Archive for the ‘ Victorville ’ Category

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Joseph Turner
Saturday, October 29, 2016 – 8:38 p.m.

When San Bernardino County First District Supervisor candidate Angela Valles announced that she had discovered the federal government was dumping unvetted Syrian refugees in the City of Victorville nearly two weeks ago, it sent shockwaves throughout the campaign and region.

Supervisor Robert Lovingood, her incumbent opponent, completely bungled the response revealing that he was caught entirely flatfooted by Valles accusations that he was either asleep at the wheel and oblivious to the public safety issue, or in on the cover up.

In a candidate forum and numerous stories since, neither Lovingood nor anybody with the City of Victorville has expressed any opposition to the placement of Syrian refugees in that community.

Today, a columnist for the San Bernardino Sun by the name of Sal Rodriguez decided to weigh in on the discussion by slamming Angela Valles as an opportunist who spreads fear and paranoia. Boy, that was a mistake. Read the rest of this entry »

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Joseph Turner
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 – 6:42 p.m.

I am not sure who is running the Dick Riddell for Yucaipa City Council campaign, but they should probably be fired.

Riddell is getting pummeled by his opponent, Judge Robert Fawke, over his support for toll lanes.

So, what did Riddell do? He sent out a campaign mailer that actually confirms his support for toll lanes. Pretty shocking.

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Joseph Turner
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 – 12:14 a.m.

During the 2012 campaign, Lovingood billed himself as a fiscal conservative businessman who would boost the economy, increase jobs and oppose taxes and fees levied on the taxpayers.

It was a powerful message earning him the victory that November.

Let’s go back in time to an article published in the Daily Press in May 2012. Each candidate was asked to pinpoint what they view as the most pressing issue in the race. Read the rest of this entry »

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Joseph Turner
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 – 6:55 p.m.

If you are interested in listening to the full audio replay of “The John & Ken Show” interviewing First District Supervisor candidate Angela Valles, please visit the following link.

Note: We are now more than a week into this unfolding scandal and Supervisor Robert Lovingood and the entire Victorville City Council has refused to condemn the federal government’s violation of the law and they have refused to make any statements in opposition of the Syrian refugees.

Shame on Supervisor Robert Lovingood and Victorville Councilman “Lyin'” Ryan McEachron.

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Joseph Turner
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 – 12:06 p.m.

First District Supervisor candidate Angela Valles announced on her Facebook page that she will be a guest on KFI AM 640’s “The John & Ken Show.” They will discuss the Syrian refugees in Victorville and hopefully condemn Supervisor Robert Lovingood for not speaking out against the federal government’s violation of the law.

Also, it should be noted that when the article ran on Friday in the Daily Press, Supervisor Lovingood did not oppose the placement of Syrian refugees in our community. In fact, not one county official or official from the City of Victorville spoke out against these refugees.

Instead, they insisted that the federal government did not have to consult with local governments and that they didn’t care that the federal government didn’t consult them.

Angela Valles will be a guest at 4:00 PM.

You can listen to her on KFI 640 AM on your radio, via iHeart Radio app on your smartphone, or online via their live stream on the internet.

No Money

Joseph Turner
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 – 10:35 p.m.

For some odd reason, the Daily Press did an article on the campaign finance reports for the First District Supervisor race this week. The campaign finance reports have been out for a month and it showed Lovingood with a huge advantage in the money he has raised.

You can read the article here.

Every candidate wants to have more money than their opponent. But here is the reality. You can overcome and trump a significant monetary disadvantage if you are getting high quality earned media during your election campaign. Read the rest of this entry »

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Joseph Turner
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 – 9:22 p.m.

The Boston Marathon bombing was carried out by Chechen brothers Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev on April 15, 2013.

The Wikipedia entry for this event states:

During an initial interrogation in the hospital, Dzhokhar alleged that Tamerlan was the mastermind. He said they were motivated by extremist Islamist beliefs and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that they were self-radicalized and unconnected to any outside terrorist groups.

There has been some confusion over the years about whether or not the Tsarnaev brothers were in fact refugees. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Joseph Turner
Monday, October 24, 2016 – 9:03 p.m.

