Michael Reiter

    Michael Reiter, is a Riverside and San Bernardino Personal Injury Attorney. He also practices in the fields of municipal law, small business law, real estate law. Michael Reiter is a lawyer in Redlands, California and serves all of San Bernardino County, Orange County, and Riverside County, California.

    From the California Secretary of State, based on the respective Registrar of Voters results.  Top Two advance to the General Statewide Election on November 4, 2014

     

    U.S. House of Representatives District 35 – Districtwide Results
    302
    302
    June 4, 2014, 3:08 a.m.
    Incumbent CandidateName Party Preference Votes Percent
    FALSE Christina Gagnier Democratic 3236 15.5
    FALSE Scott Heydenfeldt Democratic 1979 9.5
    FALSE Norma J. Torres Democratic 14001 67.1
    FALSE Anthony Vieyra Democratic 1664 8

    There appears to be a lot of interest in this race (not so much that people actually voted, mind you), probably because of the Red to Blue aspect of it. Anyway, I thought I would break this out for people who just want to know the unofficial results. The top two advance to the November 4, 2014 Statewide General Election, and the winner will represent the 31st Congressional District of California in the United States House of Representatives, Replacing Gary Miller.

     

    These results are from the California Secretary of State’s website, based on the final unofficial election night results from the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters:

    U.S. House of Representatives District 31 – Districtwide Results
    477
    477
    June 4, 2014, 3:08 a.m.
    Incumbent CandidateName Party Preference Votes Percent
    FALSE Pete Aguilar Democratic 7368 17.4
    FALSE Joe Baca Democratic 4799 11.3
    FALSE Eloise Gomez Reyes Democratic 6746 16
    FALSE Danny Tillman Democratic 3648 8.6
    FALSE Paul Chabot Republican 11329 26.8
    FALSE Ryan Downing Republican 1421 3.4
    FALSE Lesli Gooch Republican 6978 16.5

    From the ROV, here are the unofficial final election night results of yesterday’s primary. Note, some of the districts are multi-county, these are only San Bernardino County’s results.

    Registration & Turnout
    851,326 Voters
    Vote Count Percent
    Precinct Turnout 43,172 5.07%
    Vote by Mail Turnout 82,471 9.69%
    Total 125,643 14.76%

     

    Governor
    1662/1662 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    GRN – LUIS J. RODRIGUEZ 1,594 1.29%
    REP – ALMA MARIE WINSTON 1,248 1.01%
    DEM – EDMUND G. ”JERRY” BROWN 48,493 39.15%
    NPP – JANEL HYESHIA BUYCKS 477 0.39%
    REP – ANDREW BLOUNT 2,206 1.78%
    NPP – RAKESH KUMAR CHRISTIAN 311 0.25%
    REP – GLENN CHAMP 2,337 1.89%
    REP – NEEL KASHKARI 29,988 24.21%
    REP – TIM DONNELLY 30,160 24.35%
    NPP – ”BO” BOGDAN AMBROZEWICZ 496 0.40%
    DEM – AKINYEMI AGBEDE 1,424 1.15%
    REP – RICHARD WILLIAM AGUIRRE 1,475 1.19%
    NPP – ROBERT NEWMAN 2,099 1.69%
    PF – CINDY L. SHEEHAN 1,360 1.10%
    NPP – JOE LEICHT 195 0.16%
    Total 123,863 100.00%

     

    Lieutenant Governor
    1662/1662 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    AME – ALAN REYNOLDS 2,585 2.14%
    REP – GEORGE YANG 14,970 12.40%
    DEM – ERIC KOREVAAR 8,370 6.93%
    REP – DAVID FENNELL 13,580 11.25%
    PF – AMOS JOHNSON 1,495 1.24%
    DEM – GAVIN NEWSOM 42,233 34.97%
    REP – RON NEHRING 34,703 28.74%
    GRN – JENA F. GOODMAN 2,820 2.34%
    Total 120,756 100.00%

     

