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  Friday, October 23, 2009 A Fortunado Publication in conjunction with Countywide News Service 10808 Foothill Blvd. Suite 160-446 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

  Ovitt & Biane’s Water Panel Motives Questioned                                                                                                     SBC
                                                         of supervisors meeting,
                                                         supervisors Gary Ovitt
                                                                                       at least two weeks when
                                                                                       Biane and Ovitt were
                                                                                                                    Oaks Dam, thus pro-
                                                                                                                    viding the region with
                                                                                                                                                  Bonds for
                                                         and Paul Biane were set
                                                         to present to their col-
                                                                                       faced with the questions
                                                                                       over the actual reason for
                                                                                                                    a drought bank capable
                                                                                                                    of supplying the water        $37.1 M to
                                                         leagues a request that
                                                         the county recruit mem-
                                                                                       their overture. Later that
                                                                                       day, the ostensible ratio-
                                                                                                                    needs of 700,000 people
                                                                                                                    utilizing water that was      Plug State
                                                                                                                                                  Fund Raid
                                                         bers for and form the         nale for the task force’s    previously lost to areas
       Gary Ovitt                   Paul Biane           San Bernardino County         existence was brought        downstream in Riverside
   What is considered       aquifer – fell under im-     Storm Water Task Force        into doubt when the          and Orange counties.
by many to be a worth-      mediate suspicion this       to, in their words, “de-      State Water Resources           According to a re-
while undertaking – the     week as a consequence        velop a fully integrated      Control Board in Sac-        port to the board dated
formation of a commit-      of questions that attend     storm water manage-           ramento unanimously          October 20 and co-au-
tee to ensure that storm    the motivation of the ef-    ment system.”                 voted to allow two local     thored by Ovitt and Bi-
water runoff is utilized    fort’s two sponsors.            The creation of the        water agencies to cap-       ane, “Traditional flood
for recharging the local       At this week’s board      task force was postponed      ture runoff from Seven       control has fo- See P 4

 Victorville Pushes Ahead with Own EB-5 Program                                                                                                     SAN BERNARDINO—
                                                                                                                                                  The San Bernardino
   The city of Victor-      pool of foreign invest-      be used toward further-       change for a minimum         to Victorville to be used
                                                                                                                                                  County Board of Super-
ville this week accepted    ment money to pay for        ing development at the        $500,000 investment in       in establishing South-
                                                                                                                                                  visors this week moved
the first $500,000 loan     infrastructure at South-     aerodrome, the former         domestic projects pre-       ern California Logistics
                                                                                                                                                  to borrow $37.1 million
in what is anticipated to   ern California Logistics     George Air Force Base         approved by the U.S.         Airport as a cargo hub at
                                                                                                                                                  to offset the loss of prop-
be $25 million worth of     Airport is pursuing a        which is being converted      Government.                  which merchandise com-
                                                                                                                                                  erty taxes now being
loans from Chinese and      lawsuit against the city     to civilian aviation use.        In 2008, CMB In-          ing in from and going
                                                                                                                                                  withheld by the state.
Korean investors under      and its officials.              The EB-5 program           frastructure Investment      out to the Pacific Rim
                                                                                                                                                     As part of the 2009-10
the federal EB-5 pro-          The Quan family from      allows foreigners to ob-      Group proposed, and          would land and then be
                                                                                                                                                  budget fix, the state leg-
gram, even as the com-      China has agreed to loan     tain a green card – i.e.,     the city accepted, utiliz-   dispatched.
                                                                                                                                                  islature suspended Prop-
pany that originated the    the city half of a million   legal residency status in     ing the EB-5 program to         That agreement was
                                                                                                                                                  osition 1A, which was
concept of using a large    dollars. That money is to    the United States, in ex-     draw in foreign money        finalized     in See P 7
                                                                                                                                                  passed by the state’s vot-
 Public Defender                                           GT to Name New CM                                                                      ers in 2004 and ensured
                                                                                                                                                  that sufficient local prop-

Seeking Volunteers
                                                                                                                                                  erty tax and sales tax rev-


   San         Bernardino   nancially unable to pay
                                                           as Early as October 27                                                                 enues remain with local
                                                                                                                                                  government to safeguard
                                                                                                                                                  funding for public safety,
County Public Defender      an attorney.                   GRAND TERRACE—              finance director, and        had been cut in half.         health, libraries, parks,
Doreen Boxer this week         Because of restric-       Neither of the two appli-     Joyce Powers, the city’s        The final choice will      and other local services.
moved to facilitate ef-     tions in the current 2009-   cants for the Grand Ter-      community and econom-        assume the permanent          There was a provision
forts of the public in-     10 fiscal year budget,       race city manager’s post      ic development director,     city manager’s position       in the proposition, how-
clined to volunteer time    both the state of Cali-      who are currently em-         turned in applications.      last officially held by Tom   ever, that allowed for the
to assist with the legal    fornia and the county of     ployed by the city will          They are not among        Schwab, who was forced        terms of Proposition 1A
defense of those unable     San Bernardino have se-      get the job, the Sentinel     the six finalists who have   out of the employ of the      to be suspended if the
to pay for it.              verely cut the amount of     has learned.                  been interviewed by the      city in June. He had been     governor declares a se-
   The public defender’s    funding to the public de-       Rather, one of the         city council since Octo-     beset by a medical con-       vere state fiscal hardship
office is that portion      fender’s office to pay for   thirty-five others who        ber 3.                       dition in June 2008, and      and two-thirds of the
of county government        indigent defense. And        sought the job will get          The original 37 can-      was succeeded by Steve        legislature concurs. Such
which is chartered to       because of the downturn      the nod, perhaps as early     didates were winnowed        Berry, the assistant city     an emergency suspen-
provide legal defense       in the economy, more         as October 27.                down to 12 by Septem-        manager, who served           sion was triggered this
to those people charged     and more defendants,            Both Bernie Simon,         ber. As of the middle of     in the capacity of act-       year, allowing the state
with crimes who are fi-     who previously See P 7       who is Grand Terrace’s        this month, that number      ing city man- See P 3         to borrow eight percent

  As Scott’s Licensing Hearing Resumes, Conservatee Dies                                                                                          of the amount of prop-
                                                                                                                                                  erty tax revenue appor-
   By Janet C. Phelan       tal early Monday morn-       control of his finances       ing of chest pains. Betty    firmed that an autopsy        tioned to cities, counties
   On the eve of a hear-    ing, where he was pro-       in 2008. Cory’s mother,       Cory, who has lived with     had been ordered. This        and special districts. The
ing to determine wheth-     nounced dead shortly         Betty, was conservator        her son since he became      was later reversed on         state will be required to
er conservator Melodie      thereafter. Cory became      of person.                    disabled, called 911. The    medical advice, as was        repay these obligations
Scott will be granted a     a quadriplegic following        According to sources       caregiver, who report-       the request that a toxicol-   plus interest by June 30,
license, one of her con-    an accident a number of      close to the family, Cory     edly is not CNA certified    ogy exam be ordered.          2013. The amount the
servatees has died under    years ago. He received       was reportedly feeling        nor has first aid train-        In the October 16          state will borrow will
curious circumstances.      a multi-million dollar       fine early Monday morn-       ing, began thumping on       edition of the Sentinel,      conform to amounts cal-
   De’Wayne Cory, age       award from a subsequent      ing. The caregiver, Willy,    Cory’s chest.                questions were raised as      culated and certified by
40, died of a sudden        lawsuit.                     who had been hired by            Cory was taken by         to some of Scott’s ac-        the county auditor/con-
massive coronary on Oc-        Melodie Scott, who        Scott to care for Cory, ar-   ambulance to San Anto-       tions as Cory’s conser-       troller-recorder by the
tober 19. Sources close     is president of C.A.R.E.,    rived at the house around     nio Hospital in Upland       vator. Scott’s attorney, J.   end of October.
to Melodie Scott state      Inc. in Redlands, peti-      8 a.m .to help Cory out of    where he died around         David Horspool, did not          Based on preliminary
that Cory was rushed to     tioned for conservator-      bed. Soon after, Cory be-     10 a.m. Initially, sources   respond to phone calls        numbers supplied by the
the San Antonio Hospi-      ship of estate and took      gan feeling ill, complain-    close to Betty Cory af-      from the Sen- See P 2         auditor/control- See P 3
Friday, October 23, 2009                                  San Bernardino County Sentinel                                                                       Page 2
The San Bernardino County
                                                     County to Expand Barstow Landfill
       Sentinel
     Published in San Bernardino County
                                                         The county board of
                                                     supervisors this week
                                                     approved the expansion
                                                                                  regional landfill under
                                                                                  the county’s 1996 Part-
                                                                                  nership Strategy Imple-
                                                                                                                evation of approximately
                                                                                                                3,130 feet above mean
                                                                                                                sea level; increase the
                                                                                                                                               environmental analysis.
