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San Joaquin County supervisors approve Honor Farm security upgrades

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Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 11:54 pm

The Board of Supervisors allocated $384,000 to the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office to upgrade fencing around the jail’s Honor Farm with the hope of improving safety and reducing the number of escaping inmates.

“We hope it will have a two-way effect,” Supervisor Ken Vogel said, referring to the need to reduce both the number of inmates escaping the facility and the amount of contraband entering the facility.

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  • Frank Gayaldo posted at 2:37 pm on Sun, Apr 20, 2014.

    Frank Gayaldo Posts: 26

    Dear Mr. Chang,
    Thank you sir. Your retraction and apology is both appreciated and respected. That being said, I also appreciate you holding my feet to the fire. I will continue to try my best to inform readers in my blogs what is verifiable facts and what is merely my opinion. Like retired FBI Special Agent Jeff Rinek and many others who have worked around Sheriff Moore, I do not have confidence in Sheriff Moore's law enforcement or leadership abilities. I agree with every major law enforcement association in San Joaquin County (and even the Sac County Deputy Association) that it is time for a change. That is only my opinion and the opinion of the vast, vast majority of law enforcement professionals, but it is an opinion based on a multiple of verifiable facts. Hopefully the public will keep reading so they can make their own informed decision. Happy Easter!

  • Christina Welch posted at 12:28 am on Sun, Apr 20, 2014.

    Christina Welch Posts: 460

    You are a good man, Walter.... Quack on, baby!! [beam]

  • Jeffrey Rinek posted at 5:56 pm on Sat, Apr 19, 2014.

    jeffreyrinek Posts: 9

    Dear Mr. Chang, Thank you for your comments, apology and for retracting your previous comment. I noticed that another person questioned my comments because I am from outside the county. I hope he reads my response to you. The important thing, in my opinion is justice, and who is best to serve it. I believe Mr. Withrow not only has the appropriate street experience to address the needs of the victims, but also the compassion to want to help them. It is with compassion that you, me, and everyone else makes our society a good place to live. For the person who suggested I live in Sacramento County, please be advised I live in El Dorado County. But regardless of where I live there are no geographical boundaries when it comes to helping people in need. The Speed Freak victim's families are in need. I have met many people who don't care until it happens to them or their families. In those cases it is not for us to judge their past comments but to address their needs and those of their families. That is why I support Mr. Withrow, and strongly believe that there is no hope for the victims if Sheriff Moore is reelected. We view the sheriff's position as a job, or elected title, but for the victims it means the difference in their ability to address life. In the end that is what matters. Again thank you for your kind words, but please keep up the comments because they stimulate thought.

  • Joe Baxter posted at 1:37 pm on Sat, Apr 19, 2014.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1913

    I am still wondering why someone that resides in Sacramento County should be concerned with San Joaquin County politics. Unless it is just to stick their nose in business that doesn't concern them. Liberals are so gullible.

  • Walter Chang posted at 4:10 pm on Fri, Apr 18, 2014.

    Walt Posts: 1184

    Dear LNS readers, I wish to officially retract my comments posted at 10:15 am on Thu, Apr 17, 2014.

    These two gentlemen I've insulted are neither mud slingers or hobbyist. I've mischaracterized their recent activity in the LNS's comments sections and responded poorly. I would like to apologize to both Frank Gayaldo and Jeff Rinek for my inappropriate post - Wa

  • Christina Welch posted at 3:41 pm on Fri, Apr 18, 2014.

    Christina Welch Posts: 460

    I hope both you gentlemen will keep writing. I think many people pay attention to what you both are saying, no matter what the topic.
    I know I do. [smile]

  • Jeffrey Rinek posted at 11:23 am on Fri, Apr 18, 2014.

    jeffreyrinek Posts: 9

    Mr. Chang, from your latest comment concerning out of county comments I presume you are referring to me, at the least. Thank you for participating with your comments as they show how there is always another point of view to a discussion. To answer your comment I feel it is important to state that I advocate for victims, always have, always will. My interest in your county's race for sheriff is based on firsthand experience dealing with the victims who have been affected by Sheriff Moore's actions. I am sure if you had a child, or maybe you do have one, and that child were the victim of a violent crime, you would want professional, passionate, and a caring response. In Sheriff Moore's case he not only failed at that measure, but he caused remains of victims in a clandestine grave site to be fragmented, pulverized and commingled. I stand for the victims, and therefore I stand against Sheriff Moore. I am simply a retired FBI Special Agent seeking justice for those families that have been victimized first by serial killers, and second, by Sheriff Moore. My background, actions, comments, and standings are a matter of public record. It appears from your almost one thousand comments, you have a lot to say. That is a good thing. I believe it is important to focus on facts, and to state what is opinion. I do not intend to get into a virtual name calling back and forth with you, but I do welcome factually based responses, and constructive criticism. Thank you for being involved.

  • Frank Gayaldo posted at 10:43 am on Fri, Apr 18, 2014.

