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DailyBulletin: Upland Councilman Brendan Brandt keeps it low-key on his way out

Brendan Brandt

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By David Allen, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 11/25/14, 3:19 PM PST | Updated: 31 secs ago

Brendan Brandt is leaving the Upland City Council in characteristic fashion: quietly.

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The PE: EASTVALE: City launches city manager search

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Published: Nov. 26, 2014 – 8:39 a.m.

Eastvale announced this week that it is launching a search for a permanent city manager, acting city manager Michele Nissen said in a news release.

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

The Sun: San Bernardino mayor: politicizing fatal fire ‘reprehensible’

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/24/14, 7:30 PM PST | Updated: 47 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city’s administration pushed back Monday against a suggestion by the fire union that budget cuts may have contributed to the death of two children in a fire on 14th Street last week.

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Calpensions: CalPERS retirees outnumber active workers soon

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, November 24, 2014

In a few years CalPERS retirees are expected to outnumber active workers, a national trend among public pension funds that makes them more vulnerable to big employer rate increases.

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Published: Nov. 21, 2014 2:53 p.m.

Whoever replaces Jeff Stone as Riverside County supervisor will help guide spending of a $5 billion budget, oversee a district of roughly 1,100 square miles with a population of more than 400,000 people and have indirect authority over 18,000 county employees.

The position has no term limits, no campaign contribution limits, and it’s rare for a sitting supervisor to be defeated at the polls.

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

The PE: EASTVALE: New city hall may be built

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The city rents office space in a shopping center but has a fund for a new building

Published: Nov. 21, 2014 Updated: Nov. 22, 2014 5:43 p.m.

Where Al’s Corner bar used to be, Eastvale’s long-awaited city hall building could rise.

The Eastvale City Council earlier this month gave approval to a proposal to look into placing a city hall – with a city council chambers – on 1.6 acres of vacant land the city inherited from Riverside County.

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

InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Will board dynamics shift?

Curt Hagman, Chino Hills Councilman.HAND-IN: 8-1-07

Curt Hagman

November 22, 2014 – 01:30 p.m.

A strong-minded incoming county supervisor and two strong personality chief’s of staff will be coming to the Fifth Floor of the San Bernardino County Government Center on December 1.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown gets chance to fill antagonist’s seat

Jeff Stone

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone, who will be sworn in as a state senator Dec. 1. Gov. Jerry Brown will appoint a replacement.

By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
11/21/2014 2:13 PM

In the nearly four years since he returned to the Governor’s Office, Gov. Jerry Brown has faced few local government antagonists more vocal than Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone. Now Brown gets to fill Stone’s seat following the supervisor’s election to the state Senate earlier this month.

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UTSanDiego: CalPERS wins yet another hollow victory

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Former San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris ponders a question Wednesday, July 11, 2012, regarding the city council vote authorizing a bankruptcy filing outside San Bernardino City Hall in San Bernardino, Calif. (AP Photo/The San Bernardino Sun, Rick Sforza) Former San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris ponders a question Wednesday, July 11, 2012, regarding the city council vote authorizing a bankruptcy filing outside San Bernardino City Hall in San Bernardino, Calif. (AP Photo/The San Bernardino Sun, Rick Sforza) — AP

Bankrupt San Bernardino rolls over, but pension problems persist
By Steven Greenhut
Nov. 21, 2014

SACRAMENTO — The recent announcement that the bankrupt city of San Bernardino has agreed to fully pay its pension debt to the California Public Employees’ Retirement System has public-employee unions cheering. But pension reformers, though demoralized, believe the CalPERS victory is a hollow one.

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The Sun: Adelanto Council approves two more prisons

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 11/20/14, 12:25 AM PST | Updated: 47 secs ago

ADELANTO >> The City Council late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning tentatively approved a fourth and fifth private prison in this High Desert community, which will bring with them six additional sheriff’s deputies for the city.

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The PE: ONTARIO: Airport ruling now in judge’s hands

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Published: Nov. 19, 2014 Updated: 4:58 p.m.

