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The Sun: Colton City Council considering city manager’s fate

Colton-seal

By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 08/12/14, 8:42 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

COLTON >> For two months the City Council waited for results from a personnel investigation into its city manager.

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Colton-seal

By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 08/05/14, 7:28 PM PDT | Updated: 56 secs ago

COLTON >> The city’s top manager says he was investigating the Public Works Department for potential policy violations to prevent fraud and theft when the city started investigating him, something he planned to explain this week after the inquiry results into him were made public.

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Vote

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/05/14, 8:51 PM PDT | Updated: 29 secs ago

Across the Inland Empire, residents are filing papers to run for city councils.

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The Sun: Investigation results of Colton city manager presented

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By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 08/04/14, 9:59 PM PDT | Updated: 32 secs ago

COLTON >> The results of a two-month long personnel investigation into City Manager Stephen Compton were presented at a special meeting Monday.

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The Sun: Investigation of Colton city manager stalls budget

Colton-seal

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

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

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

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Colton-seal

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

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

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

Colton-seal

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

COLTON >> The City Council wants answers.

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

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The Sun: Colton city manager placed on paid administrative leave

Colton-seal

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

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

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VVDailyPress: Reddy puts $40 million into nonprofit medical school

Prem Reddy

Dr, Prem Reddy

California University of Science and Medicine expects to welcome first class in 2016
April 14, 2014 12:59 PM
BROOKE SELF, STAFF WRITER

COLTON • A local group of doctors and community officials announced plans Monday to develop a privately-funded, nonprofit medical school in Colton.

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The Sun: Colton City Council passes new budget

Colton-seal

Staff Reports
Posted: 06/23/2013 06:12:38 PM PDT

The Colton City Council has approved a $120.8 million budget for fiscal year 2013-14, according to officials.

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The Sun: Stephen P. Compton tapped as Colton interim city manager

Colton-seal

By Josh Dulaney
josh.dulaney@inlandnewspapers.com @JoshDulaney on Twitter
Posted: 03/21/2013 03:44:14 PM PDT

COLTON – A new interim city manager is on the job in this working-class town of 53,000.

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InlandPolitics: Could more Inland cities be on the bankruptcy track?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 – 11:30 p.m.

Could more Inland cities be on the road to municipal bankruptcy?

The answer is yes.

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The Sun: Colton Board of Education president resigns

Doug Saunders, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/21/2012 06:59:19 PM PDT

COLTON – Colton Joint-Unified School District Board of Education President Robert Armenta Jr. resigned Tuesday via an e-mail addressed to the school Superintendent Jerry Almendarez.

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The Sun: Former Colton police chief loses wrongful termination lawsuit

By Joe Nelson
Posted: 04/26/2012 05:53:53 PM PDT

A jury on Thursday ruled in favor of the city of Colton and against its former police chief, Ken Rulon, in a wrongful termination lawsuit Rulon brought against the city in 2007.

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The Sun: Colton Councilwoman testified in wrongful termination trial

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/19/2012 08:03:04 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Colton Councilwoman Deirdre Bennett said she lost faith in former City Manager Daryl Parrish after he failed to cancel a city-issued credit card a councilman had been abusing.

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The PE: COLTON: Gonzales named mayor pro tem

Retired steelworker and union official Frank A. Gonzales is named to the city’s second position

BY DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
STAFF WRITER
dsantschi@pe.com

Published: 18 January 2012 01:07 PM

Veteran Colton City Councilman Frank A. Gonzales has been named the city’s new mayor pro tem.

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DailyBulletin: Colton teachers accept new contracts

By Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Created: 12/12/2011 04:41:50 PM PST

COLTON – Months of uncertainty and disagreement ended Monday, after the teachers union voted overwhelmingly to accept a new contract.

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The Sun: Colton teachers protest contract demands

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/01/2011 06:12:59 PM PST

Colton teachers protested near Colton High School on Thursday, calling for district staff to return to the bargaining table as outside fact-finders prepare to investigate the bargaining process.

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The Sun: Colton Council approves public encampment ban

Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/15/2011 11:20:57 PM PST

COLTON-The Colton City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved an ordinance that bans encampment on public property after raising concerns that a potential Occupy movement encampment in public parks could endanger public safety.

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The Sun: Grand Jury blasts San Bernardino airport board, defends airport audit

Joe Nelson, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 11/08/2011 12:48:26 PM PST

In what is being called an unusual move, the San Bernardino County Grand Jury is refuting claims by San Bernardino International Airport officials that its audit on airport operations was riddled with errors.

