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DailyBulletin: Los Angeles files motion challenging Ontario airport dispute

Court Filings

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

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

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DailyBulletin: Inland Empire logistics sector poised for growth with cargo increases

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/11/14, 8:53 PM PDT |

The volume of goods coming in and out of the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles over the next 20 years is expected to double and fuel expansion of the logistics sector in the Inland Empire, according to regional economy advocates.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Brown’s two big legacy projects still face high hurdles

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Sep. 9, 2014 – 4:27 pm

Jerry Brown’s two big legacy projects, a north-south bullet train and twin water tunnels beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, are approaching points of no return.

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AP: Bullet-train foes seek state Supreme Court review

High-Speed Rail

AP California News
Sep 2, 7:45 PM EDT
By JULIET WILLIAMS
Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Opponents of California’s $68 billion high-speed rail project submitted an appeal Tuesday to the state Supreme Court, asking it to overturn a lower court’s ruling that allowed the project to proceed despite questions about whether it complies with promises made to voters.

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The Atlantic: California High-Speed Rail—More Questions and Concerns

High-Speed Rail

The Atlantic

“Bad, bad, bad,” and other critiques
James Fallows
Aug 24 2014, 11:30 PM ET

If David Letterman can put out a Top Ten list night after night for decades, we can certainly make it all the way to 10 in our chronicles of the California High-Speed Rail debates. As a reminder, this is No. 8 in a series on the most ambitious and consequential infrastructure project now under consideration in our infrastructure-degraded land. It is the plan for a north-south California High-Speed Rail system, which had its genesis before Jerry Brown’s second coming as California’s governor but is now his signature project as he runs for reelection to an unprecedented fourth term. For previous installments see No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4, No. 5, No. 6, and No. 7.

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The PE: CASSIE MACDUFF: Freeing ONT won’t be cheap, fast or easy

Cassie MacDuff

Published: Aug. 15, 2014 – Updated: 10:38 p.m.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s willingness to transfer control of Ontario International Airport from the city of L.A. to a local airport authority gave Inland residents reason to cheer.

To read column by Cassie MacDuff in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

The Sun: Negotiations for control of ONT continue

Ontario International Airport

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/04/14, 8:40 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> Local officials say they continue to make progress with Los Angeles in negotiating for control of LA/Ontario International Airport.

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SFChronicle: Court gives new life to California high-speed rail

High-Speed Train

By JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated Press
Published 3:05 pm, Friday, August 1, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A state appellate court ruling has given new momentum to Gov. Jerry Brown’s $68 billion high-speed rail project by providing the state with a substantial funding source and lifting one cloud over a plan that has been widely criticized for its cost, route, construction plans and environmental reviews.

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By Rebecca Robbins
July 28, 2014 at 11:38 AM

The top American airlines are making more money than ever — but don’t expect it to mean lower prices for passengers.

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The Sun: Ontario airport, area hotels report some growth in 2014

ontario airport

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/27/14, 9:28 PM PDT | Updated: 37 secs ago

Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga hotels near the L.A./Ontario International Airport are reporting occupancy growth this year, as airport officials report some growth in passenger traffic during the first half of 2014.

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DailyBulletin: Metrolink to cut service on San Bernardino line

MetroLink

Metrolink will be cutting back on service to San Bernardino, starting Oct. 1.

By Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 07/14/14, 6:15 PM PDT | Updated: 19 secs ago

Starting Oct. 1, two mid-day trains and two late-night trains will be removed from the commuter rail’s most popular service, said Jeff Lustgarten, chief spokesperson for Metrolink and its parent, the Southern California Regional Rail Authority.

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The Atlantic: California High-Speed Rail—the Critics’ Case

Louisiana Purchase

The Louisiana Purchase, most fortunate land deal in American history, was to Thomas Jefferson’s critics a case of unconstitutional overreach. ( St. Louis Public Library )

Every big infrastructure project is controversial. Most of them work out better than critics contend early on. But maybe the critics are right about high-speed rail. Let’s hear what they say.

James Fallows
July 11 2014, 4:11 PM ET

Every big peacetime project that any democracy has ever undertaken has generated controversy.

