Archive for December 31st, 2010

InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Judgeship a “no go” for corruption prosecutor?

Friday, December 31, 2010 – 11:45 a.m.

It looks like a Superior Court judgeship may not be in the cards for Deputy District Attorney Lewis Cope.

Cope, the lead prosecutor in District Attorney Mike Ramos’ public integrity unit, had been hoping for a judicial appointment from outgoing Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger before he leaves office next week.

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The PE: Inland counties prepare for their own redistricting

10:00 PM PST on Thursday, December 30, 2010

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

The state’s new Citizens Redistricting Commission has ushered in a new era in California, heralded by supporters as a way to take politics out of the drawing of legislative and congressional boundaries.

But a political tug-of-war among elected officials could still play out at the local level next year as counties, cities and school boards redraw their own district lines.

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The Sun: Corruption probes cast wide net

District Attorney Mike Ramos

Investigators pursue cases across county
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/30/2010 05:47:55 PM PST

The past year has been fraught with scandal in San Bernardino County as state and local prosecutors charged two former county officials in a sweeping corruption complaint related to a $102 million land dispute and convicted a third former county official on charges of fraud, theft and conspiracy.

Also in 2010, federal investigators raided the county’s Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton and Upland City Hall in what appear to be unrelated investigations.

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The PE: Hollingsworth appointment looming?

Hollingsworth

By PE Politics
on December 30, 2010 12:45 PM

Former Inland lawmaker Dennis Hollingsworth reportedly will be appointed to a six-figure post on the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board by departing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/30/2010 09:03:04 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – Despite all the sound and fury surrounding an ill-fated attempt to restructure City Hall, 2010 comes to an end with the city continuing to face many of the same hardships as it did when the year began.

“I don’t think we got anything accomplished, but (for) balancing the budget,” first-year Councilman Jason Desjardins said.

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The Sun: 2011 could bring big political changes

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/30/2010 07:05:15 PM PST

While continued budget woes will be front and center over at least much of the coming year, behind the scenes California will be conducting a few political experiments – ones that experts say has the potential to dramatically change how California’s government works.

In the coming few months, a group of 14 Californians – five Democrats, five Republicans, and four voters not affiliated with either major party – will redraw the boundaries of the state’s congressional, Assembly and state Senate districts.

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The Sun: San Bernardino begins year with a chance for change

Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/30/2010 09:01:55 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – What will 2011 bring in San Bernardino? A cinema? An airport?

A new cinema represents the latest hope within the halls of San Bernardino government to bring commerce back to downtown.

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The Sun: Elections, state budget woes dominated 2010

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/30/2010 07:14:12 PM PST

In 2010, Californians voted to make it easier for Democrats to pass a budget without Republican support, but they voted to make it impossible for Democrats to raise fees without Republicans on board.

In this year’s gubernatorial race, Californians chose a longtime politician, Democrat Jerry Brown, over an outsider, Republican Meg Whitman, while voters in a few local Assembly districts chose outsiders over experienced local officials.

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