Archive for November 16th, 2010

InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Stringer likely to receive highest county pension

Monday, November 15, 2010 – 11:25 a.m.
Last Updated: November 16, 2010 – 07:00 a.m.

Tuesday the San Bernadino County Board of Supervisors will honor outgoing county counsel Ruth Stringer with a resolution commending her for 32 years of service to the county.

Even though the board really showed Stringer to the door.

Stringer’s motivation for not wanting to leave now has all to do with one thing. Her pension.

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The Sun: Brockovich returns to Hinkley

Erin Brockovich

Legal aide visits toxic water site
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/15/2010 09:02:32 PM PST

Former legal clerk turned consumer advocate Erin Brockovich said Monday she plans to conduct independent tests of groundwater in the Mojave Desert town of Hinkley after news surfaced last week that a chemically-laced plume had spread.

Brockovich, who in the 1990s led the charge in a landmark legal settlement against Pacific Gas & Electric, also plans on rallying Hinkley residents for a community meeting after Thanksgiving.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 11/15/2010 03:02:20 PM PST

San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry is proposing caps for vacation, holiday and administrative accrual time for the county’s non-union employees, including elected officials and administrators.

The Board of Supervisors will vote on the proposed ordinance today.

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The Sun: Lewis moves to return stimulus dollars to Treasury

Rep. Jerry Lewis

Jesse B. Gill, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/15/2010 07:17:26 PM PST

REDLANDS – Rep. Jerry Lewis introduced legislation Monday proposing to return any unobligated stimulus dollars to the U.S. Treasury to help cut the national deficit.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates about $12 billion in stimulus funds remain unobligated and are sitting unused in federal accounts. Lewis’ bill – which he calls the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Rescission Act” – would return the unused funds to the Treasury.

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Margaret Stewart

John Jopes
Created: 11/15/2010 09:07:28 PM PST

NOTE: John Jopes of Upland is a former editor and columnist for the Daily Bulletin.

I learned Monday that Margaret Stewart had died. And I was hurt by that.

She was not only a friend, but also was part of a withering vestige of our community’s rich history. Because of that, the end of Maggie’s life tolls a particular sadness, and marks a conclusion of an astonishing life.

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Chantal M. Lovell, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/15/2010 05:58:56 PM PST

REDLANDS – The City Council will meet today to take up an issue first raised by Mayor Pro Tem Jerry Bean at the Oct. 5 meeting.

The council may modify their own benefits packages. Originally Bean suggested the benefits offered to council members be eliminated and in conjunction with that move, members be offered reimbursement for city-related expenses.

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DailyBulletin: Brown seeks budget ideas

Staff and Wire Reports
Created: 11/15/2010 09:03:24 PM PST

Near the end of his fall campaign for governor, Jerry Brown had to tamp down the fervor building among his supporters, who sensed a big victory, and with it, big changes.

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VVDailyPress: Business soars for SCLA company

Leading Edge lands contract to repaint planes for United/Continental merger
November 15, 2010 5:08 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • Few companies can boast record revenues during the last two rocky years.

Perhaps fewer can say they’ve doubled the number of employees on their books, with more hiring now underway.

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VVDailyPress: AV town manager still shopping for new post

Frank Robinson finalist for Texas position
November 15, 2010 5:00 PM
Brooke Edwards

APPLE VALLEY • Town Manager Frank Robinson is one of five finalists to become city manager of Round Rock, Texas, according to a statement released by that city.

It’s at least the third job Robinson has tried for in the 28 months he’s been with Apple Valley. In January he applied for a city manager position in Harlingen, Texas, according to And this April he was one of eight finalists for president of the Center City Commission in Memphis, Tenn.

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November 15, 2010 4:37 PM
Natasha Lindstrom

VICTORVILLE • After learning her dual elected offices could pose a conflict, Angela Valles on Monday resigned from the Victor Valley College’s Board of Trustees so she can take her newly elected seat on the Victorville City Council.

In an e-mail addressed to VVC Interim President Christopher O’Hearn, Valles said her resignation will take effect once she is sworn in as a City Council member on Dec. 7.

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

November 16, 2010 | Joshua Emerson Smith

As Republican Steve Cooley slips behind Democrat Kamala Harris in the still-undecided race for attorney general, the GOP is calling for “more bodies” to monitor Los Angeles County election officials as about 150,000 provisional ballots are counted.

Cooley’s campaign claims to have “seen example after example” in which the names on ballots were not being matched to the voter’s registration card. An e-mail plea sent out Sunday evening by Jane Barnett, chairwoman of the the Republican Party of Los Angeles County, put it plainly:

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Politics Blog

Posted By: Marisa Lagos | November 15 2010 at 05:40 PM

As the vote counting in the attorney general race continues — as well as bickering among the campaigns — we have some real news to report: The state’s campaign finance watchdog confirmed today that it has launched an investigation into Steve Cooley’s gift-taking in recent years — a practice detailed in The Chronicle.

The FPPC’s investigation, however, is not an indication that the agency believes Cooley has done anything wrong.

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LATimes: CalPERS changes tactics on poor performers

Money & Company
Tracking the market and economic trends that shape your finances.

November 15, 2010 | 4:40 pm

The nation’s largest government pension fund on Monday ended its decade-long policy of publicly criticizing poor-performing companies whose stock it owns.

Instead of posting an annual “name-and-shame” Focus List, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System now plans to privately contact corporations that it is unhappy with.

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Critics say the California law that state Supreme Court justices upheld conflicts with a federal ban on undocumented immigrants getting college benefits based on residency. An appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is expected.

By Maura Dolan and Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
November 15, 2010|7:43 p.m.

Illegal immigrants who graduated from state high schools can continue to receive lower, in-state tuition at California’s public universities and colleges, the California Supreme Court decided unanimously Monday.

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Action by Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown proves civil lawsuit was a publicity stunt in governor’s race, attorney for former administrator Robert Rizzo says.

By Corina Knoll, Los Angeles Times
November 15, 2010|6:33 p.m.

A request by the attorney general and the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office to delay a civil suit filed against current and former Bell officials indicates a lack of evidence the city leaders plotted to loot the city treasury, the defendants’ lawyers said Monday.

Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown filed the suit in September, alleging that former City Administrator Robert Rizzo and others conspired to drive up their salaries, inflate their pensions and conceal the cost to taxpayers.

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