Archive for February, 2012

The Sun: San Bernardino County supervisors discuss limiting campaign contributions

Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/28/2012 11:01:27 AM PST

San Bernardino County supervisors on Tuesday debated the county’s first-ever attempt to create campaign contribution limits for those running for the Board of Supervisors or other county offices.

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Will Bigham, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/28/2012 12:05:18 PM PST

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to pay $650,000 to former County Administrative Officer Mark Uffer to settle his $15 million wrongful-termination lawsuit.

The settlement was approved on a 3-2 vote after a closed-session discussion, said county spokesman David Wert. The settlement was recommended by the county’s legal counsel.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO: Gigi Hanna wins clerk recount

BY LORA HINES
STAFF WRITER
lhines@pe.com

Published: 28 February 2012 03:21 PM

Gigi Hanna on Tuesday for a second time was declared winner of the San Bernardino city clerk’s election.

A daylong recount of ballots cast in the Feb. 7 runoff election indicated that Hanna picked up an additional three votes. She received 6,076 votes. Her opponent, Amelia Sanchez-Lopez, received 6,070.

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Sandra Emerson, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Created: 02/28/2012 08:41:42 AM PST

UPLAND — The City Council on Monday night postponed a decision to place an initiative on the November ballot that would change the appointment of the city’s mayoral position from a general election vote to a rotating system among council members.

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Rep. David Dreier announced this morning he will be retiring from his congressional seat. Dreier represents the 26th District.

By Melissa Pinion-Whitt, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Created: 02/29/2012 07:56:28 AM PST

Rep. David Dreier, R-San Dimas, announced today he will be retiring from his congressional seat.

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Norma Torres, D-Chino, left introduces bill pushing for arrest for anyone caught illegally bringing a concealed gun to an airport. Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly right.

Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Created: 02/28/2012 06:27:09 PM PST

Assemblywoman Norma Torres has introduced a bill that takes aim at those caught illegally bringing a concealed gun to an airport — the type of offense fellow Inland Empire Assemblyman Tim Donnelly has been charged with.

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February 28, 2012 11:04 AM
Natasha Lindstrom, Staff Writer

Ken Anderson announced Tuesday he’s dropping out of the race for San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor.

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February 28, 2012

Dan Richards’ critics want him ousted from the California Fish and Game Commission for killing a mountain lion in Idaho, where such hunting is legal. Those critics include Assemblyman Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, and at least 39 other members of the Assembly.

But in a letter to Hueso today, Richards was adamant in refusing to step down. (Go here for Richards-Letter.pdf)

“I will continue to hunt and fish wherever I please, as I have always done, ethically, licensed and proudly associating with true conservationists who daily fund, enjoy and enhance our bountiful resources while not trying to limit others enjoyment of same.There is ZERO chance I would consider resigning my position as President of the California Fish and Game Commission and it is my sincere hope that you and your colleagues reassess your request and instead work positively with our Commission…”

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012 – 8:31 am

Dan Richards, who chairs the California Fish and Game Commission, is under fire in the Capitol because he killed a mountain lion in Idaho and posed with his trophy for a picture that was later published on a hunting publication website.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County pays Uffer $650,000

Uffer

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 – 12:50 p.m.

San Bernardino County has settled a lawsuit filed by its former chief executive Tuesday morning.

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InlandPolitics: Is the economy really getting better?

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 – 09:30 a.m.

A few observations on the state of economic affairs.

So home prices continued falling in January.

Down another 1.1%. A number worse than forecast.

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In the San Bernardino city clerk race, the loser by three votes is looking for people whose ballots went uncounted in the first tally

BY LORA HINES
STAFF WRITER
lhines@pe.com

Published: 27 February 2012 09:01 PM

Supporters of Amelia Sanchez-Lopez have been looking for 67 voters who cast uncounted ballots in the runoff election for San Bernardino city clerk and they may have to knock on 67 doors to find them all.

