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The Sun: Colonies’ prosecutors withheld evidence from grand jury, defense alleges

Scales of Justice

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/18/14, 7:44 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> An Upland attorney’s allegation that prosecutors withheld key evidence from the grand jury in the Colonies corruption case, which he said would have cleared his client of any wrongdoing, has long been a sticking point among defense attorneys since certain court reforms were passed in 1990, a criminal law expert said 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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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO: Bribery conviction expunged

February 03, 2014; 06:21 PM

A Glendale businessman convicted of trying to bribe a San Bernardino County official had his sentence reduced and conviction expunged after completing most of his probation.

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

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: San Bernardino County: Trouble in paradise ?

Josie Gonzales
Gonzales

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: San Bernardino County Supervisor needs to put a sock in it!

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San Bernardino County Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales (File Photo)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 – 09:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 – 08:00 p.m.

The Monday meeting of the San Bernardino City Council was quite eventful.

It was the first meeting following the resignation of Fifth Ward Council Member Chas Kelley, who pleaded guilty to felony perjury last week, and the filing of charges, against Third Ward Council Member Robert Jenkins, by the Riverside County District Attorney.

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The Sun: Outsourcing San Bernardino fire services fails to gain support

Josie Gonzales

San Bernardino County Supervisor Josie Gonzales speaks at the council meeting. “(People are) disgusted with the type of headlines — disgusting, embarrassing headlines — that need to stop,” Gonzales said at the meeting.

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/21/13, 8:20 PM PDT | Updated: 3 hrs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The first City Council meeting since one councilman resigned and another was charged with 30 misdemeanors and felonies quickly got heated Monday, but a second attempt to ask outside agencies for proposals to provide fire protection sizzled out.

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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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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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SBCO Seal

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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SBCO Seal

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: Grand Jury gives San Bernardino International Airport a thumbs up

SBIA

The Grand Jury’s extensive criticism of the San Bernardino International Airport last year has been followed by a report this year concluding airport officials have now followed all of the Grand Jury´s recommendations. Is this another sign of turn-around for the airport, now that a developer has been removed from it and is instead facing felony charges? Airport officials and Mayor Pat Morris will say yes, and good times are ahead. Other critics will say no, the airport still has insurmountable obstacles. (File Photo)

Report: Progress made as previous Grand Jury recommendations were followed
Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/06/2013 05:07:36 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO — This time two years ago, the Grand Jury raised “serious questions” about management practices, internal controls and other issues at San Bernardino International Airport, and the airport passed a budget with a $982,400 deficit.

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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.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013 – 10:00 a.m.

It’s unbelievable!

Mayor Patrick Morris, the mayor of bankrupt San Bernardino, is still telling newspapers that San Bernardino International Airport (SBIA) will get a scheduled passenger airline.

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The Sun: Former SBIA developer Scot Spencer charged with $1.75 million fraud

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Andrew Edwards, Ryan Hagen and Joe Nelson, Staff Witers
Posted: 03/25/2013 08:59:57 AM PDT

Bios: Scot Spencer | Felice Luciano
Photo Gallery: D.A. files charges against Scot Spencer
View: Criminal complaint | Statement from 5th District Supervisor Josie Gonzales | 2010-11 Grand Jury report
Timeline: SBIA and Scot Spencer
Related stories: Grand Jury questions management practices at SBIA

Scot Spencer, the former airline executive and convicted felon who was nonetheless entrusted with leading the development of San Bernardino International Airport, faces five years in prison after being charged with an alleged associate with conspiring to steal more than $1 million in public funds.

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March 25, 2013; 09:25 AM

A long-running investigation into business dealings at the San Bernardino International Airport Authority resulted in criminal charges and the arrest of former airport developer Scot Spencer, District Attorney Michael Ramos announced Monday, March 25.

To read story by Iman 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 PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: House website whizzes botch Ruiz’s name

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THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE
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

SBSO Sheriff

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

McMahon

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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The Sun: San Bernardino County supervisors, Gonzales, Ramos, Lovingood, sworn in

San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Josie Gonzales takes the Oath of Office. (LaFonzo Carter/Staff Photographer)

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/03/2012 06:40:35 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – Monday was a good day for the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, especially board Chairwoman Josie Gonzales, who was sworn in for her third term.

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Friday, November 30, 2012 – 08:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, November 30, 2012 – 09:40 a.m.

Last Tuesday’s events at a regular meeting of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors was the first opportunity to shed light on a glaring issue facing county leaders, newly-elected Third District Supervisor James C. Ramos, and voters.

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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.

InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Gonzales special election proposal has merit

Gonzales

Monday, November 26, 2012 – 09:45 a.m.