The validity of decades-old agreements that gave ownership and control of Ontario International Airport to Los Angeles now await a judge’s decision after the window closed Wednesday on additional arguments.

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

San Bernardino Seal

By Ed Mendel
November 20, 2014

A former Stockton city manager, Bob Deis, regarded as the architect of the Stockton plan to exit bankruptcy, is part of a consulting team hired by bankrupt San Bernardino this week to develop an exit plan.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County pension fund still has $2 billion funding gap

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

San Bernardino County’s pension fund isn’t in horrible shape. But it isn’t in great shape either!

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/18/14, 7:46 PM PST |

RIVERSIDE >> San Bernardino has six months to come up with a detailed plan to exit bankruptcy or its case will be thrown out of court.

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Gary Ovitt

San Bernardino County Supervisor Gary Ovitt, right, expresses his appreciation to friends and colleagues during his final Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday in San Bernardino. “I’m so thankful to all of you for all that you’ve done,” he said. (Photo by Micah Escamilla — staff photographer)

By Ryan Carter, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 11/18/14, 6:42 PM PST | Updated: 39 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Gary Ovitt said goodbye Tuesday to a packed Board of Supervisors chamber, with a message: “This job for me has been all about building relationships with people,” he said, wearing his familiar bow tie and a crisp dark suit.

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SacBee: Opinion: Big pension gap won’t vanish soon

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
11/18/2014 10:15 PM

State Controller John Chiang performed an admirable public service by publishing a detailed report on the finances of California’s public employee pension systems.

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The city’s lawyers suggested San Bernardino wasn’t eager to pick a fight with the nation’s largest public pension fund.

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
11/18/2014 11:08 PM

Public employees and retirees in California absorbed a potentially devastating court ruling a little more than a month ago: Pension benefits can be legally slashed if their employers go bankrupt.

The cities in a position to cut pensions, however, have shown no interest in doing so.

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The Sun: San Bernardino pulls move toward outsourcing police

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/17/14, 3:35 PM PST | Updated: 57 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A move to ask the Sheriff’s Department to submit a bid to police the city was dropped Monday at the request of Mayor Carey Davis.

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InlandPolitics: Interesting story in The Sentinel

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Monday, November 17, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

The Sentinel published an interesting story on Saturday. The subject matter is the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.

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InlandPolitics: Victorville SEC case has murky undercurrent

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Note: This is the first in a series of several related posts

Sunday, November 16, 2104 – 12:00 p.m.

Unsettling information pretaining to onging civil litigation involving the 2008 sale of bonds related to the construction of four large aircraft maintenance hangars at Victoville’s Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA) has started to go public.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino to explore outsourcing public safety services again!

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Saturday, November 15, 2104 – 12:00 p.m.

San Bernardino City Hall is once again making overtures in regards to the outsourcing of police services to the Sheriff’s Department.

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IEBusinessDaily: San Bernardino Continues Self-Immolation

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IE Business Daily

November 15, 2014

The City of San Bernardino has a long history of rejecting private investment opportunities within her boundaries. Opposition to private development both large and small have ranged from objections to minor land use changes to the adoption of strict foothill development codes to rejection of the reuse of existing railroad right of ways for an intermodal facility at former Norton Air Force Base.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Take your raise, supervisor is told

Kevin Jeffries

Kevin Jeffries sought to be excluded from recent pay raises, which he voted against, but the county HR director says that would go against state law.

Published: Nov. 14, 2014 Updated: Nov. 15, 2014 12:56 a.m.

Riverside County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries is getting a raise, whether he wants one or not.

In August, the county Board of Supervisors voted to give themselves raises along with other top elected officials. They extended a previously set formula that ties supervisors’ salaries to 80 percent of what a Superior Court judge makes.

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

Larry Vaupel

Larry Vaupel, former economic development manager for the city of Riverside, begins his new job as director of San Bernardino County’s Economic Development Agency, on Monday.

