Archive for August 3rd, 2012

The Sun: Attorney’s action spurs San Bernardino’s early bankruptcy filing


Ryan Hagen and Andrew Edwards, Staff Writers
Posted: 08/02/2012 08:11:19 PM PDT

Related story: Citizens group discusses San Bernardino bankruptcy

Photo gallery: San Bernardino officially files for bankruptcy

SAN BERNARDINO – An attorney’s move to collect $1.4million the city had agreed to pay to the families of three men killed by police prompted an early bankruptcy filing to avoid paying the settlements, officials said Thursday.

“He was moving to execute, and had the judge taken action the city wouldn’t have been able to make its next payroll,” said City Attorney James F. Penman. “Bankruptcy protection prevents him from seizing our assets.”

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August 02, 2012 6:19 PM
Brooke Edwards Staggs, City Editor
Background on investigation:

VICTORVILLE • After a year-long review, the District Attorney’s Office determined Mayor Pro Tem Rudy Cabriales broke state law when he voted on contracts that benefited his wife multiple times over the last decade. However, a letter from Deputy D.A. John Goritz, who oversees the District Attorney’s Public Integrity Unit, states no action will be taken since the practice has stopped and there didn’t appear to be a malicious intent.

Government Code 1091 dictates that elected officials must disclose potential conflicts of interest and refrain from voting on items that will benefit them financially.

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County Supervisor Neil Derry left. Former San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman James Ramos right.

Published: 02 August 2012 04:38 PM

Former San Manuel tribal Chairman James Ramos outspent Supervisor Neil Derry by more than two-to-one in the June election, according to campaign finance reports filed this week.

To read story by IMRAN GHORI in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: CONGRESS: Bono Mack says end tax on Olympic medals

U.S. gymnasts McKayla Ma- roney, Kyla Ross, Alexandra Raisman, Gabrielle Douglas and Jordyn Wieber display their gold medals, which are subject to U.S. income taxes. (Matt Dunham/AP)

Published: 02 August 2012 04:15 PM

WASHINGTON — Turns out, Olympic gold comes with a little green, and Inland Rep. Mary Bono Mack is pressing legislation to keep the tax man from taking a cut of Team USA’s hard-earned winnings.

To read story by BEN GOAD in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

VVDailyPress: A look into VVCH buyer

Critics cite new buyer’s 2000 failure
August 02, 2012 10:40 AM
Tomoya Shimura, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • Bankrupt Victor Valley Community Hospital seems to have finally found a new owner after nearly two years of purchasing wars and smear campaigns.

The Victorville nonprofit hospital agreed in June to a $33.8 million offer by the Riversidebased KPC Group, which had once failed to close out a deal. Attorney General Kamala Harris will send a delegate to Victorville City Hall on Friday to hold a public hearing involving the proposed sale. Dr. Kali P. Chaudhuri, founder of KPC, is expected to attend the meeting, Executive Vice President Bill Thomas said Wednesday.

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