Archive for October 16th, 2010

InlandPolitics: New poll has Whitman, Fiorina closing gap

Saturday, October 16, 2010 – 10:00 a.m.

The latest poll released Friday afternoon has the races for California Governor and U.S. Senate tightening.

A poll released by Reuters/Ipsos has democrat Jerry Brown leading republican Meg Whitman 48% to 44% in the race for Governor. Democrat Barbara Boxer is only edging republican Carly Fiorina 46% to 45%.

Fiorina has been steadily closing in on Boxer over the past ten days, while the Whitman-Brown polling numbers appear to have become more fluid.

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October 15, 2010 5:30 PM

SAN BERNARDINO • Bill Postmus’ defense attorney chipped away Friday at allegations that the former county supervisor used taxpayer dollars for personal use.

During the second part of a preliminary hearing, Stephen Levine, Postmus’ attorney, had his first chance to cross-examine Senior Investigator Hollis D. Randles, who testified a week ago that a key witness says Postmus conspired to fill the Assessor’s office with cronies and use public funds to run a personal political machine.

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The PE: Riverside county: Two run for auditor-controller

12:00 AM PDT on Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

It’s been a long campaign for Ivan Chand and Paul Angulo as they vie to become Riverside County’s next auditor-controller.

The post was the only county office not decided in the June primary election and now heads to a Nov. 2 runoff.

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12:08 AM PDT on Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus told one of his managers that he didn’t care that members of his executive staff often missed work, a district attorney’s investigator testified Friday.

Career employees at the assessor’s office were starting to notice that some members of Postmus’ executive staff did little assessor-related work and relayed those concerns to their manager, Jim Erwin, a former assistant assessor, said Hollis “Bud” Randles, a senior investigator.

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The PE: Police chief says city attorney threatened him

09:02 PM PDT on Friday, October 15, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

San Bernardino Police Chief Keith Kilmer says the city attorney threatened him during a contentious meeting with other city officials last week.

The meeting, held in the mayor’s conference room at City Hall with various department heads and members of the city attorney’s office, erupted in argument when City Attorney Jim Penman and City Manager Charles McNeely could not agree what the subject of the meeting was to be.

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The Sun: Prop. 19: Area mayors inhospitable to pot

Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/15/2010 06:35:40 PM PDT

Proposition 19 would partially legalize marijuana in California if passed, but many local mayors are against allowing it to be sold in their boundaries.

Rancho Cucamonga Mayor Don Kurth said that because the proposition would be in violation of federal law against marijuana, the proposition was flawed and he needed clarification.

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The PE: BANNING: Seven vie for two seats on council

12:01 AM PDT on Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

It’s been more than a year since a proposal to build a sewage sludge plant in Banning died, but with the City Council election nearing, the issue has again bubbled to the surface.

Two men who co-wrote a ballot measure to block the plant, Edward Miller and Lyndon Taylor, are among seven candidates vying for two seats on the Banning City Council in next month’s election.

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DailyBulletin: D.A. cancels Wetzel

Letter: She’s ineligible due to felony convictions
Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Created: 10/15/2010 08:07:23 PM PDT

Online document: District Attorney’s response (.pdf file)

FONTANA – Two felony convictions have quashed the eligibility of one Democratic Party-endorsed candidate seeking a City Council seat, according to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.

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DailyBulletin: Marijuana co-op enters city fray

Mailer attacks two candidates
Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 10/15/2010 05:43:52 PM PDT

UPLAND – A medical marijuana cooperative has involved itself in the City Council election with the hope of changing medical marijuana rules in the city.

Upland voters this week have received campaign mailers from G3 Holistics, using the federal investigation into Upland Mayor John “JP” Pomierski as a reason not to vote for two of the five candidates running for Upland City Council on Nov. 2.

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Testimony resumes in Postmus preliminary hearing
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 10/15/2010 05:31:28 PM PDT

While working in the San Bernardino County Assessor’s Office, a Rancho Cucamonga Councilman and the ex-boyfriend of former Assessor Bill Postmus defied their supervisor and acted as though they had carte blanche, according to court testimony Friday.

During the second day of a preliminary hearing for Postmus and former assessor taxpayer advocate Gregory Eyler, Hollis “Bud” Randles, a senior investigator with the San Bernardino District Attorney’s Office, continued his testimony about the conduct of Postmus, his former boyfriend Eyler and other assessor’s executive staff, all of whom Postmus hired when he took office in January 2007.

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LATimes: Jerry Brown, Bill Clinton rally thousands at UCLA

On politics in the Golden State
October 15, 2010 | 10:29 pm

Former President Clinton campaigned throughout Southern California on Friday, urging Democrats to shake off their moribund mindset and head to the polls so the Obama administration can finish the job it started.

Clinton told thousands of listeners at an evening rally at UCLA that they bear responsibility for the nation’s future.

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On politics in the Golden State
October 15, 2010 | 7:49 pm

With Bill Clinton set to take the stage at a Los Angeles rally supporting Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jerry Brown, we asked Republican Meg Whitman what she thought of the former president’s two terms in the Oval Office. Turns out, she liked a number of things, namely the fact that he was an EBay fan.

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On politics in the Golden State
October 15, 2010 | 7:43 pm

A radio debate between the two top candidates running for California lieutenant governor turned into a shouting match Friday as the candidates sparred over education, the environment and immigration.

As in their two previous debates, Republican Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado repeatedly berated Democrat Gavin Newsom for San Francisco’s “sanctuary city” policies that he said protected illegal immigrants during Newsom’s time as that city’s mayor.

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Politics Blog

Posted By: Carolyn Lochhead | October 15 2010 at 02:19 PM

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows the race between incumbent California Sen. Barbara Boxer and Republican challenger Carly Fiorina in a dead heat — with Boxer just one point ahead, 46 to 45 percent of likely voters — and 18 days to go to election day.

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By Kevin Yamamura
Published: Friday, Oct. 15, 2010 – 1:20 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010 – 2:12 am

Attorney General Eric Holder vowed this week to “vigorously enforce” federal laws against marijuana even if California voters approve a November initiative legalizing its use for recreational purposes.

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OCRegister: Clinton rallies Democrats in O.C.

Published: Oct. 15, 2010
Updated: 10:16 p.m.


SANTA ANA – Former President Bill Clinton told a cheering, whistling crowd of Democratic faithful Friday not to let disappointment in the dragging pace of economic recovery cloud their votes in next month’s pivotal elections.

Clinton was in Santa Ana to rally voters for Rep. Loretta Sanchez, one of dozens of Democrats nationwide whose seats are considered in play in part because of widespread apathy among party voters. Sanchez finds herself locked in a tight race with Republican Assemblyman Van Tran, even though registered Democrats far outnumber Republicans in her central Orange County district.

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Fox&Hounds: Prop 26 Affirms Voters Wishes

By Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee
Fri, October 15th, 2010

Four times over the last three decades voters have offered their support for the right to vote on local taxes and for a two-thirds vote for legislative tax increases. Yet, the politicians have attempted to work their way around that mandate by calling taxes “fees.” Fees only require a majority vote in the legislature, or a vote of the governing body at the local government level.

Proposition 26 will reaffirm the voters desires on the tax front.

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