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The Sun: Investigation of Colton city manager stalls budget

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By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 07/07/14, 2:28 PM PDT | Updated: 37 secs ago

COLTON >> An investigation related to the city’s top manager comes at one of the worst times for Colton — budget season.

The situation has prompted a 60-day delay until the police chief, who has been tasked as interim city manager in Stephen Compton’s absence, guides departments, many without directors, into a fiscal plan to keep the city running.

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A San Bernardino sign on I-10 East is seen on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 in San Bernardino, Calif. The San Bernardino city council voted Tuesday night in favor of the city filing for bankruptcy. (AP Photo/Grant Hindsley)

San Bernardino’s deal means pensions off bankruptcy table
By Steven Greenhut1:47 p.m.July 7, 2014

SACRAMENTO — The nation’s largest pension fund, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, has racked up another victory in its effort to halt any effort by municipalities to get out from under their crushing pension obligations.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Third city investigation seeks alleged secret recordings

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A councilman’s trial testimony suggests the former city manager was covertly taped at a staff meeting

Published: July 6, 2014 Updated: 10:42 p.m.

Riverside is investigating whether someone covertly recorded former City Manager Brad Hudson’s comments nearly five years ago and then shared the tapes with others, including Councilman Paul Davis.

That brings the number of probes at Riverside City Hall to three in the past three months, putting officials in an unprecedented – and likely uncomfortable – situation.

To read story by Alicia Robinson in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

Lobbying

By Ben Baeder, Whittier Daily News
Posted: 07/06/14, 6:03 PM PDT | Updated: 31 mins ago

At an increasing pace, your local government is spending your tax money paying lobbyists to get some more of your own tax money sent back to your community.

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/03/14, 12:25 PM PDT | Updated: 33 secs ago

ONTARIO >> When the latest passenger traffic figures for L.A./Ontario International Airport were released, a different trend emerged from what the medium-hub facility has experienced in the past three years.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Bid to shift power fails

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Legislation to transfer appointment authority to Riverside County supervisors is stalled in a state Senate committee

Published: July 5, 2014 Updated: 9:55 p.m.

The latest attempt to let Riverside County supervisors fill vacancies in their ranks appears to be dead, potentially giving the governor the chance to appoint a supervisor by year’s end.

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

InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Thursday, July 3, 2014 – 10:15 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom Thursday morning.

Official unemployment rate falls in June

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 288,000 jobs were added in June. The number dropped the official unemployment rate (U-3) to 6.1%

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/01/14, 8:19 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The deadline passed Tuesday for two citizen-sponsored charter amendments to make it on November’s ballot, but the proponent behind at least one of the measures says he intends to keep gathering signatures for the next election.

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/01/14, 8:07 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Some City Council members are calling for a review of City Manager Allen Parker after he and the finance director were absent during the city’s final budget hearing, leaving them to pass the cuts-filled spending plan with some questions unanswered.

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By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 07/02/14, 8:18 PM PDT |

COLTON >> New information came to light this week about an investigation related to the city manager being placed on administrative leave, with concerns mounting during a troubled City Council meeting rife with complaints from the public.

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Ontario

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/01/14, 10:32 PM PDT | Updated: 27 secs ago

ONTARIO >> After a tumultuous few City Council sessions in recent weeks, Tuesday’s meeting saw a relatively short council agenda.

The two items that generated the most discussion dealt with Councilman Paul Vincent Avila and his issues with other council members.

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

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

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

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 Grand Jury

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

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

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/30/14, 9:17 PM PDT | Updated: 30 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city passed its budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year Monday night, three hours before the year began.

The 5-2 vote — Councilmen John Valdivia and Benito Barrios opposing — came after warnings on one hand of disastrous effects in bankruptcy court if a full budget wasn’t passed by that deadline, and on the other of dire threats to the city from cuts contained in the budget.

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Calpensions: Can local voters phase out county pensions?

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, June 30, 2014

An initiative that would phase out Ventura County employee pensions is headed for a court test, challenged by a union lawsuit contending the change requires state legislation.

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The Sun: Fire union accuses San Bernardino of ‘hiding’ money

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/28/14, 11:04 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The fire union continues to accuse the city of keeping $75 million “hidden in misleading or unmarked investment accounts” despite city officials’ position that the money was openly posted and legally can’t be used to prevent cuts to public services like the Fire Department.

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

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

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

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IEBusinessDaily: San Bernardino Airport pipe dream

Ontario International Airport

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June 28, 2014

Walt Disney had an irrepressible imagination that led him to dream big, create his own animation studio, and ultimately design and build the world’s preeminent theme park’s. Long after his passing, his vision continues to entertain billions of people, young and old. Even Michael Eisner’s leadership could not long stifle the Disney tradition.

