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Daily Press: 7 deputies return to work

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By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer

Posted: Feb. 9, 2016 at 11:26 AM
Updated: Feb 9, 2016 at 4:44 PM

SAN BERNARDINO — Seven deputies placed on paid administrative leave but not charged for their role in the April 9 arrest and beating of Francis Pusok returned to work late last week, a Sheriff’s Department official said Tuesday.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County: Dissension in paradise?

Paradise

Saturday, February 6, 2016 – 12:00 p.m.

There are new rumblings of political dissension at the San Bernardino County Government Center.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County pension fund suffers another quarterly loss

SBCO

Monday, February 1, 2016 – 08:30 a.m.

It’s nice that San Bernardino County coffers are flush with money.

Because it looks like it’ll be needed for the pension fund, the San Bernardino County Employees Retirement Association (SBCERA).

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The Sentinel: Ramos’s Quashing Of Grand Jury Probes Seen As Obstruction Of Justice

San Bernardino County Grand Jury

By Mark Gutglueck
Saturday, January 30, 2016

County civil grand jurors who have taken up investigations deemed highly problematic for top elected officials, senior county staff members and department heads and the county itself have been forced to drop those lines of inquiry and threatened with prosecution if they persist in exploring those issues, the Sentinel is informed.

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Los Angeles Times: More claims filed against San Bernardino County in terror attack

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Paloma Esquivel and Brittny Mejia
January 22, 2016

The family of Sierra Clayborn, who was killed in the Dec. 2 San Bernardino terror attack, filed three claims against San Bernardino County this week, alleging it failed to prevent her death. The claims seek $204 million in damages.

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SBCERA

Thursday, January 21, 2016 – 09:30 a.m.

San Bernardino County’s pension fund, San Bernardino County Employees Retirement Association (SBCERA), will pay out a 2% across-the-board cost of living (COLA) adjustment effective April 1, 2016.

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California Supreme Court

Thursday, January 21, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

There is new local news coverage of the long-running San Bernardino County Colonies case.

To read the coverage, click the following links:

The Sun / Daily Bulletin: Key conspiracy charge still out in San Bernardino County’s Colonies case
The Press-Enterprise: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Supreme Court rejects Colonies appeal

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 01/20/16 – 8:18 PM PST |

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday appointed board chairman James Ramos and vice chairman Robert Lovingood to serve on a committee that will appoint a successor to Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector Larry Walker, who retires on March 5.

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InlandPolitics: More San Bernardino County investigations under the surface

SBCO

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

There’s more under the microscope in San Bernardino County than meets the eye.

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Justice scales key

Saturday, January 16, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

There has been updated news coverage of recent developments in a high-profile San Bernardino County criminal courts case.

To read the articles, click the following links:

The Sun / Daily Bulletin: San Bernardino judge denies defense motion to dismiss Colonies indictment
The Press-Enterprise: COLONIES: Judge refuses to toss out charges in corruption case

March ARB

Rose Institute study puts area base’s annual economic value at $579 million

Published: Jan. 14, 2016 – Updated: 8:11 p.m.

March Air Reserve Base near Riverside gives the Inland area an economic boost worth $579 million a year, an analysis has found.

To read Staff Report in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

West Valley Detention Center

West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 01/13/16 – 7:53 PM PST |

Attorneys on both sides of federal lawsuits alleging years of inmate abuse by deputies at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga are battling over whether the litigation should remain suspended while a criminal investigation is underway.

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The Sun: Larry Walker, San Bernardino County auditor-controller, retiring in March

Larry Walker

Larry Walker (Staff file photo)

By Doug Saunders, The Sun
Posted: 01/13/16 – 3:30 PM PST |

San Bernardino County Auditor-Controller Larry Walker is retiring.

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InlandPolitics: Aguiar hire a smart move

Robert Lovingood

San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood has tapped Fred Aguiar to be his policy advisor.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood’s hiring of Fred Aguiar as his policy advisor is an intelligent move by the first-term politician.

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Los Angeles Daily Journal

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 – 08:45 a.m.

