InlandPolitics: Redacted Mueller Report available here.

 

Thursday, April 18, 2019 – 09:45 a.m.

This morning US. Attorney General William Barr released a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, III.

To read the report, click the following link: https://www.justice.gov/storage/report.pdf

The Sun: Status Update: Report finds more money landing in Inland paychecks

Wages in San Bernardino and Riverside counties increased 2.8 percent in the first three months of 2019, the UCR School of Business’ Center for Economic Forecasting and Development reported.

By Jack Katzanek | jkatzanek@scng.com |
Published: April 1, 2019 at 8:00 am | Updated: April 1, 2019 at 8:00 am

More cash made its way to Inland Empire workers in the first quarter of this year, according to a UC Riverside report. But wage increases across Southern California were smaller than gains statewide.

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Judge David Cohn has denied a request for preliminary injunctions to be issued against several approved applicants

By Brian Whitehead | bwhitehead@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: March 29, 2019 at 5:29 pm | Updated: March 30, 2019 at 12:04 am

A San Bernardino County Superior Court judge denied a request to halt San Bernardino’s licensing of commercial cannabis businesses alleged to be out of compliance with city law or the general plan.

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The Sun: San Manuel Casino names new general manager

Peter Arceo joined the resort in 2015 and has held roles both as Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Operating Officer.

By Alex Groves | agroves@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
Published: March 29, 2019 at 11:56 am | Updated: March 29, 2019 at 11:57 am

San Manuel Casino has a new general manager in former Chief Operating Officer Peter Arceo, officials announced Friday, March 29.

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Daily Press: Holland says fellow Councilman behind recall

By Rene Ray De La Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: Mar 10, 2019 at 5:41 AM

HESPERIA — Mayor Pro Tem Bill Holland and real estate broker Bill Jensen chastised Councilman Jeremiah Brosowske at a recent City Council meeting for allegedly taking part in a recall effort against Holland.

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A preliminary injunction hearing concerning a suit against the city is scheduled for later in March

By Brian Whitehead | bwhitehead@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: March 8, 2019 at 3:12 pm | Updated: March 9, 2019 at 5:30 pm

A San Bernardino Superior Court judge lifted temporary restraining orders imposed last week against seven commercial cannabis businesses recently approved by San Bernardino city leaders.

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Stephanie Smith is the self-proclaimed largest cannabis landlord in California and has become a major advocate for the industry.

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com and Brian Whitehead | bwhitehead@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: March 7, 2019 at 7:15 pm | Updated: March 8, 2019 at 1:18 am

  • Police found $200,000 in cash and thousands of opioids stashed in Stephanie Smith’s house, but she has explanations

They found heaps of cash, $200,000 in all, concealed everywhere — in a green metal ammunition box hidden under a step, stuffed inside a paint can, in a shoe box, and in a Dodgers duffel bag crammed into a propane BBQ grill.

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris of California seeks support at a town hall meeting in North Las Vegas.Photo: Santiago Mejia / The Chronicle

Joe Garofoli
March 6, 2019
Updated: March 6, 2019 – 4:53 p.m.

LAS VEGAS — Even at this early stage in the presidential race, California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris has hit upon a crowd-pleasing proposal: Give a $500 monthly tax credit to families earning less than $100,000.

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By Wes Venteicher
March 04, 2019 10:16 AM,
Updated March 04, 2019 06:47 PM

The California Supreme Court on Monday upheld a pension law that stripped a retirement perk from public employees, issuing a narrow ruling that sidestepped a bigger question about whether employers can reduce pension benefits for current workers.

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The beaches of Maui are a popular destination for California lawmakers. (Irene Lechowitzky)

By Patrick McGreevy and Taryn Luna
Mar 05, 2019 | 12:45 PM

| Sacramento

California lawmakers were showered with more than $810,000 in gifts last year, many from powerful interest groups lobbying the state who handed out concert and professional sports tickets, spa treatments, gourmet dinners and trips to a dozen countries, new state reports show.

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The new sheriff, who took office in January, is on a hiring spree to make up for what he describes as his predecessor’s failings

By Jeff Horseman | jhorseman@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
Published: March 4, 2019 at 6:00 am | Updated: March 4, 2019 at 6:00 am

For years, Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff said shrinking budgets imposed on him by the Board of Supervisors made it hard to put as many deputies on the street as he would have liked, particularly in unincorporated communities.

