Archive for December 2nd, 2010

InlandPolitics: S.B. County to blogger: Want worker’s comp? Resign!

Thursday, December 2, 1010 – 09:35 a.m.

The plot thickens in the battle between a popular local blogger and her government employer.

San Bernardino County has been locked in a protracted battle with employee Sharon Gilbert over her blog

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The PE: MEASURE M: Retired deputy requests recount

By PE Politics
on December 1, 2010 4:28 PM

Ruben Rasso, a retired Riverside County sheriff’s deputy, requested a recount today (Dec.1) for Measure M, county officials said.

County spokesman Ray Smith said the recount is tentatively scheduled to begin Dec. 8 at 9 a.m.

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The Sun: Colton asks city unions to make cuts

Negotiators try to limit layoffs
Michael J. Sorba, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/01/2010 08:26:35 PM PST

COLTON – Struggling with the impending loss of a utility users tax that generated about 16 percent of the city’s operating income, officials are asking employee labor groups to agree to salary and benefits cuts in an effort to minimize layoffs.

However, layoffs will be needed, top administrators say, to close a shortfall between $5 million and $6 million that will come at the July 1 start of the 2010-11 fiscal year. But exactly how many is still uncertain.

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DailyBulletin: Feds talk to Upland council

Members vow to work with officials
Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 12/01/2010 06:16:37 PM PST

UPLAND – Two Upland councilmen confirmed that they and other council members were interviewed on Wednesday by a government agency.

Councilmen Tom Thomas and Brendan Brandt said they were interviewed by the government agency, but would not specify which agency.

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DailyBulletin: Dealing with major debt

Cities defend redevelopment strategies
Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Created: 12/01/2010 08:27:29 PM PST

The Fontana Redevelopment Agency ranks sixth in California in terms of long-term outstanding debt, according to the most recent data from state Controller John Chiang’s office.

With more than $650 million in such debt, Fontana is outranked only by Industry and the state’s biggest cities – San Jose, San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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DailyBulletin: Michael takes oath


New mayor promises openness
Wendy Leung, Staff Writer
Created: 12/01/2010 07:04:19 PM PST

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – Councilman Dennis Michael became the mayor on Wednesday evening when the results of the November elections were certified in the Council Chambers.

Former Mayor Bill Alexander and Councilwoman Diane Williams were also sworn in.

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Wendy Leung, Staff Writer
Created: 12/01/2010 11:05:21 PM PST

The City Council, on a 3-1 vote, has decided to appoint Chuck Buquet, the third highest vote getter in the council member race, to fill the remaining two years of Dennis Michael’s term.

“It just makes good, clean sense to me,” said Councilwoman Diane Williams.

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By Kevin Yamamura
Published: Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will offer a last-ditch budget proposal Monday to close a $6 billion deficit over six months, but don’t expect his ideas to go very far.

Democrats are likely to ignore Schwarzenegger’s special-session budget, instead waiting until Democratic Gov.-elect Jerry Brown issues his own plan one month later.

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The Republican, who lost a close race for state attorney general to Democrat Kamala Harris, says he would consider running in 2012 if a qualified candidate didn’t enter the race.

L.A. County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley narrowly lost the race for state attorney general to San Francisco’s district attorney, Kamala Harris. But Cooley drew more votes than any other Republican on the ballot. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
December 2, 2010

In his first campaign news conference since narrowly losing his bid for California attorney general, Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley said Wednesday that he would not rule out running for a fourth term as the county’s top prosecutor.

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By Jennifer Chaussee | 12/02/10 12:00 AM PST

California’s prison guards’ union hasn’t been happy since 2006, when it was still savoring the fruits of a lucrative pact it had successfully negotiated earlier with the state.

In the years since, the Schwarzenegger administration and the 28,000-member California Correctional Peace Officers Association have been bitter foes.

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

CalPERS and CalSTRS have paid nearly $3 million in consulting fees to an accounting firm that’s being investigated for its role in the city of Bell salary scandal.

Mayer Hoffman McCann, an accounting firm based in Leawood, Kan., has worked for several years for California’s two big public pension funds. Now, its involvement with the municipal corruption case in Bell is creating problems for the firm.

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SacBee: The State Worker: Cars, guns and pensions

By Jon Ortiz The Sacramento Bee
Published: Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 – 7:36 am

Criticism rained down on the tiny Office of the Inspector General this week over its lawyers and auditors receiving peace officer status along with the guns, cars and enhanced pensions that go with it.

A tart report from Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg’s office hammered the policy. It looks like a hearing, the political equivalent of a public flogging, is coming. Maybe legislation.

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On politics in the Golden State
December 1, 2010 | 4:15 pm

Meg Whitman’s campaign for governor set a national spending record, and now looks like it will reach another milestone -– becoming the first campaign not to participate in a traditional postelection conference where winning and losing strategists dissect their work and spill secrets about the machinations behind the scenes.

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Calbuzz: It Wasn’t the Economy, Stupid, It Was Character

December 1, 2010

In their last pre-election survey, Oct. 10-17, the Public Policy Institute of California found that six in 10 likely voters said jobs and the economy represented the most important issue facing California and that by a margin of 47-39%, Meg Whitman would do a better job on this pressing concern.

Moreover, while the survey showed Brown leading Whitman 44-36%, it oddly found “independents” – that is, respondents identified as likely voters who said they were registered as independents — divided 36-37% for Whitman.

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Two-thirds of those polled lack confidence in elected officials. Ballot initiatives split along partisan lines, but responses on pot legalization and global warming regulation offer some surprises.

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
December 2, 2010

After an election year shaped by anxiety about the economy and frustration with gridlock in Sacramento, a new survey by the Public Policy Institute of California has found that most state voters have little confidence in the ability of their elected leaders to work together.

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LATimes: Brown may find it’s not easy being green

Governor-elect’s plan to expand the state’s green-energy industry could mean sharply higher costs for consumers.

Placing solar panels like these on parking-lot roofs, schools and along the banks of state highways are part of California Gov.-elect Jerry Brown’s green energy plan. (Jay L. Clendenin, Los Angeles Times / November 19, 2009)

By Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
December 2, 2010

Reporting from Sacramento —

Jerry Brown ran for governor promising to revive the economy through an aggressive expansion of California’s green-energy industry — but that agenda could prove costly to consumers.

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