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VVDailyPress: Adelanto continues to eye bankruptcy filing

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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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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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Johns defends his reputation in the Victor Valley

June 07, 2014 7:38 PM

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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VVDailyPress: Familiar name involved in jail proposal

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

May 31, 2014 7:09 PM

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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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

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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VVDailyPress: Officials hold off on tax measure

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Utility-user tax would mitigate city’s fiscal crisis, council members
March 03, 2014 3:42 PM
Brooke Self, Staff Writer

ADELANTO • Adelanto officials said they will postpone attempts to add a tax measure to the ballot that would purportedly save the city from filing for bankruptcy.

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VVdailyPress: Adelanto official ousted from post

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Yuan awaiting outcome of felony vandalism charges
February 28, 2014 5:00 AM
Brooke Self, Staff Writer

ADELANTO • An Adelanto woman has been removed from her local government position as she awaits the outcome of felony charges against her for vandalism of an elementary school classroom, officials said Thursday.

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The Sun: Utility tax proposed to keep Adelanto afloat

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/16/14, 5:45 PM PST |

ADELANTO >> A $2.6 million budget deficit and lack of tax revenue could push this High Desert city into bankruptcy by the end of the year unless residents approve a utility users tax, Mayor Cari Thomas said.

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VVDailyPress: Adelanto facing insolvency; officials hope to pass utility-user tax

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February 13, 2014 12:05 PM
Brooke Self, Staff Writer

ADELANTO • At a time when Adelanto has never seen greater retail development, the city is also facing a big problem.

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VVDailyPress: AESD board hires secretary for $122K

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Cost outrages teachers, parents, councilman
February 07, 2014 4:41 PM
Brooke Self, Staff Writer

ADELANTO • Adelanto Elementary School District officials recently hired an administrative secretary to support the Board of Trustees, with a salary and benefits package totaling $122, 406.

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VVDailyPress: Most local city workers paid lower than state average

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Barstow tops list in average salary, while Hesperia pays highest in health and benefits

December 21, 2013 3:51 PM
Shea Johnson, Staff Writer

The average city worker’s salary was lower than the state average in four of five local cities and towns last year, according to data recently released by the California State Controller.

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InlandPolitics: County Sheriff policing contracts losing their luster

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Thursday, June 20, 2012 – 12:15 p.m.

San Bernardino County cities contracting for law enforcement services with the sheriff’s department are now reconsidering the strategy.

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VVDailyPress: Hesperia looking to break from county services


February 21, 2013 2:47 PM
RENE DE LA CRUZ, Staff Writer

HESPERIA • The Hesperia City Council took the first step in joining with local municipalities in an escape from rising county fire and police costs.

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VVDailyPress: With RDAs axed, time to unload debt, property

Oversight boards charged with navigating complex process
April 14, 2012 2:11 PM
Natasha Lindstrom, Staff Writer

Two and a half months ago, they lost their battle against the state to keep redevelopment agencies alive.

Now, in a complicated, untested process that’s likely to take years, local government officials are members of a select group serving on new boards charged with overseeing the agencies’ demise.

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VVDailyPress: Adelanto city finance director steps down

George Harris to take Rialto position
December 26, 2011 1:21 PM
Natasha Lindstrom, Staff Writer

ADELANTO • George Harris, Adelanto’s finance director, is leaving one of the city’s top posts to take over as director of administrative and community service for the city of Rialto. His resignation takes effect Jan. 5.

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VVDailyPress: Adelanto hires lawyers to recoup $48M in bond losses

Adelanto hires lawyers to recoup $48M in bond losses
October 30, 2011 3:00 PM
Natasha Lindstrom, Staff Writer

ADELANTO • The City Council has hired a team of lawyers in an attempt to recoup $48 million in bond losses its public utilities authority suffered after the bond insurer’s rating plummeted a few years ago.

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VVDailyPress: Local cities consider ‘ransom’ RDA payments

Regional redevelopment agency is $9.1 million short
August 02, 2011 8:44 AM
Brooke Edwards
Staff Writer

To keep all of the Victor Valley’s redevelopment agencies alive under a new state law, data released Monday shows local cities will have to revisit their strained budgets and come up with a combined total of nearly $29 million over the next year.

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VVDailyPress: Adelanto School District trustee suddenly resigns

Board to appoint new member in August
July 13, 2011 3:51 PM
Natasha Lindstrom
Staff Writer

ADELANTO • Less than eight months since her reelection, Elaine Gonzales abruptly resigned from her seat on the Adelanto School District Board of Trustees.

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The Sun: Growing jails secure jobs

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Adelanto reaps giant ‘benefit’
Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/25/2011 10:20:38 PM PDT

ADELANTO – With expansion under way at two jails and a third one set to reopen soon, this High Desert city appears to be experiencing a housing boom of a different sort.

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VVDailyPress: High Desert home prices drop nearly 10 percent from last year

June 14, 2011 3:03 PM
Tomoya Shimura
Staff Writer

The High Desert housing market in May mirrored that of Southern California overall, where median home prices saw the largest year-over-year drop in 20 months.

