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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: Brown’s projects face tests

Dan Walters

Capitol Alert
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
February 6, 2016 3:40 PM

  • Bullet train, tunnels would be governor’s legacies
  • Both projects, however, face critical tests
  • Financing for both still very uncertain

The two immense public works projects that would be Jerry Brown legacies will soon face pivotal moments.

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Kelly Fredericks

The Ontario International Airport Authority has tapped Kelly J. Fredericks as its chief executive officer. (Courtesy photo)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/01/16, 5:55 PM PST |

ONTARIO >> When the new executive director for the Ontario International Airport Authority takes the helm in March, he will earn an annual salary of $398,500 — and bonuses could push it over $500,000 a year.

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Pothole

California transportation officials plan to cut funding for road and transit projects by $754 million over the next five years.

Patrick McGreevy
January 22, 2016

Faced with plummeting gasoline tax revenue, state transportation officials have announced plans to cut funding for road and transit projects by $754 million over the next five years, the greatest reduction in two decades.

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Daily Bulletin: Ontario Airport lands new CEO

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The Ontario International Airport Authority has tapped Kelly J. Fredericks as its chief executive officer.

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/20/16 1:34 PM PST |

ONTARIO >> An East Coast aviation veteran has been tapped to lead L.A./Ontario International Airport when a local authority assumes control later this year.

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The Press-Enterprise: ONTARIO AIRPORT: Nest egg may be hatched for payment

Ontario-Airport

More than $47 million could be used for one payment in the L.A.-Ontario airport deal

Published: Jan. 12, 2016 – Updated: 5:33 p.m.

A chunk of existing money, more than $47 million in the coffers of Los Angeles World Airports, may be used to satisfy a $50 million payment scheduled as part of the agreement to transfer Ontario International Airport to Inland control.

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

Daily Bulletin: Ontario Airport settlement agreement released; local control at hand

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LA/Ontario International Airport. Staff file photo.

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/11/16 – 8:30 PM PST |

ONTARIO >> The final settlement agreement for Ontario Airport lays out the terms of the deal that will clinch local control and sets up a protection plan for the 214 employees at the facility.

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Los Angeles Times: Feds set 2018 deadline for new ID requirements

TSA

Starting Jan. 22, 2018, travelers with licenses issued by states that have yet to comply with the new ID standards won’t be allowed to board a domestic flight in the U.S. unless they have an alternative form of identification. Above, TSA personnel at the Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington. (JEWEL SAMAD / AFP/Getty Images)

Hugo Martin
January 8, 2016

More than a decade after Congress called for tougher standards for state identification cards and driver’s licenses, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced deadlines for states to comply with the new regulations.

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California Capitol

Juliet Williams, Associated Press
Sunday, January 3, 2016 – Updated: 10:57 am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers return to the Capitol Monday facing two of the most vexing problems from last year: a looming $1 billion hole in funding for the state’s health care program for the poor and a $59 billion backlog in road repairs needed over the next decade.

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Daily Bulletin: Passenger, cargo volume up at Ontario airport

Up Arrow

Passenger traffic is up 4 percent and cargo is up 13 percent at L.A./Ontario International Airport from November 2014 to November 2015.

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 12/29/15, 6:51 PM PST |

ONTARIO >> As they prepare to hand off control of L.A./Ontario International Airport, officials from Los Angeles World Airports are reporting a 4 percent passenger increase and a 13 percent increase in cargo at the Inland Empire travel hub for November this year over the same time last year.

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Daily Bulletin: LA City Council approves Ontario airport agreement

Ontario International Airport

A traveler at L.A./Ontario International Airport checks the arrival and departure monitors. The Los Angeles City Council has approved transferring airport ownership to the local Ontario International Airport Authority. The process is expected to be completed in July. (File Photo)

By Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Daily News
and Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 12/16/15 – 12:45 PM PST |

LOS ANGELES >> The Los Angeles City Council approved a landmark $250 million agreement that will lead to the transfer of ownership of LA/Ontario International Airport to a local authority, culminating a five-year battle between Los Angeles and Ontario.

