Archive for July 8th, 2010

Jerry Brown

***EDITOR’S NOTE: From the looks of things here it would appear Brown invented DNA testing technology.***

Posted By: Carla Marinucci | July 08 2010 at 02:23 PM

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown got a nice poltiical two-fer Thursday — a chance to remind Califonria voters of his credentials as the state’s top cop while law enforcement celebrated the arrest of a man described as the notorious “Grim Sleeper” serial killer, who has eluded them for decades.

State Attorney General Brown was on hand today, standing next to Republican Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley to talk up the technology advances in DNA analysis which he’s supported — and which ended in the arrest of Lonnie David Franklin, 57, by Los Angeles Police Wednesday on 10 counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.

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LATimes: Brown set to challenge Whitman among Latino voters

PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State

July 8, 2010 | 10:12 am

In the wake of a new Field Poll that shows Meg Whitman running strong among California’s Latino voters, Democrat Jerry Brown will hold a press conference with Latino leaders in Los Angeles on Thursday and begin countering Whitman’s Spanish-language offensive.

The Field Poll showed Brown’s lead among California Latino voters was just 11 points, with 50% of those surveyed saying they supported Brown and 39% expressing support for Whitman. Speaking on KGO radio Thursday morning in San Francisco, Brown said he was gathering with Latino leaders in Los Angeles Thursday to try to shore up a voting bloc that has been reliably Democratic in recent elections.

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Boxer

Widely covered in numerous stories at iepolitics.com is the dissension within the San Bernardino County Public Defenders Office.

Clearly, various personnel and managerial miscues in recent months has cast a spotlight on the department. A department with such great responsibility to criminal defendants must perform at an optimum level. The Public Defender must garner trust and also possess the skill necessary to maintain client confidence in their legal counsel.

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InlandPolitics: New trial date set for Gutierrez

Gutierrez

A new trial date has been set for Rancho Cucamonga City Councilman and former Assessor employee Rex Gutierrez.

During a status conference yesterday, Superior Court Judge Duke Rouse set a pre-trial hearing for August 6th and a new jury trial for August 30th.

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10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, July 7, 2010

By DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
The Press-Enterprise

A divided San Bernardino City Council has voted to advance plans to put a half-cent sales tax increase on the November ballot and to hire a consultant to help “educate” voters on the need for its passage.

In a 4-3 vote Tuesday evening, the council ordered City Manager Charles McNeely to prepare ballot documents for final council approval. Council members Jason Desjardins, Chas Kelley and Wendy McCammack were opposed.

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RivPE: Voters: Count our ballots

10:02 PM PDT on Wednesday, July 7, 2010

By DUANE W. GANG, LAURIE LUCAS and JIM MILLER
The Press-Enterprise

Moreno Valley resident Naomi Ingram didn’t want to miss out on last month’s election. Voting is her civic duty.

She tucked her ballot into her purse as she rushed to Texas to see her godmother, who has terminal cancer. She mailed it from Dallas five days before the June 8 primary.

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RivPE: Cassie MacDuff: Spy vs. Spy? City, Please

10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Cassie MacDuff

Who knew serving in city government requires cloak-and-dagger techniques?

Untraceable license plates, concealed weapons, badges to flash: The public servants at Riverside City Hall employed such tools — till the attorney general red-flagged them as illegal.

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VVDailyPress: Victorville not out of the woods yet

July 07, 2010 5:32 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • Even as the city starts this fiscal year with a balanced budget, officials are advising that Victorville isn’t out of the woods yet.

“I want to caution the council, we are using $4.7 million in reserves in order to balance this budget,” Deputy City Manager Doug Robertson said during the city’s recent budget workshop. “So in essence between now and June 30 of next year we need to see revenue increases and expenditure decreases that equal $4.7 million or we’ll have to make further cuts of some type.”

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By PE Politics
on July 7, 2010 4:00 PM

Financially ailing Arrowhead Credit Union has pulled the plug on its participation in this summer’s payroll assistance program for legislative employees who aren’t getting paid because of the lack of a state budget.

During past budget impasses, the San Bernardino-based credit union and several other financial institutions have agreed to front the salaries of customers who work for the Senate or Assembly and have direct deposit.

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SBSun: Redlands City Council readies tax measure

Jesse B. Gill, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/07/2010 06:30:15 PM PDT

REDLANDS – With a filing deadline fast approaching, the City Council will likely get a look at a new half-cent sales tax measure during its next meeting.

Councilman Pete Aguilar gave an update this week on the status of the proposed measure. The City Council will review a draft of the measure at its July 20 meeting.

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SBSun: SB councilman explains remarks

Says comments were out of context
Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/07/2010 09:00:24 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Statistics regularly show that even with the downward trend in crime, this is one of California’s most dangerous cities.

It’s just not always diplomatic for politicians to say so.

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Baca

Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/07/2010 04:00:33 PM PDT

Think of a great pitcher, and baseball players like Nolan Ryan, Roy Halladay and Fernando Valenzuela come to mind.

Rep. Joe Baca, D-San Bernardino, may not be in quite the same league, but for the second year in a row his mean curveball has helped lead the Democratic team to victory at the annual Congressional Baseball Game.

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New America Media, News Report
Aaron Glantz, Posted: Jul 07, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Danilo Pajarito has voted for Democrats all his life. The 70-year-old retired Hollywood set designer helped elect Jerry Brown governor back in 1974 and voted for him again when Brown ran for re-election in 1978. And when Brown ran successfully for Attorney General in 2006, Pajarito voted for him again.

But now he’s tired of Jerry Brown, he said. For the first time in his life, he says, he plans to vote for the Republican nominee for Governor, former eBay head Meg Whitman.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
July 7, 2010

MAJ STATE CAPITOL.JPGThe Fair Political Practices Commission plans to create a task force to recommend updates and clarifications to the state’s lengthy and complicated campaign laws, agency Chairman Dan Schnur announced today.

Schnur said the move is intended to ensure the 1974 Political Reform Act can “meet the challenges of the 21st Century” and is clear and accessible for candidates and the public.

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Fox&Hounds: Pension Reform Focus is on Cities

By Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee
Wed, July 7th, 2010

Despite Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s success in negotiating some concessions from state unions on the pension front, heated action in the battle for pension reform is happening in California’s cities.

Yesterday, initiative petition signatures were filed in San Francisco to require thousands of city employees to contribute 9% of their salaries towards their pensions and health care plans. Currently, many (but not all) contribute nothing. The initiative would also boost public safety workers contributions to 10% of salaries. Police and firefighters just saw their contributions increased to 9% by voters in the June election.

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Boxer                              Fiorina

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Jul. 8, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer’s job performance rating has fallen to a near record low, though she maintains a narrow, three-point lead over Republican rival Carly Fiorina in the U.S. Senate race, according to a Field Poll released today.

Forty-three percent of registered voters disapprove of the job Boxer is doing, while 42 percent approve, according to the nonpartisan poll. Among likely voters in November, 48 percent disapprove of the job Boxer is doing, the poll showed.

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