Archive for March 8th, 2012

InlandPolitics: Well did he or didn’t he?

Thursday, March 8, 2012 – 10:30 a.m.

Is State Senator Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga) backpedaling on his endorsement of democrat James Ramos?

Or did he ever endorse Ramos at all?

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Thursday, March 8, 2012 – 09:45 a.m.

It appears that a San Diego County democrat Assemblyman may be feeling the heat.

Or maybe he figured out the votes aren’t there to remove California Fish and Game Commission President Dan Richards.

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InlandPolitics: Wolfe a fine choice for SANBAG post

Thursday, March 8, 2012 – 09:15 a.m.

San Bernardino County’s transportation agency made a great choice in hiring Ray Wolfe as its executive director.

Wolfe’s hiring brings a well experienced person to the helm of San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG).

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Gallup: U.S. Unemployment Up in February

March 8, 2012
Underemployment is 19.1%, up from 18.7% in January
by Dennis Jacobe, Chief Economist

PRINCETON, NJ — U.S. unemployment, as measured by Gallup without seasonal adjustment, increased to 9.1% in February from 8.6% in January and 8.5% in December.

The 0.5-percentage-point increase in February compared with January is the largest such month-to-month change Gallup has recorded in its not-seasonally adjusted measure since December 2010, when the rate rose 0.8 points to 9.6% from 8.8% in November. A year ago, Gallup recorded a February increase of 0.4 percentage points, to 10.3% from 9.9% in January 2011.

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Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/07/2012 04:53:53 PM PST

More than 73,000 signatures were submitted to the Registrar of Voters on Wednesday to qualify the “Part-Time Pay for Part-Time Work” initiative, which would establish a part-time Board of Supervisors, for the November ballot.

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The Sun: Caltrans district chief gets SanBAG job


Raymond W. Wolfe has been hired as executive director for San Bernardino Associated Governments. (San Bernardino Associated Governments)


Melissa Pinion-Whitt and Jim Steinberg, Staff Writers
Posted: 03/07/2012 01:48:49 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – The executive director of Caltrans’ Inland Empire division on Wednesday was named the new head of San Bernardino Associated Governments, SanBAG officials said Wednesday.

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Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/07/2012 01:50:04 AM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – The school board voted after midnight Wednesday to eliminate a record 251 positions from next year’s budget.

The lion’s share of those jobs are elementary school teachers, with the equivalent of 115 full-time K-6 teaching positions cut from the San Bernardino City Unified School District’s 2012-13 budget.

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Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 03/07/2012 10:52:39 AM PST

RIVERSIDE – Daniel Richards had a friendly crowd at Wednesday’s California Fish and Game Commission meeting.

The meeting was the first since the fallout surrounding a hunting trip Richards took to Idaho in January, where he legally hunted and killed a mountain lion.

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March 07, 2012 4:23 PM
Natasha Lindstrom, Staff Writer

Three candidates have now declared bids to replace Assemblyman Steve Knight in the 36th Assembly District.

Two weeks ago Knight announced he wouldn’t seek re-election in the Assembly and is instead pursuing the 21st Senate District seat covering areas currently represented by Sharon Runner, who is bowing out of politics as she recovers from double lung transplant surgery.

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Eight candidates now in race
March 07, 2012 3:57 PM
From Staff Reports

VICTORVILLE • Robert Lovingood, president of ICR Staffing Services in Victorville, announced Wednesday he’s in the race for San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor.

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LATimes: Jerry Brown’s tax has narrow backing, poll finds

On politics in the Golden State
March 7, 2012 | 9:00 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed tax hike is favored by a slim majority of California voters, according to a new poll released Wednesday night.

The survey by the Public Policy Institute of California found that 52% of likely voters back the temporary combination of a half-cent sales tax hike and higher levies on wealthy earners. Forty percent oppose it, while 8% are undecided.

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By Marc Lifsher
March 7, 2012, 11:53 a.m.

The chief actuary of California’s biggest public pension fund is recommending that it cut its assumed-rate-of-return target by half a percentage point.

The change, if adopted by the board of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System next Wednesday, could boost retirement costs by millions of dollars for the state government and more than 3,000 local agencies that participate in CalPERS.

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