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Joe Nelson, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Created: 09/12/2011 02:21:30 PM PDT

From our archive: Grand Jury questions management practices at San Bernardino airport

San Bernardino County supervisors apparently agree with the Grand Jury that their benefits are excessive but disagree that a conflict was created when the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s and Auditor-Controller’s offices were merged in 2010.

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10:03 PM PDT on Monday, September 12, 2011


Riverside County supervisors take up a formal redistricting ordinance today, and it is likely to be a low-key affair compared to last month when Supervisors Bob Buster and John Tavaglione clashed over how to divide the city of Riverside.

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The Sun: Baca announces run for 35th District

Rep. Joe Baca

Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/12/2011 06:48:42 PM PDT

Rep. Joe Baca, D-San Bernardino, on Monday said he plans to run for the newly created 35th Congressional District seat.

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10:00 PM PDT on Monday, September 12, 2011


San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris urged retailers in the city to voluntarily stop selling single servings of beer, malt liquor and other alcoholic beverages, citing a new UC Riverside study that suggests a correlation between crime and neighborhoods where such drinks are sold.

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Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 09/12/2011 09:12:58 PM PDT

UPLAND – The City Council on Monday night agreed to accept the police chief’s request for medical retirement.

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Senator employed treasurer accused on fraud charges, but her office is unable to access accounts to see how much might be missing. Rep. Davis calls suspect ‘the Bernie Madoff of campaign treasurers.’

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
September 12, 2011, 10:38 p.m.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said her campaign is among those that may have been “wiped out” by a Burbank-based Democratic campaign treasurer who was arrested on federal fraud charges earlier this month.

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Southern California — this just in
September 12, 2011 | 7:12 pm

The Democratic campaign operative arrested on suspicion of stealing campaign funds from her clients may be “the Bernie Madoff of campaign treasurers,” Rep. Susan Davis (D-San Diego) told contributors in an email.

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LATimes: CalPERS officials who received gifts may face fines

A state commission proposes thousands of dollars’ worth of fines be levied on CalPERS board members and officers who didn’t properly report gifts they got from investment firms.


By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
September 13, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento— Board members and officers of the long-troubled California Public Employees’ Retirement System, the nation’s largest pension fund, could be fined thousands of dollars for not properly reporting gifts received from investment firms.

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By Dale Kasler
Published: Tuesday, Sep. 13, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 13, 2011 – 12:07 am

In a move that could fuel economic growth, CalPERS earmarked $800 million Monday for investments in California roads, bridges, power transmission lines and other forms of infrastructure.

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Money & Company
Tracking the market and economic trends that shape your finances.
September 12, 2011 | 1:34 pm

Gas prices are rising U.S. motorists are on pace to spend $491 billion for gasoline this year, the most ever.

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LATimes: Republicans jab at Perry in ‘tea party’ debate

By Paul West, Washington Bureau
September 12, 2011, 10:05 p.m.

Reporting from Tampa, Fla.— In backhanded recognition of his front-runner status, Texas Gov. Rick Perry came under sharp criticism from his Republican presidential rivals in a “tea party” debate Monday night for promoting tuition benefits for illegal immigrants and ordering young girls to be inoculated against a sexually transmitted disease.

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The PE: SB COUNTY: Judge dismisses part of Colonies case

By PE News
August 19, 2011 11:25 AM

A San Bernardino County Superior Court judge dismissed the majority of charges against Rancho Cucamonga businessman Jeff Burum this morning, handing a major blow to prosecutors in the Colonies bribery case.

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By Sandra Emerson Staff Writer
Created: 12/31/2010 07:04:13 AM PST

UPLAND – Mayor John “JP” Pomierski’s construction company, JP Construction Co., has received at least $90,000 in income from J.H. Builders in Upland.

J.H. Builders, owned by John Hennes, was raided by FBI and IRS agents in June along with Pomierski’s home, where his business is based.

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By Michael J. Sorba Staff Writer
Created: 12/31/2010 10:25:56 PM PST

A federal regulator has set no timetable in the new year for when a government takeover of Arrowhead Credit Union will end.

But new legislation could prompt renewed interest in the institution and ultimately a willing business to take it off the government’s hands.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Third candidate announces 2012 mayoral run


10:04 PM PST on Friday, December 31, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

A third candidate has announced he’ll run for mayor of Riverside in 2012, more than a year before the official nomination period starts.

Ron Woodbury, 50, a former finance executive who is now a business consultant, joins Ward 2 Councilman Andy Melendrez and former Ward 5 Councilman Ed Adkison in the race to replace outgoing Mayor Ron Loveridge. All three men have filed paperwork with the city clerk declaring their candidacy, and Melendrez and Adkison have begun fundraising. Woodbury said he doesn’t plan to raise or spend money on his campaign.

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By Jim Sanders
Published: Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Termed-out Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is leaving behind hundreds of new reasons to remember him after he departs the state’s highest office Monday.

The Republican governor signed nearly 750 bills last year, most of them taking effect today at modest or no cost to the state.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Benoit to testify before grand jury


10:00 PM PST on Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County district attorney’s investigators have called Supervisor John Benoit to testify before a grand jury.

Benoit confirmed Tuesday that he received the subpoena last week and is scheduled to appear before the panel in Riverside on Friday morning.

