Archive for the ‘ Local Government ’ Category

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 11/30/16 – 4:58 PM PST |

San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman has fired his chief of staff, Mike Spence, after Spence was charged with driving under the influence of drugs and admitted to battling drug and alcohol addictions for more than 20 years.

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By Suzanne Hurt, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 11/28/16 – 1:12 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Survivors pleaded to San Bernardino County supervisors Monday for more help in their efforts to heal a year after the Dec. 2 terrorist attack in San Bernardino.

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Calpensions: Supreme Court agrees to rule on its own pensions

California Supreme Court

By Ed Mendel
November 28, 2016

The state Supreme Court last week agreed to hear an appeal of a groundbreaking ruling that allows cuts in the pensions earned by current state and local government workers, including judges.

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The Press-Enterprise: Riverside County Supervisor Benoit has pancreatic cancer

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Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit.

By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: Nov. 23, 2016
Updated: Nov. 24, 2016 2:51 p.m.

Biopsy results show that Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit has advanced pancreatic cancer, the supervisor’s office announced Wednesday evening, Nov. 23.

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By Suzanne Hurt, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 11/23/16 – 10:21 PM PST |

Another person has come forward about medication denials for survivors of the Dec. 2 San Bernardino terrorist attack — this time, the husband of a San Bernardino County employee shot in the face.

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San Bernardino City Hall. (File)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/22/16 – 11:09 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> City employees are one step closer to completely moving out of City Hall, removing a substantial earthquake risk but also leaving another downtown landmark vacant.

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By Suzanne Hurt, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 11/19/16 – 6:06 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Survivors of the Dec. 2 terrorist attack in San Bernardino say they’re being cut off from anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medication and counseling shortly before the one-year anniversary — making an already traumatic time even more distressing.

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The Sacramento Bee: California’s 58 counties need governance reform

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
November 14, 2016 – 12:01 AM

State Sen. Bob Hertzberg puts it succinctly, albeit accurately: “58 counties in California are accidents of history.”

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Los Angeles Times: Hahn, Barger elected to L.A. County Board of Supervisors

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County Board of Supervisors candidates Janice Hahn, left, and Kathryn Barger, right. (Los Angeles Times)

Adam Elmahrek and Hailey Branson-Potts
November 9, 2016

Janice Hahn and Kathryn Barger were elected Tuesday night to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, marking the election of a female majority and a continued leftward shift for the influential panel.

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Passengers make their way into one of the terminals at Ontario International Airport, which suffered a 40% decline in travelers during the economic recession. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Dan Weikel
November 1, 2016

After years of litigation and negotiation, Ontario officials assumed ownership of LA/Ontario International Airport from Los Angeles on Tuesday.

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Campaigns

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 11/01/16 – 9:18 PM PDT |

The race for First District San Bernardino County supervisor sees incumbent Robert Lovingood going up against Angela Valles, a former Victorville councilwoman and Victor Valley Community College District trustee.

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LA County Sheriff

By Susan Abram, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 11/01/16 – 1:37 PM PDT |

A long-awaited civilian oversight commission to push reforms within the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, two years after it was formally proposed.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County: Trouble in Paradise again!

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Monday, October 31, 2016 – 08:30 a.m.

Say what?

Questions are swirling over the alleged outside business interests of a high-ranking San Bernardino County Sheriff’s official.

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After William T Fujioka, above in 2012, retired two years ago, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors hired an outside consultant to look into the former chief executive’s real estate dealings and other county business, a document and sources reveal.

Adam Elmahrek
October 29, 2016

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors secretly launched a public corruption investigation of its former Chief Executive William T Fujioka shortly after his retirement two years ago, examining his role in real estate dealings, a multimillion-dollar emergency communications project and other county business, according to a document obtained by The Times and officials familiar with the probe.

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Joseph Turner
Friday, October 28, 2016 – 11:16 a.m.

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors hired Greg Devereaux to be the County CEO in January of 2010.

The $600,000 Man!

He currently earns approximately $600,000 a year.

