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DailyBulletin: Fontana Mayor Warren, ex-Rep. Baca offer their visions for city

Campaigns

By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 10/02/14, 10:56 PM PDT |

FONTANA >> From building a Legoland museum to bringing solar and wind energy to the city, the list of ideas from candidates running for City Council and mayor ran the gamut at a public forum Thursday evening.

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DailyBulletin: Fontana schedules two candidates forum

Fontana Seal

By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 09/27/14, 8:32 PM PDT |

Candidate forums for the City Council and mayoral election will be held next week in a race that pits a long-time mayor against a former U.S. congressman.

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The Sun: Logistics centers could bring thousands of jobs to the Inland Empire

Goodman Birtcher Logistics Center

An artist’s rendering of the Goodman Birtcher logistics center planned in Fontana. (Courtesy of Goodman Birtcher)

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/20/14, 6:32 PM PDT |

Two new large warehouse distribution centers are planned for Fontana and Eastvale that would bring thousands of new jobs to the Inland Empire.

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The PE: FONTANA: Joe Baca’s comeback bid in politics continues

Joe Baca

Baca

Published: Aug. 16, 2014 Updated: 6:31 p.m.

The man they call “Working Joe” is working on another comeback.

Joe Baca is running to become mayor of Fontana, where he and his wife bought a home two years ago. The campaign follows an unsuccessful bid earlier this year to return to Congress, where the Democrat served seven terms representing part of San Bernardino County.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

DailyBulletin: Election season begins for Inland Empire municipal positions

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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LATimes: Former Rep. Joe Baca takes steps to run for Fontana mayor this fall

Joe Baca

Baca

By Jean Merl
JUly 28, 2014

Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Baca, who earlier this year lost a bid to return to the House, has found another office to try for — mayor of Fontana.

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The Sun: Fontana may hire consultant to improve its image

 Fontana Seal

By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 05/03/14, 10:32 PM PDT |

FONTANA >> New City Manager Ken Hunt was disturbed when he overheard a couple sitting next to him at a Rancho Cucamonga restaurant in 1999 describing the city he worked tirelessly to change as too dangerous a place to go alone, even during the day.

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Money

By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 05/03/14, 10:35 PM PDT |

FONTANA >> Each of the 44,000 metered customers in the Fontana division of the San Gabriel Valley Water Company could see a check for $240, and a retroactive rate decrease, according to the Office of Ratepayer Advocates.

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The Sun: LAPD detective to challenge Mayor Warren’s re-election

Fontana Seal

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 12/13/13, 8:08 PM PST |

FONTANA — A Los Angeles Police Department detective sergeant has announced plans to run for mayor, challenging Mayor Acquanetta Warren as she seeks a second term in the November 2014 elections.

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DailyBulletin: Woman claims former Fontana Unified police officer raped her

Fontana USD

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 12/12/13, 7:15 PM PST | Updated: 6 mins ago

FONTANA >> A woman has filed a $2 million claim against the school district, alleging one of its former police officers raped her in his office.

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DailyBulletin: Auto Club Speedway boosts Inland Empire businesses, lures new company

Auto Club Speedway

By Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 10/19/13, 1:55 PM PDT |

FONTANA >> “I know it’s a race weekend. I see all the motor homes loading up groceries” in the parking lot of grocery stores, said Mayor Acquanetta Warren.

Area hotels and motels and restaurants were looking forward to a better-than-usual weekend as customers came in from out of town.

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DailyBulletin: New Fontana school police chief left key sheriff’s post

Scott Mesa

Fontana Unified School District Police Chief Scott Mesa sits in his new office at the FUSD police headquarters in Fontana on Tuesday. Mesa is the district’s first police chief who is not a member of the Fontana Police Department in about a decade. (Rachel Luna — staff photographer)

By Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 08/25/13, 8:54 PM PDT |

FONTANA >> Fontana Unified School District Police Chief Scott Mesa feels he is in a lucky position.

