Jul 19, 2014

Common sense tip reminder from our own EPD's Suzie Owsley

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE remind your readers that one should never leave your purse, wallet, credit cards, check book, expensive computer equipment, GPS, IPADS, cell phones, father's ashes, etc. in your CAR..locked or unlocked.. These are all items I have taken burglary reports on for citizens.

Local thieves troll areas where cars are left for long periods of time (trail heads, Headwater parking lot, movie theater parking lots, gymn parking lots, etc. looking for these items.  They find them everyday here in Eureka and they dont mind thrashing your car to get in to it!

Plan ahead. Be responsible... Don't become a VICTIM!

Another marijuana bust, more out of towners, more environmental violations

On 07-17-2014, at approximately 8 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office assisted by Cal Fire Law Enforcement served several search warrants in the Burr Valley area. The following is a summary of what deputies located at different locations:

Location Number 1: 113 growing marijuana plants ranging in height from 1’ to 7’ tall, along with a loaded 20 gauge shotgun. One male suspect was identified, who is on formal probation. Deputies will be seeking criminal charges for cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana, violation of probation, possession of a loaded firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Location Number 2:  881 growing marijuana plants being grown in 13 green houses. The plants ranged in size from 2’ to 6’ tall and approximately 58 lbs of drying marijuana. Deputies located a 250 gallon diesel tank within thirty feet of a stream, with no spill protections. Cal Fire also located two areas of land conversion with unpermitted take of Oak and Douglas Fir. Six suspects, one female and five males, all from Florida have been identified. All the suspects were from Florida and told the deputies they spend the summer in Humboldt County on the parcel and winter in Florida. Deputies will be seeking criminal charges for cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana. Cal- Fire will be seeking criminal charges for criminal violations of the Public Resource Code.  Additionally the case is being forwarded to the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board for potential violations of the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act.

Location Number 3:  891 growing marijuana plants were located ranging in height from 5’ to 6’, along with 393 pounds of drying marijuana and 8 pounds of marijuana bud packaged in one pound bags. Seven suspects, three males and four females have been identified and criminal charges are being sought for cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana. Officers also located an unpermitted road built into a stream bed. Cal Fire will be seeking criminal charges for violations of the Public Resource Code.


Location Number 4: 890 growing marijuana plants ranging in size from 5’ to 6’. The marijuana was being grown in several greenhouses. Deputies also located a large pond dug into the ground and stream diversion.  One male suspect from Las Vegas has been identified and charges are being sought for cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana. The case is being forwarded to the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board for potential violations of the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act.

Location Number 5: 150 growing marijuana plants ranging in size from 5’ to 6’ tall were located, all growing outdoors, approximately 120 pounds of processed marijuana, a butane hash lab and hash was also located. Two suspects have been identified, a male and a female. Arrest warrants are being sought for cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana.

Location Number 6:  1237 growing marijuana plants ranging in size from 2’ to 5’ tall, all located in five greenhouses. No suspects have been identified at this location at this time, the investigation is continuing.

Jul 18, 2014

Woman returns from beach run and discovers purse stolen


 On 07-9-2014, at approximately 10:50 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by a 33 year old Eureka woman, who reported her vehicle was broken into and her purse was stolen. The victim told the investigating deputy she had parked her 2008 Chevy Suburban on New Navy Base Road, at Samoa Beach, on 7-8-2014, at approximately 6:00 p.m. and went for a run on the beach. When the victim returned to her vehicle she saw her window was smashed and her purse was gone. She told the deputy she left her purse on the back seat. The victim did not report the theft at that time.

On the morning of 7-9-2014 she checked her checking account. When she did, she discovered her debit card had been used four times since the burglary. The victim had written the pin number for her debit card down on a piece of paper and kept the piece of paper in her purse. The card had been used at Walgreens, Winco, DK Market and Safeway, all in Eureka.  The card was used at all four stores between 8:00 p.m. on 7-8-2014 and 7:30 a.m. on 7-9-2014.

The investigating deputy was able to obtain store security videos from two of the stores. The Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects.

