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Ontario International

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/08/14, 10:17 PM PDT | Updated: 43 secs ago

ONTARIO >> Following six consecutive years of decline, passenger traffic at LA/Ontario International Airports has apparently stabilized in the early part of 2014.

But members of the Ontario International Airport Authority are reluctant to equate the recent reports as good news for the medium-hub facility.

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US Bankruptcy Court

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jul. 8, 2014 – 11:03 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jul. 9, 2014 – 7:32 am

Government pensions were once considered untouchable, ironclad, off limits even if the employer went bankrupt.

On Tuesday, a federal bankruptcy judge in Sacramento inched closer to changing all that. Commenting during a hearing on Stockton’s bankruptcy case, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein suggested that employees and retirees could have their pensions reduced to facilitate the city’s financial reorganization.

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The Sun: Investigation of Colton city manager stalls budget

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By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 07/07/14, 2:28 PM PDT | Updated: 37 secs ago

COLTON >> An investigation related to the city’s top manager comes at one of the worst times for Colton — budget season.

The situation has prompted a 60-day delay until the police chief, who has been tasked as interim city manager in Stephen Compton’s absence, guides departments, many without directors, into a fiscal plan to keep the city running.

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A San Bernardino sign on I-10 East is seen on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 in San Bernardino, Calif. The San Bernardino city council voted Tuesday night in favor of the city filing for bankruptcy. (AP Photo/Grant Hindsley)

San Bernardino’s deal means pensions off bankruptcy table
By Steven Greenhut1:47 p.m.July 7, 2014

SACRAMENTO — The nation’s largest pension fund, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, has racked up another victory in its effort to halt any effort by municipalities to get out from under their crushing pension obligations.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Third city investigation seeks alleged secret recordings

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A councilman’s trial testimony suggests the former city manager was covertly taped at a staff meeting

Published: July 6, 2014 Updated: 10:42 p.m.

Riverside is investigating whether someone covertly recorded former City Manager Brad Hudson’s comments nearly five years ago and then shared the tapes with others, including Councilman Paul Davis.

That brings the number of probes at Riverside City Hall to three in the past three months, putting officials in an unprecedented – and likely uncomfortable – situation.

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

The Sun: San Bernardino Fire Department prepares for cuts

San Bernardino City Fire Department

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/06/14, 6:04 PM PDT | Updated: 42 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Fire Engine 230 roared toward a woman who’d overdosed, keeping lights and sirens on without a chance to return to the station from the crew’s last call.

It was the seventh call for service Thursday for the station at Mill Street and Arrowhead Avenue, with more to come, after a night that included extricating people from a truck after a major crash on the 215 Freeway and a garage fire complicated by power that was re-routed because the house had been turned into a marijuana grow.

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Lobbying

By Ben Baeder, Whittier Daily News
Posted: 07/06/14, 6:03 PM PDT | Updated: 31 mins ago

At an increasing pace, your local government is spending your tax money paying lobbyists to get some more of your own tax money sent back to your community.

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/03/14, 12:25 PM PDT | Updated: 33 secs ago

ONTARIO >> When the latest passenger traffic figures for L.A./Ontario International Airport were released, a different trend emerged from what the medium-hub facility has experienced in the past three years.

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Rialto Unified School District

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 07/05/14, 2:54 PM PDT | Updated: 36 secs ago

Rialto Unified officials agreed with outgoing Superintendent Harold Cebrun that any future bad-mouthing will be costly, according to Cebrun’s separation agreement with the district.

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Pension Reform

Solutions to filling the void in pension-benefit funding often pit unions against city officials.

By TERI SFORZA / STAFF COLUMNIST
Published: July 5, 2014 Updated: July 6, 2014 8:45 a.m.

So let’s start with the bracing news: Orange County cities have promised their workers more than $3.3 billion in retirement benefits that they do not have.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Thursday, July 3, 2014 – 10:15 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom Thursday morning.

Official unemployment rate falls in June

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 288,000 jobs were added in June. The number dropped the official unemployment rate (U-3) to 6.1%

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/01/14, 8:19 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The deadline passed Tuesday for two citizen-sponsored charter amendments to make it on November’s ballot, but the proponent behind at least one of the measures says he intends to keep gathering signatures for the next election.

