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Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. speaks during a press conference at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in San Bernardino on Thursday, July 12, 2018. Jackson, and other civil rights leaders are calling for the disbarment of San Bernardino County prosecutor Michael Selyem after his social media rants has put him in the spotlight. (Photo by Stan Lim, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

By Beau Yarbrough | byarbrough@scng.com | Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Published: July 12, 2018 at 4:02 pm | Updated: July 13, 2018 at 11:33 am

The Rev. Jesse Jackson called Thursday for the disbarment of San Bernardino County’s top gang prosecutor over vulgar, racist and sexist comments on social media that targeted, among others, U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, former first lady Michelle Obama and someone shot by police.

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San Bernardino District Attorney Mike Ramos discusses the discriminatory comments posted online by San Bernardino County prosecutor Michael Selyem during a press conference in San Bernardino on Monday, July 9, 2018. (Photo by Stan Lim, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com and Teri Sforza | tsforza@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: July 9, 2018 at 2:58 pm |

SAN BERNARDINO — A top gang prosecutor at the center of a political firestorm over a series of offensive social media posts has been placed on paid leave pending the outcome of an administrative investigation.

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IE Business Daily: Elitist Cadiz Critic’s Fake News Problem

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July 7, 2018

Critics of the Cadiz Water Project in San Bernardino County’s Mojave Desert have spared no bit of innuendo, propaganda, administrative interference, and plain old lies in a flailing effort to stop the project from providing clean, renewable water to 100,000 households in Southern California.

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Michael Selyem, the lead hard-core gang prosecutor in the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, is under internal investigation for a series of offensive posts on social media accounts that have now been deleted. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/The Sun/SCNG)

By Teri Sforza | tsforza@scng.com and Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | Orange County Register
Published: July 6, 2018 at 5:59 pm | Updated: July 6, 2018 at 6:04 pm

The lead hard-core gang prosecutor in the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office is under investigation for a series of offensive rants on social media, triggering demands for his dismissal.

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A rendering of the next phase of San Bernardino’s Arrowhead Grove project shows the affording housing complex from Crestview Avenue. (Rendering courtesy of the city of San Bernardino)

By Brian Whitehead | bwhitehead@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: June 28, 2018 at 4:23 pm | Updated: June 28, 2018 at 10:52 pm

San Bernardino received $20 million from the state’s Strategic Growth Council on Thursday, June 28, for the development of affordable housing and market-rate units at Arrowhead Grove, a complex replacing the troubled Waterman Gardens.

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Former Citrus Valley High teacher Laura Whitehurst awaits a hearing in 2013 in Superior Court in San Bernardino. Laura Whitehurst was convicted of having sex with several students who attended the Redlands school. She had a baby with one of the students. (Photo by Kurt Miller, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com and Scott Schwebke | sschwebke@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: June 22, 2018 at 2:56 pm | Updated: June 22, 2018 at 8:03 pm

Joshua Polo earned a visit to the vice principal’s office at Redlands High School when, in a heated squabble with English teacher Laura Whitehurst, he called her a “whore.”

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By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com and Scott Schwebke | sschwebke@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: June 22, 2018 at 3:08 pm | Updated: June 22, 2018 at 7:49 pm

A top Redlands Unified School District official attempted to destroy evidence and obstructed the 2013 criminal investigation of a former teacher convicted of sexually abusing students, according to sworn statements and police reports supporting allegations in eight pending lawsuits against the district.

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InlandPolitics: Colonies Developer Burum appears on talk radio KCAA-AM 1050

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 – 12:15 a.m.

Rancho Cucamonga Developer Jeff Burum appeared on The Robert Porter radio program, aired on KCAA-AM 1050 at 7 p.m. on Monday evening.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County Auditor-Controller Valdez election defeat puzzles some

Friday, June 2015 – 10:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 15, 2018 – 07:40 p.m.

A couple June 5 election losses in San Bernardino County surprised political onlookers, who expected different results.

