Feb 182018
 

Disclaimer – since there are lawyers floating around writing demand letters (It’s only February, imagine what May is going to be like!) and people scurrying around trying to cover themselves – let me disclaim this entire post as the opinion of the editor and therapist of the RightonDaily Blog. There are a few people I don’t like very much (based on what I’ve learned), and hopefully when I am done writing about this race for Riverside Sheriff most of the voters won’t either…

I started blasting Stan Sniff in October of 2017. After roughly 11 weeks of lighting Sniff up people in Riverside County started taking notice and coming forward. Now there is a full-blown insurrection, and the traffic on this blog is shattering previous records.

Immediately, I was struck by the abject fear of many. It was unnerving to see hardened veterans of years of service within the Sheriff’s Department who deal with Blood and Gore afraid of the Sheriff and his retaliation. What also struck me was the decimated morale within the ranks as well.

One of the biggest issues brought up repeatedly was the culture of promotions being largely subjective. In particular almost everyone I communicated with complained about the cheating scandal. I started writing about it three weeks before someone leaked the Internal Affairs file to the local media. The issue with the cheating scandal is the cover up and the resulting legal issues related to anyone convicted of a crime based on the testimony of anyone involved.

Just recently, there were a spate of promotions. Several of them appear to have been “Friends of Stan”. Similarly, within recent history, a lot of senior management promotions were clearly political. Still other good people were taking lateral transfers to other agencies or simply retiring to get out from under the tyranny. There seems to be no middle ground, either you are in the bag for the Sheriff or you are an outcast.

Names like Leonard Purvis, Jason Horton, Mark Bostrom, Ali Mazarei and others have made their way on to this blog. A tyrant like Sheriff Sniff needs enablers and hatchet men. Nicknames like Captain Tripod and Eggplant underscore the absurdity of how the department is run under Sheriff Sniff.

I’ve learned about cover-ups of investigative failures, suicide attempts, fraud, embezzlement, politically motivated investigations, officer involved shootings and an array of corruption. I’ve written one story out of every 10 I’ve been informed about as the ever-present threat of libel lawsuits is real. A good example is that it is common knowledge within the department that CCW permit issuance is subjective and friends of Stan get their permits issued much faster than the rest of us (who even after a two year rate get mostly declined).

Sheriff Sniff has failed under every objective measure of what a Sheriff should be:

He has proven he can’t manage his budget

He refuses help

He threatens innocent people

He manipulates duty rosters and jail staffing in an attempt to gain political advantage

He claims to be pro-gun, yet refuses to process CCW requests like other counties

He covers up corruption

He destroys careers of people with differing opinions

He has fostered a culture of immorality within the ranks of his senior management

He even participated in an attempt to destroy the Banning police department

Stan Sniff has proven that he is unworthy of public trust and should be fired post-haste (if not prosecuted as well).

The RightonDaily Blog is writing things we believe to be true when we write them. We’ve been validated in two major ways, the Cheating Scandal was blown completely open and the Leonard Purvis – Stan Sniff conspiracy to eviscerate the Banning Police Department to turn it in to a franchise of the Sheriff’s Office being the other. Stay tuned, we believe that more of the issues we are writing about and disclaiming as being from anonymous sources will come to the forefront with evidence.

Feb 172018
 

For Immediate Release

February 16, 2018

Contact: Andre Levesque

Phone: 916-626-6804

Amid Scandals Surrounding Sheriff Candidates Sniff and Brown, Riverside Deputy Sheriffs Give $300,000 to Lt. Chad Bianco

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA – – With two candidates for Riverside County Sheriff embroiled in scandals in their departments the Riverside Sheriffs’ Association affirmed their support for Lt. Chad Bianco who has emerged as the only qualified candidate capable to lead change.

“There is no true leadership at the Riverside Sheriff’s Department and as a result, public safety is dangerously threatened,” said Ian Anderson, District Attorney Investigator who also serves as Vice President and Chairman of the Riverside Sheriffs’ Association political education committee.

