Beaumont City Council: Knight Ousts Gall in Race

As people headed to the polls this week, they made it clear who they'd like to see on city council.

The residents of Beaumont spoke at the polls Tuesday night, and their voices said they are ready to change things up on the local city council.

In Tuesday's race for two seats on the council, preliminary results indicate that local small business owner Brenda Knight has secured a victory, along with incumbent Jeff Fox.

With 100% of the 31 precincts reporting their results Wednesday, Knight had more votes than incumbent Nancy Gall-- and than Jeff Fox.

Results indicated that the actively involved community member had secured 4,698 votes, or 39.57%.  Fox came in second with 3,945 votes, while Gall had 3,231.  There are still some 180,000 ballots that need to be counted countywide, though, and the election results won't be certified until then, according to the registrar.

"I’m very,very excited to be where I am, right now," Knight told Banning-Beaumont Patch on Election Night, as the results were coming in her favor.

"It’s been a long haul," she added.  "I’m just very appreciative of the support I have … and the people who have worked very hard for me.” 

Gall told Patch that despite her unexpected loss, she made sure to reach out to Knight.

"I called Brenda this morning… left her a message and wished her well," she said Wednesday.

As for why she thinks she did not come out ahead herself, Gall said she thinks she could have spent more money to put out campaign materials.

"We’ve been looking at what I could have done to win," she said.  “We were thinking we should have sent a mailer.”

Gall also told Patch that she thinks the council will be lacking without her presence, as she tends to be the one dissenting vote when the other four members vote in favor of agenda items.

"Well, it’s been difficult because my vision of what the city should be, and the vision of the four men that I served were not the same thing," she said.  "I wanted them to be more transparent.

"In one way I’m disappointed, in another way I’m relieved," Gall said of the results. "I got a lot of negativity directed towards me."

When asked Wednesday morning if the other current councilmembers had reached out to her at all, Gall said no.

"That would be the last thing in the world I’d expect.  They don’t much like me at all.”

As for the more time that she'll have on her hands once she is done with her council duties, Gall said she hopes to help out with some charities in town, and continue to participate in local government, down the road.

Knight is expected to be sworn into office in the first meeting after the Registrar of Voters certifies the election, which will likely happen in the next couple weeks.

Fox did not immediately return phone calls for comment on this article.

