Dec 112017
 

Sheriff Stan Sniff campaigned on a reduction of Crime in Riverside County in 2014. It appears to have been a fluke, Sheriff Stan Sniff did not plan to fail, he failed to plan. For the period of January to June 2016, we have a disturbing story of a crime wave in Riverside County:

Crime data for the January-June period shows overall violent crime surging 14 percent within the agency’s jurisdiction.

The violent crime rate is factored using Part I crime data. Part I crimes are classified by the FBI as offenses that include murder, forcible rape, aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, auto theft and larceny.

The violent crime component focuses exclusively on murder, rape, robbery and assault.

According to the sheriff’s department, there were 27 homicides in the first half of this year in its patrol areas, compared to 14 during the same period in 2015 — a 93 percent jump. Looking only at unincorporated communities, the growth rate was an even 100 percent — 10 murders in the first six months of 2016, compared to five in the first half of 2015.

According to sheriff’s officials, the overall Part I crime rate edged up 4 percent from January to June.

Sheriff’s statistics showed that robberies spiked by 19 percent, while aggravated assaults grew by 11.4 percent and rapes by 1.5 percent.

More vehicle thefts and larcenies drove the property crime rate up roughly 3 percent year-over-year.

Sheriff Sniff has some explaining to do. I suppose he will blame the board of Supervisors. We know he has blamed the rank and file officers many times and wonders why they want him out of office.

Even as Sheriff Sniff was campaigning on lower crime, there was a harbinger of things to come from the 2013-2014 crime stats:

Figures released by the sheriff’s department show aggravated assaults rose from 1,610 incidents in 2013 to 1,759 in 2014.

What do we know for sure? Unused jail beds. Slow-rolling the opening of the jail. Fighting with the Board of Supervisors. Furloughs. Hiring Freezes (his choice, not the supervisors). Refusal to engage in creative, thoughtful solutions to keep more cops on the beat. Heck, the Sheriff won’t even cooperate with ICE when the criminals could get deported much less end up in Prison here in Riverside County!

In 2014, Sheriff Sniff Publicly promised 1.2 Deputies per 1,000 residents. Suffice to say, that is a campaign promise the good Sheriff has not come close to keeping (including these disastrous crime statistics..)

However, Sheriff Sniff does rake in $335K+ in total compensation, including taking a 20% pay raise while people were getting pink slips.

Dec 042017
 

At some point, blaming other people for the issues you have in your own office stops working. Not even the extremely and insanely biased US Media continued letting Barack Hussein Obama get away with it after 4 years of blaming President Bush.

Sheriff Stan Sniff was warned in 2008, that drastic cuts were coming. In 2011, the rank and file officers bore the brunt of it all. Rather than plan for the layoffs to try to mitigate some of them, we get this:

Riverside County Sheriff StanSniff today announced he will send layoff notices to nearly 800 officers in an effort to close the budget deficit.

As of last month, the sheriff’s department was facing a $10 million budget deficit for the fiscal year that ends in June.

For fiscal year 2011-12, the department may have to cut as much as $60 million to reach the spending target outlined by the executive office.

I’d lay odds that the Sheriff’s specially added $104k a year administrative job was not in that mix.

Earlier in 2011, after much debate about the location of a new jail (which is still under construction and being argued about), a little gem popped out near the end of the article:

Ironically, the county recently completed an $80 million upgrade of the Larry Smith Regional Detention Facility in Banning, ten miles west of the Whitewater site. The expansion added 582 beds to the Banning jail. County Sheriff Stan Sniff announced this month he would be closing 500 of those new beds due to budget cuts.

Sheriff Stan Sniff has never missed a raise. He currently hauls in a massive compensation package in excess of $335K a year. This includes a 20% pay raise in the midst of layoffs. Now we are starting to get a better picture of the Sheriff and his failure to lead or plan… to be continued.

Nov 272017
 

What you are going to learn about the Sheriff is a pattern dating back to his first year in office of fighting with the Riverside County Supervisors.

You would think with 10 years of budget cuts that the Sheriff would be more proactive and less combative with the county board of supervisors. However, that is not the case.

