Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

A holiday letter from Sheriff D’Agostini

EDITOR:

The holiday season is upon us. This is a time of year to reflect on the year that was and the year that soon will be. From a personal standpoint, it’s a time to reflect on the priorities in life; faith, family, friendship, health and happiness.

From a professional standpoint, it’s a time to take a few steps back and assess our progress, gauge our growth and prepare ourselves for the year to come.

This season is a time for family gatherings and celebrations. Whether it is families traveling to a relative’s home to celebrate or friends venturing out for their holiday shopping, these trips typically require driving. All of our area law enforcement agencies will be working around the clock to ensure the safety of our community out enjoying Christmas and New Year parties and celebrations, but we also look to each and every person to take responsibility for their actions, drink sensibly and not drive after drinking.

At all levels of government and private industry we are still facing an uncertain fiscal future. As you know our Sheriff’s Office and employees have made significant budget reductions doing their part in assisting with a balanced county budget without reducing the level of service to our community.

I want you to know that providing public safety services will continue to be my highest priority and I will ensure that when you need our assistance, we will be there.

My vision is to maintain one of the best law enforcement agencies in California, building on the hard work and service provided by the dedicated employees at the Sheriff’s Office. Your Sheriff’s Office consists of highly professional, well-trained staff, with access to some of the most reliable equipment and technology available to law enforcement. With these tools and a commitment to public service, our level of interaction with the community will increase and I will work hard to protect your rights and our foothill lifestyle.

Please know that we work for you and accept my wishes for a happy and safe holiday season for you and those you hold dear.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and all you cherish.

JOHN D’AGOSTINI
El Dorado County Sheriff

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Discussion | 18 comments

  • oh brotherDecember 09, 2013 - 11:42 am

    Question: When will Ray Nutting be prosecuted for starting fires on non-burn days and letting them get out of control to the point that the fire department has to step in? Sheriff, is it not your duty to protect citizens who live near the Happy Valley Ranch from having their homes burned down due to one persons arrogance, incompetence and disregard for the law?

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  • oh brotherDecember 09, 2013 - 12:00 pm

    Correction. It appears that burning was technically legal on the days Nutting set his ranch on fire. It just was't logical for an intelligent person taking into account the dry conditions and high winds.

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  • Y I OughtaDecember 11, 2013 - 5:25 am

    And when are we going to bring the "hang" back to "hangtown"?

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  • In the KnowDecember 11, 2013 - 7:40 am

    Blah blah blah, lets look at all the promotions made since you took over and all the high paid retirements and those who still exist with false degrees and where is that new broom that was to make a clean sweep of the corruption within. Looks as if you have settled in quite well and to answer "Oh Brother" no you won't step in as it was DaddyRay who brought you in. From your brother in-law to the last promotion are they all falling in step with you and Hal and do they do your bidding at a snap of your finger, that answer would be yes. Hard to believe your words as you have been schooled to say a lot and mean or do nuttin, but that has proven to be the case. Those who will say yes without question will and have been promoted and at what cost; again we see more chiefs and no indians, more smoke and mirrors, more talk and no action...GOB's haven't left they still exist and the department/public suffer,false promises and status quo.

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  • Fran DuchampDecember 11, 2013 - 8:35 am

    Merry Christmas Sheriff, to you and your family.

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  • 57 ChevyDecember 11, 2013 - 10:10 am

    Sheriff, contrary to your campaign promises to parade heads around on a stick instead you've doled out promotions and raises to staff. EDC just got more of the same GOB corruption that Barker and Neves were famous for. Self promoting through this column demonstrates your true colors and loss of credibility in the public eye.

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  • Jim RiordanDecember 11, 2013 - 10:52 am

    "Oh brother" . . yeah that's what I say every time I read letters with phony names like yours and "57chevy" . What kind of credibility do you think you get from hiding behind phony names and throwing stones? How about a big "ZERO". Perhaps you Fakirs should notice that our Sheriff and his Deputies just made four arrests of the worthless pukes who have been committing robberies in the Pollock Pines area. Perhaps you no-name losers should note that our Sheriff has been chosen to be the Top Lawman in California by those who actually use their real names. El Dorado County is extremely fortunate to have John D'Agostini as Sheriff. . . and extremely unfortunate to have a Newspaper that does not demand that phony "losers" should have to use their real names. Keep up the great Job Sheriff and Merry CHRISTmas. And, lumps of coal in their stockings for all no-name losers hiding behind phony monikers. Man-up, use your real name or quit your cowardly writing.