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Jim Erwin smiling during a September court hearing he will not be re-tried on any charges regarding the Colonies corruption case, Friday, at San Bernardino Justice Center in San Bernardino, Ca., September 22, 2017. Judge Michael A. Smith dismissed all of the remaining counts against the former assistant county assessor and sheriff’s labor union president. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com and Richard K. De Atley | rdeatley@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: June 7, 2018 at 5:54 pm | Updated: June 7, 2018 at 7:51 pm

A former county official who escaped conviction in the Colonies corruption case has filed a $25 million federal lawsuit accusing San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos and other prosecutors of malicious prosecution, fabricated evidence and retaliation.

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Candidate Jason Anderson, for San Bernardino County District Attorney, celebrates an early lead, as election results started coming in Tuesday, with friends and family at his home in Upland, CA., Tuesday, June 5, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, The Sun/SCNG)

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: June 6, 2018 at 7:08 pm | Updated: June 7, 2018 at 12:11 am

After 16 years, San Bernardino County has a new District Attorney – former prosecutor-turned criminal defense attorney Jason Anderson, whose narrow victory over incumbent Mike Ramos in Tuesday’s primary means he will assume office in January.

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Voters in at least three California counties appeared to have rejected district attorney candidates funded by a liberal consortium that includes New York billionaire George Soros and other wealthy political donors. (Francois Mori / Associated Press)

By Abbie VanSickle and Paige St. John
Jun 06, 2018 | 9:55 PM

  • Big spending by George Soros and liberal groups fails to sway D.A. races in California

As they poured millions of dollars into district attorney campaigns, New York billionaire George Soros and other liberal donors seemed poised for victory in California.

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Daily Bulletin: District Attorney Michael Ramos is a roadblock to justice

District Attorney Mike Ramos straightens his tie before a press conference for Operation Desert Guardian on Wednesday, October 18, 2017. Operation Desert Guardian, conducted in the High Desert by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, began on Friday, June 2, 2017. Throughout the Operation deputies seized multiple firearms, drugs, and made several arrests in the cities of Victorville, Adelanto, Apple Valley, and Hesperia. (Sarah Alvarado fo The Sun)

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By Lara Bazelon |
Published: June 1, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Updated: June 2, 2018 at 9:56 pm

On June 5, voters in San Bernardino County will head to the polls and decide whether to re-elect District Attorney Michael Ramos to his fifth term or replace him with challenger Jason Anderson, a former prosecutor in Ramos’ office who specialized in putting away child sex offenders. Anderson has also practiced law as a criminal defense attorney.

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Sunday, June 3, 2018 – 08:00 a.m.

With just two days remaining until Election Day the contest for two seats on the San Bernardino County Supervisors is racing to the finish line.

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San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos faces an uphill battle for reelection on June 5.

Jim Erwin
Saturday, June 2, 2018 – 10:00 a.m.

Multiple sources say San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos isn’t in a good disposition with just three days until Election day.

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Friday, June 1, 2018 – 09:30 a.m.

Another day and it’s another political mailer calling out the unethical conduct of San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos.

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InlandPolitics: New mailer hits San Bernardino County District Attorney Ramos

Saturday, May 26, 2018 – 07:30 p.m.

With just nine days remaining until Election day, a new political mailer has landed against four-term incumbent San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos.

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IE Business Daily: Ramos Campaign in Panic Mode?

IE Business Daily
May 26, 2018

The Ramos campaign appears to be panicking. No not Mike Ramos for District Attorney (whose reelection campaign is a basket case), but Supervisor James Ramos’ campaign for the 40th Assembly District.

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By Shea Johnson, Staff Writer
Posted:     May 22, 2018 at 5:42 PM
Updated:  May 22, 2018 at 5:44 PM

SPRING VALLEY LAKE — Two weeks before the statewide primary election, two San Bernardino County District Attorney candidates were making last-minute pushes to appeal to voters. It’s officially a nonpartisan seat, but both found a responsive audience inside the Country Club here Tuesday.

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Friday, May 18, 2018 – 10:00 a.m.

