Thursday, September 12, 2012 – 10:00 a.m.

Will San Bernardino employee unions make a splash in the upcoming November election?

The answer would appear to be yes!

Earlier this week, the San Bernardino Police Officer’s Association (SBPOA) weighed-in on the campaign to recall Third Ward Councilman John Valdivia.

The union decided to defend Valdivia.

Valdivia, who hasn’t even served two years, is one of three targets of a pro-recall group headed by Rialto Real Estate Broker Scott Beard. The reason for the recall of Validivia is a little puzzling, since he really had no part in any of the poor decisions contributing to the city’s bankruptcy filing last year.

Two other city officials, City Attorney Jim Penman and Seventh Ward Council Member Wendy McCammack, are also recall targets.

Council Members Virginia Marquez, Fred Shorett and Robert Jenkins, who are all running in their normal reelection cycles, face challengers.

One has to lay the odds of unions stepping into the fray for some of the other incumbents as being pretty likely, since some of the alternative candidates are less appealing to their interests, and pose serious a unknown. While some of the incumbents have had rocky relations with employees, it’s plausible the groups won’t want to rock the boat.

Some, if not all of the incumbents are likely to return, especially if funding is there to put out a coherent message on the alleged targeting of city-owned water assets for sale.

While the unions aren’t flush with political cash. They do have the ability to garner enough to impact the outcome.