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 Criminal Complaint Alleges Bribery &      DA
 Extortion Scheme in Colonies Settlement Probing
                                                                                                                                                  Rancho
   More than three years    northeastern     Upland,                                   the events outlined in       California      Attorney
after a controversial 3-2   the California Attorney                                    the indictments, nor the     General Edmund Brown,
vote of the board of su-    General’s Office and the                                   other two members of         chief assistant attorney
pervisors as it was then
composed to confer a
$102 million settlement
                            San Bernardino County
                            District Attorney’s Of-
                            fice this week charged
                                                                                       the board of supervisors
                                                                                       who joined with Post-
                                                                                       mus in the November
                                                                                                                    general Dane Gillette,
                                                                                                                    senior assistant attorney
                                                                                                                    general Gary Schons,
                                                                                                                                                  Council
on the Colonies Partners    former board chairman                                      2006 vote favoring the       supervising deputy at-
to bring to an end a law-   Bill Postmus and his one-    that settlement was al-       Colonies Partners were       torney general James
suit filed by that com-     time political associate,    legedly engineered.           themselves criminally        Dutton, deputy attorney
pany against the county     Jim Erwin, with partici-        Of note, neither of        charged.                     general Melissa Mandel,
over flood control issues   pation in a conspiracy,      the Colonies Partners’           Rather, in the com-       San Bernardino County
at the Colonies at San      bribery and extortion        managing       partners,      plaint against Postmus       District Attorney Mike
Antonio subdivision in      scheme through which         who profited most by          and Erwin lodged by          Ramos, deputy See P 4

County Tightening Restrictions on Solar, Wind Projects
   The county board of      ty’s land use services di-                                                              als in favor of main-
supervisors this week       vision.                                                                                 taining or lessening the
adjusted the county code       The heightened regu-                                                                 existing regulations on
                                                                                                                                                     The San Bernardino
pertaining to renewable     lations were approved on                                                                both wind and solar proj-
                                                                                                                                                  County District Attor-
energy projects, impos-     a 3-1 vote, with supervi-                                                               ects. They were mostly
                                                                                                                                                  ney’s Office is vectoring
ing stricter standards      sor Josie Gonzales in op-                                                               residents who have al-
                                                                                                                                                  its focus on a potential
and regulations on all      position and supervisor                                                                 ready established such
                                                                                                                                                  bribery and kickback
such future proposals,      Paul Biane absent.                                                                      uses or were officials
                                                                                                                                                  scheme involving mem-
but exempting existing         The board heard near-                                                                with companies that in-
                                                                                                                                                  bers of the Rancho Cu-
ones and sixteen projects   ly two hours of public                                                                  stall them for domestic
                                                                                                                                                  camonga City Council
that are currently under    comment on the issue,                                                                   use or are intent on es-
                                                                                                                                                  and Rancho Cucamon-
submission to the coun-     generally from individu-                                                                tablishing solar See P 6
                                                                                                                                                  ga-based developer Jeff
 County Seeking Plans AIDS Program Funding Upped                                                                                                  Burum, the Sentinel has
                                                                                                                                                  learned.
for Amboy Fire Station The county is in- county had earmarked formerly known as Ti-                                                                  At the root of the mat-
                                                                                                                                                  ter is an August 2007 vote
   The county board of      Road - Historic Route        creasing the amount           $1,557,081 for such pro-     tle I, since 1994. Part
                                                         of money it will make         grams for the period         A funds are awarded           by the council, acting as
supervisors this week       66. The property has
                                                         available to three agen-      June 1, 2008 through         by the United States          the city redevelopment
took the first of two ma-   been donated to the
                                                         cies that provided med-       February 28, 2010:           Department of Health          agency board, to approve
jor financial steps to-     county by Albert Okura
                                                         ical care to AIDS pa-            Pursuant to action        and Human Services,           a $42.5 million contract
ward establishing a fire    for the purpose of es-
                                                         tients.                       the board of supervi-        Health Resources and          with National Commu-
station in the remote       tablishing the facility.
                                                                  Approximately        sors took this week,         Services Administra-          nity Renaissance for the
desert community of            It is now anticipated
                                                         4,000 persons living          the amount of money          tion, through competi-        extension and increased
Amboy.                      that at the board’s next
                                                         with HIV/AIDS in San          in that operational fund     tive grant applications.      affordability covenants
   On Tuesday, Febru-       meeting, on February
                                                         Bernardino and River-         will be increased to         The Inland Empire             related to 558 units with-
ary 9, the board unani-     23, the board will con-
                                                         side counties are cur-        $1,649,081.                  HIV Planning Council          in four apartment com-
mously approved ear-        sider the next step in
                                                         rently receiving as-             The public health de-     (IEHPC)      determines       plexes,     Mountainside
marking $300,000 for        the process, i.e., calling
                                                         sistance from the San         partment has been re-        funding priorities and        Apartments, Sycamore
architectural      design   for proposals to con-
                                                         Bernardino       County       ceiving funds under the      service categories for        Springs, Monterey Vil-
and engineering ser-        struct the facility.
                                                         Department of Public          Ryan White HIV/AIDS          San Bernardino and            lage, and Rancho Verde
vices for the facility to      According to county
                                                         Health.                       Treatment     Extension      Riverside Counties.           Village, located in the
be constructed on a 2.5     fire chief Pat Dennen,
                                                            Previously,       the      Act (Ryan White Act),           On January See P 7         city.
acre parcel on Amboy        “On January See P 2
                                                                                                                                                     The redevelopment

 County Hires Firm to Assess Operations                                                                                                           agency is an adjunct to
                                                                                                                                                  the city intended to ad-
                                                                                                                                                  minister economic devel-
By Joe Delgado              Performance Works will       start of a new fiscal year,   ness using limited avail-    topics related to county      opment, redevelopment,
   SAN BERNARDI-            collect to provide the       a change in leadership,       able resources. The con-     government, including:        and housing-related pro-
NO—The county board         county with recommen-        and the current econom-       sultant will compare San     strategic planning, com-      grams for the purpose
of supervisors on Tues-     dations on ways to im-       ic climate, according to      Bernardino’s model of        munication, collabora-        of eliminating blighted
day approved a consult-     prove the county’s func-     Dean Arabatzis, assis-        governance with eight        tion efforts, and perfor-     conditions,       develop-
ing contract with Los       tionality as a government    tant county administra-       similar       government     mance      measurement.       ing new public facilities
Angeles-based Perfor-       entity.                      tive officer.                 models taken from vari-      The consultant will then      and affordable housing
mance Works, LLC to            The decision to con-         The county feels the       ous cities in the state of   take the data collected       projects, improving in-
assess and evaluate the     tract out to a firm whose    audits by Performance         California and across the    from the initial eight cit-   frastructure, and spur-
county’s governance.        main function is to eval-    Works, LLC, will pro-         country. The purpose of      ies and use three of those    ring the local economy
   County officials said    uate government prac-        vide information needed       using the eight models       government models to          through business attrac-
they hope to use the data   tices is a response to the   to conduct county busi-       is to research various       focus on issues See P 2       tion /retention, See P 3
Friday, February 12, 2010                                 San Bernardino County Sentinel                                                                        Page 2
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                                                                                  Emergency Roof Repair at West Valley Jail
 The San Bernardino County                                                        By Joe Delgado                awarded a construction          ment of the Rancho Cu-
                                                     20, 2009 the county fire
                                                                                    SAN BERNARDINO—             contract for the gradual        camonga detention cen-

        Sentinel
                                                     division commissioned
                                                                                  The board of supervisors      repair of the roof as fund-     ter’s roofing system.
