Friday, April 18, 2014

Prieto speaks to Yolo court watch group

Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto will speak with members of the public at the Vanguard Court Watch Council of Yolo County meeting on Sunday, July 28.

The meeting begins at 5 p.m. at the Holy Rosary Pastoral Center, 503 California St. in Woodland. Community members are invited to come and learn more and ask questions or share concerns.

“We are providing an opportunity for the public to interact with different people in law enforcement in Yolo County,” said David Greenwald, executive director of Vanguard Court Watch. “People may have questions or concerns about a law enforcement matter, but don’t know where to go.

“We had the opportunity to speak with Lt. David Delaini from West Sacramento at last month’s meeting and the result was very positive,” he added. ”After hearing from our guest speakers, the council will take public comment, testimony from invited speakers, and then deliberate in closed session to determine our course of action.”

The Vanguard Court Watch Council comprises 12 members — eight residents of Davis, Woodland and West Sacramento plus advisers who include retired California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso; Sacramento State professor James Hernandez, a gang expert; and attorney Anthony Palik.

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  • AmenJuly 21, 2013 - 7:06 am

    It's funny that David Greenwald, who has no actual employment other than to roam the courts everyday,has created a "Council" to watch over a problem only he and few others perceive. I don't know why Prieto even dignifies this.

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  • wdf1July 21, 2013 - 11:21 pm

    Amen, What's harmful about a public forum with the county sheriff about concerns and questions of the voters? The sheriff is a publicly-elected official and has an obligation to answer to the voters. And that doesn't necessarily mean only at election time.

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  • s.trotterJuly 21, 2013 - 3:53 pm

    David Greenwald has established a much needed council giving voice to many who might not otherwise have opportunity to present concerns and questions to our local law enforcement community. Wouldn't such an opportunity be a blessing in the recent court case in Florida? Thank you Mr. Greenwald.

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  • Actually,July 21, 2013 - 4:05 pm

    No, it's not helpful when someone like David who has no legal knowledge or education about the law and legal system evaluates anything. An uninformed opinion does more harm than good. We can do without that. One time, David write an article on his blog that said testimony isn't evidence.

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  • David GreenwaldJuly 22, 2013 - 9:24 am

    I'm not exactly sure what the anonymous poster is referencing, but the council is made up of ten individuals who are residents of Yolo County, included on the panel are three attorneys, one of whom is Cruz Reynoso. My role in the program is as manager and editor. My role in the public meetings, this will be our fourth, is facilitator. As one of the other commenters noted, we had a good discussion last month in West Sacramento with Lt. Delaini. He was able to respond to questions from members of the public and it was a very productive dialogue. Based on your comments, you have not attended our previous meetings and therefore no idea what we have done in the last several months.

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  • AveryJuly 21, 2013 - 10:27 pm

    I attended the meeting in West Sacramento and was happy that Lt. David Delaini was there answering questions. It was nice to see people with differences of opinion have discussions and share ideas for a change. Thank you and others on your board for providing this for the community David. The person referring to themselves as "Actually" seems to be actually wrong. Actually, You should not speak on issues where you have no knowledge. David is very educated and it sounds like he knows more about the law than you do. Have you spoken with legal scholars - there happen to be many - who also believe and have written legal papers on why they believe testimony is not "evidence" per say. Keep up the good work Judicial Watch. I look forward to hearing from Sheriff Prieto too.

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