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A federal judge said Tuesday that she would approve San Bernardino’s bankruptcy plan, meaning that the city can begin the process of emerging from four years of bankruptcy. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

Paloma Esquivel
December 6, 2016

After four long, painful years, San Bernardino will soon emerge from bankruptcy.

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The Sun: San Bernardino moves forward with plans to vacate City Hall

San Bernardino City Hall

San Bernardino City Hall. (File)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/22/16 – 11:09 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> City employees are one step closer to completely moving out of City Hall, removing a substantial earthquake risk but also leaving another downtown landmark vacant.

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Joseph Turner
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 – 5:37 p.m.

A San Bernardino City government employee has contributed money to campaign committee for a sitting member of the council according to Form 460 filings available to the public. Read the rest of this entry »

Los Angeles Daily News: San Bernardino reaches ‘momentous’ bankruptcy hearing

U.S. Bankruptcy Court

United States Bankruptcy Court in Riverside

By Ryan Hagen, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 10/14/16 – 7:38 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> The city of San Bernardino entered the final stage of its bankruptcy case Friday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, with a confirmation hearing the city and its thousands of creditors have awaited for more than four years.

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The Sun: San Bernardino leaders clash in debate over replacing city charter

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/13/16 – 9:34 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Current and former leaders clashed Thursday in a televised debate over whether replacing the city charter would help or hinder economic development, corruption and the future of the city.

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By Ali Tadayon, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 09/25/16 – 6:31 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A bill that would ensure first responders to the Dec. 2 terrorist attack in San Bernardino get fully reimbursed for the cost of their response was vetoed Sunday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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The Sun: San Bernardino election debates back on

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/23/16 – 10:40 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> At least two sets of debates are planned at City Hall, after the City Council overruled City Manager Mark Scott’s decision not to allow any debates.

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The Sun: Why there will be no debates at San Bernardino City Hall this election season

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/18/16 – 1:11 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> City Manager Mark Scott informed the City Council Friday that he would not allow any of the usual election forums or local election broadcasts unless a majority of the council members voted to reverse his decision.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/15/16 – 11:22 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The proposed new city charter was cast as the way to end decades of destructive political infighting or a surrendering of self-government Thursday in a debate between the campaigns for and against changing the city’s governing document.

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The Sun: What is the San Bernardino city charter and should it change?

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/04/16 – 4:12 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Labor Day begins the big campaigns for and against the ballot measure to replace the city’s charter — essentially a constitution that, if changed, could either finally free city officials to fix the city and increase voter participation or could throw away the city’s heritage and citizen protections, depending on who’s arguing.

But most people haven’t heard either argument.

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The Sun: San Bernardino anti-charter change group asks city clerk to recuse herself

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 08/30/16 – 9:36 AM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A committee opposed to the ballot measure that would change the city charter asked Monday that City Clerk Gigi Hanna recuse herself and her employees from any decisions related to that measure.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 08/25/16 – 10:35 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> James Penman and Tim Prince don’t agree on much, but they agree that changing the city charter is a bad idea and they represent groups that both submitted ballot arguments against the charter change proposal.

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Taxes

Seven Inland cities are asking voters to approve tax measures; four would raise sales taxes.

By Alicia Robinson / Staff Writer
Published: Aug. 19, 2016
Updated: Aug. 21, 2016 12:24 a.m.

Several Riverside County cities are hoping to cut through the election season noise and convince residents to support tax increases to pay for police, fire and other key services.

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The Sun: New city charter put on San Bernardino ballot

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 08/04/16 – 8:41 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Years of efforts to change the governing document that many blame for the city’s dysfunction will culminate with voters deciding whether to replace it in November, the City Council decided Thursday.

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The Sun: San Bernardino reaches fourth bankruptcy anniversary, but end in sight

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/31/16 – 6:57 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> One of the nation’s longest municipal bankruptcies begins its fifth year on Monday And it’s probably its last, officials say.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino hits 40th homicide in 2016

Murder Body Outline

Friday, July 22, 2016 – 09:45 a.m.

The bad news just keeps piling up for embattled San Bernardino, California.

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EVWD

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 07/20/16 – 12:16 AM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The sewage treatment plant proposed by the Highland-based East Valley Water District will cost at least $150 million more to build that has been planned, San Bernardino Municipal Water Department officials say.

