A tea party assault on the Rood Center and supervisors

Editor’s note: The local tea party is upping its campaign against the Rood Center, calling AtPac’s lawsuit against the county and clerk-recorder “the perfect issue” for them. Here’s Stan Meckler’s ‘call to arms’ in the CABPRO newsletter, complete with some real spin.

It also comes as some vocal tea party members — such as Barry Pruett, who once was directly involved in the lawsuit and lost handily in the clerk-recorder’s race — have been critical of “moderate” conservative supervisors, such as Nate Beason. Regular readers of this blog should not be surprised. We’ve reported on the tea party’s 40-year plan to “take back our country” and other “strategies.” It is time for the community to become more engaged in what’s going on in our sleepy little burg.

“It appears that there is a lot going on in our Nevada County government that is not transparent. I’m talking about the lawsuit between Nevada County and AtPac, the former supplier of software to our County Clerk/Recorder’s office.

“Depositions recently made public show that the Clerk/Recorder’s office shared AtPac’s confidential software codes with their new software supplier, Aptitude Solutions, in violation of federal law. That’s why this case is in the federal courts. To date, this lawsuit has cost you and me over $350,000 in legal fees, and the cost increases every week. Documents show that the county could have avoided this problem before the lawsuit was filed.

“Other depositions, taken under oath, have shown that documents were intentionally given to Aptitude Solutions under the direction of the County Clerk/Recorders office. These documents also show that management ordered documents to be destroyed so that they would not be available for the courts to view in this lawsuit. The county has already been fined $20,000 of our money for not providing some documents as ordered by the court.

“The Board of Supervisors were warned in advance at a public meeting that this was going to happen and chose to ignore the pending problem. Why? I have no idea. I spoke to one of the Board of Supervisors early on and was told that this was a nuisance lawsuit and would just go away. Well, it hasn’t! Now the costs are skyrocketing and you and I will have to pay the bill. How high will it go? Nobody can answer that. If the county loses this lawsuit, it is my understanding that we will also have to pay the attorney’s fees for AtPac. The costs to us, the taxpayers, could be more than one million dollars or more.

“I appeared before the Board of Supervisors to express the NCTPP’s concern over the costs involved in this lawsuit. They said they couldn’t answer any questions because all their discussions were held in a closed session. That means that their discussions are secret as provided by law. How’s that for transparency?

“This is a perfect issue for the Tea Party Patriots. We expect fiscal responsibility from our elected officials. We expect transparency from our elected officials. How many other lawsuits are going on that we don’t know about? What other monies are they wasting? At a time when county employees are being laid off and services being cut, how much of that would have been saved had this lawsuit been avoided? Why are these discussions held behind closed doors? What are the Supervisors hiding and why?

“Below is a recent comment written by Chuck Whitten of KNCO radio and heard on that station. The Union newspaper has also taken on this issue.”

The rest of the article is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

13 thoughts on “A tea party assault on the Rood Center and supervisors”

  1. Wow. Those are some pretty bold statements. I certainly wouldn’t go out on a limb like this w/o knowing all the facts, which are presently unknowable since so much information has yet to be disclosed.

    BTW, what are “confidential software codes?” Do the come with a decoder ring?

  2. Again, not being an attorney, I know jack about these things. But maybe Mr Pruett, being an attorney he might be able to fill me in: Mr. Pruett, aren’t there other avenues that can be employed to solve this whole dilemma? I’ve heard that in stuff like divorces they have dispute mediation people who are knowledgeable and paid to listen to and help people with disputes and issues. It sounds like these folk got issues to work out…just askin…Kate

  3. This is nothing but the typical Tea Party ravings based on nothing but the opinion of the attorney in the case hoping to make big bucks off the deep pockets of a government agency, and miscellaneous biased interpretations of and opinions on what little is actually known of the facts involved. Most of the ATPaC case has been dismissed, and guestimates of costs to the County are rediculous. One statement in this tirade, “…That means that their discussions are secret as provided by law. How’s that for transparency?…” Dunh? Makes no more sense to me than the rest of what was written. I never listen to KNCO, care less for what is said there, doubt The Union will get involved in tooting the Tea Party trumpet as they have in the past (noticeable mellowing there of late).

