Archive for July 11th, 2010

InlandPolitics: Brown not laughing any longer

Sunday, July 11, 2010 – 10:30 am

A little less than two weeks ago California Attorney General and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown was poking at Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman over the millions she had spent to date, and the fact he still had a 5 point lead in a recent poll.

Remember the invite Meg to tea comment?

Then came last Wednesday. The widely respected Field Poll had Whitman and Brown in a statistical tie. Brown stopped laughing.

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Written by Administrator
July 10th, 2010 at 11:06 pm

It doesn’t seem to matter if we are discussing Jeff Burum, the Lewis Family, or any other of a number of successful, wealthy businessmen in our community, they are all “corrupt.” I don’t mean that they are really, truly corrupt, but they are “corrupt” in the minds of the less successful. The common thought seems to be that if one has money, then one has no integrity. Our community doesn’t allow for making an “honest” hundred million or so. Hard work, sacrifice, intellect, college education, and just plain good old-fashioned luck can all be damned. If one is successful, then one must be a crook.

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Written by La Cochita
July 9th, 2010 at 5:35 pm

David Ellis is the founder of the Dave Ellis Group and Delta Partners, LLC, a full-service government relations and public affairs firm located in Orange County, California. He is San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos’ campaign consultant and political advisor.

Not long after Sam Clauder’s arrest on child porn charges, Ellis was at an event where he was overheard saying, “I think we have Clauder right where we want him,” referring to Clauder’s arrest and incarceration. Remember, Sam Clauder was a Democratic operative and vocal opponent of Mike Ramos and other San Bernardino County Republicans.

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iePolitics: Holy Cow Robin! Can I be your Batman?

Moonbeam and Robin

Batman: “Haven’t you noticed how we always escape the vicious ensnarements of our enemies?”
Robin: “Yeah, because we’re smarter than they are!”
Batman: “I like to think it’s because our hearts are pure.”

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Written by La Cochita
July 10th, 2010 at 2:35 am

Riddle me this readers: What were they thinking?

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DailyBulletin: Raids cast shadow

John “JP” Pomierski

Cloud over Upland

Mayor’s future is on the line
Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 07/10/2010 07:08:31 AM PDT

UPLAND – Mayor John “JP” Pomierski was elected by Upland voters to save the city from the verge of bankruptcy.

The citizens trusted his abilities as an Upland businessman to lead them to the financial stability the city enjoys now, 10 years later.

But his own business dealings have come under scrutiny by federal investigators. A June 10 raid by FBI and IRS agents on Pomierski’s home, City Hall and two local businesses has left residents questioning the integrity of the mayor who helped pull the city out of its fiscal darkness, and wondering what his future might be.

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Raids by the FBI, IRS came as `big surprise’
Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 07/10/2010 07:08:27 AM PDT

UPLAND – A recent raid by FBI and IRS agents at the mayor’s home and City Hall may have some residents wondering who their mayor is.

John “JP” Pomierski has been mayor since 2000. Most of the news coming out of the city has been related to finances and development, but on June 10 the focus changed to Pomierski himself.

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RivPE: Disputed Riverside Co. ballots counted

01:31 PM PDT on Saturday, July 10, 2010

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

CORRECTION:

An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the additional Riverside County votes changed the outcome of the Democratic nomination for the 40th Senate District race. The version below reflects the corrected information.

Riverside County elections officials finished counting 12,563 mail-in ballots early Saturday morning.

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10:00 PM PDT on Saturday, July 10, 2010

By DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
The Press-Enterprise

The San Bernardino City Council has approved a measure paving the way for the Fire Department to use federal grant funds to pay the salaries and benefits of 12 firefighters for the next two years.

A $2.7 million grant obtained by the Fire Department from the Homeland Security Department’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response program could help the city cope with a $24 million shortfall in its budget for the current year.

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Immigration officials question ‘viability’ of city projects
July 10, 2010 8:04 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • Federal officials intend to halt the city’s efforts to raise much-needed funds through loans from foreign citizens, unless Victorville can convince them it hasn’t misrepresented itself in marketing the program and that projects deemed “defunct” are still viable.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services approved Victorville’s application as an EB-5 Regional Center in June 2009, allowing the city to solicit $500,000 loans from foreign citizens so long as that money helps create 10 local jobs. In exchange, the aspiring immigrants are put on the fast track to getting U.S. visas.

