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

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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 Sun: Affordable housing approved at 9th and Valencia in San Bernardino

National Community Renaissance

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/16/14, 10:34 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The nonprofit group behind the Waterman Gardens Affordable Housing Project will build 75 affordable units at Ninth Street and Valencia Avenue, replacing that number of low-income apartments at Waterman Gardens with ones sold at market rate.

The switch follows a 6-1 vote at Monday’s City Council meeting, with Councilman John Valdivia opposing the plan.

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InlandPolitics: Talk between San Bernardino, developer over downtown mall?

Rumor Mill

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 – 03:00 p.m.

We’ll preface this by saying it’s just a rumor.  A pretty interesting rumor for that matter.

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VVDailyPress: Developer: Adelanto jail would be boon to economy

Buck Johns

Johns defends his reputation in the Victor Valley

June 07, 2014 7:38 PM
BROOKE SELF, STAFF WRITERB

ADELANTO • One of two high-profile developers who wants to bring a 3,280-bed jail to Adelanto that would house an overflow population of Los Angeles County inmates defended his past dealings in the Victor Valley this week and said the new facility would bring a much-needed boost to the local economy.

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DailyBulletin: Fewer homes, more industry proposed at Rialto airport property

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By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 05/06/14, 5:59 PM PDT |

RIALTO >> As the closure of the Rialto airport nears reality next month, plans for the major residential and industrial project to replace it are being retooled, possibly to build fewer homes and more retail, while making way for large corporations in search of big lots to build campus-like settings.

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The Sun: Construction starts in controversial ‘donut hole’ near Redlands

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 04/20/14, 8:14 PM PDT |

REDLANDS>> A City of Industry-based developer has broken ground on its second shopping center here, more than 10 years after its first center, Citrus Plaza, began to open — bringing resolution to years of legal battles and contention over the development.

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DailyBulletin: Rialto Airport closure to make way for new mixed use community

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By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/14/14, 9:21 PM PDT |

RIALTO >> Redevelopment of Rialto Airport land, which began a decade ago and slowed down considerably during the recession, is just about ready for take off.

Just ask developer Randall Lewis.

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The PE: POLITICS: Effort on to revive city redevelopment

March 26, 2014; 09:30 PM

SACRAMENTO — A proposed ballot measure is seeking to revive California’s redevelopment agencies, and supporters have received some financial help from several cities, including $50,000 from Ontario and $25,000 from Anaheim.

To read story by Laura Olson in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Judge sides with state in redevelopment battle

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March 17, 2014; 03:26 PM

Riverside County supervisors must decide whether to appeal a judge’s ruling that blocks the use of millions of tax dollars for certain projects authorized by the county’s now-dissolved redevelopment agency, including a plan to revitalize a rundown Jurupa Valley shopping center.

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

CapitolWeekly: Gov. Jerry Brown seeks redevelopment replacement

By JOHN HOWARD
CAPITOL WEEKLY
March 2, 2014, 3:54 PM

Two years after Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature dismantled California’s $5 billion-a-year redevelopment program, Brown wants to bring some elements back, but he’s offering less money, a different name and a change in local voters’ approval.

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The Sun: Waterman Gardens revitalization approved in San Bernardino

National Community Renaissance

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 02/19/14, 11:07 AM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Before the unanimous vote to expand the affordable housing at Waterman Gardens, one of its key backers on Tuesday addressed earlier sharp criticism of the proposal and particularly of the often-repeated concern that it would bring increased socioeconomic problems.

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DailyBulletin: New development takes off at San Bernardino International Airport

SBIA

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
and Ryan Hagen, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 02/17/14, 9:06 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> After two years of organizational restructuring following a federal criminal investigation, San Bernardino International Airport will see a spate of new development in the next year, including dozens of new hangars and construction of the Sheriff’s Department’s new aviation division.

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The Sun: Waterman Gardens expansion to come before San Bernardino council

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 02/17/14, 8:31 AM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A substantial expansion of affordable housing and other developments at Waterman Gardens could be approved Tuesday, setting off what developers hope will be a renaissance turning around the lives of impoverished residents and what detractors fear could be an influx of jobless residents in poorly maintained units.

