Archive for January, 2018

InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County District Attorney Ramos should retire

San Bernardino District Attorney Mike Ramos.

DeFazio said the business he ran prior to his arrest, Artisan Real Estate, went belly up.

“They made a lot of calls to my clients and told them I was a very bad person,” DeFazio said of district attorney investigators.

By Jim Erwin, InlandPolitics.com
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 – 01:00 a.m.

It’s well known that San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos has always had aspirations for higher office.

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Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum, answers questions regarding the Colonies corruption case during an interview at his office in Rancho Cucamonga, Ca., Thursday, September 28, 2017. Burum is one of the three defendants in the San Bernardino County-Colonies corruption case that were recently found not guilty of all charges, after a prolonged trial that lasted nearly eight months. (Photo by John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

By Richard K. De Atley | rdeatley@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
Published: January 30, 2018 at 1:32 pm | Updated: January 30, 2018 at 5:36 pm

Developer Jeffrey Burum, who was acquitted of all charges in the Colonies corruption case last year, filed on Tuesday a malicious prosecution and civil rights violation claim against San Bernardino County and the State of California, with his attorney saying the failed prosecution turned his client’s life “into a living hell.”

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By Jim Erwin, InlandPolitics.com
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 – 09:00 p.m.

Jim Erwin of InlandPolitics.com will now be a guest on The Lou Desmond and Company Show each and every Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm.

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IE Business Daily: Republican Tax Plan a Boon for Working Americans

January 27, 2018

When Republicans in Congress passed the largest tax reform in the last 30 years, the opposition party held press conferences decrying the measure and telling the nation it was actually a big tax increase for the middle class. They referred to it as “Armageddon” and other outlandish descriptions of gloom and doom. Not a single Democrat in either the House of Representatives or the Senate voted for the measure.

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By Dan Walters | Jan. 29, 2018 | Commentary

During his second governorship, Jerry Brown has frequently touted big public-works projects as the mark of a great society—a marked change from his first stint four decades ago, when “small is beautiful” and “lower your expectations” were his oft-voiced themes.

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InlandPolitics: Steinorth perfect fit for Board of Supervisors

Marc Steinorth

By Jim Erwin
Sunday, January 28, 2018 – 10:00 a.m.

The latest announcement by San Bernardino County Supervisor James Ramos that he’s considering a run for the State Assembly doesn’t really come as any surprise. Ramos has been chomping at the bit to run for higher office, and his supervisorial seat is merely a stepping stone.

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Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., rallies in support of the “Dreamers” during a protest on Capitol Hill. (Photo: Jose Luis Magana, Associated Press)

By Carolyn Lochhead
Published: January 27, 2018
Updated: January 27, 2018 8:36 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s newly released plan to resolve the fate of young immigrants who arrived in the country illegally as children would constitute the biggest change to immigration policy in decades, putting Democrats and their allies in a painful vise.

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The Sun: Judge dismisses all perjury charges against High Desert developer John Dino

John “Dino” Defazio stands charged with six felony counts of perjury in connection with his 2009 grand jury testimony in the Colonies public corruption case, which ended in acquittal in August for three of the defendants and dismissal of all charges in September against a fourth defendant.

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: January 26, 2018 at 11:14 am | Updated: January 26, 2018 at 4:03 pm

A San Bernardino Superior Court judge on Friday dismissed all six felony perjury charges against High Desert developer John Dino DeFazio, a figure in the Colonies corruption case who was accused of lying to the grand jury.

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San Bernardino County Supervisor James Ramos speaks at the 2016 State of Education address at the California Theatre of the Performing Arts in San Bernardino in this 2016 file photo. (File photo by Rachel Luna, The Sun/SCNG.)

By Jeff Horseman | jhorseman@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
Published: January 26, 2018 at 1:49 pm | Updated: January 26, 2018 at 3:20 pm

San Bernardino County Supervisor James Ramos has filed paperwork for a potential 2018 run against Inland Assemblyman Marc Steinorth, shaking up the race for a battleground district targeted heavily by Democrats in the last election.

