Monthly Archives: October 2013

    I have no personal knowledge of the Chas Kelley and Robert Jenkins cases (yes, I know that “hearsay and conjecture are KINDS of evidence”), and I will leave it to others to speculate.  Here, however, is a mailer sent by the “California Homeowners Association Not Authorized by Any Candidate or Committee Controlled By A Candidate”

    I would assume its arrival was a coincidence, but it may turn out to be the biggest waste of money ever spent in a mayoral campaign.

    The implications of these events is going to be monumental, whether the charges are true or they are untrue.

    The truth is that the sadness that has overtaken San Bernardino is going to get worse before it gets better.

    I was emailed this link to a YouTube playlist from San Bernardino Generation Now featuring all of the San Bernardino Mayoral Candidates in the November 5, 2013 San Bernardino Primary Municipal Election.  They are from the October 1, 2013 forum at Valley College.  I think it is the opening statements from each of the candidates.  The video can be shaky at the beginning, so be warned.

    It is interesting to see that as of this posting, the videos have received the following views, with Carey Davis having the most:

    Spoiler Alert!

    I finally tracked down the results of the March 7, 1987 City Attorney Primary Municipal Election between then-incumbent City Attorney Ralph H. Prince and then-challenger James F. “Jim” Penman:

     

    19870307 Primary Municipal Election Jim Penman 9,933 Source Staff Report
    Ralph H. Prince 4,246

    Once again, this site is neutral in this race.  This information is provided as a public service to voters so that they may make an informed choice in voting.  The hyperpartisans will see bias, always against their side, which shows that I am doing the right thing.

    The Form 460s due in late September for the period of July 1, 2013 to September 21, 2013 have been posted on the City of San Bernardino website.

    The Form 460 for City Attorney James F. Penman is from the Penman for City Attorney 2015 committee. It was received on September 23, 2013 at 3:52 p.m.  In that time period, City Attorney James F. Penman received $7,679 in monetary contributions, with $12,179 in year-t0-date contributions.  No loans were received during this period, but $32,000 in loans were received year to date. Additionally, the Committee also received $3,218.72 in non-monetary contributions, with $4,118.72 total year-t0-date.

    At the same time City Attorney James F. Penman made $2,970.97 in payments during the filing period, with $7,652.43 year to date.  The committee also made $11,400 in loans.  There were $3,218.72 in non-monetary adjustments during the filing period, and $4,118.72 in non-monetary adjustments year-to-date.

    Current cash for City Attorney James F. Penman’s committee was $3,921.29, which along with the $7,679 in cash receipts during the period and miscellaneous increases to cash of $669.30, and subtracting cash payments of $2,970.97, left a cash balance of $9,298.62.  The committee also had cash equivalents of $11,400, and outstanding debts of $32,000.

     

    Form 460 requires candidates to report contributions of $100 or over, either in single transactions or cumulative year to date, or per election to date if required.

    Here are the contributors during the period to City Attorney James F. Penman

    On August 7, 2013, law firm Gresham Savage Nolan & Tilden, long-time law firm with roots going back to San Bernardino City Attorney William Guthriecontributed $2,500, with a cumulative amount of $6,000 for this calendar year, and $2,500 towards the 2013 election.

    On August 30, 2013, Johnie Carnell, who is listed with a Highland address and as a hairstylist at Trendsetters salon in San Bernardino donated $100.

    Robert Matich, who is listed with a Newport Beach address, and as an officer of Matich Corporation, the long-time engineering contractors, and longtime political supporters, donated $2,000 on September 10, 2013.

