Archive for October 29th, 2010

YahooFinance (Reuters): U.S. on track for “fiscal train wreck”: Roubini

Nouriel Roubini, Professor of Economics at New York University and Chairman of Roubini Global Economics speaks at the opening session “Rebalancing the Global Economy” at the Global Financial Forum in New York April 26, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Segar

On Friday October 29, 2010, 3:31 am EDT

LONDON (Reuters) – The U.S. economy is a “fiscal train wreck” waiting to happen that risks ushering in a period of stagnation featuring by minimal growth, high unemployment and deflationary pressure, U.S. economist Nouriel Roubini wrote on Friday.

In a commentary for the Financial Times, Roubini — one of the first economists to predict the housing crash in the United States and known as ‘Dr Doom’ for his pessimistic forecasts — said fiscal and monetary stimulus had prevented another depression.

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InlandPolitics Commentary: Victorville on the brink?

Friday, October 29, 2010 – 6:10 a.m.

Is the city of Victorville on the brink?

The buzz in city and county political circles isn’t good.

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RasmussenReports: CA Gov: Brown (D) 49%, Whitman (R) 45%

Election 2010: California Governor

California Governor: Brown (D) Remains Just Ahead of Whitman (R)
Friday, October 29, 2010

With only a few days until Election Day, Democrat Jerry Brown holds a slightly smaller lead over Republican Meg Whitman in California’s gubernatorial race.

The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Brown picking up 49% support, while Whitman draws the vote from 45%. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate, and three percent (3%) are still undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The PE: Pacheco-Zellerbach summit a no go

Pacheco                          Zellerbach

By PE Politics
on October 28, 2010 11:11 AM

What became of that planned Tuesday meeting between Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco and district-attorney elect Paul Zellerbach, overseen by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors chairman Marion Ashley?

Didn’t happen.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Biane faces tough re-election fight

Paul Biane

10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

A heated campaign between San Bernardino County Supervisor Paul Biane and Fontana Councilwoman Janice Rutherford has intensified in the months since June’s primary election.

Because neither received more than 50 percent of the vote in the primary, they must face each other in a runoff election Tuesday. The 2nd District includes Fontana, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Lytle Creek and Crestline.

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Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/28/2010 06:06:08 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – The City Attorney’s Office will sign off on a request to hire outside counsel to provide advice on a request for a human resources investigation of City Attorney James F. Penman.

“When it involves me, they always want to make a federal case out of it,” Penman said.

The City Charter requires the City Attorney’s Office to consent to any hiring of outside attorneys. Penman said he routinely grants such requests, but he has also said the pending investigation is politically motivated.

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Wendy Leung, Staff Writer
Created: 10/28/2010 06:17:11 PM PDT

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – Voters in this city on Tuesday will have a lengthy list of candidates to chose from in a City Council race that has become one of the more unusual elections in recent memory.

Of the 13 candidates running for three open seats, one has been found guilty of multiple felony counts, two are former members of the City Council and another is a sitting councilman whose term isn’t up until 2012.

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DailyBulletin: Gutierrez: No money for appeal

Mike Cruz and Wendy Leung, Staff Writers
Created: 10/28/2010 07:15:52 PM PDT

A day after Rancho Cucamonga Councilman Rex Gutierrez was convicted of theft, fraud and conspiracy in the San Bernardino County Assessor’s Office corruption scandal, his lawyer looked for possible appellate opportunities.

Even as money appeared to be depleted to fight such a battle, according to Gutierrez.

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James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Created: 10/28/2010 06:41:27 PM PDT

Over the past few months, Republican voter registration drives in San Bernardino County regained some of the ground lost to Democrats in 2008, but there is evidence of foul play.

Nearly 10,000 San Bernardino County voters registered as Republicans between May, just before the June primary election, and Oct. 18, the cutoff date for voters to participate in the Nov. 2 election. In the same period, nearly 5,000 voters left the Democratic Party. But some recently registered Republican voters contacted by The Sun say they never intended to register as Republicans.

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Mediha Fejzagic DiMartino, Staff Writer
Created: 10/28/2010 04:18:18 PM PDT

Scott Folkens, the Republican hopeful for the 43rd Congressional District, is counting on more than just his party’s base to help him defeat incumbent Rep. Joe Baca, D-San Bernardino.

“If all Democrats who told me they will vote for me make it to the polls, we have a really good chance at winning,” said Folkens, a former staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. “They are tired of his policies. I ran against him last election, and the mood is totally different now. This (will be) the biggest upset in the country.”

