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Calpensions: Stockton bankruptcy’s unsettled pension legacy

Pensions

By Ed Mendel
Monday, March 2, 2015

On the day that Stockton emerged from bankruptcy last week, ending 32 months of debt protection, the final court argument was about the “cram down” imposed on the only creditor that did not cut a deal.

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InlandPolitics: Build it and they will come?

If You Build It They Will Come

Saturday, February 28, 2015 – 11:30 a.m.

San Bernardino County leaders, not Inland Empire as a whole, seem fascinated with building public works projects that will never be self-sustaining. Even though they say otherwise.

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The Sentinel: Forum… or Against ‘em

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The Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on February 27, 2015

I have received some information on the down-low which indicates that the goings-on, or at least past goings-on, at Upland City Hall are being given a very close examination…

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Ontario International Airport

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/27/15, 6:39 PM PST

A bipartisan Assembly bill introduced Friday would allow Ontario to issue revenue bonds to finance the acquisition of L.A./Ontario International Airport from Los Angeles.

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DailyBulletin: Judge sides with LA on Ontario airport case

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/26/15, 12:01 AM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

RIVERSIDE >> A judge on Thursday ruled in favor of Los Angeles on two key claims in the legal battle for control of L.A./Ontario International Airport

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The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Developer spent more than $500,000 in council races

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Iddo Benzeevi’s four independent committees outpaced by far campaign expenses of all other candidates.

Published: Feb. 25, 2015 – Updated: 9:50 p.m.

Campaign spending by developer Highland Fairview in the November Moreno Valley City Council election topped $500,000, final spending reports show.

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

Question Mark

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 02/24/15, 12:01 AM PST | Updated: 1 day ago

REDLANDS >> With a voter-approved commuter rail project that would take riders from San Bernardino to Redlands and back looming as early as 2018, local public transit critics are ringing bells over its funding.

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Adelanto Logo

City shakeup

By RENE RAY DE LA CRUZ
STAFF WRITER
Posted Feb. 26, 2015 at 7:28 AM

ADELANTO — During a marathon meeting in front of a packed house, the City Council on Wednesday approved the release of City Manager Jim Hart, discussed its looming bankruptcy and considered a measure that would allow Adelanto’s residents to vote for a medical marijuana collective to operate in the city.

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CPR: Stockton Officially Exits Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy

Rich Ibarra
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 | Sacramento, CA

The City of Stockton officially exits bankruptcy Wednesday. The exit ends more than two years of negotiations, settlements, and development of a future fiscal plan.

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The Sun: San Bernardino increases budget, but summer swimming pools to take hit

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 02/23/15, 12:01 AM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The City Council unanimously approved adjustments to the city’s budget that are expected to give the city a tiny surplus, but will make only two of the city’s five pools available for the public this summer.

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InlandPolitics: KCET — Airport to nowhere!

Monday, February 23, 2015 – 11:00 p.m.

We missed this little gem, courtesy of KCET-TV.

Eastern San Bernardino County movers and shakers, along with the usually delusional Inland Empire print media, steadfastly refuse to admit that San Bernardino International Airport is an unmitigated $300 million black hole.

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The Sun: Redlands Passenger Rail Project funding outlined

Metrolink

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 02/23/15, 12:47 PM PST | Updated: 55 secs ago

REDLANDS >> When voters approved an extension of Measure I in 2004, they also voted to fund the Redlands Passenger Rail Project, which was specified in the measure.

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The PE: POLITICS: Cities seeking funding disagree on lobbyist’s value

Lobbyist

The Sacramento firm is paid $3,000 a month to work on getting vehicle-license fee revenue restored.

Published: Feb. 20, 2015
Updated: Feb. 22, 2015 10:01 p.m.

As 2015-16 budget planning gets underway, Riverside County’s four newest cities have parted ways on whether to keep the Sacramento lobbyist they hired in 2011 to help them get back crucial state money.

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

InlandPolitics: Ontario Airport lawsuit in jeopardy?

