James F. Penman

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Challenger


James Penman received a B.A. from California State University San Bernardino and a J.D. from Western State University College of Law [2, 4]. He served as the San Bernardino City Attorney for 26 years before being recalled by voters in 2013 [4, 5]. He opened a private law practice in 1983 and is currently in private law practice at Milligan Beswick Levine & Knox, LLP. He previously served as Executive Director for the Home of Neighborly Service, as a Staff Attorney for the county bar’s Legal Aid Program, served as a Judge Pro Tempore at San Bernardino County Juvenile Court, and was named the “The Best Lawyer in the Inland Empire” by The Sun newspaper readers [2]. 

Penman lives in San Bernardino with his wife Judi. They have 4 children and 4 grandchildren [2].

Key Issues


Penman wants to repurpose Measure S expenditures for public safety and helping the homeless [4].

Law Enforcement

Penman wants to hire retired police officers to handle issues regarding homeless individuals and slumlords and to provide backup for lower priority calls [4]. He also wants to hire around 130 additional police officers using funds from Measure S [2].


Penman wants to move the homeless into new city shelters located in large, empty city buildings, and enforce a “no camping in public” ordinance [4]. He wants to invest in encampment clean-up, evacuation, and relocation to temporary shelter such as motels [2].


Former Mayor Judith Valles (ret.), Chair-person; Juan Hernandez; Ben Gonzalez, San Bernardino Chief of Police; Garner Holt, President of Garner Holt Productions, Inc.; Teamsters Union 1932; Dr. Barbara Flores, San Bernardino School Board Member


1 Ballotpedia 
2 Official Website 
3 Facebook 
4 Voters Edge 
5 The Sun