Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Nutting lashes out at DA, auditor

From page A1 | June 28, 2013 | 31 Comments

Ray Nutting continues to fight against what he calls “political motives” that have put him under public scrutiny and subject to a number of legal charges, both felony and misdemeanor. He specifically identifies El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson and El Dorado County Auditor-Controller Joe Harn as being part of, if not leading an effort to “bring him down.”

A prepared statement last week from Nutting’s Supervisorial District 2 office to the Mountain Democrat describes his continued involvement in county business and constituent affairs. Written in the third person, the statement notes:

“He continues to review all agendas to stay on top of issues he will be involved with after he is exonerated. He continues to stay in touch with the community, attending community meetings. He is currently reviewing noise ordinances due to various complaints within our county. He is reviewing vacant lot recreational vehicle issues and how it relates to personal property rights. He spends approximately six hours daily on county issues and continues to attend community events in the evenings, during the week and on the weekends.”

It further states that Nutting is working closely with the Cameron Park Community Vision project and he sponsored a presentation of that at Tuesday’s supervisors meeting. He was very active on the recent Wagon Train and County Fair projects, the statement points out.

On the advice of County Counsel Ed Knapp, Nutting has voluntarily chosen not to participate in any discussions or official actions the county may have that relate to federal funding. He also has voluntarily opted not to take part in matters related to budgetary or financial issues. The Chief Administrative Office and county counsel have segmented board agendas into those parts on which he can participate and those on which he does not.

The statement says the supervisor is keeping up with issues regarding the homeless and concerns of constituents who reside near the landfill, the upcoming Travel Demand Model and Rails to Trails issues.

In a separate e-mail to the Mountain Democrat, Nutting provides his rationale for the “bad blood” between Harn and him that led to what he calls the “political motives” of the Auditor-Controller.

 “I talked to Joe Harn about six months ago and I told him that he is making too much money,” Nutting wrote. “I said that $47,000 in benefits with a base salary of over $200,000 per year is outrageous. When I first found out I was shocked. Every time he gets elected he makes almost a million dollars from the taxpayers of El Dorado County.  He is the third highest paid Auditor-Controller in the state. And out of the 58 California counties El Dorado County is among the smallest in California’s population. Joe Harn makes more than our California State Controller that has over a thousand employees. Harn has less than 30 employees.”

Harn’s actual salary is $196,000,which includes longevity pay and a CPA certificate differential.

ERSNutting attributes the genesis of his sour relationship with DA Vern Pierson to a disagreement over endorsing a candidate for El Dorado County sheriff in the 2010 election.

“Over two years ago Auditor-Controller Joe Harn and District Attorney Vern Pierson tried to get me to support Craig Therkildsen for Sheriff.  I told them both absolutely ‘no!’  I am supporting John D’Agostini for El Dorado County sheriff.  He is honest and very conservative and is a perfect fit for our county. He believes in the constitution of our country and treating people with respect and dignity. When John D’Agostini first started to run for sheriff Vern Pierson told me he would be supporting John D’Agostini for sheriff.  Then for whatever reason he went back on his word and supported Craig Therkildsen. I believe big money influenced his decision. I have very little trust with (sic) District Attorney Vern Pierson and he knows it. I really wonder if our citizens are being fairly treated by our elected District Attorney Vern Pierson (sic) He has a lot of power and can ruin a person’s life with very little evidence. This could be a very dangerous situation for the public. I have had many calls in my office (from people saying that they) don’t trust District Attorney Vern Pierson.”

Nutting’s e-mail states that he will no longer support Pierson or Harn for reelection and continues the attack saying, “People are tired of elected officials there to get rich and tell others to cut back. Stand up Joe and tell the public the truth of how you make all this money and how you pick on and bully the employees that make very little money.  Tell the truth for the first time in your public life.”

Next, he writes:

“Vern Pierson and Joe Harn are doing everything they can to control this county and I am in their way. As the weeks go by and they throw more charges against me the public is catching on. At times it has been hard to stay in the fight. But rest assured, I have never walked away from a fight in my entire life. They started this fight and I look forward to finishing the fight. I look forward to trial ASAP and letting the public know what is really going on!”

