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DailyBulletin: Restaurant development moving forward in Inland Empire

Colonies Crossroads Shopping Center

Restaurant development across the Inland Empire is on the rise as the economy improves. Panera Bread, Pick Up Stix, Chipotle and The Habit are among the new offerings at The Colonies Shopping Center in Upland. (Neil Nisperos — Staff)

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/09/14, 9:43 PM PDT |

Newer large shopping centers in the region have opened with a slate of new eateries in the past year and more may arrive in the coming months.

The trend indicates a return to normalcy for the regional economy, as restaurant construction and openings had stagnated during the recession and business slowdown.

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Ontario International

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/08/14, 10:17 PM PDT | Updated: 43 secs ago

ONTARIO >> Following six consecutive years of decline, passenger traffic at LA/Ontario International Airports has apparently stabilized in the early part of 2014.

But members of the Ontario International Airport Authority are reluctant to equate the recent reports as good news for the medium-hub facility.

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InlandPolitics: CD-31: Recount proceeds — But don’t hold your breath!

Recount

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 – 09:45 a.m.

A recount of select voting precincts, in the close 31st Congressional District contest, will start Wednesday.

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InlandPolitics: Readers question local newspaper tactics again

question-mark

Sunday, June 22, 2014 – 01:00 p.m.

It would appear local Inland Empire newspapers need to make a choice.

Either adopt the true purpose of a newspaper and be a public watchdog, or become a sock puppet!

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The Sun: New owners of San Bernardino’s largest hotel plan upgrade this year

Hotel San Bernardino

Many will lose their jobs, but the loss of the Hilton in San Bernardino will hit more than jobs, as travelers become wary of even staying in San Bernardino. The news is yet another hit for the city, which has seen major attractions head west — to Ontario, for instance.

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 06/20/14, 8:44 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The new owners of this city’s largest hotel say late this year they plan a major upgrade of the 251-room property, which is called “The Hotel of San Bernardino.”

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The Inland Empire is projected to be one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the country through 2020, according to a new report. (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)

The Inland Empire is projected to be one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the country through 2020, according to a new report. (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)

Chris Kirkham
June 20, 2104

The Inland Empire east of Los Angeles is projected to be one of the fastest-growing large metropolitan area economies in the country over the next six years, according to a forecast released Friday at the United States Conference of Mayors.

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The Sun: Economist: Logistics key to Inland Empire economic growth

Economy - What's Next

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/19/14, 7:25 PM PDT | Updated: 16 secs ago

Regional economist Christopher Thornberg, a frequent commentator on national television and print media, told a gathering of the local commercial real estate professionals on Thursday that the warehousing and shipment of goods is going to be the major economic engine for the continued growth of the Inland Empire.

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DailyBulletin: Local tea party members encouraged by primary win in Virginia

Politics

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/15/14, 5:12 PM PDT | Updated: 45 secs ago

After a stinging defeat for conservative gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly in the June 3 primary, the defeat of Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a Virginia primary election has provided Inland Empire tea party conservatives some level of encouragement.

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InlandPolitics: Commentary: Little return on invested funds?

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 – 05:00 p.m.

The bad news just keeps piling up for bankrupt San Bernardino, and the surrounding area, these days. A city, and area, that has been the beneficiary of more than $ 1.026 Billion in government projects over the past several years.

That’s right. I did say billion!

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DailyBulletin: ACLU is opening San Bernardino office

ACLU

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/08/14, 5:34 PM PDT |

The American Civil Liberties Union is opening an office in San Bernardino, which will serve the Inland Empire region.

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InlandPolitics: Primary Election recap

Election Results

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

Here’s a recap of the June 3 Primary Election results for contests of interest.

Record low, and we mean low, turnout was projected, and it happened!

But no one expected it to be this low.

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The Sun: Low voter turnout expected for primary election in Inland Empire

Vote

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/02/14, 8:27 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

While it’s anyone’s guess who will move on past today’s primary election, local political analysts do know one thing for certain – voter turnout will be low this year.

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vote

Inland primary turnout hovers in the 20 to 30 percent range, even in years where big issues are on the ballot.

Published: June 1, 2014 Updated: 9:51 p.m.

Not only are most Inland voters expected to skip Tuesday’s primary election, but those who do take part have more sway than voters in other large California counties.