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Sunday, February 22, 2015 – 12:30 p.m.

What a shock!

Los Angeles is seeking to dismiss a lawsuit, brought by Ontario, to wrestle away control of LA/Ontario International Airport.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Voters could decide on pot dispensaries

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The Riverside Medical Marijuana Restriction and Limitation Act, which would allow a few dispensaries, may be on the June ballot.

Published: Feb. 20, 2015
Updated: Feb. 21, 2015 – 7:00 p.m.

Riverside officials appear likely to place on the June 2 ballot a measure that would overturn the city’s ban on medical marijuana dispensaries.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: New city manager named

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Alameda’s top official John Russo, who starts in May, pledges to hear from residents and be decisive.

Published: Feb. 19, 2015 – Updated: 8:07 p.m.

Riverside’s new city manager, John Russo, plans to use his experience from both ends of the dais – as an elected official and appointed executive – to bring more openness and accountability to City Hall.

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

The Sun: San Bernardino to review balanced budget

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 02/19/15, 8:21 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city reached the middle of the fiscal year with a balanced budget, City Manager Allen Parker said Thursday.

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NFL

The new NFL football stadium proposed by the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders would be built on a 168-acre site at the southwest quadrant of the intersection of the 405 Freeway and Del Amo Boulevard.

By Sam Farmer
February 19, 2015

On the field, the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders have had as bitter a rivalry as any in the NFL but in a sense, they’re now partners.

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The Sun: Covina council approves contract with new city manager Andrea Miller

Andrea Miller

In this July 18, 2012 file photo, Interim City Manager Andrea Travis-Miller speaks during a special session by the San Bernardiono City Council to hold a vote on a fiscal emergency ordinance.

By Jason Henry, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 02/18/15, 12:01 AM PST

Covina approved a contract with its new city manager Tuesday.

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Scales of Justice

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/18/15, 11:43 AM PST | Updated: 2 hrs ago

RIVERSIDE >> Ontario’s lawsuit with Los Angeles seeking local control of L.A./Ontario International Airport will go to trial Aug. 17, a judge said Wednesday, but a new motion by the defendants aims to preempt that and get the case dismissed.

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VVDailyPress: Council to consider salary changes

Victorville

Compensation, position changes could cost $275k

By SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Feb. 15, 2015 @ 10:44 am
Updated Feb 15, 2015 at 10:46 AM

VICTORVILLE — The City Council on Tuesday will consider implementing consultant-recommended salary and position changes effective July 1 that could result in an approximate $275,000 increase to the 2015 fiscal year budget.

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Calpensions: CalPERS paid lawyers $7 million in bankruptcies

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By Ed Mendel
February 16, 2015

CalPERS has paid two law firms more than $7 million in the Vallejo, Stockton and San Bernardino bankruptcies, even though a federal judge doubts that it has the legal standing to object to city pension cuts.

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VVDailyPress: Embattled Adelanto city manager on leave

Adelanto City Council

Adelanto City Manger Jim Hart’s seat remained empty during Wednesday’s city council meeting as Hart is on leave. (David Pardo, Daily Press)

By BROOKE SELF
STAFF WRITER
Posted Feb. 12, 2015 @ 8:19 am

ADELANTO —Adelanto City Manager Jim Hart is taking a two-week leave of absence while using up accrued personal time, he said Wednesday night after he did not attend the open session of the City Council meeting.

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The Sun: San Bernardino Councilman admits failure to appear in court

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 02/06/15, 8:30 PM PST | Updated: 1 day ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> No, Councilman Benito Barrios said after picking up his phone on the first ring, he’s not trying to avoid the law or anyone else.

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B-2 Stealth Bomber

A B-2 stealth bomber is parked at a Northrop Grumman facility in the Antelope Valley. Northrop could build parts of the company’s proposed Long-Range Strike Bomber in Palmdale. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

By Melody Petersen
February 8, 2015

The Pentagon is poised to spend billions to build a new stealth bomber, a top secret project that could bring hundreds of jobs to the wind-swept desert communities in Los Angeles County’s northern reaches.

