An editorial by Steve Desrochers, chairman of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association Political Action Committee.
When you think of all that is at stake in this election, does it keep you up at night? It should, but for most people, the answer is no.
Future of San Bernardino hinges on the outcome of this election (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
That is primarily because, I think the voters are numb.
We have been hit so hard and so frequently with bad news about the City, the behavior of the leadership and the constant negative force of state programs (elimination of the Economic Development Agencies and AB 109, for example), that many just turn away when the topic turns to San Bernardino.
Others don’t believe that their single vote can account for the vast amount of change needed to make a difference.
When you consider that in 2005, about 25,848 cast a vote in the Mayoral election. In 2009 mayor’s race, as the recession was just winding up, that number dropped to around 14,930.
I’m thinking that we should see resurgence in the number of voters this year, but will that materialize?
Every voter should make every attempt to get to the polls this November. It is critically important.
We are a bankrupt community, with a huge leadership deficit.
Mayor Morris is walking away from the mess he engineered and probably won’t lose any sleep over it.
Narcissistically, he has blamed every other possible group (the council, the unions, the City Attorney, the Charter, etc.) for his own legacy and will enjoy his golden years, likely in some other community. Any other community.
I say that’s fine. Let him go. Let the past go and let’s start the recovery.
Technically, we have 10 candidates who wish to replace Mayor Morris. I believe that field is actually much smaller.
If you eliminate those with no fresh ideas, no plan for the future and no (apparent) talent whatsoever, the field thins.