                                                                                                                                               The draft recirculated
                                                                                                                                               EIR replaces entirely
         Mark Gutglueck, Publisher                   of the Barstow Landfill.     mentation Plan, which         maximum permitted dai-         the draft EIR circulated
                                                         It is now anticipated    was developed by a            ly refuse inflow tonnage       in August 2006. The re-
 A Fortunado Publication in conjunction with         that construction on the     committee comprised of        by an additional 750 tons      circulated draft EIR was
         Countywide News Service                     first phase of the expan-    solid waste advisory task     per day (approximately         circulated for an extend-
                                                     sion will begin by fall      force members, in order       600 tons per day of solid      ed public review period
           Call (909) 946-0900                       2010 or Spring 2011,         to meet both existing         waste, and 150 tons per        from November 14, 2008
       for locations to obtain a copy of             initially adding 82 acres    and future local and re-      day of liquid waste) for       through December 30,
     the Sentinel or to provide news tips            to the facility’s existing   gional needs. Expansion       a total of 1,500 tons per      2008. During that pe-
                                                     47 acres and extending       of the Barstow Sanitary       day; increase in the max-      riod, the California Air
        10808 Foothill Blvd., Suite 160-446
                                                     the landfill’s operational   Landfill, a regional solid    imum permitted number          Resources Board was
          Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
                                                     life by approximately 38     waste disposal site, will     of vehicles per day al-        given the responsibility
            SBCSentinel@yahoo.com
                                                     years. All phases of the     meet the demands of           lowed to access the fa-        for developing regula-
                 909-904-3896
                                                     now approved expansion       population growth in the      cility from 306 vehicles       tions on how the state of
                                                     will increase the disposal   north desert and moun-        per day to 650 vehicles        California would address
                                                     area to 331 acres over the   tain regions of the coun-     per day; and provide ap-       reduction of greenhouse
  The San Bernardino                                 next 63 years.               ty of San Bernardino.         proximately 30 million         gases (GHGs) pursu-
                                                         According to Gran-       Additionally, the Cali-       tons of additional refuse      ant to Assembly Bill 32
   County Sentinel                                   ville M. Bowman, the         fornia Integrated Waste       capacity; and extension        (AB 32), the California
                                                     county’s director of pub-    Management Act of             of the landfill permit-        Global Warming Solu-
        Covering issues of public interest           lic works for the solid      1989 requires the county      ted site life by approxi-      tion Act presented in the
 throughout the largest county in the lower 48       waste division, the en-      to identify a minimum         mately 63 years (or until      2006 legislation. AB 32
   states is distributed at various locations in:    tirety of the expansion      of 15-years of county-        2073).”                        requires the State of Cal-
                                                     project will be carried      wide permitted disposal          A notice of prepara-        ifornia to reduce green-
    San Bernardino, Redlands. Loma Linda,            out in five distinct and     capacity for jurisdic-        tion for the project was       house gas emissions to
   Lake Arrowhead, Grand Terrace, Colton,            staggered phases, timed      tions within the county       propounded in July 2005        1990 levels no later than
 Fontana, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Ontario,         to correspond to the         and the county unincor-       and sent to all respon-        2020. County staff deter-
 Hesperia, Victorville, Lucerne Valley & Baker       community’s waste dis-       porated area. The ex-         sible agencies and inter-      mined it was appropriate
                                                     posal needs. Throughout      pansion of the Barstow        ested parties. The draft       to analyze impacts on
  Subscription to the hard copy version of the       the life of the landfill,    Sanitary Landfill serves      environmental impact           global climate change
 Sentinel are available at a rate of $4 per month,   it will be capable of ac-    this purpose as well.         report (EIR) was circu-        and/or greenhouse gas
      $18 per six months, and $30 per year           cepting a much as 1,500      The proposed expansion        lated for public review        emissions as part of the
                                                     tons of trash per day.       of the Barstow Sanitary       from August 24, 2006           California Environmen-
             For prompt delivery                         The Barstow landfill     Landfill would result in      until October 10, 2006.        tal Quality Act (CEQA)
           Send a check payable to                   and the Victorville land-    an increase in the capac-     After the draft EIR was        process for the project.
     The San Bernardino County Sentinel              fill are the two largest     ity through the lateral       circulated in August              In accordance with
      10808 Foothill Blvd. Suite 160-446             landfills in the Mojave.     and vertical expansion of     2006, a number of com-         CEQA           Guidelines
        Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739                   The Barstow facility         the landfill. The strategic   ments were received            15088.5 (f)(1) reviewers
                                                     processes a waste stream     elements of the project       from agencies and the          of the draft recirculated
       The Sentinel needs your support!              from Barstow, Ludlow,        include lateral expan-        public.                        EIR were required to
     Donations to further our journalistic           Trona, Baker, Newberry       sion (a larger footprint)        In response to those        submit new comments
              mission accepted                       Springs and the other        of the existing permit-       comments, and in ac-           on the document during
                                                     communities between          ted 47-acre footprint to a    cordance with California       the new review period.
               For the time being                    Barstow and the state        331-acre footprint; verti-    Environmental Quality          Although part of the ad-
      A free PDF version of the Sentinel is          line.                        cal expansion (a higher       Act guidelines, a draft re-    ministrative record, the
              available via e-mail                       According to Bow-        landfill elevation) of the    circulated EIR was pre-        comments received on
                                                     man, “The Barstow            maximum permitted el-         pared to give additional       the 2006 draft EIR did
              E-mail your request to:                Sanitary Landfill (BSL)      evation from 2,985 feet       clarification and detail       not require a written re-
            SBCSentinel@yahoo.com                    is one of the sites iden-    above mean sea level to       to the project description     sponse in the Final EIR.
  Please include your name and city of residence     tified for expansion as a    a proposed maximum el-        and provide additional         Continued on Page 3
                                                     Licence Hearing              nancial decisions made        cerns about why a regis-       nel to Scott and her at-
                                                     from front page              by Scott in the course        tered nurse was not hired      torney did not elicit a
Inland Empire Make-up Artist                         tinel questioning why        of the Cory conservator-      to care for Cory. Accord-      response.
                                                     the highest bid on a pool    ship have recently been       ing to these sources,             Previous     questions
        Jeneka Romero, Registered                    for Cory was granted         raised as well, such as       the caregiver refused to       have been raised con-
                     Weddings, Proms or              and more reasonable          the hours billed by the       employ the lift to place       cerning deaths of Scott
                      any Special Event              bids ignored. Questions      caregiver which may be        De’Wayne Cory into the         conservatees, including
                                                     have been raised as to       in excess of the hours        bathtub or wheel him           Elizabeth     Fairbanks,
                      (909) 628-8436                 whether or not Scott had     worked. Other questions       into the disabled access       Stevie Price, Doris Bak-
                                                     a personal relationship      have surfaced regarding       shower.                        er, Freeland Allison, and
                      (909) 993-3656                 with the pool contrac-       a five thousand dollar           In the week prior to        Ann Cole.
