Archive for November 17th, 2010

InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Board leadership posts in play


Wednesday, November 17, 2010 – 10:35 a.m.

The bi-annual ritual of vying for top spots on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is underway.

Who will likely be in the mix for the positions of Chair and Vice-Chair seems easy to read at this point.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010 – 09:30 p.m.

The heat seems to be climbing in former county administrative officer Mark H. Uffer’s lawsuit against the County of San Bernardino.

A lawsuit stemming from Uffer’s termination last year.

Uffer claims he was fired by county supervisors on a 3-2 vote because he was cooperating with investigators focusing on alleged county corruption.

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Tuesday, November, 16, 2010 – 07:25 a.m.
Last Updated: November 17, 2010 – 09:30 a.m.

Is San Bernardino County’s Public Defender on the chopping block?

The answer?

Most likely yes.

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The PE: Riverside County names acting registrar of voters

By PE Politics
on November 16, 2010 2:30 PM

Riverside County Executive Officer Bill Luna today named an acting registrar of voters.

Luna appointed Chief Deputy Registrar Rebecca Spencer to the post. Spencer will oversee the day-to-day operations of the office and will serve as the county’s election official for the purposes of certifying the Nov. 2 election results.

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The Sun: SB County won’t get commission seat

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/16/2010 04:06:50 PM PST

San Bernardino County will not have a representative on the state commission that will redraw California’s legislative and congressional districts next year.

The county had just one resident, Fay Mason of Upland, among 60 semi-finalists who applied for a seat on the 14-member commission. Last week, state legislative leaders shortened the list to 36, culling Mason.

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The Sun: County employee cash-out privilege to dwindle

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/16/2010 05:40:45 PM PST

A proposal to cap vacation, holiday and administrative accrual time for San Bernardino County’s non-union employees got unanimous approval Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors.

It ends a long-standing practice of the county’s allowing of exempt employees – or those not represented by labor unions – to bank administrative, vacation and holiday time and let it roll over year after year.

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Michael J. Sorba, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/16/2010 06:23:12 PM PST

COLTON – A budget that includes laying off 16 police officers and nine firefighters will be the guiding plan City Manager Rod Foster will present to the City Council when new members take office in December.

The new council will decide what changes, if any, it will make to the budget, which plans for the loss of about $5 million produced by a Utility Users Tax that expires at the close of the fiscal year June 30.

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The Sun: Redlands council cuts benefits

Chantal M. Lovell, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/16/2010 06:05:16 PM PST

REDLANDS – In a four-to-one decision, the Redlands City Council voted to amend the benefits packages of its members, eliminating their dental, vision and life insurance benefits. Councilman Pete Aguilar was the lone dissenter.

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DailyBulletin: Biane, Stringer lauded for service

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 11/16/2010 06:12:51 PM PST

Officials from across San Bernardino County and within the Government Center gathered inside the Board of Supervisors chambers in San Bernardino on Tuesday to bid farewell to Supervisor Paul Biane and County Counsel Ruth Stringer.

Supervisor-elect Janice Rutherford will take office at noon on Dec. 6. Jean-Rene Basle, a longtime county attorney and former competitive figure skater, will replace Stringer the first week of December.

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10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

There was little love for state government among hundreds of county officials from across California who gathered Tuesday in Riverside.

The 116th annual meeting of the California State Association of Counties got under way at the Riverside Convention Center amid continued uncertainty about how the state’s ongoing budget woes will affect local government.

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The PE: No Schwarzenegger tribute in Inland area planned

By PE Politics
on November 16, 2010 4:14 PM

Last week in Fresno, San Joaquin Valley political and civic leaders honored Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger with an hours-long tribute.

The event even featured a musical ode to the soon-to-depart governor, “Warrior of the San Joaquin.”

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James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Created: 11/16/2010 05:06:15 PM PST

If allegations that millions of mortgages have shoddy paper trails prove true, the resulting fallout could grind the housing market to a halt, endanger many financial institutions and destabilize financial markets, according to a congressional report released Tuesday.

Problems with mortgage – and foreclosure – related documents could call into question the ownership of millions of mortgages and ultimately cost banks billions, according to the report.

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As the gov.-elect’s transition effort got underway Tuesday, aides said he isn’t looking to restaff every department in the state. Budget director and Air Resources Board chair are named as likely carryovers.

By Evan Halper and Michael Mishak, Los Angeles Times
November 17, 2010

Reporting from Sacramento —

Throughout his campaign for governor, Jerry Brown suggested that the administration of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had fallen short, going so far as to ridicule Schwarzenegger in campaign advertisements and repeatedly assert that the movie star was in over his head in Sacramento.

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By Jim Sanders
Published: Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

Some California lawmakers were packing their bags for Hawaii last week when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced he was calling a special December legislative session to tackle a projected $25.4 billion deficit.

Others already were there.

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Southern California — this just in
November 16, 2010 | 7:24 pm

San Francisco Dist. Atty. Kamala Harris’ lead in the race for California attorney general continued to grow Tuesday, making a possible comeback appear increasingly difficult for her rival, Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley.

Harris, the Democratic nominee, led by 31,000 votes Tuesday evening with more than 555,000 uncounted ballots still left to be processed across California, according to a Times review of updated vote counts in all 58 counties.

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By Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times
November 16, 2010|8:48 p.m.

Reporting from Sacramento —

State prosecutors are preparing for possible action against another financial firm that does business with California’s scandal-tarnished pension fund, newly disclosed documents show.

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Calbuzz: Memo to CA GOP: Time to Do Something Different

November 17, 2010

After watching the California Republican Party implode in the 2010 election – spectacularly in the cases of Meg Whitman’s campaign for governor and Carly Fiorina’s run for U.S. Senate – Calbuzz has some unsolicited advice for the state’s Grand Old Party.

Just as Democrats in Washington are being urged to re-calibrate after the spanking their party got in some parts of the country, Republicans in California need to do a little re-calibrating themselves.

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Money & Company
Tracking the market and economic trends that shape your finances.
November 16, 2010 | 9:45 pm

The turmoil in the municipal bond market over the last week may have scared some investors away from California’s offering of $10 billion in short-term notes.

The state said it took in a total of $5.89 billion in orders for the notes from individual investors on Monday and Tuesday.

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California Watch
A Project of the Center for Investigative Reporting
Money and Politics

November 17, 2010 | Chase Davis

There has been no shortage of political profiteering in recent months over corruption and salary shenanigans down in the now-infamous city of Bell, but a judge’s recent criticism of a civil suit filed by Attorney General Jerry Brown has given ammunition to defense lawyers who have long argued that the case was used to boost Brown’s gubernatorial chances.

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