Archive for November 4th, 2010

Thursday, November 4, 2010 – 11:20 a.m.

Sources are telling that agents for the Federal Bureau of Investigation are currently executing a search warrant at San Bernardino County-operated Arrowhead medical Center.

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The Sun: Testimony ends in Postmus, Eyler hearing

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/03/2010 06:52:53 PM PDT

Testimony concluded Wednesday in the preliminary hearing for former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus and Gregory Eyler, a former assessor taxpayer advocate.

After six days of testimony that stretched over three weeks, defense attorney Stephen Levine called to the witness stand the county’s assistant human-resources director, Bob Windle, to clarify the work-hour responsibilities of county employees classified as “exempt.”

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The Sun: Anti-incumbent ripples felt locally

Michael J. Sorba and Ryan Hagen, Staff Writers
Posted: 11/03/2010 06:16:02 PM PDT

Anti-incumbent sentiments that reverberated across the nation on Election Day weren’t as strong locally, but still present as mayors and city council members in several cities across the region were unseated by challengers.

Budget deficits, high utility bills and joblessness weighed on the minds of voters as they headed to the polls Tuesday to decide on what course is best for their respective cities.

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DailyBulletin: Rutherford wins, supports ethics commission

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Created: 11/03/2010 04:08:38 PM PDT

Janice Rutherford will serve on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, having beaten incumbent Supervisor Paul Biane in Tuesday’s election.

In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, Biane congratulated Rutherford and blamed his loss on the corruption allegations that dogged him throughout the campaign.

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Acquanetta Warren

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Created: 11/03/2010 06:44:18 PM PDT

FONTANA – She’s a history maker.

Councilwoman Acquanetta Warren became the first black mayor and the first female mayor of this city, with a blowout victory over five opponents on Tuesday. Warren took 54.72 percent of the vote.

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Five ballot measures are rejected, including one to legalize marijuana. But three are adopted to reduce the power of the state’s politicians as well as one to try to end the annual budget impasse.

By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times
November 4, 2010

California voters decided election day was not the time for major changes, rejecting five initiatives on the ballot, including one to make the state the first to legalize marijuana and another to undo its ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

But they made exceptions when it came to dealing with the state’s politicians, adopting three measures to reduce their power and another to try to end embarrassing annual budget impasses.

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SacBee: Redistricting panel survives, duties expanded

By Jim Sanders
Published: Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 9A

Voters dealt the final blow Tuesday, but a joint campaign led largely by lawmakers fizzled weeks ago in its effort to kill the state’s newly forming redistricting commission or to keep its duties from expanding.

Voters approved Proposition 20 to give the independent commission added authority to draw congressional district boundaries. They rejected Proposition 27, the measure that would have eliminated the panel before it begins meeting in January.

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By Malcolm Maclachlan | 11/04/10 12:00 AM PST

The Fair Political Practices Commission is cracking down on misleading campaign mailers, the agency’s director said Wednesday.

FPPC Chairman Dan Schnur said new rules for mailers are expected to be completed this month. The agency is the state’s political watchdog and enforces California’s campaign finance laws.

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Rep. Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield is eyeing the post of majority whip. Others are expected to chair key panels. These moves could boost Democratic-leaning California’s clout among the new majority.

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
November 3, 2010|5:25 p.m.

Reporting from Washington —
Rep. Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield launched a bid Wednesday for majority whip, the third-ranking job in the new Republican-controlled House, as Rep. Ed Royce of Fullerton kicked off a campaign for the chairmanship of the Financial Services Committee.

If successful, the moves could further strengthen Democratic-leaning California’s clout among the new GOP majority.

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Calpensions: Pension reforms sweep, except San Francisco

November 4, 2010

By Ed Mendel

Voters approved seven ballot measures Tuesday aimed at curbing or reducing local public pension costs. Only the rejection of a measure in labor-friendly San Francisco averted a clean sweep.

Public employee unions opposed the measures, often supported by business groups. Officials who voted to put the measures on the ballot, or led the campaigns, risked the wrath of powerful unions in their own future election campaigns.

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Mixed messages are delivered in five counties on a variety of municipal spending measures. A few school bond measures defy the odds and win approval.

By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
November 4, 2010

Recession-weary voters rejected tax increases and bond proposals in many Southern California cities and school districts Tuesday, but a few measures in cash-strapped local governments defied the odds and won approval.

School bond measures failed to muster the required 55% approval in such areas as Baker Valley, Claremont, Lynwood and the Mt. San Jacinto Community College District.

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