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The Sentinel

Mark Gutglueck
Posted on May 28, 2016

In recent weeks SEBA, the union representing San Bernardino County’s sheriff’s deputies, has stepped up activity aimed at persuading top county officials to accede to its demands for compensation increases.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE: City’s deficit looks to grow

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Officials project four years of multi-million dollar deficits, but say with suggested reductions the city would come out ahead by 2017-18.

Published: May 27, 2016
Updated:   May 28, 2016 7:34 a.m.

Riverside faces at least four years of belt-tightening, but proposed across-the-board budget cuts would leave the city with a more than $9 million surplus by 2021.

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

InlandPolitics: Quincey makes third attempt at dismissal, expungement

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Thursday, May 26, 2016 – 02:00 p.m.

Will the third time be the charm for Robb Quincey?

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The Press-Enterprise: MARCH BASE: County approves move to end JPA

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The proposal suggests giving the county authority to divide the property.

Published: May 24, 2016
Updated: May 25, 2016 8:21 a.m.

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a motion Tuesday, May 24, to pursue largely dissolving the March Joint Powers Authority, the agency that oversees land around March Air Reserve Base that once was part of the larger March Air Force Base.

To read article by Mark Muckenfuss in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Lolita Harper

Lolita Harper, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Safety Employees Benefit Association, the labor union representing county sheriff’s deputies and district attorney investigators, speaks during a rally Tuesday outside the San Bernardino County Government Center pushing for higher pay for sheriff’s deputies. SEBA has been in labor negotiations with the county for more than a year. (Photo by Joe Nelson)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/24/16 – 11:30 AM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Dozens of San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies rallied outside the County Government Center on Tuesday, pushing for higher pay after more than a year of stalled contract negotiations.

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By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 05/24/16 – 6:23 PM PDT |

HIGHLAND >> The city has achieved much in the past year, Mayor Larry McCallon said at the State of the Community address on Tuesday, but fiscal uncertainties mean there are still some challenges ahead.

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A proposal would begin the process of eliminating much of the agency’s authority.

Published: May 23, 2016 – Updated: 9:44 p.m.

Riverside County supervisors Marion Ashley and Kevin Jeffries are sponsoring a measure asking the Board of Supervisors to take the first steps in restructuring the March Joint Powers Authority, eliminating much of its jurisdiction.

To read article by Mark Muckenfuss in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Mike Hestrin

Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin talks about the Beaumont investigation during an interview with The Press-Enterprise in his office in Riverside on Monday. (Stan Lim — Staff Photographer)

By Brian Rokos, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 05/23/16 – 11:28 PM PDT |

After laying out documents from hundreds of boxes seized from Beaumont City Hall and other locations during raids in April 2015, members of the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office’s Public Integrity Unit began the task of poring over the papers, looking for evidence of corruption.

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The Sun: Loma Linda City Council goes sixth year without an election

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By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 05/21/16 – 5:55 PM PDT |

LOMA LINDA >> At a time of heightened political interest nationwide, the city of Loma Linda is an apparent outlier. For the third time in six years, the City Council has scrapped the municipal election.

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InlandPolitics: Lovingood’s Pension Fairy Tale Continues

Robert Lovingood

San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood has developed a new penchant for deceiving voters.

Saturday, May 21, 2016 – 01:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, May 23, 2016 – 08:45 a.m.

Hats off to San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood for doubling-down on his fantasy pension crack down spin.

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Beaumont

By Richard K. De Atley, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 05/20/16 – 9:02 PM PDT |

With $122.5 million in possible fines and restitution in the Beaumont corruption case, prosecutors are trying to secure the homes and bank accounts of some defendants — former top city officials charged with embezzlement and misappropriation of funds.

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Beaumont

Published: May 18, 2016
Updated: May 19, 2016 6:46 a.m.

On Tuesday, May 17, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office charged seven former officials with the city of Beaumont with 94 felonies and misappropriation of $43 million in taxpayer funds.

Public records show how Beaumont city officials tapped into millions in bond money.

