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The Press-Enterprise: PALM SPRINGS: JetBlue returns to region; $99 flights to NYC

Jet Blue

Non-stop red-eye service to New York City is scheduled to begin in January.

Published: Aug. 31, 2015 – Updated: 1:37 p.m.

JetBlue will resume service to the Inland region in January after an absence of several years.

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

Ontario International Airport

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/31/15 – 11:58 AM PDT |

ONTARIO >> The future executive director of LA/Ontario International Airport, under local ownership, could be named by December.

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Ontario International Airport

Passenger traffic at Ontario International Airport had a slight increase in July, with a drop in domestic passengers offset by a big increase in international passengers. (Terry Pierson/Staff Photographer)

Published: Aug. 28, 2015 – Updated: 11:12 p.m.

  • Bigger numbers for international travel offset a decline in domestic passengers.

Ontario International Airport had a 1.45 percent increase in passenger traffic for July, the small rise driven by international flights to Mexico even as domestic passengers decreased in the year-over-year comparison.

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

Lou Desmond

Friday, August 28, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

On the show today, Ed Hoffman, President of Wholesale Capital Corporation, sits in for Lou. On the show tonight: San Bernardino’s decision to move forward with outsourcing the fire department and Moreno Valley’s approval of the World Logistics Center.

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Tax Reform

Friday, August 28, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

There’s an interesting uproar building in the drama surrounding San Bernardino trashing its fire department in favor of a contract with the San Bernardino County Fire Department for fire protection services.

It’s all about a $143 per year parcel tax.

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San Bernardino Seal

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 – 12:30 p.m.

Only San Bernardino, California could hatch a whacked-out and completely unlawful scheme to tax it’s property owners.

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The Sun: San Bernardino Transit Center celebrates opening

"Local officials and members of the community attend the completion ceremony for the new San Bernardino Transit Center in San Bernardino, Ca., August 25, 2015. The new transportation hub will open officially on September 8, with ten local bus routes, two freeway express Omnitrans bus routes, sbX green line, Victor Valley Transit Authority, and Mountain Transit. The site is next to a Metrolink San Bernardino line extension to be finish some time in 2017. (Photo by John Valenzuela/The Sun)"

Local officials and members of the community attend the completion ceremony for the new San Bernardino Transit Center in San Bernardino, Ca., August 25, 2015. The new transportation hub will open officially on September 8, with ten local bus routes, two freeway express Omnitrans bus routes, sbX green line, Victor Valley Transit Authority, and Mountain Transit. The site is next to a Metrolink San Bernardino line extension to be finish some time in 2017. (Photo by John Valenzuela/The Sun)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 08/24/15 – 3:45 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The release of 200 butterflies at the newly completed San Bernardino Transit Center on Monday symbolized the same thing officials stressed repeatedly at the completion ceremony: transformation.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 08/25/15 – 12:25 AM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The City Council voted 4-3 on Monday to move forward with transferring responsibility for fire and emergency protection to the County Fire Department, a move that would also mean a $142-per-year tax on every parcel in the city.

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Iddo Benzeevi

Developer Iddo Benzeevi listens to speakers during the Tuesday, Aug. 18, hearing on his World Logistics Center. The next day, the Moreno Valley City Council approved his project on a 3-2 vote. (Stan Lim, Staff Photographer)

Published: Aug. 21, 2015
Updated: Aug. 23, 2015 9:48 a.m.

Minutes after the vote approving his massive warehouse complex, supporters rushed to take their pictures with developer Iddo Benzeevi while chanting his name.

“Iddo, Iddo, Iddo.”

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

Paul Davis

Paul Davis alleges a 2014 investigation of him violated his rights. He also plans to run for mayor.

Published: Aug. 19, 2015
Updated: Aug. 20, 2015 – 2:30 p.m.

Shortly after filing a damage claim against Riverside that names the mayor and three former city officials, City Councilman Paul Davis announced he’ll run for mayor in 2016.

