Archive for March, 2012

The PE: AIRPORT: Ontario traffic drops 4.2% in February

BY KIMBERLY PIERCEALL
STAFF WRITER
kpierceall@pe.com

Published: 30 March 2012 10:23 AM

Passenger traffic at Ontario International Airport dropped in February by 4.2 percent compared to a year ago. A total of 320,012 passengers used the airport in February, according to statistics from Los Angeles World Airports, the Los Angeles city agency that owns and manages Ontario airport as well as Los Angeles International and Van Nuys airports. The number of travelers using Ontario airport has dropped every month for 11 consecutive months when compared to the same time a year prior.

Traffic at LAX increased 8.2 percent to 4.46 million last month compared to a year ago.

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The PE: LAW: Bankrupt Norton Property gets another 90 days

U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Riverside/KIMBERLY PIERCEALL/STAFF PHOTO

 

BY KIMBERLY PIERCEALL
STAFF WRITER
kpierceall@pe.com

Published: 30 March 2012 11:18 AM

Norton Property Management Services LLC, a company affiliated with Scot Spencer that filed for bankruptcy in December to avoid eviction from a hangar at San Bernardino International Airport, was granted another 90 days to either keep or reject the amended lease it has had with the airport since October 2010.

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The PE: REDEVELOPMENT: Shutdown process is a new frontier

BY JIM MILLER
jmiller@pe.com
Published: 30 March 2012 05:57 PM

SACRAMENTO — Local officials who once oversaw billions in redevelopment spending with little interference from the state now are having to make the case for every penny.

In hundreds of draft plans approved in recent weeks, local governments list proposed payments to begin settling redevelopment debts and contractual obligations for agencies that shut down Feb. 1. Final plans for the first six months of 2012 must be acted on by April 15, and plans for the second half of 2012 are due less than four weeks later.

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Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Created: 03/30/2012 06:07:44 PM PDT

CLAREMONT – After months of rancor, lawsuits and even some threats, the City Council and the Claremont Police Officers Association have reached a tentative agreement on a 3-year labor contract.

The council is due to vote on the contract at its April 10 meeting, city officials said. The CPOA will present the agreement to its members on Monday.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
March 30, 2012

Democratic campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee pleaded guilty this morning to defrauding her clients of at least $7 million, bringing to a close a case that one official has called the “most extensive campaign treasurer fraud in the history of California.”

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InlandPolitics: Romney looking for sweep on Tuesday

Friday, March 30, 2012 -  08:00 a.m.

At this point, next Tuesday is shaping up as a good day for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

New polls show Romney is holding double-digit leads over former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum in Maryland and the District of Columbia, and a five to eight percentage point lead in the state of Wisconsin.

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The PE: SB COUNTY: Postmus sentencing delayed

Sentencing was delayed today for former San Bernardino County assessor Bill Postmus./FILE PHOTO

 

IMRAN GHORI
ighori@pe.com
Published: 29 March 2012 10:36 AM

A San Bernardino County Superior Court judge Thursday delayed sentencing for former Assessor Bill Postmus on corruption charges until July 19.

Postmus pleaded guilty last year to taking part in a conspiracy involving bribery and extortion in exchange for his vote for the county’s controversial $102 million legal settlement with developer Colonies Partners.

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Carla Rodriguez has been elected as the new chairwoman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians./CONTRIBUTED IMAGE

 

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 29 March 2012 05:03 PM

Carla Rodriguez expects a smooth transition as she prepares to take over as chairwoman of the San Manuel Tribe of Mission Indians next month.

The tribe announced this week that Rodriguez, 58, of San Bernardino was elected by the tribe for a two-year term as chairwoman starting April 16, replacing her nephew, James Ramos, who had held the position since 2008.

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BY JEFF HORSEMAN
STAFF WRITER
jhorseman@pe.com

Published: 29 March 2012 07:18 PM

Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff asked county supervisors Thursday for more money in next fiscal year’s budget so he can hire deputies to patrol unincorporated areas, where he said crime is rising.

The ratio of deputies assigned to areas outside of cities has dropped from 1.2 deputies per 1,000 residents in 2009 and 2010 to 0.90 per 1,000 today.

