Archive for the ‘ Local Government ’ Category

InlandPolitics: What does Hillendale have to do with San Bernardino?

Tax Reform

Friday, August 28, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

There’s an interesting uproar building in the drama surrounding San Bernardino trashing its fire department in favor of a contract with the San Bernardino County Fire Department for fire protection services.

It’s all about a $143 per year parcel tax.

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San Bernardino Seal

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 – 12:30 p.m.

Only San Bernardino, California could hatch a whacked-out and completely unlawful scheme to tax it’s property owners.

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InlandPolitics: Daily Press publishes last of troubling three-part op-ed

SBCO

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 – 01:30 p.m.

The Daily Press has published the final piece of a troubling three-part opinion editorial on a high profile San Bernardino County legal issue.

To read the column, click here.

Ashley Madison

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 08/24/15 – 6:54 PM PDT |

Public agencies across Southern California have launched investigations into whether their employees secretly accessed adultery website Ashley Madison after hackers leaked hundreds of government e-mail addresses plundered from the site.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 08/25/15 – 12:25 AM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The City Council voted 4-3 on Monday to move forward with transferring responsibility for fire and emergency protection to the County Fire Department, a move that would also mean a $142-per-year tax on every parcel in the city.

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InlandPolitics: Daily Press runs part two of op-ed

SBCO

Monday, August 24, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

The Daily Press has published the second of a three-part opinion editorial covering a high-profile San Bernardino County Government legal issue.

Op-ed columns that both The Sun and Daily Bulletin newspapers declined to publish.

To read the column, click here.

Riverside-County-Seal

Published: Aug. 21, 2015
Updated:  Aug. 23, 2015 – 9:32 p.m.

Riverside County supervisors are ready to move on from a feud that has pitted the county’s top lawyer against a court-appointed watchdog panel and led to an ongoing legal fight and dueling accusations of unethical practices.

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

 

Calpensions: Brown aides urge CalPERS to speed up rate hike

calpers

By Ed Mendel
August 24, 2015

CalPERS took another step last week toward a gradual long-term rate hike, a move to lower the risk of big investment losses as the maturing pension system enters a new era.

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InlandPolitics: Daily Press publishes column The Sun trashed

Waste Basket

Daily Press

Sunday, August 23, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

We now have a front and center example of just how co-opted The Sun and Inland Valley Daily Bulletin newspapers really are.

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Iddo Benzeevi

Developer Iddo Benzeevi listens to speakers during the Tuesday, Aug. 18, hearing on his World Logistics Center. The next day, the Moreno Valley City Council approved his project on a 3-2 vote. (Stan Lim, Staff Photographer)

Published: Aug. 21, 2015
Updated: Aug. 23, 2015 9:48 a.m.

Minutes after the vote approving his massive warehouse complex, supporters rushed to take their pictures with developer Iddo Benzeevi while chanting his name.

“Iddo, Iddo, Iddo.”

To read article by Imran Ghori in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Mark Ridley-Thomas

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas drove a 2012 Chrysler 300 luxury sedan, owned by taxpayers, though officials claimed he was driving an older, less expensive car. The newer car was assigned to former Assessor John Noguez. (Photo by Mike Reicher)

By Mike Reicher, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 08/22/15 – 4:47 PM PDT |

On the Los Angeles County government’s official list of employee take-home vehicles, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas looks very frugal. His assigned car, a 9-year-old Chrysler 300 Limited sedan, cost the county about half as much as the next supervisor’s.

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Ashley Madison

The infidelity website was hacked by a group called Impact Team. (Google Images)

By Patrick McGreevy and Abby Sewell
August 21, 2015

Anxiety was high Friday in state, county and city offices after hackers released lists of dozens of government email addresses in California that were used to access the Ashley Madison online dating site for married people.

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Paul Davis

Paul Davis alleges a 2014 investigation of him violated his rights. He also plans to run for mayor.

Published: Aug. 19, 2015
Updated: Aug. 20, 2015 – 2:30 p.m.

Shortly after filing a damage claim against Riverside that names the mayor and three former city officials, City Councilman Paul Davis announced he’ll run for mayor in 2016.

