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The Sun: Election 2014: Colton, Rialto races still too close to call

Election Results

By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 11/11/14, 10:09 PM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

With more than 15,000 ballots still left to count countywide, races in Colton and Rialto have some candidates still hoping to steal back top spots that had appeared to be theirs early in the race last week.

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DailyBulletin: Rialto Unified: Recall attempt comes up short

Rialto Unified School District

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/16/14, 9:40 AM PDT | Updated: 23 hrs ago

Rialto >> An attempt to recall two Rialto Unified school board members has failed, the group has announced.

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DailyBulletin: Final closure of Rialto Municipal Airport is now almost guaranteed

Rialto-Seal

The Rialto Municipal Airport is set to close Thursday to pave way for a redevelopment project that includes residential and commercial buildings and a retail center.

By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 09/14/14, 8:47 PM PDT |

It’s nearly guaranteed this time, after more than 10 years in the works, the shuttering of the Rialto Municipal Airport, as officials send notice to the Federal Aviation Administration of a final shut down next week.

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Rialto Unified School District

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/19/14, 10:25 AM PDT |

Rialto >> When former Rialto Unified Superintendent Harold Cebrun agreed he would leave his job at the end of March, he and the school board agreed: Neither would say a disparaging word about the other. Three months later, the district has paid out more than $30,000 for violating that non-disparagement clause.

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Rialto Unified School District

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 07/05/14, 2:54 PM PDT | Updated: 36 secs ago

Rialto Unified officials agreed with outgoing Superintendent Harold Cebrun that any future bad-mouthing will be costly, according to Cebrun’s separation agreement with the district.

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DailyBulletin: Rialto Unified to pay James Wallace $171k on administrative leave

Rialto Unified School District

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/17/14, 8:28 PM PDT | Updated: 57 secs ago

RIALTO >> Deputy Superintendent James Wallace will earn $170,501 in the 2014-15 school year for the same job he’s done since Sept. 14: staying home.

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The Sun: Rialto balanced budget workshop being held Thursday

Rialto-Seal

By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 05/21/14, 5:09 PM PDT |

RIALTO >> For the first time in about five years the city will be able to balance its budget without pulling from reserves.

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DailyBulletin: Rialto Unified: Top managers out at troubled district

Rialto Unified School District

Felix Avila. Rialto Unified’s associate superintendent of personnel services, resigned earlier this month, Associate Superintendent for Educational Services Susan Levine and Deputy Superintendent James Wallace will not have their contracts renewed after the coming 2014-15 school year.

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/15/14, 7:08 PM PDT |

RIALTO >> As a long, tumultuous 2013-14 school year comes to an end, the school district has dramatically shaken up its top-level management, with one associate superintendent resigning and two more top level officials being told their contracts will not be renewed.

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Rialto Unified School District

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/07/14, 7:10 PM PDT | Updated: 3 hrs ago

Rialto >> For the first time since news broke of a controversial Holocaust essay assignment, the Rialto Unified School District school board took “full responsibility” for the task Wednesday night, telling a packed board chamber that the assignment was “horribly inappropriate.”

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DailyBulletin: Fewer homes, more industry proposed at Rialto airport property

Lewis-Group-of-Companies

By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 05/06/14, 5:59 PM PDT |

RIALTO >> As the closure of the Rialto airport nears reality next month, plans for the major residential and industrial project to replace it are being retooled, possibly to build fewer homes and more retail, while making way for large corporations in search of big lots to build campus-like settings.

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Rialto Unified School District

Rialto Unified assigned a project in which students argued whether the Holocaust was real or fictional to all eighth-graders this spring, according to the district’s spokeswoman.

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/04/14, 5:39 PM PDT |

RIALTO >> The Rialto Unified School District is defending an eighth-grade assignment that asks students to debate in writing whether the Holocaust was “merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain.”

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DailyBulletin: Rialto Unified recall group: Audit reports final straw

Rialto Unified School District

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/26/14, 8:09 PM PDT | Updated: 11 hrs ago

Rialto >> After months of chaos, the straw that broke the camel’s back for a group of Rialto residents came with the January release of two audits that depicted a district out of control.

