Archive for July 30th, 2010

InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Smith the perfect appointment

The County of San Bernardino this week announced the appointment of Dena Smith to the position of Deputy Administrative Officer.

I can’t think of a better choice.

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RivPE: San Bernardino County administrator gets new staff

Greg Devereaux

10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

San Bernardino County supervisors agreed this week to increase County Administrative Officer Greg Devereaux’s authority, transferring some of their staff members to him.

As part of its budget last month, the Board of Supervisors approved the creation of a new 10-member unit that will assist the board on special projects and interact with other government agencies.

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Larry Sharp

10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Larry Sharp, who was dismissed as CEO of Arrowhead Credit Union in the wake of the federal takeover of that institution only a few weeks ago, has been named vice president for university advancement at Cal State San Bernardino.

Sharp will be in charge of development, public affairs and alumni affairs for the campus, according to a statement Thursday.

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Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer,
On Friday July 30, 2010, 12:17 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The recovery lost momentum in the spring as growth slowed to a 2.4 percent pace, its most sluggish showing in nearly a year and too weak to drive down unemployment.

Consumers spent less, companies slowed their restocking of shelves and the nation’s trade deficit dragged more on the economy in the April-to-June quarter. In a separate report, the Commerce Department said the recession was deeper than previously estimated.

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Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/29/2010 06:05:20 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – The three City Council members who form a minority bloc are often on the losing ends of important votes, but they are poised to prevent a proposed sales tax hike from ending up on the November ballot.

Those council members – Wendy McCammack, Chas Kelley and Jason Desjardins – held a press conference Thursday to pledge opposition to the proposed tax hike.

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Michael J. Sorba, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/29/2010 04:00:12 PM PDT

COLTON – After viewing audit presentations of both departments, the City Council has decided against seeking cost proposals from outside agencies to outsource for police and fire services.

Instead, it has elected to direct City Manager Rod Foster to develop a cost-cutting and revenue enhancing plan with the police and fire chiefs.

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Michael J. Sorba, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/29/2010 06:09:52 PM PDT

COLTON – Customers of the Colton Electric Utility may soon be delivered cheaper power as the City Council looks to reform electric rates.

An ordinance allowing profits the utility generates to be passed through to help pay for general city services may also become more clearly defined.

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Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Created: 07/29/2010 05:55:39 PM PDT

CLAREMONT – A couple of City Council members are questioning pension costs for police officers.

The city of Claremont and the Claremont Police Management Association this week approved a contract that saves more than $19,300 compared to the adopted budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year.

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July 29, 2010 8:51 AM
By Brooke Edwards and Natasha Lindstrom, Staff Writers

As public outrage brews over the city of Bell carrying some of the nation’s most bloated municipal salaries, some Victor Valley elected officials are trying to spread a message: When it comes to compensation, we’re not Bell.

Members on the Apple Valley Town Council took a few minutes during Tuesday’s meeting to state the amount of money the city pays them annually out of taxpayer dollars.

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OCRegister: Editorial: Brown hears the free publicity bell

Published: July 29, 2010
Updated: 5:00 p.m.


In his capacity as California attorney general, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown announced Monday that his office had subpoenaed salary, employment and contract records from the city of Bell, which had been paying its city manager a $787,637 annual salary and all but one City Council member nearly $100,000 a year for part time duties. Mr. Brown’s move, while a good use of his bully pulpit to decry the activities in Bell, appears to be more a politically motivated maneuver than one with any real basis for legal recourse.

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By Timothy R. Homan – Jul 30, 2010 6:41 AM PST Fri Jul 30 13:41:41 UTC 2010

July 30 (Bloomberg) —

Growth in the U.S. slowed to a 2.4 percent annual rate in the second quarter, less than forecast, reflecting a larger trade deficit and an easing in consumer spending.

The increase in gross domestic product compared with a median forecast of 2.6 percent of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News and follows an upwardly revised 3.7 percent pace in the first quarter that showed a jump in inventories, according to figures from the Commerce Department today in Washington. Business investment climbed at the fastest rate since 1997.

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LATimes: Union group takes aim at Whitman – in Spanish

On politics in the Golden State

July 29, 2010 | 7:00 pm

A union coalition backing Democratic Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown will hit the airwaves with a new Spanish-language TV ad beginning Friday, trying to chip away at Latino support for Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman.

The new attack ad accuses the former EBay chief of being “two-faced,” saying one thing in English and another in Spanish. The spot also invokes former Gov. Pete Wilson, who earned the ire of the Latino community in 1994 when he backed Proposition 187, a ballot measure that sought to strip illegal immigrants of state services.