To read article by Alicia Robinson in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Moreno Valley seal

“This project is a game-changer of proportional magnitude not only for the city but the entire region,” said Mayor Jesse Molina, who was one of three supporters. Council members George Price and LaDonna Jempson opposed the project.

Published: Aug. 19, 2015 – Updated: 11:50 p.m.

After three years of controversy that has divided residents, Moreno Valley officials voted Wednesday, Aug. 19 to dramatically transform the city’s east side with what would be one of the largest warehouse complexes in the country.

To read article by Imran Ghori in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Fourth District Court of Appeal

Thursday, August 20, 2015 – 08:00 a.m.

The Daily Press has started coverage of a high-profile San Bernardino County legal issue of public interest.

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

Jackie Lacey

Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey appears at a news conference on June 29, 2015. Lacey sent a letter to county supervisors last week saying that their vote on a jail plan had violated the state’s open meetings law. (Mel Melcon)

By Abby Sewell
August 19, 2015

Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey notified the Board of Supervisors last week that their vote on a controversial downtown jail plan violated the state’s open meetings law, the latest in a string of incidents in which the board has run afoul of the Ralph M. Brown Act.

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InlandPolitics: New San Bernardino County legal story in The Sun

SBCO

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 – 07:15 a.m.

The new legal story impacting San Bernardino County government is published in the Wednesday edition of The Sun newspaper.

To read the article by Joe Nelson in The Sun click here.

Moreno Valley seal

Tuesday’s meeting became heated after residents hurled insults at each other, prompting Moreno Valley’s mayor to call for calm.

Published: Aug. 18, 2015 – Updated: 9:47 p.m.

Supporters and opponents of the World Logistics Center squared off Tuesday night as the Moreno Valley City Council aimed for a vote Wednesday on the massive warehouse project.

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

Iddo Benzeevi

City staff and developer Iddo Benzeevi offer to the council their vision of thousands of local jobs and a hub of logistics activity — “the gateway to America,” Benzeevi said.

Published: Aug. 17, 2015 – Updated: 11:17 p.m.

Moreno Valley began weighing two contrasting visions of the city’s future Monday, Aug. 17, as the City Council took up the proposed World Logistics Center mega-warehouse.

To read article by Imran Ghori in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: Inland Empire warehouse addiction continues

Howard Warehouse - Redlands

Monday, August 17, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

The non-stop construction of warehouse properties in the Inland Empire is moving at a break-neck pace.

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The Press-Enterprise: MORENO VALLEY: Pact details warehouse costs

World Logistics Center

An artist’s rendering shows the World Logistics Center, which is proposed for Moreno Valley’s eastern end.

Published: August 14, 2015
Updated:   August 15, 2015 – 8:57 p.m.

  • Developer Highland Fairview would pay for upgrades inside the World Logistics Center, but funding for nearby work is less clear.

As a vote nears on the massive World Logistics Center warehouse, a big question has lingered.

Who would pay for the new streets, wider freeway interchanges and other improvements needed to serve the complex?

To read article by Imran Ghori in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

IE Business Daily: Local Control No Miracle Cure for Ontario Airport

Airport

IE Business Daily

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Let’s get some facts out from the very beginning. The Airline industry has been running on shoe-string budgets for decades. Airlines go out of business every year. Competition and demand determine where and how many flights any airline makes. The cost of flying a plane is fixed based on aircraft costs, maintenance, fuel and staffing requirements.

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InlandPolitics: SBIA: Finally an admission after all these years

Oops!

Thursday, August 13, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

Finally! We taxpayers have a long-awaited admission from officials at the San Bernardino International Airport Authority (SBIAA).

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Lou Desmond

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

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

Joining Lou on the show is Michael Bilheimer, President of the Fire Management Association in San Bernardino. San Bernardino will soon decide whether or not it will outsource its fire department. What do the fire fighters in the city have to say about this?

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SBIA

Built on the former the site of the former Norton Air Force Base, San Bernardino International Airport is often described by local officials as one of the East Valley’s best hopes for economic growth. Norton closed in 1994. (Staff file photo)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 08/11/15 – 12:36 PM PDT |

With ownership of LA/Ontario International Airport now being turned over to the city of Ontario, operations at San Bernardino International Airport, which for years has struggled to land a commercial airline and shape its identity, should not be negatively impacted, officials said.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 08/11/15 – 8:19 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The City Council will get a report Wednesday supporting a plan to outsource fire services to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, City Manager Allen Parker said Tuesday.