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The PE: MORENO VALLEY: City loses lawsuit aimed at March development deals

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February 10, 2014; 06:50 PM

A judge in Sacramento has denied Moreno Valley’s attempt to derail plans for a medical complex near March Air Reserve Base.

To read story by David Danelski in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Suit aimed at proposed March medical complex to be heard

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January 28, 2014; 04:19 PM

A judge is expected to issue a decision Friday on a Moreno Valley lawsuit that could short-circuit plans for a medical complex on former March Air Force Base property.

To read story by David Danelski in The Press Enterprise, click here.

By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 – 8:22 pm

The unwinding of California’s former anti-blight program has become a grinding courtroom fight involving more than 100 active lawsuits, with the state in recent weeks suffering legal setbacks that ultimately could cost it billions.

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The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Few support Mayor Owings’ proposal to disband March JPA

January 15, 2014; 05:13 PM

Moreno Valley Mayor Tom Owings’ proposal to disband the March Joint Powers Authority sparked debate Wednesday, Jan. 15, but found little support from other agency board members.

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

SacBee: Dan Walters: Political struggle looms over redevelopment’s revival

Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 – 12:00 am

Two years ago, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators eliminated redevelopment, the decades-old program by which cities repackaged land and generated financing for projects to eradicate urban blight.

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The Sun: San Bernardino panel approves Waterman Gardens affordable housing expansion

National Community Renaissance

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 12/12/13, 8:25 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The troubled public housing at Waterman Gardens could be converted to private ownership and substantially expanded in a project being watched as a possible national model after the Planning Commission gave its stamp of approval on Wednesday night.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO: Former redevelopment properties transferred

San Bernardino Seal

September 24, 2013; 05:51 PM

Six months after the state controller’s office accused San Bernardino of failing to properly transfer $108.4 million in former redevelopment agency assets, the city has complied with the order and returned them to its successor agency.

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

The PE: REDEVELOPMENT: State seeks to garnish Inland city’s revenue

Ontario

August 23, 2013; 05:55 PM

SACRAMENTO — Signaling a toughening line on local governments that refuse to transfer former redevelopment assets, the Brown administration this week moved to grab $21.7 million in sales-tax money from Ontario.

To read story by Jim Miller in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: SAN BERNARDINO: Judge denies redevelopment fund protection

U.S. Bankruptcy Court

August 22, 2013; 07:19 PM

A federal bankruptcy judge denied a request on Thursday, Aug. 22, by San Bernardino officials to block state efforts to collect $15.2 million in disputed redevelopment funds from the city.

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

DailyBulletin: Orange County developer hit with Rialto code enforcement citation

By Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 08/20/13, 2:25 PM PDT | Updated: 6 hrs ago

RIALTO >> The city’s code enforcement department has given an Orange County developer until the end of the month to remove weeds and dead trees from the former El Rancho Verde Golf Course,

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LATimes: Bill advances creating new redevelopment in California

PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State

Redevelopment

By Patrick McGreevy
August 15, 2013, 8:19 a.m.

Denounced by one property owner as a “communist land grab,” a bill is advancing in the California Legislature that would allow local governments to spend tax money to seize land from residents and provide it at a discount to private developers.

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San Bernardino City Attorney Jim Penman

August 06, 2013; 05:25 PM

San Bernardino city officials expect a federal bankruptcy judge to settle a dispute with the state over the city’s handling of former redevelopment funds and properties, San Bernardino City Attorney Jim Penman said Monday, Aug. 5.

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

Orange County Seal

Posted: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 2:08 pm | Updated: 6:56 am, Wed Aug 7, 2013.
By NORBERTO SANTANA JR.

Just as Sacramento leaders return for the end of this year’s legislative session, Orange County leaders are sending an important message:

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SacBee: California redistributes $4 billion in redevelopment funds

Money

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
July 18, 2013

The erasure of California’s local redevelopment agencies and the redistribution of their revenues and assets resulted in nearly $4 billion in payments, according to a new report from the state Department of Finance.