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The Sun: Attorney claims break-in

Office of lawyer in Rialto scandal hit
Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/17/2010 04:24:12 PM PST

The attorney for a Rialto strip club worker at the center of an alleged sex scandal involving Rialto police officers said Wednesday her office was broken into last weekend.

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DailyBulletin: Attorney general race down to L.A. County

Brian Charles, Staff Writer
Created: 11/17/2010 08:24:29 PM PST

While 8 million Californians voted in the state’s attorney general’s race, about 300 Los Angeles County election workers will decide the fate of a race “too close to call.”

That’s if the candidates, Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley and San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, don’t end up settling the election in court.

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VVDailyPress: VVEDA tax change OK’d

Victorville council votes for Rothschild’s proposal
November 18, 2010 8:33 AM
Natasha Lindstrom

VICTORVILLE • In a controversial move, the City Council has backed away from a longstanding agreement on how tax revenues are re-invested in Southern California Logistics Airport — setting the stage for a looming showdown over Victorville’s control of the airport.

On a 3-2 vote — with Councilmen Ryan McEachron and Rudy Cabriales opposing — City Council agreed Tuesday to pledge only 50 percent of the city’s tax increment generated by businesses within the Victor Valley Economic Development Authority project area back to SCLA when it comes to future bonding. Previously Victorville had dedicated 100 percent of that tax revenue to SCLA projects.

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The PE: Cassie MacDuff: Time to Be Transparent

10:00 PM PST on Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Cassie Macduff

The California Public Records Act has long been a journalist’s best friend.

It spells out which government documents are open to the public and how government officials are to supply them on request.

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VVDailyPress: Honeycutt-Cox trial faces new hurdle, delay

November 17, 2010 5:08 PM
Beau Yarbrough

VICTORVILLE • The long-in-coming trial of former Hesperia mayor Tad Honeycutt and Steven Cox will likely be pushed back even further, after the untimely death of Cox’s defense attorney.

San Bernardino County Public Defender Earl Wade Shinder, 60, who represented Cox, died on Sunday.

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By Peter Hecht
Published: Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010 – 8:09 am

As Steve Cooley and Kamala Harris sweat out the ballot counting to determine California’s next attorney general, perhaps no one is more anxious than advocates for medical marijuana shops.

Within the state medical marijuana industry, Cooley, the Los Angeles County district attorney, is widely perceived as pot persona non grata.

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Politico: California’s high-stakes attorney general race

Either Kamala Harris or Steve Cooley will hold the state’s highest legal office.
By ALEXANDER BURNS | 11/18/10 4:41 AM EST

With virtually every consequential Senate and gubernatorial election settled and only a few House races still too close to call, the nation’s most important unresolved race may be a down-ballot election in California — a contest for attorney general that will give one party control of a powerful regulatory office that’s also a prime political steppingstone.

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By Malcolm Maclachlan | 11/18/10 12:00 AM PST

The Nov. 2 election set new spending records again in California, with the state’s two political watchdog agencies scrambling to keep track of hundreds of candidates and committees — and levying fines on them when they don’t comply.

Both the secretary of state’s office and the Fair Political Practices Commission have been trying to collect outstanding fines in recent months. But filers still owe $2.3 million, and it appears likely that much of that money will never be collected.

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Published: Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

It’s not exactly Mega Millions or even Fantasy Five, but it will be a lottery-type atmosphere today when the first eight members of California’s new redistricting commission are chosen.

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SacBee: Meg Whitman agrees to pay former maid $5,500

By Susan Ferriss
Published: Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

SAN JOSE – Defeated Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman agreed to pay her former undocumented maid $5,500 Wednesday to settle a dispute that erupted during the heat of the fall campaign.

Nicky Diaz Santillan and Gloria Allred, her famous Los Angeles attorney, said they were pleased with the agreement.

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November 18, 2010

By Ed Mendel

The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office, not known for rosey scenarios, forecasts a moderate increase in annual state payments to CalPERS during the next five years, mainly due to cost-cutting pension agreements negotiated with labor unions.

State payments to the California Public Employees Retirement System are expected to increase from $3.6 billion this year to $3.9 billion in fiscal 2015-16, according to a state budget “fiscal outlook” from Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor.

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By Jon Ortiz The Sacramento Bee
Published: Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010 – 6:18 am

More state workers have drawn their first retirement checks this year than did in all of 2009.

There are plenty of reasons, but first let’s set the scene with a few numbers.

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InlandPolitics Commentary: The Rex Gutierrez trial – Day 5

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Rancho Cucamonga city councilman Rex Gutierrez testified today in his own defense.

Attorney Jim Reiss questioned Gutierrez about his background, namely his work history. In addition to his background history Gutierrez went over the process by which the city of Rancho Cucamonga and National CORE partner up. Defense attorney Reiss questioned Gutierrez about his lengthy relationship with developer Jeff Burum, that began around 1992. Throughout this relationship Burum and himself would keep in contact on a consistent basis, Gutierrez said.

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iePolitics: More ARMC Cover Up

Written by Administrator
May 19th, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Sometimes I really wonder who is the worst lawyer, District Attorney Mike Ramos or County Counsel Ruth Stringer.  From Ramos we have learned that the Constitution of the United States is not applicable in San Bernardino County, at least not in connection with political enemies.   And County Counsel Ruth Stringer has taught us that copulation involving public resources is covered by the “deliberative process” and therefore not subject to review, not that we wanted to review the copulation, only the expenditures attached thereto.

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