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Jackson lies about yet another endorsement

Allison Jackson

[Letter from Francine Slaughter Schulman to the Times-Standard and North Coast Journal.]

I want to report another false Allison Jackson endorsement.  An advertisement in both the Times-Standard and the North Coast Journal incorrectly and inappropriately listed me as an endorser of Ms. Jackson.  The false ad may have also been included in other local papers.

Not only do I not endorse Ms. Jackson at this time, I specifically told Ms Jackson, with her campaign manager present and with several days before the ad was published, that I was not prepared to endorse her in the race against Paul Gallegos for the position of District Attorney.   Consequently, I was shocked, disappointed and remain upset that Ms. Jackson would have the audacity to put my name on an advertised list without my permission. Because of my history as a victim of crime, she should be doubly ashamed of herself.  Then there’s the question: How many others on the list have not endorsed her? Unfortunately the damage has already been done. Ms. Jackson let this ad be published with full knowledge of my position. This is not the type of leadership I want in my District Attorney.

While looking into this issue of false endorsements using the same papers that ran Ms. Jackson’s current false ad,  I was reminded about a similar endorsement debacle involving Allison Jackson and Betty Chin during the primary DA elections [see Jackson blows it with Betty]. At that time, it was the wonderful Ms. Chin who was erroneously listed as a Jackson endorser.  When Ms. Chin asked for her name to be removed,  Ms. Jackson bizarrely tried to cover it up by claiming that Ms. Chin was somehow politically harassed into removing her name, which proved untrue. “Cover up” is not a term I want to use when describing my District Attorney.

Although it is very close to election time,  I request Allison Jackson be required from this point forward to specifically confirm that the people she features in her ads are actual supporters and not just passing acquaintances.  I want my District Attorney to base decisions on evidence, not convenience.  I want my District Attorney to be a truth seeker. I want my District Attorney to be a fair-minded leader whose ends do not justify the means. I want my District Attorney to not prey upon the innocent.

UPDATE: More comments from Ms. Schulman about this situation.

  1. humboldturtle
    October 21, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    nice scarf, tho.

  2. humboldturtle
    October 21, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    She’s a picker
    Shes a grinner
    She’s a lover
    And she’s a sinner
    playin’ her music in the sun
    She’s a joker
    She’s a smoker
    She’s a mid-night toker?
    A New Day, A new Dee Aaaaaayyyy
    Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh

    More lyrics: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/s/steve+miller/#share

  3. Paulgallegosturtle
    October 21, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Vote Paul. Truly. No joke. Please.

  4. Anonymous
    October 21, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Lies? Read the unpublished letters at the Eye, specifically the one from the mother of a crime victim who directly contradicts the DA’s office’s claim in a letter to the editor. Serious, disturbing stuff with real people being hurt. There is no good person to elect in this race, unfortunately, but I cannot in good conscience vote for Paul again.

  5. Hank Sims
    October 21, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    For whatever it’s worth, Ms. Schulman told me today that she wished to retract this letter.

  6. mresquan
    October 21, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    “For whatever it’s worth, Ms. Schulman told me today that she wished to retract this letter.”

    Did she tell you why?

  7. Hank Sims
    October 21, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Yes, and I will call her tomorrow to ask her if I can have her permission to write it up. It boils down to a misunderstanding, though it’s not quite clear who misunderstood whom.

  8. Hank Sims
    October 21, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    … or if everyone just misunderstood one another.

  9. Truth and Justice For All
    October 21, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Professor Gallegos. LA deputy DA Gallegos.

  10. Hank Sims
    October 21, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    … and I should have added earlier that despite her retraction of the letter, Ms Schulman still does not endorse Allison Jackson.

  11. tra
    October 21, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Amazing how these “misunderstandings” keep cropping up…but for some reason only with Jackson’s campaign. Hmmmmm…

  12. Anonymous
    October 21, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Wow 8:18. Those letters are pretty interesting. What is the truth here?? I don’t think I can vote for D.A. at all.

  13. Lodgepole
    October 21, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    I just wonder how Plain Jane and the Henchman feel about all this.

  14. Nimby
    October 21, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Before the sameolds start arguing their same old arguments, lets all just stop, hold hands, and give Humboldturtle credit. It was a rough start, but he sure ‘righted the ship’ with the third post.

  15. Francine Schulman
    October 21, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Yes, I spoke with Hank Sims today and confirmed that Ms. Jackson had used my name in her ad without my permission. Yes, I thought it might have been some kind of misunderstanding. Yes, Mr. Sims and I agreed the letter would not be printed in his paper but not because the letter was somehow untrue. I didn’t want the letter to be printed for selfish reasons.

    I stand by the letter because everything in it is accurate. I retracted the letter because I panicked during my conversation with Hank. As I told him, I am a full time Nursing Student in my first semester of studies. I don’t have time for this stuff. Though it was important to me to write a quick letter to the editor regarding Ms. Jackson’s false endorsements, I was not ready for the immediate pressure I began to feel building inside me once Hank called. Though I was angry with Ms. Jackson – and still am, for using my name inappropriately in her campaign, I could feel the distraction of this potential maelstrom taking me away from my school work. I need to study and not be talking about the DA race.

    More importantly and personnaly, while taking to Mr. Sims, I began to recall the last time I dealt with a North Coast Journal Reporter. She was a young woman who wanted to talk about the murder of my daughter in 1994. This woman would have been around my daughter’s age if Amber was still alive. These sad memories returned while taking to Hank. I could feel my panic levels continue to increase. I felt like I could not allow these dredged memories to distract me from my school. Consequently, I retracted the letter.

    While writing this response, I realize that I must go forward and open this Pandora’s Box. The letter presented to Mr. Sims at the North Coast Journal today is accurate and I will call his tomorrow to request, once again, that the letter regarding the false endorsements be printed. It is the right thing to do.

  16. Jason
    October 21, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Here’s an example of what other members of the bar say about them:

    Bob Cloud,
    Kelsey, CA

    For over a decade I a was resident of Humboldt County, a businessman who served the criminal justice systems in Humboldt and surrounding Counties and a business associate of Paul Gallegos.
    From experience working on criminal cases as a peace officer, federal investigator and defense investigator, I’ve observed Paul consistently exhibit the best in integrity, knowledge of the law and the ability to making common sense decisions for what is right under the law. Paul stood firm when he and I were being threaten with arrest inside the SHU at Pelican Bay by prison officials for calling them out for illegal acts by the prison officials; Gallegos litigated discovery motions against the State AG’s office when they did their best to suppress exculpatory evidence that prison officials said did not exist and to his credit and integrity, he never failed to apply the law equally in all matters before us.

    His opponent has a long history of disregarding sensible resolutions of matters at a great cost to the taxpayers and exhibited little in the way of leadership qualities.

    Gallegos took and maintained the high and ethical road following his election and had to fight off the organized undermining interests of bitter rivals and their associates from within and still managed to provide competency and efficiency in the prosecution of criminals as well as showed effective management and retained honor in the face of such distractions.

    I urge the voters of Humboldt to re-electing this man of honor as District Attorney.

  17. Jason
    October 21, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    and another:

    Letters to the Editor
    Posted: 10/21/2010 01:09:38 AM PDT

    I support District Attorney Paul Gallegos for re-election. Gallegos has qualities that remind me of the late William Ferrogiarro, Humboldt Superior Court judge. Gallegos’ jurisprudence, honesty and humanity remind me of Ferrogiarro, who was DA prior to becoming perhaps one of the most renowned judges in Humboldt County.
    My reasons for thinking that Gallegos has much in common with this stellar public servant are:
    1. Nobody owns Gallegos.
    2. Gallegos looks at issues of fact in each case, rather than the social position or political power of the people involved. Law enforcement and prosecutors respect constitutional protections for citizens.
    4. Gallegos cares about people and treats all of us with courtesy and respect. Gallegos consistently sets an example by his own behavior and he requires his staff to follow that example.
    5. His word is his bond. You can trust that Gallegos will do what he says.
    I’m voting for Gallegos for DA and I urge you to do the same. We were fortunate to have Ferrogiarro to set the standard for integrity, adherence to the Constitution and equal treatment to all citizens. We need to ensure that Humboldt County maintains that standard. Gallegos is the person for the job.
    Ron Sinoway Esq.
    Miranda

  18. Jason
    October 21, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    one more:

    I am a criminal defense attorney who has been working with the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office for the past 28 years trying to reach just and fair resolutions of criminal charges. While I mainly do appeals, including death penalty appeals, and have argued eight cases before the California Supreme Court and dozens of others in state and federal appellate courts, I have also represented hundreds of local citizens.

    In all my 28 years practicing in Humboldt County, I have never interacted with a more out-of-control, angry prosecutor than Allison Jackson. She is the only prosecutor who has ever yelled at me (over the phone), and that was about some silly case involving the accidental hitting of a dog by my client’s car. She threatened dire consequences if my client did not plead guilty. He did not plead guilty and was going to trial when the judge dismissed the case or diverted it or reduced the charge to a traffic infraction (I forgot which, except I remember we won.)

    My experience of Ms. Jackson is that she has no sense of justice or understanding that an accused may actually be innocent or have an excuse or explanation that mitigates the crime. If elected, I expect her intransigence to lead to unnecessary trials and more not guilty verdicts, after putting innocent people through hell and conscientious jurors through expensive and time-consuming jury trials that don’t lead to convictions.

    I support Paul Gallegos, who has a well-demonstrated sense of justice, whose office has rightly focused on violent and serious crimes, not petty ones.

