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Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and his office is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice and the California Attorney General’s Office for allegations that prosecutors and police developed a network of jailhouse informants to illegally garner confessions from inmates. (File photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

By Tony Saavedra, Orange County Register
Posted: 07/29/17 – 12:52 PM PDT |

The gavels had fallen, the cases appeared closed:

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The defense rested on Monday in a seven-month corruption trial after only half a day, opting to call no witnesses and close their case before lunch on the same day they opened it after reading a few stipulated facts from earlier testimony.

Andy Serbe, Staff Writer
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July 18, 2017

The defense called no witnesses as it rested its case Monday in a seven-month San Bernardino County corruption trial, opting to read to the jury a few stipulated facts from earlier testimony and close before lunch.

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From left, developer Jeff Burum, Mark Kirk, former chief of staff to Supervisor Gary Ovitt. former assistant assessor Jim Erwin and former supervisor Paul Biane appear in San Bernardino County Superior Court in Colonies bribery case. File photo. (David Bauman/The Press-Enterprise)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
and Richard K. De Atley, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 07/17/17 – 12:02 PM PDT |

Defense attorneys in the San Bernardino County Colonies bribery case rested Monday after about one hour of presentation, setting the stage for final arguments in mid-August.

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The Sun: Marathon Colonies corruption trial nearing end after 7 months

From left, developer Jeff Burum, Mark Kirk, former chief of staff to Supervisor Gary Ovitt, former assistant assessor Jim Erwin and former supervisor Paul Biane appear in San Bernardino County Superior Court in this file photo during the Colonies corruption trial.

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
and Richard K. De Atley, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 07/15/17 – 4:29 PM PDT |

Called “the biggest public corruption case in San Bernardino County history” when it was filed in 2010, the marathon Colonies case nears an end after seven months of trial, with defense attorneys saying bribery wasn’t proven while prosecutors say nothing can erase years of dirty dealing.

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The Sun: Forgery charge dropped for Jim Erwin in Colonies corruption trial

James Erwin, is the former chief of staff for county Supervisor Neil Derry and a former assistant assessor for San Bernardino county. (Courtesy photo to The Sun/SCNG)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
and Richard K. De Atley, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 07/06/17 – 4:07 PM PDT |

The judge in San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case on Thursday dismissed a felony charge of forgery against former assistant assessor Jim Erwin, one of four defendants fighting to have their charges tossed on grounds of insufficient evidence.

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The Sun: Bribery charge dismissed against Mark Kirk in Colonies corruption case

Mark Kirk, the former chief of staff for San Bernardino County Supervisor Gary Ovitt (Staff file photo by Rick Sforza, The Sun/SCNG)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
and Richard K. De Atley, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 07/05/17 – 7:46 PM PDT |

A bribery charge in the San Bernardino County Colonies public corruption case was dismissed Wednesday against Mark Kirk, the one-time chief of staff for former county Supervisor Gary Ovitt in 2006 when supervisors approved a $102 million settlement favorable to the land developer.

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Colonies bribery trial defendants and their attorneys gather outside a courtroom in San Bernardino Superior Court during a recess. File photo. (Photo by Rick Sforza/The Sun)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/29/17 – 12:13 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> After nearly seven months of sometimes confounding testimony, the prosecution rested this week in San Bernardino County’s Colonies bribery case.

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“Ted Viera’s” LinkedIn profile. “Viera” is the maiden name of former Hesperia mayor Tad Honeycutt’s mother. In September 2007, Honeycutt and C. Steven Cox, the founder of California Charter Academies, were indicted on 117 felony charges related to $5.5 million in taxpayer funds the pair allegedly mishandled. Five years later, Honeycutt went back into the education business, using the name “Ted Viera.” The Viera LinkedIn page was shut down Friday afternoon. (Screenshot)

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 06/09/17 – 5:48 PM PDT |

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Five years after he was indicted on 34 charges related to the failure of the largest chain of charter schools in California and facing up to 20 years in prison, former Hesperia mayor Tad Honeycutt went back into the education business.

