Archive for the ‘ Local Government ’ Category

InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County: Pension fund hurt by low investment returns

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 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

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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.

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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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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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$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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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

March - Millionaire FBO

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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Lou Desmond

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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ontario airport

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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Campaigns

Latinos made up 39% of California’s population last year, but a new report says just 10% of county supervisors and 15% of city council members are Latino.

By Michael Finnegan
July 8, 2015

Latinos’ emergence as California’s largest ethnic group is casting new light on an enduring paradox: Many do not vote, limiting their influence on government decisions that have a profound impact on their lives.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: $8M helpful, but more needed, DA says

Riverside-County-Seal

Supervisors approve $51 million worth of adjustments to the new Riverside County budget.

Published: July 7, 2015 – Updated: 6:43 p.m.

Riverside County’s district attorney said he appreciates the additional $8 million in his budget, but it’s not enough to close a projected budget shortfall in his office.

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

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City Council considering overhauling city charter

By Shea Johnson, Staff Writer
Posted Jul. 7, 2015 at 8:54 PM

ADELANTO — The City Council is considering overhauling its city charter, including potentially moving to a “strong mayor” form of government, a system where the mayor acts as the city’s chief executive, Mayor Pro Tem Jermaine Wright confirmed Tuesday.

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Los Angeles County Chain of Command

A feud between Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, pictured, and former CEO William T Fujioka helped spur a return to a weaker CEO.

By Abby Sewell
July 7, 2015

They are called the “five little kings.”

Each represents a constituency of about 2 million people. Together, they oversee America’s largest local government agency, with a $27-billion budget and 100,000 employees.

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Lou Desmond

Tuesday, July 7, 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, Adrian Moore of the Reason Foundation is on the show. First off, he and Lou talk about a whistle blower in Fontana who was laid off for reporting sexual misconduct. Then, the fight for local control of Ontario Airport is heating up.

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Daily Bulletin: Battle for local of control of ONT takes off

Ontario International Airport

Staff File Photo

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/06/15 – 5:53 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> From Sacramento to the Riverside Superior Court House, the battle for local control of L.A./Ontario International Airport is taking off this week.

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Mike Hestrin

Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin. (Terry Pierson / File)

Published: July 6, 2015 – Updated: 10:39 p.m.

  • The Riverside County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, July 7, will consider $51 million worth of additional spending in the fiscal 2015-16 budget.
  • District attorney: An additional $8 million is ticketed. District Attorney Mike Hestrin has said layoffs are an option unless his office gets more money.
  • Animal services: Director Robert Miller also asked for more funding to avoid the prospect of pink slips. The county executive office proposes giving his department an additional $3.6 million.

Riverside County has found more money for the District Attorney’s Office and Animal Services Department after leaders of those agencies warned of possible layoffs unless their budgets were increased.

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

Fontana USD

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/06/15 – 7:45 PM PDT |

A jury has awarded a former Fontana Unified School District police dispatcher more than $315,000 after she alleged she was fired for reporting a police officer accused of raping or sexually assaulting other dispatchers.

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Montclair

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/06/15 – 10:13 PM PDT |

MONTCLAIR >> Tensions were high at Monday night’s City Council meeting when a resident accused the council of overpaying City Manager Ed Starr and called for a recall of the mayor and two councilmembers.

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Daily Press: Apple Valley town officials defend 3 percent raises

Apple Valley

Higher pay helps attract, retain ‘highest quality’ staff, they say.

By Gary Brodeur, Staff Writer
Posted July 5, 2015 – Updated at 10:53 AM

APPLE VALLEY — An ordinance that details the town’s updated compensation schedule and implements a 3-percent cost-of-living increase for 2015-16 still does not bring earnings up to pre-recession levels, town officials say.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 4, 2015

  • When civic leaders are effective, government functions well
  • Los Angeles is trying to re-establish civic cadre
  • San Francisco has one; other areas trying

Civic leadership is one of those intangibles whose existence is difficult to define, much less prove.

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The Sun: Grand Jury: Colton needs better record-keeping practices

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/03/15 – 6:05 PM PDT |

There is no evidence to suggest that Colton City Council members were given preferential treatment by the city Public Works Department for having speed bumps installed on one councilman’s street and a brick wall repaired at the home of a councilwoman, the San Bernardino County Grand Jury has found.

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Riverside-County-Seal

Published: July 2, 2015 – Updated: 10:27 p.m.

Riverside County should tear up its contract with its top lawyer and search for a new county counsel, according to a civil grand jury report released Thursday, July 2.

