Chas Kelley

    The same problem I had with Chas Kelley and Wendy McCammack is that it takes awhile for Google to catch up to new events. Google rewards longstanding content, so older information about these two candidates, who have long been in the public eye, is delivered before the newer content.  Candidates should either keep a continuous web presence (like Rikke Van Johnson), or at least start earlier in the cycle.


    Phone: 909-648-3506

    Mailing address from website: 5066 N. Varsity Avenue,

    San Bernardino, CA 92407

    The San Bernardino Mayoral Primary Election is November 5, 2013.

    Websites, Contact Information and Social Media for San Bernardino Mayoral Candidates in no particular order:


    Henry W. Nickel


    Telephone: (909) 733-6208



    Wendy McCammack




    Physical Address: 396 W Highland Ave., San Bernardino, CA.

    Phone number: 909-886-8677


    Matthew C. Korner




    Phone: (909) 648-2844

    Chas A. Kelley


    Phone: 909-648-3506

    Mailing address from website: 5066 N. Varsity Avenue,

    San Bernardino, CA 92407

    Rikke Van Johnson



    Phone number (from campaign website): (909) 725-1053 ph

    Email (from campaign website):

    Karmel Roe


    Contact Information from Campaign Website

    Address: 1177 North E Street, San Bernardino, CA

    Phone Number: (909) 887-5787


    Concepcion M. Powell




    Carey Davis






    Draymond (Dray) Crawford


    Email (from campaign website):

    Phone (from campaign website): (909) 374-4843


    Richard T. Castro




    Rick P. Avila

    No campaign website found.

    The City Clerk’s online records now has a “Requested” folder, which I can only guess means documents requested as a California Public Records Act request, which are then put in the Requested folder for the requester, and then anyone else who wants to see it can be referred to the folder.  The folder has the Form 460 for the Recall proponents, the campaign filings of Council members Chas Kelley and Robert Jenkins.  There are three bankruptcy-related resolutions related to the City’s bankruptcy outside council.

    The City Clerk’s Office had a useful Elections 2013 folder that was taken down by the City Clerk’s Office.

    A great friend has sent me the order of names on the San Bernardino Primary Municipal Election Ballot to be held November 5, 2013.  Why is this important?  One reason is the primacy effect, which can make a difference in tight elections.

    Order of Names on Ballot



    1 Richard T. Castro Retired Teacher/Coach
    2 Draymond “Dray” Crawford City of San Bernardino Graffiti Removal
    3 Matt Korner Start-up Founder
    4 Chas A. Kelley Community Representative/Councilman
    5 Rick Avila Contractor
    6 Carey Davis Corporate Controller/CPA
    7 H. W. Nickel Financial Analyst
    8 Wendy J. McCammack Businesswoman/Taxpayer Advocate
    9 Karmel Roe Real Estate Broker
    10 Concepcion Powell Economic Development Consultant
    11 Rikke Van Johnson Councilman/Small Businessman




    City of San Bernardino

    Primary Municipal Election

    November 5, 2013

    Order of Names on Ballot

    Ward 1 Council Member


    1 John J. Abad Retired Teacher
    2 Casey Dailey Transportation Professional
    3 Virginia Marquez Incumbent




    City of San Bernardino

    Primary Municipal Election

    November 5, 2013

    Order of Names on Ballot

    Ward 2 Council Member


    1 Benito J. Barrios Small Business Owner
    2 Robert Jenkins Teacher/Council Member






    City of San Bernardino

    Primary Municipal Election

    November 5, 2013

    Order of Names on Ballot

    Ward 4 Council Member



    1 Fred Shorett Businessman/Council Member
    2 Kathy Pinegar Property Manager
    3 Anthony Jones Business Owner


     The choice of ballot designations are interesting.  As background, here is an excerpt from the 2013 Consolidated General Election November 5, 2013 Candidate Filing Guide on this issue:

    Ballot designations are restricted to the following:

    •  No more than three words.
    • Limited to space allotted on the ballot, approximately 55 characters including spaces and punctuation.
    • Must appear on the declaration of candidacy form at the time it is filed.
    •  Become public record once the information is filed on the Declaration of Candidacy Form.
    •  Cannot be changed after the final date to file candidate filing documents.
    • The listing of a designation on the ballot is OPTIONAL. Only one of the following categories is allowed:

    1. Elective Office Title: Words describing an elective office title may be used IF the candidate holds the office at the time nomination documents are filed and the office was filled by a vote of the people. The elective office title may be included with another principal occupation.

