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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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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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The Sun: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Two supervisorial seats to be decided June 3

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

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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

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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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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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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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The Sun: Gains to be touted at State of the County event

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/23/14, 6:56 PM PST |

ONTARIO >> County officials and working professionals will likely have a lot to talk about this year at the State of the County address.

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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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It's a secret

Thursday, February 6, 2014 – 04:00 p.m.

The stepfather of a member of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is rumored to be on ice until the supervisor stands for reelection, later this year.

But maybe it just fell through the cracks of the overloaded justice system!

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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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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

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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: S.B. County: Campaign finance violations

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Friday, January 31, 2014 – 12:30 p.m.

Last Tuesday, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors voted to start the process to amend the campaign finance ordinance related to contribution limits.

The county tells local newspapers the changes are recommended by the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), and it’s all their idea,

It smelled kind of fishy at the time. Well now we know why.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County: Trouble in paradise ?

Josie Gonzales
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Friday, January 24, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Multiple sources say there could be trouble in paradise!

Paradise being the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County Supervisor holding meet-n-greet

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Rutherford

Friday, January 17, 2014 – 01:00 p.m.

Looks like San Bernardino County Second District Supervisor and Board Chairwoman Janice Rutherford is throwing a cozy meet-n-greet next month.

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DailyBulletin: Rutherford to speak to Business Connection

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Posted: 11/22/13, 12:13 PM PST |

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – San Bernardino County Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford will address the Inland Valley Business Alliance’s Ultimate Business Connection Tuesday at 11:30 a.m., at Antonino’s Restaurant & Lounge, 7945 Vineyard Ave., Rancho Cucamonga.

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 Chad Mayes

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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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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 10/09/13, 6:52 PM PDT | Updated: 2 hrs ago

ONTARIO >> While the Inland Empire experienced major losses in the manufacturing and construction sectors during the Great Recession, the unemployment gap is closing, economic output is steadily increasing and the housing sector is showing signs of recovery, a Claremont McKenna College professor said Wednesday,

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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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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Charter overhaul proposed

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August 20, 2013; 06:15 PM

San Bernardino County voters may be asked to overhaul the 101-year-old charter that outlines how county government operates.

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

The Sun: Omnitrans audit fixes coming soon, officials say

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A Federal Transportation Administration audit of Omnitrans turned up 19 deficiencies in its SBX Rapid Transit bus project.

By Canan Tasci, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/12/13, 10:01 PM PDT | Updated: 3 hrs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Omnitrans is expected to provide the Federal Transit Administration a report by Sunday detailing how the agency is going to correct a number of deficiencies it was cited for in an April audit, officials said Monday.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Monday, August 12, 2013 – 09:00 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom this Monday morning.

Dutton to run for S.B. County Assessor-Record?

Former California State Senator Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga) may have found a place to go.

That’s the latest.

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Sunday, August 11, 2013 – 12:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, August 11, 2013 – 09:30 p.m.

This news has been suppressed for nearly a year now.

But officials on the Fifth Floor of the San Bernardino County Government Center have started letting it out there, so it must not be a classified secret any longer.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/11/2013 07:01:36 PM PDT

The San Bernardino Valley’s public busing service, Omnitrans, violated multiple federal guidelines in awarding contracts for its sbX Rapid Transit Bus line, including one no-bid contract worth $15 million and another that included a 15 percent markup on all change orders, according to a Federal Transit Administration audit.

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InlandPolitics: Shhhhh! Fired S.B. County Deputy gets million dollar settlement

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013 – 08:30 a.m.

It’s a black-eye for the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, and Sheriff’s Department.

But don’t tell anyone!

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

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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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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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The Sun: Federal agency critical of Omnitrans over sBX project

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By Joe Nelson
Posted: 06/19/2013 03:34:59 PM PDT

A Federal Transit Administration audit, conducted in April on western San Bernardino County’s public transportation system Omnitrans, turned up 22 deficiencies, 19 of which pertained specifically to the agency’s $192 million sBX Rapid Transit project, The Sun has learned.

