Monday, June 28, 2010

Mendocino County. Laying-off Deputies to save Library????

Mendocino County is cutting the Sheriff’s budget to save the library, museum, and farm advisory office.

Yep, Gotta' have those Libaries. Without an edjucation we cud all grow up to be bloggers!

The Press-Democrat printed this story about Sheriff Tom Allman and his fight for funding for his office. It seems that the Sheriff will not be getting the funding that he needs for law enforcement patrols. The only thing that the sheriff’s department is required to do, by law, is serve court papers and supply a jail to the county. Wow, that simplifies things!

So, if your sister is being raped, or something, you can always check-out a library book on how to recover from being raped for her. Thank-God the library will be open! The aftermath of a rape must be horrendous to deal with without a good library book to deal with the consequences.

If you own a business, it might be wise to check out how a book on how to register to carry a concealed weapon. Or, how to place bars on your windows.

If your neighbor is shooting up the neighborhood, and scaring your cows, you can always file a noise compliant with the farm advisory office, then they can advise you were to go. A farm advisory board in Mendocino County is kinda’ laughable on the surface. Those Mendo’ Dudes know more about farming than most anybody in the whole-wide-world.

It looks like Mendocino County will be mooching off the California Highway Patrol... You say “What???” Aren’t they in charge of the highways??? Well, if you remember a few years ago, the California State Capitol had their own guards? Well, they decided that to save money they would get the California Highway Patrol to guard the state Capitol. So they made them "The State Police" and broadened their policing powers. It seemed like a great idea at the time. The Highway Patrol is already stationed there, and it would be a great cost saving measure. Talk about unintended consequences! Not that I have anything against the Highway Patrol. I have nothing but respect for them, and they do a great job of what they do. But now, instead of keeping the highway safe, they will be out doing neighborhood patrols, and babysitting what someone referred to as “chronological adults”. (you have to think about it.)

At what point does living in safety take priority over reading a book? It must be agonizing for our politicians the realize that they can’t steal the wages of a volunteer firefighter, or otherwise they would be stealing their wages also.

Well, one thing good is; now the people in Northern Mendocino won't have to worry about "where the hell is the deputy", there won't be any!

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

The bad part is going to get deputies back. The current Fed. administration will say it is profiling to arrest someone breaking the law. I can see it being like Arizona with signs on the highways coming into Mendocino Co. that the federal Govrn. put up saying "enter at you own risk' bad people here".

Oregon

Anonymous said...

We cud all grow up to be Bloggers or loggers!! LOL!

Anonymous said...

Until I stop seeing 3 mendo cop cars per routine traffic stop, and at least as many sheriffs per typical domestic disturbance, I think they should cut back even more. Crime is NOT rampant in mendo at all. The remaining officers will still get a raise each and every year as usual. Do you? I don't. Invensting in tangible education like libraries (nope, the internet is not the same) is never a bad thing. Educational outlets have taken a serious budget beating for way too long. They're clinging by their teeth as it is.

Quit being so damned politically correct about law enforcement needing more and more money and people. The chunk of money that hired these ousted officers within the last few years obviously wasn't such a good idea, was it? Allow intelligent gun ownership, keep local politics sane, etc. etc. etc. Kwitcherbitchin.

Anonymous said...

Ernie Branscomb: Fear Peddler.

Anonymous said...

Don't worry the federal government will bail them out with huge grants, the state even has a few available for dui & seatbelt enforcement. Oh and trust me when I say that the County administrative officers will gladly take the sheriff department cuts and the library doors will not be open any longer than they are right now. anyone who thinks keeping the library open is a tangible investment in education, must be a product of our failed education system. It is a shame that the bureaucracy that exists today makes it out as a "one or the other" proposition instead of the "we are all screwed" reality that we will deal with over time.

Ernie Branscomb said...

Fear peddler? More like a reality monger. Besides, how many kids do you know that go to the library when they want to know something? They either google it or say to heck with it.

Anonymous said...

Besides, how many kids do you know that go to the library when they want to know something?

All the kids I know, know everything already so the library is just a place for the homeless to kick back when the weather isn't cooperating. Now without as much fuzz the homeless won't be getting harassed for foraging in the bulk food aisle and chilling with the frozen foods. didn't learn about that in no freaking library.

Ernie Branscomb said...

Good point Anon.

Robin Shelley said...

