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Calpensions: Why bankrupt San Bernardino didn’t cut pensions

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By Ed Mendel
May 2, 2016

After reaching agreements with all major creditors, San Bernardino is moving toward an exit from a four-year bankruptcy this fall without cutting public pensions, its largest and rapidly growing debt.

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The Press-Enterprise: MORENO VALLEY: City seeking new attorney

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Its interim lawyer, Steve Quintanilla, had agreed to stay until the end of June.

Published: April 29, 2016 – Updated: 7:23 p.m.

More than a year after Moreno Valley parted ways with its city attorney, a search for a replacement is underway.

Since July, Steve Quintanilla has been interim city attorney. Because Quintanilla has his own law practice and is also city attorney for Rancho Mirage and Desert Hot Springs, he had agreed to stay on through the end of June.

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

Scales of Justice

Luke Money
April 29, 2016

Two private investigators can be tried on charges of false imprisonment and conspiracy in connection with a fake DUI report against a Costa Mesa city councilman in 2012, an Orange County judge ruled Friday.

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The Sun: Chabot accuses Aguilar campaign of stealing signs

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Pete Aguilar, left, and Paul Chabot.

By Jeff Horseman, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 04/27/16 – 5:54 PM PDT |

Redlands police are investigating a report from Republican congressional candidate Paul Chabot that one of his campaign signs was stolen and replaced with a rival’s sign.

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Placentia

By Scott Schwebke / Staff Writer
Published: April 27, 2016
Updated:   April 28, 2016 – 7:12 a.m.

PLACENTIA – Placentia’s chief financial officer announced her resignation Wednesday amid a criminal investigation into a co-worker’s suspected theft of $4.3 million in municipal funds.

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The Sun: Proposed new San Bernardino city charter presented

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 04/26/16 – 3:48 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The City Council suggested a few changes but generally indicated support Monday for the specifics of a 14-page document that would overhaul the way the city’s been run for generations.

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Daily Press: Hesperia approves resolution to unfreeze wages for city employees

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By Rene Ray De La Cruz
Staff Writer
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Posted Apr. 21, 2016 at 10:55 AM
Updated Apr 21, 2016 at 4:53 PM

HESPERIA — The City Council approved a resolution that paves the way to unfreeze wages for union and nonunion city employees.

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Capitol Alert
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
April 21, 2016 – 10:00 AM

  • Immigration remains major issue for Republicans in Riverside County
  • Republican presidential candidates’ focus on immigration elevates debate
  • Candidates gearing up for critical primary in California on June 7

MURRIETA– Morning light filtered into the doughnut shop in Murrieta’s old downtown, and Bob Swinford lingered over coffee, longing for a revolution.

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By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/16/16 – 3:29 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> City leaders have adopted the process by which it will use to abandon at-large voting and instead divide the city into voting districts.

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Beaumont

Beaumont officials work to rebuild trust as corruption investigation enters another year

Published: April 15, 2016
Updated:   April 16, 2016 – 8:39 a.m.

Beaumont residents awoke a year ago with news that the officials they entrusted to run their city government through two decades of rapid grown may have betrayed them.

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

Daily Bulletin: Upland to appeal medical marijuana debate to the supreme court

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By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/13/16 – 5:51 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> A battle to keep out medical marijuana dispensaries has turned into a legal tax issue with possible statewide implications.

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Municipal Bonds

Published: April 13, 2016 – 8:09 a.m.

Puerto Rico, Atlantic City and Chicago school district bondholders have reason to fear a fight in court if the ailing governments collapse financially: recent cases show that when municipalities go broke, investors lose when pitted against municipal retirees.

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

Daily Press: Victorville gives notice to end VVWRA deal

Victorville

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Apr. 11, 2016 at 4:58 PM

  • With spending a growing concern, wastewater agency says dispute is within board

VICTORVILLE — In the latest signal of growing discord over management and spending, the city has given notice to end its service agreement with Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority.

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The Sun: Former Riverside finance director Brent Mason chosen for San Bernardino

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 04/08/16 – 2:13 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> City officials have chosen a new finance director: Brent Mason, who held that position in Riverside from 2010 until April 1.

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Daily Bulletin: Ontario airport authority eyes Upland-based attorney

Ontario International Airport

Planes land and take off from the asphalt-paved runway at the Ontario International Airport. (File photo)

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/04/16 – 3:10 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> A high-profile attorney could serve as the general counsel for the local authority when it assumes control of LA/Ontario International Airport this year.

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The Sun: ‘Major step forward’ for San Bernardino bankruptcy

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 04/01/16 – 5:48 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The end to the city’s three-year-old bankruptcy is in sight, but the 20 years after exiting bankruptcy will still be tough, city officials tell their creditors and bankruptcy judge in the latest version of the bankruptcy exit plan.

