Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/29/2011 11:26:57 PM PST

It was a year packed with news.

As the roughest economy in decades continued, cities and school districts were hit with severe budget cuts, affecting teachers, counselors and ultimately students. A corruption scandal involving top former county officials continued to unfold. Cities and school districts gained new leaders and lost old ones.

Today, we look at what’s to come in San Bernardino and take stock of where it’s been.

A NEW CITY COUNCIL: In a city known for its divisive politics, residents will get to see how a newly shaped City Council sways decision-making on the dais.

John Valdivia defeated 3rd Ward Councilman Tobin Brinker in November on the heels of Robert Jenkins taking office in the 2nd Ward in an election by mail to replace Jason Desjardins.

Some observers say Mayor Pat Morris will lose more fights in City Hall, as a new council represents a shift in power.

REGAL THEATER: After clearing a series of hurdles, it appears that a much-anticipated movie theater may indeed come to downtown by summer.

The board of the Economic Development Corporation approved a 10-year lease agreement with Regal Entertainment Group to operate 14 auditoriums at the former CinemaStar located at Fourth and E streets.

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