Archive for May 20th, 2010

LATimes: Perez says Poizner would be easier Republican to beat

PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State

May 20, 2010 | 1:21 pm

The morning after dining at President Obama’s table at a White House state dinner, Assembly Speaker John Perez (D-Los Angeles) hit the cable news circuit. Appearing on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown,” Perez said Jerry Brown should be rooting for Steve Poizner in the Republican gubernatorial race.

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Fox&Hounds: PPIC’s Poll … and Ours

By Joel Fox

Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee
Thu, May 20th, 2010

The Public Policy Institute of California came out with its last pre-primary poll confirming that the Whitman-Poizner Republican gubernatorial race has closed considerably over the last two months. Whitman holds a 9-point lead over Poizner, including leading across the board in all demographic categories. Her lead has dropped dramatically since the March PPIC poll, which had Whitman ahead by 50-points.

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KFI-AM 640 Radio talk show hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou have announced that San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge Robert Lemkau has agreed to appear on their show during the 4 P.M. hour tomorrow.

InlandPolitics.com has learned the Medical Director for San Bernardino County-owned Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) has cut a deal with a Riverside County-based Anesthesiology Medical Group to replace its current provider.

There’s just two problems.

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InlandPolitics: PPIC poll shows Poizner can’t beat Brown

Whitman                        Poizner

The Public Policy Institute of California poll released last night did highlight a very valid point.

The point being Steve Poizner can’t beat Jerry Brown in a November face off, but Former eBAY CEO Meg Whitman can. And republicans are less likely to nominate someone who will likely lose in November.

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Politico: Talk of gavel-grabbing Republicans may be premature

Rep. Jerry Lewis

By JONATHAN ALLEN | 5/20/10 4:44 AM EDT

Five months out from the November midterms, Republicans are positioning themselves for the committee chairmanships they’ll hold if they win back control of the House.

In Rep. Jack Kingston’s mind, it’s about time for Reps. Jerry Lewis and Joe Barton to step aside after three full terms as the top Republicans on the Appropriations and Energy and Commerce committees, respectively.

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10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, May 19, 2010

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County supervisors Tuesday criticized a proposed ballot measure that would lock in the pension benefits for sheriff’s deputies and other public-safety workers.

The Riverside Sheriff’s Association-backed initiative would prohibit the Board of Supervisors from changing pension benefits without a vote of the electorate and require the county to keep the current retirement formula under CalPers.

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RivPE: 3 vie for auditor-controller

RIVERSIDE COUNTY: They want to succeed Robert Byrd, who is not running for re-election.

10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, May 19, 2010

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Three candidates with extensive experience in county government are vying to succeed Robert Byrd as Riverside County auditor-controller in the June 8 election.

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By Timothy R. Homan

May 20 (Bloomberg) — More Americans unexpectedly filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, showing firings remain elevated even as employment climbs.

Initial jobless claims rose by 25,000 to 471,000 in the week ended May 15, exceeding the median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News and the highest level in a month, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington. The number of people receiving unemployment insurance and those getting extended payments fell.

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Brad Mitzelfelt

May 19, 2010 5:40 PM
Natasha Lindstrom

SAN BERNARDINO • Now leading the agency that oversees local boundaries and services, 1st District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt said he will push to build more cooperative — and less adversarial — relationships with local agencies.

The San Bernardino Local Agency Formation Commission on Wednesday unanimously elected Mitzelfelt as its chairman. He had previously been serving as vice chairman.

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Michael J. Sorba, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/19/2010 07:12:53 PM PDT

COLTON – A unanimous California Transportation Commission vote Wednesday cleared the way for approximately $125 million in public funding for the $202 million Colton Crossing railroad grade separation project.

The commission’s vote will steer $91 million in state bond money to the project and retain about $34 million in federal funds already earmarked for the project.

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Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/19/2010 03:45:34 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Redevelopment officials here say that combining the city’s several redevelopment zones into two big zones will make it easier to manage public money and exercise their agency’s powers.

“The merger is essentially a technical correction for us,” said Emil Marzullo, interim director of the San Bernardino Economic Development Agency. “What we have now is 14 redevelopment areas and it makes it somewhat unwieldy.”

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SBSun: San Bernardino City teachers agree to pay cut

Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/19/2010 03:43:33 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Teachers in the city’s school district have agreed to take a pay cut for the 2010-11 school year and beyond.

This week the school board approved teachers taking an almost 2 percent pay cut, following recent negotiations between the district and the San Bernardino Teachers Association.

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SacBee: CalPERS postpones $600 million rate hike

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, May. 20, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Wary of putting more pressure on the state budget, Cal-PERS stepped back from the brink of billing the state for an additional $600 million Wednesday – and signaled that it might postpone the rate hike for an entire year.

One day after a key committee urged passage of the rate hike, the pension fund’s governing board voted to put off the matter until next month. State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, a CalPERS board member, proposed the delay and suggested the pension fund might wait until mid-2011 to impose higher rates on the state.

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