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San Bernardino County Sheriff

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 08/10/15 – 8:15 PM PDT |

The Chemehuevi Indian Tribe has filed a federal lawsuit alleging San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies are racially profiling tribal members and targeting them for traffic citations on their reservation, without the jurisdictional power to do so.

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Gavel

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/10/15 – 10:05 AM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Attorneys for Ontario and Los Angeles were in court Monday morning. But this time they weren’t there to do legal battle over local control of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

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Lou Desmond

Monday, August 10, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

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

Estimable Economist Jay Prag joins Lou tonight to discuss the announcement that the Ontario Airport will transfer back to local control. Will this be an economic driver for the Inland Empire economy?

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San Bernardino Seal
Related Post: InlandPolitics: San Bernardino: A lie or mistake?

Monday, August 10, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

Remember all the hoopla over San Bernardino trying to hire another public relations firm?

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Scott Beard

Real Estate Broker Scott Beard

Monday, August 10, 2015 – 07:30 a.m.

San Bernardino politics has been a little dull of late. Other than developments in the city’s bankruptcy proceedings, nothing much is happening.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
August 9, 2015

  • City regains ownership of Ontario International
  • But airport, once run by Los Angeles, is still struggling
  • A San Diego deal might make it work

So, Ontario is getting its airport back. What now?

The small San Bernardino County city built the airport as World War II was beginning, allowed it to be used as a military training base during the war and resumed civilian traffic afterward.

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The Sun: ONT’s new owners face daunting challenge in turning airport around

Ontario International Airport

A man walks through an empty Terminal 2 at ONT/LA International Airport. (File)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/08/15 – 7:10 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> Three years ago, the formation of a local consortium to run L.A./Ontario International Airport seemed pretty pretentious, especially considering the airport’s owners were staunchly opposed to parting with it.

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Elections

By Ryan Hagen, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 08/08/15 – 6:06 PM PDT | U

The deadline to run for most offices San Bernardino County in November has passed, meaning voters’ options are pretty much set.

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The Sun: Local ONT control expected to boost regional transportation goals

Ontario International Airport

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/07/15 – 8:31 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> The transfer of L.A./Ontario International Airport ownership bodes well for efforts to regionalize Southern California aviation, say officials and supporters of local control of ONT.

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Lou Desmond

Friday, August 7, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

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

On the show today, Ed Hoffman, proprietor of Wholesale Capital Corporation, joins the show. First, LA has agreed to turn over control of the Ontario Airport to the Inland Empire.

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Ontario International Airport

By Dan Weikel and Hailey Branson-Potts
August 6, 2015

Now that Ontario has regained control of its airport in a deal struck with Los Angeles, the small Inland Empire city faces a substantial challenge to revive a struggling facility that has lost more than a third of its passengers since 2007.

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InlandPolitics: SBIA fraud case continued again

scales-of-justice

Thursday, August 6, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

Former San Bernardino International Airport developer Scot Spencer appeared in San Bernardino County Superior Court for another hearing on Wednesday, and once again the once highly-touted and publicized case was continued by stipulation.

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Ontario International Airport

Los Angeles and Ontario battled for years over ownership of LA/Ontario International Airport. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

By Dan Weikel
August 5, 2015

After years of litigation and contentious negotiations, Los Angeles has agreed to transfer ownership of struggling LA/Ontario International Airport back to the city of Ontario, The Times learned Wednesday.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff

By Cindy Chang and Joel Rubin
August 5, 2015

Capping years of scandal, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has agreed to federal oversight of its jail system in an effort to end abuse of inmates by sheriff’s deputies and to improve chronically poor treatment of mentally ill inmates.

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Lou Desmond

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

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

Tonight on the show, Cliff Cummings, proprietor of Toyota of San Bernardino, and Lou talk about a plan to put seven supervisors in counties with more than 2 million people. Good idea, bad idea?

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InlandPolitics: Legal story update in The Sun

Scales of Justice

Tuesday, August 5, 2015 – 08:00 a.m.

There’s an update legal story of public interest in the Wednesday edition of The Sun.

Here’s the link.

