Archive for March, 2018

The Union-Democrat: Trump blasts California governor’s immigrant pardons

By Amanda Myers and Paul Elias
Associated Press
Mar 31,2018 – 8:21 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Donald Trump blasted California Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday for his pardon of five ex-convicts facing deportation, including two who fled the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia with their families four decades ago.

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California’s snowpack, shown on March 28, has seen big improvement in the month of March. (NASA Worldview)

Robert Krier
March 29, 2018 – 5:55 p.m.

Much of California, very dry at the end of February, had a welcome wet March. But it wasn’t a March miracle.

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Bloomberg: Facebook to Limit Use of Data Brokers for Ad Targeting

By Sarah Frier
Published: March 28, 2018 – 4:08 PM PDT
Updated:   March 28, 2018 –  5:52 PM PDT

  • Zuckerberg asking Facebook teams to review data practices
  • Changes could make it harder for advertisers to pinpoint users

Facebook Inc. is conducting a broad review of all its data practices and taking a much more conservative stance on some policies, moves that could limit advertisers’ ability to target users on the social network, according to people familiar with the matter.

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By Richard K. De Atley | rdeatley@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
Published: March 27, 2018 at 4:43 pm | Updated: March 27, 2018 at 5:06 pm

San Bernardino County officials have been mostly subdued after the Colonies bribery case collapsed in acquittals last year — but now a private attorney for the county has attacked Colonies co-managing partner Jeff Burum, saying even a not-guilty verdict for him and his co-defendants “is not a vindication of their conduct.”

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San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: March 26, 2018 at 2:49 pm | Updated: March 26, 2018 at 3:16 pm

Former Colonies corruption case defendants are accusing San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos of being a sexual predator in a full-page political ad running in at least six local weekly newspapers.

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Applicants do push-ups as Sheriff’s Investigator Nelson Guzman, left, gives out instructions during the agility test to potentially become new Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies at Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center in Riverside in August. Potential deputies undergo fitness test to determined their physical abilities. Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG

By Alicia Robinson | arobinson@scng.com | The Orange County Register
Published: March 26, 2018 at 6:30 am | Updated: March 26, 2018 at 10:28 am

Early one morning before the Inland heat burned the chill off the air outdoors, dozens of men and a handful of women in workout clothes sweated their way through pushups, sit-ups and a 1.5-mile run.

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InlandPolitics: Is this a real clip or did Ramos campaign get spoofed again?

Saturday, March 24, 2018  – 09:30 a.m.
Updated: Saturday, March 24, 2018 – 12:30- p.m.

San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos has resorted to embarking on a series of twenty second rants directed at his opponent and his opponent’s supporters. Some of the clips appear to have been cut after a red-faced Ramos had a few cocktails.

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InlandPolitics: KABC AM-790 Interview of Colonies Case Juror now available

Friday, March 23, 2018 – 09:00 p.m.

The Drive Home with Jillian Barberie and John Phillips had the pleasure of interviewing one of the jurors who sat on the Colonies Criminal Case debacle last year.

To hear the interview with Juror Donald Platten click the above link.

By Jeff Horseman | jhorseman@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
March 23, 2018 at 4:17 pm

California’s campaign finance watchdog wants to impose $36,500 in fines on a water district board member, in part for not closing a legal defense fund for his unsuccessful fight to serve on two elected bodies at the same time.

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InlandPolitics: Why would anyone throw money down the drain to support Ramos?

 

Thursday, March 22, 2018 – 10:00 p.m.
Updated: Saturday, March 24, 2018 – 12:45 p.m.

It didn’t take long for news of the frantic phone calls asking people to show up at a fundraising luncheon for embattled San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos to get out.

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InlandPolitics: Colonies Juror on KABC 790 at 5PM Today!



Joe Turner
Thursday, March 22, 2018 4:19 PM

One of the jurors in the Colonies case will be on KABC 790 AM’s “Drive Home with Jillian Barberie & John Phillips.” The unknown juror is slated to appear during the 5 o’clock segment.

You can listen live here.

