part of the ongoing county corruption probe.

Alan Mohill is representing former Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin in civil matters. Erwin also worked as Supervisor Neil Derry’s chief of staff. Erwin is charged criminally as part of an investigation into the county’s $102 million settlement with developer Colonies Partners in 2006.

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RivPE: Cassie MacDuff: Facing Error of His Ways

10:00 PM PDT on Friday, March 26, 2010

Cassie MacDuff

You’ve got to hand it to Russ Leach. He’s willing to take his lumps. That’s more than you can say for a lot of public officials who get in trouble.

The Riverside police chief pleaded guilty on Thursday to drunken driving in connection with the Feb. 8 accident that left his Chrysler 300 shredded.

Leach saved the public the expense of drawn-out court procedures by admitting the crime just three days after he was charged.

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SacBee: Criminal probe reported of CalPERS placement fees

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Mar. 27, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 6B

The probe of possible influence-peddling at CalPERS and other public pension funds has become a criminal investigation, the Wall Street Journal is reporting.

Quoting unnamed sources, the newspaper said Friday that U.S. Justice Department investigators in Los Angeles are examining whether investment decisions at CalPERS and other funds were influenced by illegal payments.

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SacBee: Fiorina slams California’s global warming law

Carly Fiorina

By Rob Hotakainen
rhotakainen@mcclatchydc.com
Published: Saturday, Mar. 27, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Calling it an “unbelievable job killer,” GOP Senate candidate Carly Fiorina on Friday urged the elimination of California’s landmark global warming law.

If AB 32 is not scrapped, Fiorina said, she will back an effort to suspend the law until unemployment in the state drops to 5.5 percent and stays there for one year.

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LATimes: Meg Whitman: immigration reform, with respect

Meg Whitman

Opinion

It’s an issue vital to California, but we must debate it without becoming divisive.

By Meg Whitman

March 27, 2010

California has the most to gain from sensible immigration reform, and the most to lose from the failed status quo. We need common-sense solutions to the problem of illegal immigration while preserving the many benefits our state derives from legal immigration.

Too often, the rhetoric surrounding this issue has been overly divisive and disrespectful to Latino American citizens. The country needs to have a thoughtful debate about how we stop the tide of illegal immigration that strains budgets and angers taxpayers. But the immigration debate must take place in a measured way that reflects our national aspirations toward tolerance, hope and opportunity.

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Steve Poizner

Opinion

The state should go after employers who hire them, curb taxpayer-funded benefits, deploy the National Guard to help the feds at the border and penalize ‘sanctuary’ cities.

By Steve Poizner

March 27, 2010

The United States, and California in particular, has been built by immigrants who legally crossed our borders in search of a brighter future. For generations, these legal immigrants have made immeasurable contributions to creating a unique and vibrant California. As Americans and Californians, we are right to welcome people from all over the globe when they obey our laws and are willing to play by the rules.

Illegal immigration is another matter entirely. With the state budget in tatters, millions of residents out of work and a state prison system strained by massive overcrowding, California simply cannot continue to ignore the strain that illegal immigration puts on our budget and economy. Illegal aliens cost taxpayers in our state billions of dollars each year. As economist Philip J. Romero concluded in a 2007 study, “illegal immigrants impose a ‘tax’ on legal California residents in the tens of billions of dollars.”

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Mar. 27, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 6B
Last Modified: Saturday, Mar. 27, 2010 – 12:12 am

Layoffs returned to California last month, state officials said Friday, suggesting the economic recovery has yet to pick up steam even if the worst seems to be over.

The construction industry in particular continues to struggle, the new statistics show.

Across all industries, employers eliminated 20,400 jobs in February, wiping out most of January’s gains, the Employment Development Department said. The state unemployment rate held at 12.5 percent.

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10:00 PM PDT on Friday, March 26, 2010

By BEN GOAD
Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON – Efforts to re-establish American production of rare earth elements at a San Bernardino County mine gained momentum in recent days, as lawmakers in Congress voiced their support for the plan to end China’s virtual monopoly on the minerals.

During a congressional hearing last week, House members on both sides of the aisle spoke favorably about the push to ramp up operations at the Mountain Pass Mine, with one of them introducing a bill that could help yield funding for the $450 million plan.

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