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The Sun: Colonies prosecutor attempts salvaging credibility of key witness

Colonies defendants and their attorneys gather outside of a courtroom in San Bernardino Superior Court during a recess in the Colonies corruption trial. File photo. (Photo by Rick Sforza/The Sun)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
and Richard K. De Atley, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 06/08/17 – 5:05 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A prosecutor in the San Bernardino County Colonies bribery case on Thursday attempted to recoup the credibility of key witness Adam Aleman after days of defense attorney battering of the former assistant assessor’s accounts of alleged corruption a decade ago.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
and Richard K. De Atley, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 06/07/17 – 3:08 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The dismissal of an alternate juror in the Colonies bribery trial on Wednesday did not hinder testimony, in which defense attorneys continued drilling key witness Adam Aleman on his honesty and credibility.

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The Sun: Colonies key witness begins fifth day of testimony in San Bernardino

Attorneys Stephen Larson, middle, and Jennifer Keller, left, discuss their case with defendant Jeff Burum, one of four defendants currently on trial in the Colonies corruption case in San Bernardino. File photo.(Stan Lim, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
and Richard K. De Atley, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 06/01/17 – 3:45 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Defense attorneys in the Colonies bribery trial on Thursday attacked the credibility and character of key witness and former San Bernardino County Assistant Assessor Adam Aleman, claiming he was shaping his statements to conform to the prosecution narrative of the case and “making things up as he went along.”

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The Sun: Credibility of key witness in Colonies trial challenged

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
and Richard K. De Atley, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 05/31/17 – 9:10 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A defense attorney on Wednesday continued challenging the credibility of former San Bernardino County Assistant Assessor Adam Aleman on claims he heard and saw details that pointed to bribery in settling a $102 million lawsuit between the county and developer Colonies Partners in 2006.

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The Sun: Defense attorney grills key Colonies trial witness on his dishonesty

Colonies trial defendants and their attorneys gather outside of a courtroom in San Bernardino Superior Court. File photo. (Photo by Rick Sforza/The Sun)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
and Richard K. De Atley, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 05/30/17 – 7:17 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A defense attorney in the Colonies corruption trial on Tuesday grilled former San Bernardino County Assistant Assessor Adam Aleman on his repeated lies to district attorney investigators and a civil grand jury investigating allegations of malfeasance at the Assessor’s Office in 2008.

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By Richard K. De Atley, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 05/22/17 – 5:41 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Former San Bernardino County Assistant Assessor Adam Aleman told jurors Monday in the Colonies bribery trial that, like his former boss Bill Postmus, he was testifying under a plea agreement with prosecutors.

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Attorneys Stephen Larson, middle, and Jennifer Keller, left, discuss their case with defendant Jeff Burum, one of four defendants currently on trial in the San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case. (File)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
and Richard K. De Atley, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 05/16/17 – 1:55 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Former San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Postmus testified Tuesday in the Colonies corruption trial that he never thought a $102 million settlement favorable to a Rancho Cucamonga developer 11 years ago would result in kickback money to him — a statement that goes to the heart of the six-year-old case.

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The Sun: Former county Supervisor Postmus’ memory at issue at Colonies trial

Colonies defendants and their attorneys gather outside of a courtroom during a recess in San Bernardino Superior Court. File photo. (Photo by Rick Sforza/The Sun)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
and Richard K. De Atley, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 05/11/17 – 9:02 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A prosecutor in the Colonies corruption case on Thursday walked former county Supervisor Bill Postmus through his 2011 statements that helped bring charges in the bribery trial, but Postmus appeared to be putting distance between himself and what he told authorities six years ago.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
and Richard K. De Atley, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 05/11/17 – 10:27 AM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The judge in the Colonies corruption trial on Thursday dismissed two felony charges against former San Bernardino County Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin after an appellate court determined that the offenses could only be charged as misdemeanors.