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

Moreno Valley seal

“This project is a game-changer of proportional magnitude not only for the city but the entire region,” said Mayor Jesse Molina, who was one of three supporters. Council members George Price and LaDonna Jempson opposed the project.

Published: Aug. 19, 2015 – Updated: 11:50 p.m.

After three years of controversy that has divided residents, Moreno Valley officials voted Wednesday, Aug. 19 to dramatically transform the city’s east side with what would be one of the largest warehouse complexes in the country.

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

Lou Desmond

Thursday, August 19, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

On the show today, Lou is joined by Adrian Moore of the Reason Foundation. As Lou travels through Oregon, he’s noticed a few differences between Oregon and California. Is there anything that California can do differently to help businesses?

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Moreno Valley seal

Tuesday’s meeting became heated after residents hurled insults at each other, prompting Moreno Valley’s mayor to call for calm.

Published: Aug. 18, 2015 – Updated: 9:47 p.m.

Supporters and opponents of the World Logistics Center squared off Tuesday night as the Moreno Valley City Council aimed for a vote Wednesday on the massive warehouse project.

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

Iddo Benzeevi

City staff and developer Iddo Benzeevi offer to the council their vision of thousands of local jobs and a hub of logistics activity — “the gateway to America,” Benzeevi said.

Published: Aug. 17, 2015 – Updated: 11:17 p.m.

Moreno Valley began weighing two contrasting visions of the city’s future Monday, Aug. 17, as the City Council took up the proposed World Logistics Center mega-warehouse.

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

Lou Desmond

Monday, August 17, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

On the show today, Estimable Economist Jay Prag joins Lou on the show. First, NPR featured a story about children in San Bernardino who grow up in motels described as “meth addict summer camp.” What do stories like these do for the city’s image?

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The Press-Enterprise: MORENO VALLEY: Pact details warehouse costs

World Logistics Center

An artist’s rendering shows the World Logistics Center, which is proposed for Moreno Valley’s eastern end.

Published: August 14, 2015
Updated:   August 15, 2015 – 8:57 p.m.

  • Developer Highland Fairview would pay for upgrades inside the World Logistics Center, but funding for nearby work is less clear.

As a vote nears on the massive World Logistics Center warehouse, a big question has lingered.

Who would pay for the new streets, wider freeway interchanges and other improvements needed to serve the complex?

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

IE Business Daily: Local Control No Miracle Cure for Ontario Airport

Airport

IE Business Daily

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Let’s get some facts out from the very beginning. The Airline industry has been running on shoe-string budgets for decades. Airlines go out of business every year. Competition and demand determine where and how many flights any airline makes. The cost of flying a plane is fixed based on aircraft costs, maintenance, fuel and staffing requirements.

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Lou Desmond

August 14, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

On the show today, Ed Hoffman, owner of Wholesale Capital Corporation, joins the show to talk with Lou about the World Logistics Center, a massive warehouse project proposed in Moreno Valley.

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InlandPolitics: SBIA: Finally an admission after all these years

Oops!

Thursday, August 13, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

Finally! We taxpayers have a long-awaited admission from officials at the San Bernardino International Airport Authority (SBIAA).

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Lou Desmond

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

Joining Lou on the show is Michael Bilheimer, President of the Fire Management Association in San Bernardino. San Bernardino will soon decide whether or not it will outsource its fire department. What do the fire fighters in the city have to say about this?

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Fitch-Rating

Fitch Ratings says it will be watching the outcome of the tentative agreement between L.A. and Ontario.

Published: Aug. 11, 2015 – Updated: 4:23 p.m.

Fitch Ratings said Tuesday that the tentative agreement between Ontario and Los Angeles to return Ontario International Airport to Inland control will stabilize ONT, “but there remain lingering credit issues.

