Archive for March 13th, 2011

VVDailyPress: Audit paints bleak picture of Victorville finances

March 12, 2011 1:00 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • An independent auditor is questioning whether Victorville can stay solvent over the next three months after discovering tens of millions of dollars in internal loans that were never approved, three funds that are $180 million in the hole and dwindling cash reserves.

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The PE: SB COUNTY: Police training verification to increase

11:46 PM PST on Saturday, March 12, 2011

By IMRAN GHORI, RICHARD BROOKS and CASSIE MACDUFF
The Press-Enterprise

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department training scandal — called the first of its type in California — is prompting officials in both Inland counties to consider tightening their procedures for verifying training-class attendance.

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The PE: SAN JACINTO: Council reflects on first 100 days

11:55 PM PST on Saturday, March 12, 2011

By GAIL WESSON
The Press-Enterprise

They set a longest-meeting record, at more than five hours, made it clear that a balanced budget does not mean tapping reserves and have moved forward on items like a downtown facelift and a levee project.

The four new San Jacinto City Council members just passed the 100-day mark in office on Friday and took time to review their start and challenges ahead.

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12:09 AM PST on Sunday, March 13, 2011

By ALICIA ROBINSON
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside’s special charter review committee is poised to begin work Monday, but a local organization is complaining that the City Council-appointed group doesn’t accurately reflect this diverse community.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Haugen to head First 5

Haugan

 

10:00 PM PST on Saturday, March 12, 2011

Submitted to The Press-Enterprise

Linda Haugan, assistant executive officer of San Bernardino County Human Services, has been voted First 5 San Bernardino commission chair.

She began as a commissioner for First 5 San Bernardino in 2005.

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The Sun: Teachers unions oppose Huff’s bill on education

Plan stresses performance, not seniority
Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/12/2011 10:48:33 PM PST

Some union leaders are blasting a bill introduced in Sacramento that would base teacher layoffs on performance rather than seniority.

State Sen. Bob Huff, R-Walnut, proposed the bill to give school districts more flexibility to retain top educators.

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DailyBulletin: How we’ve changed

R.C., Fontana spurred growth
James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Created: 03/12/2011 11:09:52 PM PST

Growth in those areas and across the Inland Empire came largely because of affordable homes sold in the first half of the decade, said Brad Kemp, director of regional research at Beacon Economics.

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DailyBulletin: To pick or hold a vote?

Upland mulls vacated seat
Mediha Fejzagic DiMartino, Staff Writer
Created: 03/12/2011 07:06:15 AM PST

UPLAND – Mayor Ray Musser is pushing for the city treasurer to be considered for the seat he vacated to become mayor.

Dan Morgan’s name is on the agenda for Monday’s council meeting, at which the decision whether to hold a special election or appoint will be made first.

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One in a series on the census and the changing complexion of the High Desert.
March 12, 2011 5:40 PM
Brooke Edwards

The Victor Valley has grown much more rapidly over the past decade than San Bernardino County or California overall, according to 2010 U.S. Census data released this week.

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By Kevin Yamamura
kyamamura@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Mar. 13, 2011 – 1:00 am | Page 1A

From hosting lawmakers at his downtown loft to testifying in a packed committee room, Gov. Jerry Brown has taken a novel approach to the state budget.

Yet negotiations have returned to a familiar spot: trading additional revenue for long-term changes in state government. Brown is negotiating with a splinter group of five GOP lawmakers, whose wish list contains issues that have divided the Capitol for decades.

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Ken Chiampou and John Kobylt

 

They don’t hold office, but they do have power over budget negotiations. The notion of compromise is not in their playbook.

By Anthony York and Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
March 13, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento and Los Angeles

It’s drive-time in Los Angeles, and that means radio hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou are riffing about state politicians.

Within a matter of moments, they refer to various lawmakers as “traitorous pigs,” “con artist” and “Republican dirt bag.” They use gruesome sound effects to suggest the mounting of one legislator’s head on a stake — his entry into the duo’s hall of shame.

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