Archive for July 4th, 2010

InlandPolitics: Independence Day – 2010

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SBSun: Takeover jolted Arrowhead Credit Union CEO

Larry Sharp

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/03/2010 07:10:35 AM PDT

REDLANDS – One week after a federal agency took control of San Bernardino-based Arrowhead Credit Union, its longtime CEO maintained that the move stunned an institution he believes is returning to financial health after the economic downturn.

“We weren’t surprised, we were shocked that they decided to put us into conservatorship,” Larry Sharp said Friday at a coffee shop along Alabama Street. “The timing of it for us was just really suspect.”

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Greg Devereaux

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/03/2010 07:10:35 AM PDT

San Bernardino County’s nearly 19,000 employees have accrued $152 million in vacation and sick time, holiday pay and administrative leave – an unfunded liability that will need addressing to keep the budget on track in coming years, officials say.

The problem is not the accrual, considered a standard process in many counties and municipalities, but the fact that the county has not funded the accrued time in past years, County Administrative Officer Greg Devereaux said.

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SBSun: Prosecutors eager to retry Gutierrez

Gutierrez

Jurors’ remarks provide encouragement
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/03/2010 09:50:18 PM PDT

Prosecutors say they are not deterred by their failure to convict Rancho Cucamonga Councilman Rex Gutierrez and are convinced they’ll do better the second time around.

Assistant District Attorney Jim Hackleman said prosecutors had a chance to talk to jurors following the mistrial that was declared Wednesday in the two-week trial of Gutierrez, 50, who is charged with two felony counts of grand theft and one felony count of filing a false claim.

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10:40 PM PDT on Saturday, July 3, 2010

By DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
The Press-Enterprise

SAN BERNARDINO – Having rejected two tax-raising measures last week, the San Bernardino City Council on Tuesday will consider a half-cent sales tax increase to balance its teetering spending program.

The council approved a $131 million general fund budget Wednesday that is intended to pay for day-to-day expenses but hinges on the council finding a way to plug a $24 million deficit.

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SBSun: Incumbent trio eyes re-election

3 say more work to do in Ontario
Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/03/2010 09:50:21 PM PDT

ONTARIO – Mayor Paul Leon and Councilmen Alan Wapner and Jim Bowman want another term.

Starting July 12, these incumbents might find out whether they have to fight for that chance.

Nomination packets will be in the hands of the public that day, and it will become clearer to the trio if anyone wants their spots. So far, Bowman and Wapner said, they haven’t heard of any takers.

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SacBee: Combative nurses’ union takes on Meg Whitman

Meg Whitman

By Jack Chang
jchang@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Jul. 4, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

The California Nurses Association has taken on powerful people before, including Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislators from both major parties, and has scored resounding wins.

In each showdown, the 86,000-person union made full use of its key advantage – the appeal of its members’ professions – while pressing hard for policies that benefited nurses.

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