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Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 02/27/2012 05:05:15 PM PST

Compensation for sworn police and fire personnel in 2011
(does not include benefits)

UPLAND – In 2011, 87 fire and police personnel made more than $100,000 in compensation, totaling more than $11 million.

That’s 68.5 percent of the city’s public-safety employees.

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DailyBulletin: ONT takes a hit again

Liset Márquez, Staff Writer
Created: 02/27/2012 04:21:58 PM PST

ONTARIO – L.A./Ontario International Airport is already starting 2012 on a downward spiral, with one official saying the trend is likely to continue through the first half of the year.

Los Angeles World Airports on Monday released passenger figures that shows overall traffic at ONT is down 7.3 percent from last year.

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VVDailyPress: Adams, Liberatore declare bids for Congress

Adams runs as ‘no party’ candidate

February 27, 2012 9:37 AM
Natasha Lindstrom, Staff Writer

Former state Assemblyman Anthony Adams and Whittier accountant Phillip Liberatore both declared bids for the 8th Congressional District Monday, growing the candidate field in the newly drawn district to nine.

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By Kevin Yamamura
kyamamura@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 4A

Gov. Jerry Brown is counting on $6.5 billion too much for his proposed budget, even with Facebook’s stock sale on the horizon, according to a new economic review by the state’s fiscal analyst.

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PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
February 27, 2012 | 5:20 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday sounded still hopeful of gaining federal approval for more flexibility in administering the Medi-Cal health insurance program for the poor, even after having been rebuffed by the Obama administration.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

For the past two months, Gov. Jerry Brown has been selling the concept that were the Legislature to approve his proposed budget and voters to approve his tax increase, the state’s fiscal house would be repaired.

It’s turning out to be more a pipe dream than a realistic plan.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Uffer civil trial moved to April

Monday, February 27, 2012 – 08:15 a.m.

The civil trial of a lawsuit filed against San Bernardino County by former chief executive Mark Uffer has been moved again.

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THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE

Published: 26 February 2012 07:45 PM

Sen. Dianne Feinstein had a few words for Gov. Jerry Brown when she visited the Inland area last week.

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If Grand Terrace eliminates a service specialist and cuts detective hours, it’ll save but maintain service

BY DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
STAFF WRITER
dsantschi@pe.com

Published: 26 February 2012 06:59 PM

Grand Terrace could cut back two law enforcement positions without increasing the risk of crime, a San Bernardino County sheriff’s lieutenant says.

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PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
February 26, 2012 | 9:03 am

Gov. Jerry Brown began his Sunday morning the same way he did exactly 34 years ago -– with a morning sit-down on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

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DailyBulletin: City Council to review city attorney contract as legal fees escalate

Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 02/25/2012 11:08:34 PM PST

UPLAND – The City Council tonight will evaluate its contract with the city attorney as concerns over rising legal costs grow more serious.

The evaluation of Los Angeles-based law firm Richards Watson & Gershon will review ways for the city to gain control over the exploding costs for legal services, which are mostly paid out of the general fund, said City Manager Stephen Dunn.

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February 24, 2012 5:20 PM
From Staff Reports

LOS ANGELES • State Sen. Sharon Runner is recuperating at UCLA Medical Center after undergoing a successful double lung transplant.

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The Sun: Supervisor pay-cut initiative amasses 50,000 signatures

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/24/2012 08:38:13 PM PST

A petition to slash San Bernardino County supervisors’ jobs to part-time status has roughly 50,000 signatures, and the labor unions pushing the proposal hope to gather 15,000 more before the March 6 filing deadline.

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SacBee: California lawmaker charged in airport gun incident

By Jim Sanders
jsanders@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly has been charged with two misdemeanors for bringing a briefcase containing a loaded .45-caliber firearm into Ontario International Airport last month.

The 45-year-old Twin Peaks Republican was charged Friday with illegal possession of a loaded firearm and possession of a prohibited item in a sterile area.

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InlandPoltics: Burning through money, Ramos trying to tap non-gambling sources

May I have some more please sir?

Friday, February 24, 2012 – 05:30 p.m.

