Archive for July 13th, 2012

InlandPolitics: It’s time Feds takeover San Bernardino matter

Friday, July 13, 2012 – 10:45 a.m.

It took less than forty-eight hours for the San Bernardino financial collapse to become a political football for those in county government who love to grandstand.

We’re gonna investigate! Yes sir we are!

As a matter of fact, we already have an ongoing investigation!

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The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department announced Thursday, July 12, that it is looking into allegation of criminal activity in San Bernardino city government./FILE PHOTO

 

BY JOHN ASBURY, CASSIE MacDUFF AND JEFF HORSEMAN
STAFF WRITERS
jasbury@pe.com | cmacduff@pe.com | jhorseman@pe.com

Published: 12 July 2012 06:07 PM

Authorities have announced an ongoing criminal investigation into San Bernardino city government, but Sheriff Rod Hoops said he believes it is unrelated to allegations made by the city attorney in the wake of the city’s bankruptcy decision about falsified financial documents.

A sheriff’s news release issued Thursday evening, July 12, stated: “Several months ago at the request of San Bernardino City officials, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, along with the San Bernardino Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office, began an investigation related to allegations of possible criminal activity within departments of the San Bernardino city government.

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Ryan Hagen
Posted: 07/12/2012 06:05:50 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Three law enforcement agencies are reviewing allegations of wrongdoing related to city finances, a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman said Thursday, just two days after city leaders announced they would file for bankruptcy protection.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, District Attorney’s Office and the San Bernardino Police Department are collaborating on the investigation, authorities said Thursday.

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Michel Nolan, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/12/2012 05:19:36 PM PDT

Despite allegations of mismanagement, it’s the economy that is to blame for San Bernardino’s path to the brink of bankruptcy, said an economist who studies the region and has consulted with governments in the Inland Empire.

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Bill Postmus in March 2011 after his plea deal hearing in San Bernardino Superior Court./FILE PHOTO

 

RICHARD K. De ATLEY, STAFF WRITER
rdeatley@pe.com

Published: 12 July 2012 03:48 PM

Defense attorneys in a San Bernardino County corruption case will get to see some of the emails and text messages between former Assessor Bill Postmus and the district attorney’s office, a San Bernardino County Superior Court judge ruled Thursday, July 13.

The judge said there were “obvious credibility issues” regarding Postmus, who acted as an informant in the so-called Colonies case that brought conspiracy and bribery charges to a developer and three now-former county officials.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/12/2012 05:54:37 PM PDT

A San Bernardino Superior Court judge on Thursday determined that prosecutors should turn over documents in the Colonies corruption case that go toward the credibility of former county Assessor and key witness Bill Postmus.

Attorney Stephen Larson, who is defending Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum, is seeking copies of telephone text messages between Postmus and a district attorney investigator, which Larson believes will help him in his defense of Burum.

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By James Nash – Jul 13, 2012 6:57 AM PT

Law enforcement officials are investigating possible crimes in San Bernardino’s city government, which almost drained special funds to prop up its budget.

The near-bankrupt state of the community of 209,000 east of Los Angeles came to light when a new finance director discovered that previous officials shifted money for workers-compensation and liability insurance to the general fund, said Andrea Travis- Miller, interim city manager.

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Phil Willon and Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
July 12, 2012, 6:42 p.m.

Cash was so tight in San Bernardino that potholes went unfilled, burned-out streetlights were left untouched and ball fields languished unmowed.

That was two years ago, when the City Council learned that San Bernardino’s $22-million budget shortfall would jump to $38 million by 2012, sending the city into financial ruin.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Friday, Jul. 13, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

So far this summer, three California cities have moved toward bankruptcy and several others are distressed enough that the b-word has left the lips of their elected and appointed officials – including those in the two largest, Los Angeles and San Diego.

With the exception of tiny Mammoth Lakes, which sought bankruptcy protection after losing a lawsuit, the conditions of California’s financially distressed cities are remarkably similar.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
July 12, 2012

The likelihood of open warfare between Gov. Jerry Brown and civil rights attorney Molly Munger, who have rival tax increase measures on the November ballot, has increased with the formation by Brown’s supporters of a committee to oppose Munger.

Stop the Middle-Class Income Tax Hike–No on Prop. 38 has filed a statement of organization with the secretary of state’s office, with political consultant Jason Kinney as treasurer and Dr. James Hay, president of the California Medical Association, as its “principal officer.” The CMA supports Brown’s Proposition 30.

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