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Rancho Cucamonga-based developer Jeff Burum, left, speaks with his attorney Stephen Larson in the hallway at the San Bernardino Superior Court during a recess of the Colonies corruption case. File photo. (Micah Escamilla/San Bernardino Sun)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
and Richard K. De Atley, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 05/10/17 – 7:43 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Colonies trial defendant Jim Erwin, depicted by prosecutors as scheming against former San Bernardino County Supervisor and Assessor Bill Postmus more than a decade ago, actually stood beside the beleaguered politician with “tough love” as Postmus struggled with his drug addiction, Postmus agreed in testimony Wednesday.

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Attorneys Stephen Larson, middle, and Jennifer Keller, left, discuss their case with defendant Jeff Burum, one of four defendants currently on trial in San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption trial. (File Photo)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
and Richard K. De Atley, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 05/09/17 – 3:48 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> While Bill Postmus was being interviewed and turned into a prosecution witness in the Colonies corruption case in 2011, San Bernardino County District Attorney investigators never tested or monitored him for drugs, despite his well-documented use of methamphetamine, Postmus testified Tuesday.

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Daily Bulletin: Some facts ignored in critique of SEBA: Laren Leichliter

By Laren Leichliter
Posted: 04/14/17 – 1:40 PM PDT |

The Southern California News Group should take note of four glaring facts that were flatly ignored in Sal Rodriguez’s commentary (“Troubling ties between public officials, unions”) printed April 2, and a subsequent editorial (“Deputies get benefit of favoritism by DA”) printed April 9.

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The Sun: Editorial: San Bernardino deputies get benefit of favoritism by DA

San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos

Posted: 04/07/17 – 6:07 PM PDT |

The assault of Francis Pusok in 2015 by San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies was televised for the entire country to see. Unlike some cases in recent years in which one could plausibly explain away and even justify use of force by officers, the beating of Pusok was indisputably excessive.

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Developer Jeff Burum, left, speaks with his attorney Stephen Larson in a hallway at the San Bernardino Superior Court. File photo. (Micah Escamilla/San Bernardino Sun)

By Richard K. De Atley, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 04/06/17 – 2:06 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A veteran San Bernardino County attorney who had opposed the $102 million settlement with Colonies Partners LP in 2006 told a defense attorney Thursday in court that he had changed his mind by 2009 and thought it was “objectively reasonable.”

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The Sun: Two deputies take plea deal in Apple Valley beating caught on video

Three San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies, from the left, Nicholas Downey, Charles Foster and Michael Phelps, were charged in the April 9, 2015 beating of Apple Valley resident Francis Jared Pusok following a nearly three-hour pursuit in the High Desert. (File Photos by Micah Escamilla – Staff Photographer)

By Doug Saunders, The Sun
and Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/03/17 – 3:38 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Two former San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies accused in the beating of an Apple Valley man that was captured on live television each pleaded no contest Monday to a misdemeanor count of disturbing the peace as part of a plea deal.

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Joseph Turner
Monday, April 3, 2017 – 7:46 p.m.

The following press release from American Children First regarding their education initiative that was filed this afternoon was sent to InlandPolitics this evening.

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San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos.

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/30/17 – 8:08 PM PDT |

A senior prosecutor’s assertion that the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department fosters a “culture of violence” outraged a local law enforcement labor union, prompting a swift apology from the supervising deputy district attorney and a public statement from the district attorney himself.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/30/17 – 4:32 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> One of three former San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies accused of assaulting an Apple Valley man following a chase through the High Desert two years ago was found guilty Thursday in Superior Court, while a mistrial was declared for the other two defendants.

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Three San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies, from the left, Nicholas Downey, Charles Foster and Michael Phelps, have been charged in the April 9, 2015 beating of Apple Valley resident Francis Jared Pusok following a nearly three-hour pursuit in the High Desert. (Micah Escamilla – Staff Photographer)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/28/17 – 6:05 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Closing arguments concluded and the jury began deliberating Tuesday in the trial of three San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies charged with assaulting an Apple Valley man after a lengthy pursuit in the High Desert nearly two years ago.