    ABO Enterprises, Inc., with a San Bernardino address, donated $1,000 on September 18, 2013. In this earlier piece, Jack Katzman of ABO Enterprises, Inc. was listed as a sponsor of an October 2, 2013 fundraiser. According to a press release found online dated February 22, 2012, A:

    ABO Enterprises, Inc. manages 600 office buildings in the Inland Empire.  Leasing opportunities range from 200 to 150,000 square feet.  They include the Town and Country Center formerly the Gateway Center complex on South E Street in San Bernardino to executive office buildings.  ABO Enterprises has office buildings in Riverside, San Bernardino, Highland, Yucaipa, Grand Terrace, Redlands, Rialto, Fontana, Colton, Moreno Valley and many other cities in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

    Next listed is Bates Auto Body of San Bernardino.  On September 18, 2013, Bates Auto Body gave the campaign $1,000.  Their Facebook page says they are family owned, and located on Mill Street in San Bernardino.

    On September 18, 2013, Mabel Biddinger, who is listed as retired, donated $100. She is listed online as a member of the San Bernardino City Libary Foundation.  Mike Hartley of San Bernardino, listed as a consultant at Hartley Consulting donated $250 on the same date.

    Additionally, unitemized ($99 or less) contributions of $729 are listed.  If they each gave $99, that’s slightly more than seven.  So, it’s a number between 8 and 729.

    Schedule B Part 1 lists an outstanding balance of $32,000 in loans from James F. Penman to James F. Penman campaigns incurred between 2002 and 2006 from earlier campaigns.

    Schedule C shows nonmonetary contributions in this period of $3,218.72 contributed by the Committee for Integrity, FPPC ID 971747, with a year-to-date contribution of 4,118.72, with only $3,218.72 attributable to this election.

    The description for this period is “Petition gathering is [sic] support of James F. Penman against recall.”

    Schedule E shows payments made. James F. Penman was paid $73 for candidate travel, lodging and/or meals.  Council member and Mayoral candidate Wendy McCammack was reimbursed for domain names in the amount of $194.95, and the Central Labor Council of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties was paid $225 for a meeting or appearance.  Chris Jones Consulting of Newcastle, California was paid $1,500 as a campaign consultant.  Express Printing & Signs, of San Bernardino and owned by council member and Mayoral candidate Wendy McCammack was paid $215.54 for fundraising event(s).  A second payment of $669.10 was paid to Express Printing & Signs, of San Bernardino was paid for fundraising event(s).

    Schedule H lists an outstanding balance of $11,400 on a loan from the Committee for Integrity originally incurred on 2/14/2001.  Schedule I lists miscellaneous increases to cash of $669.30 of voided payments not cashed from 2011 from the Friends of Jim Penman 2011, a predecessor campaign committee.

    That concludes City Attorney Jim Penman’s Form 460.  To recap, City Attorney James F. Penman is facing a recall election in which voters will be asked a yes or no question about whether City Attorney James F. Penman should be recalled.  If a majority of voters answers no, he will retain his position until 2016 based on his 2011 election.  If the majority of voters vote no, then one of two replacement candidates will be elected for the remainder of City Attorney James F. Penman.  Those two men are Timothy Prince and Gary D. Saenz.  Whomever has more votes will be elected as the City Attorney until 2016.

    Next up is replacement candidate Timothy P. Prince’s Form 460 filed September 30, 2013 at 5:42 p.m.  His campaign committee is named Tim Prince for City Attorney 2013.  The period covered is August 23, 2013 to September 21, 2013.

    Tim Prince received $3,475 in monetary contributions both for the period and the year. He also received loans of $22,636, and nonmonetary contributions of 285  for a total of $26396.

    Tim Prince for City Attorney 2013 made payments of $9629 during the period.  The committee began with a zero balance and ended with a cash balance of  $16,482.

    Schedule A lists monetary contributions received.

    On August 25, 2013, Jesus Sandoval and Mary Sandoval of Fontana, California donated $100. Mr. Sandoval is listed as a supervisor for the City of San Bernardino, and he is listed as a councilman for the City of Fontana.  His City website says that he was elected in 2012, and that he is currently employed by the City of San Bernardino.  In a story about his election, the article says that he is a parks maintenance supervisor.

    On August 30, 2013, Retired Judge John Ingro and his wife Olaya Ingro, both of San Bernardino, donated $150. Judge Ingro was one of the inaugural winners of the San Bernardino County Bar Association’s  Kaufman-Campbell Award.

