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Santa Barbara's Chief Executive, Chandra Wallar, drops a las...

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 COMMENT 376504 helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 09:08 AM

Wow, that's some of the most biased reporting I've seen in a WHILE. Speculation on "had the evaluation taken place...", totally skewed title ("last minute bombshell")...wow. Shame on whoever wrote this, someone should be allowed to find another job without this extreme public backlash.


 COMMENT 376512 helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 09:29 AM

The bombshell we are all waiting for is Cam's resignation. Should have gotten the boot when he tried to ditch his post for San Bernadino last time.


 COMMENT 376519 helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 09:44 AM

Reporting seems adequate to me. I just wonder how we can get Waller to take all the other idiots with her when she leaves. I'll even help them pack their crap.


 COMMENT 376520 helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 09:45 AM

Man, if I could get a posh job in the OC I'd move there, too!


 COMMENT 376530 helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 09:57 AM

This has been in the works for awhile. She's had "short-timer" on her face since she got here.


 COMMENT 376539P helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 10:14 AM

520-This is a posh job here!


 COMMENT 376541 helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 10:15 AM

Orange County has been in all kinds of trouble ever since their pension scandal. For her to take a job there indicates how bad conditions must be at Santa Barbara. I guess $250K/yr is not what it used to be.

Ventura County always promotes from Department Heads so they don't complain as much. Bringing someone in from the outside doesn't seem to help much.

I guess she was fairly conservative if she is asking Lavagnino and Gray for recommendations.


 COMMENT 376556 helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 10:32 AM

Hire someone who built and managed their own business.


 COMMENT 376504 helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 10:32 AM

519 - check out Noozhawk's article on the same thing, then tell me this article isn't awful, incredibly biased journalism. The spin on the Independent's version is craaazy.


 COMMENT 376567 helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 10:49 AM

Wait you mean the Independent is biased? I'm liberal and think it is too much. At least we have the Sentinal SP? to even things out.


 COMMENT 376573P helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 11:00 AM

the most biased part of the Independent article is the photo on the main page; I am not a fan of Wallar, but Nicks article (and the sources who talked to him) seem very bent on demeaning Wallar, in what some may find a sexist fashion...


 COMMENT 376519 helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 11:06 AM

Accurate reporting does not equal bias.


 COMMENT 376580P helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 11:10 AM

573P - how on earth could you find the article sexist? please explain


 COMMENT 376590 helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 11:24 AM

@541: She is not conservative - she just burned all of her bridges with the rest of the supervisors. She likely did not ask the others for recommendations because she knew she would not get them. The article is not biased or sexist. There are countless employees who would agree with everything that has been reported, and many are female. If anything, the article is too kind. I look forward to a CEO who is collaborative, open minded, interested, approachable, and is not a micromanaging control freak who feels the need to berate people both publicly and privately.


 COMMENT 376530 helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 11:33 AM

@590: Very well put. I know employees who have been in the County for at least two previous CEOs and all have said that the amount of time it took for Wallar to throw everything into disarray was astoundingly short.


 COMMENT 376573P helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 12:05 PM

she has dismantled and/or "consolidated" programs and departments and left them in disarray, rudderless or run by people from outside who don't know goleta from carpinteria.......


 COMMENT 376639P helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 12:06 PM

Why would she go to Joni Gray for a recommendation? Joni Gray who oversaw the loss of millions in the LHCDC scandal? As the old saying goes, "Show me your company and I'll tell you what you are." Joni Gray needs to be held accountable for what happened in Lompoc. Where did all that money go? Did Ms. Waller know any of the dirty details of that mess? Maybe that's why she's leaving.


 COMMENT 376541 helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 12:22 PM

Please, I hope you're not going to put up Mike Brown as an example of good leadership. How many payouts did they have to make to his subordinates due to his egregious treatment of them?


 COMMENT 376573P helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 01:40 PM

yes, let's not romanticize the days of Mike Brown....his maniacal, ruthless, tea-party informed leadership is nothing to pine for. Perhaps finding a CEO who does not micromanage or have a hair-trigger temper is impossible. But I believe if the BOS looks within our own ranks, that person is there.


 COMMENT 376530 helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 02:04 PM

When asking a friend who worked with Wallar in San Diego what the County could expect upon her arrival, the word "unethical" came up frequently.


 COMMENT 376541 helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 04:24 PM

Besides, anyone who has had any contact with a County department knows that they could use some micromanaging. Or is everyone convinced now that the County staff, some of the highest paid people in the public sector, with pension benefits 25% more than Ventura employees get, and medical benefits to boot, are doing a great job in all respects?



 COMMENT 376590 helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 05:31 PM

@768 - While some are paid well, the majority are not. Many have second jobs because their County salaries do not cover their living expenses. Most live paycheck to paycheck. Many have lost their homes thanks to wage concessions.

Had you been at the BOS meeting last year during which social workers lost 3.5% of their wages, you might be singing a different tune. I'd like to see you spend your days removing children from drug-riddled homes that are covered in excrement. They don't go home and roll around in $100 bills. They go home and worry about how they are going to pay their $20 electricity bill.

Naturally, some are not well suited for public service. However, most are kind and helpful individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty, and deal with rude citizens on a daily basis. Perhaps your negative experience has something to do with your negative attitude.


