Archive for October 20th, 2010

InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Expect another high level departure

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 – 3:00 p.m.

Sources are telling InlandPolitics.com that another high level executive/department head departure is in the works.

The next launching should occur within a couple weeks.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 – 07:00 a.m.

The Gallup organization, in a report released Monday, says government and private sector layoffs accelerated during the second half of September.

Due to the time necessary to calculate the data, the monthly unemployment rate published by the U.S. Department of Labor only takes into account the first two weeks of each month.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010 – 06:00 a.m.

The Republican Governor’s Association released a poll last night indicating the race between republican Meg Whitman and democrat Jerry Brown is in a dead heat.

Discounting this is a republican organization poll, click here to view release.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010 – 05:25 p.m.

Both republican nominees for California Governor and U.S. Senate took narrow leads over their democratic rivals in a rare live telephone poll conducted for the period October 13-14.

The poll conducted by Washington D.C.-based Wilson Research Strategies (WRS) sampled 800 likely voters on their preferences.

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Lewis

10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, October 19, 2010

By BEN GOAD
Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON – Inland Rep. Jerry Lewis is sparing no expense as he looks to help push Republicans into the majority and snare a key position for himself in the next Congress.

In the current election cycle, Lewis, R-Redlands, had given $937,500 in contributions to the national party and directly to GOP candidates through the end of September, new campaign finance reports show.

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The Sun: Challengers agree: They want Navarro out

Navarro

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/19/2010 04:35:31 PM PDT

The biggest issue in the race for the Area D seat on the San Bernardino County school board isn’t an issue at all – it’s the incumbent.

Board member Gil Navarro, who is running for his second term, is facing three challengers on Nov.2. While all three have ideas for how to improve education in the county and make the most of the county board’s limited powers, they are all running in large part because they want Navarro out of office.

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The Sun: Former county employee sues

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/19/2010 07:51:13 PM PDT

San Bernardino County’s former solid waste division manager filed a lawsuit in San Bernardino Superior Court on Monday, alleging wrongful termination for questioning excessive consultant contracts and unreported income and gifts by employees.

Peter Wulfman, 53, alleges he was forced to resign from his job on March 30 after returning from vacation, or face being fired.

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10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, October 19, 2010

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County supervisors signed off on a new contract Tuesday with the union presenting prosecutors, despite concerns by some board members that they may have been taken advantage of during labor talks.

Approved on a 4-1 vote, the new agreement with the Deputy District Attorneys Association and its 241 members is retroactive to July 1 and runs through June 30, 2011. It does not increase county costs.

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The Sun: Bogh leads in Yucaipa fundraising

All his money has been from family
Jesse B. Gill, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/19/2010 08:28:03 PM PDT

YUCAIPA – City Council contender Greg Bogh is leading the field of candidates in fundraising, according to election campaign documents filed this month.

Council candidates were required to file campaign finance information Oct. 4, and they are required to file again Thursday.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: City charter review committee approved

10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, October 19, 2010

By ALICIA ROBINSON
The Press-Enterprise

The Riverside City Council will pick nine members for a committee to review the city charter, a process that in 2004 ended with 12 proposed changes going before voters.

The council voted Tuesday to form a committee, which will begin work in January and bring any proposed changes to the council by early 2012.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 10/19/2010 07:20:33 PM PDT

A San Bernardino County prosecutor on Tuesday continued questioning Rancho Cucamonga Councilman Rex Gutierrez on a $42.5 million low-income housing project Gutierrez pushed forward in 2007, which coincided with his hiring at the county Assessor’s Office.

National Community Renaissance, or National CORE, is the Rancho Cucamonga-based nonprofit that develops low income housing projects in communities across the country. It was founded by homebuilders Jeffrey Burum and Andrew Wright about 20 years ago, according to its Web site.

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DailyBulletin: Los Angeles County delays reform

Troy Anderson, Staff Writer
Created: 10/19/2010 08:26:00 PM PDT

Despite learning Tuesday that Los Angeles County faces a $26 billion tab over coming decades to cover pension and retiree health care costs, the Board of Supervisors delayed pursuing reforms to the retirement system after unions threatened legal action.

The supervisors were preparing to consider a series of reforms that included raising the county’s minimum retirement age and asking employees to contribute more to their plans.

