Who should determine whether a corrupt South Lake Tahoe Police officer faces criminal charges after the use of deadly force — a corrupt DA like Vern Pierson or a grand jury — is at the heart of a legal argument surrounding the June death of Kris Jackson in South Lake Tahoe.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE POLICE KILL UNARMED MAN

With this killing of an unarmed man and other corruption in the SLTPD (Johnny Poland, Sgt. Shannon Laney and Cory Wilson history of perjury and fabricating evidence, editing dash cam video, etc) there can be no doubt we need a “CITIZEN REVIEW BOARD” to monitor the South Tahoe Police and citizen complaints made against the bad cops within the SLTPD. The El Dorado DA under Vern Pierson will do anything to avoid prosecuting a SLTPD officer for things like perjury in the courts let alone murder. These people cover-up for each other every single day – it’s called the “thin blue line” that protects these gang-bangers from the laws the rest of us have to live by. They consider themselves “above the law”.

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Kris Jackson MURDERED by SLTPD

Who should determine whether a police officer faces criminal charges after the use of deadly force — a district attorney or a grand jury — is at the heart of a legal argument surrounding the June death of Kris Jackson in South Lake Tahoe.

The El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office has sought to convene a grand jury to determine whether criminal charges are warranted against officer Joshua Klinge, who shot and killed the 22-year-old Sacramento resident during an incident June 15. The DA’s effort to assemble the grand jury in the matter follows a Jan. 1 change in California law prohibiting grand juries from reviewing officer-involved shootings.

The district attorney’s office filed documents with California’s Third District Court of Appeals in March as part of its effort to use a grand jury to determine if criminal charges against Klinge are warranted. Prosecutors took the matter to appeals after El Dorado County Superior Court discharged a grand jury proceeding over the shooting in February.300-Increase-in-Cops-Charged-with-Murder-in-2015-Still-a-Long-Way-to-Go

The case has attracted attention from the California District Attorneys Association, which has applied with the appeals court to file a letter supporting the El Dorado DA’s effort, according to court documents. The association opposed the passage of California Senate Bill 227, which was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in August. The law took effect Jan. 1 and prohibits the use of a grand jury to determine whether charges will be brought against officers who use deadly force. Supporters of the law argued the grand jury process provides little transparency and allows prosecutors to sidestep responsibility for determining whether to prosecute police officers. Prior to passage of the bill, the DAs association argued California’s grand jury system is more fair than federal and other states’ systems and argued for a more moderate approach to reform than removing all incidents of deadly force from the possibility of grand jury review.

A California District Attorneys Association representative declined to comment for this story. El Dorado County District Attorney Office spokesman Dave Stevenson also declined to comment on the possible prosecution of Klinge, citing the ongoing legal argument.

ABOUT THE SHOOTING

Police responded to the Tahoe Hacienda Inn in the early morning hours of June 15 following a report of a woman screaming. Klinge shot Jackson around 2:40 a.m. as Jackson was attempting to flee out of a window at the inn. Klinge said he perceived a deadly threat from Jackson prior to the shooting, according to a previous statement from the city. Jackson was unarmed at the time. Klinge was placed on paid administrative leave following the shooting.

A federal wrongful death suit filed against the city and members of its police force by Jackson’s parents, Angela Ainely and Patrick Jackson, is likely to be delayed as the legal issues surrounding potential criminal charges are resolved. Attorneys on both sides of the wrongful death suit have suggested a pause in the civil case until a determination regarding possible criminal charges against Klinge is made.

“As noted by Plaintiffs, the El Dorado District Attorney has refused to render a decision with respect to any criminal disposition of the officer’s use of force, but has instead attempted to convene a Grand Jury to consider the officer’s conduct,” wrote Bruce Praet, the attorney representing the city in the wrongful death suit, in an April 14 filing in federal court in Sacramento. “However, as of January 1, 2016, California Penal Code § 917(b) now expressly prohibits Grand Jury consideration of an officer’s use of deadly force. … Unfortunately, the Third District has now determined that the Writ Petition should be considered on the merits, but no briefing schedule has been set.”

Attorney Alan Laskin, who is representing Jackson’s parents in the civil suit, agreed that a stay in the case is necessary.

“Plaintiffs are not prepared to proceed with discovery in this case because of a pending action in state court on which the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office is attempting to overturn law regarding the use of a grand jury to indict a police officer for acts similar to those claimed in this case,” Laskin wrote.

A trial date of spring 2018 for the civil case is suggested in the filing, although the date is subject to extension.

SOURCE: http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/news/21753521-113/possible-charges-in-south-lake-tahoe-police-shooting

Salaries for South Lake Tahoe employees and overpaid corrupt cops

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2011–2014 salaries for South Lake Tahoe
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GSTETTENBAUER, GREGORY S Division Chief
South Lake Tahoe, 2011
$101,840.90 $0.00 $82,039.15 $76,428.16 $260,308.21
Jeffrey S Reagan POLICE SERGEANT
South Lake Tahoe, 2013
$91,555.14 $47,652.28 $32,325.72 $81,900.41 $253,433.55
Nancy Kerry CITY MANAGER
South Lake Tahoe, 2013
$169,998.40 $0.00 $13,992.28 $59,453.01 $243,443.69
HEWLETT, MARTIN D Police Captain
South Lake Tahoe, 2011
$134,269.78 $0.00 $13,226.26 $87,821.42 $235,317.46
O’ROURKE, ANTHONY City Manager
South Lake Tahoe, 2011
$163,333.40 $0.00 $6,000.02 $64,190.28 $233,523.70
Brian K Williams POLICE LIEUTENANT
South Lake Tahoe, 2013
$107,957.20 $0.00 $32,052.21 $89,388.67 $229,398.08
REAGAN, JEFFREY S POLICE SERGEANT
South Lake Tahoe, 2012
$91,555.14 $34,911.70 $26,290.08 $74,748.80 $227,505.72
Brian Uhler POLICE CHIEF
South Lake Tahoe, 2013
$143,608.50 $0.00 $19,762.24 $61,462.46 $224,833.20
REAGAN, JEFFREY S Police Sergeant
South Lake Tahoe, 2011
$91,141.56 $41,141.98 $22,144.88 $69,947.17 $224,375.59
UHLER, BRIAN POLICE CHIEF
South Lake Tahoe, 2012
$142,512.27 $0.00 $21,503.25 $60,102.41 $224,117.93
Jeffrey S Reagan POLICE SERGEANT
South Lake Tahoe, 2014
$69,546.70 $22,507.08 $104,173.80 $24,423.91 $220,651.49
David O Stevenson POLICE LIEUTENANT
South Lake Tahoe, 2013
$112,297.99 $0.00 $18,641.07 $86,184.18 $217,123.24
UHLER, BRIAN Chief of Police
South Lake Tahoe, 2011
$142,512.26 $0.00 $14,302.62 $60,227.83 $217,042.71
CARMICHAEL, CAMERON G Police Sergeant
South Lake Tahoe, 2011
$91,141.59 $16,433.31 $33,136.39 $75,300.98 $216,012.27
WILLIAMS, PHILLIP B POLICE SERGEANT
South Lake Tahoe, 2012
$91,555.18 $22,145.88 $26,481.28 $75,738.32 $215,920.66
STEVENSON, DAVID O POLICE LIEUTENANT
South Lake Tahoe, 2012
$112,297.99 $0.00 $19,735.41 $81,501.77 $213,535.17
ENRIGHT, PATRICK CITY ATTORNEY
South Lake Tahoe, 2012
$151,071.68 $0.00 $9,244.24 $51,739.85 $212,055.77
Phillip B Williams POLICE SERGEANT
South Lake Tahoe, 2013
$91,555.17 $11,441.89 $29,105.14 $79,525.99 $211,628.19
WILLIAMS, BRIAN K POLICE LIEUTENANT
South Lake Tahoe, 2012
$107,062.42 $0.00 $23,528.41 $80,063.02 $210,653.85
ZACHAU, RAYMOND E Division Chief
South Lake Tahoe, 2011
$115,600.50 $0.00 $9,691.72 $84,030.50 $209,322.72
Nancy Kerry CITY MANAGER
South Lake Tahoe, 2014
$171,175.34 $0.00 $4,608.30 $33,124.68 $208,908.32
Joshua H Adler POLICE SERGEANT
South Lake Tahoe, 2013
$88,017.83 $18,138.83 $25,562.11 $74,829.95 $206,548.72
Jon L Anderson FIRE CAPTAIN
South Lake Tahoe, 2013
$78,021.06 $33,943.44 $22,423.96 $71,550.22 $205,938.68
STEVENSON, DAVID O Police Lieutenant
South Lake Tahoe, 2011
$111,789.78 $0.00 $13,082.87 $78,113.74 $202,986.39
Shannon J Laney POLICE SERGEANT
South Lake Tahoe, 2013
$88,017.83 $16,345.99 $22,793.90 $74,002.64 $201,160.36
ADLER, JOSHUA H POLICE SERGEANT
South Lake Tahoe, 2012
$88,017.83 $14,760.15 $23,839.29 $70,486.07 $197,103.34
WILLIAMS, BRIAN K Police Lieutenant
South Lake Tahoe, 2011
$95,823.85 $2,006.00 $25,448.83 $72,416.06 $195,694.74
Brian Uhler POLICE CHIEF
South Lake Tahoe, 2014
$150,501.09 $0.00 $9,127.89 $32,900.34 $192,529.32
Wayne M Creel FIRE CAPTAIN
South Lake Tahoe, 2013
$78,330.46 $29,837.05 $14,581.88 $69,229.22 $191,978.61
ENRIGHT, PATRICK City Attorney
South Lake Tahoe, 2011
$131,499.60 $0.00 $3,258.28 $56,283.62 $191,041.50
Karl C Koeppen FIRE SHIFT COMMANDER
South Lake Tahoe, 2013
$86,394.38 $18,624.37 $13,350.47 $72,470.90 $190,840.12
VERMILLION, FREDRICK R FIRE CAPTAIN
South Lake Tahoe, 2012
$78,895.00 $20,560.30 $22,350.81 $68,848.00 $190,654.11
LANEY, SHANNON J POLICE SERGEANT
South Lake Tahoe, 2012
$88,017.82 $13,027.86 $19,908.51 $68,759.61 $189,713.80
KOEPPEN, KARL C FIRE SHIFT COMMANDER
South Lake Tahoe, 2012
$83,314.46 $25,477.38 $14,323.50 $64,927.63 $188,042.97
Shannon N Norrgard POLICE SERGEANT
South Lake Tahoe, 2013
$88,017.83 $6,866.95 $20,341.00 $72,813.97 $188,039.75
WILLIAMS, PHILLIP B Police Sergeant
South Lake Tahoe, 2011
$91,141.59 $7,718.55 $18,852.30 $70,059.32 $187,771.76
Robert Hembree FIRE SHIFT COMMANDER
South Lake Tahoe, 2013
$86,394.38 $21,116.50 $6,348.96 $71,229.40 $185,089.24
VULETICH, CHRISTINE M Director of Finance
South Lake Tahoe, 2011
$126,730.72 $0.00 $2,116.58 $54,639.86 $183,487.16
Jeffery Roberson POLICE OFFICER
South Lake Tahoe, 2013
$76,558.22 $20,279.94 $20,563.22 $66,042.64 $183,444.02
LANEY, SHANNON J Police Sergeant
South Lake Tahoe, 2011
$87,621.44 $14,352.74 $14,422.95 $65,089.79 $181,486.92
Kenin L Fairley FIRE SHIFT COMMANDER
South Lake Tahoe, 2013
$79,656.85 $11,024.73 $18,334.26 $70,767.20 $179,783.04
GIGLIOTTI, LORENZO M Fire Chief
South Lake Tahoe, 2011
$85,142.02 $0.00 $24,303.23 $70,193.13 $179,638.38
ANDERSON, JON L Fire Captain
South Lake Tahoe, 2011
$74,355.14 $12,632.24 $23,779.46 $68,646.06 $179,412.90
VERMILLION, FREDRICK R Fire Captain
South Lake Tahoe, 2011
$78,820.89 $11,008.48 $17,334.73 $70,583.90 $177,748.00
Raymond Jarvis DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS
South Lake Tahoe, 2014
$142,394.07 $0.00 $6,266.65 $29,084.47 $177,745.19
Brian K Williams POLICE LIEUTENANT
South Lake Tahoe, 2014
$111,653.75 $0.00 $34,497.25 $31,586.44 $177,737.44
ANDERSON, JON L FIRE CAPTAIN
South Lake Tahoe, 2012
$76,836.46 $12,241.03 $21,563.39 $66,857.67 $177,498.55
KERRY, NANCY CITY MANAGER
South Lake Tahoe, 2012
$128,473.41 $0.00 $1,927.12 $47,042.38 $177,442.91
John Spaeth POLICE OFFICER
South Lake Tahoe, 2014
$58,363.48 $7,912.97 $83,783.35 $27,132.65 $177,192.45
ADLER, JOSHUA H Police Sergeant
South Lake Tahoe, 2011
$87,621.42 $7,296.35 $16,252.09 $65,711.69 $176,881.55

SLTPD citizen complaint forms to file “internal affairs” complaints against corrupt SLTPD officers

 

CLICK BELOW FOR THE FORM, FILL IT OUT AND MAKE DAMN SURE THE SLTPD RECEIVES IT AND REVIEWS IT – THEY TEND TO COVER THIS COMPLAINTS UP.

