Archive for September 30th, 2010

InlandPolitics: It’s showtime!

Aleman

Thursday, September 30, 2010 – 09:00 p.m.

It’s showtime in the re-trial of former Assessor employee and Rancho Cucamonga City Councilman Rex Gutierrez.

Gutierrez, who is charged with three felonies related to alleged time card fraud during his employment under former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus, now faces his main accuser.

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PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
September 30, 2010 | 8:32 am

Two new polls are out in the race for California governor, showing very different numbers on voter preferences in the race.

The Public Policy Institute of California shows the race in a virtual dead heat, with a large segment of voters still undecided, while a CNN/Time magazine poll shows Democrat Jerry Brown opening up a lead over Republican Meg Whitman.

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Fox&Hounds: Déjà Vu: A Late Hit in a Gubernatorial Race

By Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee
Thursday, September 30th, 2010

A late campaign hit with Gloria Allred as part of it … I’ve lived through this before during the Schwarzenegger 2003 gubernatorial campaign. As in that instance, it will take a few days to play out and see what is behind the revelation. But like the 2003 media circus over Schwarzenegger’s interaction with some women during his movie career, the late hit raises many questions.

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Brown

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
September 30, 2010

Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman blasted Democrat Jerry Brown today for what she said is his campaign’s involvement in the controversy involving Whitman’s former housekeeper.

Citing a report in which KTVU’s Randy Shandobil said Brown’s campaign told the Bay Area TV station two weeks ago that it had heard a rumor Whitman had “housekeeper problems,” Whitman spokeswoman Andrea Jones Rivera said in a written statement that “this is part of a coordinated effort to smear Meg Whitman.”

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September 30, 2010 | 4:01 pm

Meg Whitman’s political team is calling revelations about Whitman’s undocumented housekeeper “clearly a coordinated political attack” by attorney Gloria Allred, labor unions and Jerry Brown’s campaign.

But the campaign said earlier statements by Whitman that she and husband Griffith Harsh had not been notified by Social Security officials inquiring about the housekeeper’s statusmay be incorrect.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010 – 12:30 p.m.

Wow! Attorney Gloria Allred put out her smoking gun today. Absent Meg Whitman’s fingerprints though.

Allred called another full-blown press conference to present a Social Security Administration mis-match letter issued seven years ago. Allred alleges the letter was partially completed by Whitman’s husband.

Not Whitman.

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Administrator’s Note: Whitney is a bright analyst who knows what she is talking about.

Whitney

By Betty Liu and Martin Z. Braun – Sep 30, 2010 9:20 AM PT Thu Sep 30 16:20:56 GMT 2010

Sept. 30 (Bloomberg) — Meredith Whitney, founder and chief executive officer of Meredith Whitney Advisory Group, discusses her report rating the finances of the 15 largest U.S. states. Whitney, speaking with Betty Liu on Bloomberg Television’s “In the Loop,” says the U.S. government may face a bailout for states over the next 12 months. (Source: Bloomberg)

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InlandPolitics: Allred round two at noon

Allred

Thursday, September 30, 2010 – 11:00 a.m.

Oh boy! Attorney Gloria Allred round two at noon today.

Yes more entertainment.

Allred has scheduled her own news conference to launch another salvo at republican Meg Whitman.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010 – 10:30 a.m.

San Bernardino County Human Resources Director Andrew Lamberto took the witness stand in the Rex Gutierrez trial Wednesday afternoon and assumed a very interesting position.

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Aleman

11:58 PM PDT on Wednesday, September 29, 2010

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

Special Section: San Bernardino County Probe

A San Bernardino County prosecutor Wednesday described Rancho Cucamonga Councilman Rex Gutierrez as part of a conspiracy to use government offices for political gain, an opening salvo in the district attorney’s second attempt to convict the former assessor’s official.

Deputy District Attorney John Goritz read through all 27 overt acts attributed to Gutierrez in the criminal complaint.

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The Sun: Inland Empire region leading in unemployment numbers

Mediha Fejzagic DiMartino, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/29/2010 06:18:51 PM PDT

An economic report issued Wednesday suggests the Inland Empire is leading the pack, but this first place is nothing to brag about.

The Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario region registered the highest unemployment rates in August out of the nation’s 49 metropolitan areas with a population of more than 1 million, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment Summary.

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11:43 PM PDT on Wednesday, September 29, 2010

By JIM MILLER
Sacramento Bureau

Legislation to preserve millions in property tax revenue for the agency in charge of redeveloping the former Norton Air Force Base has been signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The Inland Valley Development Agency, the Norton redevelopment agency, otherwise stood to lose as much as $4.5 million.

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The Sun: Candidate miffed at GOP

Gosney seeks Assembly seat
James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/29/2010 07:35:35 PM PDT

Robert Gosney doesn’t trust Republicans.

