by Marty Carlson


L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell

According to the Los Angeles media, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has been blocked by the courts, at least temporarily, of revealing 300 deputies who have history of misconduct.

The issues range from domestic violence, to theft, bribery, and brutality. This could also damage one’s credibility if they testify in court.

LA County Sheriff Jim McDonnell wants to send the names to the District Attorney’s Office, who can add them to an internal database that tracks problem officers. This can be critical to many defendants and that information they need to be disclosed in criminal trials.

Sheriff’s Department union argues that the disclosure would violate laws protecting officer personnel files, and draw unfair scrutiny on deputies as mistakes might’ve happened long ago.

Last week an appeals court sided with the union; temporarily blocking the Sheriff’s Department from sending names.

Other law enforcement agencies throughout the state are closely watching the results of these court rulings to decide to adopt the same practice.

It was also noted that many departments already sent this information to their local District Attorney’s Office. Cities like San Francisco and Sacramento regularly send prosecutors the names of those officers. In other areas like San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, it has been done for over a decade.

That approach has recently earned praise from the state Supreme Court and gained new attention of increasing demands for police accountability nationwide.

There is a fundamental issue to the criminal justice system and the prosecutor’s obligation to hand over exculpatory evidence that could help the defense. That includes information that could undermine an officer’s credibility.

In the landmark 1963 US Supreme Court ruling in Brady vs Maryland, prosecutors must turn over exculpatory evidences to defendants. Failing to disclose such evidences can result in faulty convictions.

California law has some of the strictest protections on law enforcement officers’ records in the country. Discipline hearings, personnel files and even the names of officers accused in eternal affairs investigations are confidential. Special court orders to get even basic information from an officers personnel file is very difficult.

The issue is whether it’s up to police departments tipoff to prosecutors about officers who have a history of misconduct, or whether prosecutors are supposed to find out about the problem officers on their own.

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office does not have access to police discipline files; they learn about potential misconduct from law enforcement agencies when they present criminal cases in which officers are suspects and from news articles.

A lawyer for the deputy’s union contends that the District Attorney’s Office would refuse to accept the names of deputies with disciplinary histories.

She noted a declaration filed in court this month where a prosecutor in charge of handling police misconduct stated his office has been actively declining to accept information from a police officer personnel file. And that is only if the information is offered by law enforcement agency without the express permission of the involved officer.

But Los Angeles assistant Sheriff Todd Rogers said he believes that Sheriff’s Department has a clear constitutional obligation to disclose to the District Attorney’s Office the names of deputies with potential credibility issues. They claim it is part of the Sheriff’s commitment of transparency.

In 2015, the state Supreme Court praised San Francisco police for notifying local prosecutors about officers who had problematic histories. And soon afterwards, the Atty. Gen.’s office advised the California Highway Patrol that doing so was legal.

In October, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department sent letters to about 300 deputies warning them that their personnel files contain evidence of moral turpitude. The letter said such acts could include accepting bribes or gifts or misappropriating properties, tampering with evidence, lying, obstructing investigations, falsifying records, using unreasonable force, discriminatory harassment, and family violence. They also stated that some of the offenses do not apply to any current deputies in the department.

They stated the letters would include only the deputies found guilty of wrongdoing by internal investigations, and the agency would send just the deputies names, not their entire personnel file.

The officer’s names are not intended to become public, but their presence on a list kept by prosecutors means deputies could be one step closer to have the disciplinary files scrutinized by a judge. Which could also mean their police work could be called into question during court.

It was also noted about 15 management – level employees up to the rank of Lieut. also received warning notices. The union has filed unfair labor practices complaint on behalf of its members according to the association’s president.

In my opinion police officers should be held to a higher standard and maybe this would help keep them from doing some of the activities that they feel exempt from; due to their status. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

And there’s been some contact with me personally, in this particular area, in regards to some of these activities.