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VVDailyPress: Do budget cuts mean possible gang team reductions?

June 13, 2011 5:16 PM
Beatriz Valenzuela
Staff Writer

The economic woes that have plagued the state, county and Victor Valley cities could lead to reductions in specialized law enforcement teams.

Due to budgetary cuts, some members of local gang teams may be reassigned, according to those close to the program.

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VVDailyPress (AP): Adelanto, feds OK prison pact

June 01, 2011 2:46 PM
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Immigration authorities will add another 1,300 beds to detain suspected illegal immigrants in Southern California, officials said Wednesday.

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DailyBulletin: Adelanto prison expansion plan put on hold

Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Created: 05/28/2011 10:14:38 PM PDT

ADELANTO – As the U.S. Supreme Court ordered California officials last week to significantly reduce prison overcrowding, a proposal to build a new 6,100-bed state prison in Adelanto sits on hold, according to city officials.

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May 25, 2011 10:11 AM
Natasha Lindstrom
Staff Writer

ADELANTO • As Adelanto Charter Academy loses its charter two years after opening, details are emerging about the school’s desperate shape and ties it had to locals caught up in what’s been called the largest corruption scandal in San Bernardino County history.

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VVDailyPress: LA utility co. builds 11MW solar plant in Adelanto

Solar system to power 85,000 Los Angeles homes
March 28, 2011 4:11 PM
Natasha Lindstrom

ADELANTO • The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is building an 11.6-megawatt solar plant here that utility officials say will power more than 85,000 Los Angeles homes over 25 years.

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One in a series on the census and the changing complexion of the High Desert.
March 12, 2011 5:40 PM
Brooke Edwards

The Victor Valley has grown much more rapidly over the past decade than San Bernardino County or California overall, according to 2010 U.S. Census data released this week.

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VVDailyPress: Money doesn’t lead to victory in Adelanto elections

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Highest fundraisers ousted from incumbent seats
March 06, 2011 2:00 PM
Natasha Lindstrom

ADELANTO • Bringing in the most campaign money isn’t the key to securing a seat on the Adelanto City Council.

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VVDailyPress: Redevelopment agencies scramble to justify their existence

February 12, 2011 3:00 PM
By Natasha Lindstrom and Brooke Edwards, Staff Writers

Local leaders are blasting accusations that redevelopment agencies are ineffective at spurring jobs and construction, as Gov. Jerry Brown pitches dismantling the agencies in his proposed state budget.

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VVDailyPress: Adelanto faces sewer connection ban

Adelanto city manager: Proposed ban could kill hundreds of potential jobs
February 11, 2011 4:42 PM
Natasha Lindstrom

ADELANTO • As a hearing looms over a proposed Adelanto sewer connection ban, city officials are working to quickly address their wastewater issues and make a case that a ban wouldn’t speed up the process but could kill a few hundred potential jobs.

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VVDailyPress: Former councilman regains seat on Adelanto council


Trinidad Perez appointed to serve until 2012
January 07, 2011 9:04 AM
Natasha Lindstrom

ADELANTO • A former councilman ousted in November’s election was reinstated to the Adelanto City Council through an appointment on Thursday night.

The City Council unanimously chose Trinidad Perez out of 11 original applicants seeking to fill a seat left vacant when Councilwoman Cari Thomas was elected mayor.

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VVDailyPress: 11 candidates apply for open Adelanto Council seat

January 04, 2011 5:28 PM
Natasha Lindstrom

ADELANTO • Eleven candidates are vying to win an appointment to the open seat on the Adelanto City Council — including a former mayor and councilman ousted in the recent election.

A council seat became vacant when former Councilwoman Cari Thomas was elected the city’s mayor in November.

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VVDailyPress: Should Victor Valley cities merge?

November 27, 2010 12:00 PM
Brooke Edwards

Adelapple Victeria? Hespelanto Appleville? Or perhaps just Victor Valley?

“If there ever was a time to have serious discussions about consolidating, with all the municipalities struggling as they are — and despite how monumental a task it would be — the time is now,” argued Mike Stevens, a 35-year Victor Valley resident and community activist.

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VVDailyPress: 59 Victor Valley city employees in the $100K club

AV, VV government compensation details now posted on state website
November 22, 2010 3:38 PM
Natasha Lindstrom

Nearly 60 city and town employees in the Victor Valley made more than $100,000 in 2009, according to the state Controller’s new database on local government compensation.

State Controller John Chiang recently announced new salary and benefits reporting requirements for all California cities and counties on the heels of public outrage over salary scandals among city of Bell employees.

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The Sun: Anti-incumbent ripples felt locally

Michael J. Sorba and Ryan Hagen, Staff Writers
Posted: 11/03/2010 06:16:02 PM PDT

Anti-incumbent sentiments that reverberated across the nation on Election Day weren’t as strong locally, but still present as mayors and city council members in several cities across the region were unseated by challengers.