By From Staff Reports
Posted: 11/14/14, 1:09 PM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

Riverside’s former economic development manager has been appointed director of San Bernardino County’s Economic Development Agency.

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Ontario International Airport

A passenger jet on approach to L.A./Ontario International Airport. (Staff file photo)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 11/14/14, 1:28 PM PST | Updated: 54 secs ago

Admitting fault, attorneys for Ontario contended Friday that the Ontario airport never was sold to Los Angeles because the procedures followed by the local electors were flawed.

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VVDailyPress: ICR seeks $3.62 million from VVWRA

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Lovingood-owned agency disputes wages, bid process in claim

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Nov. 13, 2014 @ 6:42 pm
Updated Nov 13, 2014 at 6:47 PM

VICTORVILLE — The staffing agency co-owned by San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood sought $3.62 million in damages from Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority this year, according to a claim obtained Thursday by the Daily Press.

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Curt Hagman, Chino Hills Councilman.HAND-IN: 8-1-07

San Bernardino County Supervisor-elect Curt Hagman.

Published: Nov. 13, 2014 – Updated: 11:21 p.m.

On paper, things looked good for Gloria Negrete McLeod as she sought to go from Capitol Hill to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

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

LATimes: California pension funds are running dry

John Chiang

New data on California public pensions from a website created by state Controller John Chiang come at a time of growing anger from taxpayers over the skyrocketing cost of public workers’ retirements. (Cheryl A. Guerrero / Los Angeles Times)

By Marc Lifsher
November 13, 2014

A decade ago, many of California’s public pension plans had plenty of money to pay for workers’ retirements.

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Ontario International Airport

Passengers wait to board their flight to Dallas-Fort Worth, at Ontario International Airport July 25, 2014. (John Valenzuela — Staff photographer)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 11/12/14, 7:59 PM PST | Updated: 38 secs ago

RIVERSIDE >> Ontario and Los Angeles are expected to make their cases Friday as to whether the sale of what is now L.A./Ontario International Airport should have been outright sold to Los Angeles nearly 30 years ago or should have gone to the public for a vote.

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LATimes: Cheerleaders sue former Murrieta mayor over DUI crash

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Teen Cheerleaders Sue Former Murrieta Mayor Alan Long Over Alleged DUI Crash

By Veronica Rocha
November 11, 2014

Melissa Reynolds, a cheerleader from Murrieta Valley High School, may not be able to rally crowds of students again, her attorney said.

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The Sun: San Bernardino sees more votes amid historically low turnout

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Voters across the Inland Empire take to the polls Nov. 4, to vote on a variety of candidates to various ballot measures.

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/09/14, 7:29 PM PST | Updated: 28 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Record-low voter turnout throughout the state, including San Bernardino County, had an anomaly Tuesday — significant turnout growth in the city of San Bernardino.

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The Sentinel: County Re-Ups Contract With Platinum Advisors For Sacramento Lobbying

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The Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on November 7, 2014

(November 4) — The County of San Bernardino has extended its long running contract with its state legislative lobbyist for another year.

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The Sun: San Bernardino will look to outsource, raises taxes

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/06/14, 8:36 PM PST |

San Bernardino voters’ decision not to change the way police and firefighters are paid is a “game-changer” that could mean outsourcing services and going back to voters next year — this time to raise taxes, the city’s bankruptcy attorney said Thursday.

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Stifel Financial

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 11/06/14, 5:13 PM PST |

Edward De La Rosa knows a thing or two about selling bonds.

As founder and president of Los Angeles-based De La Rosa & Co., he has helped entities like the University of California, the city of Los Angeles and Los Angeles International Airport obtain funds to build needed projects.

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DailyBulletin: Ontario councilman criticizes LAWA for exclusion in emergency training

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 11/03/14, 7:10 PM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

ONTARIO >> Councilman Alan Wapner is concerned politics is starting to get in the way of public safety at L.A./Ontario International Airport.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Counsel gets new four-year deal

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Monday, November 3, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is set to give its lead in-house counsel a new four-year deal, via a contract.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ed Mendel
Monday, November 3, 2014

The city charter has forced San Bernardino to give police two pay raises since declaring bankruptcy, one costing $1 million and the other $1.3 million. Now voters are being asked Tuesday to change the charter and prevent a third automatic pay raise.

