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Hardy L. Brown

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.


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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.

Black Voice News Voters Guide Recommendations for November

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By Hardy L. Brown –

Last week, I put forth a partial listing of our endorsements for office. This week we have updated that while leaving some vacant at this time. For example the governor’s position is remaining vacant because I believe Meg Whitman is afraid of the Black community and Jerry Brown is taking us for granted. They are spending millions to convince White voters but nothing to convince Blacks or Hispanics. In the latest poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports of “Likely Voters” 24% of the “initial” Black voters said they were in favor of Whitman and 68% for Brown. Of those surveyed who have not decided, 73% said they are “leaning” toward Brown and 24% toward Whitman.

While it appears as though Brown might get a majority of the vote, the vote might be down because of no outreach to motivate the Black voters. If Whitman was to outreach into the Black community, she might increase her percentage as Arnold Schwzennegar did in his re-election in 2006. The Black community is more independent and the younger population more likely to vote for the person instead of the party line. These Black voters are standing by waiting to see who wants their vote. The Black community is hurting with double digit (16%) unemployment, low performing schools, and inaccessible healthcare services. The last week church hopping and interrupting church services campaign strategy will not work any more. So my verdict is still out on which one is willing to address our specific needs as citizens of California.

If you noticed, Republican Abel Maldonado is recommended for Lieutenant Governor. That is because last year when Karen Bass, Speaker of the Assembly, needed one more vote to pass the budget, he broke with his party to support the Democrats. He risked his political career to help the state so he deserves our vote. He is not about party line politics, in my opinion, but what is best for the State of California.

BVN Voters Guide for Election 2010 (as of September 23)

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
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

 

S.B. Councilmember McCammack agrees with Bishop Powell

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Last Monday at the San Bernardino City Council meeting during a discussion over a motion offered by Council Member Rikke Van Johnson, Wendy McCammack said I agree with the Bishop that there is duplicate service by the City attorney’s office having police detectives and code enforcement employees, which are in other departments.

This discussion came about when Johnson introduced a motion, requested by the Inland Empire Concerned African American Churches for the council to say they do not harbor the same feelings as City Attorney Jim Penman exhibited toward Pastor Ray Turner and the faith community. Bishop Powell cited the past First Nazarene Church as one of their reasons for the motion but would settle for a discussion.

According to Powell, the discussion was beneficial to them “because of McCammack’s statement of duplication of service and Tobin Brinker’s comment that we see Jim Penman as a city attorney all the time, is actually how we see a major portion of the issue.

What I would like to know is did Penman receive any kind of compensation from the city while doing personal work on his lawsuit. Did he get sick pay, vacation pay when he went to counsel with his attorney or when he filed his paperwork to the court or the time he spent during the trial? If he received any compensation during any of that work, then did he commit a fraud claiming to be a private citizen doing personal work? Does his paycheck reflect a non-payment of city funds for taking personal time off?

I don’t know what the city personnel policy is on time away from the job but the council should investigate this issue of payment with the dates in questions.

Even though the motion failed because Brinker withdrew his second, the discussion was enlightening for the citizens and I thank the clergy for bringing it to the council.

BLACK VOICE NEWS ENDORSEMENTS

(partial listing)

I have listed this week a partial listing of the candidates we are supporting for the up coming November election. We have reviewed their information and talked with many of them or their staff before we came to our decision. You will notice that we have selected a cross section of our community when it come to diversity of race, gender, age, political party and they all have one common thread of inclusion as part of their platform.

Barbara Boxer for U. S. Senator

Barbara Boxer has been a fighter and good representative for the people of California in my opinion. I say my opinion because some think she is way too liberal on some issues and while that might be so, when you compare her against her opponent, Carly Fiorina, Boxer wins my vote. In a telephone conference with Fiorina, Carly said to us, if elected I want to repeal the healthcare bill signed into law by President Barack Obama and she offered nothing in its place.

Boxer is more inclusive in her approach to providing opportunities for all citizens of this diverse state and of large and small business.

Kamala Harris for Attorney General

Kamala Harris has implemented some very promising intervention and suppression programs in San Francisco that would help us reduce the incarceration rate of our young people. She is also tough on crime and those who violate the law while being aware of the unfairness of the justice system to Blacks, Hispanics and the poor without financial resources for proper representation.

Tom Torlakson for Superintendent of Public Education

Tom Torlakson has been in the class room as a teacher and served as a legislator in Sacramento. He knows the plight of our schools and what needs to be changed in our system that is now failing so many of children.

Gloria Negrete McLeod for Senator 32nd District

Gloria Negrete McLeod has served this community well in every capacity she has been in. Her wisdom and knowledge of Sacramento is second to none and therefore she should be re-elected.

Wilmer Amina Carter for 62nd Assembly District

Wilmer Amina Carter has served us well as an effective member of the assembly over the past four years and deserves to be returned. She has been as “steady as a rock” in staying the course to our true values in dealing with some divisive issues in the legislature. She has championed the cause of better education, health care and transportation in the Inland Empire.

Renea Wickman for Assembly 63rd District

This is a Republican district that has as many crooks and turns as a sidewinder snake crawling on hot sand, reaching into two counties and every city from Rancho Cucamonga to Yucaipa in San Bernardino and then into High Grove and Moreno Valley. However the diversity of the population has changed bringing about a need for a different kind of leadership.

A leadership that is more inclusive in policies that are carried forth on behalf of its citizens. I think Wickman with her labor background and community service experience is just what the people in the 63rd need at this time.

