Staff Report
Created: 07/28/2011 09:45:21 PM PDT

A judge is expected to make a final ruling today on whether to delay San Bernardino County Flood Control District’s effort to recoup $102 million connected to a legal settlement tainted by bribery allegations.

San Diego Superior Court Judge Jay Bloom this month tentatively denied an effort by San Bernardino Associated Governments, Upland and Caltrans to stay the Flood Control District’s lawsuit against the agencies until a bribery trial surrounding the settlement is decided.

The district’s lawsuit contends that the three agencies were responsible for the design of an Upland storm drain that channeled floodwater onto the property of Colonies’ development in Upland, and therefore should pay the cost of the county’s $102 million settlement with the developer.

That settlement is at the heart of county prosecutors’ case alleging that Colonies developer Jeff Burum bribed county officials to get a favorable deal.

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