Archive for July 27th, 2012

InlandPolitics: This and that!

Friday, July 27, 2012 – 01:30 p.m.

Here’s some news of interest traveling across the transom this week.

U.S. Economy slows, second quarter GDP Falls to a tepid 1.5%.

The U.S. economy grew at a cooling-down pace of just 1.5% in the 2nd-quarter of 2012. The news isn’t good for those hoping for a economic recovery.

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Friday, July 27, 2012 – 12:45 p.m.

Sources are telling The Sun newspaper is shuttering its North San Bernardino facilities and will relocate back to the city’s downtown.

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A group called Save Our San Bernardino which calls itself SOS has become much more involved since the city authorized a bankruptcy filing. (Staff)

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/26/2012 05:23:55 PM PDT

Special Section: San Bernardino

SAN BERNARDINO – Concerned citizens say the city’s shortage of cash and budget deficit have revealed other problems – and other solutions.

“We had a bankruptcy of civic engagement,” said Roxanne Williams, who recently moved to San Bernardino and now is vice-chairwoman of a group called Save Our San Bernardino, which formed four months ago. “I’ve always been concerned about the lack of vision of San Bernardino, so our concern actually predated the fiscal bankruptcy.”

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Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/26/2012 05:30:00 PM PDT

A founder of a San Francisco company behind a proposal for local government to use eminent domain to take control of underwater mortgages predicted other companies may follow them and take the plan national.

Mortgage Resolution Partners co-founder and chief strategic officer John Vlahoplus said in an interview Thursday that he believes the controversial plan will survive legal challenges and may be emulated by other firms in areas heavily affected by the post-2007 housing market bust.

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The PE: LIBERTY QUARRY: Supervisors feuding over revised plan

Supervisor John Benoit/(File Photo)



Published: 26 July 2012 07:31 PM

A rift has developed between two Riverside County supervisors over re-submitted plans for the Liberty Quarry.

Supervisor John Benoit, who represents desert cities, is supporting efforts to fast track plans for the Temecula-area open pit gravel mine.

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VVDailyPress: Grand jury: Should Victorville run SCLA?

July 27, 2012 8:40 AM
Brooke Edwards Staggs, City Editor

VICTORVILLE • It’s been discussed by local leaders — often heatedly — on and off for several years.

Now, armed with a recommendation from the San Bernardino County grand jury, talk of shifting control of Southern California Logistics Airport from Victorville to the regional Victor Valley Economic Development Authority has resurfaced.

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The Sun: San Bernardino must go with Plan B

John Weeks, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/26/2012 03:12:18 PM PDT

Last Wednesday we charted the history of San Bernardino in a way that made the city’s recent bankruptcy filing seem predictable, even predestined.

We saw how the city was abandoned in its infancy by its founders and how it has been a troublemaker ever since, acting out its aggression in ways that have kept it poor, disreputable and always under suspicion. (To read again, head online to and click on Opinions, then Columnists, then on my column titled “SB bankruptcy both inevitable, impossible.”)

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Published: 26 July 2012 10:53 PM

Candidates seeking office in Redlands’ November elections will be asked to abide by voluntary limits on fundraising, the City Council agreed Thursday evening, July 26.

Councilman Bob Gardner sought limits on both campaign spending and fundraising, but agreed to focus on fundraising alone when other councilmen began raising questions about his proposal.

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By Mike Rosenberg © Copyright 2012, Bay Area News Group
Posted: 07/26/2012 06:02:30 PM PDT

SACRAMENTO — A week after uncovering a hidden-funds scandal at the state parks department, finance officials are now trying to piece together why the balance sheets for similar “special funds” are off by $2.3 billion — money that appeared to be right under their noses amid California’s financial meltdown.

An analysis by this newspaper of California’s little-known 500-plus special funds — like the ones that included $54 million in parks money shielded from the Department of Finance — shows tens of millions of dollars in discrepancies in numerous accounts.

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OCRegister: County’s CEO resigns, gets $270,000 severance

July 26th, 2012, 4:58 pm
Posted by Andrew Galvin

Tom Mauk agreed Thursday to resign as the county’s highest non-elected official, the latest executive departure since former O.C. Public Works manager Carlos Bustamante was charged with 12 felonies for alleged sexual abuse of female employees.

Mauk will receive about $270,000 in severance payments, said John Moorlach, chairman of the county’s Board of Supervisors. That includes 10 months of pay and 410 hours of accrued vacation time and is a bit less than Mauk would have been entitled to under his contract if he’d been fired, Moorlach said.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Friday, Jul. 27, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

If you and the Internal Revenue Service disagree about your federal tax bill, the path of resolution is clear – several layers of bureaucratic appeal and, if that process doesn’t do it, a trip to tax court.

Characteristically, California’s tax adjudication process is much more convoluted and, on occasion, much more political.

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