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VVDailyPress: Competing staffing agencies spar

VVWRA contract winner iLink demands ICR stop alleged libel, slander

By SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Mar. 5, 2015 at 4:55 PM – Updated at 9:24 PM

VICTORVILLE — The staffing agency that underbid ICR Staffing, Inc. last year for the Upper Narrows Temporary Pipeline project retained a law firm to issue a cease-and-desist letter to ICR and its attorney, accusing them of libel and slander, according to a document obtained by the Daily Press.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Tonight on The Lou Desmond & Company Show, Heidi Harris, host of the Heidi Harris Show on AM790 KBET in Las Vegas, joins Lou to discuss a road rage incident that turned deadly in Las Vegas. Heidi gives her personal tips for women who wish to protect themselves against road rage incidents.

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The Sentinel: Suggestions surface relating to Board Chairman’s drug use, coverup

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By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on February 14, 2015

(February 13) – A series of events has moved allegations of drug use by San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos front and center, together with suggestions that county officials have ignored or covered up indications of that activity because of his extensive personal wealth which has been used to support other elected county officials’ own political efforts.

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DailyBulletin: Ex-aide to San Bernardino County supervisor charged in drug smuggling

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/13/15, 12:01 AM PST | Updated: 28 secs ago

A former field representative for James Ramos, chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, was charged Friday with two felony counts of smuggling drugs and drug paraphernalia into the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center in Devore.

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InlandPolitics: Fired Ramos aide charged with two felonies

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Friday, February 13, 2015 – 02:30 p.m.

A former field representative for San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor James Ramos has been charged with two felonies for smuggling drugs to an inmate housed at the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center in Devore.

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Lipsitz suspected of sneaking narcotics to jail inmate

By SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Feb. 12, 2015 @ 8:47 pm
Updated Feb 12, 2015 at 8:52 PM

The case against San Bernardino County 3rd District Supervisor James Ramos’ former aide, arrested last week for allegedly delivering narcotics to a jail inmate in Devore, is under review for possible charges, District Attorney spokesman Chris Lee said Thursday.

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InlandPolitics: Not a good week for San Bernardino County

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 – 03:00 p.m.

It’s safe to say last week wasn’t a good week for San Bernardino County Government.

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The Sun: Former Ramos field rep maintains innocence

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/06/15, 12:01 AM PST | Updated: 55 secs ago

A county supervisor’s former field representative accused of smuggling drugs into the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center in Devore for an inmate he visited regularly professed his innocence Friday.

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Lou Desmond

Friday, February 6, 2015 – 01:30 p.m.

Tonight on The Lou Desmond & Company Show, Adrian Moore, Vice President at Reason Foundation and San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman join the program.

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By Greg Cappis, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/05/15, 6:14 PM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

A field representative for 3rd District county Supervisor and board chair James Ramos was arrested on suspicion of giving drugs to an inmate and was subsequently fired from his position with the county.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Public Nurses strike appears to have worked

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Thursday, February 5, 2015 – 08:45 a.m.

The California Nurses Association (CNA) appears to have secured a victory against San Bernardino County.

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DailyBulletin: Calvin McElwain, former San Bernardino County supervisor, dies

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/02/15, 12:01 AM PST | Updated: 9 hrs ago

Calvin Lewis McElwain, who served as San Bernardino County’s Second District Supervisor from 1978 to 1986 and was board chairman from 1983 to 1985, has died. He was 85.

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InlandPolitics: Former Mayor gives MIA Supervisor some pointed criticism

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Sunday, January 18, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

We’ve written about it here before. If you want to be a county supervisor, be prepared to do your job.

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InlandPolitics: No raises for San Bernardino County workers?

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

In San Bernardino County, California, administrators are putting the writing on the proverbial wall.

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Robert Lovingood talks about reaching the halfway point of his first term as 1st District supervisor. (James Quigg, Daily Press)

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Jan. 10, 2015 @ 12:01 am
Updated at 10:54 PM

VICTORVILLE — Midway through his first term, San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood said this week that he remains committed to supporting the local solar and mining sectors in 2015, while also seeking to push career technical training for youth.

