Sunday, January 19, 2014

Diaz (quietly) admits his reading of election code was wrong - George Boardman [updated January 21,2013]

UPDATE: Dutifully, our local leftwing blogger comes to the defense of his dearest friend. Jeff Pelline points out that Diaz does have an excuse for his mistake. Pelline and Diaz point out that defending Diaz's wrongful interpretation of the law will cost taxpayers unnecessary dollars in legal fees. First, spending taxpayers' dollars (to the tune of nearly $3 million) did not cross either of their minds in 2010-2011 during the AtPac lawsuit. Second, I challenge both Pelline and Diaz to point to a single county in the great state of California that shares their wrongful interpretation of the election law. In response to this challenge, we will hear crickets from the peanut gallery, because that single county does not exist. The take away here is that Diaz was wrong and spinning the story (again) and Pelline is dutifully defending his favorite elected official with flowering rhetoric (again).

"County Clerk Recorder Gregory Diaz, who likes to issue mind-numbing press releases that promote the competence of his office, has quietly admitted that his novel interpretation of a section of the election code was wrong."

"Diaz sent a certified letter to Patricia Smith, chair of Americans for Safe Access Nevada County, conceding he was wrong when he told the group it needed 9,923 valid signatures instead of 9,131 to qualify a medical marijuana initiative for the ballot."

"The information was buried in a press release from ASA-NC announcing its first meeting of the new year. “Now that we have excluded the over and under votes to calculate the number of signatures we needed, I am certain our initiative will pass,” Smith said in the press release."

The rest of the article is here.

25 comments:

  1. Pelline has his nose placed firmly in Mr. Diaz's butt crack. I have no personal animosity to Mr. Diaz but my goodness, this love affair by the FUE is over the top. I see the FUE is plastering the election results of your race again. I think you are under his skin. LOL!

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  2. I have no opinion on the location of Jeff's nose. That said, neither Pelline nor Diaz have pointed to a county that shares Diaz's misguided and wrong interpretation. I am patiently waiting for the information. No crickets...just more personal attacks, but that is Pelline's modis operandi. Sad.

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  3. I think Pelline is a bit off being a flatlander and Bay Area affectionato. Why someone would move up here to Nevada County and immediately start a hate campaign against the very people he chose to live among is troubling. Since he really has no clue about the locals, (he calls everyone, "good old boys") it is no wonder he so bigoted.

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  4. My problem is with the intimidation and retaliation in a very personal way, refusing to have an honest discussion without very personal attacks that have no bearing on the debate but simply seek to change the focus of the discussion rom that which he cannot support. I truly feel sorry for him, as such an existence must not be very uplifting. But to be back on topic, I am still waiting for the evidence from another county backing up the misguided interpretation by Diaz and Pelline. Tick tock. Even his recent rant about the Fire Safe Council stems from an intimidation incident with them. Sad.

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  5. Barry,
    Thanks for not taking the bait from Todd.

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  6. Recently, Jeff Pelline started attacking the Fire Safe Council. Why? One must remember that Pelline attempts to intimidate anyone with whom he disagrees and retaliate for such disagreement with personal attacks. Basically, it is bullying people into cowering from speaking out. It is my understanding that while Pelline and the Fire Safe Council have a "history." Intimidation (and now the retaliation)...the Pelline way.

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  7. Barry,
    I think Jeff P. actually has a lot to offer but is dismissed because of a number of reasons and he decided to play the game as he likes to say the "good ol boys" of Nevada County like to play. The tone was set by others and he decided to get into the game instead of just being the target or shrinking into the corner with his head down. I respect the quality of fighting back. I saw a microcosm of this over at Rebane's and I did the same thing, decided to stay and play the game as the host allows it to be played. Is it the way I would like it to be? Not even close. I think if everyone would stick to issues and leave the personal attacks out of it we would find much more agreement in our opinions than we think.

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  8. Ben E why would you thank someone? You are too funny.

    The Fire Safe Council is mostly filled with "good ol' boys" I guess. We all know how the Pelline hates them. But, when you can't make inroads on your personality with the folks in charge, you end up like him, angry, snarling and an outcast to polite society.

    See you at the Red Light Ball Barry!

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    1. Todd,
      "Ben E why would you thank someone? You are too funny."

      I appreciated that Barry didn't go down the road you were leading him, that is why.

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  9. Here is a link to the "history."

    http://yubanet.com/regional/Mountain-Messenger-NevadaCo-Wrestles-With-Media-Monopoly.php

    "We had an instance where The Union demanded an exclusive from us and when Jeff Pelline discovered that we had made a media release to KNCO, he refused to publish anything on the story," Joanne Drummond, Executive Director, Fire Safe Council of Nevada County told The Messenger.

    The news the Fire Safe Council was trying to give The Union was about suspension of the Council's free wood chipping program due to the holdup on approval of the state's budget.

    "We were doing everything we could to get the word out to everybody," Drummond said. "Our position was that it wasn't in the community's interest to provide an exclusive to any one media source.

    "Pelline was very dissatisfied and I was a little taken aback by his response. I did not think it was professional. Personally, I was offended.

    "We don't have a lot of money to buy advertising and we really need the news media. But, we've had a lot of difficulty getting stories in our local newspaper. We think it should be their objective, as well as ours, to provide this critical information to the public. I'm not sure Jeff Pelline shares that objective.

