Feb 242018
 

Again, similar to parts two and three, this is anonymous. If you have not figured it out yet, Sniff is acting like a tin-horn dictator and has instilled a culture of fear in the department. This belies the false public image he is attempting to project as he dons his Sheriff Hat and goes to events looking happy.

You may need to read this twice or more to fully understand the effect of Stan Sniff’s failed leadership.

Although I personally do not work for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, it has been a major part of my life for many years.  I hear all the bad, all the good, all the gossip, all the rumor.  I suffer through holidays, spend many nights alone, and dread the cell phone.  I have spent years reading the RSA All Points bulletin and never has it crossed my mind to contribute; until now.

Ten years ago, I remember my husband telling me how he thought many of the wrongs with the department would be righted with the appointment of a new Sheriff.  His excitement quickly ended as people were being fired, forced to retire, or forced to lateral after seeing the writing on the wall.  I remember him saying “this guy is 10 times worse. He does the same thing or more than the last guy but he denies it.  At least Doyle was honest about it.” (Blogger’s note – Doyle is the former sheriff who left office in a cloud of scandal)

I paid close attention to the 2010 election and it became obvious to me the current sheriff lacked the basics of integrity.  From seeking “re-election” to getting caught in what seemed to be lies, or at least “untruths” during debates, it was obvious the code of ethics, that I had heard my husband recite so many times, was lost on this guy.  Fast forward four years to the 2014 election.  This one was different.  My husband was different, his friends were different, their spouses were different.  They were all afraid.  Let me say that a different way:  Men and women who strap on guns, chase bad guys, and sometimes fight for their lives, were now afraid.  What were they afraid of Facebook.

At first, I was skeptical.  I was told they were afraid for their promotions, special assignments, and of being transferred.  They were afraid to voice their opinion, speak their mind, raise concerns, or agree with anything the opponent said.  What was worse, not only were they afraid to speak out, they forbid their spouses from “liking” things on Facebook, being “friends” with the wrong people, or saying anything that could remotely effect their jobs.  Could this really be happening in a professional organization of brave men and women?

After the election, it became completely apparent that all of their fears were legitimate.  Lieutenant Bianco was mysteriously swept into a black hole only to reappear in Hemet three years later.  Some of our friends, or their husbands, were transferred, skipped on promotion lists, and kept from teaching at the academy.  Many people began to retire early, and now it seems I am constantly being told of deputies transferring to other departments.  The 2018 election is upon us, and I am happy to see Lieutenant Bianco is running again.  I am happy to see that RSA is behind him, but I am noticing on Facebook that people are still afraid.

I don’t like rumors, so I have obtained all my information first hand.  Yes, Lt. Bianco was transferred.  Yes, he sat for 799 days doing nothing after being stripped of all responsibility.  I thought the rumor of his whiteboard tally was just that, but I saw a picture of it.  He was prevented from engaging other employees, he was prevented from entering any department buildings.  He was even told which restrooms he could use.  All this and more because he decided to run for political office.  I had to wonder, does my husband work for a professional law enforcement agency or is it the middle school playground?

A few months back, I saw a Facebook post from a former employee that included a screenshot of a conversation between her and Sheriff Stan Sniff after she confronted him for what he did to an employee to waste money while at the same time talking of budget cuts.  The sheriff denied it.  His exact word was “nonsense.”  Well, I don’t claim to be an investigator or anything special, but I do know a flat out lie when I hear one.

Now that Lt. Bianco has chosen to run again, the director of this childish school yard drama began Act II.  Lt. Bianco now sits in Hemet doing nothing while the sheriff tells of budget woes.  Deputies in Hemet are sometimes by themselves, but Lt. Bianco cannot help them with calls, back them up, assist any member of the public, or handle any calls for service.   Not only can he not drive a black and white, he cannot even wear his uniform.   I saw the post his wife made on Facebook so I know the sheriff saw it too.   I can’t wait for him to deny it, because if he hasn’t already, inevitably he must.  It is that, or he has to admit to the public he cares nothing about safety and service, only about revenge and retaliation.  Either way, it will be another lie in what seems to be the norm from a person that cannot remember the code of ethics.

I am writing this to tell all of you that enough is enough.  Stand up for what is right.  If he is childish enough to treat employees the way he has treated Lt. Bianco for exercising the same right he did in the past, is Sniff really fit to be the Sheriff?  I’m not a lawyer but I’m pretty sure what he has done is illegal.  I also think that he is not the most honest person in the room.  One thing I know for sure, he is not fit to lead a professional law enforcement organization.

