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Toler takes ballot bid to state’s high court

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From page A3 | March 29, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — A would-be sheriff’s candidate followed through on a promise and filed an appeal Friday with the California Supreme Court to challenge a Court of Appeal refusal the previous day to get him put on the ballot for the June election.

Joel “Tom” Toler of Fairfield was told earlier this month by the Solano County Registrar of Voters Office that he did not have the experience and work history needed to qualify as a candidate for sheriff that is required by state law.

Specifically, officials told Toler he needed law enforcement experience in California within the past five years. Toler earlier this year worked a brief stint as a police officer in a tiny New Mexico town. He believes that was sufficient to comply with the law that does not specifically state the experience must be in California.

Judge Scott L. Kays on Tuesday sided with the county’s interpretation of election law and denied Toler’s request to be put on the ballot. That was followed by the ruling from a three-justice panel, upholding Kays’ decision.

The earliest the state Supreme Court can act on Toler’s request is Tuesday. County officials said this week that the ballot would be sent to the printer Friday.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or jsullivan@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.
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  • Rich GiddensMarch 28, 2014 - 7:17 pm

    Of course Kays is going to side with his fellow government goons and thugs. That's how things work. The laws, constitution and case law need not be considered. And that's why the State and Nation are in trouble. Cronyism, collusion and corruption on steroids.

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  • TaylorMarch 28, 2014 - 10:36 pm

    Good luck to you Toler! Despite all the negative comments people like to post you have plenty of supporters! I think there are enough "average Joe" citizens, myself included, who are sick and tired of the way government gets run around here. It's time for one of our own to start running things 'round here.

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  • Jose MadreMarch 29, 2014 - 6:24 am

    If by "average Joe" you mean blind sheep, then you're correct. You are the type that reads this trash as gospel and does NOTHING to really inform your self of the true workings of our local gov'ment. Is it perfect? No. It Toler a raging lunatic who feels leash laws and showers don't pertain to him? YES!

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  • The MisterMarch 29, 2014 - 7:50 am

    Hey Joe, the thing is that WE are becoming informed to the true workings of our local government... and we DON'T like it! We are DONE with the corruption and want it cleaned up and punished. Joe, how you protect and support corruption indicates that you are blind or, perhaps, part of the corrupt machine itself. Are you facing a prison sentence when all this corruption comes out? Hmmm?

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  • Jose MadreMarch 29, 2014 - 8:03 am

    Again, Mister...you're wrong. Nice try on squeezing in another conspiracy theory that everyone in gov't is "in on it." What I'm saying is simple: Change is needed. But putting Hitler in the white house is a mistake! Again, if Toler does not believe leash laws apply to him (and that is a fact, witnessed by many on SEVERAL occasions) how can he honestly say he'll support and defend all laws? And he doesn't believe showers apply to him (another fact, he smells and the sluff on his shoulders can force a blizzard warning on a windy day) how can he be trusted with the simplest of tasks when simple hygiene is a mystery to him?

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  • MDSMarch 29, 2014 - 10:14 am

    The Mister wants to fix what he thinks is corruption with more corruption. Toler is trying to scam his way onto the ballet and luckily nobody is falling for his scam other than a few people on here.

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  • TaylorMarch 29, 2014 - 10:31 am

    MDS you have been posting the section numbers of the law and your own interpretation of how that reads as to why Toler is not eligible. Jazzazz, myself and someone yesterday also asked that someone please post the EXACT language that says the experience has to be in CA. Can you please cut and paste the exact verbiage because I too have looked and cannot find where it states exactly what your are claiming. If it says CA specifically then so be it, but if it doesn't then Toler has every right to challenge it as not all laws are clear cut. It's up to us to interpret them and for lawyers to convince judges that their interpretation is correct and rule in their favor. Problem is most judges don't want to put there own career on the line and go against the status quo even if the challenger is in the right.

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  • MDSMarch 29, 2014 - 11:40 am

    Taylor it's on here and I'm not posting it again. Even if I did you won't believe it because the word "California" does not appear in the statute. The statute says the experience must comply with section 830.1 or 830.2 of the California Penal Code. Those sections do not, and legally cannot not, describe peace officers in New Mexico. Those sections are describing peace officers in California because it is California law. How people can read that, and not understand it, is beyond me. But so far all of the judges have agreed with that.

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  • TaylorMarch 29, 2014 - 12:29 pm

    MDS so since it doesn't say CA then it's up to ones own interpretation. It's not as cut and dry as you think. Like I said its up to lawyers to educate the judge as to their interpretation of the law and hope the judge can rule fairly (either way). In Toler's case I would imagine it pretty hard to get a judge that would rule in his favor even if they wanted to because of public opinion and wanting to preserve their own judicial career.

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  • MDSMarch 29, 2014 - 12:56 pm

    Taylor, no it's not subject to interpretation. Hardly any California laws say they apply to California. It's just a given that they are California law and only apply to California.

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  • MDSMarch 29, 2014 - 12:58 pm

    So you're saying that the justices on the California Court of Appeal are worried about their carriers in they would have ruled in Toler's favor???? Are you even trying to be serious?

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  • SteveMarch 29, 2014 - 1:35 pm

    I will continue to ask. What corruption?

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  • TaylorMarch 29, 2014 - 8:19 am

    Jose Madre...why resort to name calling? We're all adults here and have our respective opinions. I'm not going to fault you for believing otherwise but instead of throwing generalizations around why don't you try to convince me (and the other non-supporters of the current SO/DA) that the recent actions of both the SO and the DA are not corrupt. Please, enlighten us trash reading uninformed average joes to your knowledge. What are you so we'll informed of about the workings of our local government that we don't know about. Do you personally know Toler to make those comments? I don't know him. Only what I've read, but if those are the only two things you can fault him on then you are getting very nitpicky.

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  • Rich GiddensMarch 29, 2014 - 7:04 am

    Toler was run over by the government of criminals and traitors. That's why he gets our support! And that's why we hate them so much that you newspaper people will never understand why!

