Archive for March 2nd, 2011

InlandPolitics: Crude oil and gold continue rise


Wednesday, March 2, 2011 – 03:20 p.m.

Crude oil and gold prices continued their march higher today.

West Texas Intermediate Light Sweet Crude closed at $102.46 per barrel ,up $2.83 (2.84%), while gold closed at a new all-time high at $1,437.20 an ounce.

InlandPolitics: S.B. County union leader to resign (Update)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 – 02:01 p.m.
Last Modified: March 2, 2011 – 04:30 p.m.

The President of the San Bernardino County Safety Employees Benefit Association (SEBA) is expected to have tendered his resignation within the past hour.

The Board of Directors convened at noon today to take up the matter on its agenda.

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DailyBulletin: Upland hit with claim



President of marijuana co-op alleges extortion
Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 03/01/2011 08:36:04 PM PST

UPLAND – The president of a medical-marijuana cooperative shut down by the city filed a claim this week accusing former Mayor John Pomierski of demanding money to keep it in business.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: DA faces deficit, blames Pacheco

Pacheco and Zellerbach


10:16 PM PST on Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Former Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco knew his office faced a multi-million-dollar shortfall, misled county supervisors about it, and increased costs by $4.9 million with unchecked spending, his successor said Tuesday.

Now Paul Zellerbach said he is looking at a $5.9 million shortfall that he hopes to reduce a bit more before going to supervisors to ask for reserve money to fill in the gap.

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09:38 AM PST on Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Special Section: San Bernardino County Corruption Probe

A former San Bernardino County assessor’s employee convicted of corruption charges must repay the county most of his salary, a Superior Court judge ruled.

Rex Gutierrez, a former assessor’s intergovernmental relations officer, must pay the county $135,987.80, Judge Duke Rouse stated in an order last week. The amount represents 65 percent of the salary and benefits he collected during his 22 months of county employment, starting in March 2007.

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The PE: Negrete McLeod gets budget committee post



By PE Politics
on March 1, 2011 1:55 PM

The relationship between Inland state Sen. Gloria Negrete McLeod and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg hit a rough patch in December after Steinberg dumped the Chino Democrat as chairwoman of the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee.

There was no warning and no explanation.

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10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, March 1, 2011


The Press-Enterprise

In what could be a first in the state, Riverside County and the city of Riverside are considering loaning each other money — rather than going to the municipal bond market — to pay for redevelopment projects.

The Board of Supervisors provided the authorization Tuesday morning, and the Riverside City Council followed with an evening vote.

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Published: Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2011 – 12:08 am

With the target for a budget deal nine days away, Senate GOP leader Bob Dutton confirmed Tuesday that some of his members are now talking to Gov. Jerry Brown.

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The Sun: Employees oppose cuts

SB City Unified board discusses budget hit of $25 million
Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/01/2011 09:37:08 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – Scores of employees of the San Bernardino City Unified School District came out to the school board’s meeting Tuesday night to oppose millions of dollars in proposed cuts.

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The Sun: County agencies won’t be merged

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/01/2011 08:34:17 PM PST

Reversing course, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors opted Tuesday to keep the county’s Land Use Services and Environmental Health departments separate agencies.

Citing state funding concerns, the supervisors voted to rescind their approval of the merger.

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DailyBulletin: Musser is now Upland’s mayor

Council makes vote in sudden move
Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 03/01/2011 05:16:56 PM PST

UPLAND – In a move that came as a shock to some, the City Council appointed Councilman Ray Musser to finish John Pomierski’s term as mayor.

Musser was appointed Monday after the council discussed its options for filling the vacancy left when Pomierski resigned last week.

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DailyBulletin: LAWA gets 10 inquiries to manage ONT

Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Created: 03/01/2011 08:33:04 PM PST

LOS ANGELES – Several national and international firms have expressed interest in managing L.A./Ontario International Airport.

Officials at Los Angeles World Airports, which operates ONT, received 10 inquiries since the submission process opened Jan. 4 for “expressions of interest.”

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By Anthony York Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
March 1, 2011, 1:22 p.m.

Gov. Jerry Brown told hundreds of police chiefs Tuesday that curbs on their pensions may be needed to solve the state’s long-term budget crisis.

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Harris argues that the hold must be removed because the appeal of last year’s ruling that overturned Proposition 8 is taking more time than expected.

By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
March 2, 2011

California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris urged a federal appeals court Tuesday to permit same-sex couples to marry during an appeal of last year’s ruling that overturned Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that banned gay marriage.

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The retirement system that public school teachers can use to augment their traditional pensions has a baffling array of investment options, high fees and a chronic lack of oversight, the TIAA-CREF Institute says.

By Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times
March 2, 2011

With public-employee pensions under attack by budget cutters, teachers may have to rely more on their own savings to pay for retirement.

But a new study indicates that the retirement system used by California public school teachers to supplement their traditional pensions is larded with high fees that eat into employee nest eggs.

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By Vern Nelson
February 28, 2011

Given the shitstorm coming down the pike for the various insiders implicated in the attempted Great Swindle of the Orange County Fairgrounds, we figure it’s time to start introducing some of the players whose names you’ll be hearing a lot in the news in the coming months. And current Fair Board chairman Dave Ellis is one such character who’s been particularly fascinating to me for a long time now. Publicity-shy, he’s conducted his 25-year political career as much as possible in the shadows. (He now prefers to be called “David,” probably because it’s even harder to google.)

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