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Daniel Crespo

By Marisa Gerber and Richard Winton
May 5, 2015

He was hardly discreet about his affairs.

Daniel Crespo, the mayor of Bell Gardens, bought one girlfriend a ring during a trip to Las Vegas for a faux wedding. He sent his wife an audio recording of him bragging to a co-worker about his dalliances. He rented out a six-bedroom home he owned, but kept one room empty so he could rendezvous there with women on his lunch breaks and after work.

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The Sun: San Bernardino firefighters leaving city in record numbers

San Bernardino Public Safety Attrition

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/02/15, 12:49 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> If the reservoir of veteran firefighters in the city developed a leak in the Great Recession and the crack widened with the 2012 bankruptcy filing, then it’s in 2015 that the dam broke.

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City of Industry

By Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 05/01/15, 10:47 PM PDT |

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office Friday announced it will investigate possible criminal activity by David Perez, the former City of Industry mayor who controls entities including the city’s trash hauler, that received millions in payments from the city.

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World Logistics Center

A key report on what would be the U.S.’s largest such complex is out; a public hearing will be in June.

Published: May 1, 2015 – Updated: 10:55 p.m.

A development battle in Moreno Valley that has been brewing for three years moved closer Friday, May 1, with release of a final environmental report on a warehouse center that would transform the city’s eastside and become the country’s largest logistics facility.

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

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The comparative numbers are pushed by increased international passenger traffic that began April 2014

Published: April 30, 2015 – 3:17 p.m.

Ontario International Airport saw a 1.75 percent increase in passenger traffic for March compared to the same month last year, with international travelers bringing up the numbers because of flights that were added in April of last year.

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

Victorville

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/30/15, 7:59 PM PDT |

Victorville’s possibly unlawful borrowing and lending practices totaling $41.9 million resulted in $4.6 million of unnecessary interest and a $31 million wastewater treatment plant that served no benefit for ratepayers, the state auditor concluded in a report released Thursday.

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Los Angeles DWP

The front of the headquarters of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in downtown Los Angeles. (Richard Vogel / Associated Press)

By Jack Dolan
April 30, 2015

Two nonprofit trusts created by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and financed with more than $40 million from ratepayers paid millions to vendors without competitive bids, overpaid top managers and let them charge personal travel, gasoline and other items without filing expense reports, city audits released Thursday showed.

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Los Angeles Times: Companies tied to Industry ex-mayor racked up fortune

Money

An audit finds that former City of Industry Mayor Dave Perez and his relatives financially benefited from city contracts.

By Frank Shyong and Ruben Vives
April 27, 2015

A 20-year jackpot of City of Industry contracts that included $4.9 million for lawn mower rentals and street cleaning fees billed at six times a competitor’s rate has enriched a handful of companies owned by the tiny town’s former mayor and his family by more than $326 million, an audit has found.

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The Sun: Momentum for Inland Empire corruption cases still strong

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/26/15 – 8:07 PM PDT |

The FBI just can’t seem to stay out of the Inland Empire.

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FBI

Raids in Beaumont carried out almost two years after similar action in Moreno Valley, where investigation is still ongoing.

It began with early-morning knocks at the homes of city officials and business offices as federal and local agents served search warrants as part of a public corruption investigation.

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

InlandPolitics: San Bernardino: A lie or mistake?

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Sunday, April 26, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

Was it a lie or a mistake?

That’s the burning question over whether or not San Bernardino City Manager Allan Parker duped city council members into approving an employment contract for an inexperienced applicant to take on the job of what amounts to a public relations officer, and task her with the job of developing a marketing plan to improve the city’s image, as it emerges from chapter 9 bankruptcy.

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Consulting

In wake of this week’s raids in Beaumont, other cities say they have safeguards to prevent problems.

Published: April 24, 2015 Updated: April 25, 2015 4:13 p.m.

When Menifee became a city in 2008, a consultant ran the show.

A firm, Winzler & Kelly, hired experienced managers to make decisions about real estate, public safety contracts, finances and other issues.

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

City of Industry

By Rebecca Kimitch, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
and Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 04/25/15, 9:51 PM PDT |

INDUSTRY>> An audit of city finances concluded Industry paid more than $326 million to companies owned by former Mayor Dave Perez and his family over the past 20 years, much of it for vague or even erroneous invoices that possibly resulted in massive overpayments.