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The Sun: Airport developer owes more than $500,000 in property taxes

Spencer

Joe Nelson and Josh Dulaney, Staff Writers
Posted: 11/01/2011 05:59:53 PM PDT

Embattled San Bernardino International Airport developer Scot Spencer has racked up roughly $545,876 in delinquent property taxes since 2005, of which $31,618 has been seized by the county tax collector.

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Colton police were on the scene while the Drug Enforcement Administration raided a G3 Holistic medical marijuana collective Tuesday in Colton. (LaFonzo Carter Staff Photographer)

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Created: 11/01/2011 07:36:14 PM PDT

Federal agents on Tuesday raided an Upland location and five others associated with Aaron Sandusky, whom they believe are illegally selling marijuana to the general public.

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The PE: COLTON: Law firm hires former police chief

Miller

Former Colton Police Chief Bob Miller has been hired as a law enforcement and public integrity specialist for the Riverside-based law firm Best Best & Krieger.

DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
STAFF WRITER
dsantschi@pe.com

Published: 26 October 2011 10:46 AM

Retired Colton police chief Bob Miller has been hired as a law enforcement and public integrity specialist for the Riverside-based law firm Best Best & Krieger.

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The Sun: Hundreds protest cuts for Colton Unified School District teachers

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/20/2011 07:26:29 PM PDT

COLTON – More than 300 teachers protested against what they said are unfair contract demands again on Thursday, joined this time by firefighters, police officers and members of the National Organization for Women.

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The PE: COLTON: New police chief sworn in

BY DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
STAFF WRITER
dsantschi@pe.com

Published: 19 October 2011 09:06 PM

Steve Ward has been sworn in as Colton’s police chief, vowing to make the town safer for residents and less hospitable for criminals.

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The Sun: Colton appoints police chief

Steve Ward

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/13/2011 04:15:47 PM PDT

COLTON – Steve Ward was selected at permanent police chief Thursday, after six months with an “interim” in his title.

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Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/13/2011 11:56:05 AM PDT

Airport panelists on Wednesday talked about how to communicate with San Bernardino International Airport staff, but before setting policy, they decided it would be best to talk about it again later.

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The PE: COLTON: Utility rates likely to rise

DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
STAFF WRITER
dsantschi@pe.com

Published: 08 October 2011 10:43 PM

Colton city officials are warning that state-imposed renewable energy requirements could force the city to raise rates paid by the city’s 18,000 electric utility customers.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO: Airport to become more transparent

Cassie MacDuff

Cassie MacDuff
cmacduff@pe.com

Published: 07 October 2011 10:29 PM

The embattled San Bernardino International Airport Authority took some giant steps in the right direction last week, ordering a review of contracts with a controversial developer and promising to become more transparent.

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The PE: AIRPORT: Agency to review agreements with Spencer

BY KIMBERLY PIERCEALL
STAFF WRITER
kpierceall@pe.com

Published: 06 October 2011 04:52 PM

The public agency overseeing San Bernardino International Airport will review all of its agreements with the airport’s developer Scot Spencer at its Oct. 12 meeting during closed session and discuss whether to terminate parts of those agreements, said Tim Sabo, legal counsel for the San Bernardino International Airport Authority and the related Inland Valley Development Agency.

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Ryan Hagen. The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 10/06/2011 01:34:49 PM PDT

COLTON – The Colton Unified School District board on Thursday delayed making a decision on potential cuts to transportation – including a plan that would eliminate busing for most students and 41 jobs – after a last-minute offer by the union representing those employees.

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The Sun: SBIAA board committee to meet to talk about director selection process

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/05/2011 05:54:49 PM PDT

A committee of the San Bernardino International Airport Authority (SBIAA) board will meet Thursday afternoon to discuss the selection process for a new interim director at the airport.

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The Sun: San Bernardino stuck with an airport?

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/03/2011 06:10:17 PM PDT

For years, civic and business leaders have doggedly worked to convert San Bernardino International Airport into a promising commercial venture and a major passenger airport.

And many steadfastly believe it’s getting there.

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Spencer

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/30/2011 06:16:21 PM PDT

The airport developer at the center of a federal investigation said Friday he has no intention of stepping down.

