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InlandPolitics: Election notes

Election Results

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Here’s some area election results of note.

In San Bernardino, voters dumped charter reform Measure Q. The measure would have removed wage-setting provisions from the city charter to collective bargaining. The city’s police and fire unions easily tubed the measure. The result is a blow to novice Mayor Carey Davis and backers, who put very little effort in support of the measure.

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RedlandsDailyFacts: City councils vulnerable to being forced to use districts

Highland District Boundaries

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 10/12/14, 7:29 PM PDT |

Cities across the state have been voluntarily complying with the California Voting Rights Act of 2001—while others, such as the city of Highland, are forced to consider changing their election system to avoid potentially costly litigation.

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IEBusinessDaily: Political Whispers

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IE Business Daily

Political Whispers
August 23, 2014

The City of Highland has decided, under threat of litigation, to place a measure on the November Ballot that requests the voters of Highland to determine whether or not they want the City Council broken into district representation.

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The PE: HIGHLAND: Water leader Kip Sturgeon mourned

black ribbon

Published: Aug. 1, 2014 – Updated: 10:15 p.m.

Inland resident and long-time East Valley Water District board member Kip Sturgeon died this week. He was 50.

To read story by Janet Zimmerman in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

The Sun: Lawsuit prompts Highland council to place voting districts on ballot

Highland District Boundaries

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 07/24/14, 11:37 AM PDT | Updated: 46 mins ago

HIGHLAND>> Voters in November will have an opportunity to decide if they want to elect City Council members by district.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

Here’s some new flowing across the transom Tuesday morning, in case you missed it!

Inland Cities budget woes ease

Several Inland Empire cities are facing a less dicier budget picture in their upcoming fiscal years.

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The Sun: Highland City Council studies move to set up voting districts

City-of-Highland

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 06/09/14, 6:19 PM PDT |

HIGHLAND>> The City Council is considering placing an initiative on the November ballot that would split up the town into council districts, in reaction to legal threats made by activists.

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InlandPolitics: Business: East Valley business conditions troubling

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Sunday, June 8, 2014 – 12:00 p.m.

Some ominous business activity is raising questions over the actual health of the East San Bernardino Valley business climate.

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LATimes: Deputy’s shooting of teenager prompts protests

SBSO Sheriff

Protesters criticize the shooting of the teenager, who is hospitalized in critical condition after being shot. Investigators say he charged officers and was armed with hammer and a ‘sharp instrument.’

By Rick Rojas
January 20, 2014, 9:28 p.m.

San Bernardino County sheriff’s investigators said Monday that a teenage boy who was shot by a deputy in Highland had charged toward officers wielding a hammer, later telling an officer as he was given medical treatment that he wanted to die.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: $8.5 million goes to Highland flood victims

SBCO Seal

August 15, 2013; 05:45 PM

San Bernardino County and the city of Highland have agreed to pay $8.5 million to residents who contended the agencies were responsible for flood control failures that buried a Highland neighborhood with mud and debris in December 2010.

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

The PE: HIGHLAND: Development’s period of adjustment lies ahead

Lewis Homes’ proposed development would be east of Greenspot Road in Highland.

Published: 04 September 2012 – 08:23 PM

A master-planned community proposed for eastern Highland is sparking excitement among officials eager for high-quality growth but raising eyebrows among those reluctant to exchange brushy foothill territory for a small, self-contained community.

To read story by Jan Sears in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The Sun: HIGHLAND: Council renews paramedic tax

There’s council discussion about raising the rate that hasn’t changed in 26 years but it decides against that.

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

Published: 29 April 2012 05:28 PM

The Highland City Council voted this week to renew a paramedic tax that has been in place, unchanged, longer than Highland has been a city.

The tax, $19 per residence and $38 per business, will raise about $351,000 in the fiscal year that begins July 1, City Manager Joe Hughes told the council Tuesday night.

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LATimes: Two state mental hospitals fined for allegedly failing to protect staff

L.A. NOW
Southern California — this just in
March 2, 2012 | 4:50 pm

California workplace safety officials have issued nearly $100,000 in fines against San Bernardino’s Patton State Hospital and the Central Coast’s Atascadero State Hospital, alleging in part that the state psychiatric facilities have failed to protect staff from patient assaults and have deficient employee alarm systems.

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The PE: HIGHLAND: City Council meeting canceled

DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
STAFF WRITER
dsantschi@pe.com

Published: 19 December 2011 11:05 AM

The Highland City Council has canceled its Dec. 27 meeting.