                                                     a historical preserva-
                                                                                  this week approved a con-     ing became available, but           The project budget of
                                                     tion architect to help
                                                                                  tract with Gardena-based      according to the county’s       $512,900 is comprised
                                                     develop a themed and
    Published in San Bernardino County                                            Best Contracting Ser-         Architecture and Engi-          of the following com-
                                                     historical concept de-
         Mark Gutglueck, Publisher                                                vices, Inc. to repair leaks   neering Department, the         ponents: design costs of
                                                     sign in order to main-
 A Fortunado Publication in conjunction with                                      and severe water damage       damage caused by the re-        $35,450; project manage-
                                                     tain the Amboy Route
         Countywide News Service                                                  to the roof of the West       cent heavy rain requires        ment and inspection costs
                                                     66 theme. County fire
                                                                                  Valley Detention Center’s     an immediate response.          of $20,000; construction
                                                     is also in the process
                                                                                  inmate housing units. The        On February 2 of this        costs of $395,480; and a
                                                     of completing required
           Call (909) 946-0900                                                    board made a finding that     year the county’s archi-        construction contingency
                                                     preliminary environ-
                                                                                  the damage is extensive       tecture and engineering         of $61,970.
       for locations to obtain a copy of             mental, water feasibil-
                                                                                  enough to threaten the        department received three           Any surplus from the
     the Sentinel or to provide news tips            ity and geotechnical
                                                                                  health of the center’s in-
                                                     studies. County fire                                       bids from qualified roofing     emergency fund will be
        10808 Foothill Blvd., Suite 160-446                                       mates and employees and       contractors. The lowest of      used for continued repair
                                                     desires to release an
          Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730                                              cause further harm to the     the three bids was given        and replacement of the
            SBCSentinel@yahoo.com                    request for proposal to
                                                                                  property. Because the roof    by Letner Roofing Co.,          detention center’s housing
                 909-287-5043                        solicit and select a qual-
                                                                                  has lost its integrity, the   a firm out of the city of       units’ roofing system.
                                                     ified architect or archi-
                                                                                  board authorized the im-      Orange, but the company             A county resident, E.T.
                                                     tecture firm to design
        Covering issues of public interest                                        mediate repair and signed     failed to fill out the neces-   Snell questioned why
                                                     a cost and energy effi-
 throughout the largest county in the lower 48                                    off on the hasty procure-     sary paperwork to provide       jail inmates could not be
                                                     cient new fire station on
   states is distributed at various locations in:                                 ment of formal bids from      what the board considers        used to carry out the roof
                                                     the property meeting
                                                                                  contractors that was al-      a complete bid proposal.        repair. Carl Alban, the
                                                     the themed and histori-
    San Bernardino, Redlands. Loma Linda,                                         ready done.                   At Tuesday’s meeting the        county’s head of archi-
                                                     cal concept design al-
   Lake Arrowhead, Grand Terrace, Colton,                                            The West Valley De-        board deemed Letner’s           tecture and engineering
                                                     ready completed.”
 Fontana, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Ontario,                                      tention Center’s current      bid as non-responsive and       responded, saying, “This
                                                        According to Den-
 Montclair, Chino, Hesperia, Victorville, Lucerne                                 roofing system was built      award the contract to the       is a professional contrac-
                                                     nen, “The request for
  Valley, Newberry Springs, Baker & Needles                                       twenty years ago and was      next lowest bidder, Best        tor using trained labor.
                                                     proposals has been pre-
                                                                                  made up of a rubber com-      Contracting         Services,   We don’t have that many
                                                     pared and proposals are
  Subscription to the hard copy version of the                                    pound called Elastomeric-     Inc., which said it could       trained professional roof-
                                                     due from architects on
 Sentinel are available at a rate of $4 per month,                                Hypalon. Over the years       do the job for $395,480.        ers housed in one of the
                                                     March 19, 2010. County
      $18 per six months, and $30 per year                                        the roof has undergone           The total cost of the        sheriff’s facilities these
                                                     fire will conduct the so-
                                                                                  expected      deterioration   emergency repair is             days. For a lot of reasons
                                                     licitation process and
                                                                                  due to normal wear-and-       $512,900, around half the       I don’t think using in-
                                                     establish a selection
             For prompt delivery                                                  tear and environmental        amount approved for the         mate labor makes a lot of
                                                     committee that will
           Send a check payable to                                                factors. In 2008, the board   initial, gradual replace-       sense.”
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        Jeneka Romero, Registered                    nardino County. Coun-
                                                     ty fire identified the       County               and details more relevant to San Bernardino County, Arabatzis
                     Weddings, Proms or              need for faster response     from front page said.
                      any Special Event              times to the I-40 corri-                             The issues taken from the closer examination of the three gov-
                                                     dor between Newberry         ernment models will include: the relationship between county management and the
                      (909) 628-8436                 Springs and Needles          board of supervisors, span of authority, and decision making policies.
                                                                                     In addition to providing the county with tactics borrowed from other models to
                      (626) 665-5611                 and determined that a
                                                     station in Amboy could       make the government in San Bernardino a more efficient entity, the firm will also be
                        Se Habla Espanol!            help fulfill that need.      conducting an audit on county government performance. The audit consists of four
                                                                                  components:

                 Frank Guzman
                                                                                     • Establishing key performance objectives for the government structure
                                                                                     • Reviewing and evaluating the current structure to understand its effectiveness
                                                                                     • Presenting alternative structures for the county managers and the board.
                         Attorney at Law                                             • Establishing performance metrics to evaluate performance and effectiveness of
                                                                                  future work efforts
   Former Prosecutor, Western State University of Law Graduate
                                                                                     The board authorized spending $87,500 to attain the services of Performance
 Handling all manner of criminal defense from DUI to Capital Murder
                                                                                  Works, LLC. The firm claims to have been performing such audits for fifteen years
                      Over 24 years in practice                                   for both public and private entities, including: Los Angeles County, Los Angeles
                         Over 200 jury trials                                     Unified School District, and Disney. The contract will remain in effect a mere 80
                                                          (951) 274-9798 (p)
                                                                                  days, from February 9, 2010 to April 30, 2010, when the final report is to be submit-
3633 10th Street Riverside, CA 92501                      (951) 274-9036 (f)      ted.
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Rancho Cucamonga              subsidization of the low       absent, the council, act-     sor’s office or the coun-    against Gutierrez.            of Mitt Romney during
from front page               income housing program         ing as the redevelopment      ty while on the county           The Hueston Report,       the California Republi-
work force development,       offered by National            agency board, voted 4-0       clock and often did not      as does Barnes’ affidavit,    can presidential primary
and tourism efforts.          Community          Renais-     to free up $42.5 million      show up for work at all.     dwells on the degree to       campaign in 2008 while
    For the last several      sance nearly nine-fold,        in redevelopment agency       He nevertheless consis-      which Jeff Burum, who         he was supposed to be
years, Linda Daniels,         to $35 million.                funding to underwrite         tently billed the county     was a major campaign          working for the county.
Rancho       Cucamonga’s         The district attorney’s     National      Community       for and received a full      donor to Postmus and su-         The intense focus on
deputy city manager for       office investigators have      Renaissance’s low in-         40 hours worth of pay a      pervisor Paul Biane, act-     Gutierrez, together with
economic and commu-           confirmed that council-        come housing activity.        week. Also, according to     ed to influence Postmus       the focus on Burum,
nity development, has         men Rex Gutierrez and             On November 7, 2007        Barnes, Gutierrez often      to hire Gutierrez. The re-    has now brought the re-
served as the executive       Dennis Michael, mem-           the Rancho Cucamonga          traveled away from the       port further underscores      mainder of the Rancho
director of the redevel-      bers of the city council’s     City Council, again act-      assessor’s office in San     how Biane successfully        Cucamonga city council
opment agency. While          housing subcommittee,          ing in the capacity of the    Bernardino during work-      interceded to keep Guti-      under the district attor-
Daniels has traditionally     were approached in this        redevelopment agency’s        days to attend matters       errez on the county pay-      ney’s microscope.
