An open letter to the people of San Bernardino from Steve Desrochers, chairman of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association Political Action Committee.
Dear San Bernardino residents:
These are tough times for our city.
Times such as these call for strong leadership and a truthful assessment of the situation we are facing.
Unfortunately, both of those qualities are found lacking in Mayor Pat Morris and his supporters on the City Council.
On behalf of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association, I wanted to take the time and set the record straight about how many things got to where they currently are in the City of San Bernardino.
If you were to listen to Mayor Pat Morris and his cronies, they would have you believe that the bankruptcy of the City of San Bernardino has nothing to do their mismanagement of the city government.
They want you to believe the reason they had to declare bankruptcy is because of the cost of public employee pensions – specifically those of the San Bernardino’s police officers and fire fighters.
That is blatantly untrue and they know it.
Today is Peace Officers Memorial Day.
On this day we remember the brave officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.
Each made their sacrifice to protect the community they swore to serve and protect.
Unfortunately, attacks on law enforcement officers are rising in California and our area.
According to The Sun:
More than 6,000 peace officers in San Bernardino County have been victims of assaults and threats in the last three years, including 2,100 in 2012 alone. More than 600 of the 2012 incidents involved felonies, including officers being struck, shot at or threatened with injury or death.
Prosecutors filed 2,253 cases the year before and 2,284 in 2010.
There’s good new on the horizon for the people of San Bernardino.
The tenure of Pat Morris as Mayor of San Bernardino is coming to an end.
The legacy of Mayor Pat Morris can be summed up in three words: Bankruptcy, Waste, and Corruption.
Sadly the man who promised the people so much when he was elected to office eight years ago is leaving the City of San Bernardino in a worse condition than when we was sworn in as mayor.
Instead of a record of success and accomplishments, the legacy of Mayor Pat Morris can be summed up in three words: Bankruptcy, Waste, and Corruption.
On Sunday, March 24, 2013, Scot Spencer, the man Pat Morris hired to develop the San Bernardino International Airport was arrested on corruption charges.
Scot Spencer’s booking photo
San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos is accusing Scot Spencer of a scheme defrauding the San Bernardino International Airport Authority of over $1 million.
After Spencer’s arrest, Pat Morris told The Press-Enterprise, “We are the victims of this man’s conduct based on the allegations before us.”
That’s quite a different tune for Mayor Morris from two years ago.
The men and women of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association prepared this comparative analysis for the members of the San Bernardino City Council.
The City Council was considering disbanding the San Bernardino Police Department and outsourcing police services in the City to the County Sheriff.
After reviewing this analysis of the City’s crime problems, the plan to outsource the Police Department was shelved.
Click this link to read the Analysis of Crime Data in the City of San Bernardino.