Archive for November 16th, 2012

Reuters: Special Report: How a vicious circle of self-interest sank a California city

Administrator’s Note: This in-depth article was published earlier this week.

By Tim Reid and Cezary Podkul and Ryan McNeill
SAN BERNARDINO, California | Tue Nov 13, 2012 7:58am EST

(Reuters) – When this sun-drenched exurb east of Los Angeles filed for bankruptcy protection in August, the city attorney suggested fraudulent accounting was the root of the problem.

The mayor blamed a dysfunctional city council and greedy police and fire unions. The unions blamed the mayor. Even now, there is little agreement on how the city got into this crisis or how it can extricate itself.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO AIRPORT: Leader rehired for $351,000

Published: 15 November 2012 – 05:26 PM

The man hired to oversee San Bernardino International Airport and its related agencies following an FBI raid and stinging county grand jury report last year will remain at the helm one more year at a higher price of $351,000.

To read story by Kimberly Pierceall in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: LIBERTY QUARRY: Pechanga tribe to buy site

Published: 15 November 2012 – 12:24 PM

The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians reached an agreement Thursday, Nov. 15, to acquire the site of the proposed Liberty Quarry, ending plans for an open-pit mine that became of one of the most contentious land-use projects in Riverside County history.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press Enterprise, click here.

VVDailyPress: SCLA will again default on bonds

Victorville’s airport authority $3M short for December payment
November 15, 2012 8:27 PM
Brooke Edwards Staggs, City Editor

VICTORVILLE • The city’s airport authority is set to once again default on its hefty bond debt, coming up nearly $3 million short to make a payment due Dec. 1.

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VVDailyPress: Mitzelfelt reflects on last four years


November 15, 2012 5:31 PM

APPLE VALLEY • As 1st District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt is wrapping up his tenure, he summed up his post by stating: “It was a difficult time to serve.”

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Gov. Jerry Brown’s campaign for Proposition 30, his sales and income tax increase, more or less promised voters that it would solve the state’s chronic budget problems.

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