San Bernardino Police Officers Association Withdraws Endorsement of Robert Jenkins

The San Bernardino Police Officers Association has withdrawn its endorsement of 2nd Ward City Councilman Robert Jenkins.

Jenkins is being charged by the Riverside County District Attorney with 18 felonies and 12 misdemeanors in a case that involves identity theft and stalking.

The following is the official statement of Steve Turner, president of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association:

“As an association of professional police officers, we hold the candidates we endorse to a certain standard of conduct. Because of the charges facing Robert Jenkins, charges that involve our very own police department, the San Bernardino Police Officers Association can no longer support his re-election to the City Council.

“While in his trial Mr. Jenkins will be considered innocent until proven guilty, as police officers we know that arrests are not made lightly and without probable cause.  We stand by our fellow law enforcement officers, those in our department who may be victims and those who conducted this investigation, by withdrawing our endorsement and support of Robert Jenkins.”

San Bernardino Mayor and City Council Candidate Recommendations

San Bernardino voters are looking at a crowded ballot for the November 5, 2013 Election.

Ten candidates are running to be the next Mayor of San Bernardino, three City Council wards are up for election, and voters will decide whether or not to recall two City Councilmembers and the City Attorney.

The winners of this election will be facing a mountain of issues once sworn into office. More than anything, our City needs cohesiveness on the City Council dais.

There is a lot of work to be done to recover from where our City has been taken.

We believe that those of you who work, operate a business and demand a clean, safe community to raise your families hold the key to the future of San Bernardino.

Now it’s crunch time and the focus must be on three main priorities:

#1 the bankruptcy and its aftermath;

#2 returning our community to a level of safety that will accomplish your goal: to feel safe and to raise your families and run your businesses without fear of victimization;

#3 expansion of the economic base and a return to liquidity in our General Fund.

There are a lot of other issues being thrown in to the mix to garner support for one candidate or another, but those issues, though individually important to some, will not fix our community. They serve to create confusion and muddy the waters.

Having thoroughly vetted and reviewed the candidates, the San Bernardino Police Officers’ Association believes your goals will best be met by electing the following candidates.

Mayor:  No recommendation at this time.

To learn more about the mayoral candidates, please read our articles and interviews with the candidates running for Mayor.

City Council Ward 1:  Casey Dailey

Learn more about Casey Dailey.

City Council Ward 3:  Vote No on Recall Keep John Valdivia on the City Council

Learn more about John Valdivia.

City Council Ward 4:  Anthony Jones

Learn more about Anthony Jones.

San Bernardino City Councilmembers Face Election Challengers

San Bernardino City Councilmembers Robert Jenkins, Virginia Marquez, and Fred Shorett are each being challenged for re-election this November.

1st Ward City Councilmember Virginia Marquez faces two challengers this November.

1st Ward City Councilmember Virginia Marquez faces two challengers in the November Election.

As the filing period to run for the City Council came to a close at the end of the day yesterday, the following fields of candidates emerged:

San Bernardino City Council Ward 1

Incumbent Virginia Marquez faces two challengers, Casey Dailey and John Abad.

San Bernardino City Council Ward 2

San Bernardino City Councilman Robert Jenkins is being challenged by Benito Barrios.

San Bernardino City Council Ward 4

Incumbent Fred Shorett has two challengers, Anthony Jones and Kathy Pinegar.

To win a seat on the San Bernardino City Council, a candidate must win 50.1% of the vote in November.  If no candidate reaches that vote level, a Runoff Election is held in January between the first and second place finishers from the November Election.

With only two candidates seeking the Ward 2 City Council position, it is the only race where the November contest will definitely determine the winner.

Filing for the office of Mayor does not close until Wednesday.  Since Pat Morris is thankfully not seeking a third term in the position, the filing period has been extended five days.

With the seat being open and all of the issues San Bernardino is facing, the mayor’s race looks to be a crowded field with the top two November candidates likely going into a runoff.