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The PE: S.B. AIRPORT: Feds take back $10 million grant

BY KIMBERLY PIERCEALL
STAFF WRITER
kpierceall@pe.com

Published: 16 December 2011 03:49 PM

The Department of Transportation is taking back $10 million it promised the city of Highland to fund road improvements affecting San Bernardino International Airport, according to a Dec. 8 letter from Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to Highland’s public works director.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. Airport investigation costs Highland $10 million grant

Friday, December 16, 2011 – 10:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, December 17, 2011 – 10:39 a.m.

A $10 million Federal Highway Administration grant to the city of Highland is no more.

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The Sun: Highland hit with water rate increases

Josh Dulaney, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 11/23/2011 01:20:36 PM PST

Highland residents can expect water rate increases.

In a 4-1 vote, the East Valley Water District board of directors on Tuesday approved increased sewer treatment charges between 16 percent to nearly 60 percent for some local commercial customers.

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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 board considers policy on directing staff action

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: 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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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 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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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 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: 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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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 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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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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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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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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InlandPolitics: He can’t run a coffee shop, but wants to run a county!

A shuttered GFE Coffeee House on the Northwest corner of University Parkway and Kendall Drive next to California State University at San Bernardino.

Sunday, July 24, 2011 – 09:15 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, July 25, 2011 – 06:05 a.m.

Already heating up as a hot election contest for June 2012 is the race to represent the Third District on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

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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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InlandPolitics: Orange County-owned land deal poses its own set of questions

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 – 06:00 p.m.

The Lewis Group of Companies strike again and more questions come forth!

This time it’s a large parcel of land, owned by the Orange County Flood Control District, and located in the City of Highland sphere influence.

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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: 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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10:00 PM PDT on Sunday, July 17, 2011

By DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
The Press-Enterprise

A developer and his consultants painted a loosely defined landscape of hiking trails, parks, open space, at least one school and as many as 4,000 houses in easternmost Highland last week to City Council and Planning Commission members.

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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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The PE: Report questions amounts paid for airport equipment

The main hallway of San Bernardino International Airport. A recent grand jury report questions whether public money was spent wisely.

10:28 PM PDT on Wednesday, July 13, 2011

By KIMBERLY PIERCEALL
The Press-Enterprise

Eleven jet bridges, five baggage carousels and hundreds of seats, all hand-me-downs from American Airlines’ JFK terminal, are a key issue between San Bernardino International Airport officials and a civil grand jury.

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The Sun: Airport officials lay out rebukes of Grand Jury

Report questioned management
Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/13/2011 07:59:18 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Airport officials on Wednesday continued to push back against a scathing Grand Jury report that casts doubts on whether they are properly managing the transformation of the former Norton Air Force Base.

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The Sun: Airport officials decry ‘hit piece’

Morris: SBIAA will address report
Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/12/2011 08:56:38 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Airport officials on Tuesday slammed the San Bernardino County Grand Jury’s report that called into question the effort to bring commercial flights to the city.

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The PE: INLAND: Airport deals not lucrative, officials say

10:00 PM PDT on Saturday, July 9, 2011

By KIMBERLY PIERCEALL
The Press-Enterprise

San Bernardino International Airport officials, in reaction to a critical civil Grand Jury report, say agreements given to key airport developer Scot Spencer were not profitable even though he made $2.06 million in fees as of March.

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The PE: Airport staff to discuss Grand Jury report at meeting

09:58 PM PDT on Friday, July 8, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Staff of the San Bernardino International Airport Authority may discuss the most recent San Bernardino County civil Grand Jury report at the next SBIAA board meeting Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Loma Linda City Hall, according to the next agenda.

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The PE: HIGHLAND: City’s budget includes public improvements, no layoffs

10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, June 22, 2011

By DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
The Press-Enterprise

The Highland City Council has approved a spending plan that is balanced without layoffs or cuts in service and includes $155 million in planned public improvements over the next five years.

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The PE: HIGHLAND: City budget balanced without cuts, for now

10:00 PM PDT on Saturday, June 11, 2011

By DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
The Press-Enterprise

A proposed Highland spending plan is being balanced without layoffs or cuts in services and includes $155 million worth of planned public improvements over the next five years.

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The Sun: Deputy not yet charged

Jesse B. Gill, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/25/2011 05:55:21 PM PDT

No charges have been filed against a sheriff’s deputy who allegedly had sex with a 16-year-old female Explorer, officials said Monday.

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The PE: HIGHLAND: Tribal chairman focuses on education

Ramos

12:30 AM PST on Sunday, March 6, 2011

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

James Ramos is a busy man these days.