To read Staff Reports in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Beaumont

Published: May 18, 2016 – Updated: 6:22 a.m.

In April 2015, anti-corruption investigators from the FBI and the Riverside County District Attorney’s office raided Beaumont City Hall and other locations.

The investigation led to seven former city officials facing charges of embezzlement, misappropriation of funds, conspiracy and conflict of interest, which Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin announced in a press conference on Tuesday, May 17.

To read Staff Reports in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The Sun: San Bernardino City Council approves new charter, on one condition

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/16/16 – 11:07 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The City Council on Monday voted 5-2 to approve a new city charter on condition it include a provision that the city have its own police department.

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By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/12/16 – 5:30 PM PDT |

HIGHLAND >> The San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District and East Valley Water District announced Thursday a joint $2.65 million purchase of 14 acres of land in Highland that will serve as the location of a wastewater treatment plant that will put back millions of gallons of purified water daily into the local groundwater supply.

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Los Angeles Times: This California desert town is experiencing a marijuana boom

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Marijuana boom coming to Desert Hot Springs

Paloma Esquivel
May 10, 2016

Carlos Bravo, the owner of a tow company here, was at work late last year when a real estate agent came to him offering half a million dollars for 5 acres of undeveloped, brush-pocked desert — five times what he’d paid for the land six months earlier.

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By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/08/16 – 12:24 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> The city was ready to cut its losses.

After more than a year of costly legal battles, a Fourth District Appellate Court last month in unprecedented move ruled the city had no legal standing to deny the California Cannabis Coalition the right to hold a special election on a ballot measure that aimed to overturn Upland’s ban on medical marijuana dispensaries.

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Rancho Cucamonga Public Safety Dashboard

Screenshot of the Rancho Cucamonga public safety dashboard.

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/06/16 – 5:04 PM PDT |

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Well before President Barack Obama’s Police Task Force recommended making police activity data readily available to the public, this city was already providing that level of transparency for its residents.

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Barb Stanton

Barb Stanton, left, listens to public comment during the Town Council’s special meeting in November. Stanton recently rallied mayoral support away from Victorville Mayor Pro Tem Jim Cox’s election bid to LAFCO after Victorville’s City Council ended its service agreement with VVWRA in April. Stanton said 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood threatened completion of the Yucca Loma Corridor project as a result. (James Quigg / Press Dispatch)

By Matthew Cabe and Shea Johnson, Staff Writers
Posted: May. 7, 2016 at 8:46 PM
Updated: May 8, 2016 at 9:15 PM

Victorville’s pullout from a local wastewater agency prompted an official-led campaign against its mayor pro tem, who sought a seat on the Local Agency Formation Commission, the Daily Press has learned.

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City of Industry

By Jason Henry, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 05/07/16 – 5:24 PM PDT |

A year ago, a troubling audit found the City of Industry paid its former mayor’s companies more than $326 million over 20 years and put a spotlight on the manufacturing-heavy city of about 200 residents.

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Daily Press: ACLU lawsuit challenges City of Hesperia, Sheriff’s Department

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Victor Valley Family Resource Center claims city is trying to ‘banish residents released on probation’

By Rene Ray De La Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted May. 7, 2016 at 10:15 AM

HESPERIA — The ACLU Foundation of Southern California has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the Victor Valley Family Resource Center against the city of Hesperia and San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon.

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Daily Bulletin: Chino divides city into voting districts in initial vote

Chino City Council Districts

This is the map the City Council chose in dividing the city into voting districts, although slight tweaks were made at the meeting Wednesday.

By Imani Tate, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/05/16 – 12:15 PM PDT |

CHINO >> Faced with from a Malibu law firm, the Chino City Council this week gave tentative approval to divide the city into voting districts.

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Victorville

Officials meet in workshop to comb through nearly complete FY 17 spending plan

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted:     May 4, 2016 at 3:28 PM
Updated: May 4, 2016 at 5:53 PM

VICTORVILLE — City officials met in a pre-budget workshop this week, broaching the upcoming fiscal year 2016-17 spending plan, where a little more than $1 million still needs to be trimmed to reach balance.

