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The Press-Enterprise: Federal probe into Beaumont finances continues


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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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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Mike Hestrin

Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin talks about the Beaumont investigation during an interview with The Press-Enterprise in his office in Riverside on Monday. (Stan Lim — Staff Photographer)

By Brian Rokos, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 05/23/16 – 11:28 PM PDT |

After laying out documents from hundreds of boxes seized from Beaumont City Hall and other locations during raids in April 2015, members of the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office’s Public Integrity Unit began the task of poring over the papers, looking for evidence of corruption.

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By Richard K. De Atley, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 05/20/16 – 9:02 PM PDT |

With $122.5 million in possible fines and restitution in the Beaumont corruption case, prosecutors are trying to secure the homes and bank accounts of some defendants — former top city officials charged with embezzlement and misappropriation of funds.

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Published: May 18, 2016
Updated: May 19, 2016 6:46 a.m.

On Tuesday, May 17, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office charged seven former officials with the city of Beaumont with 94 felonies and misappropriation of $43 million in taxpayer funds.

Public records show how Beaumont city officials tapped into millions in bond money.

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Published: May 18, 2016 – Updated: 6:22 a.m.

In April 2015, anti-corruption investigators from the FBI and the Riverside County District Attorney’s office raided Beaumont City Hall and other locations.

The investigation led to seven former city officials facing charges of embezzlement, misappropriation of funds, conspiracy and conflict of interest, which Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin announced in a press conference on Tuesday, May 17.

To read Staff Reports in The Press-Enterprise, click here.


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.

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


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.

Lou Desmond

Monday, July 13, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is coming to you from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

Tonight on the show, Jay Prag joins the show. Up first, air tankers battling a fire near Yucaipa were forced to halt operations because of drone. Then, Beaumont spent money without proper documentation on just about everything.

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The Press-Enterprise: BEAUMONT PROBE: City manager placed on leave


The move comes in the wake of major issues facing the city, including an FBI raid and a review from the state Controller’s office.

Published: May 29, 2015 – Updated: 10:48 p.m.

Beaumont City Manager Alan Kapanicas was placed on administrative leave during a special meeting Friday night, May 29, in the wake of three major issues facing the city — including a raid on City Hall by the FBI.

To read story by Craig Schultz in The Press-Enterprise, Click here.

The Sun: California Controller to audit Beaumont’s finances


By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
and Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/19/15, 2:17 PM PDT |

BEAUMONT >> State Controller Betty T. Yee on Tuesday announced her office was launching an investigation into the financial practices and reporting of this city of 42,000 to resolve “significant differences” between the city’s financial reporting and its audited statements.

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Lou Desmond

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 – 06:00 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Lou is joined by Adrian Moore from the Reason Foundation. They talk about the $50 MILLION discrepancy in the city’s financial paperwork. How does a city recover from something like that?

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The Sun: Momentum for Inland Empire corruption cases still strong

FBI Logo

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/26/15 – 8:07 PM PDT |

The FBI just can’t seem to stay out of the Inland Empire.

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Raids in Beaumont carried out almost two years after similar action in Moreno Valley, where investigation is still ongoing.

It began with early-morning knocks at the homes of city officials and business offices as federal and local agents served search warrants as part of a public corruption investigation.

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

The Press-Enterprise: REGION: City consultants bring benefits, concerns


In wake of this week’s raids in Beaumont, other cities say they have safeguards to prevent problems.

Published: April 24, 2015 Updated: April 25, 2015 4:13 p.m.

When Menifee became a city in 2008, a consultant ran the show.

A firm, Winzler & Kelly, hired experienced managers to make decisions about real estate, public safety contracts, finances and other issues.

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


Published: April 23, 2015 – Updated: April 24, 2015 8:42 a.m.

In their first gathering since a regional corruption task force raided City Hall, Beaumont city leaders were hit with calls for firings and resignations.

To read story by Craig Shultz and Erin Waldner in The Press-Enterprise, click here.


By Doug Saunders, The Sun
and Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/22/15, 9:55 AM PDT |

BEAUMONT >> Federal and Riverside County authorities on Wednesday raided City Hall and three other locations across the Inland Empire in an investigation into the city’s long-standing business relationship with a local consulting firm, law enforcement and city officials said.

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The PE: BEAUMONT: The price of road to independence hits $43 million


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

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

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

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

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

The PE: BEAUMONT: Ban on nonprofit pot shops proposed



11:50 PM PST on Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Medical marijuana collectives and cooperatives will be prohibited in Beaumont if a proposed ordinance is adopted by the City Council.

The ordinance, which is on the agenda for Tuesday’s Beaumont City Council meeting, also would allow the city to regulate the establishment of collectives and cooperatives if the courts determine it is unconstitutional to ban them.

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The PE: BEAUMONT: City Council picks mayor

10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Brian DeForge will serve as mayor of Beaumont for another year.

The Beaumont City Council selected DeForge for the job at its Tuesday night meeting. DeForge, a member of the council, has been mayor the past year.

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


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

The Press-Enterprise

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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The Sun: Pot outlet pays fines, stays open

Jesse B. Gill, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/19/2010 07:03:48 AM PDT

BEAUMONT – A single medical marijuana dispensary is operating in violation of a moratorium in the city, and the General Fund grows by $1,000 every day it stays in business.

The City Council passed a moratorium in May 2009 on nonprofit medical marijuana cooperatives and collectives designed to operate exclusive circuits of marijuana cultivation and consumption with no purchase or sales to or from nonmembers.

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The Sun: Seven will compete for two Beaumont City Council seats

Jesse B. Gill, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/04/2010 07:15:31 AM PDT

BEAUMONT – Mayor Brian De. Forge and Mayor Pro Tem Roger Berg will seek re-election in November against five newcomers.

Brenda Knight, David Castaldo, Paul St. Martin, Richard Bennecke and Victor S. Dominguez will be competing against De Forge and Berg for the two open seats.

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