By Joe Martone
While California re-elected Obama and Feinstein, it seems Election Day in the Inland Empire was all about cleaning house. Most notable among these changes was in San Bernardino County, where incumbent Third District Supervisor Neil Derry was ousted by challenger and former San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman James Ramos. Apparently the public had enough of Derry’s mudslinging and campaign rhetoric, which the San Bernardino Sun called “brutal.” Such notable incidents included Derry trying to tie Ramos to a murder conspiracy case involving the Mexican Mafia, which naturally turned out to be completely false. Maybe the district was open to a change of pace—Ramos has a clean record and Derry was charged with three counts of laundering $5,000 in campaign contributions from a Highland developer, pleading guilty to one of them. Ramos received 59 percent of the vote, and is the first of his tribe to be elected to the Board of Supervisors. With any luck, he’ll have a cleaner term than Derry did.