Archive for June 2nd, 2010

InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Ethics Commission and Sunshine Ordinance dead?

Dead silence.

I’m sure most at the San Bernardino County Government Center like the current silence, when it comes to talk of forming an Ethics Commission and implementation of a Sunshine Ordinance.

An Ethics Commission is a necessary element needed in San Bernardino County Government for a myriad of reasons covered on this blog. It is becoming more and more evident that a commission with broad powers to investigate, level fines, and make formal referrals is desperately needed. Other counties have found the same necessity.

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InlandPolitics: AD 63: Interesting dynamics in play

Interesting dynamics are in play in the race to replace Assemblyman Bill Emmerson (R-Hemet).

Emmerson is termed out of the State Assembly and is on his way to assuming the seat previously occupied by Riverside county Supervisor John Benoit.

Of the field competing for the 63rd Assembly District, five GOP candidates are making things interesting to say the least

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GnanaDev

www.iepolitics.com

Written by Administrator
June 2nd, 2010 at 12:26 am

Several weeks ago iePolitics was tipped off to the fact that Dr. Dev GnanaDev, medical director for San Bernardino County’s only county-run hospital, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC), owns a number of pieces of real property in San Bernardino County and elsewhere. Because of some of the accusations surrounding at least one piece of said property, which we will detail at a later date, an attempt was made to verify that Dr. GnanaDev properly reported his real estate investments on his Form 700.

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RivPE: SB Sheriff outspends his opponents

Sheriff Rod Hoops

10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, June 1, 2010

By PAUL LAROCCO
The Press-Enterprise

San Bernardino County Sheriff Rod Hoops has raised more and outspent his election opponents by a margin of more than 12 to 1, according to campaign finance reports released last week.

Hoops, appointed sheriff in 2009 and seeking his first elected term, received $129,667 in contributions from mid-March through late May, giving him more than $140,000 for the year. He has spent $196,090 since January.

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District Attorney Rod Pacheco

10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, June 1, 2010

By RICHARD K. DE ATLEY
The Press-Enterprise

District Attorney Rod Pacheco raised $47,000 in campaign donations in eight weeks, compared with $129,000 raised in the same period by challenger Paul Zellerbach, according to campaign contribution and expenditure forms.

But Pacheco, a three-term assemblyman who ran unopposed in 2006 for his first term as district attorney, started the March 18-May 22 reporting period with $452,000, considerably more than Zellerbach’s $19,180.

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RivPE: Whitman meets voters at Riverside restaurant

Meg Whitman

By PE Politics
on June 1, 2010 11:22 AM

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Meg Whitman met with more than three dozen voters over breakfast at a Riverside restaurant this morning.

With the June 8 election a week away, Whitman campaigned at Crest Cafe on Canyon Crest Drive before heading to Orange County.

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Absentees are key

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Created: 06/01/2010 09:59:32 PM PDT

Election day is six days away, but candidates in local races are hoping they’ve received thousands of votes already.

With absentee voting gaining in popularity, candidates are focusing more and more on reaching out to voters who will cast their ballots before Tuesday.

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SBSun: Developers invest in local elections

Growth brings in donors

Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/01/2010 09:59:31 PM PDT

The mayoral campaigns in some of the Inland Empire’s fastest growing cities rake in more than $100,000 each in political contributions.

The last mayoral race in Montclair, a city with little room to grow, brought in $13,000 in contributions.

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Morrell criticizes GOP hopefuls for 63rd Assembly
Chantal M. Lovell, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/01/2010 09:26:44 PM PDT

REDLANDS – Republican candidates for the 63rd Assembly District seat want to set the record straight following a mailer they say distorts the truth.

A campaign advertisement paid for by Mike Morrell for State Assembly 2010 hit mailboxes last week and accuses fellow Republican candidates Pat Gilbreath, Don Kurth and Acquanetta Warren of taking a less than conservative stance on illegal immigration, taxes and government spending.

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Rep. Gary Miller

Congressman calls allegations political attacks
Staff Reports
Created: 06/01/2010 09:37:07 PM PDT

Rep. Gary Miller on Tuesday responded to accusations that he is misrepresenting his military service, calling them nothing more than political attacks.

Harper’s magazine published an article on its website earlier in the day questioning whether Miller, R-Brea, was honest about his time in the U.S. Army.

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Board OKs boycott

Troy Anderson and Connie Llanos, Staff Writers
Created: 06/01/2010 10:04:13 PM PDT

Two Los Angeles governing boards Tuesday joined a list of cities, counties and community groups that have slammed Arizona’s tough new immigration law.

