Feb 152018
 

What If I told you that in 2015, there were 800 CCW Permits in all of Orange County, yet over 9,300 today? Wouldn’t that make you wonder what Stan Sniff’s problem is in Riverside? Orange County went to a municipal bankruptcy in the 1990’s and is only marginally better off than Riverside County. Yet, Somehow they have figured out how to have a 10-fold increase in CCW Permits to accommodate demand.

A little more than 2½ years ago, there only were about 800 active CCW permits in Orange County, with two professional staff members handling the application process.

Now there are more than 9,300 active CCW permits in O.C. — an avalanche-like surge in demand that has forced the creation of an entire department within the OCSD, the Carry a Concealed Weapon (CCW) Licensing Unit, which employs more than two-dozen sworn and professional staff.

Applicants for CCWs run the gamut, from students to owners of Fortune 500 businesses to plumbers, lawyers and elected officials.

In 2009, in one of Sheriff Sniff’s many arguments with the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, Sniff was admonished to start issuing more CCW Permits. Back then, there were about 500 of them. Today, there are about 2700 – 3.5 times less than Orange County over a period of time three times as long. This is a key quote from the 2009 article:

According to Undersheriff Valerie Hill, roughly 500 county residents have concealed carry permits. “We take (the issuance of permits) very seriously,” she told the board. “Every time we issue a permit, it’s a liability for the county.”

Got it? The allegedly pro-gun sheriff looks at CCW Permits as a liability. Wrong answer, but this is the answer of a Richard Roth endorsing anti-gun liberal. People have been banging the CCW permit drum for nearly 10 years and the Sheriff has ignored them.

Stone highlighted the prospective release of 27,000 inmates in the next six months from California prisons and the impact that might have on public safety as one of the motivating factors behind the resolution, which Sheriff Stan Sniff has the option — but not the obligation — to act upon.

In 2009, then Supervisor Jeff Stone was sounding the alarm over “Fed Kicks” and their effect on crime. As we’ve written about ,the Sheriff did not plan to staff jails or address this problem either. This has been a consistent failure pattern with Sheriff Sniff and we will have more to say about the legacy of his leadership on enforcement and incarceration.

Back to Orange County:

Now, Stiverson says, the OCSD — after staffing up and relocating the CCW Licensing Unit to larger offices — usually is able to see an applicant for his or her initial CCW appointment within two to six months depending on fluctuations in public demand and unit staffing levels. The agency’s target goal is to reduce initial appointment wait times to less than two months.

Sheriff Sniff’s department sees wait times of at least 24 months. (Unless you are a “friend” of the sheriff) We’ve documented these horrendous wait times in several articles. The Orange County Sheriff’s department provides an interesting contrast. The bungling of Sheriff Sniff has also caused several cities to spend some of their limited resources processing CCW permits at their local level as well.

If Sheriff Sniff was truly committed to issuing CCW permits to anyone that is not a donor or a buddy, he’d have addressed the issue in a similar manner to Orange County. Nowhere in the Orange County article do you hear their department calling CCW permits a “liability”. This contrast is yet another reason for people once supportive of the Sheriff to fire him from office.

Feb 142018
 
Subject: Contracting RSO
From: <andytakata@ci.banning.ca.us>
Date: Wed, October 09, 2013 6:08 pm
(((TO LINE DELETED)))
Dear XXXXXXX,
 
After spending and hour with most of the sworn and non-sworn staff, we spent a lot of time on the RSO contract.  I will be bringing you the preliminary numbers for the RSO and future numbers, but I will not be recommending it to you.  I just wanted you to know a head of time.
 
If you have any questions or concern, please do not hesitate to call.
 
