Archive for June 29th, 2010

InlandPolitics: Gutierrez jury requests testimony read-back (**Correction**)

Another interesting aspect of today’s deliberations in the Rex Gutierrez trial was the request for testimony read-back by the jury.

The jury requested the court reporter read-back testimony of the defendant.

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***This post was updated and revised late Tuesday night after the receipt of clarification on the jury’s inquiry. A completely different line of inquiry occurred than that originally published***

The jury deliberating the fate of Rancho Cucamonga city councilman and former Assessor employee Rex Gutierrez ended its first full day of deliberations with no verdict and a couple questions for the court and attorneys.

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Meg Whitman

By JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated Press Writer
Tuesday, June 29, 2010

(06-29) 16:13 PDT Roseville, Calif. (AP) —

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman said Tuesday lawmakers shouldn’t leave Sacramento and return to their districts for a break in the midst of a $19 billion budget crisis.

Her criticism came just two days before the start of a new fiscal year, with most of the 120 legislators expected to head home for the holiday weekend.

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OCRegister: Fiorina sees wedge between Feinstein, Boxer

Carly Fiorina

June 29th, 2010, 3:19 pm · posted by Dena Bunis, Washington Bureau Chief

Republican Carly Fiorina is in Washington, D.C. this week doing what all candidates who come to the nation’s Capital do – she’s raising money.

With just a few days before the June 30 closing of this fundraising quarter, Fiorina is here helping to beef up her contribution totals.

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SacBee: Whitman says Brown is a failure

Meg Whitman

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jun. 29, 2010 – 12:37 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jun. 29, 2010 – 2:18 pm

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman told a small crowd at a motorcycle dealership in Roseville this morning that her opponent, Democratic nominee Jerry Brown, is a failed politician and that she is the candidate who could create jobs and make government more efficient and accommodating of business.

“I know how to balance a budget,” the former eBay CEO said. “I know how to create jobs.”

Whitman spoke inside the dealership in front of 12 motorcycles on risers, flanked by Roseville Yamaha employees and two signs that said, “Jobs are on the way.”

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PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State

June 29, 2010 | 2:43 pm

The Fair Political Practices Commission has begun an investigation to determine whether Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who has accepted thousands of dollars in free tickets to sporting events, awards shows and concerts, was engaging in his “ceremonial role or duty” when he accepted those gifts, officials said Tuesday.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
June 29, 2010

A record 174 of California’s school districts have been identified as financially troubled by the state Department of Education, 38 percent more than appeared on a January list.

State schools Supt. Jack O’Connell said today the increasing number of distressed districts, including 14 receiving “negative certification” that could come under state supervision, reflects their declining state and local tax revenues. He termed it “a period of unprecedented fiscal crisis.”

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iePolitics: The Restraining Order

Cortes

www.iepolitics.com

Written by Administrator
June 29th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Here is the order:  Councilperson Cortes v. Moore Note:  There are two separate files when you open the document.  The first is the application and the second is the order.

A couple of things are noteworthy.  First, the order is for 100 yards and includes city hall, city functions, etc.  The defendant is a resident of  Grand Terrace and this order basically denies her right to participate in city government or even pay her trash bill in person.  If this order is made permanent, she would not be allowed to attend a 4th of July event if the city is sponsoring one, or a Christmas pageant, or a parade.

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On Tuesday June 29, 2010, 9:01 am EDT

For American taxpayers, now on the hook for some $145 billion in housing losses connected to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans, that amount could be just the tip of the iceberg.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the losses could balloon to $400 billion. And if housing prices fall further, the cost to the taxpayer could hit as much as $1 trillion.

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Jury deliberations to determine the fate of Rancho Cucamonga city councilman and former Assessor employee Rex Gutierrez has reconvened.

Gutierrez faces three felony charges related to alleged time card fraud during his employment under former Assessor Bill Postmus.

InlandPolitics: Real problems for Upland Mayor?

Pomierski

Word on the street has it that Upland Mayor John “JP” Pomierski is in serious trouble.

The kind of trouble you don’t resurrect yourself from.

Not the weak politically motivated stuff. More like the smoking gun category.

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YahooFinance (AP): Consumer confidence tumbles in June

Consumer Confidence Index tumbles almost 10 points as worries about jobs, recovery flare

Anne D’Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer
On Tuesday June 29, 2010, 10:46 am EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans, worried about jobs and the sluggish economic recovery, are having a relapse in confidence, causing a widely watched index to tumble in June and raising concerns about consumer spending in the critical months ahead.

The Conference Board, a private research group based in New York, said Tuesday that its Consumer Confidence Index dropped almost 10 points to 52.9, down from the revised 62.7 in May. Economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters had been expecting the reading to dip slightly to 62.8.

