San Bernardino, California
|San Bernardino, California|
|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|
|Population in 2013:||213,708|
African American 15.0%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 1.3%
Two or More 5.1%
|Ethnicity:||Hispanic or Latino 60.0%|
|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
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.
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. Carey Davis is the current Mayor of San Bernardino.
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.
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.
The city council consists of seven members. Each member is elected by one of the city's seven districts.
A full list of city council members can be found here
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.
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.
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.
San Bernardino's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2011-12 was $258 million. 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. The mayor's proposed budgets for fiscal years 2012-13 and 2013-14 were $201,868,232 and $199,369,527 respectively.
300 North D Street, 6th Floor
San Bernardino, CA 92418
Phone: (909) 384-5133
To contact individual council members, see here.
San Bernardino's initiative process follows state law for both charter amendment and ordinances.
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. The issues column lists the generic issues that lobbyists working for local governments are required by law to disclose on quarterly federal disclosure forms. 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|
|4||Fed Budget & Appropriations|
|Transparency grading process|
See also: Evaluation of California city websites
This site was evaluated on July 11, 2012.
- Elected officials:
- Council members are listed with physical addresses, e-mail contact forms and phone numbers.
- Administrative officials:
- Zoning and permits:
- Meeting minutes, agendas, and calendars are available online.
- Meetings are also archived.
- Budgets and audits
- Elected Officials
- City council members do not list e-mail addresses where you can contact them.
- Specific e-mails are not given for administrative officials.
- 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
- San Bernardino official site
- Office of the Mayor
- City Council
- San Bernardino Charter and Municipal Code
- U.S. Census, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on September 8, 2014
- City of San Bernardino, "City Hall," accessed on August 26, 2014
- City of San Bernardino, "About the City," accessed on September 8, 2014
- City of San Bernardino, "Office of the Mayor," accessed on September 8, 2014
- City of San Bernardino, "City Manager," accessed on October 30, 2014
- City of San Bernardino, "City Council," accessed on September 8, 2014
- City of San Bernardino, "Offices up for the February 2014 Election" accessed January 26, 2014
- The Sun, "Voter turnout 'disheartening' in bankrupt San Bernardino," February 4, 2014
- City of San Bernardino, "Adopted Budget. Fiscal Year 2011-12," accessed on August 26, 2014
- CBS News, "3rd California city to file for bankruptcy in 1-month," July 11, 2012
- City of San Bernardino, "Preliminary Budget 2012-13/2013-14," accessed on September 8, 2014
- Open Secrets, "City of San Bernardino, CA," accessed on September 8, 2014
- U.S. House of Representatives: Office of the Clerk, "Lobbying Disclosure Act Guidance," accessed on November 11, 2014
- Open Secrets, "Methodology," accessed on November 11, 2014
- City of San Bernardino, "City Council," accessed on September 8, 2014
- City of San Bernardino, "Elected and Admin Officials," accessed on September 8, 2014
- City of San Bernardino, "Phone directory," accessed on September 8, 2014
- City of San Bernardino, "Permits request form," accessed on September 8, 2014
- City of San Bernardino, "Zoning," accessed on September 8, 2014
- City of San Bernardino, "Meetings," accessed on September 8, 2014
- City of San Bernardino, "Bids and proposals," accessed on September 8, 2014
- City of San Bernardino, "Bid FAQ," accessed on September 8, 2014
- City of San Bernardino, "Sales Tax update," accessed on September 8, 2014
- City of San Bernardino, "GIS Map," accessed on September 8, 2014
- City of San Bernardino, "Budget," accessed on September 8, 2014
- City of San Bernardino, "Audits," accessed on September 8, 2014
- City of San Bernardino, "City Clerk," accessed on September 8, 2014
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