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By Sandra Emerson | semerson@scng.com | Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Published: July 14, 2018 at 8:00 am | Updated: July 14, 2018 at 11:04 pm

In response to community protest, the city and an Upland developer have backed off their initial proposal to swap the Cabrillo Park soccer fields for a new sports complex in north Upland.brillo Soccer Fields

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InlandPolitics: Hesperia fills council vacancy

Wednesday, August 11, 2018 – 10:00 p.m.

The Hesperia City Council has filled the vacancy left by the unexpected passing of Russ Blewett.

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In late June a judge in two cases ruled against the proposed 3,600-house Harmony Development saying the city improperly defined the project and failed to properly analyze or mitigate downstream flooding impacts, and more.

By Jennifer Iyer | jiyer@scng.com | Redlands Daily Facts
Published: July 6, 2018 at 6:34 pm | Updated: July 6, 2018 at 6:35 pm

A judge has ruled against Highland’s proposed 3,600-house Harmony development, partially siding with environmental and community groups that opposed the massive project in two related lawsuits.

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A rendering of the next phase of San Bernardino’s Arrowhead Grove project shows the affording housing complex from Crestview Avenue. (Rendering courtesy of the city of San Bernardino)

By Brian Whitehead | bwhitehead@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: June 28, 2018 at 4:23 pm | Updated: June 28, 2018 at 10:52 pm

San Bernardino received $20 million from the state’s Strategic Growth Council on Thursday, June 28, for the development of affordable housing and market-rate units at Arrowhead Grove, a complex replacing the troubled Waterman Gardens.

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By Sandra Emerson | semerson@scng.com | Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Published: June 27, 2018 at 6:06 pm | Updated: June 27, 2018 at 6:07 pm

FedEx Express has announced it will extend its lease at the Ontario International Airport for at least another three decades, and it plans to make $100 million in improvements there.

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Sunday, June 24, 2018 – 02:30 p.m.

A local developer has somehow achieved an unimaginable re-zoning of property in Adelanto, California, a city in the midst of an ongoing investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Former Citrus Valley High teacher Laura Whitehurst awaits a hearing in 2013 in Superior Court in San Bernardino. Laura Whitehurst was convicted of having sex with several students who attended the Redlands school. She had a baby with one of the students. (Photo by Kurt Miller, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com and Scott Schwebke | sschwebke@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: June 22, 2018 at 2:56 pm | Updated: June 22, 2018 at 8:03 pm

Joshua Polo earned a visit to the vice principal’s office at Redlands High School when, in a heated squabble with English teacher Laura Whitehurst, he called her a “whore.”

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By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com and Scott Schwebke | sschwebke@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: June 22, 2018 at 3:08 pm | Updated: June 22, 2018 at 7:49 pm

A top Redlands Unified School District official attempted to destroy evidence and obstructed the 2013 criminal investigation of a former teacher convicted of sexually abusing students, according to sworn statements and police reports supporting allegations in eight pending lawsuits against the district.

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Highland Community News: Harmony election coming up on Nov. 6

By James Folmer, Editor
Highland Community News
Jun 13, 2018 / Updated Jun 13, 2018

The Highland City Council approved five resolutions Tuesday night to set in motion the Nov. 6 vote on the Harmony housing project and to elect two council members.

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The Sun: Cannabis activist submits 2,800 signatures for Colton ballot initiative

Stephanie Smith helps canvas for signatures, for a San Bernardino ballot initiative, with Alexander Navarrette in the Verdemont neighborhood of San Bernardino, CA., Friday, May 18, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, The Sun/SCNG)

By Brian Whitehead | bwhitehead@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: June 14, 2018 at 5:14 pm | Updated: June 14, 2018 at 5:32 pm

A political action committee in Colton led by cannabis activist and real estate developer Stephanie Smith has submitted more than 2,800 signatures from registered voters who favor the regulation and taxation of commercial cannabis in their city, according to the committee’s attorney.

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City Councilwoman Janice Elliott during the oath of office ceremony at the Upland City Council meeting, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. (Eric Reed/For The Bulletin/SCNG)

By Sandra Emerson | semerson@scng.com | Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Published: May 25, 2018 at 5:57 pm | Updated: May 25, 2018 at 5:59 pm

The Upland City Council on Tuesday, May 29, will consider reprimanding Councilwoman Janice Elliott for misconduct and violating the trust of her colleagues, according to the city.

