Archive for December 1st, 2010

InlandPolitics: Milestone reached in November

Wednesday, December 1, 2010 – 09:30 a.m.

Thanks to you our readers InlandPolitics.com reached a milestone in November.

The blog, which went fully-active one year ago, targets Southern California’s Inland Empire, logged its 5,000th post last month.

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08:49 AM PST on Wednesday, December 1, 2010

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Published: 11/30/2010 05:43 PM

Riverside County’s next registrar of voters could earn more than $200,000 a year.

In a 3-2 vote Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors approved an 11.7 percent increase in the position’s salary range as a way to boost recruitment efforts.

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By PE Politics
on November 30, 2010 4:11 PM

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger remains a big supporter of the $787 billion federal stimulus legislation passed by Congress in early 2009.

But many of the governor’s fellow Republicans in Congress, including members of the California delegation, don’t share his enthusiasm.

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The PE: Buster again target of unions

Buster

By PE Politics
on November 30, 2010 3:35 PM

Riverside County Supervisor Bob Buster is again facing criticism from unions over his stance on employee pensions.

Two of the county’s largest unions — the Service Employees International Union Local 721 and the Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 777 — passed out fliers today accusing Buster of wanting to slash employee pensions.

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Ramos

District attorney, campaign treasurer to pay $2,500 fine
BY NATASHA LINDSTROM
STAFF WRITER

SAN BERNARDINO • The state campaign watchdog has imposed a $2,500 fine on District Attorney Michael Ramos and his treasurer for failing to itemize campaign credit card charges on Ramos’ public disclosure form.

The California Fair Political Practices Commission found Ramos and his campaign treasurer, Marvin Reiter, had committed technical violations by failing to disclose required vendor information for nine credit card expenditures on the District Attorney’s Dec. 31, 2009 semi-annual campaign report.

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The PE: Arrowhead Credit Union to close eight branches

09:49 PM PST on Tuesday, November 30, 2010

By KIMBERLY PIERCEALL / The Press-Enterprise

Arrowhead Credit Union plans to close eight branches as of Dec. 31, the majority of them inside Stater Bros. markets, leaving 11 branches for the financial institution’s Inland members.

In a statement, officials with Arrowhead, which has been managed by federal regulators for six months, said the closures were part of “ongoing efforts to bring the credit union back to profitability.”

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The PE: RIVERSIDE CO. Pot dispensary ban sought

10:33 PM PST on Tuesday, November 30, 2010

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit called Tuesday for a ban on medical-marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas.

Supervisors in September ordered a law drafted that would regulate where the businesses could locate. But Benoit said the county should change course.

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DailyBulletin: Arrowhead downsizing

Credit union to close 8 branches, lay off 37
Rebecca U. Cho, Staff Writer
Created: 11/30/2010 09:08:08 PM PST

Arrowhead Credit Union will close eight branches and lay off 37 employees by the end of the year in an effort to improve its bottom line, the San Bernardino-based institution said Tuesday.

The closings include six branches inside Stater Bros. Markets in Loma Linda, Beaumont, Wildomar, San Bernardino, Fontana and Corona. Two stand-alone locations, on Mount Vernon Avenue in San Bernardino and in Norco, will also close shop.

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DailyBulletin: Upland says no to pot cooperative

Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 11/30/2010 07:29:16 PM PST

UPLAND – The City Council this week denied another medical marijuana cooperative the ability to operate within city limits.

Route 66 Nursery, 1743 W. Foothill Blvd., had appealed a decision by city staffers to deny their application for a business license.

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PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
November 30, 2010 | 12:26 pm

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has not detailed what steps he will propose to close California’s budget deficit when he calls an emergency session of the Legislature next week.

But his press secretary, Aaron McLear, gave a hint on Tuesday: “You can expect ugly cuts.”

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LATimes: Redistricting panel meets for first time

PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
November 30, 2010 | 10:43 am

The first eight members of California’s new Citizens Redistricting Commission convened their first meeting Tuesday amid pressure to make the panel more diverse as they appoint the final six members this month.

Created through an initiative approved by voters in 2008 that took the job of drawing legislative district lines away from legislators, the panel was selected through a random drawing from a pool of 36 finalists for the job. The finalists were selected from thousands of applications from Californians.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Repmapping process important

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com The Sacramento Bee
Published: Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

California’s new redistricting commission began its work Tuesday, and its members quickly learned that process – how they go about their job – will be at least as important as their product of new legislative and congressional district maps.

Indeed, the process, beginning with how the eight initial commissioners select six additional members, may determine whether the product survives the inevitable legal challenges and takes effect two years hence.

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PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
November 30, 2010 | 12:40 pm

Four weeks after election day, Democrat Kamala Harris declared victory in the race for attorney general on Tuesday, a narrow but historic win that makes her the first woman and first minority to be elected the state’s top law-enforcement official.

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Phillip Matier,Andrew Ross
San Francisco Chronicle
Wednesday, December 1, 2010

No sooner did Attorney General-elect Kamala Harris declare victory than the stargazers of the political universe begin speculating where she will end up in California’s Democratic constellation.

Right in the center, was the short answer.

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Some 2 million people are set to lose payments this month as the kind of extension that Congress routinely approved in the past falls victim to partisan gridlock.

By Don Lee, Los Angeles Times
November 30, 2010|7:20 p.m.

Reporting from Washington —

With 2 million jobless workers set to lose unemployment benefits this month, the kind of extension that Congress routinely approved in the past has fallen victim to partisan deadlock — and the consequences could be serious for the U.S. economy.

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Money & Company
Tracking the market and economic trends that shape your finances.
November 30, 2010 | 3:34 pm

StethoscopeLarge companies that offer their employees insurance through health maintenance organizations can expect their costs to rise 9.8% next year, the largest increase in five years, a new study shows.

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