Respectfully yours,
 
Andrew (Andy) J. Takata, City Manager
City of Banning
99 E Ramsey St
P.O. Box 998
Banning, CA 92220-0998
For the first time in public, this email sent to me provides confirmation that the City of Banning was in the initial stages of disbanding their police department and investigating becoming a contract city.
For Context, we need to identify some players. One is the former Chief of the Banning PD, John Horton – the father of current deputy Jason Horton. (More on Jason Horton in a later post) Jason Horton is one of Stan Sniff’s Chief Deputies and is not popular at all with the rank and file.
One of our favorites is then Sergeant Mark “Investigate to Terminate” Bostrom who was good buddies with then Lt. Purvis in the investigate to terminate department for the Riverside Sheriff. Apparently Purvis took his skills of terminating deputies en masse to the City of Banning. Horton had attempted a medical retirement from RSO some years earlier, then got hired by Banning and ended his career on a medical retirement only 2 1/2 years in to his 5 year contract.
Enter Purvis, who got hired to replace Horton. Purvis continued Horton’s regime of re-hiring officers who had been terminated from other jurisdictions. Purvis also oversaw terminations en masse from the Banning PD, cuts in levels of service which included practically closing police HQ in Banning to the public “because of budget cuts”. Sound familiar? He appears to have learned well from his good buddy Sheriff Sniff how to retaliate against the innocent to try and gain leverage in budget battles.
The resulting decimated morale in Banning PD (sound familiar?) led to a spate of employment practices lawsuits that were bankrupting the city. In addition, it is reputed that Purvis was in a constant state of war with the City Council over his budget. (sound familiar?)
One of the absurdities of Purvis’ tenure as Chief of Police in Banning was the purchase of an armored car. Why a City of 30,000 needed this is beyond me. It kind of reminds me of Hemet’s military vehicle except that this model appears to be obsolete militarily.
The City Council ultimately got their fill of Purvis who tapped out around about 3 months after the above email was sent confirming that the process had been started to disband Banning’s police department. The details and circumstances surrounding the settlement between the City of Banning and Purvis are outside the scope of this post.
The bottom line is that the relationship between Purvis and Sniff was well known. In addition, Purvis himself was known to have been out on a stress claim in the mid 2000’s a deputy chief and again in 2013-2014 as the actual chief related to his tenure as Banning Police Chief.
Regardless of whether Purvis’ claim against the City of Banning had merit or not, was Purvis given the same screening and evaluation that other re-hired or new-hired deputies got? Why was Purvis back on any force within mere months of a very public stress claim and settlement?
Why did Leonard Purvis get re-hired by Stan Sniff after doing such a poor job in Banning? (It is easy to draw the conclusion that Purvis was a disaster from reading article after article) Purvis was re-hired as a Sgt. in 2014 and has made Lt. and now Captain quickly compared to most, adding to the questions being asked.
Given that the department in Banning had slid so far, their interim police Chief at the time in 2014 endorsed Chad Bianco over Stan Sniff. Many in Banning and elsewhere believed that Leonard Purvis was attempting to decimate the Banning Police Department in order to set it up to be taken over as a contract city for the Riverside Sheriff’s Office. The email that is part of this post proves that theory may well be true. Given the circumstances surrounding the hire of Leonard Purvis, it is also possible that Sniff Re-hired the man without the normal procedures and/or that said rehire was for service to the Sniff regime.
P.S. Leonard Purvis is currently the Captain of the Hemet Station (This is how he got onto my radar), Hemet is where Lt. Chad Bianco is being stuffed in the cooler as retribution for both his 2014 run and current run against Sniff.
Feb 132018
 

Remember when we told you about the Sheriff’s control issues and his lack of prioritization of CCW Permits? Remember when we suggested that it was a passive-aggressive back-dooring of Gun Control?

On 10/23/2017, we introduced you to the Sheriff’s passive-aggressive resistance to giving anyone a CCW Permit in a timely manner. Then on 10/30/2017, we followed up with even MORE evidence spread out over several years that the 2 year wait was not an aberration.

When Chad Bianco ran against the Sheriff in 2014, he lit in to him over the passive aggressive resistance to CCW Permits. It appears that the problem has gotten worse, not better.

By most accounts, Riverside County’s CCW backlog began in December 2015, shortly after a mass shooting in the neighboring San Bernardino County killed 14 and injured 22 others. A radicalized Islamic couple, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, attacked a government holiday party with assault rifles and handguns.

Then, the Sheriff did NOTHING to solve the problem. However, he does blame the budget, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, the tooth fairy and every other imaginary goonie for the problem.

