Archive for February, 2019

The temporary restraining orders allow the businesses to contest allegations made in a lawsuit against the city

By Brian Whitehead | bwhitehead@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: February 27, 2019 at 12:52 pm | UpdatedFebruary 27, 2019 at 6:44 pm

A week after San Bernardino city leaders approved 16 commercial cannabis businesses, a local judge halted the licensing process for seven of them.

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By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com
and Scott Schwebke | sschwebke@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: February 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm | Updated: February 25, 2019 at 7:46 pm

  • Stephanie Smith alleges ‘pay-for-play’ scheme in lawsuit seeking to halt commercial operator licenses

A Pacific Palisades woman who heads a company that was blocked last week from setting up legitimate commercial cannabis operations in San Bernardino sued the city on Monday, Feb. 25 alleging corrupt practices involving a “pay for play” scheme.

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Annual address themed “From Foundation to Future”

By Staff report
Published: February 24, 2019 at 8:00 am | Updated: February 24, 2019 at 8:00 am

Rancho Cucamonga Mayor L. Dennis Michael will look back on 2018 and share plans for the coming year at the annual State of the City address on Thursday, Feb. 28.

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The Sun: California’s ‘cannabis landlord’ pleads not guilty, released on bail

Stephanie Smith is the self-proclaimed largest cannabis landlord in California and has become a major advocate for the industry.

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com and Scott Schwebke | sschwebke@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: February 22, 2019 at 7:41 pm | Updated: February 23, 2019 at 1:53 am

As California’s self-proclaimed “cannabis landlord” sat in a Los Angeles County jail Thursday night on a drug charge, her real estate attorney stood before San Bernardino city officials trying to expand her empire.

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The Sun: This is how many commercial cannabis licenses San Bernardino approved

By Brian Whitehead | bwhitehead@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: February 21, 2019 at 9:20 pm | Updated: February 22, 2019 at 6:08 pm

For about three hours Thursday, Feb. 21, dozens of applicants pitched their businesses to city leaders

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Stephanie Smith is the self-proclaimed largest cannabis landlord in California and has become a major advocate for the industry.

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: February 21, 2019 at 7:40 pm | Updated: February 23, 2019 at 2:06 am

  • The wealthy real estate developer and mother of five was booked on suspicion of possessing drugs for sale

A real estate developer who touts herself as “California’s cannabis landlord” was arrested during a raid by San Bernardino police at her Pacific Palisades home, authorities confirmed Thursday.

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Daily Bulletin: California’s job growth to dip from more robust years, report says

California is expected to add 322,700 jobs this year and 318,500 next year. But the state is not building nearly enough homes to meet the demand, according to a new report.

By Kevin Smith | kvsmith@scng.com | San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Published: February 20, 2019 at 12:01 am | Updated: February 20, 2019 at 12:02 am

  • Clouds on the horizon include transit issues and not enough housing to support all the job growth.

California’s economy is expected to add more than 300,000 jobs this year and in 2020, but that will fall well below some of the more robust growth years the state experienced over the last half-decade.

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By Sandra Emerson | semerson@scng.com |
Published: February 19, 2019 at 4:25 pm | Updated: February 19, 2019 at 6:50 pm

Dan Flores has worked side by side outgoing Supervisor Josie Gonzales in San Bernardino County’s 5th District for the past 14 years. Now Gonzales’ chief of staff is looking to succeed his boss when the seat opens in 2020.

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By Teri Sforza | tsforza@scng.com | Orange County Register
Published: February 18, 2019 at 8:50 am | Updated: February 18, 2019 at 8:52 am

  • Some ‘have abused the public trust by hoarding vast sums of money.’ one reformer says

California’s most affluent special districts nearly doubled their spending over the course of a decade, while the value of their cash and investments nearly tripled, according to a Southern California News Group analysis of state data.

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The Sentinel: Adelanto City Council Suspends City Manager Flores, Pending Investigation

Mark Gutglueck
Posted on February 16, 2019

Jessie Flores, who was inserted into the post of city manager last year by the controlling coalition of the city council as it was formerly composed, was placed on paid administrative leave by a 5-to-0 vote of the Adelanto City Council on Wednesday.

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The arrivals area of the San Bernardino International Airport’s passenger terminal. Friday August 28, 2009. Rick Sforza/Staff Photographer

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: February 17, 2019 at 8:30 am | Updated: February 17, 2019 at 8:31 am

  • Nearly 4,000 jobs and millions in revenue expected within 5 years, officials say

San Bernardino International Airport and Hillwood Enterprises, LP are moving forward with plans to develop a massive air cargo logistics center at the airport that would house up to 16 aircraft and provide round-the-clock operations.

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Daily Bulletin: Rancho Cucamonga says goodbye to former mayor Bill Alexander

By Beau Yarbrough | byarbrough@scng.com | Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Published: February 16, 2019 at 10:45 pm | Updated: February 16, 2019 at 10:45 pm

Fifty years after he and his family arrived, Rancho Cucamonga said farewell to former mayor William “Bill” Alexander.

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Jim Brulte, chairman of the California Republican Party and a former GOP leader in the state Senate and Assembly.

By Kevin Modesti | kmodesti@scng.com | Daily News
Published: February 15, 2019 at 5:57 pm | Updatd: February 16, 2019 at 7:56 pm

  • Party struggled in the former San Bernardino lawmaker’s six years at helm, but he’s credited with rebuilding the party organization

Not that he’s counting down his days to freedom or anything, but Jim Brulte seemed keenly aware that the end of his time as California Republican Party chairman was 11 days away — not 10, not an even dozen — as he sat for an interview Thursday at his house in Fontana.

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The Sun: Hail to the sheriff: Trump praises San Bernardino County’s McMahon

By Brian Rokos | brokos@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
Published: February 13, 2019 at 7:10 pm | Updated: February 13, 2019 at 7:13 pm

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon was sitting in the audience Wednesday during a joint meeting of the Major County Sheriffs of America and Major Cities Chief Association in Washington DC when the speaker surprised the sheriff by calling him to the front.

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San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman welcomes attendees to the State of the County 2019 Regional Business Summit at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario on Tuesday, February 12, 2019. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

By Sandra Emerson | semerson@scng.com |
Published: February 12, 2019 at 7:35 pm | Updated: February 12, 2019 at 7:39 pm

County and business leaders touted the region as a fast-growing, innovative place to live and work during the State of the County 2019 regional business summit Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.

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California union ranks statewide thinned by 86,000 — a drop of 3.4 percent in a year.

By Jonathan Lansner | jlansner@scng.com | Orange County Register
Published: February 12, 2019 at 2:00 pm | Updated: February 12, 2019 at 4:54 pm

California’s labor movement didn’t have a swell 2018 and shrinking membership could be bad for your wealth, union fan or not.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom pledges to scale back high-speed rail and twin-tunnels projects in State of the State speech

By Phil Willon and Taryn Luna
Feb 12, 2019 | 5:40 PM

Sacramento —

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced in his first State of the State speech that he intends to scale back California’s $77-billion bullet train project, saying that while the state has the capacity to complete the first leg in the Central Valley, extending the rail line to Southern California and the Bay Area would “cost too much and, respectfully, take too long.”

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