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

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Filing A Complaint against corrupt El Dorado county judges

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How Do I File a Complaint?

Complaints must be in writing. You may use the commission’s Complaint Form or write a letter to the commission. Electronic filing of complaints is not available; complaints must be submitted to the commission office:

COMMISSION ON JUDICIAL PERFORMANCE
455 Golden Gate Avenue, Suite 14400
San Francisco, California 94102

If your complaint is about a subordinate judicial officer (an attorney employed by the court to serve as a court commissioner or referee), your complaint must first be directed to the court in which the subordinate judicial officer sits.

See Overview of Commission Proceedings and Commission Proceedings Chart for further information.

Can the Commission Handle a Complaint About Any Judge?

No. The commission’s jurisdiction includes all judges of California’s superior courts and the justices of the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.  The commission also has jurisdiction over former judges for conduct prior to retirement or resignation.  Additionally, the commission shares authority with the superior courts for the oversight of court commissioners and referees. The Director-Chief Counsel of the commission is designated as the Supreme Court’s investigator for complaints involving the judges of the State Bar Court. However, the commission does not have authority over federal judges, workers’ compensation judges, judges pro tem or private judges.  See Questions 10 through 14 on the FAQ’s page for further responses to this question.

What Should Be in My Complaint?

  • The name of the judge, court commissioner or referee.
  • The court in which the judicial officer sits.
  • A detailed description of the action or behavior that you believe is misconduct.*
  • The names and telephone numbers of any witnesses to the events described.
  • The date or dates on which the conduct occurred.
  • The type of court case involved and your relationship to the case.
  • If your complaint is about a court commissioner or referee, provide copies of your
    correspondence to and from the local court.
  • * A complaint should not simply state conclusions, such as “the judge was rude” or “the judge was biased.” Instead, the complaint should fully describe what the judicial officer did and said. If a court document or an audio or video tape evidences the misconduct, you may submit a copy (do not send original documents) or mention it in your complaint.

    What Types of Conduct Does the Commission Investigate?

    Some examples of judicial misconduct are improper demeanor, failure to disqualify when the law requires, receipt of information about a case outside the presence of one party, abuse of contempt or sanctions, and delay in decision-making.  Conduct for which discipline has been imposed has been categorized by Types of Misconduct.

    What if I Think the Judge’s Ruling Was Wrong?

    An error in a judge’s decision or ruling, by itself, is not misconduct. Appeal may be the only remedy for such an error, or there may be no remedy. The commission is not an appellate court. The commission’s authority is limited by law to investigating the complaint and, if appropriate, imposing discipline. The commission does not have the authority to change a judge’s decision or ruling or to issue orders in any case, including ordering anyone to be released from jail, granting a new trial, disqualifying a judge from hearing a case, assigning a new judge to a case, or granting or changing custody, visitation or child support orders. Neither the commission nor its staff is authorized to give legal advice or respond to requests for assistance with individual legal matters.

    What Happens After I File My Complaint?

    Each complaint is acknowledged by letter when it is received at the commission office. The commission considers each complaint and determines whether sufficient facts exist to warrant an investigation or whether the complaint is unfounded and should not be pursued. Until the commission has authorized an investigation, staff does not contact the judge or court personnel; however, to assist the commission in its initial review of a complaint, the commission’s legal staff will research any legal issues and may obtain additional relevant information from the complainant.  The commission’s procedures are explained in Overview of Commission Proceedings.

    How Long Will It Take the Commission to Reach a Decision on My Complaint?

    It is difficult to predict how long it will take for the commission to reach a final decision regarding a particular complaint. Some complaints can be handled quickly; others are more complex and take more time.

    Will I Be Told What Action the Commission Has Taken on My Complaint?

    Each person who submits a complaint is notified in writing after the commission has reached a final decision regarding the complaint. Unless public discipline has been issued, the complainant will be advised either that the commission has closed the matter or that appropriate corrective action has been taken, the nature of which is not disclosed. When public discipline is issued, the notice of such discipline is provided to the complainant.

    Are Complaints Treated Confidentially?

    The California Constitution and the rules governing the commission provide for confidentiality of complaints and investigations. During the investigation process, considerable effort is made to protect complainants’ and witnesses’ identities. If the matter is sufficiently serious to warrant the filing of formal charges, the case becomes public and the charges and all subsequently filed documents are made available to the public, and any hearings in the matter are open to the public. A complainant may be called to testify at the hearing.

     

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

    News Updates:

    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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    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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    This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the terms Joe Harn recall.

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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.


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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/


    SLTPD watch

    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

    FIGHTING THE SOUTH LAKE TAHOE COPS FOR DUE PROCESS RIGHTS

    Corruption-Arrow-Sign1-630x286

    By  Posted January 28, 2016 In Blog

    adam spicer.jpg

    So. Lake Tahoe lawyer Adam Spicer

    It is no secret that the cops think they are above the law.  However, when the Chief of Police is blatantly wrong about the law and completely rude and disrespectful to the community he is supposed to serve, something must be done.  Last week, I had the chance stand up and do something and I did.  Here is what happened…. 

    First, a little background on the situation.  A defendant in a criminal case has the right to call witnesses in their own defense. 

    The Bill of Rights is actually quite clear on that.  Further, the defendant can use the subpoena power of the court to compel witnesses to attend court.  Of course, if a defendant had to pay witnesses to come to court, then it wouldn’t really be a clear right to call witnesses.  That would not be an issue in civil cases where the Bill of Rights is not at stake, but the right is clear in criminal cases.

    Some time ago, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department (SLTPD) decided they wanted to test this right.  It would be quite easy to incarcerate more people if the police couldn’t be forced to testify when called by a defendant.  Some time last year, I served a subpoena on the police department.  I was told the subpoena wouldn’t be accepted without payment for testimony.  Kindly, I said “no thank you” to the request for payment and informed the SLTPD that they had been served.  The case ended up resolving with a plea bargain so the issue was never tested.

