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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 – 05:00 p.m.

The bad news just keeps piling up for bankrupt San Bernardino, and the surrounding area, these days. A city, and area, that has been the beneficiary of more than $ 1.026 Billion in government projects over the past several years.

That’s right. I did say billion!

One needs to ask a couple questions.

1.) How much of the contracted work was performed by out-of-area companies?

2.) How much of the actual work was performed by worker’s who live in the immediate area?

Let’s give a recap.

The Inland Valley Development Agency (IVDA) and San Bernardino International Airport Authority build the airport to nowhere. A project that, to date, that has attracted no passenger, or freight, or heavy maintenance aviation operation, to San Bernardino International Airport (SBIA). The Fixed Based Operator, formerly-known as Millionaire has been renamed Luxivair. The only significant air operation at the facility is aerial firefighting. The Sheriff’s Aviation Division is slated to move to the airport, after the completion of its hangar.

Price Tag: $250 million-plus

San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) completes its project to widen the I-215 corridor between I-10 and I-210. The now-completed project eased traffic congestion, and allows for a faster commute through the area. Whether or not the faster commute is having a negative economic impact has yet to be determined.

Price Tag: $245 million

San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) and OmniTrans completes the Sbx Bus Line, with a dedicated route and schedule between Cal State San Bernardino and Loma Linda University Medical Center. The sparsely-used bus line route travels through the center of the city’s shooting gallery. The city has suffered 21 murders to date.

Price Tag: $191.7 million

The California Administrative Office of the Courts completes the construction of the San Bernardino Justice Center, located on the Southeast Corner of Third Street and Arrowhead Avenue in Downtown San Bernardino. The much-need project allowed for the re-consolidation of civil and criminal courts in the East Valley. But the, yet-to-be-determined, economic impact of the re-shuffle can’t be a large factor.

Price Tag: $339.9 million

Recent Events

The slew of bad news, which has hit the city and surrounding area, is likely to continue. Contrary to what the cheerleaders would like any of us to believe, San Bernardino is in deeper trouble than previously thought.

The reputation and image is horrible. So far, the city has had 21 murders this year. Some of them drive-by shootings in broad daylight.

The mostly, until now, untouched Hospitality Business District, is the center of bad news.

Here’s some of the business and crime activity:

  • A recent triple-homicide event has tainted the usually preceived-safe area.
  • The San Bernardino Hilton is closing.
  • The Elephant Bar is closing this week.
  • California Pizza Kitchen couldn’t make it.
  • Ruby Tuesday opened and closed as well.
  • Best Buy probably isn’t long for the world either.
  • Boeing, which had been flight testing its jetliners at SBIA, recently inked a lease with Victorville’s Southern California Logistics Airport. the development is a big snub to San Bernardino.
  • The Automobile Club of Southern California (AAA) just relocated from Downtown San Bernardino to a smaller location in Highland.

In other areas:

  • San Manuel’s Sportswatch Bar & Grill, located in Highland, closed without notice on May 31.
  • The Mexico Cafe, located on Highland Avenue, in San Bernardino, is reported to be impacted. However the owner disputes this point.

Current and former officials continue to bury their respective heads in the sand. I’m sure their hoping it will all just go away, as if a bad dream.

Well it’s not!

It’s time for area political and business leaders to wake up. The pot of money isn’t endless, and government projects cannot solve the ills of the community.

It’s on the tip of most everyone’s tongue. San Bernardino is a cesspool.