Acquanetta Warren for Mayor of Fontana

Acquanetta Warren will bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and service to the position of mayor if elected. She has served on the council since 2002 and currently serves as Mayor ProTem. She is employed as public works director in Upland. She has served on many important commissions that provide critical services to the city and if that is not enough her political reputation reaches into Sacramento. This is required when a city the size of Fontana gets ready to do certain things, plus Fontana’s citizens need to keep that long arm reach which is a part of their history. In her bid for the assembly, Warren was on the wrong side of the illegal immigration issue but that is not enough to keep her from providing leadership to Fontana.

Fontana has come a long way from the Kaiser Steel and heavy labor union days but the healthcare workers still carry the United Steel Workers of America banner at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center on Sierra Avenue and the local school district. The community has increased its diversity and any leader must embrace a policy of inclusion and Acquanetta has demonstrated she is capable of doing.

Warren has the ability and experience to articulate the vision of the city to its people and the adjourning communities of the Inland Empire. As Fontana was recently named one of the best communities for young people. Now it is up to the voters to select Acquanetta Warren as its next mayor.

Sophia Green for Fontana School Board

Sophia Green is an educator and is now willing to share her education, experience and knowledge of the classroom with that of policy makers. Fontana has had problems with keeping superintendents in the past but that can be remedied with the proper management and temperament of cooler heads on the board. Also the issue of diversity has plagued this board since I can remember and now with Green that can be resolved quickly plus she is genuinely concerned and committed to educating all children. If the leadership is together at the board the children will fall in line, I think Green can help in that area.

Joanne Gilbert for Rialto School Board

Joanne Gilbert has served with distinction the children and citizens of Rialto and deserves re-election. There are some district employees, teachers association, dissatisfied with her because she supported past Superintendent Edna Herring’s recommendations on some issues. Being a past board member that is something that will happen from time, just like some teachers will disagree with tactics or what the leadership recommends sometimes. Gilbert needs to be reelected to the board.

Janice Rutherford for County Supervisor 2nd District

This county has been reeling and rocking from the election of corrupt supervisors with special agendas. Now we have the opportunity to send someone there to help Supervisor Josie Gonzales provide positive leadership with integrity for the county. Janice comes with year’s experience of working at the Board of Equalization with Bill Leonard and serving as a city council member in Fontana. She brings integrity and transparency with her which are two main ingredients needed on the 5th floor of the county seat.

Corey Jackson For County School Board Area D

Corey is very energetic, a well educated ball of energy with much community experience that can help develop policies to assist the superintendent in accomplishing the goals of educating all students in the county. This the largest county, land size, with many diverse issues facing the county department of education and Corey brings experience of being a student board member in Rialto and as an appointed member of student affairs by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the university council at California State San Bernardino.

Amos Isaac for Redlands School Board

Dr. Isaac has tried for many years to serve his community in the capacity of a policy maker for which I think he could make a difference. Amos has the education, community and world experience to contribute to the discussion prior to decisions being made and implemented. His low key persona gives one the impression of not being up to the task but believe me he always comes prepared to discuss his point of view.

Redlands City Council, NO on Paul Foster

While I do not offer the citizens a choice of who to vote for, I do offer you a choice of who not to vote for and that is Paul Foster. I had the unlucky opportunity of working with this man at a local hospital. One question is what is his views on diversity, inclusion and treatment of Blacks and Hispanics in the workplace? The last question is why are you seeking this office? He has a charming personality, but...

Jose Medina for Assembly 64th District

Jose has served us with distinction as a member of the Riverside Community College District Board of Trustees and would do the same in our legislative branch of government in Sacramento. He is hard working and has a collaborative and inclusive style of leadership, which means everyone, has a voice with no group being left out of the discussion. To him no child should be left behind and no business left out of public policy.

Virginia Blumenthal for Community College Trustee

Virgina has a proven track record of being a leader on the board and in the community. She is well respected in her profession where she has a very successful law firm. She has been and is an advocate for the less fortunate in our community. She continues to serve our community and community college students well.

Ivan Chand For County Auditor

Ivan Chand comes highly qualified and recommended for the position he is seeking. Outgoing Auditor Controller Robert Byrd gives Chand high praise as well as members from the county board of supervisors. His professional experience involves serving as Assistant Auditor Controller, Finance Director of Flood Control District and Chief Financial Officer of the Transportation Commission. He has a Masters of Public Administration from California State San Bernardino and Bachelor in Accounting from La Sierra University. Chand says “making integrity count” with accuracy, efficiency and collaborative efforts from everyone is one of his goals.

Deborah “Debbie” Franklin For Banning City Council

Debbie brings experiences and a commitment of community service that is genuine for the citizens of Banning. She includes all citizens in her decision making process regardless of status or lot in life which is good governance qualities. She is also a fighter of fairness and is constantly seeking outside resources to bring to her community. This community located just north of Palm Spring is fortunate to have Debbie as an advocate on the council.

Bonnie Flickinger for Moreno Valley City Council

Bonnie is a go-getter for not only Moreno Valley but the entire region of the Valley. She is a strong supporter of the March Life Care Medical Center being proposed by Don Ecker and his development corporation. Bonnie says this project will bring thousands of jobs and other business opportunities to the region and Moreno Valley in particular. Bonnie is also supportive of bringing improved services to her city and is a consistent presence at community events. I recommend that the voters return Bonnie to office so her hands on style of leadership can move the project along.

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