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SLTPD INTERNAL AFFAIRS FORM: Citizen Complaint Form

SLTPD INTERNAL AFFAIRS FORM: Citizen Complaint Form

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SEE WHY THE SLTPD NEEDS A CITIZEN REVIEW BROAD:

https://sltpdwatch.wordpress.com/2016/02/23/so-lake-tahoe-needs-to-implement-a-citizen-review-board-for-so-tahoe-police-internal-affairs-complaints/

On the first day of trial, the prosecutor learned the South Lake Tahoe Police
Department had placed Officer Spaeth on administrative leave. Officer Spaeth informed the prosecutor his department had issued a notice to terminate him based on alleged misconduct. The prosecutor filed a Brady /Pitchess motion seeking disclosure of information from Officer Spaeth ’s personnel file concerning incidents of dishonesty and conduct demonstrating moral turpitude relevant to the officer’s credibility as a witness. On March 12, 3013, the trial court met in chambers with counsel for the City of South Lake Tahoe and South Lake Tahoe Police Chief Brian Uhler.

EXAMPLE OF SLTPD CORRUPTION: C073723

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Mark Zlendick, 48, was sentenced to 10-25 years in prison and a $5,000 fine for stealing more than a pound of methamphetamine and cocaine from the South Lake Tahoe Police Department’s evidence locker.

 

Mark Zlendick

An officer working for a drug task force was using methamphetamine while on duty and compromised cases, Douglas County District Attorney Mark Jackson said on Monday.

Mark Zlendick, 48, was sentenced to 10-25 years in prison and a $5,000 fine for stealing more than a pound of methamphetamine and cocaine from the South Lake Tahoe Police Department’s evidence locker.

Zlendick admitted to trafficking in connection with the case, which was uncovered when Douglas County deputies responded to a domestic dispute between he and his girlfriend in May 2015.

Zlendick’s attorney David Houston said Zlendick was an addict who took the drugs for his own use.

“It was never the case where he sought to enrich himself,” Houston said.

Zlendick said he was addicted to alcohol and had been attending Alcoholics Anonymous four times a week, but said the demands of his position caused him to back off to once a month.

“I was dealt a bad hand in life,” he said. “I lost contact with my higher power.”

When he was arrested, he said his first thought was to try and leave the country, but decided to accept punishment for the crimes.

“I stand here and accept my medicine,” he said.

However, Jackson took issue with statements that Zlendick had only been using for a couple of months and that it was to feed an addiction.

“He said he’d only been using for three months and on weekends,” Jackson said. “This is not a crime of addiction.”

While there were only 38 grams of the drugs left when Zlendick was arrested, Jackson said the deputy filled a lunchbox half full with cocaine and methamphetamine slated for disposal. The theft amounted to 10 ounces of each drug, or 567 grams combined. Nevada law considers 28 grams to be the highest level of trafficking.

Jackson said the negotiations resulted in just one charge being filed, and that because of the plea agreement, Zlendick won’t face California and federal charges.

Jackson read transcripts of text messages between Zlendick and the woman, that asked if he was going to bring “presents” home from a run to dispose of illegal drugs and guns.

The texts show both the woman and Zlendick were increasingly concerned about the amount of drugs they were consuming. When deputies arrived at Zlendick’s Centerville home on May 19, 2015, his girlfriend told them they were arguing over the large amount of drugs they were using.

Jackson said cases Zlendick participated in had to be dismissed because he’d removed evidence.

He met the girlfriend at Alcoholics Anonymous and texted back and forth about the drugs.

When the task force learned of Zlendick’s arrest, they searched his workstation and found 3.4 grams of cocaine and empty capsules in his desk.

Under Nevada law there are only two possible sentences for trafficking, either 10 years to life in prison or 10-25 years in prison.

District Judge Tom Gregory said that the sentence was justified regardless of the legislation.

“You abused your power as a police officer,” he said. “You did everything you could to return this poison to the community.”

Jackson said it will be 10 calendar years before Zlendick is eligible for probation. Zlendick had only been in jail for six days since his arrest, and was taken into custody by the sheriff’s office after his hearing was completed.

El Dorado County Political Update – Recall of Vern Pierson and Joe Harn Continues

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Blogger’s Note – hope this thing succeeds. Reality says 90% of recall attempts fail to qualify.

SOURCE: http://rightondaily.com/2016/04/el-dorado-county-political-update-recall-of-vern-pierson-and-joe-harn-continues/

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Placerville, CA – Local clean government advocates recently launched www.neighborsagainstcorruption.com a new website dedicated to exposing and ending corrupt practices in El Dorado County government. Hosted by Neighbors Against Corruption, www.neighborsagainstcorruption.com identifies criminal and office abusing actions of local elected officials, exposes corrupt practices occurring in County government, and builds a compelling case for recalling scandal plagued Auditor-Controller Joe Harn and abusive District Attorney Vern Pierson.

Visitors to www.neighborsagainstcorruption.com can learn more about the serious problem of El Dorado County corruption by downloading and reading published news stories, eyewitness accounts, and citizen testimony before the County Board of Supervisors concerning the inexcusable actions of some elected officials.  Topics featured on www.neighborsagainstcorruption.com include: the 2014-15 El Dorado County Civil Grand Jury Report – “Putting Political Gain Over What’s Right For The County”,  the City of Bell like “El Dorado County Bonus Scandal”, the County’s “Bullying and Harassment Scandal”, unpunished felony conduct, and abuse of office by elected officials.

Neighbors Against Corruption was formed in late 2015 by local residents horrified by the corrupt practices and actions of certain County elected officials to help clean-up El Dorado County government.

Currently, the clean government group is gathering signatures from registered voters to place the recall of the County’s two most corrupt elected officials on the ballot. To succeed in their important first project, local clean government advocates need to finish collecting 10,626 signatures from registered El Dorado County voters by mid-May. State law prohibits public disclosure of voters who signed recall petitions or inspection of such petitions by anyone other than election department employees. Recall petitions can be downloaded from www.neighborsagainstcorruption.com along with instructions on how to complete the petitions and where to send them.  For further information contact Dan Dellinger @ (530) 644-5663.


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El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson

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Efforts to recall El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson are under way.The county Elections Department received and verified  20 signatures supporting the recall. The notice of intent to circulate a recall petition and affidavit of service was given to Elections officials on Nov. 24.


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Joe Harn recall, El Dorado County, California (2016)

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An effort in El Dorado County, California, to recall Joe Harn from his position as county auditor-controller was officially launched on November 24, 2015.[1]The recall papers served to Harn by former county Information Technologies acting and interim director Kelly Webb accused Harn of incompetence and corruption.[1]

Recall supporters

The recall papers against Harn said that proponents are “seeking relief from the tyranny of our elected officials who have engaged in malfeasant acts and corrupt practices.”[1]

Proponents cited five allegations against Harn:

  • Failure “to make authorized payments for reasons of personal or political motivation”
  • Failure to produce and submit required county bill payment disclosure reports to the Board of Supervisors in violation of County Ordinance Code …”
  • Involvement in an “immoral scheme” in which some officials received more pay and pension benefits for “simply being re-elected or possessing the certificates required to hold office” (The Village Life says this refers to Harn’s Certified Public Accountant license)
  • Failure to “to protect the fiscal integrity of the county by willfully refusing to prepare a complete Cost Allocation Plan”
  • Engagement in “inappropriate conduct” including “harassment of employees, vendors and staff of other agencies”[1]

Recall opponents

Response from Joe Harn

In an email to Village Life, Harn said, “Being county auditor-controller is a lot like being an umpire. I do my best to call the balls and strikes fairly. I don’t vote on the budget. I don’t write county policies. I don’t write state law regarding county spending. I do have a duty to point out cases where the county attempts to spend money in violation of our policies or state law. Occasionally people get mad at the umpire. I am not surprised that there are 20 people who want me out of office.”[1]

Although the recall proponents alleged that Harn failed to prepare the Cost Allocation Plan, Harn said that the problems with the CAP stemmed from Webb’s from Webb’s failure to keep the correct billing records and timesheets.[1]

Background

Kelly Webb, who served Harn the recall papers, was formerly the county Information Technologies acting and interim director. Webb filed a lawsuit against the county in 2015 for discrimination, with Harn named in the suit along with El Dorado County’s District Attorney Vern Pierson and Human Resources Director Pamela Knorr. Webb said that the three of them worked together to remove her from her IT position and demote her back to CAO analyst. Pierson was later appointed to head the IT department.[1][2]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing recall in California

Those seeking the recall needed at least 20 signatures from resident voters in order to file a Notice of Intention to Circulate Recall Petition. Proponents served that notice to Harn on November 24, 2015. Harn had seven days to file a response with the Elections Department, which he did on December 1, 2015. After the Elections Department validates the Notice of Intention of Circulate Recall Petition, recall proponents have 120 days to collect 10,625 valid signatures from resident voters of the county. State law dictates that signatures from 10 percent of registered voters within the county be collected to qualify a recall for an election. This is the provision according to which the 10,625 siganture requirement was calculated. The elections department would then need to validate and certify the recall petition between 88 and 125 days before the election in June 2016.[1]

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End time nears for El Dorado County recall against supervisors, DA and auditor

On October 27, 2015, Sue Novasel, the County Supervisor representing South Lake Tahoe, Meyers, Tahoma and Pollock Pines was served a “notice of intent to circulate a recall petition” by a group of citizens who said they are “tired of the corruption and cronyism that has plagued our county for years.” It wasn’t only Novasel, but all five of the County Supervisors, Shiva Frentzen, Ron Mikulaco, Michael Ranalli and Brian Veerkamp.

Auditor-Controller Joe Harn and District Attorney Vern Pierson are also the subject of a recall initiated by a group, Neighbors Against Corruption out of Shingle Springs.

El Dorado County Total Recall, the group organized by Dan Kelly of Placerville and four others to recall the five supervisors, has a few weeks left to gather the needed signatures.

“We won’t know how many signatures we have until its all done,” said Kelly. “It is going as planned at this time, its just a matter of getting the people out gathering signatures to turn them in.”

According to Justin Canning, Elections Technician for the County, 20 percent of the voters registered need to sign the petition to recall. In District 5, which includes South Lake Tahoe and Meyers, 3,530 people(as of today) would have to sign the recall paperwork to have Supervisor Novasel put on a recall ballot late this summer, or in early fall.

Canning said that it is 20 percent of the voters in a district registered on the day the signatures are turned in, and in Novasel’s case that is March 29, 2015. People may sign the voter registration cards when signing the petition, as long as they are turned in by the March deadline he said.

The signatures for the recall Veerkamp are also due on March 29, with those for Mikulaco and Frentzen on March 31, and Ranalli on April 12.

Those seeking to recall Horn and Pierson, since they serve the whole county, must have 20 percent of the county’s registered voters sign their paperwork by May 22.

Besides the general lack in trust of all elected officials serving in Placerville, the recall group has taken issue with the fact that Novasel’s Form 700 filed prior to the November 2014 election was different than the one she filed post-election in February of 2015.

Every elected official and public employee who makes or influences governmental decisions is required to submit a Statement of Economic Interest, also known as a Form 700, to the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC).

“I don’t want to appear as a disgruntled candidate,” said Kenny Curtzwiler, who opposed Novasel in the November 2014 election. “I brought all of these Form 700 issues up prior to the election.”

The recall committee said Novasel’s husband Robert owns property in Meyers, and his company has loaned money to people who may want to do business with the county. This would be a conflict of interest they say, and will make Novasel recuse herself from votes about Meyers and in issues where these clients are concerned.

“I haven’t had to recuse myself from any votes so far,” said Sue Novasel. “I didn’t vote on the Vail Master Plan submitted to TRPA because I didn’t want to cause any public outburst of worries, but I didn’t have to do that. I don’t see anything coming up that I will have to recuse because of my husband’s lending company.” Novasel’s daughter worked for Vail Resort at the time of the vote.

An initial FPPC investigation of Novasel’s Form 700 was conducted in June of 2015 which cleared Novasel of any wrong doing, but it lead County Counsel to remove Novasel from working on the Meyers Area Plan. The Board of Supervisors appointed Brian Veerkamp of District 3 to represent Novasel’s District 5 in those matters. At the time, Novasel said she was disappointed because a plan for Meyers had been something she’d been involved in for over 20 years.

A second FPPC investigation stemming from a complaint filed on August 17 by Sue Taylor of Pollock Pines was still in active status according the California FPPC on January 27, 2016.

A complaint those behind the recall had was her lack of availability to talk about issues.

Novasel said she has an office located locally at 924B Emerald Bay Road and said she meets with constituents there as often as possible. She said anyone can call 530-573-7918 to set up an appointment with her assistant Judy, as Sue is in Placerville or at meetings with the nine agencies she was assigned as part of her supervisorial commitments. She also said she plans on a town hall meeting this spring and is at the monthly Tahoe Paradise Park Board meetings held in Meyers.

