Vern Pierson and Joe Harn Update – They’re Getting Sued (again)

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Jun 032015


In 2014, Vern Pierson was able to intimidate his opponent in to capitulating. Joe Harn’s opponent hired a crank addict as a campaign manager. So, here we are.

As seen on a local El Dorado Blog – Vern Pierson and Joe Harn got blown to pieces. (I love the headline)

In addition – the El Dorado Mountain Democrat, a paper that is usually biased in favor of incumbent officeholders not named Ray Nutting did a write-up on the lawsuit that was pretty good for the plaintiff Dan Dellinger.

Mr. Dellinger lit up Joe Harn and Vern Pierson pretty good in his press release:

DA & Auditor-Controller’s Vendetta Generates Lawsuit against County

Cameron Park, CA – Nearly a year to the date after losing their Soviet style show trial for self-aggrandizing publicity against, Dan Dellinger, a government relations and political consultant often on opposite political sides of the District Attorney and Auditor-Controller, Joe Harn and Vern Pierson are at the center of a lawsuit filed this week in El Dorado County Superior Court.  In this lawsuit, officially filed as “Dan Dellinger v. Joe Harn, et al” and assigned the number PC 20150251, Dellinger is seeking to collect $12,000 still owed him for work successfully completed for the Pioneer Fire Protection District in 2011and recovery of his expensive legal bills resulting from Harn and Pierson’s two year long bad faith prosecution of Dellinger. Joe Harn, the County of El Dorado, and the Pioneer Fire Protection District are named as defendants in the lawsuit; however, the complaint makes it clear that Harn has ignored the Fire District’s instructions to pay Dellinger.

“I want everyone to understand that the Pioneer Fire Protection District has acted honorably throughout my struggle to get paid by Joe Harn who is supposed to pay all of the bills authorized by the District,” said Dellinger, “so I included the District in the lawsuit very reluctantly and only on advice of legal counsel”.

“Before resorting to this lawsuit I tried to settle this matter with the County”, explained Dellinger, “but my own representative of the Board of Supervisors, Brian Veerkamp, refused to meet with me and the County’s high priced risk management office sent me an incorrect last minute form letter denial that makes me think they didn’t even bother to look into my payment requests”.

In addition to Breach of Contract against Harn, El Dorado County, and PFPD, the lawsuit alleges seven other civil charges or “torts” against just Harn and El Dorado County including Conversion, Deceit and Bad Faith, Abuse of the Grand Jury Process, and Bad Faith Prosecution.

Under California State law, the County would be prohibited from reimbursing Harn for any punitive damages awarded against him by a jury, however, as a District Attorney Pierson has absolute immunity from personal liability.

Dellinger had been falsely charged by Pierson and Harn of expending public money and public resources for express advocacy, receiving or granting a gift of public funds, and engaging in unfair business practices while assisting the Pioneer Fire Protection District place the Measure F parcel tax on the November 2011 ballot.  Measure F successfully passed with a near 80% approval vote.

On May 22, 2014, a jury took only 47 minutes to return a unanimous 12-0 verdict clearing Dellinger of any wrongdoing.

Dellinger has a long history of political clashes with El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson and his political ally EDC Auditor-Controller Joe Harn including helping elect EDC Sheriff John D’Agostini and others over Pierson and Harn’s strongly backed candidates.

I have blogged in the past that Vern Pierson is an idiot and Joe Harn is a bully and have lampooned their Dead Fish Handshakes. I wonder how much worse it needs to smell before the voters of El Dorado County wake up and send them packing.

Meantime, an innocent man has nearly been bankrupted by this BS.


Dead Fish Society Update: Trying to Control the El Dorado Sup D2 Seat

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Jun 222014

The Dead Fish Society has a problem.

El Dorado County elections are like a free-for-all. Every Supervisor election attracts 8-10 candidates. So, why wouldn’t the recently opened Sup D2 Race be any different?

Dead Fish Society member Rodney Stanhope has returned to El Dorado County where he has found a wealthy benefactor who simply thinks Stanhope is “misunderstood”. (according to sources in El Do County)

Until the September election – it appears she will be helping the deadbeat dad make his child support payments to the mother of Child #8.

Rodney Stanhope successfully destroyed the campaigns of Anna Bryson (AD73) and Mike Owen. He also advocated for other candidates that fared poorly.

Clair (no e) McNeal is claiming she will spend $50k to $100k on her run for Supervisor. With a carnival train-wreck as a campaign operative she will simply help introduce more people in El Dorado County to Stanhope. (Here comes Storage Wars 2.0)

Maybe Mr. Pierson and Mr. Harn aren’t quite so happy they gave this guy new life after all. While Stanhope worked his drunken magic on Mike Owen, like a case of political venereal disease, he has spread.

As a side note – Stanhope has made claims that McNeal is going to bankroll his next campaign for Vice Chair of the California Republican Party, or even Chairman. Maybe Rodney will run for President in 2016… as the legends in his head grow, that seems to be next.

So, check Clair (no e) McNeal off of the list of viable candidates. She is reputedly a wealthy women with a foul personality that lives off of her hatred of Ray Nutting. She is a great candidate for induction in to the Dead Fish Society – but it appears she hates Harn and Pierson, too.