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DailyBulletin: Rialto Airport closure to make way for new mixed use community

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By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/14/14, 9:21 PM PDT |

RIALTO >> Redevelopment of Rialto Airport land, which began a decade ago and slowed down considerably during the recession, is just about ready for take off.

Just ask developer Randall Lewis.

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Rialto Unified School District

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/27/14, 6:49 PM PDT |

Rialto >> After Judith Marie Oakes was arrested Aug. 7 on suspicion of embezzling more than a million dollars in lunch money, no one in Rialto Unified mentioned it in an email, a memo or even a Post-It Note, according to district officials.

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DailyBulletin: Embattled Rialto Unified superintendent to retire

Rialto Unified School District

The Rialto Unified school board accepted the retirement of embattled superintendent Harold Cebrun on Friday March 7, 2014 saving the district 18 months of salary, $360,900, that they would have owed him if he were fired. The 4-1 vote after two hours of closed-door discussion makes his retirement effective March 31.

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/07/14, 2:02 PM PST | Updated: 4 hrs ago

RIALTO >> Bringing six months of uncertainty to an end, the Rialto Unified school board accepted the retirement of embattled superintendent Harold Cebrun on Friday, saving the district 18 months of salary — $360,900 — that they would have owed him if he were fired.

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DailyBulletin: Rialto Unified board: Superintendent’s fate to be decided soon

Rialto Unified School District

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/13/14, 12:10 PM PST | Updated: 4 hrs ago

Rialto >> The top two administrators in the Rialto Unified School District being out on paid leave for the past five months have cost taxpayers the equivalent of three veteran teachers during that time. But the pair won’t be in limbo much longer, according to board members.

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The Sun: Rialto City Council expected to appoint new city attorney

Rialto-Seal

By Canan Tasci, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/24/14, 6:18 PM PST |

RIALTO >> The City Council will be asked to approve the selection of a new law firm to represent the city at Tuesday’s meeting.

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DailyBulletin: Rialto school board meets behind closed doors after state audit

Rialto Unified School District

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/13/14, 6:37 PM PST |

RIALTO >> The Rialto Unified School Board met behind closed doors Monday afternoon in the wake of a state audit that showed a failure to adhere to district purchasing policies extended to the highest levels of the organization.

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DailyBulletin: Rialto Unified superintendent denies romantic relationship with Oakes

Harold Cebrun+Judith Oakes

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/11/13, 10:47 PM PDT |

RIALTO >> Saying enemies are campaigning to oust him, Rialto Unified Superintendent Harold Cebrun denied on Friday any knowledge of the embezzlement allegedly committed by former district accountant Judith Oakes and having a romantic relationship with her.

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LATimes: Missing lunch money probe grows, may top $3 million, police say

Rialto Unified School District

By Richard Winton
October 4, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

This post has been has corrected. See below for details.

Usually it’s the school bully who steals lunch money from the kids.

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DailyBulletin: Rialto Unified to be audited by county superintendent of schools

Rialto Unified School District

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/28/13, 6:57 PM PDT | Updated: 3 hrs ago

Rialto >> The San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools this week became the third agency to audit Rialto Unified’s Nutrition Services Department.

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The Sun: Orange County developer hit with Rialto code enforcement citation

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 08/20/13, 1:55 PM PDT | Updated: 1 day ago

RIALTO >> The city’s code enforcement department has given an Orange County developer until the end of the month to remove weeds and dead trees from the former El Rancho Verde Golf Course,

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NYTimes: In California, a Champion for Police Cameras

Rialto PD

By IAN LOVETT
Published: August 21, 2013

RIALTO, Calif. — “Get on the ground,” Sgt. Chris Hice instructed. The teenage suspects sat on the curb while Sergeant Hice handcuffed them.

Sergeant Hice wore a camera as he detained two suspects. He said he viewed the camera as a kind of protection.

