Archive for December 18th, 2010

The PE: POLITICS: Detailed Nov. 2 results offer hope, heartburn for parties

10:00 PM PST on Friday, December 17, 2010

Sacramento Bureau

Last month’s election offered more evidence that Inland Southern California’s politics are anything but set in stone, with the region’s voters swinging from Republican to Democrat and back again in just a few years.

Recently released statements of vote detail how different parts of the Inland area voted Nov. 2. The numbers could give hope — and heartburn — to party activists in Riverside and San Bernardino counties as they look ahead to the 2012 presidential campaign.

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By PE Politics
on December 17, 2010 8:24 AM

Inland Southern California’s congressional delegation voted early this morning to extend for two years a set of Bush-era tax cuts that had been scheduled to expire on New Year’s Eve.

The bill passed just after midnight by a tally of 277-148, and now heads to President Barack Obama, who is expected to sign it into law as early as today.

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The PE: Group complains about Fish and Game official

12:46 AM PST on Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Special Section: San Bernardino Co. Probe

An environmental group is raising questions about a California Fish and Game commissioner’s ties to a San Bernardino County corruption investigation.

The Los Angeles-based Endangered Habitats League filed a complaint with the state Fair Political Practices Commission in October, alleging that Dan Richards failed to disclose potential conflicts of interest on state forms. The commission dismissed the complaint.

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The PE: Redlands: Longtime police chief to retire

Jim Bueermann

10:00 PM PST on Friday, December 17, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

After more than three decades as a Redlands police officer, Chief Jim Bueermann is retiring Dec. 31, though he is likely to remain on the job while a successor is found, city and police officials say.

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The Sun: Mentone pot collective owners arrested

Jesse B. Gill, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/17/2010 07:02:34 PM PST

Sheriff’s deputies arrested six people Thursday who were connected with a medical marijuana collective operating in Mentone.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department launched an investigation months ago into the operations at Mentone Patients Association, 1944 Mentone Blvd.

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DailyBulletin: Job growth encouraging

Rebecca U. Cho, Staff Writer
Created: 12/17/2010 08:38:09 PM PST

In a sign of an improving economy, job hires grew in the Inland Empire last month. However, the new hires were not enough to bring down the region’s unemployment rate, which edged slightly up to 14.3 percent.

Employers added 8,300 jobs to November payrolls, fueled by an increase in retail trade jobs for the holidays, the state Employment Development Department said Friday. News of the employment growth, the second month in a row of job gains, caps a week that has brought encouraging economic news for the nation.

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James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Created: 12/17/2010 05:19:35 PM PST

At least three local officials are already contemplating running for a state Assembly seat that will open up in 2012.

Former Assemblyman Joe Baca Jr., a Rialto City Council member and son of Rep. Joe Baca, D-San Bernardino, says he is definitely running for the Assembly again.

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LATimes: Schwarzenegger could see himself in Washington

On politics in the Golden State
December 17, 2010 | 4:25 pm

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger told The Times on Friday that he hadn’t had time to think about his next move. But he certainly sounded like someone with a job description in mind.

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Fox&Hounds: Rescinding Collective Bargaining?

By Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee
Fri, December 17th, 2010

As Jerry Brown returns to the governor’s office after a nearly 30 year absence, the man who approved collective bargaining for public employees might be facing the question of rescinding the right of government unions to collectively bargain.

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The state’s unemployment rate for November held steady at 12.4%, but only 1,600 jobs were added. As California finishes 2010 with just a 0.1% increase in jobs, economists say a sluggish job market probably will characterize the recovery.

By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
December 18, 2010

Despite double-digit growth in port traffic, a surge in retail sales and rising consumer confidence, employers added just 1,600 jobs in California in November.

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SacBee: California jobless rate stuck at 12.4%

By Dale Kasler
Published: Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

The cash registers are ringing again this holiday, but retailers are still not convinced the recovery is for real.

They’re holding off on hiring, choosing instead to have existing employees work more hours. This reluctance to add jobs is keeping unemployment sky-high in California even as most economic indicators improve.

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