Archive for May 21st, 2010

InlandPolitics: Lemkau cancels KFI interview again

What a shocker!

KFI-AM 640 has announced that San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge Robert Lemkau has cancelled his appearance on the John and Ken Show scheduled for the 4 o’clock hour this afternoon.

The second cancellation.

It seems Lemkau’s PR firm had previously scheduled a more important conflicting interview with another media outlet.

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The small efforts deployed against San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos might be somewhat comical, but that’s about it.

The two term incumbent DA is on a sure path to reelection in a little more than two weeks. The two attorneys in the race, Frank Guzman and Bob Conaway, lack ability to raise the necessary funding for a successful candidacy.

Ramos effectively dissuaded any serious contenders from coming forward and challenge him.

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Many people are asking why it appears San Bernardino County seems to be ignoring many of the problems occurring at its own Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC).

The answer that seems to be surfacing is political.

As in campaign contributions.

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** This story is being brought forward at the request of a reader. The point being District Attorney Mike Ramos appears to be focused so much on eliminating his political enemies, than seeing justice done on true crimes against the community and its residents.

Kenneth Good

By Charles Roberts, Editor
Highland Community News
Published: Thursday, May 13, 2010 4:38 PM CDT

Rico Von Heninburg has had 71 court dates so far, and neighbors say that’s enough.

Kenneth Good, 87, was awakened in the predawn hours of Aug. 29, 2008, by a man beating him with a barbell. He was knocked unconscious, and called 911 when he awoke at 5:15 a.m.

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RivPE: Tavaglione seeks fifth term as supervisor

10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, May 20, 2010

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione’s quest for another term on the board will be a different experience for the longtime incumbent.

After running unopposed for the past three elections, Tavaglione faces opposition as he seeks a fifth four-year term representing the county’s 2nd District.

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RivPE: Ten candidates on ballot for 59th Assembly District

10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, May 20, 2010

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

The race to succeed Assemblyman Anthony Adams is a crowded affair.

Adams, R-Hesperia, announced in January that he would not seek re-election to his 59th Assembly District seat. The district stretches from San Bernardino to the outskirts of Los Angeles.

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Steve Poizner

Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 05/20/2010 09:49:16 PM PDT

Now that Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Poizner is catching up to his primary opponent in the polls, experts say he needs to focus less on attack ads and give voters a positive reason to vote for him in the June 8 primary.

Poizner, the state insurance commissioner who is running governor against former eBay chief executive Meg Whitman in the GOP primary, has benefited from his strategy attacking Whitman, analysts say.

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Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 05/20/2010 09:49:15 PM PDT

MONTCLAIR – City Council members unanimously approved a two-tier pension program that will reduce the retirement benefit for non-safety employees hired after June 20.

The city’s retirement rate and annual costs will decrease as a result of the contract amendment with the California Public Employees’ Retirement System that was approved at Monday’s council meeting. The change does not affect police officers and firefighters.

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SBSun: School districts poised to cut classified staff

Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/20/2010 04:02:49 PM PDT

Area school districts will have to make do with fewer cafeteria workers, custodians and other classified employees during the next school year.

After announcing hundreds of teacher layoffs in recent days, school districts throughout the San Bernardino area are planning to layoff other employees to save money in these tight fiscal times.

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10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, May 20, 2010

By GENE GHIOTTO
The Press-Enterprise

A Lake Elsinore businessman was arrested today on suspicion of conspiring to hide his involvement in the failed effort to recall Lake Elsinore City Councilman Thomas Buckley.

Riverside County district attorney’s office investigators arrested Michel Knight, 49, outside his Temecula Valley Wine Country home about 9:40 a.m.

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DailyBulletin: Pomona to address tough cuts

Monica Rodriguez, Staff Writer
Created: 05/20/2010 09:49:14 PM PDT

POMONA – The city is closing a more than $14 million budget gap but to do so it will need to carry out massive cuts, including employee layoffs.

City administrators presented a preliminary budget Wednesday night to City Council members that has a balanced general fund, but calls for laying off 54 employees.

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RivPE: Ontario airport’s revenue and expenses to drop

10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Ontario International Airport’s revenue projections for its next fiscal year, starting July, have been lowered further. A presentation made this month to the Los Angeles World Airports board of commissioners shows Ontario earning revenues of $75.5 million in fiscal year 2011. In a February report, LAWA staff forecast that the airport would earn $78.6 million.

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SBSun: UR students rally against Arizona law

Chantal M. Lovell, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/20/2010 06:57:41 PM PDT

REDLANDS – University of Redlands students took to the streets Thursday evening to show their disagreement with an Arizona law they say legalizes racial profiling.

About 50 students rallied with signs and loudspeakers at the Market Night road block on Orange Street at Redlands Boulevard.

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com The Sacramento Bee
Published: Friday, May. 21, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Jerry Brown is lovin’ it.

The Democratic attorney general can take his nomination for governor for granted while watching two wealthy GOP rivals spend millions of dollars beating up on each other for not being right-wing enough.

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Harris

Jaxon Van Derbeken, Chronicle Staff Writer
Friday, May 21, 2010

(05-20) 18:34 PDT SAN FRANCISCO —

San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris’ office violated defendants’ rights by hiding damaging information about a police drug lab technician and was indifferent to demands that it account for its failings, a judge declared Thursday.

Superior Court Judge Anne-Christine Massullo stopped short of granting a request by more than 40 drug defendants that their cases be dismissed because of prosecutorial misconduct, saying that decision must be left up to the judges hearing their cases.

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Villalobos

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, May. 21, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Former CalPERS board member Alfred Villalobos defended himself against influence-peddling allegations Thursday and demanded that officials unfreeze his bank accounts and other assets.

Villalobos, accused in a lawsuit by Attorney General Jerry Brown of showering CalPERS officials with gifts to influence investment decisions, called the lawsuit “distorted and generally misleading.”

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County leaders say taxpayers would still have to foot the bill under Schwarzenegger’s plan. The size of the monthly grant to recipients would drop, though.

By Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times

May 21, 2010

Reporting from Sacramento

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s plan to save $1.6 billion a year by eliminating welfare is the budgetary equivalent of rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic, say county officials: The cost would simply get shifted to them, and California taxpayers would end up paying about the same amount for a smaller social safety net.

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PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State

May 20, 2010 | 6:36 pm

An aide to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger sent campaign material from her state e-mail account and appeared to be soliciting opposition while at work to a proposed initiative that would suspend California’s anti-global warming law, according to documents released by a taxpayers’ group Thursday.

Lisa Kalustian, a chief deputy director at the governor’s Los Angeles office, sent an e-mail at 11:09 a.m. March 30 that included an “endorsement form” with the letterhead and address of Californians for Clean Energy & Jobs, the name of a political committee formed to fight the initiative.

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