My name is David C Bernal. I am a Father, Husband, Veteran and Union Steward running for a seat on San Fernando's City Council THIS NOVEMBER. My family and I have lived in the City of San Fernando for 24 years and have been a homeowner for 19 of those years. I have proudly served my country in the United States Marine Corps and now I am ready to serve the residents of San Fernando.
People in my community have asked where I stand with local issues:
The JC Penney apartment project- As a Planning and Preservation Commissioner, I vehemently opposed that project. I do not feel that the San Fernando Mall is a good location for a housing project of that size. I would definitely be in support of a project that was mixed-use if it included a movie theater, restaurants, creative office space and retail. I do not want to see our city inundated with huge apartment complexes anywhere. That’s not San Fernando now, and I don’t think it will ever be. A mixed-use project like the one mentioned above would provide a better tax benefit for the city and provide jobs for our residents. We have fulfilled our obligation as a city in terms of building housing of all types.
High Speed Rail- Contrary to what's being reported, San Fernando is not in the clear in terms of the bullet train going through our city. The Board will not make their final decision on the route until January of 2021 and the original planned route is STILL IN PLAY. I will continue to be a voice in the opposition of this project. It is not being built to alleviate traffic issues, it will not connect our underserved community to any other viable public transportation. There will be a stop in Palmdale and the next one will be in Burbank. I'm not sure how that benefits all of the communities in between that it will affect by it's construction and cost.
San Fernando Police Dept- There is a fellow candidate who is lobbying to have our police department replaced with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept. I DO NOT support that. I have not heard that option being supported by really anyone in the community. And there is no guarantee that it will benefit our city by saving money or improving service.
Streets, sidewalks and sewers- The time for us to band-aid our streets, sidewalks and sewers has passed. There is an opportunity for residents to pass an extension of Measure “A” which is a 0.5% increase. The “yes” vote will not increase the sales tax again, but put an indefinite end date on it. If and when we feel we no longer need it, it can be put on the ballot to allow voters to end it. The tax money generated by this sales tax increase will bring revenue upwards of $2million annually. While I am not a fan of taxes, this seems to be the only logical solution to help cover the expense for the items mentioned.
My main focus as your City Council member will be on these topics:
1)Public Safety-Increasing SFPD and supporting staff headcount
2)Infrastructure Upgrades-Sewer repairs, street repairs, traffic and parking issues
3)Economic Development-Entertainment venues/Nightlife will create more jobs for our residents and generate tax revenue
Here is where I'll explain how these 3 things work in conjunction...
Public Safety is not just "hiring more police". It's also addressing the homeless issue, fixing dim street lights, parking enforcement, patrolling our parks and enforcing traffic safety. Part of what I just mentioned falls under Infrastructure upgrades. Potholes, broken sidewalks, traffic signal upgrades, sewer upgrades and repairs are also tied in to Public Safety. How do these things get paid for you ask? Economic development. We still have many unoccupied business spaces in San Fernando. MY GOAL is to have them all filled with a mixture of business types that will suit our needs as residents as well as attract people who live outside the city to come in and spend their hard-earned money. All of that coupled with keeping our independent business culture in tact. That will do two things. First, it will provide jobs for our residents, and secondly, it will generate the necessary tax revenue needed to pay for the things I mentioned above. Why should we have to travel outside the city to enjoy a movie, live music or a walk-able outdoor mall like the ones in the cities I just mentioned? And with the Metro light rail coming, San Fernando will be the hub of the San Fernando valley.
Here is the audio from City Council Meeting dated 7/26/18
City Council meeting dated 8/16/18 regarding the Measure A extension and a discussion about Cannabis
Some Organizations I support: