Archive for November 25th, 2009

InlandPolitics: Will this affidavit sink Don Kurth’s Assembly campaign?

Senor Blogger
November 25, 2009

Rancho Cucamonga Mayor Don Kurth is a candidate running for the Republican Party nomination for the 63rd Assembly District. District incumbent Bill Emmerson is leaving due to term limits.

Kurth has spoken about his colorful past in overcoming an addiction to drugs and narcotics, as well as homelessness and a custodial jail sentence.

As he has moved on from his problems he encountered years ago, one incident stands out that the media may seek to address as the campaign moves forward.

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RivPE: Highland City Council bans marijuana dispensaries

10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, November 24, 2009

By DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
The Press-Enterprise

HIGHLAND – The City Council voted Tuesday night to turn Highland’s moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries into a permanent ban.

Approval came on a 4-0 vote, with Councilman John Timmer absent.

The decision came eight months after the council first imposed a moratorium on the dispensaries and four months before the moratorium was due to expire.

The Highland City Council is one of a growing number of governments to ban dispensaries on either a temporary or permanent basis. Among the others are San Bernardino, Yucaipa, Loma Linda and San Bernardino County. The Calimesa City Council is scheduled to consider extending its ban on Monday.

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SBSun OpEd: Rebuild trust to move county forward

Neil Derry

Supervisor Neil Derry
Posted: 11/24/2009 06:31:32 PM PST

Given the embarrassing history of corruption and scandal in San Bernardino County, it is understandable that some might be concerned by the recent dismissal of the county administrative officer.

The carousel of scandal and ineptitude plaguing our county government creates doubt, skepticism and cynicism.

Instead of allowing these concerns to go unanswered, I wanted to address my constituents.

Well before I took office, I was aware of the tensions that existed between many of our employees and the leadership of the county. Over this past year it has become apparent that the morale of San Bernardino County employees is extremely poor. Our employees, the men and women who provide services to this county, do not trust those who lead them. Worse, they don’t believe much of anything we say.

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SBSun: Recall try was a loser all along

Assemblyman Adams

Posted: 11/23/2009 09:37:29 PM PST

How nice it was to see the recall attempt against Assemblyman Anthony Adams flop.

We were against the recall for any number of reasons, as we editorialized in April when the effort was announced.

Recall should be reserved for cases of corruption, malfeasance or other criminal activity, in our opinion, not a reaction to a vote cast.

That’s especially true when the recall effort, if successful, would result in a recall election just a few months before the targeted officeholder is up for re-election, which was the case here. The whole thing would have wasted about $900,000 for a special election even though Republican voters will have a chance to oust Adams, R-Claremont, should they choose to, in the June primary.

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SBSun: Money a big factor for ballot initiative process

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/24/2009 02:33:17 PM PST

Got $200 and a postage stamp?

Then you, too, can try your hand at being a California lawmaker.

Since 1911, Californians have been able to write and pass laws by going directly to the ballot box instead of through the state Legislature. The ballot initiative process takes months and, for the successful few, loads of money, but politicians, political observers and even unsuccessful amateur lawmakers see it as a necessity, even if many proposed laws seem harebrained.

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Senor Blogger
November 25, 2009

Shocking. Another day, another editorial in the Press Enterprise blasting the constitutional rights of politically-charged defendants Bill Postmus and Jim Erwin.

In a wholly-unsubstantiated editorial the PE criticizes former county official Jim Erwin and former county elected official Bill Postmus for exercising the rights granted them by the legal system.

The PE called a perfectly acceptable court motion by Jim Erwin an “assault” on that legal system, and praised the ruling’s outcome that resulted in a setback for Erwin.

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calpers

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009 – 12:00 am | Page 16A

A CalPERS board member paid $67,000 to settle a civil fraud lawsuit tied to a political corruption probe in a Los Angeles suburb.

Louis F. Moret, appointed to a four-year term on the Cal-PERS board in February 2008, was sued by the city of South Gate after testifying in a criminal trial about his role in steering city contracts to preferred bidders. Four men were given prison sentences, including a powerful city treasurer whom Moret considered a protégé.

Moret, who was a $12,000-a-month city consultant, wasn’t charged with a crime. A prosecutor was quoted later as saying the evidence against him was too weak.

CalPERS spokesman Brad Pacheco said the pension fund wasn’t aware of the civil settlement until an inquiry by The Bee this week. The settlement was finalized last December.

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Riverside-County-Seal

10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, November 24, 2009

By DUG BEGLEY
The Press-Enterprise

Hope of a swift rebound to Riverside County’s dour budget situation has faded, and officials are now predicting furloughs past this fiscal year amid even more dire financial projections that have the county potentially insolvent by 2012 under some scenarios.

“We’ll do the best that we can to minimize the loss of jobs,” 3rd District Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone said. “But there are going to be some job losses in this county.”

County Administrator Bill Luna and Finance Director Paul McDonnell told supervisors the county must make changes to its current fiscal year 2009-10 budget to account for a $20 million loss in revenue. The dip will be filled by reserve money in the county’s general fund, under a plan presented to the supervisors.

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SacBee: Claws come out after Maldonado’s selection

By Jim Sanders
jsanders@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009 – 12:00 am | Page 16A

Now the infighting begins.

Democrats fired back only minutes after Republican state Sen. Abel Maldonado was appointed Tuesday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to fill the vacant office of lieutenant governor.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg questioned the cost: Wouldn’t California be better served spending $2 million to defray college tuition rather than for a special election to fill Maldonado’s Senate seat should lawmakers confirm him?

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RivPE: Mayor says Highland is in ‘good financial shape’

10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, November 24, 2009

By DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
The Press-Enterprise

HIGHLAND – This city is in good financial shape and figures to see new development and the start of construction on two major bridges in the year ahead, Highland Mayor Penny Lilburn told business leaders Tuesday.

Lilburn delivered the annual state of the community address to about 150 members of the Highland Area Chamber of Commerce at the San Manuel Village/Hampton Inn & Suites.

“There are few cities in California that are in as good a position as the city of Highland … fiscally, politically and with the future build-out opportunities that we are going to provide,” Lilburn said.

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