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

Daily Press: Adelanto city manager quits after 6 weeks

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By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Jul. 2, 2015 – Updated at 11:56 PM

  • In amended budget, some city employees get raises, others are let go

ADELANTO — Just six weeks after being named full-time city manager, Thomas Thornton has resigned but will retain his positions as city engineer and public works director, a move that will be addressed next Wednesday along with other personnel changes, according to a city staff report.

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, July 2, 2015 – 03:00 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 is joined by Cliff Cummings, owner of Toyota of San Bernardino, to discuss some good news. And then, inevitably, same bad news out of San Bernardino County.

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John McMahon

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon holds a press conference April 10 to discuss the pursuit and arrest of suspect Francis Jared Pusok of Apple Valley. In the pursuit, Pusok allegedly stole a horse before he was taken down and reportedly beaten by deputies. Pusok later agreed to a $650,000 settlement with county offiicials. (Image from sheriff’s department video on YouTube)

By The Editorial Board, San Bernardino County Sun
Posted: 07/01/15, 12:41 PM PDT |

The bad news is that San Bernardino County’s jails produce far more inmate complaints alleging excessive use of force by deputies than any other county the Prison Law Office has dealt with, according to that nonprofit that defends the constitutional rights of the incarcerated.

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Moreno Valley seal

Moreno Valley’s elected leaders may start discussing the project as early as July 15.

Published: July 1, 2015 – Updated: 11:29 p.m.

Developer Iddo Benzeevi cleared an important hurdle Tuesday night, winning backing from a Moreno Valley panel for his massive World Logistics Center warehouse complex.

But before the first bulldozer starts pushing dirt, the city’s elected leaders will have to sign off on the project that pits the promise of jobs and an economic boost against concerns of traffic and pollution. Most City Council members have received campaign support from Benzeevi, but none will say how they plan to vote.

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

The Sun: Prison group alleges abuses in San Bernardino County jails

Sheriff

The Prison Law Office’s findings are in sharp contrast to Sheriff John McMahon’s characterization of conditions at West Valley after the FBI announced last year that it was investigating allegations of misconduct at West Valley.

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/30/15 – 9:18 PM PDT |

Responding to allegations of inhumane conditions in county jails, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is ramping up staffing to increase oversight of prisoners and health services.

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Grand Jury report said lack of oversight allowed supervisors to promote themselves, dine at taxpayer expense.

Published: June 26, 2015
Updated: June 28, 2015 9:16 p.m.

Spending from a special Riverside County pool of funds intended to help worthy community endeavors would be subject to enhanced scrutiny under rules being considered by the county Board of Supervisors.

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

Pension Reform

By Ed Mendel
June 29, 2015

An accounting board best known for requiring the calculation and reporting of the debt owed for retiree health care promised government workers, which often turned out to be shockingly large, is having another moment.

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San Bernardino County Sheriff

*** Administrator Note: This is the first local newspaper story to run following our post on Friday at noon. More coverage is expected this week and beyond.***
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

By Steve Hunt, Editor
Posted Jun. 26, 2015 at 8:40 PM

With a lawsuit set to be tried next year, the San Bernardino County Grand Jury is believed to have called at least three current or former sheriff’s deputies to testify about alleged corruption in the department’s High Desert stations, sources said Friday.

The Grand Jury’s annual report is expected next week.

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Councilman Paul Davis was investigated in 2014 for alleged violations of city charter, but DA dismissed case.

Published: June 26, 2015
Updated: June 27, 2015 – 6:58 p.m.

Riverside City Councilman Paul Davis won’t face any charges in connection with 2014 allegations that he violated the city’s charter, which could have been a misdemeanor.

But the case, which some residents considered a boondoggle, isn’t quite over.

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

Daily Bulletin: Upland fails to approve budget on time

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/26/15 – 1:42 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> For the second time in three years, the City Council will not pass its budget on time. The delay comes as city leaders have questions remaining about the proposed staffing additions.

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InlandPolitics: Lawsuit allegations cast darker clouds over Sheriff’s Department

SBSO Sheriff

Saturday, June 27, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

An employee lawsuit against the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has ripped open Pandora’s Box after it came to light this week.

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The Sun: San Bernardino audit faces trouble, city reports

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/26/15 – 2:47 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> There’s more trouble for the city’s long-overdue audit, and it’s not because the city hasn’t given the necessary information, according to Deputy City Manager Nita McKay.

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Janice Rutherford

Janice Rutherford

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/25/15 – 7:17 PM PDT |

San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford has been honored by the American Society for Public Administration Inland Empire chapter with the 2015 Outstanding Elected Official award.

