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DailyBulletin: Voter turnout in San Bernardino County cause for concern

Voter Apathy

By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 11/24/14, 1:43 PM PST |

For about four decades political analysts have seen declining local and national voter turnout at the polls, further supported by certified numbers expected Tuesday showing possibly the lowest voter turnout in San Bernardino County history for a general election.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Will board dynamics shift?

Curt Hagman, Chino Hills Councilman.HAND-IN: 8-1-07

Curt Hagman

November 22, 2014 – 01:30 p.m.

A strong-minded incoming county supervisor and two strong personality chief’s of staff will be coming to the Fifth Floor of the San Bernardino County Government Center on December 1.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County pension fund still has $2 billion funding gap

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

San Bernardino County’s pension fund isn’t in horrible shape. But it isn’t in great shape either!

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Gary Ovitt

San Bernardino County Supervisor Gary Ovitt, right, expresses his appreciation to friends and colleagues during his final Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday in San Bernardino. “I’m so thankful to all of you for all that you’ve done,” he said. (Photo by Micah Escamilla — staff photographer)

By Ryan Carter, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 11/18/14, 6:42 PM PST | Updated: 39 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Gary Ovitt said goodbye Tuesday to a packed Board of Supervisors chamber, with a message: “This job for me has been all about building relationships with people,” he said, wearing his familiar bow tie and a crisp dark suit.

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InlandPolitics: Interesting story in The Sentinel

The Sentinel

Monday, November 17, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

The Sentinel published an interesting story on Saturday. The subject matter is the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.

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InlandPolitics: Troubled criminal cases raise red flag

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Sunday, November 16, 2014 – 03:30 p.m.

Two criminal cases with a genesis from use-of-force shootings in the city of Upland have raised a serious ethical question.

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Garden Surveillance Camera Command Center

Gardena police assistant Christian Ovando and Gardena police Officer Ed Medrano work inside the Gardena Police Department surveillance camera system command center. (Stephen Carr — staff photographer)

By Jason Henry, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 11/15/14, 10:39 PM PST | Updated: 24 secs ago

Law enforcement agencies throughout Southern California and the state now track everyday Americans with little public oversight using surveillance equipment straight out of a spy thriller, according to a report from the American Civil Liberties Union of California.

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The Sentinel: No bang, just whimper as Sheriff’s POST Cheating prosecution ends

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The Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on November 15, 2014

(November 10) — The once grandly touted Police Officer Standards and Training Cheating Scandal Prosecution, which entailed criminal charges against seven current and former Sheriff’s Department employees alleged to have defrauded taxpayers by falsifying training and pay records, was quietly closed out on Halloween when the figure at the center of the case, retired sheriff’s captain Hobart Gray, pleaded no-contest to a single count of “aiding in a misdemeanor.”

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Dave Ellis+Mike Ramos+Sam Clauder

Consultant Dave Ellis, San Bernardino DA Mike Ramos, and political watchdog Sam Clauder. “We’ve finally got Clauder where we want him!” exulted Dave – i.e. falsely convicted of child porn possession. Now Clauder is exonerated and suing.

By Vern Nelson
November 15, 2014

Sleazy old Newport Beach consultant Dave Ellis had a mixed week, last week.

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Larry Vaupel

Larry Vaupel, former economic development manager for the city of Riverside, begins his new job as director of San Bernardino County’s Economic Development Agency, on Monday.

By From Staff Reports
Posted: 11/14/14, 1:09 PM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

Riverside’s former economic development manager has been appointed director of San Bernardino County’s Economic Development Agency.

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VVDailyPress: ICR seeks $3.62 million from VVWRA

Robert Lovingood

Lovingood-owned agency disputes wages, bid process in claim

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Nov. 13, 2014 @ 6:42 pm
Updated Nov 13, 2014 at 6:47 PM

VICTORVILLE — The staffing agency co-owned by San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood sought $3.62 million in damages from Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority this year, according to a claim obtained Thursday by the Daily Press.

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Curt Hagman, Chino Hills Councilman.HAND-IN: 8-1-07

San Bernardino County Supervisor-elect Curt Hagman.

Published: Nov. 13, 2014 – Updated: 11:21 p.m.

On paper, things looked good for Gloria Negrete McLeod as she sought to go from Capitol Hill to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

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

InlandPolitics: California Charter Academy case filed in 2007 rolls into 2015

Scales of Justice

Thursday, November 13, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

A case arising from a 117-count indictment filed in 2007 is now rolling into 2015.

