How many times have you heard the phrase “separation of powers” or “separation of church and state” or “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof?” If you haven’t heard it before, maybe study up on the laws and rules of this country they didn’t teach you in public school. In short, it means the church is a separate body, not to be governed by any state or government entity.
In particular, the Catholic Church has been bleeding members for quite some time; basically, in a given year, about 30 members would join the Catholic faith at our church. On average, we lost at least that many due to death in an average month. The numbers do not add up. When the shutdowns started, the church (via the bishop, the controlling entity for the Diocese) said it was ok simply watching Mass on TV or the Internet or listening on the radio, and not participating in the Eucharist (Holy Communion) was ok. Even though the Catholic faith says you must participate in the Eucharist weekly, the church bowed to the State.
While the church did eventually open up outdoor services, it was very limited, and sparsely attended. We started a live stream, but again folks didn’t attend. The church made it comfy for folks to watch Mass in their pajamas while sipping coffee. A few weeks turned into months, which turned into a year plus now. While churches have re-opened, it was to smaller crowds; 100 folks max. They made it easy to opt out as the bishop continued the “you don’t have to attend in person, it still counts” decree.
My point here is a habit is formed over time, and it takes discipline to really form a habit. You have to hold yourself accountable. In the case of the church, folks broke habit. After missing for a couple weeks, it became months, then a year plus. These folks are not likely to return. This is similar to a workout regime at the gym. It takes a while to form a habit, but it can be broken, and once broken, it’s hard to get started again. It’s easy for folks to wake up and turn on the TV. Lord knows, as Americans, we consume enough of that already!
A new habit has been formed, and not a good one for the local parish.
Speaking of the local parishes, let me again use my parish as an example. We have 5 masses each weekend, and weekly collection (AKA the offering) ran about $17K a week prior to Covid. Now it runs about 5K, and I feel that is drastically overstated. Our priest gave a long diatribe about how we are required to give 10% of our annual income to the church. Keep in mind, I have never heard that amount before, and in the Catholic faith, the word “tithing” was always used to describe the Mormon religion, one the Catholics view as a cult. Our priest used his entire sermon to speak about money and finances, lacking any self-awareness that the church shut down for about a year. During that time, many folks hearing his words were out of work or otherwise adversely impacted.
My father remarked that he was surprised that most of the congregation “regulars” at the early Mass had yet to return, speculating they may not have been vaccinated yet. While this thinking is all well and good, the demographics at that Mass are almost exclusively 70 plus in age. These folks have had about 6 months of time to get the shot, and by now, its likely most have received it; however, they just aren’t going to attend service anymore. Think about it, the excuse was “the church is closed” “I will return when I get the shot,” now it’s, “I will return when the numbers go down.” These folks ain’t coming back in large numbers.
The church bent over for the Governor and the state government. It, like any other organization, showed its true colors. They talk a good game, but … The consequence of their action is that most watch EWTN or some other form of online church and have no intention of returning. They are spinless and they showed it. The folks holding out hope for a mass return to the church will be vastly disappointed, its hollow words as far as I am concerned. Nowadays, there is no separation of Church and State and the bishop here proved it to be true. Now the church is concerned about money…yeah that’s rich.
We will be putting a bow on this series next week barring any late breaking news. This blog will be tough to read if you are an enabler of Dominic’s or an elected official in the Sonoma/Windsor area, I even land a clean blow on Windsor City Manager Ken McNab. Reader warning for triggering is advised.
