Archive for January 27th, 2011

The PE: Redevelopment agencies’ filings contradict jobs claims

10:23 PM PST on Wednesday, January 26, 2011

By JIM MILLER
Sacramento Bureau

SACRAMENTO – Many redevelopment agencies’ recent reports to the state list few, if any, jobs created and little in the way of new construction or building rehabilitation, according to state data.

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Joy Juedes, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/26/2011 06:29:10 PM PST

REDLANDS – Fourteen former directors and officers of 1st Centennial Bank have been sued for negligence by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

The complaint, filed Jan. 14 in the U.S. District Court’s Central District of California, stated the former directors and officers “utterly failed to manage the Bank and its commercial real estate lending division in a prudent, safe and reasonable manner.”

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Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/26/2011 07:56:54 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – The District Attorney’s office has opened an investigation into a possible conflict of interest involving 2nd Ward Councilman Jason Desjardins and a business transaction requiring city approval.

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Bono Mack

By PE Politics
on January 27, 2011 7:35 AM

In a letter to President Barack Obama, Inland Rep. Mary Bono Mack this week laid out a plan to pave the way for job creation across the nation and signaled key parts of her agenda as chairman of the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade.

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The PE: Cook files for possible state Senate run

Cook

By PE Politics
on January 26, 2011 5:16 PM

Assemblyman Paul Cook has filed the necessary paperwork to start raising money to run for the state Senate in 2012.

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The Sun OpEd: Goals to turn a vision into a reality

Point of View

Councilman Chas Kelley
Posted: 01/26/2011 07:05:36 PM PST

Two months ago, I wrote a guest column in this newspaper (“More leadership and less politics,” Nov. 11) calling on Mayor Pat Morris to present a specific plan for job creation to the citizens of San Bernardino.

Unfortunately, the response to my request from the mayor has been a deafening silence. Two months later, our city is still without any comprehensive plan for economic success.

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10:00 PM PST on Wednesday, January 26, 2011

By ALICIA ROBINSON
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside officials’ approval of a two-tiered retirement system for firefighters went off without a hitch Tuesday, but early indications suggest pension talks with some other employee groups may not go as smoothly.

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The Sun: Loma Linda raises wastewater fees

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/26/2011 05:54:10 PM PST

LOMA LINDA – San Bernardino’s increase to treat wastewater will be coming out of the pocketbooks of residents here too.

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The Sun: Boxer, Feinstein call for chromium limit

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/26/2011 03:11:01 PM PST

California’s U.S. Senators have introduced a bill that would require the federal Environmental Protection Agency to set limits on the amount of hexavalent chromium in drinking water.

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Obama approves money to help repair county rainstorm infrastructure damage
Jesse B. Gill, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/26/2011 06:39:27 PM PST

President Barack Obama has signed a declaration that will help San Bernardino County pay for some of the damage recent storms dealt to its infrastructure.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced Wednesday that Obama has signed the declaration for 10 California counties that sustained heavy damage in storms that caused flooding, debris and mud flows between Dec. 17 to Jan.4.

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Mediha Fejzagic DiMartino, Staff Writer
Created: 01/26/2011 06:43:27 PM PST

Local cities are trumpeting the importance of redevelopment funds in hopes of preventing the state from taking their share of property tax revenue.

Faced with a $25 billion budget deficit, Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed doing away with redevelopment agencies and diverting their funds – more than $5 billion – to pay for basic services such as education and public safety.

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Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Created: 01/26/2011 06:16:40 PM PST

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors voted this week to add another $13.2 million in redevelopment funds to widen and modernize the interchange of Cherry Avenue and the 10 Freeway in Fontana.

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Decision would mean spending $100 million-plus to take over private water companies
January 26, 2011 6:51 PM
Brooke Edwards

APPLE VALLEY • The town is once again looking at buying Apple Valley’s two private water companies to form a municipal water district, with mounting concern from residents over rates that have risen an average of 12 percent per year for the past two decades.

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Proposed signs would resemble Fontana’s freeway signage
January 26, 2011 6:43 PM
Beau Yarbrough

HESPERIA • Freeway advertising similar to Fontana’s iconic towering sign on Interstate 15 could be coming to Hesperia’s freeway interchanges.

The multi-business signage was discussed at a joint workshop of the Hesperia City Council and the city’s Planning Commission on Tuesday night.

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January 26, 2011 4:45 PM
Brooke Edwards

APPLE VALLEY • As redevelopment agencies across California fall under intense scrutiny, the town is eyeing new affordable housing projects to quickly spend millions in earmarked funds and ensure Apple Valley’s program is in compliance with state and federal laws.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown says bid for budget deal ‘on track’

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
January 26, 2011

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Gov. Jerry Brown said this afternoon that his bid to reach a budget deal by March is “on track.”

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