Archive for April 4th, 2010

InlandPolitics: Happy Easter from InlandPolitics

The writers and contributors at InlandPolitics would like to wish all of our friends and readers Happy Easter.

Well now the long-awaited Uffer claim has hit the presses will all the fan fare one would expect.

The April fool’s day filing is only fitting.

Let’s get this straight. Mr. Uffer wants to be made whole until his claim/case is resolved, meaning he wants full pay and benefits to continue beyond his one year severance.

It doesn’t take much to blow holes in this so-called claim by a whistle-blower.

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iePolitics: The Mark Uffer Lawsuit, Part Two

By Administrator
April 3, 2010

Now that I have had a chance to read/skim through all 160 pages, all I can say is Mark Uffer must be more of a desperate little man than I ever realized. Mark, since I know you still read the blog, here a few thoughts for you to ponder:

* Did you know that members of the Grand Jury are big fans of the blog? Yep. It is mandatory reading every day. I have heard that from more than one of them.

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Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/03/2010 07:12:39 AM PDT

FONTANA – Reggie Alicbusan owes more on his Sierra Lakes home than it is worth.

But unlike some of his neighbors and scores across the nation in a similar situation, more than $50,000 in negative equity on a $400,000 home he bought in 2004 won’t drive him to abandon his house.

“Whatever it takes to stay,” Alicbusan said Friday. “This is our house.”

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SBSun: Redlands vote to affect Wal-Mart

Jesse B. Gill, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/03/2010 11:46:55 PM PDT

REDLANDS – The fate of a Wal-Mart Supercenter – and big-box development – will soon be in the hands of city voters.

An initiative called Measure O will appear on the June 8 ballot. It proposes to greatly restrict the development of large retail stores like Wal-Mart, Target or Kmart.

If passed, the initiative would stop Wal-Mart from building a new Supercenter in north Redlands. But Measure O is written to prohibit all big-box stores from building in Redlands – not just Wal-Mart.

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LATimes: Power goes to those who decline to state

THE WEEK

Voters who do not register with a political party have increasing sway on election day

By Cathleen Decker

April 4, 2010

They are the most sought-after voters in California, the weather vanes who tell the rest of the state which way the wind is blowing. Technically they are “decline to state” voters, because when they registered, they refused to side with any specific political party. They could just as easily be labeled “the deciders.”

A new Los Angeles Times/USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences poll demonstrated why both parties, but more often Republicans, have had a hard time ingratiating themselves with the nonpartisans despite their myriad efforts.

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UCLA is using some student money for Pauley Pavilion; Cal State Sacramento is using such money to cover a bad investment.

By Jack Dolan

April 4, 2010

Reporting from Sacramento – While California universities have faced round after round of crippling budget cuts and protests against increased fees have flared on campuses, administrators have tapped funds meant for classrooms and students to cover some extraordinary costs: losses on ill-timed real estate deals, loans to high-ranking officials and an ambitious construction project.

Experts say the moves, made without wide student knowledge or public oversight, show that administrators have put aggressive business plans ahead of the teaching mission. When things go wrong, they’re dipping into student fees, scholarship funds and money meant for classes to pick up the tab.

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VVDailyPress: Californians must work 104 days to pay taxes

Tax burden down from 2007, but federal debt concerns analysts
April 03, 2010 2:48 PM
NATASHA LINDSTROM

Average Americans will work 99 days in 2010 before they’ve earned enough money to pay their taxes — which will cost more than they’ll spend on food, clothing and shelter combined, according to a new report by the nonprofit research group Tax Foundation.

Californians will have to work 104 days to meet their tax obligation, or through April 14, which means state residents carry the seventh highest tax burden in the nation.

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RivPE: San Bernardino board to ponder fate of 11 schools

11:22 PM PDT on Saturday, April 3, 2010

By DARRELL R. SANTSCHI and DAYNA STRAEHLEY
The Press-Enterprise

San Bernardino City Unified School District officials face tough mandatory fixes at 11 low-performing schools.

The changes are coming in the wake of the state’s first-time listing last month of the 5 percent of schools labeled persistently low-achieving. At the same time, grants of up to $6 million per school are available if the district acts by June 1.

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