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Moreno Valley’s elected leaders may start discussing the project as early as July 15.

Published: July 1, 2015 – Updated: 11:29 p.m.

Developer Iddo Benzeevi cleared an important hurdle Tuesday night, winning backing from a Moreno Valley panel for his massive World Logistics Center warehouse complex.

But before the first bulldozer starts pushing dirt, the city’s elected leaders will have to sign off on the project that pits the promise of jobs and an economic boost against concerns of traffic and pollution. Most City Council members have received campaign support from Benzeevi, but none will say how they plan to vote.

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

The Press-Enterprise: JOBS: Amazon to add 1,000 more jobs

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Amazon doubled down on vow to create 1,000 jobs in three Inland Empire fulfillment centers at a hiring event in Moreno Valley on Tuesday, bringing the total job count to 2,000

Published: June 24, 2015 – Updated: 4:40 p.m.

Amazon has announced it will create 1,000 more jobs for its Inland Southern California fulfillment centers.

To read story by Debra Gruszecki in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The Lou Desmond & Company Show: Moreno Valley, The Pope, Jeb Bush

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Monday, June 15, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

On the Lou Desmond and Company Show tonight, Lou joins the show from Washington State, where he is enjoying his new vacation home. He is joined on the newsmaker line by Jay Prag and Roy Bleckert to discuss the dueling recalls in Moreno Valley.

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The Press-Enterprise: MORENO VALLEY: Warehouse question won’t be decided soon

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Iddo Benzeevi, CEO of Highland Fairview, is proposing the World Logistics Center on Moreno Valley’s east side. (David Danelski / File Photo)

Published: June 12, 2015 – Updated: 11:14 p.m.

Evaluating the World Logistics Center mega-warehouse won’t be a quick process.

Moreno Valley planning commissioners say they may need a couple more meetings to fully vet the 40.6-million-square-foot project proposed for the city’s east end.

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

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Two county transportation officials say a study on the impact of a warehouse project falls short.

Published: June 10, 2015 – Updated: 10:53 p.m.

As the World Logistics Center faces its first public hearing in Moreno Valley on Thursday, June 11, two county transportation agencies became the latest to say the mega warehouse proposal’s environmental analysis is flawed.

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

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An environmental report on the proposed project — which would stretch 700 football field — could be vulnerable to court challenges, air board says. The developer, however, sticks by the report.

Published: June 9, 2015
Updated: June 10, 2015 – 8:02 a.m.

State air quality officials say that Moreno Valley’s environmental analysis of a proposed warehousing complex with enough indoor space for 700 football fields is “legally inadequate” and needs major revisions. The developer countered Tuesday that the report “meets all the requirements” of the state’s environmental quality law.

To read story by David Danelski in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The Press-Enterprise: MORENO VALLEY: Probe led to his recall, former mayor says

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Moreno Valley Mayor Tom Owings, center, hands political literature to city resident Victor Beechman as he campaigns against his recall on Saturday, May 24, 2014. (David Bowman / File)

Published: June 5, 2015 – Updated: 7:16 p.m.

Former Moreno Valley Mayor Tom Owings has no doubt that the political corruption probe that included raids on his home and offices of prominent developer Iddo Benzeevi in 2013 was the undoing of his brief political career.

To read story in The Press Enterprise, click here.

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Organizers say the removal of the mayor and a councilwoman were justified.

Published: June 2, 2015 – Updated: 10:08 p.m.

Two former Moreno Valley City Council members blamed a political corruption investigation for their removal from office, saying they were the targets of false allegations.

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

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Amazon is hiring for 1,000 positions at its warehouses in the Inland Empire, the company announced on Tuesday.

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/02/15 – 2:15 PM PDT |

Amazon is creating 1,000 full-time jobs in the Inland Empire.

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In April 2013, searches were conducted in the homes of Moreno Valley’s four City Council members, a real estate broker with political connections and the corporate office of Skechers warehouse developer Highland Fairview.

Published: June 1, 2015 – Updated: 10:59 p.m.

After two years under investigation by authorities and suspicion by constituents, the people whose homes and offices were raided during a public corruption probe in Moreno Valley felt vindicated Monday by the disclosure that no criminal charges would be filed.

