Archive for July 23rd, 2010

RivPE: Arrowhead Credit Union lays off 27 people

By PE Business
on July 23, 2010 12:31 PM

Layoffs at Arrowhead Credit Union started today.

According to the National Credit Union Administration which seized the San Bernardino-based financial institution on June 25 and has since overseen its management, the agency laid off 27 people.

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LATimes: 3 highly-paid Bell officials forced to resign

Southern California — this just in

July 23, 2010 | 12:33 am

Bell’s top administrators, whose hefty salaries have stirred public outrage and calls for investigations, agreed to resign Thursday night during a closed-door City Hall meeting.

City Manager Robert Rizzo, Police Chief Randy Adams and Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia will not receive severance packages. Rizzo will step down at the end of August and Spaccia will leave at the end of September. Adams will also leave at the end of August, after completing an evaluation of the Police Department.

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Andrew Edwards and Ryan Carter, Staff Writers
Posted: 07/22/2010 06:59:42 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Arrowhead Credit Union’s financial condition remained in a weakened state through the first half of 2010, according to government regulators who recently put the institution into conservatorship.

The National Credit Union Administration on Thursday released new financial numbers for Arrowhead Credit Union. Regulators’ figures show the credit union has been “significantly undercapitalized” and losing money.

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Chantal M. Lovell, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/22/2010 06:31:21 PM PDT

Redlands Mayor Pat Gilbreath said she will make another run for city council in November, after stating she would not seek the office again.

Gilbreath sent a letter to her “longtime supporter(s)” announcing her intent to run for her council seat, which will be up for election Nov. 2, along with those of councilmen Mick Gallagher and Jon Harrison.

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SBSun: Baca’s challenger encouraged by results of own poll

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/22/2010 05:14:57 PM PDT

More than four in 10 voters in Rep. Joe Baca’s congressional district say they don’t know who they’ll vote for in November, according to a poll commissioned by Scott Folkens, Baca’s Republican challenger.

Folkens, who is using the poll results in his campaign’s latest request for donations, said he is hoping to convince the national Republican Party it should get involved in his campaign.

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VVDailyPress: Rothschild, McEachron clash

July 22, 2010 4:14 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • Two city leaders clashed during Tuesday night’s meeting, with Councilman Ryan McEachron asking Mayor Pro Tem Mike Rothschild to stop “spouting off” against issues that are already settled and Rothschild accusing his colleague of letting “side politics” guide his decisions.

The conflict stemmed from Rothschild continuing to speak out at public meetings and in a letter to the Daily Press against decisions approved by the rest of the council, including Helendale’s efforts to expand and plans for Apple Valley’s Yucca Loma Bridge.

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July 22, 2010 5:38 PM
Natasha Lindstrom

SAN BERNARDINO • Two months after San Bernardino County placed him on paid leave amid harassment allegations, the 2nd District’s former top aide has taken a new county position as an assistant recorder.

Matt Brown, previously chief of staff to 2nd District Supervisor Paul Biane, was put on administrative leave in early May, days after Brown sent his boss a letter alleging he was being threatened and retaliated against for cooperating with a corruption investigation. The environment was so hostile, Brown wrote in the letter, that it led to him seeking medical help.

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VVDailyPress: Hesperia school board to hold special meeting

July 22, 2010 5:42 PM
Beau Yarbrough

HESPERIA • Two weeks after a school board meeting that abruptly ended with board members taunting one another and calling each other names, the board will try again on Monday to finish their July agenda.

At the July 12 meeting of the Hesperia Unified School District school board, board members returned from a second period of closed-doors discussions determined to get through the 13 points remaining undone in the first four hours of the meeting.

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10:54 PM PDT on Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Efforts are under way to station a contingent of active-duty Air Force troops at March Air Reserve Base.

Lt. Gen. Charles E. Stenner Jr., chief of the Air Force Reserve and the commander for the Air Force Reserve Command, was in Riverside on Thursday for the 12th annual Raincross Trophy Dinner. During a break in his schedule, the man whose domain includes the oversight of March Air Reserve Base spoke about a coming change in the way the base will operate.