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The Sun: San Bernardino sued again over commercial cannabis licensing process

Companies who have filed suit want a light shined on the city’s four-phase selection process

By Brian Whitehead | bwhitehead@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: March 1, 2019 at 2:57 pm | Updated: March 1, 2019 at 3:26 pm

Another denied applicant has sued San Bernardino over the city’s embattled commercial cannabis licensing process, calling greater attention to alleged illegal acts by those in charge of the whole operation.

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The temporary restraining orders allow the businesses to contest allegations made in a lawsuit against the city

By Brian Whitehead | bwhitehead@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: February 27, 2019 at 12:52 pm | UpdatedFebruary 27, 2019 at 6:44 pm

A week after San Bernardino city leaders approved 16 commercial cannabis businesses, a local judge halted the licensing process for seven of them.

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By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com
and Scott Schwebke | sschwebke@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: February 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm | Updated: February 25, 2019 at 7:46 pm

  • Stephanie Smith alleges ‘pay-for-play’ scheme in lawsuit seeking to halt commercial operator licenses

A Pacific Palisades woman who heads a company that was blocked last week from setting up legitimate commercial cannabis operations in San Bernardino sued the city on Monday, Feb. 25 alleging corrupt practices involving a “pay for play” scheme.

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Annual address themed “From Foundation to Future”

By Staff report
Published: February 24, 2019 at 8:00 am | Updated: February 24, 2019 at 8:00 am

Rancho Cucamonga Mayor L. Dennis Michael will look back on 2018 and share plans for the coming year at the annual State of the City address on Thursday, Feb. 28.

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The Sun: California’s ‘cannabis landlord’ pleads not guilty, released on bail

Stephanie Smith is the self-proclaimed largest cannabis landlord in California and has become a major advocate for the industry.

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com and Scott Schwebke | sschwebke@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: February 22, 2019 at 7:41 pm | Updated: February 23, 2019 at 1:53 am

As California’s self-proclaimed “cannabis landlord” sat in a Los Angeles County jail Thursday night on a drug charge, her real estate attorney stood before San Bernardino city officials trying to expand her empire.

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The Sun: This is how many commercial cannabis licenses San Bernardino approved

By Brian Whitehead | bwhitehead@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: February 21, 2019 at 9:20 pm | Updated: February 22, 2019 at 6:08 pm

For about three hours Thursday, Feb. 21, dozens of applicants pitched their businesses to city leaders

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Stephanie Smith is the self-proclaimed largest cannabis landlord in California and has become a major advocate for the industry.

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: February 21, 2019 at 7:40 pm | Updated: February 23, 2019 at 2:06 am

  • The wealthy real estate developer and mother of five was booked on suspicion of possessing drugs for sale

A real estate developer who touts herself as “California’s cannabis landlord” was arrested during a raid by San Bernardino police at her Pacific Palisades home, authorities confirmed Thursday.

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Daily Bulletin: California’s job growth to dip from more robust years, report says

California is expected to add 322,700 jobs this year and 318,500 next year. But the state is not building nearly enough homes to meet the demand, according to a new report.

By Kevin Smith | kvsmith@scng.com | San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Published: February 20, 2019 at 12:01 am | Updated: February 20, 2019 at 12:02 am

  • Clouds on the horizon include transit issues and not enough housing to support all the job growth.

California’s economy is expected to add more than 300,000 jobs this year and in 2020, but that will fall well below some of the more robust growth years the state experienced over the last half-decade.

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By Sandra Emerson | semerson@scng.com |
Published: February 19, 2019 at 4:25 pm | Updated: February 19, 2019 at 6:50 pm

Dan Flores has worked side by side outgoing Supervisor Josie Gonzales in San Bernardino County’s 5th District for the past 14 years. Now Gonzales’ chief of staff is looking to succeed his boss when the seat opens in 2020.