Sonoma Sheriff Mark Essick: Essick is the top law enforcement official in the county, while he denies being “bros” with Dominic, hearsay says he helped squash 2 investigations into his past behavior in Windsor, more on that later. Essick rose through the ranks and when he was a captain in the department, he ran for the top job, winning in 2018. Prior to being elected, he oversaw the contract town of Windsor. (This means Windsor has no formal police department, they pay the county to provide it for them, this is quite common.) Essick and Foppoli overlapped quite a bit in Windsor, as Dominic was appointed to the planning commission in 2013, prior to getting elected to the town council in 2014. My understanding is while the Sheriff may not be good friends with Dominic, they collaborated a lot. Essick recently has come under fire for bullying and harassing Sonoma Supervisor Lynda Hopkins. Back in August, during fire season, sounds like the phone call got heated and the Sheriff threatened the supervisor. An investigation took place and the Sheriff has sued to block the release of the results of the probe…seems kind of like Dominic’s behavior, right? Deny, deny, and blame others. Sheriff Essick, according to a couple sources of mine, is a bully and is known for making disparaging comments about women; even those on his own staff. Essick’s office is leading the probe into the allegations against Dominic, we here at the blog believe he is stifling this or putting his thumb on the scale to delay justice from occurring.
Windsor Police Chief Ruben Martinez: The “chief” can best be described as a real-life Barney Fife or Colonel Klink. While Windsor has no formal police department, he heads up the group of detectives and deputies in charge of the town. Martinez has been described by 3 sources as “not the brightest bulb on the tree” and “seems like more of a political appointee then chief material.” Interim town manager Ken McNab could not be more ecstatic during the press release: check this out!
“Ruben’s background and experience in law enforcement and knowledge of the Windsor community are a perfect fit for us. We are excited to have Ruben serve as our Police Chief and I look forward to his leadership and contributions as he engages with the community. Ruben’s appointment continues the tradition of law enforcement excellence and service that we have come to know and rely on through our relationship with the Sheriff’s Office.”
Think he may regret that statement just a little? But it gets better folks, look at Martinez’s qualifications and past work in the Sheriff Department. Law enforcement assignments during Martinez’s career with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office included service with the City of Sonoma Police Department, the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault unit, Special Operations and SWAT units, the Henry 1 unit, and his current assignment as a Watch Commander for Northern Sonoma County. Pay attention to the bolded statement please.
Martinez made an appearance on the special Windsor council meeting to address Mayor Foppoli’s sexual assault and rape allegations. When asked to comment about 2 letters, one sent in 2017 and another in 2020. Martinez, while never speaking to the author of either email or bothering to follow-up, said the comments amounted to political hearsay and the author did not want to press charges. The author of one email categorically denies not wanting to press charges. Let me again remind you, Martinez worked in the sexual assault and domestic violence unit for several years. Coincidentally, Martinez decided the other day to step down for “health reasons” [health of his pension maybe?]. We wish you best on luck in retirement “chief”, but we here think you stifled an investigation.
Oh, by the way, here is that Essick guy again on Martinez getting the job as Police Chief. Sonoma County Sheriff Mark Essick stated, “I am very happy that Lt. Martinez has been selected as the next Windsor Police Chief. The Sheriff’s Office is proud to be a partner with the Town of Windsor in providing top quality law enforcement services to the community.” That didn’t age well Sheriff.
Council Member Debora Fudge: Deb you will get my sharpest criticism so far. You have always referred to Dominic as “your protégé”, or saying “you were like a mother for him.” Well time to face the music for your transgressions. First the letter in 2017 was addressed to you, as you were the “rotating mayor” at the time. Fudge brushed it under the table and instead decided the best move was to “handle it internally.” The email detailed Foppoli sexually assaulting a group of ladies who had rented the guesthouse at his winery, as well as forcing his 2 tasting room employees to join in and “strip off your underwear and don a bed sheet toga.” The allegation happened 4 years prior, but you decided this was not material since it would have blocked your protégé from climbing the ladder. Fudge threw her weight around and persuaded the other council members that a measured response to these allegation of rape was to put of Dominic’s turn as mayor off for a year and proclaim that justice was served. Seems like a fitting punishment, right?……NOT. Dominic served as Mayor and then got a second one-year term with Fudge voting for him! In 2020 another email made its way into the City Hall, it went to City manager Ken McNab (Ken you may want to stop reading now) the email was sent to the town council, who predictably did not act. Fudge not only didn’t act, but according to my source she told those looking to investigate and I quote “it may hurt Dominic’s political career, he paid for his actions already.” Ouch. Keep in mind this email detailed how Dominic has a reputation of sexual harassment and allegedly raping a few girls around town. Deb Fudge you are the good ole boy network, nice job sticking up for your buddy Foppoli.
