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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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 3, 2017 Read the rest of this entry »

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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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 »

ontario-international-airport

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

ontario airport

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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Joseph Turner
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 – 12:14 a.m.

During the 2012 campaign, Lovingood billed himself as a fiscal conservative businessman who would boost the economy, increase jobs and oppose taxes and fees levied on the taxpayers.

It was a powerful message earning him the victory that November.

Let’s go back in time to an article published in the Daily Press in May 2012. Each candidate was asked to pinpoint what they view as the most pressing issue in the race. Read the rest of this entry »

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Joseph Turner
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 – 6:55 p.m.

If you are interested in listening to the full audio replay of “The John & Ken Show” interviewing First District Supervisor candidate Angela Valles, please visit the following link.

Note: We are now more than a week into this unfolding scandal and Supervisor Robert Lovingood and the entire Victorville City Council has refused to condemn the federal government’s violation of the law and they have refused to make any statements in opposition of the Syrian refugees.

Shame on Supervisor Robert Lovingood and Victorville Councilman “Lyin'” Ryan McEachron.

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Joseph Turner
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 – 12:06 p.m.

First District Supervisor candidate Angela Valles announced on her Facebook page that she will be a guest on KFI AM 640’s “The John & Ken Show.” They will discuss the Syrian refugees in Victorville and hopefully condemn Supervisor Robert Lovingood for not speaking out against the federal government’s violation of the law.

Also, it should be noted that when the article ran on Friday in the Daily Press, Supervisor Lovingood did not oppose the placement of Syrian refugees in our community. In fact, not one county official or official from the City of Victorville spoke out against these refugees.

Instead, they insisted that the federal government did not have to consult with local governments and that they didn’t care that the federal government didn’t consult them.

Angela Valles will be a guest at 4:00 PM.

You can listen to her on KFI 640 AM on your radio, via iHeart Radio app on your smartphone, or online via their live stream on the internet.

No Money

Joseph Turner
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 – 10:35 p.m.

For some odd reason, the Daily Press did an article on the campaign finance reports for the First District Supervisor race this week. The campaign finance reports have been out for a month and it showed Lovingood with a huge advantage in the money he has raised.

You can read the article here.

Every candidate wants to have more money than their opponent. But here is the reality. You can overcome and trump a significant monetary disadvantage if you are getting high quality earned media during your election campaign. Read the rest of this entry »

theyre-just-children-they-said

 

Joseph Turner
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 – 9:22 p.m.

The Boston Marathon bombing was carried out by Chechen brothers Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev on April 15, 2013.

The Wikipedia entry for this event states:

During an initial interrogation in the hospital, Dzhokhar alleged that Tamerlan was the mastermind. He said they were motivated by extremist Islamist beliefs and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that they were self-radicalized and unconnected to any outside terrorist groups.

There has been some confusion over the years about whether or not the Tsarnaev brothers were in fact refugees. Read the rest of this entry »

 

san-bernardino-county-email-scandal-part-2

Joseph Turner
Monday, October 24, 2016 – 9:03 p.m.

In Part 1 of this expose, I “copy and pasted” the public information request and answers by the county concerning the employment contract of political lobbyist Fred Aguiar (view here).

Now I am going to copy and paste the second public information request submitted on September 30, 2016. The answers were provided on October 7.

Read the answers carefully and note them. I did. Read the rest of this entry »

Joseph Turner
Sunday, October 23, 2016 – 4:20 p.m.

Supervisor “Do-Nothing” Bob Lovingood finally responded to the Syrian refugee scandal unfolding in Victorville this week. I am sure that after listening to Lovingood’s brief message below, you will be comforted by his confident, re-assuring tone.

Complete coverage of the San Bernardino County Syrian refugee scandal can be read here.

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Joseph Turner
Sunday, October 23, 2016 – 3:53 p.m.

On Friday, the Daily Press confirmed that Syrian refugees have indeed been placed in Victorville by the federal government. On Tuesday, Angela Valles broke the news and rebuked Supervisor Robert Lovingood and the Victorville City Council for either covering it up, or being asleep at the wheel.

