Congratulations are in order to Bessine Littlefield-Richard, the newly elected council member representing the citizens of San Bernardino’s 6th Ward. She ran a very professional campaign with her material, robo calls and door-to-door ground game. She was able to tap into that “homegrown on the west side” advantage that none of her opponents could overcome. I understand she is a fast learner who will represent us well and be a good voice on the council. Now that the election is over she will need the entire community to help her with her responsibility to govern and meet the needs of her constituents, which is not easy. Again I say congratulations and wish her well on this new journey.
After each election I always ask myself the question: where do we go from here? It is the question Dr. Martin Luther King asked during the height of the civil rights movement, along with the sub-question: will it be chaos or community? He wanted us to think about which road we wanted to travel. It was a good question then and is a good question now especially in San Bernardino. I must admit it is not that dire a situation in San Bernardino, but it is a question we must consider with the city still in bankruptcy and a slow financial recovery for the region. The city is not only recovering from its financial woes but from a string of recent scandals on the council as well as a recent recall election. In the sixth and seventh wards the new council member Bessine Littlefield-Richard and re-elected member Jim Mulvihill will have to bring their community together and will need everyone’s help to make that happen.
They will also have to lead the city on the issues of whether to adopt a new charter or not and how to create a business friendly climate in order to produce jobs. From my experience jobs do not create jobs but businesses create jobs and hire people. If that is to happen then we also have to educate our people and give them the tools and skills required to build businesses as well as to get and keep a job. This will require leadership from the city council in concert with the school board member, and other elected officials in the region.
So the question is: where do we go from here? Congratulations Bessine Littlefield- Richard and Jim Mulvihill.