Sep 102020
 

When your intrepid blogger took up the case of the Western Placer Waste Management Authority, little did I know I’d literally set off a dumpster fire.

We got a lot of responses from a lot of people. Insiders believe it appears that solid fiscal management is going to reign. Quoting our first piece on this issue:

20 years ago was the last time the WPWMA went out to bid. At that time, they hired NORTEC waste to manage the Athens Ave Dump.

In the 20 years the facilities have been operated by Nortech, they have made no substantial investments in modernization or innovation. Put bluntly, the operation is outdated. After over 20 years of having one contractor running the waste and landfill operations (two separate contracts) it appears that even in the in the face of serious reservations on the part of Mayor Allard and Councilmember Bill Halldin, there seems to be a concerted effort to award a sole-source, no bid contact to the same provider.

Based on comments at WPWMA board meetings, it appears that this effort to keep a sole source contract is being fueled by secret negotiations with the current operator, Nortech.

John Allard and Bill Halldin have both led the charge to get the WPWMA to go out to an RFP (aka bid) for services. By accounts it now appears that all of the board members are on board with the concept of soliciting new bids for the 20 year old contract that was last bid in Y2K (remember that hysteria)?

I’ve also been told that Supervisors Bonnie Gore and Robert Weygant support doing due diligence as well after a lot of discussions related to the shortcomings of the current circumstances were vetted. As fiscal conservatives, both supervisors appear to be interested in significant technology upgrades and the like. This means that the message about the current provider’s obsolete technology has been received loud and clear.

If indeed the board of directors for the WPWMA chooses to go to an RFP (Request for Proposal, as in soliciting a bid) this will be a clear mandate for governmental transparency and a desire to explore alternatives to landfilling, which has been the status quo for entirely too long. Furthermore, the rate payers will be the over winners when then gain the opportunity to get state of the art services possibly at a lower cost.

As the board meeting is 9-17, we are thanking them in advance for doing the right thing.

Aug 312020
 

Only in the mind of the Sheriff’s Union is cutting a future increase “defunding the police.” The Placer DSA does not care that Businessowners are bankrupt and people are unemployed (causing revenues to plummet) due to COVID and the stupidity of California. They are angry because they are going to have to forego some raises.

You’d also think given the public assault on law enforcement that police union operatives would be more careful. I guess not:

I am unsure of Garret Byers rank – but he should be brought up on a PERS for a hyperbolic lie that is beneath his uniform. In a county that supports law enforcement he is abusing that support in a disingenuous attempt to help the union gain leverage in a contract negotiation. It appears that Byers is not alone as other union members have been pushing the same lie. The Placer DSA has been running a full on media assault and it has deceived several people as to the real issue. No cuts in staff no cuts in service – just a cut to future pay raises.

The bottom line is that the Placer DSA has been getting more and more left leaning in the last decade as they become almost myopically focused on their compensation package.

This is from Supervisor Weygant. Shanti is his district director.

Launching a screed like this will certainly NOT help them get the contract they want and looks more like stepping on a rake. Dear Placer DSA, stop lying and stop being stupid. Don’t abuse a pro law enforcement county like this.

Here’s the irony – I am very public in my support for strong pay and benefits for Law Enforcement including a 3% at 50 pension. I know the board of supes are too. If they are having to throttle back, there is a very good reason. Running a social media drill with an outright lie is counterproductive. See Placer County Supervisor Kirk Uhler:

Now – the Placer County Deputy Sheriff’s are threatening my wife. Why? Because I stood up to several of them on social media and called them out on their lie. My wife used to work for 103.9 the FISH in Sacramento before moving to Reno with me. You will see that this bully did not do her homework:

Placer County DSA to citizens: ‘You can have an opinion, just keep it to yourself”

Then the bully doubles down – telling my wife that she called the radio station to try and get her fired: (Note that Mrs. Park is plenty capable of defending herself)

Note that the coward shut off her messenger when the conversation was not going the way she wanted.