To read story by Brian Rokos and David Danelski in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

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Marcelo Co, 64, was sentenced Monday to 60 months in federal prison. (Riverside County Sheriff’s Department)

By Paloma Esquivel
June 1, 2015

Former Moreno Valley City Councilman Marcelo Co was sentenced Monday to 60 months in federal prison for accepting a $2.36-million cash bribe from an undercover agent.

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Highland Fairview CEO Iddo Benzeevi said in a statement that “Highland Fairview has not requested the city to contribute any money for infrastructure for the World Logistics Center.” (David Danelski / File)

Published: May 22, 2015
Updated: May 25, 2015 11:11 p.m.

The developer of the massive World Logistics Center is negotiating with Moreno Valley officials over how much the city could contribute to pay for streets and other improvements needed to support the project.

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

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A key report on what would be the U.S.’s largest such complex is out; a public hearing will be in June.

Published: May 1, 2015 – Updated: 10:55 p.m.

A development battle in Moreno Valley that has been brewing for three years moved closer Friday, May 1, with release of a final environmental report on a warehouse center that would transform the city’s eastside and become the country’s largest logistics facility.

To read story by Imran Ghori and David Danelski in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

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Raids in Beaumont carried out almost two years after similar action in Moreno Valley, where investigation is still ongoing.

It began with early-morning knocks at the homes of city officials and business offices as federal and local agents served search warrants as part of a public corruption investigation.

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

Daily Bulletin: March Air Reserve Base is snubbed in new tanker effort

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The Air Force on Wednesday announced that March ARB was not named as a candidate base for the first Air Force Reserve-led KC-46A Pegasus location.

By Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 04/17/15 – 9:29 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Supporters of March Air Reserve Base near here expressed shock that it wasn’t among those chosen for the new generation of refueling tankers.

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Former Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco provided the Moreno Valley City Council with ethics reform suggestions. (Silvia Flores/File Photo)

Published: April 8, 2015 – 3:55 p.m.

Moreno Valley leaders got ethics reform suggestions from former Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco but continue pondering what rule changes, if any, they might make.

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

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Developer spent more than $500,000 in council races

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Iddo Benzeevi’s four independent committees outpaced by far campaign expenses of all other candidates.

Published: Feb. 25, 2015 – Updated: 9:50 p.m.

Campaign spending by developer Highland Fairview in the November Moreno Valley City Council election topped $500,000, final spending reports show.

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

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: City pays $200,000 to settle whistle-blower suit

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Former deputy city attorney said he was fired by Moreno Valley for pursuing code-violation case against then-Councilman Marcelo Co.

Published: Jan. 14, 2015 – Updated: 4:49 p.m.

Moreno Valley has agreed to pay $200,000 to settle a lawsuit by a deputy city attorney who alleged he lost his job for prosecuting code-enforcement violations by a former councilman.

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

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Campaign mailer against Cross features convicted politicians

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Published: Oct. 29, 2014 Updated: 7:36 p.m.

A campaign mailer funded by developer Iddo Benzeevi attempts to link Moreno Valley City Council candidate Gwendolyn Cross with two recently convicted Moreno Valley politicians.

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

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Voters to decide selection of mayor, council term limits

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Supporters and opponents differ over whether measures to elect the mayor directly and impose term limits on the November ballot are the best way to put those changes in place.

Published: Oct. 11, 2014 – Updated: 7:03 p.m.

Four years after Moreno Valley voters overwhelmingly backed an advisory measure to make the mayor a directly elected position, they will have the opportunity Nov. 4 to actually make the change.

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

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Spending in recall, upcoming election detailed

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Spending in the recall election against former Mayor Tom Owings was around $86,000 while four candidates have begun campaign spending for the fall race.

Published: Aug. 17, 2014 Updated: Aug. 18, 2014 1:33 a.m.

Candidates and committees spent a combined $86,000 in the June recall election in which former Moreno Valley Mayor Tom Owings lost his seat, according to the latest campaign finance statements.

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

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Judge tentatively rules councilman must step down

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July 28, 2014 – UPDATED at 9:03 p.m.

Yxstian Gutierrez was not legally appointed to his seat on the Moreno Valley City Council and must step down, a judge tentatively ruled Monday, July 28.

To read story by Stephen Wall in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Thursday, July 3, 2014 – 10:15 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom Thursday morning.

