Archive for March 3rd, 2012

The Sun: Judge aims to schedule retrial in bribery case

Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/02/2012 12:42:06 PM PST

SB COUNTY – A judge wants to schedule a retrial in an alleged San Bernardino County bribery case at the next court appearance in May for brothers Arshak and Vartan Kouladjian.

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The Sun: Legal woes vex former Million Air franchise

A model of a gulfstream is on display at the Million Air passenger terminal at the San Bernardino International Airport. (File Photo)

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/02/2012 09:03:55 PM PST

Companies managed by embattled San Bernardino International Airport developer Scot Spencer are being sued for nonpayment of hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees and fuel costs to operate the now defunct Million Air franchise at the airport.

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Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Created: 03/02/2012 02:42:46 PM PST

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has said he would not approve the sale of LA/Ontario International Airport until the real estate market bounces back. The mayor cited his financial obligation to taxpayers as a reason.

The mayor made the comments to City News Service.

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Zook to take helm of Nibley, Utah in April
March 02, 2012 12:12 PM
Natasha Lindstrom, Staff Writer

SAN BERNARDINO • David Zook, chief of staff for San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt, confirmed Friday he’s leaving his post to become city manager of Nibley, Utah.

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SFChronicle: Ethics complaint filed against cougar killer

Peter Fimrite
Saturday, March 3, 2012
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A formal complaint has been filed accusing the California Fish and Game Commission president who shot a cougar in Idaho of violating California law by accepting a free hunt, complete with dogs and a tracker.

Daniel Richards, a San Bernardino County Republican who has been a commissioner since 2008, killed the cat at a ranch that normally charges thousands for the privilege, according to the complaint filed with the California Fair Political Practices Commission.

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Rancho Cucamonga’s Dan Richards is drawing heat for posing with a mountain lion he shot, but here he holds up a trophy 29 1/2-inch rainbow trout he caught and released on the Snake River near his cabin in Idaho.

Written by
Ed Zieralski
2:23 p.m., March 2, 2012
Updated 3:06 p.m.

ONTARIO, Calif. — It’s symbolic that Dan Richards, California’s most embattled official right now because he killed a mountain lion legally in Idaho when it is illegal to do so in this state, has five of his father’s antique muzzleloaders on a wall in his well-appointed real estate office in Ontario.

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Southern California — this just in
March 2, 2012 | 4:50 pm

California workplace safety officials have issued nearly $100,000 in fines against San Bernardino’s Patton State Hospital and the Central Coast’s Atascadero State Hospital, alleging in part that the state psychiatric facilities have failed to protect staff from patient assaults and have deficient employee alarm systems.

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Twenty California counties, including Ventura, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego, allow some workers to make more in retirement than they did while working. The coffers are underfunded by millions of dollars.


By Catherine Saillant, Maloy Moore and Doug Smith, Los Angeles Times
March 3, 2012

Approaching retirement, Ventura County Chief Executive Marty Robinson was earning $228,000 a year.

To boost her pension, which would be based on her final salary, Robinson cashed out nearly $34,000 in unused vacation pay, an $11,000 bonus for having earned a graduate degree and more than $24,000 in extra pension benefits the county owed her.

By the time she walked out the door last year, her pension was calculated at $272,000 a year — for life.

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