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OCRegister: GOP: Don’t cut education

March 29th, 2012, 11:39 am
Posted by BRIAN JOSEPH, Sacramento Correspondent

Republican leaders in the state Legislature unveiled Thursday a $4.4 billion package of alternate budget proposals they say would eliminate the necessity for trigger cuts to education in the event voters don’t approve Gov. Jerry Brown‘s tax measure in November.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Top administrator expects 196 layoffs

BY JEFF HORSEMAN
STAFF WRITER
jhorseman@pe.com

Published: 28 March 2012 12:43 PM

Riverside County’s top administrator said Wednesday that as many as 196 county jobs may have to be eliminated in the coming months because, despite ongoing cuts, expenses still outstrip revenue.

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Ryan Carter, Staff Writer
Created: 03/28/2012 07:23:04 PM PDT

Attorneys for developer Colonies Partners LP are seeking dismissal of a civil lawsuit that would force the developer to pay back a $102 million legal settlement to taxpayers.

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The Sun: Airport agency wants way out of redevelopment grip

By Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/28/2012 07:50:12 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – The agency formed to revive the former Norton Air Force Base plans to file a lawsuit next week to keep from falling under the clutches of the state law that has dissolved more than 400 municipal redevelopment agencies across California.

The Inland Valley Development Agency will ask a state court judge next week for an injunction to shield it from the effects of ABx1 26, the law which abolished redevelopment agencies and requires them create oversight boards to proceed with the liquidation of assets, Tim Sabo, attorney for the agency’s board, said Wednesday.

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San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman James Ramos speaks at press conference

 

By Michel Nolan, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/28/2012 06:40:49 PM PDT

San Manuel Stadium is ready for the Inland Empire 66ers to host their California League matchups.

Ready to serve hot dogs.

Ready for screaming fans.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Animal commission explored

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 28 March 2012 05:38 PM

San Bernardino County supervisors are looking into creating an animal services commission that will provide citizen oversight of the department that has been criticized by animal rights activists.

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The Sun: OpEd: San Bernardino rising

Kelley

By Chas Kelley
Posted: 03/28/2012 05:25:49 PM PDT

There is a palpable new spirit of optimism in the city of San Bernardino.

Despite recent publicity about several city administrative officials leaving, the San Bernardino City Council and mayor are working more harmoniously than we have for many years.

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By Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/28/2012 04:47:40 PM PDT

RIALTO – City Council voted 4 to 1 in favor of a controversial 30-year contract with New Jersey-based American Water Works Co. Inc., which would mean a 114.8 percent increase in water and wastewater rates by 2016.

About 400 residents crammed into City Hall and three overflow sites – the library, the public access television station and the main fire station.

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Agreement should add up to 50 jobs this year
March 28, 2012 5:21 PM
Brooke Edwards Staggs, City Editor

VICTORVILLE • A company at Southern California Logistics Airport has landed a competitive deal to service Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliners for the next 10 years.

Pacific Aerospace Resources & Technologies LLC, or PART, will be hiring between 35 and 50 new workers by the end of 2012, according to company CEO Johan Claasen, with more jobs expected over the life of the agreement.

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VVDailyPress: Ex-deputy acquitted in Explorer case

March 28, 2012 4:06 PM
Tomoya Shimura, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • A former Victorville deputy accused of failing to report illegal sexual acts between a fellow deputy and a teen Explorer was acquitted in his misdemeanor trial Wednesday.

After a few hours of deliberations, a Victorville jury found Erik Alexandro Orduno, 32, not guilty of failing to report suspected child abuse as a mandated reporter.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
March 28, 2012

The influential California Teachers Association reported giving $1.5 million today to Gov. Jerry Brown’s effort to raise taxes.

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Calpensions: Century-old CalSTRS faces lengthy funding gap

By Ed Mendel
Thursday, March 29, 2012

After a decade of similar below-target investment earnings, punctuated by huge losses during the stock market crash in 2008, the nation’s two largest public pension funds are looking at different futures.

The California Public Employees Retirement System, putting a new focus on risk, worries about another recession dropping pension funding levels to 40 percent or below, a “warning track” zone that could make it difficult to get back to full funding in the future.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisors pledge help for budget-battered cities

BY DUG BEGLEY
STAFF WRITER
dbegley@pe.com

Published: 27 March 2012 07:49 PM

Four Riverside County cities that took a financial hit in last year’s state budget might get a helping hand from the county, supervisors said Tuesday. But California lawmakers need to solve the problem they created, supervisors added.

Menifee, Wildomar, Eastvale and Jurupa Valley all face fiscal challenges as a result of the state budget passed last summer. The four cities lost $15 million, part of $200 million in vehicle-license fee revenue that the state redirected to pay for local law-enforcement grants.

