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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County: Dissension in paradise?

Paradise

Saturday, February 6, 2016 – 12:00 p.m.

There are new rumblings of political dissension at the San Bernardino County Government Center.

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Redlands

IE Business Daily

February 6, 2016

January is a good time for government. While most citizens are recovering from the holidays and getting back to normal life, they aren’t paying much attention to the ramblings of elected officials.

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Daily Press: Victorville officials tout outlook for growth at State of the City event

Victorville

SCLA leading city’s growth spurt, with more expected

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer Follow @@DP_Shea
Posted Feb. 3, 2016 at 1:12 PM
Updated Feb 3, 2016 at 5:32 PM

VICTORVILLE — The city touted its economic growth during its annual address Wednesday, announcing that negotiations had concluded to draw a “major” manufacturer to Southern California Logistics Airport that will create 100 new jobs.

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Reuters

Wednesday, Feb 3, 2016 – 8:10pm EST
SAN FRANCISCO | By Jim Christie

The bankrupt city of San Bernardino, California, said in a court filing on Wednesday it had reached a tentative agreement with the creditor holding its pension obligation bonds on how the debt would be treated in the city’s plan to exit bankruptcy but did not provide details.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino election results

San Bernardino Seal

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

So much for Rialto Real Estate Broker Scott Beard shaking up San Bernardino City Hall from the inside.

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Riverside-County-Seal

Supervisor Marion Ashley presents 16-point plan to address financial challenges, which the board agrees to have staff look more into.

Published: Feb. 2, 2016
Updated:   Feb. 3, 2016 – 8:04 a.m.

Employee furloughs, Friday office closures and a hiring freeze are among the ideas suggested by a Riverside County supervisor Tuesday, Feb. 2 to deal with the county’s ongoing financial challenges.

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

The Sun: San Bernardino, fire union resolve $40 million in claims

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 02/01/16 – 9:26 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> An agreement between the city and its firefighter union that ends more than $40 million worth of disputes is now final, with approval from both sides.

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Kelly Fredericks

The Ontario International Airport Authority has tapped Kelly J. Fredericks as its chief executive officer. (Courtesy photo)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/01/16, 5:55 PM PST |

ONTARIO >> When the new executive director for the Ontario International Airport Authority takes the helm in March, he will earn an annual salary of $398,500 — and bonuses could push it over $500,000 a year.

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The Sun: Two San Bernardino council elections Tuesday

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/30/16 – 5:30 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Two seats on the City Council — enough to swing the balance of a city government that’s recently made controversial decisions and is slated to make others — are up for grabs Tuesday.

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The Sentinel: Ramos’s Quashing Of Grand Jury Probes Seen As Obstruction Of Justice

San Bernardino County Grand Jury

By Mark Gutglueck
Saturday, January 30, 2016

County civil grand jurors who have taken up investigations deemed highly problematic for top elected officials, senior county staff members and department heads and the county itself have been forced to drop those lines of inquiry and threatened with prosecution if they persist in exploring those issues, the Sentinel is informed.

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William Bailey

Riverside Mayor William Rusty Bailey speaks during his State of the City Address, on Thursday, Jan 28, 2016. (David Bauman – Staff Photographer)

Published: Jan. 28, 2016
Updated: Jan. 29, 2016 – 8:04 a.m.

Speech highlights tech, jobs plans and infrastructure projects.

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Acquanetta Warren

During her State of the City speech, Fontana Mayor Acquanetta Warren said that “inclusiveness for all citizens” is vital to the growth of the city. (Photo by Jim Steinberg)

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 01/28/16 – 10:54 PM PST |

FONTANA >> Mayor Acquanetta Warren said Thursday that “inclusiveness for all citizens” is vital to the city of more than 204,000 residents.

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City of Industry

City of Industry City Council closes their council meeting after a closed session on Thursday, January 28, 2016. The state controller’s audit concludes “the potential for fraud, waste, and abuse of public resources was extremely high” over the past decade in the City of Industry. (Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News)

By Jason Henry, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
and Rebecca Kimitch, LA Daily News
Posted: 01/28/16 – 10:19 AM PST |

The state’s top fiscal officer has audited the city of Industry and concluded “the potential for fraud, waste, and abuse of public resources was extremely high” in the city over the past decade.