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DailyBulletin: San Bernardino County supervisors, state reps talk of improving region

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By Greg Cappis, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/09/15, 10:20 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO >> In a new courthouse that is part of an underfunded county court system, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors met with the Inland Empire caucus of the state Legislature on Friday afternoon to discuss issues facing the region.

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InlandPolitics: Inland Counties appoint board leadership

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Thursday, January 8, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

The Boards of Supervisors for Riverside and San Bernardino Counties have selected new leadership to start off the new year.

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The Sun: San Bernardino County to consider lease hike for sheriff’s hangar

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Architectural rendering of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s new aviation facility at San Bernardino International Airport. (Courtesy Photo)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 01/05/15, 9:28 PM PST | Updated: 45 secs ago

County supervisors on Tuesday will consider increasing by more than 28 percent a lease agreement with the Sheriff’s Department for its new aviation hangar at San Bernardino International Airport due to increasing costs associated with the project.

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VVDailyPress: Lovingood backs Prime purchase of 6 hospitals

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Supervisor testifies before panel on much debated sale

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Jan. 5, 2015 @ 5:40 pm
Updated Jan 5, 2015 at 5:42 PM

Testifying before a state Attorney General’s panel Monday in Lynwood, San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood expressed support for Ontario-based Prime Healthcare’s proposed acquisition of six struggling nonprofit hospitals.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County retirement costs rise again

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Related Post: InlandPolitics: S.B. County pension costs continue climb

Sunday, January 4, 2015 – 11:30 a.m.

This Tuesday, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors will vote to approve another increase in its annual pension contributions.

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DailyBulletin: ARMC nurses to address supervisors over pay, working conditions

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 12/15/14, 9:13 PM PST | Updated: 15 secs ago

About 30 nurses from Arrowhead Regional Medical Center will address the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Tuesday following a two-day strike last week in protest of low pay and poor working conditions.

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InlandPolitics: Score: San Bernardino County 1 – CNA 0

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Saturday, December 13, 2014 – 11:45 a.m.

The California Nurses Association (CNA), successfully and legally, pulled off a two-day walkout at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center this week.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Appellate Court refuses to stop nurses strike

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014 – 04:00 p.m.

A California appellate court has refused to intervene in a ongoing two-day strike by San Bernardino County Nurses.

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By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 12/09/14, 9:56 AM PST | Updated: 59 secs ago

COLTON >> Hundreds of county nurses did not show up for work Tuesday as the nurses union began a two-day strike, demanding higher wages and protesting working conditions.

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InlandPolitics: Nurses strike affecting area hospitals

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

A two day strike by more than 1,000 San Bernardino County nurses is being felt across the Inland Empire with emergency and other patients being deferred to other area hospitals.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Superior Court Judge refuses to stop strike

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Monday, December 8, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

A San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge has refused to block a planned strike by county-employed nurses set for Tuesday and Wednesday.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: CNA not being pushed around — At least not yet!

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Sunday, December 7, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

San Bernardino County’s labor relations continues down the path of obstruction and disharmony.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Judge denies injunction against nurses union

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Friday, December 5, 2014 – 03:30 p.m.

A San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge has denied a request for an injunction prohibiting a two-day walk out of the county’s 1,100 nurses.

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By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 12/04/14, 5:28 PM PST | Updated: 28 secs ago

San Bernardino County officials are seeking to block a planned strike by its 1,100 member nurses union, saying a two-day event next week “could cost taxpayers millions of dollars” if the county is forced to hire temporary nurses.

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DailyBulletin: San Bernardino, Los Angeles counties swear in representatives

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Curt Hagman’s wife, Grace, pins him after he was sworn in as a San Bernardino County supervisor on Monday. (Micah Escamilla — Staff Photographer)

By Staff reports
Posted: 12/01/14, 7:30 PM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

Former Assemblyman Curt Hagman, R-Chino Hills, was sworn in Monday as San Bernardino County’s new 4th District Supervisor, representing several West Valley cities, in a day when new faces appeared on county boards in San Bernardino and Los Angeles.

