Archive for July 23rd, 2011

The PE: Pressures of Colonies Partners lawsuit detailed

11:58 PM PDT on Friday, July 22, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

In the summer of 2006, Bill Postmus was running in a close race for San Bernardino County assessor while dealing with a worsening methamphetamine addiction and hiding the fact that he was gay.

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11:57 PM PDT on Friday, July 22, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

On the day San Bernardino County’s board of supervisors voted to give his development company a $102 million settlement, Jeff Burum placed no fewer than six calls to Mark Kirk, then the top aide to Supervisor Gary Ovitt, investigators found.

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The PE: Lawyers fought Colonies settlement

11:24 PM PDT on Friday, July 22, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Over the objections of every lawyer who ever handled the Colonies case for San Bernardino County, Supervisors Bill Postmus and Paul Biane pushed for a settlement even though they lacked any legal basis, court documents show.

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The PE: Jobs created, but unemployment climbs

09:28 PM PDT on Friday, July 22, 2011

The Press-Enterrpise

There are a few signs of hope for Inland Southern California’s work force, but not enough to keep the region’s unemployment rate from rising sharply in June, a report released Friday showed.

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The Sun: 2,000 remember Colton mayor’s humor at funeral

David Zamora

By Ryan Hagen Staff Writer
Posted: 07/22/2011 06:02:36 PM PDT

COLTON – Laughter rang out at the Colton First Assembly of God Church on Friday as family, officials and 2,000 friends celebrated the life of David Zamora.

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By Melissa Pinion-Whitt Staff Writer
Posted: 07/22/2011 03:12:48 PM PDT

A Joshua Tree Superior Court judge has awarded more than $530,000 in attorney fees to a San Bernardino school district employee who won a discrimination lawsuit against the district and a top administrator in April.

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In 2,500 pages, 45 witnesses detail the scandal
Joe Nelson, Mike Cruz and Sandra Emerson, Staff Writers
Created: 07/22/2011 07:48:56 PM PDT

Promises of continuing financial support versus the prospect of political ruin were key factors for at least two of the three county supervisors who approved a controversial $102 million settlement with developer Colonies Partners LP in 2006, according to testimony before the county’s grand jury earlier this year.

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VVDailyPress: County Investment Pool on review

Effects of potential downgrading of U.S. government on local agencies is unknown
July 22, 2011 9:09 AM
Natasha Lindstrom
Staff Writer

SAN BERNARDINO • The political stalemate over raising the national debt ceiling has triggered rating agencies to place the San Bernardino County Investment Pool on review for possible downgrades.

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By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
July 23, 2011

Reporting from San Francisco— California judicial leaders, responding to budget slashing by state lawmakers, voted Friday to approve cutbacks that will close some courthouses, reduce court hours, and delay civil trials, custody decisions and divorces in some counties.

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LATimes: California job market is rebounding, but unevenly

By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
July 23, 2011

California employers are hiring again, swelling payrolls by nearly 29,000 positions in June and allowing the state to outpace the nation in job growth as its start-and-stop recovery appears to have gotten back on track.

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