Archive for September 17th, 2010

InlandPolitics Commentary: Sanford Ka$$el vs. San Bernardino County

Friday, September 17, 2010 – 05:00 p.m.

Corrupt San Bernardino County politicians beware.

Lawyer Sanford Kassel is on the scene ready to expose evil-doers everywhere. (That is for his well-paying clients.)

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InlandPolitics: Whitman pulling ahead of Brown


Friday, September 17, 2010 – 2:25 p.m.

Make that six in a row.

With just 45 days remaining before Election Day, the last six polls conducted in the California Governor’s race all show Attorney General Jerry Brown trailing former EBay CEO Meg Whitman.

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Friday, September 17, 2010 – 01:30 p.m.

With clips like this swirling around Jerry Brown, one has to wonder how Brown thought he’d ever become Governor again.

LATimes: California unemployment rate rises to 12.4%

The state loses 33,500 jobs in August, renewing fears of a double-dip recession. ‘At this stage of an economic recovery, we should be doing much better,’ one economist says.

By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times

September 17, 2010|11:06 a.m.

California’s deeply troubled labor market took another hit in August as the unemployment rate rose and employers laid off more workers than expected, renewing fears about a double-dip recession.

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The PE: Former SB County manager files $4.9 million claim


11:38 PM PDT on Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

PDF: Ex-official files $4.9 million claim

A former San Bernardino County solid waste manager alleges in a claim filed Wednesday that he was fired in March for pointing out exorbitant and unnecessary increases to contracts.

Peter Wulfman, a 17-year county employee who had overseen the solid waste division for eight years, is seeking $4.9 million in damages, claiming he was “blackballed” and subjected to slander and defamation.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/16/2010 05:52:53 PM PDT

The former manager for San Bernardino County’s solid waste division is filing a $4.9 million claim against the county, alleging he was wrongfully terminated for questioning excessive consultant contracts and unreported income and gifts by county employees.

Peter Wulfman, 53, alleges he was given an ultimatum by public works director Granville “Bow” Bowman when he returned from vacation on March 30: sign a letter of resignation and receive three weeks pay or be fired, effective 5 p.m., that day.

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The PE: Whitman to headline Dutton birthday fundraiser bash


By PE Politics
on September 16, 2010 10:15 AM

Meg Whitman will interrupt her campaign for governor to help Inland state Sen. Bob Dutton celebrate reaching the big 6-0.

Whitman is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the Sept. 30 “birthday bash” in Ontario. She will be joined by two of Dutton’s Senate GOP colleagues: Tony Strickland, who is running for state controller, and Mimi Walters, who is running for state treasurer.

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The PE: Riverside County supervisors endorse Prop. 23

By PE Politics
on September 16, 2010 10:59 AM

It wasn’t unanimous, but the Riverside County Board of Supervisors this week officially endorsed Prop. 23, the statewide measure that would suspend the state’s landmark global warming legislation.

The board voted 4-1, with Supervisor Bob Buster the lone no vote, to back Prop. 23. The proposition would suspend AB 32 until unemployment reaches 5.5 percent for four consecutive quarters.

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The PE: Pechanga chairman says tribe is close to water deal

10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, September 16, 2010

Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON – The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Mission Indians’ decades-long crusade to formalize its share of the region’s increasingly valuable water supply appears close to a conclusion, the Temecula-area tribe’s leader told a congressional panel Thursday.

Pechanga chairman Mark Macarro pressed members of the House Subcommittee on Water and Power to move forward with legislation, penned by Inland Rep. Joe Baca, to ratify a proposed settlement with the U.S. government and area water districts.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/16/2010 02:41:44 PM PDT

A candidate for the San Bernardino Valley Community College District Board of Trustees said he received a telephone call Sunday by a man who threatened to rape and kill his wife because he was talking to the media.

Richard Boyle, 68, has filed a complaint with the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) alleging college district board member Carleton Lockwood Jr. perjured himself by failing to report in 2008 a $4,000 slate mailer that endorsed him.

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The Sun: One in 7 Americans now live in poverty

U.S. rate reaches 14.3% – 43.6 million people
Mediha Fejzagic DiMartino, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/16/2010 10:10:40 PM PDT

A line of people waiting to receive groceries on Thursday snaked around a block in Rancho Cucamonga.

To secure their spot, some people arrived as early as noon for the 4:30 p.m. distribution at Gap Food Bank Ministries.

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Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 09/16/2010 09:55:35 PM PDT

UPLAND – Medical marijuana cooperatives fighting the city to stay open are looking to the state Supreme Court for help.

An attorney representing three cooperatives in the city has filed a petition for review and an application for a stay with the state Supreme Court in San Francisco.

