Archive for August 22nd, 2010

Sunday, August 22, 2010 – 05:00 am

Former San Bernardino County chief executive Mark Uffer wasn’t really known for his common sense.

His lawsuit against the county is a prime example.

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Neil Derry

10:00 PM PDT on Saturday, August 21, 2010

By NEIL DERRY

For those who have tracked my concerns regarding San Bernardino International Airport, there are few surprises. During my years as a city council member, I had stated clearly that I did not believe that the creation of an airport at the former Norton Air Force Base was the best, highest use for that property. It has been my contention that Norton and the property around it would have achieved more immediate results in business attraction and job creation if attention had been focused on industrial and logistical uses and the infrastructure necessary to support those endeavors.

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Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/21/2010 10:34:05 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – The Police and Fire departments will shrink if the City Council approves the full menu of new budget-cutting proposals.

The new proposals would reduce funding for almost all city departments. They follow the council’s rejection of multiple tax hikes and city managers’ expectations that concessions talks with city unions will fail to produce as much savings as anticipated.

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James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/21/2010 10:36:14 PM PDT

When James Espinosa of Chino retired from the Long Beach Fire Department, he was 56, had been a firefighter for 35 years and was fully vested in his public pension plan.

Espinosa, now vice president of the Chino Valley Independent Fire District board, retired eight years ago and was granted an industrial disability retirement, also called a medical retirement, meaning half of his pension is exempt from state or federal taxes.

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11:11 PM PDT on Saturday, August 21, 2010

By JIM MILLER and JEFF HORSEMAN
The Press-Enterprise

In February 2008, California voters approved tribal casino-expansion deals that supporters said would ensure aid for surrounding communities.

The agreements for the first time created a process for tribes, Inland cities and counties to negotiate payments to cover off-reservation impacts such as extra police, increased traffic and other expenses.

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Pensions proving costlier

Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/21/2010 10:35:15 PM PDT

CLAREMONT – The big pay raises that Indio gave to a former Claremont city manager and assistant city manager will cost the Inland Valley city an additional $100,000 a year in pension liability now that both have retired.

Final salary at retirement is one of the factors that determines a public employee’s pension and the pension liability for each city or agency where the retiree worked in his or her public career.

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Meg Whitman           Carly Fiorina

The candidates raise similar themes in their keynote speeches, but while one has not wavered from her strongly conservative positions, the other appeals more to moderates.

By Maeve Reston and Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times

August 21, 2010|9:18 p.m.

Reporting from San Diego —
Framing their arguments for the general election, the two top-ticket Republicans said their real-world experience would make them more effective advocates for Californians than the career politicians they face in November. Democratic rivals Jerry Brown and Sen. Barbara Boxer have spent a “lifetime” in elected office and lost touch with the struggles of working families, according to U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina and gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman.

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Carly Fiorina

By Jack Chang
jchang@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

SAN DIEGO – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina told hundreds of GOP supporters Saturday that, if elected, she would push for term limits capping senators and representatives to 12 years in each house of Congress.

Fiorina also repeated her pledge to serve only two six-year terms herself in the U.S. Senate even in the absence of such a term-limit law.

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By Dan Morain, Senior editor
dmorain@sacbee.com The Sacramento Bee
Published: Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1E

If you’re a Democrat running for a lesser office, don’t bother asking what Jerry Brown can do for you.

Instead, ask what you can do for Brown. Democratic candidates have found out that in this campaign, it’s everyone for themselves.

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Calbuzz: Carly: Senate Race About Change, Not Ideology

August 21, 2010

SAN DIEGO – With a slashing attack on Sen. Barbara Boxer, Carly Fiorina called Saturday for sweeping reforms to shake up Washington, a bid to steer the race away from issues where she is to the right of mainstream voters and to frame her Republican candidacy as a strike against the status quo.

Portraying Boxer as a left-wing ideologue and prime example of a failed liberal Democratic establishment, Fiorina cast herself as an agent of change who would fight for Congressional term limits and rules changes to make Senate legislation more transparent to citizens.

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Posted By: Carla Marinucci | August 21 2010 at 03:15 PM

Memo to Meg Whitman’s bigtime, big pay, Beltway consultants:

You’re getting paid to think big thoughts, so just think about this: maybe it’s time to let the candidate get off the campaign treadmill once in awhile. Free Meg Whitman.

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August 21, 2010 | Christina Jewett

Ana P. Gutierrez/Orange County RegisterJosefina Herrera, a Los Angeles County public health nurse, went undercover for the attorney general’s office to investigate a nursing home owner who tried to bribe her.

The office of Attorney General Jerry Brown has dismissed an increasing number of criminal cases against defendants suspected of elder abuse, while cutting back on surprise inspections to investigate violence and neglect in nursing homes.

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LATimes: Rizzo’s horse had come in

Some who worked with him in Bell and elsewhere over the years came to know him as a calculating risk-taker.

By Paul Pringle, Corina Knoll and Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times

August 22, 2010

Reporting from Los Angeles and Auburn, Wash. —

The lifestyle that Robert Rizzo enjoyed during his run as Bell city manager included a stable full of thoroughbreds, among them a gelding named Depenserdel’argent — French for “spend money.”

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