“Lt. Chad Bianco has a distinguished record supervising staff and managing resources in this department while protecting all in Riverside County. Bianco has earned our endorsement and has the full support of the county’s 2,300 law enforcement professionals who put their lives at risk patrolling our streets every day. We need real change in leadership to restore integrity, efficiency and accountability to this department. That’s why we are 100 percent supporting Chad Bianco.”

This week a new scandal involving Sheriff Stan Sniff caught national attention as it was learned that he ignored a cheating scheme within the department and later promoted those involved in the cheating.

Read More About the Cheating Scandal Here

This scandal comes as Sniff’s department faces huge budget overruns and a mass staff exodus which led to Supervisor Tavaglione to state, “He is unable to manage his organization in an effective way.”

Read More About the Budget Problems At the Sheriff Department

In addition, it was revealed that second tier candidate Dave Brown a former Chief of Police in the crime-filled city of Hemet faces a scandal of his own. A former Hemet police officer alleged the Hemet Police Department was destroying evidence, used racial slurs and abused a prisoner while Brown was in charge.

Read About the Hemet Police Department Scandal

The election for Sheriff will take place in conjunction with the June 5th Statewide Primary election. For more information visit www.ChadBiancoForSheriff .com.

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PAID FOR BY SUPPORTERS OF CHAD BIANCO FOR SHERIFF-CORONER 2018

P.S. Please note, if it was not obvious already, the RightonDaily Blog has endorsed Chad Bianco for Sheriff.

Feb 172018
 

Hemet Dave Releases Plan to Restore Public Trust in the Riverside Sheriff’s Department

Proposal would establish facts and restore accountability in response to the promotional testing scandal

Former Hemet Police Chief Dave Brown released a plan today that would rebuild public trust in the Riverside Sheriff’s Department following revelations, first reported by The Desert Sun and featured in USA Today, of a promotional testing scandal.

Click to Read the Full USA Today Article
“I am calling upon our region’s respected county, prosecutorial, and civilian oversight leaders to begin the process of restoring trust in our Sheriff’s Department through full transparency and accountability,” said Brown.

Brown has called for County Counsel to reaffirm protections for deputies or county employees who act as whistelblowers, an inquiry by the District Attorney’s office regarding the impact these revelations may have on criminal convictions, and a thorough investigation by the Riverside County Civil Grand Jury.

“I have a long track record of fair and equitable executive leadership that sets clear standards and expectations and rewards excellence. However, I’ve also dealt swiftly and effectively with allegations of wrongdoing. There is simply no room for wavering as a chief executive, especially when the public trust hangs in the balance. Sheriff Sniff owes the citizens a thorough explanation of this scandal while protecting the privacy of the employees and the integrity of the investigation,” concluded Brown.

Feb 162018
 

Wow. Maybe Hemet Dave is not a strong enough moniker for this guy:

Let’s talk about Dave Brown as Hemet’s police chief and the possible next County Sheriff. Fellow officers reported that when Brown was a patrol officer he was often found parked behind buildings working on a laptop trying to come up with community programs and acronyms for them and neglecting his patrol area. He was so desperate to be made chief that he felt by pushing these programs, it would be his ticket to chiefdom. He went so far as to offer to forego his benefits.

It was Brown’s idea to park a patrol car on a busy street corner where there was significant crime. He felt the visual of the unit would discourage criminals. This became a HUGE embarrassment when he ‘forgot’ about the unit that was left unattended or moved for days.

Brown was also the brainchild for the ROCS program (Reviving Our Community) where the city took an old swat truck and painted it up with well…in most opinions..like an huge ice cream truck. The ROC-mobile sat unused most of the time since no one in the department was licensed to drive the unit.

Brown then buddied up to a knucklehead named Larry George who proclaimed himself to be a news source for the city. Brown gave George permission to follow first responder units to scenes and report the incidents. Shortly after this bromance started, George and his crew were reprimanded for creating dangerous situations when following fire trucks, police units and ambulances. One of Georges staff reportedly filed a lawsuit against HPD when he was ‘roughed up’ by an officer when the reporter was in the way during an auto accident investigation.

Brown’s biggest blunder was his campaign called “Taking the fear out of crime”. When crime was at an all time high in Hemet, Brown, via newspapers and town hall meetings encouraged citizens to go into town day or night to shop, eat, socialize in order to keep money in the city. That his crew were out on the streets and the citizens shouldn’t let crime control their activities. A year later Brown had to admit to all that the ‘crime was bigger than his department’.