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InlandPolitics: Time for SBCERA to lower projected returns

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Monday, May 2 , 2016 – 12:00 p.m.

It’s time for the San Bernardino County Employees Retirement Association (SBCERA) to face reality regarding what it will make on investments in the future.

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By Brian Day, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 05/01/16 – 1:28 PM PDT |

LOS ANGELES COUNTY >> A high-ranking Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department official has resigned in the wake of recent revelations that he shared “inappropriate and unprofessional” emails during his previous job as assistant police chief in Burbank, the L.A. County sheriff announced Sunday.

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By Ed Mendel
May 2, 2016

After reaching agreements with all major creditors, San Bernardino is moving toward an exit from a four-year bankruptcy this fall without cutting public pensions, its largest and rapidly growing debt.

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The Press-Enterprise: MORENO VALLEY: City seeking new attorney

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Its interim lawyer, Steve Quintanilla, had agreed to stay until the end of June.

Published: April 29, 2016 – Updated: 7:23 p.m.

More than a year after Moreno Valley parted ways with its city attorney, a search for a replacement is underway.

Since July, Steve Quintanilla has been interim city attorney. Because Quintanilla has his own law practice and is also city attorney for Rancho Mirage and Desert Hot Springs, he had agreed to stay on through the end of June.

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

Tom Angel

Tom Angel is seen at Burbank police headquarters in 2015. (Raul Roa / Burbank Leader)

Cindy Chang and Alene Tchekmedyian
April 28, 2016

Outrage over emails sent by a top aide mocking Muslims, blacks, Latinos, women and others is presenting Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell with a serious test as he attempts to reform his troubled agency.

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Placentia

By Scott Schwebke / Staff Writer
Published: April 27, 2016
Updated:   April 28, 2016 – 7:12 a.m.

PLACENTIA – Placentia’s chief financial officer announced her resignation Wednesday amid a criminal investigation into a co-worker’s suspected theft of $4.3 million in municipal funds.

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Alene Tchekmedyian and Cindy Chang
April 27, 2016

A top Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department official forwarded emails with jokes containing derogatory stereotypes of Muslims, blacks, Latinos, women and others from his work account during his previous job with the Burbank Police Department, according to city records.

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The Sun: Proposed new San Bernardino city charter presented

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 04/26/16 – 3:48 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The City Council suggested a few changes but generally indicated support Monday for the specifics of a 14-page document that would overhaul the way the city’s been run for generations.

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Daily Press: Defense attorneys ask for yet another stay of federal lawsuits

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By Shea Johnson
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Posted Apr. 25, 2016 at 4:20 PM
Updated Apr 25, 2016 at 5:47 PM

With an FBI and federal grand jury probe still active, attorneys for law enforcement officials ensnared in allegations of widespread inmate abuse at West Valley Detention Center want to keep seven federal lawsuits on pause, court records show.

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SBCO

Supervisors OK spending $12 million on web-based financial management system

Published: April 22, 2016 – Updated: 7:09 p.m.

The San Bernardino County Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector’s Office will undergo an overhaul of its computerized financial management program with a more than $12 million state-of-the-art web-based system approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

To read article by Joe Nelson in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Apple Valley

Legal filing says town has illegally transferred funds, among other claims

By Matthew Cabe
Staff Writer
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Posted Apr. 21, 2016 at 12:16 PM

APPLE VALLEY — A lawsuit filed in the Superior Court of San Bernardino alleges Proposition 218 violations related to Apple Valley’s Wastewater Division, which provides sewer service to more than 22,000 town residents.

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By Rene Ray De La Cruz
Staff Writer
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Posted Apr. 21, 2016 at 10:55 AM
Updated Apr 21, 2016 at 4:53 PM

HESPERIA — The City Council approved a resolution that paves the way to unfreeze wages for union and nonunion city employees.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
April 21, 2016 – 2:39 PM

  • California is eliminating at-large voting in local government
  • However, it maintains winner-take-all approach in presidential voting
  • We could apportion our electoral votes by congressional district

Civil rights groups, particularly those representing California’s burgeoning Latino population, have pressed for years to do away with “at-large” elections of city council and school board members.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Millions spent on outside consultants

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As Riverside County faces budget crunch, some wonder why pricey specialists are needed to cut spending.