Another mailer hitting San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos has dropped in voter mailboxes.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County supervisor contest filling mailboxes

Thursday, May 17, 2018 – 11:00 p.m.

The battle between San Bernardino County Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford and Assemblyman Marc Steinorth is flooding voter mailboxes.

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San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos at his office in San Bernardino, Calif. on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. Ramos, who served since 2002, is seeking re-election. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: May 15, 2018 at 5:37 pm | Updates: May 15, 2018 at 7:14 pm

San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos calls his challenger in the June 5 primary election a “puppet” — handpicked by his deep-pocketed adversaries he says are trying to “buy his office.”

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Monday, May 14, 2018 – 10:00 p.m.

San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos takes the brunt of yet another negative political mailer calling into question his mismanagement of his agency.

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IE Business Daily: County attorneys union riled up over political contributions

Friday, May 11, 2018

A rebellion is taking place at the heart of the San Bernardino County Public Attorneys Association (SBCPAA), the group that includes about 300 County Deputy District Attorneys, Public Defenders and Child Advocate Attorneys over the union leadership’s decision to support embattled district attorney Mike Ramos for re-election.

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By Richard K. De Atley | rdeatley@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
Published: May 10, 2018 at 4:05 pm | Updated: May 10, 2018 at 4:50 pm

A once high-profile criminal case has ended quietly for Scot Spencer, a former airline executive whose 2013 charge of conspiring to steal $175 million in public funds while doing work at San Bernardino International Airport put a spotlight on the facility’s management.

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By California Water News Daily
May 8, 2018

California Water News Daily survey shows support for investor projects facilitating more drinking water

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018 – 11:15 a.m.

The campaign to unseat four-term District Attorney Mike Ramos continues on, with a new political hit mailer to voters highlighting Ramos’ inability to follow state law when it comes to filling out campaign finance and economic interest disclosure forms.

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Saturday, May 5, 2018 – 01:45 p.m.

A local political action committee (PAC) is continuing to expose the ethical lapses, mismanagement and incompetence of San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos.

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By IE Business Daily
May 5, 2018

The race for 2nd District County Supervisor is the most contentious election campaign in San Bernardino County (outside of District Attorney Mike Ramos’ disastrous reelection bid.)

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018 – 04:30 p.m.

The questionable handling of child molestation cases within the Redlands Unified School District by San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos has emerged in the campaign to unseat the four-term incumbent.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018 – 09:00 a.m.

A new month brings a new political mailer in the heated race for San Bernardino County District Attorney.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County District Attorney losing endorsements

Monday, April 30, 2018 – 09:00 p.m.

It’s never pleasant to take an endorsement away from any politician or candidate for office. I know because years ago I had to do it.

In my case it was former County Supervisor Jerry Eaves at the time.

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InlandPolitics: Website opposing Janice Rutherford, supporting opponent goes live

Sunday, April 29, 2018 – 10:15 a.m.

The union representing San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputies has launched a website targeting Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford.

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By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: April 27, 2018 at 12:31 pm | Updated: April 28, 2018 at 12:21 am

Sentencing for former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus was delayed again Friday after his attorney filed a motion to withdraw Postmus’ 2011 guilty plea to corruption charges, claiming Postmus was addicted to drugs, under duress and coerced by investigators.

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InlandPolitics: Steinorth trouncing Rutherford in lastest money report

Friday, April 27, 2018 – 10:15 a.m.

As expected, incumbent San Bernardino County Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford is starring at the possibility of looking for a private sector job in December.

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Friday, April 27, 2018 – 10:00 a.m.

It’s been tough sledding on the money front for San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos in his bid for a fifth term in office.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018 – 10:15 a.m.

A political mailer supporting Attorney/Law Professor Jason Anderson for San Bernardino County District Attorney has hit the streets.

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InlandPolitics: Anti-Mike Ramos PAC launches opposition website

Monday, April 23, 2018 – 10:00 a.m.

A local political action committee (PAC) funded by local business owners set to oust incumbent San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos has now launched a website.

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InlandPolitics: Third mailer opposing District Attorney Ramos hits mailboxes

Friday, April 20, 2018 – 11:00 a.m.