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RivPE: Jury starts deliberating in corruption case

Rex Gutierrez

10:27 PM PDT on Monday, June 28, 2010

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

The first case to go to trial in a corruption investigation against five San Bernardino County officials went to the jury Monday.

In his closing arguments before a packed courtroom, defense attorney James Reiss called his client Rex Gutierrez a pawn in prosecutors’ attempts to go after an influential developer.

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06:47 PM PDT on Monday, June 28, 2010

By KIMBERLY PIERCEALL
The Press-Enterprise

The federal agency that seized Arrowhead Credit Union on Friday defended its decision after community and business leaders said the credit union’s financial condition was showing signs of improvement.

That’s not the case, said National Credit Union Administration spokesman John McKechnie.

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SBSun: Gutierrez lawyer says R.C. councilman was pawn

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/28/2010 08:25:01 PM PDT

Rancho Cucamonga Councilman Rex Gutierrez, while employed at the San Bernardino County Assessor’s Office, honestly documented his activities, deceived no one and became a political pawn in a corruption probe by state and local prosecutors, his attorney argued Monday.

During an emphatic closing argument in San Bernardino Superior Court, defense attorney James Reiss decried prosecutors’ allegations that Gutierrez conspired with Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum and former Assessor Bill Postmus in taking a job at the county office while performing work in his capacity as a councilman.

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SBSun: Interim CEO takes reins of Arrowhead Credit Union

Rebecca U. Cho, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/28/2010 05:29:14 PM PDT

An interim chief executive officer has taken the helm at Arrowhead Credit Union as part of the federal government’s takeover of one of the Inland Empire’s largest credit unions over the weekend.

Kay Woods stepped in to temporarily head the San Bernardino-based credit union. Woods is “an experienced conservatorship manager,” said a spokesman with the National Credit Union Administration, the federal regulatory body that took over Arrowhead.

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RivPE: SB Supes okay budget with layoffs

10:00 PM PDT on Monday, June 28, 2010

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors approved a $3.8 billion budget Monday that calls for deep cuts in almost all departments, including layoffs in the probation, public defender and planning offices.

The spending plan for the 2010-11 fiscal year eliminates 529 positions, 85 of which are filled. The general fund, which makes up $2.2 billion of the budget, is down $89 million from the previous year while funds allocated to specific programs are up $191 million, County Administrative Officer Greg Devereaux said.

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SBSun: San Bernardino County passes balanced budget

James Rufus Koren and Joe Nelson, Staff Writers
Posted: 06/28/2010 06:23:41 PM PDT

San Bernardino County’s budget for the new fiscal year calls for cutting hundreds of county jobs and holding off on raises for many county employees.

County leaders approved the 2010-11 spending plan Monday. The new fiscal year begins July 1.

The $3.8 billion spending plan calls for cutting 529 county positions. County leaders acknowledged the budget included “painful decisions” but said it will help the county remain on solid financial ground into the future.

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RivPE: Riverside Unified confirms 117 teacher lay offs

10:00 PM PDT on Monday, June 28, 2010

By DAYNA STRAEHLEY
The Press-Enterprise

The Riverside Unified School District has laid off 117 teachers out of 455 preliminary layoff notices sent before the March 15 deadline, the school board was told Monday night.

Assistant Superintendent Kathleen Sanchez updated the board on the layoffs and rehiring process and Deputy Superintendent Mike Fine presented totals of staff reductions over the past three years.

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DailyBulletin: Pension group seeks more

L.A. County sees $200M shortfall
Troy Anderson, Staff Writer
Created: 06/28/2010 08:28:10 PM PDT

Stung by an $8 billion pension fund loss last year, Los Angeles County supervisors will be asked today to spend an additional $200 million to shore up its wilting retirement system.

If the money is approved, the taxpayer tab for county employees’ pensions would soar in the fiscal year beginning Thursday from $787 million to $987 million.

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Villaraigosa

Can the mayor drive a hard bargain with entities like AEG, the Dodgers and the motion picture academy if he has also been the recipient of tickets?

By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times

June 29, 2010

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has argued for weeks that his acceptance of free tickets to concerts, awards shows and athletic events is not subject to state gift disclosure law because his attendance is part of his official duties.

Yet beyond the thorny legal issues, Villaraigosa faces a political question: Can he drive a hard bargain with entities that do millions of dollars in business with the city if they are also giving him access to pricey entertainment?

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PoliticsBlog

June 29, 2010

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown today announced that he had accepted 10 invitations for town hall meetings and debates with his opponent, Republican Meg Whitman.

The first event Brown said he would attend is on July 31 and is hosted by the Faith Forum, a Christian organization. Others, including a debate on Sept. 11 sponsored by The Chronicle, KTVU and KQED, are planned throughout September and October.

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