    Secretary of State
    1662/1662 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    DEM – LELAND YEE 11,179 9.26%
    DEM – DEREK CRESSMAN 6,946 5.75%
    GRN – DAVID CURTIS 2,961 2.45%
    DEM – ALEX PADILLA 30,212 25.03%
    REP – PETE PETERSON 43,698 36.20%
    DEM – JEFFREY H. DROBMAN 3,881 3.22%
    REP – ROY ALLMOND 9,836 8.15%
    NPP – DAN SCHNUR 11,989 9.93%
    Total 120,702 100.00%

     

    Controller
    1662/1662 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    DEM – BETTY T. YEE 15,441 13.12%
    GRN – LAURA WELLS 5,632 4.78%
    DEM – TAMMY D. BLAIR 6,920 5.88%
    DEM – JOHN A. PEREZ 24,514 20.82%
    REP – DAVID EVANS 30,840 26.20%
    REP – ASHLEY SWEARENGIN 34,374 29.20%
    Total 117,721 100.00%

     

    Treasurer
    1662/1662 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    GRN – ELLEN H. BROWN 7,009 5.94%
    REP – GREG CONLON 58,290 49.42%
    DEM – JOHN CHIANG 52,654 44.64%
    Total 117,953 100.00%

     

    Attorney General
    1662/1662 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    REP – PHIL WYMAN 17,226 14.59%
    REP – DAVID KING 12,889 10.92%
    NPP – ORLY TAITZ 3,976 3.37%
    DEM – KAMALA D. HARRIS 48,348 40.95%
    REP – JOHN HAGGERTY 12,931 10.95%
    LIB – JONATHAN JAECH 3,005 2.55%
    REP – RONALD GOLD 19,696 16.68%
    Total 118,071 100.00%

     

    Insurance Commissioner
    1662/1662 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    PF – NATHALIE HRIZI 5,887 5.05%
    DEM – DAVE JONES 49,964 42.83%
    REP – TED GAINES 60,796 52.12%
    Total 116,647 100.00%

     

    State Board of Equalization District 1
    976/976 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    REP – GEORGE RUNNER 40,713 63.60%
    DEM – CHRIS PARKER 23,304 36.40%
    Total 64,017 100.00%

     

    State Board of Equalization District 3
    31/31 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    DEM – JEROME E. HORTON 2,591 100.00%
    Total 2,591 100.00%

     

    State Board of Equalization District 4
    655/655 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    REP – JOHN F. KELLY 5,741 12.24%
    REP – VAN TRAN 3,050 6.50%
    REP – SHIRLEY HORTON 3,178 6.77%
    REP – DIANE L. HARKEY 13,968 29.77%
    REP – LEWIS DA SILVA 1,901 4.05%
    DEM – NADER SHAHATIT 19,083 40.67%
    Total 46,921 100.00%

     

    U.S. Representative District 8
    887/887 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    REP – PAUL COOK 29,269 59.03%
    DEM – BOB CONAWAY 8,952 18.05%
    REP – PAUL HANNOSH 6,396 12.90%
    DEM – ODESSIA D. LEE 4,969 10.02%
    Total 49,586 100.00%

     

    U.S. Representative District 27
    21/21 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    REP – JACK ORSWELL 2,449 62.81%
    DEM – JUDY CHU 1,450 37.19%
    Total 3,899 100.00%

     

    U.S. Representative District 31
    477/477 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    DEM – ELOISE GOMEZ REYES 6,746 15.95%
    DEM – JOE BACA 4,799 11.35%
    REP – PAUL CHABOT 11,329 26.79%
    DEM – DANNY TILLMAN 3,648 8.63%
    REP – RYAN DOWNING 1,421 3.36%
    DEM – PETE AGUILAR 7,368 17.42%
    REP – LESLI GOOCH 6,978 16.50%
    Total 42,289 100.00%

     

    U.S. Representative District 35
    245/245 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    DEM – ANTHONY VIEYRA 1,303 8.06%
    DEM – NORMA J. TORRES 10,614 65.68%
    DEM – SCOTT HEYDENFELDT 1,617 10.01%
    DEM – CHRISTINA GAGNIER 2,627 16.26%
    Total 16,161 100.00%