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DailyBulletin: Orange County developer hit with Rialto code enforcement citation

By Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 08/20/13, 2:25 PM PDT | Updated: 6 hrs ago

RIALTO >> The city’s code enforcement department has given an Orange County developer until the end of the month to remove weeds and dead trees from the former El Rancho Verde Golf Course,

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DailyBulletin: Rialto schools chief: ‘I have not committed a crime’

Rialto Unified School District

By Beau Yarbrough, beau.yarbrough@ inlandnewspapers.com, @inlanded on Twitter
Posted: 08/14/13, 10:55 PM PDT | Updated: 4 hrs ago

RIALTO >> The head of the school district has denied he had anything to do with the alleged embezzlement that put one former district accountant in jail last week amid accusations that high-ranking officials condoned such activity.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013 – 09:30 a.m.

Here’s some news coming across the transom Wednesday morning.

Rialto voters pass utility tax extension

Rialto voters have passed Measure W, with 63% giving approval. The measure, requiring a majority passage, will extend the city’s utility user’s tax for five years.

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The Sun: Rialto City Council defends public prayers before meetings

Rialto-Seal

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/03/2013 05:39:07 PM PST

RIALTO – Pastor Trish Valdez of Lost and Found Ministries took part in a long-standing City Council tradition when she opened the Feb. 12 meeting with a prayer for wisdom on behalf of elected leaders and other decision-makers.

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The Sun: Rialto voters to decide on $11M tax measure Tuesday

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Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/02/2013 07:06:09 PM PST

RIALTO – A tax measure on Tuesday’s ballot will show how much of an appetite those here have for helping the city dig out of a financial hole created by the still-sluggish economy and generous benefits given to public employees by previous city councils.

Voters will either extend the $11 million utility-users tax another five years through Measure W or let it expire on June 30.

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The Sun: Rialto City Council appoints former member to fill vacant seat

Rialto-Seal

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/28/2013 08:13:20 PM PST

RIALTO – Citing the need to present a united front as well as save the taxpayers money that would’ve been spent on a special election, the City Council in a 4-0 vote on Monday night appointed Lynn Hirtz to fill the vacant seat on the dais.

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The Sun: Rialto City Council deadlocked on appointing new member

Rialto-Seal

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/23/2013 05:15:02 PM PST

RIALTO – A vacant seat remains on the City Council after the four members couldn’t agree on whom to appoint Tuesday night.

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DailyBulletin: Rialto City Council to appoint new member

Rialto-Seal

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/08/2013 09:43:35 PM PST
Updated: 01/08/2013 09:50:50 PM PST

RIALTO – The City Council moved forward Tuesday with plans to fill the vacant seat on the dais through an appointment process.

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The Sun: In 2013, Rialto faces its own ‘fiscal cliff’

Rialto-Seal

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/29/2012 12:38:07 PM PST

RIALTO – It was late February in 2010 when former City Administrator Henry Garcia issued a warning about the city’s finances.

Rialto, he said, had a “36-month window” before it faced a financial crisis brought on by a gasping economy and skyrocketing public employee costs.

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The Sun: In Rialto, new city council ready to roll; perchlorate surcharge may go away

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/09/2012 10:07:35 PM PST

RIALTO – A new City Council will be sworn in Tuesday while a taxpayer surcharge is expected to go.

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The Sun: Rialto to decide on special election to raise tax

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/25/2012 01:08:11 PM PST

RIALTO – The City Council may declare a fiscal emergency Tuesday in order to ask voters to extend a tax on utility use that officials say is necessary to prevent severe cuts in public safety and other city services.

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Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/20/2012 10:54:58 PM PST

RIALTO – Severe cuts in public safety and other city services can be expected if voters here don’t approve an extension of the utility-users tax before it sunsets in June.

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The Sun: Deborah Robertson makes history as Rialto’s first black mayor

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/11/2012 01:59:31 PM PST

RIALTO – More than 100 years after the city recorded its only black resident – a woman – it elected its first black mayor, also a woman.

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InlandPolitics: Could more Inland cities be on the bankruptcy track?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 – 11:30 p.m.

Could more Inland cities be on the road to municipal bankruptcy?

The answer is yes.

