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InlandPolitics: S.B. County Pension Fund below target

SBCO

Saturday, February 28, 2015 – 01:00 p.m.

San Bernardino County’s pension fund has underperformed for the first half of its current fiscal year.

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InlandPolitics: Build it and they will come?

If You Build It They Will Come

Saturday, February 28, 2015 – 11:30 a.m.

San Bernardino County leaders, not Inland Empire as a whole, seem fascinated with building public works projects that will never be self-sustaining. Even though they say otherwise.

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The Sentinel: Forum… or Against ‘em

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The Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on February 27, 2015

I have received some information on the down-low which indicates that the goings-on, or at least past goings-on, at Upland City Hall are being given a very close examination…

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Ontario International Airport

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/27/15, 6:39 PM PST

A bipartisan Assembly bill introduced Friday would allow Ontario to issue revenue bonds to finance the acquisition of L.A./Ontario International Airport from Los Angeles.

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The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Developer spent more than $500,000 in council races

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Iddo Benzeevi’s four independent committees outpaced by far campaign expenses of all other candidates.

Published: Feb. 25, 2015 – Updated: 9:50 p.m.

Campaign spending by developer Highland Fairview in the November Moreno Valley City Council election topped $500,000, final spending reports show.

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

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City shakeup

By RENE RAY DE LA CRUZ
STAFF WRITER
Posted Feb. 26, 2015 at 7:28 AM

ADELANTO — During a marathon meeting in front of a packed house, the City Council on Wednesday approved the release of City Manager Jim Hart, discussed its looming bankruptcy and considered a measure that would allow Adelanto’s residents to vote for a medical marijuana collective to operate in the city.

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CPR: Stockton Officially Exits Bankruptcy

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Rich Ibarra
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 | Sacramento, CA

The City of Stockton officially exits bankruptcy Wednesday. The exit ends more than two years of negotiations, settlements, and development of a future fiscal plan.

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The Sun: San Bernardino increases budget, but summer swimming pools to take hit

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 02/23/15, 12:01 AM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The City Council unanimously approved adjustments to the city’s budget that are expected to give the city a tiny surplus, but will make only two of the city’s five pools available for the public this summer.

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InlandPolitics: KCET — Airport to nowhere!

Monday, February 23, 2015 – 11:00 p.m.

We missed this little gem, courtesy of KCET-TV.

Eastern San Bernardino County movers and shakers, along with the usually delusional Inland Empire print media, steadfastly refuse to admit that San Bernardino International Airport is an unmitigated $300 million black hole.

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The PE: POLITICS: Cities seeking funding disagree on lobbyist’s value

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The Sacramento firm is paid $3,000 a month to work on getting vehicle-license fee revenue restored.

Published: Feb. 20, 2015
Updated: Feb. 22, 2015 10:01 p.m.

As 2015-16 budget planning gets underway, Riverside County’s four newest cities have parted ways on whether to keep the Sacramento lobbyist they hired in 2011 to help them get back crucial state money.

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

InlandPolitics: Ontario Airport lawsuit in jeopardy?

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Sunday, February 22, 2015 – 12:30 p.m.

What a shock!

Los Angeles is seeking to dismiss a lawsuit, brought by Ontario, to wrestle away control of LA/Ontario International Airport.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Voters could decide on pot dispensaries

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The Riverside Medical Marijuana Restriction and Limitation Act, which would allow a few dispensaries, may be on the June ballot.

Published: Feb. 20, 2015
Updated: Feb. 21, 2015 – 7:00 p.m.

Riverside officials appear likely to place on the June 2 ballot a measure that would overturn the city’s ban on medical marijuana dispensaries.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: New city manager named

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Alameda’s top official John Russo, who starts in May, pledges to hear from residents and be decisive.

Published: Feb. 19, 2015 – Updated: 8:07 p.m.

Riverside’s new city manager, John Russo, plans to use his experience from both ends of the dais – as an elected official and appointed executive – to bring more openness and accountability to City Hall.

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

The Sun: San Bernardino to review balanced budget

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 02/19/15, 8:21 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city reached the middle of the fiscal year with a balanced budget, City Manager Allen Parker said Thursday.

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The Sun: Covina council approves contract with new city manager Andrea Miller

Andrea Miller

In this July 18, 2012 file photo, Interim City Manager Andrea Travis-Miller speaks during a special session by the San Bernardiono City Council to hold a vote on a fiscal emergency ordinance.