In Part 1 of this expose, I “copy and pasted” the public information request and answers by the county concerning the employment contract of political lobbyist Fred Aguiar (view here).

Now I am going to copy and paste the second public information request submitted on September 30, 2016. The answers were provided on October 7.

Read the answers carefully and note them. I did. Read the rest of this entry »

Joseph Turner
Sunday, October 23, 2016 – 4:20 p.m.

Supervisor “Do-Nothing” Bob Lovingood finally responded to the Syrian refugee scandal unfolding in Victorville this week. I am sure that after listening to Lovingood’s brief message below, you will be comforted by his confident, re-assuring tone.

Complete coverage of the San Bernardino County Syrian refugee scandal can be read here.

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Joseph Turner
Sunday, October 23, 2016 – 3:53 p.m.

On Friday, the Daily Press confirmed that Syrian refugees have indeed been placed in Victorville by the federal government. On Tuesday, Angela Valles broke the news and rebuked Supervisor Robert Lovingood and the Victorville City Council for either covering it up, or being asleep at the wheel.

Officials from both agencies refused to condemn and oppose the placement of these refugees within San Bernardino County. Additionally, they took turns attacking Valles.

Lies, Corruption & Cover Ups

Supervisor Robert Lovingood’s campaign has been in a tailspin since the news broke in the very conservative High Desert district that encompasses the cities of Adelanto, Hesperia, Victorville, and the Town of Apple Valley.

He slammed Valles in an obvious effort to deflect from taking accountability for the unfolding scandal. He claimed that Valles was merely seeking headlines and unaware of the responsibilities of the office. Read the rest of this entry »

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Joseph Turner
Friday, October 21, 2016 – 10:40 p.m.

BUT THEY WERE VETTED!

Yeah, stop us if you have heard this before. Breitbart News reports a “vetted” refugee has been diagnosed with a multi-drug resistant form of tuberculosis.

One of the 3,554 refugees resettled in Ingham County, Michigan (Lansing) during the six years beginning October 1, 2010 and ending on September 30, 2016 (FY 2011 to FY 2016) has been diagnosed with multi-drug resistant (MDR) tuberculosis (TB), the Ingham County Health Department tells Breitbart News.

In case you missed it, we presented just a short list of notable refugees arrested for various crimes who were also vetted. Read the rest of this entry »

InlandPolitics: Syrian Smackdown in Victorville; Picture of Front Page Story

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Joseph Turner
Friday, October 21, 2016 – 11:44 a.m.

Well, if you are running for re-election in a conservative Republican district, then a headline and story like this is prrroooobably something you are not going to want to see dropped on you right as voters get their absentee ballots.

In what was one of the most devastating articles I have ever read published during a local campaign, this will probably go down as the beginning of the end of Supervisor “Do-Nothing” Bob Lovingood’s campaign.

On the front page you get a devastating headline and the first two paragraphs are all bad for the incumbent. Read the rest of this entry »

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Joseph Turner
Friday, October 21, 2016 – 3:49 p.m.

By now, Victorville residents are learning that Supervisor Robert Lovingood and Victorville City Councilman Ryan McEachron support the federal government’s re-settlement of Syrian refugees in Victorville.

Angela Valles is running against Lovingood and she uncovered the secret dumping of unvetted refugees in the High Desert. Read the rest of this entry »

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Joseph Turner
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 – 8:46 a.m.

Syrian Refugees Dumped in San Bernardino County

The Angela Valles campaign broke a huge story yesterday about unvetted Syrian refugees being dumped into San Bernardino County by an insensitive federal government. Every single Syrian refugee placed in San Bernardino County has been settled in the High Desert community of Victorville.

It can also be shared that Syrian refugees are now in Riverside County — or more specifically Riverside and Corona.

All of this occurred under the watch of San Bernardino County Supervisor Robert Lovingood even though the federal government is required to consult with local authorities before placing these individuals.

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BREAKING NEWS – Just received from the Angela Valles campiagn.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 18, 2016

Angela Valles Condemns Dumping of Unvetted Syrian Refugees in San Bernardino County; Home of December Terrorist Attack by Radical Islamists

Will terminate welfare benefits and housing subsidies for refugees once elected

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Joseph Turner
Friday, October 14, 2016 – 11:15 a.m.