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By Rene Ray De La Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted May 26, 2018 at 8:35 AM

HESPERIA — As the community continues to mourn the loss of Mayor Russ Blewett, the city is working through the difficult task of moving forward without him.

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By Sandra Emerson | semerson@scng.com | Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Published: May 24, 2018 at 2:28 pm | Updated: May 25, 2018 at 1:50 am

Adelanto voters on June 5 will decide who should fill the City Council seat formerly held by Councilman Jermaine Wright, who is facing federal bribery and arson charges.

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Daily Press: Community mourns passing of Hesperia Mayor Russ Blewett

By Rene Ray De La Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted May 23, 2018 at 9:44 AM Updated May 23, 2018 at 4:58 PM

HESPERIA — The community is mourning the unexpected passing of Mayor Russ Blewett.

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Bloomberg: California’s Brown Says Cities on Their Own as Pension Tab Rises

By Romy Varghese
May 14, 2018 – 8:30 AM PDT

  • Governor says it’s not up to the state to help localities
  • California lawmakers passed pension overhaul in 2012

As California’s cities flounder under the rising cost of public pensions, they shouldn’t expect the state to extend a hand.

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By Richard K. De Atley | rdeatley@scng.com and Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
Published: May 8, 2018 at 9:20 am |

FBI agents on Tuesday raided Adelanto City Hall and the home of the mayor in a widening corruption probe into the High Desert town’s dealings with marijuana businesses.

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By Sandra Emerson | semerson@scng.com | Redlands Daily Facts
Published: April 24, 2018 at 7:37 am | UpdatedD: April 25, 2018 at 12:04 am

After a heated five hours of public testimony, the Upland City Council directed its attorney to file a supporting brief in a coastal city’s lawsuit against California’s controversial sanctuary state law.

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By Brian Whitehead | bwhitehead@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: April 23, 2018 at 9:07 pm | Updated: April 25, 2018 at 12:04 am

Debate over California’s sanctuary state law is accelerating through San Bernardino County this week, with Yucaipa on Monday, April 23, joining Hesperia in formally coming out against the law.

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The Press-Enterprise: Is city manager’s firing a black eye for Riverside?

By Ryan Hagen | rhagen@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
Published: April 21, 2018 at 7:01 am | Updated: April 21, 2018 at 9:09 pm

Riverside City Council members were explicit in their warning when they voted in February to extend then-City Manager John Russo’s contract: If we don’t show strong support, staff members will see us as unsupportive and unstable.

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Daily Press: Victorville’s law enforcement contract to rise 6 percent

By Shea Johnson, Staff Writer
Posted: Apr 19, 2018 at 5:04 PM
Updated: Apr 19, 2018 at 5:04 PM

VICTORVILLE — The city’s contract for law enforcement services will rise to $25.4 million next fiscal year, up more than 6 percent over the current year despite identical staffing levels.

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The Press-Enterprise: With city manager fired, who’s in charge of Riverside?

By Ryan Hagen | rhagen@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
Published: April 18, 2018 at 6:57 pm | Updated: April 18, 2018 at 8:10 pm

Now that Riverside’s city manager has been abruptly fired, there’s another question: Who’s running the city?

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For the fifth time in eight years, a Redlands Unified School District employee has been accused of sexually abusing students.

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: April 17, 2018 at 7:07 pm | Updated: April 18, 2018 at 8:56 am

The Redlands Unified School District on Tuesday was slapped with another sexual abuse lawsuit alleging a former Redlands High School theater technician had an intimate three-year relationship with a female student beginning when she was 15 years old.

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The Press-Enterprise: Riverside City Manager John Russo fired by City Council

Riverside City Hall. File photo by William Wilson Lewis III, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG

By Ryan Hagen | rhagen@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
Published: April 17, 2018 at 7:18 pm | Updated: April 18, 2018 at 9:02 am

Riverside City Manager John Russo was fired Tuesday, April 17, by the City Council — less than 10 weeks after it extended the top administrator’s contract and lavished praise on him.