                        Se Habla Espanol!            tor, Kirk Gillette. Other    remodel bill on a motor-      Cory’s death, the Senti-          At press time, the li-
                                                     questions concerning fi-     ized wheelchair used by       nel had received reports       censing hearings for

                 Frank Guzman
                                                                                  Cory. In addition, ques-      that Betty Cory had be-        Scott were still under
                                                                                  tions have arisen as to       come disillusioned with        way in Oakland Ad-
                                                                                  why Melodie Scott was         Melodie Scott’s actions        ministrative Court. Her
                         Attorney at Law                                          represented in conser-        as conservator of estate       chief counsel, J. David
                                                                                  vatorshp proceedings by       and was planning on            Horspool, faces sanc-
   Former Prosecutor, Western State University of Law Graduate
                                                                                  more than one attorney,       having her replaced.           tioning hearings in Riv-
 Handling all manner of criminal defense from DUI to Capital Murder
                                                                                  thus apparently doubling         As Cory has died un-        erside Superior Court on
                      Over 24 years in practice                                   the legal fees for the dis-   der conservatorship with       Friday, October 23, for
                         Over 200 jury trials                                     abled man.                    Scott, it is likely that she   a failure to appear at a
                                                          (951) 274-9798 (p)
                                                                                     Sources close to Betty     will execute his estate.       hearing where Scott is
3633 10th Street Riverside, CA 92501                      (951) 274-9036 (f)      Cory have raised con-            Calls from the Senti-       being sued.
Friday, October 23, 2009                                          San Bernardino County Sentinel                                                                        Page 3
Landfill                      pansion were deemed to         nic highway by the city       of the landfill cells, daily   with state regulations to    organic material would
from page 2                   likely have a less than        of Barstow for its views      emission thresholds for        be promulgated to meet       result in additional re-
The final environmental       significant impact with-       of the desert and Mojave      nitrogen oxides (NOx)          the state’s AB 32 goals.     duction of waste being
impact report dated Sep-      out mitigation. Mitiga-        Valley. Caltrans lists this   and particulate matter         It is anticipated that       transported to the Bar-
tember 2009, including        tion measures were de-         portion of SH-247 as          with a diameter of 10          these regulations will       stow Sanitary Landfill;
the errata distributed on     veloped for biological         eligible to be designated     microns or less (PM10),        be in place by or prior to   thus resulting in a re-
September 29, 2009, pro-      resources, cultural and        as a state scenic high-       also known as fine par-        2012, so that the majority   duction in landfill gas
vides written responses       paleontological resourc-       way, but it has not been      ticulate matter, would be      of the life of the Barstow   emissions. While further
to all comments received      es, geology and soils,         officially designated as      exceeded even with the         Sanitary Landfill expan-     reductions of landfill gas
on the draft recirculated     and hydrology and water        such. The lateral and         implementation of miti-        sion will occur in com-      emissions are anticipated
EIR in accordance with        quality.                       vertical expansion of the     gation measures. Long          pliance with these regu-     from future regulations,
CEQA.                            “It was determined          Barstow Sanitary Land-        term air quality impacts       lations. It is anticipated   the county has not taken
    The EIR, consisting       that these potentially sig-    fill over a period of 63      associated with landfill       that the requirements of     any credit for future re-
of the Draft Recirculated     nificant impacts could be      years would incremen-         operations would ex-           these regulations will       ductions since these can-
Environmental Impact          reduced to levels below        tally create a large soil     ceed the yearly adopted        reduce GHG emissions         not now be fully quanti-
Report dated Novem-           significant with the im-       covered mound in a des-       emission thresholds for        from haul trucks, landfill   fied. Consequently, the
ber 2008, and the Final       plementation of project-       ert setting. Changes to       carbon monoxide (CO),          equipment, and landfill      Barstow Sanitary Land-
Environmental Impact          specific mitigation mea-       the landscape would be        reactive organic gases         gas emissions. However,      fill 2020 landfill gas
Report dated September        sures,” Bowman stated.         noticeable from SH-247,       (ROG), and NOx even            because the exact regu-      emissions are anticipated
2009, including the er-          Nevertheless, Bow-          resulting in a potentially    with the implementation        lations and protocols        to remain higher than the
rata distributed on Sep-      man, said, the expansion       significant impact. Proj-     of mitigation measures.”       required for quantifica-     1990 level; therefore; it is
tember 29, 2009, iden-        would have several “un-        ect-level visual impacts         He also mentioned           tion are not known at        determined that the proj-
tifies and evaluates the      avoidable and cumula-          would remain potential-       “Greenhouse          Gases     this time, the recircu-      ect-level impacts would
potential environmental       tive project-specific im-      ly significant, even after    (GHG): Project design          lated draft EIR could not    remain significant and
impacts associated with       pacts.”                        implementation of miti-       features including a           quantify the amount of       unavoidable.”
the implementation of            Among these, he             gation measures.”             landfill gas flaring sys-      reduction that would be          In addition, according
the proposed project and      wrote in a report to               Moreover, Bowman          tem would be incorpo-          gained from compliance       to Bowman’s report to
responds to written com-      the board of supervi-          cited, “Air quality: Ap-      rated into the Barstow         with such regulations. It    the board, “Two project
ments on the project.         sors dated October 20          proximately 14 landfill       Sanitary Landfill to           is also anticipated that     alternatives were evalu-
The EIR was prepared in       are: “Aesthetics: State        cell construction events      minimize emissions, and        the countywide efforts       ated in the recirculated
accordance with CEQA.         Highway-247 (SH-247),          will occur over the 63-       further greenhouse gas-        to increase waste diver-     draft EIR: a “no-project”
Noise, traffic, and utili-    including the segment          year Barstow Sanitary         ses emissions reductions       sion and commercial re-      alternative and a reduced
ties and service systems      adjacent to the BSL, has       Landfill expansion sched-     would occur as a result of     cycling, composting and      landfill footprint alter-
generated from the ex-        been designated as a sce-      ule. During construction      the county’s compliance        other beneficial uses of     Continued on Page 7
                              involvement in several         parture. He applied           being considered by the        respectively, when the       than Grand Terrace,
Grand Terrace                 questionable activities        for the permanent city        city council. It is antici-    new city manager as-         which boasts fewer
from front page               over the years.                manager’s appointment,        pated that both Simon          sumes the city’s helm.       than 13,000 residents
ager until July. Berry           Bernie Simon, the           but, according to city        and Powers will remain            Several of the candi-     currently. One of the
was terminated by the         city’s finance director,       attorney John Harper,         in their roles as finance      dates under consider-        candidates previously
city council in July af-      was designated to serve        neither Simon nor Pow-        director and director of       ation for city manager       worked as city manag-
ter a series of revela-       as acting city manager         ers was selected to join      community and eco-             have experience in mu-       er in a city of 500,000
tions pertaining to his       following Berry’s de-          the final candidates now      nomic       development,       nicipalities much larger     population.
SBC Bonds                     the bond purchasers will       Development Authority,        ability of proceeds to         has not yet been enacted.    ment Authority will not
from front page               be paid back with inter-       which is a joint powers       make the January and           If for any reason SB 67      purchase the county’s
                              est, McBride said, by the      authority sponsored by        May installment pay-           is not enacted, and the      Proposition 1A receiv-
ler-recorder’s office, the    county when the state          the California State As-      ments to local agencies.       bonds cannot be sold         able and all approved
amount the state will         pays off its debt to the       sociation of Counties         Currently, Senate Bill         by December 31, 2009,        documents will have no
borrow from the county        county with interest by        and the League of Cali-       67 is being considered         the California Statewide     force and effect.
includes approximately        2013.                          fornia Cities, will pledge    by the legislature but it      Communities Develop-
$36.0 million from the           There is a chance, nev-     the county’s Proposition
county general fund and       ertheless, that the bond-      1A receivable to secure         Coast-to-Coast Metal Finishing Corporation
approximately $1.1 mil-       holders will get stiffed,      the repayment of a cor-           Specializing in metal finishing, powder coating and custom designed
lion from the county li-      McBride said.                  responding amount of                         lighting fixtures for both indoor and outdoor use.
brary.                           “Bondholders       will     the Prop 1A Bonds. The
   In response to this,       have no recourse to the        county’s sale of its Prop-           Proprietor Gil Bernal has 25 years experience in all phases of metal
the county will issue         county if the state does       osition 1A receivable                finishing and decorating and personally manages his own foundry.
bonds (Prop 1A Bonds)         not make the Proposition       will be irrevocable.”
equal to the $37.1 million    1A repayment,” McBride             Legislation is being                             All Products made entirely in the USA
now held by the state.        said. “If the county sells     sought to clarify some
The county will provide
each local agency with
                              its Proposition 1A re-
                              ceivable under the Prop-
                                                             aspects of the Prop 1A
                                                             Securitization Program
                                                                                                                          (626) 282-2122

                                                                                            ASN Depot, Inc.