Official unemployment rate falls in June

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 288,000 jobs were added in June. The number dropped the official unemployment rate (U-3) to 6.1%

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The PE: MORENO VALLEY: March Joint Powers Authority lawsuit could be re-examined

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City had sued to prevent development of a medical complex, but City Council members say recently ousted Mayor Tom Owings was driving force.

Published: June 26, 2014 Updated: 7:18 p.m.

The recent change in Moreno Valley’s leadership has some city and county officials hoping it could mean an end to the city’s litigation against the March Joint Powers Authority.

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

InlandPolitics: Other Inland Empire election tidbits

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Thursday, June 5, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

Here’s some other news of interest from Tuesday’s primary election:

Apple Valley fire tax fails

Town of Apple Valley voters rejected a tax increase to provide additional funding to the town’s fire protection district.

The measure required a two-thirds vote.

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The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Recall campaign heats up in final days

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The campaign to Tuesday’s recall election has included familiar arguments, with Mayor Tom Owings stressing his record and foes saying he must go.

Published: May 28, 2014 Updated: 10:37 p.m.

As Moreno Valley Mayor Tom Owings prepares to face Tuesday’s recall election, he’s campaigning in the same outspoken manner in which he’s led the city, railing at opponents while fiercely touting his record.

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

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Corruption probe continues one year later

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April 29, 2014; 06:42 PM

A year ago, Moreno Valley leaders got a surprising wake-up call when federal and local investigators raided the homes of Mayor Tom Owings and council members Victoria Baca, Marcelo Co and Jesse Molina.

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

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Effort to oust Mayor Owings going to voters

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Moreno Valley voters will decide June 3 whether to remove Mayor Tom Owings. If they do, seven candidates are vying to replace him.

April 25, 2014; 06:17 PM

For nearly a year, Moreno Valley Mayor Tom Owings’ critics have called him a bully and questioned his integrity as he came under scrutiny in a corruption investigation.

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

OCRegister: As military gets leaner, March air base near Riverside plays defense

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As Defense changes loom, the base aims to leverage its versatility and location near the Pacific.

By MARK MUCKENFUSS / One in an occasional series
Published: April 10, 2014 Updated: April 14, 2014 8:48 a.m.
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RIVERSIDE – Two decades ago, the Pentagon shrank March Air Force Base to half its size and cut down its effect on the Riverside-area economy.

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InlandPolitics: Moreno Valley developer undeterred by Fed probe

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

You gotta hand it to developer Iddo Benzeevi.

Benzeevi owns Highland Fairview, a company reportedly the target of a federal probe that has engulfed the city of Moreno Valley for some time now.

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February 10, 2014; 06:50 PM

A judge in Sacramento has denied Moreno Valley’s attempt to derail plans for a medical complex near March Air Reserve Base.

To read story by David Danelski in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Anti-recall groups spend almost $400,000

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Anti-recall groups spent almost $300,000 on campaign efforts such as signs around Moreno Valley. (File Photo)

February 05, 2014; 04:24 PM

A developer at the center of a federal corruption probe in Moreno Valley spent almost $300,000 to fight recall efforts against city council members, according to campaign finance reports released this week.

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

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Suit aimed at proposed March medical complex to be heard

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January 28, 2014; 04:19 PM

A judge is expected to issue a decision Friday on a Moreno Valley lawsuit that could short-circuit plans for a medical complex on former March Air Force Base property.

To read story by David Danelski in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Voters to decide whether to oust Mayor Owings

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January 16, 2014; 05:48 PM

Moreno Valley Mayor Tom Owings will be forced to defend his council seat after election officials determined Thursday, Jan. 16, that a recall campaign to oust him will be on a ballot.

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

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Few support Mayor Owings’ proposal to disband March JPA

January 15, 2014; 05:13 PM

Moreno Valley Mayor Tom Owings’ proposal to disband the March Joint Powers Authority sparked debate Wednesday, Jan. 15, but found little support from other agency board members.

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

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Ex-councilman Co pleads guilty to taking $2.36 million bribe

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Former Moreno Valley City Councilman Marcelo Co, in an October 2013 court appearance.(Stan Lim/Staff Photographer)

January 13, 2014; 07:22 PM

Former Moreno Valley City Councilman Marcelo Co pleaded guilty Monday, Jan. 13, to accepting a record $2.36 million bribe from an undercover FBI agent in exchange for a promise to rezone land to make its value skyrocket.