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DailyBulletin: Fontana ranked 15th safest city in U.S.; 4th in state

Fontana Seal

By Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
jim.steinberg@inlandnewspapers.com l @FontanaNow on Twitter
Posted: 08/06/2013 09:04:06 AM PDT
Updated: 08/07/2013 09:20:55 PM PDT

FONTANA — This city has been ranked as the 15th safest in America, according to Business Insider, an Internet-only publication that used the FBI’s preliminary 2012 unified crime report data for 2012 to compile city rankings.

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DailyBulletin: Longtime Fontana City Manager Ken Hunt gets another 5-year deal

Fontana Seal

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/28/2013 09:29:54 PM PDT
Updated: 07/28/2013 11:20:23 PM PDT

FONTANA — City Manager Ken Hunt is a survivor.

“He rides the economic waves in good times and bad times,” said Councilman Michael Tahan. “He maneuvers creatively.”

Last week, the City Council approved a five-year contract for Hunt to remain the city’s top administrator, a job he has held since 1999.

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DailyBulletin: Garcia, Green recalled from Fontana Unified board seats

Fontana USD

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/16/2013 09:36:15 PM PDT
Updated: 07/17/2013 12:38:54 AM PDT

FONTANA – In a lopsided contest, Fontana Unified School District voters ousted Leticia Garcia and Sophia Green, two controversial board members who raised the hackles of Mayor Acquanetta Warren, many district employees and parents.

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The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Takano red-pens Republicans’ immigration letter

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Rep. Mark Takano, D-Riverside, gives an “F” to a Republican letter on immigration reform.

July 14, 2013; 08:47 PM

Rep. Mark Takano, D-Riverside, may have switched careers when he was elected to Congress last fall, but the former high school English teacher still wields a mean red pen.

To read column by Jeff Horseman, Imran Ghori, Craig Schultz and Jim Miller in The Press Enterprise, click here.

DailyBulletin: Fontana Unified school board recall campaign makes final push

Fontana USD

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/13/2013 05:18:03 PM PDT
Updated: 07/13/2013 06:49:41 PM PDT

FONTANA — The two trustees at the center of Tuesday’s school board recall election defended their records in the final days of a campaign to oust them, even as volunteers fanned out to push for last-minute votes over the weekend.

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DailyBulletin: Fontana Unified School District recall election is Tuesday

Fontana USD

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/09/2013 10:38:39 PM PDT
Updated: 07/09/2013 11:49:57 PM PDT

FONTANA — There are five candidates vying for a spot in the Fontana Unified School District special recall election if voters decide to recall two board members Tuesday.

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InlandPolitics: Who is Keith McCarter?

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William Cutting,
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 – 03:00 p.m.

Someone forwarded a bunch of emails from a person by the name of Keith McCarter to me.  In the first one, he announced he is running for State Assembly and asked for our vote in June 2014. He also ran for mayor of Fontana a little while back.

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The Sun: School districts sue Fontana over payment

Fontana Seal

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/26/2013 05:34:32 PM PDT

FONTANA — The Fontana Unified School District and two other school systems have sued the city alleging that its now defunct redevelopment agency owes them millions of dollars.

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The Sun: Four women accuse former Fontana district officer of rape

Fontana USD

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/24/2013 05:57:24 PM PDT

Four Fontana Unified School District Police Department employees claim they were raped or sexually assaulted by an officer with a history of sexual misconduct, according to lawsuits filed in San Bernardino Superior Court.

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DailyBulletin: Fontana mayor adds fuel to fire in recall effort

Acquanetta Warren

Warren

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/27/2013 05:20:37 PM PDT
Updated: 04/27/2013 06:24:37 PM PDT

FONTANA — A recall campaign for two school board members is heating up even though the election is more than two months away.

Mayor Acquanetta Warren has been busy posting on her Facebook page – and others – posters made by proponents of recalling Fontana Unified school board members Leticia Garcia and Sophia Green. The election is July 16.

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InlandPolitics: Blind Husky and Seeing Eye Dog Companion Rescued

By William Cutting
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 – 11:45 p.m.

When you have grown up and spent your entire life in the Inland Empire you sometimes forget how big it is.  It doesn’t help that we lack our own media market and we constantly live in the shadow of moronic Los Angeles newscasters.  Every now and then I come across a story and figure it is happening in some place hundreds and thousands of miles away.

