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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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InlandPolitics: Negrete-McLeod announces run for S.B. County Supervisor

Gloria Negrete-McLeod

Negrete-McLeod

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 – 03:15 p.m.

As expected, U.S. Representative Gloria Negrete-McLeod (D-Montclair) announced she will run for a seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, on Tuesday.

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The Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck (www.sbsentinel.com)
Posted on February 14, 2014

(February 14)– A delay in the selection and approval process for four lucrative county contracts for the provision of what is known as conflict representation for indigent defendants in the county’s courts has resulted in the exposition of a series of apparent irregularities in the rating and recommendation system being used in the competition for the contracts.

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InlandPolitics: Greasing a lucrative criminal defense contract ? – Part 1

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Sunday, February 9, 2014 – 02:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, February 10, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Was the fix already in?

Questions have arisen regarding irregularities in the competition to win the right to provide conflict representation to indigent criminal defendants in San Bernardino County.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014 – 05:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

The past few days we’ve been discussing the fact that five San Bernardino County officials collectively violated the county’s new campaign finance limits some fifteen times in 2013.

Now comes the dubious attempt to deflect the issue.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: More campaign finance violations

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Related stories: InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Campaign finance violations

Saturday, February 1, 2014 – 04:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, February 3, 2014 – 07:15 p.m.

[Violation List Modified to add Supervisor James C. Ramos for a 2/2013 contribution by Majestic Realty]

San Bernardino County’s campaign finance ordinance must have been meant as a cocktail party joke.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County fundraising totals

Money

Monday, February 3, 2014 – 09:45 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, February 3, 2014 – 01:15 p.m.

A combination of new contribution limits and the sluggish economy is having an effect on local totals.

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InlandPolitics: Ovitt not seeking reelection

Curt Hagman, Chino Hills Councilman. HAND-IN: 8-1-07Gary-Ovitt

State Assemblyman Curt Hagman left. San Bernardino County Supervisor Gary Ovitt right.

Monday, January 6, 2013 – 10:15 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 6, 2013 – 11:15 a.m.

San Bernardino County Fourth District Supervisor Gary Ovitt is set to issue a statement at 12:00 p.m Monday.

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 Chad Mayes

Mayes

By William Cutting
Tuesday, October 30, 2013 – 07:00 p.m.

Chad Mayes, Chief of Staff to San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford, is starting to ramp up his campaign efforts in his bid to win the 42nd Assembly District race.

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InlandPolitics: Hagman challenging Ovitt?

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Assemblyman Curt Hagman left. County Supervisor Gary Ovitt right.

Monday, October 28, 2013 – 09:00 a.m.

It looks like battle lines may be on the horizon in potential 2014 election contest between outgoing Assemblyman, and County GOP Chairman, Curt Hagman, and incumbent Fourth District Supervisor Gary Ovitt.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Supervisors debate charter revision

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September 17, 2013; 05:52 PM

San Bernardino County supervisors agreed Tuesday, Sept. 17, on a general set of principles as they pursue a charter revision but differed on how quickly to proceed.

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

InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Sunday, August 25, 2013 – 10:30 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom last week, in case you missed it!

San Bernardino County to take sweeping charter reform to voters.

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors thinks the county charter needs a major overhaul.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Campaign finances impacted by limits

Money

Thursday, August 1, 2013 – 09:30 a.m.

Campaign finance limits are having a definite impact on San Bernardino County officeholders.

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InlandPolitics: The Insider: Gunning for Ovitt?

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Monday, July 29, 2013 – 09:30 a.m.

I went back and checked.

This blog has previously posted about how State Assemblyman Curt Hagman is considering a run for the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

Hagman is termed out at the end of 2014, with no place to land.

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The Sun: Moratorium on solar projects extended in San Bernardino County

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/23/2013 06:30:24 PM PDT

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday extended a temporary moratorium on commercial solar energy projects by 10 months, 15 days in order to set design standards and land-use parameters for such projects.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Lawsuit settlement discussion postponed

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Saturday, July 13, 2013 – 02:00 p.m.

The closed session agenda item for the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors to decide, whether or not, to approve an undisclosed settlement amount to end a lawsuit filed by a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy, has reportedly now been postponed.

