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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?

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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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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

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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

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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

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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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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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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

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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

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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

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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’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.

Daily Bulletin: Ontario approves $491.95 million budget

Ontario

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/24/15 – 7:57 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> With its sights on the airport, the City Council has unanimously approved a structurally balanced budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

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The Sun: San Bernardino passes unanimous budget

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/23/15 – 5:19 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The bankrupt city with a reputation for lengthy, contentious decision-making unanimously approved a budget for the coming fiscal year after less than three hours of discussion, a smoother procedure than most cities without its financial challenges.

And then there was applause.

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The Sun: No help from Sacramento for San Bernardino

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/23/15 – 6:01 PM PDT |

  • Jerry Brown: California’s governor has turned down San Bernadino’s request for help.

SAN BERNARDINO >> Gov. Jerry Brown has given his response to the optimistic request for help on six different fronts that Mayor Carey Davis and his allies made in a trip to Sacramento.

The answer is no.

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Murrieta

Council set special meeting for Wednesday morning to consider investigation of Mayor Harry Ramos.

Published: June 23, 2015 – Updated: 3:37 p.m.

The Murrieta City Council on Wednesday will consider launching an investigation into the actions of Mayor Harry Ramos, who last week was accused of “inappropriate” conduct during his brief time as mayor.

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

Lou Desmond

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

On the Lou Desmond and Company Show tonight, Lou is joined Ryan Hagen of the San Bernardino Sun joins the show. San Bernardino passed its city budget last night in very uncontroversial fashion, a welcomed change for the city. Also, what does the lake fire mean for the coming fire season?

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InlandPolitics: Former Upland City Manager abandons record clearing attempt

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Friday, June 19, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

Former Upland City Manager Robb Quincey, who cut a plea deal with prosecutors less than a year ago, has abandoned an attempt to clear his felony record.

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The Sun: San Bernardino bankruptcy plan criticized in court

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/17/15 – 11:24 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> The attorney representing bondholders who’ve invested about $50 million in San Bernardino came out swinging Wednesday in the first bankruptcy hearing since the city filed a bankruptcy exit plan that would pay bondholders only 1 percent of that.

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Daily Press: City council approves balanced budget

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By Rene Ray De La Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted Jun. 18, 2015 at 12:01 AM

HESPERIA — During a lengthy meeting, the city council passed its new fiscal year budget without raising fees or taxes.

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The Sun: San Bernardino streets to stay unswept for now

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/16/15 – 6:38 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> It’s better to have dirty streets for a few more weeks than to rush into a six-figure contract, the City Council decided this week after an hours-long discussion several of the council members described as “dysfunctional.”

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The Lou Desmond & Company Show: Moreno Valley, The Pope, Jeb Bush

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Monday, June 15, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

On the Lou Desmond and Company Show tonight, Lou joins the show from Washington State, where he is enjoying his new vacation home. He is joined on the newsmaker line by Jay Prag and Roy Bleckert to discuss the dueling recalls in Moreno Valley.

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Los Angeles Times: San Bernardino: Broken City

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San Bernardino, once a sturdy, middle class “All-America City,” is now bankrupt, the poorest city of its size in California, and a symbol of the nation’s worst urban woes.

June 14, 2015
By Joe Mozingo
Photos by Francine Orr

With a rake and a mask, the motel manager steps carefully into Room 107.

This afternoon, Sam Maharaj will evict a couple and their 4-month-old baby for not paying their bill. The mother sits on the side of the bed, still twitching from slamming methamphetamine the night before.

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IE Business Daily: California Legislature’s continuous insanity

IE Business Daily

By IE Business Daily
June 13, 2015

Nearly every two year legislative cycle in the California Legislature, among the thousands of new laws proposed by its 120 inhabitants, there are always a few to micromanage local governments. You see, many of the undereducated people that somehow get elected to the State Assembly and State Senate, often think that because they got elected, they know better than the other 32 million of us how things should be.

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Iddo Benzeevi

Iddo Benzeevi, CEO of Highland Fairview, is proposing the World Logistics Center on Moreno Valley’s east side. (David Danelski / File Photo)

Published: June 12, 2015 – Updated: 11:14 p.m.

