Archive for August 8th, 2010

FinancialTimes: Fed set to downgrade outlook for US

By James Politi in Washington
Published: August 8 2010 19:15 | Last updated: August 8 2010 19:15

The Federal Reserve is set to downgrade its assessment of US economic prospects when it meets on Tuesday to discuss ways to reboot the flagging recovery.

Faced with weak economic data and rising fears of a double-dip recession, the Federal Open Market Committee is likely to ensure its policy is not constraining growth and to use its statement to signal greater concern about the economy. It is, however, unlikely to agree big new steps to boost growth.

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One defendant in the Colonies conspiracy case being prosecuted by California Attorney General Jerry Brown and San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos has moved for the release of mediation privileged materials.

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Sunday, August 8, 2010 – 11:20 am

The city of San Bernardino government can never seem to get out of its own way.

True to form, while the city financially sinks like the S.S. Titanic into the Atlantic, all the politicians care about is stabbing each other in the back, one upmanship and game playing.

The word subterfuge comes to mind.

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Sunday, August 8, 2010 – 10:30 am

It seems some local governments are starting to get it. No more taxes!

Many Inland Empire school districts, cities and counties have shifted course and abandoned futile efforts at garnering voter support for new taxes to support their ever bloated budgets.

Why you ask? Becuase likely voters would have answered with a big fat “no”.

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RivPE: Pension reform at forefront in Riverside County

11:09 PM PDT on Saturday, August 7, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

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Each year, more than 4,400 retired Riverside County workers receive a combined $104.6 million in pension benefits, including 87 who get at least $100,000 a year, newly released records show.

Although a small percentage, those six-figure benefits — and similarly sized retirements across the state — are being used to boost calls for reform, and they showcase what many see as an unsustainable pension system.

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11:43 PM PDT on Saturday, August 7, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

A woman who raised allegations about Rialto police officers having sex with strippers at a police union building has filed a $500,000 claim against the city.

The claim by Nancy Holtgreve, a waitress at the Spearmint Rhino strip club, describes police officers engaging in group sex at the police union building with female employees from the club. She accuses the city of fostering and perpetuating a culture of sexual harassment by police officers.

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SBSun: Police costs on table

Cities seek wage concessions as they face severe shortfalls
Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/07/2010 03:46:19 PM PDT

Colton and Pomona in recent weeks have discussed disbanding their police departments and contracting with their county sheriff’s departments.

San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies along with officers in Fontana, San Bernardino and Rialto have been asked to make painful concessions on pay and benefits.

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DailyBulletin: Rutherford touts ethics


SB County race

Councilwoman runs for seat of supervisor
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 08/07/2010 07:10:35 AM PDT

Janice Rutherford’s supporters call her an ethical and fiscally conservative choice to fill the seat of San Bernardino County Supervisor Paul Biane.

Her opponents say just the opposite, calling her a “big spender” of public dollars whose campaign strategies are questionable.

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Not out of the woods

Monica Rodriguez, Staff Writer
Created: 08/07/2010 04:47:05 PM PDT

POMONA – Cuts in services, layoffs, employee concessions and outsourcing have all helped give Pomona a balanced budget this year.

But even with all those cuts the city still faces an uncertain financial future.

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SacBee: Whitman, Brown seek funds from casino tribes

By Jack Chang
Published: Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

This year, the long road to the governor’s office runs through the high desert reservation of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians.

It also stops at the reservations – and casinos – of the Sycuan and Viejas bands of the Kumeyaay Nation east of San Diego.

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Posted By: Carla Marinucci | August 08 2010 at 12:02 AM

With California’s staggering unemployment topping the list of concerns in the 2010 election, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown Sunday released a detailed new jobs plan that calls for work training, increased educational funding and manufacturing jobs, reducing regulations and creating a “strike team” for job retention.

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LATimes: Some Republicans are on the endangered list

By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times
August 8, 2010

Reporting from Elk Grove, Calif. —

Ami Bera, a first-time congressional candidate, campaigns along the tree-lined streets of the Sacramento suburbs, toting a water bottle and shouldering the hopes of Democrats nationwide.

There is more at stake than personal ambition: A victory could help his party keep control of the House.

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SacBee: Weed goes mainstream

By Peter Hecht
Published: Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

John Wade, 43, a San Francisco commercial lighting specialist, takes a quick hit from a marijuana cigarette on the golf course to steady himself before putting.

Sarika Simmons, 35, of San Diego County, sometimes unwinds after the kids are asleep with tokes from a fruit-flavored cigar filled with pot.

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Saturday, August 7, 2010 at 10:42 p.m.

Paul C. Malone launched his career in San Marcos government as a planner in 1981, when the North County city was still a teenager. He earned his way to city manager and is now paid almost $5,000 a week in base pay.

But his overall compensation stretches far beyond the $242,652 the city reports as his annual salary.

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