Archive for August 26th, 2010

Rasmussen: California Governor: Whitman (R) 48%, Brown (D) 40%

Election 2010: California Governor
Thursday, August 26, 2010

The tie is broken for now, with Republican Meg Whitman, coming off last weekend’s state GOP Convention, moving out to her best showing yet in the race to be the next governor of California.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in California finds Whitman earning 48% support, while Democrat Jerry Brown picks up 40% of the vote. Six percent (6%) prefer some other candidate in the race, and six percent (6%) are undecided.

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Election 2010: California Senate
Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer and her Republican challenger Carly Fiorina are now essentially tied in California’s U.S. Senate race, moving the state from Leans Democratic to a Toss-Up in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Senate Balance of Power rankings.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in California shows Boxer with 44% support, while Fiorina picks up 43% of the vote. Five percent (5%) like another candidate in the race, and eight percent (8%) are undecided.

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09:37 PM PDT on Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Among reasons for seizing Arrowhead Credit Union when it did, federal regulators for the first time pointed to an impending deal by the San Bernardino institution to sell multiple branches to Alaska USA at a “steep discount.”

The National Credit Union Administration placed Arrowhead under conservatorship on June 25.

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SBSun: Strike may halt project

215 Freeway widening
Labor talks reach impasse
Michael J. Sorba, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/25/2010 06:53:58 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Officials with the county’s transportation agency fear work could stop on the 215 Freeway widening project in as little as two weeks if a dispute between a labor union and a contractors association isn’t resolved.

Heavy-equipment workers of the International Brotherhood of Operating Engineers Local 12 are on strike, leaving about 15 percent of the normal work force available to continue with the project.

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SBSun: Economic recovery stumbles

Purchase orders, home buying in slump
Staff and Wire Reports
Posted: 08/25/2010 07:46:33 PM PDT

The economic recovery appears to be stalling as companies cut back last month on their investments in equipment and machines and Americans bought new homes at the weakest pace in decades.

The local economy displayed little growth as employment declined and new orders remained flat in July, according to an Inland Empire report on business prepared by the Institute of Applied Research at Cal State San Bernardino.

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DailyBulletin: SB County says it has $60 million cushion

Preparations made to outlast state’s budget problems
Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Created: 08/25/2010 10:02:18 PM PDT

San Bernardino County officials anticipated Monday’s decision by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the state controller and treasurer to delay a monthly payment of $2.9 billion to school districts and counties sooner than expected so the state can meet debt and pension obligations.

The leaders issued a joint letter notifying state lawmakers of their decision to begin withholding the payments in September instead of October.

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DailyBulletin: Budget nowhere in sight

Lawmakers offer bleak view of talks
James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Created: 08/25/2010 09:43:35 PM PDT

Nearly eight weeks into the new fiscal year, California lawmakers aren’t even pretending they’re close to approving a state budget.

Asked if the Legislature would pass a spending plan before the November election, state Sen. Bob Huff, R-Walnut, quipped: “That’s possible.”

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PE: Codrington nomination confirmed

10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County Superior Court Judge Carol D. Codrington’s nomination as associate justice for the 4th District Court of Appeal, Division 2, based in Riverside, was confirmed Wednesday.

The action was a unanimous vote by the state Commission on Judicial Appointments and took place after a public hearing at the Supreme Court in San Francisco.

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DailyBulletin OpEd: Support private-sector job creation

Assemblyman Curt Hagman
Created: 08/25/2010 05:43:21 PM PDT

At a time when 2.2 million Californians are out of work, even Democrats now agree that job creation must be government’s top priority this year. It seems everyone is now talking about jobs, but actions speak louder than words, especially when it comes to votes on pro-jobs legislation.

Recently the California Chamber of Commerce, an organization familiar with the job creation process, ranked lawmakers on their votes on crucial legislation last year. Assembly Republicans earned a cumulative 99 percent rating while Assembly Democrats received a 26 percent rating.

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SBSun: Grand Terrace tax revenue questions raised

Candidate has concerns about planned market
Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/25/2010 05:55:53 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE – A City Council candidate is questioning the revenue projections of a proposed Stater Bros., arguing that the city will ultimately pay more in economic inducements to the supermarket chain than it will gain in tax revenue.

Jack Brown, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Stater Bros. Markets, said the city will generate nearly $800,000 annually in sales tax revenue.