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By Teri Sforza | tsforza@scng.com | Orange County Register
Published: February 18, 2019 at 8:50 am | Updated: February 18, 2019 at 8:52 am

  • Some ‘have abused the public trust by hoarding vast sums of money.’ one reformer says

California’s most affluent special districts nearly doubled their spending over the course of a decade, while the value of their cash and investments nearly tripled, according to a Southern California News Group analysis of state data.

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Mark Gutglueck
Posted on February 16, 2019

Jessie Flores, who was inserted into the post of city manager last year by the controlling coalition of the city council as it was formerly composed, was placed on paid administrative leave by a 5-to-0 vote of the Adelanto City Council on Wednesday.

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The arrivals area of the San Bernardino International Airport’s passenger terminal. Friday August 28, 2009. Rick Sforza/Staff Photographer

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: February 17, 2019 at 8:30 am | Updated: February 17, 2019 at 8:31 am

  • Nearly 4,000 jobs and millions in revenue expected within 5 years, officials say

San Bernardino International Airport and Hillwood Enterprises, LP are moving forward with plans to develop a massive air cargo logistics center at the airport that would house up to 16 aircraft and provide round-the-clock operations.

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Daily Bulletin: Rancho Cucamonga says goodbye to former mayor Bill Alexander

By Beau Yarbrough | byarbrough@scng.com | Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Published: February 16, 2019 at 10:45 pm | Updated: February 16, 2019 at 10:45 pm

Fifty years after he and his family arrived, Rancho Cucamonga said farewell to former mayor William “Bill” Alexander.

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Jim Brulte, chairman of the California Republican Party and a former GOP leader in the state Senate and Assembly.

By Kevin Modesti | kmodesti@scng.com | Daily News
Published: February 15, 2019 at 5:57 pm | Updatd: February 16, 2019 at 7:56 pm

  • Party struggled in the former San Bernardino lawmaker’s six years at helm, but he’s credited with rebuilding the party organization

Not that he’s counting down his days to freedom or anything, but Jim Brulte seemed keenly aware that the end of his time as California Republican Party chairman was 11 days away — not 10, not an even dozen — as he sat for an interview Thursday at his house in Fontana.

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The Sun: Hail to the sheriff: Trump praises San Bernardino County’s McMahon

By Brian Rokos | brokos@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
Published: February 13, 2019 at 7:10 pm | Updated: February 13, 2019 at 7:13 pm

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon was sitting in the audience Wednesday during a joint meeting of the Major County Sheriffs of America and Major Cities Chief Association in Washington DC when the speaker surprised the sheriff by calling him to the front.

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San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman welcomes attendees to the State of the County 2019 Regional Business Summit at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario on Tuesday, February 12, 2019. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

By Sandra Emerson | semerson@scng.com |
Published: February 12, 2019 at 7:35 pm | Updated: February 12, 2019 at 7:39 pm

County and business leaders touted the region as a fast-growing, innovative place to live and work during the State of the County 2019 regional business summit Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.

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California union ranks statewide thinned by 86,000 — a drop of 3.4 percent in a year.

By Jonathan Lansner | jlansner@scng.com | Orange County Register
Published: February 12, 2019 at 2:00 pm | Updated: February 12, 2019 at 4:54 pm

California’s labor movement didn’t have a swell 2018 and shrinking membership could be bad for your wealth, union fan or not.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom pledges to scale back high-speed rail and twin-tunnels projects in State of the State speech

By Phil Willon and Taryn Luna
Feb 12, 2019 | 5:40 PM

Sacramento —

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced in his first State of the State speech that he intends to scale back California’s $77-billion bullet train project, saying that while the state has the capacity to complete the first leg in the Central Valley, extending the rail line to Southern California and the Bay Area would “cost too much and, respectfully, take too long.”

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InlandPolitics: Wishing Everyone a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday

Thursday, November 22, 2018 – 08:00 a.m.

InlandPolitics would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and a political timeout.

Daily Bulletin: District elections, voters shake up Chino, Pomona, Upland

By David Allen | dallen@scng.com | Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Published: November 11, 2018 at 10:00 am | Updated: November 11, 2018 at 10:01 am

The blue wave, teal ripple, purple eddy or whatever combination color/water feature we saw at the national level promises divided government, which is often the best kind.

