Archive for September 4th, 2010

NPR: ‘Recovery Summer’ Ends With Economic Pothole

President Obama meets construction workers after speaking at a Recovery Act highway project in Columbus, Ohio, in June.

by Scott Horsley
September 3, 2010

Whatever happened to recovery summer?

This was supposed to be the season the economy heated up, thanks to a wave of public works projects, funded by the government’s stimulus program. But summer is coming to an end, and the recovery has not taken root. (The Labor Department on Friday reported a slight rise in the unemployment rate to 9.6 percent in August as more people were looking for work.)

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Reuters: Whitman leads Brown in California governor’s race

Meg Whitman, former Ebay CEO and California Republican candidate for Governor, gestures following a campaign appearance at a garlic farm in Gilroy, California July 22, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

By Dan Whitcomb
Fri Sep 3, 2010 4:28pm EDT

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Republican Meg Whitman has opened up a 7-point lead over Democrat Jerry Brown in their closely watched race for California governor, the latest poll of likely voters showed on Friday.

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PE: Riverside’s assistant city manager departs

DeSantis

10:25 PM PDT on Friday, September 3, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

PDF: Read an e-mail announcing Tom DeSantis’ departure

In a shakeup at Riverside City Hall, Assistant City Manager Tom DeSantis will move to “special assignment,” take vacation and then leave his job, officials confirmed Friday.

Neither DeSantis nor City Manager Brad Hudson, who hired DeSantis in mid-2005, explained the reason for the move. Hudson announced the change in an e-mail but said he can’t discuss details because it is a personnel issue.

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PE: Inland vote-counting changes set for November

08:56 PM PDT on Friday, September 3, 2010

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County is taking steps to avoid a repeat of the June 8 election, which was plagued by a slow vote count and late-arriving ballots from the U.S. Postal Service.

County CEO Bill Luna said this week that the county has a tentative agreement in place with the Postal Service to ensure ballots arrive in the hands of elections officials by the close of polls on Nov. 2.

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PE: Postmus, Erwin try to get corruption charges dismissed

11:42 PM PDT on Friday, September 3, 2010

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

Former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus and Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin are seeking to have corruption charges against them dismissed, arguing that a legal settlement that is the crux of the case is “immune” from challenge.

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SBSun: Redlands Mall closing

Chantal M. Lovell, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/03/2010 06:46:59 PM PDT

REDLANDS – Redlands Mall tenants – about six in all – received a letter dated Aug. 2 informing them their leases were being terminated and they need to exit their stores by the close of business Sept. 30. Thereafter, the Redlands Mall will be closed.

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Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/03/2010 05:23:18 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – During the two months she was laid off, San Bernardino teacher Joyella Beuler worried about paying bills and what to do next.

It didn’t take long for her to get an answer.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/03/2010 05:45:49 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – San Bernardino County’s $102 million settlement with Rancho Cucamonga developer Colonies Partners LP precludes state and local prosecutors from criminally charging former assistant assessor Jim Erwin, Erwin’s attorney argued Friday in Superior Court.

In a unique filing with the court called “patently frivolous” by a deputy attorney general but “novel” by Erwin’s lawyer, Rajan R. Maline, Maline is arguing that the county’s November 2006 settlement with Colonies Partners, which prosecutors allege was tainted by bribery and extortion, safeguards Erwin from prosecution.

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LATimes: Whitman demonstrates the power of her money

Having given her campaign $104 million, the GOP candidate buys TV, direct mail and a Web presence. Yet she and Jerry Brown are in a competitive race.

Meg Whitman’s spending has broken records. (Christina House / For The Times / June 24, 2010)

By Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times

September 4, 2010

Meg Whitman’s record-breaking spending in the race for governor has enabled her campaign to blanket California with more TV ads and mailers than any other in state history, while also tapping new technologies to further broaden her reach.

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SFChronicle: Jerry Brown says he’d be a frugal governor

Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
San Francisco Chronicle
Saturday, September 4, 2010

(09-03) 19:33 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — Jerry Brown said Friday that if elected governor he would have to “do things that labor doesn’t like,” including cutting pension benefits for public employees and asking labor leaders to “put everything on the table” to get California’s bloated budget under control.

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PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
September 3, 2010 | 4:10 pm

It may still be 100 degrees outside in Sacramento, but you can feel the change in the air.

Campaign season is finally here. It’s been something of a false spring, what with the constant ads throughout the summer from Meg Whitman and the union-funded ads on Jerry Brown’s behalf.

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PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
September 3, 2010 | 12:29 pm

[Updated at 4:40 p.m.] The president of University of California and the chancellor of the California community college system has resigned in protest from the California Chamber of Commerce board of directors after the organization backed Meg Whitman’s bid for governor.

Jack Scott, a former Democratic state senator from Pasadena who was appointed as chancellor by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, announced his resignation in a letter to chamber President Allan Zaremberg after the endorsement vote Friday.

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SacBee: Fiorina decides she has a position on Prop. 23

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
September 3, 2010

Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina, who repeatedly refused to take a stand on Proposition 23 during a Wednesday debate, said today she is backing the measure.

In a statement, Fiorina called it “a Band-Aid fix and an imperfect solution,” but she said she’s supporting it anyway.

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By Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times

September 4, 2010

California pension officials are investigating the pay received by former top officials of Bell with an eye toward excluding large chunks of their salaries from retirement calculations.

A ruling against former City Manager Robert Rizzo and his colleagues could affect other officials across California who receive salaries from several government agencies simultaneously.

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Maxine Waters

By Susan Crabtree – 09/03/10 04:56 PM ET

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) has established a legal defense fund to pay for any expenses associated with her full-throttled battle against ethics charges that she used her position to help a bank in which her husband owned stock.

Waters filed paperwork with the ethics committee to form the fund in late August. Her office did not comment about whether she had already held fundraisers to help fill the fund’s coffers or has events planned.

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L.A. NOW
Southern California — this just in
September 3, 2010 | 2:47 pm

Welfare payments to children of illegal immigrants in Los Angeles County increased in July to $52 million, prompting renewed calls from one county supervisor to rein in public benefits to such families.

The payments, made to illegal immigrants for their U.S. citizen children, included $30 million in food stamps and $22 million from the CalWORKS welfare program, according to Los Angeles County figures released Friday by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.

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L.A. NOW
Southern California — this just in
September 3, 2010 | 5:31 pm

A medical marijuana dispensary that Los Angeles was seeking to shut down under its three-month-old ordinance has won a court order allowing it to stay open, the first ruling from a local judge to favor one of the hundreds of stores affected by the new law.

On Thursday, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Anthony J. Mohr granted a temporary restraining order to allow DTPG to stay in business pending another hearing.

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