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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino Election: Beard needs 66.8% of remaining 342 votes

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Thursday, February 4, 2016 – 12:30 p.m.

Yep! The race for San Bernardino 7th Ward city council seat is up in the air.

It sure is.

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Victorville

SCLA leading city’s growth spurt, with more expected

By Shea Johnson
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Posted Feb. 3, 2016 at 1:12 PM
Updated Feb 3, 2016 at 5:32 PM

VICTORVILLE — The city touted its economic growth during its annual address Wednesday, announcing that negotiations had concluded to draw a “major” manufacturer to Southern California Logistics Airport that will create 100 new jobs.

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Reuters

Wednesday, Feb 3, 2016 – 8:10pm EST
SAN FRANCISCO | By Jim Christie

The bankrupt city of San Bernardino, California, said in a court filing on Wednesday it had reached a tentative agreement with the creditor holding its pension obligation bonds on how the debt would be treated in the city’s plan to exit bankruptcy but did not provide details.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino election results

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

So much for Rialto Real Estate Broker Scott Beard shaking up San Bernardino City Hall from the inside.

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San Bernardino Police

Police Officer Edward Lee, a member of the San Bernardino Police Department, at a wall that a robber reportedly climbed. (Credit Jenna Schoenefeld for The New York Times)

By Michael Wines
Feb. 2, 2016

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Detective Ryan Wicks trained the headlights of his Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor on a young man spotted fleeing local gang members and climbed out of his car, a battered black-and-white cruiser of mid-2000s vintage. The odometer stood north of 95,000 miles. A rear fender was scarred by the belt buckles of hundreds of suspects who had been spread-eagled against it.

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The Sun: San Bernardino, fire union resolve $40 million in claims

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 02/01/16 – 9:26 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> An agreement between the city and its firefighter union that ends more than $40 million worth of disputes is now final, with approval from both sides.

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Kelly Fredericks

The Ontario International Airport Authority has tapped Kelly J. Fredericks as its chief executive officer. (Courtesy photo)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/01/16, 5:55 PM PST |

ONTARIO >> When the new executive director for the Ontario International Airport Authority takes the helm in March, he will earn an annual salary of $398,500 — and bonuses could push it over $500,000 a year.

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The Sun: Two San Bernardino council elections Tuesday

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/30/16 – 5:30 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Two seats on the City Council — enough to swing the balance of a city government that’s recently made controversial decisions and is slated to make others — are up for grabs Tuesday.

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William Bailey

Riverside Mayor William Rusty Bailey speaks during his State of the City Address, on Thursday, Jan 28, 2016. (David Bauman – Staff Photographer)

Published: Jan. 28, 2016
Updated: Jan. 29, 2016 – 8:04 a.m.

Speech highlights tech, jobs plans and infrastructure projects.

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Acquanetta Warren

During her State of the City speech, Fontana Mayor Acquanetta Warren said that “inclusiveness for all citizens” is vital to the growth of the city. (Photo by Jim Steinberg)

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 01/28/16 – 10:54 PM PST |

FONTANA >> Mayor Acquanetta Warren said Thursday that “inclusiveness for all citizens” is vital to the city of more than 204,000 residents.

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City of Industry

City of Industry City Council closes their council meeting after a closed session on Thursday, January 28, 2016. The state controller’s audit concludes “the potential for fraud, waste, and abuse of public resources was extremely high” over the past decade in the City of Industry. (Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News)

By Jason Henry, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
and Rebecca Kimitch, LA Daily News
Posted: 01/28/16 – 10:19 AM PST |

The state’s top fiscal officer has audited the city of Industry and concluded “the potential for fraud, waste, and abuse of public resources was extremely high” in the city over the past decade.

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The Sun: San Bernardino gets $148 parcel tax, fire outsourcing

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Local Agency Formation Commission voted unanimously to move forward Wednesday with the city of San Bernardino’s proposal to annex the 137-year old San Bernardino Fire Department into Fire Protection District Service Zone FP5-5, giving responsibility for fire and emergency medical response to the county fire department.

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/27/16 – 11:09 AM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A plan to outsource the city Fire Department and add a parcel tax of $148 per year took a big step forward Wednesday with the unanimous approval of the agency in charge of overseeing that process.

