Archive for May 19th, 2010

InlandPolitics: ARMC employees under pressure

This morning a meeting was held at San Bernardino County-owned Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC).

It was very interesting to say the least.

In politics, such a meeting is referred to as circling the wagons and is indicative that things aren’t going well for top management.

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Stunning Drop in Whitman’s Support Transforms GOP Race for Governor

Fiorina, Campbell in Dead Heat While DeVore’s Support Doubles

SAN FRANCISCO, May 19, 2010—Support for Meg Whitman has plummeted 23 points since March, and she is now in a far closer race with Steve Poizner to become the Republican nominee for governor. These are among the results of a statewide survey released today by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) with support from The James Irvine Foundation.

Less than a month before the June primary, Whitman leads Poizner 38 percent to 29 percent among Californians likely to vote in the Republican primary. A third of likely voters (31%) are undecided. In January, Whitman led Poizner by 30 points (41% Whitman, 11% Poizner, 44% undecided) and in March, by 50 points (61% Whitman, 11% Poizner, 25% undecided).

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SacBee: CalPERS disciplines board member

Priya Mathur

By Dale Kasler
Published: Wednesday, May. 19, 2010 – 1:36 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, May. 19, 2010 – 4:34 pm

CalPERS today disciplined one of its board members for missing the deadline to file her state conflict-of-interest form.

Board member Priya Mathur was suspended as chair of the CalPERS health benefits committee til Dec. 1. She also won’t be able to travel to conferences related to her board work. The punishment, which the board approved on a 10-0 vote, includes a public censure.

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iePolitics: Now it’s time to call out the National Guard

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Written by Administrator
May 19th, 2010 at 6:20 pm

Obviously, Deputy McGruff has failed at his assignment.  We need the big guns.  Time to call on the National Guard.  We hear these signs are all over the west end.  We need to line the streets with militiamen and tanks to be sure we are all safe from these dreaded signs.

Like, umm, where can I get one to go with my Frank Guzman sign?

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA – The National Rifle Association (NRA) today announced its endorsement of Rancho Cucamonga Mayor Dr. Don Kurth for State Assembly in District 63.

The NRA gave Mayor Kurth an outstanding “A” rating for his many years of dedicated support for the 2nd Amendment. As Mayor, Dr. Kurth has championed the NRA-sponsored Eddie Eagle youth gun safety program and has led the fight against state and local gun control laws.

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iePolitics: More ARMC Cover Up

Written by Administrator
May 19th, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Sometimes I really wonder who is the worst lawyer, District Attorney Mike Ramos or County Counsel Ruth Stringer.  From Ramos we have learned that the Constitution of the United States is not applicable in San Bernardino County, at least not in connection with political enemies.   And County Counsel Ruth Stringer has taught us that copulation involving public resources is covered by the “deliberative process” and therefore not subject to review, not that we wanted to review the copulation, only the expenditures attached thereto.

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InlandPolitics: Gutierrez case now back on radar screen

Finally! One of the alleged corruption cases is on the radar screen. Really it is!

The case calendar of Rancho Cucamonga City Councilman Rex Gutierrez now has a trial approaching.

Gutierrez is charged with grand theft and other crimes related to alleged time card fraud during his tenure at the Assessor’s office.

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Best and Worst States for Business 2010

More than 600 CEOs rated states on a wide range of criteria from taxation and regulation to workforce quality and living environment, in our sixth annual special report.

In Chief Executive’s annual survey of best and worst states for business, conducted in late January of this year, 651 CEOs across the U.S. again gave Texas top honors, closely followed by North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. They gave the booby prize for worst state to California, with New York, Michigan, New Jersey and Massachusetts filling out the bottom five-a line-up virtually unchanged from last year. Florida and Georgia each dropped three places in the ranking, but remain in the top 10. Utah jumped six positions this year to sneak into the top 10 at No. 9.

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InlandPolitics: ARMC staff attempting to mislead

This mornings article in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin newspaper titled “Top doctors defend quality of care at ARMC” appears to have been written about a medical facility somewhere else.

Maybe in a “Banana Republic”.

While San Bernardino County and some of its doctors at county-owned Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) try to mitigate and deflect allegations of misconduct and medical treatment gone haywire, more information continues to leak out of the facility that paints a grim picture.

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Mortgage Foreclosures Hit Record as Job Losses Strain Budgets

By Kathleen M. Howley

May 19 (Bloomberg) — A record share of U.S. mortgages were in foreclosure in the first quarter as job losses caused homebuyers to fall behind on monthly payments, thwarting government efforts to stem property seizures.

The inventory of homes in foreclosure rose to 4.63 percent from 4.58 percent in the fourth quarter, the Mortgage Bankers Association said in a report today. The combined share of foreclosures and mortgage delinquencies was 14 percent, or about one in every seven U.S. mortgages.

