Archive for August 10th, 2010

InlandPolitics: AG 10′ – Cooley lands key law enforcement support


Tuesday, August 10, 2010 – 10:00 pm

Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley, the republican candidate for California Attorney General, landed two key endorsements today.

The California Coalition of Law Enforcement Associations and Peace Officers Research Association of California have both endorsed Cooley.

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SBSun OpEd: Pair led irresponsible budgeting

Editor’s Note: This column highlights the divisiveness crippling San Bernardino. A city in continual deterioration and on the verge of financial ruin. It appears political attacks and back-biting will continue to rule the day for the foreseeable future.


Mayor Pat Morris
Posted: 08/10/2010 07:03:39 PM PDT

San Bernardino City Councilwoman Wendy McCammack’s Aug. 3 point of view (“City should eye budget alternatives”) argued that the city’s budget crisis is not real. She proclaimed the projected $24 million city budget deficit for 2010-2011 is simply a tactic to “scare” our residents and public employees. McCammack then launched a punishing political diatribe filled with misstatements of fact compounded by an inaccurate analysis of our city’s financial condition.

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Southern California — this just in

August 10, 2010 | 10:59 am

The city of Bell’s inability to pay off a looming $35-million debt has prompted Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services to downgrade the beleaguered town’s bonds and place the ratings on “CreditWatch with negative implications.”

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SacBee: Whitman claims Brown managed Oakland like Bell

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
August 10, 2010

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman has opened a new line of attack on Democratic nominee Jerry Brown, comparing the former Oakland mayor’s management of Oakland to the salary scandal in Bell.

In a statewide radio spot released today, Whitman claims Bell has “happened before – when Jerry Brown was mayor of Oakland.”

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
August 10, 2010

California still lacks a 2010-11 state budget but its deficit is already widening as revenue falls below official forecasts and spending runs above expectations, Controller John Chiang said today.

Revenues in July, the first month of the fiscal year, were $91 million or 1.9 percent below the pending budget’s forecast, Chiang said, while spending ran nearly a billion dollars over the forecast.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
August 10, 2010

Hammered by recession, Californians’ personal incomes dropped by nearly $40 billion in 2009, according to a new report from the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis. It was California’s first year-to-year decline in personal income since World War II.

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Fox&Hounds: Judging Jerry’s Judges (Part 2 of 2)

By Tony Quinn
Political Commentator and Former Legislative Staffer
Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Read Part 1: Here

Three strikes and you’re out should apply to the Jerry Brown Supreme Court, and in fact did. In 1986, an angry electorate defeated three of the Brown judges up for retention election, and fundamentally changed the Supreme Court. These three strikes are the legacy of Brown’s court.

Strike One: Destroying of the court’s reputation for excellence and impartiality.

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Hinkley’s southeast side just down the street from PG&E

August 10, 2010
Posted by Administrator

In 2003 Los Angeles’ most popular radio talk show hosts, KFI’s John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou, broke wide open a shake-down scheme by the Trevor law firm.  Trevor used a little-known section of California’s Business and Professions Code to file or threaten to file lawsuits against small businesses, especially auto repair shops and restaurants, and then offer to settle if the businesses agreed to pay up.

The “wrongdoing” by these businesses was trivial in nature and often only wrong due to odd or restrictive interpretations of the law.  For example, one suit was threatened because a nail salon used the same bottle of fingernail polish on more than one client.

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RivPE: Cassie MacDuff: Will SBD Airport Fly?

10:00 PM PDT on Monday, August 9, 2010

Cassie MacDuff

Has the gloomy forecast for Ontario International Airport dimmed the outlook for San Bernardino International to attract a passenger airline?

Not if you talk to San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris, president of the San Bernardino International Airport Authority board.

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RivPE: Riverside County supervisors approve final budget

By PE News
on August 10, 2010 10:00 AM

In a 5-0 vote, Riverside County supervisors today approved a final fiscal 2010-2011 budget.

The budget overcomes a $133 million budget gap through a combination of cuts and the use of reserves.

