Archive for October 18th, 2010

WashPost: Meg Whitman’s $140 million could turn Calif. governor’s vote

In an attempt to appeal to California’s non-English speaking population, GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman is airing ads in Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese.

By Karen Tumulty
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, October 18, 2010; 5:57 PM

LOS ANGELES – To spend any time at all in California these days is to feel the gale force of Meg Whitman’s money.

Sure, California has seen its share of wealthy novice candidates from the business world, most of whom have failed. But the billionaire former chief executive of eBay is waging a campaign for governor unlike any before, both in its resources and in a no-voter-left-behind strategy that no Republican here has ever tried.

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Monday, October 18, 2010 – 09:45 a.m.

Well, it didn’t take long for three of the four local newspapers to relapse into their old ways.

Saturdays reporting of events transpiring in the preliminary hearing of former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus and Taxpayer Advocate Gregory Eyler once again begged a question.

The question? Were the reporters even in the room?

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Sunday, October 17, 2010 – 09:30 p.m.

A major cross-current may put incumbents up for reelection on the Upland city council in harms way.

That cross-current being a colleagues alleged misconduct.

The colleague? Mayor John “JP” Pomierski.

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Sunday, October 17, 2010 – 11:00 p.m.

You’ve have to be kidding. The word “overkill” is definitely in play here.

Sundays front page headline of both The Sun and Inland Valley Daily Bulletin newspapers was actually regarding the lack of a disclaimer on campaign mail.

Yes a “disclaimer”!

It must really be a slow news period.

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Saturday, October 17, 2010 – 10:45 p.m.

Stocks of money center banks continue to get crushed, as the fallout over one of the biggest land grabs ever, begins in earnest.

Major banks, such as Bank of America,Wells Fargo Bank, Citigroup, and JPMorgan Chase, are watching their respective shares plummet, after screwing over U.S. homeowners via fraudulent foreclosures and deceptive loan modification practices.

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October 17, 2010
by Administrator

Are you listening US Attorney? San Bernardino County is in crisis. It is a crisis that mocks our justice system; one that distorts the truth; and one where integrity is a forgotten. Bringing about justice is no longer the highest priority of our county prosecutors; winning at any and all cost is their goal—a goal that has little to do integrity, truth or . . . justice.

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Testimony will be challenged
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 10/17/2010 08:16:53 PM PDT

Defense attorney Jim Reiss will begin calling his witnesses today in the retrial of Rancho Cucamonga Councilman Rex Gutierrez, bringing the trial into its second phase.

Gutierrez is charged with felony conspiracy to commit a crime, grand theft and filing a fraudulent claim. He is accused of conspiring with former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus and Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum to bilk taxpayers out of thousands of dollars.

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The PE: Five compete for two seats on Yucaipa City Council

10:31 PM PDT on Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Attracting new businesses to town and supporting existing establishments are key issues in the race for two seats on the Yucaipa City Council.

The incumbents, Allan Drusys and Tom Masner, are up against challengers Bobby Duncan Sr., Greg Bogh and Gregory Miner. A sixth candidate, Richard Frost, announced Friday he is dropping out of the race, although his name will still appear on the ballot. Frost said in a brief statement that he supports the incumbents.

The election is Nov. 2.

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The PE: ELECTION: Steps taken to stop snafus

09:10 PM PDT on Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

The June election in Riverside County saw complaints of a slow vote count, a lawsuit over more than 12,000 ballots that arrived late and calls for the registrar’s resignation.

In June, officials across the state were unprepared for the large number of vote-by-mail ballots that arrived on or near Election Day and struggled to count them in a timely manner.

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The Sun: Debate fizzles in Grand Terrace

Candidate Wilson decides to cancel scheduled event
Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/17/2010 08:18:04 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE – In a campaign season that has seen accusations of illegal behavior and contradictory views of what’s best for the city, there will be one time City Hall is free of arguments between mayoral candidates: Oct. 25, when Doug Wilson booked it for a debate.

Wilson, one of four candidates for mayor, said the usual candidates forum hosted by the Chamber of Commerce would be too limiting, especially since the person he sees as his main opponent – Councilman Walt Stanckiewitz – will not attend the forum.

