Elections 2012

    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 heretofore have not devoted much space to the race in the California 47th Assembly District race.  I am referring to the newly redistricted 47th Assembly District, not the current district in Los Angeles County.  Though the redistricting maps have a terrible interface, after some review, I have made out the general dimensions of the District.  It is pyramid-shaped and covers all of unincorporated Muscoy, starting on the corner of Highland Avenue and California, heads north on California, excludes Delman Heights in the City of San Bernardino, bisects the 215 north to a point on the 15 (including Glen Helen Regional Park, but none of Devore’s populated places, moving south with both some artificial lines and along a tributary stream to Lytle Creek which is not immediately identifiable on the map, proceeding  west and then south including Hunter’s Ridge in Fontana then back to the 15; then south to roughly Foothill Boulevard in Fontana, then proceeds west around the California Speedway, then proceeding south of the 10, looping around to Etiwanda Boulevard, south to the County line, which then proceeds east along the County line to Reche Canyon Road, north on a zig-zagging along what I believe to be the borders of Grand Terrace, Colton and Loma Linda, north to Barton Road and then Waterman Avenue, up Waterman Avenue bisecting the east and west parts of Hospitality Lane and continuing on past Seccombe Lake to Tenth Street, then proceeding west through Tenth Street in the City of San Bernardino to the 215, across to roughly 16th Street, south on I Street, west on Evans Street, north on Garner, west on 16th Street, south on Mt. Vernon, then west on Evans Street, South on Western, west on West Gilbert, north on Medical Center (excluding the main campus of Community Hospital), west on Highland Avenue, back to to California Avenue.  So, it covers most of Fontana, all of Rialto, all of Grand Terrace, all of Colton, all of Bloomington, and West and Downtown San Bernardino.  It is surrounded by the 40th, the 52nd, the 60th and 61st Assembly Districts.

    Running are former Assembly Member Joe Baca Jr. (and current Rialto Council Member); and a person who has been active in the community for decades, Black Voice News publisher Cheryl Brown.  Both are Democrats in a Democratic plurality district.  Cheryl Brown is also a legislative aide to Assembly Member Carter.

    According to the Registrar of Voters’ September 30, 2012 statistics, there are 167,107 registered voters in the District, of those, 44,433 are registered Republicans, 34,495 are Decline to State, 6,583 are minor parties, and 81,596 are registered Democrats (48.8 percent).  In the primary election in June, four candidates were running, Jeane Ensley, who came in third with 5,787 votes, Thelma E. Beach, who received 1,685 votes, Cheryl Brown, who came in the top two with 7,566 votes, and Joe Baca Jr., who received 11,033 votes and came in first.  In total, 26,071 votes were cast.  At the time, there were 164,082 registered voters, and 27,825 voted.  That means that 1754 voters either did not cast a vote or their vote did not count in the 47th Assembly District race.

    The reason I am writing about this race is because of the interesting dynamics.  I received an interesting link by electronic mail today to a story from the Los Angeles Wave, titled Black woman’s campaign turns Inland Empire party loyalties on their heads.  You’ll need to login to read it. Here is a quote from the lead paragraph: “It is a race between two Democrats and one of them appears to be so personally despised by GOP party leaders, Republican elected officials and ordinarily right-leaning voters, that they are actually donating money to a Democrat’s campaign and endorsing that candidate for election in droves. ”

    The article states that Jim Brulte directed his campaign committee to donate the maximum, $3,900 to Cheryl Brown’s campaign this week.  Other Republican supporters or donors, according to the article are Supervisor Janice Rutherford, Mayor Acquanetta Warren, Riverside County Supervisors John Tavaglione and Marion Ashley and Marge Medoza-Ware.

    The article continues:

    So, why is Brown getting all this love from people who usually don’t care what happens to any Democrat? From what I’ve been able to determine, a lot of people in high places and low places don’t like Baca, who is the son of Joe Baca Sr., the representative from the 43rd Congressional District. It is said that Junior plays fast and loose with the truth and both of them — father and son — tend to offend people in various ways, which people do not forget.

