Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/19/2010 04:28:13 PM PDT

A week after James Ramos, president of the San Bernardino Community College Board of Trustees, announced he will run for re-election in November, his opponents are on the offensive.

Richard Boyle, who failed in his bid for election to the board in 2008, says that Ramos was the main financial supporter of a another board member who was found guilty of not filing financial statements by the Fair Political Practices Commission. He added that Ramos was also illegally elected president with the support of that same board member.

“My concern right now is you have Crafton Hills College facing possible loss of accreditation and you have got Ramos who was elected president by bankrolling one of his cronies running the show,” Boyle said.

Boyle, who said he is running again in the November election, says Ramos made the greatest contributions to John Futch, in Futch’s bid for a seat on the board in 2008.

There would have been nothing remiss, except that Futch violated election laws by refusing to report that he received campaign support from Ramos, he added.

After the election, Boyle filed two complaints with the FPPC and in June received a letter saying the commission found Futch guilty of two violations of the Political Reform Act and fined him $3,000 on each count.

It was then Futch who cast the deciding vote for Ramos to be president at the start of 2009, Boyle said.

Futch admits he was fined $6,000 for not turning in his campaign financial disclosure reports in time.

But there was no fraud involved, and Ramos was not the only donor, he said.

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