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Daily Press: Hesperia City Council approves Tapestry Project

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5-0 votes pave way for massive housing development

By Rene Ray De La Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted Jan. 26, 2016 at 12:01 AM – Updated at 10:54 PM

HESPERIA — During a boisterous and historic public meeting, a standing-room-only crowd at City Hall watched as the City Council voted to approve the massive Tapestry Project on Tuesday night.

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The Sun: San Bernardino, fire union reach tentative ‘global settlement’

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/25/16 – 9:10 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city and one of its most consistent legal adversaries, the fire union, have a tentative agreement that ends all of their legal disputes, after the City Council approved it during a closed session meeting Monday, according to City Attorney Gary Saenz.

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Daily Press: Council expected to vote on Tapestry Tuesday

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By Rene Ray De La Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted Jan. 24, 2016 at 1:05 PM

HESPERIA — After a year of discussion and debate by the public, the City Council is finally expected to vote on the proposed Tapestry project on Tuesday at City Hall.

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The Press-Enterprise: SAN BERNARDINO: Bankruptcy plan hurts those injured by city

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Those who have filed claims against the city would receive 1 percent of what they’re owed under the insolvency proposal

Published: Jan. 22, 2016
Updated:   Jan. 23, 2016 – 9:06 p.m.

The city of San Bernardino hopes that a provision of its bankruptcy-exit plan will erase more than $49 million from the books by allowing it to pay only 1 percent – $500,000 – to its unsecured creditors.

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

Daily Bulletin: Ontario Airport lands new CEO

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The Ontario International Airport Authority has tapped Kelly J. Fredericks as its chief executive officer.

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/20/16 1:34 PM PST |

ONTARIO >> An East Coast aviation veteran has been tapped to lead L.A./Ontario International Airport when a local authority assumes control later this year.

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Victorville

KND also suggests ‘bond underwriter’ label is wrong

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted: Jan. 20, 2016 at 2:54 PM
Updated: Jan 20, 2016 at 5:28 PM

VICTORVILLE — The investment banking firm entangled in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s crosshairs for an allegedly fraudulent municipal bond offering at the city’s airport says it can’t fund a defense and it was never actually the bond underwriter.

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Appellate Courts

The conviction of former L.A. Councilman Richard Alarcon on charges that he lied about living in the district that he was elected to represent has been overturned.

Soumya Karlamangla and David Zahniser
January 20, 2016

A panel of justices Wednesday threw out the perjury and voter fraud convictions of former L.A. City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife, ruling that the trial judge had issued improper jury instructions.

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Emily Alpert Reyes and Matt Lait
January 19, 2015

The Los Angeles City Council agreed Tuesday to pay more than $24 million to settle lawsuits from two men who alleged that investigations by dishonest LAPD detectives led to their wrongful murder convictions and caused them to spend decades behind bars.

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The Press-Enterprise: REGION: Cities still pursuing own police force

Riverside County Sheriff

Twelve Riverside County cities seeking to save money on law enforcement costs.

Published: Jan. 15, 2016 – Updated: 10:45 p.m.

Twelve Riverside County cities looking to save money on law enforcement costs could decide next month whether to pursue a feasibility study on forming their own police force.

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

Debbie Stone+Gino Filippi+Carol Timm

(Debbie Stone, Gino Filippi, Carol Timm / Courtesy Photos)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/15/16 – 8:02 PM PST |

UPLAND >> Three months after voting to change the city’s guiding development plan, three Upland City Council members are facing a recall attempt.

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March ARB

Rose Institute study puts area base’s annual economic value at $579 million

Published: Jan. 14, 2016 – Updated: 8:11 p.m.

March Air Reserve Base near Riverside gives the Inland area an economic boost worth $579 million a year, an analysis has found.

To read Staff Report in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The Press-Enterprise: ONTARIO AIRPORT: Nest egg may be hatched for payment

Ontario-Airport

More than $47 million could be used for one payment in the L.A.-Ontario airport deal

Published: Jan. 12, 2016 – Updated: 5:33 p.m.

A chunk of existing money, more than $47 million in the coffers of Los Angeles World Airports, may be used to satisfy a $50 million payment scheduled as part of the agreement to transfer Ontario International Airport to Inland control.