On December 2, 2015, radical Islamic terrorists massacred 14 people and wounded 21 more in what at that time was the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11.

It was tragic and shocking. Many of us never believed that San Bernardino would ever be the epicenter for a terrorist attack.

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Daily Press: Victorville adopts balanced $183.7M budget

Victorville

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted:    June 15, 2016 at 4:05 PM
Updated: June 15, 2016 at 5:49 PM

  • Projected $56.1M general fund revenues up 3 percent

VICTORVILLE — The City Council adopted its fiscal year 2016-17 budget late Tuesday, predicting $183.7 million in city spending, including the general fund, with an additional $35 million in capital costs.

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Daily Press: Apple Valley mayor claims Lovingood threatened bridge project

Barb Stanton

Barb Stanton, left, listens to public comment during the Town Council’s special meeting in November. Stanton recently rallied mayoral support away from Victorville Mayor Pro Tem Jim Cox’s election bid to LAFCO after Victorville’s City Council ended its service agreement with VVWRA in April. Stanton said 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood threatened completion of the Yucca Loma Corridor project as a result. (James Quigg / Press Dispatch)

By Matthew Cabe and Shea Johnson, Staff Writers
Posted: May. 7, 2016 at 8:46 PM
Updated: May 8, 2016 at 9:15 PM

Victorville’s pullout from a local wastewater agency prompted an official-led campaign against its mayor pro tem, who sought a seat on the Local Agency Formation Commission, the Daily Press has learned.

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Victorville

Officials meet in workshop to comb through nearly complete FY 17 spending plan

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted:     May 4, 2016 at 3:28 PM
Updated: May 4, 2016 at 5:53 PM

VICTORVILLE — City officials met in a pre-budget workshop this week, broaching the upcoming fiscal year 2016-17 spending plan, where a little more than $1 million still needs to be trimmed to reach balance.

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Daily Press: Victorville gives notice to end VVWRA deal

Victorville

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Apr. 11, 2016 at 4:58 PM

  • With spending a growing concern, wastewater agency says dispute is within board

VICTORVILLE — In the latest signal of growing discord over management and spending, the city has given notice to end its service agreement with Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority.

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Daily Press: City reorganization plan approved

Victorville

Six get raises, but $150K annual savings expected

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted March 20, 2016 at 5:38 PM

VICTORVILLE — The City Council recently approved what City Manager Doug Robertson described as a “fairly small reorganization” — one expected to give Robertson more time to focus on development and work through the strategic plan adopted last week on the dais.

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Daily Press: Victorville officials tout outlook for growth at State of the City event

Victorville

SCLA leading city’s growth spurt, with more expected

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer Follow @@DP_Shea
Posted Feb. 3, 2016 at 1:12 PM
Updated Feb 3, 2016 at 5:32 PM

VICTORVILLE — The city touted its economic growth during its annual address Wednesday, announcing that negotiations had concluded to draw a “major” manufacturer to Southern California Logistics Airport that will create 100 new jobs.

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Daily Press: In SEC case, firm claims it can’t fund defense

Victorville

KND also suggests ‘bond underwriter’ label is wrong

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted: Jan. 20, 2016 at 2:54 PM
Updated: Jan 20, 2016 at 5:28 PM

VICTORVILLE — The investment banking firm entangled in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s crosshairs for an allegedly fraudulent municipal bond offering at the city’s airport says it can’t fund a defense and it was never actually the bond underwriter.

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Daily Press: City manager gets new contract

Victorville

By Shea Johnson, Staff Writer
Posted Dec. 20, 2015 at 5:21 PM

VICTORVILLE — Without a pay raise for four years, City Manager Doug Robertson’s new contract through June 2019 will pay him $21,875 per month after the City Council last week approved the deal.

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The Sun: Former Victorville councilwoman sues employer, alleges retaliation

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Angela Valles

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 11/12/15, 10:22 AM PST |

Outspoken former Victorville Councilwoman Angela Valles is suing her employer, the Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority, alleging her colleagues have retaliated against her and demoted her because of her continued efforts to expose government corruption.