Great Job Placer County Sheriff’s Union! You just pissed away all of your goodwill by both lying and then doubling down on the lie with bully tactics.

The bottom line: Placer County’s Budget has been shredded by COVID 19, loss of property tax, loss of sales tax, foreclosures, busines failures, people being laid off, businesses being throttled by Gavin Newsom and the DSA decides to launch a deceptive attack because they think they should be exempt from budget cuts.

What are the cuts you ask? Not jobs. Not services. Nope. Just cuts to future scheduled increases in pay and benefits. Only in the minds of a union (or other government workers) is a cut to a future increase defunding.

Terrible optics. The DSA Lied. The union reps that I jousted with on line don’t care about all the people that lost jobs/businesses. Then, because I stood up to their social media blitz they sent a bully to try and intimidate my wife. What a bunch of fools, they are going to end up with nothing and a PR nightmare.

Update: The President of the union reached out to me and then backed out of having a chat. He did indicate that they called the woman that went after my wife and denied that they had anything to do with what she did. Given the near hysterical nature of the claims they are making on social media it is easy to see how people would be motivated to resort to these tactics. These are the times we live in now.

Aug 252020
 

Do the right thing Placer County! Vote.

Please note that the following are the opinions of your intrepid blogger only and do not represent anyone else. (or any group for that matter)

It goes without saying I am voting to re-elect Donald Trump. I may think he is an asshole, but he is my asshole. For those of you struggling with President Trump being an asshole, imagine Right On Daily in the White House. There, see how easy that is? You can contact me at [email protected] if you need therapy.

Speaking of assholes, We are endorsing Doug LaMalfa and Tom McClintock for #CA01 and #CA04 respectively. I am not a fan of either one of them, but LaMalfa is one of the 10 most conservative members of congress by voting record and Tom McClintock’s opponent is a Massachusetts liberal who came to Placer County Via San Francisco. Special. The last Massachusetts liberal for CA04 – Regina Bateson was so committed to CA04 that she moved back to Massachusetts. I’d rather drink bleach (see what I did there?) than support a communist to represent me. Go away Audrey and Brynne.

Now that I am done endorsing three fellow assholes – let’s talk about some other races:

AD-03 James Gallagher and AD-06 Kevin Kiley. I am not a member of Kiley’s fan club either – but the young man is FINALLY doing what so many of us told him years ago when he first got in to office. Kiley and Gallagher have taken the place of the feckless Marie Waldron and are dragging the GOP Assembly Caucus to the right places on the field of battle. Both are talking Fire, Water, COVID and the psychotic rampage of the legislature against business owners. I can forgive Gallagher being part of Jessica Patterson (and David Reade’s) crew as he and Kiley are doing what needs to be done. (Please keep going guys…)

AD-01 and SD-01 Megan Dahle and Brian Dahle. I worked for Brian Dahle for pay twice. I’ve never regretted doing so. (boy that’s rare) Megan Dahle has proven she is more than a last name and would be a compelling candidate in her own right. The Dahle’s put Prop 19 on the Ballot – we need that thing passed to help save family farms. The Dahle’s are two of the best people you will meet in State Level Office, they stick out like a sore thumb in that cesspool.

(Yes on Prop 19 by the way)

Which gets me to Placer County Local Races.

In Loomis you have a simple choice for Town Council.

Jennifer “Jenny” Kinsley – Loomis Business Owner, former Loomis Chamber of Commerce President
James “Danny” Cartwright – a former marine sniper. Need I say More?

The third candidate is a #DEFUNDTHEPOLICE #BLM #ANTIFA college professor. I may chose to burn his (ahem, Political) house down later, but for now we will leave it here.

Roseville City Council District 1 (yup, the City went to Districts): Tracy Mendonsa, I’ve known him for several years. Good Dude. (Also endorsed by the Placer GOP)

Roseville City Council District 4 Bruce Houdesheldt (also endorsed by Placer GOP)

Roseville City Council District 5 Gary Johnson (also endorsed by Placer GOP)

Similar to Loomis – I may reserve the right to hammer the opponents of any of these three. The other guy running in District 1 is not a match for the City of Roseville in any way shape or form.

