California Public Employee Pension System Sustained A $30B Loss So Far In 2022

The already unbearable burden California’s taxpayers are staggering under in defraying the pension costs of retired public sector employees has grown heavier still as the California Public Employees’ Retirement System has sustained investment losses approaching $30 billion through the first ten months of 2022.
The California Public Employees Retirement System, which is the pension system for all of state government’s employees, the employees of 427 of the its 482 cities, 36 of its 58 counties, and more than 900 other public agencies, including trial courts, special districts, transportation and transit districts, sanitation districts, library districts, fire districts, water districts, housing authorities, flood control districts, pest control districts, air quality districts, community college districts, park & recreation districts, hospital districts, utility districts, port authorities and cemetery districts. Continue reading

Barstow Releases Verbal Version Of Mayoral Misdeed Report

The long-anticipated report of the investigation into Barstow Mayor Paul Courtney’s activities and alleged abuse of authority was released earlier this month, done verbally as a report of discussion that had taken place during a closed session of the council and its attorney at the November 7 city council meeting.
Coming as it did, in a fleeting announcement by City Attorney Matthew Summers without be provided in written form and a day before the November 8 election, the report was largely ignored by the public.

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Supervisor Cook Defiant In Face Of Effort To Remove Him Over Residency Violation

First District San Bernardino County Supervisor Paul Cook is digging his heels in as momentum is building toward what those with regard for his legacy had hoped would be his voluntary resignation and what increasingly appears will be his forced removal from office.
At issue is the 79-year-old’s residency in Yucca Valley within the county’s Third Supervisorial District, outside the First District, which he has represented since December 2020. County officials have tacitly acknowledged that Cook, first in declaring and then qualifying his candidacy for the supervisor’s post in 2019, misrepresented that his do domicile was in Apple Valley. At that time, the abrupt dismissal of questions from those who were aware of Cook’s longtime residency in Yucca Valley dissuaded the public from pursuing an examination of whether Cook in actuality had changed his residence to the First District. Cook had been a councilman and mayor in Yucca Valley in the early 2000s, where in 2004 he built a 3,527-square foot home built on a 1.15-acre lot on Country Club Drive overlooking the 12-hole Hawk’s Landing Golf Course. That was his declared residence when he successfully ran in 2006 to represent the 65th Assembly District in the California Legislature, was reelected in 2008 and 2010, and in 2012 was elected to represent California’s 8th Congressional District in 2012 and was reelected in 2014, 2016 and 2018. Continue reading

Community Action Partnership Of San Bernardino County Holding Annual Toy Donation Drive

Those who are inclined to do so can give a little happiness to a child by donating a toy to the Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County this season. The intent is to support local communities and provide toys to children in need. The Partnership has set a goal of provoking the generosity of the more fortunate so joy can be brought to hundreds of families in San Bernardino County this holiday season.
The most pressing need is gifts for 14-17 year-olds. This could be sports equipment, electronics, board games, art supplies, self-care essentials, etc.
Unwrapped toys can be dropped off or mailed to:
Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County
Attn: Family Development Program
696 S Tippecanoe Ave, San Bernardino, CA 92408
Monetary donations can be made at:
www.capsbc.org/holidayvirtualtoydrive
Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to serving those in need since 1965.

Medical Offices Going In Across From Don Lugo High School

The intensity of land use and traffic will increase at the periphery of Don Lugo High School in accordance with the Chino Planning Commission’s October 17 approval of a mixed use project on the property.
Involved is the 1.89 acres at the northeast corner of Pipeline Avenue and Chino Avenue, immediately across the street north from Don Lugo High School.
The applicant, Creative Design Associates asked for an entitlement o proceed with a one story 14-unit medical/professional office totaling 23,719 square feet, along with 96 parking spaces.
The planning commission’s approval of the project further cleared the way for the property owner, Rowland Heights-based Contai Chino, LLC, to develop the remaining 0.86 acre on the property into condominiums. Continue reading

Show Band Christmas Concert Set For December 2 At Gardiner Spring Auditorium

The musicians of the Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band and Memory of Mary Watson Ortiz are proud to present “Holidays Around the World” on Monday December 19, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. in Gardiner W. Spring Auditorium located on the campus of Chaffey High School, 1250 N. Euclid Ave. in Ontario.
Early concert goers are invited to arrive at 7:00 p.m. to be entertained by the “Woodwind Celebration” ensemble in the lobby while enjoying complimentary coffee and cookies. The performance is Free to the public.
Our December concert celebrates the season with a repertoire of holiday music from countries around the world. Featured artists include the special guest appearance of former Show Band Concertmaster and vocalist Chris McAleer. She will sing several holiday classics that include “What Child Is This,” “My Favorite Things,” the timeless holiday song “White Christmas,” a medley of sing-along Christmas carols, and a narration of “‘Twas, The Night Before Christmas.” Continue reading