Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Anderson in Trouble/Secord's 'Organized Crime' Card

Anderson Shows High Burn Rate
Sheriff Anderson seems to be burning through much of his fundraising reserves with not much to show for it. Recent reports show about $28,500 and $7,800 in hand. Lompoc Chief Bill Brown raised a little over $19,000 and has $6,500 on hand -- pretty good for a challenger in a race where Anderson should be taking a walk in the park.

Keep Your Fiends Close and Your Enemies Closer...
Meanwhile, Supervisorial candidate Dan Secord continues to play the organized crime card in accusing Janet Wolf of "laundering" money through the Capps campaign. This implication of illegal activity and wrongdoing runs counter to the fact that no laws have been broken...perhaps he thinks if he says it enough, the charge will stick.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Note to Sara: even Secord didn't use the term "mafia" in his mean-spirited, mudslinging press release. Why must you?
The word is highly charged, and offensive to many


8/02/2006 8:49 AM  
Anonymous bender said...

SARA< WHERE"S MY POSTING????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

8/02/2006 9:23 AM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

Bender -- see the post below....under Need a Job?

8:49 AM -- I would use 'organized crime' but it seems to me the intent of the Secord hit is to create an aura of machine politics around Wolf. I edited it as I have a little Italian in me -- but hey, there are all sorts or organized crime groups these days, it's an outdated stereotype.

9:14 AM -- Sorry but I can't let that one stand as there's no need for that kind of metaphor in getting your point across....what you are saying, I am not against you said it came off as sexist to me.

8/02/2006 9:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Pinto says...

The injured party is Das. He played by the rules while Wolf took corporate power money from Capps. Das is the one who should be filing a lawsuit against her. Hey Janet, how does it feel to have strings attached to your back? Who pull's harder, Mike Towbes or Lois Capps? Even with this underhanded attempt to stop Das the cause moves forward. Someday Das will be governor and Janet will be just a bad memory. Oh, Joe is already a forgotten memory.

8/02/2006 9:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even the News-Suppress shows Anderson as the highest fundraiser, yet your spin is that he is in trouble.

8/02/2006 10:06 AM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

Yes! Highest fundraiser? Definitely...shouldn't an incumbent be a lot further ahead? Definitely.

8/02/2006 10:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did barney get capps wrong?--according to the earlier barking secord did it was almost double the amount barney listed..anyone bother getting a copy of the files to look into it?

8/02/2006 12:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sara: then why don't you say "machine politics". now all you've done is raised the profile of the whisperers (not to mention the ever astute "MIKE PINTO") hey but you gotta sell papers, right?

8/02/2006 12:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm doing this anonomously because I can't seem to make my blogger identity of "boB" work on this page! Probably my incompetence. But I think that there is a problem here with the ability to post as "anonymous". I believe as others do that there are "flacks" of the NP writing pieces to mold the apparent slant of these blogs. There may be "new subscribers" to the NP who don't exist. Think about how cheap it is to sign up a bunch of people who don't exist in order to spike the subscription numbers. Finally, I wonder about the positive letters to the editor that periodically appear in the NP. Real people? BTW, can anyone tell me whether Travis A. is "Acting Publisher" anymore? His title keeps changing. Last few days he's been simply editorial page editor and he is no longer listed as "Acting Publisher" of the Valley Voice. I am "boB".

8/02/2006 12:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, virgin metaphor removed. Let's see if this can get posted:

Janet's campaign may not be breaking any laws, but what it is doing is downright dirty. She has her own mafia(metaphor approved by Sara) that funnels money into her campaign and keeps the origins hidden.

For the record, I voted for Capps, won't vote for Janet. If I was sexist, I'd have voted for Janet in the primary.

8/02/2006 12:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


New poster here -- just want to chime in and say I'm no bobblehead flack, etc. I just live here, and appreciate Travis Armstrong's insight and professionalism. McCaw may be no fun to work for, but it's her company. She favors Armstrong over Roberts, apparently. So be it. NP rocks.

8/02/2006 12:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the new poster:

You seem to like a lot about the News-Press. You're on a roll. Give us some examples of Armstrong's professionalism. I guess I missed them.

8/02/2006 2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:51pm anon,

The only word to describe Dan is "odd".

Lets get this straight. So it is "dirty" for Janet to take money from Lois Capps, who has the most restrictive laws governing how she accepts and spends money because of the McCain-Feingold law that passed. You say this because other people give money to Lois - and then Lois gives money to Janet.

