Archive for July 14th, 2010

InlandPolitics: The Feds do look at the blog on a routine basis

Not only does the FBI, but the U.S. Department of Justice and the California Department of Justice as well.

Here is a hit on the tracking log from this afternnon.

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Brown

***Editor’s Note: Once again democratic Gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown, who is falling in the polls against rival republican Meg Whitman, has once again filed a lawsuit and sought to garner publicity. This time federally-backed mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are the whipping posts for Brown. The following afternoon story in the Sacramento Bee is the latest episode.

The big question is who will be charged or sued next?

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Brown sues federal housing giants over home energy improvement program

By Rick Daysog
rdaysog@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Jul. 14, 2010 – 2:11 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jul. 14, 2010 – 3:29 pm

California Attorney Jerry Brown today sued federal mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for blocking green home improvement financing programs that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and would create thousands of clean-tech jobs.

In a filing in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, Brown said the federal agencies have ignored California law and wrongly characterized the programs in shutting them down.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County supes hiding litigation costs

San Bernardino County officials have taken a new approach at inquiries into costs associated with civil litigation related to alleged time card fraud in the Assessors operation under Bill Postmus.

The new approach? We’re not going to tell you.

Yes, that’s right. An official request for an updated legal cost figure was met with the following response. The cost of taxpayer-sponsored litigation is now confidential!

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iePolitics: Josie Gonzales: Is she stupid or just plain dumb?

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July 13th, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Almost two years ago I argued with a chief or staff or two as to why it would be wrong and unethical for the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors to bypass Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales and give the vice-chairmanship to newcomer First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt. Josie had paid her dues; it was her turn in the rotation; and it would look bad, not only because she was the only minority and woman on the board, but also because the corruption scandal was just heating up and no one really knew at that time if Mitzelfelt would be dragged into it as Postmus’ chief of staff. We wrote a number of articles chastising the board for even considering not electing her to the position she earned.

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Politico: Divided efforts worry California Democrats

Jerry Brown

By MAGGIE HABERMAN | 7/14/10 4:46 AM EDT

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Democrats are fearful that various labor-backed, independent-expenditure efforts in the California governor’s race are needlessly divided, risking Democrats’ chances with their scattershot messages.

It’s no small matter in a race where the independent expenditures were touted as critical to Democratic nominee Jerry Brown’s campaign, a stopgap for the infrastructure and funding that are sorely lacking from the former two-term governor’s frugal, bare-bones campaign. But as former eBay CEO Meg Whitman free-spends her way toward the $150 million mark in a race that’s currently neck and neck, there is little margin for error against her spending juggernaut.

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10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors approved the hiring of a new chief of staff for Board Chairman Gary Ovitt on Tuesday.

Larry Enriquez replaces Mark Kirk as Ovitt’s top aide. Kirk moved over to the county administrative staff as part of a board projects team created this month.

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Jason Desjardins

10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, July 13, 2010

By PAUL LAROCCO
The Press-Enterprise

A San Bernardino councilman now facing questions about how he transported a concealed loaded handgun was investigated for rape and other felonies while working as a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy, prosecutors’ records show.

Jason Desjardins, a 36-year-old tow yard owner in San Bernardino, was the focus of 2006 probes by both LAPD and his Sheriff’s Department. In both cases, the LA County district attorney’s office declined to file charges, citing insufficient evidence.

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***Editor’s Note: San Bernardino County automobile allowance is $1,400 per month in lieu of county-provided vehicle.

By PE Politics
on July 13, 2010 3:34 PM

Riverside County supervisors balked today at increasing the car allowance provided to elected officials and top executives, saying it wasn’t a wise move given the county’s fiscal difficulties.

Instead, the car stipend will remain at $550 per month, rather than jump to $1,000 for elected officials and $850 for department administrators and other eligible executives.

