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Courts

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

A civil lawsuit filed by current and former deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will advance to trial.

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Riverside County Seal

During contentious discussions, the district attorney says his department was underfunded and would need to lay off workers or cut services

By David Danelski / The Press Enterprise
Published: July 26, 2016
Updated:   July 27, 2016 – 7:23 a.m.

Following about an hour of contentious discussions, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved on Tuesday, July 26, revisions to an austere county budget designed to start closing a spending gap of more than $60 million a year.

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Orange County Seal

By Jordan Graham / Staff Writer
Updated July 26, 2016 – 7:39 a.m.

Orange County supervisors are expected to vote Tuesday to add a countywide initiative to the November ballot asking voters to change their office’s term limits.

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SBCO

Monday, July 25, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

Here’s a few observations on the unfolding abuse scandal in the San Bernardino County Department of Children and Family Services.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 23, 2016 – 2:00 PM

  • Pension problems stem from 1999 benefit boost
  • Unemployment insurance ills rooted in 2003 benefit boost
  • Stockton violates austerity budget to reopen library

One day last week, Daniel Borenstein, a columnist for newspapers in the Bay Area News Group, published a critical analysis of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System’s long-term finances.

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EVWD

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 07/20/16 – 12:16 AM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The sewage treatment plant proposed by the Highland-based East Valley Water District will cost at least $150 million more to build that has been planned, San Bernardino Municipal Water Department officials say.

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California Supreme Court

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/20/16 – 5:40 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> Was Upland correct in deciding to delay a citizen-backed initiative until the general election because officials believed it was a tax?

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 18, 2016 – 4:03 PM

  • Big public employee pension fund gained just 0.61 percent last year
  • With low earnings, its unfunded liability for benefits grows
  • Maintaining 7.5 percent earnings assumption doesn’t make sense

You can smear lipstick on a pig, but that doesn’t change its innate porcinity.

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InlandPolitics: SBIA: More wishful thinking at airport

Dream

Sunday, July 17, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

There’s another round of wishful thinking at San Bernardino International Airport.

You remember? That $300 million boondoggle known as the airport to nowhere.

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SBCO

Valles calls for director to step down; Lovingood rebukes ‘grandstanding’

By Shea Johnson, Staff Writer
Posted:       July 12, 2016 at 5:33 PM
Updated:    July 12, 2016 at 5:39 PM

First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood says he and fellow board members will “collectively” go through the grand jury’s annual report that recently raised concerns about San Bernardino County’s child welfare agency.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 12, 2016 – 3:04 PM

  • California Public Employees’ Retirement System lost money
  • Fund is now well short of what’s required to cover pensions
  • CalPERS demands more from governments to cover outlays

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System – the nation’s largest pension trust fund – took a beating during the Great Recession, dropping nearly $100 billion in value.

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calpers

By Teri Sforza / Staff Writer
July 12, 2016 – Updated 7:37 a.m.

Public workers are pumping more money into retirement funds. Public agencies are pumping more money into retirement funds.

Yet the market seems distinctly unimpressed.

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GOP

Republicans shut out statewide seek influence through city councils, school boards and similar government agencies

By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: July 8, 2016 – Updated: 6:14 p.m.

Things haven’t been going well for the California Republican Party for years. But it’s a different story in Riverside County.

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InlandPolitics: KTTV coverage of San Bernardino County CFS scandal

Saturday, July 9, 2016 – 09:30 a.m.

Here’s a clip from Los Angeles-based Fox News Affiliate KTTV-11 on their latest coverage of the San Bernardino County Children and Family Services scandal.

This latest segment is focused on the watered-down Civil Grand Jury Report released on June 30.

The “window dressing” Grand Jury Report, for whatever it’s worth, should have been released one year ago. However that endeavor was cut-off.

Ontario International Airport

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/08/16 – 3:23 PM PDT |

Congressman Ken Calvert’s legislation to facilitate the transfer of Ontario airport’s ownership from the city of Los Angeles to a local authority has been included in the FAA reauthorization bill.

