Archive for October 22nd, 2010

PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
October 22, 2010 | 3:00 pm

Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley, a Republican, holds a narrow lead over Democratic opponent Kamala Harris in the contentious race for California attorney general, aided greatly by voter support on his usually Democratic home turf, a new Los Angeles Times/USC poll has found.

The survey showed that Harris, the San Francisco district attorney, has thus far failed to captivate the Democratic stronghold of Los Angeles County, home to one out of every four registered voters in California and a near must-win for any Democrat running statewide.

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Election 2010: California Senate

California Senate: Boxer (D), Fiorina (R) Still Neck-and-Neck
Friday, October 22, 2010

California’s U.S. Senate race between Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer and Republican challenger Carly Fiorina remains a virtual tie with less than two weeks to go until Election Day.

The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Boxer picking up 48% of the vote, while Fiorina draws support from 46%. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate, and three percent (3%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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Friday, October 22, 2010 – 12:05 p.m.

The jury in the trial of former Assessor employee and Rancho Cucamonga city councilman Rex Gutierrez ended deliberations just after 11:00 a.m. this morning without reaching a verdict.

A jurors medical appointment ended the session early.

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Friday, October 22, 2010 – 12:10 p.m.

The retrial of former San Bernardino County Assessor employee and Rancho Cucamonga city councilman Rex Gutierrez, make no mistake, has had its share of twist and turns.

The biggest twist came with the testimony of county human resources director Andrew Lamberto.

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Friday, October 22, 2010 – 8:30 a.m

San Bernardino County’s pension fund continues to aggressively fight a local newspapers attempt to obtain a list of retirees’ receiving pensions greater than $90,000 per year.

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Friday, October 22, 2010 – 08:15 a.m.

Friday is day two of jury deliberations in the retrial of former San Bernardino County Assessor employee and Rancho Cucamonga city councilman Rex Gutierrez.

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

The jury held one full day of deliberations yesterday and was set to resume at 8:00 a.m. this morning.

The first trial ended in a hung jury.

Thursday, October 21, 2010 – 7:55 p.m.

The Riverside County Registrar of Voters is reporting Thursday evening that 42,421 out of 392,359 absentee ballots issued have been returned.

A return rate of 10.81%.

InlandPolitics: Orange County absentee ballot return update

Thursday, October 21, 2010 – 07:45 p.m.

The Orange County Registrar of Voters is reporting 126,730 out of 667,122 absentee ballots mailed have been returned as of Thursday.

A return rate of 19.0%.

65,335 out of 317,627 or 20.59% of Republican Party ballots have been returned.

38,182 out of 217,639 or 17.54% of Democratic Party ballots have been returned.

19,451 out of 131,896 or 14.74% of Independent/Decline to state ballots have been returned.

Brown

Thursday, October 21, 2010 – 09:45 a.m.

I never thought I would be saying Larry Walker and hard ball politics in the same sentence.

But it seems Walker has decided to play.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010 – 01:15 p.m.

The final day in the trial of former San Bernardino County Assessor employee and Rancho Cucamonga city councilman Rex Gutierrez had some interesting events of note.

Gutierrez is charged with three felony counts related to alleged time card fraud during his employment under former Assessor Bill Postmus.

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The PE: HIGHLAND: 7 seeking 3 seats on City Council

10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, October 21, 2010

By DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
The Press-Enterprise

Making Highland friendly for businesses, improving the business corridor along Base Line and protecting the city’s balanced budget have surfaced as issues in next month’s City Council election campaign.

Seven candidates are seeking three seats Nov. 2: incumbents Larry McCallon and Jody Scott and businessman Michael Bogh, business manager Tony Mauricio, bus driver Joshua Otrey, former City Manager Sam J. Racadio and businesswoman Anne L. Viricel.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Supervisor Biane admits DUI arrest

06:54 AM PDT on Friday, October 22, 2010

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

San Bernardino County Supervisor Paul Biane is returning his county-provided car following a report that he was cited in 2005 for driving under the influence of alcohol.

In a statement this week, Biane called the October 2005 incident a poor decision and said he intended to turn in the 2007 GMC Yukon Denali assigned to him and drive his personal car.

