San Bernardino, California

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San Bernardino, California
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General information
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Mayor:Carey Davis
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:February 4, 2014
Next mayoral election:2018
Last city council election:February 4, 2014
Next city council election:2016
City council seats:7
2011-2012 FY Budget:$258 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:213,708
Gender:50.7% Female
Race:White 45.6%
African American 15.0%
Asian 4.0%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 1.3%
Two or More 5.1%
Ethnicity:Hispanic or Latino 60.0%
Unemployment:11.4%
Median household income:$39,097
High school graduation rate:67.9%
College graduation rate:11.8%
Related San Bernardino offices
California Congressional Delegation
California State Legislature
California state executive offices
San Bernardino is a city located in San Bernardino County, California. As of 2013, its population was 213,708.[1]

City government

See also: Mayor-council government and Council-manager government

The city government of San Bernardino blends elements of a council-manager system with a "strong mayor" system. In this form of municipal government, the city council serves as the city's primary legislative body and the mayor serves as the city's chief executive. The mayor, however, appoints and supervises a city manger, who is responsible for overseeing the city's day-to-day operations and implement city policies.[2][3]

Mayor

The mayor serves as the city's chief executive, and is responsible for proposing a budget, signing legislation into law, drafting legislation and appointing a city manager. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels.[2] Carey Davis is the current Mayor of San Bernardino.[4]

City manager

The city manager is the city's chief administrative officer. This is not an elected position. He or she is appointed by the mayor and approved by the city council. The responsibilities of the city manager include overseeing the city's day-to-day operations, carrying out the legislative initiatives of the mayor and city council and assisting in the planning and implementation of the city's budget.[3][5]

City council

The San Bernardino City Council is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for approving and adopting the city budget, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.[2]

Membership

The city council consists of seven members. Each member is elected by one of the city's seven districts.[6]

A full list of city council members can be found here

Elections

2015

See also: San Bernardino, California municipal elections, 2015

The city of San Bernardino, California, will hold elections for city council in 2015. Information on election dates will be posted once they are made available. Three of the six city council seats are up for election.

2014

See also: San Bernardino, California municipal elections, 2014.

The city of San Bernardino, California held runoff elections for mayor and city council on February 4, 2014. Two of the seven city council seats were up for election.[7]

Carey Davis won election as Mayor, while Fred Shorett and Henry Nickel were elected to the city council. According to the city clerk, only 14.4 percent of registered voters turned out to cast a ballot.[8]

Budget

San Bernardino's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2011-12 was $258 million.[9] On July 10, 2012, however, the city council of San Bernardino filed for Chapter 9, Title 11, United States Code protection due to a $46 million budget deficit.[10] The mayor's proposed budgets for fiscal years 2012-13 and 2013-14 were $201,868,232 and $199,369,527 respectively.[11]

Contact Information

Mayor's Office
300 North D Street, 6th Floor
San Bernardino, CA 92418
Phone: (909) 384-5133

To contact individual council members, see here.

Ballot measures

See also: San Bernardino County, California ballot measures

The city of Fresno is in San Bernardino County. A list of ballot measures in San Bernardino County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in California

San Bernardino's initiative process follows state law for both charter amendment and ordinances.

Lobbying

In 2013, San Bernardino's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $80,000. The issues for which the city filed in 2013, as well as the number of reports, can be seen in the box below.[12] The issues column lists the generic issues that lobbyists working for local governments are required by law to disclose on quarterly federal disclosure forms.[13][14] The reports column gives the number of reports lobbyists filed in regards to each generic issue. To learn more about the details of the specific issues for which San Bernardino filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.

Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013
Reports Issues
4 Fed Budget & Appropriations
4 Natural Resources

Website evaluation

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Transparency grading process

See also: Evaluation of California city websites

This site was evaluated on July 11, 2012.

The good

  • Elected officials:
    • Council members are listed with physical addresses, e-mail contact forms and phone numbers.[15]
  • Administrative officials:
    • Some administrators are listed with contact information.[16]
    • There is also a phone directory for all departments.[17]
  • Zoning and permits:
    • One can request building permit forms online.[18]
    • A zoning map is available on the site for download.[19]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes, agendas, and calendars are available online.[20]
    • Meetings are also archived.
  • Contracts
    • Bids and proposals are listed online.[21]
    • The city has an FAQ on bidding.[22]
  • Taxes
    • The city discloses sales tax rates.[23]'
    • A GIS map is available.[24]
  • Budgets and audits
    • The city has the most current and budgets for its past three years.[25]
    • Audits for the past three years are disclosed.[26]

The bad

  • Elected Officials
    • City council members do not list e-mail addresses where you can contact them.
  • Administration
    • Specific e-mails are not given for administrative officials.
  • Contracts
    • Permit or any other service request requires creating a username and logging in.
    • Approved vendor contract statements and their values are not disclosed.
  • Public Records
    • Information on how to file a public records request or who the public information officer is, or how to contact them (including e-mail).[27]

See also

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External links

References

  1. U.S. Census, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on September 8, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 City of San Bernardino, "City Hall," accessed on August 26, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 City of San Bernardino, "About the City," accessed on September 8, 2014
  4. City of San Bernardino, "Office of the Mayor," accessed on September 8, 2014
  5. City of San Bernardino, "City Manager," accessed on October 30, 2014
  6. City of San Bernardino, "City Council," accessed on September 8, 2014
  7. City of San Bernardino, "Offices up for the February 2014 Election" accessed January 26, 2014
  8. The Sun, "Voter turnout 'disheartening' in bankrupt San Bernardino," February 4, 2014
  9. City of San Bernardino, "Adopted Budget. Fiscal Year 2011-12," accessed on August 26, 2014
  10. CBS News, "3rd California city to file for bankruptcy in 1-month," July 11, 2012
  11. City of San Bernardino, "Preliminary Budget 2012-13/2013-14," accessed on September 8, 2014
  12. Open Secrets, "City of San Bernardino, CA," accessed on September 8, 2014
  13. U.S. House of Representatives: Office of the Clerk, "Lobbying Disclosure Act Guidance," accessed on November 11, 2014
  14. Open Secrets, "Methodology," accessed on November 11, 2014
  15. City of San Bernardino, "City Council," accessed on September 8, 2014
  16. City of San Bernardino, "Elected and Admin Officials," accessed on September 8, 2014
  17. City of San Bernardino, "Phone directory," accessed on September 8, 2014
  18. City of San Bernardino, "Permits request form," accessed on September 8, 2014
  19. City of San Bernardino, "Zoning," accessed on September 8, 2014
  20. City of San Bernardino, "Meetings," accessed on September 8, 2014
  21. City of San Bernardino, "Bids and proposals," accessed on September 8, 2014
  22. City of San Bernardino, "Bid FAQ," accessed on September 8, 2014
  23. City of San Bernardino, "Sales Tax update," accessed on September 8, 2014
  24. City of San Bernardino, "GIS Map," accessed on September 8, 2014
  25. City of San Bernardino, "Budget," accessed on September 8, 2014
  26. City of San Bernardino, "Audits," accessed on September 8, 2014
  27. City of San Bernardino, "City Clerk," accessed on September 8, 2014