April 27, 2010 3:01 PM
Natasha Lindstrom

SAN BERNARDINO • A week after State Attorney General Jerry Brown threatened to sue the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, three board members on Tuesday agreed to waive some of their attorney-client privileges to assist a wide-ranging corruption investigation.

“The board voted to approve a limited and restricted waiver of the attorney-client privilege to the District Attorney and the Attorney General’s office relative to the earlier litigation that culminated in a settlement agreement in November of 2006 … in the Colonies settlement matter,” County Counsel Ruth Stringer reported when the board emerged from closed session shortly after 2 p.m. “This waiver is restricted and limited to the prosecutors under California law and will only be used by the prosecutors in the criminal investigation and any resulting prosecutions.”

The Attorney General and District Attorney’s offices have been jointly pushing the board to waive attorney-client and mediation rights since March 12.

Prosecutors had said the privacy rights were hampering their investigation into a $102 million settlement the county paid to a private developer in 2006. Investigators have alleged that two managers with the Rancho Cucamonga developer Colonies Partners used extortion, bribery and other corrupt means to win the settlement, which stemmed from a four-year flood control dispute.

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