A third campaign mailer opposing four-term incumbent San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos has hit mailboxes.

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InlandPolitics: Second fundraising flop for Ramos campaign

Thursday, April 19, 2018 – 08:30 a.m.

Incumbent San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos endured more fundraising pain on Tuesday evening.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018 – 09:30 a.m.

Members of the union representing San Bernardino County prosecutors, public defenders and child support lawyers have filed a petition to remove the group’s leadership from office over the endorsement and financial support given to incumbent District Attorney Mike Ramos.

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Saturday, April 14, 2018 – 07:00 p.m.

The campaign to unseat four-term San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos has launched another salvo.

It’s the second in seven days.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018 – 02:00 p.m.

HIGHLAND — A political action committee set on throwing San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos out of elected office has launched its first political mailer in the contest.

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InlandPolitics: Ramos to announce taxpayer-funded campaign unit

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Monday, April 9, 2018 – 09:00 a.m.

San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos is at it again.

He’s going to form another special unit to garner some free press and try and throw a lifeline to his reelection bid.

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InlandPolitics: $1.75 million airport fraud prosecution quietly disappears

San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos in front of the microphones.

Sunday, April 8, 2018 – 11:45 a.m.

The high-profile case against the former operator of the San Bernardino International Airport and a business associate has quietly sailed away in the dark of night last month.

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Attorney/Law Professor Jason Anderson left. Incumbent District Attorney Mike Ramos right.

Shea Johnson, Staff Reporter
Sunday, April 8, 2018 – 06:22 a.m.

  • It remains to be seen how exactly the residuum will impact this election. What is clear, however, is that it is firmly intertwined in it.

Mike Ramos, the San Bernardino County District Attorney, will announce on Monday a newly created prevention and intervention unit to act as the community outreach arm of his office, where he has been the top prosecutor since 2002.

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By Jeff Horseman | jhorseman@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
April 5, 2018 at 12:05 pm

There appears to be little to no sentiment among Riverside or San Bernardino County supervisors to follow Orange County’s lead in joining a federal lawsuit against California over state laws intended to shield undocumented immigrants from deportation.

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Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum has sued San Bernardino County and the state in federal court alleging malicious prosecution in connection with the ill-fated Colonies bribery case. Burum, who along with two co-defendants were acquitted last August on all charges, is seeking no less than $50 million in damages.

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: April 3, 2018 at 2:29 pm | Updated: April 3, 2018 at 3:37 pm

Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum has filed a $50 million malicious prosecution lawsuit in federal court against San Bernardino County, District Attorney Mike Ramos and former state Attorneys General Kamala Harris and Jerry Brown.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018 – 02:45 p.m.

The first of four anticipated federal civil rights lawsuits, a result of the Colonies Criminal case debacle, was filed against San Bernardino County.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018 – 02:30 p.m.

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Allegations of shady dealings have erupted over an endorsement, plus money, benefiting embattled San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos.

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Monday, April 2, 2018 – 08:00 a.m.

The San Bernardino County Public Attorney’s Association (SBCPAA) has been hijacked by rogue leadership and the rank and file members are furious according to multiple sources inside the union. It is well known in local political circles that the public defenders that make up slightly less than half of the population of the SBCPAA loath District Attorney Mike Ramos and that a vast majority of the rank and file deputy district attorneys also feel very negatively about Mike Ramos, so it came as a surprise when it was announced that the union had endorsed Mike Ramos for reelection. Recent investigative reporting has uncovered why. The membership was never asked who they wished to endorse, if at all, in the district attorney race.

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By Richard K. De Atley | rdeatley@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
Published: March 27, 2018 at 4:43 pm | Updated: March 27, 2018 at 5:06 pm

San Bernardino County officials have been mostly subdued after the Colonies bribery case collapsed in acquittals last year — but now a private attorney for the county has attacked Colonies co-managing partner Jeff Burum, saying even a not-guilty verdict for him and his co-defendants “is not a vindication of their conduct.”

