Archive for April 16th, 2010

iePolitics: The Blog is Wrong Again, Part Two

I’m reprinting the following story from yesterday’s Lake Arrowhead Mountain News for several reasons.  First, our favorite spin master denied our previous reports that the budget deficit is higher than $90 million.  We have been hearing rumors that San Bernardino County Administrative Officer Greg Devereaux has been saying behind the scenes that our information is correct, but the county is denying the same to newspaper reporters and the public.  Now, we have some proof, although he is not admitting just how bad it really is.

Second, someone pointed this article out to me for a completely different reason.  If you read the article, it says that the county wants employees to postpone their raises INDEFINITELY.   That is not what the union is telling us.

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RivPE: Inland unemployment numbers jump back up in March

By PE News
on April 16, 2010 10:20 AM

Unemployment in March reached 15 percent in the Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario MSA, which encompasses the Inland region.

The level was up from a revised 14.8 percent in February 2010, and above the year-ago estimate of 12.3 percent, according to a report issued this morning from the state Employment Development Department.

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MountainNews: County Budget Picture Worsens

Friday, April 16, 2010

By Glenn Barr

With a $90 million budget deficit and likely layoffs looming for next fiscal year, San Bernardino County’s financial picture has worsened in the past few days with the discovery of millions of dollars in unfunded liabilities.

County officials have yet to determine how much money could be owed to employees who have accumulated leave time for which they must eventually be paid, said Chief Administrative Officer Gregory Devereaux, who said he intends to try to figure it out after the new fiscal year begins on July 1.

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I had the opportunity to spend some time yesterday discussing the current San Bernardino County’s budget situation and was able to obtain some feedback on the thinking behind what is happening, and to further explain my point that not reducing the county workforce now, will cause greater pain later.

Let’s face it. Signs of the current economic downturn were visible as early as 2006. I brought up the potential collapse in real estate prices and the effect on the county while working at the Assessor’s office then. I was laughed at by many at the government center.

No one is laughing now.

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MarketWatch: Consumer sentiment drops in April

Economic Report

April 16, 2010, 10:26 a.m. EDT

By Ruth Mantell, MarketWatch

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — As economic worries persist, U.S. consumer sentiment dropped in early April, according to media reports on Friday of the Reuters/University of Michigan index.

The consumer sentiment index fell to 69.5 in April from 73.6 in March. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had been expecting the sentiment index to hit 75 in April. The index hit a 28-year low of 55.3 in November 2008.

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RivPE: On tax day, GOP lawmakers embrace Tea Party movement

By PE Politics
on April 15, 2010 9:18 AM

Crowds of flag-waving, sign carrying tea partiers are descending on the National Mall today for a big tax-day rally to protest what they view as government spending run amuck. The Republican Party is jumping at the opportunity as a chance to bring the group into its fold ahead of the 2010 elections.

It could be a tough sell, since the fiscally conservative group hasn’t forgotten that many GOP lawmakers supported the 2008 Wall Street bailouts — a stance many tea partiers have found difficult to forgive.

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10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

The job of the San Bernardino County superintendent of schools is to help local school districts help students, candidates for the job said at a forum Thursday night.

Appointed incumbent Gary Thomas, San Bernardino City Unified School District Superintendent Arturo Delgado and Copper Mountain College trustee Rita Ramirez-Dean expressed different approaches during a forum at Redlands High School sponsored by the Redlands Council of PTAs.

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RivPE: DA a no show at candidate forum


10:50 PM PDT on Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County district attorney candidate Paul Zellerbach said Thursday that if elected he will eliminate the executive division from current District Attorney Rod Pacheco’s office and reassign some district attorney investigators.

The comments were made during an appearance before the Riverside County Bar Association at an event originally scheduled as a debate between Pacheco and Zellerbach. The district attorney did not show.

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SacBee: Sacramento lobbyist reaches settlement to end probe

Darius Anderson

By Dale Kasler
Published: Thursday, Apr. 15, 2010 – 9:54 am
Last Modified: Thursday, Apr. 15, 2010 – 6:59 pm

A prominent Sacramento Democratic lobbying firm and its principal agreed to pay $500,000 today to settle an investigation into corruption involving the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and its New York counterpart.

Neither the lobbyist, Darius Anderson, nor his firm, Platinum Advisors, were charged with any wrongdoing. They agreed to the settlement without admitting or denying any wrongdoing.

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Staff and wire reports
Created: 04/15/2010 04:47:59 PM PDT

WASHINGTON – The Senate’s most powerful Democrat on education unveiled a $23 billion bailout for public schools this week, hoping to keep classrooms staffed as cash-strapped states burn through the last of their federal stimulus dollars.

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, said unless Congress acts, many of the education policy changes currently being weighed by the Obama administration and Congress will be pointless.

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James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/15/2010 06:18:41 PM PDT

Americans who lose a spouse would get more money from Social Security under a bill introduced by Rep. Joe Baca, but critics worry the plan would put more pressure on an entitlement system already on the verge of going broke.

When a Social Security recipient dies, their surviving spouse receives a one-time payment of $255, but they miss out on their spouse’s regular Social Security check for that month.

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SBSun: Tea parties gather in San Bernardino

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/15/2010 05:33:58 PM PDT

Some protesting high taxes, some speaking out against illegal immigration, some holding the same signs from last year, Tea Party protesters rallied in front of San Bernardino City Hall on Thursday, saying they want to pare down the state and federal governments.

Thursday, the deadline to file state and federal income tax returns, saw several Tea Party protests in the Inland Empire – from Rancho Cucamonga to Redlands to the High Desert – and across the nation. Tea Party protests sprung up last year, largely in opposition to the federal stimulus package.

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SBSun: San Bernardino County gets $3.1M of federal money

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/15/2010 05:36:14 PM PDT

The state’s inspector general reported this week that San Bernardino County received $3.1 million in federal stimulus money that it was not eligible for.

If the state asks for the money back, county spokesman David Wert said the county won’t have to pay anything out of its own pockets because any of the stimulus money that has been spent was spent on state programs.

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SacBee: Fiorina bank account leads GOP Senate hopefuls

Carly Fiorina

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 15, 2010

By Rob Hotakainen in Washington

Carly Fiorina’s campaign had $2.8 million in the bank early this month heading into the final nine weeks of the Republican primary campaign for U.S. Senate, much more than either of her two rivals in California’s GOP Senate race.

Former Rep. Tom Campbell ended March with $1.1 million in cash, while Assemblyman Chuck DeVore had $412,000.

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By Jack Chang
Published: Friday, Apr. 16, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Friday, Apr. 16, 2010 – 6:20 am

Of the 3,000 or so Democrats who will gather at the state party’s convention in Los Angeles this weekend, the one with the most to prove will also claim one of the longest political track records in the state – gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown.

The 72-year-old former governor’s appearance at the three-day event will mark his triumphant return to the spotlight after staging a remarkable decadelong political comeback. He now serves as state attorney general.

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April 16, 2010 | Christina Jewett

Federal Medicare officials told two Riverside County hospitals yesterday that they would no longer pay for seniors’ care after June, signaling the end of a three-year process of trying to get the hospitals to follow basic care standards.

The hospitals, Rancho Springs Medical Center and Inland Valley Regional Medical Center, were also hit Tuesday with three fines from state public health officials who independently noted serious problems at the facilities.

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