been given wide latitude      regard.      Investigators     board of directors, voted     pertaining to the city of    roll after a grand jury          The episode involv-
in the running of the         have grounds to believe        to issue $65 million in       Rancho Cucamonga, and        report in 2008 prompted       ing National Commu-
agency, she is ultimately     that Burum, or those           tax-exempt bonds and          sought reimbursement         the county to discon-         nities Renaissance and
answerable to the mem-        working on his behalf,         $95 million in taxable        from both that city and      tinue funding for several     the manner in which the
bers of the city council,     also made contact with         bonds. National Com-          the county, according to     non-productive positions      city council, acting in its
who serve in the capac-       the remaining mem-             munity      Renaissance’s     the affidavit for the ar-    in the assessor’s office,     capacity as the redevel-
ity of the redevelopment      bers of the city council       $42.5 million program         rest warrant. Barnes fur-    including that of Gutier-     opment agency board,
agency’s board of direc-      - councilwoman Diane           was funded from those         ther asserted that Gutier-   rez.                          overrode the profession-
tors.                         Williams, councilman           bond issuances.               rez abused county sick           “Supervisor Paul Bi-      al judgment of Daniels
    In June 2005 the          Sam Spagnolo and may-             That appeared to           time so he could conduct     ane, at Burum’s behest,       and the remainder of the
Rancho Cucamonga Re-          or Don Kurth.                  be that. For nearly two       Rancho Cucamonga city        extended funding for the      Rancho Cucamonga re-
development        Agency        Over the next three         years the program re-         business and on multiple     position until another        development agency staff
entered into an afford-       months the lobbying ef-        mained in place, with         occasions when he sub-       job could be arranged         to confer upon Burum’s
able housing agreement        fort to push National          National      Community       mitted time cards claim-     for Gutierrez at the San      company the $42.5 mil-
with National Commu-          Community          Renais-     Renaissance and Burum         ing he was in the county     Bernardino         County     lion subsidy has piqued
nity Renaissance, which       sance’s agenda intensi-        profiting by virtue of the    assessor’s office all day,   Economic Development          investigators’ and pros-
was formerly known            fied. Daniels and other        taxpayer subsidized low       his cell phone records,      Agency,” Barnes wrote.        ecutors’ interest.
as Southern California        city staff members, how-       income program.               which tracked his where-         Burum is one of two          According to knowl-
Housing, providing $6.5       ever, were reluctant to           In Spring 2009, how-       abouts, showed Gutier-       principals in the Colo-       edgeable sources, the
million for land acqui-       commit the level of rede-      ever, events were to          rez was elsewhere, ac-       nies Partners, a devel-       district attorney’s office
sition and construction       velopment agency fund-         overtake        Gutierrez.    cording to Barnes.           opment company that           has obtained search war-
of a 40-unit expansion        ing requested toward           And now, by extension,           At the behest of the      received a $102 million       rants for documents in
to the existing Rancho        the program in question.       events are progressing        county board of super-       legal settlement from         various files at Rancho
Verde Village Apart-          Consequently, a move           on a track to overtake,       visors, attorney John        the county in November        Cucamonga City Hall
ments.                        to fire Daniels was initi-     perhaps, Burum and the        Hueston conducted an         2006 upon a 3-2 decision      which potentially trace
    In April 2007, Dan-       ated, led by Gutierrez.        rest of Gutierrez’s coun-     investigation into the       of the board of supervi-      an untoward relation-
iels and other members           A battle royal at City      cil colleagues.               workings of the asses-       sors in which Postmus,        ship between several of
of the redevelopment          Hall ensued, behind               Last May 27, Gutier-       sor’s office under for-      who was then a county         the council members and
agency staff were tasked      closed doors and outside       rez was arrested by dis-      mer county assessor          supervisor, Biane, and        Burum.
with extending the low        the scrutiny and earshot       trict attorney’s office in-   Bill Postmus. Several of     supervisor Gary Ovitt            Among those docu-
income housing contract       of the public.                 vestigators and charged       Hueston’s findings have      cast the deciding votes.      ments are the minutes
that National Communi-           Despite the reserva-        with grand theft and          been incorporated into           Barnes also detailed      of the the city council’s
ty Renaissance had with       tions of staff, as the dog     misappropriation of pub-      the case that has been       in his affidavit that Guti-   housing subcommittee,
the city. Under the terms     days of Summer 2007            lic funds. The case the       constructed by the dis-      errez engaged in po-          which is composed of
of the deal Daniels pre-      wore on, Daniels and her       district attorney had put     trict attorney’s office      litical work on behalf        Continued on Page 6
sented to the city coun-      staff progressively lost       together against Gutier-
cil, the city was to subsi-   whatever leverage they         rez stemmed from the 19         Coast-to-Coast Metal Finishing Corporation
dize low income housing       once possessed in resist-      months he was employed            Specializing in metal finishing, powder coating and custom designed
through an arrangement        ing the Burum jugger-          as the intergovernmental                     lighting fixtures for both indoor and outdoor use.
with National Commu-          naut, as the remainder of      liaison with the asses-
nity Renaissance by $3.9      the city council - which       sor’s office under former           Proprietor Gil Bernal has 25 years experience in all phases of metal
million.                      ultimately as the redevel-     assessor Bill Postmus.              finishing and decorating and personally manages his own foundry.
    National Community        opment agency’s board             In the declaration sup-
Renaissance’s chairman        of directors possessed         porting the warrant for                             All Products made entirely in the USA
and founder is Jeffrey        final authority over the       his arrest signed by dis-
Burum, who in addi-           action of the redevelop-       trict attorney’s office in-
tion to running National      ment agency - gradually        vestigator Gary Barnes,
                                                                                                                        (626) 282-2122
Community and Renais-         lined up with Gutierrez.       Gutierrez was alleged
sance, has a controlling
interest in other develop-
ment companies, includ-
                                 On August 15, 2007,
                              with Mayor Don Kurth
                                                             to have engaged in work
                                                             unrelated to the asses-        ASN Depot, Inc.
