Archive for July 12th, 2010 Meg, Money and Technology

Meg Whitman

Prop Zero

Monday, July 12, 2010
BY Larry Gerston Ph.D. // 2 hours ago

Meg, Money and Technology

Much has been made about the $91 million Meg Whitman has spent on her gubernatorial campaign. As expected, the largest portion of the money has gone to those slick, expensive television campaign ads. They have served her well, first in introducing her to Californians, and second in terms of branding her candidacy.

But beyond the use of her funds for commercials, Whitman has treated her campaign like an investment. To that end, she has purchased the latest technological tools available to assist her campaign effort–purchases that may prove invaluable by November 2nd.

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Reporter Joe Nelson
Sun / Daily Bulletin

Monday, July 12, 2010 – 10:45 am
Last Updated: Monday, July 12, 2010 – 12:08 pm

One thing is obvious these days. Investigative reporting by local newspapers is long gone.

More and more local newspaper reporters are becoming increasingly pliable to ignoring facts when it suits them. A prime example today is a one-sided story in the Barstow Desert Dispatch related to action by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on the Nursery Products LLC – Hawes Composting Facility near Hinkley.

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RivPE: Survey looks at traits that sway California voters

07:09 PM PDT on Sunday, July 11, 2010

Washington Bureau

As they contemplate candidates for governor and the U.S. Senate, California voters want leaders with plenty of legislative background. No, make that someone with years of experience in the business world.

Actually, they want both, according to a poll made public today.

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Written by Administrator
July 12th, 2010 at 9:00 am

It is said that the love of money is the root of all evil and human behavior certainly suggests that the adoration of the almighty greenback brings about the demise of many a man. When we come across a panhandler on the street, some of us will throw change his way while others will look in the opposite direction, assuming he is trying to mislead us and get something for nothing.

The same goes for charities and non-profits. Some of us take the good works they tout at face value while others look at all who ask for money with skepticism.

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SBSun: Lawsuit against Arizona law could help GOP

Adding fuel to fire

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/11/2010 07:54:08 AM PDT

Thanks largely to a controversial immigration law in Arizona, political observers agree that immigration will be a key issue for state and federal candidates in November’s election.

And, thanks largely to the federal Department of Justice’s decision last week to challenge Arizona’s law – known as S.B. 1070 – those observers say Republicans will likely get a bump at the polls.

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SBSun: State bond helps district build badly needed schools

San Bernardino City Unified

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/11/2010 07:54:25 AM PDT

In 1970, three years after Cajon High School opened, San Bernardino was home to about 104,000 residents.

The city’s population would grow by more than 81,000 – about 78 percent – before the San Bernardino City Unified School District built another high school, opening Arroyo Valley High in 2000.

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July 11, 2010 8:34 AM
By Jessica Cejnar, staff writer

HINKLEY • A citizens group opposing a proposed sewage sludge composting facility near Hinkley will go before the Board of Supervisors Tuesday in an effort to get the conditional use permit for the project revoked.

This is the second time Nursery Products’ Hinkley project has gone before the Board of Supervisors. County staff is recommending the Board approve the project’s conditional use permit, saying the benefits outweigh the potential impacts. The county initially approved of the facility in 2007.

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SBSun: FPPC still considering advice to Gallagher

Jesse B. Gill, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/11/2010 02:42:55 PM PDT

The Fair Political Practices Commission is taking its time to review a matter brought to it by City Councilman Mick Gallagher.

Gallagher had requested a determination as to whether his rental of a Redlands home to his son, Ryan, who works for the city as a firefighter, constitutes a conflict of interest.

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InlandPolitics: The Brown-Biane saga – more developments

The ongoing saga involving San Bernardino County supervisor Paul Biane and his apparently former chief of staff Matt Brown just keeps getting better and better.

During our last update we informed you that Brown was reportedly balking at taking a position in the Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector’s office.

Sources at the time were telling Brown wanted his legal bills paid for by the county.

Now we have learned of a new request.

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SacBee: California’s stimulus funding starts to run dry

By Kevin Yamamura
Published: Monday, Jul. 12, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

Facing a dismal budget crisis last year, California relied on a federal lifeline of stimulus dollars. The cash infusion staved off the bleakest of cuts to Medi-Cal patients, welfare recipients and students.

But that money is beginning to run dry, leaving California grappling with whether to replace it by raising taxes or institute the severe cuts the state avoided last year.

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By Dan Balz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, July 12, 2010

BOSTON — The co-chairmen of President Obama’s debt and deficit commission offered an ominous assessment of the nation’s fiscal future here Sunday, calling current budgetary trends a cancer “that will destroy the country from within” unless checked by tough action in Washington.

The two leaders — former Republican senator Alan Simpson of Wyoming and Erskine Bowles, White House chief of staff under President Bill Clinton — sought to build support for the work of the commission, whose recommendations due later this year are likely to spark a fierce debate in Congress.

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SacBee: The Buzz: The Whitman, Brown air wars continue

Published: Monday, Jul. 12, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

The air wars continue. California Working Families 2010, a labor-funded group backing Democrat Jerry Brown’s gubernatorial bid, has launched an ad defending him against attacks from Republican rival Meg Whitman.

The 30-second spot, titled “Misleading,” takes aim at Whitman’s ad slamming Brown’s political career as a “legacy of failure.”

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Calpensions: Pension fix: bonds-based strategy costly, slow

By Ed Mendel

An advocate of a new bonds-based strategy to stabilize troubled public pension funds says the change would be costly and take years.

The CalSTRS board last week heard what one panelist called a “raging debate” in professional circles: Do public pension funds need to be radically restructured to survive.

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