About Neighbors Against Corruption

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Welcome

Contact: edcneighborsagainstcorruption@gmail.com

Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to exercise your civic duty to learn about our County Government and the people we, as voters, selected to oversee and manage our local government.

Like you, we want them managing our County government in an honest manner to impartially provide the services we expect and demand.

Donate Today – Please Mail Completed Petitions and Contributions to:

Neighbors Against Corruption P.O. Box 268 Shingle Springs, CA 95682

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CLICK HERE : Directions for Vern Pierson and Joe Harn recall petition

Don’t be afraid to sign the petitions.  Government Code §6253.5 provides that the recall petitions: “shall not be deemed to be public records and shall not be open to inspection except by the public officer or public employees who have the duty of receiving, examining or preserving the petitions.”

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Who We Are:

We are ordinary people like you who are disgusted with the corruption in our local County government. For years corruption in several forms has been hurting innocent people in El Dorado County California. For example, several elected officials have rigged the County payroll and retirement system to pump-up their retirements and take home hundreds of thousands of extra dollars in non-performance bonuses in addition to their excessive six-figure salaries. While protecting his pals, the District Attorney has wasted millions of your hard earned tax dollars on failed prosecutions of innocent residents for self- aggrandizing publicity and/or punishing political enemies. Recently, the 2014-15 El Dorado County Civil Grand Jury recommended that the District Attorney convene a Criminal Grand Jury to investigate and prosecute the County Auditor-Controller for felonies and official duty misdemeanors he has committed which, by law, would automatically remove him from office. Predictable, the District Attorney has refused to prosecute the County Auditor-Controller because the two are political allies.

Disgusted with this corrupt behavior, scores of County residents including many innocent victims have joined together to form the non-partisan political action committee Neighbors Against Corruption to educate our neighbors and recall from office the worst violators of our public trust- District Attorney Vern Pierson and Auditor-Controller Joe Harn.

 

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What Is A Recall From Office?

We live in a representative republic. We use elections to hire a small number of our neighbors every four years to supervise and manage various functions of our Federal, State, and local governments. Unfortunately, some of these neighbors we elect behave or perform so badly that they should be fired, just like any other disastrous employee. Fortunately, Division 11, Chapter 1 of the California Elections Code provides us with a recall process which allows us the opportunity to fire these disastrous elected officials. Under our State’s recall process, a petition requesting an election to recall an official elected to county-wide office, like the District Attorney or Auditor-Controller, signed by 10% of the County’s registered voters triggers a recall election (10, 626 in El Dorado County). If the majority of voters then vote to recall that official we once elected, he or she is immediately removed from office – successfully fired.

Why We Chose Recall Instead of Waiting until 2018

img_20130520_131706Corrupt practices and bad behavior are costing our County millions of dollars.

  1. First, while the County is fighting the release of it’s legal payments to outsourced defense lawyers, long time observers of County government estimate the direct cost to the County of defending lawsuits created by the misdeeds of District Attorney Vern Pierson and Auditor-Controller Joe Harn has exceeded one million dollars.
  2. Second, the cost to the County in staff time and courtroom expense in failed bad faith and malicious prosecutions of innocent citizens has exceeded another million dollars.
  3. Third, innocent families and businesses have been forced to spend their life savings fighting bad faith and malicious prosecutions initiated by the District Attorney and/or the Auditor-Controller.
  4. Fourth, local businesses and special districts (including fire protection districts) have had to wait numerous months or even years to receive money legally owed them for completed work or for special districts to have their duly authorized bills paid by the Auditor-Controller (in felony violation of State law).
  5. Fifth, the Auditor-Controller and District Attorney have taken over $600,000 in additional money over and above their publicly advertised six-figure salaries.  So we chose to initiate this recall now instead of waiting until 2018 – to both save our County money and do the right thing.

 

Should We “Fire” Auditor-Controller Joe Harn?

GRAND JURY INVESTIGATION URGES LEGAL ACTION

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Joe Harn

After investigating charges of misconduct committed by Joe Harn, the 2014-15 Civil Grand Jury published the report “Putting Political Gain Over What’s Right For The County” with findings of official misconduct by the Auditor-Controller and included a recommendation that District Attorney Vern Pierson impanel a Criminal Grand Jury to investigate the Auditor-Controller to determine if Harn should be removed from office.

 

 

 

Download the full text of the 2014-15 El Dorado County Civil Grand Jury Report –

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FELONY CONDUCT

Documented evidence proves Joe Harn has repeatedly failed to make authorized payments for reasons of personal and political motivation in violation of California State Penal Code Sections 424 and 425, which are both felonies requiring automatic removal from office and imprisonment in a State penitentiary.

Is El Dorado County Auditor Joe Harn Going to Jail? http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-1643

Public Comment Before the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors on the Civil Grand Jury Report and Joe Harn’s criminal conduct: Opening comments – BOS re GJ report – AC, Harn et al 2015/09/01 https://www.facebook.com/groups/836507819720921/permalink/954295147942187/

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NO COUNTY COST ALLOCATION PLAN

Joe Harn continues to fail to protect the fiscal integrity of the County by willfully refusing to prepare a State mandated complete Cost Allocation Plan.

OFFICAL DUTY MISDEMEANORS

Joe Harn has repeatedly failed to produce and submit required County bill payment disclosure reports to the Board of Supervisors in violation of County Ordinance Code Sections 3.16.130 and 3.16.140, both misdemeanor violations of official duties requiring automatic removal from office.

Former Supervisor Ron Briggs Unloads on County’s Self-Serving Politics http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-1527

HARASSMENT & BULLYING

After hearing the testimony of numerous witnesses to inappropriate conduct by Joe Harn including: harassment, bullying, and disrespectful conduct towards County employees, vendors, and staff of other agencies, the County Board of Supervisors hired an outside consulting firm at great expense (over $100,000) to try to address this problem.

County Staffer Issues ‘Call to Action’ over Workplace Bully Joe Harn http://www.inedc.com/1-8642

Creating a climate of fear and intimidation with County employees http://www.inedc.com/1-5131

UNEARNED BONUS MONEY FOR RE-ELECTION, SHOWING UP FOR WORK, & MEETING QUALIFICATIONS FOR HOLDING OFFICE

Joe Harn has been a leader in the immoral scheme whereby some County Elected Officials receive non- performance bonuses increasing the amount of both their bloated six figure base salaries and lavish retirement pensions. Shockingly, our investigation into County corruption has found that Harn has been taking huge bonuses for reasons such as simply being re-elected, showing up for work, and possessing the certificates required to hold office (see EDC Bonus Scandal section).

While we thought we are paying Harn only $157,809.60 in annual salary as was advertised to potential candidates seeking the Auditor-Controller office last election cycle, it turns out that Harn is actually taking at least three non-performance bonuses every year. Harn’s first bonus is an extra 13% “re-election bonus” ($20,515.25) for holding his office for twenty years. Harn’s second bonus is another 10% “personal development bonus” ($15,780.96) for having a Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.) certificate which State law required him to possess in order to hold office when he was first elected in 1994. Harn’s third bonus is another 4.6% bonus in “unused management leave” ($7,355.87) despite the fact that elected officials set their own office hours and suffer no penalty for missing work. According to El Dorado County records, Harn’s 27.6% extra base pay in non-performance bonuses pump-up his annual salary by an additional $43,555.45 up to $200,982.25 and inflates his lavish retirement accordingly. While pretending be a vigilant watchdog protecting us from waste, fraud, and abuse; Joe Harn has been quietly scaming the County payroll and retirement system so well that since July 1, 2000 Harn has pocketed over $500,000 in addition to his advertised six-figure salary (note – EDC could not furnish payroll records prior to 2000).

Supervisor Speaks Out About Pay Bonuses for Electeds http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-230

County Auditor-Controller Overpaid and with Questionable Bonuses http://www.inedc.com/1-4736

Should We “Fire” District Attorney Vern Pierson?

GRAND JURY INVESTIGATION URGES LEGAL ACTION

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Vern Pierson

Vern Pierson has failed to impanel a Criminal Grand Jury to investigate his political ally Auditor- Controller Joe Harn for official misconduct to determine if Harn should be removed from office as recommended by the 2014-15 Civil Grand Jury in their report “Putting Political Gain Over What’s Right For The County”.