Published: April 15, 2016
Updated:   April 17, 2016 – 2:25 a.m.

Riverside County’s budget shortfall next fiscal year could approach $100 million. But it still found $44 million to spend on outside consultants.

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

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By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/16/16 – 3:29 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> City leaders have adopted the process by which it will use to abandon at-large voting and instead divide the city into voting districts.

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Beaumont

Beaumont officials work to rebuild trust as corruption investigation enters another year

Published: April 15, 2016
Updated:   April 16, 2016 – 8:39 a.m.

Beaumont residents awoke a year ago with news that the officials they entrusted to run their city government through two decades of rapid grown may have betrayed them.

To read article by David Danelski in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Daily Bulletin: Upland to appeal medical marijuana debate to the supreme court

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By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/13/16 – 5:51 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> A battle to keep out medical marijuana dispensaries has turned into a legal tax issue with possible statewide implications.

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Daily Press: County loses discrimination lawsuit

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Board of Supervisors’ lack of knowledge in county affairs part of the ‘culture,’ attorney says

By Matthew Cabe
Staff Writer
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Posted: Apr. 13, 2016 at 5:48 PM
Updated: April 14, 2016 at 8:43 AM

SAN BERNARDINO — A jury voted 11-1 Monday to award a former San Bernardino County Fire Department division chief more than $700,000 in damages related to an age discrimination case against the county and its fire department, according to the plaintiff’s attorneys.

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Greg Devereaux

San Bernardino County Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux was a key witness in a case where a local civil jury is making the county pay $704,000.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

**Verdict Form PDF has been fixed***

A jury award in an unlawful termination case against San Bernardino County speaks volumes as to why the county, up until now, has never taken cases to trial in recent history.

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Municipal Bonds

Published: April 13, 2016 – 8:09 a.m.

Puerto Rico, Atlantic City and Chicago school district bondholders have reason to fear a fight in court if the ailing governments collapse financially: recent cases show that when municipalities go broke, investors lose when pitted against municipal retirees.

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

San Bernardino County Sheriff

By Brian Rokos, The Press-Enterprise
and Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/12/16 – 9:15 PM PDT |

In the last year, a dozen people have died after being admitted into San Bernardino County jails, with more than half those deaths occurring in the last four months.

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SBCO

County Supervisors up legal services contract by $400K

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
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Posted Apr. 12, 2016 at 4:25 PM

SAN BERNARDINO — Attorney fees could rise above $1 million in the county’s lawsuit against the architectural and design firms of the High Desert Detention Center expansion in Adelanto, which was completed in February 2014 after falling nearly $29 million over budget.

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Daily Press: Victorville gives notice to end VVWRA deal

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By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Apr. 11, 2016 at 4:58 PM

  • With spending a growing concern, wastewater agency says dispute is within board

VICTORVILLE — In the latest signal of growing discord over management and spending, the city has given notice to end its service agreement with Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority.

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The Sun: Former Riverside finance director Brent Mason chosen for San Bernardino

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 04/08/16 – 2:13 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> City officials have chosen a new finance director: Brent Mason, who held that position in Riverside from 2010 until April 1.

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Los Angeles Times: Christian cross has no place on L.A. County seal, judge rules

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The former version of the Los Angeles County seal, left, includes a cross above the Hollywood Bowl. That seal was replaced by the version on the right.

Abby Sewell
April 7, 2016

In a long-awaited ruling, a federal judge has sided with plaintiffs who argued it was unconstitutional for Los Angeles County supervisors to place a Christian cross on the county seal.

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SBCO

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/05/16 – 4:45 PM PDT |

San Bernardino County’s annual State of the County event is coming today to Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, featuring panel discussions with economists and real estate investors on the prospects for economic growth in the Inland Empire.