Phillips published a recent oped with scathing comments from jurors who rebuked DA Mike Ramos and his political witch hunt.

From the article:

Juror Platten put it simply, “I never thought that the D.A.’s office was corrupt until after this trial. I’m pro-police and pro-D.A. But after seeing what Ramos did in this case, it shattered my expectations of what the D.A. is.”

 

Developer Jeff Burum, center, and his attorneys Jennifer Keller and Stephen Larson react as Burum is found not guilty of all charges in the Colonies corruption case verdict hearing at San Bernardino Superior Court in San Bernardino.(Photo by Rachel Luna, The Sun/SCNG)

By John Phillips |
Published: March 21, 2018 at 7:30 pm | Updated: March 21, 2018 at 10:01 pm

For mid-level politicians to move up the political pecking order in a state the size of California, they sometimes need to ride the wave of a big news event all the way to the front page of the paper.

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Joe Turner
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 – 4:13 p.m.

Last year I broke the story over at American Children First that Assemblyman Chad Mayes, a married man and the son of a pastor, was having an affair with Kristin Olsen, then the Vice-Chairwoman of the California Republican Party.

You can read all about it here so I will refrain from rehashing the matter on this blog. The short version is that I led a grassroots effort to oust him from his leadership position after he voted for cap and trade and forced her to resign from the CRP executive board.

Good times!

Well, you would think that Mayes would at least know how to spell the name of the woman he is sleeping with — but, apparently not.

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Jeff Daniels | @jeffdanielsca
Published: Mon, 19 March 2018 – 6:49 PM ET

Californians may still love the beautiful weather and beaches, but more and more they are fed up with the high housing costs and taxes and deciding to flee to lower-cost states such as Nevada, Arizona and Texas.

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The Hill: GOP pushes for ‘phase two’ of tax cuts

By Naomi Jagoda – 03/18/18 06:00 AM EDT

Republicans are increasingly talking about “phase two” of tax cuts — including a permanent extension of the new law’s individual tax cuts — in an effort to highlight their signature legislative accomplishment and force Democrats to take tough votes.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos gets spoofed!

Sunday, March 18, 2018 – 01:30 p.m.

Someone is definitely having a good laugh at embattled San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos’ expense this weekend.

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IE Business Daily: District Attorney Mike Ramos: Low on Cash, Out of Friends

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March 17, 2018

The race for San Bernardino County District Attorney is just starting. As of last Friday, the filing deadline for public office for the June 2018 primary, only two people completed the necessary paperwork; incumbent four-term District Attorney Mike Ramos and former Deputy District Attorney and current defense attorney Jason Anderson.

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San Bernardino City Councilwoman Virginia Marquez recently announced she will not seek re-election. She was elected to the Ward 1 seat in 2009. (The Sun file photo)

By Brian Whitehead | bwhitehead@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: March 16, 2018 at 3:43 pm | Updated: March 16, 2018 at 3:45 pm

Virginia Marquez is calling it a career. Again.

Ten years after retiring from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the 61-year-old recently announced she will not seek re-election to the San Bernardino City Council.

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Joshua Stewart
March 15, 2018

After an extended deadline, 16 candidates have completed paperwork to run for an open seat in Congress, held by retiring Rep. Darrell Issa, making it the busiest race in the San Diego area.

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By Sean Emery | semery@scng.com and Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | Orange County Register
Published: March 14, 2018 at 6:13 pm | Updated: March 14, 2018 at 7:07 pm

Jurors in a federal civil rights trial have awarded $33.5 million to the family of a man who was shot and killed by a San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy during a 2015 encounter at the El Rancho Motel in Barstow.

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By Mike Cruz | mcruz@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
March 14, 2018 at 8:37 pm

San Bernardino County sheriff’s Lt. Jim Considine, who returned to law enforcement after losing a leg because of the injuries he suffered during a nightmare pursuit in the county area of Victorville in 1997, was honored Wednesday night at the Ontario Reign game.

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InlandPolitics: SEBA Endorses Marc Steinorth for Supervisor

Steinorth

Joe Turner
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 – 4:24 p.m.