His recommendations to citizens were irresponsible, and egotistically driven. He put citizens at risk in very dangerous times. Brown’s speeches always included how he grew up in Hemet and he was committed to serving the city. Now he’s retied and running for Riverside County high Sheriff position. Brown has not had any policing experience outside of the small city of Hemet. He has no experience with courts and county jail demands. Furthermore, there is little to no doubt that corruption in his department DOES exist.

Given that there is a story that got limited press coverage with the sordid details of a lawsuit against the City of Hemet over racism and police abuse, there are definitely a slew of issues beneath the  surface.

Feb 152018
 

What If I told you that in 2015, there were 800 CCW Permits in all of Orange County, yet over 9,300 today? Wouldn’t that make you wonder what Stan Sniff’s problem is in Riverside? Orange County went to a municipal bankruptcy in the 1990’s and is only marginally better off than Riverside County. Yet, Somehow they have figured out how to have a 10-fold increase in CCW Permits to accommodate demand.

A little more than 2½ years ago, there only were about 800 active CCW permits in Orange County, with two professional staff members handling the application process.

Now there are more than 9,300 active CCW permits in O.C. — an avalanche-like surge in demand that has forced the creation of an entire department within the OCSD, the Carry a Concealed Weapon (CCW) Licensing Unit, which employs more than two-dozen sworn and professional staff.

Applicants for CCWs run the gamut, from students to owners of Fortune 500 businesses to plumbers, lawyers and elected officials.

In 2009, in one of Sheriff Sniff’s many arguments with the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, Sniff was admonished to start issuing more CCW Permits. Back then, there were about 500 of them. Today, there are about 2700 – 3.5 times less than Orange County over a period of time three times as long. This is a key quote from the 2009 article:

According to Undersheriff Valerie Hill, roughly 500 county residents have concealed carry permits. “We take (the issuance of permits) very seriously,” she told the board. “Every time we issue a permit, it’s a liability for the county.”

Got it? The allegedly pro-gun sheriff looks at CCW Permits as a liability. Wrong answer, but this is the answer of a Richard Roth endorsing anti-gun liberal. People have been banging the CCW permit drum for nearly 10 years and the Sheriff has ignored them.

Stone highlighted the prospective release of 27,000 inmates in the next six months from California prisons and the impact that might have on public safety as one of the motivating factors behind the resolution, which Sheriff Stan Sniff has the option — but not the obligation — to act upon.

In 2009, then Supervisor Jeff Stone was sounding the alarm over “Fed Kicks” and their effect on crime. As we’ve written about ,the Sheriff did not plan to staff jails or address this problem either. This has been a consistent failure pattern with Sheriff Sniff and we will have more to say about the legacy of his leadership on enforcement and incarceration.

Back to Orange County:

Now, Stiverson says, the OCSD — after staffing up and relocating the CCW Licensing Unit to larger offices — usually is able to see an applicant for his or her initial CCW appointment within two to six months depending on fluctuations in public demand and unit staffing levels. The agency’s target goal is to reduce initial appointment wait times to less than two months.

Sheriff Sniff’s department sees wait times of at least 24 months. (Unless you are a “friend” of the sheriff) We’ve documented these horrendous wait times in several articles. The Orange County Sheriff’s department provides an interesting contrast. The bungling of Sheriff Sniff has also caused several cities to spend some of their limited resources processing CCW permits at their local level as well.

If Sheriff Sniff was truly committed to issuing CCW permits to anyone that is not a donor or a buddy, he’d have addressed the issue in a similar manner to Orange County. Nowhere in the Orange County article do you hear their department calling CCW permits a “liability”. This contrast is yet another reason for people once supportive of the Sheriff to fire him from office.

Feb 142018
 
Subject: Contracting RSO
From: <andytakata@ci.banning.ca.us>
Date: Wed, October 09, 2013 6:08 pm
(((TO LINE DELETED)))
Dear XXXXXXX,
 
After spending and hour with most of the sworn and non-sworn staff, we spent a lot of time on the RSO contract.  I will be bringing you the preliminary numbers for the RSO and future numbers, but I will not be recommending it to you.  I just wanted you to know a head of time.
 
