Archive for September 28th, 2010

InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Stringer gives supervisors the finger

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 – 11:00 a.m.
Last Updated: September 28, 2010 – 12:50 p.m.

Today, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors received a message from their chief legal counsel.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010 – 10:40 a.m.

Lawyers for the prosecution and defense has reconvened potential juror interviews in the re-trial of former Assessor employee and Rancho Cucamonga City Councilman Rex Gutierrez.

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InlandPolitics: Yucaipa at its best

Monday, September 27, 2010 – 9:20 p.m.
Last Updated: September 28, 2010 – 1:20 p.m.

On Monday night Yucaipa city government was at its best.

The matter involving a controversial Spanish-language radio tower took on an increasingly ugly tone, with allegations and daggers being hurled by various interests, including Mayor Dick Riddell.

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InlandPolitics: SBIA: Enough already!

Monday, September 27, 2010 – 01:30 p.m.

The San Bernardino International Airports says it could serve two million passengers annually by the year 2030 and wants to expand its unused terminal to handle increased passenger flow.

Even though no airline is operating at the empty airport.

All this and more was covered in a recent article published in The Press Enterprise.

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The PE: UCLA economic forecasters raising Inland profile

07:31 PM PDT on Monday, September 27, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Economists from the UCLA Anderson Center will make their first formal appearance in Inland Southern California in several years when they join Claremont McKenna College at an economic forecast event next week.

The presentation will be Oct. 6 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario from 7 to 11:30 a.m., according to a UCLA statement.

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By Joe Nelson
Posted: 09/27/2010 05:49:16 PM PDT

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider a proposal to increase the amount of professional consulting contracts requiring board approval from $50,000 to more than $100,000.

Current policy requires Board of Supervisors’ approval for consulting contracts or executive contracts exceeding more than $50,000.

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Supervisor Neil Derry
Posted: 09/27/2010 06:41:12 PM PDT

It was never by design that our government should acquire power and dominion over the people. The people sought to empower themselves by giving life to government to serve their purposes and needs.

Nowadays, in nearly every instance it seems that the interests of the people are subjugated to bureaucrats, politicians, lawyers and a cadre of special interest groups. The average person feels that the system is skewed against them. They believe that rules are applied selectively and that some people have more rights than others.

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The Sun: Take a big step toward openness

Posted: 09/27/2010 06:41:11 PM PDT

San Bernardino County’s supervisors should approve Neil Derry’s Sunshine Ordinance when it comes before them today.

We were in favor of the ordinance the way it read about three weeks ago, before county counsel reviewed it and sent it back to Supervisor Derry with suggested changes. Derry’s office has rewritten the measure substantially, making it much more to the point and less likely to need amendments, but weakening it in one significant area.

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10:00 PM PDT on Monday, September 27, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

A Riverside neighborhood group has refiled a complaint against Councilman Steve Adams, this time alleging he used city management to retaliate when the group didn’t let him speak at its meeting.

On Monday, members of La Sierra/Arlanza Neighborhood Alliance turned in an amended ethics complaint to the city.

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By PE News
on September 27, 2010 10:10 PM

The Yucaipa City Council will be sending a letter to the San Bernardino County Planning Commission opposing a proposed broadcast antenna tower.

If erected, the tower would be adjacent to Wildwood Canyon State Park and would broadcast a Spanish radio station.

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The Sun: Rialto to discuss outsourcing Water Department

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/27/2010 09:39:44 PM PDT

RIALTO – The union representing city Water Department employees says the City Council will put jobs at risk and lose control over the city’s water rates if it approves an agreement with a private company to run its water, wastewater and recycled water systems.

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The PE: Land sale near I-210 is third for firm

07:29 PM PDT on Monday, September 27, 2010

The Press-Enerprise

A 65-acre site in north Fontana was purchased for residential development last week by Forestar Land Partners, a joint venture between owners of Foremost Communities, an Irvine-based land developer, and an East coast investment fund.

The price that Forestar paid Bank of America for the land was not disclosed.

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Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 09/27/2010 06:29:54 PM PDT

State university campuses plan to accept as many as 30,000 new students for the winter and spring terms after limiting the number of students due to budget cuts.

The 23-campus system did not accept applications for the 2010 spring term because of reduced state funding that also forced CSU to furlough employees and raise student fees.

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DailyBulletin: Pomona to cut new cops’ retirement pay

Monica Rodriguez, Staff Writer
Created: 09/27/2010 09:42:37 PM PDT

POMONA – City leaders recently gave preliminary approval to a proposed ordinance leading to changes in retirement benefits affecting future members of the Police Department.

The proposed ordinance, approved unanimously Sept. 20, will return to the City Council on Oct. 18 for final approval, according to a city staff report.