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Applicants do push-ups as Sheriff’s Investigator Nelson Guzman, left, gives out instructions during the agility test to potentially become new Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies at Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center in Riverside in August. Potential deputies undergo fitness test to determined their physical abilities. Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG

By Alicia Robinson | arobinson@scng.com | The Orange County Register
Published: March 26, 2018 at 6:30 am | Updated: March 26, 2018 at 10:28 am

Early one morning before the Inland heat burned the chill off the air outdoors, dozens of men and a handful of women in workout clothes sweated their way through pushups, sit-ups and a 1.5-mile run.

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InlandPolitics: Is this a real clip or did Ramos campaign get spoofed again?

Saturday, March 24, 2018  – 09:30 a.m.
Updated: Saturday, March 24, 2018 – 12:30- p.m.

San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos has resorted to embarking on a series of twenty second rants directed at his opponent and his opponent’s supporters. Some of the clips appear to have been cut after a red-faced Ramos had a few cocktails.

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InlandPolitics: KABC AM-790 Interview of Colonies Case Juror now available

Friday, March 23, 2018 – 09:00 p.m.

The Drive Home with Jillian Barberie and John Phillips had the pleasure of interviewing one of the jurors who sat on the Colonies Criminal Case debacle last year.

To hear the interview with Juror Donald Platten click the above link.

InlandPolitics: Why would anyone throw money down the drain to support Ramos?

 

Thursday, March 22, 2018 – 10:00 p.m.
Updated: Saturday, March 24, 2018 – 12:45 p.m.

It didn’t take long for news of the frantic phone calls asking people to show up at a fundraising luncheon for embattled San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos to get out.

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Developer Jeff Burum, center, and his attorneys Jennifer Keller and Stephen Larson react as Burum is found not guilty of all charges in the Colonies corruption case verdict hearing at San Bernardino Superior Court in San Bernardino.(Photo by Rachel Luna, The Sun/SCNG)

By John Phillips |
Published: March 21, 2018 at 7:30 pm | Updated: March 21, 2018 at 10:01 pm

For mid-level politicians to move up the political pecking order in a state the size of California, they sometimes need to ride the wave of a big news event all the way to the front page of the paper.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos gets spoofed!

Sunday, March 18, 2018 – 01:30 p.m.

Someone is definitely having a good laugh at embattled San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos’ expense this weekend.

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IE Business Daily: District Attorney Mike Ramos: Low on Cash, Out of Friends

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March 17, 2018

The race for San Bernardino County District Attorney is just starting. As of last Friday, the filing deadline for public office for the June 2018 primary, only two people completed the necessary paperwork; incumbent four-term District Attorney Mike Ramos and former Deputy District Attorney and current defense attorney Jason Anderson.

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By Sean Emery | semery@scng.com and Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | Orange County Register
Published: March 14, 2018 at 6:13 pm | Updated: March 14, 2018 at 7:07 pm

Jurors in a federal civil rights trial have awarded $33.5 million to the family of a man who was shot and killed by a San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy during a 2015 encounter at the El Rancho Motel in Barstow.

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By Mike Cruz | mcruz@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
March 14, 2018 at 8:37 pm

San Bernardino County sheriff’s Lt. Jim Considine, who returned to law enforcement after losing a leg because of the injuries he suffered during a nightmare pursuit in the county area of Victorville in 1997, was honored Wednesday night at the Ontario Reign game.

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InlandPolitics: SEBA Endorses Marc Steinorth for Supervisor

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Joe Turner
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 – 4:24 p.m.

Assemblyman Marc Steinorth (R-Rancho Cucamonga) announced that he has earned the endorsement of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Employees’ Benefit Association (SEBA) in his bid to unseat incumbent Janice Rutherford.

The email announcement states:

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018 – 11:30 a.m.

An Inland Empire political action committee has released information from a poll conducted in the San Bernardino County District Attorney race.

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Friday, March 9, 2018 – 02:30 p.m.

LEGAL NOTICE

You have the right to a sexual harassment-free workplace. It has been alleged by several employees that there have been consensual sexual relationships between supervisors and subordinates in the San Bernardino District Attorney’s office.