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/01/14, 8:07 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Some City Council members are calling for a review of City Manager Allen Parker after he and the finance director were absent during the city’s final budget hearing, leaving them to pass the cuts-filled spending plan with some questions unanswered.

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By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 07/02/14, 8:18 PM PDT |

COLTON >> New information came to light this week about an investigation related to the city manager being placed on administrative leave, with concerns mounting during a troubled City Council meeting rife with complaints from the public.

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Ontario International Airport

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin L.A./Ontario International Airport General Manager Jess Romo says he welcomes the recent passenger traffic figures which seem to indicate the medium hub facility is moving away from years of decline.

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/02/14, 9:32 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> Jess Romo, general manager of LA/Ontario International Airport, says he welcomes the recent passenger traffic figures which reveal that the medium hub facility is moving away from years of decline.

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Ontario

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/01/14, 10:32 PM PDT | Updated: 27 secs ago

ONTARIO >> After a tumultuous few City Council sessions in recent weeks, Tuesday’s meeting saw a relatively short council agenda.

The two items that generated the most discussion dealt with Councilman Paul Vincent Avila and his issues with other council members.

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Paloma Esquivel
July 2, 2014

After anti-illegal immigration protesters in Murrieta successfully forced buses full of migrants to divert to San Diego for processing, groups of immigration advocates have quietly galvanized.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/30/14, 9:17 PM PDT | Updated: 30 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city passed its budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year Monday night, three hours before the year began.

The 5-2 vote — Councilmen John Valdivia and Benito Barrios opposing — came after warnings on one hand of disastrous effects in bankruptcy court if a full budget wasn’t passed by that deadline, and on the other of dire threats to the city from cuts contained in the budget.

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The Sun: Fire union accuses San Bernardino of ‘hiding’ money

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/28/14, 11:04 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The fire union continues to accuse the city of keeping $75 million “hidden in misleading or unmarked investment accounts” despite city officials’ position that the money was openly posted and legally can’t be used to prevent cuts to public services like the Fire Department.

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The Sun: Colton City Council wants update on city manager investigation

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By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 06/27/14, 12:00 PM PDT |

COLTON >> The City Council wants answers.

Council members want an update on the status of City Manager Stephen Compton at Tuesday’s regular City Council meeting.

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DailyBulletin: Ontario City Council passes budget for 2014-2015

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By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/26/14, 10:21 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> The City Council passed a nearly $470.25 million budget for 2014-15, an increase of $7.74 million over the current fiscal year, at a special meeting on Thursday evening.

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VVDailyPress: Adelanto continues to eye bankruptcy filing

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BROOKE SELF
STAFF WRITER
Posted Jun. 26, 2014 @ 7:31 pm
Updated Jun 26, 2014 at 7:38 PM

ADELANTO — Adelanto city officials said dramatic cuts to its general fund mean its $2.61 million deficit will merely increase by $22,000 in 2014-15. However, that still might not be enough to stave off a bankruptcy filing, the city manager said Thursday.

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City had sued to prevent development of a medical complex, but City Council members say recently ousted Mayor Tom Owings was driving force.

Published: June 26, 2014 Updated: 7:18 p.m.

The recent change in Moreno Valley’s leadership has some city and county officials hoping it could mean an end to the city’s litigation against the March Joint Powers Authority.

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

The PE: EASTVALE: Councilman resigns, accuses colleagues of wrongdoing

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June 25, 2014

Eastvale City Councilman Jeff DeGrandpre abruptly resigned Wednesday night after accusing his council colleagues of engaging in “back-door deals,” causing dissension at City Hall and holding meetings that violated California’s open-meeting law.

To read story by Sandra Stokley in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE: Probe of councilman inconclusive

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The next step will be a City Council hearing on the investigation report, but it isn’t clear what action, if any, could result against Mike Soubirous.

Published: June 25, 2014 Updated: June 26, 2014 10:59 a.m.

An investigation into complaints against Riverside City Councilman Mike Soubirous was unable to determine whether he violated the city charter and ethics code. The council will hold a hearing on the findings July 22.

An investigation into complaints against Riverside Councilman Mike Soubirous was inconclusive, finding that “it would be speculation” to say whether Soubirous did anything wrong.

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

The PE: PERRIS: Councilman out of jail after drug arrest

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City Council colleagues express surprise at the arrest of Julio Rodriguez

Published: June 25, 2014 Updated: June 26, 2014 10:59 a.m.