This doesn't have anything to do toward making (or breaking) your point, Ernie, but your rape comment reminded me of something. The only woman I personally know who was raped (at gunpoint in her own home at 3 a.m. with her husband in bed beside her - an unspeakably horrible crime!), was raped by a former Lake County deputy. Of course, Mendocino Co. deputies solved the crime almost immediately but it took four years to put the twisted SOB away for a little while.

Robin Shelley said...

I made a mistake in the above post, Ernie. The rapist, John Scott, is a former Clear Lake police officer not a Lake Co. deputy. He also worked for San Pablo police & was an MP.

Joe said...

"We have met the enemy...."
Remember Pogo?

Idle griping and complaining without direct involvement in addressing problems is not helpful. If you see a problem, please make some effort to correct it. Become involved in governance and in the development and enforcement of laws. I get pretty tired of people who decline to participate in social institutions and governance sending out "hate the government" messages. You will not always get what you want if you do participate. No one does. But if you seriously think that chaos and anarchy is preferable to an orderly process that involves planning and careful action, you are seriously mistaken. I'm afraid Humboldt and Mendocino are suffering some of the consequences of generations of toleration of lawlessness and selective law enforcement. Hmmmm. An ex-cop raped a woman. A pentecostal preacher killed my niece. It doesn't mean all cops or all preachers are bad people. It means that, some such people do bad things, just like some members of the population at large.

Ernie Branscomb said...

Joe
We know that some people do bad things, and not all people are bad, also we are not just “griping and complaining”. We are informing ourselves about what is happening in the political process. Hopefully some of us will use this information to vote wisely next time.

The fact that I prefer deputies over library books is only my opinion, not necessarily shared by all. That’s why we have elections, and that is why elections are never unanimous.

There is nothing wrong with sharing opinions and information. Thank-you for sharing yours with us.

Robin Shelley said...

Joe, I hope you don't think I was trying to say that all cops are bad people. Nothing would be further from the truth & I think I clarified that at the beginning of my comment.
I do think you are onto something when you say that Mendo & Humboldt counties are seeing the result of years of tolerance, etc. I've thought for many years that my old hometown would be a great place to hide!

Anonymous said...

I really love our government, but unfortunately some of those people who do bad things, not the "killing" type of bad things, just the "poor quality job performance" type of bad thing work within our government and they are promoted based on seniority and then there type of bad thing is magnified because good quality work is misdirected, and large amounts of money is wasted. check out the following article.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/07/02/BAL31E8VRE.DTL&tsp=1

Anonymous said...

"To do so only days before we celebrate our independence and reflect on the freedoms we are lucky enough to enjoy in America is unconscionable," the governor said in a statement. "I extend my apologies to the artists whose mural inspired drivers along 680 for over eight and a half years."

I have to admit the governor says it best. I think some really bad idea stuck in some dumbass' head, and our tax dollars paid for the sign to be painted over. unfortunately they have got enough seniority to get the job done, and done well, by the hardworking caltrans graffiti removal team. A person could use an incident suchas this to berate the government and rightfully so.

suzy blah blah said...

The possum is our self.

Ernie Branscomb said...

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4th of July update on Mendocino deputy layoffs.


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Robin Shelley said...

I read, too, that the sheriff's office got a $500k grant for a couple of deputies in Covelo for 18months.
And I see where your governor is proposing to pay all state workers minimun wage until a budget is agreed upon. Uproar over that, too, but I think it has happened before; maybe last year?
Times are tough.

Jess Haskin said...

A "jack"'possum has a penis which is "forked" with two heads for the two uteruses of the '"jill" or female.

So, is the self more like a jill or a jack?

suzy blah blah said...

The self is a pail of water atop the hill that you can't fetch with a fork.

tumbling after,
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olmanriver said...

Some might say your analagy pails in comparison to running water...
"
So understand the Self as the river, whose essence is the same as the snow from which it descends, i.e you take birth into form and the ocean into which it merges i.e the Super Consciousness towards which you naturally must flow. Life then is the journey of the river between the snow and the ocean. The baby cries out at birth because it feels the shock of leaving the majestic height of its higher Self behind. And like the river you must carve and curve around the resistance of life events. Pain, traumas, failure, loss and separation all carve into you, unlike the river which carves into them and flows along. The river is far superior to man in its purpose, ingenuity and awareness. It knows how to ride the hardest surfaces (the stones and earth) and soften them by staying true to its own nature -flowing, perennially flowing."