Officials from both agencies refused to condemn and oppose the placement of these refugees within San Bernardino County. Additionally, they took turns attacking Valles.

Lies, Corruption & Cover Ups

Supervisor Robert Lovingood’s campaign has been in a tailspin since the news broke in the very conservative High Desert district that encompasses the cities of Adelanto, Hesperia, Victorville, and the Town of Apple Valley.

He slammed Valles in an obvious effort to deflect from taking accountability for the unfolding scandal. He claimed that Valles was merely seeking headlines and unaware of the responsibilities of the office. Read the rest of this entry »

sick-refugees

 

Joseph Turner
Friday, October 21, 2016 – 10:40 p.m.

BUT THEY WERE VETTED!

Yeah, stop us if you have heard this before. Breitbart News reports a “vetted” refugee has been diagnosed with a multi-drug resistant form of tuberculosis.

One of the 3,554 refugees resettled in Ingham County, Michigan (Lansing) during the six years beginning October 1, 2010 and ending on September 30, 2016 (FY 2011 to FY 2016) has been diagnosed with multi-drug resistant (MDR) tuberculosis (TB), the Ingham County Health Department tells Breitbart News.

In case you missed it, we presented just a short list of notable refugees arrested for various crimes who were also vetted. Read the rest of this entry »

InlandPolitics: Syrian Smackdown in Victorville; Picture of Front Page Story

syrian-refugee-smackdown-victorville

Joseph Turner
Friday, October 21, 2016 – 11:44 a.m.

Well, if you are running for re-election in a conservative Republican district, then a headline and story like this is prrroooobably something you are not going to want to see dropped on you right as voters get their absentee ballots.

In what was one of the most devastating articles I have ever read published during a local campaign, this will probably go down as the beginning of the end of Supervisor “Do-Nothing” Bob Lovingood’s campaign.

On the front page you get a devastating headline and the first two paragraphs are all bad for the incumbent. Read the rest of this entry »

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Joseph Turner
Friday, October 21, 2016 – 3:49 p.m.

By now, Victorville residents are learning that Supervisor Robert Lovingood and Victorville City Councilman Ryan McEachron support the federal government’s re-settlement of Syrian refugees in Victorville.

Angela Valles is running against Lovingood and she uncovered the secret dumping of unvetted refugees in the High Desert. Read the rest of this entry »

SBCO

By Stephanie K. Baer, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/20/16 – 9:35 AM PDT |

WEST COVINA >> Councilman Mike Spence pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence of a drug Thursday morning.

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baghdad-bob

 

Joseph Turner
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 – 8:46 a.m.

Syrian Refugees Dumped in San Bernardino County

The Angela Valles campaign broke a huge story yesterday about unvetted Syrian refugees being dumped into San Bernardino County by an insensitive federal government. Every single Syrian refugee placed in San Bernardino County has been settled in the High Desert community of Victorville.

It can also be shared that Syrian refugees are now in Riverside County — or more specifically Riverside and Corona.

All of this occurred under the watch of San Bernardino County Supervisor Robert Lovingood even though the federal government is required to consult with local authorities before placing these individuals.

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BREAKING NEWS – Just received from the Angela Valles campiagn.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 18, 2016

Angela Valles Condemns Dumping of Unvetted Syrian Refugees in San Bernardino County; Home of December Terrorist Attack by Radical Islamists

Will terminate welfare benefits and housing subsidies for refugees once elected

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Los Angeles Daily News: San Bernardino reaches ‘momentous’ bankruptcy hearing

U.S. Bankruptcy Court

United States Bankruptcy Court in Riverside

By Ryan Hagen, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 10/14/16 – 7:38 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> The city of San Bernardino entered the final stage of its bankruptcy case Friday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, with a confirmation hearing the city and its thousands of creditors have awaited for more than four years.

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Joseph Turner
Friday, October 14, 2016 – 11:15 a.m.

On December 2, 2015, radical Islamic terrorists massacred 14 people and wounded 21 more in what at that time was the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11.

