Archive for September 20th, 2010

InlandPolitics: S.B. County places pension fund under scrutiny

Monday, September 20, 2010 – 9:30 a.m.

For years San Bernardino County’s pension fund, the San Bernardino County Employees Retirement Association (SBCERA), wanted its independence from the county.

A couple years ago SBCERA got its way.

The pension fund lobbied Sacramento for the passage of legislation that allowed the entity to convert into what is known as a “special district”. A designation giving it’s board of trustee’s independence from broad county oversight.

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Brad Mitzelfelt

September 19, 2010
by Administrator

At over 17,000 square miles, San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt holds the distinction of being the local elected official for an area larger than nine states. His First District is the largest county district in the lower 48 states. The fact that that there are only seven incorporated cities with relatively small spheres of influence within that expanse only increases the enormity of the job.

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Monday, September 20, 2010 – 09:20 a.m.

San Bernardino County Second District Supervisor Paul Biane continues to rack up law enforcement support this morning with the announcement by two major statewide groups.

Two of California’s most influential statewide Law Enforcement organizations, the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC) and the California Coalition of Law Enforcement Associations (CCLEA) have announced their endorsement of Biane in the 2nd District runoff election.

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The PE: Editorial: Faux ethics?

10:00 PM PDT on Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

San Bernardino County government does not need another empty gesture on ethics reform. But the latest version of an ordinance to promote open government offers symbolism in place of substance. County supervisors should instead rework this proposal and craft rules that truly foster official transparency.

Supervisor Neil Derry initially proposed a “sunshine ordinance” for the county last year. He released a commendable draft proposal in March. But this week, he yanked the latest version from the board agenda for further fine-tuning. That step was justified: The new version is only a pale imitation of reform.

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DailyBulletin: Candidates set to debate

Wendy Leung, Staff Writer
Created: 09/19/2010 07:03:01 AM PDT

In the Chino Valley, several debates have been scheduled by the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce. On Thursday, candidates for the Chino Hills City Council race will tout their qualifications. There are eight candidates running for three seats. A similar forum for the Chino Valley Unified school board is planned for Sept. 30; the Chino City Council debate is planned for Oct. 6.

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Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 09/19/2010 07:02:59 AM PDT

Cutting coupons, looking for back-to-school deals and shopping at the Dollar Tree are just a few ways teachers are making the most out of their money.

As school districts tighten their belts on spending due to the downturn of the economy, teachers continue to spend hundreds of dollars from their own pockets to pay for classroom essentials.

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The Sun: Pot outlet pays fines, stays open

Jesse B. Gill, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/19/2010 07:03:48 AM PDT

BEAUMONT – A single medical marijuana dispensary is operating in violation of a moratorium in the city, and the General Fund grows by $1,000 every day it stays in business.

The City Council passed a moratorium in May 2009 on nonprofit medical marijuana cooperatives and collectives designed to operate exclusive circuits of marijuana cultivation and consumption with no purchase or sales to or from nonmembers.

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Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/19/2010 07:03:23 AM PDT

Thursday is an important day for Jan Serrano, a critical care nurse in Colton, and other parents across the nation.

It’s the day some major provisions of the national Health Care Reform legislation kick in, although most take effect in 2014.

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Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Created: 09/19/2010 07:03:01 AM PDT

FONTANA – With two City Council seats up for election this year, and the mayor’s office up for grabs as well, voters have the power to give the city dais a majority makeover.

And that power could extend well beyond Nov. 2.

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Since the primary, the Democrat has compared Meg Whitman’s campaign to a Nazi propagandist and referred to Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky. Some strategists worry about long-term damage.

Jerry Brown got Bill Clinton’s backing after recently making remarks about Monica Lewinsky. But his propensity for gaffes concerns backers. (Mark Boster, Los Angeles Times / June 8, 2010)

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times

September 20, 2010

When gubernatorial nominee Jerry Brown blurted out his unfiltered thoughts last week, aiming barbs at a longtime rival and former president whose assistance Brown’s campaign had been scurrying to obtain, the reaction from Democrats was dismay, but not surprise.

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LATimes: Less could be more for Jerry Brown

If he pledged to serve only one term, he and the state of California could both be winners

By George Skelton, Capitol Journal
September 19, 2010

From Sacramento-

Jerry Brown needs to perform a magic trick to attract voters’ attention. He should be bold, imaginative and startling — setting himself apart from other career politicians.

He needs to produce some fireworks.

Here’s my suggestion:

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But city representatives and legal experts say some of the rules aimed at avoiding deals such as those given to Robert Rizzo could spark legal battles that would have to be decided in the courts.

By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
September 19, 2010

Reporting from Sacramento —

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is mulling a raft of bills touted as the remedy to the kinds of pay and pension excesses discovered in the city of Bell, but there is disagreement among experts over how effective they might be in preventing future abuses.

If the governor signs the measures into law, the discord could turn into a legal battle, with some of the rules being decided by the courts, according to city representatives and legal experts.

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Calbuzz: Brown Proposes Baseball Arbitration Budget Plan

September 20, 2010

On a recent appearance on “Good Day L.A.,” the popular morning show on KTTV Fox 11, Jerry Brown endorsed the framework of the “Baseball Arbitration Budget Plan,” first proposed by political consultant Richie Ross on Calbuzz.

The proposal is designed to short circuit the annual bitter and sustained gridlock over California’s finances, if no compromise budget agreement can be reached in a specified time; at that point, Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature would each put forth their own version of a spending plan and both plans would be presented to voters, who would select one or the other as the state’s fiscal blueprint for the next budget cycle.

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