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San Bernardino City Fire

San Bernardino County firefighter Dale Sandoval, peels off a new decal Wednesday at Fire Station 221 in San Bernardino in preparation for county fire’s takeover of the 137-year-old city fire department. The city’s fire services are being annexed into the county effective July 1 to save the bankrupt city money. (John Valenzuela – Staff Photographer)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/24/16 – 8:31 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Changes to the city’s 137-year-old Fire Department are underway, a week before the county takes over.

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The Sun: San Bernardino budget calls for filling vacancies, no cuts

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/20/16 – 10:14 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The City Council on Monday saw a budget for the 12 months that begin July 1 that anticipates aggressively filling some of the 130 vacancies in the city while maintaining a small surplus.

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The Sun: San Bernardino headed toward unexpected budget surplus

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San Bernardino City Hall. (File photo)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/19/16 – 10:25 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The bankrupt city spent less money and brought in more than it had expected in the fiscal year that ends June 30, according to budget documents the City Council will review Monday.

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The Sun: San Bernardino moves toward bankruptcy exit

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San Bernardino is moving toward a confirmation hearing — the final stage in a bankruptcy that began in 2012 — in October after a somewhat bumpy hearing Thursday with the last creditor to object to the stage before that.

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/16/16 – 6:18 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> San Bernardino is moving toward a confirmation hearing — the final stage in a bankruptcy that began in 2012 — in October after a somewhat bumpy hearing Thursday with the last creditor to object to the stage before that.

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Pipe Dreams

Turning a San Bernardino neighborhood into a lake? Building Branson West in Moreno Valley and RogersDale in Temecula (or Murrieta)? Here are 5 projects that never made it past the drawing board.

Published: June 11, 2016
Updated: June 12, 2016 – 8:52 a.m.

They were grand plans.

Plans that, if you believed the cheerleaders, would have created a sparkling water-themed paradise in a dangerous city, transformed a recession-battered bedroom community into Branson West, brought world-class sporting events to relatively boring Riverside and revived the dying Salton Sea with salty ocean water piped in from 160 miles away.

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The Sun: Recall of San Bernardino councilman called off

Fred Shorett

Fred Shorett

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/06/16 – 7:54 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The recall campaign against Councilman Fred Shorett is over with none of the required signatures delivered by Friday’s deadline.

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Melanie Mason
June 3, 2016

Two standbys of Hillary Clinton’s stump speech — riffs on guns and national security — assumed added resonance in San Bernardino, the city that was shaken by a terrorist attack six months ago.

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The Sun: San Bernardino City Council approves new charter, on one condition

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/16/16 – 11:07 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The City Council on Monday voted 5-2 to approve a new city charter on condition it include a provision that the city have its own police department.

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waterdrop

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/12/16 – 5:30 PM PDT |

HIGHLAND >> The San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District and East Valley Water District announced Thursday a joint $2.65 million purchase of 14 acres of land in Highland that will serve as the location of a wastewater treatment plant that will put back millions of gallons of purified water daily into the local groundwater supply.

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Calpensions: Why bankrupt San Bernardino didn’t cut pensions

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By Ed Mendel
May 2, 2016

After reaching agreements with all major creditors, San Bernardino is moving toward an exit from a four-year bankruptcy this fall without cutting public pensions, its largest and rapidly growing debt.

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The Sun: Proposed new San Bernardino city charter presented

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 04/26/16 – 3:48 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The City Council suggested a few changes but generally indicated support Monday for the specifics of a 14-page document that would overhaul the way the city’s been run for generations.

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The Sun: Former Riverside finance director Brent Mason chosen for San Bernardino

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 04/08/16 – 2:13 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> City officials have chosen a new finance director: Brent Mason, who held that position in Riverside from 2010 until April 1.

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The Sun: ‘Major step forward’ for San Bernardino bankruptcy

Exit Ahead

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 04/01/16 – 5:48 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The end to the city’s three-year-old bankruptcy is in sight, but the 20 years after exiting bankruptcy will still be tough, city officials tell their creditors and bankruptcy judge in the latest version of the bankruptcy exit plan.

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The Sun: Both San Bernardino deputy city managers resign

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/31/16 – 8:05 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Both deputy city managers are resigning, soon leaving the top tier of administrative leadership under City Manager Mark Scott vacant.

