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DailyBulletin: Upland and Montclair agree to merge fire departments

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
and Sandra Emerson, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 12/16/13, 9:57 PM PST |

Montclair and Upland city councils Monday night each approved the final agreements merging the the city’s fire administration and the eventual drop of boundary lines.

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DailyBulletin: Upland Council agrees to move forward on fire agreement with Montclair

Upland seal

By Sandra Emerson, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 11/27/13, 12:51 AM PST |

UPLAND >> The City Council is moving forward with an agreement to merge staff at the Upland and Montclair fire departments and expand the service boundary between the cities.

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DailyBulletin: Montclair budget looks to growth, funds for economic development

Montclair

By Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
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Posted: 07/10/2013 04:35:06 PM PDT
Updated: 07/10/2013 04:37:35 PM PDT

MONTCLAIR — The city’s $34 million budget looks at the possibility of bringing in an additional $1.1 million in revenue, which includes a $600,0000 savings that could be achieved if the city merges its fire department with Upland’s.

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DailyBulletin: Ontario-Montclair School District teachers reject contract offer

Ontario-Montclair School District

Beau Yarbrough, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/16/2013 07:06:21 AM PDT
Updated: 06/16/2013 09:48:29 PM PDT

ONTARIO — Ontario-Montclair teachers have rejected the district’s most recent contract offer.

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Montclair

Special meeting scheduled Monday night
Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/02/2013 05:45:21 PM PST
Updated: 03/03/2013 12:01:51 AM PST

MONTCLAIR – The City Council will get a look at how San Bernardino County Fire Department could operate its fire services during a special workshop Monday night.

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DailyBulletin: Montclair campaign mailers sparks battle among candidates

Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/26/2012 07:57:59 PM PDT
Updated: 10/26/2012 11:11:04 PM PDT

MONTCLAIR – It’s getting ugly.

The City Council race, which has centered around pension costs, has become a contentious battle for two open seats.

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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.

DailyBulletin: Montclair’s contentious council race has high stakes

Election 2012

Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/21/2012 07:07:04 AM PDT
Updated: 10/21/2012 05:37:38 PM PDT

MONTCLAIR – If there is any question how contentious the City Council race has become, just look to the campaign being run by the city’s police and fire unions in an effort to unseat the incumbents.

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Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/21/2012 12:48:03 PM PDT
Updated: 10/21/2012 05:36:37 PM PDT

MONTCLAIR – The committee for City council candidate Richard Beltran and the city’s two public safety associations have been accused by a resident of running a coordinated campaign.

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DailyBulletin: Election 2012: Anger rises in national, Inland Valley campaigns

Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/18/2012 06:08:48 PM PDT
Updated: 10/18/2012 09:56:04 PM PDT

It’s probably too early to know if 2012 will be remembered as an especially angry election year, but the vitriol seen during past weeks’ debates between the Democratic and Republican presidential tickets may have trickled down to the contests for local offices.

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DailyBulletin: Montclair council candidates at odds over pension contributions

By Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/17/2012 11:56:14 PM PDT
Updated: 10/18/2012 12:37:21 AM PDT

MONTCLAIR — One City Council candidate was booed and another was called a liar Wednesday night by some attendees at a candidates forum at the Senior Center.

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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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DailyBulletin: Montclair council defends public safety stance

Liset Márquez, Staff Writer
Created: 07/03/2012 01:17:40 PM PDT

MONTCLAIR – Addressing recent criticisms by the city’s firefighters union, City Council members on Monday night defended their stance toward public safety.

A report recently released by the city showed its sole paramedic squad was only deployed 15 percent of the time in the 2011-12 fiscal year due to budgetary issues.

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DailyBulletin: Montclair budget includes no new layoffs

Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Created: 06/13/2012 05:17:01 PM PDT

MONTCLAIR – When the City Council approves its budget for the new fiscal year next week, it will do so without having to do any more layoffs or ask personnel to take pay cuts.

As proposed, the budget identifies the long-term revenue sources to pay for the city’s bond payments, which are about $1.92 million annually.

