Supervisor Paul Biane

PE Politics
on February 16, 2010 11:31 AM

San Bernardino County Supervisor Paul Biane is set to announce his campaign for re-election tonight in Ranch Cucamonga.

But Biane’s quest for a third four-year term comes at a time of turmoil for the supervisor. Biane is widely believed to be John Doe 5, the unnamed and uncharged co-conspirator described in a criminal complaint unveiled last week by District Attorney Mike Ramos and Attorney General Jerry Brown.

The complaint alleges that the county’s $102 million settlement with developer Colonies Partners in 2006 was obtained through a conspiracy of bribery and extortion. Biane was one of three supervisors who voted for the deal.

In a news release today, Biane touted his efforts to boost the quality of life in the 2nd district, which includes the cities of Upland, Rancho Cucamonga and parts of Fontana. He cited $2 million for libraries in Rancho Cucamonga and Fontana, $1 million for the Scheu Family YMCA’s facility in Upland and efforts to expand the North Etiwanda Preserve. He also cited his support for public safety and economic development.

But Biane also defended himself against the accusations raised in the criminal complaint.

“I promised to fight corruption, and I’m proud of my leadership in blowing the whistle on misdeeds in the County Assessor’s office,” Biane said the statement. “My actions resulted in the removal and arrest of Mr. Postmus and several of his associates.”

Biane had e-mails that showed assessor employees using county computers to conduct political work on county time turned over to prosecutors in August 2007, a move that helped trigger the ongoing investigation.

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