Download the full text of the 2014-15 El Dorado County Civil Grand Jury Report – “Putting Political Gain Over What’s Right For The County” at http://www.edcgov.us/Government/GrandJury/2014-2015_Grand_Jury_Report.aspx

 

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FAILURE TO PROSECUTE THE AUDITOR-CONTROLLER’S FELONIES

vern pierson protestVern Pierson has refused to prosecute his political ally Joe Harn for repeatedly failing to make authorized payments in violation of California State Penal Code Sections 424 and 425, both felonies requiring automatic removal from office and imprisonment in a State penitentiary. Testimony, documentation, and other evidence of Harn’s misconduct have been publicly provided to the EDC Board of Supervisors.

 

Is El Dorado County Auditor Joe Harn Going to Jail? 

Read the Story here: http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-1643

Public testimony before the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors on the Civil Grand Jury Report and Joe Harn’s criminal conduct: Opening comments – BOS re GJ report – AC, Harn et al  https://www.facebook.com/groups/836507819720921/permalink/954295147942187/
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ABUSE OF OFFICE

scandal.jpgVern Pierson has repeatedly abused the power and resources of his elected office to pursue criminal prosecutions and civil litigation against innocent persons and businesses for personal and political reasons, such as, generating career building publicity and punishing political enemies. Long time observers of County government estimate the cost to the County in staff time and courtroom expense wasted because of Pierson’s failed bad faith and malicious prosecutions of innocent citizens has exceeded one million dollars. Predictably, our County is now fighting at least four expensive lawsuits resulting from Pierson’s failed bad faith and malicious prosecutions. Quietly, El Dorado County has paid out millions of dollars more in law suits and settlements to many past victims of Vern Pierson’s abuse.

UNEARNED BONUS MONEY FOR RE-ELECTION, SHOWING UP FOR WORK, & FOR SNOOPING

vern pierson recall effortVern Pierson is a leader in the immoral scheme whereby some County Elected Officials receive non- performance bonuses increasing the amount of both their bloated six figure base salaries and lavish retirement pensions. Shockingly, our investigation into County corruption has found that Pierson has been taking huge bonuses for reasons such as simply being re-elected, showing up for work, and for snooping through County computers and reading messages about the public’s business dealings with the County (see EDC Bonus Scandal section).

Shockingly, our investigation into County corruption has found that while we thought we were only paying Pierson $159,910.32 in annual salary as was advertised to potential candidates seeking the District Attorney office last election cycle, it turns out that Pierson is actually taking at least three non- performance bonuses every year. Pierson’s first bonus is an extra 10% “re-election bonus” ($15,991.03)

for holding his office for over 10 years and his prior years of Amador County government employment. Pierson’s second bonus is another 4.6% of his base salary in “unused management leave” ($7,355.87) each year despite the fact that elected officials set their own office hours and suffer no penalty for missing work. Pierson’s third bonus is for “extra duty” pay ($104.00 per hour) as “County Chief Technology Officer”, thereby gaining access to every County computer and all e-mail messages moving through the County internet system including the Board of Supervisors, County Counsel’s, and Public Defender’s Offices.

According to El Dorado County records, Pierson’s 14.6% extra base pay in non-performance bonuses fattens his annual District Attorney salary by an additional $23,346.91 up to $183,257.23 and inflates his lavish retirement accordingly. Our research has not found any limits upon the number of hours that Pierson can charge the County for (at $104.00 each) when moonlighting as “Chief Technology Officer”.

While pretending to protect us from thieves and other bad people, Vern Pierson has been quietly abusing the County payroll and retirement system so well that since July 1, 2006 Pierson has pocketed an extra $100,000+ from his “extra-duty bonus”, “unused management leave”, and “re-election bonus” in addition to his advertised six-figure salary.

TILTING THE SCALES OF JUSTICE

Vern Pierson campaigned very publically for judicial candidate Joe Hoffman in 2014. Despite Pierson’s best efforts, the voters of El Dorado County disagreed and in a landslide loss for Pierson’s choice, elected independent minded Dylan Sylvan as their Judge instead. When Judge Sylvan was assigned to be the principal Judge hearing criminal matters, Pierson chose to use a union style walkout tactic to discredit Judge Sylvan and have his cases hear by more pro-Pierson Judges. Under rarely used California courtroom rules, both sides get one chance to have their case heard before another judge.

Abusing this rule, Pierson directed his staff to file motions to remove Judge Sylvan from hearing each and every case brought by the District Attorney, effectively preventing Judge Sylvan from doing her job of hearing criminal cases.

Bonus Scandal – Bad Judgment?…  Outright Corruption?…  or White-Collar Crime?

In the early 1990’s the County of El Dorado had a problem keeping civil service employees. In 1993 the Board of Supervisors instituted a program whereby civil service employees could receive non- performance bonuses on a progressive scale (5% – 16% of their base salary) for longevity after 10 years of work for our County, and 10% additional salary for professional development by earning specialized credentials such as a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) certificate. Eventually other bonuses were added including 4.6 % extra pay for unused management leave and situation based extra duty pay  following a departmental reorganization. These bonuses were (and continue) to be paid out as a percentage of the employee’s base pay added to his or her salary which also has the added benefit of pumping up their retirement pension as well.

During the summer of 2013 a comparison study of elected officials salaries and benefits posted on California State Treasurer John Chaing’s official website revealed that several El Dorado County elected officials were taking home significantly higher amounts of money than the salaries advertised for their office before they were elected. For example, the published salary voters thought they had paid District Attorney Vern Pierson in 2011 was $159,910.00, actually, Vern Pierson took a fatter annual salary of $174,920.00 and a lavish benefit package of $46,108 for a total taxpayer cost of $221,028.00 in 2011.

Worse, the published salary voters thought they had paid Auditor-Controller Joe Harn in 2011 was listed as $157,810.00, instead, Harn actually grabbed an even larger total salary of $200,106.00 and an increased benefit package of $47,636.00 for a total cost to taxpayers of $247,742.00. Digging further, community researchers soon uncovered the shameful fact that as early as 1994, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors had ignominiously added elected officials onto the salary resolution authorizing these bonuses for civil service employees.

By late 2013 two influential watchdog organizations the National Tax Limitation Committee and the California Taxpayer Protection Committee joined with local activists to help bring an end to El Dorado County’s shameful Bonus Scandal. On November 18, 2013 then Supervisors Ray Nutting and Ron Briggs authored a long overdue resolution abolishing bonuses for elected officials. The 100 plus citizens who packed the Board Chamber to witness the historic 4-1 vote left with a great sense of civic pride that day. Subsequent news reports lauded the Supervisors for doing the right thing. Every candidate who ran for County office during the 2014 election cycle did so with the expectation that if elected he or she would only be paid the publicly listed salary advertised for the office they sought.

Unfortunately, corruption lives in the souls of people without honor and preys upon men and women without a moral compass. Every incumbent who ran for re-election in 2014 was successful including

Vern Pierson and Joe Harn. Just three weeks before the beginning of their new four year office terms, Supervisor Brian Veerkamp (a close political ally of Harn and Pierson) authored a new resolution restoring these immoral bonuses for his recently re-elected pals. Infamously, on December 9, 2014, Veerkamp’s immoral resolution restoring the corrupt practice of giving non-performance bonuses to elected officials shamefully passed on a 3-2 vote.

 

It Could Happen To You – True Stories of Malicious Abuse

Joe Harn – Office Bully

I am a CPA, was a Scout Master for the Boy Scouts and a previous employee of El Dorado County. I live in El Dorado County. What I am about to describe about Joe Harn is based on my own experience. One of my duties at the county made it necessary that I work with a woman in Joe Harn’s office on budgets (her name is withheld to protect a victim). While doing this work I found some strange and unusual things had happened in this budget area in the past. After working on this issue for a few weeks I suddenly could no longer get the woman to return my calls. Since I just worked across the street, I walked over to find out why she was not taking my calls. The woman told me Joe had instructed her that I could no longer talk with her. She had been told by Joe Harn that if I came to her office, she was to call him.