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Saturday, July 13, 2013 – 10:00 a.m.

Is it really a surprise?

Sources say members of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors have been caught off guard by the revelation of a costly settlement with a Sheriff’s Deputy fired for using leave, in order to care for a sick parent, in accordance with the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013 – 10:30 a.m.

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is expected to approve a, yet-to-be-announced, settlement with a Sheriff’s Deputy, who was targeted, and terminated, for exercising his rights under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), in order to care for his ill mother.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Saturday, June 22, 2013 – 01:00 p.m.

Here’s some news of interest flowing across the transom this past week.

High volatility affecting investment markets

A roller coaster stock and bond market has investors a little jittery these days. The main reason is a fear the Federal Reserve will stop printing money soon. Over the past few years, the Fed has used its printing press to keep long-term interest rates low, and thus prop-up stock and real estate values. Now the time to test whether or not the economy will move along on its own is approaching.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Fundraising limits already a problem

Money

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 – 10:30 a.m.

In didn’t take long.

San Bernardino County politicos, a obsessed with making themselves look good the past couple years, now find themselves in an unexpected predicament.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Two newest supervisors had highest incomes

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April 11, 2013; 04:28 PM

San Bernardino County’s two newest supervisors are also the wealthiest of the five members of the board, recently filed financial disclosure statements show.

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

The Sun: San Bernardino County supervisors to discuss court closures

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/18/2013 02:59:46 PM PST
Updated: 02/18/2013 09:01:20 PM PST

Recent court closures in San Bernardino County and resident transportation problems arising from them will be the topic of a special meeting of the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013 – 09:15 a.m.

Here’s some news of interest flowing across the transom this week.

San Bernardino County Supe’s elect Rutherford chair

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors unanimously elected Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford as it’s new chairperson. Second District Supervisor Gary Ovitt will be vice-chair.

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The Sun: New San Bernardino County sheriff appointed

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/18/2012 07:24:19 PM PST

Citing glowing recommendations from his colleagues at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and the surrounding local law enforcement community, the Board of Supervisors Tuesday appointed Assistant Sheriff John McMahon to replace Sheriff Rod Hoops who retires Dec. 31.

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InlandPolitics: McMahon appointed San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner

John McMahon

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012 – 01:35 p.m.

As expected, San Bernardino County Supervisors appointed Assistant Sheriff John McMahon to replace retiring Sheriff-Coroner Rod Hoops Tuesday afternoon.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/04/2012 11:50:22 AM PST
Updated: 12/04/2012 09:59:35 PM PST

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved forming an ad hoc committee that will screen applicants for sheriff and provide a recommendation to the board.

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InlandPolitics: Radio tower approval appropriate

Wednesday, October 28, 2012 – 10:00 a.m.

The years long saga over the installation of a Spanish-language radio tower in an unincorporated area adjacent to the city of Yucaipa is finally over.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Radio tower approved

November 27, 2012; 05:50 PM

Capping a long-running battle between open-space advocates and a local broadcaster, San Bernardino County supervisors voted Tuesday, Nov. 27, to allow a radio tower to be built near Wildwood Canyon Park in Oak Glen.

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

The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Timing of fire fee info from Derry questioned by Ramos

James Ramos, former San Manuel tribal chairman, is a candidate for 3rd District San Bernardino County supervisor.

Published: 22 October 2012 – 07:08 PM

A proposal by San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry to spend about $50,000 in county funds to mail his constituents information on a new state fire fee is being criticized as a political move by his election opponent.

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

The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: County supervisors’ pay on ballot

San Bernardino County Supervisor Gary Ovitt introduced Measure Q, which is on the Nov. 6 ballot. / Stan Lim/The Press-Enterprise

Published: 17 October 2012 – 06:19 PM

San Bernardino County voters will face two competing measures Nov. 6 that will decide how much supervisors should be paid.

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

The PE: SAN BERNARDINO: County supervisor ordained as minister

Supervisor Gary Ovitt

Published: 07 October 2012 – 04:22 PM

San Bernardino County Supervisor Gary C. Ovitt has added another title to his resume.

Minister.