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The Sun: City of Rialto approves water rate increases, denies petition

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/27/2012 12:07:27 AM PDT

RIALTO – The Rialto City Council on Tuesday voted to end the contentious issue of a whooping rate increase by voting 4-1 for its approval.

The issue, and a related agreement to outsource the city’s water and sewer operations to New Jersey-based American Water Works Co. Inc., have been a boiling point for many residents for over a year.

The council’s action will propel water and sewer rates 114.8 percent by 2016.

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The Sun: Rialto council to take up water, sewer rate hikes again

Jim Steinberg,Staff Writer
Posted: 06/24/2012 03:11:16 PM PDT

RIALTO – The City Council will again take up the controversial water and sewer rate hike issue at Tuesday night’s meeting.

The proposal, which would boost water and wastewater rates 114.8 percent by 2016, survived a strong challenge fueled by a door-to-door and mail campaign by the Utility Workers Union of America.

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The Sun: Vote counting continues on Rialto water rate hikes

 

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/20/2012 07:25:34 PM PDT

RIALTO – City employees on Wednesday continued to count protest ballots opposed to steep increases in water and wastewater rates.

It was not clear Wednesday that there were enough votes to reverse the City Council’s majority vote to enact rates that would hike combined water and wastewater sewage rates by 114.8 percent by 2016.

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The Sun: Rialto City Council OKs 30-year contract with American Water Works

By Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/28/2012 04:47:40 PM PDT

RIALTO – City Council voted 4 to 1 in favor of a controversial 30-year contract with New Jersey-based American Water Works Co. Inc., which would mean a 114.8 percent increase in water and wastewater rates by 2016.

About 400 residents crammed into City Hall and three overflow sites – the library, the public access television station and the main fire station.

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By Jim Steinberg Staff Writer
Posted: 01/24/2012 08:43:11 PM PST

The Fontana and Rialto city councils scrambled on Tuesday night to approve measures paving the way for a Feb. 1 deadline for the dissolution of their redevelopment agencies.

Meanwhile, because of the complexity of what needs to be accomplished in a short time frame, two bond-rating agencies have taken negative actions toward billions of dollars in California bonds secured by redevelopment tax increment revenue.

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The Sun: Rialto approves increases in development fees

By Jim Steinberg Staff Writer
Posted: 12/27/2011 08:31:41 PM PST

Rialto City Council Tuesday night unanimously voted to approve sweeping increases in development impact fees, many for the first time in more than a decade.

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VVDailyPress: Adelanto city finance director steps down

George Harris to take Rialto position
December 26, 2011 1:21 PM
Natasha Lindstrom, Staff Writer

ADELANTO • George Harris, Adelanto’s finance director, is leaving one of the city’s top posts to take over as director of administrative and community service for the city of Rialto. His resignation takes effect Jan. 5.

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The Sun: Rialto could raise fees for developers

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/23/2011 06:38:05 PM PST

RIALTO – The city of Rialto will hold a public hearing Tuesday on a proposal to raise development impact fees for general civic facilities, such as police, fire, park, storm drain and water and sewer facilities.

Increases could be approved at the conclusion of the public hearing.

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DailyBulletin: Water rate hikes tied to aging infrastructure

Repairs driving up price
Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 12/10/2011 06:07:27 AM PST

Significant water rate hikes in San Bernardino and Los Angeles County cities since the beginning of the year has caused many angry ratepayers to speak up.

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The Sun: Inland Empire Occupy groups rally Saturday in San Bernardino

Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/11/2011 04:37:50 PM PST

Members of Occupy Wall Street-inspired groups from throughout region will protest together today as Occupy Inland Empire for the first time in a rally in San Bernardino.

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The Sun: Member of Rialto school board sends kids to Fontana

Montes

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/26/2011 06:40:35 PM PDT

RIALTO – For five years, Rialto Unified school board member Edgar Montes has had twin boys improperly enrolled in Fontana Unified School District.

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The Sun: Rialto lays off 20 employees to narrow projected deficit

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/06/2011 07:44:41 PM PDT

RIALTO – The city on Thursday laid off 20 full-time employees, the first time such action has been taken in a decade.