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San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos at his office in San Bernardino, Calif. on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. Ramos, who served since 2002, is seeking re-election. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
March 12, 2018 at 6:00 am

For the better part of seven years, San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos would not comment publicly about the Colonies corruption case while it was pending.

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Joe Turner
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 – 10:07 a.m.

San Bernardino Sun reporter Joe Nelson had an excellent piece about disgraced District Attorney Mike Ramos and the campaign by Jason Anderson to unseat him.

But Nelson buried the lead.

It isn’t until the sixth paragraph that he drops this little nugget:

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San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos at his office in San Bernardino, Calif. on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. Ramos, who served since 2002, is seeking re-election. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: March 5, 2018 at 4:44 pm | UpdatedD: March 5, 2018 at 5:07 pm

San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos said he knows that his strongest challenger in the June primary election is being funded heavily by the vindicated Colonies corruption case defendants and their supporters.

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Assemblyman Marc Steinorth, R-Rancho Cucamonga, pulled candidacy papers on Monday to run against San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford for her seat on the board. He announced last week he would not seek a third term as Assemblyman.

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: March 5, 2018 at 8:29 pm | Updated: March 5, 2018 at 9:00 pm

Assemblyman Marc Steinorth, R-Rancho Cucamonga, pulled candidacy papers Monday to run against incumbent San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford, said Melissa Eickman, spokeswoman for the Elections Office of the Registrar of Voters.

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San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan, center, holds a resolution while posing with Assemblyman Marc Steinorth, R-Rancho Cucamonga, and then-Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, D-San Bernardino, during a 2016 ceremony in Sacramento that honored the first responders to the December 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino (Courtesy of Steinorth’s office).

By Jeff Horseman | jhorseman@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
Published: March 2, 2018 at 1:27 pm | Updated: March 2, 2018 at 3:46 pm

Inland Assemblyman Marc Steinorth has decided not to seek re-election, a decision that could affect the balance of power in Sacramento and the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

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Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum.

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com and Richard K. De Atley | rdeatley@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: March 1, 2018 at 12:51 pm | Updated: March 1, 2018 at 6:08 pm

Rancho Cucamonga investor group Colonies Partners LP on Thursday, March 1, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos and former state Attorneys General Jerry Brown and Kamala Harris, seeking $80 million in damages following a bungled bribery case the developer claims sullied its reputation.

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InlandPolitics: Colonies Federal Lawsuit available online

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Thursday, March 1, 2018 – 06:35 p.m.

The civil lawsuit filed by Colonies Partners L.P. against the County of San Bernardino and various county and State of California officials is now available online.

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Former San Bernardino County Supervisor Paul Biane, acquitted last August in an epic public corruption case that spanned nearly eight years, filed claims against the county and state on Friday alleging malicious prosecution. He is seeking more than $10 million in damages.

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
February 26, 2018 at 11:05 pm

Former San Bernardino County Supervisor Paul Biane filed malicious prosecution claims against the county and state on Friday, Feb. 23, seeking more than $10 million in damages, making him the last of the former Colonies corruption case defendants to do so.

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IE Business Daily: Former Colonies defendants form political action committee

The fundraising tool will seek out candidates who support open and honest government, according to its founders. It’s also going to set its sights on a certain district attorney.


February 26, 2018

The four former defendants in last year’s Colonies Crossroads corruption trial have formed a political action committee to support candidates they believe will practice open government.

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InlandPolitics: Colonies Case: Biane files claim against county, state

Friday, February 23, 2018 – 06:30 p.m.

Former San Bernardino County Supervisor Paul Biane filed separate claims against both the county and State of California on Friday.

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San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos at his office in San Bernardino, Calif. on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. Ramos, who served since 2002, is seeking re-election. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
February 24, 2018 at 8:00 am

Seeking his fifth term as San Bernardino County’s top prosecutor, District Attorney Michael A. Ramos is facing two challengers in this year’s election race.

