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 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 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
 

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.

Feb 092018
 

Canadians. Apparently that is a code word for black people. Apparently in Hemet Dave Brown’s Hemet that was the codeword for “them”.

The Hemet Police Department also uses the term “Canadians” as a derogatory reference to African-Americans, the complaint states.

San Diego officer accuses Hemet Police of misconduct, racism

Hemet Dave has a problem. Beyond being the police chief of the spraypaint capitol of Riverside County, his force apparently has issues.

“During the detention of an intoxicated person, another officer working with claimant found crystal methamphetamine in the detainee’s pocket, but the field training officer (FTO) supervising both officers destroyed the evidence,” the claim states.

“During the handling of a prisoner who was being loud, a corporal told claimant, ‘Kitchen, control your suspect,’ at which point the same FTO walked up, grabbed the prisoner’s head and slammed it into the wall several times, exclaiming, ‘That’s how you control a suspect,’” the claim adds.

At least they aren’t fed-kicking their suspects in Hemet, I suppose. (Maybe they are just kicking them physically…)

The document also alleges that Kitchen was told not to arrest a domestic-violence suspect because he was an acquaintance of a Hemet police sergeant, a practice that “was different than San Diego because Hemet was a ‘small town,’” the claim said.

Now that sounds like something Sheriff Stan Sniff would do! Looks like the genesis of the hatred between Brown and Sniff has to do with familiarity breeding contempt?

It will be very interesting to see how the case comes out in civil court and if anyone comes forward to this blogger with more information.

Meantime – review the below, more on this soon.

Feb 082018
 

Remember the cheating scandal as broken on the Right on Daily Blog 1/22/2018? Someone sent a copy of the almost the entire file to the Desert Sun. Your intrepid blogger broke the story, but we had to exercise caution, because unlike the New York Times or the Washington Post who use anonymous sources as cover to write whatever they want, we do not have millions to pay Attorneys at Right on Daily. So we wrote the following:

Then we have the well-known case of a cheating scandal on advancement exams, Note, once again people worried about being identified. What is central in this cheating scandal is Jason Gxxx being promoted, as his wife is a $120k a year administrative assistant to the Sheriff. The correspondence I got continues:

(Source deleted) …150 deputies were caught up in it. Because of the scope of it, admin stopped the Investigators from identifying more and told them to only investigate the ten worst offenders. All offenders were given 16 hours of discipline including one who was caught outright lying, normally a firing offense. Included in this group was a Deputy named Jason Gxxx. Gxxx is married to (XX), Sniff’s $120k a year secretary. Not only was Gxxx allowed to stay on the promotion list, he was promoted to the very rank he cheated to get in November. The promotion list just came out for this last testing cycle, and Gxxx finished very high on the Sergeants list and will likely promote to that rank.

We thank the Desert Sun for blowing the lid off the scandal with a very long and detailed article.

Two and a half years ago, an internal investigation at the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department uncovered that 25 employees attempted to cheat their way to a higher rank by sharing questions and answers from a confidential promotional exam.

While the number of deputies involved is the subject of debate because Stan Sniff halted the investigation in order to cover it up, the point stands. This creates a “Brady Issue” mess because now people can have their convictions overturned due to the impugned integrity of the cheaters. I have been told at least one public defender is filing motions related to the two people outed in the Sun Article. If they read this blog they will have a third name, I suppose.

Please also note that Lance Colmer, mentioned in the article is reputed to be the investigator who was handed the Walter Cole file as part of the attempt we wrote about to lynch Cole.

Earlier in the week, Stan Sniff got used like a punching bag. People’s frustrations are boiling over with the malfeasance and mismanagement of the out of control tyrant.

State Senator Jeff Stone blasted Stan Sniff on his Facebook Page. That takes courage, because Sniff responds in kind and Stone has skin in the game so to speak.

“My friends, the Sheriff Stan Sniff I would select then and know and work with, is NOT the same Sheriff Stan Sniff I see today,” Stone wrote. “I have heard from many of his troops who are concerned and ironically relay some of the same complaints then deputy Stan Sniff had with his predecessor!”

Stone continued: While some handle power responsibly, “a small number actually let the power go (to) their heads making their public endeavors more complicated and problematic.”

OUCH.