    And for Ms. Jackson to suggest Paul is too lenient on marijuana crimes is disingenuous, as the office has prosecuted hundreds of cases in Arcata and throughout the county where the suspects were caught growing more than their medical needs.

    Sincerely,
    Jay Moller

  19. Bob
    October 21, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    Well it sounds like the Jackson camp knows how to put the pressure on. Maybe that’s why they accused Betty Chinn of being pressured, since that what they would do?

    I’m sure Rose will be posting this story at any moment, right? I see she’s got a count down clock going, I assume she’s burst an vein on Nov 2nd if Gallegos wins yet again.

  20. Jason
    October 21, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    I think we get the point, but I just found this one on Facebook:

    From: Patrik Griego Esq.

    I am writing you to urge that you support Paul Gallegos by voting for him in the upcoming District Attorney election on November 2, 2010.

    I believe this race is important and that your vote can make a difference. We depend on District Attorneys to be open to the possibility that police reports are based on inaccurate information so that innocent citizens are not unnecessarily dragged through the system. We also depend on District Attorneys to have perspective regarding which defendants deserve probation and or diversion so that people who make a mistake are not saddled with prison terms or felony convictions that make them unable to obtain future employment. Lock them up and throw away the key is not a one size fits all policy.

    I recently represented a young college student who was caught in a theft related incident after losing his job. Mr. Gallegos’ Assistant District Attorney took the time to meet with me and review the young man’s biographical information, including the fact that he had never engaged in violent behavior, had no prior criminal record, and showed appropriate remorse. Mr. Gallegos’ office appropriately offered the young man a chance at probation instead of sending him directly to prison, but required that he spend six months in jail and attend appropriate counseling after his release. The goal was to provide punishment, but give the young man a chance to show that this was an isolated incident, give him a chance to turn his life around so he could graduate college and become a productive member of our community.

    Allison Jackson’s campaign used the result in this case as an example of why she should be District Attorney, claiming Mr. Gallegos’ office lacked judgment. Ms. Jackson’s campaign misstated to the public that the young man had committed numerous prior thefts he did not and implied that she would have sent him directly to prison. Ms. Jackson’s campaign also stated that the young man just received probation, neglecting to tell the public he received six months in jail. Ms. Jackson’s comments were extremely misleading and based on misinformation in the police report and an attitude that a District Attorney should always maximize punishment. Fortunately, Ms. Jackson was not in charge of the case and this young man is truly turning his life around and should graduate from college this year with a job waiting for him.

    Mr. Gallegos also dedicated his own time and that of his office to collaborate with our law firm on an eight month jury trial against a corporation that owned all of the skilled nursing homes in Humboldt County and was chronically understaffing its homes. Many witnesses at the trial told tragic stories of how the understaffing impacted their loved ones, who often sat in their own waste for hours or days at a time and went weeks without being bathed.

    Mr. Gallegos was personally present every day during trial and successfully obtained an injunction on behalf of the People of the State of California requiring the corporation to comply with an injunction that will monitor compliance with staffing levels for our seniors.
    Mr. Gallegos also obtained a one million dollar payment for the County of Humboldt, to be used by his office for future protection of our citizens. This case was reported around the country as one of the most significant jury verdicts this year. In a recent debate, Ms. Jackson stated that if she were in office she would just concentrate on violent crimes and would not have wasted her time with this nursing home case. Fortunately for our seniors, Mr. Gallegos was our District Attorney and took the time to protect them.

    I believe Paul Gallegos is the better candidate for Humboldt County District Attorney. He not only concentrates on serious and violent crimes, he has also created a culture in his office where Deputy District Attorneys share discovery and play by the rules as opposed to displaying a win at all costs mentality.

  21. Jason
    October 22, 2010 at 3:01 am

    my apologies for posting other people’s letters over (after) Ms. Schulman’s comment. She words should not have been obscured:

    Francine Schulman says:
    October 21, 2010 at 11:19 pm
    Yes, I spoke with Hank Sims today and confirmed that Ms. Jackson had used my name in her ad without my permission. Yes, I thought it might have been some kind of misunderstanding. Yes, Mr. Sims and I agreed the letter would not be printed in his paper but not because the letter was somehow untrue. I didn’t want the letter to be printed for selfish reasons.

    I stand by the letter because everything in it is accurate. I retracted the letter because I panicked during my conversation with Hank. As I told him, I am a full time Nursing Student in my first semester of studies. I don’t have time for this stuff. Though it was important to me to write a quick letter to the editor regarding Ms. Jackson’s false endorsements, I was not ready for the immediate pressure I began to feel building inside me once Hank called. Though I was angry with Ms. Jackson – and still am, for using my name inappropriately in her campaign, I could feel the distraction of this potential maelstrom taking me away from my school work. I need to study and not be talking about the DA race.

    More importantly and personally, while taking to Mr. Sims, I began to recall the last time I dealt with a North Coast Journal Reporter. She was a young woman who wanted to talk about the murder of my daughter in 1994. This woman would have been around my daughter’s age if Amber was still alive. These sad memories returned while taking to Hank. I could feel my panic levels continue to increase. I felt like I could not allow these dredged memories to distract me from my school. Consequently, I retracted the letter.

    While writing this response, I realize that I must go forward and open this Pandora’s Box. The letter presented to Mr. Sims at the North Coast Journal today is accurate and I will call his tomorrow to request, once again, that the letter regarding the false endorsements be printed. It is the right thing to do.

  22. Decline to State
    October 22, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Wow!

    I have to admit I was on the fence in regards to the D.A. race. I haven’t always been happy with the way Gallegos has handled things during his time in office but this thread now puts me firmly in his camp.

    Having integrity is pretty much the number one requirement for our top law enforcement official.

  23. skippy
    October 22, 2010 at 7:08 am

    Very interesting posts today. Nothing to add except my best wishes go out to Ms. Schulman. I’m very proud to hear of you becoming a nurse and tackling the schooling to get there. Bravo! All this other chatter and ‘pressure’ will go away in time; I for one, am looking for the elections to finally come to a close so we can move onto to other things.

  24. Un-Named
    October 22, 2010 at 7:13 am

    Francine, big kudos to you for writing the letter in the first place regardless of the retraction over publicity…trust me in the eyes of the intelligent, you’re uninvolved. It’s important news nonetheless, the type deceptively casual behavior that says a lot about a person and how they’d behave professionally. Thank you.

  25. Mitch
    October 22, 2010 at 7:24 am

    Ms. Schulman,

    Thank you so much for writing the letter in the first place. I’m sorry that this brings awful memories to the forefront, but you’ve done your community a service.

    Best wishes.

  26. None of the Above
    October 22, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Sad to say, this is a year in which None of the Above looks better than these two.

    Regardless of how many people PG’s owners (he is owned, just not by the same people who directed Farmer) convince people to send letters of support, his actions speak for themselves.

    Oh, and did anyone check with those letter writers??? We shouldn’t forget how many times PG has been the beneficiary of bogus letters and plagiarized quotes.

  27. Mitch
    October 22, 2010 at 7:37 am

    Jason,

    Thank you for your 11:36 post from Patrick Griego, Esq., where he alleges that Allison Jackson lied in connection with a case he worked on.

    Do you have the actual Facebook link?

    Perhaps a silly question, but do you know if Mr. Griego’s comments have appeared in any local “news” outlet?

  28. anon
    October 22, 2010 at 7:49 am

    are we surprised? doe anyone remember her tactics with her friend Rose during the last campaign when they were the Dikeman cheerleaders/hitwomen? I don’t understand why anyone would be on the fence here and it is high time Hagen supporters got their shit together.

    Now the question is whether or not the TS has the balls to actually do some reporting.

  29. Harold h. Greene
    October 22, 2010 at 8:00 am

    Ms. Jackson wants more arrests, particularly more marijuana smokers, because the current DA is not doing enough of it.

    She wants humboldt county to pay for it; to say, yay. She lies for it. look at the crap that’s already falling around her because of it.

    What an ugly, socially parasitic, lady. Where’s the tea party when you need them …?

  30. October 22, 2010 at 8:08 am

    “I just wonder how Plain Jane and the Henchman feel about all this.”

    Lodgepole almost dislodged my coffee.

  31. Anonymous
    October 22, 2010 at 8:12 am

    Quoting Jay Moller, Hum Co defense atty:
    She is the only prosecutor who has ever yelled at me (over the phone), and that was about some silly case involving the accidental hitting of a dog by my client’s car.

    While reading this, I was shaking my head while saying aloud to my dogs, “We deserve better than this.”

    I infer from the quote above that he has been yelled at in person, but over more important matters than serious harm to a family pet; also that he doesn’t care about protecting or defending animals from harm. Nice.

    And we should value his opinion of the candidates?

  32. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    October 22, 2010 at 8:16 am

    The Henchman is up in the air with the DA election. As someone pointed out, NOTA (as in nada), is making me lean to “writing-in” Paul Hagen!

    JL

  33. Plain Jane
    October 22, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Your sniping at other posters rather than posting an opinion adds so much to the discussion, Mr. Mielke. No wonder no one posts at your thread.

  34. Anonymous
    October 22, 2010 at 8:18 am

    Don’t we deserve a candidate who isn’t so controversial and both of the ones running? It just seems like these two have so many red flags.

  35. 06em
    October 22, 2010 at 8:21 am

    I talk to my dogs, too, but I’m usually saying something like “Good boy!” or “Is it time to go out?” I generally leave the political analysis to the humans in my pack. If dogs could vote, the winner in each race would be whoever smelled like they had eaten meat most recently.

