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Prieto seeks fifth term as sheriff

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From page A3 | March 23, 2014 |

Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto announced Friday he is running unopposed in this year’s election, which will mark his fifth term in office and 45th year in law enforcement.

Prieto, 70, served 30 years with the California Highway Patrol before being elected sheriff in 1998. He is the longest-tenured sheriff in the county’s history since Sheriff Forrest Monroe ended 32 years of service in 1971.

Under Prieto’s leadership, the Sheriff’s Office has seen an increase in patrol deputies, enhanced training for staff, standardized uniforms, redesigned vehicles, modernization of law enforcement computer systems and the equipment of all patrol vehicles with video cameras and computers.

Prieto also noted the creation of the town hall meetings program, the off-highway vehicle enforcement program and the Ag Theft Task Force, which has become the statewide model and has brought agricultural crimes to a near halt in Yolo County.

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  • MikeMarch 23, 2014 - 6:01 am

    I think we need to think twice here, especially when he's now been sued twice for sexual harassment. Aren't those cases still pending?

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  • Fred HarveyMarch 23, 2014 - 12:35 pm

    What a silly and mean spirited comment.

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  • MikeMarch 23, 2014 - 12:56 pm

    How's that Fred? Don't you think such facts are important to the re-election of the County's highest official? I think so. I think most would agree.

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  • Fred HarveyMarch 23, 2014 - 2:25 pm

    You are very dishonest. What facts exactly? No I do not agree with you and neither would most people. Your bullying will not work with me. There has been no court decision handed down in the suits therefor they have no relevance. You have a personal sabotage agenda as evidence by your remark. Innuendo is the last refuge of a coward.

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  • MikeMarch 23, 2014 - 3:13 pm

    LOL, Fred, you sound like a conspiracy theorist. That I am not. Just pointing out that there may be something to it if it's happened multiple times. Lighten up.

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  • Noreen MazelisMarch 23, 2014 - 2:22 pm

    From time to time public officials are sued; this is a fact of life in this country. What bothers me about Sheriff Prieto is his attitude towards these lawsuits, which seems to be, "Bring 'em on." Not too responsible for a public official. But, then, I guess he figures that these suits are no skin off his nose, as we taxpayers are footing the bills.

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  • Fred HarveyMarch 23, 2014 - 2:33 pm

    Good grief. Another ignorant comment. What is your primary source for such accusations? Can you read minds? And guessing is only for the lottery. You and Mike deserve each other.

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  • Rich RifkinMarch 23, 2014 - 11:47 pm

    There are actually 3 lawsuits pending against Sheriff Prieto: 2 for sexual harassment and one alleges racism. It's possible that none of these suits have merit or that one, two or three of them do. I don't know. One thing which gives me pause--that is to say, makes me doubt the validity of the charges--is that the same law firm is representing all three of the people suing Prieto. That is very likely not a coincidence. It strikes me that it might be a strategy of the lawyers, to push the sheriff to settle in order to save himself time, money and legal defense bills. ............ I got that same sort of feeling when Halema Buzayan's family sued the Davis Police Department and others. The law firm which represented them--a pair of left-wing radicals from San Francisco, Whitney Leigh and Matt Gonzalez--seemed to take up every odd-ball case in Yolo County. Anyone who alleged a police officer or government agency in our area had mistreated them, those two lawyers would show up hat in hand. The Buzayan civil case was obviously weak. Yet they filed suit anyhow. After many years and many hearings, the Buzayan family realized how bogus their lawsuit was, and they dropped it. But I would guess that Mr. Gonzalez--who once was a San Francisco Supervisor and nearly was elected Mayor--and Mr. Leigh made good money off of their clients.

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  • rich RifkinMarch 23, 2014 - 11:51 pm

    I should have made this clearer: Leigh and Gonzalez are not involved in the Prieto lawsuits. That lawyer is Johnny L. Griffin III, who often appears as a legal expert on Channel 3.

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  • Fred HarveyJune 15, 2014 - 10:45 pm

    Exactly what charges of immorality, ethics and illegal behaviour have been proved against the sheriff as a result of the GJ report? The board of supervisors, Rexroad in particular, are on a witch hunt.

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  • Saam AryanJune 15, 2014 - 3:15 pm

    Because of the abuses by Government agencies, voters passed Proposition 26. Did this proposition put a dent in the continuation of abuses? No, the abuses are still going on. Too many politicians, and those elected/selected group have open door policy if you are a big contributor. If you object to "Whitney Leight" actions against such abuses and you believe it is inappropriate/opportunistic, then you must be with the abusers'. If not then you should get your facts straight first then start passing judgement. I admire both Matt Gonzalez and Whitney Leight, (top Stanford Law graduates and supper lawyers) because they could be making a lot more money representing THE RICH AND THE CONNECTED.

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  • Saam AryanJune 15, 2014 - 3:21 pm

    Because of the abuses by Government agencies, voters passed Proposition 26. Did this proposition put a dent in the continuation of abuses? No, the abuses are still going on. Too many politicians, and those elected/selected group have open door policy if you are a big contributor. If you object to "Whitney Leight" actions against such abuses and you believe it is inappropriate/opportunistic, then you must be with the abusers'. If not then you should get your facts straight first then start passing judgement. I admire both Matt Gonzalez and Whitney Leight, (top Stanford Law graduates and supper lawyers) because they could be making a lot more money representing THE RICH AND THE CONNECTED.

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