Evaluating the World Logistics Center mega-warehouse won’t be a quick process.

Moreno Valley planning commissioners say they may need a couple more meetings to fully vet the 40.6-million-square-foot project proposed for the city’s east end.

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

Court Filings

Los Angeles claims attorney-client privilege for the papers Ontario wants to see for the lawsuit

Published: June 11, 2015 – 4:37 p.m.

Los Angeles has filed papers to protect documents it wants to keep from Ontario in the two-year-old lawsuit the Inland city filed to regain ownership and control of Ontario International Airport.

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

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Internal audit showed $19.4 million spent over five years, sometimes without contracts or documents explaining why outside attorneys were needed.

Published: June 10, 2015 – Updated: 11:36 p.m.

An audit that showed Riverside officials spent nearly $20 million in five years to hire outside lawyers may have raised as many questions as it answered.

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

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Two county transportation officials say a study on the impact of a warehouse project falls short.

Published: June 10, 2015 – Updated: 10:53 p.m.

As the World Logistics Center faces its first public hearing in Moreno Valley on Thursday, June 11, two county transportation agencies became the latest to say the mega warehouse proposal’s environmental analysis is flawed.

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

Warehouse

A pair of warehouse construction projects is transforming the view of Redlands from Interstate 10.

Published: June 9, 2015
Updated: June 10, 2015 2:58 p.m.

A pair of warehouse construction projects is transforming the view of Redlands from Interstate 10.

Construction of the Redlands Commerce Center, a 1.1-million-square-foot industrial development to serve the warehousing and logistics industry, has begun on a 51-acre swath of land between the westbound lanes of the freeway and Lugonia Avenue.

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

CalPERS

Business & Real Estate
June 10, 2015
By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com

Setting up a possible showdown with CalPERS, two bond firms are reviving their legal campaign to win a bigger share of the money being doled out by bankrupt San Bernardino.

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An environmental report on the proposed project — which would stretch 700 football field — could be vulnerable to court challenges, air board says. The developer, however, sticks by the report.

Published: June 9, 2015
Updated: June 10, 2015 – 8:02 a.m.

State air quality officials say that Moreno Valley’s environmental analysis of a proposed warehousing complex with enough indoor space for 700 football fields is “legally inadequate” and needs major revisions. The developer countered Tuesday that the report “meets all the requirements” of the state’s environmental quality law.

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

Daily Bulletin: Rialto Unified embezzler Judith Oakes released from jail early

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By Doug Saunders, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 06/07/15 – 5:03 PM PDT |

Convicted Rialto Unified embezzler Judith Oakes has been released from jail after serving six months of her five-year sentence.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE: City to spend more in 2015-16 budget

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City Manager John Russo says healing economy has brought city more revenue, which allows some hiring.

Published: June 5, 2015
Updated: June 6, 2015 – 7:47 p.m.

Riverside’s budget will grow in fiscal 2016 and officials will hire staff in the planning department, but an even more significant change to the city’s finances is yet to come.

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

Tom Owings

Moreno Valley Mayor Tom Owings, center, hands political literature to city resident Victor Beechman as he campaigns against his recall on Saturday, May 24, 2014. (David Bowman / File)

Published: June 5, 2015 – Updated: 7:16 p.m.

Former Moreno Valley Mayor Tom Owings has no doubt that the political corruption probe that included raids on his home and offices of prominent developer Iddo Benzeevi in 2013 was the undoing of his brief political career.

To read story in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The Sun: Redlands City Council OKs budget for 2015-16

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By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 06/06/15 – 6:48 PM PDT |

REDLANDS >> The city’s budget for next fiscal year has been approved and includes funding for several additional employees.

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Daily Press: Hesperia facing firefighter cuts

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By Rene Ray De La Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted Jun. 6, 2015 at 5:36 AM

HESPERIA — With grant money running out, the city is facing the possibility of losing nine firefighters while adding ambulance personnel as it works on its 2015-16 fiscal year budget.