To read story by Marcelo Co in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Second try to recall Baca

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January 07, 2014; 08:21 PM

Moreno Valley Councilwoman Victoria Baca was served with recall papers Tuesday, Jan. 7, as residents began a second attempt to oust her.

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

The PE: REGION: Big payouts a cushion for area’s city managers

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December 27, 2013; 01:40 PM

City managers in some of the Inland region’s largest municipalities have stitched voluminous golden parachutes to protect themselves from the whims of elected leaders, who have provided little stability for their top executives in recent years.

To read story by Aaron Claverie in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Gutierrez responds to legal challenge

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Moreno Valley City Council Member Yxstian Gutierrez during an October meeting.(File Photo)

December 12, 2013; 05:57 PM

Yxstian Gutierrez’s appointment to the City Council in September was legal because he lived in the district he represents, his attorneys say in legal documents filed Thursday, Dec. 12.

To read story by David Danelski in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: DA investigators to question city manager, more employees

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Moreno Valley City Manager Michelle Dawson expects to be questioned by district attorney’s office investigators next week.

December 06, 2013; 07:01 PM

Riverside County district attorney’s office investigators will question Moreno Valley’s city manager next week as part of a federal political corruption probe.

To read story by Suzanne Hurt in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Ex-Councilman pleads not guilty to taking $2.3 million bribe

December 4, 2013

Ex-Moreno Valley City Councilman Marcelo Co pleaded not guilty Wednesday, Dec. 4, to accepting a $2.3 million bribe from an undercover FBI agent in exchange for delivering council votes on land and development deals.

To read story by John Asbury in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Councilman wins extension for legal response

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Moreno Valley City Councilman Yxstian Gutierrez won an extension to file a legal response with the state attorney general.

November 27, 2013; 12:55 PM

Moreno Valley Councilman Yxstian Gutierrez won an extension to respond to a residents’ request to sue to remove him from public office.

To read story by Suzanne Hurt in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Corruption probe targets leading fight against recall

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Debra Craig, of Concerned Citizens of Moreno Valley, tapes a recall sign on a light pole near an anti-recalll sign on Monday, Nov. 11. (Stan Lim/Staff Photographer)

November 20, 2013; 10:56 AM

A battle over ousting the City Council is coming down to the wire in Moreno Valley, where residents appalled by a federal political corruption investigation are pitted against targets of the probe and their allies.

To read story by Suzanne Hurt in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Marcelo Co pleads not guilty to welfare fraud charges

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Marcelo Co appears in court Wednesday, Nov. 13, where he pleaded not guilty to welfare charges. (Kurt Miller/Staff Photographer)

November 13, 2013

Ex-Moreno Valley City Councilman Marcelo Co pleaded not guilty Wednesday, Nov. 13, to welfare fraud charges.

To read story by John Asbury in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

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Moreno Valley leaders say they are appalled by alleged $2.36 million bribe-for-votes scheme that snared one of their own

November 06, 2013; 07:20 PM

Surprise, shock, disgust, some distancing and a mayoral vow to make good out of a tainted campaign contribution were among the reactions Wednesday, Nov. 6, from Moreno Valley City Council members to revelations that one of their own had agreed to plead guilty to accepting a $2.36 million bribe.

To read story by David Danelski and Suzanne Hurt in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

LATimes: Former Moreno Valley councilman to plead guilty in bribery case

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Booking photo of former Moreno Valley City Councilman Marcelo Co, 64, who has agreed to plead guilty to a federal bribery charge, prosecutors said Tuesday. (Riverside County Sheriff’s Department / August 13, 2013)

By Rick Rojas
November 5, 2013, 12:47 p.m.

A former Moreno Valley city councilman has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges after taking a $2.3-million cash payment from an undercover operative in what prosecutors said was the first criminal case to emerge in a months-long corruption investigation in the city.

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The PE: MORENO VALLEY: City officials testify before grand jury as probe continues

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City Manager Michelle Dawson, at right, Assistant City Manager Tom DeSantis, at left, and City Clerk Jane Halstead make their way to Federal Court in Riverside on Wednesday, October 30, 2013. Moreno Valley City Manager Michelle Dawson and Assistant City Manager Tom DeSantis testifying before a federal grand jury as witnesses in the political corruption probe. (Kurt Miller/Staff Photographer)

October 30, 2013; 06:03 PM

Three top Moreno Valley officials testified before a grand jury on Wednesday, Oct. 30, in a continuing federal probe into possible political corruption in the city.