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The PE: DECISION 2014: How the candidates won (and lost)

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November 26th, 2014, 4:48 pm

The Nov. 4 election is officially certified in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, which means it’s time to see where the winning and losing candidates got their votes.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The P-E Political Empire Blog, click here.

InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Will board dynamics shift?

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November 22, 2014 – 01:30 p.m.

A strong-minded incoming county supervisor and two strong personality chief’s of staff will be coming to the Fifth Floor of the San Bernardino County Government Center on December 1.

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DailyBulletin: San Bernardino County Supervisor Gary Ovitt says goodbye to government

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San Bernardino County Supervisor Gary Ovitt, right, expresses his appreciation to friends and colleagues during his final Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday in San Bernardino. “I’m so thankful to all of you for all that you’ve done,” he said. (Photo by Micah Escamilla — staff photographer)

By Ryan Carter, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 11/18/14, 6:42 PM PST | Updated: 39 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Gary Ovitt said goodbye Tuesday to a packed Board of Supervisors chamber, with a message: “This job for me has been all about building relationships with people,” he said, wearing his familiar bow tie and a crisp dark suit.

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InlandPolitics: Interesting story in The Sentinel

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Monday, November 17, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

The Sentinel published an interesting story on Saturday. The subject matter is the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.

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VVDailyPress: ICR seeks $3.62 million from VVWRA

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Lovingood-owned agency disputes wages, bid process in claim

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Nov. 13, 2014 @ 6:42 pm
Updated Nov 13, 2014 at 6:47 PM

VICTORVILLE — The staffing agency co-owned by San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood sought $3.62 million in damages from Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority this year, according to a claim obtained Thursday by the Daily Press.

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San Bernardino County Supervisor-elect Curt Hagman.

Published: Nov. 13, 2014 – Updated: 11:21 p.m.

On paper, things looked good for Gloria Negrete McLeod as she sought to go from Capitol Hill to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The Sentinel: County Re-Ups Contract With Platinum Advisors For Sacramento Lobbying

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The Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on November 7, 2014

(November 4) — The County of San Bernardino has extended its long running contract with its state legislative lobbyist for another year.

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InlandPolitics: Election notes

Election Results

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Here’s some area election results of note.

In San Bernardino, voters dumped charter reform Measure Q. The measure would have removed wage-setting provisions from the city charter to collective bargaining. The city’s police and fire unions easily tubed the measure. The result is a blow to novice Mayor Carey Davis and backers, who put very little effort in support of the measure.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Counsel gets new four-year deal

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Monday, November 3, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is set to give its lead in-house counsel a new four-year deal, via a contract.

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IEBusinessDaily: Tribal Gaming Interests Spend Big Money in Redlands?

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IE Business Daily

October 25, 2014

Who knew that the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians had significant interest in the quiet little town of Redlands? The tribe, which has a large casino on reservation land North of San Bernardino is taking great interest in the Redlands City Council election, and spending big money too.

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DailyBulletin: Political heavyweights vie for San Bernardino County supervisor seat

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 10/19/14, 11:50 PM PDT | Updated: 16 secs ago

Two experienced Inland Empire politicians are vying for San Bernardino County’s 4th District supervisor’s seat in the Nov. 4 general election. The seat is open because Supervisor Gary Ovitt is not seeking another term.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Political veterans battle for supervisorial seat

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Published: Oct. 10, 2014 – Updated: 9:56 p.m.

Technically, the race for the Fourth District seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is nonpartisan.

But this year’s contest has a partisan feel, with Republican Assemblyman Curt Hagman of Chino Hills taking on Democratic Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod of Chino in a big money contest. The veteran lawmakers are running for a seat currently held by Gary Ovitt, who has served on the board since 2004 and is not seeking re-election.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: SEIU increases support for Negrete-McLeod

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Friday, October 10, 2014 – 05:30 p.m.

U.S. Representative Gloria Negrete-McLeod continues to benefit from big money support in her quest for a seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Fundraising totals in supervisorial contest

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

The contest to replace retiring San Bernardino County Supervisor Gary Ovitt is heading into the final stretch, with one candidate making a push to overcome a serious funding disadvantage.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 10/07/14, 4:17 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> After 25 years of repeated attempts to get passed in San Bernardino County a property tax relief program for new homebuyers, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday finally approved an ordinance.

