Wednesday, April 6, 2011 – 10:30 a.m.

A hornet’s nest was stirred up last week when former county supervisor and assessor Bill Postmus entered a blanket guilty plea to all charges, 14 felonies, brought against him by San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos.

Postmus was charged, in two seperate cases, with offenses related to alleged malfeasance during his time as county assessor and actions related to the $102 million Colonies Settlement.

Postmus did so as a part of a plea agreement demanding his truthful testimony against others prosecutors believe committed alleged illegal acts involving the 2006 settlement between the county and developer Colonies Partners L.P.

As a part of his plea bargain, Postmus faces up to five year in state prison.

His sentence will ultimately be determined by Superior Court Judge Michael Smith.

Postmus’ guilty plea was followed by a possibly orchestrated attack from former county supervisor and Ramos ally Dennis Hansberger.

Hansberger, known for stepping into crap with his mouth, essentially accused three former judicial officers involved in the Colonies Settlement of being corrupt.

Hansberger made his statements in an April 3, 2011  story published in both the The Sun / Inland Valley Daily Bulletin newspapers.

One of the judges, Christopher J. Warner, has spoken out in an opinion editorial published in both newspapers on Wednesday.

Frankly, I’m surprised Warner’s submission was actually printed due to the one-sided reporting the papers have displayed in the past.

Why?

It’s damaging to the District Attorney’s mode of attack.

After all, in a press conference back on February 10, 2010, Ramos and former Attorney General turned-Governor, Jerry Brown said the Colonies lawsuit was a scheme devised to defraud taxpayers.

Now, Warner, the highly-respected former Supervising Judge who presided over the case, is speaking out.

It’s time Colonies Partner’s move to re-open the litigation and allow Warner’s decision against the county to move to the next ‘pre-settlement stage’.

A review by Division Two of the Fouth District Court of Appeal in Riverside.

Following appellate review the case can be set for a damages trial.

Damages based upon 2005 real estate values of the 67 acres the county received from Colonies, as well as costs related to the delay of the project, legal fees, and flood control basin improvements performed.