My KINS Community Comment on prayer, Eureka City Council and religious liberty

My KINS community comment today:

The U.S. Supreme Court this May ruled that the Constitution allows towns to start their sessions with sectarian prayers . Justice Kennedy said that “offense does not equate to coercion”. What he wrote in his ruling was “ Adults often encounter speech they find disagreeable. Legislative bodies do not engage in impermissible coercion merely by exposing constituents to prayer they would rather not hear and in which they need not participate.”

All Eureka City Council members, this Tuesday, voted to update the city’s prayer policy to be consistent with this Supreme Court  ruling.

Locally, no one has been required to participate in prayer at City Council meetings. The brief invocation is done at the beginning of the meeting. People who object are free to sit out or come a couple minutes late and they would not miss any part of the actual meeting.

This policy change is one I support.  It is not just because the country’s highest court says so. It is about the Eureka City Council representing all it’s citizens, not just a vocal group of people who sue when they do not get their way. It is also not about whose numbers are larger or who can shout the loudest.
Under threats of lawsuits, the Eureka City Council agreed to non-sectarian prayer. That was not good enough for some people. They still sued.  Judge Bruce Watson in a ruling said non-sectarian prayers are lawful.

Faith is a daily part of many people’s lives including mine. So is tradition.  Unlike some people who feel accountable to no one or think intellectual knowledge answers everything, some of us believe in a power greater than any human. We believe a God, who wants the best for all people, even atheists.
I would rather trust a politician who is humble to know that he or she may not make the best decision for all, but can attempt to by asking for guidance from a higher power than someone who thinks they know best.

Many of us agree that locally poverty, mental illness and addictions need to be addressed and people need help.  As an individual in a subjective, narcisissistic society, I feel discouraged. As a believer in God, I feel hope and the strength to make a difference in small ways I can as an individual.
The Eureka City Council is a compromise to both sides. One wants to compromise, the other sue. One is thinking of all interests. The other only theirs.

It is ironic that the ACLU that claims to protect civil liberties has assisted some groups of people to trample on the rights of others.

The recent Hobby Lobby decision is another example where the Courts are standing up for all citizens of America and religious liberty.





EPD information on Winco stabbing and Ten Window Williams so far

Regarding the Winco incident:

On 07/18/14 at about 1:16 a.m. we received a call reporting a male had been stabbed in front of Winco.  Officers responded and found the male victim with an abdominal stab wound near the Winco exit doors.  Based on evidence at the scene it appears the stabbing may have occurred just west of the Winco entrance doors.  The victim was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph Hospital.  His condition is unknown at this time.  There is no suspect description at this time.  This incident is currently under investigation.

Regarding Ten Window Williams:

On 07/18/14 at about 1:18 a.m. we received an alarm call for glass break and multiple calls reporting broken glass and subjects fleeing from Ten Window Williams with boxes.  Officers quickly responded but were unable to locate any suspects.  It appears the suspect(s) broke the window, made entrance into the business, and took numerous items from display cases.  Officers are following any leads provided by the witnesses.

Kudos to LOCO readers and LOCO for the I sy camera, Winco stabbing and Ten Window Williams break-in posts

Except for the alert reader who notified LOCO about the cameras, and LOCO following up, we would have been clueless.

Getting the information out of the stabbing near Winco and the break-in outside Ten Window Williams could make a huge difference in suspect apprehension and public safety. WTG LOCO!

Jul 17, 2014

McCovey three co defendant case continued; Sept 15 preliminary scheduled

Intervention is on August 7 at 3 p.m. Preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 15 at 8:30 a.m. in Courtroom 2.

Previous post on this case with background:

http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2014/04/well-known-and-loved-hoopa-community.html

On April 17,  in Judge Mariyln Miles Courtroom 2, at 1:30 p.m., in addition to Marian Earl McCovey, Sr, two other defendants were arraigned. The co-defendants are Marion Earl McCovey, Jr and  Romeo Blue McCovey.

Mr. McCovey, Sr is well-known in the Hoopa community for his work with the Hoopa Youth Center, Hoopa Tribe Recreation Department, he coached youth in basketball,baseball and was formerly employed with the Klamath United Trinity School District.

The charges for each defendant include both felonies and misdemeanors. Jackie Pizzo is prosecuting this case for the People.

All three defendants were present in the courtroom, they are not in custody. Mr. McCovey, Sr is being represented by Jeffrey Schwartz. Judge Miles appointed the Public Defender Casey Russo  to represent Mr.McCovey, Jr and the Conflict Counsel supervising attorney Mr. Greg Elvine-Kreis to represent Mr. Romeo Blue McCovey.

