Archive for April 28th, 2012

The PE: 2012 ELECTIONS: SuperPac-tion hits race for CD 31

Congressman Gary Miller

By PE Politics
April 27, 2012 9:03 AM

The National Association of Realtors Congressional Fund dropped more than $136,000 in support of Rep. Gary Miller’s bid to represent California’s 31st Congressional District, new Federal Election Commission reports show.

The vast majority of the money — over $118,000 — went for direct mail costs, while the rest paid for polling and consulting expenses.

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Published: 27 April 2012 03:01 PM

Candidates for Inland Southern California congressional and legislative contests on the June ballot have raised more than $9.4 million, with four-fifths of the money originating from outside the districts they seek to represent.

Every state is represented in the Inland money rush. The amount eclipses what had been raised at this point two years ago and will continue to swell throughout the election cycle. Independent expenditure groups, which are not covered by candidate contribution limits, will inject millions more into the region’s races in the weeks and months ahead.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/27/2012 04:24:06 PM PDT

The San Bernardino County Democratic Central Committee won’t be endorsing the re-election bid of the lone Democrat on the Board of Supervisors, Chairwoman Josie Gonzales, citing her support for Republican candidates over the years, including former county Assessor Bill Postmus.

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Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/27/2012 07:31:51 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Associate Superintendent Mel Albiso, a 22-year veteran of the school district who in recent years was sometimes the target of heavy criticism from employees, has accepted an early retirement offer.

Albiso, 56, will retire at the end of the school year and receive an annuity for five years based on his salary of $151,188 per year.

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Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/27/2012 06:01:18 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Scratch another $300,000 from the school district budget.

Following its earlier ruling that former Personnel Director Abe Flory was wrongfully terminated and should be given more than $550,000 in back pay and interest, the Personnel Commission decided Wednesday that the San Bernardino City Unified School District must pay Flory’s legal costs – more than $250,000 in attorney fees and nearly $13,000 in court reporter fees.

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SFChronicle: California pension reform proposals shunted off

Wyatt Buchanan
Saturday, April 28, 2012

One of the biggest mysteries at the Capitol these days is whether lawmakers are really going to make any substantive changes in the pension system for public employees.

This week didn’t do much to answer that, even though there were hearings on bills that were taken word-for-word from proposals Gov. Jerry Brown had sent to the Legislature. The apparent problem? Republicans introduced the bills.

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LATimes: U.S. regulators seize Palm Desert bank, sell assets

By E. Scott Reckard

April 27, 2012, 9:35 p.m.

Palm Desert National Bank was seized by regulators Friday and sold to Pacific Premier Bank of Costa Mesa, which promised to be open for business as usual Monday.

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