Over the past few years, San Bernardino County and San Bernardino City’s elected officials have taken their citizens through some trying times through their decisions on policies affecting and embarrassing the city (i.e. corruption and bankruptcy trouble) while the population of under achieving students continues to grow.
We have seen and continue to see the influence of unlimited financial contributions to city council candidates as a major problem to better government. Any time an elected official’s campaign is fully funded by all public employees who live in other cities but work for in San Bernardino, leads to unfair financial policies being adopted against taxpayers and other employees.
In addition when those same employees pool their high-income salaries and flood the voting citizens with materials full of half-truths during an election season, to influence voters on whom they should vote for. Therefore, it is important for all voters to look at who is funding campaigns and WHY. I emphasize “WHY” because there are many influencers in the election process: including people and organizations who contribute to campaigns for good and noble reasons while others for their own selfish motives. So question local candidates why and how they gained support and eventual funding from certain organizations and groups.
We need good citizens on our school board because in order for our society to ever thrive we need a highly educated and trained labor force to provide us a good community. It is very important for every child to reach their highest potential and achieve their dream in society. That can only be achieved when we elect trustees who in policy-making decisions include every student.
The government has earmarked millions of dollars to local districts with no restrictions on what this money will be used for. So in essence, many different groups and organizations with ideas on improving student achievement will compete with one another to secure and procure these funds. As taxpayers and citizens, it is imperative to become involved in not only your child’s education but your neighbor’s children, and the children within the entire community when electing the best candidate to do the right thing for the right reason.
For “Better Government in San Bernardino,” this coming November, I recommend you vote for the following candidates:
School Board Members
Gwen Dowdy Rodgers
City Government Positions
Roxanne Williams 6th Ward
Scott Beard 7th Ward
Gigi Hanna City Clerk
Gary Saenz City Attorney
David Kennedy City Treasurer