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The Sun: Grand Terrace officials hope to keep city on course with plan

Grand Terrace

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/26/14, 10:23 PM PDT |

GRAND TERRACE >> An almost total loss of institutional memory and severe financial constraints allow city leaders very little margin for error as they follow a course toward hoped-for economic development, but they expect a strategic plan for the next six years to help keep them on track.

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The PE: STATE SENATE: Grand Terrace councilwoman running in 20th district

Sylvia Robles

Sylvia Robles

March 20, 2014

Grand Terrace Councilwoman Sylvia Robles says the time is right for her to run for state Senate in a district representing San Bernardino County.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

InlandPolitics: Grand Terrace: Cortes urged colleagues prosecution

Grand Terrace

Sunday, March 9, 2014 – 12:00 p.m.

A few years ago, the San Bernardino County Distrct Attorney charged Former Grand Terrace City Councilman Jim Miller, with a single felony conflict-of-interest count, for voting on approval of check registers, which listed checks paid to his wife’s community newspaper for city-purchased advertisments.

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The Sun: ‘Fiasco’ forces Grand Terrace to hold off on approving mid-year budget

Grand Terrace

By Canan Tasci, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/26/14, 11:19 AM PST | Updated: 1 hr ago

GRAND TERRACE >> City Council members were expected to go over their mid-year budget Tuesday evening until they received information that could possibly throw a wrench into their finances.

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The Sun: Sandoval’s City Council seat to be left empty

Grand Terrace

By Canan Tasci, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/14/14, 7:41 PM PST |

GRAND TERRACE >> Council members have decided to leave the seat of Bernardo Sandoval open until the November elections.

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The Sun: Applications for Grand Terrace City Council being accepted

Grand Terrace

By Canan Tasci, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/01/14, 1:54 PM PST |

GRAND TERRACE >> Residents wanting to be on the City Council have until Wednesday to turn in their applications.

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The Sun: Leadership change in Grand Terrace

Grand Terrace

By Canan Tasci, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/19/14, 6:59 PM PST |

GRAND TERRACE >> In the midst of troubled finances and changing faces in top leadership roles, the City Council has appointed Kenneth Henderson to the interim city manager for the next year.

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The Sun: Grand Terrace finances better than thought

Grand Terrace

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 12/04/13, 6:39 PM PST |

GRAND TERRACE >> A month after voters convincingly rejected a divisive attempt to pass a tax measure — without which, it was warned, the city risked collapse — officials here say they’ve learned for the first time of money from the state Department of Finance that covers a large portion of the expected deficit.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013 – 10:00 a.m.

Here’s some news of interest flowing across the transom Wednesday morning.

San Bernardino County pension fund recruiting for another CEO

San Bernardino County’s pension fund, the San Bernardino County Employee’s Retirement Association, appears to be recruiting another chief executive officer.

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The Sun: Grand Terrace mayor ‘devastated’ by Measure C’s demise

Grand Terrace

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 11/06/13, 6:02 PM PST |

GRAND TERRACE >> “We are devastated. We are numb.”

Those are the words Grand Terrace Mayor Walt Stanckiewitz used to describe the voters’ dramatic rejection Tuesday of a utility tax that would have continued the current level of city services despite falling sales tax revenues and the loss of the city Redevelopment Agency.

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The Sun: Grand Terrace’s future in residents’ hands

Grand Terrace

By Ryan Hagen
ryan.hagen@ inlandnewspapers.com | @sbcitynow on Twitter
Posted: 06/26/2013 07:27:07 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE — The city’s future is in the citizens’ hands now.

That’s the promise and the challenge Mayor Walt Stanckiewitz and the City Council gave Tuesday, after they cleared the way for a November election on whether to add a $1.5 million tax to stave off deep service cuts, and the residents crowding City Hall say they heard the message loud and clear.

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The Sun: Grand Terrace passes budget, declares fiscal emergency

Grand Terrace

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/25/2013 08:46:25 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE — Residents applauded Tuesday after the approval of a budget that includes a contingency cutting city parks, senior center and law enforcement, an unusual occurrence that showed the audience’s understanding that it actually meant a step away from those steep cuts.

