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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

Molly Peterson
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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Paul Drasil, who retired under attack by former elected officials, was asked back by new mayor.

BY CASSIE MACDUFF / STAFF COLUMNIST
Published: June 16, 2014 Updated: 9:40 p.m.

The return of Interim Fire Chief Paul Drasil shows just how much things have changed in San Bernardino.

To read column by Cassie MacDuff in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: Could San Bernardino use shuttered hotel for homeless?

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Sunday, June 15, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Could bankrupt San Bernardino use the shuttered Maruko Hotel for the homeless?

It’s an interesting question that proves a point.

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IEBusinessDaily: San Bernardino’s Future Rides on Bankruptcy Decision

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IE Business Daily

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Elections, Recalls, Charter Amendments, Labor Negotiations, and Pension Reform are all ideas bandied about in the effort to right the financial ship of the City of San Bernardino.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino: Business just keeps on getting better!

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Friday, June 13, 2014 – 02:30 p.m.

It just keeps getting better and better for beleaguered San Bernardino, California.

As previously discussed this week. The Hilton Hotel, located in the city’s Hospitality Lane Business District, has been sold and reopened under a new trade name.

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InlandPolitics: Talk between San Bernardino, developer over downtown mall?

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 – 03:00 p.m.

We’ll preface this by saying it’s just a rumor.  A pretty interesting rumor for that matter.

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InlandPolitics: Commentary: Little return on invested funds?

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 – 05:00 p.m.

The bad news just keeps piling up for bankrupt San Bernardino, and the surrounding area, these days. A city, and area, that has been the beneficiary of more than $ 1.026 Billion in government projects over the past several years.

That’s right. I did say billion!

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InlandPolitics: Will makeover solve SBD airport woes?

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Monday, June 9, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

It’s round twenty for San Bernardino International Airport (SBD).

While nearby Ontario International Airport struggles to regain passenger traffic count, officials at SBD are hoping that a new makeover will help the aging and dormant facility re-market itself.

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InlandPolitics: Business: East Valley business conditions troubling

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Sunday, June 8, 2014 – 12:00 p.m.

Some ominous business activity is raising questions over the actual health of the East San Bernardino Valley business climate.

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The Sun: Former City Attorney Penman cleared of FPPC complaint

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/05/14, 8:55 PM PDT | Updated: 28 secs ago

The Fair Political Practices Commission has cleared former City Attorney James F. Penman of an allegation springing from the recall effort against him and other officials.

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The Sun: San Bernardino continues budget cut talks

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/02/14, 8:26 PM PDT | Updated: 28 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Tough budget cuts recommended by the city manager haven’t gotten any easier, but as the City Council prepares for its third of five budget hearings Tuesday they’ve at least gotten a bit clearer.

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The Sun: San Bernardino council discusses police, fire budgets

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/28/14, 10:49 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Two departments, $84 million in proposed spending and about $7 million in proposed cuts down, a long way to go.

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IEBusinessDaily: San Bernardino charter reform oblivion

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By IE Business Daily
May 24, 2014

Leadership requires many virtues. The first and foremost of those is competence, or at least the public perception of it.

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The Sun: San Bernardino looking at $22.8 million deficit

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By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 05/23/14, 7:47 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Unprecedented cuts during unparalleled times are hovering over leaders in this bankrupt city, possibly forcing them to close all three branch libraries, shut down two fire stations and wipe out half of one department’s employees in an effort to balance a $124 million budget and shore up a $22.8 million deficit.

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The Sun: San Bernardino City Council moves forward charter amendments

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/19/14, 10:30 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Recommended changes to the city’s governing document — including the lightning rod issue of how to set police and firefighter pay — were moved toward the ballot by a unanimous City Council vote on Monday.

That’s not the end of the road, though.

