California 40th Assembly District

    Here are the semi-official results in the San Bernardino County Elections, with an emphasis on those races of most important to the City of San Bernardino, the focus of this site:

    These are semi-official results from the November 6, 2012 statewide General Election, which as you may know, coincided with a national presidential election.

    These numbers are from the San Bernardino Registrar of  Voters stats updated at 6:05 a.m. on November 7, 2012.  They will be next updated at 5 p.m.

    Starting with Congress, in Congressional District 8,  Paul Cook appears to have bested Gregg Imus in San Bernardino County 58.15 percent to 41.86 percent with 133,948 votes counted.  According to the Secretary of State (since there are non-San Bernardino County votes in the district (including Mono and Inyo, Paul Cook won by 57.6 percent (82,653 votes), to Gregg Imus’ 42.4 percent (60,732), as of 6:19 a.m.

    In District 31, the Republican-on-Republican violence has ended, with Representative Gary Miller (R-Brea/Diamond-Bar) officially becoming Gary Miller (R-Rancho Cucamonga).  Gary Miller has garnered 68,892 votes so far, for 55.19 percent of the vote, and Bob Dutton getting 55,940 votes at 44.81 percent of the vote.  We’ll look at the implications of this race on the future of San Bernardino politics later.

    In District 35, the battle between local Democrats Gloria Negrete McLeod appears to have defeated Working Joe Baca.  In San Bernardino County, the vote count is currently 46,627 (53.96 percent) to Joe Baca’s 39,788 (46.04 percent).   The Secretary of State has it as Gloria Negrete McLeod at 60,866 votes (55.7 percent), to Joe Baca’s 48,385 (44.3 percent), with 100 percent reporting.  Congressional District 35 has precincts in both Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.

    Mike Morrell, the Republican candidate has beaten Democrat Russ Warner, by more than 2,000 votes, 51,954 to 49,104 votes.  The contest was for the 40th Assembly District.

    The Baca family misfortune continued with Cheryl R. Brown handily defeating Rialto Council member Joe Baca Jr. for State Assembly District 47.  This district is completely in San Bernardino County, with Cheryl Brown winning 40,871 votes (56.2 percent), and Joe Baca, Jr. winning 31,811 votes (43.8 percent).

    In the San Bernardino Community College District, Gloria Macias Harrison was the big winner with 52,160 votes (16.10 percent), with John Longville, an incumbent, winning the second of four at-large seats, with 42,411 votes (13.09 percent).  The third position goes to Kathleen Henry with 38,344 votes (11.84 percent), whose ballot designation is educator.  In fourth is Nick Zumbos, with 33,573 votes, barely edging out incumbent John Futch, who had 32,490 votes.  That means that one incumbent, John Longville, was reelected, while John Futch, Jess Vizcaino, Jr., and Carleton W. Lockwood, Jr. all lost. Further, with James Ramos winning the Third District Supervisor race, the San Bernardino Community College Board of Trustees is going to look very different.

    Which brings us to the County Supervisor races.  Of course, Josie Gonzales was not on the ballot, having won the primary in June. In the Third District County Supervisor’s Race, Neil Derry lost decisively to James C. Ramos.  Ramos won 53,653 votes (59.09 percent) to incumbent and former San Bernardino City Council member Neil Derry’s 37,143 votes (40.91 percent).  In the First District, which is generally the desert portions of San Bernardino County, a tighter race between Rick Roelle and Robert A. Lovingood.  Lovingood won 38,640 votes (51.22 percent of the vote) to Rick Roelle’s 36,798 votes (48.78 percent).

    In San Bernardino’s sister cities, briefly, Eileen Gomez was reelected as City Clerk handily, only a single candidate was running for City Treasurer, Aurerlio De La Torre, Frank J. Navarro beat Vincent Yzaguirre for Colton City Council District 3, Deirdre H. Bennett won handily in a three person race in District 5 (64.05 percent), and Isaac Suchil won in District 6.

    In Grand Terrace, two new faces appear to have won City Council seats, Sylvia A. Robles, and Jackie Mitchell, with incumbent Darcy McNaboe winning reelection.  Though it is close, it appears that incumbent Lee Ann Garcia has lost, coming in fourth for three seats, by a margin of less than 200 votes with 100 percent of precincts reporting.

    In Highland, both incumbents, John Timmer and Penny Lilburn were reelected, leaving the status quo in the City of Highland.   In Redlands, Mayor Pete Aguilar was resoundingly reelected, with 9,171 votes, 27.24 percent of the total in a seven person race for two seats.  Former Mayor Pat Gilbreath was returned to the Council, coming in second with 6,651 votes, a little less than 500 votes for then next highest vote-getter.  City Clerk stayed the same, and Robert Dawes was elected City Treasurer resoundingly in a three person race., winning 61.81 percent of the votes (10,792).

    In Rialto, Deborah Robertson defeated Ed Scott, and Shawn P. O’Connell  and Ed Palmer were elected to City Council. City Clerk and City Treasurer ran in Soviet-style one person elections.

