Column: SB finance chief says she was fired for raising concerns

San Bernardino’s finance chief says during a City Council meeting that she was fired earlier that day for raising concerns about financing for the proposed City Hall renovation. “I care about this city — more than I care about my job,” she says. San Bernardino never fails to disappoint me. I write about this most unusual development in my Friday column.

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Column: Push to repair SB City Hall includes original architect’s son

A plan to renovate and seismically strengthen San Bernardino City Hall is in the works. The aim is to return to the long-closed building in fall 2026. The glass-sheathed building from 1972, designed by Cesar Pelli, is widely considered a masterpiece. Pelli’s architect son, Rafael, visited Wednesday for a tour and wants to be part of the restoration. I was there too for my Sunday column.

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Column: Writer shares his own San Bernardino pioneer tales

Nick Cataldo has been writing about San Bernardino history for decades, including almost 26 years for The Sun, where his column began in March 1998. He and I had lunch recently to talk shop. I brought my notebook just in case, and when he started telling me about how he got to San Bernardino, I picked up my pen. Seemed a shame to let his story go to waste, you know? He’s the subject of my Sunday column.

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Column: LBJ’s time in SB had its ups and downs

Lyndon Johnson lived in San Bernardino in 1925, working as a law clerk and an elevator operator. This is kind of mind-boggling. In 1964, as president, LBJ made a return visit and gave a speech outside the office building where he’d worked nearly four decades earlier — and also operated the elevator one last time. I tell that story in my Friday column.

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Column: Walls are coming down at Carousel Mall

Demolition of San Bernardino’s Carousel Mall is very visible now that crews and equipment are dismantling the exterior walls. They’d spent months clearing the interior, work that was the hardest part but was largely unseen. In other San Bernardino news, the man who may have done more than anyone to get the city’s name out worldwide has retired. Both these items make up Sunday’s all-Berdoo column.

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