I discovered a long time ago that problems don’t happen, people make them happen.
So an hour and a half is already long enough for the Board of Supervisors to end this unseemly, unnecessary and unwarranted 7-month legal confrontation with the Sheriff over two non-existent issues that waste taxpayers’ money.
Not to accentuate the shallow narrative created by recently deceased former CEO Carmel Angelo, but it’s an issue she created about Sheriff Matt Kendall’s necessary, legal, and ordinary expenses, as well as his attempt to wrest control from the sheriff’s office of its highly sensitive internal computer systems and transfer the systems to his office.
There are 58 counties in California, with each county having a sheriff’s office. The computer systems of the 58 Sheriff’s Offices are managed and controlled independently by each office for security reasons. These systems contain all kinds of sensitive information, including operational and tactical plans, ongoing investigations, confidential informants, and more.
The expense battle is primarily over ordinary and necessary overtime expenses that exceeded the sheriff’s original budget. The CEO threatened to invoke an arcane provision of California government code that a public servant who exceeds a department’s budget can, in some cases, be held personally liable to pay for such overruns. I do not believe the record establishes whether this obscure law was ever invoked anywhere and at any time in the State of California. He was certainly never mentioned in the history of this county until last year.
I’ve been in Mendocino County since Tim Shea was Sheriff, and I can tell you that Shea and all successive Sheriffs have gone over budget for overtime or whatever, and have never been threatened with personal liability for overspending. . These situations have always been resolved by the Supes finding the necessary money because the causes of the overruns were necessary and unavoidable, as is the case with the current sheriff.
Skipping the details, because there has been no resolution to these issues caused by the CEO, taxpayers are now stuck with additional and unnecessary legal fees because the sheriff is entitled to outside legal advice due obvious conflicts from the county council office. The sheriff and the county are now in court to determine who will be the sheriff’s outside attorney.
It’s a mess and it needs to be cleaned up immediately.
Like I said, problems don’t happen, people make them happen.
And now people have to solve the problems.
Supervisors can make this problem disappear overnight.
Their CEO caused this problem, and they have to get out of it by providing the sheriff with a settlement letter that says the following:
1. The Sheriff’s Office must maintain full control and autonomy of its computer systems.
2. The Sheriff will not be held personally responsible for budget overruns, as there is no precedent for such action.
Supes Approve Chip Seal Bell Springs Plan, Spy Rock Roads
People who live in the Spy Rock Road and Bell Springs communities will be happy to know that the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors has approved a plan to seal off those arteries.
At the BOS meeting on Tuesday (April 5), the Supes unanimously approved a plan to gradually seal the two roads over a 5-year period. The proposed plan is to establish a solid road base over a period of about 4 years and then seal the roads in the fifth year.
Chip seal is a pavement surface treatment that combines one or more layers of asphalt with one or more layers of fine aggregate. In the United States, chip seals are typically used on rural roads with low traffic volumes.
The first phase of the plan is to seal off the first 3 miles of each road from the 101 Freeway. On Spyrock Road, the project will result in the paving of the 101 at Spy Rock School, an area that was sealed there years old and funded by a grant from the Mendocino County Air Quality Management District.
After the 5-year project is completed, the two roads will be gradually sealed.
The project involves both the 3rd and 4th Supervisory Districts since the redistricting moved part of Spy Rock Road and all of Bell Springs into the 4th District represented by Dan Gjerde. Both 3rd District Supe John Haschak and Gjerde enthusiastically supported the chip seal proposal, as did yours when asked for a recommendation by Haschak and MDOT Director Howard Dashiell last week. In the past, the county would “dust” both roads, a process that I felt was a waste of time and money. Dusting is an application of magnesium chloride formula which is mixed with water and applied with a truck. Due to drought and an MDOT budget shortfall, the Dust-off program was suspended last year. Because too many people are driving like crazy on our gravel roads, the dust clears quickly.
It was time to end wildlife ‘killing contests’
As a former hunter, I have no problem with anyone who is an old school hunter. What I object to are exotic trophy hunts and so-called “wild animal killing contests” on public lands.
This week, more than 15 members of Congress introduced legislation that would ban “organizing, sponsoring, conducting or participating in wild animal killing contests” on more than 500 million acres of land. American public.
The Prohibit Wildlife Killing Contests Act of 2022, the introduction of which was led by Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), would require the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the US Forest Service tasked with issuing regulations banning wildlife killing contests within a year. Eight states – Arizona, California, Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Vermont and Washington – have already banned such events within their borders.
Wildlife killing contests are organized competitive events in which participants compete for money or prizes by killing the most, largest, or sometimes smallest animal over a period of time. Each year, thousands of significant native carnivores and other wildlife – including coyotes, foxes, bobcats, cougars, prairie dogs and even wolves – are killed during these competitions.
Jim Shields is the editor and publisher of the Mendocino County Observer, [email protected], the longtime district manager of the Laytonville County Water District, and is also chairman of the City Area Advisory Board of Laytonville. Listen to his radio show “This and That” every Saturday at noon on KPFN 105.1 FM, also broadcast live: http://www.kpfn.org