Judy Bingham November 08, 2012 at 07:28 PM
So, now what? Here my advice: Sheri, why don't you get a movement going to have Gall declared a witch and burned at the stake on the sacred grounds of city hall ?
Charles Ferrell November 08, 2012 at 08:16 PM
There is always exhileration as there is always disappointment following elections. There are also lessons to be learned, on both the winning and losing sides. Let's hope all sides can focus on the lessons to be learned. The city of Beaumont is in good hands and heading in a good direction. The voters made that clear. Let all sides put their bitterness aside and follow the direction the voters decided we take as a city. Beaumont is a good city. The voters strongly made that statement. Congratulations again to Brenda Knight and Jeff Fox. Brenda... get to work. Jeff... get back to work. Rest of the remaining city council... you get back to work, too. To the loyal opposition. Your wounds will heal. Keep fighting for what you feel is best for our city, our community. Everyone needs to keep their voices strong, but not blaring. Voters do listen; politicans need to keep learning and listening to all voices.
Roger Berg November 08, 2012 at 08:41 PM
First of all I would like congratulate Jeff Fox on his reelection and Brenda Knight on her election. I am looking forward to working with both of them and the rest of the city council. Nancy I would like to thank you for your four years of service on the city council. Although we didn’t agree on most things, there were some things that you and I agreed on. I appreciated your support on getting the bridge over Marshall Creek so the students would not have to cross that channel. I applaud your statement that this will give you additional time to help out with the various charities in the community. That is commendable.
Sheri Davis November 08, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Judy - How about no??? There's no need for violence. I can speak my mind and offer my perspective on things/people based on facts and firsthand knowledge/personal experience. Which is precisely what I have done here regarding Ms. Gall. If anyone wants to do what you are suggesting, go right ahead, be my guest. However, I am not encouraging nor condoning violence. Have a nice day. :D
Judy Bingham November 08, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Where is that 2011 audit Mayor Berg? Did you ever follow up on Gall's pesky question? Do I have to check with the State Controller's Office or will you get it for me ? How did you allow Urban Logic's principals to raise their rates with no changes or amendments to their 1993-94 contract? When do you plan your take- over of BCVWD? How much longer do you and Urban Logic plan to harass the citizens you should be serving ? Gosh, I hope you don't plan to run in 2014 because I have 8 years of your vicious comments made to citizens who dared ask questions at City council. You can't run away from that can you? You know I am beginning to think you all have something to hide. ; ) (For Sheri Davis, I will include a little smiley face)
Judy Bingham November 08, 2012 at 09:59 PM
I will be in charge of adjusting my own volume Charles.
Washy November 08, 2012 at 11:48 PM
And lead the ignorant to believe she had the fire department's support too!
N Hall November 09, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Charles, I find it difficult to believe people are listening and paying attention. Few people know what occurs at council meetings. Mrs. Davis, shame on you. The relationship you may have shared with Nancy Gall regarding your child is not the same as that which occurs at city council. It is not important that she vote like the other members. This is why there are 5 seats. My Berg, I find it big of you to actually thank Nancy Gall for doing anything. You are so arrogant in meetings and insubordinate to the public that I often question, how you were ever elected. You are the example that Mrs. Davis should really see before she even says anything about Nancy Gall. The only other person who is so totally rude is Chuck Butcher, and he was fired. Too bad that can't happen to you. I believe it to be so hypocritical that city council invites ministers in Beaumont to come and pray at meetings and then you Mr. Berg and other council members are so disrespectful to the public, Nancy Gall, myself and anyone else who might oppose or ask questions.. What kind of Christian behavior is that? In one particular meeting my 10 yr old then son, sitting next to me at a meeting said "Mom why did Mr. Berg yell at you and lie about our horse manure? Why did he make up that lie?" My son has only heard the negative things from you Mr. Berg. It is unfortunate that people are blinded by the good things and don't know what really goes on at city hall.
Judy Bingham November 09, 2012 at 01:25 AM
I will never forget the first time I met Nancy Gall, I asked her to read Urban Logic's contract. She read, comprehended and said, "That's illegal ! " What some people always seemed to dislike about Nancy Gall is that she is a dissenter. She goes against the grain. However, we should all remember the words of Thomas Jefferson, "Dissent is the highest form of patriotism " Nancy Gall thank you for being a true patriot, enduring the past four years of abuse, and for representing the citizens of Beaumont who have no voice.
Congratulations Councilwoman Knight! Wishing you great success in doing the people's work. PAUL ANGULO / RIVERSIDE COUNTY AUDITOR-CONTROLLER www.paulangulo.com
Sheri Davis November 09, 2012 at 03:06 PM
N Hall - First of all, I am not married. Let's get that straight. Second, I know that the relationship (or lack thereof) I may have had regarding Ms. Gall as it relates to my child is not the same as what goes on at City Hall. I know the difference between the two. I NEVER said it was/is important that she vote like the other members, ok? I know that is why there are 5 seats. I might have been born at night, but I can assure you it most certainly was not last night. I know for a fact that Ms. Gall personality traits (lack of patience) existed when she was my child's teacher, and still exist even to this day. I have heard her make negative and disparaging remarks regarding students right in front of my own children and other BUSD employees. She has done this on more than one occasion. Was the superintendent at the time informed of such? You bet he was, because I wasn't going to stand for it. Doesn't matter how much truth there may have been to her statements, she knew better than to engage in that behavior with minors in her presence. I have listened to enough City Council meetings to know that she still lack patience. It's one thing to question the status quo. I do that every day. I do it with a boat load of patience. That's the difference, that is key. So, there is NO shame on me. Have a nice day.