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SacBee: Opinion: Controller John Chiang drops bombshell on California public pensions

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
11/01/2014 5:00 PM

State Controller John Chiang dropped a political bomb the other day, although he was so quiet about it, one could say it was a stealth bomb.

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DailyBulletin: Judge delays ruling in ONT lawsuit

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Passengers check in at an empty Terminal 2 at L.A./Ontario International Airport on Wednesday. (Will Lester — Staff Photographer)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/31/14, 10:40 AM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

RIVERSIDE >> Los Angeles has the deed for L.A./Ontario International Airport, but now the question is whether the city’s 1985 acquisition followed proper public procedure.

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Los Angeles County supervisors violated the open-meeting law earlier this year, the district attorney’s office concluded.

By Marisa Gerber
October 31, 2014

Los Angeles County supervisors violated the state’s open-meeting law earlier this year by discussing compensation negotiations behind closed doors without properly informing the public, according to the district attorney’s office.

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SacBee: Judge approves Stockton’s plan to repay creditors, leaving pensions intact

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
10/30/2014 9:20 PM

Government pensions in California remain untouchable, at least for now, after a bankruptcy judge approved Stockton’s plan to repay its creditors Thursday without reducing the city’s pension obligations.

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SacBee: Opinion: L.A., Ontario squabbling over airport

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
10/30/2014 7:53 PM

ONTARIO – Ontario International Airport opened two large, modernistic terminals in the late 1990s to improve service in California’s fast-growing “Inland Empire” of San Bernardino and Riverside counties, replacing shabby facilities that would have embarrassed a Third World country.

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By Tim Reid
LOS ANGELES
Thu Oct 30, 2014 – 1:04pm EDT

(Reuters) – Voters in bankrupt San Bernardino, California, will decide next week whether to scrap a budget rule that sets pay for police and firefighters based on salary levels in wealthier cities.

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DailyBulletin: Rancho Cucamonga candidates weigh in on issues

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/29/14, 2:28 PM PDT | Updated: 6 hrs ago

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> In Tuesday’s election, residents will decide whether to re-elect longtime politicians or bring in some new faces to the dais.

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US Bankruptcy Court

By Marc Lifsher and Melody Petersen
October 29, 2014

In a closely watched case, a federal judge on Thursday is expected to decide whether the bankrupt city of Stockton can continue to pay employees generous pensions that soon could consume one-fifth of municipal revenues.

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Money

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 10/25/14, 6:31 PM PDT | Updated: 41 secs ago

REDLANDS >> The amount of money flowing into the City Council race at this point has nearly reached $180,000, of which $18,528 was raised this month, according to campaign finance reports.

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The Sun: San Bernardino: Charter to cause $1.3 million in raises this year

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/23/14, 8:24 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The cost of police salary increases required by the city Charter Section 186 will surpass $1.3 million for the 2014-15 year, according to City Manager Allen Parker.

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Menifee Seal

BY SARAH BURGE AND TOM SHERIDAN / STAFF WRITERS
Published: Oct. 23, 2014 Updated: 7:23 p.m.

Menifee Councilman Thomas Fuhrman was arrested on suspicion of corruption charges Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

To read story by Sarah Burge and Tom Sheridan in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Pensions

Governments sent CalPERS more than $8 billion last year, an amount that has quadrupled in the last 10 years. (Thomas Fuchs / For The Times)

By Melody Petersen and Marc Lifsher
October 23, 2014

Directing traffic is part of a police officer’s job, and in the city of Fountain Valley, keeping cars moving comes with a $145 monthly bonus — and a bigger pension.