Joe Harn (dressed in his usual morning sweats) came right down from his office upstairs and started yelling at me about a variety of nonsense none of which was true. While yelling he came closer and closer pointing a finger in my face. I had never had a conversation with him before this. I was shocked and surprised by this very unprofessional behavior. It was then I realized that the stories might be true that Joe Harn had had a sexual relationship with this woman. I could only guess that he was giving me a message not to mess with his “lady”. My suspicions were confirmed as I found out that this woman had taken a temporary assignment with the Tax Collector’s office during a cooling off period after the relationship with Joe Harn went bad. By the way, this woman was one of the highest paid employees of Joe Harn’s and still is. There have been other women in Joe Harn’s office with whom he has forced a relationship. They are victims. Joe might argue it was their choice, but what do you do when your boss makes you choose between feeding your family and doing what you would never want to do. It is a real shame. In describing this yelling incident to others, I found out that Joe had done the same thing to more than a few people as a way to intimidate them. Also, after this incident, Joe Harn instructed his staff that they were no longer to communicate with me and that I had to go through him personally for all work. When I tried to work directly with Joe, he refused to respond and tried to pressure my boss to fire me, which my boss refused to do. Joe also had a yelling session with my boss to try to intimidate him.

While working at El Dorado County I had many experiences where Joe Harn directed his staff to waste taxpayer’s money by questioning over and over items that were less than $5.00 and re-writing contracts to change one word at the cost of thousands of dollars to us taxpayers. Joe Harn has instructed his staff not to help any other department in financial matters so that he can look like a hero when things fall apart in the various departments so that Joe can claim that he uncovered the problems when in reality he has helped cause the problem by not doing his job to help the departments with training and mentoring.

If you have any trusted friends working at the county who have interaction with Joe Harn, ask them what they think of Joe. You will be surprised that most people see Joe as a major source of wasted money and ineffective government while he forces his agenda on the other leaders and employees of the county. Having spent most of my career in private industry, I was very disappointed that all this was going on in my county.

Chris McCaffree,
CPA Former El Dorado County Employee Fiscal Administrative Manager

Do You Know How Joe Harn Treats Our Firefighters?

At the insistence of Auditor/Controller Joe Harn I agreed to accept a seat on a fire district board that no one else would fill. Unfortunately, Mr. Harn made my four year term very unpleasant. For whatever reason, he had developed a dislike for the district and its staff. During my term, disagreements with Mr.Harn and his staff became almost a weekly occurrence. The parameters of his antagonism stretched from a $32 pair of shoes that were part of a clothing allowance to an effort to withhold $131,000 of Aid to Fire funds. This effort followed an overreaching misinterpretation, on the auditor’s part, of an internal district contract. This game of one-upmanship, on the auditor’s part, created havoc with our budget and set in motion the termination of two paramedic/firefighters, putting the lives and property of our citizens in jeopardy.

The district became accustomed to late or insufficient pay checks, following never ending inquiries and holdups while contracts, that in fact were none of the auditors business, were picked over. Inquiries and clarification of out-of-the-blue changes in the auditors policies and procedures, which applied only to our district, were often answered with, “if you don’t like it, do it yourself” or “ask Joe”. All this foolishness allowed the auditor’s office to shirk some of the services they were required to provide us, not to mention our increased cost to do business with each other. This was, and is, an unnecessary drain of taxpayer’s funds and services.

Mr. Harn saw to it that many of his vindictive issues became fodder for the press and television news requiring many of our board and staff members having to appear multiple times before the Grand Jury. Eventually all these issues were resolved and everyone was paid. This points out that all this unprofessionalism on the auditor’s part was nothing more than ongoing harassment of our district and its staff.

Now I watch the ongoing harassment from Mr. Harn creep into other areas of the county. I could describe in more detail many more antics produced by Mr. Harn, however, this would require innumerable pages. Suffice to say that when you consider that the auditor, while filling the role of treasurer for our fire districts, is required to work under the direction of these district boards, I believe that Mr. Harn has neither the temperament nor the aptitude to maintain this Auditor/Controller position.

We have seen, on the federal level, the use of the IRS to run audit’s on those who do not toe the sitting party line. That having been said, could it be that the harassment and nitpicking, emanating from the auditor’s office, is also being applied to those who have not fallen in line with whatever agenda is on the front burner. It is not required that the auditor, whose legal staff is provided by we the taxpayers, be victorious in his accusations, only that the target suffers a monetary setback and a loss of respect among the citizens.

Mr. Harn’s costly effort to discredit those involved with our “first responders” is a delusion masquerading as a taxpayer’s crusader, when in fact Mr. Harn’s $250,000 income for creating tumult and mistrust amongst our citizens is a taxpayer’s worst nightmare.

R. Smith
Director (Ret.),Garden Valley Fire Protection District

Pierson & Harn – Fraudulently Using Grand Jury To Destroy Political Opponents

Between 2008 and 2010 a local political and government relations consultant, Dan Dellinger, worked on three campaigns for candidates strongly opposed by both District Attorney Vern Pierson and County Auditor-Controller Joe Harn. Despite the best efforts of Pearson and Harn to elect their chosen candidates, all three of Dellinger’s clients won election –

2008   Coalition Building Consultant for Congressional Candidate Tom McClintock

2008   Principal Consultant for Supervisorial Candidate Ray Nutting

2010   Principal Consultant for Sheriff Candidate John D’Agostini

In early 2011 Dellinger project partnered with a local media consultant, Cris Alarcon, to help the cash strapped Pioneer Fire Protection District educate their constituents about the District’s looming financial crisis, assist the District with election related legal filings and procedure compliance, and advise them on passing a parcel tax requiring a 66.67% vote. Due to PFPD’s financial hardships, Dellinger and Alarcon agreed to receive 45% of their fee in late 2011 and the remaining 55% when the new parcel tax revenue would be collected in early 2013. PFPD has an administration services contract with the El Dorado County Auditor-Controller’s Office. Several months into their work for PFPD Auditor-Controller Joe Harn held up their payments due and demanded that Dellinger and Alarcon’s contract with PFPD be re-written.  With Harn’s active collaboration, Dellinger, Alarcon, and the PFPD Board re-wrote the contract and Harn issued the two checks due the consultants in 2011.  Dellinger and Alarcon successfully completed their work.

California State law prohibits government organizations and agencies from spending tax money to expressly advocate for or against candidates or ballot measures. To ensure compliance with State Law, prominent community members formed a Political Action Committee with the Fair Political Practices Commission and raised private money from community donations to pay for election related advocacy.  In November 2011, PFPD’s Measure F passed with nearly 77% of the vote.

In early 2012 Dellinger began working on the election campaign of superior court judge candidate Warren Stracener and soon began appearing as the information contact on official news releases.  Sometime in or around March, 2012 both DA Pearson and A-C Harn publically endorsed Stracener’s opponent, Joseph Hoffman and began actively campaigning on Hoffman’s behalf  Fully aware of Dellinger’s success record against their political friends, Pierson and Harn try to create a scandal to discredit Dellinger and his clients.

In April, 2012 Harn and Person brought allegations against Dellinger before the Civil Grand Jury and threatened to sue both Dellinger and his business partner on the project with the unlimited resources of County Government, for all of the money they earned in 2011 and the balance of PFPD’s debt owed them in 2013, unless he would forfeit his money still owed and lie about violating the law. Dellinger refused their unjust demands. In July 2012, DA Vern Person filed a highly publicized civil suit against Dellinger and Alarcon alleging that they (who were the recipients of Pioneer Fire Protection District money) had somehow expended District funds for express advocacy, funds that can only by dispersed by Auditor- Controller Joe Harn. In addition, DA Pierson strategically chose to bring this unjust lawsuit under a State Code Section that pretty much prevents victims of false litigation from recovering their legal expenses defending themselves against a government agency – even if they prevail over the District Attorney in court.

Judge Stracener was elected in November 2012. Person and Harn’s manufactured scandal plan did not elect their political friend but it has proved exceptionally costly for Dellinger to continue his legal defense while driving potential clients away.

UPDATE – DA Pierson Loses Soviet-style Show Trial

Despite legal maneuvering by District Attorney Vern Pierson to indefinitely delay Dellinger’s trial and force Dellinger to pay for all of the court jury costs, trial finally began on May 20, 2014. During the highly publicized trial all of the witnesses called by the DA’s top two prosecutors assigned to ruin Dellinger testified to Dellinger’s innocence, as well as, five witnesses contradicted Auditor-Controller Joe Harn’s false testimony. After spending two years and an estimated $100,000-$250,000 of public money on a three day Soviet-style show trial to “recover” $10,000 paid Dellinger & Alarcon and prevent them from receiving a further $12,000 due for their successfully completed work, a jury of 5 women and 7 men took just 47 minutes to clear Dellinger and Alarcon of any wrongdoing in a unanimous 12-0 not liable vindication verdict on all allegations!