In retrospect, both the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 and the Alaska Purchase of 1867 look like Heaven-sent, near-theft, no-brainer, “where would we possibly be without them?” steps in the development of American scale and might. But each met bitter opposition in its time.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

Edit

Thursday, July 10, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom this week. In case you missed it!

Riverside ends red-light cameras

The Riverside City Council has now fallen in-line with pretty much every other Inland city.

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Ontario International

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/08/14, 10:17 PM PDT | Updated: 43 secs ago

ONTARIO >> Following six consecutive years of decline, passenger traffic at LA/Ontario International Airports has apparently stabilized in the early part of 2014.

But members of the Ontario International Airport Authority are reluctant to equate the recent reports as good news for the medium-hub facility.

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DailyBulletin: ONT passenger traffic expected to remain steady for the year

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/03/14, 12:25 PM PDT | Updated: 33 secs ago

ONTARIO >> When the latest passenger traffic figures for L.A./Ontario International Airport were released, a different trend emerged from what the medium-hub facility has experienced in the past three years.

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SFChronicle: With highway funding in jeopardy, gas-tax hike is on the table

Taxes

Posted on Thursday, July 3 at 1:59pm | By Carolyn Lochhead

Sen. Barbara Boxer visited a road-building project Thursday in Monterey County to warn that Congress is about to let the Highway Trust Fund go bankrupt, endangering highway and transit projects in every state.

If you think California highways look Second World now, wait until Congress lets federal funding dry up.

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DailyBulletin: ONT passenger traffic continues to slightly increase

Ontario International Airport

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin L.A./Ontario International Airport General Manager Jess Romo says he welcomes the recent passenger traffic figures which seem to indicate the medium hub facility is moving away from years of decline.

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/02/14, 9:32 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> Jess Romo, general manager of LA/Ontario International Airport, says he welcomes the recent passenger traffic figures which reveal that the medium hub facility is moving away from years of decline.

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LATimes: Obama says replenishing Highway Trust Fund would be patriotic

Highway Construction

Christi Parsons, Michael A. Memoli
July 1, 2014

In his latest attempt to get Congress to spend money to upgrade America’s roads and bridges, President Obama debuted a new sales pitch Tuesday: patriotism.

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IEBusinessDaily: San Bernardino Airport pipe dream

Ontario International Airport

Ontario International Airport

IE Business Daily
June 28, 2014

Walt Disney had an irrepressible imagination that led him to dream big, create his own animation studio, and ultimately design and build the world’s preeminent theme park’s. Long after his passing, his vision continues to entertain billions of people, young and old. Even Michael Eisner’s leadership could not long stifle the Disney tradition.

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SBD International Airport

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/19/14, 8:30 PM PDT |

San Bernardino International Airport’s interim executive director, A.J. Wilson, may be retiring, but his departure comes amid some major new arrivals and developments at the airport.

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taxes

Transportation
By Ashley Halsey III June 18 at 2:33 PM

A bipartisan Senate proposal emerged Wednesday to rescue beleaguered federal transportation funding by raising the tax on gasoline by 12 cents a gallon.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jun. 17, 2014 – 10:17 pm

The Legislature kept Gov. Jerry Brown’s pet bullet train project alive by allocating $250 million from “cap-and-trade” greenhouse gas fees on business in the new state budget.

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DailyBulletin: Actor/economist Ben Stein headlines SanBAG gathering in Ontario

Sanbag - Ben Stein

Actor and economist Ben Stein speaks at the fourth annual San Bernardino Associated Governments general assembly at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario Thursday. (Neil Nisperos — staff photograhper)

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/12/14, 10:07 PM PDT | Updated: 49 secs ago

San Bernardino Associated Governments, the county’s transportation planning agency, held its fourth annual general assembly Thursday night at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario to recognize the past year’s accomplishments, tout upcoming projects, and to celebrate a county-wide vision toward improving the well-being of residents.

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Kevin McCarthy

Congressman Kevin McCarthy

Melanie Mason
June 13, 2014

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the leading contender to be the next House majority leader, slammed Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers Friday for striking a budget deal that includes hundreds of millions of dollars for the controversial high-speed rail project.

