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Posted on May 16 at 8:57 a.m.
WAIT A MINUTE!!!!
I thought we were building a new north county jail!!! Now we are cutting seven custody deputy positions??? Say it ain't so!! Come on you Bill Brown supporters what the heck is going on here?? Were spending $90M to build while were cutting staff?? I know I'm not a rocket scientist but we have been told we need to hire 60 to 90 custody deputies to run this new jail. How does cutting staff mean more??
On Counting the County Coin
Posted on May 16 at 8:12 a.m.
Since you are in the know and a huge supporter of Bill Brown rumor has it there will be a third candidate throwing their name into the race, any idea who??
Since you wrote, "Bill is very popular with his constituents." You obviously don't read many of the blogs because I can't find many supporters on them. Anyway, BB went from running unopposed the last election to having two and possibly three challengers this time. Yes your right his popularity is soaring.......
On UCSB Police Officer Running for Sheriff
Posted on May 16 at 7:27 a.m.
Good luck letrianon your gonna need it with all the skeletons that will be coming out..... Also, when those skeletons become public how many of those mysterious supporters do you think will actually drink more Kool-Aid and stand behind him???
Posted on May 15 at 9:32 a.m.
I forgot to talk about your statement of, "Most Chief's of Police and Sheriff's are Command College graduates. They attained the office after working their way up as middle managers, command staff or executive staff."
If you remember Thomas was only a Lieutenant who was banished to the jail. Hardly a middle manager and certainly had NO command or executive staff experience. But he gained wild support when he ran for Sheriff.
He actually was a popular Sheriff and well liked by his employees. He did not always please but he stayed loyal to his people. He also as one of his first duties as Sheriff promoted individuals who did not support his campaign to some of the highest positions in the department.
We all know you can't please everybody all the time, but as the leader of a department you must treat all with respect, trust, loyalty and be able to have your subordinates follow you into harms way. I happen to know BB's subordinates would be pushing him instead of following...
Posted on May 15 at 8:36 a.m.
Ken, surprise, I ACTUALLY AGREE WITH YOU ON THIS ONE!!
Where to start, let's see lets take your first misinformation. You said, "One of these challengers is a slick sleeved UCSB cop who was a sergeant on the tiny Santa Paula P.D. The other, although a nice lady is simply a first line supervisor in the Coroners Office. Neither have the experience to run the Sheriff's Department." What experience is needed other than being in law enforcement? Please do not tell me diplomas, degrees and being able to pass a test is experience. If so we've been robbed for years.
Lets talk about BB's employment status shall we; He has worked at numerous agencies either as a line cop or bounced from one dept. to another as a Chief. He was a small town Chief in Moscow, ID. a small town Chief in Lompoc who was despised by all his officers. They actually threw a party when he was elected Sheriff. BB has been a transient from dept. to dept. looking after BB. Please don't talk about small town because BB is small town.
Next you said, "They claim morale at the SBSO has never been so bad. Good grief...I worked for Jim Webster, John Carpenter, and Jim Thomas." Then you sir/gal are a dinosaur with no credibility. When did you retire 20 years ago? How many people have you talked to at SBSO? I have, and I can't find anybody who is willing to come out publicly and endorse BB. Furthermore, everybody I've talked to are unhappy with BB's leadership. If you are going to post at least post what is really happening at the agency.
Now for your whopper, "I have reviewed and analyzed the endorsement lists for both Smith and Sandra Brown. I see some malcontent SBSO personnel and a whole bunch of Ventura County cops behind Smith. I see some malcontent retired SBSO employees". Please post your research, interviews and findings to this outrageous claim. "Malcontents" now that is funny no sad to label individuals who are still working or newly retired as "Malcontents". Maybe they actually see something missing and want a leader who will actually lead instead of attending Kardashian weddings, Royal stalkings and European trips on the taxpayer dime.
I don't know, maybe it's just me....
Posted on May 14 at 5:48 p.m.
I see asking to do your own research is above and beyond your ability to comprehend basic judgement. That's ok, Fruit Loops and Saturday cartoons has made billions on sheepole like you.
Yes lawdy it's too late, once they join the union they will become pawns of the political process. Their union dues will go to whomever their union bosses want as their cronies.
As I said before, you must be part of that political union process that causes all intelligent matter in your brain to flow freely out of your ears and you regurgitate whatever you are told to say.
You have fun with that. See you on the next issue that comes to light. I'll be looking forward to your intelligent wisdom and union BS...
On County Fire Chief: 'We Could Be in for a Rough Summer'
Posted on May 14 at 11:41 a.m.
