Archive for May 26th, 2010

10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

A corruption investigation that has led to the arrest of former San Bernardino County officials is dominating the contest for two supervisorial seats in the June 8 election.

Supervisor Paul Biane has represented the 2nd District since 2002. He faces five challengers.

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Ron Wall
Posted: 05/25/2010 08:14:08 PM PDT

I attended the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors meeting May 11. Two physicians reported concerns about the quality of care at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC), the political environment and the lack of action to correct problems.

After Dr. John Steinmann and his colleague Dr. Keyvan Safdari presented their concerns, the hospital CEO Patrick Petre defended the practices of the hospital. Members of the board asked questions to clarify what Petre described. A lack of expertise by the members is evident. They do not know the regulations surrounding hospital licensure, Medicare certification or regulatory limits to physician contracting. This allowed Petre to gloss over issues by providing vague responses.

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10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Residents straddling the Riverside-San Bernardino county border are organizing to protest a warehouse/business park project proposed for the defunct El Rivino golf course property.

The Rialto Commerce Center calls for 3.6 million square feet of warehouse space — about 75 football fields — on 164 acres including the 129-acre golf course, surrounded on two sides by residential properties and next door to Green Acres Memorial Park and Mortuary.

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RivPE: Riverside passes balanced budget

11:38 PM PDT on Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Riverside’s city budget for 2010-11 is balanced, won’t require layoffs and will continue the Riverside Renaissance public works program.

It also shrinks most departments’ resources, relies on $3.6 million in one-time revenues that aren’t guaranteed, and borrows nearly $4 million from unspecified city funds to cover bond debt for parks and the city’s takeover of the wireless network.

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Staff and Wire reports
Created: 05/25/2010 04:18:36 PM PDT

SACRAMENTO – Inland Valley state Sen. Bob Dutton this week blasted a Democrat plan to raise taxes by nearly $5 billion, largely by extending temporary taxes and delaying corporate tax breaks for two years.

Democrats in the Senate on Monday countered Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposed budget cuts with a plan to raise taxes by nearly $5 billion.

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Fontana’s idea for 1,100 acres hotly contested
Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Created: 05/25/2010 03:22:49 PM PDT

FONTANA – The fight between city leaders and some residents over adding 1,100 acres south of the 10 Freeway to the city’s redevelopment plans is scheduled to continue tonight at the City Council meeting.

The council is set to vote on resolutions paving the way for adding the area to the redevelopment plan for the Southwest Industrial Park Project Area, which was adopted in 1977 and has been amended eight times, with five of the eight amendments adding territory.

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SBSun: City faces $8.9 million budget deficit

Jesse B. Gill, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/25/2010 07:31:42 PM PDT

REDLANDS – City Manager Enrique Martinez wants every city department to cut its budget by at least 12 percent in the next fiscal to make up for another sizable budget deficit.

The city will face a shortfall of $8.9 million before the 2010-11 fiscal year begins July 1. Martinez said he plans to address the deficit through cuts before the outset of the fiscal year, but it won’t be easy.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/25/2010 06:53:05 PM PDT

High Desert residents will no longer have to make the trip to downtown San Bernardino to attend Board of Supervisors meetings under a pilot program approved by the board on Tuesday.

The board approved a plan to outfit the board chambers in San Bernardino and a facility in either Victorville or Hesperia with audio and video equipment that will allow residents to address the board with their concerns and opinions via closed-circuit video.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/25/2010 06:21:26 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDIN0 – Adults who host rowdy parties and allow minors to drink alcohol in their homes will be subject to hefty administrative fines under a new law approved by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

The “social hosting ordinance” returns to the board on June 15 for adoption and goes into effect 30 days thereafter.

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Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/25/2010 08:59:05 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – After weeks of meetings downtown and in the community, the school board discussed final plans on what to do about 11 district schools at a special meeting Tuesday evening.

At five of the San Bernardino City Unified schools that recently landed on a list of lowest performing in the state, the principals will be replaced and a new evaluation process will be put in place for teachers.

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