Archive for October 15th, 2010

InlandPolitics: Have Whitman campaign advisors lost their way?

Friday, October 15, 2010 – 03:00 p.m.
Last Updated: October 16, 2010 – 08:30 a.m.

One things for certain.

I’m sure Meg Whitman didn’t expect to be trailing this close to Election Day.

Scott Rasmussen published a poll Friday morning showing Whitman down six points against democrat Jerry Brown. A poll result that should be taken seriously.

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RasmussenReports: CA Gov: Brown (D) 50%, Whitman (R) 44%

Election 2010: California Governor

California Governor: Brown (D) Edges Further Ahead
Friday, October 15, 2010

Coming off a bare-knuckles debate this week, Democrat Jerry Brown hits his highest level of support to date in his race against Republican Meg Whitman to be the next governor of California.

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Friday, October 15, 2010 – 09:45 a.m.

California’s campaign finance watchdog has confirmed to that its investigation of San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos and his campaign Treasurer, San Bernardino-based certified public accountant Marvin Reiter, is still open and active.

A complaint to the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) was filed several months ago, which alleged Ramos misreported and misspent campaign funds.

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InlandPolitics: Prosecution rests in Gutierrez trial

Friday, October 15, 2010 – 9:10 a.m.

We here at couldn’t help but notice the two local newspapers didn’t report on yesterdays events at the trial of former Assessor employee and Rancho Cucamonga city councilman Rex Gutierrez.

Gutierrez is charged with three felonies alleging time card fraud during his employment under former Assessor Bill Postmus.

Yesterday, defense attorney Jim Reiss made significant inroads on his cross examination of District Attorney investigator Skyler Beaty.

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The PE: All quiet in Inland Assembly races this year

11:33 PM PDT on Thursday, October 14, 2010

Sacramento Bureau

SACRAMENTO – After the 2008 election, it looked as if Republicans would have to play defense in some party-held Assembly seats in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Democrat Barack Obama had won or nearly won in three of the districts. Under-funded Democratic candidates had polled strongly. Republican registration had dropped steadily over the past decade.

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The Sun: Former sheriff, SB mayor fined

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/14/2010 05:48:06 PM PDT

Former San Bernardino County Sheriff Gary Penrod and former San Bernardino Mayor Judith Valles have been fined by the state Fair Political Practices Commission for receiving illegal gifts in 2004 and 2005.

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Chantal M. Lovell, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/14/2010 08:50:23 PM PDT

MENTONE – Seven of the eight candidates running for three Redlands City Council seats sat before a packed house Wednesday night at the Mill Creek Cattle Company restaurant to talk about a wide range of issues.

The Redlands Tea Party and Townhall Patriots hosted the forum to give their members an opportunity to learn where the candidates stand on current and controversial topics.

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Chantal M. Lovell, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/14/2010 04:31:31 PM PDT

REDLANDS – In addition to choosing whether to raise the city sales tax and electing three people to the City Council, Redlands voters will also have a say this November on whether they want to make one presently elected position an appointed job.

Measure B gives voters the option of changing the Office of the City Treasurer to an appointive position. A “yes” vote would make the change.

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Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Created: 10/14/2010 08:26:31 PM PDT

CLAREMONT – William Kristol is expecting big wins in next month’s elections for Republicans nationally.

The “apparent failure” of the Obama administration’s stimulus package combined with billions of dollars in new debt and other issues have made it appear to people the government has overreached, the editor of The Weekly Standard said Wednesday at Claremont McKenna College.

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Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 10/14/2010 06:30:26 PM PDT

Online: Check out Montclair candidates’ biographies at

MONTCLAIR – Two incumbents and two newcomers talked about development and finding sources of new city funding at Wednesday evening’s City Council candidate forum.

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Monica Rodriguez, Staff Writer
Created: 10/14/2010 08:28:38 PM PDT

POMONA – An organization representing Pomona Unified School Districts’ teachers will not support the district’s parcel tax proposal on the Nov. 2 ballot.

Associated Pomona Teachers President Tyra Weis said her organization’s membership recently voted against support Measure SS. The measure, if approved, would generate about $4 million a year for four years, according to the text of the measure.

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Republican Whitman airs an ad saying Democratic foe opposes death penalty for cop killers. Brown says opponent would cut billions from schools. In both cases, the truth is more complicated.

Both candidates for governor, shown at their debate Tuesday at Dominican University of California in San Rafael, have come under fire for misstating facts. (Paul Sakuma / Associated Press / October 12, 2010)

By Seema Mehta and Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times
October 15, 2010

Reporting from Los Angeles and Bakersfield —
The California campaign for governor, whose candidates have already tested the bounds of honesty, tumbled over the edge Thursday as Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown exaggerated their opponents’ stances on education funding and crime.

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By Dan Walters The Sacramento Bee
Published: Friday, Oct. 15, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Capital punishment has been the bane of the Brown family. As Jerry Brown seeks another stint as governor, it could be decisive.

When the issue arose during Brown’s first debate with Republican foe Meg Whitman, he tried to massage it much as his sister, Kathleen, had done during her bid for the governorship in 1994. She acknowledged her opposition but pledged, “I will faithfully carry out our law on executions, and I’ll do it with compassion, but I’ll do it with great fidelity to the rule of law.”