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The Sun: San Bernardino gets $148 parcel tax, fire outsourcing

San Bernardino Seal

Local Agency Formation Commission voted unanimously to move forward Wednesday with the city of San Bernardino’s proposal to annex the 137-year old San Bernardino Fire Department into Fire Protection District Service Zone FP5-5, giving responsibility for fire and emergency medical response to the county fire department.

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/27/16 – 11:09 AM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A plan to outsource the city Fire Department and add a parcel tax of $148 per year took a big step forward Wednesday with the unanimous approval of the agency in charge of overseeing that process.

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Daily Press: Hesperia City Council approves Tapestry Project

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5-0 votes pave way for massive housing development

By Rene Ray De La Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted Jan. 26, 2016 at 12:01 AM – Updated at 10:54 PM

HESPERIA — During a boisterous and historic public meeting, a standing-room-only crowd at City Hall watched as the City Council voted to approve the massive Tapestry Project on Tuesday night.

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The Sun: San Bernardino, fire union reach tentative ‘global settlement’

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/25/16 – 9:10 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city and one of its most consistent legal adversaries, the fire union, have a tentative agreement that ends all of their legal disputes, after the City Council approved it during a closed session meeting Monday, according to City Attorney Gary Saenz.

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Daily Press: Council expected to vote on Tapestry Tuesday

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By Rene Ray De La Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted Jan. 24, 2016 at 1:05 PM

HESPERIA — After a year of discussion and debate by the public, the City Council is finally expected to vote on the proposed Tapestry project on Tuesday at City Hall.

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The Press-Enterprise: SAN BERNARDINO: Bankruptcy plan hurts those injured by city

San Bernardino Seal

Those who have filed claims against the city would receive 1 percent of what they’re owed under the insolvency proposal

Published: Jan. 22, 2016
Updated:   Jan. 23, 2016 – 9:06 p.m.

The city of San Bernardino hopes that a provision of its bankruptcy-exit plan will erase more than $49 million from the books by allowing it to pay only 1 percent – $500,000 – to its unsecured creditors.

To read story by Brian Rokos in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Los Angeles Times: More claims filed against San Bernardino County in terror attack

SBCO

Paloma Esquivel and Brittny Mejia
January 22, 2016

The family of Sierra Clayborn, who was killed in the Dec. 2 San Bernardino terror attack, filed three claims against San Bernardino County this week, alleging it failed to prevent her death. The claims seek $204 million in damages.

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SBCO

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 01/20/16 – 8:18 PM PST |

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday appointed board chairman James Ramos and vice chairman Robert Lovingood to serve on a committee that will appoint a successor to Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector Larry Walker, who retires on March 5.

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Daily Bulletin: Ontario Airport lands new CEO

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The Ontario International Airport Authority has tapped Kelly J. Fredericks as its chief executive officer.

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/20/16 1:34 PM PST |

ONTARIO >> An East Coast aviation veteran has been tapped to lead L.A./Ontario International Airport when a local authority assumes control later this year.

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Victorville

KND also suggests ‘bond underwriter’ label is wrong

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted: Jan. 20, 2016 at 2:54 PM
Updated: Jan 20, 2016 at 5:28 PM

VICTORVILLE — The investment banking firm entangled in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s crosshairs for an allegedly fraudulent municipal bond offering at the city’s airport says it can’t fund a defense and it was never actually the bond underwriter.

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InlandPolitics: More San Bernardino County investigations under the surface

SBCO

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

There’s more under the microscope in San Bernardino County than meets the eye.

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City of Los Angeles Seal

Emily Alpert Reyes and Matt Lait
January 19, 2015

The Los Angeles City Council agreed Tuesday to pay more than $24 million to settle lawsuits from two men who alleged that investigations by dishonest LAPD detectives led to their wrongful murder convictions and caused them to spend decades behind bars.

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Justice scales key

Saturday, January 16, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

There has been updated news coverage of recent developments in a high-profile San Bernardino County criminal courts case.

