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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.

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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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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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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

Victorville

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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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?

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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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Daily Bulletin: Want to meet Ontario airport’s new CEO? That’ll be $1,000

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By Liset Márquez
liset.marquez@langnews.com
Posted: 02/15/16, 9:55 PM PST |

ONTARIO >> City leaders are criticizing a councilman for tying a campaign fundraiser with the public’s first opportunity to meet Ontario International Airport Authority’s new executive director.

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The Press-Enterprise: MORENO VALLEY: Big spending continues in warehouse battle

Iddo Benzeevi

Developer Iddo Benzeevi at an August hearing on the World Logistics Center. His company has spent more than $800,000 in campaign expenses to promote the project. (David Bauman/File)

Published: Feb. 11, 2016 – Updated: 10:20 p.m.

  • Highland Fairview, developer of the World Logistics Center, outspent foes 4-1 in campaigns for competing initiatives.

The developer of the World Logistics Center in Moreno Valley spent more than $800,000 in the last few months of 2015 to promote the mega-warehouse.

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

The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Tavaglione tells sheriff to cooperate

Riverside County Sheriff

Supervisor says firm hired to review public safety spending has complained about sheriff’s office.

Published: Feb. 10, 2016 – 3:48 p.m.

Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione this week called out Sheriff Stan Sniff, saying the sheriff’s office has been less than forthcoming with information for an ongoing review of public safety spending.

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

The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE: Council opens door to prosecutor ballot measure

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Vote hinges on whether deal can be reached with county D.A.

Published: Feb. 9, 2016
Updated:  Feb. 10, 2016 – 7:12 a.m.

Riverside council members decided late Tuesday to place a measure on the June ballot that would give the city attorney the power to prosecute misdemeanor crimes.

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

InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County: Dissension in paradise?

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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’

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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

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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.

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

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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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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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