San Bernardino Police Officers Association Supports Measure L

SBPOA backs plan to update City Charter

The San Bernardino Police Officers Association supports Measure L to update and modernize our City Charter.

At a time when our city is nearing the end of the Bankruptcy process, it is important to make the most of this very rare opportunity to improve operations of how San Bernardino will be governed in the future.

Measure L will improve accountability by clarifying the lines of authority between the various branches of our City government.

Measure L also requires an annual independent financial audit, a balanced budget, and it enhances public safety through the guarantee of a fully staffed and stable Municipal Police Department.

Measure L will also consolidate the election of our civic leaders to even numbered years, improving voter turnout and reducing costs to the taxpayers.

Measure L is a “win-win” for the City of San Bernardino. San Bernardino will exit the bankruptcy process with a clean slate and the promise of improvement for our roads, street lights and other quality of life issues in our community.

We urge the citizens of San Bernardino to join the San Bernardino Police Officers Association in supporting Measure L.

SBPOA Opposes Local Marijuana Initiative

The San Bernardino Police Officers Association opposes the local marijuana dispensary ballot measure in the upcoming November 2016 Election.

Unfortunately, there has been some confusion on SBPOA’s position – therefore we wanted to state clearly for the voters of San Bernardino that our association does not support this initiative.

We believe the confusion over our position was inadvertently caused by discussions about different proposals and pending statewide initiatives on this topic.

This initiative was rushed and not thoroughly vetted.  Public safety must be the top priority of our city. We believe this initiative carries with it many risks and will not improve safety of the residents and families of San Bernardino.

SBPOA Supports Denise Trager Dvorak for Judge

The San Bernardino Police Officers Association is honored to support prosecutor Denise Trager Dvorak for San Bernardino Superior Court Judge.

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Denise is a veteran prosecutor with a long history of standing up to criminals and fighting to make our community safer.
She is the only candidate in this election who has put dangerous criminals where they belong — in prison.
We believe Denise Trager Dvorak with make an excellent judge and hope you will vote for her in this election.

San Bernardino Police Officers Association Endorses Bessine Littlefield Richard for City Council

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The San Bernardino Police Officers Association is endorsing Bessine Littlefield Richard for the City Council in Ward 6.

“Having met with and interviewed all four candidates running for the City Council in the Sixth Ward, the San Bernardino Police Officers Association firmly believes Bessine Littlefield Richard is the best and most qualified person for the job,” said Steve Turner, president of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association.

“As a lifelong resident of the West Side, Bessine has deep roots in the community,” Turner said.  “She knows the community.  She knows the people.  She will be a strong voice on the City Council for their needs and their interests, especially when it comes to making the neighborhoods and families of the Sixth Ward safer.”

“The San Bernardino Police Officers Association looks forward to working with Bessine Littlefield Richard on the City Council.  Her energy, ideas, and commitment to public service will go a long way towards improving the quality of life throughout San Bernardino, revitalizing the economy, and making our city and its residents safer.  We hope you will join us in supporting Bessine Littlefield Richard for City Council,” Turner said.

San Bernardino Police Officers Association Endorses City Councilmember Henry Nickel for Re-Election

The San Bernardino Police Officers Association is pleased to announce the endorsement of Henry Nickel for re-election to the San Bernardino City Council in Ward 5.

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“Henry Nickel brings a very strong work ethic, civility, and a high level of professionalism to the City Council,” said Steve Turner, president of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association.

“Councilmember Nickel has been a steady hand at City Hall during the multiple trials facing our city as it works through bankruptcy.  He has been unwavering in his commitment to making the residents and families of San Bernardino safer.  He has stood with the men and women of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association and we are honored to stand with him now in his re-election bid,” Turner said.

San Bernardino Police Officers Association Hosting City Council Candidate Forums

The San Bernardino Police Officers Association is pleased to announce it will be hosting candidate forums in the upcoming elections for San Bernardino City Council in Wards 6 and 7.

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“Based on the success of the Mayoral Candidates Forum we hosted in 2013, the SBPOA has decided to again hold public candidate forums for those running this year in the 6th and 7th City Council Wards,” said Steve Turner, president of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association.

The candidate forums will both be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at Cal State San Bernardino in the Santos Manuel Student Union Theatre.

The Ward 6 forum will begin at 1:30 PM and the Ward 7 forum will begin at 4:00 PM.   Brad Pomerance, host of Charter Communications’ California Edition, has graciously agreed to serve as the moderator for both forums.

Brad Pomerance, host of Charter's California Edition, will serve as moderator of SBPOA's City Council Candidate Forums.

Brad Pomerance, host of Charter’s California Edition, will serve as moderator of SBPOA’s City Council Candidate Forums.

“With the crowded fields in both of these races, the San Bernardino Police Officers Association wanted to provide this opportunity to allow the voters of these two wards to get to know the candidates, their backgrounds, and where they stand on the issues facing our city,” Turner said.

In City Council Ward 6, four candidates are seeking the seat currently held by Rikke Van Johnson.  Johnson is retiring from the City Council and not seeking re-election.

In City Council Ward 7 there are also five candidates.  City Councilmember James Mulvihill is seeking re-election and facing four challengers.

“All candidates in these two races have been invited to participate in the forums, whether or not they are seeking the endorsement of the Police Officers Association for their campaigns.”  Turner said.  “SBPOA has not endorsed any candidate in either council race.  If SBPOA chooses to endorse a candidate in either Ward 6 or Ward 7, such a decision will only be made after the candidate forums.”

The San Bernardino Police Officers Association will solicit questions from its members, community groups, and the voting public to be asked at the candidate forums.