Archive for December 14th, 2010

InlandPolitics: S.B. County Officials used ‘fake’ names

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 – 08:45 a.m.

News continues to trickle out on a federal probe involving government officials receiving free care at San Bernardino County-owned and operated Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC).

The term ‘government’ versus ‘county’ officials is now more approriate since it appears state-level officials may have also been given ‘V.I.P.’ treatment at the facility free of charge.

But, it gets even better.

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The PE: Nestande gets Assembly GOP post

Nestande

By PE Politics
on December 13, 2010 12:07 PM

Assembly GOP Leader Connie Conway has tapped Inland Assemblyman Brian Nestande as Republican Caucus Chair, the 28-member caucus’ second-highest job.

Nestande, R-Palm Desert, represents a district that extends from Riverside to the Coachella Valley. First elected in 2008, Nestande was re-elected to a second term last month with 57.3 percent of the vote.

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The PE: Sixteen to vie for Jurupa council seats

10:00 PM PST on Monday, December 13, 2010

By SANDRA STOKLEY
The Press-Enterprise

Sixteen candidates will vie to serve on Jurupa’s first city council if residents on March 8 vote to make the unincorporated area Riverside County’s 28th city.

The council hopefuls include a retired Jurupa Unified School District board member, a director of the Jurupa Area Recreation and Park District, a chief of staff for a Riverside County supervisor and the Jurupa Valley Chamber of Commerce’s citizen of the year.

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The Sun: Battling a shortage

Medical staffing

Arrowhead Regional program trains physician assistants
Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/13/2010 09:11:54 PM PST

COLTON – By week six of her training at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, physician assistant Lauren Vento is tending to far more medical challenges than she ever imagined.

Recently, she drained the fluid out of a woman’s badly swollen knee.

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The Sun: County to vote on $90M bid to expand jail

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/13/2010 09:10:45 PM PST

The county Board of Supervisors today will vote on a proposal to award a $90 million construction contract to a Washington-based contractor for the expansion of the Adelanto Detention Center.

Two California contractors – S.J. Amorosa Construction Co. in Costa Mesa and Flintco in Folsom – were precluded from bidding after failing to properly include information in their bidding documents mandated by the Public Contract Code, according to a report prepared for the Board of Supervisors.

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The Sun: Grand Terrace debates council selection

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/13/2010 04:22:33 PM PST

GRAND TERRACE – Big tasks are in store for the newly elected City Council, but one of the first decisions will shape the others.

The council is scheduled to decide tonight what the future holds for the seat vacated by Councilman Walt Stanckiewitz when he becomes mayor today.

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DailyBulletin: Tax plan would boost local paychecks

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Created: 12/13/2010 05:01:46 PM PST

A tax plan that would put money in the pockets of most American workers moved forward in the U.S. Senate Monday, bringing the prospect of continued tax cuts and additional benefits one step closer to reality.

The plan, a compromise between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans, would extend the income tax cuts approved in 2001 and 2003, extend federal unemployment benefits and give workers an additional payroll tax break.

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VVDailyPress: New VV council tackles 1,224-page agenda

December 13, 2010 5:43 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • It’ll be a crash course in municipal government for two newly seated members, as Victorville’s City Council tackles a 1,224-page agenda at Tuesday’s meeting.

Items of interest up for discussion include:

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VVDailyPress: Nassif expected to become mayor

December 13, 2010 4:46 PM
Brooke Edwards

APPLE VALLEY • The town will say goodbye to two council members, welcome two new ones and select its next mayor at the start of Tuesday’s meeting.

With the town’s top position typically going to the highest vote-getter in the recent election, the mayoral seat is expected to go to returning Councilman Scott Nassif.

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Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer
San Francisco Chronicle
Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The U.S. Supreme Court asked the Obama administration Monday to weigh in on whether California can require Indian tribes to share hundreds of millions of dollars in gambling revenue with the state when they expand their casinos.

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 6B

The lawyer hired by CalPERS to investigate its bribery scandal urged the pension fund Monday to police itself and its investment partners far more vigorously.

The recommendations by Washington, D.C. attorney Philip Khinda, who has been investigating CalPERS for more than a year, amount to a broad array of reforms for the nation’s largest public pension fund. Khinda’s proposals range from a ban on gifts to board members to a restructuring of how CalPERS doles out the millions of dollars in fees it pays its investment partners.

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LATimes: Appeals court delays sale of 24 state buildings

Two former members of the state building authority filed suit last month to halt the sale, arguing that it was a waste of taxpayer funds. The Schwarzenegger administration is pushing the sale to raise $1.2 billion to ease this year’s budget shortfall.

By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
December 13, 2010, 8:43 p.m.

A state appeals court has stalled the controversial sale of 24 government buildings, ruling Monday afternoon that the transaction cannot go forward this week as planned and delaying it until at least January.

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LATimes: Education fills big space on Brown’s chalkboard

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
December 14, 2010

As Gov.-elect Jerry Brown prepares to take office, major headwinds are buffeting the biggest component of his upcoming budget: California’s schools. They are being confronted by a lack of funding that threatens to further harm pupils and a controversial reform movement that could dramatically reshape how classrooms are run.

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CaliforniaWatch: State’s teacher supply plummets

California Watch
A Project of the Center for Investigative Reporting
K–12

December 14, 2010 | Louis Freedberg

The number of Californians seeking to become teachers has plummeted by 45 percent over a seven year period – even as student enrollments are projected to rise by 230,000 over the next decade and as many as 100,000 teachers are expected to retire.

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