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The Sun: San Bernardino City Council to discuss possible charter amendments

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/18/14, 8:17 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO >> Charter amendments recommended by a council-appointed charter committee will be reviewed by the City Council on Monday to possibly add to November’s ballot.

The meeting begins at 4 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 300 N D St.

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The Sun: CalPERS, San Bernardino agree to delay bankruptcy appeal

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/17/14, 10:10 PM PDT |

CalPERS has again agreed to push back its appeal of San Bernardino’s bankruptcy eligibility and cancel an August hearing in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, saying in a joint filing with the city that the delay is “critical to the success of the ongoing mediation.”

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The Sun: Signature-gathering set for two proposed amendments in San Bernardino

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/15/14, 8:15 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Signature-gathering began Thursday to put two proposed amendments to the City Charter on November’s election ballot, an effort that will take place alongside discussions of separate — in one case contradictory — recommendations of proposed charter amendments from a citizens review committee.

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The Sun: San Bernardino charter review committee holds final meeting

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/13/14, 11:53 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city charter review committee’s recommendation to replace the section setting public safety salaries with a collective bargaining process became unanimous at the committee’s final meeting before the City Council will vote on which changes to put on the ballot.

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The Sun: Mediation pace criticized in San Bernardino bankruptcy

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/08/14, 7:41 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Continued assurances from San Bernardino and CalPERS that mediation is going well, without further details, are threatening to wear out the patience of the city’s fire union, police union and perhaps the bankruptcy judge handling the case, it was reported in court Thursday.

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The Sun: Charter committee recommends repealing Section 186

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/06/14, 11:28 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The citizen charter review committee voted 7-2 Tuesday night to recommend that the City Council ask voters to repeal Section 186 and instead set salaries for police and firefighters by collective bargaining.

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The Sun: Online spat raises questions about San Bernardino chief of staff

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/05/14, 4:37 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A heated online argument between Mayor Carey Davis’ chief of staff and a former elected official raised questions in the mind of some about the appropriateness of the staffer’s behavior, while others said it was a reasonable response to a political opponent’s intentional provocation.

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/05/14, 8:41 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A proposal to increase resident engagement by starting City Council meetings at 6:30 — after the end of a 9-5 job, as all other local cities do — was defeated on a split vote Monday night.

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InlandPolitics: New players, same crap in San Bernardino

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Sunday, May 4, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, May 4, 2014 – 01:15 p.m.

If current events are any indication, the new administration of San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis is already heading off the tracks big time!

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IEBusinessDaily: Charter Reform in San Bernardino Hits a Roadblock

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By IE Business Daily
May 3, 2014

The appointed citizen’s committee appears to be running into some difficult challenges as it works to make recommendations to the San Bernardino City Council for charter reforms.

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By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 05/02/14, 9:55 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The son of a small town schoolteacher during the Great Depression, Allen B. Gresham became managing partner in a law firm with multiple locations and was a tireless, dedicated leader, according to those who knew him.

Gresham died on April 20. He was 82.

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 04/30/14, 4:40 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> It took took three-and-a-half meetings, mounting impatience from residents and the specter of the “nuclear option” — repealing the city charter completely — but on Tuesday the citizen committee charged with recommending changes to the city’s governing document began to do that.

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InlandPolitics: Aviation: Another embarassment for San Bernardino Int’l Airport

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Sunday, April 27, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

Officials at troubled San Bernardino International Airport (SBIA) suffered another blow last week.

This time it’s courtesy of Boeing.

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The Sun: Proposed San Bernardino city charter amendments submitted

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 04/23/14, 7:56 PM PDT | Updated: 20 mins ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Residents opposed to the direction taken by the city charter review committee submitted notice to the city clerk on Wednesday that they’ll be collecting signatures to get two proposed charter amendments on the ballot, independent of the citizen committee.

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The Sun: CalPERS appeal of bankruptcy pushed back

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 04/21/14, 7:03 PM PDT |

Progress in confidential mediation between San Bernardino and the California Public Employees’ Retirement System is promising enough that an aggressive schedule for briefs in CalPERS’ appeal of the city’s bankruptcy has been pushed back.

