Archive for March 3rd, 2011

InlandPolitics: Judge throws out case against S.B. County DA, appeal to be filed

Thursday, March 3, 2011 – 08:30 p.m.

A lawsuit filed by a former mistress and employee of San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos was tossed out Thursday morning by a Superior Court Judge, who did a complete turnaround from a tentative ruling given yesterday.

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By Joe Nelson
Created: 03/03/2011 02:17:33 PM PST

Eight people, including two former employees of San Bernardino County’s Transitional Assistance Department, have been indicted on suspicion of stealing more than $500,000 of taxpayer money intended for needy families.

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Jason Abbott, Staff Writer
Thursday, March 3, 2011 – 01:51 p.m.

Worth repeating: On the day the City of Upland was disgraced by having the indignity of a federal raid on its City Hall and the private residence of the then-mayor, here are the words of Upland City Councilmember Ken Willis which appeared in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin:

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Jason Abbott, Staff Writer
Thursday, March 3, 2011 – 01:44 p.m.

With the unveiling of the federal indictment against ex-Upland Mayor J.P. Pomierski and his business partner now public, many county residents are absolutely stunned to see the alleged criminal activity apparently undertaken by senior elected public servants in Upland, the community known as the City of Gracious Living. Although this blog highlighted Pomierski’s graft as early as last June, many – including Pomierski’s allies on the Upland City Council – refused to believe the accusations against J.P., the self-proclaimed “King of Upland.’

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InlandPolitics: Federal indictment

Thursday, March 3, 2011 – 11:50 a.m.

Here is the the federal grand jury indictment of former Upland mayor John “J.P.” Pomierski and business owner John Hennes.

To view indictment, click here: Pomierski / Hennes Indictment

Created: 03/03/2011 09:59:50 AM PST

Assistant U.S. District Attorney Jerry Behnke said the indictment alleges that Mayor JP Pomierski demanded and received money from two different business in Upland.

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DailyBulletin: Pomierski expected to surrender today



Created: 03/03/2011 09:53:19 AM PST

Former Upland Mayor John “JP” Pomierski is expected to surrender to FBI agents today at the Federal Court in Riverside, according to the U.S. District Attorney’s office.

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InlandPolitics: More Upland arrests (Update)

Thursday, March 3, 2011 – 09:25 p.m.
Last Modified: March 3, 2011 – 10:20 a.m.

Sources tell that federal authorities, at this hour, are conducting arrests in the city of Upland related to the ongoing investigation surrounding allegations of influence peddling involving former Mayor John “J.P.” Pomierski.

Update 10:20 a.m. – Upland Business owner John Hennes was arrested by federal authorities this morning.


Thursday, March 3, 2011 – 06:40 a.m.
Last Modified; March 3, 2011 – 07:00 a.m.

Everyone seems to be waiting on the anticipated release of results from a criminal investigation into allegations involving the falsifying of training records by sworn peace officers in the Sheriff’s Department.

And rightfully so!

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Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/02/2011 06:00:58 PM PST

COLTON – The City Council has approved labor contracts that reduce compensation for police officers and many other city employees, saving the city about $1.2million per year.

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11:09 PM PST on Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

A banned dispensary in Wildomar will be allowed to re-open after an appeals court ruling in an ongoing legal fight over access to medical marijuana.

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10:00 PM PST on Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

The $90.4 million in redevelopment bonds Riverside plans to issue mainly will pay for street improvements and also will fund other projects in the city’s six redevelopment zones.

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Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/02/2011 07:37:34 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – Officials today will consider approving a $525 million funding agreement between the city’s redevelopment agency and the San Bernardino Economic Development Corporation as part of a move to shift redevelopment oversight to the nonprofit agency.

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Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 03/02/2011 03:59:48 PM PST

One of two men publicly associated with the FBI’s Upland-based investigation pleaded not guilty Wednesday in federal court in Riverside.

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VVDailyPress: Victorville’s State of the City

March 02, 2011 6:22 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • While acknowledging the very real financial struggles Victorville is facing, Wednesday’s State of the City Address focused on maintaining essential services and long-term plans for recovery.

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March 02, 2011 6:17 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • The city attorney is teaming up with a lawyer from the local Tea Party movement in hopes of finding a legal loophole so Victorville can terminate its red light camera contract.

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VVDailyPress: City abandons solar project at SCLA

March 02, 2011 5:46 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • After eight months of negotiations and fielding bids from some of the top names in the solar industry, Victorville has decided to drop the prospect of building a large solar plant north of Southern California Logistics Airport.

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11:26 PM PST on Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

PDF: Copy of flier being circulated by Hemet Teachers Association

Tensions between the Hemet Unified school board and its teachers union escalated Tuesday when two board members lashed out against the union for what they called personal attacks against them.

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WSJ: GOP in California Tax Talks

March 3, 2011
Lawmakers Weigh Support for Governor’s Budget Plan in Return for Concessions


In what could become a turning point in Gov. Jerry Brown’s effort to close California’s $26.6 billion deficit, a group of Republican state senators may support the Democratic governor’s plan to ask voters for extended tax increases, in exchange for concessions, people familiar with the matter said.

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California Watch
A Project of the Center for Investigative Reporting
Money and Politics

March 3, 2011 | Chase Davis

Once the grand jury got together, it didn’t take long for Larry Minor to fold.

Less than 24 hours after his indictment last month, the Southern California agribusiness mogul pleaded guilty to charges that he funneled money through friends and family to circumvent the state’s campaign contribution limits.

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CapitolWeekly: A snapshot of Indian gaming in California

By Malcolm Maclachlan | 03/03/11 12:00 AM PST

After years of continual expansion, Indian gaming revenues in California fell between 2008 and 2009, according to a new report.

Alan Meister, an economist with Nathan Associates Inc., was scheduled to release his annual report Thursday that looks at Indian gaming around the country. Overall, the nationwide industry mirrored that of California, with small revenue decreases the rule around the country.

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By Jon Ortiz
Published: Thursday, Mar. 3, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Lawmakers on Wednesday reacted skeptically to a controversial new proposal to lower public employee pensions throughout state and local government.

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OCRegister: Lawmaker tries to end elected official pensions



March 2nd, 2011, 1:50 pm
Posted by Martin Wisckol, Politics reporter

Some public employee union leaders, under siege with calls for pension reform, have called on elected officials and executive managers to lead by example.

Assemblyman Curt Hagman, R-Diamond Bar, is trying to make part of that happen. The lawmaker, whose district includes parts or all of Anaheim, La Habra, Orange, Villa Park and Yorba Linda, introduced a bill Tuesday that would end pensions for all local and statewide elected officials in California.

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WSJ: WSJ/NBC Poll: Strong Support for Bargaining Rights

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March 2, 2011, 1:00 PM ET
By Patrick O’Connor

Americans strongly oppose efforts to strip unionized government workers of their rights to collectively bargain, even as they want public employees to contribute more money to their retirement and health-care benefits, the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows.

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