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The Sun: San Bernardino has bankruptcy workplan, gag order loosened

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 12/16/14, 8:58 PM PST | Updated: 28 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city has a “work plan” to prepare its bankruptcy exit plan, and it’s been reviewed by the entire City Council — not just the small team that previously was allowed to know details of the confidential mediation where much of the city’s bankruptcy plan has been ironed out.

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The Sun: San Bernardino charter reform committee unclear on path forward

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 12/14/14, 6:38 PM PST | Updated: 38 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Members of a citizens committee tasked with reforming the city charter will meet again Tuesday with lingering questions about what they’re supposed to accomplish.

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IEBusinessDaily: Missed Opportunities: A San Bernardino Story

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By IE Business Daily
December 13, 2014

When Michael McKinney was appointed Chief of Staff to San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis, a tremendous opportunity was handed to him.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino at crossroads

Fork in the Road

It’s decision time for San Bernardino, California’s future.

Friday, December 12, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.

San Bernardino City Hall is facing a political fork in the road.

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InlandPolitics: Parker still San Bernardino City Manager

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014 – 01:50 p.m.

As expected, San Bernardino City Manager Allen J. Parker still has his job.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014 – 11:00 p.m.

Will San Bernardino, California Mayor Carey Davis come out on the losing end of another vote?

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The Sun: San Bernardino to evaluate city manager after resignation request

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 12/08/14, 8:50 PM PST | Updated: 21 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A special meeting of the City Council will discuss the performance of City Manager Allen Parker in closed session on Wednesday, after Parker refused Mayor Carey Davis’ request to resign.

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The Sentinel: SB Mayor rebuffed by Council on chief-of-staff continuation

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By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on December 5, 2014

(December 3) San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis will be without a chief of staff as of January 1, pursuant to a vote of the San Bernardino City Council on Monday.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino: Mayor requests city manager’s resignation

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Friday, December 5, 2014 – 08:30 p.m.

It’s one debacle after another for struggling San Bernardino, California.

InlandPolitics has learned that San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis has requested the resignation of City Manager Allen J. Parker.

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California Money

By Joanna Lin / December 4, 2014

California taxpayers spend about $40 billion a year to pay their fire chiefs, mayors, tree trimmers and thousands of other city and county employees. Some – including harbor pilots in Los Angeles – make more than $300,000 a year. Others receive as little as $190, the payout for one planning commissioner in tiny Alpine County.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino politics focus of Wednesday radio segment

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014 – 02:30 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 3, 2014 – 04:35 p.m.

The latest developments in San Bernardino City Hall politics will be the broad topic of discussion Thursday morning.

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Carey Davis

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 12/02/14, 8:58 PM PST | Updated: 29 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The City Council set back Mayor Carey Davis’ agenda Monday by resoundingly rejecting his request to extend the contract for his chief of staff.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino: Chief of Staff contract voted down

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

Michael McKinney’s short tenure as the chief of staff to San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis is about to come to an end.

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Calpensions: Vallejo first to test no pension cut in bankruptcy

Pension Reform

By Ed Mendel
Monday, December 1, 2014

What happens when a bankrupt city does not cut its largest debt, pensions, is getting its first test in Vallejo, which has higher average pensions and higher CalPERS rates than the two larger cities still in bankruptcy, Stockton and San Bernardino.

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IEBusinessDaily: San Bernardino: In Need of a Course Correction

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By IE Business Daily
November 29, 2014

The City of San Bernardino just can’t seem to get a break. Even as Ferguson, Missouri was burning this week absorbing the nation’s attention, San Bernardino’s City leadership just couldn’t resist muckraking and developing its own negative press for the sole purpose of deflecting public attention.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino: Hardball politics over chief of staff contract

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Thursday, November 27, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis has not had a good first year in office.

First. The city’s neverending bankruptcy proceeding has devolved into a cocktail party joke. Requiring an ultimatum by the judge overseeing the case.

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The Sun: San Bernardino mayor: politicizing fatal fire ‘reprehensible’

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/24/14, 7:30 PM PST | Updated: 47 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city’s administration pushed back Monday against a suggestion by the fire union that budget cuts may have contributed to the death of two children in a fire on 14th Street last week.