Historically, this whole process took no more than two or three months, said Sniff, who has served as sheriff for a decade.

Nowadays, applicants may wait eight times that long just to get the interview.

“Two years is ridiculous,” said Justin Luhrs, 38, of Riverside. “Even six months is too long.”

The article takes pains to paint the Sheriff as pro-gun. Apparently, he is not pro-gun enough to even attempt to address the backlog.

Perkio turned in his application for a concealed weapon license and asked how long the review process would take. A polite sheriff’s deputy showed him several two-foot stacks of unprocessed applications, each one just like his.

They would all have to be reviewed before Perkio’s turn would come, the deputy warned.

The wait would be about 28 months.

“It was a shock,” said Perkio, 56, who is licensed to carry a gun in 26 states, but a year-and-a-half later is still waiting for his application to be processed in Riverside. “If something happens in the meantime, this is a Second Amendment opportunity to protect myself that I simply don’t have.”

Sheriff Sniff did not plan to fail. He failed to plan. The previous articles on this issue show that the CCW Permit process was a problem long before two of Obama’s “Refugees” decided to kill infidels. Sheriff Sniff will get unseated as Sheriff because he has failed to do his job.

When presented with evidence he has failed in his job as Sheriff, his preferred course of action has been to retaliate against anyone suggesting a different course of action and to fight the Riverside County Board of Supervisors at every juncture. (Even the Desert Sun article shows the effects of the Sheriff’s intimidation as they tried to blunt the effect) The Sheriff has had over 10 years to direct the ship and instead the problems are getting worse, the new jail will be empty and good people are retiring or jumping ship to other counties. It is time for a change.

Feb 122018
 

UPDATED as of 2/16/2018

Cover-ups. This is the name of the game in the Riverside Sheriff’s Office. I have to take most of my information on background because no one will go on the record for fear of retaliation. These are two key pillars in the legacy of Sheriff Stan Sniff.

This is why I can’t prove the CCW Permit favoritism scandal, but everyone knows about it.

This is why I used to have to be circumspect when I talk about the cheating scandal that rocked the department several years ago.

The way it has been put to me is that there was a culture of people taking the advancement exams, in this case to strike for Investigator, and writing down the questions then passing them on. There were emails compiled of the advancement exam questions. This case got blown wide open when a local paper received a leaked copy of the documentation substantiating the cheating scandal.

As many as 150 deputies were suspected of participating, roughly 18 of which were caught cold. A person I referenced in a previous Riverside Confidential post (Jason Gxxx) was one of the most guilty in the scandal. His wife is the $120k a year legislative liaison for the Sheriff. (where can I get a job like that?) The subject in question is in line to get a friend-of-Stan-promotion Sergeant (after making investigator/detective via the aforementioned “assistance” on his advancement exam). See how that works?

They had enough evidence to nail as many as 32 people in the cheating scandal, but you guessed it, orders came from on high to make the whole thing go away. The extent (150? involved) will never be proven as a result of Stan Sniff’s gag order and apparent interference in the investigation that shut it down. The resentments exist to this day and people still talk about it openly, even more so now that the desert sun ran a story on it.

And this brings me to the retired Lieutenant out in the Cochella Valley that attempted suicide, per an anonymous comment left on a previous blog (which is posted here unedited):

This is typical “Department Protocol”, Sniff has directed his “PSB” staff, as well as his other minions that he has ROCKETED (pension spiking for friends and criminals with badges)up the chain of command.
Just this past weekend LT. (REDACTED) (Maybe just retired), was in a domestic disturbance (may or may not be: 273.5pc) with his wife. It was clear that an assault had taken place, however a sheriff’s sergeant responded to the crime, at the xxx residence. Typically, nothing was done (even when department policy and the penal code requires an arrest).
It wasn’t until later, when the wife reported that Lt. xxx (so distraught, that he was going to be arrested and or prosecuted), attempted to commit suicide. Thankfully he thought better of it, and only blew his cheek out.
If this had been a deputy sheriff or any citizen, this would have made the news. A deputy would face severe discipline, “up to and including termination). In the Coachella Valley, not a word has been said. Sad, very sad that our elected official is allowed to commit crimes with impunity. In fact people at the station level were ordered not to talk about it.
The news outlets in Riverside County do not report against the Sheriff. Wonder what he has threatened them with.

