Dec 142018
 

Yup. It is apparently a time-honored tradition.

Jamie Hurtado and others within Marion Ashley’s Office are getting spread around the county. While I have no direct knowledge, it appears that the same is true with John Taviglione’s Staff as well.

A specific named mentioned to me is a County Administrative Staffer, Jeff Van Wagenen who used to work in the Zellerbach Regime before the scandal-ridden Zellerbach was unseated by the doveish Mike Hestrin.

Apparently Van Wagenen wants to become the next County Administrator and has been tasked by the County Board of Supervisors with finding homes for Stan Sniff’s management staff who are under the age of 50.

Chief Undertaker DiYoyo has retired as has Assistant Sheriff Joseph Cleary. Lyndon Raymond “the Executioner” Wood is done on 12/26/2018 according to sources.

As we wrote previously, Stan Sniff attempted to get Assistant Sheriff Kevin Vest appointed Sheriff so he could leave office early. On that note the Board of Supervisors actually told the Sheriff no.

However, your intrepid blogger has learned that the aforementioned Jeff Van Wagenen has been seen palling around with Kevin Vest. Kevin Vest is a reputed computer nerd and geek. It has been put to your intrepid blogger that Vest wants the Riverside County IT department job. (At least a senior position in the department)

The word is that the County CEO and Jeff Van Wagenen want to control the flow of information between the DA’s office and the Sheriff’s Office. This means that non-sworn people would be seeing confidential information and investigative information that is out of the public eye. In essence, it would set Kevin Vest up in a position where he could leak and review potentially damaging information on a wide range of people.

If you have been following the news, you know that the FBI, the DOJ and the Obama administration conspired to conceal exculpatory evidence from judges in the cases against Trump admin figures. You also know that they lied to a court to get a warrant and the Obama admin leaked a ton of information in an attempt to de-stabilize the Trump administration.

Imagine putting Kevin Vest in a position where he could do the same to Chad Bianco and his administration?

Jeff Van Wagenen is reputed to be kissing up to Chad Bianco while it sure looks like he is doing the bidding of the outgoing supervisors to sabotage him.

Van Wagenen is reputedly responsible for placing Assistant Sheriff Jerry Guitierrez in the Probation Department despite Guitierrez’ history of poor management decisions. Chief Jason Horton is now in charge of (or senior within) Code Enforcement. This means that Guitierrez will be able to screw with the Sheriff’s department via handling of probation issues and Horton will be able to write tickets en-masse on Sheriff Department Vehicles, etc. (And, yes, a previous code enforcement officer fired from previous DA Trask spent 8 years harassing Zellerbach’s department)

So while attempting to get in the good graces of Chad Bianco, Van Wagenen is attempting to find homes for the remaining ethically-challenged lackeys in Sniff’s Second floor. Where will Kubel, Evans, Raya and Graves end up?

One of my sources was adamant that Van Wagenen was a tyrant to work for in the DA’s office and he was as vindictive and retaliatory as anyone there. It seems to this blogger that Mr. Van Wagenen would turn on Chad or anyone else in county government as soon as it suited him. Given that he is helping the swamp stir in Riverside County, even if my assessment of his personality and approach is incorrect – you still should take pause and use extreme caution around him.

Dec 052018
 

… before Chad Bianco can fire them I guess. We’ve detailed how Jason Horton and Christopher Brandon Ford have been interviewing with other agencies (including Menifee).

We’ve also detailed how the Second Floor are tying up loose ends, attacking whistleblowers and finishing off other Chad Bianco Supporters with retaliatory terminations and discipline.

Here is Stan Sniff on Facebook blaming the board of supervisors once again (even after three of those guys endorsed him, no less…)

Taxpayers be dammed, this photo represents about $2MM a year (or more) in Pensions. ARRRRGH

Nov 292018
 

Did you hear the latest? Menifee is starting their own police department. After the City Government used technicalities to thwart an attempt to repeal their sales tax increase, the City Council is hard at work spending the money.

A life’s dream of at least two of their council-members is a Menifee PD. Menifee is a City of About 90K people that has been a “Contract City” of the Sheriff’s Department since it’s incorporation over a decade ago.

It has been put to this blogger that the reviled Christopher Brandon Ford is going to be offered the Chief of Police job in Menifee. Ford, pictured several months ago with Lt Huskey and the local Station Captain was attempting to intimidate Chad Bianco at a public event.

Christopher Brandon Ford – then a Captain – was the Captain of the RATT Squad in the middle of covering up the massive deputy cheating scandal. While Ford claims to be a “Born Again Christian”, his life and lifestyle belie the faith he claims.

Ford was well known for carousing and using his rank to get horizontal refreshment according to a myriad of confidential informants. It is also alleged that behavior continues to this day. If anyone has further information about the pending insanity in Menifee, please contact us.

