Archive for May 8th, 2010

InlandPolitics: Slap at former colleague ends bad week for Biane

San Bernardino County Supervisor Paul Biane ended a not so good week taking an ironic slap at a former friend and colleague.

The week started with a new controversy surrounding a complaint from Biane’s chief of staff Matt Brown. Brown claims he’s being harassed and retaliated against for cooperating with county investigators in a probe which has targeted his boss. Brown’s complaint letter made waves for Biane most of the week.

Then yesterday comes along this beauty of a campaign piece delivered to Second District mailboxes.

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10:00 PM PDT on Friday, May 7, 2010

By RICHARD K. DE ATLEY
The Press-Enterprise

With a month to go before election day, and two days before early voting begins, there’s no point in saying the race for the Riverside County district attorney’s office is heating up. It’s been on fire since February .

Incumbent Rod Pacheco and challenger Paul Zellerbach are both experienced Riverside County prosecutors — Zellerbach started with the office in 1978 and Pacheco in 1984. Zellerbach was Pacheco’s supervisor in the office.

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RivPE: Deadline met, mostly, for Colton Crossing agreement

10:11 PM PDT on Friday, May 7, 2010

By DUG BEGLEY
The Press-Enterprise

San Bernardino County transportation officials met a state deadline Friday to keep a $202 million railroad overpass project on track, according to officials who negotiated the hastily finalized deal.

The Colton Crossing will separate the Union Pacific Railroad and BNSF Railway tracks where they cross in a residential neighborhood in Colton, south of Interstate 10. The Union Pacific tracks will be raised via an overpass atop the BNSF line, eliminating a freight bottleneck that has contributed to pollution and led to delays in getting goods moving in and out of Southern California.

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James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Created: 05/07/2010 06:09:54 PM PDT

Redevelopment agencies will have to pay $1.7 billion to public schools Monday in a complicated funding scheme aimed at giving the state’s ailing budget a shot in the arm.

A Sacramento judge ruled Tuesday that the funding shift is legal, though redevelopment agencies have appealed that decision. The California Redevelopment Association asked an appellate court to allow agencies to hold on to its money while the appeal is heard, but the court denied that request Friday afternoon.

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VVDailyPress: Hesperia board rolls back 77 teacher layoffs

Teachers still on the hook for $8.4 million in cuts
May 07, 2010 1:42 PM
Beau Yarbrough

HESPERIA • It’s a day of mixed blessings for Hesperia teachers.

In a special meeting Friday morning, the Hesperia Unified School District school board voted to rescind pink slips the district had issued to 77 teachers earlier in the spring.

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SBSun: April sees job increase, rise in unemployment rate

Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/07/2010 05:48:24 PM PDT

The economy got what it was looking for in April: A burst of hiring that added a net 290,000 jobs – the biggest monthly total in four years.

Although jobs were gained, national unemployment rose to 9.9 percent due to an influx of people re-entering the labor market.

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10:00 PM PDT on Friday, May 7, 2010

By KIMBERLY PIERCEALL
The Press-Enterprise

When an entertainer arrives to perform at a nearby casino or a corporate executive flies in to visit a local company, San Bernardino International Airport officials are hoping they taxi up to the doorstep of the just-opened $20 million Million Air terminal.

The two-story general aviation facility that caters to the pilots and users of corporate jets sits in the middle of two large hangars — each about 26,000 to 35,000 square feet — that will be leased to businesses chartering aircraft and managing jets that owners wish to pay rent to park at the airport.

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SBSun: Million Air takes in first flights at SBIA

Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/07/2010 08:01:08 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – The long-awaited Million Air terminal at San Bernardino International Airport has wrapped up its first business week of accepting paying flights.

The first flights at Million Air may prove to be the start of the most significant air travel business at SBIA.

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RivPE: Few donations in Senate race came from region

10:00 PM PDT on Friday, May 7, 2010

By BEN GOAD
Washington Bureau

Four candidates vying for California’s contested U.S. Senate seat have collected more than $23 million in campaign contributions, thanks to donors from coast to coast. But only a tiny fraction of that largesse came from Inland Southern California — a region that makes up more than one-tenth of the state’s electorate.

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SacBee: The Buzz: Hopes for a revenue bump dim

Published: Saturday, May. 8, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Predicting monthly revenue is never an easy task, and state Controller John Chiang confirmed Friday that California fell well short of what the Department of Finance had expected to receive in April.

How short? Through March, the state had been running $2.3 billion ahead of projections for the fiscal year that ends June 30. But April came in behind by $3.6 billion, Chiang said. The net effect is that, for the time being, California’s deficit has grown by $1.3 billion.

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Calbuzz: Team eMeg: Dem Ad is a Plot to Pick a GOP Loser

May 8, 2010

Meg Whitman’s campaign pushed back on a new $800K Democratic TV attack buy Friday, charging that the state party’s new ad is a cynical, underhanded, union-financed effort to help Steve Poizner win the Republican nomination for governor.

And anyway, they insisted, it’s not an effective spot. All righty then: the food’s awful and the portions are too small.

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