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‘Let’s close this sad chapter,’ says San Bernardino councilor as mayor’s reelection hopes remain low

With a change of leadership at City Hall on the horizon, San Bernardino leaders did not mince words this week discussing Mayor John Valdivia and his first term in office.

“Close this sad chapter in our city’s history and move on,” Councilman Theodore Sánchez said at a council meeting on Wednesday, June 15, a week after preliminary election results, with Valdivia retaining her seat for a second term. failed to garner enough votes.

The council on Wednesday considered initiating the process of condemning Valdivia for a second time for her publicly made comments about her allies.

Valdivia, the city’s top elected official, has openly referred to her peers repeatedly as a “council to do nothing”.

He last used the phrase on 1 June when the majority of the council did not support his plan to demolish Carousel Mall.

Such a comment, as well as others Valdivia has made over his tenure as mayor, “damages the city for those listening,” councilman Damon Alexander told the stage on Wednesday. “There are three offices that the general public knows: the President of the United States, they know the governor, and they know the mayor.

“And when the mayor says something,” said Alexander, “if they don’t know who the mayor is, it’s impressive to the city. … If they don’t know him, they believe it.”

Valdivia, who was not present on Wednesday, did not respond to a message seeking comment on Friday.

The former councilor has not made any public comments since the June 7 FIR.

While the city council eventually passed to initiate official condemnation proceedings, its members vowed to hold Valdivia accountable for her comments going forward.

“If he gets derailed,” said Alexander, “and if his conduct is not up to the position he holds, I will bring it back.”

According to the latest election results, Valdivia is currently trailing Helen Tran and Jim Penman in the race for the mayor’s seat.

With no outright winners in the primary, Tran and Penman are headed for a runoff in November.

Sanchez identified two narratives surrounding the election this week.

“One is coming from the mayor,” he said, “that the council was causing poisoning to City Hall. The other was coming from the council that the mayor was causing poisoning to the city hall. The voters there were very clear and very loud. Spoke to them that they believe in this council.

“We now have a real responsibility and a huge task ahead of us that the mayor is about to leave,” Sanchez continued. “They believed in us. Let’s not betray their trust.”

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