Twenty-one people signed the notice to recall Novasel, one from Pollock Pines, the others from Meyers.

Should the recall groups get the needed signatures to have a new election, the next steps will happen rather quickly. If the signatures are turned in on the final date for Horn and Pierson, their election could be held on the same ballot as the November primaries since one has to be held between 88 and 125 days from the day the Board of Supervisors receives the Election department’s certification of signatures. A special election would have to be called for any of the supervisors if the recall effort is successful.

The cost of a special election would be about $80,000 for the first recall, according to Canning. Subsequent district elections would be approximately $20,000 each. He said they are using the estimates from the 2014 special election held to replace Ray Nutting, the ousted four-term supervisor from District 2.

“All we’re doing in this recall is asking for a new election,” said Kelly. “The incumbent can still run, its not like we’re taking them out of office, we just think there are people who can do better.”

“We want supervisors to be more representative of the public, not of special interests, Kelly continued. “We’re giving the electorate an opportunity to voice their opinion. The County wastes more money in five minutes than this recall will cost.”

The recall groups are a mixture of Democrats, Republicans, Jeffersons and Independents according to Kelly.

“I am thrilled to see that people are paying attention to whats going on and being active,” said Kelly. “If the recall succeeds or not, its good people are getting involved in the process. They are asking questions, reading and paying attention and I hope this has a lasting effect.”

For more information on the recall, the issues and individual complaints against all five of the supervisors being recalled, visit www.edctotalrecall.org.

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El Dorado County DA, auditor face recall

SOURCE: http://www.laketahoenews.net/2015/12/el-dorado-county-da-auditor-face-recall/

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Vern Pierson and Joe Harn face recall

By Kathryn Reed

A group of residents is trying to recall El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson and Auditor-Controller Joe Harn.

The county elections department on Dec. 14 expects to give the petitioners approval to move forward with the process.

To start the process 20 valid signatures from registered voters had to be obtained for each elected official. Some of the signees have a history with Pierson and Harn, like Cris Alarcon who was prosecuted by Pierson and Kelly Webb who Harn questioned if she were suitable for the IT job at the county that she no longer has.

Pierson and Harn easily won re-election in November 2014.

Now the groups have 160 days to obtain approximately 10,625 valid signatures. If those are secured, then an election – at the taxpayers’ expense – will be called.

These recalls are in addition the five Board of Supervisors who are being recalled. Signatures are being sought for them.

On the petition against Pierson it says in part:

“We the voters are seeking relief from the tyranny of our elected officials who have engaged in malfeasant acts and corrupt practices, including, but not limited to: Abusing the power and resources of office to pursue criminal prosecutions and civil litigation against innocent persons and businesses for personal and political reasons, such as, generating career building publicity and punishing political enemies.”

Harn’s petition says in part: “We the voters are seeking relief from the tyranny of our elected officials who have engaged in malfeasant acts and corrupt practices, including, but not limited to: Failure to make authorized payments for reasons of personal and political motivation in violation of California State Penal Code Sections 424 and 425.”

Pierson told Lake Tahoe News, “This group of imbeciles is costing the taxpayers money for something that has no real likelihood of success. If it is successful, it will cost the taxpayers a fortune.”

Pierson and Harn had the opportunity to write a 200-word response to the petition. Those words have to be circulated with the full petition when seeking the 10,625 signatures.

The DA used most of his allotment to go after Alarcon: “After serving as chair of the county Charter Review Committee, Cris Alarcon was stopped by a sheriff’s deputy. Alarcon gave the deputy an Arizona license and claimed to be an Arizona resident. The plate tag on his car was stolen from his elderly neighbor. His wife admitted he did it to avoid license and registration. My office convicted him of multiple charges, including receiving stolen property, driving on a revoked license and false registration. Last year I was re-elected by a margin of 3 to 1. My opponent, a Placer County resident, claimed to live with Alarcon. Now this vengeful criminal seeks to waste thousands of your tax dollars on this bogus recall campaign. Don’t be conned by this criminal!”

Harn told Lake Tahoe News, “Being county auditor-controller is a lot like being an umpire. I do my best to call the balls and strikes fairly. I don’t vote on the budget. I don’t write county policies. I don’t write state law regarding county spending. I do have a duty to point out cases where the county attempts to spend money in violation of our policies or state law. Occasionally people get mad at the umpire. I am not surprised that there are 20 people who want me out of office.”


Psycho DA Vern Pierson is Getting Recalled Along with Ogre Joe Harn

Please note: Rumor has it Vern Pierson has endorsed a candidate in the AD06 race. However she has not posted it on her website yet, I wonder why?

For those of you that don’t read Right on Daily often – you should know that Vern Pierson is one of my favorite losers. He is up there with a certain non-college graduate Assembly-member with a hyped up resume. (Which may explain Pierson’s affinity for another such candidate – but I digress)

Joe Harn is legendary for his temper and abuse of staff. Vern Pierson is a loser District Attorney who abuses his office to get what he wants and also let a felony domestic abuser walk because it did not suit him to prosecute. Friends of Pierson get hand-slaps. Enemies of Pierson get assaulted with his abuse of the legal system.

Don’t forget that both Harn and Pierson rake in thousands in “Bonuses” over and above their bloated annual paychecks for abusing the taxpayers. Should you ever meet them, don’t bother shaking their hand – they both seem to have forgotten how to grip a handshake. (an Amazing irony, given they are a couple bullies)

Please note – the above is called commentary. I think the above of Harn / Pierson and am not alone. Eventually everyone else in El Dorado County will agree with me. Or, they could just resign and the beatings will stop.

Attached is a Press Release from a group seeking to cut Vern’s Hair a little shorter and to give Joe Harn some anger management counseling:

CLEAN GOVERNMENT ADVOCATES TRIGGER PIERSON, HARN RECALL DRIVE

Placerville, CA – Clean Government advocates uniting under the newly formed “Neighbors Against Corruption” served embattled Auditor-Controller Joe Harn and District Attorney Vern Pierson with a Notice of Intention to Recall under California Elections Code division 11, Article 2, triggering a recall petition drive.  Under State law, recall proponents must formally serve targeted elected officials with a legal notice that includes legitimate reasons or grounds for removal from office.

The proponents cited the following grounds for the removal of Harn:

Failure to make authorized payments for reasons of personal and political motivation in violation of California State Government Code Sections 424 and 425. (Both felonies)

Participating in an immoral scheme whereby some County Elected Officials receive non-performance bonuses increasing the amount of both their six figure base salaries and retirement pensions for reasons such as simply being re-elected or possessing the certificates required to hold office.

Failure to protect the fiscal integrity of the County by willfully refusing to prepare a complete Cost Allocation Plan.

Failure to produce and submit required County bill payment disclosure reports to the Board of Supervisors in violation of County Ordinance Code Sections 3.16.130 and 3.16.140.

Engaging in inappropriate conduct including; harassment, bullying, and disrespectful conduct towards County employees, vendors, and staff of other agencies.

The proponents cited the following grounds for the removal of Pierson:

Abusing the power and resources of office to pursue criminal prosecutions and civil litigation against innocent persons and businesses for personal and political reasons, such as, generating career building publicity and punishing political enemies.

Participating in an immoral scheme whereby some County Elected Officials receive non-performance bonuses increasing the amount of both their six figure base salaries and retirement pensions for reasons such as simply being re-elected or possessing the certificates required to hold office.

Participating in an immoral scheme whereby the District Attorney receives extra pay as “County Chief Technology Officer”, thereby gaining access to all e-mail messages moving through the County internet system including the Public Defender’s Office.

Abusing court rules to discredit Judges for personal and political reasons.

Recall petitions will be available for circulation in the next few weeks.  Approximately 10,500 valid signatures are required to force a recall election of a County-wide elected official. Proponents also believe that Pierson’s continued failure to prosecute his political ally Harn for felony violations of the State Penal Code will prompt County voters to sign the recall petitions.

Is Vern Pierson a Nazi? Or, is he just a facist? Harn? He is just a garden variety moron. This should be fun.


Village Life

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Harn gets recall notice

El Dorado County Auditor-Controller Joe Harn has received a Notice of Intention to Circulate Recall Petition.

Recall proponents cite five issues from which they are “seeking relief from the tyranny of our elected officials who have engaged in malfeasant acts and corrupt practices.”

Citing a violation of California State Penal Code, the notice states that Harn failed “to make authorized payments for reasons of personal or political motivation.” A second charge reads: “Failure to produce and submit required county bill payment disclosure reports to the Board of Supervisors in violation of County Ordinance Code …”

Revisiting an issue controversial two years ago, proponents claim Harn engaged in “an immoral scheme” in which certain elected officials received additional pay and pension benefits for reasons such as “simply being re-elected or possessing the certificates required to hold office.” The latter refers to Harn’s having a Certified Public Accountant license.

The notice also states that the auditor-controller failed “to protect the fiscal integrity of the county by willfully refusing to prepare a complete Cost Allocation Plan.”

Finally, proponents charge Harn with “engaging in inappropriate conduct” such as “harassment of employees, vendors and staff of other agencies.”

In an e-mail to Village Life Harn wrote, “Being county auditor-controller is a lot like being an umpire. I do my best to call the balls and strikes fairly. I don’t vote on the budget. I don’t write county policies. I don’t write state law regarding county spending. I do have a duty to point out cases where the county attempts to spend money in violation of our policies or state law. Occasionally people get mad at the umpire. I am not surprised that there are 20 people who want me out of office.”

In order to file a Notice of Intention to Circulate Recall Petition, proponents must secure at least 20 signatures from resident voters.

Former county Information Technologies acting and interim director Kelly Webb, the primary proponent of the recall effort, sent the notice to Harn by certified mail Nov. 24.

The retired county employee is currently suing the county for discrimination, and names Harn in her lawsuit, along with El Dorado County’s District Attorney Vern Pierson and Human Resources Director Pamela Knorr. Webb alleges that the three conspired to remove her from her position in Information Technologies and demote her back to her previous position as a CAO analyst. Pierson was later appointed to oversee Information Technologies.

As interim IT director, Webb was also directly involved in the Cost Allocation Plan — the topic of a recent El Dorado County Grand Jury report. According to information provided by the Auditor-Controller’s Office, it was Webb’s inexperience keeping the appropriate billing records and time sheets that created problems with the CAP.

Harn told Village Life Thursday that he filed a response with the Elections Department Dec. 1, and served his document to Webb via certified mail.

As permitted under state Elections Code regarding recall, the elected official may make a formal response of not more than 200 words within seven days of receiving the notice.

In information shared with Village Life, Harn focused on several achievements related to “protecting tax dollars and ensuring our county stays debt-free.” He writes that he has “strongly opposed reckless spending and borrowing …” and convinced the Board of Supervisors not to adopt “the most expensive Cadillac retirement plans plaguing nearby government agencies.”

His response continues, “Without reservation, I’ve insisted that big, out-of-county developers pay their fair share for road improvements and libraries — or go develop elsewhere.”

He concludes by noting that in 2013 he successfully advised the Board of Supervisors to reduce the county’s share of Department of Motor Vehicle fees thereby reducing residents’ overall DMV fees.

Once the Notice of Intention to Circulate Recall Petition has been validated and certified by the county Elections Department, Elections Code allows proponents 120 days to circulate the countywide petition to acquire signatures from 10,625 resident, registered voters in order to move the petition onto a countywide ballot.

“However, they will need to collect more than that to turn in since some might be rejected,” Registrar of Voters Bill Schultz wrote in an e-mail to Village Life.

The larger petition must include greater detail with more specific charges and/or allegations. The Elections Department must validate and then certify the documents within a time frame of 88 to 125 days before the next election — June 2016.

When discussing the recall petitions served to the five county supervisors in October, Assistant Registrar of Voters Linda Webster told Village Life that her staff would go through the petition “line by line” and check all relevant statements. If corrections are needed, Webster said her office will send it back to the proponents.

