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The Sun: San Bernardino moves forward with plans to vacate City Hall

San Bernardino City Hall

San Bernardino City Hall. (File)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/22/16 – 11:09 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> City employees are one step closer to completely moving out of City Hall, removing a substantial earthquake risk but also leaving another downtown landmark vacant.

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A Southwest airplane take off from Ontario International Airport in Ontario Oct. 29. (Frank Bellino/Staff Photographer)

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 11/20/16 – 11:25 AM PST |

ONTARIO >> Air travel at Ontario International Airport is expected to increase this holiday travel season as airlines have added more seats and flights out of ONT this year, officials said.

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Calpensions: CalPERS, CalSTRS considering more rate increases

Pensions

Ed Mendel
November 21, 2016

The state’s two largest public pension systems never recovered from huge investment losses during the deep recession and stock market crash in 2008. CalPERS lost about $100 billion and CalSTRS about $68 billion.

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Joseph Turner
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 – 5:37 p.m.

A San Bernardino City government employee has contributed money to campaign committee for a sitting member of the council according to Form 460 filings available to the public. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bill Holland

By Shea Johnson, Staff Writer
Posted:     Nov 12, 2016 at 12:08 AM
Updated:  Nov 12, 2016 at 3:55 PM

HESPERIA — As a school district police officer here, Mayor Bill Holland fell under his boss’ scrutiny for purportedly destroying evidence while leading the investigation into claims that an Oak Hills High School freshman football player had been subjected to sexual hazing, the Daily Press has learned.

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Ontario International Airport

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 11/06/16 – 4:30 PM PST |

ONTARIO >> A high-ranking executive for Korean Air was present at the airport on Wednesday for the ceremony to hand off ownership from the city of Los Angeles to the Ontario International Airport Authority, and OIAA hopes the visit could translate into potential business.

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Joseph Turner
Thursday, November 3, 2016 – 10:37 p.m.

Syrian refugees could soon be getting a tuition-free junior college education if one ultra-liberal Riverside County politician has his way.

Bill Hedrick, a candidate for the Riverside Community College District Trustee with ties to a radical Islamic terrorist group , expressed his support for tuition-free college education for all on his Facebook page.

“I believe in making community college totally free — that means no fees.”

In this YouTube video, Mr. Hedrick is very clear. He says: Read the rest of this entry »

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Passengers make their way into one of the terminals at Ontario International Airport, which suffered a 40% decline in travelers during the economic recession. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Dan Weikel
November 1, 2016

After years of litigation and negotiation, Ontario officials assumed ownership of LA/Ontario International Airport from Los Angeles on Tuesday.

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Daily Bulletin: Ontario airport finally under local control in November

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By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/29/16 – 9:34 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> The city of Los Angeles is set to hand over the reins of power at L.A./Ontario International Airport to its home city at 7 a.m. Tuesday, a year after the transfer was agreed upon by both cities.

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Joseph Turner
Saturday, October 29, 2016 – 8:38 p.m.

When San Bernardino County First District Supervisor candidate Angela Valles announced that she had discovered the federal government was dumping unvetted Syrian refugees in the City of Victorville nearly two weeks ago, it sent shockwaves throughout the campaign and region.

Supervisor Robert Lovingood, her incumbent opponent, completely bungled the response revealing that he was caught entirely flatfooted by Valles accusations that he was either asleep at the wheel and oblivious to the public safety issue, or in on the cover up.

In a candidate forum and numerous stories since, neither Lovingood nor anybody with the City of Victorville has expressed any opposition to the placement of Syrian refugees in that community.

Today, a columnist for the San Bernardino Sun by the name of Sal Rodriguez decided to weigh in on the discussion by slamming Angela Valles as an opportunist who spreads fear and paranoia. Boy, that was a mistake. Read the rest of this entry »

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Joseph Turner
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 – 6:42 p.m.

I am not sure who is running the Dick Riddell for Yucaipa City Council campaign, but they should probably be fired.

Riddell is getting pummeled by his opponent, Judge Robert Fawke, over his support for toll lanes.