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SBSun: Ristow files suit against Ramos


Woman alleges affair, retaliation
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/09/2010 06:09:04 PM PDT

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A woman has sued San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos, alleging sexual harassment, retaliation, and assault and battery.

Cheryl Ristow, a former investigative technician at the District Attorney’s Office, filed the lawsuit Monday in San Bernardino Superior Court. She says she had an 18-month relationship with Ramos that included sex acts in his office, in his county-issued car in San Bernardino parking lots and at the UCLA Conference Center in Lake Arrowhead, where she says she met Ramos during a conference in September 2003.

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SBSun: Claim over police sex sent back

Rialto says request was late
Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/09/2010 05:37:10 PM PDT

RIALTO – The city has returned a $500,000 claim to the Riverside lawyer representing a strip club worker at the center of a sex scandal involving Rialto Police Department officers.

“We’re sending her letters saying the claim is untimely,” City Attorney Jimmy Gutierrez said.

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DailyBulletin: Auto Club Speedway loses Cup race

Fontana down to one NASCAR event
Louis Brewster, Staff Writer
Created: 08/09/2010 08:21:49 PM PDT

FONTANA – While it may not have been the official announcement, a news conference on Monday in Chicago confirmed the future for Auto Club Speedway.

NASCAR soon is expected to release the entire 2011 Sprint Cup schedule, perhaps as early as today, but some of the specifics released Monday announced Chicagoland Speedway would host the first Chase race in 2011.

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VVDailyPress: County posts salary, benefit info

August 09, 2010 5:30 PM

SAN BERNARDINO • After the city of Bell was rocked by the scandalous salaries of top government officials, the County of San Bernardino has posted the salaries and benefits for all county positions on its website for more than 10 years.

The information is posted at, under the “Open Government” tab. The link allows the public to scroll through or search for any and all county job titles and see the current salary for each position, list of benefits, and job description.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
August 9, 2010

Democratic leaders have said all along they want state employee unions to negotiate contract changes rather than have the Legislature impose cuts.

But in order to make their new budget balance, Democrats are counting on $822 million in savings that depend upon 15 bargaining units negotiating the same type of tentative agreements that six other units have reached with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administration. The savings is located on page 9 of Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez’s budget outline.

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LATimes: Whitman accuses Brown of Bell-style mismanagement

The Republican’s new mailer and radio ad seek to undermine the attorney general’s watchdog role by accusing him of overseeing large salary increases while he was mayor of Oakland.

By Michael Mishak, Los Angeles Times
August 9, 2010

Reporting from Sacramento —

Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman on Monday accused Democratic rival Jerry Brown of presiding over a Bell-style salary scandal while he was mayor of Oakland.

The charges, aired in a new mailer and radio ad aimed at Los Angeles County voters, come as Brown, the attorney general, gains political traction with his office’s expanded investigation into the Bell controversy. Three of that city’s top administrators have resigned.

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10:00 PM PDT on Monday, August 9, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County District Attorney-elect Paul Zellerbach ended his campaign more than $214,000 in debt, while incumbent Rod Pacheco finished owing more than $26,000, according to campaign financial reports.

Zellerbach said he will hold fundraisers to pay off the debts. His campaign finance report shows his ending cash balance as just over $1,100. Pacheco’s ending balance was placed at nearly $22,800.

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By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times

August 10, 2010

Meg Whitman’s economic policies are based on a flawed understanding of the challenges California faces, and the Republican gubernatorial nominee’s proposals would make the state’s troubles worse, according to an open letter to Californians signed by a group of mostly Democratic economists from throughout the state.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Brown, Whitman pirouetting over issues

By Dan Walters The Sacramento Bee
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

So is Meg Whitman, having won the Republican nomination for governor, now trimming her sails and tacking to the center as she vies with Democrat Jerry Brown?

Absolutely. Whitman drifted rightward during her primary duel with Steve Poizner but then steered to port on such hot-button issues as illegal immigration and global warming, clearly hoping to win votes among independent voters who will likely decide the outcome.

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