It was tragic and shocking. Many of us never believed that San Bernardino would ever be the epicenter for a terrorist attack.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/13/16 – 9:34 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Current and former leaders clashed Thursday in a televised debate over whether replacing the city charter would help or hinder economic development, corruption and the future of the city.

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Daily Bulletin: Ontario airport authority gears up for takeover

Ontario International Airport Authority

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/03/16 – 4:25 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> They say timing is everything.

When the Ontario International Airport Authority issues bonds Nov. 1 — the same day it formally takes over control of LA/Ontario International Airport — there could be some savings for future operations.

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SBCO

By Joe Nelson and Stephanie Baer / Staff Writers
Published: Sept. 30, 2016 – 7:12 p.m.

West Covina Councilman Mike Spence said Wednesday he has no intention of resigning from his elected position following a drug-related car crash in June causing him serious injuries.

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InlandPolitics: Hagman chief of staff charged in drug-related DUI

SBCO

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 – 10:50 p.m.

Mike Spence, chief of staff to San Bernardino County Fourth District Supervisor Curt Hagman, has been charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence.

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The Press-Enterprise: Why downtown Riverside buildings could be getting taller

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The city may begin allowing higher buildings, but would buffer homes and historic spots like the Mission Inn. (Kurt Miller / Press-Enterprise)

By Alicia Robinson / Staff Writer
Published: Sept. 23, 2016
Updated: Sept. 26, 2016 – 7:53 a.m.

Downtown Riverside’s sparse silhouette has been dominated by a few boxy, nondescript towers, two domes and Mount Rubidoux.

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By Ali Tadayon, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 09/25/16 – 6:31 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A bill that would ensure first responders to the Dec. 2 terrorist attack in San Bernardino get fully reimbursed for the cost of their response was vetoed Sunday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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The Sun: San Bernardino election debates back on

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/23/16 – 10:40 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> At least two sets of debates are planned at City Hall, after the City Council overruled City Manager Mark Scott’s decision not to allow any debates.

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John Myers
Sept. 20, 2016 – 2:47 p.m.

The retiring forecaster for California’s largest public employee pension fund offered some final advice on Tuesday: State and local governments should be required to pay more into the system as soon as next year.

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The Sun: Why there will be no debates at San Bernardino City Hall this election season

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/18/16 – 1:11 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> City Manager Mark Scott informed the City Council Friday that he would not allow any of the usual election forums or local election broadcasts unless a majority of the council members voted to reverse his decision.

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The Sun: Harmony project east of Highland faces new legal challenge

City-of-Highland

By Kristina Hernandez, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 09/16/16 – 7:34 PM PDT |

HIGHLAND >> Three public interest groups on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the city of Highland over its approval of the controversial Harmony housing project.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/15/16 – 11:22 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The proposed new city charter was cast as the way to end decades of destructive political infighting or a surrendering of self-government Thursday in a debate between the campaigns for and against changing the city’s governing document.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
September 11, 2016 – 4:00 AM

The “unfunded liabilities” of state and local pension funds are California’s biggest unresolved political issue – at least in financial terms.

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The Sun: What is the San Bernardino city charter and should it change?

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/04/16 – 4:12 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Labor Day begins the big campaigns for and against the ballot measure to replace the city’s charter — essentially a constitution that, if changed, could either finally free city officials to fix the city and increase voter participation or could throw away the city’s heritage and citizen protections, depending on who’s arguing.

But most people haven’t heard either argument.

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The Sun: San Bernardino anti-charter change group asks city clerk to recuse herself

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 08/30/16 – 9:36 AM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A committee opposed to the ballot measure that would change the city charter asked Monday that City Clerk Gigi Hanna recuse herself and her employees from any decisions related to that measure.

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John Myers
Aug. 29, 2016 – 5:47 p.m.

State lawmakers rejected a plan on Monday to place limits on individual campaign donations for city and county offices, races where in some California communities there are no restrictions on the size of a legal donation.

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Ashley Furniture

Ashley’s flagship store in downtown Shanghai. The company said it is closing its plants in San Bernardino so it can compete better globally. (Weng Lei / Imaginechina.)

