The Rundown

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Posted December 17, 2009 in News

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8

Worth knowing as you get into the swing of your holiday partying: the Hudson Theater is three times more popular than any other nightclub in San Bernardino. Worth asking yourself as you plan your night on the Hudson: How much do I like police to show up while I’m partying? Because this particular measure of the Hudson Theater’s popularity has been calculated on a cop-o-meter—otherwise known as the record of calls-for-service—which shows that during the last year police have been called to the Hudson three times more than other San Bernardino nightclubs. The numbers, please: from August 2008 to August 2009, police responded to 332 calls for service at the Hudson Theater—despite only being open two nights a week. Those calls included a riot in February and a shooting death in May. They do not include the gang showdown in which three people were stabbed because that happened early this month. Partaaaay! “We have an issue there and we’re very frustrated,” Lt. Jarrod Burguan tells San Bernardino Sun reporter Stacia Glenn. “Clearly they are a disproportionate drain on our resources.” Funny, that’s the same euphemism I use after visiting the bathroom during a particularly bad holiday party hangover.

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9

Rep. Joe Baca of Rialto (D-Worst) is dropping his latest self-promoting legislative stunt, recalculating that his attempt to absorb some of Tiger Woods’ reflected glory might not be such a good idea anymore. Back in March, Baca began an effort to get the world’s greatest golfer a Congressional Gold Medal—the highest award Congress has to honor civilians for achievements and contributions to society. You might remember that back in March, the people in Baca’s congressional district were suffering through the worst economic era of their lifetimes—or you might remember that they still are. And the next time you go to the polls, you might want to remember that Baca was spending his time sucking up to a billionaire celebrity golfer. But not anymore. Now Baca is capitalizing on Woods’ disintegrating reputation, adding fuel to the media fire—and setting himself up as some sort of moral giant—by announcing that he doesn’t think Woods would be such a good candidate for the Congressional Gold Medal “in light of the recent developments surrounding Tiger Woods and his family.” 

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10

Mt. San Jacinto College’s public information office puts out a press release announcing that the Board of Trustees has accepted the resignation of Kevin Segawa, former college police chief, about a week after the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office filed eight felony and two misdemeanor counts against Segawa. If you are wondering what those charges might be or how Segawa’s behavior may have compromised the safety and integrity of the college during his tenure, you’re not going to find them in the press release. Instead, there’s this self-serving—not to mention deceptive—statement from Superintendent/President Roger Schultz: “This action is in the best interest of the college, its staff and students. It is time to move forward and continue our focus on providing the highest quality education for our communities.” Where was concern about the best interest of the college, staff and students while Segawa was engaging in behavior that led to charges of bribery, forgery, perjury, embezzlement, destroying court records and concealing evidence? Where does Schultz get the gall to talk about “providing the highest quality education for our communities?” If the press release reveals anything of importance to the public it’s that even as this publicly funded educational institution attempts to come clean about the behind-the-scenes corruption it allowed to proceed unchecked for years, it just can’t—secrecy and sleaziness is just too much a part of its culture. Pompous scumbags.

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11

Meanwhile, back at the Hudson Theater, the owners’ attorney, Roger Diamond, disputes the number of calls for service cited by police. He says a lot of those come from the same lady, who repeatedly calls to complain about loud music. Party on!

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12

Norco High alumnus Toby Gerhart of Stanford barely misses winning the Heisman Trophy, coming in second in the closest vote ever for the prestigious award that honors the year’s finest college football player. Gerhart’s loss is so heartbreaking that the winner, Alabama’s Mark Ingram Jr., repeatedly breaks into tears while giving his acceptance speech. That is why he was crying, isn’t it?

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13

Day of rest.

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 14

Now that he’s had time to think, the Hudson Theater’s attorney, Roger Diamond, acknowledges that the club’s clientele may have something to do with the crimes occurring outside the Hudson. But then he thinks some more and blames city officials for having “no ability to function.” And then he says this: “It may just be that the San Bernardino people are hoodlums and not as nice as people in other cities. You do have a criminal element there. But you have a bunch of yokels trying to run the situation.


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