Archive for May 28th, 2010

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President George W. Bush

I figured I would let a photo of someone you know deliver the message.

Stayed tuned this weekend for an analysis of the Republican Primary in California Governor’s race.

InlandPolitics: ARMC employees starting to speak out

The following e-mail was received from an employee st San Bernardino County-owned and operated Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC).  InlandPolitics would like to reiterate to our readers that the the lack of concern for quality of patient care is alarming and of most concern to us here. Tags for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the California Department of Justice have been attached to this story to allow the agencies to flag the post. InlandPolitics has learned Special Agents for the California Department of Justice have been questioning employees connected to the facility.

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San Bernardino City Attorney Jim Penman donating $500 to District Attorney Mike Ramos’ reelection campaign?

Yes indeed. What a surprise, especially for these two politicos.

Ramos’ latest campaign finance disclosure filed this week shows Penman coughing up the cash.

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Two-time political loser and perennial candidate Mike Morrell is once again showing how desperate he is to win an important public office.

While most candidates in the race for the open AD 63 seat (Republican-Emmerson) have kept the race clean from attacks and focused on the issues, perennial candidate and sub-prime mortgage broker Mike Morrell is resorting to misleading and dishonest attacks against not one, not two, but three of his Republican opponents.

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iePolitics: ARMC Defense – A theatrical production

Supervisor Josie Gonzales

Written by Administrator
May 28th, 2010 at 12:09 am

As I noted last night, I finally took the time to view Tuesday’s San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors meeting. I had heard the doctors showed up in force and by force. And that they did.

Dr. David Lanum spoke first. Honestly, I was embarrassed for the doctor. His “speech” was mostly memorized and well rehearsed. And that is okay. His presentation, however, reminded me of Mark Anthony’s soliloquy to the Roman people in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. You remember:

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InlandPolitics has learned that an illegal bail bond practice may have once again reared it’s ugly head in San Bernardino County.

The last people to be caught doing what is known as bail bond “capping” were the Tidwell brothers. They were prosecuted.

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By Joe Nelson
Created: 05/27/2010 05:38:32 PM PDT

The former defendant in one of San Bernardino County’s most complex real estate fraud case sued her former attorney today, alleging he breached attorney-client privilege and libeled her by posting false information on his campaign Web site.

Jane Un filed the lawsuit today in San Bernardino Superior Court against Frank H. Guzman, who is running against Michael A. Ramos for District Attorney. She also filed a complaint with the California Bar Association.

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RivPE: Tough times test Inland Assembly incumbents’ edge

10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, May 27, 2010

Sacramento Bureau

SACRAMENTO – Primary losses for legislative incumbents are about as common as meteor strikes in California, but two Inland members find themselves with challenges next month in this most sour of campaign seasons.

Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter, D-Rialto, and Assemblyman Brian Nestande, R-Palm Desert, are among five legislators statewide who face primary opponents in the June 8 election.

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Sandra Emerson Staff Writer
Created: 05/27/2010 06:19:42 PM PDT

San Bernardino County’s $102 million settlement with a Rancho Cucamonga developer has been a major influence in the endorsements for supervisor by four elected Upland officials.

Mayor John “JP” Pomierski, Councilman Ray Musser, Councilman Ken Willis and City Treasurer Dan Morgan have announced their support for Fontana Councilwoman Janice Rutherford for county supervisor against 2nd District incumbent Paul Biane.

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VVDailyPress: Uffer sues county for wrongful termination

May 27, 2010 5:18 PM
Natasha Lindstrom

SAN BERNARDINO • Six months after he was suddenly fired without cause, the former top executive of San Bernardino County is suing the county for wrongful termination.

Former County Administrative Officer Mark Uffer on Wednesday filed a lawsuit alleging that county supervisors and their top staffers retaliated against him for his cooperation with the county grand jury and District Attorney’s office.

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Wendy Leung, Staff Writer
Created: 05/27/2010 06:15:57 PM PDT

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – City leaders this week joined developers of a Foothill Boulevard affordable housing project to celebrate the completion of 166 apartment units geared for low-income families.

Last fall, residents began moving in to the two- and three-bedroom apartments at Villaggio on Route 66.

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SBSun: Police union to continue concessions for two years

Stacia Glenn and Andrew Edwards, Staff Writers
Posted: 05/27/2010 06:19:52 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – In a jumpstart to negotiations that turned hostile the last go-round, police union leaders have volunteered to continue their concessions for two more years to help close the city’s $24 million budget deficit.

The San Bernardino Police Officers Association’s made the offer Monday during a meeting with a professional negotiator recently hired by the city.

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10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, May 27, 2010

Meg Whitman, a Republican candidate for governor of California, will attend a private fundraiser in Hemet at 5 p.m. today at the home of Dr. Kali Chaudhuri.

A VIP photo reception with Whitman costs $12,500 per person, with proceeds going to Whitman’s campaign. For the general reception, sponsors can pay $7,800, $3,900, $2,000 or $1,000. The cost for an individual is $500 per person, a flier states. That money will go to the campaign of 65th District Assemblyman Paul Cook.

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Daniel Tedford, Staff Writer
Created: 05/27/2010 06:19:44 PM PDT

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will strip 99 reserve officers of their positions after an audit showed they weren’t trained properly, officials said Thursday.

A report from the California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training found the department did not use certified locations and didn’t keep proper records when training 99 Level III reserve officers in 2008, according to a statement from Sheriff Lee Baca.

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DailyBulletin: Lawmakers try again at IndyMac amendment

Ryan Carter, Staff Writer
Created: 05/27/2010 08:48:14 PM PDT

Southern California lawmakers Thursday re-introduced an amendment to financial reform that would allow depositors at the failed Pasadena- based IndyMac Bank to recoup about $233 million in lost savings.

The amendment, called the Indy Act, would make a federal deposit insurance cap of $250,000 retroactive to the time IndyMac failed in July 2008.

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Meg Whitman

By Jack Chang
Published: Friday, May. 28, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Friday, May. 28, 2010 – 6:47 am

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman continued her record-shattering spending streak this spring, burning through $33.8 million in about two months, according to a campaign finance statement filed Thursday.

That amount brings the billionaire candidate’s spending total to more than $80 million, with $68 million of it coming from her own personal wealth.

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Politics Blog

Jerry Brown’s gubernatorial campaign filed its campaign report — early, we note with some degree of surprise — and they’ve got $20 million cash on hand. With Jerry et al working the phones, Team Jerry raised $6.8 million in the reporting period between March 18 and May 22.

Ordinarily that would be a lot of cash — like when there aren’t billionaires and demi-billionaires in the race. But this isn’t one of those years.

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OCRegister: Fiorina’s money difference in Senate primary

Carly Fiorina



With 10 days to go before Republicans go to the polls to decide who they want to face Sen. Barbara Boxer this fall Carly Fiorina’s personal contribution of $5.5 million has made the money difference in this campaign.

According to the last financial report the candidates will file before the June 8 primary, Fiorina has spent $4.2 million so far while Tom Campbell has spent $1.1 million and Chuck DeVore has spent $648,010.

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RivPE: Topless dancer gives Leach case details


10:44 PM PDT on Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

A topless bar dancer and a one-time Riverside councilman were at odds Thursday with their accounts of conversations they had following former Police Chief Russ Leach’s intoxicated drive.

Michelle Wilson said Frank Schiavone tried to dissuade her from cooperating with officers in Leach’s DUI probe, echoing reports that the councilman remains under scrutiny.

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