Charles Ferrell November 09, 2012 at 03:12 PM
The residents of Beaumont, as did those across the nation, exercised their voice on Election Day.
Troy Escalla November 09, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Great Charles, good to see you will let the majority rule, and that the voters have made it clear, that the nation is in good hands. If you claim it here, then you must claim it everywhere. Strange though, when you discuss the same win for Obama, you mentioned sleaze and manipulation. So, if its true there, its true here. Can't have it both ways, but you try.
Charles Ferrell November 09, 2012 at 06:54 PM
When I comment that there is sleaze in politics, from all sides of all political ideologies, that should not come as a surprise to anyone. When it comes to "manipulation," what is what campaigns are all about. Politicians and their campaign supporters try to "manipulate" the voters into supporting their side. That's what political advertising is all about. It is clear the majority of Americans supported President Obama's re-election, and so be it. I salute all who seek public office. I know full well how difficult it is to make that decision and I also know how difficult it is to accept the voters' decision. However, the voters do decide and whether or not one agrees with their decision, that decision stands. I am having some difficulty understanding the bitterness on the part of those who supported Nancy Gall's re-election bid for Beaumont City Council. The supporters of Gall should be otherwise elated with the results of the election. Their side won the Presidency and the U.S. Congressional seat that represents the Pass Area will also be filled by someone from their liberal/progressive side. The two Nancies, Judy and the other Obama supporters in the Pass Area should be happy they won the big ones -- Presidency and U.S. Congress here. The Beaumont City Council is small stuff in comparison. By the way, we can all have it both ways. We all have something to celebrate and something for which we are disappointed, following the Nov. 6 election.
Charles Ferrell November 09, 2012 at 07:00 PM
No matter how the Beaumont City Council election turned out, there wasn't going to be any significant change in the political direction of the city. It was either going to remain a 4-1 split or now there will be more 5-0 votes I suspect. The only change will be, at least I hope, a lot less verbal fireworks during city council meetings, at least among the council members themselves. The loyal opposition will still be there in the audience, taking issue and challenging the council decisions, and as long as the debates remain civil that is a good thing. The council members should be challenged to defend their decisions and the direction they are taking the city. They should be challenged with specific questions about specific things, and they should answer with specific answers. Then if all involved in the city council meetings -- in Beaumont or any city or in any elective body -- wear (at least in their minds) signs that read "today I am going to act and behave as an adult), positive things will happen.
Nancy Hall November 09, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Charles, you are right that when asked specific questions you should get answers at city council. Between 2003 - 2009 , I was the president of BCRG. Our original intentions were positive. I believe council favored the idea that more people were attending meetings. Our neighborhood challenged the Taurek project, which was to build a large number of homes on 1-1 and 2-1 slopes, not in the city limits. Mr. Eggers signed a neg. dec, claiming no impact. We hired an independent environmental consulting firm who found 37 out of 39 items on that report, violated CEQA. The findings made us question more projects. With each public record we found more to question and most of the time, there was reason. The city lacked transparency. Not one council member was willing to go against the rest or the city manager & demand accountability. Mr. Berg was the rudest of all and still is. While Nancy Gall made a difference, the job would have been easier had there been another council member with backbone.The good ole boys mentality still exists. I am not sure that I would have the needed patience or courage that Ms. Gall displayed while serving her position, and I certainly admire her for the service she performed.
Charles Ferrell November 10, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Among the responsibilities of someone who is a member of a public agency board of trustees (city council included) is to answer specific questions with specific answers, or direct the questioner to the staff member who is best able to provide the answer. And yes, and practicing good manners, even when others around them are not, are also a responbibility of such public officials. Actually, it should be the responsibility of all of us.
BMF2012 November 10, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Fox was not able to comment due to being at the local bar drinking his life away.
Adam W November 10, 2012 at 03:32 AM
What do you mean "their side" Chucky? I have typically sided with Ms. Gall on many local issues and I am a Republican, not a liberal/progressive as you say. Choose your words cautiously. Beaumont City council is definitely NOT small stuff. Local politics in many ways is the larger choice as it will dictate more for local people than who the president is.
Charles Ferrell November 10, 2012 at 03:49 AM