     

    U.S. Representative District 39
    32/32 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    REP – ED ROYCE 3,283 70.82%
    DEM – PETER O. ANDERSON 1,353 29.18%
    Total 4,636 100.00%

     

    State Senator District 16
    281/281 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    REP – JEAN FULLER 8,262 100.00%
    Total 8,262 100.00%

     

    State Senator District 20
    442/442 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    REP – MATTHEW MUNSON 9,415 33.53%
    DEM – SHANNON O’BRIEN 4,913 17.50%
    DEM – ALFONSO ”AL” SANCHEZ 4,893 17.42%
    DEM – CONNIE M. LEYVA 5,431 19.34%
    DEM – SYLVIA ROBLES 3,430 12.21%
    Total 28,082 100.00%

     

    State Assembly District 33
    596/596 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    REP – RICK ROELLE 5,235 15.54%
    REP – JAY OBERNOLTE 6,295 18.68%
    REP – ROBERT J. (BOB) BUHRLE 651 1.93%
    REP – ART BISHOP 4,674 13.87%
    REP – SCOTT MARKOVICH 782 2.32%
    DEM – JOHN COFFEY 7,988 23.71%
    REP – MICHELLE AMBROZIC 5,755 17.08%
    REP – BRETT SAVAGE 1,427 4.24%
    REP – ROBERT LARIVEE 222 0.66%
    REP – JERRY J. LAWS 665 1.97%
    Total 33,694 100.00%

     

    State Assembly District 36
    10/10 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    REP – SUZETTE M. MARTINEZ 238 13.99%
    REP – TOM LACKEY 812 47.74%
    DEM – STEVE FOX 439 25.81%
    DEM – KERMIT F. FRANKLIN 46 2.70%
    REP – JD KENNEDY 166 9.76%
    Total 1,701 100.00%

     

    State Assembly District 40
    377/377 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    DEM – MELISSA O’DONNELL 4,739 15.60%
    DEM – ARTHUR BUSTAMONTE 4,123 13.57%
    DEM – KATHLEEN HENRY 5,197 17.10%
    REP – MARC STEINORTH 16,328 53.73%
    Total 30,387 100.00%

     

    State Assembly District 41
    55/55 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    DEM – CHRIS HOLDEN 4,462 100.00%
    Total 4,462 100.00%

     

    State Assembly District 42
    151/151 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    REP – CHAD MAYES 5,156 48.78%
    DEM – KARALEE HARGROVE 3,208 30.35%
    REP – GARY JEANDRON 2,206 20.87%
    Total 10,570 100.00%

     

    State Assembly District 47
    288/288 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    DEM – CHERYL R. BROWN 9,953 68.25%
    DEM – GIL NAVARRO 4,630 31.75%
    Total 14,583 100.00%

     

    State Assembly District 52
    154/154 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    DEM – FREDDIE RODRIGUEZ 5,662 52.04%
    REP – DOROTHY F. PINEDA 5,218 47.96%
    Total 10,880 100.00%

     

    State Assembly District 55
    31/31 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    REP – STEVE TYE 996 21.74%
    DEM – GREGG D. FRITCHLE 1,303 28.44%
    REP – LING-LING CHANG 1,242 27.11%
    REP – PHILLIP CHEN 1,041 22.72%
    Total 4,582 100.00%

     

    Superintendent of Public Instruction
    1662/1662 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    TOM TORLAKSON 47,257 40.79%
    MARSHALL TUCK 35,594 30.72%
    LYDIA A. GUTIERREZ 33,001 28.49%
    Total 115,852 100.00%

     

    County Superintendent of Schools
    1662/1662 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    RITA RAMIREZ 32,721 29.71%
    TED ALEJANDRE 60,585 55.01%
    FRANK GARZA 16,838 15.29%
    Total 110,144 100.00%

     

    Board of Supervisors District 2
    348/348 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    JANICE RUTHERFORD 16,633 67.86%
    RANDOLPH B. BEASLEY 7,877 32.14%
    Total 24,510 100.00%

     