Fudge, being the political operative she is, gave in essence a “no comment” answer when the Chronicle reached out to her after the story on Dominic raping and assaulting 4 different girls came out. She claimed she “was out of the country for surgery and hadn’t read the article yet.” She then wound herself up and decided she, and only she, could fight for the rights of women in Windsor! She railed on Dominic at the special council meeting, saying she hated him, adding she was brought to tears by his actions, and he needed to resign. Deb Fudge is a woman who wears many faces. When Dominic turned into a political liability, she cast him aside. She objected to Dominic leaving the meeting early and voted for him to resign. No one on the Zoom meeting was fooled, #firefudge was trended on Twitter. Everyone knows you are full of crap Debora; your eyes were solid brown. Your political career is over as well.
So, you asked Dominic if he ever raped or sexually assaulted anyone, and he denied it? Oh my God, it’s a miracle! What great investigating Ken. Holy crap, just give this guy the Pulitzer for investigative journalism! CNN could single handedly save their ratings if they put you on during the prime-time hours. My God you are dumb, or are you just that tone deaf that you thought he would spill the beans to you?
McNab was on the council meeting Zoom call, custom background and all. Even though this was a serious matter, he hee hawed like a donkey about how he works for the council, not the other way around, and he couldn’t fire or prevent Dominic from emceeing the meeting. You made a bunch of other dumb statements, but I was far to fixated on your custom Zoom background to hear what you said. Oh, it’s nice to see that you spent more time on picking a Zoom background than actually … I don’t know, investigating Dominic! Maybe make a statement or two about the allegations, mention the email in 2017. Thanks to your background, Debora Fudge was only the second biggest clown of the night! Maybe you found you’re next calling if the car sales job, or pyramid scheme hocking jobs fall through! However, I’ll give McNab a little credit, he did make a statement that Dominic agreed to not enter the city hall unless Ken gave him permission and that the rank-and-file workers didn’t want his presence virtually or physically. Ken thank you for your service on this, such a gentleman, protecting the workers from an accused serial sexual assaulter and rapist! Ken you should be in the infomercials about why we no longer allow lead-based paint in this country.
On a more serious note, the connection between McNab and Foppoli runs quite deep. I have spoken to 3 very reliable sources and all agree that McNab and Foppoli are drinking buddies and are known to enjoy cigars together. McNab was a regular at The Christopher Creek Winery and was out with Dominic and Esther et al. the night Esther was “allegedly” (we use allegedly as he hasn’t been charged or convicted yet) raped. We are not saying McNab had anything to do with the events of that night, we are merely pointing out that he had a chance to be an adult and instead he passed. Deferring yet again and enabling bad behavior. McNab according to Transparent California made about $280k last year for his incompetence. But focus on the positive, the man had a custom zoom background for a serious meeting about Dominic!
The Press Democrat (minus Andrew Graham) this paper is a colossal failure, it’s very sad. The former editor spiked the story about Dominic, which ironically the larger SF Chronicle picked up and ran above the fold. I am not sure to this day why the story was deemed not fit for print, but I have a sneaky suspicion Dominic and company made a phone call or two. We do think Andrew Graham is a good one, (full disclosure I spoke to him and he is doing the best he can digging, not an easy job when your paper has the bad reputation it got). The new editor dropped an opinion/editorial piece apologizing and saying they needed to do better in the future; sorry buddy you need to do better now, Windsor looks like Hicksville, USA.
Robert Styrk: This guy is a certified piece of work. He is a lobbyist for Bahrain and Somalia, great human rights records those countries have! He has been running around doing interviews from Washington D.C. or London attacking the victims. He made an ill-fated appearance on the “Drive, with Steve Jaxon” where he called Esther a bunch of names, attacked the victim’s lawyers, and kept repeating a line of attacks when asked about the multiple women accusing Dominic. He did neither himself nor Dominic any favors. He is a friend of Dominic and calls Dominic a son to him…for the record Styrk is 7 years older than Dominic…weird! For the record Styrk has gone radio silent since Dominic stepped down as Mayor.