To read story by Suzanne Hurt in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The Sun: Amazon announces new warehouse coming to the Inland Empire

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/29/13, 11:01 AM PDT | Updated: 13 hrs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Tuesday’s “grand opening” of Amazon came a year after it actually shipped its first package — and after it doubled its employment to 1,400 people — but the timing positioned it as a sign of other blossoming developments in a beleaguered area.

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The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Corruption probe expands

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October 22, 2013; 09:44 PM

The federal political corruption probe in Moreno Valley widened as the FBI on Tuesday, Oct. 22, subpoenaed the city for a vast number of records that go far beyond what the public already knows about the investigation.

To read story by Suzanne Hurt, David Danelski and Richard K. De Atley in The Press Enterprise, click here.

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By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/22/13, 5:55 PM PDT |

March Air Reserve Base >> The federal government’s partial shutdown may have ended, but continuing uncertainty about the government’s ability to pay its bills and automatic sequestration cuts have led to a planned air show near Riverside being canceled.

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The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Council to consider destroying records sooner

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The Moreno Valley City Council is expected on Tuesday, Oct. 22, to approve new schedules for destruction of city records.

October 18, 2013; 07:56 PM

The Moreno Valley City Council — beleaguered by a federal investigation and pending lawsuits — is expected on Tuesday, Oct. 22, to authorize wiping out records that some on Friday said may lead to destruction of evidence.

To read story by Suzanne Hurt in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Council to hold special meeting to ratify appointment

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The Moreno Valley City Council will hold a special meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, to consider ratifying the recent appointment of Yxstian Gutierrez

October 09, 2013; 09:26 PM

The Moreno Valley City Council has announced a special meeting Thursday night, Oct. 10, to ratify the controversial appointment of Yxstian Gutierrez. But an attorney said the meeting may violate the state open-meetings law that it is intended to satisfy.

To read story by Suzanne Hurt in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Co arraignment delayed to Nov. 13

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October 07, 2013; 05:37 PM

Former Moreno Valley Councilman Marcelo Co’s arraignment on fraud and grand theft charges was delayed to mid-November during a brief court appearance on Monday, Oct. 7.

To read story by Richard K. De Atley in The Press Enterprise, click here.

October 07, 2013; 05:29 PM

A second high-profile attorney is pushing the Moreno Valley City Council to rescind an appointment to replace Councilman Marcelo Co following alleged violations of the open-meetings law, the attorney confirmed Monday, Oct. 7.

To read story by Suzanne Hurt in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Attorney asks council to revoke councilman’s appointment

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Election law expert’s request alleges Moreno Valley council members violated open-meeting law

October 04, 2013; 05:57 PM

An attorney working on behalf of Moreno Valley residents on Friday, Oct. 4, initiated a legal challenge to the City Council’s recent appointment to fill a vacancy left by Marcelo Co’s resignation.

To read story by Suzanne Hurt in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Naming of councilman may have violated law, expert says

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September 27, 2013; 04:09 PM

The Moreno Valley City Council’s appointment last week to fill a vacancy left by Marcelo Co’s resignation may have violated the state’s open-meeting law, exposing the appointment to being thrown out in court, an expert says.

To read story by Suzanne Hurt in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Council appoints teacher to replace Co

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September 24, 2013

The Moreno Valley City Council appointed teacher Yxstian Gutierrez to replace Marcelo Co on the council during a Tuesday, Sept. 24, meeting that the police chief threatened to cancel after it turned raucous.

To read entire brief by Suzanne Hurt in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Council to consider replacing Co Tuesday

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September 20, 2013; 07:06 PM

The Moreno Valley City Council could appoint someone or set an election to replace Marcelo Co on the council as soon as Tuesday, Sept. 24.

To read story by Suzanne Hurt in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: FPPC fines Skechers for not reporting contributions on time

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September 19, 2013; 10:41 PM

The California Fair Political Practices Commission fined Skechers $2,400 for late disclosures involving thousands of dollars in contributions the shoe company made to Moreno Valley City Council members embroiled in a political corruption investigation.

