Aaron F Park

Reality is a stubborn thing.

Jun 182018
 

We’ve been hammering Stan Sniff for fiscal mismanagement for the last 9 months. We also accurately predicted that the local media would endorse Sniff for re-election because it was easier than giving serious consideration to Chad Bianco AND the local media are afraid of the tyrant.

Amazing things are happening after the election exposed Stan Sniff’s serious weaknesses.

Last year, Sniff demanded $50 Million More and got $18 Million of it. He also threatened to leave the New Jail empty. The Jail staffing issue is completely spun out in the article. (Imagine that)

However, what is ignored, is that the budget for 2018 is pretty much the same as the budget for 2017. What changed? Sniff got his tail kicked at the ballot box.

By their own admission the article says that this year’s budget is only $8 Million short of what the tyrant asked for. Again, this year’s budget is basically the same as last years’ but rather than being $50 million short, it is $8 Million Short in the mind of the tyrant.

The RSO employees and the Board of Supervisors are no longer to blame. Last year, Sniff claimed he needed $50 million more than they budgeted. He received $18 million more from the board. He also found $10 million in extra funding for expediting the declination of ccw permits.
Nothing ever came of the $50 million he demanded in January of this year. He lied to the board when he said he needed the money for unincorporated areas and the new jail. Somehow, none of Sniff’s gloom and doom occurred when the board refused the $50 mill request. This is a separate demand for $50 million more, versus the demand in 2017 for $50 million.
Not only did Sniff not need the $50 million, he found $10 million like magic! (Amazing things happen when the Sheriff gets hammered over CCW Permit Issuance – he finds money to speed up the denials as there are only about 400 more CCW’s than there were at this time last year)
It sure sounds like the Sniffmeister was deceiving the board for more funds. That’s $60 million of unnecessary tax dollars Sniff sought. These numbers reflect just this fiscal year which ends June 30, 2018.
But, wait, there’s more – he is returning $10 Million to the county from last year’s budget! That is $70 Million! (Perhaps the overtime rip-offs of Contract Cities were not as widespread this year due to scrutiny…)
I find this interesting as recently the Desert Sun was repeating Sniff’s it is all the supervisor’s fault talking points. They must not be talking to their endorsee often enough to keep the talking points in sync.
We had psychologically profiled Sniff in the past and had made an assertion that the dollar amount was a key issue for Stanley’s psyche. IT did not matter what were or how, just the cash baby.
This sure looks like proof. The story of Sniff’s fiscal gyrations will continue to be told while ICE continues getting stonewalled, corruption continues within the department and Felons are getting sprung from Prison in almost real time.
Jun 172018
 

REPUBLICAN PARTY US Senator candidates – DISAPPOINTMENT – MISSED OPPORTUNITY

A conservative Latino’s view on politics…

The Republican Party implemented endorsement rules to separate those who simply want to see their names on a ballot from those who want to be contenders. One of the criterion is 200 delegate endorsement signatures and at least 10 of them must be from delegates of the eight regions. In other words, they must work to be considered for the Republican Party endorsement.

It’s not easy and they have to travel throughout the state. It’s incumbent on the candidates to get out and interact with the delegates whose endorsement they’ll need. It’s the only way to gain those signatures and secure an endorsement potentially worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not hundreds of thousands of votes!

Not one Republican US Senate candidate secured the necessary signatures to qualify for endorsement consideration. On the voting floor, some at the CAGOP convention wanted to forego this criterion. It went nowhere.

It’s disappointing because this endorsement could’ve vaulted one of these candidates into the top two. Specifically, I’m looking at the top-four Republican vote-recipients inexcusably ignoring their best opportunity to gain an advantage over their opponents. To consolidate conservative and Republican voters around one party-endorsed candidate.

THE EXCUSE

The excuse I heard from one candidate for not gathering enough signatures was appalling. This candidate said their focus was on another political issue of higher priority. There was no time to gather signatures. I didn’t have the heart to say how wrong that was, so I politely said thank you for the time and good luck. I was shaking my head as I walked away, surprised this candidate thought the excuse was justifiable.

If you don’t view your run for US Senate as your highest priority, then why run? It makes no sense and all your name on the ballot does, is siphon votes from other Republicans. If finances are an issue, maybe you should seek a lesser office.

“But, but, but William, money’s what’s wrong with politics. You’re wrong to say that,” my critics say. Reality check people! Money is a prerequisite to run for higher office. Right or wrong, that’s how it works.

USE SOME COMMON SENSE

Common sense should help rule your decision in deciding if you enter an expensive race. California’s a “YUGE” state and if you can’t cover the basic financials as a grassroots candidate, then you shouldn’t run. If your names on the ballot just sucking votes from another candidate, then reconsider.

The Republican Party bears some responsibility in helping find candidates with finances and backing to run. I’m not talking establishment flunkies (see Duf Sundheim), but a compromise of the Republican voters will, and donors wishes, but that’s a story for another day.

