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San Bernardino mayor holds town hall meeting at CSUSB about the state of the city

San Bernardino Mayor Carey R. Davis said the city is in a much better state since coming out of bankruptcy, pointing to a number of steps that include streamlining operations, adopting a new city charter, focusing more attention on public safety, and staying fiscally solvent.

Back in 2012 we were sitting at about a $45 million general fund deficit, significant problems with liquidity. In 2016, our last fiscal year that we completed in autumn, we now have approximately a $33 million dollar reserve,” Davis said. “We made a huge swing in helping to create not only political stability but financial stability in the city’s governing structure.”

Davis, a CSUSB alumnus (’97 MBA) now in his third year in leading the city, made his comments during a town hall meeting held at the CSUSB Santos Manuel Student Union Events Center on Oct. 26.

The audience of about 75 people consisted of CSUSB students, faculty and staff as well as city residents there to meet with Davis, to discuss issues in the city that are of interest to them.

Accompanied by City Manager Andrea Miller, Assistant City Manager Teri Baker and Assistant Police Chief Eric McBride, Davis and his staff talked the state of the city before the bankruptcy and afterward.

Davis said the city has increased its police budget over three years from $54 million to $72 million had hired enabling the department to hire about 40 new sworn officers.

Other areas of discussion included the city’s ongoing need to recruit and hire capable and talented young people to fill a number of vacancies in various departments left open by departing city staffers, the city’s proposal to become the second corporate headquarters for online retailer Amazon’s and the various programs to reduce crime in the city.

Davis started the town halls in 2015 to meet with residents. The forums have been held at all of city’s seven wards.

The CSUSB town hall was sponsored by the Latino Business Association and the CSUSB Student Ambassador Society in conjunction with the San Bernardino Mayor’s Office.

Davis is the 28th mayor of the city of San Bernardino and was elected mayor in February 2014. Born in the city, Davis is a third generation resident and lives with his wife, Johnetta, in the 7th Ward. He graduated from Pacific High School and received his master’s in business administration from CSUSB. His bachelor’s degree was obtained from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

For more information on San Bernardino Mayor Carey R. Davis, call the mayor’s office at (909) 384-5133 and visit the mayor’s webpage at www.sbcity.org/cityhall/mayor//about_the_mayor/default.asp.

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Public Corruption District Attorney's office will not seek retrial in the case of Jim Erwin

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - Following last week's mistrial in the case of Jim Erwin, in which the jury was "hopelessly deadlocked," prosecutors assigned to the case returned to court today and dismissed the case in the interest of justice under Penal Code Section 1385.

Following the dismissal, District Attorney Mike Ramos issued the following statement:

"Since the conclusion of jury deliberations, we have carefully evaluated our current position and have identified witness problems that cannot be resolved. As a result, we are unable to proceed. One such issue is the trial testimony of Bill Postmus, who is a necessary witness in the case against Jim Erwin. Bill Postmus' unexpected testimony on cross-examination at the last trial conflicted with his grand jury testimony, his statement to the FBI, and multiple interviews with the District Attorney's Office."

Ramos added, any retrial would have required further judicial resources and litigation as to the credibility of Bill Postmus and other witnesses.

Bill Postmus, in a plea agreement with the District Attorney's office, pleaded guilty in 2011 to 15 felony counts involving conspiracy to accept a bribe, receiving bribes, perjury, misappropriation of public funds, possession of a controlled substance, and conflict of interest. He is scheduled to return to court Oct. 27 for sentencing.

Adam Aleman, in a plea agreement with the District Attorney's office, pleaded guilty in 2009 to Theft, Destruction, Alteration or Falsification of a Public Document, Presenting a False Claim, and Vandalism. He is scheduled to return to court Dec. 1 for sentencing.

Contact: Christopher Lee, Public Affairs Officer (909) 382-3665 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via text at (909) 782-5559

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Board appoints new Director of Regional Parks

Beahta Davis, an experienced parks and recreation professional, was appointed director of San Bernardino County Regional Parks by the Board of Supervisors. Davis comes to the County of San Bernardino from Baltimore County, Maryland where she was Chief of Recreation Services for the Department of Recreation and Parks. She was also an adjunct faculty member at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland where she taught graduate-level students seeking a master’s degree in parks and recreation management. Davis has more than 18 years of experience in the field and started her career as a PAL Coordinator where she was responsible for managing a recreation center for youth, ages 8 to17 years old. Davis earned her Bachelor of Science degree in education at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and a Master of Science degree in park and recreation resource management at Frostburg State University. She is a member of the National Recreation and Parks Association and past-president of the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association. Davis will lead the management of maintenance of nine San Bernardino County Regional Parks which cover more than 9,000 acres throughout the valley, mountains and deserts. For more information about San Bernardino County Regional Parks, visit www.sbcounty.gov/parks or call (909) 387-2757

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