Archive for September 27th, 2010

InlandPolitics: Jury selection in Gutierrez retrial concludes tomorrow

Monday, September 27, 2010 – 06:05 p.m.

This evening thirty candidates remain in the jury pool for the retrial of former San Bernardino County Assessor employee and Rancho Cucamonga City Councilman Rex Gutierrez.

Gutierrez is charged with three felonies related to alleged time card fraud during his employment under former Assessor Bill Postmus.

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Gutierrez

Monday, September 27, 2010 – 09:30 a.m.

Jury selection will begin this morning in th re-trial of former San Bernardino County Assessor’s employee and Rancho Cucamonga City Councilman Rex Gutierrez.

Gutierrez is charged with three felonies related to alleged time card fraud during his employment under former Assessor Bill Postmus.

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Sunday, September 26, 2010 – 6:00 p.m.

Will San Bernardino County’s lead attorney retire as scheduled?

Sources say County Counsel Ruth Stringer, who is expected to announce her retirement this week, is actively trying to delay her forced departure.

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“I am always troubled when the publicity regarding a case exceeds the evidence,” Levenson said. “It creates these incredibly high expectations, and it’s very damaging to the defendants, and we don’t even know if the evidence will support the charges.”

Laurie Levenson
Former Federal Prosecutor and Professor of Law
Loyola Law School
(Excerpt from article printed in The Sun on 08/26/2010)
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Sunday, September 26, 2010 – 3:00 p.m.
Last Updated: September 26, 2010 – 9:00 p.m.

What a difference six months can make.

After nearly a year and a half of making claims of political retaliation. The facts seem to be coming home to roost.

Sunday, September 26, 2010 – 4:00 p.m.

Monday evenings meeting of the Yucaipa City Council should be interesting.

Mayor Dick Riddell, who dispatched a letter to county officials lodging the city’s objection to a conditional use permit application by Lazar Broadcasting for a 46-foot broadcast tower on Lazar-owned property, has the racially-divisive matter coming before the city council to ask for their concurrence.

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InlandPolitics: Democrat-leaning poll numbers skew averages

Sunday, September 26, 2010 – 10:00 p.m.

Over the last seven days we have been treated to a series of interesting poll numbers in the races for California Governor and U.S. Senate.

At times, polling results can generate public perception as to who the anointed-one will be. Sometimes they don’t. Never-the-less it’s a powerful suggestion.

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The Sun: Probe targets city pay

Brown

AG to look at government salaries over $300,000
Michael J. Sorba and James Rufus Koren, Staff Writers
Posted: 09/26/2010 09:41:35 PM PDT

San Bernardino County’s chief administrator and city managers in San Bernardino, Fontana and Rancho Cucamonga – all of whom make more than $300,000 per year in salary and benefits – could come under scrutiny from California Attorney General Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown.

Brown, also the Democratic candidate for governor in November’s election, said last week he would start a statewide investigation of local governments that pay employees in excess of $300,000.

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By PE Politics
on September 27, 2010 5:55 AM

Inland campaign donors are closely divided in their preferences for governor, according to reports to the state.

Through Sept. 16, Republican Meg Whitman had raised $629,000 from 192 donors in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

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The Sun OpEd: Charter change will fix what ails city

Pastor Raymond W. Turner
Posted: 09/26/2010 07:42:05 PM PDT

Measure C, on the Nov. 2 ballot, is a simple change to the San Bernardino City Charter which will have significant, positive effects on the future of our city.

Measure C is the direct result of a citizens’ effort to turn San Bernardino around. We, and other ordinary citizens, crafted Measure C and a majority of the City Council, recognizing the wisdom of Measure C, voted to put the measure before the voters.

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The Sun: Keeping watch with less

San Bernardino School Police

District bigger, not department
Melissa Pinion-Whitt, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/26/2010 07:03:57 AM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Gang and tagging crew insignias scrawled on paper and notebooks sat on a desk in the San Bernardino High School police office. Red and blue bandannas hung out of a black backpack.

Nearby, a campus security officer photographed a green pen cap a student had been using as a carrying case for marijuana.

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DailyBulletin: Republicans offer new ‘pledge’

GOP wants to roll back Obama policies
Staff and Wire Reports
Created: 09/26/2010 09:42:23 PM PDT

Pushing toward big gains on Nov. 2, House Republicans on Thursday promised to end a slew of Democratic policies and restore Americans’ trust in government as they rolled out a campaign manifesto designed to show they’re listening to an angry public and are focused on creating jobs.

“The land of opportunity has become the land of shrinking prosperity. … Our government has failed us,” said Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield. “We will take back our country. We will restore for a better future. This is our pledge to you.”

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VVDailyPress: Seven bids for solar portion of VV2

September 26, 2010 2:00 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • The city received seven bids from companies interested in developing the solar portion of the planned Victorville 2 power plant, in a deal to help recover a portion of the estimated $80 million invested into the stalled project.

Victorville published a request for proposals in early August, soliciting bids from companies interested in leasing or buying out 200 of 300 acres purchased for VV2 and developing a stand-alone solar farm there instead. The city hopes to then buy some of the 40 to 49 megawatts of power those solar panels would harness, Public Works Director Amer Jakher said, to stabilize prices for businesses it sells power to at Foxborough Industrial Park and SCLA.

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10:46 PM PDT on Sunday, September 26, 2010

By BRIAN ROKOS
The Press-Enterprise

Norco city leaders, after consistently rejecting added city-wide taxes, have proposed other solutions to balance the budget, which is projected to run out of money in May.

The shortfall in the general fund, which pays for daily operating expenses, can be temporarily bridged, said Finance Director Andy Okoro, but the account faces multi-million dollar shortfalls in 2011 and 2012 unless services are cut or revenues are increased.

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10:00 PM PDT on Sunday, September 26, 2010

By SANDRA STOKLEY
The Press-Enterprise

Water quality, increased water and sewer rates, customer service and financial waste are some of the issues that are in play in the campaign for the Jurupa Community Services District board of directors.

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A new Times/USC survey shows Latinos backing Democrat Jerry Brown by 19 points over Republican Meg Whitman in the governor’s race, and Barbara Boxer by 38 points over Carly Fiorina for the U.S. Senate.

By Cathleen Decker, Los Angeles Times
September 27, 2010

Latino voters, who have helped to propel California’s leftward political swing over recent years, remain reluctant to embrace Republican candidates as the November general election nears, a new Los Angeles Times/USC poll shows.

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Candidates who’ve faced bankruptcy or foreclosure are finding that many people sympathize with their problems. And their opponents refrain from attacking on the financial front.

Delaware Republican Christine O’Donnell, shown speaking at the Family Research Council’s Values Voters Summit, faced an IRS lien for unpaid taxes. (Jonathan Ernst, Reuters / September 17, 2010)

By Richard Fausset
September 26, 2010|7:10 p.m.

Reporting from Marietta, Ga. —
Georgia voter Bobbie Huff has heard about the failed business venture and the big loan that has Nathan Deal, this state’s gubernatorial front-runner, on the hook for more than $2 million.

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SFChronicle: Brown, Whitman set to clash in debate Tuesday

Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
San Francisco Chronicle
Monday, September 27, 2010

(09-26) 17:47 PDT San Francisco — Republican Meg Whitman, backed by an army of veteran campaign strategists, sticks relentlessly to script. Democrat Jerry Brown flies solo and speaks off-the-cuff – sometimes to his detriment.

California’s two very different gubernatorial candidates, who’ve been sniping at each other for months on the airwaves, will finally meet face to face Tuesday in their first televised debate.

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