Archive for July 19th, 2010

InlandPolitics: Rialto sex scandal involves Spearmint Rhino club employees

The developing sex scandal involving at least one, if not several officers within the ranks of the Rialto Police Department, is gaining momentum this evening.

News coming out of Rialto tonight says employees of the Spearmint Rhino club are involved.

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Ramos

Almost six months ago, on two seperate occasions, local private criminal attorney’s personally approached San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos with a complaint.

What was done about the complaints to Ramos? Nothing.

Why? The complaint involved supporters of the District Attorney.

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Brown

His high-profile actions as the state’s top prosecutor have helped keep his campaign in the spotlight. But wooing the media while minding state ethics laws is a tough balancing act.

July 18, 2010|By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times

Reporting from San Diego — Standing before a bank of television cameras, photographers and reporters, Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown announced last week that he was filing a lawsuit against the nation’s two largest mortgage lenders and the federal agency that oversees them.

The elected leaders who flanked Brown, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, lavished him with praise for the move, meant to allow lending to homeowners for a clean-energy program that could create tens of thousands of jobs in the state.

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RivPE: Riverside council races already revving up for 2011

10:00 PM PDT on Sunday, July 18, 2010

By ALICIA ROBINSON
The Press-Enterprise

The ink is barely dry on Riverside County’s last election results and filing deadlines for 2011 races are still months away, but interest is already building in the four Riverside City Council seats that are up for election in June.

Voters will choose council members in the odd-numbered wards, seats now occupied by Ward 1 Councilman Mike Gardner, Ward 3 Councilman William “Rusty” Bailey, Ward 5 Councilman Chris Mac Arthur and Ward 7 Councilman Steve Adams.

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SBSun: Logistics plan cited

Victorville

Agency: Projects look to be ‘defunct’
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/18/2010 09:49:59 PM PDT

VICTORVILLE – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has ordered the city to stop raising money from foreign investors for projects at the Southern California Logistics Airport, which the agency says appear to be defunct.

About $10 million has been raised for the projects USCIS’s EB-5 Regional Center program, which allows foreigners to obtain green cards in exchange for $500,000 investments in the U.S.

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SBSun: Alleged sex scandal rocks Rialto Police Department

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/18/2010 06:49:11 PM PDT

RIALTO – A woman’s allegations that she had sex with a police officer while he was on duty has led Police Chief Mark Kling to place four officers on paid administrative leave while the Police Department investigates misconduct within its ranks.

Nancy Holtgreve, a 37-year-old waitress, said she had sex with Officer James Dobbs three times last year at the Rialto Police Benefit Association’s union building after she clocked off work in the early morning and while Dobbs was on shift for the department.

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Lori Consalvo, Staff Writer
Created: 07/18/2010 02:16:01 PM PDT

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – A search warrant was served at a bail bond business after sheriff’s deputies received word that bail agents were violating solicitation rules.

San Bernardino County sheriff’s detectives and investigators from the Department of Insurance served a search warrant Thursday at Bail Hotline Bail Bonds, 8821 Etiwanda Ave.

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SBSun: Plan calls for tolls

Some car pool lanes would be switched
Mediha Fejzagic DiMartino, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/18/2010 09:15:59 AM PDT

For Ruben Alvarez one of the perks of having kids is being able to cruise in the carpool lane.

But if a San Bernardino County transportation planning agency follows through with its plan to ease traffic congestion on local freeways, Alvarez’ free ride in the diamond lane may soon be over.

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SBSun: Tea partyers to fight sales tax

Redlands group says City Council is wasting money
Jesse B. Gill, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/18/2010 09:48:58 PM PDT

REDLANDS – Representative of the Redlands Tea Party Patriots plan to attend the City Council meeting Tuesday to speak out against a tax measure.

Tea Party spokeswoman Sandy Ziegler said the council wants to pass the tax to make up for wasted money and that members of the group plan to urge the council to live within its means.

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SBSun: Redlands struggles to balance budget

City Council to focus on deficit Tuesday
Jesse B. Gill, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/18/2010 08:59:58 PM PDT

REDLANDS – The city’s budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year still isn’t balanced, and the City Council will meet Tuesday to discuss how to bridge the remaining deficit.

The council approved an unbalanced budget June 22. A deficit of $877,500 remained after the council cut 47 full-time jobs and assumed that voters will approve a proposed sales tax measure that could generate $462,500 for the General Fund.

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RivPE: Issa crusade brings White House gesture, he says

Issa

10:00 PM PDT on Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Rep. Darrell Issa’s crusade to hold the Obama administration accountable from his perch as top Republican on the House Oversight Committee has earned him a flurry of newspaper articles dubbing him the president’s “annoyer-in-chief.”

The White House has declined to comment for the articles. But, as Issa told a New York Times reporter in recent days, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel weighed in himself when the two crossed paths outside the House gym on Capitol Hill.

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Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
San Francisco Chronicle

Monday, July 19, 2010

(07-19) 04:00 PDT Sacramento – —

California currently requires groups that run campaign ads that expressly tell voters how to vote for certain issues or candidates to disclose where they got their money and how it was spent.

But if an ad simply informs the public about an issue – even if that issue has some connection to an upcoming election – the state’s disclosure laws about who is bankrolling the effort are murkier.

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The party decides to adopt a neutral position on Proposition 19. Many favor the measure, but opponents cited one overriding concern: a yes vote could damage statewide candidates in competitive races.

July 18, 2010|By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times

Reporting from San Jose — The state Democratic Party decided Sunday not to endorse the marijuana legalization initiative on the November ballot after a swift, passionate debate that left little doubt most Democrats in the hotel meeting room intend to vote yes at the polls.

The party decided to adopt a neutral position on Proposition 19, leaving the many local Democratic committees and organizations free to endorse the measure.

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By Manuel Roig-Franzia
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, July 19, 2010

SACRAMENTO — Hate to break this to you: Time’s whizzing by. You’re getting older.

Need proof? Brace yourself.

Jerry Brown is 72 years old.

Yes, that Jerry Brown. The endless-summer wonder boy who dated Linda Ronstadt many moons over blue bayous ago. The bliss-following political son who was sooo California cool — back when California really was the empire of the laid-back, and fiscally solvent at that.

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LATimes: Municipalities take aim at public pensions

Saddled with policies adopted when times were good, many face dire consequences now. San Diego is a case in point.

July 18, 2010|By Tony Perry and Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times

Reporting from San Diego and Sacramento — After losing billions of dollars in recession-wracked investments, public pension funds in California are seeking to pare back the historically generous retirement benefits they provide to government workers, but not without push-back from unions.

About 70 local governments, stretching from Redding to Long Beach, are coming up with new, stingier formulas for calculating pension benefits for future hires.

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