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

SBIA

Built on the former the site of the former Norton Air Force Base, San Bernardino International Airport is often described by local officials as one of the East Valley’s best hopes for economic growth. Norton closed in 1994. (Staff file photo)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 08/11/15 – 12:36 PM PDT |

With ownership of LA/Ontario International Airport now being turned over to the city of Ontario, operations at San Bernardino International Airport, which for years has struggled to land a commercial airline and shape its identity, should not be negatively impacted, officials said.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 08/11/15 – 8:19 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The City Council will get a report Wednesday supporting a plan to outsource fire services to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, City Manager Allen Parker said Tuesday.

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NFL

Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL team owners met in Illinois on Tuesday to review the presentations of the competing L.A.-area stadium plans.

By Sam Farmer
August 11, 2015

Relocation-minded NFL teams made their pitches Tuesday, but it will take months to know how well they performed.

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Daily Bulletin: Judge hearing ONT case puts it on hold, with ‘great joy’

Gavel

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/10/15 – 10:05 AM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Attorneys for Ontario and Los Angeles were in court Monday morning. But this time they weren’t there to do legal battle over local control of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

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Los Angeles Olympics

The Olympics last came to Los Angeles in 1984, when the city refused to sign a guarantee that it would cover financial overruns. (Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times)

By Peter Jamison
August 11, 2015

Los Angeles is close to reaching an agreement with the U.S. Olympic Committee to be America’s candidate for the 2024 Summer Games, pledging to host the event at a projected cost of approximately $4 billion and offering a guarantee that the city would cover any financial overruns, officials involved with the bid said Monday.

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Lou Desmond

Monday, August 10, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

Estimable Economist Jay Prag joins Lou tonight to discuss the announcement that the Ontario Airport will transfer back to local control. Will this be an economic driver for the Inland Empire economy?

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San Bernardino Seal
Related Post: InlandPolitics: San Bernardino: A lie or mistake?

Monday, August 10, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

Remember all the hoopla over San Bernardino trying to hire another public relations firm?

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Scott Beard

Real Estate Broker Scott Beard

Monday, August 10, 2015 – 07:30 a.m.

San Bernardino politics has been a little dull of late. Other than developments in the city’s bankruptcy proceedings, nothing much is happening.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
August 9, 2015

  • City regains ownership of Ontario International
  • But airport, once run by Los Angeles, is still struggling
  • A San Diego deal might make it work

So, Ontario is getting its airport back. What now?

The small San Bernardino County city built the airport as World War II was beginning, allowed it to be used as a military training base during the war and resumed civilian traffic afterward.

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The Sun: ONT’s new owners face daunting challenge in turning airport around

Ontario International Airport

A man walks through an empty Terminal 2 at ONT/LA International Airport. (File)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/08/15 – 7:10 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> Three years ago, the formation of a local consortium to run L.A./Ontario International Airport seemed pretty pretentious, especially considering the airport’s owners were staunchly opposed to parting with it.

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Elections

By Ryan Hagen, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 08/08/15 – 6:06 PM PDT | U

The deadline to run for most offices San Bernardino County in November has passed, meaning voters’ options are pretty much set.

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The Sun: Local ONT control expected to boost regional transportation goals

Ontario International Airport

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/07/15 – 8:31 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> The transfer of L.A./Ontario International Airport ownership bodes well for efforts to regionalize Southern California aviation, say officials and supporters of local control of ONT.

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Lou Desmond

Friday, August 7, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

On the show today, Ed Hoffman, proprietor of Wholesale Capital Corporation, joins the show. First, LA has agreed to turn over control of the Ontario Airport to the Inland Empire.

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Ontario International Airport

By Dan Weikel and Hailey Branson-Potts
August 6, 2015

Now that Ontario has regained control of its airport in a deal struck with Los Angeles, the small Inland Empire city faces a substantial challenge to revive a struggling facility that has lost more than a third of its passengers since 2007.