CONSERVATIVES AND REPUBLICANS WANTED A CANDIDATE

The 2018 primary numbers showed Californians wanted a Republican to compete for US Senate but those who chose to run? Well, none took the endorsement criteria serious enough. That left many voters struggling to figure which candidate to rally around.

  1. James P Bradley : 475,844
  2. Arun K. Bhumitra: 298,239
  3. Paul A Taylor: 272,981
  4. Erin Cruz: 223,819
  5. Tom Palzer: 171,952
  6. Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente: 115,171 (author’s note – a Democrat disguised as a Republican)
  7. John “Jack” Crew: 78,578
  8. Kevin Mottus: 74,690
  9. Patrick Little: 73,359
  10. Jerry Joseph Laws: 56,978
  11. Mario Nabliba: 33,386

Total Republican Votes: 1,874,997 (as of June 14, 2018)

Ironically, US Senate was the race I received the most questions on who to vote for. I was struggling with it because Cruz was my favorite, but the numbers weren’t adding up, so I voted Bradley in the hopes we could vault him to No. 2. Those who asked, I told to do the same… we failed. Once the numbers began to come in, I knew a Republican Party endorsed candidate would’ve received most of the Republican votes – enough to vault him or her into the top two, thus my disappointment.

ANOTHER CYCLE AND NO REPUBLICAN PARTY CANDIDATE

We enter our second straight US senatorial cycle without a Republican on the ballot in November. That’s pathetic! Thank you, Charles Munger Jr., and CAGOP leadership.

Despite that, this go-round I don’t blame the party. The same party that sabotaged the last legitimate US Senate candidate, simply because he was a conservative. This time I fault the candidates as CAGOP leadership stayed out of this race. Why did they stay out it? That’s another sad, pathetic CAGOP tale for a different day.

Regardless, had one of the 11 candidates qualified for endorsement consideration, they would’ve won! Going one step further that person would be on the ballot in November. We must do better my friends, we must do better.

William Del Pilar is politically active, currently sitting on the Valley Center Community Planning Group’s board (VCCPG), an elected position. Technically, he’s a politician. As an entrepreneur, Del Pilar drove his fantasy sports company to set the standard for analysis and news distribution, helping to commercialize the industry from 1997-2008. Del Pilar sat on the boards of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA) and Fantasy Sports Ventures (now owned by Gannett Co., Inc.). You can view his other Op-Eds at the Valley Roadrunner, Del Pilar’s hometown paper and SD Rostra, San Diego’s online hub for politics.

Jun 162018
 

I think Steve Grasha is insane and paranoid. I have ample reason to believe that and when I am done writing about Mr. Grasha, I think you will agree with me. I had interactions with Grasha on Facebook before I blocked him. He was telling me what a superior intellect he was and how he had worked on campaigns for 40 years and won them all. As such, I was an idiot for supporting John Cox who at the time was at 9% when Travis Allen was at 11%.

As of the writing of this blog, John Cox is at 25.9% and Travis Allen is at 9.6% in a pitched battle for 4th Place with John Chiang. Similar to his own campaigns, Steve Grasha picked a loser. His claim of a 40 year winning streak appears to be a bald-faced lie and if he actually believes that claim to be true, then he needs therapy.

Grasha appears to be living in an alternate reality. In looking through records, I discovered that Grasha pled guilty to a felony, then later regretted doing it leading to an outburst in court that got him 6 hours in a lock up for contempt. Later the Judge reduced the felony Steve Grasha pled guilty to to a misdemeanor and while I had no proof, I assumed Mr. Grasha had the misdemeanor expunged. In Grasha’s mind I am guilty of libel for calling him a convicted felon, when in fact, he pled guilty to a felony for LYING ON HIS CANDIDATE PAPERWORK from a 1985 campaign in 1987. Somehow in the mind of Grasha, because the crime is no longer reportable, it is libel to talk about it. #EPICFAIL. Somehow in the mind of Grasha, the 200 hours of community service never happened. Or perhaps he is just lying again to cover up the original lie from 1987?

Perhaps all the Orange County Register Articles were fabricated?

Stan Sniff really needs new friends.

As proof of his political acumen, Grasha met with Chad Bianco in January and attempted to set him up. Grasha made a public statement that he got Chad Bianco to say that he’d cover up the murders committed by Oscar Rodriguez, a deputy charged with murder in a well-known case. Grasha also indicated he went to the authorities. Grasha donated to Stan Sniff in October of 2017 several months before his meeting with Chad Bianco. Grasha appears to have concealed the fact that he is both a friend of Sniff and a donor to Sniff when he attempted to set up Mr. Bianco meeting under the false pretense of potential support. (That would be the only reason Chad would have met with Grasha)

This sort of scheming also seems consistent with a man charged with felony stalking in 2013 (although charges were indeed dropped), who is a known liar and repeat failed candidate. He lied to me about his political acumen as the articles I have on Grasha indicate as many as 8 failed campaigns for office, which is quite the opposite of the claim he made to me of his 40 year record of success. His same delusion and sense of alternate reality is on display in his rantings about taking me to court. Apparently Grasha has not been slapped around enough by life. Given that he is 59 (based on my calculation from his felony conviction at age 28 in 1987) his life patterns are set and short of a deliverance by God, nothing is going to change with him.

