Elections 2012

    Though I had heard there was a new Amelia Sanchez Lopez flier, I have not yet seen it.  Since the calendar, I have heard nothing from Gigi Hanna, beyond the proxy war going on in the local newspaper’s letters to the editor, except this from her Facebook page:


    Remember to mail your ballots for City Clerk THIS WEEK if you haven’t yet done so. Or email me if you need a ride to the Registrar of Voters office, 777 E. Rialto Ave., on Monday Feb 6 or Tuesday Feb 7.

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    Last week, either on either Friday or Saturday, I received another mailer from Amelia Sanchez Lopez.  The mailer is four pages, in color, and about half of an 8 1/2 by 11 brochure.  The front is labeled “MAIL-IN BALLOT ELECTION GUIDE”

    On the left it shows a mock up of the ballot and on the right are four steps corresponding with the ballot:

    1. Use a BLACK BALLPOINT PEN to cast your vote.
    2. VOTE FOR AMELIA SANCHEZ LOPEZ by connecting the two parts of the arrow next to Amelia’s name on your ballot.
    3. SIGN YOUR ENVELOPE – include your signature, voting address and the date.  Ballots in unsigned envelopes will NOT be counted.
    4. MAIL IN YOUR BALLOT TODAY – NO postage is necessary. Ballots must be received by the Registrar of Voters no later than February 7.  Mail no later than Friday, February 3, 2012 so your ballot arrives on time.
    5. QUESTIONS? – Please call the Registrar of Voters at 909-387-8300

    The second page is titled “Amelia For City Clerk


    • ONLY candidate for City Clerk with extensive financial and executive management experience.
    • Executive Director of a local non-profit organization; 20 years administrative experience.
    • Responsible for coordinating the County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Program.  Helped pass a tough city ordinance against adults who buy alcohol for minors.
    • Completed City Clerk Training course with the City Clerks Association of California.


    • Five generations of Amelia’s family have lived and worked in San Bernardino.  Member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.
    • Graduate of the San Bernardino Citizens Academy.  Worked with City Law Enforcement to shut down the notorious Hudson “Rave Club”.
    • Neighborhood Leader and City Planning Commissioner.
    • Community Volunteer who helped to protect our right to vote by defeating Measure C in 2010.

    Also on the second page is a picture of Council member Robert Jenkins appointing Amelia Sanchez Lopez to the San Bernardino City Planning Commission.  Amelia Sanchez Lopez’s contact information is given as www.amelialopezforcityclerk.com, friendsofamelialopez@yahoo.com, and 909-882-7085.

    The last page is titled “Trusted and Respected” and features a picture of Amelia Sanchez Lopez with Former San Bernardino Mayor Judith Valles, former Mayor Evlyn Wilcox, Council member Robert Jenkins, Council member Wendy McCammack, San Bernardino School Board Member Judi Penman and Council member Elect John Valdivia.   There are also quotes from Chas Kelley, firefighter Nathan Lopez, and former San Bernardino Chamber of Commerce President Jack Hill.

    The back page has a picture of Ameila Sanchez Lopez with the legend “Integrity We Trust” and “Vote Amelia Sanchez Lopez for City Clerk” and “Special Vote-By-Mail Election.

    I have not heard anything new from Gigi Hanna; her last Facebook post is dated January 11, 2012, the last mail piece was the calendar I wrote about earlier, which arrived more than a week ago.  I checked Gigi Hanna’s website, and there do not appear to be any changes.  Even the supporters list was the same, with a date of January 11, 2012 on the PDF metadata.  I continue to pass large Gigi Hanna billboards and large wooden signs in my travels through the City.

    A new mailer was sent recently paid for by the Friends of Amelia Sanchez Lopez for San Bernardino City Clerk 2011.  It is an 8 1/2 by 11 sheet printed in color.  The front is titled: “Our Voice at City Hall Integrity… Dedication… Experience.”

    The next section is titled “Leadership For Working Families.”  Under the title is a quote from Laurie Stalnaker, Secretary/Treasurer of the Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties:  “Working families can count on Amelia Sanchez Lopez to protect our right to vote and to oppose unfair budget cuts at City Hall.”   Next to the quote is a black and white photograph titled: “Five generations of Amelia’s family have lived and worked in San Bernardino.  (Amelia second from right-back row.  Judging from the clothing in the photograph, I would estimate that the picture is from the 1960s.