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Orange County Seal

By Jordan Graham / Staff Writer
published: July 7, 2016
Updated: July 8, 2016 – 6:29 a.m.

An Orange County supervisor has proposed a countywide initiative for the November ballot that would change term limits for him, his colleagues and future board members.

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Riverside County Seal

A new grand jury report raises the issue and finds other problems in the department

By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: July 1, 2016 – 4:55 p.m.

A Riverside County grand jury report questions whether the county’s elected supervisors meddled in code enforcement cases and found it can take up to four years to resolve code violations.

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InlandPolitics: Robert Lovingood drops again in final vote tally

Down Arrow

Saturday, July 2, 2016 – 09:45 a.m.

The San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters official completion of its tally of the June 7 primary couldn’t come soon enough for Robert Lovingood

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San Bernardino County Grand Jury

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/01/16 – 2:52 PM PDT |

San Bernardino County’s child welfare system is rife with systemic failures, including shoddy documentation practices, a communication breakdown between social workers and law enforcement that thwarts child abuse investigations, and a reluctance by social workers to remove children from abusive homes, according to grand jury findings.

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Apple Valley

Available funds drop due largely to Yucca Loma Bridge completion

By Matthew Cabe, Staff Writer
Posted:     July 1, 2016 at 1:01 PM
Updated:  July 1, 2016 at 3:18 PM

APPLE VALLEY — The Town Council unanimously approved a 2016-17 budget — for the fiscal year that began Friday — and it comes with a nearly 22-percent drop in available funds compared to last year.

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Los Angeles County BOS-5 Debate

Kathryn Barger, left, and Darrell Park, right, shown in April debate, will vie in November for supervisor seat being vacated after 36 years by Michael Antonovich. (Luis Sinco/ Los Angeles Times)

Abby Sewell
July 1, 2016

After weeks in limbo, the November field is set in the race to replace retiring Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, with a political neophyte facing off against the incumbent’s chief of staff.

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Riverside County Seal

‘Steely discipline’ is called for as officials try to rein in costs and build up savings.

By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: June 29, 2016 – Updated: 6:41 p.m.

With expenses outpacing income, departments starved for money and savings dipping to uncomfortable levels, Riverside County officials want to put county government on a strict diet.

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InlandPolitics: Highland development boondoggle continues

City-of-Highland

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 – 10:30 a.m.

The Highland, California City Council has either lost its mind or is waiting for a big political payday.

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SBCO

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

San Bernardino County is set to approve a $203 million payment to its pension fund on Tuesday.

Surprisingly it’s an amount that’s lower than last year.

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Daily Bulletin: Upland proposes hiring freeze to balance budget

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By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/25/16 – 3:07 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> When the City Council gets its first glimpse of the proposed $46.1 million budget Monday night, it will include some maneuvers that indicate the city continues to live in very lean times.

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By Rene Ray De La Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted Jun. 26, 2016 at 10:09 AM

HESPERIA — The City Council recently approved its “balanced budget” as it moves into the beginning of its fiscal year on Friday.

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The Sun: Highland to start review of Harmony project Thursday

City-of-Highland

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 06/25/16 – 5:14 PM PDT |

HIGHLAND >> The City Council meets Thursday to start its review of the proposed Harmony master-planned community.

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San Bernardino City Fire

San Bernardino County firefighter Dale Sandoval, peels off a new decal Wednesday at Fire Station 221 in San Bernardino in preparation for county fire’s takeover of the 137-year-old city fire department. The city’s fire services are being annexed into the county effective July 1 to save the bankrupt city money. (John Valenzuela – Staff Photographer)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/24/16 – 8:31 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Changes to the city’s 137-year-old Fire Department are underway, a week before the county takes over.

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InlandPolitics: It’s death by a thousand cuts for Robert Lovingood

Robert Lovingood

San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood finds himself in an unexpected and problematic struggle for a second term.

