Danny Tillman

    There appears to be a lot of interest in this race (not so much that people actually voted, mind you), probably because of the Red to Blue aspect of it. Anyway, I thought I would break this out for people who just want to know the unofficial results. The top two advance to the November 4, 2014 Statewide General Election, and the winner will represent the 31st Congressional District of California in the United States House of Representatives, Replacing Gary Miller.

     

    These results are from the California Secretary of State’s website, based on the final unofficial election night results from the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters:

    U.S. House of Representatives District 31 – Districtwide Results
    477
    477
    June 4, 2014, 3:08 a.m.
    Incumbent CandidateName Party Preference Votes Percent
    FALSE Pete Aguilar Democratic 7368 17.4
    FALSE Joe Baca Democratic 4799 11.3
    FALSE Eloise Gomez Reyes Democratic 6746 16
    FALSE Danny Tillman Democratic 3648 8.6
    FALSE Paul Chabot Republican 11329 26.8
    FALSE Ryan Downing Republican 1421 3.4
    FALSE Lesli Gooch Republican 6978 16.5

    With early voting starting on October 7, 2013 for the San Bernardino City Unified School District Board of Trustees Election on November 5, 2013, the San Bernardino Teachers Association PAGE Committee for Education sent this brochure.

    This mailer came by U.S. Mail. In it, the San Bernardino Teachers Association endorses three candidates for the San Bernardino City Unified School District Board of Education: incumbents Danny Tillman, Barbara Flores, and Judi Penman. Not endorsed, but running, are Kaisar Ahmed, Sonia Frernandez, Joe Navarro and Abigail Medina.
    The brochure is labeled a Voter Guide.  On the front it says:
    OUR TEACHERS’ CHOICE
    SCHOOLS ON THE RIGHT TRACK. STUDENTS ON THE RIGHT PATH.
    PENMAN, FLORES, and TILLMAN
    Recommended by your local classroom teachers.
    The Teachers’ Choice Team knows that our district must do what it can to keep our schools on
    the right track and students on the right path. Our Candidates support:
    Building the Basic Skills for the 21st Century to prepare our students for career or college
    Removing obstacles to student achievement
    Working together to improve student performance
    Promoting every child’s opportunity to succeed
    Maintaining strong, safe schools for our children
    Please Vote for the Teachers’ Choice Team for the San Bernardino City School Board
    PENMAN, FLORES, and TILLMAN
    Paid for by the PAGE Committee for Education San Bernardino Teachers Association 1997 E. Marshall Blvd., San Bernardino, 92404, Ashley Bettas, Treasurer. FPPC #745358
    Extra points for correct spelling and grammar.  I especially like the use of the Oxford Comma, though I was forced to abandon it in my own writing by my last employer.
    The back of the flier says:
    NOVEMBER 5, 2013 -VOTER GUIDE
    PROVIDED BY YOUR CLASSROOM TEACHERS
    Your local San Bernardino classroom teachers interviewed THE CANDIDATES and the only candidates
    we recommend for the Teachers’ Choice Team are PENMAN, FLORES, AND TILLMAN.
    San Bernardino City Unified School
    District Board of Education
    Vote for Three
    Kaisar Ahmed
    [Check] Danny Tillman
    Sonia Fernandez
    [Check] Barbara Flores
    Joe Navarr0
    Abigail M. Medina
    [Check] Judi Penman
    On November 5, please Vote for the TEACHERS’ CHOICE TEAM
    for the San Bernardino City School Board:
    PENMAN, FLORES, and TILLMAN
    SAN BERNARDINO CITY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION
    San Bernardino Teachers Assoc.
    1997 East Marshall Blvd.
    San Bernardino CA 92404

    This is the second election cycle that I have covered for the San Bernardino City Unified School District.  Last time, I covered earlier San Bernardino Teachers Association mailings.  In a post dated November 7, 2011, I wrote:
    We have a post card from the San Bernardino Teachers Association: front and  back.  This is their third mailer, endorsing Juan Lopez, Sharon “Bobbie” Perong, Margaret Hill and Lynda K. Savage.
    In this election, the San Bernardino Teachers Association is endorsing three incumbents, Judi Penman, Dr. Barbara Flores, and Danny Tillman.  In 2011, which was a “pick four” election, they endorsed incumbent Lynda K. Savage (who won), challenger Sharon “Bobbie” Perong (who won), challenger Margaret Hill (who won), and Juan Lopez (who was not in the top four).

