Archive for August 2nd, 2012

The Sun: San Bernardino files for bankruptcy

Some community members and officials are asking for a citywide vote on a section of San Bernardino’s governing charter that sets public safety salaries as the average of 10 similar-sized cities, saying it locks the city into too-high pay. Others say the section provides stability and fairness. (Rick Sforza/Staff photographer)


Ryan Hagen, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 08/01/2012 04:59:03 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – The city filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday afternoon, about two weeks before it was expected.

When the City Council voted July 18 to authorize Chapter 9 bankruptcy because of a $45.8 million deficit and severe cash- flow problems, officials said they would work as quickly as possible but expected to file in about 30 days.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/01/2012 08:36:12 PM PDT

Citing concern over potentially hindering contract negotiations with labor unions and the threat of litigation, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday tabled proposed ballot measures aimed at reforming pension plans.

Supervisors Janice Rutherford and Neil Derry proposed ballot measures for the Nov. 6 election that would require voter approval of any retirement benefit increases, have employees pay more into their retirement plans, change the retirement formulas and prevent pension spiking, among other things.

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Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 08/01/2012 03:53:25 PM PDT

UPLAND – The City Council’s decision in May 2011 to fire City Manager Robb Quincey has been upheld by an arbitration judge.

Judge Sam Cianchetti found that Quincey violated the city’s ethics rules and broke his employment contract by intentionally concealing his settlement of a claim brought by an Upland police officer who investigated a July 2008 domestic incident involving Quincey and his girlfriend.

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August 01, 2012 3:35 PM

VICTORVILLE • In one of his last public speeches as San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor, Brad Mitzelfelt spoke candidly about the High Desert to several hundred local business people and community members who turned out in Victorville early Wednesday morning for the State of the County address.

The event, hosted by the Victorville Chamber of Commerce, covered a myriad of general topics, including Mitzelfelt’s local obstacles and accomplishments in light of the coming end to his tenure following the November election.

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