ing Rancho Cucamonga-
based Colonies Partners
                                Rancho Computers, Inc.                                             “Technology Made Easy”
and Rancho Cucamon-                                                                            - Custom Notebooks                        - DSL Set-up
ga-based Diversified Pa-                                       Custom Laptops                  - Custom Desktops                         - Digital Surveillance Systems
cific.                                                        Custom Desktops                  - Wesite Development                      - Spy Cameras
    In May 2007, district                                                                      - Virus & Spyware Removal                 - Night Vision Cameras
                                                                 Web Design
attorney’s investigators                                                                       - Laptop Repairs                          - Media Center PCs
have confirmed, Burum                                         Digital Surveillance             - Desktop Repairs                         - Kitchen Entertainment Systems
approached at least two                                             Systems                    - Wireless Network Set-up                 - Digital Picture Frames
members of the Rancho
Cucamonga City Coun-                                                                                                 3580 Grand Avenue, Suite N
                               8188 Rochester Ave, Suite B           (909) 466-0600 (t)
cil and began pressur-                                                                                                  Chino Hills, CA 91709
                               Rancho Cucamonga, CA                 (909) 438-6430 (c)
ing them to up the city                                                                      (866) 477-3225 (toll free) (909) 548-0545 (office) (909) 910 6717 (mobile)
                               info@ranchocomp.com                  (909) 466-0667 (f)
redevelopment agency’s                                                                               www.asndepot.com salman.nasir@asndepot.com (email)
Friday, February 12, 2010                                        San Bernardino County Sentinel                                                                         Page 4
Bribery                          According to the           fendant Erwin and John        chairman of the board         Postmus        immediately    against the county. On or
from front page               criminal complaint, Bu-       Doe #3 [O’Reilly] joined      of supervisors in 2005.       went to county admin-         between January 1, 2006,
district attorney Lewis       rum and Richards and          the conspiracy and both       He ran successfully for       istrative officer Mark        and November 7, 2006, at
Cope and deputy district      their company became          conveyed various threats      county assessor in 2006,      Uffer and stated, ‘We’ve      the request of John Doe
attorney John Goritz 45       embroiled in a legal dis-     and/or        inducements     taking office as assessor     got to settle this Colonies   #1, defendant Erwin cre-
overt criminal acts were      pute over a 67-acre flood     from John Doe #1 and          in January of 2007. He        thing.’”                      ated political mailers for
listed involving Postmus,     control basin lying within    John Doe #2 to Defen-         resigned as assessor on          The complaint says         the assessor’s race de-
Erwin, Colonies general       the 464 acres the Colo-       dant Postmus, John Doe        February 6, 2009.             that “sometime between        picting defendant Post-
partners Jeff Burum and       nies Partners had pur-        #4 [Kirk] and John Doe           Erwin was the presi-       January 1, 2005, and No-      mus’ addiction to drugs
Dan Richards, Colonies        chased in Upland from         #5 [Biane]. John Doe #4       dent of the Sheriff’s Em-     vember 28, 2006, John         and his homosexuality to
media consultant Patrick      the San Antonio Liquida-      agreed to accept a bribe to   ployees Benefit Associa-      Doe #1 [Burum] offered        be used to influence de-
O’Reilly, county Fourth       tion Trust and which the      deliver the vote of Ovitt.    tion (SEBA) from 1997         to give John Doe #4           fendant Postmus to vote
District chief of staff       company was determined        Defendant Postmus and         until February of 2005        [Mark Kirk] $100,000          in favor of a settlement
Mark Kirk, and county         to develop. The county        John Doe #5 joined the        and became executive di-      if John Doe #4 would          in the Colonies lawsuit
Second District supervi-      flood control division as-    conspiracy by agreeing        rector of that association    obtain Ovitt’s vote for a     against the county. On or
sor Paul Biane or a com-      serted easement rights to     to accept a bribe to vote     in April, 2005. In 2006       settlement amount dictat-     between January 1, 2006,
bination thereof. Burum,      that flood control basin,     to approve the Colonies       Erwin, according to the       ed by John Doe #1 in the      and November 7, 2006,
Richards, O’Reilly, Kirk      rights which were chal-       settlement. “                 complaint, served as an       Colonies lawsuit against      defendant Erwin advised
and Burum are not iden-       lenged in a lawsuit filed         The complaint contin-     agent for Burum. In Jan-      the County.”                  Aleman that if there were
tified by name but rather     by the Colonies Partners      ues, “On November 28,         uary of 2007, Erwin was          The complaint states       a settlement of the lawsuit
as John Does one through      in 2002. In its suit the      2006, Defendant Post-         appointed assistant as-       that between January          that John Doe #1 found
five respectively.            company claimed its right     mus and John Doe #5           sessor of San Bernardino      1, 2005, and November         favorable, the mailers
    Also named as players     to develop the property       [Biane], along with Ovitt,    County by Postmus, a          28, 2006, “John Doe #1        depicting defendant Post-
in the massive scheme,        was damaged and limited       voted, as members of the      position from which he        [Burum] offered to give       mus’ addiction to drugs
and identified by name,       by the county’s easement      Board of Supervisors, to      resigned in November          $100,000 to Defendant         and his homosexuality
are Fourth District su-       claim and use of the prop-    approve a $102 million        of 2007. In 2008, Erwin       Erwin if defendant Er-        would not go out. On or
pervisor Gary Ovitt, Bi-      erty for flood control pur-   settlement with Colonies      joined the supervisorial      win would assist him in       between January 1, 2006,
ane’s chief of staff Matt     poses. Penultimately, an      to be paid by the county.     campaign of Neil Derry,       obtaining a settlement        and November 7, 2006,
Brown, Adam Aleman,           appeals court ruled that      No member of the county       and after Derry’s elec-       amount dictated by John       defendant Erwin created
who worked for Postmus        the county’s easement to      counsel’s staff, nor any      tion, was chosen by Der-      Doe #1 in the Colonies        political mailers in oppo-
in the assessor’s office      30 of the acres was clear.    private attorney retained     ry to serve as his chief of   lawsuit against the coun-     sition to Measure P that
and in his supervisor’s          According to the crim-     by the county, endorsed       staff..                       ty.”                          asserted that John Doe
office, Postmus’ business     inal complaint, “At an        the settlement amount.           The criminal com-             The complaint says         #5 [Biane] had excessive
partner Dino DeFazio,         unknown time after the        Defendant Postmus and         plaint’s description of       that in addition to offer-    indebtedness and was un-
and political consultant      lawsuit was filed, John       John Doe #5 [Biane] vot-      overt acts includes the as-   ing positive incentives       able to pay his bills. The
Mike Richman.                 Doe #1 [Burum] and            ed knowing that they had      sertion that during a dis-    in terms of money to the      mailers were to be used
    At a press conference     John Doe #2 [Richards]        a financial interest in the   covery and trade mission      members of the board of       to influence John Doe #5
announcing the charges        concocted a scheme to         outcome. After Colonies       to China between Sep-         supervisors and their as-     to vote in favor of a settle-
against Erwin and Post-       obtain a monetary settle-     received substantial sums     tember 8, 2005 and Sep-       sociates to obtain their      ment in the Colonies law-
mus, attorney general         ment from the county          of money from the settle-     tember 20, 2005, Burum        cooperation, Burum and        suit against county. On or
Brown called the circum-      through corrupt means.        ment with the County,         traveled with Postmus         Richards also engaged         between October 1, 2006,
stances surrounding the       On or between January 1,      John Doe #1 [Burum]           and while in China “pro-      in acts of extortion to in-   and November 28, 2006,
charges “the most ap-         2005, and November 29,        and John Doe #2 [Rich-        vided meals, entertain-       timidate the board of su-     Defendant Postmus and
palling corruption case in    2006, John Doe #1 and         ards] distributed from        ment, and the services of     pervisors into complying      John Doe #1 engaged in
decades, certainly in the     John Doe #2 attempted         Colonies the agreed upon      a prostitute to defendant     with their goal of obtain-    negotiations concerning
history of San Bernardi-      to corruptly influence        bribes and payments to        Postmus and promised          ing a favorable settlement    the settlement amount for
no County and maybe           members of the board          Defendant Postmus, De-        to take care of defendant     of the lawsuit. That extor-   the Colonies lawsuit at
California itself. Individ-   of supervisors through a      fendant Erwin, John Doe       Postmus for the rest of       tion entailed blackmail-      the Doubletree Hotel in
uals corrupted public of-     combination of threats,       #4 [Kirk], and John Doe       his political career if he    ing Postmus with regard       Ontario with Defendant
fice and were able to grab    extortion, inducements,       #5 Biane.”                    would support a settle-       to his homosexuality and      Erwin and John Doe #3
more than $100 million        and bribery in order to           Postmus was first         ment of the Colonies law-     drug use, prosecutors al-     [O’Reilly] acting as inter-
of the taxpayers’ money       secure their vote in fa-      elected to the board of       suit.”                        lege.                         mediaries. On or between
through this scheme.”         vor of a settlement. De-      supervisors in 2000 and          The complaint says            “In 2006 County vot-       October 1, 2006, and No-
                                                            was reelected to that po-     that “upon return from        ers were presented with       vember 28, 2006, during
    Founders Scholarships                                   sition in 2004, becoming      the mission, defendant        Measure P whose passage
                                                                                                                        would raise the salaries
                                                                                                                                                      the negotiations concern-
                                                                                                                                                      ing the settlement amount
 Available to Early Oak Valley College Applicants

   Oak Valley College, a residential campus,
nestled into the San Bernardino Mountain Wilder-
                                                                Turf Turner                                             of board of supervisors
                                                                                                                        members from $99,000
                                                                                                                        to $152,000. John Doe #1
                                                                                                                                                      for the Colonies lawsuit at
                                                                                                                                                      the Doubletree Hotel, de-
                                                                                                                                                      fendant Erwin conveyed

ness, offers a curriculum based in the liberal arts,
                                                                -Disking                   -Roto-tilling                [Burum] and John Doe          to defendant Postmus
                                                                                                                        #2 [Richards] conducted       various threats from John
with courses in the sciences, humanities, business,             -Field Disking             -Weed Mowing                 a campaign against Mea-       Doe #1 [Burum] to defen-
management, and entrepreneurship.                               -Lawns                     -Gardens                     sure P as a means to ob-      dant Postmus’ that would
      The college offers two    majors, Business                -Fields                    -Hillsides                   tain influence over John      be carried out if the terms
and Public Affairs. Business majors may work                                                                            Doe #5 [Biane] in order       dictated by John Doe #1
                                                                -Vineyards                 -Citrus Groves
in private firms. Public Affairs majors may work in                                                                     to obtain a settlement        for the settlement of the
                                                                                                                        in the Colonies lawsuit       Colonies lawsuit were not
non-profit organizations, media relations, ministry,
government or social services.                                        (909) 989-7707                                    against the county,” the
                                                                                                                        complaint states. “On or
                                                                                                                                                      accepted.”
