Archive for April 21st, 2010

iePolitics: Pinocchio is at it again

Written by Administrator
April 21st, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Our county’s resident lying snitch is at it again. Yes that’s right. Pinocchio aka Confidential Informant No. 1 aka the yellow singing Canary, aka Adam Aleman is bragging once again about the testimony he gave to the San Bernardino County Grand Jury this past Monday and Tuesday. Now, he has already pissed the Grand Jury off once by altering evidence he sent to them. That brought about just a few felonies. Now, he seems to have forgotten he is not supposed to be telling us all what was said during the hearing.

But, this is the brash young Mr. Aleman and he can’t help himself.

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This morning I had a chance to read in detail an eight-page document titled “2010 Deficit Mitigation Survey” published by the San Bernardino Public Employees Association (SBPEA) and disseminated to its affected county membership.

My impression? You’ve go to be kidding.

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This mornings somewhat interesting news headlines once again cover the ongoing saga over the battle of the legal minds involving the request by State Attorney General Jerry Brown and San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos for the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors to waive their Attorney-Client privilege related to closed session discussions on the Colonies Settlement.

A hard-hitting letter from the Attorney General demanding county supervisors waive privilege found its way to the county this week.

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Attorney General threatens county supervisors with lawsuit for not waiving attorney-client privileges to assist corruption probe
April 21, 2010 10:23 AM
Natasha Lindstrom

SAN BERNARDINO • Frustrated that the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has not waived attorney-client privileges to aid a far-reaching corruption probe, state Attorney General Jerry Brown sent a letter blasting county supervisors and threatening to take the matter to court. (Click here to read the letter.)

“The appearance of impropriety here is simply inescapable and will be purged only when the board agrees to make this information available to us,” states Brown’s letter, dated Tuesday. “We simply seek the truth … This is a matter of intense public interest that we believe transcends legal advantage.”

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InlandPolitics has obtained the names of two deputies who responded to the incident previously published at involving District Attorney Mike Ramos and his alcohol-induced disrespect for law enforcement officers doing there jobs.

Since Ramos went outside the location to speak with Sheriff’s Deputies Gordon and Perea, the definition of “Drunk in Public” could apply.

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On politics in the Golden State

April 20, 2010 | 12:49 pm

It’s going to be a busy week for Meg Whitman, who is hoping to cash in some old chits on the campaign trail. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will be on hand for four fundraisers for the Republican gubernatorial candidate this week, and others including former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) are also expected to lend a hand.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/20/2010 10:18:12 PM PDT

The state Attorney General’s Office on Tuesday threatened to take legal action if San Bernardino County doesn’t quickly waive its attorney-client privilege and release details of its litigation with Rancho Cucamonga-based developer Colonies Partners LP.

In a letter to the county Board of Supervisors, Senior Assistant Attorney General Gary Schons cited extensive precedents and legal authorities to argue the attorney-client privilege doesn’t apply in certain criminal investigations.

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10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County supervisors on Tuesday unanimously directed county staff to write a proposed county charter that could go before voters in November.

Supervisor Bob Buster has proposed the charter to change one aspect of county government: filling vacancies on the Board of Supervisors.

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RivPE: Cassie MacDuff: Glossy Blitz by Wal-Mart

10:00 PM PDT on Monday, April 19, 2010

Cassie MacDuff

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is waging a full-court press in Redlands, filling mailboxes with glossy fliers portraying the corporation as a good neighbor in small-town America.

Nowhere do the mailers mention Measure O, the June initiative that would ban mega-retail stores including a proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter in the town of 70,000.

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SBSun: County EDA director resigns

By Joe Nelson
Posted: 04/20/2010 06:24:42 PM PDT

San Bernardino County Economic Development Agency Director Mark Dowling resigned today, county spokesman David Wert said.

Pat Cole, a deputy administrative officer with the EDA, was appointed interim director until a permanent replacement is named, Wert said.

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Five Republicans debate

Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Created: 04/20/2010 08:39:31 PM PDT

CLAREMONT – Republican candidates for the 59th Assembly District generally offered similar views on lowering taxes, eliminating abortion and preventing illegal immigration Monday night at a forum held by the Mountain View Republican Club.

Attending were Claremont Councilman Corey Calaycay, businessman Ken Hunter, attorney Iver Bye, advertising executive Chris Lancaster and business owner Tim Donnelly.

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SBSun: Navarro urged to recuse himself from upcoming vote

County attorneys see risk of conflict
Stephen Wall, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/20/2010 06:14:11 PM PDT

San Bernardino County lawyers are urging county schools trustee Gil Navarro to recuse himself from an upcoming vote because of conflict-of-interest concerns.

On May 3, the county Board of Education is scheduled to hear an appeal of an expulsion case involving a student in the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District.

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By Dan Walters The Sacramento Bee
Published: Wednesday, Apr. 21, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

It wouldn’t be an authentic California campaign for governor without a debate about debates – one in which underdogs demand face-to-face televised confrontations with front-runners and the latter avoid them.

Underdogs have nothing to lose and everything to gain. If their debate demands are met, they get free exposure and opportunities to attack the front-runners.

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By Jack Chang
Published: Wednesday, Apr. 21, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Public employee unions have dodged a bullet this election year.

Proponents have stopped pushing a measure to prohibit unions from deducting political money from public employee wages.

Supporters of the measure had trouble raising enough money to gather the 694,354 valid signatures they needed to qualify the constitutional amendment for the ballot, said Lew Uhler, president of the advocacy group the National Tax Limitation Committee, which worked with the initiative’s proponents.

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Calpensions: A second CalPERS rate hike for employers

By Ed Mendel

As CalPERS phases in a big rate hike for employers to cover historic investment losses, a second increase is likely to be added because a new study found that workers are living longer, earning more pay and retiring earlier.

A CalPERS committee voted yesterday to recommend that the full board use the new study of decade-long trends among CalPERS members, the first in nearly six years, when setting contribution rates next month.

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