Friends and supporters of Nutting have set up a legal defense fund, and his email invites the public to contribute. He says that throughout the county he hears people urging him to stand and “fight,” against corruption to which he writes “Together we can beat these guys and keep our county of the people by the people.”

In addition to soliciting for a defense fund, Nutting also asks the public to contact attorney David Weiner’s office with any examples of “further corruption by Joe Harn or Vern Pierson.”

Contact Chris Daley at 530-344-5063 or Follow @CDaleyMtDemo.


Discussion | 31 comments

  • Phil VeerkampJune 27, 2013 - 11:45 am

    Ty Robben puts the heat on Vern Pierson . . . Then Nutting is arrested. Coincidence? . . . . Distraction? . . .

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  • Justice InsiderJune 27, 2013 - 2:13 pm

    If I were a betting type, my money would be on Pierson

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  • Fran DuChampJune 27, 2013 - 9:31 pm

    I really like Ray and his family...he is one of us up here in Pollock--he has done many really good things for our community. Many have said over and over...he is innocent until proven guilty, but up here, we believe it with our hearts.

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  • Fran DuChampJune 27, 2013 - 9:38 pm

    I would like to know how many of you stay all day at these board meetings--and why the board itself isnt crossed eye...I arrived there at *:30 and left close to five...amazing. I am new to all these government meetings--and am in awe of the process...even if it doesnt work all the time--it amazes me. Everyone talking with such passion...just amazing. All the repetitive numbers...and thats not even the numbers sited for passages within the general plan...lololol. It was an experience to be there from opening to closing. (and I only yawned once--towards the end--not out of boredom--I exhausted--information over load.) I come from Pollock--we are so tiny...I have three supervisors...and I was in wonder of all the times Pollock was mentioned...ummmm. My hats off to the courage and passion of Shingle Springs...what a great group. and to all the top developers--you were dressed very well...nice.

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  • agent provocateurJune 28, 2013 - 4:09 am

    Pierson has no spine or credibility.

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  • sunshineJune 28, 2013 - 5:55 am

    Harn has always been involved in influence peddling. He worked on the campaigns of Mark Nielson, Helen Bauman, BFF-Rusty Dupray, John Knight, Cherie Raffety, Jeff Neves, Hal Barker, BFF-John McGinnis, Thurkilsen, Bill Schultz, Vern Pierson and the list goes on and on. When does Harn have time to do his job? Harn is paid more than the Secretary of State of the United States. He is a partner in a CPA firm, Dolan and Harn, with an office in Walnut Creek. This business and it's income has NOT been reported on his 700 form wth the county's Election Dept. Harn audits HUD Housing for other counties on county time. Could these jobs come about because he is Auditor for EDC? Harn has had sexual harassment charges filed against him from his employees. Harn lobbies for Angelo Tsakapalos and friends before the Board of Supervisors, not as a resident, but identifies himself for the official record as the "Auditor/Controller". Harn has held his office too long, he feels he owns the county and it's residents. It's time for him to go.

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  • Joe Harn Makes How Much?June 28, 2013 - 6:19 am

    Joe Harn's state mandated compensation disclosure was: Regular Pay, $156,676; Lump Sum Pay, $864; Other Pay, $43,566; Benefits, $47,636. Joe Harn's total compensation was $247,742 for 2011. It is expected to be even higher when he is forced to publicly disclose his 2012 taxpayer paid compensation.

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  • EvelynJune 28, 2013 - 6:48 am

    Using his own name (I looked it up) Chris McCaffree, CPA and former EDC employee, yesterday wrote THIS. If what he says is not true, presumably he will be sued for libel. Pronto.

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  • Phil VeerkampJune 28, 2013 - 7:20 am

    WOW! Vern arrests Ray. . . . but . . . Vern DOES NOT arrest LINK - Joe Harn???

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  • Ernie louisJune 28, 2013 - 7:52 am

    Phil: Thanks for the link: The picture is coming into focus in this "stranger than fiction bedfellows story" about Vern Pierson, Joe Harn,.Ty Robben/Pierson scandal, the California Attorney General and Governor Jerry Brown. I hope more people write in and tell us what they know.

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  • Ernie louisJune 28, 2013 - 8:05 am

    The "Justice Insider" is too much of a coward to use his actual name. What does that tell you about the Justice Insider and his boss. Reply

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  • EvelynJune 28, 2013 - 8:19 am

    This sounds like another case for Justice Insider.