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

Rams

By Aaron Wilson and Rachel Swan
January 12, 2016
Updated: January 13, 2016 – 7:22am

HOUSTON — Oakland, the city with no stadium plans and a halfhearted effort to hang on to the Raiders, gets to keep the team anyway — for now.

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Daily Bulletin: Ontario Airport settlement agreement released; local control at hand

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LA/Ontario International Airport. Staff file photo.

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/11/16 – 8:30 PM PST |

ONTARIO >> The final settlement agreement for Ontario Airport lays out the terms of the deal that will clinch local control and sets up a protection plan for the 214 employees at the facility.

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Roger Goodell

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, addressing the media on Dec. 2, has cleared the way for a vote on possible relocation to Los Angeles. (Brandon Wade / Associated Press)

Sam Farmer and Nathan Fenno
December 9, 2015

The current stadiums in Oakland, St. Louis and San Diego are “unsatisfactory and inadequate,” and the proposed solutions are not viable to keep the Raiders, Rams and Chargers in their home markets, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a report distributed Saturday to all 32 teams.

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The Sun: Retired San Bernardino police oppose cuts to pension

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/05/16 – 5:46 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Unlike every other retiree in this and other bankrupt California cities, 23 retired San Bernardino police officers would lose part of their pension in the city’s bankruptcy plan — and they’re going public with their opposition to those cuts.

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NFL

Los Angeles has had several sites proposed for an NFL stadium over the years, yet the nation’s second-largest city is still without a team.

Sam Farmer and Nathan Fenno
January 5, 2016

In an aggressive move Monday to end the NFL’s two-decade absence from Los Angeles, three franchises — the Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers and St. Louis Rams — submitted relocation applications to the league on the first day they were eligible to do so.

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Daily Press: More changes ahead

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Hesperia City Council race’s top three vote earners, Russ Blewett, left, Bill Holland, center and Paul Russ gather for a photograph at Blewett’s election party in November 2014. (James Quigg, Daily Press) |

By Rene Ray De La Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted Jan. 3, 2016 at 12:02 PM

HESPERIA — As the Gateway City to the High Desert greets the New Year, changes in city leadership, new development and talk of the proposed Tapestry Project are expected to keep the city busy in 2016.

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Jim Penman

James Penman speaks at a forum for the mayoral candidates in 2005. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

By Joe Mozingo
Dec. 30, 2015

  • James Penman says he fought dysfunction at San Bernardino’s City Hall. His critics see his tenure as city attorney differently.

His gray hair was impeccable, as were his suits and ties, cinched into Windsor knots. With his penetrating gaze and stern, pockmarked face, James Penman made a distinctive impression as he roamed San Bernardino in his Chevy sedan.

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Daily Bulletin: Passenger, cargo volume up at Ontario airport

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Passenger traffic is up 4 percent and cargo is up 13 percent at L.A./Ontario International Airport from November 2014 to November 2015.

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 12/29/15, 6:51 PM PST |

ONTARIO >> As they prepare to hand off control of L.A./Ontario International Airport, officials from Los Angeles World Airports are reporting a 4 percent passenger increase and a 13 percent increase in cargo at the Inland Empire travel hub for November this year over the same time last year.

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The Press-Enterprise: CORONA: Hackers change construction alert to pro-Trump message

Trump Freeway Sign Hack

Published: Dec. 28, 2015
Updated:   Dec. 29, 2015 6:58 a.m.

Motorists driving the 15 in Corona on Christmas Day were given a political directive from a roadside construction alert.

To read article Anne Millerbernd in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Reuters: Bankrupt San Bernardino spars with creditors over police spending

U.S. Bankruptcy Court

By Robin Respaut
December 23, 2015

The bankrupt California city of San Bernardino won praise from bondholders on Wednesday for its handling earlier this month of the massacre that killed 14 people, but at the first significant court hearing since the attack, creditors questioned a plan to increase spending to bolster the police force.

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The Sun: Bankruptcy appeal sides with San Bernardino over fire union

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 12/22/15 – 7:39 PM PST |

An appeals court once again ruled against the San Bernardino City Professional Firefighters and in favor of the city Tuesday, affirming U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Jury’s conclusion that nothing in the city charter or state law prevents the city from outsourcing its Fire Department.