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

The PE: CAMPAIGN FINANCE: Outside money pours into Inland races

Money

Candidates for a state Senate seat in Riverside County and a congressional district in San Bernardino County get the most help

Published: May 23, 2014 Updated: 6:28 p.m.

As the June 3 primary election nears, two Inland races are becoming money magnets attracting special committees with distant addresses and deep pockets.

Independent expenditure committees have spent almost $800,000 as of Wednesday to help or hinder two feuding Republican candidates in the 28th state Senate District, which will represent southwest Riverside County and the county’s desert communities.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in the P-E Political Empire Blog, click here.

The PE: ECONOMY: Shrinking Inland labor force a concern

Work Force

Published: May 16, 2014 – Updated: 10:50 p.m.

Employers in Inland Southern California are still posting “we’re hiring” signs over the front door, and that helped lower the unemployment level in the area to its lowest point in almost six years, a state report released Friday found.

To read story by Jack Katzanek in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

The Sun: Economist offers plan to spur Inland Empire job growth

John Husing

Husing

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/10/14, 12:40 PM PDT |

Inland Empire economist John Husing is presenting legislative suggestions for lawmakers to relieve poverty in the region, linking the lack of job-creating manufacturing companies here to the instability of environmental policy and regulations in California.

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VVDailyPress: GOP Assembly candidates speak at luncheon

GOP

Crowded field jockeys for votes in June primary
April 22, 2014 6:05 PM
SHEA JOHNSON, STAFF WRITER

SPRING VALLEY LAKE • Hosting GOP candidates in local races on Tuesday, leaders of Hi-Desert Republican Women, Federated, stressed the importance of showing support for the party in general as the June primary looms.

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VVDailyPress: Republican candidates to speak at luncheon

GOP

April 20, 2014 6:05 PM
STAFF REPORTS

SPRING VALLEY LAKE • Republican candidates in local races on Tuesday are scheduled to speak during a luncheon of the Hi-Desert Republican Women, Federated.

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VVDailyPress: GOP still dominant regionally

County voter stats provide hyper-local glimpse
April 19, 2014 9:08 PM
SHEA JOHNSON, STAFF WRITER

VICTORVILLE • In a state of mostly Democrats, this region has historically been a rare pocket of majority Republicans. Data released this week by the San Bernardino County Elections Office — specific to local-level districts and cities — only reaffirms that the area’s votership continues to buck the statewide trend.

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The PE: STATE SENATE: Five candidates running in new district

Campaigns

April 18, 2014; 10:06 PM

The boundaries changed, but the advantage remains for Democrats in a new state Senate district in San Bernardino County.

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

DailyBulletin: Inland Empire poised for economic growth

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/17/14, 7:46 PM PDT |

After languishing for several years, the Inland Empire economy is starting to look a lot brighter.

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The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Sarcasm was the mother of this “intervention”

Politics

April 07, 2014; 11:16 AM

Rep. Mark Takano used the recently concluded “How I Met Your Mother” TV show to mock House Republicans.

On April 2, Takano, D-Riverside, took to the U.S. House of Representatives floor to stage a How-I-Met-Your-Mother-style “intervention.” Characters in the long-running CBS sitcom would stage interventions for everything from bad behavior to an ugly hat.

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

DailyBulletin: 3 candidates speak at the University of Redlands forum

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By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 04/04/14, 8:54 PM PDT |

REDLANDS >> Trust and experience were key themes at Thursday night’s forum at the University of Redlands for Democratic candidates in the 31st Congressional District.

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DailyBulletin: Report shows Inland Empire manufacturing sectors slowing

By From Staff Reports
Posted: 04/01/14, 5:22 PM PDT |

For the first time since August, a closely watched index of the Inland Empire’s business climate has dropped below 50, a possible sign that the region’s manufacturing is slowing a bit.

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LATimes: Softer demand seen in SoCal housing market

U-Haul.2

In San Bernardino County, nearly 11,000 more people moved out than moved in, and the county had the second-slowest population growth in the Southland. (Los Angeles Times / May 3, 1999)

By Tim Logan
March 27, 2014, 6:08 p.m.

Population growth in Southern California slowed last year, and that helped lead to softer demand for housing.

