County Supervisor Neil Derry left. Former San Manuel Tribal Chairman James Ramos right.

Sunday, July 22, 2012 – 11:30 a.m.

San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry picked up an unexpected supporter for his pension reform proposal this past week.

His opponent.

Former San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman James Ramos, who is challenging Derry in November, is supportive of Derry’s leadership in securing real pension reform.

In a Daily Press story, published last week, a spokesperson for Ramos did not take issue with the Derry proposal to scale back pension formulas and mandate employees pay their own contributions.

Here’s the excerpt from the story;

A spokesperson for former San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman James Ramos, who is running against Derry in the November election, did not take issue with the outlines of Derry’s plan.

“It isn’t any secret that the county cannot maintain its current budgetary path with its large unfunded pension liability,” Ramos’ spokesperson Andre Levesque said. “James Ramos supports pension reform that will make the program more solvent and bring more fiscal restraint to our county budget.”

County unions, who backed Ramos, must be feeling a little naked right about now.

However, politics aside, addressing the pension system is the right thing to do.