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The Sun: San Bernardino Fire union can’t currently sue, bankruptcy judge says

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/29/14, 8:44 PM PDT | Updated: 57 secs ago

RIVERSIDE >> The fire union didn’t get permission to sue in state court over alleged legal violations related to Fire Department cuts, but its attorneys can make those arguments in bankruptcy court, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Jury said Tuesday.

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The Sun: San Bernardino considers medical marijuana policy change

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/28/14, 8:13 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> City Attorney Gary Saenz has expanded on his plan to make this the first city in the county to allow some medical marijuana dispensaries — in the hope of raising money with them to clamp down on illegal dispensaries that have proliferated despite the city’s ban.

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Joe Baca

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By Jean Merl
JUly 28, 2014

Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Baca, who earlier this year lost a bid to return to the House, has found another office to try for — mayor of Fontana.

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Yxstian Gutierrez

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July 28, 2014 – UPDATED at 9:03 p.m.

Yxstian Gutierrez was not legally appointed to his seat on the Moreno Valley City Council and must step down, a judge tentatively ruled Monday, July 28.

To read story by Stephen Wall in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

The Sun: Ontario airport, area hotels report some growth in 2014

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By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/27/14, 9:28 PM PDT | Updated: 37 secs ago

Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga hotels near the L.A./Ontario International Airport are reporting occupancy growth this year, as airport officials report some growth in passenger traffic during the first half of 2014.

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By Ed Mendel
July 28, 2014

Bankrupt Detroit announced last week that current workers and retirees voted overwhelmingly to cut many pensions by 4.5 percent and to trim or eliminate cost-of-living adjustments.

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VVDailyPress: Adelanto citizens critical of utility tax

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City manager hopes residents will consider the option

BROOKE SELF
STAFF WRITER
Posted Jul. 26, 2014 @ 6:09 pm
Updated Jul 26, 2014 at 6:13 PM

ADELANTO — Several Adelanto citizens said this week that they would vote against a proposed utility-user tax that would allow the nearly bankrupt city to avoid an impending Chapter 9 filing.

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The Sun: Lawsuit prompts Highland council to place voting districts on ballot

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By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 07/24/14, 11:37 AM PDT | Updated: 46 mins ago

HIGHLAND>> Voters in November will have an opportunity to decide if they want to elect City Council members by district.

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Ontario-Montclair School District

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/25/14, 9:49 PM PDT |

The superintendent of the Ontario-Montclair School District is one of the most highly compensated superintendents in the state of California, according to data on public schools salaries published this week.

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Councilman Paul Davis now faces a possible September hearing before his council colleagues, who will decide whether to censure or punish him.

Published: July 24, 2014 Updated: 11:10 p.m.

An outside investigator found that Riverside City Councilman Paul Davis likely interfered with the city manager’s job performance and violated the city charter.

To read story by Alicia Robinson in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE: Accusations, no punishment at councilman Soubirous’ hearing

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Riverside council members voted Tuesday not to take action against Councilman Mike Soubirous after an investigation of complaints against him was inconclusive.

Published: July 22, 2014
Updated: July 23, 2014 12:48 a.m.

An investigation of Councilman Mike Soubirous ended Tuesday with no council action against him, but City Hall still was not a friendly place to be.

To read story by Alicia Robinson in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

Elections

Resignations and deaths are bringing new faces to the Eastvale City Council and to Jurupa Valley governing boards

Published: July 22, 2014 Updated: July 23, 2014 12:10 a.m.

November’s election brings the prospect of change on city councils and boards throughout Riverside County.

But due to resignations and deaths, change already is underway in the northwest Riverside County cities of Eastvale and Jurupa Valley.

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

The PE: RANCHO MIRAGE: Is Obama buying a home?

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Speculation is swirling that the first family is purchasing a $4.25 million, 8,232-square-foot hilltop estate in the gated community of Thunderbird Heights. (Terry Pierson/Staff Photograher)

Published: July 21, 2014 Updated: July 22, 2014 9:59 a.m.

More than a month after President Barack Obama vacationed in the opulent desert community of Rancho Mirage, speculation is again swirling that the first family is in the process of buying a home there.