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Hanging up hard hat

Rebecca U. Cho, Staff Writer
Created: 07/10/2010 06:58:33 PM PDT

Frank Williams was pondering retirement 20 years ago following his careers as a police and fire chief and a six-term member of the Florida House of Representatives.

But instead, he got in a car and kept driving until he hit the Pacific Ocean. He answered a Rancho Cucamonga job advertisement in 1990 for the Building Industry Association of Southern California’s Baldy View chapter. And last month, after leading the chapter through the turbulent Inland Empire housing boom and most recent bust, Williams, 68, retired as chief executive officer of the chapter.

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Rutherford

Point of View

Councilwoman Janice Rutherford
Posted: 07/08/2010 07:57:07 PM PDT

Congratulations to the San Bernardino County Grand Jury for uncovering massive increases in the portion of the county budget that county elected officials are spending on taxpayer-financed aides, analysts and public relations advisers.

The Grand Jury learned that the county Board of Supervisors is using taxpayer dollars for the bloated “Fifth Floor,” totaling a stunning $65 million in 2010 alone.

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SBSun: Charter school plan dropped

District to use turnaround reform
Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/10/2010 10:13:32 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – School district officials have once again revised their plan for turning around 11 low-performing elementary, middle and high schools.

After finding out that several schools on that list had experienced a significant turnover in staff in the last two years, the school board decided last week to go with the turnaround reform instead of making six of the schools district-run charters.

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VVDailyPress: Employee raises flag about SCLA safety

Victorville stands by airport operations
July 10, 2010 12:04 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • The runway at Southern California Logistics Airport has perhaps never been busier, with Boeing testing high-profile jumbo jets and a number of major airlines sending grounded planes to Victorville for repainting or temporary storage.

But even as traffic picks up, staffing levels are going down, with the airport’s top two aviation professionals gone and their positions unfilled.

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11:31 PM PDT on Saturday, July 10, 2010

By JEFF HORSEMAN
The Press-Enterprise

The debate over immigration reform is shifting from Washington and Sacramento to Inland city halls.

Frustrated by what they see as the federal government’s failure to address illegal immigration, several city councils have passed resolutions supporting Arizona’s new law, which requires police to investigate the immigration status of those they stop and suspect are in the country unlawfully.

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SBSun: Group rallies behind Arizona

Dropping of lawsuit sought
Michael J. Sorba, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/10/2010 05:39:05 PM PDT

APPLE VALLEY – In an effort to garner support for Arizona and it’s controversial new immigration policy, the conservative activists’ group We the People, California’s Crusader held a rally Saturday along Bear Valley Boulevard.

Raymond Herrera, the group’s president and founder, said he hoped to gather hundreds of signatures for a petition that asks President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to drop a lawsuit against Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070.

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By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Jul. 11, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman’s scant voting record is viewed poorly by more than half of likely voters, but many aren’t thrilled with Democratic rival Jerry Brown’s age, either.

In a wide-ranging measure of the candidate characteristics that matter most to voters, a report released today by the nonpartisan Field Poll depicts an electorate that favors both political and business experience as well as progressive or moderate views.

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People who have worked with the GOP former executives say friction runs through their relationship dating back to John McCain’s presidential bid. Others have a different view.

Meg Whitman, left, and Carly Fiorina celebrate winning the state Republican primary with a post-election rally in Anaheim. Their spokespeople say rumors of a rift between them are untrue. (Allen J. Schaben, Los Angeles Times / June 9, 2010)

By Maeve Reston and Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times

July 11, 2010

One Saturday in early 2008, the top economic advisors to then-presidential candidate John McCain gathered at his Virginia headquarters to hash out the details of a major economic address.

The attendees included Carly Fiorina, the former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard who had supported McCain from the campaign’s earliest days, and Meg Whitman, the former head of EBay who had recently joined the team after her first choice, Mitt Romney, dropped his bid for the White House.

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