Perris City Councilman Julio Rodriguez was out of jail on Wednesday, a day after his call to 911 ended with him in handcuffs.

To read story by Sarah Burge in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/24/14, 9:39 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> Martin Lomeli has been named the interim city manager through November 14.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom Tuesday morning, in case you missed it.

U.S. Consumer Confidence Index hits post-recession high

The Consumer Confidence Index hit 85.2 in June, according to the Conference Board.

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Calpensions: San Bernardino cuts deal to pay CalPERS debt

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, June 23, 2014

Bankrupt San Bernardino announced an agreement with CalPERS last week to pay off an unprecedented pension debt owed for skipping payments to the pension fund for a year — $13.5 million, plus several million more in penalties and interest.

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The Sun: New owners of San Bernardino’s largest hotel plan upgrade this year

Hotel San Bernardino

Many will lose their jobs, but the loss of the Hilton in San Bernardino will hit more than jobs, as travelers become wary of even staying in San Bernardino. The news is yet another hit for the city, which has seen major attractions head west — to Ontario, for instance.

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 06/20/14, 8:44 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The new owners of this city’s largest hotel say late this year they plan a major upgrade of the 251-room property, which is called “The Hotel of San Bernardino.”

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DailyBulletin: Wild card councilman keeps shuffling the deck in Ontario

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Paul Vincent Avila, an Ontario councilman, speaks during the public comment portion of Tuesday’s meeting. (Photo by David Allen)

By David Allen, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/19/14, 5:04 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

You think the situation is tense in Iraq? Try an Ontario City Council meeting.

Like a bomb that might go off if mishandled, Tuesday’s meeting proceeded in relative calm but with quiet anxiety. In the final moments, Councilman Paul Vincent Avila, whose behavior has dominated recent meetings, asked a provoking question.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/19/14, 8:09 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> San Bernardino and police union officials think they’re within a month of an agreement, but the city is so far from progress with the firefighters union that a U.S. bankruptcy judge released that union from mediation Thursday.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Thursday, June 19, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom Thursday morning, in case you missed it!

High Desert cities approve budgets

Two High Desert cities have approved balanced budgets, for their 2014-15 fiscal years.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Jun. 18, 2014 – 8:55 pm

CalPERS and bankrupt San Bernardino have reached an “interim agreement” that could head off a major legal battle over bankruptcy debts and the ironclad status of public pensions, the city reported.

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DailyBulletin: Rialto Unified to pay James Wallace $171k on administrative leave

Rialto Unified School District

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/17/14, 8:28 PM PDT | Updated: 57 secs ago

RIALTO >> Deputy Superintendent James Wallace will earn $170,501 in the 2014-15 school year for the same job he’s done since Sept. 14: staying home.

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National Community Renaissance

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/16/14, 10:34 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The nonprofit group behind the Waterman Gardens Affordable Housing Project will build 75 affordable units at Ninth Street and Valencia Avenue, replacing that number of low-income apartments at Waterman Gardens with ones sold at market rate.

The switch follows a 6-1 vote at Monday’s City Council meeting, with Councilman John Valdivia opposing the plan.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

Here’s some new flowing across the transom Tuesday morning, in case you missed it!

Inland Cities budget woes ease

Several Inland Empire cities are facing a less dicier budget picture in their upcoming fiscal years.

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San Bernardino Seal

Paul Drasil, who retired under attack by former elected officials, was asked back by new mayor.

BY CASSIE MACDUFF / STAFF COLUMNIST
Published: June 16, 2014 Updated: 9:40 p.m.

The return of Interim Fire Chief Paul Drasil shows just how much things have changed in San Bernardino.

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

DailyBulletin: Upland approves utility rate hikes

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/15/14, 9:12 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> Residents will have to pay more in utility bills starting next month, with increases expected to continue over the next several years.

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InlandPolitics: Could San Bernardino use shuttered hotel for homeless?

San Bernardino City Hall

Sunday, June 15, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Could bankrupt San Bernardino use the shuttered Maruko Hotel for the homeless?

It’s an interesting question that proves a point.

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IEBusinessDaily: San Bernardino’s Future Rides on Bankruptcy Decision

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IE Business Daily

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Elections, Recalls, Charter Amendments, Labor Negotiations, and Pension Reform are all ideas bandied about in the effort to right the financial ship of the City of San Bernardino.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino: Business just keeps on getting better!