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The Sun: Grand Terrace’s fiscal emergency vote not unprecedented

Grand Terrace

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/24/2013 07:31:24 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE — Tuesday’s vote on whether to declare a fiscal emergency might be a final chance to avoid a “death spiral,” as Mayor Walt Stanckiewitz said Monday, but it’s not unprecedented.

The question is which precedent it will follow.

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The Sun: Grand Terrace has ‘draconian’ choice to make Tuesday

Grand Terrace

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/21/2013 08:37:44 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE — With “draconian” cuts and the specter of possibly disincorporating as a city looming, the City Council will meet Tuesday to make some tough choices.

Deep cuts now, or deeper cuts later.

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The Sun: Grand Terrace officials to consider new taxes

Grand Terrace

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/25/2013 05:50:35 PM PST

GRAND TERRACE – A mid-year budget review to be studied today Tuesday shows an expected deficit of more than $337,000 by the time the fiscal year ends in June, which has led officials to consider declaring a fiscal emergency and asking voters to approve a new tax.

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InlandPolitics: An example of a county justice system gone wrong

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 – 10:30 a.m.

It’s not often when you can witness a justice system being abused.

Abused in plain sight for that matter!

But, in San Bernardino County, a place that operates more like a banana republic than a state subdivision, it’s routine.

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The PE: REGION: Cities say they’re not going bankrupt

Officials with other Inland cities say they’re not in danger of declaring bankruptcy like San Bernardino.

BY JEFF HORSEMAN
STAFF WRITER
jhorseman@pe.com

Published: 21 July 2012 05:05 PM

It’s an obvious question after San Bernardino sought bankruptcy — is my city next?

The early answer, at least in the Inland area, is probably not. While three California cities plan to file for bankruptcy and more could follow, local officials say their finances aren’t at the breaking point.

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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 PE: GRAND TERRACE: Council told police cuts could save $202,000

If Grand Terrace eliminates a service specialist and cuts detective hours, it’ll save but maintain service

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

Published: 26 February 2012 06:59 PM

Grand Terrace could cut back two law enforcement positions without increasing the risk of crime, a San Bernardino County sheriff’s lieutenant says.

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The PE: GRAND TERRACE: Disincorporation won’t wipe away bills

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

Published: 20 February 2012 09:15 PM

Disincorporating Grand Terrace would not wipe away the cash-strapped city’s bills.

City Manager Betsy M. Adams warned City Council members at a workshop session recently that the agency that oversees boundary changes in San Bernardino County would require Grand Terrace voters to approve a tax measure to pay any outstanding city debts before agreeing to disincorporate the town.

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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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The Sun: Grand Terrace agrees to pay off $2.3 million debt over 10 years

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/13/2011 10:01:02 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE – After nearly five months of closed-door negotiations, the city agreed Tuesday night to pay almost $2.3 million owed to the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County – BOS 3: Derry garners endorsements

Derry

Friday, September 2, 2011 – 09:20 a.m.

San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry today announced that his campaign has received the endorsement of four respected local elected officials.

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The PE: GRAND TERRACE: Council approves restart of redevelopment

10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, August 10, 2011

By DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
Staff Writer dsantchi@pe.com

The Grand Terrace City Council is making it official and will pay the state in order to restart the city’s redevelopment agency.

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The Sun: City clerk of Grand Terrace to resign

Citing family needs, she takes Upland job
Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/03/2011 04:25:17 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE – Brenda Mesa is resigning as city clerk, saying she took a part-time position with the city of Upland so she can work closer to home.

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The Sun: Grand Terrace to keep agency

City will appeal payment to state
Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/27/2011 03:30:39 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE – Calling the Redevelopment Agency a vital revenue source, City Council members have agreed to pay the state more than $2.8 million in what they consider “extortion payments” to keep access to the agency and also hired a consultant to appeal the payment amount.

