Shifting the blame

Sheriff Mitchell at the debates and in a handout has been blaming District Attorney Hopkins and accepting absolutely no responsibility for the Perdock/Dinius fatal boating collision fiasco. Full Story
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lakeviewer

United States

#1 Oct 16, 2010
Excellent and informative letter. It's time to hold Sheriff Mitchell accountable!
Jackson Pendleton

Oakland, CA

#3 Oct 16, 2010
Who is Rivera? I've been in Lake County for a long time and until this campaign have never seen nor heard of him. What I've read sounds a little fishy. Not a big Mitchell fan but he has done a pretty good job. I'm voting for what I know and not a guy with a very "unknown" background.
Yellow Bird

Lakeport, CA

#5 Oct 16, 2010
Just because there has been a lawsuit filed does not make it true.

The investigation was handled by and outside agency. The right thing for the sheriff's office to do.

Nothing is going to change the fact that Dinius was at the helm of the sailboat in an inebriated state.

The sheriff did not prosecute Dinius....the district attorney prosecuted Dinius under the laws of the State of California.

Murphy is a legion in his own mind and does not know how to be objective.

Green has ulterior motives.

Mitchell is the ONLY candidate qualified to be sheriff.

Those who lack a candidate that is qualified keep bringing up a case that was NOT PROSECUTED or INVESTIGATED by the Lake County Sheriff.
Sam

Clearlake Oaks, CA

#16 Oct 16, 2010
Yellow Bird wrote:
The investigation was handled by and outside agency.
No it wasn't. From my reading on the case, an outside deputy was brought in after the initial investigation by LCSO. He had to rely on information presented by the initial investigators. The Dinius case was a mistake at best. If you want to take on Rivero, do it based on his credentials and conduct, don't try and justify what was done in the Dinius case - the vast majority of individuals, including a jury, don't agree with you.
surprise surprise

Kelseyville, CA

#17 Oct 16, 2010
Another thread about the LCSO with 11 posts missing already.
CAN'T SHIFT THE BLAME ON THIS ONE
WE ELECTED THEM
May 2003
http://dir.salon.com/story/news/feature/2003/...

Who wants to do it AGAIN before we can get our media out of the few pockets?
Philip Murphy

San Leandro, CA

#18 Oct 16, 2010
Yup wrote:
<quoted text>
Exactly. But you are a special case. Rod trusted you to be objective, and you are simply not trustworthy. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.
Rod is not a fool. In his position he must sometimes trust people at their word, consequently he can be, and has been screwed by bigger jerks than you, but never twice.
so I "screwed" him by not supporting him for sheriff, I see, apparently I owed him something for some reason. And of course I have so much to gain from Rivero winning, I'll be able to, oh yeah, nothing will change for me and then I'll become frank's biggest critic because I don't care who does the job I just care that it's done as best it can.
richard

United States

#19 Oct 17, 2010
great article - nicely written with the most important facts of this case!
loooong overdue justice.
living in a county where law enforcement can get away with murder has been unsettling.
i'm ready for a change!
where do all the deleted comments go? who does that?
just another disturbing element of living in this otherwise beautiful county.
Middletowngeorge

United States

#20 Oct 17, 2010
Yellow Bird wrote:
Just because there has been a lawsuit filed does not make it true.
The investigation was handled by and outside agency. The right thing for the sheriff's office to do.
Nothing is going to change the fact that Dinius was at the helm of the sailboat in an inebriated state.
The sheriff did not prosecute Dinius....the district attorney prosecuted Dinius under the laws of the State of California.
Murphy is a legion in his own mind and does not know how to be objective.
Green has ulterior motives.
Mitchell is the ONLY candidate qualified to be sheriff.
Those who lack a candidate that is qualified keep bringing up a case that was NOT PROSECUTED or INVESTIGATED by the Lake County Sheriff.
The jury found Dinius innocent. You've obviously not familiarized yourself at all with the facts presented in that case, nor with the accusations of the present case- why comment? what are your ulterior motives? Mitchell is pretty obviously a "strong handed leader" but of what? a gang that's above the law? He put his position in jeopardy by covering up for one of his men the drunken boat driving incident. He's about to pay the price for that mistake. Law enforcement isn't above the law. Let's give an honest deputy with a great work-ethic and sense of justice the chance to make a change.
Who did it