                                                                                                                                                          The complaint delin-
   Classes are small and      taught by Christian                                                                       between January 1, 2006,      eates an effort to bribe
professionals at the institution of higher learn-                                                                       and November 28, 2006,        Biane and Kirk, a strat-
ing, located 30 minutes east of Highland, CA.                                                                           John Doe #1 [Burum]           egy that dovetailed with
   Merit and need-based scholarships are                                                                                hired private investiga-      a similar effort to influ-
                                                                                                                        tors to go through de-        ence Postmus, according
available. Founders Scholarships of $5,000+                                                                             fendant Postmus’ trash        to prosecutors.
will be given to those who apply early.                                                                                 to find incriminating             “On or between Janu-
   Contact Kimberly Toole, admissions officer at
(909) 965-2247 or ktoole@oakvalleycollege.org.
                                                                       Jewelry                                          information that could        ary 1, 2006, and Novem-
                                                                                                                        be used to pressure de-       ber 28, 2006, John Doe
                                                                                                                        fendant Postmus to vote       #1 [Burum] communi-
 Free online application to Oak Valley College can                   Serving the Inland Empire                          in favor of a settlement      cated to John Doe #5
    be submitted at www.oakvalleycollege.org.                      Alma Jimenez (909) 919-4370                          in the Colonies lawsuit       Continued on Page 5
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Bribery                           According to the com-    Empire PAC with De-          the Alliance for Ethical      Central Committee. On        or about September 15,
from page 4                   plaint, after the Postmus,   Fazio as the named chair-    Government. On or about       or about June 15, 2007,      2008, defendant Erwin
[Biane] that John Doe #5      Biane and Ovitt made the     man and to further direct    May 16, 2007, John Doe        John Doe #1 [Burum] and      forged the signature of
would receive $100,000        settlement vote, Burum       expenditures through the     #1 [Burum] wrote check        John Doe #2 [Richards]       director Steven Hauer on
if John Doe #5 voted for      and Richards made good       e-mail account as if Ale-    #4533 for $100,000 from       signed check #4579 for       a payment authorization
a settlement in the Colo-     on their promises to pro-    man were DeFazio. On or      Colonies to the Alliance      $100,000 from Colonies       from the Committee for
nies lawsuit against the      vide money to them and/      between June 1, 2007, to     for Ethical Government        to the San Bernardino        Effective      Government
county. On or between         or their associates. That    July 12, 2007, defendant     PAC. On or about May          County Young Republi-        PAC that directed the
January 1, 2006, and          money was laundered to       Postmus, Aleman, and         25, 2007, John Doe #4         cans PAC secretly con-       payment of $5,000 to de-
November 1, 2006, John        the recipients in the form   Richman agreed to the        directed his campaign ac-     trolled by John Doe #5       fendant Erwin; payment
Doe #1 advised defen-         of donations to political    creation of the “Conser-     countant to complete the      [Biane]. On or between       was made to defendant
dant Postmus that if there    action committees the        vatives for a Republican     establishment of the Alli-    June 15, 2007, and Sep-      Erwin on the same date.”
were a favorable settle-      supervisors or their asso-   Majority” PAC secretly       ance for Ethical Govern-      tember 15, 2008, John           Ramos said that no
ment of the Colonies law-     ciates controlled, accord-   controlled by defendant      ment PAC that he secretly     Doe #5 directed that the     charges have been lodged
suit, as dictated by John     ing to prosecutors.          Postmus but naming           controlled.”                  San Bernardino County        against Burum, Richards,
Doe # 1, that John Doe            “On or between Octo-     “Mike Richman” as the           Some of the money that     Young Republicans PAC        O’Reilly, Kirk or Biane
#1 would give defendant       ber 1, 2006, and Febru-      sole member of the board     went into these political     pay campaign expenses        because prosecutors have
Postmus $100,000. On          ary 14, 2007, Defendant      of directors and execu-      action committee funds        for John Doe #5 and fund     not assembled the requi-
or between October 1,         Postmus told Aleman          tive director. On or about   was then diverted to the      the campaign account of      site proof to establish a
2006, and November 28,        that he was going to re-     June 29, 2007, John Doe      personal use of those that    John Doe #5. On or about     case against them beyond
2006, defendant Postmus       ceive $100,000 from          #1 [Burum] signed check      had been bribed, pros-        March 20, 2007, John Doe     a reasonable doubt.
agreed to vote to approve     John Doe #1 [Burum]          #4615 for $50,000 from       ecutors allege.               #1 wrote check #4417 for        Postmus is charged
a $102 million settlement     for voting to approve the    Colonies to the Inland          “On or between March       $100,000 from Colonies       with five felonies, includ-
of the Colonies lawsuit as    Colonies settlement,” the    Empire PAC secretly con-     1, 2007, and October 30,      to the Committee for Ef-     ing conspiracy, one count
dictated by John Doe #1       complaint states. “Defen-    trolled by defendant Post-   2008, defendant Post-         fective Government PAC,      of accepting a bribe, one
in exchange for $100,000      dant Postmus requested       mus. On or about June 29,    mus used funds in his         to be controlled by defen-   count of conflict of inter-
to be given to defendant      Aleman’s assistance in       2007, John Doe #1 signed     campaign account for          dant Erwin, to compen-       est and one count of mis-
Postmus. On or between        creating a PAC [political    check # 4616 for $50,000     personal meals and per-       sate defendant Erwin for     appropriation of public
December 7, 2004, and         action committee] that       from Colonies to the         sonal entertainment,” the     his role in obtaining the    funds. He was booked
November 28, 2006, John       defendant Postmus would      “Republicans for a Con-      complaint alleges. “On        votes needed to approve      into the Victor Valley
Doe #4 [Kirk] agreed to       secretly control to con-     servative Majority” PAC.     or about May 29, 2007,        the settlement of the Col-   Sheriff’s Station holding
obtain Ovitt’s vote for a     ceal the $100,000 he re-     On or about July 5, 2007,    John Doe #4 [Kirk] ar-        onies lawsuit. On or about   facility and was released
settlement of the Colo-       ceived from John Doe #1.     defendant Postumus ar-       ranged that check #4533       March 23, 2007, the Com-     after posting $225,000
nies lawsuit as dictated by   On or between October 1,     ranged that check #4615      for $100,000 be deposited     mittee for Effective Gov-    bail. He faces up to eight
                              2006, and February 14,       for $50,000 be deposited     into the Alliance for Ethi-   ernment PAC was cre-         years in prison if convict-
John Doe #1 in exchange
                              2007, Defendant Postmus      into the Inland Empire       cal Government PAC that       ated by defendant Erwin      ed.