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Jarrod Burguan

The Los Angeles Kings honored the victims of December 2 terrorist attack in San Bernardino by recognizing a Hero from the shooting, US Navy Master Chief Tina LaTendresse. Standing with her are San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan, SWAT Team Leader Sgt. Brian Harris, Homicide Detective Marco Granado and San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis. (John McCoy – Staff Photographer)

By Elliott Teaford, Daily Breeze
Posted: 12/22/15 – 10:34 PM PST |

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan has been to plenty of Kings games over the seasons at Staples Center, but none were quite like the one he attended with SWAT team leader Brian Harris, homicide detective Marco Granado and Mayor Carey Davis.

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The Sun: San Bernardino chooses Mark Scott, Jarrod Burguan as city manager

Jarrod Burguan

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan speaks about first responders sharing their stories of their roles and heroic efforts in the San Bernardino mass shooting during a press conference at the San Bernardino Police Department in San Bernardino. (Rachel Luna — Staff photographer)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 12/21/15 – 9:17 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The City Council on Monday unanimously chose the Burbank city manager to be this city’s interim manager beginning Feb. 8 and Police Chief Jarrod Burguan to fill in from Jan. 1 until then.

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The Press-Enterprise: POLITICS: Debt battle pits Inland cities against each other

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A lawsuit by Eastvale over relief bill could have ramifications for three other area cities.

Published: Dec. 18, 2015
Updated:   Dec. 20, 2015 – 5:57 p.m.

Jurupa Valley City Manager Gary Thompson is certain Riverside County will prevail in the legal challenge filed by Eastvale concerning a plan to erase millions of dollars in debt owed by Jurupa Valley, Menifee and Wildomar — but not Eastvale.

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

Daily Press: City manager gets new contract

Victorville

By Shea Johnson, Staff Writer
Posted Dec. 20, 2015 at 5:21 PM

VICTORVILLE — Without a pay raise for four years, City Manager Doug Robertson’s new contract through June 2019 will pay him $21,875 per month after the City Council last week approved the deal.

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Murrieta

State has ordered city to pay county to settle dispute about loans made to the city’s former redevelopment agency.

Published: Dec. 20, 2015
Updated:   Dec. 21, 2015 – 6:53 a.m.

The state’s Department of Finance is forcing Murrieta to pay $4.8 million to Riverside County to settle a dispute about loans the city made to its former redevelopment agency in the mid-2000s.

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

Air Force One

Sarah Parvini, Paloma Esquivel, Laura J. Nelson and Anh Do
December 18, 2015

It has become a sobering pattern of his presidency: Air Force One touches down in a heartbroken town and President Obama rushes toward the grief. He meets moms and dads, fiancés and friends — the newest members of a club no one would choose to join, Americans whose loved ones died in a mass shooting.

On Friday evening, it was San Bernardino’s turn.

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The Sun: San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan to be named interim city manager

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San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan speaks about first responders during a recent news conference in San Bernardino. (Rachel Luna – Staff Photographer)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 12/17/15 – 7:58 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city has a succession plan to replace the city manager who’s resigning Dec. 31, if the City Council approves it Monday: the top cop will be the top leader for a month, then Burbank City Manager Mark Scott takes over.

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Daily Bulletin: LA City Council approves Ontario airport agreement

Ontario International Airport

A traveler at L.A./Ontario International Airport checks the arrival and departure monitors. The Los Angeles City Council has approved transferring airport ownership to the local Ontario International Airport Authority. The process is expected to be completed in July. (File Photo)

By Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Daily News
and Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 12/16/15 – 12:45 PM PST |

LOS ANGELES >> The Los Angeles City Council approved a landmark $250 million agreement that will lead to the transfer of ownership of LA/Ontario International Airport to a local authority, culminating a five-year battle between Los Angeles and Ontario.

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Daily Press: Bentsen named new city manager for Hesperia

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By Matthew Cabe
Staff Writer
Posted Dec. 15, 2015 at 8:44 PM

HESPERIA — The City Council voted in closed session prior to Tuesday evening’s regular meeting to appoint Nils Bentsen to the position of city manager.