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The Sun: Controversial Waterman Gardens expansion decisions delayed

By Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
ryan.hagen@inlandnewspapers.com l @sbcitynow on Twitter
Posted: 07/18/2013 02:24:08 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO — Residents and members of the city’s Planning Commission deliberated on a controversial proposed expansion of the Waterman Gardens housing project for three hours Wednesday night before the panel voted unanimously to delay a decision until Aug. 21.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Jobs cut as redevelopment winds down

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July 12, 2013; 02:00 PM

As redevelopment winds down, Riverside County has laid off 36 employees whose duties were connected to the now-abolished program.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: City should be repaid for redevelopment loans, court rules

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The city of Riverside was correct in arguing that loans from the city to its former redevelopment agency were legitimate and should be repaid, according to a recent court ruling. The state Department of Finance, which objected to the loans, plans to appeal.

July 09, 2013; 06:33 PM

Riverside should be fully repaid for $18.5 million in loans it made to the city’s former redevelopment agency, according to a court ruling on the city’s suit against the state Department of Finance.

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

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Councilwoman worked for warehouse developer

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June 07, 2013; 07:18 PM

In 2008, Victoria Baca, then a school board member, expressed dismay that Moreno Valley was considering zoning changes to allow warehouse development in the city’s mostly rural eastside.

To read story by David Danelski in The Press Enterprise, click here.

VVDailyPress: Victorville denies Brown Act violation

Victorville

May 29, 2013 7:19 PM
Jim E. Winburn, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • City Council members denied allegations that they hid information about property interests with the Victorville 2 Power Plant project at Southern California Logistics Airport.

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The Sun: School districts sue Fontana over payment

Fontana Seal

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/26/2013 05:34:32 PM PDT

FONTANA — The Fontana Unified School District and two other school systems have sued the city alleging that its now defunct redevelopment agency owes them millions of dollars.

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The PE: REDEVELOPMENT: State audit faults Riverside on asset transfers

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The city of Riverside says the state report will allow it to go forward with title transfers

May 16, 2013; 12:41 PM

SACRAMENTO — A new state audit identifies $94.6 million worth of former Riverside redevelopment assets that it says have not been properly transferred to the agency in charge of settling the debts of the former program.

To read story by Jim Miller in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: Union’s billboard ruffles feathers in San Bernardino

Campaigns

May 10, 2013; 04:19 PM

A critical billboard targeting five San Bernardino city officials that had already generated controversy over its message has now led to accusations of censorship and political pressure.

To read column by Imran Ghori and Jim Miller in The Press Enterprise, click here.

LATimes: O.C. owes state $150 million, judge says in tentative ruling

Orange County Seal

By Nicole Santa Cruz
May 8, 2013, 7:00 p.m.

Orange County may owe the state as much as $150 million after a judge tentatively ruled this week that it must pay back funds originally meant for local schools and community colleges.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Redevelopment lawsuit filed against state

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April 22, 2013; 03:43 PM

Riverside County is taking the state of California to court over roughly $40 million in funds the county believes it needs to pay off debts of its now-defunct redevelopment agency.

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

SFChronicle: State, cities in next round of redevelopment fight

Legal

By JUDY LIN, Associated Press
Updated 10:12 am, Saturday, April 20, 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A second round of bureaucratic bickering has begun over the dismantling of California’s community redevelopment agencies.

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The Sun: As land sales lag, San Bernardino’s debt mounts

San Bernardino Seal

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/31/2013 07:21:07 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO — The city might take months to comply with the state’s order to transfer $108 million worth of property from a city-controlled nonprofit as city officials investigate potential pitfalls of the move – while unpaid taxes, interest and penalties keep adding to the millions the city already owes.

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Rancho Cucamonga Seal

Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/31/2013 09:09:17 PM PDT
Updated: 03/31/2013 09:15:56 PM PDT

RANCHO CUCAMONGA — Rancho Cucamonga is waiting for approval from the California Department of Finance to use $31 million in bonds to begin construction on improvements to the Base Line Road and 15 Freeway interchange.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013 – 10:00 a.m.

It’s unbelievable!

Mayor Patrick Morris, the mayor of bankrupt San Bernardino, is still telling newspapers that San Bernardino International Airport (SBIA) will get a scheduled passenger airline.

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InlandPolitics: Is San Bernardino County DA behind the eight ball?

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013 – 10:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 – 09:15 a.m.

Is San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos finally behind the eight ball?