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Daily Press: Victorville: SEC probe uncovers $3.5M fee

Victorville

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Sep. 21, 2015 at 5:55 PM

  • Records show dispute between city, bond underwriter over charge

VICTORVILLE — The Securities and Exchange Commission’s investigation into an allegedly fraudulent 2008 municipal bond offering also uncovered that the city’s bond underwriter may have taken an unauthorized fee of about $3.5 million for managing four hangars at Southern California Logistics Airport, federal court records show.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County: Another tab for taxpayers to pick up?

SBCO

Saturday, July 18, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

When will it end? When will people learn?

With federal agents scrutinizing the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, one would think that openness would be the best policy.

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InlandPolitics: Fallout from Victorville ticket quota hits agency

San Bernardino County Sheriff

Lawsuit alleges that deputies assigned to traffic enforcement duties the Victorville Sheriff’s Station were forced to meet a quota of 200 tickets per month. A practice that is illegal under California law.

Friday, June 26, 2015 – 12:15 p.m.

Fallout has already started from an impending San Bernardino County Grand Jury report, expected Tuesday, which reportedly will expose a traffic ticket quota system forced upon motor traffic officers in the contract city of Victorville.

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Daily Press: Budget talks stall amid pension concerns

Victorville

Victorville Mayor Pro Tem Jim Cox called Tuesday for city officials to first iron out details of the city’s $199 million spending plan June 9 before voting to approve the budget.

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer

Posted Jun. 4, 2015 at 2:22 PM
Updated Jun 4, 2015 at 4:49 PM

VICTORVILLE — The City Council this week extended budget talks to June 9 after Mayor Pro Tem Jim Cox suggested officials iron out details of a draft $199 million spending plan, including concerns raised by employees over changes to benefits.

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The Sun: State auditor slams Victorville on wastewater treatment plant

Victorville

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/30/15, 7:59 PM PDT |

Victorville’s possibly unlawful borrowing and lending practices totaling $41.9 million resulted in $4.6 million of unnecessary interest and a $31 million wastewater treatment plant that served no benefit for ratepayers, the state auditor concluded in a report released Thursday.

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Daily Press: Auditor gives city’s finances clean bill of health

Victorville

Accounting firm OK’s statements in annual audit.

By SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Mar. 9, 2015 at 5:46 PM

VICTORVILLE — The accounting firm hired to audit the city’s financial statements recently offered a clean bill of health for fiscal year 2014, also noting vast improvements to how the city tracks its finances.

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VVDailyPress: Council to consider salary changes

Victorville

Compensation, position changes could cost $275k

By SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Feb. 15, 2015 @ 10:44 am
Updated Feb 15, 2015 at 10:46 AM

VICTORVILLE — The City Council on Tuesday will consider implementing consultant-recommended salary and position changes effective July 1 that could result in an approximate $275,000 increase to the 2015 fiscal year budget.

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VVDailyPress: Depositions nearing in Victorville’s SEC case

Victorville

Long list of former, current officials expected to be called

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Jan. 7, 2015 @ 8:34 pm
Updated at 8:37 PM

VICTORVILLE — Depositions are expected to get underway next week, nearly two years after the Securities and Exchange Commission accused the city of Victorville, its airport authority and others of dramatically inflating the combined valuation of four airport hangars in a 2008 municipal bond offering.

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VVDailyPress: City’s fiscal crisis top local story of 2014

Year in Review

YEAR IN REVIEW
By Staff Reports
Posted Dec. 27, 2014 @ 4:31 pm

It certainly was a year to remember, and for some maybe one to forget. There was nothing boring about 2014, though.

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VVDailyPress: State Controller reports who’s topping the pay scale

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Adelanto city manager, Hesperia Council highest paid locally

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Dec. 20, 2014 @ 8:39 pm
Updated Dec 20, 2014 at 8:59 PM

In general, city managers top the pay scale among city employees, and a report released this week by outgoing state Controller John Chiang indicates that the top brass in and around the Victor Valley and Barstow regions are not an exception to this trend.

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VVDailyPress: Red light camera appeal argued in court

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Attorney wants time for discovery in case against Victorville

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Dec. 18, 2014 @ 6:46 pm
Updated Dec 18, 2014 at 6:50 PM

An attorney who challenged the validity of Victorville’s red light camera system more than two years ago is seeking additional time to gather evidence about whether camera images are really automatic or human influenced — a non-trivial distinction, he said.

