Whose Word? How Team Gallegos Manages Its Moneymaker – November 12, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

Note: On Friday, local newspapers received an e-mailed “letter to the editor” by District Attorney Paul Gallegos, or signed by him, anyway.

But as seen below, Gallegos was a minor player in crafting the epistle. The candidate’s handlers actually initiated the letter and carried it through to completion, with him signing off on their handiwork. That’s probably because he’s gotten into trouble when trying to write things on his own, opinion pieces which famously turned out to have been plagiarized by our District Attorney, the self-described HSU “professor” who never was.

Team Gallegos managed to submit a letter for publication with all previous drafts of the collaborative writing project still appended. The letter’s progression offers insight into how our DA’s braintrust manages their figurehead, and validates that he’s their bimbo/cash cow exactly as alleged by opponents during the campaign. The first e-mail message that got the ball rolling isn’t even addressed to Gallegos, who is a secondary figure to the political operators who are really at the wheel of the enterprise.

Note how Gallegos’ puppetmaster, the omnipresent Richard Salzman, spoonfeeds him reminders and guidance like a patient mother trying to cajole a child into eating his broccoli. Now we’ll all know that when Gallegos’ next “My Word” column comes out, it will have been ghosted by the non-elected “Evenson” under Salzman’s direction. At least the plagiarism will be consensual next time.

Why was the final letter – a political document which Salzman says is intended to help with fundraising – sent from a taxpayer-provided County of Humboldt e-mail address? Gallegos’ skeptics have long objected to the deep politicization of the DA’s Office. How much time and resources are taken up with these and other purely political tasks, including the photo shoots of staff that were used in the campaign?

The final product, which has six people’s fingerprints on it yet is presented as Gallegos’ thoughts, was rushed out to help Salzman replenish the machine’s campaign coffers. That, plus Gallegos’ trademark inattentive half-involvement in everything he does, explains the sloppy inclusion of the earlier drafts. The naked gold rush behind the letter also gives the lie to all the usual high-minded ideals invoked by our Surfin’ DA in the final release.

It’s impossible not to observe the Gallegos/Salzman machine and wonder, again and again, why so many individuals who – ostensibly, anyway – aspire to idealism and social progress would sign on with such a manifestly incapable personage. Especially when there have been other genuinely competent and diligent professionals to choose from.

(Even his inner circle has to be exasperated with the incompetent boob they’re trying to shepherd through life. They polished up the high-flown prose for him to ship out, and he bungled even that. You can almost hear Salzman now: “Paul, you were supposed to delete all those drafts before you gave it to Michele!” That’s kind of funny. What isn’t funny is that this is the great legal mind responsible for public safety in Humboldt.)

But remember that there are any number of people whose livelihoods have come to depend not only on their proximity to and influence over our malleable Distrct Attorney, but on his well-documented asleep-at-the-wheel criminal prosecution style as well.

We’ve edited the text string that was sent us in three ways:

• Reversed the message sequence to put it back in chronological order (so you don’t have to read up from the bottom).

• Redacted private e-mail addresses.

• Added a headline to each successive e-mail message. – Ed.


A letter is born

Begin forwarded message:

From: Elizabeth Conner <*****@humboldt1.com>

Date: November 9, 2010 7:28:43 PM PST

To: Natalynne Delapp <*****@gmail.com>

Cc: Richard Salzman <*****@gmail.com>, Alison Sterling Nichols <*****@gmail.com>, John Regan <*****@smartcampaignsca.com>, Michael Evenson <*****@igc.org>

Subject: letter to editor

Hey,

Just thinking that it would be great for Paul to write a letter to editor ASAP, along the lines of:

[VERY ROUGH OUTLINE, PLEASE EDIT AND REFINE, though it should be kept short and not refer to outcome of the race]

“Although the final election results are not yet known for certain, I want to thank all my campaign volunteers, supporters and staff for their hard work and belief in the concept that everyone is equal before the law and that both the accused and accusers have rights. Most of all, thank you to those who voted for me and expressed your confidence in me and our team [OR A VALUE]. (and to all who voted???) Thank you, Paul Gallegos, DA, Humco”

It should be sent to all local print and web media.

After the election results are known, Paul could write a more substantive My Word.

