San Bernardino City and San Bernardino City Unified School District Election Round-Up

By Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law.

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A variety of mail has arrived in local mailboxes in the last few days to catch any last minute voters (those that have not mailed or dropped off last minute ballots, and those that vote the old-fashioned way: in person.  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.

Next, we have the fourth David McKenna for San Bernardino City Attorney mailer, with the headline “The Choice for San Bernardino City Attorney is like Night and Day . . .” on the front, and the reverse has the headline “Community Leaders and Reliable Sources All Support David McKenna for City Attorney”

Teresa Para Craig sends another mailer.  Here is the front, here is the back.

Lastly is a Larry Lee for City Council mailer.  This is the first adversarial piece from Larry Lee.  Pastor Lee, from all I have heard is a very nice man, and even his attack mail is very well-mannered.  The photograph of Chas Kelley is very professional and is attributed to the San Bernardino Sun.

The mailer is an over-sized post card.  It says, on the front that “ON NOVEMBER 8TH THE CHOICE IS CLEAR” in red letters.

Next to a picture of Pastor Larry Lee is the subheading “Our Interests” and the following bullet-points: “Larry Lee will fight for our interests.”  “Larry Lee is asking for your support so he can protect our interests above all else.”  “Our city needs a balanced impartial voice that supports good wages for our public employees without bankrupting our city.”

Next to the photograph of Chas Kelley is the subheading “Special Interests” “Chas will fight to protect the interest of public employee’s [sic] unions.”  “Chas Kelley’s support comes from employee’s [sic] unions because he protects their interests above all else.

That’s the extent of the attack.  The same side continues in large yellow block letters “LARRY LEE FOR CITY COUNCIL”  and in smaller white block letters “VOTE NOVEMBER 8TH TO TURN OUR CITY AROUND.”   This mailer is the only one that uses the “fill-in the arrow”  that I have seen on any campaign mail for any position this turn.

The mailer continues with the following maxims: “GOOD GOVERNANCE is based on the establishment of a representative and accountable form of government.”  “POOR GOVERNANCE stifles and impedes development good governance is for independence.”  Your guess is as good as mine.

Pastor Lee ends the first side with some Christian scripture with no attribution.   It is a translation of 1 Corinthians 13:  “Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

The back continues the Christian theme by showing Larry Lee’s endorsements:   They include Brad Dacus, a Sacramento attorney and President of the Pacific Justice Institute, which claims to be a “legal defense organization specializing in the defense of religious freedom, parental rights, and other civil liberties.”  Pastor Lee is also endorsed by Jim Cobrae, described as Senior Pastor of the Rock Church & World Outreach Center.  He is also endorsed by Dr. Rob Zinn, who is listed as Senior Pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Highland, and Dr. Joshua Beckley, the Senior Pastor of Ecclesia Christian Fellowship (spelled “Eccelesia” on the mailer).  He is also endorsed by Redlands Chief of Police Mark Garcia and Mike Gallo, who is running for San Bernardino Unified School Board.

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