Monthly Archives: January 2013

    John Quimby was born on February 12, 1935 in Prescott, Arizona, and died on December 22, 2012 in Carmichael, California.

    According to his obits, he was elected to the San Bernardino City Council at the age of 22, however, the records that I have seen is that he was 24.   On March 17, 1959, he came in the top two in the San Bernardino Municipal Primary Election for the 3rd Ward Council seat.  In the primary, the vote was 686 votes for Roxie Garrison, and 640 for John P. Quimby. The other primary candidates were Chester F. Baxter (514 votes), James T. Marsh (137 votes), and Gabriel B. Orona (392 votes).  However, on April 14, 1959, in the General Municipal Election, he beat Mrs. Roxie Garrison by 1709 votes to 920 votes.  To put into perspective about how ancient that history was in modern San Bernardino politics, 1959 was the first time Ralph H. Prince was elected City Attorney, and Al Ballard wouldn’t be elected Mayor for another six years.

    According to this article, it was his time on the City Council that informed his signature legislative achievement, the Quimby Act:

    John Quimby, a former Democratic Assemblyman from San Bernardino, said he authored the law because he was a city councilman in the 1960s and saw firsthand the need for parks.

    “We couldn’t get the goddamned developers to budge an inch” on dedicating land for public use, including putting in sidewalks, he said.  OC Park History Is a Tale of Two Counties, Voice of OC, by Tracy Wood, Posted June 13, 2011, updated January 2, 2013, accessed at on January 7, 2013.

    Other than that, all that I could gather is that he was probably sworn in May 1959 (he voted for Ordinance 2259 on May 18, 1959, but not Ordinance 2258 on April 28, 1959).  After the November 6, 1962 General Election, he was absent for the vote on Ordinance 2468 on November 19, 1962, and by the adjourned regular meeting of November 26, 1962, Jesse Arias Jr. had been appointed 3rd Ward council member.

    He was elected in November 6, 1962 in the General Election in the 72nd Assembly District.  Quimby, the Democrat, received 61.2 percent of the vote, to Clayton “Stan” Stanhope’s 38.8 percent. Stanhope was listed by the LA Times as being a teacher from Montclair, and Quimby as a radio engineer (announcer) and city councilman from San Bernardino.  By 1963, the Los Angeles Times refers to his home city as Rialto, though it sometimes said San Bernardino in later years.  Quimby won again on November 3, 1964, with 59.9 percent of the vote to the Republican James L. “Jim” Christensen, 40.1 percent of the vote. Quimby was reelected.  On November 8, 1966, Quimby received 58.7 percent of the vote, and the Republican candidate, Harry S. Drake of Upland received 41.3 percent of the vote.  John Quimby received 58.3 percent of the vote in the 72nd Assembly District to James L. “Jim” Christensen (then an Upland City Councilman) on November 5, 1968.  On November 3, 1970, Quimby trounced Republican Peter S. “Pete” Neigel, 70.6 to 29.4 percent.  He ran again on November 7, 1972, and received 57.4 percent of the vote to Republican Timothy M. Dolan’s 42.5 percent, and Paul Bocanegra’s .1 percent for the La Raza Party.  He was primaried in 1974, by two other candidates, including the eventual winner Richard H. Robinson.

    In 1971, Quimby authored a special bill that would give Al Ballard, the former Mayor, a special higher pension related to his fire service.  I’m not sure how it came out, but the City Council opposed it.

    I cannot find any reference to it, but it had to be between 1980 and 1984.  For some reason, and my memory tells me it was because Halloween fell on a weeknight, Bob Holcomb had Halloween rescheduled.  I could find no reference to it online.  I found no reference to it in the City’s online records.  I did find an article from the Los Angeles Times dated April 29, 1985, and another from May 8, 1985 detailing some of Mayor Holcomb’s, Version 1.0, greatest hits:

    1972: Shoving City Attorney Ralph H. Prince at a party.

    June 9, 1983: Holcomb bangs an ashtray in lieu of a gavel 119 times to silence Ralph Hernandez.

    1983: Screaming at Councilman Steve Marks at a budget hearing: “I’m beginning to believe you are a gorilla in heat!”

    Regarding the Halloween story, I am trying to find out on what authority, and by what method (resolution, general spouting), Halloween was moved to the weekend.  I remember that it was actually accomplished, at least in my neighborhood.  It only lasted one year.   I’m pretty sure it wasn’t 1980, nor was it as late as 1984.  Does anyone have any more information?

