San Bernardino County announces new app for building permits

San Bernardino County officials announced the development of the ePlan application for people seeking building permits or other government approvals.

The application is being designed to allow customers to submit documents online.

The ePlan application is still under testing within the county’s Land Use Services Department. The county plans to release the application later this month.

Molycorp sales reach record levels in third quarter

Mining firm Molycorp reported record sales of $138.1 million for the quarter ending Sept. 30.

The reported sales levels were 39 percent higher than the company’s reported earnings during the previous quarter.

Molycorp earned $8.5 million during the third quarter of 2010. The company did not revive mining operations at its Mountain Pass location until later in the year.

The company’s mine at Mountain Pass, which is near the Nevada state line in San Bernardino County, is the only place in the United States where rare earths metals can be mined. Rare earths metals are a class of elements that have a variety of applications in high technology, but are rarely discovered in concentrations where they can be effectively mined.

Molycorp’s net income attributable to stockholders reached $45.3 million during the third quarter, a 4 percent increase from the previous three-month period.

The company’s corporate offices are in Greenwood Village, Colo.

Builder to unveil new homes near Fontana

Builder Lennar plans to hold a grand opening today fort its “Next Gen” home design at Rosena Ranch, a development north of Fontana near Glen Helen Regional Park.

Lennar describes a Next Gen house as a “home within a home.” The houses, designed for two generations of a family to live in the same house, feature two entryways and kitchenettes and washing machines each house’s secondary area.

Lennar’s sales office is at 17868 Grand Fir Lane, San Bernardino.

County supervisor to meet business community

Janice Rutherford, supervisor for San Bernardino County’s Second District, announced a business roundtable meeting to be held Thursday night.

Rutherford called the meeting meet business managers and entrepreneurs in order to collect ideas on how county government may be able to improve the business climate, her office announced.

The event is set to be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Jessie Turner Community Center, 15556 Summit Ave., Fontana.

Information: 909-387-4833 or www.sbcounty.gov/rutherford.