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The Sun: New airport director speculation too early, say officials

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/29/2011 06:08:54 PM PDT

It is too early to speculate on what steps the San Bernardino International Airport will take to find a new top executive, officials said Thursday.

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The Sun: San Bernardino airport director resigns

By Josh Dulaney, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 09/28/2011 03:34:06 PM PDT

Donald L. Rogers, the executive director of San Bernardino International Airport Authority, announced his retirement Wednesday at a meeting of the authority’s board in Loma Linda.

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The PE: S.B. AIRPORT: Leader of embattled agencies resigns

11:04 PM PDT on Wednesday, September 28, 2011

BY KIMBERLY PIERCEALL
STAFF WRITER
kpierceall@pe.com

A week after an FBI raid, Donald L. Rogers, executive director of the embattled public agencies that oversee San Bernardino International Airport, resigned Wednesday.

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The Sun: Colton medical marijuana dispensaries shutting down under landlords’ pressure

Aaron Sandusky, owner of G3 Holistic in Colton, is being forced out due to citations from the Colton Police Department and an eviction notice from the landlord. (Al Cuizon Staff Photographer)

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/27/2011 05:55:02 PM PDT

COLTON – After months of risking potential jail time, defying orders to shut down, operators of the city’s last medical marijuana dispensaries are now packing up.

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The PE: Cassie MacDuff: Public Dissed at Meeting

Cassie MacDuff

10:00 PM PDT on Monday, September 26, 2011

Cassie MacDuff

The FBI raid on San Bernardino International Airport last Wednesday concerned enough people to pack the room where a special meeting of the airport authority board was held late Friday afternoon.

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Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/26/2011 07:47:46 PM PDT

RIALTO – One well serving residents more than a decade ago might have delivered concentrations of perchlorate high enough to affect the development of fetuses, infants and children, state officials say.

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InlandPolitics: It was only a matter of time

Sunday, September 25, 2011 – 11:30  a.m.

It was only a matter of time before federal officials descended onto the debacle involving the redevelopment of the former Norton Air Force Base.

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The PE: AIRPORT: Following FBI raid, little insight offered at meeting

IVDA board members Pat Morris, left, and co-chair Josie Gonzales address the public at Friday’s special meeting. (Mark Zaleski/Staff Photographer)

10:31 PM PDT on Friday, September 23, 2011

BY KIMBERLY PIERCEALL
STAFF WRITER
kpierceall@pe.com

Just two days after the FBI and others raided San Bernardino International Airport searching for evidence that could be tied to conspiracy, bribery, fraud and money laundering, officials with the two public agencies that govern the airport offered little comment at a special meeting held Friday afternoon to discuss it.

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Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/23/2011 08:52:14 PM P

LOMA LINDA – No comment and the promise of another meeting.

That’s all the public got after airport panelists came out of a 90-minute closed session meeting Friday to address issues related to the FBI raid Wednesday at San Bernardino International Airport.

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The PE: AIRPORT: FBI was seeking evidence of bribery, etc.

10:54 PM PDT on Thursday, September 22, 2011

BY KIMBERLY PIERCEALL
STAFF WRITER
kpierceall@pe.com

PDF: FBI search warrant – S.B. airport

FBI and other investigators raided San Bernardino International Airport offices seeking evidence of bribery, theft, fraud, money laundering and more, according to a copy of a federal search warrant obtained Thursday from the lawyer for the two agencies that oversee development of the airport.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/22/2011 05:10:05 PM PDT

The FBI is investigating allegations of conspiracy, bribery, money laundering, theft of federal funds, and wire and mail fraud in connection with Wednesday’s raid at San Bernardino International Airport, according to a federal search warrant.

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Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/22/2011 03:08:36 PM PDT

The San Bernardino International Airport Authority and Inland Valley Development Agency boards plan to meet jointly to address the FBI’s serving of seven search warrants at the airport and the Riverside home of airport developer Scot Spencer.

The meeting was called for by Josie Gonzales, who chairs the county Board of Supervisors.

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InlandPolitics: Was this a joke?

Former Supervisor Dennis Hansberger

“Scot really understands the industry in a way the rest of us don’t,” said San Bernardino County Supervisor Dennis Hansberger, an airport authority board member.

 

The following archived story is republished from the Press-Enterprise.