  4. I don’t know Pat, I feel that seeing Governor Brown and President Obama working hard to come up with reasonable solutions in our state and nation has taught us all the benefit of being a thoughtful grown up. This Good Friday, I’ll even toast Boehner for that. Kate

  5. Kate,
    Although not an attorney Michael Anderson has been having a a good dialogue with Mr Pruett along with those who seem to be somewhat knowledgeable on the subject.

    So Michae,l I read your comment above but in your opinion does Mr Pruett have a legitimate point somewhere in his rants about the subject? Since Mr Pruett has discredited himself, with me anyway, with his relentless advocacy of Supply Side Economic policies I have a hard time knowing manure from shinola on the whole AtPac case.

  6. Would LOVE IT if some positive local initiatives could be accomplished by working with the local Tea Party folks, as there are big issues that we agree on. Wouldn’t that be great? A win-win-win for all the citizens in Nevada County would go a long way…but…

    Comment (copy/paste) on the CABPRO initial post about us (they say lefty but that shoe don’t fit all the folks hanging out here by a long shot):

    “This article was picked up and posted on a lefty blog site, it will be really interesting to see how our left leaning community responds to the Tea Party interest in the activities at the Rood Center. Stay Tuned.

    Posted by: Russ Steele | April 22, 2011 at 09:04 AM”

    Looks like it ain’t in the cards, wind or whatever….sigh.

    1. What will be more interesting is to see how voters respond in the polls, when Nate Beason and Ted Owens’ supervisor seats are up for re-election next year.

      The likelihood of electing liberals in both districts grows markedly with the hard right/tea party rhetoric, because our county is “purple,” not red. Many people despise their politics.

      Rich Ulery, the local Republican Central Committee leader, seems to swayed by the hard right faction on his executive committee, however — Marks, and both Barry and Kim Pruett, who works for our hard right Congressman Tom McClintock. McClintock’s popularity is a mixed bag in our county, no matter what Barry tells you.

      Wouldn’t it be ironic if the hard right, led by the Pruetts, helped bring back a “liberal” board of supervisors? After all, I’m a moderate and a family member is a registered GOP, so the “lefty” label is really a moderate one.

      Could it happen? You bet, and I’d laugh mightily, along with many, many others.

      What are you going to do Rich Ulery?

      1. Nate represents my County Supervisor District. I don’t always agree with his position/vote/actions BUT HE IS ONE OF THE MOST RESPONSIVE REPRESENTATIVE I
        have ever seen at the elected county level, anywhere. Run, Nate, run!

  7. I think I’ll circulate two emails of three chimps, with the baby chimps faced replaced by a Bible in one, and the Koran in the other, just to make a name for myself as an idiot.

    Actually, I’m sure RL Crabb is working one something with the traditional hear, see, speak, chimps, which could be a truly classic political cartoon, dealing with the Tea Party family.

    All in good fun, of course, just a joke, no insults intended, etc. etc, etc.

  8. AtPAC scrambled the county’s data, and the only way to get it out was to use AtPAC’s algorithym, so that the county’s data could be transferred to the new software.

    Essentially the “secret code” to unscramble the data, was one of an infinite number of such codes that can be develeped, and are REGULARLY developed, in BEGINNING HIGH SCHOOL computer classes, as a programming exercise.

    The notion that AtPAC could possibly sell their particular version is absolutely comical.

    Such a program looks like this:

    To a computer, the letter “A” is represented by 65, “B” by 66, and so on.

    The computer might have the following instruction set:

    If you read “A” (or 65), add 10 to it and store it in our new proprietary file, as a “K,” the eleventh letter of the alphabet.

    If you read “B” (or 66), add 10 to it and store it in our new proprietary file, as an “L,” the eleventh letter of the alphabet.

    and so on.

    It is very easy to make millions of variations to make the codes harder to crack.

    “Odd numbered letters add 10, even numbered letters, add 11,” would be one example.

    Any 2nd year high school programming student can do this in their sleep.

    AtPAC’s code is so simple a caveman, a Teeper Creature, could make the equivalent, in written outline form, even if they were a lawyer, in less than two hours.

  9. BTW, the odd even system above would have to be linked to a dictionary to work right, and/or an additional code would have to be inserted in the new file. The latter would be Deadeye Dick reliable, the former not so much so.

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