Archive for May 29th, 2010

InlandPolitics: S.B. County: County races; More explanation

I received a few calls today regarding the posts on the various county races. Apparently some of the challengers are oblivious to the fact that even during an anti-incumbent atmosphere as we witness today, challengers still have to put on viable campaigns.

By viable campaigns I mean published ballot statements, literature including positive and negative, and last but not least signage (Yard and 4′ x 8′ placement).

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Expect all county-wide officials to be either elected or reelected on June 8th.

Most of San Bernardino County’s elected or appointed incumbents had to run at least a basic campaign this year. Something that is healthy.

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Gary Ovitt

I won’t bother getting into campaign finance disclosures or any analysis for this seat.

Why?

After reviewing campaign finance filings, making general observations on the ground and looking at the challengers. There is only once simple conclusion to make.

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A review of campaign finance disclosures filed with the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters this week gives some interesting twists in the race involving Second District Supervisor Paul Biane.

Biane is seeking a third term amongst a field of five challengers. A run-off is all but assured.

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InlandPolitics: Guzman responds to Un lawsuit

Guzman

By: Frank H. Guzman

One of the problems with our judicial system is that anyone can file a frivolous lawsuit. Just pay the filing fees and find an attorney who does not take the time to investigate and learn the truth about the facts.

The frivolity of this lawsuit is obvious: typically in these cases, one attaches a written agreement evidencing such agreement. And in all cases when an attorney undertakes representation, such undertaking is evidenced by a written Retainer Agreement. None exists in this case.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 05/28/2010 07:46:46 PM PDT

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider a plan to lay off 85 employees and eliminate a total of 462 county positions in an effort to close an $89.4 million deficit in the county’s 2010-2011 budget.

Up to 410 additional employees, including sheriff’s deputies, could also be laid off if the county cannot negotiate new contracts with its general and safety employee unions.

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Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/28/2010 05:39:30 PM PDT

The passage of Arizona’s immigration law has brought California’s immigration policy into the debate.

Similar wording in the laws have caused some experts to question the call to boycott Arizona from California cities and individuals.

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By Rob Hotakainen
rhotakainen@mcclatchydc.com
Published: Saturday, May. 29, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

WASHINGTON – Angry at politicians and deeply disillusioned about the future, California’s GOP voters are clearly in an anti-establishment mood. But they will have little chance to express it in the June 8 election, experts say.

“The sentiment is genuine, but it doesn’t have an obvious outlet,” said Jack Pitney, political science professor at Claremont-McKenna College.

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LATimes: Carly Fiorina goes negative in the final stretch

PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
May 28, 2010 | 1:28 pm

In a strategy call unveiling new ads earlier this month, Republican Senate Candidate Carly Fiorina’s campaign consultants said the omission of any mention of her primary rivals was part of an effort to get voters focused on the contrast between Fiorina and Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer. But apparently, they’ve decided that isn’t enough to close the deal with Republican primary voters before June 8.

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Villaraigosa

By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
May 29, 2010

Since taking office in 2005, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has sat courtside next to movie mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg at three Lakers games at Staples Center. He has cheered alongside Tommy Lasorda and Dodgers owner Frank McCourt in the owner’s box at Dodger Stadium. Rarely has he missed an awards show: the Academy Awards, the Grammys, the Emmys and the BET Awards —anywhere there was a red carpet in Los Angeles, odds were Villaraigosa was photographed standing on it.

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