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Amazon

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/30/16 – 10:47 AM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Amazon is planning to add more than 1,000 jobs to the region, announcing Wednesday that it will build a second fulfillment center in the city.

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The Sun: San Bernardino settlement: Pension obligation bondholders to get 40%

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/29/16 – 9:15 PM PDT |

San Bernardino will pay the holders of its pension obligation bonds 40 percent of what they’re owed, reducing the total payments to one of its largest creditors by about $45 million, according to a settlement between the bankrupt city and those creditors.

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The Sun: Recall started against San Bernardino Councilman Fred Shorett

Fred Shorett

4th Ward Councilman Fred Shorett speaks during a 4th Ward forum on January 9, 2014 San Bernardino City Hall. FILE PHOTO. (LaFonzo Carter/ Staff Photographer)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/04/16 – 5:40 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> One of Councilman Fred Shorett’s constituents filed a document Friday to begin the process of recalling the veteran councilman.

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/04/16 – 8:07 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The week that began with the City Council putting off a key vote related to fire annexation until March 21 and hinting that it might not back it after all ended with a 4-0 vote to approve the item.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

It took the San Bernardino City Council long enough to figure out that a special district parcel tax, part of a plan to fund the county taking over the city’s fire department, was nothing more than a tax grab.

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The Press-Enterprise: SAN BERNARDINO: City aims to exit bankruptcy by year’s end

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City Attorney Gary Saenz said the city has overcome “major stumbling blocks” in its recovery.

Published: Feb. 25, 2016 Updated: Feb. 26, 2016 6:49 a.m.

San Bernardino is expected to emerge from bankruptcy by the end of the year, city officials said Thursday, Feb. 25.

To read article by Alejandra Molina in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: San Bernardino Election: Beard needs 66.8% of remaining 342 votes

Spin Zone

Thursday, February 4, 2016 – 12:30 p.m.

Yep! The race for San Bernardino 7th Ward city council seat is up in the air.

It sure is.

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Reuters

Wednesday, Feb 3, 2016 – 8:10pm EST
SAN FRANCISCO | By Jim Christie

The bankrupt city of San Bernardino, California, said in a court filing on Wednesday it had reached a tentative agreement with the creditor holding its pension obligation bonds on how the debt would be treated in the city’s plan to exit bankruptcy but did not provide details.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino election results

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

So much for Rialto Real Estate Broker Scott Beard shaking up San Bernardino City Hall from the inside.

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San Bernardino Police

Police Officer Edward Lee, a member of the San Bernardino Police Department, at a wall that a robber reportedly climbed. (Credit Jenna Schoenefeld for The New York Times)

By Michael Wines
Feb. 2, 2016

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Detective Ryan Wicks trained the headlights of his Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor on a young man spotted fleeing local gang members and climbed out of his car, a battered black-and-white cruiser of mid-2000s vintage. The odometer stood north of 95,000 miles. A rear fender was scarred by the belt buckles of hundreds of suspects who had been spread-eagled against it.

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The Sun: San Bernardino, fire union resolve $40 million in claims

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 02/01/16 – 9:26 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> An agreement between the city and its firefighter union that ends more than $40 million worth of disputes is now final, with approval from both sides.

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The Sun: Two San Bernardino council elections Tuesday

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/30/16 – 5:30 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Two seats on the City Council — enough to swing the balance of a city government that’s recently made controversial decisions and is slated to make others — are up for grabs Tuesday.

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The Sun: San Bernardino gets $148 parcel tax, fire outsourcing

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Local Agency Formation Commission voted unanimously to move forward Wednesday with the city of San Bernardino’s proposal to annex the 137-year old San Bernardino Fire Department into Fire Protection District Service Zone FP5-5, giving responsibility for fire and emergency medical response to the county fire department.

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/27/16 – 11:09 AM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A plan to outsource the city Fire Department and add a parcel tax of $148 per year took a big step forward Wednesday with the unanimous approval of the agency in charge of overseeing that process.

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The Sun: San Bernardino, fire union reach tentative ‘global settlement’

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/25/16 – 9:10 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city and one of its most consistent legal adversaries, the fire union, have a tentative agreement that ends all of their legal disputes, after the City Council approved it during a closed session meeting Monday, according to City Attorney Gary Saenz.