the cash proceeds in          osition 1A Securitization      and allow for sale of the
two equal installments,       Program, the California        bonds in a timely man-
on January 15, 2010 and       Statewide Communities          ner to assure the avail-
May 3, 2010, to coin-
cide with the dates that
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the state will be shifting
property tax from local                                                                         - Custom Notebooks                        - DSL Set-up
agencies.                                                      Custom Laptops                   - Custom Desktops                         - Digital Surveillance Systems
   “If successful, the sale                                                                     - Wesite Development                      - Spy Cameras
                                                              Custom Desktops
of the Proposition 1A                                                                           - Virus & Spyware Removal                 - Night Vision Cameras
receivable will negate
                                                                 Web Design                     - Laptop Repairs                          - Media Center PCs
the effects of the state’s                                    Digital Surveillance              - Desktop Repairs                         - Kitchen Entertainment Systems
Proposition 1A borrow-                                              Systems                     - Wireless Network Set-up                 - Digital Picture Frames
ing,” said deputy admin-
istrative officer Gary                                                                                                3580 Grand Avenue, Suite N
                               8188 Rochester Ave, Suite B           (909) 466-0600 (t)                                  Chino Hills, CA 91709
McBride.
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out according to plan,
Friday, October 23, 2009                                        San Bernardino County Sentinel                                                                     Page 4
Ovitt & Biane                Fourth District super-        selves the managing and      to be known as the Colo-     Crossroads money into         neighboring properties.
from front page              visor and Biane is the        controlling partners in      nies at San Antonio that     its members’ campaign            A series of deluges in
                             county’s Second District      the venture that was lo-     was to consist of 1,150      funds, senior city man-       the 1930s prompted the
cused on a single pur-       supervisor. In this way,      cally reported to include    homes, a commercial          agement hired contract        county, with the acquies-
pose: route storm water      they are on the verge         27 others. The goal of       component to be known        engineers and planners        cence of the San Antonio
away from populated          of setting up a circum-       the company was to de-       as Crossroads Cross-         to handle the Colonies        Water Company, to re-
areas and direct the flow    stance, if and when the       velop property located       ing that would involve       project and paid them         cord flood control ease-
to the Santa Ana River       board approves the pro-       in the northeastern cor-     1.1-million-square-feet      with money provided by        ments on the property
and ultimately the Pa-       posal, to essentially as-     ner of Upland nestled        of retail space and the      the developers specifical-    in 1933, 1934 and 1939.
cific Ocean. While this      sume command of the           up against the Rancho        infrastructure, i.e., the    ly for that purpose. Thus,    The city of Upland and
model serves its purpose     task force and take on        Cucamonga City Limits        flood control facilities,    the developers were able      the county consequently
well, it also limits local   sweeping authority over       to the east and the north-   to transform the entire      to pressure these tempo-      had listed on its zoning
agencies from recharg-       a critical regional re-       lying     unincorporated     property into a develop-     rary city staff members       and land use maps a reg-
ing the groundwater and      source.                       county property along        able state.                  to accommodate them           istration of the property
complying with water            On October 20, when        the foothills below 8,693       Accompanying        the   whenever a significant        as open space and flood
quality regulations. In      the board of supervisors      foot Ontario Peak and        Colonies Crossroad Part-     issue regarding the con-      control land upon which
2006 over 600,000 acre       was originally scheduled      8,842 foot Cucamonga         ners’ well thought out       flicting interests of the     development was to be
feet of water flowed         to consider the creation      Peak.                        development program          city and the completion       prohibited.     The only
from the county of San       of the task force and             For just under $17       was the first phase of its   of the project arose.         construction authorized
Bernardino to the Pacif-     take action to initiate its   million, the Colonies        political program, con-          Burum and Richards        on the property was for
ic, water that could have    formation at the regu-        Crossroads Partners pur-     sisting of massive scale     made significant political    drainage facilities to be
supplied the needs of 1.5    lar board of supervisors      chased 448 acres of prop-    political contributions to   contributions to coun-        built and maintained by
million San Bernardino       meeting, Ovitt and Biane      erty from the San Anto-      a select group of candi-     cil members in the city       the county flood control
households. In order to      learned that members of       nio Liquidation Trust,       dates for the Upland city    of Rancho Cucamonga,          district.
evaluate alternatives for    the public were prepared      the corporate successor      council. By ingratiat-       which lies just a stone’s        By the late 1990s, the
a storm water manage-        to offer into the record      to the old San Antonio       ing themselves with the      throw from the property       city of Upland had con-
ment plan, the formation     questions about their         Land and Water Com-          city council, Richards       Richards and Burum            tracted with the county
of a task force is needed    motivation as well as to      pany. The property, upon     and Burum succeeded          were seeking to develop.      flood control district for
to examine the feasibili-    make potential protests       which the county of San      in neutralizing the hard     This offset the raising of    the designing and con-
ty of storm water capture    with regard to the char-      Bernardino had recorded      line that had previously     any protest over potential    struction of the 20th
and retention.”              tering of a body the two      three flood control ease-    been taken by the Up-        environmental problems        Street Storm Drain, a
   Under the terms of        supervisors would head        ments in the 1930s, was      land planning staff with     the project represented.      pipe that brought flood
Ovitt’s and Biane’s pro-     and dominate, politically     shown on the city of         regard to ensuring that          Simultaneously, Bu-       waters originating in
posal, “The task force       and otherwise.                Upland’s planning maps       adequate infrastructure -    rum and Richards and          the northwest portion of
will be made up of rep-         Those questions in         as open space and flood      paid for by the developer    their agents touted the       the city eastward. In an
resentatives from the        large part stem from Bi-      control land. Among its      - was in place before the    commercial component          agreement signed on De-
San Bernardino County        ane and Ovitt’s involve-      most remarkable fea-         actual development on        of the project – to be        cember 7, 1999, the Colo-
department of public         ment in another matter        tures were a gravel quar-    the land below the foot-     known as the Crossroads       nies Crossroads Partners
works: flood control         that involved storm wa-       ry, and a makeshift and      hills that was so subject    Crossing – as one that        agreed to the placement
district, regional parks     ter runoff issues. In that    illegal dumping ground       to flooding was allowed      would generate up to $3.5     of that storm drain on its
department, the board        case, both used the issue     that contained discarded     to proceed. Indeed, at       million per year in sales     property in exchange for
of supervisor’s Second       to orchestrate the provi-     furniture and build-         that point, atrophy with-    tax in cash-strapped Up-      the county’s agreement
and Fourth districts, city   sion of $102 million to a     ing materials, asphalt,      in the city of Upland’s      land by taking advantage      to suspend its flood-con-
of Ontario, city of Ran-     corporate entity that had     barrels of oil and other     planning and engineer-       of its location next to the   trol rights on that portion
cho Cucamonga, West          been the single largest       hazardous substances,        ing divisions had result-    soon-to-be-built exten-       of the Colonies Cross-
Valley Water District,       campaign donor to both,       concrete, trash, the scat-   ed in the city having in-    sion of the 210 Free-         roads Partners’ property
Inland Empire Utilities      the Colonies Crossroads       tered chassis and bod-       adequate staff to process    way. And the upscale          where the first phase of
Agency, the Chino Water      Partners.                     ies of wrecked vehicles,     the building and plan-       homes to be built in the      305 homes was to take
Master, and Chino Basin         In 1997 Dan Richards       and tires. Here Burum        ning documents the proj-     Colonies at San Antonio       place.
