Archive for January 9th, 2012

InlandPolitics: Cook drops supervisor bid, to run for Congress

Assemblyman Paul Cook, R-Yucca Valley

Monday, January 9, 2012 – 10:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 9, 2012 – 11.24 a.m.

According to the Z107.7 website in Morongo Basin, Assemblyman Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) has dropped his bid for a seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

The radio station apparently let the cat out of the bag early.

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The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Donnelly’s gun blows up Twitter

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks.

Published: 08 January 2012 07:02 PM

Last week started badly for Inland Assemblyman Tim Donnelly and only got worse.

The Twitter-verse erupted Tuesday after security officers found a loaded handgun in Donnelly’s carry-on luggage at Ontario International Airport. Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, said he forgot he had put the gun in his briefcase and believed he was carrying his laptop computer.

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The PE: CONGRESS: Lawmakers to look local in election year

Lawmakers will take on legislation sure to please most constituents and unlikely to alienate many at election time


Published: 08 January 2012 08:26 PM

WASHINGTON — Entering a contentious 2012 election season, Congress isn’t expected to tackle many of the nation’s most divisive issues.

Inland lawmakers hope to take advantage of the void left by shelved debates over immigration reform, health care, climate change and other battles by pressing forward with less controversial legislation focused on improving the region.

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The PE: REDEVELOPMENT: Court decision just the first step


Published: 08 January 2012 08:35 PM

SACRAMENTO — California redevelopment agencies have started the dissolution process after their disastrous legal defeat last month, even as supporters mount a last-ditch effort to maintain the community-improvement program in some form.

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Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/08/2012 06:03:56 AM PST

HINKLEY – The water agency supervising the clean-up of chromium 6 groundwater contamination here has asked Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to provide more scientific details on the study it did to determine the naturally occurring background level.

The request follows critical reports from three independent scientists recruited to evaluate the 2007 study which determined the Hinkley area has a naturally occurring chromium 6 level of 3.1 parts per billion.

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Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Created: 01/08/2012 06:03:56 AM PST

At most it will be $100,000.

Or not even enough to cover one-half of one furlough day.

That’s the assessment from the Upland Unified School District of what last week’s state Supreme Court decision on redevelopment agencies might mean – in a best-case scenario.

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January 08, 2012 3:14 PM
Brooke Edwards Staggs, City Editor

VICTORVILLE • Even before the state axed redevelopment agencies to bolster its budget, the viability of Victorville’s RDA was in question, according to an annual audit released this week.

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By David Siders and Torey Van Oot
Published: Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 – 7:05 am

Jeff Miller, Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential campaign chairman in California, was in Iowa with a handful of California lawmakers for last week’s caucuses. He may find himself in South Carolina when the race arrives there later this month.

He isn’t missing much back home.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 – 6:30 am

Last year, the state Supreme Court interjected itself – in a big way – into the perennial “tort war” that pits personal injury lawyers against insurance companies and business groups over the arcane rules of liability lawsuits.

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Calbuzz: Calbuzz Panel: Stick a Fork in the Republican Race

Monday, January 9, 2012

When the dust settles in New Hampshire, the 2012 Republican nomination for president will be written in granite and the name will be Willard Mitt Romney, according to the Calbuzz Advisory Board of Leading Authorities on Practically Everything, the greatest assemblage of political minds since Thorstein Veblen dined alone.

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Health & Welfare | Daily Report | Decoding Prime

January 9, 2012 | Lance Williams

FBI agents interviewed a former Shasta County hospital patient Friday amid indications of a widening federal inquiry into Medicare billing practices at the Prime Healthcare Services hospital chain.

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Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney, center, Rick Santorum, left, and Ron Paul pause during a break in Sunday’s debate in New Hampshire. Sharper attacks on Romney reflected divisions within the party. (Alex Wong, Getty Images / January 8, 2012)

By Paul West, Washington Bureau
January 8, 2012, 6:26 p.m.

Reporting from Concord, N.H.— A fusillade of attacks on front-runner Mitt Romney presages what is likely to be at least a month of internal warfare among Republicans as the presidential candidates head for the South, the heart of the GOP’s restive base.

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