Archive for April 7th, 2010

SBSun Editorial: One more try to pick pockets


SB County

Posted: 04/06/2010 06:43:18 PM PDT

Boy, it sure is one big ol’ soap opera over on the Fifth Floor of the San Bernardino County Government Center.

Now Mark Uffer, the fired former county administrative officer, has filed a claim against the county and, individually, Supervisors Brad Mitzelfelt, Neil Derry and Gary Ovitt; former supervisor and former assessor Bill Postmus; Jim Erwin, Postmus’ former assistant assessor and Derry’s former chief of staff; and Mark Kirk, board Chairman Gary Ovitt’s chief of staff, airing more of the Fifth Floor’s dirty laundry.

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10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Sacramento Bureau

SACRAMENTO – Two years ago, then-Assemblyman John Benoit’s desert residency propelled him to a landslide in the last GOP primary election for Riverside County’s 37th state Senate District.

The Coachella Valley vote will be a major factor in next week’s district special election. But unlike in 2008, there’s no home-court advantage for any of the Republican candidates who have devoted the most time and money to the race.

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April 06, 2010 5:14 PM

BARSTOW • Officials with the local Republican caucus Monday night demanded that Barstow Mayor Joe Gomez resign his post, saying the mayor’s recent criminal charge has cast the city in a negative light.

Gomez thanked them for their comments, but refused to step down.

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SBSun: Senator Boxer stops in San Bernardino


James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/06/2010 05:51:08 PM PDT

Looking ahead to a November battle against one of two Republicans who oppose last year’s massive federal stimulus package, Sen. Barbara Boxer stopped in San Bernardino on Tuesday to tout the program and one of the projects it funded.

Boxer, a Democrat running for her fourth Senate term, visited a construction site along the 215 Freeway, which is being widened through central San Bernardino with the help of $128 million from the stimulus package.

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Prosecutors say they did not break the law even though there was no public vote on the use of millions in taxpayer dollars. A complaint was filed after The Times disclosed the expenditures.

By Garrett Therolf

April 7, 2010

Los Angeles County prosecutors said Tuesday that county supervisors did not break the law when they spent millions of taxpayer dollars on pet projects without a public vote or discussion.

The district attorney’s inquiry began in response to a complaint received last month after The Times detailed some of the $3.4 million per year that each of the five supervisors receives to spend at his or her discretion.

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SBSun: Colton activist files complaint against Mayor


Michael J. Sorba, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/06/2010 07:12:28 PM PDT

COLTON – Mayor Kelly Chastain failed to report rental payments she received for a Sperry Drive home in economic interest forms elected officials must file each year, according to complaints filed with the Fair Political Practices Commission and the county District Attorney’s Public Integrity Unit.

Colton activist Ron Lawrence has submitted the complaints alleging Chastain didn’t report the payments as income when filing her Form 700 in 2008 and 2009, which requires elected and other public officials disclose the monetary value of gifts they’ve received, investments and other income.

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By Jack Chang
Published: Wednesday, Apr. 7, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Wednesday, Apr. 7, 2010 – 6:15 am

Meg Whitman had just finished delivering her campaign stump speech for an El Dorado Hills audience several months ago when she asked for questions from the crowd.

Two words, phrased as a statement, were the first to pop from the audience of about 30 people: “Illegal aliens.”

The Republican gubernatorial hopeful didn’t miss a beat, promising to get tough on employers of such immigrants and otherwise stop the influx.

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Meg Whitman

Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

(04-06) 20:23 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — Billionaire Republican Meg Whitman’s decision to toss another $20 million of her own money into her campaign to become California’s next governor has set off a tsunami of mud-slinging attack ads – and a pricey new chapter in a record-breaking race to the top.

Whitman’s announcement Tuesday that she has bulked up her gubernatorial campaign coffers – putting her total personal investment at $59 million – came as her Republican rival, state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, unveiled new radio ads.

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Villaraigosa, battling with the City Council over a growing fiscal crisis, seeks to slash city services starting Monday.

By Phil Willon, Maeve Reston and David Zahniser

April 7, 2010

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called for shutting down non-essential agencies two days a week Tuesday as he and City Council members remained locked in a standoff over the intertwined issues of electricity rates and the city’s worsening budget shortfall.

Villaraigosa’s action topped another day of threats and name-calling at City Hall.

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