Lou Desmond

Monday, April 3, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

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

Tonight on the show, Jay Prag joins Lou on the show. This weekend Cassie MacDuff of the Press-Enterprise wrote a column about how sad the loss of SBETA will be for San Bernardino. But no one knows where the money is going for the redundant organization. How bad is this for business?

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SBCO

Monday, August 3, 2015 – 07:30 a.m.

It looks as if San Bernardino County will be forking over additional money for pensions.

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IE Business Daily

August 1, 2015

New housing construction in east San Bernardino Valley has carefully and methodically reemerged from the recession. Encouraged by record low interest rates, lower developable land prices, and higher housing demand, local leaders in the housing industry are again building houses.

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Sheriff

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 08/02/15 – 7:34 PM PDT |

Court proceedings in five federal civil rights lawsuits alleging inmates at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga were brutalized by deputies have been suspended for a second time while criminal and grand jury investigations remain ongoing, court records show.

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Money

By Alice Walton
August 2, 2015

The primary election is 10 months away, but candidates for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors’ 5th District are raising hundreds of thousands of dollars as they jockey to pull ahead in a crowded field.

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The Sun: San Bernardino bankruptcy anniversary: tough times underway

Carey Davis

“When I go to bed at night, I’m thinking about this city. When I wake up in the morning, I’m thinking about this city,” said San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis. Today is the third anniversary of San Bernardino’s bankruptcy filing. (Photos by Micah Escamilla — Staff Photographer)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 08/01/15 – 6:19 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Citizens have endured a lot of difficult change since the city filed for bankruptcy protection, says Mayor Carey Davis — a new mayor, city attorney and City Council; attempted charter change; City Hall layoffs; changes in how services are delivered.

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City of Industry

By Jason Henry, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
and Rebecca Kimitch, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/31/15 – 10:06 PM PDT |

Three months after Industry city hall erupted with inside allegations of corruption and demands for justice against the former mayor, the fervor has died.

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InlandPolitics: Local newspaper needs name change

Apologist

Friday, July 31, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

We’ve been writing about the slow decline of the local newspaper business in the Inland Empire for some time now.

Irrespective of the fact that data reflects print circulation is no longer sufficient to reach a broad base of San Bernardino County residents, “The Sun” newspaper needs to change it’s name to “The Apologist”.

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Logistics

UC Riverside researchers call for better pay and health care for warehouse workers.

Published: July 30, 2015 – Updated: 11:02 p.m.

  • Average hourly pay for blue-collar warehouse employee: $10.05
  • Employed through temporary staffing agency: 63 percent.
  • Average length of employment: 28 months.

While Inland cities are increasingly looking to the logistics industry for economic growth, two recent studies by University of California, Riverside researchers say the mainly blue-collar employees who work at warehouses are paid poorly and lack proper access to health care.

To read expanded article by Imran Ghori in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Lou Desmond

Thursday, July 30, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

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

Tonight on the show, Lou is joined by Dr. Adrian Moore of the Reason Foundation. First up, San Bernardino has reached an agreement with the police department, but details are sparse. Then, Hillary got fired from her “favorite summer job” after just one week.

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San Bernardino Seal

San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis called the contract agreement between the city and the San Bernardino Police Officers Association “very favorable” to the city.

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/29/15 – 5:42 PM PDT |

After more than two years of police leaving San Bernardino, saying the lack of a contract robbed them of a sense of stability in a city where many residents say crime is their top concern, the police union and city negotiators both say they’ve agreed on a new contract.

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LA County Sheriff

By Sarah Favot, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 07/28/15 – 11:52 PM PDT |

While calling Los Angeles County “late to the party” when it comes to police oversight, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday discussed the role of a new oversight commission for the Sheriff’s Department but took no action.

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Lou Desmond

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

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

Tonight on the show, San Bernardino City Councilman John Valdivia joins the show to discuss the city’s ongoings. How is the council getting on with the manager? What about the city’s charter?

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SBCO

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/28/15 – 11:54 AM PDT |

San Bernardino County supervisors on Tuesday approved $75,000 to be used as reward money for information leading to the arrest and conviction of illegal drone operators who forced the grounding of aerial firefighters during recent wildfires in the San Bernardino Mountains and High Desert.