Downloadable News Stories About Corruption You May Have Missed

El Dorado County Grand Jury Writes Scathing Indictment of County Auditor Joe Harn for Abuse and Maleficence

http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-1172

El Dorado County Auditor Sued to Pay Up

http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-1057

In a Stunning Rebuke of El Dorado County DA Vern Pierson’s Charges, Jury find Dellinger & Alarcon Not Guilty of all charges

https://nevadastatepersonnelwatch.wordpress.com/2014/05/23/inedc-in-a-stunning-rebuke-of-el-dorado-county-da-vern-piersons-charges-jury-find-dellinger-alarcon-not-guilty-of-all-charges/

Nurse acquitted of elder abuse – Defense used prosecution’s witnesses

http://www.inedc.com/1-6802

Supervisor Speaks Out About Pay Bonuses for Electeds

http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-230

Ferguson Violence Exposes Flaws in Grand Jury System

http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-224

Harn, Pierson Vendetta May Cost County Big Dollars

http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-121

Investigation of EDC DA Vern Pierson Requested

http://www.inedc.com/1-9068

DA’s actions Betrayal of Public Trust – Opinion

http://www.inedc.com/1-8855

How much did Auditor-Controller Joe Harn Really get paid?

http://www.inedc.com/1-8712

El Dorado Confidential: Dead Fish Society Starts Revenge Lawsuit With a String of Defeats

http://www.inedc.com/1-8708

Judgment Day for the Good Ol’ Boys – Opinion

http://www.inedc.com/1-8704

El Dorado County District Attorney to be Suspended? – Editorial

http://www.inedc.com/1-8698

Action Alert! County Wastes More taxpayers Money on Nutting Witch Hunt

http://www.inedc.com/1-8703

DA Vern Pierson and Auditor Joe Harn Subpoenaed! – Editorial

http://www.inedc.com/1-8707

Nutting Trial, at what cost?

http://www.inedc.com/1-8686

El Dorado County DA Vern Pierson Loses Bad! Nutting Runs the Not Guilty Table on Him – Political Opinion

http://www.inedc.com/1-8677

Nutting Found Not Guilty On Felony Charges

http://www.sacbee.com/2014/05/14/6404688/nutting-found-not-guilty-on-felony.html

El Dorado supervisor not guilty of felony malfeasance, guilty of misdemeanors

http://www.inedc.com/1-8676

Supervisors support action plan for respectful workplace policy for ALL

http://inedc.com/1-8666

IS JOE HARN BUYING VOTES AT TAXPAYERS EXPENSE?

http://www.inedc.com/1-8655

Nutting trial – violating the public trust

http://www.inedc.com/1-8653

The Ray Nutting Legal Mess with Auditor Joe Harn and DA Vern Pierson – Exclusive

http://www.inedc.com/1-8656

Sac Bee Endorses Dylan Sullivan for Judge

http://www.inedc.com/1-8644

BREAKING: County Employee Blows the Whistle on County Auditor in Bullying Investigation.

http://www.inedc.com/1-8533

Tahoe man Released after local DA’s office Disqualified — New DA Drops Charges

http://www.inedc.com/1-8418

El Dorado County DA hit by Watchdog for Campaign Violations

http://www.inedc.com/1-8373

DA Selectively Prosecutes Supervisors on Form 700 Omissions

http://www.inedc.com/1-8087

When is a Prosecution Political?

http://www.inedc.com/1-8089

Opinion: Respectful Workplace – An El Dorado County Oxymoron?

http://inedc.com/1-7899

11 HR Directors in less than 11 years- What’s wrong with El Dorado County?

http://inedc.com/1-7630

Case Against Joe Harn is made by Chris McCaffree (Videos)

http://inedc.com/1-7705

Bullying Fight Heats Up as County Auditor Joe Harn gets Called Out

http://inedc.com/1-7670

New Video goes live for Auditor-Controller Race

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPOZgcdthRE&feature=youtu.be

EL DORADO DA LOSES “SHOW TRIAL” – JURY CLEARS DELLINGER IN JUST 47 MINUTES

http://www.inedc.com/1-8778

Honest And Fair Auditor-Controller and District Attorney Candidates Sought

http://www.inedc.com/1-7249

El Dorado County officials earned more than peers thanks to salary add-ons

http://www.inedc.com/1-7030

Bonus scandal outrage Spreads – local Elected officials get Bonuses for getting reelected!

http://www.inedc.com/1-6856

Community Watchdog Group asks Local Elected officials to Return unjustifiable Bonuses

http://www.inedc.com/1-6843

Calif. State Court of Appeals to Investigate DA Vern Pierson’s Conduct

http://www.inedc.com/1-6750

The Door to Employee Bullying Opens Just a Crack

http://www.inedc.com/1-6631

26-year veteran County Employee Comments About Today’s Agenda Item (Bullying of Employees)

http://www.inedc.com/1-6604

Is rampant Bullying in the Country being hidden by Personnel ‘Confidentiality’

http://www.inedc.com/1-6602

Opinion: Troubles with Expensive County Computer Acquisition

http://www.inedc.com/1-6318

Bee Editorial – Opposite Of Term Limits – Longevity Pay For Re-Election

http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/editorials/article4500683.html

New Anti-Corruption Website for El Dorado County

http://www.inedc.com/1-5788

Placer CRA Editorial Board: Psycho EDC DA on a Rampage, Victim hosts successful fundraiser

http://www.inedc.com/1-5790

Ray Nutting accuses Joe Harn & Vern Pierson of Politicizing offices

http://www.inedc.com/1-5142

Creating a climate of fear and intimidation with County employees

http://www.inedc.com/1-5131

Arbitrary And Capricious Treatment Of Local Agencies – Abusing The Grand Jury For Publicity

http://www.inedc.com/1-5011

Placerville DA Vern Pierson’s assistant outed as anonymous shill blogger “Justice Insider”

http://www.inedc.com/1-4863

County Auditor-Controller Overpaid and with Questionable Bonuses

http://www.inedc.com/1-4736

Joe Harn’s Pay is a Joke on Taxpayers – Opinion

http://www.inedc.com/1-4745

Opinion: What is going on with the Superior Court in El Dorado County?

http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-1468

Who is fooling who about County Mis-Management? [Part 1]

http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-1213

Budget crisis? What budget crisis? [Part 2]

http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-1219

Gaming the Budget Process by Joe Harn [Part 3]

http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-1230

County Civil Grand Jury wants Auditor Joe Harn not to be elected over Abuses

http://www.inedc.com/1-8973

Former Supervisor Ron Briggs Unloads on County’s Self-Serving Politics

http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-1527

Is El Dorado County Auditor Joe Harn Going to Jail?

http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-1643

Editoirial: The opposite of term limits: Pay for Longevity El Dorado County Pols

http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-276

CLEAN GOVERNMENT ADVOCATES TRIGGER PIERSON, HARN RECALL DRIVE

http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-1907

Political Opinion: Psycho DA Vern Pierson is Getting Recalled Along with Ogre Joe Harn

http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-1924

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FIGHTING THE SOUTH LAKE TAHOE COPS FOR DUE PROCESS RIGHTS

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It is no secret that the cops think they are above the law.  However, when the Chief of Police is blatantly wrong about the law and completely rude and disrespectful to the community he is supposed to serve, something must be done.  Last week, I had the chance stand up and do something and I did.  Here is what happened….

First, a little background on the situation.  A defendant in a criminal case has the right to call witnesses in their own defense. 

The Bill of Rights is actually quite clear on that.  Further, the defendant can use the subpoena power of the court to compel witnesses to attend court.  Of course, if a defendant had to pay witnesses to come to court, then it wouldn’t really be a clear right to call witnesses.  That would not be an issue in civil cases where the Bill of Rights is not at stake, but the right is clear in criminal cases.