Hotel San Bernardino

Friday, June 13, 2014 – 02:30 p.m.

It just keeps getting better and better for beleaguered San Bernardino, California.

As previously discussed this week. The Hilton Hotel, located in the city’s Hospitality Lane Business District, has been sold and reopened under a new trade name.

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InlandPolitics: Talk between San Bernardino, developer over downtown mall?

Rumor Mill

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 – 03:00 p.m.

We’ll preface this by saying it’s just a rumor.  A pretty interesting rumor for that matter.

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InlandPolitics: Commentary: Little return on invested funds?

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 – 05:00 p.m.

The bad news just keeps piling up for bankrupt San Bernardino, and the surrounding area, these days. A city, and area, that has been the beneficiary of more than $ 1.026 Billion in government projects over the past several years.

That’s right. I did say billion!

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The Sun: Colton city manager placed on paid administrative leave

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By Doug Saunders, The Sun
Posted: 06/09/14, 3:14 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

COLTON >> City Manager Stephen J. Compton has been placed on paid administrative leave pending review of “certain personnel actions,” according to a city news release.

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/09/14, 8:02 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

UPLAND >> Despite meeting for the third time, the City Council has failed to come to a decision on hiring an interim city manager.

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City-of-Highland

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 06/09/14, 6:19 PM PDT |

HIGHLAND>> The City Council is considering placing an initiative on the November ballot that would split up the town into council districts, in reaction to legal threats made by activists.

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InlandPolitics: Will makeover solve SBD airport woes?

SBD International Airport

Monday, June 9, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

It’s round twenty for San Bernardino International Airport (SBD).

While nearby Ontario International Airport struggles to regain passenger traffic count, officials at SBD are hoping that a new makeover will help the aging and dormant facility re-market itself.

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Beaumont

City management and staff criticized for engaging ‘in a pattern and practice of deception that transcends the typical give-and-take of dispute negotiation’

Published: June 8, 2014 Updated: 11:09 p.m.

Beaumont’s efforts to build roads on its own, ignoring a regional program its City Council agreed to embrace, appear to have backfired.

And the bill for independence is tens of millions of dollars, a judge has ruled.

To read story by Craig Shultz in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

CapitolWeekly: Locals pay tab for open government

Capitol Weekly

By SAMANTHA GALLEGOS
Posted 06.08.2014

State lawmakers and voters agree on one thing: transparency in government.

Local government, that is. State government remains exempt.

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InlandPolitics: Commentary: William “Buck” Johns returns again

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Sunday, June 8, 2014 – 12:30 p.m.

It just never ends!

William “Buck” Johns is back at it again.

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Sunday, June 8, 2014 – 12:00 p.m.

Some ominous business activity is raising questions over the actual health of the East San Bernardino Valley business climate.

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Buck Johns

Johns defends his reputation in the Victor Valley

June 07, 2014 7:38 PM
BROOKE SELF, STAFF WRITERB

ADELANTO • One of two high-profile developers who wants to bring a 3,280-bed jail to Adelanto that would house an overflow population of Los Angeles County inmates defended his past dealings in the Victor Valley this week and said the new facility would bring a much-needed boost to the local economy.

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DailyBulletin: Upland to hold special session Monday on city manager

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/06/14, 11:22 PM PDT | Updated: 47 secs ago

UPLAND >> City leaders are hoping the third time’s the charm in its search to replace – on an interim basis – retiring City Manager Stephen Dunn. A third special closed session meeting will be held Monday afternoon to discuss the possible hiring of an interim city manager.

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The Sun: Former City Attorney Penman cleared of FPPC complaint

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/05/14, 8:55 PM PDT | Updated: 28 secs ago

The Fair Political Practices Commission has cleared former City Attorney James F. Penman of an allegation springing from the recall effort against him and other officials.

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Goodman Logistics Center

COURTESY Rendering of the Goodman Logistics Center coming to Rancho Cucamonga.

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/05/14, 10:22 PM PDT | Updated: 53 secs ago

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> A major global developer of warehousing and logistics centers is bringing a new facility to this city and it’s expected to bring thousands of jobs with it.