Clair (no e) McNeal’s political background is thin. She, like Stanhope’s current wife has received appointed political positions from Congressman Tom McClintock. Most recently, Clair (no e) was appointed to the El Dorado GOP Cent Com by McClintock.

Like many on Cent Coms, she was an agent of chaos and drama that contributed little. She was the lone delegate to the CA GOP from El Dorado County that supported Rodney Stanhope for CRP Vice Chair in 2012.

When Rodney Stanhope lost his race in epic fashion (881-227) to current CRP Vice Chair Harmeet Dhillon (the first Indian-American Women ever elected to that high a position in any State Party) – Clair (no e) McNeal quit the El Dorado Cent Com.

So, we can stick a fork in Clair (no e) McNeal. She is set to waste a bunch of her husband’s money whilst helping enable Mr. Stanhope. They may be perfect for each other – but not outside a sanitarium.

There are some other players that intrigue me a little more – it looks like Ken Steers, he of the recent slap-on-the-hand (was it a limp-wristed one? but, I digress) DUI conviction, appears to have a stooge he is going to bankroll.

There are other charter members of the dead fish society swirling around the toilet bowl as well…

… we will get to the bottom of all of this soon.

(Dear Lawyers and Thin-Skinned people… this is called free speech and commentary. Deal with it)

The Dead Fish Society Update – Now that a Judge Did What They Couldn’t Do, What’s Next?

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Jun 212014

For those of you just tuning in – A judge threw El Dorado Supervisor Ray Nutting out of office for misdemeanor convictions. The Judge was a 69-year old Deukmejian appointee with connections, but not strong connections to psychotic El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson.

It would be easier if Nutting’s ouster was some sort of Judge-Shopping conspiracy by Vern Pierson.

But, it isn’t – it was an old-fashioned Small-County pissing match. Ray Nutting made himself vulnerable with his cavalier attitude toward doing his paperwork. Psychotic, vindictive El Do DA Vern Pierson caught him on it and hung a criminal case on it. Nutting’s continued lax attention to detail caused his ouster as he beat the original charges from Pierson, but got caught breaking the law whilst soliciting bail money.

However, the real news is that Vern Pierson’s stooges Deputy DA Clinchard and his Assistant really screwed up good. They went 1-10 in court. It was only the Hail-Mary Pass that fellow dead-fish society members on the board of supes threw to the judge that won the day for the Dead Fish Society.

How long will it be before Vern Pierson gets rid of Clinchard and his assistant? They failed. Vern Pierson loses sleep at night worrying about what people think of him, so you can make bank that the El Dorado light rail system is being prepared for them as I type this.

Meanwhile, Dead Fish Society President Vern Pierson successfully intimidated the very weak Judson Henry out of the race and coasted to re-election.

And Dead Fish Society Secretary Joe Harn also drubbed Mike Owen. Mike Owen is the individual I referred to as folding like a cheap lawn-chair.

Based on anecdotal accounts – it looks like the Dead Fish Society planted one of their operatives, Rodney Stanhope, in to Mike Owen’s Campaign. We have spent a lot of time detailing Rodney’s multiple brushes with the law, his unpaid child support and tax liens and his substance abuse (amongst other things) on this blog. It appears that since Stanhope is useful to the Dead Fish Society, that El Dorado DA Vern Pierson is content to let Rodney continue on as a free man. That is the only conclusion that seems to make sense to this blogger.

Rodney Stanhope made sure that the primary opponents of Joe Harn in El-Dorado County were isolated from Mike Owen. He also bungled events, disappeared for days on end, alienated people and basically did the opposite of everything you would do if you were running a real campaign.

Mike Owen’s excuse for not hiring better help was the recently dismissed and clearly politically-motivated lawsuit against Dan Dellinger and Cris Alarcon. Remember the story about the convicted sex-offender whose boyfriend ended up on the grand jury? Then Vern Pierson used that grand jury report as the basis for his suit?

If Pierson wasn’t psycho – he’d have made Ray Nutting the focus of all his energy. However, he had to live up to his butch haircut and go for all the gusto.

It is because of this stupidity that team Nutting will live to fight another day. The people at large in El Dorado County know that this was a political lynching.

Had Harn and Pierson had any political sense – they would be positioned right now to instill the new dead fish order on the entire county.

Vern Pierson thought he had a plan – “till he got punched in da fathe”. (and used Clinchard and his assistant instead of doing the job himself)

So now, the dead fish society has a special election to contend with and two political consultants with tremendous ties, influence and a renewed sense of purpose to contend with. Should Pierson attempt to take a second run at either Dellinger or Alarcon, it will be impossible and likely moved to another county.

In a sense, Pierson’s hands are largely tied – which leads us to the special election to replace Ray Nutting.

What will Joe Harn and Vern Pierson do? Who does the dead fish society recruit? Will they spread out amongst multiple candidates?

There is so much for Vern Pierson to attempt to control, it must be driving him to split bottles with Rodney.

Rumors are flying – in the next installment of the Dead Fish Society Update, we will sort through all of this for you…