Archive for April 6th, 2011

InlandPolitics: Opportunism at its best



Wednesday, April 6, 2011 – 03:15 p.m.


It’s something that rears its ugly head all too often.

Especially in politics.

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Rising oil prices beginning to hurt US economy, weakening the benefits of stronger job growth

Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer
Wednesday April 6, 2011, 6:50 am EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just when companies have finally stepped up hiring, rising oil prices are threatening to halt the U.S. economy’s gains.

Some economists are scaling back their estimates for growth this year, in part because flat wages have left households struggling to pay higher gasoline prices.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011 – 10:30 a.m.

A hornet’s nest was stirred up last week when former county supervisor and assessor Bill Postmus entered a blanket guilty plea to all charges, 14 felonies, brought against him by San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos.

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The Sun OpEd: Hansberger slurs have no merit

Judge Christopher J. Warner
Posted: 04/05/2011 07:54:06 PM PDT

Re: “Former supervisor questions judges; Hansberger: Rulings for Colonies tainted,” April 3.

Writer Joe Nelson asserts that I was not available for comment. That was not and is not true. The implication is that Mr. Nelson wanted my comments. I therefore take this opportunity to provide them in response to the article.

Somewhat coincidentally, on March 24 I made what I then believed would be the last public appearance and statement I would have the opportunity to make in my life as a public servant. This opportunity occurred at a meeting of the Western San Bernardino County Bar Association during which I was honored as Judge of The Year. I report that award not for the purposes of self-aggrandizement, but rather to frame a remark I made at that time.

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10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

San Bernardino County supervisors reduced health and retirement benefits for about 550 mostly management employees Tuesday as part of a first step toward reining in a $122.5 million budget deficit.

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10:36 PM PDT on Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Special Section: San Bernardino County Corruption Probe

San Bernardino County supervisors discussed the Colonies Partners settlement with their attorneys Tuesday but made no announcement whether they would seek to recover the $102 million payout that prosecutors say was reached through bribery.

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Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/05/2011 05:18:54 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Seeking to put more teeth into anti-pot laws already on the books, the City Council voted 6-0 to approve an ordinance that brings stiffer penalties against those who illegally operate medical marijuana dispensaries here.

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DailyBulletin: Benefit cuts on table

County to negotiate with reluctant unions
James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/05/2011 06:16:44 PM PDT

High-ranking San Bernardino County employees will see their paychecks shrink later this year, as the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a plan that will ask them to pay more toward their retirement plans.

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County spokesman: Layoffs likely
April 06, 2011 9:08 AM
Natasha Lindstrom

SAN BERNARDINO • The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved compensation cuts to high-ranking county employees on Tuesday — in hopes the move will encourage union employees to swallow similar concessions.

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DailyBulletin: Board looks at effects of plea

Postmus’ deal with prosecutors could swing SB County lawsuits
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/05/2011 08:20:44 PM PDT

Meeting in closed session Tuesday, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors discussed the impact former board Chairman Bill Postmus’ guilty pleas might have on a landmark legal settlement and related lawsuits.

No action was taken, but a county spokesman said lawyers are looking into the matter.

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10:40 PM PDT on Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

The city of Ontario offered no details on how it would solve two of Ontario International Airport’s biggest problems — rising costs to carriers and plummeting passenger traffic — according to its proposal to control the airport, obtained this week by The Press-Enterprise through the California Public Records Act.

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Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/05/2011 10:08:35 PM PDT

UPLAND – Legal concerns are keeping the City Council from publicly reacting to the Upland police report describing an altercation between City Manager Robb Quincey and an ex-fiancee.

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10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

A three-year round of water and sewer rate increases will begin in May, the Redlands City Council decided on a divided vote Tuesday evening after several hours of comments from residents mostly opposed to the increase.

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Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/05/2011 06:04:34 PM PDT

The Assembly Judiciary Committee on Tuesday voted down Assemblyman Tim Donnelly’s bills targeting illegal immigration in California.

Donnelly, R-Claremont, had presented two bills to the committee, which voted 7-3 against both, on a straight party vote.

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10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

A fundraising event for San Bernardino City Unified School District board member Elsa Valdez is planned for 5 to 7 p.m. April 14 at Gents Hall, 1462 E Art Townsend Drive, San Bernardino.

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Published: April 5, 2011
By Daniel Weintraub

Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers last month passed what might have been the biggest package of spending cuts in state history, more than $11 billion in reductions to almost every part of the government. But when the next fiscal year ends less than 15 months from now, many of those cuts will have failed to deliver their promised savings.

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By David Siders and Laurel Rosenhall
Published: Wednesday, Apr. 6, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

One week after budget talks with Republican lawmakers collapsed, Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday that he is again talking with Republicans and will hit the road this week to “mobilize support” for higher taxes.

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SacBee: California mortgage aid includes cash-out loans

By Robert Lewis
Published: Wednesday, Apr. 6, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 6B

Soon after launching a $2 billion statewide mortgage assistance program, the California Housing Finance Agency said Tuesday it would loosen eligibility requirements – allowing owners who used their homes as cash machines during the boom to now receive some help.

The change to the Keep Your Home California initiative acknowledges just how many homeowners now in trouble tapped into their equity during the peak.

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By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
April 5, 2011, 8:25 p.m.

Reporting from Sacramento—Through the depths of the recession, major Wall Street banks and other financial institutions spent nearly $70 million in California to try to defeat or water down California legislation aimed at slowing real estate foreclosures.

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LATimes: KB Home’s loss widens

By Alejandro Lazo, Los Angeles Times
April 6, 2011

Los Angeles home builder KB Home widened its loss considerably in its first quarter as the housing market soured and the company took a financial hit on the bankruptcy of a big Las Vegas development.

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