The charges against each defendant were read by Judge Miles with the appropriate code and then  stated as following: for Mr. McCovey, Sr. are Count 1 marijuana cultivation, Count 2, marijuana for sale, Count 3 child abuse and Count 4 contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

For Mr. McCovey, Jr and Romeo Blue McCovey the charges are the same. Count 1 is cultivation of marijuana, Count 2 marijuana for sale and Count 3 contributing to the deliquency of a minor.

Each defendant entered a not guilty plea and a general time waiver. Each defendant was allowed to remain out of custody on their own recognizance. Intervention is scheduled for June 17 at 3 p.m. and Preliminary Hearing on June 25 at 8:30 a.m.

Before the arraignment, the defendants were in the hallway and they sat quietly. Their demeanor was very respectful and polite to people around them. In court, their behavior was the same.

Background on case from Hoopa Tribal Police Department press release:

On 12/11/2013 the Hoopa Valley Tribal Police Department ended a five month long marijuana investigation after serving a search warrant at a residence located on Mill Creek Road In Hoopa CA.

At the Hoopa residence Officers located approximately 11 lbs of marijuana and several firearms. One suspect was arrested at the residence identified as Marion McCovey Sr age 56. McCovey was transported and booked at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for H&S 11358 Cultivation of marijuana, H&S 11359 Possession of marijuana for sale, H&S 11357 c Possession of marijuana over an ounce, PC 182(a)(1) Conspiracy, PC 273a(a) Child Endangerment and PC 272 Contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Two juveniles who were at the residence at the time of the search warrant were placed with a family member. This is an ongoing investigation and more arrests are anticipated.

William Lloyd Nelson trial continued to October 6

William Lloyd Nelson's attorney Greg Elvine-Kreis requested continuance to schedule experts and get discovery from DOJ. Judge Marilyn Miles granted defense's request. A time waiver was also entered in court today and the August 11 date vacated.

Judge Miles asked Nelson if this was okay with him. He responded, "For a proper defense, yes m'am."

 Nelson is the Shelter Cove suspect who shot two Sheriff Deputy Suspects when they tried to serve him a civil eviction.

Deputy Bang Cao was shot in the chest and survived was recently honored with a purple heart by Sheriff Mike Downey. The case is being prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Jackie Pizzo.

Trial conformation is on September 18;  Jury trial is scheduled for October 6 at 8:30 a.m. in Courtroom 2.




Jul 16, 2014

Brian Fiore verdict affirmed on appeal

http://appellatecases.courtinfo.ca.gov/search/case/disposition.cfm?dist=1&doc_id=2021417&doc_no=A136116

Allan Dollison who prosecuted the case locally said the verdict was affirmed on appeal. Mr. Fiore's murder and attempted murder convictions were upheld. He will serve 3 life terms and 66 years and 8 months. A robbery count as to 1 of 2 victims was overturned. He only received 2 additional years for that conviction, so a reduction of only 2 years was the net result of the Court of Appeals decision.

"The decision was an important  published decision and mainly centered around claims of jury instruction error, which were rejected which was why the Murder and Attempted Murder convictions were affirmed." stated Dollison. "I have always said this was a profoundly sad case. A young man is dead, and another man who was 19 will spend the rest of his life in prison, but the violence and in particular the attempted Murder counts on law enforcement had to be accounted for. A jury, a Superior Court Judge and now a 3-Member Court of Appeal have said what that punishment should be. The community will be protected from Mr. Fiore. Hopefully there is some deterrent for future crimes of violence where robbery of Marijuana were at the core of the crime."

How a defense attorney and prosecutor worked together to get justice with a human touch

 A woman who has been in custody for a case from 2011 was finally held accountable but it was one of those cases where the humanity behind the resolution often goes unreported.

Elan Firpo who prosecuted the case for the People and Virginia Doolittle's attorney, Kathleen Bryson, told Judge John Feeney that they had arrived at a resolution in the case. Initially, Kaleb Cockrum from Conflict Counsel represented Doolittle. Ms. Bryson took over her case on January 14, 2013 .

