Deborah Braillard Settlement Approved by Supes, Andy Kunasek Votes No for Second Time
Arpaio was potentially on the hook for punitive damages, which means Joe and Ava would've had to break open a couple of piggy banks, or dip into their Swiss bank account. You know, the one with all the pink underwear and jail concession kickbacks in it.
I keed, I keed about the Swiss bank account. (Ava prefers silver dollars in coffee cans buried in the backyard, natch.)
This is why I disagree with Randy and his fellow CBAers on their theory that Kunasek did what he did to assist Arpaio in achieving a sixth term in office.
"Who knows what would have happened six days before the election," Parraz said in remarks after the brief meeting was over.
"[The sheriff's] support is now at 50.7 percent," he continued. "This should have been done before the election, so people could know that because of his failed leadership, another $3.25 million from the taxpayers is now...going out."
As much as I admire Randy, I don't buy that. Arpaio beat his closest competitor by six points.
And if people haven't been swayed by the more than $50 million in lawsuit costs because of Arpaio's mismanagement and malfeasance, or the $100 he swiped from jail
enhancement funds to pay for his pet projects, then another $3.25 million in the hole wasn't going to change many minds.
Moreover, the supes approve lawsuit settlements all the time. This was routine stuff, or should have been.
Nah, I think Kunasek saw an opportunity to make Parraz and CBA look like the bad guys, and ran with it, or at least extend their suffering in that regard.
Parraz also suggested that Wilson was at fault because he should have arrested CBA demonstrators instead of adjourning the meeting they disrupted on October 17.
"I can assure you if a homeless person walked into a Board of Supervisors meeting and started yelling and yelling, you wouldn't adjourn the meeting," he said. "The sheriff's office would be called in and that person would be removed."
So the CBAers are mad at Wilson because he adjourned a meeting they disrupted instead of having them all arrested?
Yeah, that makes a lot of sense.
Actually, I don't see any problem with Wilson adjourning the meeting.
No, the problem occurred when Wilson and his puppetmaster Kunasek decided to act like spoiled tots in a sandbox instead of adults, sticking out their tongues at Randy and the rest.
Which may be why Wilson and Kunasek appeared telephonically on Tuesday, though Brock did likewise. Only Wilcox bothered to make an actual appearance.
If Wilson and Kunasek had been present, they would have been peppered with questions by the media corps assembled.
As it was, they phoned it in. Pusillanimous to the last.