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InlandPolitics: Celebrating Veterans Day 2018

Sunday, November 11, 2018 – 08:00 a.m.

Thank you to all of the men and women, who honorably served, and have served, to defend and protect our great country.

R. Carey Davis, left, and John Valdivia are running for San Bernardino mayor.

By Brian Whitehead | bwhitehead@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: November 9, 2018 at 4:53 pm | Updated: November 9, 2018 at 4:54 pm

San Bernardino Councilman John Valdivia still leads incumbent Mayor Carey Davis in the race for the city’s top elected position, unofficial Election Day results updated Friday, Nov. 9, show.

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By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com and Scott Schwebke | sschwebke@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: November 9, 2018 at 12:25 pm | Updated: November 9, 2018 at 7:17 pm

Redlands police have arrested a former high school drama teacher on suspicion of having sex with two underage students and possession of child pornography, making him the third former teacher in the school district to be charged with sexual abuse in the past five years.

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By Sandra Emerson | semerson@scng.com | Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Published: November 9, 2018 at 6:01 pm | Updated: November 9, 2018 at 6:01 pm

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors will meet Tuesday, Nov. 13 to discuss the process for filling the impending vacancy following James Ramos’ likely win in the 40th Assembly District.

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The Sun: Inland voters open door to — and agree to tax — marijuana industry

By David Downey | ddowney@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
Published: November 7, 2018 at 6:05 pm | Updated: November 7, 2018 at 7:05 pm

Voters in several Inland communities appeared to say Tuesday, Nov. 6, that they are ready to welcome the marijuana industry — and especially to tax it — with the notable exception of Hemet.

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InlandPolitics: Democrats heading for bad Election Day result

Jim Erwin
Sunday, November 4, 2018 – 12:30 p.m.

Now that I finally have some time to do some writing on politics, let’s get to it!

I prefer to render political observations after taking in data from a broad spectrum of sources and feedback. Two years ago it had become pretty clear to me in the final four weeks leading up to the presidential Election that Donald Trump would prevail.

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Former San Bernardino County Assessor and former county supervisor Bill Postmus listens to his attorney Jeffrey Lawrence (not pictured) during a sentencing and motion hearing at the San Bernardino Justice Center in San Bernardino on Friday, November 2, 2018. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: November 2, 2018 at 7:27 pm | Updated: November 4, 2018 at 9:07 am

The battle by former San Bernardino County assessor Bill Postmus to rescind his guilty plea in the Colonies corruption case began Friday with Postmus testifying he was a drug addict when he was coerced into accepting a deal with prosecutors.

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Daily Bulletin: Election: It’s all GOP in CA 8. Here’s how that happened

Chris Mann, founder and manager of the Inland Empire Taxpayers Association’s super PAC.

By Jeff Horseman | jhorseman@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
Published: November 1, 2018 at 2:51 pm | Updated: November 1, 2018 at 11:44 pm

For Chris Mann, the June primary results in California’s 8th Congressional District played out perfectly, when two GOP candidates, incumbent Paul Cook and challenger Tim Donnelly, finished first and second.

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InlandPolitics: Fox News dominates cable news viewership

Laura Ingraham is dominating prime time cable news.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 – 04:30 p.m.

It’s Fox News Channel that’s on top of the latest viewership sampling.

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By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com and Scott Schwebke | sschwebke@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: October 17, 2018 at 1:58 pm | Updated: October 17, 2018 at 9:01 pm

A state agency that enforces professional standards for California educators is investigating Redlands Unified School District for a series of sexual abuse cases that has resulted in more than $21.7 million in legal settlements, according to an attorney representing several victims.

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Bill Manis, is expected to become Upland’s new city manager. Manis served as San Bernardino’s deputy city manager between 2014 and 2016. (Staff file photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

By Beau Yarbrough | byarbrough@scng.com | Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Published: September 21, 2018 at 6:28 pm | Updated: September 22, 2018 at 12:55 pm

Less than 10 months after hiring a new city manager, the Upland City Council is expected to consider appointing an acting city manager at its next meeting.