    Frank Gayaldo Posts: 26

    My passion is promoting our local economy. When the sheriff does things like waste $9 million dollars on jail design plans, that has a direct negative effect on our local economy. Last time I was in China, I was making a presentation about the Port of Stockton in an effort to create more local US jobs. The response was "isn't Stockton bankrupt and dangerous?". There is a direct correlation between our economy and our level of public safety. Sheriff Moore has decided to operate like a politician instead of a sheriff. My blogs attempt to document his misinformation with verifiable facts. I have yet to receive one comment where someone says "your list of existing modular jails is inaccurate" or "AB 109 wasn't implemented on October 1, 2011". Why? Because I speak with verifiable facts. If people feel protecting the status quo is more important than knowing the truth, than yes, my blogging is a waste of time. But I have found that not to be the case. People want to know the facts. What is a pity is that the Sheriff doesn't put a completed hardened fence around the honor farm. What is a pity is that he tells the public modular jails do not exist in California, when in fact they do. What is a pity is that we have the highest recidivism rate in California. If we were to rate the sheriff on a bell curve, he would receive an "F". What is a pity is that one in four of our fugitives never return to justice. What is a pity is that the sheriff has a pattern of blaming the Department of Justice for mistakes that his own department has made, such as he did with the Shermantine case and his extradition policy. What is a pity is that the public has not been provided a line item breakdown of how $9 million dollars was spent on jail design plans for a jail that should and probably won't ever be built. Do not shoot the messenger Walt. I am compelled to write about the truth because I spent twenty years of my life trying to protect the public from harm. I will be damned if I am going to just lay down now when there is a real chance for things to improve. If I did that, I would be part of the problem. I will be happy to go back to writing about rainbows and unicorns once this race is over. As for you Walt, please keep writing. It is not a waste of time. I, for one, pay attention to what you are saying.

  • Walter Chang posted at 4:12 pm on Thu, Apr 17, 2014.

    Walt Posts: 1184

    "posted 987 times"

    Yes, it's embarrassing. I know being a "satirist" on LNS forum is just a waste of time.

    Blogging for a cause or candidate isn't very productive either, aside from being entertaining or perhaps therapeutic for the author.

    Personally, I perfer the Frank Gayaldo that advocates for the Lodi grape industry...

    Much more then the Frank Gayaldo that's going to dog the Sheriff for the next six months!!

    It's truly a pity that the Sheriff has to endure a nasty campaign and be treated like a politician.

    Frank, thanks for the note - Wa


  • Frank Gayaldo posted at 11:51 am on Thu, Apr 17, 2014.

    Frank Gayaldo Posts: 26

    Hi Walt, while my bias towards the county needing a new sheriff is clear, I base my comments on facts, not personal attacks. I am not a "hobbyist political operative", but rather a twenty year law enforcement veteran, passionate small business advocate and Lodi grape grower. (Yes, I live in San Joaquin County.) I know both candidates personally because I once worked for the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office. Other law enforcement professionals from nearby counties have had first hand experience working with Sheriff Moore also. Based on those experiences, they have lost confidence in his leadership. Please read my last two blogs on Lodi 360. Let me know after reading them if you think any of the facts I mention are inaccurate. I see you have posted 987 times, so you clearly have a lot more experience at this whole blogging posting thing than I do. I will respect your opinion and not consider it mudslinging if you disagree with me. Thanks

  • Walter Chang posted at 10:15 am on Thu, Apr 17, 2014.

    Walt Posts: 1184

    Folks, why is the Sheriff of San Joaquin county under attack from mud slinging bloggers (think: hobbyist political operatives) that reside in counties elsewhere??


  • Jeffrey Rinek posted at 7:16 am on Thu, Apr 17, 2014.

    jeffreyrinek Posts: 9

    It is noted that last week Mr. Vogel comes out to endorse Sheriff Moore, and this week Mr. Vogel seems to have been instrumental in getting $360K for Sheriff Moore for the honor farm. This seems almost more ridiculous when considering the Sheriff returned $8.5M back to the county which could have been used for the honor farm improvement. In my opinion it appears that Mr. Vogel may be attempting to use his official powers to affect a political election. This is worth a look by the media.

  • Frank Gayaldo posted at 11:26 am on Wed, Apr 16, 2014.

    Frank Gayaldo Posts: 26

    FACT: There is no “recent rash of more sophisticated inmates”.
    The county jail has been operating under a Superior Court imposed population cap since 1989. Sheriff Moore first took office on January 8, 2007. The misnamed “public safety prison realignment”, or AB-109, took effect on October 1, 2011. Last I checked this is the year 2014. Sophisticated inmates have been throwing weapons, dope, cell phones and even themselves over the San Joaquin County “honor” farm fence during Moore’s entire tenure as Sheriff. Anyone who suggests otherwise is either totally misinformed, or Pinocchio.
    I do applaud Sheriff Moore’s public information officer for acknowledging that “this in itself will not guarantee the elimination of escapes.” Les just needed to add it will not guarantee the elimination of dangerous contraband entering the facility either. Just like recent escapee Jimmy Lee Rayburn, both sophisticated and even just really stupid inmates will utilize the areas of the honor farm not covered by the new fence.
    The new partial fence will not be completed for another six months. Too bad Moore did not start this project back in 2007 when he first became sheriff. Maybe by now the public could have a complete strengthened honor farm perimeter fence that would actually prevent escapes and minimize contraband. Imagine how much fencing could have been purchased with the $9 million dollars Moore instead wasted on fantasy jail design plans.
    Usually when things are screwed up this bad Moore blames someone else, like the Department of Justice. Maybe this time he can blame Pat WIthrow for not running for San Joaquin County Sheriff years earlier.



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