Gigi Hanna

    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: 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.

    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 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 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.


    How did the local press do with their endorsed candidates?

    The Sun endorsed:

    San Bernardino City Council:

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

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

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

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

    How did they do?  1-3.

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

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


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

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

    Winners are in bold:

    San Bernardino Council Third Ward

    The surprise is not the result, but the margin:

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

    Then there are the no-surprises:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    On to the San Bernardino City Unified School District Board Election

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

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