Archive for May 1st, 2010

After receiving a few feedback comments I decided to write a follow-up piece to my first story on this topic in a effort to make my point clearer.

The op-ed written by Frank Pine, Editor of the San Bernardino Sun / Inland Valley Daily Bulletin titled “Whose attorneys are they?” available here lists a myriad of block walls county supervisors “could have” employed to avoid waiving attorney-client privilege related to the Colonies Settlement matter. A waiver was requested by San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos and California Attorney General Edmund “Jerry” Brown in order for their prosecutors and investigators to access documents and lawyers who worked on the litigation.

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Published April 30th, 2010

The final tally for April income tax collections reported by the Franchise Tax Board is just over $7.6 billion — roughly $2.9 billion short of the $10.5 billion Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger expected in his January budget proposal.

Bank and corporations taxes, predicted to total $1.9 billion for the month, were $1.5 billion, worsening the state’s budget hole by another $400 million.

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10:59 PM PDT on Friday, April 30, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Parking, emergency telephone and expanded utility taxes are out. Nearly everything else is still on the table after San Bernardino City Council members have reviewed potential plugs for a $24 million hole in the city budget.

The council, which has held two workshop sessions over the last two weeks, will now wait for city staff members to work out details of possible cuts.

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RivPE: Cassie MacDuff: Prosecutors’ Path Cleared

10:00 PM PDT on Friday, April 30, 2010

Cassie MacDuff

Now that they’ve done it, San Bernardino County supervisors’ decision to make a “limited waiver” of attorney-client privilege in the controversial $102 million Colonies settlement seems so obvious.

Why did it take two months to come up with such a simple solution?

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Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/30/2010 05:59:46 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Former county supervisor Bill Postmus has a new court-appointed attorney after the Public Defender’s Office declared a conflict in his alleged corruption case tied to the $102 million Colonies lawsuit settlement in 2006.

Judge Michael Dest appointed conflict panel lawyer Richard Farquhar, based in Redlands, to represent Postmus at a hearing Friday in San Bernardino Superior Court. Postmus’ previous court-appointed lawyer, Deputy District Attorney Jeff Lawrence, announced that his office could not represent the former supervisor.

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Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/30/2010 07:13:54 PM PDT

A candidate in 59th Assembly District said that if elected he will introduce in California the elements of a Arizona law that allows police to question anyone they suspect is in the country illegally.

“People are hungry for leadership right now,” said Republican candidate Tim Donnelly. “Being a leader means taking risks. I believe this is the right thing to do. And I’ve been on the right side of this issue.”

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SBSun: Sen. McLeod visits agencies to discuss budget


James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/30/2010 04:45:47 PM PDT

With Sacramento just weeks from starting what will likely be several months of budget negotiations, state Sen. Gloria Negrete McLeod, D-Montclair, visited several local agencies Friday, in part to discuss possible budget cuts.

At the San Bernardino Adult Day Health Care Center, McLeod said she hopes the coming year’s budget won’t have to make deep cuts to social service agencies and programs.

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DailyBulletin: Etiwanda School District cuts busing

Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 04/30/2010 07:13:51 PM PDT

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – Etiwanda School District parents will soon be responsible for transporting their children to and from school.

Board members on Thursday voted 4-0 to suspend all busing services affecting about 2,800 students beginning the 2010-11 school year except for special education students and students who are receiving busing services through the Individualized Education Program.

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Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Staff Writer

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Sunday’s debate between the top Republican candidates for governor is shaping up to be one of state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner’s last, best shots at closing in on former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, who leads him by more than 20 points in recent polls.

With the televised debate the last joint appearance by the two candidates before the June 8 primary, Poizner is expected to aggressively focus on the billionaire Whitman’s ties to Goldman Sachs, the investment house currently under multiple federal investigations for its alleged role in the mortgage collapse.

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