Dominic’s former campaign manager for Assembly: I do not know how you can possibly sleep at night. You figured the best place for an 18-year-old female volunteer was the personal assistant to a 21-year-old male candidate. Apparently, you have no ability to think, or your moral elevator has no bottom floor. Just to re-summarize: the 18-year-old intern was raped twice in one night by Dominic, stopping only for her to turn her head and vomit. I really hope you take some time to reflect and ponder making adult decisions in the future. Your ignorance set up a 16-year spree of rape and assault, whose victims included a fellow city councilmember, a former Mayor, and a former reality TV star. Not the best legacy.
Fellow readers, not a single person in his inner circle, from any walk of life, tried to stop this guy. My advice if you are a female, avoid Windsor as no one is safe while Dominic is free to move about, and you are even less safe with his enablers around. I truly hope the next mayor is Esther Lemus. She will clean this thing up. We have no dog in the hunt, but she is an inspiration for all survivors! Deb Fudge needs to be run out on a rail, her crocodile tears better not fool you, she is just an opportunist. Ken McNab should put his talents to work selling used cars, or at a local meet-up to recruit unsuspecting folks to join a pyramid scheme. Ruben Martinez is retiring, Sheriff Essick is in dire straits. Is there a single adult in Windsor right now outside of the survivors, their attorneys, or those pushing for Dominic’s now unnecessary recall? Please speak up!
Again, this did not happen in Hicksville, USA, this happened in deep blue Sonoma county.
Not that anyone cares about the pathetic life of Jorge Riley, and we here at reallyright.com hate piling on but I came across this gem of a story the other night. Jorge Riley was back in court again last month on 4/16, not for his federal charges but for charges filed in Sacramento, his home county. However, this hearing had to do with Riley turning himself in to police as a bench warrant had been issued since he skipped his court appearance 3/16. For those of you scoring at home, skipping court is one of the stupidest things you can do. Think about it, a judge, and a prosecutor waited around, and you decided to skip, so a bench warrant is issued, and the local sheriff/PD tries to track you down.
Why did I mention the names above? Well coincidently on March 9 Riley was being honored at the SRA monthly meeting. Bill Cardoza made sure to put the photos all over Facebook. The people mentioned are all pictured in several photos. Folks Jorge has a known history of being an alcoholic and having admitted to being a huge marijuana smoker. He was always verbally abusive to any women around him, and it is unknown how many children he has. Read on to see what Mr. Riley was charged with.
A week later he skipped court. I want to focus on a statement his lawyer made:
Riley was before the court for missing a court appearance March 16 on two outstanding felony child endangerment charges—his bail, after Friday’s hearing, is $250,000. It was $500,000 but he claimed he’s homeless and used a $600 government stimulus check to fly to D.C. in January.
According Russ Miller, Riley’s court-appointed attorney, Riley had left the state to protest at the capital and when he came back, all of his property, including electronics, were confiscated by the FBI.
Basically homeless at this point, his attorney claims, Riley had to stay at a friend’s place where he awaited the Zoom information to attend court and a working laptop to video chat.
This is what we call a lie folks, take another gander at that photograph, does the man in the middle look homeless or “basically homeless?” Looks pretty well groomed to me. So the government stole all his clothes and other stuff? Come on, Jorge looks just fine in the photo shared above, with a “drunken glare” I may add, so obviously someone in the photo sprang for the sacrament prior or during this event! Lovely.
Jorge is known to share everything about his personal life, he likely bragged about court being just a couple days away. I find it very hard to believe not a single person there knew about his pending court date, also I had heard rumors of these charges many months before now. Here is what he is charged with:
One Riley felony charge involves an incident where his child nearly drowned when the two went kayaking, and another charge accuses Riley of beating his son in front of bystanders for nearly six minutes straight while intoxicated.
