Thursday, March 20, 2014 – 08:00 p.m.
It only took a matter of minutes to resolve an over-hyped ballot statement episode involving District Attorney Candidate Grover Merritt.
Merritt is in a heated contest with his boss, District Attorney Michael A. Ramos, who is seeking a fourth-term.
San Bernardino County Counsel, representing Registrar of Voters Michael Scarpello, told Superior Court Judge David Cohn they saw nothing wrong with Merritt’s ballot statement, and that it complied with the law.
Regardless, Merritt told Cohn that he was agreeable to the insertion of a two words into the statement. The words being “Past” and “Previously”.
Cohn signed off and the matter was done. Nothing was eliminated from the text of the statement.
The San Bernardino County Public Attorneys Association filed a Writ of Mandate, accusing Merritt of filing a misleading ballot statement. In particular, the union asserted that Merritt’s experience as the groups immediate past president was misleading. The union wanted the language pulled.
Cohn would also not consider awarding any legal fees to the union at today’s brief hearing.
In an associated matter, InlandPolitics.com received a packet of materials related to the case, including the Writ and accompanying exhibits.
It was pointed out that Association President John Thomas’ declaration signature page was faxed using a county fax machine at the Sheriff’s Homicide Detail.
It does seem irregular, since the union now has an office at San Bernardino Public Employees Association, located on Sierra Way in San Bernardino, just a few minutes away.
It’s becoming apparent that many in Thomas’ membership are extremely displeased with his actions.
Anyways, here’s the document: Buckingham v Registrar of Voters