Archive for November 30th, 2010

InlandPolitics: S.B. County retaliates against blogger

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 – 10:00 a.m.

San Bernardino County executives have come down hard on one of their own employees who also operates a local political blog.

A blog popular with readers, but not county leaders.

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InlandPolitics Commentary: Ramos fined again

Monday, November 29, 2010 – 11:00 p.m.
Last Updated: November 30, 2010 – 06:45 a.m.


San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos caught again by state regulators.

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The Sun: Ramos, treasurer to pay fine


Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/29/2010 07:14:56 PM PST

San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos and his campaign committee treasurer have each agreed to pay a $2,500 fine for failing to report expenditures on campaign finance forms last year.

Under a stipulated agreement with the state Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), Ramos and Marvin Reiter will pay the administrative penalties imposed by the commission.

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The PE: Pougnet signals 2012 run at Bono Mack

10:00 PM PST on Monday, November 29, 2010

Washington Bureau

Fresh off his defeat at the hands of incumbent Rep. Mary Bono Mack, Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet has filed papers signaling a potential 2012 rematch in the 45th Congressional District.

Pougnet, a Democrat, filed his “statement of candidacy” papers with the Federal Election Commission on Nov. 8, just six days after Bono Mack, R-Palm Springs, won her eighth term by a 51-to-42 percent margin.

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10:00 PM PST on Monday, November 29, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Special Section: Inland Wildfires

Severing ties with Cal Fire and creating an independent Riverside County fire department would increase costs by $46.6 million a year, a new report concludes.

In addition, setting up a stand-alone agency would require the county to replace three state-owned fire stations at a one-time cost of $11.9 million, the analysis found.

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Rep. Jerry Lewis

By PE Politics
on November 29, 2010 5:46 PM

During a telephone town hall meeting Monday night with a national Tea Party organization, Inland Rep. Jerry Lewis vowed to be a fiscal hawk if tapped to serve as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee in the next Congress.

“We are sick and tired of the federal government spending our money and, one way or another, we have to get off that track and get back on the right track,” Lewis, R-Redlands, told listeners and participants of the call organized by the Tea Party Patriots.

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10:00 PM PST on Monday, November 29, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

A solar project approved last month on public land east of Barstow faces permitting delays because labor groups said the California Energy Commission failed to provide key environmental findings after making the decision.

The commission’s Oct. 28 vote to approve the 4,604-acre Calico Solar project remains intact. However, commission chairwoman Karen Douglas has since ordered that the decision not be effective until Wednesday, giving the agency time to resolve issues raised by the California Unions for Reliable Energy.

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The PE: Banned marijuana dispensary reopens

10:10 PM PST on Monday, November 29, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

A medical marijuana collective engaged in a legal battle against Wildomar re-opened its storefront location Monday in defiance of a citywide ban on dispensaries.

The move by the Wildomar Patients Compassionate Group comes a week after the collective filed a legal petition seeking to block the city from enforcing its ban.

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The Sun: Ex-mayor of San Bernardino dies at 88

Holcomb was city’s longest-serving leader
James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/29/2010 09:22:12 PM PST

William Robert Holcomb, who helmed San Bernardino’s city government through parts of three decades and remains the city’s longest-serving mayor, died of heart failure Monday at the VA medical center in Loma Linda. He was 88.

Holcomb, a San Bernardino native descended from a city pioneer and a former mayor, served as mayor of San Bernardino from 1971 until 1985 and again from 1989 until 1993. In those 20 years, he established himself as an aggressive city booster and oversaw several major developments and milestones.

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The Sun: Erwin files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/29/2010 06:29:35 PM PST

Former San Bernardino County Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin, charged with multiple felonies in connection with two county corruption scandals, has filed for bankruptcy.

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DailyBulletin: Federal workers face pay freeze

Obama unveils two-year plan to halt raises and rein in deficit
Staff and Wire Reports
Created: 11/29/2010 09:27:27 PM PST

President Barack Obama has announced a two-year pay freeze for federal employees on Monday, saying the step is necessary to help bring the federal deficit under control.

The wage freeze, which applies to all civilian federal employees but excludes military personnel, would save $5 billion over two years and $28 billion over the next five years, the White House said.

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DailyBulletin: Election results certified

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Created: 11/29/2010 03:43:57 PM PST

The San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters has finished county ballots from the Nov. 2 election and on Monday certified the election results.

Those results will go to the Board of Supervisors next week for final approval.

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November 29, 2010 10:11 AM
KAREN JONAS, Staff Writer

HINKLEY • The Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board will be deciding soon if an expansion to the treatment of the chromium 6 water plume in Hinkley will be put into place, but residents probably won’t see the results in their lifetimes.

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Forbes: Exclusive: WikiLeaks Will Unveil Major Bank Scandal

by Andy Greenberg
Monday, November 29, 2010Forbes

First WikiLeaks spilled the guts of government. Next up: The private sector, starting with one major American bank.

In an exclusive interview earlier this month, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told Forbes that his whistleblower site will release tens of thousands of documents from a major U.S. financial firm in early 2011. Assange wouldn’t say exactly what date, what bank, or what documents, but he compared the coming release to the emails that emerged in the Enron trial, a comprehensive look at a corporation’s bad behavior.

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By Dan Walters The Sacramento Bee
Published: Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010 – 12:06 am

Arnold Schwarzenegger dished out make-believe mayhem during his action movie hero days, but he must be a closet masochist.

Why else would he say, as he often does, that he’d love to remain governor of California? He’s already one of the most unpopular governors in state history, and he’s leaving behind an economy that’s erased more than a million jobs and a state budget deficit that’s worse than the one he inherited seven years ago.

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The seven companies failed to properly pay medical claims submitted by thousands of doctors and hospitals over the last three years, state insurance regulators say.

Cindy Ehnes, director of the California Department of Managed Health Care, announces the health plan fines at a news conference in Burbank. She said the state’s hospitals and doctors “must be paid fairly and on time.” (Brian van der Brug, Los Angeles Times / November 29, 2010)

By Duke Helfand, Los Angeles Times
November 30, 2010

California’s seven largest health plans were fined nearly $5 million in total Monday for failing to properly pay medical claims submitted by thousands of doctors and hospitals over the last three years.

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