Could a chain of events finally be in-play that has many local politicos, movers and shakers, and campaign contributors cringing?

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Andrew Edwards, Ryan Hagen and Joe Nelson, Staff Witers
Posted: 03/25/2013 08:59:57 AM PDT

Bios: Scot Spencer | Felice Luciano
Photo Gallery: D.A. files charges against Scot Spencer
View: Criminal complaint | Statement from 5th District Supervisor Josie Gonzales | 2010-11 Grand Jury report
Timeline: SBIA and Scot Spencer
Related stories: Grand Jury questions management practices at SBIA

Scot Spencer, the former airline executive and convicted felon who was nonetheless entrusted with leading the development of San Bernardino International Airport, faces five years in prison after being charged with an alleged associate with conspiring to steal more than $1 million in public funds.

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March 25, 2013; 09:25 AM

A long-running investigation into business dealings at the San Bernardino International Airport Authority resulted in criminal charges and the arrest of former airport developer Scot Spencer, District Attorney Michael Ramos announced Monday, March 25.

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

The PE: SAN BERNARDINO: Prominent developer Warner Hodgdon has died

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Warner Hodgdon, seen in this file photo surrounded by drawings and plans in his office, headed the San Bernardino Redevelopment Agency from 1967 to 1975. (Contributed Image)

March 20, 2013; 05:21 PM

The man whose vision reshaped downtown San Bernardino with a new mall and City Hall in the late 1960s and early ’70s has died.

Warner Hodgdon, who headed the city’s redevelopment agency from 1967 to 1975, died Wednesday, March 20, after several weeks of declining health, his family said. He was 80.

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

InlandPolitics: Real Estate Developer Warner Hodgdon dies

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013 – 09:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 – 05:00 p.m.

An extremely talented businessman, and dear friend, Warner Hodgdon passed away early Monday morning at Reche Canyon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Colton.

He was 80.

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The Sun: San Bernardino may be on hook for $2.9 million from EDC

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Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/18/2013 09:15:27 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – The city’s plan to preserve properties from its defunct Economic Development Agency may have it on the hook for $2.9 million, according to a memo from City Attorney James F. Penman.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO: Penman deadline passes with no response

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Posted on | March 17, 2013 |

San Bernardino City Attorney Jim Penman’s deadline for state officials to promise not to collect $15.2 million in former redevelopment funds appears to have elapsed with no response.

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

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Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/14/2013 09:31:50 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO — The City Council on Thursday delayed deciding whether to accept $108 million in assets from a city “”controlled nonprofit that had been used to shield the properties from the state’s requirement that cities sell off properties under their control.

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Ryan Hagen
Posted: 03/13/2013 09:34:08 PM PDT

The city-controlled corporation used to hold $108 million in assets that officials wanted to continue controlling when Gov. Jerry Brown disbanded the state’s redevelopment agency voted Wednesday to give up those assets, as the state controller’s office demanded last week.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO: State demands another $15.2 million

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The finance department says it’ll dock San Bernardino’s future tax proceeds if it doesn’t hand over redevelopment funds

March 11, 2013; 09:19 PM

The state Department of Finance is warning that it could dock some of San Bernardino’s future tax proceeds if the city does not hand over $15.2 million in former redevelopment funds — a dispute that could cause the city to become the first in California to face costly post-redevelopment penalties.

To read story by Imran Ghori and Jim Miller in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The Sun: San Bernardino threatens legal action to protect former EDA properties

San Bernardino Seal

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/08/2013 04:39:11 PM PST

Related stories: San Bernardino landmarks face uncertain future under redevelopment shuffle | State says San Bernardino mishandled over $500M | State controller: San Bernardino’s transfer of funds not valid
View: City Attorney Jim Penman’s letter | San Bernardino EDA asset transfer review report
Special section: San Bernardino

SAN BERNARDINO – The city will sue if the state Controller’s Office tries to take any action to enforce its opinion that the city wasn’t allowed to transfer $108 million in assets from its defunct Economic Development Agency to a nonprofit controlled by city officials, City Attorney James F. Penman said in a letter to Controller John Chiang on Friday.

