Other State Positions

I have separate posts for Governor, Lt Governor and Secretary of State.

I’ve lumped the remaining state positions here because there’s not a lot to talk about. Do your research, but here’s my thoughts:

Controller – Lanhee Chen

Treasurer – Jack M Guerrero

Attorney General – leaning towards Nathan but like that Eric isn’t a politician

Insurance Commissioner – I like Molnar

State Board of Equalization 1st District – Ted Gaines

State Assembly 3rd District – James Gallagher

Lieutenant Governor

There are 8 candidates for Lt Governor. I’ve narrowed my choice down to 3.

But what does the Lt Gov do?

The Role of Lieutenant Governor:

  • serves as Acting Governor when the Governor is absent from the state – automatically becomes Governor if a vacancy occurs in the Office of Governor
  • is President of the State Senate (recent Lieutenant Governors have delegated the responsibilities to the Senate Pro Term)
  • serves as a voting member of
    • the Board of Regents of the University of California
    • the Board of Trustees of the California State University system
    • the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges system
  • serves on, and rotates with, the State Controller, as chair of the three-member State Lands Commission, which oversees the control and leasing of millions of acres of state-owned land, including offshore oil resources, as well as use and permitting for all navigable waterways in California
  • serves as a member of agencies that directly impact Californians’ daily lives from addressing water storage for farmers to managing our forests to preventing forest fires:
    • California Ocean Protection Council
    • California Coastal Commission
    • California Emergency Council
    • other key agencies
  • chairs the California Commission for Economic Development (which writes the Economic Plan for the state of California and is in charge of working with all 58 counties and 482 municipalities which are suffering with jobs leaving the state)
  • chief economic ambassador of California, responsible for promoting the trade and investment for the State

David Hillberg – Aviation Mechanic / Actor

David Fennel – Entrepreneur

Clint W. Saunders – Mental Health Worker

I’m leaning toward David Fennel – unless something surprising turns up, he’s probably got my vote. But I wanted to share the others I’ve been considering too – for you to think about.

US Senator

There are 2 seats for California Senator – 1 full term and 1 partial (ends 1/3/23).

The partial term is easy – there is 1 republican (Mark Meuser) and 1 democrat (Alex Padilla).

I used to follow Mark Meuser (pre-FB ban) when he was very outspoken about the shutdowns and mandates. I liked him then. And he seems to be well liked by Republican groups. He’s also running for the full term position.

I’m voting for Cordie Williams – but there are several good options!

Tehama County Candidates

Our small county has little impact on the federal and state election. But we control the entire local election.

Red White & Blueprint has a saying: “Drain Your Own Swamp”. That doesn’t necessarily mean that we need to oust the currently elected officials – it means that we need to get better at selecting candidates on future elections.

That starts now.

It’s not enough to read the campaign statements, go to the campaign forums or count signs around the county. We have to get to know the people running. We need to listen to understand their platforms, we need to understand their values, we need to listen to what others have to say about them (positive and negative).

We need to vote for people who listen to WE THE PEOPLE once they get into office.

When there are people who have grave concerns about specific candidates – we need to listen. It’s not enough to excuse certain actions because the candidate has an explanation – we need to vote for ethical people. If we don’t, then we will simply continue to get the same swamp we’ve always had.

If you have read my posts, you know where I stand on this years local elections. But I am sharing my decisions again here and I want to encourage you to take the time to really dig into discussions with people.

The decision to vote for any candidate lies with each of us as individuals – but if we can’t talk about the real issues, we will continue to vote for unethical individuals who don’t listen to WE THE PEOPLE.

Board of Supervisors

We have 5 BOS members in Tehama County – each representing approximately 1/5 of the county population (by district). These individuals make up the executive and legistlative branches of our county and hold some judicial powers as well. They oversee the entire operation of the county and make decisions about how our county operates. LEARN MORE ABOUT BOS HERE

For about 8 years, the board was made up of 4 men and 1 woman (Candy Carlson). If you’d attended any of the meetings during that time, it was easy to see that the men were closely aligned and often took a stand against Candy. In recent years, 2 of the men stepped down and men who replaced them are not aligned with the other 2.