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The Press-Enterprise: MENIFEE: Ex-councilman pleads guilty to abusing power

Menifee Seal

By Alex Groves / Staffg Writer
Published: July 27, 2015
Updated: July 28, 2015 – 11:22 a.m.

Former Menifee City Councilman Tom Fuhrman pleaded guilty Monday to multiple charges of abusing his power, as part of an agreement with prosecutors.

To read expanded article by Alex Groves in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Upland seal

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/27/15 – 6:16 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> The city council approved the 2015-16 budget, including $350,000 cut to the animal shelter, but not after a spirited deliberation that went into the early morning hours.

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Lou Desmond

Monday, July 27, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

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

Tonight on the show, Jay Prag, estimable economist, joins the show. The Jay and Lou talk about the mayor of Murrieta’s sexual harassment accusations. Also, the mayor and city manager in San Bernardino can’t seem to get along.

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METRO

By Daniel Borenstein, Staff Columnist
Posted: 07/24/2015 – 04:00:00 PM PDT

Although public employee pension plans across California are badly underfunded, union leaders have expressed little concern about the security of workers’ retirement pay.

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IE Business Daily: Courts strike a blow against water rate tyranny

IE Business Daily

By IE Business Daily
July 25, 2015

In a stunning rejection of the wishes of California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Governor Jerry Brown, the California State Supreme Court this week refused their unusual request to “depublish” a 4th District Court of Appeals decision that applied Proposition 218 limits to tiered water rates.

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Harry Ramos

Harry Ramos calls accusations ‘made-up lies,’ says he would never embarrass himself or his family. (Frank Bellino, Staff Photo)

Published: July 24, 2015 – Updated: 11:17 p.m.

Two days after being named in a claim against the city, Murrieta Mayor Harry Ramos denied sexually harassing a Ramona woman earlier this year, calling the allegations “made-up lies.”

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

Daily Press: Adelanto jail proposal gets extension

Doctor R. Crants

Doctor R. Crants speaks during Wednesday night’s Adelanto City Council meeting about his plan to build another prison in the city to help ease inmate overcrowding in Los Angeles County. (Jose Huerta, Daily Press)

By Shea Johnson, Staff Writer
Posted: Jul. 23, 2015 at 4:59 PM

ADELANTO — The developers of a controversial jail plan that would ease Los Angeles County inmate overcrowding and be a financial boon to this city have been given until the end of the year to lock down an agreement with L.A. County or face the possibility the project will die.

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California Supreme Court

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 – 04:15 p.m.

The California Supreme has denied a request to depublish a pivotal water rate ruling, by the Fourth District Court of Appeal, which found that tiered water rates violate Proposition 218.

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LA County Seal

By Abby Sewell, Jean Merl and Katie Shepherd
July 21, 2015

Organized labor won an important victory Tuesday when the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to increase the minimum wage to $15, but it now faces a more daunting political challenge: convincing other local governments to join the movement.

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San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors would grow to seven members under Senate Constitutional Amendment 8.

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/20/15 – 1:10 PM PDT |

Proposed legislation that would require San Bernardino County and other California counties with populations of 2 million or more to increase their number of elected supervisors from five to seven is gaining momentum in the state Legislature.

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Lou Desmond

Monday, July 20, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

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

Tonight, Estimable Economist Jay Prag joins the show on this, the 46th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. He and Lou discuss some high towing bills that were a result of the North Fire, which broke out on I-15 this weekend.

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InlandPolitics: Leadership vs Management?

Leader

Monday, July 20, 2015 – 08:00 a.m.

A new development has once again caused us to ask this question of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Is it Leadership or Management?

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County not “over the hump” on pension costs

Pension Reform

Saturday, July 18, 2015 – 02:30 p.m.

Several months ago county administrators told the Board of Supervisors the county was over the hump on ever escalating pension cost increases.

Not a chance!

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SBCO

Saturday, July 18, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

When will it end? When will people learn?

With federal agents scrutinizing the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, one would think that openness would be the best policy.

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Adelanto Logo

Letter alleges harassment, discrimination, retaliation, slander
By Kris Reilly, City Editor
Posted Jul. 16, 2015 at 12:00 PM
Updated Jul 16, 2015 at 5:19 PM

ADELANTO — A Victorville attorney sent a letter to Adelanto City Hall this week calling for the “immediate investigation and removal” of the mayor and City Council members for allegedly targeting city employees while violating the city’s charter and the Brown Act.

