Cassie MacDuff

Press Enterprise Blogger

Cassie is a Press Enterprise regional columnist blogger. 

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the Inland Empire's top news stories this week, including:

- San Bernardino is officially out of bankruptcy;

- March Air Reserve Base gets drone-pilot training program;

- Ontario is accused of racial, gender, and disability discrimination in five lawsuits, and;

- Fontana mayor took part in White House summit on infrastructure.

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the Inland Empire's top news stories this week, including:

- Ontario International Airport is beginning to take off;

- smog-collecting equipment is being installed in back yards around Southrn Clifornia;

- Upland councilwoman removed from committee assignments by her council colleagues, and;

- quick update on Beaumont councilman Mark Orozco.

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the Inland Empire's top news stories this week, including:

- Grand Jury transcripts released this week shed light on why a Beaumont councilman was charged with bribery and campaign finance violations;

- the city of San Bernardino is taking applications for permits to operate medical marijuana dispensaries, and;

- update on election results in Riverside and Moreno Valley council races.

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the Inland Empire's top news stories this week, including:

- This week's Cal State San Bernardino Faculty vote of no confidence in CSUSB President Tomas Morales;

- The City of Riverside is negotiating terms for a potential new office and parking development downtown, and;

- The City of San Bernardino deliberates what to do with its architecturally-significant - and now-vacant - downtown City Hall building.

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the Inland Empire's top news stories this week, including:

- Riverside County has a new chief executive officer;

- The San Bernardino County District Attorney released a report on the police response to the Dec. 2, 2015 mass shooting, and;

- Inland Empire population to grow by nearly 3 million over next 30 years.

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the Inland Empire's top news stories this week, including:

- Four Riverside County cities will finally get state funding;

- Beaumont councilman indicted on corruption charges, and;

- Cheech Marin's collection of Chicano art accepted by Riverside City Council.

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the Inland Empire's top news stories this week, including:

- Gov. Brown has appointed former assemblyman Manuel Perez to teh Riverside County Board of Supervisors vacancy created by the death of John Benoit;

- Lawsuits blame social media for Dec. 2, 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino, and;

- Faculty Senate votes no confidence in Cal State San Bernardino President Tomas Morales.

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the Inland Empire's top news stories this week, including:

- The UC Riverside School of Medicine has opened a clinic in downtown Riverside;

- the city of San Bernardino is going to hire a crime reduction manager, and;

- tolls are going up on the newly widened 91 freeway through  Corona.

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the Inland Empire's top news stories this week, including:

- A bill that would have aided survivors of the Dec. 2, 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino was gutted int he state Legislature;

- the cleanup of chromium-6 in the San Bernardino County high desert town of Hinckley has reached a milestone, and;

- audits of California's two public university systems offered some surprises.

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the Inland Empire's top news stories this week, including:

- Riverside and San Bernardino counties are both losing their top executives this summer, as the two longtime county CEO's retire;

- Only a few Inland Empire hospitals got top ratings in a recent medical safety review, and;

-A former area resident is pushing a ballot measure to prevent undocumented immigrants' children from attending public schools.

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the Inland Empire's top news stories this week, including:

- The deaths of three people - an 8-year-old student, a teacher, and the gunman in a murder-suicide that occurred in a San Bernardino elementary school classroom;

- San Bernardino International Airport will inaugurate passenger airline service into and out of the former Air Force base, and;

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the Inland Empire's top news stories this week, including:

- Beaumont has reached a settlement in a developer transportation fee case that could have cost the city as much as $67 million;

- Governor Jerry Brown came to Riverside to rally support for a car tax to fund roadway repairs, and;

- The Trump administration is clearing the way for a controversial plan to pump water out of the Mojave Desert.

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the Inland Empire's top news stories this week, including:

- Prepare to pay more for street parking in downtown Riverside, and Redlands considers parking meters;

- Public health officials are trying to figure out why 47 people fell ill at an Inland conference center last weekend;

- Local leaders are calling for an Alvord Unified School District trustee to resign over offensive Facebook posts, and;

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the Inland Empire's top news stories this week, including:

- Commuters onthe 91 Freeway will finally get some relief;

- last week we talked about the deficit Riverside County is facing; this week, supervisors gave raises to top health system executives, and;

- 1,500 endangered desert tortoises will be relocated off of the Twentynine Palms Marine base.

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the Inland Empire's top news stories this week, including:

- Not everyone is thrilled that San Bernardino is asking President Trump for help with the city's crime problem;

- California Supreme Court decides public officials can't hide communications about public business in personal e-mail accounts, and;

- Riverside County Supervisors, dealing with budget issues, don't want to close a fire station.

