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The Sun: San Bernardino bankruptcy deadline looms

San Bernardino Seal

San Bernardino officials say they will submit the city’s bankruptcy exit plan by today. (Staff file photo)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/29/15 – 7:52 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The earth didn’t move under the city, which means today is the last day U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Jury will accept the city’s bankruptcy exit plan.

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Ontario International Airport

International traffic buoyed passenger numbers during April at L.A./Ontario International Airport. (Staff file photo by John Valenzuela)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/29/15, 7:01 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> International passenger traffic continues to see a sizable growth at LA/Ontario International Airport, with one Mexican carrier adding a fourth flight to Guadalajara next month.

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Chino

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/29/15 – 4:49 PM PDT |

CHINO >> The city’s finances and public safety were the focus of this year’s State of the City event.

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City of Industry

The City of Industry hopes to cancel or renegotiate its $12-million-a-year trash contract with Valley Vista Services. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

By Frank Shyong
May 28, 2015

The City of Industry has filed suit against former Mayor David Perez, his companies and four members of his family, alleging the misappropriation of millions of dollars in public funds through false or inflated invoices and the performance of unauthorized work on city contracts.

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InlandPolitics: An interesting story!

Magnifying Glass

Thursday, May 28, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

There’s curious news story in the Thursday edition of The Sun newspaper.

It’s actually an interesting read.

To link to the story by Joe Nelson in The Sun, click here.

U-T San Diego: Report: Officials masked big pension hike

Pensions

Pension debts are sky-high, but little interest at the Capitol

By Steven Greenhut
May 27, 2015 – 3:10 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true,” wrote the 19th century Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard. It must be an enduring trait of mankind and especially of politicians, who often fool themselves (and the public) about major problems.

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Daily Bulletin: FPPC a bigger bang for San Bernardino County’s buck

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/25/15 – 5:12 PM PDT |

San Bernardino County appears to be getting its money’s worth out of the state Fair Political Practices Commission.

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Iddo Benzeevi

Highland Fairview CEO Iddo Benzeevi said in a statement that “Highland Fairview has not requested the city to contribute any money for infrastructure for the World Logistics Center.” (David Danelski / File)

Published: May 22, 2015
Updated: May 25, 2015 11:11 p.m.

The developer of the massive World Logistics Center is negotiating with Moreno Valley officials over how much the city could contribute to pay for streets and other improvements needed to support the project.

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

San Bernardino Seal

By Ed Mendel
May 26, 2015

A San Bernardino plan to exit bankruptcy follows the path of the Vallejo and Stockton exit plans, cutting bond debt and retiree health care but not pensions. Then it veers off in a new direction: contracting for fire, waste management and other services.

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InlandPolitics: Sentinel newspaper wins adjudication

The Sentinel

Sunday, May 24, 2015 – 01:30 a.m.

The San Bernardino County Sentinel Newspaper, a publication that’s been an irritant to many Inland Empire local governments and politicos, has been granted legal adjudication.

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InlandPolitics: Water agencies start feeding at the trough

EVWD

Sunday, May 24, 2015 – 01:00 p.m.

California water agencies are at it big time

Using the drought as a driving force. Water suppliers are hammering away at rate increases in every shape or form possible.

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IE Business Daily: San Bernardino: Meet Robocop

IE Business Daily

IE Business Daily
May 23, 2015

In 1987 Orion Pictures released a futuristic science fiction film called “Robocop” about a dirt poor city, Detroit, that had contracted public safety services to a large, privately owned corporation.

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California Assembly Seal

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/22/15, 11:02 AM PDT |

An Assembly bill that would allow Ontario to issue bonds to finance the acquisition of L.A./Ontario International Airport from Los Angeles was approved by the state Assembly on Friday.

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Riverside-County-Seal

Published: May 22, 2015 – 9:27 a.m.

Riverside County’s newest supervisor needs a new planning commissioner.

Citing “the readily apparent incompatibility” with Supervisor Chuck Washington, John Petty resigned from the Planning Commission this week, effective immediately.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The P-E Political Empire Blog, click here.

Lou Desmond

Thursday, May 21, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Lou is joined by Ryan Hagen of the San Bernardino Sun to talk specifics about fire outsourcing. What does the city hope to accomplish and what outcome can be expected from the organization they choose?

