Archive for January 1st, 2010

InlandPolitics: SB Co. Supes schedule special meeting on administrator hiring

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has scheduled a special closed session meeting for this coming Tuesday related to the selection of a new county administrative officer.

A candidate is being sought to fill the vacancy created after the firing of former administrative officer Mark Uffer earlier this year.

Uffer was terminated on a 3-2 vote of the supervisors.

LATimes: GOP poised for comeback in midterm elections

Republicans could have a big year, but they need to win 40 House and 11 Senate seats to regain control of Congress. That’s a tall order.

By Mark Z. Barabak

January 1, 2010

Reporting from Roswell, N.M. – After losing the White House and nearly 70 congressional seats in the last two elections, Republicans are poised for a strong comeback in 2010, with significant gains likely in the House and a good chance of boosting their numbers in the Senate and statehouses across the country.

The results could hamper President Obama’s legislative efforts as he prepares to seek reelection and reshape the political landscape for a decade beyond, as lawmakers redraw congressional and state political boundaries to reflect the next census.

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The court finds that the administration overstepped its authority in approving unpaid days off for thousands of employees in response to a budget shortfall. A spokesman says the governor will appeal.

By Patrick McGreevy

January 1, 2010

An Alameda County Superior Court judge Thursday ordered Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to halt thrice-monthly furloughs for tens of thousands of state workers, saying the administration overstepped its authority in approving the unpaid days off.

A spokesman for Schwarzenegger said the governor would appeal the decision of Judge Frank Roesch in favor of three state employee unions, including the Service Employees International Union Local 1000. The unions had filed suit after the governor began the furloughs in February, in response to a multibillion-dollar budget shortfall.

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LATimes: Huffington Post targets big banks

A blog post urges clients of BofA and others to move deposits to community banks and credit unions to protest what the blog calls a return to risky practices by the big banks.

By E. Scott Reckard

January 1, 2010

There can be few institutions more despised as 2010 begins than big U.S. banks, but what can the average person do about it?

The answer, according to author and Huffington Post website co-founder Arianna Huffington: Withdraw your money.

In a widely read blog post this week, Huffington and former Senate Banking Committee chief economist Rob Johnson try to stir up a popular revolt by encouraging bank customers to yank their deposits from Bank of America, Wells Fargo Bank, Chase and Citibank and move them to community banks and credit unions.

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Happy New Year from Inland Politics

The administrators and contributors of Inland Politics would like to wish our readers a Happy 2010.