  36. Carol Conners
    October 22, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Thank you for your letter, Ms. Schulman, and good luck with your nursing studies!

  37. Harold h. Greene
    October 22, 2010 at 8:25 am

    I don’t think we deserve Ms. Jackson. No, I don’t.

  38. Mitch
    October 22, 2010 at 8:25 am

    06em,

    And that’s different how?

  39. tra
    October 22, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Virtually all the major candidates include lists of endorsements in their print ads, so why is it that only Jackson’s campaign seems to have a chronic problem of “misunderstandings” where people are listed as endorsing her, even though they never agreed to do so?

    Is this a matter of Jackson and/or her campaign manager deliberately misleading the public, or is it “just” a matter of extreme incompetence on their part?

  40. tra
    October 22, 2010 at 9:15 am

    It will be interesting to see how the Jackson camp will try to spin this one. Will they, as in the Chinn case, try to claim that Ms. Schulman really did endorse Jackson, but then was “pressured” into withdrawing the endorsement? Or perhaps they’ll ignore the whole thing, hoping voters won’t notice and local media won’t press the matter?

  41. Mitch
    October 22, 2010 at 9:18 am

    It’s not just the endorsements. See the 11:36 comment where lawyer Patrik Griego refers to Ms. Jackson’s “misstatements” — personally, I think this is an extremely important letter:


    Ms. Jackson’s campaign misstated to the public that the young man had committed numerous prior thefts he did not and implied that she would have sent him directly to prison. Ms. Jackson’s campaign also stated that the young man just received probation, neglecting to tell the public he received six months in jail. Ms. Jackson’s comments were extremely misleading and based on misinformation in the police report and an attitude that a District Attorney should always maximize punishment.

  42. tra
    October 22, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Yes, you’re right Mitch…she does seem to have a broader problem with “mis-stating the facts” as they say in polite company. Or, as most people would call it, “lying.” Like when she had that ad saying, about a certain child abuser, that Gallegos “gave him probation,” failing to mention the decade of prison time the abuser actually served. Just a “misunderstanding,” I’m sure.

  43. High Finance
    October 22, 2010 at 9:49 am

    During a hectic race and dealing with hundreds if not thousands of people, mistakes are made.

    But the left will use any dirty smear, any personal insult to win. Not Surprised, 7.58pm last night, is not the exception but the rule as to how far liberals sink to.

    Not one of you called out Not Surprised on his slimey personal attack. Indeed several of you hopped in & did likewise.

    Shame on all of you participating in dirty politics.

  44. Mitch
    October 22, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Hi Fi,

    What about the campaign’s misstatements described just a few comments back? Those would hardly be a matter of overlooking the need to remove an endorser’s name, wouldn’t they?

    Was it Orwell who first discussed how sad it is to use the construction “mistakes were made?”

  45. High Finance
    October 22, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Maybe my standards on campaign decorum is higher than yours?

  46. Mitch
    October 22, 2010 at 10:11 am

    No doubt, HiFi. There’s the matter of “relevance.” And if whether a supervisor candidate obeys the law is not relevant, how could it possibly be relevant whether a district attorney candidate tells the truth. Personally, I think the local press needs to get the police to arrest these complainers.

  47. Anonymous
    October 22, 2010 at 10:13 am

    and Sundberg was sober and Jackson always tells the truth… Now that’s campaign decorum.

  48. Anon 1
    October 22, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Allison is a vindictive,lying,mean spirited,unhappy and ugly person from within..I would never trust her and will never stand behind her if she is elected..Another pawn by the local pawn master..I want big business to have to play by the same rules we all have to play by..I personally don’t like Paul. He is fair..

  49. Anonymous
    October 22, 2010 at 10:33 am

    HiFi, I am very sure that in your own mind everything about you is of a higher standard than many of the posters here.
    The world continues to change, local investors and property owners continue to lose equity they assumed was theirs forever, the market is down, heavy retail continues to decline, and basic needs raise in price. Older investors are still clinging to the old ways. ‘Build it and the profit will come’, is their theme song. The profits don’t come like they used to. Your losses are not the fault of the liberals but rather the effects of age and the inability of older folks to learn or comprehend new trends.
    You seem bitter to me, one of those old guys who thought they new it all and then the world changes on them and they just don’t understand anymore why their business is failing or why their portfolio or other parts no longer go up.
    Sad blaming bullies is what they become ready to shame anyone including their own children who probably think very differently than them.

  50. High Finance
    October 22, 2010 at 10:50 am

    I’m not old & I am not bitter. I also don’t live my life in fear or ever allow myself to think as a victim. My business is very successful & my profits have gone up 25% in the last two years.

    What you people who live their lives in fear, fearful of investing & the economy, don’t realize is that recessions are only temporary.

  51. Mitch
    October 22, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Hi Fi,

    That’s great, congratulations. Do you buy distressed properties for a living?

  52. skippy
    October 22, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Hi-Fi made a good point regarding ‘Not Surprised’ at 7:58; however, it wasn’t called out because the squib comment was simply discarded for what it is– somewhere between dubious personal hearsay and less than an informed opinion– and yes, slime. It very weakly wobbles on its own poor foundation.

  53. Mitch
    October 22, 2010 at 11:02 am

    Payday loans, Hifi?

    Collections?

  54. Un-Named
    October 22, 2010 at 11:16 am

    You’re obviously bitter, High Finance, there’s backlogs of proof at our fingertips. The current (constant) economic problem is obviously the hierarchy of people who want more of the same. Excellent work, whatever you do High Finance! I just don’t know how to shake this fear that people like you are fearlessly investing in the calculated misfortunes of me and my family. You definitely support those enterprises with your words on these forums.

  55. High Finance
    October 22, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    I have bought two foreclosed houses in the last two years & what is wrong with that?

    Am I supposed to pay more than the houses are worth today because somebody paid far too much a few years ago & can’t keep up with the payments today?

    Finding investments because of the misfortune of others is not the same as causing that misfortune. Do you see the difference?

  56. Mitch
    October 22, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Nothing’s wrong with it, HiFi. You said your profits were up 25% in the past two years, so I wondered what line of business you might be in. I took a wild-ass guess and what-do-you-know.

    Some people might find your line of work distasteful, HiFi. I’m (honestly) not one of them. It’s your OPINIONS I find distasteful.

  57. High Finance
    October 22, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    That is not the line of work that I am in.

    But I do invest prudently. I still believe in the long term benefit of real estate if you’re careful.

  58. Mitch
    October 22, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    OK. Payday loans?

  59. Mitch
    October 22, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    HiFi,

    Oh, not distressed property then. Payday loans? Collections?

  60. Plain Jane
    October 22, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    His opinions are based on what is best for his business which does best when he can buy at fire sales, Mitch. The right without money are just tools. HiFi’s type is gaining wealth at a rapid pace while the majority of the working people are sinking and that’s why they are doing everything they can to block financial recovery, calling for more of the tax cuts which helped cause the wreck knowing full well they won’t create any jobs because they can make more money buying the assets of the bankrupt and renting it back to them.

  61. Mitch
    October 22, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    PJ,

    I don’t know, PJ, that sounds a bit more sophisticated and conspiratorial and old-fashioned than I think is likely. Nowadays, right-wingers buy politicians, not assets. That way, there’s no downside risk. When one gets damaged, it’s cheap enough to buy the next. They keep their money fluid, so it can head to the country with the lowest taxes of the day.

    But back to the topic at hand. I can’t wait to see the great coverage that Allison Jackson’s alleged deception gets in the Substandard and the Relevance.

  62. Plain Jane
    October 22, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Yeah, the fact that it’s happening and they are fighting anything that will actually help the economy for the working classes recover is just coincidental.

  63. Un-Named
    October 22, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Yeah, high finance, you’re among those who raise everybody’s rent across the board without giving a fuck…totally lost as to how much an additional couple hundred dollars a month can make to the “lower class” at any point on an economic timeline. You are a proud link in that chain. You add insult to injury by reasoning that the lower class are a bunch of fuckups or else they’d be riding high like you. Like, don’t people buy real estate to LIVE ON anymore?

  64. Mitch
    October 22, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Hifi, like me, is just someone who wastes time opining on blogs. Allison Jackson is someone who might become the chief law enforcement officer of Humboldt County.

    I’m far more interested in whether Allison Jackson has indeed misled people about various cases handled by the DA’s office than I am about how HiFi gathers his gold.

    And I’m wondering… does anyone think this is relevant? Maybe the press shouldn’t bother us voters with news about candidate “misstatements”. It might be wrong.

  65. Dogenpony
    October 22, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Shame on you Allison.

    And once again I see HiFi is glossing over the real point. How exactly is bringing Ms. Jackson’s actions to light a smear? Was that Ms. Schulman’s intent? I sincerely doubt it. Integrity and character counts. I have had my issues with the Gallegos camp, but this seals the deal for me also.

  66. Anonymous
    October 22, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Isn’t Rose Jackson’s campaign manager?

  67. Not A Native
    October 22, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    If its to be evaluated on the basis of morality, making money from others’ misfortunes is wrong. Rather than the immoral act of waiting around for the next person to experience misfortune and then wiping them out, the moral act is to help people who are risk and in danger of experiencing misfortune by investing to reduce the occurance of misfortune for all.

    Of course the return on the moral investment is lower than the immoral one because it leaves at-risk people with some of their assets.

    HiFi’s ‘business’ is like a ‘smart’ auto mechanic setting up shop near a isolated stretch of road by big pothole, waiting for hapless motorists to experience breakdowns, charging as much as the ‘market will bear’,(which is quite a lot under the circumstances) and even leaving them on foot.