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SacBee: Budget deal spends cap-and-trade funds on high-speed rail

Taxes

By Jim Miller and David Siders
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Jun. 12, 2014 – 11:16 pm

Two years after Gov. Jerry Brown first proposed using carbon-reduction revenue to prop up California’s beleaguered high-speed rail project, Brown and legislative leaders reached budget agreements Thursday that include the controversial funding plan, as well as money to pay overtime for in-home supportive services and increase welfare-to-work grants.

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InlandPolitics: SBIA Executive Director Wilson to leave June 30

SBD International Airport

Thursday, June 12, 2014 – 04:30 a.m.

The never ending saga, surrounding the redevelopment of the former Norton Air Force Base, continued Thursday, with the announcement that the executive director of the San Bernardino International Airport, is leaving June 30.

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California Seal

By Jessica Calefati
jcalefati@bayareanewsgroup.com

Posted: 06/10/2014 06:51:33 PM PDT
Updated: 06/10/2014 08:04:40 PM PDT

SACRAMENTO — The knockdown, drag-out partisan fights, stretching on for months, are history. These days, state budget negotiations are downright cordial.

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CCTimes: House votes to cut off money for high-speed rail

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By Josh Richman
Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 at 4:32 pm

Rep. Jeff Denham’s amendment to would cut off federal funding for California’s high-speed rail project was approved by the House on Tuesday.

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SFChronicle: Bump at pump in January to help speed bullet train project

Jerry Brown+High Speed Rail

Phillip Matier And Andrew Ross
Updated 3:02 am, Monday, June 9, 2014

California drivers are going to see a bump at the pump starting Jan. 1 – with a good chunk of the money going to kick-start Gov. Jerry Brown’s struggling high-speed rail project.

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InlandPolitics: Will makeover solve SBD airport woes?

SBD International Airport

Monday, June 9, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

It’s round twenty for San Bernardino International Airport (SBD).

While nearby Ontario International Airport struggles to regain passenger traffic count, officials at SBD are hoping that a new makeover will help the aging and dormant facility re-market itself.

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DailyBulletin: Ontario, L.A. given more time to gather evidence in ONT case

Gavel

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/05/14, 1:55 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Citing the lack of progress in the last four months, a judge has given Ontario and Los Angeles more time to gather evidence in their dispute over control of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

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The PE: REGION: Battle over control of Ontario airport heads back to court

Cassie MacDuff

By Cassie MacDuff, Staff Columnist
Published: May 31, 2014 Updated: 6:32 p.m.

Ontario’s lawsuit against Los Angeles to regain control of Ontario International Airport will be back in court next week.

Lawyers for the sparring sides are mum.

To read column by Cassie MacDuff in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

LATimes: Appeals court has tough questions for plaintiffs in bullet-train suit

High-Speed Rail

An artist’s rendering of a California high-speed rail train. (Associated Press)

Ralph Vartabedian
May 24, 2014

A state appellate court panel on Friday zeroed in on technical and procedural issues that could signal trouble for Central Valley groups fighting California’s proposed bullet train project.

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LATimes: Standoff on U.S. roadway repairs becoming ‘highway cliff’

Highway Construction

Kathleen Hennessey, Michael A. Memoli
May 15, 2014

Without quick action by Congress, the U.S. Transportation Department may begin scaling back or halting work on thousands of roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects at the height of the construction season this July, when the nation’s Highway Trust Fund is expected to run dry.

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Ontario International Airport

Brian Sumers
Posted: 05/02/14, 7:05 PM PDT |

Passenger traffic at Los Angeles International Airport increased nearly 6 percent in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the prior year, according to statistics released Friday by Los Angeles World Airports.

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Politico: Washington’s next cliff

Highway Construction

The Transportation Department predicts the highway account will be broke by September. | AP Photo

By JAKE SHERMAN and ADAM SNIDER | 4/30/14 7:29 PM EDT

Washington now is facing a new crisis: the highway cliff.

Sometime in the next four months, the Highway Trust Fund — which pays for infrastructure projects across the nation — will run dry. And this slow-moving Congress, in the throes of a heated election year, has to figure out a way to fill the coffers or risk halting construction projects across the country.

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SBx Bus

Omnitrans trains drivers and tests new sbX buses on the new rapid transit line north and south on E Street in San Bernardino on Wednesday. The Omnitrans sbX Green Line will span a 15.7 mile corridor between San Bernardino and Loma Linda, with 16 stations. Service will start April 28. John Valenzuela — Staff

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/19/14, 9:59 PM PDT |

After more than a year of construction and a decade of planning, Omnitrans is about ready to roll out its $197.1-million rapid transit bus line later this month.

