Gary Saenz Planning Changes as San Bernardino City Attorney

For the first time in over two and a half decades the City of San Bernardino has a new City Attorney.

On November 5, 2013 the voters of San Bernardino recalled Jim Penman as City Attorney.

Gary Saenz was elected to replace Penman who had been San Bernardino’s City Attorney for more than 25 years.

Gary Saenz being sworn in as San Bernardino City Attorney.

Gary Saenz being sworn in as San Bernardino City buy 5mg cialis Attorney.

Saenz assumed office on November 14, 2013 and immediately took steps to put his stamp on the City Attorney’s Office as detailed in his memo to the Mayor and City Council.

Saenz stated in this memo that his guiding principles were to have a City Attorney’s Office that is collaborative, professional, efficient, and transparent.

Specifically Saenz wrote the City Attorney’s Office “must work with the city policy-makers and policy-implementers as collaborative problem solvers who help them carry out their decisions or responsibilities while staying compliant with the law.”

When addressing his campaign promise to be a non-political City Attorney, Gary Saenz stated:

San Bernardino Police Officers Oppose Recall of John Valdivia

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.

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.”

Three San Bernardino City Officials Facing Recall

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.