Archive for November 13th, 2011

InlandPolitics: S.B. County to award Platinum Advisors a new 5-year deal

Sunday, November 13, 2011 – 02:30 p.m.

San Bernardino County is set to award a new $655,200 three-year lobbying contract to Sacramento-based Platinum Advisors this Tuesday.

The steered contract also includes two one-year options as contained in the current agreement.

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Sunday, November 13, 2011 – 02:00 p.m.

San Bernardino County Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford is set to unveil a proposal to cut the compensation package of herself and her colleagues by some 20% on Tuesday.

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San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris and County Supervisor Josie Gonzales

Sunday, November 13, 2011 – 01:30 p.m.

Is San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris in the sights of San Bernardino County Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales?

Looks like this may be the case.

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InlandPolitics: Dreier likely to step in if Lewis retires


Sunday, November 13, 2011 – 01:00 p.m.

All the wild speculation continues in regards to who will run to replace Congressman Jerry Lewis (R-Redlands), should he retire.

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Sunday, November 13, 2011 – 12:45 a.m.

Here we go again!

Another sham California budget. Another multi-billion dollar shortfall.

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InlandPolitics: From a reader: Shop at Sears!

Sunday, November 13, 2011 – 12:30 p.m.

I know I needed this reminder, since Sears isn’t always my first choice. It’s amazing when you think of how long the war has lasted and Sears hasn’t withdrawn from their commitment. Could we each buy at least one thing at Sears this year?

How does Sears treat its employees who are called up for military duty? By law, they are required to hold their jobs open and available, but nothing more. Usually, people take a big pay cut and lose benefits as a result of being called up for active duty.

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San Bernardino Voter

Sunday, November 13, 2011 – 12:15 a.m.

The reelection of San Bernardino City Attorney Jim Penman, as predicted, isn’t sitting well with local newspapers.

Newspapers who backed a block of candidates aligned with San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris.

The Press-Enterprise was the first to express its displeasure with the election outcome by way of an anticipated editorial published Sunday morning.

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All wards and ethnicities backed the incumbent, and low voter turnout is also called a factor in helping him win a seventh term


Published: 12 November 2011 08:12 PM

San Bernardino City Attorney Jim Penman received support from throughout the city and his opponent failed to convert dissatisfaction into votes, allowing the incumbent to win a seventh term, based on a review of 2010 census and voter registration data.

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Published: 12 November 2011 09:04 PM

After one month, the state’s decision to put counties in charge of some nonserious offenders has caused a spike in Riverside County’s already dense jail population, putting it on course to reach capacity in January, officials report.

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From right to left, former Senate Budget Committee Chairman Pete Domenici, R-N.M., former White House Budget Director Alice Rivlin, and former Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., and Erskine Bowles, co-chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, offer their advice to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction during a hearing earlier this month on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (J. Scott Applewhite/The Associated Press)

Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Created: 11/12/2011 09:31:09 PM PST

The failure of a deficit reduction super committee to find $1.2 trillion in savings could result in the loss of tens of thousands of military jobs in the Inland Empire, according to an area GOP lawmaker.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/12/2011 06:12:51 AM PST

The ways money flowed to candidates and political action committees and alleged acts of blackmail are detailed in search warrants in San Bernardino County’s $102 million legal settlement with Rancho Cucamonga developer Colonies Partners LP in November 2006.

The warrants, released last week, also describe what led authorities to suspect a county supervisor’s former chief of staff of criminal activity before he became a witness for the prosecution.

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Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Created: 11/12/2011 09:28:09 PM PST

CLAREMONT – The Claremont Police Officers Association has taken two legal actions to protest the City Council forcing its members to increase their retirement contribution by 6 percent.

An unfair labor practice charge was filed in late October with the state Public Employment Relations Board. The city has 30 days to respond to the filing.

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VVDailyPress: County scrambles to handle prison realignment

November 12, 2011 2:41 PM
Beatriz Valenzuela
Staff Writer

One month into the state prison realignment plan, concern is mounting over whether local agencies are equipped to deal with the growing number of offenders who are now on local supervision. However, San Bernardino County Probation officials insist they have a plan in place.

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SacBee: Agencies’ bond blitz carries a big cost

By Loretta Kalb and Phillip Reese
Published: Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011 – 12:14 am

Targeted for extinction and running out of time, California’s redevelopment agencies earlier this year embarked on a wave of costly borrowing unequaled in their history.

When the dust settled, the agencies with a mission of helping economically galvanize California’s urban areas had incurred a record $1.2 billion in new bonded indebtedness secured by property tax growth, according to a Bee analysis of records from the California State Treasurer’s Office.

The money didn’t come cheap.

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State Attorney General Kamala Harris says homeowners deserve more from the banks.(Rich Pedroncelli / AP)

Andrew S. Ross, Chronicle Columnist

Sunday, November 13, 2011

With all due respect to the Occupy Wall Street movement and its local offshoots, there are some real battles being waged on behalf of members of the 99 percent that have little do with tent encampments, general strikes and shutting down the Port of Oakland.

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