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The Sun: Inland Empire home sales expected to pick up in 2015

Home Construction

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 12/21/14, 7:35 PM PST |

The Inland Empire’s housing market — dormant for the better part of the past decade — appears to be stirring, with new construction sites sprouting throughout the region, and sales are underway in the first post-recession development in Ontario’s ambitious New Model Colony, where as many as 50,000 new homes are expected to be built over the next 20 years.

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LATimes: Southland adding jobs at rapid pace but many have low pay, reports say

Best Buy

Projections show that more than 70% of total job openings through 2018 will be in occupations that require no college degree, including those in retail. Above, employees of a Best Buy store in Culver City hand out coupons to shoppers waiting in line on Thanksgiving. (Marcus Yam, Los Angeles Times)

Andrea Chang
December 4, 2014

Southern California job creation has grown rapidly over the last two years, but the recovery has been dominated by lower-paying service jobs in retail and food services, according to new research.

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InlandPolitics: An interesting “No-Contest” drug charge (Update -1-)

Cocaine

Thursday, November 20, 2014 – 01:30 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 22, 2014 – 11:15 a.m.

It appears a player in Inland Empire political races “quietly” hit a bump in the road last year.

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VVDailyPress: Local politicians tie the knot

Angela Valles+Rick Roelle

Roelle, Valles get married on Maui

RENE RAY DE LA CRUZ
STAFF WRITER
Posted Nov. 14, 2014 @ 7:01 pm
Updated Nov 14, 2014 at 7:11 PM

APPLE VALLEY — It was a wedding in tropical paradise for two people who’ve spent much of their lives in the local political spotlight.

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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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Joe Baca

Then-state Sen. Joe Baca, center, and his wife react after being told Baca took an early lead over Elia Pirozzi for a House seat on Nov. 16, 1999, in San Bernardino. Baca says he is retiring from politics after losing the Fontana mayoral race. (AP Photo)

By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 11/09/14, 7:21 PM PST | Updated: 28 secs ago

After 34 years of public service, three consecutive failed elections, including one in Fontana that raised hopes for a comeback, veteran politician Joe Baca said he’s calling it quits for now.

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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: Inland Empire turnout still down (Final Update)

Vote

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

This is the final update of absentee ballot returns. The data shows voters, Democrats in particular, are disengaged.

Depending on Election Day turnout, Raul Ruiz (D) could be ousted by State Assemblyman Brian Nestande (R) in CD-36. In CD-31, the battle between Pete Aguilar (D) and Paul Chabot (R) is a toss-up. But the numbers currently don’t favor Aguilar. Read the rest of this entry »

Balance of Power

Sunday, November 2, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.

For the past few weeks, Inland Empire newspapers have been on some punch drunk trip, spouting off about how a few local U.S. House of Representatives contests are somehow pivotal to Congressional control.

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The Sun: Election 2014: San Bernardino County highlights

Joe Biden+Pete Aguilar

Vice President Joe Biden, left, with Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar, the Democratic candidate in the 31st Congressional District race, at a Get Out the Vote rally Saturday at Colton High School. (John Valenzuela — Staff Photographer)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/01/14, 9:56 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

San Bernardino County voters have a part Tuesday in deciding who will represent them in offices from governor to Congress to school board, as well as directly deciding policies in some cities.

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InlandPolitics: Inland Empire turnout remains in the tank

Elections 2014

Note: This report will be next updated on Tuesday morning.

Saturday, November 1, 2014 – 12:01 a.m.

With just 4 days remaining until Election Day, absentee voter turnout in the Inland Empire, and California as a whole, remains pathetic.

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InlandPolitics: Dismal Inland Empire turnout will likely affect races

Elections

Friday, October 31, 2014 – 09:35 a.m.

New data indicates turnout in the Inland Empire is dismal this year.

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DailyBulletin: Economic Conference: Education key to Inland Empire growth

Inland Empire

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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The Sun: Business leaders optimistic at Inland Empire economic conference

UCR

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/23/14, 9:17 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Optimism about the regional and national economy was abundant at the 2014 Riverside/San Bernardino Economic Forecast Conference hosted Thursday by Los Angeles-based Beacon Economics and the UC Riverside School of Business Administration.