And yet Developer Dan can take thousands of dollars from the Republican Party bosses over at the Lincoln Club and that is "clean". Dan does not disclose on his filings who the people are who gave to the Lincoln Club, who then in turn gave to him.

What a hypocrite.

8/02/2006 3:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are whole lot of people who write phony letters to the NP and other newspapers around here... not long ago I was a target of a few critical letters, and the names did not correspond to anything findable on County records, internet people searches, etc.

Laundering money to politicians is a game as old as motherhood. Wolf and Secord are surely equally bad on this point, but it is silly for Secord to be mentioning it... I think he knows better... by criticizing Wolf, he invites an inquisition into his money sources, and deserves to get one. This is not an issue that will win the election for him.

8/02/2006 5:42 PM  
Blogger groundjordan said...

Someone said TArmstrong smells of professionalism? You don't toss gratutious and spiteful drivel at local city officals while driving around downtown drunk....sorry, in his case, maybe you do.

His "holier-than-thou" attitude was only exceeded by his lack of substance to any opinion piece.

No problemos at the NP? Lots of new subscribers? My refund resulting from a July 13th cancellation will be processed tomorrow, August 3rd. Cash flow issues maybe?

8/02/2006 9:26 PM  
Anonymous 12:51pm anon said...

to 3:38 anon,

Yes, I said Janet's funding was dirty.
No, I did not say Dan's was clean.

Why don't you get it straight before you call me a hypocrite.

8/03/2006 12:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:51, you've missed the point. You tag Secord with the "Developer Dan" moniker, but Wolf's filings show that she is beholden to the worst kind of development interests -- high density, low-income housing projects -- while Secord is not. He has always been against high density and his record bears that out. If you want to know what Wolf will do, just look at Rose. I voted for Guzzardi but now Secord is the best alternative. Interesting that nobody has disputed the facts -- the best Wolf's supporters can do is set up a straw man about whether laws were broken. But the issue is that Wolf is HIDING her developer money behind Capps and Carbajal. It would be like if Secord were HIDING contributions from Marxist groups through the Lincoln Club.

8/03/2006 1:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:42, how can you say "high density, low-income housing projects" is the worst kind of development? Even the Sierra Club supports this because it preserves open space and puts the people who need housing close to jobs. 16K commuters from south of the county border everyday - why do you think that is? I'll tell you what the worst kind of development is: McMansions on the Gaviota coast.

8/03/2006 7:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoa... Dan Secord against high density low income housing? That is rich.

Dan Secord owns high density low income housing.... check the ownership of apartment buildings out on the Ellwood Beach Drive area. And it is not price controlled, so several families can live in an apartment together to make the rent.

Density delivers Dr. Dan dollars. But it is not Marxist! I guess capitalist destruction of the quality of life is OK (particularly when the taxes are kept low by Prop. 13 for the landlord).

8/03/2006 7:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

16K commuters from south of the county border everyday - why do you think that is?

I'll tell you why. The Ventura/Oxnard area is building too much housing. The traffic coming into Ventura/Oxnard from the SOUTH of that area is far worse. During evening rush hour, a four lane highway is backed all the way past Thousand Oaks. And it wasn't like that before.

Did you ever see that giant berm they put up in Oxnard on the side of the 101? That's to cover the massive cookie-cutter housing complexes they are putting in down there on what was once farmland.

Santa Barbara is not the problem, Ventura/Oxnard is. And Santa Maria is getting there.

8/03/2006 10:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll tell you what the worst kind of development is: McMansions on the Gaviota coast.

Wrong. High density condos on the Gaviota coast is the worst kind of development.

You know what the best kind of development is: recreational parks.

This argument is so Towbes'd-up. "In order to save Gaviota, let's put high-density condos in Noleta." You know who thought that one up? The people who are excited by profit margins, who will also eventually try to develop Gaviota as well. You people are so gullible sometimes. "Let's develop MTD and Tatum to save More Mesa." They've got you convinced that this is a swap situation, when it's not.

8/03/2006 11:56 AM  
Blogger Daniella said...

Anonymous said...

"Santa Barbara is not the problem, Ventura/Oxnard is. And Santa Maria is getting there."

People need to work. People need homes to live in. What is wrong with that?

Were you born here? Did you sprout out of the Santa Barbara dirt, and therefore, think that you are somehow entitled to something? Did you buy all of Santa Barbara? This elitist crap is getting so damn old. What makes you think you are so entitled? What makes you think you are so much better than someone who lives in Oxnard/Ventura or Santa Maria?