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Calbuzz: What Brown Should Have Said About Whoregate

October 15, 2010

The spectacle of serial, circles-within-circles statements, emitting from various leaders of the National Organization for Women about the use of the word “whore” within Jerry Brown’s inner sanctum, illustrates the ability of Krusty’s campaign to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Against all odds, Brown has somehow managed to keep a one-day story up and running for eight days (and counting!), effectively rescuing Republican rival Meg Whitman from the travail of her own self-inflicted error.

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The Democrat accuses her rival of disbanding the district attorney’s environmental crimes unit to shut down a probe of a Cooley campaign contributor. Cooley denies the charge and says he has a better record of prosecuting environmental crimes than Harris.

By Phil Willon and Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
October 15, 2010

The political attacks are sharpening in the race for California attorney general as election day nears and interest in the campaign rises among voters and free-spending outside interest groups.

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Southern California — this just in
October 14, 2010 | 3:21 pm

A law professor who supports marriage rights for gays and lesbians said Thursday that the race for California attorney general “could end up mattering so much to the future of Proposition 8,” the 2008 voter measure that reinstated a ban on same-sex marriage.

Los Angeles Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley, the Republican candidate for attorney general, has promised to defend Proposition 8. His opponent, San Francisco Dist. Atty. Kamala Harris, a Democrat, has said she would not challenge a federal court ruling that found the measure unconstitutional.

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LATimes: Pot growers are a new crop

High-wattage lights shine on indoor-grown plants. In Northern California’s Humboldt County, electricity consumption has surged 50% to 60% since 1996, when voters approved a medical marijuana initiative. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times / October 14, 2010)

By Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
October 15, 2010

Reporting from Arcata, Calif. —
About the time the wholesale price of pot hit $4,000 a pound, Tony Sasso bought a bulldozer and an excavator and dug a massive hole on his ranch in eastern Mendocino County.

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CCTimes: FPPC tightens disclosure rules

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Thursday, October 14th, 2010 at 6:17 pm in campaign finance.

The authors of those so-called “issue pieces” that everyone knows are intended to influence the outcome of a campaign must now disclose their names and their donors, the Fair Political Practices Commission decided today.

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Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
San Francisco Chronicle
Friday, October 15, 2010

(10-15) 04:00 PDT Sacramento – —

Banks are making nearly $1.5 million a month in fees by charging California welfare recipients to withdraw their benefits using ATMs and debit cards – an amount that has nearly doubled since 2008.

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LATimes: California exports falter in August

Money & Company
Tracking the market and economic trends that shape your finances.

October 14, 2010 | 12:00 pm

Foreigners didn’t want our cereals this summer. Our oil, aircraft or chemicals either. That’s according to a trade report by Beacon Economics that indicates that California’s exports faltered in August after nine months of steady recovery.

The state shipped $11.85 billion worth of goods in August, just 0.2% higher than what it sent in July. In the past decade, August export trade has on average exceeded July by 7%, said Jock O’Connell, international trade adviser at Beacon Economics.

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California Watch
A Project of the Center for Investigative Reporting
Health and Welfare

October 15, 2010 | Lance Williams and Christina Jewett

The Southern California hospital chain under investigation for suspected Medicare fraud – and the labor union that blew the whistle – have both made significant political donations to officials with roles, present or prospective, in the probe.

As disclosed Tuesday by California Watch and the Los Angeles Times, Ontario-based Prime Healthcare Services is being investigated by state and federal authorities in connection with high rates of septicemia, or blood poisoning, reported among Medicare patients at the 13-hospital chain.

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The co-founder of the mortgage lender is accused of civil fraud and insider trading. His trial is set to begin Tuesday.
Angelo Mozilo

A settlement could aid Angelo Mozilo in other cases arising out of the collapse. (Susan Walsh / Associated Press / March 7, 2008)


By E. Scott Reckard and Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
October 15, 2010

Just days before his trial was to begin, Countrywide Financial Corp. co-founder Angelo R. Mozilo was in serious negotiations late Thursday to settle the government’s civil fraud and insider trading case against him, according to people familiar with the situation.

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Published: October 14, 2010

Enough Tea Party-supported candidates are running strongly in competitive and Republican-leaning Congressional races that the movement stands a good chance of establishing a sizeable caucus to push its agenda in the House and the Senate, according to a New York Times analysis.

With a little more than two weeks till Election Day, 33 Tea Party-backed candidates are in tossup races or running in House districts that are solidly or leaning Republican, and 8 stand a good or better chance of winning Senate seats.

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WSJ: Democratic Funding Fades

Liberal Groups Lag in Late Efforts to Raise Cash; Less Money for Key Races


WASHINGTON—A late effort by Democrats to match record fund raising by conservative organizations has come up short, leaving the party more reliant than usual on the campaign efforts of labor unions.

A key pro-Democratic group, recently created by top party insiders to build a “firewall” around the Democrats’ majority in the House, said Thursday it hoped to raise $10 million. That’s a fraction of the $50 million that an alliance of GOP groups said Tuesday they would spend to help Republicans in dozens of House races.

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