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The Sun: Community, city leaders discuss future San Bernardino

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By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 04/24/15, 7:39 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> As the city looks for a way to exist beyond bankruptcy, its charter once again was part of the discussion Friday as leaders and the public gathered for a strategy meeting designed to find ways to guide the city.

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NFL

By Scott M. Reid, Staff Writer
April 24, 2015 – Updated 7:37 p.m.

NEW YORK – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, after months of expressing caution about the league’s possible return to Los Angeles, characterized stadium projects in Inglewood and Carson on Friday as “viable” with the potential for long term success.

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Beaumont

Published: April 23, 2015 – Updated: April 24, 2015 8:42 a.m.

In their first gathering since a regional corruption task force raided City Hall, Beaumont city leaders were hit with calls for firings and resignations.

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

Gavel

A Riverside Superior Court judge on Thursday denied the city of Los Angeles’ motion to throw out key parts of the lawsuit against it filed by Ontario over control of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/23/15, 10:53 AM PDT | Updated: 1 hr ago

RIVERSIDE >> It will be up to a jury to decide if Ontario can seek damages as a result of alleged malfeasance by Los Angeles World Airports over management of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

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Beaumont

By Doug Saunders, The Sun
and Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/22/15, 9:55 AM PDT |

BEAUMONT >> Federal and Riverside County authorities on Wednesday raided City Hall and three other locations across the Inland Empire in an investigation into the city’s long-standing business relationship with a local consulting firm, law enforcement and city officials said.

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The Sun: San Bernardino hires spokeswoman for bankruptcy

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 04/21/15, 5:14 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The voice of the city is now Monica Lagos, who since October has been a senior account executive at Westbound Communications.

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IE Business Daily: Candidate surfaces in SB communications search

San Bernardino Seal

By IE Business Daily
April 18, 2015

San Bernardino is leaning towards putting one person in charge of its communications efforts rather than hire a public relations firm to serve in that capacity, according to a well-placed source.

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452nd Air Mobility Wing

The Air Force on Wednesday announced that March ARB was not named as a candidate base for the first Air Force Reserve-led KC-46A Pegasus location.

By Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 04/17/15 – 9:29 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Supporters of March Air Reserve Base near here expressed shock that it wasn’t among those chosen for the new generation of refueling tankers.

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The Sun: San Bernardino wants to hire PR professional

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 04/16/15 – 8:53 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city needs a professional to clearly articulate the city’s activities and plans, especially beginning now, city leaders say, so they’re again asking the City Council to approve one — this time, addressing some of the criticisms that got the earlier proposal shot down.

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Daily Bulletin: Upland retains city attorney

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/16/15, 9:12 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> After five months serving as the interim city attorney, the City Council has agreed to retain Richard Adams on a permanent basis.

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NFL- Carson

A rendering of the new football stadium proposed for Carson by the owners of the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders. (Manica Architecture)

By Sam Farmer, Nathan Fenno and Tim Logan
April 16, 2015

Representatives of proposed stadium projects in Carson and Inglewood met with NFL executives Thursday as the competition to return the league to the Los Angeles area continued.

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, April 16, 2015 – 04:00 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Ryan Hagen of the San Bernardino Sun joins Lou to talk about the city’s housing receivership program, which addresses issues with problem houses.

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The University of Redlands student newspaper, The Bulldog Weekly, was put on hiatus late last year following the publication of a controversial article about a $35 million scholarship fund. The article quoted a student saying the new fund favored “rich, white males.”

Published: April 15, 2015 – Updated: 11:15 p.m.

As students prep for graduation from the University of Redlands this week, The Bulldog Weekly newsstands will be empty.

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

Tony Rackauckas+Miguel Pulido

District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and Mayor Pulido sit together at the mayor’s table at the state of the city address in June. (Photo by: Adam Elmahrek/Voice of OC).

By Adam Elmahrek
April 15, 2015 at 7:28 AM

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas will be clearing Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido of any criminal wrongdoing related to a property swap between the mayor and a city contractor, according to sources with knowledge of the decision.

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Ontario International Airport

A Superior Court judge on Tuesday denied Ontario’s request that Los Angeles be compelled to release 399 documents in a lawsuit over control of L.A./Ontario International Airport. (Staff File)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/14/15, 11:17 AM PDT | Updated: 11 mins ago

RIVERSIDE >> A Superior Court judge on Tuesday denied a request requiring Los Angeles to release documents sought by Ontario, which the city’s attorneys say will help show why it should prevail in its lawsuit to gain control of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

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calpers

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
04/14/2015 5:54 PM

CalPERS is about to raise pension contribution rates again, this time by more than 9 percent, a move that will cost state government and local school districts nearly $600 million.