Saturday, June 25, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood can’t catch a break these days.

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SBCO

The state Attorney General’s Bureau of Children’s Justice announced Wednesday morning its investigation into San Bernardino County’s Department of Children and Family Services and allegations that children are repeatedly placed into abusive homes, where they have been severely abused, some to the point of death.

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/22/16 – 12:05 PM PDT |

California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced Wednesday her office is investigating allegations of systemic failures in San Bernardino County’s Department of Children and Family Services, prompted by horrific tales of children repeatedly being placed into abusive homes where they died or were severely abused.

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InlandPolitics: California AG announces San Bernardino County CFS probe

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris, in a Wednesday morning presser, announced that a “probe” is underway into negligence allegations against San Bernardino County Children and Family Services (CFS).

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The Sun: Public employees’ pay packages questioned

Money

Joe Nelson, The Sun
Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Stephen Wall, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 06/21/16 – 10:09 PM PDT |

Inland public employees aren’t just earning a paycheck, but collecting hefty compensation packages that often dwarf their base salaries, an open-records advocacy group announced Tuesday.

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Ontario International Airport

Next month would have marked a major milestone in the process of turning over control of L.A./Ontario International Airport to a local authority. (Staff file photo/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, SCNG)

By Liset Márquez, liset.marquez@langnews.com, @JournaLiset on Twitter
Posted: 06/21/16 – 12:22 PM PDT | Updated: 8 hrs ago

Following years of lobbying, Congress has taken a key step in putting L.A./Ontario International Airport into local hands.

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Greg Devereaux

In 2015, San Bernardino County Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux’s total compensation was $549,803, up about $60,000 from the previous year, according to website Transparent California.

By Stephen Wall, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 06/21/16 – 8:21 AM PDT |

Inland public employees aren’t just earning a paycheck, but collecting hefty compensation packages that often dwarf their base salaries, an open-records advocacy group announced Tuesday, June 21.

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Riverside County Seal

Both made the case for public safety spending as supervisors stress need for savings.

By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: June 20, 2016
Updated:   June 21, 2016 – 6:59 a.m.

In recent years, Riverside County supervisors have given the sheriff’s and district attorney’s offices extra money on top of the millions they get to protect the public, even as other departments went without new county funding.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/20/16 – 10:14 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The City Council on Monday saw a budget for the 12 months that begin July 1 that anticipates aggressively filling some of the 130 vacancies in the city while maintaining a small surplus.

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The Sun: San Bernardino headed toward unexpected budget surplus

San Bernardino City Hall

San Bernardino City Hall. (File photo)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/19/16 – 10:25 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The bankrupt city spent less money and brought in more than it had expected in the fiscal year that ends June 30, according to budget documents the City Council will review Monday.

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InlandPolitics: Inland Empire governments renewed financial worries

Budget Woes

Sunday, June 19, 2016 – 12:00 a.m.

The economy is supposed to be doing just fine. Property taxes have all but fully recovered along with real estate prices.

But Inland Empire governments are expressing caution when discussing their finances.

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City-of-Highland

Yucaipa City_Logo

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 06/18/16 – 6:04 PM PDT |

It’s official. The cities of Highland and Yucaipa will hold district-based elections in November.

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Money Squeeze

By Cassie MacDuff, The Press-Enterprise
and Cassie MacDuff, San Bernardino County Sun
Posted: 06/18/16 – 6:56 PM PDT |

Calimesa is just the latest city to hit the wall with Riverside County’s demands for more spending on public safety contracts.

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Riverside County Seal

Despite big funding shortfall, no employee layoffs or furloughs are planned.

By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: June 17, 2016 Updated: June 18, 2016 6:27 a.m.

Riverside County’s budget plan calls for using reserve funds to close a $60.9 million shortfall, but no layoffs or furloughs are planned, according to a report from the county executive office.

