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December 5, 2013 | By Shan Li and Andrew Khouri
California continues to be a story of two economies: coastal regions with healthy job growth and inland areas that are still struggling to recover, according to a UCLA report released Thursday. UCLA economists said in their quarterly forecast that coastal counties stretching from Marin to San Diego have enjoyed employment gains that outpaced the U.S. In contrast, inland areas such as the San Joaquin Valley and the East Bay are showing little or even negative growth. Years of economic turmoil have especially been hard on the Inland Empire, which includes Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
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December 1, 2013 | By Jean Merl
Eloise Gomez Reyes' frustration seemed to leap off the pages of her recent complaint letter to the head of the California Democratic Party. She described how she had tried repeatedly to address local party clubs about her candidacy for a hotly contested congressional seat in the Inland Empire, only to learn four of those organizations had endorsed a rival, Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar. The backing, announced by the Aguilar campaign, "suggests that information needed to participate fully in the Democratic Club endorsement process has intentionally been withheld" from other candidates, Reyes, a Colton attorney and first-time candidate, said in her letter.
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November 5, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
The 2014 gubernatorial campaign officially began Tuesday, with tea party favorite Tim Donnelly, a Republican assemblyman from the Inland Empire, announcing that he is running for governor. "I want to let Jerry Brown know that … not only are we coming for him, but the people of the state of California are coming for their freedom back," Donnelly said, flanked by his wife, three of their five children and dozens of supporters at a sawdust-covered furniture factory in Baldwin Park.
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September 25, 2013 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO - Democrat Freddie Rodriguez eked out a narrow win in a special election Tuesday to fill a vacant Inland Empire Assembly seat. Rodriguez, a Pomona city councilman, won 51.1% of the vote, according to results posted by the California secretary of State on Wednesday. Ontario Mayor Paul Leon, who ran as an independent, had 48.9%. The election was held to fill the seat vacated by now-state Sen. Norma Torres (D-Pomona). Only 8% of the district's 177,000 registered voters cast a ballot.
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September 23, 2013 | By Jean Merl
Hoping to help narrow the field of challengers to a Republican incumbent next year, a Democratic organization in the Inland Empire endorsed Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar for Congress. Aguilar won nearly 86% of the endorsement votes cast by members of the Redlands Area Democratic Club over the weekend, club officials said. The rest of the votes were split between attorney Elois Gomez Reyes (11%) and San Bernardino Unified School Board member Danny Tillman (3%).  Former Rep. Joe Baca, who lost his reelection bid in a neighboring district last year, did not receive any votes, the officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
On a sunny September day, Christina Ayres lay on the sand near the Huntington Beach Pier, tanning in a pink bikini, and ticked off the things that identify a 909er. Bad clothing - " 'Jersey Shore' style," the 29-year-old explained. And meth addicts. "That's what you hear on the news. " Over on Main Street, Ryan Kaupang, 21, had a more specific description: "White kids that dress like bros," he said, "bros" meaning people who wear cut-off jerseys and motocross gear and "try to act like tough guys.
BUSINESS
September 17, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
In one of the largest office building sales of the year in the Inland Empire, investor Michael G. Rademaker has acquired buildings in Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga in a $26.6-million transaction. Rademaker, founder and chief executive of Upland property brokerage MGR Real Estate, bought Centerlake Plaza. The six-story building at 3401 Centerlake Drive sits on more than 3.5 acres near the intersection of Haven Avenue and the San Bernardino Freeway in Ontario. As part of the deal, he and his partners also bought the two-story Havengate Center at 10350-10390 Commerce Center Drive in Rancho Cucamonga.
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September 6, 2013 | By Jason Wells
Southern California can expect little relief Friday as a blistering heat wave continues into the weekend. Temperatures are expected to edge down only slightly heading into the weekend, and will remain well above what's normal for this time of year, said Kurt Kaplan, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service. “It'll still be very, very hot,” he said. In the inland valleys and foothills, temperatures on Friday could reach 106 degrees. Potential highs of 107 degrees prompted the National Weather Service to issue a heat advisory for Orange County and the Inland Empire as the Southland enters Day 3 of a sweltering heat wave.
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September 5, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Triple-digit temperatures scorched inland areas across Southern California on Thursday as a heat wave continued to grip the region and was expected to last into the weekend. The blistering heat was being caused by high pressure that the National Weather Service said would continue through Sunday. In Los Angeles County, Saugus hit 105 degrees on Thursday and Woodland Hills topped out at 104. Downtown Los Angeles reached 96 degrees, according to the Weather Service. Along the coast, the Santa Monica Pier reached 76 degrees and Redondo Beach hit 78. Fullerton in Orange County was 103 and Anaheim was 97. Laguna Beach hit 85 degrees, the Weather Service said.
BUSINESS
August 2, 2013 | By Alejandro Lazo
Los Angeles builder KB Home will open four new developments in the Inland Empire next week, another sign that the hard-hit region is rapidly becoming a home-building hot spot again. The builder said Friday that it would open new developments in Chino, Ontario, Temecula and Perris. It has more than a dozen developments already selling homes in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The region east of Los Angeles and Orange counties still sees foreclosures and suffers from high unemployment compared with the rest of the nation.
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