5 takeaways from San Bernardino County’s $7.6 billion budget

San Bernardino County now has its budget for the financial year that starts July 1, planning for more investment while growing the county’s reserves. As county supervisors expected when they discussed the budget in May, the $7.6 billion budget is a significant turnaround from what was expected a year ago when COVID-19‘s impact was uncertain. That’s mostly due to tax revenues increasing during the pandemic, rather than the steep decline that had been anticipated. Here are five notable components of the budget, which passed Tuesday, June 8. Money for a rainy day The budget sets aside $41 million in a General Purpose Reserve. On top of that, a $19 million operating surplus is projected for the general fund. “We are being fiscally responsible with your tax dollars and we are listening to your priorities,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman said in a written statement. “We are putting resources in the right direction and this budget gives us the opportunity to move this county forward.” $10.4 million for ‘community concerns’ The budget includes $10.4 million over the next several years to combat what board members…

La Verne re-examines policy dictating where the city manager should live

La Verne leaders say they’ll revisit a decades-old policy requiring the city manager live in town or nearby, a regulation the City Council has not enforced in recent years. In the meantime, the council on Monday, June 7, voted unanimously to issue City Manger Bob Russi a 12-month notice to comply with the municipal code stating that he move to La Verne or within a 5-mile radius of City Hall. While the provision regarding the city manager’s residency has been on the books since 1985, it has yet to be enforced, according to Bob Kress, La Verne’s city attorney. “It’s not a requirement of the municipal code but it directs the council to require that (the city manager live or near La Verne),” Kress said Monday. “The council has never required that. There has never been any formal action taken.” Previously, council members have taken into consideration the city manager’s residence as it relates to that person’s ability to perform his or her duties and, without taking any formal action, decided in Russi’s case “it was close enough,” Kress said. He noted Russi lives just…

24-year-old woman arrested for stabbing death of ex-boyfriend in Riverside: Police

A 24-year-old woman was arrested for the stabbing death of her ex-boyfriend in Riverside, officials announced Wednesday. Around 3 a.m. Tuesday, officers responded to the Riverside University Health System Medical Center for a call regarding a man who had been stabbed and brought to the emergency room, the Riverside Police Department said in a news release. Officers arrived and learned the victim, 25-year-old Robert Emilio Minjares of Moreno Valley, was brought to the hospital by his ex-girlfriend. He had a stab wound to his chest and died from his injuries minutes after arriving at the hospital, police said. A preliminary investigation revealed that the incident took place inside Minjares’ vehicle, while parked at a lot in the 2000 block of Alessandro Boulevard. Minjares and his ex-girlfriend were having an argument inside the vehicle. At some point, the woman produced a knife and stabbed Minjares in the chest, according to Riverside Police. Brittany Juarez of Moreno Valley was arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center on suspicion of murder. She was being held without bail. Anyone with additional information about the incident is asked…

Military relieves general of duties over tank sinking during training exercise off San Clemente Island

The Marine Corps is relieving a general of his duties for failing to properly train Marines and sailors and evaluate the platoon before an exercise last summer when their seafaring tank sank off the Southern California coast, killing nine troops, the military announced Wednesday. The July 30 training accident was one of the deadliest for the Marines in recent years. Leaders said it could have been prevented. The crew of the amphibious assault vehicle was left in the dark, using their cellphone lights to desperately try to find an unmarked escape hatch as they took on water, according to the investigation. There also were no safety boats nearby to save them. The investigation found Maj. Gen. Robert F. Castellvi “bears some responsibility;” it said the accident off San Clemente Island, 70 miles (113 kilometers) from San Diego, was caused by inadequate training, shabby maintenance of the amphibious assault vehicles and poor judgment by commanders. At the time, Castellvi served as commanding general of the 1st Marine Division of Camp Pendleton, north of San Diego, and oversaw the preparation of the troops. A second probe launched…