    Not having created the pothole, the mechanic asserts he’s “blameless” for the motorists’ misfortunes.
    The moral alternative would be to repair the pothole (at a profit by charging a toll) and compete for the repair business of cutomers who aren’t desperate.

    But rather than making the world a better place for all, HiFi style predators seek to benefit from the misfortune of those who merely happen to be weak and helpless(or in HiFi lingo, too stupid or lazy to avoid misfortune).

    HiFi’s type of ‘predation’ has nothing in common with the animal world of interrelationships among species described in predator/prey terms. The critial difference is those relatonships enable the various species to share and ‘manage’ the natural resource base that ultimately supports them. Essentially they’re in it together, unlike HiFi’s predation that aims to leave ‘one man standing’.

  68. High Finance
    October 22, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Plain Jane 1.12pm is an important example of a liberal’s way of thinking. I am gaining wealth and that bothers her. Never mind the fact that nobody is poorer because of my actions, the mere fact that somebody succeeds is what disturbs her. What is that other than class envy? Envy makes you ugly.

    Unnamed, nobody raises the rents on their rentals by anywhere near $200 per month unless the property is upgraded & improved. That is just nonsense. But rents usually do go up each year just like the price of milk & just like your paycheck. It is called the cost of living increases.

    The smear, Dogponey, is stating that the misstatement is a out & outright lie by Allison Jackson. But even though you are a liberal you are required to use common sense. Why would anyone LIE about an endorsement when the person is 100% sure to call you out on this? Obviously, this is just a mistake & mistakes happen especially in the last weeks of a very hectic big campaign.

    Not a Native, thanks for the vote of confidence in my abilities. But, while I am capable of fixing a pothole, I cannot fix the economy & cause it to rebound. Believe me if I could I would. As well as I am doing now, I could do even better if the economy was blazing rather than burning down.

  69. Mitch
    October 22, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    HiFi must have forgotten to read the thread.

    It’s not just that Allison Jackson is claiming yet another endorsement from someone who didn’t want to endorse her.

    It’s that an attorney is saying Jackson’s campaign misrepresented the way the DA handled a case, saying a defendant had previous robberies when he did not, and saying the DA gave him probation, when he actually got six months in jail.

    Here, Hifi, let me help:


    Ms. Jackson’s campaign misstated to the public that the young man had committed numerous prior thefts he did not and implied that she would have sent him directly to prison. Ms. Jackson’s campaign also stated that the young man just received probation, neglecting to tell the public he received six months in jail. Ms. Jackson’s comments were extremely misleading and based on misinformation in the police report and an attitude that a District Attorney should always maximize punishment.

  70. Plain Jane
    October 22, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    An improved analogy would be if the mechanic supported politicians who wouldn’t fix the pothole against those who would. That, in a nutshell, is what they have been doing.

  71. Dogenpony
    October 22, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    HiFi,

    Common sense would also tell you not to list the name of an individual who “specifically told Ms Jackson, with her campaign manager present and with several days before the ad was published, that I was not prepared to endorse her.” The wording of Heraldo’s headline may be sensational, but the actions of Ms. Jackson are troubling. Even to a common sense Libertarian like me. And especially in light of the fact that this is not the first time it has happened.

  72. High Finance
    October 22, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Mitch, the “lie” in the headline referred to the mistake of listing the endorser.

    As far as the attorney saying Jackson misrepresented a case? Maybe so, maybe not. You only have the word of the attorney who is supporting Gallegos.

    I have seen Paul Gallegos up close on the job. He is not a good attorney by no stretch of the imagination.
    I have talked to other attorneys who do not support Gallegos.

  73. Mitch
    October 22, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    HiFi,

    This is the second issue around an endorsement for Jackson.

    Also, if Jackson and the attorney are talking about the same case, then it is easy enough to check the actual facts of the case. If Jackson said Gallegos let the defendant off with probation, but the reality is that the defendant spent six months in jail, would you consider that a serious “misstatement”? What about if Jackson said the defendant had committed other thefts but the facts show he had not?

  74. Dogenpony
    October 22, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Don’t try to bother HiFi with facts. Or proper grammar for that matter.

  75. jamie
    October 22, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    OK, let me get this straight:

    Both DA candidates have their share of ‘mistruths’. One is purported here while others can be found on that other ‘WatchPaul’ website.

    Heraldo has a biasedly sensationlist website and popular forum here.

    Hi-Fi makes some honest money investing in foreclosures yet less risk-adverse folks have a moral or ethical problem with that?

    PJ usually hits the mark but unusually missed it on this one, which is surprising.

    Please tell me something I don’t know?

  76. tra
    October 22, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    “Mistakes were made.” Hmmmm. The false claims of endorsements from Betty Chinn and Francine Shulman, when neither one of them actually endorsed Jackson. The false advertisement crafted to mislead voters into thinking that the DA let a child abuser off with just probation, when in fact he served a decade behind bars for his offense.

    So yes, “mistakes were made.” Repeatedly. By Allison Jackson and her campaign. Sloppy, incomeptent work — or a penchant for playing fast and loose with the facts? You decide.

  77. Anon 1
    October 22, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Everybody I have ever talked to thinks Hi/sly is a liar..Easy to say stuff without proof..Who are the other lawyers that don’t think Paul is a good lawyer?

  78. Anonymous
    October 22, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    America’s prisons are full of people who felt so desperate they lashed out at others instead of asking for help. And so many of us can’t hear the cries for help. We only fear the violence we ourselves provoke by treating others as if they were inferior to us.

  79. tra
    October 22, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Well, I’m sure there are a lot of prisoners who fit that description, but of course a huge proportion of Americans that are in prison are non-violent drug offenders, people who didn’t “lash out” at anyone.

    And while some of these non-violent drug offenders need help with a substance abuse problem, many more are behind bars only due to the victimless “crime” of possession of marijuana. Most of those folks don’t need any help at all — aside from legalizing cannabis and releasing these so-called “criminals” before we waste any more of their time or our money on pointless and counterproductive incarceration.

  80. Mr. Nice
    October 22, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    It’s not like you can’t just get weed in jail from some guy who has some guard’s baby’s mama smuggle the shit in anyway.

    Gallegos should run for Attorney General, the man is the shit.

  81. Richard
    October 22, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    The last guard who got caught smuggling drugs into jail in Humboldt was prosecuted by Paul Gallegos. No wonder the correctional officers union endorses Jackson (plus she’ll be good for business).

    Rose Welsh is Jackson (unofficial) campaign manager. Jackson denied it during the primary, but it is the truth. Most everyone who’s dealt with the Jackson campaign will say that they’ve dealt with Rose as the manager. Nothing wrong with that, but Jackson seems to be ashamed somehow of this fact.

    Why people would get their information about what kind of manager Paul is from two people that have been fired from his office (Hagen and Jackson) is hard to imagine.

  82. mresquan
    October 22, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Hmmmm,I thought that Pat Whitchurch was her campaign manager.

  83. Miss Understanding
    October 22, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Let’s put some final clarity on the issue and let it go to bed. Heraldo and informed readers, I’m surprised in all fairness that this key piece of information was omitted for the record. Sounds like a simple mistake that hurt people and friends; for this I’m disheartened. I hope it lends some helpful balance on all sides to what may have happened. This is from the Arcata Eye, 10/20/10:

    “Apparently candidate Allison Jackson erroneously named someone as a supporter who isn’t, sending the area’s leading online idealists into a frenzy of name-calling and character attacks. The following is from a gentle soul not familiar with the insult culture which dominates local political blogs, who said she wanted to set the record straight. – Ed.”

    “I am writing in response to a letter that I read from Fran Shulman. Allison Jackson is not a liar, nor is she manipulative, devious, or conniving. She has had my deepest respect for 16 years. I was the one, way back in May of this year, who called Fran Shulman regarding an endorsement for Allison. I’ve known Fran for 15 years. I was the person who asked her if she would lend her name to officially endorse Allison Jackson. I used the same words that I did with everyone I called, and that was to say that to officially endorse means that you give your permission to use your name in an ad. Fran did at that time officially endorse Allison. I gave that information to her committee and her name has been on Allison’s website and facebook since May, 2010.

    On Oct. 5, 2010, at my request, Fran came to a meeting at my house where folks who I had gathered endorsements from were given the opportunity to go on camera for a television spot regarding why they supported Allison. Fran clearly stated that she did not want to be on camera for a commercial so she talked with the other people present. The miscommunication was mine. I did not understand that Fran was withdrawing her endorsement. I believed only that she didn’t want to be on camera. I am sorry that the ad endorsement got muddled with the camera shoot. There was absolutely no intent to do anything but to invite a deeply respected community member (Fran) who had told me previously that she officially endorsed Allison Jackson to express on tape the reasons why.”

    “Respectfully Submitted;
    T. Diane Green, LCSW, ACSW
    Arcata”

  84. October 22, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Apparently candidate Allison Jackson erroneously named someone as a supporter who isn’t, sending the area’s leading online idealists into a frenzy of name-calling and character attacks

    Gosh, these darn blogs allow people to post comments without going through Arcata’s opinion czar. Damn the internetz.

  85. Anonymous
    October 22, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Yeah, H, damn this thread for illustrating perfectly what journalists have to do before sending something out for publication and blog wannabe journos who just throw shit out there without getting the whole story.

