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State Senator Connie Leyva (D- Chino) has introduced legislation requiring smog checks for big rig trucks.  However, some say that will slow down the Inland Empire's logistics industry.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper reports.

SB210 would require any big rig trucks moving through or coming into California to be smog-checked annually. Senator Leyva says that the bill would remove about 1,600 tons of harmful particulate matter from the air over the next decade.

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An environmental protection lawsuit has been filed against the construction of a warehouse project in Bloomington. KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

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The Inland Empire has experienced major economic growth and development over the last five years.  UC Riverside Political Science student and KVCR news intern Ezequiel Ramirez spoke with economist Robert Kleinhenz and community organizer Esther Portillo about the changes underway in the IE.

A bill introduced by Inland Empire Democratic Member of Congress Pete Aguilar has passed both houses of Congress and is awaiting President Trump's signature.  The bill would facilitate military veterans who gained experience as drivers while deployed in getting jobs as commercial truck drivers here at home.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has details.

An environmental impact report on a mega warehouse planned in Cherry Valley that has stirred passions throughout the Pass communities and surrounding unincorporated Riverside County is on the Board of Supervisors' agenda tomorrow (Tuesday) in what's expected to be an intense public hearing,

The National Science Foundation has renewed a 5-year, multi-million-dollar grant to Norco College -- and increased the amount awarded -- in support of one of the college's logistics industry training programs.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

Moreno Valley, Ontario, Redlands, Corona, and many other Inland Empire cities are seeing their landscapes change as the logistics industry boom continues.  Areas that used to be agriculture or open fields have been transformed into massive warehouses.  A recent report offers a glimpse at how much space the logistics industry is taking up.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has the numbers.

Opponents of The World Logistics Center in Moreno Valley are watching closely after the M.V. City Council met and voted on "things" Tuesday. KVCR's Matt Guilhem has this report.


Amazon has opened a sixth California warehouse. This one is in Rialto. KVCR's Rick Dulock reports.

Last week, the Moreno Valley City Council voted 3-2 to approve the massive and controversial World Logistics Center project.  Today KVCR''s Matt Guilhem talks with Moreno Valley City Councilmember LaDonna Jempson, one of the two councilmembers who voted in the minority against approval.  Yesterday, we heard KVCR's Matt Guilhem talk with Moreno Valley City Councilmember George Price about his concerns over the massive development, which will be constructed in his district (there's a link at the bottom of this page that will take you to the George Price interview).

The contentious World Logistics Center development was approved by the Moreno Valley City Council on August 19, in a divisive 3-2 vote.  Two of the councilmembers who gave the 40.6-million-square-foot facility the green light received campaign support from the project's developer, Iddo Benzeevi.  This week, KVCR's Matt Guilhem speaks with the two Moreno Valley councilmembers who continue to have concerns about the massive development project.

Last week, the Moreno Valley City Council approved construction of the contentious, 40.6-million-square-foot World Logistics Center.  Having passed after three years of questions, studies, and a campaign to win public support paid for by the developer, KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports that numerous questions and concerns remain.

Can Massive Warehouses Save The Inland Empire?

Aug 24, 2015

A feature story from KVCR's Matt Guilhem and conversations with Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and former San Bernardino Mayor Patrick Morris are part of this special half-hour report produced by KVCR's colleague NPR station KCRW in Santa Monica, hosted by "To The Point's" Warren Olney.

Last night, the Moreno Valley City Council took a step that will permanently alter the city.  After three years of meetings, studies, and forums, Moreno Valley Councilmembers voted 3-2 to approve the World Logistics Center.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more.

Moreno Valley continues the process of soul-searching before making a final decision on the proposed World Logistics Center.  Public hearings have been taking place this week, with residents and developers voicing hopes and concerns for the huge logistics project that would transform the city's east side.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more.

In response to Governor Jerry Browns executive order calling for a sustainable freight plan, California Agencies are discussing how to make the state's network of rail, highways and ports more efficient while protecting the environment.

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A contractor has been awarded an emergency contract to repair a 30-foot section of a bridge on Interstate 10 that collapsed amid heavy rains in Desert Center, east of Palm Springs.

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, continues his discussion with KVCR's Ken Vincent about the growth and impact of the logistics industry on the IE economy.  Dr. Husing also talks about how the growth in online shopping is affecting the logistics economy.

UC Riverside's Center For Environmental Research and Technology hosted a big forum on the future of the Inland Empire's growing logistics industry.  Officials in both the private and public sectors and others interested in the business of of moving and storing goods examined various issues surrounding the growth of logistics in the IE, including concerns about traffic and transportation.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has Part 1 of 2 reports from the UCR Logisitcs Forum

Last week's UC Riverside forum on the future of the Inland Empire's logistics industry included both champions and critics of the industry's impacts on the region.  In Part 2 of his reporting from the forum, KVCR's Matt Guilhem recounts the dueling points of view expressed by a familiar advocate of the logistics industry -- IE Economist John Husing -- and a prominent critic of the industry -- longtime IE environmental justice activist, Penny Newman.  While Husing touted the economic and social benefits of the growing logistics sector, Newman offered a scathing critique of labor and environ

A newly-formed short-haul trucking company serving the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is hiring all of its drivers as full employees, rather than as contractors.  That's a move welcomed by the Teamsters Union, which has organized truck driver labor actions recently.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more.

IE Economic Forecast In Ontario Thursday

Mar 18, 2015

Thursday afternoon in Ontario, Inland Empire economist -- and 91.9 KVCR weekly contributor -- John Husing will deliver his annual economic forecast for the Inland Empire. Dr. Husing's forecast at the State of the Region luncheon will be accompanied by comments from the chief executive officers of both Riverside and San Bernardino counties.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports.

It could take months before California imports and exports are flowing through west coast ports as they did before the labor slowdown that ended late last week.  More from Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler.

As the ongoing labor dispute at west coast ports continues, cargo vessels at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach were not loaded or unloaded this past weekend, meaning that Inland Empire logistics centers weren't as busy as they could have been.  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports on what the ongoing port labor strife means for the California economy.

The dispute between employers and employees at Southern California ports came to a head this weekend when the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach were partially shut down.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem says the ports should be operating normally today.