Archive for April 19th, 2010

InlandPolitics: Postmus under pressure to maintain property values

Postmus

Former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus was under pressure from county administrators and supervisors in 2007 and 2008 to limit reductions in assessed property valuations.

The concern at the time was that Postmus was going to bring down assessed property values in accordance with Proposition 8 at a faster pace than desired.

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Disparity in funding

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/18/2010 09:26:01 PM PDT

Billions of stimulus dollars have found their way into California communities, but San Bernardino County isn’t getting nearly as much as other counties.

Stimulus data compiled by the nonprofit journalism group ProPublica shows that while some California counties have received $1,000 or more per person in stimulus funds, San Bernardino County has received only $480 in stimulus per capita.

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SBSun: Locals land on state tax debtor list, owe millions

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/18/2010 07:45:46 PM PDT

Several Inland-area individuals and businesses have landed on a public list of delinquent taxpayers.

The state Franchise Tax Board’s annual list of the top 250 delinquent taxpayers reveals Chino doctor Augustin A. Lin, Byron E. Congdon of San Bernardino and Happy Care, a family medical practice in Redlands, as the top three tax debtors in the area.

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SBSun OpEd: Support the California Jobs Initiative

Supervisor Gary C. Ovitt
Posted: 04/18/2010 05:32:07 PM PDT

The Board of Supervisors last week adopted a resolution supporting the California Jobs Initiative, proposed to be considered by the voters on the November 2010 ballot. If passed, implementation of Assembly Bill 32 will be suspended until California’s unemployment rate is at 5.5 percent or less for four consecutive calendar quarters.

California has always been a leader in business innovation and technology, and also in environmental stewardship. But this is one case where our effort to be a leader could drive our economy into total collapse.

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SBSun: Shedding light on the Tea Party movement

Wesley G. Hughes, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/18/2010 07:45:46 PM PDT

It was one of those “aha!” moments.

Isn’t it amazing what you can learn just by reading a newspaper?

The New York Times/CBS News conducted a poll to shed a little light on the Tea Party movement. The results were printed Thursday.

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SBSun: Measure O impacts jobs at big stores in Redlands

Jesse B. Gill, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/18/2010 08:28:06 PM PDT

REDLANDS – Measure O will affect the number of jobs in town, whether or not the initiative passes in June.

The Redlands ballot measure proposes to limit the development of big-box stores in Redlands. In the immediate future, Measure O could halt the development of a Wal-Mart Supercenter on the north side of town.

Wal-Mart spokesman Aaron Rios said the current Wal-Mart store at 2050 W. Redlands Blvd. employs between 300 and 360 people. The retailer could add at least 85 permanent jobs if Wal-Mart is able to build the supercenter.

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11:47 PM PDT on Sunday, April 18, 2010

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

A plan to place five communities along Highway 74 into a redevelopment zone to fund public improvements and eradicate blight comes back before Riverside County supervisors Tuesday.

Some residents in South Mead Valley, Wagon Wheel, Good Hope, Meadowbrook and Warm Springs continue to object to the county’s proposal.

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SFChronicle: Veteran Dems see formidable challenges

Joe Garofoli,Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writers

Monday, April 19, 2010

(04-19) 04:00 PDT Los Angeles —

After leaving the California Democratic Party convention here Sunday, gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown stopped by the city’s oldest African American church. Coincidentally, the message the pastor preached at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church: “Yesterday’s victory does not guarantee victory today.”

The symbolism is apt for Democrats and the 72-year-old Brown as he seeks to return to the governor’s office he occupied from 1975 to 1983. A little more than a year and a half since the excitement generated by President Obama’s presidential victory, Democrats in the nation’s most populous state spent the past three days searching for something to stir enthusiasm for their 2010 campaigns.

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In appearances over the weekend, the Democrat quotes from the Gospel of Luke and Proverbs, drops Latin terms and takes jabs at Meg Whitman, his likely opponent in the governor’s race.

By Cathleen Decker

April 18, 2010

Jerry Brown is back in the game, with all the intellectual sass and occasional goofiness that entails. On Sunday morning, his campaign for governor took him to the pulpits of several African American churches in South Los Angeles, where he tried mightily to hew to the pastors’ pleas to keep it short.

“Good morning, and it’s a real good morning right here at First AME,” he says at the city’s oldest African Methodist Episcopal church, sounding like an over-caffeinated radio weatherman. “Thanks. That’s all I’m going to say, but we’re all rising together, right? So we’ve got our challenges ahead of us, but together we can put people first.”

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By Kevin Yamamura
kyamamura@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Apr. 19, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman wants to eliminate California’s tax on capital gains. GOP primary rival Steve Poizner wants to cut it in half.

Both believe such tax cuts would spur investment in California and lead to more tax revenues in other forms, relying on supply-side economic principles.

“Steve Poizner believes that California’s high capital gains tax rates stifle job creation and discourage investment in our economy,” said Lanhee Chen, Poizner’s policy director. “A 50 percent cut in capital gains tax rates will make California a more attractive place to earn and invest or to start a new business.”

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com The Sacramento Bee
Published: Monday, Apr. 19, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Monday, Apr. 19, 2010 – 7:49 am

Isn’t it strange that a ballot measure titled “California Fair Elections Act” would have been unfairly manipulated by supporters to fool the voting public?

Two years ago, the Legislature passed and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation proposing to voters that public campaign financing be tested in California.

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msnbc (AP): Poll: 78 percent don’t trust big government

By LIZ SIDOTI
updated 4:56 p.m. PT, Sun., April 18, 2010

WASHINGTON – Can you trust Washington?

Nearly 80 percent of Americans say they can’t and they have little faith that the massive federal bureaucracy can solve the nation’s ills, according to a survey from the Pew Research Center that shows public confidence in the federal government at one of the lowest points in a half-century.

The poll released Sunday illustrates the ominous situation facing President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party as they struggle to maintain their comfortable congressional majorities in this fall’s elections. Midterm prospects are typically tough for the party in power. Add a toxic environment like this and lots of incumbent Democrats could be out of work.
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