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Court Filings

Saturday, June 28, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

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

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By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 06/27/14, 12:00 PM PDT |

COLTON >> The City Council wants answers.

Council members want an update on the status of City Manager Stephen Compton at Tuesday’s regular City Council meeting.

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DailyBulletin: Ontario City Council passes budget for 2014-2015

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By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/26/14, 10:21 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> The City Council passed a nearly $470.25 million budget for 2014-15, an increase of $7.74 million over the current fiscal year, at a special meeting on Thursday evening.

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VVDailyPress: Adelanto continues to eye bankruptcy filing

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BROOKE SELF
STAFF WRITER
Posted Jun. 26, 2014 @ 7:31 pm
Updated Jun 26, 2014 at 7:38 PM

ADELANTO — Adelanto city officials said dramatic cuts to its general fund mean its $2.61 million deficit will merely increase by $22,000 in 2014-15. However, that still might not be enough to stave off a bankruptcy filing, the city manager said Thursday.

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City had sued to prevent development of a medical complex, but City Council members say recently ousted Mayor Tom Owings was driving force.

Published: June 26, 2014 Updated: 7:18 p.m.

The recent change in Moreno Valley’s leadership has some city and county officials hoping it could mean an end to the city’s litigation against the March Joint Powers Authority.

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

LADailyNews: L.A. County CEO William Fujioka retires

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William Fujioka is retiring as CEO of Los Angeles County at the end of November 2014.

By Christina Villacorte, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 06/26/14, 2:01 PM PDT | Updated: 18 hrs ago

Los Angeles County CEO William Fujioka, credited with helping the county emerge virtually unscathed from the Great Recession while many other local governments teetered on bankruptcy, announced Thursday he will retire at the end of November.

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The PE: EASTVALE: Councilman resigns, accuses colleagues of wrongdoing

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June 25, 2014

Eastvale City Councilman Jeff DeGrandpre abruptly resigned Wednesday night after accusing his council colleagues of engaging in “back-door deals,” causing dissension at City Hall and holding meetings that violated California’s open-meeting law.

To read story by Sandra Stokley in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE: Probe of councilman inconclusive

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The next step will be a City Council hearing on the investigation report, but it isn’t clear what action, if any, could result against Mike Soubirous.

Published: June 25, 2014 Updated: June 26, 2014 10:59 a.m.

An investigation into complaints against Riverside City Councilman Mike Soubirous was unable to determine whether he violated the city charter and ethics code. The council will hold a hearing on the findings July 22.

An investigation into complaints against Riverside Councilman Mike Soubirous was inconclusive, finding that “it would be speculation” to say whether Soubirous did anything wrong.

To read story by Alicia Robinson in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: PERRIS: Councilman out of jail after drug arrest

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City Council colleagues express surprise at the arrest of Julio Rodriguez

Published: June 25, 2014 Updated: June 26, 2014 10:59 a.m.

Perris City Councilman Julio Rodriguez was out of jail on Wednesday, a day after his call to 911 ended with him in handcuffs.

To read story by Sarah Burge in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Priamos officially named county counsel

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June 24, 2014 by Jeff Horseman

Riverside County supervisors voted unanimously during a special meeting Tuesday, June 24 to have Riverside City Attorney Greg Priamos lead the county’s legal team.

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

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/24/14, 9:39 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> Martin Lomeli has been named the interim city manager through November 14.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom Tuesday morning, in case you missed it.

U.S. Consumer Confidence Index hits post-recession high

The Consumer Confidence Index hit 85.2 in June, according to the Conference Board.

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Calpensions: San Bernardino cuts deal to pay CalPERS debt

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, June 23, 2014

Bankrupt San Bernardino announced an agreement with CalPERS last week to pay off an unprecedented pension debt owed for skipping payments to the pension fund for a year — $13.5 million, plus several million more in penalties and interest.

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SBD International Airport

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/19/14, 8:30 PM PDT |

San Bernardino International Airport’s interim executive director, A.J. Wilson, may be retiring, but his departure comes amid some major new arrivals and developments at the airport.

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Paul Vincent Avila, an Ontario councilman, speaks during the public comment portion of Tuesday’s meeting. (Photo by David Allen)

By David Allen, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/19/14, 5:04 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

You think the situation is tense in Iraq? Try an Ontario City Council meeting.

Like a bomb that might go off if mishandled, Tuesday’s meeting proceeded in relative calm but with quiet anxiety. In the final moments, Councilman Paul Vincent Avila, whose behavior has dominated recent meetings, asked a provoking question.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Thursday, June 19, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom Thursday morning, in case you missed it!