Riverside County Sheriff StanSniff Jr.’s plans to create a new administrative position within the sheriff’s department drew fire from county Supervisor Jeff Stone, who criticized the timing of the proposal, while the other supervisors voted in favor of it.

“This is going to be an irresponsible use of public money,” Stone asserted during the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday.

“If this was for a new deputy on the street, it wouldn’t be a problem. (Otherwise) I believe the sheriff can suffice with existing personnel,” Stone said.

Stone complained that given the county’s financial woes – with the prospect of payroll cuts during the next two years – now was not the time to create an administrative job in the sheriff’s department paying as high as $104,763 a year.

So back in 2008, the Sheriff had as a priority creating a new administrative position to represent him at community events and to track legislative issues. (Sound familiar?) In other words, the Sheriff was preparing his re-election(s) in 2008 with this position.

The sheriff’s new “legislative assistant” will engage “governmental agencies and organizations in which the sheriff has membership or interests,” according to sheriff’s department documents.

The “liaison” also will represent the sheriff at public meetings and research state and federal actions that might impact the sheriff’s department, documents indicated.

Back in 2008, Sheriff Sniff was warned that massive budget cuts were coming:

County Executive Officer Bill Luna said last week that spending cuts totaling 25 percent will be necessary between now and 2012. He said on Tuesday the county is implementing a hiring freeze and instituting stricter overtime rules.

The hiring freeze will be a recurring theme as we explore 10 years worth of the priorities of Sheriff Stan Sniff. However, this anecdote should be revealing as the complaints about the slow rolling of CCW Permits when staff could be re-purposed is not an isolated concept. This anecdote should give you perspective for the un-staffed jails and thousands of criminals getting released early or sometimes never serving a day of their sentence. Sniff had ample time to prepare for these issues and did not.

Nov 152017
 

As you continue to read the expose’ we are doing on Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff, there is an emerging pattern:

  1. Blame the Riverside County Board of Supervisors
  2. Blame the rank and file desputies
  3. Shutter Jail space over budget cuts
  4. Blame budget cuts for everything he has failed to deliver
  5. Resist any and all help (that was not his own idea) to be more efficient with the money.

Nowhere is this failure of leadership on display more than with the current budget drama in Riverside County. After going 15 rounds with the county board of supervisors, Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff’s department is set to violate their budget by over $9 Million!

If you’ve been tracking, Sniff had an argument during a public hearing related to an accounting audit / recommendations to address some of the budget issues. Similar to his passive-aggressive stuffing of the issuance of CCW permits, Mr. Sniff appears to have gone off and done things “his way” all over again.

Sheriff’s officials anticipated a $9.3 million overrun, which may swell, while the D.A.’s office is contending with a $5 million overage, and the public defender’s office is working to find ways of containing a $2.2 million deficit, county officials said.

Ouch. Riverside County deserves better than this.

Then you have this snippet which shows the mindset of the Sheriff:

“(KPMG’s) cost-saving measures are essential to maintaining service levels while containing ongoing spending,” Johnson wrote.

Critics, including Sheriff Stan Sniff and Supervisor Kevin Jeffries, have cast doubts that the vaunted savings will materialize.

So, rather than accept the fact that the recommendations of KPMG may save a lot of money, Mr. Sniff saddles up on some minor points to disregard the entire thing. This seems like trying to debate where you can be right on 19 out of 20 points and your opponent (sniff) will saddle up on the one point in an attempt to invalidate the other 19.

Riverside County deserves better than this.

One of the biggest cost drivers over the next year will be the phased opening of the John J. Benoit Detention Center in Indio, according to the report. The $333 million facility will eventually be able to house 1,600 inmates. But it remains unclear how the county will staff it as the sheriff struggles to find the money to replace deputies for patrol operations in unincorporated communities.

One thing is guaranteed, unless it is Stan Sniff’s idea to figure out how to staff that jail, he will fight it tooth and nail. I am not optomistic that Riverside County will get their jail staffed based on what I have learned about the Sheriff.

Riverside County deserves better than this.