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  • The MisterMarch 29, 2014 - 7:42 am

    Here's an example of the corruption Toler has been fighting. Jess's story said this, "... Toler of Fairfield was told earlier this month by the Solano County Registrar of Voters Office that he did not have the experience and work history needed..." That is not true. The Registrar's Office told Toler that he indeed DID MEET all of the qualifications. Then, shortly after the deadline, the corrupt Registrar told Toler that he DIDN'T meet one qualification... that his recent experiences wasn't in California. So, either the corrupt Registrar lied when he said Toler DID meet all the qualifications OR he lied when he said Toler DIDN'T. It's one or the other... and the corrupt Registrar is a liar regardless.

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  • JazzAzzMarch 29, 2014 - 8:19 am

    OK could someone find and C&P the exact law. I haven't been able to find it. Either the law specifically states that the time in law enforcement has to be in Calif OR it DOESN'T. Which is it??? I want to SEE IT. If it isn't then AFAIK Toler is qualified enough. I am certain that being the bail bondsman, and probably the bounty hunter at times required of that profession, that he would be out there enforcing the law, unlike most Sheriffs who I assume stay behind their nice comfy desk, letting their deputies take on all the risk of the job. I for one still plan on writing him in. Whether or not a win with write ins would be accepted is another story, since many of the voters wishes (I.E. Propositions) are nullified anyway, in this great so called Democratic Republic>>>YEAH RIGHT!!!!!

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  • CD BrooksMarch 29, 2014 - 8:45 am

    Wise up folks, Toler is over and done, he can not and will not win, period. Surely you must know that by now? If you're dead-set against the incumbent, then it is time to move forward and collectively write in one potential winner.

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  • S KMarch 29, 2014 - 8:48 am

    Never Say NEVER, CD :-)

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  • CD BrooksMarch 29, 2014 - 8:59 am

    S K, c'mon my friend that ship has sailed. I don't know what issues he may or may not have but he has been his own worst enemy. Have you considered an alternate?

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  • S KMarch 29, 2014 - 9:08 am

    How about, Arnold Schwarzenegger>>LOL LOL :-). Well offline time, stuff to do>>>Bye.

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  • MDSMarch 29, 2014 - 12:46 pm

    Okay, but just one more time. Note this is from the CALIFORNIA Government Code. The Penal Code Sections they refer to are from the CALIFORNIA Penal Code. I deleted the portions of this code that do not apply to make it easier to read. Toler is trying to claim his experience counts under subsection 5: 24004.3. (a) No person is eligible to become a candidate for the office of sheriff in any county unless, at the time of the final filing date for election, he or she meets one of the following criteria: (5) Four years of full-time, salaried law enforcement experience within the provisions of Section 830.1 or 830.2 of the Penal Code at least a portion of which shall have been accomplished within five years prior to the date of filing, and possesses a high school diploma or the equivalent.

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  • MDSMarch 29, 2014 - 12:51 pm

    And if it helps more, Toler is claiming his experience is under section 830.1 of the Penal Code. So here is section 830.1. If anybody can explain to me how they think section 830.1 of the Penal Code is not talking about California Peace Officers and only California Peace Officers, I'd love for you to explain that to me. (Note a section of this that doesn't apply to the debate was deleted, but you can read the full section in the Penal Code: " 830.1. (a) Any sheriff, undersheriff, or deputy sheriff, employed in that capacity, of a county, any chief of police of a city or chief, director, or chief executive officer of a consolidated municipal public safety agency that performs police functions, any police officer, employed in that capacity and appointed by the chief of police or chief, director, or chief executive of a public safety agency, of a city, any chief of police, or police officer of a district, including police officers of the San Diego Unified Port District Harbor Police, authorized by statute to maintain a police department, any marshal or deputy marshal of a superior court or county, any port warden or port police officer of the Harbor Department of the City of Los Angeles, or any inspector or investigator employed in that capacity in the office of a district attorney, is a peace officer. The authority of these peace officers extends to any place in the state, as follows:"

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  • MDSMarch 29, 2014 - 1:01 pm

    And also note that the above law refers to "any County." You notice how it doesn't say any County in California? So would you people argue that this California law applies to every state in the nation? You probably would but you would be wrong. It goes without saying they are talking about any County in California. And when they say the experience must comply with sections 830.1 or 830.2 it goes without saying that those laws are describing California peace officers.

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  • MDSMarch 29, 2014 - 11:43 am

    I'll be you $10 that was the Registrar told Mr. Toler was that his documents were complete and not that they were accurate. How in the world would the registrar know if they were accurate at the time he turned them in? The registrar told him they were complete and then I'm sure the registrar called County Counsel who helped in determining the experience did not count (even though the documents were complete). Toler knew good and well what the statute said too and he knew he was pulling a scam.

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  • Da BossMarch 29, 2014 - 9:38 pm

    MDS, that is correct. In fact the Registrar himself does not accept the paperwork a clerk does that. The forms are then subject to review plus the check paying the applicable fees must clear. Also, only P.O.S.T. can determine if an out of state peace officer meets the requirements of 830.1 P.C. et. al. This was decided clearly when Willie Williams became the Chief of LAPD. He was allowed to be Chief, but did not have peace officer powers. He was recognized as strictly a "civilian manager". P.O.S.T. has been very clear that only they as a regulatory agency can determine the status of out of state peace officer applicants.

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  • MDSMarch 29, 2014 - 10:21 pm

    Da Boss, actually after Willie Williams at LAPD, POST did modify some of their rules to more easily allow an out of State person to come in as Police Chief. This particular issue with Toler, really doesn't involve POST, because in this case there is an actual law that says the experience required for Sheriff. There is no similar law requiring this experience for police chief. In fact if a town wanted to, they could hire a 21 year old kid fresh out of the police academy and make him police chief, as long as he has graduated from the Academy within three years of the appointment. Of course that never happens because a town would do that. In the case of Sheriff, the legislature was clearly worried about somebody coming in with little or no experience, who could potentially become a sheriff. So they enacted this law to prevent that.

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  • CD BrooksMarch 29, 2014 - 10:20 am

    Mr. Alexandre, I messaged you on FB. Wondering if you check there often?

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  • SalMarch 29, 2014 - 10:47 am

    I agree, if we want a new sherrif we need other individuals who pass the smell test, pun intended.