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Capital Public Radio: Opposition To Immigrant Sanctuary Spreading In California

By Amy Taxin , Associated Press
Sunday, April 15, 2018 | Sacramento, CA

(AP) — More local governments in California are resisting the state’s efforts to resist the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown, and political experts see politics at play as Republicans try to fire up voters in a state where the GOP has grown weak.

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The Sun: Critics of plan to bring 3,600 homes to Highland area head to court

By Jennifer Iyer | jiyer@scng.com | Redlands Daily Facts
March 31, 2018 at 10:00 am

Opponents of the large-scale Harmony housing development are expected to make their case against the project in court this week. A hearing is set for Friday, April 6.

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San Bernardino City Councilwoman Virginia Marquez recently announced she will not seek re-election. She was elected to the Ward 1 seat in 2009. (The Sun file photo)

By Brian Whitehead | bwhitehead@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: March 16, 2018 at 3:43 pm | Updated: March 16, 2018 at 3:45 pm

Virginia Marquez is calling it a career. Again.

Ten years after retiring from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the 61-year-old recently announced she will not seek re-election to the San Bernardino City Council.

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By Brian Whitehead | bwhitehead@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: March 9, 2018 at 7:00 am | Updated: March 9, 2018 at 7:22 am

Mike Gallo, president and CEO of Kelly Space & Technology in San Bernardino, has withdrawn from the 2018 mayoral race to focus on making space access easier and more affordable for the growing small satellite industry, he announced Friday, March 9.

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By Brian Whitehead | bwhitehead@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: March 6, 2018 at 3:29 pm | Updated: March 6, 2018 at 3:58 pm

The chairman of the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce filed a public claim against San Bernardino on Monday, March 5, alleging his civil rights were violated by several city officials at a recent City Council meeting.

The claim is a precursor to a civil lawsuit.

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The Sun: Private investigator clears Adelanto mayor of sexual harassment allegations

By Brian Whitehead | bwhitehead@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: February 23, 2018 at 7:26 pm | Updated: February 23, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Adelanto Mayor Richard Kerr was cleared of sexual harassment allegations Friday after an independent investigator concluded he did not engage in unlawful sexual harassment nor violate city policies, city spokesman Michael Stevens said.

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By Ryan Hagen | rhagen@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
Published: February 20, 2018 at 8:02 pm | Updated: February 20, 2018 at 8:50 pm

After two weeks of public calls for a vote on Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey’s attempted veto of a new contract for the city manager, the City Council formally voted Tuesday, Feb. 20, to stand by the city attorney’s opinion that the only way to reject the contract would be a lawsuit.

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The Press-Enterprise: Attempt to recall 3 Corona City Council members fails

By Suzanne Hurt | shurt@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
February 19, 2018 at 3:36 pm

An effort to recall three Corona City Council members fizzled when the group was unable to gather enough signatures to put the issue on a ballot by the Sunday, Feb. 18 deadline.

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From left, Mayor Rusty Bailey, Mayor Pro Tem Chris Mac Arthur, City Manager John Russo and City Attorney Gary Geuss. A weekly planning meeting didn’t happen Monday, Feb. 12, when Bailey’s colleagues did not attend. (File photos)

By Ryan Hagen | rhagen@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
Published: February 12, 2018 at 6:47 pm | Updated: February 12, 2018 at 7:19 pm

Since before Rusty Bailey was elected Riverside mayor in 2012, the city’s top officials — the mayor, city manager, city attorney, city clerk and mayor pro tem — have met nearly every Monday in what they call the Teamwork and Communication meeting.

But Monday, Feb. 12, everyone but Bailey refused to attend.

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It has not yet been publicly divulged whether either will substantiate the accusations against City Manager Gabriel Elliott or Mayor Rich Kerr.

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
@DP_Shea
Posted:    Feb 12, 2018 at 5:10 PM
Updated: Feb 12, 2018 at 5:10 PM

ADELANTO — Separate sexual harassment investigations into the city’s highest-ranking administrator and top public official have been completed, with written reports on each expected “imminently,” a city official said Monday.

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Calpensions: When do CalPERS rates become ‘unsustainable’?

By Ed Mendel
Monday, February 12, 2018

The use of the word “unsustainable” had a distant echo this month as the League of California Cities issued a study of CalPERS rates, a move to get stronger local options for controlling rising pension costs.