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

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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 Sun: SanBAG elects Bill Jahn as new president, L. Dennis Michael as VP

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Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/09/2013 07:16:20 PM PDT

The 29-member board of directors for San Bernardino County’s transportation planning agency, San Bernardino Associated Governments, has elected Bill Jahn, a member of the Big Bear Lake City Council, as president for 2013-14.

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The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: A “Game of Dems” in congressional district

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June 07, 2013; 07:55 PM

San Bernardino County Board Chairwoman Janice Rutherford has hired a former aide to disgraced ex-Assessor Bill Postmus as a policy advisor.

To read column by Imran Ghori, Jeff Horseman and Jim Miller in The Press Enterprise, click here.

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.

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By Joe Nelson
joe.nelson@ inlandnewspapers.com @SBCountyNow on Twitter
Posted: 04/10/2013 06:29:11 PM PDT
Updated: 04/10/2013 09:01:26 PM PDT

ONTARIO — A rebounding economy. A more idealistic Board of Supervisors with a focus on ethics and good government. And most importantly, a Countywide Vision to ensure San Bernardino County residents, business owners and community leaders prosper for decades to come.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Thursday, March 28, 2013 – 09:30 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom Thursday morning.

Barstow Court to remain open

The state has coughed-up funds to temporarily keep one courtroom open at the Barstow Court facility through early summer.

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DailyBulletin: San Bernardino County lawsuit strained relationships, coffers

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Joe Nelson and Sandra Emerson, Staff Writers
Posted: 03/16/2013 05:17:55 PM PDT
Updated: 03/16/2013 06:51:03 PM PDT

After nearly nine years and roughly $46 million in taxpayer money spent by all parties involved, San Bernardino County’s indemnity lawsuit against Upland and two transportation agencies has left scars, but none that cannot be healed, officials say.

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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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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Cities urge end to lawsuit

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San Bernardino County Supervisors Chairwoman Janice Rutherford has called for the county to end its litigation over the $102 million Colonies lawsuit settlement.

February 12, 2013; 08:56 PM

A group of Inland city officials urged San Bernardino County supervisors on Tuesday, Feb. 12, to end the county’s costly lawsuit against three public agencies to recover $102 million paid in the controversial Colonies settlement.

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

DailyBulletin: San Bernardino County lawsuit could bankrupt Upland, city manager says

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Joe Nelson and Sandra Emerson, Staff Writers
Posted: 02/10/2013 03:34:01 PM PST
Updated: 02/10/2013 10:57:13 PM PST

San Bernardino County’s lawsuit against Upland and two transportation agencies in which the county seeks to recoup a portion of a $102 million legal settlement could force Upland into bankruptcy court, City Manager Stephen Dunn said.

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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 PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: House website whizzes botch Ruiz’s name

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January 06, 2013; 06:33 PM

You’ve spent more than a year running for Congress, endured millions of dollars in attacks from your opponent and shadowy Super PACs, and yet still prevailed.

To read column by Jeff Horseman, Imran Ghori and Jim Miller in The Press Enterprise, click here.

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

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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: 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.

Monday, October 15, 2012 – 05:00 p.m.

State Senator Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga) either isn’t sure about his chances of defeating Congressman Gary Miller (R-Rancho Cucamonga) or has no intention of serving in the U.S. House of Representatives more than six years.

Both men are seeking to represent the 31st Congressional District.

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The Sun: Fontana school board members, others fire back at county treasurer

Jim Steinberg,Staff Writer
Posted: 10/03/2012 10:15:43 PM PDT

FONTANA – School board members on Wednesday night defended their decision to issue a controversial class of bonds to stave off a likely state takeover.

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InlandPolitics: They call themselves Republicans

From left to right. San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford, State Senator Bob Dutton, Congressman Jerry Lewis, State Senator Bill Emmerson, and Assemblyman Paul Cook.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 – 10:45 a.m.

When there’s money or revenge in it, there’s five Inland Empire republicans that’ll be there with a knife in their hand or their hand out.

If it involves trying to torch another republican over a democrat so be it.

Just show them the money.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

Friday, September 14, 2012 – 08:15 a.m.