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The Sun: San Bernardino chooses developer for 5th Street Gateway Project

By Brian Whitehead | bwhitehead@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: September 20, 2018 at 4:30 pm | Updated: September 20, 2018 at 4:30 pm

San Bernardino approved an agreement with Los Angeles-based ICO Real Estate Group on Wednesday, Sept. 19, for the purchase and development of 6.56 acres just east of the 215 Freeway.

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By Brian Whitehead | bwhitehead@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: September 20, 2018 at 10:43 am | Updated: September 21, 2018 at 12:04 am

For the first time in 63 years, San Bernardino council members will receive a pay raise. The City Council on Wednesday, Sept. 19, approved increasing city leaders’ salaries from $600 to $14,000 a year beginning next year, aligning their total annual compensation package with those offered in neighboring cities.

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Daily Bulletin: Chino school board member: ‘It wasn’t Hitler that was bad …’

Andrew Cruz commented at the Sept. 6 meeting of the Chino Valley Unified School District board that “it wasn’t Hitler that was bad, it was the people who followed the laws and the agenda.”

By David Allen | dallen@scng.com | Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Published: September 11, 2018 at 1:51 pm | Updated: September 11, 2018 at 5:50 pm

Andrew Cruz, the Chino Valley Unified School District board member who sometimes makes puzzling and offensive pronouncements, now seems to be making excuses for Hitler.

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InlandPolitics: Remembering September 11, 2001

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 – 08:00 p.m.

In honor of the men and women who lost their lives in an horrific attack on America seventeen years ago today.

The Etiwanda School District office in Rancho Cucamonga, CA., Wednesday, October 11, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

By Beau Yarbrough | byarbrough@scng.com | Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Published: September 10, 2018 at 7:01 pm | Updated: September 11, 2018 at 2:39 pm

A San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy violated the Fourth Amendment rights of a group of Etiwanda Intermediate students when he arrested them because he thought they were uncooperative in a bullying investigation, a federal appeals court ruled Monday, Sept. 10.

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NBC San Diego: Sen. Kamala Harris Given LAPD Protection, Even Outside LA

Los Angeles taxpayers paid for airline tickets, hotel stays, car rentals, and meals, according to detailed expense reports obtained by NBC News

By Eric Leonard and Andrew Blankstein
Published at 11:42 AM PDT on Sep 7, 2018 | Updated at 5:44 PM PDT on Sep 7, 2018

Armed, plain-clothes LAPD officers were dispatched to California cities outside of Los Angeles at least a dozen times to provide security for U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris at public events, media appearances, and a party.

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InlandPolitics: Remembering U.S. Senator John McCain

Saturday, August 25, 2018 – 10:00 p.m.

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) passed away Saturday afternoon following a heroic battle with a treatable, but incurable, form of brain cancer know as Glioblastoma.

He was 81.

McCain’s family was by his side when he left this Earth.

InlandPolitics: Dem lead in generic Congressional ballot below four percent

Jim Erwin
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 – 09:00 p.m.

The main stream media says one thing. But voters are saying something different.

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The California Supreme Court ruled Monday that interest rates on consumer loans can be “unconscionably” high and therefore illegal.

By James Rufus Koren
Aug 13, 2018 | 4:00 PM

California’s high court has ruled that interest rates on consumer loans can be so high that they become “unconscionable” and, therefore, illegal — a decision that could call into question the validity of millions of loans and upend the state’s subprime lending market.

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Friday, August 11, 2018 – 08:00 p.m.

What appeared to be a stoic Highland City Council, a majority of which appeared very unhappy, removed their rubber stamp of approval from the massive 3,600-home Harmony Project on Wednesday evening.

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John Dino DeFazio waits in the hallway of San Bernardino County Courthouse on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012.

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: August 2, 2018 at 3:56 pm | Updated: August 3, 2018 at 7:19 am

High Desert real estate developer and former Colonies corruption case figure John Dino Defazio has filed claims against San Bernardino County and District Attorney Mike Ramos seeking $20 million in damages, alleging malicious prosecution for perjury charges that were dismissed by a judge in January.

