An Interview With City Council Candidate Casey Dailey

San Bernardino City Bankruptcy is happy to bring you this online interview with City Council Candidate Casey Dailey.

Casey Dailey

Casey Dailey, candidate for San Bernardino City Council in Ward 1.

Casey Dailey is one of two candidates challenging incumbent City Councilwoman Virginia Marquez who currently represents the 1st Ward on the San Bernardino City Council.

What do you believe the top priorities of the City of San Bernardino should be?

1.         Getting the City through the bankruptcy process through a Plan of Adjustment that  balances the annual expenditures, repays unpaid liabilities (that resulted from the bankruptcy), and creates a financial reserve to allow for unexpected costs.

2.         Creation of a Community and Economic Vision for San Bernardino that focuses on safe communities, sustainable job creation and economic development.

3.         Reforming City Hall so the City is more professionally run with clear lines of authority and accountability.  Specifically, the City Manager needs to be in charge of the day to day operations of the City with clear policy direction provided by the City Council.

The City Attorney should report directly to the City Council instead of being an elected official and the Mayor’s Office should be reorganized to allow the City Manager to utilize his professional staff that will implement the policies of the City Council.

If you are elected to the City Council, the City of San Bernardino will exit bankruptcy during your term in office. What policies need to be changed or implemented to ensure that a financial crisis like this does not happen to our City again?

There needs to be greater levels of transparency in the budgeting process so the Council (and public) can clearly see how much money is being brought in, how much money is being spent and where the money is going.

There needs to be an increased level of trust in staff to provide the Council with the best professional recommendation.

One specific policy I would implement is the formation of a financial reserve policy that would require the City to have approximately 50% of the annual operating expenses in a reserve account that can only be used in extreme circumstances.

In addition to the City’s financial problems, San Bernardino has an extremely high number of jobless residents. What do you believe the City should be doing to help residents find employment and bring jobs to San Bernardino?

An Interview With City Council Candidate John Abad

San Bernardino City Bankruptcy is pleased to bring you this online interview with City Council Candidate John Abad.

John Abad

Mr. Abad is challenging incumbent City Councilwoman Virginia Marquez to represent the 1st Ward on the San Bernardino City Council.

What do you believe the top priorities of the City of San Bernardino should be?

First, the city is currently in a fiscal crisis and needs to deal with the Bankruptcy to settle debts with the creditors.  No debt is completely wiped away clean. San Bernardino will have to pay a percentage of the debt it owes creditors.

Second, the city must understand that law enforcement (police and fire) is working overtime trying to rid the city of prostitution, homeless panhandlers, early released criminals, gangs, and violent criminals in the city.

The cut in funds and policemen have left the city with a staggering small force of approximately 12-15 police protecting the city at night, protecting about 200,000 citizens.

Third, San Bernardino is considered NOT business friendly.  To bring business creates jobs. Jobs create income where citizens will spend their money at local establishments. However, in this blighted city they currently travel to neighboring city’s to spend their money.

It is evident when a recent developer wanted to build a warehouse on Tippecanoe Avenue with a 12 million investment, to employ approximately 400 workers. But the City planning and Council did not approve the deal, until it was brought to the attention of the City Council about the stagnant city managers and planners not approving his plans after eight months.

The investor was about to abort the deal and bring litigation to Quit the city but the City Council all wanted to look good spent 45 more minutes patting themselves on the back to recommend that the plans be approved (the business had built two identical warehouses in other cities with the identical plans).

This was a despicable display of who wanted the whistle stop put on this man’s property anyway. This hostile climate toward businesses needs to stop.

If you are elected to the City Council, the City of San Bernardino will exit bankruptcy during your term in office. What policies need to be changed or implemented to ensure that a financial crisis like this does not happen to our City again?