Bill Cardoza has admitted to driving Jorge around and trying to help Jorge legally, as mentioned before Tom Hudson and Sue Blake are licensed attorneys, and Angela Azevedo had a long career in justice. I don’t know much of anything about Justin Hardcastle, Russell Gray or Todd Freeman but tethering yourself to Jorge is not a very wise move. Hat tip to Bill Cardoza for taking this photo, showing a “very homeless” Jorge a week before he skipped court, you can always count on the worthless, useless, idiot Bill to have his camera out.
To quote Joe Biden “What the hell is wrong with these guys?”
By the way, here is the prosecutor of the case on how much trouble Jorge is in:
Deputy District Attorney Daniel Jensen argued Friday Riley is in deep trouble on his Sacramento felony charges, too.
According to Jensen, there were many attempts to contact Riley by calling him and messaging him, and his previous Sacramento attorney even gave him the Zoom information. It wasn’t until Riley was told there was a warrant for his arrest three days later that he actually responded. He turned himself in on March 25.
We will just go ahead and say it, Jorge you can check out, but you can never leave. Sounds like the feds and the state are going to crack the whip on you. Get used to jail house oatmeal buddy. “You will be eating on the payers for a while, but sadly you have lived off the payers for most of your life so not a big deal for you.”
Like you, I have been following the exposure and destruction of Dominic Foppoli. This guy is a scourge on civilized society and needs to be removed; sadly however, he has been protected by those around him. I have had to walk away from people before for their self-destructive behavior, so I am not advocating for something that I have not been willing to do in my own life. There is a vast gulf between loving a sinner in hopes that they see the light and enabling them in their evil ways.
Dominic’s behavior in Florida is the same M.O. as his conduct here in California (and Nevada) except a streetwise lady knew she had been victimized and went to the police instead of keeping the shame to herself. The fact that she had the presence of mind to give the police physical evidence including video helps too. Getting a lawyer representing the victims of Jeffery Epstein proves that she has a case. Filing the case days before the San Francisco Chronicle published their first story on Dominic sealed his fate.
Folks Dominic has admitted to sexual acts with one accuser already and also to having video of the dirty deed. As I understand it, he claims to have video of other victims as well. The alleged existence of said video has been used as leverage to keep some accusers silent. Funny how when the woman has the same type of video and goes to the police that Dominic folds like a cheap suit. Within three hours of finding out about the woman in Florida, he resigns. As a result of yesterday’s news, Dominic’s exploits are now not just a regional news story but a national and even international one.
Folks by my count, Farrah Abraham is the twenty fourth woman to come forward; the ninth accuser to do so in the media. Just so you know, I think that the number of women victimized by Dominic is north of 60, so many more victims have yet to come forward. (If you figure Dominic does this at least once a calendar quarter, and has been doing it since college, my number is actually on the low side.) The three women mention by The Chief in his account of Dominic’s college days have yet to come forward, but they should. He has told me the three names, but we will not print them on the blog without their permission.
Folks there is a vast difference between someone like Jeffery Epstein or Harvey Weinstein and Dominic Foppoli. Epstein and Weinstein both has some version of quid pro quo, the women did it for money or career advancement (I’m setting aside some aspects of Epstein’s operation) but Dominic is on a whole other level. In an edit of one of The Chief’s articles, I called Dominic a Neanderthal. I used that word because just like the stereotype, Dominic saw a woman that he wanted, clubbed her into submission, and took her by force. Dominic is just a perverted thief. His club is a chemical not a primitive baseball bat. The net result is the same, he violates women because he wants too.
As The Chief and I have mentioned in private conversations, this is not about sex. Dominic is worth millions and if he simply wanted sex, he could easily pay for it. No, this is about taking what you cannot have either because the woman is not interested or married or whatever. Dominic is a thief. He violates the woman and then discards her with all the callousness of tossing a napkin or candy wrapper.
