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Hardy L. Brown

Vote Early Before Nov. 2 Election Day

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November 2nd is fast approaching us but you do not have to wait until then to cast your vote. I know many of you like to wait in line at your local neighborhood polling place so you can visit with neighbors you have not seen since last election. That is good but don’t you remember when on voting day the wind was blowing, someone in the family got sick, you had to work late, the car broke down, or you just got busy and forgot to vote because the NAACP did not remind you with the bull horn on the truck. I know those excuses because as a poll watcher, I’ve had to make last minute contact with many of you after I noticed you had not voted.

Well times have changed so you do not have to wait until Election Day to cast your ballot. You can vote early Monday thru Friday right now by going into the registrar’s office during office hours. I know you are saying, “I will not forget” but so did others especially in our community. I know some of you are saying, “why vote? It will not make any difference,” well I beg to differ with that kind of thinking.

Consider Meg Whitman who is now running for Governor of California and says the state is in a mess, however she did not vote for 28 years and now she is seeking to straighten it out. Many of us Blacks, did not have access to health insurance until congress passed and President Obama signed into law the National Health Insurance Act. Now we have some candidates running for congress with and for one purpose only and that is to over turn that insurance act. With double digit unemployment (16% for Blacks), in our community some elected official will not even hire a Black on their staff to help them outreach to us with our money. With our kids being kicked out of public school at an alarming rate of 40%, some seeking office want to build more prisons to put them in rather than intervention and prevention programs or a good quality education.


SEE ALSO: BVN Voters Guide for Election 2010


Locally we have one elected official trying to keep the status quo of confusion in our city government. Can you imagine just a few years ago this same official was trying to change the city charter to dilute the Black and Hispanic vote? This year he is saying that to change the charter will take away your right to vote. What it will do is take him out of the equation.

Now we have some good people seeking office that are committed to being inclusive of all the people they will represent. But to get them elected it will require you to vote. If you do not know them call them or someone you know who does know them. Please do not be afraid to ask them what they are willing to do. We have big business, small business, chambers of commerce, unions, foreign countries, illegal immigrants, seniors and every other group asking what are you going to do for us. If you remember during the last presidential election it was the conservative church asking Obama and McCain about “where do you stand on the issue of abortion”?

Yes you have a very good reason to vote and it is “self preservation is the first law of nature” as the late Frank Ingram would say all the time to his friends and enemies. So please do us all a big favor and vote early then on Election Day November 2nd walk through your neighborhood and remind your neighbors to vote.

County of Riverside Registrar of Voters
2724 Gateway Drive
Riverside
951.486.7200

County of San Bernardino Registrar of Voters
777 E. Rialto Ave.
San Bernardino
909.387.8300

BVN Voters Guide for Election 2010

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BVN Voters Guide for Election 2010 (as of October 14)

US SENATE.... Barbara Boxer
GOVERNOR.... Undecided
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR.... Abel Maldonado
SECRETARY OF STATE.... Undecided
CONTROLLER.... John Chiang
TREASURER.... Bill Lockyer
ATTORNEY GENERAL.... Kamala Harris
INSURANCE COMMISSIONER.... Dave Jones
SUPERINTENDENT PUBLIC EDUCATION.... Tom Torlarkson


PROPOSITIONS

Prop 19 .... NO
Prop 20 .... NO
Prop 21 .... NO
Prop 22 .... NO
Prop 23 .... NO
Prop 24 .... YES
Prop 25 .... YES
Prop 26 .... NO
Prop 27 .... NO

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

64TH ASSEMBLY.... Jose Medina
COMMUNITY COLLEGE TRUSTEE.... Virginia Blumenthal
COMMUNITY COLLEGE TRUSTEE.... Daryl Terrell
COMMUNITY COLLEGE TRUSTEE.... Grey Frandsen
AUDITOR.... Ivan Chand
BANNING CITY COUNCIL.... Deborah “Debbie” Franklin
MORENO VALLEY CITY COUNCIL.... Bonnie Flickinger
CORONA CITY COUNCIL.... Karen Spiegel