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By Jeff Horseman / Staff Reporter
Published: March 21, 2017 – Updated: 10:09 p.m.

A 17-year senior prosecutor in the San Bernardino County district attorney’s office is challenging his boss’s re-election bid in 2018.

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The Sun: Ed O’Brien to Challenge DA Ramos in 2018

By Jeff Horseman
Posted: 03/14/17 –  4:30 PM PDT

Ed O’Brien, a former prosecutor turned public defender also announced Tuesday he will run for DA.

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Joseph Turner
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – 4:56 p.m.

Let’s play a game: Savvy Businessman or Illiterate Politician.

The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) is slated to levy a $6,000 fine on San Bernardino County Supervisor Robert Lovingood at the March 16th hearing after he failed to report numerous sources of income.

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Daily Press: Lovingood fined $6K for failing to disclose business interests

Lovingood said Monday that the violations stemmed from a “disagreement centered on the definition of the word ‘income'” — or net versus gross revenue, of which he believed rules were framed by the former, and the Fair Political Practices Commission, the latter.

By Shea Johnson, Staff Writer
Posted:     Mar 6, 2017 at 6:07 PM
Updated:  Mar 6, 2017 at 7:04 PM

San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood violated Fair Political Practices Commission rules by failing to timely disclose income sources of $10,000 or more to his staffing company in 2013 and 2014. He was fined and paid $6,000 to settle four counts lodged against him.

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Esmeralda Bermudez
March 6, 2017

A San Bernardino County supervisor has agreed to pay a $6,000 fine for not disclosing part of his earnings in state filings.

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The Sun: Business trip to China could lead to large mall near Ontario airport

Ontario International Airport Authority commissioner Curt Hagman (left) and OIAA CEO Kelly Fredericks recently returned from a trip to China to foster economic partnerships for growth. Here they sit in a China Airlines simulator cockpit in Taoyuan City, Taiwan.

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/05/17 – 9:38 PM PST |

ONTARIO >> A recent trip to China connected a San Bernardino County supervisor and a top Ontario International Airport official with a developer who’s considering vacant land near ONT as an ideal spot for a large indoor mall.

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Attorney Michael Schwartz, left, joins San Bernardino County Sheriff Deputies Michael Phelps, 29, Nicholas Downey, 33, and Charles Foster, 34, all three of whom have been charged with felony assault by a public officer against Francis Jared Pusok, stand in court during an arraignment September 8, 2015 at San Bernardino Superior Court. (File)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/02/17 – 10:19 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Three San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies were looking to get some “cheap shots” when they allegedly assaulted an Apple Valley man following a nearly three-hour chase, a prosecutor said during his opening statement Thursday at the deputies’ trial.

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By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
and Doug Saunders, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 02/25/17 – 5:29 PM PST |

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Psalms Zuniga spent his third birthday protesting outside West Valley Detention Center, where family members were demanding answers into his mother’s in-custody death a year ago.

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California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra, seen during a confirmation hearing in January, has emerged as the leading candidate for the post in the 2018 election. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Patrick McGreevy
February 26, 2017

The race for California attorney general in 2018 has been shaken up by the so-called “Trump factor,” with the state’s newly appointed top lawyer, Xavier Becerra, seeing his profile boosted to the national stage by legal challenges to the Republican president.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017 – 04:30 p.m.

The Trump stock market rally, which, according to the numbers, has added more that $2 trillion in value to market capitalization, is also helping the San Bernardino County, California pension fund.

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The Sun: San Bernardino County may have to pay Chino dairy family $48 million

By Richard K. DeAtley
Posted: 02/23/17 – 9:45 PM PST |

San Bernardino County could pay $48 million for the property of one of the few remaining Chino dairy farmers after the family complained in a lawsuit that most of their spread, located under a landing pattern for Chino Airport, had been turned into a no-build zone without compensation.

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Patrick McGreevy
Feb. 9, 2017 – 9:40 a.m.