To read the articles, click the following links:

The Sun / Daily Bulletin: San Bernardino judge denies defense motion to dismiss Colonies indictment
The Press-Enterprise: COLONIES: Judge refuses to toss out charges in corruption case

Riverside County Sheriff

Twelve Riverside County cities seeking to save money on law enforcement costs.

Published: Jan. 15, 2016 – Updated: 10:45 p.m.

Twelve Riverside County cities looking to save money on law enforcement costs could decide next month whether to pursue a feasibility study on forming their own police force.

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

Debbie Stone+Gino Filippi+Carol Timm

(Debbie Stone, Gino Filippi, Carol Timm / Courtesy Photos)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/15/16 – 8:02 PM PST |

UPLAND >> Three months after voting to change the city’s guiding development plan, three Upland City Council members are facing a recall attempt.

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Los Angeles Times: L.A. County’s legal costs soared 24% in 2015

Los Angeles County - Men's Central Jail

The front of the L.A. County Men’s Central Jail is shown. Lawsuits involving the Sheriff’s Department, which runs the county jails, contributed to a dramatic increase in the county’s legal costs in 2015. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

Abby Sewell
January 15, 2016

Los Angeles County’s spending on lawsuit-related attorney fees, settlements and judgments rose 24% last year — an increase driven largely by litigation against the Sheriff’s Department.

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The Sun: Larry Walker, San Bernardino County auditor-controller, retiring in March

Larry Walker

Larry Walker (Staff file photo)

By Doug Saunders, The Sun
Posted: 01/13/16 – 3:30 PM PST |

San Bernardino County Auditor-Controller Larry Walker is retiring.

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LA County Seal

By Sarah Favot, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 01/12/16 – 9:26 PM PST |

After hearing comment from dozens of activists in opposition, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday that retired law enforcement officials may be eligible to sit on a commission that will oversee the Sheriff’s Department.

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Surrounded by staff, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, center, listens as The Orange County Board of Supervisors meets with Robert Gerard and other authors of the Orange County District Attorney Informant Policies & Practices Evaluation Committee Report at The Orange County Hall of Administration in Santa Ana on Tuesday. ///ADDITIONAL INFO: boardsnitchreport.0113 - 1/12/16 - PHOTO BY JOSHUA SUDOCK, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER - The Orange County Board of Supervisors meets with Robert Gerard and other authors of the Orange County District Attorney Informant Policies & Practices Evaluation Committee Report during their regular meeting at The Orange County Hall of Administration in Santa Ana on Tuesday. Picture made at The Orange County Hall of Administration in Santa Ana, California, on Tuesday, January 12, 2016.

Surrounded by staff, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, center, listens as The Orange County Board of Supervisors meets with Robert Gerard and other authors of the Orange County District Attorney Informant Policies & Practices Evaluation Committee Report at The Orange County Hall of Administration in Santa Ana on Tuesday. Joshua Sudock ?Staff Photographer)

By Meghann M. Cuniff / Staff Writer
Updated Jan. 13, 2016 8:34 a.m.

The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday told the district attorney and sheriff to estimate how much it will cost to implement an outside legal committee’s reform recommendations in the wake of the county’s jailhouse informant controversy.

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InlandPolitics: Aguiar hire a smart move

Robert Lovingood

San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood has tapped Fred Aguiar to be his policy advisor.

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

San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood’s hiring of Fred Aguiar as his policy advisor is an intelligent move by the first-term politician.

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Ontario-Airport

More than $47 million could be used for one payment in the L.A.-Ontario airport deal

Published: Jan. 12, 2016 – Updated: 5:33 p.m.

A chunk of existing money, more than $47 million in the coffers of Los Angeles World Airports, may be used to satisfy a $50 million payment scheduled as part of the agreement to transfer Ontario International Airport to Inland control.

To read article by Richard K. De Atley in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Daily Bulletin: Ontario Airport settlement agreement released; local control at hand

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LA/Ontario International Airport. Staff file photo.

