Archive for December 15th, 2010

InlandPolitics: S.B. County public defender tenders resignation


Tuesday, December 14, 2010 – 06:15 p.m.

San Bernardino County Public Defender Doreen Boxer tender he resignation late this afternoon ending a drama that started late last week.

Sources at the County Government Center say county supervisors held the closed session at today’s meeting open until Boxer made her decision.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010 – 06:45 p.m.
Last Updated: December 15, 2010 – 09:00 a.m.

The term ‘random’ just took on a new meaning when it comes to being a target.

Rancho Cucamonga Developer Jeffrey Burum, the ongoing favorite target of San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos, over a 2006 settlement between San Bernardino County and Colonies Partners, L.P., was recently treated to additional scrutiny.

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By PE Politics
on December 14, 2010 4:19 PM

Supervisor Bob Buster will lead the Riverside County Board of Supervisors next year as its next chairman.

Buster’s colleagues unanimously elected him today (Dec. 14) to the leadership post. His duties will including running run the board’s weekly meetings. Buster is the current vice chair of the five-member board.

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The PE: Pacheco petition: Judge delays hearing to Dec. 30

10:27 PM PST on Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

In a final-days legal fight between Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco and county executives over his office’s hiring practices, seven young attorneys are “being left out to dry,” their lawyer said.

A judge declined to rule Tuesday on Pacheco’s bid to force the county to open 12 jobs in his department that had been declared frozen because of tight budget restrictions. He set the next hearing for Dec. 30.

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10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County supervisors approved a compromise Tuesday that would grant three firms nearly $8.8 million in work handling criminal defense for those who cannot afford lawyers.

The middle ground comes a week after a long and heated debate over whether the process to evaluate the three firms was fair and transparent. An independent committee recommended a single firm receive the contract.

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09:20 PM PST on Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

A one-year audit of the San Bernardino International Airport Authority and the Inland agency funding improvements to it, show steep drops in the amount of grants and revenue earned as of June 30.

At San Bernardino airport, the amount of grants awarded dropped 41.9 percent to $51.8 million and operating revenue was 12 percent lower. The Inland Valley Development Agency — a group made up of local government representatives overseeing the redevelopment of the former Norton Air Force Base which has funded efforts to turn the base into a commercial airport — has $163.5 million in long-term debt.

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The Sun: ‘God’ motto gets approval

SB supes vote to add it to seal
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/14/2010 08:12:00 PM PST

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved the displaying of the “In God We Trust” motto in its chambers, making it the second county in the state to do so.

Acting on the request by board Chairman Gary Ovitt, the board unanimously approved displaying of the motto behind the dais.

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The Sun: Boxer, deputy resign


Sources: County forced public defender out
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/14/2010 09:02:19 PM PST

The two top administrators at the San Bernardino County Public Defender’s Office – Public Defender Doreen Boxer and Assistant Public Defender Lauri Ferguson – resigned Tuesday amid allegations of mismanagement and plummeting morale in the office.

Chief Deputy Public Defender Phyllis Morris-Green, who has worked in the office since 1984, was appointed Boxer’s successor on an interim basis. She placed Martin Dante, the office’s head investigator, on paid administrative leave until further notice, county spokesman David Wert said.

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James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/14/2010 02:29:27 PM PST

When Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Claremont, was running for office, there was no shortage of fiery rhetoric about illegal immigration and the need for drastic action in Sacramento.

His first week on the job featured no shortage of similarly fiery legislation. On Dec. 6, the day he took the oath of office, Donnelly introduced an immigration enforcement law modeled on Arizona’s controversial S.B. 1070. He followed that on Friday with a bill that would reverse existing state law and force illegal immigrant students to pay out-of-state tuition rates at California’s public universities and community colleges.

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The Sun: San Bernardino’s budget health on the mend

More money

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/14/2010 09:03:19 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – The city’s budget shows slight improvement over the same time last year, according to a first quarter report set to go before the City Council next week.

“Unlike last year when we had all these shortfalls, I don’t see that we’re in that same position,” said Finance Director Barbara Pachon, at a Tuesday meeting of the Ways and Means Committee. “We’re in a better position this year.”

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The Sun: Redlands eyes cuts, taxes to fill shortfall

Jesse B. Gill, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/14/2010 08:09:59 PM PST

REDLANDS – The City Council may choose next week to combine budget cuts with property taxes to close the city’s $1.3 million budget gap.

The council held a special meeting Tuesday to receive an update on the 2010-11 fiscal year budget. Because voters did not approve a half-cent sales tax at the polls in November, the city is now looking at a budget deficit of at least $1.3 million.

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DailyBulletin: Upland city attorney’s contract at risk


Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 12/14/2010 05:58:03 PM PST

UPLAND – The Upland city attorney’s contract with the city may be on the line as concerns over billing practices have intensified among city officials.

William Curley’s contract was a topic of discussion during the closed session meeting Monday night at City Hall. Although there was no action taken, it has become clear that top city managers are troubled by the amount the city is being charged for legal services.

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At a forum in L.A., the incoming governor says the fiscal mess is ‘much worse’ than he thought; he does not say whether his plan would contain only spending cuts or include new taxes.

“This is really a huge challenge, unprecedented in my lifetime,” Jerry Brown said at UCLA. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times / December 14, 2010)

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
December 15, 2010

Gov.-elect Jerry Brown said Tuesday that he wants to complete a budget agreement within two months of unveiling his budget, an accelerated timeline that would allow a late-spring special election for potential tax increases or other revenue generation.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Brown’s doomsday strategy very risky

By Dan Walters The Sacramento Bee
Published: Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

In Washington, they call it the “Washington Monument strategy,” on the belief that every time the National Park Service faces a budget cut, it reacts by threatening to close the revered obelisk.

California’s version usually involves very popular police and fire services, but sometimes the schools.

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By David Siders
Published: Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

LOS ANGELES – Gov.-elect Jerry Brown told education leaders in Los Angeles on Tuesday to “fasten your seat belt” for dramatic spending cuts to schools, while not rejecting their appeals for tax-revenue relief.

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Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer
San Francisco Chronicle
Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A governor’s appointment of a judge who had been rated unqualified by the State Bar would have to be disclosed to the public under a proposal that California judicial leaders endorsed Tuesday.

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