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VVDailyPress: BREAKING: Victorville opposes Adelanto jail plan

Victorville

City urges delay amid call for talks, volunteers to help change property tax formula

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Dec. 9, 2014 @ 6:55 pm
Updated Dec 9, 2014 at 6:58 PM

VICTORVILLE — Calling for a valleywide discussion regarding the number of correctional facilities in the area, the city announced late Tuesday that it was “fundamentally opposed” to a proposed prison to house Los Angeles County inmates near the Adelanto-Victorville border.

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InlandPolitics: Opinion: Waiting for the other shoe to drop on Prisonville

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Saturday, November 22, 2014 – 12:00 p.m.

It really looks as if Prisonville, commonly known as the city of Adelanto, is going to welcome construction of a couple more private prison facilities.

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VVDailyPress: Local politicians tie the knot

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Roelle, Valles get married on Maui

RENE RAY DE LA CRUZ
STAFF WRITER
Posted Nov. 14, 2014 @ 7:01 pm
Updated Nov 14, 2014 at 7:11 PM

APPLE VALLEY — It was a wedding in tropical paradise for two people who’ve spent much of their lives in the local political spotlight.

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InlandPolitics: Victorville SEC case has murky undercurrent

Victorville
Note: This is the first in a series of several related posts

Sunday, November 16, 2104 – 12:00 p.m.

Unsettling information pretaining to onging civil litigation involving the 2008 sale of bonds related to the construction of four large aircraft maintenance hangars at Victoville’s Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA) has started to go public.

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VVDailyPress: Some campaign signs violate code, officials say

Campaigns

ELECTION SEASON
Code officers encounter mixed bag of compliance issues
GARY BRODEUR
STAFF WRITER
Posted Oct. 3, 2014 @ 4:08 pm
Updated Oct 3, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Victor Valley municipalities are facing a mixed bag of campaign-sign enforcement actions, with one reporting no problems and others actively impounding code-infringing displays.

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VVDailyPress: Candidate forums coming this week

Campaigns

ELECTION 2014

By STAFF REPORTS
Posted Sep. 14, 2014 @ 10:05 am
Updated Sep 14, 2014 at 10:31 AM

VICTORVILLE — Partnering with Victor Valley College and its Associated Student Body, the Daily Press will facilitate forums on back-to-back nights this week to provide voters a chance to hear from candidates in various races impacting the High Desert.

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VVDailyPress: Complaint filed over VVC bond spending

Victor Valley College

Citizens Bond Oversight members allege money illegally spent

Brooke Self, Staff Writer
Posted Aug. 31, 2014 @ 10:30 am
Updated Aug 31, 2014 at 10:42 AM

VICTORVILLE — A member of the Victor Valley College Measure JJ Citizens Bond Oversight Committee has filed a complaint with the San Bernardino County District Attorney about bond funds he believes were illegally spent.

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VVDailyPress: Study: JPA a complicated undertaking

Calculator

Many questions unanswered as cities seek to save money

ANNELI FOGT
STAFF WRITER
Posted Aug. 17, 2014 @ 11:09 am
Updated Aug 17, 2014 at 11:29 AM

APPLE VALLEY — Council members from Adelanto, Apple Valley, Hesperia and Victorville still had several questions this week after they were presented with the findings of a feasibility study for the creation of a joint powers authority to manage the Victor Valley’s police and fire services.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

Edit

Sunday, Augusr 10, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

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

Unemployment claims drop by 18,000

First-Time Jobless Claims dropped by 18,000 to 289,000, according to Thursday’s report by the Labor Department. The four-week moving average of 293,500 is the lowest since 2006. The claims estimate was for 305,000.

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VVDailyPress: Council races shaping up

Campaigns

GARY BRODEUR
STAFF WRITER
Posted Aug. 8, 2014 @ 6:10 pm
Updated Aug 8, 2014 at 6:15 PM

The fields for council elections in three Victor Valley municipalities firmed up at the Friday filing deadline, according to information from city and town officials and the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters.