for $100,000 to be given
                                                                                                                                                      Erwin, who last year
to John Doe #4. On or         advised Richman that he      PAC secretly controlled      he secretly controlled.       with defendant Erwin as
                                                                                                                                                   was charged with having
between October 1, 2006,      was going to be receiving    by defendant Postmus.        On or about October 31,       chairman, Clyde Boyd-
                                                                                                                                                   failed to disclose receiving
and November 28, 2006,        a sum of money and asked     On or about July 12,         2007, John Doe #4 sub-        vice-chairman, Elizabeth
                                                                                                                                                   gifts and gratuities from
John Doe #5 agreed to         Richman’s assistance in      2007, defendant Postmus      mitted a campaign con-        Sanchez-secretary, Betty
                                                                                                                                                   Burum, is charged with
vote to approve the $102      creating a PAC using the     arranged the deposit of      sulting contract valued       Presley-treasurer, Gloria
                                                                                                                                                   conspiracy, two counts
million settlement of the     names of his friends but     check #4616 for $50,000      at $10,000 to the Alli-       Affatati-Boyd-director,
                                                                                                                                                   of corrupt influencing,
Colonies lawsuit as dic-      that defendant Postmus       from Colonies to “Re-        ance for Ethical Govern-      and Steven Hauer-direc-
                                                                                                                                                   two counts of offering a
tated by John Doe #1 in       would secretly control.      publicans for a Conser-      ment PAC that he secretly     tor. On or about March
                                                                                                                                                   bribe to a supervisor, two
exchange for $100,000 to      On or about February 14,     vative Majority” into the    controlled; payment was       28, 2007, defendant Er-
                                                                                                                                                   counts of extortion, one
be given to John Doe #5.      2007, defendant Postmus,     “Conservatives for a Re-     made to John Doe #4 on        win arranged the de-         count of misappropriation
On or between October 1,      Aleman, and Richman          publican Majority” PAC       November 7, 2007. On          posit of check #4417 for     of public funds and one
2006, and November 28,        agreed to the creation of    secretly controlled by       or about April 16, 2008,      $100,000 into the Com-       count of forgery. After he
2006, John Doe #4 suc-        the Inland Empire PAC        defendant Postmus. On        John Doe #4 submitted a       mittee for Effective Gov-    posted a $380,000 bond
cessfully urged Ovitt to      secretly controlled by de-   or between July 5, 2007,     campaign consulting con-      ernment PAC controlled       and was released from
vote to approve the $102      fendant Postmus but pub-     and October 30, 2008, de-    tract valued at $10,000 to    by defendant Erwin. On       Continued on Page 7
million settlement of the     licly listing Dino DeFazio   fendant Postmus directed     the Alliance for Ethical
Colonies lawsuit with-        as chairman, Mike Galla-     Aleman and Richman to        Government PAC that               Get a unique perspective on
out the concurrence and       gher-vice-chair, Jeff Ben-   disperse approximately       he secretly controlled;
against the recommen-         tow-community outreach       $50,000 from the Inland      payment was made to             San Bernardino County politics!
dations of County staff,
County Counsel, and pri-
                              director, and Mike Rich-
                              man as executive director.
                                                           Empire PAC to defendant
                                                           Postmus’ campaign ac-
                                                                                        John Doe #4 on April
                                                                                        23, 2008. On or between
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the county.                   2007, defendant Postmus      sultation with the board     16, 2008, the Alliance for
   On or about November       directed that Aleman cre-    of directors of the PAC.     Ethical Government PAC          Green Life Tree Service
28, 2006, John Doe #5         ate an e-mail account us-    On or about March 18,        made non-monetary con-              -Tree Trimming    -Tree Topping
[Biane] voted to approve      ing DeFazio’s name and       2007, John Doe #4 [Kirk]     tributions in the amount
a $102 million settlement     asked Aleman to use the      contacted a campaign         of $6,336.19 to John Doe            -Tree Thinning    -Fruit Pruning
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Rancho Cucamonga                In 2008, councilman      to be constantly renego-       grounds to withhold ma-       ing to the housing com-       the move to increase the
from page 3                  Michael’s       campaign    tiating to keep workforce      terial pertaining to the      mittee decisions, includ-     level of subsidization
Gutierrez and Michaels,      committee        received   housing in the city.”          council’s discussions in      ing any closed session        through Burum’s com-
along with the notes/        $5,000 from Diversified        Noting that at the          closed session.               documents involved, but       pany.
minutes of the council’s     Pacific and $2,500 from     time of the vote he was           “There aren’t re-          just those closed session        “I did not hear about
closed sessions going        Kendrew Development.        relatively new to the          ally minutes from the         discussions relating to       that,” he said, but added
back to 2005.                   In 2008, mayor Don       city council, Spagnola         committee meetings,”          housing.”                     that it was brought to his
   A focus of the probe is   Kurth received $5,000       said, “I asked people I        he said. “It’s more like         Spagnola said he was       attention that Gutierrez
whether some form of in-     from the Colonies Part-     trusted - the redevelop-       notes staff makes which       not kept informed as to       had instructed redevel-
ducements were offered       ners and $5,000 from        ment agency staff, the         are generally put togeth-     what discussions took         opment agency staff to
to the council members       Diversified Pacific.        other council people who       er and then turned into       place with regard to the      accommodate National
to persuade them to sup-        Significantly, Kurth     were there before I was,       a synopsis of what we         Community Renaissance         Community           Renais-
port the provision of the    was not in attendance       the city attorney - for        agreed to do. They are        subsidization proposal        sance
$42.5 million to Burum’s     at the August 15, 2007      guidance. I was told this      pretty informal. None         prior to it being present-       “I did know that he
company.                     meeting when the ap-        would keep affordable          of them are recorded but      ed to the full council in     told staff that they should
   An examination of         proval of the $42.5 mil-    housing for a portion of       the DA wants to look at       August 2007 “I wasn’t         just give Jeff Burum
the California Form 460      lion contract with Na-      our residents in the city.     the notes prepared by         privy to the previous         anything he wanted,”
campaign financing dis-      tional      Communities     That was what my vote          staff. The only stum-         meeetings, as far as what     Spagnola said.
closure documents filed      Renaissance was made.       was based on. It had           bling block was informa-      was taking place with            The other members of
by Rancho Cucamonga’s           Kurth’s wife is a ben-   nothing to do with the         tion having to do with        regard to the amount of       the city council did not
council members show         eficiary of the Matrayek    contribution from Jeff         our closed sessions. By       money and time exten-         respond to a request for
that Burum and one of        Family Trust, which is      Burum. It was simply           law a council doesn’t         sion of the low income        clarification or comment
his companies, Diversi-      one of Burum’s partners     based on getting work-         have to release that, but     pricing agreement.”           on the district attorney’s
fied Pacific, were major     in the Colonies Partners.   force housing perpetu-         Jim Markman said that            Spagnola said he was       office action.
polticial contributors to       Burum spurned the        ated in the city.”             if we don’t turn it over it   not aware of any threats         Daniels, citing the
the political campaigns      Sentinel’s request for         Spagnola said there         will look like we are hid-    made to Daniels, includ-      ongoing       investigation
of all five council mem-     comment.                    were conditions built          ing something. So, next       ing ones to have her re-      into the redevelopment
bers.                           Sam Spagnola told        into the provision of the      week we have a vote           moved as the head of the      agency and its board
   Diversified     Pacific   that the Sentinel the       $42.5 million that en-         scheduled to release the      redevelopment agency if       members, said she would
contributed $5,000 to        money Burum and his         sured it was not just a        block of documents relat-     she did not go along with     have no comment.