Some time ago, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department (SLTPD) decided they wanted to test this right.  It would be quite easy to incarcerate more people if the police couldn’t be forced to testify when called by a defendant.  Some time last year, I served a subpoena on the police department.  I was told the subpoena wouldn’t be accepted without payment for testimony.  Kindly, I said “no thank you” to the request for payment and informed the SLTPD that they had been served.  The case ended up resolving with a plea bargain so the issue was never tested.

Fast forward to January 2016 when I served subpoenas for two officers at SLTPD on behalf of a client.  Once again, I was asked to pay the fee for testimony.  I informed the front desk staff that I was serving subpoenas in a criminal case and no fee was required.  I was once again asked to pay and once again I kindly replied “no thank you.”  I was told that the subpoenas would not be accepted and I refused to take them back.

As I was packing my belongings and walking out, the front desk staff began yelling at me and telling me that “you had better not report to the Court that I have been served.”  While being yelled at, I calmly informed the staff that they are represented by the city attorney and could raise a motion to quash the subpoenas.

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After leaving the police department, I contacted the city attorney as a courtesy to warn them about the problem brewing on their hands.

informed the city attorney that they may want to file a motion to quash my validly served subpoenas and that I would be happy to get this issue before the court so the Judge could give us a ruling on this matter.  I was told the city attorney would look into the matter and get back to me.

After a few days go by without hearing anything, I received a letter from the Chief of Police Brian Uhler.  This is by far my favorite part of the story.

Not only does the letter incorrectly cite the law to support the Chief’s incorrect legal position, he goes on to insult me.  The Chief accuses me of wildly flinging papers at his front desk staff and yelling at them.  He called my behavior “rude and unprofessional.”  I am sure those who are familiar with my reputation and the reputation of SLTPD and specifically Chief Uhler are rolling on the floor laughing right now.

Once you are done laughing at the Chief’s outrageous claims, there is more to the story.  Chief Uhler writes in his letter that he is holding the subpoenas and will not deliver them to the subpoenaed officers without the payment his department is demanding.  I took this as a gift.  He actually gave me proof, in writing with his signature, that he is actively interfering with a lawful subpoena (court order).  We have a legal term for the Chief’s actions and that is ‘contempt’.

SEE RELATED STORY: PRESSURE MOUNTS TO REMOVE SO. TAHOE POLICE CHIEF BRIAN UHLER

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Ninth Circuit Panel Suggests Perjury Prosecution For Lying Prosecutors like Vern Pierson

PROSECUTORS WHO SUBORN PERJURY MAY FINALLY HAVE TO PAY THE PIPER

Judge Alex Kozinski (L), of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, pictured here in 2003 in San Francisco, has indicated that the judiciary is finally ready to stop prosecutors from lying and soliciting others to lie. (Paul Sakuma-Pool/Getty Images)

What will it take to produce honest and ethical conduct from our state and federal prosecutors? The Ninth Circuit has a suggestion. Perhaps a perjury prosecution will do it. In fact, that is exactly what should happen when prosecutors affirmatively lie.

This case, Baca v. Adams, involves a clear violation of the Supreme Court’s decision in Napue, which holds that prosecutors cannot put on perjured testimony, much less lie themselves. Unfortunately, as I’ve documented elsewhere, it happens far too often, when it should never happen at all.

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MUST SEE VIDEO: Ray Nutting Talks about the Recall election of Vern Pierson and Joe Harn

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MUST SEE: Ray Nutting Talks about the Recall election of Vern Pierson and Joe Harn

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Directions for Vern Pierson and Joe Harn recall petition

Don’t be afraid to sign the petitions.  Government Code §6253.5 provides that the recall petitions: “shall not be deemed to be public records and shall not be open to inspection except by the public officer or public employees who have the duty of receiving, examining or preserving the petitions.”

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Please follow these directions carefully:

 Step 1: Who can sign a Petition?

Any registered voter can sign a Recall Petition for the countywide positions of District Attorney and Auditor.  If you need assistance with determining whether or not you are a registered voter, you may call the Elections Department during normal business hours: (530) 621-7480

Step 2: Click and Print the Petitions

Step 3: Complete the numbered signature blocks
  • Print your name and residence address, as you are registered to vote.
  • Sign your signature underneath your printed name, and print the name of the city in which you live and your zip code.
  • Do not use “ditto marks” anywhere on the Petition.
  • You do not have to fill in all of the signature blocks for the petition to be valid. You may submit your petition with as few as one completed signature block.
  • In order for the petitions to be valid, the Declaration at the bottom of the page must be filled out to show that the signer is witnessing their own signature.
 
Step 4: Mail to: Neighbors Against Corruption, P.O. Box 268, Shingle Springs, CA 95682
 

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Vern Pierson & Joe Harn recall efforts in the news

Blogger’s Note – hope this thing succeeds. Reality says 90% of recall attempts fail to qualify.

SOURCE: http://rightondaily.com/2016/04/el-dorado-county-political-update-recall-of-vern-pierson-and-joe-harn-continues/

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Placerville, CA – Local clean government advocates recently launched www.neighborsagainstcorruption.com a new website dedicated to exposing and ending corrupt practices in El Dorado County government. Hosted by Neighbors Against Corruption, www.neighborsagainstcorruption.com identifies criminal and office abusing actions of local elected officials, exposes corrupt practices occurring in County government, and builds a compelling case for recalling scandal plagued Auditor-Controller Joe Harn and abusive District Attorney Vern Pierson.

Visitors to www.neighborsagainstcorruption.com can learn more about the serious problem of El Dorado County corruption by downloading and reading published news stories, eyewitness accounts, and citizen testimony before the County Board of Supervisors concerning the inexcusable actions of some elected officials.  Topics featured on www.neighborsagainstcorruption.com include: the 2014-15 El Dorado County Civil Grand Jury Report – “Putting Political Gain Over What’s Right For The County”,  the City of Bell like “El Dorado County Bonus Scandal”, the County’s “Bullying and Harassment Scandal”, unpunished felony conduct, and abuse of office by elected officials.

Neighbors Against Corruption was formed in late 2015 by local residents horrified by the corrupt practices and actions of certain County elected officials to help clean-up El Dorado County government.

Currently, the clean government group is gathering signatures from registered voters to place the recall of the County’s two most corrupt elected officials on the ballot. To succeed in their important first project, local clean government advocates need to finish collecting 10,626 signatures from registered El Dorado County voters by mid-May. State law prohibits public disclosure of voters who signed recall petitions or inspection of such petitions by anyone other than election department employees. Recall petitions can be downloaded from www.neighborsagainstcorruption.com along with instructions on how to complete the petitions and where to send them.  For further information contact Dan Dellinger @ (530) 644-5663.

 


 

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Efforts to recall El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson are under way.The county Elections Department received and verified  20 signatures supporting the recall. The notice of intent to circulate a recall petition and affidavit of service was given to Elections officials on Nov. 24.

 


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Joe Harn recall, El Dorado County, California (2016)

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An effort in El Dorado County, California, to recall Joe Harn from his position as county auditor-controller was officially launched on November 24, 2015.[1]The recall papers served to Harn by former county Information Technologies acting and interim director Kelly Webb accused Harn of incompetence and corruption.[1]

Recall supporters

The recall papers against Harn said that proponents are “seeking relief from the tyranny of our elected officials who have engaged in malfeasant acts and corrupt practices.”[1]

Proponents cited five allegations against Harn:

  • Failure “to make authorized payments for reasons of personal or political motivation”
  • Failure to produce and submit required county bill payment disclosure reports to the Board of Supervisors in violation of County Ordinance Code …”
  • Involvement in an “immoral scheme” in which some officials received more pay and pension benefits for “simply being re-elected or possessing the certificates required to hold office” (The Village Life says this refers to Harn’s Certified Public Accountant license)
  • Failure to “to protect the fiscal integrity of the county by willfully refusing to prepare a complete Cost Allocation Plan”
  • Engagement in “inappropriate conduct” including “harassment of employees, vendors and staff of other agencies”[1]

Recall opponents

Response from Joe Harn

In an email to Village Life, Harn said, “Being county auditor-controller is a lot like being an umpire. I do my best to call the balls and strikes fairly. I don’t vote on the budget. I don’t write county policies. I don’t write state law regarding county spending. I do have a duty to point out cases where the county attempts to spend money in violation of our policies or state law. Occasionally people get mad at the umpire. I am not surprised that there are 20 people who want me out of office.”[1]