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High-Speed Rail

Apr 7, 2014, 6:58am PDT
Updated: Apr 7, 2014, 7:12am PDT
Staff Writer- Sacramento Business Journal

The California High-Speed Rail Authority’s latest business plan suggests the agency could run out of money next year unless it overcomes legal and legislative funding hurdles.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Bullet train faces withering series of hurdles

Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Apr. 6, 2014 – 12:00 am

The California High-Speed Rail Authority plans to begin construction this year on a bullet train system that is supposed to eventually stretch 500 miles from Sacramento to San Diego.

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DailyBulletin: New SBIA terminal faces uphill battle, experts say

San Bernardino International Airport

The Grand Jury´s extensive criticism of the San Bernardino International Airport last year has been followed by a report this year concluding airport officials have now followed all of the Grand Jury´s recommendations. Is this another sign of turn-around for the airport, now that a developer has been removed from it and is instead facing felony charges? Airport officials and Mayor Pat Morris will say yes, and good times are ahead. Other critics will say no, the airport still has insurmountable obstacles. (Sun staff/file photo.)

By Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 03/03/14, 10:57 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The newly completed $20.5 million international terminal at San Bernardino International Airport faces an uphill battle to lure carriers away from more established air transport centers, two airline analysts say.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Mar. 4, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Mar. 4, 2014 – 12:09 am

Once in a while, a line of movie dialogue becomes a cultural icon, and it happened in 1996’s “Jerry Maguire” when actor Cuba Gooding Jr., playing a talented athlete, told his agent (Tom Cruise) to “show me the money.”

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO: Agencies pool money for transit center, Metrolink extension

Metrolink

A new low-polluting Metrolink engine with positive train control, and a safer passenger car with stronger frame, rubber bumpers and collapsible tables, are pulled onto tracks in downtown San Bernardino for transit center groundbreaking on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. (Cassie MacDuff/STAFF PHOTO)

February 26, 2014; 03:10 PM

Transportation officials circled the wagons in downtown San Bernardino on Tuesday, Feb. 25, to kick off a $227 million project to bring Metrolink, bus service and, eventually, rail to Redlands together at a single station.

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

The Sun: San Bernardino International Airport unveils new passenger terminal

San Bernardino International Airport

AJ Wilson, executive director for the San Bernardino International Airport, talks about Thursday’s grand opening of the regional airport’s International arrivals building while giving a tour new the facility. The San Bernardino International Airport Authority (SBIAA) will unveil its newly completed International Arrivals Terminal on Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The three-story, 40,000 square foot building features a customs and immigration passenger arrival area, administrative offices, screening booths, baggage claim area, public restrooms, and an aircraft arrival area large enough to accommodate aircraft such as a 747. Rick Sforza — Staff Photographer

Posted: 02/25/14, 5:53 PM PST |

San Bernardino International Airport officials gave media representatives a sneak-peak at the airport’s new passenger terminal Tuesday.

The $20 million facility took two years to construct and includes all equipment and facilities necessary to bring international flights to the airport, said A.J. Wilson, executive director of the San Bernardino International Airport Authority. A ribbon-cutting ceremony that is open to the public is set for 10 a.m. Thursday at the airport, 294 S. Leland Norton Way.

By Mark Glover
mglover@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 – 11:50 am

The state Board of Equalization today approved lowering the statewide excise tax rate on gasoline by 3.5 cents.

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LATimes: State Senate leader proposes ‘carbon tax’ on motor vehicle fuels

Darrell Steinberg

Darrell Steinberg says California should junk its complex cap-and-trade system for pollution credits and replace it with a carbon tax on gasoline, diesel and other fossil fuels.

By Marc Lifsher
February 20, 2014, 6:00 p.m.

SACARAMENTO — Californians, who already pay some of the highest gasoline prices in the nation, could soon be asked to pay more.

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InlandPolitics: Widening of I-215 accomplished one other thing

I-215

Sunday, February 16, 2014 – 11:30 a.m.

The recently-completed project that widened Interstate 215 through San Bernardino is now widely celebrated, as it should be.

