Archive for February 23rd, 2011



On politics in the Golden State
February 23, 2011 | 11:05 am

Two-thirds of Republicans in the California Legislature announced Wednesday that they were forming a new group and pledged not only never to vote to raise taxes but also to block efforts to place a tax-hike measure before voters.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011 – 05:45 a.m.

Sources are telling that Upland City Manager Robb Quincey may become a possible casualty of the U.S. Department of Justice investigation into activities within the city.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011 – 05:40 a.m.

Expect more bad news on the crude oil / gasoline front today as conflict in the Middle East worsens.

A continued blow to the U.S. and World economy.

InlandPolitics: Blog viewership continues expansion


Wednesday, February 23, 2011 – 05:40 a.m. has experienced an explosion in growth this month, now that the website platform and database is configured to handle the higher traffic.

Yesterday the site had a new record of 78,121 hits. This puts the February total at 1,276,104.

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DailyBulletin: Upland Mayor Pomierski resigns

Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 02/22/2011 05:11:30 PM PST

UPLAND – John “JP” Pomierski resigned as mayor on Tuesday amid a federal investigation.

Pomierski, who has been under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service, filed his resignation after clearing out his office at City Hall. He offered no explanation for his decision.

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Wendy Leung, Staff Writer
Created: 02/22/2011 05:46:50 PM PST

UPLAND – Few in the city, including members of the City Council, knew Mayor John “JP” Pomierski would step down on Tuesday. But his resignation, under the cloud of an ongoing investigation by the FBI and IRS, was not entirely a surprise.

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The PE: UPLAND: Mayor resigns while under investigation

06:27 PM PST on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Upland Mayor John Pomierski, who has been under investigation by the FBI, resigned from office Tuesday.

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The PE: San Jacinto councilman announces Assembly run

Di Memmo

By PE Politics
on February 22, 2011 2:09 PM

San Jacinto Councilman Steven Di Memmo will be a candidate for state Assembly, he announced in a recent news release.

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The PE: EASTVALE: Council to mull posting motto

10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

On Feb. 16, Norco became the first Riverside County city to post the national motto “In God We Trust” in its council chambers.

The city of Eastvale may soon follow suit.

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Chantal M. Lovell, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/22/2011 05:47:10 PM PST

REDLANDS – City officials say they will continue to follow the transparency provisions of the Brown Act regardless of whether the state reimburses the city for doing so.

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DailyBulletin: Ethics panel holds first meeting


Supervisor seeks to rebuild public trust
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 02/22/2011 10:00:03 PM PST

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford on Tuesday convened her first meeting of her Ethics Advisory Working Group, which will work to restore public trust in county government through new policies and practices.

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10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

The Murrieta Valley Unified school board will consider cutting more than 100 teaching positions and furloughing dozens of non-union employees at a special meeting Thursday.

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The PE: PERRIS: City strives to exhaust redevelopment money

10:27 PM PST on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

A Perris councilman is suggesting exhausting his city’s redevelopment funds before the state can.

Mark Yarbrough called on his City Council colleagues and city staff to use up Perris’ redevelopment money before a proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to eliminate redevelopment agencies can take effect. Billions of redevelopment dollars not already committed to projects would be redirected to other priorities.

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Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 9:58 pm | Updated: 12:59 pm, Tue Feb 22, 2011.

Wednesday, February 2, 2010 | Last October, when District Attorney Tony Rackauckas cleared former State Senator Dick Ackerman of any illegal lobbying on the proposed sale of the Orange County Fairgrounds, his report stated that Ackerman didn’t violate a state ban on lobbying former colleagues because “his contact was not with state legislators.”

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By Vern Nelson
February 22, 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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Fair Political Practices Commission Chairwoman Ann Ravel says she shares politicians’ concerns about the agency’s practice of posting complaints on its website and may ask that complaints be kept off the site until they are substantiated.

By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
February 23, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento —

The new chief of the state’s campaign finance watchdog agency said she may try to keep complaints of wrongdoing against public officials off the Web until they have been substantiated.

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By Dan Walters The Sacramento Bee
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Gov. Jerry Brown says that March 10 – scarcely two weeks hence – is “very close” to a drop-dead date for legislators to approve his major budget provisions, especially one placing more than $11 billion a year in tax extensions before voters in June.

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Money & Company
Tracking the market and economic trends that shape your finances.
February 22, 2011 | 3:33 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown has pulled back two controversial, last-minute appointments made by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to a state teachers pension board.

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By Don Thompson
Associated Press
Posted: 02/22/2011 08:11:21 PM PST
Updated: 02/22/2011 10:05:23 PM PST

SACRAMENTO — Following the lead of Wisconsin’s governor, a Republican state assemblyman announced legislation Tuesday intended to eliminate collective bargaining for pension benefits by California’s public employees.

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Politico: Shutdown: Does GOP have the edge this time?


A new batch of House Republicans getting hammered for shutting down the government: That’s so 1995.

It all adds up to this: Republicans have less to fear from a government shutdown now than they did when they endured the blame 15 years ago — at least that’s the thinking in some GOP circles.

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LATimes: Union battles in 3 states escalate

Democrats in Indiana’s House flee to block anti-union legislation, and protesters rally in Ohio against a bill that would curb public employees’ collective bargaining rights. In Wisconsin, Gov. Walker threatens to lay off workers if his proposal doesn’t pass.

By Dan Hinkel and Richard Simon, Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times
February 22, 2011, 9:28 p.m.

Reporting from Madison, Wis., and Columbus, Ohio —

Facing widening Republican attacks on organized labor, Democrats struck back Tuesday with legislative walkouts and boisterous rallies across the Midwest to defend one of their core constituencies.

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