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The Sun: High court to decide case from Rialto

Associated Press
Posted: 09/27/2011 10:33:32 AM PDT

WASHINGTON – In a case stemming from Rialto, the Supreme Court will decide whether private lawyers hired as outside counsels for governments can be sued.

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Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/26/2011 07:47:46 PM PDT

RIALTO – One well serving residents more than a decade ago might have delivered concentrations of perchlorate high enough to affect the development of fetuses, infants and children, state officials say.

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The Sun: Rep. Baca seeking USGS survey of perchlorate plume

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/14/2011 09:55:59 PM PDT

RIALTO – Rep. Joe Baca, D-San Bernardino, asked a congressional subcommittee Wednesday to act on his legislation requiring the U.S. Geological Survey to conduct a study of the Rialto-Colton water basin that focuses on its perchlorate plume.

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The Sun: Mike Story, 27-year Rialto city employee, named city administrator

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/17/2011 02:01:00 PM PDT

RIALTO – Mike Story has lived here since 1980.

He raised two children, coaching softball and soccer in the process.

For 27 years he has worked for the city of Rialto.

This week he became city administrator and is already at work to come up with recommendations to trim the city’s budget and reorganize city departments.

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Rep. Joe Baca

By Jim Steinberg Staff Writer
Posted: 08/11/2011 12:45:03 PM PDT

RIALTO – Rep. Joe Baca, D-San Bernardino, is seeking to remove two animal species from protection under the Endangered Species Act, which he said is stalling the development of more than 8,000 residential units here.

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The Sun: Rialto votes to keep RDA

City will pay $6 million to state to maintain agency
Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/27/2011 03:35:43 PM PDT

RIALTO – The City Council has voted unanimously to stay in the redevelopment game and pay the state what was described as a $6 million “ransom” early next year.

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The Sun: Rialto’s financial future bleak without cuts

Even with one-time fixes city facing a $5M deficit
Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/13/2011 08:18:15 PM PDT

RIALTO – Two weeks ago, residents flooded the Council Chambers when the controversial contract with American Water Works Co. Inc. was up for a vote.

Sharp rate increases were at stake and public input forced a decision that ended a move to contract out the city’s water department.

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InlandPolitics: Once again Lewis-Hillwood want more from Rialto

Sunday, July 10, 2011 – 07:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, July 10, 2011 – 10:40 p.m.

The City of Rialto may as well give The Lewis Group of Companies and Hillwood Development the Rialto Municipal Airport property on a platter and throw in whatever money they want and desire.

Of course, you guessed it!

Once again, this lop-sided public-private partnership has reared it’s ugly head on the Rialto City Council agenda. And of course it’s now time to renegotiate the already renegotiated deal to redevelop the Rialto Airport.

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The Sun: Needs of Rialto water system reflect a national trend

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/09/2011 10:19:24 PM PDT

RIALTO – The public disclosure that Rialto’s water system needs $42 million in upgrades and renovations is symptomatic of a national trend that civil engineers have long called alarming.

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The Sun: Accused Rialto officer placed on unpaid leave

Jesse B. Gill, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/08/2011 06:10:31 PM PDT

RIALTO – The police officer arrested Monday by FBI agents and indicted federal grand jury has been put on unpaid leave pending a Rialto Police Department internal affairs investigation.

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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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By Jim Steinberg Staff Writer
Created: 05/12/2011 04:48:40 PM PDT

RIALTO – The school board on Wednesday night approved final layoff notices for 85 teachers and 11 counselors as part of a plan to avoid a $9.5million revenue shortfall for the next school year.

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The Sun: Rialto council OKs controversial plan

Project could provide 5,000 jobs
Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/16/2011 10:12:59 PM PDT

RIALTO – Developer Timothy J. Howard calls the Rialto Commerce Center project “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do something big and get it right.”

But for the many residents of the unincorporated Bloomington community, the 164-acre warehouse project – which is to include six buildings ranging in size from 64,000 to 1.6 million square feet – is a threat to their lifestyle, health and safety.

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The Sun: Rialto looks at plans for water

Proposal would lease out city’s facilities
Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/10/2011 08:08:54 PM PDT

RIALTO – As negotiations continue with a private water company, the city will hold its third workshop Thursday on a proposal to lease the city’s water and wastewater facilities.