In a split vote along party lines, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors agreed to suspend all travel to Arizona for county business unless the travel is considered imperative; ban county investments in Arizona securities; and review all contracts with Arizona-based companies and report on how those contracts can be terminated.

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RivPE: Report on police chief’s DUI stop released

Leach

09:51 PM PDT on Tuesday, June 1, 2010

By PAUL LaROCCO and ALICIA ROBINSON
The Press-Enterprise

The two Riverside police officers immediately realized the traffic stop they had just made would be a “political nightmare.”

Their chief, Russ Leach, was behind the wheel of a car worn down to its rims, driving without its lights just before 3 a.m. Smelling strongly of alcohol, Leach greeted them by holding his badge straight out the window.

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RivPE: San Bernardino County investment pool rated high

10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, June 1, 2010

San Bernardino County’s investment pool has received top ratings from a national credit agency, the auditor/controller/treasurer-tax collector’s office announced Tuesday.

Fitch Ratings gave the $4 billion pool AAA and V1 ratings, the top credit rating. Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s, the two other top national credit agencies, have provided similar ratings to the county.

–Imran Ghori

ighori@PE.com

RivPE: Pro-Stone TV ads, but where’s the money?

By PE Politics
on June 1, 2010 2:41 PM

A group backing the Senate candidacy of Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone has produced an ad featuring a leading supporter of Arizona’s new law targeting illegal immigrants.

A related group has produced an ad going after Stone’s main rival for the Republican nomination in the 36th Senate District, Assemblyman Joel Anderson, R-Alpine.

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By PE News
on June 1, 2010 12:26 PM

Backers of a move to recall four San Jacinto City Council members indicted in a political corruption probe filed petitions — with more than 4,000 signatures each — with the city this morning.

San Jacinto City Clerk Rick Miller will count the signatures before forwarding the petitions to the Riverside County Registrar of Voters Office, where signatures will be checked against voter rolls for verification.

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Tom Campbell

The former congressman will rely on Internet appeals and phone calls as his chief rival, Carly Fiorina, shoots ahead in what once was a close contest to replace Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer.

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times

June 2, 2010

Capitulating to his dwindling campaign treasury, Republican Senate candidate Tom Campbell pulled his television advertising Tuesday and in the closing days of the primary race will rely on Internet appeals and telephone calls to make his case to GOP voters.

The move creates an enormous hurdle for the former congressman at a time when his chief rival, Carly Fiorina, has loaned several million dollars to her campaign and, on the strength of a generous round of TV ads, has shot ahead in what was once a close contest to replace Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer.

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WSJ: GOP Has Big Funding Edge in Race to Lead California

Jerry Brown

By STU WOO And JOHN R. EMSHWILLER
Bloomberg News

Democrat Jerry Brown, pictured Tuesday, has raised less cash than Republicans but also has spent less so far.

California’s presumptive Democratic nominee for governor, Jerry Brown, badly trails the leading Republican candidates on the fund-raising front. Oddly enough, though, he appears well-situated for the general election.

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Meg Whitman                 Carly Fiorina

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

The 1992 election became known as the “year of the woman” after female candidates won many California political offices, including both U.S. Senate seats.

It was, however, almost entirely a Democratic Party phenomenon as Republicans continued to field arrays of male candidates.

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Schnur

By Torey Van Oot
tvanoot@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Jun. 2, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed Dan Schnur as chairman of the Fair Political Practices Commission, California’s political watchdog agency.

Schnur, the director of University of Southern California’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, is a veteran Republican strategist who served as communications director for former Gov. Pete Wilson and for Sen. John McCain’s 2000 presidential bid.

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LATimes: Jerry Brown aims first volley at Meg Whitman

CALIFORNIA ELECTIONS

Democrat’s first online ad targets GOP frontrunner in governor’s race as part of an effort to throw her off balance.
By Seema Mehta and Cathleen Decker, Los Angeles Times

June 2, 2010

Republicans have yet to formally decide their gubernatorial nominee, but California Democrats are already launching their campaign against the candidate they expect to win: frontrunner Meg Whitman.

The California Nurses Assn. will begin advertising Wednesday on Spanish-language radio stations about the billionaire’s position on immigration, a coalition of unions plans to launch anti-Whitman TV ads next week and presumptive Democratic nominee Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown unveiled his first online spot on Tuesday.

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