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The PE: GRAND TERRACE: City pondering continued use of redevelopment

10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, July 20, 2011

By DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
The Press-Enterprise

Grand Terrace may have to surrender $2.8 million to the state of California this year and more than $670,000 a year in the future to keep the city’s redevelopment agency alive.

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10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, July 20, 2011

By DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
The Press-Enterprise

The Grand Terrace City Council is looking to lift restrictions on the posting of campaign signs.

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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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The Sun: Grand Terrace reviews sign limits

Changes could help campaigns
Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/13/2011 08:18:09 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE – In what some are framing as a battle between freedom of speech and freedom of vision, the City Council will decide whether to remove restrictions on the posting of political signs that court rulings indicate could run afoul of the First Amendment.

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The Sun: Grand Terrace council balances city budget

2011-12 spending plan includes $533,692 in cuts
Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/29/2011 08:58:05 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE – It’s not the budget city officials hoped for, but it’s the one they expected and one they can live with.

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The Sun: Cuts still pending for Grand Terrace

Budget efforts hit with uncertainty
Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/22/2011 06:34:25 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE – After its second budget-specific meeting in as many weeks, the City Council still isn’t sure what cuts it will have to make to pass a balanced budget at its meeting Tuesday evening.

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The Sun: Plan outlines stark future for Grand Terrace

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/25/2011 05:08:06 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE – A presentation on how to rebuild the city’s budget to escape what a consultant called serious financial trouble was delayed about 10 minutes Tuesday evening – when the lights went out at City Hall.

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The Sun: Grand Terrace authorizes $29 million in bonds

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/25/2011 05:49:56 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE – The City Council, acting as the Redevelopment Agency board, has authorized up to $29 million in bonds, which officials hope to use on infrastructure to lift the city’s stagnant tax base.

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The Sun: Agency taps Grand Terrace for $2.3M

Water bill error cited in new debt
Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/23/2011 05:02:54 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE – County auditors report that the city owes more than $2 million to the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District, worsening an already precarious budget and possibly imperiling efforts to sell bonds for city projects.

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The Sun: Grand Terrace city attorney resigns

By Ryan Hagen Staff Writer
Posted: 04/28/2011 06:44:24 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE – City Attorney John Harper, who has provided legal advice for the city since it incorporated and served as city attorney since 1988, resigned Thursday.

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

By DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
The Press-Enterprise

The Grand Terrace City Council will consider lifting restrictions on the posting of campaign signs.

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The Sun: Reliance on redevelopment may harm Grand Terrace

 

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/26/2011 03:54:51 PM PST

GRAND TERRACE – As cities statewide argue that eliminating redevelopment agencies would jeopardize vital infrastructure and job creation, officials here worry it could claim another victim: the city itself.

Grand Terrace might have to disincorporate within a year if it loses its Redevelopment Agency, fears Mayor Walt Stanckiewitz.

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The Sun: Retroactive accounting cuts Grand Terrace debt

 

 

By Ryan Hagen Staff Writer
Posted: 02/25/2011 03:48:03 PM PST

GRAND TERRACE – A month-long review of more than a decade of decisions has chipped more than $1million off what was once a $4.6million debt.

The city owes the money to its Redevelopment Agency, a city-controlled body that former City Manager Tom Schwab often borrowed from to balance the city’s general fund, officials said.

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The PE: GRAND TERRACE: City protects development funds for Stater Bros. deal

 

10:00 PM PST on Wednesday, February 23, 2011

By JAN SEARS
The Press-Enterprise

Redevelopment money intended for a five-year economic development agreement between Grand Terrace and Stater Bros. was safeguarded by the City Council on Tuesday.

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The Sun: Immigration attorney joins Grand Terrace City Council

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/12/2011 08:20:16 PM PST

GRAND TERRACE – Gene Hays, an immigration attorney with no government experience, will be sworn in today as the fifth member of the City Council.

The council members voted 3-1 on Tuesday to select Hays after interviewing 13 applicants.