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InlandPolitics: Colonies witness surrenders to serve sentence

Thursday, January 25, 2016 – 02:30 p.m.

A so-called key witness in the long-running and ill-fated Colonies Corruption Trial, surrendered to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputies on Wednesday morning to commence serving a purported 180-day jail term.

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Ramos

Thursday, January 25, 2018 – 10:30 a.m.

The transom is clamoring over San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor James Ramos (D-San Manuel Reservation) gearing up to run in the 40th Assembly District, a seat currently occupied by Marc Steinorth (R-Rancho Cucamonga).

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By Andrew Khouri
Jan 24, 2018 | 2:35 PM

Southern California median home price breaks record set last decade during housing bubble.

The Southern California median home price in December finally surpassed bubble-era highs, a milestone that took more than a decade to achieve and is once again raising concerns that housing is too costly.

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By Dan Walters | Jan. 25, 2018 | Commentary

The state’s top political figures—U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein in particular—received a harsh reminder this week that what plays in liberal California may be a liability elsewhere.

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InlandPolitics: Trump plays media, democrats with colorful, harsh language

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 – 09:30 p.m.

I’ve said more than once that Donald Trump is ten steps ahead of everyone else.

Now I’m sure of it.

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The state Attorney General’s Bureau of Children’s Justice is announcing this morning its investigation into San Bernardino County’s Child Protective Services system and allegations that children are repeatedly placed into abusive homes, where they have been severely abused, some to the point of death. (Staff photo by Rick Sforza/The Sun, SCNG)

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: January 24, 2018 at 7:45 pm | Updated: January 24, 2018 at 7:55 pm

A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday by the adoptive parents of two boys alleges the San Bernardino County’s Department of Children and Family Services failed to disclose that one of the boys had a history of sexually abusing his younger brother and other children.

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LA Observed: Deep layoffs began Monday at SoCal News Group

By Kevin Roderick | January 22, 2018 11:43 PM

At least 10 staffers in sports and a whole bunch of photographers were let go Monday by the Southern California News Group papers. The cuts were telegraphed just over a week ago in somber Friday afternoon staff gatherings. Today the first journalists found out their jobs were ending.

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Politico: Democrats get rolled in shutdown standoff

The three-day standoff offered more proof that government closures never end well for those making the demands.

By Rachael Bade and Seung Min Kim
Published:    01/22/2018 – 02:19 PM EST
Updated:      01/22/2018 – 04:20 PM EST

Senate Democrats shut down the government in hopes of striking a deal to shield 700,000 young immigrants from deportation. In the end, they got a promise of a vote — one that Republicans argue was going to happen anyway.

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One of the elevated sections of the high-speed rail line under construction in Fresno. (Rich Pedroncelli / AP)
By Ralph Vartabedian
Jan 21, 2018 | 4:00 AM

Massive cost overruns threaten to derail the bullet train. Here’s what has to change

Only two years ago, the California rail authority unveiled an ambitious plan to begin operating a segment of bullet train service between San Jose and the Central Valley by 2025. It would take nearly every penny in its checkbook, but the rail authority assured the public it would work.

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By Patrick McGreevy
Jan. 19, 2018 – 3:32 p.m.

California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra filed a friend-of-the-court brief Friday to support mandatory union fees for public employees.

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Former San Bernardino County Assessor and Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Postmus listen to the judge during his hearing at the San Bernardino Justice Center in San Bernardino, Ca., Friday, January 19, 2018. Postmus’ sentencing for crime he committed at the Assessor’s Office in 2007 and 2008 and in the Colonies public corruption case,was postponed because he retained new lawyer Jeffery Jeffrey Lawrence. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: January 19, 2018 at 1:57 pm | Updated: January 19, 2018 at 2:39 pm

Sentencing for former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus was delayed on Friday after Postmus retained a new attorney, who told the judge he may file a motion to withdraw Postmus’s 2011 guilty plea.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County BOS-4: Papers pulled to challenge Hagman

San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman left. Chaffey School Board Trustee Gloria Negrete-McLoed left.