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The Sun: San Bernardino could privatize fire services

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/20/15 – 7:53 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city might become the first in the state to rely on a for-profit firm for firefighting and emergency medical services, but to do so it will have to overcome opposition that’s already mounting up and down the state.

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Redlands

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 05/20/15, 6:47 PM PDT |

REDLANDS>> The City Council on Tuesday approved new contracts for the city manager and city attorney, which include salary increases and a change in their retirement contributions.

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Beaumont

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
and Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/19/15, 2:17 PM PDT |

BEAUMONT >> State Controller Betty T. Yee on Tuesday announced her office was launching an investigation into the financial practices and reporting of this city of 42,000 to resolve “significant differences” between the city’s financial reporting and its audited statements.

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Lou Desmond

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 – 06:00 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Lou is joined by Adrian Moore from the Reason Foundation. They talk about the $50 MILLION discrepancy in the city’s financial paperwork. How does a city recover from something like that?

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…..$5,000,000…..

By Ryan Hagen, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 05/19/15 – 7:17 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The county Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to pay a consultant group up to $5 million over four years to help with development of a “complete county” plan that goes beyond a general plan — in fact, they say, it goes further than any city or county ever has.

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Lou Desmond

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Lou is joined by Ryan Hagen, who covers the city of San Bernardino for the San Bernardino Sun. Ryan and Lou talk about last night’s city council meeting in San Bernardino, where the Council voted 6-1 to approve the city’s bankruptcy plan.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
POSTED: 05/18/15 – 8:55 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A full-court press by the city’s administrators, consultants and allies from the community convinced six of the seven council members Monday that it was vital to pass the Plan of Adjustment, pushing the city into the next stage of its nearly three-year bankruptcy.

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Lou Desmond

Monday, May 18, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Lou is joined by Estimable Economist Jay Prag to get his take on San Bernardino’s exit plan. What affect will their actions have on future investments in the troubled city?

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Thief

Toll lane critics fear that the residents who live off Interstate 10 can’t afford to drive on them.

Published: May 15, 2015
Updated: May 17, 2015 – 11:26 p.m.

Want a faster commute? You may get one if you’re willing to spend a little more money.

San Bernardino County is moving ahead with plans for toll lanes, much like those already under construction on Riverside County’s portion of the 91 Freeway in Corona.

To read story by Stephen Wall in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The Sun: San Bernardino bankruptcy plan gets group’s support

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
POSTED: 05/16/15 – 8:35 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The deep cuts and extensive restructuring proposed in the city’s bankruptcy exit plan got a unanimous thumbs-up from its strategic planning core team on Saturday, as the City Council prepares to vote on the plan Monday.

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Lou Desmond

Friday, May 15, 2015 – 03:30 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Ed Hoffman joins Lou to talk about national headlines. But first, they start in San Bernardino, where the city’s plan to exit bankruptcy was released yesterday. In it, the city says it’s planning to pay its creditors 1% of what they are owed.

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Bankruptcy Court

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/14/15, 4:49 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The proposed bankruptcy exit plan released to the public for the first time Thursday would pay 1 percent of the $50 million owed to pension obligation bondholders, slash retirees’ healthcare coverage, and contract out for services, including fire and waste disposal, among other changes.

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Calculator+Finance+Budget

Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Menifee and Wildomar lost millions in state vehicle license fees four years ago.

Published: May 14, 2015 – Updated: 10:21 p.m.

Four cities in Riverside County still coping with a 4-year-old revenue hit could get relief in the revised state budget offered by Gov. Jerry Brownon Thursday, May 14.

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

InlandPolitics: San Bernardino: Bankruptcy Exit Plan hide the ball!

San Bernardino Seal

Thursday, May 14, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

You gotta hand it to bankrupt San Bernardino, California. If there’s any local government that can screw anything up, it’s good ole San Berdoo!

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, May 14, 2015 – 04:00 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Ryan Hagen joins to program to discuss San Bernardino’s plan to exit bankruptcy. The only problem, they are releasing it at 5:00, then locking the doors to city hall until Monday morning. Also, Lou will cover the local headlines from the Inland Empire.

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Robb Quincey

Former Upland City Manager Robb Quincey left, has petitioned to have his felony conviction reduced, dismissed and expunged, and probation terminated.

