Archive for June 7th, 2012

InlandPolitics: Aguilar can thank Justin Kim for CD 31 loss

Thursday, June 7, 2012 – 11:00 a.m.

Mayor Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands) can’t be too pleased with fellow democrat Justin Kim (D-Loma Linda) this week.

That’s the buzz ou there.

Kim blew Aguilar’s shot at representing the 31st Congressional District.

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InlandPolitics: Romney beats out Obama in May fundraising

$60.0 Million                               $76.8 Million


Thursday, June 7, 2012 – 10:20 a.m.

Mitt Romney and the Repubican National Committee outraised Obama and the Democratic National Committee in the month of May.

Is it really a surprise?

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County Supervisor Neil Derry left. Tribal Member James Ramos right.


Published: 06 June 2012 07:03 PM

Get ready for the sequel.

San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry and former San Manuel tribal chairman James Ramos will face each other again in November.

Their primary race was the most bitter and expensive of the county contests decided Tuesday, June 5.

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Riverside County Supervisor Bob Buster will face his first runoff election since 1992.



Published: 06 June 2012 05:34 PM

Bob Buster is facing a runoff for the first time in 20 years as he tries to protect his seat on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors from well-known, well-funded challenger Kevin Jeffries.

Semiofficial results from the Tuesday, June 5, primary election show Buster with roughly 39 percent of the vote in the First District race. Jeffries, a Republican state assemblyman from Lake Elsinore, got 31 percent; Mike Soubirous, a retired California Highway Patrol officer, trailed Jeffries by about 400 votes.

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Published: 05 June 2012 08:29 PM

Riverside City Councilman William “Rusty” Bailey took the top spot in the Riverside mayor’s race but didn’t get enough votes to avoid a November runoff with second-place candidate Ed Adkison.

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Candidates backed by a prosecutors group didn’t win races but may have drawn attention to courts



Published: 06 June 2012 06:28 PM

Four incumbent judges challenged in the primary election appear to have kept their benches, but voters may look differently at the judiciary, said one candidate and the leader of the prosecutors’ union that backed him.

While three of the judges appear to have handily won their races, according to semiofficial results, the most contentious race, between Riverside County Superior Court Judge Craig Riemer and Supervising Deputy District Attorney John Henry, had the incumbent ahead by about 2.5 points on Wednesday, June 6.

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The Sun: Supervisorial races will be ramping up

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/06/2012 05:54:24 PM PDT

Candidates for San Bernardino County’s 1st and 3rd District supervisorial seats will be ramping up their campaigns over the summer, vying to win in November’s general election.

In the 5th District, Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Josie Gonzales took home nearly 63 percent of the vote Tuesday, securing her place on the board for another four-year-term, her third.

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Congressman Gary Miller

Posted by Aaron Blake at 09:28 AM ET, 06/06/2012

House Republicans got a big break under California’s new primary system Tuesday, after Democrats failed to get a candidate into the general election for Rep. Gary Miller’s (R-Calif.) swing district.

Miller himself still faces a tough race against GOP state Sen. Bob Dutton, but the quirks of the new “top-two” system mean Democrats now have no chance at the district, which had been rated as a toss-up by some handicappers.

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Joe Garofoli
Thursday, June 7, 2012

After voters in San Jose and San Diego, two of California’s largest cities, rolled back public employee pensions in Tuesday’s election, pressure is mounting on Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature to take similar action to deal with financial crises that are crippling state and local governments.

But don’t expect politicians in California to attack the collective bargaining rights of public unions as they did in Wisconsin, experts said Wednesday. The Democratic Party controls both houses of the California Legislature and all of the statewide offices, and left-leaning politicians have little incentive to crack down on labor unions that are among the party’s major donors and suppliers of grassroots support.

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By Catherine Saillant and Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
June 7, 2012

Landslide victories on ballot measures to cut pension costs in two major California cities emboldened reform advocates, who said they expect a flurry of copycat initiatives and increased support for Gov. Jerry Brown’s long-stalled push to curb the state’s obligations to its employees.

In San Jose, nearly 70% of voters Tuesday approved a plan that gives workers the choice between increasing their pension contribution to 13% of their pay, currently 5% to 11%, or switching to a lower-cost plan with reduced benefits. It also steeply cuts benefits for new hires and tightens rules for disability retirements.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Voters say no to most charter changes


Published: 06 June 2012 05:57 PM

Supporters of seven proposed changes to Riverside’s city charter are scratching their heads over why five of the measures crashed and burned at the polls.

The proposals that passed were Measure H, which removed the city manager’s authority over employees of the city clerk and city attorney, and Measure K, a “cleanup” proposal that made minor language changes and allowed the city to post budget and audit information online instead of in paper form at libraries.

But on Tuesday, June 5, residents rejected the rest of the measures that would have changed the document that governs city operations:

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