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Whitman targets specific groups with mailers, diner visits and phone calls, in hopes of attracting independent voters. Brown limits public appearances to prevent gaffes and works to maximize Democratic turnout.

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

October 20, 2010

As the gubernatorial candidates sprint to election day, Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown are following two distinct paths that speak to their strengths and weaknesses as candidates and the segments of the electorate that are vital to each.

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Meg Whitman shook hands with second graders at Jefferson Elementary School while school board member Noel Gallo (left) looked on. California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman made two appearances in Oakland, Calif., Monday October 18, 2010.

Joe Garofoli,Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writers
San Francisco Chronicle
Wednesday, October 20, 2010

(10-19) 19:41 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — With some of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s former top advisers on her payroll, it isn’t surprising that Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman espouses many of the same policies he has – from tax cuts to stimulate the economy to promises to run California more like a business.

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Barbara Boxer (left) is trying to paint Carly Fiorina as too conservative for traditionally Democratic California.

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By DARREN SAMUELSOHN | 10/19/10 2:51 PM EDT Updated: 10/20/10 6:05 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES — California’s Senate slugfest has turned into a battle of extremes as both candidates play to their political bases while still trying to entice support from the moderate middle.

Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer’s campaign is using red-meat rhetoric against Republican challenger Carly Fiorina, calling her way too conservative for this traditionally blue state — so extreme that she’d become a key Senate vote to overturn Roe v. Wade.

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SacBee: Fiorina says she wants to bring jobs back to U.S.

Fiorina

By Susan Ferriss
sferriss@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina, under campaign fire for outsourcing jobs as a CEO, showcased an economic platform Tuesday that includes a tax break for businesses that bring jobs home.

Speaking to female business owners at a Sacramento-area restaurant, she called for a five-year tax holiday for startup businesses and a 10-year tax holiday for existing businesses that repatriate jobs that were exported.

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Though his opponent portrays D.A. Steve Cooley as a lock-’em-up Republican, he’s known more as a moderate, straightforward lawman in his L.A. County jurisdiction.

L.A. County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley has taken heat from the prosecutors’ union and from critics who say he didn’t do enough to prosecute Catholic church officials and LAPD officers involved in the Rampart scandal. But he has wide support from all sides of L.A. County’s legal community and has been called the county’s “least political” D.A. (Anne Cusack, Los Angeles Times / October 13, 2010)

By Jack Leonard, Times Staff Writer
October 19, 2010

Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley strolled into a conference room that bristled with news cameras on a recent morning and announced a sweeping set of corruption charges against government leaders in Bell.

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Theodore B. Olson, one of the lawyers opposing the anti-gay marriage initiative, warns of ‘very, very tragic’ consequences.

By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
October 20, 2010

The suicide of a Rutgers University freshman last month and a later attack in the Bronx on two teenagers suspected of being gay stemmed from discrimination and isolation that measures like Proposition 8 perpetuate, opponents of the measure told an appeals court.

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Money & Company
Tracking the market and economic trends that shape your finances.
October 19, 2010 | 6:33 pm

Elderly Wrapping up its State of the State Conference at the Beverly Hilton on Tuesday, the Milken Institute released a sobering look at California’s pension system. Its conclusion: Dramatic changes are needed to cope with demographic trends and funding shortfalls.

“We’re talking about a perfect storm: more state services needed for an aging population, a workforce that will spend more years in retirement than they did contributing to the funds, and a smaller ratio of working-age taxpayers and contributing state workers to pay for it all,” said Perry Wong, director of regional economics at the Milken Institute.

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LATimes: Two legislative leaders booted over budget crisis

State Sen. Leland Yee was stripped of his post as assistant president after voting against the budget. Connie Conway lost her post as Assembly Republican Caucus chairwoman.

By Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
October 20, 2010

Reporting from Sacramento —
State Sen. Leland Yee (D- San Francisco) and Assemblywoman Connie Conway (R-Tulare) are among the casualties of the protracted state budget crisis.

Yee was stripped of his post as assistant president pro tem by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D- Sacramento) this week. Yee subsequently issued an open letter to Steinberg saying the move was retribution for Yee’s failure to vote in favor of the budget.

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