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Los Angeles Times: L.A. will transfer airport ownership back to Ontario

Ontario International Airport

Los Angeles and Ontario battled for years over ownership of LA/Ontario International Airport. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

By Dan Weikel
August 5, 2015

After years of litigation and contentious negotiations, Los Angeles has agreed to transfer ownership of struggling LA/Ontario International Airport back to the city of Ontario, The Times learned Wednesday.

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Shellie Milne

Hemet Councilwoman Shellie Milne.

Published: Aug. 5, 2015 – Updated: 9:21 a.m.

Hemet Councilwoman Shellie Milne has filled out paperwork to run for a Riverside County supervisorial seat in 2016.

To read expanded post by Jeff Horseman in The P-E Political Empire Blog, click here.

Lou Desmond

Monday, August 31, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

On the show today, Lou is joined by Estimable Economist Jay Prag. Lou weighs in on San Bernardino’s decision to place a $143 tax on parcels to pay for fire. Why outsource if you are going to raise taxes anyway?

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Lou Desmond

Monday, April 3, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

Tonight on the show, Jay Prag joins Lou on the show. This weekend Cassie MacDuff of the Press-Enterprise wrote a column about how sad the loss of SBETA will be for San Bernardino. But no one knows where the money is going for the redundant organization. How bad is this for business?

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IE Business Daily

August 1, 2015

New housing construction in east San Bernardino Valley has carefully and methodically reemerged from the recession. Encouraged by record low interest rates, lower developable land prices, and higher housing demand, local leaders in the housing industry are again building houses.

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The Sun: San Bernardino bankruptcy anniversary: tough times underway

Carey Davis

“When I go to bed at night, I’m thinking about this city. When I wake up in the morning, I’m thinking about this city,” said San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis. Today is the third anniversary of San Bernardino’s bankruptcy filing. (Photos by Micah Escamilla — Staff Photographer)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 08/01/15 – 6:19 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Citizens have endured a lot of difficult change since the city filed for bankruptcy protection, says Mayor Carey Davis — a new mayor, city attorney and City Council; attempted charter change; City Hall layoffs; changes in how services are delivered.

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City of Industry

By Jason Henry, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
and Rebecca Kimitch, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/31/15 – 10:06 PM PDT |

Three months after Industry city hall erupted with inside allegations of corruption and demands for justice against the former mayor, the fervor has died.

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The Lou Desmond & Company Show: SBETA, Cincinnati Shooting, and The Donald

Lou Desmond

Friday, July 31, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

Tonight on the show, Ed Hoffman, owner of Wholesale Capital Corporation joins Lou on the show. They discuss San Bernardino’s decision to spend the bankrupt city’s funds on a redundant program, SBETA. Also, should we speech $9 billion to save the Salton Sea?

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, July 30, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

Tonight on the show, Lou is joined by Dr. Adrian Moore of the Reason Foundation. First up, San Bernardino has reached an agreement with the police department, but details are sparse. Then, Hillary got fired from her “favorite summer job” after just one week.

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San Bernardino Seal

San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis called the contract agreement between the city and the San Bernardino Police Officers Association “very favorable” to the city.

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/29/15 – 5:42 PM PDT |

After more than two years of police leaving San Bernardino, saying the lack of a contract robbed them of a sense of stability in a city where many residents say crime is their top concern, the police union and city negotiators both say they’ve agreed on a new contract.

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Lou Desmond

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

Tonight on the show, San Bernardino City Councilman John Valdivia joins the show to discuss the city’s ongoings. How is the council getting on with the manager? What about the city’s charter?

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The Press-Enterprise: MENIFEE: Ex-councilman pleads guilty to abusing power

Menifee Seal

By Alex Groves / Staffg Writer
Published: July 27, 2015
Updated: July 28, 2015 – 11:22 a.m.

Former Menifee City Councilman Tom Fuhrman pleaded guilty Monday to multiple charges of abusing his power, as part of an agreement with prosecutors.

To read expanded article by Alex Groves in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Upland seal

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/27/15 – 6:16 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> The city council approved the 2015-16 budget, including $350,000 cut to the animal shelter, but not after a spirited deliberation that went into the early morning hours.