Thursday, May 14, 2015 – 09:45 a.m.

Former Upland City Manager Robb Quincey, who pleaded guilty to a felony conflict of interest charge last year, and sentenced just last October, has filed to have his conviction reduced to a misdemeanor, dismissed, expunged and probation terminated.

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Court of Appeal Opinion: Lawrence v. County of San Bernardino

Thursday, May 14, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, May 22, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

Employee discontent over management practices has brought operations of the San Bernardino County Public Defender, once again, into the spotlight.

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U.S. Bankruptcy Court

U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Riverside. Today, San Bernardino will reveal its bankruptcy exit plan. The city declared bankruptcy in July 2012. (John Valenzuela/ The Sun)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/13/15, 8:27 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> City officials say they will release a sweeping bankruptcy exit plan Thursday afternoon and ask the City Council on Monday to commit to changes they say will significantly affect residents, employees and creditors for years to come.

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The Sun: San Bernardino County CEO gives 5-year budget forecast

Greg Devereaux

Devereaux

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/12/15, 6:53 PM PDT |

San Bernardino County will enter the next fiscal year on July 1 with $4.7 billion on hand for infrastructure projects and some services cut during the Great Recession, but the county has quite a ways to go before it can start loosening its fiscal belt.

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Riverside-County-Seal

Published: May 12, 2015 – Updated: 10:42 p.m.

Riverside County supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to charge contract cities more for Sheriff’s Department services, despite pleas from several officials unsure of whether their cities can afford the price hikes.

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

Daily Press: County sues firms over jail project

SBCO

After year of mitigation talks, $145M expansion subject of lawsuit

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer

Posted May. 12, 2015 at 2:09 PM
Updated May 12, 2015 at 3:39 PM

SAN BERNARDINO — Repeated faulty designs for smoke control systems were allegedly to blame for millions in cost overruns for the High Desert Detention Center expansion, according to a lawsuit filed May 1 by San Bernardino County seeking $13.6 million in damages from the project’s architectural and design firms.

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Lobbyist

Hospitals and the oil industry topped payments for lobbying. Total reflects payments to in-house lobbyists and outside firms.

Capitol Alert
May 12, 2015
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com

Local governments, businesses, unions and other special interests reported spending more than $48.5 million on direct state lobbying expenses from January through March, according to first-quarter reports filed earlier this month.

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San Bernardino Seal

Judge allows city to make pension payments

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com

Government pensions in California have withstood another fierce challenge in bankruptcy court.

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Lou Desmond

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 – 04:00 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Mike Ramos, SB County DA, was fined for the third time for failing to properly report campaign expenditures. Perris Councilman who was caught with drugs and male prostitutes resigns, and Lou talks with a Perris resident about the feelings there.

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Lee Baca

To then-Sheriff Leroy ‘Lee’ Baca, it was a sucker punch and a betrayal by the FBI, his longtime partner in catching crooks.

By Lisa Bartley
Friday, May 08, 2015 – 11:00PM
LOS ANGELES (KABC) —

To then-Sheriff Leroy “Lee” Baca, it was a sucker punch and a betrayal by the FBI, his longtime partner in catching crooks. Federal investigators deliberately kept Baca in the dark as they set up a sting on the sheriff’s turf — Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles.

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San Bernardino County Sheriff Use-of-Force

Video from a KNBC-TV news helicopter appears shows San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies beating Francis Jared Pusok, who led them on a pursuit April 9 in the High Desert. )KNBC-TV Courtesy photo)

By Beatriz Valenzuela, San Bernardino Sun
and Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/11/15 – 8:26 AM PDT |

The names of San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies and command staff who were allegedly involved in the beating of Francis Pusok last month in the High Desert were made public Monday by sheriff’s officials.

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Perris

Julio Rodriguez agrees to a deal that will remove him from the Perris City Council immediately.

Published: May 11, 2015 – Updated: 10:18 p.m.

Perris City Councilman Julio Rodriguez pleaded guilty Monday to a felony drug charge and has resigned his council seat.

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

Tony Rackauckas+Miguel Pulido

Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido (Right) and Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas.

By Adam Elmahrek
May 11, 2015 at 2:53 PM

Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido has agreed to pay $13,000 in fines to the state’s political watchdog for several violations of state law related to a real estate deal he conducted with a city contractor.

