Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Enough is enough

EDITOR:

How much longer must we cope with the current debacle concerning Supervisor Ray Nutting?

Extensive amounts of county funds are being spent by the district attorney and the county auditor-controller to document and prosecute charges against Supervisor Nutting. Is it in the best interest of the taxpayers to continue with a technically complex prosecution which will clearly be lengthy and more expensive? How long should the loss of the services of a full-time supervisor continue to disenfranchise the residents of Supervisorial District 2?

After a 35-plus year career with the U.S. Government Accountability Office I found that the most successfully implemented recommendations from our audits and investigations called for the most practical and cost-effective actions rather than pursuing costly and lengthy civil or criminal legal sanctions. I believe that all the players need to recognize that the public interest is not well served by what looks like a game of political chicken. Instead, they can best meet the needs of residents and taxpayers by agreeing to a form of mediated settlement.

Ray Nutting is accountable directly to the people who elected him. Whether or not he should continue as a supervisor can be better decided by the voters in his district, not by a court ruling on legal paperwork technicalities. It is clear to me that Ray Nutting truly believed that he was not doing anything criminal. What he may be guilty of is having the hubris of a popular politician who believed that he could better interpret various regulations than most and did not always need to pay full attention to the fine print in such regulations to which the rest of us have to fully comply. I daresay that he is not the only county official, elected or not, who has acted this way.

Accordingly, to end this wasteful episode, I suggest a compromise that would involve Ray Nutting talking to his constituents … not to defend the legality of his actions but to acknowledge overall responsibility for the unintended negative consequences of his actions, describe what are his “lessons learned” and discuss how he intends to make things right. This acknowledgment of a need for improvement without any admission of intentional criminal action, could be enough to allow for the stoppage of the criminal prosecution by the county.

District Attorney Vern Pierson and County Auditor-Controller Joe Harn can stop now and say that they have done their job in following up on the criminal Grand Jury recommendations and making public officials accountable for their actions. Their actions to date have already punished Supervisor Nutting by publicly embarrassing him and forcing him to undertake extensive legal bills for his defense. Agreeing to stopping prosecution at this time should not be seen as a failure by Messrs. Pierson and Harn to do their elected duty but as a responsible action for cost effectiveness reasons. Such deals are routinely made in far more serious felony prosecutions. I would assume the same cost effectiveness arguments would apply to the State Attorney General’s action.

What do I get from this compromise other than the general premise of more effective expenditure of county funds? As a resident in Mr. Nutting’s district, I get back a full-time supervisor who is chastened and made wiser from this experience. Hopefully, he would be even more effective in representing my interests in maintaining the agricultural, rural and natural beauty of our part of this county.

THOMAS J. SCHULZ
Pollock Pines

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Discussion | 22 comments

  • Valerie MischNovember 27, 2013 - 8:55 am

    Couldn't have said it better myself... enough is enough...

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  • Oh BrotherNovember 27, 2013 - 9:27 am

    I am afraid Mr. Schulz, that this is far to logical for Pierson, Harn and the haters to understand...fully agree with your letter and suggestions. Doubt the District Attorney will do it though...he has his own agenda as does Harn and the defunct grand jury...

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  • oh brotherDecember 09, 2013 - 11:57 am

    That's weird. I thought I NEVER capitalized my name.

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  • Foaming at the MouthNovember 27, 2013 - 10:46 am

    Or, Nutting could cop a plea and resign. Same result - the prosecution stops and District 2 gets a new Supervisor.

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  • KristinNovember 27, 2013 - 1:22 pm

    Ray Nutting is a joke! Always has been and always will be! He is selfish and does what he wants to benefit himself. What do you guys have to say about another fire that got out of control on his property?? He doesn't follow the rules and they finally have enough proof to stop all his non sense! I'm so happy the county is actually doing something worthwhile like getting him and his lies out of any position that affects other people!

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  • Oh BrotherNovember 27, 2013 - 1:31 pm

    Kristen - there are several other elected officials we can say the same about...

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  • KristinNovember 27, 2013 - 2:00 pm

    I agree.... But right now we have the chance to get one of them out of office and to make him pay for the wrong doing. This chance doesn't come often

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  • oh brotherDecember 09, 2013 - 11:55 am

    That's weird. I thought I NEVER capitalized my name.

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  • Proverbs 2November 27, 2013 - 6:20 pm

    "Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse, who have left the straight paths to walk in dark ways, who delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil, whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways."

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  • Pastor jimNovember 29, 2013 - 6:16 am

    You paint the perfect picture of a wicked man. aka Raymond Nutting. I pray the DA perseveres on to get a conviction, and rid us of the wicked mans corruption. When one becomes corrupt and devalues the public trust thy shall lie in the depths of hell. For thee truth shall set one free, its now time for Nutting to cop a plea.