    In 2011, the San Bernardino Teachers Association sent the identical mailer, with the names of the candidates changed.

    The back of the 2011 mailer is almost identical. One of the differences that I note is instead of 2011’s “YOUR LOCAL SAN BERNARDINO CLASSROOM TEACHERS INTERVIEWED ALL THE CANDIDATES AND THE ONLY CANDIDATES WE RECOMMEND FOR THE TEACHERS’ CHOICE TEAM ARE PERONG, LOPEZ, HILL AND SAVAGE” becomes 2013’s “Your local San Bernardino classroom teachers interviewed THE CANDIDATES and the only candidates we recommend for the Teachers’ Choice Team are PENMAN, FLORES, AND TILLMAN.” Obviously, the election date has changed, and the names of the candidates and challengers has changed.  Otherwise, same mailer, both mailed from Huntington Beach, Ashley Bettas is still the PAGE Committee for Education San Bernardino Teachers Association’s treasurer, and that Committee has the same Fair Political Practices Commission number.

     

     

    The San Bernardino elections political mail drought continued through the weekend.  Apparently, no one has any money this cycle.  However, upon a visit to Baguette Express at 1689 Kendall Drive, Suite D, San Bernardino, CA 92407, while waiting for my banh mi and spring rolls to be made, I found the first piece of literature I have seen for the San Bernardino City Unified School District election on November 5, 2013.  Here it is, Kaisar Ahmed for San Bernardino School Board handbill.  Here it is:

     

    Please vote for:
    KAISAR AHMED
    FOR SAN BERNARDINO SCHOOLS [sic] BOARD
    Education/Experience                                    Goals/Mission
    Retired School Teacher                                   Educate Every Child
    Parent of an Autistic Child                             Effective Teacher Training
    Community Volunteer                                    Communicate with Public
    Team Player                                                      Budget Hawk

    Goals/Mission
    For information, contact at:
    kahmed4schoolboard2013@gmailcom

    The handbill is simple, and pretty much the other end of the spectrum, for better or worse, from the glossy Eloise Gomez Reyes brochure in the Congressional Primary next year: http://www.scribd.com/doc/171227820/Eloise-Gomez-Reyes-Campaign-Flier-September-2013.

    I also found this Facebook page in support of Kaisar Ahmed’s candidacy: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kaisar-Ahmed-for-San-Bernardino-School-Board/372161186245281.

    The qualified candidates for San Bernardino Unified School District Board of Trustees (quoting my earlier post):

    The qualified candidates (elect three) of the San Bernardino Unified School District are Kaisar Ahmed, Sonia Fernandez, Barbara Flores, Abigail M. Medina, Joe Navarro, Judi Penman and Danny Tillman. No candidate statements from Danny Tillman, Joe Navarro, or Sonia Fernandez.  The incumbents are Dr. Flores, Judi Penman and Danny Tillman.

    As of this writing, I am not finding anything online for Sonia Fernandez. She is listed on the ballot as “College Student”

    There is a blog from the last election of incumbent Dr. Barbara Flores: http://friendsofbarbaraflores.blogspot.com/

    Abigail Medina, listed on the ballot as Parent/Businesswoman, has the following information online:
    Website: www.abigailmedinaforschoolboard.com/.

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AbigailMedina4SchoolBoard.

    Address: P.O. Box 145

    Highland CA 92346

    Campaign phone number: (909) 522-9926

    Joe Navarro: No information could be found online at this time. His ballot designation is “No Ballot Designation.”

    Judi Penman: No campaign information could be found online.  Judi Penman is an incumbent, and that is her ballot designation.

    Danny Tillman: No campaign information could be found online.  Danny Tillman is an incumbent, and that is his ballot designation.  Danny Tillman is also running in the June 2014 31st Congressional District primary.  That campaign website can be found here.