Keystone XL pipeline sponsor cancels contentious project

The sponsor of the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline pulled the plug on the contentious project Wednesday after Canadian officials failed to persuade President Joe Biden to reverse his cancellation of its permit on the day he took office. Calgary-based TC Energy said it would work with government agencies “to ensure a safe termination of and exit” from the partially built line, which was to transport crude from the oil sand fields of western Canada to Steele City, Nebraska. Construction on the 1,200-mile (1,930-kilometer) pipeline began last year when former President Donald Trump revived the long-delayed project after it had stalled under the Obama administration. It would have moved up to 830,000 barrels (35 million gallons) of crude daily, connecting in Nebraska to other pipelines that feed oil refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast. Biden canceled the pipeline’s border crossing permit in January over longstanding concerns that burning oil sands crude could make climate change worse and harder to reverse. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had objected to the move , raising tensions between the U.S. and Canada. Officials in Alberta, where the line originated, expressed frustration…

Farm Fire: Forward progress stopped on 150-acre blaze that threatened structures in Hesperia

Firefighters have stopped forward progress of a wind-driven blaze that threatened structures as it burned 150 acres in the Hesperia area on Wednesday afternoon. The Farm Fire erupted around 1:30 p.m. in the area of Caliente and Ranchero roads, according to the San Bernardino County Fire Department. Fanned in part by winds of more than 30 mph, the flames spread at a “critical rate” and grew to at least 100 acres within an hour, fire officials said. The estimated acreage was later increased to 150. The fire was burning near the 15 Freeway, though no lanes were closed or impacted, video from Sky5 showed. By 2:50 p.m., it appeared that firefighters were gaining control over the vegetation fire, which continued to send swaths of light-colored smoke over the immediate area, according to the aerial footage. At that point, small patches of heavy flames were still visible. The forward rate of spread was stopped shortly before 5 p.m., and containment was around 10%, according to Cal Fire San Bernardino. Structures were threatened for a period, but none were damaged, Cal Fire officials said. No injuries were…

4 Glendale Police Officers On Administrative Leave After Video Shows Them Beating Teenager Inside Dick’s Sporting Goods Store

GLENDALE (CBSLA) –  After a video provided to CBS2/KCAL9 by a witness showing three plainclothes Glendale police officers beating a teenager suspected of shoplifting, with another uniformed officer coming into the fray and kicking the teen in the face, all four officers have been placed on administrative leave. “The whole thing felt wrong to me,” the witness who took the video told CBSLA’s Hermela Aregawi. The 17-year-old victim of a June 8, 2021 beating by four Glendale Police Officers inside a Dick’s Sporting Goods store suffered bruises and injuries to the head. The incident happened at Dick’s Sporting Goods in the Glendale Galleria Tuesday evening around 7 p.m. The officers, some of whom were assigned to the mall, had received reports of petty theft in another part of the galleria. “The worst part of all of that was the officer that wasn’t even there to begin with, that ran up on this situation, and as soon as he arrived, he just decided I’m going to kick this kid in the head and that’s what he did,” the witness said. According to the attorney for the…

LeBron James Shares New Trailer Of Upcoming ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ Movie

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — LeBron James shared a new trailer Wednesday of his upcoming film, “Space Jam: A New Legacy.” James shared the video on Twitter saying, “I’M A CARTOON?! And granny’s drinking a martini at halftime?!?! ‍‍ It’s about to get looney up in here this July!!” The video shows James flying into a cartoon world where he finds his Tune Squad teammates, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Lola Bunny, Tweety and more. I’M A CARTOON?! And granny’s drinking a martini at halftime?!?! ‍‍  It’s about to get looney up in here this July!!    @spacejammovie @TheSpringHillCo #SpaceJamMovie pic.twitter.com/OT9KjVpN5X — LeBron James (@KingJames) June 9, 2021 The film’s plot involves James and his onscreen son attempting to escape a virtual reality by winning a basketball game. Similar to the original, “Space Jam: A New Legacy” will be filled with cameos from basketball stars, including Klay Thompson, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Chris Paul, Draymond Green, Kyle Kuzma, Diana Taurasi, Nneka Ogwumike and Chiney Ogwumike. The movie, a sequel to Michael Jordan’s 1996 film “Space Jam,” is set to hit theaters and HBO Max on July 16.