Water Conservation Dis-      and Jeff Burum formed         and Richards hoped to        ect required. With the       would represent a major          The county agreed to
trict.”                      the Colonies Crossroads       develop a project that       blessing of a city council   increase in property val-     suspend its easements
   Ovitt is the county’s     Partners, naming them-        would entail three dis-      whose impartiality had       ues and a commensurate        on the property intended
                                                           tinct elements - one for     been compromised by          property tax boon, they       for the project’s second
    Founders Scholarships                                  residential development      the infusion of Colonies     insisted.                     stage at such time as the
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   Oak Valley College, a residential campus,                                                                         property - its location       tection plan acceptable
nestled into the San Bernardino Mountain Wilder-                                                                     in the middle of a flood      to the county flood con-
ness, offers a curriculum based in the liberal arts,
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with courses in the sciences, humanities, business,            -Field Disking            -Weed Mowing                project from the outset.      of Upland and all three
management, and entrepreneurship.                              -Lawns                    -Gardens                    The property for de-          parties “entered into mu-
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                                                                      Jewelry                                        its bare natural, unpaved     the Colonies Crossroads
                                                                                                                     state allowed water to        Partners entered into an
                                                                                                                     percolate down into the       agreement with the state
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                                                                                                                     water table rather than       of California by which
    be submitted at www.oakvalleycollege.org.                     Alma Jimenez (909) 919-4370                        continue to flow onto         Continued on Page 5
Friday, October 23, 2009                                         San Bernardino County Sentinel                                                                      Page 5
Ovitt & Biane                    In 2002, the Colonies      The county appealed           nies property, a sub-        efforts to involve the city   Warner’s ruling, based
from page 4                   Crossroads Partners sued      that ruling. Ultimately,      committee of the county      of Upland, SANBAG             on his defiance of the ap-
                              the county, alleging the      in July 2005 the 4th Ap-      board of supervisors,        and Caltrans in defray-       pellate court and other
the development compa-        county had failed to live     pellate District court        consisting of then board     ing the cost of the settle-   issues at trial.
ny was paid $17 million       up to its responsibility to   overturned Norell’s find-     chairman Bill Postmus,       ment with the Colonies            Before that appeal was
for 40 acres that were        construct the flood basin     ing that San Bernardino       who was then chairman        Crossroads Partners.          lodged, however, in No-
to be ultimately utilized     and further alleging that     County had abandoned          of the county Republi-          Judge       Christopher    vember 2006, less than a
in the construction of        the county’s placement        its flood control rights on   can Central Commit-          Warner was appointed to       month after Postmus had
the freeway. Simultane-       of the terminus of the        the property now owned        tee, and Biane, who was      replace Norell as the trial   been elected assessor but
ously, a dispute erupted      20th Street Storm Drain       by the Colonies. The ap-      then vice chairman of        judge.                        while he still remained on
between the Colonies          on its property resulted      pellate court ruled that      the board of supervisors        In 2006, Burum and         the board of supervisors
Crossroads Partners and       in irreparable damage to      the county has limited        and vice chairman of         Richards initiated the        before being sworn into
the county over which         the company’s subdivi-        property rights within        the county Republican        fourth major phase of         his new post, Postmus,
entity was responsible        sion.                         the Colonies project to       Central Committee, un-       their political program.      Biane and Ovitt voted
for paying for flood-con-        That same year Rich-       carry out its flood con-      dertook, in the company      Having already ingra-         to approve a $102 mil-
trol improvements per-        ards and Burum em-            trol function should its      of the county’s lawyers,     tiated themselves with        lion settlement with the
taining to both the proj-     barked on the second          flood control author-         Stephen Kristovich and       Postmus by providing          Colonies Partners. The
ect and the Interstate 210    phase of their politi-        ity be brought to bear        Paul Watford, a negoti-      him with $40,000 dur-         settlement was passed
extension.                    cal program, throwing         and that the county had       ating session with Bu-       ing his 2004 reelection       as the consequence of a
   The developers de-         $70,000 into Rancho           never abandoned its           rum and Richards and         run, they provided over       3-2 vote, with supervi-
manded $25 million to         Cucamonga city coun-          original rights for flood     the Colonies Crossroads      $400,000 in political         sors Josie Gonzales and
adapt an existing gravel      cilman Paul Biane’s           control on the Colonies       Partners’ lawyers in an      donations to him for his      Dennis Hansberger dis-
pit on the Colonies prop-     electoral challenge of        development, as Norell        effort to hash out a set-    2006 campaign for coun-       senting. That settlement
erty into a flood basin.      then-incumbent        Sec-    had found. “We hold           tlement of the lawsuit.      ty assessor, provided to      provoked the Jones Day
The county, which never       ond District supervisor       that substantial evidence        Little progress toward    him both directly as well     law firm, like Watford
conceded that the flood       Jon Mikels. Upland lies       shows the relevant ease-      that end was made, but       as filtered through politi-   and Kristovich before it,
control district was re-      within the county’s Sec-      ments still exist for         on March 25, 2005, Bi-       cal action committees.        to resign.
sponsible for construct-      ond District and Mikels,      flood control purposes,”      ane and Postmus asked           The lawsuit went to            Since that time there
ing the flood control         who was intimately fa-        the three judges on the       the lawyers representing     trial before Judge Chris-     has been much scrutiny
facilities, nevertheless      miliar with the project       4th Appellate District’s      the county and the Colo-     topher Warner that same       of the events that led up
claimed that a basin          and its attendant issues,     panel collectively wrote,     nies Partners to leave the   year. Both the Colonies       to the settlement and the
could be constructed for      was adamantly opposed         while noting that with        room while they attempt-     Crossroads Partners and       behind-the-scenes po-
around $3 million.            to the county being held      the Colonies at San An-       ed to negotiate with Bu-     the county agreed to          litical skullduggery that
   By transforming the        financially responsible       tonio project under way       rum and Richards, under      forego a jury trial and       was part and parcel to
gravel quarry into a 67-      for any part of a private     there would be even           the supervision of former    instead allow Warner to       it. Postmus, whose po-
acre flood-control basin      entity’s capital venture.     greater need for manag-       state senator Jim Brulte,    hear the evidence and         litical ambition led him
surrounded by landscap-          Biane’s effort was         ing water run-off.            a Colonies consultant,       render a verdict.             into forging a political
ing, benches and bridges      successful and Mikels             Before the 4th Appel-     an agreement to settle          Warner stunned the         alliance with Richards
over a meandering stream      was ousted.                   late District Court had       the case. In this forum      county when he inexpli-       and Burum while he
that fed into the basin,         The lawsuit the Colo-      reversed Norell, Rich-        they came to a tentative     cably repeated Norell’s       was chairman of both
the Colonies Crossroads       nies Crossroads Partners      ards and Burum under-         deal whereby the county      overturned ruling, con-       the board of supervisors
Partners      significantly   had initiated against the     took the third phase of       would give the Colonies      cluding the easements         and the county Republi-
enhanced the aesthetic        county was heard by San       their political program,      Partners $77 million         had been extinguished         can Central Committee
appeal of the overall         Bernardino County Su-         providing then-Ontario        to end the suit. Before      and entered a finding         when the deal to settle
project. County officials,    perior Court Judge Peter      Mayor Gary Ovitt with         that pact was finalized,     against the county on the     the Colonies lawsuit was
who disputed that tax-        Norell. In 2003, Norell       $50,000 in his 2004           however, a firestorm of      merits of the case.           being worked out, later
payers were in any way        ruled that San Bernardi-      electoral effort against      adverse publicity broke         For four months in         overstepped his author-
required to provide criti-    no County had no right        Chino Mayor Eunice            out. Kristovich and Wat-     the summer and fall of        ity as the county’s chief
cal infrastructure for the    to any of the flood con-      Ulloa in that year’s spe-     ford, as the attorneys       2006, Warner made no          taxing official as county
project, absolutely re-       trol property contained       cial election for Fourth      representing the county      ruling as to how much         assessor. A scandal en-
jected that the county        within the Colonies at        District supervisor. They     in the Colonies Cross-       money the county owed         tailing his use of the
should have to foot the       San Antonio project site.     also made hefty contri-       roads Partners suit, were    the Colonies Partners.        assessor’s office to hire
bill for enhancements         Norell further ruled that     butions to the political      so outraged at Biane and     The county, this time         political cronies, make
to basic infrastructure       the easements recorded        war chest of the newly        Postmus’ action that         represented by the law        favorable property tax
that greatly exceeded the     in 1933 and 1934 that al-     selected chairman of the      they resigned. But before    firm Jones Day, was on        adjustments for political
purpose of such facili-       lowed about 31 acres to       board of supervisors,         making their exodus,         the verge of appealing        Continued on Page 6
