Archive for February 10th, 2011

InlandPolitics: California politicians oblivious to state’s budget woes

Thursday, February 10, 2011 – 11:00 a.m.

Let’s face it.

Politicians overseeing California’s state and local governments have their collective heads up their rear-ends.

Yes, both parties are to blame.

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The Sun: Fontana gets behind effort against Gov.’s plan

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/09/2011 11:18:21 PM PST

FONTANA – The City Council has unanimously passed a resolution in opposition to Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to abolish redevelopment agencies in California, joining a growing number of cities lining up against the plan.

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Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell, Staff Writer
Created: 02/09/2011 07:10:13 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – County Schools Superintendent Gary Thomas envisioned a future where students thrive in schools that are open 24 hours a day in his annual State of Education speech Wednesday.

In that future world, based on the book “Edutopia” by author Alvin Toffler, different kids arrive at different times, teachers work with non-teachers and technology is infused into every aspect of the environment.

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Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 02/09/2011 10:53:31 PM PST

MONTCLAIR – The threat of Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to abolish redevelopment agencies has drawn criticism from City Council members.

In a 4-0 vote at Monday’s meeting, the members approved a resolution opposing the proposal to eliminate agencies across the state. Mayor Paul Eaton was absent.

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James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Created: 02/09/2011 05:44:28 PM PST

Local mayors and county officials are in Washington this week to ask the federal government for help in completing several major highway projects.

That is, they’re asking for money. And lots of it.

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VVDailyPress: Wider access to county meetings stalled

February 09, 2011 5:29 PM
From Staff Reports

SAN BERNARDINO • A pilot project that would enable Victor Valley residents to comment at live meetings by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors from local locations has been delayed due to a series of technical problems, officials said.

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VVDailyPress: Red-light camera ticket thrown out

Appeals court decision could help city get out of Redflex contract
February 09, 2011 5:29 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • The city could have grounds to get out of its red-light camera contract after three San Bernardino County Superior Court judges declared photos and video from the Redflex system in Victorville inadmissible as evidence.

And while the ruling is unpublished and therefore not binding on future cases here, several attorneys said it could influence the way those cases are tried.

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The PE: Whitman money went far and wide

By PE Politics
on February 9, 2011 11:52 AM

More than 2,000 businesses and people in more than 30 states got a piece of the action in Meg Whitman’s $177 million campaign for California governor, final reports show.

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Bono Mack

12:12 AM PST on Thursday, February 10, 2011

Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON – Inland Rep. Mary Bono Mack on Wednesday introduced legislation calling for closure of the National Drug Intelligence Center.

Bono Mack, R-Palm Springs, has made tackling the nation’s drug problems one of her top stated priorities in recent years, but called the Pennsylvania-based Intelligence Center a waste of taxpayer money.

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California Watch
A Project of the Center for Investigative Reporting
Money and Politics

February 9, 2011 | Chase Davis

A growing number of Californians aren’t sure what to make of Gov. Jerry Brown’s early job performance, according to a new Public Policy Institute of California poll released tonight.

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By David Siders
Published: Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday abandoned California’s planned sale of 11 state office properties and concluded a flurry of talks with lawmakers as he presses against a budget deadline next month.

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By Jim Sanders
Published: Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

When their boss wins, legislative aides can win, too.

Thirty-seven staff members received salary hikes, most of them for promotions to jobs with new duties, after they switched houses with an incumbent legislator after last year’s elections, records show.

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By Alejandro Lazo, Los Angeles Times
February 10, 2011

More than 100,000 struggling homeowners could get help from a $2-billion program that California is launching, including about 25,000 borrowers who owe more than their properties are worth and could see their mortgages shrink.

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By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
February 9, 2011

The head of the entertainment conglomerate seeking to build a National Football League stadium in downtown Los Angeles shot back at skeptics Tuesday and reiterated his pledge that “not a penny” of taxpayer money would be spent on the mega-project.

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