Thursday, May 13, 2021 – 09:00 a.m.
The California Supreme Court has set a June 1 oral argument date in a lawsuit challenging the 2018 appointment of San Bernardino County Supervisor Dawn Rowe.
The case will not have any impact on Rowe who was easily elected to a new four-year term in the March 2020 Primary Election.
Nevertheless the court will render a published decision that will shape law on the process for appointment of elected officials.
The case, filed by Michael Daly and taxpayer group Inland United, alleges county supervisors met outside the view of the public in conducting its deliberations in deciding to appoint Rowe to fill the remainder of the unexpired term of former Third District Supervisors James Ramos. Ramos resigned his seat following his election to the California State Assembly. A superior court judge had ruled against Rowe and the county and ordered Rowe to vacate the seat. The Supreme Court, after a request to intervene, issued a stay of that ruling.
County Supervisors who had followed a process laid out by County Counsel Michelle Blakemore have now spent a significant sum in legal costs to defend their actions.