By Jason Henry, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 02/18/15, 12:01 AM PST

Covina approved a contract with its new city manager Tuesday.

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Scales of Justice

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/18/15, 11:43 AM PST | Updated: 2 hrs ago

RIVERSIDE >> Ontario’s lawsuit with Los Angeles seeking local control of L.A./Ontario International Airport will go to trial Aug. 17, a judge said Wednesday, but a new motion by the defendants aims to preempt that and get the case dismissed.

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DailyBulletin: Rep. Janice Hahn running for Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

Janice Hahn

After only three years in Congress, and citing gridlock in Washington, D.C., U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn announced Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, that she is running for a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. (2014 file photo by Dean Musgrove/Los Angeles Daily News)

By Staff reports
Posted: 02/18/15, 7:58 AM PST

Confirming months of speculation, U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn announced her candidacy today for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

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The Sentinel: Suggestions surface relating to Board Chairman’s drug use, coverup

The Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on February 14, 2015

(February 13) – A series of events has moved allegations of drug use by San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos front and center, together with suggestions that county officials have ignored or covered up indications of that activity because of his extensive personal wealth which has been used to support other elected county officials’ own political efforts.

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VVDailyPress: Council to consider salary changes

Victorville

Compensation, position changes could cost $275k

By SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Feb. 15, 2015 @ 10:44 am
Updated Feb 15, 2015 at 10:46 AM

VICTORVILLE — The City Council on Tuesday will consider implementing consultant-recommended salary and position changes effective July 1 that could result in an approximate $275,000 increase to the 2015 fiscal year budget.

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Calpensions: CalPERS paid lawyers $7 million in bankruptcies

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By Ed Mendel
February 16, 2015

CalPERS has paid two law firms more than $7 million in the Vallejo, Stockton and San Bernardino bankruptcies, even though a federal judge doubts that it has the legal standing to object to city pension cuts.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Public-safety needs squeezing budget

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Spending on additional sheriff’s deputies, guaranteed pay raises and other public safety priorities is expected to put pressure on future Riverside County budgets, officials said this week.

Published: Feb. 13, 2015 – Updated: 3:03 p.m.

Hiring new sheriff’s deputies, funding guaranteed pay raises, staffing a bigger jail and other public safety demands are expected to put pressure on Riverside County’s budget for the next few years, officials said this week.

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

Drugs

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/13/15, 12:01 AM PST | Updated: 28 secs ago

A former field representative for James Ramos, chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, was charged Friday with two felony counts of smuggling drugs and drug paraphernalia into the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center in Devore.

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VVDailyPress: Embattled Adelanto city manager on leave

Adelanto City Council

Adelanto City Manger Jim Hart’s seat remained empty during Wednesday’s city council meeting as Hart is on leave. (David Pardo, Daily Press)

By BROOKE SELF
STAFF WRITER
Posted Feb. 12, 2015 @ 8:19 am

ADELANTO —Adelanto City Manager Jim Hart is taking a two-week leave of absence while using up accrued personal time, he said Wednesday night after he did not attend the open session of the City Council meeting.

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The Sun: San Bernardino Councilman admits failure to appear in court

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 02/06/15, 8:30 PM PST | Updated: 1 day ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> No, Councilman Benito Barrios said after picking up his phone on the first ring, he’s not trying to avoid the law or anyone else.

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The Sun: Former Ramos field rep maintains innocence

MIchael Lipsitz

Michael Lipsitz

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/06/15, 12:01 AM PST | Updated: 55 secs ago

A county supervisor’s former field representative accused of smuggling drugs into the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center in Devore for an inmate he visited regularly professed his innocence Friday.

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Lou Desmond

Friday, February 6, 2015 – 01:30 p.m.

Tonight on The Lou Desmond & Company Show, Adrian Moore, Vice President at Reason Foundation and San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman join the program.

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InlandPolitics: Another example of warped reality

Sleeping Shades

Friday, February 6, 2015 – 01:00 p.m.

For decades, government failure after government failure has fallen on the Inland Empire.

Local officials for more than twenty-five years couldn’t see San Bernardino’s steady decline in progress. The city’s coffers were plundered to the point where redevelopment funds had to be essentially stolen to support the local governments general fund. When those funds were taken away by Governor Jerry Brown, the city filed for chapter 9 bankruptcy.

