Bessine Richard who represents the City of San Bernardino’s 6th Ward, has announced she will seek re-election to the city council. Richard, a long-time resident of San Bernardino, was first elected to the council in 2016. She ran on a platform of attracting new businesses and jobs to the West side and expanding employment training resources for local residents; building city county partnerships to fund programs that benefit the entire community; increased educational opportunities for the city’s youth; partnering with church and community groups on the issue of gang prevention; expanded community policing; increased public involvement in Neighborhood Watch; and making city hall more accessible to constituents. Looking toward the future Richard has expanded priorities in alignment with current issues plaguing the community. They include public safety, the growing homeless crisis, the proliferation of illegal pot shops, focusing on violations of bad landlords, and the continued need to attract more jobs to the community. As part of her focus on safety Richard supported the establishment of a police substation in the area to curb illegal businesses with a primary focus on illegal marijuana shops. Richard is also a strong advocate of getting more Black cops in service in the community and has considered forming a local committee focused on this goal. To learn more about Richard and her campaign visit https://www.facebook.com/bessinelittlefield/.
Header Photo: Councilwoman Bessine Richard