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LATimes: California jobless rate falls to 8% after adding 58,800 net new positions

unemployment

The employment gain follows an unexpected drop in January, which many now see as an anomaly rather than as a sign of trouble ahead.

By Shan Li
March 21, 2014, 5:09 p.m.

California’s economy perked up in February, adding 58,800 net new jobs and gaining some momentum after a lackluster showing the month before.

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The PE: MILITARY: Proposed budget would cut personnel at March

MILITARYSEQUESTER

March 19, 2014; 06:35 PM

March Air Reserve Base could lose about 150 personnel if the Department of Defense’s proposed military budget is passed by Congress.

To read story by Mark Muckenfuss in The Press Enterprise, click here.

economy

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 03/19/14, 7:49 PM PDT | Updated: 1 hr ago

The recession may be over, but it has left a lot of uncertainty in its wake.

Companies remain reluctant to hire because they can’t gauge where the economy is heading. And consumers who have lost their jobs or had their hours scaled back are keeping a tight rein on spending, according to Kimberly Ritter-Martinez, an economist with the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.

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DailyBulletin: Deadline passes with few teacher layoffs in Southern California

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By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/16/14, 8:07 PM PDT |

Although California public school districts aren’t exactly flush with cash, the Ides of March appears to have passed without major layoffs in Southern California school districts.

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The PE: JOBS: Inland hiring should be ‘healthy’ in second quarter

Jobs

March 11, 2014; 04:21 PM

The market for job hunters in Inland Southern California is expected to continue improving as spring turns into summer, a study by one of the country’s largest personnel agencies found.

To read story by Jack Katzanek in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: 30 candidates so far running for seven congressional seats

Eloise Gomez Reyes

Eloise Gomez Reyes, a candidate running for the 31st Congressional District covering San Bernardino County

WASHINGTON BUREAU
March 10, 2014; 09:38 PM

WASHINGTON — Thirty people are vying for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives in the November midterm elections in seven congressional districts that span Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Among the pool of incumbents are three first-term freshmen incumbents, one long-standing member and one third-term Congressman, while two incumbents have decided not to run for re-election at all.

To read story by David Hood in The Press Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: Stater Bros. sales, earnings increase in 4th quarter

stater Bros

Sunday, March 9, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

Stater Bros. Holdings, an economic barometer for the Inland Empire and Southern California, posted solid numbers in the last quarter of 2013.

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The PE: WORKFORCE: Warehouse job issues debated

John Husing

John Husing of Economics & Pollitics, Inc., left, speaks during a panel discussion on the economic benefit of distribution jobs on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 at Riverside City Hall. Seated at right is Juan D. De Lara, an assistant professor of American Studies & Ethnicity at USC. (David Bauman/Staff Photograhper)

February 28, 2014; 04:19 PM

A region with one of the country’s highest unemployment rates and a lower-than-average level of educational achievement needs several pathways to the middle class, and there is a debate about whether the logistics industry is a viable one.

To read story by Jack Katzanek in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: HOUSING: ‘Precipitous’ drop in institutional investors

Institutional Investors

February 28, 2014; 11:42 AM

Investors bowed out of the Inland Southern California and national homebuying scene in January in bigger numbers, a new report from a real estate information service notes.

To read story by Debra Gruszecki in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The Sun: How the McDonald’s burger chain became a pioneer for black-owned businesses

Kiana Webb-Severloh

Franchise owner Kiana Webb-Severloh shares a laugh with store manager Blanca Ahumada at McDonald’s on Base Line Road in Rancho Cucamonga. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/26/14, 8:26 AM PST |

Before Don Thompson, there was Reginald Webb. And Ronald McDonald would never be the same.

It was 1973 when a headhunter recruited Webb, a young, African-American graduate of Cal State Los Angeles, to become a manager at McDonald’s.

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SBCO Campaigns

Posted: 02/24/14, 10:15 PM PST |

The departure of two incumbents has tipped the political dominoes in San Bernardino County.

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DailyBulletin: Inland region poised for economic growth new report says

By Canan Tasci, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
and Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 02/19/14, 10:31 AM PST |

It could be years before the Inland Empire gains back the jobs that were sapped by a devastating economic downturn, according to a report released Tuesday, which also showed that the region was poised for improvement.

And that has prompted cautious optimism from employers and job seekers.