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San Bernardino Seal

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/07/2013 04:41:59 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO — The future of several landmark properties seen as the key to economic development downtown remains in question after state Controller John Chiang rejected the city’s effort to move $108million from its shuttered Redevelopment Agency to the nonprofit San Bernardino Economic Development Corp.

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The Sun: State controller: San Bernardino’s transfer of funds not valid

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San Bernardino City Hall. (Sun file photo)

By Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/06/2013 11:13:27 AM PST

PDF: San Bernardino EDA asset transfer review report

Special section: San Bernardino

State Controller John Chiang on Wednesday rejected San Bernardino’s last-ditch gambit to transfer $108million from its defunct Redevelopment Agency to a group composed largely of city officials to avoid losing the money when the state abolished redevelopment agencies.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: City sues state over redevelopment debt

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March 01, 2013; 06:33 PM

After months of limbo over $32.1 million in former redevelopment debt, Riverside officials have sued to try to resolve their dispute with the state.

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

The PE: REDEVELOPMENT One year after dissolution, litigation and dissension

BY JIM MILLER
SACRAMENTO BUREAU
February 11, 2013; 07:47 AM

SACRAMENTO – A year after the shutdown of redevelopment in California, the process of dissolving the decades-old program has moved from the Capitol to the courthouse as state and local officials haggle over the former anti-blight agencies’ money.

To read entire by Jim Miller in The Press Enterprise, click here.

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Staff Reports
Posted: 01/08/2013 08:00:41 PM PST

San Bernardino County will sue the state Department of Finance in an effort to recover nearly $15 million it loaned to redevelopment agencies in Lake Arrowhead and Fontana, county spokesman David Wert said Tuesday.

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OCRegister: County persuades state to accept $30 million less in redevelopment cash

December 27th, 2012, 12:15 pm
Posted by Andrew Galvin

The County of Orange has persuaded the state’s Department of Finance to lower its demand for unused housing funds from the county’s former redevelopment agency, reducing by $29.6 million the amount the county must pay.

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LATimes: Friday was deadline for turning over redevelopment money

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Municipalities were to give California money that had been set aside for affordable housing. But some cities refused to do so.

By Abby Sewell and Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
December 21, 2012, 10:18 p.m.

Cities and counties across California faced a Friday deadline for handing over millions of dollars — tens of millions in some cases — as the state winds down more than 400 redevelopment agencies.

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The Sun: Sabo honored during special San Bernardino memorial service

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San Bernardino City Mayor Patrick Morris speaks at a Memorial for redevelopment attorney Tim Sabo on Thursday.at St. Bernadine’ Catholic Church in San Bernardino. Sabo, who died Nov. 28, was one of the foremost experts in redevelopment law and public finance in California and served as redevelopment counsel to Inland Empire public agencies for three decades. (LaFonzo Carter/ Staff Photographer)
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer

Posted: 12/20/2012 06:01:36 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – Friends and colleagues of the late Timothy J. Sabo, who helped lead the charge in the redevelopment of the former Norton Air Force Base, gathered Thursday for a memorial service at St. Bernardine Catholic Church.

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OCRegister: State demands cash from O.C. cities

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By BRIAN JOSEPH / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Published: Dec. 20, 2012
Updated: Dec. 21, 2012 7:02 a.m.

The state Department of Finance has demanded in recent weeks that 19 Orange County cities and the county itself turn over a combined $263 million in unused funds previously earmarked for low- and moderate-income housing.

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Jim Steinberg,Staff Writer
Posted: 11/29/2012 07:56:12 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – Many described him as the “hardest working attorney” they had ever known.

He was a legend in redevelopment law, they said, and he astounded others in his total recall of events that happened many years ago.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: City projects, loans back in limbo

November 27, 2012 – 05:47 PM

Nearly a year after Riverside’s redevelopment agency was dissolved, and after several months of hearing no objection from state officials, city leaders are again finding millions of dollars in planned projects and previous loans up in the air.

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

SacBee: Jerry Brown vetoes package of local redevelopment bills

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
September 29, 2012

Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a package of bills that could have let local governments retain some redevelopment money for affordable housing and other economic development projects following the dissolution of California’s redevelopment agencies, his office announced this afternoon.

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LATimes: State faces new legal threat to budget

PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
September 26, 2012 | 7:00 am

California cities are suing Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration over its tough tactics to secure money from defunct redevelopment agencies, a key part of the state budget.