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The Sun: Grand Terrace council to interview applicants for vacant seat

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/10/2011 05:16:35 PM PST

GRAND TERRACE – A fifth member could join the City Council this evening, preventing what many say would otherwise be a 2-2 deadlock for the next two years.

But first, current members will interview the 14 applicants for the position and agree on a future colleague.

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The Sun: Grand Terrace Council to appoint new member

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/22/2010 08:13:31 PM PST

GRAND TERRACE – After lengthy debate, the City Council has voted to accept applications for an open seat on the council.

The 3-1 decision, with Councilwoman Lee Ann Garcia dissenting, came following extended discussions at a special meeting Tuesday and the previous week, when the City Council delayed the decision to avoid an apparent 2-2 stalemate over whether to hold a special election or appoint someone.

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The Sun: Grand Terrace to decide council selection method

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/19/2010 06:08:19 PM PST

GRAND TERRACE – The City Council will decide whether to elect or appoint the fifth member of the body at a special meeting starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The council was scheduled to decide how to fill the seat, which opened up when Walt Stanckiewitz became mayor, at its regular meeting Dec. 14.

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The Sun: Grand Terrace debates council selection

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/13/2010 04:22:33 PM PST

GRAND TERRACE – Big tasks are in store for the newly elected City Council, but one of the first decisions will shape the others.

The council is scheduled to decide tonight what the future holds for the seat vacated by Councilman Walt Stanckiewitz when he becomes mayor today.

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The Sun: Seeing a need for change sparks successful run for Grand Terrace City Council

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/10/2010 08:53:31 PM PST

Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series on Grand Terrace’s new City Council members.

GRAND TERRACE – About a year ago, Bernardo Sandoval thought a man was getting a raw deal, so he started attending City Council meetings to see if he could do something about it.

That man – then-Councilman Jim Miller, who had voted with the rest of the council to approve routine payments for city advertisements in his wife’s weekly newspaper – would later resign and plead guilty to a misdemeanor conflict-of-interest charge.

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InlandPolitics: Grand Terrace: Voters give Cortes the ‘boot’

Cortes

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 – 11:20 a.m.

Grand Terrace residents ejected a polarizing figure from their city council Tuesday night.

Council member Bertha ‘Bea’ Cortes only pulled just under 18% of the vote in a field of four.

She came in last place.

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The PE: GRAND TERRACE: Four candidates running for mayor

11:01 PM PDT on Monday, October 25, 2010

By DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
The Press-Enterprise

The city’s handling of recent scandals, luring business and developing programs for young people are among the top issues in the race for mayor of Grand Terrace on the Nov. 2 ballot.

Four candidates are seeking the seat being vacated by Mayor Maryetta Ferre, who did not seek re-election. They are Councilman Walt Stanckiewitz, Planning Commission Chairman Doug Wilson, Chamber of Commerce President Sally McGuire and real estate associate Denise “De De” DeCenty-Steinberg.

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The Sun: FPPC clears Grand Terrace candidates of conflict-of-interest accusation

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/24/2010 03:09:50 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE – Sally McGuire and Darcy McNaboe did not break conflict-of-interest laws by serving with the Chamber of Commerce while running for city office, the state Fair Political Practices Commission has determined.

Sylvia Robles, who is running against McNaboe for a City Council seat, alleged in part that by appearing in the chamber newsletter, they violated a section of the Political Reform Act that generally forbids taxpayer-funded mass mailings from referencing officials affiliated with the publication.

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The Sun: 3 candidates blast mailer

G.T. hopefuls hold event to denounce ‘racial divisiveness’
Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/24/2010 05:52:13 AM PDT

GRAND TERRACE – Hot dogs – without sauerkraut – were the main course at an event prompted by fliers that the hosts said were racist for pointing out mayoral candidate Walt Stanckiewitz was born in Germany. The event, held Friday at Stanckiewitz’s La Pasta Italia restaurant, was billed as a way to denounce “racial divisiveness.”

