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June 18, 2000
Re "Spending Demands Are Merely a Power Play," Ventura County Perspective, June 11. I would like to come to the defense of Sheriff Bob Brooks. The writer of this article seems to totally misunderstand the situation that exists between the sheriff's budget, Proposition 172 and the Board of Supervisors as well as the excellent reputation of our county for having a low crime rate. I have known Sheriff Brooks for a long time, and I know him to be a sincere, honest, dedicated, intelligent person who tries his very best to provide the best public safety he can with every dollar in his budget.
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May 31, 2010 | Catherine Saillant
Ventura County voters next month will decide a hotly contested sheriff's race, something that hasn't happened in this law-and-order county north of Los Angeles for more than three decades. The contest between Chief Deputy Dennis Carpenter and Cmdr. Geoff Dean turned nasty early on as the battling camps traded charges of dishonesty and cronyism. As the June 8 election nears, the focus has shifted to the candidates' differing personalities and management styles. But underlying their yearlong battle has been Dean's contention that the election marks a crossroads where voters have an opportunity to end an old-boys network that for decades allowed the sitting sheriff to essentially hand-pick his successor.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2000
Re "Chief Administrator, Sheriff Square Off Over Budget," May 21. I don't feel that Sheriff Bob Brooks should have to bear the $6.5-million cut from his budget due to what happened with the botched up mental health merger and this whole scandal the Board of Supervisors caused us. I ask interim Chief Administrative Officer Harry Hufford not to touch the sheriff's budget. We voters signed a petition for Proposition 172 to go for law enforcement, and that is its intended purpose.
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July 14, 2004 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett on Tuesday again questioned law enforcement funding decisions, asking Sheriff Bob Brooks to consider putting more patrols back on the streets in unincorporated areas. Bennett asked why the sheriff was using state funds targeted for unincorporated communities to offset salaries for two crime lab workers. The money, about $143,000, might be better spent putting at least one sheriff's deputy on patrol, the board chairman said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2000
Re "Overtime Rising in Fire, Sheriffs Departments," Dec. 24. Sheriff Bob Brooks states that the overtime amount of $11.7 million is the "cost of policing a large county." The size of our county is reflected in the size of the budget and should be irrelevant when scrutinizing overtime abuses. And yes, I do mean abuses. Does anyone in the private sector get hired for a $50,000-a-year job but manage to bring home $120,000 a year? Sign me up. Are these positions based on a salary, an hourly wage or both?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 2001
Never in all my 75 years did I think I would ever sit behind a row of uniformed sheriff's deputies while they protected my property and my right to exercise a legal permit issued by the city of Ojai to cut down my oak tree that was structurally damaging my building on my property. Never did I ever think that these same deputies would also have to protect the men working for a legitimate Ventura County business I hired to remove the tree. But that is exactly what happened in Ojai on June 13. Facing the deputies was a carefully orchestrated, well-rehearsed gang of extremists who wept, wailed, screamed, insulted, vilified, threatened, taunted, played dead in the street, paraded with inflammatory signs--even called OSHA and the state Board of Contractors to feed them lies and misinformation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2001
Re "Deputy Accused of Racial Profiling," Jan. 24. Recently, the Moorpark Police Department, manned by the Ventura County Sheriff's Department, has come under fire with allegations of racial profiling. I do not want to make light of these allegations. I have every confidence that Sheriff Bob Brooks will investigate these charges and immediately rectify any problems that may surface. However, I do feel that when the department is part of something positive in the community, then that story should be told as well.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2001
Re "Deputy Accused of Racial Profiling," Jan. 24. Again a sorry excuse for stopping a black man. This time for walking in Moorpark? Sheriff Bob Brooks needs to give his deputies sensitivity training to teach them that all blacks do not look alike and do not all commit crimes. On Dec. 30, 1999, the same thing happened to my two grandsons on their way to school from Oxnard. They were stopped in Thousand Oaks because they resembled a light-skinned black man or dark-skinned white man who had just held up a bank.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1998
December 30, 1998 To the Ojai Valley Community: With the loss of young Kali Manley, we have experienced a tragic event that shocked and saddened not only a family, but an entire community. During this holiday season, our prayers and thoughts are now with the family and friends she leaves behind. On behalf of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department, I would like to thank the many Ventura County residents who answered the call to help in the search for Kali. From our command post and operations center, at Nordhoff High School, searches were established throughout the Ojai Valley and surrounding areas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 2004 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett on Tuesday again questioned law enforcement funding decisions, asking Sheriff Bob Brooks to consider putting more patrols back on the streets in unincorporated areas. Bennett asked why the sheriff was using state funds targeted for unincorporated communities to offset salaries for two crime lab workers. The money, about $143,000, might be better spent putting at least one sheriff's deputy on patrol, the board chairman said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2003 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Sheriff Bob Brooks says layoffs of deputies and closure of the East County Jail may not be necessary -- at least this year -- to close a $10-million shortfall in his department. Budget managers in the Sheriff's Department huddled with county chief Johnny Johnston last week to find a way to reduce the sheriff's payroll without laying off active employees. Their plan is to not fill positions as they become vacant, Brooks said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2003 | Holly J. Wolcott, Times Staff Writer