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RivPE: Salas concedes in SD 40 nailbiter

By PE Politics
on July 22, 2010 9:34 AM

Assemblywoman Mary Salas has conceded defeat in the extremely close Democratic primary for California’s 40th Senate District, which includes part of Riverside County, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported today.

Former Assemblyman Juan Vargas, who led Salas by 22 votes, picked up several more in a recount requested — and paid for — by Salas in certain precincts in San Diego and Riverside counties.

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RivPE: Unemployment vote splits Inland delegation

By PE Politics
on July 23, 2010 7:48 AM

As reported this morning by Jack Katzanek, the House on Thursday approved legislation to extend benefits for the nation’s jobless.

The 272-152 vote went mostly along party lines, with just 10 Democrats voting against the bill and 31 Republicans voting for it. Among those were Inland Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Palm Springs, whose eastern Riverside County district has been hit about as hard as anywhere in the country by the economic downturn.

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Barbara Boxer              Carly Fiorina

On politics in the Golden State

July 22, 2010 | 7:41 pm

In 2008, the Culver City-based Brave New Films used viral videos to take on then-presidential candidate John McCain’s health, his numerous homes and his shifting rhetoric. The company’s new target is Republican U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina, who is locked in a tight race with Sen. Barbara Boxer(D-Calif).

In one of the first independent expenditures of the general election campaign, Brave New Films has released a viral video that plays up Fiorina’s association with “tea party” groups in California and shows an image of her face morphing into that of Sarah Palin, who gave Fiorina a boost by endorsing her during the hard-fought Republican primary.

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The Democrat would adopt some Schwarzenegger ideas, such as asking current employees to contribute more to their plans and raising the retirement age for new hires.

By Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times

July 23, 2010

Reporting from Sacramento —

Unveiling one of his few major policy proposals Thursday, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown called for public-pension reform, embracing some of Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ideas for curbing the soaring cost of the state worker retirement system.

If elected, Brown said, he would ask current employees to contribute more to their pension plans and would raise the retirement age for new hires. The measures are core components of tentative deals Schwarzenegger has negotiated with half a dozen state workers’ unions.

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Ken McLaughlin
Posted: 07/22/2010 06:29:29 PM PDT
Updated: 07/22/2010 10:45:38 PM PDT

GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman came to Garlic City on Thursday to step up her attacks on opponent Jerry Brown, portraying him as a supporter of “Sacramento’s war on jobs.”

Speaking to campaign supporters and workers at Gilroy’s Christopher Ranch, the former eBay CEO pointed to the newly released second edition of “Meg the Magazine” — a glossy, 36-page publication that outlines her proposals for creating 2 million jobs in California by 2015.

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LATimes: Focus shifts to Brown’s attorney general role

On politics in the Golden State

July 22, 2010 | 4:54 pm

There’s no evidence that Jerry Brown has done anything wrong as he’s attempted to balance his official duties as California’s attorney general with his gubernatorial bid, but that hasn’t kept his Republican opponent Meg Whitman from trying to stir controversy on the topic.

After an L.A. Times story this week about Brown’s dual roles, Whitman’s campaign said it had sent an open records request to the Department of Justice to determine if Brown is “using any taxpayer-paid staff or services to advance his gubernatorial campaign.”

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CaliforniaWatch: Mudslinging dominates governor’s race

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California WatchBlog

July 23, 2010 | Timothy Sandoval

Gubernatorial candidates Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman have both repudiated partisan politics and attacks made against their campaigns.

But despite their concern about partisan attacks, Politics Verbatim has documented hundreds of attacks the two candidates have made since the beginning of the campaign.

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California WatchBlog

July 23, 2010 | Ryan Gabrielson

During normal times, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department hears from two to three small towns a year wondering how much taxpayer money they’d save by hiring deputies to replace their own police officers.

These are not normal times.

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