Archive for August 7th, 2010

WSJ: U.S. Job Market Loses Steam

Private Sector Expands Slightly, but Governments Cut Jobs; Treasury Yields Dip

AUGUST 7, 2010

The government’s latest snapshot of the job market was bleak, a sign the economic recovery is running out of steam with 14.6 million Americans still searching for work.

In the wake of Friday’s disappointing jobs report, Neal Lipschutz and Phil Izzo discuss new predictions that it could be many years before the nation’s unemployment rate reaches pre-recession levels.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County ordered to pay unions legal costs

Friday, August 6, 2010 – 10:00 pm

A Superior Court Judge has ordered San Bernardino County to pay legal costs to one of its unions.

Last year San Bernardino County Public Defender Doreen Boxer and County Counsel Ruth Stringer persuaded county supervisors to take legal action to force the San Bernardino County Public Attorneys Association to cease using its Deputy District Attorney members in grievance and disciplinary representation of its Deputy Public Defender members.

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RivPE: Cassie MacDuff: Dire Report on Airport

10:00 PM PDT on Friday, August 6, 2010

Cassie MacDuff

Helping Ontario International Airport regain flights it has lost since 2008 isn’t top-priority for Los Angeles officials. But LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa isn’t interested in selling the airport to Ontario either.

LA officials may offload responsibility for running the airport to some third party (a private company or maybe the city of Ontario).

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RivPE: Colton utility tax extension won’t be on ballot

10:00 PM PDT on Friday, August 6, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Colton voters will not be asked in November to approve a 10-year extension of the city’s utility-user tax.

A proposal to put the tax extension on the ballot was favored by four of Colton’s seven council members — one short of the required two-thirds majority.

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RivPE: Ex-police official files retaliation claim

10:58 PM PDT on Friday, August 6, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Special Section: Police Chief Crash Probe

A former Riverside deputy police chief contends he was forced to retire because he opposed a cover-up of former Chief Russ Leach’s drunken-driving incident.

Pete Esquivel retired in May as deputy chief after a nearly 36-year law-enforcement career. This week, he filed a claim against the city, the Police Department and seven individual city and police officials seeking unspecified damages. He did not return a call for comment Friday.

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SBSun: General aviation officially kicks off at SBIA

Kristina Hernandez, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/06/2010 07:46:06 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Private planes have been taking off and landing at the former Norton Air Force for several months.

On Friday, general aviation here became official.

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Michael J. Sorba, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/06/2010 03:39:59 PM PDT

HIGHLAND – At least six candidates will vie for three City Council seats up for grabs in the Nov. 2 election. Winners won’t be determined until then, but one thing is certain, the council will have at least one new member.

Councilman Ross Jones says he will not seek re-election because of health issues in his family. Jones has served seven years on the council.

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Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 08/06/2010 05:52:11 PM PDT

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – The city of Rancho Cucamonga’s pension fund could be on the hook for more than $125,000 when Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo begins drawing his pension.

Rizzo recently resigned from his position after news of his nearly $800,000 salary outraged Bell residents.

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Liset Márquez, Staff Writer
Created: 08/06/2010 06:34:22 PM PDT

Rancho Cucamonga will elect a new mayor in November after incumbent Don Kurth decided not to seek another term.

Kurth’s decision comes as the candidate filing period to run for council seats in the Nov. 2 election closed on Friday.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 08/06/2010 09:24:03 PM PDT

State and county prosecutors appear poised to obtain privileged legal information regarding San Bernardino County’s $102 million legal settlement with Rancho Cucamonga developer Colonies Partners LP in November 2006.

San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Duke D. Rouse on July 23 ordered that everyone involved in the mediation sessions be notified of the prosecution’s request for the information.

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DailyBulletin: Conspiracy charge filed against Gutierrez


Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Created: 08/06/2010 07:11:52 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Prosecutors refined their case against Rancho Cucamonga Councilman Rex Gutierrez, in a newly filed charging document that details an alleged conspiracy between the councilman, a former assessor and a developer.

A mistrial was declared in the June trial of Gutierrez, a former employee in the county assessor’s office, on charges of collecting a county salary while spending government time working on political matters or other activities.

