Archive for October 1st, 2010

InlandPolitics: S.B. County set to replace lead counsel?

Friday, October 1, 2010 – 8:00 p.m.

Is San Bernardino County ready to commence the process to replace its lead attorney next week?

Indications are there.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County to defense attorney for Ramos

Ramos

Friday, October 1, 2010 – 7:40 p.m.

Next Tuesday the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors will retain an outside law firm to defend District Attorney Mike Ramos.

Ramos and the county were served with a summons and complaint by plaintiff Cheryl Ristow in mid-September.

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Friday, October 1, 2010 – 12:45 p.m.

Democrat lawyer Gloria Allred dishes out her latest pre-election bomb shell.

Jerry Brown says the illegal immigrant employee allegations involving Meg Whitman “sounds credible” and then he runs as far away as possible.

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Aleman

11:46 PM PDT on Thursday, September 30, 2010

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

Special Section: San Bernardino County Probe

When former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus took office in January 2007 he brought along a political staff whose main role was to promote his status, a former top aide to Postmus said Thursday.

Adam Aleman, a former assistant assessor, said he and Rancho Cucamonga Councilman Rex Gutierrez were part of a 13-member executive staff whose duties had minimal relation to the assessor’s office.

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The Sun: Aleman: Postmus devised scheme to bilk taxpayers

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/30/2010 10:16:56 PM PDT

Before Bill Postmus was elected San Bernardino County assessor, he discussed with close friend and confidant Adam Aleman an elaborate scheme to run a political operation out of the office at taxpayer expense, according to court testimony Thursday.

Part of that plan entailed Postmus creating, while still chairman of the Board of Supervisors, 13 new executive positions at the Assessor’s Office. He would fill those positions with friends and political allies to help run his political machine, Aleman said Thursday in San Bernardino Superior Court in the trial of former assessor’s official Rex Gutierrez.

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The Sun: Boeing tests jumbo jet in San Bernardino

Andrew Edwards
Posted: 09/30/2010 04:52:41 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Boeing Co. is testing a larger version of its 747 jumbo jet out of San Bernardino International Airport.

The aircraft is expected to be based in San Bernardino for the next few weeks, SBIA aviation director Bill Ingraham said Thursday.

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Chantal M. Lovell, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/30/2010 06:11:01 PM PDT

The state Legislature’s inability to pass a budget is hitting home for two preschools in Redlands.

Redlands Day Nursery and First Steps Child Development may have to close their doors if the Legislature continues at a stalemate much longer, said Redlands Day Nursery Program Director Deborah Wasbotten. Both are subsidized by the state and receive no money in the absence of a state budget.

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The Sun: State denies claim of board trustee candidate

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/30/2010 01:32:02 PM PDT

The state Fair Political Practices Commission has declined to investigate an allegation that a San Bernardino Valley Community College District board member failed to report a campaign contribution, citing insufficient evidence.

Richard Boyle, a candidate for a seat on the college district’s board of trustees, filed the complaint earlier this month, alleging board member Carleton Lockwood Jr. perjured himself by failing to report a $4,000 slate mailer that endorsed him on campaign finance forms in 2008.

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Will Bigham, Staff Writer
Created: 09/30/2010 06:36:16 PM PDT

FONTANA – One judge called the courtroom “a closet.”

Another described it as “notorious.”

Fontana Superior Court’s tiny Dept. 6 – created to ease excessive case loads at the courthouse – was so small that the audience area consisted of only three narrow benches.

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Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 09/30/2010 06:34:17 PM PDT

DOWNEY – Candidates Larry Aceves and Tom Torlakson sharpened their pencils Wednesday evening at a forum to discuss critical issues affecting preschool through 12th grade education.

The purpose of the forum at the Los Angeles County Offices of Education was to help voters learn about the positions and perspectives of the two candidates for the statewide, nonpartisan post of superintendent of public instruction in the Nov. 2 general election.

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Liset Márquez, Staff Writer
Created: 09/30/2010 10:03:33 PM PDT

ONTARIO – Councilwoman Debra Dorst-Porada wanted to make herself available to residents.

With the help of other council members, she came up with the idea of periodically holding so-called meet-and-greets throughout the city.

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VVDailyPress: Challengers dominate Victorville Council race

September 30, 2010 4:27 PM
Brooke Edwards
City Council candidates sign tax pledge:

The following Victorville City Council candidates signed and submitted the Taxpayer Protection Pledge on Sept. 29, 2010:

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By Peter Hecht
phecht@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Oct. 1, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Friday, Oct. 1, 2010 – 8:17 am

She was the woman who challenged the all-male membership rules of the Beverly Hills Friars Club by striding into a steam room full of naked men, holding a tape measure and singing Peggy Lee’s “Is That All There Is?”

She successfully sued Saks Fifth Avenue for charging women more for alterations than men. She took on the Boy Scouts of America for excluding an 11-year-old girl.

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PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
September 30, 2010 | 10:40 am

California’s largest labor union is using the controversy over Meg Whitman’s undocumented housekeeper to drive a wedge between the Republican gubernatorial nominee and Latino voters.

A political committee funded by the Service Employees International Union is set to launch a Spanish-language TV ad Saturday in Fresno and Los Angeles that accuses Whitman of being a hypocrite on immigration. “Whitman attacks undocumented workers to win votes, but an undocumented woman worked in her home for nine years,” the announcer says in the 30-second spot.

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By Bobby Caina Calvan

bcalvan@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Sep. 30, 2010 – 5:58 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Sep. 30, 2010 – 8:19 pm

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed two key health bills that make California the first in the nation to begin establishing its own health insurance exchange – a key component of the federal health overhaul law intended to widen access to health coverage among the country’s millions of uninsured.

“For national reform to succeed, it will be up to the states to make it work, and California is moving forward on reforms that will provide affordable and quality health care insurance,” the governor said in a statement.

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LATimes: Schwarzenegger vetoes bills on pension limits

The measures, a reaction to the Bell scandal, were among flurry signed or killed.

By Patrick McGreevy and Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times

October 1, 2010

Reporting from Sacramento —
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger late Thursday vetoed two bills introduced in response to the city of Bell pay scandal: a measure barring employment contracts with automatic pay raises and legislation that would cap pensions.

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Prompted by a scandal involving CalPERS, it would require that ‘placement agents’ who make pension fund deals with investment managers register as state lobbyists.

Placement agent Alfred R. Villalobos was paid $70 million in commissions by Wall Street firms. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times / May 28, 2010)

By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times

October 1, 2010

Reporting from Sacramento —
After a yearlong scandal involving alleged influence peddling and corruption, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday signed a bill that will regulate the activities of outside deal-makers who help investment managers secure government pension fund money.

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