For me and my husband, we will support Lt. Bianco.  I have spoken to him, I have read about him, and I have asked many employees past and present about him.  We have now liked all of his Facebook posts and signed up on his website to assist with the election.  Both of us even donated $99.00.  I am not afraid to put my name to this letter but when Sheriff Sniff reads it, I want him to wonder who wrote it, and I want him to know that I am one of many.  This isn’t just my husband’s department, it is mine too.  We will do everything in our power to make it better, and we will not be afraid.

Stan Sniff needs to go. Period. To be continued…

Feb 232018
 

Wouldn’t it be nice?

Why would it surprise anyone to see the Sheriff do this, given his well documented abuse of the CCW system in favor of friends, promoting ass-monkeys, covering up corruption, harassing dissenters, destroying careers, conspiring to decimate the banning PD, tolerating blatant corruption, fostering a culture of screwing over contract cities and on and on and on…

See the embedded screenshot of yet another source that asked for anonymity due to the culture of threats, intimidation and tyranny of the sheriff.

That is one of Stan Sniff’s cars. I am told it is the same car another deputy reported seeing him leave the office (also known as the second floor gulag) with a young woman in the passenger’s sea int. There is no picture or proof so I can not assert that Mr. Sniff was seeking horizontal refreshment / having an affair. All I was told is that his arm was on the seat behind her and “they looked really friendly”… but if the Sheriff is having an affair(s) I am sure that will come out in due time like the avalanche of evidence and testimony of rampant corruption in the Riverside Sheriff’s Office.

But I digress.

At one point in my life I owned a black Ford Mustang with a custom built rollcage in it. I got five tickets in the short time I owned the car (and had to replace the tires twice in 70,000 miles). I would have loved to have been able to flash my badge to get out of one or more of those tickets.

It is alleged by many, (and unlike the incident in Palm Desert I have no proof other than allegation) that the Sheriff also wormed his way out of a ticket in the City of Riverside as well.

In addition, more than one member or former member of the Sheriff’s department have told me that Chief Deputy Jason Horton was pulled over on a DUI recently and appears to have gotten out of it. (Similar to the Riverside Ticket rumor related to Sniff, all I have is hearsay evidence of Horton’s issue and a lot of people that talk about his drinking exploits openly)

Unlike Sniff’s Riverside incident, these text threads I was forwarded prove that Sniff’s vehicle was pulled over in the Palm Desert Area. IT looks like the Sniffster has leaks all over his department and the wall of intimidation has multiple cracks in it.

Stan Sniff has lost control of his department and his ability to cover up malfeasance has been shattered.

For extra effect – look at this text message exchange between two deputies. It is clear they resent the Sheriff’s behavior. The rest of us should too.

Ever wonder why I use Stan Sniff and corruption in the same sentence?

To be continued as we go to the next level in exposing the corruption that has defined Stan Sniff’s legacy as Sheriff.

 

Feb 222018
 

One of the key items in the attempt to bully me by Mohammad Ali Mazarei was the assertion that Ali Mazarei got preferential treatment for a CCW Permit. It has been long known amongst the rank and file. Since I had no super-concrete proof I had to back off of the claim somewhat while being of the opinion that Ali Mazarei was lying to cover himself.

Since then, Mazarei has been publicly threatening candidates for office, making self-promoting posts on social media, acting like he runs the Riverside County Lincoln Club and the like. Mazarei is a recent addition to the political landscape even though his donor relationship with Stan Sniff started in 2011. When he posted the legal demand letter on facebook, complete with publishing my home address, (getting others to share it in an attempt to intimidate me and gain political advantage), he claimed that in 2009 when he got his CCW he did not know the sheriff. Several sources inside the department dispute those claims.

Pictured, Sheriff Stan Sniff looking all tough and stuff with a silenced automatic weapon. Mohammad Ali Mazarei, circled and looking all tough and stuff with body armor on. Then, three unnamed deputies that are obviously on the Good Boy’s list are also pictured. The location is a range that most of the rank and file are not allowed to go to – even though our tax dollars pay for its’ operation, maintenance and upkeep. Yet, we are supposed to believe that Ali Mazarei is NOT getting special treatment from the sheriff?