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InlandPolitics: Local newsroom troubles again

Editing

Monday, November 10, 2014 – 08:45 a.m.

More troubles emerge in a local Inland Empire newsroom.

Once again, pressure is being exerted to kill or undermine stories affecting certain politicos.

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The Sentinel: County Re-Ups Contract With Platinum Advisors For Sacramento Lobbying

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The Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on November 7, 2014

(November 4) — The County of San Bernardino has extended its long running contract with its state legislative lobbyist for another year.

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Civil complaint: Samuel Clauder v. County of San Bernardino

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 11/05/14, 3:19 PM PST |

A San Bernardino man and government watchdog wrongfully jailed and charged with possession of child pornography has filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging retaliation, conspiracy, malicious prosecution and civil rights violations.

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InlandPolitics: Election notes

Election Results

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Here’s some area election results of note.

In San Bernardino, voters dumped charter reform Measure Q. The measure would have removed wage-setting provisions from the city charter to collective bargaining. The city’s police and fire unions easily tubed the measure. The result is a blow to novice Mayor Carey Davis and backers, who put very little effort in support of the measure.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Counsel gets new four-year deal

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Monday, November 3, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is set to give its lead in-house counsel a new four-year deal, via a contract.

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InlandPolitics: Sheriff pay scandal case goes quietly into the night

Sailboat Drifting Away

Sunday, November 2, 2014 – 04:00 p.m.

Remember the March 2011 press conference, by the San Bernardino County District Attorney, over the indictment of seven current and former Sheriff’s Department employees, who were alleged to have defrauded taxpayers by falsifying training and pay records?

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SacBee: California Strategies’ lobbying violation emerges in campaign attack

Jim Brulte

These are two mailers in the 21st Assembly District race. The mailer on the top is an attack on California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte, paid for by the campaign of Assemblyman Adam Gray. The mailer on the bottom was paid for by the California Republican Party and attacks Gray as he campaigns for re-election.(Laurel Rosenhall/lrosenhall@sacbee.com)

Capitol Alert
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
10/31/2014 9:11 PM

Last year’s lobbying violations by the high-profile California Strategies public-affairs firm have emerged as a point of attack in the increasingly nasty campaign between Democratic Assemblyman Adam Gray of Merced and his Republican challenger, Jack Mobley.

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DailyBulletin: Economic Conference: Education key to Inland Empire growth

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By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/29/14, 5:01 PM PDT | Updated: 4 mins ago

ONTARIO >> While the Inland Empire economy continues on the upswing, the growth of high-paying jobs and quality firms continues to be hindered by educational attainment levels.

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InlandPolitics: Wrongfully jailed man files lawsuit

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Monday, October 27, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

A former area politico, who was wrongfully charged by the San Bernardino County District Attorney for alleged political payback, has filed a federal lawsuit against San Bernardino County.

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Sheriff

By Greg Cappis, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/22/14, 8:46 PM PDT |

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Four sheriff’s deputies who work at West Valley Detention Center have been placed on paid leave as part of an internal investigation into potential mistreatment of inmates at the county jail, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

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West Valley Detention Center

The West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher — Staff photographer)

By Ryan Hagen, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 10/22/14, 10:36 AM PDT | Updated: 9 hrs ago

LOS ANGELES >> The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department doesn’t allow gay, bisexual and transgender inmates at West Valley Detention Center the same access to rehabilitation opportunities, religious services, time outside their cells and other services that other inmates receive, alleges a lawsuit filed Wednesday by the ACLU of Southern California.

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DailyBulletin: Political heavyweights vie for San Bernardino County supervisor seat

Gloria Negrete-McLeodCurt Hagman

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 10/19/14, 11:50 PM PDT | Updated: 16 secs ago

Two experienced Inland Empire politicians are vying for San Bernardino County’s 4th District supervisor’s seat in the Nov. 4 general election. The seat is open because Supervisor Gary Ovitt is not seeking another term.

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The Sun: SBPEA sues former general manager for more than $700,000

SBPEA

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 10/17/14, 5:08 PM PDT | Updated: 48 secs ago

San Bernardino County’s largest labor union filed a lawsuit Friday in San Bernardino Superior Court against its former general manager, alleging he embezzled or misappropriated more than $700,000 before he was fired in 2013.

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InlandPolitics: Allegations made against former S.B. County labor union exec

SBPEA

Related Posts:
InlandPolitics: GM departs from County employee union
InlandPolitics: Financial improprieties rumored at San Bernardino County union

Friday, October 17, 2014 – 08:55 a.m.