Placer County Office of Education – Area 1:
Susan Goto – The immortal loser Rene Aggielairuh is running against Susan Goto. Apparently, this is the office Rene decided on this time. He has run for supervisor, city council, two school boards and is now running for office of education. It appears that the cops visiting his house 56 times in 6 years (that we know of) has had no impact on him.
Roseville Joint Union High School District:
Pete Constant
Julie Hirota
Heidi Hall
Roseville City School District
Julie Constant
Meghan Krafka
This gets me to Rocklin. Oh mama, this is going to be a mess. The extreme left-wing homosexual activist Rick Miller is seeking to keep his 3 seat ruling Junta on the Rocklin USD Board. Apparently, adopting the most extreme LGBT indoctrination agenda in this conservative city was not enough. Rick also convinced Camille Maben to run for her 8th(!) term on the Rocklin USD Board. Maben was on the Rocklin USD BEFORE I MOVED TO PLACER COUNTY and now that I am gone SHE IS STILL THERE. I lived in Placer County 23 Years!!!
So here are the parent and family friendly alternatives to “Team Miller”:
Rocklin USD:
4 YR Julie Leavens-Hupp,
Rachelle Price
2 YR Tiffany Saathoff
The psychotic nutjob (at least that is what I think of her based on my research) Theresa Landon went berzerk because she felt entitled to the seat that Rachelle Price now holds. It is clear that she has resisted therapy (more than she resists President Trump) and is on the rampage path again.
If I am Rick Miller, I am not liking my life very much right now having to feature the support of the #ANTIFA #BLM left in a local election in Rocklin. (However, I am sure Theresa Landon hates me for reasons other than being a white male, but I digress)
Then there is the Rocklin City Council. I am quadruple endorsing. I will explain why in a bit. It is always said if you want to piss everyone off, dual endorse. Well guess what, I am doing it in a vote for three at large race. I guess I am getting my money’s worth.
#1 Joe Patterson. He is one of my favorite squishes in politics. I can recall few issues I have ever disagreed with him on as he has been a councilmember. I also helped him get elected in the first place and have never regretted it. Go Joe.
#2 Challenger Candidate Josh Rolph. I like Josh. I know him to be a full portfolio conservative. Can he convince people in Rocklin they need change? Will he have the resources to be competitive? I think he will. If he can not raise the money he thinks he can, he won’t win.
#3 Rocklin Mayor Greg Janda. I helped get Janda Elected to the Rocklin City Council in 2012. I have not regretted doing that either. Janda had trouble with the conservative base because he threw in with the Rocklin establishment supporting a couple Trump-Hating liberal democrats for local office. However, I have seen Janda on the right side of issues like working with Kirk Uhler to oppose the massive proposed Pioneer Energy Rate Increase that failed to carry.
#4 Ken Broadway. The quintessential nice guy. He went one step further going out on a limb actively supporting Jim Holmes re-election. For this, Broadway was the odd man out in the Placer GOP endorsement process. I supported Mike Murray with no reservation and do not disdain Ken for supporting his incumbent supervisor – he was just wrong for doing so. I like Ken as a human being, and I always have. This is why I chose to quadruple endorse rather than not endorse Ken.
Both Ken and Greg were railed for their support of local democrats and I believe Ken had better answers. I am also aware that Mr. Broadway has been a man on fire since the Placer GOP chose Josh Rolph over him.

And, we’re off. Hopefully your intrepid blogger does not need to annihilate anyone in Placer Politics this cycle, but we still have 10 weeks to election day.
Aug 142020
 

Ahem – for those of you in to acronyms, it is called the WPWMA. Western Placer Waste Management Agency.

It is a dumpster fire.

Let’s get in to the dump for a bit as it is a microcosm of government in general.

20 years ago was the last time the WPWMA went out to bid. At that time, they hired NORTEC waste to manage the Athens Ave Dump.