To read story by Suzanne Hurt in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Baca, Molina named to council’s vacant positions

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September 10, 2013; 09:01 PM

The Moreno Valley City Council split all leadership vacancies left by Marcelo Co’s resignation between the mayor’s two remaining allies on Tuesday, Sept. 9 — leaving the council’s most experienced member without any new appointments.

To read story by Suzanne Hurt in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: August 28, 2013; 09:29 PM

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August 28, 2013; 09:29 PM

A federal political corruption probe has widened to include Moreno Valley City Hall, city officials have confirmed. Meanwhile, Councilman Richard Stewart said Wednesday, Aug. 28, that investigators have given him permission to say he is not a target of the investigation. Law enforcement agents would not confirm Stewart’s announcement.

To read story by Suzanne Hurt in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Ex-councilman Co drops suit against city employees

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Moreno Valley City Council member Marcelo Co at council meeting on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 (David Bauman/Staff Photographer)

August 16, 2013; 06:32 PM

Former Moreno Valley City Councilman Marcelo Co has dropped his lawsuit against former city employees, their attorney said Friday, Aug. 16.

To read story by Suzanne Hurt in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Co resigns as councilman, a day after arrest

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August 13, 2013; 01:01 PM

Marcelo Co resigned as a Moreno Valley councilman Tuesday, Aug. 13, the morning after he was arrested and charged with “pocketing” nearly $15,000 in government aid to care for his ailing mother who was in the Philippines and Taiwan.

To read story by Suzanne Hurt, John Asbury and Richard Brooks in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Councilman Marcelo Co arrested on fraud charges

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August 12, 2013

Embattled Moreno Valley Councilman Marcelo Co has been arrested on eight felonies, including fraud and grand theft, Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach confirmed.

To read story by Richard Brooks in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Mayor Owings seen as passionate by some, bully by others

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August 02, 2013; 05:20 PM

Fourteen-year-old Ashley Castillo approached the podium nervously to talk about one of the most controversial issues in Moreno Valley – a proposed 41.6 million square-foot warehouse she worried would bring harmful traffic and pollution.

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

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Councilman Co sues former city employees

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Moreno Valley City Councilman Marcelo Co has sued two former city employees he alleges violated his civil rights.

July 18, 2013; 06:35 PM

Moreno Valley City Councilman Marcelo Co has sued two former city employees he alleges violated his civil rights with politically motivated illegal searches of his property, trespassed and engaged in a conflict of interest for taking part in his prosecution.

To read story by Suzanne Hurt in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Recall efforts stymied for mayor, councilman

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July 16, 2013; 04:48 PM

Efforts to recall Moreno Valley Mayor Tom Owings and Councilman Richard Stewart have hit legal snags, stalling one drive and throwing the other out altogether, the city clerk said Tuesday, July 16.

To read story by Suzanne Hurt in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Councilman Co’s trouble with rules

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July 12, 2013; 10:00 PM

In recent years, police have cited Moreno Valley City Councilman Marcelo Co for speeding on the freeway and a residential street, running a red light and a stop sign and illegally entering a car pool lane on Highway 60.

To read story by David Danelski in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Recall notices valid against four council members

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July 02, 2013; 06:15 PM

Recall efforts were ramping up Tuesday, July 2, for all five Moreno Valley City Council members, as notices were validated for four and residents vowed to re-serve the last council member by day’s end.

To read story by Suzanne Hurt in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: City to cut police by 19 percent

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June 28, 2013

Moreno Valley plans to cut the police department by 19 percent, reducing the force by 36 officers, according to a statement released by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Friday night.

To read entire post by John Asbury on The Press Enterprise Blog, click here.

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Mayor Tom Owings hospitalized

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June 26, 2013; 03:57 PM

Moreno Valley Mayor Tom Owings remained hospitalized Wednesday evening for chest pains he suffered after a city council meeting.

To read story by Suzanne Hurt in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: All but one council member notified of recall action

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After technical glitches in the first attempt, all but one Moreno Valley official has been served

June 25, 2013; 06:13 PM

The recall effort in Moreno Valley has gained momentum, with all but one in the cast of City Council officials getting served with another round of notices that their constituents intend to boot them out of their elected office.

