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.
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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