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The Sun: Debate fizzles in Grand Terrace

Candidate Wilson decides to cancel scheduled event
Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/17/2010 08:18:04 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE – In a campaign season that has seen accusations of illegal behavior and contradictory views of what’s best for the city, there will be one time City Hall is free of arguments between mayoral candidates: Oct. 25, when Doug Wilson booked it for a debate.

Wilson, one of four candidates for mayor, said the usual candidates forum hosted by the Chamber of Commerce would be too limiting, especially since the person he sees as his main opponent – Councilman Walt Stanckiewitz – will not attend the forum.

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The Sun: Cortes considers complaint over signs

Cortes

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/11/2010 03:57:23 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE – Bea Cortes’ campaign consultant is considering legal action against the citizen who anonymously posted signs accusing Cortes of stifling free speech.

“We have nothing against free speech, but we will challenge putting out anonymous fliers that include false information,” said Chris Jones, who works on Cortes’ campaign for City Council and with other local candidates.

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The Sun: RDA disagreements split mayoral candidates

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/08/2010 05:13:23 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE – The mayoral race has been split by a simple litmus test: pro- or anti-Tom Schwab?

The question gets at the heart of the more complex debate about the role of the redevelopment agency, which consists of the mayor and members of the City Council.

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InlandPolitics: Investigation clears Cortes

Cortes

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/06/2010 04:35:58 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE – City councilwoman Bea Cortes committed no crime when she voted to pay more than $2,800 in public funds to a real estate company where she had a real estate license, the district attorney’s office has announced.

Twelve Grand Terrace citizens requested the investigation in January, alleging a conflict of interest during votes from 2006 to 2009.

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

Nelson

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

By JEFF HORSEMAN
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: Grand Terrace releases tax report on stipends

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/15/2010 06:05:47 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE – The City Council voted unanimously to release the results of its closed session meeting about years of unpaid taxes by city employees, concluding that requiring them to refile taxes for the last three years would satisfy its legal obligation.

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The Sun: Grand Terrace City Council silent on tax liability

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/05/2010 09:58:13 PM PDT

Grand Terrace officials say confidentiality agreements still prevent them from discussing possible repercussions of the recent discovery that elected officials have never paid taxes on their stipends, and it is unclear when those agreements will end.

The Internal Revenue Service defines elected officials as employees of the city they serve, required to withhold part of their income. Members of the City Council and Planning Commission have not done so since Grand Terrace was incorporated in 1978.

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The Sun: 4 run for Grand Terrace mayor, 6 seek council seats

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/04/2010 10:32:36 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE – Experience and transparency are emerging as major themes of the elections in Grand Terrace.

Four candidates are running for mayor, four for the City Council seat held by Bea Cortes, and two for the remaining two years of Jim Miller’s council term, which he resigned in March before pleading guilty to charges related to voting with a conflict of interest.

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PE: City hasn’t paid taxes in years

07:17 AM PDT on Friday, August 27, 2010

By DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
The Press-Enterprise

Grand Terrace has not paid federal payroll taxes on City Council and planning commissioners’ monthly stipends since the city was incorporated 32 years ago.

The city’s failure to pay was disclosed this week when the council approved $14,000 in payments to the United States Treasury to cover three years of the unpaid payroll taxes in hopes the Internal Revenue Service will not demand more.

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SBSun: Grand Terrace tax revenue questions raised

Candidate has concerns about planned market
Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/25/2010 05:55:53 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE – A City Council candidate is questioning the revenue projections of a proposed Stater Bros., arguing that the city will ultimately pay more in economic inducements to the supermarket chain than it will gain in tax revenue.

Jack Brown, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Stater Bros. Markets, said the city will generate nearly $800,000 annually in sales tax revenue.

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SBSun: Grand Terrace council cuts stipend

Members offer to repay excess
Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/25/2010 04:12:10 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE – Pushing to distance themselves from recent scandals involving lavishly paid officials in other cities, members of the City Council recoiled when they discovered their stipends were higher than California law permits.

