Wednesday, November 9, 2011 – 07:00 a.m.

San Bernardino City Councilman Tobin Brinker, a converted ally of Mayor Pat Morris, was shown the door on Tuesday night.

Brinker, a very personable man, will be replaced by  John Valdivia.

Valdivia pulled 70 percent of the votes cast in the historically low turnout Ward 3.

Brinker, who was originally elected with the support of public safety unions, was viewed as an independent thinker.

That changed when Morris pulled Brinker into his corner in his quest to control the city council, battle with the city attorney, and hammer the public employee unions.

Until the last month or so, Brinker was tied at the hip with Morris. And by the time Brinker realized he was in trouble, it was too late.

Brinker attempted to visibly separate himself from Morris without success.

I can hear Morris telling Brinker now “Golly I’m sorry Tobin. Wish you the best.”