Mohammad Ali Mazarei bragged in his legal demand letter that he sells stuff to a lot of people inside the Riverside Sheriff’s Office. I wonder how long Mr. Mazarei would be able to keep his Federal Firearms License if the ATF was given a nice fat file complete with information on Mr. Mazarei’s personal conduct? I wonder if the sales of stuff to the folks he brags about selling stuff to have any other consideration involved in them?

Remember – Mazarei has donated $50K+ to the Sheriff (that we know of as the last $9300 check was reported 3 months late, so there could be others not reported yet).

Yet, we are supposed to believe that the now 2nd largest donor to the Sheriff who lists several of the Sheriff’s subordinates as customers is NOT receiving any sort of special treatment?

Enter two sources who have asked for anonymity:

I recently received a fund raiser flyer to Stan Sniff’s Southwest Riverside County Campaign Kick-off. On one page of this flyer there was a description off Sheriff Stan Sniff. I have attached a picture of that description and I hope you can read it. Upon reading this description I immediately recognized that these bullet point descriptions were missing two key words. Words that should be used to describe a person who holds the rank of Sheriff. Can you guess the missing two words? Those two words are  “Leader” and “Ethics” or any of their derivatives (leadership, ethical etc.)…this is sad, very very sad.

The department is in complete turmoil because we have not had strong leadership from Sniff nor Diyorio. When the leaders don’t lead, all the rest of the nonsense that you have been writing about begins to happen (thermal station scandal, cheating scandal on the detective tests in 2015, then cheating on the Lt and Caps test in 2016, sergeants and lieutenants in admin positions not working full days…which has become part of the culture at those ranks etc etc). This agency has been a ship adrift for years now and it is sad.

Second word, ethics. It is true (and I have witnessed it first hand) that if you are a FOS (friend of the sheriff) you will go to the front of the line to get a ccw. If you are john q citizen, it’s a 18 month to two year wait. All department members know about this, from the office staff, to the deputies and above. We see the Sheriff campaigning on duty or having his people do it for him (Purvis on the dept owned gator with a Sniff campaign sign etc. etc) and know full well that if we were caught doing something like that for Bianco we’d be gone.

This lack of leadership and the hypocritical ethical environment that sniff has created has left this department in shambles. We no longer encourage our friends or family to apply here. We tell them about Corona PD, or Riverside PD, or Ontario PD, but not RSO. Why? Because the pride is gone. The morale is terrible, and this place has become so divided that it is now toxic. There is a gulf between the true workers and the admin, the haves and the have-nots. Over the years, the only deputies that Sniff has spoken to are ones being promoted or ones at dui checkpoints on Friday nights. Ones that will never ever confront him, and rightly so because their whole career is ahead of them.

Two words left out of sheriff Stan Sniff’s description of himself in his fund raiser flyer, Leader, and Ethics. And that is exactly why our RSO is such a mess. I hate to keep using this word over and over, but I must use it one more time…..sad!

That is pretty definitive, isn’t it? Since Mohammad Ali Mazarei is an elected member of the Riverside County Republican Central Committee, and thusly is an elected official he has to prove I had reckless disregard for the truth when I suggest that he is one of those that received special treatment for a CCW Permit from the Sheriff. Good Luck Ali.

I know of one elected officeholder who is retired military that waited 2 years for his interview and was turned down for a CCW Permit. The man had not donated a dime to Sniff before or since.

It is also well-known in the department that the case related to the corrupt operation of Mazarei’s smog check business was re-opened right around the same time as Mazarei’s last donation of $9300 to the Sheriff on 10/5/2017. (one account says the case was re-opened 10/11 another says two weeks later) Also, it is well-known that Ali Mazarei believes that the employee being prosecuted will allow him to sue everyone he is mad at for blasting him publicly. It sure looks like Mazarei himself thinks he’s getting special treatment from the Sheriff, let alone what I think?

Well guess what? Another one of my anonymous sources sent me a choice facebook message pictured here.

Well isn’t that special? I now have plenty of basis to level the charge that Mohammad Ali Mazarei did indeed appear to be buying influence via his financial largess to the Sheriff. (look at the photo, look at the written comments about ccw’s) All Mohammad Ali Mazarei has accomplished with his attempted bullying of this blog with the typo-laden ESL failure of a legal demand letter was a guaranteed ass-whupping on the Right on Daily Blog, because this is how we deal with bullies.

As a side note, I was told Paul Aguirre was recently hired onto a part-time consulting gig. Given the pattern of behavior I’ve seen from the Sheriff, it would not surprise me if this was done to pin Aguirre down from talking about the abuse of the CCW process under Stan Sniff. It’s ok though, I can pick from dozens of witnesses to write declarations or to come testify in Auburn if needed.