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Kevin de Leon+Jerry Brown+Toni Atkins

California Gov. Jerry Brown, with Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, left, and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, in June. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

John Myers
December 11, 2015

In the eyes of Martin Weil, it’s not the hard slog of political deal-making that explains why his 26-year old daughter, a quadriplegic with cerebral palsy who is unable to speak, struggles to keep the services she needs.

It’s more like political malpractice.

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The Press-Enterprise: ONTARIO AIRPORT: Passenger traffic increases in October

Ontario International Airport

The number of flights increases; also, cargo tonnage is up at the Inland airport

Published: Dec. 1, 2015 – Updated: 4:59 p.m.

Both domestic and international passenger traffic at Ontario International Airport increased in October, up more than 5.6 percent. There were 380,584 passengers in October, compared with 360,256 for the same month one year ago.

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

The Union Democrat: Ballot proposal would divert high-speed rail money to water

Ballot Measures

AP California News

By Juliet Williams
Associated Press
Nov 12, 2015 – 6:57 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two well-known Republican state lawmakers submitted language Thursday for a ballot initiative that would ask California voters to redirect about $8 billion in bond money from the state’s high-speed rail project to build water storage.

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Foothill Freeway

The 210 Freeway and Sunland Boulevard intersect at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains, near where tunneling for the bullet train is proposed. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Ralph Vartabedian
November 3, 2015

The California high-speed rail authority bowed to pressure from California legislators and members of Congress late Tuesday and released a copy of a 2013 report showing a large estimated increase in the cost of building the initial segment of the bullet train project.

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The San Diego Union-Tribune: More trouble for governor’s rail project

Jerry Brown+High Speed Rail

By Steven Greenhut | Oct. 30, 2015 – 2:53 p.m.

  • Concealed report: Overruns, delays plague high-speed rail

Sacramento — One of the biggest problems with Gov. Jerry Brown’s efforts to battle climate change is the “do or die” nature of the situation. Based on his rhetoric, there’s little room for debate over costs, benefits, details and oversight. When the future of the Earth is at stake, then nothing else seems to matter. A new brouhaha over one of Brown’s signature anti-climate-change projects illustrates this situation.

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The Press-Enterprise: ONTARIO: Domestic traffic increases at airport

Ontario International Airport

Published: Oct. 27, 2015 – 3:48 p.m.

Passenger traffic at Ontario International Airport increased 1.64 percent for September over the previous year. The Inland airport had 341,089 travelers last month, compared to 335,589 in September 2014.

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

Lou Desmond

Monday, October 26, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

Estimable Economist Jay Prag joins Lou today on the show. They discuss local members of congress and their ideas for the economy. Rep. Mark Takano says that it’s not moral for anyone who works to live in poverty. Then, Rep. Pete Aguilar has ideas for businesses. But will they work?

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Foothill Freeway

The Foothill Freeway and Sunland Boulevard intersect at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains, through which about 20 miles of tunnels will be required. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Ralph Vartabedian
October 24, 2015

  • Bullet train project likely to overshoot budget and deadline targets

The monumental task of building California’s bullet train will require punching 36 miles of tunnels through the geologically complex mountains north of Los Angeles.

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Daily Bulletin: Ontario City Council reviews airport deal

Ontario

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/20/15 – 10:04 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> A deal that in concept would transfer LA/Ontario International Airport to a local authority was presented to the City Council and was reviewed behind closed doors Tuesday night.

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California Highway

Democrats and Republicans alike want to fix California’s dilapidated streets, highways and bridges, but there’s not enough support for the higher taxes that Gov. Jerry Brown wants to pay for it. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Chris Megerian
October 18, 2015

A little more than a year ago, Gov. Jerry Brown was touting an outbreak of bipartisanship in the Capitol. Lawmakers from both parties backed crucial deals on water and state finances — “a high point in our work together,” the governor said.

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Daily Bulletin: Ontario airport ownership deal on track

Ontario International Airport

On Friday, a $250 million settlement agreement for Ontario International Airport was completed.

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/16/15 – 1:29 PM PDT |

ONTARIO — Ten weeks after a press conference at LA/Ontario International Airport announcing a deal to return the airport to local control, an agreement spelling out the terms has been completed.

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Ontario International Airport

Published: Sept. 30, 2015 – Updated: 10:36 p.m.

