Archive for July 17th, 2010

InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Assistant Auditor-Controller dismissed

It looks as though Assistant Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector Elizabeth “Betsy” Starbuck has been dismissed.

Sources inside the office are saying Starbuck has abruptly departed under unknown circumstances.

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10:00 PM PDT on Friday, July 16, 2010

By IMRAN GHORI and DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

San Bernardino County pays the highest car allowance of any Southern California county and provides it to the most employees, according to a survey released this week.

The $1,123-a-month stipend, provided to officials and staff members who use their own vehicles instead of county-owned cars, is almost twice as much as in other nearby counties.

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07:12 PM PDT on Friday, July 16, 2010

By KIMBERLY PIERCEALL
The Press-Enterprise

PDF: ACU letter

An Inland economist has drafted a letter to the chair of the National Credit Union Administration demanding the regulatory agency explain its decision to seize Arrowhead Credit Union and seek community input on its future, among other things.

Redlands-based economist John Husing, who has been a member of the financial institution for 22 years, began circulating the letter Thursday among the region’s business and political leaders who he hopes will add signatures in support.

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Husing

Michael J. Sorba, Staff Writer
Created: 07/16/2010 06:00:52 PM PDT

Inland Empire economist John Husing is seeking support signatures for a letter he will send to the National Credit Union Administration, local Congressional representatives and the interim CEO of Arrowhead Credit Union condemning the federal government’s seizure of the institution.

The NCUA, the federal regulatory agency governing credit unions, seized Arrowhead Credit Union on June 25 citing its “declining financial condition.”

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Brian Charles, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/16/2010 09:02:50 PM PDT

State election officials Friday certified self-described Minuteman and Tea Party movement member Tim Donnelly as the winner of the Republican primary in the 59th Assembly District.

Donnelly, who lives in Twin Oaks, narrowly defeated veteran politician Chris Lancaster, a former councilman and mayor of Covina.

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VVDailyPress: Hesperia School board meeting ends in chaos

July 16, 2010 6:22 PM
Beau Yarbrough

HESPERIA • Politics can stir passions.

But a recent Hesperia Unified School District school board ended prematurely when board members erupted into shouting, name-calling — and even an invitation to throw down.

HUSD school board meetings are scheduled to end by 10:30 p.m., unless board members vote to extend the session longer. Monday night, they voted to stay until the 13 remaining action items were voted upon.

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Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/16/2010 05:51:37 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – The City Council may impose police officer furloughs if administrators are unable to reach a concessions deal with the rank-and-file by Monday.

“We put that item on the agenda as a placeholder in case we don’t reach an agreement,” city spokeswoman Heather Gray said.

The looming threat of furloughs is the latest development in a negotiations process that has frustrated San Bernardino Police Officers Association leadership.

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SBSun: Scialdone steps in as Fontana’s interim mayor

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/16/2010 01:39:52 PM PDT

FONTANA – There’s a new leader in City Hall.

Mayor Pro Tem Frank Scialdone was appointed to mayor by a 3-0 City Council vote on Wednesday night as officials moved to fill the seat vacated by Mark Nuaimi, who took a job as city manager in Yucca Valley earlier this month.

Councilwoman Acquanetta Warren said it was her honor to nominate Scialdone to the position.

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SBSun: I.E. jobless rate climbs as Census work ends

Ryan Carter, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/16/2010 07:57:04 PM PDT

The Inland Empire’s jobless rate climbed to 14.4 percent in June as governments large and small laid off workers and shed temporary Census employees, a state report out Friday said.

In the Inland Empire, it was government that marked the greatest job declines from May to June, letting go of 3,500 jobs, according to the state Employment Development Department.

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DailyBulletin: PUSD’s decision on tax measure delayed

Monica Rodriguez, Staff Writer
Created: 07/16/2010 01:14:36 PM PDT

POMONA – A decision on whether to place a parcel tax measure before voters in the Pomona Unified School District in November has been postponed for at least two weeks.

The item was pulled off Wednesday’s Board of Education agenda after a district lawyer determined a public hearing on the item had not been properly noticed, Superintendent Richard Martinez said.

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Meg Whitman                Steve Poizner

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Posted By: Michael Collier | July 16 2010 at 02:47 PM

GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, who repeatedly slammed Republican rival Steve Poizner because he “refused to furlough a single bureaucrat” during the budget crisis, has now told a TV station she doesn’t support furloughs.

Whitman made the comments on KGET in Bakersfield yesterday, where she was asked about her stance on furloughing state employees.

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