Archive for September 5th, 2010

InlandPolitics: Labor unions pulling Brown support was inevitable


Sunday, September 5, 2010 – 12:10 pm

An announcement last week by California Working Families 2010 for Jerry Brown, a union-backed independent expenditure committee supporting the  democratic gubernatorial candidate, was of no surprise.

The announcement? They were pulling their funding.

A move that was predictable.

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Sunday, September 5, 2010 – 11:20 am

With Labor Day now here, the race for California Governor now starts to gather the attention of likely voters.

And the situation looks pretty good for republican nominee Meg Whitman.

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Sunday, September 5, 2010 – 10:45 am

Sources are telling The Insider that the primary responsibility for a federal investigation reportedly focused on various business and political activities involving figures within San Bernardino County has been shifted.

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The PE: S.B. police try to maintain progress as cuts loom

11:27 PM PDT on Saturday, September 4, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Layoffs — should they come — are still months away.

But the less tangible results of San Bernardino police budget cuts have already surfaced, leaving Chief Keith Kilmer focused on keeping morale steady as many of the department’s special units credited for the city’s crime reduction face collapse.

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The Sun: Laid-off teachers called back to classroom

At least 199 return to schools in area
Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/04/2010 10:32:34 PM PDT

During the two months she was laid off, 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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The Sun: 4 run for Grand Terrace mayor, 6 seek council seats

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/04/2010 10:32:36 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE – Experience and transparency are emerging as major themes of the elections in Grand Terrace.

Four candidates are running for mayor, four for the City Council seat held by Bea Cortes, and two for the remaining two years of Jim Miller’s council term, which he resigned in March before pleading guilty to charges related to voting with a conflict of interest.

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Jesse B. Gill, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/04/2010 07:15:31 AM PDT

BEAUMONT – Mayor Brian De. Forge and Mayor Pro Tem Roger Berg will seek re-election in November against five newcomers.

Brenda Knight, David Castaldo, Paul St. Martin, Richard Bennecke and Victor S. Dominguez will be competing against De Forge and Berg for the two open seats.

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James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Created: 09/04/2010 07:15:26 AM PDT

The public outcry over sky-high salaries in the city of Bell caught the interest of state and local prosecutors, sparked the interest of state lawmakers and increased citizens’ awareness of the benefits and responsibilities of local officials.

In some places, though, it doesn’t seem to have turned that awareness into an interest in running for office.

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11:16 PM PDT on Saturday, September 4, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Bob Wolf, the developer who over the last four decades was responsible for a lot of the projects that turned Interstate 215 into a busy commercial corridor, recalls an anecdote about Texas billionaire H. Ross Perot.

Perot, who has initiated dozens of philanthropic ventures, once donated land for a medical center in Texas. People were thrilled about the opportunity to upgrade that area’s medical care.

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The gubernatorial candidates kick off Labor Day weekend with campaign speeches in Santa Ana and Columbia, Calif.

By Seema Mehta and Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
September 5, 2010

Reporting from Santa Ana and Columbia, Calif. —

Gubernatorial candidates Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown marked the start of Labor Day weekend — the traditional beginning of the general-election sprint — by arguing before friendly crowds Saturday that their resumes make them best equipped to fix the state’s fiscal disaster and dysfunctional budgeting process.

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Meg Whitman

By SAMANTHA YOUNG, Associated Press Writer

Saturday, September 4, 2010 at 6:13 p.m.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman on Saturday got a firsthand look at California’s beleaguered state park system and said getting government to run more efficiently is the only way to avoid the types of budget and service cuts the system has endured in recent years.

Whitman was critical of the state’s overall budget system, as she has been throughout her campaign, but declined to be specific when asked how she would fund the park system if elected governor.

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OCRegister: Jerry Brown speaks at O.C. union party

Published: Sept. 4, 2010
Updated: 10:25 p.m.


SANTA ANA – Jerry Brown stood under a scorching Labor Day weekend sun Saturday and got to work on his general-election campaign, warning that gubernatorial rival Meg Whitman would worsen California’s problems and wooing the union allies he’ll likely need to overcome his opponent’s formidable spending.

Speaking to 1,000 guests at a Santa Ana Zoo barbecue staged by the Orange County Labor Federation, the Democrat and former two-term governor mocked Whitman’s investment of more than $100 million from her personal fortune in her quest to lead the Golden State.

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As election day approaches, more would opt for smaller, cheaper government. That could give the GOP an edge.

By Cathleen Decker, Los Angeles Times
September 5, 2010

Even in a state that embraced Barack Obama’s presidential candidacy with record-breaking passion just two years ago, the lingering economic doldrums have altered the views of voters as the next election nears.

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Calbuzz: Happy Labor Day: Meyer, Krusty & the Unions

September 5, 2010

Asked once what he wanted for trade unionists, Samuel Gompers, the founder and first president of the American Labor Federation, is said to have replied: “More.”

His terse answer serves as a one-word Rorschach test for sorting out the conflicting perspectives about unions held by the political forces now arrayed in California’s campaign for governor.

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SFChronicle: Boxer, Fiorina and the endless recovery

Debra J. Saunders
San Francisco Chronicle
Sunday, September 5, 2010

At the end of Obamaland’s Recovery Summer, Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer is betting that Californians want the federal government to keep growing.

GOP challenger Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO, is betting that Californians want more private-sector jobs, not more government jobs. At Wednesday night’s televised debate at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, Boxer – anti-Wall Street – faced off against Fiorina – anti-Washington.

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The U.S. unemployment rate will remain elevated for years, experts say, a grim prospect for Americans who have exhausted their benefits.

By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
September 5, 2010

The U.S. economy will eventually rebound from the Great Recession. Millions of American workers will not.

What some economists now project — and policymakers are loath to admit — is that the U.S. unemployment rate, which stood at 9.6% in August, could remain elevated for years to come.

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