Archive for October 18th, 2011

InlandPolitics: Old Fire prosecution a case of political opportunism?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 – 04:30 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 – 07:15 p.m.

The attorney representing Rickie Lee Fowler is bringing forward strong accusations these days.

Fowler faces capital charges from allegations that he is the perpetrator who set the 2003 Old Fire. The case against him was brought by the District Attorney through a grand jury indictment obtained at the end of the criminal statute of limitations period.

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InlandPolitics: More tips wanted!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 – 10:55 a.m.

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InlandPolitics: It’s simple. There’s too much debt

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 – 10:45 a.m.

Wall Street seem to be cheering the increase in consumer debt last month as a sign that there’s no double-dip recession.

What the hell!

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InlandPolitics: O.C. Businessman’s new target: Palmdale

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 – 10:15 a.m.

After helping drain Victorville’s finances an Orange County businessman has now set his sights on a new public trough.

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Published: 17 October 2011 08:04 PM

WASHINGTON — Incumbents outpaced challengers in fundraising efforts in the third quarter , as candidates in the freshly redrawn set of Inland congressional districts amassed their war chests in advance of the 2012 elections, new campaign finance reports show.

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San Bernardino’s council sends it to committee, but a proposal on campaign financing doesn’t advance


Published: 17 October 2011 09:52 PM

The San Bernardino City Council on Monday approved further discussion of a proposal for term limits but rejected a motion that would have continued discussion about campaign contribution limits.

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The Sun: OpEd: Union undermines respect for police


Point of View
Councilman Tobin Brinker
Posted: 10/17/2011 04:04:50 PM PDT

When the police union leaders lie to try to elect a candidate to the San Bernardino City Council, they undermine the public’s faith in the ability of our officers to enforce our laws fairly.

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The Sun: San Bernardino swears in new police chief

Robert Handy was sworn in Monday as San Bernardino’s new police chief. Handy described plans to use new technology to help fight crime and to deepen partnerships with residents and community organizations. (Micah Escamilla Correspondent)

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/17/2011 06:40:41 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Police Chief Robert Handy was sworn in before a crowd of colleagues and relatives Monday at the City Council meeting.

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Leticia Garcia and Acquanetta Warren

Ryan Carter, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/17/2011 06:47:45 PM PDT

FONTANA – School board member Leticia Garcia apologized Monday for not telling the public that she is married to a man convicted of murder, even as the mayor called for her to step down from her leadership position on the board.

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Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Created: 10/17/2011 04:37:05 PM PDT

The leader of a Rancho Cucamonga-based group that has been fighting all marijuana legalization efforts is blasting the California Medical Association recommendation to decriminalize and regulate marijuana.

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Joe Nelson, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Created: 10/17/2011 02:10:43 PM PDT

Jim Erwin
The attorney defending former San Bernardino County Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin in a sweeping corruption probe is alleging that an FBI search of Erwin’s home was flawed and that Erwin’s civil rights were violated.

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By Dale Kasler
Published: Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011 – 7:55 am

California’s big public pension funds are already short tens of billions of dollars. An organization of accountants is about to make the picture look even worse.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: High-speed choo-choo to nowhere

Dan Walters

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

When the Obama administration gave California several billion dollars for its proposed high-speed rail project last year, it attached an odd string.

The money had to be spent, the feds said, on a relatively short stretch in the San Joaquin Valley.

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By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press
Posted: 10/17/2011 03:06:29 PM PDT
Updated: 10/17/2011 03:07:27 PM PDT

WASHINGTON — California lawmakers who employed a treasurer facing federal embezzlement charges reported some steep financial losses to their campaigns, with Democratic Rep. Linda Sanchez taking the hardest hit of $322,000.

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Money & Company
Tracking the market and economic trends that shape your finances.
October 17, 2011 | 5:25 pm

Individual investors on Monday placed orders for about 14% of a $1.8-billion sale of tax-free bonds by California, a relatively low turnout for a state debt sale.

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CCTimes: Obama nominates Cal alumnus to 9th Circuit court


By Josh Richman
Monday, October 17th, 2011 at 3:17 pm in Obama presidency.

President Obama today nominated a Cal alumnus and former federal prosecutor to serve on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Paul Watford, 44, of Pasadena, is an appellate litigation partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP in Los Angeles, where he has worked since 2001. A registered Democrat, his work spans administrative, antitrust, consumer class action, state and federal constitutional, and securities law issues, and he has authored or edited briefs in nearly 20 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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