So, what did Riddell do? He sent out a campaign mailer that actually confirms his support for toll lanes. Pretty shocking.

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Joseph Turner
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 – 12:14 a.m.

During the 2012 campaign, Lovingood billed himself as a fiscal conservative businessman who would boost the economy, increase jobs and oppose taxes and fees levied on the taxpayers.

It was a powerful message earning him the victory that November.

Let’s go back in time to an article published in the Daily Press in May 2012. Each candidate was asked to pinpoint what they view as the most pressing issue in the race. Read the rest of this entry »

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Joseph Turner
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 – 6:55 p.m.

If you are interested in listening to the full audio replay of “The John & Ken Show” interviewing First District Supervisor candidate Angela Valles, please visit the following link.

Note: We are now more than a week into this unfolding scandal and Supervisor Robert Lovingood and the entire Victorville City Council has refused to condemn the federal government’s violation of the law and they have refused to make any statements in opposition of the Syrian refugees.

Shame on Supervisor Robert Lovingood and Victorville Councilman “Lyin'” Ryan McEachron.

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Joseph Turner
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 – 12:06 p.m.

First District Supervisor candidate Angela Valles announced on her Facebook page that she will be a guest on KFI AM 640’s “The John & Ken Show.” They will discuss the Syrian refugees in Victorville and hopefully condemn Supervisor Robert Lovingood for not speaking out against the federal government’s violation of the law.

Also, it should be noted that when the article ran on Friday in the Daily Press, Supervisor Lovingood did not oppose the placement of Syrian refugees in our community. In fact, not one county official or official from the City of Victorville spoke out against these refugees.

Instead, they insisted that the federal government did not have to consult with local governments and that they didn’t care that the federal government didn’t consult them.

Angela Valles will be a guest at 4:00 PM.

You can listen to her on KFI 640 AM on your radio, via iHeart Radio app on your smartphone, or online via their live stream on the internet.

No Money

Joseph Turner
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 – 10:35 p.m.

For some odd reason, the Daily Press did an article on the campaign finance reports for the First District Supervisor race this week. The campaign finance reports have been out for a month and it showed Lovingood with a huge advantage in the money he has raised.

You can read the article here.

Every candidate wants to have more money than their opponent. But here is the reality. You can overcome and trump a significant monetary disadvantage if you are getting high quality earned media during your election campaign. Read the rest of this entry »

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Joseph Turner
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 – 9:22 p.m.

The Boston Marathon bombing was carried out by Chechen brothers Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev on April 15, 2013.

The Wikipedia entry for this event states:

During an initial interrogation in the hospital, Dzhokhar alleged that Tamerlan was the mastermind. He said they were motivated by extremist Islamist beliefs and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that they were self-radicalized and unconnected to any outside terrorist groups.

There has been some confusion over the years about whether or not the Tsarnaev brothers were in fact refugees. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Joseph Turner
Monday, October 24, 2016 – 9:03 p.m.

In Part 1 of this expose, I “copy and pasted” the public information request and answers by the county concerning the employment contract of political lobbyist Fred Aguiar (view here).

Now I am going to copy and paste the second public information request submitted on September 30, 2016. The answers were provided on October 7.

Read the answers carefully and note them. I did. Read the rest of this entry »

Joseph Turner
Sunday, October 23, 2016 – 4:20 p.m.

Supervisor “Do-Nothing” Bob Lovingood finally responded to the Syrian refugee scandal unfolding in Victorville this week. I am sure that after listening to Lovingood’s brief message below, you will be comforted by his confident, re-assuring tone.

Complete coverage of the San Bernardino County Syrian refugee scandal can be read here.

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Joseph Turner
Sunday, October 23, 2016 – 3:53 p.m.

On Friday, the Daily Press confirmed that Syrian refugees have indeed been placed in Victorville by the federal government. On Tuesday, Angela Valles broke the news and rebuked Supervisor Robert Lovingood and the Victorville City Council for either covering it up, or being asleep at the wheel.

Officials from both agencies refused to condemn and oppose the placement of these refugees within San Bernardino County. Additionally, they took turns attacking Valles.

