Archive for June 30th, 2010

InlandPolitics: Key witness had no credibility with jurors


Breaking news here. The jury in the Rex Gutierrez trial didn’t believe key prosecution witness Adam Aleman.

Wow, no kidding.

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SBSun: Mistrial declared in Rex Gutierrez trial


Joe Nelson and Mike Cruz, Staff Writers
Posted: 06/30/2010 04:06:38 PM PDT

A mistrial has been declared in the trial of Rancho Cucamonga Councilman Rex Gutierrez.

The 11-woman, one-man jury voted 7-5 and 8-4 in favor of convictions on Gutierrez’s two felony charges of grand theft and 9-3 in favor of conviction on one felony count of filing a false claim.

Jurors began deliberations on Monday.

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The jury in the trial of Rancho Cucamonga city councilman and former Assessor employee Rex Gutierrez announced it was at an impasse Wednesday afternoon.

Superior Court Judge Duke D. Rouse declared a mistrial and sent the jury home after being informed a unanimous verdict could not be reached.

The jury, consisting of 11 women and 1 man, could not reach a verdict on any of the felony charges, consisting of two counts of grand theft and one count of filing a false claim.

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InlandPolitics: A new twist in the Brown-Biane saga

Sources tell that Matt Brown, chief of staff for county supervisor Paul Biane has been offered a position with Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector Larry Walker.

But it seems Brown is balking at taking the job.

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The jury in the Rex Gutierrez case will commence their third day of deliberations at 9:30 a.m.

Expect a verdict if there is going to be one. After today the probability of a mistrial increases.

Stay tuned.

SBSun: SB braces for big cuts

More than 100 police, fire posts may get ax
Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/29/2010 07:32:49 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – The city manager’s worst-case budget proposal, released Tuesday, would take more than 100 police officers and firefighters off the job while also shutting down branch libraries and Operation Phoenix youth centers.

“It’s a nightmare scenario,” 3rd Ward Councilman Tobin Brinker said. “The dollar amounts are daunting. The service cuts are terrible.”

Combined, the proposed cuts would slice about $20.7 million from a citywide $139.6 million in spending over the fiscal year that begins Thursday.

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SBSun: Redlands lays off 32, cuts 47 posts

Jesse B. Gill, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/29/2010 09:20:22 PM PDT

REDLANDS – Most of the city employees laid off in a budget-cutting effort have already left their jobs, said city spokesman Carl Baker.

The city laid off 32 people and eliminated 47 positions to help close a budget gap before the start of the 2010-11 fiscal year. The pink slips have been sent and the remaining city staff is trying to figure out how to fill the gaps left behind.

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By BROOKE DONALD (AP) – 10 hours ago

MONTEREY, Calif. — Jerry Brown defended his ownership of a $1.8 million, five-story home with sweeping views of San Francisco Bay, saying Tuesday it does not undermine his gubernatorial campaign’s message of frugality.

Instead, he says the house is consistent with his philosophy.

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SBSun: West Valley juvenile hall to close next year

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/29/2010 06:07:17 PM PDT

San Bernardino County’s West Valley juvenile hall will close early next year and the county Probation Department could lose as many as 39 officers as it seeks to cut $10.2 million from its budget.

West Valley Juvenile Detention and Assessment Center in Rancho Cucamonga will close in March, seven probation-corrections officers will be laid off next month and 32 more officers could lose their jobs by the end of the year, Chief Probation Officer Michelle Scray said Tuesday.

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James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/29/2010 05:55:27 PM PDT

Leading up to an immigration speech on Thursday, President Barack Obama met Tuesday with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, including Rep. Joe Baca, D-San Bernardino.

The White House reported that Obama discussed his upcoming speech as well as his desire to see Congressional action on comprehensive immigration reform “at the earliest possible opportunity.”

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VVDailyPress: State: HUSD may not be able to pay its bills

June 29, 2010 5:53 PM
Beau Yarbrough

HESPERIA • The Hesperia Unified School District is one of 174 public school districts statewide to end up on the State Superintendent of Public Instruction’s list of schools that are having “trouble meeting their financial obligations.”

Two Victor Valley school districts, the HUSD and Lucerne Valley Unified School District, were among 160 districts to receive a “qualified” certification of their financial status, meaning the districts “may not meet (their) financial obligations for the current or two subsequent fiscal years.”

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Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Created: 06/29/2010 09:50:22 PM PDT

Legislation has been introduced that would make California the first state to legalize Internet poker.

But on Tuesday the state Senate Governmental Organization Committee put on hold plans to legalize Internet poker for players 21 years and older until more of the concerns over S.B. 1485 could be addressed.

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RivPE: Riverside school board objects to stipend cuts

10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Nearly a month after an agreement between Riverside Unified School District and the Riverside City Teachers Association for furlough days and other cuts, the school board still doesn’t like the way stipends were reduced.

Although top administrators say the negotiating teams at the bargaining table understood the stipend cuts, board members said Monday night they don’t think others did.

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RivPE: The Uncounted 12K could determine Senate outcome

By PE Politics
on June 29, 2010 1:51 PM

Thousands of uncounted Riverside County ballots could determine the outcome in the squeaker of a Democratic primary in California’s 40th Senate District.

As of late Monday, former Assemblyman Juan Vargas led Assemblywoman Mary Salas by six votes out of more than 48,242 cast.

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LATimes: Whitman hedges on her pledge to not raise taxes

By Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
June 30, 2010

Reporting from Sacramento —

One of the first actions that Republican Meg Whitman took upon declaring her candidacy for governor was signing a pledge never to raise taxes — but on Tuesday she added a hedge to that vow.

The candidate suggested that she might consider a tax hike in the event of an extreme natural disaster. It seemed a subtle step back, but among the anti-tax crusaders who have persuaded almost every GOP state officeholder and top-ticket candidate to sign the pledge, there is no hedging allowed.

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By David Siders
Published: Wednesday, Jun. 30, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman acknowledged Tuesday that much of the deficit left behind when Jerry Brown vacated the Governor’s Office was due to Proposition 13, but she said his reaction to the tax-limiting voter initiative should have been to cut spending.

Whitman’s latest television ad blasts Brown for the deficit that faced lawmakers and new Gov. George Deukmejian when Brown left office in 1983.

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By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
June 30, 2010

Meg Whitman has spent much of her gubernatorial campaign demonizing unions — arguing that their strength in Sacramento is central to the capital’s dysfunction, pledging to reduce their ranks in the state workforce and accusing their leadership of putting labor’s interests above taxpayers’.

But in recent days, in a fight with the California Nurses’ Assn., the Republican nominee has unveiled an unusual strategy: trying to divide rank-and-file members from their union bosses. It’s either a shrewd calculation that could move traditionally Democratic voters into her column, essential to her effort in the fall — or a risky move that could galvanize a union whose support is vital for Democratic nominee Jerry Brown’s prospects, and whose efforts have been pivotal in past elections.

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