By Staff Reports
Posted: 10/17/13, 8:11 PM PDT |

• Developer Al Steward pleaded guilty in 2001 to bribery charges that brought down the city of San Bernardino’s infamous “Gang of Four.” Four council members — Valerie Pope-Ludlam, Edward Negrete, Frederick Curlin and Ralph Hernandez — were cited in 1994 for consistently backing Steward projects and receiving hefty contributions in return. Most, if not all, of those projects failed to bring in promised revenue and crippled the city’s redevelopment agency.

• In 2009, San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus resigned. Once considered “the golden boy” of San Bernardino County’s Republican Party, Postmus sent in his resignation letter and asked for the public’s forgiveness. The announcement brought an end to Postmus’ nine-year career in county government, which once had been so promising but became pockmarked with controversy before eventually derailing from his addiction to drugs and an investigation into his office for political malfeasance.

• The state Attorney General’s Office charged former San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry in April 2011 with perjury and filing false documents, both felonies, and failing to report a campaign contribution, a misdemeanor. Under a plea bargain, Derry pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor in exchange for the two felonies being dropped. He also paid roughly $15,000 in fines, in total, to both the court and the state Fair Political Practices Commission.

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