To read story by Sandra Stokley in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The Sun: Supervisors adopt ordinance to cap their compensation

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/07/2012 09:59:56 PM PDT

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to place on the November ballot a measure aimed at blocking a competing measure proposing to set supervisors’ total pay and benefits to $60,000.

The countermeasure, introduced by the board last month, proposes to set supervisor pay and benefits commensurate with their counterparts in Riverside, Orange and San Diego counties.

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Devereaux

Sunday, August 5, 2012 – 10:30 a.m.

One has to hand it to San Bernardino County Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux.

The man single-handedly tubed county pension reform last week.

A seemingly easy task to accomplish.

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The Sun: San Bernardino County Board of Supervsiors table pension reform proposals

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/01/2012 08:36:12 PM PDT

Citing concern over potentially hindering contract negotiations with labor unions and the threat of litigation, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday tabled proposed ballot measures aimed at reforming pension plans.

Supervisors Janice Rutherford and Neil Derry proposed ballot measures for the Nov. 6 election that would require voter approval of any retirement benefit increases, have employees pay more into their retirement plans, change the retirement formulas and prevent pension spiking, among other things.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012 – 01:00 p.m.

Will San Bernardino County Supervisors send two pension reform measures to the November Ballot?

Probably not?

Why? Egos and ineptitude.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Supervisors’ alternative to big pay cut

San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford.

BY IMRAN GHORI
ighori@pe.com
Published: 23 July 2012 06:40 PM

Faced with a November ballot measure that could reduce their pay by 73 percent, San Bernardino County supervisors are considering putting a competing measure before voters that would keep their compensation in line with neighboring counties.

If the board agrees to go forward with the proposal, it could head off efforts backed by county employee unions to cut $92,000 from supervisors’ yearly pay. The county proposal would give voters two measures to choose from. The one with the largest number of majority votes would take effect.

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The Sun: Editorial: Stage set for SB County pension reform

Editorial

Posted: 07/23/2012 04:07:32 PM PDT

Momentum is building toward needed reforms of San Bernardino County’s pension system.

Today the Board of Supervisors is expected to discuss proposals by 2nd District Supervisor Janice Rutherford related to capping benefits, restricting pension spiking and requiring voter approval for any increases to pension benefits.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/24/2012 06:12:19 PM PDT

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday rejected a proposal to discourage the hiring of illegal immigrants by requiring restaurants to inform customers if they use the federal E-Verify system.

Supervisor Neil Derry proposed amending the county health code to require restaurants to add a green or red overlay to their letter-grading window placards. A green overlay would indicate the restaurant uses the E-Verify system. A red overlay would mean a restaurant does not use the system.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County supe’s place baffoonery on full display

Gonzales

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 – 12:15 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 – 03:00 p.m.

In a Romper Room fashion, an embarrassing display of incompetence decended on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors meeting just before noon on Tuesday.

Neither Chairperson Josie Gonzales nor County Counsel Jean-Rene Basle knew Robert’s Rules of Order or their own procedures regarding the conduct of voting among the boards members.

Gonzales is of no surprise. But Basle, a licensed and practicing attorney, is a another story.

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VVDailyPress: Candidates speak out on ‘Part-time Supervisor’ initiative

April 14, 2012 12:00 PM

Natasha Lindstrom, Staff Writer

Just as seven candidates campaign for San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor, union groups are lobbying for a ballot measure that would slash the pay, perks and staffing budgets of the county’s five supervisors.

The San Bernardino County Elected Officials Pay Reduction Act, dubbed the “Part-time Supervisor” initiative, is a proposed charter amendment that would reduce compensation for supervisors from an average of $271,000 to $60,000 annually, and cut their budgets from a total of $6 million to $250,000 per office. Wrightwood resident Kieran “Red” Brennan, a former grand jury member, authored the measure and San Bernardino County Safety Employees Benefit Association President Laren Leichliter spearheaded its petition drive.

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The Sun: Board of Supervisors approves pay-cut initiative for ballot

Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/27/2012 03:49:41 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved placing an initiative on the November ballot that would cut their pay by more than two-thirds.

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Devereaux

Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 03/26/2012 06:31:32 PM PDT

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors met in a special closed session meeting on Monday to evaluate Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux’s performance.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Supervisor pay initiative headed to ballot

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 – 09:45 a.m.