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The Sun: Officials validate recall signatures for two Fontana school board members

Fontana USD

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/15/2013 08:25:55 PM PDT

County election officials on Thursday announced they validated the signatures collected for the recall of Fontana Unified School District Board members Sophia Green and Leticia Garcia.

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SBCO Seal

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/23/2013 07:01:29 PM PST

A joint powers authority including San Bernardino County and the cities of Ontario and Fontana will meet Thursday to consider proposals to fix the county’s foreclosure crisis.

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Fontana USD

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/23/2013 11:27:30 AM PST
Updated: 01/23/2013 07:18:31 PM PST

FONTANA – Fontana Unified School District police have bought 14 military-style rifles to protect students and faculty in the event of a shooter on campus.

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The Sun: Fontana recall drive is moving forward, organizer says

Fontana USD

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/31/2012 10:23:07 PM PST

FONTANA – The recall effort against two school board members is in full swing, according to one of its principal organizers.

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The Sun: Opposition forming over Walmart Supercenters in Fontana

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/10/2012 05:00:35 PM PST

FONTANA – Retail giant Walmart’s decision to build two supercenters here already is drawing some opposition – even though those stores might not open until 2016, or even later.

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Company lays off 12 employees in Ontario and Fontana
Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/31/2012 08:30:01 PM PDT

Officials at Kaiser Permanente are calling the laying off of 84 employees a “modest downsizing of staff” across Southern California.

The layoffs do not include physicians.

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DailyBulletin: Council races heat up in the Inland Valley

Staff Report
Posted: 10/24/2012 08:47:32 PM PDT
Updated: 10/24/2012 10:43:37 PM PDT

To assist voters in the Nov. 6 election, the Daily Bulletin has asked municipal candidates questions about issues concerning their respective cities.

In some cases, the responses have been edited for space.

To read entire story, click here.

The Sun: Homeownership Protection Program JPA cancels October meeting

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/22/2012 09:58:51 PM PDT

The third meeting of the Homeownership Protection Program Joint Powers Authority, composed of San Bernardino County and the cities of Ontario and Fontana to address the county’s foreclosure crisis, has been canceled due to a lack of quorum.

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DailyBulletin: ONT regional airport authority to hold first meeting Monday

Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/14/2012 07:12:47 AM PDT
Updated: 10/14/2012 08:00:29 PM PDT

ONTARIO – A new regional authority formed to manage L.A./Ontario International Airport will meet today for the first time.

The Ontario International Airport Authority is expected to take a series of actions to formalize the new multijurisdictional organization, which will run the airport if Ontario succeeds in gaining control.

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Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks Tuesday at the Engineering and Cyber Security Workforce Development Summit at Cal Poly Pomona. (Will Lester/Staff Photographer)

Beau Yarbrough, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/09/2012 06:10:55 PM PDT

POMONA – Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom doesn’t know if he agrees with eminent-domain powers being used to buy up the mortgages of homeowners who owe more than their homes are worth – but he applauds the experiment.

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The Sun: Fontana school board members, others fire back at county treasurer

Jim Steinberg,Staff Writer
Posted: 10/03/2012 10:15:43 PM PDT

FONTANA – School board members on Wednesday night defended their decision to issue a controversial class of bonds to stave off a likely state takeover.

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DailyBulletin: District bond plan stokes ire

Posted: 10/02/2012 06:29:21 PM PDT
Updated: 10/02/2012 07:54:34 PM PDT

Related story: School financing methods attracting attention

FONTANA – A Fontana Unified School District plan to finance a $106 million bond payment due in December to stave off a likely state takeover has drawn fire from the county’s top financial official and two county supervisors.

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DailyBulletin: Fontana mayor supports school district recall campaign

Warren

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/21/2012 08:54:01 PM PDT
Updated: 09/21/2012 10:04:32 PM PDT

FONTANA – An effort to recall two School Board members has gained an ally – the mayor.

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DailyBulletin: Chaffey district holds rally for $848M bond

Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Created: 09/14/2012 05:28:16 PM PDT

ONTARIO – If there’s one thing a high school community understands, it’s pep rallies.

