Today the San Bernardino Police Officers Association released the following statement from Association President Steve Turner opposing the recall of all city officials
On May 8, 2013, the San Bernardino Police Officers Association issued a statement opposing the recall of Councilmembers Robert Jenkins, John Valdivia and Chas Kelly.
As stated then, Councilmembers Jenkins, Valdivia, and Kelly have always put the safety of San Bernardino’s residents first and San Bernardino’s Police Officers stand with them against the effort to recall them from office.
Since that time, it has been determined that the cost of holding a citywide Recall Election for all of the elected officials in the City of San Bernardino would be approximately $222,000. This is a huge amount of money that the City cannot afford.
An unexpected cost to the City adds to the financial burdens of the City. These extra costs could translate to more cuts to public safety. Any additional cuts to San Bernardino’s Police and Fire Departments would be extremely harmful to the safety of San Bernardino’s neighborhoods and families.
Additionally, given the fact that there is a regularly scheduled election for Mayor and three City Council Wards in November, we consider it an unwise burden to require San Bernardino’s taxpayers to pick up any additional costs beyond that of the General Election.
For these reasons the San Bernardino Police Officers Association believes the regularly scheduled November Election is the best forum for voters to voice either their support or dissatisfaction with the Mayor and the City Council.