  • But domestic passengers drop for third month in a row.

Passenger traffic at Ontario International Airport rose 2.26 percent in August over the previous year, driven by flights to Mexico that weren’t being offered in 2014. Domestic passengers dropped for the third month in a row.

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

The Sun: San Bernardino airport to get $1.3 million face-lift

SBIA

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 09/24/15 – 4:41 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> With air traffic increasing dramatically, the Federal Aviation Administration has awarded San Bernardino International Airport a $1.3 million federal grant to improve its taxiway.

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Gas Prices

The California Air Resources Board is expected to decide, on Friday, to restore rules requiring a 10 precent cut in carbon emissions on fuels sold in the state, by 2020, despite oil industry objections that it could drive up gas prices.

By Judy Lin, Associated Press
Sept. 25, 2015 | 12:38 a.m. EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators are poised to restore a first-in-the-nation climate change program that requires a 10 percent cut in carbon emissions on transportation fuels sold in the state by 2020, despite oil industry objections that it could drive up gas prices.

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The San Francisco Chronicle: Jerry Brown proposes $65 driver’s fee, higher gas taxes

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By Melody Gutierrez
Thursday, September 3, 2015 – Updated 5:02 pm

SACRAMENTO — California drivers would pay $65 a year in a new highway user fee plus higher taxes at the gas pump under a $3.6 billion plan Gov. Jerry Brown is pitching to help fix the state’s roads, bridges and highways.

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The Press-Enterprise: PALM SPRINGS: JetBlue returns to region; $99 flights to NYC

Jet Blue

Non-stop red-eye service to New York City is scheduled to begin in January.

Published: Aug. 31, 2015 – Updated: 1:37 p.m.

JetBlue will resume service to the Inland region in January after an absence of several years.

To read article by Fielding Buck in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Ontario International Airport

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/31/15 – 11:58 AM PDT |

ONTARIO >> The future executive director of LA/Ontario International Airport, under local ownership, could be named by December.

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Ontario International Airport

Passenger traffic at Ontario International Airport had a slight increase in July, with a drop in domestic passengers offset by a big increase in international passengers. (Terry Pierson/Staff Photographer)

Published: Aug. 28, 2015 – Updated: 11:12 p.m.

  • Bigger numbers for international travel offset a decline in domestic passengers.

Ontario International Airport had a 1.45 percent increase in passenger traffic for July, the small rise driven by international flights to Mexico even as domestic passengers decreased in the year-over-year comparison.

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

The Sun: San Bernardino Transit Center celebrates opening

"Local officials and members of the community attend the completion ceremony for the new San Bernardino Transit Center in San Bernardino, Ca., August 25, 2015. The new transportation hub will open officially on September 8, with ten local bus routes, two freeway express Omnitrans bus routes, sbX green line, Victor Valley Transit Authority, and Mountain Transit. The site is next to a Metrolink San Bernardino line extension to be finish some time in 2017. (Photo by John Valenzuela/The Sun)"

Local officials and members of the community attend the completion ceremony for the new San Bernardino Transit Center in San Bernardino, Ca., August 25, 2015. The new transportation hub will open officially on September 8, with ten local bus routes, two freeway express Omnitrans bus routes, sbX green line, Victor Valley Transit Authority, and Mountain Transit. The site is next to a Metrolink San Bernardino line extension to be finish some time in 2017. (Photo by John Valenzuela/The Sun)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 08/24/15 – 3:45 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The release of 200 butterflies at the newly completed San Bernardino Transit Center on Monday symbolized the same thing officials stressed repeatedly at the completion ceremony: transformation.

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InlandPolitics: California Democrats want more tax money

Taxes

Saturday, August 22, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

Democrats in the California Legislature want to pick your pockets again!

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California Taxes

By Jessica Calefati and Josh Richman, Staff writers
Posted: 08/20/2015 – 06:23:45 AM PDT

SACRAMENTO — State lawmakers on Wednesday took the first steps toward raising taxes and fees on motorists and further restricting Californians’ tobacco use as the Legislature convened special sessions aimed at solving the state’s transportation and health care funding crises.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
August 17, 2015

  • Roadwork, Medi-Cal and carbon fees big issues
  • Taxes for transportation and health care need GOP votes
  • Republicans, pressured by anti-tax groups, are leery

The Legislature reconvened Monday after a monthlong summer recess and immediately focused on what most members like best: spending money.