Assemblyman Marc Steinorth (R-Rancho Cucamonga) announced that he has earned the endorsement of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Employees’ Benefit Association (SEBA) in his bid to unseat incumbent Janice Rutherford.

The email announcement states:

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018 – 11:30 a.m.

An Inland Empire political action committee has released information from a poll conducted in the San Bernardino County District Attorney race.

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Friday, March 9, 2018 – 02:30 p.m.

LEGAL NOTICE

You have the right to a sexual harassment-free workplace. It has been alleged by several employees that there have been consensual sexual relationships between supervisors and subordinates in the San Bernardino District Attorney’s office.

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Mayes

Sammy Roth, The Desert Sun
Published 3:51 p.m. PT March 12, 2018 | Updated 3:59 p.m. PT March 12, 2018

Last week I broke the story that Assemblyman Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley) was suing Attorney General Xavier Becerra over the ballot title and summary language of Proposition 70.

The Desert Sun is reporting that Mayes was successful in forcing the state to change the language to make it more fair. Additionally, it reported the following:

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San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos at his office in San Bernardino, Calif. on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. Ramos, who served since 2002, is seeking re-election. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
March 12, 2018 at 6:00 am

For the better part of seven years, San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos would not comment publicly about the Colonies corruption case while it was pending.

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The California state capitol in Sacramento. (File photo)

By Beau Yarbrough | byarbrough@scng.com | Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Published: March 11, 2018 at 6:01 am | Updated: March 11, 2018 at 12:33 pm

Editor’s note: This is part of a package of stories marking Sunshine Week, during which the media assesses the status of the free press in the U.S. Coming this week:

Documents released in February, showing current and former California legislators had been accused of sexual misbehavior and other harassment, weren’t released under the California Public Records Act.

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Associated Press: California bullet train costs soar to $77B; opening delayed

By Kathleen Ronayne and Jonathan J. Cooper
Associated Press
Mar 9, 6:35 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The projected cost of California’s bullet train between San Francisco and Los Angeles has jumped to $77 billion and the completion date has been pushed back four years to 2033, according to a business plan released Friday.

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By Brian Whitehead | bwhitehead@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: March 9, 2018 at 7:00 am | Updated: March 9, 2018 at 7:22 am

Mike Gallo, president and CEO of Kelly Space & Technology in San Bernardino, has withdrawn from the 2018 mayoral race to focus on making space access easier and more affordable for the growing small satellite industry, he announced Friday, March 9.

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Sammy Roth, The Desert Sun
Published 2:41 p.m. PT March 8, 2018 | Updated 3:55 p.m. PT March 8, 2018

State Assemblymember Chad Mayes is suing California over a ballot measure that could help Republican lawmakers influence how the state spends its climate change funds, claiming that misleading language written by the state’s Democratic attorney general will confuse voters so they oppose the measure in June.

Proposition 70 stems from a hard-fought deal between Mayes and Gov. Jerry Brown last year. In exchange for Mayes delivering Republican votes to extend California’s cap-and-trade program, which puts a price on planet-warming emissions, Brown and Sacramento Democrats agreed to a statewide vote that could change how funds generated by the program are spent. If Prop 70 passes, the Legislature will be required to approve some of that spending in a two-thirds vote, rather than the majority vote that’s needed now.

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Jeff Cox | @JeffCoxCNBCcom
Published: March 9, 2018

  • Nonfarm payrolls rose by 313,000 in February while the unemployment rate remained at 4.1 percent, the lowest since December 2000.
  • Wage growth was muted, however, with average hourly earnings up 2.6 percent on an annualized basis, 0.2 percentage points below expectations
  • The stock market rallied after the report.

The economy added 313,000 jobs in February, crushing expectations, while the unemployment rate remained at 4.1 percent, according to a Labor Department report Friday that could help quell inflation fears.

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Joe Turner
Thursday, March 8, 2018 – 11:07 p.m.

Earlier tonight I exposed AD-42 candidate Gary Jeandron’s campaign manager for the incompetent albatross that he is — highlighting how he did not even know his own candidate’s history of being elected to the Palm Springs Unified School District.