High Desert cities approve budgets

Two High Desert cities have approved balanced budgets, for their 2014-15 fiscal years.

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Jun. 18, 2014 – 8:55 pm

CalPERS and bankrupt San Bernardino have reached an “interim agreement” that could head off a major legal battle over bankruptcy debts and the ironclad status of public pensions, the city reported.

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June 18, 2014

Riverside City Attorney Greg Priamos, a leader in the fight against medical marijuana dispensaries in California, has been offered the job as Riverside County’s new chief counsel.

To read story by Dayna Straehley in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Layoffs could be ahead for hospital, IT department

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County’s chief financial officer brings up prospect of job cuts during a Board of Supervisors budget workshop.

Published: June 17, 2014 Updated: June 18, 2014 8:35 a.m.

Riverside County may be forced to lay off dozens of workers from its regional hospital and information technology department, the county’s budget chief said this week.

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

InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

Here’s some new flowing across the transom Tuesday morning, in case you missed it!

Inland Cities budget woes ease

Several Inland Empire cities are facing a less dicier budget picture in their upcoming fiscal years.

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DailyBulletin: Upland approves utility rate hikes

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/15/14, 9:12 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> Residents will have to pay more in utility bills starting next month, with increases expected to continue over the next several years.

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InlandPolitics: Could San Bernardino use shuttered hotel for homeless?

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Sunday, June 15, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Could bankrupt San Bernardino use the shuttered Maruko Hotel for the homeless?

It’s an interesting question that proves a point.

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Saturday, June 14, 2014 – 07:00 p.m.

The financial picture for San Bernardino County is becoming rosier by the day.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/12/14, 6:59 PM PDT | Updated: 13 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A Superior Court judge on Thursday granted a restraining order against Service Employees International Union Local 721 on behalf of the San Bernardino County Public Employees Association.

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InlandPolitics: SBIA Executive Director Wilson to leave June 30

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Thursday, June 12, 2014 – 04:30 a.m.

The never ending saga, surrounding the redevelopment of the former Norton Air Force Base, continued Thursday, with the announcement that the executive director of the San Bernardino International Airport, is leaving June 30.

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The Sun: Colton city manager placed on paid administrative leave

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By Doug Saunders, The Sun
Posted: 06/09/14, 3:14 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

COLTON >> City Manager Stephen J. Compton has been placed on paid administrative leave pending review of “certain personnel actions,” according to a city news release.

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/09/14, 8:02 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

UPLAND >> Despite meeting for the third time, the City Council has failed to come to a decision on hiring an interim city manager.

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City-of-Highland

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 06/09/14, 6:19 PM PDT |

HIGHLAND>> The City Council is considering placing an initiative on the November ballot that would split up the town into council districts, in reaction to legal threats made by activists.

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InlandPolitics: Will makeover solve SBD airport woes?

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Monday, June 9, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

It’s round twenty for San Bernardino International Airport (SBD).

While nearby Ontario International Airport struggles to regain passenger traffic count, officials at SBD are hoping that a new makeover will help the aging and dormant facility re-market itself.

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Beaumont

City management and staff criticized for engaging ‘in a pattern and practice of deception that transcends the typical give-and-take of dispute negotiation’

Published: June 8, 2014 Updated: 11:09 p.m.

Beaumont’s efforts to build roads on its own, ignoring a regional program its City Council agreed to embrace, appear to have backfired.

And the bill for independence is tens of millions of dollars, a judge has ruled.

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

Gavel-Legal

By Ed Mendel
Monday, June 9, 2014

Stockton filed a revised debt-cutting plan last week that could lead to a deal with a holdout creditor, Franklin bonds, possibly enabling the city to emerge from bankruptcy without cutting pensions.

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CapitolWeekly: Locals pay tab for open government

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By SAMANTHA GALLEGOS
Posted 06.08.2014

State lawmakers and voters agree on one thing: transparency in government.

Local government, that is. State government remains exempt.

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DailyBulletin: Upland to hold special session Monday on city manager

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/06/14, 11:22 PM PDT | Updated: 47 secs ago

UPLAND >> City leaders are hoping the third time’s the charm in its search to replace – on an interim basis – retiring City Manager Stephen Dunn. A third special closed session meeting will be held Monday afternoon to discuss the possible hiring of an interim city manager.

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DailyBulletin: Ontario, L.A. given more time to gather evidence in ONT case

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/05/14, 1:55 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Citing the lack of progress in the last four months, a judge has given Ontario and Los Angeles more time to gather evidence in their dispute over control of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

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The PE: HEMET: Recall effort comes to an end

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Group seeking to oust three Council members did not collect enough signatures to get issue on the ballot

Published: June 2, 2014 Updated: June 3, 2014 8:51 a.m.

