Archive for June 18th, 2010

InlandPolitics: The Gutierrez trial: Next week the defense

Next week the attorney for Rex Gutierrez is expected to begin presenting his defense to what is now being reported as a bored-looking jury.

The big question is who from the county government center will get a subpoena slapped in their hand?

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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.

This is part two in a series covering the disparity in reporting by The Sun / Inland Valley Daily Bulletin Newspaper. The papers are a part of the Los Angeles News Group, which is a subsidiary of MediaNews Group.

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RivPE: Rancho Cucamonga developer’s influence questioned

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11:45 PM PDT on Thursday, June 17, 2010

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

Rancho Cucamonga Councilman Rex Gutierrez’s role in city decisions involving an influential developer were the subject of debate Thursday, the third day of testimony in the San Bernardino County corruption trial.

Two of Gutierrez’s colleagues on the council faced lengthy questioning from attorneys about city negotiations over projects with companies connected to Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum.

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SBSun: Councilman’s pay records under scrutiny

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/17/2010 07:38:44 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Rancho Cucamonga City Councilman Rex Gutierrez was paid thousands of dollars for work never performed between May and October 2007 at the San Bernardino County Assessor’s Office, according to court testimony Thursday.

Gutierrez indicated on time sheets that he either worked a full eight hours at the Assessor’s Office or took paid sick leave for days he spent attending meetings, conferences in California and Nevada, and other events in his capacity as a councilman.

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James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/17/2010 06:08:42 PM PDT

In 2008, Democratic candidate Linda Jones, a Palmdale teacher and school board member, nearly scored a huge upset: She came within about 3 percentage points of beating Republican Steve Knight in the 36th State Assembly District.

Knight, R-Palmdale, will face Jones again in November, in a rematch of one of 2008’s closest Assembly races.

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Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/17/2010 08:39:53 PM PDT

FONTANA – With a balanced budget going forward, city leaders still must contend with state takeaways, a sluggish economy and slow redevelopment over the next few years.

The roughly $271 million operating budget for fiscal 2010-11 beginning July 1 is shaped by revenue reductions and cost-savings measures that have staved off service cuts for the time being.

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RivPE: Can’t assume government-sent messages are private

10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, June 17, 2010

By RICHARD K. DE ATLEY
The Press-Enterprise

Ontario police officials did not violate the constitutional rights of an officer when they reviewed his personal messages to see if he was abusing privileges with his department-issued text pager, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Some of those messages were sexually explicit.

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VVDailyPress: Victorville may lose 9 deputies

June 17, 2010 5:36 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • The city could have nine fewer Sheriff’s deputies starting July 1, unless the council approves another way to cut $1.3 million just added to an extremely tight budget.

An alternative on the table is laying off more city employees outside public safety. However, Mayor Pro Tem Mike Rothschild said that option is drying up.

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DailyBulletin: Nuaimi named city manager in Yucca Valley

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Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Created: 06/17/2010 06:26:55 PM PDT

YUCCA VALLEY – The city council here voted 5-0 Thursday to approve a contract making Fontana Mayor Mark Nuaimi the city manager.

Nuaimi announced this week he is stepping down as mayor at the end of the month. He’ll begin work in Yucca Valley July 6.

His new job will pay him $190,000 a year.

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