Archive for October 25th, 2010

InlandPolitics Commentary: Redlands voters should reject Measure ‘A’

Monday, October 25, 2010 – 6:00 a.m.

More taxes?

No thank you!

The Redlands city council would like residents to take them off the hook from making more tough choices.

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The Sun: De Ana Thompson to work in Assessor’s Office

2 promoted as merger of county offices continues

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/24/2010 03:51:00 PM PDT

San Bernardino County Chief Deputy Recorder De Ana Thompson and Assistant Recorder Matt Brown have been moved into new positions as a merger of the Auditor-Controller-Recorder’s and Treasurer/Tax Collector’s offices moves forward.

Thompson, a county employee for 14 years and chief deputy recorder since 2001, was recently promoted to assistant recorder, and Brown was promoted to assistant auditor-controller recorder.

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The PE: A word of caution for Fiorina

Political Notebook

10:00 PM PDT on Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Rep. Jerry Lewis plans on having a few words with Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Carly Fiorina, if Fiorina is elected.

Lewis, R-Redlands, attended a Fiorina campaign event last week at a shuttered San Bernardino car dealership and stood in the audience as the former Hewlett-Packard CEO lambasted congressional earmarks.

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The Sun: Medical marijuana advocates speak out on Prop. 19

Some see harm in legalization
Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/24/2010 03:39:00 PM PDT

On a cloudy Friday morning, medical marijuana patients from all walks of life are pouring through the doors of the Inland Empire Patients Group in Bloomington.

Once inside, they select what is appropriate for their illnesses. The choices range from cannabis strains named Jupiter, Trainwreck and Afghani to baked goods such as lime cheesecake and pecan pie.

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Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/24/2010 03:09:50 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE – Sally McGuire and Darcy McNaboe did not break conflict-of-interest laws by serving with the Chamber of Commerce while running for city office, the state Fair Political Practices Commission has determined.

Sylvia Robles, who is running against McNaboe for a City Council seat, alleged in part that by appearing in the chamber newsletter, they violated a section of the Political Reform Act that generally forbids taxpayer-funded mass mailings from referencing officials affiliated with the publication.

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Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Created: 10/24/2010 07:03:22 AM PDT

FONTANA – It’s a city on the cusp of the 200,000 mark in population, one that has been hit hard by the foreclosure crisis, unemployment and a state budget fiasco that has resulted in Sacramento siphoning off tens of millions in redevelopment money.

As the Nov. 2 mayoral election draws closer and voters get a chance to decide who will steer the city through economic uncertainty, six candidates have emerged in a race that pits five City Hall outsiders against Councilwoman Acquanetta Warren.

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Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 10/24/2010 07:03:19 AM PDT

State Superintendent of Public Instruction candidates may be advocates for education, but their views on how to do it differ.

Earlier this month, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed the remaining funding of the state Department of Education’s CalPADS from the 2010-11 budget as well as $3.5 million for CalTIDES, a planned data system to track teacher information.

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Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Created: 10/24/2010 07:03:18 AM PDT

ONTARIO – One knows what its like to run a city. The other knows what it’s like to run a restaurant.

Both are hoping their experiences are enough to lead to the state’s Assembly’s 61st District seat.

It’s a seat that Assemblywoman Norma Torres, the former mayor of Pomona, wants to keep for a second term, while Ray Moors, owner of Joey’s BBQ, wants to take her place on it.

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Who gets the bill?

$95 million Measure CL bond proposal for schools draws opposition
Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Created: 10/24/2010 02:46:34 PM PDT

CLAREMONT – Voters will decide Nov. 2 whether the school district should issue $95million in facilities bonds under Measure CL.

The measure calls for the issuance of general obligation bonds to repair and upgrade the district’s schools. If it passes, it would cost property owners in the Claremont Unified School District about $45 per $100,000 of assessed value for 30 years.

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CaliforniaWatch: Boxer once profited from exclusive IPOs

Boxer

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

October 25, 2010 | Chase Davis

For all of the ink and airtime devoted to criticizing Republican Meg Whitman’s stock deals, she’s not the only top-of-the-ticket candidate who benefited from early access to initial public offerings, or IPOs.

At least twice during her political career, U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer turned quick profits on IPOs that were unavailable to the general public, records and published reports show [PDF]. The transactions, which were made public in 1994 and 2000, allowed her exclusive access to several lucrative investments.

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Fiorina

By JUDY LIN, Associated Press Writer,

Sunday, October 24, 2010 at 3:28 p.m.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Buoyed by polls that show a tightening race, Republican Senate challenger Carly Fiorina says she is hopeful California voters will make national news on Nov. 2 by ousting incumbent Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer.

Fiorina greeted volunteers at Republican headquarters in Sacramento on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

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SacBee: CalPERS can’t do reporting reform, lacks staff

October 25, 2010

By Ed Mendel

LONG BEACH — A new pension reform requires CalPERS to report the risk of investment earnings shortfalls when raising employer rates, but there is a problem.

The CalPERS chief actuary, Alan Milligan, says he lacks the staff needed to make multiple calculations for each of the 2,200 plans in the giant system.

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Harris

PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
October 24, 2010 | 7:24 pm

Democratic attorney general nominee Kamala Harris on Sunday accused national Republican leaders of trying to hijack her race against GOP rival Steve Cooley with a $1.1-million independent advertising campaign criticizing her 2004 decision not to seek the death penalty against a police officer’s killer.

Harris also announced that she plans to take legal action against the “shadow group” that paid for the television ad and that she will disclose more details Monday morning.

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WSJ: Blizzard of California Notes, Bonds Set to Begin

October 25, 2010

BY STAN ROSENBERG

California this week will kick off a series of multibillion-dollar short- and long-term financings, including its second-largest note sale ever, to enable the cash-starved state to pay off creditors and borrow money for other purposes.

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