Archive for January 5th, 2010

InlandPolitics: 59th AD: Adams not to seek re-election

InlandPolitics has learned that Anthony Adams will not seek re-election to the State Assembly.

Adams currently represents the 59th District.

It is unknown whether a Governor appointment for the two-term assemblyman is in the offing.

Whomever the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors selects as its new County Administrative Officer in the upcoming days, one things for sure.

Walking papers will be issued to many.

If the elected board does what it so desperately needs to do by hiring competent and experienced governmental administrator. They must let their micromanagement tendencies drift away in short order, and resume a proper role of policy making and oversight that allows the new leader to manage and guide the operation.

After all, isn’t this the individual who is suppose to implement board policy?

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SacBee: Database: See who is lobbying state government

By Phillip Reese
Published: Wednesday, Mar. 25, 2009 – 11:59 am
Last Modified: Monday, Jan. 4, 2010 – 6:02 pm

During the first nine months of the year, interest groups spent $206 million lobbying state government. That’s enough to pay the salaries of all 2,200 legislative staffers and legislators during the same period — and still have about $98 million left. Use this database to search every interest group that paid lobbyists since the start of the year.

To use database, click here.

Southern California — this just in

January 4, 2010 | 4:30 pm

The California Republican Party has agreed to pay $18,000 in fines to the state’s political ethics agency for campaign finance violations that include failure to report hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses.

The agreement to pay the fines will be considered Jan. 14 by the state Fair Political Practices Commission, whose staff negotiated the settlement after eight violations were found in a routine audit.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Prop. 34 was designed for laundering

By Dan Walters
Published: Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

California Watch, a new investigative reporting service, told us the other day that California politicians and campaign contributors “have routinely funneled money through county-level political party committees … avoiding strict limits on campaign giving and hiding the source of millions in donations.”

California Watch didn’t tell us, however, that laundering campaign money to disguise its source is exactly what state legislators intended when they wrote Proposition 34 a decade ago.

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LATimes: Lawmakers revisit state bar dues measure

Southern California — this just in

January 4, 2010 | 4:47 pm

Months after the governor accused the State Bar of California of being “overly political” and vetoed a bill that would have allowed the organization to collect dues, the governor may be in the mood to reconsider.

The veto occurred after news leaked out about a bar committee’s unfavorable rating of former Sen. Chuck Poochigian (R-Fresno), whom Schwarzenegger appointed to the state Court of Appeal.

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January 04, 2010 2:07 PM


SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger gave little indication that he would stop the sale of the Orange County Fairgrounds when he met with Costa Mesa officials Monday morning, the officials said.

“I’m not optimistic that it’ll be called off,” Mayor Allan Mansoor said.

More than 20 Orange County cities have signed on in support of Costa Mesa’s efforts to stop the sale of the state-owned fairgrounds, which Costa Mesa officials fear could lead to a loss in jobs and businesses as well as endanger the fair as we know it. The governor, however, is planning to use the proceeds from the sale to help solve the state budget woes and, following their meeting with Schwarzenegger, Costa Mesa officials said it looks like he won’t budge.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
January 4, 2010

Just minutes after Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Poizner released his fundraising figures for the last half of 2009, rival Meg Whitman’s campaign said today that it had raised $3.5 million in that period and $10 million over 2009.

Poizner’s campaign said it had raised $1.2 million in the second half of 2009 and $2.4 million since 2008.

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SBSun: County supes to discuss CAO vacancy today

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/04/2010 09:32:36 PM PST

County supervisors will meet in closed session today to discuss the appointment of a new county administrative officer.

More than 200 applications have poured in since the abrupt firing of Mark Uffer on Nov. 17, said Mark Kirk, chief of staff for Board Chairman Gary Ovitt.

“It’s the top priority for my boss and all the other supervisors as well,” Kirk said.

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Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/04/2010 08:23:08 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – A divided City Council refused to reimburse female employees of the City Attorney’s Office for nearly $4,000 in legal fees incurred during a recent investigation of an alleged document theft.

The Police Department’s investigation concluded without any charges being filed.

Monday’s vote was the latest development in the intracity conflicts stemming from the leak of internal memo that occurred during 2009’s mayoral campaign between Mayor Pat Morris and City Attorney James F. Penman.

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