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PE: San Bernardino County voters will be busy Nov. 2

10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, August 12, 2010

By DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
The Press-Enterprise

Voters in San Bernardino County will elect a county supervisor, three mayors and a host of city council and school board members Nov. 2.

The election filing period ended Friday for most races, and on Wednesday for those races in which one or more incumbents did not seek re-election.

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RivPE: Ex-Grand Terrace councilman pleads guilty

11:11 AM PDT on Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Former Grand Terrace City Councilman Jim Miller pleaded guilty this morning to a misdemeanor charge stemming from payments he voted to approve to his wife’s weekly newspaper.

Miller pleaded guilty to having a financial interest by a state or local official in a government contract. In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors dropped a felony conflict of interest charge, which could have included prison time.

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RivPE: Cassie MacDuff: City Officials Highly Paid?

10:00 PM PDT on Monday, July 26, 2010

Cassie MacDuff

With the scandal over exorbitant pay for Bell officials, Inland residents may wonder if their city governments, too, have approved extravagant salaries unbeknownst to them.

A 2007 Press-Enterprise survey showed Inland city manager salaries doubled between 1996 and 2006. Some now top $200,000.

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SBSun: Grand Terrace councilwoman drops try for restraining order

Cortes

Melissa Pinion-Whitt, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/30/2010 02:36:57 PM PDT

A Grand Terrace councilwoman who sought a permanent restraining order against a resident she claimed was harassing her withdrew the request Wednesday in San Bernardino Superior Court.

The request by Bea Cortes would have barred Kay Moore from all Grand Terrace council meetings, City Hall, city events and other locations if it had been granted. But Cortes said she decided against pursuing it, opting to steer clear of a restaurant Moore frequents.

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iePolitics: The Restraining Order

Cortes

www.iepolitics.com

Written by Administrator
June 29th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Here is the order:  Councilperson Cortes v. Moore Note:  There are two separate files when you open the document.  The first is the application and the second is the order.

A couple of things are noteworthy.  First, the order is for 100 yards and includes city hall, city functions, etc.  The defendant is a resident of  Grand Terrace and this order basically denies her right to participate in city government or even pay her trash bill in person.  If this order is made permanent, she would not be allowed to attend a 4th of July event if the city is sponsoring one, or a Christmas pageant, or a parade.

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iePolitics: Is it really double dipping? (Revised)

www.iepolitics.com

Written by Administrator
June 20th, 2010 at 4:26 pm

This past week San Bernardino County Deputy District Attorney John Goritz and state of California Deputy Attorney General Melissa Mandel unveiled their “conspiracy theory” in the trial of former Assessor’s Office employee Rex Gutierrez. In addition to having worked for the county, Gutierrez also is an elected member of the city of Rancho Cucamonga City Council. Gutierrez is accused of conducting city of Rancho Cucamonga business on county time.

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TheSentinel: Councilwoman Cortes seeks restraining order against constituent

Cortes

Grand Terrace Councilwoman Bea Cortes, who has become a figure of some controversy in recent months, this week filed for and was granted a restraining order against one of her constituents. The incident that precipitated the filing grew out of an apparent misunderstanding on the councilwoman’s part or otherwise her belief that a citizen’s disapproval of the way in which she has conducted herself in office constituted a threat to her safety and well being.

The Sentinel has learned that on June 1, Cortes was seated at the bar at JB’s Bar and Grill. That evening, seated across the bar was another Grand Terrace resident, Kay Moore, who resides with her husband, Steve, in the 23000 block of Westwood Avenue. Kay Moore, who was familiar with who Cortes was and her position with the city, remarked upon Cortes’ presence to another patron. Moore made further note of her disagreement with Cortes’ politics.

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RivPE: Cassie MacDuff: Calculated Gamble

10:00 PM PDT on Friday, May 21, 2010

Cassie MacDuff

Former Grand Terrace Councilman Jim Miller took a calculated risk when he decided last week not to plead guilty to a misdemeanor conflict-of-interest charge and instead go to trial on a felony.

A jury could acquit him — or it could find him guilty. Juries are wild cards.

