Archive for December 15th, 2009

SBSun: Ramos pays fine, settles Political Reform Act violation

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer

Posted: 12/15/2009 05:21:20 PM PST

San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos has paid a $200 fine to settle a Political Reform Act violation for failing to report a $10,000 payment to his wife for working on his campaign.

The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) on Nov. 2 notified Ramos of a complaint filed against him by former assistant assessor Jim Erwin, who faces felony charges for failing to report about $15,000 in gifts he received from a Rancho Cucamonga developer in January 2007.

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iePolitics: SB County: Stringer just doesn’t get it

It’s time to get out the toy blocks. You know. Those one’s with the big color letters.

News off the San Bernardino County Government Center never ceases. Even during the holidays.

Extensively covered on this blog for the past few months is the lack of trust the Board of Supervisors has with their senior in-house legal counsel Ruth Stringer. It has been revealed here about the Board of Supervisors desire to make a change in the position for a myriad of reasons we won’t rehash again. The position of county counsel is an at-will board appointment.

Sounds simple? You would think.

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Capitol politicians bemoaning the size and cost of the state’s bonded debt is something like drunkards arguing over hangover remedies.

Members of the Assembly Budget Committee, most of whom voted for tens of billions of dollars in new bonds, including $11-plus billion in new water bonds, convened Monday to worry publicly about how the debts will be repaid from a state budget awash in red ink.

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Reuters: California debt costs to surpass $10 bln-Treasurer

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Mon Dec 14, 2009 5:55pm EST

WASHINGTON, Dec 14 (Reuters) – California, the largest borrower among U.S. states, may see its debt interest costs nearly double to over $10 billion in 2020, the state treasurer reported on Monday.

General fund debt service on outstanding bonds, authorized but unissued bonds and proposed water bonds is set to peak in fiscal 2020 at $10.45 billion, compared with a current level around $6 billion, and stay near that level through fiscal 2028, Treasurer Bill Lockyer said in a presentation for the state legislature.

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By Jim Sanders
jsanders@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

For Californians willing to invest big hours for a shot at making history and creating a more competitive Legislature, today marks your chance.

Cost to apply? Nothing.

Expected to be watched closely nationwide, California will begin implementing a power-to-the-people initiative, Proposition 11, passed by voters last year.

State Auditor Elaine Howle will begin accepting applications today for a 14-member citizens commission that will draw state legislative and Board of Equalization districts, but not those of Congress, in 2011.

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Setting up a possible fight between Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Legislature, the CalPERS board is about to approve a moderate increase in the state’s annual contribution to the pension fund.

The rate hike is at least $1 billion lower than what Schwarzenegger wants to pay.

Schwarzenegger says the state should pay off CalPERS’ multibillion-dollar investment losses as quickly as possible rather than defer the cost. But some state employees unions say the Republican governor really wants to pay more so he can build political support for his proposal to reduce pension benefits.

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VVDailyPress: City, firm squabble over hangar

SCLA’s biggest employer files claim against Victorville
By Brooke Edwards
STAFF WRITER

VICTORVILLE • They’re already at the center of a $200 million RICO claim against the city and of a $36 million difference in opinion between Victorville’s last two auditors.

Now a set of hangars at Southern California Logistics Airport has triggered another claim against the city, with Leading Edge Aviation Services — the largest employer at SCLA — asking for more than $1 million it says was lost after the city leased the same space twice.

The council is expected to deny that claim during tonight’s meeting, though spokeswoman Yvonne Hester said the city declined to comment per its usual policy on pending litigation.

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SBSun: San Bernardino deficit includes $350,000 mistake

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Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/14/2009 10:48:30 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – City officials said Monday that a $350,000 budget mistake was a result of miscommunication and honest oversight that should never happen again.

The error prompted a Monday morning meeting with Mayor Pat Morris and other top officials, which mayoral chief of staff Jim Morris said involved conversations on how to prevent future errors and make San Bernardino government more efficient.

Jim Morris said the mayor met with City Manager Charles McNeely and interim San Bernardino Economic Development Agency chief Emil Marzullo. City Hall and the EDA have separate budgets and officials have blamed the error on the Finance Department’s incorrect assumption the EDA would transfer $350,000 in golf course money to the city’s budget.

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