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Letter: Pat Withrow would be a great choice for San Joaquin sheriff

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Posted: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 12:00 am

As a former supporter of Steve Moore, the candidate who came and asked for our endorsement as a labor organization (International Longshore Warehouse Union), who told us what a open-minded person he would be if he were elected and the leadership skills he would bring to the position, after two terms we have is nothing close to those mentioned skills.

If spending $9 million on a new jail plan without the foresight to think about operational costs is good leadership, we’re in trouble.

When it comes to jail expansion, to say modular wouldn’t work because the state isn’t in favor of them is ridiculous. The state wants A.B. 109 to be the law of the land and doesn’t really care how it’s accomplished.

Livermore had the Santa Rita Jail facility for over 30 years all barracks style (modular). The only reason they aren’t there right now is the value of the land became so great they could sell the land and build a new one, and have plenty of money left to run it for a few years.

And as for one of your readers who suggested that the Shermantine and Herzog case had closure, why don’t you talk to some of the families involved and see if they have had closure.

Mr. Withrow has every law enforcement endorsement in the county, and I think that should speak volumes to the voters. Partisan politics aside, Mr. Moore, if you have been paying attention, has always had an excuse for problems and has never taken responsibility for issues that seem to come to light after the fact. He absolutely passes the buck 100 percent of the time.

Mr. Withrow has taken a department (alternative work program) that was costing taxpayers more than $250,000 a year to where it pays for itself at no cost to us. I think that’s good leadership.

And on a closing note, try and get a straight answer from Mr. Moore on concealed weapons permits. Whether you agree with them or not, straight and honest answers would be appreciated.

Gene Davenport

International Longshore Warehouse Union, retired


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