    Fast forward to January 2016 when I served subpoenas for two officers at SLTPD on behalf of a client.  Once again, I was asked to pay the fee for testimony.  I informed the front desk staff that I was serving subpoenas in a criminal case and no fee was required.  I was once again asked to pay and once again I kindly replied “no thank you.”  I was told that the subpoenas would not be accepted and I refused to take them back.

    As I was packing my belongings and walking out, the front desk staff began yelling at me and telling me that “you had better not report to the Court that I have been served.”  While being yelled at, I calmly informed the staff that they are represented by the city attorney and could raise a motion to quash the subpoenas.

    Brian Uhler

    Local’s are calling for the ouster of disgraced SLTPD Chief Brian Uhler

    After leaving the police department, I contacted the city attorney as a courtesy to warn them about the problem brewing on their hands.

    informed the city attorney that they may want to file a motion to quash my validly served subpoenas and that I would be happy to get this issue before the court so the Judge could give us a ruling on this matter.  I was told the city attorney would look into the matter and get back to me.

    After a few days go by without hearing anything, I received a letter from the Chief of Police Brian Uhler.  This is by far my favorite part of the story.

    Not only does the letter incorrectly cite the law to support the Chief’s incorrect legal position, he goes on to insult me.  The Chief accuses me of wildly flinging papers at his front desk staff and yelling at them.  He called my behavior “rude and unprofessional.”  I am sure those who are familiar with my reputation and the reputation of SLTPD and specifically Chief Uhler are rolling on the floor laughing right now.

    Once you are done laughing at the Chief’s outrageous claims, there is more to the story.  Chief Uhler writes in his letter that he is holding the subpoenas and will not deliver them to the subpoenaed officers without the payment his department is demanding.  I took this as a gift.  He actually gave me proof, in writing with his signature, that he is actively interfering with a lawful subpoena (court order).  We have a legal term for the Chief’s actions and that is ‘contempt’.

    I replied to Chief’s Uhler’s accusatory and factually incorrect letter to let him know that he is misinformed about the law and his staff is lying to him about the facts of our interchange.  I even cited the law for the Chief to read himself and I let him know that he has an attorney who can file a motion to quash the subpoena on his behalf.  I also informed him that if the Officers are not present in court, I will ask the Judge to enforce the validly served subpoenas and I will ask for contempt sanctions against him personally.  I felt the fair sanction would be for Chief Uhler to pay my hourly rate for all the time I spent on this issue.  And, once again, as a courtesy I sent copies of the Chief’s letter and my reply to the city attorney.

    Within hours, I received word form the city attorney that I was 100% correct on the legal issue and the city would not be challenging the subpoenas.  I was further told that the subpoenaed officers would be present in court and the city attorney will hold a training for SLTPD staff to teach them how to read and deal with subpoenas.  I am so happy that the police may actually learn something.  I am very glad to be responsible for the SLTPD staff to have to attend a training.  Although you would think being able to read “civil” vs. “criminal” would be a prerequisite to obtaining a job at SLTPD, that doesn’t seem to be the case and hopefully the training will cover these simple points.

    As a champion for due process rights in South Lake Tahoe, any victory no matter how large or small is great for the citizens here and great for the Constitution in general.  Even though this issue was only in one case for one client, the outcome of this issue affects everyone in South Lake Tahoe.  I am happy that I could go to the mat for the people of South Lake Tahoe and the Constitution.  I would do it again in a minute for any of my clients.  My commitment to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights requires no less.

    If you have questions regarding your Constitutional rights or you are facing criminal charges in California or Nevada, contact The Law Office of Adam T. Spicer today for a FREE CONSULTATION (530) 539-4130.

    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

    DA Vern Pierson Fails to show Probable Cause so Judge Drops Case against Marijuana Dispensary

    The Pure Life Marijuana Dispensary case ended in a celebration for Kelly Chiusano, CEO of the Pure Life Collective; Summer Bradley, CFO of the Pure Life Collective; Chris Brown, a Pure Life employee and vendor; and Whitney Marshand, a Pure Life employee. Honorable Judge Kenneth B. Melikian ruled in favor of the defendants, dropping all charges on Friday afternoon.

    Judge Melikian addressed the court before he delivered his judgement. “Thank you for your patience in awaiting the court’s ruling. The evidence was voluminous.”

    Department 2 in the Main Street courthouse was packed with family and supporters. Bradley, Chiusano and Marshand (Brown was not present) were emotional and sighed a breath of relief in hearing the judge’s decision.

    “I feel the truth stood for itself. I came in today not knowing, wondering how I was going to shoulder the financial burden if it went to trial. We run a clean business and we are going to reopen,” said Bradley.

    “I am so very grateful he was compassionate,” said Marchand.

    DA Vern PiersonThe catalyst for the court case was the arrest of Chiusano following a November 2014 raid at the Pure Life Collective. Five months after the raid, no charges were filed and Chuisano requested the marijuana taken from the business he operated be recovered so he could re open.

    Attorney Zenia Gilg, on behalf of Chiusano, filed a request to the county to return records and the marijuana, citing the dispensary “needs to operate,” said Gilg.

    The case went through a lengthy preliminary hearing, with both sides bringing forth substantial evidence and interviewing witnesses.

    “I am grateful the judge took this very seriously, really taking his time. It is nice to be recognized,” said Gilg.

    SOURCE: http://www.mtdemocrat.com/news/tears-of-joy-for-pure-life-crew/

    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

     

    Read the whole story

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

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    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

    UNDER INVESTIGATION: Did Vern Pierson lie about his past experience???