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DailyBulletin: Magic Johnson group invests in Montclair development

Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 04/16/2012 05:00:42 PM PDT

MONTCLAIR – A new residential development in the city has received a boost from a well-known figure.

Canyon-Johnson Urban Fund, in which former Los Angeles Laker Earvin “Magic” Johnson is a partner, has made a $25.7 million investment in a joint venture with an affiliate of GLJ Partners for the acquisition and development of The Paseos, a transit-oriented apartment development in north Montclair.

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DailyBulletin: Lower CalPERS return rate threatens local coffers

Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Created: 03/18/2012 03:36:06 PM PDT

Related story: Lawmakers react to CalPERS struggles

Local officials say funding for services are expected to take another hit with the California Public Employee’s Retirement System lowering investment return forecasts last week.

CalPERS, the nation’s largest public pension fund, has requested state, local government and school districts increase contribution rates.

Return projections were lowered from 7.75 percent to 7.5 percent.

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DailyBulletin: Montclair dissolving its redevelopment agency

Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Created: 01/15/2012 06:03:48 AM PST

MONTCLAIR – The City Council took its first step in dissolving its redevelopment agency, but officials are worried that the move may cause the city to default on a short-term bond it took out several years ago.

In a special meeting on Thursday, the City Council agreed to oversee the winding down of the Montclair Redevelopment Agency, as well as to transfer the agency’s housing assets and functions to the Montclair Housing Authority.

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Jannise Johnson, Staff Writer
Created: 12/22/2011 05:33:53 PM PST

MONTCLAIR – The Montclair City Council decided 3 to 1 Wednesday night to require members of the Montclair Fire Fighters Association to continue their 6 percent individual contribution toward their retirement fund.

Negotiators for the city and the association (MFFA) had been at an impasse since February.

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DailyBulletin: Top Montclair officials agree to pension contributions

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Created: 10/05/2011 10:45:44 AM PDT

MONTCLAIR — Executive and department managers have agreed to permanently contribute to their pension benefits to help the city deal with a long-term shortfall in its bond payments.

In the past, the city has contributed to the employees’ pension benefits.

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Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 09/08/2011 08:31:58 AM PDT

MONTCLAIR – City Council members have agreed to pay the state a ransom of $3.6 million to continue operating its redevelopment agency.

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DailyBulletin: Montclair, Ontario will pay to keep RDAs

Cities agree to ‘ransom’
Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Created: 08/17/2011 09:07:36 PM PDT

A pair of Inland Valley cities this week started the process to participate in a state program that would allow them to keep their redevelopment agencies operational.

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DailyBulletin: Montclair seeks permanent solution

Workers will be asked to pay into retirement
Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 06/22/2011 04:48:14 PM PDT

MONTCLAIR – Public safety and other city employees will be asked to permanently contribute to their pension benefits to help the city deal with a long-term shortfall in its bond payments.

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The Sun: Long wait for layoffs

Deadline for pink slips

Doubt again faces teachers
Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/15/2011 07:02:32 AM PDT

Joyella Beuler spends five afternoons a week teaching reading, writing and math to enthusiastic kindergarten students.

But like thousands of other teachers statewide, the Lytle Creek Elementary School teacher faces an uncertain future.

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DailyBulletin: Upland council will assess city manager

Week ahead
Vacant seat also on tonight’s agenda
Mediha Fejzagic DiMartino, Staff Writer
Created: 03/27/2011 09:34:32 PM PDT

The Upland City Council will discuss the city manager’s performance in closed session during a meeting tonight at City Hall.

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DailyBulletin: Districts send out notices

Over 600 local certificated employees face loss of jobs
Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 03/13/2011 09:52:21 PM PDT

It’s going to be another tough year for Inland Valley school districts as they continue to shrink staffs and increase class sizes due to the bleak financial condition of the state.

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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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DailyBulletin: Budget dents service

 

Lack of overtime funds idles paramedic squad
Lori Consalvo, Staff Writer
Created: 02/26/2011 07:05:23 AM PST

MONTCLAIR – The Fire Department has depleted most of its overtime budget and will take a paramedic unit out of service whenever a firefighter is ill or on vacation.