To read story by Luke Ramseth in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/22/14, 12:13 AM PDT | Updated: 54 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> City Attorney Gary Saenz called Monday for a council committee to immediately begin studying alternative ways to enforce its medical marijuana dispensary ban, including allowing — and regulating — a small number of dispensaries.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino on pace to break all-time murder record

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Sunday, July 20, 2014 – 12:00 p.m.

Bankrupt San Bernardino, California had forty-six murders in 2013. It’s not a nice statistic for the troubled city of just over 200,00 residents.

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Scales of Justice

By Mark Gutglueck (www.sbsentinel.com)
Posted on July 18, 2014

(July 15)– The preliminary hearing for former Upland City Manager Robb Quincey will be held on September 10, Judge Bridgid McCann ruled this week.

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Rialto Unified School District

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/19/14, 10:25 AM PDT |

Rialto >> When former Rialto Unified Superintendent Harold Cebrun agreed he would leave his job at the end of March, he and the school board agreed: Neither would say a disparaging word about the other. Three months later, the district has paid out more than $30,000 for violating that non-disparagement clause.

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NFL

By Sam Farmer
July 19, 2014

San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders have stadium leases that could make move to L.A. viable

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KPCC: Inland Empire aquifer at record low, officials say

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The San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District announced Friday, July 18, that the aquifer beneath the Bunker Hill Basin — an important source of drinking water — was at a record low. Grant Hindsley/AP

Molly Peterson
July 18, 2014

An underground aquifer that is an important source of drinking water for the Inland Empire is at a record low, local water officials reported Friday.

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DailyBulletin: Former Upland City Manager Stephen Dunn mulls city council seat

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/18/14, 3:06 PM PDT | Updated: 55 secs ago

UPLAND >> Former City Manager Stephen Dunn may be making his way to back to City Hall but this time as a councilman.

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The Sun: San Bernardino holds final public hearing on city charter

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/18/14, 12:26 AM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Residents and city employees said their piece Thursday evening at the final public hearing on five proposed amendments to the city charter before the City Council’s planned Aug. 7 vote on whether to put those changes on the ballot.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Governor could take up bill to restore cities’ funds

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But it could still be a struggle to get Gov. Jerry Brown to provide millions of dollars to four cities hammered by the 2011 loss of fee revenue.

Published: July 16, 2014 Updated: July 17, 2014 9:18 a.m.

A bill giving millions of dollars to four fledgling Riverside County cities appears headed for the governor’s desk, but there’s no guarantee it will be signed, the county’s lobbyist told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

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

DailyBulletin: Metrolink to cut service on San Bernardino line

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Metrolink will be cutting back on service to San Bernardino, starting Oct. 1.

By Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 07/14/14, 6:15 PM PDT | Updated: 19 secs ago

Starting Oct. 1, two mid-day trains and two late-night trains will be removed from the commuter rail’s most popular service, said Jeff Lustgarten, chief spokesperson for Metrolink and its parent, the Southern California Regional Rail Authority.

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OCRegister: Full $1 million Dorner reward won’t be paid

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Not all donors have made good on their pledges; recipients say city of L.A. isn’t making good on pledge to make up the difference.

BY BRIAN ROKOS / STAFF WRITER
Published: July 15, 2014 Updated: 10:23 p.m.

The entire $1 million reward offered for the capture of fugitive homicide suspect Christopher Dorner will not be paid out because some donors canceled their pledges when the terms – arrest and conviction – were not met, the Los Angeles mayor’s office said.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom Tuesdy morning. In case you missed it.

Brandt to end council service

Upland City Councilman Brendan Brandt has announced he will not seek another term.

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Robb Quincey

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

The preliminary hearing in the criminal case involving for Upland City Manager Robb Quincey has been continued again.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jul. 14, 2014 – 12:00 am

Ever since Stockton filed for bankruptcy two years ago, Judge Christopher Klein has strongly hinted that he’s willing – perhaps even eager – to declare that city employee pension obligations are debts that could be trimmed along with those of more conventional creditors.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Council, residents want to fix ‘broken’ ethics process

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Public meetings in September will take community input before council’s decision on whether to make changes to 9-year-old code.

Published: July 12, 2014 Updated: 7:41 p.m.

Riverside residents and council members are asking for changes to the city’s ethics code to make the complaint process more fair and to address concerns about a possible conflict of interest.

