Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Madame Sheriff and Audio Caspa

Well, on
a split vote, 3-2, the Orange County Board of Supervisors have appointed retired Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Division Chief Sandra Hutchens as the next Sheriff of Orange County. The appointment is provisional, which is required by state law until psychological testing is completed.

Congratulations to Sheriff Hutchens. I was amused by the comments on the Red County/OC Blog following the appointment. Talk about sour grapes! They wanted Santa Ana Police Chief Paul Walters appointed in the worst way. Hmmm, maybe I should try
to find a better description, huh? :-)

Actually, I don't understand the hub-bub about Hutchens appointment. Her background demonstrates excellence throughout her career. She's worked in a very large, very politically-charged environment and did well. We'll see if the "good old boys" here in Orange County try to sabotage her in the couple years before she must run for election in 2010.


I had a chance to hear Humberto Caspa on the radio this morning as he spoke with Larry Ma
ntle on KPCC, FM 89.3 discussing his book. The interview was informative, especially so when a caller who identified himself as "Robert", from the Westside of Costa Mesa told the audience that he didn't want a barrio in Costa Mesa. Very interesting and illustrative of the attitude of too many Costa Mesans. It was demonstrated very clearly on another local blog this morning.

As mentioned yesterday, he will continue his book signing tour with two appearances at Libreria Martinez in Santa Ana this month. The first event (English) will be Thursday, June 12th at 6:30 p.m. The second (Spanish) will be on Sunday, June 22nd at 1:30 p.m.

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Blogger CMTRUTH said...

Looks like they made another mistake, Mr. Walters was a far better choice indeed.

6/11/2008 10:31:00 AM  
Blogger Humberto said...

I tend to disagree with el Sr. Verdadero on this one. Although Mr. Walter has a lot of experience and is a great individual, I think the Sheriff Department needed a new face. I gave the OC supervisors, especially John Moorlach, an A+ for moving the Sheriff Department away from the same circle of people. Walter can always run for this position in two years.

6/11/2008 11:42:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

I must agree with Humberto. Only time will tell if the "good old boys" will give her a chance. She has strong credentials working in a large department. If she's not sabotaged by the powers-that-be and is given a true chance to perform, then she's on her own in 2010 when she would run for election. It appears that she's already demonstrated an ability to build support. Certainly, she does not bring with her the baggage of attachment to the previous administration. I suspect that's what did Jack Anderson in. Walters has a strong, visible track record - which turned out to be good and bad for him. If Hutchens has trouble during the next couple years I suspect we'll see a few of the same faces jockeying for position in 2010.

6/11/2008 01:29:00 PM  

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