    And now, something completely different.  This brochure from 31st Congressional District Candidate Eloise Gomez Reyes arrived yesterday.  The 31st Congressional District of California includes what appears to be all, if not all, of the City of San Bernardino, the City of Redlands, Mentone, Grand Terrace, Loma Linda, Colton, about half of Rialto, some of Fontana, and a lot of Rancho Cucamonga. This is the first brochure received in the mail from any of the declared candidates in this race.

    My first impression of the brochure is that is very professionally done.  Though I have not seen many brochures, fliers or cards yet in the November 5, 2013 San Bernardino Primary Municipal Election, I know that they range from amateur to minimally professional, but you can see that with this brochure that the Eloise Gomez Reyes campaign used paid professionals to assemble the brochure.  That means using professional photographers, professional graphic designers, and they weren’t mailed out of someone’s office. This kind of mailing is very expensive, but might make the difference in a close race.

    This is the type of brochure that can be considered a “Meet the Candidate” mailing.  The brochure is a sturdy, color, gate fold, six page document.  The front features a portrait of Eloise Gomez Reyes and appears to be standing in the field of a park, though I cannot identify the location.  I would presume a park in Colton, south San Bernardino or Rialto.  The title in large red letters is “ELOISE GOMEZ REYES DEMOCRAT FOR CONGRESS.”  The title below or on the portrait is “PUTTING INLAND EMPIRE FAMILIES FIRST” and continues “OPEN HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ELOISE.”

    I won’t quote the entire document which you can visit by clicking on the link above.  However, in the vein of being a “Meet the Candidate” mailing, under the heading Eloise Gomez Reyes – Daughter of the Inland Empire, it starts “Meet Eloise Gomez Reyes.”

    There are pictures on the second page, including a black and white family photo, a color picture from the 1970s of the candidate graduating, one of her getting married, one of her with Hillary Clinton, another one with her husband, Frank, and their son, and a current photo with her husband.

    The second page features dense text that introduces you to the candidate and why she is running. The next two pages are under the title “Putting Inland Empire Families First.”  The third page (the first of the two previously mentioned) has “Eloise’s Plan to Get Results”  They are:

    “Create jobs right here in the Inland Empire”

    “Prepare our kids to compete for 21st Century jobs”

    “Pass real comprehensive immigration reform”

    “Protect services families depend on”

    “Keep our promises to seniors and veterans”

    The next page details her community service and honors and awards.  Though I have never met her, I have heard her name for years. The last conversation that I had with Roberta Shouse, the Executive Director of Legal Aid Society of San Bernardino, Inc. was regarding Roberta Shouse’s support of Eloise Gomez Reyes’ campaign for Congress. When I was Legal Aid Society of San Bernardino’s staff attorney, I would hear about Eloise Gomez Reyes’ involvement with another Private Attorney Involvement clinic, Inland Empire Latino Lawyers, also known as IELLA. The brochure states that she was the Attorney of the Year for IELLA for 2013, and that she won a California State Bar Pro Bono Award in 2012.

    The brochure urges the reader to “Join Team Eloise Today!” and invites the reader to please compete the attached card, tear off, and mail back or go to eloiseforcongress.com.  This card asks the reader to give their name, email, address, home number, work number, and cell number.  Four boxes can be checked off, to be a public supporter of Eloise, to host a house party for Eloise, to volunteer for Eloise’s campaign, or to put an Eloise sign in my window or yard.  It also gives space to sign up a friend or family member.

    The back of the brochure (upon which the mailing address if affixed) has a blurb about the 31st Congressional District, including a map:

    California’s 31st Congressional District is located entirely in San Bernardino County and includes all or parts of the communities of Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Loma Linda, Mentone, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Rialto, San Bernardino and Upland.  President Obama won the 31st District with over 57% of the vote in 2012, yet a far-right Republican, Gary Miller, represents the district because no Democrat was able to make the 2012 General Election ballot. Under California’s new open primary system, two Republicans defeated the Democrats in the primary and faced each other in November. The district is one of the most Democratic seats in the nation currently held by a Republican and Geary Miller has been ranked as the most vulnerable member of Congress.

    All true.

