Archive for September 2nd, 2010

iePolitics: iePolitics: Too much Vicodin for Brad?


Posted by Administrator – September 2, 2010 at 12:03 AM

We can only hope that is our First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt is high on painkillers from his injured arm, because if he isn’t, then his comments in today’s Daily Press are all the more disturbing. The title of the story is “Mitzelfelt sees bright future beyond hazy economy.”

“Hazy”? You are kidding right?

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PE: Regional support for Inland control of Ontario airport

11:02 PM PDT on Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

PDF: SCAG letter to LAWA

Inland officials are not the only ones clamoring for Los Angeles to cede control of Ontario International Airport. The Southern California Association of Governments, spanning all of Southern California outside San Diego, is poised today to approve a letter urging Los Angeles to give up oversight of the airport.

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PE: Riverside’s ethics code stays status quo for now

10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Riverside council members will consider appointing a panel of citizens to thoroughly evaluate the ethics code and recommend changes, the council’s governmental affairs committee decided Wednesday.

The committee rejected three other suggestions for code changes — two of which residents have made repeatedly — at an annual ethics code review. The discarded ideas had to do with when the ethics code applies, to whom it applies and how ethics complaints are addressed.

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PE: Cassie MacDuff: Pacheco on Hiring Spree?

10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Cassie MacDuff

Is Riverside County DA Rod Pacheco being coy again?

His elected successor, Paul Zellerbach, told the Board of Supervisors he hears Pacheco’s on a hiring spree — and promoting dozens of employees — despite a $9 million budget cut.

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SBSun: Penman gets another jurist in Measure C lawsuit


Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/01/2010 05:12:58 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – City Attorney James F. Penman and resident Renee Affaitati requested – and received – a new judge to hear their lawsuit challenging sample ballot language in support of Measure C after the original jurist expressed his reticence to get involved in a political case.

Measure C is a ballot measure that would give the City Council and mayor authority to appoint the city attorney, city clerk and city treasurer.

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DailyBulletin: Kindergarten age cutoff rises

Will tots be older, wiser?
James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Created: 09/01/2010 08:17:35 PM PDT

Over the next several years, kindergartners in California will be getting older.

This school year, a child can start kindergarten as long as he or she turns 5 by Dec. 2. In the 2014-15 school year, children will have to turn 5 by Sept. 1, thanks to a bill approved late Tuesday night by the state Legislature.

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September 02, 2010 8:57 AM
DAVID KECK, Special to the Daily Press

VICTORVILLE • Even through a seemingly endless haze of dreary economic statistics, the High Desert’s top county representative came through with one clear conviction.

There is a better future for the region, Brad Mitzelfelt said, and businesses and government agencies here need to be ready for it.

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VVDailyPress: SEC investigation heats up

Feds: City to stop destroying documents
September 01, 2010 5:36 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • The Securities and Exchange Commission has ordered the city not to destroy or alter any records, as the federal agency’s investigation into Victorville’s bond offerings moves forward.

The SEC also issued subpoenas for three Victorville officials to answer questions under oath related to those bonds. As of Wednesday evening, spokeswoman Monica Petersen said they were still waiting on word from the city’s personnel attorney as to whether they could release the names of those who were sent notices of deposition, concerned “it could be seen as stigmatizing.”

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Boxer                         Fiorina

By Jack Chang
Published: Thursday, Sep. 2, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

MORAGA – In a bitter debate filled with personal attacks Wednesday night, U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer repeatedly slammed Republican rival Carly Fiorina’s record as the CEO of tech giant Hewlett-Packard while Fiorina called the veteran Democrat an out-of-touch career politician indifferent to the suffering of ordinary Californians.

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Published: Thursday, Sep. 2, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 4A

Leaders of the union-backed independent expenditure committee California Working Families said Wednesday they will take a “less visible” role in the governor’s race after spending $8.7 million running TV, radio and online ads attacking Republican candidate Meg Whitman.

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By Dan Morain, Senior editor The Sacramento Bee
Published: Thursday, Sep. 2, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 13A

Legislators haven’t passed a budget. They didn’t overhaul the troubled pension or taxation systems. They didn’t approve bills aimed at increasing green electricity.

This legislative session arrived amid crisis, and stumbled to an end as the clock struck midnight Tuesday, without much solved.

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By Susan Ferriss
Published: Thursday, Sep. 2, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Proposition 8 supporters are ramping up political – and legal – pressure on Attorney General Jerry Brown and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to defend California’s same-sex marriage ban in federal appeals court.

The Pacific Justice Institute, a conservative law group, petitioned the 3rd District Court of Appeal in Sacramento on Monday to compel Brown and the governor to defend the voter-approved measure.

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By David Siders
Published: Thursday, Sep. 2, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman is not alone in believing the current state budget standoff is “unacceptable,” as she said Wednesday at a campaign stop in Folsom.

“The Big Five would have been in the governor’s office under my leadership every day,” Whitman said, referring to the governor and the four legislative leaders. “I would have chained them to the desk to get this done.”

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By Jon Ortiz The Sacramento Bee
Published: Thursday, Sep. 2, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

If the bitter furlough battle between Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and state employee unions happened to be a heavyweight fight, Wednesday would be the final round.

After nearly two years, 40 lawsuits and more than $1.2 million in state legal bills, the California Supreme Court will hear debate next week over whether the governor has illegally forced state workers to take unpaid days off from work. Here’s a brief guide to the 9 a.m. hearing and beyond:

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