Archive for May 25th, 2010

InlandPolitics: Insiders give peek into climate at S.B. County facility

Employees are starting to give a glimpse at just how cover-ups and vicious politics override patient care priorities at  San Bernardino County-owned and operated Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC).

Threatening physicians, profiteering, and strong-arming have become commonplace at the struggling hospital.

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Meg Whitman

May 25, 2010 | Lance Williams

Two weeks before the primary, the Republican contest for governor is a blowout again, with former eBay CEO Meg Whitman surging to a 27-point lead, 54-27, over state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner.

That’s according to SurveyUSA, the same pollster that, two weeks ago, reported that the GOP race was a dead heat, with Poizner trailing by two points and Whitman seemingly on her way to squandering what had once been a 50-point lead.

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Written by Senor Blogger
May 25th, 2010 at 12:46 am

Is Assemblyman Bill Emmerson (R-Hemet/Upland/Redlands/Wherever) turning against one of his strongest endorsers? For years, DA Mike Ramos and Bill Emmerson have been politically close. DA Mike Ramos has endorsed Emmerson for legislative offices through the years, and Emmerson has backed Ramos for district attorney.

However, is that supposedly close political relationship about to change?

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Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/24/2010 08:07:22 PM PDT

San Bernardino County’s attempt to negotiate pension concessions from sheriff’s deputies could signal a new trend: a rollback of the generous retirement packages public employees secured during the past decade.

The development is not universal – Rialto’s pension benefits are scheduled to increase in December.

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May 24, 2010 4:12 PM

APPLE VALLEY • As concerns over the stability of the Apple Valley Fire Protection District mount — and with the firefighters’ union now apparently on his side — Councilman Rick Roelle said in the “very near future” he plans to ask Town Council to once again study the option of contracting with San Bernardino County for service.

“I brought it up a year ago and it fell on deaf ears,” Roelle said. “I think that the town and the people were led to believe then that there were no issues from the management of the fire district, and it appears that’s not the case.”

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Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Created: 05/24/2010 05:35:38 PM PDT

ONTARIO – L.A./Ontario International Airport will soon suffer another hit.

For the second year in a row, ONT officials are in cost-cutting mode and aim to slash 14.6 percent from the airport’s day-to-day operating budget.

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DailyBulletin: CUSD mulls teacher cuts

Board to take up issue tonight
Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Created: 05/24/2010 10:17:30 PM PDT

CLAREMONT – The Claremont Unified school board will recommend laying off 28 full-time certificated employees at a special meeting tonight.

Employees expected to be laid off include teachers, a counselor and a psychologist.

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RivPE: Riverside City Council to vote on city budget

10:00 PM PDT on Monday, May 24, 2010

The Riverside City Council will hold a public hearing and vote today on the 2010-11 budget, which includes $194.7 million in general fund spending and an array of capital projects such as libraries and improvements to the ramps and overpass at Van Buren Avenue and Highway 91.

The new budget spends about 1.5 percent less than what officials planned to spend this year. Revenues from property and sales taxes are projected to continue declining, but officials said some departments already have begun saving money by not filling vacant positions.

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RivPE: UCR med school gets money — on paper

By PE News
on May 25, 2010 6:39 AM

A state Senate budget subcommittee Monday approved shifting $15 million in the University of California’s existing budget to help pay for start-up costs at UC Riverside’s medical school.

With millions already raised in federal money and private donations, the school has left the station, said state Sen. Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar. “It’s one of those things that’s pretty hard to retreat from,” Huff said.

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SJMercuryNews: Gingrich endorses Meg Whitman for governor

Newt Gingrich

Ken McLaughlin
Posted: 05/25/2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Updated: 05/25/2010 04:31:55 AM PDT

When Carly Fiorina launched her campaign for U.S. Senate late last year, she wanted little to do with Sarah Palin. “I’ve never met her,” Fiorina replied when asked about the former Alaska governor’s leadership skills. “Next question.”

And Meg Whitman, the front-running GOP candidate for California governor, probably wasn’t planning to ask Dick Cheney or Newt Gingrich to endorse her when she launched her ubiquitous ad campaign last fall.

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