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

32ND SENATE DISTRICT.... Gloria Negrete McLeod
62ND ASSEMBLY DISTRICT.... Wilmer Amina Carter
63RD ASSEMBLY DISTRICT.... Renea Wickman
2ND DISTRICT COUNTY SUPERVISOR.... Janice Rutherford
COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION AREA D.... Corey Jackson
MAYOR FONTANA.... Acquanetta Warren
FONTANA CITY COUNCIL.... S. Michael Tahan
BOARD OF EDUCATION FONTANA.... Sophie Green
BOARD OF EDUCATION FONTANA.... Leticia Garcia
BOARD OF EDUCATION RIALTO.... Joanne Gilbert
BOARD OF EDUCATION COLTON.... Marge Mendoza-Ware
BOARD OF EDUCATION VICTOR VALLEY HIGH.... Dr. Dunee De Bruhl
BOARD OF EDUCATION VICTOR ELEMENTARY.... Michael De Bruhl
MEASURE C SAN BERNARDINO CITY.... YES

 

Congressional Districts Election Comments

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Many of you have emailed me regarding the congressional districts and what do I offer in the 43rd of San Bernardino and the 44th of Riverside. I was holding back because of some interesting information I needed to clarify about various candidates.

In the 44th we have incumbent Ken Calvert (R), and we know that his party has “Pledged to America” to repeal every thing that the Obama Administration has signed into law. Even though I have not heard or read what Calvert personally thinks of the Republican Party Pledge but its flies in the face of what I would want. Now when it comes to what Calvert has done personally with and for us as a representative, he has responded with a pleasing yes, which is what a representative should do. However, that does not address his standing with the republicans to repeal health care and other things needed to help our people.

Now his challenger, Bill Hedrick (D), is a capable person and would hopefully carry the Democratic Party banner of inclusion. However, in his previous position as head of the Rialto Teachers Association, he led the fight to remove all Blacks from the school board. This is a district where 20% of the students are Black. Two years ago, Walter Hawkins was targeted and this year, they have targeted Joanne Gilbert, the only Black female serving on the board. That is why I used the words earlier “would hopefully” carry the national party banner of inclusion but he also touts an Independent streak as a badge of honor. I am sure he never thought what happens in Rialto would leave Rialto or come up in an election in Riverside.

In the 43rd District, we have hardworking Joe Baca who has an image problem of working hard only for his people who are not Americans yet. I have nothing against that because I have people in the family that were not legal citizens at one time. Another image with Joe is he has a hard time keeping Blacks on his staff, plus he has a very close relationship with Gil Navarro, someone who does not advocate for students other than his own and is currently causing trouble for Esther Estrada, Casa Ramona Academy for Technology and Community Education Charter School. Now one thing we can count on is Joe will support the national democratic agenda even if it is a little late sometimes in my opinion. These are a few of the things hard working Joe is going to have to overcome if he wants the loyalty and affection of the people as they gave the late Congressman George Brown.


SEE ALSO: BVN Voters Guide for Election 2010


This is part of the rationale in my delay on making any recommendations for these two districts. While I am leaning to my national democratic party for policies of inclusion and protection, these individuals leave a lot to be desired for my people on the local level. When you think of the double digit unemployment rate, low academic achievement gap, high dropout rate, high home foreclosures of Blacks, locally you want representatives you think that care. When you hear of the health care indicator disparities: the highest number of people of color that are uninsured for health care at 50%, twice as likely to have diabetes, 67% more likely to die when diagnosed with breast cancer, 83,000 deaths each year are attributable to racial identified health disparities, it begs to wonder why the Republicans have pledged to repeal Obama’s health care plan if they take over congress.

It points out that the local Black community has to develop an agenda that they present to all candidates as a “Pledge to the district Blacks” of things we need and want as taxpayers in public policy. I am going to ask my staff to communicate with these candidates to seek clarification on their personal positions before I put a check besides their name.

The Hand Writing is on the wall Penman

If you have been following the action around the charter change issue of Measure C, it is clear to me that it is in motion to be passed by the voters in November. It does not mean that there is not a lot of hardwork ahead for its supporters however, the handwriting on the wall is the opposition, thank God, keeps getting knocked down. I warned Penman not to mess with God’s anointed ones, especially Pastor Raymond Turner. The Black clergy association and their members have found their collective voice in support of him and the faith community Even though Measure C is not about Jim Penman or Wendy McCammack, they are the lead spokespersons at city hall council meetings when related topics come up. At Mondays meeting, they lost a vote (5-2) to have Penman’s undercover detectives provide security services at council meetings instead of uniform police officers. I agree with the council and police chief, it is better to have uniform officers do the job.

At a previous meeting, Penman and McCammack had to admit and agree that Bishop Philip Powell, President of IECAAC was right in saying there was duplication of services on Penman’s staff. Penman lost his court challenge to have all county voter guide language relating to budget savings thrown out when Measure C passes. I also noticed at the last meeting one of Penman’s staunch supporters did not mention anything about Rosa Parks or Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his presentation.

