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What Are We Paying Them For? - The Mountain Messenger

Does anybody work in the courthouse anymore?


It’s becoming evident that too many of our elected officials see themselves as managers; the sort to whom the actual methodical, plodding mechanics of work is undignified.

It started with the District Attorney. She’s farmed out most of her work. She’s got a for-profit prosecuting firm, the California District Attorneys’ Association to do the actual dirty work; weighing case’s merits and prosecuting people.

Now the Sheriff and Treasurer/Tax Collector have joined the movement.

Notoriously excepted from this trend are the numbers guys: Assessor Bill Copren would become a disco dancer before he allowed anyone else to do his job. The lights burning late in Auditor Ban Maddox’s office speaks for itself.

Saving District Attorney Sharon O’Sullivan all kinds of work, the CDAA, paid by the Department of Industrial Relations, brought the prosecution against the Sixteen to One mine bow-tie wrapped, signed, sealed and delivered. O’Sullivan didn’t even have to know the Sixteen to One Mine is in Sierra County.

So the CDAA, which dances to the $750,000 per year tune called by Cal/OSHA, brings charges which may well ruin two lives and cause the end of Sierra County’s oldest mining operation.

The CDAA’s investigator, pulling down $50K per year, has so far misrepresented himself as a peace officer, Miller as a coward and madman, and answers to no one in Sierra County.

The CDAA brought similar charges against a Yolo County farmer; that case didn’t pass the laugh test. It was dismissed in the preliminary hearing where all the prosecution has to do is present an outline of its case, to convince a judge there might be a problem.

Who knows how much that farmer had to spend to defend against charges obviously overwhelmed?

This is a justice system? Prosecute someone, anyone, or starve? How much has CDAA given to Grey Davis

Remember when police investigated, found people and solved crimes? Of course, back then the Sheriff was also the tax collector. His job was to hunt down those reprobates who neglected to pay their taxes and collect society’s due.

Toss that out the window.

The Treasurer/Tax Collector is hiring a private agency to hunt people down. While they’re at it, the outfit will find citizens for the Sheriff, too.

And we were worried about the military/industrial complex? Now we have private enterprise, carrying the authority of local government, hunting us down.

Here’s what your privacy is worth: 25 cents per report that delivers your name, birthday, social security number, address, phone number and previous addresses. For another quarter, it will supply the names, addresses, ages and phone number of six of your neighbors. For a buck, it’ll give you the names and addresses of possible associates. Another buck, it’ll give you the property you own, the year your home was built, what it cost, when it was sold and by whom.

This wedding of the state and industry is a fascism Hitler would have envied. Brought to you by the county’s most liberal officeholders; the same dynamic duo which pushed through an ordinance making it illegal to jump into swimming holes from county bridges.

Approved by that bastion of conservatism, the Board of Supervisors: District 5’s Pat Whitley being the sole exception.

The private hunting outfit keeps the right to all data, including the right to reproduce it, but won’t guarantee its accuracy. So what will this information cost us if we need it in court?

Yes, it’s all public information. The sort of information we used to expect the Tax Collector and Sheriff and District Attorney to know how to obtain.

How much are we paying them?


Don Russell

Editor Mountain Messenger

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