    Example A: Governing Board Member

    Example B: Board Member, XYZ School District

    Example C: County Supervisor/Teacher

    2. Incumbent: The word Incumbent may be used IF the candidate is seeking re-election to the same office and was elected to that office by a vote of the people or was appointed as a nominated candidate in lieu of an election. Incumbent must stand alone as a ballot designation.

    3. Appointed Official: The words Appointed Incumbent must be used IF the candidate was appointed to the office and is seeking election to that office as the incumbent. The word “Appointed” must be used if the candidate was appointed and is using the elective office title.

    Example A: Appointed Incumbent

    Example B: Appointed Board Member, XYZ School District


    Example C: Board Member, XYZ School District, Appointed

    Exception: Candidates appointed to office in lieu of an election do not have to use the word “appointed.”

    4. Principal Occupation: No more than three words to describe the current principal profession(s), vocation(s), or occupation(s) of the candidate. Or, if the candidate has no current principal profession, vocation, or occupation, the principal profession(s), vocation(s), or occupation(s) of the candidate during the calendar year immediately preceding the filing of nomination documents. Geographical names are considered one word. The elective office title may be included with another principal occupation.

    Example A: High School Teacher

    Example B: Attorney/Educator/Rancher

    Example C: CEO/Councilmember

    5. Community Volunteer: A person who engages in an activity or performs a service for or on behalf of, without profiting monetarily, one or more of the following:

    •  A charitable, educational, or religious organization as defined by the United States Internal Revenue Code §501(c)(3);
    • A governmental agency; or
    • An educational institution.The activity or service must constitute substantial involvement of the candidate’s time and effort such that the activity or service is the sole, primary, main or leading professional, vocational or occupational endeavor of the candidate.California Administrative Code § 20714.5 (a)(b)

    6.No Occupation Desired: If no ballot designation is requested, write the word “NONE” and place your initials in the space provided for ballot designation on the Declaration of Candidacy Form.Pursuant to California Elections Code §13107(b), the election official shall not accept a ballot designation if:

    • It would mislead the voter.
    • It would suggest an evaluation of a candidate, such as outstanding, leading, expert, virtuous, or eminent.
    • It abbreviates the word “retired” or places it following any word(s) that it modifies.
    • It includes a word or prefix, such as “former” or “ex,” which means a prior status. The only exception is the use of the word “retired.”
    • It includes the name of any political party, whether or not it has qualified for the ballot.
    •  It includes a word or words referring to a racial, religious or ethnic group.
    • It refers to any activity that is prohibited by law.

    The use of “incumbent” by Virginia Marquez is interesting.  Wendy McCammack does not use Council Member or Councilwoman at all. I have no idea what Chas Kelley’s designation as “Community Representative” means; if it refers to being a council member or a district representative for an elected official.

    We learn a little about the candidates for which there was little information yesterday.  Kathy Pinegar is listed as “Property Manager,” Anthony Jones is a “Business Owner,” ” Benito J. Barrios is a “Small Business Owner,” and Richard T. Castro is a “Retired Teacher/Coach.”


    Regarding this post regarding the Notices of Intention to Circulate Recall Petitions, a media contact from San Bernardino Residents for Responsible Government contacted me with the following information.

    I was told that Wendy McCammack and Rikke Van Johnson’s notices of intention have not been filed, but they will be filed shortly.

    The identity of the author of the petition is, as I guessed, Pasadena attorney, Michael Lee Allan.  Mr. Allan was quoted in one of the Press Enterprise articles about the recall. As noted in the previous post to this one, Michael L. Allan is also the agent for service of process for MICA-PR, Inc., the public relations firm for San Bernardino Residents for Responsible Government.

    Independent of the recall attempt, Michael Allan’s LinkedIn profile says, in pertinent part:

    Mr. Allan is an attorney representing businesses and individuals since 1989. He has practiced in-house with a Fortune 500 company, was general counsel to a Fortune 1000 company, and currently practices privately.