The 2 remaining men are up for election this year. My personal opinion is that both men are good men, but they have failed to listen to the people of the county for too many years and that has hurt their reputation with many. I believe they try to do their job well and in the interest of what they believe is right.

The county government employees are represented by one of 6 unions. In 2020, the County Administrator (who is appointed by the BOS and is the top staff member) was up for contract renewal. 5 of the 6 employee unions voted not confidence in this person. Many employees shared their concerns with the BOS either in writing or at their regular meetings, and the Board held a special evening meeting which allowed members of the community to come speak alongside the employees. MANY attended and spoke, and at the end of the meeting, the 4 men voted to renew the contract, Candy voted against and shared not only her conversations with employees and the public, but her own troubled interactions with the Administrator, who refused to provide important information to her and often refused to meet with her at all.

I personally met with some of the men to discuss my own concerns about several appointed individuals. One of them told me point blank that if someone complains about one of his employees, that person loses credibility – he will protect his employees at all cost.

I’m sorry, but that simply does not sit well with me. Our elected officials have a responsibility to listen to us. THEY REPRESENT THE PEOPLE – not just the employees. If one of their employees is doing a bad job and multiple people have a complaint, they should be taken seriously and the issue needs to be addressed.

For this reason, the two men up for re-election have opposing candidates. (My district is not up for election this year, so I am not voting for these positions)

District 3

Dennis Garton is the sitting Supervisor. Email: dgarten@co.tehama.ca.us https://www.co.tehama.ca.us/board-of-supervisors/district-3/

His opponent is Pati Nolan. I don’t know Pati well, she seems very nice but I’m not sure I agree with all of her issues or the way she has spoken about other elected officials (not just the one she’s running against). Email: waterwitch1965@gmail.com

So I’m not sure how I would vote here. I think if I were in this district, I would start by sitting down with Dennis Garton and asking what he will do to change the way he is viewed by the community. Will he listen to the people he represents? If not, I’m not sure he’s the right choice.

District 4

Bob Williams is the sitting Supervisor. He is well liked by some of his district and engages with those people often. Others in the district don’t feel like he represents them at all. Email: bobito3342@gmail.com https://m.facebook.com/supervisorbobwilliams

Matt Hansen is a Lieutenant at the Red Bluff Police Dept. He is retiring at the end of this year and wants to make a difference in the community. He has a lot to say about how Mr. Williams has handled district 4 issues. https://hansen4tehama.com/

Auditor/Controller

The auditor/controller is the chief accounting officer for the county and is responsible for things like the county budget, payroll, accounts receivable & payable, assets & liabilities, and required financial statements. LEARN ABOUT A/C HERE

The current A/C is retiring. The second in command, Krista Petersen, is running as replacement. She has been with the county for nearly 20 years and has been training for this role. I met her briefly at a candidates forum – we spoke on personal matters and she was incredibly kind to me. That said, I was disappointed in how she treated her opponent during the public debates, at one point wagging her finger and chastising the other.

Candy Carlson (current district 2 Supervisor) is Krista’s opponent. I’ve personally spoken with Candy on many occassions and while we are not of the same political party, she has always checked her party politics at the door and has been very unbiased in our discussions. She listens and she is open to changing her mind.

Candy has shared publicly and in private conversations about her concerns about the county budget for years. She has many years of experience in accounting and has the benefit of having been on the Supervisor end of the county budget, so she has a different perspective than Krista.

I will be voting for Candy because while I believe Krista has the experience to do the job, her behavior towards Candy has shown she has no interest in listening to either the citizens of the community or the Board of Supervisors.

Sheriff-Coroner

I’ve spoken a lot about my views on the sheriff’s candidates. I want to dig in even deeper here because there are critical issues people need to understand before they make their selection.

The current Sheriff, Dave Hencratt, is retiring. Sheriff Hencratt is a good man and a good cop – he is very well respected in our community and by my husband and me.

Background on My Involvement

My husband, David Greer, retired as a Lieutenant from the Sheriff’s office in 2018, not because he was ready to be done, but because the environment and morale were so toxic that it wasn’t worth staying. If you’re interested understanding more – contact me, I’m happy to talk about this.

