May 162018

We’ve written extensively about Stan Sniff and crew hosing contract cities. We’ve detailed Palm Desert, Moreno Valley and Thermal Station in particular gaming their schedules to burn off un-used overtime hours so they don’t have to refund contract cities that money. It is a time honored tradition.

It is made even more absurd by the outrageous condition of equipment all over the Sheriff’s Department. The embedded photo is another rusted out car in service at Lake Elsinore Station.

So, the contract cities get a compounded rate increase of over 12% from FY 2017 – FY 2019 in exchange for stations mis-allocating man hours due to incompetence and cover-up (ahem) and rusty cars! What a deal!

It makes me wonder what is behind door #2.

Linked is another limp-wristed article from a local media source.

Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff announced today that the rates charged to 17 cities that contract with the county for law enforcement services will not jump as high as expected, despite mounting cost pressures.

According to a statement released by the sheriff’s executive staff, the anticipated rate adjustment is 6.65 percent, instead of the 8-10 percent increase that officials previously thought likely.

YIPEE. But wait – there’s more…

The rate was hiked last year by 5.14 percent, bringing the hourly cost of a patrol deputy to $168.45 per hour in the municipalities served by the sheriff’s department.

Only the city of Moreno Valley openly protested the upward revision to the rate schedule in 2017. In 2015, a 7 percent hike prompted an outcry from elected and non-elected officials from Indian Wells, Lake Elsinore, Moreno Valley, Palm Desert and Temecula, who challenged the justification for such a significant adjustment. They protested that law enforcement expenses were draining their budgets and should be capped.

Those cities are right to be upset, but for the wrong reasons. Let’s start with the dilapidated equipment, managerial incompetence, book-cooking, overtime ripoffs, corruption and myriad cover-ups. The contract cities should file a class-action lawsuit against Stan Sniff for what he has done to them.

The article concludes with a bunch of Stan Sniff’s talking points and similar to the Desert Sun and Press-Enterprise makes no mention of Sniff’s challengers in the article. (The Sun and the P-E usually throw away one sentence after using a few paragrpahs of pablum talking points)

Perhaps this is why this blog is pushing 750,000 hits since the first of the year. People want to get news from somewhere. Leave it to this “Biased Blogger” to do the job of the so-called media for them.

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