The Los Angeles Daily Journal has penned another article on an ongoing long-running high-profile San Bernardino County criminal prosecution.

Daily Journal is California’s largest legal news provider.

To read the story, published Monday, click the following link:

Daily Journal: Judge considers motion to dismiss in long-running public corruption case

The Sun: Fred Aguiar joins County Supervisor Robert Lovingood’s staff

Fred Aguiar

Fred Aguiar

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/09/16 – 3:12 PM PST |

Longtime political heavyweight Fred Aguiar will join the staff of County Supervisor Robert Lovingood as senior policy adviser, Lovingood announced Friday.

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InlandPolitics: New coverage on high-profile legal case

Scales of Justice

January 9, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

A extensive hearing on the high-profile Colonies case was held in San Bernardino County Superior Court on Friday.

To read local news coverage on the proceedings, click the following links:

The Sun / Daily Bulletin: Judge in Colonies case to weigh trial or dismissing case
The Press-Enterprise: CORRUPTION CASE: Prosecution denies withholding evidence
IE Business Daily: Allegations of Prosecution Misconduct Made in Colonies Criminal Case

Daily Bulletin: Board votes to keep San Bernardino County CEO Greg Devereaux

Greg Devereaux

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has expressed “complete confidence” in Greg Devereaux and voted to retain him as county CEO. File Photo)

By Staff Reports
Posted: 01/06/16 – 8:17 PM PST |

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors voted to keep Greg Devereaux on as CEO during a closed door meeting, officials announced Wednesday.

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InlandPolitics: High profile criminal case covered in legal journal

Los Angeles Daily Journal

Monday, December 28, 2015 – 01:00 p.m.

Recent developments in a high profile San Bernardino County legal case have caught the attention of Southern California legal publication Los Angeles Daily Journal.

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Daily Journal: Attorneys argue over key motion in corruption case – 122115

U.S. District Court

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 12/22/15 – 1:14 PM PST |

Two more lawsuits totaling 21 plaintiffs alleging systematic abuse at the hands of San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga have been filed in federal court in Riverside.

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Daily Bulletin: San Bernardino County supervisors approve CEO reporting policy

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 12/15/15 – 5:12 PM PST |

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a new policy requiring county CEO Greg Devereaux to immediately report any misconduct by county administrators to the board.

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Sad Emoticon

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 12/15/15, 7:36 PM PST |

The Safety Employees Benefit Association, San Bernardino County’s labor union representing sheriff’s deputies, detectives and district attorney investigators, has declared an impasse with the county in its labor negotiations.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino public safety response gets high marks

Jerrod burguan

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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Los Angeles Times: San Bernardino shooting victims: Who they were

San Bernardino Victims

Clockwise from upper left; Tin Nguyen, Robert Adams, Sierra Clayborn, Daniel Kaufman, Yvette Velasco and Mike Wetzel.

December 4, 2015

A father of six. A free-spirit who befriended strangers in the grocery store checkout line. A mother of three who fled religious persecution in Iran. A woman who was 8 when she and her mother left Vietnam for a better life. The youngest was 26. The oldest was 60.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County 1st District contest already a circus

Robert Lovingood

San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood already has four interested challengers.

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

The race to de-throne San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood is already in full swing and, from the looks of things, it’s going to be a circus.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County union missteps impact collective bargaining

Dunce

Sunday, November 29, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

With neighboring Los Angeles County handing 36-month contracts containing 10-percent across-the-board salary increases for employees, certain San Bernardino County employee unions find themselves in an uncomfortable situation to say the least.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County Pension shortfall approaches $2 billion

SBCO

Saturday, November 28, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

Even though San Bernardino County, California has been ponying up tens of millions of dollars more in annual pension contributions each of the past several years, the funding situation hasn’t significantly changed.

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Dave Jones

In November 2014, Assemblyman Roger Dickinson laughs with Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones at Dickinson’s campaign headquarters. Jones is a 2018 candidate for attorney general.(Brian Baer/sacbeephotos@sacbee.com)

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
November 27, 2015

  • Jones has raised $67,000 since Oct. 1 announcement
  • Voters re-elected Jones to a second term last November
  • Jones, Republican Michael Ramos only announced candidates

The election is three years away, but Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones’ campaign for attorney general already has amassed tens of thousands of dollars and locked up dozens of endorsements.

