The following is an open letter to the people of San Bernardino from the San Bernardino Police Officers Association.
San Bernardino has a long and storied history.
It was once an “All-American City” and thriving suburb.
Sadly, the city fell victim to economic turmoil in the 1990s and has struggled ever since to regain the prestige it once held.
In the last decade, many essential city services were cut back to bare minimums.
Potholes went unfilled. Parks became neglected. Gang violence increased. Prostitution thrived. Homelessness exploded.
By 2018, the worst appeared to be over. Things were beginning to look up.
Then the Covid-19 Pandemic hit.
It shook the city once again, endangering residents health and damaging local jobs and businesses.
Yet in the midst of these ongoing challenges there remains hope for a better tomorrow.
And residents like you have the power to put San Bernardino back on the right track.
It’s called Measure S — and it is key to the revitalization of San Bernardino.
Measure S is a small one-cent sales tax that is essential to the city’s recovery and future.
All of the funds generated by Measure S will be invested directly into the community.
Politicians in Sacramento or Washington can’t take the money away.
Measure S will improve city services and prevent cuts, in these areas:
This is a pivotal moment for San Bernardino.
Measure S is crucial to bring San Bernardino back as a stronger, more stable, and safer city.
The kind of city all residents want and deserve.
The men and women of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association respectfully ask that in this election, you show your support for San Bernardino and Vote Yes on Measure S.
This is an open letter from the Board of Directors of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association on behalf of the police officers we represent regarding San Bernardino Councilmember Sandra Ibarra.
A PDF copy of the letter is available at this link: San Bernardino Police Officers Letter RE Sandra Ibarra
At the June 3, 2020, city council meeting, Ms. Sandra Ibarra blatantly attacked the integrity of the men and women of the San Bernardino Police Department by leveraging a state emergency into what she described as ineffectiveness by her own city’s police officers.
The facts surrounding the riot that occurred on May 31, 2020 contradict the anecdote presented by Ms. Ibarra to her colleagues and the public.
In reality, our police department’s leadership forecast the need for additional personnel by staffing approximately 40 additional officers to assist with the needs of the planned protest. When rioters and looters took over the protest, San Bernardino police officers strategically addressed the chaos until the unrest became so great that additional law-enforcement agencies were summoned by way of mutual aid.
Prior to this measure, San Bernardino police officers had already begun retaking several businesses that were in the midst of being looted. While doing so, our police officers were physically attacked with bottles, rocks, improvised explosives, and in some instances, gunfire. These brave officers were not standing outside of businesses, but rather were on the inside making arrests and protecting city assets. Outside agencies were primarily tasked with traffic control and crowd dispersal around the perimeter of buildings.
By the time the dust settled, 32 arrests were made, including 12 for burglary and 11 for looting. Of the 32 arrested, 22 did not reside in our city. While the unrest unfolded, officers still responded to hundreds of calls for service not directly related to the riot.
Ms. Ibarra’s claim that the San Bernardino Police Department was ineffective is not only false, but it is disingenuous and speaks to her true character. While Ms. Ibarra’s top priority and focus appears to be the protection of property, our top priority was the protection of human lives. Vandalism, theft, and property destruction are serious crimes, which were being addressed, but objects can be replaced. That is not the case with human lives, which is why calls for service from the community were not ignored during the riots.
Sadly, this is merely the latest instance where Ms. Ibarra has misled the public with her uninformed statements. The seriousness of her remarks and the present atmosphere in our community and Country, made it necessary to address this matter publicly with the City and its elected leadership. Although the SBPOA endorsed Ms. Ibarra’s campaign for the second ward seat, we no longer tolerate or support her ineffectiveness as a city leader.
San Bernardino Police Officer’s Association Leadership
The San Bernardino Police Officers Association has endorsed criminal prosecutors Jason Liso and David Tulcan to serve as San Bernardino County Superior Court judges.
“The San Bernardino Police Officers Association is proud to support Jason Liso for Superior Court Judge in Office #1 and David Tulcan for Superior Court Judge in Office #16,” said President Brian Lewis of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association.