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Mark Kirk, 36, director, governmental relations, county Office of Legislative Affairs; former chief of staff for Supervisor Gary Ovitt, listens to testimony during an arraignment hearing in a San Bernardino Superior Courtroom August 19, 2011. (File photo)

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: July 30, 2018 at 5:19 pm | Updated: July 31, 2018 at 7:17 am

Vindicated public corruption figure Mark Kirk on Monday sued San Bernardino County and District Attorney Mike Ramos in federal court for $40 million, alleging malicious prosecution in perhaps the biggest and most expensive prosecutorial fiasco in county history.

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Proponents of the Los Angeles-to-San Francisco high-speed rail line hope that erecting part of the line now will make future governors less likely to abandon the project. A viaduct in Fresno, Calif., is intended to carry the line over a freeway. (Credit: Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

By Adam Nagourney
July 30, 2018

  • In the face of sharp opposition and questions about how to pay for it, construction of California’s high-speed rail line is roaring ahead.

FRESNO, Calif. — It is vigorously opposed by Republicans, including President Trump. It has been plagued by escalating costs and delays. Californians are mostly against it. And a central question — how is it going to be paid for — remains unresolved.

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InlandPolitics: Skropos “threatens” run for Ontario City Council

 

Sunday, July 29, 2018 – 07:00 p.m.

Speaking of painting a bullseye on one’s forehead

Former Superior Court Judge and Ontario politico Gus Skropos is making waves, threats, or signals, depending on how one wants to interpret it, that he might run yet again for a seat on the Ontario City Council.

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Bloomberg News
July 27, 2018

Consumer spending propelled U.S. economic growth to a 4.1% pace in the second quarter, the fastest since 2014, letting President Donald Trump claim a win for his policies even though most analysts see the high as temporary.

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By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com and Scott Schwebke | sschwebke@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: July 27, 2018 at 10:22 am | Updated: July 27, 2018 at 11:00 am

Pornographic images of an underage Redlands High School student, seized from teacher Kevin Kirkland, were never examined by police before prosecutors negotiated a plea deal that allowed him to go free the day he was sentenced for sexually abusing four students, the Southern California News Group has learned.

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The FedEx Boeing 757 delivery place will fly by at the second annual Breitling Huntington Beach Airshow, Sat. – Sun., Sept. 30 – Oct. 1., with a practice day Friday, Sept. 29 at Huntington Beach. (Photo courtesy Breitling Huntington Beach Airshow)

By Brian Whitehead | bwhitehead@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: July 25, 2018 at 7:00 am | Updated: July 25, 2018 at 7:01 am

FedEx Express will begin operating daily cargo flights out of San Bernardino International Airport in October, under terms of a new 10-year agreement.

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San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters Michael Scarpello said he was forced to resign Thursday, July 19.

By Jeff Horseman | jhorseman@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
Published: July 20, 2018 at 10:46 am | Updated: July 20, 2018 at 6:20 pm

The head of the San Bernardino County elections office is out with about 110 days to go until the November election, but not before raising concerns about what he said was the county’s aging voter system, potential cybersecurity issues related to the office’s website and lack of staff.

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Capitol Alert
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
By Taryn Luna
tluna@sacbee.com
Published: July 09, 2018 – 05:16 PM
Updated: July 18, 2018 – 01:26 PM

The California Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in favor of opponents of a plan to divide California into three, saying the measure should not appear on the November ballot.

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By Sandra Emerson | semerson@scng.com | Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Published: July 14, 2018 at 8:00 am | Updated: July 14, 2018 at 11:04 pm

In response to community protest, the city and an Upland developer have backed off their initial proposal to swap the Cabrillo Park soccer fields for a new sports complex in north Upland.brillo Soccer Fields

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Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. speaks during a press conference at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in San Bernardino on Thursday, July 12, 2018. Jackson, and other civil rights leaders are calling for the disbarment of San Bernardino County prosecutor Michael Selyem after his social media rants has put him in the spotlight. (Photo by Stan Lim, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

By Beau Yarbrough | byarbrough@scng.com | Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Published: July 12, 2018 at 4:02 pm | Updated: July 13, 2018 at 11:33 am

The Rev. Jesse Jackson called Thursday for the disbarment of San Bernardino County’s top gang prosecutor over vulgar, racist and sexist comments on social media that targeted, among others, U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, former first lady Michelle Obama and someone shot by police.

