Archive for November 16th, 2009

Mike Ramos

District Attorney Michael Ramos

Senor Blogger
November 16, 2009

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is set to increase the contract with the law firm conducting the investigation into allegations of misconduct by District Attorney Michael Ramos.

Consent Calendar Item #41 on tomorrow’s Board of Supervisors agenda will approve an appropriation for a revised contract with the Santa Monica based law firm of Curiale Hirschfield and Kraemer, increasing the amount to $140,000.00. Any contract for outside legal services exceeding $100,000 must be approved by the board. The pending action means the investigation costs have or is expected to exceed the board approval threshold.

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Michael Kane
November 16, 2009

Rumors abound that change is coming soon to San Bernardino County Government.

It’s beginning to look like the Board of Supervisors may have had enough of the dysfunction and ineptitude at the highest levels of the “management corp.”

Ever since someone posted DISMISSAL/DISCIPLINE/RELEASE OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEE(S) on the Supervisors Board agenda for the Tuesday meeting, the Fifth Floor denizens have been scratching their heads (and laughing) about the unlucky (but deserving) public officials who will be leaving public service soon.

Most speculation centers around the obvious two choices viewed as the most deserving of unemployment.  I refer, of course, to County Administrative Officer Mark “the Real Deal” Uffer and Ruth “The Never Ending Vacation Accrual Plan” Stringer, neither of whom would be missed by co-workers, the county workforce, or the general public.

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On Tuesday, at least three of the five of you are expected to darn near make history in this county. It’s been a long time in the making. And there is a good reason for that, it being a long time in the making, that is. Her name is Ruth Stringer, your trusted legal counsel.

The change you will be making should have been made long ago. Had it been done a year ago, likely most of you would have had a less tumultuous year, even if you don’t know it. Let’s just say “subterfuge” has been a key term for the past year.

And Ruth Stringer has been a key player in this subterfuge. Think of the grief she has caused some of you.

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