Signed Obviously,
The Corporal with no name.

Now, unpack that comment – which is indicative of several stories I’ve been made aware of.

Under California Law, the penal code states on a domestic violence call, someone SHALL BE arrested. Secondly, the law (which I disagree with) mandates gun confiscation. Note, per additional information received, Sgt. Randy Vasquez was the most senior responding law enforcement officer. Mr. Vasquez asked the retired LT for permission to take his guns and did not arrest him.

Now you get where the cover up is coming from.

So they ended up out there a second time when the Lt. blew out a cheek.

The background? The LT. was cheating on his wife with a guard at the courthouse. The wife found out. This is one of dozens of stories like it I’ve been told verbally or in writing that are going on within Stan Sniff’s department.

It gets worse, the court guard is allegedly pregnant with the retired Lt’s child.

The bomb squad was also called out to the retired Lt’s house because it was full of explosive material! Was Sgt. Vasquez completely asleep on the job or was the power of cronyism so strong that he ignored an arsenal? (Please note there is now some debate as to weather the bomb squad was actually dispatched, Update 2, Confirmed that the Bomb Squad did indeed show up)

That is a lot of stuff for Stan Sniff to cover up!

Now the very end of the comment has me extremely curious. As I’ve been researching the failed legacy of the tyrannical Sheriff, it sure looked like I was reading an editorial bias in a lot of the articles I have read. Up until a recent rash of negative stories it looked like the local papers used Sheriff Sniff’s talking points of blaming others for his failure a lot. This RSO employee that left the comment apparently has noticed, so have others I have spoken to.

Remember when we posted about a deputy who was arrested for being high on Meth? Well it was prescription medication. There is even more to the story. It involves one of Stan Sniff’s reputed executioners, Lt. Mark Bostrom. Everyone I have talked to on background and on the record described Bostrom’s behavior as that of a sadist and a jerk. Bostrom worked in internal affairs for years and used to say out loud, “Investigate to Terminate”. So you’d could imagine how Stan Sniff deploys this man.

Karen Birchard and a former Captain had a relationship. Bostrom wanted to nail the Captain to the wall (who ironically is not my source for this story). Stan Sniff wanted to hang the entire Thermal Station disaster on this Captain who was terminated but is in a hearing to get his job back. Sniff attempted to pin years of mismanagement on this Captain even though he was there only a fraction of the time. (The Thermal Station disaster was a multi-year rolling train wreck of investigative failures and case mismanagement)

I learned that the number of cases that fell through the cracks was not 3,000, it was less than 1,500 of which maybe 250-300 may have netted convictions according to anonymous interviews. The embarrassment and fear of this getting out was a likely nexus for Sheriff Sniff to dispatch Mr. “Investigate to Terminate” to the scene.

Deputy Birchard did not turn against the Captain in her personnel interview. (Other accounts indicated that she did indeed turn on the Captain) As a result of the testimony, it is alleged that Bostrom became enraged because of its’ impact on several people that Birchard is alleged to have had relationships with. Fast forward to recently with Bostrom now in charge of the training center and deputy Birchard coming to the center for routine training. Since the world of police is a small one, it was well-known that Birchard was having health issues (reputed to be from her pregnancy) and was on medication.

According to accounts, it looks like Bostrom made sure she got arrested. It remains to be seen if Birchard was even under the influence. (under the influence was the charge)

Ever wonder why deputies, investigators, retirees and the like are coming out of the woodwork to talk to me? This is the culture created by the tyrannical sheriff.

To be continued.

P.S. Please note that I told the story of the retired Lt’s suicide attempt for one specific reason, Stan Sniff’s cover-up of it. Being an officer/deputy is an extremely difficult job with extreme divorce rates and suicide rates. I personally will never know the stresses or rigors of being in law enforcement nor do I intend to make light of them.