In the 20 years the facilities have been operated by Nortech, they have made no substantial investments in modernization or innovation. Put bluntly, the operation is outdated. After over 20 years of having one contractor running the waste and landfill operations (two separate contracts) it appears that even in the in the face of serious reservations on the part of Mayor Allard and Councilmember Bill Halldin, there seems to be a concerted effort to award a sole-source, no bid contact to the same provider.

Based on comments at WPWMA board meetings, it appears that this effort to keep a sole source contract is being fueled by secret negotiations with the current operator, Nortech.

Why would the staff of the WPWMA be negotiating in secret with someone who would likely respond to a public bidding process? Doesn’t that give them an unfair advantage?

Here is the rub – it appears as if four out of the five board members want to put the project out to bid, but there’s still a concerted effort by others to prevent that. A Bid is called an RFP in government bureaucrat terms. (Request for Proposal)

At the same time, at previous meetings some board members and staff talked about the “great work” Nortech has been doing and seemed to allude to promises of big things to come if they are granted a no-bid multi-decade extensionHow often do promises made by government ever come true? Why are the staffers working so hard behind the scenes?

Bill Halldin and John Allard both rightly pointed out that the proper place for these types of proposals is through a public bidding process. Not only should Nortech be able to demonstrate what they can do, but so should all the other companies that do this work throughout the state.

Now, if the staffers get their way, what incentive is there for Nortech to sharpen their pencils and provide the best pricing if there is no competition?

This is key, the city of Roseville has taken a very strong position that this contract “must” go out to bid. Roseville is the largest single customer, sending 49% of the material to the operation. Shouldn’t they listen to their largest, most important customer? (I am still not sure why Roseville does not get 49% of the vote on that board)

As a follow up, we will be looking in to that “great service,” I’ve heard the current operator hasn’t been meeting their diversion targets – and they may have even received some violation notices. This is something I will be digging into perhaps with Public Records Requests and reviews of minutes and staff reports. (Diversion targets are state mandates to reclaim certain percentages of waste in various categories)

Yes folks, we’ve been writing about virtual dumpster fires in politics for years – now we may actually have one! (IN Placer County!)

Mar 252020
 

As of the writing of this blog, I have now spoken to / emailed with 15 people from the Placer County DA’s Office. The stories are alarming, emotional, terrifying and I experience a full range of emotions hearing them.

I am not going to cut and paste any of the recent emails I have gotten as there is (in my opinion) solid evidence that Jennifer Miszkewycz may well be communicating with Jeff Wilson as “undesirables” are still getting attacked, monitored and virtually stalked. In a couple of the past posts people that have sent me emails that I pasted appear to have been targeted (even more than they already were).

In aggregating the latest bits of info, it appears that there are 7 claims of harassment, retaliation, and/or targeting that have been filed in the last two weeks. These are in addition to the claims that appear to have led to the disturbed Jeff Wilson being placed on Administrative leave. (for laypeople – admin leave is a predecessor to termination)

Three women that I have talked to most recently have all told me almost the same story. I am of the opinion that they are all victims of narcissistic abuse. All have had their personal reputations destroyed. All of the victims beyond the most recent three are suffering from PTSD-like symptoms. These symptoms include sudden fits of crying while I was on the phone with victims, others had to pause many times to compose themselves, all talked about how their personalities changed from being worn down by the abuse. It was disturbing and every time felt very personal.

Dave Tellman may not understand why I am skeptical of his candidacy for DA. He was once one of Jeff Wilson’s people before suffering the fate that people that do not accede to the wishes of a narcissistic tyrant 100% of the time suffer. Mr. Tellman, the offer still stands [email protected] if you want to tell your side of the story.

Listening to these stories from several current employees still working, out on stress leave or who have fled the department make me view anyone in the current department’s management with skepticism.

This gets me to Jennifer Miszkewycz the acting DA. It has been put to me by a few of the people I have communicated with that she is an ambitious ladder climber who appears to be mimicking Jeff Wilson’s savagery towards undesirable employees. It is clear that she has slipped through any oversight from people outside the office. It would be one thing if just one disgruntled retired employee told me something, but employees who have retired due to mental health issues, others that have escaped and still others with current ongoing issues have all volunteered stories about Doug Van Breemen and Jennifer Miszkewycz.