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Secretary of State

Capitol Alert
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
December 15, 2015

  • Controller’s searchable website covers $36 billion in wages
  • City wage, benefit costs decline while county costs increase

State Controller Betty Yee has released a new searchable database of local government salaries, covering 602,377 positions with more than $36 billion in wages.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: Los Angeles could be Olympic winner and loser

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
December 13, 2015

  • City’s bid for 2024 games advances
  • Boosters say it could be profitable on $4.5 billion budget
  • But city would have to cover any losses

Los Angeles moved closer last week to becoming the venue for the 2024 Summer Olympics when voters in Hamburg canceled its bid.

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Richard A. Serrano and Teresa Watanabe
December 12, 2015

As FBI divers continue to paddle the murky waters of a lake in San Bernardino, the federal investigation into the massacre at a county health department gathering is reaching a critical juncture: With whom were the two shooters in contact?

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Los Angeles Times: San Bernardino police chief kept his cool after the massacre

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San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Phil Willon
December 9, 2015

As police officers kicked open doors in the Inland Regional Center in the search for the armed assailants who had just massacred 14 county employees, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan was outside scanning the terrain for a safe place to coordinate the sweeping emergency response.

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Donald Trump

U.S. Republican presidential hopeful, Donald Trump. (EFE/File)

By Beto Alvarez | 11:26 a.m. Dec. 9, 2015

  • A slight majority of 500 San Diego residents polled strongly or somewhat agreed with Donald Trump’s statements on Muslims

San Diego Union-Tribune/10News poll, conducted by SurveyUSA, has a margin of error of +/– 3.2 to 4.5 percentage points. A look at the results:

To read poll in The San Diego Union-Tribune, click here.

Jarrod Burguan

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan takes a question at a press conference on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. (Chris Carlson/AP)

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Cassie MacDuff

Published: Dec. 8, 2015
Updated:   Dec. 9, 2015 – 6:59 a.m.

In the midst of the media maelstrom after the San Bernardino terror attack has stood one figure, solid as a rock: Police Chief Jarrod Burguan.

To read column by Cassie MacDuff in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The Press-Enterprise: MORENO VALLEY: World Logistics Center foes seek a vote

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Published: Dec. 7, 2015 – Updated: 11:41 p.m.

A group of Moreno Valley residents have launched a petition drive with the goal of overturning three city-adopted initiatives aimed at protecting the World Logistics Center from environmental challenges.

To read article by Michael J. Williams in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: San Bernardino public safety response gets high marks

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San Bernardino Police Chief Jerrod Burguan addresses the media.

Saturday, December 5, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

Inland Empire law enforcement agencies involved in the response to the act of terrorism at the Inland Regional Center are receiving stellar marks across the board.

As they should.

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Paul Davis

Paul Davis accepts $40,000, statement of regret from colleagues to drop claim that investigation violated his constitutional rights. (Terry Pierson/File)

Published: Dec. 4, 2015 – Updated: 11:53 p.m.

It wasn’t exactly an apology, but Riverside officials have acknowledged that they regret the city’s 2014 investigation of City Councilman Paul Davis, who was accused of violating the city charter.

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

Union Democrat (AP): FBI: California shooting investigated as act of terrorism

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AP California News
By Amanda lee Myers and Tami Abdollah
Dec 4, 2015 – 3:55 PM EST

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — The FBI announced Friday that it is investigating the mass shooting in Southern California as an act of terrorism, while a U.S. law enforcement official revealed that the woman who helped her husband carry out the attack had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and its leader on Facebook under an alias.

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Authorities are searching for a motive in a mass shooting Wednesday at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino that left 14 people dead and 21 injured. Two suspects were killed in a police shootout after the attack.

Joe Mozingo and Peter Jamison
December 3, 2015

The whine of police sirens is familiar on the streets of San Bernardino.

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San Bernardino Shooting

A law enforcement officer stands guard at the police line near a home being investigated by police. Fourteen people were killed when suspects opened fired at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

Richard A. Serrano, Paloma Esquivel and Richard Winton
December 2, 2015

Dressed in black masks and tactical gear, armed with long guns and pistols, they entered a holiday party for county health workers in San Bernardino as it was in full swing. Before they fled, they had killed 14 people and wounded 17 others.

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The Press-Enterprise: MURRIETA: No criminal charges against ex-Mayor Harry Ramos

Harry Ramos

District attorney’s office’s decision does not affect a civil lawsuit filed by a Ramona woman who says Ramos sexually harassed her. (Frank Bellino – File Photo)

Published: Dec. 1, 2015
Updated: Dec. 2, 2015 7:01 a.m.