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DailyBulletin: Inland Empire retail leasing sector improving, changing

New Construction

Net retail absorption, or the amount of space occupied in 2013, was 1.1 million square feet or a 22 percent increase compared to 2012, according to Brad Umansky, a real estate broker who owns Rancho Cucamonga-based Progressive Real Estate Partners.

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/08/14, 11:11 AM PST | Updated: 1 day ago

As it recovers after the Great Recession, the Inland Empire’s retail sector is also changing.

The vacancy rate of retail shopping space in San Bernardino County in 2013 was about a half percentage point lower than it was in 2012, experts said.

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LATimes: Tens of thousands leave Los Angeles County for Inland Empire

Inland Empire

Despite high unemployment rates, experts say, lower housing costs helped draw more people to Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

By Emily Alpert Reyes
February 8, 2014, 9:32 p.m.

Despite staggering rates of unemployment, the Inland Empire continued to pull tens of thousands of people from Los Angeles County during the recession and its aftermath — the nation’s biggest net county-to-county movement from 2007 to 2011 — new Census Bureau estimates reveal.

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DailyBulletin: Agencies ask consumers to cut water usage by 20%

Drought

By Canan Tasci, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/04/14, 10:03 PM PST |

Inland Empire water officials are urging people to be water wise to help combat the recent statewide drought emergency that has been declared by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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Big Bear Skiing

Skiers and snowboarders on the slopes at Bear Mountain, left and Snow Summit, right, Monday January 27, 2014 at Bear Mountain Resorts in Big Bear Lake. (Staff photo by LaFonzo Carter/The Sun)

By Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 01/29/14, 7:41 PM PST |

BIG BEAR LAKE >> Sean and Cynda Johnson hadn’t had a break from work since their honeymoon two years ago.

So the Laguna Beach couple decided to take a three-day winter getaway here.

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The Sun: Inland Empire is back in business, says major area developer

Randall Lewis

Randall Lewis talks with attendees after a presentation on the state of the housing and real estate during the West End Real Estate Professionals Breakfast Meeting on Friday in Rancho Cucamonga. (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher — Staff Photographer)

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/17/14, 9:12 PM PST |

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Randall Lewis had more than an encouraging word to share with a packed room at the Goldy S. Lewis Community Center on Friday.

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DailyBulletin: Outlook for Inland Empire improving, says economist John Husing

John Husing

Inland Empire economist John Husing delivered his annual State of the Inland Empire report Tuesday at San Antonio Hospital in Upland. Neil Nisperos – Staff Writer

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/14/14, 3:38 PM PST |

UPLAND >> The situation was bad for the Inland Empire economy after the downturn of the late 2000s, but the outlook is starting to look brighter, according to Inland Empire economist John Husing.

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The PE: TRANSPORTATION: Fast buses in Inland Empire’s future

Sbx Bus Line

Stations for the bus rapid transit line are spaced about a mile apart on the the 15.7-mile route. (Stan Lim/Photographer)

January 10, 2014; 08:46 PM

Construction is nearly finished on a $191.7 million bus rapid-transit line in San Bernardino that will carry with it the hope of an economic boost to a beleaguered city and the potential to be the first leg of a multi-county network.

To read story by David Olson in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

DailyBulletin: 13,000 in San Bernardino County lose long-term unemployment benefits

unemployment

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/02/14, 7:56 PM PST |

Of the more than 222,000 long-term unemployed individuals in California who have lost unemployment benefits from the federal government, about 13,000 are in San Bernardino County, state officials said.

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InlandPolitics: ‘Dark’ politics already in play

Dirty Politics

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 – 10:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 1, 2014 – 12:00 p.m.

InlandPolitcs.com is now approaching the 25,000 comment mark.

As this milestone approaches, it would appear that the business-as-usual ‘dark’ political gamesmanship in the Inland Empire has already commenced.

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The PE: ECONOMY: How much will extended benefit sunset cost?

Unemployment Benefits Application

December 27, 2013; 04:18 PM

The good news for David Abad is that he’s about to start a new job.

But it would have been a much more festive holiday for Abad and his family if he had learned about the job offer a week earlier. On Christmas Day he found himself at the end of the 26 weeks of unemployment benefits California provides for, and he was expecting nothing after that because the federally funded extended benefits program officially ends Saturday.