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Riverside-County-Seal

$1.285 billion: The estimated value of the county’s unfunded pension liability. More than 80 percent of the county’s pension obligations are already funded.

Published: July 15, 2015 – Updated: 10:42 p.m.

Riverside County officials say changes to the county’s public employee pension system have saved money, but that the county will still pay millions of dollars more to the statewide pension network.

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

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/15/15 – 9:22 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Nothing in the city charter prevents San Bernardino from outsourcing its Fire Department, a federal bankruptcy judge ruled Wednesday in a blow to the fire union that its attorneys immediately said they would appeal.

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Gavel

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/15/15 – 6:04 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Ontario will have a chance to prove Los Angeles mismanaged L.A./Ontario International Airport, causing anywhere from $1.6 billion to $4 billion in damages to Ontario’s economy, a Riverside Superior Court Judge ruled on Wednesday.

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AP: House GOP Moves on Sanctuary Issue After California Tragedy

U.S. House of Representatives

By Andrew Taylor
Associated Press
Jul 14, 2015 – 1:13 PM ET

Washington, D.C. —

A GOP-controlled House panel has voted to block so-called sanctuary cities from receiving certain federal grants.

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Lou Desmond

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

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

Tonight on the show, Lou and Ralph Rossum, constitutional scholar, joins Lou to discuss the Colonies Corruption Case. Can the county argue in one case that the settlement was legal while arguing the exact opposite in another court case?

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Riverside-County-Seal

The sheriff has been wary of the study, which would be done by an outside party.

Published: July 13, 2015 – Updated: 11:58 p.m.

Riverside County supervisors and Sheriff Stan Sniff continue to differ over the value of a planned review of the county’s public safety expenses, with supervisors calling it a fresh look to find savings and the sheriff blaming board-approved pay hikes for boosting his costs.

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

Elections

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/13/15 – 5:08 PM PDT |

Candidate filing is now underway for the November consolidated election and will continue through Aug. 7, the San Bernardino County Elections Office announced on Monday.

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Tom Thornton

Tom Thornton (File photo: Daily Press)

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Jul. 13, 2015 at 6:20 PM
Updated Jul 13, 2015 at 6:27 PM

ADELANTO — City Manager Tom Thornton told the city’s attorney he anticipated a “multi-million dollar lawsuit against the city for wrongful termination” two weeks before the City Council voted last Wednesday to terminate two high-profile positions, the Daily Press has learned.

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Los Angeles County - Take Home Cars

Supervisors Don Knabe and Michael Antonovich each exceeded the county’s price limit when they bought their hybrid SUVs: a $56,288 Chevrolet Tahoe and a top-of-the-line $65,648 GMC Yukon Denali, respectively. (Hans Gutknecht — Staff Photographer)

By Mike Reicher, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 07/11/15 – 3:23 PM PDT |

Walk the garage under Los Angeles County’s headquarters and you’ll see rows of practical Ford Tauruses and efficient Toyota Priuses — the ones with government seals on the front doors.

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West Covina

By Stephanie K. Baer, San Bernardino County Sun
Posted: 07/10/15 – 10:48 PM PDT |

WEST COVINA — Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, D-West Covina, said Friday that the findings of a state audit into the city’s fiscal mismanagement revealed criminal activity at City Hall that ultimately led to the waste of taxpayer money.

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InlandPolitics: March Joint Powers Authority launches general aviation facility

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Friday, July 10, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

The March Joint Powers Authority has officially launched its new general aviation facility and fixed base operation at March Air Reserve Base.

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Thursday, July 9, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

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

Tonight on the show, Ryan Hagen joins the show to give a recap of the ever-entertaining city council meeting in San Bernardino.

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The Sun: Hesperia’s city manager submits resignation

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By Staff report
Posted: 07/08/15, 2:45 PM PDT |

Hesperia City Manager Mike Podegracz has resigned, the city announced in a news release Wednesday.

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/08/15 – 11:44 AM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Superior Court Judge Gloria Connor Trask ruled Wednesday that the city of Los Angeles must release Los Angeles World Airports’ executive directors performance reviews dating back to 2007.

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