Wednesday, May 2, 2012 – 10:00 a.m.
The flap over the Form 700 – Statements of Economic Disclosure Forms filed by San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors candidate and former San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman James Ramos in his various capacities as San Bernardino Community College District Trustee, State Board of Education Member and San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors candidate, raise really one main question.
Ramos currently functions in all three capacities and recently surrendered his Tribal Chairman title.
Yes! The term title hungry does comes to mind here.
After examining the forms, the only issue that really stands out, besides Ramos ducking and weaving his Tribal ties, is his small businesses.
Ramos operates two local restaurants in the San Bernardino and Highland area.
Those restaurants, Yum Yum Restaurant and Pepito’s, now reported under Diversity Investments have been in existence for years.
The most evident underlying question is whether or not these two businesses generate any profit distribution to Ramos as he states in his latest disclosure filing.
Ramos’s 2012 statement is the first a profit was ever disclosed.
Ramos, who recently shuttered two other businesses, GFE Coffee House’s, one near Cal-State San Bernardino, and the other in a Highland shopping center, reports he receives more than $100,000 in income from his two remaining restaurants.
A claim that could be suspect without Ramos producing his business and personal tax returns.
Ramos has been touting himself as a successful businessman.
As a matter of fact, Ramos, as a conerstone of his campaign, says he wants to bring jobs back to San Bernardino County.
With two previously failed businesses, Ramos can’t afford to have two more, exposed teetering on the brink before the June 5 primary election.
In other words, if Ramos is intentionally reporting a profit where there is none, then he could have a problem.