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EDITORIAL NOTE FROM KVCR:  After more than 30 years as a local journalist, almost 20 years as a Press-Enterprise columnist, and nearly a decade of reviewing the week's local news on 91.9 KVCR, Cassie MacDuff is leaving the P-E to start a new job in the area.  KVCR wants to thank Cassie for her weekly radio appearances, and for her contributions to the IE community over the years.  KVCR will miss Cassie, and we wish her the best in her continued pursuits.

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Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the major news stories of the week in the Inland Empire, including:

-Moreno Valley firefighters ordered to take "blue line" flag off of engines;

-Additional signs of municipal corruption show up in Beaumont probe, and

-66ers baseball team might leave San Bernardino.

Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the major news stories of the week in the Inland Empire, including:

-A bill that included expediting the transfer of ownership of Ontario International Airport passed both the U.S. House and Senate, and is headed for the President's desk for signature;

-The Moreno Valley city council is divided on a city strategic plan, but OKs $48.7 million for streets;

-San Bernardino County Grand Jury criticizes the county's child welfare agency, and;

Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the major news stories of the week in the Inland Empire, including:

-Lake Elsinore mayor placed on leave after arrest for domestic violence;

-Rave concerts will continue at San Bernardino County  amphitheater in Devore, and ;

-First responders get $500,000 to offset costs of Dec. 2 terror attack response

Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review this week's election, including:

-The phenomenon of having Democratic women of color elected to face off in general election races for  California U.S. Senate and an Inland Empire Assembly seat;

-Riverisde Mayor Rusty Bailey's big victory, and the failure of the two Riverside ballot measures, and;

-the fate of Hemet's public safety Measure E remains uncertain while votes continue to be counted.

Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the major news stories of the week in the Inland Empire, including:

-recent developments in the San Bernardino Dec. 2 terrorist attacks case;

-a new MetroLink line serving the Inland Empire, and;

-local primary election preview, including city ballot measures in Riverside

Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the major news stories of the week in the Inland Empire, including:

-Riverside County approves move to end March reuse authority;

-more developments in the Beaumont corruption case;

-the San Manuel tribe has purchased the Arrowhead Springs resort property, and;

-Democratic presidential candidates hold rallies in the IE

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Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the major news stories of the week in the Inland Empire, including:

-Seven former Beaumont city officials arrested in a public corruption case;

-Cal State San Bernardino survey finds employees distrust the administration, and;

-The Inland Empire rates among nation's best in income equality.

Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Rick Dulock review some of the major news stories of the week in the Inland Empire, including:

-Students at La Sierra University say sexual assaults on campus have been mishandled by the school
-State appeals court reverses judge in Colonies ruling
-Trial is delayed for neighbor suspected of supplying weapons in SB terrorist shooting
-Rancho Cucamonga high school yearbook identifies Muslim girl as Isis

Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the major news stories of the week in the Inland Empire, including:

-Riverside Mayor's race heats up;

-New calls for reviewing the need for the existing March Joint Powers Authority structure, and;

-Fallout after city councilman's on-air remarks criticizing San Bernardino police chief and other city officials' response to the recent spike in homicides in the city.

Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the major news stories of the week in the Inland Empire, including:

-campaign contributions made by a particular donor to Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin under scruitny;

-a new USC study shows that California's tough air quality regulations have reduced negative health affects on children, and;

Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the major news stories of the week in the Inland Empire, including:

-U.S. military will incorporate new precautions into its military exercises to try not to disturb the endangered desert tortoise in the San Bernardino County Mojave Desert;

-a change in management at the South Coast Air Quality Management District, as a result of a new board majority including Inland Empire elected officials, and;

-changes in city management staff at San Bernardino City Hall

Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the major news stories of the week in the Inland Empire, including:

-Why the California Air Resources Board's decision to locate a new emissions testing laboratory in Riverside near UCR -- along with up to 400 jobs -- is a big deal for the region;

-Riverside County faces budget-cutting decisions to eliminate a big fiscal deficit, and;

-how millions of dollars in donations to help the families of the victims of the San Bernardino shootings will be distributed.

After a hiatus of several weeks while she served on a jury, Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff returns to the KVCR studios to review some of the major news stories of the week in the Inland Empire with KVCR's Ken Vincent, including:

-what the sale of the Press-Enterprise to the company that also owns other IE-area newspapers could mean for future local news coverage;

-a collaboration between UCR and CSUSB on improving educational attainment in the IE, and;

-why controversy is surrounding a proposed construction project near a March Air Reserve Base runway.

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