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Moreno Valley seal

The focus of the legal challenges, for now, is on three initiatives that the City Council adopted.

By Imran Ghori / Staff WRiter
Published:  June 17, 2016
Updated:    June 18, 2016 – 6:30 a.m.

A legal battle over the World Logistics Center will continue through at least the summer as opponents and Moreno Valley square off over whether the city violated state law in approving three developer-backed initiatives.

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The Sun: San Bernardino moves toward bankruptcy exit

San Bernardino Seal

San Bernardino is moving toward a confirmation hearing — the final stage in a bankruptcy that began in 2012 — in October after a somewhat bumpy hearing Thursday with the last creditor to object to the stage before that.

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/16/16 – 6:18 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> San Bernardino is moving toward a confirmation hearing — the final stage in a bankruptcy that began in 2012 — in October after a somewhat bumpy hearing Thursday with the last creditor to object to the stage before that.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County Investigation Coverage Suspended

Notice

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 – 10:45 p.m.

InlandPolitics.com has confirmed the existence of an active investigation, being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), into multiple San Bernardino County governmental agencies.

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The Sun: Loma Linda council members sworn in for new terms

Loma Linda Seal

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 06/14/16, 11:40 PM PDT |

LOMA LINDA >> Three council members have begun new four-year terms, following the cancellation of the city’s June election because of a lack of opposition.

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Daily Press: Victorville adopts balanced $183.7M budget

Victorville

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted:    June 15, 2016 at 4:05 PM
Updated: June 15, 2016 at 5:49 PM

  • Projected $56.1M general fund revenues up 3 percent

VICTORVILLE — The City Council adopted its fiscal year 2016-17 budget late Tuesday, predicting $183.7 million in city spending, including the general fund, with an additional $35 million in capital costs.

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Rialto-Seal

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 06/15/16 – 6:12 PM PDT |

RIALTO >> A majority of city council members said they want voters to decide on Nov. 8 who will replace former Rialto City Councilman Shawn O’Connell, who died from a medical issue June 5 in Loma Linda.

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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. With luggage in tow, a traveler checks in at the ticket counter LA/Ontario International Airport in Ontario. (Staff file photo/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

By Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 06/13/16 – 7:03 PM PDT |

POMONA >> At a conference Monday aimed at boosting regional connectivity between the Inland Empire and the San Gabriel Valley, territorial and financial issues created a lack of agreement on the best way to move people and solve cross-county gridlock.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County to increase budget reserves

Money

Monday, June 13, 2016 – 11:00 a.m.

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is set to continue its policy of increasing the county budget cushion this year.

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SBCO

San Bernardino County administrators are set to receive a seven-percent increase in compensation over two years.

Monday, June 13, 2016 – 10:30 a.m.

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is set to approve a 2016-17 fiscal year budget on Tuesday, with some important beneficiaries.

 

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Pipe Dreams

Turning a San Bernardino neighborhood into a lake? Building Branson West in Moreno Valley and RogersDale in Temecula (or Murrieta)? Here are 5 projects that never made it past the drawing board.

Published: June 11, 2016
Updated: June 12, 2016 – 8:52 a.m.

They were grand plans.

Plans that, if you believed the cheerleaders, would have created a sparkling water-themed paradise in a dangerous city, transformed a recession-battered bedroom community into Branson West, brought world-class sporting events to relatively boring Riverside and revived the dying Salton Sea with salty ocean water piped in from 160 miles away.

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Ontario International Airport

Next month would have marked a major milestone in the process of turning over control of L.A./Ontario International Airport to a local authority. (Staff file photo)

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/11/16 – 6:12 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> Next month would have marked a major milestone in the process of turning over control of L.A./Ontario International Airport to a local authority.

But there’s one problem: Government doesn’t always work quickly.