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  • Leonard R Alexandre - Former Deputy SheriffMarch 29, 2014 - 11:24 am

    @CD Brooks, I don't have a face book account, but I am in the process of establishing one. I think that your message may have inadvertently gone to my son's account, we share the same first and last names. I have asked my son to temporarily suspend his account in order to prevent any future misunderstanding.

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  • Leonard R Alexandre - Former Deputy SheriffMarch 29, 2014 - 11:34 am

    Additionally I am working in acquiring locations where I can host meet and greet gatherings throughout the county. I am very old school and I prefer to speak face to face and look some one in the eyes when speak to them.

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  • MDSMarch 29, 2014 - 11:49 am

    Here you guys go, Mr. Alexandre is stepping up to the plate and throwing his name into the ring. If you want to get behind somebody and think change needs to be made, then this is how to do it. Mr. Alexandre says he spent 20 years with the Sheriff's Office which means he has a POST Advanced Certificate which means he clearly meets the minimum qualifications to be on the ballot. He's going to have to run as a write-in candidate, which means he's going to have to work fives times as hard as would have had to work if his name was on the ballot. And that means he's going to need money to pay for signs and mailers. He's got to get the word to a lot of people. So if you really feel so strongly that change is needed, then get your checkbooks out and start writing checks to this man and show up at his events and agree to volunteer.

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  • SteveMarch 29, 2014 - 1:26 pm

    He can work 24/7. He might hit 30% at the polls.

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  • George Guynn, JrMarch 29, 2014 - 1:34 pm

    MDS and your fellow We love big out of control government folk, I know Mr. Toler well, have even seen him in court, and am sure that he is the best choice for Sheriff. I am writing in Mr. Toler, if he doesn't get the courts to put him on the ballot, and hope that everyone else that can think does the same. We need change for the better, not more of the same give us more money for less service government!

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  • MDSMarch 29, 2014 - 8:50 pm

    Hey George do you always lie on here like this? Please point out anyplace where I said or implied I like big out of control government? If you would like to have an adult debate you need to focus on my actual position. And you can write in Toler all you want, he still isn't qualified to even be dog catcher.

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  • Charles JohnsonMarch 29, 2014 - 2:15 pm

    Why do several of you believe only what you want to believe? Fact, Alexandre while married had an affair with his married sergeant. I'm not so sure she treated him the same as the other Deputies in her command. Fact, while president of the Deputy Sheriff's Association, under his leadership, the treasurer embezzled over $100,000 over a long period of time. Did he know or should he have known? I know he does not meet my morale or ethical standards to be Sheriff. Leonard served his country as a Marine and his county as a Deputy and should be admired for his service and I for one am grateful. Fact, former Deputy Mike doesn't work for the Sheriff's Office anymore because he committed Worker's Comp fraud and stole tens of thousands of your tax money. Nuf said. Fact, as soon as Sheriff Ferrara was made aware of issues with the pathologist he took action. If you are going to claim corruption, give examples from reliable sources. Fact, Toler was released from probation with Vaca PD because he could not make it as a full time police officer. The Chief in NM that said he worked as a police officer has since been fired and there is no city record of Toler being employed. Toler has no character or ethics and if you believe he is not responsible for a lot of wrongdoing and is always the victim you need to check out facts a little more carefully.

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  • The MisterMarch 29, 2014 - 2:47 pm

    Wow, Charlie. You've thrown a lot of stuff out there. How much is true? I don't know. What other inside shenanigans can you tell us about, Charlie? Anything about the illegal machine gun that disappeared? I'd love to hear about that. What about people who committed felonies while working in the SO and were allowed to retire and not face charges? I'd love to hear about some of those too. Come on, Mr Know-it-all, let's hear some more stories!!

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  • Leonard R Alexandre - Former Deputy SheriffMarch 29, 2014 - 3:57 pm

    As I said, the attacks are coming. If this is the same Charles Johnson, he was or still is the head of the Internal Affairs Bureau, and former Sheriff Gary Stanton's best friend. I am not going to get into inaccurate accusations, but I will re-tyoe a letter that was written on my behalf by Lt. Charles Johnson dated February 24, 2009: I am submitting this recommendation for Deputy Alexandre for consideration in his pursuit to promote to the rank of Sergeant. Leonard is assigned to the Ethics teaching cadre with me. We have co-taught many classes over the last couple of years. In my assignment as the manager of the Internal Affairs unit I have had positive contact with him in my investigations into the truth of situations. Leonard has never been the subject of an investigation, but as his role of president of the DSA I have had a lot of interaction with him. I have known him to be a forthright and honest man with a strong sense of responsibility and loyalty to the Sheriff's Office. As an Ethics Instructor, Leonard has been a valuable asset to the Sheriff. His enthusiasm, expertise and abilities have made a strong impact on the Sheriff's employees. His experiences and the way he relates them to the students will help these Officers and Deputies make the right ethical decision in their careers. It is evident in his presentations that he has high ethical and moral standards and is willing to lead by example. I also still have a copy of the memo you sent me which says, "please just keep this between us." I have the letter available to be looked by anyone who wants to question. Charlie, I can't believe Tommy sent you to do his dirty work.

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  • Charles JohnsonMarch 29, 2014 - 4:44 pm

    Mister, There are no weapons of any kind missing from the SO. Ask ATF or DOJ. You only have a false accusations from stupid rumor. Leonard, I never doubted your abilities as a Deputy or when I wrote the letter. The information I learned after that letter poses doubts to me about you ability to lead. You did not say in your response that what I said was untrue. I am not going to comment on investigations or confidential information. But for the mudslingers, I can tell you that I worked with Sheriff Ferrara when he was a Deputy. I have been in a fight along with him where we had to fight for our lives and I have never doubted his abilities as a Deputy. I have never known him to be unethical. As a Captain he created the Ethics training that Leonard refers to. All these slanderous things being said about the Sheriff have pushed my button. I doubt if I'll respond anymore. You can believe any lie or bs rumor you want. Me asking won't make you fact check.

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  • Q.Q.March 29, 2014 - 4:45 pm

    Quit talking out your rear, Charlie, because it stinks.