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By Imran Ghori | ighori@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
Published: February 9, 2018 at 6:41 pm | Updated: February 9, 2018 at 6:43 pm

A Riverside County judge has sided with critics of the planned World Logistics Center in ruling that an environmental study for the project was flawed.

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By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
February 9, 2018 at 3:05 pm

Attorneys alleging the mishandling of reports of sexual abuse by former Redlands High School teacher and convicted sex offender Kevin Patrick Kirkland have sued another former teacher, alleging he sexually abused a student.

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By Dan Walters | Feb. 4, 2018 | Commentary

From one end of California to the other, hundreds of cities are facing a tsunami of pension costs that officials say is forcing them to reduce vital services and could drive some—perhaps many—into functional insolvency or even bankruptcy.

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By John Myers
Feb. 1, 2018 – 3:53 p.m.

Citing limited options for raising local taxes, the association representing hundreds of California cities warned that rising public employee pension costs might mean fewer services and longer emergency response times over the next several years.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino Campaigns: Hold that Date!

Thursday, January 18, 2018 – 10:00 a.m.

Things could go just a little bit better for San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis.

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The Sun: Beaumont corruption probe prosecutors argue against dropping charges

By Richard K. De Atley | rdeatley@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
January 10, 2018 at 4:02 pm

The final defendant in the Beaumont corruption case “expressly and unmistakably” surrendered his right to a speedy preliminary hearing, and a claim that he was denied a chance to see the evidence against him is “clearly contrived,” prosecutors said Wednesday as they asked a judge to deny his motion for dismissal.

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By Richard K. De Atley |
Published: January 9, 2018 at 10:32 am | Updated: January 10, 2018 at 6:12 am

The last defendant in the Beaumont corruption case wants a judge to throw his charges out, saying he was wrongly denied a speedy preliminary hearing and that prosecutors have dragged their feet in producing evidence.

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Adelanto Mayor Rich Kerr (Courtesy photo)

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
January 6, 2018 at 7:00 am

Adelanto City Manager Gabriel Elliott’s recent allegations that Mayor Rich Kerr and two councilmembers repeatedly broke the law and violated the city charter echo allegations by three former longtime employees who are suing the city for wrongful termination.

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The Sun: Sexual harassment allegations are trumped up, Adelanto city manager says

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By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
PUBLISHED: January 3, 2018 at 6:46 pm | UPDATED: January 3, 2018 at 7:42 pm

Adelanto City Manager Gabriel Elliott denies allegations by former city employees that he sexually harassed them, saying he believes they are trumped up, designed to embarrass him, and that Mayor Rich Kerr is likely behind it.

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By Joseph Turner |
Published: September 25, 2017

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors appear ready to hire a toll-lane guru to manage a High Desert transportation project at the next board meeting on Tuesday. The move signals that toll-lanes are undoubtedly in the offing for Victor Valley commuters who already have one of the worst commutes in the region.

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Observations on California and its politics
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 02, 2017 – 5:10 PM

Throughout California, local government and school district officials are writing new budgets and confronting rapidly rising costs of pensions.

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Darren Chin, project manager of Twelve Oaks, stands amid a vineyard on the 700-acre development, financed by Chinese investors. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

David Pierson
April 23, 2016

David Liu made his first fortune more than two decades ago, exporting American scrap metal to his rapidly industrializing home country of China. After the financial crisis, he scored big again buying thousands of distressed apartments in the United States and selling them later for a tidy profit.

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Daily Press: Amid dissonance, Gomez searches for voice

By Monica Solano and Shea Johnson, Staff Writers
Posted:     Apr 15, 2017 at 4:32 PM
Updated:  Apr 15, 2017 at 4:32 PM

  • Not since 2012, the second full year in office for former Victorville City Councilwoman Angela Valles, has the tension in council chambers been so palpable and sparring matches so frequent.

VICTORVILLE — Nearing six months on the dais, neophyte Councilwoman Blanca Gomez first had to upend an incumbent’s re-election bid. But now her election maybe inadvertently threatens another overturn: the recent run of decorum between city leaders.

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Democratic state Senators Ricardo Lara, of Bell Gardens, left, and Richard Roth, of Riverside, confer off the Senate floor in Sacramento. By a razor-thin margin, lawmakers late Thursday, April 6 approved a $5-billion-a-year boost in California’s gas and vehicle taxes to pay for major road repairs. (Rich Pedroncelli, Associated Press)

By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: April 7, 2017 – Updated: 11:41 a.m.

