Archive for November 9th, 2011

InlandPolitics: San Bernardino: Economic Development Agency struggling with loan

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 – 09:30 a.m.

In February 2011, the City of San Bernardino celebrated it’s foreclosure and taxpayer ownership of the mostly-empty Carousel Mall.

Now, just nine months later, sources report the city’s Economic Development Agency (EDA) is struggling to manage $16.5 million it borrowed on a “line of credit” through Citizens Business Bank.

Money borrowed to acquire the mall note from Center Bank and foreclose on the mall owner.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011 – 09:00 a.m

Wells Fargo Bank, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and other institutions, who have resisted helping struggling homeowners, dumped billions in bad mortgages on the government-owned Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) in the 3rd quarter of 2011.

A practice which has been ongoing for years now.

Fannie Mae recorded a loss of $7.8 billion for the period ending September 30.

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InlandPolitics: A post-election observation

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 – 06:15 a.m.

Yep, you really gotta hand it to those newspaper editorial boards!

The oracles at the Sun and Press-Enterprise newspapers told voters to dump San Bernardino City Attorney Jim Penman and City Council Member Wendy McCammack.

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InlandPolitics: Ties to Morris costs Brinker seat

Brinker

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 – 07:00 a.m.

San Bernardino City Councilman Tobin Brinker, a converted ally of Mayor Pat Morris, was shown the door on Tuesday night.

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InlandPolitics: Voters soundly reject Hesperia fire tax

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 – 06:00 a.m.

Hesperia voters rejected a union-backed fire tax Tuesday night.

Measure F garnered just 19.13% of votes cast.

The measure fell victim to a sour economy and the fact it was a “parcel” tax.

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 08 November 2011 10:05 AM

Search warrants released as part of a San Bernardino County corruption case detail how the four-year investigation grew from reports of political gifts to allegations of a far-reaching conspiracy involving several top county officials and a prominent developer.

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Joe Nelson, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 11/08/2011 12:48:26 PM PST

In what is being called an unusual move, the San Bernardino County Grand Jury is refuting claims by San Bernardino International Airport officials that its audit on airport operations was riddled with errors.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO: Penman’s slate victorious

San Bernardino City Council Ward 3 candidate John Valdivia, front right, reacts to hearing early election results shortly after 8:15pm at Gourmet Restaurant in San Bernardino. (RODRIGO PENA/FREE-LANCE PHOTOGRAPHER)

BY BRIAN ROKOS
STAFF WRITER
brokos@pe.com

Published: 08 November 2011 06:48 PM

San Bernardino’s city elections on Tuesday evening went just like Jim Penman would have scripted them:

Penman, the six-term city attorney, defeated former San Bernardino County Public Defender David McKenna. Two Penman allies on the City Council, Wendy McCammack in Ward 7 and Chas Kelley in Ward 5, won easily. And John Valdivia, a Penman-endorsed challenger to Ward 3 incumbent Tobin Brinker, won handily as well.

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San Bernardino City Attorney Jim Penman

Josh Dulaney, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 11/08/2011 11:59:44 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO — City Attorney James F. Penman held on tight to win his race against challenger David McKenna on Election Day.

He took 52.17 percent of the 10,438 votes, according to the Office of the Registrar of Voters.

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Ryan Hagen, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 11/09/2011 12:07:25 AM PST

SAN BERNARDINO — Voters swept three challengers and only one of three incumbents onto the board of the San Bernardino City Unified School District, according to unofficial results from Tuesday’s election.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Library tax sails to victory

Incumbent Steve Adams wins Ward 7 runoff against challenger John Brandriff
BY ALICIA ROBINSON
STAFF WRITER
arobinson@pe.com

Published: 08 November 2011 06:02 PM

Supporters of Riverside’s library tax renewal were excited by the victory of Measure I, which easily met the two-thirds threshold to pass.

According to final unofficial results, the measure finished with a lopsided lead.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Voters choose five for school boards

Alvord had two and Riverside Unified had three board positions in this election
BY DAYNA STRAEHLEY
STAFF WRITER
dstraehley@pe.com

Published: 08 November 2011 06:06 PM

Voters in the Riverside Unified School District chose three people for board seats, while voters in the Alvord school district picked two for the board.

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BY BRIAN ROKOS
STAFF WRITER
brokos@pe.com

Published: 08 November 2011 07:43 PM

On his second attempt, Rikke Van Johnson persuaded his San Bernardino City Council colleagues on Monday to order the writing of a charter amendment that would limit campaign contributions to elected city officials and limit spending on campaigns.

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DailyBulletin: OpEd: Vote again on high-speed rail

Runner

By George Runner
Created: 11/08/2011 09:27:05 AM PST

Imagine you found the house of your dreams. The price is $450,000. You sign papers only to later learn the sellers made a mistake. The price for the house is actually $1 million. Fortunately, under California real estate law, you can back out of the deal. But if you were a California voter buying a train instead of a house, you might be out of luck.

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McClatchy Newspapers
Created: 11/09/2011 01:39:10 AM PST

California’s ban on the commercial slaughter of downed livestock will come before the Supreme Court today, in a case that pits state against federal power.

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Lawmakers decide to stop hitting up taxpayers for food when sessions run long. Instead they’ll pay $2,000 a year to keep themselves fueled.

By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
November 9, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento— Under fire for spending $111,316 in taxpayer funds to feed themselves this year, state senators have decided to end the practice.

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California Governor Jerry Brown holds a press conference in his Los Angeles office. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times / June 16, 2011)

By Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
November 9, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento— Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to alter public pension benefits is courageous but legally dicey, and key pieces of it have not been fully developed, according to a new report from California’s nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Whither redistricting?

It’s been nearly three months since the state redistricting commission released its maps for 177 congressional, legislative and Board of Equalization districts.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

After arguing last week that labor would be crazy to fight Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposals for pension reform, we invited Steve Maviglio, consultant to the union-backed Californians for Retirement Security, to respond to our brilliant, well-reasoned and responsible points. Here’s his offering.

By Steve Maviglio
Special to Calbuzz

At first glance, Gov. Jerry Brown’s 12-point package of pension reforms, released last week, looked like a deft political play, even winning over the usually sharp Calbuzz pundits.

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LATimes: Herman Cain answers sexual harassment allegations

Herman Cain addresses the media at a news conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., that focused on Sharon Bialek’s sexual harassment accusations against him. (Darryl Webb, Associated Press / November 8, 2011)

By Robin Abcarian, Michael Finnegan and Tom Hamburger, Los Angeles Times
November 8, 2011, 10:08 p.m.

Reporting from Scottsdale, Ariz., Los Angeles and— The more forcefully Herman Cain fights to save his presidential campaign, the more events spiral out of the candidate’s control.

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