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The PE: MIDTERM ELECTIONS: Race for the 45th gets testy

10:45 PM PDT on Thursday, October 21, 2010

By BEN GOAD
Washington Bureau

The race for California’s 45th Congressional District has taken a testy turn, as incumbent Rep. Mary Bono Mack attempts to fend off her best-funded challenger yet in Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet.

In one of expensive House races in Inland history, Bono Mack, R-Palm Springs, and Pougnet, a Democrat, have squared off on numerous issues ranging from their records in office and political stances to their portrayal of the region and use of school children in attack ads.

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The PE: Highland councilman’s stakeout triggers arrest

10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, October 21, 2010

By RICHARD BROOKS
The Press-Enterprise

A Highland councilman’s pre-dawn stakeouts — using a motion-sensing camera and a high-powered light — triggered the arrest this week of a jogger suspected of tearing down political campaign signs.

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Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/21/2010 05:59:57 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – New financial disclosures show the Yes on C team continued to collect money through the first half of October, while those opposing Measure C did not collect a single cash donation.

The reports cover campaign finance activity that took place from Oct. 1 through Oct. 16.

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Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Created: 10/21/2010 05:27:33 PM PDT

FONTANA – Angel Santiago is asking voters to re-elect him as a board member for the Inland Empire Utilities Agency, a municipal water agency with a $77 million operating budget funded largely through property taxes and user charges.

His opponent said Thursday that the history of financial rulings against Santiago – including a recent $16,841.59 judgment in Fontana Superior Court for not paying rent on a Hunter’s Ridge home – makes him an unfit steward over taxpayer money.

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James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Created: 10/21/2010 12:38:10 PM PDT

When Assemblyman Anthony Adams, R-Claremont, voted for a tax hike early last year, he set in motion a much more interesting chain of events than voters in the 59th Assembly District could have imagined.

Adams overcame an unsuccessful recall campaign, which focused on his tax vote, but opted to step down at the end of this year rather than run for a third Assembly term. That decision set up a fierce Republican primary election this spring and opened the door for Republican nominee Tim Donnelly, a former Minuteman with no government experience who beat a more established Republican candidate by just 631 votes.

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October 21, 2010 3:54 PM
From Staff Reports

BELL • Local activist E.T. Snell, who regularly dresses as a clown to confront elected officials, has been arrested for allegedly threatening the city clerk of Bell, according to published reports.

Snell, 63 of Apple Valley, is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in a Downey courtroom.

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Locals fare better than average in annual survey
October 21, 2010 12:59 PM
From Staff Reports

SACRAMENTO • The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has released its annual report card on legislators, with a majority of lawmakers in both houses scoring a D or F.

Only 19 legislators received ‘A’ grades, according to the taxpayers Association.

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OCRegister: Making sense of pre-election political polls

October 21st, 2010, 1:41 pm · posted by Martin Wisckol, Politics reporter

At least five public polls have been released in the past week, some of which have different candidates ahead in the governor and U.S. Senate races. And there’s good reason why their results vary.

“They all have a different view of who the likely voter will be,” said election handicapper Allan Hoffenblum. “Nobody has the foggiest idea what the turnout will be.”

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Rackauckas

Posted: Thursday, October 21, 2010 3:07 pm | Updated: 9:15 pm, Thu Oct 21, 2010.

District Attorney Tony Rackauckas earlier this year allowed state Sen. Tom Harman to use the DA’s Office to help out his campaign for attorney general — offering him the title of “prosecutor” for use on the ballot.

However, it wasn’t until Rackauckas’ news conference Wednesday — in which he laid out his case against former protege Todd Spitzer — that Rackauckas publicly acknowledged his favor to Harman, whom he endorsed in the June primary.

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The GOP candidate says her Democratic foe and unions have spread falsehoods about her views on illegal immigration.
Demonstration

Sheriff’s deputies keep protesters away from a Meg Whitman appearance at a Los Angeles business. (Gina Ferazzi, Los Angeles Times / October 20, 2010)

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
October 22, 2010

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman lashed out at rival Jerry Brown on Thursday, accusing the Democrat and his labor allies of spreading lies among Latinos about her position on immigration as her poll numbers have plummeted among that key sector of the electorate.

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California Watch
A Project of the Center for Investigative Reporting
Money and Politics
October 22, 2010 | Stephanie Rice

The issue of taxes has been one of the most contentious in the gubernatorial campaign, fueling a heated exchange during a debate and spawning a controversial commercial that pulled Bill Clinton into the race.