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  • cookie65June 28, 2013 - 9:40 am

    I seriously suspect there is more here than the main players want exposed. The best we can wish for is that it does get exposed. Trying to follow this I can't help but think of the attorney general obama/jarrett fired when he started digging around in kevin johnson's illegal activities. Perhaps those going after Ray have more to hide than this political payback was worth.

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  • Fran DuChampJune 28, 2013 - 9:54 am

    Cookie--yep...I believe that as well...more to hide...crazy world. Morning fellow trouble makers...once again people are saying im just a trouble maker in town...sticking my tongue out at them--or I could go after them...ummmmmmmmmmmmmm...lolololol

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  • Phil VeerkampJune 28, 2013 - 9:58 am

    Fran, have you looked at Evelyn's link at - June 28, 2013 at 6:48 am

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  • Fran DuChampJune 28, 2013 - 10:01 am

    Thanks Phil

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  • Fran DuChampJune 28, 2013 - 10:04 am


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  • cookie65June 28, 2013 - 10:39 am

    Some people are just pieces O' sheet. It is part of the dichotomy of the species. Sadly many of them gravitate toward positions were they feel untouchable. Of the two clintons, which one is more disgusting? slick, for his endless abuse of women or the beast for being willing to put up with it for political ambition?

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  • EvelynJune 28, 2013 - 11:08 am

    Is this OUR Joe Harn? • Harn & Dolan • Certified Public Accountants • 2423 Stirrup Court • Walnut Creek, California 94596-6526 • (925) 280-1693 Fax (925) 938-4829

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  • EvelynJune 28, 2013 - 11:19 am

    And if the above is OUR Joe Harn, does he live in Walnut Creek or El Dorado County? Doing a search on the above info. shows Harn & Dolan as having done work for the Fresno Housing Authority as well as Marin, Yolo & Contra Costa Counties. Astounding.

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  • EvelynJune 28, 2013 - 11:23 am

    Sunshine @ June 28, 2013 at 5:55 am (above) led the way on this one. I had no idea.

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  • Fran DuChampJune 28, 2013 - 11:55 am

    Nice job sunshine

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  • Jim BeckJune 28, 2013 - 12:39 pm

    Subscribed. Off to cook some popcorn.

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  • Fran DuChampJune 28, 2013 - 12:43 pm

    lololol...I like butter and hot sauce on my popcorn.

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  • cookie65June 28, 2013 - 1:01 pm

    Fran, I have "Slap Ya Mama" Cajun seasoning for stuff like popcorn. Really good.

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  • Fran DuChampJune 28, 2013 - 2:34 pm

    cookie--yum...this is why Im turning into a ball---I will try this product...look at those onion rings...

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  • Publius Valerius PublicolaJune 29, 2013 - 10:18 am

    The story is wrong about how much Joe Harn makes. The truth is right here: He makes $200,106 plus $47,636 in benefits. And that was yeas ago...he make more right now. Can someone tell me how someone gets paid more than $200,000 for a job that has a maximum pay of $157,810??? Wouldn't you expect the Auditor to raise a fuss over this? Oh, that is right, Joe IS the Auditor!

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  • George LowryJune 29, 2013 - 3:20 pm

    El Dorado County politics... Who needs MMA?

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  • Oh BrotherJune 30, 2013 - 11:18 am

    I think people are finally starting to see what is going on in this County. It crosses all departments, DA, SO, General County jobs. They ALL need to be held accountable, and yes, take a look in the mirror all of you, Mr. Pierson.

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  • Walking TallJune 30, 2013 - 12:42 pm

    When all else fails, shift the blame, don't own it just lite the fire and smother it to create a big smoke screen. Hide behind the lies by trying to blame others, nice job Ray but guess what we can still see and it's you Ray that is responcible for all that you have done and all the lies that you have told. Take ownership and maybe those who have their eyes closed will be there when you get out of prison.

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  • Oh BrotherJune 30, 2013 - 12:48 pm

    As should the rest of the unethical, deceitful gob's. We realize, Walking Tall, that you are part of the judicial system here and are going to stick up for the others, however, fair is fair. Nutting can get his punishment but the others shall also.

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