Archive for December 11th, 2010

InlandPolitics: ARMC grand jury moving rapidly

Saturday, December 11, 2010 – 02:30 p.m.

Sources say the federal grand jury hearing testimony and reviewing evidence in the investigation into alleged misconduct by government officials at San Bernardino County-owned and operated Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC is moving at a fast pace.

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Saturday, December 11, 2010 – 11:20 a.m.

The selection process for the new contract to handle Riverside County indigent defense cases blew-up at last Tuesdays board of supervisors meeting.

The contract is established to provide criminal defense attorneys for defendants lacking financial resources.

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DesertSun: Rod Pacheco suing for his right to hire


Cash-strapped county says DA leaving office deficit; he says there will be surplus

Kate McGinty • The Desert Sun • December 11, 2010

Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco filed a lawsuit against the county on Friday, demanding he be allowed to hire or promote employees to fill vacancies in his office.

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The PE: SB COUNTY: Study suggests vehicle operations savings

10:00 PM PST on Friday, December 10, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

San Bernardino County could save $1.2 million a year by shifting the care of fire and sheriff’s department vehicles to the same agency that maintains most of the county fleet.

The study by Mercury Associates, Inc. was released Friday.

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The Sun: Colton seeks permanent pay cuts for police

Michael J. Sorba, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/10/2010 08:52:18 PM PST

COLTON – City leaders facing a $5 million shortfall in next year’s budget have rejected concessions proposed by the police union and are instead seeking permanent cuts in salaries and pension benefits.

The Colton Police Officers Association offered city leaders a plan it said was worth $1 million, but city attorneys contest the amount and contend the concessions would not bring the immediate and long-lasting savings the city needs to balance its budget.

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Board of Supervisors to vote on Tuesday
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 12/10/2010 08:44:33 PM PST

The national motto “In God We Trust” has been finding its way into city council and board of supervisors chambers across the country in recent years.

The past four years in San Bernardino County the motto has found its way behind the dais in Chino Hills, Ontario, Highland, Adelanto, Barstow, Victorville and Chino.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 12/10/2010 07:17:57 PM PST

Public Defender Doreen Boxer is negotiating her resignation with San Bernardino County administrators, according to top county officials.

Those officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Boxer was given an ultimatum: Resign or be fired.

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Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/10/2010 08:53:31 PM PST

Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series on Grand Terrace’s new City Council members.

GRAND TERRACE – About a year ago, Bernardo Sandoval thought a man was getting a raw deal, so he started attending City Council meetings to see if he could do something about it.

That man – then-Councilman Jim Miller, who had voted with the rest of the council to approve routine payments for city advertisements in his wife’s weekly newspaper – would later resign and plead guilty to a misdemeanor conflict-of-interest charge.

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The PE: Fifteen seek appointment to Norco City Council

10:20 PM PST on Friday, December 10, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

PDF: Applications for appointment to Norco City Council

Two former Norco city councilmen want to climb back in the saddle.

Frank Hall, who served three four-year terms before being defeated by about 50 votes in 2009, and Herbert Higgins, who served two terms before deciding against seeking re-election in 2007, are among 15 candidates for appointment to the City Council.

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LATimes: Redistricting panel nominates final 6 commissioners

Southern California — this just in
December 10, 2010 | 3:54 pm

A citizens commission created to redraw the state’s legislative districts proposed the appointment of six more Californians to the panel Friday, hoping to address concerns that its initial makeup did not adequately reflect the state’s diversity.

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On politics in the Golden State
December 10, 2010 | 6:35 pm

Last month’s political contest between Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman mobilized California voters like they haven’t been in years in a governor’s race, according to the final election results certified Friday by Secretary of State Debra Bowen.

The Nov. 2 election, in which Democrat Jerry Brown was elected governor, featured a voter turnout of 59.6%, the highest participation rate in a gubernatorial election since 1994, Bowen said.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
December 10, 2010

A consortium of women’s groups said today it has submitted 1,059 resumes to Gov.-elect Jerry Brown, appealing to him to ensure that, reflective of the population, just more than half of his appointees are women.

Rachel Michelin, an organizer of California Women’s State Appointment Project, which recruited women to apply, said women have applied for everything from volunteer posts to Cabinet-level positions.

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The ruling finds the law’s provision outlawing all dispensaries except those that registered under the moratorium unconstitutional. It leaves the city with little power to control pot shops. City officials vow to quickly address the concerns.

By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times
December 11, 2010

A judge handed Los Angeles a setback in its faltering drive to limit the number of medical marijuana dispensaries, granting a preliminary injunction on Friday that bars the city from enforcing key provisions in its controversial six-month-old ordinance.

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OCRegister: Lawsuit dismissed in Rep. Calvert land deal


December 10th, 2010, 3:47 pm · Post a Comment · posted by Martin Wisckol, Politics reporter

A lawsuit over land sold to Rep. Ken Calvert and his partners has been dismissed by a Riverside Superior Court judge after a settlement was reached.

In 2001, a Riverside sewage district held a special board meeting and agreed to sell 4.3 acres of land for $1.2 million to Calvert and his partners, who plan to build a mini-storage facility there.

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