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UTSanDiego: CalPERS wins yet another hollow victory

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Former San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris ponders a question Wednesday, July 11, 2012, regarding the city council vote authorizing a bankruptcy filing outside San Bernardino City Hall in San Bernardino, Calif. (AP Photo/The San Bernardino Sun, Rick Sforza) Former San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris ponders a question Wednesday, July 11, 2012, regarding the city council vote authorizing a bankruptcy filing outside San Bernardino City Hall in San Bernardino, Calif. (AP Photo/The San Bernardino Sun, Rick Sforza) — AP

Bankrupt San Bernardino rolls over, but pension problems persist
By Steven Greenhut
Nov. 21, 2014

SACRAMENTO — The recent announcement that the bankrupt city of San Bernardino has agreed to fully pay its pension debt to the California Public Employees’ Retirement System has public-employee unions cheering. But pension reformers, though demoralized, believe the CalPERS victory is a hollow one.

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Calpensions: San Bernardino hires Stockton exit plan architect

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By Ed Mendel
November 20, 2014

A former Stockton city manager, Bob Deis, regarded as the architect of the Stockton plan to exit bankruptcy, is part of a consulting team hired by bankrupt San Bernardino this week to develop an exit plan.

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The Sun: San Bernardino given six months to come up with bankruptcy exit plan

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/18/14, 7:46 PM PST |

RIVERSIDE >> San Bernardino has six months to come up with a detailed plan to exit bankruptcy or its case will be thrown out of court.

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The city’s lawyers suggested San Bernardino wasn’t eager to pick a fight with the nation’s largest public pension fund.

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
11/18/2014 11:08 PM

Public employees and retirees in California absorbed a potentially devastating court ruling a little more than a month ago: Pension benefits can be legally slashed if their employers go bankrupt.

The cities in a position to cut pensions, however, have shown no interest in doing so.

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The Sun: San Bernardino pulls move toward outsourcing police

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/17/14, 3:35 PM PST | Updated: 57 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A move to ask the Sheriff’s Department to submit a bid to police the city was dropped Monday at the request of Mayor Carey Davis.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino to explore outsourcing public safety services again!

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Saturday, November 15, 2104 – 12:00 p.m.

San Bernardino City Hall is once again making overtures in regards to the outsourcing of police services to the Sheriff’s Department.

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IEBusinessDaily: San Bernardino Continues Self-Immolation

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IE Business Daily

November 15, 2014

The City of San Bernardino has a long history of rejecting private investment opportunities within her boundaries. Opposition to private development both large and small have ranged from objections to minor land use changes to the adoption of strict foothill development codes to rejection of the reuse of existing railroad right of ways for an intermodal facility at former Norton Air Force Base.

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The Sun: Former San Bernardino official Robert Jenkins pleads guilty

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Robert Jenkins

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/10/14, 1:49 PM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

RIVERSIDE >> Former San Bernardino Councilman Robert Jenkins pleaded guilty Monday to all 30 counts against him as part of a deal that will result in a sentence of 180 days.

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The Sun: San Bernardino sees more votes amid historically low turnout

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Voters across the Inland Empire take to the polls Nov. 4, to vote on a variety of candidates to various ballot measures.

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/09/14, 7:29 PM PST | Updated: 28 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Record-low voter turnout throughout the state, including San Bernardino County, had an anomaly Tuesday — significant turnout growth in the city of San Bernardino.

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The Sun: San Bernardino will look to outsource, raises taxes

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/06/14, 8:36 PM PST |

San Bernardino voters’ decision not to change the way police and firefighters are paid is a “game-changer” that could mean outsourcing services and going back to voters next year — this time to raise taxes, the city’s bankruptcy attorney said Thursday.

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InlandPolitics: Election notes

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

Here’s some area election results of note.

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

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LATimes: Different pension rulings expected in Stockton, Detroit bankruptcies

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By Marc Lifsher
November 2, 2014

Stockton employees and retirees avoided pension cuts when a federal judge last week approved the San Joaquin Valley city’s plan to emerge from bankruptcy.