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The Sun: San Bernardino County adopts new logo

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This is the new San Bernardino County logo adopted Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors.

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 09/24/14, 1:05 PM PDT | Updated: 6 hrs ago

After 30 years, San Bernardino County has a new logo.

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InlandPolitics: SEIU preparing to weigh-in for Negrete-McLeod

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 – 03:00 p.m.

All signs show the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is preparing to enter-the runoff election for San Bernardino County’s Fourth Supervisorial District.

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DailyBulletin: Supervisors discuss Ontario airport, health care and realignment plans

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 09/16/14, 9:49 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Supervisors from Riverside and San Bernardino counties agreed Tuesday to form a committee to plan strategies to tackle the Affordable Care Act, prison realignment and the future of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

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The Sun: San Bernardino/Riverside county supervisors to meet on regional issues

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 09/10/14, 8:39 PM PDT |

A joint public meeting between supervisors in San Bernardino and Riverside counties is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Riverside County Administrative Center.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: November ballot contests

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The fall ballot will feature a contest for county supervisor between two longtime legislators and more than a few political comeback attempts.

Published: Aug. 15, 2014 Updated: 10:14 p.m.

The Nov. 4 ballot will feature a battle between a state legislator and a member of Congress plus a few political comeback attempts in San Bernardino County.

To read story by Imran Ghori in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Past agreement rears its ugly head

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Saturday, August 9, 2014 – 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, August 10, 2014 – 10:15 a.m.

A shady agreement from San Bernardino County’s past reared its ugly head this week.

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VVDailyPress: County leaders stress job growth

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SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Aug. 6, 2014 @ 7:12 pm
Updated Aug 6, 2014 at 7:17 PM

VICTORVILLE — San Bernardino County supervisors and CEO Greg Devereaux on Wednesday touched upon a myriad of subjects affecting the county, including a push for technical education, the need for more private sector jobs and the ongoing impact of prison realignment.

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VVDailyPress: 2 supervisors oppose giant wind project

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Lovingood, Ramos write letter to BLM
By STAFF REPORTS
Posted Jul. 24, 2014 @ 6:01 pm
Updated Jul 24, 2014 at 6:09 PM

SAN BERNARDINO — Supervisors James Ramos and Robert A. Lovingood submitted a joint letter to the Bureau of Land Management on Thursday strongly opposing the North Peak Wind Project planned for 16.4 square miles of mountain ridges overlooking much of the Victor Valley.

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IEBusinessDaily: Anti-Development efforts hold back job-creating solar project

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July 16, 2014

A clean energy company is continuing its fight to build a job-creating solar power generation facility on 23 acres in unincorporated Apple Valley. Clean Focus Corporation was denied its conditional use permit request via a 3-0 vote by the San Bernardino County Planning Commissioners on June 19, and is appealing that decision in front of the Board of Supervisors on August 5th.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County bargaining unit rejects contract offer

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Thursday, June 26, 2014 – 07:00 p.m.

A holdout San Bernardino County bargaining unit, represented by the San Bernardino Public Employees Association (SBPEA), rejected a contract offer for the third time on Wednesday evening, according to the union’s website.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County gets last laugh in union deal

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Monday, June 23, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Hats off to San Bernardino County government for pulling off a masterful victory over its largest union last week.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County budget reserve set to climb 73% from 2013

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Saturday, June 14, 2014 – 07:00 p.m.

The financial picture for San Bernardino County is becoming rosier by the day.

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InlandPolitics: SEIU moves to decertify San Bernardino County union

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014 – 02:00 p.m.

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has commenced the process to decertify the San Bernardino Public Employees Association (SBPEA), as the designated union to represent several San Bernardino County employee bargaining units.

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InlandPolitics: Primary Election recap

Election Results

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

Here’s a recap of the June 3 Primary Election results for contests of interest.

Record low, and we mean low, turnout was projected, and it happened!

But no one expected it to be this low.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: San Manuel Amphitheater falls short of hopes

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The plan was to make money from the venue, but instead the county has had to kick in money to meet expenses

Published: May 31, 2014 10:18 p.m.

