Archive for August 4th, 2010

SBSun: Auto Club Speedway might lose major race

Detour ahead?

Rebecca U. Cho, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/03/2010 07:47:02 PM PDT

A pending decision on whether Auto Club Speedway in Fontana sheds a NASCAR race from its schedule has hotels and other businesses in the Inland Empire holding their breaths.

The track, which hosts two races in the Sprint Cup Series season for NASCAR, may see one of those races removed for 2011 this month.

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San Bernardino County Supervisor Paul Biane received a big shot in the arm today. A shot with financial support.

The San Bernardino County Safety Employees’ Benefit Association (SEBA) representing county-level law enforcement officers gave Biane theits endorsement nod this afternoon along with a $50,000 contribution.

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Southern California — this just in
August 4, 2010 | 3:28 pm

A grand jury has handed down a 24-count felony indictment against Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife, Flora Montes de Oca, accusing them of perjury and voter fraud stemming from their assertion in that they lived in a home in Panorama City.

In an indictment unsealed Wednesday, the Los Angeles County Grand Jury said Alarcon and his wife falsely claimed that they lived in a house within Alarcon’s 7th Council District in the San Fernando Valley.

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Southern California — this just in
August 4, 2010 | 1:48 pm

Prop 8 supporters Nadia Chayka (2-L) and her fiance Luke Otterstad (3-L) stand in between Prop 8 opponents Billy Radford (R) and Ron Weaver (L) as they stand outside of the Philip Burton Federal building in San Francisco. Credit: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images
A federal judge in San Francisco decided today that gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry, striking down Proposition 8, the voter approved ballot measure that banned same-sex unions.

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LATimes: Just how cheap is Jerry Brown?

On politics in the Golden State
August 4, 2010 | 10:30 am

Jerry brown For Jerry Brown, it seems no expense is too small to scrimp on.

He bases his gubernatorial operations in a building he partly owns, getting a cut on rent. He’s got a friend donating janitorial services. He even found a way to wiggle out of paying for his own election night party.

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LATimes: Fiorina opposes Kagan for high court

On politics in the Golden State
August 4, 2010 | 2:11 pm

Republican Senate nominee Carly Fiorina said Wednesday she would oppose the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, citing concerns about her lack of judicial experience, which she said was a “key element” in determining whether a nominee is qualified for the high court.

“As a member of the Court, her duties would be to faithfully interpret the Constitution and, in many cases, to exercise judicial restraint,” Fiorina said in a statement. “Unfortunately, her complete lack of judicial experience coupled with a public record that sheds minimal light on how she would execute these duties gives me great pause about her qualifications to serve on the highest court in the land.”

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SacBee: Brown compares budget process to Bell pay scandal

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
August 4, 2010

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown called for more transparency in the budget process today, saying the “latest scheme” released by legislative Democrats has “got to be vetted in the public.”

Brown, in an interview during Los Angeles television station KTLA’s morning news program, compared the current budget process to the pay scandal rocking the city of Bell, Calif., which he had discussed earlier in the segment.

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On politics in the Golden State
August 4, 2010 | 9:22 am

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jerry Brown admitted Wednesday that he is anxious about the funding disparity between his campaign and that of his Republican rival, Meg Whitman.

“We’re being outspent like 100 to 1. We get a little stressed,” Brown said in an interview on the KTLA morning news. “But the fact is I was brought up to treat my money carefully, my campaign money, the same way I treat the people’s money. Meg has a different philosophy. She flies around on a private jet. She paid herself $120 million her last year at EBay, then they had to lay off 10% of the workforce. Wow. So just a difference of philosophy.”

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LATimes: Tom Brokaw to referee Whitman-Brown debate

On politics in the Golden State
August 4, 2010 | 8:30 am

Tom brokaw Former NBC anchorman Tom Brokaw will moderate one of the debates between the two major-party gubernatorial candidates.

Republican Meg Whitman and Democrat Jerry Brown have both agreed to appear at an Oct. 12 debate, sponsored by Dominican University of California.

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10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Sacramento Bureau

SACRAMENTO – The June 8 election left Inland legislative candidates poorer, their campaigns in debt and, for some losers, needing to return thousands of dollars’ worth of contributions, new state reports show.

Reports filed this week with the secretary of state’s office show that the contenders for the Republican nominations in the region’s 63rd Assembly District and 36th Senate District spent more than $2.8 million.

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RivPE: Riverside council members raising cash for 2011

10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

While three possible challengers for Riverside City Council seats in 2011 haven’t started raising money, the four incumbents seeking re-election next year already are filling their coffers.

