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January 19, 2001
Re Agustin Gurza's " 'Dear Ungrateful Foreigner . . . , ' " Jan. 16: While I agree that San Bernardino City Atty. James Penman was out of line to use city stationery to write what he did, Valente Duran, when complaining, should have picked his words somewhat more carefully. I, too, am foreign-born, and I would have handled the situation somewhat differently. I would have complained all right, but without making any reference to how things used to be in the old country. That's tactless and pointless.
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February 5, 2014 | By Rick Rojas
Voters in San Bernardino elected a political newcomer and certified public accountant as mayor of the bankrupt city. Carey Davis was chosen Tuesday to take the helm at a particularly rough moment for San Bernardino, leaving him to wrestle with crime problems and the loss of businesses, as well as the issues that contributed to the bankruptcy, such as the city's costly pension obligations and an evaporating tax base.  Davis received 56% of...
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
A recall effort in bankrupt San Bernardino ousted a number of elected officials Tuesday, including a longtime city councilwoman who, despite facing the music in her own district, managed to be the top vote-getter in the citywide race to be mayor, according to unofficial election results.  That councilwoman, Wendy McCammack, led the pack of 10 candidates running for mayor with just under 25% of the 11,161 votes cast in the race. She heads to a February runoff with Carey Davis, an accountant and political newcomer.  McCammack, a member of the council for 13 years, has disputed critics who say that she contributed to the city's decline.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 | By Rick Rojas and Lee Romney
In a city that had fallen into bankruptcy, where confidence had plummeted as crime rose, the election was cast as a decisive moment for San Bernardino. And Tuesday the voters spoke up, pushing out the longtime city attorney - a prominent figure first elected to the job in 1987 - and a city councilwoman who nonetheless emerged as the leading vote-getter in the race for mayor. Proponents of the recall effort hailed the election as a victory. "It gives San Bernardino hope that things can get better and will get better," said Scott Beard, a leader of the recall effort.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2014 | By Rick Rojas
Voters in San Bernardino elected a political newcomer and certified public accountant as mayor of the bankrupt city. Carey Davis was chosen Tuesday to take the helm at a particularly rough moment for San Bernardino, leaving him to wrestle with crime problems and the loss of businesses, as well as the issues that contributed to the bankruptcy, such as the city's costly pension obligations and an evaporating tax base.  Davis received 56% of...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2012 | By Abby Sewell and Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has opened an inquiry into the city of San Bernardino's financial affairs as the city makes its way through a contentious bankruptcy process. The city filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection Aug. 1 after learning in July that it faced a $46-million budget shortfall, making it the third city in California to fail this year. Since then, city officials have traded blame and allegations as they work through a plan to cut costs and return the city to solvency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 | By Rick Rojas and Lee Romney
In a city that had fallen into bankruptcy, where confidence had plummeted as crime rose, the election was cast as a decisive moment for San Bernardino. And Tuesday the voters spoke up, pushing out the longtime city attorney - a prominent figure first elected to the job in 1987 - and a city councilwoman who nonetheless emerged as the leading vote-getter in the race for mayor. Proponents of the recall effort hailed the election as a victory. "It gives San Bernardino hope that things can get better and will get better," said Scott Beard, a leader of the recall effort.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
For Scott Beard, San Bernardino's decision to file for bankruptcy was just the last in a long list of grievances against the city where he has lived for 15 years. He saw crime worsen and more panhandlers on street corners. He saw an exodus of residents and businesses. He saw the city's core hollowing and its pride evaporating. San Bernardino, he said, has been in "substantial decline and spiraling downward. " The common denominator in all of this, he said, was the city's leadership.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
The Red Cross' shelter assistance for about 90 survivors of a fire in a downtown residential hotel will end Saturday, but city officials said Thursday that they would help find permanent housing for everyone displaced. "We are going to take each situation on a case-by-case basis, and we are going to give whatever assistance the situation calls for," said San Bernardino City Atty. James Penman. Four men were killed last weekend when a fire began in a large trash can in the Sunset Hotel.
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February 9, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Superior Court Judge Pat Morris appears to be the winner of Tuesday's runoff race for mayor with 63.4% of the vote. City Atty. James F. Penman, Morris' challenger to lead the city of almost 200,000 people, trailed with 36.6% of the ballots. The winner will take office in March.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
A recall effort in bankrupt San Bernardino ousted a number of elected officials Tuesday, including a longtime city councilwoman who, despite facing the music in her own district, managed to be the top vote-getter in the citywide race to be mayor, according to unofficial election results.  That councilwoman, Wendy McCammack, led the pack of 10 candidates running for mayor with just under 25% of the 11,161 votes cast in the race. She heads to a February runoff with Carey Davis, an accountant and political newcomer.  McCammack, a member of the council for 13 years, has disputed critics who say that she contributed to the city's decline.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
For Scott Beard, San Bernardino's decision to file for bankruptcy was just the last in a long list of grievances against the city where he has lived for 15 years. He saw crime worsen and more panhandlers on street corners. He saw an exodus of residents and businesses. He saw the city's core hollowing and its pride evaporating. San Bernardino, he said, has been in "substantial decline and spiraling downward. " The common denominator in all of this, he said, was the city's leadership.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2012 | By Abby Sewell and Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has opened an inquiry into the city of San Bernardino's financial affairs as the city makes its way through a contentious bankruptcy process. The city filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection Aug. 1 after learning in July that it faced a $46-million budget shortfall, making it the third city in California to fail this year. Since then, city officials have traded blame and allegations as they work through a plan to cut costs and return the city to solvency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2001
Re Agustin Gurza's " 'Dear Ungrateful Foreigner . . . , ' " Jan. 16: While I agree that San Bernardino City Atty. James Penman was out of line to use city stationery to write what he did, Valente Duran, when complaining, should have picked his words somewhat more carefully. I, too, am foreign-born, and I would have handled the situation somewhat differently. I would have complained all right, but without making any reference to how things used to be in the old country. That's tactless and pointless.
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September 21, 1988
Publishers of sex-oriented newspapers would be forced to post 24-hour guards at news racks in San Bernardino to prevent minors from buying the papers under a law given preliminary approval. But City Atty. James Penman said he would recommend that city leaders rescind the ordinance because it conflicts with state law, which takes precedence. The City Council gave the ordinance initial approval by a 4-2 vote.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2012 | By Phil Willon, Catherine Saillant and Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
Facing the same financial stressors that pushed San Bernardino toward bankruptcy, cities across California are slashing day-to-day services and taking other drastic actions to skirt a similar fiscal collapse. For some, it may not be enough. San Bernardino on Tuesday became the third California city to seek bankruptcy protection in the last month and, while no one expects the state to be consumed by municipal insolvencies, other cities teeter on the abyss. PHOTOS: California cities in bankruptcy "There are likely to be more in the future, but it's hard to know, since a lot of struggling cities may manage to work things out," said Michael Coleman, a fiscal policy advisor for the California League of Cities.
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