Rikke Van Johnson

    Today (April 10, 2015)  Leticia Garcia announced she is running for the 7th Ward Council seat. Jim Mulvihill is the current 7th Ward Council Member. He was first elected in the recall election on November 5, 2013.

    Previously, on Friday, March 27, 2015, City Attorney Gary Saenz announced he is running for re-election for City Attorney. He was first elected in the recall election on November 5, 2013.

    The other elections on November 3, 2015 are:

    • Ward 3 Council
    • Ward 5 Council
    • Ward 6 Council
    • Ward 7 Council
    • City Treasurer
    • City Clerk

    John Valdivia is the 3rd Ward Council Member.  He was first elected on November 8, 2011. His website does not currently have any information about whether he is running for re-election.

    Henry Nickel is the 5th Ward Council Member. He was first elected on February 4, 2014 in the Special Election to fill the vacant seat left on the resignation of Chas Kelley, consolidated with the General Municipal Election. I haven’t seen an announcement, but his website, http://henrynickel.nationbuilder.com has an image that says “Re-Elect Henry Nickel for City Council Ward Five,” so it would be safe to say he is running again.

    Rikke Van Johnson is the 6th Ward Council Member. He was first elected at the Primary Municipal Election, November 4, 2003.  His website remains from his campaign for Mayor in 2013. There is no information about whether he is running for re-election.

    David C. Kennedy is the City Treasurer. He was first elected in the March 5, 1991 at the Primary Municipal Election. His campaign activities are minimal, if any. His first election, he ran against Southern Pacific conductor Wolfram Schlicht and former Family Services Agency supervisor William A. McKinnon. He ran unopposed in 1995 and 1999.  He handily beat David R. Oberhelman on November 4, 2003. He again ran unopposed in 2007 and 2011.

    Georgeann “Gigi” Hanna is the City Clerk. She was first elected on February 7, 2012 in the General Municipal Election. She has not announced a re-election campaign as of this date.

    I was emailed this link to a YouTube playlist from San Bernardino Generation Now featuring all of the San Bernardino Mayoral Candidates in the November 5, 2013 San Bernardino Primary Municipal Election.  They are from the October 1, 2013 forum at Valley College.  I think it is the opening statements from each of the candidates.  The video can be shaky at the beginning, so be warned.

    It is interesting to see that as of this posting, the videos have received the following views, with Carey Davis having the most:

    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

    Website:  http://demandaccountability.com/

    Telephone: (909) 733-6208

    Email: hnickel@demandaccountability.com

     

    Wendy McCammack

    Website: http://wendy4mayor.com/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Wendy4Mayor?ref=stream

    Email: wendy4mayor@gmail.com

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

    Phone number: 909-886-8677

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/wendyformayor

    Matthew C. Korner

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

    Email: MattKORNERforMAYOR@mail.com

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/MattKorner

    Phone: (909) 648-2844

    Chas A. Kelley

    Web: http://chasformayor.com/

    Phone: 909-648-3506

    Mailing address from website: 5066 N. Varsity Avenue,

    San Bernardino, CA 92407

    Rikke Van Johnson

    Website: http://rikkevanjohnson.com/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RVJ4Mayor

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

    Email (from campaign website): thatsus@rikkevanjohnson.com

    Karmel Roe

    Website: http://yourmayor4prayer.com/

    Contact Information from Campaign Website

    Address: 1177 North E Street, San Bernardino, CA

    Phone Number: (909) 887-5787

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/KarmelRoe

    Concepcion M. Powell

    Website: http://powellformayor2013.com/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/concepcion.m.powell

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/PowellForMayor

    Carey Davis

    Website: http://careydavis.us/

    Blog: http://careydavisca.wordpress.com/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carey.davis.520

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/CareyDavisCA

    Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/careydavisca

    Draymond (Dray) Crawford

    Website: http://mysite.verizon.net/resxnnzb/

    Email (from campaign website): d.crawford81@verizon.net

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

    Twitter https://twitter.com/CrawfordDray

    Richard T. Castro

    Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGjokzOmXMk

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RichardCastroforMayor?ref=stream&hc_location=timeline

    Website: http://richardcastroforsbmayor.nationbuilder.com/

    Rick P. Avila

    No campaign website found.

