Archive for July 28th, 2011

InlandPolitics: Airport Authority paid for university study

Thursday, July 28, 2011 – 09:30 a.m.

InlandPolitics.com has learned that a study performed to evaluate the viability of the San Bernardino International Airport was actually commissioned and paid for by the facility’s governing authority.

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Director Don Rogers, left, argued that the hiring of developer Scot Spencer, right, did not violate a federal ban following Spencer’s fraud conviction. Kurt Miller/The Press-Enterprise

10:22 PM PDT on Wednesday, July 27, 2011

By KIMBERLY PIERCEALL
The Press-Enterprise

Officials with the San Bernardino International Airport Authority spent nearly three hours Wednesday dismissing what they called errors in a civil grand jury report. Officials defended the price paid for used aviation equipment and refuted claims that the airport developer’s federal ban from aviation would affect airport operations.

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Joe Nelson and Sandra Emerson, Staff Writers
Posted: 07/27/2011 08:31:48 PM PDT

Allegations of judicial misconduct against two San Bernardino Superior Court judges contributed to county attorneys’ refusal to settle a land- rights lawsuit with Rancho Cucamonga developer Colonies Partners LP for $102 million, according to Grand Jury testimony.

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10:33 PM PDT on Wednesday, July 27, 2011

By JIM MILLER
The Press-Enterprise

PDF: PACs that prosecutors say were manipulated by corruption suspects

Special Section: San Bernardino Co. Corruption Probe

Lorene “Kitty” Stennett was a loyal foot soldier in San Bernardino County Republican politics. When a fellow activist asked her to become an officer in a new campaign committee, she readily agreed.

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The Sun: Barstow touts casino as cure for joblessness

Mayor says project has 1,000 jobs
Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/27/2011 10:14:20 PM PDT

BARSTOW – A proposed $160 million casino will alleviate high unemployment, a high rate of welfare and high poverty level, Mayor Joe Gomez said Wednesday night at a public hearing hosted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

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The Sun: Rialto votes to keep RDA

City will pay $6 million to state to maintain agency
Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/27/2011 03:35:43 PM PDT

RIALTO – The City Council has voted unanimously to stay in the redevelopment game and pay the state what was described as a $6 million “ransom” early next year.

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The Sun: Grand Terrace to keep agency

City will appeal payment to state
Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/27/2011 03:30:39 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE – Calling the Redevelopment Agency a vital revenue source, City Council members have agreed to pay the state more than $2.8 million in what they consider “extortion payments” to keep access to the agency and also hired a consultant to appeal the payment amount.

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DailyBulletin: Redraw splits block

Upland’s dividing line
Some would be moved into Baca’s district
Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 07/27/2011 07:52:08 PM PDT

UPLAND – Residents in the 1400 block of Ukiah Way and Victoria Avenue may soon find themselves divided along party lines.

The block running north and south between 14th Street and 15th Street will join citizens living below 14th Street in the district of Rep. Joe Baca, D-San Bernardino, according to a preliminary draft of Congressional, Assembly and state Senate districts released last week by the Citizens Redistricting Commission.

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VVDailyPress: Water storage project to create 6,000 jobs

July 26, 2011 5:29 PM
KRISTINE MCGOWAN, Special to the Daily Press

CADIZ • A massive water delivery and storage system in the works for eastern San Bernardino County is projected to create nearly 6,000 jobs and spur more than $878 million in economic activity.

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