To read story by Alicia Robinson in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

SCLA

A worker at Southern California Logistics Airport works on an aircraft engine. (Sarah Alvarado/Daily Press)

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Jul. 12, 2014 @ 7:09 pm
Updated Jul 12, 2014 at 7:22 PM

VICTORVILLE — Parked airplanes dotted a wide expanse of concrete, nestled in hangars and lined up in rows in areas often mistaken for boneyards. During a recent tour of Southern California Logistics Airport, the massive logistics and industrial park seemed rather quiet while certain corners faded into the abandoned George Air Force Base housing not far away.

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The Los Angeles police officers union has rejected a proposed one-year contract extension agreement reached with city negotiators and Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Joel Rubin, David Zahniser
July 12, 2014

Signaling frustration over issues surrounding pay and discipline, Los Angeles police officers rejected a proposed one-year contract extension reached with Mayor Eric Garcetti and city negotiators.

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InlandPolitics: Former Upland city manager back in court

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Saturday, July 12, 2014 – 11:30 a.m.

The former city manager of Upland, California, is heading back to court.

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The Sun: San Bernardino bankruptcy case creeps forward

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/10/14, 7:29 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> San Bernardino’s bankruptcy case crept forward Thursday with the setting of deadlines related to the city’s issues with the police and fire unions as officials work to piece together a plan that will take it out of bankruptcy.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom this week. In case you missed it!

Riverside ends red-light cameras

The Riverside City Council has now fallen in-line with pretty much every other Inland city.

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Ontario International

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/08/14, 10:17 PM PDT | Updated: 43 secs ago

ONTARIO >> Following six consecutive years of decline, passenger traffic at LA/Ontario International Airports has apparently stabilized in the early part of 2014.

But members of the Ontario International Airport Authority are reluctant to equate the recent reports as good news for the medium-hub facility.

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US Bankruptcy Court

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jul. 8, 2014 – 11:03 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jul. 9, 2014 – 7:32 am

Government pensions were once considered untouchable, ironclad, off limits even if the employer went bankrupt.

On Tuesday, a federal bankruptcy judge in Sacramento inched closer to changing all that. Commenting during a hearing on Stockton’s bankruptcy case, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein suggested that employees and retirees could have their pensions reduced to facilitate the city’s financial reorganization.

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The Sun: Investigation of Colton city manager stalls budget

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By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 07/07/14, 2:28 PM PDT | Updated: 37 secs ago

COLTON >> An investigation related to the city’s top manager comes at one of the worst times for Colton — budget season.

The situation has prompted a 60-day delay until the police chief, who has been tasked as interim city manager in Stephen Compton’s absence, guides departments, many without directors, into a fiscal plan to keep the city running.

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A San Bernardino sign on I-10 East is seen on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 in San Bernardino, Calif. The San Bernardino city council voted Tuesday night in favor of the city filing for bankruptcy. (AP Photo/Grant Hindsley)

San Bernardino’s deal means pensions off bankruptcy table
By Steven Greenhut1:47 p.m.July 7, 2014

SACRAMENTO — The nation’s largest pension fund, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, has racked up another victory in its effort to halt any effort by municipalities to get out from under their crushing pension obligations.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Third city investigation seeks alleged secret recordings

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A councilman’s trial testimony suggests the former city manager was covertly taped at a staff meeting

Published: July 6, 2014 Updated: 10:42 p.m.

Riverside is investigating whether someone covertly recorded former City Manager Brad Hudson’s comments nearly five years ago and then shared the tapes with others, including Councilman Paul Davis.

That brings the number of probes at Riverside City Hall to three in the past three months, putting officials in an unprecedented – and likely uncomfortable – situation.

To read story by Alicia Robinson in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

The Sun: San Bernardino Fire Department prepares for cuts

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/06/14, 6:04 PM PDT | Updated: 42 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Fire Engine 230 roared toward a woman who’d overdosed, keeping lights and sirens on without a chance to return to the station from the crew’s last call.

It was the seventh call for service Thursday for the station at Mill Street and Arrowhead Avenue, with more to come, after a night that included extricating people from a truck after a major crash on the 215 Freeway and a garage fire complicated by power that was re-routed because the house had been turned into a marijuana grow.

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Lobbying

By Ben Baeder, Whittier Daily News
Posted: 07/06/14, 6:03 PM PDT | Updated: 31 mins ago

At an increasing pace, your local government is spending your tax money paying lobbyists to get some more of your own tax money sent back to your community.