    In any event, I think we can say with authority that the Mayor of San Bernardino does not actually have the authority to move Halloween.


    UPDATE:  I found it.  San Bernardino Sun, October 28, 1982, B-5:

    S.B. to celebrate Halloween Saturday

    SAN BERNARDINO – The switch of Halloween from Sunday to Saturday here is still on, a city official said. But a few residents have not been so sure, calling City hall for an explanation of the change.

    Lorraine Velarde, administrative assistant to Mayor W.R. Holcomb, said here office has received about 15 calls in the past two days by people wondering why Halloween will be observed on Oct. 30 rather than the traditional Oct. 31.

    Holcomb issued a proclamation last week changing the day for trick or treats [sic] because it falls on a Sunday — a school eve — this year.

    The date change will hopefully reduce student absenteeism Monday, Velarde said.

    A check with the Police Department also revealed that more officers are on duty Saturday than Sunday, Velarde said. Also many city schools have scheduled Halloween carnivals Saturday so changing the day trick or treaters haunt city streets would work well with those events, she said.

    Another factor reviewed by the mayor’s office is the beginning time change from daylight savings to the standard time Sunday, said Velarde.

    As is often the case, I was looking for something (how many San Bernardino Mayor and Common Council meetings recordings still exist), and I ended up with something else all together.  The same thing happened on the main blog when I was looking for the genesis of the City of San Bernardino’s property maintenance ordinance in 1989 and I found the public comments of the masked public comments speaker known as The Sword.

    I was looking for some holdings related to the San Bernardino City Council in the California Room of the San Bernardino library, and I decided to check on the holdings of the A.K. Smiley Public Library.  Somehow I stumbled upon this holding in the Heritage Room.

    Report : Postmus created empire on county’s clock / Duane W. Gang and Imran Ghori.
    by Gang, Duane W.
    Riverside, Ca. : Press-Enterprise, 2009.
    • Postmus, Bill.
    • Irwin, Jim.
    • Gutierrez, Rex.
    • Aleman, Adam.
    • Eyler, Greg.
    • Scandals — California — San Bernardino County.
    • San Bernardino County — Government.
    3 p. on 3 l. : ill. ; 43 cm.
    Article on scandal in San Bernardino County Assessor’s office.
    Added Author: 
    Ghori, Imran.

    The first look in calendar year 2013, at least.

    There is not a lot of information available on the City of San Bernardino’s website at the moment; they seem to be occupied by Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code at the moment.  For example, here is part of the “Frequently Asked Questions” for elections:

    Elections are held in odd numbered years in November.  The next regular election will be held in November of 2009.   For more information of which seats will be up for election in November 2009, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 909 384-5002.

    (Found on 1/1/2013 at

    Right.  The San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters does not yet have the San Bernardino Primary Elections up at its site, listing three other special elections on March 5, 2013 for City of Chino Hills for a city council member seat by mail ballot election, a Town Council seat in the Town of Yucca Valley by mail ballot election, and the City of Rialto’s Measure W which will extend the existing utility user’s tax five more years until June 2018, by a polling place election.

    So, when does the City of San Bernardino vote?  The City of San Bernardino has a primary election every four years for a variety of seats, and they are staggered.  For example, City Clerk, City Treasurer, and City Attorney were last elected by primary election in November 2011.  The City Clerk race had a general (or run-off) election in February 2012.  The next primary election for these three offices will be in November 2015, unless the City dissolves or there is a charter amendment, or some other unfortunate event occurs.

    Along with those Charter mandated officials, four Common Council member seats were last elected in November 2011: Third Ward, Fifth Ward, Sixth Ward, and Seventh Ward.  Barring further catastrophes, they will be up for a vote again in November 2015.

    What positions are being elected at the City of San Bernardino primary municipal election in November 2013? Mayor, and Common Council members for the First, Second, and Fourth Wards.  There is no information about specific deadlines at either the City Clerk’s website as of this writing, nor the Registrar of Voters, but the filing period should open in mid-July and close in early to mid August.

    What do we know about the candidates so far?  Mayor Patrick J. Morris has been quoted in the media that he is not running again.  Draymond Crawford II, the Sixth Ward police commissioner, has stated that he will be running for Mayor.  He has a website at  His publicly listed contact information is: email and phone: (909) 374-4843. No other candidates have announced their intentions in the local newspapers at this time.

    Who is running for First Ward Common Council Member in San Bernardino? Currently, the position is held by Virginia Marquez, who was first elected in 2009.  No candidates have announced their intentions in the local newspapers at this time.