ties. Indeed, county of-      be used for flood control     Bill Postmus.                 they authored a memo
ficials asserted, the flood
control division’s efforts
                              and the 1939 easement
                              that allowed even more
                                                                While the Fourth Ap-
                                                            pellate District was yet
                                                                                          dated April 4, 2005, call-
                                                                                          ing the $77 million ex-
                                                                                                                         Green Life Tree Service
with regard to the storm      acreage to be utilized for    considering        Norell’s   cessively generous and              -Tree Trimming    -Tree Topping
drain were made to ac-        flood control purposes        ruling that had erased        tantamount to a gift of             -Tree Thinning    -Fruit Pruning
commodate Caltrans and        with the owner’s consent      the county flood control      public funds that if rati-          -General Clean-Up -Hauling
the county’s transporta-      were no longer in effect.     easements on the Colo-        fied would endanger any          Expert, Reasonable, Reliable, Quality Work
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Ovitt & Biane                   Colonies Crossroad Part-          Aleman said the Colo-      portion of their constitu-    so, will you be putting us     and Western Municipal
from page 5                     ners showed further gen-      nies Crossroads Partners       ency who are angry and        into another lawsuit situ-     Water District in Riv-
                                erosity toward Postmus,       contributed $50,000 to         offended by the provi-        ation? After reading on        erside have sought state
donors and in general           Biane and Ovitt.              the Conservatives for a        sion of money to Colo-        this item it sounds more       authorization to take wa-
utilize the assessor’s of-          After the $102 million    Republican Majority po-        nies Crossroads Partners.     like an environmental          ter from the Santa Ana
fice for political purposes     settlement agreement was      litical action committee       Neither, however, seemed      study that developers          River. On Tuesday, the
overtook him earlier this       finalized, the Colonies       and $50,000 to the Inland      to have anticipated the       do before building. This       State Water Resources
year. He resigned from          Crossroads Partners con-      Empire political action        depth of that anger until     task force you are form-       Control Board in a unan-
that post in February           tributed $100,000 to the      committee, both con-           the October 20 board of       ing will ensure that our       imous vote approved al-
amid revelations about          San Bernardino County         trolled by Bill Postmus.       supervisors meeting was       county’s flood control         lowing the two water
the manner in which he          Young Republicans po-         Aleman said the Colo-          under way. Informed that      operations combine the         agencies to capture the
hired and taxed to reward       litical action committee      nies Crossroads Partners       members of the public         historical flood control       Seven Oaks Dam’s run-
his political allies. He has    controlled by supervi-        made the contributions         were intent on weighing       model of capturing storm       off to allow them to store
since been charged by the       sor Paul Biane’s chief of     to those political action      in on the matter during       water and moving it            the water for distribution
district attorney’s office      staff, Matt Brown. Adam       committees as payment          the public hearing for        away from populated ar-        to their customers. The
with the misuse of public       Aleman, a former mem-         to Postmus for facilitat-      the proposed creation         eas with a new model de-       vote gives the two enti-
funds while serving as          ber of the San Bernardi-      ing, voting for and signing    of the storm water task       signed to increase local       ties access to water that
assessor. It has been re-       no County Republican          the settlement agreement       force, Biane suggested        water supplies, improve        could supply in excess of
vealed as well that judge       Central Committee who         in favor of the Colonies       and Ovitt, as chairman of     water quality and mini-        150,000 households per
Norell’s ex-wife obtained       served as assistant asses-    Crossroads Partners.           the board, acquiesced in      mize the need to pur-          year, utilizing water that
a home in the Colonies at       sor under Postmus, has            Nearly three years af-     postponing the hearing        chase increasing costly        previously just flowed
San Antonio subdivision         since told investigators      ter the $102 million set-      for two weeks.                water. My second ques-         downstream.
for close to $200,000 less      with the San Bernardino       tlement was foisted on the        Cheryl Anaya, a resi-      tion is, ‘Shouldn’t devel-        Both districts were
than the then-going rate        County district attorney’s    county and its taxpayers       dent of Lytle Creek, was      opers be doing this? This      given rights to divert
during the time frame in        office the Colonies Cross-    by the Postmus, Biane,         among those who had           proposed captured water        up to 158,000 acre-feet
which judge Norell en-          roads Partners made the       Ovitt troika, with infor-      come to the October           has a present value of         of water from the Santa
tered the decision, later       contribution to the politi-   mation emerging pertain-       20 meeting prepared to        $60 million and is avail-      Ana River and four trib-
reversed by the appellate       cal action committee as       ing to how inducements         question Ovitt and Biane      able to meet the needs of      utary streams behind the
court, that the county’s        payment to Brown and          bordering on bribes were       about their motives in the    more than 250,000 West         dam.
easements on the Colo-          Biane for their part in       offered by the Colonies        creation of the task force.   Valley families. This             An acre-foot is the
nies property were no           facilitating the lawsuit      Partners principals to the        Anaya said she was         plan will detail how we        amount of water that will
longer in effect. It has        settlement in favor of        county officials and even      skeptical of Ovitt and        can capture storm water        cover an acre of ground
also been revealed that         the Colonies Crossroads       one of the judges who          Biane’s assertion in their    from the Cucamonga and         to the depth of one foot,
Norell, in his capacity         Partners.                     was hearing the compa-         report to the board that      Deer Creek channels.”          43,560 cubic feet, equal
as the county’s presid-             Shortly after the $102    ny’s lawsuit against the       “There is no financial            Anaya then refer-          to 325,851 gallons.
ing judge, prevailed upon       million settlement pact       county, the matter is now      impact to the county as       enced an effort Biane             The 550-foot Seven
the county grand jury           was ratified, the Colonies    widely viewed as one of        a result of the formation     made earlier this year         Oaks Dam near High-
in 2005 to shut down its        Crossroads Partners con-      the most brazenly cor-         of a committee to ensure      to orchestrate the sale        land was constructed in
investigation of Postmus        tributed $100,000 to the      rupt episodes in county        that storm water runoff       of 1,400 acres of county       2000 and is intended to
and Biane relating to           Alliance for Ethical Gov-     history. Accordingly, the      is utilized for recharging    flood control property in      limit flooding created by
their effort to confer the      ernment political action      district attorney’s office     the local aquifer.”           Rancho Cucamonga to a          the melting of snowpack
$77 million settlement on       committee        controlled   and the state attorney            Because of Ovitt and       consortium of develop-         and rain runoff in the San
the Crossroads Colonies         by Gary Ovitt’s chief of      general’s office are now       Biane’s temporary with-       ers that included Lewis        Bernardino Mountains.
Partners that year.             staff, Mark Kirk. Ale-        looking into the potential     drawal of the commit-         Homes and Jeff Burum.          Water officials in recent
   Beyond the $70,000           man has told district at-     criminal implications in       tee formation proposal,           “My third question is,     years have broached the
provided by the Colo-           torney’s office investiga-    the entire circumstance,       Anaya did not present her     “How close is this area        concept of utilizing the
nies Crossroads Partners        tors that contribution was    with investigators re-         prepared statement at the     to the property that you       water captured at the
to Biane for his 2002           made as payment to Kirk       tracing and re-analyzing       meeting. Nevertheless,        wanted to hand off to the      dam to supply local wa-
maiden run for supervi-         and Ovitt for their part      the stampede toward the        she previewed for the         Lewis Planned Commu-           ter districts and recharge
sor, the $50,000 Burum          in facilitating the lawsuit   settlement, and whether        Sentinel the gist of what     nities and the Colonies        aquifers.
and Richards gave to            settlement in favor of the    evidence of malfeasance,       she intends to say when       guy, Mr. Burum?” Anaya            Utilizing      diversion
Ovitt for his successful        Colonies Crossroad Part-      graft or fraud can be un-      the public hearing that       asked. “These questions        facilities installed by the
electioneering effort in        ners. Aleman said that        earthed and used to put        was cancelled on Octo-        need to be answered so         San Bernardino Valley
2004 and the more than          shortly after the Colo-       together prosecutions.         ber 20 is held on Novem-      we the people may un-          Water District, the water
$400,000 the Colonies           nies Crossroads Partners          In their attempt to uti-   ber 3.                        derstand why our county        will be taken out of the
Crossroad Partners vec-         made the $100,000 con-        lize the conservation of          “In 2006 over 600,000      is in the process of doing     Santa Ana River below
tored to Postmus for his        tribution, Kirk withdrew      storm water runoff as a        acre feet of water flowed     such a thing.”                 the dam and then chan-
electioneering       efforts,   $10,000 from the politi-      political tool to length-      from San Bernardino               Somewhat ironically,       neled into a pipeline.
all of which was donated        cal action committee for      en their political reach,      County into the Pacific       on October 20, state reg-         The water will be sent
before the $102 million         himself as a consulting       Ovitt and Biane trod on        Ocean through the Santa       ulators took action that       to the Bunker Hill and
settlement was made, the        fee.                          the raw nerves of that         Ana River,” Anaya said.       goes a fair way toward         Lytle Creek groundwater



                        faST-fix
                                                                                             “My first question is         redressing the storm wa-       basins to recharge them.
