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