“As prosecutors, both Jason Liso and David Tulcan have demonstrated their commitment to justice, enforcing the law, and protecting our community. I know we can trust Jason Liso and David Tulcan to be fair and impartial as judges in our county,” Lewis continued.
Jason Liso serves as San Bernardino County’s Lead Deputy District Attorney for the prosecution of Gangs and Career Criminals. He is also a Caption in the United States Air Force Reserve and a Military Trial Counsel.
Liso’s candidacy is receiving strong support of local and county law enforcement – including District Attorney Jason Anderson — for his election to replace controversial Judge Joel Agron in Judicial Office #1.
David Tulcan is a 15-year criminal prosecutor with the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office. Dedicated to protecting women from abuse. David worked with the County’s Family Violence Unit for nearly 5 years. He currently specializes in prosecuting crimes against Peace Officers.
Tulcan’s passion for justice comes from watching the struggles of his immigrant parents who settled in San Bernardino County after escaping from oppression in Communist Romania.
He is running to replace incumbent Judge Stanford Reichert in Judicial Office #16.
The San Bernardino Police Officers Association is endorsing Henry Nickel for re-election to the San Bernardino City Council in Ward 5.
“Henry Nickel has been a steady hand on the San Bernardino City Council since his first election,” said Brian Lewis, President of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association.
“He helped guide our city out of bankruptcy and has worked closely with us to rebuild the San Bernardino Police Department. The residents of the 5th Ward can trust their Councilman, Henry Nickel, to make their safety a top priority,” Lewis continued.
“It’s a privilege to earn the endorsement of our city’s outstanding Police Officers,” said Nickel. “The people of San Bernardino are indebted for their service and sacrifice in working to keep us safe.”
Nickel, who represents the northern portion of San Bernardino was first elected to the Council in a 2014 special election and then re-elected with 67% of the vote.
He is the only San Bernardino Councilmember who holds regular town hall meetings with his constituents before each meeting of the City Council in order to receive community input about the upcoming Council agenda.
Nickel’s support for transparency and financial accountability has earned broad bipartisan support for his March 3rd re-election, including Democratic State Assemblyman James Ramos and Republican State Senator Mike Morrell.
The San Bernardino Police Officers Association is endorsing Bessine Richard for re-election to the San Bernardino City Council in Ward 6.
“San Bernardino’s Police Officers are proud to stand with Councilwoman Bessine Richard,” said San Bernardino Police Officers Association President Brian Lewis.
“Councilwoman Richard has been a clear and strong voice for the people of the 6th Ward. We know she will continue to fight hard for the best interests of the residents she serves and to make all of San Bernardino safer,” Lewis said.
“I want to express my sincerest thanks to our Police Officers for supporting my re-election to the City Council,” said Richard. “We are working together to expand community policing and create a safer community for 6th Ward families.”
Bessine Richard was elected with 63% of the vote to her first term on the City Council in 2016. Born and raised on the Westside of San Bernardino, Richard was chosen last year to serve as Mayor Pro Temp, the city’s 2nd highest elected position.
Bessine also represents San Bernardino on the Inland Valley Development Authority where she worked successfully to support the East Gate Project which will bring 4,000 new jobs to San Bernardino
The San Bernardino Police Officers Association is endorsing Juan Figueroa for re-election to the San Bernardino City Council in Ward 3.
“Councilman Juan Figueroa has demonstrated his leadership and commitment to the safety of San Bernardino’s residents since joining the City Council last year,” said Brian Lewis, President of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association.
“Juan deserves election to a full term. We look forward to working with him to improving the safety and quality of life for his constituents and all of the residents of San Bernardino,” said Lewis.
“I am very appreciative of the great job that our Police Officers do for the residents of San Bernardino,” stated Juan Figueroa. “Earning their endorsement means a lot to me personally and to my re-election campaign.”