An initiative to amend the San Bernardino County charter to reduce the pay, status and staffs of county supervisors is headed to the ballot.

The “Part-Time Pay for Part-Time Work” initiative, a measure backed by county unions, has officially qualified to go before county voters.

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Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/07/2012 04:53:53 PM PST

More than 73,000 signatures were submitted to the Registrar of Voters on Wednesday to qualify the “Part-Time Pay for Part-Time Work” initiative, which would establish a part-time Board of Supervisors, for the November ballot.

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The Sun: San Bernardino County supervisors discuss limiting campaign contributions

Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/28/2012 11:01:27 AM PST

San Bernardino County supervisors on Tuesday debated the county’s first-ever attempt to create campaign contribution limits for those running for the Board of Supervisors or other county offices.

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Will Bigham, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/28/2012 12:05:18 PM PST

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to pay $650,000 to former County Administrative Officer Mark Uffer to settle his $15 million wrongful-termination lawsuit.

The settlement was approved on a 3-2 vote after a closed-session discussion, said county spokesman David Wert. The settlement was recommended by the county’s legal counsel.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County pays Uffer $650,000

Uffer

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 – 12:50 p.m.

San Bernardino County has settled a lawsuit filed by its former chief executive Tuesday morning.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Uffer civil trial moved to April

Monday, February 27, 2012 – 08:15 a.m.

The civil trial of a lawsuit filed against San Bernardino County by former chief executive Mark Uffer has been moved again.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Supervisors dole out funds

The San Bernardino County board is spending $2.9million of its discretionary fund this quarter

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 16 February 2012 07:39 PM

San Bernardino County supervisors are spending $2.9 million of their discretionary funds this budgetary quarter, providing money for projects such as a community center in Muscoy and the formation of a county arts council.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/01/2012 02:01:30 PM PST

The labor union representing roughly 11,000 San Bernardino County employees announced Wednesday it will support another union’s effort to reduce county supervisors’ jobs to part-time.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Union PAC has deep pockets, report shows

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 31 January 2012 11:22 PM

An influential union that is backing a proposed ballot measure to reduce San Bernardino County supervisors’ positions to part-time has more than a half-million dollars in its political action committee fund, according to campaign finance reports released this week.

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DailyBulletin OpEd: Ratcheting up a contract tussle

Executive Editor Frank Pine
Created: 01/28/2012 06:06:04 AM PST

San Bernardino County’s Board of Supervisors asked county lawyers last week to draft language for a ballot measure that would give voters the final say on increases to pension benefits for public employees.

Supervisors Janice Rutherford, Gary Ovitt and Josie Gonzales voted yea with supervisors Brad Mitzelfelt and Neil Derry voting nay.

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The Sun: Ratcheting up a contract tussle

Executive Editor Frank Pine
Posted: 01/28/2012 05:38:39 PM PST

San Bernardino County’s Board of Supervisors asked county lawyers last week to draft language for a ballot measure that would give voters the final say on increases to pension benefits for public employees.

Supervisors Janice Rutherford, Gary Ovitt and Josie Gonzales voted yea with supervisors Brad Mitzelfelt and Neil Derry voting nay.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Board chair admits she’s in it for the cash

Friday, January 27, 2012 – 09:45 a.m.

Well we finally have it.

San Bernardino  County Board of Supervisors Chair Josie Gonzales admits she’s in it for the dough.

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The Sun: San Bernardino County supervisor says part-time status would be disastrous

San Bernardino County supervisors Brad Mitzelfelt, First District; Janice Rutherford, Second District; Neil Derry, Third District; Gary Ovitt, Fourth District; and Josie Gonzales, Fifth District (File photos)

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/25/2012 04:21:42 PM PST

A proposed initiative to make county supervisors’ jobs part-time would spell doom for residents desiring a stronger presence of government in their communities, San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Josie Gonzales said Wednesday.

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VVDailyPress: Supervisors eye pension ballot measure

Safety union announces push for part-time supervisors
January 25, 2012 10:31 AM
Natasha Lindstrom, Staff Writer

SAN BERNARDINO • On a split vote Tuesday morning, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors directed staff to draft a ballot measure that would require voter approval for any future pension increases for county employees.