  86. Not Surprised
    October 22, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    I have said for years, and will continue to insist upon until I die or it happens… Political campaigns should be held to the same legal assurances of content as all other print media–subjecting them to libel, and false advertising should they prove to print falsehoods.

    i think it would clean up most of the problems in campaigning…

  87. Voter
    October 22, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    I am grateful for Heraldo’s ability to post without fear of retribution. Damn you journalists who try to blow Heraldo’s cover. He provides a valuable service to the community that complements your work, and you should be grateful.

    Any reader can tell that Hank Sims, Kevin Hoover, and some other local journalists have attitudes about Gallegos that interfere with their supposed objectivity. Gallegos didn’t write letters to the editor under fake names (Salzman did) nor did he use endorsements against people’s will (Jackson did, twice that we know of).

    Thank you Heraldo for airing this out. The voters have a right to know. Just like Sundberg’s DUI and failure to appear–both actual crimes, for which he will be on probation for 3 years.

    Hnak, Kevin, et al: Do your freaking jobs and let us be the judge!

  88. October 22, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Yeah, H, damn this thread for illustrating perfectly what journalists have to do before sending something out for publication

    Right, because “journos” only publish letters to the editor after a complete investigation.

    Allison published (twice) names of people who didn’t endorse her. Those people were unhappy and responded about being used in that way.

    Too bad the dead tree idealists failed to investigate Allison’s false claim that Betty Chinn had been harassed for a (non-existent) endorsement before committing it to print.

  89. October 22, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Hey “Heraldo” – we drudges in the dead tree department ran follow-up stories correcting the errors, just like we do whenever we err, and everything had our names on it. If anyone wondered what happened, they just called us or came by the office to talk it over, or read the story in the next edition.

    Again, you hold others to higher standards than you have any intention of following.

  90. October 22, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    That’s why you make the big bucks.

    As it stands, there doesn’t appear to be anything in Schulman’s letter that needs to retracted. If that situation changes, I’ll post it.

  91. hi as !@#$'n fi
    October 22, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    hifi says somewhere up thread that his standards of decorum are higher than someone elses.

    WOW! I want some from his stash@@@@@@@@

  92. Un-Named
    October 23, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Kevin…yep, in cases like this certain people always want to forget about it come out shaking hands on the other end, back to business as usual where the biggest and brightest campaign signs do all the talk. Just laughingly shake a fist and those ne’er do well’s always trying to fool us gullible people folk while secretly fucking with our lives. I don’t take kindly to somebody trying to bullshit me for money. She got caught red handed bullshitting you too, ya know.

  93. Un-Named
    October 23, 2010 at 8:01 am

    …it’s the type of crap that needs to go away for good. Zero tollerance for telling people you’re in it for our sake while lying to us…even just a little white lie that everybody tells in that situation. It’s an INTENTIONAL LIE…sorry lady, if you were running a tight ship and cared, it wouldn’t even be an issue.

  94. Hmmm
    October 23, 2010 at 8:05 am

    High Finance says:
    October 22, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Maybe my standards on campaign decorum is higher than yours?

    Kind of like your standards of decorum with respect to the recently deceased?

    From the NJC a couple weeks ago, regarding Rick Springer, who I’m sure you knew personally:

    Comment / By High Finance / Sept. 29, 4:17 p.m.
    What a sad waste of a life.

    Yeah, HiFi, you’re all about the decorum. Is there any level of hypocrisy to which you arrogant right wingers won’t stoop?

  95. Mitch
    October 23, 2010 at 8:14 am

    I’m still wondering what the dead-tree masters of rhyme, snark, and self-declared objectivity think of Patrik Griego’s very clear statement. Is it relevant? Might it be worth reporting, or do you need to investigate until after the voters have had their chance to vote.

  96. REALITY
    October 23, 2010 at 9:03 am

    You posters need to get to reality somewhere. This is not A Jacksons second, third ,fourth election it is her first. Mistakes are made and that is reality. However, some of you are in the buisness of spinning anything good people do in this area when running against your selected bunch that may have had too much time at the trough of Humboldt County. Go get a life.

  97. Mitch
    October 23, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Hi Reality Rose,

    “Misstatements” about a case handled by the DA office, that just happen to paint Jackson’s narrative. Saying someone got probation when they actually spent six months in jail. Saying someone had priors when they did not.

  98. robash141
    October 23, 2010 at 9:06 am

    I’m not such a huge Gallegos fan these days . I like some of what he has done in the past and supported him every time he’s run There are several recent instances where I’ve questioned his judgements as DA and his results have left me dismayed. For a while I was awfully tempted to write in Verbena or the Backwards jogging dreadlock dude as DA.
    However, now it’s election time and I’ll have to cut Gallegos some slack because being DA is a difficult job and I don’t think
    Allison Jackson is up to the job.
    Jackson for her part ,in her campaign for DA has shown a pattern of ethical lapses and misjudgments even before she is exposed to the pressures of runnng the DA’s office.
    What happens when one of her “misunderstandings ” wrongfully sends someone off to prison for 50 years?

  99. tra
    October 23, 2010 at 9:14 am

    “Mistakes are made”

    When Jackson and her campaign repeatedly make the same “mistakes” it comes back to the question of whether these “mistakes” are due to incompetence, or whether they amount to an attempt to deliberately mislead the voters.

  100. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    October 23, 2010 at 9:21 am

    I have spoken once, briefly, with the backwards jogging dreadlock dude – seems pretty smart and definately is a dedicated runner.

    REALITY, Umm, Jackson and Gallegos are both someone’s selected bunch. This is why repubs and dems are a losing relationship in AMERICA for more entrenched citizens. Each year = increased entrenchments.

    Guess what, the establishments dualopoly is alive and well in Humboldt County this election cycle – just as most others in the past!

    Guess what political and social idealogues = this election ain’t gonna change a damn thing for the entrenched! Well see in 4 years, again.

    JL

  101. High Finance
    October 23, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Two does not make “repeatedly”.

  102. tra
    October 23, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Well you must have a different dictionary. In my dictionary, if you do something once, then do it again, you have repeated what you did the first time.

    In the case of Jackson, we have at least two cases of “mistakes” with endorsements, and also two cases where she attempted to mislead voters into thinking that Gallegos let a defendant off with just probation, whereas the defendant actually served time behind bars (in the case of her deceitful ad earlier this year, she failed to mention the ten years the child abuser spent behind bars, and according to the letter quoted above she did the same thing in another case where the defendant served six months behind bars).

    So yeah, I’d call that “repeatedly” making “mistakes” (or alternatively, repeatedly intentionally misleading the voters).

  103. Harold h. Greene
    October 23, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Posters are vague about not liking Gallegos but nothing specific. I don’t understand the wobbling towards an individual who has proved to be something we could not trust to be ethical in the handling of the District Attorney’s office.

  104. October 23, 2010 at 11:29 am

    “Two does not make ‘repeatedly’.”

    Thank you, HiFi. Apparently, not too many of these commenters have ever worked on a political campaign.

  105. anon
    October 23, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Dismiss a rape with ABSOLUTELY NO CONTACT WITH THE VICTIM?
    That’s
    illegal, unethical, and unconstitutional

    Dear Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr:

    The Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office, Paul Gallegos, failed to protect me by releasing [name of accused redacted] on July 22, 2010 by dismissing all charges with absolutely no contact to me as the victim. Attached is a press release that was issued from the Arcata Police Department with serious charges stemming from rape to false imprisonment in which I suffered physical and mental trauma.

    Among the most disturbing findings and decisions made on this case are:

    Based on the strong evidence, [name of accused redacted] was extradited all the way from the State of Kentucky to Humboldt County, confined on June 29th, only to be release with a dismissal of all charges, on July 22, 2010, by the District Attorney of Humboldt County, Kelly Neel.

    Detective Robert Martinez of the Arcata Police Department repeatedly informed both me and my mother, that he has a strong case with both physical and internal injuries including tearing that I suffered during the course of the crime along with two written affidavits generated by Arcata Detective Robert Martinez that were very damaging to the perpetrator. Detective Martinez was appalled and disappointed by the dismissal of charges of [name of accused redacted].

    Prosecuting Deputy District Attorney, Kelly Neel, was very excited to try this case and felt fully confident to pursue it through an exchange of emails with my mother. I wear a hearing aide and have difficulty with hearing loss so I am unable to talk on the phone but provided my email to DA Kelly Neel, who swapped my case right under the carpet and took full advantage of my disability. There were no doubts in Ms. Neel’s information that this serious offender was going to walk free only to prowl on his next victim.

    It was my mother who stumbled over the dismissal of charges; otherwise, I had no way of knowing that this offender was released.

    DA Kelly Neel told my mother it was evidentiary. Detective Martinez tells me there was plenty of evidence including medical evaluation reports and my swollen face when slammed against the bathroom basin by my perpetuator. What has gone wrong here? Was anyone going to tell me that my offender was freed? Surely, my perpetrator should have at least had an assault charge against him with probation or jail time.

    As a victim, I am requesting a thorough investigation from your office in the interest of justice for victims who are swept under the carpet based on the fact that they just don’t want to do their job.

    The Humboldt County Grand Jury found that “Weak leadership and poor managerial practices” have undermined the Humboldt District Attorney Office and that current management exhibits a limited understanding of how things are done in the department. Staff members are saying that Mr. Gallegos lacks the global perspective needed to keep the department operating efficiently and that he does not fully understand the functionality of many of things they do in the office.

    It is apparent through my family’s research that cases are repeatedly dismissed, charges reduced and where the Humboldt DA Office has gone soft on the serious offenders is explicit of a pattern of behavior that repeatedly sacrifices justice and lets criminals off with light or no sentences at all. Many serious cases have ended up like mine all involving explosive evidence that would put the offender behind bars or at least a probation punishment.