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U-T San Diego: Supervisor had staff do political work

Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts’ county staff chased endorsements, attended political events, monitored political groups

By Joshua Stewart
Updated: May 11, 2015

SAN DIEGO — In a busy schedule packed with public appearances, meet-and-greets and speeches, county Supervisor Dave Roberts had his staff make sure they not only kept him abreast of his civic duties, but he also had county employees do political work on his behalf.

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InlandPolitics: sbX Bus Line failure not going unnoticed

Monkeys

Monday, May 11, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

Omnitrans, San Bernardino County’s transit authority, is trumpeting the first year of it’s $200,000,000-plus, sbX Bus Line.

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Riverside-County-Seal

Also among the county’s financial challenges are the sheriff’s and fire departments.

Published: May 8, 2015
Updated: May 10, 2015 6:20 p.m.

Riverside County officials want to take $1.5 million ticketed for UC Riverside’s medical school and spend it on equipment needs at the county-run hospital.

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

InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County’s Pension Honor Roll

Money

Saturday, May 8, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

San Bernardino County and its pension fund, San Bernardino County Employees Retirement Association (SBCERA), have fought feverishly to block disclosure of individual pension amounts by name.

That’s until now.

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Sbx Bus

An Omnitrans sbX bus travels north along E Street in San Bernardino. Rick Sforza — Staff Photographer

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/09/15 – 12:02 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> More than half a million people rode the sbX rapid-transit bus line in its first year of service, according to Omnitrans — and they expect the next year, which just began, to boost that number significantly.

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The Sun: Judge slaps down San Bernardino firefighter appeals

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/08/15 – 1:36 AM PDT |

A U.S. District Court judge on Thursday slapped down what he called “a trilogy of merit-less appeals” that the San Bernardino firefighters union had made seeking reversals of bankruptcy court decisions against them.

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Golden Gate Bridge Panorama

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/07/15 – 12:47 PM PDT |

The average pension for a retired San Bernardino County employee who put in 30 or more years was $88,000 in 2014, and three county retirees pull in more than $300,000 a year in benefits, according to Transparent California, a government watchdog organization that tracks salary and other compensation data of public employees.

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Daily Bulletin: LA contends ONT sale in court of appeal response

Court Filings

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/06/15 – 5:51 PM PDT |

Ontario basically sold its airport to Los Angeles 48 years ago, and there was no turning back, L.A.’s lawyers argued in court documents filed Wednesday.

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Palmdale Seal

By Jean Merl
May 7, 2015

Palmdale officials Wednesday night announced that they have agreed to major changes in their elections system, settling a widely watched lawsuit over minority representation and the California Voting Rights Act.

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InlandPolitics: FBI launches formal Sheriff’s Department probe

SBSO Sheriff

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

Last week San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials were disseminating an interesting spin in the Francis Pusok beating case.

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City of Los Angeles Seal

Los Angeles has defended contracts that gave it ownership of Ontario International Airport, denying the city of Ontario’s claims those agreements are so flawed they should be voided, despite decades passing since they were signed

Published: May 5, 2015 Updated: – 4:41 p.m.

Los Angeles has defended contracts that gave it ownership of Ontario International Airport, denying the city of Ontario’s claims those agreements are so flawed they should be voided, despite decades passing since they were signed.

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

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/05/15, 3:16 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Four developers are finalists to build on the 43-acre property occupied by Carousel Mall, and most likely, the mall will be demolished to make way for new development, a city official said during a broker roundtable Tuesday.

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City of Industry

An audit finds that former City of Industry Mayor Dave Perez and his relatives financially benefited from city contracts.

By Abby Sewell
May 5, 2015

Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to call for an investigation into possible corruption in the embattled City of Industry, including any dealings officials there might have had with surrounding cities.

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Magnifying Glass

California State Controller Betty T. Yee confirmed Tuesday that her agency has begun examining the finances of the City of Industry after news reports revealed that an audit had questioned dealings involving firms controlled by a former mayor and his relatives.

By Chris Megerian and Abby Sewell
May 5, 2016

California State Controller Betty T. Yee confirmed Tuesday that her agency has begun examining the finances of the City of Industry after news reports revealed that an audit had questioned dealings involving firms controlled by a former mayor and his relatives.