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Paul Vincent Avila+Paul Leon

Paul Vincent Avila, left, and Paul Leon exchange words after Tuesday’s Ontario City Council meeting. (Photo by David Allen)

By David Allen, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/09/16 – 3:00 PM PDT |

After months of relative calm, an Ontario City Council meeting took a sharp turn this week when Councilman Paul Vincent Avila insulted Mayor Paul Leon’s intelligence, uttered a profanity and briefly blocked the mayor’s exit.

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By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 06/09/16 – 9:44 PM PDT |

RIALTO >> A memorial service will be held for Rialto Councilman Shawn O’Connell at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Sunrise Church, Rialto Police Chief Randy DeAnda said Thursday.

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Daily Press: Experts: Lovingood may have early edge, but Valles has opportunity

Angela Valles

Angela Valles speaks at a candidate forum earlier this year. (File Photo: James Quigg, Daily Press)
1ST DISTRICT SUPERVISOR

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Jun. 8, 2016 at 5:56 PM
Updated Jun 8, 2016 at 6:19 PM

Anticipation of the November face-off between Robert Lovingood and Angela Valles officially started Wednesday, even though Valles, a former Victorville City Councilwoman, would likely argue it had been growing since February, planted when she announced her candidacy.

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Janice Hahn

U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn checks the video screen as election returns come in late Tuesday in her race for Los Angeles County supervisor. She faces a November runoff with Steve Napolitano. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Abby Sewell and David Zahniser
June 8, 2016

A political newcomer running for a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors staged an election-night surprise, inching past several better-known and better-funded opponents and possibly securing a spot in the Nov. 8 runoff, according to initial results.

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Daily Bulletin: Rialto Councilman Shawn O’Connell found dead in Loma Linda

Rialto-Seal

By John M. Blodgett, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/05/16 – 6:26 PM PDT |

LOMA LINDA >> Shawn O’Connell, 48, of Rialto, a current city councilman and retired Rialto police sergeant, was found dead Sunday morning in Loma Linda, according to law enforcement news releases. There were no signs of foul play.

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SBCO Seal

Posted by Katy Grimes
June 01, 2016 – 06:43 am

A legal tale of drama rivaling the magnitude of the infamous 2006 Duke Lacrosse rape case, has been dragging on in California courts for more than seven years. But the case could now be tossed out, on charges that prosecutors with the State Attorney General’s office destroyed the evidence they had been withholding from an indicting Grand Jury.

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The Sun: Colton ballot measure seeks to fix budget with money transfer

Colton-seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/02/16 – 7:50 PM PDT |

COLTON >> Faced with a dwindling general fund — used to pay most city expenses, from police to parks — but enjoying surpluses in the city-run electrical fund, city officials are asking voters’ permission to use more electrical money for other purposes.

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InlandPolitics: District Attorney pulls records from High Desert agencies

Investigation

Thursday, June 2, 2016 – 09:00 p.m.

InlandPolitics.com has learned that the Public Integrity Unit of the San Bernardino County District Attorney has requested records from at least three High-Desert public agencies.

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The Sentinel

Mark Gutglueck
Posted on May 28, 2016

In recent weeks SEBA, the union representing San Bernardino County’s sheriff’s deputies, has stepped up activity aimed at persuading top county officials to accede to its demands for compensation increases.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE: City’s deficit looks to grow

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Officials project four years of multi-million dollar deficits, but say with suggested reductions the city would come out ahead by 2017-18.

Published: May 27, 2016
Updated:   May 28, 2016 7:34 a.m.

Riverside faces at least four years of belt-tightening, but proposed across-the-board budget cuts would leave the city with a more than $9 million surplus by 2021.

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

InlandPolitics: Quincey makes third attempt at dismissal, expungement

Court Filings

Thursday, May 26, 2016 – 02:00 p.m.

Will the third time be the charm for Robb Quincey?

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The Press-Enterprise: MARCH BASE: County approves move to end JPA

Riverside County Seal

The proposal suggests giving the county authority to divide the property.

Published: May 24, 2016
Updated: May 25, 2016 8:21 a.m.

