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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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VVDailyPress: Hesperia looking to break from county services

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February 21, 2013 2:47 PM
RENE DE LA CRUZ, Staff Writer

HESPERIA • The Hesperia City Council took the first step in joining with local municipalities in an escape from rising county fire and police costs.

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VVDailyPress: Victor Valley cities may band together

Victorville considers feasibility study on Public Safety JPA
February 20, 2013 12:49 PM
Jim E. Winburn, Staff Writer

Victorville is considering banding together with other local cities to create their own police and fire services.

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VVDailyPress: Company pulls plug on power plant deal

Victorville

Victorville continues mission to recoup $76M for VV2
December 16, 2012 7:42 AM
Brooke Edwards Staggs

VICTORVILLE • It’s back to the drawing board for the Victorville 2 Power Plant, as the city continues a nearly five-year search to find someone who’ll take over the stalled project and help Victorville recoup some of its $76 million investment.

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VVDailyPress: Cox named Victorville mayor

McEachron appointed mayor pro tem
December 04, 2012 8:32 PM
Brooke Edwards Staggs

VICTORVILLE • Jim Cox is now the mayor of Victorville, after the newly seated City Council unanimously gave him the title during Tuesday night’s meeting.

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VVDailyPress: Victorville debt to drop by $54M

City Council approves terms of Foxborough power plant settlement
November 24, 2012 12:24 PM
Brooke Edwards Staggs, City Editor

VICTORVILLE • In roughly two months, Victorville’s debt will drop by $54 million.

The City Council on Tuesday night approved terms of a settlement agreement with Carter & Burgess, designer of the failed Foxborough power plant.

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The Sun: Victorville gaining financial ground, but not out of water

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/22/2012 10:18:31 PM PST

A legal settlement with an engineering company has made the city of Victorville $54 million richer, but the city has a ways to go before its financial woes are resolved, City Manager Doug Robertson said.

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VVDailyPress: Victorville’s costs mount as SEC probe continues

November 17, 2012 2:22 PM
Brooke Edwards Staggs, City Editor

VICTORVILLE • It’s been more than two years since the Securities and Exchange Commission first subpoenaed Victorville, requesting documentation on how the city has spent $480 million in bond funds over the last decade.

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VVDailyPress: SCLA will again default on bonds

Victorville’s airport authority $3M short for December payment
November 15, 2012 8:27 PM
Brooke Edwards Staggs, City Editor

VICTORVILLE • The city’s airport authority is set to once again default on its hefty bond debt, coming up nearly $3 million short to make a payment due Dec. 1.

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VVDailyPress: Victorville to get $54M in power plant suit

City settles litigation with Foxborough design firm
November 09, 2012 6:36 PM
Brooke Edwards Staggs

VICTORVILLE • The city of Victorville will receive $54 million from the designer of the failed Foxborough power plant, after the City Council approved a settlement offer during a closed session meeting Friday afternoon.

While the award won’t right all of the city’s financial woes, Mayor Ryan McEachron said “it’s a huge step in the right direction.”

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VVDailyPress: Victorville candidates ramp up fundraising

November 01, 2012 5:04 PM
LYNNEA LOMBARDO, Staff Writer

Editor’s Note: Thursday’s Daily Press article “McEachron leads in Victorville fundraising” inadvertently omitted updated campaign finance disclosure information for five candidates, with several of those contenders raising substantial amounts in recent weeks. That information is included in the story to the right.

VICTORVILLE • Half of the 14 candidates for Victorville City Council have garnered substantial contributions, recent fundraising disclosure forms show, while the other half are running their campaigns on less than $1,000 each.

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VVDailyPress: Cabriales, city sued over SVL Walmart

Attorney aims to stop controversial Supercenter
October 02, 2012 9:38 PM
Brooke Edwards Staggs, City Editor

VICTORVILLE • An attorney has filed a lawsuit over Mayor Pro Tem Rudy Cabriales’ participation in a controversial vote to approve a new Walmart Supercenter.

