Our Best Days & Greatest Years Are Ahead of Us!

My Priorities and Solutions

San Bernardino has the potential to thrive, we just need a vision and a plan. My plan includes addressing the most pressing issues that can change the direction our city takes and can move us forward.

Stop Corruption! For the last 3 years I have worked hard to call out and stop the pay to play politics that cripple the progress of our city. The backdoor deals and misuse of public funds have led to the censure of the current mayor, the end of handpicked developers for the upcoming downtown redevelopment, the vote to clean up the Oxbow and more! I will continue to fight for transparency and accountability in our city. We are not for sale!

Fix our roads Implement a pavement management plan throughout the city by using existing city funds to fix the potholes, replace old water lines that are leaking and pave our roads.

Hire Local Police Officers and Invest into Public Safety Initiatives I believe the Police are one component of Public Safety. For a city our size, I would like to see our Police Department 500 strong with sworn officers. Recruitment does take time so in the interim, what we can start doing TODAY to “put more boots on the ground” is utilize and hire back our civilian workforce (records techs, code enforcement, parking enforcement, community service officers, homeless advocates, armed patrol, citizen patrol, trash pickup, etc.) And allow our cops to just focus on policing. The other components of public safety that I would like to see the Council prioritize are streetlights, business district improvements, housing and home buying programs, a robust code enforcement that holds absentee landlords and slumlords accountable, a robust park and recreation program, a youth Mentorship program through PD and expanded explores program, a well-funded Violence Intervention program, expanded library and literacy programs for adults and kids etc. We have to have well-rounded investments if we want to have a well-rounded city.

Combat Homelessness Declare homelessness a crisis and apply for Heap Funds, have Council implement a real plan for multiple phase housing, work with local nonprofits and legislators to bring in even more funding and a regional partnership.

Be fiscally responsible As taxpayers, we must hold the city accountable for their expenses; the Council must ensure we are keeping up with our yearly audits and utilizing city workers first, instead of outside contractors. We must develop a clear vision of how to remain financially solvent and never go bankrupt again.


SB PROBLEM
Public Safety is not just about “policing”. There has to be community led public safety initiatives that help supplement the efforts of the local police department.

SB SOLUTION
On April 1st the Measure S tax increase kicks in and the city will be generating more tax revenue. The tax increase was approved without any direction on how the new revenue would be spent so, it is up to the RESIDENTS to tell the COUNCIL where they want THEIR TAX DOLLARS to GO.
With that said, the budget shows that our Police Department is receiving $84 million a year from the city and they are receiving an additional $12 million in grant funding.
The “policing” side is funded. Now, is our opportunity to fund the community based public safety initiatives!
▪︎A robust Homelessness initiative. Transitioning people off our streets and into housing will definitely help with public safety.
▪︎Turning on the streets lights is proven to reduce crime.
▪︎ Recreation programs keeps kids busy, the community involved and crime down.
▪︎Fully funded Library programs. Access to learning and Education reduces crime in communities.
▪︎A fully funded Code Enforcement Division reduces blight and crime by holding.
SB PROBLEM
We are severely lacking in PUBLIC SAFETY. There are not enough Police Officers per capita to properly patrol the city which not only puts residents at risk of harm but the officers themselves. Every police department is competing for good lateral transfers, so recruitment really relies on hiring trainees. Additionally, the SB community is asking for more local cops and diversity in hiring.

SB SOULTION
As Mayor I will champion and support the creation of a PD Mentorship/Apprenticeship program.
A candidate must be 20 1/2 years old to apply to be a trainee but during my time hiring for SBPD I found that 95-97% of all applicants had committed a disqualifying act between the ages of 18- 20 1/2 and could not become an officer or those who had participated in a local cadet program moved on because there was no opportunity to stay with the department after they graduated high school.
To help remedy that we need to bring back and fund the non-sworn “civilian” positions that were eliminated from the 2019-2020 budget along with the 10 Police Officer positions.
We need to work with our school district to identify those students who want to pursue a career in law enforcement and reach out to them and have them in the cadet program. Partner them with an Officer for mentoring. After graduation have them working in the Police Department in a non-sworn position getting paid and staying out of trouble. Provide part-time work and help cover book costs for those who want to attend college. And then have them ready for the Police Academy when they turn 20 1/2. Investing early in our youth will help us achieve our goal of having our own “home grown Heroes” and creating a real community policing program.
SB PROBLEM
The city is missing out on many grant opportunities because they do not have any staff dedicated to grant writing or management. The PD launched their own grant seeking efforts and have been awarded $12 million in just one year! The City Manager’s office needs to do the same. Additionally, the city needs to create a strong internship/apprentice program. We have a University and Community College in our City that has amazingly talented students. We need to tap into, be a resource for and prepare these students to become the next City leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, Police personnel, librarians, water engineers, welders, etc of San Bernardino.

SB SOLUTION
As a candidate and as Mayor I will champion and support reducing the salary of the mayor from $125,000 to $65,000 before a new Mayor is installed in 2022. The $60,000 savings can be used towards creating internship/apprenticeship positions throughout the City Departments and give more flexibility in the hourly rate. Funds can also be used to create $150 stipend for each additional meeting a Councilmember must attend outside of their regular meeting which requires them to miss work.
I will also champion and support the creation a new Grant Management Division under the supervision of the City Manager. I call for the elimination of the Chief of Staff to the Mayor position, the elimination of contracts we have with outside firms for lobbying and the elimination the Assistant City Manager position. I support reallocation those funds to create two Deputy City Manager positions (one in charge of Admin and the other in charge of the Grants Division) and creating the positions City Grant Writer and Lobbyist.