Thursday, January 10, 2013 – 07:30 a.m.
Last Modified: January 10, 2013 – 10:00 a.m.

Here’s some new coming across the transom Thursday morning.

Unemployment claims rise

First-time claims for unemployment benefits climbed 4,000 to a seasonally-adjusted 371,000 last week. While not horrible, the number doesn’t bring much confidence in a labor market recovery anytime soon.

McMahon assumes Sheriff-Coroner post

Assistant Sheriff-Coroner John McMahon is now San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner.

McMahon took the oath of office yesterday. He replaces Rod Hoops, who retired December 31, the mid-point of his four-year term, to take a job with some not-well-known Washington, D.C. think tank. In actuality, Hoops recently maxed out his pension benefit formula at 33.3 years of service.

Hoops will now receive a pension equal to 100-percent of his pension-eligible compensation. An amount greater than $250,000 per year.

McMahon takes the helm of a department that has had its share of scandals over the past few years.

California Supreme Court taking hard look at Gutierrez appeal

The California Supreme Court has granted itself an additional 30-days to consider an appeal by Former Rancho Cucamonga City Councilman Rex Gutierrez.

The court, which took the action January 2, now has until February 14 to determine whether or not to grant a petition for review filed on Gutierrez’s behalf by appellate attorney Richard Power.

Gutierrez was convicted of charges related to his employment under Former Assessor Bill Postmus. He served 16-months of a 32-month sentence imposed by Superior Court Judge Duke D. Rouse in December 2010.

On October 12, 2012, the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division 1, in San Diego, issued an opinion upholding Gutierrez’s conviction.