A Republican himself for nearly 20 years, Gosney, now running for the 59th Assembly District seat as an American Independent, says he left the Grand Old Party in 2004.

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DailyBulletin: Official’s new trial begins

Gutierrez

Opening statements made in Gutierrez case
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 09/29/2010 07:35:20 PM PDT

Former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus gave Rancho Cucamonga Councilman Rex Gutierrez a job in his office as a political favor to developer Jeff Burum in a quid pro quo arrangement, prosecutor John Goritz says.

Gutierrez’s attorney, Jim Reiss, says no evidence suggests such a conspiracy ever existed and that Gutierrez not only adequately carried out his assigned duties during his nearly two-year stint at the office, but received glowing evaluations and raises.

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SFChronicle: Campaign stunt: a bunch of garbage

Debra J. Saunders
San Francisco Chronicle
Thursday, September 30, 2010

“What did Meg Whitman know and when did she know it?” publicity hound attorney Gloria Allred asked Wednesday. It was a savvy close to a news conference at which client Nicandra Diaz Santillan, who worked as a housekeeper for Whitman, alleged that Whitman knew that she was an illegal immigrant, then fired her in 2009 as she prepared to run for governor.

Turns out, there are reasons to believe that Whitman did not know that Diaz was illegal when she hired her in 2000.

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California Watch
A Project of the Center for Investigative Reporting
Money and Politics

September 29, 2010 | Lance Williams

Whitman campaign

Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman are in a dead heat in the governor’s race, but 18 percent of voters are still undecided a month before the election, a new Public Policy Institute of California survey says.

The survey, released last night, was completed before Tuesday’s first gubernatorial debate – and before Whitman’s campaign was roiled yesterday by allegations that she had knowingly employed an illegal immigrant as a housekeeper at her Atherton home.

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Calbuzz: PPIC: Brown, Whitman Tied; Boxer Leading Fiorina

September 29, 2010

A new survey from the Public Policy Institute of California finds the races for governor and Senate just about where the Field Poll had them – with Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman in a dead heat for governor and Barbara Boxer leading Carly Fiorina in the race for U.S. Senate.

About the only significant shift PPIC found was a movement among those they identified as independents, who shifted 10 points in favor of Whitman, with Whitman now at 38% and Brown at 30% compared to July when Brown had 30% and Whitman had 28%. More on this odd finding later.*

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Dispatches from the California Marijuana Front
September 29, 2010

Some of the most anxious observers of California’s November vote to legalize marijuana for recreational use are ineligible to vote because they are located south of the border in Mexico.

Prop 19 proponents argue that the most nervous observers are the Mexican drug cartels, whose operations could be undercut by legal marijuana in the Golden State.

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Allred

Carla Marinucci, John Wildermuth,Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Staff Writers
San Francisco Chronicle
Thursday, September 30, 2010

(09-29) 14:02 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — Startling accusations Wednesday that GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman had an illegal immigrant as her housekeeper for nine years have all the elements of a classic late-campaign “October surprise” – a sobbing victim, a media-savvy attorney, charges of hypocrisy and dirty tricks.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
September 29, 2010

Add a multibillion-dollar state bond sale and thousands of construction projects to the list of potential victims if the budget impasse drags on much longer.

State Treasurer Bill Lockyer is concerned that the state could miss an opportunity to sell bonds this fall to finance public works projects if state lawmakers and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger don’t enact a budget soon.

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By Dan Morain
dmorain@sacbee.com The Sacramento Bee
Published: Thursday, Sep. 30, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 19A

You knew the race for governor would come to this: a clash between the classes.

Democrat Jerry Brown is homing in on one of Republican Meg Whitman’s signature issues – eliminating California’s capital gains taxes – to make his point that Whitman would help the wealthiest among us.

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By Jack Chang
jchang@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Sep. 30, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Thursday, Sep. 30, 2010 – 6:23 am

PASADENA – The second debate between Democratic U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer and Republican challenger Carly Fiorina erupted Wednesday into charges that each candidate was too extreme for California.

The two women took contrasting stands on abortion, health care reform and climate change legislation.

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CapitolWeekly: How much IHSS fraud is there?

By Malcolm Maclachlan | 09/30/10 12:00 AM PST

Nearly a year after the Schwarzenegger administration awarded $26.5 million to county district attorneys to combat fraud in the state In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) system, DAs are beginning to report some results.

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By Anthony York | 09/30/10 12:00 AM PST

Democrats’ unwillingness to change state employee pension benefits is delaying a vote on the state budget, according to a spokesman for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear said Tuesday that “the main sticking point is pension reform… Democrats are unwilling to stand up to the union bosses.”

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