Archive for July 10th, 2010

InlandPolitics: No California Budget – Day 25: Legislature on vacation recess

Number of days past constitutional deadline: 25

San Bernardino County may have identified a source for potentially significant savings.

Significant as in $2 million per year, according to sources. A nice amount especially in light of budget constraints.

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RivPE: Judge: Count disputed votes

11:33 AM PDT on Friday, July 9, 2010

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

A Superior Court judge Friday ordered Riverside County elections officials to count 12,563 disputed mail-in ballots and include the results in the final tally from the June 8 primary.

County officials began counting the votes shortly after Riverside County Superior Court Judge Mac R. Fisher issued his ruling and expect to complete the task by tonight.

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VoiceofOC: OCERS Releases List of County’s Top Pensioners

Posted: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 8:16 pm | Updated: 11:43 am, Tue Jul 6, 2010.

Charlie Walters, the assistant sheriff in charge of the jails on the 2006 night that John Chamberlain was killed by inmates, is now the county’s second highest paid pensioner after opting for retirement in 2008 in the wake of a criminal grand jury probe, prosecutions and firings in the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

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11:21 PM PDT on Friday, July 9, 2010

By ALICIA ROBINSON
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside voters want to see more public facilities improved, but not enough want to pay for it to approve a tax measure, a city-commissioned survey has concluded.

The survey, released Friday, asked 600 registered voters in Riverside their opinions on the $1.57 billion Riverside Renaissance public works program. It asked whether they think more public improvements are needed and if they were willing to tax themselves to pay for more projects.

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SBSun: State water bond supporters want delay

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/09/2010 04:51:21 PM PDT

If California voters don’t approve a massive bond measure to pay for, among other things, more water storage facilities across the state, Kathye Rietkerk of Kallisto Greenhouses is afraid there won’t be enough water for her to stay in business.

Which is why, strangely, she hopes lawmakers can agree to postpone a vote on that ballot measure – scheduled to be on November’s ballot – by two years.

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SBSun: Fire union says city rejected offer

Staff Report
Posted: 07/09/2010 08:14:19 PM PDT

San Bernardino Professional Firefighters reported Friday that City Hall has rejected a salary concessions offer.

Firefighters offered givebacks worth $1.6 million from their salaries and $500,000 in benefits, union president Scott Moss said.

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RivPE: Rialto airport closure in holding pattern

10:00 PM PDT on Friday, July 9, 2010

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

The runway at Rialto Municipal Airport is deserted, with no signs of airplanes landing or taxiing to takeoff.

The only activity is a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department helicopter lifting off, a couple of mechanics working on an airplane in one of the hangars and three stray dogs running around.

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CalWatchDog: ‘Ghosts’ haunt Brown?

JULY 8, 2010

By WAYNE LUSVARDI

Will a set of Green Power plants in northern California planned in the 1970s under former California Gov. Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown’s administration and shut down in 1990 because they were running in the red come back to haunt third-time gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown and California’s Green Power law up for review by the voters in November?

Three events surrounding the Bottle Rock and South Geysers Geothermal Power Plants in northern California might call into question the third candidacy of Jerry Brown for governor and the sustainability of AB32 – the Global Warming Solutions Act – on the November ballot for possible rollback by the voters as Prop 23.

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LATimes: Opposition to pot measure gains slightly in poll

In contrast to earlier results, 48% of likely voters are now against Proposition 19, survey finds.

By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times

July 10, 2010

Californians who intend to vote in November narrowly oppose Proposition 19, which would make the state the first to legalize marijuana possession and sales, according to a recent survey.

The Field Poll found that 48% of likely voters oppose the measure and 44% support it, a contrast with two polls taken in May that showed voters were leaning slightly in favor of the measure.

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