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InlandPolitics: Local names on Secretary of State delinquent list

The California Secretary of State has published the list of debtors who owe a combined total of $888,730 in various penalties for failing to timely file campaign finance related documents. The fines go into the state’s general fund, and the state wants the money.

Final notices are being issued.

Nearly one-eighth or $104,000 is owed by the Sacramento County Democratic Central Committee.

Click here to see the entire list.

However, some local names showed up.

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iePolitics: District Attorney case against Miller unwinding

Susan Vaccaro
November 22, 2009

The case filed by San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos against Grand Terrace City Councilman Jim Miller is already half-way down the proverbial drain.

After being paraded out in front of a District Attorney orchestrated media arrest on a single felony charge of conflict of interest, the prosecution is now desperate to salvage something from the case.

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Susan Vaccaro
November 18, 2009

The Board of Supervisors approved an increase in the contract with the law firm of Curiale Hirschfield Kraemer yesterday. The amount was increased from $75,000 to $140,000.

What is the contract for you ask? To pay for an investigation into misconduct of San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos.

This time it’s Ramos’ zipper that has the county paying out six figures to attorneys to investigate him, his office, their conduct. A complaint made by one of Ramos’ ex-mistresses from inside his department is on its way to costing taxpayers even more down the road, when a settlement is reached with the victim.

That’s right, victim!

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DailyBulletin: Officials rework Renaissance Rialto deal

Rialto Seal

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Created: 10/28/2009 03:40:03 PM PDT

RIALTO – Officials here hope an injection of taxpayer dollars can help prevent the city’s biggest redevelopment bet from going bust.

The City Council, acting as the Redevelopment Agency, has approved a $10.9 million interim agreement with developers while they renegotiate the price of land critical to Renaissance Rialto, a proposed mixed-use project along the 210 Freeway.

It’s a move that could eliminate funding for new projects in the foreseeable future, said Robb Steel, economic development director for the city.

“We’re buying a little bit of breathing room,” Steel said. “It’s not a situation we want to be in, obviously.”

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SBSun: SB county will study accrual of vacation time


Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/28/2009 03:55:12 PM PDT

The county, at the request of Supervisor Neil Derry, will conduct a survey of other counties to see how they handle accrual of vacation time for their employees.

Derry, who is pushing for caps on vacation accrual time for high-level county employees, made the request to County Administrative Officer Mark Uffer during Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

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By Dale Kasler
Published: Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009 – 12:00 am | Page 8B

CalPERS is reviewing its relationship with Apollo Management, a big private-equity firm that hired controversial placement agent Alfred Villalobos to obtain investment business from the pension fund.

CalPERS spokeswoman Pat Macht said the review began in May and isn’t tied to a separate review, begun two weeks ago, of Villalobos’ activities. Rather, the review is focusing on Apollo fund performances and other issues, she said. The Apollo investments had been doing poorly as of last spring but have rallied lately, according to CalPERS data.

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