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Posted By: Drew Joseph | July 29 2010 at 06:09 PM

A group of immigrant-rights groups today demanded that state Attorney General Jerry Brown meet with them to discuss his decision to force San Francisco to follow a federal program that they say violates their rights and has similarities to Arizona’s immigration law. Some of the speakers at the San Francisco protest even threatened that they would oppose Brown, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, in November’s election if he did not change his position.

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On politics in the Golden State

July 29, 2010 | 5:02 pm

Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman has been hitting Democratic rival Jerry Brown hard for offering no plans to deal with the state’s myriad problems. Earlier this week, Brown responded by posting education and environmental proposals on his website.

Although the substance marked a change from the summer’s bickering over who forgot to pay taxes, or who accepted whose challenge to debate, it’s unclear how many voters actually heard about the proposals.

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Drew Joseph, Chronicle Staff Writer
San Francisco Chronicle
Friday, July 30, 2010

(07-29) 19:26 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — If Robin Leach ever revives “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” he may want to spotlight the candidates in California’s gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races, who have realized their champagne wishes and caviar dreams.

Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman has two homes in Atherton, together worth more than $15 million, and a $20 million ranch in Telluride, Colo. Her Democratic opponent, state Attorney General Jerry Brown, has a five-story home in the Oakland hills replete with sauna and wine cellar.

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By Ken McLaughlin and Paul Rogers Mercury News
Posted: 07/29/2010 03:40:45 PM PDT
Updated: 07/29/2010 10:01:28 PM PDT

Governor’s race

Politics page

Calling the issue the defining difference between himself and Republican Meg Whitman in the governor’s race, Democrat Jerry Brown gave an impassioned defense Thursday of California’s landmark global warming law.

In a wide-ranging interview with the Mercury News editorial board, the attorney general called Assembly Bill 32 — now under attack by conservatives and some business interests as a job killer — “a path forward” for the Golden State. Brown said the new law would create hundreds of thousands of clean-energy jobs, reclaiming from China leadership of the cleantech economy.

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California Watch
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Money and Politics

California WatchBlog

July 30, 2010 | Chase Davis

An independent-expenditure group backed by California Native American tribes filed a letter with the Federal Election Commission this week announcing its intent to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money supporting candidates in California congressional races.

The group, known as Californians for Fiscally Responsible Leadership, was apparently the first committee in the country to announce its intent to take advantage of FEC rulings last week that effectively lifted fundraising restrictions on soft-money political committees that declare themselves independent from candidates or political parties, if only ostensibly.

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By Dan Walters The Sacramento Bee
Published: Friday, Jul. 30, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger insists he won’t sign a new state budget unless the Legislature rolls back a hefty increase in state employee pensions enacted 11 years ago.

It’s the latest wrinkle in Schwarzenegger’s years-long war with the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and state worker unions over what he contends is an unsustainable and “inexcusable” pension system that’s killing the state budget.

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Southern California — this just in

July 29, 2010 | 7:04 pm

Bell’s city attorney, Edward Lee, who served as legal counsel when the City Council approved lavish compensation packages for top administrators, was removed Thursday as city attorney for the neighboring city of Downey.

Lee, a partner with the firm Best, Best & Krieger, also serves as city attorney for several other municipalities. Until Thursday, that included Downey. But officials there were not happy that their lawyer was involved in what Downey Councilman Mario Guerra called one of the “most egregious breaches of fiduciary responsibilities in the history of our state.”

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By Ryan Lillis
Published: Friday, Jul. 30, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Friday, Jul. 30, 2010 – 7:41 am

City administrators from around the state scrambled Thursday to get ahead of the unfolding salary scandal in the Los Angeles suburb of Bell.

The League of California Cities took the unusual step of lambasting one of its own and said it would explore state legislation requiring that the salaries of the highest-paid employees in state and local government be made easily available to the public.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
July 29, 2010

RB UCD Freshmen 2.JPGCalifornia State University campuses will begin accepting applications for the spring term on Sunday, though whether they enroll any students in the spring depends on the final state budget lawmakers approve.

“Despite the uncertainty regarding state support for the 2010-2011 academic year, we will move forward with the application process for spring 2011,” CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed said in a statement today. “The passing of the budget in a timely manner and the restoration of funding proposed by the governor will allow us to serve those students and provide immediate access for students already in the admissions pipeline.”

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It all depends on whether one equates ‘illegal immigrant’ with evil-doers or with laborers.

By Hector Tobar

July 30, 2010

Some people look at an impoverished immigrant laborer and immediately think “illegal,” with all the stigma that word carries.

Others see that same person and think: There goes a worker.

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