Monthly Archives: February 2012

    On tomorrow’s Mayor and Common Council agenda is an item certifying the City Clerk’s election pursuant to Charter section 11 and San Bernardino Municipal Code Section 2.56.130(B).


    A detailed legal analysis of the recount process in California are on the legal blog.

    Last Updated: February 7, 2012 9:20 PM
    Registration & Turnout
    71,881 Voters
    Vote Count Percent
    Precinct Turnout 12,192 16.96%
    Total 12,192 16.96%
    City Clerk, City of San Bernardino
    170/170 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    GEORGEANN ”GIGI” HANNA 6,066 50.01%
    AMELIA SANCHEZ-LOPEZ 6,064 49.99%
    Total 12,130 100.00%

    Gigi Hanna won by a slimmer margin than 50.01 percent, the number was just rounded up from 50.000824402308326 percent of the vote.  By contrast, Amelia Sanchez Lopez received .499917559761674 percent of the vote. In comparison, there were 12,108 votes in the final certified results of the Primary Municipal Election, which means that there were 22 more voters in this election than in the General Municipal Election.

    There was a tie vote in the March 1979 vote for 7th Ward Council in San Bernardino between Robert McBay and the eventual winner, Jack  Strickler.  The vote was tied 1284 to 1284 before the Council broke the tie with a coin flip.

    here was an election contest to the results of the General Election in May 1, 1979 between Ralph Hernandez, Luther Fair and one other candidate for the 3rd Ward seat.  The initial election results were that Fair won, then the official canvass said t that Hernandez won by four votes, then the recount was 793 votes for Hernandez and 790 votes for Fair.  Fair filed an election contest.  Judge Patrick Morris decided that Hernandez received 796 votes, and Fair received 794 votes.  The decision was reversed and remanded by the Fourth District Court of Appeal on March 12, 1981.  After remand, Judge Morris found 791 votes for Hernandez and 783 votes for Fair.  It went to the Fourth District Court of Appeal and the judgement confirming Hernandez’s election was upheld on December 23, 1982.  As far as I can tell, though, Hernandez was sworn in before the first Common Council meeting in June in 1979.

    More tomorrow.  See link to  results in earlier post today.

    Today, February 7, 2012  is the last day to turn in ballots for the San Bernardino General (run-off) Municipal Election for City Clerk.

    According to the mail ballot instructions provided with the ballots, voters who have not turned in their ballots can do by personally bringing them to:

    San Bernardino Registrar of Voters

    777 E. Rialto Avenue

    San Bernardino CA 92415



    Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral

    2525 N. Arrowhead Avenue

    San Bernardino CA 9205  (from  7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on February 7, 2012).


    They must be actually received by 8 p.m. by the elections officials at either location to count.
    If you have spoiled your ballot, call the Registrar at (909) 387-3800, and they’ll give you instructions on getting a new ballot.

    The results will be posted by the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters starting at approximately 8:15 p.m.


    The page looks like this right now:

    Last Updated: January 24, 2012 4:19 PM
    Registration & Turnout
    71,881 Voters
    Vote Count Percent
    Precinct Turnout 0 0.00%
    Total 0 0.00%


    City Clerk, City of San Bernardino
    0/170 0.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    Total 0 0.00%

    I received the last Gigi Hanna for San Bernardino City Clerk mailer recently (on Thursday, I think).

    The front says: “Reminder Your chance to keep our City Clerk’s office independent is about to expire. Professional. Unbiased. Leadership.

    The back says:

    In November 2011 more than 70 percent of voters said they wanted to keep the San Bernardino City Clerk’s office professional, neutral and committed to transperancy.

    Now is the time to affirm the committment to competent, ethical governance; San Bernardino deserves both.

    Gigi Hanna is the CLEAR choice for City Clerk because:

    • She declined endorsement form local elected officials, seeking support solely on her own merits in order to maintain independence in the office.
    • She has 25 years of experience in communications and is an expert in public records.
    • Her graduate studies centered on open government issues and she has formal City Clerk training.

    Mail your ballots before Friday, February 3 or call us at (909) 709-2019 for a ride to the Registrar of Voters.

    I never received the last piece from Amelia Sanchez Lopez, so I am not sure what it said.

    Both candidates ran a “clean” campaign in the General Municipal Election, though there was certainly a war of words in the comments section of the local newspaper and on Facebook among their supporters.

    At  this point, I think the vast majority of people have voted in the mail-in election.  The San Bernardino Registrar of Voters says that the first preliminary numbers will be released at approximately 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, February 7, 2012.  According to the PE, more than 10,500 votes have been returned as of a few days ago.  There were approximately 12,500 votes cast in the Primary municipal election, so there may be a few more votes coming in, but I wouldn’t expect turn-out to me much more than in November.

    Though I had heard there was a new Amelia Sanchez Lopez flier, I have not yet seen it.  Since the calendar, I have heard nothing from Gigi Hanna, beyond the proxy war going on in the local newspaper’s letters to the editor, except this from her Facebook page:


    Remember to mail your ballots for City Clerk THIS WEEK if you haven’t yet done so. Or email me if you need a ride to the Registrar of Voters office, 777 E. Rialto Ave., on Monday Feb 6 or Tuesday Feb 7.

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