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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

Los Angeles World Airports

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

Scales of Justice

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

Los Coyotes Casino

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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Colton-seal

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Ontario-Airport

Published: Oct. 2, 2014 – Updated: 3:45 p.m.

Rep. Ken Calvert has appealed to Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta’s Inland roots in a complaint letter about a Los Angeles airport official’s comment about the “inbred Inland Empire.”

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

Campaigns

By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 10/02/14, 10:56 PM PDT |

FONTANA >> From building a Legoland museum to bringing solar and wind energy to the city, the list of ideas from candidates running for City Council and mayor ran the gamut at a public forum Thursday evening.

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VVDailyPress: Adelanto employees told to delete emails

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City officials say ‘non-essential’ messages deleted for storage space, professionalism

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BROOKE SELF
STAFF WRITER
Posted Oct. 2, 2014 @ 5:17 pm
Updated Oct 2, 2014 at 5:26 PM

ADELANTO — Adelanto officials confirmed Thursday that city employees were told to delete some emails from their inboxes on Wednesday, but city officials said they do not believe they’ve violated a state law requiring public records to be kept for two years.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 – 10:20 pm

It should have surprised no one that federal Bankruptcy Court Judge Christopher Klein declared that public employees’ pensions are not sacrosanct when their employers declare bankruptcy.

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Michael Hiltzik

Michael Hiltzik
October 2, 2014

The investment house Franklin Templeton’s effort to knock down the city of Stockton’s proposal to emerge from bankruptcy portrays the case as one in which Franklin is defending itself against three big, faceless adversaries.

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The Sun: Agreement between San Bernardino and police union breaks down

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/01/14, 9:17 PM PDT | Updated: 31 mins ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A tentative agreement between the city and the police union that both sides trumpeted months ago has broken down, union president Steve Turner said Wednesday.

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US Bankruptcy Court

Stockton, Calif., faced a $1.6 billion termination fee from Calpers if it dropped out of the state pension system.

Restructuring & Bankruptcy
By Mary Williams Walsh
October 1, 2014 9:15 pmOctober 1, 2014 9:15 pm

A federal bankruptcy judge on Wednesday upended the widely held belief that public workers’ pensions have a special status in California that makes them impossible to cut, further chipping away at the idea that pensions are sacrosanct in a municipal bankruptcy.

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AP: Ruling lets bankrupt city cut pension benefits

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AP California News
Oct 2, 9:28 AM EDT

By DON THOMPSON
Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — U.S. bankruptcy law allows the California city of Stockton to cut pension benefits because it can treat its obligations to the public retirement fund like other debts, a federal judge said in a ruling that could help clarify who gets paid first by financially strapped cities around the nation – pension funds or creditors.

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The City of San Bernardino may benefit from a recent ruling about paying pensions in the city of Stockton.

By Ryan Hagen, Press-Telegram
Posted: 10/01/14, 11:38 PM PDT |

A decision Wednesday by the judge at Stockton’s bankruptcy trial that allows bankrupt cities to treat the California Public Employees’ Retirement system like other debtors might open the door for other insolvent cities that could want to cut back on expensive pension obligations — including San Bernardino.

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Los Angeles World Airports

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
and Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/30/14, 5:12 PM PDT | Updated: 5 hrs ago

Inland Empire elected officials are expressing shock and disappointment over a comment made by a top executive at Los Angeles World Airports in which he referred to the Inland Empire as the “inbred Inland Empire.”

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VVDailyPress: Adelanto city council candidates square off

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Adelanto hopefuls address bankruptcy, utility tax, new prison

RENE RAY DE LA CRUZ
STAFF WRITER
Posted Oct. 1, 2014 @ 12:08 am
Updated at 12:19 AM

ADELANTO — With the city on the verge of bankruptcy, it was a no holds barred Tuesday night as the candidates for Adelanto mayor and city council took on some hard-hitting financial questions.