Cheers,

Elizabeth

“Don’t mourn, organize!”  – Mother Jones

‘Make it easier for me to raise money’

From: Richard Salzman <*****@gmail.com>

Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2010 15:30:37 -0800

To: Paul Gallegos<*****@yahoo.com>; Natalynne DeLapp<*****@gmail.com>

Subject: Fwd: letter to editor

Can we please get this letter submitted in by Friday morning, so that it will be in next week’s weeklies?

Remember that this is just the BEFORE, final results letter and that Evenson is going to work with you on a Guest Editorial / My Word, to follow the final results.  But getting this out now will make it easier for me to raise money.

——

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE:

This communication constitutes an electronic communication within the meaning of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, 18 USC 2510, and its disclosure is strictly limited to the recipient intended by the sender of this message. This communication may contain confidential and privileged material for the sole use of the intended recipient and receipt by anyone other than the intended recipient does not constitute a loss of the confidential or privileged nature of the communications. Any review or distribution by others is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient please contact the sender by return electronic mail and delete all copies of this communication.

Paul’s ideas (for others to write up for him)

Humboldt's Top Cop – The Writin' DA... or not.

On Nov 12, 2010, at 7:50 AM, Paul V. Gallegos wrote:

Team should be Humboldt District Attorneys Office. And then it can go out thank you all for your work. It would be nice to add that while politics tend to polarize now it is time to get back our shared values and continue our work of making humboldt county safe, secure and prosperous for all people.

Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T

Whatever, Paul – c’mon, let’s go!

On Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 9:22 AM, Richard Salzman <*****@gmail.com> wrote:

that would be fine, but it really should go out today.  do you need more help getting it finalized?

——

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE:

This communication constitutes an electronic communication within the meaning of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, 18 USC 2510, and its disclosure is strictly limited to the recipient intended by the sender of this message. This communication may contain confidential and privileged material for the sole use of the intended recipient and receipt by anyone other than the intended recipient does not constitute a loss of the confidential or privileged nature of the communications. Any review or distribution by others is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient please contact the sender by return electronic mail and delete all copies of this communication.

One hour, three minutes later

From: Natalynne DeLapp <*****@gmail.com>

Date: Fri, 12 Nov 2010 10:25:57 -0800

To: Richard Salzman<*****@gmail.com>

Cc: <*****@yahoo.com>; Michael Evenson<*****@igc.org>; Conrad Gregory<*****@gmail.com>; Alison Sterling Nichols<*****@gmail.com>

Subject: Re: letter to editor

Here is my version. Any suggestions comments, tweaks?

To the People of Humboldt County,

Although the final election results are not yet known for certain, I want to say thank you to those who voted for me and to those who gave so much of their time, energy and resources to this election season including the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office, my campaign volunteers, supporters and staff for their hard work and belief in the concept that everyone is equal before the law. I appreciate all the support I have received from around the county.

While politics tend to polarize now it is time to get back our shared values and continue our work of making Humboldt County safe, secure and prosperous for all people.

Thank you for you your confidence in me and our District Attorney’s Office, and I look forward to continuing to serve the People of this county.

Sincerely,

Paul V. Gallegos,

District Attorney Humboldt County

Mikey likes it!

On Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 10:24 AM, Paul V. Gallegos <*****@yahoo.com> wrote:

Thank you. It is great.

Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T

‘Our shared values’ – my campaign debt

From: “Shoshani, Michele” <MShoshani@co.humboldt.ca.us>

Date: November 12, 2010 11:10:28 AM PST

To: <letters@times-standard.com>, <letters@northcoastjournal.com>, <editor@arcataeye.com>, <news@humboldtbeacon.com>, <editor@redwoodtimes.com>, <indie@wavecable.com>, <thejack@humboldt.edu>, <news@mckinleyvillepress.com>

Cc: “Gallegos, Paul” <PGallegos@co.humboldt.ca.us>

Subject: FW: letter to editor

To the People of Humboldt County,

I want to say thank you to those who voted for me and to those who gave so much of their time, energy and resources to this election season, including the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office, my campaign volunteers, supporters and staff for their hard work and dedication.  I appreciate all the support I have received from around the county.

While politics tend to polarize, now it is time to get back our shared values, and continue making Humboldt County safe, secure and prosperous for All people.