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Lou Desmond

Monday, July 27, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

Tonight on the show, Jay Prag, estimable economist, joins the show. The Jay and Lou talk about the mayor of Murrieta’s sexual harassment accusations. Also, the mayor and city manager in San Bernardino can’t seem to get along.

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METRO

By Daniel Borenstein, Staff Columnist
Posted: 07/24/2015 – 04:00:00 PM PDT

Although public employee pension plans across California are badly underfunded, union leaders have expressed little concern about the security of workers’ retirement pay.

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Harry Ramos

Harry Ramos calls accusations ‘made-up lies,’ says he would never embarrass himself or his family. (Frank Bellino, Staff Photo)

Published: July 24, 2015 – Updated: 11:17 p.m.

Two days after being named in a claim against the city, Murrieta Mayor Harry Ramos denied sexually harassing a Ramona woman earlier this year, calling the allegations “made-up lies.”

To read article by Aaron Claverie in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Lou Desmond

Friday, July 24, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is coming to you from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

Tonight on the show, Ed Hoffman joins the show to talk with Lou about the mayor Murrieta who has been accused of sexual harassment. Then, a cyclist started a fire. How it happened may surprise you. After that, are food trucks being suppressed in the Inland Empire?

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Daily Press: Adelanto jail proposal gets extension

Doctor R. Crants

Doctor R. Crants speaks during Wednesday night’s Adelanto City Council meeting about his plan to build another prison in the city to help ease inmate overcrowding in Los Angeles County. (Jose Huerta, Daily Press)

By Shea Johnson, Staff Writer
Posted: Jul. 23, 2015 at 4:59 PM

ADELANTO — The developers of a controversial jail plan that would ease Los Angeles County inmate overcrowding and be a financial boon to this city have been given until the end of the year to lock down an agreement with L.A. County or face the possibility the project will die.

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Lou Desmond

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 – 04:50 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is coming to you from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

Tonight on the show, Ryan Hagen, reporter at the San Bernardino Sun, joins the program to talk with Lou about the San Bernardino Employment and Training Agency. The bankrupt city spent $1.2 million funding the program without approval by the city council.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County: Another tab for taxpayers to pick up?

SBCO

Saturday, July 18, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

When will it end? When will people learn?

With federal agents scrutinizing the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, one would think that openness would be the best policy.

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Adelanto Logo

Letter alleges harassment, discrimination, retaliation, slander
By Kris Reilly, City Editor
Posted Jul. 16, 2015 at 12:00 PM
Updated Jul 16, 2015 at 5:19 PM

ADELANTO — A Victorville attorney sent a letter to Adelanto City Hall this week calling for the “immediate investigation and removal” of the mayor and City Council members for allegedly targeting city employees while violating the city’s charter and the Brown Act.

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The Sun: Bankruptcy judge: San Bernardino may outsource Fire Department

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/15/15 – 9:22 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Nothing in the city charter prevents San Bernardino from outsourcing its Fire Department, a federal bankruptcy judge ruled Wednesday in a blow to the fire union that its attorneys immediately said they would appeal.

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Gavel

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/15/15 – 6:04 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Ontario will have a chance to prove Los Angeles mismanaged L.A./Ontario International Airport, causing anywhere from $1.6 billion to $4 billion in damages to Ontario’s economy, a Riverside Superior Court Judge ruled on Wednesday.

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Tom Thornton

Tom Thornton (File photo: Daily Press)

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Jul. 13, 2015 at 6:20 PM
Updated Jul 13, 2015 at 6:27 PM

ADELANTO — City Manager Tom Thornton told the city’s attorney he anticipated a “multi-million dollar lawsuit against the city for wrongful termination” two weeks before the City Council voted last Wednesday to terminate two high-profile positions, the Daily Press has learned.