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VVDailyPress: Caldwell will not run for re-election

August 06, 2010 5:08 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • After 38 years on the city council, Terry Caldwell will not be running for re-election this term.

“Having done this for 40 years, and I had to ask myself the question whether I really was interested in devoting another four years to it,” Caldwell said by phone Friday, shortly after the noon deadline to file. “As I thought through it, I just wasn’t convinced that I wanted to do it for another four years.”

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August 06, 2010 6:18 PM
Beau Yarbrough

HESPERIA • There will be 15 candidates on the ballot for the Hesperia Unified school board in November, but none of them will be Robert Kirk.

“I don’t intend to run again,” Kirk said Friday afternoon, blaming “the uncivil nature of politics.”

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9 now seek three seats on city council
August 06, 2010 5:49 PM
Beau Yarbrough

HESPERIA • City Council incumbents Ed Pack and Rita Vogler will not seek third stints on the council as nine candidates joined the race for three seats.

“It’s always been my plan to take some time and focus on something else,” Vogler said Friday afternoon, on the phone from Northern California. She said she would elaborate on her future plans in the near future.

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August 06, 2010 5:37 PM
Natasha Lindstrom

ADELANTO • Seven candidates are competing for three seats on the Adelanto City Council this November.

With Friday’s filing deadline for candidates, two challengers will seek to replace incumbent Mayor Charley Glasper, and two more candidates are vying for council seats against incumbents Gene Piehe and Trinidad Perez.

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Steve Poizner

Posted By: Drew Joseph | August 06 2010 at 05:25 PM

In the latest installment of an intra-GOP feud taking place over the radio airwaves, state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner said on Friday that Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman, who defeated Poizner in the primary, “needs to crystalize her thinking. She can’t have it both ways on all these issues that are very controversial.”

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CCTimes: Battle over Brown’s frugality heats up


By Steven Harmon
Contra Costa Times
Posted: 08/06/2010 03:58:31 PM PDT
Updated: 08/07/2010 06:15:36 AM PDT

SACRAMENTO — Stung by continued criticism over Meg Whitman’s use of a private airplane for her campaign at a personal cost of $700,000, her political team pounced on a report this week alleging that her Democratic gubernatorial opponent Jerry Brown had made use of a state-owned airplane for official purposes.

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Southern California — this just in

August 6, 2010 | 3:34 pm

California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown urged a federal judge Friday to permit same-sex marriages to resume in the state immediately.

Brown told U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker that his historic ruling that overturned Proposition 8 probably will be upheld by higher courts. He said his office last year opposed a pretrial request to block Proposition 8 only because the legal and factual issues had not then been explored.

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LATimes: L.A. city employee salaries posted online

By Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
August 7, 2010

In response to the pay scandal roiling nearby Bell, Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel unveiled a public database that she said made Los Angeles “the largest City in America to post a comprehensive list of city employee salaries.”

Although it is unusual for a public agency to reveal all employee incomes in database form — even though the information is public under California’s open records law — at least two private entities had previously posted similar city salary information. And both included each employee’s name, which Greuel’s list does not.

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LATimes: Bell faces $35-million bond debt

Voter approval was not needed for the obligation, which is more than twice the size of the city’s budget.

By Scott Gold and Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times
August 7, 2010

The small and cash-strapped city of Bell is on the hook for a $35-million bond debt that voters didn’t approve — and that the city can’t afford to pay off, The Times has learned.

The debt, which Bell took on three years ago to buy land near the 710 Freeway, is more than twice the size of Bell’s annual operating budget. Come November, the city could lose the land to foreclosure. The city’s hope to profit from the purchase fell apart in 2008 after city officials failed to conduct basic environmental reviews.

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LATimes: Bell admits more hefty city salaries

Several other administrators get six-figure paychecks, and two were given extra payments.

By Jeff Gottlieb, Hector Becerra and Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times

August 7, 2010

The city of Bell, already under fire for paying unusually high salaries to three top administrators, acknowledged Friday that two more officials were earning over $400,000.

The city’s director of administrative services, Lourdes Garcia, was earning $422,707, and the director of general services, Eric Eggena, earned $421,402, officials said. Those amounts include salary, deferred compensation and some benefits, which city officials did not fully detail.

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