If you have any questions or concern, please do not hesitate to call.
 
Respectfully yours,
 
Andrew (Andy) J. Takata, City Manager
City of Banning
99 E Ramsey St
P.O. Box 998
Banning, CA 92220-0998
For the first time in public, this email sent to me provides confirmation that the City of Banning was in the initial stages of disbanding their police department and investigating becoming a contract city.
For Context, we need to identify some players. One is the former Chief of the Banning PD, John Horton – the father of current deputy Jason Horton. (More on Jason Horton in a later post) Jason Horton is one of Stan Sniff’s Chief Deputies and is not popular at all with the rank and file.
One of our favorites is then Sergeant Mark “Investigate to Terminate” Bostrom who was good buddies with then Lt. Purvis in the investigate to terminate department for the Riverside Sheriff. Apparently Purvis took his skills of terminating deputies en masse to the City of Banning. Horton had attempted a medical retirement from RSO some years earlier, then got hired by Banning and ended his career on a medical retirement only 2 1/2 years in to his 5 year contract.
Enter Purvis, who got hired to replace Horton. Purvis continued Horton’s regime of re-hiring officers who had been terminated from other jurisdictions. Purvis also oversaw terminations en masse from the Banning PD, cuts in levels of service which included practically closing police HQ in Banning to the public “because of budget cuts”. Sound familiar? He appears to have learned well from his good buddy Sheriff Sniff how to retaliate against the innocent to try and gain leverage in budget battles.
The resulting decimated morale in Banning PD (sound familiar?) led to a spate of employment practices lawsuits that were bankrupting the city. In addition, it is reputed that Purvis was in a constant state of war with the City Council over his budget. (sound familiar?)
One of the absurdities of Purvis’ tenure as Chief of Police in Banning was the purchase of an armored car. Why a City of 30,000 needed this is beyond me. It kind of reminds me of Hemet’s military vehicle except that this model appears to be obsolete militarily.
The City Council ultimately got their fill of Purvis who tapped out around about 3 months after the above email was sent confirming that the process had been started to disband Banning’s police department. The details and circumstances surrounding the settlement between the City of Banning and Purvis are outside the scope of this post.
The bottom line is that the relationship between Purvis and Sniff was well known. In addition, Purvis himself was known to have been out on a stress claim in the mid 2000’s as an employee of the RSO and again in 2013-2014 related to his tenure as Banning Police Chief.
Regardless of whether Purvis’ claim against the City of Banning had merit or not, was Purvis given the same screening and evaluation that other re-hired or new-hired deputies got? Why was Purvis back on any force within mere months of a very public stress claim and settlement?
Why did Leonard Purvis get re-hired by Stan Sniff after doing such a poor job in Banning? (It is easy to draw the conclusion that Purvis was a disaster from reading article after article) Purvis was re-hired as a Sgt. in 2014 and has made Lt. and now Captain quickly compared to most, adding to the questions being asked.
Given that the department in Banning had slid so far, their interim police Chief at the time in 2014 endorsed Chad Bianco over Stan Sniff. Many in Banning and elsewhere believed that Leonard Purvis was attempting to decimate the Banning Police Department in order to set it up to be taken over as a contract city for the Riverside Sheriff’s Office. The email that is part of this post proves that theory may well be true. Given the circumstances surrounding the hire of Leonard Purvis, it is also possible that Sniff Re-hired the man without the normal procedures and/or that said rehire was for service to the Sniff regime.
P.S. Leonard Purvis is currently the Captain of the Hemet Station (This is how he got onto my radar), Hemet is where Lt. Chad Bianco is being stuffed in the cooler as retribution for both his 2014 run and current run against Sniff.
Feb 142018
 

When Hemet Dave Brown retired as the Chief of Hemet’s police department, the spin started almost immediately. Ouch.

Perhaps Hemet Dave’s failure to raise significant resources is connected to the fact that donors understand his failure in Hemet. Hemet’s violent crime rate is number 1 in Riverside County.