In 2015 he earned $549,803 in total compensation. But this figure does not take into account the 7% raise that Supervisor Robert Lovingood gave him in 2016. You can view the executive compensation plan here.

In 2011, his total compensation was $491,565 a year.

But, how did county residents do during the same time period? Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Joseph Turner
Monday, October 24, 2016 – 9:03 p.m.

In Part 1 of this expose, I “copy and pasted” the public information request and answers by the county concerning the employment contract of political lobbyist Fred Aguiar (view here).

Now I am going to copy and paste the second public information request submitted on September 30, 2016. The answers were provided on October 7.

Read the answers carefully and note them. I did. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Joseph Turner
Monday, October 24, 2016 – 9:01 a.m.

This weekend I received a tip from a frustrated voter about how San Bernardino County is refusing to release documents that he believes are damaging to Supervisor Robert Lovingood’s campaign.

Last month, he submitted two public information requests seeking information about the employment details and job duties of Fred Aguiar — the controversial lobbyist earning $122,000 a year while working 300 miles away from home in Paso Robles. Oh yeah. He also works just 18 hours a week…maybe.

He was hired by Supervisor Lovingood in January in what many believe was strictly a move to politically benefit his campaign, including to help with fundraising. Read the rest of this entry »

The Sun: San Bernardino County supervisors make staffing changes, some unconventional

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 10/21/16 – 10:43 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> James Ramos, chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, is making some rather unconventional changes to his staff, while his colleague, Supervisor Janice Rutherford, is picking up his former chief of staff.

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By Stephanie K. Baer, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/20/16 – 9:35 AM PDT |

WEST COVINA >> Councilman Mike Spence pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence of a drug Thursday morning.

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Joseph Turner
Thursday, October 20, 2016 – 9:28 a.m.

Corruption and political graft in San Bernardino County continues unabated.

Did you know that Supervisor Robert Lovingood gave a campaign donor and Sacramento lobbyist who lives 300 miles away a cushy part-time job that pays more than $122,000 a year?

Need proof? Ok.

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Joseph Turner
Thursday, October 20, 2016 – 1:44 a.m.

A gigantic bomb was dropped on First District Supervisor “Do-Nothing” Bob Lovingood late Tuesday morning when his challenger, Angela Valles, informed district voters that unvetted Syrian refugees have been secretly dumped in the High Desert community of Victorville.

It doesn’t take a degree in political science to know that the High Desert folk aren’t going to be too excited at the news.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to tell you that the timing of this news comes at a disastrous time for the Lovingood campaign. Read the rest of this entry »

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 10/14/16 – 4:30 PM PDT |

West Covina Councilman Mike Spence has battled alcoholism and drug abuse for more than 20 years, he said during a recent interview when confronted about a DUI he pleaded guilty to in 1998.

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U.S. Bankruptcy Court

United States Bankruptcy Court in Riverside

By Ryan Hagen, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 10/14/16 – 7:38 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> The city of San Bernardino entered the final stage of its bankruptcy case Friday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, with a confirmation hearing the city and its thousands of creditors have awaited for more than four years.

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The Sun: San Bernardino leaders clash in debate over replacing city charter

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/13/16 – 9:34 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Current and former leaders clashed Thursday in a televised debate over whether replacing the city charter would help or hinder economic development, corruption and the future of the city.

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InlandPolitics: Expanded coverage of San Bernardino County dead children cover-up

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Thursday, October 13, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

San Bernardino County hiring am outside law firm to represent it in an unfolding scandal involving multiple child deaths has thrown gas on the fire.

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Daily Bulletin: San Bernardino County executive Linda Haugen retiring after 35 years

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Linda Haugen – Courtesy photo

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 10/10/16 – 4:08 PM PDT |

Linda Haugen, assistant executive officer of the San Bernardino County Department of Human Services, is retiring after 35 years with the county.

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Calpensions: Ruling challenges prevailing view of pension law

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By Ed Mendel
October 10, 2016

Three appeals court justices, citing the alarming view of critics that unaffordable public pensions are headed for the financial cliff, looked for a new way to allow a change in direction and found one.