San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors candidate and San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman James Ramos, a man burning through a hefty war-chest at a record clip, appears to be trying to tap non-gambling sources.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Former counsel top pension-earner

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 23 February 2012 11:36 PM

San Bernardino County’s former top attorney, who took a year’s worth of vacation before officially retiring last month, tops the list of pension earners among former county employees, according to recently provided data.

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The Sun: Redlands mail distribution center won’t close

Melissa Pinion-Whitt and Ed Castro, Staff Writers
Posted: 02/23/2012 09:44:39 AM PST

REDLANDS — The U.S. Postal Service’s mail distribution center here will remain open for the time being, making it the only at-risk center in the state to avoid closure.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/23/2012 01:34:57 PM PST

View: Reiss decision

The State Bar Court has recommended that an attorney who defended former Rancho Cucamonga Councilman Rex Gutierrez in a highly publicized county corruption case be disbarred, determining he exposed his clients to “significant financial harm.”

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Molly Munger

PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
February 23, 2012 | 2:35 pm

Backers of a $10-billion income tax hike to fund California public schools launched a petition drive on Thursday to qualify the measure for the November ballot, brushing off a poll by Gov. Jerry Brown’s political operation that showed their effort is deeply unpopular with voters.

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Dan Walters

Capitol and California – Dan Walters
Published: Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Were California Republicans a biological genus rather than a political one, they could demand special protection under laws protecting endangered species like the kangaroo rat, to wit:

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CaliforniaWatch: Prime Healthcare CEO abruptly steps down

Health & Welfare | Daily Report | Decoding Prime
February 23, 2012 | Christina Jewett

The president and chief executive officer of Prime Healthcare Services resigned yesterday, leaving as FBI agents are questioning former employees about the firm’s billing practices and state legislators prepare to question the company’s attorney in a Los Angeles hearing tomorrow regarding hospital reimbursement.

Prime confirmed the resignation in a statement released today.

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InlandPolitics: Derry receives S.B. County, City Firefighter endorsements

Derry

Thursday, February 23, 2012 – 09:30 a.m.

Firefighter groups representing San Bernardino County and City firefighters have awarded their endorsements to San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor Neil Derry.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/22/2012 01:30:03 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – Million Air, a corporate chain of upscale refueling facilities for private jets, has terminated its franchise agreement with SBD Properties, LLC., a firm managed by a controversial developer who began operating a franchise at San Bernardino International Airport in 2010.

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The Sun: SB school board cuts $22 million

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/22/2012 12:02:29 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – Board members’ attempts to shield students and employees from more than $22 million in cuts approved Tuesday night were so intricate that San Bernardino City Unified School District staffers weren’t sure until late Wednesday exactly what had been cut.

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DailyBulletin: Huff introduces Brown’s pension plan

Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Created: 02/22/2012 06:30:42 PM PST

State Sen. Republican leader Bob Huff, R-Walnut, and Assembly Republican leader Connie Conway, R-Tulare, on Wednesday introduced legislation that duplicates Gov. Jerry Brown’s pension reform plan.

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DailyBulletin: Request looks for ONT money answer

Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Created: 02/22/2012 06:18:30 PM PST

View: Ontario’s response to financial request

ONTARIO – It was a figure that turned many heads – $250 million – which was what Ontario was willing to offer in hopes of gaining autonomy of LA/Ontario International Airport.

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Runner steps down while battling illness
February 22, 2012 5:07 PM
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Natasha Lindstrom, Staff Writer

Hours after state Sen. Sharon Runner announced Wednesday she won’t be seeking re-election, Assemblyman Steve Knight declared his bid to replace her in the Senate.

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PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
February 22, 2012 | 11:37 am

Gov. Jerry Brown’s political aides on Wednesday continued a public campaign to convince rival tax proponents to back off, releasing a poll summary that showed that none of three proposed ballot measures will pass if they’re all before voters in November.