    Primary Practice Areas:
    BUSINESS LAW, including: Contracts; Intellectual Property; Entity Formation & Counseling; Non-Profit Entities; and Administrative Law;
    ESTATES & TRUSTS; Trusts, Wills, Durable Powers of Attorney, and related documentation; probate

    Professional Highlights
    * Serving as guest legal commentator for Fox News Channel, also appearing on KTTV 11, Univision Ch. 34, Telemundo Ch. 52, and KWKW radio;
    * Serving as general counsel for a $250,000,000 company;
    * Drafting and negotiation of multimillion dollar contracts;
    * Standardizing corporate contracts for a Fortune 1000 company;
    * Assisting standardization of national contracts for a Fortune 500 company;
    * Negotiating and Drafting a nationwide lease of telecom facilities;
    * Obtaining revisions to state legislative bills with language currently enacted, including pro-business amendments to AB 2449 the “Be a Manager Go to Jail” law and AB 2663 “Wrongful Occupancy of Property;”
    * Representing a Fortune 500 company before the California Assembly’s committees regarding Women/Minority Business Enterprises;
    * Coordinating private placements;
    * “Individual Achievement Award” from corporate client;
    * Letter of Commendation for outstanding arbitration skills;
    * Letter of Commendation for outstanding general counsel services;
    * Commendation from California State Legislature for outstanding public service

    Languages: Mr. Allan is conversant in Spanish, and familiar with Italian, German, and French

    Admissions: State Bar of California; United States District Court for the Northern and Central Districts of California; United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit


    BUSINESS LAW: Contracts; Intellectual Property; Business Formation, Counseling & Funding; Non-Profit Entities; Administrative Law; & Legislative
    ESTATES & TRUSTS: Trusts, Wills, Durable Powers of Attorney, and related documentation; probate

    Political consultant Christopher K. Jones said in comment to the Sun editorial that posted on May 7, 2013: “Maybe if Scott Beard and Larry Sharp had used local residents, instead of private investigators from Los Angeles County, to deliver their recall notices they wouldn’t have so much trouble making a routine service.” I was also told that it was the Michael Allan’s choice to serve the officeholders.

    Choice of process server can be a very personal choice for an attorney.  When I need to serve someone in another County, I look for someone who has experience in that area.  For example, when I need to serve an out-of-state corporation in Sacramento, there is one Sacramento process serving firm that I use.  I can imagine that Michael Allan has a Los Angeles firm that he likes to use since he is from Los Angeles County.  However, in a political process such as this, the Charter does not require that a process server be used at all. It is my understanding in the earlier attempt, Tim Prince served Chas Kelley with his Notice of Intention personally.


    As a preface, the positions in local government in California are non-partisan, and with the open primary system for most other offices in California, and the rise of the decline to state voter, partisan identification is less important.

    However, people are reaching this site by asking whether the people in charge of San Bernardino are Republicans or Democrats.  The reason why, I would surmise, is that so partisans of both stripes can point fingers and say things like, “that’s what happens when liberals are in charge” or “that’s what happens when Republicans are in charge,”  I will share the real or perceived partisan affiliations of the players in San Bernardino based upon conventional wisdom, circumstantial evidence, or past knowledge.

    Mayor Patrick J. Morris.  Under San Bernardino’s Charter, the Mayor is allowed to cast votes in case of ties, and to veto legislation by the Common Council.  Therefore, the  independently elected Mayor, who is not a council member, has duties beyond presiding over meetings.  Mayor Patrick J. Morris is a former Superior Court judge, and is long time Democrat.  He endorsed Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar for the 31st Congressional District, but is now supporting Republican Bob Dutton.

    Council member for the First Ward: Virigina Marquez: Democrat.  Evidence: The link to the right says she is a member of the Greater Rialto Democratic Club, and she has, in the past (2010) endorsed Representative Joe Baca.

    Council member for the Second Ward: Robert Jenkins: Republican. Evidence, this Black Voice News article endorsing Democrat John Longville.  He has also endorsed Brea Congressman Gary Miller for 31st District Congressman.

    Council member for the Third Ward: John Valdivia: Decline To State, according to statements at the time of his election.   However, he has endorsed Brea Republican Congressman Gary Miller for 31st District Congressman.

    Council member of the Fourth Ward: Fred Shorett: Unknown.  I could find no reliable information.

    Council member of the Fifth Ward: Chas Kelley: Republican.  Supports both Republican Bob Dutton and Republican Gary Miller, who are running against each other for Congressional District 31.

    Council member of the Sixth Ward: Rikke Van Johnson: Democrat.  He has links to President Obama and Governor Brown on his personal website.

    Council Member of the Seventh Ward: Wendy McCammack: Republican. According to her City biography, linked at right, she is a member of the “Republican Women Federated of San Bernardino.”  She also endorsed Brea Congressman Gary Miller.