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LATimes: Strong growth is forecast for Inland Empire

Inland Empire

By Chris Kirkham
October 23, 2014

It was among the nation’s hardest-hit local economies during the Great Recession, beset by staggering numbers of foreclosures and one of the highest jobless rates in California.

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The PE: DECISION 2014: Inland congressional incumbents favored on Election Day

Campaigns

Two Democrats are mounting their first re-election campaigns as GOP Rep. Ken Calvert seeks a 12th term.

Published: Oct. 20, 2014 Updated: 5:03 p.m.

Some are defending their seats for the first time. Others have been in Congress for years.

Regardless, incumbents in the 2014 Inland congressional races are favored to win re-election to two-year terms. They’ve raised more money than their challengers and, with one exception, represent districts friendly to their parties.

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

InlandPolitics: Inland congressional fundraising totals

Campaigns

Thursday, October 15, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

It’s a funding drought for Inland Empire republican candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives.

In this case the numbers speak for themselves.

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

question-mark

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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DailyBulletin: Unemployment rate continues to drop across Inland Empire, nation

Inland Empire

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
and Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/03/14, 9:10 PM PDT |

The nation’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.9  percent, its lowest level in more than six years, after U.S. employers added 248,000 jobs in September, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Home Construction

Construction workers pour a concrete slab for a home under construction in Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday. The median price for a single-family home in the Inland Empire rose 16.5 percent, to $267,000, in the space of a year. (Will Lester – staff photographer)

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/01/14, 8:05 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

A new report on the Inland Empire economy released Wednesday by the Los Angeles-based economic research firm Beacon Economics finds home prices rising in a region experts say is a major growth area for the state.

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Los Angeles World Airports

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
and Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/30/14, 5:12 PM PDT | Updated: 5 hrs ago

Inland Empire elected officials are expressing shock and disappointment over a comment made by a top executive at Los Angeles World Airports in which he referred to the Inland Empire as the “inbred Inland Empire.”

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The Sun: Logistics centers could bring thousands of jobs to the Inland Empire

Goodman Birtcher Logistics Center

An artist’s rendering of the Goodman Birtcher logistics center planned in Fontana. (Courtesy of Goodman Birtcher)

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/20/14, 6:32 PM PDT |

Two new large warehouse distribution centers are planned for Fontana and Eastvale that would bring thousands of new jobs to the Inland Empire.

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The PE: ECONOMY: Inland Empire incomes rising, poverty falling

California Poverty

Census numbers for the Inland area indicate the economy is inching toward rebirth. But they also indicate that our employment picture needs a lot more work.

BY DAVID OLSON / STAFF WRITER
Published: Sept. 17, 2014 Updated: 10:56 p.m.

In another sign that the Inland region is slowly emerging from years of economic decline, area residents’ incomes finally rose in 2013, and the poverty rate began to fall, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released late Wednesday.

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

DailyBulletin: Inland Empire logistics sector poised for growth with cargo increases

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/11/14, 8:53 PM PDT |

The volume of goods coming in and out of the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles over the next 20 years is expected to double and fuel expansion of the logistics sector in the Inland Empire, according to regional economy advocates.

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The PE: ELECTION 2014: Inland congressional races a referendum on 2012 results

Campaigns

Published: Aug. 16, 2014 Updated: 8:19 p.m.

In a way, the 2014 Inland congressional races are about what happened two years ago.

Democrats gained ground in 2012 by capturing an open seat and ousting a veteran Republican incumbent. Those first-term Democrats are now running for re-election in a test of how much the Inland Empire is changing politically.

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

The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: November ballot contests

Politics

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.

unemployment

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/15/14, 8:55 PM PDT |

The Inland Empire unemployment rate rose slightly to 9.2 percent in July, the California Employment Development Department reported Friday.

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The PE: REGION: November ballot complete

Elections

In some districts, an insufficient number of candidates filed, which will lead to appointments of new governing board members.