Lies, Corruption & Cover Ups

Supervisor Robert Lovingood’s campaign has been in a tailspin since the news broke in the very conservative High Desert district that encompasses the cities of Adelanto, Hesperia, Victorville, and the Town of Apple Valley.

He slammed Valles in an obvious effort to deflect from taking accountability for the unfolding scandal. He claimed that Valles was merely seeking headlines and unaware of the responsibilities of the office. Read the rest of this entry »

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Joseph Turner
Friday, October 21, 2016 – 10:40 p.m.

BUT THEY WERE VETTED!

Yeah, stop us if you have heard this before. Breitbart News reports a “vetted” refugee has been diagnosed with a multi-drug resistant form of tuberculosis.

One of the 3,554 refugees resettled in Ingham County, Michigan (Lansing) during the six years beginning October 1, 2010 and ending on September 30, 2016 (FY 2011 to FY 2016) has been diagnosed with multi-drug resistant (MDR) tuberculosis (TB), the Ingham County Health Department tells Breitbart News.

In case you missed it, we presented just a short list of notable refugees arrested for various crimes who were also vetted. Read the rest of this entry »

InlandPolitics: Syrian Smackdown in Victorville; Picture of Front Page Story

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Joseph Turner
Friday, October 21, 2016 – 11:44 a.m.

Well, if you are running for re-election in a conservative Republican district, then a headline and story like this is prrroooobably something you are not going to want to see dropped on you right as voters get their absentee ballots.

In what was one of the most devastating articles I have ever read published during a local campaign, this will probably go down as the beginning of the end of Supervisor “Do-Nothing” Bob Lovingood’s campaign.

On the front page you get a devastating headline and the first two paragraphs are all bad for the incumbent. Read the rest of this entry »

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Joseph Turner
Friday, October 21, 2016 – 3:49 p.m.

By now, Victorville residents are learning that Supervisor Robert Lovingood and Victorville City Councilman Ryan McEachron support the federal government’s re-settlement of Syrian refugees in Victorville.

Angela Valles is running against Lovingood and she uncovered the secret dumping of unvetted refugees in the High Desert. Read the rest of this entry »

SBCO

By Stephanie K. Baer, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/20/16 – 9:35 AM PDT |

WEST COVINA >> Councilman Mike Spence pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence of a drug Thursday morning.

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Joseph Turner
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 – 8:46 a.m.

Syrian Refugees Dumped in San Bernardino County

The Angela Valles campaign broke a huge story yesterday about unvetted Syrian refugees being dumped into San Bernardino County by an insensitive federal government. Every single Syrian refugee placed in San Bernardino County has been settled in the High Desert community of Victorville.

It can also be shared that Syrian refugees are now in Riverside County — or more specifically Riverside and Corona.

All of this occurred under the watch of San Bernardino County Supervisor Robert Lovingood even though the federal government is required to consult with local authorities before placing these individuals.

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BREAKING NEWS – Just received from the Angela Valles campiagn.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 18, 2016

Angela Valles Condemns Dumping of Unvetted Syrian Refugees in San Bernardino County; Home of December Terrorist Attack by Radical Islamists

Will terminate welfare benefits and housing subsidies for refugees once elected

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Los Angeles Daily News: San Bernardino reaches ‘momentous’ bankruptcy hearing

U.S. Bankruptcy Court

United States Bankruptcy Court in Riverside

By Ryan Hagen, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 10/14/16 – 7:38 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> The city of San Bernardino entered the final stage of its bankruptcy case Friday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, with a confirmation hearing the city and its thousands of creditors have awaited for more than four years.

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Joseph Turner
Friday, October 14, 2016 – 11:15 a.m.

On December 2, 2015, radical Islamic terrorists massacred 14 people and wounded 21 more in what at that time was the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11.

It was tragic and shocking. Many of us never believed that San Bernardino would ever be the epicenter for a terrorist attack.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/13/16 – 9:34 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Current and former leaders clashed Thursday in a televised debate over whether replacing the city charter would help or hinder economic development, corruption and the future of the city.

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Daily Bulletin: Ontario airport authority gears up for takeover

Ontario International Airport Authority

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/03/16 – 4:25 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> They say timing is everything.

