Steve Mehlman

Steve Mehlman

Steve Mehlman is ready for the challenge.

Mehlman, 75, is running unopposed for the office of Beaumont city clerk and is looking forward to serving the city and its residents for the next four years.

“I stepped up because there was a clear need for it and I was concerned with wanting to continue the progress with accountability and transparency,” he said.

Mehlman and his wife, moved to the Solera community seven years ago.

He was born in the Bronx to Phillip and Ethel Mehlman and has one sister, Marcia. Mehlman graduated from Somerville High School in New York and American University, with a degree in public relations. He became a reporter for the Courier News in Plainfield, N.J. and then was a Congressional press secretary in Washington, D.C.

Mehlman worked for Congressman Robert Giaimo for two years during the Vietnam War.

It was a tough time, he remembers. “My boss was kind of on the fence about the war. He was following the party line. After a meeting with the Vietnam Veterans agent, he came out of the meeting and changed his mind,” said Mehlman.

He was then hired at AARP as manager of media relations and editor of its national volunteer newsletter at its Washington, D.C. headquarters.

He also was a consumer advocacy manager in AARP’s Atlanta office. He set up anti-fraud networks of law enforcement, offices on aging and AARP chapters in 12 southeastern states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Mehlman said he really enjoyed that job. “It was challenging. It was exciting. It made me feel like I was making a difference,” he said.

In 1998, he was a finalist for the National Crime Prevention Council’s Excellence in Crime Prevention award.

In 2004. Mehlman and his wife moved to Sacramento, where he worked as communications director for the California State Employees Association and the United Domestic Workers (UDW) IHSS Homecare Providers Union.

Mehlman said there were 100,000 caregivers in IHSS.

Mehlman also was one of 40 California senior senators for the Riverside County Advisory Council on Aging.

He retired from the California State Employees Association in 2013.

Mehlman and his wife of 44 years have one daughter.

He said he attended his first Beaumont city council meeting in 2015. Mehlman became a member of the ad hoc Fire and Safety Committee, which has been working on securing a west side fire station.

Going to the council meetings gave Mehlman insight into what was and wasn’t working in Beaumont. He said he could see a lack of transparency, a lack of accountability and that it appeared that the city council just rubber-stamped everything without really looking at agenda items.

Mehlman also has served on the General Plan Task Force and as co-founder of the No Way Gateway committee that opposed the building of warehouses near Interstate 10 in Cherry Valley/Beaumont.

Mehlman has been very vocal at times about the efforts of Beaumont city council critic Libi Uremovic, who attempted in 2017 to recall Mayor Nancy Carroll and Mayor Pro-tem Julio Martinez.

Mehlman said that Uremovic couldn’t gather 25 signatures for a petition to recall the council members. Deputy city clerk Nicole Wheelwright said that the petition was invalid.

“It’s a sad commentary that they couldn’t get 25,” he said.

Mehlman said that the role of city clerk – the position he is running for – signs documents and reviews and approves documents.

Mehlman has a lot of respect for Wheelwright as deputy city clerk. “I want to give her a shout-out because she’s doing an amazing job,” he said.

Staff Writer Julie Farren may be reached at jfarren@recordgazette.net.

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dweezil

No cal Peeve insults good people writing good letters and sees racism in a ham sandwich.He needs to move to China ,Russia Kazakstan etc. and show them the error of their ways.No cal peeve is the manic messiah on his soapbox.Wash your mouth out,maybe clean ideas will appear.

SoCalSteve

Dweezil hides behind his or her absurd screen name to insult other people and then complains about me? LOL. Fortunately, good people ignore gutless trolls like that. And the fact that nearly 5,000 people went to the trouble to vote for me even though I was unopposed tells you a lot about how the REAL citizens of Beaumont feel about me.

SoCalSteve

That gutless troll dweezil (what an absurd handle!) hides behind his keyboard to attack me and then accuses me of "insulting good people." LOL. Any "clean idea" he comes up with will be his first.

Even though I was unopposed, nearly 5,000 good people went to the trouble of checking my name on the ballot. I'm proud of and grateful for that. How many votes did you get, Mr. Troll?

ChristinaB

Huge thanks to Steve Mehlman for taking the time to hand write postcards urging us to vote.
I just got a postcard from Steve in the mail today... truly grateful for all the 🌊 volunteers. 💜

Libi Uremovic

'...Mehlman said that Uremovic couldn’t gather 25 signatures for a petition to recall the council members. Deputy city clerk Nicole Wheelwright said that the petition was invalid....'

and the truth is that the city clerk's office refused to process the document - we even had a 3rd party verify that yes, the beaumont city clerk's office is simply refusing to accept the notice of intent ...

you could have asked julie farren - you have my email and my phone number - you could have asked, but all you did was print the city's propaganda ...

SoCalSteve

The citizens of Beaumont should be grateful that the Deputy City Clerk refused to process Libi's forged recall petition, which I understand contained invalid signatures and addresses.

That is the way the Clerk's Office is supposed to work. And that is the way it will work in the future. You can count on it.

GoodHuman

Since Mehlman is running unchallenged as this article states he will most likely end up with the position. I will attest I do not know him personally, but I do have first-hand experience watching him on more than one social media forum attack, belittle and otherwise treat people like garbage. I have been the recipient of it once as well. He strikes me as an unkind person.

The job probably can be handled just fine by a callous individual as I believe he is, but I think Beaumont citizens, as I will do, should watch him with scrutiny. Be a good human, Mehlman.

SoCalSteve

I think all my many friends in Beaumont and all those who elected me to the Solera HOA Board, the Riverside County Council on Aging and the California Senior Legislature would beg to differ. Those for whom I've worked as a caring volunteer throughout my life would also disagree.

BTW, anyone who slanders an individual while lacking the courage to use his or her real name is hardly an example of a "good human."

SoCalSteve

Two corrections:

1. Mehlman also was elected by the Riverside County Council on Aging as one of 40 senior senators in the California Senior Legislature.

2. "After a meeting with the Vietnam Veterans Against the War, (Congressman Robert Giaimo) changed his mind."

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