California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra on Thursday formally announced his bid to run for election to the post in 2018, telling supporters he is ready to continue to battle the Trump administration when he thinks the president is trampling on rights.

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Robert Lovingood (File photo)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/05/17 – 3:41 PM PST |

San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert Lovingood presented a plan for regional economic growth including the fast-tracking of development projects, bolstering funding for public safety, increasing infrastructure, and expanding technical training.

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The Sun: San Bernardino County CEO Greg Devereaux announces retirement

San Bernardino County CEO Greg Devereaux announced that he will retire Thursday. (File photo)

By David Downey, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 01/19/17 – 12:15 PM PST |

San Bernardino County’s chief executive, who is credited with stabilizing county government finances, announced Thursday he plans to retire by the end of June.

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Paloma Esquivel
January 14, 2017

Ten Southern California journalists are fighting an effort by prosecutors to compel them to testify in the San Bernardino County corruption trials of a developer, a former supervisor and other former county officials.

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InlandPolitics: Services set for San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 – 07:00 p.m.

Funeral Services have been set for San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge Brian Saunders, who passed away unexpectedly last week.

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Matt Stevens
January 1, 2017

A 14-year veteran of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has been arrested and booked on suspicion of having unlawful sexual intercourse with a teenage girl participating in the department’s youth Explorer program, authorities said.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 12/09/16 – 6:09 PM PST |

A jury awarded $110,000 plus undisclosed punitive damages to an Adelanto man shot by San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies in a case of mistaken identity, the man’s attorney said Friday.

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The Sun: San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman appoints new chief of staff

Yekaterina “Katherine” Kolcheva (Courtesy photo)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 12/06/16 – 10:34 AM PST |

San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman announced Tuesday he has appointed his deputy chief of staff, Yekaterina “Katherine” Kolcheva, to serve as his new chief of staff.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 11/30/16 – 4:58 PM PST |

San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman has fired his chief of staff, Mike Spence, after Spence was charged with driving under the influence of drugs and admitted to battling drug and alcohol addictions for more than 20 years.

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By Suzanne Hurt, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 11/28/16 – 1:12 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Survivors pleaded to San Bernardino County supervisors Monday for more help in their efforts to heal a year after the Dec. 2 terrorist attack in San Bernardino.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County pension system shortfall grows

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Monday, November 28, 2016 – 12:15 p.m.

The pension system for San Bernardino County, California, took another hit in its latest fiscal year.

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By Suzanne Hurt, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 11/23/16 – 10:21 PM PST |

Another person has come forward about medication denials for survivors of the Dec. 2 San Bernardino terrorist attack — this time, the husband of a San Bernardino County employee shot in the face.

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By Suzanne Hurt, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 11/19/16 – 6:06 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Survivors of the Dec. 2 terrorist attack in San Bernardino say they’re being cut off from anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medication and counseling shortly before the one-year anniversary — making an already traumatic time even more distressing.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 11/16/16 – 2:32 PM PST |

San Bernardino County has settled for $1.5 million a lawsuit filed by the parents of a developmentally disabled Ontario man beaten to death by his cellmate last year at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.

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InlandPolitics: Valles concedes First District contest

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Angela Valles

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

Former Victorville City Council Member Angela Valles has conceded loss to San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Robewrt Lovingood.

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ME!

By Jeff Horseman, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 11/14/16 – 3:44 PM PST |

San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos said Monday that he’s interested in being appointed to serve the remainder of Kamala Harris’ term as California attorney general now that she’s been elected to the U.S. Senate.

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Campaigns

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 11/01/16 – 9:18 PM PDT |

The race for First District San Bernardino County supervisor sees incumbent Robert Lovingood going up against Angela Valles, a former Victorville councilwoman and Victor Valley Community College District trustee.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County: Trouble in Paradise again!

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Monday, October 31, 2016 – 08:30 a.m.

Say what?

Questions are swirling over the alleged outside business interests of a high-ranking San Bernardino County Sheriff’s official.

