Wednesday, February 23, 2011 – 11:00 p.m.

Just when you thought you had seen it all comes San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford’s ethics committee.

A committee of individuals Rutherford saw fit to advise her on ethical reform in county government.

Not the fact Rutherford made a committee or is concerned about ethics in the county, but who she selected.

First off, former Supervisor Dennis Hansberger.

Hansberger, who was ousted by Third District Supervisor Neil Derry, saw fit to accept a lucrative benefits package that Derry had to unwind when he took office. Hansberger also saw it necessary to shred every document in his office before he left in November 2008. He also blew up when his Chief of Staff Jim Foster was forced to resign over a scandal involving his purchase of county-owned land through a straw buyer.

It seems Hansberger thought resignation was too stiff a penalty for Foster. After all Foster only made a 400% profit.

Last but not least, Hansberger was fined $6,000 by state regulators for violating conflict of interest rules.

Then we have Larry Sharp.

Sharp’s former occupation was Chief Executive Officer of Arrowhead Credit Union.

The same Arrowhead Credit Union that was seized by federal regulators late last year.

Another gem is pro-growther and attorney Bob Ziprick of Loma Linda.

Ziprick, a bag man for developer and businessman Leroy Hansberger, father of the aforementioned Dennis Hansberger.

The elder Hansberger wanted to build a high-density residential development in Loma Linda and with Ziprick’s support.


The development never happened and Ziprick was ousted form office last year.

Lastly we have former State Assemblyman and Board of Equalization member Bill Leonard.

Leonard, Rutherford’s former employer, has had his share of regulatory fines that obviously Rutherford forgot about.

But then again, it’s all about ethics.

Who’s next? Bernie Madoff?

Where’s Paul Biane?

Laugh out loud………