Archive for August 9th, 2010

InlandPolitics: Brown pressuring Ramos on Colonies case?

Mike Ramos and Jerry Brown


August 9, 2010 – 10:30 pm

Everyone has to admit.

The February 10, 2010 fanfare press conference held by California Attorney General Jerry Brown and San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos had all the bells and whistles for a main stream media press conference designed to unveil a major conspiracy case during a reelection campaign cycle for both men.

Recently, Brown has shown no shyness to embellishing situations for political advantage.

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Monday, August 9, 2010 – 4:05 pm

An employee in the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office, who came forward last year revealing she had an 18-month long relationship with District Attorney Mike Ramos after the affair became public, has filed a civil suit against the county and Ramos.

Cheryl Ristow, an investigative technician, resigned from her job this week after more than a year on stress leave. Ristow has previously alleged she was retaliated against after knowledge of her relationship with Ramos was revealed in a local news publication in May 2009.

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Monday, August 9, 2010 – 9:50 am

Stop the presses!

The Office of the Democratic Candidate for Governor has scheduled a press conference for this morning in Los Angeles.

I’m sorry. I meant Office of the Attorney General.

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PressEnt: More ‘cold-plate’ violations revealed

07:23 AM PDT on Monday, August 9, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Four Riverside City Council members and three top city executives drove cars with untraceable police license plates in violation of state law, according to records released recently.

City officials had acknowledged that City Manager Brad Hudson, Assistant City Managers Tom DeSantis and Michael Beck, and Ward 7 Councilman Steve Adams had untraceable “cold plates” during 2007 and 2008. That information came to light in depositions in a now-settled lawsuit two police officers filed against the city.

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SBSun: Audit: Electric-rate money spent elsewhere

Colton’s power plant still lacks expansion
Michael J. Sorba, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/08/2010 07:03:11 AM PDT

COLTON – Electric-rate increases approved by the City Council in 2009 have so far not helped get a promised power-plant expansion off the ground, a recent audit of the Colton Electric Utility found.

In public presentations, former utility General Manager Jeannette Olko said higher rates were partly needed to finance an expansion of the city’s Agua Mansa power plant, the construction of a new substation in the city’s north end and the replacement of aging underground power cables.

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SBSun: City attorney to work sex case

Rialto official says no outside counsel needed
Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/08/2010 07:03:12 AM PDT

RIALTO – City Administrator Henry Garcia said Friday he doesn’t expect the city to bring in outside attorneys to handle a $500,000 claim filed against the city by a woman who says that she had sex with Police Department officers while they were on duty.

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DailyBulletin: Latinos may call D.C.

Help sought on voter outreach
James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Created: 08/08/2010 09:43:48 PM PDT

Local election officials could expose San Bernardino County to a federal investigation if they don’t make a more concerted effort to boost the number of voters in some parts of the county, civil rights experts say.

Local Latino leaders say they have asked the county registrar of voters to more actively encourage voting in parts of the county where few people cast ballots – areas that, leaders say, are also largely Latino. But Registrar Kari Verjil said the federal Department of Justice has told her the county is doing enough. She said it’s her office’s role to reach out to all eligible voters, not to specific groups.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown adds details to clean-energy jobs plan

By David Siders
Published: Monday, Aug. 9, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Monday, Aug. 9, 2010 – 6:42 am

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown released a beefed-up jobs plan Sunday, expanding on an existing clean-energy jobs plan that was widely panned for its lack of detail.

In his new plan, released on his website,, Brown said he would invest in state infrastructure projects, reduce regulations on businesses and create a “strike team” to attract and retain jobs.

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Carla Marinucci, Drew Joseph, Chronicle Political Writers
San Francisco Chronicle
Sunday, August 8, 2010

With more than 2 million Californians out of work and the state’s unemployment rate at more than 12 percent, candidates in the races for governor and U.S. Senate are under pressure to address “job one” – how they will produce jobs for a tarnished Golden State.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, who has touted her experience as a job-creator as the former CEO of eBay, has announced a plan to create 500,000 jobs a year during her first four-year term.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Boxer-Fiorina race could be decisive

By Dan Walters The Sacramento Bee
Published: Monday, Aug. 9, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Monday, Aug. 9, 2010 – 6:41 am

California voters may not know it yet, but whether they give U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer a fourth term or elect Carly Fiorina could determine partisan control of the Senate and, therefore, the fate of Barack Obama’s presidency.

It’s not a probability, at least not yet. But it’s becoming a possibility as national political oddsmakers upgrade Republican prospects of taking the Senate.

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California WatchBlog
August 9, 2010 | Chase Davis

New amendments up for debate by the Fair Political Practices Commission this week could soon prove fitting bookends to a recent flap involving Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who has accepted upward of $50,000 in free tickets to concerts and sporting events since 2005 without disclosing them as gifts on his conflict of interest reports.

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