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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.

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Members of San Bernardino City Fire Station 221 prepare to conduct training exercises in downtown San Bernardino. The recent filing of bankruptcy by the city may cause the city management to reconfigure the amount it contributes to all city employee pensions, including fire and police departments. (Gabriel Luis Acosta/Staff Photographer)
Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/21/2012 04:27:18 PM PDT

Special Section: San Bernardino

The deterioration of San Bernardino’s public finances to the point where city officials are willing to declare bankruptcy could be the prologue to another fight over public employee benefits.

Pension costs are not the only source of San Bernardino’s financial ills. The city’s own financial analysis blames weak revenues, deficit spending and accounting errors for a $45 million deficit.

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DailyBulletin: PUSD OKs issuing layoff notices to 180

Monica Rodriguez, Staff Writer
Created: 05/02/2012 12:13:28 AM PDT

POMONA – Members of the Pomona Unified School District board of education adopted a resolution Tuesday evening authorizing district administrators to issue preliminary layoff notices to about 180 classified employees.

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By Monica Rodriguez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Created: 10/29/2011 09:48:25 PM PDT

POMONA – The city isn’t through the first half of the fiscal year, but the staff has begun preparing City Council members for possible cuts in their 2012-2013 budget.

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DailyBulletin: Agreement reached between Pomona school officials

Monica Rodriguez, Staff Writer
Created: 10/02/2011 08:15:32 PM PDT

POMONA – Concessions made by two of the Pomona Unified School District labor groups will allow the district to reduce expenses by more than $4 million.

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DailyBulletin: Pomona adjusts benefits

Employees will pay into plan; 2-tier system OK’d
Monica Rodriguez, Staff Writer
Created: 07/13/2011 08:19:11 PM PDT

POMONA – City Council members have unanimously approved adjustments to some city employees’ retirement benefits.

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DailyBulletin: A few councils look to balance budgets

Wendy Leung, Staff Writer
Created: 06/19/2011 09:09:43 PM PDT

It’s one of those chores nobody likes – balancing the budget.

At the close of the fiscal year, a number of public agencies will be doing just that and hoping the results are better than those in Sacramento.

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DailyBulletin: Police reaping benefits

Upland force gets raises, thanks to ex-city manager
Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 05/21/2011 07:07:45 AM PDT

UPLAND – Upland police are due for pay raises and increased city-paid retirement contributions on July 1 – which former City Manager Robb Quincey negotiated and would have enjoyed himself had he not been terminated by the City Council.

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DailyBulletin: PUSD may close Mendoza Elementary

School parents fear changes
Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 05/07/2011 10:04:30 PM PDT

POMONA – It’s a nightmare turned real for some districts that are cash-strapped – the closure of a school.

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DailyBulletin: Police commission vote set

Decision on ballot in Pomona in 2012
Monica Rodriguez, Staff Writer
Created: 04/24/2011 07:02:39 AM PDT

POMONA – The city’s Charter Review Commission has decided that Pomona voters should determine if the city will have a police commission.

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DailyBulletin: Idea to change voting system to go to ballot

Pomona to hold election in 2012
Monica Rodriguez, Staff Writer
Created: 04/19/2011 08:12:05 PM PDT

POMONA – Voters in this city will have a chance in November 2012 to determine if they want to keep the current system of electing City Council members or make a change.

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DailyBulletin: Pomona council considers initiative

Week ahead

Measure would change city voting
Wendy Leung, Staff Writer
Created: 04/18/2011 12:11:32 AM PDT

Local elections and campaigning in Pomona could see vast changes depending on the actions of the City Council tonight.

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DailyBulletin: Pomona Unified to send 185 layoff notices to classified workers

By Monica Rodriguez Staff Writer
Created: 04/14/2011 09:52:55 PM PDT

POMONA – For some employees of Pomona Unified School District, the notices that they may not have jobs next school year came earlier this year.

The same news will soon be going out to a large group of classified employees.

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DailyBulletin: Escobar charge reduced

Escobar

 

Will Bigham, Staff Writer
Created: 03/15/2011 02:57:20 PM PDT

POMONA – A councilwoman’s theft charge for allegedly stealing a campaign sign has been reduced from a misdemeanor to an infraction.

With the charge reduced, Pomona Councilwoman Ginna Escobar faces a maximum penalty of a $250 fine.