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DailyBulletin: Latino groups motivate voters

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Created: 10/28/2010 03:47:29 PM PDT

Several Latino groups in the Inland Empire set out to register more Latino voters this summer and fall.

Those groups say the effort was a success, but they’ve now shifted their focus to getting those newly registered voters to cast ballots on election day.

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VVDailyPress: Mayoral candidates face off

October 28, 2010 5:49 PM
Natasha Lindstrom

ADELANTO • The three candidates vying for Adelanto’s mayoral seat have each offered a few suggestions for improving the city’s financial condition.

The mayoral candidates include: incumbent Mayor Charley Glasper, Cari Thomas and Ronald Beard.

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VVDailyPress: Adelanto candidates weigh in on city finances

October 28, 2010 5:42 PM
Natasha Lindstrom

ADELANTO • Amid their protests against water rate hikes, the highly charged residents at Wednesday’s City Council meeting voiced concerns over some of the city’s bad roads and stalled development projects, and demanded to know when they’d see some progress.

Council’s response: Not anytime soon.

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12:22 AM PDT on Friday, October 29, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

PDFs: View campaign statement forms from Banning City Council candidates:
Bob Botts | Debbie Franklin | Edward Miller | Lyndon Taylor

PDF: Read a campaign finance report from Riverside County Taxpayers for Accountable Government

A Beverly Hills developer has donated thousands of dollars to an independent expenditure group that supports two challengers in the Banning City Council race and opposes the two incumbents.

According to campaign finance records, developer Lloyd Fields gave $30,000 to Riverside County Taxpayers for Accountable Government, which is responsible for mailers and phone calls criticizing the incumbents, Mayor Bob Botts and Councilwoman Debbie Franklin.

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OCRegister: Just how much can the next governor do?

Published: Oct. 27, 2010
Updated: Oct. 28, 2010 11:06 p.m.


This article is part of a special report, in which we hope to examine California’s broken dreams and lost status as a model state, and to try to find solutions – answers from experts and you, our readers.

The choice for governor should be clear.

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Proposition 20 would double-down on the still-forming citizens’ panel that voters approved two years ago, allowing it to draw maps for Congress too. Proposition 27 would scrap it entirely. The story behind them is an intriguing web.

By Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
October 29, 2010

The esoteric subject of who draws California’s political districts has morphed into a high-drama affair this fall, a multimillion-dollar struggle with political intrigue stretching from Sacramento to Washington and even, some suggest, to Israel.

It’s a battle about power, Nancy Pelosi and control of Congress, pitting a Los Angeles billionaire against the son of Warren Buffett’s business partner. There’s racial strife and even a full-length documentary in the mix.

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Republican Steve Cooley’s popularity as district attorney, a nonpartisan post, in the Democrat-heavy county presents a challenge.

Kamala Harris, here speaking at USC last week, has stuck to a well-worn path of Democratic success: focusing on African Americans, Latinos and women, as well as reaching out to young voters who were lured to the polls by Obama’s presidential run. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times / October 22, 2010)

By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
October 29, 2010

When Democratic attorney general nominee Kamala Harris opened a South Los Angeles campaign headquarters earlier this month, she picked a spot on Crenshaw Boulevard right next door to the site of one of Barack Obama’s satellite offices during the historic 2008 presidential campaign.

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SacBee: Whistle-blower alleges Cooley sat on Bell probe

By Jim Sanders
Published: Friday, Oct. 29, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 4A

Running for higher office, Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley touts his crackdown on Bell city officials for alleged public corruption, but a whistle-blower says he complained more than a year before prosecutors took action.

Democrat Kamala Harris, Cooley’s opponent for attorney general, accused the Republican on Thursday of dragging his feet in the Bell probe. Her campaign officials pressed the argument by releasing a letter from Cooley’s office and holding a news conference featuring the whistle-blower, James Corcoran, a retired Bell police sergeant.

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Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
San Francisco Chronicle
Friday, October 29, 2010

(10-29) 04:00 PDT Sacramento – —

Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley, the front-runner in the race for attorney general, received more than $4,000 worth of gifts over the past seven years that he did not disclose in annual public filings, a Chronicle review found.

Documents kept by the Republican prosecutor on gifts he or his office received show that since 2003, the prosecutor recorded dozens of expensive tickets to concerts, football and baseball games. While he disclosed most of those gifts in the required annual filings with the state, numerous gifts that appeared on his logs were not included in those state records.

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