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Pothole

A backlog of highway repairs is just one of the funding challenges that have state lawmakers looking for new revenue sources. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

By Chris Megerian and Patrick McGreevy
August 15, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers will start tackling some of the state’s toughest challenges this week, and the solution to many of them may be new taxes and fees for Californians.

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IE Business Daily: Local Control No Miracle Cure for Ontario Airport

Airport

IE Business Daily

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Let’s get some facts out from the very beginning. The Airline industry has been running on shoe-string budgets for decades. Airlines go out of business every year. Competition and demand determine where and how many flights any airline makes. The cost of flying a plane is fixed based on aircraft costs, maintenance, fuel and staffing requirements.

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Fitch-Rating

Fitch Ratings says it will be watching the outcome of the tentative agreement between L.A. and Ontario.

Published: Aug. 11, 2015 – Updated: 4:23 p.m.

Fitch Ratings said Tuesday that the tentative agreement between Ontario and Los Angeles to return Ontario International Airport to Inland control will stabilize ONT, “but there remain lingering credit issues.

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

SBIA

Built on the former the site of the former Norton Air Force Base, San Bernardino International Airport is often described by local officials as one of the East Valley’s best hopes for economic growth. Norton closed in 1994. (Staff file photo)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 08/11/15 – 12:36 PM PDT |

With ownership of LA/Ontario International Airport now being turned over to the city of Ontario, operations at San Bernardino International Airport, which for years has struggled to land a commercial airline and shape its identity, should not be negatively impacted, officials said.

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Lou Desmond

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

On the show today, Paul Chabot and Cliff Cummings join the show to talk about an idea floating in California: a per-mile gas tax to pay for infrastructure upgrades. Couldn’t the money come from somewhere else? (Like the Bullet Train.)

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Gavel

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/10/15 – 10:05 AM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Attorneys for Ontario and Los Angeles were in court Monday morning. But this time they weren’t there to do legal battle over local control of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
August 10, 2015

  • California has nation’s second-worst pavement conditions
  • New coalition wants $6 billion a year for maintenance
  • Republicans hold key, generally oppose added taxes

Special legislative sessions aren’t bound by the time limits of regular sessions, so one on financing road maintenance could run another 15-plus months.

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Mileage Tracker

This undated photo released by the Oregon Department of Transportation shows a display device on the dashboard that indicates how many and what kind of miles a driver has driven. Proponents of a California transportation funding approach excluded mileage-tracking systems from its suggested revenue sources. AP

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
August 10, 2015

  • California budget includes $10.7 million for mileage tracking pilot study
  • Some say motorists should pay by miles driven, not gasoline pumped
  • Backers of Monday’s $60 billion plan say such a system still years away

Higher gas and diesel taxes, revenue from the state’s cap-and-trade program, and increased vehicle license and registration fees are among the possible sources of new revenue included in a transportation-funding package of principles put forward Monday by a coalition of local government, business and labor groups.

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Lou Desmond

Monday, August 10, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

Estimable Economist Jay Prag joins Lou tonight to discuss the announcement that the Ontario Airport will transfer back to local control. Will this be an economic driver for the Inland Empire economy?

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
August 9, 2015

  • City regains ownership of Ontario International
  • But airport, once run by Los Angeles, is still struggling
  • A San Diego deal might make it work

So, Ontario is getting its airport back. What now?

The small San Bernardino County city built the airport as World War II was beginning, allowed it to be used as a military training base during the war and resumed civilian traffic afterward.

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The Sun: ONT’s new owners face daunting challenge in turning airport around

Ontario International Airport

A man walks through an empty Terminal 2 at ONT/LA International Airport. (File)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/08/15 – 7:10 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> Three years ago, the formation of a local consortium to run L.A./Ontario International Airport seemed pretty pretentious, especially considering the airport’s owners were staunchly opposed to parting with it.

