Archive for February 6th, 2011

InlandPolitics: Honoring Reagan’s 100th birthday

February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004

Sunday, February 6, 2011 – 11:25 a.m.

Here is the tribute to Ronald Reagan to be aired during today’s Super Bowl.

Reagan was America’s 40th President.

InlandPolitics: U.S. unemployment numbers becoming a sham

Sunday, February 6, 2011 – 11:15 a.m.

Last Friday’s release of January unemployment figures by the U.S. Department of Labor was a disgrace.

Over the past two months the “unemployment rate” has purportedly fallen from 9.8% to 9.0%, with the “underemployment” rate currently at 16.1%.

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InlandPolitics: SB City: Desjardins likely to leave office

Desjardins

Sunday, February 6, 2011 – 10:50 a.m.

San Bernardino City Councilman Jason Desjardins will likely be forced to leave office because of recent scrutiny surrounding dealings between the city and his towing service business.

To put it simply, Desjardins towing service has a position on the city police tow rotation. A very lucrative benefit to Desjardins livelihood.

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InlandPolitics: Technology and blogs

Sunday, February 6, 2011 – 10:30 a.m.

I never really gave much thought to the technology behind the production and distribution of the blog until the recent switch by InlandPolitics.com from Yahoo Small Business to a dedicated service provider.

What I learned was amazing. The service improvement was dramatic. The increase in daily hits was shocking.

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11:50 PM PST on Saturday, February 5, 2011

By DUANE W. GANG and ALICIA ROBINSON
The Press-Enterprise

On a recent day, the sun glimmered off the new pool at the Jurupa Aquatics Center on Mission Boulevard. Construction crews worked on the still-unpaved parking lot and put the finishing touches on a pirate ship in a children’s play area.

The $22.7 million center, funded through the Riverside County Redevelopment Agency, has three water slides, a man-made river, a wave machine and an 11,500-square-foot building with offices, lockers and a community room.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Mayor has set many goals, reached some

Loveridge

11:16 PM PST on Saturday, February 5, 2011

By ALICIA ROBINSON
The Press-Enterprise

How do you measure a city’s progress? Flash back to 2005, and one way Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge counted it was by the number of Starbucks stores.

The mayor has used various measures of success over the years, as recorded in his annual State of the City addresses, given each January. He also traditionally uses the speeches to set goals for the city.

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11:29 PM PST on Saturday, February 5, 2011

By GAIL WESSON
The Press-Enterprise

Special Section: San Jacinto Corruption Probe

Three of the new San Jacinto City Council members were among the top spenders in the November election, but the fourth won his seat with a low-budget campaign.

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SDUnion-Tribune: Prosecuted pension officials seek fees

The six say the city promised to cover their legal defense

By Kelly Thornton, Watchdog Institute

Friday, February 4, 2011 at 5:41 p.m.

The law

Governments can choose to cover legal fees for criminal prosecution of employees if the employee acted within the “scope of his employment,” “without malice,” in the “apparent interests of the public entity” and if “the public entity determines that such defense would be in the best interests of the public entity.”

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Thomas Himes, Staff Writer
Created: 02/05/2011 07:10:46 AM PST

Anschutz Entertainment Group President and CEO Tim Leiweke confidently proclaims he is the man who can bring the National Football League back to Los Angeles by building a state-of-the-art, multi-use stadium downtown, near Staples Center.

But despite Leiweke’s bravado, building a 64,000- to 72,000-seat stadium won’t come cheap. Leiweke knows that. And that may explain why the stadium’s reported price has more than doubled since November.

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By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times
February 5, 2011, 4:16 p.m.

For years, Sacramento lawmakers worked to give California voters a bigger say in national politics by scheduling the state’s presidential primary as early as they could.

The series of moves culminated in 2008 with a Feb. 5 vote, the earliest in state history. But now a legislative effort is underway to move the California primary back where it started — to June, on the last day of the 2012 nominating season — as a way to save tens of millions of dollars. “That’s a lot of money,” said the bill’s sponsor, Assemblyman Paul Fong (D-Cupertino), “at a time when every penny counts.”

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LATimes: A damning post-mortem of the financial meltdown

Though few have paid attention, the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission’s conclusions clearly point out the failures by regulators — and the (un)regulated — to rein in excesses that predictably led to ruin.

By Michael Hiltzik
February 6, 2011

The public reaction to major man-made disasters always follows the same life cycle: First come shock and outrage, then demands for investigation and retribution against the guilty, and finally resignation about God’s mysterious ways, fatigue and ennui.

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