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Wednesday, July 02, 2008
The Sheriff Comes to Town – Is She, or Isn’t She? We do not know – she won’t say!
Enforcement alone is not going to solve public safety issues - OCS Hutchens
July 2, 2008
During our recent interview with newly appointed OC Sheriff Hutchens, we asked her rhetorically, why issues such as culture, budget and the flawed process used by the board of supervisors to narrow down the list of candidates dominated the public forum when talking about the OCSD instead of public safety. She was quick to point our that she would rather talk about public safety
The sheriff got her wish June 26 when she visited Cox Communications taping of Cox Forum, during which she spoke about public safety in general and the importance of not being complacent, even in a safe community, specifically, echoing a common theme heard around common interest development communities, such as Coto de Caza – resident apathy. She urged residents to remain vigilant, and have an active neighborhood watch, as compared to a complacent one that forgets about burglars once a crime has been dealt with.
During our interview, the Sheriff expressed a belief in the use of metrics as a way to manage public safety. During the Cox interview, the Sheriff said that she has not had a chance to review crime and vandalism issues prevalent in some South County communities, but she emphasized that enforcement alone is not going to solve the issues – the same point we have been making for the last six plus years.
In the interview with Cox Forum anchor Terry Wedel, Hutchens spoke about the “C” word, as in changing the OCSD’s culture. ," Hutchens said. "It's really an advantage to come in new," the Sheriff told us during our interview, and repeated again with Wedel. She also added, "I think it will be a department that will be out of the papers in terms of the negative press," . Of course, our watchdog journalistic persuasion advises us to trust but verify: We are already seeing symptoms that the Sheriff is taking an active role in controlling the message distributed to the media. After asking the Sheriff for her promised 120-day plan, we have not received a response, for instance
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The Start of a New OCSD Era: Will Sheriff Hutchens be more accessible?
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In Search of D-WOP Loopholes
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Attorney and Accountant Indicted in Largest Medical Insurance Fraud Case in the Nation
The California Department of Insurance and the Orange County District Attorney's Office (OCDA) announced today the unsealing of criminal grand jury indictments in what they characterize as ?the largest medical fraud prosecution in the nation?, charging...
The Orange County Sheriffs Department unveils the Avoid the Ten? DUI CampaignX
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Former Haidl, Jaramillo Defense Attorney JG Cavallo Goes to Jail
According to the OCDA, defense attorney Joseph Gerard Cavallo, 52, Irvine, was sentenced today to six months in jail after pleading guilty on October 12, 2007 to three felony counts for conspiring to engage in attorney capping and an illegal attorney...
CHP Officer Arrested, Held on $4 million Bail at the Orange County Jail.
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Coto de Caza DUI Collision Lawsuit Notes
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Coto de Caza DUI Collision (Skendarian) Lawsuit Settlement
According to court records filed in Superior Court in Orange County dated November 28, 2006, the Skendarian lawsuit settlement worked out includes:
Call 911 to Report DUIs - ?Avoid the Ten? Holiday DUI Crackdown in South Orange County- "Law enforcement can only do so much" -
The Orange County Sheriff?s Department is preparing for one of the State?s most aggressive impaired driving crackdowns of the year, taking part in the ?Avoid the Ten? campaign as part of California?s holiday DUI crackdown. California?s effort coincides...
Loopholes, the OCWWF and the next OCSD You cannot be part of the solution when you have been part of the problem, as in Lt Hunt. The Spin Machines for Hutchens and Walters for OC Sheriff are full throttle trying to persuade the Orange County Board of Supervisors that their gal or guy is the right person for the job. So much dirt is flowing in both directions putting SUV commercials to shame. Then, there are the Lt. Hunt supporters doing a Hilary impersonation tying to get their guy the number two spot, or any spot for that matter, in the new OCSD.
Star Search – for the OCSD – The Final Episode SetAlthough the process used by the Orange County Board of Supervisors to winnow down the number of candidates to replace much maligned OC Sheriff Michael Carona was at best flawed, the final two candidates represent not necessarily the best of the field, but not necessarily the worst, either.
The OCSD Culture Thing – It is not my Job! - The leading OC Sheriff candidates agree that the OC Sheriff’s Department needs an organizational culture makeover, the OC District Attorney finds the current OCSD’s culture lacking, the Orange County Board of Supervisors demand changes to the OC Sheriff’s Department’s organizational culture, and the President of the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriff’s Wayne Quint agree that a culture change is required.
OCSD Insiders Make Paper Cut - How? We do not know We understand that a "paper cut" has been performed by Bob Murray and Associates, the talent search firm being used to hire the next OC Sheriff. We have contacted a number of the cut candidates - apparently, they did not know they were no longer viable candidates.
Working to Serve or Serving to Work? - AOCDS Fundraiser
The Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs (AOCDS) is launching a fundraising drive, for the first time in the association?s history, according to a piece of direct mail, targeting the communities they serve.
Working to Serve, Or Serving To Work - Letter to OC Register Columnist
Another good column. I was wondering if there was ever any serious consideration to any non-union government employee for the position of publicly elected Sheriff by either the Register or Supervisors? That is all I see in your Top Five selection and.
The Coto de Caza Board of Directors to Help Hire the new OC Sheriff?
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The Three OC Blind Mice
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The OCSD Fox Guarding the Hen
According to the OCRegister, ?Thousands of pages of transcripts released Monday by the Superior Court showed a jail system out of control, with deputies failing to perform even cursory patrols of the jail barracks, instead relying on jail ?shotcallers? ?...
OC Board of Supervisors Full Of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing!
The Orange County Board of supervisors came into the current term with a fiery agenda rivaled only by Senator?s Obama?s spiritual advisor?s Wright ?s rhetoric - ?Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, the creeps in this petty county come to roost from...
Public Safety Owners and Orphans
Invariably when we publish public safety statistics, proponents of the status quo ridicule our analysis and detractors use the law of attributions to invoke the proverbial ?it?s not mine/their job?.
A Chat with OC Sheriff Candidates - Coto de Caza's Own Ralph Martin
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OC Sheriff personnel not criminally liable in death of Chamberlain- OCDA
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Winter Cleaning at the OCSD Continues
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A Chat with OC Sheriff Department Candidate: Craig Hunter
What the OCSD needs is a new leader with a proven track record in law enforcement who will be a strong role model, lead by example with integrity and provide a new vision of teamwork and accountability - Hunter
A Chat with OC Sheriff Candidates: Kevin Keyes
The first and most important priority is to restore honor to the office that was taken by its last office holder- Kevin Keyes
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