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InlandPolitics: Sheriff ticket quota whistle-blower lawsuit goes to jury

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Friday, October 7, 2016 – 09:15 a.m.

A nearly month-long trial involving alleged workplace retaliation against three current and former San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies has been finally handed to a jury.

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Ontario International Airport

Fitch Ratings reported its assessment of fixed-rate bonds for ONT, setting them at an A-minus rating with a “stable” outlook. (File Photo)

By Richard K. De Atley, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 10/06/16 – 9:21 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> Fitch Ratings reported Thursday its assessment of $52.2 million in fixed-rate bonds for Ontario International Airport Authority, setting them at an A-minus rating with a “stable” outlook.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 10/04/16 – 10:51 PM PDT |

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a contract with Enron prosecutor John C. Hueston to assess the county’s child welfare services system amid an investigation by the state Attorney General’s Office.

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Daily Bulletin: Ontario airport authority gears up for takeover

Ontario International Airport Authority

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/03/16 – 4:25 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> They say timing is everything.

When the Ontario International Airport Authority issues bonds Nov. 1 — the same day it formally takes over control of LA/Ontario International Airport — there could be some savings for future operations.

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By Joe Nelson and Stephanie Baer / Staff Writers
Published: Sept. 30, 2016 – 7:12 p.m.

West Covina Councilman Mike Spence said Wednesday he has no intention of resigning from his elected position following a drug-related car crash in June causing him serious injuries.

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InlandPolitics: Hagman chief of staff charged in drug-related DUI

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016 – 10:50 p.m.

Mike Spence, chief of staff to San Bernardino County Fourth District Supervisor Curt Hagman, has been charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence.

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The Press-Enterprise: Why downtown Riverside buildings could be getting taller

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The city may begin allowing higher buildings, but would buffer homes and historic spots like the Mission Inn. (Kurt Miller / Press-Enterprise)

By Alicia Robinson / Staff Writer
Published: Sept. 23, 2016
Updated: Sept. 26, 2016 – 7:53 a.m.

Downtown Riverside’s sparse silhouette has been dominated by a few boxy, nondescript towers, two domes and Mount Rubidoux.

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By Ali Tadayon, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 09/25/16 – 6:31 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A bill that would ensure first responders to the Dec. 2 terrorist attack in San Bernardino get fully reimbursed for the cost of their response was vetoed Sunday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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The Sun: San Bernardino election debates back on

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/23/16 – 10:40 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> At least two sets of debates are planned at City Hall, after the City Council overruled City Manager Mark Scott’s decision not to allow any debates.

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KTTV-LA: The Children Are Dying: Foster Family Failure

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We continue our FOX 11 investigation into the San Bernardino County Department of Children and Family Services.

By: Ramona Schindelheim
Posted:     Sep 09 2015 – 09:16PM PDT
Updated: Sep 09 2015 – 10:43PM PDT

(SAN BERNARDINO, CA) – A family of five young siblings is suing the San Bernardino County Department of Children and Family Services and a foster care agency contracted by the CFS, alleging the two youngest members of the family were sexually abused in a foster care home in Victorville over three years.

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John Myers
Sept. 20, 2016 – 2:47 p.m.

The retiring forecaster for California’s largest public employee pension fund offered some final advice on Tuesday: State and local governments should be required to pay more into the system as soon as next year.

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By Beatriz Valenzuela, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 09/19/16 – 6:35 PM PDT | U

SAN BERNARDINO >> A San Bernardino County sheriff’s lieutenant testified during a civil whistleblower-retaliation trial Monday he tried to quash a “petty citations war” between two High Desert sheriff’s stations.

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The Sun: Why there will be no debates at San Bernardino City Hall this election season

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/18/16 – 1:11 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> City Manager Mark Scott informed the City Council Friday that he would not allow any of the usual election forums or local election broadcasts unless a majority of the council members voted to reverse his decision.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County still sets its own rules, regardless of law

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Saturday, September 17, 2016 – 11:00 a.m.

A new article published Saturday in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin is a clear-cut example of just much San Bernardino County officials believe they dance to the beat of their own drum.