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InlandPolitics: Settlement talks requested in sheriff civil rights lawsuit

Court Filings

Friday, November 27, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

A civil rights lawsuit filed by four African-American women, arising from an alleged altercation at an Adelanto, California Del Taco Restaurant appears headed to settlement discussions.

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InlandPolitics: San Berardino County: New developments in high-profile corruption case

California Supreme Court

Thursday, November 26, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

There’s new coverage of recent developments in a long-running high-profile San Bernardino County legal case.

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Scales of Justice

Monday, November 16, 2015 – 08:00 a.m.

Three highly-publicized long-running San Bernardino County criminal prosecutions will see 2016, and likely beyond for that matter.

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SBCO

Saturday, November 14, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

Local radio and newspaper outlets continue to cover the saga of former San Bernardino County Human Resources Andrew Lamberto.

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Daily Bulletin: Parents sue San Bernardino County in jail beating death of their son

lawsuit

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 11/12/15 – 12:34 PM PST |

The parents of a developmentally disabled Ontario man, beaten to death by his cell mate at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against San Bernardino County and the captain of the jail.

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Daily Press: Former Baca staff member picking up the pieces

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Samuel Clauder sues county after being cleared of child porn charge.

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at 5:25 PM
Updated Nov 12, 2015 at 6:11 PM

SAN BERNARDINO — A former Congressional staffer exonerated of possessing child pornography will speak to reporters Friday outside sheriff’s headquarters here as he recovers property seized by authorities from his home during the criminal investigation.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County HR Director resigns

SBCO

Thursday, November 12, 2015 – 02:00 p.m.

Embattled San Bernardino County Human Resources Director Andrew Lamberto has resigned.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County union gets contract, but not much else

SBCO

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

The largest union representing San Bernardino County workers, Teamsters Local 1932, has set a contract ratification vote in motion.

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Lou Desmond

Tuesday, November 10, 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, Lou is joined by constitutional scholar Ralph Rossum to talk about President Obama’s executive amnesty. Once again, the courts have ruled that Obama is no king of the world.

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Lou Desmond

Monday, November 9, 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, Estimable Economist Jay Prag joins the program! He and Lou talk about County Supervisor Josie Gonzales’ response to the county HR director’s conviction of soliciting a prostitute. How is the Board of Supervisors handling “the situation?”

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SBCO

Saturday, November 7, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

San Bernardino County is trying to curtail damage and repair an image problem arising from the conviction of Human Resources Director Andrew Lamberto on a misdemeanor charge of soliciting prostitution.

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Saturday, November 7, 2015 – 09:45 a.m.

San Bernardino County Supervisor Josie Gonzales has released the above youtube video on the matter of the arrest and conviction of Human resources Director Andrew Lamberto.

Scales of Justice

Saturday, November 7, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

Here’s the latest local newspaper coverage of a high-profile San Bernardino County court case of public concern.

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Daily Press: Former Ramos aide accepts plea deal

MIchael Lipsitz

Lipsitz pleads guilty to bringing alcohol or drugs into a prison

By Matthew Cabe, Staff Writer
Posted Nov. 5, 2015 at 7:43 PM

VICTORVILLE — A former aide to San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos accused of trying to smuggle drugs into a jail pleaded guilty Thursday to one felony charge as part of a plea deal, court records show.

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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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SBCO

Thursday, November 5, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

If San Bernardino County leaders want a reason to push back at union demands for salary and benefit increases they now have it.

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Lou Desmond

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

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

Estimable Economist Jay Prag joins Lou today on the show. They discuss whether or not everyone should pay taxes. If everyone is taking things from the government, shouldn’t we all be putting something in the pot?

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Andrew Lamberto

In this file photo, Andrew Lamberto addresses the board of supervisors on December 8, 2014 in San Bernardino.