    On August 30, 2013, Professor Gary Negin, of Redlands and Cal State San Bernardino, donated $100 to Tim Prince’s campaign.  According to his LinkedIn profile, he is a professor in the education department, and has been at CSUSB since 1985.

    Also on August 30, 2013, Kathleen Pettersen, listed as a family member of Tim Prince, donated $100.

    The next day, John Lemay, of Grand Terrace who is listed as a Professor at CSUSB donated $100.  I didn’t find a Professor John Lemay at Cal State online.

    Long-time Tim Prince ally and Attorney Allen Bartleman donated $250 on September 15, 2013.

    Dr. Ana Marie Lorenz of Alta Loma, California, of Lorenz Consulting Services, and a professional psychologist donated $100 two days earlier.

    Former 2nd Ward Council member Dennis Baxter, and the Executive Director of the San Bernardino Area Habitat for Humanity, donated $300 on September 20, 2013.

    The San Bernardino Democratic Luncheon Club donated $200 on the same day.

    Tim Prince matches Jim Penman’s hairdresser donation by receiving a donation from Jami Haydis of Highland, (listed as the owner of the “JR Randall Hair Salon.”  I was unable to find a JR Randall Hair Salon, but there is a J Randall Salon in Redlands.

    Renee Prince of San Bernardino, who is listed as a student, but I believe is also Tim’s sister, donated .  I believe that she is doctoral student in psychology. She donated a $1000.

    Lillie Houston of Rialto donated $200 on September 12, 2013.

    Shireen Dunwoody of Ventura, in the field of medical communications with Dunwoody Consulting, donated $250 on September 19, 2013.

    Laura Vasquez, a Registered Nurse with Kaiser Permanente with an Irvine address, donated $100 to Tim Prince on September 19, 2013.

    Tim Prince also received $375 in contributions of $99 or less.

    Now for the big money. Tim Prince loaned his campaign $22,636 during this period.  He had $22,921 in cumulative contributions this period.

    On Schedule C, Tim Prince gave himself the following non-monetary contributions:

    On September 10, 2013, he donated materials labeled “Web” in the amount of $87, with a cumulative value of $123 for the year.

    On September 16, 2013, Tim Prince donated campaign materials in the amount of $50, with a cumulative value of $173 for the year.

    The next day, Tim Prince donated postage of $20, with a cumulative value of $193 for the year.

    Three days later, Tim Prince donated “Campaign office item” of $92, with a cumulative value in the same category of $285 for the year.

    There were also unitemized nonmonetary contributions of $37.

    Where did Tim Prince for City Attorney 2013 spend money during this period?

    The committee used nextdayfliers.com of Rancho Dominguez, California to print campaign literature in the amount of 157.  Office rent of $1,500  was paid to Triland Capital LLC  of Los Angeles.

    Campaign photos by David Earhart Photography of San Bernardino were purchased for $190.  Super Cheap Signs of Austin, Texas, was paid $950, presumably for signs.

    Aitra Generic Reseller Card, Cardholder Services LLC  of Fort Lauderdale FL was paid $736, which is listed as “office expenses.”

    Jennifer Elzarraz of Moreno Valley was paid $400 for campaign consulting.

    The City of San Bernardino was paid $2,314 for filing fees, and $3,327 for a ballot statement.

    There were also unitemized payments of $55.

    That concludes Tim Prince’s 460 for this time period.

    Gary Saenz is running as a replacement candidate for City Attorney should City Attorney James F. Penman be recalled by voters.  Gary D. Saenz for City Attorney 2013 filed a Form 460 for the period of January 1, 2013 through September 21, 2013.   The Form 460 was  filed at 1:58 p.m. on September 26, 2013.

    Gary Saenz’s committee received $15,000 in monetary contributions this year.   His committee received a loan of $100.  Payments of $2,375 were made during the filing period. There are $10,402 in unpaid bills.  Gary Saenz’s committee’s ending cash balance is $12,725.00 with $10,502 in outstanding debts.