It is clear that the Placer County DA’s office is a mess. Regardless of individual stories about Dave Tellman, he was part of the management team under whose watch the mess metastasized.

Jeff Wilson, Doug Van Breemen and Jennifer Miszkewycz all appear to have been well versed in the process to circumvent public employee protections. Interestingly enough, I am familiar with things like “Scully Hearings”, “Write-Ups” and the like after having spent over a year writing about the maladies of the Riverside Sheriff’s Office. It appears that the trio had a list of employees that they wanted to take out.

The methods included overloading people with work, then micromanaging their finished product. One employee was written up for being 45 seconds late, others were having their breaks timed to the second, others had family vacation requests denied at the last minute after hotel reservations were made, others would get transferred suddenly, others were mocked and ridiculed by the three senior managers aided and abetted by other ass-kissing ambitious accomplices. Still others were stuffed in the 100 year old Auburn Courthouse 20+ miles away from the main Roseville Justice Center. (This is known as freeway therapy)

Time and time again, I was told complaints were discarded and the union rep was useless. (It has been alleged that Jeff Wilson had friends in the county whistleblower office and that the union rep may also have been compromised – yet no one has been able to produce any proof of said allegations) It is common with a tyrant ruling by fear to create the false impression among his victims that he has more tentacles of power than he actually has.

Regardless of how many spies Jeff Wilson may have had in Placer County Government, where was DA Scott Owens? One person I interviewed shed some light when they indicated that in a “Scully Hearing” Owens had to take his cues from Wilson regarding the employee. More than one employee I spoke to had stellar scores and evaluations before Wilson was promoted to the number two slot and post Wilson were routinely trashed.

It is simply not possible for Karin Bjork who was proven to have been mistreated ($2.9 Million Dollars Later) and a host of other victims of Wilson’s Rampage to ALL have been bad employees. In order for everyone targeted for elimination post Wilson’s Promotion in 2015 to have been a bad employee (or in the case of Bjork, she was smeared as incompetent), it would have meant literally half the employees in the DA’s office 2015 and before fit that description.

I think everyone hired post Jeff Wilson needs to be reevaluated. There is no way given what I know now that I could trust anyone who was hired under the reign of terror by Wilson. A new DA needs to scrutinize anyone that served as a manager under Wilson as well.

In today’s Coronafreakout world where the national media are on a psychotic rampage to smear PRESIDENT Trump with everything, (calling him a racist, incompetent, etc etc etc) take a step back and look at what Jeff Wilson is reputed to have done to so many employees in the Placer DA’s office. They were abused, scapegoated (aka gaslighted) and discarded. The patterns are disturbingly similar – except that Wilson’s targets are not President Trump who has the ability to defend himself. They are vulnerable employees that the union rep could not help and the county whistleblower refused to help.

I was driving around to stores in my neighborhood trying to find Paper Towels, Toilet Paper, Hand Sanitizer, etc… as a gag for my Wife’s Radio Show while I was talking to a victim of Wilson’s for an hour. Several times, I had to stop and ask the victim to repeat themself as I struggled to absorb all of what I was getting told.

Let it sink in a bit, I have written about some of the worst of human behavior on this blog. Politics and Government attract the scum of the earth who see it as a way to feed themselves with power, control, money, sex, narcotics, etc. Right here in Placer County, I am being told stories firsthand by victims in my own county DA’s office that are as disturbing as any I have been told over the 22+ years I have been in the political game. It’s personal, It’s my own backyard.

I hope the five supervisors are reading and I sincerely hope they take a long look at the mess that is a the Placer DA’s office and make a wise choice. To be continued.

P.S. Dear Supervisors, if you think Jeff Wilson is going to withdraw his application for DA, you have another thing coming. He is going to tell you he is the victim and that he is the best thing that ever happened to Placer County. Wait for it.