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, November 3, 2014

The city charter has forced San Bernardino to give police two pay raises since declaring bankruptcy, one costing $1 million and the other $1.3 million. Now voters are being asked Tuesday to change the charter and prevent a third automatic pay raise.

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The Sun: Election 2014: San Bernardino County highlights

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Vice President Joe Biden, left, with Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar, the Democratic candidate in the 31st Congressional District race, at a Get Out the Vote rally Saturday at Colton High School. (John Valenzuela — Staff Photographer)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/01/14, 9:56 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

San Bernardino County voters have a part Tuesday in deciding who will represent them in offices from governor to Congress to school board, as well as directly deciding policies in some cities.

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Reuters: Bankrupt San Bernardino to vote on ‘autopilot’ raises for police, fire

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By Tim Reid
LOS ANGELES
Thu Oct 30, 2014 – 1:04pm EDT

(Reuters) – Voters in bankrupt San Bernardino, California, will decide next week whether to scrap a budget rule that sets pay for police and firefighters based on salary levels in wealthier cities.

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The Sun: Complaint planned over San Bernardino Councilwoman Marquez’s campaigning

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Councilwoman Virginia Marquez and Bill Sandefeur campaign for Measure Q by Perris Hill Park on Saturday. (Photo courtesy Carla Velarde)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/28/14, 4:57 PM PDT | Updated: 38 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> An organizer opposed to the proposed charter reform Measure Q plans to report Councilwoman Virginia Marquez for allegedly using a city-sponsored park clean-up to campaign for the charter change.

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The Sun: San Bernardino: Charter to cause $1.3 million in raises this year

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/23/14, 8:24 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The cost of police salary increases required by the city Charter Section 186 will surpass $1.3 million for the 2014-15 year, according to City Manager Allen Parker.

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The Sun: Election 2014: Measure Q fiercely debated in San Bernardino

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A measure to set police and firefighter salaries by collective bargaining in San Bernardino, rather than as the average of 10 like-sized cities — a policy that for decades has been enshrined in San Bernardino’s charter and no one else in the state — is a lighting rod in the city. (Staff file photo/The Sun)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/21/14, 7:29 PM PDT | Updated: 56 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A decades-old provision in a city charter rarely attracts this kind of passion, but then rarely is there a history like the one surrounding Measure Q’s attempt to reform Charter Section 186.

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The Sun: San Bernardino mayor: Police union claim untrue

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/15/14, 9:10 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Police union claims that the city’s management “misinterpreted” a tentative agreement are untrue, Mayor Carey Davis said Wednesday — it’s the union that’s trying to change the contract.

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The Sun: San Bernardino police union: Truce over

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/14/14, 11:39 PM PDT | Updated: 49 secs ago

The police officer association’s nearly yearlong truce with the city is over, the union’s attorney said Wednesday in a filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

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The Sun: Project developer accuses San Bernardino of ‘dirty politics’

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/12/14, 5:43 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The head of the nonprofit Time for Change Foundation is crying “dirty politics” after her nonprofit finished first in the bidding for funds the city said was available, only to have the City Council then change direction.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino: “NO on Q” campaign in full swing

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Saturday, October 11, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.

Opposition to a San Bernardino charter amendment targeting the way salaries of police officers and firefighters are calculated is now in full battle mode.

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The Sun: Ex-councilman Robert Jenkins’ arraignment delayed

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/07/14, 3:12 PM PDT | Updated: 2 mins ago

RIVERSIDE >> After moving through a felony settlement conference and preliminary hearing, former San Bernardino City Councilman Robert Jenkins appeared in court Tuesday for an information arraignment that was continued until Oct. 27.

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The Sun: San Bernardino to impose new contract on Fire Department

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/06/14, 8:36 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Mayor Carey Davis broke a tie late Monday to impose new terms and conditions of employment on the city’s firefighters.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino Measure Q a pointless endeavour

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Monday, October 6, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

The revamped San Bernardino leadership had an opportunity to present to voters meaningful charter reform.

But it didn’t!

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The Sun: Agreement between San Bernardino and police union breaks down

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/01/14, 9:17 PM PDT | Updated: 31 mins ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A tentative agreement between the city and the police union that both sides trumpeted months ago has broken down, union president Steve Turner said Wednesday.