    So, for the national partisans who wish to make hay of the bankruptcy vote to blame Democrats or Republicans?  Voting for bankruptcy: Marquez (Democrat), Jenkins (Republican), Johnson (Democrat), McCammack (Republican). Voting against bankruptcy: Kelley (Republican) and Shorett (Unknown), and abstaining: John Valdivia (Decline to State).  Not vetoing the bankruptcy vote: Morris (Democrat).

    As to City Attorney James F. Penman, since people are obsessed to know his political affiliation, when I started at the City Attorney’s Office, he was registered as a Democrat, but he switched to what was then non-partisan (now called Decline to State).  I have no idea regarding the status of his registration.

    As I discussed yesterday, the City Council considered make an additional appropriation to pay for already incurred outside counsel bills.  I watched the proceedings on the City’s meeting portal today.  Below is a summary:

    City Attorney James Penman stated that there was a 60 percent increase in lawsuits over the last two years. As indicated in the staff report, City Attorney Penman said 40 of 124 cases outside counsel, 84 cases were handled in-house by Deputy City Attorneys. Five of those cases [from the agenda: Maria Mejia, Salvador Melgoza, and Guadalupe Melgoza v. City of San Bernardino, et al. – United States District Court, Case No. EDCV 11-00452 VAP; Andrea Orona v. City of San Bernardino – San Bernardino Superior Court, Case No. CIVDS 1008022; San Bernardino County Transportation Commission v. West Colony Community Association – San Bernardino Superior Court, Case No. CIVDS 1004025; Joe Taylor v. City of San Bernardino – San Bernardino Superior Court, Case No. CIVDS 1100841; and Wells Fargo Bank, National Association v. Samer Kodeih, et al – San Bernardino Superior Court, Case No. CIVDS 1109915.] were discussed in closed session involving “young” Deputy City Attorneys.  Those cases would  have cost much more if farmed out. If the bills for outside counsel are not paid, the law firms could withdraw and sue for damages.  City Attorney Penman said, most notably, that it “clear the money is there” and “the election is over it’s time to move on and do the City’s business.”

    The floor was opened to discussion.  Council member McCammack produced a spreadsheet which was not visible on my screen.  She said that she was “shocked by the numbers.”  She said that the City Manager’s budget increased by 63 percent, and nine city departments had increases in their budgets.  She reiterated an earlier discussion point that “doesn’t make sense to reduce budgets of the departments that can create revenues.”  Council member McCammack said that the City should use the City’s liability reserves, because  “if City Attorney budget not restored . . . that $3 million [in the reserves] won’t be enough.”

    City Manager McNeely said that the nature of the increase in the City Manager’s Office is moving CDBG into the office, and that the creation of the call center moved existing employees to the City Manager, and there was other reorganization.

    Mayor Morris interjected that this item (paying outside counsel) was “not an overview or recalibration of the entire City Budget.”

    Council member Tobin Brinker asked  if City Manager McNeely had a recommendation.  City Manager McNeely’s response was not entirely into the microphone but he said  that he had a concern on his part that these would be brought forward at every council meeting, and recommend, if there is a need to make a correction, do it once.  His concern is the ability to handle with the reserve fund only having closer to $2 million dollars.  City Manager McNeely said that what prompted this was a memo from the finance department that the City Attorney was going over his budget.  When pressed by Tobin Brinker, the Manager said that he was not recommending approval, but that the Council had the power to make policy.

    Council member Virginia Marquez said that if the money will come from $2 million dollar reserve, that  doesn’t leave much in reserve.  City Manager McNeely chipped in to say that  Mr. Penman also alluded to another fund with $500,000 that may be allocated, but that because of other contingencies a 1.3 million dollar reserve fund balance on June 30, 2012 was projected.  City Manager McNeely said that there was already a $760,000 deficit this fiscal year.

    Council member Jenkins said that outside counsel contracts were approved by Council,  and still within the budget caps within the contracts.  Council member Jenkins declared  “something is wrong with the system” because the previous item on the agenda was just the opposite.

    Council member Rikke Van Johnson, said this was asking for more money, and that he was not supporting the item.

    Wendy McCammack revised her figures and  removed CDBG expenditures and revenues from the City Manager’s budget, and said the Manager’s budget was still up by 17 percent,  She said that the decreases have all been in departments that can create revenues.  “3 million won’t be able to cover the judgments.”