    As the recall starts – Stay tuned as we uncover Vern’s lies…

    image of Vern Pierson SpeakingVern Pierson
    District Attorney
    County of El Dorado, California
    vern.pierson@edcgov.us

    Within weeks of graduation from high school in 1982, Vern enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the infantry’s 101st Airborne (Air Assault). He attained the rank of sergeant and was a graduate of the Army’s elite Airborne and Air Assault schools. The recipient of the Army Commendation and Army Achievement Medals, Vern attended the Non-Commissioned Officer Academy (P.L.D.C.) in Ansbach, Germany, and graduated with the rare distinction of simultaneously being designated the Honor Graduate and the recipient of the Leadership Award. Because his military service confirmed his already strong sense of duty and patriotism, and embedded in him the realization that freedom is not free, Vern continued his service to our nation, not only for the four years of his active duty, but also by serving in the California National Guard in the Airborne Long Range Surveillance Detachment.

    Vern’s experience in the military and his strong work ethic were instrumental in his successfully earning his way through college and then law school. Initially, he worked in a grocery store at night and attended Cypress College by day. Later he worked 20-30 hours a week in the Orange County District Attorney’s Office while attending Western State University College of Law. Upon graduation, Vern was near the top of his class, with honors including the American Jurisprudence Award for scholarship and excellence in Constitutional Law.

    During his initial assignment in the Amador County District Attorney’s Office, Vern prosecuted hundreds of cases ranging in seriousness from misdemeanor violations to prosecutions of violent and sophisticated career criminals. After prosecuting approximately fifty jury trials in three years, Vern was recognized for his thorough preparation and tough stand on public safety. A high sensitivity to the rights of crime victims and success in prosecuting family violence cases resulted in Vern being assigned as the vertical prosecutor for domestic violence and sexual assault. Learning a teacher charged with child molest was seeking to retain his teaching credentials, Vern wrote the statute (S.B. 2005) carried by then Senator Tim Leslie, which forever barred convicted sex offenders from working in our classrooms. Vern was also instrumental in establishing the Amador County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART).

    Vern’s success as a prosecutor and his interest in the legislative process led him to take a leave of absence to work as a criminal justice advocate with the California District Attorneys Association. Despite the leanings of the California Legislature, Vern was part of a team that was extraordinarily successful in bringing about improvements in public safety. For instance, Vern helped change the laws to make it easier to convict and permanently lock up sexual predators. He also authored or edited numerous books, manuals and publications. He helped create the Field Guide used by thousands of police officers throughout the state.

    In 1996, he joined the California Department of Justice as Deputy Attorney General in the Appeals, Writs and Trial Division. Assigned to the trial team, Vern investigated and prosecuted grand jury inquiries and numerous criminal jury trials throughout the state. He also fought the appeals of convicted felons.

    In September of 2000, Vern returned to Amador County as the Chief Assistant District Attorney. Under the direction of the District Attorney, Vern served as the department administrator. In that capacity, he was responsible for the control of the department budget, management of personnel issues, supervision and training for criminal division staff, and the coordination of criminal and administrative investigations. Vern also prosecuted major felony cases such as murder.

    As he has for the last several years, he continues to teach trial advocacy and the laws of evidence to California prosecutors. He annually updates his book, the California Evidence Pocketbook that is published by the California District Attorneys Association and used daily by prosecutors throughout the state. Vern also serves on CDAA’s Legislative Committee and is often asked for opinions on proposed and newly introduced legislation effecting public safety and victims rights. Recently, he drafted A.B. 141 (Cohn), which expands the use of propensity evidence in child abuse and domestic violence cases. Since 1999, he has been part of the committee that provides the annual legal update for Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) and many thousands of California’s front line law enforcement officers.

    image of Star Button Elected as County of El Dorado District Attorney in 2007.

    GOVERNMENT ADVOCATES TRIGGER PIERSON, HARN RECALL DRIVE

    GOVERNMENT ADVOCATES TRIGGER PIERSON, HARN RECALL DRIVE

    by admin / Dec 07, 2015 / 0 comments

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    You can stop corruption

    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 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.

    EDC DA Vern Pierson Blames a Single Person for His Recall

    by admin / Dec 04, 2015 / 0 comments

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    Kill the Messenger

    2015-12-04, 09:50:55 PLACERVILLE CA

    In a stunning response to a community driven recall of El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson, the DA singles out one person as the blame for his recall as he avoids responding to any of the complaints in the recall document.  On its face it looks like an attack without merit that is intended to divert attention away from the issues that have prompted the recall.  The DA has decided to attack the most visible person, Cris Alarcon.  Alarcon has publicly objected to what he calls the DA’s “politicization” of an non-partisan law enforcement office for purposes of advantaging his political friends and damaging his political enemies.

    When asked about the DA’s attack on his character Alarcon said, “It is laughable and flattering.  That Vern has elevated me to such status is odd since I have no real power other than the ability to communication with over 25,000 local residents nearly every day.  I guess it is really the power of information that Vern fears and his attack on me makes that clear,” said Alarcon.

    “The utter absurdity of an ad hominem attack to defend himself from criticism of how he runs his office is an indication of the poor logic facilities of our DA, or of how little he thinks of the citizen’s.  I have never complained about the driving ticket and this is simply Vern’s attempt to divert attention away from his real problems, his own behavior. These are just diversions to avoid answering the complaint: his abuse of the office; his subversion of the voter’s will; the failure to prosecute his friends like Auditor Joe Harn or a hand-slap for Jeremy Meyers’ first DUI.  I will stand by my criticism of Vern but he will need to expand his ad hominem attack to include a nurse, a restaurant owner, a miner, at least two other elected officials, and even a sitting Superior Court Judge.”