Coming soon – even more smoking guns related to the conduct under Sheriff Stan Sniff and undertaker Diyoyo.

P.S. The “Pro Gun” Sheriff has disarmed the Jail staff too, something the local papers seem to fail to mention when they call him “Pro Gun”.

P.P.S A recent comment by a Daniel Shays sheds ever further light:

let’s talk about what 40-50k buys for Mohamed. He has free access to the range when employees can not even take their spouse. We know know he doesn’t call 911 like a normal person he calls his friend Stanley. He gets special CCW treatment for himself and his friends, who unlawfully use his business as their “good cause” even though they don’t work there. And he gets his very own tax payer funded private security. That’s right, the residents in Woodcrest get to sit without law enforcement services for an entire afternoon while both deputies sit watch Mohamed load up all his guns and move them to another residence in the city of riverside. Both of them should be charged with embezzlement and misuse of government funds. Unethical and illegal. Great job Sheriff!!!

Feb 222018
 

This is unreal, unbelievable and should disturb everyone: Hemet Dave Brown, the failed police chief from the crime-ridden and poverty-stricken city of Hemet received more in pay and benefits from the taxpayers in 2016 than the current Riverside County Sheriff. This almost sounds like the City of Bell scandal.

We’ve torched Stan Sniff repeatedly over his salary especially in light of his repeated pleas of budget woes. However, the responsibilities of the overpaid Riverside County Sheriff include overseeing thousands of employees and jail inmates and covering an area the size of the State of New Jersey.

Worse – according to another anonymous source, the overpaid Police Chief was strong-arming people in Hemet to vote for measure U, a 1 cent sales tax increase. “Sooooo there is an email that Dave Brown sent to someone where he admits that he was manipulating police call data to pass the tax…. the guy who has it won’t release it….is there another way to get that email if Dave sent it from his private email?”

This dovetails with what we were told about Hemet Dave allegedly putting word out that the department was either supposed to ignore or delay responses to the houses of public opponents of Measure U. Nice, Huh?

Let’s compare the positions of Riverside County Sheriff and Hemet Police Chief.

                                 County of Riverside       City of Hemet

                                          Sheriff                    Police Chief

Employees                       4,000+                    under 100

Jurisdiction                   7,303 sq mi                   28 sq mi

Residents                     2.5 million+                    84,000+

Jail Inmates                  about 4,000                      0

Annual Budget             $500 million+              $18 million

Pay & Benefits                $335,535                     $345,594

Does this look right to you?  Hemet Dave has a tiny fraction of the employees, geography and budget, yet requires the taxpayers to pay him more than the county sheriff?

The City of Hemet is always crying poverty.  Even Hemet Dave, complained that his employees earn any where between 17% and 72% less than other jurisdictions in Riverside County.  (Hemet PD Facebook page, by Hemet Dave Brown, June 3, 2016.)

However, his complaints about low pay had a glaring omission, his own extravagant pay!

Here are a couple screenshots revealing pay and benefits (all paid for by that taxpayers) from the Transparent CA website:

Riverside County Sheriff Total Pay & Benefits – 2016

Hemet Dave’s Police Chief Total Pay & Benefits – 2016

Ouch. Hemet Dave has a lot of explaining to do, including why the hell he is running in the first place.
Feb 212018
 

We are taking in massive amounts of information, like a firehose. It is staggering, but I can say with certainty that the Riverside Sheriff’s Office is overrun with corruption.

This is why we started with the Riverside Confidential series of posts over two months ago.

This is a screenshot of Assistant Sheriff Joseph Cleary emailing Chief Deputies Ray Wood and Christopher Ford ordering them to campaign on government time. It also implies that County Funds will be used to reimburse subordinates that join groups on behalf of the Sheriff. The orders are specific and appear to involve “Contract Managers” meaning, Captains and Lieutenants of Contract Cities.

We’ve written in two previous posts (linked here and also here) about Chief Deputy Ray Wood (who took to facebook to whine afterwards), Assistant Sheriff Kevin Vest and Hemet Station Chief Lenoard Purvis being dispatched to try and intimidate Chad Bianco at scheduled events. It should come as no surprise then that the email is on the same day (2/5/2018) as an 1100 presentation done by Chad Bianco that the Captain of the Palm Desert Station attended. Note the time of the email is 1425. Secondly, Christopher Ford was part of the Rat Squad, (the Investigate to Terminate department where Lt. Bostrom and Captain Purvis hail from as well) and as a member of the Rat Squad, Ford would know this behavior is against the rules and is likely against the law.