To read story by Jack Katzanek in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: REGION: Big payouts a cushion for area’s city managers

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December 27, 2013; 01:40 PM

City managers in some of the Inland region’s largest municipalities have stitched voluminous golden parachutes to protect themselves from the whims of elected leaders, who have provided little stability for their top executives in recent years.

To read story by Aaron Claverie in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

CapitolWeekly: Political change roils Inland Empire

Inland Empire

By Samantha Gallegos
Posted 12.18.2013

California Republicans face tossups in areas of the state that for years were considered strongholds and easy wins for GOP contenders. The reason: demographics.

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The PE: HEALTH: Local Obamacare enrollment figures released

ObamaCare

December 06, 2013; 07:24 PM

Enrollment in the state medical insurance exchange set up under Obamacare is picking up steam, officials say, although only about 5 percent of the 320,000 Inland residents who are eligible signed up in the first month.

To read story by Janet Zimmerman in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

DailyBulletin: Economic report outlines challenges facing Inland Empire

Really

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 12/03/13, 9:03 PM PST |

Southern California’s economy could return to pre-recession levels earlier than expected, but the region and state still face challenges, economists and other experts say.

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bad-economy

By Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 11/21/13, 6:37 PM PST |

The Inland Empire took the biggest hit in personal per capita income growth during the recession among Southern California regions in a federal study released Thursday showing decreasing income growth levels nationwide.

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DailyBulletin: Most Inland Valley incumbents hang onto their seats

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
and Wes Woods, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 11/06/13, 5:52 PM PST |

Election Day proved to be a good one for local incumbent school board and city council members as many retained their seats.

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DailyBulletin: Construction job growth predicted for the Inland Empire

Home Construction

New homes undergo construction recently in the Inland Empire. Although the number of area construction jobs aren’t predicted to return to pre-recession levels soon, state projections foresee growth in the coming years. photos by rick sforza — staff photographer

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 11/03/13, 7:07 PM PST |

The California Employment Development Department projects about 69,300 Inland Empire construction jobs in 2020, a number which analysts calculated based on historical trends.

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DailyBulletin: Inland Empire tops list of unemployed, not in school youth

unemployment

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/29/13, 8:41 PM PDT |

Nearly 1 in 5 young people between ages 16 and 24 in the Inland Empire are neither working nor in school, the nation’s worst rate, according to a report released Tuesday.

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InlandPolitics: Ontario airport efforts remain a non-starter

Bugs Bunny

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 – 01:30 p.m.

One has to give Ontario and San Bernardino County officials an “A” for effort. But give them an “F” for their naiveté.

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Investor Owned Home

Homes with dead or dying landscaping like this one in Saugus could be owned by investment companies that are not concerned with maintaining their properties. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News)

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 10/28/13, 8:11 PM PDT |

The nation’s housing meltdown became a nightmare for the millions of Americans who lost their homes to foreclosure.

But that same downturn has been a bonanza for institutional investors. Backed by venture capitalists, they swooped in and scooped up scores of bank-owned properties at bargain-basement prices.

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The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Is there a doctor on board? Yes – Raul Ruiz

Politics

October 25, 2013; 05:23 PM

Rep. Raul Ruiz’s day job came in handy thousands of feet above the air.

Ruiz, a Harvard-educated medical doctor, came to the aid of a stricken passenger during an Oct. 24 flight from Washington to Fort Worth, Texas. Ruiz and a fireman tended to a man in his 60s who fainted in his seat about 30 minutes into the American Airlines flight, The Desert Sun reported.

To read column by Jeff Horseman, Alicia Robinson and Dayna Straehley in The Press Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: Newspaper shenanigans afoot?

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Sunday, October 20, 2013 – 10:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 24, 2013 – 09:10 a.m.

Would a local newpaper interfere with story content, in order to shill for a local politico?

It sure sounds that way!

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InlandPolitics: Local politicos must be shaking their heads this morning

Angry Emoticon

Local Politician

Thursday, October, 17, 2013 – 08:45 a.m.

Inland Empire politicos have to be choking over their breakfast this morning.

Why you ask?