    Asked about how he will respond to the personal attack Alarcon responded, “I will not let this diversionary tactic work.  Not only will I publish my FPPC complaint about his factual lies in this official document, I will also publicize my soon to be filed civil complaint about the intentional lies and misrepresentations made in this political document. But I will do that separately. I am not spotless by any means but I take pride in my total works and only ask that others do as I do, judge people by their fruits.”  He adds that in the mean time he wanted to be the first to publish this letter from the DA and let the public draw their own conclusions. He added that, “it is a false narrative but over the course of years I have learned that the DA has no positive injunction to tell the truth.”

    Here is the letter unedited:

    For almost 9 years it’s been my honor to serve as your District Attorney. The men and women of El Dorado County Law Enforcement continue to admirably serve the People of this county. I am particularly proud of everyone in the District Attorney’s office. From holding murderers and other criminals accountable to building one of the first paperless prosecutor offices, they are second to none. Criminals however, don’t like to be held to account. 

    After serving as chair of the county charter review committee Chris 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. 

    http://www.abc10.com/story/news/local/eldorado-hills/2014/03/17/el-dorad…

    Now this vengeful criminal seeks to waste thousands of your tax dollars on this bogus recall campaign. Don’t be conned by this criminal! 

    Filed with the Elections Department on Nov. 30, 2015 by District Attorney Vern Pierson in response to a recall filing.

    Also see: http://inedc.com/1-8739 [In a Stunning Rebuke of DA’s Charges, Jury find Dellinger & Alarcon Not Guilty of all charges]

    Recall petitions against both Joe Harn and Vern Pierson to start at the same time

    RECALL PETITIONS AGAINST BOTH JOE HARN AND VERN PIERSON TO START AT THE SAME TIME

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    Auditor Controller Joe Harn Petition for Recall: harn-petition-for-recall-letter
     
    District Attorney Vern Pierson Petition for Recall: pierson-petition-for-recall-letter
    joe harn breaks law will DA vern pierson prosecute
    Auditor Joe Harn breaks the law, Will DA Vern Pierson prosecute?

    WHY SHOULD WE RECALL OUR AUDITOR-CONTROLLER & DISTRICT ATTORNEY?

    Every person we elect to public office works for “the people” – us. We pay their lavish salaries and expect them to work hard on our behalf. Unfortunately, some elected officials turn out badly and need to be fired. Here are just a few of the reasons some of us think Auditor-Controller Joe Harn and District Attorney Vern Pierson should be fired:

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    Joe Harn

    Auditor-Controller Joe Harn & His Corrupt Practices

    Failure to make authorized payments for reasons of personal and political motivation in violation of California State Penal Code Sections 424 and 425.
    • 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.

     

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    Vern Pierson

    District Attorney Vern Pierson & His Corrupt Practices –

    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 ($104.00 per hour) 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.
    • Failing to impanel a Criminal Grand Jury to investigate his political ally Auditor-Controller Joe Harn for official misconduct to determine if Harn should be removed from office as recommended by the 2014-15 Civil Grand Jury in their report “Putting Political Gain Over What’s Right For The County”.

    If you agree that we as citizens should fire Joe Harn and Vern Pierson for their corrupt practices and bad behavior, then please help us get the 10,626 signatures we need to exercise our civil rights by placing their recall election on the ballot by signing and circulating both official recall petitions with your friends and neighbors!

    Some of our local community leaders who have experience successfully qualifying ballot measures in our County are joining forces with another community group and are starting a recall of all 5 EDC supervisors now.  I don’t not have much detail yet.

    These leaders contacted me this weekend because they are also tired of the corruption and want to circulate recall petitions against both Joe Harn and Vern Pierson at the same time and asked me if I would help with the Pierson & Harn recall effort only.  So I am writing to you to see if you are interested in working on the Pierson & Harn portion of this recall, not the others at this time.  Things are moving very quickly!!!

    Please follow these directions carefully:

     
    Step 1: Who can sign a Petition?

    Any registered voter can sign a Recall Petition for the countywide positions of District Attorney and Auditor.  If you need assistance with determining whether or not you are a registered voter, you may call the Elections Department during normal business hours: (530) 621-7480

    Step 2: Click and Print the Petitions
    Auditor Controller Joe Harn Petition for Recall: harn-petition-for-recall-letter
    District Attorney Vern Pierson Petition for Recall: pierson-petition-for-recall-letter
    Step 3: Complete the numbered signature blocks
    • Print your name and residence address, as you are registered to vote.
    • Sign your signature underneath your printed name, and print the name of the city in which you live and your zip code.
    • Do not use “ditto marks” anywhere on the Petition.
    • You do not have to fill in all of the signature blocks for the petition to be valid. You may submit your petition with as few as one completed signature block.
    Step 4: Mail to: Neighbors Against Corruption, P.O. Box 268, Shingle Springs, CA 95682
     

    Petition Instruction Block
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    DA Vern PiersonHi Everyone – A Very Interesting Developing is taking place! 

    Here are the petitions – we just need 20 signatures:

    NOTICE OF INTENTION TO CIRCULATE RECALL PETITION Harn

    NOTICE OF INTENTION TO CIRCULATE RECALL PETITION Pierson

    Some of our local community leaders who have experience successfully qualifying ballot measures in our County are joining forces with another community group and are starting a recall of all 5 EDC supervisors now.  I don’t not have much detail yet.

    These leaders contacted me this weekend because they are also tired of the corruption and want to circulate recall petitions against both Joe Harn and Vern Pierson at the same time and asked me if I would help with the Pierson & Harn recall effort only.  So I am writing to you to see if you are interested in working on the Pierson & Harn portion of this recall, not the others at this time.  Things are moving very quickly!!!

    Thanks!

    Please follow these directions carefully:


    Step 1: Who can sign a Petition?