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By Kristina Hernandez, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 09/16/16 – 7:34 PM PDT |

HIGHLAND >> Three public interest groups on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the city of Highland over its approval of the controversial Harmony housing project.

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/15/16 – 11:22 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The proposed new city charter was cast as the way to end decades of destructive political infighting or a surrendering of self-government Thursday in a debate between the campaigns for and against changing the city’s governing document.

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
September 11, 2016 – 4:00 AM

The “unfunded liabilities” of state and local pension funds are California’s biggest unresolved political issue – at least in financial terms.

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Daily Bulletin: Colonies corruption case headed to trial, here’s what you need to know

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 09/09/16 – 12:25 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Prosecutors and defense attorneys in San Bernardino County’s biggest public corruption case announced Friday that after years of legal wrangling, they are ready to begin trial.

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InlandPolitics: Door opens for Valles on San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors

Angela Valles

San Bernardino County First District Supervisor candidate Angela Valles looks to oust incumbent Robert Lovingood in November.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 – 08:30 a.m.

Make no mistake. First District San Bernardino County Supervisor Robert Lovingood will likely be shown the door in November.

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The Sun: What is the San Bernardino city charter and should it change?

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/04/16 – 4:12 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Labor Day begins the big campaigns for and against the ballot measure to replace the city’s charter — essentially a constitution that, if changed, could either finally free city officials to fix the city and increase voter participation or could throw away the city’s heritage and citizen protections, depending on who’s arguing.

But most people haven’t heard either argument.

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The Sun: San Bernardino anti-charter change group asks city clerk to recuse herself

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 08/30/16 – 9:36 AM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A committee opposed to the ballot measure that would change the city charter asked Monday that City Clerk Gigi Hanna recuse herself and her employees from any decisions related to that measure.

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John Myers
Aug. 29, 2016 – 5:47 p.m.

State lawmakers rejected a plan on Monday to place limits on individual campaign donations for city and county offices, races where in some California communities there are no restrictions on the size of a legal donation.

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 08/25/16 – 10:35 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> James Penman and Tim Prince don’t agree on much, but they agree that changing the city charter is a bad idea and they represent groups that both submitted ballot arguments against the charter change proposal.

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Ontario International Airport Authority

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/23/16, 1:49 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> Some responsibilities for LA/Ontario International Airport’s future success will be shouldered by aviation expert Bruce E. Atlas.

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Beaumont

At least one former city official will testify next week before SEC officials

By David Danelski / Staff Reporter
Published: Aug. 23, 2016
Updated: Aug. 24, 2016 – 6:17 a.m.

As the state criminal case against seven former Beaumont officials moves through Riverside County Superior Court, a more secretive federal probe of the city’s troubled finances also is advancing.

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Money

Patrick McGreevy
Aug. 22, 2016 – 4:43 p.m.

In the continuing fallout from the city of Bell’s financial scandal, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed a bill requiring city councils and county boards of supervisors to publicly announce pay and benefit increases for government executives before they are approved by a vote.

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Calpensions: Court pension decision weakens ‘California rule’

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Ed Mendel
August 22, 2016

The one thing some pension reformers say is needed to cut the cost of unaffordable public pensions: give current workers a less costly retirement benefit for work done in the future, while protecting pension amounts already earned.

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Taxes

Seven Inland cities are asking voters to approve tax measures; four would raise sales taxes.

By Alicia Robinson / Staff Writer
Published: Aug. 19, 2016
Updated: Aug. 21, 2016 12:24 a.m.

Several Riverside County cities are hoping to cut through the election season noise and convince residents to support tax increases to pay for police, fire and other key services.

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The Sun: All seven former Beaumont officials plead not guilty in corruption case

Beaumont Corruption Case

The seven defendants in the Beaumont political corruption case, in the front row are Francis Dennis Coe Jr., Joseph Sandy Aklufi, William Kevin Aylward, Ernest Alois Egger, Deepak Moorjani, David Willliam Dillon, and Alan Charles Kapanicas, left to right, in the back row are attorneys Melissa Meister, James Taylor and Virginia Blumenthal, left to right, prior court proceedings in Dept. 52 of Riverside Superior Court on Friday. (Kurt Miller – Staff Photographer)

By David Danelski and and Gail Wesson, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 08/19/16 – 11:20 PM PDT |

The seven former Beaumont city officials charged in May with 94 felony corruption counts, including embezzlement and misappropriation of public funds, each pleaded not guilty to all charges against them Friday.