    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

    Mayor

     

    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:

    B. GUIDELINES FOR SELECTING A BALLOT DESIGNATION
    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

    II. BALLOT DESIGNATION AND DECLARATION OF CANDIDACY

    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.”

     

    The final deadline passed last night.   Here are your 2013 Mayoral Primary Election Lineup, in reverse alphabetical order (enough for a soccer team):

    Karmel Roe

    Website: http://yourmayor4prayer.com/

    About (from website:)

    I was born and raised in San Bernardino and am the mother to four brilliant children. I attended both Crafton Hills and Valley College. In 2006 I received my B.S. Degree from Cal State in Marketing, Business & Public Relations, and Public Administration. I am a real estate and mortgage broker and have operated my own firm in down-town San Bernardino since 2003, where I manage multiple housing units and have brokered millions of dollars in real estate loans. I am currently studying for my law degree.

    Concepcion M. Powell

    Website: http://powellformayor2013.com/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/concepcion.m.powell

    About (from HWGA website:)

    A Luminary, Award winning achiever on national and global economic development challenges of the 21st century, Ms. Powell is a highly-successful, well-respected business woman and a pioneer of community-to-global business in the United States, México and Latin America.

    Ms. Powell is a high-ranking expert on transcending cultures and serves as an International economic/business development consultant. She opens doors between multi-cultural societies to improve understanding and interconnection in international business and community development. She applies her extensive experience and refined effectiveness in emerging communities for development with marketing and research. She provides her expertise to a high spectrum through education ranging from grassroots level to the highest diplomatic collaboration in the United States, México and Latin America.

    Her attributes of the success as the Founder of the Economic Development Forums between the United States and México have excelled her expertise as a transcontinental business facilitator, expert, and consultant; including providing international business relations, governmental relations, intercontinental government branches, extensive international governmental relations, extensive public relations, wide-ranging of national and international business network, media liaison, transcontinental event and conference management, and funding development.

    Ms. Powell has been a member of many local, regional, state, national and international boards and is currently the Chairman and Founder of an International organization–the HWGA-Hispanic Women Grocers of America. She also served on the advisory board for the Institute of Mexicans in the Exteriors-CCIME constituted by Mexican President Vicente Fox in 2006 and served under President Felipe Calderon in 2007-2008. Her involvement was directly with Secretary of Commerce, Secretary of Agriculture, Secretary of Education and Secretary of External Affairs of North America. Their purpose was to advise on International Trade and Economic Development between the United States and México.

    In this capacity, she leads and coordinates the Country’s efforts related to international business development and trade opportunities. In addition, Ms. Powell supports efforts of local trade promotion with organizations collectively gathered to advance the state’s export efforts with Mexico.

    Henry W. Nickel

    No website found as of publishing date.

    About: Was elected to Republican Party County Central Committee, 5th District in 2012, also has run for San Bernardino Unified School Board, Redlands City Council and California Assembly.

    Wendy McCammack

    No website found as of publishing date.

    About (from City Council website:)

    Wendy McCammack is presently serving her fourth term on the San Bernardino City Council. Her current term continues to the year 2016.

    Councilwoman McCammack serves as Chair of the Ways & Means Committee, and serves on the Community Development Block Grant Ad Hoc Committee (CDBG), the Fire Equipment Ad Hoc Committee, the Grants Ad Hoc Committee, the Military Banner Ad Hoc Committee, the Budget Ad Hoc Committee and the Taxi Cab Ad Hoc Committee.  She also currently serves on the Mayor’s Bankruptcy Ad Hoc committee and served with Mayor Valles on her Budget Ad Hoc committee.

    As well as her involvement as a City official, Wendy takes great satisfaction in staying active at the State and National levels regarding issues that directly affect local citizens and government.  She served six years on the State’s League of California Cities Housing Policy Committee.   For 2002-2003, she was elected to the League’s Inland Empire Division as a Director where legislators lobby the State for their city’s best interest.

