Archive for August 21st, 2010

InlandPolitics: The Insider: S.B. County DA after supes again?

Saturday, August 21, 2010 – 12:20 pm

The Insider is hearing whispers are starting to bubble-up out of the Redlands “old-guard” circuit, which say San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos is going after the Board of Supervisors again.

This time the buzz has the targets as being “the board of supervisors” or “Supervisor Paul Biane”.

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Rebecca U. Cho, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/20/2010 04:50:15 PM PDT

As school came to an end, so did many jobs.

Job losses that come with the season’s change pushed the unemployment rate in July in the Inland Empire to 15.1 percent, the highest in two decades.

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SBSun: Feds looking into Victorville bond debt

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/20/2010 06:04:46 PM PDT

The federal Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating Victorville’s more than $400 million of bond debt, and has sent a subpoena to City Hall for information.

The city’s bond debt totals $464.3 million, and the scope of the SEC’s investigation comprises the bulk of that debt, Councilman Ryan McEachron said.

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Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/20/2010 09:03:29 PM PDT

RIALTO – The police officer allegedly at the center of a sex scandal that has rocked the Rialto Police Department is off the force, police officials said Friday.

“I can confirm that James Dobbs is no longer employed by the Rialto Police Department,” Police Chief Mark Kling said Friday. Kling confirmed that Dobbs’ last day was Aug. 12, but would not confirm if Dobbs resigned or was fired.

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SBSun: Money starting to trickle into Colton council races

Michael J. Sorba, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/20/2010 06:20:57 PM PDT

COLTON – Election season is drawing near, yet the campaign coffers of some City Council candidates are bone dry.

Others have gathered scant monetary resources and at least two are building formidable war chests. Regardless of funds available, most campaign money has started to trickle in over the past seven weeks and contributions will continue to roll in through October.

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Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/20/2010 04:24:03 PM PDT

RIALTO – Come Tuesday night, the City Council election scheduled for Nov. 2 may find its place among bad TV shows, magazine subscriptions and other things that get canceled.

Because Councilman Joe Baca Jr. and Councilwoman Deborah Robertson are running unopposed for the two council seats up for vote this year, the city has the option to cancel the election and appoint the incumbents to office. The city stands to save $75,000 in election costs if it doesn’t hold the election.

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Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/20/2010 08:55:15 PM PDT

UPLAND – Three Upland medical marijuana cooperatives will remain closed, despite a published opinion filed Wednesday in a state appellate court.

The co-ops appeared in court Friday to request a lifting of a preliminary injunction granted by a judge at the West Valley Superior Court in Rancho Cucamonga.

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PE: Colton to put city employee salaries online

10:00 PM PDT on Friday, August 20, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Colton City Manager Rod Foster said he expects to post the salaries of all city employees online by the end of next week.

“We haven’t decided exactly where it is going to be on the website yet, but I’m sure it is going to be prominently displayed,” he said by phone. “We’re not going to bury it. We want people to be able to easily find it.”

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PE: Bargaining delays hearing for San Jacinto defendants

10:41 PM PDT on Friday, August 20, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Discussions are under way that may end in pleas for at least some defendants in a perjury and campaign money laundering case that accuses six relatives of the defendants in a sweeping San Jacinto political corruption indictment.

The negotiations were disclosed in court Friday morning, when a preliminary hearing was scheduled but did not take place. At one point it appeared some pleas might be entered, but by afternoon attorneys said the talks would continue into next week.

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SacBee: Meg Whitman: Jerry Brown will raise your taxes

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
August 20, 2010

Half of the Republican statewide ticket pumped up the party faithful Friday night to cap the first day of the state GOP’s semi-annual convention at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego.

Gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman was the star of the night, but she shared the spotlight with secretary of state candidate Damon Dunn and state controller nominee Tony Strickland.

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On politics in the Golden State
August 20, 2010 | 9:52 pm

More than 300 die-hard Republican conventioneers came to the Hyatt’s Manchester Ballroom in San Diego on Friday night to hear their gubernatorial nominee, Meg Whitman, lash out at Democratic nominee Jerry Brown.

“We once and for all are going to say goodbye to Jerry Brown’s failed ideas and broken promises,” Whitman said in her 20-minute address.

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By JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated Press Writer

Friday, August 20, 2010 at 11:06 p.m.

SAN DIEGO — Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman unleashed a forceful attack against Democrat Attorney General Jerry Brown at the state party convention Friday night, seeking to portray herself as the future of California and Brown as part of its past.

Whitman told delegates at the state GOP convention that California already has tried Brown’s approach, when he was governor from 1975 to 1983 – and says it didn’t work.

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Calbuzz: GOP Liveblog: Right-Wing Whacks eMeg Early

August 20, 2010

SAN DIEGO — Even before Meg Whitman stepped up to address the Republican state convention here, leaders of the party’s grassroots right wing sharply criticized her stands on immigration and the environment, warning that many conservative voters might sit out the election if she takes their support for granted.

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SDUnionTribune: Whitman unsure on global warming laws

Local Government & Politics

By Michele Clock, UNION-TRIBUNE

Originally published August 20, 2010 at 3:56 p.m.
Updated August 21, 2010 at 8:54 a.m.

Meg Whitman, Republican candidate for governor, spoke to employees at Solar Gard Window Films in Kearny Mesa Friday afternoon.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman said Friday she wants to stop all new state regulations as a way to create jobs, yet she was undecided on whether to support a ballot measure suspending rules that force businesses to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

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Posted at 02:48 PM on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010
By SAMANTHA YOUNG – Associated Press Writer

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown on Thursday defended his travel on a state airplane as attorney general, saying he used it rarely and did not benefit politically from any of the events.

“The fact is, I took a few, a handful of rides on a state plane for official events,” Brown told San Francisco radio station KGO.

He has criticized his opponent, Republican Meg Whitman, for chartering private jets for her campaign travel.

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