Budget deficits, high utility bills and joblessness weighed on the minds of voters as they headed to the polls Tuesday to decide on what course is best for their respective cities.

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VVDailyPress: Mayoral candidates face off

October 28, 2010 5:49 PM
Natasha Lindstrom

ADELANTO • The three candidates vying for Adelanto’s mayoral seat have each offered a few suggestions for improving the city’s financial condition.

The mayoral candidates include: incumbent Mayor Charley Glasper, Cari Thomas and Ronald Beard.

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VVDailyPress: Adelanto candidates weigh in on city finances

October 28, 2010 5:42 PM
Natasha Lindstrom

ADELANTO • Amid their protests against water rate hikes, the highly charged residents at Wednesday’s City Council meeting voiced concerns over some of the city’s bad roads and stalled development projects, and demanded to know when they’d see some progress.

Council’s response: Not anytime soon.

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The PE: TEMECULA: City manager’s pay is election issue


10:58 PM PDT on Monday, October 4, 2010

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Just five city managers in California — and only one in the Inland area — earned more than Temecula City Manager Shawn Nelson in 2009, according to a survey.

Nelson, 51, earned $336,288 last year, an amount that includes his base salary, deferred compensation and other payouts, according to the survey released last month by the League of California Cities, an advocacy group for cities and towns. Nelson’s base pay is $291,571 a year, according to Temecula.

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VVDailyPress: Candidate forums planned Sept. 29, 30

September 13, 2010 5:22 PM
From Staff Reports

VICTORVILLE • With the November general election just seven weeks away, the Daily Press and Victor Valley College are partnering on a series of local candidate forums.

Daily Press news staff will moderate the forums designed to give candidates an equal opportunity to respond to questions and voice their positions. Public question-and-answer periods are also planned.

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iePolitics: Nursery Products – Being a good neighbor

Posted by Administrator – September 7, 2010 at 8:00 AM

As I researched the science and history behind the composting site proposed by Nursery Products, LLC, I think what stood out most was that hysteria and hatred completely replaced logic and common sense.  It seems many of those who so adamantly oppose this project have likely never read a scientific study regarding the safety of biosolids, visited the nearest composting site outside Bakersfield, or even been to the Hinkley site to observe its isolation for themselves.  If they had, they would see what Nursery Products is doing to be a good neighbor and protect the environment, including that of Hinkley.  Instead they prefer to direct their deep-seated hatred at those who are easy targets rather than looking for the real evildoers.

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VVDailyPress: Three vie for Adelanto mayor; four seek council seats

August 06, 2010 5:37 PM
Natasha Lindstrom

ADELANTO • Seven candidates are competing for three seats on the Adelanto City Council this November.

With Friday’s filing deadline for candidates, two challengers will seek to replace incumbent Mayor Charley Glasper, and two more candidates are vying for council seats against incumbents Gene Piehe and Trinidad Perez.

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VVDailyPress: Average local council member gets $8,683 per year

July 29, 2010 8:51 AM
By Brooke Edwards and Natasha Lindstrom, Staff Writers

As public outrage brews over the city of Bell carrying some of the nation’s most bloated municipal salaries, some Victor Valley elected officials are trying to spread a message: When it comes to compensation, we’re not Bell.

Members on the Apple Valley Town Council took a few minutes during Tuesday’s meeting to state the amount of money the city pays them annually out of taxpayer dollars.

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VVDailyPress: Two energy companies pull plugs on Adelanto biodiesel plants

July 25, 2010 11:00 AM
Natasha Lindstrom

ADELANTO • Two alternative energy companies slated to launch biodiesel production plants in Adelanto have both abandoned their local projects, city officials said.

One company is now embattled in a civil suit against a property owner. The other quietly abandoned operations after securing the city’s approval, leaving some of its private investors in the dark.

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VVDailyPress: Adelanto School District to borrow $3 million to make payroll

April 19, 2010 5:12 PM
Natasha Lindstrom

ADELANTO • Strapped for cash as the state delays billions of dollars in payments, the Adelanto School District may give itself a $3 million interfund loan to make payroll and seek help from the county to repay it.

“It’s not desired that you’d have to go seek a loan to pay, but it’s certainly an option,” San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools spokesman Dan Evans said. “The options out there aren’t great right now … and with more expected budget cuts you have to anticipate that these are going to be even tighter times for districts.”

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VVDailyPress: Adelanto relies on unsure property deals to fill budget holes

City manager: Selling city-owned prison ‘critical’ for Adelanto in 2010

January 07, 2010 5:26 PM

ADELANTO • The city is entering 2010 with depleted reserves, long-awaited commercial centers on hold and only a handful of recreational and road projects moving forward — but officials hope to gain financial footing by pawning off city-owned properties.

The city is working to close two property deals they hope will replenish the city’s dwindling coffer: selling the city-owned Adelanto Community Correctional Facility to private operator Geo Group, Inc. and selling or leasing the city-owned Stater Bros. Stadium baseball stadium.

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