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Posted on February 12 at 6:50 p.m.
'The workshop was first announced in written correspondence dated Jan. 28 from LHCDC Board President Susan Warnstrom as “set up by Santa Barbara County CEO Chandra Waller,” the new county chief executive officer. But that’s inaccurate. According to Waller’s office, the meeting was requested by Warnstrom, who also happens to be a county employee, acting on behalf of LHCDC. Warnstrom’s memo lists both her LHCDC information and her county address, phone and e-mail, further muddying the already cloudy waters.
Why is this important? Because when Lompoc’s mayor and city administrator are “strongly urged” to attend a problem-solving workshop on significant issues the city is facing with the nonprofit, it could be perceived as a summons if the county is doing the inviting. Let’s just say it would carry great weight, as do most 800-pound gorillas. It also raises the question of why the county would insert itself into the city’s issues.
If the workshop organizer has been misrepresented, let’s just say improper influence could be inferred. Couple that with the fact that the meeting is set for Santa Barbara and not Lompoc, you get some unhappy people wondering about hidden agendas and lack of transparency for Lompoc folks.'
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Posted on February 12 at 10:03 a.m.
Its worth noting that the Office of the County Recorder-Assessor is also an elected post.
Posted on February 12 at 9:20 a.m.
Nick, for the record, it would be helpful for the taxpayers to hear statements from County District Supervisors on this scandal.
Their re-election depends on it.
Posted on February 12 at 9 a.m.
Qui Tam HelpJust because you know about government fraud doesn’t mean anyone will do anything about it in a qui tam case. Many people, including some lawyers, believe all they need to do is file a whistleblower (qui tam) complaint, then sit back to wait for the money truck to arrive. Unfortunately it doesn’t happen that way.http://www.jameshoyer.com/
Posted on February 11 at 9:52 a.m.
Liann Noble, and the many others that worked in the Recorders office that refused to mark the cards to allow this corruption to continue suffered the similar experiences of intimidation, harrassment, bullying and wrongful terminations. A review of personnel records would be an indication of the turnover that occurred in order to perpetuate the fraud.
No crime can go unabated without the help of the Human Resource Department.
The gates were opened, controls compromised and required legal filings overlooked.
The stories of the many civil servants that are witnessed to this crime should be heard. Put them out here annoymously, until its safe to come out.
Posted on February 10 at 10:58 a.m.
Expect announcements of early retirements and terminations in the top echelons of County governement. The sudden vacancies in the coming weeks of executive positions should be telling.
Make note of who are the people currenly at the helms.
Posted on February 10 at 9:33 a.m.
Stinks to High Heaven is an excellent description, and that’s precisely where it began. At the throne of the Santa Barbara government. Lompoc Housing is the point of entry, the Gate, for the power players in the highest levels of our local government. The machinations to allow such corruption obviously involves a County District Superviosr, it would involve the County CEO and the County Assessors Office, and ultimately compromise the functions of the Auditor-Controller Office. Certainly has all the elements of a Gate scandal, perhaps our very own “LompocGate”.
Generally, corruption is discovered after the leadership has been replaced. This is so because the culprits are keeping it together. I would venture to guess that the corruption may have been conceived following the end of Ken Petit’s tenure as County Assessor and the start of a new County Administration with the induction of Michael Brown, former County CEO, and his sidekick Sue Paul
I wonder what sort of message Michael Brown meant to send out when he announced that he would be taking a post with the County Taxpayers Association and team up with Andy Caldwell?
Gates that would allow such corruption to go unabated would include the place where all legal filings originate, and the sounding of alarms suppressed.
One can only imagine the scores of county staff that have been re-assigned or wrongfully terminated over the years to keep the wheels of corruption turning. This wonderful medium will allows us to hear their story.
Lets not lose sight that the checks and balances start at the top, and not with Sue Ehrlich. Those gates are maintained by the County District Supervisors, County CEO, and County Assessors, and the firewall that the Auditor-Controller is suppose to fulfill.
The exploited are Sue Ehrlich the patsy, the City of Lompoc, the taxpayers.
Great report Nick. Can’t wait for your follow up. Obviously you’ve only scratched the surface with this report.
I pray that you are not intimidated.
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