Thursday, January 18, 2018 – 11:15 a.m.

A rematch looks to be on tap for the Fourth District seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

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InlandPolitics: Finally! Campaign season has arrived

Thursday, January 18, 2018 – 10:15 a.m.

The statewide primary is officially on the radar screen and perspective candidates must start preparing their candidacy paperwork, and raising money for their endeavors.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino Campaigns: Hold that Date!

Thursday, January 18, 2018 – 10:00 a.m.

Things could go just a little bit better for San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis.

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Clifford Young, president of the board of directors for the West Valley Water District in Rialto, during a recent interview.

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: January 17, 2018 at 4:42 pm | Updated: January 17, 2018 at 11:30 pm

A lawsuit accusing a Rialto water district’s board president of improper hiring and spending backs the accounts of current and former top administrators who were placed on leave and are under investigation after speaking out.

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By Jeff Horseman | jhorseman@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
Published: January 16, 2018 at 1:21 pm | Updated: January 16, 2018 at 2:53 pm

Former Inland assemblywoman Cheryl Brown wants her old job back.

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By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: January 16, 2018 at 7:00 am | Updated: January 16, 2018 at 6:36 pm

Victims of former Redlands High School teacher and convicted sex offender Kevin Kirkland were “negligent” and partly to blame for what happened to them, the Redlands Unified School District said in a court document.

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By Adam Ashton
aashton@sacbee.com
January 12, 2018 12:25 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown this week predicted that his 2012 pension law will survive union challenges in court and blow a hole in the so-called “California rule” that has restricted changes to public employee retirement plans for half a century.

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By Joe Garofoli
Published: January 11, 2018
Updated:   January 11, 2018 – 11:50 pm

There are now four major Democrats and three Republicans running for governor. In California, that means there are too many Republicans in the race.

Hey, that’s not just my opinion. Ask Jim Brulte, chairman of the California Republican Party.

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Slate: The Innocence Deniers

When convictions are clearly wrong, these prosecutors don’t just hinder justice—they actively work against it.

By Lara Bazelon
January 10, 2018

Davontae Sanford was 14 years old when he confessed to murdering four people in a drug house on Detroit’s East Side. Left alone with detectives in a late-night interrogation, Sanford says he broke down after being told he could go home if he gave them “something.” On the advice of a lawyer whose license was later suspended for misconduct, Sanford pleaded guilty in the middle of his March 2008 trial and received a sentence of 39 to 92 years in prison.

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The Sun: Beaumont corruption probe prosecutors argue against dropping charges

By Richard K. De Atley | rdeatley@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
January 10, 2018 at 4:02 pm

The final defendant in the Beaumont corruption case “expressly and unmistakably” surrendered his right to a speedy preliminary hearing, and a claim that he was denied a chance to see the evidence against him is “clearly contrived,” prosecutors said Wednesday as they asked a judge to deny his motion for dismissal.

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San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon speaks during the memorial service for San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy Lawrence “Larry” Falce at Immanuel Baptist Church in Highland, Ca., January 9, 2018. Well off-duty, Falce, a 36-year veteran of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department was assaulted following a minor traffic crash in San Bernardino and later died from his injuries. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG

By Brian Rokos | brokos@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
Published: January 9, 2018 at 1:07 pm | Updated: January 10, 2018 at 2:19 pm

Marjorie Falce-Jorgensen gazed upon an audience of 1,000 mourners and spoke about heroes and villains and family.

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By Richard K. De Atley |
Published: January 9, 2018 at 10:32 am | Updated: January 10, 2018 at 6:12 am

The last defendant in the Beaumont corruption case wants a judge to throw his charges out, saying he was wrongly denied a speedy preliminary hearing and that prosecutors have dragged their feet in producing evidence.

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By Jeff Horseman | jhorseman@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
Published: January 8, 2018 at 4:19 pm | Updated: January 9, 2018 at 6:06 am

Riverside County’s $161 million savings could plummet to $8 million if costs aren’t cut, according to a new county staff report.

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Monday, January 8, 2018 – 12:00 a.m.

