News coverage of my official announcement in running for Mayor.
July 17, 2017 at 8:35 pm
SAN BERNARDINO >> A third major contender for San Bernardino mayor threw his hat into the ring Monday: Mike Gallo, president and CEO of Kelly Space & Technology and a member of the San Bernardino City Unified School District.
Gallo pledged to involve the community and other elected officials in developing a shared vision for the city and then keeping them focused on achieving those goals.
It’s the same philosophy he had when he was first elected to the school board in 2011. He recalls eye rolls when he called for a strategic plan, but it eventually resulted in multiple community meetings with close to 1,000 people discussing their priorities.
And the teamwork and “shared vision” from those meetings was pivotal in the district’s later successes, including pushing graduation rates from 67.5 percent (well below the state and county average) to 86.2 percent (better than the state and county average), according to Gallo.
“I saw such misalignment and lack of shared vision that I had to step in and do something,” Gallo said of the school district, which at the time was months away from hiring its current superintendent, Dale Marsden. “I see the same thing for the city. It’s not a resource issue. The reason we don’t have the resources is we don’t have the vision and the leadership.”
The city tried a similar approach in 2015 — at Gallo’s urging and with school district funding — but it didn’t take off the same way because of a lack of leadership, according to Gallo.
Gallo began his career as an Air Force officer at Norton Air Force Base in 1980, then joined TRW Ballistic Missiles Division.
In 2012, he was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to the California Workforce Development Board, where he was chairman of the Career Pathways and Education Committee and a member of the executive board.
Gallo said a campaign website listing his planned initiatives and positions will be online soon.
Davis’ term was extended one year as part of the charter reform, which moved elections from odd-numbered years to even-numbered years, and so the election will be in June 2018. If no candidate receives a majority, there will be a run-off in November 2018.
Editor’s note: This story has been corrected. The election will be in June 2018. If no candidate receives a majority, there will be a run-off in November 2018.