Nov 132017
 

Perhaps Stan Sniff’s endorsements of left-wing liberal democrats are no fluke. He blames other people for his problems, has stymied CCW Permits, fights with law enforcement officers incessantly and of course has presided over the staggering numbers of releases of hardened criminals.

But he loves him some ACLU.

I’d lay odds the ACLU loved it when he started melting ICE and giving illegal aliens a head start on avoiding deportation. The ACLU and the Sheriff even had a love fest over it before the Sheriff thought better of it and pulled the press release off of the website. You know, the Sheriff Sniff definition of transparency.

The ACLU loved it when he hung a gigantic target on cops. The ACLU must have been asleep as the Sheriff has been scapegoating the cops for years, the hallmark of bad management. Since the ACLU’s definition of societal order is coddling criminals and heavy-handed anti-law enforcement legal activity – they should have had a poster of the Sheriff in their lobby.

What was at issue was not the body cameras. Everyone in Law Enforcement agrees that using them is a good thing. 80% of voters agree.

However having Body Cameras is just not enough for the ACLU. The ACLU tries to assert in their letter to the Sheriff that the camera does not always tell the full story, if you can believe that (it is the ACLU, after all), as an entree to explaining why the cops need to be treated with scorn and suspicion. The rest of us know that the camera does not lie. Time and gain the ACLU’s fellow society-destroying social justice warriors have started anti-police riots in the name of justice only to be exposed as liars when the camera vindicated the law enforcement officer.

However, the ACLU believes that the cops should not see the tape before writing their incident reports. Their argument is that cops are dishonest and might change their report to match the camera. Apparently, the Sheriff agrees with the ACLU.

ACLU – Police Body-Worn Cameras – Policy Points The ACLU references Oakland and Los Angeles in their letter and of course the good Sheriff agreed and decided he’d throw defense attorneys and criminal advocates a bone. Maybe the Sheriff was looking at this as a way to backdoor relieve prison overcrowding by giving defense attorneys more ways to create arguments to let guilty perpetrators go free.

I am 46. Anyone around my age can completely relate to not being able to remember stuff in detail very well. It is made even worse by the blur that sometimes occurs when you are making a string of split-second decisions. What the Sheriff did is create a situation where an honest mistake or omission can allow a guilty criminal to go free due to a technicality because the written report may not perfectly match the video.

Worse, an otherwise innocent, honest cop is also subjected to their integrity being challenged in this situation. This is similar to the gotcha game that prosecutors try to play in order to catch someone on obstruction of justice or perjury with unintentional comments. (see also the fantasy of obstruction against President Trump)

You can see the embedded screenshots of the since-removed ACLU’s letter to the sheriff congratulating his decision to hang a target on the cops.

You can see if you look close that this was shared on facebook.

It appears that posting stuff on the Sheriff’s website and then removing it amidst the backlash is a consistent pattern for the Sheriff as well.

When you are in law enforcement and the ACLU agrees with the decisions of your boss, you should be upset. If you are a voter and the ACLU is agreeing with the Sheriff, go get a gun (but in Riverside, you’ll have to wait 2 years before you can carry it with you) to protect yourself because criminals are having a field day with their ACLU-issued get out of jail free cards.

As we continue on our Tour-de-Sniff it will be a helpful exercise to take a trip down memory lane to tell the story about his priorities that have led to the furloughs, staffing cuts and empty jail beds because there is no staff for them? The repeatedly broken campaign promises mean the only winners have been the guilty, not the taxpayers.

Nov 062017
 

It is always someone else’s fault in the world of Sheriff Sniff.

Articles we have here at Right on Daily show his pattern of attacking Riverside County Local Government for years and blaming them for decisions he is making. We are going to talk about these as the passive-aggressive behavior against CCW Permits (by deliberately short-staffing that department) is a deliberate act.

More than a few stories detail cuts in Jail Staffing and slow rolling more Jail Beds in Riverside County.

More than a few stories detail misplaced budgetary priorities. These priorities have been a source of friction between the Sheriff and the rank-and-file deputies for years.