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Ramos

By Greg Cappis, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/05/15, 6:14 PM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

A field representative for 3rd District county Supervisor and board chair James Ramos was arrested on suspicion of giving drugs to an inmate and was subsequently fired from his position with the county.

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US Bankruptcy Court

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
02/05/2015 6:44 PM

With harsh words for CalPERS and an angry bondholder, a U.S. bankruptcy judge has put into writing his pivotal rulings on the sanctity of public pensions in the Stockton bankruptcy case.

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Ontario

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/03/15, 3:10 PM PST | Updated: 3 hrs ago

The decades-old agreement that gave Los Angeles control of L.A./Ontario International Airport was never valid, Ontario’s attorneys claim in a response filed Tuesday in Riverside Superior Court.

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DailyBulletin: Ex-FAA official: ONT considered vital to nation’s air system

Ontario International Airport

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/02/15, 1:14 PM PST | Updated: 11 hrs ago

ONTARIO >> A former high-ranking Federal Aviation Authority official said Monday that L.A./Ontario International Airport is a national asset that plays an key role in the national airspace system and deserves its chance to be economically successful.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/02/15, 12:01 AM PST | Updated: 9 hrs ago

Calvin Lewis McElwain, who served as San Bernardino County’s Second District Supervisor from 1978 to 1986 and was board chairman from 1983 to 1985, has died. He was 85.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: More names surface as potential Jeff Stone replacements

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Published: Jan. 30, 2015 – Updated: 3:21 p.m.

Councilmen from San Jacinto and Murrieta are among those seeking to fill a vacancy on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors as the wait continues for Gov. Jerry Brown to appoint a replacement for Jeff Stone.

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

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Los Angeles and Ontario are fighting over how much LA put into Ontario International Airport for improvements; a forensic accountant concludes it was $4.5 million.

Published: Jan. 30, 2015 – Updated: 10:05 p.m.

Contributions from Los Angeles World Airports for improvements at Ontario International Airport have been “significantly overstated” and may be as little as $4.5 million, a forensic accountant has testified in a deposition.

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

InlandPolitics: Ontario takes hit in airport battle

Gavel

Sunday, January 25, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

Ontario took a hit in its lawsuit to wrestle away control of Ontario International Airport last week.

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Andrea Miller

By Jason Henry, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 01/23/15, 8:48 PM PST |

Covina has chosen former acting San Bernardino City Manager Andrea Miller for its top position.

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Inland-Empire-Political-News-Political-Whispers

By IE Business Daily
Saturday January 24, 2015

Online and phone based applications are creating hysteria for local, state and federal government agencies and bureaucrats.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Mayor touts his city as exceptional

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Published: Jan. 22, 2015 – Updated: 10:39 p.m.

Riverside has shown itself to be exceptional in its 132-year history, and today’s residents should use their vision and passion to contribute to its future, Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey said Tuesday in his annual State of the City speech.

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

DailyBulletin: Los Angeles scores legal victory in Ontario Airport lawsuit

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/22/15, 8:09 AM PST | Updated: 19 secs ago

RIVERSIDE >> A Superior Court judge has issued a tentative decision in favor of Los Angeles on two key aspects of lawsuit for control of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

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The Sun: John E. James joins Redlands City Council

Redlands

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 01/21/15, 12:01 AM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

REDLANDS >> John James is the newest member of the City Council.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/21/15, 12:24 PM PST | Updated: 7 hrs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> City officials are pursuing a possible lawsuit against Cal Fire to force that state agency to bid on providing fire and EMS services for the city.

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/20/15, 10:40 AM PST | Updated: 35 secs ago

RIVERSIDE >> Attorneys for Ontario will continue to press for the release of 399 documents that they say could determine the fate of the city’s legal battle for local control of LA/Ontario International Airport.

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SacBee: Judge rejects bid to keep Stockton in bankruptcy

US Bankruptcy Court

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
01/20/2015 8:58 PM

A bankruptcy judge Tuesday dismissed an effort to keep Stockton mired in bankruptcy while a creditor challenges a decision that lets the city pay its CalPERS pension bills in full.

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The PE: ONT LAWSUIT: L.A. balks at handing over 399 documents

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Los Angeles attorneys want to withhold 399 documents relating to the management of Ontario International Airport that a judge demanded last week

Published: Jan. 19, 2015 – Updated: 9:50 p.m.