By Marty Carlson


1) Pennsylvania, 68.7 cents per gallon

2) Washington, 62.9 cents per gallon

3) New York, 60.72 cents per gallon

4) Hawaii, 60.39 cents per gallon

5) California, 58.83 cents per gallon

The bulk of the Golden State’s gas taxes comes from its excise tax of 30 cents per gallon. The state also collects a 2.25% sales tax on gasoline, plus applicable district taxes.

Faced with a massive failure on the state’s part to pay out pensions to public servants, California Governor Jerry Brown has opted to do what Democrats do best: raise taxes. The targets this time are gas and vehicle registration, which are expected to go up by 42% and 141% respectively. After 9 years of taxes going up by 50% in the state, it is obvious that this will do nothing but irritate Californians even further as they are penalized for Sacramento’s inability to get its act together:

“Democrat governors have been regularly spiking gas taxes and vehicle registration fees for decades. But 12 years ago, voters recalled Democrat Gov. Gray Davis after he pushed the state legislature to pass a vehicle registration fee increase from $46 to $158.

The legislature cancelled the increase and Democrats have avoided gas and vehicle increases since. When the Assembly tried to revive a gasoline tax last year, the issue was dropped after polls showed 63 percent voter opposed any increase.

Republican governor Arnold Schwarzenegger destroyed his popularity by pushing through the Proposition 1-A high-speed rail initiative in 2008 that added about 11 cents a gallon to the price of gasoline — for a project now referred to by Bloomberg News as a “fiasco.”

Gov. Brown’s willingness to try raising gasoline taxes by 17 cents a gallon, and on vehicle registration fees by $65, is a sign of the insolvency risk from the exploding cost of California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) public pensions. Brown’s draft 2017-2018 budget already includes a $524 million increase for the public pension contribution. That amounts to an 11 percent increase over this year’s $5.3 billion cost.”

Source: Breitbart

And they are always saying they want to look out for the poor and indigent.




By Marty Carlson


California media outlets across the state have reported at least two dozen California companies have said they are leaving the state due to the ongoing onslaught of taxes fees assessments etc. in this state.

The day after the passage of proposition 30 last November the state of Arizona began in onslaught of recruitment for businesses to leave California.

Apparently, many are interested due to the commerce and laws, and issues involved in doing business in California.

Barry Broome, Pres. of the greater Phoenix Economic Council launched a campaign to recruit California CEOs one day after the voters in California improve prop 30 last November, and it appears the campaign is working.

Broome was quoted as saying” you start sending the wrong message to the folks and they start voting with their feet.”

One of the people that recently moved to Arizona was a marketing and technology company, the move from California to Arizona and does business in a Scottsdale office Park.

He was quoted as saying “certainly when we were weighing the pros and cons the operating cost and certainly some of the benefits of Arizona, it certainly looks favorable.”

And apparently, the greater Phoenix region grew by 50,000 jobs last year. While the meantime California companies are thinning their ranks.

Chevron moved 800 jobs from the Bay Area to Texas, and waste connections shifted more than 100 jobs to Texas from the Folsom area.

One business relocation expert stated that he has tracked 254 companies of all sizes and shapes and kinds that have left the state since 2011. He also stated that companies leave California for three primary reasons: “I taxes, excessive regulations and the threat of really ridiculous lawsuits.” And they are leaving for places such as Arizona estate Thursday for businesses.

Arizona is big on streamlining business regulations and cutting through red tape. In Phoenix, the emphasis is on granting business permits very quickly. Many permits in Phoenix are done in a single day.

By contrast California’s process is painfully slow, if it happens at all. Waste management had tried getting permit for recycling facility in Los Angeles at an old landfill site, and several years later that is still not permitted to this day.

Spend 10 years attempting to get the permit in California, and it took two years to build the facility in Arizona.

CEOs are saying it is not an employer friendly state it is difficult to deal with, and definitely more costly to operate in.

