Archive for March 29th, 2011

The PE: Former S.B. Assessor takes plea deal

The Press-Enterprise
Published: 3/28/2011 07:57 PM

PDF: DA statement on plea deal in San Bernardino County corruption case

Special Section: San Bernardino County Corruption Probe

Former San Bernardino County Assessor and Supervisor Bill Postmus pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to corruption charges after more than two years of fighting the allegations in court.

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The Sun: Postmus pleads guilty (Updated)



Former county assessor to trade testimony for reduction in charges
Joe Nelson and Mike Cruz, Staff Writers
Posted: 03/28/2011 05:27:31 PM PDT

Former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus pleaded guilty on Monday in San Bernardino Superior Court to criminal charges stemming from scandals involving the Assessor’s Office and a legal settlement with a Rancho Cucamonga developer.

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The PE: Cassie MacDuff: Pension Issue Divides Panel

10:00 PM PDT on Monday, March 28, 2011
Cassie MacDuff

Whether to continue a monthly subsidy to San Bernardino County retirees is going to be a divisive issue.

That became clear at a Board of Retirement committee meeting last week.

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10:00 PM PDT on Monday, March 28, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Budget cuts have put Riverside County’s inmate medical care out of compliance with state law, exposing the county to potential lawsuits or court oversight, Sheriff Stan Sniff said.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 03/28/2011 07:12:43 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – A judge on Monday lowered bail by more than $1 million for a former county welfare worker accused of stealing from needy families, despite a prosecutor’s concern she may be a flight risk.

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Cabriales, Rothschild and Kennedy


March 28, 2011 5:31 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • Three council members are now being targeted for a recall, with developer Dan Tate planning a rally next week to discuss strategies and potential candidates to replace Mayor Pro Tem Rudy Cabriales, Councilman Mike Rothschild and Councilman Jim Kennedy.

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Solar system to power 85,000 Los Angeles homes
March 28, 2011 4:11 PM
Natasha Lindstrom

ADELANTO • The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is building an 11.6-megawatt solar plant here that utility officials say will power more than 85,000 Los Angeles homes over 25 years.

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VVDailyPress: A.V. town manager finalist for Iowa job

Marks at least fourth position Frank Robinson has tried for in less than three years
March 28, 2011 2:53 PM
Brooke Edwards

APPLE VALLEY • Town Manager Frank Robinson is a finalist for a city manager position in Iowa, marking at least his fourth attempt to take another job since coming to Apple Valley less than three years ago.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
March 28, 2011

When Senate Republicans released their list of policy requests late Friday, including notes of where Democrats had agreed, it seemed like the kind of move that typically spells disaster. But conversations continued Monday, albeit without the two Senate Republican leaders who made the list public.

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Debra J. Saunders
San Francisco Chronicle
March 28, 2011 – 04:00 AM

In Sacramento, the knee-jerk response to any crisis is to blame the Republicans. But if Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders can’t cut a deal to win the two GOP votes in the Assembly and two in the Senate needed to qualify Brown’s tax-increase extension for the June ballot, Democrats must take their share of responsibility for fudging a deal.

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Money & Company
Tracking the market and economic trends that shape your finances.
March 28, 2011 | 6:29 pm

Hopes were high at the start of this year for a hefty first-quarter growth spurt in the U.S. economy.

But some of Wall Street’s biggest banks now are ratcheting back their growth estimates amid disappointing data in recent weeks.

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LADailyNews: $5-a-gallon gasoline may be on the horizon

By Dana Bartholomew, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/28/2011 07:18:54 PM PDT
Updated: 03/29/2011 07:33:14 AM PDT

If you think $4 gas has put a dent in your wallet, prepare for a pothole in your purse this summer, fuel analysts say.

As the average price of a gallon of self-serve regular rose Monday for the sixth consecutive day, some say it could hit $5 before the worst is over.

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The declaration put in place three years ago will be lifted Wednesday after the state conducts its final snow survey. After winter downpours, the state’s reservoirs are at high levels.

By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
March 29, 2011

Gov. Jerry Brown is about to make official what a winter of downpours and rising reservoir levels have already made obvious: California’s drought is over.

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