To read story by Debra Gruszecki in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: City clerk recalls the recall

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June 18, 2013; 08:51 PM

Moreno Valley City Clerk Jane Halstead has invalidated all three notices of intent to collect signatures to recall Mayor Tom Owings and City Council members Richard Stewart and Victoria Baca from their elected offices.

To read story by Debre Gruszecki in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Councilwoman worked for warehouse developer

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June 07, 2013; 07:18 PM

In 2008, Victoria Baca, then a school board member, expressed dismay that Moreno Valley was considering zoning changes to allow warehouse development in the city’s mostly rural eastside.

To read story by David Danelski in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: City Clerk validates Owings, Baca notices; no-go for Co

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June 06, 2013; 06:12 PM

An effort to oust the Moreno Valley mayor and a city councilwoman will move on to the second phase after the Riverside County Registrar of Voters verified that a sufficient number of signatures were collected, City Clerk Jane Halstead said.

To read story by Debra Gruszecki in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Owings, Co, Baca put on notice about recall attempts

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The Moreno Valley mayor and 2 on the council know petitioners are collecting signatures against them

June 04, 2013; 08:56 PM

Organizers of a recall campaign presented Moreno Valley Mayor Tom Owings, Mayor Pro Tem Marcelo Co and City Councilwoman Victoria Baca with notices Tuesday, June 4, of plans to circulate petitions to boot them out of office.

To read story by Debra Gruszecki in The Press Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Friday, May 24, 2013 – 06:00 a.m.

Here’s some news moving across the transom Friday morning.

IRS manager placed on leave

Lois Lerner, the manager at the center of a massive scandal at the Internal Revenue Service, was placed on paid leave Thursday afternoon. The move comes after Lerner invoked her fifth amendment right against self-incrimination before a congressional oversight committee earlier this week.

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The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Mayor reveals getting a ‘target’ letter in probe

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Posted on | May 22, 2013

Mayor Tom Owings, following a rambunctious study session on Tuesday, May 21, confirmed that he received a target letter in the federal grand jury probe of corruption in the Moreno Valley.

To read story by Debra Gruszecki  in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: Dan Bernstein: MORENO VALLEY: Kiss (of death) for city manager

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Posted on | May 16, 2013

To understand Tuesday night’s production of the Mighty MoVal Council Players, watch this brief snippet in “Godfather II” in which Michael Corleone kisses his turncoat brother, Fredo, full on the mouth.

To read column by Dan Bernstein in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: New city manager names assistant

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May 15, 2013; 07:53 PM

As a political corruption probe hangs over Moreno Valley and a day after its city manager quit, Michelle Dawson began moving quickly as the city’s new chief executive.

One of her first points of business Wednesday, May 15, was tapping city official Tom DeSantis as her top assistant.

To read story by Debra Gruszecki in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: City Manager Henry Garcia resigns

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May 14, 2013; 08:51 PM

Moreno Valley City Manager Henry Garcia resigned Tuesday night, May 14, at a City Council meeting at which emotions ran high over a corruption probe, grandstanding by elected officials, and the recent filing of three claims by laid-off officials alleging political interference over code enforcement action taken against a councilman.

To read story by Debra Gruszecki in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: City manager’s job on the line

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An item on the Tuesday, May 14, city council agenda calls for discussion of the possible discipline or dismissal of Moreno Valley City Manager Henry Garcia.

May 10, 2013; 03:58 PM

As investigators sift through seized documents and witness statements in a political corruption probe of Moreno Valley, the plot has thickened.

City Manager Henry Garcia’s job is on the line.

To read story by Debra Gruszecki and David Danelski in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Mayor claims grand jury probe underway

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May 06, 2013; 06:38 PM

Moreno Valley Mayor Tom Owings put out a statement late Monday asserting he had reason to believe a grand jury will begin to collect testimony Wednesday, May 8, as part of a wide-ranging investigation into corruption by federal enforcement agencies.

To read story by Debra Gruszecki in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Searches early step in investigation

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May 01, 2013; 06:20 PM

The scene that played out in Moreno Valley this week was a familiar one in the Inland area: FBI agents and other law enforcement officials raiding homes and offices as part of a public corruption investigation.

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

The Sun: Moreno Valley School Board Member convicted of pimping and pandering

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Lori Fowler, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/08/2013 04:08:00 PM PST

A Riverside jury convicted a Moreno Valley school board member of 23 felonies charges including pimping and pandering and filing false insurance claims.

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