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Fire destroys Historic Building

By   /  March 19, 2014  /  29 Palms, Feature  /  Comments Off

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On Tuesday March 18th, at 2:31 pm, firefighters responded to a reported structure fire at the Singing Trees Mobile Home Park in the 74600 block of Amboy Road located in the City of Twentynine Palms. 29 Palms firefighters arrived to find a two-story multi-unit residence with heavy fire showing from the second floor. With mutual […]

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Sunshine Week-Vote Yes on Proposition 42

By   /  March 17, 2014  /  Feature, General Posts  /  Comments Off

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MyDesertSun.com-Commentary-On June 3, California voters will have a chance to lock in the state’s open meeting and open records acts. As we celebrate Sunshine Week — the newspaper industry’s annual celebration of transparency in government — The Desert Sun strongly encourages you to do so. Open meetings and open records are essential to democracy. California […]

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An Interview with Dan Harp

By   /  March 17, 2014  /  Feature, San Bernardino Co  /  Comments Off

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Dan Harp is one of two candidates for the office of San Bernardino County Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk. He agreed to an interview and I sent him several questions. Among those questions were: Can you tell us what the functions are of San Bernardino County Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk? Why is it an elected rather than appointed office? Harp’s […]

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San Jose’s Pension Reforms: A Case Study

By   /  March 17, 2014  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off

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San Jose’s pension reforms can serve as a model for cities across the country, says Adam Summers, a senior policy analyst with the Reason Foundation. Due largely to huge increases in salaries and benefits, San Jose’s unfunded liabilities skyrocketed over the last decade. Between 1991 and 2009, adjusting for inflation, the average annual benefit for […]

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DA Candidate Struggles for Campaign Donations

By   /  March 15, 2014  /  Feature, San Bernardino Co  /  Comments Off

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SAN BERNARDINO, CA – Last Friday, District Attorney candidate Grover Merritt cobbled together over $29,000 to file a candidate statement to appear in the June sample ballot mailed to all San Bernardino County voters.    Because Merritt’s fundraising has been anemic, showing a paltry $4,600 raised through December 31, 2013, it’s a mystery how he […]

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Zachary J. Miller, Yucca Valley High School Teacher Charged Sex with a Minor

By   /  March 12, 2014  /  Feature, Yucca Valley  /  Comments Off

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Hi Desert Star Breaking News- YUCCA VALLEY— Local sheriff’s deputies have issued a warrant for the arrest of a Yucca Valley High School teacher. Zachary J. Miller, 33, of Yucca Valley, has been on administrative leave since Jan. 31, following complaints of a sexual relationship between Miller and a 17-year-old female student.   According to […]

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SAR rescues climber after fall

By   /  March 10, 2014  /  Mohave Co  /  Comments Off

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Mohave County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Units responded Saturday (3/8) afternoon to rescue a male subject who had fallen about 50 feet after his rope snapped. Robert Rodriguez, 21, of Kingman, was hiking with two friends when he was rappelling down to a stream when the accident happened. At approximately 4:30 p.m., SAR units responded […]

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Daylight Savings Time Begins-Set Clocks Forward 1 Hour

By   /  March 9, 2014  /  Feature, General Posts  /  Comments Off

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Rotwnews.com-Mountain Communities – Time in the mountain communities springs forward one hour on Sunday, March 9.During Daylight Saving Time, clocks are turned forward an hour, effectively moving an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening.   Local fire agencies encourage residents to not forget to change  batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon […]

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Comeback Eyed for Pieces of Redevelopment

By   /  March 5, 2014  /  Feature, Project Phoenix  /  Comments Off

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…… local governments could take advantage of the expanded IFDs only “on the conclusion of any outstanding legal issues between the successor agency, the city or county that created the (redevelopment agency) and the state.” Other requirements include audits by the state controller and approvals from the Finance Department.

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Riverside SO asks for more money from Off-Road Fund

By   /  March 4, 2014  /  OHV Issues  /  Comments Off

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On behalf of the County of Riverside, Sheriff Stanley L. Sniff is applying for a total of $157,585 in California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Division Grants & Cooperative Agreements Program funding for Law Enforcement Projects. Riverside is the fourth largest county in the state and shares borders with Imperial, Orange, San Diego, […]

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Squatter Busted by SO

By   /  March 4, 2014  /  Mohave Co  /  Comments Off

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Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Edward Donald Jones, 69, a transient, Sunday (3/2) afternoon for burglary and criminal trespassing, both felonies. Approximately 3:30 p.m., deputies were contacted about a suspicious incident by a homeowner. The homeowner said that he currently has his house listed for sale in the 2600 block of Thunderhead Drive. The homeowner […]

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PE-Colonies Case at a Glance

By   /  March 4, 2014  /  General Posts, San Bernardino Co  /  Comments Off

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COLONIES CASE AT A GLANCE/PRESS ENTERPRISE November 2006: San Bernardino supervisors approved a $102 million settlement with Colonies Partners, developer of a housing and retail center in Upland. February 2010: Prosecutors file corruption charges against former Assessor Bill Postmus and former Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin. May 2011: A grand jury indicts Erwin, developer Jeff Burum, […]

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Top Story- Man dies in Yucca Mesa motorcycle crash

By   /  March 4, 2014  /  Police Blotter, Yucca Valley  /  Comments Off

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  Hi-Desert Star Top Story-YUCCA MESA— A man was killed Monday evening while riding his motorcycle on Buena Vista Drive. The man, whose identity has not yet been released, was discovered just after 5 p.m., by a motorist who reported she saw a man down in the road next to his motorcycle, not breathing. Morongo […]

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Suspects turn dog on Cops

By   /  March 3, 2014  /  Police Blotter  /  Comments Off

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On Sunday, March 2, 2014, at about 2:23 p.m., Eastvale officers responded to the 12000 block of Limonite Avenue to investigate a burglary in progress. Two adult male suspects were observed removing the protective security packaging from items in the electronics department of a business, then exited the business at separate times. The individual reporting […]

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