He went to work as a part-time reserve investigator at the RBPD focusing on standards and ethics (in large part, this was to keep his badge active so he could run for Sheriff in 2020). MANY current employees (including several on Kain’s current campaign) met with my husband and were eager to be part of his campaign team. Their concern? Dave Kain, current Captain and 3rd in command, was also going to run and they did not want that because of the way he treats others.

Due to several very severe family health issues, when it came time to start a committee and file paperwork for the campaign, David made the decision not to run.

Shortly after, Chad Parker threw his hat in the ring. Chad and I had began having discussions – largely because he wanted to better understand what Tehama Citizens for Freedom was all about and how he as Sheriff could support our efforts. Through these discussions, I got to know Chad better and learned about his thoughts on changing the Sheriff’s office. And I liked what I heard.

The issues our family was facing changed and David became available to be more involved. Chad and David have talked about David returning to the Sheriff’s office as 2nd in command – and David has agreed. He wants to make a difference – he wants to see the agency return to the family environment it used to be – he wants to see our county return to the safe community it used to be.

I say all this because I want you to understand that yes, we have skin in the game, but I also want you to understand WHY. Both of us are happy to answer any questions about our involvement. But what I really what you to know is that we didn’t back Chad only because our views on Kain were negative – we back Chad because of his own ideas and values.

There is absolutely NO benefit to David returning to work. It doesn’t impact our finances. It takes him away from home and creates a toll on our family. If we did not believe wholeheartedly that our county desperately needs a change in leadership, he would continue in his retirement, enjoying our property and family, traveling in our RV and simply living life.

I fully support my husbands desire to make a difference for our county and I pray he gets the chance to do that under Chad’s administration.

Chad Parker

Chad has great plans – I encourage you to get to know him and decide for yourself if you like what he wants to do. You can read about his plans and watch his videos: https://chad4sheriff.com.

He is also happy to talk and answer questions – so feel encouraged to reach out to him! chad4sheriff@gmail.com

Dave Kain

If you’ve followed me at all, you know I have major concerns about Kain. My concerns continue to build the closer to election we get. I’ll share all of this below, but I also want to encourage you to reach out to me if you have any questions – shawn@tehamafreedom.org.

Integrity

I add this first because this is the biggest issue. And while there is one incident we keep talking about, it’s not just one incident – it’s a pattern of behavior that is known by law enforcement throughout the county.

The issue is what’s called a Brady violation. Learn More Here

You may have heard him state he has been exonerated. What’s the truth?

Here are the facts:

  • In 2002, Kain was part of a drug task force investigating a certain individual. He and another officer falsified the reason for making a car stop on that individual.
  • Other officers involved were disturbed by this incident and reported it.
  • The District Attorney’s office did an investigation.
  • The DA sent the investigation to the Dept of Justice for review.
  • The Dept of Justice responded with 2 recommendations:
    1. They did not think criminal charges were warranted (because they were protecting an informant)
    2. They believed the incident should be discoverable under Brady v Maryland. LEARN MORE ABOUT BRADY HERE

Below is a copy of the DOJ letter (which I received directly from the DOJ via a public information request – you can submit your own request at: https://oag.ca.gov/contact/publicrecords_form)

I personally obtained this letter directly from the DOJ via a public information request (you can read that here). This is public information folks!

Why is this letter so important? Because it shows that the officer was willing to violate someone’s constitutionally protected rights.

Let me pose a hypothetical theory to you. What if you were the driver who was pulled over? An informant told the officer you had drugs. You don’t – but instead of providing honest information about the real reason for the car stop (the informant info), the officer manufactured a cause saying you were not using your wipers in the rain (even though it wasn’t actually raining). The officer searches your car and finds nothing. Would you be angry? Is this not a violation of the constitution? Yes – it is!

Kain has provided information that he considers to be “exoneration”. One is a letter from his current boss stating Kain was cleared of the incident. The other is a letter from county counsel. Neither of these letters are exoneration. Any evidence proving his innocence would be sent to the DOJ and they would issue the exoneration. Short of that – NOTHING ELSE MATTERS!

To add insult to injury – Kain also states that Dave Greer “cleared him of this incident” when he performed his background investigation to be hired by the Sheriff’s office. Kain stated publicly (even put a video of himself on his FB) that he was given authorization to read his background file because of the accusations.