What happens in Beaumont or the Pass Area is small compared to the nation as a whole, but it is still important to those of us who live here. The election in Beaumont was "small" in that there wasn't going to be much of a change, except perhaps in tone, no matter who was elected. It was either going to remain 4-1 on some of the key issues or 5-0. The end result was that Beaumont will continue to move in the same direction, the direction determined by the voters who raised their voices by drawing lines on their ballots. Percentage wise, the race for President was far, far closer than the Beaumont City Council election. However, the majority made its preferences known in both cases. A majority of voters in Beaumont like the direction the city is headed and voted to keep Beaumont heading in that direction, and a majority of voters nationwide like the direction the nation is headed under President Obama and his liberal/progressive ideology and voted to keep America on that same path. I just happen to agree more with the choices the voters made in the Beaumont city election than the choices the majority of Americans made for their (our) President. I agree with President Obama on some things, but agree with the conservtative political agenda more. I don't think it is possible to agree 100% with anyone else, politican or non-politician, just as I don't think it is possible to disagree 100% with someone. I suppose it is possible. Most things are.
Charles Ferrell November 10, 2012 at 03:51 AM
How proud of yourself you must be to make a statement like that.
Charles Ferrell November 10, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Since Nancy Gall and her supporters are so liberal, I just expected that they were mostly strong supporters of President Obama, Ruiz and other like-minded liberal/progressive Democrats. Interesting to see that Nancy has conservative supporters, too. I wonder how many people in Beaumont voted for both Nancy Gall for city council in Beaumont and Mitt Romney for President of the United States. I wouldn't guess too many, but politics has many surprises.
Nancy Hall November 10, 2012 at 04:41 AM
Several members of council and staff could benefit from taking a Dale Carnegie Class. I find it interesting that the city carries the slogan "Beaumont Cares" on signs and city vechicles. I would like to think this might be a goal which they hope to achieve one day.By the way I am not a Democrat either. I was also not pleased with the choices we had for the Presidential Election.
Tristan November 10, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Charles, don't hide behind the truth. Its so true! I was at the bar with him last night and the night before that! :) Like you said before charles...he is our councilman, the will of the people voted for him.
Tristan November 10, 2012 at 06:04 PM
By the way, somebody needs to tell Brenda Knight to pick up her signs or should the city call Bogh Engineering, because they are the ones who put them up for her.
Charles Ferrell November 10, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Couple of comments: 1 -- Everybody: Get your campaign signs out of here NOW. They were an eyesore -- a legal and necessary, I guess, eyesore BEFORE the election -- but the election is over and get those what are now pieces of trash out of our neighborhoods. 2 -- People who hang out in bars shouldn't comment on others who are sitting at the next stool or booth.
Judy Bingham November 10, 2012 at 07:25 PM
For some reason Mr. Ferrell insists on burying his head in the sand when it comes to the City. He has done that ever since he was at the Record Gazette. Unbiased reporting would have gone a long way toward cleaning up City Hall. You can blog all you want Mr. Ferrell, but as long as you are in denial, the people on the street will never take you seriously. Are you also part of the TAXPAYER PAID Public Relations Services like Steve Moore? I wonder how much money has been spent by Kapanicas to convince the uninformed that life in Beaumont ( or Stepford as I like to call it) is just one big party after another ? Perception is everything !
Charles Ferrell November 10, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Judy, I haven't had anything to do with the Record Gazette in more than five years, so that is a very old road upon which you travel when you try to relate something the voters did this past Nov. 6, which was to defeat your candidate, to the coverage the newspaper provided to its readers a half decade ago when I was its editor. Nancy Gall had four years to win over voters to elect her to a second term, and they chose two others instead. I like the Pass Area and I like the city in which I live, which happens to be Beaumont. I look around this city and I see a better place than the one where my wife and I purchased our home back in 1998. I hold the city council responsible for this good feeling and think they, as a group, have done a pretty good at guiding the city in its current direction. The majority of the voters here apparently agree, and voted to continue that direction in the 2012 election. Your Presidential candidate used "Forward" as his re-election slogan; let's work together to help Beaumont move ahead in a positive direction. You just seem so bitter about this community. It's a good place and we have a lot of very good people here. Wal-Mart was a wonderful addition to our community, and look what other retail and dining opportunities our community has gained as a result of Wal-Mart, located in its general vicinity. This is a prime example of the positive direction the city has taken in recent years. We're a good, strong community. Let's enjoy it.
Victor S Dominguez November 11, 2012 at 12:49 AM
I played Baseball on dirt fields, 4th of July firework show missed us, Redlands was our stop to shop. Police Dept. used a lot of duct tape and public works was just 2 crews. Yes, I love Beaumont, it`s my home in more ways than one. Yes, our community is doing very well. This community has a lot more to offer my children than I had growing up here. This is all possible, because our local families pay: Property taxes Hospital bonds School bonds Emergency Room Tax The current local government will increase our taxes. Our schools are full, we need another bond, our hospital is ½ complete we need another bond to finish it. Property taxes will increase to cover much needed city infrastructure (sewer, roads, parks, ect. ) I for one disagree with our local leadership, does that mean I dislike my city. No, its means I am a member of this community and I voice my thoughts. Judy Bingham employs people, Judy pays her share, Judy and Ed have a right to their thoughts too, it`s still America isn’t.
Judy Bingham November 11, 2012 at 04:24 PM
How much longer do you think Alan's Kapanicas' elaborate shell game can last ? You are telling citizens to enjoy it ? Kind of like enjoying rape, isn't it ?


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