Putting troubles behind them
San Bernardino airport officials give no-bid contract for renovation to aviation insider with checkered past

08:55 PM PDT on Sunday, April 27, 2008

By JOSH BROWN
The Press-Enterprise

He spent four years in prison for bankruptcy fraud, oversaw a string of failed aviation ventures, and could be banned from the aviation industry altogether.

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Morris

Thursday, September 22, 2100 – 08:00 a.m.

As federal agents were executing search warrants in an investigation into activities involving the redevelopment of the former Norton Air Force Base, San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris was reportedly knocking down the door of The Sun / Inland Valley Daily Bulletin newspapers.

No, I’m not kidding.

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THe PE: FBI raids S.B. airport offices

10:18 PM PDT on Wednesday, September 21, 2011

BY KIMBERLY PIERCEALL and DUG BEGLEY, STAFF WRITERS
kpierceall@pe.com | dbegley@pe.com

Published: 9/21/2011 06:20 PM

FBI agents and other law enforcement officers raided the San Bernardino International Airport Authority office and storage units as well as a home and offices used by Scot Spencer, a convicted felon who was awarded two no-bid agreements in 2007 to build a commercial airport at the former Norton Air Force Base.

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The Sun: FBI raids San Bernardino airport

By Joe Nelson and Josh Dulaney, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 09/21/2011 10:02:16 AM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO — The FBI on Wednesday served search warrants at San Bernardino International Airport and the Riverside home of airport developer Scot Spencer.

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The Sun: FBI raiding San Bernardino airport authority

FBI served six federal warrants for Inland Valley Development Agency and San Bernardino International Airport Authority. (Rick Sforza, Photo Editor)

Joe Nelson and Melissa Pinion-Whitt
Posted: 09/21/2011 10:02:16 AM PDT

The FBI served six federal warrants this morning at the Inland Valley Development Agency and the San Bernardino International Airport Authority in San Bernardino.

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The Sun: Rep. Baca seeking USGS survey of perchlorate plume

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/14/2011 09:55:59 PM PDT

RIALTO – Rep. Joe Baca, D-San Bernardino, asked a congressional subcommittee Wednesday to act on his legislation requiring the U.S. Geological Survey to conduct a study of the Rialto-Colton water basin that focuses on its perchlorate plume.

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The PE: SB Airport obscurity seems almost on purpose

Cassie MacDuff

10:00 PM PDT on Friday, September 9, 2011

Cassie MacDuff

When a grand jury report criticized inadequate oversight at San Bernardino International Airport, officials fought back with positive publicity.

Newspaper ads touted a study showing public and private investment at the former Norton Air Force Base has created 9,355 jobs, generated $500 million in payroll and produced $1.2 billion in economic activity.

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The PE: Colton district holds meetings on 2 new school boundaries

10:00 PM PDT on Sunday, September 4, 2011

BY DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
STAFF WRITER
dsantschi@pe.com

Parents of Colton Joint Unified School District students will get a chance to weigh in on attendance boundaries for a middle school in Bloomington and a high school in Grand Terrace.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO: Reviving Norton base hasn’t been easy

10:00 PM PDT on Saturday, September 3, 2011

BY KIMBERLY PIERCEALL
STAFF WRITER
kpierceall@pe.com

The quest to replace some 10,000 jobs that disappeared when the military abandoned Norton Air Force Base in 1994 is evident today in the corporate names attached to brand new warehouses, distribution centers and a corporate jet terminal.

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The Sun: San Bernardino airport officials respond to Grand Jury criticism

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/22/2011 03:38:25 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO — Airport officials have submitted their formal response to a blistering Grand Jury report that second-guessed some of their decisions in the effort to turn the former Norton Air Force Base into a civilian airfield.

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The PE: Colton OKs first reading of redevelopment ordinance; awaits ruling

10:00 PM PDT on Sunday, August 21, 2011

BY DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
STAFF WRITER
dsantschi@pe.com

The Colton City Council is taking steps it hopes won’t be necessary to protect the city’s redevelopment agency.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. Int’l Airport would require 20 daily flights to break even

Sunday, August 21, 2011 – 09:00 a.m.

It would appear there are more secrets at San Bernardino International Airport that anyone could have ever imagined.

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The Sun: Colton mayor pledges open government

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/20/2011 10:15:55 PM PDT

Colton Mayor Sarah S. Zamora took her new office last week with loads of goodwill from a supportive city.

That was clear when Rep. Joe Baca, D-San Bernardino, called her swearing-in ceremony as mayor a “historical moment.”