    In the middle of the front page, another section is titled “Experience To Serve Our Community.” The section features a quote from United States Congressman Joe Baca that states the: “residents of San Bernardino will benefit greatly from Amelia’s experience, leadership and commitment to providing transparency and quality city services.”  Next to the quote is a color photograph of Joe Baca.

    The bottom of the front page has a color picture with Former Mayor Judith Valles with Amelia Sanchez Lopez.  The bottom of the flier says “Join Labor, Firefighters & Community Leaders” and “Vote by Mail Amelia Sanchez Lopez Your Next City Clerk.

    The back of the mailer says “Important Message for Democrats.”  It quotes Ron Wall, Chair of the San Bernardino County Democratic Central Committee as saying the “San Bernardino Democratic Party endorses Amelia Sanchez Lopez for City Clerk.  She will ensure honest elections for all the people of San Bernardino.”

    A large color photograph of Amelia Sanchez Lopez is in the center left of the back of the mailer.

    The mailer concludes with the same contact information for Amelia Sanchez Lopez: (909) 882-7085 or friendsofamelialopez@yahoo.com or www.amelialopezforcityclerk.com and “SPECIAL VOTE-BY-MAIL ELECTION Please mail in your ballot as soon as possible!”

    Most every eligible voter has probably received the two mailers from Gigi Hanna for City Clerk, but for the benefit of those that are not in San Bernardino, here is a post dedicated to them.  Rather than post them (or Amelia Sanchez-Lopez’s mailers for that matter), I’ll describe them in pertinent part.  The first is a a one page four color two-sided sheet (kind of an 8 1/2 by 11 postcard).  In which Gigi Hanna gives her qualifications again.  The back of the mailer has a list of supporters, and links to her website: www.gigihanna4sbcityclerk.com for a complete list of supporters.

    The card does not have all these names, but the website, according to a PDF file dated January 11, 2012, gives these names (I have separated them by commas which do not appear in the original:

    As residents, business owners and community leaders in San Bernardino—your neighbors—we support Gigi Hanna for San Bernardino City Clerk. She is the right candidate, at the right time, for the right reasons. She is the CLEAR choice.
    George Aguilar, Ramiro Aguilar, Alex Aldasoro, Evelyn Alexander, Nicholas Alexander, Mark Alvarez, Blythe Anderson, Raul Avila, Steve & Peggy Avila, Dr. Albert Arteaga, Barbara Babcock, George Beltz, Roslyn & Marv Billings, Brian Brewer, Erin Brinker, Darrell & Betty Brooks, Marta Brown, Hardy & Cheryl Brown, Hardy Brown, Jr., Trevor Cairn, Dan Carlone, Danny Castro, Pratap Champsi, Ken Clark, Eve & Bill Clayton, Al Cline, Hillel Cohn, Dr. Bill Coleman, Carol Cooper, Dr. John & Beryl Craig, Stephanie & Byron Congdon, Bobbi Cummings, Bill & Jan Cunnigham, Jim & Sunny Damron, John & Dannell, Duran Steve & Suzie Earp, Jim & Diane Eble, Jan Edey, Chehab & Bricia El Awar, Carla Figuerrora, Pamela & Rondy French, John Futch, Drs. Ernest & Dorothy Garcia, Tim Garcia, Jackie Gonzalez, Nick Gonzalez, Diane Grant, Betti Grim, Art Guererro, Joe & Dani Gutierrez-Neri, Lynda Hartzell, Peggi Hazlett, Danny Hendricks, Margaret Hill, Esther Jimenez, Marilyn Karnig, Phil Kassel, Jonathon Longo, Susan Longville, Lynn Merrill, Jerry Moya, Maureen Devlin, Murphy Owen, Murphy Bruce Nelson, Joe & Dani Gutierrez-Neri, Scott Noon, Clara Ocampo, Lorraine Ocampo, Einar Martin Olson, Steve Oquendo, Marilyn & Jerry Patterson, Dena & Ron Peters, Kay Porter, Doug & Serena Potter, Tim Prince,  Tracylyn & Ron Sharitt, Barbara Skye, Pat Spafford, James Ramos, Robert Rego, Euphemia Reyes, Rocket Rios, Jonathon Ruiz, Kay & Nacho Salazar, Thom Salsbury, Marilyn Sauer, Lynda & Phil Savage, Joyce Seeger, James Malcolm Smith, Jane Sneddon, Orville & Margy Spears, Marcey & Gerry Stanton, Terrance Stone, Linda & Steve Sutherland, Carolyn Tillman, Chuck & Bobbie Terrell, John Whitehair, Lydia Whitehead, Diana Williams, David Winston.