    I am requesting the highest power to get involved in this tightly knit county that continues to dismiss serious cases that would otherwise be prosecuted at the fullest extent of the law. Criminals are walking away with slaps on the wrist by dismissing their charges and giving defendants what they want. It is my opinion that Paul Gallegos simply isn’t following the law with regard to dismissals and plea agreements.

    The following information is provided to your Office of Attorney General so you may carry out your mission to investigate and restore justice for victims like myself. The officials involved are:

    Detective Robert Martinez

    Arcata Police Department

    Special Services Unit

    Email HYPERLINK “mailto:bmartinez@arcatapd.org” bmartinez@arcatapd.org

    Phone: (707) 825-2512

    822-2428

    Police Report #10-1306

    Paul Gallegos, District Attorney

    Humboldt District Attorney Office

    825 5th Street, 4th Floor

    Eureka, CA 95501

    (707) 445-7411

    Kelly Neel, Deputy District Attorney

    Humboldt District Attorney Office

    825 5th Street, 4th Floor

    Eureka, CA 95501

    (707) 441-3051

    As a student I had aspirations of higher education with two academic scholarships and one athletic scholarship at Humboldt State University. This crime has caused me great mental and physical trauma in which I am required to take a leave of absence from college for six (6) months. As a victim, I deserve better justice than what I have received.

    I look forward to a favorable response in which justice may be restored by holding even the District Attorney’s Office to the highest standard of law.

    Sincerely,

    O/S
    [Name and address of alleged victim redacted]
    Elk Grove

    Part 1 Section 28 of the State Constitution, which reads in part:

    In order to preserve and protect a victim’s rights to justice
    and due process, a victim shall be entitled to the following rights:

    (6) To reasonable notice of and to reasonably confer with the
    prosecuting agency, upon request, regarding, the arrest of the
    defendant if known by the prosecutor, the charges filed, the
    determination whether to extradite the defendant, and, upon request,
    to be notified of and informed before any pretrial disposition of the
    case.
    (7) To reasonable notice of all public proceedings, including
    delinquency proceedings, upon request, at which the defendant and the
    prosecutor are entitled to be present and of all parole or other
    post-conviction release proceedings, and to be present at all such
    proceedings.

    http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/.const/.article_

  106. Mitch
    October 23, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    And yet, somehow, I suspect both Joel and HiFi are big fans of three strikes you’re out.

  107. October 23, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Sorry Mitch, you’re wrong. And why would you speculate about what I believe?

  108. Mitch
    October 23, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Good point, Joel.

  109. Un-Named
    October 23, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    This isn’t her first campaign at all if you consider her experience helping other candidates. She knows the routine, and that’s just it. What high finance and joel don’t address is who’s putting what on whose plate. She’s got the big signs and she’s got the talk and the names…bla bla bla, routine, just get it out there, you and I are as susceptible to visual advertising as anybody. And it’s no big thing if anybody finds out that they’re just rubberstamping a hack routine, it happens all the time. She’s not “A Different D.A.”, she’s a mediocre serving of more of the same…at best.

    Why the heck would anybody want to defend crap like false endorsements? Do they feel sorry for her? The DA doesn’t lock up virtual sims in blog world. Technicalities like one or two mistakes equating a repeat pattern are a bit more consequential.

  110. Plain Jane
    October 23, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    When added to her false characterization of some of Gallegos’ cases, a far more serious pattern of dishonesty emerges. Additionally, the fact that 2 people went public over her false claim of endorsement doesn’t mean they are the only ones. Some may not have given their endorsement but don’t care, and others may not even be aware they are listed.

  111. October 23, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    “Technicalities like one or two mistakes equating a repeat pattern are a bit more consequential.”

    ?

  112. Richard "Rick" Khamsi
    October 23, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    For what it’s worth, Three Strikes and You’re Out was put before the voters with the false promise that only serious felonies would count. By the time it was passed, it was too late to prevent minor felonies from being counted. I should know. I circulated petitions for that Proposition and when I found out I had been lied to personally by the Proposition HQ, I was mortified.

  113. REALITY
    October 23, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    Again who is to say if the people actually said “do not publish my name” until some of their friends said what s up with supporting so and so for election. You people only spew things against a wall to see what sticks. “Oh this is a pattern of unethical behaviour so she must then be unethical.” Truth is far from what is spewed on these blogs and the Journal etc. Further, when one retracts or doesnt retract their support it is far from an unethical pattern on behalf of the one running for office.

  114. Anonymous
    October 24, 2010 at 5:01 am

    tra says:
    October 22, 2010 at 7:39 pm
    Well, I’m sure there are a lot of prisoners who fit that description, but of course a huge proportion of Americans that are in prison are non-violent drug offenders, people who didn’t “lash out” at anyone.

    And while some of these non-violent drug offenders need help with a substance abuse problem, many more are behind bars only due to the victimless “crime” of possession of marijuana. Most of those folks don’t need any help at all — aside from legalizing cannabis and releasing these so-called “criminals” before we waste any more of their time or our money on pointless and counterproductive incarceration.

    Agreed.

  115. Un-Named
    October 24, 2010 at 8:26 am

    REALITY, you appear to grasp of concept, your question should be rhetorical. You’re right, who’s to say they didn’t specifically request not to be listed as a supporter? (aside from them specifically saying so after the fact…which matters less with you) Is that really how it works with these candidates? Politicians assuming our silence = consent? and you’re okay with that?

    If nasty blogger spit is making a bad politician look good, you need to check YOUR head.

  116. tra
    October 24, 2010 at 10:08 am

    From today’s Times-Standard:

    “An average of 489 violent crimes were committed in each of Farmer’s final four years in office, 1999-2002, while an average of 443 violent crimes were committed in each of Gallegos’ first seven years in office, 2003 through 2009. Based on that approach, one could say the average violent crime rate has dropped 9 percent during Gallegos’ tenure.”

    http://www.times-standard.com/localnews/ci_16421678

  117. October 24, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Un-Named is un-coherent.

  118. Un-Named
    October 24, 2010 at 11:15 am

    joel the troll…if I were paid to blog like you, maybe I’d give a fug. Maybe less, actually.

  119. Anonymous
    October 24, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Un-named v. Named (Joel)

    American Politics, 2010.

  120. Un-Named
    October 24, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    I’m gonna stick around to see the wake of these coming elections, then throwing my laptop in the attic again for another couple years at least. The internet is a monumental waste of time. It’s good to read that the voices of common sense outnumber emptyheaded regurgitators in our humboldt blogsphere. Engaging in “politics” anywhere santa rosa and south is a lost cause.

  121. robash141
    October 24, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Well Jackson is working as a corporate Lawyer so in my estimation she was pretty untrustworty from the get go. She really hasn’t done much to build trust either. Unfortunately She has allowed her campaign to be dominated by, the same thing that IMO sunk Dikeman four years ago Namely the sleazy Rose Welsh style fearmongering. It seems as if the main people who are behind Jackson want to control the DA s office so bad that they are willing to say anything to achieve that goal. Four years later they are back
    Now there has been a series of ‘misunderstandings’
    The fact that she has allowed people names to be on lists on which they should not have been does not bode well for her future performance as the county’s top prosecutor. What if one of you mistakenly ends up on one of her “lists” when she’s got some real juice behind her? Could be big problems for you.

    Whats more, she has the lamest campaign slogan ever!

    Despite some misgivings about Gallegos He has been DA for 7 and a half years now. I like some things he has done and other things I don’t like He’s not pristine but contrary to what some of his more overwrought detractors may claim , the sky has yet to fall down around our ears.
    I voted for Hagen in the primary and would be tempted once again to vote against Gallegos if there was a reasonable alternative to Gallegos. Unfortunately it’s not Allison Jackson

  122. October 24, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    I’m paid to blog?
    And yes, the internet is a monumental waste of time, owing mainly to ranting nuts like Un-Named.

  123. Un-Named
    October 24, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    You mean you’re not paid to write sarcastic drivel all the time? You said it, not me. Doesn’t come as a surprise you’re unable to understand what I write.

  124. October 24, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Is it worth reading?

  125. Amy in McK
    October 24, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    um ok – do i really have to tell the boys to stop fighting? sheesh, nothing like missing the point.

    please, H, back to a very poignant post from francine slaughter …

  126. Un-Named
    October 25, 2010 at 6:58 am

    No way, Amy in McK…you think I’m gonna let that complacent drone have the last word??? They could build five big boxes side by side on indian island, joel and others would be ho-humming the people complaining about it…

    …here’s my impression of 99% of joel’s posts in computernerd speak:

    ?SYNTAX ERROR
    READY.
    (imagine blinking cursor here)

    ..the remaining 1% of his posts are token warm fuzzies telling betty crockers that he glued their chicken pot pie recipes to his fridge.

    WAKE UP, MAN!!!

    ….because it’s 7am, time to get to work.

  127. more questions than answers
    October 25, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    does anyone know who or what is Eureka based GSH One Enterprises, LLC? a contributor to Paul Gallegos’ campaign

    what do Paul supporters think about the rape victim’s letter to AG and the mother’s letter as well?