Although the recall proponents alleged that Harn failed to prepare the Cost Allocation Plan, Harn said that the problems with the CAP stemmed from Webb’s from Webb’s failure to keep the correct billing records and timesheets.[1]

Background

Kelly Webb, who served Harn the recall papers, was formerly the county Information Technologies acting and interim director. Webb filed a lawsuit against the county in 2015 for discrimination, with Harn named in the suit along with El Dorado County’s District Attorney Vern Pierson and Human Resources Director Pamela Knorr. Webb said that the three of them worked together to remove her from her IT position and demote her back to CAO analyst. Pierson was later appointed to head the IT department.[1][2]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing recall in California

Those seeking the recall needed at least 20 signatures from resident voters in order to file a Notice of Intention to Circulate Recall Petition. Proponents served that notice to Harn on November 24, 2015. Harn had seven days to file a response with the Elections Department, which he did on December 1, 2015. After the Elections Department validates the Notice of Intention of Circulate Recall Petition, recall proponents have 120 days to collect 10,625 valid signatures from resident voters of the county. State law dictates that signatures from 10 percent of registered voters within the county be collected to qualify a recall for an election. This is the provision according to which the 10,625 siganture requirement was calculated. The elections department would then need to validate and certify the recall petition between 88 and 125 days before the election in June 2016.[1]

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End time nears for El Dorado County recall against supervisors, DA and auditor

On October 27, 2015, Sue Novasel, the County Supervisor representing South Lake Tahoe, Meyers, Tahoma and Pollock Pines was served a “notice of intent to circulate a recall petition” by a group of citizens who said they are “tired of the corruption and cronyism that has plagued our county for years.” It wasn’t only Novasel, but all five of the County Supervisors, Shiva Frentzen, Ron Mikulaco, Michael Ranalli and Brian Veerkamp.

Auditor-Controller Joe Harn and District Attorney Vern Pierson are also the subject of a recall initiated by a group, Neighbors Against Corruption out of Shingle Springs.

El Dorado County Total Recall, the group organized by Dan Kelly of Placerville and four others to recall the five supervisors, has a few weeks left to gather the needed signatures.

“We won’t know how many signatures we have until its all done,” said Kelly. “It is going as planned at this time, its just a matter of getting the people out gathering signatures to turn them in.”

According to Justin Canning, Elections Technician for the County, 20 percent of the voters registered need to sign the petition to recall. In District 5, which includes South Lake Tahoe and Meyers, 3,530 people(as of today) would have to sign the recall paperwork to have Supervisor Novasel put on a recall ballot late this summer, or in early fall.

Canning said that it is 20 percent of the voters in a district registered on the day the signatures are turned in, and in Novasel’s case that is March 29, 2015. People may sign the voter registration cards when signing the petition, as long as they are turned in by the March deadline he said.

The signatures for the recall Veerkamp are also due on March 29, with those for Mikulaco and Frentzen on March 31, and Ranalli on April 12.

Those seeking to recall Horn and Pierson, since they serve the whole county, must have 20 percent of the county’s registered voters sign their paperwork by May 22.

Besides the general lack in trust of all elected officials serving in Placerville, the recall group has taken issue with the fact that Novasel’s Form 700 filed prior to the November 2014 election was different than the one she filed post-election in February of 2015.

Every elected official and public employee who makes or influences governmental decisions is required to submit a Statement of Economic Interest, also known as a Form 700, to the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC).

“I don’t want to appear as a disgruntled candidate,” said Kenny Curtzwiler, who opposed Novasel in the November 2014 election. “I brought all of these Form 700 issues up prior to the election.”

The recall committee said Novasel’s husband Robert owns property in Meyers, and his company has loaned money to people who may want to do business with the county. This would be a conflict of interest they say, and will make Novasel recuse herself from votes about Meyers and in issues where these clients are concerned.

“I haven’t had to recuse myself from any votes so far,” said Sue Novasel. “I didn’t vote on the Vail Master Plan submitted to TRPA because I didn’t want to cause any public outburst of worries, but I didn’t have to do that. I don’t see anything coming up that I will have to recuse because of my husband’s lending company.” Novasel’s daughter worked for Vail Resort at the time of the vote.

An initial FPPC investigation of Novasel’s Form 700 was conducted in June of 2015 which cleared Novasel of any wrong doing, but it lead County Counsel to remove Novasel from working on the Meyers Area Plan. The Board of Supervisors appointed Brian Veerkamp of District 3 to represent Novasel’s District 5 in those matters. At the time, Novasel said she was disappointed because a plan for Meyers had been something she’d been involved in for over 20 years.

A second FPPC investigation stemming from a complaint filed on August 17 by Sue Taylor of Pollock Pines was still in active status according the California FPPC on January 27, 2016.

A complaint those behind the recall had was her lack of availability to talk about issues.

Novasel said she has an office located locally at 924B Emerald Bay Road and said she meets with constituents there as often as possible. She said anyone can call 530-573-7918 to set up an appointment with her assistant Judy, as Sue is in Placerville or at meetings with the nine agencies she was assigned as part of her supervisorial commitments. She also said she plans on a town hall meeting this spring and is at the monthly Tahoe Paradise Park Board meetings held in Meyers.

Twenty-one people signed the notice to recall Novasel, one from Pollock Pines, the others from Meyers.

Should the recall groups get the needed signatures to have a new election, the next steps will happen rather quickly. If the signatures are turned in on the final date for Horn and Pierson, their election could be held on the same ballot as the November primaries since one has to be held between 88 and 125 days from the day the Board of Supervisors receives the Election department’s certification of signatures. A special election would have to be called for any of the supervisors if the recall effort is successful.

The cost of a special election would be about $80,000 for the first recall, according to Canning. Subsequent district elections would be approximately $20,000 each. He said they are using the estimates from the 2014 special election held to replace Ray Nutting, the ousted four-term supervisor from District 2.

“All we’re doing in this recall is asking for a new election,” said Kelly. “The incumbent can still run, its not like we’re taking them out of office, we just think there are people who can do better.”

“We want supervisors to be more representative of the public, not of special interests, Kelly continued. “We’re giving the electorate an opportunity to voice their opinion. The County wastes more money in five minutes than this recall will cost.”

The recall groups are a mixture of Democrats, Republicans, Jeffersons and Independents according to Kelly.

“I am thrilled to see that people are paying attention to whats going on and being active,” said Kelly. “If the recall succeeds or not, its good people are getting involved in the process. They are asking questions, reading and paying attention and I hope this has a lasting effect.”

For more information on the recall, the issues and individual complaints against all five of the supervisors being recalled, visit www.edctotalrecall.org.

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El Dorado County DA, auditor face recall

 

SOURCE: http://www.laketahoenews.net/2015/12/el-dorado-county-da-auditor-face-recall/

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Vern Pierson and Joe Harn face recall

By Kathryn Reed

A group of residents is trying to recall El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson and Auditor-Controller Joe Harn.

The county elections department on Dec. 14 expects to give the petitioners approval to move forward with the process.

To start the process 20 valid signatures from registered voters had to be obtained for each elected official. Some of the signees have a history with Pierson and Harn, like Cris Alarcon who was prosecuted by Pierson and Kelly Webb who Harn questioned if she were suitable for the IT job at the county that she no longer has.

Pierson and Harn easily won re-election in November 2014.

Now the groups have 160 days to obtain approximately 10,625 valid signatures. If those are secured, then an election – at the taxpayers’ expense – will be called.

These recalls are in addition the five Board of Supervisors who are being recalled. Signatures are being sought for them.

On the petition against Pierson it says in part:

“We the voters are seeking relief from the tyranny of our elected officials who have engaged in malfeasant acts and corrupt practices, including, but not limited to: Abusing the power and resources of office to pursue criminal prosecutions and civil litigation against innocent persons and businesses for personal and political reasons, such as, generating career building publicity and punishing political enemies.”

Harn’s petition says in part: “We the voters are seeking relief from the tyranny of our elected officials who have engaged in malfeasant acts and corrupt practices, including, but not limited to: Failure to make authorized payments for reasons of personal and political motivation in violation of California State Penal Code Sections 424 and 425.”

Pierson told Lake Tahoe News, “This group of imbeciles is costing the taxpayers money for something that has no real likelihood of success. If it is successful, it will cost the taxpayers a fortune.”