Gutierrez on April 4,        associates provided to      giveaway of taxpayer
                                                                                        Solar & Wind                  portant things to be con-     lower the height of the
2008.                        his campaign fund had       funds to Community Re-
   On May 22, 2008,          not influenced his vote     naissance. “There were         from front page               cerned about? Why are         windmills, noting that
councilman Sam Sp-           with regard to National     restrictions on what the       or wind farms for in-         we spending time chang-       the larger and higher
agnola received $5,000       Community         Renais-   money was to be used           dustrial and commercial       ing something that has        reaching the blades are,
from Jeff Burum/Di-          sance.                      for and that made sure         use. There were some          been worked out?”             the more efficiently the
versified Pacific. On the       “That wasn’t a con-      that it had to be related      residents, however, who          It would be better for     windmills function.
same day, Spagnola re-       sideration for me,” Spag-   to projects in Rancho.”        maintained that the proj-     the county to encourage          Les Hamasaki, the
ceived $2,500 from Bu-       nola said.”The issue that      Spagnola said the           ects compromise the           the erection of windmills     executive director of the
rum’s business associate,    was brought before the      council was told that the      rural landscape’s visual      and solar troughs and         Green Technology In-
Dan Richards and Rich-       housing subcommittee,       district attorney’s office     and existential quality.      panels than to be layer-      stitute, told the board it
ards’ company, Kendrew       which consisted of Rex      has interested itself in all      Several of those who       ing regulations upon          should take advantage of
Development.                 Gutierrez and Dennis        action the council took        spoke took issue with         their advocates, John-        the vast expanses of the
   On June 23, 2005, the     Michael, was a proposal     with regard to Burum’s         the county’s proposal         ston said. “People who        Mojave Desert to put San
same month the Rancho        to extend the arrange-      company and other par-         to establish regulations      were originally against       Bernardino County at
Cucamonga Redevelop-         ment the agency already     allel issues relating to       “intended to ensure that      them are changing their       the forefront of the green
ment Agency first voted      had with National Com-      subsidized housing in          renewable energy gen-         minds. Those who op-          revolution.
to enter into an agree-      munity       Renaissance,   the city.                      eration facilities are de-    posed them are now               “This is an opportu-
ment with Burum’s com-       which is headed by Jeff        “Our city attorney,         signed and located in a       proud owners of the sys-      nity to look at the Inland
pany to subsidize low        Burum. The issue was        Jim Markman, briefed us        manner that minimizes         tems.”                        Empire as the center in
income housing with an       a dollar amount to get      on what the district attor-    visual and safety im-            Johnston said the op-      the fight against climate
infusion of $6.5 million,    those units he had - over   ney is looking for,” Spag-     pacts on the surrounding      position to wind turbines     change. Look at what
Diversified Pacific pro-     500 of them - locked        nola said, adding that the     community.”                   was particularly wrong-       happened at Kramer
vided $5,000 to council-     into a low income rental    council is not resisting          They expressed the         headed.                       Junction and the He-
woman Diane Williams’        agreement into perpetu-     the request even though        view that renewable ener-        “Wind energy works         liostation at Barstow,”
campaign fund.               ity so we wouldn’t have     it would have some legal       gy facilities, particularly   any time,” he said, con-      Hamasaki said in refer-
                                                                                        windmills, represent a        trasting it to solar pan-     ence to the large scale
   Read all about the intrigue in San Bernardino                                        new approach to life in       els which work only in        and experimental solar
   County political scene at inlandpolitics.com                                         the desert that should not    daylight hours. “Wind         fields that existed there.
                                                                                        be constrained by back-       is a form of solar energy     “Look at the leadership
              on the worldwide web.                                                                                   that comes from the heat      in terms of what the In-
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                     faST-fix
                                                                                        concepts.                     creating the wind. If you     land Empire has been.
                                                                                           Ross Johnston asked        raise the cost of build-      This will be the epicen-
                                                                                        the board, “Why are you       ing these systems, peo-       ter for the solar revolu-
                                                                                        backstepping? Why are         ple can’t afford them.”       tion.”
                                                                                        you concerned about this      He took issue with the           Rob Spinevis, who has
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                                                                                                                       AIDS                          of the Ryan White Act.
 County in Symbiotic Lease with Crestline Chamber                                                                      from front page               The county in 2009
                                                                                                                                                     renewed its contract
   The county has ad-         ruary 1, 2006 through          county to extend the         department of public         8, 2008, the San Ber-         with Binestar Human
justed its lease agree-       January 31, 2010.”             term of the lease four       works and its trans-         nardino County board          Services, Foothill Aids
ment with the Crestline          The Crestline Re-           years rather than ex-        portation division has       of supervisors approved       Project and Social Ac-
Resorts Chamber of            sorts Chamber of Com-          ercise either of its two     no immediate plans for       the release of a request      tion Community Health
Commerce to extend            merce has placed a             three-year options to        this 0.12 acre site on       for proposals (RFP) to        Systems to continue
the term through Janu-        modular building on            extend the lease, which      Lake Drive, the lease        solicit agencies to pro-      to provide services to
ary 31, 2014 for ap-          the 0.12 acre site. With-      will allow for a poten-      provides for termina-        vide medical care and         AIDs patients. This
proximately 0.12 acres        in that modular struc-         tial ten-year extended       tion by the county with      support services under        week the county board
County owned land in          ture, 550 square feet          term.”                       90-days notice.              the Ryan White HIV/           of supervisors made
Crestline for no consid-      is utilized by the Sec-           The upgrades to the          According to Gran-        AIDS Treatment Mod-           amendments to its cur-
eration.                      ond District supervisor        interior of the build-       ville M. Bowman, the         ernization Act.               rent department con-
   According to county        and the sheriff-coroner        ing are to include the       county’s director of            On June 3, 2008,           tracts with the Binestar,
real estate services di-      free to the county. The        construction of an           public works and the         the board approved            Foothill and Social Ac-
rector David H. Slaugh-       chamber has drafted            Americans with Dis-          transportation     divi-     contracts with sev-           tion Community to in-
ter, “On February 7,          plans to provide exten-        abilities Act-compliant      sion, the county is per-     en vendors - AIDS             crease the total contract
2006, the board of su-        sive improvements to           restroom and new car-        mitted to provide this       Healthcare        Founda-     amounts by $92,000,
pervisors approved a          the modular at its cost,       pet. The exterior im-        site to the Chamber at       tion, Bienestar Human         from $1,557,081 to
four-year lease agree-        which is estimated at          provements include an        no cost under the terms      Services, Desert AIDS         $1,649,081.
ment, with two three-         $50,000, in expectation        Americans with Dis-          of Government Code           Project, Foothill AIDS           In this way Bien-
year options to extend        that the facility will         abilities Act-compliant      Section 26227 because        Project, Inland AIDS          estar Human Services
for approximately 0.12        be used more often by          ramp and deck, pitched       “the chamber provides        Project, County of Riv-       will receive a total
acres of county-owned         community organiza-            roof, siding, four-foot      a service that meets         erside, and Social Ac-        of $116,127 after the
land, acquired for use        tions to host charitable       high stone wainscot          the social needs of the      tion Community Health         change; Foothill Aids
by the department of          and educational events.        and new windows. The         community, and be-           Systems – to provide          Project will receive a
public works transpor-           “In order to help           chamber also provides        cause the chamber pro-       the required servic-          total of $1,065,417 af-
tation division, located      amortize the estimated         ongoing maintenance          vides office space to        es, in a total contract       ter the change; and So-
at 24385 Lake Drive           cost of the improve-           to the site, which in-       the sheriff-coroner and      amount of $6,574,742          cial Action Community
in Crestline at no cost.      ments over a longer            cludes the grounds and       to the Second District       for the period of June        Health Systems will re-
The original term of          period of time, the            the parking lot.             supervisor at no cost.”      1, 2008 through Febru-        ceive a total of $467,537
the lease was from Feb-       chamber requested the             Although the county                                    ary 28, 2009, for Part A      after the change.
                              the board.                     spending large a mounts      it would be a mistake to     tors.” He likened putting     with the board to elimi-
Solar & Wind                                                                                                           windmills into residen-
                                 Linda Parker said the       of money for lobbying.       “slam projects up against                                  nate the 20-acre mini-
from page 6                   county’s move to tighten          She said the lack of      existing residential ar-     tial areas to placing live-   mum. He asked for an
founded his own acad-         restrictions on renew-         regulation “leaves us        eas. This is a big indus-    stock feeding yards next      exception to be granted
emy providing training        able energy projects runs      unsuspecting property        try. This must be done       to homes.                     to the projects he is now
relating to renewable en-     counter to the current         owners who are not           in a fashion that respects      An issue that came up      seeking to have permit-
ergy, suggested San Ber-      and historical trend.          windmill advocates who       the High Desert.”            was the requirement for       ted.
nardino County would             “It is frustrating to       will be minimally pro-          Skip Bond said that       a minimum lot size for           The board responded
squander its natural ad-      have national priorities       tected affected daily.       advocates of the wind-       property where wind-          by exempting those proj-
vantage by engaging in        that don’t match our local     This is a land use issue.”   mills “are making it         mills are to be erected.      ects and others that are
overregulation of the re-     policies,” she said.           She said she was both-       sound like windmills            Supervisor Brad Mit-       already under consider-
newable energy industry.         Some who addressed          ered by being “called        are the panacea to ev-       zelfelt, whose First Dis-     ation for permitting.
