Archive for April 13th, 2010

InlandPolitics: SD37: Emmerson takes commanding lead in special election

Early absentee vote returns reported by the Riverside County Registrar of Voters give Assemblyman Bill Emmerson the early lead over former Assemblyman Russ Bogh.

Emmerson currently has 30,009 votes (40.79%) and Bogh 16,121 (21.91%).

No decision came out of today’s San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors meeting as to whether or not county supervisors will waive attorney-client privilege related to the settlement between the Flood Control District and Colonies Partners, L.P.

Board Chairman Gary Ovitt and Second District Supervisor Paul Biane have recused themselves from the decision-making process.

Supervisors are not scheduled to meet again until April 27th.

Written by Administrator
April 13th, 2010 at 3:52 pm

This morning’s scheduled arraignment for former Assessor Bill Postmus and former Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin was postponed until April 26, 2010, so that the defendants could finalize arrangements for legal counsel.  The hearing also provided the defendants’ attorneys a forum to notify the court and the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office and the state of California Attorney General’s Office of the fact that neither defendant will waive time.  This revelation sent both agencies into meltdown.

What the refusal to waive time means is that the preliminary hearing must now be held no later May 6, 2010.  At the preliminary hearing, the DA/AG must provide enough evidence to the judge for the case to be bound over for trial and the trial must commence within 60 days.

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iePolitics: A New FPPC Complaint Against Mike Ramos

Written by Administrator
April 13th, 2010 at 5:23 pm

Although I am not going to give details until we know the complaint has been received by the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), a new complaint has been sent to the FPPC for investigation.

I have been told that due to the nature of the complaint, the FPPC will contact the Ramos campaign for clarification. We cannot imagine Mikey being able to provide adequate justification for his actions to convince the FPPC not to fine him.

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RivPE: Judge refuses to block Zellerbach campaign statement

10:00 PM PDT on Monday, April 12, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County district attorney candidate Paul Zellerbach can keep his ballot statement that the “convicted-as-charged” rate in the county has been less than 45 percent on criminal cases brought to trial during the past three years, a judge ruled.

Zellerbach is challenging incumbent Rod Pacheco, who claims convictions in more than 93 percent of the criminal cases prosecuted by his office.

The election is June 8.

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SacBee: Boxer’s re-election rating slips

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 13, 2010

California Sen. Barbara Boxer’s prospects of winning a fourth term this year have dimmed, according to a new appraisal by CQ Politics, an arm of Congressional Quarterly.

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April 13th, 2010, 10:00 am
Posted by Teri Sforza, Register staff writer

We told you last week about the Stanford University analysis saying that the amount of money California will owe its public retirees – but won’t have – is nearly eight times the official number – or more than $425 billion.

“Why should Californians care?” asked David Crane, special advisor to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, in the Los Angeles Times. “Because this year’s unfunded pension liability is next year’s budget cut to important programs.”

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RivPE: Whitman pushes targeted tax cuts in Riverside

Meg Whitman

By PE News
on April 13, 2010 11:58 AM

Riverside and San Bernardino counties could benefit more than other parts of the state from tax cuts aimed at spurring job growth, Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman said today.

During her speech at a Riverside aerospace parts plant, Whitman said the Inland area is ripe for improvements in technology, innovation and manufacturing,

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RivPE: Fiorina announces $1.7 million quarter

Carly Fiorina

By PE Politics
on April 13, 2010 11:34 AM

U.S. Senate hopeful Carly Fiorina raised $1.7 million over the first three months of 2010, her campaign announced this morning.

Fiorina, who is in the midst of an intense fight for the Republican nomination for the seat now belonging to Sen. Barbara Boxer, now has $2.8 million on hand, according to a news release issued by the campaign.

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By PE News
on April 13, 2010 12:01 PM

An arraignment hearing for former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus and former Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin was delayed this morning for a few weeks.

The arraignment was delayed until April 26 to allow their attorneys to deal with some procedural issues.

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The calendar states 2010, but for Republican Assembly candidate Mike Morrell, it is 2004 all over again.

For Morrell’s second consecutive legislative candidacy, he has fallen short of receiving the endorsement of the conservative organization called the California Republican Assembly, despite his aggressive outreach campaign to obtain it.

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VVDailyPress: Devereaux to union: Cut raises or jobs

New CAO said layoffs likely to help close $90 million budget gap

April 12, 2010 4:39 PM
Natasha Lindstrom

SAN BERNARDINO • Two months since taking San Bernardino County’s helm, County Administrative Officer Greg Devereaux said he will push to reorganize the county’s structure, establish a county-wide vision for the future and seek extensive union concessions to minimize layoffs that loom ahead.

County officials have yet to publicly discuss any details of a budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins July 1, though Devereaux said discussion on the budget should be agendized by early June.

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RivPE: Election to replace Benoit is today

RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Polls in the district are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

09:43 PM PDT on Monday, April 12, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

It’s Election Day if you live in the 37th state Senate district.

Residents in Banning, Beaumont, Corona, Hemet, Moreno Valley, Lake Elsinore, Norco, Perris, San Jacinto and the Coachella Valley can head to the polls from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/12/2010 06:41:46 PM PDT

Candidates for San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools are raising less money overall than candidates for county supervisor or district attorney, but both major candidates have received sizeable donations from those who have done or might want to do business with the county school system.

County Superintendent Gary Thomas, who was appointed to fill the remainder of the term of former superintendent Herbert Fischer, and San Bernardino City Unified School District Superintendent Arturo Delgado, have each received tens of thousands of dollars in contributions from construction companies, architectural firms and consultants that work with schools.

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By PE Politics
on April 12, 2010 11:49 AM

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., raised $2.4 million for her re-election bid over the first three months on 2010, her campaign announced today.

Quarterly campaign finance reports aren’t due out until later this week, but the Boxer camp issued a statement in advance of the official filing to tout the three-term incumbents biggest quarter yet. She now has $8.7 million on hand as she awaits the outcome of the June Republican primary.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 12, 2010

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman’s campaign is sending out about half a million copies of her 48-page policy booklet to households across California, most of them Republican, said Whitman press secretary Sarah Pompei.

Whitman has made the policy booklet the recent focus of her campaign, featuring it in a TV ad and holding a campaign event today at a Tustin printing and direct mail firm that’s producing and mailing out the publication.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Anti-Brown ad slanted but not unusual

By Dan Walters The Sacramento Bee
Published: Tuesday, Apr. 13, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

The California Chamber of Commerce gave Jerry Brown a 72nd birthday present last week – a TV spot slamming him as a big-spending liberal.

A day later, Brown sent it back, in effect, by successfully pressuring chamber officials to withdraw the ad, which they had portrayed, somewhat disingenuously, as an informational piece, not an attack on his candidacy for governor.

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LATimes: New pro-Jerry Brown group takes shape

On politics in the Golden State

April 12, 2010 | 4:19 pm

An independent expenditure committee aimed at boosting Jerry Brown’s campaign for governor is taking shape, with three major donors in the labor movement signing on as co-chairmen.

The heads of the State Building Trades Assn., California Professional Firefighters and Service Employees International Union all have joined California Working Families 2010 as co-chairmen. They have each made a “significant” pledge to the committee, according to committee spokesman Roger Salazar. Businessman Ron Burkle has also “pledged resources” to the campaign, Salazar said.

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