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Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/27/2012 10:44:33 AM PDT

San Bernardino International Airport’s governing board may take action Wednesday to help the San Bernardino County Sheriff move its aviation division from Rialto Municipal Airport to the former Norton Air Force base.

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Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/27/2012 03:49:41 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved placing an initiative on the November ballot that would cut their pay by more than two-thirds.

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The PE: HIGHLAND: New San Manuel tribal leader elected

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 27 March 2012 05:27 PM

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has elected a new tribal leader.

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Supervisor Neil Derry left. Tribal Chairman James Ramos right.

Y IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 27 March 2012 11:33 AM

San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry will not be allowed to identify himself as a businessman on the ballot for the June election, a Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday.

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Sandra Emerson, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Created: 03/27/2012 11:53:49 AM PDT

UPLAND — The Colonies Crossroads shopping center in northeast in the city is about to get bigger.

Construction has started on the next phase of the center at Campus Avenue and 19th Street and some major retailers are already set to move in.

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Sandra Emerson, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Created: 03/27/2012 11:35:48 AM PDT

UPLAND – The City Council on Monday approved a board of directors for the San Antonio Water Co. just in the nick of time.

Council members narrowly approved a seven-member board, which will be voted on April 3 at San Antonio’s annual stockholders meeting.

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SacBee: Kinde Durkee to plead guilty in embezzlement case

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
March 27, 2012

Democratic campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee is expected to plead guilty to stealing millions from the accounts she controlled for her California political clients, according to two sources close to the case.

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Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has announced an agreement Tuesday to sell the bankrupt team for $2 billion to a group that includes former Los Angeles Lakers Magic Johnson and former Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals President Stan Kasten in Los Angeles on Tuesday, March 27, 2012. (Keith Birmingham/Staff Photographer)

By J.P. Hoornstra, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/27/2012 11:13:05 PM PDT
Updated: 03/28/2012 12:15:12 AM PDT

The road was rocky, but the end was Magic.

A saga for control of the Dodgers more than a year in the making culminated with Tuesday’s announcement that a group led by Magic Johnson had been selected to purchase the team from outgoing owner Frank McCourt.

The group, Guggenheim Baseball Management LLC, will acquire the team for $2 billion upon completion of the closing process, according to a joint statement released late Tuesday. The group includes Johnson, former Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals president Stan Kasten, controlling partner Mark Walter, Mandalay Entertainment chief executive Peter Guber, Bobby Patton and Todd Boehly.

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By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times
March 28, 2012, 1:01 a.m.

California’s unemployment rate will remain elevated for the next couple of years, according to a new UCLA forecast, and in some parts of the state won’t return to pre-recession levels until 2016.

Still, the state’s labor market is on the mend and is likely to heal faster than the nation as a whole, economists at the UCLA Anderson Forecast said Wednesday.

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CCTimes: Romney rolls out California leadership team

By Josh Richman
Tuesday, March 27th, 2012 at 11:45 am

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, completing a campaigning and fundraising swing through California today, announced his leadership team for the Golden State.

Former governors Pete Wilson and George Deukmejian will serve as honorary statewide chairman, while the statewide chairs will be 2010 GOP gubernatorial nominee and current HP CEO Meg Whitman; House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield; Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista; Rep. Mary Bono-Mack, R-Palm Springs; Rep Buck McKeon, R-Santa Clarita; congressional candidate and state Sen. Tony Strickland, R-Moorpark; and 2010 GOP U.S. Senate nominee Carly Fiorina of Los Altos Hills. McCarthy’s and Fiorina’s endorsements were announced yesterday.

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InlandPolitics: From the Ramos for Supervisor campaign

For Immediate Release Contact: Betsy Starbuck
March 27, 2012 (951) 210-8460

Court Rejects Derry’s Ballot Designation

(SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, CA) – Today the San Bernardino County Superior Court rejected Neil Derry’s preferred ballot designation and ordered the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters to use the alternate designation of “County Supervisor” removing the word “Businessman”. In Neil Derry’s ballot designation worksheet he included the word “Businessman” in his title even though he doesn’t operate a business.

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InlandPolitics: CD-8: Trouble for Mitzelfelt?

Mitzelfelt

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 – 09:45 a.m.

San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt had a pretty safe seat.

Meaning he was an odds on favorite for re-election.

