Archive for November 24th, 2010

InlandPolitics: Kamala Harris wins race for attorney general

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 – 11:00 a.m.

Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley has conceded to San Francisco County District Attorney Kamala Harris in the race for state attorney general.

Harris currently leads Cooley by more than 52,000 votes with about 150,000 ballots still to process.

No recount will be requested.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 – 09:00 a.m.

For outgoing county counsel Ruth Stringer, it’s a better Thanksgiving than most of us realized.

Back on November 15th, published a story on Stringer’s pension benefits.

In particular, Stringer’s annual pension is estimated at $271,000.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010 – 08:20 a.m.

There is several reasons why a proposed new San Bernardino County government center to be located at the foundering Carousel Mall site was never really in the cards.

An idea hatched about four years ago. That’s right, four years!

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010 – 04:24 p.m.

One would think things would have changed since San Bernardino County chief executive officer Greg Devereaux arrived on scene last February.

Maybe not.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Hearing set on ethics complaint

By PE News
on November 23, 2010 2:37 PM

A Riverside council subcommittee will meet at 10 a.m. Dec. 7 to hear an ethics complaint a neighborhood group filed against Councilman Steve Adams.

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The Sun: County won’t buy Carousel Mall

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/23/2010 06:43:22 PM PST

Though leaders discussed it for more than a year, San Bernardino County will not purchase Carousel Mall and use the property for a new county government center.

County spokesman David Wert said the county notified the mall owner several months ago that the county was not interested in buying the property.

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DailyBulletin: Postmus, Eyler plead not guilty

Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Created: 11/23/2010 02:56:00 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – Former Assessor’s Office executives Bill Postmus and Gregory Eyler denied the criminal charges against them Tuesday at an arraignment.

Postmus, a former assessor, and Eyler, a former taxpayer advocate, entered not guilty pleas on all charges and denied all special allegations during the proceedings before Judge Michael A. Smith in San Bernardino Superior Court.

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DailyBulletin: Upland approves budget cuts, transfers

Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 11/23/2010 04:04:40 PM PST

UPLAND – The City Council on Monday approved $1.75 million in transfers and cuts to the city’s 2010-11 operating budget.

Council members approved recommendations from the finance committee to transfer funds from the Redevelopment Agency and gas tax fund as well as make $350,000 in cuts to the general fund.

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DailyBulletin: Some area cities find home prices increasing

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 11/23/2010 05:59:00 PM PST

While California home sales showed a statewide decline in October, from both the previous month and previous year, some cities in San Bernardino County showed a sharp increase in median home prices, according to data released Tuesday.

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DailyBulletin: Home building permits down

29% decline in I.E. for October
Wesley G. Hughes, Staff Writer
Created: 11/23/2010 05:53:56 PM PST

After four straight months of positive movement, building permits issued in October were down nearly 30 percent in the Inland Empire from the same month a year ago, according to a report out Tuesday.

In October, builders pulled 241 permits for new single-family homes in the I.E., a 28.9 percent drop from October 2009, according to the California Building Industry Association.

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LATimes: Harris nears victory in attorney general race

Republican Cooley would have to receive two-thirds of about 154,000 votes still uncounted to defeat the Democrat. But a GOP consultant notes that if a recount is sought, the formal result won’t be known for some time.

Steve Cooley had claimed victory on election night, only to discover the next morning that he was behind. The lead has gone back and forth since, but Harris has held an advantage for more than a week. (Anne Cusack, Los Angeles Times / October 13, 2010)

By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
November 24, 2010

With the stack of ballots left to count sharply diminished, San Francisco Dist. Atty. Kamala Harris continued to hold a steady lead Tuesday in the race for attorney general, making victory over Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley all but assured.

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The utility delivered letters to about 100 homeowners on or near the boundary of a growing plume of water laced with cancer-causing hexavalent chromium.

An empty house sits in the path of the plume of chromium-tainted groundwater north of the PG&E plant in Hinkley, Calif. The company has offered to buy about 100 properties on or near the plume. (Wally Skalij, Los Angeles Times / November 24, 2010)

By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
November 24, 2010

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has expressed interest in buying about 100 properties in the town of Hinkley, Calif., that are near a plume of groundwater tainted by cancer-causing hexavalent chromium.

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Investigators are testing wells to determine how high levels of perchlorate, a chemical used in rocket fuel, got into the region’s water supply. The crisis response has cost about $100,000 so far.

By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
November 24, 2010

State water officials launched an investigation Tuesday into how a chemical used in rocket fuel and munitions found its way into Barstow’s residential water supply, as costs to address the crisis mounted.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
November 23, 2010

The California Secretary of State’s office today authorized a signature drive to place an Arizona-style immigration law before California voters.

Called the “Support Federal Immigration Law Act,” the proposal was submitted to state authorities in September by Michael Erickson, a Tea Party activist in in the Bay Area city of Belmont and former chair of the Sonoma County Republican Party.

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