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Daily Bulletin: Ontario airport authority eyes Upland-based attorney

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Planes land and take off from the asphalt-paved runway at the Ontario International Airport. (File photo)

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/04/16 – 3:10 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> A high-profile attorney could serve as the general counsel for the local authority when it assumes control of LA/Ontario International Airport this year.

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Chino Valley Unified School District

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/03/16 – 3:05 PM PDT |

CHINO HILLS >> Almost two months after the Chino Valley Unified school board was ordered to cut out the heavy use of prayer during meetings, the same federal judge is ordering four board members to pay for the legal fees of the winning side.

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Abby Sewell
April 3, 2016

While the contentious presidential contest has drawn most of the spotlight in the lead-up to California’s June primary, the election also marks the next phase of a sea change in Los Angeles County government.

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The Sun: ‘Major step forward’ for San Bernardino bankruptcy

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 04/01/16 – 5:48 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The end to the city’s three-year-old bankruptcy is in sight, but the 20 years after exiting bankruptcy will still be tough, city officials tell their creditors and bankruptcy judge in the latest version of the bankruptcy exit plan.

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The Sun: Both San Bernardino deputy city managers resign

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/31/16 – 8:05 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Both deputy city managers are resigning, soon leaving the top tier of administrative leadership under City Manager Mark Scott vacant.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Officials work to close huge budget gap

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Shortfall could reach $100 million if cost-cutting measures aren’t adopted

Published: March 30, 2016 – Updated: 11:07 p.m.

Freezing spending, holding the line on across-the-board raises and shifting existing money are key to Riverside County’s plan to stop escalating costs from drying up reserves and causing a $100 million shortfall.

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

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County faces a potential $100 million shortfall and is seeking ways to cut costs. “The KPMG report clearly outlines that CEO’s Office has been operating in a vacuum and providing inaccurate and misleading information about County departments to the Board,” the statement said.

Published: March 24, 2016 – Updated: 5:58 p.m.

Changes in how the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department responds to calls and deploys its deputies and corrections officers can save taxpayers money and improve service, according to a much-awaited outside review of the county’s public safety spending.

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

The San Diego Union-Tribune: Will ruling make it easier to raise taxes?

Appellate Courts

David Garrick
By David Garrick | March 23, 2016 – 8:35 p.m.

San Diego — In a decision that could have a sweeping impact across California, a new state appeals court ruling may ease approval of local tax increases if they are placed on the ballot by citizen’s initiative instead of by a government agency.

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Elections

By David Allen, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/22/16 – 6:40 PM PDT |

Rancho Cucamonga isn’t the only local city scrambling to implement district elections for its city council due to a legal threat: Chino and Upland are known to be doing the same.

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Daily Press: City reorganization plan approved

Victorville

Six get raises, but $150K annual savings expected

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted March 20, 2016 at 5:38 PM

VICTORVILLE — The City Council recently approved what City Manager Doug Robertson described as a “fairly small reorganization” — one expected to give Robertson more time to focus on development and work through the strategic plan adopted last week on the dais.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE: Changes, deficit loom at City Hall

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After a multimillion-dollar surprise, city officials are adjusting their financial forecasting.

Published: March 18, 2016
Updated:   March 20, 2016 – 9:39 a.m.

Amid a shake-up of top finance employees, Riverside officials hope that changing the way they handle budgets and financial projections will help the city emerge from a surprise multimillion-dollar deficit.

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

The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: California pension debts revealed

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
March 15, 2016 – 4:15 PM

  • New accounting standards require pension debt to be listed
  • Multibillion-dollar unfunded liabilities are emerging
  • However, Fresno has state’s only pension fund surplus

Thanks to new accounting standards, California’s state and local governments are being forced to acknowledge tens of billions of dollars in previously obscure debt for unfunded pension liabilities.

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Daily Press: Settlement terms reached in Dan’te Parker suits

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A settlement could be approved Tuesday in three civil cases brought against the county by different family members of Dante Parker, the former Daily Press employee who died in sheriff’s custody after being stunned with a Taser as many as 12 times in August 2014.