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InlandPolitics: County Employee Earns $600,000 a Year; Brags That He Can’t Be Fired

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Joseph Turner
Sunday, October 30, 2016 – 7:58 p.m.

In a previous blog entry we discussed how San Bernardino County CEO Greg Devereaux earned close to $600,000 a year in total compensation.

He is the highest paid government employee in all of San Bernardino County. And his total compensation is about fifty percent greater than Riverside County’s chief executive.

Here is Mr. Devereaux bragging on recorded video about how he cannot be fired from his job. Read the rest of this entry »

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Joseph Turner
Friday, October 28, 2016 – 11:16 a.m.

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors hired Greg Devereaux to be the County CEO in January of 2010.

The $600,000 Man!

He currently earns approximately $600,000 a year.

In 2015 he earned $549,803 in total compensation. But this figure does not take into account the 7% raise that Supervisor Robert Lovingood gave him in 2016. You can view the executive compensation plan here.

In 2011, his total compensation was $491,565 a year.

But, how did county residents do during the same time period? Read the rest of this entry »

InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County politics, refugee news drives blog traffic

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

Political news, including revelations that the United States government settled a number of Syrian refugees in the High Desert drove InlandPolitics viewership activity last week.

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

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

The Wikipedia entry for this event states:

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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Joseph Turner
Monday, October 24, 2016 – 9:01 a.m.

This weekend I received a tip from a frustrated voter about how San Bernardino County is refusing to release documents that he believes are damaging to Supervisor Robert Lovingood’s campaign.

Last month, he submitted two public information requests seeking information about the employment details and job duties of Fred Aguiar — the controversial lobbyist earning $122,000 a year while working 300 miles away from home in Paso Robles. Oh yeah. He also works just 18 hours a week…maybe.

He was hired by Supervisor Lovingood in January in what many believe was strictly a move to politically benefit his campaign, including to help with fundraising. Read the rest of this entry »

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

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

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

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Absentee Ballot

Sunday, October 23, 2016 – 08:45 a.m.

It’s a miracle!

Absentee mail-in ballots are finally landing in San Bernardino County voter mailboxes.

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IE Business Daily: Syrian Refugee Crisis Roils SB County Supervisor Race

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By Inland Empire Business Daily
October 22, 2016

According to multiple news reports at least 23 Syrian refugees have been settled in the City of Victorville by the Federal Government.

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

BUT THEY WERE VETTED!

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

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

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

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 10/21/16 – 10:43 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> James Ramos, chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, is making some rather unconventional changes to his staff, while his colleague, Supervisor Janice Rutherford, is picking up his former chief of staff.

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

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

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

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

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

Angela Valles

By Shea Johnson, Staff Writer
Posted:     Oct 20, 2016 at 5:29 PM
Updated:  Oct 20, 2016 at 5:29 PM

First District Supervisor candidate Angela Valles has condemned the “dumping” of Syrian refugees into Victorville, saying she would sue the federal government and seek to cut off refugee welfare benefits after it was discovered 23 Syrian immigrants have resettled in the city this year.

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By Stephanie K. Baer, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/20/16 – 9:35 AM PDT |

WEST COVINA >> Councilman Mike Spence pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence of a drug Thursday morning.

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Joseph Turner
Thursday, October 20, 2016 – 9:28 a.m.

Corruption and political graft in San Bernardino County continues unabated.

Did you know that Supervisor Robert Lovingood gave a campaign donor and Sacramento lobbyist who lives 300 miles away a cushy part-time job that pays more than $122,000 a year?

Need proof? Ok.

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Joseph Turner
Thursday, October 20, 2016 – 1:44 a.m.

A gigantic bomb was dropped on First District Supervisor “Do-Nothing” Bob Lovingood late Tuesday morning when his challenger, Angela Valles, informed district voters that unvetted Syrian refugees have been secretly dumped in the High Desert community of Victorville.