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 11/03/15 – 5:18 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Greg Devereaux, the chief executive officer of San Bernardino County, offered a public apology to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, referring to his decision to not immediately inform the county’s elected leaders that his human resources director, Andrew Lamberto, had been arrested and pleaded guilty to agreeing to engage in prostitution.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County power play! {Update -1-}

SBCO

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

The moves and counter-moves at the center of the fading controversy over San Bernardino County’s human resources director getting busted for soliciting prostitution have become interesting to say the least.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County: New local coverage on high-profile court case

Justice scales key

Saturday, October 31, 2015 – 02:45 p.m.

Here’s the latest local newspaper coverage regarding an ongoing high-profile San Bernardino County court case.

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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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The Lou Desmond & Company Show: Special Announcement, Local Headlines

Lou Desmond

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

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

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SBCO

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 – 02:00 p.m.

The pile-on has started over the disclosure of the arrest of San Bernardino County’s Human Resources Director, and the subsequent lack of disclosure to the public and board of supervisors.

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Andrew Lamberto

Andrew Lamberto, left, director of human resources for Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, William Foley, right, director and chief executive officer, address the board of supervisors during a hearing involving an injunction by Public Employment Relations Board on 60 key nursing positions at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center on Monday, December 8, 2014 in San Bernardino. (Staff File photo)

By Ryan Hagen, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 10/26/15 – 6:45 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The county’s chief administrator waited too long in telling the Board of Supervisors that the county’s human resources head pleaded guilty to agreeing to engage in prostitution, the board’s chairman said Monday.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County HR Director story grows legs

SBCO

Monday, October 26, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

As much as San Bernardino County officials would like to believe to the contrary. Last week’s revelation of the public agency’s human resources director’s guilty plea to solicitation of prostitution has grown legs with Southern California media outlets.

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Scales of Justice

The vetoed SB 229 would have spent $5 million on 12 superior court judges, seven of whom likely would have come here.

Published: Oct. 23, 2015
Updated: Oct. 26, 2015 6:44 a.m.

The Inland Empire’s wait for justice — or its wait for more judges to be precise — continues after the governor’s veto of a bill that would have added judges to this area, which continues to suffer from a chronic shortage.

To read article by Jeff Horseman in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: More on San Bernardino County government

Toad Squatting on Mushroom

Saturday, October 24, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

The latest debacle at the San Bernardino County Government Center shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County HR Director convicted of solicitation

SBCO

Friday, October 23, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

It appears San Bernardino County government, which has a penchant for sweeping dirty laundry under the rug, has been busy protecting its Human Resources Director.

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InlandPolitics: Wrongful prosecution civil rights case gets trial date

SBCO

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Remember the name Samuel Clauder? It’s the name of a poor gentleman who was arrested in 2009 and charged with possession of child pornography.

The only problem? He didn’t do it.

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Justice scales key

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 – 02:00 p.m.

There’s been more local news coverage of a high-profile San Bernardino County court case.

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InlandPolitics: Like we said: Sheriff can’t buy good luck

San Bernardino County Sheriff

Monday, October 19, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is in legal cross-hairs yet again.

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InlandPolitics: Coverage of key ruling in San Bernardino County legal case

Appellate Courts

Thursday, October 15, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

The following are links to local newspaper coverage of a Wednesday appeals court ruling involving a high-profile San Bernardino County legal case:

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Seventy-Five percent of San Bernardino County residents still see financial outlook as only ‘fair’ or ‘poor.’

Published: Oct. 14, 2015 – 4:25 p.m.

San Bernardino County residents’ outlook for the local economy has improved since the Great Recession, but their views for the county as a good and safe place to live have fallen over the same period, a telephone poll of residents concludes.

To read article by Richard K. De Atley in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The Sentinel: Did San Bernardino County mislead state?

SBCO

By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on October 9, 2015

Despite its $146 million price tag, including $29 million in construction cost overruns, the High Desert Detention Center in Adelanto sustained an undetermined degree of damage, likely in the neighborhood of $300,000, when a rare summer rainstorm caused flooding in the facility’s kitchen and laundry areas because of a faulty roof.

