Archive for August 16th, 2010

LATimes: No gay marriages in California before December, court rules

Southern California — this just in
August 16, 2010 | 3:58 pm

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday agreed to keep same-sex marriages on hold until at least December.

In a brief order, a three-judge panel agreed to an expedited review of U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker’s Aug. 4 ruling that overturned Proposition 8 as a violation of the federal Constitution.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown campaign reveals pension details

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
August 16, 2010

Under the gun for possible discrepancies in his pension records, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown has personally called California Public Employees’ Retirement System officials about the matter, said spokesman Sterling Clifford, and Brown’s campaign released more details this afternoon about his retirement package.

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Meg Whitman

Sunday, August 15, 2010 – 11:00 pm

Of all of Meg Whitman’s commercials there is one that brings home a point to California voters.

A point that will have a large impact on her November election against democratic nominee Attorney General Jerry Brown.

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PE: Inland elected officials’ salaries examined

10:52 PM PDT on Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Council members in 17 “general law” cities in western Riverside and San Bernardino counties earn less than half the pay of their counterparts in charter cities, a review of public records has found.

City managers in these Inland cities also make less, though the gap is smaller.

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10:00 PM PDT on Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Thanks to California’s political watchdog agency, it is now known that Lake Elsinore City Councilman Robert Magee is interested in running for a seat on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors in 2012.

Magee earlier this year sought advice from the state Fair Political Practices Commission on loaning money from his City Council campaign committee to a new account set up to run for supervisor.

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On politics in the Golden State
August 15, 2010 | 7:29 pm

Two days after President Obama waded into the controversy over plans to build a mosque near ground zero in New York City, Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina said it was an “intensely personal and local issue,” adding that she didn’t think “it’s helpful when the president of the United States weighs in.”

The placement of the mosque two blocks north of where the World Trade Center stood before Sept. 11 has prompted furious debate in recent weeks. Obama broke his silence Friday at the annual White House dinner celebrating Ramadan, stating that America’s “commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable.”

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Calbuzz is generally not too keen on any regulatory movement, cause or organization, especially not one that’s intent on regulating us. But we have to say there are good reasons to extend – carefully — to the online world some of the disclosure requirements on political campaigns that now apply in the old media world of broadcast and print.

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A.J. Duffy objects to the paper’s analysis of the effectiveness of more than 6,000 elementary school teachers.

By Jason Song and Jason Felch, Los Angeles Times
August 15, 2010

The Los Angeles teachers union president said Sunday he was organizing a “massive boycott” of The Times after the newspaper began publishing a series of articles that uses student test scores to estimate the effectiveness of district teachers.

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LATimes: Deadly crash stirs off-road racing debate

After eight spectators are killed at the California 200, both avid off-roaders and opponents of the sport criticize the lack of safety precautions.

By Phil Willon and David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
August 16, 2010

Reporting from Lucerne Valley, Calif. —
Fans of desert racing say nothing beats the danger, dust and noise of watching 3,500-pound trucks roaring past — close enough almost to touch — and then rocketing into the air over treacherous jumps with nicknames like “the rock pile.”

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