His crowning achievement as related in the article is Measure U:

Hemet Dave said this is a good time to leave, saying there is strong leadership in place and the voter-approved Measure U, which increased sales tax 1 percentage point with money earmarked for public safety, leaves the department in good shape.

More on this in a future post, but I’d encourage Hemet Dave to campaign heavily on his tax measure.

The article drops another nuclear bomb as a throwaway right before the end:

Brown said his possible candidacy is not a sign that Hemet will dump its police department for the sheriff, which provides contract services in the majority of Riverside County cities.

In your intrepid blogger’s opinion, this is the biggest deal of this story – other than the fact that it omitted any reference to the spiraling crime statistics in Hemet.  Will Hemet Dave Brown seek to convert Hemet in to a contract city should his extreme longshot bid pan out?

Hemet has also had a net loss of officers pitted against an increase in residents during Brown’s tenure despite the misleading claims of some in the article – More on that soon as well.

Hemet Dave Brown’s Sheriff Campaign is poorly funded and when juxtaposed against the reality that is Hemet is doomed. This is why Mr. Brown needs to re-focus the narrative.

Feb 132018
 

Remember when we told you about the Sheriff’s control issues and his lack of prioritization of CCW Permits? Remember when we suggested that it was a passive-aggressive back-dooring of Gun Control?

On 10/23/2017, we introduced you to the Sheriff’s passive-aggressive resistance to giving anyone a CCW Permit in a timely manner. Then on 10/30/2017, we followed up with even MORE evidence spread out over several years that the 2 year wait was not an aberration.

When Chad Bianco ran against the Sheriff in 2014, he lit in to him over the passive aggressive resistance to CCW Permits. It appears that the problem has gotten worse, not better.

By most accounts, Riverside County’s CCW backlog began in December 2015, shortly after a mass shooting in the neighboring San Bernardino County killed 14 and injured 22 others. A radicalized Islamic couple, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, attacked a government holiday party with assault rifles and handguns.

Then, the Sheriff did NOTHING to solve the problem. However, he does blame the budget, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, the tooth fairy and every other imaginary goonie for the problem.

Historically, this whole process took no more than two or three months, said Sniff, who has served as sheriff for a decade.

Nowadays, applicants may wait eight times that long just to get the interview.

“Two years is ridiculous,” said Justin Luhrs, 38, of Riverside. “Even six months is too long.”

The article takes pains to paint the Sheriff as pro-gun. Apparently, he is not pro-gun enough to even attempt to address the backlog.

Perkio turned in his application for a concealed weapon license and asked how long the review process would take. A polite sheriff’s deputy showed him several two-foot stacks of unprocessed applications, each one just like his.

They would all have to be reviewed before Perkio’s turn would come, the deputy warned.

The wait would be about 28 months.

“It was a shock,” said Perkio, 56, who is licensed to carry a gun in 26 states, but a year-and-a-half later is still waiting for his application to be processed in Riverside. “If something happens in the meantime, this is a Second Amendment opportunity to protect myself that I simply don’t have.”

Sheriff Sniff did not plan to fail. He failed to plan. The previous articles on this issue show that the CCW Permit process was a problem long before two of Obama’s “Refugees” decided to kill infidels. Sheriff Sniff will get unseated as Sheriff because he has failed to do his job.

When presented with evidence he has failed in his job as Sheriff, his preferred course of action has been to retaliate against anyone suggesting a different course of action and to fight the Riverside County Board of Supervisors at every juncture. (Even the Desert Sun article shows the effects of the Sheriff’s intimidation as they tried to blunt the effect) The Sheriff has had over 10 years to direct the ship and instead the problems are getting worse, the new jail will be empty and good people are retiring or jumping ship to other counties. It is time for a change.

Feb 122018
 

A key point – Travis Allen’s rally only drew a few hundred people.

A second key point – Travis Allen is dead last in fundraising

Then the remainder of the article was about Travis Allen, Gavin Newsome and Antonio Villariagosa’s #METOO issues.

If you watch the video clip with an open mind, there is no way you could ask for worse coverage. The TV station gave Travis Allen far more than soundbytes in their coverage, making it pretty difficult to claim that it was edited down too far. The quote from a Travis Allen supporter, though she was trying to help only re-emphasized the documented sexual harassment issues he has.