Riverside County will get $420 million for transportation infrastructure projects, and four cities will finally get their vehicle license fee revenue back, thanks to a deal struck with two Democratic lawmakers to get their votes for a massive transportation funding package.

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Joseph Turner
Monday, April 3, 2017 – 7:46 p.m.

The following press release from American Children First regarding their education initiative that was filed this afternoon was sent to InlandPolitics this evening.

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By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/02/17 – 1:21 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> Now under local control for six months, the Ontario International Airport is bringing in almost 10 percent more revenues than it did during the same period last year when it was owned by Los Angeles World Airports.

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The Sun: Two San Bernardino city officials resign

Night falls on City Hall in downtown San Bernardino in this 2012 file photo. (File)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/29/17 – 10:55 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Two high-ranked city officials have announced that they’re leaving City Hall.

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California leaders say they will continue to protect people in the country illegally despite an announcement by U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions that the U.S. Department of Justice would soon cut federal grants from so-called sanctuary cities.

Ruben Vives and Cindy Carcamo
March 27, 2017

Leaders from so-called sanctuary cities across Southern California struck a defiant tone Monday, stating that they would continue to protect people who are in the country illegally despite threats by U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions to cut off and even claw back grant funding from the Justice Department.

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IE Business Daily: San Bernardino is Right to Ask for Help


March 25, 2017

The City of San Bernardino has problems. The city, despite having exited bankruptcy, remains broke. The police department is undermanned and underfunded. Increased pension obligations to CalPERS threatens to consume any additional revenue to the department and the city.

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By Monica Solano, Staff Writer
Posted:     Mar 23, 2017 at 3:43 PM
Updated:  Mar 23, 2017 at 3:47 PM

VICTORVILLE — Forty-eight hours after a City Council meeting that featured threats of legal action, heated arguments on the dais and the request for more law enforcement to help maintain order, city officials didn’t mince words in offering their reactions.

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By Rene Ray De La Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted:    Mar 23, 2017 at 3:28 PM
Updated: Mar 23, 2017 at 4:44 PM

HESPERIA — Mayor Paul Russ said he doesn’t remember much of last week after a medical emergency put him into a coma and a local hospital.

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By Louis Casiano Jr. / Staff Writer
March 17, 2017

SANTA ANA – A private detective who admitted he tried to set up a Costa Mesa councilman for a false DUI and tailed the city’s former mayor using a tracking device was sentenced by an Orange County Superior Court judge Friday to one year in jail.

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San Bernardino police Sgt. Chris Gray chats with Rene Maldonado, 13, and Isaiah Bustamante, 11, Sept. 25, 2016 in San Bernardino. (Micah Escamilla/Staff Photographer)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/12/17, 9:01 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Shootings in a pair of economically distressed California cities were skyrocketing, leaving the impression of an epidemic, but analysis by California Partnerships for a Safe Community revealed relatively few people are behind many of those shootings.

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The Sun: San Bernardino city manager drops out of Reno race

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/08/17 – 12:19 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> San Bernardino City Manager Mark Scott’s public interview Wednesday to be city manager of Reno, Nevada, didn’t take long, opening with his endorsement of the other candidate.

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Daily Bulletin: Paul Avila may be gone, but intrigue continues at Ontario City Council

By David Allen, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/25/17 – 3:51 PM PST |

In Ontario, the normally routine process of naming people to city committees last week took on elements of — ooooh — intrigue.

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The Sun: San Bernardino wants Trump’s help with these city issues

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 02/24/17 – 5:26 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A letter signed by all of the city’s policy makers asks President Donald Trump for help fighting crime and the use of drugs in the city, including marijuana, which majorities in the state and city voted to allow.

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The Sun: Attorneys file notice to appeal San Bernardino bankruptcy confirmation

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 02/23/17 – 5:47 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Three alleged victims of police beatings whose judgments would be reduced by 99 percent under the terms of the bankruptcy plan approved by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Jury have filed notice that they will appeal that ruling.

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The Press-Enterprise: Ethics hearings for Riverside mayor, councilmen delayed

A resident’s complaint against five officials is pending while the city works out bugs in new procedures.