The effort to recall three members of the Hemet City Council is dead.

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

VVDailyPress: Familiar name involved in jail proposal

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‘Buck’ Johns pitching private facility to ease woes in LA County

May 31, 2014 7:09 PM
SHEA JOHNSON, STAFF WRITER

ADELANTO • City Manager Jim Hart said this week Adelanto would allow a new private correctional facility on its turf in a potential deal being marketed right now to Los Angeles County by a familiar and controversial figure.

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Calpensions: New step to expose hidden retiree health debt

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, June 2, 2014

A decade ago new accounting rules directed state and local governments to begin calculating and reporting debt owed for health care promised retirees, which for state workers turned out to be more than the debt owed for pensions.

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California Supreme Court

By Greg Yee, Press-Telegram
Posted: 05/29/14, 10:54 AM PDT | Updated: 6 hrs ago

California’s police departments do not have a blanket right to conceal the names of officers involved in shootings, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a decision expected to have statewide implications.

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The Sun: San Bernardino council discusses police, fire budgets

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/28/14, 10:49 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Two departments, $84 million in proposed spending and about $7 million in proposed cuts down, a long way to go.

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DailyBulletin: Upland City Manager Stephen Dunn to retire

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/27/14, 9:42 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> City Manager Stephen Dunn announced at Tuesday night’s council meeting that he will retire effective June 30, in the midst of financial turmoil and after a testy relationship with some members on the City Council.

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VVDailyPress: SEC amends fraud complaint

Victorville

Attorneys must answer or ask to dismiss by June 5
May 27, 2014 5:46 PM
SHEA JOHNSON, STAFF WRITER

VICTORVILLE • The Securities and Exchange Commission recently amended its complaint alleging fraud in a 2008 municipal bond offering against the city, Assistant City Manager Keith Metzler and others. The SEC had to do so to comply with a federal judge’s order to show proof of earlier dismissed claims that the city and Metzler were also benefactors of ill-gotten gains.

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The Sun: Grand Terrace officials hope to keep city on course with plan

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/26/14, 10:23 PM PDT |

GRAND TERRACE >> An almost total loss of institutional memory and severe financial constraints allow city leaders very little margin for error as they follow a course toward hoped-for economic development, but they expect a strategic plan for the next six years to help keep them on track.

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IEBusinessDaily: San Bernardino charter reform oblivion

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IE Business Daily

By IE Business Daily
May 24, 2014

Leadership requires many virtues. The first and foremost of those is competence, or at least the public perception of it.

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The Sun: San Bernardino looking at $22.8 million deficit

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By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 05/23/14, 7:47 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Unprecedented cuts during unparalleled times are hovering over leaders in this bankrupt city, possibly forcing them to close all three branch libraries, shut down two fire stations and wipe out half of one department’s employees in an effort to balance a $124 million budget and shore up a $22.8 million deficit.

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BOE

May 23, 2014 5:12 PM
STAFF REPORTS

SACRAMENTO — The California State Board of Equalization has announced that local governments will collect $1.075 billion in tax revenue in the upcoming fiscal year.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County charter reform and “The King”

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Thursday, May 22, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Comedy is starting to make a comeback on the Fifth Floor of the San Bernardino County Government Center, located at 385 N. Arrowhead Avenue, in lovely downtown San Bernardino.

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By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 05/21/14, 5:09 PM PDT |

RIALTO >> For the first time in about five years the city will be able to balance its budget without pulling from reserves.

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The Sun: San Bernardino City Council moves forward charter amendments

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/19/14, 10:30 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Recommended changes to the city’s governing document — including the lightning rod issue of how to set police and firefighter pay — were moved toward the ballot by a unanimous City Council vote on Monday.

That’s not the end of the road, though.

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The Sun: San Bernardino City Council to discuss possible charter amendments

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/18/14, 8:17 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO >> Charter amendments recommended by a council-appointed charter committee will be reviewed by the City Council on Monday to possibly add to November’s ballot.

The meeting begins at 4 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 300 N D St.

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VVDailyPress: Adelanto hopes to stave off bankruptcy

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Officials take ‘proactive’ step in hiring firm that assisted San Bernardino, Stockton

May 18, 2014 12:05 PM
BROOKE SELF, STAFF WRITER

ADELANTO • The Adelanto City Council voted 4-1 this week to approve a contract with municipal consultants Urban Futures, Inc., in what one official called a “proactive” step to avoiding a bankruptcy filing.

