San Bernardino Police Officers Association Hosting City Council Candidate Forums

The San Bernardino Police Officers Association is pleased to announce it will be hosting candidate forums in the upcoming elections for San Bernardino City Council in Wards 6 and 7.

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“Based on the success of the Mayoral Candidates Forum we hosted in 2013, the SBPOA has decided to again hold public candidate forums for those running this year in the 6th and 7th City Council Wards,” said Steve Turner, president of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association.

The candidate forums will both be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at Cal State San Bernardino in the Santos Manuel Student Union Theatre.

The Ward 6 forum will begin at 1:30 PM and the Ward 7 forum will begin at 4:00 PM.   Brad Pomerance, host of Charter Communications’ California Edition, has graciously agreed to serve as the moderator for both forums.

Brad Pomerance, host of Charter's California Edition, will serve as moderator of SBPOA's City Council Candidate Forums.

Brad Pomerance, host of Charter’s California Edition, will serve as moderator of SBPOA’s City Council Candidate Forums.

“With the crowded fields in both of these races, the San Bernardino Police Officers Association wanted to provide this opportunity to allow the voters of these two wards to get to know the candidates, their backgrounds, and where they stand on the issues facing our city,” Turner said.

In City Council Ward 6, four candidates are seeking the seat currently held by Rikke Van Johnson.  Johnson is retiring from the City Council and not seeking re-election.

In City Council Ward 7 there are also five candidates.  City Councilmember James Mulvihill is seeking re-election and facing four challengers.

“All candidates in these two races have been invited to participate in the forums, whether or not they are seeking the endorsement of the Police Officers Association for their campaigns.”  Turner said.  “SBPOA has not endorsed any candidate in either council race.  If SBPOA chooses to endorse a candidate in either Ward 6 or Ward 7, such a decision will only be made after the candidate forums.”

The San Bernardino Police Officers Association will solicit questions from its members, community groups, and the voting public to be asked at the candidate forums.

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New Five-Year Contract A Good First Step Towards Rebuilding the San Bernardino Police Department

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The San Bernardino Police Officers Association and the City of San Bernardino reached agreement this week on the terms of a contract that will allow the City’s bankruptcy to move closer to finalization.

On Monday, City Council unanimously approved the five-year contract which has the overwhelming support of San Bernardino’s rank-and-file police officers.

“This agreement is both fair and reasonable given the current conditions facing our membership and that of the City,” said Steve Turner, president of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association.

“Keeping experienced officers working our streets, as well as the recruitment of new officers were some of the concerns of the police officers. This agreement should address those concerns and help to bring stability to the department, which has lost more than 33% of sworn and civilian staffing since the Bankruptcy filing, back in August of 2012,” Turner said.

“It is a good first step toward rebuilding our agency and will also help to reduce crime and violence on our streets,” Turner said, “It is our hope that the agreement will receive broad support from both the residents and the federal bankruptcy court.”

The agreement is comprehensive and will also see San Bernardino’s police officers continue to share the costs of retirement benefits and health care rates.

 

 

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Wishing You A Great 2015

As we begin 2015 we wanted to thank you for your continued support and for standing firmly with us in 2014.

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Your support for San Bernardino Police Officers was on full display with the outpouring of generosity and unending prayers for Police Officer Gabriel Garcia who was critically wounded in the line of duty, and when Police Officer Shaun Jarvis lost his life in an off duty traffic accident.

Your support and prayers for these members of our family will never be forgotten.

Officer Garcia is in the midst of a long recovery process and your continued prayers for his health are greatly appreciated.

We also wanted to thank you for your support in last November’s election.

Because of your support for us, Measure Q, which would have enabled the City to drastically cut the pay of San Bernardino Police Officers, was soundly defeated.  By stopping this misguided initiative residents helped prevent a mass exodus of experienced officers that would have greatly destabilized the Police Department.

As we head into 2015, let us affirm that we remain committed to your safety.  Keeping San Bernardino’s neighborhoods and families safe is always our top priority.

We will continue to seek ways to work collaboratively with the city to make San Bernardino safer and find ways to contain costs while ensuring the necessary level of police protection.