Two days ago, we started in to the sad state of affairs at the County of Riverside Worker’s Comp. Riverside self-administers and self-funds their system. This lends itself to corruption and incompetence when there is no third party oversight. It is clear that the five elected supervisors don’t oversee the administration or, worse they have directed the County to engage in abusive claims management.

Your intrepid blogger was informed of people that contracted cancer and died from asbestos. They had to litigate a class action lawsuit and at least one claimant died before the case was complete. I assume that Marion Ashley, John Taviglione and others think letting people die saves the county money?

The pattern of abuse of injured or sick employees suggests that this transcends incompetence.

Jay Youngblood sits in a wheelchair needing constant assistance because the county is denying his worker’s comp claim similar to dozens of others with far less severe injuries. However, blown knees turn into permanent disabilities with months and years of stonewalling paying for basic medical services and rehab.

Why then did Lee Tainter’s claim get picked up so quickly when others are forced in to years of litigation?

Stan can absolutely do something about Jay if he wanted to, If he cared. Case in point, Nola Tainter out of the blue donated $2000.00 to stans mess of a campaign. Shortly after the donation her husband Lee Tainter gets a call from Di Yorio letting him know his full industrial disability retirement had been approved and granted. Why would Di Yorio make a personal call right after a sizable donation????

So, is someone in County Admin on the take? Or are they taking orders from Stan Sniff? Is this suggestion of corruption (and a possible cover-up) a reason why John Taviglione suddenly endorsed Stan Sniff for re-election on his way out the door?

None of these suggestions are good. The presence of a Sheriff Chad Bianco will obviously change things somewhat – but systemic reform is needed and it starts with the County Board of Supervisors.

Nola Tainter was in Jessica Gore’s Job and actually trained Gore before Sniff fired her. Once Lee got injured, it sure looks like she and Lee (who also donated) greased the skids and her past termination by Sniff was forgotten. Sniff got some badly needed campaign cash, Lee got his claim picked up. Jessica Gore is the wife of Jason Gore, recently rewarded with a promotion to Sergeant despite being in the middle of the cheating scandal that rocked the Sheriff’s Department. Gore is a media relations person for Sniff (I’d imagine she was able to get Gore’s name omitted from what little coverage there was of the issue) and also made sure the infamous “Eggplant” got a job on the second floor as well.

It is alleged that Kurly and Lyndon Raymond “the Executioner” Wood are attempting to “go out on disability”. Will the County of Riverside pick their claims up quickly? (If indeed the rumors of their real or imagined illnesses are true?) It is also alleged that Undertaker DiYoyo is filing a “Knee Claim” in order to make some of his retirement tax free. I will lay odds that claim gets picked up as well. (We will be following up on all of these as County Admin appears to be combination of corrupt and incompetent like Broward County Elections)

P.S. Please visit this link on the DIR Website to file a complaint about the abuse of your claim.

Nov 252018
 

Sniff claimed he asked other agencies to do the event before cancelling it. It looks like yet another absurdity out of him.

Assistant Sheriff Kevin Vest, who Sniff tried to install in his place for the lame duck period was left to send an embarrassing email covering for the insane decision to cancel the event:

From: “Vest, Kevin” <[email protected]>
Date: November 21, 2018 at 14:55:51 PST
To: “Reynolds, Misty” <[email protected]>, “Feltenberger, Danny” <[email protected]>, “Petersen, Evan” <[email protected]>, “Kondrit, David” <[email protected]>, “Sharp, Donald” <[email protected]>, “Perdue, Robert” <[email protected]>, “Purvis, Leonard” <[email protected]>, “Hedge, Daniel” <[email protected]>, “Peebles, Robert” <[email protected]>, “Pemberton, Joseph” <[email protected]>, “Kurylowicz, David” <[email protected]>, “Fellows, Gregory” <[email protected]>, “Anne, Daniel” <[email protected]>, “McConnell, Lisa” <[email protected]>, “Webb, Coby” <[email protected]>, “Shields, John” <[email protected]>, “Negron, Gregory” <[email protected]>, “Jimenez, Matthew” <[email protected]>, “Nordstrom, David” <[email protected]>, “Teets, David” <[email protected]>, “Huskey, Jason” <[email protected]>, “Aveling, Matt” <[email protected]>, “Armstrong, James” <[email protected]>, “Delgado, Edward” <[email protected]>
Cc: “Ford, Christopher” <[email protected]>, “Kubel, Jeffrey” <[email protected]>, “Graves, Misha” <[email protected]>, “Evans, Cheryl” <[email protected]>, “Raya, Geoffrey” <[email protected]>, “Horton, Jason” <[email protected]>, “Gutierrez, Jerry” <[email protected]>, “Cleary, Joseph” <[email protected]>, “Di Yorio, William” <[email protected]>
Subject: Blue Light Ceremonies

Commanders,

The Blue Light ceremony was cancelled, but will now continue as originally planned.  The annual Blue Light Ceremony is a tradition that allows the community and law enforcement to reflect and honor those that have given their life for the residents of our county. Regardless of the challenges presented to us, it is essential that these ceremonies continue as they have become a part of our culture, history and are woven into the fabric of Riverside County. Those honored at the Blue Light represent the best in Riverside County law enforcement and come from all the agencies that serve our communities.