Fort Dodge, IA

#21 Oct 17, 2010
The on-line newspeople who supposedly have all the current local news, failed to mention the and break in, vandalism at the local beauty salon, Ceridono's Fri. evening. Selective reporting at best.
Old sea lawyer

Portland, OR

#22 Oct 17, 2010
Hopkins was not smart enough to mastermind a coverup of that magnitude. He had not been in Lake County as long as the good old boys in Lake County law enforcement. Hopkins was scared of Mitchell for good reasons
no more mitchell

San Jose, CA

#23 Oct 17, 2010
Who did it wrote:
The on-line newspeople who supposedly have all the current local news, failed to mention the and break in, vandalism at the local beauty salon, Ceridono's Fri. evening. Selective reporting at best.
Selective reporting? Postively!
Just A Jet Ski

Lakeport, CA

#24 Oct 17, 2010
I'm voting for Mitchell, I know what I'll be getting. Mitchell has been laid on the table and dissected in public. Yes, mistakes have been made so changes have taken place, some said good bye to the SO and we move forward.

Rivero is one smooth cookie. He tells you exactly what you need to hear to be sucked in. Like at the HV debate, he said wasn't his fault the guy got off for the DUI, he said he didn't do the investigation or the sobriety tests. He sounded very convincing only problem is he was the arresting officer!

Mitchell has made mistakes over the last 15 or so years. Rivero is only a campaigning deputy yet Iíve lost cost of his public mistakes during the past year alone.
Philip Murphy

San Leandro, CA

#25 Oct 17, 2010
Just A Jet Ski wrote:
I'm voting for Mitchell, I know what I'll be getting. Mitchell has been laid on the table and dissected in public. Yes, mistakes have been made so changes have taken place, some said good bye to the SO and we move forward.
Rivero is one smooth cookie. He tells you exactly what you need to hear to be sucked in. Like at the HV debate, he said wasn't his fault the guy got off for the DUI, he said he didn't do the investigation or the sobriety tests. He sounded very convincing only problem is he was the arresting officer!
Mitchell has made mistakes over the last 15 or so years. Rivero is only a campaigning deputy yet Iíve lost cost of his public mistakes during the past year alone.
so let me get this straight: when garzoli walks around the SO wearing a flight suit with the word "pilot' on the front of it for months and is out shopping his flying services around to other government agencies for months and then crashes the helicopter the LCSO rented in an accident that could have bankrupted lake County if someone had been hurt/killed it was OK for Rod to waltz into the BOS nearly two weeks later and claim, "I haven't had a chance to talk to Dave about it yet", that was a "mistake"?
I call that lies and gross negligence with a side order of arrogance!

Perdock gets $80,000 of our money for doing NOTHING after is was known as a 100% certain fact that he committed perjury-was that a "mistake" or was he paid off to keep quiet since he had more dirt on Rod than ANY other officer in the LCSO?

The Rully case was a "mistake" too? A clear-cut use of power that will undoubtedly be investigated by the grand jury, that was a "mistake" and NOT a deliberate attempt to smear Rivero?

