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November 16, 2005

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Blog Watcher

Sarge must be feeling pretty frisky after Measure D. If memory serves me correctly, the OCFA was formed to give the member cities more local control because of the way the County was treating the member cities. He may want to focus his efforts at ensuring the south county cities don't form a law enforcement JPA because of the way the county negotiates contracts. The bottom line is they don't. When the AOCDS negotiated the 3% @ 50 pension there was no input from the cities other than sending out a bill. If the price continues to rise without input from local cities, it will open the door or cause cities to consider their options on how law enforcement is provided. Yorba Linda tossed out the OCSD. Don't be surprised if others start looking around.

Tim Whitacre

Jubal:

OCBLOGPOURRI?

You must be extremely tired my friend. You inadvertently missed giving individual postings to the two biggest, news breaking stories in the County. But then, you actualy gave props to Tin Star, who also inadvertently missed covering either of the articles as well (I know...I can't believe Sergeant actually missed both articles too...)

I'm refering to one yesterday in the LA Times (STATE SUSPECTS COVER UP IN OC DONATIONS CASE, and another one today in the OC Register (SHERIFF's CAPTAIN SAYS CASE AGAINST HER IS POlITICAL).

Both articles have some great quotes, but today's article even has some great pictures of both Capt. Murray and Mr. Schroeder.

Now, yesterday's article was given reference in the OC NEWS ROUNDUP, but, since you accidentally missed today's article, here it is in its entirety:

Thursday, November 17, 2005
Sheriff's captain says case against her is political
Christine Murray, accused of illegally soliciting campaign contributions for Carona, seeks charges' dismissal.

By PEGGY LOWE
The Orange County Register


Capt. Christine Murray

MORE PHOTOS


SANTA ANA – A sheriff's captain charged with illegally soliciting campaign contributions for Sheriff Mike Carona says she is the victim of a political prosecution because she is a female supporter of Carona's re-election bid.

In the second show this week of dueling political accusations in the sheriff's election, Capt. Christine Murray asked an Orange County Superior Court judge to drop the 16 counts against her because she says the claims were brought up by deputies who support Lt. Bill Hunt, Carona's challenger, and because she's a feminist.

In a separate probe announced earlier this week, the Orange County district attorney is investigating whether Hunt's campaign broke the law.

The state Attorney General's Office, which charged Murray, denies that its case is politically motivated. In a response that offers a rare glimpse into how an investigation is initiated, the Attorney General's Office outlined how the District Attorney's Office asked it to take the case.

The attorney general was contacted by an assistant with the Orange County District Attorney's Office May 23 who suggested that the office would have a conflict with a case involving a high-ranking sheriff's officer. The conflict involved Michael Schroeder, a GOP power broker who works as personal and political adviser to both Carona and District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, Gary Schons, senior assistant attorney general, wrote in a counter motion.

Schroeder's role in the case as a potential witness was proved just days later, Schons wrote, when Schroeder was quoted by The Orange County Register in a May 27 story on the Murray investigation. In the story, Schroeder said Murray told him she had asked for money for Carona's campaign and when Schroeder "caught wind of it," he corrected the problem.

"He's quoted in a newspaper essentially saying the defendant confessed to committing the crime," Schons said Wednesday.

Murray is charged with calling department employees and asking for donations, which is illegal. She denies the claim.

Schroeder later said he had been misquoted, but Schons "viewed this as a clumsy and transparent attempt by Mr. Schroeder, in league with Murray, to cover up what had become an embarrassment for the campaign," Schons wrote. Schroeder is a "savvy political operative," and would have contacted the paper to demand a correction if it was wrong, Schons said.

During an interview Wednesday, Schroeder said he believes he was misquoted. In the 173 days since the story was published, Schroeder has not raised a concern with a Register editor or reporter about the story.

Schroeder also lashed out at Schons, saying there was no evidence to support his "false claims" of a cover-up.

"It is unethical for Mr. Schons to make such a claim without making any attempt to determine the true facts," Schroeder said.

END OF ARTICLE

Just wanted to do my part to help out a fellow Republican with the breaking news.

By the way, what do you and the rest of the Blogpen think about the two articles?

Semper Fi,

Tim Whitacre

Green Machine

Tim, I think a link would have been sufficient....as the noose tightens around your guy (Bill Hunt) I've noticed your fingerpointing has increased.

If the charges against captain murray are dropped or she beats the case, I'm sure you'll post that story too!

Blog Watcher,

I can't believe that measure D loss is still chaffing your hide. If a law enforcement JPA comes about, it won't be because of the 3@50.