He is in his second two-year term as chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, leading the tribe as it works to expand its businesses and develop its reservation.

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The Sun: Jobs in holding pattern

Companies likely to retain current workers
Molly Davis, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/27/2011 08:14:31 PM PST

People can begin to feel some relief after recent reports suggest that layoffs have declined for now.

Economists agree that businesses are less likely to make staff cuts, while unemployment figures are not expected to drop.

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The Sun: Op-Ed: Rebuilding SB Valley economy

 

 

Mayors Pat Morris, Pete Aguilar, Larry McCallon, David Zamora and Rhodes Rigsby
Posted: 02/26/2011 07:09:41 AM PST

As the mayors of five cities in the heart of the east San Bernardino Valley, it is our collective responsibility to ensure we make the strategic investments required to rebuild our regional economy and ensure its vibrancy and sustainability for the 21st century. Our highest priority has been modernizing our region’s transportation infrastructure to ensure our valley is economically attractive to businesses, jobs and residents.

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The Sun: Highland to use volunteer reserve firefighters

By Jesse B. Gill Staff Writer
Posted: 02/25/2011 05:24:31 PM PST

HIGHLAND – The city will soon make the switch from paid-call reserve firefighters to volunteer firefighters.

The City Council voted Tuesday evening to establish a volunteer unpaid firefighter reserve program.

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The PE: S.B. County: Feds start disaster aid from storms

10:00 PM PST on Thursday, February 10, 2011

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

Federal agencies began offering disaster assistance to Inland victims of the December storms that flooded homes and damaged roads and bridges.

The U.S. Small Business Administration opened a Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Highland on Tuesday with representatives available to answer questions and accept applications for its loan programs.

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The Sun: FEMA rejects request; Not enough homes damaged to qualify for aid

By Jesse B. Gill Staff Writer
Posted: 02/02/2011 10:35:31 PM PST

The Federal Emergency Management Agency confirmed Wednesday that homeowners seeking federal financial help to repair property damaged in recent intense winter storms will not receive the assistance.

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The Sun: RUSD preps for best, worst

Chantal M. Lovell, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/29/2011 10:27:45 PM PST

REDLANDS – More than a month into its budgeting process, the Redlands Unified School District is still unsure how much money it will receive from the state in the 2011-12 school year.

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The Sun: Highland grants could help damage repair

Jesse B. Gill, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/12/2011 04:08:09 PM PST

HIGHLAND – A grant meant to help improve neighborhoods has been amended so residents whose homes were damaged by flooding and mudslides in December can receive $25,000 to help repair their homes.

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InlandPolitics: County let opportunity get away

Friday, December 24, 2010 – 09:45 a.m.

Two years ago this week it was the response to predictions of heavy snow that made San Bernardino County officials look bad.

Back then officials in the county public works department didn’t believe forecasts of serious weather systems approaching the areas mountains and valleys.

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The Sun: Highland council to be sworn in

Vote on hiring architects slated
Michael J. Sorba, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/12/2010 09:37:07 PM PST

HIGHLAND – Councilman-elect Sam Racadio and re-elected council members Larry McCallon and Jody Scott will be sworn in at Tuesday evening’s City Council meeting.

After the oaths of office, the council is set to vote on several items, including hiring an architectural firm to design a new fire station.

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The Sun: Anti-incumbent ripples felt locally

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

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

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

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The PE: HIGHLAND: 7 seeking 3 seats on City Council

10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, October 21, 2010

By DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
The Press-Enterprise

Making Highland friendly for businesses, improving the business corridor along Base Line and protecting the city’s balanced budget have surfaced as issues in next month’s City Council election campaign.

Seven candidates are seeking three seats Nov. 2: incumbents Larry McCallon and Jody Scott and businessman Michael Bogh, business manager Tony Mauricio, bus driver Joshua Otrey, former City Manager Sam J. Racadio and businesswoman Anne L. Viricel.

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The PE: Highland councilman’s stakeout triggers arrest

10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, October 21, 2010

By RICHARD BROOKS
The Press-Enterprise

A Highland councilman’s pre-dawn stakeouts — using a motion-sensing camera and a high-powered light — triggered the arrest this week of a jogger suspected of tearing down political campaign signs.

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The PE: HIGHLAND: Letter supporting Arizona law draws debate

10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, October 12, 2010

By DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
The Press-Enterprise

Highland City Council members heard emotional appeals from both sides of the immigration debate Tuesday night.

Three months after the council voted 4-0 to send letters to a number of officials supporting Arizona’s illegal immigration law, a Latino advocacy group accused the council of violating its own code of ethics and called on the council to rescind its action.

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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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