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InlandPolitics: Another example of warped reality

Sleeping Shades

Friday, February 6, 2015 – 01:00 p.m.

For decades, government failure after government failure has fallen on the Inland Empire.

Local officials for more than twenty-five years couldn’t see San Bernardino’s steady decline in progress. The city’s coffers were plundered to the point where redevelopment funds had to be essentially stolen to support the local governments general fund. When those funds were taken away by Governor Jerry Brown, the city filed for chapter 9 bankruptcy.

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US Bankruptcy Court

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
02/05/2015 6:44 PM

With harsh words for CalPERS and an angry bondholder, a U.S. bankruptcy judge has put into writing his pivotal rulings on the sanctity of public pensions in the Stockton bankruptcy case.

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InlandPolitics: Upland shooting returns to federal trial docket

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Thursday, February 5, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

Following a failed prosecution against a defendant shot several times by Upland Police, a federal civil rights claim has been returned to the U.S. District Court trial docket.

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Ontario

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/03/15, 3:10 PM PST | Updated: 3 hrs ago

The decades-old agreement that gave Los Angeles control of L.A./Ontario International Airport was never valid, Ontario’s attorneys claim in a response filed Tuesday in Riverside Superior Court.

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The PE: ONTARIO AIRPORT: One step forward, two steps back

Ontario International Airport

A traveler walks in Terminal 4 at the LA/Ontario International Airport in Ontario in October.(Stan Lim, Staff Photographer)

Published: Feb. 2, 2015 – Updated: 10:59 p.m.

Ontario International Airport saw its first growth in passenger numbers in six years, but Southern California market share for the Inland airport continues to fall, an analyst said Monday.

To read story by Richard K. De Atley in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Ontario International Airport

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/02/15, 1:14 PM PST | Updated: 11 hrs ago

ONTARIO >> A former high-ranking Federal Aviation Authority official said Monday that L.A./Ontario International Airport is a national asset that plays an key role in the national airspace system and deserves its chance to be economically successful.

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ontario airport

Los Angeles and Ontario are fighting over how much LA put into Ontario International Airport for improvements; a forensic accountant concludes it was $4.5 million.

Published: Jan. 30, 2015 – Updated: 10:05 p.m.

Contributions from Los Angeles World Airports for improvements at Ontario International Airport have been “significantly overstated” and may be as little as $4.5 million, a forensic accountant has testified in a deposition.

To read story by Richard K. De Atley in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The Lou Desmond & Company Show: The Inland Empire Economy

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Thursday, January 29, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on The Lou Desmond & Company Show, Cliff Cummings, President of Toyota of San Bernardino, joins Lou to discuss happenings in the City of San Bernardino, National School Choice Week and the overall health of the Inland Empire economy.

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DailyBulletin: ONT airport passenger activity rises in 2014

Ontario International Airport

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/27/15, 12:01 AM PST | Updated: 1 day ago

ONTARIO >> Annual passenger traffic at LA/Ontario International Airport is up for the first time since 2007, according to passenger figures released by Los Angeles World Airports on Tuesday.

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BROOKE SELF
STAFF WRITER
Posted Jan. 28, 2015 @ 7:37 pm
Updated Jan 28, 2015 at 7:42 PM

ADELANTO — Geo Group Inc., a global for-profit prison operator, has decided to vacate plans to construct a 1,050-bed facility in the city, officials said Wednesday.

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InlandPolitics: Ontario takes hit in airport battle

Gavel

Sunday, January 25, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

Ontario took a hit in its lawsuit to wrestle away control of Ontario International Airport last week.

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Andrea Miller

By Jason Henry, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 01/23/15, 8:48 PM PST |

Covina has chosen former acting San Bernardino City Manager Andrea Miller for its top position.

