Archive for September, 2017

Political Cronyism 101: How to turn $4,650 into $100,000 in San Bernardino County

By Joseph Turner
September 25, 2017

Now sit right down and I will tell you tale about how a politically connected financial supporter in San Bernardino County managed to turn a $4,650 campaign contribution into a $100,000 return in just 18 months. And the best part — YOU get to pay for it. Read the rest of this entry »

By Joseph Turner |
Published: September 25, 2017

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors appear ready to hire a toll-lane guru to manage a High Desert transportation project at the next board meeting on Tuesday. The move signals that toll-lanes are undoubtedly in the offing for Victor Valley commuters who already have one of the worst commutes in the region.

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By Joseph Turner |
Published: September 25, 2017

 

A member of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors that was embroiled in a scandal involving Syrian refugees is once again wasting taxpayer dollars by rewarding a political supporter with a cushy employment gig at the county.

Supervisor Robert Lovingood directed interim-CEO Dena Smith to hire Ryan McEachron to be the “special projects coordinator” for the High Desert Corridor. The “make-work” employment contract will pay McEachron more than $56 per hour, plus benefits.

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The Sun: Unwarranted charges, allegations in Colonies case: Christopher J. Warner

Developer Jeff Burum waits for his verdict to be read in the Colonies corruption case at San Bernardino Superior Court in San Bernardino, Calif. on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. Defendants Burum and two former county officials — Supervisor Paul Biane and Mark Kirk — were found not guilty of all charges after a marathon trial that has lasted nearly eight months. (Photo by Rachel Luna, The Sun/SCNG)

Opinion

By Christopher J. Warner |
Published: September 6, 2017 at 4:58 pm | Updated: September 6, 2017 at 5:27 pm

“The largest public corruption case in the state of California” has ended in San Bernardino County. That’s what then-Attorney General Jerry Brown, standing next to District Attorney Michael Ramos, called it way back when they filed it.

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