Then supervisor John Taviglione who has inexplicably endorsed Hemet Dave, was quoted in two articles unloading on Stan Sniff.

Supervisor Rips On Sheriff About Financials, Calls Him ‘Child’

Riverside County supervisor tells sheriff to ‘man up’ and fix budget overruns

“Our elected sheriff is living in the 20th century,” Tavaglione said. “He is unable to manage his organization in an effective way. The sheriff is sitting back, like a child, and continues to demand more funds that we don’t have. We keep telling him that, over and over like a broken record. It’s the damn truth.”

It really sucks to be Sheriff Sniff. The local media is waking up to his legacy of failure. We’ve been hammering Sniff for his mismanagement of the Sheriff’s department since we took the case in October. To those of you that have been hurt by this guy, help is here. We will continue to break stories and expose the dark underbelly of the second floor gulag as we march towards the forced retirement of a failed Sheriff.

Feb 082018
 

Failure.

On 1-26-2018, an article popped up in the local paper about a press release from the Sheriff’s office unilaterally declaring the KPMG audit to be a failure. The money quote is here:

In a news release issued Friday afternoon, sheriff’s officials announced that an experiment by consulting firm KPMG that changed the scheduling patterns at the sheriff’s Hemet station had resulted in longer response times and was a failure.

Missing from the article are two key points:

  1. Amazingly right before the auditors showed up to the Hemet Station, the staff was cut from 24-31 deputies down to 16. It is believed and is the opinion of this blogger and several unnamed people with direct knowledge that this was done to tank the audit and make data metrics near impossible.
  2. The Captain of the Hemet Station? None other than Leonard Purvis who is reported to be in line for a friend-of-Stan-promotion to Chief Deputy.

You will recall that Purvis was the Chief of Police in Banning whose tenure was marred by failure. He was terminated / resigned (depending on who you talk to) in a cloud of issues that were well documented in the local papers.  Then he was re-hired by the Sheriff.

It is a fair question to ask if Mr. Purvis, who is reputedly quite close to the Sheriff, was brought in to Hemet in order to tank the KPMG audit. (and of course to keep Lt. Chad Bianco locked in the cooler there as well)

While the P-E may not been aware of the above, or omitted those items in their article, they did give space to the County for a response:

“The optimized schedule reduced residents’ wait times for priority 1 calls (crimes in progress) by 43% during the pilot in the Hemet Station and 16% during pilot in the Lake Elsinore Station,” the county response read. “The optimized schedules reduced resident wait times for all priority types of calls by greater than 20%, and reduced the waiting time on weekend calls by as much as 65% at peak times.”

The dueling statements are part of a larger dispute between Sniff — an elected official who can’t be fired — and the executive office, which reports to the county’s five elected supervisors.

And here we go again, kicking and screaming despite the best efforts of the Sheriff, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors is delivering for the people of Riverside County. This is a legacy of failure for Stan Sniff again and again.

If you read the quotes from the Sheriff, they show an abject disconnect from reality.

Then a second article from the local paper came out. This article featured more comments from the Sheriff whining about the budget he refuses to manage and despite the paper giving the Sheriff more ink than his two opponents combined, there was still this gem:

In an email and in a phone interview, Bianco said there were inaccuracies in the both sheriff’s release and the statement issued by the county.

“The sheriff’s memo blamed KPMG for overtime costs and response times but he was the cause of both. Staffing was purposely lowered to ensure the KMPG pilot would fail,” said Bianco, who is backed by the union representing deputies.

“The Hemet schedule was based on a purposeful ‘county drawdown’ to put the Hemet station at minimum staffing,” Bianco said. “KPMG did not have any impact on overtime or staffing levels. They attempted to adjust shift start times and heavy staffing days. They even thought staffing levels were dangerous.”

Bianco added: “Hemet Station administration had been asking to return to previous schedules since July. But it is my opinion the sheriff refused to allow the change for political reasons. Deputies’ lives and lives of residents were pawns in a political strategy to play the victim to the public and blame the board for budget woes.”

Here is the bottom line. Sheriff Stan Sniff has to much too defend and too many people to blame. The local paper shows a bias by giving the Sheriff the last word in most every article we have read from them, and they refer to the RSA as a Union. Contrast this to my local paper, the Sacramento Bee, which is deign to use the term union when writing about races in mixed or Republican areas. We track these things on the RightonDaily Blog as these subtle editorial decisions are telling.

