Archive for December 13th, 2010

InlandPolitics Commentary: Will S.B. County really deal with take-home vehicles?

Sunday, December 12, 2010 – 10:00 p.m.

San Bernardino County has finally come forward with its long-awaited vehicle study.

A study, which Supervisor Neil Derry requested an amazing 18-months ago.

Not 6 months, 18-months!

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InlandPolitics: Economic conditions continue decline

Sunday, December 12, 2010 – 09:00 p.m.

Economic conditions counterproductive to growth continue to emerge in opposition to what government officials keep telling all of us.

While holiday sales trend slightly ahead of a dismal 2009, interest rates continue a steady march higher. Even as the U.S. Federal Reserve Board embarks on its second so called ‘quantitative easing’ process.

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Sunday, December 12, 2010 – 09:30 p.m.

San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos may have crossed the line in his handling of a referral made to his office by a state agency.

Sources tell InlandPolitics.com the Office of the San Bernardino County District Attorney received a referral from a state agency, to review for potential criminal misconduct, the activities of a local business.

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Derry                      Mitzelfelt                     Gonzales

Sunday, December 12, 2010 – 02:00 p.m.

Looks like three San Bernardino County Supervisors, who are up in June 2012, will likely have the support of the union representing county law enforcement officers.

At it’s annual Christmas open house last week, the San Bernardino County Safety Employees Benefit Association (SEBA), spent time making it clear it would be supporting incumbents Brad Mitzelfelt, Neil Derry and Josie Gonzales.

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Buster

10:36 PM PST on Sunday, December 12, 2010

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County Supervisor Bob Buster has called on two of the county’s largest unions to retract a flier accusing him of wanting to “slash employee pensions.”

The Service Employees International Union Local 721 and the Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 777 passed out the flier before a recent supervisors meeting.

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The Sun: GOP slips in county

Republican leader plans to focus on party-building
James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/12/2010 09:35:56 PM PST

The Nov. 2 election was an unqualified success for Republicans across the country, but a big defeat for Republicans in California.

For the San Bernardino County GOP, the election was somewhere between those two extremes.

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The Sun: County aims to fill health insurance gap

Program covers uninsured until reforms fully kick in
Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/12/2010 09:49:02 PM PST

San Bernardino County is developing a program to help a large group of the county’s uninsured people bridge the gap between now and 2014, when national health care reform fully kicks in.

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The Sun: Highland council to be sworn in

Vote on hiring architects slated
Michael J. Sorba, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/12/2010 09:37:07 PM PST

HIGHLAND – Councilman-elect Sam Racadio and re-elected council members Larry McCallon and Jody Scott will be sworn in at Tuesday evening’s City Council meeting.

After the oaths of office, the council is set to vote on several items, including hiring an architectural firm to design a new fire station.

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Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Created: 12/12/2010 07:01:34 AM PST

CLAREMONT – While there is still time to run for the March 3 General Election in this city, the hourglass is almost empty.

The city has had 11 people pull nomination papers as of Friday, but only two candidates have returned them.

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By Jack Chang
jchang@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Dec. 13, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Monday, Dec. 13, 2010 – 6:26 am

From voters to top policymakers, almost everyone believes California’s government isn’t working. What’s less clear is how to make the system whole again.

The budget is perpetually late and out of balance. The state’s once-celebrated schools and infrastructure have degenerated into some of the lowest-ranked in the country. Polls show public confidence in state government has plummeted.

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LATimes: Fewer cancers found in Hinkley than expected

A survey says the number is not disproportionately high. It’s still important for PG&E to clean up groundwater tainted with chromium 6, says the epidemiologist who did the survey.

Hinkley resident Elaine Kearney, 63, has had seven strokes; her daughter Keri, 41, has advanced lung cancer; and Pinky, her 8-year-old dog, has thousands of tumors. Another daughter had five miscarriages. (Robert Gauthier, Los Angeles Times / December 9, 2010)

By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
December 13, 2010

Reporting from Hinkley —

A state survey has not found a disproportionately high number of cancers in Hinkley, a high-desert community that has become the symbol of public fears about exposure to groundwater tainted with carcinogenic chromium 6.

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By Ed Mendel
December 13, 2010

In the last year of Governor-elect Jerry Brown’s previous term as governor, 1982, he signed two bills that dipped into CalPERS reserves, taking a total of $433 million to help balance the state budget.

Last week the incoming governor’s finance director, outlining a budget shortfall that could be $28 billion during the next 18 months, put pensions at the top of a mountain of long-term debt.

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