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December 2, 2001
I read with dismay the Nov. 25 letter by Adam Pearlman, which impugned the integrity of Chief Assistant Dist. Atty. Greg Totten for the independent actions of Dr. Michael Bakst of Community Memorial Hospital. Mr. Pearlman should have identified himself as an ardent supporter of Ron Bamieh, Mr. Totten's opponent in the upcoming election for district attorney. By all accounts, Mr. Totten had absolutely nothing to do with the letter written by Dr. Bakst. Even assuming that Dr. Bakst erred in judgment by sending his personal letter to hospital staff on company stationery, it is patently unfair to use the incident to malign Mr. Totten's character.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2003 | Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writer
Ventura County Sheriff Bob Brooks and Dist. Atty. Greg Totten made good Wednesday on their threat to sue the county in their campaign to restore full funding to their agencies. In a lawsuit filed in Superior Court, Brooks and Totten contend county supervisors unlawfully capped the annual inflationary increases their departments and two other public safety agencies receive each year. "This has cost us our ability to protect the public," Brooks said.
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The World Affairs Council of Ventura County will hold a discussion on preparing for bioterrorism on Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the community room of the East County Sheriff's Station. Cary Savitch, an author and former congressional candidate who wrote a book on bioterrorism, is scheduled to speak. The other speakers will be Greg Totten, chief assistant district attorney for Ventura County, and Laura Hernandez, assistant director for the county Sheriff's Department. The cost is $15 for members and $25 for guests.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
Two former county prosecutors urged the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to reverse what they say were their politically motivated transfers. Adam Pearlman and Mark Pachowicz told supervisors that former Dist. Atty. Michael D. Bradbury transferred them to the child support division because they had backed a rival to Greg Totten, Bradbury's hand-picked successor, in last year's election. Supervisor John Flynn said he would ask Totten, now the district attorney, to review Bradbury's action.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
Two former county prosecutors urged the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to reverse what they say were their politically motivated transfers. Adam Pearlman and Mark Pachowicz told supervisors that former Dist. Atty. Michael D. Bradbury transferred them to the child support division because they had backed a rival to Greg Totten, Bradbury's hand-picked successor, in last year's election. Supervisor John Flynn said he would ask Totten, now the district attorney, to review Bradbury's action.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2002
The people of Ventura County will choose either Greg Totten or Ron Bamieh to succeed Dist. Atty. Michael Bradbury on March 5. After moderating a meeting where they both spoke and reading the Jan. 11 article on this race in The Times, I have concluded that Greg Totten should be elected as our next district attorney. Greg, 47, has been through the chairs over the past 20 years. He is now chief assistant district attorney--second in command. Ron, 35, graduated from law school in 1991 and has been on the staff for nine years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
Ventura County supervisors will seek a court order reversing the Civil Service Commission's decision to hear an appeal by two prosecutors who contend they were demoted for backing the wrong candidate for district attorney. Supervisors unanimously voted in favor of legal action, agreeing with county lawyers' contention that the county commission overstepped its authority in ordering a hearing on the employees' grievance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2002
I am a mother and schoolteacher. My entire life revolves around the protection and growth of our children. I care deeply about the community in which my children and my students will be raised. We must provide for our children the safest and best community we can. I have known Ron Bamieh for years. I have seen him put away wife beaters, rapists and skinhead murderers. With every victory, my respect for Ron has grown. I believe that he is truly a man who protects our community. I cannot help but feel that if every prosecutor worked as hard as Ron Bamieh, our community would be rid of criminals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2001
In your article of Nov. 6 titled "Bamieh Ad Criticized by Rival in D.A. Race," Mr. Bamieh alludes to Mr. Totten's years of leadership as bureaucratic experience. If management of the district attorney's office is considered bureaucratic, then I wonder why Mr. Bamieh wants to be the top bureaucrat? The choice for voters is clear. The first candidate is Greg Totten, who was a veteran prosecutor long before Mr. Bamieh graduated from law school. After distinguishing himself by his leadership locally, Greg was chosen by the California District Attorneys Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 2001
Greg Totten's response to the controversy surrounding Community Memorial Hospital's letter soliciting contributions for his campaign is interesting, considering Mr. Totten is campaigning to be the top law enforcement official of Ventura County. The district attorney must evenhandedly support enforcement of the law, regardless of a person's race, religion, or in this case, political endorsement. Dr. Bakst's letter appears to violate the law prohibiting tax-exempt organizations from intervening in any political campaign in support of any candidate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