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The Sun: Both San Bernardino deputy city managers resign

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/31/16 – 8:05 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Both deputy city managers are resigning, soon leaving the top tier of administrative leadership under City Manager Mark Scott vacant.

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Amazon

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/30/16 – 10:47 AM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Amazon is planning to add more than 1,000 jobs to the region, announcing Wednesday that it will build a second fulfillment center in the city.

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The Sun: San Bernardino settlement: Pension obligation bondholders to get 40%

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/29/16 – 9:15 PM PDT |

San Bernardino will pay the holders of its pension obligation bonds 40 percent of what they’re owed, reducing the total payments to one of its largest creditors by about $45 million, according to a settlement between the bankrupt city and those creditors.

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Daily Bulletin: UPS adding jobs, space at Ontario airport

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By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/27/16 – 7:52 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> UPS has unveiled plans to add 500 jobs, growing its operations at LA/Ontario International Airport over the next five years in a bid to keep up with the growth in e-commerce.

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Elections

By David Allen, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/22/16 – 6:40 PM PDT |

Rancho Cucamonga isn’t the only local city scrambling to implement district elections for its city council due to a legal threat: Chino and Upland are known to be doing the same.

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Daily Press: City reorganization plan approved

Victorville

Six get raises, but $150K annual savings expected

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted March 20, 2016 at 5:38 PM

VICTORVILLE — The City Council recently approved what City Manager Doug Robertson described as a “fairly small reorganization” — one expected to give Robertson more time to focus on development and work through the strategic plan adopted last week on the dais.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE: Changes, deficit loom at City Hall

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After a multimillion-dollar surprise, city officials are adjusting their financial forecasting.

Published: March 18, 2016
Updated:   March 20, 2016 – 9:39 a.m.

Amid a shake-up of top finance employees, Riverside officials hope that changing the way they handle budgets and financial projections will help the city emerge from a surprise multimillion-dollar deficit.

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

Appellate Courts

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/19/16 – 4:36 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> In an unprecedented move, an appellate court has found Upland residents deserve the chance to overturn the city’s ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in a special election.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: California pension debts revealed

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
March 15, 2016 – 4:15 PM

  • New accounting standards require pension debt to be listed
  • Multibillion-dollar unfunded liabilities are emerging
  • However, Fresno has state’s only pension fund surplus

Thanks to new accounting standards, California’s state and local governments are being forced to acknowledge tens of billions of dollars in previously obscure debt for unfunded pension liabilities.

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Daily Press: Herrera appointed as permanent city manager in Adelanto

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Council approves the move 4-0 following nine-month interim period

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer

Posted:    Mar. 14, 2016 at 2:22 PM
Updated: Mar 14, 2016 at 3:46 PM

ADELANTO — Interim City Manager Cindy Herrera has been named to the position on a permanent basis, several months after becoming the second city employee to assume the interim role following Jim Hart’s resignation early last year, city spokesman Michael Stevens said.

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The Sun: Highland OKs plan for 178-acre Mediterra residential development

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By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 03/10/16 – 6:16 PM PST |

HIGHLAND >> The Highland City Council has approved plans for the Mediterra residential development.

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The Press-Enterprise: BEAUMONT: Union Bank provides records in spending probe

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City accounting controls were effectively nonexistent, making it impossible to know whether hundreds of millions of dollars were spent as intended.

Published: March 11, 2016
Updated: March 12, 2016 – 6:08 a.m.

Union Bank of California has provided the city of Beaumont access to financial records needed to determine how former city officials spent hundreds of million of dollars in city bond funds.

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

Money

Julie Makinen
March 11, 2016

Los Angeles is now the eighth most expensive city in the world for tourists and foreign businesspeople, a study released Thursday said, as a rising U.S. dollar has pushed the City of Angels ahead of pricey metropolises including Tokyo and Shanghai.

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Ontario International Airport

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/06/16 – 6:40 PM PST |

CLAREMONT >> What does a thriving LA/Ontario International Airport mean to the Inland Empire’s economy? It’s a question many economists and officials have asked as ONT’s passenger traffic dwindled by 32 percent from 2007 and 2010.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE: Council may ask voters for a raise

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A proposed ballot measure would bump the council’s annual pay from $41,376 to $66,211.

Published: March 4, 2016 – 1:58 p.m.

Many Riverside City Council members past and present would say that the job demands at least full-time hours.

But whether council members should be paid more than their current annual salary of $41,376 is about to become a matter of public debate.