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The Sun: Airport leader is fired

Rialto official seeks review
Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/14/2011 05:18:00 PM PDT

RIALTO – Interim City Administrator Mark Kling has fired Rich Scanlon, a contract employee at Rialto Municipal Airport, and has asked the District Attorney’s Office to investigate hangar rentals at the airport.

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The Sun: Districts sent out preliminary pink slips to teachers

By Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell Staff Writer
Posted: 03/11/2011 05:09:24 PM PST

The county’s school districts issued hundreds of preliminary layoff notices to teachers and other certificated staff this week, prior to Tuesday’s state deadline.

In the San Bernardino City Unified School District alone more than 200 notices were sent as the district faces another year of deep budget cuts.

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The Sun: EPA plans first rules on perchlorate in drinking water

By Jim Steinberg Staff Writer
Posted: 02/02/2011 08:57:29 PM PST

COLTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday announced it would move forward with the development of regulations for perchlorate, reversing a Bush Administration decision.

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The Sun: Rialto, Colton plan meeting to voice concerns

Michael J. Sorba, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/01/2011 09:16:56 PM PST

Top officials from Rialto and Colton have made plans to soon meet and discuss mutual concerns such issues as traffic planning and perchlorate contamination as well as possibly settling ongoing litigation.

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The Sun: Rialto projects at risk

Plan by Gov. Brown may prevent developments
James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/23/2011 09:18:23 PM PST

RIALTO – A state plan to take local tax dollars could cancel an expansion of Pepper Avenue and alter a plan to bring an In-N-Out Burger to the city.

Last week, city officials said Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to shut down local redevelopment agencies likely would not hurt a redevelopment project that would help build an In-N-Out on Riverside Avenue just south of the 210 freeway.

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The Sun: Rehires ruffle feathers

Council member objects to move
Michael J. Sorba, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/17/2011 08:34:50 PM PST

RIALTO – The city has brought three recently retired employees back on a part-time basis, but given the city’s financial constraints one City Council member has questioned the move.

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DailyBulletin: City Attorney to be arraigned

Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Created: 01/08/2011 07:07:29 AM PST

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has charged the city attorney of Chino and Rialto with two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Jimmy Gutierrez is expected to be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the Los Angeles Superior Court in West Covina.

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The Sun: Rialto works to improve its financial footing

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/28/2010 09:46:13 PM PST

RIALTO – Residents can expect to see a handful of grand openings as the city celebrates 100 years of incorporation next Nov. 17.

In the meantime, city officials will continue to juggle the budget.

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The Sun: Spending, scandal affect Rialto

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/28/2010 09:46:13 PM PST

RIALTO – This city has had its fair share of controversy over the years, and 2010 was no different, with concerns over the size of public pensions, opposition to a new residential development and an alleged sex scandal that led to two city police officers leaving the force.

Right out of the gate, officials warned that sweetened pensions kicking in this month could place the city’s finances in peril.

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The PE: Joe Baca Jr. to run for former Assembly seat

Joe Baca Jr.

By PE Politics
on December 3, 2010 2:34 PM

Rialto City Councilman Joe Baca Jr. said Friday that he will run for his old Assembly seat in 2012.

The current occupant of the 62nd Assembly District, Wilmer Amina Carter, D-Rialto, is beginning her final two-year term in office. She replaced Baca in 2006 after Baca unsuccessfully ran for the overlapping 32nd Senate District after one term in the Assembly.

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The PE: 2 quit, 4 disciplined in police sex scandal

06:49 AM PST on Tuesday, November 23, 2010

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

Two Rialto police officers have quit and four others have been disciplined following an internal investigation into allegations that officers had sex with strip club employees at a police union building.

Rialto Police Chief Mark Kling said he had been pursuing the termination of the two officers believed to have engaged in sex while on duty, but they ended up resigning.

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The Sun: Rialto cops’ union chief belittles suit

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/20/2010 09:50:28 PM PST

RIALTO – The police union president on Friday slammed charges of negligence made by the attorney for a strip club worker at the center of an alleged sex scandal involving Rialto police officers.