Ventura Police Officer Jeff Ryan Brooks, son of county Sheriff Bob Brooks, was never fingerprinted or booked into jail after his arrest this week on suspicion of drunk driving, authorities confirmed Friday. Instead, the 27-year-old Camarillo resident was cited and released to the custody of his girlfriend. Local defense attorneys said it was a highly unusual move for a suspected drunk driver.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 2001
Never in all my 75 years did I think I would ever sit behind a row of uniformed sheriff's deputies while they protected my property and my right to exercise a legal permit issued by the city of Ojai to cut down my oak tree that was structurally damaging my building on my property. Never did I ever think that these same deputies would also have to protect the men working for a legitimate Ventura County business I hired to remove the tree. But that is exactly what happened in Ojai on June 13. Facing the deputies was a carefully orchestrated, well-rehearsed gang of extremists who wept, wailed, screamed, insulted, vilified, threatened, taunted, played dead in the street, paraded with inflammatory signs--even called OSHA and the state Board of Contractors to feed them lies and misinformation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2001
Re "County Chief Fights the Law and the Law Usually Wins," March 4. The argument of Sheriff Bob Brooks and Dist. Atty. Michael Bradbury regarding funding for their departments, carried to its logical conclusion, simply calls for the elimination of all other county government functions. Why should any money be wasted on less essential operations when it could all go for the only vital purposes of policing and prosecuting? County government would be the essence of simplicity and economy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2001
Re "Deputy Accused of Racial Profiling," Jan. 24. Again a sorry excuse for stopping a black man. This time for walking in Moorpark? Sheriff Bob Brooks needs to give his deputies sensitivity training to teach them that all blacks do not look alike and do not all commit crimes. On Dec. 30, 1999, the same thing happened to my two grandsons on their way to school from Oxnard. They were stopped in Thousand Oaks because they resembled a light-skinned black man or dark-skinned white man who had just held up a bank.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2001
Re "Deputy Accused of Racial Profiling," Jan. 24. Recently, the Moorpark Police Department, manned by the Ventura County Sheriff's Department, has come under fire with allegations of racial profiling. I do not want to make light of these allegations. I have every confidence that Sheriff Bob Brooks will investigate these charges and immediately rectify any problems that may surface. However, I do feel that when the department is part of something positive in the community, then that story should be told as well.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2003 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Sheriff Bob Brooks says layoffs of deputies and closure of the East County Jail may not be necessary -- at least this year -- to close a $10-million shortfall in his department. Budget managers in the Sheriff's Department huddled with county chief Johnny Johnston last week to find a way to reduce the sheriff's payroll without laying off active employees. Their plan is to not fill positions as they become vacant, Brooks said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2001
Re "County Chief Fights the Law and the Law Usually Wins," March 4. The argument of Sheriff Bob Brooks and Dist. Atty. Michael Bradbury regarding funding for their departments, carried to its logical conclusion, simply calls for the elimination of all other county government functions. Why should any money be wasted on less essential operations when it could all go for the only vital purposes of policing and prosecuting? County government would be the essence of simplicity and economy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2000
Re "Overtime Rising in Fire, Sheriffs Departments," Dec. 24. Sheriff Bob Brooks states that the overtime amount of $11.7 million is the "cost of policing a large county." The size of our county is reflected in the size of the budget and should be irrelevant when scrutinizing overtime abuses. And yes, I do mean abuses. Does anyone in the private sector get hired for a $50,000-a-year job but manage to bring home $120,000 a year? Sign me up. Are these positions based on a salary, an hourly wage or both?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2000
Re "Spending Demands Are Merely a Power Play," Ventura County Perspective, June 11. I would like to come to the defense of Sheriff Bob Brooks. The writer of this article seems to totally misunderstand the situation that exists between the sheriff's budget, Proposition 172 and the Board of Supervisors as well as the excellent reputation of our county for having a low crime rate. I have known Sheriff Brooks for a long time, and I know him to be a sincere, honest, dedicated, intelligent person who tries his very best to provide the best public safety he can with every dollar in his budget.
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