But instead Mitzelfelt (R-Wrightwood) is now running for open 8th Congressional District seat.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Former redevelopment parcels to be sold

In Riverside there are 80 properties, much of it vacant land of an acre or so, to be voted on today

 

BY ALICIA ROBINSON
STAFF WRITER
arobinson@pe.com

Published: 26 March 2012 06:26 PM

Riverside officials hope to sell about 80 parcels owned by the now-dissolved redevelopment agency.

Most of the plots are vacant and less than an acre, though the list includes two Victorian homes, a historic downtown building and clusters of parcels near Riverside Plaza, on University Avenue, and in the Five Points area on the city’s west end.

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Devereaux

Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 03/26/2012 06:31:32 PM PDT

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors met in a special closed session meeting on Monday to evaluate Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux’s performance.

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Wes Woods II
Created: 03/26/2012 02:13:09 PM PDT

University of La Verne College of Law officials announced the school was awarded provisional approval from the American Bar Association after being denied it last summer.

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By Kevin Yamamura
kyamamura@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Mar. 27, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Mar. 27, 2012 – 7:28 am

In a show of good faith one year ago, legislative Democrats slashed Medi-Cal, cut universities and reduced welfare grants to slice the state deficit 13 weeks before the constitutional deadline.

But this year Democrats are refusing to go along with Gov. Jerry Brown’s most controversial reductions, spurning his demand to have cuts in place by March.

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A website taking aim at Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon — who is running for state Assembly this year — had an interactive Monopoly-style board game that drew attention to his legal troubles. “What bothers me is that people can hide in a digital disguise and not accept responsibility for what they say,Alarcon said.

 

Ads by Google
By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times

March 27, 2012
Even some of Richard Alarcon’s campaign supporters had to concede that the website slamming the politician was cleverly done.

The site had an interactive Monopoly-style board game that drew attention to the legal troubles of the Los Angeles city councilman, who is running for state Assembly this year.

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OCRegister: State political watchdog ramps up enforcement

March 26th, 2012, 11:14 am
Posted by BRIAN JOSEPH, Sacramento Correspondent

Four years ago, the Enforcement Division of the state Fair Political Practices Commission had a sizable backlog of investigations.

The division, which enforces political ethics rules in areas like campaign finance and conflicts of interest, had 263 open cases that were more than two years old in 2008.

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InlandPolitics: Donnelly receives Probation

Donnelly

Monday, March 26, 2012 – 11:00 a.m.

State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks) received three years probation in a hearing Monday morning San Bernardino County Superior Court.

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InlandPolitics: A little Monday humor…Could it be true?

Monday, March 26, 2012 – 10:55 a.m.

How many people really wonder about this at times?

Probably quite a few.

 

InlandPolitics Commentary: Would Ramos really be effective?

Monday, March 26, 2012 – 10:00 a.m.

There’s a big question starting to circle the local newsrooms these days.

That question being. Where’s San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman James Ramos?

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The PE: ELECTION: Ballot designations matter for candidates

State Sen. Bob Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga, is among legislators who have described themselves as small business owners on ballots. 2009/File Photo

 

BY JIM MILLER
SACRAMENTO BUREAU
jmiller@pe.com

Published: 25 March 2012 08:26 PM

SACRAMENTO — Inland Southern California lawmakers Mike Morrell, Jeff Miller, Bob Dutton and Kevin Jeffries spend a large chunk of their week in Sacramento, voting on bills and sitting through committee hearings as state legislators making base annual salaries of $95,291.

All of them want voters this year to view them as something different: businessmen.

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Supervisor Neil Derry left. Tribal Chairman James Ramos right.

Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/25/2012 12:41:53 AM PDT

In collecting and spending campaign money for the San Bernardino County 3rd District supervisor race, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians tribal Chairman James Ramos is clearly ahead of the field.

In the latest campaign finance report released Friday by the county Registrar of Voters Office, Ramos had a cash balance of $435,281, while incumbent 3rd District Supervisor Neil Derry had $101,448.

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USC DORNSIFE/TIMES POLL

By Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
March 25, 2012, 7:11 p.m.

Reporting from Sacramento— California voters strongly support Gov. Jerry Brown’s new proposal to increase the sales tax and raise levies on upper incomes to help raise money for schools and balance the state’s budget, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.