Then there was another story on another channel that focused on Travis Allen’s contributions to democrats:

Cox is also blasting Allen for previously supporting Democrats “with a long history of giving contributions and supporting Democrats like Gavin Newsom, Barbara Boxer and Jerry Brown,” said Tim Rosales, Cox’s campaign manager.

Allen admitted to contributing money to California Democrats.

“Actually, this is very true,” he said. “When I was a business owner — and I still am, I own an investment advisory firm and I’ve been running my company since 2001 — I went to a number of events at the request of clients and friends. And this is what started my political career because I listened to those Democrats.”

Got it? All it took was his Uncle, former OC Dem Party Chair Frank Barbaro to get him to write out fat checks to democrats. The rest is a spin fail.

Lastly, both stories make clear reference that Travis Allen is claiming the bi-partisan investigation in to his sexual harassment issues was all some sort of democrat smear campaign. Not a good optic for the California electorate.

Somehow, Travis Allen took what should have been a positive and let it get completely turned around on him! #EPICFAIL.

(P.S. I guess this event didn’t work out so well for Mr. Allen who is dead last in fundraising)

Feb 122018
 

UPDATED as of 2/16/2018

Cover-ups. This is the name of the game in the Riverside Sheriff’s Office. I have to take most of my information on background because no one will go on the record for fear of retaliation. These are two key pillars in the legacy of Sheriff Stan Sniff.

This is why I can’t prove the CCW Permit favoritism scandal, but everyone knows about it.

This is why I used to have to be circumspect when I talk about the cheating scandal that rocked the department several years ago.

The way it has been put to me is that there was a culture of people taking the advancement exams, in this case to strike for Investigator, and writing down the questions then passing them on. There were emails compiled of the advancement exam questions. This case got blown wide open when a local paper received a leaked copy of the documentation substantiating the cheating scandal.

As many as 150 deputies were suspected of participating, roughly 18 of which were caught cold. A person I referenced in a previous Riverside Confidential post (Jason Gxxx) was one of the most guilty in the scandal. His wife is the $120k a year legislative liaison for the Sheriff. (where can I get a job like that?) The subject in question is in line to get a friend-of-Stan-promotion Sergeant (after making investigator/detective via the aforementioned “assistance” on his advancement exam). See how that works?

They had enough evidence to nail as many as 32 people in the cheating scandal, but you guessed it, orders came from on high to make the whole thing go away. The extent (150? involved) will never be proven as a result of Stan Sniff’s gag order and apparent interference in the investigation that shut it down. The resentments exist to this day and people still talk about it openly, even more so now that the desert sun ran a story on it.

And this brings me to the retired Lieutenant out in the Cochella Valley that attempted suicide, per an anonymous comment left on a previous blog (which is posted here unedited):

This is typical “Department Protocol”, Sniff has directed his “PSB” staff, as well as his other minions that he has ROCKETED (pension spiking for friends and criminals with badges)up the chain of command.
Just this past weekend LT. (REDACTED) (Maybe just retired), was in a domestic disturbance (may or may not be: 273.5pc) with his wife. It was clear that an assault had taken place, however a sheriff’s sergeant responded to the crime, at the xxx residence. Typically, nothing was done (even when department policy and the penal code requires an arrest).
It wasn’t until later, when the wife reported that Lt. xxx (so distraught, that he was going to be arrested and or prosecuted), attempted to commit suicide. Thankfully he thought better of it, and only blew his cheek out.
If this had been a deputy sheriff or any citizen, this would have made the news. A deputy would face severe discipline, “up to and including termination). In the Coachella Valley, not a word has been said. Sad, very sad that our elected official is allowed to commit crimes with impunity. In fact people at the station level were ordered not to talk about it.
The news outlets in Riverside County do not report against the Sheriff. Wonder what he has threatened them with.

Signed Obviously,
The Corporal with no name.

Now, unpack that comment – which is indicative of several stories I’ve been made aware of.