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October 23, 2014

The board of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System voted to add to a recent pension reform law 99 bonuses that can boost workers’ current paychecks and also their future pensions. Here are some of these retirement-enhancing bonuses:

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Council seeks DA investigation into Davis

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Published: Oct. 21, 2014 Updated: 9:38 p.m.

The Riverside City Council will ask the Riverside County District Attorney to investigate allegations that Councilman Paul Davis interfered with the city manager’s job performance, violating the city charter, which would be a misdemeanor.

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

San Bernardino Police

A measure to set police and firefighter salaries by collective bargaining in San Bernardino, rather than as the average of 10 like-sized cities — a policy that for decades has been enshrined in San Bernardino’s charter and no one else in the state — is a lighting rod in the city. (Staff file photo/The Sun)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/21/14, 7:29 PM PDT | Updated: 56 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A decades-old provision in a city charter rarely attracts this kind of passion, but then rarely is there a history like the one surrounding Measure Q’s attempt to reform Charter Section 186.

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LATimes: Murrieta mayor resigns after DUI arrest in crash that injured 4 students

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Murrieta Mayor Alan Long was arrested Thursday after crashing his car into a vehicle carrying teens from Murrieta Valley High School.

By Matt Stevens
October 20, 2014

The mayor of Murrieta resigned Monday after being arrested Thursday on suspicion of seriously injuring four high school students while driving drunk.

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By TERI SFORZA
STAFF COLUMNIST
tsforza@ocregister.com
Published: Oct. 19, 2014 Updated: Oct. 20, 2014 10:37 a.m.
image0-Watchdog: Thousands join the ‘$100K club’ for pensions

Back in 2005, some 1,841 retirees pulled down more than $100,000 a year in pension checks from the California Public Employees’ Retirement System.

By 2009, this so-called “$100K club” had more than tripled, to 6,133 members.

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DailyBulletin: New allegations raised in ONT dispute

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/18/14, 9:02 PM PDT | Updated: 25 secs ago

RIVERSIDE >> Ontario has raised new allegations that purport to show a Los Angeles agency abandoned efforts to market L.A./Ontario International Airport in favor of multi-billion dollar projects at Los Angeles International Airport.

The allegations are raised in a court document filed by Ontario on Friday afternoon in Riverside Superior Court.

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DailyBulletin: FAA chief urges a quick resolution in Ontario airport dispute

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/18/14, 12:02 AM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Michael Huerta, the head of the Federal Aviation Administration, said he cannot intervene in the L.A./Ontario International Airport dispute, but would like to see both sides come to a quick resolution.

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DailyBulletin: Ontario is back in court over airport dispute

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/17/14, 4:43 PM PDT | Updated: 41 secs ago

RIVERSIDE >> Ontario filed a motion Friday afternoon asking that a Riverside Superior Court judge deny Los Angeles’ request to dismiss a portion of the lawsuit involving LA/Ontario International Airport based on claims the statute of limitations has passed.

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DailyBulletin: Upland council pays back debts with surplus revenue

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/16/14, 1:00 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

UPLAND >> The city was left with a $6.3 million surplus after positive revenue gains and winnings from two legal settlements in the last fiscal year.

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The Sun: San Bernardino mayor: Police union claim untrue

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/15/14, 9:10 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Police union claims that the city’s management “misinterpreted” a tentative agreement are untrue, Mayor Carey Davis said Wednesday — it’s the union that’s trying to change the contract.

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InlandPolitics: Anti-Derry PAC’s raising eyebrows

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

Little ole Redlands, California is becoming the hot bed of local politics this cycle.

The simmering, by a handful, over Former San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor Neil Derry vying for one of three seats up for election on the Redlands City Council is taking the spotlight. One has to admit the contest is more interesting than the sleepy 31st Congresssional District race.

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DailyBulletin: ONT marketing campaign draws criticism

 Ontario International Airport

A new billboard, part of a marketing campaign by Los Angeles World Airports, has gone up along the 57 Freeway in Pomona. Ontario’s name should be on top, one driver tweeted. (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher — staff photographer)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/14/14, 6:08 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

ONTARIO >> There is growing skepticism about a newly launched billboard campaign meant to promote flights out of LA/Ontario International Airport.