While we focused on Leonard Purvis, he is a mere example of management’s complicity in the failures of the Sheriff and the crushed morale of the rank and file. As we get concrete evidence, we will name names.

While the Press-Enterprise either misses or chooses not to report on some critical issues dogging the Sheriff, we will continue to do so as our expose on the Sheriff Continues.

Feb 052018
 

What If we told you that the Sheriff recently went to speak to a large homeowner’s association about crime, etc? You’d say so what?

What if we told you that the Sheriff blew the opportunity and alienated most of the people there because he was focused on defending himself and completely disregarded any of their issues in the process? See the attached embedded quote from yet another deputy anonymously due to fears of retaliation.

Stalin Stan last night ( to be specific ) 01-09-18, was scheduled to speak with the citizens at Sage which was a full house regarding a new development ( which he never mentioned the nigh development. Stalin Sniff initiated his rhetoric by blaming the County Board Supervisors for the lack of funding, the increase in crime, whined about citizens hating him and his deputies being disrespectful to him. The citizens became so upset and that they started leaving the forum. I will not post my name due to the new directive given to my Captain regarding deputies posting negative comments with the possibility of them being terminated.

Recently, we posted the story of a deputy who wrote about how Lieutenants and Captains, etc were being strong-armed in to signing endorsement cards for the Sheriff.

I heard Sheriff Sniff directed his captains to speak with their lieutenant have them sign a 3×5 card pledging their support.  This rumor quickly became fact when I overheard lieutenants talking about feeling pressured to sign the card.  I felt bad for the lieutenants because as an RSA member, I am not intimidated to support anyone, I am just asked to vote on whom to endorse without fear of retaliation. I Guess LEMU is an arm of the Sheriff to do what he wants with, like demand an endorsement.

This anonymous letter from a deputy is indeed credible as it matches other similar stories.

Just a few days ago a retired Deputy relayed to us that the “LEMU” (Law Enforcement Management Unit – basically people above the ranks of the rank-and-file, but below those in senior management) endorsed Chad Bianco. It is reported to this blogger that several within the LEMU are upset because they voted overwhelmingly to endorse their fellow Lt. Chad Bianco for Sheriff yet the endorsement has been sat on and not made public. However, as it was put to us people within that group are afraid to publicize the endorsement for fear of retaliation and missed promotions at the hands of the Tyrannical Sheriff. Here at RightonDaily, allow us to publicize the LEMU endorsement of Chad Bianco in an attempt to let them know they are not alone.

In the process of chasing down leads on the Sheriff, we stumbled across the Mohammad Ali Mazarei caper. We’ve learned that he, his business and an employee were named in a 25 page complaint regarding cold-plugged smog checks by the Bureau of Automotive Repair. This is significant because Mazarei is a $50,000+ donor to the Sheriff according to my math based on public records.

The Bureau of Automotive Repair filed their complaint on 9-14-2017. The most recent check from Mr. Mazarei (actually in the name of his Arco business) was written on 10-5-2017 according to a late-filed FPPC form 497. Records and sources indicate that a criminal complaint by Mazarei against a former employee was made in October of 2017. Mazarei said publicly in writing he filed charges against a former employee, Walter Cole.

Mohammad Ali Mazarei can’t file charges. Only the DA can. The internal machinations of this case are the stuff of legend in insider circles, and it appears that there has been sudden insider interest in the case in the three weeks since our first expose on Mr. Mazarei / His Business appeared.

And now for the latest wrinkle, insiders in the various offices (I am being vague on purpose to protect people’s identities) have been talking amongst themselves and this blogger about the Walter Cole prosecution. Cole is the employee of Mazarei’s. If you read the legal demand letter posted on facebook by Mazarei, you will learn that he is asserting he is innocent of everything and it is all Walter Cole’s fault.

In Mazarei’s mind according to sources, if Cole is prosecuted successfully, then he (Mazarei) will be innocent and able to sue everyone that he disagrees with over the caper. The problems for Mr. Mazarei and his attorney (who appears to be an officer in a local Young Republicans Club) are multi-fold. Let’s start with the fact that Cole’s guilt has no bearing on Mazarei’s guilt in any civil or criminal case. Secondly, those talking to this blogger have been clear that those involved in this case are not happy they are being pushed to investigate or prosecute it. In their words the case against Cole is weak and minor. Words like “politically motivated prosecution” are being used. A third problem for Mr. Mazarei and his attorney is called discovery. Imagine what sorts of stuff your intrepid blogger could find in an open court case with subpoena powers and witness testimony/declarations under oath.

