Elections 2011

    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

    On October 21, 2011, I wrote a post about a “door hanger” from Gigi Hanna during the primary election.  The same door hanger (as far as I can tell, since it says 2011) returned yesterday January 4, 2012).  Rather than rescan the “new” one, I’ll just quote the earlier post with links to the material (which is technically the earlier “old” version:

    This is the material distributed by the candidate or the candidate’s campaigner’s while walking the precincts.   Here is the front, and here is the back.

    There are two ways of thinking about using the same campaign materials in two elections.  One is that is very thrifty, very environmentally friendly, and in this time of government cut-backs, a good model for re-using slightly out of date materials.  The other school of thought is that it has an old date on it (2011), when the election is in 2012, which could be confusing, and that it is akin to a business that, instead of printing new business cards when moving, crosses out the old address and phone number and hand writes a new one in.  I don’t have an opinion on the issue, and I leave it to the partisans to debate the issue.

    I have not received any new materials from Amelia Sanchez Lopez for the general election, I will post it.  I have not received any as of yet.  I would expect some with the ballots being mailed Monday.

    What happened in the 3rd Ward race?

    The incumbent certainly has the edge in this and in all races.  Since the year 2000, the incumbent has won all of the city-wide races (Mayor, City Attorney, City Clerk and City Treasurer). Since 2001, there have been 15 council elections in San Bernardino involving an incumbent.  Of those 15 elections, only four candidates have beaten incumbents: Virginia Marquez beat Esther Estrada by 30 votes in the 1st Ward in November 2009, Jason Desjardins beat Dennis Baxter by 80 votes in the 2nd Ward in November 2009, Chas Kelley beat Joe Suarez in the 5th Ward election in November 2003 in a landslide, and Rikke Van Johnson beat Betty Dean Anderson in the 6th Ward by 79 votes in the 6th Ward in the same election.

    Based on this data, I would give the edge to the incumbent, and I would be surprised if John Valdivia won.   I would expect the more affluent areas of the Third Ward (the area adjoining Cooley Ranch in Colton will provide most of the voters.   A key difference between the 1999 and 2003 races and today is vote by mail.  I would expect that the Mayor would be more popular in the Third Ward, so that the endorsement would prove valuable.  I would expect the impact of the fire union walking precincts in the Third Ward would have less impact than, say, in the Fifth Ward.  Crime is probably an important issue to residents of the Third Ward as it is city-wide, and I think the statistics are less important than how people feel about the issue.  I think John Valdivia’s endorsement by the POA can help him on that point.  The gradual decline in city services city-wide could have an impact on the race (for example, street lights and potholes not being repaired).  Both candidates have made jobs an issue, and the economy has hurt the Third Ward, particularly Hospitality Lane.

    In short, the biggest surprise for me on election day was not just that John Valdivia won, but the margin.  The lesson from the 3rd Ward is that if your constituents do not think you are doing a good job, or that if you do not reflect their ideology, you can be voted out, even if you are an incumbent.  Two things have been stated by various anonymous wags on the Internet.  One is that the election was decided by “low information voters.”  I think that the contrary is true, only motivated voters vote in municipal-only elections.   I think you see a consistency in the number of votes in the Third Ward from 1999 to 2011.  In 1999, there were 902 votes cast in total.  There were 915 cast in 2007.  There were 1,123 in 2011.  If anything, November 2006, when Tobin Brinker first won, there was a Congressional election (in a Democratic year in a Democratic ward).   Tobin Brinker recived 1,344 votes in that election.  The second whisper from the anonymous pundits  is that the infusion of money on behalf of John Valdivia bought the election. I don’t think that is true either.    If that were true, then Jan Misquez would have won in 2003.  The numbers suggest that John Valdivia ran a good campaign, including get out the vote, and more importantly, that Tobin Brinker lost 977 votes over five years.  That suggests a council person that was not meeting the needs of their ward, not a bought election nor low information voters.