    Who is running for Second Ward Common Council Member in November 2013?  The position is currently held by Robert Jenkins, who won a special election held in July of 2011 to fill out the remainder of Jason Desjardins term.  No candidates have announced their intentions in the local newspapers at this time.

    Who is running for Fourth Ward Common Council Member in the City of San Bernardino Primary Election in November 2013?  Fred Shorett, first elected in March of 2009 in the special election to replace former Fourth Ward Member Neil Derry, was elected again in the primary in November 2009. No candidates have announced their intentions in the local newspapers at this time.

    To my knowledge, no one is actively running any recall petitions or proposed charter amendments.  It would be difficult, if not impossible to meet the deadlines for a citizen charter amendment if one does not get started soon. The Mayor and Common Council usually has until around the first meeting in July to place charter initiatives on the November ballot, if I recall correctly the last time I looked at the issue last year.

    Also, there might be other elections, and other matters on the November ballot, such as to raise taxes in conjunction with the City’s fiscal state.

    A fairly recent press release sent on December 31, 2012:

    Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) was sworn-in locally at the San Bernardino County Government Center in San Bernardino on Friday, December 21. The ceremony was attended by 200 supporters, local elected officials, friends and family members.


    Assemblymember Brown represents the 47th Assembly District, which includes San Bernardino, Rialto, Colton, Fontana, Bloomington, Muscoy, and Grand Terrace.
    The Honorable Wilmer Amina Carter, State Legislature (Ret.), served as the Mistress of Ceremonies. The presentation of the colors was presented by Carter High School’s JROTC, led by Colonel Dave Moreland. The program featured special remarks from San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford, Second District, Mayor Acquanetta Warren, City of Fontana, Mayor Deborah Robertson, City of Rialto, and longtime San Bernardino community activist, Lois Carson. A special performance was given by jazz saxophonist, J. Boykin, and the oath of office was administered by San Bernardino County Supervisor, Josie Gonzales, Chair of the Board of Supervisors.

    During her remarks, Assemblywoman Brown spoke about the economic uncertainty faced by the newly drawn 47th Assembly District. She emphasized the need to work together as a community to effect change. “In order to make our vision a reality, we need to work together,” said Assemblywoman Brown. “I have already begun the process of moving forward to accomplish common goals by meeting with mayors of San Bernardino, Colton, Rialto, Fontana, and Grand Terrace.”


    Brown stated that her vision is to ensure that everyone works together in the 47th District to prepare skilled and educated workers for employment as we improve and create economic opportunities and development. She spoke about the history of the Inland Empire reflecting on its prosperity and optimism. Ultimately, her vision is to see the district thrive.


    Assemblywoman Brown has made economic development (jobs and business), education and public safety her top priorities. She said her plan is to continue to meet with educational, labor, business, community groups, as well as, elected officials in the district to generate new ideas, regulatory and legislative solutions that will promote educational opportunities and economic growth in the 47th District.

    A new Larry Walker for California Senate District 32 press release was sent today:

     San Bernardino County Supervisors Josie Gonzales and Janice Rutherford announced their endorsements of Larry Walker for State Senate today.  Gonzales and Rutherford are two of the highest ranking female elected officials in San Bernardino County and represent growing support for Walker with both local Democratic and Republican leaders.


    “Larry Walker has the unique ability to do what it takes to balance budgets while preserving vital services that our residents rely on, and I can attest to his hard work ethic and straightforward approach to problem solving,” said Josie Gonzales.  “He has always been a steadfast friend of the diverse communities that encompass the Inland Empire, and I strongly endorse him to be our representative in the State Senate.”


    “During my time working with Larry Walker in San Bernardino County Government, it has never mattered to him that I’m a Republican and that he’s a Democrat, his chief concern is getting the job done to strengthen middle class families,” said Rutherford.  “I strongly endorse Larry Walker because the State Senate desperately needs a commonsense leader like Larry Walker who will bring people together, not as Democrats or Republicans, but as Californians to achieve common goals.”


    “I am proud to have earned the endorsements of so many of our community’s respected leaders across the political spectrum,” said Walker. “The service of Supervisors Gonzales and Rutherford demonstrates a recognition of what voters throughout our region have been telling me – they don’t just want more of the same old partisan Sacramento politics, they want a State Government that rolls up its sleeves and gets to work.”


    Gonzales was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2004 and re-elected in 2008 and 2012.  She is a former Councilmember and Planning Commissioner in the City of Fontana.  Rutherford was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2010.  She previously served ten years as a City Councilmember in Fontana.


    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.