SOURCE: http://www.villagelife.com/news/harn-gets-recall-notice/


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GOVERNMENT ADVOCATES TRIGGER PIERSON, HARN RECALL DRIVE

GOVERNMENT ADVOCATES TRIGGER PIERSON, HARN RECALL DRIVE by admin / Dec 07, 2015 / 0 comments Caption: : You can stop corruption By : Dan Dellinger 2015-12-07, 03:27:23 PLACERVILLE CA Clean Government advocates uniting under the newly formed “Neighbors Against Corruption” served embattled Auditor-Controller Joe Harn and District Attorney Vern Pierson with a Notice of Intention… Read more here: https://sltpdwatch.wordpress.com/2015/12/10/psycho-da-vern-pierson-is-getting-recalled-along-with-ogre-joe-harn/


Downloadable News Stories About Corruption You May Have Missed

El Dorado County Grand Jury Writes Scathing Indictment of County Auditor Joe Harn for Abuse and Maleficence

http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-1172

El Dorado County Auditor Sued to Pay Up

http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-1057

In a Stunning Rebuke of El Dorado County DA Vern Pierson’s Charges, Jury find Dellinger & Alarcon Not Guilty of all charges

https://nevadastatepersonnelwatch.wordpress.com/2014/05/23/inedc-in-a-stunning-rebuke-of-el-dorado-county-da-vern-piersons-charges-jury-find-dellinger-alarcon-not-guilty-of-all-charges/

Nurse acquitted of elder abuse – Defense used prosecution’s witnesses

http://www.inedc.com/1-6802

Supervisor Speaks Out About Pay Bonuses for Electeds

http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-230

Ferguson Violence Exposes Flaws in Grand Jury System

http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-224

Harn, Pierson Vendetta May Cost County Big Dollars

http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-121

Investigation of EDC DA Vern Pierson Requested

http://www.inedc.com/1-9068

DA’s actions Betrayal of Public Trust – Opinion

http://www.inedc.com/1-8855

How much did Auditor-Controller Joe Harn Really get paid?

http://www.inedc.com/1-8712

El Dorado Confidential: Dead Fish Society Starts Revenge Lawsuit With a String of Defeats

http://www.inedc.com/1-8708

Judgment Day for the Good Ol’ Boys – Opinion

http://www.inedc.com/1-8704

El Dorado County District Attorney to be Suspended? – Editorial

http://www.inedc.com/1-8698

Action Alert! County Wastes More taxpayers Money on Nutting Witch Hunt

http://www.inedc.com/1-8703

DA Vern Pierson and Auditor Joe Harn Subpoenaed! – Editorial

http://www.inedc.com/1-8707

Nutting Trial, at what cost?

http://www.inedc.com/1-8686

El Dorado County DA Vern Pierson Loses Bad! Nutting Runs the Not Guilty Table on Him – Political Opinion

http://www.inedc.com/1-8677

Nutting Found Not Guilty On Felony Charges

http://www.sacbee.com/2014/05/14/6404688/nutting-found-not-guilty-on-felony.html

El Dorado supervisor not guilty of felony malfeasance, guilty of misdemeanors

http://www.inedc.com/1-8676

Supervisors support action plan for respectful workplace policy for ALL

http://inedc.com/1-8666

IS JOE HARN BUYING VOTES AT TAXPAYERS EXPENSE?

http://www.inedc.com/1-8655

Nutting trial – violating the public trust

http://www.inedc.com/1-8653

The Ray Nutting Legal Mess with Auditor Joe Harn and DA Vern Pierson – Exclusive

http://www.inedc.com/1-8656

Sac Bee Endorses Dylan Sullivan for Judge

http://www.inedc.com/1-8644

BREAKING: County Employee Blows the Whistle on County Auditor in Bullying Investigation.

http://www.inedc.com/1-8533

Tahoe man Released after local DA’s office Disqualified — New DA Drops Charges

http://www.inedc.com/1-8418

El Dorado County DA hit by Watchdog for Campaign Violations

http://www.inedc.com/1-8373

DA Selectively Prosecutes Supervisors on Form 700 Omissions

http://www.inedc.com/1-8087

When is a Prosecution Political?

http://www.inedc.com/1-8089

Opinion: Respectful Workplace – An El Dorado County Oxymoron?

http://inedc.com/1-7899

11 HR Directors in less than 11 years- What’s wrong with El Dorado County?

http://inedc.com/1-7630

Case Against Joe Harn is made by Chris McCaffree (Videos)

http://inedc.com/1-7705

Bullying Fight Heats Up as County Auditor Joe Harn gets Called Out

http://inedc.com/1-7670

New Video goes live for Auditor-Controller Race

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPOZgcdthRE&feature=youtu.be

EL DORADO DA LOSES “SHOW TRIAL” – JURY CLEARS DELLINGER IN JUST 47 MINUTES

http://www.inedc.com/1-8778

Honest And Fair Auditor-Controller and District Attorney Candidates Sought

http://www.inedc.com/1-7249

El Dorado County officials earned more than peers thanks to salary add-ons

http://www.inedc.com/1-7030

Bonus scandal outrage Spreads – local Elected officials get Bonuses for getting reelected!

http://www.inedc.com/1-6856

Community Watchdog Group asks Local Elected officials to Return unjustifiable Bonuses

http://www.inedc.com/1-6843

Calif. State Court of Appeals to Investigate DA Vern Pierson’s Conduct

http://www.inedc.com/1-6750

The Door to Employee Bullying Opens Just a Crack

http://www.inedc.com/1-6631

26-year veteran County Employee Comments About Today’s Agenda Item (Bullying of Employees)

http://www.inedc.com/1-6604

Is rampant Bullying in the Country being hidden by Personnel ‘Confidentiality’

http://www.inedc.com/1-6602

Opinion: Troubles with Expensive County Computer Acquisition

http://www.inedc.com/1-6318

Bee Editorial – Opposite Of Term Limits – Longevity Pay For Re-Election

http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/editorials/article4500683.html

New Anti-Corruption Website for El Dorado County

http://www.inedc.com/1-5788

Placer CRA Editorial Board: Psycho EDC DA on a Rampage, Victim hosts successful fundraiser

http://www.inedc.com/1-5790

Ray Nutting accuses Joe Harn & Vern Pierson of Politicizing offices

http://www.inedc.com/1-5142

Creating a climate of fear and intimidation with County employees

http://www.inedc.com/1-5131

Arbitrary And Capricious Treatment Of Local Agencies – Abusing The Grand Jury For Publicity

http://www.inedc.com/1-5011

Placerville DA Vern Pierson’s assistant outed as anonymous shill blogger “Justice Insider”

http://www.inedc.com/1-4863

County Auditor-Controller Overpaid and with Questionable Bonuses

http://www.inedc.com/1-4736

Joe Harn’s Pay is a Joke on Taxpayers – Opinion

http://www.inedc.com/1-4745

Opinion: What is going on with the Superior Court in El Dorado County?

http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-1468

Who is fooling who about County Mis-Management? [Part 1]

http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-1213

Budget crisis? What budget crisis? [Part 2]

http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-1219

Gaming the Budget Process by Joe Harn [Part 3]

http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-1230

County Civil Grand Jury wants Auditor Joe Harn not to be elected over Abuses

http://www.inedc.com/1-8973

Former Supervisor Ron Briggs Unloads on County’s Self-Serving Politics

http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-1527

Is El Dorado County Auditor Joe Harn Going to Jail?

http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-1643

Editoirial: The opposite of term limits: Pay for Longevity El Dorado County Pols

http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-276

CLEAN GOVERNMENT ADVOCATES TRIGGER PIERSON, HARN RECALL DRIVE

http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-1907

Political Opinion: Psycho DA Vern Pierson is Getting Recalled Along with Ogre Joe Harn

http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-1924

El Dorado Superior Court is a total shit-hole of coruption

 

If you find yourself in the El Dorado Superior Court, be ware the place is a shit-hole of corruption.

The courthouse above is really that below.

Locals disagree over planned county courthouse relocation

By From page A1 | March 04, 2016

She has been standing on the street corner at Main Street and Bedford Avenue since 1912, welcoming those seeking justice, but the beautiful old courthouse is no longer able to serve the purpose to which she was dedicated more than a century ago, according to California state officials.

Like grown children trying to decide what to do with an aging parent, the community has been arguing over the fate of the ornate old building.

The El Dorado County Courthouse, with its stately and proud presence, apparently is serving its last days as a justice hub, with plans afoot to have a judicial complex in place by 2021 on property near the county jail on Forni Road, within city limits but no longer downtown.

There are those who say such a move should never happen, that the loss of the courthouse and its ancillary services and businesses such as the District Attorney, Public Defender and private law offices will mean the devastation of the downtown Main Street economy.

There are others, however, who envision a rebirth of the area, with a revitalization of not only the old courthouse building but the DA’s Office right across Bedford Avenue, a building that historically was Placerville’s post office. The nearby Old City Hall and even the brick county Chamber of Commerce building all could be part of a package deal with a city-county-private partnership that would infuse the funding to make the project into a historical haven that would draw tourists off Highway 50 and onto Main Street, proponents say.

 

Committee formed

A Blue Ribbon Committee was formed last year with the goal of helping to decide just what the old courthouse’s future might be; it met twice, but the last two scheduled meetings were canceled in January and February, due to pending litigation by an organization that states it seeks to preserve historical aspects of the city.

The Placerville Historic Preservation League filed a lawsuit last summer saying that an environmental impact report regarding having the courthouse operation move is inadequate and in violation of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) because it doesn’t address nor offer mitigation of possible damage to the downtown business core. The league’s Kirk Callan Smith has said the EIR did not adequately address issues including the “blight and urban decay” that would result downtown if the courthouse moves to the planned site near the county jail.

Therefore, the suit alleges, the certification of the EIR is in violation of CEQA and it asks that the Judicial Council of California “vacate and rescind all approvals” for the Forni Road courthouse project, a planned 88,000-square-foot, three-story building with six courtrooms and a basement.

Smith has told the Mountain Democrat he thinks there is sufficient property in the immediate area of the existing courthouse to build an even bigger courts complex than the one eyed for Forni Road.

For decades it has been discussed having the current courthouse, built in 1912, “re-purposed” into possible retail, offices and even a museum but the PHPL maintains that the court should remain as is.

The state, however, since 2002 has taken over the operation and management of all superior courts and has deemed the Placerville situation in need of immediate changes. The state Judicial Council said not only is the main courthouse in downtown no longer workable as a court, it also took into consideration the auxiliary courtroom in Building C at the county Government Center, Dept. 7. But, even together, the facilities were deemed inadequate to fill future needs

Calif. bill would give access to police misconduct records

By Vivian Ho, San Francisco Chronicle

 

Records detailing police misconduct and serious use of force, long kept confidential, could become public in California if legislation announced Friday is passed into law.

State Sen. Mark Leno, seeking to tighten accountability amid a national conversation over police shootings and a push for law enforcement reform in San Francisco, introduced a bill that would roll back a 1978 law and subsequent Supreme Court rulings that prompted cities to close police disciplinary cases to the media and the public.

“We’ve reached a critical point in the public’s perception of how law enforcement is doing its critically important work,” Leno said at a news conference in San Francisco, where he was joined not only by police watchdogs and progressive city supervisors but District Attorney George Gascón, a former city police chief.

“Officer-involved shootings around the country revealed on video have raised serious concerns,” Leno said. “Now more than ever the public’s trust in its law enforcement agencies is needed.”

It’s the second time Leno has pushed to restore such access, but stopping the bill will be a top priority for police unions, who argue that accountability can be achieved without violating officers’ privacy.

Harry Stern, an attorney who represents officers around the Bay Area, slammed the proposal, linking it to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ recent approval of a day of remembrance for Mario Woods, the stabbing suspect whose video-recorded killing by police sparked protests and a federal review of the city force.

“No one is against accountability,” Stern said. “But when politicos press an agenda that includes declaring a day in honor of a violent felon, one must consider their motives with a jaundiced eye. … In today’s criminal-friendly, antipolice climate, we need fewer baseless public floggings of cops, not more.”

Public allowed access

Under the Increasing Law Enforcement Transparency bill, the public would be allowed access to records of serious instances of use of force — those that cause death or serious bodily injury — and records of sustained charges of misconduct, including sexual assault, racial profiling, job dishonesty, violation of rights and illegal search or seizure. That means officials have completed an investigation and found the officer in violation.

Those who file complaints would be able to obtain more information on the investigation, the findings and any discipline imposed, rather than a current cursory response that informs the person if charges were “sustained” or “unsustained.”

In cities, including San Francisco, the bill would also allow local officials to decide whether to restore public hearings and public appeals on allegations of misconduct.

Leno, D-San Francisco, said California should not abide some of the country’s least transparent laws governing law enforcement records. The bill comes at a time of heightened police scrutiny nationwide and is supported by the American Civil Liberties Union, the NAACP, the California Newspaper Publishers Association and the Conference of California Bar Associations.

Peter Bibring, who as the director of police practices for the ACLU of California helped draft the legislation, said it sought to strengthen the relationship between California communities and the police.

Police ‘have to earn’ trust

“Police departments have been concerned about the lack of trust between communities and police,” Bibring said. “But police can’t just ask for trust. They have to earn it, and in order to earn it, they have to be transparent about what they do.”

San Francisco Police Officers Association officials will be among those fighting the legislation. Nathan Ballard, an adviser for the union, said that while officers support efforts to bring transparency — including having officers wear body cameras — the union will oppose legislation seeking “to undo the California Supreme Court’s ruling that protects police officers’ privacy interests.”

“Due process is a fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution,” Ballard said. “It’s undermined when the public is allowed a ringside seat to an employer’s disciplinary process.”

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr and Sheriff Vicki Hennessy did not immediately respond to calls for comment, but Leno said he alerted them of his proposal and will be meeting with the police union.

Several San Francisco officials came out in support Friday — including Police Commission Vice President L. Julius Turman and Supervisors London Breed, Malia Cohen and Aaron Peskin — with many invoking the Dec. 2 police shooting of Woods, which remains under investigation.

Tense relationship with police

Gascón, whose relationship with the police force has grown increasingly tense, said his experience as police chief in San Francisco as well as in Mesa, Ariz., where state law granted public access to disciplinary records, proved to him that such laws “do not harm the well-being of police officers.”