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Orange County Seal

BY KELLIE MEJDRICH / STAFF WRITER
Published: Sept. 30, 2014 Updated: Oct. 1, 2014 6:40 a.m.

Orange County supervisors Tuesday approved increasing the number of passengers allowed at John Wayne Airport by 9.2 percent within six years and permitting 10 more flights a day.

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City of Los Angeles Seal

By Dan Weikel
September 30, 2014

Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin on Tuesday called for hearings to explore whether officials have complied with a 2006 court settlement to facilitate the growth of all the city’s commercial airports, not just busy Los Angeles International.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Angry officials see politics in governor’s veto

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A veto is the latest setback in the effort to restore millions in lost vehicle-license fees to new cities; an override of the veto seem unlikely.

Published: Sept. 29, 2014 Updated: 10:37 p.m.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto of a bill to restore up to $19 million to four fledgling Riverside County cities has some Inland officials questioning if politics played a role in the decision that could lead Jurupa Valley to dissolve.

To read story by Jeff Horseman, Sandra Stokley and Michael J. Williams in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Ken Calvert

Calvert

Published: Sept. 29, 2014 Updated: 11:05 p.m.

Inland Rep. Ken Calvert wants a Los Angeles airport executive fired for using the term “inbred Inland Empire” and calling improvements at Ontario International Airport “a storied tale of charity toward the Inland Empire.”

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

Cassie MacDuff

Published: Sept. 29, 2014 Updated: 9:35 p.m.

Los Angeles World Airports officials don’t like what I’ve written about Ontario International Airport.

That’s fine.

To read column by Cassie MacDuff in The Press-Eneterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: Politically-Divided city council emerges in San Bernardino

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Monday, September 29, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

Rookie San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis continues to stumble out of the gate.

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Veto

Eastvale, Menifee, Wildomar and especially Jurupa Valley have struggled since vehicle license fee revenue was diverted in 2011

Published: Sept. 28, 2014 Updated: 11:44 p.m.

Jurupa Valley’s hopes of getting a budget boost from the state were dashed Sunday when Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have restored funding diverted in 2011 from the state’s four newest cities, all of which are in Riverside County.

To read story by Nikie Johnson in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Ontario International

Terminal 2 at Ontario International Airport is virtually empty amid a severe decline in passengers since 2007. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

By Dan Weikel
September 28, 2014

Accusing Los Angeles of breaking agreements to foster a network of regional air centers and build up L.A./Ontario International, Inland Empire officials went to court last week to regain control of the struggling airport.

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The PE: ONTARIO: Riverside judge asked to rule on ONT suit

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Ontario’s lawyers want her to uphold its right to sue for the return of local control of airport. Owner L.A. says it’s too late.

Published: Sept. 26, 2014 Updated: 11:08 p.m.

Ontario is asking a judge to unwind the city’s agreement with Los Angeles that gave L.A. control of Ontario International Airport, saying Ontario officials in 1967 and 1985 had no right to give up the airport forever and provide no way out of the contract.

To read story by Cassie MacDuff in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Perris

By Ryan Parker
September 27, 2014

A Perris, Calif., city councilman was charged with multiple felonies Friday relating to a June drug incident at a Red Lion Inn.

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The Sun: San Bernardino city finance head David Cain resigns

Resignation

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/25/14, 6:38 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Thursday was the last day at City Hall for David Cain, the man responsible for the city’s finances and administrative services.

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InlandPolitics: So just how is business done at Redlands City Hall?

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Thursday, September 25, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

So just how is business actually done at Redlands City Hall?

The question is now being asked following the publication of a story in Thursday’s Redlands Daily Facts.

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The Sun: San Bernardino County adopts new logo

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This is the new San Bernardino County logo adopted Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors.

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 09/24/14, 1:05 PM PDT | Updated: 6 hrs ago

After 30 years, San Bernardino County has a new logo.