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The Sun: Baca swears in Sarah Zamora as Colton mayor

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/16/2011 08:53:53 PM PDT

COLTON — Choking up as she recited the oath of office, Sarah S. Zamora was sworn in Tuesday as mayor.

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The Sun: Colton imposes contract on utility workers

Posted: 08/17/2011 01:38:57 AM PDT

COLTON – The city imposed new contracts on electrical and water employees Tuesday night after a breakdown in negotiations over furlough days.

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The PE: Cassie MacDuff: Plane tall tale to get review

Cassie MacDuff

10:00 PM PDT on Monday, August 15, 2011

Cassie MacDuff

Did a company affiliated with Scot Spencer, developer of San Bernardino International Airport, really have a deal to refurbish a plane for the Obama campaign in July 2008?

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The PE: Cassie MacDuff: More airport oversight

Cassie MacDuff

10:00 PM PDT on Friday, August 12, 2011

Cassie MacDuff

When the grand jury report on San Bernardino International Airport came out June 30, airport officials seemed more intent on discrediting the report than on what it revealed about some slipshod practices and weak oversight of the taxpayer-funded agency.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO: Grand jury report on airport gets approved — mostly

Josie Gonzales, center, holds up the grand jury report as she and other elected officials discuss their responses to 16 recommendations made by the panel.(Kurt Miller/Staff Photographer)

10:53 PM PDT on Wednesday, August 10, 2011

By KIMBERLY PIERCEALL
Staff Writer kpierceall@pe.com

The elected leaders overseeing San Bernardino International Airport voted Wednesday to agree to all but one of a civil grand jury’s 16 recommendations despite staff spending more than a month attempting to discredit the panel’s critical report that picked apart the oversight to develop the airport.

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The Sun: SBIA board agrees to fixes

Authority to adopt some ideas from Grand Jury
Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/10/2011 08:00:49 PM PDT

Airport officials adopted a series of responses Wednesday to several recommendations made by an auditor and published in a mostly negative Grand Jury report that questions how officials have handled the transformation of the former Norton Air Force Base into a commercial airport.

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The PE: Inland car pool and rail projects could proceed

11:28 PM PDT on Monday, August 8, 2011

By DUG BEGLEY
The Press-Enterprise

Construction of car pool lanes along Highway 91 in Riverside and a major railroad overpass in Colton will begin by early next year, provided state officials approve a new round of money for transportation projects.

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The Sun: Ex-mayor’s wife will lead Colton

Council says no to special election
Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/02/2011 08:54:45 PM PDT

COLTON – At the first meeting since David Zamora died in office, the City Council voted Tuesday night to keep a Mayor Zamora in office.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. Airport looking to sheriff to help embattled manager

Tuesday, August 2, 1022 – 09:30 a.m.

In San Bernardino County politics nothing really ever changes in how the game is played. Only the players.

InlandPolitics.com has learned that the impending move of the Aviation Division fleet of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Departmen,t to the San Bernardino International Airport, may be used to aid embattled contractor Scot Spencer.

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The Sun: 21 more teachers rehired

Colton school district finds money to put more instructors in classes
Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/01/2011 05:44:26 PM PDT

COLTON – Twenty-one middle and high school teachers are back in the classroom in Colton Joint Unified School District.

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InlandPolitics: More drama at S.B. International Airport

Sunday, July 31, 2011 – 11:45 a.m.

There’s more drama at the troubled San Bernardino International Airport.

On the heels of a scathing Grand Jury report questioning the airport management’s decision-making and expenditures comes another little bombshell.

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The PE: COLTON: 43 laid off teachers hired back

10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, July 28, 2011

By DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
The Press-Enterprise

The Colton school district has hired back 43 of the 57 teachers it laid off in May as it prepares for the opening of the new school year next week.

A nurse and 21 secondary school teachers were re-hired this week, Colton Joint Unified School District spokeswoman Katie Orloff said, joining 22 elementary school teachers rehired over the last two weeks.

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InlandPolitics: Airport Authority paid for university study

Thursday, July 28, 2011 – 09:30 a.m.

InlandPolitics.com has learned that a study performed to evaluate the viability of the San Bernardino International Airport was actually commissioned and paid for by the facility’s governing authority.

