Archive for May 24th, 2010

iePolitics: Can justice be found in San Bernardino County? – Part 3

Written by Administrator
May 24th, 2010 at 9:02 am

“Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both. — Eleanor Roosevelt”

So far in this series we have discussed the District Attorney’s office and the Conflict Panel. There are three other components to justice, or the lack thereof, in San Bernardino County: the Public Defender, the Sheriff’s Department, and the Superior Court bench. Today, we will discuss the office of the Public Defender.

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San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos is once again under investigation by the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) See letter:

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Written by Administrator
May 24th, 2010 at 7:00 am

This is the second letter received from the FPPC on this matter. The first letter acknowledged receipt of the complaint and advised they would determine if there was enough evidence to investigate. The 460 speaks for itself so it would have been hard to say there is no evidence.

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iePolitics: Time to cut out the cancer at ARMC

Written by Administrator
May 24th, 2010 at 5:27 am

As a child growing up with a mother who prescribed to old-fashioned thoughts about medical care, I was always told never to allow doctors to operate on cancer because exposing cancer cells to air would cause them to grow exponentially.  Of course, today we know how to use surgery to cure an otherwise fatal tumor.

Several years ago all of Southern California watched the crisis at the Los Angeles County-run King-Drew Medical Center.  If history can predict the future, we have a similar, fatal cancer growing at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) that needs to be excised fully and quickly.

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Supervisor Jeff Stone

10:00 PM PDT on Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone says he doesn’t like independent expenditure committees, but he might be getting their help whether he likes it or not.

At a forum last week for candidates for the 36th state Senate District seat, Stone said he would propose legislation to curb spending by the “IE’s” — the unions, business groups, tribes and other special interests that can dump unlimited amounts of money into a race as long as there is no coordination with candidates.

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11:58 PM PDT on Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Two candidates with a long background in San Bernardino County government are vying to run the assessor’s office while veteran Auditor/Controller/Treasurer-Tax Collector Larry Walker faces a challenge from a newcomer in the June 8 election.

Both countywide offices are relatively low-profile.

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11:46 PM PDT on Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sacramento Bureau

SACRAMENTO – Senate Democrats’ quest to increase their ranks in the state Capitol stops short of the Riverside County line.

The campaign for the June 8 special election in Riverside County’s 37th Senate District is a shadow of the knock-down Republican fight that marked last month’s special primary election.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/23/2010 09:44:34 PM PDT

To reduce commutes, supervisors to vote Tuesday on closed-circuit public video

By Joe Nelson

Staff Writer

San Bernardino County is considering a pilot program in which the public can avoid long hauls to San Bernardino by addressing the Board of Supervisors via closed-circuit video.

The Board of Supervisors will vote on the item at Tuesday’s meeting.

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By Capitol Weekly Staff | 05/23/10 12:00 AM PST

Jerry Brown received $2.25 million in campaign cash from the state Democratic Party’s central committee, his gubernatorial campaign reported this weekend.

The donation by far is the largest single contribution given to Brown, a Democrat and former chairman of the state party. Brown, the state attorney general and former governor, faces no serious opposition in the June 8 Democratic primary.

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By Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times

May 24, 2010

Reporting from Sacramento —

Two days after he was finally sworn in as California’s lieutenant governor after a grueling partisan battle, Republican Abel Maldonado appeared on national TV with political comedian Stephen Colbert to discuss his signature issue, a primary election designed to reduce the influence of party hardliners in the Legislature.

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By Ed Mendel

If CalPERS can wait until next year to raise rates for more than 1,500 local government agencies, why impose a $600 million rate hike on the deficit-ridden state this year?

A number of questions may be asked after the CalPERS board, at the request of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, voted last week to delay a decision on the state rate hike until next month.

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