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SBSun: Former Grand Terrace councilman rejects plea deal; trial likely

Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/18/2010 07:03:14 PM PDT

Former Grand Terrace City Councilman Jim Miller rejected a plea offer from prosecutors today and may be headed to trial on allegations that he voted to send thousands of city dollars worth of advertising to his wife’s newspaper.

“We had discussed an offer, and that was withdrawn (Tuesday),” said Deputy District Attorney John Goritz, who is prosecuting the case.

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RivPE: Trial set for ex-Grand Terrace councilman

10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Trial dates were set Tuesday for a former Grand Terrace city councilman charged in a felony conflict of interest case, following prosecutors’ withdrawal of a misdemeanor plea deal.

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SBSun: More financial obstacles await Grand Terrace

Stephen Wall, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/29/2010 04:58:09 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE – The city managed to close a $423,000 budget gap this year, but more challenges lie ahead next year.

Officials anticipate an $800,000 shortfall in the General Fund for the 2010-2011 budget year starting July 1.

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DailyBulletin: Pension figures for local cities

Created: 03/22/2010 05:33:19 PM PDT

When the economy began to decline in 2008, investments through the California Public Employees’ Retirement System took a hit.

As a result, cities in the Inland Empire have been juggling losses in revenue while making sure they meet employees’ retirement obligations.

This is the status of pension obligations of some Inland Empire cities:

COLTON

CONTRIBUTION: $5.75 million in 2008-09
PENSION OBLIGATION BOND: $31.14 million
EMPLOYER CONTRIBUTION RATE: 19.498 percent fire, 20.052 percent police, 7.060 percent misc.
EMPLOYEE CONTRIBUTION RATE: 9 percent fire, 9 percent police – paid by city. 8 percent misc. – city pays 4 percent.

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SBSun: Depleted cash reserves leave some local cities on edge of financial crisis

Michael J. Sorba, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/19/2010 07:36:00 PM PDT

COLTON – Pricey pension packages, budget breakdowns and deep deficits have reduced or jeopardized the reserves some cities have amassed over recent years.

Both Colton and San Bernardino are struggling with dwindling incomes that have burned cash reserves to dangerously low levels.

Rialto is struggling with higher pension costs set to start July 1, which a top official has said will deplete a sizeable $31 million reserve within three years if employees don’t agree to concessions.

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RivPE: Cassie MacDuff: Sympathy for Councilman

10:00 PM PDT on Friday, March 19, 2010

Cassie MacDuff The Press-Enterprise

Of all the people implicated in the recent public corruption scandals, the one who evokes the most sympathy is Jim Miller, the Grand Terrace councilman who stepped down 10 days ago.

Miller stands out because he took responsibility, from the moment he was approached by investigators, for what he did.

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SBSun: Jim Miller resigns from Grand Terrace council

Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/10/2010 06:37:39 PM PST

GRAND TERRACE – Councilman Jim Miller, who has been charged a single felony count for an alleged conflict-of-interest violation, has resigned.

Miller’s letter to City Hall stated his resignation became effective Wednesday.

“It has been my extreme pleasure serving the community that I love, and it is in that spirit, given the recent turmoil, that I step down from the council,” Miller wrote.

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RivPE: Councilman facing felony charge resigns

11:08 PM PST on Tuesday, March 9, 2010

By DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
The Press-Enterprise

GRAND TERRACE – City Councilman Jim Miller abruptly announced his resignation Tuesday night, admitting at a Grand Terrace council meeting that he should not have voted to approve payments of city funds to his wife’s newspaper.

Miller, 61, said at the meeting that his resignation will be effective today and promised that his wife, Margie, who owns the weekly newspaper Grand Terrace City News, will return to the city about $18,000 that she was paid for running legal advertisements for the city from Oct. 26, 2006, to Aug. 12, 2008.

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RivPE: Grand Terrace facing $1.2 million shortage over next 16 months

10:31 PM PST on Sunday, February 28, 2010

By DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
The Press-Enterprise

Grand Terrace will have to cinch its belt tight for the next four months to make up a $423,240 budget gap this year and then brace for an $800,000 shortage in the fiscal year that begins July1.