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted:    Mar. 14, 2016 at 8:58 AM
Updated: Mar. 14, 2016 at 2:59 PM

  • County Supervisors will decide Tuesday whether to sign off

SAN BERNARDINO — The terms of a settlement agreed upon sometime after Feb. 9 could be approved Tuesday in three civil cases brought against the county and law enforcement officials by family members of Dan’te Parker, the former Daily Press pressman who died in sheriff’s custody after being stunned with a Taser as many as 12 times in August 2014.

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Council approves the move 4-0 following nine-month interim period

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer

Posted:    Mar. 14, 2016 at 2:22 PM
Updated: Mar 14, 2016 at 3:46 PM

ADELANTO — Interim City Manager Cindy Herrera has been named to the position on a permanent basis, several months after becoming the second city employee to assume the interim role following Jim Hart’s resignation early last year, city spokesman Michael Stevens said.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Overtime costs soaring

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Eight departments spent at least $1 million on OT last fiscal year, a new report finds.

Published: March 11, 2016 – 05:27 p.m.

Eight Riverside County departments spent at least $1 million on overtime during fiscal 2014-15, and five of those departments have seen overtime costs rise 52 percent or more in the past five years, according to a new report from the county auditor-controller.

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

Beaumont

City accounting controls were effectively nonexistent, making it impossible to know whether hundreds of millions of dollars were spent as intended.

Published: March 11, 2016
Updated: March 12, 2016 – 6:08 a.m.

Union Bank of California has provided the city of Beaumont access to financial records needed to determine how former city officials spent hundreds of million of dollars in city bond funds.

To read article by David Danelski in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE: Council may ask voters for a raise

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A proposed ballot measure would bump the council’s annual pay from $41,376 to $66,211.

Published: March 4, 2016 – 1:58 p.m.

Many Riverside City Council members past and present would say that the job demands at least full-time hours.

But whether council members should be paid more than their current annual salary of $41,376 is about to become a matter of public debate.

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

Fred Shorett

4th Ward Councilman Fred Shorett speaks during a 4th Ward forum on January 9, 2014 San Bernardino City Hall. FILE PHOTO. (LaFonzo Carter/ Staff Photographer)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/04/16 – 5:40 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> One of Councilman Fred Shorett’s constituents filed a document Friday to begin the process of recalling the veteran councilman.

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/04/16 – 8:07 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The week that began with the City Council putting off a key vote related to fire annexation until March 21 and hinting that it might not back it after all ended with a 4-0 vote to approve the item.

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InlandPolitics: Lawsuit filed over San Bernardino County jails

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Thursday, March 3, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

A lawsuit has been filed by The Prison Law Office against San Bernardino County alleging improper treatment of inmates in local jails.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

It took the San Bernardino City Council long enough to figure out that a special district parcel tax, part of a plan to fund the county taking over the city’s fire department, was nothing more than a tax grab.

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Daily Bulletin: San Bernardino County facing class action lawsuit for jail conditions

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/26/16 – 2:46 PM PST |

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department on Friday announced that a Berkeley-based prisoner rights organization will be filing a class action lawsuit alleging the conditions at county jails violate inmate civil rights.

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Daily Press: Lawsuit challenges Tapestry

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Environmental groups cite lack of water, say endangered species will suffer.

By Rene Ray De La Cruz
Staff Writer
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Posted Feb. 26, 2016 at 1:52 PM
Updated Feb 26, 2016 at 8:44 PM

HESPERIA — A coalition of public interest groups on Friday filed a lawsuit that challenges the city of Hesperia’s approval of the controversial Tapestry Project.

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The Press-Enterprise: SAN BERNARDINO: City aims to exit bankruptcy by year’s end

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City Attorney Gary Saenz said the city has overcome “major stumbling blocks” in its recovery.

Published: Feb. 25, 2016 Updated: Feb. 26, 2016 6:49 a.m.

San Bernardino is expected to emerge from bankruptcy by the end of the year, city officials said Thursday, Feb. 25.

To read article by Alejandra Molina in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

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Officials say they’ll seek savings but expect to spend reserves to cover some of $8 million budget gap.

Published: Feb. 25, 2016
Updated:   Feb. 26, 2016 – 6:43 a.m.

