Column: Demolition of Carousel Mall on hold as council debates

San Bernardino’s council didn’t award a demolition contract for the mall as scheduled last week, instead punting it back to staff with questions about cost, the other bidders and environmental impact. Tearing down the million-square-foot mall will be a big job, no doubt about it. But as someone who’s toured the ruins of the mall, I’m concerned the council is focusing on the wrong things. That debate is the topic of Sunday’s slightly serious column.

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Column: Check amounts discussed in SB: $1.1M, $25

At Wednesday’s San Bernardino City Council meeting, a county supervisor presented a ceremonial check for $1.1 million, the council OK’d opening talks with a developer over the Arden-Guthrie property, development activity is picking up and the council postponed giving itself a pay raise. I tie it all together and eavesdrop a little in my Friday column.

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Column: Old mall trashed by scavengers, squatters

A photographer and I get a tour of the long-shuttered Carousel Mall in San Bernardino, and it’s in terrible shape due to vandalism, metal theft and more. The mall has always been destined for demolition since its closing five years ago, but demolition is becoming an urgent necessity. This extra-long Sunday column and its sobering photo gallery can be viewed here.

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Column: SB council keeps up its squeeze on mayor

Venturing once again to a San Bernardino City Council meeting, I watch as the council has a healthy discussion about the merits of eliminating the mayor’s job and simply rotating it among the seven members. In a sort of preview of how that might work, they had to run the meeting without the mayor because he didn’t show up. I write about it all in Friday’s column.

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