San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/25/13, 7:45 AM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> After a few weeks without any oxygen-sucking forums for citywide offices, Save San Bernardino brought many of the City Council candidates together Thursday night to discuss why each thinks they’re the best to turn the city around.

Moderator Al Karnig, former president of Cal State San Bernardino, asked candidates why they should be elected; what their plan is to lift the city out of bankruptcy, with a specific focus on pensions; whether they would support outsourcing public safety; and how, if at all, they would change the charter.

The absence of some candidates at the forum, hosted by a group that has supported the recall attempt and charter change, left many of the candidates agreeing on certain issues that have been controversial in other circles.

“You’ll notice everyone here said Section 186 needed to change except my opponent,” said Fred Shorett, running to keep his seat in the 4th Ward. “That’s because he’s in the stranglehold of police and fire.”

Anthony Jones has indeed been financially supported and endorsed by the police and fire unions, who staunchly oppose any change to 186 — a section of the city charter that sets pay for police and firefighters as the average of 10 California cities with a population between 100,000 and 250,000.

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