Archive for September 14th, 2010

LATimes: Rizzo obscured true salary

Ex-Bell official said his pay was lower than it was. Some experts say his actions could invalidate his contracts and require that he repay money he earned.

By Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times

September 15, 2010

Former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo went to considerable lengths to keep his huge salary secret, including actions that could invalidate his contracts and potentially require him to repay money he received, some experts believe.

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PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
September 14, 2010 | 8:54 pm

In the hailstorm of news Tuesday in the governor’s race about a presidential endorsement and attack advertising, Meg Whitman made some news of her own on the campaign trail.

The Republican gubernatorial nominee came out in support of Proposition 22, which would forbid the state from raiding county and city coffers at times of fiscal crises.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
September 14, 2010

The cable company Comcast has stopped running a TV ad by the California Teachers Association accusing Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman of proposing to lay off teachers and slash school budgets, according to Comcast spokesman Andrew Johnson.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
September 14, 2010

Political attorneys are seeing red over the Fair Political Practices Commission’s decision to post notices of pending investigations online, calling the practice a “‘scarlet letter’ approach to enforcement.”

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PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
September 14, 2010 | 5:52 pm

Meg Whitman’s gubernatorial campaign has issued a threat to television stations across the state, demanding a new ad from the California Teachers Assn. be removed. Whitman’s campaign claims the ad, unveiled Friday, may contain “slanderous or libelous statements” about the candidate.

An attorney for Whitman’s campaign threatened stations with legal action Friday. “The spot is a lie,” wrote Thomas W. Hiltachk. “As you know, your station can be held libel for slanderous or libelous statements made by a non-candidate sponsor of political advertising.”

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PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
September 14, 2010 | 11:52 am

Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman refused Tuesday to take down an advertisement that attacks Jerry Brown’s record that is based, in part, on a discredited report.

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By Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee
Tue, September 14th, 2010

Bill Clinton finds himself in the middle of a California gubernatorial election again and I was there the last time it occurred.

In the 2002 Republican gubernatorial primary, I was an advisor to former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan. Riordan squared off with eventual Republican nominee, businessman Bill Simon, and former California Secretary of State, Bill Jones.

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By Thomas Peele
Contra Costa Times
Posted: 09/14/2010 01:30:13 PM PDT
Updated: 09/14/2010 02:13:21 PM PDT

SAN FRANCISCO — A judge on Tuesday ordered the mammoth pension fund for state government workers, CalPERS, to release documents detailing how it lost $100 million in a failed East Palo Alto real estate development.

The amount of public money involved clearly tilted the matter to disclosure, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Charlotte Woolard wrote in a six-page decision.

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Villaraigosa

Southern California — this just in
September 14, 2010 | 12:57 pm

The Los Angeles City Ethics Commission voted Tuesday to propose that high-level officials be barred from receiving free entry to concerts, sports events and other cultural activities if the donor of the ticket has business pending before the city.

On a 4-1 vote, the panel said such a ban should apply even in cases in which an elected official, city commissioner or high-level manager is performing a ceremonial duty, such as handing over a city proclamation.

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FOXNews/POR: CA Gov 10′ – Whitman(R) 49%, Brown(D) 43%

Politics
Fox News Polls Track Midterm Election Races in 5 Key States

By Chris Stirewalt
Published September 14, 2010

Florida GOP Senate nominee Marco Rubio has jumped to a 16-point lead over independent Charlie Crist, according to the latest Fox News poll, as Republicans make gains across the country on dissatisfaction with President Obama’s agenda.

In the first round of Fox News battleground surveys for the 2010 election, Republican candidates for Senate and governor in Florida, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Ohio and California all kick off the election season in contention or ahead.

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SacBee: Bill Clinton endorses Jerry Brown

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
September 14, 2010

Former President Bill Clinton endorsed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown today just two days after Brown mocked him during a campaign appearance. Brown apologized yesterday for that statement, in which he questioned Clinton’s honesty and joked about the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

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InlandPolitics: County schools trustee insults teachers

Navarro

Tuesday, September 14, 2010 – 08:35 a.m.

San Bernardino County Board of Education trustee Gil Navarro had a bad night last Saturday.

Navarro, who always possess the capacity to lack common sense, put his foot in his mouth big time.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010 – 08:30 am

Yucaipa Mayor Dick Riddell had a rough council meeting Monday night.

The subject of a controversial radio tower came up at Monday’s Yucaipa city council meeting, after about thirty or so people showed up over the city’s opposition to the installation of a transmission tower for Spanish-language radio broadcaster, Lazer Broadcasting.

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InlandPolitics: County employees endorse Biane

Tuesday, September 14, 2010 – 08:25 a.m.

San Bernardino County’s largest employee association has announced its endorsement of Second District Supervisor Paul Biane this morning.

The San Bernardino Public Employees Association (SBPEA) has voted to put its support with Biane, who is running for a third term as county supervisor.

A large political boost to say the least.

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10:00 PM PDT on Monday, September 13, 2010

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

San Bernardino County supervisors are putting off discussion of a “sunshine ordinance” aimed at increasing public access to government meetings and documents so that officials can fine-tune the proposal.

The Board of Supervisors had been scheduled to discuss it at today’s meeting but Supervisor Neil Derry, who introduced the ordinance, said Monday that he plans to delay consideration for two weeks.