Here is one recent example – Lt. Chad Bianco who is running against the Sheriff was “Re-Assigned” for most of 2015-2016 to a job in an isolated office and was put in a position where he could not interact with anyone else. This, while the Sheriff was publicly attacking the Riverside County Board of Supervisors over budgeting issues. Perhaps Bianco could have been working on the CCW Backlog?

Sniff’s control issues re-manifest as Bianco has been re-assigned again just recently to a similar dungeon.

There are other things the Sheriff has been doing to retaliate against political adversaries that we will be getting in to soon.

Suffice to say, the concept of retaliating against political adversaries is not new. Sniff was fired by the former Sheriff in 2006 as likely retaliation for his own ambition.

A lot of my friends in Riverside County believe that the bad blood between the Riverside Sheriffs and Sheriff Stan Sniff is rooted in the “Body Camera” issue. The deeper issue here is a Sheriff that is always making decisions to further his own political future with little or any regard for the privacy or rights of law enforcement officers. (Sounds like Obama, huh?)

Witness, this gem from several years ago:

The Sheriff deputies actually had to fight with the Sheriff regarding forced blood draws from deputies involved in shootings. The issue is the presumption of guilt and the officer being dehumanized in order to prove themselves innocent.

Perhaps stuff like this are reasons why the Sheriff is a darling of the ACLU?

Perhaps Sniff’s soft stance on enforcing ICE Deportation orders is another reason? Perhaps his flip-flopping on immigration enforcement (in advance of his re-election campaign) is another reason for confirm?

Perhaps the horrendous rate of early release of felons is another? (as the Sheriff stonewalls staffing jails)

While we are scratching the surface of the Sheriff’s Behavior and priorities, The entree in to a real discussion about the “Body Camera” fiasco has its’ genesis in the retaliation against Bianco and in the drama surrounding the forced blood draws. What is not clear is the Sheriff’s leadership. What is clear is that he needs to be in control regardless of the issue. What will also become clear is that he likes to scapegoat everyone he can not directly retaliate against. No Sheriff that cared about his men would even hesitate over a policy of forcing blood draws out of rank and file officers.

Next up – why Sheriff Sniff’s affinity for the ACLU, thus hanging a target on all of the cops in Riverside County should concern us all…

Oct 302017
 

The definition of passive aggressive is to tell someone you are going to do something and the second they take their eye off of you, do the exact opposite. Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff is full of excuses for why Riverside County is extremely difficult for law abiding citizens to obtain a CCW Permit in.

The Sheriff has blamed “The Budget” and staffing for his stubborn refusal to increase the pathetic number of approvals for CCW Permits in Riverside County.

When attempting to defend his horrid record on CCW Permits, Sniff set fire to himself: “Around 1,100 residents countywide — not including law enforcement — are currently licensed to carry firearms, according to the sheriff.”

1100. Out of 2.4 Million people. This is an astonishing .045% of the residents.

Now, of course, another excuse from the Sheriff: “California is a very anti-gun state,” Sniff said. ”I’m not sure the idea of ‘shall-issue’ is ever going to wash here.”

So, the solution of the Sheriff? Only one person on staff who processes permits. This is called passive-aggressive behavior while rightly bashing the state of California to keep people off of the scent.

You see, in 2014, Sniff’s stubborn refusal to grant many CCW permits was a campaign issue for his opponent Chad Bianco. (ahem, it is again in 2018, too…)

An Article in 2014 had some pretty irritated Gun Rights Groups lighting up the Sheriff for his #EPICFAIL on granting CCW Permits:

The head of several pro-gun organizations today threatened legal action against Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff over an alleged policy of arbitrarily withholding concealed weapons permits, which the sheriff denied, pointing to evidence that he’s always been a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights.

Brandon Combs, who runs the Calguns Foundation and the California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees, announced the ”Fix-Riverside Initiative,” aimed at spurring Sniff to loosen up the issuance of concealed gun licenses in the wake of a U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in February.

Now, you have perspective for the 2 year waits that people were complaining about in 2016 and 2017. Stan Sniff does not care. If he did, he could pull excess administrative staff over to processing CCW Permits. Instead, he prefers to cry poor and pick fights with the county board of supervisors… while hauling in $330k in total compensation at all of our expense.