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  • RobertMarch 29, 2014 - 4:52 pm

    Somebody is starting to believe that Leonard R. Alexandre can do it! Dude your freaking out.......wow!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Leonard R Alexandre - Former Deputy SheriffMarch 29, 2014 - 5:07 pm

    Mr. Johnson, you were someone that I had some respect for, but this is all I have to say: Neither you, Ferrara, Stanton or anyone else is going to keep me from trying to do the right thing. I will fight to my last breath in this campaign, even if my vote is the only one written for me on the day of the election.

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  • MDSMarch 29, 2014 - 8:58 pm

    Leonard, here's another piece of advice from my experience in working on local elections; the public does not like mudslinging. The voters will turn on the mudslingers. Your response here was good. Take the high road and it will serve you best. If you do have some skeletons in the closet, then you need to air them out and let the voters decide. The voters will understand these things if you're honest with them. Like I also said before, the June primary in a non-presidential year will have a low turn out. That means the people that will vote will be your voters that really pay attention to the issues. And they will be the ones that are turned off by mudslinging. As for Charles Johnson, same advice to you. I have no idea if what you said is the truth or not, but your delivery method is mudslinging. That will work against you (or your boss) in the court of public opinion.

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  • Leonard R Alexandre - Former Deputy SheriffMarch 29, 2014 - 9:22 pm

    @MDS, I stand true to my words and I do not have anything to hide. As I stated earlier, I am working tirelessly to establish the means to meet those who are interested in meeting me. My goal is to make myself available to answer whatever questions or concerns anyone may have. I want the voters out there to get to know "me" and you will. I believe in the truth, "It's Time For A Change."

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  • Charles JohnsonMarch 29, 2014 - 7:10 pm

    QQ, It only took one minute for that comback- you're good

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  • DeniseMarch 29, 2014 - 5:29 pm

    You know Charlie, at this point I don't think anyone really cares whether or not Leonard Alexandre has ever had an affair. This is such typical politics. Of course, you want to go and distract the people with silly gossip instead of allowing these candidates to actually focus on the real issues. Not to mention the fact that this is a public webpage meaning all of those involved have family, friends, and children that will be reading these comments. Just remember the things you write affect more than just yourself. I'd also like to mention that Leonard has an autistic child that I'm sure deals with enough challenges each day, therefore doesn't need any other obstacles such as the repercussions that come with the spreading of stories.

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  • MaryMarch 29, 2014 - 6:05 pm

    Leonard, I just wanted to say you really seem like an honest and prideful man. Don't let these people stop you from fighting for change in this county. Trust me, you have many here in support of you, and we're all cheering you on. Thank you for fighting for all of us, God bless you Leonard Alexandre.

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  • Charles JohnsonMarch 29, 2014 - 7:17 pm

    Denise, I said I admire and I am grateful to Leonard for his service, I think he has issues that I believe would prevent him from being a good leader. Sheriff Ferrara has family and children would you point that out to the people saying things about him?

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  • RobertMarch 29, 2014 - 6:10 pm

    Leonard please don't be insulted, but Charlie sounded just like Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Man. His reply to your response made my upcoming week. It reminded me when Tom Cruz asked Jack, I want The Truth! The response from Charlie, "you damn right I ordered The code Red." Dude you got him, that's supposed to be the head of Internal Affairs? Wow..... My family and I are speechless!

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  • Charles JohnsonMarch 29, 2014 - 7:19 pm

    Robert, Really?

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  • Mike (Former Deputy Solano SO)March 30, 2014 - 12:33 pm

    I will try this again since I posted this last night and now today I find it missing, can someone say Censorship ??? Is this the same Charles Johnson, who violated the peace officers bill of rights and committed an illegal internal affairs investigation in Aug 2007? Because another deputy lied and said I "looked to fit and too tanned to have been off on injury leave"? Was I suppose to get fat like the IA Lt or rehabilitate myself to return to full duty?????, Yes I know about the card games were the sheriff at that time said “we will get him later”. With no help from the sheriff’s department or from their workers compensation carrier who cut off physical therapy off, or the county who forced me to return to work early and then would not allow me to wear a knee brace, the same brace that I was allowed to wear almost two years earlier. The same sheriff’s department which never contacted me once the 15 months I was off the first time. What happened Lt. when you contacted my part-time law enforcement employer and found the Lt. you spoke to, called you on the “illegal investigation” you were conducting, an investigation you were not conducting properly under the peace officers bill of rights, oh I forget that Lt. you spoke to, was a retired chief deputy from Sacramento County, and I have a statement from her regarding your phone call. About me stealing tens of thousands of dollars of taxpayer money? Really, $10 of thousands? Obviously Lt. you have not been keeping up with the case and let us look at that investigation lead by the Solano Sheriff’s department. The lead investigator who is Sheriffs Tommy’s campaign manager, and who is also an employee of the sheriff’s department. Along with this investigator endorsing Sheriff Tommy as a retired law enforcement officer??? Does that raise any red flags to anyone? An employee of the sheriff’s office being the campaign manger and conducting internal affairs investigations? Now what about this lead investigator who in Solano County court documents was said to have lied and withheld evidence and threatened witnesses in an administrative hearing and in a criminal case against an officer from the sheriff’s department, who criminal case was dismissed and got his job back based on this lead investigators conduct. Conduct that the Solano county DA’s office did not file charges on even though there is enough evidence to take to a preliminary hearing on a number of felony charges. Now in my case Solano county never notified Sacramento County about this investigators “Brady” issues, (Brady issues truthfulness and the 1963 Brady decision have become hot topics in law enforcement circles) Was not that your job Lt. Johnson as head of IA????? To notify another agency about an officers truthfulness? And now that documents are being turned over during discovery, we find that this same investigator lied in the prelim, has withheld evidence, lied in a statement he took from a retired CA DOJ SAS who worked as an investigator for 33 yrs, as well as a Supervising SAS from DOJ. Yes this investigator was re-connected by Sacramento County DA investigators who showed him the report and now filed a report of her own listing all the Exculpatory information that this lead investigator forgot to include in his first report. The current Sacramento dda in the case even states she has "Issues" with the evidence and testimony from Solano County, there is your gold standard at work again folk. Now what about the court Sgt that testified in the case. He lied in the prelim and the Sacramento County dda handing the case at the time knew it, because a week earlier this court Sgt made a statement to a Sacramento County DA investigator stating 180 degrees different from what he said during the prelim a week later, your gold standard again at work. Let’s look at how this case was done, no IA investigation was done until after I was arrested, the DA’s office does not exactly know how much money was overpaid, not stolen. This is a civil case that Solano County hyped up to a criminal case. And now since I did not roll over the dirty tactics used by Solano County is coming out and it points right to……You fill in the rest.

