Eight Ball

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 – 10:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 – 09:15 a.m.

Is San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos finally behind the eight ball?

Could a chain of events finally be in-play that has many local politicos, movers and shakers, and campaign contributors cringing?

Many of those same people are Ramos supporters.

There were many nuances coming out of Monday mornings announcement, by Ramos, in his usual press-mongering fanfare, that charges were being leveled against Former San Bernardino International Airport (SBIA) project manager and developer Scot Spencer, and a second associate.

First, the amount of public dough invested into the SBIA debacle is pegged at somehwere near $200 million. And it’s no secret many, many people and businesses had their hands in the so-called SBIA “piggy bank”.

A debacle that has resulted in zero economic gain to the area.

Spencer being charged with crimes related to grand theft of an amount somewhere between $1.2 million and $1.8 million is interesting to say the least.

Second, even though it’s paltry in the whole scheme of things, it has teeth!

Third, it’s clearly a tool to pull information from Spencer, by way of a deal.

What’s even more interesting is this case and underlying investigation is by way of a joint task force. A task force containing, among other agencies, the U.S. Attorney and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

This time the FBI, which usually has no comment, had something say to the press. Comments that, for now, are refreshing.

Here’s an excerpt from a story published in Tuesday’s edition of The Press Enterprise newspaper:

Laura Eimiller, a spokeswoman for the FBI, said the federal investigation is ongoing. “We’ve not ruled out federal charges in this investigation,” she said.

Some questions come to mind here.

Will the FBI look into a contractor being told to rip out properly done electrical wiring and redo the work over again for extra payment?

Will the FBI examine the airport property transaction for the new Stater Bros. Markets warehouse and distribution center? The company initially approached the Inland Valley Development Agency (IVDA) to acquire land for its site. But, IVDA redevelopment project manager, Hillwood Development, said no because Stater Bros., a for-profit privately-held business, wanted the land at well below market value, not to mention lucrative tax breaks. Enter the San Bernardino International Airport Authority (SBIAA) board, and Stater Bros. received exactly what it wanted. Stater Bros. acquired land on airport authority-controlled property instead, and at the price it wanted.

Will the Los Angeles FBI office sit in on all critical interviews, particularly of Spencer if he comes forward, to prevent any shenanigans from ocurring?

Trust me. It’s happend in the past! Selective questioning of witnesses is a pattern and practice in Ramos’ investigative operation.

Ramos has had no problem unjustly hammering away, for political gain, at his perceived foes. But this time could some of his friends and allys be in the cross-hairs?

And not by choice!

After all, when Ramos was asked about the potential of others being charged, he swallowed his microphone.