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a motion Tuesday, May 24, to pursue largely dissolving the March Joint Powers Authority, the agency that oversees land around March Air Reserve Base that once was part of the larger March Air Force Base.

To read article by Mark Muckenfuss in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Lolita Harper

Lolita Harper, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Safety Employees Benefit Association, the labor union representing county sheriff’s deputies and district attorney investigators, speaks during a rally Tuesday outside the San Bernardino County Government Center pushing for higher pay for sheriff’s deputies. SEBA has been in labor negotiations with the county for more than a year. (Photo by Joe Nelson)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/24/16 – 11:30 AM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Dozens of San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies rallied outside the County Government Center on Tuesday, pushing for higher pay after more than a year of stalled contract negotiations.

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City-of-Highland

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 05/24/16 – 6:23 PM PDT |

HIGHLAND >> The city has achieved much in the past year, Mayor Larry McCallon said at the State of the Community address on Tuesday, but fiscal uncertainties mean there are still some challenges ahead.

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Riverside County Seal

A proposal would begin the process of eliminating much of the agency’s authority.

Published: May 23, 2016 – Updated: 9:44 p.m.

Riverside County supervisors Marion Ashley and Kevin Jeffries are sponsoring a measure asking the Board of Supervisors to take the first steps in restructuring the March Joint Powers Authority, eliminating much of its jurisdiction.

To read article by Mark Muckenfuss in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Mike Hestrin

Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin talks about the Beaumont investigation during an interview with The Press-Enterprise in his office in Riverside on Monday. (Stan Lim — Staff Photographer)

By Brian Rokos, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 05/23/16 – 11:28 PM PDT |

After laying out documents from hundreds of boxes seized from Beaumont City Hall and other locations during raids in April 2015, members of the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office’s Public Integrity Unit began the task of poring over the papers, looking for evidence of corruption.

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The Sun: Loma Linda City Council goes sixth year without an election

Loma Linda Seal

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 05/21/16 – 5:55 PM PDT |

LOMA LINDA >> At a time of heightened political interest nationwide, the city of Loma Linda is an apparent outlier. For the third time in six years, the City Council has scrapped the municipal election.

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InlandPolitics: Lovingood’s Pension Fairy Tale Continues

Robert Lovingood

San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood has developed a new penchant for deceiving voters.

Saturday, May 21, 2016 – 01:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, May 23, 2016 – 08:45 a.m.

Hats off to San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood for doubling-down on his fantasy pension crack down spin.

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Beaumont

By Richard K. De Atley, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 05/20/16 – 9:02 PM PDT |

With $122.5 million in possible fines and restitution in the Beaumont corruption case, prosecutors are trying to secure the homes and bank accounts of some defendants — former top city officials charged with embezzlement and misappropriation of funds.

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Beaumont

Published: May 18, 2016
Updated: May 19, 2016 6:46 a.m.

On Tuesday, May 17, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office charged seven former officials with the city of Beaumont with 94 felonies and misappropriation of $43 million in taxpayer funds.

Public records show how Beaumont city officials tapped into millions in bond money.

To read Staff Reports in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Beaumont

Published: May 18, 2016 – Updated: 6:22 a.m.

In April 2015, anti-corruption investigators from the FBI and the Riverside County District Attorney’s office raided Beaumont City Hall and other locations.

The investigation led to seven former city officials facing charges of embezzlement, misappropriation of funds, conspiracy and conflict of interest, which Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin announced in a press conference on Tuesday, May 17.

To read Staff Reports in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The Sun: San Bernardino City Council approves new charter, on one condition

San Bernardino Seal

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/16/16 – 11:07 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The City Council on Monday voted 5-2 to approve a new city charter on condition it include a provision that the city have its own police department.

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waterdrop

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/12/16 – 5:30 PM PDT |

HIGHLAND >> The San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District and East Valley Water District announced Thursday a joint $2.65 million purchase of 14 acres of land in Highland that will serve as the location of a wastewater treatment plant that will put back millions of gallons of purified water daily into the local groundwater supply.

