Archive for August 1st, 2010

InlandPolitics: CA Gov 10′ – Brown photos speak a thousand words

Jerry Brown wants you to look forward.

But let’s look backward first and allow history to speak for itself.


Sunday, August 1, 2010 – 10:35 pm


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SBSun: Colonies contests inquiry

Asks court to conceal details of settlement
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/31/2010 09:54:19 PM PDT

Lawyers for Colonies Partners LP have thrown up a legal roadblock that threatens prosecutors’ efforts to learn details of a $102 million settlement between San Bernardino County and the developer.

Three months after the county Board of Supervisors voted to waive its attorney-client privilege and provide records of the 2006 settlement deliberations, lawyers for the Rancho Cucamonga developer went to court July 23 to prevent the records from being turned over to authorities.

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SBSun: Tax in Colton under review

Extension may go on ballot
Michael J. Sorba, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/31/2010 09:54:22 PM PDT

COLTON – At Tuesday night’s meeting, the City Council will once again consider a resolution to place a measure on the Nov. 2 ballot that asks residents to extend the utility users tax.

The tax is expected to produce $5 million this year, or about 16 percent of operating income, city reports have said. If it’s not extended, the city will have to cut costs to make up for the loss, and officials have warned that could mean police and firefighter layoffs and the closure of a fire station.

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SBSun: Registrar rejects pressure to register more Latinos

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/31/2010 09:54:18 PM PDT

County officials acknowledge that fact, but they say they can’t address that problem directly, in part because it would be politically unpalatable.

Doing direct outreach in the Latino community – something members of a committee that advises the county registrar of voters on reaching Latino voters have requested – could benefit Democrats more than Republicans, said Assistant County Counsel Daniel Haueter, who advises the Registrar’s Office.

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Kim Carter
Posted: 07/31/2010 05:38:19 PM PDT

Despite the fact that San Bernardino County has already eliminated 529 county positions and is confronting $133 million in deficits over the next four years, it has somehow come up with $31.3 million, and an option on 22 acres of prime county-owned Inland Empire land, to pay the state of California for the expansion of its Adelanto jail. (Re: “State gives $100M for jail expansion,” July 16).

What’s the 22 acres for, you ask? Well, it’s land that would be used for a 500-bed community re-entry facility for state prisoners who are released from local prisons.

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Dean, College of Pharmacy, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona

Created: 07/31/2010 06:02:46 PM PDT

I want to point out some concerns that I have with the decision to require the 9,185 San Bernardino County employees enrolled in Health Net to purchase prescriptions through CVS retail stores or CVS/Caremark mail-order services.

First of all, I am a fan of CVS, other chain and independent pharmacies. I also recognize the value of mail-order pharmacy services for those who are stable on medications for chronic conditions. My objection is that the decision to switch to one provider for pharmacy services is based on the misconception that this will save the county money. Let me provide a few facts.

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DailyBulletin: Spotlight on police

Pomona force on city agenda
Monica Rodriguez, Staff Writer
Created: 07/31/2010 10:37:54 AM PDT

POMONA – City administrators are recommending the City Council refrain from placing an initiative on the Nov. 2 ballot asking voters whether the city should consider contracting with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for law enforcement services.

An estimate for law enforcement services, referred to as a Phase I analysis, submitted by the Sheriff’s Department does not contain sufficient information to make a decision as to whether the city should keep the Pomona Police Department or dismantle it and contract with the county, according to a city staff report.

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VVDailyPress: Hesperia weighs sales tax ballot measure

July 31, 2010 12:00 PM
Beau Yarbrough

HESPERIA • After a round of public hearings, the City Council on Tuesday night is set to discuss putting a half-cent sales tax hike on the November ballot.

If approved by the voters, the tax would go into effect just as a state one-cent sales tax goes away in July 2011. Effectively, Hesperians would trade a penny tax going to Sacramento for half of a penny going to Hesperia City Hall.

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***Editor’s Note: The title of this LA Times story says it all. Translated: Don’t look at my past record.


Before a crowd in San Francisco, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate tries to counter ‘relic of the past’ image Meg Whitman has painted for him. He also discusses his spirituality, missionary work.

By Seema Mehta

August 1, 2010

Reporting from San Francisco —

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jerry Brown said Saturday his campaign is about the future and forward-thinking ideas that will spur job growth and lift California out of its recession, such as the state’s climate-change legislation that could be overturned by voters in November.

“California is just an amazing place. While we do have a very high unemployment rate and have lost a lot of jobs the last couple of years, this has happened before, seven times since World War II … We always come back,” he told more than 100 voters at a Faith Forum in San Francisco. “The key to California is not the past, although we have a wonderful tradition. The key to California is the future and looking forward.”

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SFChronicle: State candidates connect to voters at forum

Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
San Francisco Chronicle

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown dismissed Republican Meg Whitman’s criticism of his nomination of Supreme Court Justice Rose Bird as the words of a candidate who didn’t vote and “took no interest” in the governing of California until recently.

“For a woman to talk about things in California – apparently not only did she didn’t live here; she took no interest in California,” Brown told reporters Saturday after an appearance at a San Francisco faith-based forum. “What was Mrs. Whitman doing in the election when Rose Bird was confirmed in 1978? Was she around?”

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By Susan Ferriss
Published: Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010 – 9:39 am

Maria Marquez told the pollster who called in late June that if the November election were held that day, she would vote for Republican Meg Whitman for governor.

Now she thinks she might prefer someone else. But she doesn’t know much about Democrat Jerry Brown, whose name, like Whitman’s, didn’t leap to mind at first.

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By Dan Morain, Senior editor The Sacramento Bee
Published: Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1E

Attorney General Jerry Brown is defying the laws of political physics, at least for now.

Despite unprecedented spending by his Republican foe Meg Whitman, Brown is clinging to a 37-34 percent lead in the race for governor, the latest survey by the Public Policy Institute of California shows.

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By Dan Walters The Sacramento Bee
Published: Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010 – 9:28 am

The show “Law and Order” built a decades-long television dynasty by offering fictional crime sagas that closely mirrored real-life cases that were “ripped from the headlines,” as the show’s promos put it.

Jerry Brown has used the same approach, garnering attention by interjecting himself into the news of the moment during a political career that’s lasted longer than the TV show.

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The seeds of the state pension fiasco were sown in 1999, when Gov. Gray Davis and lawmakers raised retirement benefits for state workers, and many cities and counties followed suit.

BySteve Lopez

August 1, 2010

Marcia Fritz remembers it distinctly: She had a chilled glass of Handley chardonnay in her hand and was chatting with friends on the shores of Lake Tahoe in August of 2002. She was totally relaxed until one of her pals brought up an official in her mid-size city who was retiring. His pension was to be based on a 3-50 formula.

Fritz, a certified public accountant, nearly choked.

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