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Daily Bulletin: Ontario approves $491.95 million budget

Ontario

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/24/15 – 7:57 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> With its sights on the airport, the City Council has unanimously approved a structurally balanced budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

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The Sun: San Bernardino passes unanimous budget

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/23/15 – 5:19 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The bankrupt city with a reputation for lengthy, contentious decision-making unanimously approved a budget for the coming fiscal year after less than three hours of discussion, a smoother procedure than most cities without its financial challenges.

And then there was applause.

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The Sun: No help from Sacramento for San Bernardino

No

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/23/15 – 6:01 PM PDT |

  • Jerry Brown: California’s governor has turned down San Bernadino’s request for help.

SAN BERNARDINO >> Gov. Jerry Brown has given his response to the optimistic request for help on six different fronts that Mayor Carey Davis and his allies made in a trip to Sacramento.

The answer is no.

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Murrieta

Council set special meeting for Wednesday morning to consider investigation of Mayor Harry Ramos.

Published: June 23, 2015 – Updated: 3:37 p.m.

The Murrieta City Council on Wednesday will consider launching an investigation into the actions of Mayor Harry Ramos, who last week was accused of “inappropriate” conduct during his brief time as mayor.

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

The Sun: San Bernardino Mountains communities encouraged to unite for clout

Janice Rutherford

Janice Rutherford

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/22/15 – 8:31 PM PDT |

San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford is spearheading an effort to align various public agencies in mountain communities within her district as a council of governments to improve collaboration on issues pertinent to the communities the agencies serve.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Grand jury, officials at odds

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Published: June 19, 2015 – 6:12 p.m.

John Tavaglione remembers sitting at large conference tables with grand juries and cordially discussing issues concerning Riverside County government.

This year was different, said Tavaglione, a county supervisor since 1995.

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

Riverside-County-Seal

Published: June 19, 2015 – 3:51 p.m.

With public-safety-spending absorbing an ever-growing piece of Riverside County’s budget pie, supervisors want a closer look at how the sheriff and district attorney spend taxpayer dollars.

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

InlandPolitics: Former Upland City Manager abandons record clearing attempt

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Friday, June 19, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

Former Upland City Manager Robb Quincey, who cut a plea deal with prosecutors less than a year ago, has abandoned an attempt to clear his felony record.

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Greg Devereaux

Greg Devereaux (Courtesy photo)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/18/15 – 7:52 PM PDT |

San Bernardino County CEO Greg Devereaux on Thursday was awarded the Clarence A. Dykstra Award for his work on the Countywide Vision, a long-term strategy to improve the quality of life in the county.

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The Sun: San Bernardino bankruptcy plan criticized in court

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/17/15 – 11:24 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> The attorney representing bondholders who’ve invested about $50 million in San Bernardino came out swinging Wednesday in the first bankruptcy hearing since the city filed a bankruptcy exit plan that would pay bondholders only 1 percent of that.

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Daily Press: City council approves balanced budget

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By Rene Ray De La Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted Jun. 18, 2015 at 12:01 AM

HESPERIA — During a lengthy meeting, the city council passed its new fiscal year budget without raising fees or taxes.

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The Sun: San Bernardino streets to stay unswept for now

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/16/15 – 6:38 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> It’s better to have dirty streets for a few more weeks than to rush into a six-figure contract, the City Council decided this week after an hours-long discussion several of the council members described as “dysfunctional.”

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By Sarah Favot, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 06/16/15 – 9:55 PM PDT |

The Los Angeles County of Board Supervisors voted Tuesday to oppose a measure proposed in the state Legislature that would expand the number of supervisors on the board from five to seven.

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Department heads seek additional funding during budget workshop, saying money is desperately needed.

Published: June 15, 2015 – Updated: 10:56 p.m.

Even though Riverside County’s revenues are projected to grow, it’s not enough to pay for major new spending obligations.

For years, many county departments have absorbed higher labor costs with no additional funds from the county budget. The district attorney and animal services chief said their departments are at the breaking point.

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

California Supreme Court

By Maura Dolan
June 15, 2015

Citing an affordable housing crisis of “epic proportions,” the California Supreme Court made it easier Monday for cities and counties to require developers to sell some housing at below-market rates.

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Los Angeles Times: San Bernardino: Broken City

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San Bernardino, once a sturdy, middle class “All-America City,” is now bankrupt, the poorest city of its size in California, and a symbol of the nation’s worst urban woes.

June 14, 2015
By Joe Mozingo
Photos by Francine Orr

With a rake and a mask, the motel manager steps carefully into Room 107.

This afternoon, Sam Maharaj will evict a couple and their 4-month-old baby for not paying their bill. The mother sits on the side of the bed, still twitching from slamming methamphetamine the night before.

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