An Interview With Mayoral Candidate Henry Nickel

San Bernardino City Bankruptcy is pleased to bring you this interview with Mayoral Candidate Henry Nickel.

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Henry Nickel, candidate for Mayor of San Bernardino this November.

This is our sixth interview with individuals vying  to be San Bernardino’s next mayor. To read the interviews, please visit our Mayor’s Race page.

And don’t forget! The San Bernardino Police Officers Association is hosting a Mayoral Candidate Forum on Saturday, September 14th at Cal State San Bernardino.  

For more information or to reserve seats at this important civic event, please click here.

And now our interview with mayoral candidate, Henry Nickel.

Mr. Nickel thank you for taking the time to participate in this online interview.

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

First we must restore law and order.

The number one job of government is to provide public safety, everything else is secondary.  Private sector economic development will come if city hall remains focused on securing persons and property.

For decades San Bernardino served as a dumping ground for Southern California’s destitute and criminals.  With AB 109’s early release of convicted felons, we face a new tidal wave of crime throughout the city.   We cannot attract new businesses or residents if we remain a magnet for criminals.

Our police must be supported with the personnel, equipment and policies necessary to do their job.  It is a tough job that deserves our respect.  Our police in turn deserve a mayor and council that will not discourage law enforcement but work with officers who understand the nature of the threats we confront.

We also need to increase code enforcement, holding negligent owners accountable for blighted properties and the law enforcement costs associated with vast inventories of low income housing.

Second we need to begin an honest evaluation of our city’s financial condition, both how we got here and how we recover. 

An Interview with City Councilwoman Wendy McCammack

San Bernardino City Bankruptcy is please to bring you the fifth in our series of interviews with candidates for Mayor of San Bernardino in the November 2013.

Wendy McCammack, candidate for Mayor of San Bernardino and City Councilwoman.

Wendy McCammack, candidate for Mayor of San Bernardino and City Councilwoman.

Today’s online interview is with Wendy McCammack, the City Council current representative for San Bernardino’s 7th Ward and one of eleven candidates for Mayor.

Rememberthe San Bernardino Police Officers Association is hosting a Mayoral Candidates Forum the evening of Saturday, September 14th.  If you are interested in attending, please reserve your seats by clicking this link.

Councilwoman McCammack, thank you for your time today.

You were first elected to to the San Bernardino City Council in 2000, then re-elected in, 2003, 2007 and 2011. During that time what were some of your major concerns about how the City was managing its finances?

I have always thought of the decisions I have made, albeit as only one vote on the City Council, as a business owner who should make decisions that will provide long term financial stability.

I have consistently asked my colleagues to stick to a fiscally conservative plan, making decisions that will be smart in the long run.

Decisions that I felt were not smart included the $192,000,000 replacement bus line, hundreds of millions wasted on an airport to no where, $10,000,000 spent to help a for-profit theater business get in business and stay in business, wasted money on Operation Phoenix, and more wasteful spending coddling parolees, homeless and panhandlers. All of these things, yet only a partial list, were bad decisions and I find them insulting to the taxpayers.

What steps did you attempt to take to correct these problems that would eventually lead to the City of San Bernardino declaring bankruptcy?

Again, as one vote who seemed to be in the minority of the 7 council votes, I have consistently asked the Mayor and City Manager (of the day) to remove non-essentials from the budget. I did not have the majority of support on the council for such requests that were repeated year after year.

I consistently asked for reports that would have shown that restricted funds were in the red year after year, but those requests went unanswered or I was told “we cannot create the report for which you are asking.”

Even when the City Manager warned of large deficits in a five year projection, the Mayor continued to put a “balanced” budget before the Council members. Those two actions contradict each other, as I remarked year after year.

Last summer when the City suddenly declared bankrupty, how did you vote on this action and why?

An Interview with Mayoral Candidate Karmel Roe

San Bernardino City Bankruptcy is pleased to bring you the 4th in our interview series with the candidates running for Mayor of San Bernardino this November.

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Karmel Roe, candidate for Mayor of San Bernardino.

Mayoral candidate Karmel Roe.  Ms. Roe shared with us her thoughts on the condition of San Bernardino, drawing specific attention to the rampant homelessness throughout our city.

DON’T FORGET! The San Bernardino Police Officers Association is hosting a mayoral candidates forum at Cal State San Bernardino on September 14th at 6pm.  The public is invited to attend as well as submit questions to the candidates through this website.

And now our interview with mayoral candidate Karmel Roe.

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

THE TOP PRIORITY of the City of San Bernardino should be its BURGEONING HOMELESS POPULATION! This is the root of our growing financial insolvency at city hall and in the business community.

If you are elected mayor, 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?