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Daily Press: Budget talks stall amid pension concerns

Victorville

Victorville Mayor Pro Tem Jim Cox called Tuesday for city officials to first iron out details of the city’s $199 million spending plan June 9 before voting to approve the budget.

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer

Posted Jun. 4, 2015 at 2:22 PM
Updated Jun 4, 2015 at 4:49 PM

VICTORVILLE — The City Council this week extended budget talks to June 9 after Mayor Pro Tem Jim Cox suggested officials iron out details of a draft $199 million spending plan, including concerns raised by employees over changes to benefits.

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The Sun: Air show planned at San Bernardino airport

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/03/15 – 5:47 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The October sky is expected to bring some things the San Bernardino International Airport hasn’t seen since its extensive revamping: vintage airplanes and cars, a country music concert, a nationally known aerial jet team — and something else, airport authorities say.

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Lou Desmond

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on the Lou Desmond and Company Show: Lou is joined by Ryan Hagen, at the San Bernardino Sun, and Cliff Cummings, owner of Toyota of San Bernardino, to discuss San Bernardino’s recent trip to Sacramento to lobby the Governor for assistance in the bankrupt city.

After that, Heidi Harris, radio host in Las Vegas, joins to program discuss about several topics. On the list: “White Privilege” training in St. Paul, pot in Riverside, and Pools vs. Lawns.

Then, Phil Naman, host of the Firing Line Radio Show, joins Lou to discuss political goings-on in Sacramento. Healthcare will be extended to illegal immigrants. And the state Senate voted to raise the minimum wage. How does that work out?

To listen to the full show, click here.

Follow Lou on Twitter @WiseGuyLou and on Facebook at “The Lou Desmond & Company Show.”

 

 

Case Closed

Organizers say the removal of the mayor and a councilwoman were justified.

Published: June 2, 2015 – Updated: 10:08 p.m.

Two former Moreno Valley City Council members blamed a political corruption investigation for their removal from office, saying they were the targets of false allegations.

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

Amazon

Amazon is hiring for 1,000 positions at its warehouses in the Inland Empire, the company announced on Tuesday.

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/02/15 – 2:15 PM PDT |

Amazon is creating 1,000 full-time jobs in the Inland Empire.

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/02/15 – 7:17 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Mayor Carey Davis and Councilwoman Virginia Marquez joined with legislative allies in Sacramento Tuesday to lobby Gov. Jerry Brown’s office for his help.

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In April 2013, searches were conducted in the homes of Moreno Valley’s four City Council members, a real estate broker with political connections and the corporate office of Skechers warehouse developer Highland Fairview.

Published: June 1, 2015 – Updated: 10:59 p.m.

After two years under investigation by authorities and suspicion by constituents, the people whose homes and offices were raided during a public corruption probe in Moreno Valley felt vindicated Monday by the disclosure that no criminal charges would be filed.

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

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/01/15 – 8:41 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A requested contract amendment that would have given City Manager Allen Parker six months’ salary if he’s terminated without cause — instead of the current agreement with no severance pay — was rejected Monday.

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/01/15 – 8:21 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> The city could find itself in a deficit by 2017 — driven mainly by increasing pension costs — if it doesn’t take corrective action soon.

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Marcelo Co

Marcelo Co, 64, was sentenced Monday to 60 months in federal prison. (Riverside County Sheriff’s Department)

By Paloma Esquivel
June 1, 2015

Former Moreno Valley City Councilman Marcelo Co was sentenced Monday to 60 months in federal prison for accepting a $2.36-million cash bribe from an undercover agent.

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Lou Desmond

Monday, June 1, 2015 0 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on the Lou Desmond and Company Show: Lou is joined by Estimable Economist Jay Prag. San Bernardino filed their bankruptcy plan thirty minutes before the deadline that Judge Jury set. Also, Martin O’Malley announced his candidacy for the White House this weekend. Can he challenge Hillary’s ties to Wall Street?

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City voters will decide on dispensaries in Tuesday’s vote-by-mail election, but observers say the future may see changes in state rules.

Published: May 29, 2015 Updated: May 31, 2015 8:42 p.m.