There are a few things that need to be addressed here:

  1. The investigator doesn’t “clear” the individual of wrongdoing. He provides information to the sheriff so he can make an informed decision about the applicant.
  2. Was the letter available to the investigator? If not, then the background doesn’t matter.
  3. The investigator is prohibited from commenting on the background – IT IS CONFIDENTIAL!
  4. When a potential employee agrees to a background, they sign a waiver stating they understand they are never allowed to read the file. Why? Because the investigator needs to be able to assure the people he speaks with that nothing they say will get back to the individual in question.

If anything, the fact that Kain read his own background file simply shows he continues to practice unethical behavior. Couple that with the fact that his initial response when the letter was released on social media was to deny it completely and call the other candidate a liar, I am more convinced than ever that having him as sheriff would be an absolute nightmare for our county.

Community Partnerships

Kain often touts his relationship with some of the community organizations. The ones I’ve heard him mention do not feel the same way.

Board members of 2 of those agencies are part of Chads campaign, as is a retired CPS worker. These individuals (4 total) have all shared that Kain does not have a good relationship with any of the organizations.

Some of the employees of one of those agencies asked for a private meeting with Chad, which I attended. They expressed individually their disappointment in the current lack of engagement by our sheriffs office.

501c3 agencies are prohibited from ANY involvement in politics. The employees and board members are not allowed to publicly talk about the candidates (positive or negative) in representing those orgs. So they cannot make formal statement to say that one candidate lies about their involvement. They can speak privately and of their own views.

This leads back to ethics. It is not ok to say you have a strong relationship with someone who cannot rebut that statement when that relationship does not exist.

If you know someone who works for these organizations, you can speak to them one on one.

Unopposed

I sense these individuals are all ethical and want to do the right thing. Unfortunately I think some of them do not understand what the citizens want (and at least one just doesn’t care).

These positions will be up for election in 4 years – others will be up in 2 years. I want to encourage people to consider running. Look into the roles, think about your own qualifications (most require nothing more than residency) and really consider it.

I’d be happy to support you and help however I can!

  • Assessor – Kenneth Brown
  • Clerk/Recorder – Jennifer Vise
  • Disrict Attorney – Matt Rogers
  • Tax Collector – Parker Hunt

Closing Thoughts

Yes – some of this is harsh. Honestly, there is a lot more I could share about the subject of ethics in regards to this individual. The list is long and disturbing. Even more disturbing is that I’ve learned other officials in our county have been complicit in attempting to keep us, the people, from knowing about some of it.

So I’ll say it again – I want ethical people in positions of power in our community. It starts with voting for people who will do the right thing FOR US – no matter what.

Ask questions. Don’t settle. Vote well.

And if at all possible – VOTE IN PERSON!

Corrupt and Unethical – How Do You Know?

On the last Station 19, one of the fire chiefs who is known to be cruel and unethical is now a candidate for mayor.

Many of the fire guys are frustrated when they see him on camera talking about how he knows so much about the inside, he knows how to fix things and he’s already doing what needs to be done. Sound familiar?

One of the guys, frustrated, says “What is the point of anything we do when this stupid city and this broken country and this absurd world seems to be just fine with ‘Dixons’…. we keep giving them platforms, power and government positions. Isn’t not trying to stop him like giving him a platform?”

I’ve been hearing about corruption and unethical actions of certain people in this community for years. Somehow they seem to end up getting promoted or elected to higher positions.

Why do we allow this? I hear people talk all the time about how sick they are of representatives and leaders who don’t listen to their people. And yet when we have a chance to weed them out, we don’t do it.

Why is it that we don’t demand goodness from the people in decision making roles? We keep electing them. We don’t speak up when we know there is wrong being done.

Next week, I plan to share my ballot – not because I think you should vote the same, but because I think it’s important to talk about why we vote.

You have to make your own decisions about how to vote. But I hope my willingness to talk about why I’m voting certain ways will encourage you to do the same.

I don’t really know how much our vote truly counts at the state or federal levels, but I do believe our vote counts locally. So let’s vote well. Let’s vote for people whose ethics are not questionable. Let’s vote for people who have a history of listening to people.

VOTE SAFE – VOTE IN PERSON

Did you know that in the November 2020 Election, the ballots mailed to registered voters in Tehama County did not work in the scanning machine?  Apparently a team of individuals re-created all of the Tehama County ballots so they could be run through the machine and counted.  