A few hours later, the county Safety Employees’ Benefit Association announced it was funding an effort to reduce the Board of Supervisors to part-time status.

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The Sun: San Bernardino County pension reform measure moves forward

San Bernardino County supervisors Brad Mitzelfelt, First District; Janice Rutherford, Second District; Neil Derry, Third District; Gary Ovitt, Fourth District; and Josie Gonzales, Fifth District (File photos)

Joe Nelson, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 01/23/2012 03:05:32 PM PST

The president of San Bernardino County’s most powerful labor union announced Tuesday it is bankrolling an initiative to reduce county supervisors’ jobs to part-time status.

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Supervisor Josie Gonzales

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 24 January 2012 07:08 PM

San Bernardino County supervisors moved forward Tuesday with a proposal to require voter approval of future pension increases but face opposition from employee unions who quickly announced plans for a competing measure aimed at supervisors.

The board agreed to have county staff draft a ballot measure requiring voter approval before retirement benefits for county employees, legislative officers and elected officials could be increased. But final approval is not assured with supervisors split 3-2 on whether to consider the proposal.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/23/2012 03:37:18 PM PST

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is poised to direct county administrators to draft a ballot measure that would require voter approval for any proposed increases to county employee retirement benefits.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Pension reform voter measure proposed

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 20 January 2012 10:26 PM

Future retirement benefit increases for San Bernardino County employees could be decided by voters under a proposal that will go before the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Supervisors cut their benefits

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 11 January 2012 06:59 AM

San Bernardino County supervisors rolled back their own health and retirement benefits Tuesday, approving a proposal to reduce their compensation by about 18 percent.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County Board declines to cut benefits of countywide officials

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 – 11:25 a.m.

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, while adopting cuts to their own benefits package, wouldn’t go near a proposal by Third District Supervisor Neil Derry to have the cuts apply to all of the county’s elected officials on Tuesday morning.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012 – 08:30 a.m.

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors will consider slashing their own lavish benefits package Tuesday morning.

A benefits package unmatched anywhere in the state and possibly country.

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The Sentinel: Mystery remains over Brown’s continuing tenure with county

By Mark Gutglueck
Friday, January 6, 2012

Questions continue to dog the second highest ranking member of the county auditor-controller/treasurer-tax collector’s office with regard to the role he and a political action committee he controlled played in illegally passing through and laundering money for those convicted of or charged with participation in a bribery and extortion conspiracy.

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DailyBulletin: Public safety unit accepts arbitrator’s labor terms

Joe Nelson, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Created: 12/21/2011 10:31:20 AM PST

A union representing San Bernardino County public- safety employees has agreed to labor terms proposed by an arbitrator in June that averts 14 percent pay and benefits cuts to certain employees, the county announced Wednesday.

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InlandPolitics: You gotta love it!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 – 11:15 a.m.

You gotta love it!

San Bernardino County has announced the location of its always much anticipated State of the County event to be held in February 2012.

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InlandPolitics Commentary: Union should take deal

Sunday, December 18, 2011 – 10:50 a.m.

The San Bernardino County Safety Employees’ Benefit Association (SEBA) should reconsider and accept a contract offer from county supervisors.

A contract affecting the union’s Specialized Peace Officer Unit representing Probation Corrections Officers, and Welfare Fraud and Coroner Investigators.

Why?

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Union seeks re-vote

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 16 December 2011 09:49 PM

A union representing San Bernardino County public safety employees will vote again on a previously rejected contract as it faces a possible 14 percent pay and benefit cut.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Cuts imposed on safety employees union

S.B. County supervisors vote to impose reductions on the 380 members of the Specialized Peace Officer unit

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 14 December 2011 06:19 PM

San Bernardino County is planning to impose a 14 percent pay and benefit cut on some public safety employees if they don’t agree to a proposal the union had previously rejected.

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The Sun: San Bernardino County public safety employees face cuts

By Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/13/2011 06:59:46 PM PST

A group of San Bernardino County public safety employees, including probation officers and district attorney’s investigators, face a 14 percent cut in pay and benefits unless they agree to a previous proposal by the county.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Mitzelfelt advances budget changes, contract imposed

Devereaux

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 – 12:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 – 01:45 p.m.

You gotta hand it to those crack San Bernardino County lawyers.

