Archive for December 12th, 2009

iePolitics Commentary: Nuaimi really did work in Colton government

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After reading and absorbing information and news reports relative to the City of Colton’s financial dilemma, one thing stands out. Former Colton City Manager and current City of Fontana Mayor Mark Nuaimi is trying to skate away from the city’s financial problems.

If one listens to city council member Vincent Yzaguirre, the city’s financial troubles all rest on the backs of the former city manager and the city finance director.

What about former Assistant City Manager Nuaimi? Enquiring minds would like to know. Did he know about the bad financial decisions? Did he play a role in them?

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SacBee Editorial: Pensions: Pay now or pay later

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Published: Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009 – 12:00 am | Page 12A

Usually employers want to reduce the amount of money they have to contribute to pension plans.

So what Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposes is unprecedented. He wants the state to kick in more next year than the people who run California’s retirement system are asking for. CalPERS board members must now decide to accept the $4.8 billion the governor offered instead of the $1.5 billion its staff has said is sufficient. It’s a tough choice.

The board’s constitutional and fiduciary responsibility is to the financial interest of the pension fund. Under normal circumstances, that should lead it to side with the governor. Politically, however, the board is dominated by public employee unions. By paying an extra $3.3 billion into the pension fund, the governor puts an additional financial burden on state government, which already faces a $21 billion deficit. If layoffs are required to close the gap, state workers, nearly all of them union members, risk big job losses.

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By Susan Ferriss
sferriss@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

California’s designated new Assembly speaker said Friday that nothing should be off limits – including taxes – when talks resume to deal with a nearly $21 billion budget deficit over the next 18 months.

“When you’re looking at a deficit gap the size that we are, I think everything has to be on the table for discussion,” said Assemblyman John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles, who held his first Capitol press conference a day after Democratic peers chose him as new speaker.

“The reality is that the likelihood of passing taxes is very difficult in this environment,” Pérez added. “But I think everything has to be on the table” to find a solution “that closes the gap and, quite frankly, that shares the sacrifice across all people in the state.”

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By JESSE B. GILL, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/11/2009 10:56:40 AM PST

REDLANDS – Home-to-school transportation for high school students may be eliminated as part of $11.68 million in cuts the Redlands Unified School District will have to make in January.

Superintendent Lori Rhodes presented a six-tiered budget reduction plan to the district’s board of education Tuesday. The plan’s first level – necessary to cut the $11.68 million – included the possible elimination of home-to-school transportation for high school students.

“I’m worried about the kids who don’t have cars and don’t have the gas money,” said Nikki Young, a Beattie Middle School teacher who spoke Tuesday. “If they miss the bus, they miss school that day.”

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RivPE: Ballooning Board Budget

11:53 AM PST on Friday, December 11, 2009

Cassie MacDuff

Inflation has stayed in the low single digits for the past five or six years. But the budget of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has doubled.

In fiscal 2004-05, county supervisors spent $3.25 million to staff the five district offices. By fiscal 2008-2009, that figure had mushroomed to $6.5 million.

That’s not just inflation. That’s sky-flation — as in the sky’s the limit when the taxpayer’s paying.

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10:26 PM PST on Friday, December 11, 2009

By DUANE W. GANG and DUG BEGLEY
The Press-Enterprise

Backers seeking to recall four indicted San Jacinto city councilmen will need nearly 3,000 signatures to put the issue on the ballot.

“The passions are running extremely high in the city on this,” said Brian Hildreth, an attorney for the recall effort. “I suspect that this will qualify for the ballot in a quarter of the time we would need.”

At their first council meeting since a being charged in a 155-count indictment, Mayor Dale Stubblefield, Councilman Jim Ayres and Councilman James Potts were served Thursday with notices of intention, one of the first steps in the formal recall process.

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SacBee: CalPERS investment officer Jelincic wins board seat

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Published: Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009 – 12:00 am | Page 4A

An investment officer at the California Public Employees’ Retirement System has won a seat on its governing board.

J.J. Jelincic received 51 percent of the 213,744 ballots cast to narrowly defeat Cathy Hackett for an at-large seat on the pension fund’s 13-member board. CalPERS distributed 1.3 million ballots to members. Jelincic will replace Charles Valdes in January.

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December 11, 2009 3:58 PM
BY BEATRIZ E. VALENZUELA Staff Writer

With the recent attempted murder of a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputy, state Sen. George Runner is hoping a new statewide emergency alert system would help in locating suspects who shoot at law enforcement officers.

The proposed Blue Alert would work much like the already-active Amber Alert system and would be activated if a law enforcement officer had been killed, seriously wounded or assaulted with a firearm, according to Runner, R-Lancaster.

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RivPE: Fate of hospitals is in voters’ hands

10:00 PM PST on Friday, December 11, 2009

By GAIL WESSON
The Press-Enterprise

Voters on Tuesday will decide the future of health care in the San Jacinto Valley and Menifee area when they consider whether to allow the sale of public hospital assets to a private doctors’ group.

The hospital board in October approved the sale of assets, including Hemet Valley Medical Center and Menifee Valley Medical Center to Physicians for Healthy Hospitals, a group of 132 local doctors, for an estimated $162 million.

It is the second time in recent years that voters have been asked to weigh in on selling Valley Health System’s assets.

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