Archive for May 21st, 2011



By Wendy Leung and Joe Nelson, Staff Writers
Created: 05/20/2011 08:48:33 PM PDT

It started with a fugitive poster and a press conference declaring it the “biggest” corruption case the San Bernardino County district attorney has ever prosecuted.

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By Joe Nelson Staff Writer
Posted: 05/20/2011 04:23:56 PM PDT

A criminal complaint charging former San Bernardino County Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin with 21 felony counts in connection with a county corruption scandal was dismissed Friday in light of Erwin’s indictment last week on similar charges.

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*** Administrator’s Note: This one slipped by. But, David Allen clearly get the idea…….

David Allen, Staff Writer
Created: 05/14/2011 07:07:10 AM PDT

WELL, LAST week’s news about the Colonies Crossroads case was certainly splashy, what with four figures in the corruption investigation tossed in the clink and bail set at ax-murderer levels.

And the indictment by state and county prosecutors makes for fascinating reading. Let’s take a look at the highlights.

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Friday, May 20, 2011 – 10:53 a.m.

Well it’s been more than six months and a name is still conspicuously absent from San Bernardino County retirement rolls.

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10:00 PM PDT on Friday, May 20, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

A San Bernardino County Superior Court judge dismissed the original criminal charges against former Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin on Friday, allowing prosecutors to proceed with a new Grand Jury indictment.

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10:00 PM PDT on Friday, May 20, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County declared in impasse Friday in its contract talks with the Riverside Sheriff’s Association.

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The PE: Missed deadline raises aerial firefighting concern

10:16 PM PDT on Friday, May 20, 2011

Washington Bureau

Special Section: Inland Wildfires

WASHINGTON – On the cusp of another California wildfire season, Sen. Dianne Feinstein is raising concerns about the U.S. Forest Service’s failure to complete plans to modernize its aerial firefighting fleet.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Attorney fired after raising questions

By PE News
May 20, 2011 12:13 PM

The city of Riverside has fired a deputy city attorney who raised questions about how the city awards contracts. In an email to the City Council in March, Raychele Sterling wrote that employees told her they were ordered to steer contracts to the city manager’s friends.

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DailyBulletin: Inland Empire unemployment continues to drop

State below 12% for first time since ’09
By Liset Marquez Staff Writer
Created: 05/20/2011 08:48:33 PM PDT

The Inland Empire jobless rate dropped one-half of 1 percentage point in April while in California it fell below 12 percent for the first time since August 2009.

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By Dan Walters The Sacramento Bee
Published: Friday, May. 20, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Gov. Jerry Brown says California has a “wall of debt” that must be reduced – and is now using it as his chief rationale for a temporary boost in taxes.

At the same time, however, he is proposing to borrow billions more by issuing some of the bonds that voters have authorized for public works projects. And therein lies a rub.

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The State Worker
Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers
May 20, 2011

Thumbnail image for LAO logo.jpgThe Legislative Analyst’s Office has given a thumbs down on Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal to give CalPERS $1.5 million to develop a hybrid pension plan study.

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CapitolWeekly: New SEIU strategy targets Republicans

By John Howard | 05/20/11 12:00 AM PST

One of the state’s most potent political forces is the 700,000-member Service Employees International Union, the liberal, hard-nosed stalwart of the Democratic Party and a political kingmaker.

But the internal reality of SEIU is surprising: A new survey of its membership shows that more than a fourth are registered Republicans or unaffiliated – 87,000 GOP and 93,000 decline to state – which means SEIU can put Republican troops on the ground in key races to elect moderate Republicans.

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