A shoe has finally dropped on a former executive of San Bernardino County’s largest public employee labor union.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Political veterans battle for supervisorial seat

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Published: Oct. 10, 2014 – Updated: 9:56 p.m.

Technically, the race for the Fourth District seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is nonpartisan.

But this year’s contest has a partisan feel, with Republican Assemblyman Curt Hagman of Chino Hills taking on Democratic Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod of Chino in a big money contest. The veteran lawmakers are running for a seat currently held by Gary Ovitt, who has served on the board since 2004 and is not seeking re-election.

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

Ontario

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/07/14, 10:14 PM PDT | Updated: 20 hrs ago

ONTARIO >> A letter determining that complaints of corruption were unfounded was presented at the City Council meeting Tuesday night.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Fundraising totals in supervisorial contest

Curt Hagman+Gloria Negrete-McLeod

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

The contest to replace retiring San Bernardino County Supervisor Gary Ovitt is heading into the final stretch, with one candidate making a push to overcome a serious funding disadvantage.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 10/07/14, 4:17 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> After 25 years of repeated attempts to get passed in San Bernardino County a property tax relief program for new homebuyers, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday finally approved an ordinance.

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InlandPolitics: Why are people so shocked over “Inbred Inland Empire” label ?

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Saturday, October 4, 2014 – 05:30 p.m.

I had to roll my eyes over all the outrage arising from the revelation that an official for Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) referred to the Inland Empire as the “Inbred Inland Empire”.

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VVDailyPress: Parker’s wife halts legal action

SBSO Sheriff

Family will wait to see who ‘a case should be filed against’
ANNELI FOGT
STAFF WRITER
Posted Sep. 25, 2014 @ 4:41 pm
Updated Sep 25, 2014 at 5:11 PM

VICTORVILLE — The wife of a Victorville man who died after being stunned with a Taser multiple times last month told the Daily Press on Thursday that she is no longer pursuing legal action in the death of her husband, and is waiting to see exactly how she should approach a case.

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The Sun: San Bernardino County adopts new logo

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This is the new San Bernardino County logo adopted Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors.

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 09/24/14, 1:05 PM PDT | Updated: 6 hrs ago

After 30 years, San Bernardino County has a new logo.

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InlandPolitics: SEIU preparing to weigh-in for Negrete-McLeod

SEIU

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 – 03:00 p.m.

All signs show the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is preparing to enter-the runoff election for San Bernardino County’s Fourth Supervisorial District.

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DailyBulletin: Supervisors discuss Ontario airport, health care and realignment plans

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 09/16/14, 9:49 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Supervisors from Riverside and San Bernardino counties agreed Tuesday to form a committee to plan strategies to tackle the Affordable Care Act, prison realignment and the future of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

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The Sun: Still no trial date in $5.5M California Charter Academy case

Father Time

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 09/12/14, 7:56 PM PDT |

Rancho Cucamonga >> On Sept. 4, 2007, the founder of the largest chain of charter schools in California, C. Steven Cox, and former Hesperia mayor Tad Honeycutt were indicted on 117 felony charges related to $5.5 million in taxpayer funds the pair allegedly mishandled.

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The Sun: San Bernardino/Riverside county supervisors to meet on regional issues

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 09/10/14, 8:39 PM PDT |

A joint public meeting between supervisors in San Bernardino and Riverside counties is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Riverside County Administrative Center.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County pension fund underperforms

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Thursday, September 11, 2014 – 09:45 a.m.

The pension fund for San Bernardino County employees exceeded its assumed rate of return of 7.75% for the 2013-14 fiscal year, but that’s about it.

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DailyBulletin: San Bernardino County nurses protest at county supervisors meeting

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 09/09/14, 9:55 AM PDT | Updated: 47 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Nurses for Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and other San Bernardino County facilities protested Tuesday outside the county Government Center, alleging static labor negotiations between the California Nurses Association and the county are jeopardizing patient safety.

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The PE: COURTS: Budgets still lean for Inland counties

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Published: Sept. 1, 2014 Updated: 10:11 p.m.

Budgets for Inland superior courts increased from the previous fiscal year by about $6 million for each system, allowing for small improvements – but services and most courtrooms shuttered by recession-era budget cuts will remain closed.

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

SBSO Sheriff

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 08/28/14, 1:20 PM PDT | Updated: 55 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A jury has found a former sheriff’s deputy guilty of two misdemeanor charges for repeatedly kicking a man in the chest and groin as he lay handcuffed on the ground two years ago.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014 – 12:00 p.m.