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Highland Community News: Judge rules for and against Harmony plans

By James Folmer
Editor Highland Community News
July 11, 2018

Harmony Specific Plan

San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Donald Alvarez has issued two rulings on the proposed Harmony master-planned community in east Highland.

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InlandPolitics: Hesperia fills council vacancy

Wednesday, August 11, 2018 – 10:00 p.m.

The Hesperia City Council has filled the vacancy left by the unexpected passing of Russ Blewett.

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San Bernardino District Attorney Mike Ramos discusses the discriminatory comments posted online by San Bernardino County prosecutor Michael Selyem during a press conference in San Bernardino on Monday, July 9, 2018. (Photo by Stan Lim, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com and Teri Sforza | tsforza@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: July 9, 2018 at 2:58 pm |

SAN BERNARDINO — A top gang prosecutor at the center of a political firestorm over a series of offensive social media posts has been placed on paid leave pending the outcome of an administrative investigation.

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InlandPolitics: Hardiman makes sense for Supreme Court pick

Hardiman

Monday, July 9, 2018 – 09:00 a.m.

Who’s President Donald Trump going to pick for the open seat on the U.S. Supreme Court? Well only he knows thew answer to that question.

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IE Business Daily: Elitist Cadiz Critic’s Fake News Problem

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July 7, 2018

Critics of the Cadiz Water Project in San Bernardino County’s Mojave Desert have spared no bit of innuendo, propaganda, administrative interference, and plain old lies in a flailing effort to stop the project from providing clean, renewable water to 100,000 households in Southern California.

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In late June a judge in two cases ruled against the proposed 3,600-house Harmony Development saying the city improperly defined the project and failed to properly analyze or mitigate downstream flooding impacts, and more.

By Jennifer Iyer | jiyer@scng.com | Redlands Daily Facts
Published: July 6, 2018 at 6:34 pm | Updated: July 6, 2018 at 6:35 pm

A judge has ruled against Highland’s proposed 3,600-house Harmony development, partially siding with environmental and community groups that opposed the massive project in two related lawsuits.

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Michael Selyem, the lead hard-core gang prosecutor in the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, is under internal investigation for a series of offensive posts on social media accounts that have now been deleted. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/The Sun/SCNG)

By Teri Sforza | tsforza@scng.com and Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | Orange County Register
Published: July 6, 2018 at 5:59 pm | Updated: July 6, 2018 at 6:04 pm

The lead hard-core gang prosecutor in the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office is under investigation for a series of offensive rants on social media, triggering demands for his dismissal.

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InlandPolitics: Happy Fourth of July!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 – 09:00 a.m.

InlandPolitics.com would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Independence Day.

Let’s be safe out there!

 

A rendering of the next phase of San Bernardino’s Arrowhead Grove project shows the affording housing complex from Crestview Avenue. (Rendering courtesy of the city of San Bernardino)

By Brian Whitehead | bwhitehead@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: June 28, 2018 at 4:23 pm | Updated: June 28, 2018 at 10:52 pm

San Bernardino received $20 million from the state’s Strategic Growth Council on Thursday, June 28, for the development of affordable housing and market-rate units at Arrowhead Grove, a complex replacing the troubled Waterman Gardens.

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By Sandra Emerson | semerson@scng.com | Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Published: June 27, 2018 at 6:06 pm | Updated: June 27, 2018 at 6:07 pm

FedEx Express has announced it will extend its lease at the Ontario International Airport for at least another three decades, and it plans to make $100 million in improvements there.

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InlandPolitics: Central lawyer in Colonies litigation wins $10 million verdict

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 – 08:30 a.m.

It seems that well-know Los Angeles Attorney Stephen Larson, a former U.S. District Court Judge, who has made a name for himself in intellectual property and criminal white collar cases, has expanded his legal field of expertise.

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Sunday, June 24, 2018 – 02:30 p.m.

A local developer has somehow achieved an unimaginable re-zoning of property in Adelanto, California, a city in the midst of an ongoing investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Former Citrus Valley High teacher Laura Whitehurst awaits a hearing in 2013 in Superior Court in San Bernardino. Laura Whitehurst was convicted of having sex with several students who attended the Redlands school. She had a baby with one of the students. (Photo by Kurt Miller, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com and Scott Schwebke | sschwebke@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: June 22, 2018 at 2:56 pm | Updated: June 22, 2018 at 8:03 pm

Joshua Polo earned a visit to the vice principal’s office at Redlands High School when, in a heated squabble with English teacher Laura Whitehurst, he called her a “whore.”