    Gary D Saenz for City Attorney 2013 received two contributions.

    On September 17, 2013, William Easley of San Bernardino, listed as the owner of Goforth & Marti, with offices in Riverside, Redlands and San Diego, donated $10,000.

    On the same date, the law firm of Mirau, Edwards, Cannon, Lewin & Tooke of Redlands donated $5,000.  I can assure you that the first two named partners of that firm are firmly in the Not Fans of Jim Penman Club.

    Gary Saenz made a loan to the campaign of $100 on September 16, 2013.

    A payment was made to Gary Saenz of $2,325 for filing fees.  I don’t know why his were more expensive then Tim Prince’s filing fees.

    There was also an unitemized payment of $50.

    Schedule F lists Gary D. Saenz For City Attorney 2013’s Unpaid Bills:

    Chris Perez Consulting of Corona California is owed $6,700 for campaign consulting.

    Lysa Ray Campaign Services of Santa Ana, California is owed $375 for professional services.

    Gary D. Saenz is owed $3,327 for filing fees, presumably for the ballot statement.

    That ends Gary D. Saenz for City Attorney 2013’s inaugural Form 460.

     

     

    If you are interested in seeing the candidates in action, the San Bernardino Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting three forums (to call them debates is a bit of a stretch).  Here is the information from the Chamber’s website:

     

    Chamber Hosting Candidates Forums

    • October 8 — Chamber Hosts Mayoral Candidates Forum at 7 p.m.
    • October 9 — Chamber Hosts City Attorney Candidates Forum at 7 p.m.
    • October 10 — Chamber Hosts City Council Candidates Forum at 7 p.m.

    Each forum is being held in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 300 North “D” Street, San Bernardino, 92401. The forums will be televised live on the Inland Empire Media Group’s Channel 3. The event is being sponsored by the Governmental Affairs Division of the San Bernardino Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information contact the Chamber at (909) 885-7515.

    Having attended the City Clerk and City Attorney forums held in 2011, I recommend them highly, particularly if you go to Council Chambers to catch the sideshow of the hyperpartisans.  They should also be available to stream online.

    I hope to attend the City Attorney forum, schedule permitting.  I hope to see you there.  I have other committments for the Mayoral and City Council forums, so I may watch them later online.

     

    As I told one of the candidates in the City Attorney recall election last night who thanked me for my neutrality in this race, and as I told a paid Orange County public relations consultant on Twitter, I do not pick sides on this blog because I am neutral.  After the election, I will have to work with James F. Penman, Tim Prince or Gary D. Saenz.

     

    With that I present the first Gary D. Saenz for City Attorney mailer has arrived in mailboxes.  Or at least the first one I obtained.

    The front of the mailer says “San Bernardino” at the top, along with an unbalanced scales of justice, with a stock photograph of the Federal Supplement in a law library, with a photograph of candidate Gary D. Saenz  superimposed in what is likely his office. That is based on the fact that behind Gary D. Saenz is his University of California diploma showing his first name.  Gary Sanez is dressed in a pinstripe gray suit, with a black tie.

    This is what I call a “meet the candidate” brochure.  In fact, under the picture of Gary D. Saenz is the verbiage “Meet Gary D. Saenz For City Attorney” with the tagline in italics, Taking Politics Out of the City Attorney [sic] Office.

    The second page of the flier says:

    From the Desk of Gary Saenz

    Your Next City Attorney

    I am not a politician. I have never held an elected position, nor
    do I intend to ever hold another. But I do believe strongly in the
    Office of the City Attorney and the important role it plays in
    advising your City Council on all matters of the law.
    But the Office of the City Attorney has become a political animal
    that hasn’t been good for San Bernardino. It has become a
    lightning rod of political gamesmanship, and it has divided and
    separated City Hall.
    My starting point will always be the law – it is not the role of the
    City Attorney to influence public policy. I have no tolerance for
    political infighting or political alliances. I intend to work with the
    Council and Mayor to provide the best legal advice to all of them,
    and work against none of them. My only agenda is whatever is in
    the best legal interest of the City.
    I love this city and I want my grandchildren to inherit a better
    community than we have today I can do my part by restoring
    integrity to this office and I would be honored to serve as
    your City Attorney.
    Very Truly Yours,