                                                                                             what happens when we          ter runoff use issue at the    A portion of the water
                                                                                             cut off this water? Isn’t     basis of Biane and Ovitt’s     will also go to Riverside
                                                                                             there something in the        proposal.                      County to be stored by
                                                                                             law that requires us to           For 18 years, the San      Western Municipal Wa-

            Jewelry and Watch Repair                                                         release x amount of wa-
                                                                                             ter downstream? And if
                                                                                                                           Bernardino Valley Mu-
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Landfill
from page 2
                                 Bowman then goes
                             on to state, “The project
                                                           supervisors is adopting
                                                           California Environmen-
                                                                                        that are capable of reduc-
                                                                                        ing identified impacts
                                                                                                                      Boyle & Orneles Chili
native. The alternatives
also resulted in signifi-
                             is an integral part of the
                             county’s strategy to con-
                                                           tal Quality Act findings,
                                                           including the statement
                                                                                        have been considered
                                                                                        and rejected because          Crowned World’s Best
cant and unavoidable         solidate land disposal of     of overriding consider-      the alternatives offer a         The winners of the 2009 Wrightwood Chili
impacts and would pro-       solid waste into a few        ations, and addressing       reduced level of benefit      Cook-off, arguably the most prestigious of such
vide fewer environmen-       state-of-the-art regional     the significant unavoid-     when compared to the          competitions worldwide, have been announced.
tal benefits. Based on       facilities as discussed       able impacts as identified   project and the alterna-         Judges Kelly Foley, Terese Johnson, Walter Fol-
the overall assessment       in the Partnership Strat-     in the EIR. Appropri-        tives may introduce new       ey, Bob Deacy and Ray La Beauf, after sampling
of project alternatives,     egy        Implementation     ate mitigation measures      adverse environmental         the dozen offerings in the chili category, declared
the EIR concludes that       Plan. This consolida-         have been incorporated       impacts.”                     Brian Boyle and Joaquin Orneles Wrightwood’s
the project results in the   tion enhances diversion       for all other impacts into      In addition to approv-
                                                                                                                      2009 Chili Champions. Second place went to Ken
greatest level of bene-      capabilities, utilizes the    the mitigation monitor-      ing the expansion proj-
                                                                                                                      and Melinda Hanna of Wrightwood. Best corn-
fits.” Bowman noted that     latest technology in en-      ing and compliance pro-      ect, the board ratified the
the California Environ-      vironmental monitoring        gram. This will ensure       solid waste division’s se-    bread went to Richard Davidovich. Chili People’s
mental Quality Act, in       and control systems and       that all other impacts are   lection of Diamond Bar-       Choice went to Alli and Chester Kiffmeyer. In
Section 15093(a) states:     implements an efficient,      reduced to a level of non-   based Bryan A. Stirrat        the Salsa competition, Melanie Kepke took the
“If the benefits of a pro-   cost-effective, compre-       significance.”               & Associates, a civil and     People’s choice award for her salsa, which also
posed project outweigh       hensive system of solid          The board rejected        environmental engineer-       garnered the Best Hot Salsa trophy. Ken and Me-
the unavoidable adverse      waste disposal within         those alternatives, stat-    ing firm, to undertake the    linda Hanna won in the Best Mild Salsa category.
environmental effects,       San Bernardino County.        ing, “Based on the entire    designing of the methane      Cannon Faris and Jim Trussell manned the beer
the adverse environmen-      In approving the Barstow      record, this board finds     and other greenhouse          booth, considered by many to be the most impor-
tal effects may be con-      Sanitary Landfill Expan-      that feasible alternatives   gas extraction system at      tant function at the event, which was sponsored by
sidered acceptable.”         sion Project, the board of    to the proposed project      the Barstow landfill.         the Wrightwood Chamber of Commerce.
                             office with heavy casel-      ment is requesting to        allowing paid personnel       tion process prior to twenty-two volunteers
Public Defender
                             oads. Making the matter       create a volunteer pro-      to focus on core func-        assignment and will at any given time. The
from front page              more crucial, the office      gram,” Boxer told the        tions.”                       report to a supervisor department anticipates
might have been able to      has in recent years been      board of supervisors.           Boxer sought to as-        managing the opera- only one volunteer in
hire an attorney on their    hit with early retire-        “The department is pe-       sure the board that pro-      tions at their unit of as- FY 2009-10. Autho-
own, find themselves         ments and planned at-         riodically approached        fessional standards will      signment. To ensure rized reimbursements
without the means to         trition to decrease the       by individuals wish-         be maintained by em-          adequate direction and associated with this
wage a defense in court.     office’s expenses.            ing to volunteer at the      ploying the volunteers        supervision, the number program will be limited
They have thus turned to         “In response to the       department. Qualified        judiciously.                  of volunteers participat- to occasional mileage
the public defender’s of-    need to continue pro-         volunteers will be able         “Volunteers         will   ing in the program will and parking which will
fice, thereby burdening      viding service with re-       to perform necessary         undergo the standard          be limited to two per be absorbed into the ap-
an already understaffed      duced assets the depart-      ancillary tasks while        background investiga-         unit for a maximum of proved budget.”
                             determined that it could      members of his com-               The Quan Family,         outstanding     principal of the debt to the Victor-
Victorville
                             pursue deals with the in-     pany, Newport Beach-         who hail from Hunan           amount of the loan. The ville Regional Center I,
from front page
                             vestors under the EB-5        based Inland Energy, as      Province, agreed in Au-       unpaid interest on the L.P. is anticipated from
Shanghai in April 2008       rubric without the assis-     Roberts and Caldwell’s       gust to be the first of 50    loan shall continue to the refinancing of this
in a meeting involving a     tance of CMB. Last De-        “cronies.”                   foreign families to par-      accrue and be paid along intermediate debt by the
host of potential Chinese    cember, CMB filed suit           This week, however,       ticipate in the grogram.      with the principal at water district when the
and Korean investors,        against the city. This year   the city confidently pro-    In this case the Quans’       the applicable maturity water district is in a po-
Victorville’s then-mayor,    it amended the complaint      ceeded with its plan to      money will be utilized to     date, sixty months fol- sition to issue long term
Terry Caldwell, then city    to include Caldwell as a      move ahead with its own      fund the airport’s waste-     lowing the date the loan debt against its sewer en-
manager Jon Roberts          defendant. The company        EB-5 program.                water treatment plant,        is received by SCLAA. terprise.
and Buck Johns, a city       also named Roberts, who          On August 27, 2009,       which will process dis-       The loan will bear an         The Quans will re-
consultant.                  is no longer employed by      the Regional Center of       charge from Dr Pepper         interest rate of five per- ceive conditional vi-
    Under the terms of       the city, in the suit.        Victorville      Develop-    Snapple Group’s bottling      cent and be considered sas and then have 180
that agreement set forth         The city’s lawyers        ment, Inc., known as         facility.                     an unsecured debt of the days to enter the United
in a memorandum of un-       have posited a legal ar-      RCVD was approved by            The loan agreement         authority, subordinate to States. By July 2011
derstanding and signed       gument that Caldwell          the State of California      provides for Southern         debt service. The current they will be allowed to
by Caldwell while he         did not have the author-      and licensed to officially   California       Logistics    plan of finance is to use apply for removal of the
was in Shanghai, the ex-     ity to commit the city to     conduct business in the      Airport Authority to          EB-5 investor proceeds visa’s conditions. They
changes of loans at rates    contractual obligations       State of California as a     borrow $500,000 and           to be lent by the author- can obtain permanent
favorable to the city for    on his own and that such      non-profit corporation       Southern California Lo-       ity to the water district residency thereafter.