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The Sun: Neil Derry calls for Redlands ban on outdoor pot growth

Neil Derry

Derry

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/23/14, 8:18 PM PDT |

REDLANDS >> City Council candidate Neil Derry called Tuesday for the city to ban outdoor growing of medical marijuana after a high school student was killed apparently trying to cut marijuana from a man’s yard.

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Redlands

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 09/24/14, 1:26 AM PDT | Updated: 8 hrs ago

REDLANDS >> The six candidates running for City Council on Tuesday participated in their first forum of the campaign season hosted by the Redlands Chamber of Commerce.

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InlandPolitics: Redlands city council candidate forum tonight

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

The Redlands Chanber of Commerce has scheduled a candidate forum for Tuesday night.

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The Sun: Colton finance director appointed

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By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
POSTED: 09/22/14, 5:13 PM PDT |

COLTON >> After the departure of its finance director and manager, the city has hired a much-needed director who is expected to start next week.

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Upland seal

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/22/14, 10:00 PM PDT | Updated: 35 secs ago

UPLAND >> Even before City Manager Rod Butler began his first hour on the job, he had already issued his first assignment for all employees.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisor wants more details on lawsuit costs

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Published: Sept. 20, 2014 Updated: 4:52 p.m.

Riverside County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries wants county department budgets to more clearly reflect the cost of lawsuits stemming from their actions.

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

San Bernardino

Downtown San Bernardino. (File Photo)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/20/14, 8:57 PM PDT | Updated: 58 secs ago

Hearings have begun on Detroit’s plan to exit bankruptcy, slightly more than a year after the distressed Motor City filed for bankruptcy — and at least six months before San Bernardino, which filed for bankruptcy a year before Detroit, expects to even come up with a plan.

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The Sun: Bankruptcy judge scales back San Bernardino’s proposed order

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/19/14, 4:12 PM PDT | Updated: 23 secs ago

RIVERSIDE >> U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Jury on Friday slightly dialed back the city’s declaration of victory at its previous hearing here, issuing a scaled-down order that still allows the city to reject its current contract with the firefighters union.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014 – 10:41 pm

The California Voting Rights Act was signed by then-Gov. Gray Davis in 2002, but it was years before it began to have real-world impacts.

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DailyBulletin: Ontario City Council has smoothest meeting in months

Ontario

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/16/14, 9:03 PM PDT |

Ontario >> It seems that the storms in the City Council meetings have passed, with Tuesday night’s meeting going smoothly with no outbursts or deviation from the agenda.

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DailyBulletin: Supervisors discuss Ontario airport, health care and realignment plans

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 09/16/14, 9:49 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Supervisors from Riverside and San Bernardino counties agreed Tuesday to form a committee to plan strategies to tackle the Affordable Care Act, prison realignment and the future of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

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VoiceofOC: Supervisors Turn Down Independent Ethics Oversight

Orange County Seal

Posted: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 8:35 pm | Updated: 8:02 am, Wed Sep 17, 2014.
By NICK GERDA

The County Board of Supervisors Tuesday rejected, for the second time since last year, a grand jury proposal for stronger ethics oversight of county government.

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InlandPolitics: Uncertainty over San Bernardino Int’l Airport marketing?

SBIA

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

It’s once again time to take up the matter of San Bernardino International Airport (SBIA). You know that financial black hole, formerly known as Norton Air Force Base.

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Ontario International Airport

Passengers wait to board their flight to Dallas-Fort Worth at Ontario International Airport in Ontario. (File photo by John Valenzuela – Staff Photographer)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/15/14, 11:37 AM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

RIVERSIDE >> The 1967 agreement which gave control of then Ontario International Airport to Los Angeles will be subject to legal scrutiny next month.

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DailyBulletin: Final closure of Rialto Municipal Airport is now almost guaranteed

Rialto-Seal

The Rialto Municipal Airport is set to close Thursday to pave way for a redevelopment project that includes residential and commercial buildings and a retail center.