Issues like this are concerning.  Our local elections clerk doesn’t appear to think election fraud is a significant enough issue – but it is to me.  

Ballots will be sent out starting May 9 to every registered “active” voter.  It’s time to analyze the candidates and issues.  I’ll be sharing my decisions soon – but I want to start making decisions about HOW I will vote now.

The Election Integrity Project of California (EIP-CA) has been sharing some tips on how to vote safely.  You can find their articles below.  Some of the things that stuck out to me are listed below – but here are some tips to vote safe based on those issues:

  1. Verify your voter registration
  2. Vote In Person at your assigned poling location – Take Your Mail In Ballot!
  3. Surrender the Vote by Mail ballot you were sent – write SURRENDERED on it and tear it in half. (If you do not have your ballot to surrender or you go to the wrong polling location, you will be required to vote provisionally. These ballots are put in an envelope and held until a decision can be made about whether the person is an eligible voter.)

California SOS – Voting in Person (How It Works)

ISSUES OF CONCERN:

  • If you are registered to vote (even if you haven’t been active in recent elections), you can still vote! Check your registration and go to the polls.
  • When you return your ballot in an envelope with your name and address clearly visible, you are, in effect, waiving your right to a secret ballot, as you, the voter, are clearly identifiable. You are also subjecting your ballot to innumerable opportunities for potential manipulation as it passes through hundreds of hands of postal workers, seasonal elections officials, ballot traffickers and signature verifiers.
  • Even after the ballot is removed from the identifying envelope, it is subjected to intense inspection and potential duplication or adjudication before it finally can be tabulated. It takes DAYS before your ballot—potentially transformed in some way—is finally fully “processed”.
  • After vote by mail ballots are extracted from their envelopes, they are carefully inspected—for damage (torn or mangled by handlers, marked incorrectly, stray marks, erasure, food or drink spills, printer defects, Remote Access ballots which are ballots that have been submitted via email – yep, you read that right, they allow that). These ballots are “re-made” by election officials.

Vote Safe #1 – “Everybody” Gets a Ballot—So What Now?

Vote Safe #2 – Weighing Your Voter Options

Vote Safe #3 – Damaged Ballots—You’ll Never Know

Vote Safe #4 – How To Vote in Person

Vote Safe #5 – What to do if…

Vote Safe # 6 – It’s only the primaries…

Vote Safe #7 – 3 warnings: ballot tracking, redistributing & the complex senate race

Vote Safe #8 – Citizen observers – take some time to observe the polls!


VOTING IN TEHAMA COUNTY

Check your voter registration:  Online Voter Registration | California Secretary of State

Track your ballot:  https://california.ballottrax.net/voter/

Tehama County Elections Info: Elections – Tehama County

Qualities of an Election Candidate

I’ve been attending the candidates nights, which honestly have been a bit disappointing. One of the questions at one event was “what characteristics do you think the person in this position should have?”

This is a question we should be asking ourselves of every single position on the ballot. Honestly – for me the answer is the same across the board.

  • Strong moral values comes first: Integrity – Honest – Transparency – Sincerity – Compassion
  • Interest in the concerns of EVERY citizen they represent – including their competition, including those who are less than desirable, including those with whom they disagree. And treating those individuals with respect.
  • Elected officials take an oath to uphold and defend the constitution – I want to know they take this seriously (not just the 2nd amendment – but the whole constitution). I hear too often “I have to follow the law”, “I have to do what the state tells me”. No – you first have to know the constitution and respect it as the supreme law of the land. Period.

I don’t care if the candidate is a great public speaker. I don’t care if they have more experience. I don’t even care if they’ve had some personal life issues.

For too long, I have voted for people because I liked what they wrote in their candidate statement. Yes – that’s probably gonna tell me something, but it’s written to entice me – it’s advertising, that’s it. If I don’t sit down and talk with them, will I know what they really think?

Over the last couple of years, I’ve chatted with quite a few of our currently local elected officials. I’m disappointed in some of them – as are a lot of people.

But WE voted for them! So now it’s time for me to rethink how I make the decisions on which box to check on my ballot.

There are more candidates nights coming up. I’ll be attending them not to hear what they say from the podium, some of them are just better speakers – does that make them better human beings? No! In some cases, it just makes them better public fibbers.