    The reality is that both Cheryl Brown and Joe Baca Jr. have to appeal, particularly in a Presidential election year, to non-Democrats to win elections.  It seems, from the article, that Cheryl Brown understands this.  If this works, the new open primary system may have a moderating effect on the Legislature.

     

    Undervoting is where a voter does not record a preference for a particular race, or in the case of a race with more than one vote,  someone votes for less candidates than open positions.

    Why would someone intentionally undervote?  One reason is as a protest vote.  For example, say a voter in California Congressional District 31 is a  Democratic voter, but with California’s top-two primary has the choice of  two Republicans: Gary Miller or Bob Dutton.  Thus, the voter has a choice:  Vote for the Republican that is closer to their own political views, or leave the contest blank.   The motives for intentional undervoting in this situation are as a protest against both candidates, since one would expect either to vote with other Congressional Republicans 99 percent of the time.

    Neither candidate is making too big of a deal that they are both Republicans in the general election.  Both their websites tone down their Republican views to make them more palatable to a district that has a plurality of Democratic voters.  However, Gary Miller’s platform, as shown below, adheres more to Republican orthodoxy than does Bob Dutton.

    Bob Dutton, on his website shares his platform:

    On the Issues

    Job Creation

    This country is facing what most economists consider to be the most serious and the most dangerous economic situation in our lifetime. Government must create policies that allow small and large businesses to put Californians to work and keep our economic engine moving.

    Click here for more information on job creation .

    Federal Deficit

    We must balance the budget in Washington—government consistently spends more than it has and the American people have made it clear they have no appetite for new taxes.

    Education

    The first and most important role of government in providing an education is to guarantee a safe environment for our students. We must also ensure that our schools are held accountable, are held to the highest standards possible, and that we are giving local districts local control.

    Health Care

    Government health care rationing would be a catastrophe for the quality of health care in the United States. I believe we can look to proposals that would create health care associations allowing people to pool together to explore healthcare options within their state or even across state lines, rather than imposing a government-run option that reads like a one-size-fits-all approach.

    Public Safety

    Congress must ensure that we create policies that are tough on crime and keep Americans safe. This means we develop no-nonsense policies to ensure that dangerous criminals are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

    Israel

    Israel should receive our unwavering support. As the only true democracy in the Middle East, Israel has been a longtime dependable ally helping to protect America’s interests in the region. Throughout its 60 + year existence its advanced technology industries have allowed it to share with the United States many electronic and cyberspace systems that have contributed to our own security.

     

    Gary Miller has a similar statement on his website:

