Joe Baca

    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

    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

    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.

    For some reason, the Sun failed to run anything other than a paid obituary on the death of George H. Schnarre on October 16, 2012.  Apparently, unless you are a former Mayor (Al Ballard, Tom Minor, or Bob Holcomb), or someone as high profile as Martin Matich, you don’t even get a passing mention in the newspaper of record in the City of San Bernardino.  In that spirit, here are the remarks of Joe Baca, entered into the Congressional Record on the floor of the House of Representatives on January 29, 2002

     

    TRIBUTE TO MR. GEORGE H. SCHNARRE — HON. JOE BACA (Extensions of Remarks – January 29, 2002)

     

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    HON. JOE BACA
    OF CALIFORNIA
    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
    Tuesday, January 29, 2002

    • Mr. BACA. Mr. Speaker, it is with great pleasure that I rise today to pay tribute to Mr. George H. Schnarre for his service as the President of the San Bernardino Area Chamber of Commerce.
    • Mr. Schnarre is an individual of great distinction, and we join with his colleagues, family and friends in honoring his remarkable service to the San Bernardino community. He has truly achieved the American dream while retaining a firm commitment to his community exemplified by his work with the Chamber of Commerce.
    • George Schnarre was born during the Great Depression to Missouri sharecroppers. In the 1940’s the Schnarre family migrated to California setting down roots in the San Bernardino area. After graduating from San Bernardino High School, George began studies at Valley College, but they were cut short by the Korean War. George Schnarre answered the call of duty joining the United States Navy as a dental technician. Upon the completion of his duty to his country, George returned to his studies at the University of California at Riverside while working part time in the grocery business. Thus began George’s career in the Southern California business community.
    • While working his way up in the grocery industry, George Schnarre earned his real estate license. After moving back to his roots in San Bernardino, George entered the real estate business full time. Eventually George began his own real estate firm, George H. Schnarre Inc. Real Estate. Over time George’s firm grew to encompass 13 offices.
    • While George built his real estate firm, he always made sure there was time to serve his community and his industry at the local, state and national levels. He obtained lifetime credentials to teach any real estate subject at the Community College level. Among numerous activities within the community, George participated in area little league and girls softball leagues, and is an active Rotarian, Mason, Shriner, and member of the San Bernardino Elks. George Schnarre’s dedication to the community and expertise in the business culminated in his service as Director of the San Bernardino Chamber of Commerce as well as on four other local Chambers.
    • George Schnarre is not only a business and community leader, he is also a family man. We are joined in recognizing the accomplishments of this outstanding individual by his wife, Claudia A. Schnarre, son George W. Schnarre, daughter Cindy Schnarre Healy and grandson David Jones.

    And so, Mr. Speaker, I join George’s loving family, recognizing George’s long and distinguished career in real estate, and we express admiration for his service to the San Bernardino Area Chamber of Commerce.

    The problem with the Sun is it is undercapitialized, it is not an integral part of the community, and it has close to zero institutional memory.  The people of San Bernardino deserve better.

     

    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.