“During my first eight months as a City Councilmember, I’ve worked closely with our Police Department to support innovative law enforcement and to bring our city’s first police substation to the 3rd Ward,” continued Figueroa. “We are moving forward to create a safer and more prosperous future for San Bernardino.”
A lifelong San Bernardino resident, Cal State San Bernardino graduate and former Neighborhood Association President, Juan Figueroa was elected to the city council with 68% of the popular vote in a May 2019 special election.
He is seeking re-election to a full 4-year Council term in the March 3rd election.
The San Bernardino Police Officers Association is endorsing Dave Mlynarski for San Bernardino City Council in Ward 7.
“We are proud to endorse Dave Mlynarski for City Council in the 7th Ward,” said Brian Lewis, President of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association. “Unlike the incumbent, Dave is committed to the safety of his constituents. We look forward to working with him to make San Bernardino a safe and prosperous city again.”
“I am truly honored to earn the support of the men and women who put their lives on the line every day to protect the people of San Bernardino,” declared Mlynarski. “Residents deserve a new 7th Ward Councilman who will stand with our Police Officers in the fight against crime.”
Mlynarski is a principal partner at a highly successful local Engineering business and currently serves on the San Bernardino Water Board.
A former City Planner, he specializes in overseeing major infrastructure projects, including transportation, water and master-planned communities.
Dave served our country for four years in the United States Air Force.
He and his wife Yu are actively involved in supporting many local community and educational organizations such as The Assistance League of San Bernardino; Hope Through Housing Foundation; San Bernardino Literacy Center; and San Bernardino Youth Soccer.
The election for San Bernardino City Council is March 3rd with absentee voting set to begin on February 3rd.
With the recent requests from the dais, news articles about conducting an outside search for a Chief of Police, and the delay by the City to appoint interim Chief McBride to the position of Chief of Police, we felt it prudent to make the position of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association known.
The San Bernardino Police Officers Association stands in full support for the appointment of Eric McBride to serve as the next Chief of Police for the City of San Bernardino.
Like few others, our community has faced long-term challenges on many levels including crime, a growing homeless and parolee population, quality of life issues that need resolution and repeated civic financial concerns, to name a few.
Eric McBride is a 28 year employee of the SBPD who has risen through the ranks and has worked many of the various details that the department has implemented over the years.
He knows not only the City of San Bernardino, but also the organizational structure of the SBPD, our policies and procedures, our personnel, and our culture. With his appointment, Eric McBride will hit the ground running and there will be no learning curve. He knows the City, our residents and the concerns within.
Our department requires stability and leadership at this time. We are asking that City Manager Ledoux appoint Eric McBride to the position of Chief of Police, without further delay. We have worked with Eric for many years and know he brings the stability and leadership our organization needs.
Eric was appointed to serve as the Interim Chief nearly a year ago and has run the department effectively and efficiently since taking the helm. He has surrounded himself with some of our agencies strongest leaders, who also know and understand the unique challenges facing the City of San Bernardino and its Police Department.
Eric has led in the implementation of some of the highest priority structural changes that are needed to positively impact crime, and his plans for a new direction for this department are supported by the rank and file. Morale has improved and we know that both crime and quality of life issues will be positively impacted through his leadership.
We have worked with Eric McBride for many years and he has earned the deep respect of the men and women of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association. He is the obvious and best choice to be the next Chief of Police and move our department forward.
The San Bernardino Police Officers Association has endorsed Juan Figueroa to fill the vacant city council seat in San Bernardino’s 3rd Ward.
“Having met with both candidates actively running in this election, we believe Juan Figueroa is the person voters can trust to put their safety first at City Hall,” said Brian Lewis, the president of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association. “We look forward to working with Juan to make San Bernardino a safer place to live and for job-creating businesses to locate.”
Juan Figueroa is running in a Special Election for San Bernardino’s 3rd Ward. A vacancy in the 3rd Ward was created when 3rd Ward Councilmember John Valdivia was elected Mayor of San Bernardino last November. The Special Election is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7, 2019.