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Daily Bulletin: Ontario Airport transfer date pushed back a month

Ontario International Airport

A U.S Airways plane arrives at Ontario International Airport in this 2014 file photo. The airport’s transfer to local authority has been pushed back a month to Nov. 1. (File Photo)

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/16/16 – 8:26 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> Local ownership of the beleaguered LA/Ontario International Airport will have to wait another month until Nov. 1.

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Calpensions: Dissident actuaries want to show big pension debt

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Ed Mendel
August 15, 2016

Two actuarial associations did not publish a controversial paper by their joint task force, reflecting a split in the profession over whether public pension debt should be measured with risk-free bonds or the earnings forecast for stock-laden investment funds.

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Daily Bulletin: Fired Upland city manager makes thousands for not working

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Rod Butler, city manager of Upland, was relieved of his duties in late July.

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/09/16 – 11:25 AM PDT |

UPLAND >> The city will pay fired city manager Rod Butler nearly $23,000 a month — or $206,997 over a nine-month period — not to show up to work.

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InlandPolitics: Newspaper needs to get real on local pension data

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016 – 12:00 p.m.

I just sent an email to Staff Writer Teri Sforza at The Orange County Register regarding her article on the “Top 25 Public Pensions” in California, published Tuesday.

Her story mysteriously omitted San Bernardino County pension data.

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By Alicia Robinson, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 08/08/16 – 7:54 PM PDT |

High-earning state and local government retirees are scattered around the state, with no one city or agency dominating the list of the biggest pension payouts in 2015, data from an open records advocacy group show.

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Daily Bulletin: Upland mayor will not seek re-election

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Upland mayor Ray Musser speaks during a transportation forum at the Hughes Community Center in Claremont, Calif. July 9, 2014. (Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/09/16 – 6:47 AM PDT |

UPLAND >> Mayor Ray Musser announced Monday night he would not seek another term after serving 18 years in office.

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Paul Segalla

Chino Valley Independent Fire District Chief Paul Segalla is sworn in by Hank Clemmensen, president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, as Segalla’s wife, Amy, watches on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 in Chino. (Khai Le/Correspondent)

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/09/16 – 6:30 AM PDT | U

UPLAND >> Fire Chief Paul Segalla has been placed on administrative leave.

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Goodwin Liu

California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu, shown in 2011, argued in a dissent that California officials’ public votes are not protected under state and federal free speech laws. (Paul Sakuma/Associated Press)

Maura Dolan
August 8, 2016

The California Supreme Court decided Monday that the votes of elected officials are protected free speech.

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The Sun: New city charter put on San Bernardino ballot

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 08/04/16 – 8:41 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Years of efforts to change the governing document that many blame for the city’s dysfunction will culminate with voters deciding whether to replace it in November, the City Council decided Thursday.

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InlandPolitics: Sheriff’s deputies approve three-year agreement

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016 – 08:30 a.m.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputies and District Attorney Investigators have given their approval to a new three-year collective bargaining agreement.

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Riverside County Seal

District Attorney and county supervisors are at odds. And one supervisor had harsh words for his colleague

By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: Aug. 2, 2016
Updated:   Aug. 3, 2016 – 6:27 a.m.

A lack of money is inflaming tensions among Riverside County’s elected leaders.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County pension fund posts investment loss

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Monday, August 1, 2016 – 11:00 a.m.

The pension fund for employees and retirees of San Bernardino County, California will post a negative return for it’s fiscal year just ended.

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/31/16 – 6:57 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> One of the nation’s longest municipal bankruptcies begins its fifth year on Monday And it’s probably its last, officials say.