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InlandPolitics: Filippi to run for Upland mayor

Filippi

UPLAND, CA– Upland City Councilman Gino L. Filippi announced today his intention to run for Mayor in the upcoming November 2012 election.

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InlandPolitics: Million Air dumps SBIA

Wednesday, February, 22, 2012 – 01:45 p.m.

As forewarned here at InlandPolitics.com

Million Air Interlink has terminated its licensing agreement for a private terminal operated at San Bernardino International Airport to continue using its trade name.

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InlandPolitics: Ramos won’t seek Tribal chair post again

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 – 01:30 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 – 09:30 p.m.

 

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman James Ramos announced today that he will not seek a third term as the Tribe’s leader in order to concentrate on his campaign for a seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
February 22, 2012

Republican Sen. Sharon Runner, who is awaiting a lung transplant for a rare autoimmune disease, announced today that she will not seek re-election in November.

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Patch.com: Scheduling Conflict? C’mon!

By John F. Berry
Posted on February 20, 2012 at 11:48 pm

Only the biggest of political wussies would claim a scheduling conflict to flee a candidate forum.

Yet James Ramos, after agreeing to appear at a March 1 forum with the Redlands Tea Party Patriots, did just that to escape appearing with his competitors for Neil Derry’s seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

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InlandPolitics: OpEd: Upland – City in crisis

By Mark Bertone
February 21, 2012

I am very concerned about the financial health of our City. The State of California has robbed our City of our RDA funds. These funds were set aside to fund infrastructure improvements, fund City staff, fund the expansion of much needed Senior housing and to provide programs in the community. We have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars investing in one local business downtown, Christophe’s. We are facing labor contract renewals in the coming future. We have pension obligations that are most likely underfunded. I enjoy the fact that my City has it’s own police and fire departments. I enjoy the fact that our City provides an extensive choice of recreational and senior programs for those who live in Upland. Friends, the choices our leaders have made in the past and the current spending trends frighten me. I’m afraid that these things I enjoy about Upland will soon be gone without immediate change.

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Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/21/2012 07:55:49 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – A company connected to airport developer Scot Spencer filed an appeal Tuesday against a Superior Court judge’s recent ruling that allowed airport officials to terminate its contract for not maintaining minimum fuel reserves for aircraft.

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Posted: 02/21/2012 05:53:33 PM PST

San Bernardino city clerk candidate Amelia Sanchez-Lopez on Tuesday requested a recount of the ballots cast in a tight run-off race in which she lost by only three votes.

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VVDailyPress: SEC subpoenas more Victorville records

Another city official called to testify
February 21, 2012 1:13 PM
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Brooke Edwards Staggs, City Editor

VICTORVILLE • The Securities and Exchange Commission is subpoenaing more information from Victorville and has interviewed another city official as part of its two-year investigation into how bond money was spent.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

The battle over the cameras that many California cities and counties use to nab motorists who blow through red lights or – more commonly – make rolling stops for right turns has raged in the Capitol for several years without resolution.

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Mitt Romney left. Rick Santorum Right.

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

While challengers rise and recede in the Republican presidential primaries, Mitt Romney’s sail remains full in California.

Rick Santorum, the most recent alternative to surge, remains six percentage points behind the former Massachusetts governor among California Republicans, according to a new Field Poll.

Newt Gingrich, who came within striking distance of Romney three months ago, has fallen nearly 20 points behind.

Though the Republican nominee is widely expected to be decided before California holds its primary election on June 5, the poll suggests a potential backstop for Romney should the race reach the Golden State.

“I find that remarkable,” said poll director Mark DiCamillo, that “in California, we haven’t seen the anti-Romney lead in any of our polls.”

Since winning the Republican primary in Missouri and caucuses in Colorado and Minnesota, Santorum has overtaken Romney in national polls, and he is narrowing the margin in California, where he trailed by 20 percentage points just weeks ago.

In polling conducted early this month, Romney led Santorum 38 percent to 18 percent among California Republicans, according to the poll. But by mid-February, Santorum was climbing, Romney’s lead just 31 percent to 25 percent. Both polls carry a seven-point margin of error.

