Archive for November 2nd, 2010

InlandPolitics: Republican wave starts early

Tuesday, November 2, 2010 – 5:30 p.m.

This evenings early election results so far have a good night in store for republicans, who are slated to take control of the U.S. House of Representatives and cut democrats to a narrow majority in the U.S. Senate.

Republicans will also take over a majority of statehouse governorships.

A dramatic drop in democratic turnout in California leaves the races for Governor and U.S. Senate uncertain at this hour.

InlandPolitics: Election Day ‘2010’

Tuesday, November 2, 1010 – 09:00 a.m.

Tuesdays meeting of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors will be a milestone.

County supes are set to relinquish their roles as ‘supervisors’ and take a back seat to soon to be named chief executive office Greg Devereaux.

A titled insiders say Devereaux insisted upon when he took the job.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY TRIAL: Postmus secretly recorded

10:09 PM PDT on Monday, November 1, 2010

The Press-Enteprise

Two prosecution witnesses secretly recorded conversations with former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus, a district attorney’s investigator testified Monday.

Matt Brown, former chief of staff to Supervisor Paul Biane, recorded two conversations with Postmus, once in November 2009 and then again in January 2010, said Hollis “Bud” Randles, a senior district attorney investigator.

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VVDailyPress: Second county official was wired

Biane aide recorded talks in Postmus investigation
November 01, 2010 6:25 PM
Natasha Lindstrom

SAN BERNARDINO • New revelations that district attorney’s investigators wired two county workers to secretly record conversations with embattled former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus have defense attorneys questioning the prosecution’s methods.

The District Attorney’s office provided Matt Brown, former chief of staff to 2nd District Supervisor Paul Biane, with a digital recorder to track conversations with Postmus from November 2009 to January 2010, Senior Investigator Hollis D. Randles testified Monday in San Bernardino court.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/01/2010 07:35:04 PM PDT

Former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus told his second lieutenant, Adam Aleman, that he planned to launder profits from his land investments through his real estate company, according to court testimony Monday.

Hollis “Bud” Randles, a senior investigator with the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, said Postmus told Aleman that he planned to launder the money either through Artisan Land Consultants or through his father. He planned to use the money for campaign contributions, Randles said.

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Michael J. Sorba, Staff Writer
Created: 11/01/2010 06:18:56 PM PDT

With gubernatorial and U.S. Senate candidates shelling out hundreds of millions of dollars on high-profile campaigns and state voters set to decide on legalizing marijuana for recreational use, some experts believe today’s voter turnout could be higher than normal for a midterm election.

But it’s unlikely participation rates in San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties will equal the high numbers from 2008’s presidential election, say local polling officials.

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By Jim Sanders
Published: Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

Millions of Californians will vote today on issues ranging from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s successor to state legalization of marijuana – and for the first time in state history, more mail ballots than precinct votes are expected to be cast.

Months of political arm-twisting, shouting, robocalls and attack ads finally will end with a turnout projected at 9.5 million people, or 55 percent of registered voters, according to a Field Poll released today.

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SacBee: CalSTRS faces prospect of lowering forecast

By Dale Kasler
Published: Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 6B

CalSTRS once again faces the controversial task of cutting its investment return forecast, a move that could put more pressure on the Legislature to increase its annual contribution to the teachers pension fund.

At its meeting Friday, the CalSTRS governing board is scheduled to vote on a staff recommendation to reduce the forecast of annual investment returns by half a percentage point, to 7.5 percent.

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By Dale Kasler
Published: Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 6B

Struggling California homeowners will have to wait several more weeks for the start of a $1.83 billion government aid program that will pay down loan balances and provide monthly cash assistance.

The “Keep Your Home California” program was supposed to begin Monday. But it’s been delayed because of logistical issues, according to officials with the California Housing Finance Agency.

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SacBee: CSU considers tuition hikes of 15.5% by next fall

By Laurel Rosenhall
Published: Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

Despite getting a hefty increase in state funding this year, California State University is considering tuition hikes that would bump student costs by a combined 15.5 percent between this fall and next – on top of a 32 percent rise last year.

The University of California also raised fees 32 percent last year, and is expected to discuss another increase in the weeks ahead.

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