    [/s/ Gary D. Saenz]

    Join us on Facebook [No link given]

    On the third page is a Gary D. Saenz For City Attorney San Bernardino Logo.  Underneath is this text:

    Meet Gary D. Saenz …
    City Attorney Candidate Gary D. Saenz is truly a son of
    San Bernardino.
    The Saenz family goes back a full century in San Bernardino, when
    Gary’s grandparents took up residence on 6th Street near Mount
    Vernon Avenue in 1913. Gary’s mother and
    father were childhood sweethearts from San
    Bernardino High School, and Gary himself was
    born at Saint Bernadine’s Hospital in 1951. He
    grew up playing Little League at the corner of 14th and Mt. Vernon, and graduated from
    Eisenhower High School in 1969.
    Gary earned his Law Degree at UCLA before
    returning to his hometown to practice law. He
    has practiced law for over 35 years, serving
    his community and maintaining an unblemished
    active status with the California State Bar.
    Currently Gary focuses on real estate law from
    his office in downtown, but he finds time to
    serve on the boards of many local and
    regional nonprofit organizations. He and his
    wife Linda have been married for 24 years
    and have two college-age children.

    See my Facebook Page for more information. [No link given]

    Be sure to attend a fundraiser for Gary’s campaign, Tuesday,
    October 8, 2013 from 6:30 – 8:00pm at Mitla Café in San Bernardino.

    This page has another photograph taken in Gary D. Saenz’s office from a different angle, a black and white picture of what the reader can assume is his wife Linda and his two children as toddlers, and a dog, and what appears to be a more recent photo of Gary Saenz and his wife.  They are in black and white, but considering that 24 years ago was 1989, I would guess the originals were both in color and did not have a white border.  It is not an important point, it should be chalked up to artistic license and the idea that Gary D. Saenz has roots in the community.

    Two interesting points.  Gary D. Saenz mentions that he has “an unblemished active status with the California State Bar.”  If you recall, one of the points that City Attorney James F. Penman jumped on his challenger, David L. McKenna, in the 2011 San Bernardino Primary Municipal Election was the fact that David L. McKenna had a period of inactivity.  The “get to know” you brochures usually avoid mentioning opponents, and City Attorney James F. Penman is mentioned only on the fourth page.  However, the reader is supposed to know when Gary D. Saenz says “I am not a politician” he is referring to City Attorney James F. Penman.  When he says “the Office of the City Attorney has become a political animal that hasn’t been good for San Bernardino” he means the Office of the City Attorney under James F. Penman has become a political animal that hasn’t been good for San Bernardino.”  It was also smart to avoid mentioning the other replacement candidate, Tim Prince, because that makes it even more confusing for voters, at least in the first mail piece.

    Further, when Gary D. Saenz uses the passive voice to say “It has become a lightning rod of political gamesmanship, and his has divided and separated City Hall” the reader is supposed to understand it as Jim Penman is a lightning rod, Jim Penman is a political gamesman, and Jim Penman has divided and separated City Hall.  I do not think Gary D. Saenz is suggesting that the rank-and-file deputy city attorneys are a problem.

    On the fourth page, the address page, the Gary D. Saenz logo is repeated with a “Vote YES to Recall James Penman” logo above.

    The return address says “Paid for By: Gary D. Saenz for City Attorney, FPPC ID 1360835, 1002 N. D Street, San Bernardino CA 92410”  That is the address of Gary D. Saenz’s law office. The Presorted standard postage block says Paid ZAP COLOR, mailed from Zip Code 92878. That is the zip code for Corona, Riverside County, California.