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DailyBulletin: Foreclosed homes kicks up again

Ryan Carter, Staff Writer
Created: 09/16/2010 09:54:26 PM PDT

Houses seized by lenders have sprouted again.

The number of seized houses in the Inland Empire had fallen from 3,261 seizures in May to 2,821 in July, according to RealtyTrac, a real estate tracking firm.

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VVDailyPress: Modified Victorville expansion approved

September 16, 2010 5:40 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • The county’s land use board approved allowing Victorville to add 9.6 square miles to its sphere of influence, for a 10 percent growth in territory the city plans to one day annex into its boundaries.

The decision was a result of three years of negotiations, which whittled the city’s expansion from a requested 58 square miles down to what was unanimously approved by San Bernardino County’s six-member Local Agency Formation Commission Wednesday night.

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Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman both made the claim at campaign appearances as Thursday marked the state’s longest period without a budget being sent to the governor’s desk.

Gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, center, meets supporters in Anaheim on Thursday. Earlier this week, she said California has “one of the most dysfunctional state governments in the country.” (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times / September 16, 2010)

By Michael J. Mishak and Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times

September 17, 2010

As the California Legislature set a new record for inaction on the state budget Thursday, both major candidates seeking the governor’s office used the opportunity to portray themselves as best equipped to break the gridlock.

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Published: Sept. 16, 2010
Updated: 6:02 p.m.


During an event for women, the Republican reiterated her plans for mass vetoes if elected.

“Women have decided elections in California for the last 30 years,” the Republican said, drawing cheers from the standing-room-only crowd.

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SFChronicle: Fiorina rips ‘millionaire’ Boxer

Carla Marinucci and Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Political Writers
San Francisco Chronicle
Friday, September 17, 2010

Carly Fiorina talks to the Chronicle Editorial Board in the publisher’s conference room at the San Francisco Chronicle in San Francisco on Thursday, Sept 16, 2010.

(09-16) 20:09 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — Signaling a combative round in the California U.S. Senate contest, Republican Carly Fiorina on Thursday defended her new attack ad on “millionaire” U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, charging that the Democrat has consistently tried to “play class warfare” on the issues.

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SFChronicle: California budget stalemate now longest ever

Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
San Francisco Chronicle
Friday, September 17, 2010

(09-17) 04:00 PDT Sacramento – —

The impasse over solving California’s $19 billion budget deficit reached an inglorious milestone today when it officially became the longest stalemate over the state budget in history, though some lawmakers think it may end soon.

The previous, 78-day record for the Legislature passing a late budget was reached in 2008, and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the spending plan seven days later.

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SacBee: Schwarzenegger won’t seek CalPERS loan

By Jack Chang
Published: Friday, Sep. 17, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Friday, Sep. 17, 2010 – 7:05 am

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, meeting Thursday to discuss the state budget with legislative leaders, abandoned a proposal to borrow money from the California Public Employees’ Retirement System to balance the spending plan.

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But growth is lower than previously thought

By Dean Calbreath

Originally published September 16, 2010 at 10:30 a.m., updated September 16, 2010 at 12:09 p.m.

With California’s economy continuing to slog through the doldrums, UCLA’s Anderson Forecast slightly downgraded its outlook, saying the state’s unemployment rate will remain in the double digits for the next two years.

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California Watch
A Project of the Center for Investigative Reporting

September 16, 2010 | Louis Freedberg

When school started this year, young children in Fontana crowded into classrooms with as many as 30 students, providing another potent signal that a popular and expensive education reform in California has unraveled.

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UC and Cal State will each receive $106 million and the California Community Colleges $5 million in one-time funding. Officials welcome the news as the state budget is yet to be approved.

By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times

September 17, 2010

Amid ongoing uncertainty over state support for higher education, California’s public colleges and universities heralded a rare bit of good news Thursday, announcing they will receive more than $200 million in federal stimulus funds that will allow many campuses to admit new students, restore courses and retain faculty and staff.

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The pension plans clearly need help, but a big raise for UCLA’s hospital chief causes discord.

By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times

September 17, 2010

Reporting from San Francisco —
The University of California regents took steps Thursday to shore up the university’s badly underfunded retirement plans by raising the amounts employees and the university will be expected to contribute to them.

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Southern California — this just in
September 16, 2010 | 1:22 pm

Lawyers in state Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown’s office want to postpone their bid to send a man wrongly convicted of murder back to prison on a technicality until after their boss’ upcoming election for governor, attorneys said Thursday.

Attorney William Genego, who represents freed inmate Bruce Lisker, assailed the motive for seeking to postpone the controversial matter.

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