A criminal case in California against Dominic is going to be hard to build, especially when law enforcement in the Windsor area has helped Dominic destroy or cover-up incriminating evidence. They have been running interference for him and not doing their jobs, hopefully The Chief will elaborate on this in his next post about Dominic’s enablers.
Dominic’s peril is the looming civil case. Dominic is about to lose not just his personal assets of about seven million dollars but the winery as well. If you figure in the insurance money that will be in play, plus the city of Windsor is in play too. Once the other victims get wind that they are looking at each getting a seven-figure settlement, the floodgate of accusers will really open. I can foresee that the civil case easily being a settlement over 30 million dollars.
Currently, Dominic will have to endure two criminal cases and at least one huge civil suit. If a judge seizes his assets along the way, he’s S.O.L.
If Dominic spends any time in jail, he will need to be treated as a child molester or pedophile and kept in solitary confinement. I think his life expectancy would be measured in days if he was placed in with the general population.
Dominic is so full of himself that he doesn’t know how much peril that he is in.
The Chief is right that Dominic will be placed on a registry of sex offenders. Dominic, I know a guy that’s on that list and thirty years later that scarlet letter still haunts him. It has costs him employment so many times that I’ve lost count.
Dominic Foppoli is about to reap what he has sown. I hope that when this is all over that he won’t be in any position to ever do it again.
In a developing story, embattled Windsor rapist/sexual assaulter Dominic J Foppoli has resigned. The intel we have says yet another women was set to come forward alleging yet another incident. Word says its reality TV Star Farrah Abraham, who claims she was sexually assaulted in March of this year. Abraham becomes the ninth women to publicly accuse Foppoli of sexual crimes.
“It is with heavy heart that I am resigning, effective today,” it read. “I have always and will always maintain that I did not engage in any non-consensual acts with any woman. I recently learned that a woman in Palm Beach, Florida is accusing me of non-consensual acts while I was visiting there in March of this year.” Dominic Foppoli Statement
Now for the statement from an actual adult as opposed to a child masquerading as Mayor:
The statement referred to recent allegations made by a social media influencer and former reality TV star, Farrah Abraham, who filed a police report in Palm Beach, Florida on April 2 alleging what her attorney said was “very serious” misconduct “of a sexual nature” that he declined to describe lest it jeopardize the investigation.
Attorney Spencer Kuvin, who represented at least nine victims of the late prominent sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, said his client had physical and digital evidence from the incident in Palm Beach that has been turned over to police.
He said neither he nor Abraham would release details until the investigation was concluded, though rumors about the case reached Sonoma County more than a month ago.
“She wants him prosecuted criminally” Her attorney adds.
Foppoli attended a council meeting in his official capacity as recently as Wednesday he left the meeting after the Pledge of Allegiance not because he had anything better to do, but because if he wouldn’t have shown up a vacancy could have been called. This way he gets to keep his massive salary as Mayor of Windsor of about $500 a month! Nice to see he has his priorities straight.
Unfortunately for you Dominic it seems as though the Police Department of Palm Beach has physical and digital proof of your actions. All you have are statements denying your culpability, lest I remind you 9 women are accusing you, outside of a couple hired guns; namely your two lawyers, former campaign manager and Robert Styrk no one else with an IQ above room temperature seems to think you’re innocent. All you have is an alleged sex tape of you and Esther, seems like it curtains for you. Oh, the last nail in Dominic’s coffin is this little gem from the San Francisco chronicle story today, “Abraham filed her police report three days before Chronicle reporters first approached Foppoli about their investigation, and six days before the article was published.” This sir is called, game, set, and match!
Dominic a word to the wise. It just got real, and your money may buy a shorter sentence; however, the civil suit will likely drain a large amount of your worth, or worse yet, the insurance claims could make the family vineyard uninsurable. Trust me I’m in the business of the latter, insurance companies do not like paying out liability claims like this. In addition, the unsanctioned parties at your family vineyard may also place your liquor license at risk, as a licensed bar tender in my spare time while volunteering for a church group, I know a thing or two about that. I do not know how a winery makes money if they cannot sell wine. Also, the more serious part of all this; you likely will end up on a registry if the case leads to an arrest/trial but it is not the registry you’re familiar with…. the sex offender registry. My recollection is you are on it for life. In addition, if you serve jail time you may find a vintage of alcohol you are not familiar with, I believe it’s called pruno.
