Finally! One of the alleged corruption cases is on the radar screen. Really it is!

The case calendar of Rancho Cucamonga City Councilman Rex Gutierrez now has a trial approaching.

Gutierrez is charged with grand theft and other crimes related to alleged time card fraud during his tenure at the Assessor’s office.

The case is scheduled for a Pre-Trial Hearing Conference in Superior Court next Tuesday, when various motions will be taken up by the court. The matter then proceeds to a Readiness Calendar confirmation on May 28th and Jury Trial on June 1st.

Gutierrez’ last day to commence trial is June 11th plus 10 days. If no trial commences by June 21st the case is dismissed.

Sources say prosecutors have been trying to get the defense to agree to yet another continuance in the case that would involve Gutierrez giving a statutory waiver and extension of time for trial.

However, Gutierrez has refused any further waiver of time.

Since any trial on this case would go well past San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos’ reelection primary, and Ramos is expected to win easily, it’s unclear as to why prosecutors are working to drag the case out.