    Using Historical Data To Handicap The City of San Bernardino Fifth Ward City Council Election in November 2011 Between Chas Kelley and Larry Lee

    on September 21, 2011

    The conclusion was, based on the last election:

    Council Member Chas Kelley won easily in a four person field.    I would expect a similar turnout in this election.  The relationship between Council member and Mayor Morris has stayed relatively the same since the last election, so I would guess the Mayor’s supporters will vote for Pastor Lee, and Chas Kelley, as long he has not been ignoring his constituents in the last four years, should be reelected.   The demographics of the 5th Ward have changed with the collapse of the housing markets, but I doubt that will have an impact on Council member Kelley since Pastor Lee’s platform is not markedly different from what I expect Chas Kelley’s platform to be once he sends out campaign fliers or has a website or a Facebook account.

    Here are the results from the November 8, 2011 election:

    Member, City Council SAN BERNARDINO Ward 5
    18/18 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    CHAS A. KELLEY 1,658 64.69%
    LARRY A. LEE 905 35.31%
    Total 2,563 100.00%

    And here are the 2007 results:

    COUNCIL MEMBER – CITY OF SAN BERNARDINO WARD 5
    Vote For 1

    17 of 17 Precincts Reporting

    CANDIDATE

    VOTES

    PERCENT

    CHAS A. KELLEY 1638 59.80%
    CAROLYN A. TILLMAN 596 21.76%
    RICK AVILA 417 15.22%
    RANDY LEE 85 3.10%
    Write-In 3 0.11%

    Not including write-ins, which are not included in the 2011 results, the turnout was essentially the same; with 173 more votes in 2007 versus 2011.  Even with less voters, Chas Kelley picked-up 20 votes, and a little more than 5 percent of the votes.  Chas Kelley also improved on his 1519 votes in 2003, but not his margin of victory in 2003.  In 2003, he had 64.72 percent of the vote, compared to the mere 64.69 percent of the vote in 2011.

    In short, Chas Kelley remains popular in the 5th Ward, winning by almost two to one over Pastor Larry Lee.  Though Larry Lee did not explicitly run on a Mayor Morris ticket, the Mayor’s airport troubles probably did not help Larry Lee.  Larry Lee was probably also hurt by running a campaign that did not attack the incumbent, and did not really have a message.  At one point in the San Bernardino Sun, Larry Lee said, and I can’t find the exact quote, that he hadn’t read the City budget.

     

    Using Historical Data to Handicap the Seventh Ward Race” on October 4, 2011

    The conclusion was:

    So, with Paul Sanborn sitting this one out, and Council Member Wendy McCammack taking advantage of Mayor Patrick Morris’ legal difficulties, and Professor Jim Mulvihill not adding any new ideas or tactics from his previous races, it is safe to say that Wendy McCammack will win a fourth term as 7th Ward Council Member.

    Here are the results, again:

    Member, City Council SAN BERNARDINO Ward 7
    20/20 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    WENDY J. MCCAMMACK 1,361 57.26%
    JIM MULVIHILL 1,016 42.74%
    Total 2,377 100.00%

     

    As predicted, Wendy McCammack won.  She won by her second highest percentage, and her third highest vote total:

    November 2, 1999: 717 votes, 28.2 percent

    March 7, 2000: 2767 votes, 56.4 percent

    November 2002: 1310 votes, 71.47 percent

    November 2007: 1510 votes, 53.15 percent

    November 8, 2011: 1361 votes, 57.26 percent

     

    The winners don’t change, but the interesting thing is that write-ins are not tallied, unlike in previous elections.