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

Fred Shorett

4th Ward Councilman Fred Shorett speaks during a 4th Ward forum on January 9, 2014 San Bernardino City Hall. FILE PHOTO. (LaFonzo Carter/ Staff Photographer)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/04/16 – 5:40 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> One of Councilman Fred Shorett’s constituents filed a document Friday to begin the process of recalling the veteran councilman.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/04/16 – 8:07 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The week that began with the City Council putting off a key vote related to fire annexation until March 21 and hinting that it might not back it after all ended with a 4-0 vote to approve the item.

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Daily Bulletin: New CEO envisions a new Ontario Airport

Ontario International Airport

Guests from Ontario International Airport Authority and Ontario city officials speak with one another before a conference on the future of L.A./Ontario International Airport under local control at the Drucker School of Management in Claremont on Friday. (Photo by James Carbone)

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/04/16 – 7:19 PM PST |

CLAREMONT >> More direct flights, lower fares and a terminal solely for international service could be in store at L.A./Ontario International Airport under local control.

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San Bernardino Seal

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

It took the San Bernardino City Council long enough to figure out that a special district parcel tax, part of a plan to fund the county taking over the city’s fire department, was nothing more than a tax grab.

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Daily Press: Lawsuit challenges Tapestry

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Environmental groups cite lack of water, say endangered species will suffer.

By Rene Ray De La Cruz
Staff Writer
Follow @@DP_ReneDeLaCruz
Posted Feb. 26, 2016 at 1:52 PM
Updated Feb 26, 2016 at 8:44 PM

HESPERIA — A coalition of public interest groups on Friday filed a lawsuit that challenges the city of Hesperia’s approval of the controversial Tapestry Project.

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The Press-Enterprise: SAN BERNARDINO: City aims to exit bankruptcy by year’s end

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City Attorney Gary Saenz said the city has overcome “major stumbling blocks” in its recovery.

Published: Feb. 25, 2016 Updated: Feb. 26, 2016 6:49 a.m.

San Bernardino is expected to emerge from bankruptcy by the end of the year, city officials said Thursday, Feb. 25.

To read article by Alejandra Molina in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

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Officials say they’ll seek savings but expect to spend reserves to cover some of $8 million budget gap.

Published: Feb. 25, 2016
Updated:   Feb. 26, 2016 – 6:43 a.m.

After projecting a $1 million surplus last June, Riverside officials now say the city faces an $8 million deficit this fiscal year and potential budget gaps in coming years.

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

Rancho Cucamonga Seal

By Liset Márquez
liset.marquez@langnews.com
@JournaLiset on Twitter
Posted: 02/24/16 – 9:05 PM PST |

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> A new city department and the return of the Red Hill Park lake were among the upcoming developments touted by Mayor Dennis Michael at his annual state-of-the-city address.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE: Mayor faces ethics hearing as election season begins

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Published: Feb. 22, 2016 – Updated: 9:57 p.m.

A year-and-a-half old ethics complaint that Riverside Councilman Paul Davis filed against Mayor Rusty Bailey may be resolved this week, just as the 2016 mayor’s race gets underway.

Bailey is seeking re-election and Davis has been campaigning to replace him.

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

Daily Bulletin: Upland recall effort fails to collect signatures

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Upland Mayor  Ray Musser (File)

By Liset Márquez
liset.marquez
@langnews.com
@JournaLiset on Twitter
Posted: 02/20/16 – 6:58 PM PST |

UPLAND >> Former City Manager Stephen Dunn said the effort to recall Mayor Ray Musser has failed to gather the necessary signatures.

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Daily Bulletin: Lawsuit threat prompts Rancho Cucamonga to explore voting districts

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By Liset Márquez
liset.marquez@langnews.com
@JournaLiset on Twitter
Posted: 02/18/16 – 11:39 AM PST |

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> The threat of a lawsuit has prompted city officials to explore the idea of abandoning at-large voting and instead form council districts.

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The Press-Enterprise: MORENO VALLEY: Foes fail to get warehouse on ballot

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World Logistics Center opponents fall short in a petition drive to let voters decide on the project.

Published: Feb. 16, 2016
Updated: Feb. 17, 2016 – 8:09 a.m.

Moreno Valley residents will not get a chance to vote on the World Logistics Center.

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

Kelly Fredericks

OIAA’s new CEO Kelly Fredericks talks about his new position during Ontario councilman Alan Wapner’s annual quarterly event at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Ontario Airport in Ontario on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher / Staff Photographer)

By Liset Márquez
liset.marquez@langnews.com
@JournaLiset on Twitter
Posted: 02/16/16 – 5:49 PM PST |

ONTARIO >> As the incoming chief executive officer of the Ontario International Airport Authority, Kelly J. Fredericks wants to manage expectations.