Los Angeles attorneys want a judge to take a second look at her order for them to hand Ontario 399 documents in that city’s lawsuit to regain control of Ontario International Airport.

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

LATimes: Ontario airport worth much less than L.A. is asking for, audit says

Ontario International Airport
A new audit by Ernst & Young concludes that the city of L.A.’s asking price for LA/Ontario International Airport may be $181 million too high. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

By Dan Weikel
January 18, 2015

In the battle for LA/Ontario airport, the city of L.A. may have overstated its worth, according to a new audit

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InlandPolitics: Former Mayor gives MIA Supervisor some pointed criticism

MIA

Sunday, January 18, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

We’ve written about it here before. If you want to be a county supervisor, be prepared to do your job.

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DailyBulletin: Los Angeles must give Ontario 399 documents in airport lawsuit

Ontario International Airport

In Ontario’s lawsuit over control of L.A./Ontario International Airport, a judge ordered the city of Los Angeles to hand over 399 documents related to the lawsuit Ontario has filed against Los Angeles. (John Valenzuela – Staff Photographer)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/16/15, 11:19 AM PST | Updated: 50 secs ago

RIVERSIDE >> Superior Court Judge Gloria Trask on Friday ordered Los Angeles to produce 399 documents for Ontario by noon Tuesday as part of an ongoing lawsuit over control of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

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DailyBulletin: Emails on Ontario Airport show L.A. stymied by indecision

Ontario International Airport

Ontario is going to court seeking more documents from Los Angeles regarding Ontario International Airport. The city of Ontario is aiming for local control of the facility, which is run by Los Angeles World Airports. (File photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/15/15, 4:04 PM PST | Updated: 11 hrs ago

RIVERSIDE >> Los Angeles officials underestimated the effectiveness of Ontarios lobbying efforts in 2011, and were in disarray by the former mayor’s inability to decide whether to sell L.A./Ontario International Airport, documents released on Thursday revealed.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: City replaces interim attorney

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Council ends contract with Best Best & Krieger after six months, will replace firm with in-house lawyer Kristi Smith.

Published: Jan. 14, 2015
Updated: Jan. 15, 2015 – 8:21 a.m.

Six months after hiring a part-time interim city attorney for $19,500 a month, Riverside officials announced they will end their contract with Best Best & Krieger and put a city staff attorney in the temporary post.

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

Moreno Valley seal

Former deputy city attorney said he was fired by Moreno Valley for pursuing code-violation case against then-Councilman Marcelo Co.

Published: Jan. 14, 2015 – Updated: 4:49 p.m.

Moreno Valley has agreed to pay $200,000 to settle a lawsuit by a deputy city attorney who alleged he lost his job for prosecuting code-enforcement violations by a former councilman.

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

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/14/15, 7:01 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> With a May 30 deadline to file its bankruptcy exit plan looming and years of growth hoped for after that, city officials are moving forward with a long-term strategic plan that will help form the bankruptcy plan and extend far beyond it.

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LATimes: Los Angeles County reshuffles top managers

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By Abby Sewell
January 15, 2015

Los Angeles County officials Wednesday completed a major reorganization in the top tier of management, moving some upper officials out of the county’s chief executive office and bringing others into newly created positions.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino places Carousel Mall up for sale

San Bernardino Seal

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

The bankrupt city of San Bernardino has placed the dormant Carousel Mall up for sale.

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The Sun: Colton approves finance manager post

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By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 01/13/15, 6:51 PM PST |

Colton officials have approved the hiring of a finance manager as part of the city’s effort to improve overseeing its finances.

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Upland seal

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/12/15, 10:25 PM PST | Updated: 40 secs ago

UPLAND >> The City Council on Monday night gave City Manager Rod Butler the approval to go forward with considering 15 remaining task force recommendations and a goal-setting workshop.

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InlandPolitics: No raises for San Bernardino County workers?

Pay Cut

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

In San Bernardino County, California, administrators are putting the writing on the proverbial wall.

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The PE: REDLANDS:Thirteen vie for seat on City Council

Redlands

Published: Jan. 12, 2015 – Updated: 6:46 p.m.

Thirteen men and women have applied to serve on the Redlands City Council, where a vacancy was created with the election of Pete Aguilar to Congress.