IN January of 2016, in the wake of one of many acts of Radical Islamic Terror in this case that was a massacre in San Bernardino, there was a surge in applications.

In neighboring Riverside County the wait now stands at 18 months after just two members of the police department were left to process the hundreds of applications being received each month.

Note, I have been informed that there is now only one officer. Once again, pattern recognition takes over here as the previous post shows us the following:

I have a current CCW from another county. I’m told by Riverside county that I have to begin the process over in their county, taking the safety course from one of their vendors and I have to interview. They gave me an appointment in January 2019!!

Kevin Johnson says: Just got my interview appointment. First available was April 2019. Over two years away. The problem is worse since this article was written.

In 2014, Sniff only granted 258 new CCW Permits in a County of 2.4 Million people. In 2017, people are reporting 2+ Year waits for an interview due to Sniff’s Passive Aggressive Behavior. We deserve better in Riverside County, instead of a Politician that lies to Gun Rights Groups to get their endorsement by answering questionnaires – we need a Sheriff that understands public safety and what real gun rights looks like.

P.S. The people that threatened to sue Sniff in 2014, should do so now.

Oct 232017
 

Ever tried to get a CCW Permit in Riverside County?

A comment on a gun rights group page CRPA sets the stage for the Stan Sniff versus the constitution fight.

Thats true.. I mean 2018 till an interview is what one guy said….. you know how many deputies are on limited duty and on disability ect they could throw in that division? they could put like 20 guys in there.. BTW, the two deputies that are in there now are super super guys .. Frank Yezzo is a great guy and one of the JUST TWO deputies in that division… and very easy going in the whole process but again, its almost like you should just CCW on your own at that point of waiting.

Unpack the comment. In a county of 2.4 Million people Sheriff Sniff has limited the number of people processing CCW Permits to 2.

I have a current CCW from another county. I’m told by Riverside county that I have to begin the process over in their county, taking the safety course from one of their vendors and I have to interview. They gave me an appointment in January 2019!!

I also have to surrender my CCW to the issuing county because of my change of address.

Got it? Someone with a CCW is going to have to give it up for 2+ Years because of the artificially created backlog by Sheriff Sniff.

Perhaps the Sheriff’s affinity to the ACLU, SEIU, LIUNA and the Carpenter’s Union is no accident? Perhaps his endorsements of extreme left wing democrat Cheryl Brown was really ideological? Richard Roth is no slouch at grabbing guns either.

Kevin Johnson says: Just got my interview appointment. First available was April 2019. Over two years away. The problem is worse since this article was written.

Because the Sheriff has done such a poor job for 10 years on issuing CCW Permits, cities within the county that are not contracting with the Riverside Sheriff’s Office are attempting to take matters in to their own hands to issue permits.

The bottom line is that Sheriff Sniff is anti-gun and places no priority in issuing CCW Permits. He may be able to play politician to fool some of the gun rights groups for an occasional endorsement, but unpacking his horrific record on gun rights will tell the real tale.

As of Early 2015 here is your count on CCW Permits. Riverside County is a County of 2,400,000 people.

Riverside County: About 1,200 (including 258 new permits in 2014)

San Bernardino County: 3,361 (including 720 new permits in 2014)

We’re going to lead in to the second post about the Sheriff’s Abysmal Record on Gun Rights with this 2014 Story right after the 9th Circuit amazingly hammered San Diego County for adding several layers of barriers to CCW Permits that were ultimately ruled unconstitutional.

But a gun rights group contends that the ruling, centered on concealed permit rules in San Diego County, also is proof that Inland counties aren’t following the law. The executive director of the Calguns Foundation is threatening legal action against Riverside County if it doesn’t ease its rules for civilians who want to carry hidden guns in public.

Instead of changing to accommodate the ruling and the will of the people, Sheriff Sniff has passively-aggressively doubled down on making CCW permits nigh-on-impossible in Riverside County. In essence the Sheriff has told would-be CCW permit holders “Up Yours”.

