Bureaucrat Beat: recall, film fees, and game wardens

Here’s a headline to chill the hearts of elected officials.  “Angry voters are spreading recall fever.”  Yikes.  We do hear mention of that word locally.  recall

In Inyo, we have received website comments that advocate the recall of the District Attorney.  From Mammoth Lakes, comments that support the recall of Town Council members, particularly those who had anything to do with the Hot Creek lawsuit that has plunged the Town into unfathomable debt.  Who knew?

Councilwoman Kathy Cage did.  That’s why she alone did not vote for the Hot Creek development agreement that put the Town on the hook to let Hot Creek develop a major condo project at the airport.  Colossal mistake. A time when elected officials seemed to forget their duty to the people who voted for them.  The intoxication of money and power dulled their higher sense.  Did they have a higher sense?

Anyway, the Los Angeles Times story says, “Once a rarity, petition drives for elections to oust state and local officials are occurring at a record pace.”  Wow.  From Arizona to Nebraska and Wisconsin, citizens have had it.  According to the LA Times, the number of mayors who faced recalls doubled in 2010 from the previous year.

California’s state legislators act like no one would ever recall them.  Their arrogance is only exceeded by their immaturity.  The Democrats just can’t understand why the state controller refuses to give them their paychecks.  They just don’t get it that when you don’t do your job, you don’t get paid.  In fact, the common theme among elected officials on the state and national level – childishness.  No one is impressed by officials who stomp out of meetings and engage in theatrics to embarrass their opponents.  Get over, goof balls and grow up!!!!!

Lots of political talk in Mammoth Lakes these days as locals hold onto their hats and wait for the demise of Town government.  One man put it this way – “The Town Council”, he said, “does not get paid well by the Town.  They almost all work at other jobs for a living.  They don’t really pay attention to Town business.  They’ve got their own businesses. The Town is second.  Their livelihoods are first.” This same man said we need a full-time, paid mayor and town manager to handle matters.  He said, “The Town
Council has not made town managers accountable.  We need someone who is.”

On to another bureaucratic misstep.  Mammoth Town Councilman Skip Harvey raised the issue of how the Forest Service treats visiting film crews who want to use forest land in their productions.  Harvey said he’s been contacted by crews regarding their challenges when it comes to Forest Service permits.  Harvey said the Forest Service sits on the cusp of unfriendliness to the film folks.

dfgwardensHarvey said his research shows federal law requires fair and equitable fees by the Forest Service.  He said that in some cases film crews step on forest land for five minutes and are charged fees for a full day.  “We all know the value of footage shot here,” said Harvey.  More on this topic later.

And, as if you needed another bureaucrat with a badge watching over your shoulder, seems game wardens now have more leeway.  The California Supreme Court has ruled that state game wardens can stop and question motorists leaving hunting or fishing areas even if they have no reason to believe the person has done anything wrong.  Oh, great.  More holes in probable cause???!!! The case was based on a warden who used a telescope to spy on a man he suspected was illegally catching lobster out of season.  The warden stopped the man’s car and did find lobsters during a search.  The court ruled in favor of wildlife.

 

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8 Responses to Bureaucrat Beat: recall, film fees, and game wardens

  1. David June 28, 2011 at 11:40 pm #

    “The California Supreme Court has ruled that state game wardens can stop and question motorists leaving hunting or fishing areas even if they have no reason to believe the person has done anything wrong. Oh, great. More holes in probable cause???!!! The case was based on a warden who used a telescope to spy on a man he suspected was illegally catching lobster out of season. The warden stopped the man’s car and did find lobsters during a search. The court ruled in favor of wildlife.”

    Yep!! Game Wardens have more authority when it comes to search & seizure than the average law enforcement official. As they should!! We need to protect our fish & wildlife – POACHING is a huge problem in CA. Happens all the time to our fish and wildlife here in the E Sierra.

    And the warden who used a telescope witnessed a crime, that’s why he stopped and searched the suspected lobster poacher. It’s not like he didn’t have probable cause. The court has upheld this many times!! One of our local wardens, Chad, is a great warden. We are lucky to have him around here.

    Watch out poacher scum – HE IS WATCHING YOU TOO!!

     
  2. Steve Taylor June 29, 2011 at 2:47 am #

    I was with Kathy the whole time and people got mad at me… Told you so… file bankruptcy and let’s start over! We need term limits on council…

     
  3. Ken Warner June 29, 2011 at 5:09 pm #

    I told several members of our current town council that term limits would be a good idea. Their response was that, “…they couldn’t get good people to sit on the council…” Meaning that they were the only people that could do the job.

    Well, we see how valid that assumption is, don’t we?

     
  4. upthecreek June 29, 2011 at 10:13 pm #

    Why do you think they changed the fishing license format this year.. Now they have a reason to stop and ID/question you.
    police state…

     
    • Ken Warner June 30, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

      Oh please….

       
    • Rob June 30, 2011 at 8:43 pm #

      Good point upthecreek. This ties directly in with “More holes in probable cause???!!!”

      This exactly why I did not purchase a fishing lic. this season. There is no way my money will be use to support this type of policing.

      Let the taxeaters starve!

       
  5. Eastside June 30, 2011 at 4:55 am #

    Regarding the fishing license format… whatever dude. CA is the last State in the country to go to an automated system (at least among States where fishing is an important component of it’s tourism)

    The new system is great on so many levels. Other than the fact that there are less places to purchase the license there are many positive advantages to going automated…

    Once you are in the system it’s easy to renew, add tags, get a duplicate if you lose your license (you are in the system so you don’t need your duplicate form) etc, etc. Once Mom & Pop shops get used to the new system, it will be a lot easier.

    And you can just go online and buy direct from DFG’s website.

     
  6. Wildman July 1, 2011 at 6:48 am #

    Rob-
    Get over yourself. Poachers are lower then pond scum and deserve every fine and confiscation of their equipment. Bet you still fish without a license on the wild trout section with bait.

     

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