Archive for April 22nd, 2010

InlandPolitics Commentary: Devereaux clearly in charge, righfully so

Greg Devereaux

The latest departure from San Bernardino County government management ranks makes one thing absolutely clear.

County Administrative Officer (CAO) Greg Devereaux is clearly in charge.

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Uffer

I had call from a reporter for a local newspaper yesterday. During the converstaion an interesting discussion ensued over the recently submitted claim against the county by former San Bernardino County Administrative Officer Mark Uffer.

A claim is usually a precursor to the filing of a lawsuit.

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InlandPolitics: Happy Earth Day

Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/21/2010 06:37:16 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – At least two supervisors say they’ll vote to give prosecutors details of the county’s $102 million settlement with Colonies Partners LP amid signs a resolution is near to a month-old request by investigators.

The settlement is at the center of a broad corruption investigation being conducted by state and local prosecutors.

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07:43 PM PDT on Wednesday, April 21, 2010

By IMRAN CHORI
The Press-Enterprise

State and local prosecutors are threatening to take San Bernardino County supervisors to court to compel them to release documents in the Colonies Partners legal settlement that is at the center of an extortion and bribery investigation.

The San Bernardino County district attorney and state attorney general’s offices are seeking access to legal documents and attorneys hired by the county as part of an investigation alleging that the $102 million settlement with Colonies Partners was part of an illegal conspiracy involving extortion and $400,000 in bribes.

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RivPE: San Bernardino council to mull budget options

10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The City Council will meet tonight to hear options for closing a $24.4 million hole in its budget for the coming fiscal year.

Among the options it will look at is placing tax measures on the ballot, increasing fees, selling the city’s convention center to the Redevelopment Agency and partnering with other public and private agencies on such projects as a regional animal shelter.

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Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/21/2010 05:18:48 PM PDT

Tension was high among employees of the San Bernardino City Unified School District on Wednesday, a day after trustees voted to overhaul 11 struggling schools and increase scrutiny of teachers.

By dramatically overhauling the schools in time for the coming school year, the San Bernardino City Unified School District becomes eligible for up to $22million in state money to improve the campuses.

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SBSun: Colton to draft tax extension

Michael J. Sorba, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/21/2010 09:56:48 PM PDT

COLTON – At a June meeting the City Council will consider approving an ordinance that will place an extension of the utility users tax on the November ballot.

On Tuesday evening, the council directed city staff to draft the ordinance and begin a public education effort to inform residents what services the tax will fund.

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By PE News
on April 21, 2010 11:08 PM

Senate Minority Leader Dennis Hollingsworth introduced legislation Wednesday to change the retirement system for state workers as a way to reduce pension costs.

His proposal, SB 919, would raise the retirement age for non-safety employees from 55 to 65. It would increase the retirement age for CHP officers, firefighters and other safety employees from 50 to 57. In addition, it would cut the number of employee classifications that qualify for more lucrative public safety retirement benefits.

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RivPE: Bill on casino distribution fund advances

10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, April 21, 2010

By JIM MILLER
Sacramento Bureau

SACRAMENTO – An Assembly committee gave quick approval Wednesday to the latest legislative attempt to free up $30 million in tribal casino revenue for Inland communities and other parts of the state.

But it’s unclear whether the proposal to restore what supporters call the “lost year” of casino-mitigation funding will find support where it’s needed most: the Schwarzenegger administration.

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Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Created: 04/21/2010 05:37:19 PM PDT

ONTARIO – As the Inland Empire emerges from the recession, economic development experts believe the region will eventually become the state’s leader in economic growth.

The Inland Empire’s workforce and development could be potential catalysts for its economic evolution, according to the panel of experts assembled Wednesday in Ontario at the monthly luncheon for the Inland Empire chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women.

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By John Howard and Anthony York | 04/22/10 12:00 AM PST

Former Rep. Tom Campbell has opened up a double-digit lead over his two rivals for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination, while Meg Whitman maintains a wide margin over Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner in the GOP gubernatorial battle.

The results were part of a new Capitol Weekly/Probolsky Research poll conducted jointly by Republican pollster Adam Probolsky and Democratic pollster Ben Tulchin.

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By Susan Ferriss
sferriss@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Apr. 22, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

The commission that regulates California legislators’ salaries will consider a proposal Thursday that could slash lawmakers’ pay by at least a quarter in less than a year.

The Governor’s Office, which appoints the commissioners, is suggesting the panel won’t necessarily vote immediately.

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