The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office has declined to pursue criminal charges against Murrieta Councilman Harry Ramos for his actions during a Murrieta Chamber of Commerce event in January.

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

The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: Our cities have become vulnerable

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
November 29, 2015

  • Bankruptcies and scandals showed danger
  • Pension burdens one major factor
  • Auditor to monitor local governments

The bankruptcies of three cities and high-profile financial scandals in a couple of others demonstrated the operational vulnerabilities of California’s municipalities.

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The Sun: Amazon opens 6th California fulfillment center in Rialto

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By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 11/24/15 – 4:51 PM PST |

RIALTO >> Online retail giant Amazon quietly began warehousing operations out of its sixth California-based e-commerce fulfillment center in Rialto earlier this month.

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Council members who approved the project in August again affirm their support. Two other council members, George Price and LaDonna Jempson, sought an election, but joined the majority, noting they lacked support.

Published: Nov. 24, 2015 – Updated: 10:28 p.m.

Three ballot initiatives aimed at protecting the World Logistics Center from environmental legal challenges won’t actually go to Moreno Valley voters.

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

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The City Council could call for an election or approve the initiatives themselves Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Published: Nov. 23, 2015 Updated: 10:57 p.m.

Three initiatives that could insulate the World Logistics Center from lawsuits have qualified for the ballot, Moreno Valley’s City Clerk said Monday, Nov. 23.

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

Settlement

By Lou Ponsi / Staff Writer
Nov. 23, 2015 – Updated 12:11 p.m.

A $4.9 million settlement has been reached in the Kelly Thomas wrongful-death civil suit against Fullerton and current and former police officers, attorneys announced Monday just hours before the civil case was to begin.

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Monday, November 23, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

It sure appears as if San Bernardino still can’t get out of its own way.

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Daily Press: Interim city manager appointed to Hesperia

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Johnson will fill in as Council continues search for Podegracz’s replacement

By Rene Ray De La Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: Nov. 21, 2015 at 12:01 AM
Updated: Nov. 21, 2015 at 8:44 PM

HESPERIA — The city has found a temporary replacement for Mike Podegracz as it continues its search for a new city manager.

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/19/15 – 6:48 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> City Manager Allen Parker confirmed at a neighborhood meeting Thursday that he would be leaving Dec. 31, after a closed session vote to offer him $221,976 in severance pay in exchange for his resignation from a position that had become increasingly fractious.

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NFL

Los Angeles has had several sites proposed for an NFL stadium over the years, yet the nation’s second-largest city is still without a team.

Sam Farmer
November 19, 2015

The clock is winding down on the likelihood of the NFL’s return to Los Angeles by the 2016 season, and the situation is as murky as ever.

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The Sun: Source: San Bernardino City Manager Allen Parker to leave post Dec. 31

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/18/15 – 9:09 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Allen Parker’s last day as city manager will be Dec. 31, after the City Council agreed Monday to modify his contract to include a year’s severance pay in exchange for his resignation, according to a source who was in the room for the closed-session vote.

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calpers

For years, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System has estimated its investments will earn an average of 7.5% or more a year. Now it plans to slowly reduce that rate to 6.5%.

Melody Petersen
November 18, 2015

The board of California’s largest public pension fund approved a plan Wednesday to lower its estimate of future investment returns — a move that will require taxpayers to pay billions of dollars more than expected over the next decades.

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World Logistics Center

They file 48,000 signatures for ballot measures to fight challenges to the proposed World Logistics Center warehouse complex.

Published: Nov. 16, 2015 – Updated: 10:23 p.m.

Supporters of the World Logistics Center turned in about 48,000 signatures Monday for three ballot initiatives aimed at thwarting legal challenges to a 40.6 million-square-foot warehouse complex that would transform the city’s eastern side.

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

The Sun: San Bernardino approves outsourcing with Burrtec

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/17/15 – 12:42 AM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> After years of uncertainty going back at least to the first month of bankruptcy when the city started moving forward with outsourcing its refuse services, 72 city employees learned Monday night who their new employer will be: Burrtec.

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Eastvale

Published: Nov. 16, 2015 – 8:18 p.m.

