Archive for March 31st, 2010

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Rove: “The Architect” on RNC bondage bar scandal, Cal politics, Jerry Brown

Call him “the Architect” or “Bush’s Brain,” but former presidential advisor Karl Rove had plenty to say in Lafayette today — about the RNC’s latest scandal, and California’s electoral landscape this year.

First, Rove on the near-$2000 reimbursement to Orange County GOP operative Erik Brown to pay for a “Young Eagles” fundraiser at the now-infamous West Hollywood lesbian/bondage-themed strip club called “Voyeur.” He said he’s called for the RNC staffer responsible for that repayment to be fired; Allison Meyers, the “Young Eagles” director, was indeed — on Monday.

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Meg Whitman

PolitiCal

March 31, 2010 | 7:32 am

Republican Meg Whitman has already donated $39 million of her own money to her campaign for governor — a state record. Her campaign has burned through the cash at an unprecedented rate, leaving her effort a bit thin financially as the final push for the June primary begins.

On Monday, she hinted that reinforcements are on the way.

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Information regarding the Colonies litigation is trickling out and what is being said is not surprising at all.

While state and county prosecutors work to obtain access to privileged legal discussions and materials in an effort to prove their corruption case, InlandPolitics has developed a few fragments of what is being described as a tense litigation process.

While the revelations covered in this story have been briefly touched on over the past several months, a little more clarity is appearing.

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iePolitics: FPPC Complaints Filed

Written by Administrator
March 30th, 2010 at 11:00 am

FPPC complaints have been filed against San Bernardino County Supervisors Josie Gonzales and Paul Biane as well as former County Administrative Officer Mark Uffer.  The complaints all allege that these three individuals, along with countless other politicians and department managers, have been the recipients of free medical services at the county’s hospital, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC), and have failed to report the gifts on their Statements of Economic Interests (Form 700).

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10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, March 30, 2010

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

State and local prosecutors will meet again with San Bernardino County Counsel Ruth Stringer next week to discuss the possible release of documents in the Colonies Partners legal settlement.

San Bernardino County Assistant District Attorney James Hackleman described a two-hour meeting Monday between himself, Stringer and California Senior Assistant Attorney General Gary Schons as “productive.”

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RivPE: Two of S.B. County’s managers leave jobs

10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, March 30, 2010

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

Two top San Bernardino County managers are no longer employed by the county as of Tuesday, a spokeswoman said.

Jim Lindley, the county’s Public Health Department director, was no longer in that position, county spokeswoman Lynne Fischer said. Allan Rawland, director of behavioral health, has been named as interim director, she said.

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RivPE: Safety agencies lament budget cuts

10:20 PM PDT on Tuesday, March 30, 2010

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

The leaders of Riverside County’s public safety agencies — including the sheriff, district attorney and fire chief — appealed to supervisors Tuesday to lessen the pain of budget cuts.

Steep reductions would result in fewer deputy sheriffs patrolling unincorporated areas, a delay in a major jail expansion and the closure of fire stations, they said.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/30/2010 09:00:19 PM PDT

After nearly eight months, San Bernardino County prosecutors still have not decided whether they will file criminal charges against two top county fire officials who used a fire department trailer to move personal belongings on county time.

“That matter is still under investigation. There’s no real time line yet as to when it might be complete,” said Susan Mickey, spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s Office.

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The GOP candidate concedes that as governor, she couldn’t force the attorney general to do so but says she would strongly encourage him to.
By Cathleen Decker

March 31, 2010

Republican candidate for governor Meg Whitman said Tuesday that California should move to block the newly signed national healthcare plan because it would deepen the state’s budget deficit, even if some elements were acceptable to introduce down the road.

Whitman was asked by an attendee at a Redondo Beach campaign event whether as governor she would “force your attorney general to file suit” against the reforms, as more than a dozen attorneys general in other states have said they would.

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OCRegister: GOP Senate candidates tangle in Irvine

Published: March 30, 2010
Updated: March 31, 2010 7:57 a.m.

By MARTIN WISCKOL
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

But Campbell and DeVore both attack the hopeful who didn’t show up.

IRVINE – U.S. Senate candidates Tom Campbell and Chuck DeVore took a moment in their debate Tuesday night to compare the pocket editions of the U.S. Constitution that both regularly carry with them.

It was one of the repeated jabs both hopefuls took at their fellow Republican candidate, who skipped the town hall event sponsored by Brandman University in Irvine.

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com The Sacramento Bee
Published: Wednesday, Mar. 31, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 8B

Led by CalPERS, a group of big institutional investors held a summit meeting with several firms that invest their money Tuesday to discuss management fees and other contentious issues that have been festering for the past year.

The unusual meeting, held at a New York hotel, was the latest development in a yearlong movement to level the playing field between investors and their investment partners – mainly private equity firms and hedge funds.

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SacBee: CalPERS trustee faces another late-filing fine

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Mar. 31, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 8B
Last Modified: Wednesday, Mar. 31, 2010 – 8:32 am

A CalPERS board member faces another fine for being late with her annual conflict-of-interest statement.

The proposed $3,000 fine against Priya Mathur comes as the California Public Employees’ Retirement System is being investigated over the activities of placement agents, middlemen who help firms secure investment deals from the pension fund.

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Accumulation isn’t enough to make up for the last three dry years.

Posted at 10:43 PM on Tuesday, Mar. 30, 2010
By Mark Grossi / The Fresno Bee

The Sierra snowpack is hefty. Waterfalls are starting to thunder in Yosemite Valley. A spring storm adds to the bounty.

It’s time to celebrate the end of the state’s three-year drought. Right? Wrong.

The El Niño-powered winter apparently was not a drought buster — even though some reservoirs may fill up and rainfall totals are above average in two-thirds of California’s major cities, including Fresno.

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