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Monday, August 12, 2013 – 09:00 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom this Monday morning.

Dutton to run for S.B. County Assessor-Record?

Former California State Senator Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga) may have found a place to go.

That’s the latest.

It’s rumored Dutton may run for San Bernardino County Assessor-Recorder in 2014. Incumbent Dennis Draeger, who has decades of public service under his belt, is reportedly eyeing collectng his pension.

For Dutton, the job has a hefty compensation and retirement package, which is a nice inducement to run. Dutton is educated and has experience in th real estate industry.

Believe it or not! S.B. City Council incumbents look to be in decent shape

Three San Bernardino City Council incumbents, up for regular re-election in November, appear to be in decent shape.

Yes, Councilmembers Fred Shorett, Robert Jenkins and Virginia Marques, are likely breathing a little easier now that the field is set.

Only a total of five candidates filed to challenge, and believe it or not, the city council members have decent support bases in their respective Wards. It’s an advantage of running in a small defined boundary.

The same even goes for the three council members, who are targets of a Keystone cop-style recall campaign.

SBx debacle to have ripple effect

The fledgling debacle over at Omnitrans, involving the black hole known as the SBx bus project, is going to be around us for a long time.

The nearly $200 million federally-funded project is now under scrutiny for awarding contracts without competetive bidding, according to the Federal Transportation Administration.

In San Bernardino County? Say it isn’t so!

It’ll be interesting to see just who was handed those multi-million dollar contracts. Of course, this is only the contracting scandal. Just wait until the agencies budget woes are revealed. As a part of obtaining all that federal dough, the agency had to commit to not reducing other scheduled routes, in order to make SBx work.

A move that’s going to have to happen.

Expect a privatization move here!