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The City of San Bernardino may benefit from a recent ruling about paying pensions in the city of Stockton.

By Ryan Hagen, Press-Telegram
Posted: 10/01/14, 11:38 PM PDT |

A decision Wednesday by the judge at Stockton’s bankruptcy trial that allows bankrupt cities to treat the California Public Employees’ Retirement system like other debtors might open the door for other insolvent cities that could want to cut back on expensive pension obligations — including San Bernardino.

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InlandPolitics: Politically-Divided city council emerges in San Bernardino

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Monday, September 29, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

Rookie San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis continues to stumble out of the gate.

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The Sun: San Bernardino city finance head David Cain resigns

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/25/14, 6:38 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Thursday was the last day at City Hall for David Cain, the man responsible for the city’s finances and administrative services.

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/25/14, 4:58 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The first phase of revitalizing the affordable housing at Waterman Gardens is clear to begin after it received $12 million in state tax credits Thursday.

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The Sun: Detroit bankruptcy plan hearing shows contrast with San Bernardino

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Downtown San Bernardino. (File Photo)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/20/14, 8:57 PM PDT | Updated: 58 secs ago

Hearings have begun on Detroit’s plan to exit bankruptcy, slightly more than a year after the distressed Motor City filed for bankruptcy — and at least six months before San Bernardino, which filed for bankruptcy a year before Detroit, expects to even come up with a plan.

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The Sun: Bankruptcy judge scales back San Bernardino’s proposed order

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/19/14, 4:12 PM PDT | Updated: 23 secs ago

RIVERSIDE >> U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Jury on Friday slightly dialed back the city’s declaration of victory at its previous hearing here, issuing a scaled-down order that still allows the city to reject its current contract with the firefighters union.

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Reuters: Bankrupt San Bernardino, California, can cut firefighter benefits, judge says

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By Tim Reid
RIVERSIDE Calif. Thu Sep 11, 2014 7:51pm EDT

(Reuters) – The city of San Bernardino, California, may impose cuts to its firefighters overtime and pension benefits in a bid to reach a bankruptcy exit plan, the federal judge overseeing the case said on Thursday.

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The Sun: San Bernardino charter change arguments set

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 08/25/14, 6:30 PM PDT | Updated: 6 mins ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The statements voters will find on their ballots arguing for and against changing the city charter are decided.

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The Sun: San Bernardino taking on more of its waste-collection services

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By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/19/14, 10:44 PM PDT | Updated: 11 hrs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city is expected to expand its waste-hauling service and gain new revenue with the expiration of franchise agreements for two long-standing companies working here.

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The Sun: San Bernardino, police union reach contract deal

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By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 08/14/14, 8:29 PM PDT | Updated: 49 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city and the San Bernardino Police Officers Association announced to U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Jury that they have reached a tentative long-term agreement, officials said.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino unions waste little time

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014 – 05:30 p.m.

Last week the San Bernardino, California City Council, on a split 4-3 vote, agreed to place a charter reform measure on the November ballot. A measure aimed directly at its public safety employees.

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By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 08/11/14, 7:57 PM PDT | Updated: 53 secs ago

Top San Bernardino city officials and some of the city’s creditors met with a court-appointed federal mediator in Reno, Nev., all day Monday with discussions continuing into the evening.

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Monday, August 11, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Only in backwards and bankrupt San Bernardino can this type of politics continue unabated.

Once again the city council, under new Mayor Carey Davis, is split down a 4-3 divide. A decades-long problem affecting the beleaguered city’s government.

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IEBusinessDaily: Here we go again.

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By IE Business Daily
August 9, 2014

The City of San Bernardino voted Thursday to place two city charter amendments on the November ballot.

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The Sun: San Bernardino council votes to put two charter changes to the voters

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 08/07/14, 8:56 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Voters in November will get to determine how police and firefighter salaries are determined after the City Council on Thursday night approved a ballot measure proposing to repeal a longstanding formula used for determining those wages.

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The Sun: ACLU opens Inland Empire office

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By Doug Saunders, The Sun
Posted: 08/06/14, 12:55 PM PDT | Updated: 13 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The American Civil Liberties Union has opened its first office in this city to serve the needs of Inland Empire residents.