Based upon recommendations from CEO Greg Devereaux and, according to him, county attorneys, the Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to impose a 14% pay cut to Probation Corrections Officers, Coroner Investigators and Welfare Fraud Investigators.

The classifications make up the Specialized Peace Officer Unit represented by the San Bernardino County Safety Employees Benefit Association (SEBA).

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County ignores contract provision

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 – 09:25 a.m.

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors appear to be on collision course with the San Bernardino County Safety Employees Benefit Association (SEBA).

On Tuesday, a majority of county supervisors intend to reject the advisory award by a neutral arbitrator and impose a one-year contract on Probation Corrections Officer, Coroner Investigator and Welfare Fraud Investigator members in the Specialized Peace Officer Unit represented by SEBA.

An illegal act under the expired agreement.

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By Josh Dulaney, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 12/12/2011 06:05:49 PM PST

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors today will consider cutting salary and benefits for a group of probation correction officers, a move officials say will result in $3.6million savings annually.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County set to impose 14% cut on SEBA bargaining unit

Sunday, December 11, 2011 – 09:45 a.m.

The San Bernardno County Board of Supervisors is set to impose a hefty pay cut on the Specialized Peace Officers Unit. A represented by the San Bernardino County Safety Employees’ Benefit Association (SEBA).

A cut of 14%.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Hospital smoking ban defeated

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 10 December 2011 05:36 PM

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center won’t be joining other hospitals in banning smoking on its grounds, at least for now.

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The Sun: Mitzelfelt wants more staff funding

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/07/2011 06:13:57 PM PST

Colleagues of San Bernardino County Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt are accusing him of holding the county’s budget hostage because he is not getting the additional funding for his district that he wants.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Supes budget impasse continues

It’s the second consecutive meeting where they fail to reach an agreement

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 06 December 2011 07:32 PM

San Bernardino County remains unable to pay some of its bills after a second straight meeting where supervisors failed to reach agreement on budget adjustments.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County supes right to cut benefits

Sunday, December 4, 2011 – 12:30 p.m.

Now San Bernardino County supervisors want to cut their benefits package again.

They shouldn’t think twice about.

The benefits package afforded the county’s elected officials is the richest in the state, and can be adjusted by a mere majority vote of the supervisors.

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The Sentinel: County renews contract with corruption figure’s lobbying firm

The San Bernardino County Sentinel
Published Friday, November 18, 2011

San Bernardino County this week renewed its contract with the controversial Sacramento-based lobbying firm Platinum Advisors, extending the arrangement for the firm to provide legislative advocacy for three years.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County budget revisions fail passage

Friday, November 18, 2011 – 10:00 a.m.

Sometimes you have to count to four.

At least if you want to pass appropriation adjustments through the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

Yes, the apple cart was been turned over at Tranquility Base this week, when first quarter budget adjustments failed to make it through the board.

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Joe Nelson, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Created: 11/15/2011 07:13:37 PM PST

San Bernardino County supervisors are looking to cut the benefits a supervisor can receive by 20 percent.

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors directed the County Administrative Office to prepare an ordinance that would do just that.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Supes argue over funds

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 15 November 2011 06:40 PM

San Bernardino County supervisors clashed Tuesday over how to split funds that help supplement their staffing costs.

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The Sun: Flow of money, alleged blackmail detailed in Colonies’ search warrants

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/12/2011 06:12:51 AM PST

The ways money flowed to candidates and political action committees and alleged acts of blackmail are detailed in search warrants in San Bernardino County’s $102 million legal settlement with Rancho Cucamonga developer Colonies Partners LP in November 2006.

The warrants, released last week, also describe what led authorities to suspect a county supervisor’s former chief of staff of criminal activity before he became a witness for the prosecution.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Warrants detail corruption investigation

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 08 November 2011 10:05 AM

Search warrants released as part of a San Bernardino County corruption case detail how the four-year investigation grew from reports of political gifts to allegations of a far-reaching conspiracy involving several top county officials and a prominent developer.

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Joe Nelson, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Created: 11/07/2011 06:53:01 PM PST

The remaining search warrants served in a sweeping corruption probe involving a legal settlement between the county and a Rancho Cucamonga developer were released Monday.

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