What I Don’t Want in a Candidate

Apathy – Indifference

I had emailed one of the candidates a while back and I spoke to her briefly at one of the forums. I gave her my business card and after I walked away, I watched her hand my card to an associate. I don’t know what she said, but the associate rolled her eyes and the official nodded her head.

I suppose there’s an off chance she wasn’t speaking about me, but that’s not the first time I’ve felt her lack of interest in my concerns. Her email responses have given me the same impression. They’re short and snippy and basically have the tone that my concerns are not important to her.

Unfortunately, she doesn’t have an opponent or I would very seriously be talking with them.

Disrespect – Passive Aggressive

Some of the candidates are being unbelievably disrespectful to their opponents.

I understand having disagreements with the other persons platforms. I understand looking back at past experience and actions that have been taken. But using a public forum to try to embarrass or belittle your opponent will not win any points with me.

One of the candidates for controller/auditor is Krista Peterson, currently the 2nd in command of that office. She has worked there for 19 years, literally training for this position. On paper she might seem like the logical choice.

Her opponent is Candy Carlson, current Board of Supervisors member (which is an elected position that makes the decisions about how our county is run overall).

I’ve had several opportunities in recent years to have lengthy discussions with Candy. Long before she put her name in for this position, she had been publicly stating that she has concerns about the way our finances are being managed. She has an opportunity to make changes that will help the BOS make better decisions and I commend her for wanting to do so.

During the candidate forums, Krista chastised and belittled Candy because Krista doesn’t think that the controller’s office is doing anything wrong.

I take issue with this For 2 reasons:

  1. Candy is a current elected official who has been doing her job well and is respected by many – she is voted into office by the people and is responsible for the overall budget of the county. In asking deep questions about the finances, she is looking to protect her constituents. If Krista truly thinks the finances are properly handled, she should have simply offered to sit down with Candy and discuss the issues.
  2. Candy is also a citizen. If she has concerns about the practices of an elected official, it is her RIGHT to seek answers. No elected official should ever speak down to a citizen. When that citizen has a concern – it should be addressed. It’s really that simple.

History of Bad Behavior

I support one of the candidates for sheriff in large part because I know the history of bad behavior in regards to the other.

Chad Parker wants change for that office. he has great ideas about how to affect that change. Don’t get me wrong – I think he has the experience to do the job, but if the other candidate had integrity, it would be a toss up.

Dave Kain is currently 3rd in command at the SO and seems to think he deserves to be sheriff because he’s in the line of succession. But he won’t even acknowledge the concerns that many of us have.

Both my husband and Chad left the agency because the environment had become incredibly toxic. Approximately 40 other people in the last 4 years have also left. That’s more than 30% of the entire agency staff.

People need to hear this – no one wants to talk about it publicly because they don’t want to be thought of as whiners. But how do you know that there’s a morale issue if you don’t listen to the people who are suffering?

Kain would have us believe employees left because of salary. That’s simply not true – we know this because we’ve spoken with numerous people who have left. Yes some went to other agencies at a higher wage, but that’s not why they started looking.

He claims the exit interviews all support his line of thinking. Well, he actually did my husband’s exit interview – he was told about the concerns, he didn’t acknowledge a single one.

I have a huge list of issues like this – true concerns about whether he will continue to bully and belittle people if he becomes sheriff. He is doing it now during the campaign – so why wouldn’t he continue it in office?

It makes me sick to think people have bought into his ability to con them.

He’s led a dirty campaign and continues to treat my husband and Chad with disrespect. I don’t want someone like that in any elected office.

Challenge

If you are like me and have historically voted based on who has more name recognition or a better candidate statement, I want to challenge you to rethink how you’re voting. Ask yourself questions and have conversations with others.

What are qualities you think are important in a candidate?

What issues with current candidates do you see?

Do you want to see continuity in the way an office is run? Or do you want to see change?

I’m sharing my concerns because I think people need to know more about who‘s on the ballot. I want to hear from you too. Email me confidentially at shawn@tehamafreedom.org if you want to share information about a candidate.

AND VOTE IN PERSON! Learn more here: https://tehamafreedom.org/2022/05/08/vote-safe-vote-in-person/