Under California Law, the penal code states on a domestic violence call, someone SHALL BE arrested. Secondly, the law (which I disagree with) mandates gun confiscation. Note, per additional information received, Sgt. Randy Vasquez was the most senior responding law enforcement officer. Mr. Vasquez asked the retired LT for permission to take his guns and did not arrest him.

Now you get where the cover up is coming from.

So they ended up out there a second time when the Lt. blew out a cheek.

The background? The LT. was cheating on his wife with a guard at the courthouse. The wife found out. This is one of dozens of stories like it I’ve been told verbally or in writing that are going on within Stan Sniff’s department.

It gets worse, the court guard is allegedly pregnant with the retired Lt’s child.

The bomb squad was also called out to the retired Lt’s house because it was full of explosive material! Was Sgt. Vasquez completely asleep on the job or was the power of cronyism so strong that he ignored an arsenal? (Please note there is now some debate as to weather the bomb squad was actually dispatched, Update 2, Confirmed that the Bomb Squad did indeed show up)

That is a lot of stuff for Stan Sniff to cover up!

Now the very end of the comment has me extremely curious. As I’ve been researching the failed legacy of the tyrannical Sheriff, it sure looked like I was reading an editorial bias in a lot of the articles I have read. Up until a recent rash of negative stories it looked like the local papers used Sheriff Sniff’s talking points of blaming others for his failure a lot. This RSO employee that left the comment apparently has noticed, so have others I have spoken to.

Remember when we posted about a deputy who was arrested for being high on Meth? Well it was prescription medication. There is even more to the story. It involves one of Stan Sniff’s reputed executioners, Lt. Mark Bostrom. Everyone I have talked to on background and on the record described Bostrom’s behavior as that of a sadist and a jerk. Bostrom worked in internal affairs for years and used to say out loud, “Investigate to Terminate”. So you’d could imagine how Stan Sniff deploys this man.

Karen Birchard and a former Captain had a relationship. Bostrom wanted to nail the Captain to the wall (who ironically is not my source for this story). Stan Sniff wanted to hang the entire Thermal Station disaster on this Captain who was terminated but is in a hearing to get his job back. Sniff attempted to pin years of mismanagement on this Captain even though he was there only a fraction of the time. (The Thermal Station disaster was a multi-year rolling train wreck of investigative failures and case mismanagement)

I learned that the number of cases that fell through the cracks was not 3,000, it was less than 1,500 of which maybe 250-300 may have netted convictions according to anonymous interviews. The embarrassment and fear of this getting out was a likely nexus for Sheriff Sniff to dispatch Mr. “Investigate to Terminate” to the scene.

Deputy Birchard did not turn against the Captain in her personnel interview. (Other accounts indicated that she did indeed turn on the Captain) As a result of the testimony, it is alleged that Bostrom became enraged because of its’ impact on several people that Birchard is alleged to have had relationships with. Fast forward to recently with Bostrom now in charge of the training center and deputy Birchard coming to the center for routine training. Since the world of police is a small one, it was well-known that Birchard was having health issues (reputed to be from her pregnancy) and was on medication.

According to accounts, it looks like Bostrom made sure she got arrested. It remains to be seen if Birchard was even under the influence. (under the influence was the charge)

Ever wonder why deputies, investigators, retirees and the like are coming out of the woodwork to talk to me? This is the culture created by the tyrannical sheriff.

To be continued.

P.S. Please note that I told the story of the retired Lt’s suicide attempt for one specific reason, Stan Sniff’s cover-up of it. Being an officer/deputy is an extremely difficult job with extreme divorce rates and suicide rates. I personally will never know the stresses or rigors of being in law enforcement nor do I intend to make light of them.

However, I do recognize poor leadership. It is clear from the way Stan Sniff handled this situation that he did not care about the health and welfare of the retired Lt. Please further note that I did not Name the retired Lt on purpose. It is my intention to take down the regime of Stan Sniff and the retired Lt. deserves better than a Sheriff trying to cover up the maladies. As I sit here with 15+ years of sobriety, I certainly do have personal understanding of life issues. I hope the retired Lt. can get the help he needs to put his life back together.

A SAD UPDATE as of 2/16/2018 – The retired Lt. has died from the self-inflicted injuries.