Archive for October 10th, 2010

InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Walker appointed interm pension fund administrator

Walker

Saturday, October 9, 2010 – 05:30 p.m.

The San Bernardino County Employees Retirment Asociation (SBCERA) has announced the appointment of Auditor-Controller-Treasurer Larry Walker as managing trustee to oversee the duties of interim executive director, and Donald Pierce, senior investment officer, is appointed as interim chief investment officer.

The appointments come on the heals of the resignation of executive director Timothy Barrett.

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District Attorney Mike Ramos

www.sbgrapevine.com

October 9, 2010
by Administrator

Are you listening United States Attorney? San Bernardino County is in crisis. Oh yes, we have financial problems like every other jurisdiction but we will get through them in due time. Our crisis is a much more serious threat to our citizenry. It is a crisis of ethics, of safety, and of fear.

Our crisis undermines the feelings of security and well being of law-abiding citizens. It mocks those who gave their blood to protect the Constitution of the United States. It is as evil a crisis as any American community can face.

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The PE: Republicans weigh path forward on earmark policy

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11:41 PM PDT on Saturday, October 9, 2010

By BEN GOAD
Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON – House Republicans last month unveiled their Pledge to America, an ambitious and wide-reaching document that details their plans to shrink government, cut spending and repeal President Barack Obama’s prized health care law, if voters return them to power next month.

Conspicuously absent from the 48-page pledge is any reference to earmarks, the spending directives that lawmakers slip into bills, usually for projects and programs in their home districts. That, experts and political insiders say, is because the GOP has yet to reach consensus over what to do about the controversial practice.

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12:23 AM PDT on Sunday, October 10, 2010

By DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
The Press-Enterprise

Both sides in the debate over San Bernardino’s Measure C agree on one thing: City Attorney Jim Penman has been a thorn in the side of the mayor and City Council majority.

Whether that is a good idea is at the heart of what city voters will be deciding on Nov. 2.

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Lori Consalvo, Staff Writer
Created: 10/09/2010 07:08:46 AM PDT

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – In the 2nd District race for San Bernardino County supervisor, it is the man with experience versus the woman who offers change.

Supervisor Paul Biane and challenger Janice Rutherford, a Fontana councilwoman, participated in a forum on Tuesday night in a meeting room in Central Park to answer questions and familiarize residents with their backgrounds and policies.

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The Sun: Foster leads in Redlands campaign funds

Chantal M. Lovell, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/09/2010 09:38:53 PM PDT

REDLANDS – Candidates running for the three open seats on the City Council in November filed their campaign expenditure statements with the city clerk this week, disclosing funds raised and spent.

The reports cover the most recent quarter, from July 1 to Sept. 30, and show some candidates leading in contributions, others making large expenditures and others trying to live by personal pledges.

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LATimes: Governor candidates court the center

Whitman and Brown are crafting their messages to fit voters’ mood, but in reality both reflect their parties’ philosophies.

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
October 10, 2010

The candidates running to become California’s next governor are working hard to garner the support of the centrists who will decide the race. Republican Meg Whitman has taken unprecedented steps to court voters who typically lean left. And Democrat Jerry Brown is running ads that could have come from a “tea party” candidate on the right, highlighting the need for the state to live within its means and move decision-making to the local level.

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

October 9, 2010 | Chase Davis

When Jerry Brown was governor three decades ago, his staff was instructed to give special access to dozens of confidants, political insiders and supporters whose requests, concerns and recommendations were supposed to be routed straight to Brown, administrative records show.

The document, labeled the “Special List,” was discovered by California Watch in Brown’s gubernatorial archives and includes friends, politicians and power brokers – and four people labeled as “contributors.”

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LATimes: U.S. Senate candidates share little common ground

Boxer                           Fiorina

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Barbara Boxer is a staunch supporter of President Obama’s policies. Carly Fiorina sees tax cuts and lower federal spending as the way to fix the economy.

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
October 10, 2010

In an election year when voters have soured on their leaders and are deeply anxious about the glacial pace of economic recovery, the two candidates vying for California’s U.S. Senate seat have offered sharply different visions for the federal government’s role in guiding the country out of recession, as well as disagreeing on almost everything else.

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Voters will also be selecting the next attorney general, lieutenant governor, treasurer, secretary of state, insurance commissioner, controller and schools superintendent on the Nov.2 ballot.

By Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
October 10, 2010

Voter attention invariably gravitates toward the top of the ticket and the glamorous job of governor — the heated battle between Republican Meg Whitman and Democrat Jerry Brown in which the winner will be charged with steering California’s ship of the state for the next four years.

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LATimes: 9 statewide propositions on ballot

October 10, 2010

There are nine statewide propositions on the ballot that cover a range of subjects, including car fees, global warming and marijuana use:

Proposition 19 — Marijuana

What it would do:

Make it legal to use marijuana in California. Supporters say regulating and taxing the sale of marijuana would help raise money for cash-strapped local governments and save tens of millions of dollars per year on the costs of jailing and supervising marijuana offenders. As with alcohol, the legal age for buying marijuana would be 21, and it would still be illegal to drive under the influence.

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Republican Allan Mansoor and Democrat Phu Nguyen face off in Orange County, and Republican Tim Donnelly and Democrat Darcel Woods are in contention for a district that has been a GOP stronghold.

By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times

October 10, 2010

When legislators redrew their districts a decade ago, they nearly succeeded in heading off competitive races by making Assembly and state Senate seats safe for incumbents in both major political parties. Nearly — but not quite, as the handful of lively contests attests.

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ANALYSIS

With few services left to cut, little left to tax and almost no political will or legislative experience to move past partisan bickering, the state budget was bound to be a disappointment.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger discusses the budget at a news conference Friday morning, after legislators approved the state’s spending plan in an overnight session. (Rich Pedroncelli, Associated Press / October 7, 2010)

By Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times
October 10, 2010

Reporting from Sacramento —
It was another prolonged Sacramento production, full of bickering, posturing and inaction that led to the latest state budget in modern history and provided a convenient target for the gubernatorial candidates, who say things would be different if they were in charge.

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SacBee: Pension cuts: Will they stick this time?

By Jon Ortiz and Dale Kasler
jortiz@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010 – 9:30 am

California has been here before: A deep recession. A state budget in crisis. A Republican governor wins state pension cuts from a Democratic-controlled Legislature.

And last time, when the economy improved, lawmakers reversed course.

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The city’s administrative services director agrees to a 61% pay reduction — to $165,000 a year from $422,707. ‘We’re looking at all high salaries,’ the interim city manager says.

By Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times
October 10, 2010

As officials try to reel in the salaries of the highest paid City Hall workers in Bell, two top city administrators have stepped down and a third has agreed to a 61% pay cut.

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LATimes: Nation appears poised for midterm change

ELECTION 2010

Americans’ disappointment in President Obama and the ailing economy suggest Democrats will lose seats across the board on Nov. 2 – and possibly control of the House and Senate. But in today’s volatile political environment, Republicans can’t put too much stock in voters’ support.

By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times
October 10, 2010

Change is coming Nov. 2.

But not the kind that ascendant Democrats might have envisioned two years ago, or the sort that necessarily translates into long-term Republican gains.

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