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Traffic comes to a complete standstill on the  southbound 55 freeway just north of the 22 freeway as California Highway patrol officers created a traffic break to remove a four-vehicle collision from lanes at about 7:15 a.m. ///ADDITIONAL INFO:  - Photo by BRUCE CHAMBERS, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER - photos taken 04/01/09 -  ORANGE – Four vehicles have crashed at the southbound 55 freeway just north of the 22 freeway, one vehicle apparently has caught fire, and the wreckage has two lanes blocked, the California Highway Patrol says. At 6:26 a.m., the CHP got reports that a solo vehicle had spun out and was facing the wrong way, blocking the No. 1 lane. The CHP now says at least two vehicles are disabled in the center divider, blocking the carpool and No. 1 lane. Two other vehicles are involved and police say smoke is coming from one. An ambulance and tow trucks have been called to the scene. The CHP issued a SigAlert to clean up the mess. Traffic is backed up to near the 91 freeway.

With people driving more fuel-efficient cars and fewer miles, some states are pondering the question of how to pay for road upkeep funded largely with gas taxes. (Bruce Chambrs / File Photo)

By Nicole Knight Shine / Staff Writer
Updated Aug. 8, 2015 – 8:44 p.m.

The next time your Prius bounces through a pothole, consider the conundrum California faces.

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The Sun: Local ONT control expected to boost regional transportation goals

Ontario International Airport

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/07/15 – 8:31 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> The transfer of L.A./Ontario International Airport ownership bodes well for efforts to regionalize Southern California aviation, say officials and supporters of local control of ONT.

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Lou Desmond

Friday, August 7, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

On the show today, Ed Hoffman, proprietor of Wholesale Capital Corporation, joins the show. First, LA has agreed to turn over control of the Ontario Airport to the Inland Empire.

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Ontario International Airport

By Dan Weikel and Hailey Branson-Potts
August 6, 2015

Now that Ontario has regained control of its airport in a deal struck with Los Angeles, the small Inland Empire city faces a substantial challenge to revive a struggling facility that has lost more than a third of its passengers since 2007.

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Los Angeles Times: L.A. will transfer airport ownership back to Ontario

Ontario International Airport

Los Angeles and Ontario battled for years over ownership of LA/Ontario International Airport. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

By Dan Weikel
August 5, 2015

After years of litigation and contentious negotiations, Los Angeles has agreed to transfer ownership of struggling LA/Ontario International Airport back to the city of Ontario, The Times learned Wednesday.

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Gas Prices

A new report from Consumer Watchdog reveals that since California’s record gasoline price spike began in February, Californians have paid $4.8 billion more than the rest of the nation for regular gasoline. (Chuck Bennett/Torrance Daily Breeze/File)

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 08/05/15 – 7:12 PM PDT |

BY THE NUMBERS
A new report from Consumer Watchdog shows that Californians are getting gouged at the pump.
  • Californians have paid more than $4.8 billion more than the rest of the country for regular gasoline since the price spike began in February.
  • Refiner margins — the amount of money they collect for each gallon of gasoline — set a record for California in July at $1.61 for branded stations.
  • Valero’s California profits hit $294 million during the second quarter of 2015 — 11 times more than a year earlier.
  • Californians often pay $1 more per gallon for gas than the national average.
Source: Consumer Watchdog

Southland motorists are used to getting gouged at the pump.

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InlandPolitics: Average California Gas Price falls .001 cents in two days

Gas Prices

Sunday, July 26, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

Sure! California gasoline prices really are falling. At least that’s what the newspaper headlines say.

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The Sacramento Bee: California’s gas tax drops to fourth highest in U.S.

Gas Prices

Lydia Holland replaces the gas nozzle after filling up at a Sacramento gas station in 2014. The Tax Foundation says in a new report that California’s gas tax, which recently dropped by 6 cents a gallon, is now the nation’s fourth highest. | Rich Pedroncelli AP

Capitol Alert
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 24, 2015

  • Pennsylvania has nation’s highest gas tax
  • California would have been No. 2 without recent cut
  • Alaska has the lowest tax on auto fuel

Both Congress and the California Legislature are noodling over whether to raise fuel taxes to pour more money into highway projects.