However, I do recognize poor leadership. It is clear from the way Stan Sniff handled this situation that he did not care about the health and welfare of the retired Lt. Please further note that I did not Name the retired Lt on purpose. It is my intention to take down the regime of Stan Sniff and the retired Lt. deserves better than a Sheriff trying to cover up the maladies. As I sit here with 15+ years of sobriety, I certainly do have personal understanding of life issues. I hope the retired Lt. can get the help he needs to put his life back together.

A SAD UPDATE as of 2/16/2018 – The retired Lt. has died from the self-inflicted injuries.

Feb 112018
 

When you have an Assistant Sheriff and a Chief Deputy whining on facebook, you know you are living RENT FREE in their heads!

Apparently Kevin Vest and Ray Wood need a nice soothing ointment for their nether regions that have been burnt rightondaily style. They both took to facebook in a coordinated attack to attempt a re-write of history.

So, let’s recap actual history shall we?

Kevin Vest is an Assistant Sheriff. This is only two steps away from the Sheriff himself. You’d think a tough guy like that would not care about some blogger from Roseville California. Apparently, however Vest must be some sort of political hire because no true law enforcement official would have such a glass jaw.

Ray Wood decided to interrupt a visit to the magic kingdom to remind people that he too is experiencing a sense of loss.

We are proud to be living in the heads of the second floor gulag. (The executive offices where all of Stan Sniff’s men are, on the second floor of the police headquarters above the spray paint)

It actually is not a bad picture of Wood and his wife. But, they stopped to memorialize their trip because they were thinking about righondaily! We love our fans!

Perhaps Wood should call Ali Mazarei for instructions on how to write political attack. #STINCKY

And then there is the case of Assistant Sheriff Kevin Vest, perhaps he’d like me to join him for dinner at some point? 

It is clear that these two seasoned law enforcement professionals have never dealt with a blogger before or perhaps they have guilty consciences for attempting to bully people at a recent Chad Bianco event?

For those of you that may have missed my prior post about these two luminaries at a Chad Bianco event, let me recap as so much has happened in the ensuing days!

On 1/29/2018 we broke the news that must be causing these guys maalox moments – the RSA wrote Chad Bianco another $300K check for his Sheriff’s Race. This is a subject that has Ali Mazarei in a complete tailspin. Mazarei should really settle down, he might have a heart attack. (BTW – Eggplant is a heart healthy food, Mr. Mazarei may want to try some.)

Also included in that installment of Riverside Confidential was this:

On Sunday 1/28/2018 in the mid afternoon, Chad Bianco had an event at Romano’s in the City of Riverside in the Canyon Crest Neighborhood.

Not coincidentally, Chief Deputy Ray Wood and Assistant Sheriff Kevin Vest decided to bring their wives to dinner at the very same restaurant at the very same time! (Imagine that)

It gets better, they both live in the Woodcrest neighborhood of Riverside. If you look on a map, Woodcrest is 25 Minutes away from Canyon Crest. Worse, there is a second location of Romano’s that Mr. Wood and Mr. Vest (with their wives in the car) would have had to pass in order to get to the location they went to. (UPDATE: We are now being told they may live even further away in Hemet – a 45 minute drive, with the Romano’s in Woodcrest still 20 minutes closer to Hemet than the one they went to)

This is a long-winded way of saying their choice of location for dinner was not an accident. Secondly, how many of you eat dinner at 2:30? Not very often, do you?

Pictured behind the middle-aged woman in the foreground is a young woman with a hat on offering Chad Bianco campaign swag to the aforementioned foursome, note that the restaurant is empty (except for the 50ish people that came to participate in supporting Chad Bianco in an adjacent room).

This activity should not surprise you as Captain Gregory Fellows was dispatched to monitor the Bianco event the previous week in Mead Valley. More of the same will continue, and perhaps the scrutiny will make the rats scurry back down their holes. These people know that their fealty to Sheriff Sniff has been a requirement of them keeping their high-six-figure salaries and benefits.

Your tax dollars helped pay for these guys to drive across town to monitor a Chad Bianco event. Now they are whining because they got caught on camera and torched for it. This is notice to any and all who do Stan Sniff’s bidding, rightondaily is watching you.