    Issues

    Taxes:  Since coming to Congress, I have been a tireless advocate of lower taxes and a believer that Americans deserve to keep more of their hard earned dollars. As as our economy continues to recover from a deep and prolonged recession, I believe that raising taxes will only hinder economic growth and create additional burdens for American families, who have seen their wages and home values fall, while the cost of energy and many consumer goods continue to climb. For small businesses – which produce a net of two-thirds of all new jobs – higher taxes will further hinder their ability to expand and create jobs. To encourage economic growth, I will continue to use my voice and my vote in Congress to ease the tax burden on every day, hard-working Americans and job creators.
    Education: The future of our nation is dependent upon an educated workforce.  Ensuring that our children have access to a quality education remains a top priority of mine in Congress.  States and local school district must be given the flexibility they need to meet their needs without onerous regulations and mandates from government bureaucrats. At the same time, it is important that appropriate accountability measures be put in place to ensure that our nation’s schools and teachers are preparing students for the knowledge-based, technologically-rich world that awaits them.  I will continue to support state and local innovation in our educational system to give our children the best chance to succeed.
    Budget, Deficit, Debt:  Since President Obama took office, out-of-control federal spending has sent our national debt soaring in excess of $15 trillion, putting the future prosperity of our great nation at risk. This outrageous amount of debt also threatens to undermine our economy’s ability to recover and create jobs. In order to move forward and encourage economic growth, it is essential that we get our nation’s fiscal house in order. The government must put an end to reckless spending, prioritize federal dollars, and implement meaningful measures, including a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, to get our debt under control. I will continue to pursue these policies in order to address the serious fiscal issues facing our nation.
    Jobs & the Economy: Job creation is vital to our economic recovery. While there have been some recent modest signs of improvement, the sad fact is millions of Americans remain out of work, are struggling to find full-time work, or have dropped out of the labor force altogether. Job creation is essential to our economic recovery. To get more Americans back to work, it is vital that Congress take common-sense steps now to establish a better economic environment for job creators. This includes increasing our nation’s competitiveness in the global economy by opening up new markets for American-made goods, reforming the tax code, paying down our massive national debt, and removing unnecessary and burdensome regulations on job creators. I look forward to working in the House of Representatives this session to help our economy grow and create jobs by restoring the United States to its position as the world leader in innovation and the best place to do business.
    Second Amendment:  I am an adamant defender of the 2nd Amendment.  Congress must not improperly hamper the right of law-abiding citizens to bear arms. If we are to honor and uphold the Constitution, this right cannot be infringed.  While those who use a firearm to commit a crime must be punished, legislation to limit gun rights for those who obey the law will do nothing more but damage our liberties. I believe we can better improve public safety by enforcing current laws on the books to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. I will continue working in Congress to uphold our constitutional right to bear arms.
    Healthcare: I believe it is important that Congress help ensure that current and future generations of Americans have access to affordable, quality health care.  I opposed the President’s health care law, however, because I have serious concerns about its cost, tax increases, large cuts to Medicare, restrictions on patient choice, as well as constitutional concerns about its mandate for all Americans to purchase government-approved health insurance. Instead of costly government mandates, I believe we need free market reforms that will increase patient choice and rein in spiraling health care costs. These include allowing Americans to purchase health insurance across state lines, allow small businesses and the self-employed to pool their resources to purchase health insurance through Association Health Plans, improve health care delivery, and reform the current medical liability system, which forces doctors to either quit practicing medicine, or pay excessively high premiums which raises the cost of providing patient care. I will continue to pursue such common-sense solutions to improve health care quality and affordability.
    Energy & the Environment: Energy independence is vital to our nation’s future prosperity and security. I believe the American people deserve to have an “all of the above” plan that increases the supply of American-made energy in environmentally sound ways, increases alternative forms of energy, and encourages energy and conservation. Increasing access to American-made energy will create new job opportunities here at home, lessen our dependence on oil from unfriendly nations, and help reduce the burden of high gas prices on American families. The United States has long been the world’s leader in innovation and technology. I am confident that we will find solutions to meet the needs of our nation while upholding our commitment to our environment so that future generations of America will continue to enjoy our country’s pristine and unmatched natural beauty.