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Ken McLaughlin
Posted: 09/27/2010 10:19:29 PM PDT
Updated: 09/27/2010 10:19:43 PM PDT

Battlegrounds: Part 1

As the elections approach, we examine the political mood in three areas of our state. First up: the Inland Empire, loosely defined as Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

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SacBee: Pensions remain a hurdle to California budget deal

By Kevin Yamamura
Published: Tuesday, Sep. 28, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 28, 2010 – 1:20 am

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders have expressed nervous optimism about closing a budget deal soon and ending the state’s record-long impasse.

But several contentious items remain, none thornier than the state pension cuts that Schwarzenegger demands be part of the budget package.

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SFChronicle: Field Poll: Legislature sinks to all-time low

Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
San Francisco Chronicle
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

(09-28) 04:00 PDT Sacramento – —

California voters are giving state leaders some of the lowest marks ever recorded, according to a Field Poll released today.

A mere 10 percent of registered voters approve of how the 120 members of the Legislature are doing their jobs, and 80 percent disapprove. That’s the lowest approval rating in the history of the poll, going back to 1983, and is six percentage points lower than in July.

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September 27, 2010 | 2:15 pm

California said it was talking with Wall Street banks about a potentially huge short-term loan to help replenish the state’s cash coffers once a budget agreement is reached in Sacramento.

The loan, which could be highly profitable for the banks, then would be repaid within about four weeks via so-called revenue anticipation notes the state would sell to individual and institutional investors.

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By David Siders
Published: Tuesday, Sep. 28, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 28, 2010 – 1:05 am

Ready your TV and your stomach for an hour of smears, self-aggrandizement and, with any luck, an airing of the issues facing California: Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown meet tonight in Davis for the first of three televised debates.

With the gubernatorial race dead even and only five weeks until Election Day, the stakes are unusually high.

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September 28, 2010

Here’s your match-up for tonight’s long-awaited debate between wannabe governors Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman:

A washed-up, tax-and-spend liberal in the pocket of greedy labor unions who want to plunder your pocketbook, boost their pensions and bankrupt California will face off against a mendacious plutocrat who flip-flops on key issues, can’t be bothered to vote and wants to enrich avaricious corporations at the expense of the middle class.

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Published: Tuesday, Sep. 28, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

On election night in 1982, California Democrats gathered in downtown Los Angeles’ Biltmore Hotel for what they hoped would be victory celebrations in two intense, very tight contests for governor and U.S. senator.

Supporters of outgoing Gov. Jerry Brown, the Democrats’ Senate candidate, and Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, their gubernatorial hopeful, filled adjacent ballrooms. And as the election closed at 8 p.m., the state’s leading pollster, Mervin Field, appeared on a local television station with results from “exit polls” of the day’s voters.

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LATimes: Fiorina calls for lowering government spending

On politics in the Golden State
September 27, 2010 | 6:12 pm

U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina offered some new details Monday on what she would do to curb federal spending, including a ban on congressional earmarks, a freeze on pay raises for some federal employees and a proposal to give taxpayers the right to designate as much as 10% of their federal tax liability toward reducing the national debt.

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Much of the money has already been paid by consumers — it just hasn’t been turned over by merchants to the state Board of Equalization.

By Jerry Hirsch and Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times

September 27, 2010|8:13 p.m.

Reporting from Los Angeles and Sacramento —
California is owed nearly $1.4 billion by auto dealers, restaurants and other businesses that collected sales taxes from buyers but didn’t pass the money along to the state — a situation that is aggravating California’s budget crisis.

The tab is up about 25% from a year ago and has almost doubled since 2007, state records show.

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Appeals court orders judge to reconsider ruling allowing Albert Greenwood Brown to be put to death.

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
September 28, 2010|12:03 a.m.

A federal appeals court in San Francisco late Monday ordered a trial judge to reconsider a ruling that allowed for a convicted murderer and rapist to be executed this week at San Quentin State Prison.

Albert Greenwood Brown was scheduled to die at 9 p.m. Thursday for the 1980 killing of a 15-year-old Riverside girl.

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LATimes: Schwarzenegger signs 102 more bills into law

Southern California — this just in
September 27, 2010 | 8:08 pm

Autopsy reports on slain children can be sealed from the media under one of 102 bills approved Monday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Others include harsher penalties for anyone hurting a child under 8 years old, a ban on selling electronic cigarettes to minors and longer license revocations for repeat drunk drivers.

SB 5 by Sen. Dennis Hollingsworth (R-Murrieta) allows autopsy reports to be sealed at the request of the victim’s parents. It was written in response to media requests for documents in the cases of Chelsea King and Amber Dubois, two San Diego County teenagers raped and murdered by a convicted sex offender.

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