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The PE: REDLANDS: BMW moves its logistics center east

BMW

Top officials with BMW of North America were on hand Friday for the opening of a new regional parts distribution center in Redlands

Published: Jan. 23, 2015 – Updated: 5:50 p.m.

REDLANDS – Top officials with BMW of North America were on hand Friday for the opening of a new regional parts distribution center north of I-10.

The ceremony capped a two-year project of moving BMW’s warehouse operation east from Ontario.

To read story by Fielding Buck in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE: Mayor touts his city as exceptional

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Published: Jan. 22, 2015 – Updated: 10:39 p.m.

Riverside has shown itself to be exceptional in its 132-year history, and today’s residents should use their vision and passion to contribute to its future, Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey said Tuesday in his annual State of the City speech.

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

The Lou Desmond & Company Show: SOTU, ONT and the NFL

Mic

Thursday, January 22, 2015 – 05:15 p.m.

Tonight on The Lou Desmond & Company Show, Georgine Trujillo, Lou’s favorite Democrat, joins the show to discuss the State of the Union and the new findings at Ontario International Airport.

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/22/15, 8:09 AM PST | Updated: 19 secs ago

RIVERSIDE >> A Superior Court judge has issued a tentative decision in favor of Los Angeles on two key aspects of lawsuit for control of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

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The Sun: John E. James joins Redlands City Council

Redlands

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 01/21/15, 12:01 AM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

REDLANDS >> John James is the newest member of the City Council.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/21/15, 12:24 PM PST | Updated: 7 hrs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> City officials are pursuing a possible lawsuit against Cal Fire to force that state agency to bid on providing fire and EMS services for the city.

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/20/15, 10:40 AM PST | Updated: 35 secs ago

RIVERSIDE >> Attorneys for Ontario will continue to press for the release of 399 documents that they say could determine the fate of the city’s legal battle for local control of LA/Ontario International Airport.

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SacBee: Judge rejects bid to keep Stockton in bankruptcy

US Bankruptcy Court

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
01/20/2015 8:58 PM

A bankruptcy judge Tuesday dismissed an effort to keep Stockton mired in bankruptcy while a creditor challenges a decision that lets the city pay its CalPERS pension bills in full.

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The PE: ONT LAWSUIT: L.A. balks at handing over 399 documents

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Los Angeles attorneys want to withhold 399 documents relating to the management of Ontario International Airport that a judge demanded last week

Published: Jan. 19, 2015 – Updated: 9:50 p.m.

Los Angeles attorneys want a judge to take a second look at her order for them to hand Ontario 399 documents in that city’s lawsuit to regain control of Ontario International Airport.

To read story by Richard K. De Atley in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The Sun: San Bernardino ranks last for job seekers in WalletHub reports

Wallet Hub

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/18/15, 6:08 PM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> San Bernardino has ranked last in a list of the 150 “Best and Worst Cities to Find a Job,” released by the financial information website WalletHub.

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Ontario International Airport
A new audit by Ernst & Young concludes that the city of L.A.’s asking price for LA/Ontario International Airport may be $181 million too high. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

By Dan Weikel
January 18, 2015

In the battle for LA/Ontario airport, the city of L.A. may have overstated its worth, according to a new audit

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DailyBulletin: Colonies Crossroads in Upland adds to city coffers as it grows

Colonies Crossroads

Customers enter the newly opened Chili’s restaurant in the Colonies Crossroads shopping center in Upland on Friday. Sales tax from the 1 million-square-foot “power center” rose from $1.6 million in 2012-13 to $2 million in 2013-14. (Will Lester — Staff Photographer)

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/17/15, 9:11 PM PST | Updated: 25 secs ago

UPLAND >> The Colonies Crossroads, one of the largest shopping centers in San Bernardino County’s West End, continues to expand and increase revenue for the city.

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Pension Reform

Local cities still face significant pension risks

Jan. 17, 2015
Updated 10:44 p.m.
By TERI SFORZA

Things might be looking a bit better, but let’s not let it go to our heads.