Three of the four councilmen had raised five figures as of June 30, according to campaign finance reports that were due Monday. Mike Gardner’s Ward 1 seat, William “Rusty” Bailey’s Ward 3 seat, Chris Mac Arthur’s Ward 5 seat and Steve Adams’ Ward 7 seat will be on the June 2011 ballot.

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SBSun OpEd: City should eye budget alternatives


Wendy McCammack
Posted: 08/02/2010 07:04:09 PM PDT

So, what is San Bernardino’s true budget picture? The present budget gap advertised as $24 million, after City Council-approved reductions, is now about $6 million.

Presenting an inaccurate view of the city’s financial position is a scare tactic aimed at convincing a skeptical public to accept higher taxes. These disingenuous actions have resulted in bad-faith employee negotiations and the present lack of voter confidence in city government.

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SBSun: Judge limits lawsuit by ex-county exec

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/03/2010 03:14:28 PM PDT

A San Bernardino Superior Court judge has stricken two breach-of-contract allegations in a lawsuit filed against the county by former County Administrative Officer Mark Uffer.

Judge Donald Alvarez, however, let stand Uffer’s claim of whistleblower retaliation.

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DailyBulletin: Report projects slow recovery for ONT

Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Created: 08/03/2010 10:04:49 PM PDT

ONTARIO – Three decades. Maybe more.

That’s the new projected timetable for L.A./Ontario International Airport to return to the success it enjoyed before the fuel crisis and recession combined to cripple its passenger traffic levels.

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DailyBulletin: Warren seeks Fontana mayor seat


Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Created: 08/03/2010 02:45:27 PM PDT

FONTANA – Councilwoman Acquanetta Warren is aiming to make history in November by becoming the city’s first black mayor.

Warren has declared her candidacy with the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters.

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DailyBulletin: Starr takes reins as Montclair’s manager

Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 08/03/2010 10:04:49 PM PDT

MONTCLAIR – The star of Monday evening’s City Council meeting was Ed Starr, whose contract as the new city manager was approved.

Starr succeeds Lee McDougal, who retired in June after 18 years in the position. The contract calls for no increase in Starr’s assistant city manager pay of $163,400.

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DailyBulletin: City to keep police

Pomona decision

Cheers greet council vote
Monica Rodriguez, Staff Writer
Created: 08/03/2010 06:32:35 PM PDT

POMONA – After weeks of uncertainty, the City Council has decided to leave the responsibility of policing the city to its Police Department.

Council members voted unanimously Monday night to follow the recommendation of city administrators and not place a measure on the Nov. 2 ballot asking voters whether they wanted to contract for law enforcement services with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

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City administrative officer reports that benefits for retired police, firefighters, DWP workers and other city employees could grow by $800 million in the next five years.

By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times

August 3, 2010|7:35 p.m.

The cost of retirement benefits for Los Angeles city employees will grow by $800 million over the next five years, dramatically eroding the amount of money available for public services to taxpayers, according to a report issued Tuesday.

In a bleak assessment delivered to members of the City Council, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana said pensions and health benefits for current and future retirees would jump from $1.4 billion next year to at least $2.2 billion in 2015.

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Southern California — this just in

August 3, 2010 | 6:39 pm

Officials at California’s state pension fund became aware four years ago of the exorbitant pay raises being given to administrators in the city of Bell and did nothing to stop them, according to an internal memo obtained by The Times.

The memo, which pension staff sent to board members today, shows that the California Public Employees’ Retirement System granted an exemption to its rules in 2006 so the Bell city manager could get a 47% pay hike and still receive a full pension on his salary.

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LATimes: 2 California propositions could undo budget patch

Either initiative, if approved by voters, could repeal a $1-billion budget fix signed into law earlier this year.

By Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times

August 4, 2010

Reporting from Sacramento

Two propositions on the November ballot could create a $1-billion hole in California’s already beleaguered budget by undoing one of the few agreements that lawmakers and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger have struck this year to shrink the deficit.

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SFChronicle: Governor candidates oppose sanctuary cities

Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer
San Francisco Chronicle
Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Democrat Jerry Brown and Republican Meg Whitman both say they oppose sanctuary policies established by San Francisco and about a dozen other cities to limit their role in federal immigration enforcement. But the candidates’ plans to carry out their views if elected governor are both divergent and perplexing.

Brown’s campaign says he thinks sanctuary cities violate federal and state law, but would take no action against them. Instead, he intends to lobby for a long-stalled overhaul of federal immigration laws that would make local refuge policies unnecessary.

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