Archive for July 7th, 2010

SacBee: Brown and Whitman locked in dead heat

By David Siders
Published: Wednesday, Jul. 7, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jul. 7, 2010 – 6:35 am

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman’s recent ads attacking Jerry Brown appear to have resonated with likely voters, as the Democratic nominee’s popularity is sliding, according to a new Field Poll.

The poll shows Brown leading Whitman 44 percent to 43 percent, a statistically insignificant difference.

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I would have missed this gem over the weekend, but a photo in a Sounthern California newspaper was the tip off.

This past weekend San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos rotated into the Presidency of the California District Attorneys Association (CDAA).

Yes, now the CDAA is stuck with this man as their leader.

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InlandPolitics Commentary: Questions need to be asked

Tuesday, July 6, 2010 – 09:30 pm

Wait just a minute!

One thing is for certain. The David Lewis calamity has disappeared way too conveniently.

Questions need to be asked. Official questions. The kind of questions asked by the U.S. Department of Justice. They are already here, and if they aren’t already engaged on this, they should be. It’s clear no agency in this county can be trusted.

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10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

While some shows in the Riverside Fox Performing Arts Center’s first season played to sold-out crowds and others had unimpressive ticket sales, many shows had one thing in common: city officials sitting in the audience for free.

Riverside elected officials attended events at the Fox 48 times during the inaugural season, from the Jan. 15 opening gala to a June 5 performance by Bill Cosby, according to information on the city website.

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McKeon criticizes suit against Arizona
July 06, 2010 3:35 PM
From Staff Reports

WASHINGTON • Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon and 18 other Members of Congress criticized the Obama administration’s decision to challenge Arizona’s new illegal immigration enforcement law, SB1070.

On the heels of Independence Day, it’s ironic that the Obama administration has filed suit against “a state trying to enforce laws which are already on the books to secure borders and protect residents from illegal immigration and drug cartels,” McKeon said in a press release.

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SBSun: San Bernardino sales tax plan advances

Ideas for impound yard, charter also inch along
Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/06/2010 10:00:47 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – The City Council on Tuesday moved toward higher sales taxes and a renewal of last year’s effort to create a city-run impound yard.

Both issues were decided by narrow votes. In another closely divided vote, the council approved language for a City Charter amendment that would give it and the mayor the power to appoint three key city positions.

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10:16 PM PDT on Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

A Lake Elsinore businessman and one of his former employees pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that they conspired to hide the businessman’s involvement in the failed recall attempt of a city councilman.

Michel Knight, owner of Trevi Entertainment Center, and Enelida “Nellie” Caron, who worked at Trevi, entered their pleas before Superior Court Judge Richard Fields in Riverside.

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10:12 PM PDT on Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

In the midst of routine public comments at a recent San Bernardino City Council meeting, Councilman Jason Desjardins made an unusual plea.

“If you happened to have smashed the window out of my van on the corner of Genevieve and 40th, please return my stuff,” he said at the June 21 session. “Give it to the police department. I will waive my desire to prosecute. Just give me my stuff back. You know who you are.”

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10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

The Redlands City Council wrapped up a loose end hanging from the 2010-11 budget with an agreement Tuesday on how to cover the inability of one city fund to pay a nearly $1 million debt.

The public facilities fund, which collects revenue from development impact fees, is obliged each year to pay half of a nearly $2 million bond debt. The bonds were issued in the 1980s to build a corporate yard, fire station and parking garage and to improve A.K. Smiley Library.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at 10:24 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Republican Meg Whitman’s continued advertising campaign appears to have taken a toll on Democratic rival Jerry Brown in the race to become California’s next governor.

A new Field Poll shows a dramatic shift among likely voters who now express growing doubts over Brown, the state’s attorney general and former two-term governor.

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By Dan Walters The Sacramento Bee
Published: Wednesday, Jul. 7, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

California is obviously a troubled state, with a moribund economy, sky-high unemployment, a chronically unbalanced state budget, a failing public education system, a congested and crumbling transportation infrastructure, and a looming water crisis.

Ideally, therefore, this column would explore how the two major candidates for governor, Democrat Jerry Brown and Republican Meg Whitman, would resolve these and other pressing issues – or, perhaps, whether they are even resolvable.

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By Kevin Yamamura
Published: Wednesday, Jul. 7, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

SAN FRANCISCO – Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer kicked off a two-day, nine-city campaign tour Tuesday to assert that her support of an $862 billion stimulus package has led to job creation in California.

Boxer traveled with a handful of reporters after a campaign stop in San Francisco, where stimulus dollars are helping fund a $1 billion seismic retrofit project on the approach to the Golden Gate Bridge. Here’s a portion of her question-and-answer session.

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Joe Garofoli
Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Among the many nuggets in Wednesday’s just-emancipated Field Poll on the CA guv race is this one: In California households where a union member lives, Jerry Brown leads Meg Whitman by 47 percent to 41 percent.

OK, so a lead’s a lead — and Jerry’s got waaaaay bigger problems in this poll, as our story notes. But when you think about all the union-backed independent expenditures that have been pounding Meg-a-millions — not the least of which is the California Nurses Association — you’d think that would be more of a yawning gap, no?

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