Anaheim is still staring down a public pension hole more than half a billion dollars deep.

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DailyBulletin: Los Angeles must give Ontario 399 documents in airport lawsuit

Ontario International Airport

In Ontario’s lawsuit over control of L.A./Ontario International Airport, a judge ordered the city of Los Angeles to hand over 399 documents related to the lawsuit Ontario has filed against Los Angeles. (John Valenzuela – Staff Photographer)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/16/15, 11:19 AM PST | Updated: 50 secs ago

RIVERSIDE >> Superior Court Judge Gloria Trask on Friday ordered Los Angeles to produce 399 documents for Ontario by noon Tuesday as part of an ongoing lawsuit over control of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

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DailyBulletin: Emails on Ontario Airport show L.A. stymied by indecision

Ontario International Airport

Ontario is going to court seeking more documents from Los Angeles regarding Ontario International Airport. The city of Ontario is aiming for local control of the facility, which is run by Los Angeles World Airports. (File photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/15/15, 4:04 PM PST | Updated: 11 hrs ago

RIVERSIDE >> Los Angeles officials underestimated the effectiveness of Ontarios lobbying efforts in 2011, and were in disarray by the former mayor’s inability to decide whether to sell L.A./Ontario International Airport, documents released on Thursday revealed.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: City replaces interim attorney

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Council ends contract with Best Best & Krieger after six months, will replace firm with in-house lawyer Kristi Smith.

Published: Jan. 14, 2015
Updated: Jan. 15, 2015 – 8:21 a.m.

Six months after hiring a part-time interim city attorney for $19,500 a month, Riverside officials announced they will end their contract with Best Best & Krieger and put a city staff attorney in the temporary post.

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

Moreno Valley seal

Former deputy city attorney said he was fired by Moreno Valley for pursuing code-violation case against then-Councilman Marcelo Co.

Published: Jan. 14, 2015 – Updated: 4:49 p.m.

Moreno Valley has agreed to pay $200,000 to settle a lawsuit by a deputy city attorney who alleged he lost his job for prosecuting code-enforcement violations by a former councilman.

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

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/14/15, 7:01 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> With a May 30 deadline to file its bankruptcy exit plan looming and years of growth hoped for after that, city officials are moving forward with a long-term strategic plan that will help form the bankruptcy plan and extend far beyond it.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino places Carousel Mall up for sale

San Bernardino Seal

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

The bankrupt city of San Bernardino has placed the dormant Carousel Mall up for sale.

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The Sun: Colton approves finance manager post

Colton-seal

By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 01/13/15, 6:51 PM PST |

Colton officials have approved the hiring of a finance manager as part of the city’s effort to improve overseeing its finances.

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Upland seal

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/12/15, 10:25 PM PST | Updated: 40 secs ago

UPLAND >> The City Council on Monday night gave City Manager Rod Butler the approval to go forward with considering 15 remaining task force recommendations and a goal-setting workshop.

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The PE: REDLANDS:Thirteen vie for seat on City Council

Redlands

Published: Jan. 12, 2015 – Updated: 6:46 p.m.

Thirteen men and women have applied to serve on the Redlands City Council, where a vacancy was created with the election of Pete Aguilar to Congress.

To read story by Erin Waldner in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/12/15, 3:05 PM PST |

UPLAND >> More than a year after a Fiscal Task Force was convened to save the city from possible bankruptcy, only seven of the 22 items on its to-do list have been addressed.

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Rialto Unified School District

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/12/15, 4:32 PM PST |

RIALTO >> Rialto property owners will be seeing their property taxes go up after the Rialto Unified School Board voted last week to issue a third round of Measure Y bonds to help pay for long-awaited renovations and improvements at Eisenhower High and other district sites.

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DailyBulletin: Ontario-LA feud over ONT airport reveals limits to regional planning

Van Nuys Airport

Improvements have been completed on the 8,000-foot main runway (16R/34L) at Van Nuys Airport. This marks the largest maintenance project conducted at the airport in over 50 years.(Andy Holzman/Los Angeles Daily News)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/10/15, 1:52 PM PST | Updated: 37 secs ago

Maybe it was a bad idea from the very beginning.