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VVDailyPress: Valles, McEachron join Victorille’s lot-size focus group

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Victorville Mayor Pro Tem Ryan McEachron left. Council Member Angela Valles right.

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Aug. 7, 2014 @ 5:07 pm
Updated Aug 7, 2014 at 7:03 PM

VICTORVILLE — Councilwoman Angela Valles, the most vocal proponent of increasing new single-family residential lot sizes to quell concerns linked to the city’s high-density makeup, agreed this week to be part of a joint focus group tasked with tackling the issue.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

Edit

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom Tuesdy morning. In case you missed it.

Brandt to end council service

Upland City Councilman Brendan Brandt has announced he will not seek another term.

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VVDailyPress: SCLA expansion hinges on developing open spaces

SCLA

A worker at Southern California Logistics Airport works on an aircraft engine. (Sarah Alvarado/Daily Press)

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Jul. 12, 2014 @ 7:09 pm
Updated Jul 12, 2014 at 7:22 PM

VICTORVILLE — Parked airplanes dotted a wide expanse of concrete, nestled in hangars and lined up in rows in areas often mistaken for boneyards. During a recent tour of Southern California Logistics Airport, the massive logistics and industrial park seemed rather quiet while certain corners faded into the abandoned George Air Force Base housing not far away.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

Edit

Thursday, June 19, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

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

High Desert cities approve budgets

Two High Desert cities have approved balanced budgets, for their 2014-15 fiscal years.

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VVDailyPress: SEC amends fraud complaint

Victorville

Attorneys must answer or ask to dismiss by June 5
May 27, 2014 5:46 PM
SHEA JOHNSON, STAFF WRITER

VICTORVILLE • The Securities and Exchange Commission recently amended its complaint alleging fraud in a 2008 municipal bond offering against the city, Assistant City Manager Keith Metzler and others. The SEC had to do so to comply with a federal judge’s order to show proof of earlier dismissed claims that the city and Metzler were also benefactors of ill-gotten gains.

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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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VVDailyPress: Massive records sweep in SEC case

Victorville

Investigators seek thousands more documents as defense counsel feels overencumbered
March 16, 2014 5:21 PM
Shea Johnson, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • Attorneys for the city and its airport authority say they have negotiated the volume of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s most recent records request down from 6 million to 366,250, but even with 10 full-time contract workers reviewing approximately 4,000 documents per day it’s unrealistic to think they could meet a proposed April deadline.

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InlandPolitics: Grand Terrace: Cortes urged colleagues prosecution

Grand Terrace

Sunday, March 9, 2014 – 12:00 p.m.

A few years ago, the San Bernardino County Distrct Attorney charged Former Grand Terrace City Councilman Jim Miller, with a single felony conflict-of-interest count, for voting on approval of check registers, which listed checks paid to his wife’s community newspaper for city-purchased advertisments.

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VVDailyPress: VV touts solid financial outlook

Victorville

Green Tree Boulevard extension, 2013 accomplishments, SEC case also hot topics in State of the City
February 06, 2014 4:36 PM
Shea Johnson, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • Putting a further wedge between “Team Victorville” and past councils deluged by money woes, Councilman Jim Kennedy on Wednesday told attendees of the State of the City event that while the city isn’t flush with cash, it’s financially sound.

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VVDailyPress: VV tax revenues continue to climb

Victorville

City report shows spending below budget so far
February 04, 2014 2:56 PM
Shea Johnson, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • The city’s secondquarter financial report shows tax revenue continuing to rise amid higher home prices and an increase in local retail and auto sales.

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VVDailyPress: VV council, staff to discuss city’s future

Victorville

January 08, 2014 8:00 AM
Shea Johnson, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • A first-ever strategic planning session Thursday is meant to serve as a forum for City Council and senior staff to discuss the direction of Victorville, a city official says.

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VVDailyPress: Most local city workers paid lower than state average

High-Desert City Logos

Barstow tops list in average salary, while Hesperia pays highest in health and benefits

December 21, 2013 3:51 PM
Shea Johnson, Staff Writer

The average city worker’s salary was lower than the state average in four of five local cities and towns last year, according to data recently released by the California State Controller.