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Calpensions: CalPERS funding gap may grow under new trend

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, August 1, 2016

Twice in recent decades CalPERS fell below 100 percent of the funding needed for promised pensions, and twice CalPERS climbed back. But since a $100 billion investment loss in 2008, the CalPERS funding level has not recovered.

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Daily Bulletin: Next man up: Just who is Upland’s interim city manager?

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Martin Thouvenell

By Liset Márquez,
lmarquez@scng.com, @JournaLiset on Twitter
Posted: 07/28/16 – 6:17 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> Just who is the man who will fill the vacancy as the executive director of a foundering city? At least in the interim, it’s a name some may find familiar.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County advises managers not to use email

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Friday, July 29, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

When it comes to San Bernardino County government business the duplicity just never ends.

Especially when trying to deceive and cover-up.

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Mike Hestrin

Hestrin says he needs additional funds to avoid layoffs. But supervisors say he’s being unreasonable

By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: July 28, 2016 – Updated: 9:44 p.m.

  • Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin has warned he would need $12.25 million in additional funding to avoid layoffs.

Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin’s budget battle with the Board of Supervisors already has led to some public-safety service cuts, he acknowledged Thursday, July 28.

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Daily Bulletin: Upland terminates city manager

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By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/27/16 – 11:30 AM PDT |

UPLAND >> In an unexpected turn, the Upland City Council terminated City Manager Rod Butler effective Aug. 29, the city attorney announced Wednesday.

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Courts

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

A civil lawsuit filed by current and former deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will advance to trial.

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During contentious discussions, the district attorney says his department was underfunded and would need to lay off workers or cut services

By David Danelski / The Press Enterprise
Published: July 26, 2016
Updated:   July 27, 2016 – 7:23 a.m.

Following about an hour of contentious discussions, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved on Tuesday, July 26, revisions to an austere county budget designed to start closing a spending gap of more than $60 million a year.

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By Jordan Graham / Staff Writer
Updated July 26, 2016 – 7:39 a.m.

Orange County supervisors are expected to vote Tuesday to add a countywide initiative to the November ballot asking voters to change their office’s term limits.

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SBCO

Monday, July 25, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

Here’s a few observations on the unfolding abuse scandal in the San Bernardino County Department of Children and Family Services.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 23, 2016 – 2:00 PM

  • Pension problems stem from 1999 benefit boost
  • Unemployment insurance ills rooted in 2003 benefit boost
  • Stockton violates austerity budget to reopen library

One day last week, Daniel Borenstein, a columnist for newspapers in the Bay Area News Group, published a critical analysis of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System’s long-term finances.

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EVWD

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 07/20/16 – 12:16 AM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The sewage treatment plant proposed by the Highland-based East Valley Water District will cost at least $150 million more to build that has been planned, San Bernardino Municipal Water Department officials say.

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California Supreme Court

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/20/16 – 5:40 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> Was Upland correct in deciding to delay a citizen-backed initiative until the general election because officials believed it was a tax?

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 18, 2016 – 4:03 PM

  • Big public employee pension fund gained just 0.61 percent last year
  • With low earnings, its unfunded liability for benefits grows
  • Maintaining 7.5 percent earnings assumption doesn’t make sense

You can smear lipstick on a pig, but that doesn’t change its innate porcinity.

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InlandPolitics: SBIA: More wishful thinking at airport

Dream

Sunday, July 17, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

There’s another round of wishful thinking at San Bernardino International Airport.

You remember? That $300 million boondoggle known as the airport to nowhere.

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SBCO

Valles calls for director to step down; Lovingood rebukes ‘grandstanding’

By Shea Johnson, Staff Writer
Posted:       July 12, 2016 at 5:33 PM
Updated:    July 12, 2016 at 5:39 PM

First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood says he and fellow board members will “collectively” go through the grand jury’s annual report that recently raised concerns about San Bernardino County’s child welfare agency.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 12, 2016 – 3:04 PM

  • California Public Employees’ Retirement System lost money
  • Fund is now well short of what’s required to cover pensions
  • CalPERS demands more from governments to cover outlays

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System – the nation’s largest pension trust fund – took a beating during the Great Recession, dropping nearly $100 billion in value.

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