Archive for November 3rd, 2010

InlandPolitics: Cooley closes gap, 1.6 million absentee ballots to be counted

3,302,221                         3,293,191

45.9%                               45.8%

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 – 05:50 p.m
Last Updated: November 3, 2010 – 09:35 p.m.

The race between democrat Kamala Harris and republican Steve Cooley, two district attorneys, may take several days to decide.

The two are now currently separated by just 9,030 votes, now that Riverside County has updated its totals this afternoon.

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Paul Biane

By Wendy Leung on November 3, 2010 1:41 PM

Supervisor Paul Biane released a statement today in regards to his loss to Fontana Councilwoman Janice Rutherford. He said the “politically-motivated accusations” made by the district attorney cost him his Second District seat. His statement follows:

“First and foremost, I want to thank my staff members for giving me the support and tools I needed to accomplish a lot of great things for the residents of San Bernardino County’s Second District over the past eight years.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010 – 3:30 p.m.

It’s sad.

The San Bernardino County Safety Employees Benefit Association (SEBA), the union representing San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies, suffered stinging blows at a high cost Tuesday night.

The union spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in two races that blew up in its face for one and one reason only.

It forgot how elections are won or lost.

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3,275,606                         3,253,307

46.0%                               45.7%

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 – 12:20 p.m

The race between democrat Kamala Harris and republican Steve Cooley, two district attorneys, may take days to decide.

The two are currently separated by just 22,299 votes, with Riverside County due to update its count to the state this afternoon.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010 – 12:01 p.m

A pension reform measure backed by members of the Riverside County board of supervisors has bested a competing union-backed measure.

Measure M, backed by county supervisors received 61.11%, while union-backed Measure L garnered 52.33%.

Measure L was placed on the ballot by the Riverside Sheriffs Association.

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Filippi

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 – 11:35 a.m.

Gino Filippi will replace Tom Thomas on the Upland city council after placing a strong second behind Ray Musser Tuesday night.

Council member Brendan Brandt was also reelected. He placed third and well ahead of Thomas.

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Cortes

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 – 11:20 a.m.

Grand Terrace residents ejected a polarizing figure from their city council Tuesday night.

Council member Bertha ‘Bea’ Cortes only pulled just under 18% of the vote in a field of four.

She came in last place.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010 – 11:00 a.m.

Redlands voters refused to bail out city leaders from having to finally make some hard choices in balancing the budget.

They also may have shown Mayor Pat Gilbreath the way out.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino voters slam Measure ‘C’

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 – 10:30 a.m.

San Bernardino voters gave the nod to city attorney Jim Penman on Tuesday night by overwhelmingly rejecting Measure C.

Measure C would have converted the positions of city attorney, city clerk, and city treasurer from elective office to council appointed.

The defeat is seen as a rebuke to two-term Mayor Patrick Morris.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County BOS: Rutherford defeats Biane

Rutherford

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 – 10:20 a.m.

Fontana city council member Janice Rutherford has been elected to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors – 2nd District seat.

With 100.00% of the vote counted Rutherford received 34,021 or 51.57% of the vote.

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The Sun: Daily activity of Eyler, Gutierrez examined

Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/02/2010 07:25:56 PM PDT

Prosecutors presented testimony Tuesday from the San Bernardino County Assessor’s Office investigation to show discrepancies in the time cards, key card use and daily activity reports for former Assessor’s Office employees Gregory Eyler and Rex Gutierrez.

The preliminary hearing in San Bernardino Superior Court for former Assessor Bill Postmus and Eyler, a former taxpayer advocate for the office, stems from an investigation in 2007 and 2008 into alleged malfeasance in the Assessor’s Office.

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By Jack Chang
jchang@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010 – 9:00 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010 – 7:39 am

The most expensive non-presidential race in U.S. history ended Tuesday with Democrat Jerry Brown back in the Governor’s Office after surviving more than $160 million in campaign spending by Republican Meg Whitman.

Exit polling and the Associated Press projected that Brown would be the winner.

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PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
November 2, 2010 | 10:36 pm

The normal tension of election night was ratcheted up Tuesday when the Secretary of State’s website showing election returns was overloaded with traffic, so that many people were having trouble calling up election results even after 10 p.m.

The state agency, which has notoriously had problems with its computers, put up an alternative posting of all election results while it tried to work out the problems, according to spokeswoman Nicole Winger.

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LATimes: Dead state senator reelected in Long Beach

PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
November 3, 2010 | 1:07 am

Jenny Oropeza, who died after a long illness last month, was reelected to another term in the state Senate on Tuesday. With more than half of the vote counted, voters in Oropeza’s Long Beach district gave her more than 54% percent of the vote. Republican John Stammreich trailed with 40% of the vote.

If the results hold, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will call a special election to replace Oropeza.

Oropeza missed last month’s budget vote as she recovered from a blood clot in her abdomen. She had also fought a long battle with cancer.

LATimes: Political balance shifts to the right

Republicans reclaim the House and make gains in the Senate.

By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times
November 3, 2010

Republicans seized control of the House on Tuesday and shrank the Democratic advantage in the Senate, dealing a major setback to President Obama and sweeping a number of “tea party” insurgents into power.

The nearly coast-to-coast blowout — a result of voters’ frustration and deep economic anxiety, promised to once more change the country’s political dynamic, presenting challenges to both parties in a newly divided government.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010 – 4:40 a.m.

Holding true to form, the Riverside and especially San Bernardino County ballot tallying or lack thereof, impacts statewide election results.

Once again the only two major counties which can’t seem to effectively count its ballots as of this hour.

The race for California Attorney General remains undecided due to the ineptitude.