Supervisor Neil Derry left. Captain Kangaroo (James Ramos) right.


Thursday, March 22, 2012 – 06:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 23, 2012 – 09:20 a.m.

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman James Ramos is suing San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters Michael Scarpello over his opponents ballot designation.

The lawsuit filed by the prestigious Sacramento-based political law firm of Bell, McAndrews and Hiltachk, on behalf of San Bernardino resident Patricia W. Amicone, challenges Third District Supervisor Neil Derry’s ballot designation of Supervisor/Businessman.

Apparently Ramos doesn’t like Derry using Businessman, even though the supervisor owns rental property in the city of San Bernardino and holds a valid city business license.

However, Ramos apparently felt that Businessman/School Trustee was more appropriate for himself, instead of Tribal Chairman.

The predominent source of his multi-million dollar annual income.

So his campaign generated a legal challenge using Amicone as a shill.

Anyways, the case Amicone v. Scarpello, Superior Court case number CIVDS1202817 is being heard by Superior Court Judge David Cohn in Central District on Tuesday, March 27 at 8:30 a.m. in Department S-35.

A proceeding that is likely to be entertaining.

The interesting part of this little charade?

The latest campaign finance disclosure Ramos filed with the registrar on Thursday.

Listed on Schedule C – Expenditures, is an $8,500 payment to the aforementioned law firm with the accompanying note “Leg Retainer Re Ballot Designation Challenge”.

Meaning Ramos paid for Amicone’s lawyers with his own campaign money.

But Ramos has his own problems with his sample ballot statement.

It seems Ramos felt it necessary to pepper the statement with actual endorsements.

Something barred by state law and requiring redaction.