I commute here M-F on the Clean Air Bus from Santa Maria because I don't want to add to the congesstion of traffic. I love Santa Maria, but I also love Santa Barbara. I just have a hard time understanding some of the people who live here.

Another thing, when you picture affordable housing, what do you imagine? Little ghettos? Is it the housing you object to or just the people who will live in them? Affordable is a broad term. Why do you think people move here?

You know, I'm not a confrontational person, but after awhile, I have to say something. There is a State Mandate that states that we must build affordable housing in our communities. We're doing that in Santa Maria even though we don't have the jobs or water for it. Of course many of those homes will be filled with people who HAVE to commute to SB for a decent paying job - because as I said earlier, people NEED a place to live and they NEED a job.

8/03/2006 12:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan Secord is the hypocrite, not the fine citizens of blogobarbara land.

Janet Wolf has a record of protecting open space.

Dan Secord has a record of voting for high density development, time share condos, and developing open spaces like at More Mesa.

That is why he takes money from local developers who propose the worst kind of projects.

Dr. Dan has never voted against Barry Berkus and his projects that are too big and too ugly.

Name a high density project that Janet Wolf voted for...

8/03/2006 4:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes Anderson is in trouble. He and his wife secured an 80,000 loan with the thought being that it was going to be a walk in the park. Add that total to the 25,000 that the DSA gave him. What's left for round two?

8/03/2006 7:48 PM  
Anonymous Noleta place like home said...

Hey Daniella, maybe it would help if you tried listening. Obviously, you have some insight on the Santa Maria/Santa Barbara commute. The person you are lambasting knows the commute from the South. The point is that with the influx of population UP AND DOWN the coast, commutes are hell in all directions. You live in SM and work in SB, so do you think that makes you somehow better than another person with a different long-distance commute??????????????

Take a look in the mirror.

8/03/2006 11:44 PM  
Anonymous Zapatista Fredrico said...

Uhh....Janet has a record of school board decisions...that's it.

The only other thing we have to go by is hew inhereting Rose's political machine, including the hidden high density deveoper dollars she is using to get electred.

viva la

8/04/2006 2:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it hilarious that Dan is talking about Janet and the unions. Police and Fire money and efforts carried Dan over the finish line in 2001. They are the only reason he won. He wouldn't even have had a 2nd term much less a Coastal commission post without the help of the very people he defames now. He also campaigned real hard to get their support this spring. Wonder how they feel about that?

8/04/2006 9:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yup - double checked - Doctor Dan Secord owns a nice 14-unit apartment building on 1/4 acre (that is 56 units/acre) out on Ellwood Beach Drive. Perhaps Wolf gets money from developers, but Dan gets money directly from high-density development itself.

Assessed value: $403,523. So, the families who live there pay a nice $24/month in property taxes. I guess when they drive their cars, send their kids to school, need police and fire protection, they have much less impact than the rest of us. Of course, rents are set by the market, so Dr. Dan gets a nice little bonus from the low property tax.

A family in a new affordable unit: probably the assessed value will be $400,000 too. And so that family gets to pay $333/month in property taxes.

And you know what? No-growthers refer to the family in affordable units as `subsidized'. They only pay $309/month more than Dr. Dan's tenants in property tax... no-growthers want-em to pay $1226/month. And the no-growthers? Noone on the Goleta City Council pays more than $125/month in property tax.

8/04/2006 10:43 AM  
Anonymous dd said...

Perhaps Anon and Daniella both have a point that SB is deperately trying to igonore. Quite soon Ventura & Santa Maria residents will demand of their supervisors (through the ballot box) that the low income/affordable housing blight that has been forced upon them STOP.

South coast has had their way for many years with no development, imposing their quotas on the other areas by default. When the voter finally have had enough (and they are getting very close in Santa Maria and Lompoc), it will explode onto the supervisor lap. Then, what will Centeno/Gray/Firestone do? If they want to be re-elected, they'll have to start voting for building in the south. Ventura will follow suit. Then what?

What are the answers? It's either no building at all (forcing prices even higher) or building smartly in SB (whatever that means) and keeping the prices slightly in check.

So, which 2nd district candidate will address this looming battle in the proper manner? dd

8/04/2006 12:09 PM  
Anonymous dd said...

What's the big deal in the final Form 460's for the primary race candidates?