    Overall, I think the mailing accomplishes the goals for Gary D. Saenz: educate voters in who is, his legal roots, his political philosophy, and remind them to vote yes on the recall question.  It also smartly avoids a battle with Tim Prince, who has much more political experience.  For now, Gary Saenz’s proxies are attacking Tim Prince, and he should leave that to the proxies.  If someone asked me, and no one did, I would point out that Mayor Valles appointed Gary Saenz to the Library Board. While not legally related, it shows some experience with the City, and from what I can tell, particularly compared to the current regime, Mayor Judith Valles is still politically popular, and relatively, her reign is seen as the last era of good feelings in San Bernardino.  I expect Judith Valles’ name to be used extensively by City Attorney James F. Penman’s campaign.

    I would expect to get mail very soon from City Attorney James F. Penman.  The first mail from him during the 2011 Primary Municipal Election came about October 2, 2011. 

    Other than the email from Tim Prince’s campaign, I have not

    With early voting starting on October 7, 2013 for the San Bernardino City Unified School District Board of Trustees Election on November 5, 2013, the San Bernardino Teachers Association PAGE Committee for Education sent this brochure.

    This mailer came by U.S. Mail. In it, the San Bernardino Teachers Association endorses three candidates for the San Bernardino City Unified School District Board of Education: incumbents Danny Tillman, Barbara Flores, and Judi Penman. Not endorsed, but running, are Kaisar Ahmed, Sonia Frernandez, Joe Navarro and Abigail Medina.
    The brochure is labeled a Voter Guide.  On the front it says:
    OUR TEACHERS’ CHOICE
    SCHOOLS ON THE RIGHT TRACK. STUDENTS ON THE RIGHT PATH.
    PENMAN, FLORES, and TILLMAN
    Recommended by your local classroom teachers.
    The Teachers’ Choice Team knows that our district must do what it can to keep our schools on
    the right track and students on the right path. Our Candidates support:
    Building the Basic Skills for the 21st Century to prepare our students for career or college
    Removing obstacles to student achievement
    Working together to improve student performance
    Promoting every child’s opportunity to succeed
    Maintaining strong, safe schools for our children
    Please Vote for the Teachers’ Choice Team for the San Bernardino City School Board
    PENMAN, FLORES, and TILLMAN
    Paid for by the PAGE Committee for Education San Bernardino Teachers Association 1997 E. Marshall Blvd., San Bernardino, 92404, Ashley Bettas, Treasurer. FPPC #745358
    Extra points for correct spelling and grammar.  I especially like the use of the Oxford Comma, though I was forced to abandon it in my own writing by my last employer.
    The back of the flier says:
    NOVEMBER 5, 2013 -VOTER GUIDE
    PROVIDED BY YOUR CLASSROOM TEACHERS
    Your local San Bernardino classroom teachers interviewed THE CANDIDATES and the only candidates
    we recommend for the Teachers’ Choice Team are PENMAN, FLORES, AND TILLMAN.
    San Bernardino City Unified School
    District Board of Education
    Vote for Three
    Kaisar Ahmed
    [Check] Danny Tillman
    Sonia Fernandez
    [Check] Barbara Flores
    Joe Navarr0
    Abigail M. Medina
    [Check] Judi Penman
    On November 5, please Vote for the TEACHERS’ CHOICE TEAM
    for the San Bernardino City School Board:
    PENMAN, FLORES, and TILLMAN
    SAN BERNARDINO CITY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION
    San Bernardino Teachers Assoc.
    1997 East Marshall Blvd.
    San Bernardino CA 92404

    This is the second election cycle that I have covered for the San Bernardino City Unified School District.  Last time, I covered earlier San Bernardino Teachers Association mailings.  In a post dated November 7, 2011, I wrote:
    We have a post card from the San Bernardino Teachers Association: front and  back.  This is their third mailer, endorsing Juan Lopez, Sharon “Bobbie” Perong, Margaret Hill and Lynda K. Savage.
    In this election, the San Bernardino Teachers Association is endorsing three incumbents, Judi Penman, Dr. Barbara Flores, and Danny Tillman.  In 2011, which was a “pick four” election, they endorsed incumbent Lynda K. Savage (who won), challenger Sharon “Bobbie” Perong (who won), challenger Margaret Hill (who won), and Juan Lopez (who was not in the top four).