   Brett Hughes called        the board had a different      unAmerican or almost         erything that is wrong       trict covers much of the         Supervisor Gonzales
upon the board of su-         idea about the benefits of     a terrorist. A lot of us     today.” But he said they     Mojave Desert, said he        requested that the board
pervisors to “streamline      such projects, particular-     don’t want to be affected    are less efficient and       did not want to rule out      return the matter to the
the process by not plac-      ly windmills.                  by horrible placement        less lucrative than the      solar or wind projects        planning      commission
ing but instead removing         Terry Koztak said           [of windmills]. There is     public is led to believe.    on sites of fewer than 20     for further consider-
restrictions.” He said the    that the law with regard       the other side. There are    “How many wind gen-          acres.                        ation. Her three present
regulations needed to be      to such facilities was al-     those who are negatively     erators would go up if it       One of the provisions      colleagues,      however,
flexible, depending on        ready too “lopsided” and       impacted.”                   weren’t for rate payers      contained in the new          confirmed the new regu-
location and proximity        liberal because advocates         James Doles of New-       and taxpayers paying         regulations      specified    lations with a first vote
to existing development.      of the windmills had cre-      berry Springs, said that     the freight for them? I      that renewable energy         this week and scheduled
“Judge each project on        ated rules and regula-         solar and wind farms         am not opposed to wind       projects should be no         the matter to come back
its own merit,” he told       tions in their favor by        have there place but that    power in the right loca-     smaller than 20 acres if      for a second and final
                                                                                          tions. I would rather see    they fall within a rural      confirmation vote at the
Bribery                       mailer that I was prepar-      the vote.”
                                                                                                                       area zoned for residen-
                              ing that would have abso-         When he was taken         300 rooftops with solar                                    next supervisors’ meet-
from page 6                                                                               panels than 80 to 100        tial use.                     ing on February 23.
San Bernardino Central        lutely trashed Bill Post-      into custody the morning
                              mus. That flat out never       of February 10, Postmus      foot high wind genera-          Dilip Sheth pleaded
Jail, he told the Senti-
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were friends, that I black-   to be a tarnished witness.     single count of possession
mailed and extorted him       At that time I was actu-       of a controlled substance
and then I bribed him and     ally arranging through         was added to the charges
a year later he gave me a     SEBA’s PAC to make a           against him at his book-
job. Tell me if that makes    $40,000 contribution to        ing.
sense. The complaint          Bill Postmus.”                    Burum and Rich-                                           *Sprinklers                *Sodding
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The district attorney and     was a bribe, Erwin said.       and Erwin and the inclu-                                     *Patios                    *Hauling
the attorney genral have      “They are saying that was      sion of their actions in
staked their credibility on   some kind of quid pro quo      the overt acts alleged in
the word of one person,       but that was not the case.     the complaint. Biane and
Adam Aleman. He has           The offer to make a con-       Kirk were unavailable for                                                         (909) 578-2215 cell
climed that he came into      tribution to my PAC did        comment at press time.
                              not come up until Febru-       O’Reilly did not respond
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and that I showed him a       ary 2007, which was after      to messages left for him.
 Friday, February 12, 2010                                                San Bernardino County Sentinel                                                                        Page 8
 Time Warner to Provide Library’s Telecommunications
   The county has awarded
a $75,600 per year con-
                                  cost. Information services
                                  solicited proposals from
                                                                  munication        reimburse-
                                                                  ment. The e-rate telecom-
                                                                                                    Southern California Style
tract with Time Warner
Cable for the provision of
telecommunications cir-
                                  AT&T, Verizon and Time
                                  Warner Cable. Based on a
                                  combination of cost, ability
                                                                  munication reimbursement
                                                                  is based on a discount rate
                                                                  taken from the correspond-
                                                                                                                      It’s Raining Boots
cuits connecting the li-          to provide the combination      ing school free lunch pro-                                       By Grace Bernal
brary administration and          of services required, and       gram percentage applicable
the Chino, Grand Terrace,         ability to provide service      to the school district the          Though we hardly get much rain in
Montclair, Rialto, and Yu-        to all areas required, Time     library is located in. The      sunny California, when it rains it pours.
caipa, branch libraries to        Warner Cable was selected       library receives Federal        It’s expected to rain intermittently up
the county’s computerized         for a five- year contract. In   e-rate telecommunication        until the end of April. I love rain, but not
network.                          return for a five-year con-     fund reimbursements each
   Under the terms of the         tract, Time Warner Cable        year and currently realizes     working or running errands in it. I have,
agreement approved by the         waived      construction/in-    a 73% reimbursement rate        however, learned that rain boots come
board of supervisors this         stallation costs.”              received from the Federal       in handy during this season. They allow
week, the contract will be           The county will utilize a    Universal Service Fund.         me the freedom and flexibility I need
in effect for the period of       creative approach in com-       The listed libraries are        to walk in the rain. Let’s face it: lately
January 1, 2010, through          ing up with some of the         eligible for the e-rate reim-
December 31, 2014, for a          funding for the program,        bursements. Additional re-      it’s been rain today sun tomorrow here
total amount of $378,000.         Kieczykowski said. “The         imbursements come from          in the Inland Empire. That being said,
   According to county li-        cost to the library for the     the State of California         “The rain boot revolution is here.”
brarian Ed Kieczykowski,          internet service is expected    Teleconnect fund which re-          Those bright yellow eyesores that
“In cooperation with the          to be $75,600 per year,” he     imburses at 50% of the re-      adorned people’s feet are a thing of the
county information service        said. “However, the library     maining cost that the e-rate
department, the county li-        receives several reimburse-     program does not cover.         past. If you’re an observer, you’ll find they’ve become a neat and fun fashion acces-
brary sought to identify          ments from two programs         The net cost to the Library     sory that prevent your feet from getting soaked in the puddles, the lawns, the streets,
those telecommunication           that will offset costs. One     for the six listed branches     the parking lots and the sidewalks we must trudge across. I love having my boots
vendors that could best sup-      program is from the Feder-      will be approximately           readily available when challenged by the rain, and also in the early mornings when
ply the level of internet ser-    al Universal Service Fund;      $10,206 ($75,600 x 27% x        I go out to grab the paper or water the lawn. I’m also particularly fond of the idea
vice required at the lowest       the annual e-rate telecom-      50%) per year or a total of
                                                                  $51,030 for 5 years. These      that they are conveniently located in my entryway. I own 2 pair of boots and on a
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                                                                                                  rainy day I slip a pair on, on my way out the door and slip them off before I come
                                                                                                  inside. This allows one pair to dry while I am wearing the other. What I love about
     A Full Service Legal Corporation                             in the Federal e-rate dis-      the boots are the color and design choices they come in, and that I have something
                                                                  count.                          stylish to enjoy on a rainy day.
                                 Khandi R. Greer                     The additional cost to
                                                                                                      The design of a rain boot is a very basic one; which makes choosing a pair
                                                                  the Library will be approx-
                                    President                     imately $5,000 per year;        quite simple, unless of course, you’re into the name brands. When shopping at a
                                                                  this is due to the increase     department store buy them when in season. This being California, they disappear
                         255 N. “D” Street, Ste. 220              in bandwidth from 1.5 mps       quickly and won’t reappear until the following season. The easiest way to find and
                         San Bernardino, CA 92401                 to 10 mps. The increase in      choose a pair is online. By Googling rain boots, you’ll find an array of choices and
                                                                  cost is due to the increase
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