Archive for December 9th, 2010

InlandPolitics: S.B. County Public Defender dismissed


Thursday, November 9, 2010 – 12:50 p.m.
Last Updated: November 9, 2010 – 03:10 p.m.

News from sources inside the San Bernardino County Public Defender’s office indicates Public Defender Doreen Boxer has been dismissed by County chief executive officer Greg Devereaux.

As of noon today Boxer had not yet made any formal announcement.

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InlandPolitics: Federal Grand Jury begins activities

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 – 03:45 p.m.
Last Updated: December 9, 2010 – 06:45 a.m.

Sources tell The Insider a federal grand jury has convened to examine evidence and hear testimony related to the ongoing investigation into possible illegal activities involving public officials at San Bernardino County-owned and operated Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. (ARMC)

Last month federal investigators raided the facility and recovered boxes of documents and conducted interviews of department heads.

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10:00 PM PST on Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Sacramento Bureau

SACRAMENTO – Enormous population growth means that Riverside County, more than almost anywhere in the country, is in line for a significant increase in congressional and legislative representation in the next political remapping, according to an analysis released Wednesday.

The new study by the Rose Institute at Claremont McKenna College was part of a capital conference on next year’s redrawing of political lines and the workings of the state’s first-ever Citizens Redistricting Commission.

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The PE: State, tribes at odds on income tax payments

10:51 PM PST on Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Sacramento Bureau

SACRAMENTO – In and out of the courtroom, state tax collectors and some California tribes continue to clash over the income tax liability of tribal members.

Next month, attorneys for the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians, which operates the Spotlight 29 casino in Coachella, are scheduled to file paperwork as part of their appeal of a federal judge’s spring 2010 decision. The judge ruled that California can collect state income tax from tribal members who do not live on the reservation.

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10:00 PM PST on Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

A San Bernardino County Superior Court judge Wednesday delayed sentencing of former assistant county assessor Adam Aleman for six months, giving him time to testify in upcoming corruption trials.

Aleman is one of five former assessor’s officials, including former assessor Bill Postmus, facing criminal charges following a corruption investigation by the district attorney’s office.

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Michael J. Sorba, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/08/2010 05:53:32 PM PST

COLTON – The City Council will seek the costs to outsource police, fire, code enforcement and animal control services.

Earlier this year, the same proposal was voted down 5-2.

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Chantal M. Lovell, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/08/2010 06:28:02 PM PST

REDLANDS – The new City Council will try to fill the city’s current deficit together and publicly, while creating a subcommittee to begin hammering out details of the following fiscal year.

One of the first topics the council discussed after being seated Tuesday was whether to establish an ad hoc budget advisory committee to focus on solutions for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 fiscal years.

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DailyBulletin: Dreier to lead House rules panel


Next chairman to focus on transparency, growth
James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Created: 12/08/2010 03:29:14 PM PST

Two area lawmakers will take over influential congressional committees in January.

Rep. David Dreier, R-San Dimas, was selected Wednesday as chairman of the House Rules Committee and Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, was selected as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

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DailyBulletin: Fontana ceremony sees large crowd

New mayor, council members sworn in
Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Created: 12/08/2010 08:12:37 PM PST

FONTANA – There was a lot of swearing and a little bit of blushing at the City Council meeting Wednesday night.

A record crowd seeking to witness history filled Steelworkers Auditorium to watch the swearing in of the city’s first black mayor and a new council.

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December 08, 2010 5:56 PM
From Staff Reports

SACRAMENTO • Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has tapped outgoing Assemblyman Anthony Adams to fill a post on the state Board of Parole Hearings that pays $111,845 annually.

Adams, 39, R-Hesperia, left his Assembly seat this week after surviving a bitter recall effort over his critical state budget vote that included the largest tax hike in California history, despite Adams’ pledge to oppose higher taxes.

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By Kevin Yamamura
Published: Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

Gov.-elect Jerry Brown and his supporting cast of fiscal players delivered their first performance Wednesday of “Budget Gloom and Doom” on the Memorial Auditorium stage.

Brown’s message: California’s budget deficit is awful.

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Governor-elect holds talks on ways to give voters a choice: tax hikes or service cuts.

By Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
December 9, 2010

Reporting from Sacramento —

California voters could be presented with a tough choice by summer under a proposal that Gov.-elect Jerry Brown is considering: Approve new taxes or other revenue in a special election, or live with far fewer government services.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Brown puts on big show on state budget

By Dan Walters The Sacramento Bee
Published: Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

When Roy Bell, Jerry Brown’s first budget director, unveiled the then-new governor’s first budget in 1975, he called it a “dog-and-pony show.”

Fast forward 36 years. Brown is poised to resume the governorship a month hence, and on Wednesday, he and his new budget director, Ana Matosantos, conducted a new dog-and-pony show in Sacramento’s Memorial Auditorium, along with other state officials and legislative leaders, to showcase the state’s severe budget crisis.

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SacBee: The State Worker: For labor deals, it’s now Brown


By Jon Ortiz The Sacramento Bee
Published: Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

The not-so-special special session that opened Monday marked the last chance for out-of-contract state employee unions to cut a deal with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The Assembly likely won’t assemble again until Jan. 3, so it’s not around to approve contracts before they go to the governor. From here on, all deals go to Jerry Brown.

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