    In 2011, the San Bernardino Teachers Association sent the identical mailer, with the names of the candidates changed.

    The back of the 2011 mailer is almost identical. One of the differences that I note is instead of 2011’s “YOUR LOCAL SAN BERNARDINO CLASSROOM TEACHERS INTERVIEWED ALL THE CANDIDATES AND THE ONLY CANDIDATES WE RECOMMEND FOR THE TEACHERS’ CHOICE TEAM ARE PERONG, LOPEZ, HILL AND SAVAGE” becomes 2013’s “Your local San Bernardino classroom teachers interviewed THE CANDIDATES and the only candidates we recommend for the Teachers’ Choice Team are PENMAN, FLORES, AND TILLMAN.” Obviously, the election date has changed, and the names of the candidates and challengers has changed.  Otherwise, same mailer, both mailed from Huntington Beach, Ashley Bettas is still the PAGE Committee for Education San Bernardino Teachers Association’s treasurer, and that Committee has the same Fair Political Practices Commission number.

     

     

    From the San Francisco Call March 17, 1913

    WRONG FIGURES LEAVE CANDIDATES IN OFFING

    Aspirants for San Bernardino Offices Beaten by Illegal Petitions

    SAN BERNARDINO. March 16.— Four of the five candidates for mayor and six of, the 13 candidates for other Important offices are disqualified as the result of the discovery that the wrong figures were taken as the basis for the number of signatures required to get their names on the ballot for the election April 14.

    The situation is declared to be unprecedented in the history of municipal elections in California.

    The primary had been eliminated and candidates were to go on the general election ballot by Independent petition.

    J. W. Catick is the only candidate for the mayoralty who is qualified by having a sufficient number of names on his nominating petition. Mayor J. S. Bright, Thomas Holmes, W. E. Irving and L. William Gurr, the others, are out of the race.

    The city is in a political turmoil as a result of the wholesale disqualifications, and attorneys representing the candidates who had an insufficient number of names on their petitions admitted tonight that there was no chance for the correction of the mistakes. The campaign already had furnished much excitement because of the probability of a winning fight by Gurr, the socialist candidate for mayor in a five cornered fight.

    Here’s a spoiler alert: J.W. Catick won.

    From the Los Angeles Herald, January 2, 1908:

    WIXOM WINS IN ELECTION RACE AT SAN BERNARDINO

    Special to The Herald. SAN BERNARDINO, Jan. 1.—D. H. Wixom won in the election for councilman in the first ward yesterday over Milton E. Hecht by a vote of 95 to 44. The election was quiet. All saloons in the city were closed during the voting hours.

    On November 5, 2013, there will be a Recall Election in the Seventh Ward of San Bernardino held at the same time as the Primary Municipal Election.

    Voters will be asked whether Council Member Wendy McCammack should be recalled.  If a majority vote yes, then Council Member Wendy McCammack will be recalled.

    Wendy McCammack is also running for San Bernardino Mayor:

    Her campaign contact information is:

    Facebook: Wendy McCammack’s Mayoral Facebook Page. 

    Website: http://wendy4mayor.com/

    Email: wendy4mayor@gmail.com

    Address: 396 W Highland Ave., San Bernardino, CA.

    Phone number: 909-886-8677

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/wendyformayor

    Voters will also be asked to choose a replacement candidate for Wendy McCammack if she is recalled.  The people running in the recall election are:

    Mike Thomas

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mikethomas4council2013

    James Mulvihill

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jim-Mulvihill-for-SB-City-Council/149950001757110

    Nick Gonzalez

    No online contact information found as of October 1, 2013.

    Joshua Williamson

    No online contact information found as of October 1, 2013

    Paul Sanborn

    No online contact information found as of October 1, 2013