    Wendy is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and has attended many governmental affairs sessions as well as Legislative Action Days in Sacramento on behalf of the business community in San Bernardino.  She has participated in the Chamber Leadership Program speaking on how to get to know your elected officials and how to participate in the legislative process.  She attends many of the Business After Hours, Open Houses and Ribbon Cuttings and feels this is a great way to get to know many community business leaders.

    She is a member of the Republican Women Federated of San Bernardino.  She has served as the Membership Chairwoman in her San Bernardino Kiwanis Club and was also a Board Member for 2002-2004.  Wendy currently serves as the President of the Assistance League of San Bernardino and annually edits and donates the printing of the membership directory.  Wendy is a supporting member of the Childhelp USA San Bernardino Chapter.  She is a member of Lutheran Church of Our Savior.  Wendy was elected for 2-1/2 years to the Holy Rosary Academy School Board.  She and her husband are former members of the Cal State Coyote Athletic Association and Wendy is a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion Post 777.  She served on the Board of the Highland Avenue Business Association (HAAVA) for two years.  For HAABA, she sponsored a business improvement clean-up day and was vocal in getting Highland Avenue the powers of eminent domain back so non-compliant property owners could be pressured into complying with City building and safety standards.  Further, Wendy is a lifetime Girl Scout.

    Wendy has an extensive background in marketing, sales and accounting.  She grew up and was educated on the East Coast.  She went to Drew University and Kean College in New Jersey.  She and her husband, Dave, own Express Printing, Signs and T’s, Creative Advertising and Apple Tax Service.  Those small businesses have been in San Bernardino since 1982.

    Wendy’s hobbies are, first and foremost, her college age children, Chelsea – 21 and Mckenzee – 23 and her husband.  She enjoys many water sports, such as swimming, kayaking, sailing and fishing.  She also loves singing and playing instrumental music.  She is a devout animal lover.

    Matthew C. Korner

    No photo provided to the City Clerk

    No website found

    About: Lives in the 7th Ward

    Chas A. Kelley

    No campaign website found.

    About (from Council website):

    Councilman Chas A. Kelley was elected to the City Council in November 2003 and re-elected in November 2007 and was sworn in to represent the residents of the Fifth Ward of the City of San Bernardino on March 1, 2004. He has since been re-elected for the third time on November 8, 2011.  Chas Kelley’s term will expire in March 2016. He currently serves as the of the Chair Ways & Means Committee and is a member of the of the Grants Ad Hoc Committee, Education Bridge Committee and the San Bernardino Economic Development Corporation (SBEDC).  He has previously served on the Legislative Review Committee and Personnel Committee.

    As well as his involvement as a City official, Councilman Kelley is an active member of Our Lady of The Assumption Catholic Church where he serves on the Pastoral Council. He is also a Cub Scout Leader, a Little League Coach with Post 777; President of Kendall Hills Neighborhood Association, and a member of the Neighborhood Cluster Association Advisory Board. Before his election to the Fifth Ward, he served on the Community Television Commission.

    Mr. Kelley and his wife, Teri have four children, Brandon, Autumn, Christian and Dylan.

    Rikke Van Johnson

    Website: http://rikkevanjohnson.com/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RVJ4Mayor

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

    Email (from campaign website): thatsus@rikkevanjohnson.com

    About (from campaign website):

    Rikke Van Johnson is a 52 year resident of San Bernardino. He is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Rialto and has an Associate of Arts Degree from San Bernardino Valley College, where he graduated in 1981.

    Mr. Johnson is retired from the United States Postal Service after 27 years of service. He is presently employed as a Bail Agent and Manager for Greenwood Bail Bonds in San Bernardino.

    Mr. Johnson was elected to the City Council in November 2003 and was sworn in to represent the residents of the Sixth Ward of the City of San Bernardino on March 1, 2004. He was re-elected to his third term on the City Council in November 2011. His current term will expire in March 2016.

    He has served on various City Committees and presently serves on the Personnel Committee, Ways and Means Committee, Economic Strategic Plan Committee and the Military Banner Ad Hoc Committee. Further he serves as a member of the Inland Valley Development Agency and the San Bernardino International Airport Authority.