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By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com and Scott Schwebke | sschwebke@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: June 22, 2018 at 3:08 pm | Updated: June 22, 2018 at 7:49 pm

A top Redlands Unified School District official attempted to destroy evidence and obstructed the 2013 criminal investigation of a former teacher convicted of sexually abusing students, according to sworn statements and police reports supporting allegations in eight pending lawsuits against the district.

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InlandPolitics: Colonies Developer Burum appears on talk radio KCAA-AM 1050

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 – 12:15 a.m.

Rancho Cucamonga Developer Jeff Burum appeared on The Robert Porter radio program, aired on KCAA-AM 1050 at 7 p.m. on Monday evening.

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Highland Community News: Harmony election coming up on Nov. 6

By James Folmer, Editor
Highland Community News
Jun 13, 2018 / Updated Jun 13, 2018

The Highland City Council approved five resolutions Tuesday night to set in motion the Nov. 6 vote on the Harmony housing project and to elect two council members.

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InlandPolitics: Happy Father’s Day

Sunday, June 17, 2018 – 09:00 a.m.

InlandPolitics.com would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Father’s Day.

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Last Modified: Friday, June 15, 2018 – 07:40 p.m.

A couple June 5 election losses in San Bernardino County surprised political onlookers, who expected different results.

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Stephanie Smith helps canvas for signatures, for a San Bernardino ballot initiative, with Alexander Navarrette in the Verdemont neighborhood of San Bernardino, CA., Friday, May 18, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, The Sun/SCNG)

By Brian Whitehead | bwhitehead@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: June 14, 2018 at 5:14 pm | Updated: June 14, 2018 at 5:32 pm

A political action committee in Colton led by cannabis activist and real estate developer Stephanie Smith has submitted more than 2,800 signatures from registered voters who favor the regulation and taxation of commercial cannabis in their city, according to the committee’s attorney.

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The Press-Enterprise (AP): Supreme Court allows Ohio, other state voter purges

In this Jan. 10, 2018, file photo, people rally outside of the Supreme Court in opposition to Ohio’s voter roll purges in Washington. The Supreme Court is allowing Ohio to clean up its voting rolls by targeting people who haven’t cast ballots in a while. The justices are rejecting, by a 5-4 vote on June 11, 2018, arguments that the practice violates a federal law that was intended to increase the ranks of registered voters.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

By Mark Sherman
The Associated Press |
Published: June 11, 2018 at 10:24 am | Updated: June 11, 2018 at 10:24 am

WASHINGTON — States can target people who haven’t cast ballots in a while in efforts to purge their voting rolls, the Supreme Court ruled Monday in a case that has drawn wide attention amid stark partisan divisions and the approach of the 2018 elections.

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Jim Erwin smiling during a September court hearing he will not be re-tried on any charges regarding the Colonies corruption case, Friday, at San Bernardino Justice Center in San Bernardino, Ca., September 22, 2017. Judge Michael A. Smith dismissed all of the remaining counts against the former assistant county assessor and sheriff’s labor union president. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com and Richard K. De Atley | rdeatley@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: June 7, 2018 at 5:54 pm | Updated: June 7, 2018 at 7:51 pm

A former county official who escaped conviction in the Colonies corruption case has filed a $25 million federal lawsuit accusing San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos and other prosecutors of malicious prosecution, fabricated evidence and retaliation.

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Candidate Jason Anderson, for San Bernardino County District Attorney, celebrates an early lead, as election results started coming in Tuesday, with friends and family at his home in Upland, CA., Tuesday, June 5, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, The Sun/SCNG)

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: June 6, 2018 at 7:08 pm | Updated: June 7, 2018 at 12:11 am

After 16 years, San Bernardino County has a new District Attorney – former prosecutor-turned criminal defense attorney Jason Anderson, whose narrow victory over incumbent Mike Ramos in Tuesday’s primary means he will assume office in January.

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