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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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The mayor of Adelanto was led from his home in handcuffs yesterday (Tuesday), following FBI raids at several locations in the city.  Reporter Michelle Wiley explains.

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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.

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.

Riverside County prosecutors yesterday (Thursday) filed numerous felony bribery, corruption, and conflict of interest charges against Steve Pougnet, the recent former  mayor of Palm Springs and two Palm Springs developers, John Wessman and Richard Meany.  The charges come following a nearly year-and-a-half-long investigation.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

MoVal Councilmember Didn't Disclose Prior Felony

Jun 20, 2016

Moreno Valley City Councilwoman LaDonna Jempson was arrested for embezzlement 34 years ago.  Jempson is facing critiscism and calls to resign for not disclosing the prior felony when she ran for her council seat in 2014.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more.

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.

The seven former Beaumont officials authorities are charging with embezzlement, conspiracy

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.

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.

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.

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Just like in Beaumont a few months ago, the FBI and the Riverside County District Attorney's Office raided Palm Springs City Hall and the apartment of Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet, as part of an investigation by the Inland Empire Public Corruption Task Force.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more.