Sunday, July 31, 2011 – 09:00 a.m.

The election contest to represent the Third District on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is going to be an expensive race, not to mention full of entertainment.

A campaign fueled by Indian casino money.

So far, James Ramos, Chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, seems to be sparing no expense in trying to unseat Supervisor Neil Derry.

Last week Ramos sent out a campaign mailer to voters in the Mountain communities touting support from former Supervisor Dennis Hansberger and Big Bear Lake City Council Member Liz Harris.

No we have “I support James Ramos for county supervisor” t-shirts.

Shirts printed in Neil Derry’s red, white and blue campaign color scheme I might add.

Yes, it looks like the Ramos campaign is turning into a trinket campaign.

You know? Trinkets.

The now rarely-used campaign paraphernalia that was prevalent in decades past.

One can only look forward to the refrigerator magnets, coffee mug, pens, pins, and of course that all important bumper sticker.

Consultant Dave Gilliard, of Gillard Glanning & Associates, must be making a mint a Ramos.