Archive for March 14th, 2011

InlandPolitics: Upland salaries raise questions (Part-1)

City Clerk Stephanie Mendenhall earns an annual salary of $151,488, with total compensation at $231,230.

Monday, March 14, 2011 – 09:00 .a.m.

Information provided to InlandPolitics.com is raising some questions about just how much Upland city officials are being paid.

Upland, a city under intense scrutiny from federal investigators with the U.S. Department of Justice now faces questions over what the small upscale community of roughly 75,000 residents is paying its public officials.

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InlandPolitics: Victorville likely bankrupt

Sunday, March 13, 2011 – 11:55 a.m.
Last modified: March 13, 2011 – 08:10 p.m.

It appears a chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy filing is in the cards for the city of Victorville.

A city whose treasury has been plundered by questionable and possibly illegal business dealings.

Sources indicate the city council has been made fully aware of the situation, and a filing is most likely inevitable.

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InlandPolitics: Spanish-language broadcaster files lawsuit

Sunday, March 13, 2011 – 05:30 p.m.

A Spanish-radio broadcaster fighting San Bernardino County over the placement of a 46-foot radio tower in an unincorporated area of Yucaipa has filed a lawsuit over a parcel of land adjacent to the site of a proposed radio tower.

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The former mayor is on trial, the city manager is under investigation, and residents and officials worry there are more allegations of wrongdoing coming in Upland.

By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
March 13, 2011, 8:42 p.m.

A blank spot is all that’s left where Upland Mayor John Pomierski’s portrait once hung at City Hall, an unceremonious reminder of a 10-year reign that ended with him in shackles.

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DailyBulletin: Pomona approves five-year redevelopment plan

Monica Rodriguez, Staff Writer
Created: 03/13/2011 08:01:53 AM PDT

POMONA – City Council members recently approved a cooperative agreement between the city and its redevelopment agency that will allow the city to carry out a series of redevelopment projects.

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DailyBulletin: Districts send out notices

Over 600 local certificated employees face loss of jobs
Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 03/13/2011 09:52:21 PM PDT

It’s going to be another tough year for Inland Valley school districts as they continue to shrink staffs and increase class sizes due to the bleak financial condition of the state.

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By Kevin Yamamura
kyamamura@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Mar. 14, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Monday, Mar. 14, 2011 – 7:18 am

If things had gone according to plan, Gov. Jerry Brown might be on the campaign trail asking voters to support tax extensions to balance the state budget.

Instead, the Democratic governor spent the weekend negotiating with Republican lawmakers to place his tax package on the ballot in exchange for long-term changes on pensions, spending growth and state regulations.

Today marks the fourth day since Brown’s self-imposed budget deadline.

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The PE (AP): Crunch time approaches to strike budget deal

March 13, 2011
By JUDY LIN
The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO

Efforts by Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers to court a handful of Republicans are expected to intensify this week as they seek to compromise on a plan to send a tax vote to the ballot.

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com The Sacramento Bee
Published: Monday, Mar. 14, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Monday, Mar. 14, 2011 – 7:14 am

As California’s economy roared in the middle years of the last decade – an unsustainable bubble fueled by mortgage funny money – income and sales taxes flooded into the state treasury.

General fund revenues climbed by one-third from $76.8 billion in 2003-04, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first fiscal year in the Governor’s Office, to more than $102 billion in 2007-08. And Republican Schwarzenegger and a Legislature controlled by Democrats spent every nickel and then some.

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March 13, 2011
By ADAM WEINTRAUB
The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO

The nation’s largest public pension fund could make a small accounting change that would carry a large price tag for taxpayers when board members meet this week.

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March 14, 2011
By Ed Mendel

As Gov. Brown seeks crucial budget votes, one reform proposed by five Republican senators would switch new hires to “hybrid” pensions, a cost-cutting combination of lower pensions and 401(k)-style individual investment plans.

The governor, who also must get votes from labor-friendly Democrats, reportedly could support a different plan: caps not only on the annual amounts pensions could pay, but also caps on the salaries on which pensions are based.

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By PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press
Saturday, March 12, 2011

(03-12) 11:41 PST San Francisco, CA (AP) —

Former California Chief Justice Ron George’s crowning achievement was expected to be his crusade to drag the nation’s largest court system into the 21st century: a computer system linking every courthouse in the state’s 58 counties.

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