Board of Equalization updates unpaid sales, use tax delinquencies

The state Board of Equalization recently updated its list of California’s largest unpaid sales and use tax delinquencies at www.boe.ca.gov

The agency replaced 19 names on its list of debtors, according to the release.  Bosch Auto Center Inc. in Fontana and ABC NJ Inc. Bosch Kia Isuzu of Corona are both on the list, officials said.  Since 2007, the Board of Equalization has been mandated by state law to post a list of the largest 250 tax delinquencies of more than $100,000 in tax after notifying the debtors that their tax liabilities will be disclosed to the public.

For a complete list: www.boe.ca.gov/cgi-bin/deliq.cgi

Agency to receive $9.95 million to further clean-air goals

San Bernardino Associated Governments, the transportation planning agency for San Bernardino County, will receive $9.95 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act “to assist in the construction of clean-energy projects and facilities in the Inland Empire,” according to a news release from the office of Rep. Joe Baca, D-San Bernardino.  The money will be used to support the J.B. Hunt LNG Truck Project’s Made in America Initiative, which aims to deploy 262 heavy-duty liquid natural gas trucks in Southern California and construct two LNG refueling stations in the Inland Empire, including one in San Bernardino.

I.E. groups to hold candidate recruitment event

The Inland Empire African-American Chamber of Commerce and an area political action committee will hold a Candidate Recruitment and Development Mixer at 6 p.m. Sept. 15 at Castaways Restaurant & Banquet Center, 670 Kendall Drive, San Bernardino.  The chamber and Citizens of the Inland Empire are inviting “anyone interested in running for elected office, but especially African-Americans,” to come and learn about the process, according to a news release.  Reservations are required.  Information: citizensoftheinlandempire@gmail.com

State awarding community development funds in the I.E.

The state Housing and Community Development Department is distributing $92.7 million from the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program to 96 communities.  The funds are meant to “go toward rejuvenating neighborhoods and communities that are hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis,” according to an agency news release.  San Bernardino County cities are receiving more than $2.7 million of the funds.  Chino was awarded the largest chunk of funds in the county, $1.78 million.  Next highest was Redlands, which will receive $672,313.  Upland will receive $560,366, and Chino Hills will get $550,622.

In Riverside County, Coachella, Palm Desert and Palm Springs will receive a combined total of $1.85 million, and the county will receive $448,898.  Los Angeles County will get $4.8 million.  The funds can be used for five activities:

* To purchase and rehabilitate homes to sell, rent or redevelop.
* To create land banks for homes that have been foreclosed upon.
* To demolish blighted structures.
* To redevelop demolished or vacant properties.
* To establish financing mechanisms for purchase and redevelopment of foreclosed-upon homes and residential properties.

For a listing of total awards, go to: www.hcd.ca.gov/fa/nsp/ChartofAllNSPAwards.pdf

Frontier Project Foundation’s October gala gains new sponsor

The Frontier Project Foundation recently announced the addition of Paul Biane, chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, as a sponsor of the group’s inaugural Green Tie Gala, scheduled for Oct. 17.  The event will honor the Lewis Operating Corp. and Herman Miller Inc. for their contributions to environmental sustainability in the region.  The program will include dinner, entertainment and a silent auction.  Best, Best and Krieger LLP, Robert Brkich Construction Corp., Stone & Youngberg LLC, CV Strategies and Robert A. Bernheimer Inc. are also sponsoring the event.  The Frontier Project, owned by the Cucamonga Water District and designed by HMC Architects, will be a community building with the purpose of “educating business leaders and residential consumers in the latest technologies in water, energy and site conservation,” according to a news release.  Sponsorship opportunities are still available.  Information: (909) 483-7484; www.frontierproject.org

University of Redlands ranked among Top 10 schools in West

According to the new U.S. News and World Report annual college guide, the University of Redlands is the only Southern California university ranked both as an A+ school and a best value.  The college has been listed among the top 10 universities for master’s degrees each year since 1995.  In the annual college guide, the University of Redlands is listed seventh in the category of Western universities that offer undergraduate and master’s programs but few, if any, doctoral programs, according to a news release. It was ranked eighth last year.

Faith-based business group meets tonight in Rancho Cucamonga

The Fellowship of Local Businessmen and Women will meet at 7 tonight, Aug. 27, in the second floor banquet room at 8647 Helms Ave., Rancho Cucamonga.  The evening will feature three local businessmen addressing the topic, “Does Faith Really Work? How God is Bringing Them Through These Hard Times.” The speakers are Ed Martinez of E&M Carpets, Robert Jimenez of R. Jimenez Trenching and Al Gutierrez of A.G. Engineering.  Information: (951) 453-9914.