Chief Reyes and the Palm Springs Police Department will lead the coordination of the Coachella Valley event which is scheduled for December 10, 2018 at 6:00 pm.

Chief Diaz and the Riverside Police Department will lead the coordination of the Riverside event which is scheduled for December 17, 2018 at 6:00 pm.

Kevin L. Vest

Assistant Sheriff

Administration, Courts, Coroner & Public Administrator

951-955-8792

[email protected]

While I am thrilled to see the other agencies step up – it is disturbing to watch Sniff burning down the department on his way out the door.

In addition, we received a Bob Epps update. He is continuing to run his empire from the Bomb Squad despite multiple instances and documented evidence he is crooked.

It has also been told to this blogger by more than one source that Stan Sniff has already cleared his office out. “The Second Floor” is also reputed to be a ghost town.

Stay tuned, another 5 1/2 weeks to go…

Nov 092018
 

As you can imagine the rank and file in the Sheriff’s Department are elated.

Pictured is Chief Deputy Jason “Deuce” Horton – he has said to some that he is going to run for Sheriff in 4 years against Sheriff-Elect Chad Bianco. Then, later, he was attempting to brown nose to keep a job. Horton is 48 and needs another 15 months or so for a full retirement. #EPICFAIL He better hope the file about the DUI he allegedly got away with was destroyed by his pals in Sheriff’s Admin. (If it is untrue, then he has a lot of issues to worry about anyway)

Lyndon Raymond “The Executioner” Wood – another Chief Deputy is suddenly ill. Something about heart issues, no one I spoke to knew anything about Wood having health issues as just two weeks ago he was threatening people in their offices. Rumors are just that, rumors. One set has him putting in his retirement papers and another set has him attempting to medically tap out.

Update: It appears that Chief Deputy Ray Wood did indeed end up in the ER on Wed with some sort of legitimate heart issue. All my opinions of him aside, I hope he is OK physically. Never, EVER root for people you don’t like or political enemies to suffer ill, otherwise you’re no better than the ill you attempt to defeat at the ballot box. Good luck Ray and recover fully.

Another insane rumor that turns out to be partially true is an alleged Stan Sniff temper tantrum, no, not the infamous video folks, a real tantrum. It appears he had to be talked out of shutting down the CCW Department as his refusal to have reasonable CCW issuance practices was a major campaign issue. (And exposed the hypocrisy of the NRA and H Paul Payne) Somehow, shutting the CCW department down was supposed to accomplish something.

That’s correct, a sitting Sheriff had a serious enough conversation that even his butt monkies (ohhh there is that word again) had to talk him out of yet another felony stupid move.

In other news – Sheriff-Elect Chad Bianco has made it clear that the Kevin Duffy Serial Child Molestation Case will be followed up on and finished the right way.

Your intrepid blogger has received multiple reports of Shred Trucks parked at or near the Sheriff’s Admin Office. I am not 100% sure what that means, but I have written many times I am of the opinion that Sniff and Crew will seek to cover their tracks.

The malicious prosecution of Donald Vincent Brooks is continuing. (Again, my opinion of the case) The investigator in the case that I think is dirty was attempting to brown-nose the Sheriff Elect after the election.

Your intrepid blogger was contacted by Stan Sniff major donor and failed assembly candidate Mohammad Ali Mazarei to pay off on a bet he made with me related to the election. I have not determined if I am going to return the call.

A personal note to Riverside DA Mike Hestrin: It was put to me that you refused to endorse Chad Bianco because of this blog. I don’t know you and I have never met you. I hope that rumor is false, not because I care, but because it makes you look weak in the face of corruption. That is not a good look for a DA who looks to be busy for a while with several messes within the Sheriff’s Department. Help the Sheriff clean it up so four years from now I have little or nothing to write about.

Several photos on social media started to emerge post election. In one case, it appears that the Sheriff or one of his Butt-Monkies got a group photo from Chad Bianco’s home station of Hemet removed. It is re-posted here.

I do not envy the job Chad Bianco has to deal with. But, man do I think he is equal to the task.

Your Intrepid Blogger will continue to follow up as events warrant. Thanks again to all within RSO and interested citizens that had the courage to come forward. I may have been the forum, but all of you supplied me with the tools to play a role in this election.