Archive for April 26th, 2010

Andrew Vanacore, AP Business Writer,
On Monday April 26, 2010, 1:19 pm EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Circulation continues to drop severely at U.S. newspapers, though the rate of decline slowed from the previous six-month reporting period.

Figures released Monday by the Audit Bureau of Circulations show average weekday circulation fell 8.7 percent in the six months that ended March 31, compared with the same period a year earlier. Sunday circulation fell 6.5 percent.

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iePolitics: Ramos FPPC complaint moves ahead

Written by Administrator
April 26th, 2010 at 1:25 pm

San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos and the treasurer for his re-election committee have been notified by the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) of the recently-filed complaint regarding their claim that there were a minimum of 127 credit card purchases under a $100 that did not have to be itemized on their Form 460.  This means that the Commission did not reject the complaint outright but will be investigating it further.

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iePolitics: To waive or not to waive

Written by Administrator
April 26th, 2010 at 12:55 pm

It is expected that the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors will discuss the California Attorney General’s request that the county waive its attorney-client privilege regarding the $102 million Colonies settlement in closed session during their April 27, 2010, regularly-scheduled meeting. Second District Supervisor Paul Biane and Fourth District Supervisor Gary Ovitt have both recused themselves. Third District Supervisor Neil Derry and Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales have suggested they will vote in favor of waiving privilege. Only Supervisor Mitzelfelt has not committed one way or another.

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iePolitics: Postmus/Erwin arraignment

Written by Administrator
April 26th, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus and former Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin were arragined today in Department S23 of the San Bernardino district of the  Superior Court of California where Judge Michael M. Dest entered pleas of “not guilty” for both defendants.  In addition to Raj Maline, counsel for Erwin, and Steve Levine, counsel for Postmus, Steve Harmon was present as a new member of the defense team.

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DailyBulletin: Lewis loses deal to develop Nelles

State picks another firm for 73-acre property
Mike Sprague, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/24/2010 08:18:35 PM PDT

WHITTIER – The development team of Lewis Operating Group of Upland and Shapell Homes of Beverly Hills have been dropped, and a new unnamed developer has been chosen by the state as its choice to purchase the now-closed Fred C. Nelles Youth Correctional Facility.

“We have terminated our relationship with the original developers and are moving forward,” said Jeffrey Young, spokesman for the state Department of General Services, on Wednesday.

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RivPE: Even committee head couldn’t get this bill through

10:00 PM PDT on Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

If anyone can get a bill through a legislative committee, Capitol conventional wisdom holds, it’s the committee’s leader.

Tell that to Inland state Sen. Gloria Negrete McLeod.

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RivPE: Doctors get behind Kurth

Don Kurth

By PE Politics
on April 26, 2010 10:14 AM

The California Medical Association has formed an independent expenditure committee to help Rancho Cucamonga Mayor Don Kurth win the June primary election.

Kurth is one of seven Republican candidates for the Inland area’s 63rd Assembly District. And, yes, he is a doctor.

RivPE: Colton utility tax extension may be on November ballot

10:47 PM PDT on Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

The city of Colton faces an uphill battle in November if it asks voters to extend a utility user tax in order to fill a $5 million hole in its budget for the coming year.

“I say no,” resident Linda Tripp told the City Council this week. “The citizens of Colton have been used and used and used … Rates are too high. Businesses are closing. People are losing their jobs.”

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SBSun: Colony project finds new partner

Developer purchases 71 acres
Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/25/2010 09:36:40 PM PDT

ONTARIO – A Southern California developer and an East Coast investment firm have joined forces to buy a portion of the New Model Colony.

The venture will help the development clear its biggest barrier to getting construction started.

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iePolitics: Possible bombshells this week

Written by Administrator
April 26th, 2010 at 5:20 am

There is quite a potential for bombshells dropping this week in a number of ongoing corruption-related issues.

On Monday, we have the arraignment of former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus and former Chief of Staff Jim Erwin.  It is expected that the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office will turn over discovery for the case.   This may very well prove to be interesting.  First, the rumor that the District Attorney may ask for a gag order would be funny if it didn’t keep popping its ugly head up.  If true, it begs the question, “What is the District Attorney trying to hide?”  Well, that has birthed a few more rumors, the most prevalent of which is that among the discovery will be information showing that Second Supervisorial District Chief of Staff Matt Brown dropped a dime on his boss, Supervisor Paul Biane.  Rumors of Matt’s pending termination have been running rampant for a couple of weeks now.

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California Watch
A Project of the Center for Investigative Reporting
Money and Politics

April 26, 2010 | Lance Williams

Political advisers to GOP front-runner Meg Whitman believe a candidate’s connection to the Goldman Sachs investment bank is a cause for concern – at least, if the candidate is Democrat Jerry Brown.

This weekend the LA Times began zeroing in on how the issue of Goldman Sachs, the New York investment bank that is a major player in public finance in California, will play out in the 2010 Governor’s race.

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CalBuzz: How Brown and Whitman Will Frame the Gov Race

April 26, 2010

The Calbuzz Department of Prognostication and Power Tools has no formal opinion about the outcome of the fight between eMeg Whitman and Steve “The Commish” Poizner for the Republican nomination for governor.

But looking ahead, we just think it makes most sense to consider how Crusty the Attorney General Jerry Brown, a notorious skinflint, will try to frame the debate against eMeg’s unprecedented, $150 million Leviathan campaign.

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Calpensions: Scandals drive Democratic pension reforms

By Ed Mendel

As if their rising cost to state and local governments weren’t trouble enough, public pensions also face legislation cracking down on pension boosting, improperly influenced investments and real estate schemes that displace the poor.

A whiff of anti-corruption cleanser, or the verbal equivalent, wafted through the Capitol this month. Bills moved to curb the “spiking” of final pay to boost pensions and regulate “placement agents” paid big fees for helping money managers get pension funds.

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LATimes: Watchdog has many ideas for cleaning up politics

Ross Johnson, outgoing head of the state Fair Political Practices Commission, calls for sharper sanctions for libel in campaign ads and wants similar spending caps for candidates for statewide office.

By George Skelton Capitol Journal

April 25, 2010

Ross Johnson says if he were “king”— rather than merely the state’s lead campaign watchdog — he’d invoke the political death penalty for any candidates who libeled their opponents.

Yank them off the campaign trail. Or, if they’d already reached office, boot them out.

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SBSun: Colonies official’s report flawed

Role with developer goes unreported in state filing
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/25/2010 06:07:40 PM PDT

Dan Richards, a co-managing partner of Rancho Cucamonga-based developer Colonies Partners LP, failed to report his interest in the company on state public-disclosure forms for 2007 and 2008, records show.

Richards, a renowned commercial real estate broker appointed by the governor to the state Fish and Game Commission in February 2008, has been identified by state and local prosecutors as a co-conspirator in an alleged scheme to defraud San Bernardino County taxpayers by securing a $102 million legal settlement from the county in November 2006.

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