Archive for November 24th, 2009

iePolitics: Time to Remove Registrar of Voters Kari Verjil

According to reports on KFI 640’s John and Ken show, it turns out San Bernardino County Kari Verjil’s invalid signature figures are not quite accurate.  As Mike Schroeder, coordinator for the recall effort has said all along, signature gatherers registered unregistered voters at the same time the petitions were signed, which is legal.  According to reports, Verjil negated those signatures.

I am told that recall coordinators have begun an audit of the rejected signatures.  Of the first 40 rejected signatures reviewed, 25 have in fact been determined to have been valid after all.  This is a disgrace.  Once again, one of our county officials has made our county look like its run by a bunch of incompetent hicks.

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Additional information has been given to regarding accusations at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC).

It seems that in addition to the state investigation mentioned a few days ago, there are up to three additional investigations going on at ARMC.

Most know that ARMC was former County Administrative Officer Mark Uffer’s “baby.”  It was untouchable.  If an employee suggested there was anything unsavory going on there, they got the axe.  I learned that one personally.

Now Uffer is gone.  And employees, including doctors, are coming out of the woodwork to tell what they know.  Expect to see this turn into one of the worst scandals this county has ever witnessed.  Although the Board of Supervisors dismissed Mark Uffer “without cause,” we will learn just how much cause there might have been.

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Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/23/2009 06:12:16 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – Unless something changes, Susan Hulse will soon become a city resident.

And she’s not happy about it.

Hulse lives in one of six unincorporated county islands that are slated to be absorbed into San Bernardino’s territory.

Local officials who recently decided in favor of the annexations say bringing the unincorporated land within city limits will make government services more efficient. Officials point to state law designed to accelerate annexations as the source of their authority to decide that Hulse and her neighbors should become San Bernardino residents.

But Hulse believes that authorities have made an end run around the process that would allow her and her neighbors a right to protest the annexation, a process that could lead to a vote on whether or not they join San Bernardino.

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10:00 PM PST on Monday, November 23, 2009

The Press-Enterprise

San Jacinto Vice Mayor John R. Mansperger isn’t afraid to roll up his sleeves and jump into a community project or open his business to firefighters who need a place to train.

City residents call Mansperger, 41, hardworking and a man whose political career has involved advocating for senior citizen housing and improving public safety.

He is also one of nine defendants named in a 155-count indictment that claims four members of the City Council voted favorably for developers in return for either gifts or illegal campaign contributions.

Mansperger was named in 136 counts, including 40 felonies.

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SBSun: Adams recall supporters say fight not over

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/23/2009 05:32:55 PM PST

Election officials said last week that a recall drive against Assemblyman Anthony Adams did not gather enough signatures to move forward, but recall backers said Monday they believe something odd or possibly fraudulent might be to blame.

County election officials say everything was done by the book, but recall proponents say the number of valid signatures reported by the San Bernardino County registrar’s office don’t jibe.

“It’s not over, certainly,” said Mike Schroeder, a former California Republican Party chairman and a key Adams recall proponent.

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RivPE: Mayor vows to remain, get city’s work done

STUBBLEFIELD: The official says he will finish the last year of his final term.

11:10 PM PST on Monday, November 23, 2009

The Press-Enterprise

San Jacinto Mayor Dale Stubblefield says he intends to stay in office and fight the political corruption charges he faces, insisting that development decisions made by the City Council he sits on were appropriate.

When he ran for re-election in 2006, Stubblefield called for responsible growth in the city. The city’s general plan was adopted during his first term, and three major commercial developments were approved, including a Walmart Supercenter.

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RivPE: Multiple SB signature problems in Adams recall

PE Politics
on November 23, 2009 2:36 PM

There was no single reason why San Bernardino County’s elections office rejected almost two-thirds of the signatures turned in to qualify a ballot measure to recall Inland Assemblyman Anthony Adams, according to a breakdown from the county elections office.

The bulk of Adams’ 59th Assembly District is in San Bernardino County. Recall supporters there submitted the signatures of 44,590 alleged voters, out of 58,384 turned in district-wide.

Friday, though, a random sample projected that only 15,558 of the San Bernardino County signatures were valid. That doomed the entire effort.

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SacBee: Governor turns to a Senate ally

By Dan Smith and Jim Sanders
Published: Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, risking a confirmation fight, announced Monday that he will appoint Republican state Sen. Abel Maldonado to fill the vacant lieutenant governor’s job.

Schwarzenegger unveiled his pick during a taping of the “Jay Leno Show.”

“He is a terrific, loyal man that has worked very hard in public service,” Schwarzenegger said. “But he’s also into bipartisanship and post-partisanship, so he can also cross the aisle.”

Maldonado, 42, of Santa Maria, has been one of the Republican governor’s few GOP allies in the Legislature. He provided a key vote this year to help push through tax increases and a budget plan over the objections of most Republican lawmakers.

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SacBee: State’s debt burden climbs higher

California Seal

By Kevin Yamamura
Published: Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

Before the economy went bust, California voters authorized multibillion-dollar charges on the state’s infrastructure credit card.

They approved generational investments in roads, schools and levees, as well as hospitals and stem-cell research. At the time, fiscal experts projected that California at most would have to spend roughly 6 percent of its annual budget on payments.

But after an economic collapse, estimates now show that debt service could consume as much as 10 percent of the annual general fund budget by 2014-15 – an “unprecedented” ratio, according to the Legislative Analyst’s Office.

The latest debt warning comes weeks after lawmakers and Schwarzenegger placed a new $11.1 billion water bond on next November’s ballot. Backers of the measure say the state desperately needs a water system overhaul.

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