 COMMENT 376801 helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 05:40 PM

590, like so much in life, its the few that spoil it for the rest.

The teachers, social workers and plethora of people who forge through the muck each day to help make our town and country a better place are deprived of a better life because there are far too many lazy, over paid bureaucrats doing superfluous jobs for far too much money. And since its a bureaucrats sole purpose in life to protect their turf, nothing changes... and instead of being lauded with praise and cash you and your fellow heroes suffer.

Please accept at least one pat on the back from at least one resident for your hard work and dedication. You're appreciated beyond what you hear. Thank you!


 COMMENT 376906 helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 08:20 PM

>>"Many have lost their homes thanks to wage concessions."<<

BS detector is in the red zone ...


 COMMENT 376907 helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 08:22 PM

>>"Many have lost their homes thanks to wage concessions."<<

BS meter pegged in the red zone ...


 COMMENT 376639P helpful negative off topic

2013-02-21 06:29 AM

The County CEO should be someone who shares the values and the reality of SB County. Mike Brown, now of COLAB, certainly did not share the values of the majority of voters in SB. He and his crony Andy Caldwell are more Tea Party than pro-SB County. Anti-government and anti- regulation. And I guess Ms. Waller didn't reflect SB values much either. I like the idea of promoting from within. Maybe that person could start at a more reasonable salary which should also reflect our values and our fiscal reality.


 FLICKA helpful negative off topic

2013-02-21 07:39 AM

She's to be confirmed today; if the supes there read these comments, maybe she won't make it. Sounds like she let power go to her head.


 COMMENT 376991P helpful negative off topic

2013-02-21 07:59 AM

Orange County? Ugh. With wall-to-wall condos and traffic? She must be desperate to leave town.


 COMMENT 376996 helpful negative off topic

2013-02-21 08:05 AM

Anyone want to see Armstrong slide over a few blocks?


 COMMENT 377001 helpful negative off topic

2013-02-21 08:17 AM

Please take Janet Wolf with you.


 RED CREEK helpful negative off topic

2013-02-21 08:56 AM

This same switch happened in the 1980's when CEO Larry Parrish (then a modest Administrative Officer title) left after 10 years at the County, 5 as probation head and 5 as AO, to go to the big OC. He later ended up at Riverside (?) County.

Since 1980 or so we have had Larry Parrish (outsider) Dave Elbaum (outsider), Chuck Wagner (the only local, former head of County Public Works, 3 years as AO), Mike Brown (outsider), and now Ms. Waller (outsider).

Would be nice to have more of us local yokels get promoted to a department head positions like this at the County. There are a lot of talented people working there who are routinely overlooked for promotion to top jobs while outsiders come with no knowledge of the area.

Interesting how much turmoil this is causing everyone.


 COMMENT 376541 helpful negative off topic

2013-02-21 12:55 PM

"Many have second jobs because their County salaries do not cover their living expenses. Most live paycheck to paycheck. "

Check out the wages offered for most jobs on the County's website. Maybe there are some low paying jobs, but those are clearly for people without college degrees. A guy in Ventura I know recently left his job at the County for one that took less knowledge because he could get a 10K pay increase. And look forward to a 25% higher pension based on the pension calculators they make available.

An animal control officer without a high school diploma can make up to 51,000/yr. They won't get rich, but are they really suffering?


 COMMENT 377202 helpful negative off topic

2013-02-21 02:48 PM

Red Creek: Omitted Kent Taylor, who served as CA in the 90's with honor, competence, and humility. He was hired from another county and was a quiet, no-nonsense professional who followed board policy. He followed Wagner, retired to SLO, and was succeeded by Brown. They can do a lot worse than Kent.


 STRAY helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 08:06 AM

Andy Caldwell purports to represent the "Coalition of Labor, Agriculture, and Business."

Mr. Caldwell represents his own narrow viewpoints. I don't recall him ever consulting any employees for their viewpoints under his "Labor" appellation.

Tuesday, someone could show up at the public speakers podium in the County Board of Supervisors Hearing room purporting to represent the "Business, Agriculture, and Labor Coalition" and begin to pontificate.

That person would represent just another narrow viewpoint under an expansive title.


 COMMENT 377879 helpful negative off topic

2013-02-23 02:39 PM

STRAY: COLAB does not publish the names of the members of its board of directors. COLAB's website identifies its directors as having members from labor (currently public safety unions), agriculture (including farming, cattle. and flowers) and business (including taxpayers, oil and the Santa Ynez Chumash). When COLAB first started, it had a member of the Deputy Sheriff's Association on the board of directors and supported funding law enforcement. This was when land use, rather than finance, was the dominant county issue.

Whether the DSA currently supports COLAB, particularly with the importance of pension reform and compensation costs as county issues, is questionable.

376949: Andy Caldwell, executive director of COLAB, has a radio show and regularly expresses editorial opinions in the Santa Barbara News-Press. He used to have access to north county Supervisors, as well as dogging the county budget. Former county CEO Mike Brown is active for COLAB in SLO, where he has clashed with at least one board member; he apparently is regarded as more a gadfly than a watchdog, potentially a dangerous underestimation of Brown -- who tea party crackpot or not has a formidable and comprehensive knowledge of how government works.


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