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VVDailyPress: Attorney asks AG, DA to investigate Cabriales

Request stems from SVL Walmart vote
September 21, 2012 7:42 PM
Brooke Edwards Staggs

VICTORVILLE • A lawyer is asking county and state authorities to investigate conflict of interest claims against Mayor Pro Tem Rudy Cabriales, in the wake of Cabriales’ vote to approve a new Walmart Supercenter.

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VVDailyPress: Bond firm threatens to sue Victorville over investigation costs

September 16, 2012 9:38 AM
Brooke Edwards Staggs, City Editor

VICTORVILLE • The firm that’s handled Victorville’s multimillion bond transactions over the last decade is now threatening to sue unless the city covers costs related to investigations into those bond expenditures.

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VVDailyPress: AG approves sale of Victor Valley hospital

KPC must close deal by Sept. 30
September 04, 2012 4:58 PM
Diane Lee, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • The bankrupt Victor Valley Community Hospital is a step closer to new ownership, after the state’s Attorney General approved the sale to Riverside-based KPC Group.

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VVDailyPress: Victorville officially responds to grand jury

City recognizes some concerns, denies others
September 03, 2012 8:44 AM
Brooke Edwards Staggs, City Editor

VICTORVILLE • While Victorville acknowledges many of the concerns raised in the San Bernardino County Grand Jury’s June 29 report, the city argues in its official response that many of those concerns have been addressed — and that fact should’ve been recognized by the citizen group.

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VVDailyPress: Victorville faces $1.8M deficit

City bets on $52M settlement; eyes more interfund borrowing
August 25, 2012 6:40 PM
Brooke Edwards Staggs, City Editor

VICTORVILLE • The city is $1.8 million short on its debt payments for a power plant that never got built, with a little more than two months to come up with the funds or face another default.

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VVDailyPress: Victorville wants LA to buy power plant

City hopes to recover $25M of $76M invested
August 18, 2012 2:35 PM

VICTORVILLE • The city is hoping to recover a third of the $76 million it invested into a failed power venture by letting a private company build the plant and sell it to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

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InlandPolitics: An example of a county justice system gone wrong

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 – 10:30 a.m.

It’s not often when you can witness a justice system being abused.

Abused in plain sight for that matter!

But, in San Bernardino County, a place that operates more like a banana republic than a state subdivision, it’s routine.

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VVDailyPress: Third time a lucky charm for VVCH?

AG delegate gets public input on VVCH sale
August 03, 2012 5:14 PM
Tomoya Shimura, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • The Attorney General’s delegate returned for the third time in two years Friday to get public input on the new ownership of Victor Valley Community Hospital — a divisive issue that’s split the desert community.

Deputy Attorney General Wendi Horwitz heard from 31 doctors, hospital administrators, politicians and community leaders on whether her boss should approve the sale of the nonprofit hospital to Riverside-based KPC Group.

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VVDailyPress: DA: Cabriales broke conflict of interest law; no prosecution

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August 02, 2012 6:19 PM
Brooke Edwards Staggs, City Editor
Background on investigation:

VICTORVILLE • After a year-long review, the District Attorney’s Office determined Mayor Pro Tem Rudy Cabriales broke state law when he voted on contracts that benefited his wife multiple times over the last decade. However, a letter from Deputy D.A. John Goritz, who oversees the District Attorney’s Public Integrity Unit, states no action will be taken since the practice has stopped and there didn’t appear to be a malicious intent.

Government Code 1091 dictates that elected officials must disclose potential conflicts of interest and refrain from voting on items that will benefit them financially.

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VVDailyPress: A look into VVCH buyer

Critics cite new buyer’s 2000 failure
August 02, 2012 10:40 AM
Tomoya Shimura, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • Bankrupt Victor Valley Community Hospital seems to have finally found a new owner after nearly two years of purchasing wars and smear campaigns.

The Victorville nonprofit hospital agreed in June to a $33.8 million offer by the Riversidebased KPC Group, which had once failed to close out a deal. Attorney General Kamala Harris will send a delegate to Victorville City Hall on Friday to hold a public hearing involving the proposed sale. Dr. Kali P. Chaudhuri, founder of KPC, is expected to attend the meeting, Executive Vice President Bill Thomas said Wednesday.