Pierson and Harn had the opportunity to write a 200-word response to the petition. Those words have to be circulated with the full petition when seeking the 10,625 signatures.

The DA used most of his allotment to go after Alarcon: “After serving as chair of the county Charter Review Committee, Cris Alarcon was stopped by a sheriff’s deputy. Alarcon gave the deputy an Arizona license and claimed to be an Arizona resident. The plate tag on his car was stolen from his elderly neighbor. His wife admitted he did it to avoid license and registration. My office convicted him of multiple charges, including receiving stolen property, driving on a revoked license and false registration. Last year I was re-elected by a margin of 3 to 1. My opponent, a Placer County resident, claimed to live with Alarcon. Now this vengeful criminal seeks to waste thousands of your tax dollars on this bogus recall campaign. Don’t be conned by this criminal!”

Harn told Lake Tahoe News, “Being county auditor-controller is a lot like being an umpire. I do my best to call the balls and strikes fairly. I don’t vote on the budget. I don’t write county policies. I don’t write state law regarding county spending. I do have a duty to point out cases where the county attempts to spend money in violation of our policies or state law. Occasionally people get mad at the umpire. I am not surprised that there are 20 people who want me out of office.”


 

Psycho DA Vern Pierson is Getting Recalled Along with Ogre Joe Harn

 

Please note: Rumor has it Vern Pierson has endorsed a candidate in the AD06 race. However she has not posted it on her website yet, I wonder why?

For those of you that don’t read Right on Daily often – you should know that Vern Pierson is one of my favorite losers. He is up there with a certain non-college graduate Assembly-member with a hyped up resume. (Which may explain Pierson’s affinity for another such candidate – but I digress)

Joe Harn is legendary for his temper and abuse of staff. Vern Pierson is a loser District Attorney who abuses his office to get what he wants and also let a felony domestic abuser walk because it did not suit him to prosecute. Friends of Pierson get hand-slaps. Enemies of Pierson get assaulted with his abuse of the legal system.

Don’t forget that both Harn and Pierson rake in thousands in “Bonuses” over and above their bloated annual paychecks for abusing the taxpayers. Should you ever meet them, don’t bother shaking their hand – they both seem to have forgotten how to grip a handshake. (an Amazing irony, given they are a couple bullies)

Please note – the above is called commentary. I think the above of Harn / Pierson and am not alone. Eventually everyone else in El Dorado County will agree with me. Or, they could just resign and the beatings will stop.

Attached is a Press Release from a group seeking to cut Vern’s Hair a little shorter and to give Joe Harn some anger management counseling:

CLEAN GOVERNMENT ADVOCATES TRIGGER PIERSON, HARN RECALL DRIVE

Placerville, CA – Clean Government advocates uniting under the newly formed “Neighbors Against Corruption” served embattled Auditor-Controller Joe Harn and District Attorney Vern Pierson with a Notice of Intention to Recall under California Elections Code division 11, Article 2, triggering a recall petition drive.  Under State law, recall proponents must formally serve targeted elected officials with a legal notice that includes legitimate reasons or grounds for removal from office.

The proponents cited the following grounds for the removal of Harn:

Failure to make authorized payments for reasons of personal and political motivation in violation of California State Government Code Sections 424 and 425. (Both felonies)

Participating in an immoral scheme whereby some County Elected Officials receive non-performance bonuses increasing the amount of both their six figure base salaries and retirement pensions for reasons such as simply being re-elected or possessing the certificates required to hold office.

Failure to protect the fiscal integrity of the County by willfully refusing to prepare a complete Cost Allocation Plan.

Failure to produce and submit required County bill payment disclosure reports to the Board of Supervisors in violation of County Ordinance Code Sections 3.16.130 and 3.16.140.

Engaging in inappropriate conduct including; harassment, bullying, and disrespectful conduct towards County employees, vendors, and staff of other agencies.

The proponents cited the following grounds for the removal of Pierson:

Abusing the power and resources of office to pursue criminal prosecutions and civil litigation against innocent persons and businesses for personal and political reasons, such as, generating career building publicity and punishing political enemies.

Participating in an immoral scheme whereby some County Elected Officials receive non-performance bonuses increasing the amount of both their six figure base salaries and retirement pensions for reasons such as simply being re-elected or possessing the certificates required to hold office.

Participating in an immoral scheme whereby the District Attorney receives extra pay as “County Chief Technology Officer”, thereby gaining access to all e-mail messages moving through the County internet system including the Public Defender’s Office.

Abusing court rules to discredit Judges for personal and political reasons.

Recall petitions will be available for circulation in the next few weeks.  Approximately 10,500 valid signatures are required to force a recall election of a County-wide elected official. Proponents also believe that Pierson’s continued failure to prosecute his political ally Harn for felony violations of the State Penal Code will prompt County voters to sign the recall petitions.

Is Vern Pierson a Nazi? Or, is he just a facist? Harn? He is just a garden variety moron. This should be fun.


 

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Harn gets recall notice

El Dorado County Auditor-Controller Joe Harn has received a Notice of Intention to Circulate Recall Petition.

Recall proponents cite five issues from which they are “seeking relief from the tyranny of our elected officials who have engaged in malfeasant acts and corrupt practices.”

Citing a violation of California State Penal Code, the notice states that Harn failed “to make authorized payments for reasons of personal or political motivation.” A second charge reads: “Failure to produce and submit required county bill payment disclosure reports to the Board of Supervisors in violation of County Ordinance Code …”

Revisiting an issue controversial two years ago, proponents claim Harn engaged in “an immoral scheme” in which certain elected officials received additional pay and pension benefits for reasons such as “simply being re-elected or possessing the certificates required to hold office.” The latter refers to Harn’s having a Certified Public Accountant license.

The notice also states that the auditor-controller failed “to protect the fiscal integrity of the county by willfully refusing to prepare a complete Cost Allocation Plan.”

Finally, proponents charge Harn with “engaging in inappropriate conduct” such as “harassment of employees, vendors and staff of other agencies.”

In an e-mail to Village Life Harn wrote, “Being county auditor-controller is a lot like being an umpire. I do my best to call the balls and strikes fairly. I don’t vote on the budget. I don’t write county policies. I don’t write state law regarding county spending. I do have a duty to point out cases where the county attempts to spend money in violation of our policies or state law. Occasionally people get mad at the umpire. I am not surprised that there are 20 people who want me out of office.”

In order to file a Notice of Intention to Circulate Recall Petition, proponents must secure at least 20 signatures from resident voters.

Former county Information Technologies acting and interim director Kelly Webb, the primary proponent of the recall effort, sent the notice to Harn by certified mail Nov. 24.

The retired county employee is currently suing the county for discrimination, and names Harn in her lawsuit, along with El Dorado County’s District Attorney Vern Pierson and Human Resources Director Pamela Knorr. Webb alleges that the three conspired to remove her from her position in Information Technologies and demote her back to her previous position as a CAO analyst. Pierson was later appointed to oversee Information Technologies.

As interim IT director, Webb was also directly involved in the Cost Allocation Plan — the topic of a recent El Dorado County Grand Jury report. According to information provided by the Auditor-Controller’s Office, it was Webb’s inexperience keeping the appropriate billing records and time sheets that created problems with the CAP.

Harn told Village Life Thursday that he filed a response with the Elections Department Dec. 1, and served his document to Webb via certified mail.

As permitted under state Elections Code regarding recall, the elected official may make a formal response of not more than 200 words within seven days of receiving the notice.

In information shared with Village Life, Harn focused on several achievements related to “protecting tax dollars and ensuring our county stays debt-free.” He writes that he has “strongly opposed reckless spending and borrowing …” and convinced the Board of Supervisors not to adopt “the most expensive Cadillac retirement plans plaguing nearby government agencies.”

His response continues, “Without reservation, I’ve insisted that big, out-of-county developers pay their fair share for road improvements and libraries — or go develop elsewhere.”

He concludes by noting that in 2013 he successfully advised the Board of Supervisors to reduce the county’s share of Department of Motor Vehicle fees thereby reducing residents’ overall DMV fees.

Once the Notice of Intention to Circulate Recall Petition has been validated and certified by the county Elections Department, Elections Code allows proponents 120 days to circulate the countywide petition to acquire signatures from 10,625 resident, registered voters in order to move the petition onto a countywide ballot.