Rod Mitchell has done a lot of damage to the image of Lake County, costing us all money, and when the dinius and other lawsuits come to court there will be more bad PR for Lake County if they refer to Rod as "Lake County Sheriff" instead of "former Lake County sheriff", that is a FACT!
Incorrect

United States

#27 Oct 17, 2010
Yellow Bird wrote:
Just because there has been a lawsuit filed does not make it true.
The investigation was handled by and outside agency. The right thing for the sheriff's office to do.
Nothing is going to change the fact that Dinius was at the helm of the sailboat in an inebriated state.
The sheriff did not prosecute Dinius....the district attorney prosecuted Dinius under the laws of the State of California.
Murphy is a legion in his own mind and does not know how to be objective.
Green has ulterior motives.
Mitchell is the ONLY candidate qualified to be sheriff.
Those who lack a candidate that is qualified keep bringing up a case that was NOT PROSECUTED or INVESTIGATED by the Lake County Sheriff.
There is more than just one lawsuit, read the article again. Also, only part of the investigation was done by Sacramento. Sgt Ostini and Deputy Wells, collected evidence, wrote reports, took statements and was responsible for insuring the protection of evidence (the boats).

In a flyer Mitchell sent out last week he is quoted to say that Rivero has less than two years of law enforcement experience. Seems Mitchell forget Rivero was a police officer for SFPD and graduated top in his class (how come we don't hear about Mitchell's ranking in the academy?). Rivero was a detective for SFPD, that is bigger than almost the entire LCSO patrol and investigative division.

Seems you can't handle the truth.
Just A Jet Ski

Lakeport, CA

#28 Oct 17, 2010
Philip Murphy wrote:
<quoted text>
so let me get this straight: when garzoli walks around the SO wearing a flight suit with the word "pilot' on the front of it for months and is out shopping his flying services around to other government agencies for months and then crashes the helicopter the LCSO rented in an accident that could have bankrupted lake County if someone had been hurt/killed it was OK for Rod to waltz into the BOS nearly two weeks later and claim, "I haven't had a chance to talk to Dave about it yet", that was a "mistake"?
I call that lies and gross negligence with a side order of arrogance!
Perdock gets $80,000 of our money for doing NOTHING after is was known as a 100% certain fact that he committed perjury-was that a "mistake" or was he paid off to keep quiet since he had more dirt on Rod than ANY other officer in the LCSO?
The Rully case was a "mistake" too? A clear-cut use of power that will undoubtedly be investigated by the grand jury, that was a "mistake" and NOT a deliberate attempt to smear Rivero?
Rod Mitchell has done a lot of damage to the image of Lake County, costing us all money, and when the dinius and other lawsuits come to court there will be more bad PR for Lake County if they refer to Rod as "Lake County Sheriff" instead of "former Lake County sheriff", that is a FACT!
You've been trying to get things straight for over a year now. I hope you get it together before you cast your vote.

Since: Apr 10

Lakeport

#29 Oct 17, 2010
Philadelphia Lawyer wrote:
Clint Fitzgerald,{snip} Disgusting Racist, your are one sick excuse for a human being and a blatant racist and if there is really a God, you are going to rot in Hell or come back as a cockroach! And, are you still a big Mitchell for Sheriff booster? Disgusting excuse for a human being!(Jul 22, 2010)
The author of this piece is no beginner at making racist accusations.

Ironic that he completely overlooks the fact Francisco Jose Rivero has vowed to ethnically cleanse whites from the lake county sheriff department (if elected) and suppress any dissent of his policy by vowing to have those who disagree with him arrested for hate speech.

Certainly Mr Green is no advocate of equal rights but rather special rights and privileges for those of his favored classes of people.
pot head

United States

#30 Oct 17, 2010
Certainly Mr Fitzgerald is no advocate of equal rights but rather special rights and privileges for those of his favored white classes of people.
AKA White supremacist/racist.
IMHO
just a voter

Clearlake, CA

#31 Oct 17, 2010
I've talked to a few of the LCSO staff. Some of them criticized Mitchell for something, but then followed up by saying they would vote for Mitchell for Sheriff because the other guy is an unpleasant joke of a candidate.
Mitchell has my vote.
pot head

United States

#32 Oct 17, 2010
How sad for you to be that easily convinced.
voter for justice

Fort Dodge, IA

#33 Oct 17, 2010
Talked to Francisco Rivero at length several times, many questions answered, he is a great human being. He has our vote for many reasons
Rivero has our vote, so does Anderson.

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