Archive for May 14th, 2010

InlandPolitics: Governor’s revised budget shortfall at $19.9 billion

What came out of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s mouth this afternoon was a devastating blow to local governments across California.

To obtain the complete budget document, click here: Full Budget Summary

Budget assumptions factored into the proposal if enacted “as is” will immediately generate a new structural deficit.

Once again the proposed budget contains a host of gimmicks, fund transfers, and payment deferrals.

10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

The cost to make San Bernardino International Airport passenger ready for airlines has risen to $92.4 million and will likely rise again.

On Wednesday, the elected officials who make up the board for the Inland Valley Development Agency overseeing the redevelopment of the former Norton Air Force Base approved spending another $5.93 million to finish the airport.

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RivPE: Poizner to address Pass-area Republican women


10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, May 13, 2010

Steve Poizner and Ken Miller, candidates for the Republican nomination for governor, will address a San Gorgonio Pass Republican Women Federated meeting 11:15 a.m. Wednesday at the Elegant Affair in Banning.

The cost, including lunch, is $17. Lunch is optional.

Reservations are required. Call Lois Jordan at 951-845-1147 or Helen Enriquez at 951-849-0671.

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 05/10/2010 05:53:29 PM PDT

A Fontana recycling plant owner has filed a $100 million federal lawsuit against the county, alleging it has held his application for an operating permit hostage the last three years in an attempt to shut him down.

Alamo Recycling owner Michael Mendonca said he has been ensnared in bureaucratic red tape since he applied for an operating permit in November 2007, more than a year after he purchased the property in December 2006.

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RivPE: Dan Bernstein: Debate on Trial

10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, May 13, 2010


DA Rod Pacheco failed to appear at a fourth debate this week, asserting that groups who oppose him sponsored it.

He also pooh-poohed the value of candidate debates: “They know my record, so what’s a debate going to be? A debate is going to be me talking about what the people already know.”

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SBSun: Area schools hit bottom

31 receive state’s lowest marks
Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/13/2010 06:16:43 PM PDT

Online: Find your child’s school’s Academic Performance Index score

Schools in San Bernardino City Unified, Fontana Unified and Colton Joint all saw a ranking of one on their Academic Performance Index for 2009.

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LATimes: Companies challenged Poizner business claims

By Rich Connell, Los Angeles Times

May 13, 2010

A central narrative of Republican Steve Poizner’s gubernatorial campaign has been his entrepreneurial prowess: the engineering grad who got a master’s from Stanford, made a fortune in Silicon Valley and turned his wealth and talent to public service.

Underscoring the theme, Poizner describes himself on next month’s primary election ballot as “businessman,” although as state insurance commissioner since 2007 he’s essentially been a government regulator.

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LATimes: For Jerry Brown, change has been a recurring theme


By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times

May 13, 2010 | 7:16 p.m.

Reporting from Oakland

Shortly after Jerry Brown became California’s attorney general, a lawyer with a conservative property-rights group urged him in a letter to drop a global warming lawsuit against automakers.

Brown read the letter and promptly called the lawyer, M. David Stirling, counsel to the Pacific Legal Foundation. Although Brown refused to drop the suit — “He strongly believes in the global warming thing,” Stirling said — the two men reminisced about the old days in the late 1970s and early ’80s when Brown was governor and Stirling a Republican assemblyman.

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By Dale Kasler
Published: Friday, May. 14, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 6B

After losing $500 million on a controversial New York real estate deal, CalPERS is being asked to put more money into the same property.

A New York City councilman is urging the California pension fund to participate in a tenant-led buyout of a Manhattan apartment complex – the same complex that cost CalPERS $500 million and damaged its reputation as a socially responsible investor.

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Carly Fiorina

On politics in the Golden State
May 13, 2010 | 7:11 pm

With three weeks remaining in the close GOP race to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), candidate Carly Fiorina has put an additional $1.1 million of her personal funds into her campaign.

When combined with the $2.5-million loan she made to her campaign last fall, the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive has now lent $3.6 million of her own money to the effort, according to her spokeswoman.

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