When San Bernardino County was planning to build an outdoor amphitheater in a natural bowl at Glen Helen Regional Park, officials saw it as a potential cash cow.

To read story by David Olson in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

DailyBulletin: Newcomer to politics faces Rutherford in 2nd District race

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/27/14, 12:38 AM PDT |

San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford, who represents the 2nd District, is being challenged by a political newcomer in the June 3 primary — a former crime scene investigator from Lake Arrowhead unhappy with a newly adopted sober living home ordinance.

The 2nd District includes Rancho Cucamonga, parts of Fontana and the mountain communities of Crestline, Lake Arrowhead and Running Springs.

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InlandPolitics: County union faces decertification

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Thursday, May 22, 2014 – 04:00 p.m.

It was only a matter of time.

San Bernardino County’s largest union, the San Bernardino Public Employees Association (SBPEA), now faces a serious decertification effort from the Service Employees International Union, an AFL-CIO member.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County charter reform and “The King”

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Thursday, May 22, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Comedy is starting to make a comeback on the Fifth Floor of the San Bernardino County Government Center, located at 385 N. Arrowhead Avenue, in lovely downtown San Bernardino.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

All of the exploitation of the Christopher Dorner manhunt, with the exception of the victims, has benefited many involved.

But there’s another victim in the saga that never should have been.

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The Sun: San Bernardino County employees turn down contract proposal

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San Bernardino County employees oversee the counting of ballots by the San Bernardino County Public Employees Association on Monday.

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/20/14, 7:05 PM PDT | Updated: 36 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Dozens of San Bernardino County workers, unhappy with a new contract proposal, expressed concern and hope at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday. The concern: That the county’s fiscal health is coming at their expense. The hope: Fair wages, and a better contract.

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IEBusinessDaily: Sheriff Department Scandal Raises Serious Questions

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May 17, 2014

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon has only one notable comment: “It’s an isolated incident” according to news reports.

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Second District Supervisor Janice Rutheford is facing Randolph Beasley; Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod and Assemblyman Curt Hagman face off in the Fourth District.

Published: May 18, 2014 Updated: 9:51 p.m.

The June 3 election for two seats on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors features a battle between two Inland political heavyweights while a first-term incumbent who quickly rose to a leadership position faces a challenge from a political newcomer.

To read story by Imran Ghori in the Press Enterprise, click here.

DailyBulletin: San Bernardino County CEO proposes $4.4 billion budget

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/13/14, 4:23 PM PDT | Updated: 41 secs ago

County CEO Greg Devereaux on Tuesday presented a $4.4 billion recommended budget for the next fiscal year to the Board of Supervisors, with 37.9 percent of spending proposed for Human Services, 19.2 percent to Law and Justice and 11.5 percent for Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – 02: 15 p.m.

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has mounted a full-court press in an effort to takeover San Bernardino County’s largest labor union.

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By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/08/14, 10:14 PM PDT |

An independent committee, sponsored by the Service Employees International Union, is spending half of a million dollars in support of Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod’s bid for Fourth District County Supervisor.

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InlandPolitics: Grover Merritt appears on KTIE-AM 590

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Thursday, May 1, 2014 – 08:20 a.m.

San Bernardino County Deputy District Attorney and candidate, Grover Merritt, was a guest on the Lou Desmond Show on KTIE-AM 590, Wednesday evening (4/30).

The 30-minute segment was fast paced. Also participating in the discussion was Ralph Rossum, Professor of Criminal and Constitutional Law at Claremont McKenna College.

To listen to the podcast, click the here.

The following article was published in Friday’s edition of the

San Bernardino County Sentinel.

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Laurie Levenson, a former assistant U.S. Attorney who is now a law professor at Loyola Law School says “The appearance of it is troubling. It gives the appearance of impropriety because by making those donations, he [Carter] looks as if he is currying favor with the district attorney. Although it may be permitted, I don’t think it is ethical.”