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U.S.-District-Court

Sunday, October 11, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

A lawsuit pending in the U.S. District Court in Riverside, which makes allegations against San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon, and others, now has a trial date.

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InlandPolitics: Appeal filed in $6.5 million San Manuel Murder-for-Hire award

Court Filings

Saturday, October 10, 2015 – 11:30 a.m.

The lawyer for two members of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has appealed a $6.5 million jury award to the target of a murder-for-hire plot.

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Daily Bulletin: San Bernardino County tops nation in NACo awards

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 10/08/15 – 4:56 PM PDT |

San Bernardino County racked up 49 awards from the National Association of Counties and the California State Association of Counties, and will be honoring each of the 21 departments that received awards at future Board of Supervisors meetings.

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InlandPolitics: You have to admit……… This is rich!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 – 09:00 p.m.

What do you think of the San Bernardino County DA’s response to the New York Times Editorial Board for their “attack on prosecutors across America”?

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Pensions

A new report finds that the average taxpayer-funded pension for an Inland government retiree with at least 30 years of service far exceeds the average Inland worker’s pay.

Published: Oct. 6, 2015 – 8:55 a.m.

It pays to retire from an Inland Southern California government job, an open-records advocacy group says.

Many retired Inland public employees receive pensions far exceeding the typical full-time Inland worker’s annual salary, according to a study released today by Transparent California, which has ties to a conservative think tank. But some critics took issues with the group’s findings, saying the math was skewed to reflect the group’s anti-union stance.

To read article by Jeff Horseman in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County pays millions in shooting case

SBCO

Monday, October 5, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has approved a settlement in the case of Lorenzo Gomez v. Ryan Peppler et al.

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Daily Press: Holland throws hat in ring

Bill Holland

Bill Holland, right, announces his candidacy for the 2016 1st District Supervisor race at Tom Steeno Design Studio in Hesperia on Tuesday. (David Pardo, Daily Press) |

Roelle also to challenge Lovingood in 1st District

By Rene Ray De La Cruz. Staff Writer
Posted Sep. 29, 2015 at 6:33 PM

HESPERIA — Hesperia City Councilman Bill Holland stepped into the ring Tuesday and announced that he plans to oppose incumbent San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood in 2016

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San Bernardino County Sheriff

County policy discourages it, and many urban police departments ban it, but the San Bernardino County sheriff defends the action when others’ lives are in danger.

Published: Sept. 21, 2015 – Updated: 9:27 p.m.

Shooting at a suspect from a helicopter, as a San Bernardino County sheriff’s sharpshooter did Friday during a wrong-way chase on I-215 north of San Bernardino, presents such great risks to the public that it should be attempted only as a “last resort” when people’s lives are threatened, an expert said Monday.

To read article by David Downey and Brian Rokos in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

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“It’s very rare,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell. “It’ll be looked at very closely.”

Frank Stoltze
September 21, 07:49 PM

A Friday incident involving a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputy shooting from a helicopter above the 215 Freeway is raising eyebrows in law enforcement.

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medal.p0318 --- 03/16/05 --- Photo by: H. Lorren Au Jr. / The Orange County Register. Helicopter pilot Deputy David Tilstra in the Boeing MD600N helicopter he was piloting when he was shot. He is winning a purple heart medal and medal of valor Friday at a Sheriff's Department banquet. Tilstra was the Orange County Sheriff Department pilot who continued tracking a gunman in Baker Canyon in June for an hour after being shot in the leg. (*confirm above with story. Not written as of now. txs, Lorren)

Deputy David Tilstra sits in the helicopter he was piloting when he was shot in 2004 over Baker Canyon. (File: H. Lorren Au, Jr. / Staff Photographer)

By Scott Schwebke / Staff Writer
Updated: Sept. 22, 2015 7:36 a.m.

Police shootings from helicopters, like what happened Friday when San Bernardino deputies opened fire during a freeway chase, are unusual but not unheard of in Orange County.

