A look at the Colonies corruption case through the years in San Bernardino County

A long-awaited public corruption trial involving three former top San Bernardino County officials and a Rancho Cucamonga developer begins Wednesday in San Bernardino Superior Court.

Here’s a look at the history of the Colonies case and the many twists and turns it has taken over the years:


• Colonies Partners LP and San Bernardino County Flood Control District negotiate an agreement that Colonies would design, build, and convey the district title to Basin B, a 5.4-acre regional flood-control basin in exchange for the district’s release of easements to the first phase of the Colonies’ construction. The agreement further states that the Colonies is to design Basin A, which became a 67-acre basin on Colonies’ property and the subject of later litigation, and that the parties would later enter into “mutually acceptable agreements” concerning “the overall disposition of flood waters in The Colonies.”


• The 210 Freeway extension is completed. It necessitated construction of a storm drain on 20th Street and a 5-mile concrete channel to withstand a 100-year flood.

• Colonies Partners LP sues San Bernardino County after the county rejects Colonies’ request for $25 million to pay for flood-control improvements on county easements at Colonies’ 434-acre residential and commercial development in Upland, Colonies at San Antonio and Colonies Crossroads, respectively. The lawsuit claimed that the county’s flood control easements did not…

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