Thank you for you your confidence in me and our District Attorney’s Office, and I look forward to continuing to serve the People of this county.

Sincerely,

Paul V. Gallegos,

District Attorney Humboldt County

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63 Responses to “Whose Word? How Team Gallegos Manages Its Moneymaker – November 12, 2010”

  1. Steve

    Let me offer a suggested editorial change to this long mean-spirited screed:

    “The winner of the runoff election for the most important elected position in county government received help from his supporters in drafting a thank-you letter to voters.”

    Important people receive help in drafting letters. With snark and innuendo removed, its hard to see how this is very news-worthy.

    #15981
  2. Heather

    Important people receive help. Stupid people need it. It’s pretty obvious from this which he is.

    And you might fall into the same category. Gallegos hasn’t won the runoff election. 12,960 votes remain to be counted, including my own, and I assure you I didn’t vote for this shit.

    #15988
  3. I’m guessing we now know who slipped the propaganda into Joyce Moser’s “My Word” too…

    PAUL GALLEGOS’ BALLOT STATEMENT READS:
    “…I established the Criminal Investigations Bureau, the Consumer and Environment Protection Unit, the Child Abuse and Adult Sex Crimes Unit, the Worker’s Compensation Fraud Unit, the Domestic Violence Unit and Bad Check Program….” and in his responses to candidate questionnaires he claims: “… I taught the United States Constitution when I was a professor at Humboldt State University,…”

    Here is the paragraph from his employee Joyce Moser’s My Word:

    “…The District Attorney Domestic Violence Vertical Prosecution Team was created under the leadership of District Attorney Paul Gallegos to reduce the amount of trauma that victims/survivors experience when navigating through the criminal justice system…”

    And here is the paragraph he tried to have slipped through in the Board proclamation:
    “WHEREAS., the Humboldt County District Attorney Domestic Violence Vertical Prosecution Team was created under the leadership of District Attorney Paul Gallegos to reduce the amount of trauma victims/survivors experience when navigating through the Criminal Justice System; and WHEREAS…”

    AND, LAST POINT – HERE’S HIS PRESS RELEASE:

    Gallegos praised for leadership on domestic violence

    District Attorney Paul Gallegos was officially commended today for his leadership in the fight against the epidemic of domestic violence. The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution expressing their appreciation, noting that the District Attorney Domestic Violence Vertical Prosecution Team was created under Gallegos’ leadership.

    ***
    ONLY HE WASN’T COMMENDED. BECAUSE HE DIDN’T CREATE THE UNIT. Because everyone in the room KNEW it. But did she know that line had been slipped in to the “My Word”?

    Steve apparently doesn’t realize that using his office to send out campaign materials is not ok. Using County employees is not ok.

    #15994
  4. Jim Ferguson

    It will be interesting to see if ANY other media outlets even mention how this letter came into being.

    Kudos, Kevin.

    #16012
  5. Richard

    The fact is that there are campaign debts to be paid off. It’s nice to thank people for the support they’ve already given before you go back and ask for more. Pretty much every campaign will be doing the same thing, but since this was in so many ways the most important race, we hope we’ll get first consideration.

    p.s. Paul and Michael work well together as writer and editor and the editorial will be submitted right after the election is certified, to all legitimate newspaper as well as to the Arcata Eye.

    Donations can be made online at: http://www.votepaul.org/donate

    or by check to:
    Paul Gallegos 2010
    P.O. Box 1236
    Eureka Ca 95502

    #16027
  6. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the official voice of the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office. Newspapers which are not compliant with its goals are deemed illegitimate.

    As we have pointed out all along, this is the true face of the Paul Gallegos campaign and its nominal leader.

    #16029
  7. anonymous

    That sounded like the campaign taking.
    I think the DA’s office raises their money primarily through grants, not donations.

    #16030
  8. Who wrote Joyce Moser’s”My Word?”

    #16032
  9. anonymous

    Why don’t you call Joyce and ask her?
    Or maybe one of you two on Jackson’s team knows someone who knows a journalist, and you could ask them to make the call?

    #16033
  10. That was you, Richard, again posting under a false (and not very imaginative) name from 75.110.195.230.

    You also use the fake name Fact Check when you aren’t in a hurry.

    Commenting on your own posts once again as though you were someone else. This is exactly the same juvenile Internet mastutbation you have been busted for before. You have learned nothing.