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Lou Desmond

Monday, July 13, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is coming to you from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

Tonight on the show, Jay Prag joins the show. Up first, air tankers battling a fire near Yucaipa were forced to halt operations because of drone. Then, Beaumont spent money without proper documentation on just about everything.

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California Street Commerce Center

An aerial view shows the plot of land next to the 10 Freeway being developed as part of the California Street Commerce Center in Redlands, north of the 10 Freeway and west of the Splash Kingdom Waterpark. Courtesy photo — Lee & Associates

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/12/15 – 7:59 PM PDT |

REDLANDS >> A major industrial project is taking shape next to the 10 Freeway and adjacent to the Splash Kingdom Waterpark.

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West Covina

By Stephanie K. Baer, San Bernardino County Sun
Posted: 07/10/15 – 10:48 PM PDT |

WEST COVINA — Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, D-West Covina, said Friday that the findings of a state audit into the city’s fiscal mismanagement revealed criminal activity at City Hall that ultimately led to the waste of taxpayer money.

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InlandPolitics: March Joint Powers Authority launches general aviation facility

March - Millionaire FBO

Friday, July 10, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

The March Joint Powers Authority has officially launched its new general aviation facility and fixed base operation at March Air Reserve Base.

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, July 9, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is coming to you from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

Tonight on the show, Ryan Hagen joins the show to give a recap of the ever-entertaining city council meeting in San Bernardino.

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The Sun: Hesperia’s city manager submits resignation

hesperia_logo

By Staff report
Posted: 07/08/15, 2:45 PM PDT |

Hesperia City Manager Mike Podegracz has resigned, the city announced in a news release Wednesday.

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ontario airport

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/08/15 – 11:44 AM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Superior Court Judge Gloria Connor Trask ruled Wednesday that the city of Los Angeles must release Los Angeles World Airports’ executive directors performance reviews dating back to 2007.

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Adelanto Logo

City Council considering overhauling city charter

By Shea Johnson, Staff Writer
Posted Jul. 7, 2015 at 8:54 PM

ADELANTO — The City Council is considering overhauling its city charter, including potentially moving to a “strong mayor” form of government, a system where the mayor acts as the city’s chief executive, Mayor Pro Tem Jermaine Wright confirmed Tuesday.

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Lou Desmond

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is coming to you from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

Tonight on the show, Adrian Moore of the Reason Foundation is on the show. First off, he and Lou talk about a whistle blower in Fontana who was laid off for reporting sexual misconduct. Then, the fight for local control of Ontario Airport is heating up.

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Daily Bulletin: Battle for local of control of ONT takes off

Ontario International Airport

Staff File Photo

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/06/15 – 5:53 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> From Sacramento to the Riverside Superior Court House, the battle for local control of L.A./Ontario International Airport is taking off this week.

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Fontana USD

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/06/15 – 7:45 PM PDT |

A jury has awarded a former Fontana Unified School District police dispatcher more than $315,000 after she alleged she was fired for reporting a police officer accused of raping or sexually assaulting other dispatchers.

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Montclair

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/06/15 – 10:13 PM PDT |

MONTCLAIR >> Tensions were high at Monday night’s City Council meeting when a resident accused the council of overpaying City Manager Ed Starr and called for a recall of the mayor and two councilmembers.

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The Sacramento Bee: Opinion: California’s leadership structure is weak

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 4, 2015

  • When civic leaders are effective, government functions well
  • Los Angeles is trying to re-establish civic cadre
  • San Francisco has one; other areas trying

Civic leadership is one of those intangibles whose existence is difficult to define, much less prove.

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The Sun: Grand Jury: Colton needs better record-keeping practices

Colton-seal

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/03/15 – 6:05 PM PDT |

There is no evidence to suggest that Colton City Council members were given preferential treatment by the city Public Works Department for having speed bumps installed on one councilman’s street and a brick wall repaired at the home of a councilwoman, the San Bernardino County Grand Jury has found.

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Logistics

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/02/15 – 8:27 PM PDT |

EASTVALE >> Plans are moving forward for the city’s largest development.