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Gas Prices

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IE Business Daily

By IE Business Daily
Saturday, July 18, 2015

Anyone notice the price of gasoline this week? Of course, if you are like most Californians who have to drive to live (instead of living to drive like the car ads), you have noticed that the price of gas is up 80 cents a gallon in many locations. In some locations, the price is above five dollars a gallon!

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ExxonMobil

Exxon Mobil’s refinery in Torrance currently operates at less than 20% of its capacity after a February explosion. (Reed Saxon / Associated Press)

By Ivan Penn
July 17, 2015

The refinery that has historically produced about a fifth of Southern California’s gasoline has been crippled since a February explosion — and may stay that way for months to come.

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Gavel

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/15/15 – 6:04 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Ontario will have a chance to prove Los Angeles mismanaged L.A./Ontario International Airport, causing anywhere from $1.6 billion to $4 billion in damages to Ontario’s economy, a Riverside Superior Court Judge ruled on Wednesday.

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Uber

Uber headquarters in San Francisco. (Eric Risberg / Associated Press)

By Laura J. Nelson, Andrea Chang and Paresh Dave
July 15, 2015

Uber — plagued by problems with regulators, drivers and taxi unions around the world — took a big blow in its home state Wednesday when an administrative judge recommended that the ride-sharing giant be fined $7.3 million and be suspended from operating in California.

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InlandPolitics: Is gas pump price spike criminal?

A gas pump hozzle is shown in Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, in Portland, Ore.  Oil prices slipped toward $82 a barrel Thursday, pausing from a rally that lifted the commodity to a three-month high this week amid a weakening dollar and positive corporate earnings. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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InlandPolitics: Oil Companies stick it to California driver’s again
InlandPolitics: More gas price manipulation: This time it’s creative!

Sunday, July 12, 2015 – 11:30 a.m.

In the past 72-hours the retail price of unleaded gasoline in the Inland Empire has spiraled out of control. It’s what happens when only four companies control the gasoline refining capacity for the entire state.

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Inland-Empire-Political-News-Political-Whispers

By IE Business Daily
Saturday, July 11, 2015

The State of California just passed a $125 Billion State budget which increases funding for education, welfare programs, and expands Medi-Cal.

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InlandPolitics: Oil Companies stick it to California driver’s again

Smoke and Mirrors

Related: InlandPolitics: More gas price manipulation: This time it’s creative!

Saturday, July 11, 2015 – 11:30 a.m.

California regulators and politicians talk a good game. Especially when constituents become heated over high gas prices.

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InlandPolitics: March Joint Powers Authority launches general aviation facility

March - Millionaire FBO

Friday, July 10, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

The March Joint Powers Authority has officially launched its new general aviation facility and fixed base operation at March Air Reserve Base.

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Taxes

Capitol Alert
By David Siders and Jim Miller
dsiders@sacbee.com
July 9, 2015

  • Jerry Brown, Democratic lawmakers seek funding for roads, health care
  • Billions of dollars in unfunded maintenance plagues California roadways
  • Health funding more politically difficult than roads, but both efforts uncertain

Inheriting a budget deficit when he took office in 2011, Gov. Jerry Brown tried for months – and failed – to reach agreement with Republicans to put a tax measure on the ballot. He finally bypassed the Legislature and went directly to voters himself.

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InlandPolitics: More gas price manipulation: This time it’s creative!

Gas Prices

Thursday, July 9, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

There’s some new spin on a now expected rise in California gasoline prices. That’s even though the price of crude oil has taken a steep fall in the past week.

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ontario airport

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/08/15 – 11:44 AM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Superior Court Judge Gloria Connor Trask ruled Wednesday that the city of Los Angeles must release Los Angeles World Airports’ executive directors performance reviews dating back to 2007.

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Daily Bulletin: Battle for local of control of ONT takes off

Ontario International Airport

Staff File Photo

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/06/15 – 5:53 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> From Sacramento to the Riverside Superior Court House, the battle for local control of L.A./Ontario International Airport is taking off this week.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 6, 2015

  • California’s highways are in bad shape
  • State wants $6 billion more a year to fix them
  • Can two differing approaches be melded?

The Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown have passed a new state budget, and that’s that, right?

Not on your sweet bippy, to channel comedian Dick Martin.

