Archive for May 13th, 2010

By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times

May 13, 2010

Reporting from Sacramento

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System, already under scrutiny for financial losses and allegations that its investment decisions were compromised by favoritism, may be getting another black eye — this one courtesy of board member Priya Mathur.

At its meeting Thursday, the state Fair Political Practices Commission will consider fining Mathur as much as $5,000 for failing to file her 2008 financial disclosure statement on time. Twice before in recent years she has been fined for not submitting the required statements.

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InlandPolitics: Guzman speaks out regarding Sun Newspaper

Frank Guzman

When I was asked to be interviewed by the combined editorial boards of The Sun and Daily Bulletin I hesitated because I knew the Sun’s reputation for lack of objectivity.

However, I accepted under the mistaken premise that maybe, just maybe, because of the corruption which has overwhelmed our county, this time they may be objective in their endorsements.

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The influential California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA) today announced their endorsement of Mayor Don Kurth (R-Rancho Cucamonga) to succeed Assemblyman Bill Emmerson in the 63rd Assembly District. CCPOA represents more than 30,000 correctional peace officers working inside California’s prisons and youth facilities.

“The California Correctional Peace Officers Association is pleased to endorse Don Kurth’s candidacy for Assembly District 63,” said CCPOA President Mike Jimenez. “We look forward to assisting him in his victory and to working with him in the State Legislature on all the issues that affect our members and every other Californian.”

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InlandPolitics: AD59: Money giving Lancaster edge

Insiders have Assembly Candidate Chris Lancaster establishing a sound foothold in the race to replace Anthony Adams.

With the absentee voting period in progress, Lancaster is building a strong advantage over Claremont Mayor Corey Calacay and Hesperia School Board member Anthony Riley.

All are running for the GOP nomination in the June primary.

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Republican Assemblyman Bill Emmerson today announced his endorsement of San Gabriel Valley Republican Businessman Chris Lancaster for State Assembly in the 59th District.

“Chris Lancaster will bring solid conservative leadership and two decades of successful business experience to the State Assembly. I am pleased to endorse his candidacy,” said Emmerson, who represents the neighboring 63rd Assembly District and recently won a Republican Primary to serve in the State Senate.

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iePolitics: What does the Sun owe to county politicians?

Written by Administrator
May 12th, 2010 at 8:18 pm

I will not publish the Sun’s endorsements here. You will have to look for them yourself. I am completely disgusted with them. You can tell there was no point in challengers even bothering to show up.

For a paper that sometimes rails against county corruption, one would think all Board of Supervisors-appointed incumbents would be looked at as suspect. But the paper is endorsing incumbents across the board, except maybe superintendent as that has yet to be announced. Instead of being a watchdog for the public, it has become a lapdog for the Board of Supervisors and appointed officials.

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InlandPolitics: More evidence surfacing in corruption case


Words can speak volumes about motivation.

On February 18, 2010 after arriving back back at LAX/Ontario International Airport from a trip to Sacramento, San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos was elated after receiving a text message on his cell phone telling him the the Petition for Review filed by Defendant Jim Erwin was denied by the California State Supreme Court.

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iePolitics: ARMC – Time For Action

Written by Administrator
May 12th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Yesterday we witnessed something at the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors session that we don’t see often. Subordinates of a sort spoke out against their administrator. Dr. John Steinmann, an orthopedic spine surgeon, and Dr. Keyvan Safdari, an anesthesiologist, both spoke of heavy handedness and retaliation by Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) Medical Director, Dr. Dev Gnanadev.

Steinmann indicated to the members of the Board of Supervisors that patient care is suffering as a result of Gnanadev’s leadership. As we have discussed here repeatedly, retaliation is the name of the game at ARMC, a practice likely initiated and certainly promulgated by former County Administrative Officer Mark Uffer. And now we learn it is more true than we realized.

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RivPE: Law enforcement unions aid Anderson

By PE Politics
on May 12, 2010 5:49 PM

An organization of law enforcement unions has spent $25,000 supporting Assemblyman Joel Anderson in the Republican primary race for the 36th Senate District.

The Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC) includes 890 member organizations, representing 62,000 law-enforcement employees.

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RivPE: Battle brews in Senate seat

10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Sacramento Bureau

SACRAMENTO – Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone wants to give up better pay, time at home and being one of five members on a Republican-leaning board to be part of a Democrat-controlled state Senate.

But Stone is just one of the candidates in a four-way battle for the Republican nomination in the 36th Senate District.

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Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/12/2010 05:55:01 PM PDT

CHINO – A bill making its way through Sacramento would allow unused state land around California Institution for Men to be used for commercial and industrial development.

Assemblyman Curt Hagman, R-Chino Hills, is sponsoring the bill that could also provide for upgrades to the state prison.

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