    Mr. Johnson is a Deacon at Ecclesia Christian Fellowship Church in San Bernardino. He is a member of the Westside Action Group (WAG), National Alliance of Postal and Federal Employees (NAPFE), the California Bail Agents Association (CBAA), the Broome Family Foundation (BFF), the Newman Leadership Academy (NLA) and is also a lifetime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

    Mr. Johnson is happily married to Sharon and they have two daughters, Monique and Erika, one son, Julian Marsailes and two granddaughters, Kiara and Savii.

    Carey Davis

    Website: http://careydavis.us/

    Blog: http://careydavisca.wordpress.com/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carey.davis.520

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/CareyDavisCA

    Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/careydavisca

    About (from website):

    Who is Carey Davis?

    • Trusted and experienced leader with integrity; committed to return San Bernardino to financial health.
    • 35 years successful accounting and financial management experience.
    • Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
    • Master’s Business Administration, Cal State San Bernardino (CSUSB).
    • Born and raised in San Bernardino; Pacific High School class of ’70.
    • Married 40 years, Carey and Johnetta raised their four children to server their families and communities.
    • Local Church leader

    Draymond (Dray) Crawford

    Website: http://mysite.verizon.net/resxnnzb/

    Email (from campaign website): d.crawford81@verizon.net

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

    About (from campaign website):

    I am not new to our city or region, I know the history of the area. I know San Bernardino.

    I opened one of the first homework safe zones in the city, while also offering free computer training to adults to improve their job skills. Also holding the position of Executive Director of Self Education Law Enforcement Family (S.E.L.F.) youth program that targeted at risk boys. I have also served as the Inland Empire Peace Officers Association President.

    Strong Family ties, married for 29 years.

    Affiliations

    Current Chairperson of City of San Bernardino Police Commission

    Member of Local 12 Operators & Engineers

    Past member of 1183 Labors Union

    Awards

    NAACP Small Business Leader

    City of San Bernardino, Citizen of the month

     

    Coached at San Bernardino Valley College with Ron Smedley during championship years of the early 80’s

    Served as a U.S. Marine

    Long Beach P.D.

    Richard T. Castro

    No campaign website found.

    About: Lives in 5th Ward, was chair of the Concerned Citizens Coalition of San Bernardino.

    Rick P. Avila

    No campaign website found.

    About: Has run for mayor previously.

     

    The people running for Mayor of the City of San Bernardino keeps growing.  The last post, in April highlighed Rick Avila and Rikke Van Johnson:

    2014 is the date of the general election should no one get a majority in the primary municipal election on November 5, 2013.   It is also the date the mayor-elect (should Mayor Patrick J. Morris not run again, as reported) will be sworn-in.

    Here is Council Member Rikke Van Johnson’s Form 501.  If he indeed filed a Form 410, it is not available online as of April 24, 2013.  The Form 501 is signed and dated February 22, 2013, stamped received by the Secretary of State on February 27, 2013, filed and crossed-out by the Registrar of Voters on some date (presumably sent from the Secretary of State to the Registrar of Voters, not realizing that the City Clerk is the elections official), and then filed by the City Clerk on March 28, 2013.

    Other than that donation page and the footer that says “Paid for by Elect Rikke Van Johnson for Mayor 2014,” the site does not seem to mention Rikke Van Johnson’s platform for Mayor of San Bernardino.

    Rick Avila does not appear to have a Form 501 online, but the aforementioned Form 410 is available here. Rick Avila does not appear to have a campaign website active at this moment.  Most links I could find refer to earlier runs.  For example, this post from this site, A Brief History of Mayoral Elections in San Bernardino from 1905 to 2013, Rick Avila has run twice before:

    Additionally, Draymond M. Crawford II filed FPPC Form 501 on March 13, 2013 stating his intention to run for Mayor in 2013.  That completed form is found on the City’s website.  He announced last year, and his website is here.

    Also running according to the City’s website: Concepción M. Powell, who filed her Form 501 on March 27, 2013.  She has a mayoral website.