    Any registered voter can sign a Recall Petition for the countywide positions of District Attorney and Auditor.  If you need assistance with determining whether or not you are a registered voter, you may call the Elections Department during normal business hours: (530) 621-7480


    Step 2: Click and Print the Petitions
     

    Step 3: Complete the numbered signature blocks
    • Print your name and residence address, as you are registered to vote.
    • Sign your signature underneath your printed name, and print the name of the city in which you live and your zip code.
    • Do not use “ditto marks” anywhere on the Petition.
    • You do not have to fill in all of the signature blocks for the petition to be valid. You may submit your petition with as few as one completed signature block.
    Step 4: Complete the “Declaration” of Person Circulating
    • One person MUST completely fill out the section entitled “DECLARATION OF PERSON CIRCULATING SECTION OF RECALL PETITION” at the bottom of the recall petition form.
    • The person that fills out the Declaration can be different than the signers in the Signature Blocks. This means that you can print a Petition, ask your neighbors to sign it, and then you can fill out the Declaration.
    Step 5: Mail to: Neighbors Against Corruption, P.O. Box 268, Shingle Springs, CA 95682
     
     

    Petition Instruction Block
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    Corrupt El Dorado County Auditor Joe Harn Going to Jail?

    2015-09-29, 06:14:39 PLACERVILLE CA

    Here is an interesting EDC issue, prosecuting Harn for violating Penal Code Sections 424 & 425, that the Mt. Democrat has been dark on.

    California Penal Code Section 424 PC: Misappropriation of Public Funds
    1. DEFINITION AND ELEMENTS OF THE CRIME
    People who serve in public office, especially those who handle or oversee public moneys, are often placed in positions of trust with little to no oversight. In some cases, people in these positions may abuse this trust in order to unlawfully enrich themselves. In recent years, there have been several high-profile incidents involving key players in local government who have been caught misappropriating public money. As a result, prosecutors, law enforcement and government watchdogs are on high alert for these types of crimes. Under California Penal Code Section 424 PC, misappropriation of public funds is a serious felony that can result in lengthy prison sentences for those convicted.
    To prove that a defendant is guilty of misappropriation of public funds, a prosecutor must be able to prove the following elements:
    The defendant was an officer of the State of California, or of a county, city, town or district.
    As such, the defendant was charged with the receipt, safekeeping, transfer, or disbursement of public moneys.
    The defendant appropriated said money, or any portion thereof, to his own use or to the use of another.
    OR the defendant loaned said money, or any portion thereof.
    OR the defendant made a profit out of, or used said money for a purpose not authorized by law
    OR the defendant knowingly kept a false account, or made a false entry or erasure in an account of or relating to said money
    OR the defendant willfully refused or omitted to pay over, on demand, public money in his hands, upon presentation of a draft, order, or warrant drawn upon such money by competent authority
    OR the defendant willfully omitted to transfer said money, when such transfer was required by law.
    OR the defendant willfully omitted or refused to pay over to an officer or person authorized to receive said money, money received by the defendant under a duty imposed by law to pay over.
    As used in the statute, “public moneys” includes the proceeds derived from the sale of bonds or other similar items. This statute does not apply to the incidental or minimal use of public resources.
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    EDC BoS Public Coment on 2013-14 Civil Grand Jury Report on Joe Harn:
    Opening comments – BOS re GJ report – AC, Harn et al 2015/09/01
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/836507819720921/permalink/954295147942187/
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    Richard Smith’s comments to BOS

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    https://www.facebook.com/groups/836507819720921/permalink/954254054612963/
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    Ripley Howe’s comments to BOS

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    https://www.facebook.com/groups/836507819720921/permalink/954240174614351/
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    Dan Dellenger’s comments before BOS re GJ report – AC, Harn et al 2015/09/01
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/836507819720921/permalink/954246907947011/
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    Mike Owen’s comments before BOS re JG report on AC, Harn et al 2015/09/01
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/836507819720921/permalink/954299047941797/
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    Cris Alarcon’s comments before BOS re JG report on AC, Harn et al 2015/09/01
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/836507819720921/permalink/954234397948262/
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    Sherilyn M. Lum-Alarcon’s comments before BOS re GJ report – AC, Harn et al 2015/09/01
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/836507819720921/permalink/954250244613344/
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    Ron Briggs’ comments before BOS re GJ report on AC, Harn et al 2015/09/01
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/836507819720921/permalink/954245777947124/
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    Michael Ranalli, BOS District IV
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/836507819720921/permalink/954350434603325/
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    Chairman Veerkamp’s and CAO Larry T. Combs’s comments after public commentary – BOS re GJ report – AC, Harn et al 2015/09/01
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/836507819720921/permalink/954831441221891/

    Corrupt South Lake Tahoe Police still covering-up plice involved shooting of Kris Jackson – The corrupt El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office has not yet released information on whether Jackson, 22, was shot from the front or the back.

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    More than two months after the police-involved shooting of Kris Jackson at Tahoe Hacienda Inn, questions still outnumber answers.

    The El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office has not yet released information on whether Jackson, 22, was shot from the front or the back. According to the DA’s office, the case is still under investigation.

    Despite completion of the county coroner’s report, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office declined to release results.

    The sheriff’s office cited in a letter to the Tahoe Daily Tribune that information couldn’t be released because it protects investigative reports.

    Jackson, of Sacramento, Calif., was shot at approximately 2:40 a.m. on June 15 by South Lake Tahoe police officer Joshua Klinge. The South Lake Tahoe Police Department responded to the Hacienda Inn on reports of a woman screaming.

    Alan Laskin, the attorney representing Jackson’s family in potential legal action, disputed that Jackson was shot from the front. He added that his firm recently received Jackson’s records from Barton Hospital.