When the Ontario International Airport Authority issues bonds Nov. 1 — the same day it formally takes over control of LA/Ontario International Airport — there could be some savings for future operations.

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SBCO

By Joe Nelson and Stephanie Baer / Staff Writers
Published: Sept. 30, 2016 – 7:12 p.m.

West Covina Councilman Mike Spence said Wednesday he has no intention of resigning from his elected position following a drug-related car crash in June causing him serious injuries.

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InlandPolitics: Hagman chief of staff charged in drug-related DUI

SBCO

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 – 10:50 p.m.

Mike Spence, chief of staff to San Bernardino County Fourth District Supervisor Curt Hagman, has been charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence.

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The Press-Enterprise: Why downtown Riverside buildings could be getting taller

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The city may begin allowing higher buildings, but would buffer homes and historic spots like the Mission Inn. (Kurt Miller / Press-Enterprise)

By Alicia Robinson / Staff Writer
Published: Sept. 23, 2016
Updated: Sept. 26, 2016 – 7:53 a.m.

Downtown Riverside’s sparse silhouette has been dominated by a few boxy, nondescript towers, two domes and Mount Rubidoux.

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By Ali Tadayon, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 09/25/16 – 6:31 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A bill that would ensure first responders to the Dec. 2 terrorist attack in San Bernardino get fully reimbursed for the cost of their response was vetoed Sunday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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The Sun: San Bernardino election debates back on

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/23/16 – 10:40 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> At least two sets of debates are planned at City Hall, after the City Council overruled City Manager Mark Scott’s decision not to allow any debates.

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John Myers
Sept. 20, 2016 – 2:47 p.m.

The retiring forecaster for California’s largest public employee pension fund offered some final advice on Tuesday: State and local governments should be required to pay more into the system as soon as next year.

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The Sun: Why there will be no debates at San Bernardino City Hall this election season

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/18/16 – 1:11 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> City Manager Mark Scott informed the City Council Friday that he would not allow any of the usual election forums or local election broadcasts unless a majority of the council members voted to reverse his decision.

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The Sun: Harmony project east of Highland faces new legal challenge

City-of-Highland

By Kristina Hernandez, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 09/16/16 – 7:34 PM PDT |

HIGHLAND >> Three public interest groups on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the city of Highland over its approval of the controversial Harmony housing project.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/15/16 – 11:22 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The proposed new city charter was cast as the way to end decades of destructive political infighting or a surrendering of self-government Thursday in a debate between the campaigns for and against changing the city’s governing document.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
September 11, 2016 – 4:00 AM

The “unfunded liabilities” of state and local pension funds are California’s biggest unresolved political issue – at least in financial terms.

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The Sun: What is the San Bernardino city charter and should it change?

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/04/16 – 4:12 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Labor Day begins the big campaigns for and against the ballot measure to replace the city’s charter — essentially a constitution that, if changed, could either finally free city officials to fix the city and increase voter participation or could throw away the city’s heritage and citizen protections, depending on who’s arguing.

But most people haven’t heard either argument.

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The Sun: San Bernardino anti-charter change group asks city clerk to recuse herself

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 08/30/16 – 9:36 AM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A committee opposed to the ballot measure that would change the city charter asked Monday that City Clerk Gigi Hanna recuse herself and her employees from any decisions related to that measure.

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John Myers
Aug. 29, 2016 – 5:47 p.m.

State lawmakers rejected a plan on Monday to place limits on individual campaign donations for city and county offices, races where in some California communities there are no restrictions on the size of a legal donation.

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Ashley Furniture

Ashley’s flagship store in downtown Shanghai. The company said it is closing its plants in San Bernardino so it can compete better globally. (Weng Lei / Imaginechina.)

Natalie Kitroeff
August 29, 2016

Southern California is losing another manufacturing stalwart.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 08/25/16 – 10:35 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> James Penman and Tim Prince don’t agree on much, but they agree that changing the city charter is a bad idea and they represent groups that both submitted ballot arguments against the charter change proposal.

