Archive for February 22nd, 2012

InlandPolitics: Filippi to run for Upland mayor


UPLAND, CA– Upland City Councilman Gino L. Filippi announced today his intention to run for Mayor in the upcoming November 2012 election.

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InlandPolitics: Million Air dumps SBIA

Wednesday, February, 22, 2012 – 01:45 p.m.

As forewarned here at

Million Air Interlink has terminated its licensing agreement for a private terminal operated at San Bernardino International Airport to continue using its trade name.

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InlandPolitics: Ramos won’t seek Tribal chair post again

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 – 01:30 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 – 09:30 p.m.


San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman James Ramos announced today that he will not seek a third term as the Tribe’s leader in order to concentrate on his campaign for a seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
February 22, 2012

Republican Sen. Sharon Runner, who is awaiting a lung transplant for a rare autoimmune disease, announced today that she will not seek re-election in November.

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By John F. Berry
Posted on February 20, 2012 at 11:48 pm

Only the biggest of political wussies would claim a scheduling conflict to flee a candidate forum.

Yet James Ramos, after agreeing to appear at a March 1 forum with the Redlands Tea Party Patriots, did just that to escape appearing with his competitors for Neil Derry’s seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

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InlandPolitics: OpEd: Upland – City in crisis

By Mark Bertone
February 21, 2012

I am very concerned about the financial health of our City. The State of California has robbed our City of our RDA funds. These funds were set aside to fund infrastructure improvements, fund City staff, fund the expansion of much needed Senior housing and to provide programs in the community. We have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars investing in one local business downtown, Christophe’s. We are facing labor contract renewals in the coming future. We have pension obligations that are most likely underfunded. I enjoy the fact that my City has it’s own police and fire departments. I enjoy the fact that our City provides an extensive choice of recreational and senior programs for those who live in Upland. Friends, the choices our leaders have made in the past and the current spending trends frighten me. I’m afraid that these things I enjoy about Upland will soon be gone without immediate change.

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Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/21/2012 07:55:49 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – A company connected to airport developer Scot Spencer filed an appeal Tuesday against a Superior Court judge’s recent ruling that allowed airport officials to terminate its contract for not maintaining minimum fuel reserves for aircraft.

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Posted: 02/21/2012 05:53:33 PM PST

San Bernardino city clerk candidate Amelia Sanchez-Lopez on Tuesday requested a recount of the ballots cast in a tight run-off race in which she lost by only three votes.

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VVDailyPress: SEC subpoenas more Victorville records

Another city official called to testify
February 21, 2012 1:13 PM
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Brooke Edwards Staggs, City Editor

VICTORVILLE • The Securities and Exchange Commission is subpoenaing more information from Victorville and has interviewed another city official as part of its two-year investigation into how bond money was spent.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

The battle over the cameras that many California cities and counties use to nab motorists who blow through red lights or – more commonly – make rolling stops for right turns has raged in the Capitol for several years without resolution.

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Mitt Romney left. Rick Santorum Right.

By David Siders
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

While challengers rise and recede in the Republican presidential primaries, Mitt Romney’s sail remains full in California.

Rick Santorum, the most recent alternative to surge, remains six percentage points behind the former Massachusetts governor among California Republicans, according to a new Field Poll.

Newt Gingrich, who came within striking distance of Romney three months ago, has fallen nearly 20 points behind.

Though the Republican nominee is widely expected to be decided before California holds its primary election on June 5, the poll suggests a potential backstop for Romney should the race reach the Golden State.

“I find that remarkable,” said poll director Mark DiCamillo, that “in California, we haven’t seen the anti-Romney lead in any of our polls.”

Since winning the Republican primary in Missouri and caucuses in Colorado and Minnesota, Santorum has overtaken Romney in national polls, and he is narrowing the margin in California, where he trailed by 20 percentage points just weeks ago.

In polling conducted early this month, Romney led Santorum 38 percent to 18 percent among California Republicans, according to the poll. But by mid-February, Santorum was climbing, Romney’s lead just 31 percent to 25 percent. Both polls carry a seven-point margin of error.

“Success breeds success,” DiCamillo said. “(Santorum’s) wins in those three states … really changed things for him.”

Yet even as Santorum rises, Romney’s support among Republican voters in California remains above 30 percent, about where it has hovered for eight months. Texas Rep. Ron Paul and Gingrich, the former House speaker, were running third and fourth, with 16 percent and 12 percent, respectively.

Deborah Brightwell, 61, of Hanford said she supports Romney because he is “middle of the road.” Like Brightwell, fully two-thirds of California Republicans view Romney favorably, according to the poll.

But to more than a third of Republicans, it is not a satisfying field.

Just 10 percent of California’s registered Republicans are very satisfied with the party’s presidential candidates, according to the poll. Thirty-nine percent of Republicans are not at all satisfied or not too satisfied, while 47 percent are somewhat satisfied, according to the poll.

“I’m still looking,” said Robert Fulton, a retired police chief and city manager of Waterford. “Nobody really jumps out at me.”

The 70-year-old Republican said, “I guess Santorum comes about as close as I could gather … . I look at Romney, and he’s no conservative, that’s for sure.”

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On politics in the Golden State
February 21, 2012 | 11:57 am

Many of California’s biggest local governments spend an average of 10 cents of every dollar covering pension costs, according to a study of the largest independent pension plans released Tuesday.

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