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VVDailyPress: AG to hold hearing for VVCH sale

July 31, 2012 5:06 PM
Tomoya Shimura, Staff Writer
Editor’s note:

This is one in a series on the proposed sale of bankrupt Victor Valley Community Hospital. Watch for more on the buyer and future of the hospital in upcoming editions of the Daily Press.

VICTORVILLE • The California Attorney General’s office will hold a public hearing Friday involving the proposed sale of Victor Valley Community Hospital to Riverside-based KPC Global Care medical group, which had once failed to close out a deal.

The Victorville nonprofit hospital agreed in June to a $33.8 million purchasing offer by KPC after nearly two years of searching for a new owner.

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VVDailyPress: Grand jury: Should Victorville run SCLA?

July 27, 2012 8:40 AM
Brooke Edwards Staggs, City Editor

VICTORVILLE • It’s been discussed by local leaders — often heatedly — on and off for several years.

Now, armed with a recommendation from the San Bernardino County grand jury, talk of shifting control of Southern California Logistics Airport from Victorville to the regional Victor Valley Economic Development Authority has resurfaced.

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VVDailyPress: City attorney reacts to grand jury report

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July 14, 2012 5:00 PM
Brooke Edwards Staggs, City Editor

VICTORVILLE • City Attorney Andre de Bortnowsky is expressing his frustration at the San Bernardino County Grand Jury’s recent report on Victorville, stating he believes it did a “disservice” to residents and city leaders.

De Bortnowsky has served as city attorney for Victorville since November 2007, taking the post as the city was in the midst of making many of the deals questioned in the grand jury’s June 29 report. He’s also served as counsel for the regional Victor Valley Economic Development Authority, in charge of redeveloping Southern California Logistics Airport, since 1991.

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LATimes: Grand jury report tells story of Victorville’s plunging fortunes

The city of Victorville paid $375,000 for this property in 2007, with plans to build a 500-megawatt power plant in the area. The home sits abandoned and the power plant is unbuilt, another failed project that has contributed to Victorville’s financial disaster, according to a grand jury report. (Irfan Khan, Los Angeles Times / June 5, 2012)

 

By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
July 8, 2012

Victorville hoped to strike it rich with a new hybrid gas and solar power plant near the old George Air Force Base, buying up homesteads for the site amid the High Desert’s real estate boom.

The city shelled out $375,000 alone to Chris Massey and his family in 2007 to buy a tiny house plopped on five desolate acres of scrub and Joshua trees — 10 times the property’s assessed value.

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The Sun: Victorville officials respond to Grand Jury

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/03/2012 07:11:14 PM PDT

Document: Read the Grand Jury report

Victorville officials responded this week to the San Bernardino County Grand Jury’s assertions that it recklessly embarked on high-risk power plant projects solely on the word of contractors with an interest in the projects.

The projects cost the city roughly $90 million in total losses.

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InlandPolitics: Grand Jury report just the start

Sunday, July 1, 2012 – 10:00 a.m.

One shoe has finally dropped in the long-running saga over Victorville’s finances.

On Friday, the San Bernardino County Grand Jury issued a scathing report on its findings that politicos and bureaucrats, past and present, plundered the city’s coffers in order to aid certain benefactors.

In other words, all the rules went out the door.

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VVDailyPress: Details on grand jury’s Victorville investigation

 

June 29, 2012 1:11 PM
Brooke Edwards Staggs

The San Bernardino County Grand Jury issued a 100-page report Friday blasting Victorville for decisions that have jeopardized the city’s solvency, including mishandling bond funds, losing track of $13 million and potentially breaking the law by financing failed energy ventures with restricted money. Read more about the report here and read the entire report here.

Here are the five areas of concern cited by the grand jury. Click on the headlines below each section to read related background stories:

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VVDailyPress: VVCH agrees to purchasing deal by KPC

VVCH creditors initiated renegotiation
June 29, 2012 4:50 PM
Tomoya Shimura, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • In a surprising turn of events, bankrupt Victor Valley Community Hospital agreed to a $33.8 million purchasing offer by Riverside-based KPC Global medical group, who had once failed to close out a deal.

Judge Catherine Bauer approved their agreement Wednesday for the second time at the federal bankruptcy court in Santa Ana. The judge also approved KPC to lend $4 million to keep the hospital open until the deal seals. Now it’s up to California Attorney General Kamala Harris to give the final go sign.

