Wednesday, March 6, 2013 – 09:30 a.m.

Here’s some news coming across the transom Wednesday morning.

Rialto voters pass utility tax extension

Rialto voters have passed Measure W, with 63% giving approval. The measure, requiring a majority passage, will extend the city’s utility user’s tax for five years.

The tax was set to expire June 30, 2013.

Los Angeles rejects sales tax increase

Measure A, the half-cent sales tax measure supported by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Police Chief Charlie Beck, has fallen to defeat.

The measure was rejected by 55% of city voters.

Appellate Court to hear Colonies appeal

The California Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division Two, in Riverside has agreed to hear an appeal, and associated writ of mandate, filed by Colonies Partner’s L.P. over a controversial $102 million settlement between San Bernardino County and Colonies in 2006.

The appeal, filed February 6, 2013, and writ, filed February 11, 2013, stem from a ruling by San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge David Cohn to allow a taxpayer lawsuit, filed against the county by Upland Attorney Corey Briggs representing The Inland Oversight Committee against the San Bernardino County, to proceed.

Cohn, who tentatively agreed to dismiss the action, after a demurrer filing, abruptly switched course and allowed the case to proceed.

The Colonies, as the real party in interest, intervened in the case to seek dismissal of the court validated settlement.

The appellate review will likely stay the matter up for twelve to eighteen months.