Jerry Brown+Mike Ramos

California Governor Jerry Brown left, with San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos at a March 1, 2012 fundraiser event at the Double Tree Hotel in Ontario. (Photo Credit – Mike Cruz/The Sun)

Thursday, August 1, 2013 – 02:30 p.m.

For the past few years San Bernardino District Attorney Michael A. Ramos has orchestrated a real show. He’s been masterful at snowing the media, and anyone else willing to listen.

Those in the category of willing to listen include Governor Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris.

Ramos has been pulling every stunt possible to place himself out front and center. But he now has a problem. What’s likely the first of many to come.

Whether it’s been KFI-AM 640, The Press Enterprise, The Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, or the various Los Angeles-based television stations, Ramos has been out there preaching his word with an ever expanding righteousness. Unfortunately the news outlets have fully cooperated and aired it.

Ramos even ranks third in the state, among DA’s, in the number of press releases his office generates. Only Los Angeles and Orange counties issue more.

Derived from the word cooperated is the word co-opted, a word that better describes Ramos’ relationship with the media. Yes, we’ve heard it all! Ramos the crime fighter, Ramos the corruption fighter, and his latest descriptor of a joint investigative task force, he endearingly refers to as “Team Justice”.

For years now, Ramos has denied all the rumors, innuendo, claims of serial relationships with subordinates, allegations of inappropriate conduct, and even a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment that fed into a hostile work environment, directed at a then former mistress. Ramos has steadfastly insisted in various local media stories, and at various political functions, that such talk was being driven by alleged corruption figures, which he and his office are targeting.

A typical Ramos spin, that’s not even close to the truth.

One incident that really stands out occurred last year at a Ramos fundraising event headlined by Brown. Attendee’s of this event, held at the Double Tree Hotel in Ontario, say Ramos paraded his wife in front of those in attendance.

Then Ramos made a proclamation.

Ramos told the onlookers and supporters, at the March 1, 2012 gathering, that he was a family man, and not to believe any of the rumors about him.

What a farce! Not to mention, a likely Freudian slip.

All in front of Brown, whose presence gave an endorsement to Ramos’ family man statement, and who lent his reputation to stop the speculation amongst supporters as to the truth of the rumors. Ramos has never been one to shy away from using another to help him politically and personally, even if it later makes a Governor look foolish.

But, it gets better. Just one week earlier at Ramos’ first meeting as the Governor’s appointee to the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (known as the P.O.S.T. Commission) meeting held at 10 a.m. on February 23, 2012, at the Double Tree Hotel in San Diego. Interestingly, Ramos brought someone with him to the meeting.

A fact recently pointed out to us by a member of Ramos’ staff.

Obviously, Ramos never expected the minutes of the meeting to be officially transcribed.

Why?

Click here, to view the official reported meeting minutes. Then look at the bottom of page 5, to see just who accompanied Ramos there.

His companion at this meeting was then Supervising Deputy District Attorney Mary Ashley, who at the time was bucking for a promotion. She wanted to be the new Chief Deputy District Attorney, the third highest paid classification in the operation. It was a promotion to be given directly by Ramos. Whatever discussions or whispers that occurred that week led to the promotion being announced to the staff a few months later. It was a promotion that many believed passed over other more experienced and more highly-qualified candidates.

Sources report that over the past 12 to 18 months or so, Ramos has been residing on and off with Ashley.

A San Bernardino County Sentinel article, published back on August 10, 2012, titled “Promotion of District Attorney’s Girlfriend Hurts Prosecutor’s Office Morale”, discusses sources inside Ramos’ office, who informed the newspaper of a July 18, 2012 memo announcing Ashley’s promotion effective September 6, 2012. The Sentinel article also delved into the negative effect the promotion had on office morale and politics.

Late last month, June 28 to be precise, Ramos filed for divorce from his wife Gretchen. It’s development that’s making the rounds hot and heavy in the Inland Empire legal and political communities.

What happened to the staunch self-proclaimed family man? Or is it more likely that the stories that we have all heard over the last ten years are true, and that we have one sex-crazed, egotistical misogynist for a District Attorney, you decide.

What about all those lies to everyone, whether they were willing to listen or not?

If Ramos is willing to snow everyone on this matter, then the question becomes what else has he snowed everyone on?

On a side note, official records indicate Ramos only attended two of three P.O.S.T. Commission meetings held in 2012.

Those same records also reflect that Ramos is no longer a member of the commission, even though the term for a commission appointee is supposed to be three years.

One has to wonder what Brown and Harris think now.

If Brown doesn’t have the commonsense to distance himself from Ramos, maybe the Governor’s staff does. After-all, it appears he lied to the Governor about his actions, and then used him to help cover up the scandal.

Harris should do the same, but then again we don’t know all the details of Ramos’ relationship with our Attorney General, since our President even thinks she’s attractive. However, to be fair that’s one rumor we have not heard, at least not yet.

We did try to get confirmation of where Ramos and his pillow are residing at the present time. But as of the writing of this article, we have not been able to confirm if he is permanently living with one of his subordinates.

So how does Ramos get away with blaming corruption targets for his own personal, public and political shenanigans? It’s time for Ramos to take some responsibility and stop blaming others.

Sounds more like an example of hypocrisy at its finest.