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  • Charles JohnsonMarch 30, 2014 - 1:58 pm

    Former Deputy Mike, That is quite the story. Do you think the public would not want an internal investigation after the DA files felony charges on a Deputy? Now that would be called corruption and a cover-up.The investigator you refer to has never done an internal investigation. He is a criminal investigator. You're rights were never violated. I do like the way you say you were "overpaid" the money, you did not "steal". Did the court order you to reimburse the money?

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  • The MisterMarch 30, 2014 - 2:16 pm

    You know what I find funny, Charlie? From these comments, it seems that you are an official from the SO... a lieutenant? The funny thing is that no one could say anything thing about Hogan because it was a personnel-type matter and could not be disclosed. But you, again coming off as an official from the SO, are exposing every little thing you can about Leonard and Mike who were employees in the SO and, as I understand from these posts, still have legal matters pertaining to the SO in play. Charlie, it really seems that you and/or the establishment at the SO hide facts from the public when they are not supportive of the current Sheriff (past Sheriff too?) but expose every allegation possible when it serves to protect the incumbent Sheriff... the same Sheriff who appears to be corrupt. Am I right on this, Charlie?

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  • CD BrooksMarch 30, 2014 - 2:20 pm

    The Mister, we are once again on the same page here! This is becoming a regular soap opera with the department airing everybody's dirty laundry! It would funny if it weren't so tragic, wow.

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  • AbilenianMarch 30, 2014 - 2:52 pm

    Good comment, CD. I am reminded of an old Texas saying: "When you throw dirt you lose ground."

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  • Confusion say...March 30, 2014 - 3:05 pm

    Feet of Clay, go to pot?

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  • Confusion say.....Maybe this one betterMarch 30, 2014 - 3:27 pm

    Man who Fling Mud end up Dirty Handed....

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  • MDSMarch 30, 2014 - 3:57 pm

    The Mister appears to be correct in his comments in re Charlie. Hard to believe a working Lt is posting this stuff. I myself and a former law enforcement manager and no way would I be posting some of the things I have if I were still working. But being retired I got my freedom of speech back so I can post what I want now.

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  • Charles JohnsonMarch 30, 2014 - 4:29 pm

    I am acting as an individual, I do not represent the SO or the Sheriff. I have made no comments based on an internal investigations. I commented on evidence obtained in a criminal investigation (public record) and on a matter that was not investigated, nor any discipline issued. Leonard's ex mother-in-law gave you the same information. Apparently you and others don't think anyone should be vetted but Sheriff Ferrara.

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  • MDSMarch 30, 2014 - 5:03 pm

    Charles you made some direct comments accusing people of criminal activity. They say they didn't do it. Unless they had been convicted of that criminal activity you would not see me accusing them of the crime even before I retired. Like when you accused a Deputy of stealing thousands of dollars in a workers comp scam. As long as he's been convicted you are safe in saying that. But if that case is still pending, in my opinion, you stepped in it by making such a comment and I would expect a Lt. to know better. Same with your statement as fact that the man had an extra material affair. As long as you have proof positive of your claim (very hard to actually have) then you're safe. But if that is just based on your opinion, then that would be stepping in it with the other foot.

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  • Charles JohnsonMarch 30, 2014 - 6:28 pm

    MDS, The Sacramento DA accused the former deputy of a crime not me. I personally believe he did commit a crime. I also believe OJ killed Nicole even though he was not convicted. I never accused Leonard of committing a crime. I am also retired from L.E. If you are a former L.E. officer you are aware of knowing something and proving something are not the same. This all started because I believe Mike and Leonard would not be viable candidates. Others on this post have said that Sheriff Ferrara should not be a candidate because "he is corrupt" or he did nothing in his career but be a part of the "corruption" They list no examples, because there are no examples and they don't sign their name. If I said Leonard should not be Sheriff because he is unethical, I would be like the others. I choose to explained why I felt that way and signed my name. I believe strongly there is no one better to take the SO in the future than Sheriff Ferrara. This is the first time I have done this and I guess I should have known there would be cheap shots taken at me. Now knowing what this is like, it will be my last time. As I said in my first post, people will believe what they want to believe. I worked 30 years as a full time peace officer and was never accused of an unethical act and retired honorably as a Chief Investigator in 2002.

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  • TravisMarch 30, 2014 - 6:48 pm

    @CJohnson kinda help me out here, you said you retired in 2002 so you haven't worked at the SO since then, I would assume?

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  • Charles JohnsonMarch 30, 2014 - 7:05 pm

    MDS, Do you know that PERS allows a retiree to work as a retired annuitant? I work part time for the SO as an extra help employee. Does that clear it up?

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  • MDSMarch 31, 2014 - 9:01 am

    If you are retired then yes, that clears it up a little, but you're still working part time. The comment I was referring to is when you said Mike stole thousands of dollars in a workers comp fraud. It doesn't sound like he's been convicted of that so under California libel laws, he could probably sue you. Will he sue you, I doubt it. OJ can also sue people for calling him a murderer. Will he? Probably not because he can't win. The truth is a defense to a libel suit. Now if Mike gets acquitted or the charges get dropped (I have no idea the status of his case) then he may have a case. And yes the DA can accuse him of a crime in an official court document and the DA has immunity in carrying out his or her official duties. But if the DA were on the newspaper blogs saying the guy stole thousands of dollars in a workers comp scam, then the DA could lose his bar card for trying the case in the public and could be sued for libel as there is no immunity in public comments made outside of the official court records. Now if you had originally said that Mike was charged with or arrested for or some other similar factual language, then that's a different story. For example OJ was arrested for and tried for murder. That is a factual statement as is not libelous. OJ murdered two people. Now that is not a factual statement and is potentially libelous because he was acquitted. But like I said, OJ can't make a libel case because the jury would not side with him.

