The San Bernardino Police Officers Association opposes the recall of San Bernardino’s 3rd Ward Councilmember, John Valdivia.
San Bernardino Ward 3 City Councilman John Valdivia.
The following is the official statement of Steve Turner, president of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association:
“John Valdivia is not part of San Bernardino’s problem. He’s part of the solution and has been working hard to get San Bernardino back on the right track.
“John Valdivia has made the safety of the residents and families he serves on the City Council his top priority since his first day in office. He successfully worked to increase the police presence in the neighborhoods he represents. His efforts have helped crack down on gangs and panhandlers who victimize the innocent of the community.
“In addition to his commitment to public safety, John Valdivia has proven himself an extremely effective member on the San Bernardino City Council.
“Councilman Valdivia secured $300,000 in funding to repave Mt. Vernon Avenue, Rancho Street and other streets in the 3rd Ward. He cleaned up and improved the facilities at Lytle Creek Park. He’s fixed broken city street lights that were endangering residents’ safety. He’s addressed parking problems around Valley College. And John Valdivia organized a successful Jobs Fair to help 3rd Ward families.
“Voters should not be tricked into recalling John Valdivia from the City Council. He was only sworn into office a few months before the City declared bankruptcy. Councilman Valdivia should not be punished for the financial mess he inherited, especially since he’s been fighting to bring fiscal sanity to City Hall since his election.
“Removing John Valdivia from the City Council would be a huge mistake that would only move San Bernardino backward during this critical time in the City’s history.”
San Bernardino City Bankruptcy recently had the opportunity to have an online interview with John Valdivia, City Councilman representing San Bernardino’s 3rd Ward.
San Bernardino Ward 3 City Councilman John Valdivia.
Councilman Valdivia is unfortunately a target of a questionable recall this November.
Valdivia was sworn into office mere months before the City of San Bernardino was forced to declare bankruptcy because of the failed leadership of Mayor Pat Morris.
Since joining the San Bernardino City Council, John Valdivia has consistently fought against the foolish policies of Pat Morris and been an unyielding advocate for the safety of the residents and families he’s elected to serve.
For those reasons and many others, the San Bernardino Police Officers Association strongly opposes the recall of City Councilman John Valdivia.
Now here’s our extremely candid interview with Councilman Valdivia.
Councilman Valdivia thank you for your time today.
You were elected to the San Bernardino City Council in November 2011, only a few months before the City declared bankruptcy. Going from being a candidate to the office holder, what things did you find eye opening or alarming once joining the Council that you knew needed to be changed?
I came to the council with a different mindset, that of a fresh new look and outsider coming into an organization with established behaviors and learned patterns of “how” things are done at city hall.
I did not believe then, nor do I believe now, that I have it all figured out. Nevertheless, I remain focused on essentials and the corresponding commitments to my residents that I committed to during my campaign in 2011.
San Bernardino city government needs to break the mold and retool. Our City must stop being putting out the welcome mat for parolees, panhandlers and homeless. We must insist on tougher measures to crack down on those who diminish the safety of our residents and reduce our city’s ability to attract new businesses and jobs.
One major eye-opener after taking office in March of 2012 was to witness the ego and arrogance of many city administrators—especially our former City Manager Charles McNeeley.
As a Councilman, I’ve been challenging the mindset of city government officials to get them focused on the needs of our residents. We must be focused on practical solutions to improve the quality of life for residents. It isn’t complicated and very easy to make good decisions for the good of our community.
Just a few months after you took office the City of San Bernardino declared bankruptcy. How did you vote on this action and why?
The effort to recall every City of San Bernardino elected official, that turned into a recall effort of the officials not up for election this year, has become a recall effort against three.
The San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters yesterday validated that enough signatures had been gathered against City Councilmembers John Valdiva and Wendy McCammack, and against City Attorney Jim Penman to call a Recall Election.
To force a recall election against John Valdivia 2,355 signatures from registered voters in his City Council Ward were required. 2,698 valid signatures were collected.
To force a recall election against Wendy McCammack 3,021 signatures from registered voters in her City Council Ward were required. 3,141 were collected.
To force a recall election against Jim Penman 11,588 signatures from registered voters in the City of San Bernardino were required. 11,855 were collected.
The recall effort against City Councilman Chas Kelley fell short. 3,677 signatures from voters in his Council Ward were required. Only 2,351 were collected.
However the recall effort does have an additional 30 days to attempt to gather sufficient signatures against Councilman Kelley.