Dec 172018
 

You would think that the local media would understand that the reason why the Sheriff’s Office bailed and other agencies had to step in would have been obvious. Or, perhaps the bruised egos of the local media whose boy got crushed by 16.58% were at play.

Stan Sniff was a no-show at the blue light event but only soon-to-retire Cheryl Evans was present. NBC Palm Springs had a seemingly unrelated story that did not connect the dots

That’s why she says the Blue Light ceremonies that show support to families of fallen officers during this time of year mean everything, “It means that they’re not forgotten and we’re not forgotten,” adding when she found out the department her husband worked for canceled the ceremony this year she was devastated, “I thought nobody really cared about us anymore.”

But that feeling didn’t last long, after hearing about this, two departments stepped up to hold the ceremonies: the Palm Springs Police Department and the Riverside Police Department.

Missing, of course is mention that it was Stan Sniff that attempted to cancel the event. January 8th can’t get here soon enough.

Dec 142018
 
  1. 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 272018
 

One of the recurring themes during my 13 month detonation of Stan Sniff was that he could care less about the plight of injured employees.

Again and again, I was contacted by legitimately injured employees whose claims were all getting denied, paperwork kicked back repeatedly and people who ended up being forced to hire Worker’s Comp Attorneys over what should have been three month injuries that turned in to permanent disabilities because County Worker’s Comp refused to treat the injury when it could have been contained early.

I am talking about Back Injuries, that were minor to moderate that were allowed to degenerate while County Admin ran through their time-tested procedure of DENY DENY DENY regardless of merit. This is the heartless actuarial formula called mitigation by denial. This is the sort of behavior Insurance Carriers get accused of, but is rarely ever done on my side of the Insurance World.

Only twice in my 21 year career have I ever had to advise an insured to retain an attorney and sue the Insurance Carrier I placed them (or their employer) with. It has, however been put to this blogger repeatedly that several well-meaning employees in the County of Riverside tell injured workers off the record to hire an attorney because their claim is going to be denied.

Where does Stan Sniff come in? It appears that Worker’s Comp Claims of his chosen few were “picked up” almost immediately as opposed to the usual 2-3 year fight that the County puts up against the “Non-Chosen”. This suggests that either the Union President calling the County or the Sheriff Calling has an impact on the outcome.

I blistered Stan Sniff several times over attempting to use injured employees as campaign props. One of the assertions I made is that once they were no longer useful, he’d forget about them.

Witness Jay Youngblood. Witness Jason McMillan. While Sniff never visited McMillan in the hospital, he was there to stage pictures with McMillan for his social media. Christopher Brandon Ford was apparently present at Youngblood’s bedside attempting to recruit Youngblood on to team Sniff.

It is apparent that Youngblood did not play ball as County Worker’s Comp is doing their usual. Youngblood is PARALYZED and COUNTY WORKER’S COMP IS REFUSING REHAB OR ADA modifications to his house! Read the previous sentences again. When the County is not busy taking minor or medium knee/back injuries and making them permanent by an arrogant, heartless, merciless blanket refusal to pay for basic medical services – they are also denying service to a paralyzed deputy as well.

Who has oversight of the Bureaucrats in Riverside County’s Worker’s Comp? That’s right: Kevin Jeffries, Marion Ashley, John Taviglione, Chuck Washington and V Manuel Perez. None have said a peep for years while these repeated abuses occur.

Ashley and Taviglinone are retiring and will be replaced by Karen Spiegel and Russ Bogh/Jeff Hewitt (who is leading). Perhaps the Riverside County Board of Supervisors need to be hammered for the denial of basic medical care to legitimately injured employees? This cuts across party lines.

Note – Since the County of Riverside is a Government Agency and is self-insured, they act like they are EXEMPT from most of the regulatory oversight regular Worker’s Compensation Carriers have. This also suggests that the County thinks the only recourse for injured employees is to sue and they are taking full advantage. This artificially created employee versus government environment was deliberately created to break the system to get people crying for socialized medicine as a solution for uniform standards. All it takes is the County Board of Supervisors intervening and changing the culture of abuse in County Admin as opposed to a state-run Worker’s Comp monopoly (which would be worse for EVERYONE).

Blogger’s Note: anyone being abused by the County of Riverside should file a complaint with the Department of Industrial Relations, they have oversight of all Worker’s Comp in California (self-insured or otherwise)

Meantime, here is Jay Youngblood being forced to Crowd Fund for his necessary medical expenses. This is an outrage, but is posted so you can get involved and help Jay as well as to pressure the feckless board of supervisors to do their job and deal with the abuses.

My brother, Jay Youngblood, is a Deputy from the Riverside County Sheriffs Department. On July 24, 2018, Jay was training to become a motorcycle officer and was in a catastrophic accident which, in medical terms, left him as a T4 complete injury. In non-medical terms means Jay is paralyzed from the chest down. We are praying this is not God’s plans for the remainder of his life and we know that if anyone can overcome such odds it’s Jay.

Jay has been home from the hospital for almost 2 months and his kitchen still remains inaccessible to him, making simple tasks such as getting something to eat or drink impossible without assistance.  We have been trying to work within the system for months and are now out of options. You would think since Jay was injured on duty, that the County of Riverside Workman’s Compensation would be helping Jay, unfortunately that is not the case.

Jay has requested to attend a rehabilitation center that specializes in spinal cord injuries to increase his chances of overcoming this injury, however the county keeps kicking it back.

WE NEED HELP!!! All donations will go directly to my brother to cover the necessities to make everyday life accessible to him, necessities that Workman’s Comp is not covering.

It looks like the County of Riverside has determined that Jay Youngblood being paralyzed versus rehabilitation of the injury is the most cost-effective solution. Who cares about Jay’s future quality of life. The Riverside County Board of Supervisors? Crickets.

P.S. The link to file a complaint with the DIR is here. DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS WEBSITE