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The PE: EASTVALE: Ex-city manager Jacobs got $62,772 under pact

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Published: Oct. 9, 2014 6:40 p.m.

Former Eastvale City Manager Carol Jacobs, who resigned abruptly Aug. 27, received a lump sum payment of $62,772 from the city under a settlement agreement made public this week.

Terms of the pact also show that she quit rather than be fired.

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

James Ramos

San Bernardino Third District Supervisor James Ramos

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 10/13/14, 8:13 PM PDT |

REDLANDS>> A second political action committee has entered the Redlands City Council race in opposition of a candidate.

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RedlandsDailyFacts: City councils vulnerable to being forced to use districts

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By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 10/12/14, 7:29 PM PDT |

Cities across the state have been voluntarily complying with the California Voting Rights Act of 2001—while others, such as the city of Highland, are forced to consider changing their election system to avoid potentially costly litigation.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/12/14, 5:43 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The head of the nonprofit Time for Change Foundation is crying “dirty politics” after her nonprofit finished first in the bidding for funds the city said was available, only to have the City Council then change direction.

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VVDailyPress: Feds send Barstow casino notices to agencies

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Conceptual rendering of the proposed Barstow Casino. (Photo courtesy of www.barstowcasinoproject.com)

MIKE LAMB
STAFF WRITER
Posted Oct. 12, 2014 @ 2:31 pm
Updated Oct 12, 2014 at 2:44 PM

BARSTOW — Local government agencies would lose some property tax revenue if land being targeted for an Indian casino is put into a trust for development, but one Barstow City Councilman says that shouldn’t be a concern.

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The PE: REDLANDS: 6 vie for 3 seats on City Council

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Six candidates are vying for three seats on the Redlands City Council. The election is Nov. 4.

Published: Oct. 11, 2014 – Updated: 6:27 p.m.

Three of five seats on the Redlands City Council are up for grabs in the Nov. 4 election.

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

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Supporters and opponents differ over whether measures to elect the mayor directly and impose term limits on the November ballot are the best way to put those changes in place.

Published: Oct. 11, 2014 – Updated: 7:03 p.m.

Four years after Moreno Valley voters overwhelmingly backed an advisory measure to make the mayor a directly elected position, they will have the opportunity Nov. 4 to actually make the change.

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

Ontario International Airport
Documents cited by attorneys representing Ontario detail several instances in which Los Angeles World Airports appeared to direct key personnel to focus efforts on Los Angeles International Airport rather than ONT.

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/11/14, 9:21 PM PDT | Updated: 46 secs ago

ONTARIO >> A billboard marketing blitz will take off on Monday promoting flights out of LA/Ontario International Airport.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino: “NO on Q” campaign in full swing

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Saturday, October 11, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.

Opposition to a San Bernardino charter amendment targeting the way salaries of police officers and firefighters are calculated is now in full battle mode.

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InlandPolitics: Former Upland city manager sentenced

Robb Quincey

Saturday, October 11, 2014 – 10:15 a.m.

Former Upland City Manager Robb Quincey has been sentenced as a result of his guilty plea to a single count of felony conflict of interest last month.

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Colton-seal

By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 10/10/14, 10:10 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

Colton’s former city manager who says he was fired while investigating suspected misconduct and misappropriation of public funds by city officials, has filed a civil lawsuit alleging the city violated his rights and state laws and should not be able to hire a new city manager until they correct the process.

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By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 10/09/14, 8:26 PM PDT | Updated: 50 secs ago

Former Colton City Manager Stephen Compton has filed a wrongful termination and retaliation claim against the city, alleging he was let go while investigating unlawful activities, including misappropriation of funds by city officials.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Davis, Soubirous investigation costs may rise

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The city spent almost $93,000 on probes of alleged charter violations, but councilmen are hoping to recover their legal fees.

BY ALICIA ROBINSON / STAFF WRITER
Published: Oct. 8, 2014 Updated: 10:09 p.m.