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/03/14, 12:25 PM PDT | Updated: 33 secs ago

ONTARIO >> When the latest passenger traffic figures for L.A./Ontario International Airport were released, a different trend emerged from what the medium-hub facility has experienced in the past three years.

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Rialto Unified School District

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 07/05/14, 2:54 PM PDT | Updated: 36 secs ago

Rialto Unified officials agreed with outgoing Superintendent Harold Cebrun that any future bad-mouthing will be costly, according to Cebrun’s separation agreement with the district.

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Pension Reform

Solutions to filling the void in pension-benefit funding often pit unions against city officials.

By TERI SFORZA / STAFF COLUMNIST
Published: July 5, 2014 Updated: July 6, 2014 8:45 a.m.

So let’s start with the bracing news: Orange County cities have promised their workers more than $3.3 billion in retirement benefits that they do not have.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014 – 10:15 a.m.

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

Official unemployment rate falls in June

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 288,000 jobs were added in June. The number dropped the official unemployment rate (U-3) to 6.1%

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/01/14, 8:19 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The deadline passed Tuesday for two citizen-sponsored charter amendments to make it on November’s ballot, but the proponent behind at least one of the measures says he intends to keep gathering signatures for the next election.

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/01/14, 8:07 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Some City Council members are calling for a review of City Manager Allen Parker after he and the finance director were absent during the city’s final budget hearing, leaving them to pass the cuts-filled spending plan with some questions unanswered.

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By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 07/02/14, 8:18 PM PDT |

COLTON >> New information came to light this week about an investigation related to the city manager being placed on administrative leave, with concerns mounting during a troubled City Council meeting rife with complaints from the public.

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Ontario International Airport

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin L.A./Ontario International Airport General Manager Jess Romo says he welcomes the recent passenger traffic figures which seem to indicate the medium hub facility is moving away from years of decline.

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/02/14, 9:32 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> Jess Romo, general manager of LA/Ontario International Airport, says he welcomes the recent passenger traffic figures which reveal that the medium hub facility is moving away from years of decline.

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Ontario

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/01/14, 10:32 PM PDT | Updated: 27 secs ago

ONTARIO >> After a tumultuous few City Council sessions in recent weeks, Tuesday’s meeting saw a relatively short council agenda.

The two items that generated the most discussion dealt with Councilman Paul Vincent Avila and his issues with other council members.

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Paloma Esquivel
July 2, 2014

After anti-illegal immigration protesters in Murrieta successfully forced buses full of migrants to divert to San Diego for processing, groups of immigration advocates have quietly galvanized.

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/30/14, 9:17 PM PDT | Updated: 30 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city passed its budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year Monday night, three hours before the year began.

The 5-2 vote — Councilmen John Valdivia and Benito Barrios opposing — came after warnings on one hand of disastrous effects in bankruptcy court if a full budget wasn’t passed by that deadline, and on the other of dire threats to the city from cuts contained in the budget.

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The Sun: Fire union accuses San Bernardino of ‘hiding’ money

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/28/14, 11:04 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The fire union continues to accuse the city of keeping $75 million “hidden in misleading or unmarked investment accounts” despite city officials’ position that the money was openly posted and legally can’t be used to prevent cuts to public services like the Fire Department.

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The Sun: Colton City Council wants update on city manager investigation

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By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 06/27/14, 12:00 PM PDT |

COLTON >> The City Council wants answers.

Council members want an update on the status of City Manager Stephen Compton at Tuesday’s regular City Council meeting.

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DailyBulletin: Ontario City Council passes budget for 2014-2015

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By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/26/14, 10:21 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> The City Council passed a nearly $470.25 million budget for 2014-15, an increase of $7.74 million over the current fiscal year, at a special meeting on Thursday evening.

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VVDailyPress: Adelanto continues to eye bankruptcy filing

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BROOKE SELF
STAFF WRITER
Posted Jun. 26, 2014 @ 7:31 pm
Updated Jun 26, 2014 at 7:38 PM

ADELANTO — Adelanto city officials said dramatic cuts to its general fund mean its $2.61 million deficit will merely increase by $22,000 in 2014-15. However, that still might not be enough to stave off a bankruptcy filing, the city manager said Thursday.