“Success breeds success,” DiCamillo said. “(Santorum’s) wins in those three states … really changed things for him.”

Yet even as Santorum rises, Romney’s support among Republican voters in California remains above 30 percent, about where it has hovered for eight months. Texas Rep. Ron Paul and Gingrich, the former House speaker, were running third and fourth, with 16 percent and 12 percent, respectively.

Deborah Brightwell, 61, of Hanford said she supports Romney because he is “middle of the road.” Like Brightwell, fully two-thirds of California Republicans view Romney favorably, according to the poll.

But to more than a third of Republicans, it is not a satisfying field.

Just 10 percent of California’s registered Republicans are very satisfied with the party’s presidential candidates, according to the poll. Thirty-nine percent of Republicans are not at all satisfied or not too satisfied, while 47 percent are somewhat satisfied, according to the poll.

“I’m still looking,” said Robert Fulton, a retired police chief and city manager of Waterford. “Nobody really jumps out at me.”

The 70-year-old Republican said, “I guess Santorum comes about as close as I could gather … . I look at Romney, and he’s no conservative, that’s for sure.”

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PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
February 21, 2012 | 11:57 am

Many of California’s biggest local governments spend an average of 10 cents of every dollar covering pension costs, according to a study of the largest independent pension plans released Tuesday.

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The PE: GRAND TERRACE: Disincorporation won’t wipe away bills

BY DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
STAFF WRITER
dsantschi@pe.com

Published: 20 February 2012 09:15 PM

Disincorporating Grand Terrace would not wipe away the cash-strapped city’s bills.

City Manager Betsy M. Adams warned City Council members at a workshop session recently that the agency that oversees boundary changes in San Bernardino County would require Grand Terrace voters to approve a tax measure to pay any outstanding city debts before agreeing to disincorporate the town.

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Tavaglione

COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE

Published: 20 February 2012 05:26 PM

PublicCEO, an online media organization that focuses on local government throughout California, has named Riverside County Board of Supervisors Chairman John Tavaglione its elected official of the year.

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By Mike Cruz, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 02/20/2012 12:54:49 PM PST

A class-action lawsuit against Victorville and its red-light camera program alleges vehicle owners’ due-process rights were violated and seeks millions of dollars in damages.

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Wendy Leung, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Created: 02/20/2012 05:06:30 PM PST

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – Councilman Sam Spagnolo, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in December, is recovering this week from a successful surgery. Spagnolo, 70, said he plans to attend the next City Council meeting on March 7.

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Newberry Springs educator launches campaign for new 33rd district
February 20, 2012 5:20 PM
Sam Pearson, Staff Writer

Newberry Springs resident John Coffey wants to turn the High Desert blue.

Coffey, a lifelong Democrat, is campaigning for the High Desert’s new 33rd Assembly District.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

When Republican Assemblyman Cameron Smyth decided to leave the Legislature rather than run for the state Senate this year, it virtually guaranteed that Democrats will achieve a two-thirds supermajority in the Senate, changing the Capitol’s political dynamics.

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WSJ: New Districts Upend California Politics

Politics
February 21, 2012

By VAUHINI VARA

ELK GROVE, Calif.—Only one congressional seat in California changed parties in the past decade. Now, an independent redistricting process has turned the Golden State into a battleground where Democrats hope to pick up House seats this fall.

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Calpensions: Proposed budget shows lower CalPERS payment

By Ed Mendel
Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Under the new budget proposed by Gov. Brown, the annual state payment to CalPERS drops from $3.5 billion this year to $3.1 billion in the new fiscal year.

The payment falls, at a time most pension costs are rising, because a $404 million payment to CalPERS for California State University pensions is shifted from the state budget to CSU.

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The average cost for regular gasoline in California has climbed past $4 a gallon, with prospects for even higher prices ahead. The recent dramatic increases nationally and statewide could hurt consumers and, in turn, the broader economy.

