Archive for July 13th, 2010

DesertDispatch: County OKs Hinkley composting plant

Environmental report goes to judge
July 13, 2010 4:53 PM
By Jessica Cejnar, staff writer

SAN BERNARDINO • Nursery Products won approval from the county a second time to build a sewage sludge composting facility about eight miles west of Hinkley.

Three members of the San Bernardino Board of Supervisors approved Nursery Products’ conditional use permit Tuesday. Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales dissented. Fourth District Supervisor Gary Ovitt was absent.

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VVDailyPress: Almond: EB-5 trouble news to her

July 13, 2010 9:27 AM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • One council member had no idea the city’s EB-5 investor program was being questioned by federal officials until reading about it in Sunday’s Press Dispatch, reflecting a communication gap she’s been raising concerns about for the last two years.

“I’m tired of it,” Councilwoman JoAnn Almond said by phone Monday, with a promise from City Manager Jim Cox when he returned to Victorville in January 2009 that all five members would always get the same information.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
July 13, 2010

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman continued wooing the state’s nurses Tuesday by sending more than 100,000 of them a four-page letter highlighting her support for nurse staffing ratios and inviting them to join a campaign advisory board of nurses that will consult the candidate on nursing issues.

As her campaign has been doing for weeks, the letter also slams the California Nurses Association as a partisan group that’s misusing member dues on political activity.

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On politics in the Golden State

July 13, 2010 | 1:12 pm

Barbara Boxer has a real race on her hands this fall. As if she needed any more evidence, the website has officially declared the California Senate race a tossup. The site puts 10 seats up for grabs, with 48 safely in the Democratic column and 42 safely in the hands of the GOP.

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Politico: Fiorina puts Boxer on the ropes

Barbara Boxer                 Carly Fiorina

By DAVID CATANESE | 7/13/10 10:30 AM EDT

It looks like that demon sheep has showed up snarling on Sen. Barbara Boxer’s doorstep.

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, the controversial Silicon Valley executive who exploded into the California Senate race with a series of colorful viral videos, is holding the Democratic senator to at least a tie, according to two polls released in the last week.

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Posted By: Joe Garofoli | July 12 2010 at 05:25 PM

A quick round-up of the day in the Guv campaign….

Republican guv candidate Meg Whitman dropped a new 30-second TV ad Monday to run statewide It’s another negative piece on Democratic rival Jerry Brown that doesn’t raise any new material. Just repeats pounding on his support from unions, or, as Meg puts it the “special interests.”

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DesertSun: Riverside Co: County may cut another 500 jobs

Layoffs, hiring freezes recommended to reduce projected $130M budget gap
Erica Felci • The Desert Sun • July 13, 2010

Riverside County may have to eliminate another 500 jobs this fiscal year to help close its budget gap.

Close to 1,000 jobs were already lost through early retirements, layoffs, attrition and other means, county Executive Officer Bill Luna said Monday.

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Rialto asked to consider large housing project

10:00 PM PDT on Monday, July 12, 2010

Cassie MacDuff

Rialto tonight will consider a housing project along Lytle Creek Wash that it rejected more than a decade ago as leapfrog development that would strain city resources.

The council is poised to vote on Lytle Creek Ranch, a 2,447-acre tract that would quadruple the number of homes allowed south of Glen Helen Regional Park.

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RivPE: Compost plant back before board

10:00 PM PDT on Monday, July 12, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

A proposal for an open-air sludge composting facility near the High Desert community of Hinkley that has raised objections from residents will go back before the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

The board approved the project in 2007 but after opponents sued a Superior Court judge found that part of the original environmental impact report was inadequate and overturned that approval. Nursery Products, the proponent of the project, is again seeking approval of the 80-acre plant on 160 acres near Highway 58, eight miles west of Hinkley.

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RivPE: Salas seeks recount in Senate race

10:37 PM PDT on Monday, July 12, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Mary Salas, a candidate for the Democratic nomination in the race for the state’s 40th Senate District, has asked Riverside County to recount its ballots in the race.

Salas appears to have been defeated for the nomination in the June 8 primary by Juan Vargas, who won 50.1 percent of the vote.

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RivPE: Redlands honored for 2008-09 financial report

10:00 PM PDT on Monday, July 12, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

The city of Redlands has received its seventh consecutive certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its 2008-09 annual financial report.

The association established the honor in 1945 to encourage state and local governments to prepare comprehensive annual financial reports in the spirit of full disclosure, city officials said in a statement.

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CBS 5 Poll: Whitman, Prop19 Lead; Senate Race Even

Meg Whitman

Jul 12, 2010 7:44 pm US/Pacific


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If the election for governor of California were held today, Republican Meg Whitman would edge out Democrat Jerry Brown 46% to 39%, according to a new CBS 5 KPIX-TV poll of likely voters released Monday.

Brown, currently California’s Attorney General, leads by a not surprising 2-1 margin in the Bay Area, but trails in the rest of the state, according to the poll data.

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SacBee: New Whitman ad hits Brown’s union backers

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
July 12, 2010

Republican Meg Whitman’s camp is continuing its attacks against the labor groups backing Democrat Jerry Brown, launching a new television spot hitting Brown’s union supporters.

The 30-second ad, titled “Their Governor,” targets labor group-backed independent expenditure committees that have been funding ads attacking Whitman.

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OCRegister: Palin PAC gives Fiorina campaign bucks

July 12th, 2010, 2:30 pm · posted by Dena Bunis, Washington Bureau Chief

Sarah Palin is playing in this year’s elections more than just with her speeches and tweets. She’s using money to help those candidates she believes in.

According to a Federal Elections Commission report filed Sunday, Palin’s Political Action Committee, Sarah PAC, has raised $1.3 million so far this year and has about $1 million in cash with which to try and help candidates Palin supports get elected this fall.

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SacBee: Whitman up on Spanish-language websites, too

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
July 12, 2010

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, whose heated courtship of Latino voters already included ads on Spanish-language TV and radio and on billboards and bus stops, today started placing banner ads on Spanish-language websites, the campaign said.

No surprise, the ads highlight Whitman’s opposition to Arizona’s anti-immigration law and to Proposition 187, the 1994 ballot initiative to limit state services to illegal immigrants.

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Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer
San Francisco Chronicle
Tuesday, July 13, 2010

For decades, capital punishment was a driving force in California politics, swaying elections for governor and the U.S. Senate and reshaping the state Supreme Court.

While executions in California have been on hold for more than four years, tied up in court challenges to lethal injection procedures that the state is now redrafting, November’s elections may determine whether the death penalty still carries political weight.

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CNN: Ad ignites race for California governor

July 12, 2010

Posted: July 12th, 2010 09:57 PM ET

(CNN) – California’s gubernatorial race, already fueled by a fierce debate over immigration reform and a mounting fiscal crisis in the state, reached another level Monday as the candidates sparred over money.

Attorney General Jerry Brown, the Democrat hoping to take the seat being vacated by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, called his Republican opponent’s latest ad, taking on his record on taxes, “completely false.”

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Jul 12, 9:30 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Senate candidate Carly Fiorina on Monday questioned why the Obama administration is not suing San Francisco for its sanctuary policies on illegal immigrants.

The Republican, trying to unseat Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, suggested the federal government engaged in political posturing when it sued Arizona over its law on illegal immigrants.

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