Archive for April 19th, 2011

InlandPolitics: Hartwig appointed S.B. County fire chief



Tuesday, April 19, 2011 – 10:15 a.m.

San Bernardino County has appointed Mark Hartwig as Fire Chief.

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InlandPolitics: Gold hits $1,500 an ounce



Tuesday, April 19, 2011 – 10:00 a.m.

And the government says there’s no inflation!

Nothing really left to say here except that most experts, if there is such a thing, expect the precious metal’s price to go higher…………

I think they’re right.

DailyBulletin: Ruling opens door

Finding similar to Colonies case
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 04/18/2011 09:27:08 PM PDT

A recent state appeals court ruling could bolster the San Bernardino County district attorney’s efforts to void a $102 million settlement with a Rancho Cucamonga developer, legal observers say.

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DailyBulletin: Crebs accepts plea deal

Co-conspirator will testify in Pomierski’s corruption trial
Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 04/18/2011 09:04:45 PM PDT

RIVERSIDE – A co-conspirator named in the indictment of John “JP” Pomierski has agreed to testify against the former Upland mayor.

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The PE: Ex-Soboba leader gets prison

06:56 AM PDT on Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

LOS ANGELES – Former Soboba Tribal Chairman Robert “Bobby” Salgado was sentenced Monday to 41 months in federal prison for accepting nearly $875,000 in kickbacks from vendors in exchange for giving them contracts on the reservation and at the Soboba Casino.

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DailyBulletin: No service reductions in budget

L.A. County’s CEO unveils $23.3B plan
Christina Villacorte, Staff Writer
Created: 04/18/2011 09:00:40 PM PDT

Los Angeles County’s chief executive officer unveiled a $23.3 billion proposed budget Monday that closes a $221 million gap mostly through one-time solutions, while avoiding new furloughs or laying off county workers.

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The PE: Farewell to Mr. Democrat

10:00 PM PDT on Monday, April 18, 2011
Cassie MacDuff

As diverse as the Democratic Party is, on one thing Democrats in San Bernardino County agree:

The title of “Mr. Democrat” belonged to Mark R. Shepherd, the man with the trademark long, bushy hair and ever-present smile who showed up at every Democratic function, local and statewide.

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VVDailyPress: Victorville owes IRS $82K

April 18, 2011 4:31 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • The city owes $82,628 to the Internal Revenue Service, including $14,330 in late fees for a refund that should’ve been made nearly four years ago.

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Gov. Jerry Brown negotiates a new contract for California’s prison guards, who will be allowed to save unlimited amounts of vacation, potentially leading to massive payouts when officers retire.

By Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times
April 19, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento— Deep in the 200-page contract that Gov. Jerry Brown recently approved for state prison guards is a provision that could generate a cash windfall to the officers when they retire.

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On politics in the Golden State
April 18, 2011 | 8:04 pm

Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger justified his eleventh-hour sentence reduction for the son of a fellow Sacramento politician, saying “of course you help a friend” and that he felt good about the decision.

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By Kevin Yamamura
Published: Tuesday, Apr. 19, 2011 – 12:19 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Apr. 19, 2011 – 6:46 am


Day 100 in a 60-day quest for a budget dealThe California Teachers Association launched a new television ad statewide Monday urging lawmakers to balance the budget, implying they should do so with taxes and without going to the voters.

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OCRegister: Official who sent Obama-chimp email apologizes

April 18th, 2011, 8:05 pm
Posted by Martin Wisckol, Politics reporter

The Republican official who emailed a controversial email depicting President Barack Obama as a chimpanzee issued an apology this evening, but county GOP Chairman Scott Baugh continued to call for her resignation and ordered an ethics review of the controversy.

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Published: April 14, 2011
Updated: April 15, 2011 6:59 a.m.

Jan Norman
Orange County Register

So far this year, 69 companies have moved all or part of their California work and jobs to other states or countries, reports Irvine relocation consultant Joe Vranich.

It’s the fastest rate of departures since Vranich started tracking the exodus in 2009, he says. There have been an average of 4.7 moves per week from Jan. 1 through April 12, compared to 3.9 moves in all of 2010.

The numbers are low, Vranich says, estimating that only one in five out-of-state moves is made public.

In what he calls “disinvestment events,” Vranich counts companies that move jobs, facilities or headquarters out of California. He doesn’t count companies that invest outside the state for growth or marketing reasons.

Among the 69 are some big names: CKE Restaurants, which started in Orange County and now is based in Carpinteria; Dunn-Edwards paints in Vernon; and eBay Inc. in San Jose which will add 1,000 high-paying jobs in Austin, Tex. after receiving government incentives to locate there.

Eleven Orange County companies are on this latest list: [More…]

Why do these and the other companies move out of California? Vranich has updated his top 10 reasons that California companies call the moving van.

Number 10 is new: Energy costs soaring because of new laws and regulations. Commercial electrical rates are already 50% higher than the rest of the country, Vranich says, and Gov. Jerry Brown just signed a new law increasing the amount of power utilities must buy from renewable sources plus regulations for the California Global Warming Solutions Act will start soon.

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