Monday, January 30, 2012 – 10:00 a.m.

Within all of San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors candidate James Ramos’ negative baggage appears to be a glimmer of a motivating interest as to why the current millionaire chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is seeking the county post.

The Tribal chair, who is seeking to oust Third District Supervisor Neil Derry in June, may have a personal finance cause.

Ramos, with annual income of more than $1.5 million, is dipping his toe into the future of an Barstow-area Indian gaming casino proposed by the Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians.

Ramos, when asked about the proposal at a recent event, says he would support the casino if it cleared all federal hurdles.

Forget about the fact the San Manuel’s have opposed the project from the start.

For Barstow, the proposed casino would be a welcome revenue generator and job creator.

For Ramos it would be competition.