Monthly Archives: December 2012

    A new press release from the Larry Walker for State Senate campaign:

    The San Bernardino County Safety Employees Benefit Association (SEBA) announced their endorsement of Larry Walker for State Senate today.  SEBA represents public safety employees within San Bernardino County, including Sheriff’s Deputies and many other front line public safety officers.

    “For three decades, Larry Walker has stood shoulder to shoulder with law enforcement and public safety officers to give us the legal and financial resources to combat gang violence and keep drugs out of the hands of our children,” said Laren Leichliter, President of San Bernardino County SEBA.  “The San Bernardino County Safety Employees Benefit Association is proud to endorse Larry Walker for State Senate because we believe that he will take the same common-sense hard-nosed approach to Sacramento.”

    “I’m a believer in the power of public service, and I am proud to be endorsed by the San Bernardino County SEBA because there is nobody who represents public service better than our uniformed public safety and law enforcement officers,” said Larry Walker.  “Like me, SEBA understands that although tough law enforcement is important, keeping a community safe isn’t just about getting tough.  It’s about building a civil society where neighbors look out for each other, and where public-spirited groups form networks of trust and service.  I want to emphasize crime prevention as well as enforcement”, Walker continued.  “Kids should have access to community mentoring programs that keep them from joining gangs in the first place.”

    Walker has represented large portions of State Senate District 32 as a local elected leader for over thirty years.  He currently represents all of San Bernardino County as the elected Auditor-Controller.  He previously represented the cites of Chino, Ontario, Montclair and a portion of Fontana for three terms on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.  Prior to that, he served as a City Councilmember and Mayor in the City of Chino.  Larry, his wife Carri, and their sons Mac, Will, and Tyler, live in Chino.

    California’s 32nd State Senate District encompasses the cities of Colton, Fontana, Montclair, Ontario, Rialto, San Bernardino and part of Chino, and the unincorporated communities of Bloomington and Muscoy in San Bernardino County; and the City of Pomona in Los Angeles County.  Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod is expected to resign from the seat prior to her inauguration into Congress.  The Governor will then set a date for a Special Election to be held in 2013 to fill the vacancy.

    Google has a funny way of sending seemingly unrelated searches to this site.  I received two queries today, probably from the same person:

    is california judge derek johnson a democrat or republican 1
    california judge derek johnson republican or democrat

    The reason is because of this post, because people have some kind of primal need to blame the bankruptcy of the City of San Bernardino on one of the national political parties. Of course in the case of the City of San Bernardino, “if you need someone to blame, throw a rock in the air, you’ll hit someone guilty.”

    To blame partisan politics for the comments of an Orange County Superior Court Judge seem silly, as well.  In California, judicial elections are non-partisan, like other local races.  With the Top Two Primary System, arguably everything but presidential primaries are non-partisan, or at least post-partisan.

    There appears to be a need to collectively punish a political party for statements made by one Judge, who has already been publicly admonished by the California Commission on Judicial Performance.  Because California has judicial elections,a contender may run against the judge, and the people will ultimately decide whether the judge is fit for the bench.

    The key problem with partisanship is it is a devolution in to tribalism not different than the petty tit-for-tat found with street gangs or the endless war in Afghanistan.  As I mentioned before, this is what President George Washington had to warn about in his Farewell Address:

     Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party, generally.

    This spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind. It exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed; but, in those of the popular form, it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy.

    The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty.

    Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind, (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight,) the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.

    It serves always to distract the Public Councils, and enfeeble the Public Administration. It agitates the Community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms; kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection

    Hopefully, California can move past a system where your party affiliation means that your vote on issues is automatically in line with the dictates of national interests, and Californians can work together to fix the problems that face all Californians.  Once we heal our state and local governments, we can again serve as a model to the rest of the country.

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    From Assemblymember Cheryl Brown’s Office:

     

    Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) will be sworn-in locally at the San Bernardino County Administrative Building on Friday, December 21.

     

    Last week, Brown was sworn-in on Monday, December 3 at the California State Capitol in Sacramento to represent the 47th Assembly District.

     

    Assemblymember Brown represents the 47th Assembly District, which includes San Bernardino, Rialto, Colton, Bloomington, Fontana, Muscoy, and Grand Terrace.

     

    “In addition to the state ceremony, which occurred last week, I have decided to hold a local swearing-in ceremony because so many people couldn’t go to Sacramento last week. I want my constituents to be a part of their government,” said Assemblywoman Brown.

     

    During the event, Brown will share her legislative and district priorities, which include meeting with educational, local political, legislative, and community leaders to generate new ideas that will promote educational opportunities and economic growth.

     

    “Education and job creation are critical to our economy,” said Brown. “In order to increase our economic growth, we need to make sure that our students are successfully completing their education.”

     

    Supervisor Josie Gonzales, Chair of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, will administer the oath of office.