Just when you think things might start getting better. They don’t.

It seems the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department couldn’t buy good luck these days.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: November ballot contests

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The fall ballot will feature a contest for county supervisor between two longtime legislators and more than a few political comeback attempts.

Published: Aug. 15, 2014 Updated: 10:14 p.m.

The Nov. 4 ballot will feature a battle between a state legislator and a member of Congress plus a few political comeback attempts in San Bernardino County.

To read story by Imran Ghori in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

ACLU

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 08/15/14, 8:31 PM PDT | Updated: 23 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The American Civil Liberties Union has opened an office here for a boots-on-the-ground offensive in the San Bernardino-Riverside county area — home to more than 4.3 million people.

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VVDailyPress: Grand jury focused on Taser use

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Report called for enhanced training, greater communication

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Aug. 14, 2014 @ 7:28 pm
Updated Aug 14, 2014 at 7:33 PM

A little more than a year before Dante Parker died while in San Bernardino County Sheriff’s custody after having been stunned with a Taser multiple times, a county grand jury committee urged the Sheriff’s Department to implement enhanced Taser training while calling for greater communication among on-scene deputies.

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VVDailyPress: UPDATED: Sheriff’s probe in-custody death

Sheriff

ANNELI FOGT
STAFF WRITER
Posted Aug. 13, 2014 @ 12:12 pm
Updated Aug 13, 2014 at 8:34 PM

VICTORVILLE — Contrasting pictures emerged Wednesday of a Daily Press employee who died Tuesday night in the custody of San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies after being stunned with a taser multiple times.

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VVDailyPress: Report underscores need in local courts

Scales of Justice

CASE OVERLOAD
County ranked last in concluding felony cases within 12 months

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Aug. 12, 2014 @ 6:49 pm
Updated Aug 12, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Likely reinforcing the need for more support in local courts to deal with heavy caseloads, a state judiciary report on Tuesday said San Bernardino County kept more of its felony cases on the docket after 12 months than any other reporting county in California during fiscal year 2012-13.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Past agreement rears its ugly head

SBCO Seal

Saturday, August 9, 2014 – 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, August 10, 2014 – 10:15 a.m.

A shady agreement from San Bernardino County’s past reared its ugly head this week.

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InlandPolitics: Colonies Indictment

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Thursday, August 7, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

In response to reader emails, here’s the original 29-count indictment in the Colonies Case, with redacted charges, which were dismissed, without leave to amend.

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Scales of Justice

A San Bernardino County Superior Court judge left bribery and misuse of public funds charges intact, but threw out tax fraud and perjury charges in the Colonies case.

BY IMRAN GHORI / STAFF WRITER
Published: Aug. 6, 2014 Updated: 8:55 p.m.

A San Bernardino County judge delivered mixed rulings for prosecutors and defense attorneys in the Colonies corruption case Wednesday, with both sides notching victories.

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Colonies

Prosecutors in the Colonies corruption case make their way to the courtroom on July 28 at San Bernardino Superior Court. )Micah Escamilla — staff photographer)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 08/06/14, 11:36 AM PDT | Updated: 8 hrs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A Superior Court judge on Wednesday ruled that the defendants in San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case can stand trial for bribery but dismissed some charges alleging conflict of interest, failure to report income and perjury.

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VVDailyPress: County leaders stress job growth

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SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Aug. 6, 2014 @ 7:12 pm
Updated Aug 6, 2014 at 7:17 PM

VICTORVILLE — San Bernardino County supervisors and CEO Greg Devereaux on Wednesday touched upon a myriad of subjects affecting the county, including a push for technical education, the need for more private sector jobs and the ongoing impact of prison realignment.

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DailyBulletin: Colonies judge will rule on dismissal motions Wednesday

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 08/03/14, 6:16 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

After a nearly three-year investigation, a Grand Jury in May 2011 indicted Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum and three former county officials — former Supervisor Paul Biane, former Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin, and Mark Kirk, former chief of staff for Supervisor Gary Ovitt — in connection with a controversial $102 million settlement between the county and Burum’s investor group, Colonies Partners LP.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County: Top 25 highest-paid executives

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Saturday, August 2, 2014 – 03:00 p.m.

Here’s the Top 25 highest paid public employees in San Bernardino County government, according to 2013 compensation figures provided by the searchable database at website TransparentCalifornia.com

The totals include all costs related to the positions, including inusrance, pension contributions, allowances, etc. For hourly-wage employees further down in the database, overtime is included.

