Archive for September 15th, 2010

The Sun: County rejects Uffer’s offer

Former exec sought $3.5M to settle suit
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/14/2010 08:04:52 PM PDT

San Bernardino County has rejected an offer to settle a civil lawsuit filed by former County Administrative Officer Mark Uffer for $3.5 million.

Uffer, who was fired from his job as the county’s top administrator in November, sued the county in May, alleging he was fired for cooperating with state and local prosecutors in a corruption probe of a legal settlement between the county and a Rancho Cucamonga developer in November 2006.

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Uffer

10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, September 14, 2010

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

San Bernardino County supervisors Tuesday rejected an offer to settle a lawsuit by its former top administrator who has accused the county of firing him for cooperating with corruption investigations.

Mark Uffer, who lost his job as county administrative officer in November 2009, sought a $3.5 million payment plus medical and life insurance benefits for himself and his family, according to an Aug. 27 letter from his attorney released by the county.

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The Sun: Ontario officials lay out plan to control airport

09:51 PM PDT on Tuesday, September 14, 2010

By KIMBERLY PIERCEALL/ The Press-Enterprise

PDF: Ontario’s ‘Recovery Plan’ for airport

Reviving ailing Ontario International Airport will require slashing costs and increasing marketing, two things the city of Ontario thinks it can do better than the city of Los Angeles, according to a 25-page “Recovery Plan” released by city officials Tuesday.

According to the plan, the airport’s rapid decline in passengers since 2007 has cost the region an estimated 8,075 jobs and $410 million in economic impact.

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The PE: DA Pacheco calls Zellerbach’s claims ‘false’

Pacheco                    Zellerbach

11:31 PM PDT on Tuesday, September 14, 2010

By RICHARD K. DE ATLEY
The Press-Enterprise

PDF: Pacheco’s letter to the Board of Supervisors refuting Zellerbach’s allegations

Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco blasted claims by Paul Zellerbach, the district attorney-elect, that he is spending his final months in office exercising unchecked hiring, promotions and spending.

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The Sun: Effects of cuts awaited

San Bernardino Police Department
Budget woes force tough choices on cities
Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/14/2010 08:01:41 PM PDT

San Bernardino police officers Josh Lucas, left, and Edward Lee check on a parolee Tuesday. (LaFonzo Carter/Staff Photographer)
SAN BERNARDINO – Budget cuts mean the size of the city’s police force could dip below 300 officers by July.

The cuts, if carried out, would result in San Bernardino following the leads of California cities like Stockton and Oakland that have also reduced police staffing.

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Los Angeles Times
L.A. NOW
Southern California — this just in
Jerry Brown to announce ‘major development’ in Bell investigation
September 14, 2010 | 7:58 pm

State Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown has called a news conference Wednesday to announce legal action in the state’s ongoing investigation into lucrative salaries and questionable business dealings in the city of Bell.

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The Sun: GOP women open HQ in downtown Redlands

Jesse B. Gill, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/14/2010 07:24:50 PM PDT

REDLANDS – The Republican Party now has a home in downtown, at least until November.

The Redlands Republican Women’s Club recently opened a GOP headquarters at 25 E. State St.

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DailyBulletin: Richman to pay back money from assessor

Richman

Adviser settles lawsuit
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 09/14/2010 04:47:45 PM PDT

One of six defendants in a lawsuit stemming from a scandal at the Assessor’s Office during the reign of Bill Postmus has agreed to settle with San Bernardino County for $47,910.

Michael Richman, who along with his political consulting company MPR Strategies LLC was sued by the county in May 2009, has agreed to pay the county back in three installments by Dec. 29.

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Sep. 15, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 8B

California’s barely visible economic recovery should crawl along for another year or longer, putting off any meaningful gains until sometime in 2012, according to the latest projections from UCLA.

The quarterly UCLA Anderson Forecast, to be released today, says statewide unemployment won’t fall below 10 percent until the last three months of 2012.

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VVDailyPress: Victor Valley hospital declares bankruptcy

Prime Healthcare foundation prepares takeover
September 14, 2010 2:43 PM
From Staff Reports

VICTORVILLE • Victor Valley Community Hospital filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and could be purchased by Prime Healthcare Services Foundation, Inc., owner of Desert Valley Hospital, officials for both agencies said Tuesday.

Catherine M. Pelley, CEO of Victor Valley Community Hospital, called the bankruptcy filing the result of a “perfect storm” of events for the 43-year-old hospital, an independent and locally governed facility which has cared for a growing number of patients who rely on government funding.

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September 14, 2010 3:13 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • Three years ago, Victorville asked to expand its sphere of influence some 58 square miles to the north.

Wednesday night, the land use board over San Bernardino County will vote on allowing the city to expand by just 8.4 square miles, with a staff report that raises serious concerns over Victorville’s financial management and resources.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Clinton ad a setback for Jerry Brown

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com The Sacramento Bee
Published: Wednesday, Sep. 15, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

It began with a television ad by Meg Whitman, the Republican candidate for governor, hammering Democratic rival Jerry Brown with a video clip from Brown’s 1992 presidential nomination duel with Bill Clinton.

In the video, Clinton hits Brown, to wit: “CNN. Not me, CNN says his assertion about his tax record was, quote, just plain wrong. He raised taxes as governor of California. … He doesn’t tell the people the truth.”

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