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VVDailyPress: Judge halts state from imposing $1.2M fine on A.V.

California pushing for fine due to clerical error
September 12, 2012 5:24 PM
FROM STAFF REPORTS

APPLE VALLEY • A judge granted a preliminary injunction halting the California Department of Finance from imposing $1.2 million in fines on Apple Valley for a clerical error tied to the town’s dissolved redevelopment agency.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: California redevelopment is dead; long live redevelopment

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Sep. 7, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Redevelopment is dead – or so proclaimed Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators last year when they canceled the legal authorization for the six- decade-old urban renewal program and seized its assets to close the state’s budget deficit.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: City has resolved nearly all disputed debt

City of Riverside officials say most of $158 million in former obligations now has been OK’d by the state

Published: 31 August 2012 – 06:20 PM

About four months ago, Riverside faced a $158 million list of debts the state said weren’t eligible to be paid with remaining redevelopment funds.

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

LATimes: Cities refuse to hand over redevelopment money

PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
August 14, 2012 | 7:00 am

Twenty-seven cities have not forked over all of the redevelopment money the state says they owe, according to Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration.

The state says the cities owe $129 million total, but they’ve only returned $6.7 million.

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DailyBulletin: Without redevelopment, cities look to new ways to promote themselves

Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Created: 08/11/2012 12:36:11 PM PDT

With the recent loss of redevelopment money and in a poor economy, some Inland Empire cities are looking to different options to advertise their cities to businesses.

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The Sun (AP): Loss of redevelopment cash hurts struggling cities

Gosia Wozniacka and Amy Taxin, Associated Press
Posted: 08/08/2012 05:59:19 PM PDT

Catch up: Read previous coverage of San Bernardino’s financial crisis

SAN BERNARDINO — This old city at the foot of the mountains limped to its bicentennial two years ago, its finances in tatters from a housing bust that sapped tax revenues and ballooning salaries and pension obligations for city workers.

Then came the final blow – Gov. Jerry Brown’s decision to eliminate state funding for local redevelopment agencies to help close California’s yawning deficit. The move cost the city $30 million annually and highlighted something else: San Bernardino was using about $6 million of those funds to back fill its general fund.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Redevelopment debt $1.6 billion

That’s what Riverside County must repay in bonds taken out for redevelopment projects now that the agency is disbanded

 

Published: 07 August 2012 05:51 PM

Before it was dissolved earlier this year, Riverside County’s redevelopment agency accumulated $1.6 billion in debt, which will take 30 years to pay back, officials acknowledged recently.

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

 

Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/05/2012 07:05:08 AM PDT

Some Inland Empire cities’ successor agencies to their redevelopment agencies recently had to pay fees – some higher than $4 million – to the California Department of Finance, which upset city officials and a local economist.

“It’s devastating,” said Inland Empire economist John Husing. “What the state has done is to shut down economic development at the local level in the Inland Empire…. It’s the most poorly thought-out money grab by the state I have witnessed in 48 years of following this stuff.”

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The Sun: Loss of redevelopment money adds to San Bernardino’s financial crisis

SAN BERNARDINO’S FINANCIAL CRISIS

Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/30/2012 06:21:46 PM PDT

Special Section: San Bernardino

SAN BERNARDINO – The city’s bankruptcy is not the only major financial challenge for local officials.

Recent decisions in Sacramento effectively neuter the attempt to preserve redevelopment by creating a nonprofit called the Economic Development Corp.

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By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Created: 07/31/2012 11:38:00 AM PDT

RANCHO CUCAMONGA — The city is unlikely to file a lawsuit over not being able to receive money from the state to complete its redevelopment projects.

The game changer: new legislation – Assembly Bill 1484 – allows development agencies to apply for bond proceeds they would otherwise have been denied after the dissolution of redevelopment agencies.

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The PE: REDLANDS: City pays state $3 million under protest

BY JAN SEARS
STAFF WRITER
jsears@pe.com

Published: 28 July 2012 06:10 PM

Redlands had to loan more than $3 million from its general fund to its redevelopment successor agency on Thursday, July 26, to cover an unexpected demand for more money from the state.