Since you asked, where do you get your information?
It is quite obvious your more informed than I because you have brought meaningful discussion to the table....
Posted on May 14 at 11:37 a.m.
Exactly what I would expect an uninformed individual to say. Facts, who needs them, they just in the way of reality. I wish I could live in the bubble you live in.
I could write your posts for you because I know exactly what your going to say. Attack the messenger, say I have an axe to grind you have nothing to bring to the table but an uninformed opinion based on what? You've said nothing that disproves anything I've said. At least bring an intelligent coherent discussion to the table. But then again that would take intelligence.
Here are some more facts for you to look up lawdy, Goggle Santa Barbara County Firefighters “527” Political contributions information. Look at the amount of money spent by county fire fighters to buy politicians to give them what they want. I know lawdy, I'm jealous I should become a fireman so I too can live off the trough and say I'm over worked and need more money, right?
Ask County Fire why they eliminated their reserves. The fire union hates reserves, volunteers and anybody who wants to help with fire fighting. There is a reason why Orcutt and Solvang no longer have volunteers, they pushed them out. Ask the Painted Cave volunteer FD about county fire and what they think of them. Ask Search & Rescue what county fire thinks about them and their ability to respond on calls. Ask AMR what county fire thinks about them. There is a common denominator in all of this and it is county fire believing they are the premier fire agency in the county. SB County Fire is one of the most arrogant fire departments in the State. They have quite the reputation (Hint) among fire departments.
Again this takes initiative in ones ability to ask proper questions. Something most who post nothing but garbage fail to understand.
Yes lawdy, I am a one person band attempting to inform the uninformed into doing just a little research on their own to become just a little informed on what they post. It is quite an uphill battle...
Posted on May 14 at 7:46 a.m.
tabatha wants to talk about CEO's salaries, lawdy thinks I'm jealous and Dr. Dan wants to write about me not knowing what I'm talking about. You all have proven my point that you know nothing about what your talking about. You write as if you have done research to prove that I'm wrong and then spew garbage that shows your ignorance. This is just a guess but one would think that some of you are either county employees or Fire Fighters trying to justify your jobs.
First, my point about, "new motorhomes, jetskis, boats" was to how they game is played concerning overtime and how each fire fighter can give each other 24 hours of OT which in turn costs tax payers hundreds of thousands a year. Goggle San Francisco Fire fighter overtime. There they are raking in over $220K to $300K. Goggle Nevada Fire Fighter pay. Nevada actually prosecuted people. The same is happening in LA, SD and look at their budgets. By the sound of it you all are good with this kind of government abuse of tax payer monies or maybe you are feeding at the trough yourselves.
Second, I know many fire fighters who have told me personally they depend on the huge amount of OT to pay off these vehicles. Please don't tell me what I know first hand especially coming from someone who just hides behind a keyboard and posts idiotic opinions rather than substance which can easily be located if you have a second grade education.
Third, not one of you have done any research on salaries in this county. Again, something that can be located easily.
Fourth, I guess not one of you can read because there have been numerous articles in the paper regarding our fiscal problems yet some of you want to continue to give raises as if we have a money tree in the counties backyard. In today's SB Newspress is an article on the first page regarding the looming 13.7M deficit that will hit in the next few years. If you read lower you will see the elimination of Fire Sta. #11. Not that this will happen, but it is noted for closure.
Yes, ignorance is bliss, and the Kool-Aid is flowing like water. You want to continue ignoring facts that's your problem. When the money finally runs out you will only have yourselves to blame. Oh, and just for the record County Fire Fighters still have 11% in raises the next two years. They are the only county employees getting raises while all other employees gave up raises and most county employees are on furloughs. All this while we have a looming deficit coming. But then again, who needs to research facts right?
Posted on May 13 at 11:44 a.m.
lawdy, envy?? Whats envy have to do with gouging taxpayers?? Again, I just love the uneducated comebacks from people who have no idea what they are talking about other than what they have been told by the media. I don't need to "Join the Fire Dept." I actually work for a living. Thanks.
tabatha, yes, its a racket. I'll say it again. Do some research of your own and quit taking what you are told as truth. You want to explain why four Battlion Chief in the county made over $181K nearly as much as the fire chief? A BC is four levels down from the chief. Why 36 Captains made over $131K with six over $160K? Yes tabatha, lawdy and Ken don't let facts get in the way you just keep your heads in the sand and let the Board of Supervisors continue to raise the salaries of people who are already overpaid and under worked. When the county runs out of money maybe you'll be able to call County Fire to come over and take care of you, console you and make sure you get tucked into bed every night...
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