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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

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

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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

Lou Desmond

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

San Bernardino

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.

Moreno Valley seal

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

Scales of Justice

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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Moreno Valley seal

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

Pensions

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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Cassie MacDuff

Cassie MacDuff, Staff Columnist
Published: May 24, 2015 – Updated: 8:29 p.m.

The statistics rattled off by San Bernardino’s bankruptcy experts last week were startling:

San Bernardino is the poorest large city in California, and the second poorest in the nation, after Detroit.

To read entire column, click here.

InlandPolitics: Water agencies start feeding at the trough

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Sunday, May 24, 2015 – 01:00 p.m.

California water agencies are at it big time

Using the drought as a driving force. Water suppliers are hammering away at rate increases in every shape or form possible.

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IE Business Daily: San Bernardino: Meet Robocop

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IE Business Daily
May 23, 2015

In 1987 Orion Pictures released a futuristic science fiction film called “Robocop” about a dirt poor city, Detroit, that had contracted public safety services to a large, privately owned corporation.

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/22/15, 11:02 AM PDT |

An Assembly bill that would allow Ontario to issue bonds to finance the acquisition of L.A./Ontario International Airport from Los Angeles was approved by the state Assembly on Friday.

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, May 21, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Lou is joined by Ryan Hagen of the San Bernardino Sun to talk specifics about fire outsourcing. What does the city hope to accomplish and what outcome can be expected from the organization they choose?

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The Sun: San Bernardino could privatize fire services

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/20/15 – 7:53 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city might become the first in the state to rely on a for-profit firm for firefighting and emergency medical services, but to do so it will have to overcome opposition that’s already mounting up and down the state.

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Redlands

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 05/20/15, 6:47 PM PDT |

REDLANDS>> The City Council on Tuesday approved new contracts for the city manager and city attorney, which include salary increases and a change in their retirement contributions.

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Beaumont

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
and Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/19/15, 2:17 PM PDT |

BEAUMONT >> State Controller Betty T. Yee on Tuesday announced her office was launching an investigation into the financial practices and reporting of this city of 42,000 to resolve “significant differences” between the city’s financial reporting and its audited statements.

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Crossing at Redlands

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved The Crossings at Redlands, a 340-unit gated apartment complex in an unincorporated area of Redlands. It will feature a sidewalk coffee shop/cafe, produce market and state-of-the-art fitness center. It is a companion project to the neighboring Circa 2020 apartment complex now under construction. (Courtesy artist rendering)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/20/15 – 6:45 PM PDT |

REDLANDS >> In the same vein as Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga and other mixed-use developments across Southern California, a 340-unit gated apartment complex, with a retail component, has been approved for development in an unincorporated area of this city.

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Lou Desmond

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 – 06:00 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Lou is joined by Adrian Moore from the Reason Foundation. They talk about the $50 MILLION discrepancy in the city’s financial paperwork. How does a city recover from something like that?

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Lou Desmond

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Lou is joined by Ryan Hagen, who covers the city of San Bernardino for the San Bernardino Sun. Ryan and Lou talk about last night’s city council meeting in San Bernardino, where the Council voted 6-1 to approve the city’s bankruptcy plan.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
POSTED: 05/18/15 – 8:55 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A full-court press by the city’s administrators, consultants and allies from the community convinced six of the seven council members Monday that it was vital to pass the Plan of Adjustment, pushing the city into the next stage of its nearly three-year bankruptcy.

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Lou Desmond

Monday, May 18, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Lou is joined by Estimable Economist Jay Prag to get his take on San Bernardino’s exit plan. What affect will their actions have on future investments in the troubled city?

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The Sun: San Bernardino bankruptcy plan gets group’s support

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
POSTED: 05/16/15 – 8:35 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The deep cuts and extensive restructuring proposed in the city’s bankruptcy exit plan got a unanimous thumbs-up from its strategic planning core team on Saturday, as the City Council prepares to vote on the plan Monday.

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Friday, May 15, 2015 – 03:30 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Ed Hoffman joins Lou to talk about national headlines. But first, they start in San Bernardino, where the city’s plan to exit bankruptcy was released yesterday. In it, the city says it’s planning to pay its creditors 1% of what they are owed.

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/14/15, 4:49 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The proposed bankruptcy exit plan released to the public for the first time Thursday would pay 1 percent of the $50 million owed to pension obligation bondholders, slash retirees’ healthcare coverage, and contract out for services, including fire and waste disposal, among other changes.

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Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Menifee and Wildomar lost millions in state vehicle license fees four years ago.

Published: May 14, 2015 – Updated: 10:21 p.m.

Four cities in Riverside County still coping with a 4-year-old revenue hit could get relief in the revised state budget offered by Gov. Jerry Brownon Thursday, May 14.

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

InlandPolitics: San Bernardino: Bankruptcy Exit Plan hide the ball!

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Thursday, May 14, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

You gotta hand it to bankrupt San Bernardino, California. If there’s any local government that can screw anything up, it’s good ole San Berdoo!

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, May 14, 2015 – 04:00 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Ryan Hagen joins to program to discuss San Bernardino’s plan to exit bankruptcy. The only problem, they are releasing it at 5:00, then locking the doors to city hall until Monday morning. Also, Lou will cover the local headlines from the Inland Empire.

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Former Upland City Manager Robb Quincey left, has petitioned to have his felony conviction reduced, dismissed and expunged, and probation terminated.

Thursday, May 14, 2015 – 09:45 a.m.

Former Upland City Manager Robb Quincey, who pleaded guilty to a felony conflict of interest charge last year, and sentenced just last October, has filed to have his conviction reduced to a misdemeanor, dismissed, expunged and probation terminated.

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U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Riverside. Today, San Bernardino will reveal its bankruptcy exit plan. The city declared bankruptcy in July 2012. (John Valenzuela/ The Sun)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/13/15, 8:27 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> City officials say they will release a sweeping bankruptcy exit plan Thursday afternoon and ask the City Council on Monday to commit to changes they say will significantly affect residents, employees and creditors for years to come.

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A lawsuit filed in San Francisco federal court accuses Wells Fargo of pressuring workers to open so many accounts and provide so many other services that the employees deceived and defrauded customers across the country.

By E. Scott Reckard
May 13, 2015

A former Wells Fargo & Co. customer accused the San Francisco banking firm in a lawsuit of fostering a high-pressure sales culture that ended up deceiving and defrauding him and customers nationwide.

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Published: May 12, 2015 – Updated: 10:42 p.m.

Riverside County supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to charge contract cities more for Sheriff’s Department services, despite pleas from several officials unsure of whether their cities can afford the price hikes.

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