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City had sued to prevent development of a medical complex, but City Council members say recently ousted Mayor Tom Owings was driving force.

Published: June 26, 2014 Updated: 7:18 p.m.

The recent change in Moreno Valley’s leadership has some city and county officials hoping it could mean an end to the city’s litigation against the March Joint Powers Authority.

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

The PE: EASTVALE: Councilman resigns, accuses colleagues of wrongdoing

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June 25, 2014

Eastvale City Councilman Jeff DeGrandpre abruptly resigned Wednesday night after accusing his council colleagues of engaging in “back-door deals,” causing dissension at City Hall and holding meetings that violated California’s open-meeting law.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: Probe of councilman inconclusive

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The next step will be a City Council hearing on the investigation report, but it isn’t clear what action, if any, could result against Mike Soubirous.

Published: June 25, 2014 Updated: June 26, 2014 10:59 a.m.

An investigation into complaints against Riverside City Councilman Mike Soubirous was unable to determine whether he violated the city charter and ethics code. The council will hold a hearing on the findings July 22.

An investigation into complaints against Riverside Councilman Mike Soubirous was inconclusive, finding that “it would be speculation” to say whether Soubirous did anything wrong.

To read story by Alicia Robinson in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: PERRIS: Councilman out of jail after drug arrest

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City Council colleagues express surprise at the arrest of Julio Rodriguez

Published: June 25, 2014 Updated: June 26, 2014 10:59 a.m.

Perris City Councilman Julio Rodriguez was out of jail on Wednesday, a day after his call to 911 ended with him in handcuffs.

To read story by Sarah Burge in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/24/14, 9:39 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> Martin Lomeli has been named the interim city manager through November 14.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom Tuesday morning, in case you missed it.

U.S. Consumer Confidence Index hits post-recession high

The Consumer Confidence Index hit 85.2 in June, according to the Conference Board.

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Calpensions: San Bernardino cuts deal to pay CalPERS debt

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, June 23, 2014

Bankrupt San Bernardino announced an agreement with CalPERS last week to pay off an unprecedented pension debt owed for skipping payments to the pension fund for a year — $13.5 million, plus several million more in penalties and interest.

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The Sun: New owners of San Bernardino’s largest hotel plan upgrade this year

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Many will lose their jobs, but the loss of the Hilton in San Bernardino will hit more than jobs, as travelers become wary of even staying in San Bernardino. The news is yet another hit for the city, which has seen major attractions head west — to Ontario, for instance.

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 06/20/14, 8:44 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The new owners of this city’s largest hotel say late this year they plan a major upgrade of the 251-room property, which is called “The Hotel of San Bernardino.”

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DailyBulletin: Wild card councilman keeps shuffling the deck in Ontario

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Paul Vincent Avila, an Ontario councilman, speaks during the public comment portion of Tuesday’s meeting. (Photo by David Allen)

By David Allen, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/19/14, 5:04 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

You think the situation is tense in Iraq? Try an Ontario City Council meeting.

Like a bomb that might go off if mishandled, Tuesday’s meeting proceeded in relative calm but with quiet anxiety. In the final moments, Councilman Paul Vincent Avila, whose behavior has dominated recent meetings, asked a provoking question.

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/19/14, 8:09 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> San Bernardino and police union officials think they’re within a month of an agreement, but the city is so far from progress with the firefighters union that a U.S. bankruptcy judge released that union from mediation Thursday.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

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

High Desert cities approve budgets

Two High Desert cities have approved balanced budgets, for their 2014-15 fiscal years.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Jun. 18, 2014 – 8:55 pm

CalPERS and bankrupt San Bernardino have reached an “interim agreement” that could head off a major legal battle over bankruptcy debts and the ironclad status of public pensions, the city reported.

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DailyBulletin: Rialto Unified to pay James Wallace $171k on administrative leave

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By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/17/14, 8:28 PM PDT | Updated: 57 secs ago

RIALTO >> Deputy Superintendent James Wallace will earn $170,501 in the 2014-15 school year for the same job he’s done since Sept. 14: staying home.

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National Community Renaissance

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/16/14, 10:34 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The nonprofit group behind the Waterman Gardens Affordable Housing Project will build 75 affordable units at Ninth Street and Valencia Avenue, replacing that number of low-income apartments at Waterman Gardens with ones sold at market rate.