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Gavel

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/05/14, 1:55 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Citing the lack of progress in the last four months, a judge has given Ontario and Los Angeles more time to gather evidence in their dispute over control of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

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InlandPolitics: Other Inland Empire election tidbits

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Thursday, June 5, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

Here’s some other news of interest from Tuesday’s primary election:

Apple Valley fire tax fails

Town of Apple Valley voters rejected a tax increase to provide additional funding to the town’s fire protection district.

The measure required a two-thirds vote.

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Clippers owner Donald Sterling hasn’t spoken publicly about the team since his wife conducted a speedy sale of the franchise last week.

James Rainey
June 4, 2014

Donald Sterling has agreed to go along with the $2-billion sale of the Clippers negotiated by his wife, Shelly, in an agreement that will also lead the NBA to drop its administrative charges against the longtime team owners, Sterling’s attorney said Wednesday afternoon.

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The Sun: San Bernardino continues budget cut talks

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/02/14, 8:26 PM PDT | Updated: 28 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Tough budget cuts recommended by the city manager haven’t gotten any easier, but as the City Council prepares for its third of five budget hearings Tuesday they’ve at least gotten a bit clearer.

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The PE: HEMET: Recall effort comes to an end

City of Hemet

Group seeking to oust three Council members did not collect enough signatures to get issue on the ballot

Published: June 2, 2014 Updated: June 3, 2014 8:51 a.m.

The effort to recall three members of the Hemet City Council is dead.

To read story by Craig Shultz in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

VVDailyPress: Familiar name involved in jail proposal

Buck Johns

‘Buck’ Johns pitching private facility to ease woes in LA County

May 31, 2014 7:09 PM
SHEA JOHNSON, STAFF WRITER

ADELANTO • City Manager Jim Hart said this week Adelanto would allow a new private correctional facility on its turf in a potential deal being marketed right now to Los Angeles County by a familiar and controversial figure.

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Calpensions: New step to expose hidden retiree health debt

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, June 2, 2014

A decade ago new accounting rules directed state and local governments to begin calculating and reporting debt owed for health care promised retirees, which for state workers turned out to be more than the debt owed for pensions.

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The PE: REGION: Battle over control of Ontario airport heads back to court

Cassie MacDuff

By Cassie MacDuff, Staff Columnist
Published: May 31, 2014 Updated: 6:32 p.m.

Ontario’s lawsuit against Los Angeles to regain control of Ontario International Airport will be back in court next week.

Lawyers for the sparring sides are mum.

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

InlandPolitics: This and that!

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Saturday, May 31, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom this week, in case you missed it!

Sterling Trust sells Los Angeles Clippers

The Sterling Family Trust and Shelly Sterling has agreed to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to Former Microsoft Executive Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.

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DailyBulletin: Upland extends trash contract with Burrtec

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/30/14, 9:43 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> The City Council has given the green light to a $60 million contract extension with Burrtec for solid waste collection.

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The Sun: San Bernardino council discusses police, fire budgets

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/28/14, 10:49 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Two departments, $84 million in proposed spending and about $7 million in proposed cuts down, a long way to go.

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The campaign to Tuesday’s recall election has included familiar arguments, with Mayor Tom Owings stressing his record and foes saying he must go.

Published: May 28, 2014 Updated: 10:37 p.m.

As Moreno Valley Mayor Tom Owings prepares to face Tuesday’s recall election, he’s campaigning in the same outspoken manner in which he’s led the city, railing at opponents while fiercely touting his record.

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

DailyBulletin: Upland City Manager Stephen Dunn to retire

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/27/14, 9:42 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> City Manager Stephen Dunn announced at Tuesday night’s council meeting that he will retire effective June 30, in the midst of financial turmoil and after a testy relationship with some members on the City Council.

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VVDailyPress: SEC amends fraud complaint

Victorville

Attorneys must answer or ask to dismiss by June 5
May 27, 2014 5:46 PM
SHEA JOHNSON, STAFF WRITER

VICTORVILLE • The Securities and Exchange Commission recently amended its complaint alleging fraud in a 2008 municipal bond offering against the city, Assistant City Manager Keith Metzler and others. The SEC had to do so to comply with a federal judge’s order to show proof of earlier dismissed claims that the city and Metzler were also benefactors of ill-gotten gains.

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The Sun: Grand Terrace officials hope to keep city on course with plan

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/26/14, 10:23 PM PDT |

GRAND TERRACE >> An almost total loss of institutional memory and severe financial constraints allow city leaders very little margin for error as they follow a course toward hoped-for economic development, but they expect a strategic plan for the next six years to help keep them on track.

