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Friday, January 27, 2006

Sheriff Has Only Himself to Blame

From today's News-Press about Lompoc Chief Bill Brown's candidacy announcement:
"A series of events and decisions have called into question the ability of our current sheriff to effectively lead the organization," Chief Brown said with a few dozen supporters standing behind him. "Morale is low, and our citizens want their confidence in the office of our sheriff to be restored. In short, our Sheriff's Department is in need of a visionary leader who can chart a new direction and lead its members on a new course. I believe I am that leader."

Without knowing much more about the guy -- let me just say with former Sheriff Thomas coming back from the dead and a city police chief running against him -- Sheriff Anderson's got a race now and he only has himself to blame.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill Brown is as close to a progressive-leaning law enforcement chief that anyone could ever hope for; and ethical, smart and fair on top of that.

1/27/2006 3:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh no, not progressive!!!!!

1/27/2006 9:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"progressive-leaning," is he! Sounds good to me:

Progressive \Pro*gress"ive\, a. [Cf. F. progressif.]
[1913 Webster]
1. Moving forward; proceeding onward; advancing; evincing
progress; increasing; as, progressive motion or course; --
opposed to {retrograde}.
[1913 Webster]

2. Improving; as, art is in a progressive state.
[1913 Webster]

3. (U. S. History) Of or pertaining to the Progressive party.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]

4. Favoring improvement, change, progress, or reform,
especially in a political context; -- used of people.
Contrasted with {conservative}.

Note: The term progressive is sometimes used to describe the
views of a politician, where {liberal} might have been
used at one time, in communities where the term liberal
has come to connote extreme views.

5. Disposed toward adopting new methods in government or
education, holding tolerant and liberal ideas, and
generally favoring improvement in civic life; -- of towns
and communities.

1/28/2006 8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about the story in SAT Newspress about Dr. that's funny!

1/28/2006 12:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doesn't sound like Niles and his wife are on the same page. Unless he is pretty damned sure what happened this could blow up for him. There were surely a lot of people standing around watching and certainly more eyewitness accounts will arise after todays' story. If it turns out that Secord did indeed aid with breathing will Mr Niles apologize? Or will the political affiliation of the next witness be questioned. Let's see whose story holds up and whose motivation is subject to question. Five more months of this crap, can't we stand it?

1/28/2006 3:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Niles' wife, Dr. Van Hoek, is on the Board of San Marcos Foothills
another agenda? perhaps?

1/28/2006 3:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anderson has a race because Thomas wanted a race. No one but Anderston or Thomas will win.

1/28/2006 3:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some physicians heroically save a life. Massaging the patient's heart externally until they were each exhausted ... taking turns I heard. And those physicians, like Dr. Gelberg, etc., quietly keep doing their thing. But certainly Niles has an agenda in going after Secord ... and it doesn't seem to be a healthy one. Of course he won't apologize. No wonder voter turnout remains low.

1/28/2006 3:53 PM  
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1/28/2006 4:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish everyone would stay on topic. The real issue is the major problems that the Sheriff's Department has. It is all due to Anderson's lack of leadership. He was not qualified for the postion to begin with. Chief Brown was smart to enter the race. He should now keep his head down, let Anderson and Thomas shoot it out and Brown will stroll right for the victory.

1/28/2006 4:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good to see the 2nd District is running right up there with SB City council races in terms of intellectual heft with posters like Carpman involved. Go Das go.

Sober in Goleta

1/28/2006 4:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

See the thing is the Carpman gets a vote just like us. The bummer with democracy.

On the Sheriff's race. It will go to November that will open it up to a non-Jim if the Jims continue to self distruct. The Sheriffs Council will eventially be less of a problem for the Anderson Jim as it is becoming clear they are a bunch of baffons with huge egos.

1/28/2006 4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With lead post could not disagree more. The better headline would be:

Sheriff Has Only Former Sheriff to Blame

1/28/2006 5:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love how Dans supporters are attacking the people that are actually responsible for saving the poor victim, rather than just keeping quiet...

Can you imagine what they'd do to Das if a similar story happened about Das giving mouth to mouth to a snowy plover?

1/28/2006 11:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

IMHO the Sheriff's Council blow-up was cover for former Sheriff Thomas to put "his guy" (which ultimately turned out to be himself) in the power seat. We should be asking, "WHY" does Thomas want the powerful office again?

Do we all have such short memories that we forget how highly political Thomas was? The fights with the BOS (Gail Marshall for instance), switching from Republican to Democrat and then back to Republican again (didn't he do that to win his second race for Sheriff)?

It's true Sheriff Anderson made some huge blunders, but I do not see either him, Lt. Arnoldi nor Chief Brown, as politically divisive as Thomas.

In the meantime, if the Sheriff's Council allegations of misdeeds are found to be without merit then are we, the citizen's, victims of a political power-play manipulation? D

1/29/2006 8:24 AM  

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