Archive for August 4th, 2011

InlandPolitics: Reality sets in, National debt hits 100% of GDP

Thursday, August 4, 2011 – 10:45 a.m.

Reality continues to set in on Wall Street this Thursday morning, with the major stock indices suffering a major pullback that has not only wiped out all of this years gains, but is now starting to erase last years.

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The Sun: Angry judge seeks copy of complaint


Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/03/2011 06:45:50 PM PDT

Retired San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Christopher Warner is demanding from former interim County Counsel Dennis Wagner a copy of a complaint Wagner filed against him and another judge in 2006 alleging judicial misconduct.

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The Sun: Postmus wanted ally for counsel

Bill Postmus

Supervisor focused on support for settlement
Mike Cruz and Joe Nelson, Staff Writers
Posted: 08/03/2011 09:17:44 PM PDT

A move to expedite a settlement with Rancho Cucamonga developer Colonies Partners LP in 2006 backfired on Bill Postmus, the chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors at the time.

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AlphenhornNews: Acres, aggregates and accusations

County Supervisor Janice Rutherford

Thursday, August 4, 2011
S. E. Williams
Staff Writer

When Janice Rutherford was elected Second District Supervisor last year, voters looked with renewed hope toward a future of clean government. Most were fed-up with the scandals and fraud that have plagued the county for nearly a generation.

The election, once again, gave voters a chance to elect new representation. Although this made voters hopeful—history in San Bernardino County has also taught them to be diligent and remain watchful.

As a result, when Rutherford approached the county’s Chief Administrative Officer Greg Devereaux and asked about the infamous “1,200 Acres” of undeveloped, surplus county flood control property in Rancho Cucamonga, alarm bells sounded and a weary constituency questioned, why?

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Posted: Thursday, August 4, 2011 8:19 am | Updated: 8:24 am, Thu Aug 4, 2011.
By Mary-Justine Lanyon, Editor

The commissioners were united in their thinking at last week’s meeting of the Lake Arrowhead Municipal Advisory Council: one mountain, one district.

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10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Sacramento Bureau

SACRAMENTO – On paper, last week’s preliminary remap of legislative and congressional districts in Inland Southern California is full of promise for would-be Democratic candidates and caucuses next year.

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10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Sacramento Bureau

SACRAMENTO – Being at the center of Capitol budget negotiations earlier this year seems to have been good for the bottom line of state Sen. Bill Emmerson’s campaign committee.

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The PE: Buster, Jeffries close in early fundraising

By PE Politics
August 3, 2011 9:27 AM

Riverside County Supervisor Bob Buster holds the early money lead over challenger Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries in their race for the Board of Supervisors next year.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Legal fees large expense for Derry

Supervisor Neil Derry and San Manuel Tribal Chairman James Ramos

10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Legal fees took up much of San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry’s campaign finances this year even as his opponent began building a formidable war chest, according to recently released campaign disclosure forms.

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08:12 AM PDT on Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Special Section: San Bernardino Co. Probe

The civil trial between San Bernardino County and San Bernardino Associated Governments tied to the political corruption scandal roiling county politics has been pushed to April 2012 by a San Diego County judge.

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The Sun: City clerk of Grand Terrace to resign

Citing family needs, she takes Upland job
Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/03/2011 04:25:17 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE – Brenda Mesa is resigning as city clerk, saying she took a part-time position with the city of Upland so she can work closer to home.

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DailyBulletin: Projects go on hold

FAA budget dries up
Work at local airports waits while dispute festers in D.C.
Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Created: 08/03/2011 09:16:38 PM PDT

A partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration over a partisan flap in Washington has affected airport projects in the Inland Empire and jeopardized jobs.

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The Sun: Ex-deputy Gastineau posts bail again

Amount was raised because of web post
Jesse B. Gill, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/03/2011 09:17:41 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – A former San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy who has been charged of having sex with a 16-year-old police Explorer is out of jail after posting increased bail Tuesday.

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VVDailyPress: Mitzelfelt shows faith in county

Brad Mitzelfelt

State of county resilient like High Desert, supervisor says
August 04, 2011 8:36 AM
Tomoya Shimura
Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • Despite the high unemployment rate and budget strain, 1st District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt expressed optimism that the state of San Bernardino County is resilient like the High Desert, speaking in front of more than 200 local business leaders Wednesday.

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Hesperia to pay $7.1M to keep RDAs’ doors open, Victorville to pay $2.8M
August 03, 2011 5:15 PM
Staff Writers

Both Hesperia and Victorville have agreed to pay the state a combined $10 million “ransom” this year to keep their redevelopment agencies alive, joining Apple Valley and a regional redevelopment agency in opting into California’s new alternative RDA program.

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SacBee: Efforts under way to unravel California’s budget

Governor Jerry Brown

By Kevin Yamamura
Published: Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011 – 6:28 am

Gov. Jerry Brown signed the state budget five weeks ago, but the battle over spending cuts and fees rages on outside the state Capitol.

In the latest bid to unravel the $85.9 billion general fund budget, advocates for doctors, insurers and low-income patients will ask federal officials in Washington today to reject $1.3 billion in Medi-Cal cuts they say will hurt the most vulnerable Californians.

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George Skelton

By George Skelton Capitol Journal
August 4, 2011

From Sacramento– They’re all huge targets as Congress takes aim at federal debt.

It’s unlikely the Obama administration would have defaulted on U.S. Treasury bonds even if Congress had remained gridlocked on debt ceiling legislation. Stiffing bondholders would have irreparably tarnished the nation’s image abroad. Instead, Washington would have slammed it to the states and federal contractors.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Do California Democrats want to eviscerate the initiative process, or merely smother it to death with a blanket of supposed reforms?

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By Michael Panush | 08/04/11 12:00 AM PST

For unions, it’s like a recurring nightmare – the attempt by Republicans and businesses to limit the unions’ ability to finance political campaigns.

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By Malcolm Maclachlan | 08/04/11 12:00 AM PST

To some, recently retired state Supreme Court Chief Justice Ron George will be most remembered for legalizing same-sex marriage in California. Others will remember him as the architect of a major restructuring of the state’s court system.

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Daily Report: K–12
August 4, 2011 | Joshua Emerson Smith

The California Teachers Association and California State Teachers’ Retirement System are opposing a bill that would limit pension “spiking,” the practice of boosting salaries right before retirement to increase pension payouts.

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