    Family Values:  In addition to addressing our country’s economic and national security concerns, I have fought in Congress to protect traditional family values and moral integrity. Specifically, I have supported legislation to protect the lives of unborn children and promote a culture of life in the United States, support traditional marriage, and defend the founding principles of our nation. I have also supported efforts to protect Americans’ religious freedom and the religious symbols and traditions which reflect our great country’s heritage of faith. Furthermore, I have long supported protecting the right of parents to make decisions regarding the upbringing of their children without unnecessary government intrusion.
    Transportation & Infrastructure: Essential to a prosperous economy is a functional, efficient, and safe transportation system. Nowhere is this more evident than in Southern California, where our roadways are a vital conduit for transporting billions of dollars worth of goods and services. Despite our need for an efficient and fluid transportation system, our region is facing a crisis in transportation characterized by dramatic growth in commuter and truck traffic, limited transportation funding, and high infrastructure improvement costs. As a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I have been a consistent advocate for transportation funding and relief for our region. As Congress considers major highway and infrastructure legislation during this session, I will continue to work on federal policies to address Southern California’s growing transportation and water infrastructure needs.
    Medicare & Social Security: As our nation’s budgetary difficulties are likely to continue for many years, a great deal of discussion has taken place in Congress about the future of Social Security and Medicare.  I believe we must protect these programs for the more than forty million current beneficiaries and for the millions of Americans who will one day rely upon these crucial programs. Any reforms to these Social Security and Medicare must reflect our commitment to those who have spent their entire lives paying into the system, but also ensure that younger workers may achieve financial security and health care in retirement. Because of the importance of these programs, I will closely analyze all alternatives for reform to ensure we keep our promises to today’s seniors, while ensuring the long-term viability of Social Security and Medicare for future beneficiaries. 
    Immigration: There is no doubt that America is an open and welcoming society. Our nation has benefited from the experiences and contributions of the millions of immigrants who have come to our shores seeking increased opportunities and a better life for them and their families. At the same time, we are also a nation of laws. The respect for the rule of law is a core American value that has made us the envy of the world. Unfortunately, our nation’s immigration laws continue to be violated and ignored, to the detriment of U.S. citizens, legal residents, and to those who wish to come to our country legally. Congress must continue efforts to strengthen enforcement along the southwest border, remove loopholes in current law that invites manipulation of our laws, and shut down the job magnet that encourages individuals to enter our country illegally.
    Size of Government: While federal spending and interference in the private sector has grown in recent years, our economy has continued to struggle to recover and create jobs. Big government spending and mandates continues to crowd out private investment, innovation and economic growth. I believe we need a smaller government that restores more autonomy to states and local governments, who know their citizens best. While there are areas in which the federal government must invest in – such as national defense and major transportation infrastructure – Congress has a duty to ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent effectively and wisely. I am confident that the federal government can eliminate such wasteful spending while preserving programs that keep our nation secure, maintain and restore our essential infrastructure, and ensure that those who truly need assistance are cared for. 
    Ontario Airport: The Ontario International Airport is a vital component of our community’s transportation infrastructure, serving San Bernardino and Riverside Counties and portions of north Orange County and east Los Angeles County. The airport serves over 5 million passengers a year, with 93,000 flights on an annual basis. In addition, this facility generates $5.4 billion in economic benefits to the Inland Empire and is directly attributable to over 7,000 jobs. With the increasing congestion at Los Angeles Airport (LAX) and with LAX having no possibility of expanding, it is vital that we maintain a strong and vibrant Ontario airport, which has faced many challenges in recent years. I believe that transferring control of the airport to the city of Ontario will improve service to local residents who utilize its services, relieve the strain that is being placed on other airports around Southern California, and bolster our region’s economy.
    Agriculture:  Agriculture plays a pivotal role in our nation’s economy. We in California enjoy so many fresh foods locally grown due to our wonderful weather and soils. Unfortunately, agriculture has been an overlooked profession that has dwindled in practice over the years. Those who continue to take part in farming are faced with many difficulties and obstacles. As a nation founded and sustained by farmers I believe we must ensure that federal farm policies are properly balanced to meet the needs of those who produce our food and help hard-working American families continue putting food on the table.