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Los Angeles Times: Water rationing cut of 15% in SoCal could bring higher bills

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By Bettina Boxall
April 13, 2015

Southern California’s water wholesaler Tuesday is poised to impose a 15% cut in water deliveries to local cities and water districts, a move that would bolster Gov. Jerry Brown’s aggressive statewide conservation effort in the fourth year of withering drought.

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The Sun: Massive office space sale sets record in Inland Empire

Lakeside Tower

Lakeside Tower is among 17 buildings that are part of the Tri-City Corporate Centre complex that was sold to new owners as part of the largest office space in Inland Empire history, according to the real estate brokerage firm CBRE. (Courtesy photo)

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/12/15, 7:48 PM PDT

In another sign of the region’s rebounding economy, the largest sale of office space in Inland Empire history, according to CBRE, the Los Angeles-based real estate brokerage company that facilitated the deal, closed last month.

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City officials are wondering how to handle accusations against employees without squashing free speech at council meetings.

Published: April 10, 2015 – Updated: 11:31 p.m.

The day after a Riverside City Council meeting where a resident made scandalous accusations about city employees, the city yanked the video from its website and refused to broadcast it on cable, instead re-running an old meeting.

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

LA_Ontario International Airport

Another piece of the Ontario v Los Angeles lawsuit for control of Ontario International Airport has gone before a state appellate court. (Stan Lim, Staff Photographer)

Published: April 10, 2015 – Updated: 11:32 p.m.

The lawsuit between the city of Ontario and Los Angeles over ownership of Ontario International Airport is months from its Aug. 17 trial date, but for the second time in this year, a piece of the case has gone to state appellate court.

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

The Sun: San Bernardino firefighters union sues city

San Bernardino Seal

The union representing San Bernardino’s firefighters sued the city in a pair of suits on Thursday and Friday, alleging city officials are violating San Bernardino’s charter in an ongoing pay dispute.

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 04/10/15, 6:55 PM PDT | Updated: 2 hrs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The union representing San Bernardino’s firefighters sued the city in a pair of lawsuits on Thursday and Friday, alleging city officials are violating San Bernardino’s charter in an ongoing pay dispute.

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Daily Bulletin: Ontario asks appeals court to reverse ONT ruling

Court Filings

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/08/15, 8:56 PM PDT |

Attorneys for Ontario are petitioning the state 4th District Court of Appeal in Riverside to reverse a ruling upholding the decades-old agreement that gave Los Angeles control of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

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Rod Pacheco

Former Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco provided the Moreno Valley City Council with ethics reform suggestions. (Silvia Flores/File Photo)

Published: April 8, 2015 – 3:55 p.m.

Moreno Valley leaders got ethics reform suggestions from former Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco but continue pondering what rule changes, if any, they might make.

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

Drought

By Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 04/08/15, 9:14 AM PDT |

Several cities in Southern California will have to reduce water use by as much as 35 percent under a new conservation schedule released by the State Water Resources Control Board.

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The Press-Enterprise: Ontario: City petitions court to reverse airport ruling

Ontario

The city of Ontario asked an appellate court on Tuesday to set aside and reverse a judge’s ruling that upheld decades-old agreements that gave Los Angeles control and ownership of Ontario International Airport.

Published: April 7, 2015 – Updated: 3:49 p.m.

The city of Ontario asked an appellate court on Tuesday to set aside and reverse a judge’s ruling that upheld decades-old agreements that gave Los Angeles control and ownership of Ontario International Airport.

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

Lou Desmond

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 – 04:45 p.m.

Tonight on the show Ryan Hagen, writer at the San Bernardino Sun, joins Lou to talk about the city’s historic and potentially illegal agreement to run the city. The city charter sets up the city in a way that is, well, unique. The new agreement is a gentleman’s commitment.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 04/07/15, 12:07 AM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The leaders of San Bernardino signed what they called a first step toward good government Monday night, pledging to abide by an outline of their roles that differs from the ones set out in the citizen-passed city charter.