San Bernardino County Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales has come up with a good idea for voters to consider.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/24/2012 05:21:29 PM PST

On Dec. 4, once James Ramos and Robert Lovingood are sworn in as San Bernardino County’s new 3rd and 1st district supervisors, the board will begin discussing the appointment of a new sheriff.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Board chairwoman hopes to name sheriff quickly

Gonzales

Published: 16 November 2012 – 07:21 PM

San Bernardino Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Josie Gonzales said she plans to ask her fellow supervisors to act quickly to fill the position vacated by retiring Sheriff Rod Hoops.

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

InlandPolitics: S.B. County: McMahon appointment to Sheriff-Coroner a done deal

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 – 03:00 p.m.

All the spin and posturing over the early retirement of San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Rod Hoops is making for interesting these days.

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Retiring San Bernardino County Sheriff Rod Hoops was accused by a former deputy chief of trying to sway the Board of Supervisors to replace him with Assistant Sheriff John McMahon.

Doug Saunders, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/13/2012 08:24:54 PM PST
Updated: 11/13/2012 11:25:10 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – Retiring Sheriff Rod Hoops has been accused of brokering an agreement with the county Board of Supervisors to ensure the appointment of his replacement, according to a former deputy chief.

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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.

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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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Businessmen admit to bribery

Published: 13 August 2012 – 05:44 PM

Two businessmen accused of offering envelopes stuffed with cash to the top aide of a San Bernardino County supervisor have admitted to bribery.

To read story by Imran Ghori 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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DailyBulletin: Supervisors approve forming animal services commission

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 07/10/2012 04:12:12 PM PDT

Supervisor Neil Derry’s proposal to form a commission to address animal-control issues in unincorporated areas got the green light Tuesday from the Board of Supervisors.

Derry proposed the formation of the Animal Care Community Outreach Commission in March to increase public awareness on the numbers of stray dogs, cats and other animals that flood the county shelter in Devore and to promote pet adoptions.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Mortgage proposal initially kept quiet

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 07 July 2012 05:29 PM

A confidentiality agreement signed by San Bernardino County’s top executive required him to initially keep secret the details of a proposal to use eminent domain to seize underwater mortgages.

The county provided a copy of the agreement on Thursday, July 5, in response to a June 19 public records request from The Press-Enterprise. The request was filed after officials revealed that county Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux had entered into the agreement in February.

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The Sun: Supervisors approve plan for underwater homeowners

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/19/2012 06:48:21 PM PDT

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved the forming of a joint-powers authority that would look into establishing a program to help homeowners who are upside-down on their mortgages.

The joint-powers authority (JPA) would consist of the county and the cities of Fontana and Ontario, with an opt-in agreement for other cities desiring to join. It would require a vote of approval from each respective city council in order to join the JPA.

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InlandPolitics: Contract deal cuting in SEBA political moves?

Sunday, June 18, 2012 – 10:00 a.m.

Why would the political advisor to the San Bernardino County District Attorney be communicating via e-mail with the county’s convicted former Assessor?

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InlandPolitics: SEBA to endorse Ramos at special board meeting Tuesday

Monday, June 11, 2012 – 08:25 p.m.

The San Bernardino County Safety Employees Benefit Association (SEBA) has set a special board meeeting Tuesday to endorse James Ramos for county supervisor.

That is endorse not consider to endorse.

Ramos faces County Supervisor Neil Derry in a November runoff.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Gonzales reelected in 5th District

Gonzales

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 – 08:15 p.m.

San Bernardino County Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales easily won reelection Tuesday night, defeating unfunded challengers Silvia Marroquin and John Taack.

The PE: REGION: Unions spend heavily in both counties

BY IMRAN GHORI
ighori@pe.com

Published: 01 June 2012 05:58 PM

Employee unions are among those spending heavily to support candidates they back in both the San Bernardino and Riverside County supervisorial races.

Mike Soubirous, who is one of two challengers running against Riverside County Supervisor Bob Buster in the 1st District, has been the largest beneficiary of union support, according to campaign reports.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Two newcomers challenge incumbent

San Bernardino County Supervisor Josie Gonzales

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 26 May 2012 07:30 PM

San Bernardino County Supervisor Josie Gonzales would appear to be in a comfortable position as she seeks a third term on the Board of Supervisors.

Gonzales, 59, who won re-election four years ago without an opponent on the ballot, has amassed a significant campaign account that dwarfs her two challengers.

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ELECTION 2012

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 05/23/2012 07:17:03 PM PDT

A former county employee wanting to end nepotism in San Bernardino County and a local activist hope to take the 5th District supervisorial seat away from board Chairwoman Josie Gonzales.

