CHP’s probe of CalFire yielded leads — unlike DA’s probe of CHP

CHP’s probe of CalFire yielded leads — unlike DA’s probe of CHP

The reports that suggest the California Highway Patrol did a solid job in handling the investigation of a prostitution scandal at CalFire’s training acadmy in Ione have a rich subtext.

chpCHP gathered enough strong evidence that 16 CalFire employees were suspended and placed on administrative leave. But what happened when the CHP was accused of systematic corruption in its upper ranks involving the manipulation of pensions for retiring top officials  — a phenomenon known as “Chief’s Disease”?

The CHP stonewalled the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office after first stonewalling the public. Details from CalWatchdog here:

In 2004, shortly after Schwarzenegger took office, The Sacramento Bee published a stunning investigation that showed systematic corruption throughout the California Highway Patrol’s leadership ranks. Some 80 percent of retiring CHP executives had mysteriously developed severe physical ailments in their final years on the job that qualified them for much more lucrative disability pensions.

After the Bee report came out, the CHP launched an internal probe. The state Legislative Analyst’s Office – the most respected agency in Sacramento – subsequently reported that the CHP probe seemed like more of an attempt to gloss over its ugly details than to illuminate how the mass pension spiking was allowed to proceed.

Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully provided more evidence of CHP’s pervasive corruption when she revealed that her criminal probe was impeded by several CHP witnesses who were “unable or unwilling” to be forthcoming.

Would 16 CalFire employees be at risk of losing their jobs if they closed ranks as effectively as the CHP did with its scandal?

Maybe not.


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  1. NorCal Libertarian
    NorCal Libertarian 3 January, 2015, 12:05

    This is disheartening. This was one of the last bastions of honest law enforcement that I though existed. The perpetrators now cast an ugly shadow on those who continue to serve honestly. Those perpetrators should be prosecuted if malfeasance was, in fact, perpetrated.

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 3 January, 2015, 15:12

      NorCal Libertarian the Highway patrolman of the “Broderick Crawford” era no longer exist in the RAGWUS world. Today these feral crooks are out to enrich themselves at every turn. The “I deserve” mentality has sociopath written all over these thieving racketeers. 🙂

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      • Ted
        Ted "Patriot" Steele 3 January, 2015, 16:55


        You don’t have the cajones to make the 0 dark hundred traffic stop on the remote section of fwy in a single person prowler car!


        Let me catch my breathe!!!!!!!

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        • Donkey
          Donkey 5 January, 2015, 08:28

          TCS, you are a coward of the worst kind, the one that hides behind the curtain of every bureaucracy squealing for more laws to enslave good people to the state. I could so any job that the state has a description TCS, and do it blind folded too. You being a RAGWUS feeding sow have no clue how real men operate. 🙂

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          • Ted
            Ted "Patriot" Steele 10 January, 2015, 19:21

            lol blah blah blah rant durg zissle zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    • Ken
      Ken 4 January, 2015, 05:30

      Re: “…last bastions.” Very, very naive. There is not a “last bastion” left in the entire USA, to what should be all of our everlasting regret. And after that pizza, and watching that game on TV maybe even you will forget that you even commented on this article, which by the way is more about “officialdom’s disease” as much as it is about “chief’s disease.”

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  2. NorCal Libertarian
    NorCal Libertarian 3 January, 2015, 17:43

    I was just thinking of good ol’ Broderick Crawford!!! We must be the same age! Thanks Donkey!

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