Who would have thought that the greatest political comeback in California history — the likely election of Attorney General Edmund G. Brown to governor next fall — would have a Hesperia connection?
But it certainly looks that it does.
So there was Brown, also known as "Governor Moonbeam" when he served as our state's governor in the 1970s, standing alongside San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos during a recent press conference to announce conspiracy and corruption charges against former County Assessor Bill Postmus.
Postmus' ties to Hesperia are strong. For one, he was arrested early one recent morning at SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Hesperia not far his former field office when he served as First District Supervisor.
Also arrested was Jim Erwin, who served as arbitrator during The Colonies' 2006 settlement negotiations with the county. At one point, Erwin apparently was being considered to handle public relations duties for the Hesperia Unified School District.
Postmus previously served on the board of the California Charter Academy. Tad Honeycutt, a longtime friend of Postmus and former mayor of Hesperia, is currently awaiting trial related to charges on the CCA case.
Names with ties to Hesperia that have surfaced in other newspapers regarding the Postmus situation include Mark Kirk, who is chief of staff of County Supervisor Gary Ovitt, and Anthony Riley, another Ovitt staffer. Kirk, who is the son of Hesperia Unified School District board member Dr. Robert Kirk, ran for city council last year. Riley currently serves on the HUSD board. Neither was mentioned by name in the DA indictment, however.
(Another Hesperia connection: Postmus father, Bill Postmus, Sr., formerly was head of Summit Academy Charter School, in Hesperia.)
Strategically, Brown, a Democrat, could benefit by standing strong against alleged Republican wrongdoers. Clearly — and infinitely importantly — what's happened so far are merely charges and allegations. Justice needs to be served, and that can take a long time. Moreover, those charged could be proven innocent. We just don't know yet.
But even if this case isn't decided for several years, Brown has succeeded in getting mileage out of it.
And Hesperia, once again, has found its way into state news.