     

    “I’m honored to have Supervisor Josie Gonzales administer the oath of office,” said Brown. “She was one of my most ardent and loyal supporters. She never wavered, and I deeply respect her leadership and early support of my candidacy. She is a person of high integrity and truly cares for her constituents and our community,” concluded Mrs. Brown.

     

    Next Friday’s event will be held at the County’s Administrative Building located at 385 North Arrowhead Avenue in San Bernardino. The ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m., with a public reception to follow.

    I just received a press release from the Larry Walker campaign, which reads:

    San Bernardino County Auditor-Controller Larry Walker announced his
    campaign for State Senate today. Walker, a Democrat, will run in a special election next year to
    fill the remainder of the term that will soon be vacated by Congresswoman-Elect Gloria Negrete
    McLeod.
    “I have been honored to represent portions of this district for over thirty years as a local elected
    leader,” said Walker. “Our community deserves a strong State Senator, in the tradition of
    Ruben Ayala and Gloria Negrete McLeod, who is willing to stand up to the special interests in
    Sacramento and work toward finding common sense solutions to our problems. I’m running for
    State Senate to create quality jobs, improve school performance and safety and preserve
    frontline public services that our most vulnerable citizens rely on and I am very excited about
    the campaign ahead.”
    Walker has represented large portions of State Senate District 32 as a local elected leader for
    over thirty years. He currently represents all of San Bernardino County as the elected Auditor-
    Controller / Treasurer / Tax Collector. He previously represented the cites of Chino, Ontario,
    and Montclair and a portion of Fontana for three terms on the San Bernardino County Board of
    Supervisors. Prior to that, he served as a City Councilmember and Mayor in the City of Chino.
    Larry, his wife Carri, and their sons Mac, Will, and Tyler, live in Chino.
    California’s 32nd State Senate District encompasses the cities of Colton, Fontana, Montclair,
    Ontario, Rialto, San Bernardino and part of Chino, and the unincorporated communities of
    Bloomington and Muscoy in San Bernardino County; and the City of Pomona in Los Angeles
    County. Negrete McLeod is expected to resign from the seat prior to her inauguration into
    Congress. The Governor will then set a date for a Special Election to be held in 2013 to fill the
    vacancy.

    The campaign also sent some additional background information:

    San Bernardino County Auditor-Controller Larry Walker is in a strong position to win the Special Election
    to replace Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod due to his broad popularity as a local elected leader, previous
    electoral performances, strong local endorsements and record of accomplishments.
    Broad Popularity
    • Larry Walker has represented large portions of State Senate District 32 as a local elected leader
    for over thirty years. He currently represents all of San Bernardino County as the elected
    Auditor-Controller / Treasurer / Tax Collector. He previously represented the cites of Chino,
    Ontario, and Montclair for three terms on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.
    Prior to that he served as a City Councilmember and Mayor in the City of Chino.
    • As Auditor-Controller, Walker currently represents over 80% of State Senate District 32.
    Previous Electoral Performance
    • Walker has an unparalleled record of winning elections in San Bernardino County. He won
    election to the Chino City Council at the age of 26 in 1978 and he went on to win Mayoral
    elections in 1980 and 1984.
    • In 1986, he won a landslide victory to the County Board of Supervisors, in which he became the
    only Democrat to serve on the Board, by defeating an appointed incumbent who outspent him
    by a 2 to 1 margin. He was reelected to the Board of Supervisors in 1990 and 1994.
    • Walker won countywide elections to serve as San Bernardino County Auditor-Controller /
    Recorder in 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010. He has avoided a runoff in all four of his countywide
    elections by garnering over 50% of the vote in the Primary Election.
    Strong Local Endorsements
    • Walker’s early endorsers includes Montclair Mayor Paul Eaton, Chino Councilmember Glen
    Duncan, Ontario Councilmember Jim Bowman, Montclair Councilmember John Dutrey, Upland
    Councilmember Brendan Brandt, and many other local community leaders.
    Record of Accomplishments
    • Over the past 14 years, Walker has helped transform the office of Auditor-Controller and
    Recorder into effective, customer-oriented service units, with an emphasis on automation and
    the use of new technology for greater service and cost savings.
    • Walker created San Bernardino County’s Fraud, Waste & Abuse Hotline and has increased
    internal performance audits.
    • Walker was a leader in local efforts to construct the 71 Freeway and widen both I-10 and SR-60.
    He also helped lead the effort to establish Commuter Rail in Southern California and was a
    founding Board Member of SCRRA / METROLINK.
    • Walker founded the Southern California Agricultural Land Foundation, which preserved over 200
    acres of operating dairies using allocations from Prop 70.
    • Walker initiated San Bernardino County’s participation in major Tobacco Litigation in the 1990s,
    resulting in over $20 million in annual revenue.