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Ontario International Airport Authority

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/23/16, 1:49 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> Some responsibilities for LA/Ontario International Airport’s future success will be shouldered by aviation expert Bruce E. Atlas.

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Beaumont

At least one former city official will testify next week before SEC officials

By David Danelski / Staff Reporter
Published: Aug. 23, 2016
Updated: Aug. 24, 2016 – 6:17 a.m.

As the state criminal case against seven former Beaumont officials moves through Riverside County Superior Court, a more secretive federal probe of the city’s troubled finances also is advancing.

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Money

Patrick McGreevy
Aug. 22, 2016 – 4:43 p.m.

In the continuing fallout from the city of Bell’s financial scandal, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed a bill requiring city councils and county boards of supervisors to publicly announce pay and benefit increases for government executives before they are approved by a vote.

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Calpensions: Court pension decision weakens ‘California rule’

Pensions

Ed Mendel
August 22, 2016

The one thing some pension reformers say is needed to cut the cost of unaffordable public pensions: give current workers a less costly retirement benefit for work done in the future, while protecting pension amounts already earned.

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Taxes

Seven Inland cities are asking voters to approve tax measures; four would raise sales taxes.

By Alicia Robinson / Staff Writer
Published: Aug. 19, 2016
Updated: Aug. 21, 2016 12:24 a.m.

Several Riverside County cities are hoping to cut through the election season noise and convince residents to support tax increases to pay for police, fire and other key services.

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The Sun: All seven former Beaumont officials plead not guilty in corruption case

Beaumont Corruption Case

The seven defendants in the Beaumont political corruption case, in the front row are Francis Dennis Coe Jr., Joseph Sandy Aklufi, William Kevin Aylward, Ernest Alois Egger, Deepak Moorjani, David Willliam Dillon, and Alan Charles Kapanicas, left to right, in the back row are attorneys Melissa Meister, James Taylor and Virginia Blumenthal, left to right, prior court proceedings in Dept. 52 of Riverside Superior Court on Friday. (Kurt Miller – Staff Photographer)

By David Danelski and and Gail Wesson, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 08/19/16 – 11:20 PM PDT |

The seven former Beaumont city officials charged in May with 94 felony corruption counts, including embezzlement and misappropriation of public funds, each pleaded not guilty to all charges against them Friday.

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Redlands Unified School District

Richard Winton
August 19, 2016

A former student who fathered a child with a onetime Redlands schoolteacher convicted of having sex with him and two other students will receive a $6-million settlement from the school district, officials said Friday.

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Moreno Valley seal

Foes tried to stop the developer and city from using initiatives to legally protect the project.

By Imran Ghori / Staff Writer
Published: Aug. 18, 2016 – Updated: 8:55 p.m.

A judge has denied a request by opponents of the World Logistics Center to block two initiatives aimed at shielding the 40.6 million-square-foot warehouse complex from legal challenges.

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Daily Bulletin: Ontario Airport transfer date pushed back a month

Ontario International Airport

A U.S Airways plane arrives at Ontario International Airport in this 2014 file photo. The airport’s transfer to local authority has been pushed back a month to Nov. 1. (File Photo)

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/16/16 – 8:26 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> Local ownership of the beleaguered LA/Ontario International Airport will have to wait another month until Nov. 1.

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The Sun: How downtown Redlands will change over the next few years

Redlands

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 08/14/16 – 2:13 PM PDT |

REDLANDS >> A lot is happening in downtown Redlands.

Several long-anticipated development projects are getting underway, all of them set to bring in more business and activity to the city’s historic core.

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calpers

Ed Mendel
August 15, 2016

Two actuarial associations did not publish a controversial paper by their joint task force, reflecting a split in the profession over whether public pension debt should be measured with risk-free bonds or the earnings forecast for stock-laden investment funds.

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Daily Bulletin: Fired Upland city manager makes thousands for not working

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Rod Butler, city manager of Upland, was relieved of his duties in late July.

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/09/16 – 11:25 AM PDT |

UPLAND >> The city will pay fired city manager Rod Butler nearly $23,000 a month — or $206,997 over a nine-month period — not to show up to work.