    Council member Tobin Brinker said that Council was having the debate for over year, the real debate is whose budget it is coming out of, outside counsel will be paid.  The real debate is  which fund does it come out of, and that’s the sticking point.  He said he needs to see changes in the City Attorney’s Office, its budget grows, and that he is opposed to this agenda item.  He kicked the can down the road by saying that the City Attorney can work with his replacement (John Valdivia), and that he (Tobin Brinker) was going to oppose this effort.

    Council member Jenkins asked the City Attorney if he had any problem with using the General Government Fund.  City Attorney Penman said that the source of the money was up to the Council, but that the City has six jury trials set for June 30, 2011.

    City Attorney Penman told Council member that the book (budget figures) released by the City Manager showed that the City Attorney’s Office did cut 18 percent, including a position cut and made other cuts.  The book also showed that there were increases in other departments. The City Attorney said that his department was not alone, his was not the only department out there, he was not bluffing, and that bad things will happen.  “Attorneys will start withdrawing, and they will start suing and we will lose.”

    Council member Jenkins made a motion after some confusion about whether Council member Johnson had made a motion.  The motion was to take $140,088.93  from the General Government Professional Contractual Non-Departmental Fund with the remainder Litigation-Outside Counsel budget.

    There was a speaker.  Then the Council voted: Marquez, Brinker, Shorett Johnson No; Jenkins, Kelley, McCammack yes. Council member  McCammack set a substitute motion to deduct the amount from 2012-2013 FY City Attorney  budget.  That too was defeated by the exact same vote.  City Attorney Penman, before the vote, reiterated that the lawyers will withdraw, the City will default or lose lawsuits, and  the legacy will be bankruptcy.  The voters had heard the arguments, the voters said no, “go ahead and defy them.”


    First, a disclaimer:  this site is neutral as explained in the post “Why We Try To Keep Partisan Politics Out of These Postings”  These postings are provided as a community service, and not to push a particular candidate, or slate of candidates.

    This is a slate mailer, which comes from a company that campaigns can pay to include their candidates.  I have not seen any studies on these, but I would guess that they are most effective when you have a national race, and you also have a local election, and you can send it to people registered in a party, or decline-t0-state, and include your measure or candidate to ride the coattails of a nationwide or statewide candidate.  They often include paid and non-paid “endorsements.”  This mailer only includes paid endorsements, as shown by an asterisk.

    The back of this slate mailer has photographs of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.  It includes a quote, from no one in particular,

    “Voting for Barack Obama and Joe Biden was just the beginning of the change our country needs.  To move forward we also have to vote  for good local elected officials who will work with the people to make our communities a better place to live.  On November 8th, you will have a chance to move our country forward by voting for our communities Democratic Team.  Please take this card to the polls and consider our recommendations.  Thank you!”

    The back also has a little graphic that says “Vote Democratic” with a donkey kicking on an American Flag shield.  Below the address, it says “ELECTION DAY IS TUESDAY NOV. 8TH VOTER GUIDE ON BACK OF THIS CARD”   The fine print says “NOTICE TO VOTERS THIS DOCUMENT WAS PREPARED BY DEMOCRATIC VOTERS CHOICE, NOT AN OFFICIAL PARTY ORGANIZATION.  Appearance in this mailer does not necessarily imply endorsement of others appearing in this mailer,.[sic] nor does it imply endorsement of, or opposition to, any issues set forth in this mailer.  Appearance is paid for and authorized by each candidate and ballot measure designated by an*.”  The slate mailer shows an Arcadia mailing permit.


    On the left, it has a left of offices, with the name of one of the candidates in bold with an asterisk after each: City Attorney JIM PENMAN* CITY CLERK AMELIA SANCHEZ-LOPEZ* CITY COUNCIL WARD 3 JOHN VALDIVIA* CITY COUNCIL WARD 5 CHAS KELLEY* CITY COUNCIL WARD 7 WENDY McCAMMACK* and the legend, “Take this card with you to the polls.”

    Then to the right of the list is a picture of each of the candidates mentioned in the list and a little blurb about each.  It says “JIM PENMAN for City Attorney.  Our City Attorney Jim Penman. Former Director of Home of Neighborly Service.  Endorsed by AFL-CIO, San Bernardino PublicEmployees [sic] Associa tion [sic] and former Mayor Judith Valles.”

    Next: “AMELIA SANCHEZ-LOPEZ for San Bernardino City Clerk.  Our Voice for Integrity.  Our Democratic Choice for City Clerk!  Endorsed by San Bernardino Democratic Party, Central Labor Council AFL-CIO and Congressman Joe Baca.