City Manager Betsy Adams told the Grand Terrace City Council this week that new construction has ground to a halt, sales tax revenue has plunged and earnings on the city’s investments have dropped more than expected. All of this, she said, is the result of a slumping economy in a community of 12,500 people.

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10:00 PM PST on Monday, February 22, 2010

By DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
The Press-Enterprise

The Grand Terrace City Council tonight will begin grappling with a budget crisis that could drain the city’s treasury for years to come.

In the short term, council members must trim $423,000 from the city’s general fund budget for the 4½ months remaining in the current fiscal year.

Then, they must find a way to pay back $2.6 million funneled since 1990 from the city redevelopment agency to balance the general fund that pays for day-to-day expenses.

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SBSun: Grand Terrace to discuss budget problems

Stephen Wall, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/22/2010 04:18:57 PM PST

GRAND TERRACE – The nation’s economy may be starting to rebound, but the city’s budget woes are not over.

The City Council will hold a 4 p.m. workshop today to talk about how to close a $423,000 mid-year budget shortfall in the General Fund.

Spending and revenue projections have changed since the start of the 2009-2010 budget year in July.

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iePolitics: Will copulating with the District Attorney prevent criminal prosecution?

Posted by La Cochita at 3 February 2010

Twelve citizens of the city of Grand Terrace have a filed a request with District Attorney Mike Ramos to investigate one of his many mistresses for Government Code section 1090 violations. Which mistress you may ask. Yes, I realize it is difficult to keep them all straight. This time around it is Bertha Bea Cortes, a councilwoman for Grand Terrace.

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SBSun: Grand Terrace residents want DA to investigate councilwoman

Bea Cortes

Stephen Wall, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/02/2010 05:42:44 PM PST

GRAND TERRACE – A group of residents wants the District Attorney’s Office to investigate whether Councilwoman Bea Cortes violated state law by voting to spend more than $2,800 in public funds on a business with financial ties to her.

A complaint was filed last week and is under review, said Susan Mickey, spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s Office.

“We’re looking at it to determine whether it warrants opening an investigation,” Mickey said.

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SBC Sentinel: Cortes focus of complaint lodged with DA

A group of 12 Grand Terrace residents has filed with the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office a complaint alleging that city councilwoman Bea Cortes engaged in multiple flagrant violations of Government Code Section 1090, the state of California’s conflict of interest law.

The complaint, which was provided to the public integrity unit formed by district attorney Mike Ramos in 2003 to deal with violations of the public trust perpetrated by elected and appointed city and government officials, contains allegations that Cortes voted repeatedly over the last four years to approve city payments to her employer, Terra Loma Real Estate and compounded the matter by attempting to hide the matter from public scrutiny by failing to report her relationship with Terra Loma on the economic interest disclosure documents she is required to file as a public official.

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InlandPolitics: Grand Terrace’s Cortes focus of complaint (Update – 1)

Bea Cortes

City of Grand Terrace council member Bertha Bea Cortes is the focus of a complaint submitted to the San Bernardino County District Attorney this week.

InlandPolitics.com received a copy of the complaint by email this morning.

The complaint signed by twelve citizen’s of the city alleges that Cortes committed multiple violations of the Political Reform Act. Specifically, that Cortes engaged in a conflict of interest in violation of section 1090 of the California Government Code, and committed perjury by filing false statements of economic interest, known as Form 700.

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Grand Terrace City Councilman Jim Miller waived his right to a preliminary hearing in San Bernardino County Superior Court today.

The move sets the stage for an immediate jury trial on a single count of conflict of interest by a public officer, a felony.

The move follows a formal rejection of a plea offer of a single misdemeanor count that would require Miller to resign from office.

Miller was charged by District Attorney Michael Ramos for voting to approve what is referred to as a check disbursement register that is routinely placed on the Grand Terrace City Council consent calendar.

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