So why would I continue to be concerned with Steve Grasha, who apparently has limited or no credibility in the local media. (As evidenced by his attempted set up of Bianco going nowhere)

Within a couple days of Steve Grasha threatening to sue me (apparently, he has lost some civil lawsuits in the past) I was forwarded a gem. Steve Grasha and other Stan Sniff supporters including former Undertaker Valerie Hill were attempting to reassure themselves that everything is going to be OK.

Note that this group therapy session was over a week ago, before the gap widened by roughly double to the 4.35% it is at now. (Bianco sits at 36.2ish and Sniff is at 31.9ish)

Steve Grasha says the race is winnable, while true, no seasoned political operative supporting an incumbent that finishes second would be crowing about a winnable runoff. The correct phrasing would be, we need to get our message out better. We have a fight on our hands, etc. Instead Sniff blamed low voter turnout, which at 33% is the highest it has ever been when Sniff has been on the ballot.

Steve Grasha knows something about losing campaigns and losing civil lawsuits, however.

Now – the interesting part is Grasha talking about the second floor burning down and implies it is Stan Sniff against the world. This part of everything I have seen out of Grasha may actually have some truth to it. It is clear that there has become a culture of every man for himself in the second floor. I will bet money that Stan Sniff himself is making inquiries about private sector jobs.

It would also suggest why Ray Wood is making bully moves on people to try to shut off the flow of information to this blog. It would also suggest why at least Jason Horton has applied for a job with another department and his wife has withdrawn her retirement papers. Horton at age 48 is facing the real possibility of being unemployed for 2 years before being about to start his PERS retirement. There are others on the second floor in a similar predicament.

Grasha wrote – “The flames are wafting through the windows” in an attempt to wax all smart and poetic and stuff. He then goes on to blame the second floor staff for making the burning building worse “By turning up the Air Conditioning instead of putting out the fire.

No one made Steve Grasha falsify his nomination papers in 1985.

No at-will employee of Stan’s is responsible for Stan’s status as of now. They were promoted to do Stan’s bidding and that they did. They all fry together even as Stan’s good buddy Steve Grasha while trying to be smart and poetic just aired out in public that the second floor is fractured and panicking. It also reinforces the career-long pattern of Stan Sniff blaming other people for his failures.

This narrative about the Ratts scurrying off of the USS Sniff Titanic will repeat itself.

As a side personal note – apparently Mr. Grasha and Mr. Wood were not paying close enough attention to what happened after Mohammad Ali Mazarei threatened to sue me. I have plenty of items in my bag of Riverside political items to fill a novel.

As an example – here is one story about Steve Grasha’s legal maladies from the Orange County Register:

In 1987, the OC Register published the following (apologies for the  formatting as this point of posting this is to show everyone that Steve Grasha pled guilty to a felony):

A 1985 candidate for the Buena Park City Council was found guilty Wednesday of falsifying his nomination papers.

Steve Grasha28, pleaded no contest to the felony charge in North Orange County Superior Court, and Judge Kathleen E. O’Leary set sentencing for April 8.

Grasha was charged in November 1985 with listing a false address on his nomination statement.

Grasha’s attorney, deputy Public Defender Lawrence Buckley, said the judge will decide during sentencing whether to reduce thecharge to a misdemeanor.

The judge also will decide whether four remaining counts of perjury, included in the charges against Grasha because he signed the documents, will be dropped.

Grasha now lives in Palm Springs but plans to return to Buena Park to run for the City Council in November.  He said he is innocent of the

charge, but agreed to plead no contest because he did not want to risk being convicted of a felony.

“If you go through a trial and get convicted, you’re dead meat,”Grasha said. “And I didn’t want to be dead at 28 years old.  It’s going to be hard enough to get people to vote for me with a criminal record.”

Grasha finished seventh in a 14- Candidate race for three open council seats.  He said former Mayor James Jarrell made the accusation to ruin

Grasha’s chance of winning the election.  Jarrell has denied that his accusation was politically motivated.

The maximum penalty for felony falsification of election documents is three years in state prison.  Deputy District Attorney Nat Glover, however, said O’Leary ordered county probation officers to determine whether Grasha is a good risk for probation, an alternative to jail time.

Buckley said he asked the judge to reduce the charge from a felony to a misdemeanor in exchange for the no-contest plea.  He said he was confident Grasha’s sentence would be probation, community-service work or a fine.

To Be Continued.

Jun 152018
 

And the 3rd Place Finisher Dave Brown issued an emphatic endorsement of Chad Bianco.

Also note that turnout is going to be just short of 34%. This is the largest turnout ever recorded in all the times Sniff was on the ballot.

This expert opines that “given these numbers its unlikely Sniff will be able to raise the funds necessary for even an attempt at a decent comeback. The smart money that hasn’t already gone to Bianco will be going.”