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By Jim Sanders
jsanders@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Mar. 26, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Monday, Mar. 26, 2012 – 7:01 am

Salaries for California lawmakers remain the nation’s highest despite years of budget crisis and a belt-tightening backlash that sparked legislative pay cuts three years ago.

For voters eager to target lawmakers as scapegoats for the state’s massive problems, California’s top ranking is sure to fuel debate this week over whether to cut deeper into legislative paychecks.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Mar. 26, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Monday, Mar. 26, 2012 – 6:33 am

California’s great public pension battles are heating up, and may be headed for some kind of political explosion.

The Legislature’s Democratic majority appears to be doing its best to ignore significant pension reform, even though Gov. Jerry Brown says the current system is “unsustainable” and an overhaul is needed to persuade voters to raise taxes this year.

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InlandPolitics: An interesting Los Angeles Times op-ed

Former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens is shown arriving at federal court in Washington on April 7, 2009. (Gerald Herbert / AP Photo / March 19, 2012)

 

Op-Ed
Ted Stevens and the department of injustice

An inquiry tells the story of government lawyers who failed to live up to their professional responsibilities and thus failed to give the former Alaska senator a fair trial.

By Michael Carey
March 19, 2012

As his trial on corruption charges approached in the fall of 2008, Ted Stevens railed to me in an email: “What did I do, Michael? What did I do?” The wounded rage smoldering in that rhetorical question to a reporter reflected his belief that he had done nothing wrong. He continued to insist on his innocence after a Washington, D.C., jury found him guilty of lying on financial disclosure forms.

Stevens’ conviction was dismissed in 2009 after the Justice Department’s admission that government lawyers failed to turn over evidence the Stevens defense should have received. U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan, who presided over Stevens’ trial, soon authorized an investigation of the prosecutors’ conduct, a move as rare as the trial of a U.S. senator.

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Sunday, March 25, 2012 – 11:50 a.m.

Over a year ago San Bernardino County sued the San Bernardino County Public Attorneys Association over the union using Deputy District Attorneys to represent Deputy Public Defenders in low level grievance and disciplinary matters.

A practice former Public Defender Doreen Boxer didn’t care for.

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Sunday, March 25, 2012 – 09:00 a.m.

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum won the Louisiana Republican primary contest Saturday with 49% of the vote.

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Saturday, March 24, 2012 – 10:00 a.m.

First it was a campaign flyer about the Mexican Mafia and other criminal activity on the San Manuel Reservation that caused a stir.

Now it’s Indian gaming interest’s buying an election.

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By Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/24/2012 03:02:29 PM PDT

San Bernardino County sued former Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin in May 2009 in hopes of recovering hundreds of thousands of dollars in a corruption case alleging malfeasance in the Assessor’s Office.

In the end, it was Erwin who wound up getting paid.

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LATimes: California Republicans get behind Mitt Romney

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney addresses supporters during a town hall forum. (Patrick Smith / Getty Images / March 24, 2012)

 

USC DORNSIFE/TIMES POLL

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
March 25, 2012

Republican voters in California have swung behind Mitt Romney, with the national presidential front-runner crushing his rivals by double digits and substantially expanding his support in the state, a new poll has found.

Romney won 42% of registered Republican voters, with his closest rival, Rick Santorum, trailing by 19 points, according to the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll. Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul were a distant third and fourth.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Mar. 25, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

As the housing bubble burst and recession hammered the state three years ago, Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Democratic leaders created a blue- ribbon commission to examine “the volatility inherent in California’s current tax system.”

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InlandPolitics: FoxNews political menu sweeps viewership across the board

Saturday, March 24, 2012 – 09:55 a.m.

Is there really any point in cable news networks MSNBC or CNN when it comes to political dialogue?

Based on the most recent viewership numbers the answer is probably not.

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County Supervisor Neil Derry left. Tribal Chairman James Ramos Right.

By Joe Nelson and Neil Nisperos, Staff Writers
Posted: 03/23/2012 08:28:21 PM PDT

A supporter of Board of Supervisors candidate James Ramos has asked a judge to order incumbent Neil Derry to strike the word businessman from Derry’s ballot statement – an action funded by Ramos, a San Manuel tribal leader.

The supporter, Patricia Amicone, is seeking a court order demanding that county Registrar of Voters Mike Scarpello remove the “businessman” term from Derry’s ballot statement, arguing Derry’s only profession is that of county supervisor.

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County Supervisor Neil Derry

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 23 March 2012 04:22 PM

San Manuel tribal Chairman James Ramos is funding a legal challenge against election opponent and San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry’s use of the title businessman on his ballot designation.