Mother Of 4, Spechelle Pope, And Rideshare Driver Killed In Suspected Street Racing Crash Near Antelope Valley Mall In Palmdale

PALMDALE (CBSLA) – Authorities are searching for a speeding driver who fled after causing a fiery hit-and-run wreck that killed two people near the Antelope Valley Mall in Palmdale in the early morning hours Wednesday. June 9, 2021. (DonLuizMesa) The crash involving at least two vehicles occurred in the area of North 11th Street West and West Rancho Vista Boulevard at approximately 12:30 a.m. A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department sergeant told CBSLA that a Dodge Challenger was speeding when it rear-ended a Toyota Corolla and knocked over a light pole in the process. Nearby surveillance video captured the moment of impact as the streaking Challenger collided with the Corolla, causing it to explode into flames. Its two occupants died at the scene. Spechelle Pope, 28, a mother of four young children, and the rideshare driver taking her to the grocery store, were the two victims killed. “When I learned it was my sister, it just hurts,” said Justuss Pope, brother of the victim. “Especially when you see everything is on fire, that’s just unhuman like, it’s disregard for life.” Investigators believe the driver of…

¿Por qué Argentina guarda vacunas en el peor momento de la pandemia?

(CNN Español) — Argentina ha recibido 18.931.945 vacunas contra el covid-19 hasta este miércoles. Cada vez que un lote arriba al país, el gobierno lo anuncia y luego comunica la distribución hacia las provincias para que esas dosis puedan ser aplicadas. Sin embargo, hay 900.345 vacunas cuya distribución no fue informada por las autoridades. “Esto genera sospechas y suspicacias”, señaló el exministro de Salud de Argentina, Adolfo Rubinstein. Por su parte, el actual subsecretario de Estrategias Sanitarias, Juan Manuel Castelli, negó que haya “suspicacias” sobre las dosis cuya distribución no fue informada. Polémica en Argentina por frase de Alberto Fernández sobre mexicanos, brasileños y argentinos Castelli dijo que esas vacunas fueron separadas para formar un stock crítico. “Son vacunas que guardamos momentáneamente para una circunstancia fortuita o para dar respuesta a una situación de emergencia en algún lugar”. Según el funcionario, actualmente son “menos de 50.000” las dosis reservadas en el stock crítico. Explicó que el volumen no es acumulativo, sino que en la medida en que llegan más vacunas, las nuevas partidas permiten liberar dosis que anteriormente permanecían guardadas. Las restantes, según Castelli, ya…

The Latest: Suit says Hawaii inmates unprotected from virus

HONOLULU — A class-action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of inmates in Hawaii, arguing that the state has failed to protect people from coronavirus outbreaks in unsanitary jails and prisons. The lawsuit says that nearly half of the prisoners held by Hawaii have contracted the virus and that five out of nine facilities have experienced “uncontrolled outbreaks” of coronavirus cases. The lawsuit describes poor conditions such as cells not being sanitized or cleaned when virus-positive inmates move out and a new prisoner moves in. A spokeswoman for the state Department of Public Safety says the agency has been advised not to comment on possible pending legal matters. ___ MORE ON THE PANDEMIC: — AP source: US to buy 500M Pfizer vaccines to share globally — France is back: Borders reopen to American tourists, others — Haiti fights large COVID-19 spike as it awaits vaccines — Pandemic shows risk of obesity, challenge of weight loss ___ — Follow more of AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine ___ HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING: SANTA FE, N.M. — Private child care centers in New Mexico are…

Scorching Heat Forecast for Inland Empire Next Week

The summer sizzle will begin in earnest next week with a triple-digit heat wave throughout the Inland Empire, according to the National Weather Service. “This heat wave looks prolonged for inland Southern California, potentially lasting through the end of next week,” the NWS said in a statement. “Hot conditions are expected in the deserts by Monday, with the heat making it west of the mountains as early as Tuesday.” A ridge of high pressure will begin overlaying the region on Friday, intensifying through Saturday and Sunday, and essentially stalling in place until the following weekend, pushing up the mercury, forecasters said. The NWS posted an Excessive Heat Watch encompassing virtually all of Riverside County from Monday to Friday. “There will be dangerously hot conditions with (daily) temperatures 100-105 degrees in the Inland Empire … and 115-120 degrees in the Coachella Valley,” according to the agency. Some temperature records may be set. The heat watch came with a warning that outdoor activity should be curtailed and residents should stay hydrated and, if possible, in a cool place during the day. The county recently opened cooling centers…

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