Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Who is the mystery candidate?

Chief Sanchez made the right choice in not running for County Sheriff and he did so for the right reasons. The City did give him a great deal on the house loan and salary -- "compacted" or not. Did his "Change of Heart" have to do with former Sheriff Thomas' reference to a candidate that hasn't stepped forward? Usually I'm pretty good at guessing -- but I'm stumped on this one...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

By not vigourously denying his interest in becoming Sheriff from the very start, and instead thinking seriously about it in high drama, Cam Sanchez has shown he really has no loyalty and respect for the good people of the City of Santa Barbara, who pay him highly and subsidized more than half the cost of his home.


12/29/2005 7:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i believe Thomas' reference was to an internal candidate within the Sheriff's dept

12/29/2005 9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good timing by Cam. The city fire chief salary just received a big review with the filling of that position. Cam's flirting with running for sheriff won't hurt him as his salary comes up for review. Anyone want to bet he won't receive a big raise within the next few months?

P.S. Congratulations, Sara, for two straight days of non-editorial board posts. Keep up the good work.

12/29/2005 10:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It could be a battle of the far north vs the far south parts of the county. Word is Thomas' candidate hails from Carpinteria. And also whispered is that the Lompoc Chief is IN.

12/29/2005 10:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cam, or any candidate, would have to raise some serious money to run. That might have been on Cam's mind, since it's not easy to raise lots of cash, even against a wounded incumbent. Anyone have an idea how much cash a candidate for sheriff would have to raise? $250,000 to $300,000 is my guess. Brooks raised over $650,000, I think, and in the last council races some of the candidates had to raise about $100,000, all in.

12/29/2005 1:29 PM  
Anonymous SBR said...

Compliments on keeping up a terrific blog.
I personally know how difficult it is to do a write-up each day, especially when you don’t have the resources of a news organization behind you. I am sure many of those who post comments here also understand this.
Keep on keeping on.


12/29/2005 4:52 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

Thanks for the kudos SBR...I'll take what I can get around here :)

Yes -- $300,000 is a safe bet for the race and the winner practically has to have the Deputy Sheriff's endorsement. I don't think Anderson is out of it yet however.

12/29/2005 5:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Think the Deputy Sheriff's will endorse Anderson, particulary after cutting himself off from the Sheriff's Council equipment funds? The Council's audit findings about the comped Bacara rooms may come at the wrong time for him, as well.

12/30/2005 11:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim Thomas has selected Dominic Palera as the heir apparent and has already begun rallying the forces behind him. Many members of the Sheriff's Council are already on board.

Jim Anderson, on the other hand, has already formally asked the Deputy Sheriff's Association for their endorsement, only to be told that they are going to wait and see.

The audit, if completed in a timely fashion, will have a significant impact on this election.

12/31/2005 12:33 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

Thanks for the info Anon -- you are right about the audit. We'll see what happens.

1/01/2006 7:50 AM  

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