Archive for January 12th, 2011

The Sun OpEd: Attempt to enact ethics panel thwarted time and again

Point of View

Neil Derry
Posted: 01/12/2011 06:17:28 PM PST

How can I vote for someone who opposes nearly every substantive government reform measure I have pledged to support or fought to enact? What kind of message does it send to the people who elected me if I endorse a person who repeatedly worked to sabotage my efforts to fulfill promises made to these very same voters?

The people who elected me are tired of “go along to get along, business as usual” politics in San Bernardino County.

Read the rest of this entry »

Published: Wednesday, 12 Jan 2011 | 9:10 AM ET

By: Jeff Cox Staff Writer

Financial analyst Meredith Whitney is sticking by her call that the nation’s municipalities face a wave of defaults, despite a wave of criticism over her prediction that hundreds of local governments would not meet their obligations.

In fact, she took the forecast a step further and said when the defaults begin in earnest, it will mark an exodus from the muni bond market.

Read the rest of this entry »

On politics in the Golden State
January 12, 2011 | 12:16 pm

California’s chief budget analyst praised Gov. Jerry Brown’s initial budget plan, which mixes deep cutbacks and tax increases, as a “good starting point” to tackle California’s chronic budget deficits.

Read the rest of this entry »


January 12, 2011 – 04:50 p.m.

SAN BERNARDINO, CA – In various published reports in today’s papers, Supervisor Josie Gonzales chose to engage in personal attacks and smears to deflect from the factual observations Supervisor Neil Derry made at yesterday’s board meeting when he announced the reasoning behind his opposition to her being elected chairperson.

The following points briefly summarize his vote to oppose Supervisor Gonzales’ nomination:

Read the rest of this entry »

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 – 11:00 a.m.

The problems plaguing San Bernardino County government were on display in plain view at Tuesdays board meeting.

County supervisors duked it out over the election of Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales to a two-year term as board chair.

Each supervisor had a role.

Read the rest of this entry »

January 12, 2011 9:35 AM
Natasha Lindstrom

Click here to read Neil Derry’s comments from the Board of Supervisors meeting.

SAN BERNARDINO • On a split vote, 5th District Supervisor Josie Gonzales was elected chair of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, moments after a fellow board member alleged that Gonzales is implicated in a scandal relating to an FBI raid last November at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. in Colton

Read the rest of this entry »


10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

San Bernardino County Supervisor Josie Gonzales was selected as chairwoman of the Board of Supervisors Tuesday even as Supervisor Neil Derry accused her of possibly being implicated in a criminal investigation.

The selection of a new chair and vice-chair, usually a routine process every two years, took on a more divisive tone with supporters of Gonzales urging her selection and Derry criticizing her.

Read the rest of this entry »

The Sun: Board selects new leader

Slim majority picks Gonzales
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/11/2011 09:58:17 PM PST

Supervisor Josie Gonzales on Tuesday was elected to chair the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors over the opposition of two of her colleagues.

Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt also sought the position and voted against Gonzales, as did Supervisor Neil Derry.

Read the rest of this entry »

The Sun: Politicians rule local redistricting

Cities, county make decisions
James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/11/2011 09:58:26 PM PST

Later this year, San Bernardino County leaders will have to redraw the boundaries of the county’s five supervisorial districts.

While the state’s redistricting process has been in the headlines for months, it’s not yet clear exactly when or how the county will redraw district lines.

Read the rest of this entry »

DesertSun: Law firms hired to fix county pensions

PAUL YOUNG • City News Service • January 12, 2011

Three firms with expertise in structuring pension plans were hired Tuesday by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors to research proposed reforms to reduce the county’s long-term debt.

Read the rest of this entry »

The PE: Governor proposes to cut economic programs

10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Sacramento Bureau

SACRAMENTO – The state and local governments seem headed for a legal showdown over Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to eliminate a pair of economic development programs.

Read the rest of this entry »

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/11/2011 04:04:25 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – Hold onto that dollar.

The City Council voted 4-3 Monday to approve a hike in sewer treatment rates.

Residential customers will see their monthly bills increase by $1 a month this year and by $1.50 in 2012.

Read the rest of this entry »

DailyBulletin: Upland revokes power

City manager no longer can settle claims on own
Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 01/11/2011 05:13:54 PM PST

UPLAND – The city manager is no longer has authority to settle any claims filed against the city.

The City Council agreed to rescind all claims and settlement authorizations of the city manager during Monday night’s council meeting.

Read the rest of this entry »

Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Created: 01/11/2011 05:30:22 PM PST

CLAREMONT – City Council hopefuls offered their ideas on city economics at a Tuesday morning candidates forum.

Participants at the Claremont Chamber of Commerce networking breakfast and candidates forum featured incumbent Sam Pedroza and candidates Robin Haulman, Rex Jaime, Michael John Keenan, Joseph M. Lyons, Opanyi K. Nasiali and Jay Pocock.

Read the rest of this entry »

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
January 11, 2011

The backdrop of a special election has raised the stakes for how Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget is described and categorized.

Republicans are already questioning Brown’s characterization that his plan relies on half cuts and half taxes, roughly $12 billion of both, to solve a $26.4 billion deficit. The remainder of Brown’s plan relies on nearly $2 billion in internal borrowing, transfers and non-tax revenues.

Read the rest of this entry »

SacBee: Dan Walters: Vote margin on taxes key factor

By Dan Walters
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011 – 7:58 am

Akey factor in Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to balance the state budget is whether he and fellow Democrats could do it by themselves, or whether the votes of at least a few Republican legislators would be required.

Read the rest of this entry »

By Laurel Rosenhall
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011 – 7:58 am

What a turnaround from last year.

While last budget season, California’s public universities were the only major area of government to see an increase in state funding, higher education is now in line to take a big hit – 16 percent if Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal comes to pass.

Read the rest of this entry »