Archive for August 27th, 2010

InlandPolitics: Uffer new chief executive at Colorado River Medical Center

Uffer

Yes it’s true.

Sources tell InlandPolitics.com that former San Bernardino County administrative officer Mark H. Uffer is now the incoming CEO of Colorado River Medical Center in Needles.

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Darius Anderson

Money & Company
August 27, 2010 | 4:24 pm

Darius Anderson is a well-known player in the high-powered and often-overlapping worlds of California business, lobbying and politics.

No stranger to campaign finance, he’s raised millions of dollars for candidates over the years, mostly for Democrats. Citing that expertise, state Fair Political Practices Commission Chairman Dan Schnur appointed Anderson this week to a prestigious panel that will examine overhauling state campaign finance disclosure laws.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
August 27, 2010

There’s no budget agreement in sight, but lawmakers next Tuesday will vote on dueling spending plans by Democrats and Republicans.

The Senate and Assembly will vote on a Democratic spending plan unveiled weeks ago and on a Republican budget proposal that is under construction, said Shannon Murphy, spokeswoman for Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
August 27, 2010

Senate Republican leader Dennis Hollingsworth was adamant earlier this month about leaving his post next Wednesday no matter what, but he and his successor now say the date depends on the state of budget negotiations.

Before a meeting Thursday of legislative leaders and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hollingsworth said he’d delay the leadership handoff if a budget deal is imminent. But if Democrats and Republicans remain far apart, Hollingsworth said he would hand over the reins to Senate Republican Leader-elect Bob Dutton.

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CapitolWeekly: New move to license and tax medical pot

By Malcolm Maclachlan | 08/27/10 12:00 AM PST

A last-minute attempt to license and tax medical marijuana is drawing fire from a leading pot legalization group, California NORML, which says the bill wouldn’t do anything to improve legal protections for dispensaries.

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Bernanke

By Jim Puzzanghera
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

August 27, 2010|7:45 a.m.

Reporting from Washington —
The Commerce Department on Friday downgraded the nation’s economic growth in the second quarter, providing the most important evidence yet that the recovery has stalled.

The anemic annualized growth rate of 1.6% was down from last month’s estimate of 2.4%. The drop was slightly less than many economists had predicted, but the report still put an exclamation point on a week of bad economic news that has raised fears the nation could plunge into another recession.

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WashPost: Where will Glenn Beck rally money go?

Glenn Beck

By Amy Gardner
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, August 27, 2010; 3:09 PM

Glenn Beck has billed his “Restoring Honor” rally at the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday in part as an opportunity to focus attention on those who have served in the military.

Specifically, Beck has joined forces with a small, Tampa-based nonprofit called the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which he said will benefit from all proceeds of the event. He is encouraging his supporters to donate to the foundation.

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TheStreet: CVB Financial Sees Heavy Put Trading

By OptionMonster 08/26/10 – 01:11 PM EDT

By David Russell, reporter at OptionMonster

CVB Financial(CVBF) gapped lower two weeks ago after getting subpoenaed by federal investigators, and one investor is positioning for further downside.

optionMONSTER’s Depth Charge tracking system detected the purchase of more than 34,000 October 5 puts on the California lender for $0.40. The activity pushed total options volume in the stock to 22 times greater than average.

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PE: City hasn’t paid taxes in years

07:17 AM PDT on Friday, August 27, 2010

By DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
The Press-Enterprise

Grand Terrace has not paid federal payroll taxes on City Council and planning commissioners’ monthly stipends since the city was incorporated 32 years ago.

The city’s failure to pay was disclosed this week when the council approved $14,000 in payments to the United States Treasury to cover three years of the unpaid payroll taxes in hopes the Internal Revenue Service will not demand more.

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PE: Moreno Valley mayor to deliver State of City address

10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Moreno Valley Mayor Bonnie Flickinger will reflect on the city’s accomplishments and expectations at the State of the City address Sept. 9.

The event will be at the Moreno Valley Conference and Recreation Center, 14075 Frederick St. The mayor and City Council members will greet guests at 11:30 a.m., followed at noon by a luncheon and Flickinger’s address.

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PE Politics: KVCR to broadcast U.S. Senate debate

Boxer                       Fiorina
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August 26, 2010 9:16 AM

Next week’s Bay Area debate between Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Republican challenger Carly Fiorina will be broadcast live on the local public radio station KVCR 91.9 FM, allowing Inland residents to tune in.

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LATimes: Brown and Whitman spar in sync

In rare simultaneous campaigning, each faults the other on past experience or the lack of it.

By Seema Mehta and Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times

August 27, 2010

Reporting from San Diego and City of Industry —
Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jerry Brown argued Thursday that his experience makes him the only candidate who can right California, and he slashed at Republican rival Meg Whitman by calling her a neophyte who has run an ugly and inaccurate campaign against him.

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OCRegister: More clues on Jerry Brown’s pension

OCWatchDog

August 26th, 2010, 7:03 pm · posted by BRIAN JOSEPH, Sacramento Correspondent

Updated with additional calculations by the Watchdog

In response to reporting by the Watchdog, Jerry Brown’s campaign released this afternoon an official state document showing that he’ll earn an annual pension of $79,536 if he retires at the end of his term as attorney general early next year.

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By Jack Dolan and Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times

August 27, 2010

Reporting from Sacramento —
As legislators rush to bring more transparency to the salaries of city officials — like the eye-popping compensation enjoyed until recently by administrators in Bell — they’re balking at passing a law that would make it easier for the public to find out their own pay.

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SacBee: Suspended CalPERS executive resigns

Business
By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Aug. 27, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 6B

A top CalPERS official, suspended after being linked to the bribery scandal involving former board member Alfred Villalobos, quit the pension fund Thursday.

Senior investment officer Leon Shahinian, who oversaw CalPERS’ $40 billion pool of private equity money, is joining the private sector.

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California Watch
A Project of the Center for Investigative Reporting
Health and Welfare

August 27, 2010 | Christina Jewett

Scores of medical providers that rely on the Medi-Cal program for funding are now getting “value of claims” statements in lieu of payments.

The Medi-Cal agency ran out of funding for providers that typically see $300 million per month from the state, said Anthony Cava, a spokesman with the Department of Health Care Services, which runs Medi-Cal.

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