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10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, July 13, 2010

By DAVID DANELSKI and ALICIA ROBINSON
The Press-Enterprise

The city of Riverside has a spotty record when it comes to providing information sought under the state public records law.

In some instances, city officials appear to go beyond the call of duty to follow the spirit of California Public Records Act, a state law that requires most state and local government records to be disclosed following requests.

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RivPE: Funds OK’d to fix election mishap

10:56 PM PDT on Tuesday, July 13, 2010

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County supervisors voted Tuesday to purchase $650,000 worth of additional equipment designed to speed future vote-counting operations.

The recommendations came as part of a sweeping probe into how Registrar of Voters Barbara Dunmore handled the June 8 primary.

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Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 07/13/2010 05:36:06 PM PDT

UPLAND – Arizona’s controversial immigration law has the support of Mayor John Pomierski, but not the rest of the City Council.

A group of anti-illegal immigration activists on Monday requested that the city adopt a resolution supporting Arizona’s law that is set to take effect July 31.

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SBSun: New tax possible in ‘doughnut hole’

Jesse B. Gill, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/13/2010 04:59:08 PM PDT

The county Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday on a resolution that could mean a new tax for property owners to support the operation of street lights in the unincorporated “doughnut hole” area.

The community facilities district would levy a tax to each property owner in the area, based on the size of their parcels and how many street lights they require, said Pam Vandervoort, regional manager for the county’s special district department.

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SBSun: Whitman opposes Arizona law in pitch to Latinos

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/13/2010 04:59:09 PM PDT

“No a la Proposici n 187 y no a la ley de Arizona.”

Translation: “No on Proposition 187 and no on the Arizona law.”

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SBSun: Rialto council approves Lytle Creek Ranch project

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/13/2010 07:39:51 PM PDT

RIALTO – The City Council on Tuesday night voted 4-0 to approve a massive development on the north end.

Lytle Creek Ranch is a 2,447-acre project between the 15 and 210 freeways along Riverside Avenue that will feature parks, schools, retail and more than 8,400 residential units in a development that could see more than 25,000 new residents over the next three decades.

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SBSun: Solar plant gets county’s blessing

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/13/2010 07:13:11 PM PDT

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday rejected an appeal attempting to block construction of a 27-acre solar plant in the High Desert community of Newberry Springs.

The county Planning Commission approved the project on April 22, and Newberry Springs residents James and Ramona Doles, who live across the street from where the solar plant will be built, subsequently appealed the decision.

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10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, July 13, 2010

An agreement setting out a schedule of payments that Jurupa would make to Riverside County should residents of the unincorporated community opt to become a city was approved 5-0 Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors.

The document, known as a revenue neutrality agreement, would see a city of Jurupa pay Riverside County about $9.8 million over six years, and then an increasing percentage of sales and property tax to cover fire protection and other services the county would continue to provide.

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James Temple, Chronicle Staff Writer
San Francisco Chronicle

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Two longtime eBay shareholders are demanding the e-commerce giant open up its records regarding a 2007 altercation between an employee and Meg Whitman, the company’s then-chief executive and current candidate for governor, in an action organized by a major labor union opposed to her candidacy.

The New York Times first reported on the incident in June, saying that as eBay communications employee Young Mi Kim tried to prepare Whitman for a media interview, the executive became angry and “forcefully pushed her.” Kim threatened a lawsuit, but ultimately received a legal settlement totaling about $200,000, the newspaper reported. After a hiatus of about four months, Kim returned to work for eBay.

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JULIET WILLIAMS Associated Press Writer

July 13, 2010 | 3:39 p.m.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Nurses Association, one of the most aggressive labor groups in the state, has never encountered a foe like Meg Whitman, the billionaire former chief executive of eBay who spent more than $90 million winning the Republican nomination for governor.

The 85,000-member union is accustomed to winning, often in attention-grabbing ways. But it now finds itself in Whitman’s crosshairs as part of her campaign against California’s Democratically aligned public employee unions.

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