Riverside has spent nearly $93,000 investigating complaints against Councilmen Mike Soubirous and Paul Davis, but the only public discussion was a July hearing on the Soubirous findings. Questions remain as to whether the council should have talked about the complaints publicly or reported its closed-door decisions on them.

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

Ontario

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/07/14, 10:14 PM PDT | Updated: 20 hrs ago

ONTARIO >> A letter determining that complaints of corruption were unfounded was presented at the City Council meeting Tuesday night.

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The PE: POLITICS: Roth seeks override on veto of vehicle fee measure

Veto Override

Special legislative session would be required to overturn Gov. Brown’s rejection of funding for Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Menifee and Wildomar.

Published: Oct. 6, 2014 Updated: Oct. 7, 2014 11:21 a.m.

Possibly reviving four Inland cities’ hopes for financial stability, state Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside, is seeking to reverse the veto of a bill that would have restored vehicle license fees to Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Menifee and Wildomar.

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

UTSanDiego: Hundreds fail to report bond-firm meals

Free Meal

Statewide investigation started in Poway, nabbed 260 officials
By Ricky Young and Jeff McDonald
Oct. 6, 2014 – 02:52 p.m.

California regulators have cracked down on hundreds of public officials up and down the state who accepted meals, baseball tickets, brownies and other gifts from a bond-finance company and failed to disclose them.

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InlandPolitics: Anti-Derry committee scrutinized

Magnifying Glass

Monday, October 6, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

A Northern California political action committee (PAC) set to send out mailers attacking Former San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor Neil Derry may have assumed the name of a legitimate business.

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Calpensions: Pensions still a puzzle in Stockton bankruptcy

Pieces to the Puzzle

By Ed Mendel
October 6, 2014

A federal judge ruled last week that Stockton’s CalPERS pensions can be cut in bankruptcy. But Stockton does not want to cut pensions, and the lone holdout creditor says it can be paid without cutting pensions.

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InlandPolitics: Why are people so shocked over “Inbred Inland Empire” label ?

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Saturday, October 4, 2014 – 05:30 p.m.

I had to roll my eyes over all the outrage arising from the revelation that an official for Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) referred to the Inland Empire as the “Inbred Inland Empire”.

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The Sun: Yucaipa City Council candidates answer questions

Yucaipa City_Logo

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 10/04/14, 7:56 PM PDT |

YUCAIPA>> Four candidates are running for Yucaipa City Council in November.

Incumbents Greg Bogh and Tom Masner are seeking to re-election to their seats and are facing two challengers, David Avila and Thomas Powell.

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Redlands Unified School District

By Greg Cappis, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/04/14, 5:44 PM PDT |

A judge has ordered the Redlands Unified School District to alter its public record policies, which, he ruled, violate the California Public Records Act.

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The PE: JURUPA VALLEY: City won’t give up on lost funds

Jurupa Valley Seal

Another bill or a lawsuit against the state could be the next moves to get lost revenue restored.

Published: Oct. 3, 2014 Updated: 5:13 p.m.

Jurupa Valley leaders said this week that they will fight to remain a city after Gov. Jerry Brown’s second veto in three years of a bill to restore crucial state funding to Jurupa Valley and Riverside County’s three other new cities of Eastvale, Wildomar and Menifee.

Like Riverside County officials, they may consider a lawsuit against the state.

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

Campaigns

ELECTION SEASON
Code officers encounter mixed bag of compliance issues
GARY BRODEUR
STAFF WRITER
Posted Oct. 3, 2014 @ 4:08 pm
Updated Oct 3, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Victor Valley municipalities are facing a mixed bag of campaign-sign enforcement actions, with one reporting no problems and others actively impounding code-infringing displays.

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San Manuel Gaming Chip

Friday, October 3, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.

The games has started in a local city council election.

An all out effort has officially commmenced to keep Former County Supervisor Neil Derry from winning a seat on the Redlands City Council.

What’s interesting is who’s funding it.

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