Ms. Firpo said that before resolution, she contacted the victim's girlfriend and family. She explained the evidence in the case supported the disposition of the case . The sentencing will occur on August 11 at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 1. Ms. Firpo requested that sentencing be continued to that date so that representatives on behalf of the victim or the girlfriend can be present and if they wish, Ms. Firpo told them they could address the Court.

Doolittle was initially charged with murder.  On 7/14/14, she plead to a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter for 6 years with a 1 year added for the special allegation of the use of deadly weapon; in this case a knife.

Doolittle will not get probation. She will have to serve the jail time and Judge Feeney informed her that she has to serve at least 85% of that time, and the good time credits cannot be applied to reduce jail time. I asked Ms. Bryson about this and she clarified , "She will have to serve the remaining time in prison.  She has already served almost 3 years in jail.  She will get credit for that time and receive additional credits at 15% because voluntary manslaughter is a strike, and therefore, 85% of the sentence must be served.

Ms. Firpo told me factors that influenced her decision were that  Ms. Doolittle had been custody since 2011 without the case moving forward and that Ms. Bryson provided a lot of information to her and worked very hard on behalf of Ms. Doolittle to show mitigating circumstances.

Ms. Bryson also spoke with me. "I thanked Elan and told her that she did the right thing in Virginia Doolittle's case," said Ms. Bryson. "I appreciated that she kept an open mind and carefully considered the evidence. I especially brought her the psych evaluation by Dr Soper. I came on the case late, as it was previously Kaleb Cockrum's case, but I worked very hard to get Elan as much information as possible to help resolve the case.  The largest obstacle I faced was that Ms. Doolittle would not open up to either her counsel or to Dr. Soper.  Understandably, she has a huge distrust of men.  So, I went with Dr. Soper when he met with her. This proved to be invaluable as she finally began to open up."

"Ms. Doolittle had no real criminal record, served her country in the Army and was honorably discharged. She suffers from both PTSD and DisAssociative Disorder. She had been molested from the ages of 6 to 17 by her uncle and then was raped in the military."

"She loved her brother, Frank, very much.  On the night of the incident her brother was very drunk (BAC .24%) and his probation reports showed that when he drinks he tends to act very aggressively.  She was trying to leave the house that they shared.  In order to open the lock on her bedroom, she needed a knife. Virginia did not get along with Frank's girlfriend and they argued about it a lot.  Frank stepped in to stand up for his girlfriend and ended up with one stab wound that was unfortunately fatal. Virginia never meant to harm Frank. The case is a tragedy."

Jul 15, 2014

Another win for the people from Janssen Malloy LLP

You can do a search just on this blog and Google this law firm. They have won many victories for the people.

The CalTrans post below is just one example. Mr. Griego and Ms. Burroughs, thank you. 

It is cases and victories like this that often get lost in the crime headlines. We are very lucky to have award winning talent and lawyers in this town that often go unrecognized.

Humboldt County Jury finds CalTrans and California Department of Parks and Recreation liable for dangerous condition of public property

A Humboldt County jury today found CalTrans and California Department of Parks and Recreation liable for maintaining a dangerous condition of public property at the intersection between State Highway 36 and Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park.  The available sight distance for drivers exiting the park is less than half of what is required in CalTrans' Highway Design Manuals.  The dangerous intersection caused the death of a local MCKinleyville man when the car his wife was driving was struck by a truck driving past the park three years ago on July 12, 2011.

The jury found that both CalTrans and State Parks had notice of the dangerous condition for many years and that it was not reasonable for those State Departments to take no actions to protect the public.

The evidence revealed a number of prior accidents at the intersection during the last decade and multiple near misses every week during the summer.  The evidence also revealed that Park employees developed a trick for getting out of the park by looking behind a tree and then dashing to the limit line before gunning it when taking a left.  The Park employees told many visitors about the trick, but did not remember to tell the plaintiff, who was visiting the park for the first time.

The jury found the damages for emotional distress and wrongful death to be $1,534,000.  The jury found CalTrans liable for 30% of the damages and State Parks to be liable for 10% of the damages.  The jury found plaintiff to be 60% at fault.

Plaintiff had offered to settle with CalTrans for a lower amount than what was awarded by the jury and CalTrans refused to offer anything to the widow.  Therefore, in addition to the amount in the verdict, CalTrans will be also be responsible for the plaintiff's court costs and expert fees.