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The Press-Enterprise: SAN BERNARDINO: Bankruptcy plan hurts those injured by city

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Those who have filed claims against the city would receive 1 percent of what they’re owed under the insolvency proposal

Published: Jan. 22, 2016
Updated:   Jan. 23, 2016 – 9:06 p.m.

The city of San Bernardino hopes that a provision of its bankruptcy-exit plan will erase more than $49 million from the books by allowing it to pay only 1 percent – $500,000 – to its unsecured creditors.

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

The Sun: Retired San Bernardino police oppose cuts to pension

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/05/16 – 5:46 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Unlike every other retiree in this and other bankrupt California cities, 23 retired San Bernardino police officers would lose part of their pension in the city’s bankruptcy plan — and they’re going public with their opposition to those cuts.

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Jim Penman

James Penman speaks at a forum for the mayoral candidates in 2005. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

By Joe Mozingo
Dec. 30, 2015

  • James Penman says he fought dysfunction at San Bernardino’s City Hall. His critics see his tenure as city attorney differently.

His gray hair was impeccable, as were his suits and ties, cinched into Windsor knots. With his penetrating gaze and stern, pockmarked face, James Penman made a distinctive impression as he roamed San Bernardino in his Chevy sedan.

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Reuters: Bankrupt San Bernardino spars with creditors over police spending

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By Robin Respaut
December 23, 2015

The bankrupt California city of San Bernardino won praise from bondholders on Wednesday for its handling earlier this month of the massacre that killed 14 people, but at the first significant court hearing since the attack, creditors questioned a plan to increase spending to bolster the police force.

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The Sun: Bankruptcy appeal sides with San Bernardino over fire union

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 12/22/15 – 7:39 PM PST |

An appeals court once again ruled against the San Bernardino City Professional Firefighters and in favor of the city Tuesday, affirming U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Jury’s conclusion that nothing in the city charter or state law prevents the city from outsourcing its Fire Department.

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Jarrod Burguan

The Los Angeles Kings honored the victims of December 2 terrorist attack in San Bernardino by recognizing a Hero from the shooting, US Navy Master Chief Tina LaTendresse. Standing with her are San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan, SWAT Team Leader Sgt. Brian Harris, Homicide Detective Marco Granado and San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis. (John McCoy – Staff Photographer)

By Elliott Teaford, Daily Breeze
Posted: 12/22/15 – 10:34 PM PST |

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan has been to plenty of Kings games over the seasons at Staples Center, but none were quite like the one he attended with SWAT team leader Brian Harris, homicide detective Marco Granado and Mayor Carey Davis.

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The Sun: San Bernardino chooses Mark Scott, Jarrod Burguan as city manager

Jarrod Burguan

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan speaks about first responders sharing their stories of their roles and heroic efforts in the San Bernardino mass shooting during a press conference at the San Bernardino Police Department in San Bernardino. (Rachel Luna — Staff photographer)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 12/21/15 – 9:17 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The City Council on Monday unanimously chose the Burbank city manager to be this city’s interim manager beginning Feb. 8 and Police Chief Jarrod Burguan to fill in from Jan. 1 until then.

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Air Force One

Sarah Parvini, Paloma Esquivel, Laura J. Nelson and Anh Do
December 18, 2015

It has become a sobering pattern of his presidency: Air Force One touches down in a heartbroken town and President Obama rushes toward the grief. He meets moms and dads, fiancés and friends — the newest members of a club no one would choose to join, Americans whose loved ones died in a mass shooting.

On Friday evening, it was San Bernardino’s turn.

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The Sun: San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan to be named interim city manager

Jarrod Burguan

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan speaks about first responders during a recent news conference in San Bernardino. (Rachel Luna – Staff Photographer)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 12/17/15 – 7:58 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city has a succession plan to replace the city manager who’s resigning Dec. 31, if the City Council approves it Monday: the top cop will be the top leader for a month, then Burbank City Manager Mark Scott takes over.

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Richard A. Serrano and Teresa Watanabe
December 12, 2015

As FBI divers continue to paddle the murky waters of a lake in San Bernardino, the federal investigation into the massacre at a county health department gathering is reaching a critical juncture: With whom were the two shooters in contact?