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  • Curious ObserverMarch 30, 2014 - 7:33 pm

    Mike, I asked you in another thread what you were being charged with and never got a response. This seems to answer my question. When judging how much weight to give a statement it is important to try and establish some credibility. I have no idea if you, in fact, committed workers comp fraud or not. I do find it very interesting that you lay out all this exculpatory information and yet the DA in Sacramento is continuing forward with the prosecution. If it was such a cut and dry case for your position, I find it hard to believe any DA would take the case forward. I would also like you to clarify something. Doesn't Solano County have a Risk Management Department that handles these type of cases? Isn't it that department how handles all workers comp claims for the County? And if so, why are you not directing your angst towards them? You lay out all this information how employees at the Sheriff's Office are lying. But wouldn't they say the same about your statement. Just because you do not agree with their perspective and/or statement does not necessarily make them liars. You indicated in the other thread that you thought you were being made an example of. If in fact you have committed some type of fraud, I would hope an example is made in the form of a conviction. Workers comp fraud happens all too often in this State and does drain millions of dollars in tax payer money to people who do not deserve it. Apparently, by your own admission, you have been "overpaid" in your particular case. There are two sides to every story and we have only heard your side. Personally, based on my own experiences in this area, I am going to dismiss all your accusations you have stated until the information from you trail becomes public. If you are found not guilty then you are validated. However, if you are found guilty, you get what you deserve.

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  • Athena D. AlexandreMarch 29, 2014 - 7:55 pm

    Mr. Johnson, on the topic of pointing out family in your response to Denise, as far as I have read no one has put personal rumors pertaining to things that may or may not have happened in Mr. Ferrara's home life. Your intel is quite diluted for a man of such fantastic intel. I can tell you, I grew up in his home! I personally would appreciate you keeping your half baked accusations about my Father and us his family to yourself and explain to me why you would say such fantastic things about my dad.... To support him into a leadership role, and then in the midst of political disarray blame your lack of support on what reminds me of locker room gossip I might have heard in high school. I can tell you sir, you are far off from understanding anything that happened in our lives. Consider that coming from his daughter... Sincerely Athena D. Alexandre,

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  • Charles JohnsonMarch 29, 2014 - 11:40 pm

    Ms. Alexandre, There have been plenty of people making unfounded accusations against the Sheriff and saying how Toler or your Dad could lead better. The Sheriff is part of my family and I take it personally. Your Dad has been a big critic of the Sheriff based on what he believes to be true. I would like to point out he doesn't know the outcome of investigations, only what he personally wanted as an outcome. Unlike the others who write in this paper, I wanted to point out why I think Toler or your Dad would not be a good Sheriff. A personal relationship between a supervisor and subordinate has a big affect on fellow workers and the SO in general. It was not mentioned about his personal life. Sheriff Ferrara is being accused of corruption because of the acts of an employee. Should your Dad be held responsible for the acts of a treasurer under his leadership as well? I appreciate you sticking up for your Dad, as you should. I was pushed to the point of sticking up for someone I have known for a very long time. Probably a mistake on my part, so this is the end of my writing. I am sorry if I caused you or your family any grief, that was not my intent.

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  • Leonard R Alexandre - Former Deputy SheriffMarch 30, 2014 - 7:52 am

    This is who I am. I am a survivor of child abuse, my father died when I was only four he had a tough time adjusting after his tours in Vietnam. My mother married my stepfather, and for the next several years I became his whipping post. I was taken away from what I believed was a home and thrown into the children’s shelter like a dog. This was the most lonely feeling I ever experienced. I was bounced around from foster home to foster home, had to learn how to fight to survive. I joined the United States Marine Corps a few days after my 17th birthday, and that year I was the youngest U.S. Marine in my battalion. I have been married four times. My first marriage only lasted less than two years, I was only 19 at that time. I remarried upon my departure from my military service to the woman who is the biological mother of my three children, two girls and my autistic son. This marriage lasted nearly 10 years. It came to an abrupt end when I was cleaning out my truck one day and found a small ladies cosmetic case under the driver’s seat. Not recognizing the case I opened it. Inside I found a razor blade, a glass pipe and a small white baggie containing methamphetamine. My ability to provide for my family comes first and for that reason I placed my ex-wife into a residential program and filed for divorce. I got married for the third time in 2000, this marriage lasted nearly nine years. It was no infidelity that brought this marriage to a closure, but it was the mere fact that my wife was very career driven with her employment as an administrator with Solano County General Services. Please stay tuned, there is more to come.

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  • Leonard R Alexandre - Former Deputy SheriffMarch 30, 2014 - 8:32 am

    I am now married to my current wife, we have been married since October 10, 2010. If only I had met her long ago, she is my soul mate, my best friend, my confidant and now most importantly a role model for my children and, I am not ashamed of it. We met at the Sheriff’s Office; I only worked for her for a very short period. My wife and I never engaged in any type of unethical conduct or had any type of intimate contact with each other while on taxpayer’s dollars (unlike other Sgt.s). I personally notified Sheriff Thomas Ferrara face to face that my wife and I had started dating and that I was following the prescribed General orders by notifying him. We were both reassigned to separate divisions as rightfully so. I didn’t want to deal with my girlfriend at work and at home, come on now…. By the time my wife and I became romantically involved, I had already filed for divorce, my wife had filed for her divorce and was also granted a temporary Domestic Violence Restraining order against her ex husband. I will let her talk more about it if chooses to do so, but that is not my place. More to come.

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  • toniMarch 30, 2014 - 8:57 am

    leonard, you must be a joke! who would want to believe you .

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  • Leonard R Alexandre - Former Deputy SheriffMarch 30, 2014 - 9:11 am

    DSA Monies: I will never forget that day. It was a rainy January Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys were as usual loosing a playoff game to the Vikings. My phone rings, it’s Mrs. Scandalis, the wife of a friend whom recently passed away after a long illness. She seemed very anxious and insisted that I meet with her in person. Okay now, it’s playoffs man come on! I asked Mrs. Scandalis if we could speak over the phone, she said, “no, this is important I need to see you in person!” Well, between that request and the Cowkids getting wrangled by the Vikings what else could I say? When I arrived at Mrs. Scandalis I noticed our association Treasurer sitting at the kitchen table while crying. As I approached her I asked, what’s going on? Her reply was, “ I am so sorry, I am so sorry.” I don’t know about you, but when somebody starts apologizing to me before I even know what they are apologizing for makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up.

