Archive for October 27th, 2010

InlandPolitics: Current Redlands council trying to axe city manager

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 – 12:45 p.m.

The clocks ticking…….

The current members of the Redlands city council will discuss the fate of current city manager N. Enrique Martinez this afternoon in a meeting hastily called by mayor pro-tem Jerry Bean.

Even though no final decision will be made until next week.

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InlandPolitics: Breaking News: Gutierrez found guilty

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 – 12:30 p.m.

This morning a San Bernardino County jury found former San Bernardino County Assessor employee and Rancho Cucamonga city councilman Rex Gutierrez guilty on charges of conspiracy to commit grand theft, two counts of grand theft, and one count of filing a false claim.

The charges stemmed from Gutierrez’s employment under former Assessor Bill Postmus.

The jury was in its fifth day of deliberation.

Gutierrez remains out on bail pending sentencing. He will resign his city council seat today.

InlandPolitics: S.B. County union ousts president

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 – 10:25 a.m.

The union representing San Bernardino County’s public defenders and prosecutors has apparently chosen a new president.

By a three-vote margin the San Bernardino County Public Attorney Association has elected attorney John Thomas to become its new president.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010 – 11:00 p.m.
Last updated: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 – 07:55 a.m.

Once again, could the conspiracy angle in the second trial of former San Bernardino County Assessor employee and Rancho Cucamonga city councilman Rex Gutierrez be problematic to the prosecution?

It sure seems plausible.

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By PE Politics
on October 26, 2010 10:55 AM

U.S. Senate hopeful Carly Fiorina has canceled her scheduled appearance in Riverside this morning, saying she’s been temporarily sidelined by an infection related to her recovery from breast cancer.

The former Hewlett-Packard executive and Republican candidate was slated to discuss her plans to create jobs with a group of small business owners at Green Power Resource Management on Citrus Avenue at 11:30 a.m.

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The PE: REDLANDS: City manager could be dismissed

11:39 PM PDT on Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

The Redlands City Council will discuss the possibility of firing City Manager N. Enrique Martinez in a special closed-session meeting called for this afternoon.

The only business listed on the agenda for the 2 p.m. meeting is public employee dismissal.

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The Sun: Maldonado blasts rival over SB County incident

Abel Maldonando

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/26/2010 05:27:34 PM PDT

Two years ago, youth probation officials in San Francisco sent teenage illegal immigrants to group homes in San Bernardino County, but never notified San Bernardino County officials.

On Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado, who is running for re-election to that position against San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, said the incident – which caused a stir when the immigrants fled their group homes – and San Francisco’s response are evidence of a lack of leadership and responsibility on Newsom’s part.

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The Sun: Rutherford leads Biane in fundraising

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/26/2010 06:03:29 PM PDT

Supervisorial candidate Janice Rutherford raised more campaign funds than incumbent Supervisor Paul Biane in the first half of this month, pulling together about $36,000 more then her opponent between Oct. 1 and Oct. 16.

Rutherford said her fundraising strength – she also raised more cash than Biane in July, August and September – is a good sign in the campaign’s final days.

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Staff Reports
Posted: 10/26/2010 09:18:36 PM PDT

REDLANDS – The City Council will gather today to discuss the future of City Manager N. Enrique Martinez.

An initial e-mail sent by Mayor Pro Tem Jerry Bean regarding Martinez’s potential dismissal indicated unanimous support for the special meeting. Councilman Pete Aguilar later changed his mind.

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Michael J. Sorba, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/26/2010 09:18:36 PM PDT

COLTON – A lawsuit former Police Chief Ken Rulon filed against the city in late 2007 seeking $10 million in damages could go to trial as early as next summer, his attorney said Tuesday.

San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Frank Gafkowski ruled this month that Rulon’s claims of whistle- blower retaliation, defamation of character and intentional infliction of emotional distress will be heard by a jury.

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Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 10/26/2010 06:23:14 PM PDT

San Bernardino County Supervisor Paul Biane drove a county vehicle without a valid driver’s license for four years following a 2005 arrest in Cook County, Ill., according to officials from the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office.

Biane, who did not inform San Bernardino County officials of his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence, said he did not know his license was suspended until 2009, when he attempted to renew it.

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Neil Nisperos and Josh Dulaney, Staff Writers
Created: 10/26/2010 06:14:13 PM PDT

CHINO – The city attorney of Chino and Rialto was arrested early Saturday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

California Highway Patrol officers from the Santa Fe Springs station arrested Jimmy Gutierrez at 1:52 a.m. on Fairway Avenue, just south of the 60 Freeway, in the City of Industry, officials said.

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Will Bigham, Staff Writer
Created: 10/26/2010 09:20:28 PM PDT

The two major candidates in the 63rd Assembly District present a stark choice for voters.

The heavily-funded Republican candidate, Mike Morrell of Rancho Cucamonga, vows to seek elimination of many state regulatory agencies and stop what he calls “reckless spending” in Sacramento.