    R. Carey Davis filed a Form 501 on April 8, 2013.

    Karmel F. Roe filed a Form 501 on April 3, 2013, but signed on March 19, 2013 .  She has a mayoral website, http://yourmayor4prayer.com/.

    So far,  five candidates for Mayor of San Bernardino have taken steps towards candidacy.”

    Well, now the total is, as of July 10, 2013, is nine.  That’s more than the modern era (which I count from 1987), when on November 4, 1997, there were a total of 6 candidates:

    MAYOR
    CITY OF SAN BERNARDINO

    #PCT: 49
    #RPT: 49
    %RPT: 100.0%

    Vote for: 1

    PAUL W SANBORN

    529

    3.5%

    TIMOTHY P PRINCE

    3618

    24.3%

    JUDITH VALLES

    4505

    30.3%

    DAVID OBERHELMAN

    3406

    22.9%

    JOHN S BALLARD

    335

    2.2%

    ANN BOTTS

    2464

    16.5%

    That resulted in a General Election in 1998 between former City Attorney Ralph Prince’s son Timothy Prince and the eventual victor, Judith Valles.  Of course, people filing a Form 501 are not necessarily candidates that have qualified.

    What new information do I have on the people running?

    First, the original six: Karmel Roe has filed a Form 410.  Rikke Van Johnson has filed an original and an amended Form 410.  Rick Avila’s Form 501 is still not available online, and I still can’t find a campaign website. Draymond Crawford II’s Form 410 is now available online. Concepción M. Powell’s Form 410 is now available online. R. Carey Davis has filed a Form 410, but still doesn’t have a website that I could find.

    As to the new three:

    Betty Jean Long, a long-time public commenter during Mayor and Common Council meetings, dating back to when I was a Deputy City Attorney filed a Form 501. No website was found.

    Jerry Arispi, who lists himself as a Democrat  on the Form 501, has filed the Form 501.  He has a mayoral website.  His website says that he is a “a former small business owner, community organizer and graduate of Florida State University College of Law (FSU).”

    Lastly, needing no introduction is City Council Member Wendy McCammack.  She filed her Form 501 on May 16, 2013. She filed her Form 410 on May 16, 2013. I was unable to find a campaign website, and if the past is any indication, she uses Facebook for campaigns.

     

    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

    Specialties

    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 an update to my earlier post entitled “What You Need To Know About The City of San Bernardino Mayoral Primary November 5, 2013,” I placed a phone call to the San Bernardino City Clerk’s Office regarding which candidates filed Fair Political Practices Commission Form 410, Statement of Organization Recipient.  I wrote elsewhere about Form 410, following that link will give you some information on when that form needs to be filed.  Anyway, after talking to Linda in the Clerk’s Office and asking what candidates for the mayoral primary had filed Form 410, she retrieved the file and told me that two had been filed.  One was Rick Avila, who has run for Mayor before, and the second was 6th Ward Council Member Rikke Van Johnson.  I had heard those two names were definitely running before, but I do not report un-sourced rumors.

    Going to Council Member Rikke Van Johnson’s website, it has this information:

    You may make your contributions to
    Rikke’s campaign by MAIL using
    the following address:
    Rikke Van Johnson for Mayor 2014
    P.O. Box 7753
    San Bernardino, CA 92411
    or
    ONLINE via PayPal
    (you do not need a PayPal account.)

    [PayPal graphic deleted]
    THANK YOU VERY MUCH
    Rikke Van Johnson for Mayor 2014
    FPPC# [None given]

    2014 is the date of the general election should no one get a majority in the primary municipal election on November 5, 2013.   It is also the date the mayor-elect (should Mayor Patrick J. Morris not run again, as reported) will be sworn-in.

    Here is Council Member Rikke Van Johnson’s Form 501.  If he indeed filed a Form 410, it is not available online as of April 24, 2013.  The Form 501 is signed and dated February 22, 2013, stamped received by the Secretary of State on February 27, 2013, filed and crossed-out by the Registrar of Voters on some date (presumably sent from the Secretary of State to the Registrar of Voters, not realizing that the City Clerk is the elections official), and then filed by the City Clerk on March 28, 2013.