There has been a clear edict that anyone doing anything anywhere near Chad Bianco anything, anywhere near on the clock will be terminated. Let’s see Cleary, Wood and Ford get their pink slips. The edict from the Sheriff has been enforced with brutal means including apparent abuses of the worker’s comp system to deny treatment to injured deputies, re-assigning deputies to split couples up, retaliating against the spouses of former deputies for speaking out, and other abuses of the internal affairs department who appear to be not much more than the Riverside Sheriff equivalent of the secret police.

In case the significance of the Sgt Dekker case was lost on you (beyond the allegations of him lying on his time cards and defrauding the taxpayers with abuses of overtime) is that Sheriff Sniff is constantly complaining about the budget of the department. He also has been in a 15 round death match with KPMG fighting everything they are trying to do in order to reign in costs. It should also be noted that the Captain of the Jurupa Valley station, Captain Hedge who has been letting Dekker and Lt Rose get away with their timecard antics is alleged to have been promoted by the Sniffster for his role in covering up the Cheating Scandal. It is hard to keep up with the corruption, but we are trying our best.

For example one of the abuses of the taxpayers is told to us by one former deputy. Even though separated from service still expressed abject fear of Stan Sniff, went in to graphic detail about how the Lake Elsinore Station was ripping the City of Lake Elsinore off by sticking them with all the overtime. It makes sense then, that I’ve heard of at least one Contract City that wants to terminate their contract and start their own police department. (A Contract City is a City that pays the Sheriff Department for policing versus having their own police force)

This is also alleged to have happened at Palm Desert Station. It likely has happened at almost every station given what I am learning in bits and pieces of pretty much the entire upper management team under Sheriff Stan Sniff.

The Sheriff is also known to manipulate staffing levels to jack up the budgeting process or extort higher costs out of cities for service. Even the local papers, remiss to criticize the tyrannical Sheriff have been forced to print the well-known Hemet Station situation where the Sheriff gutted their staffing (see also Chief Leonard Purvis’ home station) in order to scuttle KPMG’s attempts to achieve discernible results in the Hemet Station. (Meantime, A perfectly capable and healthy Chad Bianco is being kept in the cooler there)

Now, what do you think would have happened had KPMG gotten a clean look at the books? Does it become more clear as to why Stan Sniff is fighting any attempts by KPMG to reign in the mess? At the very least, gold-bricking employees like Dekker and Lt. Rose would have been terminated for cause if half of what they are alleged to be doing is true.

How about Undersheriff William DiYorio? Deyoyo was brought back out of retirement. Guess what taxpayers? His massive salary in 2017 will be the basis for his pension for the rest of his life courtesy of the Friend-of-Stan gig he got. We call this pension spiking where I come from. Deyoyo is retiring for a second time effective 6/1/2018. I’ve yet to speak to anyone who has had anything nice to say about the undertaker.

Remember Captain Tripod? Coby Webb is crippled from an off-duty accident and should have been medically retired years ago. She is still on duty and is physically unable to do what other Captains can. But her pension is probably worth $500K more than it would have been to the taxpayers. It is a sad, sick joke that she is called Captain Tripod (a reference to the cane she has to walk with) but just as I start to feel sorry for Webb (who some do defend) I was made aware of her botching 900 hours worth of overtime Palm Desert Staion when she was a Lieutenant. Again, the 900 hours were burned off in a feeding frenzy screwing over the local municipality paying for service.

Then don’t forget while all the above abuses of contract cities were occurring, we have the case of Leonard Purvis admitting his role in trying to destroy the Banning PD in order to coerce Banning in to becoming another victim of Stan Sniff’s contract city debacle. (Part 1 of the Purvis scandal is linked here for context as well)

Meantime, Stan Sniff is going 15 rounds with the Board of Supervisors on the budget. Perhaps he should have his campaign consultant make more facebook posts from San Diego for him to explain why we should be happy with this?

What I am learning about the Riverside Sheriff’s Department would destroy my faith in law enforcement had I not had 20 years of prior experience dealing with hypocrites and losers in politics. Stan Sniff is a failure by every objective measure of performance. I am also starting to believe that many under his command not only have no business being on the police force, but they should be prosecuted for what they have done. More on that coming soon as Riverside Confidential Rolls On.