Thank you again for your unwavering support.

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San Bernardino Looks to Disband its Police Department

As you have been made aware through recent news reports, City Hall has confirmed that the City Council will once again look at disbanding the San Bernardino Police Department.

The information we have been given indicates that the City Council will present, debate and approve asking the Sheriff’s Department for a request proposal (RFP) at Monday’s meeting, 11/17/14.

This action is evidence of the Mayor’s deep contempt for your decision in the most recent election cycle where Measure Q was soundly defeated.

We are asking each of you to come show your support by letting Mayor Davis and the City Council know of your belief that San Bernardino should have its own police department.

The City Council meeting starts at 4pm.  The item on disbanding the Police Department and contracting out to the Sheriff’s Department is item 5P.

The men and women of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association would very much appreciate your support in this matter.

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San Bernardino Voters Reject Measure Q

The following is the statement of Steve Turner, president of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association:

The men and women of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association must thank the residents of San Bernardino for their overwhelming support during the election.

The San Bernardino Police Department has a very long history of support from the hard working residents of our community.  We do not take for granted the value and depth of this support. Our officers will continue to provide the highest quality service to the residents of San Bernardino.

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A resounding message was sent to the Mayor and Common Council last evening. The voters are tired of the constant attacks on public safety and the defeat of Measure Q clearly directs to all involved that it is time to move forward.  This message must not be minimized or disregarded.

Though we do not see eye to eye on the exact process needed to modernize the City Charter, we do recognize and acknowledge that the Committee in support of Measure Q is equally committed to improving San Bernardino.   We sincerely appreciate their efforts and deeply believe that by working together, we can unite our community to the benefit of all residents.

As the voters have clearly stated, they expect the Mayor and Common Council to make public safety a top priority.  The San Bernardino Police Officers Association once again stands ready to work with the City in a collaborative fashion.  We believe that working together we can find the common ground to make San Bernardino safer and bring much needed stability to the men and women who are dedicated to residents safety, while also containing costs.

Once again we thank the residents of San Bernardino for their support. We will always be here for San Bernardino because the community’s safety is our top priority.

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San Bernardino Police Paid 19% Less Than Other Inland Metro Officers

The following is from Steve Turner, president of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association, in reply to an article in the San Bernardino Sun on October 23, 2014:

While the city points their finger at the police officers, while telling the community that it’s the fault of the “automatic raises” created by Charter 186, they do so with the hope that the community overlooks the obvious. IF… I will say it again, IF the police officers were paid an average wage, the costs of police salary increases may not be $1.3 million. And keep in mind, we are talking about an average salary in a city that has an above average crime problem.

What the city is not telling the community is that currently, San Bernardino Police Officers are 19% below the average of Inland Metro police agencies, in total compensation. When I say Inland Metro agencies, I’m talking about police agencies in the Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, not the cities included in the article. You will not get anyone from the city (Mayor, City Manager, etc) to dispute this because the numbers don’t lie.

And, what the city leaders want you to forget is that the San Bernardino Police Officers have not actually seen those salaries as indicated in the article. Let me remind you that several years ago the police officers agreed to a 10% salary concession. We agreed because we want to be a partner with the city in providing solutions. We continued those concessions for a few years. Then, as a thank you for agreeing to the concessions, the city decided to impose a 14% cut to our salaries. Despite the cuts, officers continued to work extremely hard to provide a quality service to the citizens. Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Downtowns, or What Really Ails San Bernardino

An article by Steve Desrochers, San Bernardino Police Officers Association Board Member and PAC Chair.

The economic status of our community will continue to languish in bankruptcy court (now entering its third year), until our civic leaders are able to negotiate, compile and present a “plan of adjustment” to the judge. So far, there has been very little progress to speak of. Only an agreement between the city and CalPERS has been penned.

Reportedly, the next largest “creditor” had reached a “win-win” agreement with the city that was voted on and approved by members of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association, but fell apart after what can only be described as “buyer’s remorse,” at City Hall.