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/11/16 – 8:30 PM PST |

ONTARIO >> The final settlement agreement for Ontario Airport lays out the terms of the deal that will clinch local control and sets up a protection plan for the 214 employees at the facility.

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The Sun: Fred Aguiar joins County Supervisor Robert Lovingood’s staff

Fred Aguiar

Fred Aguiar

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/09/16 – 3:12 PM PST |

Longtime political heavyweight Fred Aguiar will join the staff of County Supervisor Robert Lovingood as senior policy adviser, Lovingood announced Friday.

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Daily Bulletin: Board votes to keep San Bernardino County CEO Greg Devereaux

Greg Devereaux

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has expressed “complete confidence” in Greg Devereaux and voted to retain him as county CEO. File Photo)

By Staff Reports
Posted: 01/06/16 – 8:17 PM PST |

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors voted to keep Greg Devereaux on as CEO during a closed door meeting, officials announced Wednesday.

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The Sun: Retired San Bernardino police oppose cuts to pension

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/05/16 – 5:46 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Unlike every other retiree in this and other bankrupt California cities, 23 retired San Bernardino police officers would lose part of their pension in the city’s bankruptcy plan — and they’re going public with their opposition to those cuts.

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Daily Press: More changes ahead

Russ Blewet+Bill Holland+Paul Russ

Hesperia City Council race’s top three vote earners, Russ Blewett, left, Bill Holland, center and Paul Russ gather for a photograph at Blewett’s election party in November 2014. (James Quigg, Daily Press) |

By Rene Ray De La Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted Jan. 3, 2016 at 12:02 PM

HESPERIA — As the Gateway City to the High Desert greets the New Year, changes in city leadership, new development and talk of the proposed Tapestry Project are expected to keep the city busy in 2016.

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Jim Penman

James Penman speaks at a forum for the mayoral candidates in 2005. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

By Joe Mozingo
Dec. 30, 2015

  • James Penman says he fought dysfunction at San Bernardino’s City Hall. His critics see his tenure as city attorney differently.

His gray hair was impeccable, as were his suits and ties, cinched into Windsor knots. With his penetrating gaze and stern, pockmarked face, James Penman made a distinctive impression as he roamed San Bernardino in his Chevy sedan.

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InlandPolitics: Latest coverage of local high-profile legal case

Scales of Justice

Monday, December 28, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

Here’s the latest local news coverage of an ongoing high-profile San Bernardino County legal case.

The Press-Enterprise: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Trial postponed in Colonies corruption case
Daily Press: Colonies trial date is pushed back
The Sun: Health issues delay trial in Colonies corruption case by eight months

Amazingly, the later story was authored by someone not actually present in the courtroom.

Orange County Seal

By Jessica Kwong / Staff Writer
Dec. 24, 2015 – Updated 9:25 a.m.

SANTA ANA – Employees with Orange County’s largest union are heading into the holidays assured of their biggest salary raise since the recession, under a three-year contract the Board of Supervisors approved Wednesday morning.

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Reuters: Bankrupt San Bernardino spars with creditors over police spending

U.S. Bankruptcy Court

By Robin Respaut
December 23, 2015

The bankrupt California city of San Bernardino won praise from bondholders on Wednesday for its handling earlier this month of the massacre that killed 14 people, but at the first significant court hearing since the attack, creditors questioned a plan to increase spending to bolster the police force.

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U.S. District Court

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 12/22/15 – 1:14 PM PST |

Two more lawsuits totaling 21 plaintiffs alleging systematic abuse at the hands of San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga have been filed in federal court in Riverside.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 12/22/15 – 7:39 PM PST |

An appeals court once again ruled against the San Bernardino City Professional Firefighters and in favor of the city Tuesday, affirming U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Jury’s conclusion that nothing in the city charter or state law prevents the city from outsourcing its Fire Department.

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The Sun: San Bernardino chooses Mark Scott, Jarrod Burguan as city manager

Jarrod Burguan

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan speaks about first responders sharing their stories of their roles and heroic efforts in the San Bernardino mass shooting during a press conference at the San Bernardino Police Department in San Bernardino. (Rachel Luna — Staff photographer)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 12/21/15 – 9:17 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The City Council on Monday unanimously chose the Burbank city manager to be this city’s interim manager beginning Feb. 8 and Police Chief Jarrod Burguan to fill in from Jan. 1 until then.