    Then: “JOHN VALDIVIA for 3rd Ward City Council.  Vote Valdivia. Replace the failed Republican incumbent!  John Valdivia is endorsed by our Teachers, Firefighters, Police Officers and Central Labor Council AFL-CIO.

    CHAS KELLEY for 5th Ward Council.  Re-Elect 5th Ward Councilman Chas Kelley.  Effective leader for our neighborhoods.  Endorsed by the Central Labor Council AFL-CIO and Democratic leaders like former Mayor Judith Valles.”

    WENDY MCCAMACK for 7th Ward.  She fights for seniors and working families![ ]Endorsed by the AFL-CIO, SB Firefighters, P olice[sic] Officers and former Mayor Judith Valles.

    Of course, as anyone paying attention already knows, only one of these people actually claims the endorsement of the actual San Bernardino County Democratic party, and only one of them is a registered Democrat, and of course, two of them are well-known Republicans.    The San Bernardino County Democratic Party, on their website, cries foul.  However, I don’t think anyone takes paid slate mailers seriously, and careful reading of the document shows it comes from a non-party organization.  Further, it is a non-partisan race.

    How much does it cost to be on a slate mailer like this?  On his September 28, 2011 FPPC Form 460, City Attorney James F. Penman had a payment to “Democratic Voters Choice” in the amount of $1,200.  He also had a payment of $960 to “Citizens for Good Government” of $960, which shares the same address in Covina as Democratic Voters Choice.

    Even though it is a non-partisan election, if you really care about the local Democratic party’s choices, from their website:

    These are the endorsements of the San Bernardino County Democratic Central Committee:

    San Bernardino City Attorney – No Endorsement

    San Bernardino City Clerk – Amelia Sanchez-Lopez

    San Bernardino City Council- 3rd Ward – No Democratic Candidate

    San Bernardino City Council – 7th Ward – No Democratic Candidate

    San Bernardino Unified School District (In order of most votes rec’d)
    Juan Lopez
    Dr. Margaret Hill
    Sharon “Bobbie” Perong
    Elsa Valdez

    As far as I can tell, the San Bernardino County Republican Central Committee didn’t make any endorsements in these elections.




    First, a disclaimer:  this site is neutral as explained in the post “Why We Try To Keep Partisan Politics Out of These Postings”  These postings are provided as a community service, and not to push a particular candidate, or slate of candidates.

    This is the fifth mailer that I have seen from incumbent City Attorney Jim Penman.  It has Chas Kelley’s signature Kelly green.  On the front, non-glossy side is a letter from incumbent City Council Member Chas A. Kelley.  It reads:

    From the Desk of
    City Councilman Chas Kelley

    Dear Fifth Ward Neighbor,
    The office of City Attorney serves as an important check and balance for
    the public at City Hall. That’s why I am supporting the re-election of City
    Attorney Jim Penman.
    I haven’t always agreed with Mr. Penman, but I admire his sincere dedication
    to our community, his active leadership in fighting crime and his strong
    stands against government corruption.
    As City Attorney, Jim wrote San Bernardino’s tough moratorium law
    against parolee housing. He directed the city’s most successful crackdown against
    irresponsible out-of-town landlords. He also led the successful fight to shut
    down the drug-infested Hudson Theater Rave Club.
    Jim Penman is NOT afraid to stand up for the citizens of
    Sail Bernardino even if it means taking on other politicians. He understands
    that the role of the City Attorney is to be an independent advocate for integrity
    and justice.
    Please join me in casting your vote for City Attorney Jim Penman.
    Thank you and God Bless.
    5th Ward Councilman, City of San Bernardino

    Under the letter is “Vote Jim Penman For City Attorney,” which repeats on the back.

    The back of the mailer has a “Special Message from Councilman Chas Kelley.”  It says “Jim Penman’s crime fighting leadership and strong stand against corruption are great assets for the people of “San Bernardino.”  Chas”  To the right of the quote, there is a photograph of Council Member Chas Kelley with City Attorney Penman at what appears to be a Robert Jenkins fundraiser or victory party.

    I have no idea if these have been sent in other wards featuring other council members.  If they are, I would expect them to be sent in the 2nd and 7th Wards as well with their council members, and possibly one with Third Ward challenger John Valdivia.   The 7th Ward Council Member, Wendy McCammack, is running for reelection this cycle, as is Chas Kelley.  John Valdivia is running for the 3rd Ward Council seat this cycle.  Robert Jenkins won election in the 2nd Ward for the remainder of Jason Desjardins term earlier this year.