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Daily Bulletin: Few Inland public worker pensions among highest

Pensions

By Alicia Robinson, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 08/08/16 – 7:54 PM PDT |

High-earning state and local government retirees are scattered around the state, with no one city or agency dominating the list of the biggest pension payouts in 2015, data from an open records advocacy group show.

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Daily Bulletin: Upland mayor will not seek re-election

Ray Musser

Upland mayor Ray Musser speaks during a transportation forum at the Hughes Community Center in Claremont, Calif. July 9, 2014. (Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/09/16 – 6:47 AM PDT |

UPLAND >> Mayor Ray Musser announced Monday night he would not seek another term after serving 18 years in office.

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Paul Segalla

Chino Valley Independent Fire District Chief Paul Segalla is sworn in by Hank Clemmensen, president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, as Segalla’s wife, Amy, watches on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 in Chino. (Khai Le/Correspondent)

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/09/16 – 6:30 AM PDT | U

UPLAND >> Fire Chief Paul Segalla has been placed on administrative leave.

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Goodwin Liu

California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu, shown in 2011, argued in a dissent that California officials’ public votes are not protected under state and federal free speech laws. (Paul Sakuma/Associated Press)

Maura Dolan
August 8, 2016

The California Supreme Court decided Monday that the votes of elected officials are protected free speech.

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The Sun: New city charter put on San Bernardino ballot

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 08/04/16 – 8:41 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Years of efforts to change the governing document that many blame for the city’s dysfunction will culminate with voters deciding whether to replace it in November, the City Council decided Thursday.

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The Sun: San Bernardino reaches fourth bankruptcy anniversary, but end in sight

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/31/16 – 6:57 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> One of the nation’s longest municipal bankruptcies begins its fifth year on Monday And it’s probably its last, officials say.

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Calpensions: CalPERS funding gap may grow under new trend

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, August 1, 2016

Twice in recent decades CalPERS fell below 100 percent of the funding needed for promised pensions, and twice CalPERS climbed back. But since a $100 billion investment loss in 2008, the CalPERS funding level has not recovered.

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Daily Bulletin: Next man up: Just who is Upland’s interim city manager?

Martin Thouvenell

Martin Thouvenell

By Liset Márquez,
lmarquez@scng.com, @JournaLiset on Twitter
Posted: 07/28/16 – 6:17 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> Just who is the man who will fill the vacancy as the executive director of a foundering city? At least in the interim, it’s a name some may find familiar.

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Daily Bulletin: Upland terminates city manager

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By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/27/16 – 11:30 AM PDT |

UPLAND >> In an unexpected turn, the Upland City Council terminated City Manager Rod Butler effective Aug. 29, the city attorney announced Wednesday.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 23, 2016 – 2:00 PM

  • Pension problems stem from 1999 benefit boost
  • Unemployment insurance ills rooted in 2003 benefit boost
  • Stockton violates austerity budget to reopen library

One day last week, Daniel Borenstein, a columnist for newspapers in the Bay Area News Group, published a critical analysis of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System’s long-term finances.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino hits 40th homicide in 2016

Murder Body Outline

Friday, July 22, 2016 – 09:45 a.m.

The bad news just keeps piling up for embattled San Bernardino, California.

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EVWD

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 07/20/16 – 12:16 AM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The sewage treatment plant proposed by the Highland-based East Valley Water District will cost at least $150 million more to build that has been planned, San Bernardino Municipal Water Department officials say.

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California Supreme Court

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/20/16 – 5:40 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> Was Upland correct in deciding to delay a citizen-backed initiative until the general election because officials believed it was a tax?

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 12, 2016 – 3:04 PM

  • California Public Employees’ Retirement System lost money
  • Fund is now well short of what’s required to cover pensions
  • CalPERS demands more from governments to cover outlays

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System – the nation’s largest pension trust fund – took a beating during the Great Recession, dropping nearly $100 billion in value.

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By Teri Sforza / Staff Writer
July 12, 2016 – Updated 7:37 a.m.

Public workers are pumping more money into retirement funds. Public agencies are pumping more money into retirement funds.