It is completely unclear who gave the orders to do what. There is also no evidence or anyone suggesting that the District Attorney of Riverside County is involved in this issue at all as it could be a simple administrative review of a case not previously filed, subordinates pushing the case or a figment of Ali Mazarei’s imagination.

Everybody seems to know what’s going on and the spiraling rumors are a clear indicator of a legacy of leadership failure by the Sheriff….

… including the latest Crony promotion. Captain Leonard Purvis is rumored to be on deck for a promotion to Chief Deputy. People talking to your intrepid blogger anonymously have indicated that Purvis was a disaster as Chief of the Banning Police Department and left in an acrimonious manner that was the subject of several stories in the local media. Almost immediately, his good buddy Sheriff Sniff re-hired him. Purvis despite his record in Banning, has quickly moved up the ranks and appears to be getting another friend-of-Stan-promotion. Again, similar to the above stories the resentments about and knowledge of the situation is widespread…

To be continued…

Feb 012018
 

Blogger’s Note: While I disagree vehemently with the deputy’s characterization of the KPMG Audit of Riverside County’s Finances, however that is really aside from the main point. We will highlight the key parts for emphasis:

As we conclude our negotiations and are likely to be imposed upon; I noticed a change in demeanor amongst our sergeants and station administrators.  More so, as we enter an election year with Sheriff Sniff being challenged by Lieutenant Chad Bianco.  Supervision have made it clear that no political discussions are to take place while on duty.  No verbal endorsement expressed to the public or campaign signs. Okay, I understand and will comply with these directives. But off-duty advocate for who you support as it is our right free from intimidation to promote the candidate each of believe in.

However, I have over heard a few of our sergeants and lieutenants talking within ear shot about negotiations and what is anticipated to be a very heated election for Sheriff. I concluded that LEMU is concerned how bad a contract they will get and believe KPMG is dictating the course of negotiations with the county’s approval.  If I may opine off topic, KPMG is making a lot of money off the backs of all county employees.  Really, the Board of Supervisors isn’t intelligent enough to do their own audit in an effort to save money?  Instead they pay KPMG millions of dollars…

I have read a lot about rumors in the RSO Reader and wonder where are these rumors were originating from.  At my station I never heard of these rumors and frankly don’t care.  But since we are on the topic of rumors, I heard Sheriff Sniff directed his captains to speak with their lieutenant have them sign a 3×5 card pledging their support.  This rumor quickly became fact when I overheard lieutenants talking about feeling pressured to sign the card.  I felt bad for the lieutenants because as an RSA member, I am not intimidated to support anyone, I am just asked to vote on whom to endorse without fear of retaliation. I Guess LEMU is an arm of the Sheriff to do what he wants with, like demand an endorsement.

Another rumor I heard is that those who supported Lieutenant Chad Bianco in past and honorably retired were not afforded a retirement badge.  The speculation is that being presented a retirement badge is Sheriff Sniff’s decision to or not to.  Well, after 25-30 years of honorable service a retiree should get a badge regardless of the candidate he or she supports.  It’s about protecting and serving the community, citizens and our Department.   If unfortunate and I apologize for not signing my name, but I don’t want to get transferred from my current station for expressing my opinion as afforded to me under the United States Constitution.  I hope you understand my position.  As an employee, do you feel you are being intimidated to support Sheriff Sniff?  Especially, if you are on the promotional list…Vote who you believe in and keep it to yourself.

This is clear:

  1. Sniff is strong-arming Lt’s to sign endorsement cards (remember LT’s and Captains are considered “management” thus they are not union members).
  2. Sniff is retaliating against retirees by withholding common honors from them. This would be similar to not presenting a 20 or 30 year military man with a flag at their retirement ceremony.
  3. This employee is clearly fearful of intimidation and is also clear he has seen others get forcibly transferred to worse duty stations.

Now ask yourself, how can Sheriff Sniff be an effective Sheriff with this kind of culture? Perhaps this is why crime is spiking up significantly in Riverside County.