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Daily Press: Adelanto city manager quits after 6 weeks

Adelanto Logo

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Jul. 2, 2015 – Updated at 11:56 PM

  • In amended budget, some city employees get raises, others are let go

ADELANTO — Just six weeks after being named full-time city manager, Thomas Thornton has resigned but will retain his positions as city engineer and public works director, a move that will be addressed next Wednesday along with other personnel changes, according to a city staff report.

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Moreno Valley seal

Moreno Valley’s elected leaders may start discussing the project as early as July 15.

Published: July 1, 2015 – Updated: 11:29 p.m.

Developer Iddo Benzeevi cleared an important hurdle Tuesday night, winning backing from a Moreno Valley panel for his massive World Logistics Center warehouse complex.

But before the first bulldozer starts pushing dirt, the city’s elected leaders will have to sign off on the project that pits the promise of jobs and an economic boost against concerns of traffic and pollution. Most City Council members have received campaign support from Benzeevi, but none will say how they plan to vote.

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

Lou Desmond

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is coming to you from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

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Lou Desmond

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is coming to you from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

Tonight on the show, Lou is joined by Estimable Economist Jay Prag to discuss the financial stability of San Bernardino. Hint: it isn’t stable. After that they turn to two other fiscally unstable governments, Puerto Rico and Greece.

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Calpensions: New rules try to spotlight hidden retirement debt

Pension Reform

By Ed Mendel
June 29, 2015

An accounting board best known for requiring the calculation and reporting of the debt owed for retiree health care promised government workers, which often turned out to be shockingly large, is having another moment.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE: Should city pay official’s legal bill?

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Councilman Paul Davis was investigated in 2014 for alleged violations of city charter, but DA dismissed case.

Published: June 26, 2015
Updated: June 27, 2015 – 6:58 p.m.

Riverside City Councilman Paul Davis won’t face any charges in connection with 2014 allegations that he violated the city’s charter, which could have been a misdemeanor.

But the case, which some residents considered a boondoggle, isn’t quite over.

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

Daily Bulletin: Upland fails to approve budget on time

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/26/15 – 1:42 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> For the second time in three years, the City Council will not pass its budget on time. The delay comes as city leaders have questions remaining about the proposed staffing additions.

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The Sun: San Bernardino audit faces trouble, city reports

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/26/15 – 2:47 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> There’s more trouble for the city’s long-overdue audit, and it’s not because the city hasn’t given the necessary information, according to Deputy City Manager Nita McKay.

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InlandPolitics: Fallout from Victorville ticket quota hits agency

San Bernardino County Sheriff

Lawsuit alleges that deputies assigned to traffic enforcement duties the Victorville Sheriff’s Station were forced to meet a quota of 200 tickets per month. A practice that is illegal under California law.

Friday, June 26, 2015 – 12:15 p.m.

Fallout has already started from an impending San Bernardino County Grand Jury report, expected Tuesday, which reportedly will expose a traffic ticket quota system forced upon motor traffic officers in the contract city of Victorville.

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Randy Adams

Randy Adams, former police chief of Bell, in 2013. A California pension board decided to slash Adams’ retirement benefits because his salary was not approved in public. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)

By Paul Pringle
June 25, 2015

A California pension board’s decision to slash the retirement benefits of former Bell Police Chief Randy Adams because his salary was concealed from the public will serve as a precedent for other cases in which government officials receive hidden pay, the panel has announced.

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The Press-Enterprise: JOBS: Amazon to add 1,000 more jobs

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Amazon doubled down on vow to create 1,000 jobs in three Inland Empire fulfillment centers at a hiring event in Moreno Valley on Tuesday, bringing the total job count to 2,000

Published: June 24, 2015 – Updated: 4:40 p.m.

Amazon has announced it will create 1,000 more jobs for its Inland Southern California fulfillment centers.

To read story by Debra Gruszecki in The Press-Enterprise, click here.