“However, they will need to collect more than that to turn in since some might be rejected,” Registrar of Voters Bill Schultz wrote in an e-mail to Village Life.

The larger petition must include greater detail with more specific charges and/or allegations. The Elections Department must validate and then certify the documents within a time frame of 88 to 125 days before the next election — June 2016.

When discussing the recall petitions served to the five county supervisors in October, Assistant Registrar of Voters Linda Webster told Village Life that her staff would go through the petition “line by line” and check all relevant statements. If corrections are needed, Webster said her office will send it back to the proponents.

SOURCE: http://www.villagelife.com/news/harn-gets-recall-notice/


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GOVERNMENT ADVOCATES TRIGGER PIERSON, HARN RECALL DRIVE

GOVERNMENT ADVOCATES TRIGGER PIERSON, HARN RECALL DRIVE by admin / Dec 07, 2015 / 0 comments Caption: : You can stop corruption By : Dan Dellinger 2015-12-07, 03:27:23 PLACERVILLE CA Clean Government advocates uniting under the newly formed “Neighbors Against Corruption” served embattled Auditor-Controller Joe Harn and District Attorney Vern Pierson with a Notice of Intention… Read more here: https://sltpdwatch.wordpress.com/2015/12/10/psycho-da-vern-pierson-is-getting-recalled-along-with-ogre-joe-harn/


 

 

Downloadable News Stories About Corruption You May Have Missed

El Dorado County Grand Jury Writes Scathing Indictment of County Auditor Joe Harn for Abuse and Maleficence

http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-1172

El Dorado County Auditor Sued to Pay Up

http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-1057

In a Stunning Rebuke of El Dorado County DA Vern Pierson’s Charges, Jury find Dellinger & Alarcon Not Guilty of all charges

https://nevadastatepersonnelwatch.wordpress.com/2014/05/23/inedc-in-a-stunning-rebuke-of-el-dorado-county-da-vern-piersons-charges-jury-find-dellinger-alarcon-not-guilty-of-all-charges/

Nurse acquitted of elder abuse – Defense used prosecution’s witnesses

http://www.inedc.com/1-6802

Supervisor Speaks Out About Pay Bonuses for Electeds

http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-230

Ferguson Violence Exposes Flaws in Grand Jury System

http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-224

Harn, Pierson Vendetta May Cost County Big Dollars

http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-121

Investigation of EDC DA Vern Pierson Requested

http://www.inedc.com/1-9068

DA’s actions Betrayal of Public Trust – Opinion

http://www.inedc.com/1-8855

How much did Auditor-Controller Joe Harn Really get paid?

http://www.inedc.com/1-8712

El Dorado Confidential: Dead Fish Society Starts Revenge Lawsuit With a String of Defeats

http://www.inedc.com/1-8708

Judgment Day for the Good Ol’ Boys – Opinion

http://www.inedc.com/1-8704

El Dorado County District Attorney to be Suspended? – Editorial

http://www.inedc.com/1-8698

Action Alert! County Wastes More taxpayers Money on Nutting Witch Hunt

http://www.inedc.com/1-8703

DA Vern Pierson and Auditor Joe Harn Subpoenaed! – Editorial

http://www.inedc.com/1-8707

Nutting Trial, at what cost?

http://www.inedc.com/1-8686

El Dorado County DA Vern Pierson Loses Bad! Nutting Runs the Not Guilty Table on Him – Political Opinion

http://www.inedc.com/1-8677

Nutting Found Not Guilty On Felony Charges

http://www.sacbee.com/2014/05/14/6404688/nutting-found-not-guilty-on-felony.html

El Dorado supervisor not guilty of felony malfeasance, guilty of misdemeanors

http://www.inedc.com/1-8676

Supervisors support action plan for respectful workplace policy for ALL

http://inedc.com/1-8666

IS JOE HARN BUYING VOTES AT TAXPAYERS EXPENSE?

http://www.inedc.com/1-8655

Nutting trial – violating the public trust

http://www.inedc.com/1-8653

The Ray Nutting Legal Mess with Auditor Joe Harn and DA Vern Pierson – Exclusive

http://www.inedc.com/1-8656

Sac Bee Endorses Dylan Sullivan for Judge

http://www.inedc.com/1-8644

BREAKING: County Employee Blows the Whistle on County Auditor in Bullying Investigation.

http://www.inedc.com/1-8533

Tahoe man Released after local DA’s office Disqualified — New DA Drops Charges

http://www.inedc.com/1-8418

El Dorado County DA hit by Watchdog for Campaign Violations

http://www.inedc.com/1-8373

DA Selectively Prosecutes Supervisors on Form 700 Omissions

http://www.inedc.com/1-8087

When is a Prosecution Political?

http://www.inedc.com/1-8089

Opinion: Respectful Workplace – An El Dorado County Oxymoron?

http://inedc.com/1-7899

11 HR Directors in less than 11 years- What’s wrong with El Dorado County?

http://inedc.com/1-7630

Case Against Joe Harn is made by Chris McCaffree (Videos)

http://inedc.com/1-7705

Bullying Fight Heats Up as County Auditor Joe Harn gets Called Out

http://inedc.com/1-7670

New Video goes live for Auditor-Controller Race

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPOZgcdthRE&feature=youtu.be

EL DORADO DA LOSES “SHOW TRIAL” – JURY CLEARS DELLINGER IN JUST 47 MINUTES

http://www.inedc.com/1-8778

Honest And Fair Auditor-Controller and District Attorney Candidates Sought

http://www.inedc.com/1-7249

El Dorado County officials earned more than peers thanks to salary add-ons

http://www.inedc.com/1-7030

Bonus scandal outrage Spreads – local Elected officials get Bonuses for getting reelected!

http://www.inedc.com/1-6856

Community Watchdog Group asks Local Elected officials to Return unjustifiable Bonuses

http://www.inedc.com/1-6843

Calif. State Court of Appeals to Investigate DA Vern Pierson’s Conduct

http://www.inedc.com/1-6750

The Door to Employee Bullying Opens Just a Crack

http://www.inedc.com/1-6631

26-year veteran County Employee Comments About Today’s Agenda Item (Bullying of Employees)

http://www.inedc.com/1-6604

Is rampant Bullying in the Country being hidden by Personnel ‘Confidentiality’

http://www.inedc.com/1-6602

Opinion: Troubles with Expensive County Computer Acquisition

http://www.inedc.com/1-6318

Bee Editorial – Opposite Of Term Limits – Longevity Pay For Re-Election

http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/editorials/article4500683.html

New Anti-Corruption Website for El Dorado County

http://www.inedc.com/1-5788

Placer CRA Editorial Board: Psycho EDC DA on a Rampage, Victim hosts successful fundraiser

http://www.inedc.com/1-5790

Ray Nutting accuses Joe Harn & Vern Pierson of Politicizing offices

http://www.inedc.com/1-5142

Creating a climate of fear and intimidation with County employees

http://www.inedc.com/1-5131

Arbitrary And Capricious Treatment Of Local Agencies – Abusing The Grand Jury For Publicity

http://www.inedc.com/1-5011

Placerville DA Vern Pierson’s assistant outed as anonymous shill blogger “Justice Insider”

http://www.inedc.com/1-4863

County Auditor-Controller Overpaid and with Questionable Bonuses

http://www.inedc.com/1-4736

Joe Harn’s Pay is a Joke on Taxpayers – Opinion

http://www.inedc.com/1-4745

Opinion: What is going on with the Superior Court in El Dorado County?

http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-1468

Who is fooling who about County Mis-Management? [Part 1]

http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-1213

Budget crisis? What budget crisis? [Part 2]

http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-1219

Gaming the Budget Process by Joe Harn [Part 3]

http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-1230

County Civil Grand Jury wants Auditor Joe Harn not to be elected over Abuses

http://www.inedc.com/1-8973

Former Supervisor Ron Briggs Unloads on County’s Self-Serving Politics

http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-1527

Is El Dorado County Auditor Joe Harn Going to Jail?

http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-1643

Editoirial: The opposite of term limits: Pay for Longevity El Dorado County Pols

http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-276

CLEAN GOVERNMENT ADVOCATES TRIGGER PIERSON, HARN RECALL DRIVE

http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-1907

Political Opinion: Psycho DA Vern Pierson is Getting Recalled Along with Ogre Joe Harn

http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-1924

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