    Board of Supervisors District 4
    186/186 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    GLORIA NEGRETE MCLEOD 7,796 42.99%
    CURT HAGMAN 7,276 40.12%
    PAUL VINCENT AVILA 1,370 7.55%
    JAMES NA 1,694 9.34%
    Total 18,136 100.00%

     

    Assessor/Recorder
    1662/1662 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    DAN HARP 57,766 49.86%
    BOB DUTTON 58,102 50.14%
    Total 115,868 100.00%

     

    Auditor-Controller/Treas/Tax Collector
    1662/1662 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    LARRY WALKER 86,189 74.65%
    ENSEN MASON 29,263 25.35%
    Total 115,452 100.00%

     

    District Attorney
    1662/1662 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    MICHAEL A. RAMOS 71,553 61.44%
    GROVER D. MERRITT 44,914 38.56%
    Total 116,467 100.00%

     

    Sheriff/Coroner/Public Administrator
    1662/1662 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    JOHN MCMAHON 72,889 62.60%
    CLIFTON HARRIS 17,713 15.21%
    PAUL SCHRADER 25,830 22.18%
    Total 116,432 100.00%

     

    Proposition 41
    1662/1662 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    YES 75,846 61.97%
    NO 46,550 38.03%
    Total 122,396 100.00%

     

    Proposition 42
    1662/1662 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    YES 72,125 60.30%
    NO 47,490 39.70%
    Total 119,615 100.00%

     

    Measure E – City of Big Bear Lake
    5/5 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    YES 580 74.26%
    NO 201 25.74%
    Total 781 100.00%

     

    Measure F – Bear Valley Comm HD
    31/31 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    YES 2,154 80.73%
    NO 514 19.27%
    Total 2,668 100.00%

     

    Measure G – Apple Valley FPD
    51/51 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    YES 5,433 59.34%
    NO 3,722 40.66%
    Total 9,155 100.00%

    The answer is I could find no data on it.

    Normally, my interest in Riverside County politics is very low. However, we share a media market with them.  I don’t watch commercials in general in the age of the DVR, and I don’t like political commercials. However, let me share a commercial I saw on television today.

    District Attorney Paul Zellerbach’s commercial, which you can find below, seemed to be a very effective commercial.  It was professionally done (I mean, it was done by professionals skilled in campaign commercials), it had all the attack ad music and visuals (the grainy opponent video). When I saw it, I was leaving a restaurant playing the commercial, and it caught my eye, and made me stop, and then I watched it. I found it persuasive.

    Let me first state that I have not researched whether the content of the ad is accurate. The spot is by incumbent District Attorney Paul Zellerbach, and it accuses his rival, Mike Hestrin, of being a deadbeat dad. In fact it is called “Dead Beat Dad”

    In the interest of not taking sides, here is video from challenger Mike Hestrin’s campaign regarding Zellerbach’s record.

    Not a television spot (it’s called a video, but it’s a really long PowerPoint presentation):

    http://youtu.be/TWpmF3QoN6I

    The criticism of this piece is it involved a lot of reading, and it was very long. If Mike Hestrin did a video of the DA  taking down a sign (of which the DA has been accused), that would have been more effective.

    From the San Bernardino Registrar of Voters:

    May 3, 2014 Voter Information Guides delivered to voters’ mailboxes
     May 5, 2014  Early voting begins
    May 10, 2014  Mail Ballots delivered to voters’ mailboxes
    May 19, 2014 Voter registration deadline
    May 27, 2014 Deadline to apply to vote by mail
    June 3, 2014 Election Day – 2014 Statewide Primary Election
    June 4, 2014 Canvass of the Election begins
    July 1, 2014 Deadline to complete the official canvass and certify the results

    From the Secretary of State (All Counties)

    Ameenah Fuller
    (Party Preference: DEM)
    6,206
    9.5%
    Ronald J. O’Donnell
    (Party Preference: DEM)
    10,060
    15.3%
    Mike Morrell
    (Party Preference: REP)
    41,006
    62.6%
    Crystal Ruiz
    (Party Preference: REP)
    4,004
    6.1%
    Jeff Hewitt
    (Party Preference: LIB)
    4,262
    6.5%

