Archive for April 11th, 2010

InlandPolitics: Already, Brown can’t take the heat

Brown

The election for California’s next Governor hasn’t even begun in earnest yet and already Attorney General Edmund “Jerry” Brown can’t take the heat.

Last week the California Chamber of Commerce pulled a hard-hitting television attack ad against Brown. The ad was pulled after pressure from Brown and his wife was brought to bear on chamber board members.

What exactly that pressure entailed has yet to be revealed.

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Russ Bogh

Well thank God it’s finally here.

The special election to determine who will fill the State Senate seat vacated by now Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit.

With nothing in politics ever being concrete it looks like Former State Assemblyman Russ Bogh will be the likely victor Tuesday night. I’ve none Bill Emmerson since his first run for the Assembly seat he now holds. He’s a good person.

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Written by Administrator
April 10th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

I really need to stop reading former San Bernardino County Administrative Officer Mark Uffer’s Claim Against the County.  Every time I do, I find something new.  Like tonight I came across the email from Postmus to Biane calling Biane a POS.  That was too funny.

Something else was pointed out to me today that got me reading the thing again.  That was some more of the questions Mark Uffer suggested the Grand Jury ask Mark Kirk.

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Ramos

Several months ago stories ran here and on iePolitics.com exposing substantial political contributions to Ramos by two attorneys who control the San Bernardino County criminal defense conflict panel.

The two attorneys James Spring and Earl Carter have showered Ramos with money either directly or through their recently formed firm of Carter, Spring, Schank & O’Connor.

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April 10, 2010 12:55 PM
BROOKE EDWARDS and BEATRIZ E. VALENZUELA

APPLE VALLEY • With the Apple Valley Fire Protection District looking to cut costs, one politically sensitive option being floated is the possibility of contracting with San Bernardino County for fire service, as every other Victor Valley city now does.

Apple Valley Councilman Rick Roelle, then sitting as mayor, spearheaded a push to look at turning the local fire department over to County Fire last April. Roelle cited concern with the district’s finances and how it might affect its ability to provide service to residents.

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SBSun: Airport execs still look to land airline

Andrew Edwards and Joe Nelson, Staff Writers
Posted: 04/10/2010 10:09:49 PM PDT

The effort to transform the former Norton Air Force Base into a commercial airport is a gamble of more than $200 million that may well determine if San Bernardino can rediscover prosperity. Success would mean domestic and international flights landing and taking off from San Bernardino International Airport. It would mean travelers spending money at local hotels and restaurants. It would mean a busy airport employing well-paid professionals like air traffic controllers and aircraft mechanics.

It would also result in the initials SBD becoming as well known to Southern California travelers as LAX, L.A./ONT or JWA.

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April 10, 2010 | Lance Williams and Carla Marinucci

Candidate Meg Whitman touts her experience at eBay, the online auction house that made her rich, but her career and personal fortune are entwined with another company: the Goldman Sachs investment bank, a major player in public finance in the state she wants to lead.

Whitman’s relationship with the giant Wall Street firm — as investor, corporate director and recipient of both insider stock deals and campaign donations — could pose conflicts of interest if the Republican front-runner is elected governor of California, critics say.

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com The Sacramento Bee
Published: Sunday, Apr. 11, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Sunday, Apr. 11, 2010 – 10:58 am

The Legislature, whose public standing in polls is rock-bottom, did it itself no favors when it approved a resolution calling for Californians to observe a “cuss-free week.”

The action predictably attracted wide public attention, but most of it probably reflected Republican Assemblyman Chris Norby’s comment: “With the state broke, I don’t know that this is what we should be spending time on.”

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RivPE: Landmark health care bill takes first steps

11:40 PM PDT on Saturday, April 10, 2010

By LORA HINES and BEN GOAD
The Press-Enterprise

With last month’s passage of health care legislation, families and businesses across Inland Southern California and beyond are scrambling to determine how — and how soon — the overhaul will impact them.

Ultimately, the legislation will touch nearly every American. But its many provisions, to be rolled out gradually over the next several years, will affect people differently. Factors include age, health, employment status, family situation and income.

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SBSun: Study: Most teachers pan No Child Left Behind

‘Too much teaching to the test,’ they complain

Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/10/2010 07:11:33 AM PDT

As early as kindergarten, California teachers spend as much as 40 minutes to an hour a day doing assessments of their small charges in preparation for the years of testing to come.

By second grade, much of the school year is devoted to readying students for a whole week of testing in English-language arts and math, and the momentum only builds through 11th grade.

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By Robert Lewis
rlewis@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Apr. 11, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Court administrators are jockeying with disgruntled judges for the support of lawmakers who will help determine the fate of a statewide computer system as budget season begins.

On Wednesday, the Administrative Office of the Court demonstrated to legislators the Court Case Management System, a project to link courts statewide.

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