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InlandPolitics: Colonies Case: Burum claim available online

Sunday, February 18, 2018 – 06:00 p.m.

The fourth in a series of multi-million dollar claims related to the Colonies prosecution debacle, filed on January 30, 2018, is now available online.

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InlandPolitics: Filing period opens for June primary election

Monday, February 12, 2018 – 10:00 a.m.

It’s finally here. The long-awaited filing period for the June 5, 2018 primary election is officially open.

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Vicky Waters, a spokeswoman with CDCR, pushed back on Ramos’ assertions, saying the board under the law must assess whether individuals have turned their lives around and they reject parole the vast majority of the time. “Unfortunately, D.A. Ramos is wrong on the facts and politicizing a serious process that’s been in place in California for more than a century,” Waters said in an email to the Daily Press. “The Parole Board is made up of law enforcement and public safety professionals with decades of experience, including a former prison warden, assistant sheriff, CHP division chief and supervising deputy district attorney, among others.”

By Shea Johnson, Staff Writer
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at 5:29 PM
Updated Feb 6, 2018 at 5:29 PM

“Are you kidding me? I mean what’s going on in this state?” Ramos told the Daily Press. “We’re going to have to take back this system.”

Strongly urging the governor to reject their recommendations, San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos castigated the California Board of Parole Hearings on Tuesday as liberal agendists after six convicted murderers in this County were granted parole last month.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County Attorney’s Union gives to Ramos, Rutherford

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 – 12:00 p.m.

How does the saying go? Time heals all wounds.

Apparently that’s the case with the relationship between the San Bernardino County Public Attorney’s Association (SBCPAA), and both County Supervisor Janice Rutherford and District Attorney Mike Ramos.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County: Anderson starts run for District Attorney

Monday, February 5, 2018 – 11:00 a.m.

Rancho Cucamonga-based Attorney Jason Anderson has pulled initial papers to run for San Bernardino County District Attorney.

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Former Colonies trial bribery defendant, Mark Kirk, walks his daughter Audrey, 6, to school on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Kirk walks his daughter to school nearly every day. (Sarah Alvarado for The Sun)

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: February 5, 2018 at 11:35 am | Updated: February 5, 2018 at 11:55 am

Mark Kirk remembers one of the longest nights of his life: May 9, 2011 — the night before he surrendered himself to authorities at the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.

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The County of San Bernardino Government Center in San Bernardino. (File art)

By Beau Yarbrough | byarbrough@scng.com | Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Published: February 2, 2018 at 7:45 pm | Updated: February 2, 2018 at 7:50 pm

California legislators aren’t the only ones named in documents released Friday regarding public harassment in California’s state capital.

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By Jim Steinberg | jsteinberg@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
February 3, 2018 at 7:01 pm

A division director for the San Bernardino County Probation Department has been put on administrative leave following a felony arrest Wednesday, Jan. 31, the agency’s spokeswoman said Saturday.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County District Attorney Ramos should retire

San Bernardino District Attorney Mike Ramos.

DeFazio said the business he ran prior to his arrest, Artisan Real Estate, went belly up.

“They made a lot of calls to my clients and told them I was a very bad person,” DeFazio said of district attorney investigators.

By Jim Erwin, InlandPolitics.com
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 – 01:00 a.m.

It’s well known that San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos has always had aspirations for higher office.

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Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum, answers questions regarding the Colonies corruption case during an interview at his office in Rancho Cucamonga, Ca., Thursday, September 28, 2017. Burum is one of the three defendants in the San Bernardino County-Colonies corruption case that were recently found not guilty of all charges, after a prolonged trial that lasted nearly eight months. (Photo by John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

By Richard K. De Atley | rdeatley@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
Published: January 30, 2018 at 1:32 pm | Updated: January 30, 2018 at 5:36 pm

Developer Jeffrey Burum, who was acquitted of all charges in the Colonies corruption case last year, filed on Tuesday a malicious prosecution and civil rights violation claim against San Bernardino County and the State of California, with his attorney saying the failed prosecution turned his client’s life “into a living hell.”

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