Ventura County supervisors will seek a court order reversing the Civil Service Commission's decision to hear an appeal by two prosecutors who contend they were demoted for backing the wrong candidate for district attorney. Supervisors unanimously voted in favor of legal action, agreeing with county lawyers' contention that the county commission overstepped its authority in ordering a hearing on the employees' grievance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2002
There is something you should know: The contents of your Voter Information Pamphlet are incomplete. The pamphlet reveals [Senior Deputy] Dist. Atty. Ron Bamieh's commitment to eliminating criminals and protecting Ventura County's children, but omits the countless hours Bamieh devotes to preventing crime and educating our children outside the workplace. Bamieh's dedication to his community changed my life. When I chose to join Buena High School's mock trial team, I had no idea what I was getting into.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2002
I attended a debate at the Simi Valley Library featuring both candidates in the upcoming district attorney's race. Both of the candidates began the debate very well, answering the questions very thoroughly and knowledgeably. However, as the debate progressed, Greg Totten seemed to become desperate to gain the upper hand. He badmouthed some of Ronald Bamieh's supporters, including our very own council member, Barbra Williamson. I felt really bad for Totten as he began to make accusation after accusation as to Bamieh's supporters and so on. Totten could have at least lost the debate with dignity, yet instead not only did he lose, but he lost poorly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2002
I am supporting Ron Bamieh for district attorney because he represents everything that is good about Ventura County. I don't care that his father is helping to fund what we all know are expensive campaigns. What I do care about is that Bamieh is blessed to have a father who loves and supports him and is willing to quite literally put his money where his mouth is. Don't we all wish we had a father who loved us so much and was successful enough to be able to help? Three cheers for Bamieh's dad. Three cheers for a loving family with strong values!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2002
I have listened to both candidates for district attorney and heard what they have to say and, frankly, I am not impressed by Greg Totten at all. He has not given any real reasons why he should be in the office, unless you count riding on people's coattails as a real reason to be in office. He expects to win just because he is a part of the good old boy network! It is time for a new D.A. who really wants to make a difference in our community. I am very impressed with Ron Bamieh. I've known him personally for several years and can attest to the fact that he truly cares about our community.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2002 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Turning up the heat in the Ventura County district attorney's race, candidate Greg Totten accused his opponent Wednesday of misleading voters by exaggerating his trial experience in a barrage of radio and television ads. It is an assertion Totten has made before. This time, the 47-year-old second-in-command of the district attorney's office did so at a noon news conference, flanked by 30 prosecutors whose association endorsed him earlier this week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2002
I have listened to both candidates for district attorney and heard what they have to say and, frankly, I am not impressed by Greg Totten at all. He has not given any real reasons why he should be in the office, unless you count riding on people's coattails as a real reason to be in office. He expects to win just because he is a part of the good old boy network! It is time for a new D.A. who really wants to make a difference in our community. I am very impressed with Ron Bamieh. I've known him personally for several years and can attest to the fact that he truly cares about our community.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 2001 | TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventura County law enforcement groups turned out in force Tuesday to support district attorney candidate Greg Totten. He picked up endorsements from the Ventura County Deputy Sheriffs Assn., the Professional Peace Officers Assn. and unions representing Oxnard, Santa Paula, Port Hueneme and Ventura police departments. The only major law enforcement group that didn't endorse Totten was the Simi Valley Police Assn., which last week backed prosecutor Ron Bamieh, Totten's only rival in the race.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2002
I am a mother and schoolteacher. My entire life revolves around the protection and growth of our children. I care deeply about the community in which my children and my students will be raised. We must provide for our children the safest and best community we can. I have known Ron Bamieh for years. I have seen him put away wife beaters, rapists and skinhead murderers. With every victory, my respect for Ron has grown. I believe that he is truly a man who protects our community. I cannot help but feel that if every prosecutor worked as hard as Ron Bamieh, our community would be rid of criminals.
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