Gonzales, a former restaurant owner and Fontana councilwoman, was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2004 and is seeking her third term as supervisor. She said slashing the county’s staggering unemployment rate of 12.7 percent and creating more high-wage jobs is crucial to the county’s economic recovery.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Baca criticizes Gonzales’ leadership

Congressman Joe Baca left. County Supervisor Josie Gonzales right.

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 04 May 2012 06:48 PM

Rep. Joe Baca, D-Rialto, is backing San Bernardino County Supervisor Josie Gonzales’ opponent in the June 5 election in a sign of increased tensions between the one-time allies.

In a campaign news release Friday, May 4, Baca took aim at Gonzales, accusing her of failing to “live up to Democratic principles by supporting candidates that were part of the county corruption scandal.” He also described her as having “lost touch with the everyday needs of families.”

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THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE

Published: 29 April 2012 08:19 PM

As the lone Democrat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors for several years, Josie Gonzales has often endorsed and contributed funds to her Republican colleagues, a stance that has irritated some of her party cohorts.

On Thursday, the ill will was out in the open: the San Bernardino County Democratic Central Committee voted on a resolution calling on Democrats to actively not support Gonzales in her bid for re-election as Fifth District supervisor in the June 5 election. Critics cited her backing of former Supervisors Bill Postmus and Paul Biane — both later arrested as part of the county corruption scandal — and said she had failed to help other Democrats.

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The Sun: San Bernardino County Democrats snub Supervisor Gonzales for re-election

Gonzales

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/27/2012 04:24:06 PM PDT

The San Bernardino County Democratic Central Committee won’t be endorsing the re-election bid of the lone Democrat on the Board of Supervisors, Chairwoman Josie Gonzales, citing her support for Republican candidates over the years, including former county Assessor Bill Postmus.

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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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InlandPolitics: S.B. County Supervisor Josie Gonzales an Einstein?

County Supervisor Josie Gonzales left. Albert Einstein right.

Monday, April 9, 2012 – 09:30 a.m.

San Bernardino County Supervisor Josie Gonzales an Einstein?

It does sound kind of a laughable depiction of someone routinely identified with a fence post.

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County Supervisor Josie Gonzales (Kurt Miller/The P-E)

THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE
Published: 08 April 2012 07:12 PM

Local elected leaders often return from an organized trip to Washington, D.C., ready to regale their colleagues and the public about a trip spent persuading the powerful to support Inland interests.

San Bernardino County Supervisor Josie Gonzales spent some of her time in the nation’s capital trying “to alleviate misperceptions and misconceptions.”

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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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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Gonzales draws two opponents

Gonzales
(Photo Credit: Kurt Miller/The PE)

Sunday, March 11 2012 – 10:45 a.m.

It looks like San Bernardino County Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales received a wake-up call this week.

A wake-up call in the form of two filed opponents.

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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: Judge aims to schedule retrial in bribery case

Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/02/2012 12:42:06 PM PST

SB COUNTY – A judge wants to schedule a retrial in an alleged San Bernardino County bribery case at the next court appearance in May for brothers Arshak and Vartan Kouladjian.

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Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/29/2012 08:26:51 PM PST

County leaders touted a bright future in spite of ongoing economic challenges in front of a crowd of more than than 1,000 local officials and business leaders at San Bernardino County’s State of the County event Wednesday night.

The event took place at the Million Air Terminal near San Bernardino International Airport. Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Josie Gonzales made opening remarks and presented a short video highlighting county success stories.

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The Sun: San Bernardino County settles suit with former top exec for $650,000

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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InlandPoltics: Burning through money, Ramos trying to tap non-gambling sources

May I have some more please sir?

Friday, February 24, 2012 – 05:30 p.m.

San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors candidate and San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman James Ramos, a man burning through a hefty war-chest at a record clip, appears to be trying to tap non-gambling sources.

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InlandPolitics: Million Air dumps SBIA

Wednesday, February, 22, 2012 – 01:45 p.m.

As forewarned here at InlandPolitics.com

Million Air Interlink has terminated its licensing agreement for a private terminal operated at San Bernardino International Airport to continue using its trade name.

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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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San Bernardino County supervisors have too much to do, the chairwoman says after a union backs the idea

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 26 January 2012 09:27 PM

A proposal to reduce San Bernardino County supervisors’ positions to part-time status would leave little time for them to meet and respond to constituents’ needs, board Chairwoman Josie Gonzales said Thursday.

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The Sun: Million Air operating without license

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/26/2012 12:53:12 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – Million Air, the upscale jet refueling facility at San Bernardino International Airport, has been operating without a business license since April, city officials said Thursday.

The facility, which caters to private and corporate aircraft, has been the most high profile business drawn to the airport and has been touted by airport officials as an example of the airport’s potential prosperity. It began operations in 2010.

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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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