By Jim Erwin
Sunday, January 28, 2018 – 10:00 a.m.
The latest announcement by San Bernardino County Supervisor James Ramos that he’s considering a run for the State Assembly doesn’t really come as any surprise. Ramos has been chomping at the bit to run for higher office, and his supervisorial seat is merely a stepping stone.
Good sources say he’s eyeing Lieutenant Governor down the road. Yes, I mean another potential Cruz Bustamonte? But that’s for another entertaining story down the road.
Ramos’ potential bid places him up against incumbent republican Marc Steinorth (R-Rancho Cucamonga), who two years ago used a substantial war chest to fend off democrat San Bernardino Unified Schools Trustee Abigail Medina.
Over the past ten years, voter registration trends have made the 40th Assembly District a competitive toss-up seat. Yes, Ramos would have a pretty decent chance of taking a seat the democrats need to wield unchecked power in the Assembly.
But there’s a silver lining here.
Steinorth has significant name identification within the county and he’s not a dummy by any stretch.
He’s a smart businessman.
A seat on the Board of Supervisors would make a nice fit for the successful entrepreneur. Current second district supervisor, Janice Rutherford, has her own problem.
That problem being she hasn’t done anything.
Rutherford can’t point to one major accomplishment during her two terms on the board.
Let’s see. She handed over her responsibilities to the county chief executive position. Then she helped pass local campaign finance limits. The very same limits that could lead to her undoing. Then she aggravated every county labor union by allowing county management to screw over employees at the bargaining table. San Bernardino County employees are some of the lowest paid in the state, except for management and county supervisors themselves, of course!
Let’s also not forget that Rutherford led the charge to drop a major litigation appeal the county would likely have won. The move was done in the name of can’t we all just get along, and also because the district attorney wanted it to happen. The only problem with the ill-conceived decision? It cost the county $25 million in legal expenses.
And last, but not least, she stood by and enabled a corrupt power hungry district attorney to commit myriad civil rights violations and expose the county to massive liability.
Steinorth would better serve residents and could beat Rutherford in a walk. He should consider doing just that.