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The Sun: CalPERS, San Bernardino agree to delay bankruptcy appeal

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/17/14, 10:10 PM PDT |

CalPERS has again agreed to push back its appeal of San Bernardino’s bankruptcy eligibility and cancel an August hearing in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, saying in a joint filing with the city that the delay is “critical to the success of the ongoing mediation.”

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The Sun: Signature-gathering set for two proposed amendments in San Bernardino

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/15/14, 8:15 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Signature-gathering began Thursday to put two proposed amendments to the City Charter on November’s election ballot, an effort that will take place alongside discussions of separate — in one case contradictory — recommendations of proposed charter amendments from a citizens review committee.

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VVDailyPress: Apple Valley receives financial award

Apple Valley

May 15, 2014 3:56 PM
STAFF REPORTS

APPLE VALLEY • The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada has granted the Town of Apple Valley a Certificate of Achievement for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

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calpers

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, May. 14, 2014 – 10:50 pm

When the bankrupt city of Stockton unveiled its plan to reorganize its debts last fall, it spread the financial pain among a host of bondholders. CalPERS was spared, and a potentially bloody fight over the sanctity of pension benefits was avoided.

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The Sun: San Bernardino charter review committee holds final meeting

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/13/14, 11:53 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city charter review committee’s recommendation to replace the section setting public safety salaries with a collective bargaining process became unanimous at the committee’s final meeting before the City Council will vote on which changes to put on the ballot.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/13/14, 4:23 PM PDT | Updated: 41 secs ago

County CEO Greg Devereaux on Tuesday presented a $4.4 billion recommended budget for the next fiscal year to the Board of Supervisors, with 37.9 percent of spending proposed for Human Services, 19.2 percent to Law and Justice and 11.5 percent for Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.

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Capitol Alert
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May 13, 2014

California’s formula to distribute money to help pay for public safety realignment lacks incentives and transparency, according to a new report by the Legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal analyst.

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/12/14, 11:20 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> A resident has raised the question if Mayor Ray Musser violated the Brown Act when he got council consensus to cancel a town hall meeting scheduled for last week.

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Calpensions: County pension funds can still tap excess earnings

Pension Reform

By Ed Mendel
Monday, May 12, 2014

An Assembly committee last week approved a bill aligning the state law covering 20 county retirement systems with federal tax law, disappointing some who want to bar the use of “excess” investment earnings for retiree health care and other purposes.

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DailyBulletin: Fiscal questioning session in Upland turns ugly

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By Doug Saunders, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 05/10/14, 4:10 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> A meeting put on by resident Eric Gavin to seek answers to the city’s problems instead disintegrated into name-calling Saturday at the Senior Center.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: More criticism of civil grand jury report

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Riverside County Executive Officer Jay Orr

May 9, 2014

It’s clear a civil grand jury struck a nerve in Riverside County government with a report critical of how county supervisors run a program intended to help worthy causes.

County Executive Officer Jay Orr used part of the Board of Supervisors’ May 6 meeting to critique the process leading to the report about Community Improvement Designation funds, which are allocated equally to each supervisor and typically spent on nonprofits and community events.

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

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Upland Mayor Ray Musser

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/09/14, 7:23 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> Mayor Ray Musser defended his decision to cancel a town hall meeting this week, saying all elected city officials needed to attend.

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The Sun: Mediation pace criticized in San Bernardino bankruptcy

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/08/14, 7:41 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Continued assurances from San Bernardino and CalPERS that mediation is going well, without further details, are threatening to wear out the patience of the city’s fire union, police union and perhaps the bankruptcy judge handling the case, it was reported in court Thursday.

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The Sun: Charter committee recommends repealing Section 186

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/06/14, 11:28 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The citizen charter review committee voted 7-2 Tuesday night to recommend that the City Council ask voters to repeal Section 186 and instead set salaries for police and firefighters by collective bargaining.

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By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 05/06/14, 5:59 PM PDT |

RIALTO >> As the closure of the Rialto airport nears reality next month, plans for the major residential and industrial project to replace it are being retooled, possibly to build fewer homes and more retail, while making way for large corporations in search of big lots to build campus-like settings.

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The Sun: Online spat raises questions about San Bernardino chief of staff

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/05/14, 4:37 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A heated online argument between Mayor Carey Davis’ chief of staff and a former elected official raised questions in the mind of some about the appropriateness of the staffer’s behavior, while others said it was a reasonable response to a political opponent’s intentional provocation.

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/05/14, 8:41 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A proposal to increase resident engagement by starting City Council meetings at 6:30 — after the end of a 9-5 job, as all other local cities do — was defeated on a split vote Monday night.

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