To read story by Erin Waldner in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/12/15, 3:05 PM PST |

UPLAND >> More than a year after a Fiscal Task Force was convened to save the city from possible bankruptcy, only seven of the 22 items on its to-do list have been addressed.

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Rialto Unified School District

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/12/15, 4:32 PM PST |

RIALTO >> Rialto property owners will be seeing their property taxes go up after the Rialto Unified School Board voted last week to issue a third round of Measure Y bonds to help pay for long-awaited renovations and improvements at Eisenhower High and other district sites.

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By Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 01/11/15, 5:23 PM PST |

COLTON >> Contract negotiations between county officials and its nursing union have resumed, officials said.

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The Sun: No immediate relief for San Bernardino County pension costs

SBCO

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 01/10/15, 2:41 PM PST | Updated: 1 day ago

San Bernardino County’s contribution to its employee pensions will increase by $35.6 million in the next year, attributed to reduced rates on investment returns and increased life expectancies for pensioners, according to the county’s chief financial officer.

And those increased costs will shadow the county for at least the next 15 years.

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DailyBulletin: Ontario-LA feud over ONT airport reveals limits to regional planning

Van Nuys Airport

Improvements have been completed on the 8,000-foot main runway (16R/34L) at Van Nuys Airport. This marks the largest maintenance project conducted at the airport in over 50 years.(Andy Holzman/Los Angeles Daily News)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/10/15, 1:52 PM PST | Updated: 37 secs ago

Maybe it was a bad idea from the very beginning.

Fifty years ago, the thought of Los Angeles taking over a small airport in the Inland Empire seemed like a huge win for Ontario. A no-brainer.

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Robert Lovingood

Robert Lovingood talks about reaching the halfway point of his first term as 1st District supervisor. (James Quigg, Daily Press)

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Jan. 10, 2015 @ 12:01 am
Updated at 10:54 PM

VICTORVILLE — Midway through his first term, San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood said this week that he remains committed to supporting the local solar and mining sectors in 2015, while also seeking to push career technical training for youth.

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The Sentinel: Warren Quits As Upland Public Works Director

Acquanetta Warren

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The Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on January 10, 2015

(January 9) Acquanetta Warren, the Fontana mayor who has for the past several years been serving as the city of Upland’s assistant director of public works, abruptly resigned her post with the City of Gracious Living Thursday.

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SBCO

By Greg Cappis, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/09/15, 10:20 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO >> In a new courthouse that is part of an underfunded county court system, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors met with the Inland Empire caucus of the state Legislature on Friday afternoon to discuss issues facing the region.

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Pension-Fund

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
01/08/2015 8:44 PM

Government pensions, once thought to be ironclad in California, are under attack in court once again.

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InlandPolitics: Inland Counties appoint board leadership

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SBCO

Thursday, January 8, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

The Boards of Supervisors for Riverside and San Bernardino Counties have selected new leadership to start off the new year.

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/07/15, 8:24 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> With symbolic support for their mission from the City Council and a plan to get policy support from an expert in city charters, members of the citizen charter review committee continued treading lightly at their second meeting since the November election.

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The Sun: San Bernardino limits consent calendar discussion

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/06/15, 5:29 PM PST | Updated: 55 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> An attempt to streamline City Council meetings will significantly limit the time members of the public have to address items the council considers noncontroversial.

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The Sun: San Bernardino County to consider lease hike for sheriff’s hangar

Sheriff's Aviation Division Rendering

Architectural rendering of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s new aviation facility at San Bernardino International Airport. (Courtesy Photo)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 01/05/15, 9:28 PM PST | Updated: 45 secs ago

County supervisors on Tuesday will consider increasing by more than 28 percent a lease agreement with the Sheriff’s Department for its new aviation hangar at San Bernardino International Airport due to increasing costs associated with the project.

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/05/15, 7:38 PM PST | Updated: 19 secs ago

ONTARIO >> The decline in air service at LA/Ontario International Airport has resulted in a $2.6 billion loss on the region’s economy since 2010.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Hiring policy on lawyers is questioned

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Council members will discuss when outside lawyers are hired and how records of attorney contracts are kept.

Published: Dec. 24, 2014 Updated: Dec. 28, 2014 6:08 p.m.

For years, the Riverside City Attorney’s Office has been hiring outside legal help with only sporadic approval from the City Council and, in some cases, few written contracts or other records, according to city officials and residents.

