Jim Penman

San Bernardino City Attorney James F. Penman

Point of View
San Bernardino is making progress against bankruptcy
Posted: 04/28/2013 08:00:12 AM PDT

For the past seven years, the City Attorney’s Office, along with the council members from the Seventh and Fifth wards, have been the most vocal critics and opponents of the direction in which San Bernardino was moving. On Aug. 23, 2010, our office predicted the city would go bankrupt if the pending budget was adopted. Those same two council members agreed.

Not only were our collective concerns ignored, but a specific group of individuals, mostly non-residents, claimed we were being divisive and not “team players.” Later that year, members of this group backed a charter amendment to make the city attorney an appointed rather than an elected office. That effort failed.

The following year, when we refused in writing to sign off on that year’s budget because it was not balanced, this same group recruited an out-of-county attorney to move in and run, unsuccessfully, for city attorney.

Today that same group demands replacing all elected city officials with candidates they have chosen. They boast they will put up the money to accomplish this, their takeover of our city.

Setting this history aside we are working together with the other elected officials to prevent this city from dissolving. It has not been easy, but we have done it.

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