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The population of the city of Beaumont has nearly quadrupled over the past two decades.  That prompted KVCR listener Mario Gonzalez to ask us: with all the people moving to Beaumont, what are the plans to build more schools and infrastructure to keep up?  In Part 1 of our series, we reported on Beaumont's plans to build more schools. In part 2, we're looking at plans to build more infrastructure in the aftermath of a major public corruption scandal.

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Over the past 20 years, the population in the city of Beaumont has nearly quadrupled.  That prompted KVCR listener Mario Gonzalez to ask us: with all of the people moving to Beaumont, what are the plans to build more schools and infrastructure to keep up?  In Part 1 of a series, we're looking at Beaumont's plans to build more schools, and the challenges they've been facing. KVCR's Danielle Fox has the story.

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Authorities have arrested a teenager who made a threat over social media that there would be a shooting at Beaumont High School this week.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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A federal case involving securities violations by the former city manager of Beaumont, along with Beaumont's bond financing agency, was settled this week with agreements to pay financial penalties -- without admissions of guilt.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Local officials in Beaumont are preparing a public information campaign designed to convince Beaumont Library District taxpayers to approve a future library expansion bond.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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There are a variety of activities going on over the weekend around the Inland Empire, including the annual Cherry Festival in Beaumont and the Balloon and Wine Festival in the Temecula Valley.  And, even though the inland area's biggest annual festival is still months away, people will be crowding onto the coachella.com website to get their first chance ot tickets for next year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Beaumont City Councilman Mark Orozco was slated to be arraigned today at the Riverside Hall of Justice on 10 felony charges involving alleged falsification of campaign funds on government documents and
soliciting a bribe.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.
 

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Last week, seven former Beaumont city officials were arrested due to a corruption probe jointly coordinated by the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office and the FBI. While that investigation went on for more than a year, KVCR’s Matt Guilhem reports the Pass community still faces huge financial questions.

Between the seven men rounded up by authorities last week, there are 94 corruption related felony charges. The investigation that nabbed the suspects claims that they collectively misappropriated around 43 million dollars.

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More details continue to emerge about how 7 former Beaumont city officials misappropriated roughly $43 million from the Pass community's coffers.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports on the purported scheme the men employed to line their pockets, and some hard assets in their possession that could prove valuable as the city tries to untangle its financial knot.

Today's scheduled arraignment was postponed until next week for three former Beaumont city officials arrested earlier this week on public corruption charges.  In all, seven men who previously worked for the City of Beaumont were charged Tuesday with close to a hundred felonies.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem spoke with current city leaders in Beaumont about the charges, and about the alleged scheme that siphoned from city coffers up to $43 million over 20 years.

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The Pass community of Beaumont has served Union Bank with a subpoena for banking records to trace the path of hundreds of millions of dollars in bond funds.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more.

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6 months after a joint local/federal municipal corruption task force raided Beaumont City Hall, the California State Controller's Office has finished its review of the city of Beaumont's finances.  As KVCR's Matt Guilhem explains, the Pass community's financial records may be in shambles, but the State Controller has hope that things can turn around.

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The City of Beaumont and it's longtime city manager, Alan Kapanicas, have officially agreed to part ways, following a turbulent year for civic affairs in Beaumont.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

Under New Management, Beaumont Charts A New Path

Sep 8, 2015
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The Pass Community of Beaumont has been continually rocked by scandal.  An FBI raid earlier this year brought to light a questionable relationship between the city and a consulting firm, and a lawsuit threatens to bankrupt the city.  Beaumont is also under investigation by the state controller's office.  It's under these conditions that the city of Beaumont is looking to pass its first truly balanced budget in years.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more on the cuts that have been made and possible expenditures.

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The eastern Inland Empire community of Beaumont will be audited by the state controller's office due to some big discrepancies in the city's finances.  The announcement from the state controller comes as Beaumont is still figuring out how to manage a recent raid by the FBI.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports,

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Following an April 22 raid on Beaumont City Hall by FBI agents and local law enforcement authorities, Beaumont officials seemed uncomfortable publicly discussing the city's relationship with consulting firm Urban Logic.  Now, KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports the city will address the issue publicly.

FBI Raids Beaumont City Hall

Apr 23, 2015
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Yesterday (Wednesday) morning in the eastern Inland Empire Pass Community of Beaumont, FBI agents served search warrants at Beaumont City Hall and at the offices of a private consulting firm.  The probe is a joint effort of the FBI and the Riverside County District Attorney's Office.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more.

Political Clean Sweep of Beaumont City Council

Nov 17, 2014

Three incumbent members of Beaumont’s City Council were up for reelection last Tuesday.  All three lost their seats to challengers.  KVCR’s Matt Guilhem reports.