Published: Aug. 14, 2014 Updated: 9:35 p.m.

The fields are complete for the Nov. 4 ballot and several competitive races have developed for Inland elections.

Wednesday was the last day for candidates to qualify for the ballot in city council, school board and specials district races throughout Riverside County. Friday was the initial deadline, but races in which incumbents chose not to run were extended to allow challengers to join.

To read story by Gail Wesson and Craig Shultz in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: ELECTIONS: Filing deadline pushed back in some races

Elections

Prospective candidates have until Wednesday to get their names on the November ballot in locations where incumbents did not file by the Friday deadline.

Published: Aug. 11, 2014 Updated: 7:05 p.m.

Local elections for Nov. 4 in Riverside County are shaping up, but the field for several city council races, six of 18 school board elections, a community college and eight special districts will not be know until later this week with extension of candidate filing deadlines.

The extension to 5 p.m. Wednesday occurs because incumbents did not file by a Friday deadline.

To read story by Gail Wesson in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: INLAND: Home construction industry building momentum

Home Construction

Builders are reviving Inland housing projects in master-planned developments derailed by the recession. Development areas include Riverside, Chino, Temecula, Ontario, Banning/Beaumont, Coachella, Calimesa, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Murrieta, Rancho Cucamonga, San Jacinto, Redlands.

BY DEBRA GRUSZECKI / STAFF WRITER
Published: Aug. 9, 2014 Updated: 7:57 p.m.

Across the Inland region, developers are looking with renewed interest at thousands of acres where residential communities were approved or under construction when the recession hit – but never finished.

From Temecula and Riverside to Redlands and Ontario and beyond, construction crews are at work on developments that had languished for years as the Inland region crawled through economic hard times.

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

DailyBulletin: Election season begins for Inland Empire municipal positions

Vote

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/05/14, 8:51 PM PDT | Updated: 29 secs ago

Across the Inland Empire, residents are filing papers to run for city councils.

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The Sun: Inland Empire housing market still in flux

Arrow

By Gregory J. Wilcox, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 07/27/14, 6:24 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

It was supposed to be a breakout year for home sales.

But after years of recession that bulldozed the Inland Empire housing market, there are still glitches in the road to recovery.

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DailyBulletin: CSUSB study highlights public perception of Inland Empire economy

California State University - San Bernardino

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/22/14, 9:47 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

Upland resident Mirella Lozano has hope.

Despite being unemployed for five years, he’s optimistic about San Bernardino County’s job market.

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waterdrop

By Veronica Rocha
July 22, 2014

The groundwater level in the San Bernardino Basin area is at its lowest point in recorded history, officials say.

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The PE: SIX CALIFORNIAS: Where the Inland Empire fits in

Six-Californias-256x300

July 21, 2014

You might have heard about a Silicon Valley venture capitalist’s plan to split California into six states to promote better governance.

Timothy Draper recently submitted 1.3 million signatures to get his “Six Californias” plan on the November 2016 ballot. If voters and Congress approve, the Golden State would be divided into Jefferson, North California, Silicon Valley, Central California, West California and South California.

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

VVDailyPress: Economist sees full recovery in 15 months

John Husing

UNEMPLOYMENT
Region could make up all jobs lost in Great Recession by September 2015
SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Jul. 22, 2014 @ 7:48 am / Updated at 7:53 AM

Even as the region lags behind the state, the economy in San Bernardino and Riverside counties is on track to fully recover all the jobs it lost during the Great Recession by September 2015, noted economist John Husing said Monday.

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KPCC: Inland Empire aquifer at record low, officials say

San Bernardino Sign

The San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District announced Friday, July 18, that the aquifer beneath the Bunker Hill Basin — an important source of drinking water — was at a record low. Grant Hindsley/AP

Molly Peterson
July 18, 2014

An underground aquifer that is an important source of drinking water for the Inland Empire is at a record low, local water officials reported Friday.

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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?

red-ink

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

democrat_donkey

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

pink_slip

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

bag_of_money

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.