    I don’t have much to add that hasn’t been said elsewhere.  This is the first test for the California top two primary in this area, and I am especially curious to see the results in the 8th Congressional district race to see if the alleged moderation effect touted by Abel Maldonado works or not.  I am, of course, curious to see the effect on the 31st Congressional District.  I want to see if spending in our unique media market had an impact on the top two nominated for the general election. I’ll go out on a limb here: The final two will come out of these four candidates: Pete Aguilar, Justin Kim, Bob Dutton or Gary Miller.

    As for San Bernardino proper, except for the two supervisorial races, not much is going on.  I have no strongly held opinions about those races.

    I was asked (twice)  if I was going to write about the City Clerk’s election contest, but I lacked the time to do it justice either from a legal or political perspective.  Not that it was not interesting, as it was the first election contest (aside from ballot challenges) that I can remember in a long time.  On the other hand, it’s like winning an argument on the Internet.  Even if you win, what do the sides have to show for it?

    I think the problem with the hyper-politicization of San Bernardino politics is that partisans on both sides were acting as if the City Clerk was the key to the whole balance of political power in the City of San Bernardino.  I can understand why each side would not want a City Clerk that was hostile to their perceived interests.  However, the City Clerk is far from the most important elected official in the City.  The job is largely ministerial; the law requires the City Clerk to do certain things without discretion.

    This post has a both a legal and a political bent, so let me start with the legal side.  I have written in the past about blind operators (specifically, in this post dated July 11, 2011):

    I was a file clerk/runner for Milligan and Beswick in San Bernardino over twenty years ago.  Part of my job was to file pleadings with the court.  I became fairly intimate with the building at 351 North Arrowhead Avenue.  In the early 1990s, there were no metal detectors at the court.  You could easily run into the court and then back out.

    I would sometimes get lunch for people in the office from the courthouse cafeteria.   It was run by a blind operator.   I would also sometimes buy snacks from the other blind operator (his sight was only somewhat impaired).  I remember buying popcorn, peanut M&Ms and six ounce Pepsi Colas in bottles (which by the early 1990s were not easy to come by) from the operator located next to the main stairway in the old courthouse.  I recall that he also sold hot dogs of the sort you could find in a movie theater.

    Flash forward to 2012.  I first heard the story you will find bellow a few months ago, but here it is featured in the first Pete Aguilar for Congress mailer (that I have seen, anyway).

    On the front is a picture of Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar standing with his hands in his pockets in front of the San Bernardino County Courthouse at 351 North Arrowhead Avenue in San Bernardino.  The caption says “Pete Aguilar Learned Valuable Lessons in This Building” the bottom says “Learn more about Pete at www.peteaguilar.com

    On the second page of the four page flier it says: “PETE AGUILAR. Mayor. Democrat.  Business Owner.”

     

    The second and third page has a picture of Pete Aguilar talking to three people in what appears to be a cafeteria.  The third page has the following pull quotes from Mayor Pete Aguilar:

    “My FIRST JOB, as a teenager, was bussing tables and washing dishes at the San Bernardino County Courthouse Cafeteria.

    “My grandfather, who was legally blind, managed the facility and manned the cash register.  He taught me the values of hard work, playing by the rules and helping others.

    “Washington has lost those values.  Today, our politicians would rather pick fights than solve problems.

    “I’m running for Congress to help small businesses, create jobs and protect Medicare for our seniors.  That’s the change that middle-class families need in Washington.”

    – Pete Aguilar

    I first met Pete Aguilar after he was appointed to the Redlands City Council after the departure of  Susan Peppler, when he went to meet staff.  I was at the Council Meeting at which he was appointed, and I believe I sat either behind him and his wife Alisha and his very young (at the time) son Palmer, or in front of them.  That particular meeting was one of the most interesting I had ever attended, but that’s a post for a different time.  However, it appears we may have had a brush with each other decades earlier in the basement of the San Bernardino County Courthouse.

    The final page is a picture of Pete Aguilar and his family, Palmer, Evan and Alisha.  The text says “Pete Aguilar, Leadership on Your Side” and “Pete Aguilar is a small business owner, Mayor of Redlands and a fourth generation resident of the Inland Empire.  He and his wife Alisha live in Redlands with their sons Evan and Palmer.”

     

     

    On tomorrow’s Mayor and Common Council agenda is an item certifying the City Clerk’s election pursuant to Charter section 11 and San Bernardino Municipal Code Section 2.56.130(B).

     

    A detailed legal analysis of the recount process in California are on the legal blog.

    Last Updated: February 7, 2012 9:20 PM
    Registration & Turnout
    71,881 Voters
    Vote Count Percent
    Precinct Turnout 12,192 16.96%
    Total 12,192 16.96%
    City Clerk, City of San Bernardino
    170/170 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    GEORGEANN ”GIGI” HANNA 6,066 50.01%
    AMELIA SANCHEZ-LOPEZ 6,064 49.99%
    Total 12,130 100.00%

    Gigi Hanna won by a slimmer margin than 50.01 percent, the number was just rounded up from 50.000824402308326 percent of the vote.  By contrast, Amelia Sanchez Lopez received .499917559761674 percent of the vote. In comparison, there were 12,108 votes in the final certified results of the Primary Municipal Election, which means that there were 22 more voters in this election than in the General Municipal Election.