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Golf Course

Sprinklers water the grass at Gleneagles Golf Course on April 2, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Significant cuts in use will be imposed on cemeteries, golf courses and facilities with large landscapes. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

By Jeff Guo
April 3, 2015

On Wednesday, California Gov. Jerry Brown took the unprecedented step of forcing urban water agencies to reduce their water use by 25 percent. Cities and towns are now prohibited from using more than three-quarters the amount of water they used in 2013. This will save an estimated 1.5 million acre-feet, or nearly 500 billion gallons of water, between now and February.

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The Sun: Court denies appeals in lawsuits filed against Redlands, Walmart

Redlands Crossing

The Good Neighbor Coalition and Occupy Redlands came together to protest Walmart and the proposed supercenter in front of the corporation’s store on Redlands Boulevard, February 29, 2012. An appeals court Thursday denied the appeals filed by community groups in opposition to the proposed supercenter.

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 04/02/15 – 6:52 PM PDT |

REDLANDS >> Two civil cases filed against the city and Walmart related to a proposed store on the city’s North Side have come to an end.

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METRO

By Daniel Borenstein
Posted: 04/02/2015 – 08:27:25 AM PDT
Updated: 04/02/2015 – 09:38:48 AM PDT

Unless it alters its current funding structure, CalPERS will be even more vulnerable to market losses in the next economic downturn than it was during its devastating plunge in the Great Recession.

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, April 2, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on the Lou Desmond & Company Show, Jonathan Wood from the Pacific Legal Foundation joins Lou. Jonathan talks with Lou about the drought that has been made much worse by poor policies. Is a fish worth the human toll?

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ontario airport

Domestic traffic for February falls but addition of some international flights help push the total into positive territory.

Published: March 30, 2015 – Updated: 11:09 p.m.

Boosted by international passenger numbers skewed by added service, Ontario International Airport saw an increase of just over one-half percent for overall traffic totals in February.

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

The Sacramento Bee: California sales tax rates going higher

California Taxes

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The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
03/31/2015 10:06 PM

There’s a wide range of sales tax rates in California, some rates are increasing this week and if pending legislation is successful, the range will get even wider.

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Daily Bulletin: Former Upland Mayor John Pomierski holds book signing

John Pomierski+Dan Richards

Former Upland Mayor and convicted felon John Pomierski signs a copy of his book From Country Club to Federal Prison, his new book about life behind bars, for Dan Richards, of Upland, Monday March 30, 2015 at the Grove Theater in Upland. (Will Lester — Staff Photographer)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/30/15, 8:44 PM PDT

UPLAND >> Family, friends, supporters and even a San Bernardino County supervisor were at the Grove Theater on Monday evening to mark the launch of former Mayor John Pomierski’s new book.

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Calpensions: CalPERS urged to avoid Obamacare ‘Cadillac Tax’

Obamacare

By Ed Mendel
March 30, 2015

Employer and employee groups are urging CalPERS to “undertake all efforts” to avoid the “Cadillac Tax,” a 40 percent tax on high-cost health plans imposed in 2018 by President Obama’s health care law, a CalPERS staff report said this month.

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The Press-Enterprise: REGION: Area braces for dip in road-repair dollars

Tax Cut

A cut to a state gasoline tax means less money for repaving and pothole fixes, Riverside County officials say.

Published: March 28, 2015 – Updated: 8:08 p.m.

Riverside County and its cities stand to lose millions for road repairs after a state board made a deeper-than-average cut to a gasoline tax as part of a complicated maneuver to close a state budget gap.

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

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/27/15, 12:01 AM PDT

RIVERSIDE >> San Bernardino’s lack of progress as the deadline to file a bankruptcy exit plan approaches is “perplexing” and shows an important contrast with other cities that have gone through bankruptcy, according to an attorney representing the city’s pension obligation bondholders who also was involved in bankruptcies in Detroit, Stockton, and Central Falls, Rhode Island.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/27/15, 5:34 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO >> City Attorney Gary Saenz announced his re-election bid Friday, making it the first official campaign announcement going into the city’s November 2015 election.

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IE Business Daily: Political Whispers

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IE Business Daily

March 28, 2015

The City of San Bernardino is in a real bind regarding its bankruptcy proceedings. San Bernardino has a drop dead date to submit its bankruptcy plan by May 30. Management Partners, the organization brought on board to put that plan together has stated that due to staff failures they are likely to miss Judge Jury’s hard deadline, which will require a request to continue the proceedings, again. Reminder: The city filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy in August, 2012.

