In 2011 Archie Warren, Jerry Teeter, disgraced sheriff Mike Kanalakis, soon to be fired commander Mike Richards - and many other crooked cops conspired to raid the home of newly elected sheriff Scott Miller (a deeply flawed person) because his young son is a drug addict. they had
a snitch they cultivated to pull this shit (usually straight out of the jail) - they snagged the then sheriff’s son in a buy/sting and had a scumbag judge RUSS SCOTT sign a search warrant.
Richards called his buddy .@FelixKSBW to give him a tip - early 10am July 2011 raid
In July 2011 - the bullshit bust/raid on the new sheriff’s house goes down with full media coverage - including the scumbag reporters at the .@mcweekly - who were in on this coverage. Their Mary Duan has a soft spot for Richards. The Weekly’s former editor Michelle Caldwell
But there must be strict licensing standards. Drugs are as dangerous as guns. #marijuana, like #alcohol, can be abused & should not be used by young people. Studies show problems w/ mental health and developing minds - and early use of THC supercharged 420. @JaneParkerMC
In addition a number of entries into the marijuana game are people who couldn’t pass a basic background check. Forget the workers as the lobbyists have tried to portray it but the owners and other various sketchy entities that have risen up to enter the “legal” framework.
If the USA 🇺🇸 is to take a serious position in #corruption and the harm it does to #Democracy - then we need to have rigorous standards and tough regulations over this industry. My county and the largest county in @RepJimmyPanetta’s District is awash in public corruption.
Now more than ever it is a priority for local govt.’s to root out #corruption or the appearance of corruption. We have elected officials - many of whom are under active investigation by the @FBILosAngeles and other districts for quid pro quo - and the one
Caldwell, the Sheriff’s department commander has been involved in a number of sketchy issues in my community - and is good friends with fired commander Mike Richards - who ran for sheriff in 2014 - and lost
Pardoned and “Reformed” Concert Promoter Dave Drew has an especially close relationship with Mike Richards - and defends Richards every chance he gets.
Here was the thing with Dennis Donohue as Mayor of Salinas. He was a terrible Mayor. Even Joe Gunter, the current Mayor of #Salinas, was running around investigating Donohue for some crime or walking on crime scenes without permission.
He sent Kelly McMillin a “police officer” over to the #Salinas#Californian (it was a daily paper at the time) to threaten them with zero #transparency if they didn’t stop writing mean articles about Dennis, but more importantly, his buddy Bruce”Troll” Taylor.
Donohue made space for Bankers Casino, a future card room owned by a guy he was on the planning commish with - in a bizarre property transaction - with some deal made over dirt lots on Division St (probation was all abuzz about this, because ...)
We know the County of San Luis Obispo was just raided under the authority of a sealed federal search warrant investigation (*reported* by @CalCoastNews )looking into #paytoplay - involving their elected board of supervisors - in
And the multi-hundred millionaire #WarrenWayland who had the @CityofSalinas and County of Monterey name a stadium after him at the #Salinas Community Center. The #accountant who has paid huge fines for failing to timely report many, many campaign contributions?
@RepJimmyPanetta my local congressperson is all about dialogue while refusing to be bold. I remember having a conversation about it with a friend, grousing about 'Jimmy', the friend said Panetta can't do anything because he doesn't have any power - yet.
"The Democrats invested everything in this issue. Well, turned out there was nothing much there. They gave Trump a huge gift. In fact, they may have handed him the next election. That’s just a—that’s a matter of bei ng so unwilling to deal with fundamental issues"
"the voting base producing a candidate utterly intolerable to the establishment? During the—since the 1970s, during this neoliberal period, both of the political parties have shifted to the right. The Democrats, by the 1970s, had pretty much abandoned the working class."
"I mean, the last gasp of more or less progressive Democratic Party legislative proposals was the Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment Act in 1978, which Carter watered down so that it had no teeth, just became voluntary. But the Democrats had pretty much abandoned the working class.