Archive for September 13th, 2010

SacBee: Brown sorry for Clinton joke

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
September 13, 2010

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown said this afternoon that he is sorry for remarks he made about President Bill Clinton and the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal.

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By Dale Kasler
Published: Monday, Sep. 13, 2010 – 1:15 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Sep. 13, 2010 – 3:03 pm

The state’s massive lawsuit over alleged corruption at CalPERS was essentially blocked today by a federal bankruptcy judge.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge John Peterson refused to let California officials pursue their $95 million lawsuit against Alfred Villalobos, the Nevada businessman accused in the suit of bribing three officials at the pension fund.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
September 13, 2010

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown is firing back at rival Meg Whitman’s new ad, which uses a now-discredited attack former President Bill Clintonlaunched when the two vied for their party’s presidential nomination in 1992.

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Calbuzz: Jerry Blows His Only Play, Turns on Clinton

September 13, 2010

In our original post, Calbuzz set out what we thought was Jerry Brown’s best option for dealing with Meg Whitman’s new killer ad.

Brown then turned around and did the one, ridiculous thing it never occurred to us he could be dumb enough to do: Pick a new fight with Clinton, as shown on this video clip reported by Time’s Mark Halperin and ABC’s Jonathan Karl.

Unbelievable. Good luck with getting help from the Clintons now, Gandalf.

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OCRegister: Polls: Governor, Senate races neck and neck

September 13th, 2010, 11:07 am · posted by Martin Wisckol, Politics reporter

California’s governor and U.S. Senate races are both a virtual tie, according to the latest CNN-Time poll as well as the polling trends aggregated by

The CNN poll conducted Sept. 2-7 showed Republican Meg Whitman with a 48 percent to 46 percent lead over Democrat Jerry Brown. That’s within in the +/- 3.5 percent margin of error, but continues the general trend showing the two in a dead heat for the past two months, as charted by RealClearPolitics.

Recent polls by Rasmussen and Survey USA showed Whitman up by 3- and 7-percentage points respectively. While those two polls are sometimes criticized for leaning GOP, the CNN poll supports the idea the thinking that the race is deadlocked or that Whitman has a bare lead. However, Brown just began advertising last week and actively campaign the previous week, so we’ll see if that helps his numbers in upcoming polls.Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California, barely led Republican challenger Carly Fiorina in the CNN poll, 48-44. This reflects the RealClearPolitics chart showing Fiorina closing slowly but steadily.

Monday, September 13, 2010 – 10:20 a.m.

Real-time campaign finance numbers from the California Secretary of State website shows Republican Meg Whitman out-raising Democrat Attorney General Jerry Brown in September.

Both are in a battle to ascend to the Governor’s seat.

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10:00 PM PDT on Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

It wouldn’t involve jetting off to Cairo or Belfast, but Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley is cool to the idea of playing peacemaker at the county district attorney’s office.

At a recent meeting, supervisors discussed concerns raised by District Attorney-elect Paul Zellerbach that incumbent DA Rod Pacheco was not cooperating with his transition. The two fought a bitter campaign and nothing has indicated they have spoken to each other since Zellerbach defeated Pacheco in the June 8 election.

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10:00 PM PDT on Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

With Riverside’s charter review set to kick off in about four months, several council members want to talk about making their jobs full time and taking more control of city affairs.

A charter gives cities more control over municipal affairs than non-charter cities have. Riverside’s charter requires that it be reviewed every eight years. Any suggested changes are put before voters at the same time as the mayoral election.

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The Sun: Illegal immigration drops

Studies cite fewer jobs due to bad U.S. economy
Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/12/2010 09:48:51 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Gerry Gates is a concrete contractor who has seen his fair share of illegal immigrants looking for work in front of home improvement stores.

But their numbers are thinning, he said Friday as he loaded parts and equipment into his truck outside a Lowe’s store on North Hallmark Parkway.

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The Sun OpEd: Restoring trust in local government

Supervisor Neil Derry
Posted: 09/12/2010 07:15:22 PM PDT

American historian Carl Becker feared for the survival of democracy in a series of lectures given in 1941, which were subsequently published as a book called “Modern Democracy.” Democracy, ideally defined as a government of the people, for the people and by the people, has too often morphed into “government of the people, by the politicians, for whatever pressure groups can get their interests taken care of.”

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The Sun: Outlook bleak for Redlands real estate

Jesse B. Gill, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/12/2010 08:35:12 PM PDT

Experts say it could be years before the Redlands’ real estate market takes a turn for the better, but others say this is the time of opportunity.

Johannes Moenius, an associate professor at the University of Redlands, said there likely won’t be any good news for the local real estate market during the next 12 months. Home prices in the area won’t likely increase significantly any time soon, he added. That coupled with other factors means Redlands’ real estate still has plenty of recovering to do.

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Rebecca Kimitch, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/12/2010 09:25:22 PM PDT

On Labor Day, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown finally kicked off his campaign with an expected pledge: to create 500,000 jobs.

But, just as they did with Republican candidate Meg Whitman’s plan, some economists cautioned voters expecting immediate results from Brown’s pledge.

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VVDailyPress: Proposal has VVEDA eyeing control of SCLA

September 12, 2010 9:17 AM

A regional redevelopment group could seek to take control of Southern California Logistics Airport from Victorville if a city councilman pursues tax changes for the body that governs the facility, 1st District County Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt has warned.

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California Watch
A Project of the Center for Investigative Reporting
Money and Politics

September 13, 2010 | Louis Freedberg

SEIU local union leaders individually questioned eight Democratic presidential hopefuls Jan. 26-27, 2007.

Just when the Democratic Party in California needs all the help it can get to win its upcoming election battles, a significant part of its base is divided and weakened by internal conflicts and a sickly economy.

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September 13, 2010

Fueled by 5-Hour Energy Berry Flavor shots, Calbuzz spent an edgy, sleepless weekend closely monitoring short-wave radio reports about the blazing fusillades of budget facts and figures the rival campaigns for governor exchanged over Meg Whitman’s latest ad attack on Jerry Brown.

The ad features a short clip from a contentious April 1992 Democratic presidential primary debate between Brown and Bill Clinton, during which Bubba cited CNN to charge that a) Krusty raised taxes as California governor and b) lied about his record in doing so.

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A California National Guard ground crew pushes a Predator out of its hangar at George Air Force Base in Victorville. The robotic plane is built by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems in Poway. (Don Bartletti, Los Angeles Times / September 12, 2010)

By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times

September 11, 2010|5:18 p.m.

Reporting from Poway —
The cars begin rolling through the security checkpoints before dawn. Here, in a sprawling complex amid the craggy rock outcroppings of north San Diego County, 3,300 workers are building a new generation of weapons central to the military’s vision for modern warfare.

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LATimes: U.S. hard-pressed to stem domestic R&D losses

The nation’s ability to turn ideas into products and profits at home has been eroded by deep manufacturing cuts and policies that result in others reaping the benefits.

By Don Lee, Los Angeles Times
September 13, 2010

Reporting from Washington —

President Obama’s proposal to boost the research tax credit for businesses is widely seen as necessary to bolster American competitiveness in the global economy.

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