Gas Prices and Politics

Post from the voice of the people San Bernardino Sun

 

Thank you, Obama

 

Posted:   02/24/2012 06:18:38 PM PST

 I miss the good ol’ days, say 2002, when gas was $1.40 per gallon and people thought it just couldn’t get any higher. President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney were vilified in the newspapers and on television.

Sens. Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Charles Schaumer and Ted Kennedy accused the president and vice president of being big oil men. Our local television reporters would almost daily stand outside one of the gas stations and report on accusations of price gouging and how the big oil companies were raking in. With the Democratic-controlled Senate, the prices kept rising and distressed Americans continued to berate Bush and Cheney.

When Barack Obama was sworn in as our new president in January 2009, gas had risen to around $2.50 per gallon and President Obama said “Enough is enough. It’s time for change.”

Here we are three years later, and I just passed by our local AM/PM gas station and – low and behold – the gas price was $4.09 per gallon. But if you buy a car wash, it is only $3.89 per gal.

Thank goodness President Obama came along just in the nick of time to save us. We don’t have to watch those daily reports on television about those evil gas companies anymore. Everyone is so happy with our new gas prices that there wasn’t even an outcry when our president said no to the Keystone pipeline.

Californians are so happy with President Obama that Los Angeles threw a big party for him and for a measly $35,800 you could

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Why are we posting the weather forecast? Well if you’ve been a fan of The Children’s Boutique for a while you know what’s coming! You got it, Rain = 25% off your purchases! (can not be combined with any other discount of course…and it must be raining when you come in and ask for your FB “Rain” discount). Don’t worry you won’t get too wet, we have bags to keep your purchases dry!

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Tell them you found it on Rialto Now

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actually sit down for dinner with our concerned and benevolent president.

This is going to be an exciting next four or five years if President Obama wins and we watch our president lead us along the road of happiness toward the day when we will be able to justly pay what those lucky European nations pay for their liter of petrol. Thank you, President Obama!

CHUCK NEIGHBORS

Highland

Fontana police cite rapid rise in property crimes

Fontana police cite rapid rise in property crimes since start of early-out program for prisoners

Posted:   02/24/2012 08:48:10 PM PST

 
 

A recent increase in property crimes has Fontana police wondering if Assembly Bill 109, the Public Safety Realignment Plan, is to blame.Fontana police officials can’t say the two are absolutely related, but they are pointing out that the increase in auto theft, burglary, arson and larceny became a reality after realignment went into effect.

“We can find no other logical explanation for the increase in crime other than realignment,” said Police Chief Rod Jones.

AB 109, which results in the early release of some inmates from jail, went into effect on Oct. 1.

Between January and August, property crimes went up 5 percent compared to the previous year, Jones said. But in the months following realignment, property crimes increased 20 percent to 25 percent.

“They went up at least four times as much … the last past of the year,” he said.

In Ontario, it’s a different story as property crimes have stayed flat, officials said.

“It’s such a small sampling of time,” said Ontario police Sgt. David McBride. “There is no accurate way to correlate the early release of individuals and any change of crime statistics.”

It would be better to wait until a full year passes to get a more accurate picture, McBride said.

Jones agreed that there will be more conclusive evidence in time.

“After a year, two years, we will see people released who reoffend, and we can track those things,” Jones said.

But Fontana police officers are frustrated with the new bill.

“It’s very discouraging and doesn’t serve as any kind of deterrent for these guys,” said Fontana police Sgt. Billy Green. “There are people we arrest for burglary – we have confirmed that they kicked in a door and burglarized a home, which is a felony crime – and they are getting out of jail in 14 hours.”

In addition to the lack of jail time, Green said he is frustrated with the exceptions in the Penal Code of crimes for which those convicted are not eligible for early release.

“Penal Code 598c – the possession or importation of horse meat – is not eligible for AB109 for early release,” Green said. “But burglary is.”

To air their frustrations, and ask for front-line public safety funding, Jones has eight appointments Tuesday with local legislators.

“Our budgets are strapped the same way theirs is,” Jones said. “We’ve got to have funding for this.”

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