Fifty years ago, the thought of Los Angeles taking over a small airport in the Inland Empire seemed like a huge win for Ontario. A no-brainer.

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The Sentinel: Warren Quits As Upland Public Works Director

Acquanetta Warren

Warren

The Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on January 10, 2015

(January 9) Acquanetta Warren, the Fontana mayor who has for the past several years been serving as the city of Upland’s assistant director of public works, abruptly resigned her post with the City of Gracious Living Thursday.

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Pension-Fund

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
01/08/2015 8:44 PM

Government pensions, once thought to be ironclad in California, are under attack in court once again.

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Handcuffs

Ex-School Accountant Caught Stuffing Lunch Money In Bra Sentenced To 5 Years

By Veronica Rocha
January 9, 2015

A former Rialto school accountant accused of embezzling $1.8 million in lunch money and stuffing the cash into her bra was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison.

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The Sun: San Bernardino charter committee continues, lightly

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/07/15, 8:24 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> With symbolic support for their mission from the City Council and a plan to get policy support from an expert in city charters, members of the citizen charter review committee continued treading lightly at their second meeting since the November election.

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Victorville

Long list of former, current officials expected to be called

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Jan. 7, 2015 @ 8:34 pm
Updated at 8:37 PM

VICTORVILLE — Depositions are expected to get underway next week, nearly two years after the Securities and Exchange Commission accused the city of Victorville, its airport authority and others of dramatically inflating the combined valuation of four airport hangars in a 2008 municipal bond offering.

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The Sun: San Bernardino limits consent calendar discussion

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/06/15, 5:29 PM PST | Updated: 55 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> An attempt to streamline City Council meetings will significantly limit the time members of the public have to address items the council considers noncontroversial.

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DailyBulletin: ONT declines results in $2.6 billion economic loss

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/05/15, 7:38 PM PST | Updated: 19 secs ago

ONTARIO >> The decline in air service at LA/Ontario International Airport has resulted in a $2.6 billion loss on the region’s economy since 2010.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Hiring policy on lawyers is questioned

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Council members will discuss when outside lawyers are hired and how records of attorney contracts are kept.

Published: Dec. 24, 2014 Updated: Dec. 28, 2014 6:08 p.m.

For years, the Riverside City Attorney’s Office has been hiring outside legal help with only sporadic approval from the City Council and, in some cases, few written contracts or other records, according to city officials and residents.

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

Chino Valley Unified School District

Chino Valley Unified School District Board of Education (Andrew Cruz, Thursday, December 11, 2014)

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 12/28/14, 2:24 PM PST |

CHINO >> The Chino Valley Unified School Board is under fire for prayers, Bible readings and alleged Christian proselytizing during board meetings. For some, this comes as a surprise, but a look at the board’s past shows that religiously tinged conflicts over policy are nothing new.

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VVDailyPress: City’s fiscal crisis top local story of 2014

Year in Review

YEAR IN REVIEW
By Staff Reports
Posted Dec. 27, 2014 @ 4:31 pm

It certainly was a year to remember, and for some maybe one to forget. There was nothing boring about 2014, though.

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VVDailyPress: Financially stressed cities?

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STUDY
Results shock local staffs; official calls report flawed, ‘irresponsible’
RENE RAY DE LA CRUZ
STAFF WRITER
Posted Dec. 26, 2014 @ 5:28 pm
Updated Dec 26, 2014 at 5:33 PM

HESPERIA — Staff members at one financially stable local municipality were shaking their heads in disbelief after a recent report ranked their city as one of the most likely to file bankruptcy.

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The Sun: San Bernardino development director Bill Manis has a plan

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 12/26/14, 1:25 PM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Repeatedly over the last several years, city officials have cut what they acknowledge are important services, saying shrinking revenues leave the bankrupt city no choice.