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IEBusinessDaily: San Bernardino charter reform oblivion

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IE Business Daily

By IE Business Daily
May 24, 2014

Leadership requires many virtues. The first and foremost of those is competence, or at least the public perception of it.

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The Sun: San Bernardino looking at $22.8 million deficit

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By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 05/23/14, 7:47 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Unprecedented cuts during unparalleled times are hovering over leaders in this bankrupt city, possibly forcing them to close all three branch libraries, shut down two fire stations and wipe out half of one department’s employees in an effort to balance a $124 million budget and shore up a $22.8 million deficit.

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DailyBulletin: New neighborhood opens at Colonies in Upland

Frontier Communities

Construction is underway at the new Magnolia Heights neighborhood at the Colonies in Upland earlier this month.

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/23/14, 7:56 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> One of the final pieces of the Colonies development has opened for business.

The new 97-home Magnolia Heights neighborhood has homes ranging in size from 1,829 to 2,331 square feet.

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BOE

May 23, 2014 5:12 PM
STAFF REPORTS

SACRAMENTO — The California State Board of Equalization has announced that local governments will collect $1.075 billion in tax revenue in the upcoming fiscal year.

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The Sun: Rialto balanced budget workshop being held Thursday

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By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 05/21/14, 5:09 PM PDT |

RIALTO >> For the first time in about five years the city will be able to balance its budget without pulling from reserves.

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InlandPolitics: Charging referral puts fork in Zellerbach

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May 21, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

The fat lady is singing on the end of the political career of Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach.

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The Sun: San Bernardino City Council moves forward charter amendments

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/19/14, 10:30 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Recommended changes to the city’s governing document — including the lightning rod issue of how to set police and firefighter pay — were moved toward the ballot by a unanimous City Council vote on Monday.

That’s not the end of the road, though.

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The Sun: San Bernardino City Council to discuss possible charter amendments

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/18/14, 8:17 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO >> Charter amendments recommended by a council-appointed charter committee will be reviewed by the City Council on Monday to possibly add to November’s ballot.

The meeting begins at 4 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 300 N D St.

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VVDailyPress: Adelanto hopes to stave off bankruptcy

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Officials take ‘proactive’ step in hiring firm that assisted San Bernardino, Stockton

May 18, 2014 12:05 PM
BROOKE SELF, STAFF WRITER

ADELANTO • The Adelanto City Council voted 4-1 this week to approve a contract with municipal consultants Urban Futures, Inc., in what one official called a “proactive” step to avoiding a bankruptcy filing.

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The Sun: CalPERS, San Bernardino agree to delay bankruptcy appeal

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/17/14, 10:10 PM PDT |

CalPERS has again agreed to push back its appeal of San Bernardino’s bankruptcy eligibility and cancel an August hearing in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, saying in a joint filing with the city that the delay is “critical to the success of the ongoing mediation.”

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The Sun: Signature-gathering set for two proposed amendments in San Bernardino

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/15/14, 8:15 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Signature-gathering began Thursday to put two proposed amendments to the City Charter on November’s election ballot, an effort that will take place alongside discussions of separate — in one case contradictory — recommendations of proposed charter amendments from a citizens review committee.

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Rialto Unified School District

Felix Avila. Rialto Unified’s associate superintendent of personnel services, resigned earlier this month, Associate Superintendent for Educational Services Susan Levine and Deputy Superintendent James Wallace will not have their contracts renewed after the coming 2014-15 school year.

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/15/14, 7:08 PM PDT |

RIALTO >> As a long, tumultuous 2013-14 school year comes to an end, the school district has dramatically shaken up its top-level management, with one associate superintendent resigning and two more top level officials being told their contracts will not be renewed.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, May. 15, 2014 – 6:16 pm

From the onset of Stockton’s journey through bankruptcy, Judge Christopher Klein has implied, both through comments and rulings, that he sees it as a potential test of whether public employee pensions are debts that could be reduced.

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UTSanDiego: Defense contractor, 530 jobs leaving San Diego

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By Jonathan Horn
May 15, 2014

Defense contractor Pratt & Whitney AeroPower is moving out of San Diego.

The defense contractor announced Thursday that over the next two years it will close its facility on Ruffin Road, which employs 530 people. The facility is the base for the company’s division that manufactures airline auxiliary power units.

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