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  • B H ObamaDecember 11, 2013 - 11:04 am

    Jim, If you like your Sheriff you can keep him.

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  • COMPASS2TRUTHDecember 11, 2013 - 3:44 pm

    First, I’d like to predicate what I’m about to say with the fact that I campaigned and voted for Sheriff D’Agostini in 2010. Now for the rest of the story… Our Constitutional Sheriff cannot pick and choose which laws to enforce and other laws to turn a blind eye and deaf ear. You’ll recall Sheriff D’Agostini made a lot of campaign promises that he reneged on, including his Open Door Policy for the purpose of transparency, accountability and exposing the corruption within EDSO. During one of our initial meetings held in his office with State Park officials and EDC Department heads Sheriff D’Agostini stated, “Hold their feet to the fire (BOS); all of them. Mine too. I work for you.” Since then the Sheriff has not only REFUSED to respond appropriately to California Public Records Act requests, requests for follow up meetings and EDSO representation at River Management Advisory Committee meetings as required by LAW, but he has also CUT OFF all email contact with certain constituents. Furthermore he has refused to enter material evidence into case files and/or refused to assign a case file number to legitimate calls for EDSO service. In essence, assigning case file numbers would provide ACCURATE information about the crime statistics in District #4. By refusing to respond to legitimate calls for service or investigation and failure to respond to CPRAs the Sheriff becomes remiss in his fiduciary responsibilities and his Constitutional Oath of Office. When confronted about these issues during the 10/23/13 “We Work for You” community meeting held in Garden Valley, D’Agostini remarked, “You’re taking up too much of my staff’s valuable time.” How so Sheriff? YOU work for US!!! Melody Lane, founder Compass2Truth - Conservatives Serving God in Truth & Liberty

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  • Melody LaneDecember 11, 2013 - 4:13 pm

    Mr. Riordan - Perhaps I've got bigger cajones than the rest of the guys because I'm not afraid to use my real name. There are valid reasons for certain individuals who choose to use an alias, namely INTIMIDATION and BULLY TACTICS aka the GOB network. Many are legitimately fearful losing their county jobs, their businesses being blacklisted or their good reputations dragged through the political dirt track. Our founding fathers paid a high price for the liberties we enjoy today. It is the responsibility of each citizen to research the FACTS, speak up, and when necessary ACT upon those convictions in order to defend those liberties.

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  • 1036-FrankDecember 11, 2013 - 6:49 pm

    The Sheriff started out with a Gob mess to clean up from the three prior Sheriff's, this is clear, and a lot campaign promises. As I have said before, there were far too many of the Gob's allowed to remain or depart on their own terms after they lost the election. People kept waiting for action, all that was seen was a few of the Gob's slowly retired after their retirement parties and they were laughing all the way to the bank.instead of the orange jail suits demanded by the voters. At the same time there have been some of the same old left over Gob's around and some that stuck around have been, just as before, over- promoted. There also was the recent release of some little known current salary figures for top staff that were shocking and the discovery that the Sheriff's pay was far higher then many other much larger counties, if not the highest in Northern Cal, because of old BOS actions, this has been addressed now at the BOS for all department heads and top staff should be reduced to comparable counties next. Another thing is some of the old Gob's are still in place collecting their inflated pay from prior bogus promotions from the rigged system. To really clean it up, as voters wanted, there should have been a number of terminations and prosecutions for corruption instead of the afterward retirement parties that people didn't see.

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  • Compass2TruthDecember 12, 2013 - 12:10 am

