Archive for May 15th, 2010

SBSun: Controversial ruling heats up normally quiet judicial election

Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/15/2010 03:21:36 PM PDT

Judge Robert Lemkau remained mostly quiet in the months following a controversial visitation ruling that some say lead to the death of a 9-month-old boy at the hands of his father.

But the Victorville Superior Court judge ended his silence recently when he gave his first public statements in a hotly contested bid to retain his San Bernardino County judicial seat in the June election.

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InlandPolitics: Republican Voter Guide takes on Ramos

The National Tax Limitation Committee Newsletter a paid voter guide sponsored by millionaire businessman Lew Uhler allowed a shot a San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos.

Orange County Attorney Jim Lacy is Treasurer for this and several other guides.

The guide, which primarily targets a republican audience landed in mailboxes of permanent absentee voters starting yesterday.

Here’s the back page of the four-page newsletter.

Click on image to enlarge.

It appears the Ramos portion was not paid for by any group or person and was done so at the decision of the committee.

It’s not known if Ramos will seek to bring criminal charges against Mr. Uhler, Mr. Lacy, or anyone else responsible for this publication of accurate facts.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Written by Administrator
May 14th, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Meting out justice in California’s court system is no easy task, but finding justice in San Bernardino County, where the line between right and wrong has been blurred into oblivion, is almost impossible. Friendships between defense counsel and prosecutors or judges and sheriffs are hardly unheard of in the legal community but sleeping with the enemy—literally, has become a way of life in our local justice system.

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Written by Administrator
May 14th, 2010 at 6:24 pm

That is the only logical excuse we can come up in reference to the fundraiser being held on May 20, 2010.  Among others, it is being sponsored by the San Bernardino Public Employees Association.  But this late in the primary and with the campaign war chest he already has, there is no reason for this fundraiser.  It’s kind of a bizarre fundraiser, don’t you think?

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RivPE: Cassie MacDuff: Costs Rise, Not Planes

10:00 PM PDT on Friday, May 14, 2010

Cassie MacDuff

I sure hope San Bernardino International Airport isn’t the Inland Empire’s bridge to nowhere.

How many more taxpayer dollars will be spent to convert the former Norton Air Force Base into a commercial airport that sits sparkling-new but unused?

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RivPE: Nearly 1,000 teachers get layoff notices

10:35 PM PDT on Friday, May 14, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Almost 1,000 Inland teachers received final layoff notices this week, though furloughs or other concessions could bring an unknown number of those teachers back to the classroom.

Under California law, today is the deadline for school officials to notify teachers if they will not have jobs in 2010-11. Despite the deadline, several districts are continuing to work on furlough deals that could allow them to bring back some, though not likely all, of the laid-off teachers.

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VVDailyPress: Honeycutt trial may be transferred

May 14, 2010 4:50 PM
Tomoya Shimura

VICTORVILLE • Former Hesperia Councilman Tad Theron Honeycutt, accused of embezzling $5.5 million in taxpayer money, came back to court for the first time in six months — only to find out he needs to return in a week.

Honeycutt, who turns 47 this month, appeared in front of Superior Court Judge Jules Fleuret on Friday morning with co-defendant Charles Steven Cox, founder of California Charter Academy. Fleuret scheduled another hearing for May 21, to decide whether or not to hold the trial in Victorville.

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RivPE: Prosecutors face off for Riverside County judgeship

Counelis                             Marquez

11:41 AM PDT on Friday, May 14, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Two veteran Riverside County prosecutors are running against each other for the county’s only judgeship contest in the June 8 election.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Raquel Marquez faces Deputy District Attorney Steve Counelis for a bench that will be vacated by the retirement of Superior Court Judge Robert McIntyre.

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Sniff                                    Robles

11:29 AM PDT on Friday, May 14, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

The Riverside County sheriff and the challenger for his position in the June 8 election sparred in a debate Thursday night over how to manage the department, personnel issues and moving ahead in a budget crisis.

Riverside County Sheriff Stanley Sniff and retired Chief Deputy Frank Robles agreed the county would have to cut back in dealing with massive budget shortfalls, but differed on how the Sheriff’s Department should be managed.

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RivPE: Factions vie for seats in Loma Linda election

12:15 PM PDT on Friday, May 14, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Loma Linda voters will go to the polls June 8 to fill two seats on the City Council in the latest chapter of an ongoing battle to control the future direction of the town.

Five candidates will appear on the ballot: incumbent Robert Ziprick, former councilman Robert Christman, collection agency account executive Verne Miller, dental school executive Ronald Dailey and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Sgt. Phillip Dupper.

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OCRegister: How Jerry Brown would fix the budget


May 14th, 2010, 11:40 am · 20 Comments · posted by Martin Wisckol, Politics reporter

An interesting profile of Democratic candidate for governor Jerry Brown made the front page of today’s Los Angeles Times. But despite the story’s considerable length, there was virtually nothing on Brown’s proposed policies.

(The tidbit in the story that was most striking to me was an account from his current office of attorney general, saying he has saved the state $228 million through budget cuts over the past three years and eliminated 750 of his office’s 5000 positions.)

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