    Paul Gallegos, are you so utterly bereft that you have to have a guy like this on the payroll? is there any limit to how low you are willing to take things?

    #16040
  11. Gallegos’ man Salzman again. 75.110.195.230

    #16042
  12. anonymous

    anonymous is a false name?

    #16045
  13. Is it your name, Richard? Or just one of them?

    #16046
  14. Jim Ferguson

    One telling fact about a candidate is how much money they raise. That Paul had to borrow or loan his campaign…what was it… $60,000, is a very telling number, showing the lack of community support, even from the growers. I mean, the best he was able to pull out of a SoHum fundraiser was $5,000? In past elections, he was able to take home grocery bags full of cash from down here.

    Also, the fact that even if he wins, nearly half the voters, for a second time, have said they want someone else in the DA’s office, that they have no confidence in his leadership. In most people, this would cause some introspection or re-evaluation of how things are done. Not by this puppet DA.

    #16062
  15. Eric Kirk

    An aside from the discussion, but “Don’t mourn, organize” is generally attributed to Joe Hill rather than Mother Jones. But maybe they both said it. Or neither.

    How about them Raiders, huh?

    #16068
  16. That’s a strong point, Jim, one I’d like to elaborate on.

    Had Gallegos really implemented progressive values with aggressive prosecution of all forms of criminal misbehavior, I would have remained the full-on supporter that I was during the heinous recall attempt. But his lassitude and duplicity eroded my confidence in this individual. The man just isn’t interested and has allowed a coterie of dubious lieutenants run the show. It stung me, because I really put myself out there for him. I thought he was one of the good guys, fighting the power.

    I saw this same thing years ago at Humboldt State, when nice man Alistair McCrone lost interest in his work and allowed self-interested journeymen VPs to run the place. HSU drifted and got into all kinds of trouble with things like the BSS Building, refusing to pay stormwater drainage fees and incurring ill will with citizens and legal entanglements with the City. It’s still recovering.

    In the end, this kind of thing is more the fault of the passive executives than that of the opportunists who are only doing what they do. And what they are doing now is nakedly pleading for your cash.

    I wonder what the motivation for Gallegos’ patrons is to pay more for something that they’ve already successfully purchased – him. What if they don’t throw down another $50K? What’s he going to do, start walking the walk of a crime-bustin’ DA? That would require something unprecedented – applying himself. It’s just not in the cards. Any further donors are buying a pig in a poke. A half-asleep pig at that.

    A friend of mine has an e-mail tag that says “Esse quam videri.” I had to look it up. It means “To be, rather than to seem to be.” This describes Gallegos to a T, but in reverse. Has he ever cared enough to be, rather than to commission operatives to create the impression of being a serious district attorney? I’m not seeing it. I wonder if he has ever known the difference.

    It would be fascinating to know when the last time Gallegos’ enthusiasts ever seriously considered the criticisms that come at him from so many quarters, rather than just react defensively. If you object, you are the enemy. You are an alcoholic, an incompetent, an illegitimate newspaper, crushing progressivism, defying the Bible, etc. etc. I’ve heard it all, or maybe not. They keep coming up with new insults for critics. Apparently it’s part of the job description for membership in Team Gallegos.

    Four years ago, when I enumerated Gallegos’ shortcomings and switched “sides,” I was denounced as a sellout, a bought man, a hack and la la la. But that doesn’t really work any more. People from all walks are on to the reality of Gallegos, including many of those who held their nose and voted for him. His support is weak and weakening, and it’s all his doing.

    Gallegos is clinging to the most slender of majorities; it’s shaky and he’s deep in debt. A few more of the regularly scheduled Gallegos debacles and it may be time for another recall, a grassroots version.

    It’s fair to wonder how his campaign’s financial desperation is affecting his prosecutorial choices. The five-figure debt and loose-cannon Salzman’s escapades must be on his mind all the time. That creates a huge opportunity for some criminal suspect who might be facing time for this or that. Everyone now knows his pressure point: money. Salzman even pleads for dollars in this unfriendly forum.