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VVDailyPress: SEC case focus shifts to ill-gotten gains

Victorville

City, SCLAA attorney says it’s a ‘waste of time’
December 18, 2013 9:50 AM
Shea Johnson, Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES • An attorney for the city of Victorville and Southern California Logistics Airport Authority called it a “waste of time” Tuesday for the Securities and Exchange Commission to argue ill-gotten gains right now in the case revolving around an allegedly fraudulent 2008 municipal bond offering.

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VVDailyPress: VV officials answer, deny SEC complaint

SCLA

SCLA alleged to have made improper money in 2008 bond offering
December 10, 2013 10:13 AM
Shea Johnson, Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES • In two separate documents filed Monday, the city of Victorville, its airport authority and Assistant City Manager Keith Metzler denied any wrongdoing in connection with an allegedly fraudulent 2008 municipal bond offering.

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VVDailyPress: Deadline extended for officials in SEC case

U.S. SEC

Judge appointed to direct mediation efforts
November 26, 2013 5:10 PM
Shea Johnson, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • City officials accused of defrauding investors in a 2008 municipal bond offering were recently given an extension to file their answers to the complaint.

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VVDailyPress: Judge refuses to dismiss claims against VV in SEC case

Victorville

November 19, 2013 11:03 AM
Shea Johnson, Staff Writer

Arguments made to dismiss SEC case in U.S. District Court

LOS ANGELES • The Securities and Exchange Commission’s case will move forward against Victorville city officials accused of defrauding investors in a 2008 municipal bond offering, although a judge said there isn’t any proof right now that they made improper money from it.

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VVdailyPress: Arguments made to dismiss SEC case in U.S. District Court

Victorville

October 29, 2013 7:44 PM
Shea Johnson, Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES • A U.S. District Court judge will decide whether to dismiss claims by the Securities and Exchange Commission alleging that certain Victorville officials engaged in investor fraud by inflating the value of four Southern California Logistics Airport hangars.

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VVDailyPress: Judge moves hearing date for lawsuit defendants

Victorville

September 24, 2013 10:57 AM
Jim E. Winburn, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • A case in which the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has accused the city of Victorville with investment fraud has been pushed back by a federal judge.

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VVDailyPress: Defendants rebuff feds in dismissal of SEC lawsuit

Victorville

September 01, 2013 10:42 PM
JIM E. WINBURN

VICTORVILLE • The city, airport authority, and a city official on Friday filed separate replies in support of their motions to dismiss federal claims for relief over alleged investor fraud.

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VVDailyPress: Victorville lands Boeing agreement

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Deal will facilitate company’s expanding operations at airport
August 08, 2013 10:30 AM
Jim E. Winburn, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • The City Council has approved an agreement between Southern California Logistics Airport and Boeing Co. that will allow the aircraft manufacturer to centralize its growing operations at SCLA — including Boeing’s “Aircraft on Ground” services.

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VVDailyPress: SEC files to deny lawsuit dismissal

Victorville

August 06, 2013 6:50 PM
Jim E. Winburn, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • The Security and Exchange Commission recently filed a motion to oppose a defense request to dismiss certain claims in the U.S. District Court lawsuit over alleged investment fraud by city officials.

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VVDailyPress: Victorville to hold more public hearings on assessments

Victorville

August 05, 2013 1:00 PM
Jim E. Winburn, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • Two weeks after passing the voter-approved lighting assessment district, the city on Tuesday plans to hold two more public hearings on approving further assessments for unpaid services.

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VVDailyPress: Adelanto to vote on fiscal emergency

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June 24, 2013 11:13 AM
Jim E. Winburn, Staff Writer

ADELANTO • The Adelanto City Council will hold a public hearing Wednesday to decide whether or not to declare a fiscal emergency, realizing that tax revenues will not cover the city’s budget for police and fire, officials said in a report.

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InlandPolitics: County Sheriff policing contracts losing their luster

SBSO Sheriff

Thursday, June 20, 2012 – 12:15 p.m.

San Bernardino County cities contracting for law enforcement services with the sheriff’s department are now reconsidering the strategy.

