Archive for June 28th, 2010

iePolitics: Can justice be found in San Bernardino County – Part 5

The administration of justice is the firmest pillar of government.

~George Washington~

Written by Administrator
June 28th, 2010 at 10:14 pm

I intended for the final installment in this series to profile the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. But how many times can I write about the incestuous relationships between District Attorney Mike Ramos, Conflict Panel attorneys, Public Defender Doreen Boxer and judges—relationships that often should be prohibited by conflict laws if not their own sense of integrity and morality? Unfortunately, as we know “integrity and morality” are not important qualities to many of these individuals.

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InlandPolitics: Closing arguments conclude in Gutierrez trial

It was the defense’s turn this morning in San Bernardino County Superior Court in the trial of Rancho Cucamonga city councilman and former Assessor employee Rex Gutierrez.

Gutierrez is facing three felony counts related to alleged time card fraud while working for Assessor Bill Postmus.

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LATimes: Sen. Robert Byrd dies at 92

The West Virginia lawmaker was the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history and cast more votes than any other member since taking office in 1959.

Sen. Byrd talks to members of the media before the resumption of President Clinton’s impeachment trial. Byrd was openly hostile over Clinton’s affair with White House intern Monica S. Lewinsky. (Timothy Clary / AFP/Getty Images / January 26, 1999)

By Johanna Neuman, Special to the Los Angeles Times

June 28, 2010 | 7:09 a.m.

Reporting from Washington —

Robert Carlyle Byrd, the West Virginia Democrat who was often called this generation’s conscience of the Senate for his devotion to the system of constitutional checks and balances and the prerogatives of power, died Monday. He was 92.

Byrd, who served longer than any member of Congress in U.S. history and cast more congressional votes than anyone since taking office in January 1959, died at about 3 a.m. at Inova Hospital in Fairfax, Va., a spokesman for the family said.

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Sunday, June 27, 2010 – 11:27 a.m.

San Bernardino County is set to adopt its 2010-11 budget next year and the revenue assumption appears to be significantly better than originally thought.

Currently the county projects combined annual operating deficits totaling $222.1 million dollars through the 2014-15 fiscal years. A bright estimate considering current conditions.

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Sunday, June 27, 2010 – 10:16 a.m.

Now that the dust has settled over the hoop-la with the San Bernardino County union concession votes, we can see what is slated to occur at Monday’s special Board of Supervisors meeting, where the 2010-11 budget is scheduled to be approved.

The pain to be felt by sworn sheriff and district attorney employees who rejected proposed contract concessions? The deletion of vacant budgeted positions and a reduction in overtime.

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Sunday, June 27, 2010 – 05:28 p.m.

Designated as a significantly under capitalized is nearly always a death blow for a credit union.

The institution so-designated has to raise capital by generating earnings or shrink its balance sheet or both. Arrowhead was doing just that. But its actions was not enough to stop the hemorrhaging. The Inland Empire economy is showing no tangible signs of improvement as the number of unemployed continues to grow.

A significant factor affecting Arrowhead’s loan quality (delinquency rate).

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SBSun: San Bernardino looks at tax hike

Council considers effects of raising levy on property sales
Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/27/2010 09:51:17 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Attempts to solve a $24 million deficit could soon give the City Council a chance to decide if a higher tax on real property sales makes sense.

The question for the council – and maybe San Bernardino voters – is whether the tax will help the city solve its budget problems while blocking absentee landlords from the city, or if it will just impede recovery in the city’s housing market.

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DailyBulletin: Dems see better odds facing Donnelly

59th Assembly District

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Created: 06/27/2010 08:31:33 PM PDT

Tim Donnelly wants to cut government spending. He doesn’t believe global warming is real. He wants to bring Arizona’s latest immigration law – known as S.B. 1070 – to California.

In short, he is conservative.

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County alleges fraud in Assessor’s Office
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/27/2010 07:02:50 AM PDT

As the trial of Rancho Cucamonga Councilman Rex Gutierrez comes to a close this week, a civil lawsuit against the defendant and four other former executive staff at the county Assessor’s Office lingers on.

The county filed the lawsuit on May 12, 2009, the same day a county-commissioned investigative report detailing alleged misconduct in the Assessor’s Office under the reign of Assessor Bill Postmus was released to the public.

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SBSun: Gutierrez trial focuses on e-mail, calls

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/27/2010 09:52:30 PM PDT

After seven days of testimony, the trial of Rancho Cucamonga Councilman Rex Gutierrez approached its end Thursday with prosecutor John Goritz delivering his closing argument.

Defense attorney James Reiss delivers his closing argument today in San Bernardino Superior Court.

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VVDailyPress: San Bernardino County continues to grow

June 27, 2010 10:46 AM
DAVID KECK, Special to the Daily Press

Despite the economic downturn San Bernardino County’s population grew by 24,684 people from 2007 to 2009, according to preliminary estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The county’s population was 2,017,673 as of July 1, 2009.

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RivPE: March Healthcare investors a diverse group

10:48 PM PDT on Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

A venture capitalist, a couple of corporate chief financial officers and at least four former and current business owners are among investors in a large-scale medical complex at March Air Reserve Base.

They, along with Donald Ecker, managing member and project leader of the private company March Healthcare Development, stand to clear an estimated $25 million by the end of the decade, based on construction costs and land-sale revenue predictions. Investors will make an expected 21 percent rate of return as they push forward on what is billed to become the Inland area’s largest health care center, to be called March LifeCare.

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SacBee: Whitman, Brown offer contrasting campaign styles

By Jack Chang
Published: Monday, Jun. 28, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

One gubernatorial campaign employs nearly 70 people and contracts with dozens of others as it spares no expense finding new ways to craft and broadcast its messages.

Another relies largely on the spontaneity of its candidate with minimal infrastructure and almost nothing in the way of marketing dazzle.

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CalBuzz: The Poizner Effect: Is Jerry Brown Blowing It?


Monday, June 28, 2010

Four months before the November election, the Jerry Brown-Meg Whitman race looks like a small band of desperadoes toting six shooters facing off against a fully staffed division equipped with tanks, stinger missiles and .50 caliber machine guns.

Even so, we have to wonder if Brown doesn’t seem ruinously hellbent on employing the not-so-vaunted Poizner Strategy: keep your powder dry while constantly whining about how nasty and profligate the other side is, then fire everything you’ve got all at once, in a short burst at the end of the campaign.

Worked like a charm for The Commish, eh?

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