A prominent incumbent with deep pockets and strong notoriety in Republican circles.
A beloved Democratic lawmaker with strong union ties.
A foreigner with no ties to any of the parties and no previous political experience.
Voters have three distinct options in the June 7 race for San Bernardino County’s Fourth Supervisory District: current Supervisory Board Chairman Curt Hagman, State Senator Connie Leyva and insurance salesman Larry Wu.
the Fourth District, which includes Chino, Chino Hills, Montclair, Ontario and the southern half of Upland, is one of two supervisory seats on the ballot. The race for the second district is wide open with the current supervisor Janice Rutherford ineligible for re-election due to term limits.
If a candidate in either race wins 50% of the vote in the primary election, plus one more vote, he will win his respective race and take his seat on the board of supervisors when new terms begin in December. If no one wins either seat in June, the top two candidates from each contest will meet in the November 8 general election.
Former Chino Hills Mayor Hagman spent six years in the California State Assembly, where he served as the GOP Minority Leader. Elected to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors in 2014, he is running for a potential third and final term due to term limits.
“I think where we were eight years ago, where we are now, obviously we’re stronger in every category,” Hagman said.
But there is room for improvement, he added. Hagman would like to streamline and improve county operations through improved technology, whether it’s kiosks in county buildings, starting with libraries, which allow residents to connect via video call to county offices, to have county databases to share information instead of forcing residents to fill out multiple repetitive forms in order to obtain conduct of business.
The housing crisis hits Hagman.
“My son, after six years of college and two degrees from UCLA, is making a good living and starting his first job,” he said. “But there’s no way he can afford a house or afford to rent anywhere near his home. And it’s sad.
Hagman wants to see the county increase the number of high-density housing in certain areas and build the infrastructure needed to support home building in areas where it has yet to be developed.
“We’re going to have to push the NIMBYs home a bit and say, ‘Listen, this is what we need, because we need a range of homes from entry level to beautiful estates,'” he said. he declared. “And we all have our part to do for that.”
Warehousing and the logistics industry have engulfed much of the Inland Empire in recent years, thanks in part to its proximity to the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, and once-cheap land in the counties of San Bernardino and Riverside. But Hagman would like to diversify employment opportunities in the area.
“We are working on bringing in manufacturers. We’re not targeting warehouses right now, we’re targeting, you know, manufacturers and things for good jobs now. We have a whole range of jobs – blue collar jobs – that are paying a lot of money right now and are in high demand.
And he’s excited about the possibility of Elon Musk’s Boring Co. building a tunnel — currently proposed to run underground between Ontario International Airport and Rancho Cucamonga — to eventually take truck traffic out of the car industry. county highway logistics.
“We will have three-dimensional travel in the near future,” Hagman said. “It costs too much to build a new lane on the highway.”
A Labor organizer turned state senator, Leyva found herself sharing a district with another Democrat when legislative constituencies were redrawn in December. after first announcing that she would represent In the state office, Leyva pivoted in January and announced that after eight years in the Senate, she would seek the seat on the supervisory board currently held by Hagman.
“I always thought about running for county supervisor because I think we can do better,” Leyva said. “It’s been primarily a Republican board for about 30 years, and they just have a very different perspective.”
Leyva says the council failed to spend money allocated by the legislature for homelessness and rent relief during the pandemic.
“It happens when you don’t care about people,” Leyva said. “It happens when you don’t care that people have a place to live. And you can’t say they have a homelessness problem, but don’t try to use the money and spend the money that the state gives you for this problem.
Specifically, Leyva said the county failed to spend $11 million allocated to the county to Project home key, which provides housing for people who are homeless or at high risk of becoming homeless. She also said the county failed to spend $60 million in rent relief funds.
“So the double whammy is, and then the next year the state looks at you and says, ‘Well, you haven’t spent what we gave you, so we’re not going to give it to you’ “, Leyva said. “But what I’m telling people is OK, I’ll be here next year. And obviously we’d be like, ‘Wait a minute, there’s been a mess; I’m here now, we’ll spend all the money, I promise.”
Hagman takes issue with Leyva’s characterization, saying the county spends its funds on homelessness and, like other counties, lets the state administer rent relief, saving taxpayers money that would otherwise have been spent to administer the program.
Leyva said Hagman and the board had misplaced priorities during the pandemic.
“When we were fundraising and feeding people during COVID, it was sue the State of California over the mask mandate,” she said. “It’s our taxpayers’ money. Obviously he lost, but it was our money.
She also said supervisors let warehouse developers build on land earmarked for residential construction during a housing crisis.
“It’s harder to build a residential area,” Leyva said. “But what do we want for this region? I want people to live here.
Leyva would like to build more housing in San Bernardino County, making sure it makes economic sense for developers. She pointed to her work bringing a $35 million state grant to Ontario, which helped build affordable housing on Holt Boulevard, as a model for tackling the housing crisis, at least in part. .
“The more I run for the job of supervisor, the more good I think I can do here,” she said. “There are a lot of needs. And everything I’ve done in life, I’ve always done it because I think I can make a difference. And I think I can make a difference here.
Unlike Hagman and Leyva, Wu is a political newcomer, an insurance salesman living in Chino. Frustrated with city officials endorsing a warehouse on the back wall of his house, he realized he wanted to get involved in local politics.
“I have always believed that public service was the only effective way to protect our way of life,” he said.
He worries about the encroachment of the logistics industry into local neighborhoods.
Wu also wants to see the county invest more money in addressing the housing crisis and consider higher-density zoning where appropriate. He wants the county to sort out its homeless population, with different groups getting the kind of interventions suited to their needs.
Wu is also concerned about older residents, saying the county needs to provide a transportation system that makes it easier and safer for older residents who don’t drive to get to medical appointments or shop.
If elected, Wu said he would serve a single four-year term.
“After that, I will start selling my insurance again,” he said. “I’m not interested in a career in politics; I’m just interested in doing the right thing.
He knows he’s a long shot in a race, but said if voters really want change, they need to stop voting for career politicians.
“If you want a different result, for a better future, electing the same people to the same position,” he said, “do you think the results will be different?
Financially, Hagman and Leyva appear to be closely linked.
As of Thursday, April 28, Hagman’s campaign had received $232,888 in donations this calendar year, including major contributions from real estate and business groups. As of Thursday, his campaign committee still had $348,121 on hand, including donations received before this year.
An independent fundraising campaign on behalf of Hagman, Business Leaders and Workers United to Support Curt Hagman for Supervisor 2022, has received $50,000 in donations, including $41,382 on hand as of April 28. Documents filed on Tuesday, April 26 show that the committee received its donations. in the form of two checks for $25,000 from UCR Group, the Redlands-based property developer behind two high-end residences in an unincorporated part of town.
According to campaign fundraising documents filed Thursday, April 28, Leyva’s campaign raised $409,719 in donations, with many of the largest contributions coming from various labor groups across the state. As of Thursday, his campaign still had $310,494 on hand.
An independent committee, the Neighborhood Preservation Coalition to Oppose Leyva For Supervisor 2022, received a donation: a check for $49,900 from Ontario real estate developer Industrial Integrity Solutions, according to campaign fundraising documents filed April 27. coalition has not spent any funds yet.
As for Wu, in documents released on Monday, April 25, his campaign reported receiving $24,500 in donations, of which he still had $9,828 on hand.