“As a career law enforcement officer who spent 30 years in policing, I can tell you that good police officers do not fear transparency,” Gascón said. “Good police officers welcome transparency because it allows them to work effectively with the communities that they serve.”

But Alison Berry Wilkinson, an attorney who represented the Berkeley Police Officers Association when the union fought to close police-misconduct proceedings, said a reversal could have damaging side effects, including on public safety.

“There are a number of documented efforts where highly proactive, very effective officers are targeted (with misconduct complaints) by the bad guys to discourage them from moving forward with enforcing the law,” she said.

Access restricted since ’70s

California law regarding law enforcement records has been restrictive since the 1970s, when a state Supreme Court decision led to a police union-led push for confidentiality measures. However, for years, some city police forces, including in San Francisco and Los Angeles, allowed for some disciplinary records and hearings to be open to the public.

In 2003, the San Diego Union-Tribune filed a lawsuit when reporters were denied access to an appeals hearing for a county sheriff’s deputy who had been fired. A subsequent state Supreme Court decision, Copley vs. Superior Court, held that the public had no right to obtain records of administrative appeals in police disciplinary cases — and ended all local government practices that opened disciplinary hearings.

Time might be right

An effort to undo the Copley decision by then-Assemblyman Leno and then-Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, stalled in an Assembly hearing in 2007 after heavy lobbying from the law enforcement community.

Leno said he is optimistic about the outcome this time, not only because the bill provides safeguards if public access to certain records could jeopardize an officer’s life, but because the timing is right.

“One thing I have learned is that ideas have their own time,” he said. “Despite my own force of will, some things just don’t happen until that idea seems to have come of age. With all that has gone on around the country, here in San Francisco, the polling that we’ve looked at it, I think this is an idea whose time has come.”

Vivian Ho is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: vho@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @VivianHo

 

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So. Lake Tahoe needs to implement a Citizen review board for So. Tahoe police internal affairs complaints.

sltpd complaint

Greetings So. Lake Tahoe City Council:
I am requesting an “agenda item” to be placed on the next city council meeting to address citizen complaints against the police. The city needs to implement a Citizen review board for So. Tahoe police internal affairs complaints. Complaints against SLTPD officers known as “internal affairs” complaints appear to be covered-up by the corrupt SLTPD.
Many cities in California have implemented citizen review boards and South Lake Tahoe is a major tourist destination. The locals also deserve accountability. My experience is that the SLTPD covers-up citizen complaints against their personnel.
This cover-up and white-washing must stop and there must be accountability and transparency in the SLTPD especially with the false arrests, police shootings, excessive force and neglect of SLTPD officers to follow State laws and withholding police reports from crime victims.
“In many communities in the United States, residents participate to some degree in overseeing their local law enforcement agencies. The degree varies. The most active citizen oversight boards investigate allegations of police misconduct and recommend actions to the chief or sheriff. Other citizen boards review the findings of internal police investigations and recommend that the chief or sheriff approve or reject the findings. In still others, an auditor investigates the process by which the police or sheriff’s department accept or investigate complaints and reports to the department and the public on the thoroughness and fairness of the process. Citizen oversight systems, originally designed to temper police discretion in the 1950s, have steadily grown in number through the 1990s. But determining the proper role has a troubled history. This publication is intended to help citizens, law enforcement officers and executives, union leaders, and public interest groups understand the advantages and disadvantages of various oversight systems and components. In describing the operation of nine very different approaches to citizen oversight, the authors do not extol or disparage citizen oversight but rather try to help jurisdictions interested in creating a new or enhancing an existing oversight system by: • Describing the types of citizen oversight. • Presenting programmatic information from various jurisdictions with existing citizen oversight systems. • Examining the social and monetary benefits and costs of different systems. The report also addresses staffing; examines ways to resolve potential conflicts between oversight bodies and police; and explores monitoring, evaluation, and funding concerns. No one system works best for everyone. Communities must take responsibility for fashioning a system that fits their local situation and unique needs. Ultimately, the author notes, the talent, fairness, dedication, and flexibility of the key participants are more important to the procedure’s success than is the system’s structure.”
Thank You,
-Ty Robben

Pressure mounts to remove So. Tahoe Police Chief Brian Uhler

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SLTPD Chief Brain Uhler may be forced out

SLTPD Chief Brain Uhler faces mounting criticism for covering up wrongdoing in the department by not allowing citizens and visitors to file complaints or “internal affairs” investigations against SLTPD officers. The complaints against officers including Sgt. Shannon Laney are used in Pitchess motions and the So. Tahoe Police are failing to include these by not filing or allowing people to file complaints. If a complaint never gets filed, it does not exist.

The Mayor and city counsel are being informed of the problem and residents are demanding a change in leadership.

A Pitchess motion is a request made by the defense in a California criminal case, such as a DUI case or a resisting arrest case, to access a law enforcement officer’s personnel information when the defendant alleges in an affidavit that the officer used excessive force or lied about the events

Stay tuned as this story develops.

Reader comments: Judge Kingsbury is most certainly one of the most corrupted judges in the state why hasn’t the DOJ investigated them yet?

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Judge Kingsbury is most certainly one of the most corrupted judges in the state why hasn’t the DOJ investigated them yet? what will it take?

They are on a path of certain destruction, by malicious prosecution, attorney malpractice, falsifying, withholding, and planting evidence is their specialty are they getting kickbacks from the prison industry from all the innocent people they send to prison?

When you appeal and complain your appeal is supposed to go to an independent panel of 3 judges but it is sent back to the same judge who tried the case? They sent my son to prison for 6 years for protecting himself on his own property from a man with a gun trying to kill him? Was this guy with a gun Assistant DA Robin Anthony Sears’s best friend? why did they falsify and withhold evidence, why was malicious prosecution and personal grudges allowed? Why are Public Defenders like Lori London sabotaging their own clients cases? What the hell is going on here? Why wont anyone do anything about it????????? I seriously want answers!!!!!

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South Lake Tahoe Superior Court is the most corrupt court in California they have sent thousands of innocent people to prison, when these people appeal instead of the appeals going through an independent panel of 3 it goes straight back to the corrupt judge who tried the case, corruption abounds my son was sentenced to 6 years without the possibility of parole and sabotaged by his own public defender for protecting himself in his own front yard when an armed criminal came to kill him how the hell is that justice? My son had just turned 18 the attacker was 24 Tony Sears withheld and falsified evidence and maliciously prosecuted my son on a personal grudge Mr. Sears admitted to our Attorney we had to hire after Lori London sabotaged her own clients case she told us to shut up stop sending her evidence, stop calling her that my son was going to prison for 6 years and there was nothing we could do about it, that was after his arraignment where she objected and when asked on what grounds she laughed out loud and said I don’t know? If you live in Tahoe GET OUT do whatever you have to leave that evil place before you find yourself in prison for protecting yourself from an armed criminal who happens to be friends with the Assistant DA very dangerous corrupt town!!!!

 

 

Crime Up due to New Laws Says South Tahoe Police Chief Brian Uhler

2015-02-19, 03:37:46

prop 47California voters were duped by Proposition 47’s misleading title, “Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act.” It is not surprising that this effort passed, as over 9 million dollars were spent in support of Proposition 47. The funding proponents included a New York billionaire ($1.4 million) and the American Civil Liberties Union ($3.5 million). The majority of those who reside in El Dorado County, including South Lake Tahoe residents, voted against Proposition 47.

Brian Uhler SLTPDCalifornia has a history of lowering the consequences for committing crime. In 2000, the “Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act” was passed. The main focus of this effort was to allow those convicted of drug offenses to avoid incarceration. In 2011, Assembly Bill 109, known as “Realignment,” reduced certain criminal offenses from felonies to misdemeanors.

Now, with Proposition 47 passing, in just the last few months, many jurisdictions are seeing a spike in property crimes (up as much as 30%) and reduced bookings (20-30 percent less). Local officials have reported that fewer people are now going to drug rehabilitation because we’ve lost the method of mandating rehabilitation with a felony drug charge.

From a practical standpoint, I know those who commit crimes like possessing heroin and methamphetamine (now misdemeanors) are also significant contributors to other problems like violent gang crime and property crime. For many years, those of us in law enforcement have known that it is much harder to catch a thief than it is to catch the thief in possession of drugs.

I believe the notion of letting up to 10,000 convicted felons out of the California penal system and letting those who commit drug offenses and thefts go free instead of taking them to jail has bad effects on our crime rate and actually makes our neighborhoods and schools less safe. Maybe Californians who are tired of misleading political process should pass something called “Stop Misleading Politics Act.” Something simple, like letting the opposition name the proposition, would help. I would have named Proposition 47 the “Let Criminals Roam Our Neighborhoods Act.” Lock up your stuff.

Thank you,
Brian T. Uhler, Chief of Police

South Lake Tahoe Police will not mail a “complaint form” for Internal Affairs Investigation of their own corrupt cops!

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The South Lake Tahoe Police a 100% corrupt – they lie and fabricate false evidence. These scumbags are the worst ot the worst. Fuck the SLTPD.

South Lake Tahoe Police will not mail a “complaint form” for Internal Affairs Investigation of their own corrupt cops!

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Police corruption is a complex phenomenon, which does not readily submit to simple analysis. It is a problem that has and will continue to affect us all, whether we are civilians or law enforcement officers. Since its beginnings, may aspects of policing have changed; however, one aspect that has remained relatively unchanged is the existence of corruption. 

An examination of a local newspaper or any police-related publication on any given day will have an article about a police officer that got busted committing some kind of corrupt act. Police corruption has increased dramatically with the illegal cocaine trade, with officers acting alone or in-groups to steal money from dealers or distribute cocaine themselves. 
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One arrested, one escapes police in South Lake Tahoe “manhunt”

SLTP chaseOfficers with the El Dorado Sheriff’s Office, the California Highway Patrol and the South Lake Tahoe Police Department search for a suspect after he jumped a fence into a backyard Tuesday afternoon near Pinter and Carson avenues.

One person was arrested and one remains at-large after the suspects allegedly evaded police in a vehicle before abandoning it and attempting to escape on foot.

The chase began at about 3:20 p.m. Tuesday after the driver of the vehicle, a white Jeep Cherokee, allegedly refused to pull over for a traffic stop, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office (EDSO) Sgt. Michael Seligsohn said.

The suspects abandoned the SUV in the area of Rose and Reno avenues and fled on foot. One suspect was arrested soon after, but a second jumped into a backyard and managed to escape.

Officers from the EDSO, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department and the California Highway Patrol searched the area but were unable to find the second suspect.

However, Seligsohn said authorities know who the suspect is and that he was confident they would eventually apprehend him.

The identity of both suspects was not immediately released.

The attempted traffic stop occurred after the officer identified the two men, Seligsohn said, one reportedly sought on a warrant and the second, the driver, allegedly had a suspended license.

Seligsohn said the two suspects could face charges of evading arrest. The driver could face a felony evading arrest charge after he allegedly drove at speeds between 40-to-50 mph in a residential area, passed cars and at times drove on the incoming traffic lane.

Authorities remained in the area where the vehicle was abandoned until after 4 p.m., but had not found the second suspect yet.

Emergency personnel were called for the arrested suspect, but Seligsohn said the health issues he was checked for were not directly related to his apprehension.

It was not immediately clear what the warrant for one of the suspects was for.

Former South Lake Tahoe police officer John “Johnny” Poland, 46, is projected to be released from custody Feb. 22 and is currently serving the last weeks of his sentence under the custody of a halfway house, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons

South Lake Tahoe Police corruption Johnny PolandSOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Former South Lake Tahoe police officer John “Johnny” Poland, 46, is projected to be released from custody Feb. 22 and is currently serving the last weeks of his sentence under the custody of a halfway house, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP).

Poland was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison after reaching an agreement with prosecutors and pleading guilty to a single count of obstruction of an official proceeding.

In addition to the obstruction charge, Poland was originally indicted by a federal grand jury on three counts of tampering with a witness, victim or informant. He faced as many as 20 years in a federal prison for each count.

Poland was committed to the Federal Correctional Institution in Tucson, Arizona on Nov. 6 2013, according to Melinda Clark of the BOP. He served time there until he was transferred to the custody of a halfway house on Nov. 6.

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Former South Lake Tahoe police officer John “Johnny” Poland, 46, is projected to be released from custody Feb. 22 and is currently serving the last weeks of his sentence under the custody of a halfway house, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons

Poland is projected to be released from custody nearly 16 months after he was committed at the prison. Clark could not comment on Poland’s case specifically, but said projected release dates generally factor in any time credit earned.

Poland was taken into custody in January 2013 after an FBI investigation determined he gave information about police operations on several occasions to a woman, referred to in the report as VC, with whom he had an ongoing sexual relationship, according to court documents. The woman was reportedly the girlfriend of a suspected gang member and drug trafficker.

In his plea agreement, filed in federal court on May 22, 2013, Poland agreed that the factual summary that prosecutors presented, based on the FBI investigation, accurately described his criminal activity.

bad copThe summary detailed instances during which he gave information about upcoming search warrants to people familiar with VC, coached VC on how to respond to investigators’ questions, encouraged her to delete information from her phone and told her to say she didn’t know about her boyfriend’s alleged drug-dealing.