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Daily Bulletin: Want to meet Ontario airport’s new CEO? That’ll be $1,000

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By Liset Márquez
liset.marquez@langnews.com
Posted: 02/15/16, 9:55 PM PST |

ONTARIO >> City leaders are criticizing a councilman for tying a campaign fundraiser with the public’s first opportunity to meet Ontario International Airport Authority’s new executive director.

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The Press-Enterprise: MORENO VALLEY: Big spending continues in warehouse battle

Iddo Benzeevi

Developer Iddo Benzeevi at an August hearing on the World Logistics Center. His company has spent more than $800,000 in campaign expenses to promote the project. (David Bauman/File)

Published: Feb. 11, 2016 – Updated: 10:20 p.m.

  • Highland Fairview, developer of the World Logistics Center, outspent foes 4-1 in campaigns for competing initiatives.

The developer of the World Logistics Center in Moreno Valley spent more than $800,000 in the last few months of 2015 to promote the mega-warehouse.

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

Port of Los Angeles

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach reported a jump in imports last month compared with a year earlier, when severe congestion had snarled traffic.

By Erica E. Phillips
Updated: Feb. 11, 2016 – 3:33 p.m. ET

The two busiest U.S. ports on Thursday reported slight growth in imports, the latest sign that many companies are holding back on spending as they wait for the economic picture to clear.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE: Council opens door to prosecutor ballot measure

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Vote hinges on whether deal can be reached with county D.A.

Published: Feb. 9, 2016
Updated:  Feb. 10, 2016 – 7:12 a.m.

Riverside council members decided late Tuesday to place a measure on the June ballot that would give the city attorney the power to prosecute misdemeanor crimes.

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

Ontario International Airport

Published: Feb. 9, 2016 – Updated: 1:25 p.m.

Registration is open for Claremont McKenna College’s half-day conference about the future of Ontario International Airport.

To read brief by Fielding Buck in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The Sun: How the former Rialto Airport will be developed

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By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/07/16 – 4:20 PM PST |

RIALTO >> One of the larger redevelopment projects in the Inland Empire is currently taking shape in and around the former Rialto Airport, with developers in discussions with potential tenants and city officials eager to usher in new housing, job and revenue opportunities.

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IE Business Daily: Fifty Percent Water Rate Increase Causes Revolt in Redlands

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IE Business Daily

February 6, 2016

January is a good time for government. While most citizens are recovering from the holidays and getting back to normal life, they aren’t paying much attention to the ramblings of elected officials.

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

Spin Zone

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

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

It sure is.

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Victorville

SCLA leading city’s growth spurt, with more expected

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer Follow @@DP_Shea
Posted Feb. 3, 2016 at 1:12 PM
Updated Feb 3, 2016 at 5:32 PM

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

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Reuters

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

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

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino election results

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

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

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San Bernardino Police

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

By Michael Wines
Feb. 2, 2016

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

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

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

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

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Kelly Fredericks

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

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

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

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The Sun: Two San Bernardino council elections Tuesday

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

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

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William Bailey

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

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

Speech highlights tech, jobs plans and infrastructure projects.

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Acquanetta Warren

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

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

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

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City of Industry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Daily Press: Hesperia City Council approves Tapestry Project

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5-0 votes pave way for massive housing development

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

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

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

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

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

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Daily Press: Council expected to vote on Tapestry Tuesday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Daily Bulletin: Ontario Airport lands new CEO

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

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

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

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Victorville

KND also suggests ‘bond underwriter’ label is wrong

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

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

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Appellate Courts

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

Soumya Karlamangla and David Zahniser
January 20, 2016

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

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City of Los Angeles Seal

Emily Alpert Reyes and Matt Lait
January 19, 2015

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

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

Riverside County Sheriff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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March ARB

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rams

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

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

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

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LA/Ontario International Airport. Staff file photo.

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

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

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Roger Goodell

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

Sam Farmer and Nathan Fenno
December 9, 2015

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

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The Sun: Retired San Bernardino police oppose cuts to pension

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

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

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NFL

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

Sam Farmer and Nathan Fenno
January 5, 2016

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

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Daily Press: More changes ahead

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

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

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

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Jim Penman

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

By Joe Mozingo
Dec. 30, 2015

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

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

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Daily Bulletin: Passenger, cargo volume up at Ontario airport

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

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

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

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

Trump Freeway Sign Hack

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

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

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Reuters: Bankrupt San Bernardino spars with creditors over police spending

U.S. Bankruptcy Court

By Robin Respaut
December 23, 2015

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

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