Natalie Kitroeff
August 29, 2016

Southern California is losing another manufacturing stalwart.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 08/25/16 – 10:35 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> James Penman and Tim Prince don’t agree on much, but they agree that changing the city charter is a bad idea and they represent groups that both submitted ballot arguments against the charter change proposal.

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Ontario International Airport Authority

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/23/16, 1:49 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> Some responsibilities for LA/Ontario International Airport’s future success will be shouldered by aviation expert Bruce E. Atlas.

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Beaumont

At least one former city official will testify next week before SEC officials

By David Danelski / Staff Reporter
Published: Aug. 23, 2016
Updated: Aug. 24, 2016 – 6:17 a.m.

As the state criminal case against seven former Beaumont officials moves through Riverside County Superior Court, a more secretive federal probe of the city’s troubled finances also is advancing.

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Money

Patrick McGreevy
Aug. 22, 2016 – 4:43 p.m.

In the continuing fallout from the city of Bell’s financial scandal, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed a bill requiring city councils and county boards of supervisors to publicly announce pay and benefit increases for government executives before they are approved by a vote.

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Calpensions: Court pension decision weakens ‘California rule’

Pensions

Ed Mendel
August 22, 2016

The one thing some pension reformers say is needed to cut the cost of unaffordable public pensions: give current workers a less costly retirement benefit for work done in the future, while protecting pension amounts already earned.

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Taxes

Seven Inland cities are asking voters to approve tax measures; four would raise sales taxes.

By Alicia Robinson / Staff Writer
Published: Aug. 19, 2016
Updated: Aug. 21, 2016 12:24 a.m.

Several Riverside County cities are hoping to cut through the election season noise and convince residents to support tax increases to pay for police, fire and other key services.

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The Sun: All seven former Beaumont officials plead not guilty in corruption case

Beaumont Corruption Case

The seven defendants in the Beaumont political corruption case, in the front row are Francis Dennis Coe Jr., Joseph Sandy Aklufi, William Kevin Aylward, Ernest Alois Egger, Deepak Moorjani, David Willliam Dillon, and Alan Charles Kapanicas, left to right, in the back row are attorneys Melissa Meister, James Taylor and Virginia Blumenthal, left to right, prior court proceedings in Dept. 52 of Riverside Superior Court on Friday. (Kurt Miller – Staff Photographer)

By David Danelski and and Gail Wesson, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 08/19/16 – 11:20 PM PDT |

The seven former Beaumont city officials charged in May with 94 felony corruption counts, including embezzlement and misappropriation of public funds, each pleaded not guilty to all charges against them Friday.

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Redlands Unified School District

Richard Winton
August 19, 2016

A former student who fathered a child with a onetime Redlands schoolteacher convicted of having sex with him and two other students will receive a $6-million settlement from the school district, officials said Friday.

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Moreno Valley seal

Foes tried to stop the developer and city from using initiatives to legally protect the project.

By Imran Ghori / Staff Writer
Published: Aug. 18, 2016 – Updated: 8:55 p.m.

A judge has denied a request by opponents of the World Logistics Center to block two initiatives aimed at shielding the 40.6 million-square-foot warehouse complex from legal challenges.

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Daily Bulletin: Ontario Airport transfer date pushed back a month

Ontario International Airport

A U.S Airways plane arrives at Ontario International Airport in this 2014 file photo. The airport’s transfer to local authority has been pushed back a month to Nov. 1. (File Photo)

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/16/16 – 8:26 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> Local ownership of the beleaguered LA/Ontario International Airport will have to wait another month until Nov. 1.

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The Sun: How downtown Redlands will change over the next few years

Redlands

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 08/14/16 – 2:13 PM PDT |

REDLANDS >> A lot is happening in downtown Redlands.

Several long-anticipated development projects are getting underway, all of them set to bring in more business and activity to the city’s historic core.

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calpers

Ed Mendel
August 15, 2016

Two actuarial associations did not publish a controversial paper by their joint task force, reflecting a split in the profession over whether public pension debt should be measured with risk-free bonds or the earnings forecast for stock-laden investment funds.

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