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The Sun: San Bernardino to consider outsourcing Fire Department

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 08/03/14, 6:19 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> City Manager Allen Parker will ask the City Council today for permission to request proposals from outside fire departments that may be able to provide the city fire services for less money.

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The Sun: Colton city manager investigation results to be presented Monday

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By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 08/01/14, 3:15 PM PDT |

COLTON >> The personnel investigation into the city manager has been completed with findings scheduled to be presented to the City Council at a special meeting Monday.

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The PE: San Bernardino’s bankruptcy reaches two-year mark, quietly

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/31/14, 7:15 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> At a certain age, people stop talking about birthdays, and so it is with the quiet second anniversary of the city’s filing for bankruptcy protection.

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The Sun: San Bernardino Fire union can’t currently sue, bankruptcy judge says

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/29/14, 8:44 PM PDT | Updated: 57 secs ago

RIVERSIDE >> The fire union didn’t get permission to sue in state court over alleged legal violations related to Fire Department cuts, but its attorneys can make those arguments in bankruptcy court, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Jury said Tuesday.

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The Sun: San Bernardino considers medical marijuana policy change

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/28/14, 8:13 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> City Attorney Gary Saenz has expanded on his plan to make this the first city in the county to allow some medical marijuana dispensaries — in the hope of raising money with them to clamp down on illegal dispensaries that have proliferated despite the city’s ban.

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The Sun: San Bernardino city attorney recommends medical marijuana plan

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/22/14, 12:13 AM PDT | Updated: 54 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> City Attorney Gary Saenz called Monday for a council committee to immediately begin studying alternative ways to enforce its medical marijuana dispensary ban, including allowing — and regulating — a small number of dispensaries.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino on pace to break all-time murder record

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Sunday, July 20, 2014 – 12:00 p.m.

Bankrupt San Bernardino, California had forty-six murders in 2013. It’s not a nice statistic for the troubled city of just over 200,00 residents.

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KPCC: Inland Empire aquifer at record low, officials say

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The San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District announced Friday, July 18, that the aquifer beneath the Bunker Hill Basin — an important source of drinking water — was at a record low. Grant Hindsley/AP

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July 18, 2014

An underground aquifer that is an important source of drinking water for the Inland Empire is at a record low, local water officials reported Friday.

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The Sun: San Bernardino holds final public hearing on city charter

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/18/14, 12:26 AM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Residents and city employees said their piece Thursday evening at the final public hearing on five proposed amendments to the city charter before the City Council’s planned Aug. 7 vote on whether to put those changes on the ballot.

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DailyBulletin: Metrolink to cut service on San Bernardino line

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Metrolink will be cutting back on service to San Bernardino, starting Oct. 1.

By Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 07/14/14, 6:15 PM PDT | Updated: 19 secs ago

Starting Oct. 1, two mid-day trains and two late-night trains will be removed from the commuter rail’s most popular service, said Jeff Lustgarten, chief spokesperson for Metrolink and its parent, the Southern California Regional Rail Authority.

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The Sun: San Bernardino bankruptcy case creeps forward

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/10/14, 7:29 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> San Bernardino’s bankruptcy case crept forward Thursday with the setting of deadlines related to the city’s issues with the police and fire unions as officials work to piece together a plan that will take it out of bankruptcy.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Thursday, July 10, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom this week. In case you missed it!

Riverside ends red-light cameras

The Riverside City Council has now fallen in-line with pretty much every other Inland city.

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US Bankruptcy Court

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jul. 8, 2014 – 11:03 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jul. 9, 2014 – 7:32 am

Government pensions were once considered untouchable, ironclad, off limits even if the employer went bankrupt.

On Tuesday, a federal bankruptcy judge in Sacramento inched closer to changing all that. Commenting during a hearing on Stockton’s bankruptcy case, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein suggested that employees and retirees could have their pensions reduced to facilitate the city’s financial reorganization.

