Archive for April 9th, 2012

InlandPolitics: S.B. County Supervisor Josie Gonzales an Einstein?

County Supervisor Josie Gonzales left. Albert Einstein right.

Monday, April 9, 2012 – 09:30 a.m.

San Bernardino County Supervisor Josie Gonzales an Einstein?

It does sound kind of a laughable depiction of someone routinely identified with a fence post.

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Monday, April 9, 2012 – 09:00 a.m.

A popular reporter for the Press-Enterprise has left for greener pastures, literally.

Duane Gang has departed the newspaper to work for the The Tennessean.

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County Supervisor Josie Gonzales (Kurt Miller/The P-E)

THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE
Published: 08 April 2012 07:12 PM

Local elected leaders often return from an organized trip to Washington, D.C., ready to regale their colleagues and the public about a trip spent persuading the powerful to support Inland interests.

San Bernardino County Supervisor Josie Gonzales spent some of her time in the nation’s capital trying “to alleviate misperceptions and misconceptions.”

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, April 9, 2012

SANTA ROSA — A two-house legislative committee is working with Gov. Brown’s Department of Finance on a ‘hybrid’ retirement plan for new state and local government hires, a committee member told a forum here last week.

Assemblyman Michael Allen, D-Santa Rosa, twice referred to a “cash balance” plan while talking about a cost-cutting hybrid, proposed by Brown, that combines a lower pension with a 401(k)-style individual investment plan.

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In a March 2 hearing in the case against Richard Alarcon, Deputy Dist. Atty. Jennifer Lentz Snyder was scolded for being ‘very dismissive’ of defense evidence submitted to a grand jury in 2010. A lawyer says Alarcon and his wife are ‘heartened’ by the turn of events. Councilman Richard Alarcon (Irfan Khan, Los Angeles Times / August 4, 2010)

 

By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
April 8, 2012, 8:51 p.m.

A high-profile perjury and voter fraud case against Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife could be in trouble based on a judge’s warning at a court hearing last month, transcripts show.

In the March 2 hearing, L.A. County Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy sharply criticized the prosecution’s case and scolded Deputy Dist. Atty. Jennifer Lentz Snyder for being “very dismissive” of defense evidence submitted to a grand jury in 2010. Those jurors returned a 24-count felony indictment against the Alarcons, who have pleaded not guilty.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Apr. 9, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

When the state’s bullet train impresarios unveiled a much-revised plan for the statewide project last fall – with campaign-style hoopla, one should note – they said it settled all of its outstanding questions and doubts.

Not by a long shot.

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SacBee: California state government hiring slowed in 2011

By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Apr. 9, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Monday, Apr. 9, 2012 – 7:02 am

California state government hired 25 percent fewer employees last year, according to new payroll figures, although departments still added thousands of workers while squeezing their budgets during the economic downturn.

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown imposed a hiring freeze shortly after entering office last year, but allowed exemptions under certain conditions. The governor lifted the freeze as departments came up with alternative ways to cut their budgets.

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LATimes: It’s do or die for Rick Santorum in Pennsylvania

By Paul West, Washington Bureau
April 8, 2012, 7:11 p.m.

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Rick Santorum is back on familiar ground, seeking redemption and a lifeline for his presidential candidacy in the state that rejected him almost six years ago.

The former senator from Pennsylvania has resurrected his career after a shattering 2006 reelection defeat. Dismissed as a hopeless long shot when his presidential run began, he’ll finish no worse than second for the Republican nomination. At 53, he’s one of the nation’s leading social conservatives, and his long-range future has never looked brighter.

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