Yes on Q&R:
Charter Reform for the City of San Bernardino is long overdue. The Charter is a cumbersome document that needs updating and revisions. For a policy document, it is filled with procedures and antiquated provisions. I was part of a nine member Volunteer Citizens Charter Committee appointed by the mayor and councilmembers in early April. We were charged with making recommendations to the Mayor and Common Council by May 19 so the Council could decide what to present to the voters in November. The committee agreed that the Charter should set forth guiding principles and standards, not detailed rules and procedures and should enable the city to operate in an efficient, businesslike manner.
The Charter Committee unanimously voted to make five recommendations, the Council voted to place two before the voters – a replacement of Section186 and a revision of Section 254. These two are now before the voters as Measures Q & R.
The new Section 186 affirms that public safety is the highest priority of City government and leaves the procedure for paying safety employees the same as is used for all other city employees. It removes from the section all procedures and leaves it to negotiators from both sides to meet and determine the negotiation process.
The revised Section 254 eliminates payment to an employee during appeal. Under the present Section 186, if a city employee has been discharged after the appropriate civil service hearing, such employee continues to be paid throughout the time of any appeal by the employee. This is inappropriate since if the employee’s appeal is successful, pay will be made retroactively, while if unsuccessful, the city will have paid additional funds for no services and without a process for the return of those funds.
The Measures need to be approved by you the voters, do not be misled by half-truths and statements made by well funded self interest groups.
Vote yes on Q & R
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The U.S. Census Bureau released its Supplemental Poverty Index (SPI) report this month and California leads the nation in the number of residents living in poverty. 25% of California’s 38 million residents are classified at the poverty level. Although a new calculation method was used California remains at the same level as the last report, thus keeping the state at the highest level in the nation.
Save the Date:
Saturday, October 25 – the Redlands Sustainability Network presents Defy the Drought: Go Native from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Redlands United Church of Christ, 168 Bellevue Ave. Linda Richards from Wild California nursery will speak on how select, plant, and care for a native California garden. A free plant guide will be available for all participants.
Saturday & Sunday, October 25 & 26 – the U.C. Riverside Botanic Gardens will have its Fall Plant Sale. Special classes and demonstrations will be featured. For information call: 952.784.6962 or visit email@example.com
Thursday, October 30 – the Consulate of Mexico in San Bernardino and the National Orange Art Gallery present the grand opening of a photo exhibition “Catrinas” by Alejandro Lopez Jimenez. The exhibit will be open until November 29 from noon to 6:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Thursday, October 30 – the San Bernardino Branch of the NAACP presents the Freedom Fund Dinner at the Hotel San Bernardino at 6p.m. The Honorable Willie Brown is the keynote speaker. For ticket and sponsorship information contact Patricia Small at 909.648.7728 or Patriciasmall@aol.com
Thursday, October 30 – John M. Pfau Library and LEAD present a free screening of the movie Cesar Chavez at 5:30 p.m. in PL-5005 at California State University, San Bernardino. A discussion will be led by Chavez’s grandson Andres P. Chavez. Free parking is available (see Kiosk). For information contact Iwona Contreras 909.537.3447 or Icontreras@csusb.edu
Thursday, October 30 – the Latino Faculty, Staff and Administrators Association present the 8th Annual “Dia de Los Muertos” social gathering from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Gresham Art Gallery, San Bernardino Valley College. For information call: 909.384.8287
Sunday, November 9 – the U. C. Riverside Botanic Garden presents Art in the Gardens from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ceramics, glass, jewelry, water colors, metal art, mosaics and garden art will be showcased through shady tree-lined Alder Canyon. For information call: 951.784.6962 or visit www.gardens.ucr.edu
Thursday, November 13 – Bonnes Meres Auxiliary presents Inspire Hearts annual auction to benefit The Children’s Fund at the National Orange Show Renaissance Ballroom, 689 South E Street, San Bernardino. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. with program featuring guest speaker Dr. Clare Sheridan-Matney. For ticket information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, December 5 – Friends of Santa Claus, Inc. present The Glory of Christmas Traditions evening Gala at the National Orange Show starting at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception and tree preview followed by a dinner extravaganza. This evening of celebration includes: Holiday Specialty Boutiques, Silent Auction Gift Baskets, Live Auction, and Dancing to a live band. For ticket information call: 909.862.0732 or email: email@example.com
Saturday, December 6 – Friends of Santa Claus, Inc. present The Glory of Christmas Traditions luncheon and fashion show starting at 10 a.m. with tree preview and shopping with luncheon at 11:30 a.m. This day of celebration includes: Holiday Specialty Boutiques, Silent Auction Gift Baskets, Live Auction, Macy’s Holiday Fashion Show, and Designer Tree Raffle. For ticket information call: 909.862.07 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, December 20 – the San Bernardino Symphony presents Home for the Holidays concert at the California Theatre 562 W. 4th Street. The program will include many holiday favorites with selections from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, Handel’s Messiah and Anderson’s A Festival of Carols. For ticket information, visit www.sanbernardinosymphony.org or call 909.381.5388 Gloria Harrison is publisher of the Inland Empire Community Newspapers and can be reached at email@example.com
Gloria Harrison is publisher of the Inland Empire Community Newspapers and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org