Here’s some news of interest flowing across the transom Friday morning.

First-time unemployment claims rise again

Initial first-time claims for unemployment benefits rose to 382,000 last week. The number was up 12,000 from the previous week.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/27/2012 06:47:51 PM PDT

San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford is ramping up her opposition to a controversial proposal that would have the county partner with a private firm and use eminent domain to seize underwater mortgages to stimulate the housing market.

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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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The Sun: Board of Supervisors meeting Wednesday to discuss pension reforms

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/31/2012 06:21:44 PM PDT

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday will hold a special meeting to discuss proposed pension reforms and to consider forming a special panel to provide input on assisting businesses in low income areas.

Supervisor Janice Rutherford is proposing that any increases to county employee retirement benefits or changes to formulas used to determine benefits first be approved by voters.

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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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San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford.

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 30 July 2012 07:14 PM

San Bernardino County officials are hoping to get a handle on rising retirement costs with a pair of pension reform proposals that could move forward this week.

What remains uncertain, however, is whether it will be accomplished at the ballot box or the bargaining table.

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Joe Nelson and Neil Nisperos, Staff Writers
Created: 07/24/2012 08:00:34 PM PDT

Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Tuesday a bill that will allow the state Fair Political Practices Commission to enforce new campaign finance rules in San Bernardino County.

It is the first time the state’s political watchdog will contract with a county to enforce its campaign contribution limits.

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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

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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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Sunday, July 22, 2012 – 04:30 p.m.

San Bernardino County’s largest employee union is teeing up on two county supervisors it believes are unfair towards its members.

Why?

Pension reform.

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Members of San Bernardino City Fire Station 221 prepare to conduct training exercises in downtown San Bernardino. The recent filing of bankruptcy by the city may cause the city management to reconfigure the amount it contributes to all city employee pensions, including fire and police departments. (Gabriel Luis Acosta/Staff Photographer)
Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/21/2012 04:27:18 PM PDT

Special Section: San Bernardino

The deterioration of San Bernardino’s public finances to the point where city officials are willing to declare bankruptcy could be the prologue to another fight over public employee benefits.

Pension costs are not the only source of San Bernardino’s financial ills. The city’s own financial analysis blames weak revenues, deficit spending and accounting errors for a $45 million deficit.

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DailyBulletin: OpEd: Pension imbalance is a job killer

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Created: 07/19/2012 11:50:12 AM PDT

You, your spouse and your children owe roughly $1,000 each to cover the unfunded pension liabilities of San Bernardino County employees. And, if reform doesn’t come soon, that growing tab could cripple our economy for decades to come.

In the just-approved county budget, we are spending $375 million on pension obligations. This year we are spending $48.4 million more than last year. Just imagine what could be accomplished with those millions of dollars.

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The Sun: Derry proposing pension reform ballot measure for San Bernardino County

Supervisors Neil Derry left, and Janice Rutherford right.

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/18/2012 06:37:55 PM PDT

San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry is proposing a pension-reform measure for the November ballot that would raise the retirement age for new county employees and reduce the amount they earn annually toward their pension benefits.

Derry said Wednesday he will introduce his proposal to the Board of Supervisors on July 31. The board must approve it by Aug. 9 to get it on the ballot.

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DailyBulletin: SanBAG discusses San Bernardino County’s future

 

Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Created: 06/14/2012 05:47:00 PM PDT

ONTARIO – The loss of redevelopment agencies isn’t just a burden for cities, it also has San Bernardino County transportation planners looking for a pathway to prosperity.

In the past, funding for public improvement projects, such as freeway interchanges, were matched by various transportation agencies as well as the city in the project’s jurisdiction.

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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

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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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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Race fans want drag strip to reopen

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 14 April 2012 06:22 PM

With drag racing at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana halted due to a court order, racing enthusiasts are lobbying the county to get the racetrack reopened.

Supporters have formed a group called Save Auto Club Dragway, created a Facebook page and signed petitions. More than two dozen of them spoke at the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors meeting last week, urging the county to help the speedway get the approvals it needs.

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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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