Archive for June 16th, 2010

Political newcomer and Tea Party candidate Tim Donnelly’s lead over Christopher Lancaster in the race for the Republican nomination in the 59th Assembly District is down to just 367 votes this evening.

That’s just a 1.0% difference.

Read the rest of this entry »

Six San Bernardino County high schools made Newsweeks’s 2010 list of America’s Best High Schools.

The magazine ranks the country’s top 1,600 high schools. (6% of the total)

San Bernardino County schools making the cut are:

Read the rest of this entry »

FOXNews: California Primary Bucks the Trend

** Paragraph 11 of this column has an interesting observation **

Opinion

By Christian Whiton

Published June 09, 2010

In Tuesday’s California primary elections, the state bucked the trend elsewhere where conservative candidates have been ascendant. The two big GOP nomination races, for governor and U.S. senator, were won easily by Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina. They both trounced more conservative rivals in elections marked by surprisingly low turnout in this year of the tea party. The primary reason: money.

Whitman flooded a primary opponent who sought to reduce California’s sky-high taxes on businesses and individuals. She committed an estimated $71 million of her own funds. Fiorina, who spent at estimated $5 million of a personal fortune, amassed 57 percent of the vote and easily defeated conservative state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, a west coast version of Florida’s Marco Rubio, and fiscally conservative former Congressman Tom Campbell.

Read the rest of this entry »

You can usually tell a newspaper and their agenda when you contrast and compare stories by two reporters for two different newspapers, who are sitting in the same room.

The two newspapers in this case? The San Bernardino Sun/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin and the Riverside Press Enterprise.

The subject? The corruption trial of former Assessor employee and Rancho Cucamonga Councilman Rex Gutierrez.

The reporters? Joe Nelson for The Sun and Richard K. De Atley for the Press Enterprise.

Read the rest of this entry »

RivPE: Councilman hired as favor to developer, witness says

Aleman

10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, June 15, 2010

By RICHARD K. DE ATLEY
The Press-Enterprise

The credibility of the prosecution’s star witness in its corruption case against former members of the San Bernardino County assessor’s office was attacked in court Tuesday after he testified about how a Rancho Cucamonga city councilman was hired as a favor for a developer.

Former assistant assessor Adam Aleman said the councilman, Rex Gutierrez, was made an intergovernmental affairs officer in 2007 by then-San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus.

Read the rest of this entry »

SBSun: Testimony links official, builder

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/15/2010 09:27:00 PM PDT

Former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus refused to discipline a Rancho Cucamonga councilman who worked in his office because Postmus didn’t want to upset a prominent Rancho Cucamonga developer, according to court testimony Tuesday.

Instead, Postmus had his assistant assessor, Adam Aleman, produce a talking points memo regarding the work habits of Rex Gutierrez so Postmus could go over them with developer Jeff Burum, Aleman testified Tuesday in San Bernardino Superior Court on Day 2 of Gutierrez’s trial.

Read the rest of this entry »

RivPE: Public-safety pension measure heading to voters

10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, June 15, 2010

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County supervisors Tuesday voted to place a union-backed measure to protect public-safety pensions on the November ballot.

The initiative, supported by the Riverside Sheriff’s Association, qualified for the ballot last month after backers gathered enough signatures.

Read the rest of this entry »

DailyBulletin: State panel fines two developers

Lewises late to report donations
Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Created: 06/15/2010 09:05:13 PM PDT

A commission that regulates campaign financing in the state has fined two executives from Upland-based The Lewis Group of Cos.

The California Fair Political Practices Commission fined Richard A. Lewis and David R. Lewis for not filing semiannual campaign statements in a timely manner. The two Upland residents on Thursday each agreed to pay $400 in penalties.

Read the rest of this entry »

RivPE: Delayed vote results prompts probe

RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Delay in vote count leads to inquiry into last week’s election.

11:02 PM PDT on Tuesday, June 15, 2010

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County officials launched an internal investigation Tuesday into last week’s election, amid growing criticism that the registrar’s office didn’t tally the vote quickly enough.

“We have always been accurate,” said County Executive Officer Bill Luna, who will oversee the inquiry. “Now we have to be quicker.”

Registrar of Voters Barbara Dunmore has come under fire for not finishing counting the votes cast on Election Day until nearly 6:45 a.m. the morning after the election.