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The Press-Enterprise: POLITICS: Debt battle pits Inland cities against each other

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A lawsuit by Eastvale over relief bill could have ramifications for three other area cities.

Published: Dec. 18, 2015
Updated:   Dec. 20, 2015 – 5:57 p.m.

Jurupa Valley City Manager Gary Thompson is certain Riverside County will prevail in the legal challenge filed by Eastvale concerning a plan to erase millions of dollars in debt owed by Jurupa Valley, Menifee and Wildomar — but not Eastvale.

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

Daily Press: City manager gets new contract

Victorville

By Shea Johnson, Staff Writer
Posted Dec. 20, 2015 at 5:21 PM

VICTORVILLE — Without a pay raise for four years, City Manager Doug Robertson’s new contract through June 2019 will pay him $21,875 per month after the City Council last week approved the deal.

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Murrieta

State has ordered city to pay county to settle dispute about loans made to the city’s former redevelopment agency.

Published: Dec. 20, 2015
Updated:   Dec. 21, 2015 – 6:53 a.m.

The state’s Department of Finance is forcing Murrieta to pay $4.8 million to Riverside County to settle a dispute about loans the city made to its former redevelopment agency in the mid-2000s.

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

The Sun: San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan to be named interim city manager

Jarrod Burguan

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan speaks about first responders during a recent news conference in San Bernardino. (Rachel Luna – Staff Photographer)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 12/17/15 – 7:58 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city has a succession plan to replace the city manager who’s resigning Dec. 31, if the City Council approves it Monday: the top cop will be the top leader for a month, then Burbank City Manager Mark Scott takes over.

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Daily Bulletin: San Bernardino County supervisors approve CEO reporting policy

SBCO

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 12/15/15 – 5:12 PM PST |

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a new policy requiring county CEO Greg Devereaux to immediately report any misconduct by county administrators to the board.

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Sad Emoticon

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 12/15/15, 7:36 PM PST |

The Safety Employees Benefit Association, San Bernardino County’s labor union representing sheriff’s deputies, detectives and district attorney investigators, has declared an impasse with the county in its labor negotiations.

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Daily Press: Bentsen named new city manager for Hesperia

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By Matthew Cabe
Staff Writer
Posted Dec. 15, 2015 at 8:44 PM

HESPERIA — The City Council voted in closed session prior to Tuesday evening’s regular meeting to appoint Nils Bentsen to the position of city manager.

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Secretary of State

Capitol Alert
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
December 15, 2015

  • Controller’s searchable website covers $36 billion in wages
  • City wage, benefit costs decline while county costs increase

State Controller Betty Yee has released a new searchable database of local government salaries, covering 602,377 positions with more than $36 billion in wages.

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LA County Seal

Mark Saladino, Los Angeles County’s former chief attorney, claims the Board of Supervisors coerced his resignation by forcing him to issue a false press release and sign an agreement “under duress” when he stepped down from the job in June. Saladino, who moved to the position of assistant treasurer and tax collector, filed a claim for damages with the county this week.

By Mike Reicher, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 12/11/15 – 1:52 PM PST |

Los Angeles County’s former chief attorney claims the Board of Supervisors coerced his resignation by forcing him to issue a false press release and sign an agreement “under duress” when he stepped down from the job in June.

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Los Angeles Times: San Bernardino police chief kept his cool after the massacre

Jarrod Berguan

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Phil Willon
December 9, 2015

As police officers kicked open doors in the Inland Regional Center in the search for the armed assailants who had just massacred 14 county employees, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan was outside scanning the terrain for a safe place to coordinate the sweeping emergency response.

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Riverside-County-Seal

County supervisors disagree over whether department heads with top compensation should receive additional taxpayer-funded education.

Published: Nov. 18, 2015
Updated:   Dec. 6, 2015 – 7:23 a.m.