    "We feel we serve the community and that if our newspaper served the community in the same fashion it would be easier for us to get the word out," Drummond concluded. "It's very disappointing."

    The Fire Safe Council provides funding for fuel breaks, clears defensible space for low income seniors and the disabled, have a drive-by chipping program, free of charge, to help people dispose of vegetation wastes they have cleared. Some three-quarters of a million dollars have been spent by the Council on free programs and services in Nevada County.

    Dennis Cassella, Fire Safe Council Board Chairman, was with Drummond when she called on Pelline. "He wanted an exclusive story and when we told him that we had given it to KNCO as well, he said 'The meeting is over.' and he left the room," Cassella told The Messenger. "We were very surprised."

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  10. Dennis Cassella is a fine and decent man. We worked together for many years at the County. Pelline comes in and tries to push Dennis around and Dennis sets him straight. If Pelline had volunteered his time as much as Dennis has for all the "good ol' boys and girls" Pelline would have no tme to be a snark.

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    1. Todd,
      How was Jeff P. treated when he first took over the Union by the "good ol boys"? I seriously have no idea but will speculate he was treated with country politeness until it became apparent he was not going to go along to get along in Nevada County. Then the intimidation and bullying tactics started. Again, just speculation but I have been in enough rural small towns in my life to know how it works.

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    2. BenE, please stop embarrassing yourself here and elsewhere. You don't know squat about this topic or the individuals but you mouth off as if you do. You are totally skanked man.

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    3. I am not seeing where Ben is being disagreeable.

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  11. If one initially refuses to do something, finally doing it does not negate the initial refusal. My daughter sometimes initially refuses to take a shower in the morning. Once she finally does, she is still reprimanded for the initial refusal. Logic. What a concept.

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  12. It is amazing that the plain language of the statute was ignored; had the Legislature wanted petitions to be based on the number of ballots cast in the last Gubernatorial election, they could have written just that.

    The Yubanet link near the top is dead, but extending the Pelline history, I've been told by a long timer not in management that Pelline was universally despised at The Union during his tenure there. Reading his blog and participating before he chased out virtually all who didn't share his views, I've come to believe narcissism is a factor. Consider how these line up with Pelline's actions:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissism#Hotchkiss.27_seven_deadly_sins_of_narcissism

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  13. Todd: You need to sit down and chat with Ben. He is a pretty reasonable guy.

    Greg: I just spent about 30 minutes reading about narcissistic personality disorder. Amazing the correlation, but at the same time, it is very sad that the narcissist cannot see it. The question arises from the readings is if one is a narcissist and reads the symptoms but cannot see the obvious traits that all others see in them, how can you get help when you cannot even see the reality of your disorder. Further, therapy may not work due to the excessive inability to take criticism. How does it end? While completely unrelated to the initial topic of this post, the reading was quite interesting.

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    1. Barry, first, let's hold short of declaring a diagnosis we aren't in a position to make, but yes, it's hard to not consider it a factor here. I think the moment I came to that was after Pelline had fabricated a story and posted it in a blog that I had a "temper tantrum" at a Nevada City Constitution Day parade, a claim that has absolutely (and I mean Absolutely) no basis in fact. He then sent me an email offering to apologize for that *if* I'd retract my report (repeated above) that someone at The Union stated he was universally despised there during his tenure and I'd guess, from the FUE's campaign against them in the years since, that hasn't changed. I refused, as I'd not reward him for an obvious libel which may have well been made in order to be a bargaining chip.

      He appears to need to be the center of attention and needs to be liked.

      At the moment at his blog, the FUE and his greek chorus are continuing the ad hominems in my direction rather than actually arguing the subjects I raised in a recent Other Voices rebuttal to a Jeff Kane piece. If you can't argue the facts, attack the person and he's keeping to his word of blocking my responses.

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    2. Barry, the FUE is reading this thread and wants me to give him a private letter I wrote a local organization 'to clear the air' about my above statement, and I apologize for hijacking your blog for another column inch or two.

      Jeff, you claimed I threw a temper tantrum at a Constitution Day parade. That never happened. If you want to clear the air, come clean and admit you had no factual basis whatsoever for making that claim.



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    3. Here's a particularly interesting list...
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissism#Aggressive_narcissism

      Are any of them *not* applicable here?

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  14. Barry, I have no desire to sit down and chat with BenE. We are all fascists in his posts and that stops any reasonable person from a kumbaya moment. I will simply counter him wherever he pops up as he is not a reasonable person. Of course if he wishes to debate me in a public forum I am all for it.

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  15. Todd,
    I am only considered unreasonable by those who are strict ideologues. That is one of my points with the authoritarian fascist/ corporatist riff. Outside of Rebane's Ruminations I can find common ground with just about anybody. The issues I raise are generally supported by the majority of Americans and international community. Just saying.

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  16. Ben decries name calling but just can't help but call the people who he disagrees with names, like authoritarian, fascist or corporatist, none of which accurately portray George Rebane or, as far as I can tell, any of Rebane's regular visitors.

    By a recent Gallup poll, 38% of Americans self identify as conservative and only 23% consider themselves liberal. Libertarians, the original liberals, probably fit into the one dimensional Gallup model as radical moderates.

    No Ben, the only way you can appear to get just about anyone in the USA to agree with you is to attach to words meanings that aren't generally shared.

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