Archive for December 6th, 2009

SacramentoBee: Governor to give CalPERS more funds than it asked for

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who’s crusading to overhaul employee pensions, is choosing to absorb a major increase in the state’s contribution to CalPERS next year despite a looming budget deficit.

The governor’s aides have told the pension fund that Schwarzenegger is willing to raise the state’s annual CalPERS contribution to $4.8 billion in the next fiscal year, an increase of about $1.5 billion, even though CalPERS offered a much smaller rate hike.

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Fred Aguiar

By Andrew McIntosh
amcintosh@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009 – 12:00 am | Page 18A
Last Modified: Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009 – 9:58 am

Three months after the governor moved this summer to slash the number of state workers allowed to drive government cars between their homes and offices, a top Schwarzenegger administration official personally approved his own take-home vehicle deal.

Fred Aguiar, then secretary of the State and Consumer Services Agency and now deputy chief of staff to the governor, received a special state permit that authorized him to use a $34,000 state Honda Accord hybrid for weekend trips between Sacramento and his residence in Central California.

Aguiar, 60, signed and approved his own 12-month take-home vehicle permit Oct. 8.

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DailyBulletin Editorial: Is assistant necessary now?

Upland

Created: 12/05/2009 07:36:10 PM PST

In this economy, we wonder whether filling a vacant upper management position is a good move for the city of Upland.

Rod Foster, Upland’s assistant city manager, was hired last month by Colton to be its city manager. He is stepping into a difficult position in Colton, where the interim city manager recently laid off 60 city employees and closed the city’s libraries. (Colton’s City Council has since decided to reopen the libraries on a reduced schedule.)

One of the employees let go in Colton was Assistant City Manager Mark Nuaimi, who is Fontana’s mayor. Nuaimi recommended elimination of his own position in the face of what the city said then was a $5 million budget deficit, now pegged at nearly $6 million.

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RiversidePressEnterprise: Ethics Measure Just A Gesture?

10:00 PM PST on Saturday, December 5, 2009

CASSIE MACDUFF

San Bernardino County’s Board of Supervisors has passed another feel-good measure aimed at restoring public confidence in their ethics: a ban on using public office for personal gain.

Can you say “window dressing?”

Even the board’s biggest ethics cheerleader, Supervisor Neil Derry, admits the new law is largely a symbolic gesture.

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12:17 AM PST on Sunday, December 6, 2009

By DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
The Press-Enterprise

There is widespread agreement in Colton that the city’s general fund, which pays for most day-to-day operations, has fallen into a hole.

There is little agreement about how it got there and what it will take to climb out.

Colton’s new finance director, Bonnie Johnson, told the City Council this past week that $869,105 in expenses from the 2008-09 fiscal year were “rolled over” into the budget for the current fiscal year without council approval.

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10:00 PM PST on Saturday, December 5, 2009

By JULISSA McKINNON
The Press-Enterprise

After one year as a city, political reform has become popular in Menifee, where three petition drives aim to change local government.

A yearlong debate over how council members are elected has spawned two rival signature drives.

One supports a change from five council members representing five districts to four council members representing four districts and a mayor elected at large. Since November, the group has gathered about 2,000 of the approximately 3,300 signatures needed to put a measure on the November 2010 ballot, said Anne Pica, a Sun City advocate and frequent council critic who is leading the drive.

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SBSun Editorial: Leaders don’t point fingers

Colton-seal

Posted: 12/05/2009 10:07:03 PM PST

Life at Colton City Hall these days is like a game of Chutes and Ladders.

The city’s elected officials lept up the ladder a few weeks back when they showed real leadership by responding to residents and vowing to find a way to restore library services that had been cut to make up for a budget shortfall. Those same officials are now sliding down the chute following revelations that the city’s budget is almost another $1 million in the hole.

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