So much for tightening those purse strings!

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Legal

By Mark Gutglueck (www.sbsentinel.com)
Posted on August 1, 2014

SAN BERNARDINO — After six days of hearings before Superior Court Judge Michael A. Smith in which prosecutors and defense attorneys have alternatively sought to justify and destroy the public corruption case brought against three former county officials and one of San Bernardino County’s most powerful developers, the sustainability of the more than three-year-old case has yet to be resolved.

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Scales of Justice

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/31/14, 12:21 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Day 6 of a motions hearing in the Colonies corruption case resumed Thursday with defense attorneys arguing that prosecutors engaged in misconduct and prosecutors arguing their chances at a fair trial were jeopardized when a former federal prosecutor was hired by the law firm representing a key defendant in the case.

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DailyBulletin: Colonies court hearing to go into sixth day

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/30/14, 6:59 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A motions hearing in the Colonies corruption case, in which defense attorneys are pushing for dismissal on several grounds, will go into its sixth day today.

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Scales of Justice

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/29/14, 8:30 PM PDT |

Prosecutors in San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case are requesting in a court motion that a former federal prosecutor now working for the law firm representing key defendant Jeff Burum be barred from working on Burum’s defense.

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SBPEA

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
and Ryan Carter, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 07/29/14, 7:38 PM PDT | Updated: 24 secs ago

Members of the county’s largest union say they are being threatened with expulsion for pushing for new representation.

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DailyBulletin: Prosecutors in Colonies case given chance to prevent dismissal

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/28/14, 12:22 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A Superior Court judge ruled Monday that prosecutors can amend the indictment in the Colonies corruption case, preventing the dismissal of a dozen more charges against the four defendants.

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The Sun: Judge to decide fate of Colonies corruption case

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/26/14, 8:38 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

Last week was rough for prosecutors in San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case as a judge dealt a major blow to their case by dismissing the key conspiracy charge against all four defendants.

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The Sentinel: Rulings on dismissal motions dismantling Colonies corruption case

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The Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck, The Sentinel (www.sbsentinel.com)
Posted on July 26, 2014

(July 25) — More than three years after indictments were handed down against Rancho Cucamonga-based developer Jeff Burum and three former San Bernardino County officials he is accused of bribing, San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Michael A. Smith eviscerated the case against the defendants, throwing out conspiracy and a dozen other charges that were considered central to the case.

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Stephen Larson

Defense attorney Stephen Larson (far right) speaks with the defense team Thursday morning in San Bernardino Superior Court during a motion hearing in the Colonies corruption case. (Will Lester — staff photographer)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/24/14, 11:47 AM PDT | Updated: 1 hr ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A judge on Thursday indicated he was poised to dismiss another dozen felony charges against the defendants in the Colonies corruption case but gave attorneys a chance to argue whether the prosecution should or should not be allowed to amend the indictment.

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San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge Michael Smith plans to issue a ruling in the Colonies criminal case Monday morning

Published: July 24, 2014 Updated: 8:04 p.m.

Defense attorneys in a high-profile San Bernardino County corruption case fought vigorously to get all or most of the charges thrown out Thursday on the second day of a court hearing.

To read story by Imran Ghori in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

Scales of Justice

IE Business Daily
Thursday, July 24, 2014

The second day of motion hearings in a prominent public corruption case continued Thursday. The day ended with the judge deciding to postpone his ruling regarding a prosecution request and a proposed evidentiary hearing until Monday.

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VVDailyPress: 2 supervisors oppose giant wind project

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Lovingood, Ramos write letter to BLM
By STAFF REPORTS
Posted Jul. 24, 2014 @ 6:01 pm
Updated Jul 24, 2014 at 6:09 PM

SAN BERNARDINO — Supervisors James Ramos and Robert A. Lovingood submitted a joint letter to the Bureau of Land Management on Thursday strongly opposing the North Peak Wind Project planned for 16.4 square miles of mountain ridges overlooking much of the Victor Valley.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Conspiracy charges dismissed in Colonies case

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July 23, 2014

A San Bernardino County judge dismissed a key charge against four defendants in the Colonies corruption case Wednesday, July 23, saying prosecutors missed a deadline required under state law to pursue allegations of conspiracy.

To read story by Imran Ghori in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

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Superior Court Judge Michael Smith threw out the conspiracy charges against the four Colonies defendants during a motion hearing.