Anderson/Secord/Wolf may have spent most of their dollars but so what? With 4 candidates in each of those races, you HAD to spend $$$ and lots of it, to get your message out. Nobody had a walk in the park those races. (Now how they GOT money was a whole different story!)

For Anon 7:48 pm - Anybody with any political experience knows that fund raising will start for Round 2 in a few short weeks, just like it always has. Brown rode Thomas's coat tails AND dollars by proxy, to his own name recognition advantage. I don't think Thomas had a clue he was being used either.

Brown didn't place second by accident either - he is a slick politician who bears serious watching in this race and is not to be underestimated.

What will be very telling for both Sheriff's candidates is how much money they raise from LOCAL supporters (local money means votes in your column) - not the outsiders who have no interest in Santa Barbara County. I suppose you can apply this thought to 2nd district race too. dd

8/04/2006 12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Developer Dan"? What about "Developer Jan"? Dan Secord hasn't taken a dime from any developer in this race...

The Lincoln Club and the Realtors PAC file papers with the FPPC. We can see their donors - everything over $100. Lois Capps' reports separately with the FEC - and that's everything over $200. Hmmm, doesn't seem like much of a difference does it? Well actually, that equals about $100,191.05 dollars where we are not allowed to see who contributed the money.

Things that make you go hmmmm.... of course it's legal, but is it ethical?

8/04/2006 7:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not one dollar for Dan from developers. Ever heard of the Blakenships, or Barry Berkus?

Developer Dan already has a record of supporting development. That is why he has no support from SB Neighborhood groups. He will spin tales to try and woo the CSP folks and he might succeed in convincing the Guzz to endorse out of sheer anger at Wolf for getting the Firefighters endorsement. But he already is on the side of developers.

8/05/2006 12:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Pinto says...

Janet Wolf is a fake progressive. Our county could have been changed forever by Das but it never will be because of Wolf's selfishness. Janet still has not answered how it feels to have strings attached to her back. Das might have endorsed you but we wont lift a finger for you. You destroyed our dream.

8/05/2006 10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get a life.

Das not only "might have" but DID endorse Janet and is lifting many fingers for her.....

You're right, your das-obsession was a dream at least for now, so get over it

8/05/2006 12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Been away -- but this is rich.

I love it. First Barney does get it all wrong. He looked at the last few weeks of Lois money. And Lois does not report all the money she spends on Janet ads because she gets to smile and be Lois and that is a benefit to her also - so they only offically report 50% or so of the money spent. Total real money is something like $40,000. That is a lot of money from Lois and there is close to the same from Salud spent on his tv ads for Janet.

Now I love talking Lois - but the real dirty money is Salud. He raised and has taken money from every developer in town who will give to him - remember the big $100,000 Salud birthday party? And now he is giving that money to Janet. Check out the whos who.

And yes it looks like Dr. Dan took $250 from the Blanketships according to the record.

As a developer let me tell you - Salud called and asked me for $5000 last year to his party. Salud called and asked me to raise (not give) money for Janet - or give him more to give to Janet. FACTS.

This is a planned dirty deal. Not mafia but a plan to get developer money and then attack Dan for having developer money (which he has very very little).

I offered money to Dan and he said no.

Susan Rose is against good developement and favors horrible high density development - as does Wolf.

What Rose/Wolf support kills property values where I own land and I oppose it. They represent what was done in Oxnard - trust me - CSP is right about Rose and Wolf is Rose.

Like many things the News Press missed the boat on this one but this issue of dirty money will dominate this election to the end.

Janet wants

8/05/2006 1:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan Secord owns a 56 unit/acre complex. Goodness, doesn't that say it all?

1:45pm... what a hoot that 20 units per acre (which is less than 1/2 the density of Dan Secord's complex) will kill property values. Did Dan's 56 unit/acre, built in 1969, kill property values around here?

But, you prove a point: no-growthers = developers; both solely want money.

8/05/2006 2:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Pinto syas...

Janet Wolf is a fake progressive. She is a Mike Towbes robot and nothing more. Das will be back and unlike Janet he does not sell his soul to hidden power brokers. What Das can look himself in the mirror and say I fought the good fight. Janet Wolf looks in the mirror and see's Mike Towbes reflection.

8/05/2006 3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Janet Wolf is no fake anything.

She stands for nothing. She will take developer money and pretend she does not. She is hand picked by Susan Rose and then avoids her and hides her in the back ground.

I love the post that she has suppoted open space - when, where and how? A school board member does not vote on open space.

