Archive for October 31st, 2011

InlandPolitics: Happy Halloween

Monday, October 31, 2011 – 05:15 p.m.

InlandPolitics.com would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy Halloween night.

InlandPolitics: FBI probes Victorville finances

Monday, October 31, 2011 – 03:30 p.m.

As predicted the U.S. Department of Justice has a task force examining the financial situation of Victorville, California.

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Money & Company
Tracking the market and economic trends that shape your finances.
October 31, 2011 | 8:16 am

The Wall Street firm run by former Goldman Sachs Chairman and New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine filed for bankruptcy Monday morning, making it the first big American casualty of the European debt crisis.

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InlandPolitics: What’s wrong with this picture?

Yucaipa Valley Water District Board of Directors members Ian Cuthbertson, Bruce Granlund, Jay Bogh, Lonni Granlund and Henry Wochholz

Monday, October 31, 2011 – 10:45 a.m.

Just as the San Bernardino County Employees Retirement Association (SBCERA) ends two no-bid sweetheart contracts with two politically-connected consultants, two more no-bid contracts involving the same consultants emerge.

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Jim Penman (Kurt Miller/the press-enterprise)

BY BRIAN ROKOS
STAFF WRITER
brokos@pe.com

Published: 28 October 2011 04:02 PM

San Bernardino Public Works Director Nadeem Majaj said he’s afraid City Attorney Jim Penman will send armed investigators after him because Penman threatened to raid Majaj’s home and car after Majaj refused to turn over a police report.

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The PE: POLITICS: Re-maps, Bono Mack and taxes

Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Published: 30 October 2011 08:05 PM

The California Supreme Court felt otherwise, but part of the unsuccessful court challenge to the Citizens Redistricting Commission’s state Senate plan centered on complaints about what the maps do in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

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Thomas

Thomas returns to water board

Filippi questions ethics of ex-councilman from Upland
Sandra Emerson, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Created: 10/30/2011 09:45:44 PM PDT

UPLAND – A former councilman’s appointment to a water agency board was narrowly approved last week by the City Council.

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Public unions targeted

Proposal would end collective bargaining
Will Bigham, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Created: 10/30/2011 10:22:53 PM PDT

Petitions are being circulated for a ballot measure designed to end collective bargaining for California’s public- employee unions.

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Created: 10/30/2011 07:01:21 PM PDT

California’s largest teachers union seems to be having reservations about a proposed “millionaire’s tax,” even as labor groups hash out strategies for next year’s elections.

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Adelanto hires lawyers to recoup $48M in bond losses
October 30, 2011 3:00 PM
Natasha Lindstrom, Staff Writer

ADELANTO • The City Council has hired a team of lawyers in an attempt to recoup $48 million in bond losses its public utilities authority suffered after the bond insurer’s rating plummeted a few years ago.

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By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 – 6:28 am

For California’s high-speed rail project, it’s been an inauspicious autumn.

Disparaged for its lack of public outreach, the California High-Speed Rail Authority hired a new deputy director for communications and public policy, Lance Simmens, who introduced himself to Kings County residents – and YouTube viewers everywhere – by falling asleep at a public meeting.

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By Diana Lambert
dlambert@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 1B
Last Modified: Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 – 6:53 am

School officials are on the edge of their seats.

In six weeks, they should know if they have to cut buses, shorten the school year, ask teachers to take furlough days, raid their reserves or cut programs.

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LATimes: Brown has two reasons to push pension reform

Gov. Jerry Brown announces his public employee pension reform In October. His proposed overhaul of public pensions is a major step toward political reality. (Max Whittaker, Getty Images / October 30, 2011)

By George Skelton Capitol Journal
October 31, 2011, 2:42 a.m.

From Sacramento– Gov. Jerry Brown would be the first to admit that rolling out a 12-point pension reform plan is the easy part.

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Calbuzz: Why labor is nuts to fight Brown on pensions

Monday, October 31, 2011

Let’s stipulate that public employee pension costs are not the fundamental cause of California’s financial problems. We can even accept the argument from the union-backed Californians for Retirement Security that “the average public pension in California is $26,000-a-year,” that “three-quarters of CalPERS retirees collect $36,000 or less” and that “public pensions equal just 3% percent of California’s budget.”

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

That ancient philosophical – or would it be biological? – question has a political counterpart in California, to wit:

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Herman Cain speaks at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition presidential candidate forum, in Des Moines, Iowa, Oct. 22.

By JONATHAN MARTIN & MAGGIE HABERMAN & ANNA PALMER & KENNETH P. VOGEL | 10/31/11 8:38 AM EDT

During Herman Cain’s tenure as the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, at least two female employees complained to colleagues and senior association officials about inappropriate behavior by Cain, ultimately leaving their jobs at the trade group, multiple sources confirm to POLITICO.

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