By Joe Nelson
Posted: 02/16/2010 03:52:28 PM PST

The county will put off suing a Rancho Cucamonga developer and defendants in an ongoing corruption probe by the District Attorney and state Attorney General’s offices, the Board of Supervisors announced today.

The board met in closed session this afternoon to receive a briefing from county counsel relative to the issues concerning initiation of litigation regarding the Nov. 28, 2006 $102 million settlement between the county and Colonies Partners LP over flood control improvements at the Colonies Crossroads residential/commercial development in Upland.

The meeting was held at the request of Supervisor Josie Gonzales in response to last week’s announcement by District Attorney Michael A. Ramos and state Attorney General Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown that former Assessor Bill Postmus and assistant assessor Jim Erwin had been re-arrested and charged with crimes relating to what they called “the biggiest corruption scandal in county history.” Five unnamed co-conspirators were identfiied as John Does in the criminal complaint and haven’t been charged.

In a news release, the board stated that the matter is “extremely complex and the initiation of litigation would be premature at this time.”

“Meanwhile, there is nothing that compromises or impedes the county’s ability to deliver vital services to our residents and face the many challenges posed by these difficult economic times,” board Chairman Gary Ovitt said.

Ovitt’s chief of staff, Mark Kirk, and Supervisor Paul

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