In addition, all the states, California ranks dead last for policy friendliness, with key negatives for high taxes, high Worker’s Compensation’s costs, and high electricity costs.

Gov. Jerry Brown of California denies that they are losing jobs of the state despite the 254 companies that have been accounted for as relocating.

The former executive of waste management believes that the state is doing too little and much too late to help businesses, “stating denial is not a strategy.”

The California legislator is now considering even more bills to add more burden to businesses in the state, and in the meantime Arizona has placed a moratorium on future regulations for businesses. This exemplifies how Arizona and California have radically different values when it comes to business and labor.

Census data in recent years shows that California used to be a magnet for people from other states, but now population patterns have started to reverse. Nearly 100,000 more people moved out of California that moved in with a prime destination to be in Texas and Arizona.

There are many reasons for people to leave a state but the trends continue to show California as a net exporter of people to other states.

In my opinion California is quickly becoming nothing more than a welfare state and without a tax base to pay for it I don’t know how they plan to do that.



By Marty Carlson


Narcissists want to be the center of attention, it will boast and brag and tell exaggerated stories about themselves to make out that they are brilliant. They will talk and half-truths or even outright lies or remix of both which make it difficult to catch them out.

Engaging in conversation with the Narcissus can leave someone feeling like banging her head against the wall. In truth, a brick wall may possess the same levels of empathy, understanding, and validation that a narcissist does because these people could not care less about what you’re saying no matter the logic or the meaningfulness behind your intended dialogue.

One underlying trait of almost all narcissist is the need to be at the center of attention. They have the need for continual reaffirmation of self-perceived value.

Here are five behaviors of Narcissus they exhibit to become the center of attention:

  1. Reverse projection: Before knowing that we are in the company of a narcissist, will relate to the person as if their rational human beings. As we don’t purposely deceive or manipulate people, we innately trust that others will reciprocate such qualities.
  2. Incessant blaming: Narcissus will intently switch sensitive topics to divert your attention. They do so to put you in a defensive position, regardless of merit behind such tactics. To interrogate, focusing on any and all real or perceived faults.

    In turn, you will rightly defend yourself. Meanwhile, the Narcissus will continue to hammer away at their inconceivable notion that you “being in the wrong.” Concurrently, they refuse any accountability for their behavior and leave you in a resistive state. All the while, still justify their “blame game” by pointing their fingers at you for having created any drama or problems in the relationship.

  3. Shock and Awe: When a Narcissus apparently displays anger or rage, it is their intention to bully you into submission. This is a nickname a, as a narcissist typically don’t exhibit such vocal or physical behaviors.

    The intent here is to confuse and intimidate their victim. Rational people, especially those not usually accustomed to such outbursts, may become confused and intimidated. As a result, the victim may let down their defenses and become susceptible to suggestion.

    A weakened state is when the Narcissus wants, as it leaves you vulnerable to their unquenchable need for control and dominance.

  4. Playing the victim: Deceitful people love playing the victim, and Narcissus certainly fall under this category. Narcissus accomplished this by garnering undeserving pity. The tragedy is that this manipulative tack is exactly cute it at the expense of another – a person who is often the deserved recipient of goodwill from others.

    Though narcissists are an emotionally – neutral group, the acutely understand the power of human empathy. This knowledge is used to counter any real perceived threat to their self-gloss superior standing. If they hurt someone, they take a defense position – this often involves the emotional manipulation of those close to you.

  5. Interrupting: Narcissus have an insatiable desire to be the center of attention at all times. When the topic at hand does not involve them, they will quickly interrupt the dialogue and attempt to refocus the conversation back at themselves.

    If someone for imminently interjects, attempting to redirect the conversation, their quickly neutralized by the narcissist and rendered to silence. This is a narcissist optimal result. Should such a malignant attempt fail, the individual immediately be placed on the narcissist “hit list” – a perceived threat to be dealt with accordingly to the debt narcissist distorted view on what’s truly important, them and them only.