A lawsuit filed against the city by Danuta W. Tuszynska on behalf of Spearmint Rhino bartender Nancy Holtgreve says the Rialto Police Benefit Association “maintained no safeguards nor security nor monitoring of the building” where Holtgreve alleges she had sex with police officers.

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The Sun: Attorney claims break-in

Office of lawyer in Rialto scandal hit
Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/17/2010 04:24:12 PM PST

The attorney for a Rialto strip club worker at the center of an alleged sex scandal involving Rialto police officers said Wednesday her office was broken into last weekend.

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The Sun: Strip club worker files suit against city of Rialto, police chief

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/12/2010 07:38:20 PM PST

PDF document: Holtgreve civil suit

RIALTO – A strip club worker at the center of an alleged sex scandal involving police officers has filed a $500,000 lawsuit against the city and Police Chief Mark Kling.

Nancy Holtgreve, who describes herself as a bartender at the Spearmint Rhino in the lawsuit filed this week in San Bernardino Superior Court, alleges in the suit that she suffered emotional and physical abuse, and violations of her civil rights in the wake of her relationships with Rialto police officers, which she says frequently included sex with the officers while they were on duty.

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The Sun: Rialto council slated to talk Renaissance project

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/08/2010 04:08:32 PM PST

RIALTO – A master-planned community proposed for the north end may take another step forward Tuesday night.

That’s when the City Council is scheduled to consider approving the draft environmental impact report for the Renaissance Rialto project.

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The Sun: Rialto police sex scandal investigation could conclude next week

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/05/2010 04:05:00 PM PDT

RIALTO – An internal investigation into an alleged sex scandal involving a handful of police officers could be wrapped up in a week, authorities have confirmed.

“We’re reviewing the possibility of disciplinary policies with the effected employees as this investigation comes to a conclusion,” Police Chief Mark Kling said Friday.

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Rialto police announce departure
Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/31/2010 09:46:26 PM PDT

RIALTO – Another officer allegedly connected with a sex scandal involving strip club workers has left the Police Department, authorities have confirmed.

“Effective Sept. 25, I had another officer that was in the investigation that is no longer with the department,” Police Chief Mark Kling said.

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DailyBulletin: City attorney for Chino, Rialto in DUI arrest

Neil Nisperos and Josh Dulaney, Staff Writers
Created: 10/26/2010 06:14:13 PM PDT

CHINO – The city attorney of Chino and Rialto was arrested early Saturday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

California Highway Patrol officers from the Santa Fe Springs station arrested Jimmy Gutierrez at 1:52 a.m. on Fairway Avenue, just south of the 60 Freeway, in the City of Industry, officials said.

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The Sun: Critics slam pay deal

Rialto school chief gets $250K salary plus pension
Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/18/2010 08:44:34 PM PDT

RIALTO – Critics of the state’s pension system on Monday blasted the school board’s recent decision to extend Superintendent Harold Cebrun’s contract to the tune of $225,000 a year, plus benefits, through November 2014.

Cebrun will earn the salary on top of an annual pension listed at $150,134 by the California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility, a nonprofit group that collects retirement information and posts online the pensions of public employees in the state who take in more than $100,000 a year.

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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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Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/04/2010 03:31:01 PM PDT

RIALTO – An environmental group has joined with a neighborhood organization on the north side in a lawsuit against the city to stop part of a massive development approved by the City Council in July.

The Endangered Habitats League and Save Lytle Creek Wash have filed a California Environmental Quality Act lawsuit in opposition to three of the four neighborhoods proposed for the Lytle Creek Ranch project, saying the neighborhoods encroach on a delicate flood plain and will endanger the San Bernardino kangaroo rat as well as other species.

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The Sun: Woman in alleged Rialto Police sex scandal to file lawsuit

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/28/2010 05:10:16 PM PDT

RIALTO – The attorney for Nancy Holtgreve, a strip club worker at the center of an alleged sex scandal involving on-duty police officers, is moving forward with a lawsuit against the city after it recently rejected a $500,000 claim.

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