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SBSun: Grand Terrace council cuts stipend

Members offer to repay excess
Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/25/2010 04:12:10 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE – Pushing to distance themselves from recent scandals involving lavishly paid officials in other cities, members of the City Council recoiled when they discovered their stipends were higher than California law permits.

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DailyBulletin: State misses out on funds

Feds withhold schools boost
James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Created: 08/24/2010 08:18:15 PM PDT

California will not get education grant funds through the federal Race to the Top program after the U.S. Department of Education found, for a second time, that other states did a better job of making major education reforms.

That’s bad news for the few local districts who had hoped to get a piece of what could have been $700 million in grants for the state, but good news for teachers unions, which said the money would have come at too high a cost.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
August 26, 2010

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for JV JERRY BROWN 061.JPGA fired-up Jerry Brown held one of his biggest campaign rallies to date Wednesday night in Santa Rosa where he pledged to start working on the budget a week after Election Day if he’s elected and hinted to reporters that former President and longtime nemesis Bill Clinton might lend his support.

The attorney general and Democratic gubernatorial candidate spoke to about 800 people in an event organized by the Sonoma County Democratic Central Committee at the Veterans Memorial Hall here.

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By SAMANTHA YOUNG, Associated Press Writer

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

(08-25) 16:43 PDT Sacramento, Calif. (AP) —

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown is resurfacing this week on the campaign trail after spending much of the summer courting donors to get ready for an expensive fall contest.

His first stop: a friendly audience Wednesday at a $20-a-person public fundraiser hosted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party. Thursday morning, his campaign said he will tour a San Diego biofuels facility to talk about clean energy jobs.

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By SAMANTHA YOUNG, Associated Press Writer

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 9:03 p.m.

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown on Wednesday declined to rule out continuing to use a state plane for official state business, despite criticizing his Republican opponent for traveling on private jets and saying he would get rid of such perks as governor.

Brown told reporters it was part of his job as California’s attorney general to talk to groups around the state and attend the funerals of fallen law enforcement officers.

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SacBee: A bumpy day in the Brown, Whitman campaigns

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
August 25, 2010

Just another day in the governor’s race, and both Democratic candidate Jerry Brown and Republican Meg Whitman are on the defensive.

Let’s start with Brown, who was reported to be visiting George Landers, executive director of the UFCW Western States Council. The source was Robin Swanson, a Democratic public relations consultant, who wrote about the encounter on her Facebook page.

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Calbuzz: eMeg’s Charm Offensive (Take 47); Foxy & Brown

August 26, 2010

Meg Whitman’s new ad, “130 Miles,” is an attempt to use the glamor of Silicon Valley to reboot eMeg’s image as a can-do business executive whose skill is needed to repair California’s “mismanaged, ineffective” government. It’s polished and – if you knew nothing else about her, Silicon Valley or how government works – a persuasive 30-second argument.

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CapitolWeekly: Small-business PAC gets big-business support

By Jennifer Chaussee | 08/26/10 12:00 AM PST

A November ballot initiative to implement a two-thirds majority vote requirement on all new fees imposed by the state took in a big chunk of change from some not-so-small businesses – including big tobacco and alcohol interests.

The Small Business Action Committee recently donated $800,000 to the campaign for Proposition 26, the November ballot initiative that would require a two-thirds majority vote for the Legislature to approve new state fees or charges.

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Tani Cantil-Sakauye

By Gina Kim
Published: Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010 – 12:08 am

Tani Cantil-Sakauye took one step closer to donning the robe of chief justice of the California Supreme Court on Wednesday when the three-member Commission on Judicial Appointments unanimously confirmed her appointment.

“You’ve got my vote,” said Joan Dempsey Klein, the senior presiding justice of the Courts of Appeal, after Cantil-Sakauye paid homage during the San Francisco hearing to the women and minorities who have warmed judicial benches before her.

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State regulators find that the firm’s proposal meets the requirement that 70% of premiums go for medical care. As a result, they can’t stop the increases, which average 14%. Blue Shield also is cleared to raise its rates.

By Duke Helfand, Los Angeles Times

August 26, 2010

California insurance regulators cleared the way Wednesday for Anthem Blue Cross to implement scaled-back rate hikes after a previous increase was canceled amid an uproar over its size.

Anthem said it intends to put the new rates — averaging 14% and as high as 20% — into effect Oct. 1 for nearly 800,000 individual California policyholders.

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