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 10/09/13, 6:52 PM PDT | Updated: 2 hrs ago

ONTARIO >> While the Inland Empire experienced major losses in the manufacturing and construction sectors during the Great Recession, the unemployment gap is closing, economic output is steadily increasing and the housing sector is showing signs of recovery, a Claremont McKenna College professor said Wednesday,

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The Sun: $50K incentive for East Valley Water District CEO is shot down

EVWD

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/27/13, 9:05 PM PDT |

HIGHLAND >> The unexpected appearance of a few community members appears to have stopped the East Valley Water District from changing its general manager’s contract to promise him an extra $50,000 if he met certain conditions to the board’s satisfaction, those residents say.

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NSFW: This Guy Would Make a Great Politician in the Inland Empire

By William Cutting
Friday, September 27, 2013 – 07:00 p.m.

DISCLAIMER: Some content in this post is not suitable for some work environments

Let me tell you a story about a guy who would be right at home here in the Inland Empire — I mean…this guy puts San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris and his Measure Z sales tax fleecing of taxpayers to shame.

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The PE: LEGISLATURE: Bevy of bills by Inland lawmakers goes to governor

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown has received more than two dozen bills authored by Inland lawmakers.

September 20, 2013; 05:36 PM

SACRAMENTO – From commercial driver’s licenses to scrap metal, more than two dozen bills by Inland lawmakers await consideration by Gov. Jerry Brown after passing the Legislature in the final days of the 2013 session.

To read story by Jim Miller in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The Sun: Inland Empire cities see jumps in property crime, homicides

Handcuffs

By Doug Saunders, The Sun
and Melissa Pinion-Whitt, The Sun
Posted: 09/18/13, 1:20 PM PDT | Updated: 6 hrs ago

Homicides rose in Pomona and San Bernardino in 2012, while vehicle thefts jumped in Redlands and Ontario, according to FBI crime statistics released this week.

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Inland Empire

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
and Ryan Hagen, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 09/18/13, 7:39 PM PDT | Updated: 28 secs ago

A worsening poverty picture put the Inland Empire first among the nation’s 25 largest metropolitan areas, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released Thursday.

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The PE: Political Empire Blog: CONGRESS: Latest forecasts for Inland seats

U.S. Capitol

September 16, 2013

The latest political insider forecasts of how the 2014 races will shape out have slightly differing opinions on a couple Inland House of Representatives seats.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

The Sun: Local Tea Party activists oppose Common Core standards

Schools

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 09/13/13, 5:37 PM PDT | Updated: 14 hrs ago

They’re promoted as making American students more competitive with their international peers, but some local conservatives say new educational standards set to be fully implemented next school year amount to a federal takeover of local education.

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VVDailyPress: Claremont McKenna College to hold economics, public policy conference

Claremont McKenna

September 09, 2013 5:38 PM
Staff Reports

CLAREMONT • The Inland Empire Center for Economics and Public Policy at Claremont McKenna College will co-host its 4th Annual Inland Empire Economic Forecast Conference with the UCLA Anderson Forecast on Oct. 9.

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The Sun: Cal State SB economic study shows conflicting trends

California State University - San Bernardino

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 09/03/13, 6:00 PM PDT | Updated: 2 hrs ago

A report that takes the pulse of the region’s manufacturing economy pinpoints potential trends that could threaten the area’s recovery.

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Gary Miller

Rep. Gary Miller had nearly $575,000 in his campaign account by June 30, and Republicans insist he can win again in a district that President Obama won last year. (Dennis Cook / Associated Press / February 16, 2007)

By Jean Merl and Richard Simon
September 3, 2013, 9:14 p.m.

It’s little wonder that Democrats have set their sights on GOP Rep. Gary Miller, widely viewed as one of the most vulnerable House members in next year’s elections, mainly because he holds a seat that the opposite party had been expected to win last year.

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The PE: SUSPENSEFUL: Inland lawmakers’ bills advanced or stalled Friday

Straight Face Emoticon

August 31, 2013

Friday was make-or-break day for dozens of bills as appropriations panels in both houses considered which measures to spring from their respective suspense files.

To read post by Jim Miller in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

DailyBulletin: Test scores: Inland Empire schools hold steady on API

Schools

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/29/13, 11:30 AM PDT |

At the end of a test score era, Inland Empire schools more or less held steady on the Academic Performance Index scores released by the state Department of Education on Thursday.

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DailyBulletin: Inland Valley candidate choices finalized for fall ballot

By Canan Tasci, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/19/13, 6:55 PM PDT |

Incumbents in two water districts and three school district will easily reclaim their seat due to insufficient candidates running against them in the Nov. 5 local elections.

