Thursday, April 19, 2012 – 10:15 a.m.

The former chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has some bumps in the road ahead in his quest for a seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, according to sources.

James Ramos, who is challenging Third District Supervisor Neil Derry, is about to feel the baggage from underneath the train, all courtesy of his voting record on the San Bernardino Community College District Board of Trustees, where he currently serves as an elected member.

According to official minutes, Ramos is apparently playing a part in a board policy to pay its elected members for meetings they don’t even show up for.

Even himself.

The meeting stipend currently sits at $400 per meeting.

An amount that’s a pittance for a man like Ramos who earns in excess of $1.5 million per year from his Indian Gambling casino.

The practice smells of arrogance.

Especially when its public education money being spent.

Another little tidbit involves sending college students in buses to attend protests in Sacramento.

Yes, Ramos voted with his colleagues to pay for buses to ship students to the State Capitol to engage in protests.

Like we’ve said here before.

One can’t make this stuff up!