Well, the Jeandron camp has been reeling ever since the Redlands Tea Party Patriots (RTPP) opted to endorse San Jacinto Councilman Andrew Kotyuk to replace “Cap and Traitor” Chad Mayes. Jeandron lambasted the group as a collection of “fringe” activists in a Press Enterprise column.

It gets even worse. Jeandron’s aforementioned campaign manager, Michael Santa Cruz, had an epic meltdown all across the Facebook social media platform.

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Joe Turner
Thursday, March 8, 2018 – 6:13 p.m.

When it comes to Gary Jeandron the political candidate, many people have described him and his campaign as lacking credibility and a real pathway to victory.

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Gov. Jerry Brown and state Attorney General Xavier Becerra. ( Photo by Laurel Rosenhall for CALmatters)

By Dan Morain | March 7, 2018 |

Most out-of-state politicians come to California to raise money. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions flew into Sacramento bearing a gift, in the form a lawsuit targeting this so-called sanctuary state.

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Joe Turner
Thursday, March 8, 2018 – 8:41 a.m.

AD-42 candidate Gary Jeandron is lashing out like a petulant child against the Redlands Tea Party Patriots (RTPP) because they did not endorse him in his quest to unseat Assemblyman Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley).

In fact, RTPP didn’t just endorse his opponent, Andrew Kotyuk, they consolidated their support behind the San Jacinto Councilman and urged Jeandron to drop out of the race so as not to dilute the anti-Mayes voting bloc.

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InlandPolitics: Did Mayes Get Burned by the Dems on Cap & Trade Deal?

 

 

Joe Turner
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 – 1:24 p.m.

Yesterday, over at American Children First, I wrote about a tip I had received concerning a lawsuit filed by Assemblyman Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley) against the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, and the state printer.

Initial speculation suggested it might be related to the ballot title of one of his opponents. I am now receiving word that it may in fact be related to Proposition 70.

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By Brian Whitehead | bwhitehead@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: March 6, 2018 at 3:29 pm | Updated: March 6, 2018 at 3:58 pm

The chairman of the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce filed a public claim against San Bernardino on Monday, March 5, alleging his civil rights were violated by several city officials at a recent City Council meeting.

The claim is a precursor to a civil lawsuit.

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By Franco Ordonez, Anita Chabria And Stephen Magagnini
Published: March 06, 2018 11:28 AM
Updated: March 06, 2018 07:20 PM

The Trump administration on Tuesday sued California over its sanctuary policies for undocumented immigrants, setting off a chorus of near-unanimous defiance from California lawmakers.

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Joe Turner
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 – 10:07 a.m.

San Bernardino Sun reporter Joe Nelson had an excellent piece about disgraced District Attorney Mike Ramos and the campaign by Jason Anderson to unseat him.

But Nelson buried the lead.

It isn’t until the sixth paragraph that he drops this little nugget:

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Joe Turner
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 – 9:05 a.m.

Yesterday, the Redlands Tea Party Patriots (RTPP) announced their endorsement of San Jacinto Councilman and small business owner Andrew Kotyuk in his bid to unseat Chad Mayes, the incumbent Republican that voted for last year’s disastrous cap and trade gas tax.

Their statement reads:

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San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos at his office in San Bernardino, Calif. on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. Ramos, who served since 2002, is seeking re-election. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: March 5, 2018 at 4:44 pm | UpdatedD: March 5, 2018 at 5:07 pm

San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos said he knows that his strongest challenger in the June primary election is being funded heavily by the vindicated Colonies corruption case defendants and their supporters.

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Assemblyman Marc Steinorth, R-Rancho Cucamonga, pulled candidacy papers on Monday to run against San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford for her seat on the board. He announced last week he would not seek a third term as Assemblyman.

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: March 5, 2018 at 8:29 pm | Updated: March 5, 2018 at 9:00 pm

Assemblyman Marc Steinorth, R-Rancho Cucamonga, pulled candidacy papers Monday to run against incumbent San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford, said Melissa Eickman, spokeswoman for the Elections Office of the Registrar of Voters.