    “The records clearly establish an entrance wound from the mid-back and exiting through the sternum,” Laskin said in a Aug. 18 email.

    Jackson had a history of arrests in South Lake Tahoe in 2015.

    The city reported on June 17 that Jackson was arrested on June 1 for possession of several baggies of cocaine, scales and packaging material. He was also arrested on May 21 on drug charges.

    Laskin has six months from the time of Jackson’s death to file a wrongful death suit against the city.

    The matter remains under investigation.

    SOURCE: http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/news/17858540-113/south-lake-tahoe-shooting-details-unknown

    DA Vern Pierson is a core member of the Good Ole Boys. The last election he backed Good Ole Boy lawyer Joe Hoffman for the judgeship, which the voters overwhelming gave to attorney Dylan Sullivan. But Pierson hasn’t accepted that. So when he smears Judge Sullivan’s honesty and fairness

    2015-09-14, 06:35:50  PLACERVILLE CA

    The Aug. 17 Mountain Democrat reported that “El Dorado County District Attorney officials have excluded County Superior Court Judge Dylan Sullivan from proceedings until further notice.” The action was done under claimed authority of Code of Civil Procedure Sect. 170.6, the filing of a Peremptory Challenge in one specific case.

    Does District Attorney Vern Pierson really plan to sit and write Sect. 170.6 challenge after challenge for every case before Judge Sullivan?

    Does Pierson have a fortune-teller’s power to know in advance that Judge Sullivan will rule in a ‘prejudiced’ manner in every case the DA brings before her? What is really going on here?

    The answer lies not in law but politics. And a section of law twisted to serve political purposes.

    DA Vern Pierson is a core member of the Good Ole Boys. The last election he backed Good Ole Boy lawyer Joe Hoffman for the judgeship, which the voters overwhelming gave to attorney Dylan Sullivan. But Pierson hasn’t accepted that. So when he smears Judge Sullivan’s honesty and fairness by filing blanket challenges to her serving as judge in case after case, he is building up a made-up “stain” on her record as judge that can be used against her in the next election when his boy Joe Hoffman runs again.

    If Pierson really believed that Judge Sullivan was systematically prejudiced, he would have reported her to the Commission on Judicial Performance, a state agency for investigating complaints of judicial misconduct. But Pierson won’t because the commission isn’t beholden to El Dorado County dirty politics. Instead Pierson bogs down the local courts with his vendetta against Judge Sullivan.

    Like the majority of voters, I voted for Dylan Sullivan because she is honest, bright, fair and incorruptible. Standards which Vern Pierson would do well to emulate.

    RICHARD BOYLAN
    Diamond Springs

    Judge on Judge corruption, scandals and discrimination in the El Dorado Superior Court – The Honorable Dylan Sullivan was elected by this county’s voters by an overwhelming majority. For her to be removed suddenly, without warning, from proceedings in Department 7 by District Attorney Vern Pierson is a travesty of justice

    Dylan Sullivan, right, will join El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Suzanne Kingsbury. Photo/Wendy David

    By Kathryn Reed

    SOURCE: http://www.laketahoenews.net/2015/08/edc-judge-ousted-from-criminal-bench/

    El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Dylan Sullivan has been removed from all criminal cases and instead will hear civil issues.

    The reason for this change has not been disclosed.

    Presiding Judge Suzanne Kingsbury, who makes the assignments, deferred comment to the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office. She would not explain why.

    “The legal system is designed so both the District Attorneys Office as well as the Public Defenders Office is offered the opportunity when appropriate to exercise the legal authority to exclude a Superior Court judge from a case. At this time the District Attorneys Office has chosen to utilize this legal right,” Deputy District Attorney David Stevenson told Lake Tahoe News.

    The DA’s Office has filed a number of preemptory challenges against Sullivan. However, the reasons are not being disclosed. The DA’s office said Sullivan would be challenged on a case-by-case situation.

    These types of challenges are not routine, but neither are they rare, according to legal officials. They must be made in a timely manner and can only be filed once per case.

    Filing such a challenge is equivalent to saying one does not believe the judge will be able to handle the case, perhaps for ethical reasons. The attorney doing the challenge does not have to prove bias. While California is not alone in allowing this type of procedure, it is not the norm in most states.

    The judge has no recourse and essentially does not get her day in court to prove she is or is not biased or that she is being wrongfully persecuted in a reverse case of bias.

    People close to the issue told Lake Tahoe News things came to a head last week with Kingsbury clearing Sullivan’s court calendar starting on Aug. 10. By the end of the week Sullivan was told to go home. This week she has been seen following Judge Nelson Brooks who handles probate, an area of law Sullivan isn’t familiar with. Reports are the two judges will be swapping departments.

    Even so, this will not eliminate Sullivan from interacting with deputy district attorneys. They are involved in delinquency and other cases in that department.

    “There are judicial ethics that make it difficult for me to comment,” Sullivan told Lake Tahoe News. She would not say anything more.

    The normal process if someone has an issue with a judge is to file a complaint with the Commission of Judicial Performance.

    “We can’t talk about specific cases. We can’t say who is under investigation,” Victoria Henley, director and chief counsel for the commission, told Lake Tahoe News.

    If a challenge for cause were filed, that is when the challenger has to prove bias or misconduct by the judge.

    Sullivan, 49, was elected to the job in June 2014. She filled the vacancy of retiring Judge Daniel Proud. She was to begin the job in January, but instead Gov. Jerry Brown appointed her to the seat early. Kingsbury swore her in Sept. 19, 2014.

    At that time Kingsbury said she assigned Sullivan to Department 7, the criminal pre-trial department in Placerville, to handle misdemeanor arraignments, hear preliminary matters, traffic issues, and drug court because of Sullivan’s training and experience.