Plaintiff, the surviving widow, was represented by Patrik Griego and Amelia Burroughs from Janssen Malloy LLP.

Plaintiff has not asked for any trees to be removed, but is hopeful that the speed limit is reduced and that CalTrans provides a warning system for drivers approaching and exiting the park.  Plaintiff thanks the State Parks employees who were willing to testify about the problems they had witnessed at the entrance over the last three decades in the hopes of preventing another tragedy.

The court tech department needs to get it's act together

I told the TS about the Littlefield  hearing and would like to thank Will Houston for making sure another reporter attended since Will was covering the Board of Supervisors this afternoon.

The reason coverage by TS is significant is that this is the second time this case has not been on the calendar.

I think the backroom strategy in this case and other "special deals" deserves scrutiny and not just always from me.  It's not about who gets the scoop, it is about the public getting information.

Why this date never made it from the minutes and computer to the digital court calendar. They need to have a paper copy because months later, their tech upgrade is a disaster.

The digital calendar is never accurate even though it is supposed to be up to date, the public access computers are less than user friendly and this hearing is not a last minute change. With several cases of interest, having to spend time tracking down if a case will be on calendar is not the best use of time.

People wander all morning and afternoon trying to find out in which courtroom their cases are being heard.

Maybe some of  the court tech department employees can spend a little less time pacing the court floor every two minutes, doing nothing, every morning besides looking unfriendly. They could  try and keep the digital court calendar and the public access computers up to date. It is what they are paid to do, isn't it?

Vacancies on City of Eureka Boards and Commissions


 Board of Appeals 1 Vacancy
 Eureka Energy Committee 2 Vacancies
 Planning Commission 1 Vacancy

Applications may be obtained by phone or in person from the Mayor’s Office, City
of Eureka, 531 “K” Street, Eureka, CA 95501, (707) 441-4144, or may be
downloaded from the City Clerk’s website, listed below.

In order to be eligible for appointment to any board or commission, a person
must be a qualified registered elector of the City of Eureka, the Humboldt
Community Services District or Humboldt County Service Area No. 3, or an
owner of a business located within the city limits of the City of Eureka. The mayor
shall make the appointments with the approval of a majority of the Council.
Appointments of qualified non-city residents will require a four-fifths (4/5) vote of
the Council for confirmation.

Members on Boards and Commissions shall be willing to serve as a civic
responsibility and without compensation. No member of any board or
commission shall hold any paid office or employment in the city government.

For more information, call the City Clerk at (707) 441-4175, or go to:
http://www.ci.eureka.ca.gov/.

Applications will be accepted until filled.

Yet another delay in Timothy Littlefield retrial

Disposition and reset was put off another two weeks in the Timothy Littlefield case at the request of his attorney Russ Clanton. Paul Gallegos agreed. Mr. Gallegos also mentioned the appeal of the verdict. The same thing about the appeal was said when the hearing was continued the last time.

The reason was that Mr. Clanton needs time to discuss a resolution with Mr. Gallegos  proposed in emails. Judge Marilyn Miles granted the defense's request.

Could this be the deal I posted about?

http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2014/06/timothy-littlefield-deal-in-works.html

So if we are waiting on an appeal, why the rush to "let's make a deal?" Could it be that the deal may not be available when the new DA takes office?

The next court date is July 29 at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 2.




David Anderson case with alleged human trafficking to be retried again!

Will the third time be lucky for the prosecution. Case expected to be retried in September.

Is Headwater's money supposed to help create jobs or pay off HWMA debts?

This morning I noticed item # 12 on the Humboldt County Board of Supervisor's agenda. Staff is recommending that the Board approve a $800,000 loan from the Headwater's Community Investment Fund to the Humboldt Waste Management Authority.

I could not attend this morning session's but I spoke with Times-Standard's Will Houston who covers the meetings regularly and asked him to look into certain concerns based on previous coverage. On the surface, this is supposed to be a loan to clean up the Cummings site. I would ask you read the previous links to get the background.

I will update this post with the Board's vote later.

Previous links re: HWMA 

http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2014/05/why-you-should-care-about-hwma-and-its.html


http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2014/05/humboldt-waste-management-authority.html

So why should this obscure item interest you, the public. If you read the links, you will see that HWMA is in negative due to bad decisions made over the years. After my last post, only Mike Newman and Rex Bohn reached out to me in an effort to address some of my concerns. Rex has, often been the sole dissenter, watching out for the public.