    No doubt readers will recognize many of the names on the list.

    The second mailer is a 2012 calendar with a variety of dates, including the deadline for ballots to be received and the dates of council meetings.  The calendar has very nice photographs of San Bernardino landmarks taken by Gigi Hanna’s husband, Tony Barber.


    Signs have been popping up again within the last week.  Gigi Hanna has again purchased large billboards that look similar to her 2011 signs, except they have a yellow band on the right corner reminding voters to mail in their ballots and that the deadline is February 7, 2012 (while driving, I can neither take a picture nor remember the exact verbiage).  I don’t see it on her Facebook page, so I cannot tell you the wording.  I have seen yard signs for Amelia Sanchez Lopez, which obviously are different than in the primary election in 2011 because they are single candidate.

    Other than that, there does not yet seem to be any advertising from one side that specifically mentions by name the other candidate.  According to the letter from Rachel Clark in the ballot, there will be a debate, but there is nothing on the City’s website as of yet.

    I have devoted a great deal of coverage to Gigi Hanna in the General Election, but I have received two direct mail pieces from Amelia Sanchez Lopez in the past week, a once piece mailer on Saturday, two days before the ballots were mailed, and a four page color brochure I believe on Tuesday which came simultaneously with the ballot.  I will post them soon; things have been hectic lately.

    The four piece mailer has a great deal of information on it, and I will go into in more detail later.  The front has endorsements from former San Bernardino Mayors Judith Valles, Tom Minor and Evlyn Wilcox and current (or elected) Council members Chas Kelley, Robert Jenkins, Wendy McCammack and John Valdivia, along with important labor groups San Bernardino City Professional Firefighters Local 891, the Central Labor Council of the AFL-CIO, the San Bernardino Public Employees Association and the San Bernardino Police Officers Association.  It also gives contact information: Phone number (909) 882-7085, email: friendsofamelialopez@yahoo.com, and www.amelialopezforcityclerk.com.   Though she has a Facebook page, there is no link to the page, and it is not a publicly viewable Facebook page.

    The second page has an interview with the candidate answering why Amelia Sanchez Lopez decided to seek the office of City Clerk, what qualities make her the best candidate, and what her top priorities are as the new City Clerk (should she be elected).  The second page also has some biographical information, showing Amelia Sanchez Lopez’s connection to the City.

    The third page gives some information about the Office of the City Clerk, shows why the police and firefighters are supporting Amelia Sanchez Lopez, and details information about the election.  The election is vote by mail only, and the ballots have to be received by the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters no later than February 7, 2012.  This is a run-off election, technically a general election, whereas the November 2011 election was a primary or nominating election, with the top two candidates moving on to the general election.

    The last page of the mailer has more about the endorsements under the headline

    Amelia Sanchez Lopez ENDORSED to replace retiring City Clerk


    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 I love about Facebook and the comment sections of newspapers (particularly those that use Facebook or other service that purportedly require using real names) is that it adds a dimension to political races that is more personal.  In the comment section of the Sun, Gigi Hanna posted this comment in reply to attacks on her neutrality (because some of her current supporters were and are Mayor Morris supporters, particularly during the general election).

