Archive for May 18th, 2011

InlandPolitics: Was Attorney General used for political attack?

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 – 2:00 p.m.

Something sure doesn’t pass the smell test.

This topic was hit on over at iepolitics.com on Monday. And it sure seems like they may have something.

The timing of the charges against San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor Neil Derry is hard to ignore.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011 – 01:00 p.m.

InlandPolitics has learned on May 12, 2011, the California Supreme Court reassigned the criminal appeal of former Rancho Cucamonga City Councilman Rex Gutierrez.

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Colonies developer Jeff Burum shows Superior Court Judge Brian S. McCarville that he is wearing an ankle bracelet to monitor his whereabouts. In the near background are, from left, co-defendants Mark Kirk, Jim Erwin and Paul Biane.
David Bauman / The Press-Enterprise

 

08:51 AM PDT on Wednesday, May 18, 2011

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

A prominent Rancho Cucamonga developer and three former and current San Bernardino County officials charged with conspiracy and bribery returned to court Tuesday to show a judge they are being monitored by electronic ankle bracelets.

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The Sun: Defendants under watch

Jim Erwin shows the GPS tracking bracelet on his ankle to Judge Brian McCarville in San Bernardino Superior Court on Tuesday. Paul Biane, far right, Mark Kirk, second from right, Jeff Burum and Erwin were indicted on corruption charges related to San Bernardino County s $102 million settlement in 2006 with Colonies Partners LP. (Gabriel Luis Acosta/Staff Photographer)

San Bernardino County corruption scandal
4 men prove they’re wearing GPS trackers
Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/17/2011 07:31:53 PM PDT

One by one, each of the four men jailed last week in connection with a probe of a controversial $102 million settlement put one leg up on a wooden chair and showed Judge Brian McCarville the wide, black GPS bracelets on their ankles.

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The Sun: County to pay $135,000 to ex-employee

Board agrees to settle claim

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/17/2011 09:30:44 PM PDT

A former employee of the county’s Department of Public Health will receive $135,000 from the county to settle a claim she filed alleging retaliation and wrongful termination.

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10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, May 17, 2011

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

The war of words escalated Tuesday between Riverside County supervisors and the union representing sheriff’s deputies.

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The Sun: Rancho Cucamonga council to look at naming procedure

Wendy Leung, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/17/2011 09:30:45 PM PDT

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – The City Council will review its policy on naming public facilities at its regular meeting at 7 tonight.

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DailyBulletin OpEd: Reforms begin with supervisors

Gonzales

 

Supervisor Josie Gonzales
Created: 05/17/2011 07:24:41 PM PDT

Historically, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has not always been required to adhere to the same policies and practices as other county departments. In the past, this autonomy has been abused by some who used their authority for personal gain. While this only occurred amongst a few individuals, no level of corruption will be tolerated in this county. Ultimately, the Board of Supervisors is responsible for ensuring that the county is accountable to the public and operates in an ethical manner.

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DailyBulletin: 10 may now run for Upland council seat

Hopefuls pick up papers

Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 05/17/2011 09:34:50 PM PDT

UPLAND – Five more residents have picked up nomination papers for this summer’s special election to fill a City Council seat, bumping the number of potential candidates to 10.

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DailyBulletin: Budget revise discussed

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Created: 05/17/2011 09:34:54 PM PDT

The revised state budget plan released Monday provides about $3 billion more to public schools, but local school officials say even if that money materializes, it won’t mean reversing the deep cuts districts have had to make.

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DailyBulletin: County switches control

Supervisors to oversee 2 departments directly
Christina Villacorte, Staff Writer
Created: 05/17/2011 09:34:50 PM PDT

A month after one of his deputies sparked the anger of Los Angeles County supervisors by defying a direct order, the board voted Tuesday to seize authority over two troubled departments from county CEO Bill Fujioka.

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DailyBulletin: Reform plan pushed

Gonzales

 

Gonzales proposes ways to fix image of SB County government
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 05/17/2011 09:31:47 PM PDT

San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Josie Gonzales on Tuesday proposed several reforms in light of the county’s ongoing corruption scandal.

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James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Created: 05/17/2011 09:30:42 PM PDT

A state appeals court has ruled that Sacramento County’s retirement board must release the names and pensions of retired county employees.

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DailyBulletin: Brown approves union deals

Staff and Wire Reports
Created: 05/17/2011 09:32:46 PM PDT

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown this week signed legislation to enact labor contracts for more than 50,000 prison guards, attorneys, engineers and other state workers that are expected to save more than $300 million a year.

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Brown

 

News analysis

The $6.6-billion of unanticipated revenue may relieve some of the pressure caused by California’s huge deficit, perhaps weakening Gov. Jerry Brown’s argument for tax extensions.

By Evan Halper and Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
May 18, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento— The cash pouring into state coffers may seem like good news for Gov. Jerry Brown, who this week announced a surprise $6.6-billion surge. But the joke in the Capitol is that he might have served the public better by burying the windfall in the backyard.

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Cooley

 

L.A. NOW
Southern California — this just in
May 17, 2011 | 2:22 pm

Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley said Tuesday that he would not run for a fourth term as the county’s top prosecutor, ending intense speculation as a crowded field of candidates vies to succeed him.

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Few strategists believe that the disclosure about his out-of-wedlock child will permanently derail Arnold Schwarzenegger’s political or entertainment pursuits.

Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is pursuing a Hollywood comeback. (Mark Ralston / AFP/Getty Images)

By Maeve Reston and Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
May 18, 2011

Over tea this spring in Redondo Beach, Arnold Schwarzenegger met with Tony Blair to seek the former British prime minister’s advice for his new role on the world stage, now that his seven-year stint as California’s governor had ended.

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LATimes: State contribution to CalPERS pensions to drop

Money & Company
Tracking the market and economic trends that shape your finances.
May 17, 2011 | 2:14 pm

The state of California is getting a slight break on its pension bill for the upcoming spending year.

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