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    El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Dylan Sullivan pulled from duty

    Judge Dylan Sullivan

    Judge Dylan Sullivan

    El Dorado County District Attorney officials have excluded El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Dylan Sullivan from proceedings until further notice.

    DA officials cite California Civil Code 170.6 to back up their action. The code states, “A judge, court commissioner or referee of a superior court of the state of California shall not try a civil or criminal action or special proceeding of any kind or character nor hear any matter therein that involves a contested issue of law or fact when it is established as provided in this section that the judge or court commissioner is prejudiced against a party or attorney or the interest of a party or attorney appearing in the action or proceeding.”

    “The legal system is designed so that the DA’s Office as well as the police department is afford the opportunity, when applicable, to exercise the legal authority to exclude a judge from proceedings,” DA investigator Dave Stevenson told the Mountain Democrat. “We are utilizing this legal right.”

    Sullivan was not available for comment. The Department 7 judge handled criminal and traffic proceedings in the El Dorado County Government Center’s Building C basement in Placerville. She was first elected in June 2014.

    Short URL: http://www.villagelife.com/?p=51676

    Kirk Smith Challenges DA Vern Pierson to Put Up or Stand Down regarding Judge Dylan Sullivan

    by admin / Sep 01, 2015 / 0 comments

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    Kirk Smith, DA Vern Pierson, Judge Dylan Sullivan

    2015-09-01, 07:17:47 PLACERVILLE CA

    Kirk Smith: “The origin of the phrase “peremptory challenge” — a very old legal term — means that a reason does not have to be stated. And the DA”s office did NOT give any reasons to reporters or in court papers.”

    What’s next, Vern?

    Why ask the Judge? Judges are barred from commenting, making the DA’s first front page smear a couple weeks ago all the more cowardly. Judge Sullivan correctly and appropriately cited and followed the governing cannons of judicial ethics. Why not ask Vern Pierson for comment? And please look at the actual court papers the DA filed to back up his sleazy attack because I read them and there’s nothing in those short pages to support Pierson’s outlandish bias claim, but much to show that this is another political vendetta launched by one of the most ambitious politicians in the area.

    Pierson’s thin court papers were signed by the DA’s right hand, Jim Clinchard, who, with Pierson, were both among the biggest backers of attorney Joe Hoffman against Judge Sullivan in last year’s judicial election. It was one of the nastiest judicial races in this county’s history, though not as ugly as the one also waged on behalf of Hoffman in an earlier judicial election against Judge Warren Stracener. [Ok, so the Mountain Democrat’s endorsements were also on the wrong side both times too.]

    The “peremptory challenge” rule cited by the DA proscribes that a judge is to step aside “when it is established as provided in this section that the judge or court commissioner is prejudiced against a party or attorney or the interest of a party or attorney appearing in the action or proceeding.” But instead of prejudice or bias, the Clinchard document alleges that the county “has a custom and practice” of judges handling courtroom 7 matters sending them to other judges for trial, and not retaining them, except in the case of Phillip and Nancy Garrido.

    What? No rule, no statute, no case law, just one lawyer’s vague anecdotal notion about some “procedure or practice”? Sorry, but it is judges, not folklore from DA’s, who have the right and duty to manage their calendars. Court schedules and court calendars are governed by judges, not politicians. Yes, the same inherent judicial authority used when a judge in Division 7 a few years ago chose to retain for trial the Garrido case, something Pierson did not object to at that time.

    Vern Pierson lost a race for legislative office a few years ago and then ran for DA like a consolation prize and is now widely reported to be ready to run for Assemblywoman Beth Gaines seat once she makes her expected run against Supervisor Ron “Mik” Mikulaco. You want to know what is behind Pierson’s extraordinary attack on a sitting judge, follow the money; look at the campaign contributions for an idea about Pierson’s motive. See whether one the biggest if not the biggest contributor to the campaigns of Pierson, Hoffman and Gaines are the same. That’s just for starters. Keep looking.

    Imagine the chilling impact on judges in this community when a politically motivated District Attorney can get away with this kind of unilateral slam. The origin of the phrase “peremptory challenge” — a very old legal term — means that a reason does not have to be stated. And the DA”s office did NOT give any reasons to reporters or in court papers. As a public official, Vern Pierson owes the public a detailed statement about the specific facts he had in mind. The integrity and independence of the judiciary, the very meaning of justice in this community, deserves no less than a full and honest explanation.

    SOURCE: http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-1528

    Kirk Smith Explains DA Peirson’s Underhanded Move re Judge Dylan Sullivan

    by admin / Sep 04, 2015 / 0 comments

    2015-09-04, 06:09:48  PLACERVILLE CA

    — CHARLET NALBACH BURCIN of El Dorado Hills wrote:

    The Honorable Dylan Sullivan was elected by this county’s voters by an overwhelming majority. For her to be removed suddenly, without warning, from proceedings in Department 7 by District Attorney officials is a travesty of justice.

    Do you really think that the voters are going to stand by the District Attorney’s Office’s decision without demanding a clear explanation? You may cite your California Civil Code 170.6 as the reason — bias toward the attorney, district attorney or other party. What is the real reason? Does this have anything to do with Vern Pierson?

    I hope the Honorable Dylan Sullivan appeals this “movement” against her so that we as El Dorado County residents are able to get to the truth and to the real story going on behind the scenes.

    — Then Kirk Callan Smith responded:

    Hi Charlet,

    Your outrage about Vern Pierson’s spitefully nasty political attack on a distinguished judge is certainly in order. But your suggestion that the judge “appeal” Pierson’s action is not an option. She can’t. The Rule 170.6 “peremptory challenge” does not allow for an appeal, no response of any kind; it operates automatically just by having been filed. The rules of judicial ethics also prevents the judge from making public comment, a fact that makes Pierson’s gutless move all the more despicable.