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By Canan Tasci Staff Writer
Created: 02/18/2011 06:38:51 PM PST

ONTARIO – Ontario-Montclair School District’s superintendent described the district’s $13.2 million budget reductions in two words – gut wrenching.

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Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 02/16/2011 06:48:16 PM PST

MONTCLAIR – A request to increase the Fire Department’s overtime budget has been turned down by City Council members at their midyear budget review.

The Fire Department is requesting $94,496 for additional overtime for the remainder of the fiscal year, but, instead, council members on Tuesday directed Fire Chief Troy Ament to implement “jump staffing” to help control costs.

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DailyBulletin: School officials plan for worst

Wendy Leung, Staff Writer
Created: 02/13/2011 10:05:36 PM PST

Ontario-Montclair School District officials are expected to weigh budget reductions of up to $13 million at their board meeting on Thursday. The reductions are a part of the district’s contingency plan for a worst-case scenario – if voters do not approve a tax extension proposed by the governor. The item will be discussed at the Central Language Academy auditorium.

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Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 02/09/2011 10:53:31 PM PST

MONTCLAIR – The threat of Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to abolish redevelopment agencies has drawn criticism from City Council members.

In a 4-0 vote at Monday’s meeting, the members approved a resolution opposing the proposal to eliminate agencies across the state. Mayor Paul Eaton was absent.

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DailyBulletin: OMSD prepares for budget scenarios

Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 02/07/2011 09:19:14 PM PST

ONTARIO – Ontario-Montclair School District could face up to $13.2 million in budget cuts for the next school year if the Legislature and voters are not willing to OK a tax extension proposed by the governor.

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DailyBulletin: Montclair officials discuss threat to redevelopment funds

Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 02/06/2011 07:01:36 AM PST

If the governor’s proposal to abolish redevelopment agencies becomes a reality, Montclair will have to fund a couple of full-time positions and find ways to support wages and benefits for a number of other full-time positions.

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DailyBulletin: Montclair City Council votes to impose benefit cuts to firefighters

Lori Consalvo, Staff Writer
Created: 01/12/2011 08:20:34 PM PST

MONTCLAIR – After a six-month deadlock, City Council members on Tuesday imposed a reduction of benefits for the city’s firefighters.

The unanimously passed decision will now require Montclair Firefighters Association members to pay two-thirds of the city’s contribution to their retirement fund for the next 12 months.

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DailyBulletin: Montclair City Council candidates square off

Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 10/14/2010 06:30:26 PM PDT

Online: Check out Montclair candidates’ biographies at www.dailybulletin.com/elections.

MONTCLAIR – Two incumbents and two newcomers talked about development and finding sources of new city funding at Wednesday evening’s City Council candidate forum.

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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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DailyBulletin: Starr takes reins as Montclair’s manager

Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 08/03/2010 10:04:49 PM PDT

MONTCLAIR – The star of Monday evening’s City Council meeting was Ed Starr, whose contract as the new city manager was approved.

Starr succeeds Lee McDougal, who retired in June after 18 years in the position. The contract calls for no increase in Starr’s assistant city manager pay of $163,400.

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DailyBulletin: Montclair approves its 2011-11 budget

Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 06/25/2010 01:18:58 PM PDT

MONTCLAIR – By incorporating a hoped-for agreement with city employees to take pay cuts, the City Council this week approved its 2010-11 budget.

City employees are being asked to take off 80 furlough hours in the 2010-11 fiscal year as well as pick up a larger share of pension contributions to help balance the city’s budget.

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DailyBulletin: Montclair cuts retirement benefit for future city employees

Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 05/20/2010 09:49:15 PM PDT

MONTCLAIR – City Council members unanimously approved a two-tier pension program that will reduce the retirement benefit for non-safety employees hired after June 20.

The city’s retirement rate and annual costs will decrease as a result of the contract amendment with the California Public Employees’ Retirement System that was approved at Monday’s council meeting. The change does not affect police officers and firefighters.

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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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