    Steve Ogaz I absolutely agree that people need to know whose team you are on. But that’s only if you’re playing the same game as everyone else. I am not on either of the men’s team. I have not sought endorsement from either of them nor any member of the council, because I think that’s inappropriate and ethically impeachable. I have been clear that I’d accept checks from any of them, as long as they were not so large as to impeach my ability to remain neutral or unbiased. Please feel free to contact me at ghanna4sbcity@gmail.com if you’d like to discuss my candidate and qualifications.
    On December 22, 2011, on her Facebook Page, Gigi Hanna posted:
    People so want to make this election for City Clerk a referendum for one elected official or against another. That sells the office far too short. The importance of the people’s access to their government–to research records, file grievances, participate in fair and open elections, and many other foundations of a healthy democracy– to trust the accuracy of their minutes–far transcends whatever policy issues are being debated in council chambers.

    Unfortunately, Amelia Sanchez Lopez’s Facebook Page does not show its wall to the public, or I would post updates from her candidacy.  I have in the past, and I will continue in the future, t0 post information directly from any candidate.

    As I have said many times before, this site is neutral, it is presented to give information as a public service, and I try to present this information as neutrally as possible.  If you would like to comment on this blog, you need to use your real identity and not troll.

    According to the City’s website:

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012 – General Municipal Election for the Office of City Clerk


    This election will be conducted all mail ballots as approved by the Mayor and Common Council on December 5, 2011 (Resolution MCC 2011-316).  Vote by mail ballots will be mailed by the County Registrar of Voters’ Office beginning on January 9, 2012.

    Election results will be tallied at the County Registrar of Voters’ Office and results can be obtained either by visiting the Registrar’s website at http://www.sbcrov.com or by calling the Registrar of Voters’ Office at (909) 387-8300.


    Candidates are listed below in the order provided by the Secretary of State’s randomized alphabet drawing:

    Georgeann “Gigi” Hanna
    – Ballot designation: Communications/Administration Manager

    Amelia Sanchez-Lopez
    – Ballot designation: Health Education Specialist


    Monday, January 23, 2012 is the last day to register to vote in the City’s General Municipal Election.  Affidavits must be executed on or before January 23, 2012 and received in the Registrar of Voters’ Office by that date.  Voter registration affidavits are available at the County Registrar of Voters’ Office or at the City Clerk’s Office.



    No real surprise here, Hardy Brown has had a running feud with City Attorney James F. Penman for a long time now.  Here is the pertinent part of the article:

    Now one of the candidates for city clerk was so closely aligned to another candidate (Jim Penman), that they even printed their names on the same yard signs. This candidates campaign literature was even paid for by Penman. Now I am not saying she would not be independent but the printed evidence gives the impression that she would owe her election to him. Even without that political baggage, she does not match her opponent’s qualifications when it comes to the position.

    Gigi Hanna is a trained Public Records Expert in city clerk duties and has the education to handle the job. If we want to continue a legacy of competent city clerks in the position; efficiently run the department; keep politics out of the office; be a friend to citizens; improve public access to government records through technology and have fair and accurate elections then join with me in voting for Gigi Hanna for City Clerk.

    When we last left off, Amelia Sanchez Lopez won a plurality of the votes cast on November 8, 2011, with Gigi Hanna coming in second.  That set up a run-off.  It is technically not a run-off, the November 8, 2011 election was a Primary Election, with the run-off being a General Election, which will be held on February 7, 2012.

    Here is the contact information for the two candidates:


    City of San Bernardino City Clerk

    Georgeann “Gigi” Hanna  FacebookWebsite, Phone Number 909-709-2019, Email.

    Amelia Sanchez Lopez:  WebsiteFacebook, Phone number  (909) 882-7085,  Email.


    As far as campaigning, there are Gigi Hanna signs around town, particularly billboards.  I saw one of her large, freestanding signs that had been battered by the recent wind storms on the west side of the 215.  Her Facebook page has been semi-active as well.

    Amelia Sanchez Lopez’s joint signs with City Attorney Jim Penman seem to have been taken down.  I would expect new signs to go up early next year.


    According to her Facebook page, Gigi Hanna had a “Kick-off to the Run-Off” at ASA Charter School on North E Street on December 8th, and a fundraiser/afternoon tea at the house of  Shab El Awar.


    Other than that not much to report.  Ms. Hanna’s brochure website has not yet been updated to reflect the 2012 General Election.  Amelia Sanchez Lopez’s website does not appear to have changed.