Wednesday, November 13, 2013 – 10:30 a.m.
One sure has to hand it to San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor James C. Ramos (D-San Manuel Indian Reservation).
Ramos, who hasn’t been in office one full year, says he may consider running for the California State Senate seat being vacated by Senator Bill Emmerson (R-Redlands).
In other words, Third District residents are nothing more than a doormat.
As previously thought, Ramos is using his win last year as a stepping stone for higher office. The only problem? Most people, like the one’s who elected him, figured he’d at least serve a four-year term, before putting his desire out there for all to see and know.
Ramos, in recent public statements made at meetings of several boards he sits on, has made it abundently clear he’s representing as he puts it “The Indian Nation”, before the needs of his district as a whole. A phrase, which as clearly miffed many, who have had to listen to him inquire as to how a particular decision would impact his Tribe, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
Furthermore, Ramos has been upset at his inability to hand out taxpayer money to promote himself. Something he routinely did as Tribal Chairman using Indian gaming profits.
Prior to Ramos’ arrival on the scene, county supervisors, due to budget considerations, eliminated priority policy and board discretionary funding. Money that was controlled by supervisors, and dispensed to local commnity projects, within their respective districts.
Ramos’ attempts at securing some of the monopoly money has hit a block wall in Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux.
With essentially nothing accomplished in his first year in office, Ramos is finding out the hard way, that without money to throw around, nobody cares what he has to say.
The whole situation is quite entertaining to say the least.