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DailyBulletin: Pomona approves five-year redevelopment plan

Monica Rodriguez, Staff Writer
Created: 03/13/2011 08:01:53 AM PDT

POMONA – City Council members recently approved a cooperative agreement between the city and its redevelopment agency that will allow the city to carry out a series of redevelopment projects.

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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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Monica Rodriguez, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/23/2011 06:14:22 PM PST

POMONA – Members of the Pomona Unified School District Board of Education this week authorized issuing preliminary layoff notices to more than 400 teachers.

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DailyBulletin: PUSD board expected to vote on layoffs

Wendy Leung, Staff Writer
Created: 02/20/2011 07:01:34 AM PST

It’s that time of the year for school districts to weigh in on those dreaded pink slips.

The Pomona Unified School District’s board is expected to vote on a resolution Tuesday that would allow administrators to issue preliminary layoff notices to some of the district’s teachers and other personnel. The notices would tell teachers, counselors and others represented by the Associated Pomona Teachers that their employment could end at the end of the current academic year.

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Escobar

By Will Bigham Staff Writer
Created: 02/04/2011 04:47:25 PM PST

POMONA – Pomona Councilwoman Ginna Escobar pleaded not guilty to petty theft this week for allegedly stealing a campaign sign last year on Election Day.

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DailyBulletin: Pomona school board lays off 10 employees with more on the horizon

By Monica Rodriguez Staff Writer
Created: 02/03/2011 08:03:18 PM PST

DIAMOND BAR – For the second time in about three weeks, Pomona Unified School District board members authorized administrators to issue layoff notices to a small group of employees.

The notices, which were mailed out Thursday, will go to a group of 10 employees who work in the district’s child development offices.

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DailyBulletin: Panel swaps out members

Controversy swirls over timing
Monica Rodriguez, Staff Writer
Created: 01/23/2011 03:36:09 PM PST

POMONA – For nine months, members of Pomona’s Charter Review Commission have been reviewing and developing proposed changes to the city’s charter.

Last week the group learned two commission members have been replaced.

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DailyBulletin: Escobar seeks resolution to charge of sign stealing

Escobar

Will Bigham, Staff Writer
Created: 01/10/2011 04:30:59 PM PST

POMONA – An attorney for a local councilwoman charged with stealing a campaign sign told a judge Monday that he’s been working with prosecutors to resolve the case before trial.

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DailyBulletin: Pomona faces cuts in schools, city

A look ahead

Monica Rodriguez, Staff Writer
Created: 12/26/2010 07:02:07 AM PST

POMONA – Holding down costs as they develop budgets for the coming fiscal year will be a top issue for the leaders of Pomona’s city government and its school system in 2011.

For both entities, it will require going to labor groups for concessions.

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DailyBulletin: Hearing for Pomona councilwoman postponed

Escobar

Will Bigham, Staff Writer
Created: 12/19/2010 10:23:09 PM PST

POMONA – An arraignment hearing was postponed for a Pomona councilwoman charged with stealing a campaign sign.

Ginna Escobar was set to be arraigned Friday, but her attorney appeared Wednesday in Pomona Superior Court and had the hearing postponed to Jan. 10.

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DailyBulletin: Swearing-in ceremonies set for this month

Monica Rodriguez, Staff Writer
Created: 12/03/2010 09:23:18 PM PST

POMONA – Two swearing-in ceremonies are being planned for members of the City Council this month.

Council members will formally accept and declare the results of the Nov. 2 elections at a special meeting at 5 p.m. Monday at City Hall, City Clerk Marie Macias said.

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DailyBulletin: Pomona councilman considering seeking a ballot recount

Monica Rodriguez, Staff Writer
Created: 11/22/2010 04:47:55 PM PST

POMONA – Three weeks after the Pomona City Council elections are still being counted and the margin in the District 5 race is a close one.

In the most recent election result update, made available late Friday, by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Record/County Clerk District 5 Challenger Ginna Escobar is ahead of Councilman Tim Saunders by 63 votes.

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DailyBulletin: Voters to cast vote on parcel tax

Monica Rodriguez, Staff Writer
Created: 10/27/2010 06:20:35 PM PDT

POMONA – Voters in the Pomona Unified School District will head to the polls Tuesday and decide if they wish to assess themselves a total of $4 million annually for four years to provide some relief to the cash-strapped district.

District administrators have cut millions out of their budget in recent years and predict they will have to make about $15 million worth of cuts in the 2011-12 fiscal year budget, said Leslie Barnes, the district assistant superintendent of business services and chief financial officer.

