The City of San Bernardino is having a special election on July 12th to fill the 2nd Ward council seat vacated by Jason Dejardine who resigned several weeks ago. There are three citizens who have tossed their names into the race: John Longville, the only Democrat, Robert Jenkins, and Jerry Martin, both registered Republicans. The office being sought is non-partisan; however the Republicans have been encouraging members to enter local public office in preparation for higher office. The 2nd Ward has a heavy democratic registration. I must admit I do not know Martin or Jenkins but I have known Longville for many years back in the days when he was on the staff of the late Congressman George E. Brown. I have followed his career in public service as councilman, Mayor of Rialto, assembly member in Sacramento representing our Inland Empire area, and his current service as a community college trustee.
Now I have not always agreed with John on his take on some issues but that has never deterred this loyal Democrat from saying, “sorry Hardy, this is what I believe we need to do for the citizens I serve.” John has an outstanding career of public service to the people he has represented over the years and would do the same for the citizens of the 2nd Ward.
One thing that John will bring to the council is a wealth of knowledge and know-how to access the state and federal government from his years in Sacramento. A city the size of San Bernardino needs to broaden its outreach and influence with these representatives. We have suffered over the years from a council that operates with blinders on hindering their sight from others. When you listen to some members currently on the council, they resent or reject the services we could get from other agencies when the opportunity presents itself.
I asked John if he has the support of the police and firefighter associations in San Bernardino and he responded no. I said you must have not agreed with them wanting all the money while they live in other communities. I told John that is great because they cannot vote anyway but they are seeking a council member to carry their water; meaning someone who will allow them to carry over $30 million dollars from our city and contributing nothing back in the way of taxes. I know they are financing Martin or Jenkins campaign with the money we pay them in their six figure a year salaries. So the citizens of the 2nd Ward need to consider two things before they give Martin or Jenkins their vote and that is their political party affiliation and the mouthpiece of the police and firefighter associations. It has been reported that out of the top 100 highest paid people in the city 75 are police and firefighters.
Another thing Longville will bring to the council is an understanding of educating a workforce with the skills and requirements to meet business needs in the city. His service on the San Bernardino Community College Board will help facilitate any conversation between San Bernardino City Schools, Valley College and employers.
I recall Longville being excited about getting the state to produce information in braille so the blind could read the information for themselves. The 2nd Ward is in need of having someone on the council with such sensitivity. This ward has more powerchair riders per block than any other ward with the worse sidewalk access than any other. Just visit Waterman Avenue to Sierra Way between Baseline and Highland on any day of the week.
I see Longville as a problem solver with the ability to bring people and agencies together to help. I urge the people of the 2nd Ward to Elect John Longville as their council member to help the city move in a positive direction.
What do they have to complain about?
I’ve been listening to national commentators give survey and poll reports talking about how unhappy white citizens are with the way things are going in this country. Then I look at the unemployment rate and theirs is the lowest. I look at the profits made by businesses owned by them and they are setting profit records. I heard one report that over 600,000 Americans traveled to England to witness the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton. All you have to do is add up the airfare, new clothes, hotel costs, food and other related costs to see the money spent.
This they spent without even being invited to the wedding. If we, Blacks, had what they have, we would tell them to get a life.
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