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Public Corruption District Attorney's office will not seek retrial in the case of Jim Erwin

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - Following last week's mistrial in the case of Jim Erwin, in which the jury was "hopelessly deadlocked," prosecutors assigned to the case returned to court today and dismissed the case in the interest of justice under Penal Code Section 1385.

Following the dismissal, District Attorney Mike Ramos issued the following statement:

"Since the conclusion of jury deliberations, we have carefully evaluated our current position and have identified witness problems that cannot be resolved. As a result, we are unable to proceed. One such issue is the trial testimony of Bill Postmus, who is a necessary witness in the case against Jim Erwin. Bill Postmus' unexpected testimony on cross-examination at the last trial conflicted with his grand jury testimony, his statement to the FBI, and multiple interviews with the District Attorney's Office."

Ramos added, any retrial would have required further judicial resources and litigation as to the credibility of Bill Postmus and other witnesses.

Bill Postmus, in a plea agreement with the District Attorney's office, pleaded guilty in 2011 to 15 felony counts involving conspiracy to accept a bribe, receiving bribes, perjury, misappropriation of public funds, possession of a controlled substance, and conflict of interest. He is scheduled to return to court Oct. 27 for sentencing.

Adam Aleman, in a plea agreement with the District Attorney's office, pleaded guilty in 2009 to Theft, Destruction, Alteration or Falsification of a Public Document, Presenting a False Claim, and Vandalism. He is scheduled to return to court Dec. 1 for sentencing.

Contact: Christopher Lee, Public Affairs Officer (909) 382-3665 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via text at (909) 782-5559

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Board appoints new Director of Regional Parks

Beahta Davis, an experienced parks and recreation professional, was appointed director of San Bernardino County Regional Parks by the Board of Supervisors. Davis comes to the County of San Bernardino from Baltimore County, Maryland where she was Chief of Recreation Services for the Department of Recreation and Parks. She was also an adjunct faculty member at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland where she taught graduate-level students seeking a master’s degree in parks and recreation management. Davis has more than 18 years of experience in the field and started her career as a PAL Coordinator where she was responsible for managing a recreation center for youth, ages 8 to17 years old. Davis earned her Bachelor of Science degree in education at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and a Master of Science degree in park and recreation resource management at Frostburg State University. She is a member of the National Recreation and Parks Association and past-president of the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association. Davis will lead the management of maintenance of nine San Bernardino County Regional Parks which cover more than 9,000 acres throughout the valley, mountains and deserts. For more information about San Bernardino County Regional Parks, visit www.sbcounty.gov/parks or call (909) 387-2757

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First-ever Morongo Basin plan for culture and arts underway

The community, including residents, artists, educators, and culture-oriented organizations and businesses throughout the Morongo Basin will be asked to participate in developing a Strategic Plan for Culture and the Arts.

The County of San Bernardino will lead the effort along with The Cultural Planning Group, a Southern California consulting firm specializing in the field of arts and culture with experience working with communities across the country to create cultural plans.

“The Morongo Basin is known for its artistic and creative way of life which continues to attract residents, businesses and tourists to this region,” said San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor James Ramos. “We hope the community will help us build this roadmap to continue to promote and celebrate the Morongo Basin as an artistic hub.”

The plan will assist Morongo Basin communities to articulate their vision for culture and the arts. This will lead to plans for activities that can fulfill that vision, such as art shows, arts education, musical performances, poetry readings, writing groups, festivals and seminars.

The Cultural Planning Group will work with a leadership group of community leaders, including artists and others, to guide the planning process grounded in the unique creative identity of the Morongo Basin, and to create a plan based on the priorities of the communities of Joshua Tree, Morongo Valley, Pioneertown, Landers, Wonder Valley, Yucca Valley, and Twentynine Palms. The local communities will implement the plan with guidance from the leadership committee.

The Strategic Plan for Culture and the Arts is expected to be complete in mid-2018. The first public meetings will begin before the end of the year. To receive future announcements on how to become involved, submit an email address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The San Bernardino County Land Use Services Planning Division will also be posting information on their website and social media links. For additional information visit: http://cms.sbcounty.gov/lus/Planning/PlanningHome.aspx

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