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San Joaquin County supervisors delay trip for heavy sheriff's vehicle

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Posted: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 10:00 pm

Due to financial concerns, the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors postponed a decision to send three sheriff's department personnel to Ohio to have a $1 million command vehicle repaired so that it meets California's vehicle weight limit.

The board requested with no discussion that an item authorizing the trip be removed from Tuesday's agenda. It will be reconsidered at next Tuesday's meeting.

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  • posted at 5:24 pm on Thu, Sep 24, 2009.


    Return the vehicle to the manufacturer for a full refund, or store credit.

  • posted at 7:13 am on Thu, Sep 24, 2009.


    Here is an e-mail addy to the builder of this monstrosityfredg@gerlinggroup.comLet him know what you think of his illegal vehicle. Also just for your 411, they list this ILLEGAL vehicle as one of their accomplishments in their "recently built" command ctrs. Further if you look closely at one of the other pics you can clearly see that an identical vehicle was built for another jurisdiction. WITH THE EXCEPTION of the fact it's a three axle truck!!!! SO don't tell me the builder didn't know!

  • posted at 5:53 am on Thu, Sep 24, 2009.


    I trust sheriff Moore's idea of having three deputies drive an illegal vehicle to Ohio to be re-engineered, was a political one. I hope this was just a way to make a point to the manufacturer.Anyone who gave serious consideration this "goofball plan" has been working for the government too long. The unit itself will generate lots of jobs for the Ohio company and will require lots of training, maintainence, periodic upgrades and eventual replacement.Tax dollars will be spent on this fiasco forever.

  • posted at 1:14 am on Thu, Sep 24, 2009.


    Dyan and everyone else-It's not about getting tickets. It's about insurance and liabilty. If the vehicle in question were to be involved in an incident, do you realize how much the county of SJ would be on the hook for? It's a huge liabilty to even operate an ILLEGAL vehicle temporarily. Can you imagine a good Attorney with that one? "So SJC, despite the fact you knew your vehicle was illegaly overweight you still operated it?" You get the picture.

  • posted at 3:42 pm on Wed, Sep 23, 2009.


    There is no funding for new deputies, yet they try and get funding for an idiotic repair which should have been thought of when the vehicle was first purchased.

  • posted at 2:40 pm on Wed, Sep 23, 2009.


    Why fix it? Who's going to give the sheriff a ticket?

  • posted at 10:29 am on Wed, Sep 23, 2009.


    Galt Guy 5:18am - congratulations for probably one of the top 5 posts on the LNS blogs of all time. Common theme: common sense.When I read this article this morning my thought was "why doesn't the mfgr fly out a person to supervise the work here in San Joaquin County. Surely one of the diesel truck shops could do the work of adding another (3rd) axle.My guess is that the reason this giant boondoggle was ever built was due to 9-11 funding after the attacks. And in true government gluttony & overspending we ended up with that white dinosauer. Probably done on Baxter Dunn's watch, but he was probably out at a delta eating & drinking establishment enjoying himself (wink wink).

  • posted at 9:47 am on Wed, Sep 23, 2009.


    With all the negitive posts yesterday, perhaps Sherrif Moore read some or all and decided that the people of San Joaquin County were correct and didn`t need that million dollar machine after all, the one that might be needed every 100 year flood or so.Steve: Were from the government and were here to help you, you quoted a great American by the name of Ronald Reagan who said it first.

  • posted at 3:26 am on Wed, Sep 23, 2009.


    There is NO SUCH NEED for a vehicle this Size or Cost! What a waste of Money, but hey, "You voted for Obama". Better get used to it. "The LAW is above the LAW"!

  • posted at 2:34 am on Wed, Sep 23, 2009.


    We're from the government and we're here to help!!!

  • posted at 2:23 am on Wed, Sep 23, 2009.


    ah yes the public speaks and shows outrage at the corrupt government wasting money. Said govt agency stops spending money - for 1 month - and then stealthly goes back to wasting money. Come on, this is going to happen at some point so why the fake contrition...where was the media when the order for this pile of offal was placed? Oh yea this thing was needed. Guess we need a police state...

  • posted at 1:53 am on Wed, Sep 23, 2009.


    Why am I not surprised to read this.

  • posted at 1:39 am on Wed, Sep 23, 2009.


    Hopefully the reason that the board is postponing their decision is to research the potential for a less costly solution to this problem/issue. This research should have been preformed by Sheriff Moore prior to making the request for such a costly solution as that is what he gets paid to do. Serious consideration needs to be taken to NOT spend more taxpayer money than necessary.

  • posted at 1:31 am on Wed, Sep 23, 2009.


    Galtguy,All your comments carry validity (of which I agree) and atest to the lack of competence on various different levels.

  • posted at 12:18 am on Wed, Sep 23, 2009.


    The gap in communication was EVERYWHERE. The gap was caused by the fact that no one was spending monies they would be held accountable for. So you get they "we'll figure it out" mentality.What I want to know is this;A- Why the need for such a vehicle? It's San Jouquin County for Christ' sake, not LA or NYC. B- Can anyone please demonstrate the need to communicate to 500 agencies? When would they EVER be here and for what reason? An attack on the Grape Bowl?C- Who signed off on the design plan? What qualifications did they have? D- Why would the manufacturer ship a vehicle that wasn't legal? His cop out of he thought it was legal doesn't fly. There are no exemptions for anyone, emergency vehicles included. A final prediction from GG. The manufacturer will fix it here in NorCal. He doesn't want the Feds in his books trying to figure out why he charged what he did. You heard it here first.



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