The break-down was not about a misunderstanding. Pure and simple, it was the very definition of “bad faith” negotiating, in my opinion. The employee groups of the city continue to be the focus of attention, with the politicians demonstrating their desire to balance their bankruptcy on the backs of the employees. Mathematically that is impossible, but they seem to think it can be done.

This is the very reason why Measure Q must fail in November. Continue reading

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Measure Q Threatens Safety in San Bernardino

The following is a statement from San Bernardino Police Officers Association president Steve Turner:

After careful deliberation and review, the San Bernardino Police Officers Association has decided to oppose Measure Q in the November Election.

Our organization took time to study both sides of the argument and have concluded that passage of Measure Q will be dangerous to our community.

This measure will have a negative impact on the effectiveness of your police department. It will accelerate the continued loss of our trained and experienced police officers to other agencies, which will allow crime to flourish.

Since declaring bankruptcy, the City of San Bernardino has lost over 100 officers. The state continues to release criminals and Mayor Carey Davis continues to follow the plan of his predecessor by inviting homeless individuals to our city with a new homeless center and the expansion of the Waterman Gardens.

Just as irresponsible is the hiring of new administrators, at a cost of more than $500,000 following the hiring of an Assistant City Manager and Economic Development Czar at a cost of $226,000 each. They use the bankruptcy as a reason for massive cuts, while wasting taxpayer money to give six figure pay days to bureaucrats, lawyers, and consultants at City Hall.

Your safety has never been more threatened and this is why we must take a stand against those who would focus on anything other than to provide for your safety.

Join your San Bernardino Police Officers in opposing this dangerous measure. Vote No on Measure Q.

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San Bernardino Police Officers Association Opposes Measure Q

The San Bernardino Police Officers Association has taken its time to thoroughly review Measure Q. Doing our due diligence and considering the arguments for and against this initiative, we believe Measure Q presents a serious threat to the safety of San Bernardino’s residents.

Therefore the SBPOA opposes the passage of Measure Q.

Measure Q will cut the police department, cause the City to lose more police officers, and result in higher crime.

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Instead of pursuing serious charter reform, the only thing Mayor Carey Davis and his team are attempting to do with Measure Q is to cut the pay of police officers so they can continue to pay the salaries of overpaid bureaucrats and consultants at City Hall. Carey Davis should be ashamed of himself.

The San Bernardino Police Officers Association asks voters to stand with us and vote No on Measure Q.

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City of San Bernardino Fails to Reach Agreement with Police Officers Association

The following is a statement from San Bernardino Police Officers Association president Steve Turner:

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It is with great regret that I must announce that although the City and the POA had reached an agreement on a new contract, this week the agreement fell apart when the City disclosed that it interpreted the basic terms of the deal contrary to the POA’s understanding.

This contract would have brought much needed stability to the San Bernardino Police Department, attracted and retained quality officers, and been a major first step to reduce crime throughout our city.  Sadly the City at the last minute chose to turn its back on what would have been an historic agreement.

The agreement that had been reached through the bankruptcy mediation process was a win-win for both San Bernardino and its Police Officers.  It addressed many concerns of both parties.  It would have given the City greater ability to control costs while at the same time better investing in its Police Department to prevent and reduce crime.

San Bernardino’s Police Officers overwhelmingly approved this contract and had been patiently waiting for the City to implement the terms that were agreed upon.

Unfortunately, the City informed us that they would interpret the terms of the agreement that was reached with us in good faith at the bargaining table in a way that was completely unacceptable.

While we had hoped that new leadership at City Hall had brought a new day to our city, we now know that isn’t true.  Though many of the names at City Hall have changed in the last year, the same failed business practices that led San Bernardino into bankruptcy remain in place.

Mayor Carey Davis has failed to provide the fresh new leadership he promised in his campaign.  San Bernardino continues to be the city that never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity.

While the failure of the City to acknowledge the meaning of the terms consistent with the agreed upon language is a loss for both the City and San Bernardino’s police officers, the ones who will suffer most from this ongoing lack of leadership at City Hall are the residents of this city.

They will continue to suffer from rising crime, lack of jobs, and the effects of bankruptcy while Mayor Davis and his team do nothing to make residents safer or attract job-creating business to San Bernardino.

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