Here is why this loan is a bad idea. And questions the local media needs to ask HWMA representatives, especially the City reps who have been on HWMA for decades. Not Mike Newman who was appointed recently, not Jill Duffy who got handed a mess.

Is  HWMA  out of compliance/in default with the Net Revenues to Debt Service Ratio requirements of their 2002 and 2005 bond issuance?  These documents require that HWMA maintain a Net Revenues to Debt Service Ratio of 1.25 to 1. 

Under this formula, “Net Revenues" means Gross Revenues less Operation and Maintenance Expenses.  “Gross Revenues" means all operating income and “Operation and Maintenance Expenses" means all expenses but excluding (1) depreciation, (2) the bond interest expense and (3) amounts paid from other than Gross Revenues.

Debt Service means all principal and interest other payments due under the bonds.

Some community members after reading the previous posts have had concerns that other community members had for a while. 

These people feel that year to date HWMA operations has $235,000.  Even excluding depreciation and bond interest,  they think HWMA is already out of compliance with the requirement that Net Revenues be maintained at 1.25 times Debt Service since Net Revenues, even adding back in bond interest and depreciation, happens to be a negative number.  The piling on of additional debt to the Headwaters Fund will only make that ratio worse.

 Does the Headwaters Fund think it matters that it is loaning money at preferred rates to an entity that year to date has lost $235,000.?

And why is staff recommending this be approved to the Board of Supervisors when funding is tight for departments that have had to cut positions?

Jul 14, 2014

Mistrial declared in the David Anderson human trafficking case due to prosecution witness violation

A prosecution witness violated a motion in limine and that led to Judge John Feeney granting David Anderson's attorney, Ben McLaughlin's request for a mistrial.

The first time this case was due to be tried, it was dismissed due to the fact that prosecution failed to provide discovery. This time a prosecution witness testified about evidence that was supposed to be excluded.

The case was prosecuted by DDA Luke Brownfield.

Bodhi Tree trial will not resume until sometime next week

It is expected to resume next week, on May 22.

Autopsy scheduled on July 19 for human remains found near Dinsmore

According to HCSO Lt. Wayne Hanson, this Saturday, July 19, a forensic pathologist will conduct an autopsy for the human remains found near Dinsmore. No information will be available until after the autoposy.

Previous Press-Release:

On 07/12/2014 at approximately 4:25 PM, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by a citizen who reported that they had discovered human remains in the middle of a waterway. The remains were discovered by two citizens while hiking in an area west of Dinsmore off of HWY 36. Detectives from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office along with the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office are currently on scene and efforts to recover the body are underway. The age, sex, and identity of the body are unknown at this time along with the cause of death. 

"Just doing my job" says a modest Deputy Bang Cao who is being recognized today

Deputy Bang Cao was shot in the chest by William Nelson in Shelter Cove when he and another deputy showed up to serve a court ordered civil eviction. Wearing a vest was credited with saving Cao's life.

Today at a private luncheon to which press has been invited, CAO will be recognized for his peers. I have gotten to know Deputy Cao as he is one of the baliff's at the Courthouse and in the Bodhi Tree case.

I am unable to make it to the luncheon today and when I expressed some sentiments to Cao last week and thanked him, he said, "I was just doing my job."

Every day, that is the attitude of the men and women in law enforcement who serve us in this County. My thanks to you Bang and your fellow officers who do a great job in the midst of tremendous challenges.


Planning Commissioner Noah Levy arrested for DUI? And is this news?

Sometimes community members email me about items of interest for my blog. This morning I received an email asking me to check out the July 13 Booked. Noah Levy was arrested for a DUI. Is this the same Noah Levy who is on the County Planning Commission?

Not exactly a common name and I told the person who emailed me, that being charged is not the same as guilty. And that even if it is Commissioner Levy, what is the big deal?

The person pointed out that the some of left leaning media and activists made a big deal when Johanna Rodoni was arrested, tried to make a big deal out of a former DUI when Supervisor Ryan Sundberg was campaigning in 2010.

This person made a good point by stating that if this had been Lee Ulansey instead of Noah Levy, would some of the local media have left it alone?