Archive for February 2nd, 2011

The PE: Morrell wants time for Constitution


By PE Politics
on February 2, 2011 12:06 PM

The beginning of every legislative floor session would include a reading from the U.S. Constitution under a resolution introduced by Assemblyman Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga.

Read the rest of this entry »

The PE: Emmerson appointed to UC panel


By PE Politics
on February 2, 2011 11:52 AM

State Sen. Bill Emmerson, R-Hemet, has been named to an advisory board for the University of California’s Sacramento center.

Read the rest of this entry »

Wednesday, February 2, 2011 – 05:45 a.m.

Will the City of Victorville ever learn from its mistakes?

For a city being investigated by the San Bernardino County Grand Jury, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, it doesn’t look like it at this point.

Read the rest of this entry »

09:46 PM PST on Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County supervisors Tuesday rejected a money-saving plan to impose a hiring freeze in the Sheriff’s Department and consider reducing patrols in unincorporated areas.

The recommendations, included in a mid-year budget report, were aimed at helping the department overcome a $10 million budget gap by June 30, the end of the current fiscal year. The deficit is part of an overall $31.3 million shortfall facing the county.

Read the rest of this entry »

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Death cases under review


09:42 PM PST on Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Press-Enteprise

Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach has started his review of the pending death penalty cases he inherited from predecessor Rod Pacheco, and he already has removed at least one from the list of about 40.

Read the rest of this entry »

10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Former San Bernardino County Supervisor Paul Biane spent almost twice as much as Janice Rutherford on last year’s race, according to campaign finance statements filed Monday.

However, Rutherford, who went on to defeat the two-term incumbent in the Nov. 3 election, nearly matched Biane in the days leading up to the election.

Read the rest of this entry »

The PE: RIVERSIDE: Council opts to keep city cars

10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Riverside City Council members who drive city-owned vehicles successfully defended that benefit Tuesday, despite Mayor Ron Loveridge’s assertion that, “There are no other cities that I know of where this happens.”

Read the rest of this entry »

The Sun: Taking toll on commutes

San Bernardino County road work

Repair costing time, business along freeways
Jesse B. Gill, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/01/2011 07:25:51 PM PST

Debbie Davis used the words “crazy” and “outrageous” when she described traffic on the 215 Freeway and how it has affected her life.

Davis, 53, uses the 215 Freeway every day to travel from her home to work, school and to doctor appointments.

Read the rest of this entry »

The Sun: Medical pot clinics targeted

Vote may ban sites in unincorporated areas
Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/01/2011 05:32:51 PM PST

With narrow exceptions, medical marijuana distribution may soon be banned in unincorporated San Bernardino County.

The county Planning Commission will vote Thursday on whether to turn a moratorium on permits for new dispensaries into a ban on marijuana dispensaries, which would only allow medical marijuana to be distributed at hospitals and other strictly defined providers that opponents of the move say wouldn’t allow for any significant distribution.

Read the rest of this entry »

The Sun: Redlands to begin prioritizing services

Chantal M. Lovell, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/01/2011 07:33:51 PM PST

REDLANDS – The city soon will begin what leaders admitted will be an arduous and painful, but much-needed, task.

With support of the City Council, Councilman Bob Gardner will work in the coming week with city staff and City Manager N. Enrique Martinez to develop a process by which the city will approach budgeting.

Read the rest of this entry »

The Sun: Rialto, Colton plan meeting to voice concerns

Michael J. Sorba, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/01/2011 09:16:56 PM PST

Top officials from Rialto and Colton have made plans to soon meet and discuss mutual concerns such issues as traffic planning and perchlorate contamination as well as possibly settling ongoing litigation.

Read the rest of this entry »

Kevin Modesti, Staff Writer
Created: 02/01/2011 06:42:50 PM PST

Farmers Insurance may have tipped the scales in favor of a football stadium in downtown Los Angeles, dashing hopes of bringing a professional team to the edge of the Inland Valley.

Farmers Insurance has agreed to pay $700 million to attach its name to the proposed downtown stadium.

Read the rest of this entry »

February 01, 2011 11:11 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • Before a City Hall packed with Tea Partiers, Mayor Ryan McEachron called Tuesday night for the city to investigate what it will take to remove its 10 red light cameras.

Read the rest of this entry »

Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
San Francisco Chronicle
Wednesday, February 2, 2011

(02-02) 04:00 PST Sacramento – —

A day after Gov. Jerry Brown challenged Republicans to put tax measures on the ballot and chided them for not having an alternative plan, GOP leaders said that proposing a balanced budget is the governor’s job, not theirs.

Read the rest of this entry »

By Steven Harmon
Contra Costa Times
Posted: 02/01/2011 04:46:51 PM PST
Updated: 02/01/2011 10:06:42 PM PST

SACRAMENTO — Labor allies of Gov. Jerry Brown are actively considering backing moderate challengers in next year’s Republican legislative primary campaigns with the aim of forcing GOP incumbents to think twice about opposing Brown’s plan to push a tax extension measure on the ballot.

Read the rest of this entry »

On politics in the Golden State
February 1, 2011 | 10:20 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown took to the radio Tuesday to defend his budget plan asking for a public referendum on extending temporary taxes, and predicted that in the end he would have the votes in the Legislature to place such a measure on the ballot.

Read the rest of this entry »

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
February 1, 2011

Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed 2011-12 budget has many controversial aspects, but one of the most contentious is his call for eliminating 425 local redevelopment agencies and redirecting about a third of their property tax revenues into other state and local services.

Read the rest of this entry »

Money & Company
Tracking the market and economic trends that shape your finances.

February 1, 2011 | 10:27 am

Following up on the hullaballoo in the city of Bell, where a Los Angeles Times investigation found council members and administrators receiving six-figure salaries for part-time work, State Controller John Chiang has scurried to unveil salaries of state employees. His office unveiled a new website Tuesday where anyone can look up how much, for instance, an animal control officer is paid in Calaveras County.

Read the rest of this entry »

By Dan Walters The Sacramento Bee
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Jerry Brown’s plan to balance the state budget is wonkishly complex and exhibits a certain intellectual elegance.

It would, he says, prioritize the state’s limited resources on the highest-priority programs and services, realign state and local government responsibilities, and temporarily increase some taxes to cope with effects of recession.

Read the rest of this entry »