Archive for July 20th, 2010

InlandPolitics: California DOJ visits this morning

Another entry from the website tracking report.

Date & time:Jul/20 8:47 AMIP address:167.10.240.1
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Organisation:California Department Of Justice
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SBSun: Rialto strip club linked to police sex probe

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/19/2010 04:58:37 PM PDT

RIALTO – Internal investigators are probing claims that police officers were having sex on duty with employees of a popular strip club on Riverside Avenue, authorities said Monday.

“We’ve got confirmation that employees of the Spearmint Rhino were involved with officers in our department,” Police Chief Mark Kling said.

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RivPE: Sex scandal lands four policemen on leave

06:47 PM PDT on Monday, July 19, 2010

By PAUL LaROCCO
The Press-Enterprise

Four Rialto police officers have been placed on paid administrative leave after allegations surfaced that they had sex while on duty with Spearmint Rhino waitresses at a police union building.

The officers, whose names were withheld because the personnel investigation is not complete, are among six being investigated, Rialto Police Chief Mark Kling said.

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10:00 PM PDT on Monday, July 19, 2010

Recount begins in state Senate race

A recount has begun in California’s 40th Senate District, where a mere 22 votes separate the two candidates vying for the Democratic nomination.

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RivPE: Watchdog agency warns Benoit over mailers

Benoit

By PE Politics
on July 19, 2010 2:50 PM

The state’s political watchdog agency has warned Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit over 5,000 mailers initially sent at public expense.

Benoit sent out the mailers April 7 featuring his name, position and photograph, according to the warning letter sent by the state Fair Political Practices Commission. The mailers cost $1,333 and advertised a home-preservation summit.

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RivPE: Inland companies in intelligence-contractor database

By PE Politics
on July 19, 2010 10:48 AM

The Washington Post this morning kicked off a two-year investigative series called “Top Secret America” on the growth of the intelligence community since September 2001.

The newspaper found that more than 1,200 government organizations and more than 1,900 private companies work on intelligence, homeland security and intelligence across the nation.

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07:24 PM PDT on Monday, July 19, 2010

By KIMBERLY PIERCEALL
The Press-Enterprise

The city of Los Angeles agency that owns and operates LAX and Ontario International Airport is reconsidering its efforts to spread air traffic throughout Southern California, considering the loss in passenger traffic at LAX.

“Here we sit on the incredible shrinking airport,” said Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports during her monthly report at a July 14 board of airport commissioner’s meeting.

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SBSun San Bernardino police furloughs OK’d

Council move puts pressure on contract talks
Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/19/2010 07:49:44 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – The City Council decided by a single vote Monday to give the city manager authority to impose furloughs on police officers if city negotiators and the police union fail to reach a deal on pay concessions.

City Manager Charles McNeely has no immediate plans to force officers to take time off, he said. He presented the issue diplomatically, but the vote is essentially a decision to play hardball during what may be the closing rounds of negotiations.

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SBSun: Political opponents attack James Ramos

Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/19/2010 04:28:13 PM PDT

A week after James Ramos, president of the San Bernardino Community College Board of Trustees, announced he will run for re-election in November, his opponents are on the offensive.

Richard Boyle, who failed in his bid for election to the board in 2008, says that Ramos was the main financial supporter of a another board member who was found guilty of not filing financial statements by the Fair Political Practices Commission. He added that Ramos was also illegally elected president with the support of that same board member.

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SBSun: District still negotiating reforms

Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/19/2010 05:14:52 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – With the start of school for many city schools two weeks away, the teachers union and district have yet to ink a deal regarding reforms to be used at 11 campuses.

According to Rebecca Harper, president of the San Bernardino Teachers Association, many items are still being negotiated with the San Bernardino City Unified School District regarding the implications of the two models chosen.

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DailyBulletin: Cutbacks impact police

Overtime reduction creates backlog in evidence testing
Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Created: 07/19/2010 06:19:48 PM PDT

Budget cuts that reduced overtime have slowed the analysis of narcotics evidence by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and the police in Pomona and La Verne have noticed the effects.

“Routine narcotics evidence that has been sent to the crime lab has gone from taking a week to taking two to three weeks or sometimes more to get it back,” said Pomona police Sgt. Rob Baker on Monday.

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LATimes: Whitman requests Brown’s official records

Brown

By Michael J. Mishak Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

July 19, 2010 | 6:26 p.m.

Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman’s campaign filed a public records request Monday with the California Department of Justice, seeking detailed information on how her Democratic rival, state Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown, is using his office’s resources while campaigning for governor.

The request, filed by GOP consultant Mark Bogetich, asks for personnel records related to the attorney general’s communications operation, including names, salaries, job descriptions and office locations. It also includes requests for his budget and an accounting of expenditures, including expenses related to travel and state-owned vehicles.

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By Susan Ferriss
sferriss@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jul. 20, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 20, 2010 – 8:07 am

Despite the narrow passage of Proposition 8 in 2008, a slim majority of California registered voters favors allowing same-sex marriage, according to a Field Poll released today.

The poll’s results – 51 percent in favor, 42 percent opposed, 7 percent undecided – show big differences among age groups, geography and party affiliation.

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SacBee: Placement agent Villalobos says he’ll sue CalPERS

Villalobos

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jul. 20, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 6B
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 20, 2010 – 8:26 am

RENO – Alfred Villalobos, the former CalPERS board member accused of bribery, said Monday he plans to sue the pension fund for spreading lies about him.

Villalobos said he will sue the California Public Employees’ Retirement System for $10 million, though he didn’t say when. “You know that they lied publicly and said things that weren’t true,” he said in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

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SacBee: Suit seeks documents from CalPERS venture

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com The Sacramento Bee
Published: Tuesday, Jul. 20, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 6B
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 20, 2010 – 8:29 am

CalPERS was sued Monday by the First Amendment Coalition over its refusal to turn over documents relating to a controversial real estate investment.

The nonprofit coalition sued in San Francisco Superior Court, seeking documents concerning the California Public Employees’ Retirement System’s ill-fated $100 million investment in Page Mill Properties, a collection of rental houses in East Palo Alto.

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