Archive for December 8th, 2009

SBSun: Lt. Governor pick lobbies for confirmation

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/08/2009 05:44:49 PM PST

If he’s confirmed by the state legislature as California’s next lieutenant governor, state Sen. Abel Maldonado said he will use the office to campaign for reforms aimed at civilizing Sacramento.

In a meeting Tuesday with editors of the Daily Bulletin and Sun newspapers, Maldonado said he would push for open primaries and extended term limits, which he said would make California lawmakers more knowledgable, thoughtful and open-minded, and less tied to the demands of their political parties.

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GOOD: Hosting an event where the public can salute and honor United States military veterans and local peace officers.

GREAT: Involving local veteran groups and charging a nominal fee to support a charity – In this case, providing holiday gifts to children of fallen heroes.

TERRIBLE: Having a political campaign deliberately fail to disclose to non-political service clubs and veterans organizations that the candidate will be using their legacy to further his quest for high office.

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Posted by Sherlock Holmes on December 8th, 2009

This time it wasn’t someone in the District Attorney’s chain of command.

This time it wasn’t someone the District Attorney had indirect influence over.

This time it’s another politician.

Let’s try a female city council member from within the county. You know this guy might not be San Bernardino County’s version of Tiger Woods, but he’s pretty close. It is said that power is an attraction to woman, but this is getting to be ridiculous. It is not surprising another revelation has popped up involving District Attorney Ramos in another extramarital “encounter”.

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10:00 PM PST on Monday, December 7, 2009

By JOHN F. HILL
The Press-Enterprise

Already proposing to close one elementary school, Lake Elsinore Unified School District’s superintendent said the persistence of statewide financial problems meant he couldn’t rule out closing more schools as soon as next year.

“If it’s not going to get better, this is going to continue,” said Frank W. Passarella.

He said teacher layoffs were not imminent for the 22,000-student district, but were “definitely a possibility.”

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PressEnterprise: Riverside Unified cuts 124 teacher jobs

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10:00 PM PST on Monday, December 7, 2009

By DAYNA STRAEHLEY
The Press-Enterprise

Next school year, 124 Riverside Unified teachers in kindergarten through third grade will lose their jobs and third-grade class sizes will increase to 30 students.

The layoffs approved Monday night by the school board will save the district $5.9 million. They are among $9 million in budget cuts that the district needs to make to close a $37 million budget deficit for next year, Deputy Superintendent Mike Fine said.

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Republican gubernatorial hopeful Steve Poizner disposes of $34,000, but Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says the $86,000 he received from 2003 to 2005 has been spent.

By Evan Halper and Patrick McGreevy

December 8, 2009

Reporting from Sacramento – Some California politicians are ridding their campaign coffers of cash from a Los Angeles venture capitalist who has pleaded guilty to bribing pension officials in New York.

Elliott Broidy, who had California government contracts worth tens of millions of dollars, showered his personal fortune on officeholders and candidates. Over the last decade, Broidy and his wife, Robin Rosenzweig, have made nearly $900,000 in campaign contributions in California, including $57,000 to candidates and ballot measures in the city of Los Angeles.

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LATimes: Sacramento is losing its legislative luster

Partisanship, term limits, mounting deficits and lack of public respect are among reasons why some members of the state Senate and Assembly are moving on.

By Shane Goldmacher

December 8, 2009

Reporting from Sacramento – It used to be a dream job — making law in the nation’s most populous state.

But California voters aren’t the only ones who’ve grown frustrated with the Legislature. Increasingly, lawmakers themselves are giving up on the statehouse.

Some are dropping reelection bids. Others are leaving for what was once viewed as a step down: local government. And finding top-flight candidates to run for legislative seats has become a challenge.

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