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VVDailyPress: Grand Jury slams Victorville

FBI, SEC investigations continue
June 29, 2012 1:03 PM
From Staff Reports

VICTORVILLE • The San Bernardino County Grand Jury issued a 100-page report Friday blasting Victorville for decisions that have jeopardized the city’s solvency, including mishandling bond funds, losing track of $13 million and potentially breaking the law by financing failed energy ventures with restricted money.

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VVDailyPress: Victorville council race heats up

Cabriales may be out, McEachron undecided; committee formed to back three opposing candidates

June 29, 2012 9:20 AM
Brooke Edwards Staggs, City Editor

VICTORVILLE • Three seats are up for grabs on the Victorville City Council in November — and it appears at least one of them will go uncontested by an incumbent.

Mayor Ryan McEachron, Mayor Pro Tem Rudy Cabriales and Councilman Mike Rothschild will each term out this fall.

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The Sun: Grand jury findings on Victorville to be released Friday

Findings from an unprecedented three-year Grand Jury investigation into allegations of fiscal mismanagement and corruption in Victorville will be released Friday. The city is also under investigation by the FBI and the Securities and Exchange Commission, official sources say.

 

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/26/2012 01:19:33 PM PDT

Findings from a three-year grand jury investigation into allegations of fiscal mismanagement and corruption in Victorville are expected to be released Friday.

The grand jury concluded its unprecedented investigation in April, but Victorville City Manager Doug Robertson, who reviewed the report, said he signed a confidentiality agreement and cannot discuss any of the findings until its release to the public Friday.

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VVDailyPress: Victorville presents balanced budget

June 18, 2012 3:31 PM
Brooke Edwards Staggs, City Editor
Victorville’s 2012-13 budget: By the numbers:

VICTORVILLE • For the first time in four years, Victorville has balanced its budget without making deep cuts or dipping into reserves.

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VVDailyPress: Victorville auditor faces $1M fine for Bell work

State taking disciplinary action against Mayer Hoffman McCann
May 25, 2012 3:22 PM
FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS

State officials are taking disciplinary action against the accounting firm Victorville has used for years after the firm failed to find problems in audits of the financially troubled city of Bell.

Board of Accountancy spokeswoman Lauren Hersh tells the Los Angeles Times that Mayer Hoffman McCann could be fined up to $1 million for failing to find widespread corruption in Bell and its individual auditors could face discipline, too.

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VVDailyPress: Grand jury completes Victorville investigation

Draft report done; findings expected out in June
April 25, 2012 11:37 AM
Brooke Edwards Staggs, City Editor

VICTORVILLE • Three years after the Daily Press first reported that the San Bernardino County Grand Jury was investigating the city of Victorville, sources confirm a draft report of the citizen group’s findings is complete and will likely be released within the next two months.

City Manager Doug Robertson said he was recently given an opportunity to review the draft report. He was then asked to sign a confidentiality form on April 16, prohibiting him from discussing any of the report’s contents.

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InlandPolitics: CD-8: Valles reports campaign finances

Victorville Council Member Angela Valles

 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 – 10:45 a.m.

8th Congressional District candidate and Angela Valles (R-Victorville) has finally reported her fundraising results.

For the entire 2011-12 election cycle Valles has raised $32,584 and spent all but $175 of that amount.

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VVDailyPress: Red light camera suit bumped to federal court

April 24, 2012 5:41 PM
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Brooke Edwards Staggs, City Editor

VICTORVILLE • The class action lawsuit over Victorville’s red light cameras has been moved from state to federal court, with the city motioning to dismiss the case while a local attorney gears up for a potentially precedent-setting battle.

The venue change came at the request of Redflex Traffic Systems, the private company that operates 10 cameras in Victorville and is a codefendant in the case alongside the city.

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VVDailyPress: Victorville sued over ‘promised’ benefits

Employees of water district say city reneging on promises made to fund vested coverage

April 19, 2012 9:04 AM
Natasha Lindstrom, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • Current city employees and retired employees of the water district absorbed by Victorville in 2007 are suing the city to protect their benefits, arguing the city is reneging on promises made to fund their vested coverage.