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The Sun: Mayor Carey Davis’ proposed chief of staff criticized

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 04/20/14, 7:02 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A proposal to hire the firm that advised Carey Davis’ mayoral campaign to serve as Davis’ chief of staff is raising conflict-of-interest concerns.

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Arrowhead Springs

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 04/20/14, 6:02 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> In its heyday, the Arrowhead Springs Hotel hosted such celebrities as Spencer Tracy, Lucille Ball, Clark Gable and Humphrey Bogart.

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Omnitrans trains drivers and tests new sbX buses on the new rapid transit line north and south on E Street in San Bernardino on Wednesday. The Omnitrans sbX Green Line will span a 15.7 mile corridor between San Bernardino and Loma Linda, with 16 stations. Service will start April 28. John Valenzuela — Staff

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/19/14, 9:59 PM PDT |

After more than a year of construction and a decade of planning, Omnitrans is about ready to roll out its $197.1-million rapid transit bus line later this month.

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The Sun: Charter committee in San Bernardino decides issues for study

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 04/15/14, 10:08 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The citizen committee studying possible changes to the city charter picked the issues Tuesday to review by May 19 so they can potentially be on November’s ballot, including the controversial Section 186 and timing of elections.

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The Sun: Mayor Carey Davis comments criticized

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 04/08/14, 6:16 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Mayor Carey Davis cut off public comment after one hour of speakers at Monday’s City Council, a decision in line with city policy and state law that nonetheless kicked off hundreds of complaints across social media the following day.

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The Sun: San Bernardino City Council may change start times

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 04/06/14, 9:10 AM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> When residents of most cities get off work at 5 p.m., they have an hour or more to grab dinner and drive to their local city council meeting.

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The Sun: San Bernardino charter reform committee members chosen

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/31/14, 8:24 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The nine men tasked with studying the city charter that some blame for the city’s financial woes and political dysfunction have been chosen, and they have until May 19 to recommend any changes to the City Council in order to get those on this November’s ballot.

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Calpensions: Vallejo bankrupt again? ‘We are not going there’

By Ed Mendel
Monday, March 17, 2014

The Vallejo city council last week voted to close a $5.2 million gap in the current budget, showing no alarm that in a five-year forecast the gap reopens, mainly driven by rising pension costs.

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SacBee: CalPERS, bankrupt San Bernardino report progress in funding talks

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Mar. 13, 2014 – 3:47 pm

CalPERS and the bankrupt city of San Bernardino, headed for a possible legal showdown over pension contributions, said this week they’ve made headway in mediation talks.

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The Sun: San Bernardino Police challenge charter reform commission legality

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/12/14, 6:28 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Plans for a charter review committee are moving forward despite a letter from the police union challenging the legality of the process.

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The Sun: San Bernardino charter reform proposal on council agenda with changes

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/09/14, 7:29 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Mayor Carey Davis has substantially changed his proposal for a committee to review a city charter that he says badly needs reform after considering a counter-proposal by Councilman John Valdivia, but a copy of Valdivia’s proposal will not be included when the City Council meets Tuesday to vote on whether to form the committee.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO: Customs building opens for international flights

San Bernardino International Airport

Executive Director AJ Wilson gives a tour of San Bernardino International Airport’s Customs building on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. Sneak preview of San Bernardino International Airport’s Customs building, which will enable the field to receive international flights. (Kurt Miller/Staff Photographer)

March 08, 2014; 06:09 PM

Without scheduled airline service, people will not consider San Bernardino International Airport a success.

Airport officials acknowledged as much at a ribbon-cutting last month for the newly built International Arrivals Terminal at the former Norton Air Force Base.