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James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Created: 10/26/2010 09:20:26 PM PDT

Since winning the Republican primary in June, Republican candidate Tim Donnelly has out-raised and outspent his Democratic opponent, Darcel Woods, in the race for the 59th Assembly District seat.

Donnelly, a former Minuteman, continued that trend this month, raising $19,514 and spending $23,667 between Oct.1 and Oct. 19, according to the most recent campaign finance documents.

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First time USCIS has halted an EB-5 regional center
October 27, 2010 9:05 AM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • The federal government has terminated Victorville’s foreign investor program, ending the city’s hopes to raise tens of millions of dollars for projects at Southern California Logistics Airport.

It’s the first time U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has ever terminated an EB-5 program, agency spokeswoman Mariana Gitmore said by phone Tuesday. She said Victorville hadn’t been able to demonstrate that it meets the criteria to raise funds through the federal program, despite repeated requests for more information.

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OCRegister: Whitman declines deal to stop attack ads

October 26th, 2010, 5:02 pm · 119 Comments · posted by Martin Wisckol, Politics reporter

Democrat Jerry Brown Tuesday offered to stop airing negative campaign ads if Republican Meg Whitman would do the same. Whitman, who trails in most polls for the governor’s race, declined.

The suggestion that both stop negative campaigning in the attack-filled race came from Matt Lauer, co-anchor of NBC’s “The Today Show,” at the The Women’s Conference 2010 in Long Beach, which both candidates attended.

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LATimes: Meg Whitman is all business, all the time

The deeply private novice politician stays on message and seldom strays into spontaneous situations. Californians have learned more about her from campaign crises and court cases than from her own telling.

Meg Whitman campaigns in Hollywood with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The novice politician has seldom strayed into spontaneous situations, as most appearances tend to be by invitation only. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times / September 22, 2010)

By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
October 27, 2010

Meg Whitman strode to the podium, cloaked in righteous indignation. Her husband stood silently by her side.

Just one day earlier, her former housekeeper had revealed that Whitman — the Republican candidate for governor with the tough talk on immigration — had employed an illegal worker for nine years.

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By Jon Ortiz
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

With a new order extending furloughs for tens of thousands of state workers, Attorney General Jerry Brown has yet to say whether he will tell the roughly 1,800 employees working for him to start taking unpaid days off beginning next week.

Brown, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, and other statewide-elected officials are still mulling over a week-old memo from the Schwarzenegger administration that mandates furloughs for members of their staff who are in unions that have not negotiated a new labor contract.

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On politics in the Golden State
October 26, 2010 | 6:50 pm

Republican Senate nominee Carly Fiorina will remain in the hospital overnight for observation, aides said Tuesday evening, adding that she hopes to be back on the campaign trail later in the week.

Fiorina, a breast cancer survivor, was admitted to the hospital Tuesday morning for treatment of an infection related to her reconstructive surgery in July. After being diagnosed with cancer in February 2009, Fiorina underwent chemotherapy, a double mastectomy and radiation and was pronounced cancer-free that October. She completed reconstructive surgery in July, a month after the Republican primary.

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LATimes: Michelle Obama campaigns for Barbara Boxer in L.A.

The first lady tells about 1,000 supporters that Boxer, who is seeking a fourth Senate term, is an important advocate for the middle class and the Democratic Party agenda in Washington, D.C.

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
October 27, 2010

First Lady Michelle Obama lent her considerable star power to Sen. Barbara Boxer on Tuesday, telling hundreds of supporters in the Mid-Wilshire area that the three-term senator was a critical advocate for the middle class and the Democratic agenda in Washington, D.C.

Obama described Boxer as passionately supportive of members of the U.S. military and their families, as well as small businesses.

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By Peter Hecht
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 4A

Only a few weeks ago, California’s prospects of becoming the first state in America to legalize marijuana for recreational use couldn’t have seemed brighter.

A Public Policy Institute of California poll on Sept. 30 showed Proposition 19 leading by a 52-41 percent margin a week after a Field Poll had the measure up by seven points.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
October 26, 2010

California’s political watchdog agency has dismissed a complaint by Democrat Kamala Harris, candidate for attorney general, that a national Republican group is conducting an illegal $1.6 million advertising campaign against her.

Harris’ complained Monday that the 30-second attack ad by the Republican State Leadership Committee was required to contain a disclaimer listing their top two donors and failed to do so.

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Billionaire Nicolas Berggruen has assembled a politically diverse group and pledged at least $20 million to press its proposals for transforming how Sacramento operates.

Investor Nicolas Berggruen says: “I am at home wherever I am. I am at home as a human being on this Earth. That is home. I don’t have a house.” (Johannes Eisele / AFP/Getty Images / September 3, 2010)

By Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times
October 27, 2010

Reporting from Sacramento —
An eccentric, globetrotting multibillionaire who doesn’t own a home in California — or anywhere, for that matter; he says he has little use for owning things — is about to breathe life into efforts to shake up Sacramento.

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