The money to cover the $3.1 million loan came from the city’s water department and was transferred, with City Council approval, to Redlands’ former redevelopment agency, now referred to as the successor agency. The agency needed the money to cover a bond payment due this month.

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VVDailyPress: Grand jury: Should Victorville run SCLA?

July 27, 2012 8:40 AM
Brooke Edwards Staggs, City Editor

VICTORVILLE • It’s been discussed by local leaders — often heatedly — on and off for several years.

Now, armed with a recommendation from the San Bernardino County grand jury, talk of shifting control of Southern California Logistics Airport from Victorville to the regional Victor Valley Economic Development Authority has resurfaced.

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SFChronicle: State duns cities for millions of dollars

Wyatt Buchanan
Updated 11:01 p.m., Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Sacramento –California cities are in a high-stakes fight with officials in Sacramento over money that the state says the cities owe as part of the winding down of redevelopment agencies.

County officials, under the state’s direction, have sent letters of demand to cities throughout the state in recent weeks, many for millions of dollars. Several cities, including El Cerrito, refused to pay and sued the state, which is threatening to penalize cities by withholding sales tax revenue that cities rely on to pay for police, parks and other general operating expenses.

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The PE: REGION: Cities say they’re not going bankrupt

Officials with other Inland cities say they’re not in danger of declaring bankruptcy like San Bernardino.

BY JEFF HORSEMAN
STAFF WRITER
jhorseman@pe.com

Published: 21 July 2012 05:05 PM

It’s an obvious question after San Bernardino sought bankruptcy — is my city next?

The early answer, at least in the Inland area, is probably not. While three California cities plan to file for bankruptcy and more could follow, local officials say their finances aren’t at the breaking point.

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InlandPolitics: Brown myopia has unintended consequences for California

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Friday, July 20, 2012 – 09:00 p.m.

Is Governor Jerry Brown’s cash grab to help balance California’s budget having unintended and unforeseen consequences?

You bet it is.

And he didn’t even see it coming and, more importantly, really doesn’t seem to care either.

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The PE: BUDGET: Ex-redevelopment agencies hand over more money

BY JIM MILLER
SACRAMENTO BUREAU
jmiller@pe.com

Published: 16 July 2012 05:43 PM

SACRAMENTO –Former redevelopment agencies in Riverside and San Bernardino counties handed over more than $30 million for schools and other local taxing entities in recent days, avoiding for now the prospect of stiff penalties by the state.

The state budget package signed in late June relies on $3.1 billion in revenue and assets from the longtime economic-development program. Last week’s payments stem from budget legislation meant to clarify what redevelopment successor agencies owe. It also gave the state new powers to compel them to hand the money over.

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Jim Steinberg,Staff Writer
Posted: 07/15/2012 11:43:57 AM PDT

View: Impact of state budget RDA cut

SAN BERNARDINO – The demise of California’s redevelopment agencies this year was one of multiple factors in the city’s inescapable decision to seek federal bankruptcy protection, a top city official said Friday.

When redevelopment agencies evaporated on Jan. 1, San Bernardino found itself with needing to pay nearly $5million from its general fund to meet obligations that previously had been covered by RDA funds, said Jim Morris, son and chief of staff for Mayor Pat Morris.

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LATimes: Grand jury report tells story of Victorville’s plunging fortunes

The city of Victorville paid $375,000 for this property in 2007, with plans to build a 500-megawatt power plant in the area. The home sits abandoned and the power plant is unbuilt, another failed project that has contributed to Victorville’s financial disaster, according to a grand jury report. (Irfan Khan, Los Angeles Times / June 5, 2012)

 

By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
July 8, 2012

Victorville hoped to strike it rich with a new hybrid gas and solar power plant near the old George Air Force Base, buying up homesteads for the site amid the High Desert’s real estate boom.

The city shelled out $375,000 alone to Chris Massey and his family in 2007 to buy a tiny house plopped on five desolate acres of scrub and Joshua trees — 10 times the property’s assessed value.

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Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/06/2012 06:15:26 PM PDT

FONTANA – A fresh source of money totalling close to $14 million means construction of a long-stalled freeway interchange project may begin before year’s end.

That, in turn, could facilitate the construction of thousands of homes as well as new office and retail space.

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