By Don Lee and Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times
February 20, 2012, 8:47 p.m.

Reporting from Washington and Los Angeles— Just as the recovery is finally looking real, surging fuel prices are once again looming as a major threat to the financial health of U.S. consumers and the broader economy.

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VVDailyPress: Victorville still shopping power plant

February 20, 2012 8:48 AM
Brooke Edwards Staggs, City Editor

VICTORVILLE • With permits set to expire next year and more than $76 million invested into plans for Victorville’s second power plant, the city could finally strike a deal Tuesday night for a private company to take over the $1.2 billion project.

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THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE
Published: 19 February 2012 07:19 PM

Arnold Palmer. Tiger Woods. Chi Chi Rodriguez. And, now, Jack Nicklaus.

Someone’s all-time fantasy foursome? Nope, it’s a list of golfers who Inland Rep. Joe Baca has sought to honor through congressional legislation.

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As lawmakers consider legalizing online games, the governor’s budget proposal calls for rolling the regulatory commission into the state Justice Department
Rich Pedroncelli/AP

BY JIM MILLER
SACRAMENTO BUREAU
jmiller@pe.com

Published: 19 February 2012 08:13 PM

SACRAMENTO — As California considers a major expansion of legalized gambling, Gov. Jerry Brown wants to revamp how the state regulates the industry and protects its millions of customers.

Brown’s January budget plan includes a proposal to consolidate parts of the California Gambling Control Commission, which is autonomous, with the state Department of Justice, which is overseen by Attorney General Kamala Harris.

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The Sun: School board to hear proposed budget cuts

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/19/2012 05:19:39 PM PST

The San Bernardino City Unified School District’s board of trustees on Tuesday will consider a budget cuts plan that could call for hundreds of layoffs for the next school year.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Feb. 20, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

If Californians believed that electing Democrat Jerry Brown as governor would mean a big break with Republican predecessor Arnold Schwarzenegger, they must be disappointed.

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Calbuzz: Consultants: CA GOP Primary Now Looming Large

February 20, 2012

Mitt Romney’s staggering failure to solidify his electoral base has led most members of the Calbuzz California Consultanate, in six short weeks, to reverse their nearly unanimous prediction that the Latter Day Shapeshifter would soon wrap up the GOP presidential nomination.

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Ethics panel member sends letters to council members who have voted themselves onto local boards that pay stipends up to $5,000.

By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
February 20, 2012

Reporting from Sacramento— Dozens of city officials throughout California have voted to appoint themselves to local boards that pay stipends of up to $5,000 annually, a practice state watchdogs say violates conflict-of-interest laws.

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InlandPolitics: Goverments questionable unemployment numbers

Sunday, February 19, 2012 – 11:30 a.m.

So the U.S. Department of Labor says the national unemployment rate is 8.3%.

A huge drop-off from its high.

But is the number really accurate.

The answer: Probably not.

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InlandPolitics: Henry throws hat into First District race

Henry

Saturday, February, 18, 2012 – 06:00 p.m.

Another name has entered the already crowded field competing to replace San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt, who is running in the newly created 8th Congressional District.

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InlandPolitics: Ramos bails from candidate forum

Ramos

Saturday, February 18, 2012 – 05:55 p.m.

The Redlands Daily Facts is reporting that San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman and Board of Supervisors candidate James Ramos has bailed out of a candidates forum hosted by the Redlands Tea Party Patriots.

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DailyBulletin: Critics say good riddance to RDAs

Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga. (File Photo)

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Created: 02/18/2012 08:38:12 PM PST

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part of a series of stories in which we examine how the elimination of redevelopment agencies has affected San Bernardino County.

For months, local government leaders and many economists have decried the demise of more than 400 city redevelopment agencies across the state.

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Created: 02/18/2012 04:36:28 PM PST

Ontario’s efforts to wrest control of LA/Ontario International Airport from Los Angeles is gaining traction with a wave of cities throughout Southern California — spanning Laguna Niguel to Barstow and various cities in between, all passing resolutions backing the Inland Empire initiative.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Hunter withdraws from supervisorial race, endorses Derry

Hunter

Saturday, February 12, 2012 – 09:30 a.m.

