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Posted on May 1 at 9:22 a.m.

Involved? A better term would be "over the top micro manager". You can also add poor fiscal policy maker. John A., you do know that Aceves is a Dem as well right? Comparing to Slick Willy shows you don't have a clue as to how the two compare.

Now back to Janet. To date, with the exception of our former CAO, too many quality executives have left the County faster than rats on a sinking ship. Were they good? Dr. Stilwell is a City Manager in a high profile community (Carmel by the Sea), Mr. McGinnis and Mr. Matson at Goleta Water, Mr. Baker to an accomplished consulting firm, Mr. Hernandez to Culver City, Mr. Nisbet to East Bay Regional Parks District.......all quality people hired by top notch agencies that care more about professionalism and ethics than SB County has under the current BOS majority. Who is left in the CAO office? A deputy who pushed for the hiring of her bff's hubby for a position that didn't exist in Parks and quickly moved him up the ranks and in less than two years, ruined the department before another quality Director, Mr. Herman Parker came in to try to salvage the place until he was also fed up with micro managers. Fortunately, he also move on to a successful agency in San Diego. Yet there she still is......her job? Do whatever Janet and the current BOS majority want. Oh yeah, Janet has been a peach in building the executive team of the County. Not knowing the new CAO, I wish her the best of luck. She is going to need it.
Hold your nose and vote for Aceves, it's time for a change...ANY change.

On The Battle for Santa Barbara's 2nd District

Posted on April 21 at 3:51 p.m.

Wolf was financed by a big time loan/gift by Salud the last time around.

On Wolf Collects Another $20,000 From Labor Union

Posted on April 21 at 3:49 p.m.

Maybe Janet should have been asked why, when presented with problems with staffing and resources at Hendry's Beach and told that alcohol consumption was becomming a problem, she not only ignored staff, but admonished them for proposing an alcohol ban on the beach. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Robert Simpson was stabbed in an "alcohol related" incident. Shortly after that, senior staff was let go, demoted and Mr. Roney was hired as a Manager (a position not being recruited) promoted to Deputy and then appointed Director. We all know how that turned out. All under the BOS jurisdiction. So this type of micro management is good how???

On Wolf, Aceves Square Off During First Candidates' Forum

Posted on April 17 at 8:56 a.m.

Janet has been a disaster for this County. Aceves is not a perfect candidate, but it's time for a change. A billion (with a B) dollars in unfunded pension liabilities and no solutions EVER offered by Woeful Wolf. When is enough enough?

On Wolf Collects Another $20,000 From Labor Union

Posted on April 14 at 3:04 p.m.

Hiring external isn't nepotism. Most of those brought in had no prior working relationship with Mr. Brown. He just hired the best people. That's how the real world works. Closed systems mean limited knowledge base, (i.e. how do others solve the problem?) In many instances, people moved to department heads in a closed system have no experience in the departments, just happen to be good lackeys.

On Community Services Director Leaving

Posted on April 11 at 11:36 a.m.

Oh poor Irene. You also don't have a clue about how SEIU compensatioin is negotiate. They are full time municipal employees with medical benefits paid for by the County. There is a small additional cost for families to be added to the policies These aren't cops. These are clerks, maintenance workers, engineers, social workersaccountants, etc. They get paid better than most counties .... they have to to be in SB CO. Which has exactly what to do with unions giving $60,000 to one candidate in an election cycle? And Mr. Aceves? Wasn't the amount less than $10,000? Pension obligations for current retirees and current employees show a disparity in 20 years of tens of millions of dollars. Check out the previous budget presentation on the long term forecast of the county budget.

On Aceves Accuses Wolf of Donation Conflict

Posted on April 11 at 8:54 a.m.

$60,000 out of the goodness of thier heart? God Bless SEIU for giving this much money and expecting nothing in return.

Janet changed her position on Goleta Beach from a neutral observer to a new protector of the status quo when it became obvious she was going to lose City of Goleta's vote

Janet still has the literal blood on her hands for how the incident with the stabbing at Hendry's was handled. She was warned by staff before the stabbing that unless an alcohol ban was brought up, due to reductions in Parks staff supervision wasn't what it was, it was a question of not if, but when something bad would happen. Soon afterwards, the adminstration of the Parks Department was dismantled and an incompetent Asst. Director of Parks was hired, then promoted and terminated before Mr. Parker was hired. It can only be assumed that she didn't want people around who could nail her on a coverup or sorts. The terminations began shortly after she was reelected.

Mr. Parker is only the most recent quality executive to leave this nightmare of an agency.

Her fiscal policies have been a joke. Mr. Aceves is no perfect candidate, but until people wake up and make changes to this board, nothing will change.

On Aceves Accuses Wolf of Donation Conflict

Posted on April 11 at 8:41 a.m.

Hire internally? That's called professional nepotism. The successful municipal agencies bring in the best people. Closed systems have lower quality administrators overall and political lackeys. John. you really don't understand how it works do you??

As for Herman, thanks for your efforts and accomplishments while here under a micro managing BOS. It wasn't an easy job, best of luck in your new position with City of San Diego. I'm sure you will be treated better and work for a more professional agency.

On Community Services Director Leaving

Posted on April 10 at 8:52 a.m.

I applaud those kids out there that came out to clean up. Yes, the efforts of those who stepped up have been buried due to the stupid behaviour of some. I also want to thank those kids that have come out every year since 2008 to clean up after the mess left by outsiders and irresponsible locals. This small group should know that they make their parents proud. Too bad far too many kids lack this type of responsibility and concern that should have been instilled in them, but wasn't.

On I Heart Isla Vista

Posted on April 10 at 8:41 a.m.

Again, fiscal policy by this BOS is a joke. For example, still you don't hear much discussion for how the Maint. and Operations cost for the new jail will be covered. The current reserves are tiny for an agency the size of the County. I wish the new CAO luck...she'll need it with this group.

On Caution Peppers Budget Talk

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