Our people are suffering in the community from a lack of good elected officials and professional staff personnel that have the real interest of its citizens at setting public policy. In the city of San Bernardino we have a mayor as chief executive officer, seven council members elected as policy makers and the only ones eligible to vote at the council table, unless the mayor has to break a tie or veto a four to three vote. These are the policy makers and watch dogs, so to speak, to run the city and oversee any wrong doing by any one employed to carry out policy.
Having said that, we also, have three other elected officials in the city in the position of city attorney, city clerk and city treasurer with their duties outlined in the city charter.
That sounds great but it has led to years of wrangling between the city attorney and the legislative body of the city and created an image that has caused the citizen less services and less hospitable places to do business.
Other cities in the area have improved in their ability to attract businesses while improving the standard of living for citizens.
As pastor of St. Paul AME Church I have a responsibility to encourage my members to participate in civic activities and local government, which brings me to Measure C on the ballot in November. To actively get involved is something I hesitate to do, however, this is an exception because of the action taken against one of the clergy and the harm of a dysfunctional system’s impact on the community.
In the name and belief of good government I urge the voters of San Bernardino to vote yes on Measure C.
Pastor Larry Campbell
St. Paul AME Church
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