Vern Pierson and Joe Harn Update – They’re Getting Sued (again)

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2015-06-25, 06:27:50 PLACERVILLE CA


In 2014, Vern Pierson was able to intimidate his opponent in to capitulating. Joe Harn’s opponent hired a crank addict as a campaign manager. So, here we are.

As seen on a local El Dorado Blog – Vern Pierson and Joe Harn got blown to pieces. (I love the headline)

In addition – the El Dorado Mountain Democrat, a paper that is usually biased in favor of incumbent officeholders not named Ray Nutting did a write-up on the lawsuit that was pretty good for the plaintiff Dan Dellinger.

Mr. Dellinger lit up Joe Harn and Vern Pierson pretty good in his press release:

DA & Auditor-Controller’s Vendetta Generates Lawsuit against County

Cameron Park, CA – Nearly a year to the date after losing their Soviet style show trial for self-aggrandizing publicity against, Dan Dellinger, a government relations and political consultant often on opposite political sides of the District Attorney and Auditor-Controller, Joe Harn and Vern Pierson are at the center of a lawsuit filed this week in El Dorado County Superior Court.  In this lawsuit, officially filed as “Dan Dellinger v. Joe Harn, et al” and assigned the number PC 20150251, Dellinger is seeking to collect $12,000 still owed him for work successfully completed for the Pioneer Fire Protection District in 2011and recovery of his expensive legal bills resulting from Harn and Pierson’s two year long bad faith prosecution of Dellinger. Joe Harn, the County of El Dorado, and the Pioneer Fire Protection District are named as defendants in the lawsuit; however, the complaint makes it clear that Harn has ignored the Fire District’s instructions to pay Dellinger.

“I want everyone to understand that the Pioneer Fire Protection District has acted honorably throughout my struggle to get paid by Joe Harn who is supposed to pay all of the bills authorized by the District,” said Dellinger, “so I included the District in the lawsuit very reluctantly and only on advice of legal counsel”.

“Before resorting to this lawsuit I tried to settle this matter with the County”, explained Dellinger, “but my own representative of the Board of Supervisors, Brian Veerkamp, refused to meet with me and the County’s high priced risk management office sent me an incorrect last minute form letter denial that makes me think they didn’t even bother to look into my payment requests”.

In addition to Breach of Contract against Harn, El Dorado County, and PFPD, the lawsuit alleges seven other civil charges or “torts” against just Harn and El Dorado County including Conversion, Deceit and Bad Faith, Abuse of the Grand Jury Process, and Bad Faith Prosecution.

Under California State law, the County would be prohibited from reimbursing Harn for any punitive damages awarded against him by a jury, however, as a District Attorney Pierson has absolute immunity from personal liability.

Dellinger had been falsely charged by Pierson and Harn of expending public money and public resources for express advocacy, receiving or granting a gift of public funds, and engaging in unfair business practices while assisting the Pioneer Fire Protection District place the Measure F parcel tax on the November 2011 ballot.  Measure F successfully passed with a near 80% approval vote.

On May 22, 2014, a jury took only 47 minutes to return a unanimous 12-0 verdict clearing Dellinger of any wrongdoing.

Dellinger has a long history of political clashes with El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson and his political ally EDC Auditor-Controller Joe Harn including helping elect EDC Sheriff John D’Agostini and others over Pierson and Harn’s strongly backed candidates.

I have blogged in the past that Vern Pierson is an idiot and Joe Harn is a bully and have lampooned their Dead Fish Handshakes. I wonder how much worse it needs to smell before the voters of El Dorado County wake up and send them packing.

Meantime, an innocent man has nearly been bankrupted by this BS.


Former El Dorado County Deputy District Attorney Arrested for DUI – AGAIN !

2015-06-02, 16:54:26 PLACERVILLE CA
On the Holiday of May 31st 2015, Gloria M. Mas, 51, was arrested for DUI according to jail logs.  She was arrested for 23152(F) and was given a bail enhancement.  She has since been released on bail.
Gloria M. Mas might be best known for her arrest in the summer of 2011 at her workplace, the El Dorado County District Attorney’s office.  At the time Ms. Mas was, 47, of El Dorado Hills and a Deputy District Attorney under Vern Pierson.  The El Dorado County prosecutor allegedly drove to work intoxicated with a blood alcohol readings of 0.124 and 0.126 at the time of her arrest that July.
Mas was placed under arrest in District Attorney Vern Pierson’s personal office, after failing four sobriety tests conducted by a CHP officer. The officer had responded to the DA’s Office after being called out by another CHP officer who works as an investigator at the office. That officer reported he saw Mas drive her BMW into the parking lot and later, along with others in the office, witnessed her display signs and symptoms of intoxication. When the responding officer met with Mas in Pierson’s office, he states in the report that he detected a strong odor of alcohol from her breath, as well as red/watery eyes and slightly-slurred speech.
At the time the El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson said any potential prosecution in the case would be handled by the California Attorney General’s office to avoid a conflict of interest.
“Everyone is accountable for their conduct regardless of whom they are or where they work,” Pierson said in a statement in 2011.
In 2011 her bail was $2,500 for her DUI but this time her bail went up to $10,000 for her DUI.  In addition she was assessed a “Bail Enhancement” of another $2,500.
Mas posted bail this week and was released from custody.
Gloria Maria Mas has a Bar # 132429 that list her current employment at 515 Main St., Placerville, CA 95667.  That is the address of the District Attorney for El Dorado County.  Her current employment status is unconfirmed.  Gloria Mas was unavailble for comment but he websites has this: “I left the District Attorney’s Office in El Dorado County in 2013 to become criminal law defense attorney.” “Although I have vast experience in all crimes, the majority of the cases I have handled involve alcohol and/or drug related offenses.”

South Lake Tahoe marijuana collective raided Monday by the corrupt Tahoe pigs

A large team made up of members from multiple agencies served a search warrant on South Lake Tahoe’s sole marijuana collective and the home of its owner, Cody Bass, early Monday morning.

Agents from the Franchise Tax Board, Board of Equalization, Department of Insurance, South Lake Tahoe Police Department, and El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department were on scene at the Tahoe Wellness Cooperative, according to Tami Grimes, information officer with the FTB in Sacramento.

“The contents of the search warrant are sealed,” said Grimes. The cannabis collective is located at 3445 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South lake Tahoe.

“They took my computers, my phones, my keys, all of the medicine,” said Bass. “As soon as they are done emptying out the clinic, I’ll be reopening by tonight. We’ve been open seven years and we’ll continue on. Of course, this is a bummer.”

“We employ 30 people and take care of our community,” continued Bass. “This action today was very swift so I believe it was in response to my letter to the Board of Supervisors about Zlendick.”

The glass door to the collective’s community center was broken down by law enforcement. Bass said his employee offered a key, but an unidentified member of law enforcement said they wouldn’t have broken down the door had the key been made available.

Bass said he’ll be in Placerville first thing Tuesday morning to speak to the Board of Supervisors during their schedule meeting.

A press release is expected from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department to explain what happened. This story will be updated as soon as this occurs. Follow the story