Cheerleaders and mascots for the Chaffey Joint Union High School District’s 12 high schools on Thursday night marched down the aisles at Hill Auditorium to energize advocates for its $848 million bond that is on the Nov. 6 ballot.

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By Andrew Edwards
Created: 08/16/2012 11:44:52 AM PDT

The special agency that helped start a national debate over a controversial eminent domain-for-mortgages plan aimed at helping San Bernardino County’s underwater homeowners soon will be able to accept formal proposals.

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LATimes: Newsom calls eminent domain plan in San Bernardino County ‘bold’

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom believes a plan under consideration by Inland Empire communities to seize and restructure troubled mortgages deserves a look. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

By Alejandro Lazo
July 27, 2012, 4:36 p.m.

One of California’s highest-ranking politicians, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, has told an investor group to “back off” and allow San Bernardino County to explore a controversial plan that would employ its eminent domain powers to seize and restructure troubled mortgages.

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The Sun: Mortgage Resolution Partners executive defends eminent domain proposal

Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/26/2012 05:30:00 PM PDT

A founder of a San Francisco company behind a proposal for local government to use eminent domain to take control of underwater mortgages predicted other companies may follow them and take the plan national.

Mortgage Resolution Partners co-founder and chief strategic officer John Vlahoplus said in an interview Thursday that he believes the controversial plan will survive legal challenges and may be emulated by other firms in areas heavily affected by the post-2007 housing market bust.

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The Sun: OpEd: Property seizure is not the answer

Point of View

David H. Stevens
Posted: 07/22/2012 07:04:38 AM PDT

California, once ground zero of the housing crisis, is and will continue working its way back to a stable real estate finance market.

However, the radical use of eminent domain to take over underwater mortgages could cause a spiraling effect of withdrawal of mortgage credit, declining home values and a threat to local economic recovery. Rather than taking actions which increase uncertainty, reduce the availability of credit and focus on the problems from the past, policymakers should look to homebuyers of the future and do what they can to efficiently get the process moving again.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Trade group calls condemnation plan illegal

San Bernardino County Administrative Officer Greg Devereaux is the chairman of a joint powers authority looking at proposals to aid homeowners with underwater mortgages.(Stan Lim/The Press-Enterprise)

 

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 17 July 2012 06:15 PM

A banking industry group continued to press its opposition to a proposal to use eminent domain to seize underwater mortgages, claiming the tactic would not withstand legal scrutiny and could end up costing San Bernardino County.

The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, a Wall Street trade group, released a legal memo from its law firm on Tuesday, July 17, that attacked the proposal as impermissible under the federal and state constitutions and the county charter.

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Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Created: 07/13/2012 11:23:10 AM PDT

Leaders of the newly formed Homeownership Protection Program have yet to decide how they will try to solve San Bernardino County’s lingering foreclosure woes, but the potential use of eminent domain to take over mortgages continued to arouse objections from industry groups when the group convened its first meeting on Friday.

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Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/06/2012 06:15:26 PM PDT

FONTANA – A fresh source of money totalling close to $14 million means construction of a long-stalled freeway interchange project may begin before year’s end.

That, in turn, could facilitate the construction of thousands of homes as well as new office and retail space.

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Eminent domain raises legal concern
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 07/04/2012 11:15:06 PM PDT

Legal analysts are giving conflicting views on whether a proposed program in San Bernardino County to help homeowners with negative equity stay in their homes could withstand a legal challenge.

San Francisco-based investment firm Mortgage Resolution Partners has proposed the county use eminent domain to seize control of underwater loans and then modify them for homeowners at affordable rates.

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Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Created: 07/01/2012 05:51:46 PM PDT

San Bernardino County may be the site the nation’s next big debate over eminent domain.

A trio of of local governments – San Bernardino County, Fontana and Ontario – have created a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) in an effort to help “underwater” homeowners that may result in the use of seizure powers to buy mortgage-backed securities.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Controversial mortgage fix considered

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 18 June 2012 07:48 AM

Six years after Cathy Piper purchased her 1,100-square-foot Rancho Cucamonga home for $420,000, she has seen its value drop to $232,300.

