Archive for October 9th, 2010

InlandPolitics: Brown can’t use a telephone, but wants to be Governor

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Saturday, October 9, 2010 – 02:00 p.m.

Apologist Jerry Brown, democratic candidate for Governor of California, apparently can’t use a telephone along with many other marvels of modern technology, got himself into trouble this week.

Every one’s heard what happened by now. So let’s not rehash the evident.

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12:26 AM PDT on Saturday, October 9, 2010

By KIMBERLY PIERCEALL
The Press-Enterprise

For several years before Arrowhead Credit Union was seized by federal regulators in June, it regularly outspent its peers on travel, salaries and political campaigns, and lost millions in for-profit ventures.

The credit union — a nonprofit like all credit unions, whose customers are considered shareholders — was also growing in physical size and touted having more than $1 billion in assets for the first time in 2006.

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The PE: Cassie MacDuff: Fur Flies on Pension Panel

10:00 PM PDT on Friday, October 8, 2010

Cassie MacDuff

An internal battle on the San Bernardino County Employees Retirement Association board burst into the open this week when the executive director and chief counsel both resigned.

One faction is accused of attempting to pack the board with cronies and disband a successful investment team.

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The PE: UC Riverside med school money in budget bill

By PE Politics
on October 8, 2010 12:16 PM

UC Riverside is as close as it’s ever been to getting the state seed money it needs to open its medical school after the Legislature’s marathon budget vote.

The budget package passed early Friday contained $10 million for the medical school. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had yet to act on any of the 20-plus bill package; at a news conference this morning, he promised first to make nearly $1 billion in line-item spending reductions.

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12:27 AM PDT on Saturday, October 9, 2010

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

Former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus used his office to hire political operatives who did minimal county work and charged personal expenses to taxpayers, a district attorney’s investigator testified Friday.

In a preliminary hearing to determine if Postmus and Greg Eyler, a former employee of his, should go to trial, senior investigator Hollis “Bud” Randles testified in the first public airing of the corruption charges against Postmus, more than 18 months after his arrest and forced resignation.

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The Sun: RDA disagreements split mayoral candidates

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/08/2010 05:13:23 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE – The mayoral race has been split by a simple litmus test: pro- or anti-Tom Schwab?

The question gets at the heart of the more complex debate about the role of the redevelopment agency, which consists of the mayor and members of the City Council.

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DailyBulletin: LAWA hit with suit

Liset Márquez, Staff Writer
Created: 10/08/2010 08:15:38 PM PDT

ONTARIO – The Los Angeles World Airports’ alleged lack of commitment to increasing traffic at L.A./Ontario International Airport has a cargo facility developer seeking up to $5million in damages.

Aero Ontario, an affiliate of Aeroterm, a Maryland-based developer and property owner, has filed a lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles and the Board of Airport Commissioners.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 10/08/2010 07:36:01 PM PDT

Former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus used his political clout to create jobs for his boyfriends and misspent thousands of taxpayer dollars on computer accessories and trips to Colorado and Texas, according to court testimony Friday.

And during his brief tenure as county assessor, Postmus, 39, was struggling with an addiction to methamphetamine – a drug district attorney investigators seized from his home, along with the psychoactive drug Ecstasy and drug paraphernalia, during a search on January 15, 2009.

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DailyBulletin: League of Women Voters plans election events

Staff Reports
Created: 10/08/2010 08:19:54 PM PDT

Pros and cons on the nine California propositions for the Nov. 2 general election will be discussed at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Claremont Public Library, 208 Harvard Ave.

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By Jack Chang
jchang@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010 – 1:21 am

This much is clear: Someone in Jerry Brown’s inner campaign circle suggested GOP rival Meg Whitman is a “whore.”

The list of things less clear is longer a day after a recording of the slur hit the Internet and rocked the governor’s race.

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Calbuzz: Brown Hustling to Stem Damage from Whoregate

October 9, 2010

The made-for-the-tabloids fracas triggered by an unidentified associate of Jerry Brown’s who called Meg Whitman a “whore” demonstrates a fundamental dynamic of California’s campaign for governor: it’s Krusty’s race to lose, and he’s entirely capable of doing just that.

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SFChronicle: Brown’s phone flub may give Whitman an opening

John Wildermuth, Chronicle Staff Writer
San Francisco Chronicle
Saturday, October 9, 2010

The brief sound clip of an aide to Jerry Brown suggesting they call Meg Whitman a “whore” has given the Republican candidate for governor a chance to put her Democratic opponent on the defensive.

Brown called the Los Angeles police union early last month and left a voice mail asking for its endorsement, but the attorney general accidentally left the phone slightly off the hook. The answering machine continued recording as Brown went into what he thought was a private tirade against Whitman and the union.

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NYTimes: Campaign Gaffes Highlight 2 Jerry Browns

Jerry Brown, second from left. An aide was recorded making a crude remark about his opponent.

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By JESSE McKINLEY
Published: October 8, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO — On Wednesday night, at a party held for young San Francisco Democrats, Jerry Brown took the microphone and gave the kind of stirring, if somewhat eccentric, speech that has defined his 40 years in politics.

“California is not only a state of place, it’s a state of imagination,” Mr. Brown said. “This is the place of Hollywood movies, it’s the place of rocket ships, it’s the place of wind machines. It’s the place of all sorts of ideas,” Mr. Brown riffed, quickly building in a crescendo, saying that California politics were “screwed up” and broken.

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The Republicans, who haven’t publicly crossed paths since June, address a gala of prominent Latino business leaders at a Newport Beach club.
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Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman flank Mimi Walters, the Republican nominee for state treasurer, at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort in Newport Beach. (Christina House, For The Times / October 7, 2010)

By Maeve Reston and Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times

October 9, 2010

When Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina clinched their party’s nominations for governor and U.S. Senate in June, Whitman proclaimed on stage that their joint effort would be the Democrats’ worst nightmare. But they have gone separate ways on the campaign trail, never publicly crossing paths again until Friday night at a gala of a prominent group of Latino business leaders in Newport Beach.

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Schwarzenegger vetoes nearly $1 billion for social programs before signing the budget bill lawmakers had passed about eight hours earlier. Advocates for the poor say the cuts are too deep.

By Jack Dolan and Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times

October 9, 2010

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday vetoed nearly $1 billion in spending on welfare, child care, special education and other programs before signing the budget bill that lawmakers had passed about eight hours earlier after a marathon overnight session.

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By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times

October 9, 2010

Bank of America is freezing foreclosure sales in all 50 states as it reviews its process for handling related documents.

So what does that mean for California homeowners who are in danger of defaulting on the loan or are already in foreclosure?

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