The six plaintiffs charge that Victorville is not standing by agreements it made to some 49 employees who’d worked for the former Victor Valley Water District.

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InlandPolitics: CD-8: Valles campaign finance disclosure late

Valles

Thursday, April 19, 2012 – 09:45 a.m.

Victorville City Council Member Angela Valles (R-Victorville), candidate for the 8th Congressional District, is the only candidate not to have filed a campaign finance report with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

The deadline for her filing was April 14.

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VVDailyPress: SEC probe, water hikes on Victorville agenda

Council also to view changes to agenda policy
April 17, 2012 8:54 AM
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VICTORVILLE • The two-year Securities and Exchange Commission investigation, twice-delayed water service hikes and proposed changes to a controversial policy about how issues end up on the agenda to begin with are all before the Victorville City Council Tuesday night.

During the closed session meeting starting at 5 p.m., before the regular session, the council will discuss the ongoing SEC investigation. The agency has been looking into Victorville’s bond expenditures since summer 2010, recently issuing a new subpoena and conducting interviews with city staff and officials.

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VVDailyPress: With RDAs axed, time to unload debt, property

Oversight boards charged with navigating complex process
April 14, 2012 2:11 PM
Natasha Lindstrom, Staff Writer

Two and a half months ago, they lost their battle against the state to keep redevelopment agencies alive.

Now, in a complicated, untested process that’s likely to take years, local government officials are members of a select group serving on new boards charged with overseeing the agencies’ demise.

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VVDailyPress: SCLA company lands deal to service Boeing Dreamliners

Agreement should add up to 50 jobs this year
March 28, 2012 5:21 PM
Brooke Edwards Staggs, City Editor

VICTORVILLE • A company at Southern California Logistics Airport has landed a competitive deal to service Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliners for the next 10 years.

Pacific Aerospace Resources & Technologies LLC, or PART, will be hiring between 35 and 50 new workers by the end of 2012, according to company CEO Johan Claasen, with more jobs expected over the life of the agreement.

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VVDailyPress: Buying up Victor Valley

Investors purchase undervalued abandoned housing subdivisions
March 22, 2012 9:09 AM
Tomoya Shimura, Staff Writer

A private investor who recently bought 233 abandoned housing lots in four Victor Valley subdivisions plans to sit on them until the housing market picks up, according to a broker involved in the deal.

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VVDailyPress: McEachron refunds improper campaign donation

McEachron

March 19, 2012 4:32 PM
Brooke Edwards Staggs, City Editor

VICTORVILLE • Mayor Ryan McEachron on Monday refunded a $1,000 contribution to his campaign for the 8th Congressional District after learning the donation wasn’t allowed under federal election code.

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VVDailyPress: Another bleak audit for Victorville

Financial reviews, water service fees, wastewater plant sale on tonight’s agenda
March 19, 2012 5:24 PM
Brooke Edwards Staggs, City Editor

VICTORVILLE • A bleak audit, price hikes for some water services and discussion about selling the city’s wastewater treatment plant are all on the agenda for Victorville’s City Council Tuesday night.

For the third year in a row, an independent audit of Victorville’s finances came with a warning about whether the city will be able to stay afloat.

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VVDailyPress: SEC eyes personal bank records in Victorville probe

Agency investigates relationship between broker, Inland Energy VP
March 18, 2012 10:17 AM
Brooke Edwards Staggs

Editor’s Note:

This is part one in a two-part series looking at the SEC’s investigation into the city of Victorville. See Monday’s Daily Press for part two, looking at whether bond funds were used to make campaign contributions.

VICTORVILLE • As part of its two-year probe into Victorville, the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether there were hidden financial ties between the man who led the charge on the city’s largest energy venture and the man who’s brokered more than $400 million in taxpayer-supported debt on behalf of the city.

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VVDailyPress: SEC subpoenas more Victorville records

Another city official called to testify
February 21, 2012 1:13 PM
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Brooke Edwards Staggs, City Editor

VICTORVILLE • The Securities and Exchange Commission is subpoenaing more information from Victorville and has interviewed another city official as part of its two-year investigation into how bond money was spent.

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