Archive for July 18th, 2010

InlandPolitics: Arrowhead may have played fast and lose with numbers

All the hoop-la over the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) seizure of Arrowhead Credit Union is coming across like a cheer-leading squad supporting the local establishment.

An area economist, John Husing, is going to demand the regulatory agency explain its actions by way of a letter to the NCUA signed by local business leaders.

After all Husing knows everyone everywhere, and therefore NCUA is wrong.

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LATimes: It’s not the age, it’s the ideas


At the Pasadena Senior Center, the Democratic candidate’s age fazes no one. His lack of a coherent plan is a problem, though.

July 18, 2010|Steve Lopez

The last time I walked into the Pasadena Senior Center, a few years ago, I felt people eyeballing me as if I might have stumbled into the wrong building. When I returned Friday morning, they asked what class I was looking for.

Have I aged that quickly? If so, it means I may not have much time left to run for governor.

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DailyBulletin: Private sector powers statutes

Lobbyists play huge role in bills
Karen de Sa, San Jose Mercury News
Created: 07/17/2010 07:10:37 AM PDT

Like all newly elected lawmakers, Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes arrived in Sacramento needing two things to ensure his political success: legislative achievements and campaign money.

If he established himself as a political force, the Los Angeles-area Democrat might breeze to re-election in two years and rise up the legislative ranks. And sure enough, there were folks who could help him along – the throng of lobbyists offering bill ideas on behalf of their corporate clients.

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DailyBulletin: Latino caucus forms

Group aims to leverage growing Hispanic clout
James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Created: 07/17/2010 07:14:46 AM PDT

Hoping to harness the clout of the Inland Empire’s burgeoning Latino community, a new political action committee is mounting a push to increase the number of Latinos elected to local school boards, city councils, water boards, special districts and other posts.

The Latino Caucus of the Inland Empire aims to boost Latino voter turnout and back candidates who support issues important to Latinos.

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VVDailyPress: More EB-5 loans coming to Victorville?

July 17, 2010 11:28 AM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • The city is prepared to accept three more $500,000 loans from foreign citizens through the federal EB-5 visa investor program, even while the federal government decides whether Victorville’s program will be allowed to continue.

If the council accepts these seventh, eighth and ninth loans, Victorville will have borrowed a total of $4.5 million through the program, which puts aspiring immigrants on the path to citizenship in exchange for a loan that creates at least 10 jobs.

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SBSun: Highland council backs Arizona

City adopts resolution supporting controversial immigration legislation
Michael J. Sorba, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/17/2010 07:14:27 AM PDT

HIGHLAND – The line in the sand has grown longer as more jurisdictions begin to publicly express support for Arizona’s polarizing immigration law.

The impending law’s official language states when Arizona law enforcement officers make “any lawful stop, detention or arrest” of a person, that person’s citizenship status must be checked if there’s “reasonable suspicion” that the person is an illegal immigrant.

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10:52 PM PDT on Saturday, July 17, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Due to budget cuts, the Yucaipa-Calimesa school district will not provide transportation to and from school when classes resume in August.

The exception is busing for special education students.

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SBSun: San Bernardino school reforms leave some in doubt

Plans changed for 11 failing campuses
Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/17/2010 09:31:33 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – School district officials say they are moving ahead with implementing plans to turn around 11 low-achieving elementary, middle and high schools.

But others, ranging from a county board of education member to the mayor’s chief of staff, say they are concerned the reforms, which the district changed in recent weeks, may not be enough.

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SBSun: Two ballot measures confusing

Doom of both could be goal of one of them
James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/17/2010 09:30:25 PM PDT

If you can’t beat ’em, confuse ’em.

That’s the thinking, some political observers say, behind Proposition 27, one of the measures that will appear on November’s ballot. Proposition 27 and another measure on the ballot have near-opposite effects, which could doom both measures.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown holds his fire until fall


By David Siders
Published: Sunday, Jul. 18, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

The question keeps coming up for Jerry Brown: Can he compete with a self-funded billionaire and, if so, when will he start?

“Can you beat Meg Whitman if she’s going to outspend you 10-to-1, have staffs 10 times as big as you?” Chris Matthews asked the Democratic gubernatorial nominee recently on MSNBC’s “Hardball.”

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LATimes: Big money, little regard


Those are the two things Californians give their elected officials.

By Cathleen Decker, Los Angeles Times

July 18, 2010

Even a cursory look at events last week was enough to show the concept of “public service” being turned on its ear.

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Ethics Commission took up the issue of elected officials getting freebie tickets, in the wake of investigations into Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s acceptance of tickets to dozens of sought-after events, sometimes from companies doing business with his administration.

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