    The remedies, therefore, have to be pursued by the rest of us. They include such things as the public sending more letters like yours, groups picketing Pierson’s office, starting a recall campaign now made even easier by recent laws, and calling on the Mountain Democrat’s editorial board to insist that Vern Pierson reveal whatever facts he has to support his very vile defamatory smear — which Pierson cannot do since such facts do not exist — or for him to withdraw the challenge. Voters deserve an honest, competent District Attorney, not the appearance of a political hack.

    Yes, demand that the Mountain Democrat speak up for the integrity and independence of our local judiciary. This paper has to stop being a mouthpiece for incumbents, to either stop remaining silent about political sleaze or stop wondering why its news pages and subscription numbers continue to decline. This paper, deeply afraid of controversy, sits on a great many important stories, including this one. We can insist on more.

    A number of local lawyers privately call Pierson’s action pure politics and say this drama came about when he continued to find that Judge Sullivan could not be pushed around by his office. The fact that Pierson’s office has considerable discretion when it comes to who to charge and the kind of plea deals that can be made, sadly can make silence a safe choice for any lawyer wishing to pay their bills. Members of the county bar, so small it can seem like a club, have to speak up as well, and very strongly, about the latest Pierson fiasco since it can reflect so poorly on the entire legal community as well.

    The public needs a strong and independent judiciary as well as a prosecutor that operates with the highest standards of the legal professional and not like a political opportunist guided by an aggressive thirst for higher office. and the apparent power of campaign contributions.

    “History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid,” President Eisenhower once said. And if the people of this county want a judicial system that is truly fair and just, free of bias and political taint, it will not come about by silence but rather by vigilance and protest.

    Kirk Callan Smith, Placerville, California

    SOURCE: http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-1548

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

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    By: Charles Moulton

    2015-08-17, 03:17:32 PLACERVILLE CA

    Could it be that Presiding corrupt Judge Suzanne N. Kingsbury may have been in collusion with the county’s District Attorney when she removed the widely-respected Judge Dylan Sullivan from Department 7, which solely hears criminal cases filed by the District Attorney’s office?

    Could it be because Judge Sullivan didn’t let the DA’s office roll over her and her court?

    And, in another instance, did Presiding Judge Kingsbury (a former county Deputy District Attorney) engage in an unethical ex-parte communication with the District Attorney which resulted in removing two cases from Judge Sullivan and re-assigning them to Judge James R. Wagoner, another former county Deputy District Attorney?

    Hmmmmmmmm….

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

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

    Hmmm.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    http://www.rightondaily.com/author/sgtyork/

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

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

    El Dorado County cocksucker DA Vern Pierson & his butt buddy, Auditor Joe Harn’s Vendetta Generates Lawsuit against County

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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/

    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

     

    Lake Tahoe cop watchers

    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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    El Dorado County DA Vern Pierson Accused of Grand Jury Abuse

    vern piersonCourt papers just filed in El Dorado County Superior Court accuse DA Vern Pierson of Improperly Instructing the Grand Jury in a manner that deprived Political Target Supervisor Ray Nutting of his Constitutional Right of Due Process.
    Placerville Newswire | Aug 20 2013 See more at: http://inedc.com/1-5734#sthash.44X9Hbds.dpuf

     Editor’s Note: We have just received a copy of the court filing and we are providing these sections without alteration.  We will continue to report on this issue after we have processed the complete document.

    INTRODUCTION

    Convening a criminal grand jury to consider an indictment against an accused person, while permitted under California law, is far less common than the process of complaint, preliminary hearing, information and trial. Without debating the merits and demerits of the two different approaches, the fact is that proceeding by grand jury indictment deprives the accused of the basic procedural protections included under an information proceeding, including the right to be represented by counsel, the right to an adversary proceeding including the cross-examination of witnesses and objection to improper questioning, the right to present exculpatory evidence and witnesses favorable to the defense, and the participation of an impartial magistrate to ensure that evidence presented is admissible over objection. 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/

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

    Lake Tahoe cop watchers

    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.

    South Lake Tahoe police

     

    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 

    SLTPD watch supports El Dorado (South Lake Tahoe) Sheriff John D’Agostini stand on U.S. Constitution

    The El Dorado County sheriff has fired off an anti-gun control letter to Vice President Joe Biden.

    Posted by admin in News on January 22nd, 2013 | 13 responses

     By Bill Lindelof, Sacramento Bee

    The El Dorado County sheriff has fired off an anti-gun control letter to Vice President Joe Biden.

    “It is well known and proven with facts, not emotional inference, that gun control of any kind, has no effect on the reduction of crime, anywhere,” wrote Sheriff John D’Agostini.

    The letter, also sent out as a press release, was written to Biden Jan. 17.

    Here is the El Dorado County sheriff’s letter to Biden.

    The Obama administration is trying to get congressional support for a package of gun-control proposals, including an assault rifle ban. Biden helped formulate the proposals.

    The gun control proposals come following the December shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school that left 20 children and six staffers dead.

    El Dorado DA Vern Pierson discusses firearms and CCW laws:

    biden letter

     

     

    Source: http://www.laketahoenews.net/2013/01/el-dorado-county-sheriff-tells-biden-views-on-gun-control/

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

    An ANTI-Corruption demonstration/protest will be held

    Monday at high noon January 28, 2013

    in front of the SLT Police Dept on Al Tahoe Blvd.

    south lake tahoe police protest zone

    south lake tahoe police protest zone

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    We’ll have the world’s largest CRIME SCENE banner

    and other professional signs demanding competency, honesty and transparency into South Lake Tahoe Police law enforcement.

    The SLTPD also must complete police investigations and not cover them up!  No more lies, slow-balling and whitewashing to protect corrupt cronies.

    Come on by, bring a sign and honk if you drive by.