    I wrote about what went wrong in the 31st District election for the Democrats in this piece published in 2012.  And, it may happen again given the number of Democrats running in this election should another non-Democrat run in the primary.  Those announced for the June 3, 2014 primary include Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar, former Congressman Joe Baca, Republican Congressman and incumbent Gary Miller and San Bernardino School Board Member Danny Tillman.

    The brochure gives the following contact information for Eloise Gomez Reyes:

    Website: www.eloiseforcongress.com

    Twitter @EloiseforCongress (which I was unable to locate, even when clicking from her campaign website.

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EloiseForCongress

    Phone (909) 332-2020

    Mailing: P.O. Box 11487, San Bernardino, CA 92423

    I swore on Twitter that I would not write about the San Bernardino Primary Municipal Election until the candidates were set in stone.  This is what I can piece together:

    Ryan Hagen reported on Twitter (@sbcitynow) at 6:42 p.m.yesterday that the “list of candidates qualified for the City Council election is finalized. 3 running in the 1st Ward, 2 in the 2nd Ward, 3 in the 4th.”

    He followed up a minute later to report “Ward 1 candidates: Virginia Marquez, John Abad, Casey Dailey,” and a minute later “Ward 2 candidates: Robert Jenkins, Benito Barrios. Ward 4: Fred Shorett, Anthony Jones, Kathy Pinegar”

    He followed that up to say that he watched the City Clerk’s office close at 6 p.m. and that they called him ten minutes later.

    The City Clerk’s Office online doesn’t have much more information.  It says it was last updated on August 8th in the morning.

    The Registrar of Voters says that Kathy Pinegar filed a Declaration of Candidacy on August 6, 2013, nomination papers were issued on 7/31/2013, and filed on 8/6/2013, and that she submitted a candidate statement for the sample ballot, and qualified.  No other 4th Ward candidates are listed.

    The ROV report is undated, but accessed this morning at around 10:20.  It also says that Council Member Robert Jenkins had a candidate statement and qualified. Benito J. Barrios filed a Declaration of Candidacy on August 9, 2013, nomination papers were issued on 8/8/2013, and filed on 8/9/2013.  He prepared a candidate statement and qualified.  No other 2nd Ward candidates are listed.

    In the First Ward, the ROV lists Council Member Virginia Marquez, Casey Dailey and John J. Abad as qualifying, all with candidate statements.

    For Mayor, with the nomination period not  closed if Mayor Patrick Morris did not file, it lists Rick Avila, Richard T. Castro,  Draymond “Dray” Crawford, Carey Davis, Anthony Jones all qualifying. No candidate statements from Richard T. Castro or Rick Avila.

    The qualified candidates (elect three) of the San Bernardino Unified School District are Kaisar Ahmed, Sonia Fernandez, Barbara Flores, Abigail M. Medina, Joe Navarro, Judi Penman and Danny Tillman. No candidate statements from Danny Tillman, Joe Navarro, or Sonia Fernandez.  The incumbents are Dr. Flores, Judi Penman and Danny Tillman.

     

     

    According to the list at the Registrar of Voters dated August 5, 2013, the following candidates have pulled nomination papers for the November 5, 2013 San Bernardino Unified School District Election (Vote for 3):

     

    Kaisar Ahmed (Nomination papers issued 7/19/2013, not yet qualified)

    Sonia Fernandez (Declaration of Candidacy filed 7/29/2013, Nomination papers issued 7/29/2013, Filed 7/29/2013)

    Abigail M. Medina (Declaration of Candidacy filed 7/15/2013, Nomination papers issued 7/15/2013, Filed 7/15/2013)

    Danny Tillman (Declaration of Candidacy filed 7/15/2013, Nomination papers issued 7/15/2013, Filed 7/15/2013)

     

    Danny Tillman is a current Board Member.  He has also announced that he is running for the United States Congress in the 31st Congressional District of California in the open primary next year.

    As far as I can tell, Kaisar Ahmed is a recent retiree from Cypress Elementary.

    I was not specifically able to find out information about Sonia Fernandez, but there was a mention of a Sonia Fernandez in this story found online. I have no idea if they are the same person.

    From a San Bernardino Unified School District Press Release dated April 30, 2012, Abigail M. Medina was awarded the outstanding parent award for San Gorgonio High School in April 2012.