But like millions of homeowners across the country with underwater mortgages, she struggles to meet her $2,475 monthly mortgage payment even as she is stuck with a loan that is more than the property is worth.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Race fans want drag strip to reopen

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 14 April 2012 06:22 PM

With drag racing at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana halted due to a court order, racing enthusiasts are lobbying the county to get the racetrack reopened.

Supporters have formed a group called Save Auto Club Dragway, created a Facebook page and signed petitions. More than two dozen of them spoke at the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors meeting last week, urging the county to help the speedway get the approvals it needs.

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The Sun: San Bernardino County has vision to help underwater homeowners

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/11/2012 07:05:54 PM PDT

San Bernardino County and the cities of Ontario, Fontana and Hesperia are joining forces to establish a program to assist homewoners who are underwater on their mortgages.

It is part of the county’s “Vision” plan – a roadmap to the county’s future that establishes clear-cut goals to achieve optimum quality of life for the people who live in its 24 cities and unincorporated areas.

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The Sun: Rosena Ranch housing development under way in Fontana

Southern California home prices slipped in January
Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/15/2012 03:32:14 PM PST

New Southern California homes are selling at the slowest paces on record, but the wood frames of new houses under construction at the Rosena Ranch development near Fontana are a sign that builders are still willing to invest in the Inland Empire.

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DailyBulletin: Fontana mayor vows to join fight for LA/ONT

Fontana Mayor Acquanetta Warren delivers her state of the city address on Thursday, January 26, 2012 at the Jessie Turner Community Center in Fontana.

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Created: 01/26/2012 11:35:17 AM PST

FONTANA – Mayor Acquanetta Warren on Thursday vowed to join forces with Ontario city leaders in the quest to wrestle ownership of L.A./Ontario International Airport from Los Angeles’ control.

That pledge was part of broad strategy focused on regional cooperation as Fontana moves forward with 2012 and in the succeeding years.

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By Jim Steinberg Staff Writer
Posted: 01/24/2012 08:43:11 PM PST

The Fontana and Rialto city councils scrambled on Tuesday night to approve measures paving the way for a Feb. 1 deadline for the dissolution of their redevelopment agencies.

Meanwhile, because of the complexity of what needs to be accomplished in a short time frame, two bond-rating agencies have taken negative actions toward billions of dollars in California bonds secured by redevelopment tax increment revenue.

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DailyBulletin: Fontana school board member to be on ‘Anderson’ daytime TV show

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By Jim Steinberg Staff Writer
Created: 01/02/2012 06:05:05 PM PST

FONTANA – School board member Leticia Garcia is flying to New York City on Wednesday for an interview with Anderson Cooper related to the stigma associated with women professionals married to convicts.

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Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Created: 12/15/2011 04:06:53 PM PST

FONTANA – Leticia Garcia quietly stepped aside as vice president of the Fontana Unified School District Board on Wednesday night, nominating longtime board member Gus Hawthorn.

Previous to that action, Hawthorn had nominated BarBara Chavez for a second term as the board’s president.

Both measures were unanimously approved.

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Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/17/2011 06:36:41 PM PST

FONTANA – Despite a warning that the current school year is likely to end up with a $2.6 million deficit, the Fontana Unified School District Board on Wednesday night voted to bring back 10 laid off locker room attendants at a cost of $285,000.

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The Sun: Inland Empire Occupy groups rally Saturday in San Bernardino

Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/11/2011 04:37:50 PM PST

Members of Occupy Wall Street-inspired groups from throughout region will protest together today as Occupy Inland Empire for the first time in a rally in San Bernardino.

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DailyBulletin: Occupy movements from Inland Empire meet together

Sandra Emerson, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Created: 11/06/2011 05:53:46 PM PST

RIVERSIDE – After nearly an hour and a half of group discussion in the human microphone fashion, members of several Occupy Wall Street movements in the Inland Empire raised their hands, wiggled their fingers and a consensus was reached – a committee will be formed to propose future activities bringing all their movements together.

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Garcia

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Created: 10/19/2011 09:39:28 PM PDT

FONTANA – In a sparsely attended meeting, Fontana Unified School District board member Kathy Binks called for fellow board member Leticia Garcia to step aside until the District Attorney’s Office Public Integrity Unit can investigate whether Garcia violated any election code when she concealed her marriage to a convicted murderer who was in prison.

