Archive for April 3rd, 2010

iePolitics: The Mark Uffer Lawsuit

Posted by Administrator
April 2, 2010

Is anyone besides me laughing hysterically about this turn of events? I mean we sort of expected it but now that it finally hit we have to wonder what the heck he is thinking. Well I’m sure we know what he is thinking.

Mark Uffer is the most hated county employee in county history. When his termination was announced, there were reports that employees in some offices stood and cheered at the news. He stands no chance of finding another job so he is looking for a quick buck.

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10:00 PM PDT on Friday, April 2, 2010

By IMRAN GHORI and DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

San Bernardino County supervisors and their staffs regularly bypassed their top administrator to deal directly with county departments, worked to secure no-bid contracts for individual projects and threatened employees with their jobs.

That’s the picture former County Administrative Officer Mark Uffer paints in a detailed claim filed against the county on Thursday.

Uffer, ousted late last year on a 3-2 vote, is seeking $15 million in damages and accuses the county of wrongful termination, defamation and fraud. He said he was retaliated against for cooperating with the grand jury and an ongoing district attorney’s investigation.
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InlandPolitics: Uffer claim available

To download a PDF version of former County Administrative Officer Mark Uffer’s highly entertaining claim, click here: Uffer Claim

Posted by Administrator
April 2, 2010

As I was writing the articles today about Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) and Mark Uffer, the thought that came to mind was how much of a bigger story the ARMC situation is than the Assessor’s Office scandal or even the Colonies settlement. It not even just bigger from the standpoint of corruption, but also from the standpoint of a scandal that really would resonate with voters.

If one were to ask the average voter on the street about the Assessor’s Office or Colonies, likely he or she would not even know what one is talking about. Voters are too busy to care about shenanigans in the Assessor’s Office and don’t care to take the time to learn about Colonies.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/02/2010 07:25:51 PM PDT

Former San Bernardino County Administrative Officer Mark Uffer has filed a $15 million claim against the county, alleging he was fired in November in retaliation for cooperating with authorities in an ongoing corruption probe.

The claim, filed this week, names county supervisors Gary Ovitt, Neil Derry and Brad Mitzelfelt, Ovitt’s chief of staff Mark Kirk, Derry’s former chief of staff Jim Erwin and former county supervisor Bill Postmus.

Ovitt, Mitzelfelt and Derry voted in favor of his ouster Nov. 17.

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RivPE: Cassie MacDuff: Same Old County Song

10:00 PM PDT on Friday, April 2, 2010

CASSIE MACDUFF

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

There’s a whole new cast of characters on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors since Jerry Eaves was chairman in the mid-1990s.

But the behavior if anything only got worse, if you believe the allegations in a wrongful-termination claim filed by former County Administrative Officer Mark Uffer last week. And I do.

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RivPE: DA Rod Pacheco may skip another debate

By PE Politics
April 2, 2010 11:06 AM

Unless he changes his mind, it looks like Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco will pass up another chance to face his opponent in the June 8 election, Superior Court Judge Paul Zellerbach.

The Riverside County Bar Association had scheduled a candidate debate for noon April 15 at its downtown Riverside offices. The attorney group invited both Pacheco and Zellerbach to attend the forum.

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RivPE: Pacheco campaign looks askew at contribution

By PE Politics
April 2, 2010 12:47 PM

Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco’s campaign on Friday took pains to point out that one of the judges contributing to his opponent Paul Zellerbach’s campaign is Gary Tranbarger.

Judge Tranbarger gave $500 to Zellerbach, also a Superior Court judge. State law permits such contributions by judges.

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10:00 PM PDT on Friday, April 2, 2010

By RICHARD K. DE ATLEY
The Press-Enterprise

San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos has $393,278 in his campaign account, while each of his opponents show an ending cash balance of zero in their financial statements.

Statements from Grand Terrace attorney Frank Guzman and Hinkley lawyer Bob Conaway show both men have provided what money there has been in their campaigns so far.

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VVDailyPress: Uffer files $15 million claim against county

April 02, 2010 8:38 PM
NATASHA LINDSTROM, staff writer

SAN BERNARDINO • The former top county administrator ousted four months ago has filed a $15 million claim accusing supervisors of wrongful termination and a host of unlawful acts.

Mark Uffer, who was suddenly fired by the county Board of Supervisors “for no cause” on a Nov. 17 split vote, blames supervisors and their top staffers for retaliating against him after he cooperated with the county grand jury and District Attorney’s office.

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Carly Fiorina

Joe Garofoli and Carla Marinucci
Chronicle Political Writers

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina, who has been trying to appeal to conservatives in a tough, three-way primary race, said Friday that one of the senators she admires most is a Democrat: California Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

“Sen. Feinstein has been a fine senator for the state of California, and has accomplished a great deal. I would describe her as a pragmatic problem-solver,” Fiorina told Chronicle reporters and editors during an interview with the newspaper’s editorial board. “I admire her, I respect her. I like her. I think and I hope she would say the same about me.”

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SacBee: Poizner a changed man who loves a challenge

Steve Poizner

By Jack Chang
jchang@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Apr. 3, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

One in a series of reports on the candidates for governor

Even before Steve Poizner launched his uphill gubernatorial bid against billionaire Meg Whitman, he had played the underdog throughout his life.

That started as soon as he was born, the youngest of four children in a middle-class, Jewish household in Houston.

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SacBee: UC, CSU wait-listing students for the first time

By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Apr. 3, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

California’s public universities are using waiting lists this year for the first time, telling some top-notch students to wait two more months before they find out if they’re in.

The practice – long common at selective private colleges – is yet another fallout from the state’s budget crisis, as the University of California and California State University look for ways to trim enrollment in response to last year’s historic funding cuts.

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