Whether or not Riverside voters decide Tuesday, June 2, to allow medical marijuana dispensaries, observers on both sides agree that changes to marijuana regulations are coming.

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

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/31/15 – 8:08 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> Changes to the city’s guiding development plan have residents airing their disdain, as the prospect of more housing, population growth and their effect on resources looms.

They’re not happy.

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City of Industry

According to city records, two City of Industry voters are registered at the Hillside Southern Baptist Church. But a church member said no one lives at the church or in the trailer behind it. (Jenna Schoenefeld / Los Angeles Times)

By Frank Shyong, Paloma Esquivel and Soumya Karlamangla
May 31, 2015

With just days to go before ballots are counted, even the most keen-eyed visitor would be hard-pressed to know that the City of Industry is holding its first council election in 17 years.

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By Ed Mendel
June 1, 2015

CalPERS is considering small increases in employer and employee rates over decades to reduce the risk of big investment losses, a policy that also would lower an earnings forecast critics say is too optimistic.

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The Sun: Yucaipa expects revenues to exceed expenditures next fiscal year

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By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 05/30/15 – 9:10 PM PDT |

The Yucaipa City Council reviewed the city’s draft budget for fiscal year 2015-16, which again anticipates revenues will exceed expenditures.

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The Sun: San Bernardino bankruptcy deadline looms

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San Bernardino officials say they will submit the city’s bankruptcy exit plan by today. (Staff file photo)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/29/15 – 7:52 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The earth didn’t move under the city, which means today is the last day U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Jury will accept the city’s bankruptcy exit plan.

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Beaumont

The move comes in the wake of major issues facing the city, including an FBI raid and a review from the state Controller’s office.

Published: May 29, 2015 – Updated: 10:48 p.m.

Beaumont City Manager Alan Kapanicas was placed on administrative leave during a special meeting Friday night, May 29, in the wake of three major issues facing the city — including a raid on City Hall by the FBI.

To read story by Craig Schultz in The Press-Enterprise, Click here.

Chino

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/29/15 – 4:49 PM PDT |

CHINO >> The city’s finances and public safety were the focus of this year’s State of the City event.

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Barstow Police

Two police officers in Barstow were the subject Thursday of an internal police investigation after video surfaced of a skirmish and arrest of a woman who was eight months’ pregnant.

By Veronica Rocha
May 29, 2015

Moments after she refused to identify herself to a Barstow police officer, Charlena Cooks, then eight months pregnant, found herself on the ground in handcuffs.

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City of Industry

The City of Industry hopes to cancel or renegotiate its $12-million-a-year trash contract with Valley Vista Services. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

By Frank Shyong
May 28, 2015

The City of Industry has filed suit against former Mayor David Perez, his companies and four members of his family, alleging the misappropriation of millions of dollars in public funds through false or inflated invoices and the performance of unauthorized work on city contracts.

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U-T San Diego: Report: Officials masked big pension hike

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Pension debts are sky-high, but little interest at the Capitol

By Steven Greenhut
May 27, 2015 – 3:10 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true,” wrote the 19th century Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard. It must be an enduring trait of mankind and especially of politicians, who often fool themselves (and the public) about major problems.

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Lou Desmond

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Coming to you from the Toyota of San Bernardino Studios, Economist Jay Prag joins Lou to discuss LA’s new, $15 minimum wage. What effect will it have on business owners? And, a Moreno Valley developer wants $100 million from the city to build infrastructure for his warehousing projects. Where is that money coming from?

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Iddo Benzeevi

Highland Fairview CEO Iddo Benzeevi said in a statement that “Highland Fairview has not requested the city to contribute any money for infrastructure for the World Logistics Center.” (David Danelski / File)

Published: May 22, 2015
Updated: May 25, 2015 11:11 p.m.

The developer of the massive World Logistics Center is negotiating with Moreno Valley officials over how much the city could contribute to pay for streets and other improvements needed to support the project.

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

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By Ed Mendel
May 26, 2015

A San Bernardino plan to exit bankruptcy follows the path of the Vallejo and Stockton exit plans, cutting bond debt and retiree health care but not pensions. Then it veers off in a new direction: contracting for fire, waste management and other services.

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