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Beating the Drums

Sunday, February 16, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

The past couple weeks Inland residents were subjected to another dose of how the San Bernardino International Airport (SBIA) is really going to attract some type of air traffic.

It’s what’s become the semi-annual ritual of trying to justify blowing a quarter-billion dollars on the near-dormant facility.

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DailyBulletin: Southland gas prices see double-digit gains over the week

Fuel Gas

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 02/14/14, 8:27 PM PST | Updated: 18 secs ago

Southland gas prices posted double-digit gains over the past week as refineries worked to convert their stock to California’s more costly summer blend.

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SacBee: California Republicans seek to redirect high-speed rail dollars

High-Speed Train

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
February 6, 2014

Saying California has betrayed the will of voters who approved a controversial high-speed rail project, Assembly Republicans on Thursday proposed giving those voters a redo.

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DailyBulletin: Lawsuit over control of Ontario Airport to move forward

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/05/14, 11:01 AM PST | Updated: 5 hrs ago

RIVERSIDE >> Ontario is moving forward with its lawsuit seeking control of LA/Ontario International Airport after the city and Los Angeles were unable to reach an agreement.

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The PE: AIRPORTS: Former Norton AFB could capitalize on ONT woes

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The departures area of San Bernardino International Airport. (Terry Pierson/Staff Photographer)

February 03, 2014; 04:08 PM

San Bernardino International Airport — the former Norton Air Force Base — may not offer commercial air service to U.S. destinations anytime soon.

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

Legal

By Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 02/01/14, 11:25 AM PST |

Two lower court rulings that have tied the proposed $68 billion high-speed rail train in red tape may snag other public works projects for roads and schools, according to the state Department of Finance.

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Ontario International Airport

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/31/14, 6:09 PM PST | Updated: 2 hrs ago

The future of L.A./Ontario International Airport remains in limbo.

A deal has yet to be reached about the airport’s ownership despite a Riverside Superior Court judge granting Los Angeles and Ontario almost two months to negotiate an agreement while a lawsuit was put on hold.

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SacBee: Backers put brakes on proposed California car-tax hike

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
January 28, 2014

Proponents of a proposed ballot measure to more than double the vehicle-license fee to pay for road improvements have decided to drop efforts to put it on the November ballot.

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DailyBulletin: ONT passenger traffic down 8 percent

Ontario International Airport

Passengers make their way through the terminal of the LA/Ontario International Airport in Ontario. File Photo

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/27/14, 7:00 PM PST |

ONTARIO >> For the first time since 1985, traffic at LA/Ontario International Airport has fallen below 4 million passengers annually.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 – 12:00 am

Desperate times, it’s been said, call for desperate measures.

The oft-quoted phrase originated with ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, who declared, “For extreme diseases, extreme methods of cure, as to restriction, are most suitable…”

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SacBee: Jerry Brown asks California Supreme Court to intervene on high-speed rail

High-Speed Rail

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 – 7:33 am

The Brown administration, which previously downplayed the significance of court rulings against California’s $68 billion high-speed rail project, asked the California Supreme Court to intervene Friday, saying the rulings “imperil” the project.

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The Sun: Local leaders tour SBX route

Sbx

Omnitrans previewed the Inland Empire’s first SBX rapid transit service bus on Wednesday, at the Kendall Station in San Bernardino. The 15.7-mile corridor will include 16 art-inspired stations at key university, government, business, entertainment and medical centers as well as four park-and-ride facilities. John Valenzuela — Staff Photographer

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/15/14, 7:32 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The state-of-the-art, 60-foot-long bus didn’t turn many heads as it pulled smoothly from the sbX park-and-ride station at Palm Avenue and Kendall Drive to Cal State San Bernardino on Wednesday, but for officials onboard, the 2.5-mile ride represented a coming surge into the future.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Road, transit projects get $152 million

RCTC

January 12, 2014; 02:18 PM

Inland residents may avoid trucks on a steep, twisting grade near Moreno Valley, travel faster by bus through Riverside and drive more easily in congested Southwest Riverside County with last week’s award of $152 million in transportation funds.