    Other than that donation page and the footer that says “Paid for by Elect Rikke Van Johnson for Mayor 2014,” the site does not seem to mention Rikke Van Johnson’s platform for Mayor of San Bernardino.

    Rick Avila does not appear to have a Form 501 online, but the aforementioned Form 410 is available here. Rick Avila does not appear to have a campaign website active at this moment.  Most links I could find refer to earlier runs.  For example, this post from this site, A Brief History of Mayoral Elections in San Bernardino from 1905 to 2013, Rick Avila has run twice before:

    Primary Municipal Election 2005: Patrick J. Morris gets the most votes (11,249), James F. Penman gets the second most votes (6,648 votes), Chas A. Kelley (4,079 votes), Rick Avila (3,425 votes), Michael Ellison-Lewis (466 votes), 42 write-in votes leading to a February general election. (SB Registrar of Voters).

    Primary Municipal Election November 3, 2009: Patrick J. Morris (8,349 votes) defeats James F. Penman (5,376 votes) and Rick Avila (1,205 votes). (SB Registrar of Voters).

    Additionally, Draymond M. Crawford II filed FPPC Form 501 on March 13, 2013 stating his intention to run for Mayor in 2013.  That completed form is found on the City’s website.  He announced last year, and his website is here.

    Also running according to the City’s website: Concepción M. Powell, who filed her Form 501 on March 27, 2013.  She has a mayoral website.

    R. Carey Davis filed a Form 501 on April 8, 2013.

    Karmel F. Roe filed a Form 501 on April 3, 2013, but signed on March 19, 2013 .  She has a mayoral website, http://yourmayor4prayer.com/.

    So far,  five candidates for Mayor of San Bernardino have taken steps towards candidacy.

    People want to find easy answers as to who is to blame for San Bernardino’s impending bankruptcy filing by looking at partisan affiliation.  First, like a local government in California, the Mayor and Common Council are non-partisan.  Second, the vote was 4-2-1 to file for Chapter 9 Bankruptcy.  By Ward: 1st: Virginia Marquez, For, 2nd: Robert Jenkins, For, 3rd: John Valdivia, Abstain, 4th: Fred Shorett: Against, 5th: Chas A. Kelley, Against, 6th Rikke Van Johnson, For, 7th: Wendy McCammack.  Mayor Patrick J. Morris could have vetoed, but has not.  As far as I know, since people keep wanting to know the political affiliations, to the best of my knowledge, based on an earlier post at the law blog:

    Virginia Marquez: Democrat (For filing Bankruptcy)

    Robert Jenkins: Republican (For)

    John Valdvia: Decline To State (Non-Partisan) (Abstained)

    Fred Shorett: Unknown (Against) [Correction January 14, 2013.  In a post on the San Bernardino Sun website dated January 13, 2013 3:33:11 PM PST, Ryan Hagen’s article “Mayor Morris: San Bernardino may consider ‘revenue enhancements’ but not in immediate future” states:

    Even frequent Morris ally Fred Shorett, who unlike the mayor is a registered Republican, said he opposed any new taxes.

    Chas A. Kelley: Republican (Against)

    Rikke Van Johnson: Democrat (For)

    Wendy McCammack: Republican (For)

    Mayor Patrick J. Morris: Democrat (Did not veto)

    And though he didn’t get a vote, and never gets a vote, but people are always curious about the issue, elected City Attorney James F. Penman was, as of the last election, registered Decline To State.

    What do national politics have to do with this particular decision?  Very little, but that doesn’t stop some of the commentators who want to find a larger narrative to fit this news.

    As for the elected City Clerk and City Treasurer, Georgeann “Gigi” Hanna never disclosed a political party affiliation, and I have no idea what David Kennedy’s political party affiliation is.

     

    Here are today’s searches to this blog, precipitating this post:

     

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    I also have no idea what former Mayors Evelyn Wilcox (Update January 14, 2013: in 1985, she was a Republican) or Tom Minor’s political party affiliations are.  At his death, I could not tell you Bob Holcolmb’s political party affiliation (update: however, in 1985, he was a Democrat) .

    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.