Archive for November 9th, 2010

InlandPolitics: IBEW targeting San Bernardino County union

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 – 04:20 p.m.

Rumor on the street has the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) targeting the independent San Bernardino Public Employees Association (SBPEA) for decertification.

However, this time it sounds serious.

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Politics Blog

Posted By: Wyatt Buchanan | November 09 2010 at 02:21 PM

The members of California’s largest public employee union overwhelmingly ratified a long awaited contract with the administration of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the state today.

The 95,000-member Service Employees International Union Local 1000 approved the deal, which includes reforms to employee pensions, with 75 percent of those casting ballots in favor, according to the union. The previous contract expired in July 2008.

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InlandPolitics: Cooley lead expands again

3,731,518                        3,782,957

45.6%                               46.1%

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 – 10:00 a.m.

Updated numbers from the California Secretary of State show Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley with a lead of 51,439 votes over his opponent, San Francisco County District Attorney Kamala Harris, in their race for Attorney General.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010 – 07:19 a.m.

Information on last weeks FBI raid at San Bernardino County-owned and operated Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) continues to trickle out.

Last weekend, The Insider learned that records related to the wife of a former chief of staff to a county supervisor were being sought.

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3,722,458                        3,763,416

45.6%                               46.1%

Monday, November 8, 2010 – 09:55 p.m.

The close race for California Attorney General continued Monday night for both Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley and San Francisco County District Attorney Kamala Harris.

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The PE: CORRUPTION PROBE: Ex-assessor to stand trial

10:08 PM PST on Monday, November 8, 2010

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

Special Section: San Bernardino Co. Probe

Former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus must stand trial on eight felony charges, including allegations that he used his office for personal and political gain, a Superior Court judge ruled Monday.

Judge Michael A. Smith found that there was probable cause to try Postmus and Greg Eyler, a former taxpayer advocate in the assessor’s office, on the bulk of the corruption charges filed against them by the district attorney’s office.

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The Sun: Postmus faces trial

Former county assessor, assistant Eyler charged with felonies
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/08/2010 08:30:53 PM PST

Former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus and his former taxpayer advocate, Gregory Eyler, will stand trial on corruption charges, a San Bernardino Superior Court judge determined Monday.

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The Sun: County mum on Mentone pot dispensary

Despite moratorium, collective still offers medical marijuana
Jesse B. Gill, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/08/2010 08:30:52 PM PST

MENTONE – A marijuana collective is still operating here despite a county moratorium, but county officials had little to say Monday about enforcement plans.

Mentone Patients Association, which provides medical marijuana to about 30 patients per day, opened in late summer. The collective’s members grow marijuana for one another.

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Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/08/2010 04:08:32 PM PST

RIALTO – A master-planned community proposed for the north end may take another step forward Tuesday night.

That’s when the City Council is scheduled to consider approving the draft environmental impact report for the Renaissance Rialto project.

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10:31 PM PST on Monday, November 8, 2010

By JULISSA McKINNON
The Press-Enterprise

Three days after Menifee Councilman-elect Tom Fuhrman torched a pile of other candidates’ campaign signs, some are questioning whether he had a right to do so.

Scott Mann, the Menifee councilman who lost to Fuhrman, said he doubted he would press charges for sign theft.

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DailyBulletin: Democrats cautious about new budget power

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Created: 11/08/2010 03:11:09 PM PST

Every year, Democrats and at least a handful of Republicans in the state Legislature have had to come together to approve a state budget.

In the coming year, thanks to last week’s approval of Proposition 25, Democrats will be able to pass a budget with no Republican votes. While Democrats are optimistic about the change, they aren’t celebrating.

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VVDailyPress: Analysis: Shake-up on Victorville council

November 08, 2010 5:12 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • When long-time council members JoAnn Almond and Terry Caldwell ran for reelection in 2006, with Victorville still riding high on ballooning sales tax and visions of power-generating grandeur, no one ran against them.

Flash forward four years, with the city facing local and federal investigations and struggling to stay afloat, and two new faces defeated six competitors — including Almond, the sole incumbent after Caldwell bowed out — to win seats on the City Council.

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VVDailyPress: Getting to know Angela Valles

Valles

November 08, 2010 4:54 PM
Brooke Edwards

A lifetime resident of the Victor Valley, Angela Valles works as director of finance for the Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority.

Valles started off in corrections as a guard, working her way up to the position of warden while attending school.

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VVDailyPress: Getting to know Jim Kennedy

Kennedy

November 08, 2010 5:09 PM
Brooke Edwards

Jim Kennedy has been a certified public accountant since 1970, with an emphasis on nonprofit organizations, real estate and manufacturing.

He’s a partner with Kennedy & Kennedy in San Bernardino alongside his brother, David, who’s been the treasurer for the city of San Bernardino for the last 20 years.

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Judge drops three corruption charges
November 08, 2010 3:43 PM
Natasha Lindstrom

SAN BERNARDINO • Former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus and his one-time aide will stand trial for allegedly defrauding taxpayers as part of a scheme to run a personal political machine out of the Assessor’s office, a judge ruled Monday.

However, Judge Michael Smith dropped two of the nine felony counts against Postmus and one of the two felony counts against former Assessor’s taxpayer advocate Greg Eyler on the seventh day of a preliminary hearing in San Bernardino court.

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Murphy

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com The Sacramento Bee
Published: Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Political journalism, it has been said, is showing up after the battle is over and shooting the wounded – and one of them who deserves verbal execution is Mike Murphy, who ran Meg Whitman’s very expensive, very unsuccessful campaign for governor.

Murphy – much like President Barack Obama, as a matter of fact – takes nominal responsibility for losing the election but then offers up excuses implying that he shouldn’t really be held accountable.

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

California businesses already pay some of the highest unemployment taxes in the country – and the tab is likely to increase.

The recession and the Legislature’s decision years ago to raise benefits have drained the state unemployment insurance fund, which now has a estimated $10.3 billion deficit.

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LATimes: Cal State to call student fees the T-word

Tuition is a more honest, accurate description of the fees charged for educational costs, officials say. But the move marks a philosophical shift from the state ideal of offering a tuition-free public college education.

By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
November 8, 2010|5:11 p.m.

Ending a decades-long tradition, the California State University plans to start using the word “tuition” instead of “fees” to refer to the educational costs it charges to students.

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