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    This is the fifth mailer that I have seen from incumbent City Attorney Jim Penman.  It has Chas Kelley’s signature Kelly green.  On the front, non-glossy side is a letter from incumbent City Council Member Chas A. Kelley.  It reads:

    From the Desk of
    City Councilman Chas Kelley

    Dear Fifth Ward Neighbor,
    The office of City Attorney serves as an important check and balance for
    the public at City Hall. That’s why I am supporting the re-election of City
    Attorney Jim Penman.
    I haven’t always agreed with Mr. Penman, but I admire his sincere dedication
    to our community, his active leadership in fighting crime and his strong
    stands against government corruption.
    As City Attorney, Jim wrote San Bernardino’s tough moratorium law
    against parolee housing. He directed the city’s most successful crackdown against
    irresponsible out-of-town landlords. He also led the successful fight to shut
    down the drug-infested Hudson Theater Rave Club.
    Jim Penman is NOT afraid to stand up for the citizens of
    Sail Bernardino even if it means taking on other politicians. He understands
    that the role of the City Attorney is to be an independent advocate for integrity
    and justice.
    Please join me in casting your vote for City Attorney Jim Penman.
    Thank you and God Bless.
    5th Ward Councilman, City of San Bernardino

    Under the letter is “Vote Jim Penman For City Attorney,” which repeats on the back.

    The back of the mailer has a “Special Message from Councilman Chas Kelley.”  It says “Jim Penman’s crime fighting leadership and strong stand against corruption are great assets for the people of “San Bernardino.”  Chas”  To the right of the quote, there is a photograph of Council Member Chas Kelley with City Attorney Penman at what appears to be a Robert Jenkins fundraiser or victory party.

    I have no idea if these have been sent in other wards featuring other council members.  If they are, I would expect them to be sent in the 2nd and 7th Wards as well with their council members, and possibly one with Third Ward challenger John Valdivia.   The 7th Ward Council Member, Wendy McCammack, is running for reelection this cycle, as is Chas Kelley.  John Valdivia is running for the 3rd Ward Council seat this cycle.  Robert Jenkins won election in the 2nd Ward for the remainder of Jason Desjardins term earlier this year.


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