After projecting a $1 million surplus last June, Riverside officials now say the city faces an $8 million deficit this fiscal year and potential budget gaps in coming years.

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

Greg Devereaux

Greg Devereaux, 58, of Ontario, has been named county administrative officer as seen in Ontario January 13, 2010. (Gabriel Luis Acosta)

By Staff report
Posted: 02/24/16 – 8:42 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Greg Devereaux, San Bernardino County’s chief executive officer, was elected as a fellow at the National Academy of Public Administration, where he will join a long list of national dignitaries, including former Secretary of State Colin Powell, former Attorney General Dick Thornburg, former Cabinet Secretary Donna Shalala and former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar.

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By Liset Márquez
liset.marquez@langnews.com
@JournaLiset on Twitter
Posted: 02/24/16 – 9:05 PM PST |

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> A new city department and the return of the Red Hill Park lake were among the upcoming developments touted by Mayor Dennis Michael at his annual state-of-the-city address.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE: Mayor faces ethics hearing as election season begins

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Published: Feb. 22, 2016 – Updated: 9:57 p.m.

A year-and-a-half old ethics complaint that Riverside Councilman Paul Davis filed against Mayor Rusty Bailey may be resolved this week, just as the 2016 mayor’s race gets underway.

Bailey is seeking re-election and Davis has been campaigning to replace him.

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

KPCC-FM: Common tech would have let FBI unlock San Bernardino shooter’s phone

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Tami Abdollah and Bree Fowler | AP
February 21, 2016 – 03:17 PM

The county government that owned the iPhone in a high-profile legal battle between Apple Inc. and the Justice Department paid for but never installed a feature that would have allowed the FBI to easily and immediately unlock the phone as part of the terrorism investigation into the shootings that killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County: More signs of systemic failed leadership

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Saturday, February 21, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

When will it end?

Meaning when will taxpayers stop flipping the bill for failed leadership, bad management and poor oversight in San Bernardino County operations?

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Ray Musser

Upland Mayor  Ray Musser (File)

By Liset Márquez
liset.marquez
@langnews.com
@JournaLiset on Twitter
Posted: 02/20/16 – 6:58 PM PST |

UPLAND >> Former City Manager Stephen Dunn said the effort to recall Mayor Ray Musser has failed to gather the necessary signatures.

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Daily Bulletin: Lawsuit threat prompts Rancho Cucamonga to explore voting districts

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By Liset Márquez
liset.marquez@langnews.com
@JournaLiset on Twitter
Posted: 02/18/16 – 11:39 AM PST |

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> The threat of a lawsuit has prompted city officials to explore the idea of abandoning at-large voting and instead form council districts.

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Oscar Valdez

Oscar Valdez

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/18/16 – 12:42 AM PST |

Succeeding longtime San Bernardino County Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector Larry Walker could be an intimidating prospect for some, but Oscar Valdez said he is ready to take the helm when Walker retires March 5.

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The Press-Enterprise: MORENO VALLEY: Foes fail to get warehouse on ballot

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World Logistics Center opponents fall short in a petition drive to let voters decide on the project.

Published: Feb. 16, 2016
Updated: Feb. 17, 2016 – 8:09 a.m.

Moreno Valley residents will not get a chance to vote on the World Logistics Center.

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

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Larry Walker, longtime San Bernardino County auditor-controller/ treasurer/ tax collector, is retiring March 4.

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/16/16 – 6:55 PM PST |

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is expected to announce Wednesday a successor to longtime Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector Larry Walker, whose last day is March 4.

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Kelly Fredericks

OIAA’s new CEO Kelly Fredericks talks about his new position during Ontario councilman Alan Wapner’s annual quarterly event at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Ontario Airport in Ontario on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher / Staff Photographer)

By Liset Márquez
liset.marquez@langnews.com
@JournaLiset on Twitter
Posted: 02/16/16 – 5:49 PM PST |

ONTARIO >> As the incoming chief executive officer of the Ontario International Airport Authority, Kelly J. Fredericks wants to manage expectations.

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