    At this point my interest is in a strong executive in the position and clearing out the riff-raff that has come to encrust the DA’s office because of the leadership vacuum. It’s something Gallegos is unwilling or unable to do. He doesn’t appear strong enough to stand up to the Salzmans that ride him like a pony. How well will he resist a moneyed bad guy who offers to ease his financial woes? After all, all he has to do is be passive, and that’s something Paul Gallegos has practiced to a high art.

    #16085
  17. Jack Durham

    My recent interactions with Salzman were unpleasant. He’s a humorless douche and reminds me of those Dubya “you’re either for us or against us” goons. Looks like four more years of sleazy bullshit to me. (Hey, did he come up with that nonsense about weaning the DA’s office from grant funding, or was that Paul?)

    #16086
  18. Richard Salzman is trying to collect on a debt for services rendered. He needs that money, and all he has to trade on now is the fading glory of wet-noodle Gallegos.

    Any pretense of idealism or principled comportment lasts only as long as it serves cash acquisition.

    #16087
  19. [...] sort of, controversy is brewing about Paul Gallegos at the Arcata Eye and a couple of the conservative blogs.  I think the two points being made are that a [...]

    #16088
  20. Jack Durham

    Salzman was also in charge of organizing letters to newspapers for the campaign. It’s rather ironic, being that Salzman may be the only person in California history to be arrested in connection to fraudalent letters.( By the way, even though he wasn’t convicted, he was guilty. He confessed.)

    #16090
  21. RAP

    I’m glad I voted for the smart, honest one.

    #16118
  22. You are only guilty if you are convicted, claiming anything else is slanderous.

    To kevpod,

    ANYTHING but another recall please.

    #16139
  23. Jack Durham

    Salzman confessed to the crime that he was alleged to have committed. So, yeah, he’s not guilty in a court of law. But he did it. There’s no question about that.

    #16140
  24. Jim Ferguson

    You raise an interesting point, Kevin.

    What price Paul Gallegos?

    #16148
  25. As far as i am concerned acquitted is acquitted.
    Claiming someone is guilty of a crime they are acquitted of is wrong. Sometimes people admit to things they don’t understand they are admitting to.

    #16151
  26. Mark, this pretty well exemplifies the phenomenon I mentioned before. That no matter what sub-wonderful antics Gallegos and his crew do, are caught doing or admit to doing, his supporters find a way to make it into something other than what it is. The Salzman/Dick Morris types just become ensnared in their own web of lies sometimes. Not that it makes any difference to our DA, aka Captain Integrity.

    #16152
  27. Jim Ferguson

    There is a difference between acquittal and not being charged.

    Salzman admitted to the crime. If there is a decision not to move forward criminally, that does not suddenly make him innocent of that crime.

    #16156
  28. Jack Durham

    Salzman told me he did it. This is not in dispute. Oddly enough, Gallegos supporters don’t see any irony in having Salzman in charge of letters to the editor. Funny stuff.

    #16159
  29. Kev,
    You know me well enough to know I am not blind to the short comings of our DA. That being said, I feel that the alternatives we have been offered are shamefully inadequate, and some of them downright hostile to certain segments of our community. That leaves us with the choice we have made and that would be Paul. Maybe we could do better, maybe we need some other than the reactionary right to run for DA.

    Now to make disparaging remarks about the “realness” of the EYE is just juvenile and ADULTS should be above that kind of thing, especially those that represent us or represent those that represent us.

    “p.s. Paul and Michael work well together as writer and editor and the editorial will be submitted right after the election is certified, to all legitimate newspaper as well as to the Arcata Eye.”

    Seriously pathetic.

    #16162
  30. Did you know that when the CAST Team was established – as a multidisciplinary team – a great deal of thought went into its planning. How to avoid the McMartin Preschool nightmare, for example. How to avoid contaminating and inadvertently influencing the testimony of the child victims. How to lessen the degree of trauma to the victim and the victim’s families who had suddenly found themselves trying to navigate in the unfriendly court system. How to implement training – for the interviewers, for the investigators and first responders… Allison Jackson was part of that.

    Did you know that went SART – the Sexual Assault Response Team was established – a great deal of thought went into its planning. And that high in that planning process was how to treat the victim as a human being? Did you know that, for example, that included having a change of clothes available at the hospital, where the victims come into the ER and often have to leave their clothes as evidence?