The summary also stated it had statements from two women who said they voluntarily engaged in sex acts with Poland when they were 17-year-old students at South Tahoe High School while he was a school resources officer between 2003 and 2006.

In a statement to Federal Judge Kimberly J. Mueller in August 2013, Poland stated he “made very serious mistakes in judgment and discretion, products of very poor thinking and with a lack of awareness of the consequences of my conduct. I admit that I am guilty of the crime as charged, obstruction of justice.”

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In addition to the obstruction charge, JOhnny Poland was originally indicted by a federal grand jury on three counts of tampering with a witness, victim or informant. He faced as many as 20 years in a federal prison for each count.

“I am partially glad this happened and stopped my behavior,” he added.

He later stated, “first of all, the atmosphere where I worked as a South Lake Tahoe Police Officer had many people that acted in the way I did. It was an office that at times almost encouraged the behavior I displayed, and it also often caused extreme friction and stress amongst the officers,” he stated.

“As I stated moments ago, my police force itself was a place where ethics and morality often were dispensed with, and some corruption of the justice process occurred.”

“As a result of this case, I have genuinely lost everything that I have worked my while for [sic]. I have lost my job, my pension, all simple assets that I ever had,” he said toward the end of his statement.

South Lake Tahoe Police Chief Brian Uhler said Thursday he had no comment for the excuses Poland made for his actions. He added that Poland’s case reflected unfavorably on the department and put them in a difficult situation. Furthermore, he said he wanted to put the situation behind and move forward and that he did not wish any harm onto Poland.

Poland’s attorney, Mark Reichel, described the case against his client as a political vendetta that used him as a scapegoat. He added that the prosecution did not have a strong case against him.

About Poland’s time in custody, Reichel said Poland is a motivated and strong person who always lands on his feet and that moving forward he would have to rebuild his life.

He said he had not been in contact with Poland recently, but that he was happy he was getting out.

 

SLTPD “Cop Watcher” Mike Barnhart sues the SLTPD and starts a blog to tell his story

Mike Barnhart

COP WATCHERS LAKE TAHOE http://copwatcherslaketahoe.blogspot.com/

COP WATCHERS FOUNDER FILES LIABILITY CLAIM AGAINST CITY 2.5 MILLION DOLLARS FOR FALSE FELONY CHARGES BY SLTPD

The founder of Cop Watchers Lake Tahoe Michael W. Barnhart has filed the first of many Section 1983 violations by the city of South Lake Tahoe and the SLTPD. The forms were sent to the city attorney dated March 6, 2014 asking for 2.5 million Dollars in damages for the civil rights violations.
Michael Barnhart has a 3.611 GPA in Computer Technology and Business as well as 2 of the 6 Ca Real Estate courses. He has been hired multiple times by the LTCC as an administrator helper and clerk to fail the background check due to the FALSE POLICE REPORTS FILED BY JOSH ADLER of the SLTPD and ignored and concealed by the city attorney and manager.


// This is just one report asking for charges for what is a Constitutionally protected action. Filming the police. Sgt Josh Adler of the SLTPD clearly asks for felony stalking charges for nothing more than giving him the finger, calling him a scumbag and filming him in uniform conducting his duties.

In no place on this report can a crime be found. Yet, the SGT has called for felony charges against the press because he does not like us. The city of SLT has been informed of the false reports and malicious prosecution and still refuses to act. In fact they conceal breaches of agreements to allow malicious prosecution.

Still no criminal acts in this whole report…..can you find the felony I am missing?

My favorite part is the finger……why does this make a police report? Is it a crime to give the police the finger? NO!
Due to the blatant attack of the press and its members employment in South Lake Tahoe is impossible and it has limited potential employment by slander and false reports filed in retaliation against press releases and accountability.  The city and it’s Police Department are guilty of conspiracy and slander as well as multiple Section 1983 violations at all levels of government.

Justice for Jerry! The city (So. Lake Tahoe) has not responded to the outcry from the public about the miscarriage of justice and failure to defend our elders in South Lake Tahoe.

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The city has not responded to the outcry from the public about the miscarriage of justice and failure to defend our elders in South Lake Tahoe.

In fact they have ignored them. This is not about revenge or anger..this is about justice, Justice for Jerry.

I have the officers involved names and badge numbers but we will save them for court and a jury trial. We have the police report and the complaint filed with the city to present. Look over the whole blog and let your conscious speak for itself. Jerry is still recovering from his injuries and is looking to sell his hotel and leave the city as he is no longer safe with the police refusing to uphold the law and criminals who are protected for their violent crimes by being police informants. The informant denied he was an informant and that he had done any wrong doing.

He made slanderous attacks at my wife and Jerry. We offered to present any proofs he had but of course he never responded. You can see the back and forth below these blogs in the comments section. We will be posting the police report as well as the police record admitting a battery but no arrest. We still offer to post any response from anyone who has information which contradicts this blog. We have found plenty of proof and supporting evidence for these claims and welcome any challengers including the city to respond. We will post their responses.

Stay tuned for the police report and other vital documents.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

ELDER ABUSE CONDONED AND ALLOWED BY THE CITY AND POLICE OF SOUTH LAKE TAHOE TO PROTECT POLICE INFORMANTS

How does Elder abuse fly with you? How does conspiracy within the South Lake Tahoe Police department sit with you? Jerry Morey is a seventy-four year old South Lake Tahoe Hotel owner who has been denied city services and singled out for discrimination and retaliation for demanding his rights be protected. Before we dive into this over the next few days lets take a look of the results of his assault and battery which the police say is not eve a crime and 911 claimed was not an emergency! (dispatch is related to officers)

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Here is the results of Jerry being beaten without cause.

Does anybody think for one second that this is not a crime? Would the SLTPD and City deny this was a crime had it happened to say Jerry Birdwell the ex city Mayor who also owns a hotel in town? Would they have denied him his rights had poor Jerry been a rich man? Had he had connections in th city government? Had he not tried to collect rent from a police informant? Why would the South Lake Tahoe Police arrest his abuser, drive him across the street and let him go? If I or you had done this to Jerry would Jerry be denied justice?

    Lets hear from Jerry himself what has happened.

“I am the owner and manager of Tahoe Lakeside Lodge in South Lake Tahoe, California and I had tenants staying in Building 1 Unit 2 that came to me saying they were going to move out since they had no heat or electricity in their unit and that they had two children who were freezing cold due to the breaker being shut off by the tenant Mark Supica staying next door to them in Building 1 Unit 1.

The breaker that controls the electricity for Building 1 is located in Unit 1 of that building. So I went over to Supica’s unit and knocked on his door. Supica answered and I politely asked if I could enter his unit to reset the breaker since the tenants next door had no heat or electricity. Supica refused to let me reset the breaker, so I asked if he would reset the breaker so Building 1 would have heat and electricity and so the tenants next door to Supica would not freeze and leave the hotel Supica once again refused to reset the breaker or to allow me to reset the breaker and he started yelling at me. Continue reading

SLTPDwatch Stats hit 20,000

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Things are really starting to go up on South Lake Tahoe Police WATCH!!!

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Interesting story from the past: For a city manager that continues to boast about being transparent, he muddied the waters.241

Former El Dorado County sheriff’s sergeant booked on child porn charges216

SLTPD Officer Johnny Poland GUILTY, could get 20 years in federal prison213

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Douglas County judge Michael Gibbons kills 61-year-old bicyclist149

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Pissed-off citizens from Tahoe to Placerville form political PAC called Committee of Vigilance Against Corruption134

Carson City Man Ivan Botello Arrested for ‘under age’ Revenge Porn128

FEMA region 9 update – Fema Camps 2013 exposed127

Protesting resumes at South Lake Tahoe Police Dept. and El Dorado DA for 2013 season126S

outh Lake Tahoe police release photos of suspect in killing of gas station clerk124

An ANTI-Corruption demonstration/protest will be held Monday at high noon January 28, 2013 @ SLTPD office on Al Tahoe Blvd.124

Video surfaces of the Stateline, Nevada beating of Mike Burnhart by various law enforcement including SLTPD, EDSO and the Douglas County Sheriff119

Tahoe Mountain News covers Ty Robben’s South Lake Tahoe Police protest111

Victory for Ty Robben – SLTPD report released!109

Retired El Dorado County deputy sheriff Don Atkinson arrested in Carson City, Nevada105

FLASHBACK – The Outdoorsman Lake Tahoe92

ANTI CORRUPTION Protest Monday May 20th 2013 @ high noon El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson91Justice delayed is justice denied91

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Who makes more money, Governor Jerry Brown or South Lake Tahoe Cops and DA Vern Pierson?

jerry brownJerry Brown, governor of California, is paid $173,981 annually.
El Dorado DA Vernon Pierson made $258,220.12 DA Vern Pierson

 

 

 

  • SLTPD Chief BRIAN UHLER made $224,117.93
  • SLTPD SGT. JEFFREY REAGAN made $227,505.72
  • SLTPD SGT. PHILLIP WILLIAMS made $215,920.66
  • SLTPD LIE. DAVID O STEVENSON made $210,653.85

 

See More here: https://sltpdwatch.wordpress.com/2015/01/03/all-2012-salaries-for-south-lake-tahoe-police-and-others/

Remember back in 2009 …SLTPD Sgt. Jeff Reagan who’s in trouble NOW for DUI, had a domestic battery charge in 2005 – but his wife recanted …She said in her report that Reagan pushed her off the couple’s deck, but testified Monday it was her fault. “I was so mad. I threw up my arms, whirled around and went off the deck,” she said. She said Reagan was trying to calm her down…

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South Lake Tahoe Police Sgt Jeff Reagan assault of wife and later his DUI

Sgt. Jeff Reagan who’s in trouble NOW for DUI, had a domestic battery charge in 2005 – but his wife recanted …She said in her report that Reagan pushed her off the couple’s deck, but testified Monday it was her fault. “I was so mad. I threw up my arms, whirled around and went off the deck,” she said. She said Reagan was trying to calm her down…

Police sergeant arrested Tahoe Daily Tribune
Adam Jensen Friday, April 24, 2009
[Excerpts] A veteran South Lake Tahoe police officer has been placed on administrative leave after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence last week.

A Nevada Highway Patrol officer stopped Sgt. Jeff Reagan in Carson City at about 4:10 a.m. on April 16… driving 54 mph in a 35 mph zone…

During the stop, the officer noticed an “obvious” odor of alcohol coming Reagan and administered three field sobriety tests… Reagan failed all three and was booked into Carson City Detention Facility… Reagan —a sergeant in the police department’s detective division — told Nevada Highway Patrol officers he was returning from a relative’s house east of Carson City at the time of the traffic stop… Police Chief Terry Daniels placed Reagan on administrative leave following his arrest.bad cop

Daniels has also launched an internal affairs investigation into the matter… Reagan’s arrest was not his first involving alcohol. Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies said they smelled alcohol on Reagan when they responded to an August 2005 incident at the South Lake Tahoe police officer’s Minden home, according to newspaper articles published at the time. Deputies responded to the home on Aug. 9 after Reagan’s wife and son accused him of pushing her out the back door with such force that she landed on the lawn 10 feet away, according to the articles.

Reagan was charged with domestic battery following the incident, but the charges were dropped in November 2005. East Fork Justice Jim EnEarl dismissed the charge after Reagan’s wife said she was partially responsible for the incident and felt pressured by sheriff’s deputies to make her initial statements.

At the time, EnEarl said the charge was dropped because the state was unable to prove the allegations. EnEarl had initially ordered Reagan to abstain from the use or possession alcohol following his August 2005 arrest, but the order was lifted when the charge was dismissed…

All 2012 salaries for South Lake Tahoe Police and others

All 2012 salaries for South Lake Tahoe

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Jerry Brown, governor of California, is paid $173,981 annually

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Jerry Brown, governor of California, is paid $173,981 annually.
El Dorado DA Vernon Pierson made $258,220.12 DA Vern Pierson

 

 

 

  • SLTPD Chief BRIAN UHLER made $224,117.93
  • SLTPD SGT. JEFFREY REAGAN made $227,505.72
  • SLTPD SGT. PHILLIP WILLIAMS made $215,920.66
  • SLTPD LIE. DAVID O STEVENSON made $210,653.85

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South Lake Tahoe Police Officers Laney and Wilson caught up in filing false affidavits

Police Chief Brian Uhler pictured. South Lake Tahoe residents and tourists were shocked last year when former South Lake Tahoe Police Officer Johnny Poland was sentenced to 18 months in prison for similar fabrication, falsification and corruption committed by Officers Laney and Wilson.

See El Dorado County News Story here: Protest Expected Against Tahoe Police And County DA

 Chris, Thanks for posting the story about the shenanigans on this new trumped-up charge on me by the SLTPD. The DMV had to “reserve” me the notice my license would be suspended because of the “improper service” …Let’s just call it perjury since the form itself say “signed under the penalty of perjury” and Sgt. Shannon Laney committed perjury by signing a false statement there and on the reports along with Cody Willson.