  128. Plain Jane
    October 25, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    There is no way to know if that was the rape victim’s letter or even if she was really a rape victim. Unless you assume that Gallegos is a monster who just lets rapists go because he wants to and that every accusation of rape is true, there is obviously more to the story than what that letter claimed and certainly more than the DA is free to discuss publicly. This is just the sort of dirty games Jackson has been playing all along. The alleged rape victim says the case was dropped because of “evidentiary” problems which could mean anything from no evidence of a crime or evidence that the accused was out of the country at the time. That’s the problem with deciding who to vote for based on complaints of “victims” who feel they didn’t get justice.

  129. more questions than answers
    October 25, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    I’m not making any assumptions about PG.

    Plain Jain says that “this is just the sort of dirty games Jackson has been playing all along.”

    Are you saying that the Jackson campaign fabricated this letter to the AG’s office or sought out this victim and family to manipulate the race?

    And the mom’s letter?

    Why are other letters that have made allegations one way or another more believable than a rape “victim”?

    It seems that someone that is resulting to the AG’s office has a serious grevience? Maybe I don’t understand the gravity of the letter.

    Does anyone know who or what is Eureka based GSH One Enterprises, LLC?

  130. anonymous
    October 25, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Below is a copy of the letter written by DDA Kelly Neel that handled the case of the alleged rape victim after Allison Jackson advocate Frank Cheek wrote a letter to the editor for the Lumberjack:

    “I recently read a letter sent in by Mr. Cheek to the Lumberjack to which I must respond.

    It is unfortunate that Mr. Cheek, who describes himself as an educator would write such an ill-informed and ignorant post. While Mr. Cheek may support Ms. Jackson, this does not give him or anyone else the right to be so fast and loose with the truth. Mr. Cheek knows nothing about the case of which he writes. Up until today, I would have said that I doubt Ms. Jackson would approve of such an attack so devoid of facts; I was apparently wrong.

    I can tell you that I was the handling attorney on the case about which Mr. Cheek writes. Out of respect for the young woman and her privacy I will not write of any of the details. Detective Martinez and I both worked very hard on that case; in the end the young woman, on no uncertain terms, made it clear that she would not cooperate or participate in the prosecution. This was after the case was charged; the suspect in question was extradited and housed in the jail for several weeks. Without her testimony, the People could not proceed and therefore the charges were dismissed.

    Mr. Cheek, you sir were not a witness to the events of this alleged crime; nor were you privy to the communications between the young woman and Detective Martinez; nor were you a party to the communications between myself and this young woman. Before you make comment perhaps you should have educated yourself.

    To do anything less is an insult to Detective Martinez, Arcata Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office.

    Kelly Neel
    Deputy District Attorney Humboldt County”

  131. Plain Jane
    October 25, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Anyone can write a letter to the attorney general, although why she chose the US Attorney General rather than the more appropriate California State Attorney General makes it very odd. Is she implying federal laws were broken? There is no date on the letter. Is it recent? The alleged crime took place many months ago and she learned charges were dropped in July. She says she did research, but didn’t list her sources. People who believe everyone who is accused and arrested for ANY crime is guilty and that any charges dropped are a miscarriage of justice should never serve on a jury. This case, like those Jackson has chosen to misrepresent, is being presented from one side and that side is undoubtedly biased, giving a few facts but not all of them. The totality of facts is what the DA has to look at and present to a jury, not just the word of the victim.

  132. more questions than answers
    October 25, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    I believe the date is at the top of the letter July 28, 2010 – 6 days after the accused was released according to her.

    Since the accused had to be extradited from KY and this crosses state boundaries, would the letter need to be sent to a federal AG’s office?

    This is not talking about any case this is a very specific case.

    This is not being presented from one side Kelly Neel responded and said the victim was not cooperating.

    And the mother also added in her letter to the Eye:

    “Here is what I think happened. There was a preliminary hearing in the case and the defendant was held to answer on the charges. Jeremiah Ross conducted the preliminary and the defendant was bound over on July 15th. The court set the rearraignment on the information and not the complaint for July 29th. Then for some unknown reason Ms. Neel scheduled it to be advanced for a dismissal on July 22, 2010 without notifying the victim and the family. A couple of conversations took place between Kelly and I. First she blamed it on Jeremiah Ross (does he know that), then she tried to blame it on my daughter’s cooperation, then Mr. Gallegos informs my husband and I that there was a third party witness who he refuses to tell us the name.”

  133. Plain Jane
    October 25, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    More uncorroborated hearsay from the alleged victim’s mother doesn’t make it fact.

  134. more questions than answers
    October 25, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Plain Jane

    So when you say uncorroborated hearsay do you mean no evidence? Kind of like when you said earlier on your post of 10/25 at 12:54pm “This is just the sort of dirty games Jackson has been playing all along.”

    Do you have any facts to back-up that these individuals are cooperating, supporting, communicating, etc with the Jackson campaign?

  135. Plain Jane
    October 25, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    I mean claims posted by third parties about what the victim’s mother might “think” about what occurred and why without anything to substantiate any part of the claim or even who is making it, with a named and highly respected public employee stating it is lies, (See DDA Neel’s letter above) and making the same exact claims that the Jackson campaign is making which we know from available evidence are lies and quarter truths. It’s obvious as well that the Jackson campaign is at least using these unsubstantiated accusations to smear Gallegos and Jackson supporters (Frank Cheek and you) are disseminating the unsubstantiated smear in the newspaper and on blogs.

  136. more questions than answers
    October 26, 2010 at 9:35 am

    “…or even who is making it,” The claim is by Angela Hampton.

    “…highly respected public employee stating it is lies,” unfortunately Neel has not provided any documentation (which I’m sure she can’t) to her claims. So we must “trust” that she is presenting us with accurate information.

    “…disseminating the unsubstantiated smear” I’m merely asking questions. I have not engaged in a smear campaign. I have not voted, yet. I’ve only asked questions about a letter that according to the TS has been forwarded to the AG’s office (substantiated by Thadeus Green). It is under “abuse of discretion” review according to CA AG Press Secretary Christine Gasparac.

    So you still have not answered my question about your accusation “This is just the sort of dirty games Jackson has been playing all along.” This is uncorroborated (lacking evidence) as far as I can tell. Just because there have been inaccuracies on the Jackson campaign you have provided no logical link between this complaint and Jackson.
    Do you have any facts to back-up that these individuals are cooperating, supporting, communicating, etc with the Jackson campaign?

  137. anonymous
    October 26, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Please share this with everyone you know!
    Arcata Eye – Paul Hagen: Gallegos Is No Alternative – October 26, 2010

    http://www.arcataeye.com/2010/10/paul-hagen-gallegos-is-no-alternative-–-october-26-2010/

    ◼ Having already shared my experiences in running for district attorney this past spring in an open letter to the media (Arcata Eye, Oct. 6), I just read a public plea to my supporters to vote for Gallegos, headlined that he is “the only logical alternative for Hagen supporters.” (Jeff Schwartz, Arcata Eye, Oct. 20) That is absolutely not the case.

    Now my opponent is calling for my supporters, and that calls to me. Those who know me know that I am “honest to a fault” (Eye endorsement, June 2), and while I completely refrained from negative campaigning and wish to keep it that way, Mr. Schwartz’s article calls for my unvarnished (albeit restrained) opinion. Here are my thoughts on the subject:

    First, there are three things I wish to make perfectly clear: One, I have made it very clear to anyone who has asked that I am not endorsing anyone in this race. Two, I have unequivocally told this to Allison Jackson directly. Three, the reasons for this will not change.

    Next, please know that I have never had a problem with Jeff Schwartz and I do respect him and those who agree with his statements. I learned a lot campaigning, including insights into what moves Gallegos’s supporters to believe in him. If they still do after reading this, I respect that, too.

    My life’s experiences and core values, however, absolutely do not allow me to agree. To the contrary, what I know from hard years of direct experience is that the man is congenitally unqualified, and in so many ways. His defects lie at his core. This, too, will not change.

    I write to comment on three areas of character–competence and ethics, with courage spanning them–and I write about the intersection of these in politics as it affects the public good. Please bear with me:

    In a professional, one first looks to competence: Can the person do the job well, or learn to in a reasonable time? While many believe that Gallegos was courageous as well as competent in prosecuting Palco, or the Eureka police in the Moore case, neither was actually so. I spent 11 years as an environmental prosecutor, and it still hurts for me to read the Palco appellate court’s decision rebuking District Attorney Gallegos. Read it yourself, it is embarrassing. The police prosecutions were fully as disastrous in the damage done and their cost to the county, not to mention their national coverage for likewise being thrown out of court for failure to meet minimum standards and a crazy legal theory. There are also the Grand Jury reports still finding incompetence in Gallegos’ office. These are well-known facts. All of this he addresses by explaining away, but the facts remain.

    As to courage, I would expect nothing less than the DA taking on corporations, etc. I criminally prosecuted two multinational corporations for killing a man at work in Mendocino County, winning a court ruling that corporations have no Fifth Amendment rights and receiving a quarter of a million dollars in settlement in doing so. I also prosecuted Palco twice criminally and got literally every last penny available in penalties, and once civilly receiving $80,000, $35,000 of which I sent to three grade schools in the Van Duzen River valley for violation-related science education. In all that I did as a prosecutor I never once thought about courage, but rather always about displaying high competence at every stage from investigation to settling. To me, doing “the right thing” is at best worthless when you badly screw it up.

    Which brings us to ethics. Telling your staff you are going home sick while they stay at work and then going surfing during business hours is not ethical. Nor is using your taxpayer-paid office staff in political campaign announcements, whom we hear on the radio and see on TV and in the newspapers. Nor is deliberately smearing your political opponents, and it’s undeniably not ethical when you lie doing it.

