Archive for November 7th, 2010

InlandPolitics: Cooley margin continues to widen

3,566,656                        3,613,042

45.5%                               46.2%

Sunday, November 7, 2010 – 08:15 p.m.

Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley continuee to widen his lead over San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris in the race to be California’s next Attorney General.

Cooley now has a 46,386 vote lead and has wiped out the 33,000 vote lead Harris sported last Wednesday morning.

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Sunday, November 7, 2010 – 1:45 p.m.

San Bernardino County appears to be judge shopping in a lawsuit filed against it and District Attorney Mike Ramos by former employee Cheryl Ristow.

Ristow has sued the county and Ramos, claiming she was retaliated against by Ramos for refusing to keep secret and affair between her and the two-term DA, when knowledge of their relationship went public in May 2009.

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Sunday, November 7, 2010 – 9:20 a.m.

A Sunday morning laugh is always good.

Especially when it comes from the newspapers. And todays whopper is courtesy of an article in Sunday mornings Press-Enterprise.

This mornings story in question is in regards to the impending title change for Greg Devereaux from county administrative officer to chief executive officer.

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InlandPolitics: The Insider: Names surfacing in FBI probe

Sunday, November 7, 2010 – 09:15 a.m.

The Insider has learned that one of the areas newspapers has received a complete list of persons named in a search warrant served at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center by federal agents last week.

One has to admit it doesn’t take long for secrets to leak out in San Bernardino County.

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12:35 AM PDT on Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

San Bernardino County’s top manager will soon have a new title.

County Administrative Officer Greg Devereaux will be the chief executive officer under an ordinance approved unanimously last week by the Board of Supervisors. A final vote will be taken Nov. 19.

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The Sun: Hospital probe fits pattern

FBI raid follows trail of corruption
James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/06/2010 04:44:20 PM PDT

The appearance of FBI agents at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center on Thursday could be the newest wrinkle in one of San Bernardino County’s two ongoing corruption probes.

Or it could be something completely different.

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The Sun: Details of task force few so far

Hospital raid reveals existence of unit
Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/06/2010 04:19:09 PM PDT

The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office’s terse statement on Thursday’s raid at the county hospital, included the first-ever mention of something called the “San Bernardino County Joint Corruption Task Force.”

But on Friday, it was still unclear what exactly the task force was.

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The Sun: Dreier, Lewis, McKeon could chair key panels

Trio eyes plum posts

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/06/2010 07:12:01 AM PDT

Republicans regained control of the House of Representatives this week, which will likely mean a big increase in clout for the Inland Empire’s congressional delegation.

Of the four Republicans who represent parts of San Bernardino County, three could be chairmen of powerful congressional committees when the 112th Congress takes power in January.

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James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/06/2010 04:32:09 PM PDT

Rep. Joe Baca, D-San Bernardino, says he wants Congress to vote on comprehensive immigration reform before Republicans take over the House of Representatives in January.

Once the switch takes place and Democrats are in the minority, Baca said the chances of immigration reform passing will be much slimmer.

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The Sun: Tea Party swayed Redlands election

Rising influence

Jesse B. Gill, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/06/2010 06:08:20 PM PDT

The Redlands Tea Party Patriots and the Redlands Townhall Patriots were a force to be reckoned with during the weeks leading up to the Nov. 2 city election.

Now experts wonder what the future holds for the groups, which operate largely as one concern.

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Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Created: 11/06/2010 08:13:59 PM PDT

CLAREMONT – The City Council recently updated its priority list, which included removing as a priority southside improvements.

With in-fill sidewalk on San Jose Avenue in January and a traffic signal and resurfacing on Arrow Highway in July and August, improvements are no longer needed, Mayor Linda Elderkin said at a special meeting on Saturday.

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Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 11/06/2010 07:08:57 AM PDT

UPLAND – City officials have mixed views on the impact an Upland medical marijuana cooperative may have had in the Upland City Council election.

G3 Holistic, which is embroiled in litigation with the city, sent three mailers to Upland voters opposing two incumbents, one of whom lost the election after 20 years on the council.

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Southern California — this just in
November 6, 2010 | 1:05 pm

Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley built a narrow lead Saturday in the race for California attorney general, according to figures released by state elections officials.

With roughly a million ballots still waiting to be counted in the extremely tight race, the Republican candidate pulled ahead of San Francisco Dist. Atty. and Kamala Harris by 22,817 votes -– or just three-tenths of a percentage point. Harris, a Democrat, had led the race by about 9,000 votes just two days earlier.

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By Dan Walters The Sacramento Bee
Published: Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010 – 11:00 pm | Page 3A

Jerry Brown, the once and future governor of California, waxed nostalgic the other day about the state Capitol.

Accurately characterizing the Capitol’s current culture as “a very broken process,” Brown renewed his campaign pledge to make it work, especially on the bollixed up state budget, through personal engagement with legislators.

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By Evan Halper and Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
November 7, 2010

Reporting from Sacramento —

Surviving the bruising campaign in which a billionaire opponent spared no expense to convince Californians that he was a failure, a union puppet and a has-been was nothing compared to what governor-elect Jerry Brown is up against now: trying to restore some sheen to the Golden State.

Brown’s election has not been greeted in the business world with the applause that came with the recall election that swept a Hollywood action hero into office seven years ago. The state was at the financial precipice then too, but there was a sense that radical change was afoot and that California’s grandeur could be restored.

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Debra J. Saunders
San Francisco Chronicle
Sunday, November 7, 2010

“The taxpayers gave and they also took away. On one hand, the people said by a majority, ‘Give us a budget.’ On the other hand, they said, ‘Don’t pick my pocket.’ ” This was Jerry Brown’s verdict on California voters’ picks on ballot measures delivered at his post-victory news conference Wednesday.

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By Dan Morain, Senior editor The Sacramento Bee
Published: Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010 – 11:00 pm | Page 1E

Visit Kevin McCarthy in his hometown of Bakersfield, and he might take you to one of his favorite lunch spots, the diner at the Westchester Bowl.

Chez Panisse it’s not. But the fish and chips aren’t bad, and Rep. McCarthy is no rube.

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By David Siders
Published: Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010 – 11:00 pm | Page 1A

Amid the din at Jerry Brown’s election night party in Oakland, state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg beamed about the prospect of a Democratic governor and a ballot measure allowing Democrats to pass a budget without Republican support.

“I’m looking forward to a fresh start,” the Sacramento Democrat said. “We’ll be able to govern, and we’ll be able to focus on positive agendas.”

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LATimes: Influence of teachers unions in question

By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times
November 7, 2010

Teachers unions have a well-deserved reputation for exercising political clout. With a nearly unparalleled ability to raise cash and organize their ranks, they have elected school boards, influenced legislation and helped set the public school agenda in major American cities for decades.

Now, that clout is in question.

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