A San Diego appellate court has affirm a $6.5 million jury award to the target of  murder-for-hire scheme involving two member of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

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CALmatters: Commentary: Minimum wage hike, other acts have consequences

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By Dan Walters | Jan. 7, 2018 |

Outwardly, the McDonalds restaurant just off Highway 101 in Pismo Beach doesn’t look any different from the 1,500 or so others in California.

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Sunday, January 7, 2018 – 1:00 a.m.

A Great Recession give-back forced upon San Bernardino County employees will no longer apply to the county’s highest paid management employees, if county supervisors approve revisions to what is known as the exempt compensation plan on Tuesday.

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Adelanto Mayor Rich Kerr (Courtesy photo)

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
January 6, 2018 at 7:00 am

Adelanto City Manager Gabriel Elliott’s recent allegations that Mayor Rich Kerr and two councilmembers repeatedly broke the law and violated the city charter echo allegations by three former longtime employees who are suing the city for wrongful termination.

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By Brian Rokos | brokos@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
Published: January 6, 2018 at 10:00 am | Updated: January 6, 2018 at 11:01 am

The driver whose car had collided with that of off-duty San Bernardino County sheriff’s Deputy Larry Falce on New Year’s Eve is accused of balling his fist and unleashing a devastating punch to Falce’s head.

The 70-year-old fell back, lifeless, and struck the rear of his head on the pavement at Kendall Drive and University Parkway in San Bernardino.

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By Brian Rokos | brokos@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
PUBLISHED: January 5, 2018 at 12:43 pm | UPDATED: January 5, 2018 at 2:07 pm

Services for San Bernardino County sheriff’s Deputy Larry Falce, who died Jan. 2, will be held Tuesday, Jan. 9.

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By Jeff Horseman | jhorseman@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
PUBLISHED: January 5, 2018 at 1:41 pm | UPDATED: January 5, 2018 at 1:43 pm

Assembly Democratic leaders Thursday, Jan. 4, appointed Assemblywoman Eloise Reyes, D-Grand Terrace, as assistant majority whip for the 2017-18 session.

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Associated Press: California driver charged with single-punch murder of deputy

This undated photo released by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department shows deputy Lawrence Falce. Falce has died after he was punched by a driver after an off-duty traffic accident on New Year’s Eve. The Sheriff’s Department says Falce died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, in a hospital. Authorities say the 70-year-old deputy and another driver collided Sunday morning near California State University, San Bernardino. (San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department via AP)

Associated Press
January 4, 2017

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — A 70-year-old, off-duty sheriff’s deputy braked to avoid two dogs and was rear-ended by a driver who then got out and delivered a fatal punch, police said Wednesday in announcing a murder charge against the man.

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The Sun: Sexual harassment allegations are trumped up, Adelanto city manager says

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By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
PUBLISHED: January 3, 2018 at 6:46 pm | UPDATED: January 3, 2018 at 7:42 pm

Adelanto City Manager Gabriel Elliott denies allegations by former city employees that he sexually harassed them, saying he believes they are trumped up, designed to embarrass him, and that Mayor Rich Kerr is likely behind it.

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San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy Larry Falce accompanying a child during a 2017 SEBA Christmas Shop with a Cop event.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 – 09:30 p.m.

A 36-year veteran deputy of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has succumbed to injuries sustained from an unprovoked off-duty attack.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018 – 12:00 a.m.

San Bernardino County, California is sporting a healthy budget reserve in its current fiscal year.

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The Grapevine: Op-Ed: The Colonies Trial and the forgotten man

Rex Gutierrez
Monday, January 1, 05:00 p.m.

The seven-year Colonies “Trial of the Century” is over. San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos, with then-Attorney General Jerry Brown at his side, proclaimed that this was the biggest public corruption scandal in the history of the county and the state of California. Surely this was the impetus that would propel Ramos to statewide, and possibly national office!

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InlandPolitics: Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!

Monday, January 1, 2018 – 12:00 a.m.

InlandPolitics would like to wish all of our readers a safe and Happy New Year!