    Your choices, in ballot order, for today’s State Senate District 23 are:

    Jeff Hewitt, Party Preference: Libertarian

    Councilman/Business Owner

    Ronald J. O’Donnell Party Preference: Democratic

    Educator/Author

    Amenah Fuller Party Preference: Democratic

    Government Consultant

    Mike Morrell Party Preference: Republican

    Business Owner/Assemblymember

    Crystal Ruiz Party Preference: Republican

    Mayor Pro Tem

    There is a place for a write-in on the ballot, I am unaware of any qualified write-in candidates.

    Results: http://wp.me/p1XSfn-aV

    In 1939, California passed a law allowing local agencies to join the state retirement system, SERS. At the time that section 181-A was added (setting a minimum police wage), and section 181 was amended (changing the maximum number of police officers), the City was not a member of any retirement system.

    That changed in 1945, when the City joined SERS (which would become CalPERS in 1992).  At the time, municipal employees were not eligible and exempt from Social Security.

    The City (and not coincidentally, the County of San Bernardino) held elections on Charter Amendments to offer retirement plans to their employees.

    The measure was popular; the Sun endorsed it, the Mayor and the Council unanimously endorsed it.  The Council issued a statement that “we feel we are doing so in the interest of good government.” San Bernardino Sun, May 12, 1944, Page 11.

    A special municipal election for the charter election was consolidated with the statewide and County primary.

    The question:

    3. Shall proposed Charter Amendment No. One, adding a new section to the Charter of the City of San Bernardino, entitled Section 234, divided into three parts, entitled (a), (b) and (c), and providing that the Mayor and Common Council shall contract and provide for the participation of the City and City employees under the State Retirement System Act, with full credit for prior service rendered; providing for the termination of any such contract only by ordinance adopted by a majority vote of the electorate; providing for the levying of taxes to meet the obligation of the City to the State Employees Retirement System, and further providing that the limitations of the City Charter with respect to the levy and collection of taxes shall not apply to any such taxes so levied, be ratified?

    Proposition No. 3 unofficial vote:

     

    Yes 8,111 80.89%
    No 1,916 19.11%
    Total 10,027 100%

     

    After the election, the employees had to vote on joining SERS, which they approved in 1945.  The annotated Charter (operative 2006) claims that the section was amended on March 19, 1945, but it was not.

     

    The next few months will be about the City of San Bernardino Charter review / Charter reform. The next few posts will be about section 186, also expected are posts on previous comprehensive charter reform efforts and the failures thereof.

    As discussed before, before, and before, the San Bernardino Police Department, by council action and by action of the voters to amend the Charter of the City of San Bernardino in 1937 and 1939, expanded as the City came out of the Great Depression into the early World War II period.

    The Mayor and Common Council again put another police-related Charter revision on the ballot on November 3, 1942, a special municipal election consolidated with a California general election.

    There were a total of seven propositions for the City of San Bernardino (competing for attention with California and County propositions and measures).  They were labeled Propositions 20 through 26, and three passed, and four failed.

    Since the focus is on the expansion of the San Bernardino Police Department and the run-up to the addition of section 186 to the Charter of the City of San Bernardino in 1955, the item of interest was the second of seven, Proposition 21.

    Proposition 21 (1942) also known as Proposed Charter Amendment No. Two

    That Section 181 of the City Charter of the City of San Bernardino be amended to read as follows, to-wit:

    “Section 181. The Police Department shall consist of a Chief of Police, and such officers and other policeman as the Mayor and Common Council may from time to time determine.”

    The voters approved it by 62.96 percent:

    Proposition No. 21: (Police) Yes        5,326
    No 3,133
    Total 8,459

    The 1942 amendments are very close to today’s section 181, last passed in the 2004 (operative 2006) Charter:

    Section 181. Police Department – Membership. The Police Department shall consist of a Chief of Police, and as many ranking officers, police officers and other employees as the Mayor and Common Council may from time to time determine.