California Watch has been tracking every tax-related comment, promise and deflection by Whitman and Brown over at Politics Verbatim. This post is the third in a series that is using those records to lay out each candidate’s stance on a specific issue in detail. As we count down to Election Day, we’ll also be going in depth on what the candidates plan to do about the environment and jobs as well as taking a look at their personal history.

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PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
October 21, 2010 | 2:23 pm

Jerry Brown raised more than $3.6 million during the first two weeks in October and has more than $11.6 million on hand for the final weeks of the campaign.

According to records filed with the secretary of State Thursday, Brown has raised more than $32 million since Jan. 1. He has spent $25.3 million on his campaign since the first of the year — $14.5 million of that in the first two weeks of October alone.

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LATimes: Fiorina presents a sharp contrast in images

By Scott Gold, Los Angeles Times
October 22, 2010

One night a few years back, a California communications executive named Deborah Bowker was worried about her husband, who was sick and hospitalized. An old friend told her she shouldn’t be alone, that she should come over and stay the night.

The guest bedroom at the friend’s house was used most often by grandchildren, and contained two tiny beds. That night, Bowker was crying herself to sleep in one of them when the door cracked open. Without a word, Carly Fiorina padded across the room and crawled into the other bed.

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SEC records suggest that the contributions to his attorney general’s campaign played no role in how prosecutors have handled the case against a company accused of violating state environmental laws.

By Jack Leonard, Times Staff Writer
October 22, 2010

Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley accepted $13,000 for his attorney general’s election campaign from an oil company while his office was prosecuting the firm for violating state environmental laws, records and interviews show.

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com The Sacramento Bee
Published: Friday, Oct. 22, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Anyone who becomes governor of California, by far the nation’s most populous state, automatically becomes a national political figure.

One former California governor, Ronald Reagan, made it to the White House, but others have tried to grab the brass ring – Jerry Brown tried three times, in fact – and Arnold Schwarzenegger would certainly have tried were he legally eligible.

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October 22, 2010

All but overlooked in the latest Public Policy Institute of California poll is some intriguing new data that shows a dramatic shift in how people get their political news in the state: web sites and blogs have now left newspapers in the dust as primary sources of such information.

“People more and more are getting their news and information about California politics and elections on the internet,” said Mark Baldassare, PPIC’s CEO and director of the survey. “Television and newspapers are not what they used to be.”

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By Peter Hecht
phecht@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Oct. 22, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

For months, proponents of California’s Proposition 19 marijuana initiative hyped the local tax benefits of legalizing pot for recreational use.

Now, as voters in Sacramento and other cities consider companion ballot measures to impose taxes on the retail pot businesses that could open if Proposition 19 passes, the promised revenues may be in jeopardy.

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Rock singer Melissa Etheridge, actor Danny Glover join former LAPD deputy chief and others in backing Proposition 19. Opponents of the ballot measure say they are unfazed by the stars’ support.

By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
October 22, 2010

Proposition 19, the California initiative that would legalize marijuana, got a boost Thursday from several Hollywood celebrities who announced they were throwing their support behind the measure.

Rock singer Melissa Etheridge joined actors Danny Glover and Hal Sparks, former LAPD Deputy Chief Steve Downing, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson and activist Sarah Lovering at a news conference at Cafe Was in Hollywood to announce their support for Proposition 19.

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The government’s estimate, projected through 2013, represents a worst-case scenario that assumes a double-dip recession. The mortgage giants have received about $148 billion in taxpayer funds.

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
October 22, 2010

Reporting from Washington —

The cost for the huge government bailouts of housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will grow — and possibly more than double to $363 billion — over the next three years.

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Statewide, 33,176 houses and condominiums sold in September, a 3.1% decline from August and down 17.5% from September 2009, MDA DataQuick said. The median home price was $265,000, up 1.9% from August and 5.6% from September 2009.

By Alejandro Lazo, Los Angeles Times
October 22, 2010

California home sales slumped for a third straight month and prices rose slightly, according to data released Thursday.

A total of 33,176 newly built and previously owned houses and condominiums sold statewide in September, a 3.1% decline from the previous month and down 17.5% from September 2009, according to real estate research firm MDA DataQuick of San Diego.

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