Archive for February 18th, 2011

InlandPolitics: Judge rules against S.B. County pension fund on retiree data

Friday, February 18, 2011 – 08:20 a.m.

A San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge, on Wednesday, denied a motion for stay of proceedings filed by the San Bernardino County Employees Retirement Association (SBCERA) over the release of pension information on county retirees.

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By Vern Nelson
February 17, 2011

Given the shitstorm coming down the pike for the various insiders implicated in the attempted Great Swindle of the Orange County Fairgrounds, we figure it’s time to start introducing some of the players whose names you’ll be hearing a lot in the news in the coming months. And current Fair Board chairman Dave Ellis is one such character who’s been particularly fascinating to me for a long time now. Publicity-shy, he’s conducted his 25-year political career as much as possible in the shadows. (He now prefers to be called “David,” probably because it’s even harder to google.)

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Thursday, February 17, 2011 – 12:40 p.m.
Last Modified: February 20, 2011 – 11:35 a.m.

The government pension fund for the County of San Bernardino, once-renowned for it’s long-term investment savvy, has taken a hard fall over the past few years.

A fall, the fund is still reeling from to this day.

A fall, now affecting county taxpayers and employees.

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The Sun: State panel says fine for tribal lobbyist too low

By Joe Nelson Staff Writer
Posted: 02/17/2011 09:36:48 PM PST

The state Fair Political Practices Commission has decided that a $30,000 fine is too small for a San Manuel tribal lobbyist and former legislative aide who failed to report $840,000 in lobbying payments over a two-year period.

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By Sandra Emerson Staff Writer
Created: 02/17/2011 05:54:27 PM PST

UPLAND – Upland Unified School District officials are preparing two budgets, with one expected to be submitted to the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools in March.

The district’s “Plan A” budget, which will be submitted for certification, hinges upon the tax extension Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking to place on a June special election ballot.

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By Wendy Leung Staff Writer
Created: 02/17/2011 04:56:01 PM PST

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – Facing a possible elimination of its redevelopment agency, the city has begun a campaign to get residents and businesses to oppose such a plan. City officials have created a page on the redevelopment agency website,, that lists information on past projects and includes letters that residents can send to the governor and the Legislature calling for the protection of redevelopment agencies.

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By Ryan Hagen Staff Writer
Created: 02/17/2011 06:35:35 PM PST

A ban on medical marijuana dispensaries and outdoor cultivation of marijuana moved a step closer to reality Thursday when the San Bernardino County Planning Commission unanimously approved a proposed ordinance.

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VVDailyPress: EB-5 investor loses $50,000

February 17, 2011 5:18 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • An Asian investor has agreed to forfeit $50,000 in order to recover the $500,000 loaned to Victorville through the terminated EB-5 loans for green cards program.

Yin-Yang Dong paid the $50,000 processing fee to Inland Energy, a private company hired by Victorville’s City Council to market its EB-5 program to international investors.

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Strapped for money, some municipalities in the state are skirting the law to draw on redevelopment funds.

By Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
February 18, 2011

Cities throughout California are using redevelopment funds — intended to fight blight and promote economic development — as emergency ATMs to pay for core services, including police, fire and code enforcement, and sometimes the mayor’s salary.

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Capitol and California – State Budget

By Kevin Yamamura
Published: Friday, Feb. 18, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

The Assembly Budget Committee plans to approve much of Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget today, but it will reject some of his most controversial cuts to social service and health programs, according to a document released Thursday by the committee.

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LATimes: Tensions escalate over Republican budget cuts

Speaker of the House John Boehner responds to questions from reporters. “When we say we’re going to cut spending, read my lips: We’re going to cut spending,” he said. (Shawn Thew, EPA / February 17, 2011)

By Kathleen Hennessey, Washington Bureau
February 18, 2011

Reporting from Washington —

The prospect of a government shutdown loomed larger on Capitol Hill on Thursday when Republican leaders ruled out the easiest path around a budget impasse and Democrats accused them of playing a dangerous game of chicken.

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