Archive for February 21st, 2011

InlandPolitics: Upland mayor tenders resignation


Monday, February 21, 2011 – 09:30 p.m.

Sources tell that Upland Mayor John “J.P.” Pomierski resigned his elected office after the close of business on Friday.

Pomierski has been ensnared in a corruption investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) over allegations of bribery and pay-to-play offenses.

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By Vern Nelson
February 20, 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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Sunday, February 20, 2011 – 05:00 p.m.
Last Modified: February 22, 2011 – 02:07 p.m.

An announcement is expected within the next two weeks related to the conclusion of a protracted investigation into allegations that training records of various sworn members of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department were falsified for purposes of receiving higher compensation, or to avoid mandated training, or both.

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Rep. Jerry Lewis

11:14 PM PST on Sunday, February 20, 2011

Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON – Jerry Lewis was on a roll.

California’s most veteran House Republican was back in the majority. The criminal investigation that dogged him for years finally ended without charges. And the powerful chairmanship of the panel that controls the government’s purse strings seemed to be within his reach.

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DesertSun: Pougnet under fire on charity funds


February 20, 2011
Written by Erica Felci

The salary Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet earned from a charity he co-founded is the subject of an anonymous complaint filed with the California Attorney General’s office.

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Molly Davis, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/20/2011 09:15:58 PM PST

Substitute teachers may start to feel the effects of dwindling school budgets if legislation recently proposed by state Sen. Bob Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga, becomes law.

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DailyBulletin: County residents surveyed

3,656 residents give their views
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 02/20/2011 09:16:58 PM PST

Results from a survey of 3,656 San Bernardino County residents asked to describe their likes and dislikes about the county, as well as where they would like to see it in 20 years, are in.

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VVDailyPress: Big money in final weeks of VV council race

February 20, 2011 8:46 AM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • Four City Council candidates raised more than $38,000 in the weeks surrounding the November election, according to campaign finance forms recently filed with the city clerk.

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VVDailyPress: Hesperia teachers face layoffs

Board hears laundry list of suggestions to close expected $7M shortfall
February 20, 2011 8:40 AM
Beau Yarbrough

HESPERIA • Facing the prospect of a $7 million shortfall in the next school year, the Hesperia Unified School District is contemplating a wide variety of cuts, including laying off almost four dozen teachers.

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DailyBulletin: PUSD board expected to vote on layoffs

Wendy Leung, Staff Writer
Created: 02/20/2011 07:01:34 AM PST

It’s that time of the year for school districts to weigh in on those dreaded pink slips.

The Pomona Unified School District’s board is expected to vote on a resolution Tuesday that would allow administrators to issue preliminary layoff notices to some of the district’s teachers and other personnel. The notices would tell teachers, counselors and others represented by the Associated Pomona Teachers that their employment could end at the end of the current academic year.

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By Kevin Yamamura
Published: Monday, Feb. 21, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger hailed pension cuts last year as a major reform after Democrats and state worker unions agreed to concessions that ended a record-long budget stalemate.

But Republican lawmakers are clamoring for more.

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Calpensions: Pension debt bill: new drive toward 401(k)s

By Ed Mendel
February 21, 2011

IRVINE–The author of a bill in Congress that would result in public pensions reporting much larger debts expects the same outcome as his opponents — a move to switch to the 401(k)-style individual investment plans now common in the private sector.

As U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Visalia, spoke to local government officials last week at a pension “boot camp” held by reformers, he said the federal action could spark action by “folks on the ground” in the states.

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Calbuzz: The Case for Why Redevelopment Must Go

February 21, 2011

To hear mayors, council members and bureaucrats from throughout California screech and squeal about Gov. Jerry Brown’s call to shut down redevelopment agencies in favor of schools, the elderly and disabled, you’d think Krusty had proposed bulldozing Main Street.

As John Shirey, executive director of the California Redevelopment Association, put it the other day: “I must be clear: we are stridently (sic) opposed to the governor’s proposal to abolish redevelopment and our singular goal is to defeat this proposal that will destroy hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions in economic activity.”

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By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
February 21, 2011

Reporting from Lindsay, Calif. —
Awakened by the salary scandal in Bell, newly engaged citizens are turning out at community meetings and city halls across California, demanding public documents, asking tough questions and pushing for change.

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