Sunday, February 13, 2011 – 10:00 p.m.

If it isn’t one thing, it’s another, when it comes to San Bernardino County government.

The buzz creating a stir over the weekend is the strange absence of Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales.

Gonzales has presided over just one meeting after she was elected board chair on a narrow 3-2 vote.

Now she’s no where to be found.

Last Tuesday the board had to grant Second District Supervisor Gary Ovitt temporary power and check signing authority because both Gonzales and First District Supervisor and Vice-Chair Brad Mitzelfelt was absent.

Mitzelfelt was on official business in Washington, D.C.

During the meeting Ovitt announced that Gonzales would be out for some time due to a medical reason.

As of this evening that medical reason would appear to be taking on multiple descriptions.

First it was “She’s under the weather”. Then it was “She has the flu”. Then it was “stress”.

Now it’s laryngitis.

Laryngitis causing a multi-week absence? Please!

Three or four days maybe.

But weeks? Not a chance.

Gonzales is no where to be found.

If it truly is medical leave due to stress, then the taxpayers have a right to know. Remember all the indignation over former Assessor Bill Postmus’ extended medical leave over his substance abuse issues?

Most insiders have been expecting a shoe to drop on Gonzales’ head, over her alleged involvement in the free V.I.P. medical care scandal at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC), but just not this fast.

The ARMC situation is currently being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Sources say the Feds have found offenses chargeable under the United States Code, but the investigation would still take some time to conclude.

The situation at hand may be nothing, but then again.