I want to file a complaint and criminal charges against Sgt. Laney and Officer Wilson and the SLTPD tells me I need to go to their main office in So. Lake Tahoe – in person to file the “Internal Affairs” form… First of all, I live 3 hours away and I don’t have my license because of the fraud committed by Laney and Wilso. Secondly, I DO NOT want to be around the SLTPD or their corrupt cops so they can harass me more and tase me and jail me on another trumped-up charge. If I go, I am bringing the “worlds largest CRIME SCENE tape” and protesting the SLTPD and demanding Laney and Wilson are FIRED!!!!!! Happy New Year

 

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South Lake Tahoe Police Officers Laney and Wilson caught up in filing false affidavits and fabricating false DUI arrests.

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South Lake Tahoe Officer Shannon Laney rides his corruption mobile and writing false affidavits “under the penalty of perjury”

Stay tuned as this story develops and as we await comments from South Lake Tahoe Chief Brian Uhler and El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson to see if criminal charges will be filed against the perpetrators Officers Laney and Wilson.

South Lake Tahoe residents and tourists were shocked last year when former South Lake Tahoe Police Officer Johnny Poland was sentenced to 18 months in prison for similar conduct.

In 2013 the South Lake Tahoe and the El Dorado District Attorney Vern Pierson were the subject of a protest and a series of negative news reports.

Residents protest South Lake Tahoe police

scandalCorrupt law enforcement in South Lake Tahoe?

That’s what some people believe. And they took to the streets Monday to make their feelings known. Ty Robben organized the Jan. 28 demonstration along Al Tahoe Boulevard. Robben’s issues started last fall when bounty hunters busted down his door. He’s been waiting for the South Lake Tahoe cops to finish the report. He even went to the City Council meeting last week to plead the electeds to intervene to speed up the process.

El Dorado County District Attorney

In 2013 the South Lake Tahoe and the El Dorado District Attorney Vern Pierson were the subject of a protest and a series of negative news reports of rampant malicious & vexatious prosecutions against political “enemies” of DA Vern Pierson. Other complaints of “cover-ups” and “selective prosecution” prompted more protests. The protests continue going into 2015 with El Dorado County residents preparing for a RECALL of their corrupt and scandalous DA Vern Pierson.

 

 A similar situation occurred in Southern California:

By PETER LANCE SPECIAL TO THE NEWS-PRESS

October 3, 2012 6:23 AM

First of five parts

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” That’s how Charles Dickens opened his epic novel of turmoil in England and France on the brink of revolution. In 1775 those two crime-ridden capitals couldn’t have been more different and yet more alike.

Today two cities exist in the state of California only 90 miles apart. Both are governed by identical drunken driving laws and yet their treatment of police officers suspected of committing the identical crimes of perjury and filing false statements couldn’t be more different.

 

In each case, investigations were commenced when drivers, suspected by the police of driving under the influence were pulled over, subjected to field sobriety tests and then arrested. In each case, the charges were dropped as a result of police conduct. And in each case the arresting officer who filed the police report was a decorated DUI cop having won awards from Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

The difference is that in Los Angeles, LAPD officers Craig Allen and Phillip Walters are facing charges punishable by up to four years and eight months in state prison, while in Santa Barbara, as far as the public knows, Officer Kasi Beutel has never been suspended, cited or subjected to any misconduct proceedings.

She remains on the job and in uniform – and on Jan. 28, she was promoted to beat coordinator.

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Further, she has received nothing but praise or support from the police chief and multiple officials including the District Attorney’s Office, three Superior Court judges, and the city attorney.
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Former SLTPD Johnny Poland officer receives 18-month prison sentence

Johnny-PolandJohnny Gerald Poland, 45, a former South Lake Tahoe police officer, was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in prison for one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release.

Poland pleaded guilty in May to the one federal obstruction charge.

A federal complaint was issued Jan. 22 by Christopher Campion, a special agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, citing Poland with five federal obstruction charges.

Within Campion’s complaint, the agent stated law enforcement received “uncorroborated information” that Poland, as a South Tahoe High School resource officer from 20-06, “made sexual advancements on minor students, failed to arrest high school students for illicit drug possession, had a sexual relationship with C1 (a minor at the time whose name was withheld from documents and alleged methamphetamine addict), disclosed law enforcement identities, and identified law enforcement (SLTPD) residence locations.” Continue reading

Pissed-off citizens from Tahoe to Placerville form political PAC called Committee of Vigilance Against Corruption

vern pierson is as corrupt as hellPissed-off citizens of El Dorado County, CA consisting of the west slope area of Placerville, El Dorado Hills, Georgetown, Shingle Springs, Fair Play, Pollock Pines, Camino and all the way to South Lake Tahoe have formed political PAC called Committee of Vigilance Against Corruption or COVAC.info to take on local county corruption.

Citizens are outraged to learn of the escalating wrongdoings, eyebrow raising salaries in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, double dipping, and vendettas by county officials primarily in the El Dorado County District Attorney office under the watch of Vern Pierson and William “Bill” Clark.

Please see the full story here: http://nevadastatepersonnelwatch.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/el-dorado-county-ca-pissed-off-citizens-form-political-pac-called-committee-of-vigilance-against-corruption/

SLTPD Officer Johnny Poland GUILTY, could get 20 years in federal prison

Johnny-PolandJohnny Poland will never be a police officer again after pleading guilty May 22 to a federal crime.

By Kathryn Reed

South Lake Tahoe police Officer Johnny Poland is going to prison.

Poland pleaded guilty today to obstruction of an official proceeding. This was one of four charges leveled against the 44-year-old earlier this year.

He will be sentenced Aug. 7.

He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised released.

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South Lake Tahoe Police Officer Johnny Poland expected to plea guilty

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Johnny Poland if you are reading, we invite you to tell you side of the story on SLTPD WATCH. We have heard good and bad. Some people think Mr. Poland was guilty and a sinner.  Other have said Mr. Poland was a good cop and SLTPD took him out for retaliation.
The charges do not look good, but we also know Mr. Poland could have been been coerced into a “plea bargin”.  Again, the charges do not look good against Poland, n or do the people who were victims of Mr. Poland’s wrongdoings.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Cal. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) – South Lake Tahoe police officer, Johnny Poland is expected to plea guilty next week to federal charges according to LakeTahoeNews.Net.

Poland was indicted in early 2013 on three counts related to tampering with a witness and one count of obstruction of an official proceeding.

According to court documents, Poland was caught up in a love triangle with a gang member’s girlfriend and he tried to help drug traffickers evade police and throw investigators off their path.

A criminal complaint filed in January says a probe uncovered allegations of Poland’s misconduct dating to October 2003 when he allegedly engaged in sexual activity with a 17-year-old female student while he was a school resource officer at South Lake Tahoe High School.

Protesting resumes at South Lake Tahoe Police Dept. and El Dorado DA for 2013 season

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We thought the SLTPD got the message during the January 2013 protest in front of their office that home owners, business owners, taxpayers, citizens, locals and tourists we’re tired of the corruption. After all the Johny Poland case was national news at the same time and exposed the SLTPD corruption to the entire nation!

We did not start this. We are not ANTI COP, or ANTI Government – we’re ANTI CORRUPTION.

We’ll after learning about the SLTPD smashing faces in the ground because a person took a picture of them, we were OUTRAGED and demand that the video is turned over

Complaints were filed only to be quashed by the SLTPD “Internal Affairs” department which is really not a department, it’s just a superior cop covering up for his fellow cop… This is the “Blue Line” where cops protect cops and coverup their crimes. This is why Johnny Poland got away with everything for years… It takes people like us to expose the corruption and force the change that is needed to prevent this kind of tyranny.

Our group has expanded with more people and more signs.  Look for protests to happen on a continuations schedule and all around town in the most high profile areas like the SLTPD office, Stateline Casino corridor, the Y and Commons Beach on Hyw. 50.

We are networked with cop block and other popular websites and are joining forces with Carson City, Reno, Placerville and surrounding areas to protest these matters in front of the courts, Sheriff offices and newspapers.

We did not start this. We are not ANTI COP, or ANTI Government – we’re ANTI CORRUPTION.

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Flashback: SLTPD October 2007 an independent outside study and where we are now

In October 2007 an independent outside study was performed on the South Lake Tahoe Police Department (“SLTPD”). The report asked employees for anonymous feedback and valuable data was received and plans were set in place to transform the SLTPD. Fast forward to 2013 and has the SLTPD transformed into a more positive police force or are problems still remaining?

We know from personal experience that the SLTPD has good people working there as staff and as officers.
However, the data shows that problems exist and our experience shows a need to reevaluate the SLTPD from the top down. Ask the real questions anonymously and have an outside study suggest what can be done to improve the situations.

We are not ANTI COP, we’re just ANTI Corruption and pro Constitution and thus a threat to tyranny everywhere. We are Legion.

PDF: SLTPD Report

A new group calling themselves Cop Watchers Lake Tahoe has started up after another SLTPD situation

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fvck youA new group calling themselves Cop Watchers Lake Tahoe has started up after a situation where South Lake Tahoe resident calling himself Mike “Underdogtahoe” Smith was beat up for video recording South Lake Tahoe,  California police illegally crossing State lines into the Stateline, Nevada casino district using canine (“K9”) dogs to search patrons of a place called the Raw Bar near the Montblue casino.

See the Cop Watchers Lake Tahoe Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/CopWatchersLakeTahoe

See the Cop Watchers Lake Tahoe YOUTUBE channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NODVzjn220

Website: Nevada Cop Block

It was Mike “Underdogtahoe” Smith’s belief that he had the right to take a video of the police officers, and we would concur. tahoe cop watchers

Mike simply took some video with his Iphone camera of what he thought was an odd situation of California police basically checking people in Nevada for drugs with a dog in a bar… We concur that this would be a jurisdiction issue  of California cops patrolling in Nevada and illegal search using Californaia  K9 units in Nevada with no probable cause.  this was not a SLEDNET operation and Douglas county is not associated with SLEDNET according to their website.

SLTPD Officer Josh Adler assaulted and arrested Mike for “obstruction”  even though Mike did not obstruct anything, he was simply taking a video of Adler which he had the right to do with out the harassment, arrest and illegal use of excessive force.

Mike was actually arrested by the Douglas County Sheriff and he has a court date soon. In the mean time, the DCSO has his Iphone camera and has not provided Mike with his property or the video of the entire situation.

We’ll be updating this story as it develops.

Tahoe Mountain News covers Ty Robben’s South Lake Tahoe Police protest

Lake Tahoe News covers South Lake Tahoe Police protest by Ty Robben.  We will updated this story with links to evidence, videos, pictures, court filings and police reports and correspondence.

See the story at http://www.mountainnews.net/201302/#/1

Lake Tahoe News covers South Lake Tahoe Police protest by Ty Robben

Lake Tahoe News covers South Lake Tahoe Police protest by Ty Robben

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Tahoe Tribune covers the South Lake Tahoe Police protest

Tahoe TribeunePolice protest draws handful of supporters
Ty Robben was pushing the envelope regarding the city’s sign ordinances.
Reno resident Mike Weston, left, and South Lake Tahoe resident Ty Robben string up oversized crime scene tape during a police protest along Al Tahoe Boulevard Monday afternoon.
Reno resident Mike Weston, left, and South Lake Tahoe resident Ty Robben string up oversized crime scene tape during a  police protest along Al Tahoe Boulevard Monday afternoon. Adam Jensen / Tahoe Daily Tribune
A man who is upset about South Lake Tahoe Police Department’s handling of an incident involving bounty hunters at a Sierra Tract home protested alleged police corruption Monday.Todd “Ty” Robben unfurled oversized crime-scene tape and posted numerous signs on Al Tahoe Boulevard Monday afternoon alleging malfeasance by police.Robben is angered by the department’s response to an October incident in which he says Nevada bounty hunters illegally entered his Pinter Avenue house to serve a misdemeanor contempt of court warrant out of Nevada without the required documentation from California.He said he was shocked with a Taser during the incident, but escaped what he considers an attempted kidnapping by the bounty hunters.“What I’m saying is justice delayed is justice denied,” Robben said at the start of Monday’s demonstration. “They’re not giving me a straight answer on the delay.”

South Lake Tahoe Police Chief Brian Uhler was surprised by the protest, saying he has been in contact with Robben regarding the status of the investigation as recently as Friday.

The department has made “steady progress” on the investigation of the bounty hunters’ behavior, Uhler said. He questioned the need for urgency on the incident because it does not present an ongoing threat to public safety.

The police chief also questioned the use of language on some of the protest signs that could be offensive to some and said Robben was pushing the envelope regarding the city’s sign ordinances. He said the department supports people’s constitutional rights to free speech and didn’t want to make a big deal about the possible infractions.

Police have submitted information on the October incident to the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office, Uhler said. Whether or not criminal charges will arise form the incident is unknown.

The District Attorney’s Office sent the investigation of the incident back to police in December for further information gathering last month. Assistant District Attorney Hans Uthe said on Tuesday afternoon that documentation of the incident was re-submitted to prosecutors about 10 a.m. Monday.

