Archive for September 9th, 2010

On politics in the Golden State
September 9, 2010 | 9:18 am

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jerry Brown tore into Republican rival Meg Whitman on Thursday morning, accusing the billionaire of having a major conflict of interest concerning her proposal to eliminate state taxes on capital gains.

“Her so-called jobs plan, which is as phony as a three-dollar bill, is to give tax breaks to herself in one of grossest conflicts of interest I’ve ever seen in a campaign,” Brown said during his weekly interview on KGO radio in San Francisco.

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SacBee: Meg Whitman sics Bill Clinton on Jerry Brown

The latest on California politics and government

September 9, 2010

The ghosts of the 1992 presidential race are haunting the current gubernatorial campaign as Republican candidate Meg Whitman unveiled a TV ad this morning featuring a clip of Bill Clinton criticizing Democratic candidate Jerry Brown, who was running against Clinton in the 1992 primary.

In the spot, Clinton lambastes Brown’s record in what appears to be a debate with the former California governor, using some of the same charges Whitman has aimed at Brown this year.

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SacBee: Capitol Alert: Jerry Brown debuts radio ad

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
September 9, 2010

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown unveiled his first radio ad this morning, following the Labor Day debut of his first television ad.

The radio spot expands on the earlier ad, touting his time as governor from 1975 to 1983 and playing up his self-professed frugality. Both the radio and TV spots are narrated by longtime Brown ally and actor Peter Coyote.

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VVDailyPress: Murder suspect sues District Attorney

September 09, 2010 11:31 AM
Tomoya Shimura

SAN BERNARDINO • An area murder defendant is suing San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos, claiming Ramos tainted the potential jury pool by printing the defendant’s photo in election campaign fliers.

Ramos mailed a flier to registered voters within the county during his re-election campaign in May, according to the lawsuit filed by John Henry Yablonsky.

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InlandPolitics: Uffer attempting to cheat county taxpayers?


Thursday, September 9, 2010 – 09:50 a.m.

Details are emerging on former San Bernardino County administrative officer Mark Uffer’s proposed contract with Colorado River Medical Center (CRMC) located in Needles, California.

One major oberservation? Uffer is trying to cheat county taxpayers.

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Thursday, September 9, 2010 – 8:00 a.m.

San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos has started a new offensive in the county.

Take power from the board of supervisors.

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The Sun: Echoes fill Fontana campaign

Amid similar views, plans for jobs diverge
Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/08/2010 06:35:59 PM PDT

FONTANA – They will work to bring jobs back to the city. They support public education. They pledge sound fiscal policy. To them, safety and quality of life are key issues.

They love Fontana.

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The Sun: City Hall must redo statement

Measure C info not correct
Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/08/2010 06:36:00 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – City officials will have to send corrected paperwork to county officials related to the Measure C vote.

The original document stated the City Council’s vote in favor of putting the measure on the ballot was unanimous, but the actual outcome was decided by divided council.

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Michael J. Sorba, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/08/2010 06:30:33 PM PDT

COLTON – The city is moving forward with several recommendations from audits of the police and fire departments to begin chipping away at a $5 million loss the General Fund will be hit with at the start of the 2011-12 fiscal year.

On July 1, 2011, the city will be without a utility users tax that’s expected to pull in about $5 million this year. City officials have said they will try to cut costs and find revenue enhancements to minimize layoffs that would be necessary to fill the hole.

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DailyBulletin: Ontario Council opts to stay out of SB1070

Liset Márquez, Staff Writer
Created: 09/08/2010 05:56:39 PM PDT

ONTARIO – The City Council has decided to not get involved in the fiery debate over Arizona Senate Bill 1070.

Council members at their Tuesday meeting decided against taking a stance on the illegal immigration enforcement law after representatives from a grassroots group requested that the council pass a resolution supporting it.

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Rep. Jerry Lewis

September 08, 2010 5:24 PM
From Staff Reports

WASHINGTON • U.S. Rep. Jerry Lewis on Wednesday joined House Republican Leader John Boehner in urging Congress to immediately freeze domestic spending at 2008 levels.

“Multiple bailouts, failed stimulus experiments, unrestrained government spending and record deficits have pushed our nation to the brink of bankruptcy,” Lewis, R-Redlands, said in a statement. “We must rein in spending now to get back on a sustainable and prosperous financial path.”

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September 08, 2010 5:19 PM
Peter Day

HESPERIA • City Manager Mike Podegracz received a five-year contract extension during Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

His employment agreement will extend his initial contract, which was to end July 31, 2011, to July 31, 2016.

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CapitolNotes: A 2011 Special Election if Brown Wins?

Capital Notes — From KQED’s John Myers

September 9, 2010, 12:02 am • Posted by John Myers

There are no scheduled statewide elections next year. But to hear Jerry Brown talk about what he’d do as governor, it sounds as though he’s certainly contemplating one — a special election to help solve the state’s seemingly unending budget problems.

But would the voters want to trudge back to the polls, again, for the ninth year out of the last ten?

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SFChronicle: Dems urge Brown to step up fundraising effort


Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
San Francisco Chronicle
Thursday, September 9, 2010

Jerry Brown, who just began his official run for a third term as California’s governor, may need a more aggressive fundraising effort to compete with Republican Meg Whitman, who is mining deep-pocketed donors across the nation, Democratic strategists say.

Whitman, who has put $104 million of her own money into the race, has raised $580,415 since Sept. 1 – more than half of it from wealthy backers who have written checks for the maximum allowable donation of $25,900, according to the California secretary of state’s website.

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By John Howard and Anthony York | 09/09/10 12:00 AM PST

This week’s endorsement of Republican Steve Cooley by the California State Law Enforcement Association will not make or break the attorney general’s race. But it is the latest example of the difficulties Democrat Kamala Harris is having rallying support from rank and file police officers.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
September 8, 2010

Is California Strategies, the Sacramento political consulting firm that’s loaded with former politicians, preparing for Jerry Brown’s second governorship?

That’s one interpretation of Wednesday’s announcement that James Burton, a long-time Sacramento insider with roots in Brown’s first administration three decades ago, is joining the firm headed by Bob White, a former gubernatorial chief of staff himself.

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Politico: Barbara Boxer aide charged with possession of pot


Sen. Barbara Boxer has accepted the staffer’s resignation, her office said.

By ERIKA LOVLEY | 9/8/10 3:25 PM EDT

A senior aide for Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) was arrested Tuesday for attempting to bring marijuana into the Hart Senate Office Building, according to U.S. Capitol Police reports.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
September 8, 2010

In an effort to shine a spotlight on possible campaign law violations in real time, the Fair Political Practices Commission this week will begin posting online public notices of its investigations.

FPPC Chairman Dan Schnur, pictured at right, said he wants to use the “megaphone” that comes with heading the state’s political watchdog agency to raise the stakes for candidates and campaigns that might be inclined to run astray of political laws in the heat of the election.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
September 8, 2010

California Public Employees’ Retirement System CEO Ann Stausboll sent letters to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders last week expressing the pension system’s “significant concerns” about any attempt by the state to borrow $2 billion from the pension system to help solve the state’s deficit.

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The 5-square-mile city of Vernon was incorporated in 1905 under the slogan “exclusively industrial.” The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office is conducting an investigation into public corruption in the city. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

By Sam Allen and Hector Becerra Los Angeles Times Staff Writers

September 8, 2010|2:57 p.m.

Top administrators in the city of Vernon, already among the highest-paid local officials in the state, racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars on first-class flights, rooms at luxury hotels like the Ritz-Carlton and limousine service paid for by the city, records reviewed by The Times show.

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