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SBCO

By Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 05/01/15 –  7:03 PM PDT |

Three conservation groups have filed their opening briefs in an appeal to block Los Angeles-based Cadiz Inc. from pumping Mojave Desert water and shipping much of it out of San Bernardino County to meet the needs of South Orange County residents.

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General Views Of Wells Fargo Locations Ahead Of Earns Figures

A culture of high-pressure sales encouraged employees to engage “in unfair, unlawful and fraudulent conduct,” the suit says.

By E. Scott Reckard
May 4, 2015

Rigid sales quotas at Wells Fargo Bank have driven employees to open unauthorized accounts for customers, sticking them with bogus fees and damaging their credit, according to a city of Los Angeles lawsuit that echoes a Times investigation.

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Daniel Crespo

By Marisa Gerber and Richard Winton
May 5, 2015

He was hardly discreet about his affairs.

Daniel Crespo, the mayor of Bell Gardens, bought one girlfriend a ring during a trip to Las Vegas for a faux wedding. He sent his wife an audio recording of him bragging to a co-worker about his dalliances. He rented out a six-bedroom home he owned, but kept one room empty so he could rendezvous there with women on his lunch breaks and after work.

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Riverside-County-Seal

The county’s top attorney says the investigative panel doesn’t understand his office’s role. The grand jury was reviewing the county IT department.

Published: May 1, 2015 – Updated: May 3, 2015 9:02 p.m.

A civil grand jury has accused Riverside County’s internal law office of interfering with its review of the county’s information technology department.

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

Riverside-County-Seal

Exclusive Care, a Riverside County-run health insurance program for employees, sends patients to the county hospital in Moreno Valley. One supervisor is questioning whether the program pays Riverside County Regional Medical Center enough for patient care.

Published: April 29, 2015
Updated: May 2, 2015 4:20 p.m.

Since 1999, Riverside County employees have been able to get health care through an exclusive, county-run program called, fittingly enough, Exclusive Care.

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

San Bernardino Public Safety Attrition

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/02/15, 12:49 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> If the reservoir of veteran firefighters in the city developed a leak in the Great Recession and the crack widened with the 2012 bankruptcy filing, then it’s in 2015 that the dam broke.

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City of Industry

By Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 05/01/15, 10:47 PM PDT |

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office Friday announced it will investigate possible criminal activity by David Perez, the former City of Industry mayor who controls entities including the city’s trash hauler, that received millions in payments from the city.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County pension fund staring at lackluster year

SBCO

Saturday, May 2, 2015 – 11:30 a.m.

San Bernardino County, California leaders can think again, if they thought its general fund was going to get a break from skyrocketing pension costs.

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SBCO

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 05/01/15 – 7:04 PM PDT |

Three conservation groups filed their opening briefs in an appeal to block Los Angeles-based Cadiz Inc. from pumping Mojave Desert water and shipping much of it out of San Bernardino County to meet the needs of South Orange County residents.

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The Sun: State auditor slams Victorville on wastewater treatment plant

Victorville

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/30/15, 7:59 PM PDT |

Victorville’s possibly unlawful borrowing and lending practices totaling $41.9 million resulted in $4.6 million of unnecessary interest and a $31 million wastewater treatment plant that served no benefit for ratepayers, the state auditor concluded in a report released Thursday.

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Los Angeles DWP

The front of the headquarters of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in downtown Los Angeles. (Richard Vogel / Associated Press)

By Jack Dolan
April 30, 2015

Two nonprofit trusts created by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and financed with more than $40 million from ratepayers paid millions to vendors without competitive bids, overpaid top managers and let them charge personal travel, gasoline and other items without filing expense reports, city audits released Thursday showed.

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California Courts of Appeal

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The city of Ontario was dealt another setback in its lawsuit to regain control of LA/Ontario International Airport from the city of Los Angeles, on Wednesday.

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The Lou Desmond & Company Show: All the Headlines, with Adrian Moore

Lou Desmond

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Adrian Moore of the Reason Foundation joins the Lou Desmond and Company Show tonight. Lou and Adrian discuss a number of news stories, starting with the County’s $650,000 payment to Francis Pusok. The check will be short $30,000, withheld because of owed child support.

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Drought

Fenit Nirappil and Juliet Williams, Associated Press
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 – Updated 7:42 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday called for $10,000 fines for residents and businesses that waste the most water during the drought, as his administration rejected calls from cities to relax its mandatory water conservation targets.

