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Voice: Reasons not to vote for Mendoza

February 27, 2002

After reading the letter by Carmen Araujo on why she thinks Ernie Mendoza is the best choice for sheriff, I can give her some reasons why he is not the best choice.

Sheriff Carter supports a private prison for INS inmates that will generate over $1 million annually for the Sheriff's Office for employee raises and create over 350 good paying jobs averaging $19 an hour. Mr. Mendoza opposes it.

Some of Mr. Mendoza's claims at recent forums: There have been two suicides in the jail in the last 18 months (It's only two; the third died at the hospital of hepatitis). The federal count is down because the marshals don't trust us (the marshals inspected the jail six weeks ago and were happy. The count is down because there have been fewer arrests at the border since 9/11.)

He "demanded and implemented" a suicide prevention plan when he took over the jail (There's always been one. It's required by law. He had the plan "revised," which has been on his desk for 10 months without being implemented).


There's a place for everyone in his administration. Promotions will be fair and impartial. (He recently told an association member, "I caution you. You have misspoken and you have maligned me." At the next staff meeting, he said this person's job of doing background investigations was "for now.")

His management style is by "walking around, going to the employees" (he has met with only 20 percent of his staff three to four times to discuss their issues. He has yet to meet with the custody staff to discuss our issues.)

Sheriff Carter does not know about the problems in the department, and "The North County deputies tell me this is the worst administration they have worked for." (If this is true, this represents only 8 percent of the employees. Why hasn't he asked anyone else, specifically the 47 percent who work for him).

The employees deserve an administration that "cares' about them (10 months ago, one of his officers was incapacitated after breaking up a fight between 30 inmates. He was in the administration building and said he had officers who were "seriously injured." Instead of checking on the employee himself, he sent a maintenance worker. He finally showed up after about 30 minutes and the situation was under control).

It's funny how he lectures about public trust, ethics, integrity, and employee morale at the staff meetings.



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