    There was a tie vote in the March 1979 vote for 7th Ward Council in San Bernardino between Robert McBay and the eventual winner, Jack  Strickler.  The vote was tied 1284 to 1284 before the Council broke the tie with a coin flip.

    here was an election contest to the results of the General Election in May 1, 1979 between Ralph Hernandez, Luther Fair and one other candidate for the 3rd Ward seat.  The initial election results were that Fair won, then the official canvass said t that Hernandez won by four votes, then the recount was 793 votes for Hernandez and 790 votes for Fair.  Fair filed an election contest.  Judge Patrick Morris decided that Hernandez received 796 votes, and Fair received 794 votes.  The decision was reversed and remanded by the Fourth District Court of Appeal on March 12, 1981.  After remand, Judge Morris found 791 votes for Hernandez and 783 votes for Fair.  It went to the Fourth District Court of Appeal and the judgement confirming Hernandez’s election was upheld on December 23, 1982.  As far as I can tell, though, Hernandez was sworn in before the first Common Council meeting in June in 1979.

    Today, February 7, 2012  is the last day to turn in ballots for the San Bernardino General (run-off) Municipal Election for City Clerk.

    According to the mail ballot instructions provided with the ballots, voters who have not turned in their ballots can do by personally bringing them to:

    San Bernardino Registrar of Voters

    777 E. Rialto Avenue

    San Bernardino CA 92415

     

    OR

    Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral

    2525 N. Arrowhead Avenue

    San Bernardino CA 9205  (from  7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on February 7, 2012).

     

    They must be actually received by 8 p.m. by the elections officials at either location to count.
    If you have spoiled your ballot, call the Registrar at (909) 387-3800, and they’ll give you instructions on getting a new ballot.

    The results will be posted by the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters starting at approximately 8:15 p.m.

     

    The page looks like this right now:

    Last Updated: January 24, 2012 4:19 PM
    Registration & Turnout
    71,881 Voters
    Vote Count Percent
    Precinct Turnout 0 0.00%
    Total 0 0.00%

     

    City Clerk, City of San Bernardino
    0/170 0.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    GEORGEANN ”GIGI” HANNA 0 0.00%
    AMELIA SANCHEZ-LOPEZ 0 0.00%
    Total 0 0.00%

    I received the last Gigi Hanna for San Bernardino City Clerk mailer recently (on Thursday, I think).

    The front says: “Reminder Your chance to keep our City Clerk’s office independent is about to expire. Professional. Unbiased. Leadership.

    The back says:

    In November 2011 more than 70 percent of voters said they wanted to keep the San Bernardino City Clerk’s office professional, neutral and committed to transperancy.

    Now is the time to affirm the committment to competent, ethical governance; San Bernardino deserves both.

    Gigi Hanna is the CLEAR choice for City Clerk because:

    • She declined endorsement form local elected officials, seeking support solely on her own merits in order to maintain independence in the office.
    • She has 25 years of experience in communications and is an expert in public records.
    • Her graduate studies centered on open government issues and she has formal City Clerk training.

    Mail your ballots before Friday, February 3 or call us at (909) 709-2019 for a ride to the Registrar of Voters.

    I never received the last piece from Amelia Sanchez Lopez, so I am not sure what it said.

    Both candidates ran a “clean” campaign in the General Municipal Election, though there was certainly a war of words in the comments section of the local newspaper and on Facebook among their supporters.

    At  this point, I think the vast majority of people have voted in the mail-in election.  The San Bernardino Registrar of Voters says that the first preliminary numbers will be released at approximately 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, February 7, 2012.  According to the PE, more than 10,500 votes have been returned as of a few days ago.  There were approximately 12,500 votes cast in the Primary municipal election, so there may be a few more votes coming in, but I wouldn’t expect turn-out to me much more than in November.