Recently on TalkShop “Constitutional Sheriff” Downey spoke about a number of issues, including staffing and law enforcement coverage of Southern Humboldt. Downey said that the “Supes” have kept his budget at the same level for the past several years, even in this tough economy.
However, costs have continued to rise in the form of health insurance, retirement costs, and disability costs. Therefore, staffing is down about 20% in part of the HCSO. He also mentioned that there was an “across the board” pay increase of 2% a couple years back that really didn’t seem to be well thought out by the County. That’s an understatement.
When Southern Humboldt started organizing and complaining about the lack of law enforcement response to their area, Supervisor Estelle Fennell, whose district is the Southern Humboldt area, wrote in response, “I must stress that the Sheriff is an independently elected official and the Board of Supervisors has no power to tell him how to run his office. Our only power is in the allotment of budget dollars and we have not made any cuts in the Sheriff’s budget.”
Sounds like the gang at the BOS and the Eureka Klown Kouncil take their budget lies from the same playbook. ‘We didn’t cut the department’ is a lie. Here’s why: If the budget stays the same, and cost’s go up, then you are forcing a department to take cuts. That’s a very simple concept. If you give employee’s a 2% raise, but don’t increase the budget, then you are cutting services by 2%. Apparently Estelle fails to grasp that concept.
So, what is the solution? According to Downey, in an ideal world, Southern Humboldt would have coverage for 18-20 hours. That’s right Sohum, even at the best staffing Downey isn’t looking to have 24 hour coverage in your area.
You might have to deal with things on your own. But never fear, Downey has a solution for that, too. You see, Sheriff Downey belongs to the right-wing, Tea Party-like organization, the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officer’s Association (CSPOA). Downey has put his name on a list of supporters to “Say ‘NO’ to Obama Gun Control Measures”. So, get out your assault rifles, with 100 round drum magazines and protect yourselves.
And if that doesn’t work, the CSPOA and Downey have other potential solutions; armed revolt against the government. They support armed rebellion against the Federal Government on constitutional grounds (unless it involves marijuana). According to the CSPOA:
“Many of you have called or emailed regarding the storm brewing between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the BLM. We all know how we feel about the all-too-frequent bullying of individual citizens by various Feds with their usurped, unconstitutional powers. It’s an epidemic that must be stopped. Well, we want you to know we ARE doing something about it, and thankfully this time we’re not alone. Sheriff Mack is leaving early Saturday morning for an emergency trip to Bunkerville, Nevada, along with other members of the CSPOA posse (hopefully that’s some of you!) to stand vigil and find a peaceful resolution to this conflict (i.e., the feds going home).”
There you go folks. Downey and the BOS have ensured through budgeting that you will have to take care of law enforcement problems on your own. Good luck, Humboldt!