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The PE: POLITICS: Riverside area is in a campaign vortex

BOS 1st District AD-61 SD-31 CD-41

BY JIM MILLER AND BEN GOAD
STAFF WRITERS
jmiller@pe.com; bgoad@pe.com

Published: 23 March 2012 06:35 PM

Voters in western Riverside County are about to find out what it’s like to be at the center of a campaign convergence.

Several overlapping – and highly contested – local, legislative and congressional races this year will focus unprecedented attention and spending on the area as campaigning escalates before the June and November elections. Voters will be buried in TV ads, mailers, yard signs and visits to their front doors.

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STAFF REPORTS
Published: 23 March 2012 07:29 PM

State lawmakers had a debate last week about nothing.

Nothing, as in the contents of some six-dozen sparsely worded “spot,” or shell, bills that someday will contain hundreds of pages of legislation implementing California’s 2012-13 budget.

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Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/23/2012 07:57:05 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – It’s either another nail in the coffin or the first step to fixing the city.

Those are the conflicting viewpoints City Council members expressed Friday after City Manager Charles McNeely resigned Thursday with a torrent of criticism for what he called a politically dysfunctional city unwilling to change.

Public Works Director Nadeem Majaj and James Graham, assistant to the city manager, also resigned Thursday.

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BY ALICIA ROBINSON
STAFF WRITER
arobinson@pe.com

Published: 23 March 2012 06:42 PM

Riverside mayoral candidate Ed Adkison remained the biggest fundraiser and spender and had the most cash left of his six opponents, according to campaign filings due Thursday.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Leadership changes announced

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 23 March 2012 06:07 PM

San Bernardino County has appointed a new public works director as part of several high-ranking staff changes announced this week.

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Andrew Edwards
Posted: 03/23/2012 07:03:45 PM PDT

CVB Financial Corp., the Ontario-based parent company of Citizens Business Bank, announced its addition to the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Monday.

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By Wendy Leung, Staff Writer
Created: 03/23/2012 06:53:40 PM PDT

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – Former Councilman Rex Gutierrez, who served half of his two years and eight months sentence in state prison, has been released and has moved back to the community.

Gutierrez, 52, was found guilty in December 2010 on four felony counts of grand theft and conspiracy to commit a crime and filing a fraudulent claim. The crimes occurred while he worked as the intergovernmental relations officer for the San Bernardino County Assessor’s Office.

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Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 03/23/2012 09:03:11 PM PDT

CHINO – Chino Valley Unified School District officials have approved a budget report that states the district is $2 million in the red.

As a result, they will be back in May with another report, with possible changes, that will reflect its fiscal outcome through 2013-14.

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SacBee: Gov. Jerry Brown’s solar power campaign

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Mar. 24, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

GOLETA – Last summer, Gov. Jerry Brown flew to Blythe, in the California desert, to break ground on the largest solar power project in the world.

There, in a tent near the Arizona border, Uwe T. Schmidt, chairman and chief executive officer of developer Solar Trust of America, proclaimed the “dawn of a new era,” and Brown, who has tied his job-creation effort inextricably to renewable energy, said “This is really big.”

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PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
March 23, 2012 | 5:00 pm

California voters do not blame public employees for the state’s pension woes and are in no hurry to make steep cuts in the system, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.

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Supervisor Neil Derry left. Captain Kangaroo (James Ramos) right.

 

Thursday, March 22, 2012 – 06:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 23, 2012 – 09:20 a.m.

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman James Ramos is suing San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters Michael Scarpello over his opponents ballot designation.

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The PE: SB COUNTY: Assemblyman’s gun case set for Monday

Donnelly

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 22 March 2012 05:53 PM

A San Bernardino County Superior Court judge continued a case against an Inland assemblyman charged with two misdemeanors for bringing a loaded gun into Ontario International Airport.

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Ryan Hagen, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 03/22/2012 03:35:11 PM PDT

Charles McNeely
SAN BERNARDINO – City Manager Charles McNeely and two other top city officials announced their resignations Thursday.

Public Works Director Nadeem Majaj and James Graham, assistant to the city manager, each of whom had worked for the city for about 17 months, resigned shortly after McNeely’s announcement.