Yet the market seems distinctly unimpressed.

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Ontario International Airport

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/08/16 – 3:23 PM PDT |

Congressman Ken Calvert’s legislation to facilitate the transfer of Ontario airport’s ownership from the city of Los Angeles to a local authority has been included in the FAA reauthorization bill.

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Karma Automotive Factory

Robots rivet the side frame assembly on the body of a Revero electric car at the Karma automotive factory in Moreno Valley. Karma is the first car-building company in Southern California in decades. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Natalie Kitroeff
June 29, 2016

Los Angeles has hemorrhaged manufacturing jobs since 2007, casting a pall over the state’s economic recovery, according to a forecast released Tuesday by Chapman University.

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InlandPolitics: Highland development boondoggle continues

City-of-Highland

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 – 10:30 a.m.

The Highland, California City Council has either lost its mind or is waiting for a big political payday.

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Daily Bulletin: Upland proposes hiring freeze to balance budget

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By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/25/16 – 3:07 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> When the City Council gets its first glimpse of the proposed $46.1 million budget Monday night, it will include some maneuvers that indicate the city continues to live in very lean times.

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By Rene Ray De La Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted Jun. 26, 2016 at 10:09 AM

HESPERIA — The City Council recently approved its “balanced budget” as it moves into the beginning of its fiscal year on Friday.

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The Sun: Highland to start review of Harmony project Thursday

City-of-Highland

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 06/25/16 – 5:14 PM PDT |

HIGHLAND >> The City Council meets Thursday to start its review of the proposed Harmony master-planned community.

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San Bernardino City Fire

San Bernardino County firefighter Dale Sandoval, peels off a new decal Wednesday at Fire Station 221 in San Bernardino in preparation for county fire’s takeover of the 137-year-old city fire department. The city’s fire services are being annexed into the county effective July 1 to save the bankrupt city money. (John Valenzuela – Staff Photographer)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/24/16 – 8:31 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Changes to the city’s 137-year-old Fire Department are underway, a week before the county takes over.

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The Sun: Public employees’ pay packages questioned

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Joe Nelson, The Sun
Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Stephen Wall, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 06/21/16 – 10:09 PM PDT |

Inland public employees aren’t just earning a paycheck, but collecting hefty compensation packages that often dwarf their base salaries, an open-records advocacy group announced Tuesday.

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Ontario International Airport

Next month would have marked a major milestone in the process of turning over control of L.A./Ontario International Airport to a local authority. (Staff file photo/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, SCNG)

By Liset Márquez, liset.marquez@langnews.com, @JournaLiset on Twitter
Posted: 06/21/16 – 12:22 PM PDT | Updated: 8 hrs ago

Following years of lobbying, Congress has taken a key step in putting L.A./Ontario International Airport into local hands.

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Greg Devereaux

In 2015, San Bernardino County Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux’s total compensation was $549,803, up about $60,000 from the previous year, according to website Transparent California.

By Stephen Wall, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 06/21/16 – 8:21 AM PDT |

Inland public employees aren’t just earning a paycheck, but collecting hefty compensation packages that often dwarf their base salaries, an open-records advocacy group announced Tuesday, June 21.

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/20/16 – 10:14 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The City Council on Monday saw a budget for the 12 months that begin July 1 that anticipates aggressively filling some of the 130 vacancies in the city while maintaining a small surplus.

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The Sun: San Bernardino headed toward unexpected budget surplus

San Bernardino City Hall

San Bernardino City Hall. (File photo)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/19/16 – 10:25 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The bankrupt city spent less money and brought in more than it had expected in the fiscal year that ends June 30, according to budget documents the City Council will review Monday.

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InlandPolitics: Inland Empire governments renewed financial worries

Budget Woes

Sunday, June 19, 2016 – 12:00 a.m.

The economy is supposed to be doing just fine. Property taxes have all but fully recovered along with real estate prices.

But Inland Empire governments are expressing caution when discussing their finances.

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City-of-Highland

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By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 06/18/16 – 6:04 PM PDT |

It’s official. The cities of Highland and Yucaipa will hold district-based elections in November.

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