Read the rest of this entry »

SBSun: Union says county should hold off on crime lab

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/15/2010 06:06:09 PM PDT

The county Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday to move forward with a plan to spend $25 million on a new crime lab, but the union representing most of the county’s rank-and-file public safety officers says the county should hold off for now.

Bill Abernathie, president of the Safety Employees Benefit Association (SEBA), says a new Sheriff’s Department crime lab is needed but that, with the county facing a nearly $90 million budget gap for the coming year, this might not be the time.

Read the rest of this entry »

SBSun: Nuaimi to step down as Fontana mayor

Melissa Pinion-Whitt, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/15/2010 04:31:47 PM PDT

FONTANA – Mayor Mark Nuaimi plans to step down from his seat at the end of the month because he is being hired as a city manager elsewhere.

Nuaimi, 44, who has served on the council 14 years, made the announcement during the council meeting Monday evening. He said it would be his last meeting as Fontana mayor.

Read the rest of this entry »

SBSun: Colton holds off on utility tax issue

Michael Sorba, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/15/2010 09:42:04 PM PDT

COLTON – The fate of a tax that officials expect will provide almost 16 percent of the city’s income in the coming fiscal year is still uncertain.

At the start of Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, the city announced it’s canceling a plan to ask voters to extend its utility users tax – set to end June 30, 2011 – until 2026.

Read the rest of this entry »

SBSun: SB Council addresses fiscal challenges on horizon

Spending plan crafted

Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/15/2010 09:29:25 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Yet another year of declining revenue from sales and property taxes portends to make the summer of 2010 a tough budget season at City Hall.

The City Council convened Tuesday evening to begin its task of crafting a spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1. City Hall has only released its “Plan A” budget, the one that assumes that the council and voters will agree that existing city services are valuable enough to justify raised taxes and higher fees.

Read the rest of this entry »

DailyBulletin: Kurth unsure about running for re-election

Wendy Leung, Staff Writer
Created: 06/15/2010 04:58:13 PM PDT

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – With his hopes of joining the state Legislature dashed, Mayor Don Kurth said he is unsure of his plans in November, when he is up for re-election.

Despite being the highest fundraiser among seven candidates for the 63rd Assembly District primary, Kurth placed third on June 8, behind winner Mike Morrell and tea party ally Paul Chabot.

Read the rest of this entry »

SBSun: Council advances sales-tax measure

Jesse B. Gill, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/15/2010 09:28:19 PM PDT

REDLANDS – The City Council took a step toward establishing a new source of revenue Tuesday by voting to move forward on a half-cent sales tax.

The council voted unanimously to direct city staff to draft a measure that would allow voters to accept or deny the new tax in the November election.

About 58 percent of residents in a March poll said they would support a new sales tax to fund certain city services.

Read the rest of this entry »

DailyBulletin: Another budget impasse looms

Rebecca Kimitch, Staff Writer
Created: 06/15/2010 09:10:53 PM PDT

The deadline by which the Legislature is supposed to pass a state budget came and went Tuesday, with most Sacramento lawmakers saying it will be months before they can find an answer to the $19.1 billion deficit.

By all indications, the state this summer will see the same partisan bickering over the massive spending cuts proposed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the tax increases and elimination of corporate tax breaks proposed by Democrats.

Read the rest of this entry »

PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State

June 15, 2010 | 7:10 pm

National Republicans, buoyed by what they see as a potential resurgence in California, pledged Tuesday to send significant financial, logistical and strategic resources to the state in coming weeks.

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, speaking to reporters on a conference call, said Republicans in years past have treated California as a “flyover” state because of Democrats’ electoral edge, or little more than fertile grounds for fundraising.

Read the rest of this entry »

By Jim Sanders
jsanders@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Jun. 16, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 4A

The chairman of the California commission that sets legislative pay said Tuesday that he supports another reduction in salaries and benefits, which would mark the second consecutive year of targeting lawmakers’ pocketbooks.

“I’m going to vote for it, as long as it’s not punitive,” said Chuck Murray, chairman of the California Citizens Compensation Committee.

Read the rest of this entry »

SacBee: CalPERS set to approve state contribution hike

Published: Wednesday, Jun. 16, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 8B

CalPERS today will likely approve a $600 million increase in state contributions to the beleaguered pension fund.

The fund’s benefits and program administration committee Tuesday recommended the increase in a unanimous vote. The full board of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System will vote today.

Read the rest of this entry »