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UTSanDiego: CalPERS ‘victory’ a warning to uppity cities

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A San Bernardino sign on I-10 East is seen on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 in San Bernardino, Calif. The San Bernardino city council voted Tuesday night in favor of the city filing for bankruptcy. (AP Photo/Grant Hindsley)

San Bernardino’s deal means pensions off bankruptcy table
By Steven Greenhut1:47 p.m.July 7, 2014

SACRAMENTO — The nation’s largest pension fund, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, has racked up another victory in its effort to halt any effort by municipalities to get out from under their crushing pension obligations.

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The Sun: San Bernardino Fire Department prepares for cuts

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/06/14, 6:04 PM PDT | Updated: 42 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Fire Engine 230 roared toward a woman who’d overdosed, keeping lights and sirens on without a chance to return to the station from the crew’s last call.

It was the seventh call for service Thursday for the station at Mill Street and Arrowhead Avenue, with more to come, after a night that included extricating people from a truck after a major crash on the 215 Freeway and a garage fire complicated by power that was re-routed because the house had been turned into a marijuana grow.

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The Sun: San Bernardino charter amendment signature-gathering misses deadline

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/01/14, 8:19 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The deadline passed Tuesday for two citizen-sponsored charter amendments to make it on November’s ballot, but the proponent behind at least one of the measures says he intends to keep gathering signatures for the next election.

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/01/14, 8:07 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Some City Council members are calling for a review of City Manager Allen Parker after he and the finance director were absent during the city’s final budget hearing, leaving them to pass the cuts-filled spending plan with some questions unanswered.

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/30/14, 9:17 PM PDT | Updated: 30 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city passed its budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year Monday night, three hours before the year began.

The 5-2 vote — Councilmen John Valdivia and Benito Barrios opposing — came after warnings on one hand of disastrous effects in bankruptcy court if a full budget wasn’t passed by that deadline, and on the other of dire threats to the city from cuts contained in the budget.

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The Sun: Fire union accuses San Bernardino of ‘hiding’ money

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/28/14, 11:04 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The fire union continues to accuse the city of keeping $75 million “hidden in misleading or unmarked investment accounts” despite city officials’ position that the money was openly posted and legally can’t be used to prevent cuts to public services like the Fire Department.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

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

U.S. Consumer Confidence Index hits post-recession high

The Consumer Confidence Index hit 85.2 in June, according to the Conference Board.

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Calpensions: San Bernardino cuts deal to pay CalPERS debt

San Bernardino Sealcalpers

By Ed Mendel
Monday, June 23, 2014

Bankrupt San Bernardino announced an agreement with CalPERS last week to pay off an unprecedented pension debt owed for skipping payments to the pension fund for a year — $13.5 million, plus several million more in penalties and interest.

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The Sun: New owners of San Bernardino’s largest hotel plan upgrade this year

Hotel San Bernardino

Many will lose their jobs, but the loss of the Hilton in San Bernardino will hit more than jobs, as travelers become wary of even staying in San Bernardino. The news is yet another hit for the city, which has seen major attractions head west — to Ontario, for instance.

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 06/20/14, 8:44 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The new owners of this city’s largest hotel say late this year they plan a major upgrade of the 251-room property, which is called “The Hotel of San Bernardino.”

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The Sun: Bankruptcy court: San Bernardino close to deal with police

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/19/14, 8:09 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> San Bernardino and police union officials think they’re within a month of an agreement, but the city is so far from progress with the firefighters union that a U.S. bankruptcy judge released that union from mediation Thursday.

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SacBee: CalPERS has interim agreement in San Bernardino bankruptcy case

San Bernardino Seal

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Jun. 18, 2014 – 8:55 pm

CalPERS and bankrupt San Bernardino have reached an “interim agreement” that could head off a major legal battle over bankruptcy debts and the ironclad status of public pensions, the city reported.

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The Sun: Affordable housing approved at 9th and Valencia in San Bernardino

National Community Renaissance

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/16/14, 10:34 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The nonprofit group behind the Waterman Gardens Affordable Housing Project will build 75 affordable units at Ninth Street and Valencia Avenue, replacing that number of low-income apartments at Waterman Gardens with ones sold at market rate.

The switch follows a 6-1 vote at Monday’s City Council meeting, with Councilman John Valdivia opposing the plan.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

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

Inland Cities budget woes ease

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

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