Archive for September 29th, 2010

Allred

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 – 02:22 p.m.
Updated: September 30, 2010 – 8:25 a.m.

Spotlight-hungry lawyer Gloria Allred, orchestrated one of her prized outrage press conferences today.

This time Allred is targeting republican Meg Whitman for firing an employee in June 2009 when she discovered the employee was not a legal resident.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2020 – 12:50 p.m.

Quietly sitting on the consent calendar for yesterday’s meeting of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors was item #25.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010 – 10:45 a.m.

Finally!

Yesterday, Third District Supervisor Neil Derry pushed his ‘sunshine ordinance’ through the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on a 5-0 vote.

Not that some of his peers really wanted it.

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The PE: S.B. County approves ‘sunshine ordinance’

Neil Derry

10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, September 28, 2010

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

San Bernardino County supervisors unanimously approved a “sunshine ordinance” Tuesday that they say will increase public access to government documents.

The law, which will take effect in early November, states that the county should process all public records act requests with the presumption that all government records are public. The burden will be on the county to cite any exemption prohibiting the release of those documents.

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The Sun: Sunshine Ordinance passes first reading

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/28/2010 03:25:13 PM PDT

A proposed Sunshine Ordinance aimed at opening the doors wider for public access to official government records got the green light Tuesday from the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

The 10-page ordinance goes before the board for a second reading and for final adoption on Oct. 5.

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The PE: YUCAIPA: City signals opposition to tower

10:20 AM PDT on Wednesday, September 29, 2010

By ERIN WALDNER
The Press-Enterprise

The Yucaipa City Council will be sending a letter to the San Bernardino County Planning Commission opposing a proposed broadcast antenna tower that would be adjacent to Wildwood Canyon State Park.

The council voted 5-0 Monday night in favor of sending the letter.

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The PE: Rep blasts spending, eyes return to committee helm

Administrator’s Note: I had to take a deep breath after reading this one due to what happened to spending under Lewis’ last tenure as appropriations chair.

Lewis

08:01 AM PDT on Wednesday, September 29, 2010

By BEN GOAD
Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON – Facing the threat of a possible government shutdown, Democrats on Tuesday ceded to GOP demands that billions of dollars in extra funding sought by the Obama administration be left out of a bill that must pass Congress by Friday.

Inland Rep. Jerry Lewis, who has relentlessly blasted Democrats and the White House for what he describes as federal spending run amok, helped lead the charge against the funding add-ons. The tough talk comes as Republicans, using their call for fiscal restraint as a top election issue, hope to regain the majority in the House, and as Lewis himself sets his sights on a powerful committee chairmanship.

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Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/28/2010 05:10:16 PM PDT

RIALTO – The attorney for Nancy Holtgreve, a strip club worker at the center of an alleged sex scandal involving on-duty police officers, is moving forward with a lawsuit against the city after it recently rejected a $500,000 claim.

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The Sun: County changing policy on purchases

Devereaux to get more authority
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/28/2010 07:58:13 PM PDT

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved an ordinance that makes sweeping changes in the way the county approves contracts and makes purchases.

Among other things, it gives County Administrative Officer Greg Devereaux authority to approve all consulting contracts up to $100,000 and all requests for proposals exceeding $150,000 without board approval.

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The Sun: Second Gutierrez trial commences

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/28/2010 06:40:46 PM PDT

Opening statements begin today in the second criminal trial of Rancho Cucamonga City Councilman Rex Gutierrez, accused of bilking taxpayers out of tens of thousands of dollars while working in the county assessor’s office.

Gutierrez, 50, is charged with three felony counts of conspiracy to commit a crime, grand theft and filing a fraudulent claim with the county. He is accused of submitting falsified time cards during his nearly two-year stint at the assessor’s office as its intergovernmental relations officer.

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SacBee: Whitman, Brown trade attacks in first debate

By Jack Chang
jchang@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Sep. 29, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Wednesday, Sep. 29, 2010 – 9:24 am

DAVIS – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown attacked Republican rival Meg Whitman as a defender of the state’s richest people while Whitman called Brown a shill for state public employee unions during the candidates’ first debate, held Tuesday at UC Davis.

The 60-minute faceoff also saw Brown, a 72-year-old former governor, calling his age an asset in the state’s top job. Whitman, the former CEO of online auction firm eBay, billed herself as a break from business as usual in Sacramento.

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com The Sacramento Bee
Published: Wednesday, Sep. 29, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 17A
Last Modified: Wednesday, Sep. 29, 2010 – 9:24 am

So who won Tuesday night’s first debate between Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman?

There certainly were no knockout punches, and nothing appeared to emerge from the hourlong exchange that will reverberate in the days to come – no gaffes, no startling positions.

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September 28, 2010

In a well-argued and classic ideological debate for governor, Republican Meg Whitman Tuesday night aggressively attacked Democrat Jerry Brown as a tool of public employee unions who will do nothing to change the status quo in Sacramento while he repeatedly portrayed her as an ill-prepared Schwarzenegger clone with policies designed to serve only the rich.

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PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
September 28, 2010 | 7:41 pm

Perhaps the clearest illustration of the differences between Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown came after the first gubernatorial debate was over.

More than 100 members of the media were set up in the “spin room,” where candidates traditionally come to speak to the press after a debate.

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LATimes: Boxer, Fiorina plan public radio debate Wednesday

Barbara Boxer                Carly Fiorina

The hourlong confrontation may be the Senate candidates’ last before the Nov. 2 election.

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
September 29, 2010

As they head into what could be their final debate, Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer and her Republican challenger, Carly Fiorina, are appealing to voters on parallel tracks, each chipping away at the other’s character on the airwaves and each trying to persuade voters that she has a superior approach to turning the economy around.

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SacBee: Posting of gifts from special interests vetoed

By Torey Van Oot
tvanoot@sacbee.com The Sacramento Bee
Published: Wednesday, Sep. 29, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 4A
Last Modified: Wednesday, Sep. 29, 2010 – 8:36 am

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed a measure that would have required the Fair Political Practices Commission to post online gifts that interest groups report giving to lawmakers and staff.

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STATE: Both sides say staff members are still working out details.
By Don Thompson, The Associated Press
Posted: 09/28/2010 08:01:59 PM PDT
Updated: 09/28/2010 09:55:50 PM PDT

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders abruptly canceled their scheduled budget talks Tuesday, hours after Schwarzenegger’s press secretary blamed “union bosses” for blocking pension reforms the governor insists are needed to solve the state’s long-term financial problems.

Closed-door negotiations aimed at breaking the state’s record-long budget impasse had been scheduled for Tuesday afternoon until the governor’s office released a message saying that no such meeting would take place.

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SacBee: GOP seeks tax breaks in California budget

By Kevin Yamamura
kyamamura@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Sep. 29, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Republicans negotiating the state budget are demanding tax breaks for companies such as cable television providers and oil producers, sources said Tuesday.

Democrats so far have not agreed to the changes, which they estimate could cost the state as much as $500 million annually in future years. The tax dispute is one of several unresolved issues that legislative leaders and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger must negotiate before ending the state’s record-long budget impasse.

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LATimes: Stimulus-subsidized jobs in jeopardy

Using federal money, California counties have put to work more than 35,000 people by subsidizing their employment for up to a year. A bid to extend the funding is stalled in the U.S. Senate.
Father

By Alexandra Zavis and Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
September 29, 2010

Michael Beightol has 12 years of retail experience, but that was no help when he was looking for a job earlier this year.

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