Valdivia Era Ends With A
Puerile Whimper

A little more than a decade after the initiation of John Valdivia’s political hold on the City of San Bernardino, the city’s voters have brought the curtain down on the career of one of the most brazenly corrupt public officials in county history.
Despite an overwhelming financial advantage by which he had virtually twice as much money in his campaign war chest than all six of his opponents combined, Valdivia found himself far behind the front runner and outdistanced by the second-place finisher with whom he was once politically aligned, relegated to third place and out of the competition to remain as the kingfish of a dilapidated paradise whose citizens are no longer willing to tolerate his outsized ego and depredations.
Early handicapping of the race projected that he would capture approaching or more than 30 percent in the seven-candidate primary contest, leaving him in first place with less than half of the vote but qualifying him for a November run-off against the second-place finisher. But more than two years of unremittingly negative Continue reading

Ibarra & Elliott Set For A Photo Finish Amid SBPOA Intrigue In 2nd Ward Race

The race to represent the Second Ward on the San Bernardino City Council over the next four years is a dead heat, one so close that there is a chance it will not be decided this summer but will require a run-off in November.
The issue of who will occupy the Second Ward position carries with it significance as to the makeup and complexion of government in the county seat going forward. It has further poignancy with regard to whether the city’s police department and its officers will remain as a potent, respected and feared political force in the city of 222,101.
A consequence of the race as it was carried out this year may be that whatever moral authority the police department once possessed has been squandered, a development which some of the department’s members have acknowledged and most others at this juncture do not want to address. Continue reading

Cetina Bests Armendarez In The First Round Of This Year’s 2nd District Race; On To The Run-Off

As was almost universally anticipated by San Bernardino County’s political prognosticators, Luis Cetina and Jesse Armendarez will compete in a run-off in the November general election to determine who will succeed Janice Rutherford as county supervisor in the 2nd District, based on the results of this week’s primary election voting.
Unexpected by most of those familiar with the five-person match-up was that Cetina outdistanced Armendarez for first place and that DeJonae Shaw, a neophyte political figure, did as well as she did.
Under the ground rules for San Bernardino County’s supervisorial district contests, a candidate who manages to capture at least one more vote than fifty percent in the race which corresponds with that year’s primary election can claim victory outright. If no single candidate eclipses fifty percent, then a run-off is held in conjunction with that year’s general election. Continue reading

Harrison Abruptly Departs Less Than A Year Into Tenure At AVFD

In a move the reasons for which are too opaque to assimilate, the Apple Valley Fire Protection District and Fire Chief Ken Harrison have parted ways, less than a year after he was installed in that position following an impressive firefighting career in Orange County.
It was previously thought that the 56-year-old Harrison would remain as the head of the Apple Valley Fire Department until he reached the age of 60. He was brought in last year to replace former Fire Chief Lorenzo Gigliotti. 
While lavishing recognition upon the professionalism and competence of the crews he oversaw, Harrison hinted at but was not explicit about shortcomings with the attitude and direction of the fire district’s Continue reading

Leyva Never Got On Track And Proved No Match For Hagman In 4th District Race

What slim prospect the Democrats had of breaking the Republican nut lock on San Bernardino County’s governmental structure was dashed on Tuesday with incumbent Fourth District Supervisor Curt Hagman’s drubbing of challenger Connie Leyva.
Hagman’s polling of 8,901 votes or 53.21 percent of the 16,727 votes counted and 86 of 218 precincts reporting as of midnight on the night of the election, four hours after the polls had closed, was taken as an indication that Hagman was going to take the race running away, with little chance of a run-off. By 4 p.m. today, Friday, June 10, with all 218 precincts accounted for and 19,299 mail-in ballots from District 4 voters counted, Hagman had widened his lead to 13,559 votes of the 24,346 cast so far, or 55.69 percent, to Leyva’s 9,009 votes or 37 percent. 
The third-place candidate in the race, Larry Wu, as of 4 p.m. today has received 1,778 votes or 7.3 percent.
In San Bernardino County, county supervisorial races can be decided in the primary elections if a candidate secures at least fifty percent plus one votes.
Hagman’s victory means that he will serve his third and final term on the board of supervisors after having first been elected to that post in the 2014 election. Since 2006, members of the board of supervisors have been subject to a three four-year term limit. Continue reading

June 10 Sentinel Legal Notices

TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: SAMANTHA CHRISTINA HERNANDEZ and JOHN JAMES LU filed with this court for a decree changing names as follows:
THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing.
Notice of Hearing:
Date: June 13, 2022
Time: 08:30 AM
Department: S-17
The address of the court is
Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino,
247 West Third Street, San Bernardino, CA 92415,
San Bernardino District-Civil Division
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that a copy of this order be published in the San Bernardino County Sentinel in San Bernardino County California, once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing of the petition.
Dated: 04/06/2022
John M. Pacheco
Judge of the Superior Court.
Published in the San Bernardino County Sentinel on May 20 & 27 and June 3 & 10, 2022.

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Weiming Chen To Reestablish CCP Virus Statue At Liberty Sculpture Park

Almost a year ago, on June 4, 2021, the Liberty Sculpture Park in Yermo introduced two sculptures by Weiming Chen, the “CCP Virus” Sculpture and another titled “Victims of Communism.”
A little over a month later in July 2021, agents of the Chinese Communist Party with ties to the Chinese Ministry of State Security, repeatedly attacked the CCP Virus sculpture, eventually burning it to total destruction July 23, 2021, according to charges unsealed in March 2022 by federal prosecutors.


Construction crew drops Weiming Chen’s replacement sculpture CCP Virus II, created less than a year after the destruction of the original CCP Virus sculpture, into place on June 1, 2022. Photo: Mark Gutglueck

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Lawyer Casts Aside Valdivia’s Denials As So Much Political Rhetoric

The attorney representing five former San Bernardino city employees who are suing Mayor John Valdivia and their former employer over treatment they were subjected to by Valdivia this week rejected as political rhetoric assertions by Valdivia’s re-election campaign that those claims were politically motivated ones.
Tristan Pelayes is representing Mirna Cisneros, Valdivia’s one-time constituent service representative; Karen Cervantes, his former special assistant; Jackie Aboud and Don Smith, two of Valdivia’s field representatives; and Matt Brown, Valdivia’s former chief-of-staff. The three women have claimed that while working for the city, Valdivia pressured them to have sex with him. Cisneros related how Valdivia Continue reading