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The PE: Cassie MacDuff: Public Needs Sunshine Law

10:00 PM PDT on Monday, September 13, 2010

Cassie MacDuff

Even at the height of San Bernardino County’s bribery/kickback scandal in the 1990s, its policies on releasing public records were better than they are today.

If they hadn’t been, a brazen conflict of interest on the part of a top county official would never have been discovered. Let me explain.

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The PE: Online campaigning facing new regulations

06:16 AM PDT on Tuesday, September 14, 2010

By BEN GOAD
Washington Bureau

As campaigns increasingly look to unregulated social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to reach voters, California is hashing out new rules meant to help the public follow the money amid the mudslinging of election season.

Already, television and radio spots contain the familiar tagline: “I’m so-and-so, and I approve this message.” The glossy mailers that pour in every election cycle must contain the phrase, “Paid for by such-and-such campaign committee.”

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The Sun: Sunshine Ordinance gets new makeover

Derry

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/13/2010 05:03:17 PM PDT

A proposed Sunshine Ordinance aimed at facilitating public access to government records will not be considered by San Bernardino County supervisors today as originally planned.

Supervisor Neil Derry, who along with his staff has spent the last year working on the ordinance, delayed consideration of the measure on Monday to reconsider language related to officials citing “deliberative process” as a reason for withholding documents and other records from the public.

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The Sun: Uffer a no-go in Needles

Uffer

Hospital’s board can’t agree on deal
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/13/2010 06:56:24 PM PDT

Former San Bernardino County Administrative Officer Mark Uffer said Monday he will not be working at the Colorado River Medical Center in Needles as its chief executive officer after all.

On Friday, the hospital’s board of directors, for a second time, could not reach a majority vote on Uffer’s proposed employment contract, voting 3-3, Uffer said.

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DailyBulletin: Crime down in San Bernardino County

FBI stats show rise in Rialto, Yucaipa
Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Created: 09/13/2010 08:26:17 PM PDT

A new batch of FBI crime statistics showed that crime dropped in most San Bernardino County cities in 2009.

The county’s five most populous cities – San Bernardino, Fontana, Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario and Victorville – all benefitted from reduced crime in 2009.

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VVDailyPress: Candidate forums planned Sept. 29, 30

September 13, 2010 5:22 PM
From Staff Reports

VICTORVILLE • With the November general election just seven weeks away, the Daily Press and Victor Valley College are partnering on a series of local candidate forums.

Daily Press news staff will moderate the forums designed to give candidates an equal opportunity to respond to questions and voice their positions. Public question-and-answer periods are also planned.

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The Democrat makes an oblique reference to the Monica Lewinsky scandal as he tries to dismiss a new ad by Meg Whitman showing candidate Clinton accusing Brown of raising taxes while governor.

Jerry Brown, shown Sunday in L.A., and Bill Clinton have a tense history stemming from the 1992 presidential primaries. Brown apologized to a Clinton aide but hadn’t spoken with the ex-president. (Gina Ferazzi, Los Angeles Times / September 14, 2010)

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times

September 14, 2010

Jerry Brown has spent much of his race for governor assaulting the character of his Republican rival, Meg Whitman. But with a jaw-dropping bit of rhetoric, he has extended his criticism to a former Democratic president, Bill Clinton. And he has done so in the least delicate of ways, by referring to Clinton’s dalliance with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

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PoliticsBlog
Posted By: Carla Marinucci | Sep 14 at 12:30 AM

Just before Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown’s foot-in-mouth joke involving former President Bill Clinton hit YouTube and the headlines, California Democratic Party chair John Burton told us that he was “under the impression” Clinton was preparing to come out and campaign for the Democratic gubernatorial candidate.

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September 14, 2010

Calbuzz hears that right up to the moment on Sunday when Jerry Brown lost his marbles and his self control and went negative on Bill Clinton Krusty was really, really, really close to a deal for the popular former president to do something very helpful for Brown’s campaign for governor.

Despite the bad blood between these two monumental egos, Clinton apparently had been persuaded – likely with assists from California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton and San Francisco Mayor and Lite Gov candidate Gavin Newsom – that defeating Meg Whitman and electing Democrats should be Clinton’s priority.

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Boxer

The three-term incumbent is spending more than $2 million to air the 30-second spot that highlights her efforts to secure federal funds for clean energy jobs, day care centers and a center for wounded soldiers.

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times

September 14, 2010

Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer dipped into her formidable war chest Monday to air the first ad of the general election campaign for U.S. Senate, one that reintroduces her to California voters by highlighting her efforts to secure federal funds for clean energy jobs, day care centers and a San Diego-based care center for wounded soldiers.

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Sep. 14, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

A key moment in “The Candidate,” a 1972 film about California politics, involves a wildfire near Malibu.

Democrat Bill McKay (Robert Redford) is desperately battling with Republican Sen. Crocker Jarmon, and when the fire breaks out, a McKay aide declares that “it’s perfect.”

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Residents of the working-class city had paid an illegal tax the last three years to cover rising pension costs.

By Jeff Gottlieb, Los Angeles Times

September 14, 2010

Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado on Monday signed into law a bill that will refund $2.9 million to Bell property owners who paid an illegal tax the last three years to cover rising pension costs.

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