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Monica Rodriguez, Staff Writer
Created: 10/14/2010 08:28:38 PM PDT

POMONA – An organization representing Pomona Unified School Districts’ teachers will not support the district’s parcel tax proposal on the Nov. 2 ballot.

Associated Pomona Teachers President Tyra Weis said her organization’s membership recently voted against support Measure SS. The measure, if approved, would generate about $4 million a year for four years, according to the text of the measure.

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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: Pomona to cut new cops’ retirement pay

Monica Rodriguez, Staff Writer
Created: 09/27/2010 09:42:37 PM PDT

POMONA – City leaders recently gave preliminary approval to a proposed ordinance leading to changes in retirement benefits affecting future members of the Police Department.

The proposed ordinance, approved unanimously Sept. 20, will return to the City Council on Oct. 18 for final approval, according to a city staff report.

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DailyBulletin: Critic alleges PUSD violated the state’s open-meeting law

Board action ripped

Monica Rodriguez, Staff Writer
Created: 08/31/2010 10:21:14 PM PDT

A San Dimas resident contends the Pomona Unified School District board violated the state’s open-meeting law during closed-door sessions that led to placing a parcel tax on the November ballot.

Gil Aguirre told school board members in a letter dated Aug. 16 that they violated the Brown Act when they discussed and made decisions to pursue a parcel tax in closed session on several occasions between May and August.

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DailyBulletin: Pomona coffers balanced, but fiscal future uncertain

Not out of the woods

Monica Rodriguez, Staff Writer
Created: 08/07/2010 04:47:05 PM PDT

POMONA – Cuts in services, layoffs, employee concessions and outsourcing have all helped give Pomona a balanced budget this year.

But even with all those cuts the city still faces an uncertain financial future.

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DailyBulletin: City to keep police

Pomona decision

Cheers greet council vote
Monica Rodriguez, Staff Writer
Created: 08/03/2010 06:32:35 PM PDT

POMONA – After weeks of uncertainty, the City Council has decided to leave the responsibility of policing the city to its Police Department.

Council members voted unanimously Monday night to follow the recommendation of city administrators and not place a measure on the Nov. 2 ballot asking voters whether they wanted to contract for law enforcement services with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

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DailyBulletin: Spotlight on police

Pomona force on city agenda
Monica Rodriguez, Staff Writer
Created: 07/31/2010 10:37:54 AM PDT

POMONA – City administrators are recommending the City Council refrain from placing an initiative on the Nov. 2 ballot asking voters whether the city should consider contracting with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for law enforcement services.

An estimate for law enforcement services, referred to as a Phase I analysis, submitted by the Sheriff’s Department does not contain sufficient information to make a decision as to whether the city should keep the Pomona Police Department or dismantle it and contract with the county, according to a city staff report.

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DailyBulletin: Cutbacks impact police

Overtime reduction creates backlog in evidence testing
Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Created: 07/19/2010 06:19:48 PM PDT

Budget cuts that reduced overtime have slowed the analysis of narcotics evidence by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and the police in Pomona and La Verne have noticed the effects.

“Routine narcotics evidence that has been sent to the crime lab has gone from taking a week to taking two to three weeks or sometimes more to get it back,” said Pomona police Sgt. Rob Baker on Monday.

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DailyBulletin: PUSD’s decision on tax measure delayed

Monica Rodriguez, Staff Writer
Created: 07/16/2010 01:14:36 PM PDT

POMONA – A decision on whether to place a parcel tax measure before voters in the Pomona Unified School District in November has been postponed for at least two weeks.

The item was pulled off Wednesday’s Board of Education agenda after a district lawyer determined a public hearing on the item had not been properly noticed, Superintendent Richard Martinez said.

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DailyBulletin: PUSD passes budget, rescinds layoff notices

Monica Rodriguez, Staff Writer
Created: 07/01/2010 05:51:22 PM PDT

POMONA – More than 100 Pomona Unified teachers and other certificated employees will soon receive a letter informing them that they will have a job in the 2010-11 school year.

The district’s school board on Wednesday voted to rescind 113 layoff notices that were issued in May.

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DailyBulletin: Pomona to address tough cuts

Monica Rodriguez, Staff Writer
Created: 05/20/2010 09:49:14 PM PDT

POMONA – The city is closing a more than $14 million budget gap but to do so it will need to carry out massive cuts, including employee layoffs.

City administrators presented a preliminary budget Wednesday night to City Council members that has a balanced general fund, but calls for laying off 54 employees.

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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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