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Los Angeles Daily News: Los Angeles, San Bernardino counties battle higher poverty rates

California Poverty

By Brenda Gazzar, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 09/16/15 – 9:15 PM PDT |

Local poverty rates remain stubbornly high despite lower unemployment, census figures show.

More than one in five people were living in poverty in San Bernardino County last year while the poverty rate in Los Angeles County didn’t lag far behind, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

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Alan Wapner

Wapner

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 09/15/15 – 4:58 PM PDT |

Ontario Councilman Alan Wapner, per an employment agreement approved by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, will serve as Supervisor Curt Hagman’s part-time policy adviser during Hagman’s term in office.

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The Sun: Years-old $5.5M charter school case not been tried yet

California Charter Academy

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 09/12/15 – 9:12 PM PDT |

On Sept. 4, 2007, Charles Steven Cox, the founder of the largest chain of charter schools in California, and Tad Honeycutt, the former mayor of Hesperia, were indicted on 117 felony charges related to $5.5 million in taxpayer funds the pair allegedly mishandled. Eight years later, neither have been tried in court.

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SBCO

Saturday, September 12, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

The Daily Press has published an updated story on a long-running high-profile San Bernardino County legal case.

To read the article by Shea Johnson in the Daily Press, click here.

InlandPolitics: The Sun expands coverage on San Bernardino County legal issue

SBCO

Friday. September 11, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

The Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin and Redlands Daily Facts newspapers have printed an article on a San Bernardino County legal issue of public concern.

To read the story by Joe Nelson, click here.

school-bus

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 09/09/15 – 11:11 AM PDT |

Less than half of the state’s public school students passed new Common Core-aligned statewide tests, according to data released today.

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Lou Desmond

Wednesday, September 9, 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 Estimable Economist Jay Prag. First up, they talk about the deputies who beat Francis Pusok. They pleaded not guilty yesterday. Would DA Mike Ramos be charging these men if the incident wasn’t caught on tape and if he wasn’t running for Attorney General?

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Daily Press: Deputies plead not guilty

Michael Phelps+Nicholas Downey+Charles Foster

Attorney Michael Schwartz, left, stands with San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputies Michael Phelps, Nicholas Downey and Charles Foster during an arraignment on Tuesday in San Bernardino.Attorney Michael Schwartz, left, stands with San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputies Michael Phelps, Nicholas Downey and Charles Foster during an arraignment on Tuesday in San Bernardino. Three sheriff’s deputies involved in the televised beating of a man after he tried to escape on horseback have been charged with felony assault. (Micah Escamilla/The Sun via AP)

CRIMINAL COURTS

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Sep. 8, 2015 at 2:08 PM
Updated Sep 8, 2015 at 6:55 PM

  • Attorneys say their clients used reasonable force, were aware of audio recordings

SAN BERNARDINO — Three San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony assault by a public officer in connection with the April 9 arrest and beating of Francis Pusok.

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InlandPolitics: No new trial in San Manuel “Murder-for-hire” case

Gavel

Saturday, September 5, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

An attempt secure a new civil trial by two members of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians failed on Friday.

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InlandPolitics: Eight year charter school fraud prosecution secures a long-term delay

Father Time

Friday, September 4, 2015 – 09:15 a.m.

The long-running prosecution of the 2007 California Charter Academy (CCA) indictment was in court again on Tuesday.

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DOJ

Friday, September 4, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

This week the San Bernardino County District Attorney announced the filing of charges against three out of ten suspended sheriff’s deputies involved in the apprehension and assault on Francis Pusok.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County: Pusok beating case news coverage

Newspaper

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

The decision by the San Bernardino County District Attorney to charge three of ten sheriff’s deputies with once count each of Penal Code section 149, assault under color of authority, whether right or wrong, has garnered significant news coverage and some criticism.

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Cassie MacDuff

Published: Sept. 1, 2015 – Updated: 9:56 p.m.

I’m going to say out loud what a lot of people are thinking:

If it hadn’t been for a news helicopter capturing the beating on video, three San Bernardino County deputies would never have been charged with assault under color of authority, as they were Tuesday.

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