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Leticia Garcia and Acquanetta Warren

Ryan Carter, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/17/2011 06:47:45 PM PDT

FONTANA – School board member Leticia Garcia apologized Monday for not telling the public that she is married to a man convicted of murder, even as the mayor called for her to step down from her leadership position on the board.

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Fontana School Board Member Leticia Garcia.

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Created: 10/16/2011 08:53:22 PM PDT

FONTANA – The vice chairwoman of the Fontana Unified School District board has admitted she has been married to a convicted murderer since 2002, but on her application to run for the school board last year, she said she was divorced.

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By Jim Steinberg Staff Writer
Created: 08/18/2011 05:37:08 PM PDT

FONTANA – The Fontana Unified School District restored personnel and services to the tune of about $6.5 million this week.

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Warren

 

By Jim Steinberg Staff Writer
Created: 06/23/2011 09:31:02 PM PDT

FONTANA – In action that city officials say will halt progress in the city, a group of business and property owners unleashed a two-pronged attack on the City Council this week.

On Thursday, a group calling itself Fontana United filed a notice of intent with the City Clerk’s Office to file a recall petition for Mayor Acquanetta Warren and the entire City Council.

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DailyBulletin: School tax defeated

Fontana voters reject effort to restore funds
Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Created: 06/22/2011 06:31:20 PM PDT

FONTANA – Measure E, the parcel tax initiative that would have brought $16 million in additional funding to the Fontana Unified School District, was defeated in a special election Tuesday.

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DailyBulletin: Fontana weighs tax

Voters to decide school district’s Measure E
Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Created: 06/19/2011 09:05:31 PM PDT

FONTANA – The deadline for the area’s first parcel tax vote is 8 p.m. Tuesday.

And many in surrounding cities are going to be watching how it does during this era of rising hostility against government taxation.

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DailyBulletin: Budget revise discussed

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Created: 05/17/2011 09:34:54 PM PDT

The revised state budget plan released Monday provides about $3 billion more to public schools, but local school officials say even if that money materializes, it won’t mean reversing the deep cuts districts have had to make.

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DailyBulletin: Schools prepare for cuts

With tax extension talks off, area educators worried
Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/02/2011 07:06:34 AM PDT

Gov. Jerry Brown’s promise not to cut school budgets will soon be broken.

The governor’s budget proposal earlier this year to close a $25 billion budget gap without cutting funding to K-12 schools was contingent upon voters approving a five-year extension of temporary taxes in a special election in June.

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DailyBulletin: San Bernardino County schools prepare for additional cuts

By James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Created: 03/31/2011 11:44:13 AM PDT

Local school district leaders say it looks like they’ll have to implement their worst-case-scenario budgets because no deal is in place for the state to bring in more tax revenue.

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DailyBulletin: Fontana protects money

City, fearing state cash grab, sets redevelopment spending
Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Created: 03/23/2011 08:59:24 PM PDT

FONTANA – The city’s Redevelopment Agency funneled $19 million into 17 projects at a public meeting Tuesday night.

The action to put money to work comes at a time when there is uncertainty about the future of redevelopment agencies in California.

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The Sun: School board OKs tax vote

Fontana election to decide $50 million plan
Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/21/2011 10:26:59 PM PDT

FONTANA – On a 3-2 vote, the Fontana Unified School Board on Monday night approved a special election for a new property tax to prevent or delay some $50 million in cuts approved in recent years.

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DailyBulletin: Fontana school board to hold public hearing on emergency tax

By Jim Steinberg Staff Writer
Created: 03/17/2011 05:14:02 PM PDT

FONTANA – The school board will hold a public hearing Monday on the possibility of developing an emergency educational tax to help soften the effects of the crisis in education.

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DailyBulletin: How we’ve changed

R.C., Fontana spurred growth
James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Created: 03/12/2011 11:09:52 PM PST

Growth in those areas and across the Inland Empire came largely because of affordable homes sold in the first half of the decade, said Brad Kemp, director of regional research at Beacon Economics.