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  • Leonard R Alexandre - Former Deputy SheriffMarch 30, 2014 - 9:43 am

    Once again I asked the Treasurer what happened? Her reply, “ I am so sorry, but I took some money from the association.” My jaw dropped, my blood pressure shot up so high I could have sworn I was floating. I asked, “how much did you take?” Her reply,”$ 35,000 but I already paid back $ 18,000.” After telling me this the Treasurer started to hysterically cry, saying things like I don’t know what I am going to do, I am losing my job. I told the Treasurer, I have to notify the DSA President asap and let him know what’s going on. I said perhaps if you talk to the Board maybe you can address this issue. I stepped outside and telephoned the DSA President while he was in Tahoe celebrating his recent promotion. I relayed to him what the Treasurer had told me, to my surprise he already new. Now I am really feeling like I am in the twilight zone. I marched back inside with a much different attitude and I demanded to know the whole story. The Treasurer told me, that she had informed the oncoming Treasurer that she had taken some money and intended on paying it back. The Treasurer reported this incident to the association Vice President, whom requested that the Sheriff’s Office conduct a criminal investigation on the matter. Still more to come.

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  • ToniMarch 30, 2014 - 9:53 am

    Leonard ,where are you going with this you make no sense, sound like a soap opera. Or never never land. what point are you trying to make?

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  • catwood182March 30, 2014 - 10:45 am

    Look at your reaction, Toni. just look at it. you need to get ur head out your ass, u and ur friend. U too scared? of the truth??? then stay off the blog

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  • leonard R Alexandre - Former Deputy SheriffMarch 30, 2014 - 10:14 am

    The Treasurer told me, that she had already been interviewed by Detectives from both the SO and Dixon PD. She told me, that they were more preoccupied with finding out my part in all this. The Treasurer further stated, that she had made very clear that she acted alone and that no one else on the Board was involved. This statement by the Treasurer, was later re-affirmed when in open General Membership, she took full responsibility for her actions and asked for forgiveness. She also once again, made it very clear that she acted alone. After an extensive year-long investigation, I was finally given a clean bill of health after being the only member on the Board to undergo a colonoscopy by C Johnson Gastroenterologist Extraordinaire (those are free for those who try to do right). Some of you may be asking…why would they do this to you? Perhaps it’s because I wrote up a Sgt. for sleeping while on duty, or because I personally reported to Ferrara what I believed to be suspicious activity by a certain Sgt. at the Drug Task Force Unit. Better yet, it could be that I informed Ferrara of credible information, which led me to believe that weapons along with other equipment were being stolen from the armory. Maybe, it was the fact that I met with FBI and ATF agents a few times to discuss my concerns (contact Special Agent Sullivan from the Sac Office if you don’t believe me). I will tell you what turned the tide against me, it was when I decided to meet Tom Toler for coffee on my own time and actually hear the man out. To be continued.

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  • MDSMarch 30, 2014 - 4:05 pm

    So you weren't the DSA President when this happened? But Lt. Charlie posted on here a couple of times that you were the President and it happened on your watch, but you say you were not. That should be an easy fact to prove and if Lt. Charlie is wrong he may wish to read up on the libel laws and have a conversation with County Counsel on the can of worms he just opened up.

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  • Charles JohnsonMarch 30, 2014 - 4:18 pm

    MDS, Get facts before you comment. He was the president when it happened. He just finished his term when it was discovered that it happened on his watch. Why is it that most of you accusers don't use your real name?

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  • The MisterMarch 30, 2014 - 4:23 pm

    Charlie Johnson asked, "Why is it that most of you accusers don't use your real name?" Is Tom Ferrara and Gary Stanton in that list? Are you, Lt, doing the talking for them?

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  • MDSMarch 30, 2014 - 5:06 pm

    Lt Charlie, I don't need the facts before I make comments like I made. I was asking the question since he was indicating he was not the President.

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  • Athena D. AlexandreMarch 30, 2014 - 10:36 am

    Anyone who is inquiring or following the comments and information my dad had shared, his ability to continue sharing has been blocked to this site. From out entire family thank you for the support and belief. We will always fight for what's right. Sincerely, Athena D. Alexandre

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  • JusticeMarch 30, 2014 - 10:42 am

    Sounds like his IP address has been blocked. So much for freedom of speech huh Daily Republic?

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  • The MisterMarch 30, 2014 - 10:44 am

    It sounds like Leonard is making some people pretty nervous. They are running out of lies and their stories are being shown as lies. My guess why your father has been blocked is he's been flagged as an abusive poster here. No doubt by the Incumbent Protection Team. Or should we call it the Stanton Protection Team... must leave all those old skeletons in the closet alone. In the interest of an open community forum, we ask the Daily Republic to reinstate Leonard ASAP. Brad, Glen... please take action.

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  • CD BrooksMarch 30, 2014 - 10:45 am

    Athena, you must be very careful here as laws and liability issues prevent one from saying specific things about others. Not sure about being "blocked" as the comments remain. I guess you can't really run a campaign through this forum?

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  • The MisterMarch 30, 2014 - 10:49 am

    Seedy, it's pretty easy to run a dis-info campaign here. I know because I've been fighting it for a long time.

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  • CD BrooksMarch 30, 2014 - 11:10 am

    The Mister, I'm not sure what you're referring to? You use pretty general terms and what seems to be public information when challenging authority and establishing your corruption points of view. I don't think that falls into derogatory territory?

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  • MaryMarch 30, 2014 - 11:37 am

    @toni Leonard's statements are valid if you don't believe him you may want to ask Sheriff Ferrara, I mean after all he is the one that conducted his background investigation prior to hiring him. This I know for a fact.

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  • StreetwiseMarch 30, 2014 - 5:55 pm

    WOW....Solano County Sheriff’s department is almost as messed up as Fairfield PD. lmao

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  • Miss SolanoMarch 30, 2014 - 6:32 pm

    Since you claim to have slept with two officers, are any of these officers holding any type of influential positions?

