Archive for July 24th, 2011

InlandPolitics: He can’t run a coffee shop, but wants to run a county!

A shuttered GFE Coffeee House on the Northwest corner of University Parkway and Kendall Drive next to California State University at San Bernardino.

Sunday, July 24, 2011 – 09:15 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, July 25, 2011 – 06:05 a.m.

Already heating up as a hot election contest for June 2012 is the race to represent the Third District on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

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InlandPolitics: Blog now on twitter

Sunday, July 24, 2011 – 09:00 a.m.

Admittedly a little late to the Twitter-verse, Inland Politics can now be found on the popular social networking site.

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11:59 PM PDT on Saturday, July 23, 2011

By KIMBERLY PIERCEALL
The Press-Enterprise

When asked why control of most of San Bernardino International Airport was handed over to a convicted felon — sent to prison for taking kickbacks for secretly managing an airline in bankruptcy — those overseeing the former Norton Air Force Base’s conversion into a commercial airport gave two reasons.

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The PE: COLONIES: Mediator in case denies impropriety

Honorable Edward A. Panelli

10:38 PM PDT on Saturday, July 23, 2011

By MARK MUCKENFUSS
The Press-Enterprise

Former San Bernardino County Supervisor Bill Postmus testified to a grand jury that a high-profile mediator was brought in to help hammer out a final agreement in a lawsuit between the county and developer Colonies Partners primarily as a way to provide political cover for a deal rife with subterfuge.

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The PE: COLONIES: Postmus was ‘news wire’ to opposition

12:00 AM PDT on Sunday, July 24, 2011

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

Colonies Partners had a “direct pipeline” to San Bernardino County’s legal strategy during several months of negotiations because of leaks from confidential meetings by former Supervisor Bill Postmus, according to his grand jury testimony.

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The Sun: Report blasts airport deals

Administrator’s Note: Finally, The Sun newspaper covers this issue, ever so scantily. The Press-Enterprise has been all over this $150 million and growing ordeal. One can only cover for San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris so long.

Purchases of used equipment cited
Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/23/2011 07:10:41 AM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Hasty decision-making and slack financial oversight led airport officials to spend millions on used equipment when new equipment could have been bought at a cheaper price, according to a Grand Jury report.

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10:35 PM PDT on Saturday, July 23, 2011

By JIM MILLER, BEN GOAD and DUG BEGLEY
The Press-Enterprise

Making public policy often produces its share of winners and losers, but Inland Southern California has had a decidedly bad run of luck the last few weeks.

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DailyBulletin: Rough election ahead

Jim Brulte

Brulte issues warning for state GOP in 2012
Wendy Leung, Staff Writer
Created: 07/23/2011 10:10:44 PM PDT

ONTARIO – You thought the 2008 elections were interesting? Wait until you see 2012.

Former state Sen. Jim Brulte has been delivering that message to groups up and down the state. Last week, Brulte, who heads the political consulting group California Strategies, discussed the quirks of the 2012 elections with the Lincoln Club of San Bernardino County.

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DailyBulletin: Unions call for probation chief’s ouster

Christina Villacorte, Staff Writer
Created: 07/23/2011 07:06:26 AM PDT

Four unions representing most of Los Angeles County’s Probation Department’s workers have called for the ouster of the agency’s chief, saying they have lost confidence in his ability to lead.

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DailyBulletin: Council candidates detail qualifications

11 are running for one vacant seat in Upland
Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 07/23/2011 07:06:24 AM PDT

UPLAND – There are 11 people running for one vacant seat on the City Council this summer, making it difficult for voters to evaluate who is the most qualified for the job.

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SacBee: California lowers taxes, raises fees

By Kevin Yamamura
kyamamura@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Jul. 24, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

As he packed boxes of camping supplies after a five-day vacation at Folsom Lake, Daniel Maningas said he was torn over whether state park fees are too high.

Campground fees of $30 a night are reasonable, he said, especially compared to flying to Hawaii. But the $10 day use fee is so steep that Maningas said he parks his truck for free off state property when he rides his mountain bike in the Bay Area.

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SacBee: What’s next for Jerry Brown? He’s not telling

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Jul. 24, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

With the state budget and a weeklong vacation behind him, Gov. Jerry Brown is back at work, his spokesman said Friday, “charged up and ready to go.”

On what, exactly, isn’t clear.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Jul. 24, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Professional political operatives are salivating over the prospect of a deep-pockets ballot battle between Internet colossus Amazon and brick-and-mortar retailers, including megaseller Wal-Mart, over California’s bid to impose sales taxes on online transactions.

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LATimes: California households are doing without

By Alejandro Lazo, Los Angeles Times
July 23, 2011, 9:00 a.m.

The Delgado family is putting off plumbing repairs to their San Marcos home. Estela Saucevo’s teeth hurt, but she’s trying to avoid a costly trip to the dentist. Teachers William and Kathy Jones, struggling with pay cuts, are getting by without the little extras they used to enjoy.

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