If you want to see how the county will behave with Wolf - look at the city without Secord - it is a mess - decisions are all emotional and political - no one ask good questions.

8/05/2006 6:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But oh my. The I support the fire and police because my house burnt down Janet proves she is incapable of putting together two thoughts together and was unable to raise money without Godmother Lois and first lt Salud to the rescue.

Mafia no. Unheard oh Boss politics YES.

8/05/2006 8:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay - who can help look at the Capps donors?

Maybe time to take a good look at Lois Capps donors. Like PG and E - with the closest Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.

Or maybe the same dreaded Relators - not CA - national.

There is more.

8/06/2006 3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay I looked - how about nearly a quarter million from special interest unions.

Or how about money from the trial lawyers.

Lois Capps is owned and paid for by lobbiest and unions along with other special interest. She, Mrs. Capps passes this tainted money to Wolf.

Wolf is tained.

8/06/2006 7:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:48pm anon,

The Lincoln Club gets money from many special interests including a former arms dealer.

After getting money from these special interests they turn around and pass the profits to Secord.

Hence Secord is taking "laundered money" from retired arms dealers.

While this may sound pretty stupid, in actuality it is the EXACT argument being made by Secord's "ever excitable" anonymous supporters...

8/07/2006 9:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:11pm anon wrote..."I love the post that she has suppoted open space - when, where and how? A school board member does not vote on open space."

Well lets see. A look at the record shows that the Goleta School District actually does get to vote on land use and open space issues.

Wolf has voted to protect open space owned by the school district, reduce the use of pesticides, and increase recycling efforts.

On the other hand, Developer Dan is a disaster. The Sierra Club gives his coastal commission record a failing grade(35%), he voted to bail out Arco and let them contract with Halliburton to blow up an old platform, rather than using an environmentaly friendly alternative.

Even worse he led the charge against the people who live near More Mesa who wanted to preserve enviro sensitive habitat. Dan convinced the Commission to deny the appeal of a project for large two story McMansions at More Mesa that are going to eliminate the White Tailed Kite, an endangered species, because of the noise and light impacts of the project.

Developer Dan is also a developer himself. Not only did he never see a project he didnt like - he has a few projects of his own, including high density apartment complexes!

8/07/2006 9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Developer Dan's solution to the County's "fiscal crisis"?

According to his candidate profile in the News Press...Build more auto dealerships.

Now my question is this: where are they going to go? The City of SB is built out. Is Developer Dan willing to develop open space to support his auto mall scheme?

8/07/2006 9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:45pm anon,

How can we believe you when you won't tell the truth.

You said the Blakenships gave $250 to Developer Dan.

The truth is they have given $2500. It is in the public record for anyone to see.

No one believes your lies anyways. Smear and fear is all Dan's got.

8/07/2006 12:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:45pm anon,

Pretty classless to attack Janet on the issue of her house burning down.

Dan had a horrible record on public safety on the city council, which is why the City is now so short of officers and money. The headquarters is so small that officers literally work out of closet space. That is Dan's legacy - he didn't learn and didn't listen. That is why he is known around city hall as "Dr. No"

8/07/2006 12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my god, Secord owns an apartment. Cat's and Dog's living together what's next. I long for the days when Janet Wolf talked about positive " I know fire issues because my house caught on fire once" Classic. She gives empty suit a new meaning. She makes our former Congressman Mike Huffington look substantive.

8/07/2006 2:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No more auto malls! Let's go with Wolf's old fashion approach and just tax people more.

8/07/2006 2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets go with Secords approach and abandon public safety!

The Police are deperately underpaid and Dan actually voted against bringing salaries to their current levels.

Think how short on cops we would be if Dan had his way!

8/08/2006 8:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan has supported raising taxes...and given us red ink budgets that skimp on public safety.

Dan wants more high density development and time share condos but doesnt want to pay for the public safety for the people they will attract!

8/08/2006 9:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's go with Janet Wolf's approach and support repel of prop 13.

8/08/2006 9:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let the illegals police the streets, they'll do it for less!

8/08/2006 1:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets go with Developer Dan's approach and support more offshore oil drilling.

8/08/2006 11:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Pinto says...

The Wolf supporters on this page should stop attacking or mocking non-native born working americans. Wolf is a bigoted person to attact those who cannot defend themselves!Das would have never behaved this way.

8/09/2006 4:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mike Pinto,

You are nuts. Das Williams supports Wolf.

8/09/2006 8:46 PM  

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