Yes, just like the Handwriting on the Wall in the book of Daniels 5:25-28, Measure C is destined to pass. Vote Yes on Measure C.

BVN Voters Guide for Election 2010

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BVN Voters Guide for Election 2010 (as of October 7)

US SENATE.... Barbara Boxer
GOVERNOR.... Undecided
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR.... Abel Maldonado
SECRETARY OF STATE.... Undecided
CONTROLLER.... John Chiang
TREASURER.... Bill Lockyer
ATTORNEY GENERAL.... Kamala Harris
INSURANCE COMMISSIONER.... Dave Jones
SUPERINTENDENT PUBLIC EDUCATION.... Tom Torlarkson


PROPOSITIONS

Prop 19 .... NO
Prop 20 .... NO
Prop 21 .... NO
Prop 22 .... NO
Prop 23 .... NO
Prop 24 .... YES
Prop 25 .... YES
Prop 26 .... NO
Prop 27 .... NO

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

64TH ASSEMBLY.... Jose Medina
COMMUNITY COLLEGE TRUSTEE.... Virginia Blumenthal
COMMUNITY COLLEGE TRUSTEE.... Daryl Terrell
COMMUNITY COLLEGE TRUSTEE.... Grey Frandsen
AUDITOR.... Ivan Chand
BANNING CITY COUNCIL.... Deborah “Debbie” Franklin
MORENO VALLEY CITY COUNCIL.... Bonnie Flickinger
CORONA CITY COUNCIL.... Karen Spiegel

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

32ND SENATE DISTRICT.... Gloria Negrete McLeod
62ND ASSEMBLY DISTRICT.... Wilmer Amina Carter
63RD ASSEMBLY DISTRICT.... Renea Wickman
2ND DISTRICT COUNTY SUPERVISOR.... Janice Rutherford
COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION AREA D.... Corey Jackson
MAYOR FONTANA.... Acquanetta Warren
FONTANA CITY COUNCIL.... S. Michael Tahan
BOARD OF EDUCATION FONTANA.... Sophie Green
BOARD OF EDUCATION FONTANA.... Leticia Garcia
BOARD OF EDUCATION RIALTO.... Joanne Gilbert
BOARD OF EDUCATION COLTON.... Marge Mendoza-Ware
BOARD OF EDUCATION VICTOR VALLEY HIGH.... Dr. Dunee De Bruhl
BOARD OF EDUCATION VICTOR ELEMENTARY.... Michael De Bruhl
MEASURE C SAN BERNARDINO CITY.... YES

 

Yes on Measure C in San Bernardino City

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Measure C in San Bernardino is asking the voters to approve a charter change to have the city attorney, city clerk and city treasurer positions be appointed by the mayor and council. The citizen committee that initiated Measure C states that this will save the city millions of dollars while adding a more professional image to these office holders in the future. Those in opposition have failed to prove them wrong even after taking Rev. Raymond Turner and some members to court.

Let me say that City Clerk, Rachel Clark and Treasurer David Kennedy, are great professionals who have served the city very well and they recognize the possibility of the public electing non-professionals to these positions. To them we owe a debt of gratitude. We also recognize that all persons who possess a law degree do not possess the necessary qualifications to hold the position of city attorney.


See Also: Black Voice News Voters Guide Recommendations for November


To my surprise last week, Council member Wendy McCammack and City Attorney Jim Penman, agreed with Bishop Philip Powell, President of the Inland Empire Concerned African American Churches and supporters of Measure C that there is duplication of services in the city attorney’s office with detectives and code enforcement employees on his staff.

However, there are some citizens, whose names I will not use, who get on television and write letters that residents will lose their voting rights if they vote in support of Measure C. These citizens tout themselves as being knowledgeable of Black history by citing the name of Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. including the Voting Civil Rights Act signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Nevermind that they have never lifted one finger, spoke one word or took one step in the name of justice on behalf of Blacks or any other group. I did not see them standing in line to greet the “Mother of Civil Rights” to say thank you for not moving out of your seat on the bus, when she came to San Bernardino. Nor did I see them contribute one dime for the erection of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Statue that now stands in front of the San Bernardino and Riverside City Hall respectively.

Let me reiterate that you will not lose your constitutional voting rights but you will gain a more efficient and professional legal arm to the city that will give sound legal advice to a council that needs it badly, instead of a self serving history lesson in manipulation politics.

So let us stop the duplication of services, unnecessary history lessons, and intimidation of our faith community and clergy by the legal arm of the city and waste of taxpayers’ money by voting YES on Measure C.

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