To read story by Cassie MacDuff in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The Sun: Panel for charter changes proposed in San Bernardino

Carey Davis

San Bernardino City Clerk Gigi Hanna swears in Mayor Carey Davis, as his wife Johnetta stands near during the inauguration ceremony Monday. (John Valenzuela — Staff photographer)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/04/14, 2:36 PM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Mayor Carey Davis didn’t waste any time moving toward charter reform on his first day in office — but he didn’t rush, either.

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The Sun: New San Bernardino mayor sworn in

Carey Davis

San Bernardino’s newly elected Mayor Carey Davis delivers his speech during the inauguration ceremony inside the council chambers in San Bernardino on Monday. photos by john valenzuela — staff photographer

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/03/14, 5:59 PM PST |

A new chapter in the history of San Bernardino began on Monday night.

A new mayor, two new councilmembers and two incumbents were sworn in during a City Council meeting packed with people, good wishes and hope.

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San Bernardino International Airport

The Grand Jury´s extensive criticism of the San Bernardino International Airport last year has been followed by a report this year concluding airport officials have now followed all of the Grand Jury´s recommendations. Is this another sign of turn-around for the airport, now that a developer has been removed from it and is instead facing felony charges? Airport officials and Mayor Pat Morris will say yes, and good times are ahead. Other critics will say no, the airport still has insurmountable obstacles. (Sun staff/file photo.)

By Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 03/03/14, 10:57 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The newly completed $20.5 million international terminal at San Bernardino International Airport faces an uphill battle to lure carriers away from more established air transport centers, two airline analysts say.

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The Sun: Outgoing mayor sees ‘incredible’ future for San Bernardino

Pat Morris

Pat Morris ends his run as San Bernardino mayor on Monday as the city struggles through bankruptcy proceedings. (Rachel Luna — Staff Photographer)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/01/14, 6:03 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> With a comedian’s timing and a victor’s posture, Mayor Pat Morris was all smiles last week as he exchanged praise and plans with local, state and federal dignitaries at a groundbreaking ceremony for a new transit center.

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San Bernardino Mayor-elect Carey Davis

Mayor-elect Carey Davis, an accountant and political newcomer, is taking the helm of San Bernardino at a particularly troubled time: The city is in bankruptcy, crime has risen, and residents say basic services aren’t being delivered. (Gina Ferazzi, Los Angeles Times / February 13, 2014)

By Rick Rojas
March 1, 2014, 4:56 p.m.

Sitting in a spare office on the sixth floor of City Hall, a sweeping view of San Bernardino behind him, the incoming mayor paused a conversation and picked up a ringing phone. It was somebody wanting to know what time the office closed.

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The Sun: CalPERS can appeal San Bernardino bankruptcy eligibility

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 02/27/14, 8:12 PM PST |

San Bernardino’s largest creditor has permission from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to appeal a bankruptcy judge’s finding that the city is eligible for bankruptcy protection, raising the potential that the court could reverse the 2012 ruling that city officials then called vital for the city’s protection.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO: Agencies pool money for transit center, Metrolink extension

Metrolink

A new low-polluting Metrolink engine with positive train control, and a safer passenger car with stronger frame, rubber bumpers and collapsible tables, are pulled onto tracks in downtown San Bernardino for transit center groundbreaking on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. (Cassie MacDuff/STAFF PHOTO)

February 26, 2014; 03:10 PM

Transportation officials circled the wagons in downtown San Bernardino on Tuesday, Feb. 25, to kick off a $227 million project to bring Metrolink, bus service and, eventually, rail to Redlands together at a single station.

To read column by Cassie MacDuff in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The Sun: San Bernardino councilman’s court case continued

Robert Jenkins

Jenkins

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 02/26/14, 7:40 PM PST |

RIVERSIDE >> San Bernardino Councilman Robert Jenkins appeared in court Wednesday for a felony settlement conference related to the 30 felony and misdemeanor charges he’s facing, but the conference was postponed until March 28.

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