    San Bernardino City Unif School Dist Gov Brd Mbr
    200/200 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    ANNA M. COX 1,825 4.05%
    WILLARD A. HUGHES 533 1.18%
    MARGARET B. HILL 6,671 14.79%
    MIKE GALLO 4,647 10.31%
    LYNDA K. SAVAGE 5,482 12.16%
    DAMON L. ALEXANDER 3,243 7.19%
    ELSA VALDEZ 3,079 6.83%
    JUAN M. LOPEZ 3,581 7.94%
    HENRY WILLIAM NICKEL 1,594 3.53%
    GIL NAVARRO 2,400 5.32%
    DAN DEANE 3,068 6.80%
    TERESA PARRA 4,218 9.35%
    SHARON ”BOBBIE” PERONG 4,751 10.54%
    Total 45,092 100.00%

     

    City Attorney SAN BERNARDINO
    148/148 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    DAVID L. MCKENNA 6,019 48.28%
    JAMES F. ”JIM” PENMAN 6,447 51.72%
    Total 12,466 100.00%

     

    City Clerk SAN BERNARDINO
    148/148 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    PEGGI HAZLETT 2,440 20.15%
    GEORGEANN ”GIGI” HANNA 2,930 24.20%
    AMELIA SANCHEZ-LOPEZ 3,465 28.62%
    WILLIAM A. VALLE 1,077 8.89%
    ESTHER JIMENEZ 2,196 18.14%
    Total 12,108 100.00%

     

    City Treasurer SAN BERNARDINO
    148/148 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    DAVID C. KENNEDY 10,245 100.00%
    Total 10,245 100.00%

     

    Member, City Council SAN BERNARDINO Ward 3
    24/24 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    TOBIN BRINKER 367 30.76%
    JOHN VALDIVIA 826 69.24%
    Total 1,193 100.00%

     

    Member, City Council SAN BERNARDINO Ward 5
    18/18 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    CHAS A. KELLEY 1,658 64.69%
    LARRY A. LEE 905 35.31%
    Total 2,563 100.00%

     

    Member, City Council SAN BERNARDINO Ward 6
    14/14 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    RIKKE VAN JOHNSON 1,075 100.00%
    Total 1,075 100.00%

     

    Member, City Council SAN BERNARDINO Ward 7
    20/20 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    WENDY J. MCCAMMACK 1,361 57.26%
    JIM MULVIHILL 1,016 42.74%
    Total 2,377 100.00%

    Nothing new to report regarding the numbers.  As of 11:27 a.m. on November 15, 2011, the Registrar has not updated any of the totals.  I’ll post more of this non-breaking news as it becomes available.

     

    How did the local press do with their endorsed candidates?

    The Sun endorsed:

    San Bernardino City Council:

    • 3rd Ward: Tobin Brinker
    • 5th Ward: Chas Kelley
    • 7th Ward: Jim Mulvihill
    • San Bernardino City Attorney
    • David McKenna
    • San Bernardino City Clerk
    • Gigi Hanna

    Of the City of San Bernardino races the Sun’s editorial board endorsed, the Sun went 1-3-1.  The tie was Gigi Hanna, who made the run-off for San Bernardino City Clerk.

    How about our friendly neighbors to the south from the Riverside Press-Enterprise?:

    David McKenna, Tobin Brinker, Chas Kelley and Jim Mulvihill.

    How did they do?  1-3.

    Either an anonymous wag, a hyperpartisan blogger or a paid political consultant said that a Sun or Press-Enterprise Endorsement was a kiss of death, but I would characterize the endorsements as largely irrelevant.  I think the one place that the endorsement may have helped a candidate is Gigi Hanna, because though she has lived in San Bernardino for some time, she was not as well known as some of the other choices.

    What about the other periodicals? The Black Voice News: Lynda Savage, Mike Gallo, Juan Lopez and Margaret Hill for San Bernardino City Unified School District Board.  Not bad, they were 3 for 4.  How about the City of San Bernardino?  A bloodbath.  They endorsed Tobin Brinker, Larry Lee, Rikke Van Johnson, Jim Mulvihill, Esther Jiminez and David McKenna.  Of course, Rikke Van Johnson won because he was unopposed.  Otherwise, The Black Voice News’ picks all lost.