green cards involving        commitments require an        conducting business as       gistics Airport Author-       so that the water dis-        Johns and his com-
roughly 200 investors        advance-noticed vote of       an approved regional         ity will annually pay         trict can re-finance its pany, Inland Group, are
from China and South         the entire city council.      center, capable of work-     the Quans’ half of the        construction debt for its currently seeking out
Korea were to be man-            Moreover, the docu-       ing within the EB-5          interest accrued on the       sewer plant. Repayment more foreign investors.
aged by CMB, which           ments were signed on          format. Since then, the
was to receive a fee for     foreign soil and outside      RCVD, after consulta-         All Work Guaranteed                                        Free Estimates
its services.                the jurisdiction of the       tion with the city council


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    Caldwell signed the      United States, issues that    and city attorney, serv-
memo three different         could undercut the con-       ing as the incorporator
times in three different     tract’s validity.             of the RCVD, appointed
capacities – as mayor,           CMB’s inclusion of        three board members
chairman of the Vic-         Caldwell and Roberts          consisting of executive                                      *Sprinklers             *Sodding
torville redevelopment       beyond their capaci-          level members of the city                                    *Cement Work            *Brick Planters
agency and as the chair-     ties as representatives       staff. For one-year, Doug
                                                                                                                        *Wood Fences            *Block Walls
man of the Southern Cal-     or former representa-         Robertson, Reggie Lam-
ifornia Logistics Airport    tives of the city raises      son, and Sean McGlade
                                                                                                                        *Walk Way               *Driveways
Authority - pledging to      issues of their personal      will serve as RCVD                                           *Patios                 *Hauling
include CMB as brokers       liability. Language in        board members. Thus
in Victorville’s investor    the CMB filing includes       the city of Victorville
recruitment effort for at    the phrase “motivated by      has been designated by                                                           (909) 578-2215 cell
least two years.             corruption” in referring      the U.S. Citizenship and
    By the summer of         to Roberts and Caldwell       Immigration Services as                                                        (909) 574-4675 home
2008, however, the city      and describes Johns and       a regional center.
 Friday, October 23, 2009                                                 San Bernardino County Sentinel                                                                              Page 8

Barstow Sheriff Station Job Goes to Out-of-County Contractor
   Upon the recommenda-             The Sheriff’s Depart-         Victorville to Stateline, Ne-   board of supervisors au-         $1,539,000; Dalke & Sons        lowest responsible bidder.
tion of the director of the      ment moved into that loca-       vada.                           thorized the architecture        Construction of Riverside           The construction phase
county’s architecture, engi-     tion in 1968, after it was va-       According to Carl R.        and engineering/facilities       bid $1,598,520; H.C. Olsen      does not represent the only
neering and facilities man-      cated by the Barstow Police      Alban, the director of          management department            Construction of Monro-          cost associated with the
agement division, the board      Department. A jail section       the county’s architecture       to solicit competitive bids      via bid $1,635,989; Fischer,    project, which carries with it
of supervisors awarded a         was later constructed in         and engineering/facilities      for the renovation of the        Inc. of San Bernardino bid      a total budget of $3,396,000,
$1.1 million construction        1976, increasing the public      management department,          Barstow sheriff’s station.       $1,655,750; and JM Build-       which is comprised of de-
contract to an out-of-county     usage of the building. This      “Overcrowded conditions         Architecture & engineering       ers, Inc. of Redlands offered   sign, project management,
company for renovating the       facility serves as the pri-      occurred at the station         advertised for bids in a local   to do the job for $1,657,000.   inspection and construc-
sheriff’s department’s Bar-      mary sheriff’s station for       because of the continued        newspaper on July 24, 2009,          Following the bid open-     tion costs for the completed
stow station.                    the Barstow area and the         growth of the greater Bar-      and on the county website.       ing Camco Pacific Con-          parking lot expansion in the
   Abboud Diamond Con-           surrounding communities          stow area and the increase           On August 3, 2009,          struction Company, Inc. and     amount of $969,000. The
struction, Inc. of Moreno        of Baker, Daggett, Yermo,        in the number of sheriff’s      33 contractors attended a        Desert Ranger Construc-         remaining project budget
Valley was given the con-        Red Mountain and Trona,          deputies, investigators, and    mandatory job walk. On           tion, Inc. submitted protest    of $2,427,000 is made up
tract when it provided the       as well as the Mojave Na-        office staff without a corre-   September 16, 2009, 15           letters alleging that Dia-      of $236,000 in design costs;
lowest bid offered by the 15     tional Preserve, the Grass       sponding increase in office     bids were received. Abboud       mond’s bid did not comply       project management, in-
companies competing for          Valley and Black Moun-           space. When completed,          Diamond Construction, Inc.       with the county’s bidding       spection, and permit costs
the job.                         tain Wilderness areas, and       these projects will have ex-    bid $1,100,000 on the proj-      requirements. Architecture      of $275,000; furniture,
   That work is to entail the    a portion of Death Valley.       panded and renovated the        ect; Camco Pacific Con-          & engineering looked into       fixtures and equipment
makeover of the Barstow          The station’s jurisdiction       existing facility; expanded     struction Co. of Irvine bid      those allegations but deter-    costs of $450,000; secu-
Sheriff’s Station, located at    encompasses over 10,000          the sheriff’s secure parking    $1,285,000; Desert Ranger        mined that Diamond was          rity and electronics costs
225 E. Mountain View in          square miles and is integral     lot; renovated the adjacent     Construction, Inc. of Ran-       in compliance and has noti-     of $256,000; construction
Barstow. This project will       to overall public safety and     Stiern Park; and renovated      cho Mirage bid $1,343,000;       fied both Camco and Desert      costs of $1,100,000; and a
add approximately 4,000          law enforcement activities       the existing lobby, lobby       Avi-Con, Inc. of Riverside       Ranger of its findings.         construction contingency of
square feet to the existing      along the very demanding         restroom, and lobby video       bid $1,343,000; GTA Con-             The eight lowest bidders    $110,000.
facility.                        Interstate 15 corridor from      booth, bringing them into       struction, Inc. of Brea bid      on the project were all based       The funding sources for
                                                                  compliance with current         $1,394,000; Oakview Con-         outside of San Bernardino       the project are $600,000 as
   Lady Justice, Inc.                                             Americans with Disabilities     structors, Inc. of Calimesa      County. Building Construc-      approved by the board as
     A Full Service Legal Corporation                             Act requirements.”              bid $1,436,000; Young            tion Co of San Bernardino,      part of the 2007-08 Capi-
                                                                      Two projects previously     Contractors of Riverside         the lowest bidder based in      tal Improvements Project
                                Khandi R. Greer                   approved by the board of        bid $1,438,000; Tiffany          the county, had a bid that      budget and $2,796,000
                                                                  supervisors, and since com-     Group, Inc. of Tarzana bid       was $420,000 more than          ($2,946,000 less $150,000
                                   President                      pleted, expanded the park-      $1,489,000; Inland Build-        Abboud Diamond Con-             transferred to the sheriff’s
                                                                  ing lot to provide an ad-       ing Construction Co. of San      struction’s bid.                station Americans with
                         255 N. “D” Street, Ste. 220              ditional 40 parking spaces      Bernardino bid $1,520,000;           Accordingly, staff rec-     Disabilities Act lobby and
                         San Bernardino, CA 92401                 and renovated portions of       Jergensen Construction of        ommended to the board that      restroom project from the
                           (909) 383-2346, Office                 the existing building to        Oak Hills bid $1,533,000;        it award the contract to Ab-    2008-09 Capital Improve-
                             (909)723-9363, Fax                   comply with current Amer-       R.I.C. Construction Co.,         boud Diamond Construc-          ments Project budget.
                                                                  icans with Disabilities Act     Inc. of Hesperia bid             tion, which was deemed the
                            (909) 714-4640, Cell                  requirements.
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