    Nor is it ethical to take full credit for what others have done, as in the Big Oil and Tire and the Skilled Healthcare cases, the settlements of which are now being used in ads which the Gallegos campaign is touting was “all because of Paul.” This is not ethical because it is not true.These cases were not “all” Gallegos’s, not by a long shot. Check it out yourself. The Attorney General representing the Regional Water Board did the great bulk of the Big Oil case because the Humboldt DA and the responsible county agency would not, yet Gallegos’s supporters and his ads take full credit. Three private law firms initiated the Skilled Healthcare case and again did most of the work, but in his ads Gallegos takes full credit. His ads are neither true nor ethical.

    If you really want the truth about Gallegos’ professional ethics, inquire of him why the other affected DA’s and the Attorney General all refused to join in his Skilled Healthcare settlement due to their ‘ethical concerns’ over his use of secret settlement monies and more. Ask Gallegos himself to explain directly, honestly and openly the formal rebuke he has received from the California District Attorneys Association for his unprofessional use of DA authority in settling that case. Go ahead, ask him to explain honestly and directly. He won’t. That would require real courage and the capacity to tell the truth regardless. He has neither.

    I realize that many in Humboldt admire his willingness to file suit against Palco, fight evil corporations, etc. I respect such admiration. And I agree not only in principle, I’ve been there and done that. But this is not what people in Humboldt are really getting.
    For an office holder, these character traits take their most telling form in campaigning. While being dishonest is more than bad enough, vilification, smearing, and divisive politics are worse. This is Gallegos’ fourth campaign and in each of the others he has done these things and won. In announcing his first campaign Gallegos shamelessly copied Bobby Kennedy’s announcement speech for U.S. President as his own, without attribution (Tri-City Weekly, Feb. 26, 2002; more plagiarism followed, Eureka Reporter, Sept. 7 and Sept. 8, 2006), promising great progressivism. The recall campaign, however –which I have already publicly condemned – was used as an opportunity to drive Humboldt’s cultural wedges all the deeper; and in the 2006 election his campaign depressed the county’s voting middle and polarized its tails. This does not enhance the public good.

    In 2006, opposing candidate Dikeman was made into someone to hate and fear, with the same to Jackson this time. Schwartz himself is using fear in his appeal, using PG&E’s nuclear power plant – a field strictly under federal regulation, no DA can touch it – as the basis for not having Jackson and her “nuclear-plant crowd stick together and take Humboldt County back to the dark ages.” Really? Is that what will actually happen if he loses? Either Gallegos saves us from radiation or “the Humboldt County environment and much more goes down the drain?” Really? This simple dichotomy is more senseless than taking credit for a drop in crime based on gross statistics. Any thinking person knows that simple correlation does not equal causation. And yet, appealing to fear, Gallegos tells us he has made the county safer. Really? Then explain exactly how.

    If the Gallegos campaign wishes to “ask, beg and implore” “those progressive leaders who supported Paul Hagen to endorse Paul Gallegos,” it can. Again, I realize that many in Humboldt admire his willingness to file suit against Palco, fight evil corporations, etc. I respect such admiration. And I agree not only in principle, I’ve been there and done that. But this is not what people in Humboldt are really getting.

    Regardless of what Gallegos has done or says, he is not my idea of “progressive.” That requires truly living to progressive ideals and delivering solid results. Based on publicly known facts, I have tried to show here why Gallegos’ so-called ‘progressiveness’ is at best just political form without professional substance. Good intentions delivering incompetent results does not equal being “progressive.” Based on my direct personal experiences, my knowledge of Paul Gallegos’ utter lack of what I consider true ethics, courage and honesty, as well as his now-proven political campaign-trash tactics, I believe these things fundamentally disqualify his being a progressive. Or a district attorney.

    For all those reading who aren’t concerned about the progressive/dark ages argument, good for you. What matters is results, not talk. So just look to what Gallegos has actually done as DA and how he went about it – his actual results, not what he says they are. After two actual elections he has shown us his best, and just as the Palco appellate court unanimously wrote, he has “failed to prove, on [his] third try, a reasonable possibility that [his] defect can be cured.” And so, making new law, it threw out the case.

    Ours is a participatory democracy, a great gift. Each vote matters. Vote your hearts, vote your minds, and vote for the future you want. If it looks anything like my envisioned future, Paul Gallegos is not a “logical alternative.” Like Dan Quayle, Paul Gallegos is no Bobby Kennedy. He is no alternative.

    Paul Hagen served as a criminal and civil prosecutor in four North Coast district attorney’s offices, including Humboldt’s. He is currently is an attorney in Eureka and believes deeply in participatory democracy.

  138. Anonymous
    October 26, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    There was another sexual assault on campus this past weekend. If it turns out the be the same suspect…

  139. Richard
    October 27, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Paul Hagen, what a guy.
    Of all the things I learned about Paul Hagen during the June election cycle, the one that stuck me the most was not that his former employers at the CDAA thought he was a joke and had long wanted to fire him, and not that his fellow environmental attorneys in Humboldt County thought he was a light weight and didn’t respect him, but rather it was that his neighbors didn’t like him. Not even a little bit. And more then one of them had warned him to never come on their property again and to never speak to their children after he had yelled at the kids. That was striking.

  140. High Finance
    October 28, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Typical Gallegos supporter. Rather than address the issues brought up in the letter, you launch a personal attack against the letter writer.

    I don’t care if Paul Hagan is Jeffrey Dahmer in disguise. The important points are the facts of the issues the letter raised.

  141. John
    October 28, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Why doesn’t Jackson address how she’s responsible for Ryan Dunn’s murder?

    Back in ‘97 when Jackson was a Deputy DA, she pled out Yohan Lopez. It was his second arrest that year. He had a prior for a concealed firearm. In the case on her desk, Lopez was arrested on possession of pot and resisting arrest so violently that he was charged with battery for sending a Eureka Police officer to the hospital.
    Jackson dismissed the battery count, which carries a 3+ year sentence, and reduced a felony resisting arrest to a misdemeanor. Lopez served only 8 days for the reduced charge. He also pled out to possessing pot which cost him a hundred bucks. A guy who packs heat is caught smoking pot, charged with assaulting a cop, and Jackson lets him walk.
    Three months later, Lopez, stalks a kid he’s having a dispute with (Ryan Dunn), lays in wait and murders him in cold blood.

    Oh, not much of a response on this one, Where’s Rose to AJ’s defense? Cat got your tongue?

  142. tra
    October 28, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    “…the facts of the issues the letter raised.”

    In other words, Hagen’s vague-but-scary-sounding accusations like the “secret settlement monies” he refers to in the Skilled Healtcare case, fluffy non-issues like the surfing-during-business-hours nonsense, and rhetorical hyperventilation like Hagen’s assertion that Gallegos is “congenitally” unfit for office.

    I suppose that in throwing in everything but the kitchen sink, Hagen was trying to make up in quantity what it sorely lacked in quality. In a way, he alomst succeeded — his letter does resemble ten pounds of crap in a five-pound bag.

  143. Daniel
    October 28, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Allison Jackson for D.A. No Way
    I have waited three years to bring this to light.
    My ex business partner hired Allison Jackson to evict me from my residence. Allison Jackson doubled the rent & gave a sixty day notice of eviction. waiting for my day in court. I was the leasing agent for her client. July 4th 2007 according to the written document I possess, Allison Jackson’s client wrote, Billy Jackson & another unidentified individual was told to enter my residence from information received from Allison Jackson & proceeded to threaten me with bodily harm. I have the Police report. I was waiting for my day in court & went to visit a friend out of state & my ex roommate called & said Allison Jackson client directed people to remove all my belonging & put a free sign on them in the driveway.
    Allison Jackson’s client is in court on civil code violation (1160) Forcible detainer: The residence was not on the eviction notice therefore the notice was invalid. Civil code violation (1159)Forcible entry: Party in Possession. Civil code violation (1983) notice to former tenant’s & owner’s of property. civil code violation (1986) Storage of property; Place of reasonable care: civil code violation (1988) Sale of Property; Notice of publication ; proceeds civil code violation (1984) if they thought the property was abandoned requires you to send a notice to former tenant’s; form contents. Allison Jackson had the wrong address on all document’s This all started from a unsubstantiated story told to Allison Jackson’s client so she would default on a balloon payment for property she purchased & other unknown manipulation’s by a specific individual. My unforgettable experience as a victim of violent crime. I became the son of a murdered father in 1995 the San Diego Union tribune said it was the most heinous crime in the history of San Diego & the first time a father & son faced the death penalty for the same crime & first time 24 juror’s were used in the court room @ the same time, I spent 8 more years of my life fighting to make case Law against someone coming home & cleaning up a murder scene. I proved in civil court the women who married my father less than 100 day’s before, cleaned up the murder scene. The Law; continuance of a crime didn’t fit the circumstance. I also proved her 14 year old son murdered my father. The ex husband received the death penalty the oldest son got life. The evil stepmother placed all my family possessions in the front yard & her son Billy moved into childhood bedroom. That being said!
    Allison Jackson can’t even get the address right on a eviction how can she run the D.A. office? Then some Idiot broke into my house & threatened me named Billy & then when I was waiting for my day in court Allison Jacksons client placed all belonging in the driveway with a free sign. The doctor who stared this is now fired! The person who continued the story will be next.

  144. anonymous
    October 28, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    In anycase Richard..let it be known Paul Hagan implored his supporters not to vote for Paul Gallegos! They get to choose not you. Its too bad None of the Above isn’t on the ballot. Would in fact the BOS get the choice then?

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