The Sentinel

Documents implicate DA Ramos in extortion and kickback scheme  (Update -1-)
By Mark Gutglueck, The Sentinel (www.sbsentinel.com)
Posted on April 25, 2014

(April 25) The surfacing of long-buried criminal court documents indicates San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos withheld crucial information from a panel of Superior Court judges and county lawyers who provided the county board of supervisors with a persuasive recommendation to give attorney Earl Carter and his law firm an exclusive $20 million contract to perform indigent defense work at all of the county’s courthouses.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/22/14, 10:09 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday authorized county counsel to enter into litigation with the architectural and engineering behind the High Desert Detention Center expansion project in Adelanto.

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DailyBulletin: West Valley Detention Center focal point of inmate abuse probe

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West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/14/14, 9:24 PM PDT |

Federal and local law enforcement officials on Monday said they were unaware of any other allegations of inmate abuse by deputies in San Bernardino County jails, and that pending criminal and administration investigations are exclusive to West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.

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The Sun: San Bernardino County board studies possible charter changes

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/25/14, 6:41 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> San Bernardino County officials publicly reviewed possible changes to the county charter on Tuesday and will continue the discussion at a date to be determined, with no set timeline for when the changes might be made.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Campaign finance update

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

Here’s the latest numbers from campaign finance disclosure reports filed in San Bernardino County this week.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/24/14, 1:15 PM PDT | Updated: 7 hrs ago

Today the county supervisors will discuss a new proposed charter covering a range of topics including term limits for supervisors, how vacancies on the board are filled, and how elected officials’ pay is disclosed to the public.

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The Sun: San Bernardino County has paid nearly $63M to settle lawsuits since 2008

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/16/14, 7:15 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> More than one-fifth of the $62.8 million San Bernardino County paid to settle civil lawsuits over the past six years named the Sheriff’s Department as a defendant, while Arrowhead Regional Medical Center was named defendant in 17 percent of the settled cases.

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The PE: POLITICS: Plenty of choices on June 3 primary ballot

Janice Rutherford

San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford. (File Photo/Staff Photo)

March 10, 2014; 03:12 PM

There will be contested races for every Inland county supervisorial seat up for election in the June 3 primary, candidate filings show.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Incumbents challenged

Politics

Saturday, March 8, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Several San Bernardino County incumbents have drawn challengers.

One last minute add caught the elected official by surprise.

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Money

March 07, 2014; 09:48 AM

In Riverside County, what you give to a candidate for county office is limited only by your bank account.

With that in mind, about 30 donors contributed at least $10,000 apiece to supervisorial campaigns in 2013. The $10,000 club includes a labor union, a clean-energy magnate, an ambulance company and others with affected by the county.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Elections 2014

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
and Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/07/14, 9:48 PM PST |

San Bernardino >> Friday was the filing deadline for candidates vying for seats at the state and local levels for the June 3 primary election.

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DailyBulletin: Memorial service held in Upland for ex-supervisor Jon Mikels

Jon Mikels Memorial

Angela Dunning shares stories of her father, former San Bernardino County Supervisor Jon Mikels, at a memorial service Saturday at the Upland Brethren in Christ Church on Saturday. Mikels, 66, died at his home on the outskirts of Bandon, Ore., on Dec. 31. (Photo by Canan Tasci /Staff)

By Canan Tasci, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/02/14, 12:06 AM PST |

UPLAND >> A melody by a saxophonist and a pianist filled the high ceilings of Upland Brethren in Christ Church on Saturday afternoon as about 100 friends and family members celebrated the life of former San Bernardino County Supervisor Jon Mikels at a memorial service.

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Janice Rutherford

San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Janice Rutherford delivers the annual State of the County address Wednesday evening at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. (John Valenzuela/Staff Photographer)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/26/14, 8:07 PM PST |

ONTARIO >> People will need to think bigger and collaborate more to help San Bernardino County meet its future economic, educational and quality-of-life goals, Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Janice Rutherford told more than 1,000 people at Wednesday evening’s State of the County event at Citizens Business Bank Arena.

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SBCO Seal

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/25/14, 1:30 PM PST | Updated: 5 hrs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> County supervisors on Tuesday approved an $11.6 million, 25-year lease agreement with San Bernardino International Airport for more than 61,000 square feet of space that will house the sheriff’s aviation division when it relocates from Rialto Airport next year.

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