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Patrick McGreevy
By Patrick McGreevy
Monday, March 5, 2018 – 12:40 p.m.

California’s campaign watchdog agency last year approved a record 340 settlements of cases involving violations of ethics and political finance rules, according to its annual report issued Monday.

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Joe Turner
Monday, March 5, 2018 – 11:45 a.m.

A credible source has told me that Assemblyman Marc Steinorth will most likely pull papers today to challenge Supervisor Janice Rutherford. It isn’t a matter of if he will pull, but when.

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March 5, 2018 – 2:57 am EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Welcome drifts of fresh snow await California’s water managers on their late-winter survey of the vital Sierra Nevada snowpack Monday after a massive winter storm slowed the state’s plunge back into drought.

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At the San Diego Central Jail in downtown, two inmates are housed in the Psychiatric Inpatient Unit. (Nelvin C. Cepeda / San Diego Union-Tribune)

Gary Warth
March 3, 2018 – 06:00 a.m.

Counties throughout the state are holding onto millions of dollars intended for mental health services, a recently released state audit has found.

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Corruption scandals haven’t curbed lavish gift-giving to California lawmakers
California lawmakers have continued to accept gifts despite previous corruption scandals and subsequent calls for change. Above, a storm passes over the state Capitol in Sacramento. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

By Patrick McGreevy
Mar 03, 2018 | 12:05 AM

Sacramento —

Special interests have continued to shower California legislators with hundreds of thousands of dollars in freebies, including foreign travel, golf games and concert tickets, as efforts to rein in gifts to elected state officials after a series of corruption scandals have stalled.

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InlandPolitics: Colonies case lawyers receive prestigious legal award

Friday, March 2, 2018 – 07:25 p.m.

The defense attorneys who represented the fully vindicated defendants in the Colonies criminal case have each received one of the highest honors for attorneys in California, each being recognized as a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (the “CLAY Award”) as nominated by their peers in the California legal community and selected by the editors of the Daily Journal and the California Lawyer, California’s leading legal periodicals.

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San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan, center, holds a resolution while posing with Assemblyman Marc Steinorth, R-Rancho Cucamonga, and then-Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, D-San Bernardino, during a 2016 ceremony in Sacramento that honored the first responders to the December 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino (Courtesy of Steinorth’s office).

By Jeff Horseman | jhorseman@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
Published: March 2, 2018 at 1:27 pm | Updated: March 2, 2018 at 3:46 pm

Inland Assemblyman Marc Steinorth has decided not to seek re-election, a decision that could affect the balance of power in Sacramento and the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

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Vindicated Colonies corruption case figure Jim Erwin has formed a political action committee with former co-defendant Mark Kirk to back District Attorney Mike Ramos’s challenger, Jason Anderson, and other “good government” political candidates.

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: March 1, 2018 at 7:07 pm | Updated: March 1, 2018 at 7:11 pm

Vindicated Colonies corruption case defendants Jim Erwin and Mark Kirk have formed a political action committee to support “good government” candidates, including the challenger to incumbent District Attorney Michael A. Ramos, former prosecutor-turned-defense attorney Jason Anderson.

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Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum.

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com and Richard K. De Atley | rdeatley@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: March 1, 2018 at 12:51 pm | Updated: March 1, 2018 at 6:08 pm

Rancho Cucamonga investor group Colonies Partners LP on Thursday, March 1, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos and former state Attorneys General Jerry Brown and Kamala Harris, seeking $80 million in damages following a bungled bribery case the developer claims sullied its reputation.

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InlandPolitics: Colonies Federal Lawsuit available online

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Thursday, March 1, 2018 – 06:35 p.m.

The civil lawsuit filed by Colonies Partners L.P. against the County of San Bernardino and various county and State of California officials is now available online.

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By Jim Erwin
Thursday, March 1, 2018 – 12:01 a.m.

The newly-formed Business Leaders for Fair & Ethical Government PAC has started it’s fundraising blitz heading into the June 5 California Primary Election.

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