Since 2008, at least six Riverside County department heads, all earning six-figure salaries, have received thousands of dollars though a partially taxpayer-funded program that reimburses employees for education costs.

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

InlandPolitics: San Bernardino public safety response gets high marks

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San Bernardino Police Chief Jerrod Burguan addresses the media.

Saturday, December 5, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

Inland Empire law enforcement agencies involved in the response to the act of terrorism at the Inland Regional Center are receiving stellar marks across the board.

As they should.

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Paul Davis

Paul Davis accepts $40,000, statement of regret from colleagues to drop claim that investigation violated his constitutional rights. (Terry Pierson/File)

Published: Dec. 4, 2015 – Updated: 11:53 p.m.

It wasn’t exactly an apology, but Riverside officials have acknowledged that they regret the city’s 2014 investigation of City Councilman Paul Davis, who was accused of violating the city charter.

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

The Press-Enterprise: MURRIETA: No criminal charges against ex-Mayor Harry Ramos

Harry Ramos

District attorney’s office’s decision does not affect a civil lawsuit filed by a Ramona woman who says Ramos sexually harassed her. (Frank Bellino – File Photo)

Published: Dec. 1, 2015
Updated: Dec. 2, 2015 7:01 a.m.

The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office has declined to pursue criminal charges against Murrieta Councilman Harry Ramos for his actions during a Murrieta Chamber of Commerce event in January.

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

InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County 1st District contest already a circus

Robert Lovingood

San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood already has four interested challengers.

Monday, November 30, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

The race to de-throne San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood is already in full swing and, from the looks of things, it’s going to be a circus.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
November 29, 2015

  • Bankruptcies and scandals showed danger
  • Pension burdens one major factor
  • Auditor to monitor local governments

The bankruptcies of three cities and high-profile financial scandals in a couple of others demonstrated the operational vulnerabilities of California’s municipalities.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County union missteps impact collective bargaining

Dunce

Sunday, November 29, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

With neighboring Los Angeles County handing 36-month contracts containing 10-percent across-the-board salary increases for employees, certain San Bernardino County employee unions find themselves in an uncomfortable situation to say the least.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County Pension shortfall approaches $2 billion

SBCO

Saturday, November 28, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

Even though San Bernardino County, California has been ponying up tens of millions of dollars more in annual pension contributions each of the past several years, the funding situation hasn’t significantly changed.

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InlandPolitics: San Berardino County: New developments in high-profile corruption case

California Supreme Court

Thursday, November 26, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

There’s new coverage of recent developments in a long-running high-profile San Bernardino County legal case.

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Moreno Valley seal

Council members who approved the project in August again affirm their support. Two other council members, George Price and LaDonna Jempson, sought an election, but joined the majority, noting they lacked support.

Published: Nov. 24, 2015 – Updated: 10:28 p.m.

Three ballot initiatives aimed at protecting the World Logistics Center from environmental legal challenges won’t actually go to Moreno Valley voters.

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

The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Jail project ties up county cash

Riverside-County-Seal

Building funds are being eaten up by Indio detention center.

Published: Nov. 23, 2015 – Updated: 8:59 p.m.

If you compared Riverside County’s ability to build new public facilities to a credit card, it would be almost maxed out.

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

Moreno Valley seal

The City Council could call for an election or approve the initiatives themselves Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Published: Nov. 23, 2015 Updated: 10:57 p.m.

Three initiatives that could insulate the World Logistics Center from lawsuits have qualified for the ballot, Moreno Valley’s City Clerk said Monday, Nov. 23.

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

Settlement

By Lou Ponsi / Staff Writer
Nov. 23, 2015 – Updated 12:11 p.m.

A $4.9 million settlement has been reached in the Kelly Thomas wrongful-death civil suit against Fullerton and current and former police officers, attorneys announced Monday just hours before the civil case was to begin.

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San Bernardino Seal

Monday, November 23, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

It sure appears as if San Bernardino still can’t get out of its own way.