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Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/18/2010 07:11:21 PM PDT

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies will soon vote on a concessions package that includes pared down retirement benefits for new hires.

The cost-savings package also includes a one-time cash payment in place of a raise.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 05/18/2010 07:56:03 PM PDT

Top doctors at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center on Tuesday defended patient care and operations at the county’s hospital in the wake of a federal investigation and recent criticism by two doctors.

Orthopedic spine surgeon John Steinmann and anesthesiologist Keyvan Safdari addressed the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on May 11, alleging neurosurgery patients at the hospital have received substandard care and that medical director Dev GnanaDev wields too much power over contracts.

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Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Created: 05/18/2010 05:54:17 PM PDT

ONTARIO – Councilman Alan Wapner wants this city to drive toward its destiny.

But that is hard to do when the keys to the city’s biggest economic engine – LA/Ontario International Airport – are in the hands of someone else.

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10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Pooches and prisoners will have to wait a little longer to know if they’re going to see changes in their level of care, as Riverside County officials weigh sweeping cuts that could curtail animal adoptions and cut down on the availability of on-site psychiatric care for inmates.

At a Tuesday afternoon county budget session supervisors said the painful cuts were regrettable, but held true to the 20 percent cuts they requested from many county departments.

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10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Sacramento Bureau

SACRAMENTO – Seven candidates and at least $680,000 in spending are making the race for the Republican nomination in the Inland area’s 63rd Assembly District crowded and competitive.

“It’s the wildest and woolliest Assembly primary in the state of California,” said consultant Kevin Spillane, who oversees the Assembly GOP’s 2010 campaigns.

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RivPE: Pacheco, Poizner support Arizona immigration law

10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco said Tuesday he supports Arizona’s new immigration law.

“This law merely extends the lawful authority that is currently given to federal law enforcement … to local law enforcement. It doesn’t do anything more than that,” Pacheco told more than 200 people at a Temecula Valley Republican Women Federated luncheon at the Wilson Creek Winery.

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10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

TEMECULA – Three of the four Republican candidates in the 36th state Senate District squared off in a debate Tuesday night, criticizing the state for out-of-control spending and failing to keep businesses from fleeing California.

In front of fewer than 25 people at Temecula City Hall, the candidates — Jeff Stone, of Temecula, Greg Stephens, of El Cajon, and Kenneth Dickson, of Murrieta — addressed the state’s budget woes, environmental regulation, immigration and public safety.

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Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/18/2010 07:03:14 PM PDT

Former Grand Terrace City Councilman Jim Miller rejected a plea offer from prosecutors today and may be headed to trial on allegations that he voted to send thousands of city dollars worth of advertising to his wife’s newspaper.

“We had discussed an offer, and that was withdrawn (Tuesday),” said Deputy District Attorney John Goritz, who is prosecuting the case.

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DailyBulletin: Cuts may rise in L.A. County

$1.2B shortfall could up layoffs
Troy Anderson, Staff Writer
Created: 05/18/2010 10:06:15 PM PDT

Facing an additional loss of $1.2 billion in revenue based on the state’s latest budget forecast, Los Angeles County might have to lay off more workers than it had originally expected, two supervisors warned Tuesday.

Following a Board of Supervisors’ discussion Tuesday about the impact of the state’s revised $83.4 billion budget, Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Michael Antonovich said layoffs might be unavoidable.

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VVDailyPress: Victorville settles dispute with GE

City loses $50 million deposit, skirts additional $56 million claim
May 18, 2010 8:46 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • The city has settled its lengthy contract dispute with General Electric, losing the $50 million deposit it put down on power plant equipment but avoiding a looming legal battle and additional $56 million claim.

While GE is keeping the deposit, under the settlement agreement announced following closed session Tuesday night, the power giant has agreed to hold $10 million of it as a credit toward the purchase of future equipment. And if the city is successful in selling rights to develop the power plant the original equipment was purchased for, that $10 million credit can be transferred until 2016.

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By Jim Sanders
Published: Wednesday, May. 19, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Wednesday, May. 19, 2010 – 12:10 am

Disagreeing with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, California’s nonpartisan legislative analyst Tuesday recommended imposing targeted tax increases rather than killing the state’s welfare program and child care subsidies.

Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor, looking at the governor’s new budget proposal, said that eliminating such key elements of the state’s safety net in bridging a projected $19.1 billion budget gap would harm the neediest families.

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SacBee: Meg Whitman in for another $4 million

Meg Whitman

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
May 18, 2010

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman has given her campaign another $4 million, upping her total personal contribution to $68 million, according to a source within her campaign.

The billionaire former CEO of online auction firm eBay has already smashed state records for self-funding political candidates and has said she’s ready to spend as much as $150 million of her own money on her bid for governor.

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