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VVDailyPress: Victorville to pursue $520K in hotel tax

Victorville

City says seven hotels are delinquent
June 19, 2013 12:25 PM
Jim E. Winburn, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • The city unanimously passed a resolution at its Tuesday meeting to collect about $520,000 in unpaid hotel taxes from seven local establishments.

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June 19, 2013 7:19 PM
Jim E. Winburn, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • The California Energy Commission granted Victorville a five-year extension on the construction permit for the city’s 2 Hybrid Power Plan, City Manager Doug Robertson announced Wednesday.

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VVDailyPress: Defendants file to dismiss SEC lawsuit

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June 17, 2013 9:05 AM
Jim E. Winburn, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • The city, airport authority, and a city official responded to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s April 29 charges of alleged fraud with motions to dismiss.

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VVDailyPress: Victorville to take action on proposed budget

Victorville

June 17, 2013 6:51 PM
Jim E. Winburn, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • The city is scheduled to hold a workshop and several hearings for different city agencies at its council meeting Tuesday to get public participation in its proposed 2013-2014 budget.

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VVDailyBulletin: VV airport bond defaults

Victorville

City official blames devalued property
June 11, 2013 7:25 PM
Jim E. Winburn, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • The Southern California Logistics Airport Authority defaulted on a nearly $1.2 million interest payment for a capital improvement bond, according to a recent notice from the authority.

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VVDailyPress: Victorville denies Brown Act violation

Victorville

May 29, 2013 7:19 PM
Jim E. Winburn, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • City Council members denied allegations that they hid information about property interests with the Victorville 2 Power Plant project at Southern California Logistics Airport.

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VVDailyPress: Victorville ‘handshake’ deals stir speculation

Victorville

April 30, 2013 9:37 PM
Jim E. Winburn, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • A City Councilwoman and former bond broker for the municipal airport authority blame what they called “handshake deals” for the questionable financial practices that ultimately led to this week’s fraud allegations against Victorville by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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VVDailyPress: SEC accuses Victorville officials of fraud

SCLA

April 29, 2013 8:40 PM
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Jim E. Winburn, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • The Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday filed a fraud complaint against the city of Victorville, a securities underwriting firm and others involved in a 2008 municipal bond offering.

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InlandPolitics: A shoe finally drops in Victorville, SEC files fraud suit

U.S. SEC

Monday, April 29, 2013 – 12:30 p.m.

A shoe has finally dropped in the ongoing financial escapades of Victorville, California.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), announced in a press release Monday, that it has filed a civil fraud lawsuit against the city of Victorville and investment banking firm Kinsell, Newcomb and DeDios (KND).

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VVDailyPress: Victorville hires lawyer for SEC probe

Victorville

April 19, 2013 10:15 PM
Jim E. Winburn, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • The city is now being represented by international law firm Arent Fox in connection with an ongoing investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission, city attorney Andre de Bortnowsky confirmed Friday.

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VVDailyPress: Valles’ request quashed by council

Victorville

April 18, 2013 9:07 PM
Jim E. Winburn, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • Troubled by what she sees as the city’s failure to respond to a grand jury’s financial recommendations, Councilwoman Angela Valles requested a public update on the issue but was rebuffed by the City Council.

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VVDailyPress: Federal funds cut for SCLA

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Airport to look for alternative funding
March 22, 2013 1:09 PM
Jim E. Winburn, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • Southern California Logistics Airport was named as one of 149 air traffic control facilities nationwide targeted for closure by the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday.

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By Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
March 22, 2013

Most days, about two dozen student pilots circle over downtown Riverside, taking cues on takeoffs, landings and the position of other planes from the air traffic controllers at the city airport.

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VVDailyPress: Settlement cash eliminates VV’s internal borrowin

Victorville

City manager: Victorville ‘showing fiscal solvency’
March 06, 2013 7:28 PM
Jim E. Winburn, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • The city’s manager declared Wednesday that Victorville is on its way to fiscal solvency a day after the council voted to use part of a recent $54 million court settlement to pay internal debts.

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VVDailyPress: Victorville gets power plant payoff

Victorville

City announces last chapter to Foxborough fiasco
February 21, 2013 3:07 PM
Jim E. Winburn, Staff Writer

The city of Victorville on Wednesday announced the “final chapter” to the long dispute over the failed Foxborough power plant.

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