Over on sbdpolitics.com: The San Bernardino City Attorney’s Office Budget: Additional Appropriation On City of San Bernardino Council Agenda 11/21/2011

By Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law.

Over on sbdpolitics.com, there is a brief discussion of an additional appropriation on today’s San Bernardino City Council Meeting.  Click on the link in the previous sentence to go directly to the article.

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Looking for San Bernardino County Politics? Go to sbdpolitics.com

By Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law.

I have started a companion site for the political posts called sbdpolitics.com.   I will probably cross-post now and then between the blogs, especially during election season.  However, the idea is for sbdpolitics to contain the vast majority of political, versus legal, postings.  This blog, michaelreiterlaw.wordpress.com, will include municipal law topics, but less pure political posts.

The new site will be similar to this one: neutral, original content, value-added commentary, not a rehash or aggregators, and not a troll haven.  I invite people to comment, but commenters have to use your real name and not a pseudonym.  The design will hopefully improve over time.

Feel free to read both blogs, I will continue to write on municipal law and other legal subjects at michaelreiterlaw.wordpress.com, as well as about other legal topics.  There are links to sbdpolitics.com under the title, and in the links on the right of this blog.

The information you obtain at this blog is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is established by reading or commenting on this blog. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation.

A: 300 E. State St. Suite 517
      Redlands, CA 92373-5235
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How Did the Candidates Endorsed by the PE and Sun Fare In The November 2011 San Bernardino Elections?

By Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law.

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.

Cross-posted at sbdpolitics.com

The information you obtain at this blog is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is established by reading or commenting on this blog. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation.

A: 300 E. State St. Suite 517
      Redlands, CA 92373-5235
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San Bernardino City and San Bernardino City Unified School District Election Round-Up

By Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law.

First, a disclaimer:  this site is neutral as explained in the post “Why We Try To Keep Partisan Politics Out of These Postings”  These postings are provided as a community service, and not to push a particular candidate, or slate of candidates.

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.

The information you obtain at this blog is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is established by reading or commenting on this blog. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation.

Address : 300 E. State St. Suite 517

                  Redlands CA 92373-5235
Telephone: (909) 708-6055

Mike Gallo for San Bernardino City Unified School District Mailer

By Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law.

For those of you that have not voted yet, here is a mailer from San Bernardino Unified School District candidate Mike Gallo:  Here is the front, here is the back.

The information you obtain at this blog is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is established by reading or commenting on this blog. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation.

Address : 300 E. State St. Suite 517

                  Redlands CA 92373-5235
Telephone: (909) 708-6055

Recent San Bernardino City Unified School District Election 2011 Mailers

By Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law.

If you have not voted yet, here are some recent San Bernardino City Unified School District Election 2011 mailers.

A glossy post card from Margaret Hill (front and back); A large glossy mailer from incumbent Lynda K. Savage (front, back), a smaller glossy mailer from Sharon “Bobbie” Perong (front and back), and a post card from Gil Navarro (front and back).

The information you obtain at this blog is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is established by reading or commenting on this blog. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation.

Address : 300 E. State St. Suite 517

                  Redlands CA 92373-5235
Telephone: (909) 708-6055

The Impact of Early Voting On Campaigning in the San Bernardino City Elections

By Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law.

I received my vote by mail ballot Monday and I voted on Tuesday by turning in the ballot to the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters.  I am certain that many other voters did the same thing.  What that means is that if you, the candidate did not reach me by yesterday, then you potentially missed out on my vote.  Vote by mail (which is a misnomer, because I always deliver my ballot in person) is a convenient way to vote, and it allows you to get an “I Voted” sticker.

I was able to obtain my ballot and vote before any of the negative campaign mailers and before any of the slate mailers.  Neither were going to impact my voting, because my choices became clear after writing about the candidates for a month, attending forums, reading their literature, reading the ballot statements (which caused me to rethink my support of one candidate),  reviewing campaign filings, and in some cases, personally interacting with the candidates.  The only thing I learned from campaign signs is who likes to post in the public right-of-way, and who likes

I would like to thank the candidates for running.  Though they are not all quality candidates, thirteen candidates for four spaces on the San Bernardino City Unified School District Board shows that democracy is alive in San Bernardino.  I am just sorry that there were no candidates in the Sixth Ward and for City Treasurer, because single candidate elections smacks of totalitarianism.  Hopefully, there will be significant undervotes and write-ins to protest the lack of competitive races for those two positions.  There is no need for term limits if there is an active electorate.

The information you obtain at this blog is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is established by reading or commenting on this blog. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation.

Address : 300 E. State St. Suite 517

                  Redlands CA 92373-5235
Telephone: (909) 708-6055