Archive for August 25th, 2010

InlandPolitics: The Insider: Pacheco taking it personal

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 – 1:45 pm

Sources say outgoing Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco is really taking things personal these days.

Yes, it does hurt to lose.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010 – 1:30 pm

A story published yesterday by Sharon Gilbert at iePolitics.com revealed that ousted former San Bernardino County administrative officer Mark Uffer is under consideration for the position of chief executive officer for Colorado River Medical Center in Needles.

A facility with a shaky financial track record.

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Brown

PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
August 25, 2010 | 10:00 am

The Small Business Action Committee PAC has been busy of late, giving $800,000 to fight a ballot measure that would allow state lawmakers to pass a budget by a simple majority vote. The group is also supporting Proposition 26, which would make it harder to raise fees in the Legislature.

The SBAC also hit the airwaves earlier this month with an issue ad that allies of Jerry Brown said was a thinly veiled hit against the Democratic gubernatorial nominee.

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10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, August 24, 2010

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County’s pension reform committee reached consensus Tuesday on six recommendations to forward to supervisors to help them generate future retirement savings.

The recommendations are aimed at helping the board decide how to create a second-tier pension program for newly hired employees.

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PE: San Bernardino council approves $11 million in cuts

10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, August 24, 2010

By DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
The Press-Enterprise

Dire financial predictions have done what months of debate could not do, prompting the San Bernardino City Council to balance its budget with $11 million of cuts over the next 22 months.

The council voted 5-2 Monday night to approve an 8 percent cost-cutting plan that includes laying off 27 police officers and seven Fire Department employees by the middle of 2012.

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PE: Riverside council divvies up $3.55 million surplus

11:52 PM PDT on Tuesday, August 24, 2010

By ALICIA ROBINSON
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside will use a $3.55 million surplus to hire more police, buy library books, add parking at Andulka Park and Orange Terrace Community Center, and enhance the city budget in several other ways, the City Council decided Tuesday.

City officials discovered the surplus while doing final accounting on the budget for the 2009-10 fiscal year, which ended June 30.

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SBSun: Council wields the ax

Police, fire feel the pain
Response time likely to rise
Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/24/2010 08:19:33 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Police officers could take longer to respond to emergency calls and spend less time investigating all but the most serious crimes – a result of new budget cuts that could reverse recent efforts to put more cops on the streets.

New budget cuts calling for force reductions in the police and fire departments will erode some public-safety operations, department chiefs said.

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Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/24/2010 08:46:09 PM PDT

Lawyers are set to begin selecting jurors this week in the multimillion-dollar defamation and libel lawsuit filed by Nancy Bohl, the wife of former San Bernardino County Sheriff Gary Penrod, against a High Desert newspaper publisher.

Judge Frank Gafkowski Jr. ruled Monday on several motions in San Bernardino Superior Court, notably that Bohl was a private figure – not a public one – and that parts of two articles published by Valley Wide Newspapers were “libel per se” but discussed a public concern.

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DailyBulletin: Assessed value falls again in L.A. County

Troy Anderson, Staff Writer
Created: 08/24/2010 08:23:32 PM PDT

The assessed values of properties in Los Angeles County dropped for the second year in a row, falling about $19 billion to just over $1 trillion, county Assessor Robert Quon said Tuesday.

The further reduction in overall assessed value should give additional property tax breaks to many homeowners, especially those who bought at the peak of the real estate market in 2007.

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With so few specifics from either Jerry Brown or Meg Whitman, there’s very little to talk about except how little there is to talk about as election day draws closer.

By Steve Lopez
August 25, 2010

Do you get the feeling that the campaign for governor of California has been going on for far too long, and yet it hasn’t really begun?

Yeah, me too.

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PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
August 24, 2010 | 2:12 pm

An appeal by President Obama to his supporters seeking help for Jerry Brown’s candidacy would seem like a godsend for the Democratic gubernatorial nominee.

But within minutes of Obama’s e-mail, so many people clicked the link that Brown’s website crashed. Obama supporters looking to contribute or volunteer found this message: “The site is currently not available due to technical problems. Please try again later. Thank you for your understanding.”

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Calbuzz: Krusty Krashes, Meg De-Friended, Flash Squished

August 25, 2010

Gandalf Discovers Technology, Chapter 23: Reports that Jerry Brown’s web site crashed, moments after Barack Obama e-blasted a political support pitch for him, may have caused some brief embarrassment to Krusty’s bare-bones campaign staff, but it was quickly overcome when Jerry’s Kids started toting up the bottom line impact of the message.

Obama’s email (…meeting these challenges will be possible only if we have bold leaders like Jerry Brown working alongside us, yadda yadda…) hit our inbox at 12:13 p.m. and Gandalf’s site went down around 12:45, coming back up about 10 minutes later.

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According to testimony in an SEC lawsuit, the Calabasas firm’s co-founder fostered the practice of making exceptions to its lending standards.

By E. Scott Reckard, Los Angeles Times

August 25, 2010

The late “Tonight Show” announcer Ed McMahon was far from the only person to get a special mortgage thanks to Countrywide Financial Corp. co-founder Angelo Mozilo.

Mozilo approved so many loans that fell outside company guidelines that at least one high-ranking Countrywide executive questioned them, drawing heated responses from Mozilo, according to testimony filed in a Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit.

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