Gonzales                       Warren                       Rutherford

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 – 12:55 p.m.

The behind-the-scenes maneuvering for the upcoming election for chair/vice-chair of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is apparently getting ugly.

Sources say newly-elected Fontana Mayor Acquanetta Warren, an African-American republican, is heavily pressuring former colleague Janice Rutherford to cast the deciding vote for Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales over First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt.

Rutherford and Gonzales both served with Warren on the Fontana City Council.

Is potentially playing the race card now being subtly floated should Gonalzes not prevail?

Apparently the answer is yes.

Gonzales, an Hispanic and one of two woman, is currently the only minority of the five-member body.

What a start to the new year.