Archive for November 5th, 2010

InlandPolitics: Memo to Sanford Kassel

Friday, November 5, 2010 – 10:50 a.m.

Memo to San Bernardino attorney Sanford Kassel.

Dear Sandy,

You should have done a better job screening your client.

Hope he is paying by the hour.

Is your practice limited to civil only?

Best wishes


Kassel represents fired San Bernardino County administrative officer Mark H. Uffer in his legal action against the county.

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InlandPolitics: The Insider: FBI working for DA?

Friday, November 5, 2010 – 10:15 a.m.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation working for District Attorney Michael Ramos?

Who’s kidding who?

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The PE: FBI, DA’s office raid Arrowhead Regional

07:42 AM PDT on Friday, November 5, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Published: 11/4/2010 04:15 PM

Federal and San Bernardino County investigators Thursday served a search warrant at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and spent the day removing boxes filled with documents from the hospital’s administrative offices.

Investigators from the county district attorney’s public integrity unit and FBI executed the search warrant, officials said.

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The PE: Redlands: New council faces immediate challenge

10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Redlands’ new City Council members will face an immediate challenge when they take office Dec. 7 — how to balance the city’s budget now that voters have rejected a half-cent sales tax hike.

The failure of Measure A was projected to leave the city’s general fund about $1.3 million in the red. Earlier this year, the council cut some $8 million from the budget and laid off about 40 employees.

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The Sun: County hospital raided

Staff Report
Posted: 11/04/2010 08:01:46 PM PDT

More than two dozen FBI agents and investigators from the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office raided Arrowhead Regional Medical Center on Thursday.

Authorities arrived at the county hospital on Pepper Avenue in Colton in unmarked vehicles and spent the bulk of the day collecting documents and files, and hauling boxes from the hospital.

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The Sun: Fontana election sets up more of same in City Hall

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/04/2010 05:01:45 PM PDT

FONTANA – Ask the Election Day winners, and they will say voters here delivered a clear message to City Hall when they sent a councilwoman to the mayor’s office, re-elected a veteran councilman, and elected a newcomer endorsed by both of them.

Despite cries to the contrary from their political opponents, those elected should continue with the fiscal policies and public safety programs touted by the City Council for more than a decade.

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James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Created: 11/04/2010 08:13:33 PM PDT

Voters in San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties closely echoed voters up and down the state in saying “yes” or “no” to the nine state ballot measures decided Tuesday.

A majority of voters in each county picked the winners and losers in all but two cases.

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Possible replacements include Sharon Runner, Steve Knight
November 05, 2010 8:41 AM
Natasha Lindstrom

SACRAMENTO • Sen. George Runner’s winning bid on the state Board of Equalization has set the stage for a local special election this spring to decide who will serve the remaining two years of his legislative term.

Nobody has officially jumped into the race, but likely candidates include former Assemblywoman Sharon Runner — Runner’s wife — and Assemblyman Steve Knight, R-Palmdale.

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LATimes: Assembly Republicans oust leader

On politics in the Golden State
November 4, 2010 | 2:53 pm

Assembly Republicans replaced their leader Thursday afternoon after an election in which the caucus lost a seat to a Democrat. California was one of the few places where Democrats actually picked up a legislative seat amid the landslide for Republicans nationwide.

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By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
November 5, 2010

Nearly 2 million ballots across California remain uncounted in the wake of Tuesday’s general election, with the state attorney general race hanging in the balance as the slow process of tallying the outstanding votes began in earnest Thursday, state elections officials said.

San Francisco Dist. Atty. Kamala Harris, a Democrat, was leading Republican Steve Cooley, the district attorney of Los Angeles County, by just one-tenth of a percentage point — or 9,364 of the 7,215,055 votes counted thus far in that contest, according to the secretary of state’s office Thursday afternoon.

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LATimes: Jerry Brown comes to the Capitol to discuss budget

On politics in the Golden State
November 4, 2010 | 5:04 pm

Gov.-elect Jerry Brown held what he called a “very sobering meeting” with officials at the state Department of Finance to try to get a handle on the scope of the state budget problem.

Brown is also meeting with Assembly Democrats and leaders of the state Senate on Thursday. Brown met with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s finance director, Ana Matosantos, for about an hour before talking to reporters.

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CaliforniaWatch: How losing campaigns spent $225 million

California Watch
A Project of the Center for Investigative Reporting
Money and Politics

November 5, 2010 | Chase Davis

Statewide candidates and ballot measures who ended up on the wrong side of Tuesday’s election spent nearly a quarter billion dollars on their failed election bids, including at least $15 million on campaign consultants and more than $120 million on ad spending, state and federal campaign records show.

Last week, the Center for Responsive Politics estimated that candidate and independent spending on federal elections alone could exceed $4 billion this year – more than was spent during the 2000 presidential election.

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California Watch
A Project of the Center for Investigative Reporting
Submitted by Christina Jewett on November 5, 2010

The state’s top hospital inspection regulator is calling on the chief executives of 80 California hospitals to report any serious incidents that have happened in the last several years or swear that none have occurred.

Since 2007, a state law carried by Sen. Elaine Alquist, D-San Jose, has required hospitals to file reports any time one of more than two dozen serious mishaps known as “adverse events” occur. During more than three years of reporting, though, 80 hospitals have never lodged an adverse event report with the state.

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An L.A. County judge says Jerry Brown may have overreached his authority in the case, which seeks to force city leaders to pay back thousands in salaries and take cuts in pensions. Rizzo’s attorney says the case is dead.

By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
November 5, 2010

In a blow to the state’s civil lawsuit charging eight current and former Bell city leaders with plotting to enrich themselves at taxpayer expense, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge warned Thursday that Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown’s case is in jeopardy of being dismissed.

Brown appears to have overreached his authority in the lawsuit, which seeks to force the city leaders to pay back hundreds of thousands of dollars in back salaries and slash their future pensions, Judge Ralph W. Dau said.

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November 4th, 2010, 3:00 am · posted by Teri Sforza, Register staff writer

The compensation of Orange County Executive Tom Mauk has long been the sort of thing that sends rank-and-file county employees into tailspins. But when compared to other county execs in the Golden State, Mauk’s pay pales a bit.

While Mauk runs the third-most-populated county in California, he comes in at No. 13 on the list of most highly-paid county CEOs. His compensation totals $304,699, according to figures from the state controller’s office .

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