     

    Now that most of the election is over, it is time to refocus this blog on law.  So, let me start with this election campaign maxim from California Civil Code section 3357:

    Superfluity does not vitiate

    On that note, the absolute last campaign mail for the November 8, 2011 election arrived on Election Day, the ninth mailer from San Bernardino City Attorney James F. Penman.  It is an oversized postcard mailer printed in black and white.  On the front it says:

    “We all know City Attorney Jim Penman personally, we have all worked with him professionally for many years and we all endorse him for re-election as City Attorney.

    If Jim was ‘divisive, disruptive, intimidating, a bully and a liar’ (as his opponents falsely claim) NONE of us would be endorsing him.

    But, we are all proud to endorse him.

    He IS the City Attorney San Bernardino needs for the next four years!”

     

    Judith Valles                              Tom Minor                                            Evlyn Wilcox

    Mayor (1998-2006)             Mayor (1993-1998)                              Mayor (1985-1989)

    Honorable Paul Bryant                    Honorable Stanley W. Hodge                    Honorable John Wade

    Superior Court Judge (ret.)            Superior Court Judge (ret.)                       Superior Court Judge (ret.)

    Chief B. Warren Cocke (ret).                                                                                  Chief Dan Robbins (ret.)

    San Bernardino Police Dept.                                                                                 San Bernardino Police Dept.

    Chief Ben Gonzales  (ret.)                                                                                                    Chief Lee Dean (ret.)

    San Bernardino Police Dept.                                                                                             San Bernardino Police Dept.

    P.S. Jim does NOT make over $200,000 a year as his opponents claim.  He is one of the lowest paid full-time City Attorneys in the state and he voluntarily turned down his last 6 raises.

    The back of the mailer has a San Bernardino Police Officers Association return address, but also says paid for by Jim Penman for City Attorney 2011

    Responding to a David McKenna charge, the back of the mailer says: “Jim Penman was never charged, convicted or pled guilty to ANY Crime.  McKenna’s campaign is trying to deceive you.” The Honorable Craig S. Kamansky ~ Superior Court Judge (ret.)

    Under a portrait of City Attorney Jim Penman, the mailer says “City Attorney Jim Penman ‘A Tough Prosecutor.”   Next to the photograph is a quote from retired Superior Court Judge Hodge: “Penman is a tough prosecutor, not a bully.  Those who say differently may have something to hide.  Honest government officials have nothing to fear from Jim Penman but dishonest ones should.”

    To the left of the quotes from the judges is this blurb from the San Bernardino Sun:

    Penman cleared in illegal contributions probe

    The District Attorney’s Office has informed City Attorney James F. Penman that “there is no credible evidence” that he received an illegal gift of $5000.  Investigators were looking into whether Penman took the payment for Attorney’s fees related to his court challenge of language in pro-Measure C ballot arguments, and as a bribe not to sign off on supporting the proposed downtown Regal movie theater.  In a letter to Penman, Deputy District Attorney Michael Abney said “we are closing our files” on this matter. [SB Sun ~ 9-23-11]  . . . but the last minute lies keep coming.

    I never saw the mailer or the talking point, or even the newspaper article until receiving this mailer, so I don’t have any details on the allegation.

     

     

    What a night.  First, congratulations to the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters, who did a much better job than in past elections.

    Congratulations to the winners, they did something, or a variety of things, right.  We’ll examine the lessons of this election later as the final votes are counted.  Right now, the numbers will change, but the winners will not.  These are the semi-official results, with provisional ballots and ballots requiring review (such as write-ins or over-votes).

