Archive for December 1st, 2009

An Orange County based political consultant on retainer to San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos has now entered the fray of two investigations, One by the Orange County District Attorney, and second by a San Bernardino County Grand Jury.

The Orange County investigation involves actions of the Orange County Fair Board, which David Ellis serves as Vice-Chairman.

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Grand Jury 2

By Michael Kane

Sources this morning tell iePolitics that a Special Criminal Grand Jury has issued at least two subpoenas related to an investigation involving activities in the City ofVictorville, it’s Redevelopment Agency (RDA), and Housing Authority.

Areas of interest that is under investigation include the sale of the Victorville II power plant, the former city manager’s improper approval of contracts, and the expenditure of $770,000 for “China visa recruitment”.

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By Administrator

An article in the Orange County Register containing a statement from San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters Kari Verjil contains a keyword the recall effort appears to be hinging on.

The word in question is  “Before”.

In the Register article Verjil is reported to have said the following.

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The former Democratic candidate for governor admits to 32 counts of campaign finance law violations and is fined $104,500. Members of the state commission that regulates boxing are also cited.

By Michael Rothfeld and Patrick McGreevy

December 1, 2009

Reporting from Sacramento – The state’s ethics watchdog agency announced fines Monday against a former Democratic candidate for governor, a sitting assemblyman and three current or former members of the state commission that regulates boxing.

Steve Westly, who lost a Democratic primary for governor in 2006, admitted to 32 counts of campaign finance law violations and agreed to pay $104,500 in a settlement with the Fair Political Practices Commission.

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By Susan Ferriss
sferriss@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

Free tickets to ball games, spa visits or other treats for California officials’ spouses or children should be reported and counted toward annual gift limits, according to a new recommendation by staff at the California Fair Political Practices Commission.

“What we’re looking at is the attempt to influence” state legislators, their aides and certain other local and state officials in California, Roman Porter, executive director of the commission, said Monday.

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SacramentoBee: FPPC fines CalPERS official Valdes

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By Andrew McIntosh
amcintosh@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Veteran CalPERS board member Charles Valdes has agreed to pay a $12,500 fine for violating campaign finance laws after accepting contributions from pension fund placement operatives that exceeded legal limits, the state’s political watchdog said Monday.

The Fair Political Practices Commission said it has reached a settlement with Valdes and Billy Joe Hughes, treasurer of the Valdes campaign, following an auditand investigation into campaign contributions that Valdes received in late 2005. Details were posted on the FPPC’s Web site, but the five-member FPPC panel must still approve the agreement and proposed fine during a Dec. 10 meeting.

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By Mark Glover
mglover@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009 – 12:00 am | Page 8B

Californians dismayed about increases in their property taxes during the past two years of declining property values might see some relief in 2010.

The Board of Equalization said Monday that most California homeowners will see a slight decline in property tax bills, based on the board’s preliminary estimates of deflation at 0.237 percent.

BOE projected that the decline in taxes owed will be about $2.60 per $100,000 in assessed value.

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Sun: Supes to propose ordinance targeting abuse of office

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/30/2009 06:25:07 PM PST

The Board of Supervisors today will introduce a proposed ordinance that would prohibit county officials from using public resources or their offices for personal gain.

The ordinance comes in response to a recommendation made by the Grand Jury in its 2008-2009 report released in July.

Once the ordinance is adopted – which expected to occur on Dec. 15 – it will bolster the board’s power to remove an elected or appointed official from office, county spokesman David Wert said.

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07:36 PM PST on Monday, November 30, 2009

By GAIL WESSON
The Press-Enterprise

District attorney’s officials argued in recent months against publicly releasing search warrants in the San Jacinto political corruption case, saying the warrants needed to remain sealed to protect the investigation in one of the largest such cases in Riverside County history, according to court transcripts released Monday.

“We’ve already got indications that the people that we’ve interviewed have already been coached and spoken to by some of our suspects in the case,” said Kim Robinson, a district attorney’s investigator, to Riverside County Superior Court Judge Helios Hernandez, according to transcripts of an Aug. 19 closed-door meeting.

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