Despite the signs alleging corruption, Robben said he doesn’t feel that most police are corrupt, but said that it is up to them to prove they are not. He said he hoped the protest would bring exposure to people with similar complaints.

“This is what we can do as citizens,” Robben said, describing himself as a patriot.”

Three people were at the protest when it started around noon. Several people stopped by to inquire about the reasons for the signs.

Fliers advertising the protest included a picture of recently arrested South Lake Tahoe police officer Johnny Poland. Robben said the protest was planned prior to Poland’s arrest.

This is not the first time Robben has used protests to draw attention to alleged corruption by government officials.

Robben organized similar protests in front of the Nevada Attorney General’s Office in April, alleging the Carson City Court Clerk’s Office manipulated transcripts and improperly allowed the Nevada Attorney General’s Office to file court documents late in his fight to be reinstated to a job with the Nevada Department of Taxation, according to an article in the Nevada Appeal.

In September 2009 Robben filed a lawsuit alleging he was the victim of discrimination and was demoted after bringing complaints to managers.

Robben was arrested in Carson City in August on misdemeanor counts of assault and breach of peace for an incident in which he says he was legally attempting to serve a subpoena on Nevada Department of Transportation Director Susan Martinovich earlier in the month, according to the article.

Robben said that Martinovich ran over his toe with a car while he was attempting to serve the subpoena, the Appeal reported. Martinovich has said she felt threatened during the incident and was later granted a restraining order against Robben.

Prosecutors said Robben pleaded no contest to a disorderly conduct charge to settle the case in November, according to a subsequent Nevada Appeal article.

Note: The “disorderly conduct charge” charge is delayed and Ty Robben has not been convicted of that trumped up charge.

— The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Interesting story from the past: For a city manager that continues to boast about being transparent, he muddied the waters.

Lake Tahoe News

Source: http://www.laketahoenews.net/2011/08/clarification-police-chief-knew-nothing-about-daughters-ticket

The public has a right to know people with connections are treated the same as someone without – especially when this town has a history of favoritism.

South Lake Tahoe Police Chief Brian Uhler was unaware his adult daughter went to El Dorado County traffic court on an infraction issued from a different agency.

He let Lake Tahoe News know about this on Saturday. His boss, City Manager Tony O’Rourke, knew none of the facts until after chastising Lake Tahoe News for inquiring about the issue.

O’Rourke continued to personally to attack this reporter through a series of emails for her initial question to Uhler: “Can you tell me anything about why your daughter was in court on a speeding ticket?”

Uhler told Lake Tahoe News his daughter wanted to handle this without him knowing about it. It was a basic speeding ticket.

Instead of the city trying to “spin” this into how this police chief does not ask for special treatment for his offspring, O’Rourke made it a story by denying the media public information. That was the story. For a city manager that continues to boast about being transparent, he muddied the waters.

The public has a right to know people with connections are treated the same as someone without – especially when this town has a history of favoritism.

– Kathryn Reed

 

Comments (10)
  1. X LOCAL says – POSTED: AUGUST 7, 2011

     

    Excellent Story.
    It kind of insures what I have been saying about The City Manager, Soon all of the citizens of South Lake Tahoe will see the other side of TONY O’ROURKE.
    This man has caused more unrest and caused a huge MORAL problem throughout the City employees, I have not found 1 employee that is happy with his actions.
    If I had a job that they gave me $200,000 dollars a year to perform, everyone would be happy! even the tax payer. It’s time for the Council to look at this man and look to the future of the City.
    Tony O’Rourke is destroying this City almost as much as Hal Cole and Tom Davis and the rest of the council for allowing it to continue.

     

Ted Long, former Lake Tahoe city council member and foreperson of the El Dorado County Grand Jury – Says “Rights for one equals rights for all”

We were inspired by the local South Lake Tahoe Mountain News guest editorial written by Ted Long. Original story is found here  – http://www.mountainnews.net/201301/#/24

Ted Long, former Lake Tahoe city council member and foreperson of the El Dorado County Grand Jury – Says “Rights for one equals rights for all”

Ted Long

Ted Long

When you ask most people, “what is the Cost of freedom?” They will answer war, defending our country and our way of life.
While this is certainly true, it must be remembered that even a dictator will go to war to defend his power. Others mention taxes as the cost of freedom. While this argument may be defended. it is more accurate to say taxes finance the benefits and opportunity ties of freedom, and again, even repressive societies have taxes. If we examine history and the nature of freedom, it becomes apparent that freedom is really the ability of each of us to a life without fear from the very people we appoint or elect to protect us — the firewall between the citizens and the army  for example, with the elected president the commander-in-chief of the military.

In a very real way, our police, our district attorneys ,our judges and those others sworn to enforce the laws  – are a closer threat to our freedom.

Take the police. for example. If they could be used to arrest. and detain innocent people just because the official does not like them and is threatened by them or sees some opportunity for power. then the individual is really at their mercy.

The Eastern world today is going to the streets, risking death for these very rights. No,  I contend that the real cost of freedom is the enforcement of our basic Bill of Rights,  in particular the Fifth Amendment that gives each of us the right to a speedy trial, the right to an attorney, the right to bail and the right against self-incrimination. Without these rights. there is no freedom . The power goes to the force with the guns, those that control the process. Hitler, for example, saw this clearly in his takeover of Germany in 1936. He knew that if he did not get control of  the police and the courts. he would have no chance. Remember Germany at the time was the home of some of the brightest, smartest people on the planet. They gave us rockets, Einstein and the atomic bomb.

The problem in our country  is not a Hitler, it is that we have had these rights for a long time and we take them for granted. Most people will not admit it,  but they do believe that if a person is arrested, they must be guilty, when in fact our basic rights say, “innocent until proven guilty.” A jury does not say ” innocent,” they say ” not guilty” in acquitting someone. In other words. the burden is not the crime alleged, but the ability to prove it, lawfully.

Occasionally we arc upset by the video of a Rodney King police beating or the conviction of a police officer for forcing sex on a female during II traffic stop in the back of his squad car. but for the most part we fail to notice when our chosen officials abuse their power.

One of the most well-known cases, Arizona vs. Miranda, clearly let a probably guilty man free, because the authorities abused his rights and the court made it clear that the process docs matter, and that the freedom of one man is the cost of freedom for all of us. They recognized that it’s easy to force a confession or to detain someone until they confess. Think about it, when a person disappears into the system, do you really know what’s true?

Literally hundreds of inmates are currently being released because of the new science of DNA that shows their innocence. What if one was you?
Gino DeMatteo is a current example. The district attorney, Vern Pierson, ignored pleas from his attorney to sit down and talk, he ignored offers  of cooperation and instead spent tens of thousands of taxpayer money in a failed attempt to destroy Mr. DeMatteo.

He sent over 20 heavily armed officers to his place of business to make an arrest for a non violent crime, when Gino’s attorney offered to cooperate and would have surrendered him at no cost, he sent the SWAT team to search an empty house.

He already had the owners in jail.  He threw a bomb into the house without regard to the presence of innocent people. He imprisoned him in Placerville, 50 miles away. when there is a jail blocks away in South Lake Tahoe only to raise the cost and difficulty of his defense.  He made bail as difficult as possible and to top it of, arrested his wife and held her for
three days over a holiday weekend, releasing her with no charges only because she refused to speak badly about her husband.

And, as predicted,  all charges were dismissed, but only after the reputations of two citizens were destroyed and the taxpayers spend thousands of dollars on Mr. Pierson’s vendetta.  Even worse, in my opinion, is the reaction of so many citizens, that Gino must be guilty, so let’s not question the authorities. Questioning, that is the responsibility, the source of freedom.

The district attorney has refused to comment, to explain, to offer any proof of his charges.  At best he says. “the investigation is on going.” I don’t believe him. There is no investigation.

There was no case to start with,  I know the feds are now involved,  but their charges have nothing to do with the district attorneys. Their case is totally independent and based on different facts.
No,  the fact is the district attorney dismissed because he had no case and his only reaction was to accuse me of some political agenda, which I don’t have but even if I did, so what?

He can not abuse his office this way. The people of Egypt are in the streets, risking their lives for these basic rights. We are asleep, under the blanket, “That it will not a happen to me” theory. Don’t be to sure,  and there is the money lost when the government is broke.

Ted Long is a former Lake Tahoe city council member and was foreperson of the  El Dorado County Grand Jury. He served as chairman of LAFO and is a past president of the League of California Cities Sacramento division 

laketahoenews.net covers the South Lake Tahoe Police protest

Residents protest South Lake Tahoe police LTnews

south lake tahoe Posted by admin in News on January 28th, 2013

Corrupt law enforcement in South Lake Tahoe?

That’s what some people believe. And they took to the streets Monday to make their feelings known.

Ty Robben organized the Jan. 28 demonstration along Al Tahoe Boulevard. Robben’s issues started last fall when bounty hunters busted down his door. He’s been waiting for the South Lake Tahoe cops to finish the report. He even went to the City Council meeting last week to plead the electeds to intervene to speed up the process.

By the end of last week the report was done and passed on to the District Attorney’s Office.

But Robben said he is having a hard time getting a copy of the report.

One of the signs at the Jan. 28 protest in South Lake Tahoe. Photo/Provided

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City of South Lake Tahoe sued over taser incident caused by SLTPD police

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Former preschool teacher sues city over stun gun incident
By Dylan Silver
dsilver@tahoedailytribune.com
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
See the Federal Court lawsuit here: SLTPD taser lawsuit
South Lake Tahoe Police taser lawsuit

South Lake Tahoe Police taser lawsuit

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — A former preschool teacher at Under the Magic Pine Tree is suing the city of South Lake Tahoe, numerous police and fire officials and ambulance operators in federal court over an incident last year that his attorney said quite literally forced him into the hospital.

The lawsuit alleges that police officers and paramedics ignored Roland Haas’ right to deny medical treatment and used excessive force when they made him visit Barton Memorial Hospital last year. He is seeking an undisclosed amount in compensatory damages.

The city has declined to comment on the lawsuit. Police do not have a report of the incident, but there is record of officers responding to a “medical assistance” call at the preschool, said department spokesman Dave Stevenson.

The following account was taken from the complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Sacramento last week.

Haas was working at the preschool about 3 p.m. March 23 when he felt lightheaded. The 30-year-old teacher stepped into the hallway and fell to the ground. Someone called 911.

By the time paramedics arrived in an ambulance, Haas was standing on his own in front of the mirror in the school’s bathroom. He declined medical treatment, but paramedics insisted Haas get in their ambulance and be driven across the street to Barton Memorial Hospital, according to the suit.

“For one thing he didn’t feel he needed to and for another he didn’t want to get slapped with a bill for an ambulance,” said Haas’ lawyer Edward Rizzuto Monday.

Haas continued to decline the ambulance, saying he would walk to the hospital or get a ride from a coworker. According to the complaint, the paramedics said he didn’t have a choice. At this time, Haas went back into his classroom. The paramedics called the South Lake Tahoe police for assistance.

Police officers entered Haas’ classroom, ordered everyone but Haas to leave and told him he had to comply with the paramedics, according to the complaint. Again, Haas said he did not want medical treatment and would not be taken to Barton in an ambulance. He then moved toward the exit of the classroom.

The complaint alleges police tackled and used a stun gun up to three times on Haas. Once he was restrained, the paramedics injected him with Midazolam, a potent tranquilizer, according to the complaint.

“After plaintiff Roland Haas has been tackled, restrained, seized, handcuffed, drive-stun tasered three times, injected with a tranquilizer, and hobbled (by shackles), the police officers and the paramedics forced plaintiff Roland Haas onto an ambulance gurney, placed additional restraints upon his body and placed him inside an ambulance in order to transport him to Barton Memorial Hospital,” Rizzuto said in the complaint.

South Lake Tahoe Police State

South Lake Tahoe Police State

Emergency room staff discharged Haas in 13 minutes, according to the complaint. He then underwent a mental health

evaluation by a representative from the El Dorado County Department of Mental Health. Haas was determined not to be a danger in any way to himself or others, according to the complaint.

Haas is suing on the grounds that the police and paramedics violated his right to refuse medical treatment and used excessive force. Haas was not arrested on any charges. He returned to the hospital that night to receive a diagnosis of wounds he received during the scuffle with the police and paramedics, according to the complaint.

Haas left Under the Magic Pine Tree about six months ago of his own accord, said owner Kandice Bailey.

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South Lake Tahoe Police State

South Lake Tahoe Police State

A police state is a state in which the government exercises rigid and repressive controls over the social, economic, and political life of the population. A police state typically exhibits elements of totalitarianism and social control, and there is usually little or no distinction between the law and the exercise of political power by the executive.

The inhabitants of a police state experience restrictions on their mobility, and on their freedom to express or communicate political or other views, which are subject to police monitoring or enforcement. Political control may be exerted by means of a secret police force which operates outside the boundaries normally imposed by a constitutional state.[3]

As the maintenance of a standing police force became common in the late 19th and early 20th century, the term “police state” came to be used more commonly to refer only to when a police force was used “too” strenuously, in a “rigid and repressive” way, as under fascism, crony capitalism, and in retroactive application to oppressive/repressive historic incidents like the French Revolution and the Roman Empire.[4][5]