Submission of Questions for Mayoral Candidates Now Closed

We’d like thank everyone that’s already submitted questions for the upcoming Mayoral Candidate’s Forum.

We’ve received many great questions – more than can be asked in a three hour candidate forum – so we’ve had to close down the submission form for questions.

The Candidate Forum, sponsored by the San Bernardino Police Officers Association,  is scheduled for Saturday, September 14th, 6pm at Cal State San Bernardino.

All eleven qualified mayor candidates have been invited to participate in this important discussion about the future of San Bernardino. The forum is open to the public and will be filmed for television broadcast.

If you would like to attend the Forum, please reserve your seats by clicking this link.

An Interview with Mayoral Candidate Rick Avila

Our interview series with the candidates for Mayor of San Bernardino continues here with this online Question and Answer session with Rick Avila.

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Mr. Avila took the time to discuss with us his views on the city’s financial problems, bringing businesses and jobs to San Bernardino, and making our community safer.

REMEMBER: If you have a question for Rick Avila and the other candidates for Mayor, please submit it for consideration as a question for the Mayoral Candidate Forum on September 14th.

Now, here’s our exclusive interview with Rick Avila:

Mr. Avila thank you for your time today.

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

Because of San Bernardino’s unique demographics, sprawling size and low income Safety is the primary concern.  Without an adequate number of first responders and their supporting staff our City cannot maintain it residents and businesses.

If you are elected mayor, 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?

Mayor Candidates Stake Out Early Positions

The candidates for Mayor of San Bernardino have staked out their first policy positions in the race.

San Bernardino City Bankruptcy has obtained copies of the candidates statement which in the coming weeks will be mailed to voters in the official Sample Ballot.

The statements were submitted by the candidates and outline what they view as their qualifications for office as well as their priorities should they be elected mayor.

To view a candidate statement, click on a hyperlink below for the specific candidate.

San Bernardino Police Officers Hosting Mayoral Candidate Forum

On Saturday, September 14, 2013 the San Bernardino Police Officers Association will host a public forum for candidates running to be the next Mayor of San Bernardino.

All eleven qualified mayor candidates are invited to attend.

The forum will be held at California State University San Bernardino in the Student Union Theater.  Start time is 6:00 PM. The forum is expected to last three hours, with a short break for the candidates and the audience in the middle of the event.

The public is welcome to attend and participate. To reserve your seats, please do so by clicking this link.

 

10 Candidates Seeking Election as San Bernardino’s Next Mayor

(Updated on September 26, 2013 to reflect final official list of candidates)

Who in their right mind would want to be Mayor of San Bernardino, California?

The City is bankrupt. Crime is spiking out of control. Far too many residents have been out of work for far too long.

You couldn’t pay most people enough money to take the job.

Well, as it turns out there are ten people who have filed to run for Mayor.  Originally there were eleven, but candidate Concepcion Powell was disqualified and removed from the ballot.

They will now spend the next several weeks making their case to San Bernardino’s voters that they have the knowledge and skills to turn the City around from out-going Mayor Pat Morris’s 8 year legacy of failure.

The candidates for Mayor of San Bernardino are, in alphabetical order:

Rick Avila

Richard Castro

Draymond Crawford

Carey Davis 

Chas Kelley

Matthew Korner

Wendy McCammack

Henry Nickel

Karmel Roe

Rikke Van Johnson

One name surprisingly not on this long list of candidates is Toyota of San Bernardino auto dealer Cliff Cummings.

An Interview With Mayoral Candidate Draymond Crawford

As part of our interview series with the candidates for Mayor of San Bernardino, San Bernardino City Bankruptcy recently conducted an online interview with mayoral candidate Draymond Crawford.

Draymond Crawford is a candidate for Mayor of San Bernardino this November.

Draymond Crawford is a candidate for Mayor of San Bernardino this November.

Mr. Crawford graciously discussed San Bernardino’s financial struggles, its crime problems, and his plans to revitalize our city’s struggling economy.

If you have a question for Draymond Crawford and the other candidates for Mayor, please submit it for consideration as a question for the Mayoral Candidate Forum on September 14th.

Here us our exclusive interview with Draymond Crawford:

Mr. Crawford thank you for your time today.

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

The top priorities of the City should reflect the expectations of its citizens.  In many cases those expectations are just the basic services each and every city should provide:

A.      A safe community                B.      Clean Streets                    C.      Good Schools

Public Safety

Public Safety is the  master link within the chain of services  to the public and potential economic growth  for our city.   The real and perceived reality of our public safety is the strongest force that affect the daily lives of all citizens and businesses alike.

I can speak from experience having worked for a city that went through a down turn in economic growth and officers that fled for greener pastures.  It took a change in leadership (city hall)  and a commitment from the public as a whole to place public safety as a priority.