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Daily Press: County cuts $650k check

SBCO

Sheriff’s Department still investigating threats, not releasing names of deputies

By Anneli Fogt
Staff Writer
Posted Apr. 28, 2015 at 7:38 AM

APPLE VALLEY — San Bernardino County on Monday cut a $650,000 settlement check as part of the agreement reached with Francis Pusok, whose beating by Sheriff’s deputies was caught on video by a TV news helicopter April 9.

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Money

An audit finds that former City of Industry Mayor Dave Perez and his relatives financially benefited from city contracts.

By Frank Shyong and Ruben Vives
April 27, 2015

A 20-year jackpot of City of Industry contracts that included $4.9 million for lawn mower rentals and street cleaning fees billed at six times a competitor’s rate has enriched a handful of companies owned by the tiny town’s former mayor and his family by more than $326 million, an audit has found.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino: A lie or mistake?

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Sunday, April 26, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

Was it a lie or a mistake?

That’s the burning question over whether or not San Bernardino City Manager Allan Parker duped city council members into approving an employment contract for an inexperienced applicant to take on the job of what amounts to a public relations officer, and task her with the job of developing a marketing plan to improve the city’s image, as it emerges from chapter 9 bankruptcy.

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Consulting

In wake of this week’s raids in Beaumont, other cities say they have safeguards to prevent problems.

Published: April 24, 2015 Updated: April 25, 2015 4:13 p.m.

When Menifee became a city in 2008, a consultant ran the show.

A firm, Winzler & Kelly, hired experienced managers to make decisions about real estate, public safety contracts, finances and other issues.

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

City of Industry

By Rebecca Kimitch, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
and Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 04/25/15, 9:51 PM PDT |

INDUSTRY>> An audit of city finances concluded Industry paid more than $326 million to companies owned by former Mayor Dave Perez and his family over the past 20 years, much of it for vague or even erroneous invoices that possibly resulted in massive overpayments.

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The Sun: Community, city leaders discuss future San Bernardino

San Bernardino Seal

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 04/24/15, 7:39 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> As the city looks for a way to exist beyond bankruptcy, its charter once again was part of the discussion Friday as leaders and the public gathered for a strategy meeting designed to find ways to guide the city.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Nurses contract ratified

CNA

Thursday, April 23, 2015 – 10:00 p.m.

All sides of a contract dispute affecting San Bernardino County Nurses and Per Diem Nurses have given their blessing to a new contract that will run through July 2017.

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Beaumont

Published: April 23, 2015 – Updated: April 24, 2015 8:42 a.m.

In their first gathering since a regional corruption task force raided City Hall, Beaumont city leaders were hit with calls for firings and resignations.

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

Gavel

A Riverside Superior Court judge on Thursday denied the city of Los Angeles’ motion to throw out key parts of the lawsuit against it filed by Ontario over control of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/23/15, 10:53 AM PDT | Updated: 1 hr ago

RIVERSIDE >> It will be up to a jury to decide if Ontario can seek damages as a result of alleged malfeasance by Los Angeles World Airports over management of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

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Daily Bulletin: Hagman to hold Open House event

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

Hagman

Posted: 04/22/15, 5:49 PM PDT |

San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman will hold a “meet and greet” open house for the public on April 30 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

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Beaumont

By Doug Saunders, The Sun
and Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/22/15, 9:55 AM PDT |

BEAUMONT >> Federal and Riverside County authorities on Wednesday raided City Hall and three other locations across the Inland Empire in an investigation into the city’s long-standing business relationship with a local consulting firm, law enforcement and city officials said.

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InlandPolitics: Body cameras and $650,000

SBCO

Spin Zone

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

San Bernardino County leaders are working overtime trying to put out fires caused mainly by its Sheriff’s Department.

Fires that have, and will, cost the county’s taxpayers dearly.

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The Sun: San Bernardino hires spokeswoman for bankruptcy

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 04/21/15, 5:14 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The voice of the city is now Monica Lagos, who since October has been a senior account executive at Westbound Communications.

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InlandPolitics: High-profie SBIA fraud prosecution hits the skids

SBIA

Sunday, April 19, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

Another high-profile prosecution has hit the skids.

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