By Alicia Robinson / Staff Writer
Published: Feb. 16, 2017 – Updated: 10:34 p.m.

Hearings on ethics complaints filed against Riverside’s mayor and four councilmen have been postponed indefinitely while the city prepares materials for the hearing board.

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Daily Bulletin: Revised North Fontana development plan going to city council

Westgate project site in Fontana (Courtesy Map)

By Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 02/05/17 – 11:09 AM PST |

FONTANA >> For about eight years, a revised plan for 964 acres in North Fontana has been winding through public meetings, workshops, and appearances before the planning commission and city council.

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Reuters: Judge confirms San Bernardino, California’s plan to exit bankruptcy

By Jim Christie | San Francisco
U.S. | Fri Jan 27, 2017 | 6:36pm EST

San Bernardino, California, won final court approval on Friday for its financial restructuring plan, clearing the way for the city to wrap up the bankruptcy case it launched more than four years ago when its leaders learned it was facing insolvency.

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The Sun: San Bernardino City Hall plans to be vacated over earthquake risk

A view of San Bernardino City Hall in October 2016. (file photo)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/21/17 – 3:25 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Plans are on track for City Hall to be vacated by April, as all employees move out of a building determined to be a substantial earthquake risk.

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The Public Eye
By Brad Branan
bbranan@sacbee.com
January 21, 2017 – 1:17 PM

In South Lake Tahoe, roads are crumbling, and the city is struggling to find ways to repair years of damage caused by harsh weather and snowplows. Orangevale residents worry that fire crews won’t arrive quickly enough in an emergency after their local fire station was closed during the recession.

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Calpensions: State pension costs doubled after rate increases

By Ed Mendel
Monday, January 17, 2017

State payments to CalPERS next fiscal year are expected to total $6 billion, nearly double the $3.2 billion paid six years ago before a wave of employer rate increases.

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Los Angeles Times: Can L.A. support two NFL teams? It’s a challenge

Nathan Fenno
January 14, 2017

When Dan Reeves moved the Rams from Cleveland to Los Angeles in 1946, the owner made a prediction about his new home.

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California Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, seen in January, wrote the 4-3 ruling that said a government agency’s legal bills are generally public record in cases that have been resolved. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Maura Dolan
December 30, 2016

A government agency’s legal bills for a case that has been resolved are generally public record, a divided California Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

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Pension costs for state and local government will begin to rise in 2017 after CalPERS officials voted to throttle back the expectations on profits earned from its $299 billion portfolio.

By John Myers
Dec. 21, 2016

In the four years since California’s largest pension fund recalibrated its investment projections, the annual contribution from state and local governments — in effect, the money paid by taxpayers — has slowly been on the rise.

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By Dale Kasler
Business & Real Estate
dkasler@sacbee.com
December 20, 2016 – 5:17 PM

The cost of that government pension is about to go up again, for California taxpayers as well as some public employees.

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Daily Press: New 370,000-square-foot industrial facility coming to SCLA

By Rene Ray De La Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted:      Dec 10, 2016 at 9:40 AM
Updated:   Dec 10, 2016 at 9:40 AM

VICTORVILLE – The announcement of a new large development project at Southern California Logistics Airport is drawing the attention of many in the manufacturing industry.

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The Sun: What San Bernardino did during its 4-year bankruptcy

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 12/07/16 – 6:46 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A day after the city emerged from its 53-month bankruptcy, city officials marked the “watershed moment” with a detailed statement on what they’ve done since filing for bankruptcy and their plans for the future.

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A federal judge said Tuesday that she would approve San Bernardino’s bankruptcy plan, meaning that the city can begin the process of emerging from four years of bankruptcy. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

Paloma Esquivel
December 6, 2016

After four long, painful years, San Bernardino will soon emerge from bankruptcy.

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

San Bernardino City Hall

San Bernardino City Hall. (File)

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

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

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

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

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

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Calpensions: CalPERS, CalSTRS considering more rate increases

Pensions

Ed Mendel
November 21, 2016

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

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San Bernardino Seal

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

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

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Bill Holland

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

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

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Ontario International Airport

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dan Weikel
November 1, 2016

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

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Daily Bulletin: Ontario airport finally under local control in November

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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