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

Chino Valley Unified School District

Chino Valley Unified School District Board of Education (Andrew Cruz, Thursday, December 11, 2014)

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 12/28/14, 2:24 PM PST |

CHINO >> The Chino Valley Unified School Board is under fire for prayers, Bible readings and alleged Christian proselytizing during board meetings. For some, this comes as a surprise, but a look at the board’s past shows that religiously tinged conflicts over policy are nothing new.

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The Sentinel: Sheriff McMahon was highest paid county politician in California

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The Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on December 27, 2014

(December 22) — San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon was the highest-paid county elected official in California in 2013, according to state controller John Chiang. During his first full year in office as sheriff, McMahon received a total compensation package of well over half of a million dollars.

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VVDailyPress: City’s fiscal crisis top local story of 2014

Year in Review

YEAR IN REVIEW
By Staff Reports
Posted Dec. 27, 2014 @ 4:31 pm

It certainly was a year to remember, and for some maybe one to forget. There was nothing boring about 2014, though.

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VVDailyPress: Financially stressed cities?

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STUDY
Results shock local staffs; official calls report flawed, ‘irresponsible’
RENE RAY DE LA CRUZ
STAFF WRITER
Posted Dec. 26, 2014 @ 5:28 pm
Updated Dec 26, 2014 at 5:33 PM

HESPERIA — Staff members at one financially stable local municipality were shaking their heads in disbelief after a recent report ranked their city as one of the most likely to file bankruptcy.

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The Sun: San Bernardino development director Bill Manis has a plan

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 12/26/14, 1:25 PM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Repeatedly over the last several years, city officials have cut what they acknowledge are important services, saying shrinking revenues leave the bankrupt city no choice.

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Adelanto

Brooke Self
Staff Writer
Posted Dec. 26, 2014 @ 8:31 pm
Updated Dec 26, 2014 at 8:36 PM

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part of a series of articles reviewing 2014 in each of the Victor Valley’s four municipalities.

ADELANTO — It’s safe to say that Adelanto had something of a rocky year in 2014, facing a fiscal crisis that brought the city of 32,000 residents to the brink of bankruptcy.

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The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Councilman Gutierrez ends legal fight

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Moreno Valley will pay almost $300,000 in legal fees for both sides in fight over appointment

Published: Dec. 22, 2014 – Updated: 4:24 p.m.

Moreno Valley has agreed to pay about $128,000 in attorney fees in a settlement that will end a lawsuit over last year’s appointment of Councilman Yxstian Gutierrez.

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

The Sun: San Bernardino County assessor, assistant assessor retiring

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 12/21/14, 3:58 PM PST |

Combined, San Bernardino County Assessor Dennis Draeger and Assistant Assessor Dan Harp have put in nearly 75 years of public service to the county.

And now, they are retiring.

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Calpensions: Tackling the big debt that lawmakers let balloon

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By Ed Mendel
December 22, 2014

The debt or “unfunded liability” state Controller John Chiang reported last week for state worker retiree health care, $72 billion, is larger than the unfunded liability for state worker pensions reported by CalPERS in April, $50 billion.

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VVDailyPress: State Controller reports who’s topping the pay scale

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Adelanto city manager, Hesperia Council highest paid locally

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Dec. 20, 2014 @ 8:39 pm
Updated Dec 20, 2014 at 8:59 PM

In general, city managers top the pay scale among city employees, and a report released this week by outgoing state Controller John Chiang indicates that the top brass in and around the Victor Valley and Barstow regions are not an exception to this trend.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Brian Nestande gets government job

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Published: Dec. 18, 2014 – Updated: 3:41 p.m.

Former Inland Assemblyman Brian Nestande needed a job after he lost his congressional race in November.

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

Dennis Michael

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Posted: 12/18/14, 2:07 PM PST |

Rancho Cucamonga Mayor L. Dennis Michael has became the first vice president of the League of California Cities for the next year.

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The PE: ONTARIO AIRPORT: L.A. ordered to hand over documents

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A traveler walks through Terminal 4 of the LA/Ontario International Airport in Ontario. (Stan Lim, File Photo)

Published: Dec. 16, 2014 – Updated: 5:55 p.m.

Los Angeles was ordered Tuesday to produce documents sought by Ontario in its lawsuit to regain control of Ontario International Airport, which Los Angeles has operated for decades.

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