If fact, I believe the OCFA who you claim gives them a voice in public safety also pays it's members a 3@50.

And by the way, OCSD didn't get "tossed out" of Yorba Linda any more than the city of the OCFA was "tossed out" for the services of LA County Fire.

Jubal

You must be extremely tired my friend. You inadvertently missed giving individual postings to the two biggest, news breaking stories in the County.

Tim,

I covered that story in the News Roundup, which admittedly was posted later than usual today. You jumped the gun a bit.

And I linked to the other story in yesterday's News Roundup.

I'm starting wonder if you actually read the posts you comment on.

Blog Watcher

And by the way, OCSD didn't get "tossed out" of Yorba Linda any more than the city of the OCFA was "tossed out" for the services of LA County Fire.

Big difference pal. OCSD had the enforcement responsibility for Yorba Linda at one time. OCFA never had La Habra as a jurisdiction.

Tier 1

A sheriff's captain charged with illegally soliciting campaign contributions for Sheriff Mike Carona says she is the victim of a political prosecution because she is a female supporter of Carona's re-election bid.

Well, she can't use the race card, so she needs to use the gender card. That's big of her.

Green Machine

BW,

The OCFA wasn't providing the service residents were asking for, so they were replaced by LA county fire. You can characterize it any way you want, but that's the bottom line.

Blog Watcher

Hey GM. La Habra had its own FD. And the LHFD was replaced by LACoFD.

And that is the bottom line.

Tim Whitacre

Green Machine:

You're funny!

"...as the noose tightens around your guy (Bill Hunt) I've noticed your fingerpointing has increased."

MY fingerpointing????

Uh, Dude, BOTH major newspapers are reporting on CARONA and HIS team.

The words "COVER UP" and "LYING" are attributed to CARONA and HIS team.

You probably saw the headline in today's OC Register and thought it was going to be a bad day for Bill Hunt at the office, didn't you?

If you actually READ the story, it's a total exposure of Team Carona caught in "Spin mode."

Semper Fi,

Tim Whitacre

Tim Whitacre

Jubal:

Looks like I DID jump the gun there.

But, If YOU actually read my posting, I DID give you credit for yesterday's mention in the ROUNDUP :-)

Semper Fi,

Tim Whitacre

OC Fire Storm

BW,

The OCFA wasn't providing the service residents were asking for, so they were replaced by LA county fire. You can characterize it any way you want, but that's the bottom line.

Come on , Green. Newport Beach Fire wasn't providing services to La Habra either. So, using your logic, they were replaced by LACO too?

On the other hand, the Yorba Linda area lost to Brea PD was the responsibility of the OC Sheriff's Office before YL sought the better deal and went to Brea.

Also, previous comments on here and on the Tin Star that if a PD sought to pick up one of your contract cities they'd be welcome to do so are bull and you guys know it (IPD into LF or LW, for example). AOCDS and S.O. Management would fight tooth and nail to prevent from happening to ensure other cities wouldn't follow suit and that you’re coppers didn’t end up w/o a place to work.

NRA Lover

Mr. Whitacer,

Since you seem to represent Bill Hunt, can you please tell me what his position on CCW's is? Carona said he's loosen the requirements but really only increased the numbers by giving them to friends and contributors. How will Mr. Hunt handle the matter?

Green Machine

Tim,

The fingerpointing I was referring to was your consistant effort to point to any negative story in the newspaper...as if we don't read the paper and see the same thing. Not to mention the fact that relevant stories are already posted here if you give them time to happen.

As for the good news and positive stories that come out about OCSD and Sheriff Carona....not a mention!

But that's okay...because the glass house you're living in will not protect Bill Hunt either.

Tim Whitacre

NRA Lover:

God Bless you, Brother. Please contact me directly by clicking on my name at the bottom of the post.

Bill would love to come out to your next meeting and discuss the importance of accessabiltiy to CCW's.

Hint: You won't have to be a friend or contributor as a litmus test to apply for one.

Semper Fi,

Tim Whitacre

Tim Whitacre

Green Machine:

1st: You can point to all the postive ones that come out on behalf of Carona, okay?

2nd: You state "...Not to mention the fact that relevant stories are already posted here if you give them time to happen."
...yeah, right, as long as their not negative towards Carona. Then, they only get a link in the ROUNDUP at best.

3rd: No "Glass house" here for Bill Hunt.
Only transparent walls so that all may see his actions and judge for themselves the character of this man.

Semper Fi,

Tim Whitacre

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