Monthly Archives: April 2013

    As of the date of this post, I am only aware of one candidate, incumbent Robert Jenkins, who filed Form 501 on January 10, 2013 with the San Bernardino City Clerk’s Office.  As mentioned before, the nomination period has not officially begun.  Also, the City’s website, which I am using, appears to have been last updated on April 11, 2013, so perhaps it is not up to date.

    Who is running for the City of San Bernardino 1st Ward Council Member in the Municipal Primary on November 5, 2013?  While the nomination period has not opened, Danny Alcarez has filed a Form 501 with the City Clerk’s Office on February 27, 2013.  I do not know for sure, but I would guess this is the same Danny Alcarez that owns “Danny’s Towing” on Highland Avenue.

    As an update to my earlier post entitled “What You Need To Know About The City of San Bernardino Mayoral Primary November 5, 2013,” I placed a phone call to the San Bernardino City Clerk’s Office regarding which candidates filed Fair Political Practices Commission Form 410, Statement of Organization Recipient.  I wrote elsewhere about Form 410, following that link will give you some information on when that form needs to be filed.  Anyway, after talking to Linda in the Clerk’s Office and asking what candidates for the mayoral primary had filed Form 410, she retrieved the file and told me that two had been filed.  One was Rick Avila, who has run for Mayor before, and the second was 6th Ward Council Member Rikke Van Johnson.  I had heard those two names were definitely running before, but I do not report un-sourced rumors.

    Going to Council Member Rikke Van Johnson’s website, it has this information:

    You may make your contributions to
    Rikke’s campaign by MAIL using
    the following address:
    Rikke Van Johnson for Mayor 2014
    P.O. Box 7753
    San Bernardino, CA 92411
    or
    ONLINE via PayPal
    (you do not need a PayPal account.)

    [PayPal graphic deleted]
    THANK YOU VERY MUCH
    Rikke Van Johnson for Mayor 2014
    FPPC# [None given]

    2014 is the date of the general election should no one get a majority in the primary municipal election on November 5, 2013.   It is also the date the mayor-elect (should Mayor Patrick J. Morris not run again, as reported) will be sworn-in.

    Here is Council Member Rikke Van Johnson’s Form 501.  If he indeed filed a Form 410, it is not available online as of April 24, 2013.  The Form 501 is signed and dated February 22, 2013, stamped received by the Secretary of State on February 27, 2013, filed and crossed-out by the Registrar of Voters on some date (presumably sent from the Secretary of State to the Registrar of Voters, not realizing that the City Clerk is the elections official), and then filed by the City Clerk on March 28, 2013.

    Other than that donation page and the footer that says “Paid for by Elect Rikke Van Johnson for Mayor 2014,” the site does not seem to mention Rikke Van Johnson’s platform for Mayor of San Bernardino.

    Rick Avila does not appear to have a Form 501 online, but the aforementioned Form 410 is available here. Rick Avila does not appear to have a campaign website active at this moment.  Most links I could find refer to earlier runs.  For example, this post from this site, A Brief History of Mayoral Elections in San Bernardino from 1905 to 2013, Rick Avila has run twice before:

    Primary Municipal Election 2005: Patrick J. Morris gets the most votes (11,249), James F. Penman gets the second most votes (6,648 votes), Chas A. Kelley (4,079 votes), Rick Avila (3,425 votes), Michael Ellison-Lewis (466 votes), 42 write-in votes leading to a February general election. (SB Registrar of Voters).

    Primary Municipal Election November 3, 2009: Patrick J. Morris (8,349 votes) defeats James F. Penman (5,376 votes) and Rick Avila (1,205 votes). (SB Registrar of Voters).

    Additionally, Draymond M. Crawford II filed FPPC Form 501 on March 13, 2013 stating his intention to run for Mayor in 2013.  That completed form is found on the City’s website.  He announced last year, and his website is here.

    Also running according to the City’s website: Concepción M. Powell, who filed her Form 501 on March 27, 2013.  She has a mayoral website.

    R. Carey Davis filed a Form 501 on April 8, 2013.

    Karmel F. Roe filed a Form 501 on April 3, 2013, but signed on March 19, 2013 .  She has a mayoral website, http://yourmayor4prayer.com/.

    So far,  five candidates for Mayor of San Bernardino have taken steps towards candidacy.

    The City of San Bernardino Charter and Municipal Code sets elections in the City of San Bernardino.  The City holds primaries, and if no one receives a majority in the primary, holds a general election.  The next primary election for the Mayor of San Bernardino, First Ward Council Member, Second Ward Council Member, and Fourth Ward Council Member will be held on November 5, 2013.

    According to the City Clerk’s website, nominations open on Monday July 15, 2013 and close on August 9, 2013. However, if an incumbent does not file within the nomination period, the filing period is extended five days to August 14, 2013.  While City Hall will be closed on August 9, 2013, the City Clerk’s Office will be open.  Last minute filers should call the Clerk’s office for an appointment, presumably before August 9th.

    Mayor Patrick Morris has announced he is not running for reelection, so we may not know until August 14, 2013 the full mayoral field, unless he changes his mind.  Because the nominations have not officially opened, no one is officially running for Mayor, though I believe that some may have filed FPPC Form 501s.  Mayoral candidates need 20-30 signatures of registered voters city-wide, each person running for Council will need the same number, except registered in their respective ward.

    The filing fee for Mayor is $1,788, $12 for Council, which is two percent of the first year’s salary for each office.  In lieu of that filing fee, the candidate can submit a petition containing four registered voters for each dollar of the filing fee.  That is 7,152 signatures for Mayor (city-wide), and 48 for Council members (in their ward).  The first day to circulate the petition is May 31, 2013, 45 days before the nomination period ends.  Once again, City Hall is closed, the Clerk’s Office will be open, make an appointment.

    The last day to file a petition in lieu of the filing fee is July 25, 2013, 15 days before the close of the nomination period.

    The qualifications for Mayor of the City of San Bernardino are to be a qualified elector and resident of the City for at least 30 consecutive days prior to filing nomination papers.  You must be 30 years old.  (The requirements are found in Charter section 50).  Council members have to be a qualified elector and resident of their ward for at least  30 consecutive days before filing nomination papers.  (The requirements for the 1st, 2nd and 4th Wards are in Charter section 13.)