Archive for January 22nd, 2010

iePolitics: Is there really a “plan”?

Posted by Administrator3 at 21 January 2010

The story below from is disturbing to say the least. The problem is that it may only be the tip of the iceberg in terms of backroom deals and cover-ups that have occurred as part of the investigation into San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos and his sexual exploits. We will probably know more next Tuesday after the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors meet in closed session.

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As more statements from those involved appear in local newspapers, and other information is gathered related to the travel activity of County Supervisor Paul Biane and incoming County Administrative Officer Greg Devereaux, it is becoming very apparent that both men are on opposite sides of the coin.

In 2008, both men accompanied local businessmen to West Viriginia for a football and golf outing.

However, their stories in local newspapers diverge from here out.

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By Courtney Schlisserman

Jan. 22 (Bloomberg) — Employment dropped in 39 U.S. states in December, seven more than in the prior month, indicating job losses were widespread.

Payrolls in California showed the biggest decline, falling by 38,800 last month, according to figures issued today by the Labor Department in Washington. Texas followed with a 23,900 decline and Ohio was next with a 16,700 drop.

With the national unemployment rate projected to average 10 percent this year, state budgets may continue to be strained by limited tax revenue and jobless insurance payments. While the pace of firings has eased over the last year, the time it is taking to find a job rose to a record 29.1 weeks in December.

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RivPE: Whitman makes gains in race for governor

Meg Whitman

06:26 AM PST on Friday, January 22, 2010

Sacramento Bureau

SACRAMENTO – Former eBay chief Meg Whitman has increased her lead in the Republican race for governor while narrowing the gap with Attorney General Jerry Brown, the Democrats’ would-be contender, a new survey shows.

Whitman is backed by 45 percent of likely voters in the June GOP primary, up from 22 percent in October. Her rival, Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, has 17 percent support, up from 9 percent in October. Both candidates gained from the departure of former Rep. Tom Campbell, who abandoned his gubernatorial candidacy to run for U.S. Senate.

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Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/21/2010 06:01:12 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – It may not be the most ringing of endorsements, but the San Bernardino Area Chamber of Commerce is pretty much in favor with the prospect of a new downtown civic center.

The Chamber’s board voted Thursday to adopt a resolution supporting a new County Government Center in downtown San Bernardino. Some city and county officials – including San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris – want to build a new government complex on property currently used by Carousel Mall, but that idea has not gained universal support.

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Sen. Barbara Boxer’s reelection campaign will largely be the testing ground for the new rules in California.

By Shane Goldmacher

January 22, 2010

Reporting from Sacramento – The U.S. Supreme Court’s sweeping ruling Thursday to allow corporate spending in federal political campaigns could shift the playing field in Sen. Barbara Boxer’s reelection effort, congressional races across California and some municipal elections, notably in Los Angeles and San Diego.

The decision removes prohibitions on corporations and unions from spending their money to influence federal elections.

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By Peter Hecht
Published: Friday, Jan. 22, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Friday, Jan. 22, 2010 – 7:10 am

The California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the state cannot impose legal limits on the amount of pot that medical marijuana users can grow or possess.

In a ruling certain to exacerbate debate over the governance of medical marijuana in California, the court threw out legislation that limited medical pot users to 8 ounces of dried marijuana and six mature or 12 immature marijuana plants.

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By Denis C. Theriault
Posted: 01/21/2010 06:24:02 PM PST
Updated: 01/21/2010 10:15:41 PM PST

SACRAMENTO — More than four months before California Republicans choose their next gubernatorial nominee, Meg Whitman has apparently broken the state’s unofficial record for self-contributions.

With her latest $20 million gift, reported this week, the billionaire former CEO of eBay has contributed $39 million to her campaign to date.

That puts her ahead of airline mogul Al Checchi, who spent almost as much of his own money in a failed bid for the Democratic gubernatorial primary in 1998.

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10:00 PM PST on Thursday, January 21, 2010

Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON – After repeatedly criticizing California’s congressional delegation for failing to procure more funding for the cash-strapped state, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger played a different role this week when he met with the same federal lawmakers in Washington.

It was a kinder, gentler Schwarzenegger who spent the last two days making his pitch to federal officials for an additional $6.9 billion in federal money to help close the state’s $20 billion budget gap.

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RivPE: Tea Party rally attracts Inland GOP lawmakers

10:00 PM PST on Thursday, January 21, 2010

Sacramento Bureau

SACRAMENTO – Last spring, some Republican lawmakers were jeered when they spoke to a large Tea Party rally at the state Capitol.

And conservative Assemblyman Chuck Devore, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, recently touted himself as the only lawmaker allowed to speak at Tea Party events.

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RivPE: Lake Elsinore school unions face wage cuts or layoffs

10:00 PM PST on Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

To bridge a nearly $20 million budget shortfall, the Lake Elsinore Unified School District will need significant concessions from its unions or be forced to lay off hundreds of people and close several schools, the school board was told Thursday.

“In the 20 years I’ve been privileged to serve on this board, this is the most difficult budget year I have ever seen,” board member Jeanie Corral said.

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