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Gas Prices

Consumer advocates say that oil refineries’ price manipulation are to blame for California’s high oil prices. (James Quigg / AP)

By Tiffany Hsu
July 6, 2015

Filling up at the pump is often painful in California, where drivers tend to pay more for gasoline than in most other states.

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Crude OIl Chart - 070615

Monday, July 6, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

The price of crude oil is hovering near the $54 per barrel range Monday morning, following a big drop.

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InlandPolitics: California gasoline price whipsaw not unnoticed

Gas Prices

Thursday, July 2, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

The abusive gasoline price swings oil companies dished out on California driver’s from February to late June hasn’t gone unnoticed.

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Tax Reform

AP California News
By Femit Nirappil and Judy Lin
Associated Press
June 29, 2015 – 2:37 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Legislature is holding two special sessions this summer to tackle long-vexing funding shortfalls in the state’s transportation and health care programs. But talk of targeted tax increases has prompted political hand-wringing.

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The Sacramento Bee: Opinion: Governor has two big wishes

Dan Walters

Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 27, 2015

  • Jerry Brown wants two big water tunnels
  • He also wants north-south bullet train
  • Both projects face bumpy roads

Jerry Brown has a vision, or a hope, or perhaps just a fingers-crossed wish.

It is that when he finally departs from the governorship in January 2019, construction will be unstoppably underway on two immense public works projects.

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Daily Bulletin: ONT passenger traffic up 2 percent in May

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By Staff Report
Posted: 06/26/15 – 7:27 PM PDT | Up

ONTARIO >> Since May, passenger activity at LA/Ontario International Airport is up nearly 2 percent. According to figures released by Los Angeles World Airports on Friday, 1.67 million passengers have used ONT in the first five months of the year compared to the 1.64 million for the same time in 2014.

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The Sacramento Bee: Opinion: Our roads are just shameful

Dan Walters

Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 18, 2015

  • Gov. Jerry Brown calls for new roadway financing
  • Californians already pay very high gas taxes
  • Would be it more gas tax or another levy?

There was a time when California was teaching the world how to build first-class highway systems.

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Sledgehammer

By Carolyn Said
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 – Updated 9:26 pm

An Uber driver is an employee, not an independent contractor, the California Labor Commission ruled this month, in a decision that foreshadows a big challenge to Uber’s business model and potential seismic changes to the nation’s classifications of workers.

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Court Filings

Los Angeles claims attorney-client privilege for the papers Ontario wants to see for the lawsuit

Published: June 11, 2015 – 4:37 p.m.

Los Angeles has filed papers to protect documents it wants to keep from Ontario in the two-year-old lawsuit the Inland city filed to regain ownership and control of Ontario International Airport.

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

InlandPolitics: Rapists in the night!

Gas Prices

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

Like rapists in the night, oil companies have picked, gouged and fleeced the pockets of California driver’s for the past three and one-half months.

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The Sun: Ontario airport’s international traffic continues to grow

Ontario International Airport

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

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

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

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tax

By Jessica Calefati
jcalefati@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 05/24/2015 – 06:13:21 AM PDT
Updated: 05/25/2015 07:14:59 AM PDT

SACRAMENTO — Since taking office in 2011, Gov. Jerry Brown has helped to resolve some of California’s toughest fiscal challenges — mainly huge structural deficits and old, forgotten debts.

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Thief

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

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

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

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

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

InlandPolitics: sbX Bus Line failure not going unnoticed

Monkeys

Monday, May 11, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

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

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The Sun: sbX ridership tops 500k for 1st year, with increase expected

Sbx Bus

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

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

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

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By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/09/15 – 11:05 PM PDT |

After two-thirds of a century, light-rail transit could be making a comeback in the Inland Empire, if funding is secured from Los Angeles County.

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

Court Filings

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

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

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The Press-Enterprise: ONTARIO AIRPORT: LA defends its control in court

City of Los Angeles Seal

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

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

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

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

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The comparative numbers are pushed by increased international passenger traffic that began April 2014

Published: April 30, 2015 – 3:17 p.m.

Ontario International Airport saw a 1.75 percent increase in passenger traffic for March compared to the same month last year, with international travelers bringing up the numbers because of flights that were added in April of last year.

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

California Courts of Appeal

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

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

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Gavel

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

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

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

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