10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, May 12, 2011

By BRIAN ROKOS
The Press-Enterprise

San Bernardino City Attorney Jim Penman criticized what he said was Mayor Pat Morris’ “thinly veiled reference” to Penman’s wife during the mayor’s State of the City address.

Morris on Tuesday did a takeoff on political commentator Bill Maher’s television show segment called “New Rules,” during which Morris criticized his political nemesis, the city attorney, by inference.

Morris’ slideshow displayed an angry “Simpsons” character with the words “It’s a Hate Day in San Bernardino” below it.

“New rule: stop saying it’s a great day in San Bernardino” and then criticize the city, Morris said. He added that anyone who hasn’t said anything nice about the city in the past couple of years should stop attacking San Bernardino and get involved to solve its problems.

“I’m fed up with all the negativism,” Morris concluded.

Penman took Morris’ comments as a swipe against his wife, Judi, who is president and CEO of the San Bernardino Area Chamber of Commerce, whose slogan is “It’s a great day in San Bernardino.”

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