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Adelanto

Brooke Self
Staff Writer
Posted Dec. 26, 2014 @ 8:31 pm
Updated Dec 26, 2014 at 8:36 PM

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part of a series of articles reviewing 2014 in each of the Victor Valley’s four municipalities.

ADELANTO — It’s safe to say that Adelanto had something of a rocky year in 2014, facing a fiscal crisis that brought the city of 32,000 residents to the brink of bankruptcy.

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The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Councilman Gutierrez ends legal fight

Moreno Valley seal

Moreno Valley will pay almost $300,000 in legal fees for both sides in fight over appointment

Published: Dec. 22, 2014 – Updated: 4:24 p.m.

Moreno Valley has agreed to pay about $128,000 in attorney fees in a settlement that will end a lawsuit over last year’s appointment of Councilman Yxstian Gutierrez.

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

Calpensions: Tackling the big debt that lawmakers let balloon

Pension Reform

By Ed Mendel
December 22, 2014

The debt or “unfunded liability” state Controller John Chiang reported last week for state worker retiree health care, $72 billion, is larger than the unfunded liability for state worker pensions reported by CalPERS in April, $50 billion.

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VVDailyPress: State Controller reports who’s topping the pay scale

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Adelanto city manager, Hesperia Council highest paid locally

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Dec. 20, 2014 @ 8:39 pm
Updated Dec 20, 2014 at 8:59 PM

In general, city managers top the pay scale among city employees, and a report released this week by outgoing state Controller John Chiang indicates that the top brass in and around the Victor Valley and Barstow regions are not an exception to this trend.

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DailyBulletin: Rancho Cucamonga’s Michael named to League of California Cities post

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Posted: 12/18/14, 2:07 PM PST |

Rancho Cucamonga Mayor L. Dennis Michael has became the first vice president of the League of California Cities for the next year.

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VVDailyPress: Red light camera appeal argued in court

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Attorney wants time for discovery in case against Victorville

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Dec. 18, 2014 @ 6:46 pm
Updated Dec 18, 2014 at 6:50 PM

An attorney who challenged the validity of Victorville’s red light camera system more than two years ago is seeking additional time to gather evidence about whether camera images are really automatic or human influenced — a non-trivial distinction, he said.

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The PE: ONTARIO AIRPORT: L.A. ordered to hand over documents

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A traveler walks through Terminal 4 of the LA/Ontario International Airport in Ontario. (Stan Lim, File Photo)

Published: Dec. 16, 2014 – Updated: 5:55 p.m.

Los Angeles was ordered Tuesday to produce documents sought by Ontario in its lawsuit to regain control of Ontario International Airport, which Los Angeles has operated for decades.

To read story by Richard K. De Atley in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 12/16/14, 8:58 PM PST | Updated: 28 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city has a “work plan” to prepare its bankruptcy exit plan, and it’s been reviewed by the entire City Council — not just the small team that previously was allowed to know details of the confidential mediation where much of the city’s bankruptcy plan has been ironed out.

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LATimes: Emails: Police asked for dirt on O.C. councilmen

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Costa Mesa City Councilmen Jim Righeimer and Steve Mensinger are shown. (Los Angeles Times / Daily Pilot)

By Jeremiah Dobruck
Decmeber 16, 2014

Costa Mesa police union suggested ways to catch councilmen in compromising positions, according to emails

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The PE: ONTARIO: Airport talks back on officials’ radar

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L.A. mayor, Inland city’s leaders resuming efforts to return facility to local ownership.

Published: Dec. 14, 2014 Updated: Dec. 15, 2014 8:15 a.m.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will meet in January with Ontario officials over stalled talks on the return of Ontario International Airport to the Inland city.

To read story by Richard K. De Atley in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 12/14/14, 6:38 PM PST | Updated: 38 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Members of a citizens committee tasked with reforming the city charter will meet again Tuesday with lingering questions about what they’re supposed to accomplish.

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