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  • Shanna WieserMarch 30, 2014 - 6:43 pm

    That was 50 years ago they could be dead? Did you want to dig them up? Sorry I just don't know nor care but feel free to check it out. Thank you for your interest (another coward.)I am 66 years old if you care.

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  • Miss SolanoMarch 30, 2014 - 6:57 pm

    @shanna I apologize but you didn't really answer my question..After all you did say you "have nothing to hide" so please tell us the truth.

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  • Charles JohnsonMarch 30, 2014 - 6:59 pm

    Wow Mr or Ms are you nuts? That is a vile post. You may want to read above about slinging mud not helping your candidate. Ms Weiser did not deserve that. I do not drink. I have seen my Buddy twice in the last 12 years. I have met Toni, but have never socialized with her. Not quite the picture you are trying to paint.

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  • ToniMarch 30, 2014 - 7:11 pm

    this is supposed be about Toler.

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  • Shanna WieserMarch 30, 2014 - 7:13 pm

    Madame I personally don't care what you think and I assure you if my husband of 40 years doesn't care I fail to see why you should care. I am not running from nor for anything. So you should concentrate on who you are for real and not hide. Your candidate is not honourable.

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  • Blast from the pastMarch 30, 2014 - 7:15 pm

    What candidate are you talking about? I just came in and read the commentary and article and was shocked. As a first time reader to this article, I asked questions because I recognized your names. I have to say I do question you because you appear very aggressive and belligerent from a readers stand point.

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  • Shanna WieserMarch 30, 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Sir or madame if you read the threads you should know to whom I was referring. If you don't understand ask for help. Let me make it clear to you I wasn't being aggressive nor belligerent but I can be for sure. If you have any other concerns just ask. Glad to help.

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  • sonchoMarch 30, 2014 - 8:53 pm

    Solano County Sherriffs Department is a corrupt organization and needs a change. The old guard needs to go. The more I see people trying to bury Leonard Alexander the more I realize he is the man for the job.

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  • sonchoMarch 30, 2014 - 9:00 pm

    And Shana you sound like a miserable bitter person who has only one intention in mind. Slandering Leonard because you are scared of him and the better change he can bring. Everyone has things in there personal life ( including you) but public service and abuse of public trust are the issue. Not how many Fairfield cops you had affairs with while you husband was at the jelly belly factory. Please......take you bitter comments and hold them deep down inside with all your other secrets.

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  • Curious ObserverMarch 30, 2014 - 10:08 pm

    So,correct me if I am wrong, but it looks like Leonard Alexandre is going to run a write in campaign for Sheriff? Instead of the mud slinging that is taking place, although there may be character issues that need to be explored, maybe a more pertinent question what exactly are his qualifications to run an agency with 500 employees an annual budget in the millions of dollars? As far as I can see from previous threads, his experience is limited to that of a deputy sheriff and nothing else. He did not list any supervisory or management experience. As I have indicated in previous threads, when concerned about the accusations of corruption in the Sheriff's Office, I went to Sheriff's Ferrara's election website and explored whether those claims were accurate. What I found was that many people in different political fields as well as many influential private citizens have endorses Sheriff Ferrara for the position of Sheriff. More importantly to me, all the law enforcement associations in the county have endorsed him also. My question to everyone is if there is such wide spread corruption in the Sheriff's Office, how can Sheriff Ferrara garner this much support from an informed public as well as the law enforcement community? My only logical assumption is the accusations of widespread corruption is not valid. So putting that issue aside, as for experience, Sheriff Ferarra, based on his bio, seems to have a vast amount starting at the Deputy Sheriff Level and work every aspect of the job. So, please tell me how Leonard Alexandre is better qualified for the position of Sheriff?

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  • MDSMarch 31, 2014 - 9:08 am

    All very good questions and I point I tried to make earlier. I actually don't personally know any of these people so I'm not taking a position on any of them with the exception of Toler who clearly isn't qualified for the job. But for the others all of these are very valid questions. It is not at all uncommon for law enforcement officials to have made enemies during their career. So it's up to the voters to decide if these allegations are all simply sour grapes, or if there is anything to them. Support from law enforcement associations (these are the line level officers) is a very good indication that there are no such problems with the current administration of the Sheriff's Office. One thing I can assure you of, is no politician will scare the peace officer associations into supporting somebody who is corrupt.

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  • sonchoMarch 30, 2014 - 10:32 pm

    @Curious Observer You leave me curious! Are you a certain lieutenant, sergeant, or a Captain in the Solano SO? You guys are pretty slick with your PR and spin. Just because you say it doesn't mean it's true. I'm sure Alexandre has a llong resume also. Just from doing a Google search I can see he was association president, public information Officer, and created the honor guard. I am sure there is a lot more. He is no politician. But then again a politician is not what people want. They want a leader.

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  • Curious ObserverMarch 31, 2014 - 8:29 am

    Sancho, you are absolutely right regarding what I said, they are my own opinions base on my own research, As i have said in other threads, no, I do not work for the Sheriff's Office. I have worked for local municipalities in the past and have some experience in the local government workings. It seems to be a common comment by many that if a citizen takes an opposing view to theirs, in this case showing support for the Sheriff's Office, that they are automatically accused of working for that agency. Leonard himself accused me of the same using the pseudonym "Yoda". By jumping to these conclusions you really do insult people who research the issues and make their own informed decision, albeit contrary to yours. If your point is that Leonard has some supervisory experience by being in charge of the Honor Guard then that is a valid point. However my response would be that appears to be an ancillary duty and not one of direct supervision in typical law enforcement assignment. As to the other duties you list, those seem to be, at least to me, duties of a deputy sheriff. And, from information in this thread, there may be some controversy regarding his tenure as the DSA president, something that needs to be researched more before I form an opinion on that matter. All I was asking for was someone to supply information that shows Leonard has the experience for the position. We are all entitled to our own opinion and i will respect yours without saying you are a close friend, you currently work for him, or that you are on his campaign committee. However, in my opinion what you have supplied does not show me he has the experience required to run a Sheriff's Office as opposed to the information I have discovered regarding the experience of the current Sheriff. If there is additional information that supports that Leonard has the experience to run the Sheriff's Office please feel free to share it. As I said in another thread, don't hate, just debate.

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