    I keep hearing that Jackson was not a good alternative – words spoken by people who have no clue, and by people who, unbeknownst to themselves, while they see SOME of what is wrong with Salzman and Gallegos, still do not realize that their opinion has been influenced BY SALZMAN and his poisonous dishonest insertions into the debate. he paints the “scary” meme – he tried the “drunk” meme – he tried the she is in bed with the cops meme – and you fall for it. You repeat it, without knowing anything.

    Serious questions were never asked. If you had asked Paul Gallegos about his claims about creating the CAST, DV and Sexual Assault units, he would not have been able to tell you about the considerations that went into it. Not about how it was set up to make it a more humane process, and not about how it was designed to help ensure proper evidence was gathered, and that the process was not tainted, and even more, that it was designed to ensure that an INNOCENT man would not be charged. It was designed to weed out false accusations just as much as it was to ensure strong cases.

    The very people you have been taught to vilify – Terry Farmer, Worth Dikeman, Allison Jackson – were involved in setting it up. As were Andrew Isaac, Rob Wade, Dave Parris, and countless others both in and out of the DA’s Office.

    It is so offensive to have Gallegos on the one hand vilifying those people, and simultaneously trying to claim credit for all the good that they have done. And make no mistake, though he did not mouth the words himself – he has done this. He and Salzman, Pete Nichols and the others whose names appear in this email chain.

    So, Mark – it is not that the others who offered themselves up were “shamefully inadequate” – it is that you were unable to see the truth about them.

    Sadly – we may be looking at 4 more years of this disgrace. Maybe worse. Maybe 20 years. Who will have the guts to run next time? Who will be willing to put themselves up to be ripped to shreds? And what horrible things will you say and believe the next time? How long can you avert your eyes and ignore what Gallegos is and has done?

    #16165
  31. Mark, I’m good with all that and I strongly appreciate the contributions you make both to Arcata and the dialogue. No two people agree on everything though.

    “Maybe we could do better, maybe we need some other than the reactionary right to run for DA.”

    Well, yeah. But we had better choices than the incumbent in the last two elections. No one is going to accuse Paul Hagen of being a right-wing reactionary. The Gallegos/Salzman operation did manage to tar Allison Jackson, a lifelong Democrat, as some sort of drunken oppressor. They’ve become experts at that sort of thing, all the while preaching progressivism. In fact they say they basically embody progressivism. That falsity and naked ambition is at the core of my objections, along with the DA’s lackadaisical job performance of course.

    #16169
  32. Jim Ferguson

    Rose – The only reason we won’t have Paul for the next 20 years is because Joan would kill him in his sleep; you only have to look at her election night comment to know this to be true.

    Worth was a weak candidate. And while Paul is not Mister Personality, compared to Worth, he was a rockstar.

    Anyone who saw them together could attest that Allison was easily Paul’s equal in this category and that her qualifications were impressive compared to “the professor’s”. However, there is still a wariness in our community about any candidate who has the unqualified and total support of law enforcement. When Salzman played this card, and it was the only effective card he held, it was enough to cause people to hesitate and one of the first precepts of politics is that when people are uncertain, they vote for what they know – they never take a chance on something or someone new.

    If Allison had been able to offset this uncertainty and given reassurance that voting for her would not be a return to the bad old days, she would have cleaned Paul’s clock, but she didn’t. And while I still hold out hope for Allison winning, there will be a next time and if history is any guide, I am confident Paul will continue to screw up and people will finally see him for what he truly is.

    #16176
  33. The outright hostility I was talking about was coming directly from former planning commissioner Paul Hagen. I just want a DA that prosecutes real crime and leaves legitimate patients alone. I wouldn’t think that would be too much to ask for.
    You are correct that no two people can agree on everything, but i do think we can all agree that name calling, and the trashing of newspapers and editors is PATHETIC and does not serve the greater good of our community.

    The EYE is a real newspaper.
    Paul Gallegos is a REAL DA.
    In the words of the immortal Rodney King…
    Can’t we all just get along?

    #16185
  34. Jack Durham

    I have to correct an earlier comment I made. Salzman was investigated by the Trinidad Police, but not actually arrested. My apologies.

    That said, he absolutely wrote all those letters. There’s no question about that.

    #16191
  35. “So, Mark – it is not that the others who offered themselves up were “shamefully inadequate” – it is that you were unable to see the truth about them.”