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Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Created: 03/09/2011 06:51:31 PM PST

FONTANA – Gullit Acevedo, 17, credits school counselors with steering him away from gangs. So he was shocked when the Fontana Unified School District board on Tuesday reversed a decision from last week and voted to warn all 68 of the district’s counselors they might not have a job next school year.

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The Sun: FUSD votes to cut counselors

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/08/2011 11:37:48 PM PST

FONTANA – The Fontana Unified School District board, by a 4 to 1 vote, has potentially eliminated all 68 of the district’s counselor jobs, reversing a decision made last week to save those jobs from budget cutting.

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By Jim Steinberg Staff Writer
Created: 03/03/2011 09:48:51 PM PST

FONTANA – School district employees and board members are working on ways to carve money from the district’s budget after the board on Wednesday night voted against a recommendation to potentially fire all 68 of the district’s counselors.

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The Sun: Fontana gets behind effort against Gov.’s plan

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/09/2011 11:18:21 PM PST

FONTANA – The City Council has unanimously passed a resolution in opposition to Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to abolish redevelopment agencies in California, joining a growing number of cities lining up against the plan.

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The Sun: Fontana Unified School District faces $25 million in budget cuts

By Michael J. Sorba Staff Writer

Posted: 01/28/2011 06:57:03 PM PST

FONTANA – The Fontana Unified School District would be forced to cut more than $25 million from its budget if voters don’t approve five-year extensions of several tax increases the Legislature imposed two years ago, officials say.

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DailyBulletin: County approves another $13.2 million for Cherry Avenue interchange

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Created: 01/26/2011 06:16:40 PM PST

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors voted this week to add another $13.2 million in redevelopment funds to widen and modernize the interchange of Cherry Avenue and the 10 Freeway in Fontana.

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InlandPolitics: Now comes the backlash

Saturday, January 22, 2011 – 11:00 a.m.

The month of January has proven to be a very entertaining month in San Bernardino County government circles.

The highlight, so far, was the election of Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales as Chairwoman of the Board of Supervisors.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Race card being used as leverage?

Gonzales                       Warren                       Rutherford

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 – 12:55 p.m.

The behind-the-scenes maneuvering for the upcoming election for chair/vice-chair of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is apparently getting ugly.

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The Sun: Fontana keeps eyes on economy

A look ahead

Mediha Fejzagic DiMartino, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/26/2010 09:47:44 PM PST

FONTANA – In the new year, Mayor Acquanetta Warren said she wants to forge county, state and federal ties to bring about economic recovery and jobs to her city.

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The Sun: Fontana council appoints new members to dais

Michael J. Sorba, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/22/2010 08:12:37 PM PST

FONTANA – Two new members have been appointed to the City Council, former Planning Commissioner Matthew Slowik and former Parks and Recreation Commissioner Lydia Salazar-Wibert.

Slowik and Salazar-Wibert were among 12 people the council considered to fill two open seats.

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The Sun: Fontana council moving to fill two seats

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/09/2010 02:01:15 PM PST

FONTANA – The new City Council made its first big decision on Wednesday night when it unanimously set in motion the process to appoint two vacant seats on the dais.

“We need to hit the ground running Jan. 1 with all council members present,” Mayor Acquanetta Warren said.

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DailyBulletin: Fontana ceremony sees large crowd

New mayor, council members sworn in
Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Created: 12/08/2010 08:12:37 PM PST

FONTANA – There was a lot of swearing and a little bit of blushing at the City Council meeting Wednesday night.

A record crowd seeking to witness history filled Steelworkers Auditorium to watch the swearing in of the city’s first black mayor and a new council.

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The Sun: Scialdone witness to Fontana’s makeover

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/07/2010 09:28:03 PM PST

FONTANA – Outgoing mayor and former police chief Frank Scialdone will see a near 40-year career in the public sector come to a close tonight when the new City Council is sworn in.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Early test coming for Rutherford

Janice Rutherford

Sunday, December 5, 2010 – 09:30 a.m.
Last Updated: Deceember 5, 2010 – 01:00 p.m.

Incoming county supervisor Janice Rutherford, who will be sworn into office Monday at noon, has an early test coming her way next month.

The test being whether or not she will support former colleague Josie Gonzales for chairperson of the board. A two-year irrevocable term.

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