  • Eastvale voted to sue Riverside County on a 5-0 vote Monday night, Nov. 16.

The Eastvale City Council announced Monday night, Nov. 16, that it intends to file a lawsuit against Riverside County involving a bill that provided for debt relief for Riverside County’s newest cities.

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

The Sun: Former Victorville councilwoman sues employer, alleges retaliation

Angela Valles

Angela Valles

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 11/12/15, 10:22 AM PST |

Outspoken former Victorville Councilwoman Angela Valles is suing her employer, the Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority, alleging her colleagues have retaliated against her and demoted her because of her continued efforts to expose government corruption.

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Ontario International Airport

United Airlines jet lands Monday November 9, 2015 at LA/ONT International Airport. (Will Lester — Staff Photographer)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 11/09/15 – 10:12 AM PST |

RIVERSIDE >> A deal could be finalized as early as next month to transfer control of LA/Ontario International Airport to a local authority.

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Pensions

By Ed Mendel
October 10, 2015

Former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and current Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed have more in common than their last names. Both have the same broad pension story. But last week, Atlanta had a very different ending.

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Daily Bulletin: Ontario airport deal moves closer to LA’s approval

LAWA Logo

The Los Angeles World Airports’ Board of Airport Commissioners met to discuss the transfer control of LA/Ontario international on Thursday in Los Angeles.

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 11/05/15 – 11:50 AM PST |

LOS ANGELES >> A deal that would transfer LA/Ontario International Airport to an Inland Empire authority is one step closer to final approval by the Los Angeles City Council.

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, November 5, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

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

On the Lou Desmond and Company Show, Cliff Cummings joins the program to discuss the ongoing political corruption and trust issues here in San Bernardino County. Also, San Bernardino had an extremely low turnout at the city elections on Tuesday. More on that.

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InlandPolitics: Off-year elections offer nothing new

Election Results

Thursday, November 5, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

The 2015 off-cycle election offered nothing significant in terms of results or surprises.

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Daily Bulletin: Devereaux apologizes for silence on Andrew Lamberto’s arrest

Andrew Lamberto

In this file photo, Andrew Lamberto addresses the board of supervisors on December 8, 2014 in San Bernardino.

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 11/03/15 – 5:18 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Greg Devereaux, the chief executive officer of San Bernardino County, offered a public apology to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, referring to his decision to not immediately inform the county’s elected leaders that his human resources director, Andrew Lamberto, had been arrested and pleaded guilty to agreeing to engage in prostitution.

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The Sun: San Bernardino chooses developer for Carousel Mall

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/03/15 – 12:38 AM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A plan to dramatically redevelop the 42.6 acres downtown where Carousel Mall has sat since 1973 took a big step forward Monday when the City Council unanimously entered an exclusive negotiation agreement with two companies to develop the mall and adjacent Theater Square area.

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Daily Bulletin: Ontario airport authority reviews deal

ontario airport

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 11/02/15 – 12:32 PM PST |

ONTARIO >> Following in the footsteps of the city, the Ontario International Airport Authority has signed off on its review of a deal that in concept would transfer LA/Ontario International Airport to the authority.

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The Sun: Vote may change direction of San Bernardino

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/31/15 – 5:47 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The direction of a city that for years has fluctuated between disparate approaches to public safety, homelessness, taxes and other issues will once again be in voters’ hands on Tuesday.

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, October 29, 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 Brian Davision, who is running for city council in San Bernardino’s fifth ward. Why is he running, and what does he hope to accomplish for the city?

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Lou Desmond

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

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

Lou is joined by Adrian Moore of The Reason Foundation.

First, they talk about an interesting occurrence in the San Bernardino City Council race. An email went out saying that the Redlands Tea Party Patriots was backing one of the candidates. But RTPP has never sent any communication. So what gives?

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/27/15 – 8:05 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Under the shadow of bankruptcy, good things are happening in San Bernardino, Mayor Carey Davis said at an hourlong talk Tuesday evening.

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The Sun: San Bernardino audit letter received, but process not complete

San Bernardino City Hall

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/23/15 – 7:25 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city at last has a letter from its independent audit firm on whether its financial statements are accurate, but Friday evening it still hadn’t received the full audit — two days after it was last promised, and more than a year and a half after the state deadline.

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