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BY JAN SEARS
AND DARRELL R. SANTSCHI STAFF WRITERS
jsears@pe.com | dsantschi@pe.com

Published: 22 March 2012 09:13 PM

Three members of the Loma Linda City Council agreed Thursday evening to cancel the city’s June 5 election and appoint the only three candidates to the three vacant seats.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Friday, Mar. 23, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Friday, Mar. 23, 2012 – 7:53 am

Its popularity has declined sharply, many of its details have yet to emerge, and independent authorities have questioned its financial and operational viability, but California’s bullet train project is very likely to get the green light from the Legislature soon.

That’s the consensus of those who have been counting votes among the Legislature’s dominant Democrats, who can give the California High-Speed Rail Authority authorization to sell bonds and begin construction of an initial segment in the San Joaquin Valley.

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Money & Politics | Daily Report
March 23, 2012 | Will Evans

Wealthy Californians are keeping the money flowing to super political action committees, even as some state lawmakers want to turn off the faucet.

Super PACs on the left and right drew hefty contributions last month from the rich and famous – such as controversial comedian Bill Maher and GOP mega-donor Jerry Perenchio – as well as from the merely rich.

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Staff report
Posted: 03/22/2012 04:36:39 PM PDT

San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Josie Gonzales has convened a special board meeting regarding a public employee evaluation of the county’s Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux.

The meeting, which will be held in closed session, has been in the works for some time, county spokesman David Wert said.

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McNeely

Ryan Hagen, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 03/22/2012 03:35:11 PM PDT
Charles McNeely

SAN BERNARDINO – City Manager Charles McNeely resigned Thursday, according to City Clerk Georgeann “Gigi” Hanna.

McNeely, who began working in June 2009, will continue until May 1. His contract was scheduled to expire in June.

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The PE: POLITICS: Ballot statement in dispute

BY JEFF HORSEMAN
STAFF WRITER
jhorseman@pe.com

Published: 21 March 2012 06:40 PM

Riverside County Supervisor Bob Buster has filed a legal challenge to try to force election opponent and Assembly member Kevin Jeffries to revise his self-description on the June 5 ballot.

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BY BEN GOAD
WASHINGTON BUREAU
bgoad@pe.com

Published: 21 March 2012 06:10 PM

WASHINGTON — As Congress and the Pentagon clashed Wednesday over whether to go forward with proposed base closures next year, a top Air Force official said it’s too soon to tell if — or how — any cuts would be felt at Inland Southern California’s military installations.

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DailyBulletin: San Antonio Water Co. board is still not set

By Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 03/21/2012 05:28:44 PM PDT

UPLAND – The City Council has yet to approve the San Antonio Water Co. Board of Directors and its annual stockholders meeting is quickly approaching.

Two San Antonio Heights residents have voiced their concern over the way the slate was chosen and requested their community members pick their representation.

Upland currently names all of the members to the board.

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By Sandra Emerson, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Created: 03/21/2012 11:10:42 AM PDT

UPLAND – The City Council took no action on the city attorney’s contract during a special closed session meeting on Tuesday.

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VVDailyPress: Buying up Victor Valley

Investors purchase undervalued abandoned housing subdivisions
March 22, 2012 9:09 AM
Tomoya Shimura, Staff Writer

A private investor who recently bought 233 abandoned housing lots in four Victor Valley subdivisions plans to sit on them until the housing market picks up, according to a broker involved in the deal.

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Calpensions: CalPERS funding level: How low can it go?

By Ed Mendel
Thursday, March 22, 2012

As CalPERS puts a new focus on risk, a funding level that drops to 40 percent is emerging as the red line.

The worry is that if the funding level of the big pension fund drops too far, it may not be practical to raise annual employer payments enough to regain proper funding.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Supervisor pay initiative headed to ballot

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 – 09:45 a.m.

An initiative to amend the San Bernardino County charter to reduce the pay, status and staffs of county supervisors is headed to the ballot.

The “Part-Time Pay for Part-Time Work” initiative, a measure backed by county unions, has officially qualified to go before county voters.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012 – 08:45 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 – 09:55 a.m.

The ballot statement of San Manuel band of Mission Indians Chairman James Ramos leaves many questions and opens the door for political exploitation.

Ramos is challenging San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor Neil Derry in the June primary election.

Here’s the text of Ramos’ ballot statement:

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InlandPolitics: Romney widens lead in GOP delegate count

Romney

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 – 08:15 a.m.

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has widened his lead in the GOP delegate contest after last nights win in the state of Illinois.

Here’s the latest tally.

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