    Of interest, in the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District election for Division 2, Gil Navarro beat George Aguilar 8,755 votes to 7,049.

    San Bernardino City Unified School District Measure N, a bond measure, won overwhelmingly,  with 69.60 percent of the vote, needing 55 percent for passage.

    Lastly, Measure Q, put on the ballot by the Board of Supervisors as sort of a poison pill against the citizen initiative Measure R, received more votes than Measure R.  Measure Q received 269,973 votes out of 400,522 votes (67.41 percent), with Measure R receiving receiving 256,014 votes out of 398,468 cast (64.25 percent).

    Measure V in Rialto passed.

    I received, at the same time as a ballot, the “Official San Bernardino County Law Enforcement Recommendations Voter Information Guide” in the mail yesterday.  It is targeted towards voters in the 31st Congressional District, presumably, other mailers went out for different areas.  The mailer was paid for by the San Bernardino County Safety Employees’ Benefit Association Local PAC.  San Bernardino County Safety Employees’ Benefit Association is the recognized bargaining unit for San Bernardino County Deputy Sheriffs, District Attorney Investigators, Welfare Fraud Investigators, Probation Corrections Officers and others.

    The mailer is full color and two sided and folded.  The front has a message from Laren Leichliter, the President of SEBA and sets the tone for the mailer.  It says “SEBA represents over 3,200 law enforcement professionals in San Bernardino County.  We’re your deputy sheriffs, crime scene investigators, and district attorney investigators, and law enforcement personnel. Our mission is to make our neighborhoods, schools and businesses safe.  As a service to the community, we are recommending that you support the individuals and issues in this mailer.  Each of the candidates and issues has been reviewed, analyzed, and approved by SEBA.”

    The inside says “THESE CANDIDATES & ISSUES HELP PUBLIC SAFETY.”

    The inside of the mailer is dominated with a discussion of Measure Q, one of two competing Charter initiatives regarding pay for the Board of Supervisors, and placed on the ballot by the Board of Supervisors.  A large text/graphic box dominates and says “MEASURE Q – VOTE NO” and “FRAUD ALERT.”  It continues “Measure Q was placed on the ballot by the Board of Supervisors to protect their $270,000 compensation packaged. It has a sneaky loophole that keeps the Board’s salary in place for their current term in office.  It’s an underhanded attempt to confuse you. Clean up county government. VOTE NO ON Q – IT’S A FRAUD”

    Of local interest to the voters that received the mailer, it endorses Bob Dutton for Congress, Mike Morrell in the 40th Assembly and John Futch for San Bernardino Community College District.  It also recommends a vote no on Proposition 34 (abolishing the death penalty), Yes on Proposition 35 (Human Trafficking), and No on Proposition 36 (weakening three strikes).  A large portion of the bottom of the inside is devoted to No on Proposition 32.

    The entire back of the mailer is devoted to Yes on County Charter Amendment Measure R.  The tag line is “Yes on MEASURE R – IT REFORMS THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS.”

    An info box titled “Measure R – In a Nutshell” gives the following argument:

    Reduces Salary & Benefits

    The Board of Supervisors is paid five times more than the average San Bernardino county family earns. Measure R cuts the Board of Supervisors salary and benefits from a an average of $270,000 to $60,000 a year, still more than the average San Bernardino County family salary.

    Cuts Staff Budget

    Taxpayers spend over $6 million per year on the Board and their bloated staff budget. Measure R cuts this budget to $250,000 per Board member.

    Part Time Pay for Part Time Work

    The Board met barely 50% of the time last year. They hired an unelected manager to handle day to day issues so they can play politics. Measure R makes the Board of Supervisors PART-TIME and pays them part-time wages.

    The other side continues “MEASURE R CLEANS UP TH COUNTY GOVERNMENT MESS – ‘R’ IS FOR REFORM” and argues the following:

    In the past three years, three county supervisors and three of their top aides have been charged for numerous crimes, including corruption.  One aide allegedly received a Rolex watch, prostitutes, and a trip on a developers’ private jet to New York City as gifts.  One supervisor pled guilty to campaign money laundering. The Board of Supervisors is out-of-control and must be reformed. Measure R brings the reforms we need.”

    It continues with a break-out box of white text on a blue background: “Vote Yes on Measure R. It’s time to reform the Board of Supervisors and return ‘Citizen Legislators’ to county government.” quoting Burrel Woodring, identified as a past Foreman of the San Bernardino County Grand Jury.

    Underneath is a box with three pictures, with no names under  “INDICTED” in large black letters.  It also includes a picture of a wanted poster of former Supervisor Paul Biane.

    The image appears to have come from an Inland Valley Daily Bulletin online story dated May 10, 2011 by Joe Nelson, Mike Cruz and Will Bingham titled “Four indicted in San Bernardino corruption probe”.  Though the voter guide does not identify them, the story identifies them as Jeffrey Burum, Jim Erwin, Mark Kirk and Paul Biane.