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Director Don Rogers, left, argued that the hiring of developer Scot Spencer, right, did not violate a federal ban following Spencer’s fraud conviction. Kurt Miller/The Press-Enterprise

10:22 PM PDT on Wednesday, July 27, 2011

By KIMBERLY PIERCEALL
The Press-Enterprise

Officials with the San Bernardino International Airport Authority spent nearly three hours Wednesday dismissing what they called errors in a civil grand jury report. Officials defended the price paid for used aviation equipment and refuted claims that the airport developer’s federal ban from aviation would affect airport operations.

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The Sun: Airport officials to reply to negative report

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/24/2011 02:47:35 PM PDT

Airport officials on Wednesday are expected to continue to chip away at what they say are factual errors in a Grand Jury report on their work at the former Norton Air Force Base.

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The Sun: Study backs airport work

Universities’ findings conflict with Grand Jury report
Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/24/2011 09:12:10 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Efforts to transform the former Norton Air Force Base into a civilian airport and bring businesses to the surrounding area could reverse the devastating economic impact of the base’s closure on the region, according to a new report.

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The PE: S.B. Airport: Officials defend hiring of Spencer, despite record

11:59 PM PDT on Saturday, July 23, 2011

By KIMBERLY PIERCEALL
The Press-Enterprise

When asked why control of most of San Bernardino International Airport was handed over to a convicted felon — sent to prison for taking kickbacks for secretly managing an airline in bankruptcy — those overseeing the former Norton Air Force Base’s conversion into a commercial airport gave two reasons.

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The Sun: Report blasts airport deals

Administrator’s Note: Finally, The Sun newspaper covers this issue, ever so scantily. The Press-Enterprise has been all over this $150 million and growing ordeal. One can only cover for San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris so long.

Purchases of used equipment cited
Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/23/2011 07:10:41 AM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Hasty decision-making and slack financial oversight led airport officials to spend millions on used equipment when new equipment could have been bought at a cheaper price, according to a Grand Jury report.

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The Sun: 2,000 remember Colton mayor’s humor at funeral

David Zamora

By Ryan Hagen Staff Writer
Posted: 07/22/2011 06:02:36 PM PDT

COLTON – Laughter rang out at the Colton First Assembly of God Church on Friday as family, officials and 2,000 friends celebrated the life of David Zamora.

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The Sun: Colton rehires 22 elementary teachers

By Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/21/2011 05:40:18 PM PDT

COLTON – With just more than a week until classes begin, 22 of the 25 elementary school teachers laid off in May have been rehired.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO: Airplane’s value as loan collateral questioned

This 1973 Boeing 727-227 is considered worthless by the San Bernardino County assessor. Airport officials accepted it as collateral for a $550,000 loan in a legal settlement. (Kimberly Pierceall/The Press-Enterprise)

09:07 AM PDT on Tuesday, July 19, 2011

By KIMBERLY PIERCEALL
The Press-Enterprise

A civil grand jury is urging San Bernardino International Airport officials to double-check a questionable legal settlement with the airport’s developer in order to recoup nearly $1 million in taxpayer’s money.

The report also questioned the value of the plane put up as security for most of the settlement, based on FAA title records.

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The Sun: A ‘Blue’ memorial

David Zamora

Staff Reports
Posted: 07/18/2011 07:34:54 PM PDT

COLTON – A “Blue Mass” at San Salvador Catholic Church, 178 W. K St., on Monday evening also was a memorial for Mayor David Zamora, who died last week after suffering a heart attack while driving.

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The Sun: Felon profits from SBIA

Agency happy with results
Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/17/2011 11:04:20 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – A developer who was banned from the aviation industry has received millions of dollars for projects at San Bernardino International Airport, according to a Grand Jury report.

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Sunday, July 17, 2011 – 11:30 a.m.

A scathing report the San Bernardino County Grand Jury dropped the San Bernardino International Airport Authority (SBIAA) back on June 28 will most likely have an unintended consequence.

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Neil Derry

Supervisor Neil Derry
Posted: 07/16/2011 07:13:16 AM PDT

For those who have tracked my concerns regarding San Bernardino International Airport (SBIA) there are few surprises.

During my years as a San Bernardino City Council member, I stated clearly that I did not believe that the creation of a commercial passenger airport at the former Norton Air Force Base was the best, highest use for that property for the immediate future.

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InlandPolitics: Breaking News: Colton Mayor David Zamora dies after car accident

David Zamora

Thursday, July 14, 2011 – 05:00 p.m.

Colton Mayor David Zamora passed away of an apparent heart attack following a single-car car accident Thursday.

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