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Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 10/17/2010 08:16:12 PM PDT

President Barack Obama’s administration on Friday reported a deficit of more than $1 trillion for the second year in a row, leaving Democrats susceptible to criticism just before the midterm election on Nov. 2.

The Congressional Budget Office projected the deficit to be $1.3 trillion for the 2010 fiscal year, down from a record high of $1.4 trillion in 2009.

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DailyBulletin: CSU system not out of budget woods yet

CSUSB leader has concerns about future
Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 10/17/2010 07:04:07 AM PDT

The California State University system got good news when the Legislature finally approved its budget restoring $260million to the system’s general fund, but it hasn’t solved all of the system’s financial problems.

Since the budget was passed 100 days late – and well after the current semester began – Cal State San Bernardino President Al Karnig worries this budget isn’t entirely solid and if midyear cuts are on the horizon.

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LATimes: Clinton stumps for Jerry Brown

The former president urges young voters to go to the polls.

By Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times
October 18, 2010

Reporting from San Jose —
Appearing before thousands of people at a San Jose rally Sunday, former President Clinton brought the contest for California governor to Republican Meg Whitman’s doorstep, imploring Democrats to turn out the vote and elect his onetime presidential rival, Jerry Brown, to the state’s highest office.

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Calbuzz: Clinton Rallies Dems; Krusty Bashes eMeg on Taxes

October 17, 2010

Jerry Brown took some of his toughest shots of the campaign at Republican Meg Whitman at a rollicking rally Sunday night in San Jose, where former president Bill Clinton warmly embraced his one-time Democratic rival, lavishly praising him as a leader who “has always been on the side of positive change.”

The old-fashioned political rally drew about 3,000 people to the Event Center at San Jose State University, the second large, raucous event Clinton headlined in the state, as he energetically turned his popularity in California to motivating Democrats, especially younger ones, to cast ballots in an election year where most of the enthusiasm is on the Republican side.

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

October 18, 2010 | Chase Davis

Much has been said since last week’s final gubernatorial debate about the cash behind Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman’s campaigns.

Not the campaign narratives. We’ve been beaten ad nauseam with the lines that Meg is rich ($140 million and counting) and Jerry is standing on the shoulders of his union buddies ($22 million so far in independent spending [XLS]). We’re talking about the folks who actually take out their checkbooks and give these candidates money.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Big battle riding on Nov. 2 vote

Published: Monday, Oct. 18, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Democrats have controlled both houses of the California Legislature for four decades, except for one year when Republicans held sway in the Assembly.

It’s certain – or at least as certain as anything in politics can be – that Democrats will control both legislative houses for at least another decade. The Capitol, therefore, should be fertile ground for legislation sponsored by liberal groups such as labor unions, trial lawyers, environmentalists and consumer advocates.

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Financially struggling municipalities that once shunned such businesses as casinos, tattoo parlors and certain big-box retailers are considering easing rules to plug budget gaps.

The high number of tattoo parlors in Fullerton has drawn complaints from residents. Above, one of the city’s establishments. (Christina House, For The Times / October 13, 2010)

By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
October 18, 2010

Like many municipalities across the state and nation, Turlock, Calif., is struggling to plug a sizable budget hole. So city officials are looking to court big-box retailers.

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By Liz Sidoti Associated Press
Posted: 10/17/2010 06:03:52 PM PDT

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s winning coalition from 2008 has crumbled and his core backers are dispirited. It’s now Republicans who stand to benefit from an electorate that’s again craving change.

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Politico: The Democrats’ brutal weekend

Two members of a Republican rally in Anaheim, Calif. | AP photo

In the eyes of the experts, the House Democratic majority most likely won’t survive Nov. 2

By JAMES HOHMANN | 10/17/10 6:10 PM EDT Updated: 10/18/10 5:06 AM EDT

More bad polls. More bad fundraising numbers. More dreary talk on the Sunday shows.

It added up to a brutal weekend for Democrats, as the consensus among election analysts, already bearish on the party’s prospects, took a turn for the worse over the past 48 hours.

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