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Reuters: Bankrupt San Bernardino reveals details of deal with Calpers

San Bernardino Seal

Reuters

LOS ANGELES | By Tim Reid
Thu Mar 26, 2015 – 6:28pm EDT

(Reuters) – The bankrupt California city of San Bernardino revealed on Thursday details of its deal with the state’s public pension system Calpers, in which the retirement fund will be paid in full under the city’s bankruptcy exit plan.

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, March 26, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on the Lou Desmond & Company Show, Adrian Moore of the Reason Foundation joins Lou to discuss Bowe Bergdahl, who was charged with desertion yesterday. Moore spent a decade in the military. Hear what he has to say about the matter.

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Scales of Justice

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/25/15, 8:39 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Attorneys for Ontario on Wednesday filed a motion asking a Riverside Superior Court judge to reject Los Angeles’ latest legal move aimed at getting the Ontario airport suit dismissed.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino rough and tumble continues

Rough and Tumble

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

There’s no disputing that San Bernardino County politics functions like no other.

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The Press-Enterprise: HEMET: City manager Wally Hill fired

Wally Hill

Wally Hill, right, as seen in 2013, has been terminated as Hemet’s city manager. Police Chief Dave Brown, left, has been named acting city manager until an interim manager can be named.

Published: March 24, 2015 – 10:32 p.m.

Hemet City Manager Wally Hill was terminated by the City Council on Tuesday night.

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

AeroMexico

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/25/15, 7:42 AM PDT |

ONTARIO >>For the first time in 15 years, international travelers can book a flight from L.A./Ontario International Airport to Mexico City.

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Reuters

Monday, Mar 23, 2015 – 5:57pm EDT

(Reuters) – The holdout creditor in Stockton, California’s bankruptcy case filed its opening brief in an appeal of the city’s reorganization plan on Monday, claiming “no bondholder has ever received so little in the history of municipal bankruptcy.”

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NFL

By Sam Farmer
March 23, 2015

Even though no teams have announced plans to relocate, and there have been no formal stadium presentations, several influential NFL owners believe a Los Angeles solution is within reach.

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Lou Desmond

Monday, March 23, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on the Lou Desmond & Company Show, Lt. Rich Lawhead, public information officer for the City of San Bernardino Police Department, joins Lou to discuss the disappearance of Sahray Barber. Hundreds of hours went into locating her. Were police intentionally mislead about her condition and whereabouts?

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The Sun: San Bernardino PR contract shot down

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/22/15, 7:11 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO >> In a bankrupt city with no shortage of causes of criticism, multiple reasons to say “no” can often overwhelm a single leader or group trying to accomplish something they consider necessary.

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Upland seal

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/22/15, 8:45 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> Councilman Gino Filippi wants to know why a report about medical marijuana dispensaries failed to consider options to regulate them or present a recommendation more favorable toward the city.

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By BROOKE SELF
STAFF WRITER
Posted Mar. 22, 2015 at 3:50 PM

ADELANTO — About 40 former Adelanto employees and a few City Council members are named on a list of those who were grandfathered into a city policy granting free health care benefits for life, with an additional 26 former employees who stand to qualify but have not yet sought reimbursement, according to city records.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino risks bankruptcy dismissal

San Bernardino Seal

Sunday, March 22, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

Just as bankrupt San Bernardino, California is starting to get its act together, comes another possible step backwards.

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The Sun: San Bernardino group proposes ‘interim charter agreement’

Government Reform

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/19/15 – 7:06 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A proposed realignment of elected officials’ responsibilities and authority will be presented to the City Council for agreement April 6 as the first concrete suggestion from the group that met Wednesday and Thursday to help the city form a longterm strategic plan.

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The Sun: Auditor: San Bernardino unlikely to meet deadline

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/17/15 – 6:41 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city’s auditor revealed for the first time late Monday that it might be impossible to finish auditing the city’s financial statements in time for them to be used in a bankruptcy exit plan due May 30, potentially opening the city to crippling attacks by creditors.

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/17/15, 2:59 PM PDT

RIVERSIDE >> A federal judge in San Bernardino’s bankruptcy case ruled Tuesday that the city can reject its bargaining agreement with the city’s police union.

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Ontario

More than 800 people attended the business leadership conference, “Made in Ontario,” on March 18, 2015 at the Ontario Convention Center.

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/18/15 – 12:01 AM PDT

ONTARIO >> The spotlight glistened off of Paul Dateh’s violin as he played pop songs, and with a whoosh the black curtain behind him was sucked into a vacuum and suspended from the ceiling, revealing the main stage at 2015 State of the City, illuminated by purple and blue lights.