The pattern of our leftist “Republican” social justice warrior sheriff is well established as you will see in the next installment of “Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff to Gun Rights Groups: UP YOURS”…

Oct 162017
 

Thanks to some extremely bizarre legislation in California, you can self identify as anything these days. It does indeed appear that my friends within the Riverside GOP have failed to do their due diligence on the Sheriff who is self-identifying as a Republican.

Mr. Sniff appears to be all over the board on a variety of issues. When doing research on the Sheriff, I learned that he appointed an LBGT Liaison Officer. I wonder if this was widely advertised?

It was buried in a retirement announcement for the assistant sheriff. (Click the picture to enlarge the text)

Whether or not gay rights is your issue, the point here is one of priorities. The Good Sheriff has a bizarre set of them. A brand new jail sat empty for quite a while due to “budget cuts”, yet we have an LGBT liaison officer. I’d assume to deal with the after affects of felons allowed to go free who assault them?

As I’ve been looking in to the Sheriff, I’ve identified a slew of things that are causing me to question everything everyone thinks they knew about him.

Let’s start at a basic question, Is Stan Sniff a Republican?

He is deign to give out CCW Permits, this is a proven fact we will discuss later, he has also given short shift to jails and corrections, another fact we will discuss later. Guns and Law / Order are two pillars of even the most moderate Republican’s platform.

It gets better – in the competitive State Senate District 31 in the middle of Riverside County, tax-raising left-wing “General” Richard Roth can count of Sheriff sniff to endorse and help re-elect him. Richard Roth voted to jack up your vehicle registrations, jacked up your gas taxes twice and helped usher in Cap and Trade which will light up the sky with your energy bills. Cap and Trade is the reason why Riverside County “Republican” Chad Mayes became public enemy number one and is expected to be in the fight of his life for re-election. So why not Stan Sniff? Sniff endorsed Roth in September of 2015, some 10 months before election day, in an effort to discourage any viable Republican from running against Roth, while in the same area Republican Assemblymember Eric Linder was ousted from office.

Sniff called Richard Roth a “True Champion for Public Safety”, yet Roth supported Prop 47 and Prop 57, get out of jail free cards for habitual career criminals. Under those propositions, you can visit the local markets and steal up to $950 worth of stuff and get an infraction. You can then do it repeatedly as those crimes do not pile up. Roth also supported making transmitting HIV a misdemeanor.

Lest you think Stan Sniff’s democrat tendencies are limited to the above, the good sheriff also added another disaster to his endorsement quiver. In 2012, he endorsed leftist democrat Cheryl Brown. Ms. Brown has been like Richard Roth on acid. Brown is so far out there that she has supported legislation so bad that even Governor Moonbean has vetoed it.

It is fair to say that Sheriff Sniff has no clear core convictions. It is also fair to say that Sheriff Sniff aided and abetted the largest tax increases, fee increases and regulatory increases in state history, in addition to the disasters known as Prop 47 and 57.

Does the Sheriff believe that the leftist Social Justice Warriors will come to his aid now that his tenure is seriously threatened? We are seeing an emerging pattern with Sheriff Sniff… stay tuned for more.

Oct 132017
 

Sheriff Stan Sniff has had a history of fighting with his cops. Sheriff Stan Sniff has had a history of fighting with the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, blaming all of them for every bad decision he has made. At the same time, Sheriff Stan Sniff is providing no leadership for the deputies he still has on the beat.

On the 8th of July, a couple of Riverside Sheriff’s Department Officers responded to a DUI. Here is a link to a quick hit in the local paper.

The officers on the scene did the following:

Unfortunately, Sheriff Sniff will not be able to delete this from the internet as he has with other items that were controversial.

This picture of Sargent Robert Garcia and Community Services Officer Stephanie Perez was actually on Perez’ social media account.

In the three month’s since, there has been nothing out of the Sheriff’s office about this.

Six Firefighters are working on the wrecked car and this is the contribution from Mr. Sniff’s troops?

Maybe the Sheriff needs to take a break from going to the rotary club dinner, the women’s luncheon, the chamber of commerce crab feed and his regularly scheduled bashing of county board of supervisors to actually attempt to enforce some discipline?

It is a fair question to ask.