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InlandPolitics: The Insider: Political hanky-panky, OmniTrans in trouble

TheShadow.preview

Sunday, July 21, 2013 – 10:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, July 22, 2013 – 09:30 a.m.

Elected officials just never learn.

It’s true!

You know that old saying about living in glass houses?

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The PE: TRANSPORTATION: ‘Buy American’ rules could stall Inland projects

Hmmm

July 07, 2013; 02:12 PM

Inland officials are sounding alarm bells about a new twist on an old federal policy they say threatens big transportation projects set to launch in a few months.

To read story by David Downey in The Press Enterprise, click here.

DailyBulletin: School districts say high-priced leaders are worth the cost

Money

Beau Yarbrough, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/16/2013 06:53:24 PM PDT
Updated: 06/16/2013 09:36:47 PM PDT

View: Contract amendment | 2012 contract | 2011 contract | 2010 contract
Data: Comparing San Bernardino County district superintendent salaries

Superintendents, where the proverbial buck stops in each school district, are well-compensated for their time. But, as George Orwell might have said, some superintendents are more super than others.

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Inland Manufacturing - May 2013

Respondents rating the county’s economy as “Excellent” or “Good.” (Courtesy graphic – Institute of Applied Research at Cal State San Bernardino)

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/03/2013 11:27:41 AM PDT
Updated: 06/03/2013 11:55:31 PM PDT

Continued growth is predicted for San Bernardino and Riverside counties’ economies.

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The PE: ONTARIO AIRPORT: Diminished service hinders Inland economic development

Ontario International Airport

People leave Terminal 4 at Ontario International Airport after arriving at their destinations in this 2012 file photo.(Stan Lim/Staff Photographer)

May 21, 2013; 06:14 PM

When Ontario International Airport opened its two modern terminals in September 1998, many of Inland Southern California’s top business executives lauded the event as a great way to make a first impression on would-be customers and investors from out of town.

To read story by Jack Katzanek in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Kevin Smith, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/17/2013 06:52:28 PM PDT
Updated: 05/17/2013 09:24:37 PM PDT

Related story: L.A. County’s jobless rate under 10% for first time in 4 years The Inland Empire’s unemployment rate fell to a 4 1/2-year low of 9.6 percent in April and the region added 900 jobs, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

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The PE: TRANSPORTATION: Nearly $70 million provided for Inland projects

MetroLink

A Metrolink train travels across the Magnolia Avenue overpass in January 2012. A similiar grade crossing project to the east at Riverside Avenue has received some $12 million in funding from the California Transporation Commission.

May 09, 2013; 05:46 PM

The California Transportation Commission has allocated nearly $70 million in funding to nine projects in Inland Southern California, including $12 million toward a four-lane grade separation on Riverside Avenue at the railroad tracks in Riverside.

To read story by Jan Sears in The Press Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: Area ‘economist’ back at it again

Pom-Poms

Sunday, April 23, 2013 – 10:00 a.m.

A local Inland Empire ‘economist’ is back at again this week.

It must be time to drum up some business for the area’s paid cheerleader John Husing.

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VVDailyPress: Husing among reform supporters

Economist: Americans won’t do some jobs
April 19, 2013 11:33 PM
Jose Quintero, Staff Writer

SAN BERNARDINO • Research economist John Husing called for immigration reform at a conference Friday, saying Americans simply won’t do some jobs that undocumented citizens would.

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By Kevin Smith Staff Writer
kevin.smith@sgvn.com @SGVNBiz on Twitter
Posted: 04/19/2013 06:24:28 PM PDT
Updated: 04/19/2013 06:39:18 PM PDT

Unemployment rates fell throughout Southern California in March but job creation slowed from the previous month, state officials reported Friday.

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The Sun: Economist: Inland Empire employment to improve to 9.5 percent this year

Hmmm

By Andrew Edwards
andrew.edwards@ inlandnewspapers.com @InlandGov on Twitter
Posted: 04/17/2013 05:43:00 PM PDT

REDLANDS — The Inland Empire’s unemployment rate may finally escape double-digit territory this year, said regional economist John Husing, predicting the jobless rate will improve to 9.5 percent this year.

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