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  • cookie65November 29, 2013 - 6:44 am

    Word to the wise, cross the street when ever you see "pastor" preaching fire and brimstone and assigning guilt and punishment coming your way. They are the wolf scripture warns you of.

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  • MagiumNovember 29, 2013 - 7:48 am

    Sgt. Schulz of "Hogan's Hero's" "I see Nuttin, hear Nuttin..." are you kidding this man is a criminal, he violated every law that has been charged and continues to set fires without the proper permits and they go out of control and firefighters have to put them out at our expense. Do you think for one moment that he should not be held accountable for his total disregard for the law, he has and continues to cost this county untold dollars for his actions. He will be held to answer and the only deal cut will be time in jail/prison and the total pay back of money stolen. Just because you fell he has been shown to be at fault is enough is about as stupid as his words/actions. Not all has been told here and in the court it will be. Nuttin's actions will land him in a place where the citizens of this County can be safe for as long as he is held. After that he will not ever hold political office in this State or others, he gets no special treatment as he violated the trust of the people who elected him. As numerous others he will fall from the position not to be trusted ever again and to think that a slap on his thieving hands would be enough is not going to happen, the DA has a solid case and then the Federal Government will file their case and Ray will get what he deserves; PRISON

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  • Gordon ShumwayNovember 29, 2013 - 8:04 am

    Why doesn't Mr Pierson also investigate Mr. Nutting signing agreements for El Dorado County with a group of people representing themselves as California Indians(aka Nick Fonseca) when he knew they were not and admitted so to representatives of the actual Shingle Springs Band of Miwoks?

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  • kggNovember 29, 2013 - 9:24 am

    thomas wrote: "Is it in the best interest of the taxpayers to continue with a technically complex prosecution which will clearly be lengthy and more expensive?" kgg: since when is the validity of a courtcase decided on the expense?

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  • Oh BrotherNovember 29, 2013 - 9:49 am

    Daily in this county...pressure pressure pressure people into pleading out all of the time...that's the game..

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  • oh brotherDecember 09, 2013 - 11:58 am

    That's weird. I thought I NEVER capitalized my name.

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  • Diamond DaveNovember 29, 2013 - 9:31 am

    Hey Gordan...Unlike others that your D.A. Pierson goes after for political gain, I'm sure the Red Hawk and Co. has the money, power and resources to in-turn thoroughly investigate your corrupt D.A.. Something I'm sure you and your miscreant friends don't want to happen so it just might be best if you shut up while your behind...

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  • 1036-FrankNovember 29, 2013 - 9:32 am

    I thought this letter was about the recent negligent out of control fires being enough finally, and the need to protect the county from more of them, but instead, it is a person trying to act as if they alone can set the rule of law and justice for others. Under this ridiculous theory if a person causes enough drama their crimes should be excused. Under this theory, The Sac County DA should excuse the actions of the public official they are prosecuting who's crimes nearly match Nutting's.For that matter, under this theory all people indicted for felony crimes should not be prosecuted because they should just cause enough drama and invent their cover-story and put on an act, turn on the tears, and admit their misdeeds and say they are sorry for taking the actions they did? How about throwing out the laws then for all and see what happens? Should any thief and embezzler be released because they regret, like he does, he was caught? This is about the higher standard those who are entrusted to manage the people's money must be held to and will be held to. The fact an indicted Supervisor refused to resign and has caused so much additional created drama is on him and should cause the people to demand he step down now, and all the additional costs of his delay motions and appeals are on him, and no-one else is to blame. His trial, starting soon, will be the final verdict by the people as it should be.

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  • Fran DuchampNovember 29, 2013 - 1:12 pm

    TSK, TSK< TSK...Tom is a beloved friend of Harper...are you guys really going after a CEDAC--CEDAPP person? Wow...hazlo si tienes las cajones....pienso que no. I would not bother his article...lots of big names behind it....well not Tom--but Harper. And he is one of her crew.

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  • cameron milesNovember 29, 2013 - 2:14 pm

    From thow shalt not judge. Sounds like all these hate comments are by people with half the facts and half the brains. Get all the facts before you make yourselfs look like idiots....

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  • McCoyNovember 30, 2013 - 6:22 pm

    Are ya all smoking that wacky tabacky or drinkin that firewater that Ray has been passing out..he can not wiggle outta thisin that easy, he will be sittin in a concrete cell with a coat of orange or denium blues for a long spell, no one believes his yarn nor are they goin to spend any hard earned dollars on his defense.. he really botched up thisin and now he will hafta pay fer it...

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  • William TDecember 01, 2013 - 5:43 pm

    Supervisor's are part time. One day a week. They are only paid full time. The prosecution is in the hands of the Attorney General. Nutting should resign

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