Archive for October 11th, 2010

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Allegations fly in pension campaign

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10:19 PM PDT on Sunday, October 10, 2010

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

PDF: Read campaign literature for Measure L

The campaign over two competing pension measures on Riverside County’s November ballot already has cost more than $500,000 as both sides accuse one another of trying to mislead voters.

Measure L, backed by the Riverside Sheriff’s Association, would prohibit the county from changing pension benefits for public safety employees without a vote of the electorate.

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Dutton

10:00 PM PDT on Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

At long last, Inland state Sen. Bob Dutton will become leader of the upper house’s GOP caucus today.

Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga, had been the Senate Republican leader-in-waiting since earlier this year. He will replace state Sen. Dennis Hollingsworth, R-Murrieta, who has to leave the Senate next month because of term limits.

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Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/10/2010 03:29:03 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Financial disclosures reveal some of donors funding this election season’s campaigns against Measure C are taking the same sides as they did during the 2009 mayoral race between Pat Morris and James F. Penman.

Measure C would amend the City Charter to let the City Council and mayor appoint the city attorney, city clerk and city treasurer. As in the 2009 and previous mayoral race, Morris and Penman are on the opposite sides of this campaign.

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The PE: HEMET: Police union letter draws city rebuttal

10:00 PM PDT on Sunday, October 10, 2010

By KEVIN PEARSON
The Press-Enterprise

PDF: Read Hemet’s response to the Hemet Police Officers Association letter

A letter written by the leader of the Hemet Police Officers Association for a homeowners association newsletter has drawn a strong rebuttal from the city manager’s office.

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DailyBulletin: Upland council may issue $17M in bonds

Mediha Fejzagic DiMartino, Staff Writer
Created: 10/10/2010 10:15:46 PM PDT

The Upland City Council tonight will consider a resolution approving the issuance of $17 million in revenue bonds through the Colorado Educational and Cultural Facilities Authority for Western Christian Schools.

School officials are seeking to refinance last year’s bond issuance of $12 million to help with improvements on their Upland campus. The council’s approval will allow the authority to issue the bond money to Western Christian.

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DailyBulletin: Warner: Dreier is vulnerable

Candidate gets no campaign aid from Democrats
Rebecca Kimitch, Staff Writer
Created: 10/10/2010 08:31:49 PM PDT

Last year, national Democrats had their eyes on Republican David Dreier’s seat representing the 26th Congressional District.

Their optimism came in the wake of the 2008 election, when voters in the district, which stretches across the foothills from La Canada Flintridge to San Bernardino County, favored Barack Obama 51 percent to 47 percent. And though Dreier soundly defeated Democratic challenger Russ Warner, his 53 percent support was one of his lowest ever.

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PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
October 10, 2010 | 4:51 pm

Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman declined comment Sunday about being called a “whore” by someone associated with rival Jerry Brown’s campaign.

“It’s a slur and I’m not going to dignify it with a response,” said Whitman, after speaking to hundreds of supporters at a Van Nuys rally with former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani.

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California Watch
A Project of the Center for Investigative Reporting

October 11, 2010 | Stephanie Rice

From someone in Jerry Brown’s office caught privately calling Meg Whitman a “whore” for allegedly trading pension protection for endorsements to an anonymous Team Whitman aide mocking Brown with a Humpty Dumpty-style nursery rhyme, it’s clear there’s no love lost between the gubernatorial campaigns.

California Watch has been logging the attacks uttered by both sides over at Politics Verbatim. As they enter the final stretch of a hard-fought battle, here’s a look back at some of the more memorable, quotable, mean, witty, and just plain odd insults hurled by both candidates and their dedicated staffers.

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By MICHAEL R. BLOOD
The Associated Press
Sunday, October 10, 2010; 10:31 PM

LOS ANGELES — Locked in a fight for centrist voters, Meg Whitman turned to fellow Republican moderate Rudy Giuliani on Sunday to help make her case that she will heal California’s economy and transform Sacramento by slashing government spending and lowering taxes.

Giuliani, the former New York City mayor and 2008 Republican presidential candidate, told cheering Whitman supporters in a Los Angeles hotel that electing Democrat Jerry Brown would be a step backward in a state with a double-digit unemployment and a financial crisis in state government. He depicted Brown as a vestige of failed Democratic policies who hadn’t earned a return trip.

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LATimes: Tactics split state’s top two GOP contenders

Fiorina, trying to unseat Boxer, stays true to her conservative primary stance. Whitman, running against Brown, moves to the center in search of moderate voters.

Gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman waves from the stage at a NASCAR race in Fontana. She has moved to the center since the primary election, a common route for California Republicans. (Jae C. Hong, Associated Press / October 9, 2010)

By Maeve Reston and Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
October 11, 2010

On the campaign trail at a recent “tea party” event, Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina dropped a reference to her husband’s guns, chided her Democratic opponent for vilifying backers of Arizona’s tough immigration law and renewed her commitment to offshore drilling and to suspending the state’s global warming law.

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Calbuzz: Coming Up Next: Brokaw Takes on eMeg and Krusty

Tom Brokaw

October 11, 2010

First there was the Duel in Davis. Then the Fracas in Fresno. And now comes the Brokaw Brawl.

The former NBC News anchor will be the third conspicuous presence in the match-up on Tuesday at Dominican University between Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman. The substance, tone and texture of the debate will be entirely decided by Tom Brokaw who, despite having no intimate knowledge about the race for governor, has a facility for asking candidates questions that probe the thinking beneath their talking points.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: A high-risk scenario on tax hike

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com The Sacramento Bee
Published: Monday, Oct. 11, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

It took nine months for the Capitol’s politicians to gestate a state budget, and it’s a progeny that even a mother wouldn’t love.

Like others of recent vintage, it’s “balanced” with pie-in-the-sky revenue assumptions, back-door borrowing and Enron-like accounting gimmicks.

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SacBee: Budget gave Schwarzenegger a win over CalPERS

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Oct. 11, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Monday, Oct. 11, 2010 – 6:52 am

By winning a deal last week to scale back pension benefits for public employees, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger beat one of his most formidable opponents: CalPERS.

Schwarzenegger and his aides have hammered the California Public Employees’ Retirement System over the past 18 months, citing its steep investment losses and its role in raising pension benefits a decade earlier. The administration painted a portrait of a pension fund that refused to look its problems squarely in the eye.

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