Archive for June 4th, 2010

InlandPolitics: Poizner to appear at Mission Inn in Riverside

Republican candidate for Governor Steve Poizner will hold a town hall meeting on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Mission Inn in Riverside.

For more, information or to RSVP, contact Nathan Miller at 951-809-4396.

News flash….. The economy is still bad.

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor reported the number of new jobs created last month was a whopping 431,000. Sounds good, right?

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InlandPolitics: Finally! Rex Gutierrez trial a go……

The trial for Rancho Cucamonga City Councilman and former Assessor employee Rex Gutierrez will commence next Monday.

Superior Court Judge Duke D. Rouse set the trial in motion when prosecutors and the defense indicated they were ready to proceed.

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iePolitics: More Problems for Dr. Dev GnanaDev


Written by Administrator
June 3rd, 2010 at 10:41 pm

Life must be tough these days for a medical director.  Let’s see, we have the Attorney General’s office investigating Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) for who knows which of the many accusations of patient abuse,  Medi-Cal/Medicare fraud, gifts of public funds, conflicts of interest, and a host of other concerns.   Then we know a formal complaint has been filed with the San Bernardino County Grand Jury.  And a complaint was filed with the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) because ARMC Medical Director Dr.  Dev GnanadDev didn’t consider reporting millions of dollars in real property to be important.  And now we find out there have been at least two more complaints filed.

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Meg Whitman

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
June 4, 2010

With just fours days until the polls open, GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman leads rival Steve Poizner by a 2-to-1 margin among likely Republican voters, 51 percent to 25 percent

Whitman’s current 26-point lead is about half of the 49-point lead Whitman held over Poizner in the March Field Poll, but polls in recent weeks had shown the race narrowing, with Whitman up just nine points in a Public Policy Institute of California poll.

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RivPE: San Bernardino County proposed budget gloomy

Greg Devereaux

10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

San Bernardino County Administrative Officer Greg Devereaux called for deep cuts in a proposed budget released Thursday and offered a gloomy forecast for upcoming years.

The 2010-2011 spending plan, which the Board of Supervisors will consider at a June 28 hearing, slashes county departments by an average of 8 percent and could result in more than 500 layoffs.

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James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/03/2010 05:12:31 PM PDT

Republican candidates have spent more than $1 million in the 59th and 63rd district State Assembly races, with more money to be spent in the final days of the campaign.

Both races feature a crowded field in next week’s primary, as the incumbents in both districts are not seeking re-election.

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Rebecca U. Cho, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/03/2010 05:54:09 PM PDT

Pundits may be preaching an economic turnaround, but San Bernardino County residents aren’t feeling the conviction. And public officials could be bearing the brunt of dissatisfactions over the economy, a survey shows.

Just nine percent of 1,052 respondents believed the economy was excellent or good. This was a decline from 12 percent last year and a severe drop from 40 percent in 2008, showed an Inland Empire Annual Survey from Cal State San Bernardino.

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RivPE: DA’s race: What’s in an address?


By PE Politics
on June 3, 2010 4:55 PM

In late February, investigators from the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office showed up at the suburban Sacramento offices of a prominent Republican political consultant.

Now a firm at the same address is deeply involved in the campaign to unseat the man who sent them there: Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco.

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RivPE: Woman sues San Bernardino DA candidate Guzman

10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

A woman’s lawsuit claims San Bernardino County district attorney candidate Frank Guzman libeled her and breached attorney-client confidence when he used her case on his campaign website to criticize District Attorney Mike Ramos.

Guzman denied the woman had been his client, and said her lawsuit was a pre-election “cheap-shot” engineered by Ramos.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/03/2010 06:20:27 PM PDT

San Bernardino County released its proposed 2010-2011 budget Thursday and it’s not looking good for public safety.

The Public Defender’s Office is eliminating 39 positions due to continued suspension of state funding and a significant reduction in general fund financing.

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10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Redlands is facing an $8.9 million budget shortfall for 2010-11, and on Wednesday the city manager recommended cutting 57 full-time staff positions to close the gap.

The staff cuts are part of a 17 percent reduction that City Manager N. Enrique Martinez recommended for the next fiscal year, which starts July 1.

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James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Created: 06/03/2010 06:15:27 PM PDT

With just days before Tuesday’s election, State Assembly candidate Anthony Riley’s campaign is trying to undo the potential damage of a voter guide that indicates Riley – who bills himself as a conservative Republican – wants to repeal Proposition 8, the 2008 measure that bans gay marriage in California.

The California Voter’s Guide, released by the Orange County-based Traditional Values Coalition, reports that Riley supports a legislative resolution “in favor of homosexual marriage” and supports repealing Prop. 8. But Riley’s campaign manager, Lee Samuels, said the information in the voter guide is incorrect.

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RivPE: Stone campaign admits reporting goof

Jeff Stone

By PE Politics
on June 3, 2010 1:15 AM

The state Senate campaign of Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone acknowledged Wednesday that it failed to disclose dozens of donations from mid-March through most of last month.

Richard Temple, a Stone consultant, said the campaign’s accounting firm misunderstood state rules that require, within 90 days of an election, reporting of contributions of $1,000 or more within 24 hours.

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Meg Whitman

On politics in the Golden State

June 3, 2010 | 4:29 pm

On a sun-soaked afternoon five days before the June 8 primary, more than 200 senior citizens skipped out on golfing, bridge and other activities to hear Republican Meg Whitman deliver her pitch Thursday.

“This is the highlight of our day,” said Norm Swenson, 71, wearing fatigue pants and a gun training camp T-shirt.

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By John Howard and Anthony York | 06/03/10 12:00 AM PST

Former eBay executive Meg Whitman holds a commanding lead over Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner in the June 8 Republican gubernatorial primary. In the GOP Senate primary, former HP President P HP Carly Fiorina has pulled away from rival Tom Campbell, according to the latest Capitol Weekly/Probolsky Research tracking poll.

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SacBee: How CalPERS was wooed in N.Y.

By Dale Kasler
Published: Friday, Jun. 4, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

At a glittery New York museum gala, where the guest list included Martin Scorsese and Caroline Kennedy, placement agent Alfred Villalobos closed in on the biggest jackpot of his spectacular career.

The former CalPERS board member brought his own special guest to the May 15, 2007, affair: Leon Shahinian, a senior investment officer with the California pension fund. Villalobos flew the El Dorado Hills resident to New York on a private jet, put him up at a five-star hotel and paid his way into the $2,000-a-ticket event, according to a civil lawsuit by California officials that alleges Villalobos bribed key pension fund officials with lavish trips and gifts.

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