Archive for December 10th, 2010

InlandPolitics: Riverside Co: Pacheco donor under scrutiny

Friday, December 10, 2010 – 01:30 p.m.

What a turn of events in usually quiet Riverside County.

Especially for a Friday.

Confidential sources are reporting that an un-named influential developer is now before a Riverside County grand jury under the supervision of the California Attorney General.

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Friday, December 10, 2010 – 01:25 p.m.

Long-time San Bernardino are businessman and engineer David Mlynarski is making it widely know he will seek the San Bernardino City Council seat currently occupied by Wendy McCammack.

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Friday, December 10, 2010 – 01:15 p.m.

The latest with hunt by outgoing Riverside County District Attorney Rod “I need a job” Pacheco has come to an end with a loud thud.

Pacheco has spent the past several weeks parading persons, whom he believes were associated with his political demise, before a grand jury in an effort to extract revenge.

That’s revenge with a capital “R”.

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InlandPolitics: Cook to seek Senate seat in 2012

Paul Cook

Friday, December 10, 2010 – 12:50 p.m.

Many rumors are swirling around the Inland Empire political transom this week. One of the latest is that of Assemblyman Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) challenging San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry.

Cook is making it clear he intends to make a 2012 run for the California Senate seat being vacated by termed-out incumbent and republican minority leader Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga).

Even if he has to relocate to stay within the District’s boundaries.

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The PE: Riverside County had state’s highest growth rate

07:31 AM PST on Friday, December 10, 2010

Sacramento Bureau

SACRAMENTO – Riverside County grew the fastest of any California county during the year ending July 1, despite higher-than-average unemployment and a huge foreclosures problem.

Statewide, the population increased by just 0.9 percent, to 38.8 million, from July 1, 2009, through July 1, 2010, according to Wednesday’s report by the state Department of Finance. Almost all of the growth reflects natural increase — live births minus deaths.

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The PE: Redlands: Council to begin working on budget gap

10:00 PM PST on Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

The Redlands City Council will meet in special session Tuesday to discuss closing a $1.4 million gap in the city’s current general fund budget.

City Manager Enrique Martinez had proposed having the discussion Dec. 21 at the next regular council meeting, but the council wanted to get moving because the issue needs to be quickly resolved.

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The PE: Auditor used by Riverside facing review

By PE News
on December 9, 2010 4:21 PM

Responding to concerns about alleged fiscal shenanigans in Bell, that city’s outside auditor — which also works for Riverside — today announced it’s having itself audited.

Mayer Hoffman McCann, a firm with more than 30 offices around the U.S. with numerous government clients, put out a news release saying it hired Carr Riggs & Ingram to review its California government auditing and accounting practice. The release did not say which government agency audits would be included in the review.

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The Sun: Former SB mayor W.R. “Bob” Holcomb laid to rest

Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/09/2010 04:29:52 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – The city said farewell to one of its most prominent citizens Thursday.

The family and friends of former mayor W.R. “Bob” Holcomb gathered Thursday at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church to celebrate his 18 years in the mayor’s office, his fight to maintain the independence of San Bernardino’s water supply and devotion to his loved ones.

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The Sun: Fontana council moving to fill two seats

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/09/2010 02:01:15 PM PST

FONTANA – The new City Council made its first big decision on Wednesday night when it unanimously set in motion the process to appoint two vacant seats on the dais.

“We need to hit the ground running Jan. 1 with all council members present,” Mayor Acquanetta Warren said.

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DailyBulletin: SB County to pick up seats

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Created: 12/09/2010 02:36:19 PM PST

San Bernardino County will have more representation in Sacramento and Washington over the coming 10 years than it has had in the past 10.

That’s one finding of a new report looking at the likely outcome of next year’s redistricting process. The report, published by the Claremont McKenna College-based Rose Institute of State and Local Government, shows San Bernardino County will gain about half a state Assembly seat, about one-quarter of a state Senate seat and about one-third of congressional seat.

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Lawmakers hold hearings but say they won’t act until Jerry Brown takes office next month. The Democrats chairing the House and Senate budget committees criticize the lame-duck governor’s plan.

By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
December 10, 2010

Reporting from Sacramento —

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposal for plugging a multibillion-dollar budget shortfall stalled Thursday after lawmakers held hearings but said they would not act before Jerry Brown takes over as governor next month.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
December 9, 2010

Gov.-elect Jerry Brown released details this afternoon of his budget forum in Los Angeles next Tuesday.

The meeting with education leaders follows a summit with lawmakers and local officials in Sacramento yesterday.

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By Dan Walters The Sacramento Bee
Published: Friday, Dec. 10, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Drawing new legislative and congressional districts – whether done by the Legislature, the courts or California’s new independent redistricting commission – is a zero-sum game.

The number of legislative seats – 40 in the Senate and 80 in the Assembly – was fixed in the earliest days of statehood.

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