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John Pomierski

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/17/15, 8:07 PM PDT

UPLAND >> Less than a year after being released from federal prison for bribery charges, former Mayor John Pomierski finds himself in the spotlight again.

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Lou Desmond

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on the Lou Desmond & Company Show, Lou is joined by Ryan Hagen, writer for the San Bernardino Sun, to discuss San Bernardino’s financial woes.

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File photo of cracked tarmac is seen in the parking lot of a largely abandoned shopping mall in San Bernardino

Cracked tarmac is seen in the parking lot of a largely abandoned shopping mall in San Bernardino, California in this January 23, 2015 file photo. (Reuters/Lucy Nicholson/Files)

By Tim Reid
Tue Mar 17, 2015 – 10:52pm EDT

Los Angeles —

(Reuters) – The southern California city of San Bernardino has defaulted on nearly $10 million in payments on its privately placed pension bond debt since it declared bankruptcy in 2012, according to documents seen by Reuters.

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Calpers

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System’s headquarters is in Sacramento. (Carl Costas / For The Times)

By Melody Petersen
March 17, 2015

As millions of private employees lost their pension benefits in recent years, government workers rested easy, believing that their promised retirements couldn’t be touched.

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Sacramento Bee: San Bernardino defends CalPERS payment plan in bankruptcy

San Bernardino Seal

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
03/16/2015 7:52 PM

Defending its plan to fully repay its debts to CalPERS, the bankrupt city of San Bernardino has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit by creditors demanding equal treatment.

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The Sun: Audit cost double, San Bernardino learns before bankruptcy deadline

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/15/15, 8:08 PM PDT | Updated: 2 hrs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> It’ll cost double what we said, and if you don’t agree you’ll be thrown out of bankruptcy court.

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Calpensions: High court ruling weakens retiree health rights

Supreme Court of the United States

By Ed Mendel
March 16, 2015

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling in January weakens the “vested rights” protection of retiree health care based on a labor contract, potentially making it easier for government employers to cut a growing cost.

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California Courts of Appeal

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/12/15, 8:12 PM PDT

RIVERSIDE >>A judge will have to reconsider her decision requiring Los Angeles to release 399 documents sought by Ontario in its suit to gain control of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, March 12, 2015 – 04:00 p.m.

Tonight on the Lou Desmond and Company Show, Lt. Rich Lawhead, public information officer for the City of San Bernardino joins Lou to discuss the ongoing search for a missing woman who disappeared near CSUSB after two violent attacks against women there.

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Lou Desmond

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Tonight on the Lou Desmond and Company Show, Greg Doyle, former law enforcement officer here in the Inland Empire, joins Lou to talk about the recent attacks on two women at CSUSB and the disappearance of a third. How can you protect yourself in situations like these?

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Lou Desmond

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on The Lou Desmond & Company Show, Dr. Adrian Moore, vice president of policy at the Reason Foundation, joins Lou to talk about the sudden ousting of San Bernardino’s financial director in the midst of the city’s financial woes.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/09/15, 6:09 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city’s finance director is on administrative leave after just months on the job, with next week projected to be his last according to City Manager Allen Parker.

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Upland seal

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/10/15, 12:23 AM PDT |

UPLAND >> The decision to allow three medical marijuana dispensaries in the northwest part of the city will not go to the voters until the general election in 2016.

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Victorville

Accounting firm OK’s statements in annual audit.

By SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Mar. 9, 2015 at 5:46 PM

VICTORVILLE — The accounting firm hired to audit the city’s financial statements recently offered a clean bill of health for fiscal year 2014, also noting vast improvements to how the city tracks its finances.

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AEG

By Sam Farmer and Nathan Fenno
March 10, 2015

After investing five years and $50 million in an attempt to bring an NFL team back to Los Angeles, AEG is abandoning plans for its Farmers Field football stadium downtown.

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The P-E: TRANSPORTATION: Rail link from L.A. to Coachella Valley explored

Amtrak

Regional agencies are studying the idea of expanding passenger rail service to the San Gorgonio Pass and Coachella Valley.

Published: March 6, 2015 – Updated: March 8, 2015 11:02 p.m.

A longtime idea to expand passenger rail service to the Coachella Valley and the San Gorgonio Pass is picking up speed.

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