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

The PE: TRANSPORTATION: Fast buses in Inland Empire’s future

Sbx Bus Line

Stations for the bus rapid transit line are spaced about a mile apart on the the 15.7-mile route. (Stan Lim/Photographer)

January 10, 2014; 08:46 PM

Construction is nearly finished on a $191.7 million bus rapid-transit line in San Bernardino that will carry with it the hope of an economic boost to a beleaguered city and the potential to be the first leg of a multi-county network.

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

The Sun: New airport, Inland Valley Development Agency finance director named

SBIA

San Bernardino International Airport (File Photo)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
and Melissa Pinion-Whitt, The Sun
Posted: 01/10/14, 8:38 AM PST | Updated: 47 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A federal audit manager has been tapped as the new finance director for the Inland Valley Development Agency and San Bernardino International Airport Authority.

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High-Speed Rail

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
January 10, 2014

Assemblyman Jeff Gorell has filed paperwork to qualify a ballot measure that would put the brakes on California’s high-speed rail project.

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DailyBulletin: Ontario airport authority remains hopeful for local control

Ontario International Airport

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/06/14, 3:53 PM PST |

ONTARIO >> For the first time in several months, Ontario and Los Angeles officials are expected to discuss the possibility of turning over control of LA/Ontario International Airport to a local agency.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 – 12:00 am

Jerry Brown may be getting desperate about keeping the state’s increasingly unpopular – not to mention financially and legally challenged – bullet train project alive.

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The PE: ONTARIO: More cuts expected for airport in 2014

Ontario International Airport

Passengers arrive and depart at Terminal 2 at Ontario International Airport.

BY CASSIE MACDUFF
January 03, 2014; 03:43 PM

The number of flights at Ontario International Airport will plunge steeply in the first three months of 2014.

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

tax

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
January 3, 2014

A proposed ballot measure to more than double California’s vehicle license fee would raise $3 billion to $4 billion annually for state and local transportation programs, according to estimates by the Legislative Analyst’s Office.

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Dianne Feinstein

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. wants the Los Angeles World Airports to work with Ontario to bring an end to the decline of the Ontario airport, which the Inland Empire city contends is due to the LAWA’s lack of support. The Associated Press

By Brian Sumers, Daily Breeze
Posted: 12/19/13, 6:07 PM PST | Updated: 3 hrs ago

Los Angeles should work with Ontario to improve passenger traffic numbers at L.A./Ontario International Airport, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein charged in a letter this week sent to L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti. The letter dated Wednesday did not address a lawsuit filed in June by the city of Ontario, which is seeking to regain control of the airport from Los Angeles, the facility’s manager since 1967. Earlier this month, the two sides agreed to put the suit on temporary hold as they work out a solution.

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CapitolWeekly: Top tales: 2013′s key political yarns

State Capitol

By John Howard
Posted 12.15.2013

For the followers of California politics, non-election years usually are yawns. Not so 2013: One would be hard pressed to find a year with more hot-button events fraught with statewide political ramifications, and even local stories — the trials in Bell, for example — capturing wide attention.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Ontario, LA agree to suspend airport lawsuit

Ontario International

Los Angeles and Ontario will resume talks about returning the Ontario aiport to local control. (Terry Pierson/Staff Photographer)

December 05, 2013; 05:35 PM

Ontario’s lawsuit to regain control of Ontario International Airport from Los Angeles and Los Angeles World Airports was placed on temporary hold Thursday, Dec. 5, to allow the cities to try to settle the matter out of court.

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

The PE: ONTARIO: Inland airport is not alone in its suffering

Cassie MacDuff

Cassie MacDuff

December 4, 2013

Ontario’s lawsuit to regain control of Ontario International Airport from Los Angeles World Airports is in court Thursday, Dec. 5, but only for schedule setting.

The suit likely won’t go to trial until fall 2014 — hardly the speedy resolution Ontario sought.

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

tax

By Ashley Halsey III
Thursday, December 5, 2013

With Congress facing a major shortfall in transportation funding next year, a House bill introduced Wednesday would raise the federal gasoline tax by 15 cents per gallon to close the gap.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: California bullet train takes big hit from judge

Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 – 9:45 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 – 12:55 am

Judge Michael Kenny didn’t completely derail California’s bullet train this week.