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Los Angeles Times: San Bernardino police chief kept his cool after the massacre

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San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Phil Willon
December 9, 2015

As police officers kicked open doors in the Inland Regional Center in the search for the armed assailants who had just massacred 14 county employees, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan was outside scanning the terrain for a safe place to coordinate the sweeping emergency response.

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Jarrod Burguan

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan takes a question at a press conference on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. (Chris Carlson/AP)

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Cassie MacDuff

Published: Dec. 8, 2015
Updated:   Dec. 9, 2015 – 6:59 a.m.

In the midst of the media maelstrom after the San Bernardino terror attack has stood one figure, solid as a rock: Police Chief Jarrod Burguan.

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

InlandPolitics: San Bernardino public safety response gets high marks

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San Bernardino Police Chief Jerrod Burguan addresses the media.

Saturday, December 5, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

Inland Empire law enforcement agencies involved in the response to the act of terrorism at the Inland Regional Center are receiving stellar marks across the board.

As they should.

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Union Democrat (AP): FBI: California shooting investigated as act of terrorism

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AP California News
By Amanda lee Myers and Tami Abdollah
Dec 4, 2015 – 3:55 PM EST

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — The FBI announced Friday that it is investigating the mass shooting in Southern California as an act of terrorism, while a U.S. law enforcement official revealed that the woman who helped her husband carry out the attack had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and its leader on Facebook under an alias.

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Authorities are searching for a motive in a mass shooting Wednesday at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino that left 14 people dead and 21 injured. Two suspects were killed in a police shootout after the attack.

Joe Mozingo and Peter Jamison
December 3, 2015

The whine of police sirens is familiar on the streets of San Bernardino.

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San Bernardino Shooting

A law enforcement officer stands guard at the police line near a home being investigated by police. Fourteen people were killed when suspects opened fired at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

Richard A. Serrano, Paloma Esquivel and Richard Winton
December 2, 2015

Dressed in black masks and tactical gear, armed with long guns and pistols, they entered a holiday party for county health workers in San Bernardino as it was in full swing. Before they fled, they had killed 14 people and wounded 17 others.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino can’t get out of its own way again!

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Monday, November 23, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

It sure appears as if San Bernardino still can’t get out of its own way.

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/19/15 – 6:48 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> City Manager Allen Parker confirmed at a neighborhood meeting Thursday that he would be leaving Dec. 31, after a closed session vote to offer him $221,976 in severance pay in exchange for his resignation from a position that had become increasingly fractious.

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The Sun: Source: San Bernardino City Manager Allen Parker to leave post Dec. 31

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/18/15 – 9:09 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Allen Parker’s last day as city manager will be Dec. 31, after the City Council agreed Monday to modify his contract to include a year’s severance pay in exchange for his resignation, according to a source who was in the room for the closed-session vote.

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The Sun: San Bernardino approves outsourcing with Burrtec

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/17/15 – 12:42 AM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> After years of uncertainty going back at least to the first month of bankruptcy when the city started moving forward with outsourcing its refuse services, 72 city employees learned Monday night who their new employer will be: Burrtec.

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, November 5, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

On the Lou Desmond and Company Show, Cliff Cummings joins the program to discuss the ongoing political corruption and trust issues here in San Bernardino County. Also, San Bernardino had an extremely low turnout at the city elections on Tuesday. More on that.

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InlandPolitics: Off-year elections offer nothing new

Election Results

Thursday, November 5, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

The 2015 off-cycle election offered nothing significant in terms of results or surprises.

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The Sun: San Bernardino chooses developer for Carousel Mall

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/03/15 – 12:38 AM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A plan to dramatically redevelop the 42.6 acres downtown where Carousel Mall has sat since 1973 took a big step forward Monday when the City Council unanimously entered an exclusive negotiation agreement with two companies to develop the mall and adjacent Theater Square area.

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The Sun: Vote may change direction of San Bernardino

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/31/15 – 5:47 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The direction of a city that for years has fluctuated between disparate approaches to public safety, homelessness, taxes and other issues will once again be in voters’ hands on Tuesday.

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, October 29, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

On the show today Lou is joined by Brian Davision, who is running for city council in San Bernardino’s fifth ward. Why is he running, and what does he hope to accomplish for the city?

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Lou Desmond

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

Lou is joined by Adrian Moore of The Reason Foundation.