    I sat for hours on end listening to the planning commission. After seeing what was put forward by them I could never vote for any lawyer that had anything to do with writing the ordinance they concocted. I am positive that we need a DA with a better grasp of the law than Paul H.
    Allison J. is just plain MEAN.

    #16199
  36. Just a question: are you certain that your perception of Paul Hagen (mean, poor grasp) isn’t just that you don’t agree with him?

    #16200
  37. Kev,
    You know i don’t agree with Paul H.. We are all entitled to our own opinions, but not our facts. Even after being shown the facts, and I brought the actual law, and cite-able court decisions to the commission, they found a way to “work around the law”, by addressing it as bogus “land use” codes. That’s not what I want in a DA. I don’t want anyone that will manipulate the law that way and think that that makes them clever. Now we have a defacto “Jim Crowe” medical cannabis laws in Arcata, that are being challenged by ASA and CANORML lawyers that are actively seeking people to be plaintiffs in the lawsuits. Now we are going to have to spend millions defending it in court only to have it overturned by any competent judge that can read the precedents.

    I don’t think Paul H. is mean, I think he was playing for votes in his run.

    Now Allison J., I just find to be a mean, bitter person with an ax to grind. That’s just a personal opinion.

    #16211
  38. PS
    I really want to make it very clear that calling names and claiming the EYE is not a “real newspaper” is just freaking PATHETIC.

    If Paul G. can take anything from this discussion it would be: ” If you lie with dogs, you get fleas.”.

    Pick a better class of person to write for you…….
    Mark

    #16212
  39. I’m all posted out, but a few final weekend comments. Mark, let’s meet and chat this week. I want to know more about your objections to the cannabis ordinance. Stirring up a legal fight on that is the one that makes me wonder why we can’t all “just get along.” It’s not clear to me that anyone at all in Arcata is cannabis-deprived. But I’m sure I’ll learn something when we talk.

    Also with regard to Gallegos, this will never happen, but my wish for him would be to cut the crap. Man up, clean house, lose the layers of handlers, stop with the contemptuous Hallmark Card platitudes and relate to your constituents like adults. In other words, be what you pretend to be. Fewer and fewer people are buying it. You just skated in under the wire before the lines cross on this election.

    #16213
  40. PPS
    The reason that a candidate would need to raise money after the election in a close race is that a recount must be paid for by the candidate or citizen that initiates the recount. This race is so close I almost guarantee a recount. Not sure if that was addressed.
    PPPS
    To Richard
    75.110.195.230.
    You must be really computer illiterate to think that the owner of the site wouldn’t know that you were posting under multiple names, or you are just plain dumb.

    Just Sayin’

    #16214
  41. Salzman may have played the “Oh she is too close to law enforcement card.” and you may have bought it – but you didn’t even notice him buddying up to law enforcement with Glass and Cleary. Somehow it is ok for them, all three legitimately had the respect of law enforcement, but only one gets smeared for it. Why? More importantly, why do you buy it?

    And you must have missed Gallegos trying to PLAY tough cop guy, and you must have missed his zenith moment, setting up his own assault team. With asset forfeiture money, no less, so he ostensibly could go out and gather MORE asset forfeiture funds – who gets their assets seized?

    Eyes! OPEN! SEE! It’s all right there – but it’s invisible. WHY?

    I’m not picking on you, Mark. I am speaking generically, the generic you encompassing many. I appreciate what you have said here. More than you know.

    #16221
  42. Mark Sailors,
    Granted, I voted for you -as, I opine, you have a competent legal mind for politics; that said, your loyalty for Gallegos appears to skew your opinions. You condemn “name calling” and, without asserting relevant facts, bestow the name of “MEAN” to Ms. Jackson. What, exactly, is the difference between asserting unsupported opinion and “name calling”? Considering the common local practice of seriously offending someone and rebuking their reaction, I estimate that any hostility from Ms. Jackson stems from her dedicated diligent work for abuse victims being thrown in the trash and replaced by willful systematic incompetence.
    Maybe your family’s lives, and your life, should be, repeatedly, threatened by Gallegos supporters and, when he acquiesces, perhaps, you will understand the malice and insidiousness of his modus operandi. How do my shoes feel?

