Sunday, July 17, 2011 – 11:00 a.m.

The plot thickens regarding a piece of prime San Bernardino County-owned real estate this Sunday morning.

Sources say The Lewis Group of Companies is quietly letting it be known they would like to see select pieces of a 1,200 acre parcel of flood-control real estate put up for sale, even in a down market.

A move that would screw over county taxpayers while at the same time make the land available to the Lewis on the cheap.

The Lewis Companies has engaged Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford to do their bidding to get the parcel in play once again.

The only problem is Rutherford, who is not known for common sense, tried to play the idea publicly with the local newspapers.

The result? Questions, questions, and more questions.

Talk about putting something on the radar screen!

The not-so-bright public move likely put the land matter, already the focus of one local probe, also on the scope of state and federal investigators.

Anyways, it’s doubtful Rutherford’s colleagues will be warm to her actions on the issue, unless Supervisor Josie Gonzales, another Lewis puppet, can find two other board members gullible enough to put the land up for sale.

A transaction requiring a four-fifths vote.

On another front, sources say Rutherford may have her own serious legal issue to deal with shortly.

We’ll soon know for sure.