Archive for May 2nd, 2010

InlandPolitics: IVDA needs to answer some questions

I had a chance to stop and look at the nearly completed “Million Air” facility at San Bernardino International Airport (SBIA) yesterday.

Million Air granted a “franchise” to Scott Spencer. Spencer is the primary tenant at the airport.

Effectively, taxpayers built the facility and Million Air granted the use of its name. After all, why should they take any risk.

The Inland Valley Development Agency (IVDA) has spent some $130 million on converting the former military base to a civilian airport. SBIA has yet to attract any commercial passenger carrier after two years of empty promises by officials.

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Written by Administrator
May 1st, 2010 at 6:57 pm

Justice in San Bernardino County has become as elusive as a Sasquatch or the Lockness Monster.  Perhaps not as evident to the public but obvious to many of those close to the system who witness the backroom deals, the personal relationships between opposing parties, and the actions taken for political gain.

Only in San Bernardino County do we have the Public Defender sleeping with the District Attorney literally; the Conflict Panel, which is supposed to represent indigent defendants, donating heavily to the District Attorney and Sheriff; and judges with financial arrangements connected to officers of the court.

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RivPE Editorial: Pension largesse

10:00 PM PDT on Saturday, May 1, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County needs to bring its lavish public pension system back in line with financial reality. The county faces growing costs for retirement benefits at a time when budget shortfalls threaten public services. Supervisors should make changes that create a more affordable system and ease the burden on taxpayers.

A new report from the county’s Pension Advisory Review Committee puts the county’s retirement plan in stark context. The county has to find an additional $800 million over the next 30 years to pay for its pension promises, including the $375 million the county still owes on a pension bond from 2005.

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RedlandsDailyFacts: Warren meets voters at Market Night

Acquanetta Warren

By CHANTAL M. LOVELL, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/30/2010 12:04:30 AM PDT

REDLANDS – Acquanetta Warren is spending her Thursdays manning a booth at Market Night in Redlands.

Warren is a Republican running for the California Assembly in the 63rd District and wants to meet one-on-one with potential constituents.

Thursday was her third time hosting a booth at Market Night to greet voters, pass out information and yard signs, answer questions and let people know she is running for office.

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11:03 PM PDT on Saturday, May 1, 2010

By JIM MILLER and DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Voters hoping for a steady run of candidate debates before deciding who to support in next month’s election are out of luck so far. Face-to-face showdowns for Inland local and legislative posts and statewide contests have been few and far between.

Last week, supporters of Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone’s candidacy for the state Senate sent letters to GOP rival Joel Anderson, a state assemblyman from Alpine in San Diego County, demanding that he debate Stone.

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DailyBulletin: Teachers resist merit pay

Issue back on table with school reform
Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell, Staff Writer
Created: 05/01/2010 10:03:17 PM PDT

In early March, California missed out on Race to the Top funding because many teachers unions declined to sign an agreement requiring them to accept drastic reforms linked to the funding.

Among the list of changes low-achieving schools were asked to make was linking teachers’ pay to student performance, an issue unions representing teachers have long opposed.

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VVDailyPress: Public confidence sinks in federal government

Pew poll: 4 out of 5 Americans don’t trust Washington
May 01, 2010 2:00 PM
Natasha Lindstrom

Public trust in the federal government has sunk to one of the lowest points in a half century, according to a new survey.

Nearly eight in 10 Americans say they don’t trust Washington and have little faith it can solve America’s ills, the Pew Research Center found.

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OCRegister: Foreclosures mount in wealthy neighborhoods

Published: April 30, 2010
Updated: May 2, 2010 8:41 a.m.

By JEFF COLLINS, MARILYN KALFUS, KELLI HART and IAN HAMILTON
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

The master suite has two walk-in closets, a shoe closet, a private fireplace, a workout room and a sunken tub.

It lists for $12.5 million, but if a buyer doesn’t rescue it soon, the home might be sold or revert to the lender at a foreclosure auction to satisfy unpaid debts. The current opening bid is about $9 million.

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SBSun: 2,000 protest in support of immigration reform

Takin’ it to street
Stephen Wall, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/01/2010 05:13:10 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – A throng of Latino activists took to the streets Saturday, demanding a change to U.S. immigration policies.

The crowd, estimated by organizers at 2,000 people, marched nearly two miles from La Placita Park at Seventh Street and Mount Vernon Avenue to the steps in front of City Hall.

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Poizner

Published: Sunday, May. 2, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

The truth behind the charges in this year’s political campaigns.

Did Steve Poizner back a voter initiative that resulted in $40 billion in higher taxes?

Although Poizner bills himself as the “tax-cut guy,” he has supported making it easier for voters to issue bonds and raise taxes to build and repair schools.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: State fiscal plan mostly just wishes

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com The Sacramento Bee
Published: Sunday, May. 2, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Cross the fingers of both hands, hold them out in front of you, close your eyes and think beautiful thoughts. Congratulations, you are now fully qualified to help fashion a new state budget.

Say what?

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