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/23/14, 10:54 AM PDT | Updated: 40 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Prosecutors in San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case suffered a major blow to their case on Wednesday when a judge dismissed conspiracy charges against all four defendants.

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IEBusinessDaily: Defense wins early round in corruption trial

Scales of Justice

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge today dismissed a conspiracy count against four defendants in a prominent public corruption case.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014 – 11:30 a.m.

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

Appeals court deals blow to Obamacare

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled subsidies paid under The Affordable Care Act in states where no exchanges exist are illegal. Meanwhile, within hours, a Virginia Circuit Court of Appeals ruled exactly the opposite.

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IEBusinessDaily: Anti-Development efforts hold back job-creating solar project

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July 16, 2014

A clean energy company is continuing its fight to build a job-creating solar power generation facility on 23 acres in unincorporated Apple Valley. Clean Focus Corporation was denied its conditional use permit request via a 3-0 vote by the San Bernardino County Planning Commissioners on June 19, and is appealing that decision in front of the Board of Supervisors on August 5th.

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MetroLink

Metrolink will be cutting back on service to San Bernardino, starting Oct. 1.

By Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 07/14/14, 6:15 PM PDT | Updated: 19 secs ago

Starting Oct. 1, two mid-day trains and two late-night trains will be removed from the commuter rail’s most popular service, said Jeff Lustgarten, chief spokesperson for Metrolink and its parent, the Southern California Regional Rail Authority.

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VVDailyPress: West Valley facing wrongful death suit

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SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Jul. 15, 2014 @ 8:11 am
Updated at 8:40 AM

Three weeks before an inmate at West Valley Detention Center was reported dead Thursday from an apparent medical emergency, the family of an inmate who died there in June 2013 filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the jail, which they said ignored repeated calls for the inmate’s immediate medical attention.

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InlandPolitics: Former Upland city manager back in court

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Saturday, July 12, 2014 – 11:30 a.m.

The former city manager of Upland, California, is heading back to court.

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InlandPolitics: Trial set in San Bernardino County Sheriff pay case

Scales of Justice

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

An effort to reach a settlement in a case tied to the falsification of training records in the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, has failed.

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InlandPolitics: Grand Jury report exposes interesting issue

Magnifying Glass

Saturday, July 5, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

The San Bernardino County Grand Jury released its annual report last Tuesday, July 1.

Most people focued on the clean bill of health the civil panel gave the county jails. Jails currently being targeted, by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), for allegations of inmate abuse by sworn officers.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County Grand Jury releases 2013-14 final report

SBCO Seal

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

The San Bernardino County Grand Jury has released its final report for 2013-14.

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 Grand Jury

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/01/14, 8:26 PM PDT | Updated: 9 hrs ago

Grand Jury foreman Rosie Hinojos chalked it up to a more efficient and better managed county than in previous years.

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OCRegister: Police fail to report many deadly shootings

Murder Body Outline

A Register investigation shows that one in five fatal incidents across region isn’t disclosed.

BY KEEGAN KYLE / STAFF WRITER
Published: June 28, 2014 Updated: June 30, 2014 10:58 a.m.

California’s system for tracking deadly police shootings is plagued by confusion and inadequate oversight, further clouding public knowledge of an officer’s greatest power.

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DailyBulletin: San Bernardino County Grand Jury report to be released Tuesday

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/28/14, 1:45 PM PDT |

The San Bernardino County civil Grand Jury will release its annual report on Tuesday.

The report will be released at noon, following a 10 a.m. ceremony in the Board of Supervisors Chambers dismissing the 2013-2014 grand jury and appointing members for the 2014-2015 panel, said Melonee Vartanian, assistant to the Grand Jury.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County litigation filings update

Court Filings

Saturday, June 28, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

Here’s an update of recent publicly-available federal lawsuit filings against San Bernardino County.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County bargaining unit rejects contract offer

SBCO Seal

Thursday, June 26, 2014 – 07:00 p.m.

A holdout San Bernardino County bargaining unit, represented by the San Bernardino Public Employees Association (SBPEA), rejected a contract offer for the third time on Wednesday evening, according to the union’s website.

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SBCO Seal

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/25/14, 7:26 PM PDT |

The relatives of a man fatally shot by San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies last year in Yucaipa filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles alleging wrongful death.

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InlandPolitics: Jails, use-of-force deaths catalyst for ACLU arrival

ACLU

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.

A series of officer use-of-force deaths and fresh allegations of misconduct in San Bernardino County Jails, is being confirmed as the driver behind the creation of a San Bernardino Office of the Amercian Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

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