It doesn’t take a degree in political science to know that the High Desert folk aren’t going to be too excited at the news.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to tell you that the timing of this news comes at a disastrous time for the Lovingood campaign. Read the rest of this entry »

Daily Press: Mail ballots in San Bernardino County delayed by vendor error

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By Shea Johnson, Staff Writer
Posted:     Oct 18, 2016 at 12:25 PM
Updated:  Oct 18, 2016 at 4:50 PM

San Bernardino County voters will receive their mail ballots later than normal due to an error by a vendor used by the county Elections Office, Registrar of Voters Michael J. Scarpello said Tuesday. Voters should receive ballots by the end of this week at the latest, he said.

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BREAKING NEWS – Just received from the Angela Valles campiagn.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 18, 2016

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

Will terminate welfare benefits and housing subsidies for refugees once elected

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InlandPolitics: Lovingood Lies About Valles to Deflect from Child Sex Abuse Scandal

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Joseph Turner
Saturday, October 15, 2016 – 5:50 p.m.

Well, it is election season and that means one thing! You better have a solid pair of boots so you can wade through all the bullshit.

Supervisor Robert Lovingood mailed out a hit piece on Angela Valles today. It is filled with outright lies and distortions about her record. You can view the mailer here. Before I dissect it, it is worth pointing out one thing.

It is tough for Lovingood to run on a record that includes the sexual abuse and deaths of neglected children in the county foster system, the cover up of a prostitution scandal, and a pension system that is underfunded by $2 billion dollars. When you don’t have a record of accomplishment as an incumbent you have to lie about your opponent. It is pathetic.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 10/14/16 – 4:30 PM PDT |

West Covina Councilman Mike Spence has battled alcoholism and drug abuse for more than 20 years, he said during a recent interview when confronted about a DUI he pleaded guilty to in 1998.

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InlandPolitics: Expanded coverage of San Bernardino County dead children cover-up

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Thursday, October 13, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

San Bernardino County hiring am outside law firm to represent it in an unfolding scandal involving multiple child deaths has thrown gas on the fire.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 10/12/16 – 2:36 AM PDT |

San Bernardino County Superior Court Executive Officer Christina Volkers has resigned, effective Dec. 31, the court announced Tuesday.

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Daily Press: County wins ticket quota suit

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By Shea Johnson, Staff Writer
Posted:    Oct 11, 2016 at 5:41 PM
Updated: Oct 11, 2016 at 6:30 PM

SAN BERNARDINO — A jury sided with the county Tuesday in the whistleblower lawsuit brought by three current or former deputies alleging retaliation for disclosing purported ticket quota and impound schemes within two High Desert sheriff’s stations, court records show.

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InlandPolitics: TV ad hits San Bernardino County Supervisor Robert Lovingood

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016 – 09:30 a.m.

The runoff election to decide who will hold the First District seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has heated up.

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Linda Haugen – Courtesy photo

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 10/10/16 – 4:08 PM PDT |

Linda Haugen, assistant executive officer of the San Bernardino County Department of Human Services, is retiring after 35 years with the county.

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InlandPolitics: No accountability on San Bernardino County child deaths

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Friday, October 7, 2016 – 10:30 p.m.

The unfolding scandal involving the deaths of multiple children, including some as small as infants and toddlers, under the care and custody of San Bernardino County Children and Family Services has become an all out disgrace and miscarriage of justice.

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InlandPolitics: Sheriff ticket quota whistle-blower lawsuit goes to jury

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Friday, October 7, 2016 – 09:15 a.m.

A nearly month-long trial involving alleged workplace retaliation against three current and former San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies has been finally handed to a jury.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 10/04/16 – 10:51 PM PDT |

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a contract with Enron prosecutor John C. Hueston to assess the county’s child welfare services system amid an investigation by the state Attorney General’s Office.

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The Sun: San Bernardino County brings back Enron prosecutor for CFS investigation

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 10/03/16 – 9:01 PM PDT |

San Bernardino County has brought back Enron prosecutor John C. Hueston to help defend it against an investigation by the state Attorney General’s Office into alleged illegal practices at the Department of Children and Family Services.

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