First, they talk about an interesting occurrence in the San Bernardino City Council race. An email went out saying that the Redlands Tea Party Patriots was backing one of the candidates. But RTPP has never sent any communication. So what gives?

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/27/15 – 8:05 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Under the shadow of bankruptcy, good things are happening in San Bernardino, Mayor Carey Davis said at an hourlong talk Tuesday evening.

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The Sun: San Bernardino audit letter received, but process not complete

San Bernardino City Hall

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/23/15 – 7:25 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city at last has a letter from its independent audit firm on whether its financial statements are accurate, but Friday evening it still hadn’t received the full audit — two days after it was last promised, and more than a year and a half after the state deadline.

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The Sun: Overdue San Bernardino audits expected Wednesday

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/20/15 – 5:00 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> After more than a year of delays and suspicion, an audit of the city’s 2012-13 financial statements should be finished Wednesday and presented to the City Council and public Nov. 2, according to city staffers and the audit firm.

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IE Business Daily: San Bernardino Government Split into Three

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IE Business Daily
By Inland Empire Business Daily
September 26, 2015

September 21st’s San Bernardino City Council meeting was illustrative of the continuing divide developing at city hall.

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The Sun: Overdue San Bernardino audits argued over

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/09/15 – 8:09 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Residents pleading for completion of two long overdue audits of the city’s finances — one bearing a sign demanding “Bring in the F.B.I. / Complete the audits!” — didn’t get the answer they should have, says Mayor Carey Davis.

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The Sun: Bankruptcy judge: San Bernardino must provide more information

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/08/15 – 8:36 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> The bankrupt city of San Bernardino will have to produce much more extensive information — at a pace its advisers say will be grueling — before it can clear a vital hurdle in the path of bankruptcy plan confirmation, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Jury said Thursday.

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The Sun: San Bernardino redirecting after ending Jim Morris contract

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/30/15 – 9:03 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Arguably the only person with direct knowledge of much of the city’s complex redevelopment process won’t show up to work today, after nine sometimes-controversial years at City Hall.

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Lou Desmond

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

On the show today Lou is joined by Ryan Hagen, report at the San Bernardino Sun to discuss San Bernardino’s decision to raise a fee (tax) on sewage service in the city. Do San Bernardino residents need more taxes?

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InlandPolitics: More San Bernardino insider shenanigans

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Saturday, September 26, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

One would think exiting San Bernardino, California’s record-long municipal bankruptcy proceedings would be the priority for the beleaguered city’s elected officials.

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The Sun: San Bernardino councilman tries to sell gun online during meeting

Benito Barrios

San Bernardino City Councilman Benito Barrios posted a gun for sale on his Facebook page Monday night, during a council meeting. (Google Images)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/22/15 – 9:45 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> As a citizen committee explained recommended changes to the city’s charter during a City Council meeting Monday, Councilman Benito Barrios was on Facebook, trying to sell his friend’s gun.

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The Sun: Judge: San Bernardino outsourcing done without required negotiating

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Judge Meredith Jury ruled Thursday the city hadn’t met its legal obligation to bargain with the fire union before outsourcing the Fire Department. FILE PHOTO

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/17/15 – 11:00 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> In a decision she acknowledged “puts a bunch of marbles on the road to reorganization” for San Bernardino, Judge Meredith Jury ruled Thursday the city hadn’t met its legal obligation to bargain with the fire union before outsourcing the Fire Department.

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The Sun: After brief confusion, San Bernardino contract back on track

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/10/15 – 10:32 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Members of the city’s largest employee union were briefly confused and frustrated when a tentative contract agreement reported to bankruptcy court was pulled off the City Council agenda, but he approval process is now back on track, according to a union leader.

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The Lou Desmond & Company Show: San Bernardino Fire Department and the NFL Kickoff

Lou Desmond

Thursday, September 10, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

On the show, Lou is joined by Cliff Cummings, owner of Toyota of San Bernardino. They discuss the rather confusing decision by San Bernardino officials to outsource the fire department. The move will cost taxpayers more, and the city will give up all fire assets.

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/08/15 – 4:08 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> San Bernardino has a tentative contract agreement with its largest employee group, the so-called general unit, the city’s bankruptcy attorney announced in court Tuesday.

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