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Los Angeles Times: This California desert town is experiencing a marijuana boom

Desert Hot Springs Seal

Marijuana boom coming to Desert Hot Springs

Paloma Esquivel
May 10, 2016

Carlos Bravo, the owner of a tow company here, was at work late last year when a real estate agent came to him offering half a million dollars for 5 acres of undeveloped, brush-pocked desert — five times what he’d paid for the land six months earlier.

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Upland seal

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/08/16 – 12:24 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> The city was ready to cut its losses.

After more than a year of costly legal battles, a Fourth District Appellate Court last month in unprecedented move ruled the city had no legal standing to deny the California Cannabis Coalition the right to hold a special election on a ballot measure that aimed to overturn Upland’s ban on medical marijuana dispensaries.

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Rancho Cucamonga Public Safety Dashboard

Screenshot of the Rancho Cucamonga public safety dashboard.

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/06/16 – 5:04 PM PDT |

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Well before President Barack Obama’s Police Task Force recommended making police activity data readily available to the public, this city was already providing that level of transparency for its residents.

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Barb Stanton

Barb Stanton, left, listens to public comment during the Town Council’s special meeting in November. Stanton recently rallied mayoral support away from Victorville Mayor Pro Tem Jim Cox’s election bid to LAFCO after Victorville’s City Council ended its service agreement with VVWRA in April. Stanton said 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood threatened completion of the Yucca Loma Corridor project as a result. (James Quigg / Press Dispatch)

By Matthew Cabe and Shea Johnson, Staff Writers
Posted: May. 7, 2016 at 8:46 PM
Updated: May 8, 2016 at 9:15 PM

Victorville’s pullout from a local wastewater agency prompted an official-led campaign against its mayor pro tem, who sought a seat on the Local Agency Formation Commission, the Daily Press has learned.

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City of Industry

By Jason Henry, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 05/07/16 – 5:24 PM PDT |

A year ago, a troubling audit found the City of Industry paid its former mayor’s companies more than $326 million over 20 years and put a spotlight on the manufacturing-heavy city of about 200 residents.

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Daily Press: ACLU lawsuit challenges City of Hesperia, Sheriff’s Department

Court Filings

Victor Valley Family Resource Center claims city is trying to ‘banish residents released on probation’

By Rene Ray De La Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted May. 7, 2016 at 10:15 AM

HESPERIA — The ACLU Foundation of Southern California has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the Victor Valley Family Resource Center against the city of Hesperia and San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon.

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Daily Bulletin: Chino divides city into voting districts in initial vote

Chino City Council Districts

This is the map the City Council chose in dividing the city into voting districts, although slight tweaks were made at the meeting Wednesday.

By Imani Tate, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/05/16 – 12:15 PM PDT |

CHINO >> Faced with from a Malibu law firm, the Chino City Council this week gave tentative approval to divide the city into voting districts.

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Victorville

Officials meet in workshop to comb through nearly complete FY 17 spending plan

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted:     May 4, 2016 at 3:28 PM
Updated: May 4, 2016 at 5:53 PM

VICTORVILLE — City officials met in a pre-budget workshop this week, broaching the upcoming fiscal year 2016-17 spending plan, where a little more than $1 million still needs to be trimmed to reach balance.

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InlandPolitics: Time for SBCERA to lower projected returns

SBCERA

Monday, May 2 , 2016 – 12:00 p.m.

It’s time for the San Bernardino County Employees Retirement Association (SBCERA) to face reality regarding what it will make on investments in the future.

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By Brian Day, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 05/01/16 – 1:28 PM PDT |

LOS ANGELES COUNTY >> A high-ranking Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department official has resigned in the wake of recent revelations that he shared “inappropriate and unprofessional” emails during his previous job as assistant police chief in Burbank, the L.A. County sheriff announced Sunday.

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