By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 09/14/14, 8:47 PM PDT |

It’s nearly guaranteed this time, after more than 10 years in the works, the shuttering of the Rialto Municipal Airport, as officials send notice to the Federal Aviation Administration of a final shut down next week.

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The PE: RANCHO CUCAMONGA: Mayor adds to his duties

Dennis Michael

Rancho Cucamonga Mayor L. Dennis Michael is the new second vice president of the League of California Cities.

BY ERIN WALDNER / STAFF WRITER
Published: Sept. 13, 2014 Updated: 7:55 p.m.
Rancho Cucamonga Mayor L. Dennis Michael
COURTESY OF RANCHO CUCAMONGA

Rancho Cucamonga Mayor L. Dennis Michael has become second vice president of the League of California Cities, which works to influence policy decisions affecting cities.

He will advance to first vice president in a year, provided he is re-elected mayor of Rancho Cucamonga in November. He is being challenged by businessman Jim Moffatt.

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

Court Filings

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/13/14, 11:19 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Attorneys for Ontario and Los Angeles will be back in court Monday morning for significant a motion involving the takeover of LA/Ontario International Airport.

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Reuters: Bankrupt San Bernardino, California, can cut firefighter benefits, judge says

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By Tim Reid
RIVERSIDE Calif. Thu Sep 11, 2014 7:51pm EDT

(Reuters) – The city of San Bernardino, California, may impose cuts to its firefighters overtime and pension benefits in a bid to reach a bankruptcy exit plan, the federal judge overseeing the case said on Thursday.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 09/10/14, 8:39 PM PDT |

A joint public meeting between supervisors in San Bernardino and Riverside counties is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Riverside County Administrative Center.

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By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 09/11/14, 4:41 PM PDT |

YUCAIPA >> The city has reached an agreement with its managers and supervisors.

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The PE: EASTVALE: Former manager Van Nort to lead city – for now

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BY SANDRA STOKLEY / STAFF WRITER
Published: Sept. 10, 2014 Updated: 10:01 p.m.

Eastvale will reach into its past to chart its future — at least in the near term.

Council members on Wednesday night emerged from a nearly 90-minute closed session and announced that Robert Van Nort will be brought back to serve as interim manager until a permanent replacement is found for former City Manager Carol Jacobs.

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

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BY SARAH BURGE / STAFF WRITER
Published: Sept. 8, 2014 Updated: Sept. 9, 2014 9:52 a.m.

More than two months after his arrest on suspicion of drug charges, Perris City Councilman Julio Rodriguez isn’t slinking quietly away.

Quite the contrary.

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

LATimes: Prosecutors ask judge to sentence Richard Alarcon to 180 days in jail

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Former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife, Flora Montes de Oca Alarcon, were convicted in July of lying about where they lived so Alarcon could run for a seat on the council. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

By Soumya Karlamangla
September 9, 2014

Los Angeles County prosecutors have asked a judge to sentence former City Councilman Richard Alarcon to 180 days in County Jail and 1,000 hours of community service for his conviction on charges of perjury and voter fraud.

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By Marc Lifsher
September 9, 2014

Taxpayers and local governments are on the hook to pay nearly $800 million stemming from “legal” pension spiking over the next two decades, the state controller said Tuesday.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: City could overhaul ethics code again

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A 2010 review resulted in big changes to the decade-old rules of conduct, but a council committee suggests another look is necessary.

Published: Sept. 6, 2014 Updated: 5:23 p.m.

Of the 33 complaints filed and resolved under Riverside’s decade-old ethics code, none has been upheld.

To some residents, that’s a problem.

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

DailyBulletin: Paul Avila disrupts Ontario meeting repeatedly; police called

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From left, Paul Avila, Jim Bowman and Mayor Paul Leon chat awkwardly at the end of the Ontario City Council’s third recess of the night. (David Allen/Staff)

By David Allen, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/04/14, 3:39 PM PDT |

Extraordinary things happened at Tuesday’s Ontario City Council meeting. For starters, the closed session grew so unruly that police were called in.

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