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AP: Judge blocks sale of Calif. high-speed rail bonds

High-Speed Rail

Nov 25, 2013 – 7:13 PM EST
By JULIET WILLIAMS
Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A judge on Monday tore up California’s funding plans for what would be the nation’s first bullet train, issuing separate orders that could force the state to spend months or years redrawing its plans for the $68 billion rail line and could choke off some of its funding.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: California’s substandard highway system needs fix

Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 – 12:00 am

Let’s start with the basics about California’s highway network, which a few decades ago was considered to be among the world’s best.

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SacBee: California transportation leaders seek car tax hike for road repairs

taxes

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
November 19, 2013

A former Caltrans director and a member of the state’s transportation panel have filed a proposed November 2014 ballot measure that would generate an estimated $3 billion a year for road improvements by more than doubling vehicle license fees.

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LATimes: FAA to allow air travelers to go the distance with electronic gadgets

Cell phones

Within weeks, travelers will be able to operate iPads, Kindles and even smartphones throughout a commercial flight, but calls will still be banned.

By Hugo Martín and W.J. Hennigan
October 31, 2013, 6:29 p.m.

Score one for the weary air traveler.

Ever-increasing baggage fees, vanishing leg room and invasive security screening measures have made air travel hellish for millions of passengers. Now the government is giving fliers more screen time with their gadgets.

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InlandPolitics: Ontario airport efforts remain a non-starter

Bugs Bunny

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 – 01:30 p.m.

One has to give Ontario and San Bernardino County officials an “A” for effort. But give them an “F” for their naiveté.

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Cassie MacDuff

Cassie MacDuff

October 28, 2013

Barbara Marmor was on her way from Ontario International Airport to Portland, Ore. on Oct. 10 to spend a weekend with her husband, who was already traveling.

As the Riverside resident awaited her 2:10 p.m. flight on Alaska Airlines, it was announced that the flight was canceled due to mechanical problems in Portland.

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

Long Beach Airport

A JetBlue plane touches down for a landing past the control tower at the Long Beach Airport. Thomas R. Cordova — staff photographer

By Brian Sumers, Daily Breeze
Posted: 10/28/13, 11:31 PM PDT |

A few weeks ago, for the first time, Nina Vir flew from Long Beach Airport. She hadn’t meant to try Long Beach — she only used the airport because she got a good deal — but Vir enjoyed the experience.

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DailyBulletin: Ontario criticizes Garcetti for lack of attention to ONT airport

City of Los Angeles Seal

Ontario

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/25/13, 1:00 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> Councilman Alan Wapner said the city is losing its patience with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who they say has failed to address which governing body should have authority over LA/Ontario International Airport.

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The PE: Dan Bernstein: ONTARIO: It’s time to tell the truth about this airport

Ontario International Airport

Alone at last. ONT: the most exclusive international airport in the world. (Staff)

October 23, 2013

My wife and I spent the weekend in New York and New Jersey, where our bright, beautiful niece got married to a nice Jewish “Google dude.”

It was your basic turn-around trip: Leave Friday, return Monday. The logistics made our heads spin and our butts numb. They also reminded me how unique and, in some ways, exclusive, this part of the country really is.

To read column by Dan Bernstein in The Press Enterprise, click here.

DailyBulletin: Rancho Cucamonga hopes to retain $1 million for interchange project

Rancho Cucamonga Seal

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/14/13, 8:41 PM PDT |

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> City officials fear the risk of losing $1 million in state funds for the Base Line Road and 15 Freeway Interchange project if they’re not granted an extension on a requirement to award a construction bid.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Money could spell doom for two big California projects

Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 – 12:25 am

Jerry Brown – publicly, at least – rejects any suggestion that he returned to the governorship to establish a more favorable legacy for himself.

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LATimes: California sues Labor Department over pension changes

By Patrick McGreevy
October 4, 2013, 1:20 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — The state of California on Friday sued the U.S. Department of Labor, alleging that the agency improperly denied federal grants to public transit projects in the state after erroneously deciding state pension reforms interfere with the collective bargaining rights of workers.

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ontario airport

By Brian Sumers, Daily Breeze
Posted: 10/01/13, 5:36 PM PDT |

Westchester >> New Los Angeles airport commissioners questioned Los Angeles World Airports executives about falling passenger traffic at L.A./Ontario International Airport during a Tuesday meeting, but the seven members stopped short of signaling whether they would like to see the city sell the airport.

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