Archive for March 5th, 2012

InlandPolitics Commentary: Law firm maintains grip on city

Monday, March 5, 2012 – 10:30 a.m.

The recent attempt by the city of Upland to wrest control of its ever burgeoning legal costs has fallen flat.

Bad news for a city facing mounting financial troubles.

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The PE: BUDGET: New effort to restore funding for cities

Eastvale is among four new cities that lost vehicle license fee revenue when the state redirected it to local law enforcement grants.(File Photo/2010)

BY JIM MILLER
SACRAMENTO BUREAU
jmiller@pe.com

Published: 02 March 2012 02:32 PM

SACRAMENTO — Inland Southern California lawmakers are making a new push to restore state budget cuts that threaten the solvency of Riverside County’s newest cities.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO: Valdivia takes council seat

John Valdivia

BY LORA HINES
STAFF WRITER
lhines@pe.com

Published: 04 March 2012 07:04 PM

The balance of power on the San Bernardino City Council is expected to change today as Councilman John Valdivia is sworn into office.

Valdivia, who unseated Tobin Brinker in the Nov. 8 elections, is an ally of City Attorney Jim Penman. Until now, four of the seven council members, including Brinker, had been aligned with Mayor Pat Morris.

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An aerial view of warehouses in Riverside County. (TheMediaMaster.com / Courtesy photo)

By Lilly Fowler, FairWarning
Posted: 03/05/2012 12:01:00 AM PST

As a warehouse worker in the Inland Empire, the nation’s biggest distribution hub for consumer goods, Jorge Soto handles shipments for retail giant Walmart every day.

But Soto, who works for a subcontractor, claims that along with routine jobs such as unloading trucks, he also has been ordered to perform an illegal task: falsifying employees’ time sheets to cheat them out of getting the minimum wage.

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Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 03/04/2012 01:57:06 PM PST

UPLAND – The city’s Legal Sub-Committee will be meeting with city attorneys to review billing guidelines to mitigate continuously increasing legal fees.

The City Council discussed the city’s legal costs last week during a closed session meeting and decided to have the subcommittee meet with City Attorney William Curley and law firm, Richards Watson & Gershon.

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