    Winners are in bold:

    San Bernardino Council Third Ward

    The surprise is not the result, but the margin:

    Member, City Council SAN BERNARDINO Ward 3
    24/24 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    TOBIN BRINKER 340 30.33%
    JOHN VALDIVIA 781 69.67%
    Total 1,121 100.00%

    Then there are the no-surprises:

    Member, City Council SAN BERNARDINO Ward 6
    14/14 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    RIKKE VAN JOHNSON 984 100.00%
    Total 984 100.00%
    City Treasurer SAN BERNARDINO
    148/148 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    DAVID C. KENNEDY 9,704 100.00%
    Total 9,704 100.00%

    Using the total ballots cast (so far) for the City Attorney race, that shows 2,103 voters who voted for City Attorney but did not vote for David Kennedy.  I do not think that include ballots with write-ins, though it might.  We will see in the final results.

    Next we have the races where the result was not a surprise, but without third-party polling, probably impossible to tell the margin ahead of time:

    City Attorney SAN BERNARDINO
    148/148 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    DAVID L. MCKENNA 5,677 48.08%
    JAMES F. ”JIM” PENMAN 6,130 51.92%
    Total 11,807 100.00%

    A 453 vote lead for City Attorney James F. Penman.

    Member, City Council SAN BERNARDINO Ward 5
    18/18 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    CHAS A. KELLEY 1,602 65.17%
    LARRY A. LEE 856 34.83%
    Total 2,458 100.00%

    Council member Chas Kelley crushed Pastor Larry A. Lee, showing Council member Kelley’s popularity in the 5th Ward.

    Member, City Council SAN BERNARDINO Ward 7
    20/20 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    WENDY J. MCCAMMACK 1,305 57.41%
    JIM MULVIHILL 968 42.59%
    Total 2,273 100.00%

    They say that insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.  No different results in this rematch.

    Finally, there is some unfinished business.  In the City Clerk election, there will be, as presumed, a run-off between the two top vote getters.

    City Clerk SAN BERNARDINO
    148/148 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    PEGGI HAZLETT 2,325 20.16%
    GEORGEANN ”GIGI” HANNA 2,813 24.39%
    AMELIA SANCHEZ-LOPEZ 3,294 28.56%
    WILLIAM A. VALLE 1,031 8.94%
    ESTHER JIMENEZ 2,071 17.96%
    Total 11,534 100.00%

    Political newcomer Gigi Hanna did admirably, making the run-off.  Amelia Sanchez Lopez (which despite the name on the ballot seems to now be the preferred spelling) rocketed to the top, leading Gigi Hanna by 481 votes.  Conventional wisdom says that the Latino vote was split; however as I have said before, I don’t know if there is actual evidence of that.  First, there will be turn-out issues, and more focus on the race.  I think Amelia Sanchez Lopez has an advantage going into the run-off because of the support that she has received from other elected officials.  Gigi Hanna has to focus on her message of being independent and the importance of being independent from the warring sides. I think Amelia Sanchez Lopez has learned tremendously about this process, and will be in good shape in the run-off.

    On to the San Bernardino City Unified School District Board Election

    San Bernardino City Unif School Dist Gov Brd Mbr
    200/200 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    ANNA M. COX 1,741 4.03%
    WILLARD A. HUGHES 508 1.17%
    MARGARET B. HILL 6,383 14.76%
    MIKE GALLO 4,459 10.31%
    LYNDA K. SAVAGE 5,316 12.29%
    DAMON L. ALEXANDER 3,121 7.22%
    ELSA VALDEZ 2,929 6.77%
    JUAN M. LOPEZ 3,398 7.86%
    HENRY WILLIAM NICKEL 1,531 3.54%
    GIL NAVARRO 2,267 5.24%
    DAN DEANE 2,972 6.87%
    TERESA PARRA 4,032 9.32%
    SHARON ”BOBBIE” PERONG 4,597 10.63%
    Total 43,254 100.00%

    I’ll be talking about this race some more later, but two incumbents were dumped, with one retained, and three newcomers: former administrator Margaret Hill, executive Mike Gallo, incumbent Lynda Savage, and former teacher Sharon “Bobbie” Perong winning.  Incumbent Teresa Parra Craig came in fifth, just out of the money.