Archive for September 16th, 2010

The Sun Editorial: Cheesy money play


Posted: 09/15/2010 06:47:09 PM PDT

Nice try, Mark Uffer.

San Bernardino County’s former administrative officer, fired in November, cooked up a sneaky plan to defer his salary in a new position so he could take full advantage of county taxpayers. Luckily, his plan was foiled; he didn’t even get the job.

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The Sun: Prosecution suffers setback in Erwin case

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/15/2010 05:08:07 PM PDT

A San Bernardino Superior Court judge on Wednesday determined that state and local prosecutors failed to state an adequate criminal case against former assistant assessor Jim Erwin, dropping five of nine felony counts against him.

Judge Duke D. Rouse sustained the objections of Erwin’s attorney, Rajan Maline, on two counts of bribery, two counts of extortion and one count of committing a public officer crime. He determined that the complaint, in its entirety, failed to lay out consistent and specific allegations.

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The PE: Some corruption charges against Erwin thrown out

10:49 PM PDT on Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

A San Bernardino County judge tossed out more than half of the corruption charges against former Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin on technical grounds Wednesday, a ruling that his defense attorney described as a significant setback for prosecutors.

Erwin and former Assessor Bill Postmus are accused of conspiring through bribery and extortion to gain the county’s approval of a $102 million lawsuit settlement with Rancho Cucamonga developer Colonies Partners in November 2006.

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The Sun: Grand Terrace releases tax report on stipends

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/15/2010 06:05:47 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE – The City Council voted unanimously to release the results of its closed session meeting about years of unpaid taxes by city employees, concluding that requiring them to refile taxes for the last three years would satisfy its legal obligation.

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Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 09/15/2010 03:53:44 PM PDT

UPLAND – Students can start planning to sleep in another four extra days this school year.

Upland Unified’s Board of Trustees on Wednesday approved an agreement with teachers to cut the school year by four days in order to address budget constraints.

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Calbuzz: eMeg: $203,767 Per Day; Brown’s Budget Record

September 16, 2010

As Governor Schwarz- muscle and the Legislature grow ever closer to California’s all-time Belated Budget Record, Jerry Brown keeps promising he can do better in getting a state spending plan approved in a timely fashion.

Krusty basically says he’ll jump into the budget briar patch moments after being elected, lock Democrats and Republicans in a room and then just turn on the charm, a strategy that draws cackles of derision from GOP rival Meg Whitman, who says his record on the matter during his first turn as governor belies his promise. As she recently put it:

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By Anthony York | 09/16/10 12:00 AM PST

Steve Glazer telegraphed where the campaign was headed – into the gutter. Glazer was in Sacramento this week to unveil Brown’s second and third ad of the campaign season – the first that mentioned his Republican rival, Meg Whitman. That’s a nice way of saying they were Brown’s first negative ads of the campaign. And from Glazer’s comments Tuesday, it’s clear he believes the next seven weeks will have their share of mudslinging.

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By John Howard | 09/16/10 12:00 AM PST

A sweltering day in September and Jerry Brown, again, is running for governor. He’s running against his own Democrats – the same party that already has given him $2.27 million, the same party he once headed, the same party he often shunned.

He’s running against the Legislature, the budget morass and the Capitol’s ruling Democrats, distancing himself from the same people who came out to support him at a Land Park rally.

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SacBee: Fiorina, Whitman tout endorsement from Nancy Reagan

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The latest on California politics and government

September 15, 2010Former first lady Nancy Reagan has publicly thrown her support behind the two women at the top of the Republican ticket.

The wife of late President and California Gov. Ronald Reagan today endorsed U.S. Senate nominee Carly Fiorina and gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman.

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The attorney general’s office files a lawsuit aimed at limiting officials’ pensions, forcing them to refund hundreds of thousands of dollars in back salaries and ousting three City Council members.

Attorney General Jerry Brown holds a press conference in Los Angeles to announce that he is filing suit against eight top officials in the City of Bell. It is the first legal action related to the city’s salary scandal. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times / September 15, 2010)

By Jeff Gottlieb, Ruben Vives and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times

September 16, 2010

State prosecutors accused Bell leaders of secretly plotting to enrich themselves and conceal their lucrative compensation, filing a suit Wednesday aimed at limiting the officials’ pensions, forcing them to refund hundreds of thousands of dollars in back salaries and removing three City Council members from office.

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SJMercuryNews (AP): Budget impasse to be longest ever

By Judy Lin

Associated Press
Posted: 09/15/2010 06:04:47 PM PDT
Updated: 09/15/2010 08:06:30 PM PDT

SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers are on the brink of setting a record, but it’s not one likely to boost their abysmal approval ratings among voters.

While budget impasses in the Golden State have become as common as Santa Ana wildfires, today marks the 78th day — the longest period ever that the Legislature has gone without approving a new state spending plan. There are ominous signs that the imbroglio will continue indefinitely.

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Panel votes to create an online database devoted to efforts around the country to measure education effectiveness

September 16, 2010

Reporting from Sacramento

The state Board of Education took up the controversial issue of teacher evaluations Wednesday, unanimously voting to create an online database to share information about local, state and national efforts to measure educators’ effectiveness.

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CapitolWeekly: Tribal police have a growing presence

By Malcolm Maclachlan | 09/16/10 12:00 AM PST

Like many minority communities, American Indians have often had an uneasy relationship with law enforcement, characterized by mistrust and neglect.

For decades, many tribes have dealt with this problem by creating their own police forces. Fueled by greater financial resources and support from the federal government, a growing number of tribes are creating new forces, or expanding existing ones.

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Voters, by a 9-point margin, believe Republicans will pick up both the House and the Senate, even though they are evenly divided over whom they intend to back in six weeks, according to a new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll.

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