Archive | March 2014

What do the Sheriff, the Metro, and the San Jose Insider have in common?

Politics is ugly, it’s expensive, and for better or for worse it is the process we are stuck with right now. Those vying for political office attempt to communicate their message to the public in an attempt to win their vote.

There are several methods of communicating a message: drawing up plans for change or improvement, public debates between the contenders, telling a story of what makes a candidate the greatest thing since sliced bread, disclosing the facts to bring light to failures and successes and if all that fails…. Throw the mud.

Apparently, Sheriff Laurie is all about throwing the mud after her interview with the Palo Alto Daily Post. Somewhere in a delusional state where she claims a coup was being organized against her (does she think she’s a dictator?), and something about compromised email systems she said, “This will be a campaign of casting stones.” Why? Probably because she does not have anything positive to share or goals she can actually accomplish. By now, you’re beginning to see why she does not have support from any law enforcement organizations. She lacks integrity and the people who work around her do not trust her.

It comes as no surprise the “San Jose Insider” is already attacking those not supporting Sheriff Laurie. You shouldn’t be surprised because the owner of the blog, Dan Pulcrono, is good friends with her. So much so he gave Sheriff Laurie’s daughter, and campaign treasurer, a job at the Metro (also owned by Pulcrono). Has anyone yet asked Dan what favors Sheriff Laurie has done for him?

Pulcrono has been silent (at least under his name) since he went after Cindy Chavez in last years election. The one thing that Dan Pulcrono and Sheriff Laurie seem to share is a paranoia Victor Ajlouny is lurking around and conspiring against Sheriff Laurie. The San Jose Insider “The Fly” recently accused the Sheriff Deputies and Jail Guards of using Victor to smear Sheriff Laurie. I guess things must be getting a little desperate out there in the Sheriff’s race. The mythical boogieman must be hiding under every bed and every closet these days. It’s nice having a news blogger like Dan Pulcrono on your side when you need to cast stones. Sheriff Laurie better call out the Ghost Busters because last I heard, stones do not work against fictional creatures who are not there.

*Phantom

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Seeing Double Lately?

If you are up on politics at all you would have seen a fiction piece written Sheriff Laurie’s political consoler, Rich Robinson. In the poll conducted on her behalf it shows the weakness that is Sheriff Laurie. A four-term incumbent with only 51% (+/- 3.7%) of respondents saying they would vote for her before they sales pitch was written?

Politically speaking, that’s pathetic! The article then goes on to say that the other candidates are virtually unknown. Can you say DUH!? Of course they are unknown. The other people who are running are not four-term incumbents who do nothing more than worry about how good they look, and not about how they are serving the public’s interest.

Sheriff Lauries’s political consoler goes on to say the poll shows her rating is “dizzying”. The article reads more like an episode of pitchmen than a poll of facts.

The Phantom had to do a double-take after reading an article by the same political consoler in which he states, “In short, they (San Jose Mayor candidates) should reject a poll driven campaign and engage focus on their strengths.”

The political consoler goes on to say, “The biggest complaint against politicians, in general, is the willingness to pander to the electorate instead of showing integrity and leadership. Voters can vote for someone while disagreeing on some issues, but they will not support people who lack veracity. Integrity is the single most important issue for voters, including crime—but it is rarely quantified in a poll.

Ok, maybe it’s just the Phantom who is confused. So are we supposed to look at the polls and how popular Sheriff Laurie is? Or are we supposed to seek out a candidate who has integrity because it is the single most important issue?

Rich, you appear to be arguing with yourself because I know, you know Sheriff Laurie. “Integrity” was torn from her dictionary a long, long time ago. The Phantom does agree with you on one point you make: You can’t quantify integrity in a poll. The meaning of the poll conducted on behalf of Sheriff Laurie could be titled, “Approximately 51% of voters don’t yet know how much integrity Sheriff Laurie lacks.”

Come on Sheriff Laurie, show us your integrity. Let’s see a debate among all the candidates for Sheriff and let us judge for ourselves instead of having a political consoler try to convince us through a phone poll.

*Phantom

All Dressed Up and No One Is Impressed

Sheriff Laurie finally got a new mugshot. It’s only been how many years since she was photographed in uniform? I will bet the uniform was gone over with a fine tooth comb by someone in her management team before she put it on. Especially since the last time she wore her formal jacket it had old patches everyone else had to change out in 2005. Why the new photo? Probably because her political consoler told her, “No one knows who you are anymore because your published pictures don’t look like you.” Finally, someone told the emperor they were not wearing any clothes. The reality is people don’t know who the Sheriff is. More on that in another post.

Isn’t it amazing what election season brings out in an incumbent? You don’t hear or see them at all until they want your vote. It’s good we have elections on a regular basis because in the spirit of our economy, it brings competition. We have the opportunity to see what new technology has created, what changes in the marketplace have done to pricing and supply, different ways of delivering service, and a chance to look for other products to fill our needs.

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Take for example the ill fated Trabant. It seemed like a good idea at the time. It was a very inexpensive car. Rolling it off the lot was probably like any other new car. There is nothing quite like that new car smell. The Trabant was good for a while; drove great, light on the pocket book, got you where you needed to go. But after a while you start to have engine problems. The wheel bearings start grinding and need to be replaced. The suspension starts falling apart and it feels like your bouncing on a pogo stick.

You dump more and more money into the car thinking you can maintain your investment, all the while trying to convince yourself it is better than buying a new car. You miss appointments because your car keeps dying on the road; able to pass everything but a service station. You can’t even get spare parts because they don’t make them anymore. At some point you finally decide that the cost of the Trabant is too great and the frustration of loosing access to transportation is intolerable. You dump the car. By the time you add all the costs of repair and lost time you paid three times over for that Trabant.

The next car you buy you take time the time to do your homework and figure out what car will provide the greatest value, factoring in the ongoing costs of maintenance and operation, features, gas mileage, etc. Why? Because you learned the value of a car is measured in its total cost, comfort, and reliability. You can’t get business done and be successful with a car that is always breaking down.

Just like the Trabant, Sheriff Laurie seemed like a good idea at the time. And like the Trabant, she worked out for a while. Right now, the engine has been repaired over ten times and we can’t find any more parts to fix it. How much money are we going to dump into Sheriff Laurie to keep her running? How much more money will she cost the County for failed investigations and poor management? How much more grief will Sheriff Laurie cause victims in Santa Clara County with poor management that results in an impotent public safety response.

The Sheriff’s Office manages over $300 million in taxpayer money every year. It is time to reevaluate what the market has available and stop wasting our time and money with Sheriff Laurie.

*Phantom