    #16272
  43. Robert,
    Allison just came off as mean in the debates to me. Like I said, that’s just a personal opinion.

    I have no loyalty to Paul G.,ZERO. As a matter of fact I think I spoke to him for about 2 minutes during the recall campaign. I just believe that as far as MEDICAL cannabis is concerned he is the only DA that is going to be fair to patients and at the same time prosecute those that are damaging the environment with their diesel grows, and tearing up residential rental units with large scale industrial production.

    Maybe one day I wont have to be a single issue voter.

    I do feel your frustration with how you were treated, but PAUL didn’t threaten, you his overzealous supporters did. That is unacceptable, but it is hard to control the action of SUPPORTERS. As a politician you must take responsibility for the actions people take on your behalf. If you were threatened, you are due an apology at minimum.

    I condemn any use of threats, in politics, or anywhere else.

    #16275
  44. John Ford

    I usually don’t read these comment strings because they usually espouse(sp)hate or innuendo in favor of one person over next and is a total waste of time. But this one actually had a meaningful conversation between two people who agree to disagree. I did vote for Paul for several reasons. I was able to “hopefully” persuade others to vote for him as well. I believe in what he has done in the office over the last few years and I believe in his Deputies and Office Staff. They are hard working people with families and are some of the best in the state. Imagine trying to juggle a recall, and another campaign while trying to run an office and trying cases. I don’t wish that hell on anyone.
    The hate that was coming from the other side was unnecessary and most of it was utterly and completely false. I didn’t just blindly believe everything that was coming from the Gallegos camp. I asked questions. I asked Paul, I asked some of the people who actually work for him. I even asked a couple of the people who used to work for him. I asked the people who worked in the office when Jackson was there. They will definitely not be happy IF she becomes their boss. Because of this “research” I am confident in my choice to help re-elect Paul Gallegos. I know I will be chastised and made fun of in this string. But I really don’t care. It’s not going to change my opinion. I’m happy to see that Paul can spend more time with his family now that this is over, no matter how the pendulum swings.

    #16448
  45. Rose,
    I don’t feel picked on at all. Thanks for caring. I buy the smears about A.J. because I got her mailing with pictures of a burned out building and a 1 light garden. To me that implies she is going to target small medical cannabis patients. She did nothing to make anyone feel comfortable that SHE WAS NOT GOING TO TARGET LEGITIMATE PATIENTS. Paul G at the very least, makes it clear that if you are a legitimate patient with a garden that is for your personal use he wont prosecute you.
    A.J. failed in that, regardless of how she may have acted if she had won.

    My eyes are wide open, and they can clearly see why Paul won.

    #16525
  46. APD, quite demonstrably (see last week’s news) would never pursue or forward a case against a legitimate medical patient, nor likely even one that’s in a gray area. I’d be surprised to learn that any other agency would waste its time on such a foolish thing either. Has that happened in Humboldt?

    #16542
  47. Well I personally know people that were legitimate patients, that were raided and either had the cases tossed out, or been pressured by family to beg for a plea bargain even though they possessed valid 215′s. Not that these folks were necessarily in Arcata, but they were in the county. The DA is in charge of the entire county including the more conservative areas. Most Eureka police for years disregarded prop 215 entirely. A lot of Police still do not know that concentrated cannabis is perfectly legal for medical cannabis patients. I personally know that at least one employee of a local respected collective in Arcata was arrested by EPD for possession of concentrated cannabis only to have it dropped by the DA’s office. The DA’s job is to make sure that you are not charged with non crimes as if they WERE crimes. I could name at least 20 cases that were brought by the police only to be dropped by the DA because they accused were not in violation of the law. The bitterness and blatant targeting of Cannabis users by A.J. while at the same time Steve Cooley was running for States Attorney was downright chilling to the medical cannabis community.
    You know I have nothing but the utmost respect for APD.

    #16548
  48. How large were those grows? Were they electrical code compliant? What about ventilation?

    #16715
  49. Paul Hooker

    Kevin, thanks for publishing the Gallegos money trail email. I was wondering if any paper would publish it. Other so called news media seem to be somewhat biased. Don’t say anything negative, or truthful about Gallegos, you might get in trouble.

    #16727
  50. Yes, I just had a writer with whom I was planning a major project quit and tell me off (by e-mail) over that.

    #16728

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