    The following is an excerpt of materials entered into the public record of the 10/22/13 BOS meeting during Open Forum. (It still does not appear appropriately posted): "I’d like to provide you a little feedback about recent some CPRAs submitted to the BOS demonstrating El Dorado County’s government BS (that’s Bureaucratic Shenanigans): 1) The CPRA submitted to the BOS on 8/27/13 was incomplete and transmitted electronically 2 days late by the Clerk of the Board. 2) The specific CPRA submitted to the BOS on 9/24/13 regarding the American River Resort was never received at all. Note it was due October 8th. 3) Here’s my favorite example: On October 1st I submitted a very specific CPRA to the Sheriff’s Office requesting an appointment to view 2 case files. A response was due 10/15/13. The response I received from Lt. Golmitz was dated September 23rd prior to my CPRA submission on 10/1 yet it was postmarked the very day I submitted it to the BOS. Additionally his letter included 2 other CFS numbers that I did NOT request via that CPRA. (BTW, CFS numbers have no physical file to contain documentation. THAT'S HOW THE SHERIFF MANAGES TO KEEP THE CRIME STATISTICS DOWN.) On October 8th I received another response to the same CPRA from Lt. Golmitz. This one was dated October 4th. In his letter he refers to Government Code Section 54985 and an El Dorado County Resolution 113-95 dated May 16, 1995. That resolution NO LONGER EXISTS on the EDC Resolution website because it was superseded by AB1234 which was signed by the Governor October 7, 2005. AB1234 is the Ethics Training bill that stipulates agencies may charge the direct cost of producing a copy of a record. The direct cost of duplication includes the pro-rata (proportionate cost) of copying equipment as well as the pro-rata cost of the person running the equipment. The direct costs of duplication DO NOT include costs affiliated with the research, retrieval, or redaction of a record as Sheriff D’Agostini claimed on September 18th when he addressed a group of us in El Dorado Hills. The theory is that THESE COSTS MUST BE BORN BY THE AGENCY AS PART OF ITS DUTY TO SERVE THE PUBLIC. In other words, charging $10 for a report requested via a CPRA that actually costs 10 cents per page is referred to as UNJUST ENRICHMENT."

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  • HypocriteDecember 12, 2013 - 9:18 am

    To 1036 Frank The Sheriff had a Gob to clean up from pryor Sheriff's. Why doesn't that apply to Obama?

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  • Renae ThorpeDecember 12, 2013 - 9:16 pm

    Wow; our Sheriff writes a Letter to the Public for Good Will, and so many "jump on the Band Wagon" with derogatory comments that should be directed @ another venue; the Office of E.D.S.O. We teach our Children to be "nice" not "naughty"; then you wonder why your teenagers & young adults get in trouble & do not "respect Law Enforcement". Yes, there is Good & Bad in everyone. But this is not the proper Forum to view your complaints. Oh, & I'm not a Coward who will not show my name. "Check YOUR Agenda" everyone, & be happy you live in a "Free Country", stop blaming "The Oldest Newspaper in California since 1851" for allowing these comments, some "Good", most "Bad". They CAN take away your anonymity! Oh, & God Bless the Children & Homeless in 3rd World Countries. Shame on some of you! Suggestion: Change you Diaper!

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  • Renae ThorpeDecember 12, 2013 - 9:46 pm

    Get a Life "Hypacrite". You go from commenting on a Letter from our Sheriff, to Obama....what are you sm---k-n?

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  • Jim RiordanDecember 12, 2013 - 12:02 pm

    Melody, Thank you for using your real name. I do not see how you can say that a report which must be retrieved, reviewed, copied and presented to the requestor could possibly cost "only 10 cents per page". The "man/woman hours" it takes to deliver said report would cost far more than that, and frankly, as a taxpayer, I would like to see the EDSO use their budget entirely on chasing bad guys and protecting citizens. Think about it this way: If an EDSO employee makes $20 hr. the cost for 1 minute of their time is roughly $0.333 cents. That is already over three times the 10 cents per page you are stating as "actual cost" and there is no way anybody can retrieve, review/redact and print one page in 20 seconds which they would have to do to. Any business person will tell you that 10 cents per page would barely cover the cost of paper, toner, electricity, upkeep of equipment, cost of sq. ft. for housing the copier, etc. which does not include any costs for personnel, benefits, et al. Personally, watching from the outside, I believe that Sheriff John has done and is doing the job I expected him to do. If he had run in roughshod and fired people based on citizens' claims of PRIOR, ALLEGED wrongdoing by multiple persons (who may harbor unjustified animosity), he could have faced a backlash of lawsuits by those individuals which would have cost us taxpayers far more in real budget dollars than the perceived value of getting rid of a few "gobs." I ask you to think about that. I support our Sheriff 100%.

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  • JimBoDecember 12, 2013 - 9:14 pm

    Happy Holidays John! You may remember a former sheriff named Dick Pacileo. He used to come to our High School government class each year and give a presentation. John, Dick was half the size of you and twice the Lawman - remember that!

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  • confusedDecember 12, 2013 - 10:11 pm

    Renae Thorpe I wanna know what ur smoking. Talk about a comment of jumble!

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