Does Rikke Van Johnson View Free Speech as Terrorism?

San Bernardino City Councilman Rikke Van Johnson to seems to have some interesting views on the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Councilman Rikke Van Johnson calls criticism of his voting record "villainous."

Councilman Rikke Van Johnson calls criticism of his voting record “villainous.”

At the June 3, 2013 meeting of the San Bernardino City Council, Rikke Van Johnson publicly called the constitutionally protected Free Speech activities  of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association as acts of “terrorization.”

Councilman Van Johnson further went on to call the Police Officers public criticism of his record on the City Council as “villainous.”

What’s going on here?  Why is Rikke Van Johnson speaking out against Free Speech?

Where Has the Measure Z Money Gone?

Since 2007, the City of San Bernardino has collected over $28 million through the voter-approved Measure Z.

The voters directed the Mayor and the City Council to spend the tax dollars generated by Measure Z to make San Bernardino’s neighborhoods and families safer.

But where has the money gone?

That’s the topic of a recent mailer sent by the San Bernardino Police Officers Association.

Although the City has been collecting millions of dollars in additional tax revenues, Mayor Pat Morris along with his rubber stamp City Council majority have made deep cuts to public safety that have resulted in San Bernardino losing roughly 30% of it’s Police Officers.

The Failed Legacy of Mayor Pat Morris

There’s good new on the horizon for the people of San Bernardino.

The tenure of Pat Morris as Mayor of San Bernardino is coming to an end.

Mayor Pat Morris used a city credit card to pay for a $671 tab in a New York City restaurant.

The legacy of Mayor Pat Morris can be summed up in three words:  Bankruptcy, Waste, and Corruption.

Sadly the man who promised the people so much when he was elected to office eight years ago is leaving the City of San Bernardino in a worse condition than when we was sworn in as mayor.

Instead of a record of success and accomplishments,  the legacy of Mayor Pat Morris can be summed up in three words:  Bankruptcy, Waste, and Corruption.

City Council Continues Wasteful Spending

Out of control spending and poor decisions by career politicians on the City Council have driven San Bernardino into bankruptcy.

Unfortunately, these same politicians refuse to be held accountable for how they waste the taxpayers money.

 A recent mailer sent to San Bernardino businesses highlights one such abuse.

While reviewing the City’s budget, newly elected City Councilman John Valdivia discovered roughly $360,000 in a “lost account.”

Since gangs, drug dealers, and other criminals frequently use dark areas to hide their illegal activities, Councilman Valdivia wants to use this money to repair hundreds of burned out street lights through out San Bernardino.

But career politician Wendy McCammack opposed Valdivia’s anti-crime plan.

Career politician Wendy McCammack. Her 13 years on the San Bernardino City Council helped bankrupt the city.

Career politician Wendy McCammack. Her 13 years of failed leadership on the San Bernardino City Council helped bankrupt the city.

Rather than using the money to repair San Bernardino’s streetlights and get them working again, Wendy McCammack has other plans for the money.

Instead of using the money to improve public safety, McCammack wants to spend the taxpayer money to beautify private property. (Source:  2/4/2013 City Council meeting)

Not only is this a waste of taxpayer money, but such a plan potentially benefits the business  McCammack owns.

This kind of foolish, self-serving, and wasteful spending by City Councilmembers like Wendy McCammack is what drove San Bernardino into bankruptcy.  It needs to stop.

You can view the mailer sent to San Bernardino businesses here.

Taxpayers Flipping the Bill for City Officials Meals

The taxpayers of the City of San Bernardino have been picking up the bill for meals enjoyed by city officials, the San Bernardino County Sun reports.

Mayor Pat Morris used a city credit card to pay for a $671 tab in a New York City restaurant.

Mayor Pat Morris used a city credit card to pay for a $671 tab in a New York City restaurant.

According to the investigative report:

In the years before the city found itself unable to pay for basic expenses, city officials repeatedly spent hundreds of taxpayer dollars on conferences and meals for a few employees.