The switch follows a 6-1 vote at Monday’s City Council meeting, with Councilman John Valdivia opposing the plan.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

Here’s some new flowing across the transom Tuesday morning, in case you missed it!

Inland Cities budget woes ease

Several Inland Empire cities are facing a less dicier budget picture in their upcoming fiscal years.

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Paul Drasil, who retired under attack by former elected officials, was asked back by new mayor.

BY CASSIE MACDUFF / STAFF COLUMNIST
Published: June 16, 2014 Updated: 9:40 p.m.

The return of Interim Fire Chief Paul Drasil shows just how much things have changed in San Bernardino.

To read column by Cassie MacDuff in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

DailyBulletin: Upland approves utility rate hikes

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/15/14, 9:12 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> Residents will have to pay more in utility bills starting next month, with increases expected to continue over the next several years.

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InlandPolitics: Could San Bernardino use shuttered hotel for homeless?

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Sunday, June 15, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Could bankrupt San Bernardino use the shuttered Maruko Hotel for the homeless?

It’s an interesting question that proves a point.

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IEBusinessDaily: San Bernardino’s Future Rides on Bankruptcy Decision

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IE Business Daily

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Elections, Recalls, Charter Amendments, Labor Negotiations, and Pension Reform are all ideas bandied about in the effort to right the financial ship of the City of San Bernardino.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino: Business just keeps on getting better!

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Friday, June 13, 2014 – 02:30 p.m.

It just keeps getting better and better for beleaguered San Bernardino, California.

As previously discussed this week. The Hilton Hotel, located in the city’s Hospitality Lane Business District, has been sold and reopened under a new trade name.

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InlandPolitics: Talk between San Bernardino, developer over downtown mall?

Rumor Mill

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 – 03:00 p.m.

We’ll preface this by saying it’s just a rumor.  A pretty interesting rumor for that matter.

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InlandPolitics: Commentary: Little return on invested funds?

red-ink

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 – 05:00 p.m.

The bad news just keeps piling up for bankrupt San Bernardino, and the surrounding area, these days. A city, and area, that has been the beneficiary of more than $ 1.026 Billion in government projects over the past several years.

That’s right. I did say billion!

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The Sun: Colton city manager placed on paid administrative leave

Colton-seal

By Doug Saunders, The Sun
Posted: 06/09/14, 3:14 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

COLTON >> City Manager Stephen J. Compton has been placed on paid administrative leave pending review of “certain personnel actions,” according to a city news release.

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Upland seal

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/09/14, 8:02 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

UPLAND >> Despite meeting for the third time, the City Council has failed to come to a decision on hiring an interim city manager.

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City-of-Highland

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 06/09/14, 6:19 PM PDT |

HIGHLAND>> The City Council is considering placing an initiative on the November ballot that would split up the town into council districts, in reaction to legal threats made by activists.

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InlandPolitics: Will makeover solve SBD airport woes?

SBD International Airport

Monday, June 9, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

It’s round twenty for San Bernardino International Airport (SBD).

While nearby Ontario International Airport struggles to regain passenger traffic count, officials at SBD are hoping that a new makeover will help the aging and dormant facility re-market itself.

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Beaumont

City management and staff criticized for engaging ‘in a pattern and practice of deception that transcends the typical give-and-take of dispute negotiation’

Published: June 8, 2014 Updated: 11:09 p.m.

Beaumont’s efforts to build roads on its own, ignoring a regional program its City Council agreed to embrace, appear to have backfired.

And the bill for independence is tens of millions of dollars, a judge has ruled.

To read story by Craig Shultz in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

CapitolWeekly: Locals pay tab for open government

Capitol Weekly

By SAMANTHA GALLEGOS
Posted 06.08.2014

State lawmakers and voters agree on one thing: transparency in government.

Local government, that is. State government remains exempt.

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InlandPolitics: Commentary: William “Buck” Johns returns again

Snake Oil

Sunday, June 8, 2014 – 12:30 p.m.

It just never ends!

William “Buck” Johns is back at it again.

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question-mark

Sunday, June 8, 2014 – 12:00 p.m.

Some ominous business activity is raising questions over the actual health of the East San Bernardino Valley business climate.

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