Archive for February 27th, 2011

InlandPolitics: S.B. County to seek dismissal of lawsuit


Sunday, February 27, 2011 – 10:40 a.m.

San Bernardino County appears confident in its defense of a lawsuit filed by it’s former chief executive Mark Uffer.

They probably have every right to be.

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The Sun: Op-Ed: Rebuilding SB Valley economy



Mayors Pat Morris, Pete Aguilar, Larry McCallon, David Zamora and Rhodes Rigsby
Posted: 02/26/2011 07:09:41 AM PST

As the mayors of five cities in the heart of the east San Bernardino Valley, it is our collective responsibility to ensure we make the strategic investments required to rebuild our regional economy and ensure its vibrancy and sustainability for the 21st century. Our highest priority has been modernizing our region’s transportation infrastructure to ensure our valley is economically attractive to businesses, jobs and residents.

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The Sun: A complex picture lies in I.E.



City officials often differ on the use of RDA funds
James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/26/2011 04:08:51 PM PST

After Gov. Jerry Brown proposed eliminating redevelopment agencies, a seemingly unanimous chorus of city and county leaders up and down the state called Brown’s plan a bad idea.

But officials in San Bernardino are singing a slightly different tune. They say the state should keep some redevelopment agencies and eliminate others.

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Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz, who took over in July, is getting consistently good reviews from a variety of people.

11:36 PM PST on Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Conversation with Sergio Diaz, Riverside Chief of Police
Published: 2/26/2011 09:14 PM

The Riverside Police Department has been through its share of turmoil in the past year, from the sudden departure of the chief after a notorious drunken driving stop last February to the November slaying of an officer on duty.

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Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/26/2011 03:54:51 PM PST

GRAND TERRACE – As cities statewide argue that eliminating redevelopment agencies would jeopardize vital infrastructure and job creation, officials here worry it could claim another victim: the city itself.

Grand Terrace might have to disincorporate within a year if it loses its Redevelopment Agency, fears Mayor Walt Stanckiewitz.

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The Sun: Mello-Roos an alternative to redevelopment

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/26/2011 03:30:41 PM PST

Inland Empire cities can and have used redevelopment agencies to build freeway interchanges, storm drains and other big public infrastructure projects that aim to open land to new development.

But there are other ways to pay for those projects. One way, said Redlands-based regional economist John Husing, is to create community facilities districts or CFDs – also known as Mello-Roos districts.

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DailyBulletin: Teacher pension system on brink


Taxpayers may face larger costs
Staff and Wire Reports
Created: 02/26/2011 07:05:29 AM PST

As California school districts anticipate possibly the worst budget crisis in a generation, many will try to lighten their burden by enticing older teachers into retirement.

But as more and more teachers retire – with a pension averaging 55 percent to 60 percent of salary – they will be straining a system that already can’t meet its obligations.

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DailyBulletin: Budget dents service


Lack of overtime funds idles paramedic squad
Lori Consalvo, Staff Writer
Created: 02/26/2011 07:05:23 AM PST

MONTCLAIR – The Fire Department has depleted most of its overtime budget and will take a paramedic unit out of service whenever a firefighter is ill or on vacation.

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DailyBulletin: 8 at the plate


Vote 2011 | Claremont City Council

Rivals try different tactics to stand out
Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Created: 02/26/2011 07:05:23 AM PST

CLAREMONT – With eight people running for three open City Council seats, the candidates’ toughest fight has been separating themselves from the pack in time for the March 8 general election.

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Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Created: 02/26/2011 09:48:05 PM PST

CLAREMONT – Mayor Linda Elderkin is not through with the city even after she has decided to leave her city post in order to spend more time with her family.

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The PE: BEAUMONT: Ban on nonprofit pot shops proposed



11:50 PM PST on Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Medical marijuana collectives and cooperatives will be prohibited in Beaumont if a proposed ordinance is adopted by the City Council.

The ordinance, which is on the agenda for Tuesday’s Beaumont City Council meeting, also would allow the city to regulate the establishment of collectives and cooperatives if the courts determine it is unconstitutional to ban them.

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By David Siders
Published: Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Gov. Jerry Brown, traveling to Los Angeles to meet with business leaders Friday, sat with The Bee to talk about his prospects for a budget deal, his place in politics and life back at the Capitol. The Democratic governor is still jogging, working long hours and keeping his negotiating options open.

You’ve said the partisan divide at the Capitol was maybe more than you’d expected. Do you think you underestimated Republican resistance?

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