Archive for November 21st, 2010

The Sun: Barstow emergency declared

Toxin forces 40,000 to use bottled water
Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/20/2010 09:49:14 PM PST

BARSTOW – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Saturday that providing drinking water to 40,000 residents whose drinking water may be dangerously contaminated was too much for local agencies to fully handle, prompting him to declare a state of emergency.

Golden State Water Co., which provides water to Barstow and surrounding areas, is distributing tens of thousands of bottles of water after discovering on Thursday that some wells contained levels of perchlorate – a chemical found in munitions, fireworks and rocket fuel that damages the thyroid – far above the state maximum.

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The Sun: Rialto cops’ union chief belittles suit

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/20/2010 09:50:28 PM PST

RIALTO – The police union president on Friday slammed charges of negligence made by the attorney for a strip club worker at the center of an alleged sex scandal involving Rialto police officers.

A lawsuit filed against the city by Danuta W. Tuszynska on behalf of Spearmint Rhino bartender Nancy Holtgreve says the Rialto Police Benefit Association “maintained no safeguards nor security nor monitoring of the building” where Holtgreve alleges she had sex with police officers.

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DailyBulletin: Local council races begin

Filing opens for March 8 ballot
Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Created: 11/20/2010 10:56:20 PM PST

Claremont, La Verne and San Dimas could all have new city council members or mayors next year.

The four-week filing period for the March 8 election opened Monday, but while a number of candidates in the three cities have picked up nomination papers, no one has yet returned completed documents.

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DailyBulletin: GOP set to ban earmarks

But move may represent more style than substance
Ben Baeder, Sandra Emerson and James Rufus Koren, Staff Writers
Created: 11/20/2010 07:08:28 AM PST

Republicans appear ready to ban earmarks when they take over the House in January.

On Thursday, they agreed to go ahead with halting the use of earmarks, those pet projects members tack onto spending bills.

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SacBee: Attack deficit’s core, experts say

By Kevin Yamamura
kyamamura@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010 – 9:30 am

As Gov.-elect Jerry Brown confronts a $25.4 billion shortfall, few in the Capitol think he’ll be able to wipe out the state’s long-term budget problems in his first year, or even his second.

The state, for example, could eliminate funding for welfare-to-work, prisons and California’s two university systems and still fall short of balancing its spending plan.

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NYTimes: The Palin Network

Prize Endorsement Palin’s presence, or nonpresence, became the focal point of many midterm-election campaign rallies.

By ROBERT DRAPER
Published: November 17, 2010

On the night of the midterm elections earlier this month, Sarah Palin stayed up until 3 in the morning. From her hotel bedroom in Manhattan, she and her husband, Todd, followed the returns while she wrote e-mails on her iPad — congratulating winners, consoling losers — while reading others from people who wanted her to know that they had cast their vote for her daughter Bristol on “Dancing With the Stars” the evening before. Like much of her recent life, Palin’s day had been replete with reminders of the clout she had rapidly acquired. She had spent most of her time ensconced at the Fox television studios, though she managed to squeeze in a jog in Central Park — which she promptly chronicled on Twitter: “Beautiful!” Also at the studios was her fellow Fox News contributor Karl Rove, who had recently questioned in a British newspaper whether Palin’s new reality TV series, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” made her appear Oval Office-worthy. The building was abuzz over what would ensue when the two would inevitably bump into each other. The moment came after Palin finished a segment with the anchor Bret Baier and saw Rove lingering stageside with Brit Hume, a Fox colleague, holding a well-marked copy of “Alaska for Dummies” — a prop clearly intended to mollify Palin. She laughed, used her phone’s camera to take a picture of Rove with the book, traded brief hellos and then left the studio without mentioning Rove’s earlier comment.

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Post Politics

By T.W. Farnam
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, November 21, 2010; 12:24 AM

Results from November’s midterm elections have exposed a deepening political divide between cities on the coasts and the less-dense areas in the middle of the country.

The Republican Party’s big gains in the House came largely from districts that were older, less diverse and less educated than the nation as a whole. Democrats kept their big majorities in the cities.

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LATimes Op-Ed: Here come the Republicans

Republicans will control the House in the new Congress in January, but they’re already making their power felt on Capitol Hill.

By Doyle McManus
November 21, 2010

Three weeks ago, resurgent Republicans won control of one house of Congress, beginning — officially, at least — in January. But last week in Washington, it felt as if they had already taken control of all of Capitol Hill.

They pushed the White House and fragmented Senate Democrats toward a “compromise” on extending high-income tax cuts that looks an awful lot like a Republican victory, extending for at least a couple of years low tax rates for the embattled class that earns more than $250,000 a year.

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