San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors candidate and Redlands Tea Party activist Ken Hunter has dropped out of the race for Third District supe and thrown his support behind incumbent Neil Derry.

The latest move reduces the field challenging Derry to three.

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Spencer

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/17/2012 11:48:58 AM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – Airport officials can terminate their contract with a company tied to embattled airport developer Scot Spencer for failing to maintain minimum fuel reserves for aircraft, a Superior Court judge ruled Friday.

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Toni Momberger, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/17/2012 03:10:02 PM PST

Document: Complaint for Violations of the Federal Securities Laws

On Oct. 18 The Securities and Exchange Commission filed a complaint with the U.S. District Court against Charles Copeland and his businesses alleging several counts of fraud and breach of fiduciary duty.

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DailyBulletin: LAWA official addresses Friends of ONT

Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Created: 02/17/2012 05:15:58 PM PST

ONTARIO – Friends of Ontario Airport is a nonprofit organization founded more than 40 years ago by local community and business leaders seeking to maintain the success of LA/Ontario International Airport.

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Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 02/17/2012 03:14:12 PM PST

CHINO – Chino Valley Unified School District board members Thursday night approved sending 105 preliminary layoff notices to certificated employees.

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WashPost: George Will: Is it bribery or just politics?

George Will

By George F. Will,
Published: February 10, 2012

All elected officials, and those who help finance elections in the expectation that certain promises will be kept — and everyone who cares about the rule of law — should hope the Supreme Court agrees to hear Don Siegelman’s appeal of his conviction. Until the court clarifies what constitutes quid pro quo political corruption, Americans engage in politics at their peril because prosecutors have dangerous discretion to criminalize politics.

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InlandPolitics: U.S. Congressman Gary Miller backs Derry reelection bid

Supervisor Neil Derry left. Congressman Gary Miller right.

Thursday, February 16, 2012 – 04:30 p.m.

San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor Neil Derry captured another sizeable endorsement on Thursday.

Congressman Gary Miller (R-Diamond Bar) has given Derry his backing.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Supervisors dole out funds

The San Bernardino County board is spending $2.9million of its discretionary fund this quarter

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 16 February 2012 07:39 PM

San Bernardino County supervisors are spending $2.9 million of their discretionary funds this budgetary quarter, providing money for projects such as a community center in Muscoy and the formation of a county arts council.

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The PE: LIBERTY QUARRY: Supervisors turn down mine, 3-2

BY JEFF HORSEMAN AND DUANE W. GANG
STAFF WRITERS
jhorseman@pe.com | dgang@pe.com

Published: 16 February 2012 07:05 AM

Seven years of debate over a proposed Temecula-area rock quarry came down to a tense hearing and a swing vote as Riverside County supervisors voted 3-2 Thursday to reject one of the most divisive land-use projects in recent memory.

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The Sun: OpEd: Derry’s accusations have no merit

By Benjamin Gonzales, Retired Deputy District Attorney
(Friend of DA Mike Ramos)
Posted: 02/16/2012 03:18:59 PM PST

I served as chief deputy district attorney for the District Attorney’s Office Central Division between October 2006 and June 2009. The city of San Bernardino and the San Manuel Indian Reservation were within my area of responsibility, as was overseeing the DA’s Central Gang Unit. In this capacity I was very familiar with the investigation into problems relating to gang presence at San Manuel and the “killer for hire” case alluded to by county Supervisor Neil Derry (“Crime ties are a serious issue,” Feb. 10).

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/16/2012 04:26:55 PM PST

The trajectory of a sweeping San Bernardino County corruption case hinges on how a state appellate court rules.

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Toni Momberger, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 02/16/2012 12:37:04 PM PST

The Tea Party Patriots in Redlands have gotten commitments from all five vying for the San Bernardino County Supervisor seat to participate in a forum March 1.

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