Gonzales

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 – 12:15 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 – 03:00 p.m.

In a Romper Room fashion, an embarrassing display of incompetence decended on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors meeting just before noon on Tuesday.

Neither Chairperson Josie Gonzales nor County Counsel Jean-Rene Basle knew Robert’s Rules of Order or their own procedures regarding the conduct of voting among the boards members.

Gonzales is of no surprise. But Basle, a licensed and practicing attorney, is a another story.

Apparently, neither of the two was familiar with the procedure of a member moving an item for discussion and then voting against it.

The procedure is meant to preserve the board members right to bring their agenda item back for reconsideration as a member of the prevailing “no” side.

An amazing display of incompetence.

Gonzales has only been chair for almost fifteen months.

But who’s counting?

The debacle started when two items regarding ordinances proposed by Supervisors Brad Mitzelfelt and Neil Derry, one affecting Off-Highway Vehicles, and the other, incorporating E-Verify requirements into the restaurant grading system, respectively, initially passed on the consent calendar by a 3-2 vote.

Supervisors Gary Ovitt and Gonzales verbally casted votes in opposition.

Gonzales, after realizing what had just happened and in her typical buffoonery-style approach, began giving Supervisor Janice Rutherford, here former colleague on the Fontana City Council, the evil eye while she pulled both items from the consent calendar to conduct a re-vote.

A move Basle advised as legally permissible. Basle told Gonzales she could do whatever she wanted as chairperson.

Amazingly, Rutherford, who Gonzales routinely manipulates, after voting in the affirmative, voted no.

A re-vote taken without a motion for reconsideration.

However it’s Rutherford, who has to run for reelection in the conservative Second District, not Gonzales.

But at a likely reduced annual compensation of $60,000 that a supe will likely earn starting in 2014, Rutherford may have other plans and doesn’t care.

Readers are encouraged to view the meeting video at www.sbcounty.gov/bos. Please view the entire meeting due to the fact the circus later reignited during another procedural meltdown.

Only in San Bernardino County does a banana republic thrive.

Both Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy would be proud.