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Daily Press: Interim city manager appointed to Hesperia

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Johnson will fill in as Council continues search for Podegracz’s replacement

By Rene Ray De La Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: Nov. 21, 2015 at 12:01 AM
Updated: Nov. 21, 2015 at 8:44 PM

HESPERIA — The city has found a temporary replacement for Mike Podegracz as it continues its search for a new city manager.

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Pay Raise

Abby Sewell
November 20, 2015

Workers represented by Los Angeles County’s largest employee union voted to approve a tentative agreement with county management that would give them a 10% raise over three years.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/19/15 – 6:48 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> City Manager Allen Parker confirmed at a neighborhood meeting Thursday that he would be leaving Dec. 31, after a closed session vote to offer him $221,976 in severance pay in exchange for his resignation from a position that had become increasingly fractious.

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The Sun: Source: San Bernardino City Manager Allen Parker to leave post Dec. 31

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/18/15 – 9:09 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Allen Parker’s last day as city manager will be Dec. 31, after the City Council agreed Monday to modify his contract to include a year’s severance pay in exchange for his resignation, according to a source who was in the room for the closed-session vote.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Current spending unsustainable, report warns

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Officials say the county’s $239M in savings could be exhausted if changes aren’t made

Published: Nov. 17, 2015 – Updated: 11:47 p.m.

If nothing is done, Riverside County’s $239 million in savings could be wiped out in a few years, according to a new county budget report.

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

World Logistics Center

They file 48,000 signatures for ballot measures to fight challenges to the proposed World Logistics Center warehouse complex.

Published: Nov. 16, 2015 – Updated: 10:23 p.m.

Supporters of the World Logistics Center turned in about 48,000 signatures Monday for three ballot initiatives aimed at thwarting legal challenges to a 40.6 million-square-foot warehouse complex that would transform the city’s eastern side.

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

The Sun: San Bernardino approves outsourcing with Burrtec

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/17/15 – 12:42 AM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> After years of uncertainty going back at least to the first month of bankruptcy when the city started moving forward with outsourcing its refuse services, 72 city employees learned Monday night who their new employer will be: Burrtec.

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Eastvale

Published: Nov. 16, 2015 – 8:18 p.m.

  • Eastvale voted to sue Riverside County on a 5-0 vote Monday night, Nov. 16.

The Eastvale City Council announced Monday night, Nov. 16, that it intends to file a lawsuit against Riverside County involving a bill that provided for debt relief for Riverside County’s newest cities.

To read article by Sandra Stokley in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Scales of Justice

Monday, November 16, 2015 – 08:00 a.m.

Three highly-publicized long-running San Bernardino County criminal prosecutions will see 2016, and likely beyond for that matter.

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SBCO

Saturday, November 14, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

Local radio and newspaper outlets continue to cover the saga of former San Bernardino County Human Resources Andrew Lamberto.

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The Sun: Former Victorville councilwoman sues employer, alleges retaliation

Angela Valles

Angela Valles

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 11/12/15, 10:22 AM PST |

Outspoken former Victorville Councilwoman Angela Valles is suing her employer, the Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority, alleging her colleagues have retaliated against her and demoted her because of her continued efforts to expose government corruption.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 11/12/15 – 12:34 PM PST |

The parents of a developmentally disabled Ontario man, beaten to death by his cell mate at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against San Bernardino County and the captain of the jail.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County HR Director resigns

SBCO

Thursday, November 12, 2015 – 02:00 p.m.

Embattled San Bernardino County Human Resources Director Andrew Lamberto has resigned.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County union gets contract, but not much else

SBCO

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

The largest union representing San Bernardino County workers, Teamsters Local 1932, has set a contract ratification vote in motion.

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Lou Desmond

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

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

On the Lou Desmond and Company Show, Lou is joined by constitutional scholar Ralph Rossum to talk about President Obama’s executive amnesty. Once again, the courts have ruled that Obama is no king of the world.

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Ontario International Airport

United Airlines jet lands Monday November 9, 2015 at LA/ONT International Airport. (Will Lester — Staff Photographer)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 11/09/15 – 10:12 AM PST |

RIVERSIDE >> A deal could be finalized as early as next month to transfer control of LA/Ontario International Airport to a local authority.

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