We will have one last post to attack all his accomplices: Ken McNab, Deb Fudge, Ruben Martinez, and Mark Essick. None of you are getting off scot free.
A word to Dominic’s friends/enablers, there cannot be many in the former group, in the latter, I am sure there are plenty. Dominic is no fool. He will not go quietly. It took a famous female figure to finally get him to step aside. He has been coddled his entire life. He will throw all of you under his proverbial bus in order to get a shorter sentence. Look at his past behavior, his refusal to resign, refusal to take accountability for his actions, attacking the victims, employing a hired gun to do the attacking for him, and most disturbingly, continuing his predatory action when he knew about the article being dropped by the Chronicle while he was in Florida! I would disassociate with him immediately. This sounds like a good time to call the authorities and at least get your story on the record before they call you. Dominic is the scum who tells folks all is well while he abandons ship in the last lifeboat, be forewarned!
Folks you hear us at ReallyRight.com rail against cable constantly, here is yet another reason, a real-life example from this past week.
I was chatting up a fellow colleague, he also devoid of cable, and we were speaking in open terms about the coming doomsday scenario regarding the water shortage here in California. We joked about picking up pallets of water from a local Costco or Sam’s, whomever had it the cheapest, and debating who was more likely to load it in my truck. Joking of burning out all our lawn and replacing with AstroTurf, with the work being done by non-combustion engine machines. The 90-Day Guy walked in and started making fun. He had zero clue about the drought; I kid you not, zero. He wondered which channel we saw it on, to which we both replied, KCRA3 news app. He still said he hadn’t heard it anywhere, as if we follow some obscure tin foil hat form of media.
In many north state counties (i.e., where no one lives) are on restrictions, and at some point, will be under severe cutbacks. These will be announced shortly. In the opinion of this blogger, it will happen right around recall time, after it’s been certified Newsom will either not be recalled, or he will go down in flames. Rumor has it farmers and others are already under severe cutbacks. 90-Day Guy had an ear to ear aww shucks grin. He is clueless.
Folks I call this the cable watchers’ conundrum for this very reason. Imagine paying roughly $2K a year for cable yet you are completely in the dark on local issues, however you know all about what McConnell, Pelosi, Biden, Harris, McCarthy, and AOC had to say on all topics of national attention. As a rule, cable networks have zero interest in California, or really most states for that matter. If it bleeds it leads, and sex sells, which is all they care about as these type issues drive ratings. For months now the news has been dominated by BLM, George Floyd murder cops, Joe Biden, the US Capitol “insurrection” and other trash, nary a mention of the real issues in this country. These are the issues he knows about, issues no reader of this blog cares about. Seriously, I could not give a rip less about the issues listed above.
The same story played out with the torrential downpours we had a few years ago, I had told him in advance they would flood the Wilton and other unincorporated areas around the county, he panicked. The levees overtopped as they were supposed to, flooding outlying areas. His response, he jumped in his car and headed toward Tahoe…keep in mind, that this choice saw him literally having to drive thru the areas where the flooding was occurring in the valley in order to get to higher ground. He thought the safest place was not in a building or a house, but in a compact sports car. As if he thought he could outrun the flood. About a week later, he returned and threw his wife under the bus, it was all her idea, he said she watches too much TV. He asked why I didn’t overreact, and my response was, you are far safer in a building where you can climb/get to higher ground than inside a car. The car is likely to die in 6 inches or so of water and if it goes higher you will be taken for a ride; it won’t be fun, likely ending in death. Keep in mind he was the smart one.
Harken back to when the Oroville dam was in peril. I had been discussing it for a couple weeks, he ignored or rolled his eyes at me, thinking I was an alarmist. Then the day finally came, the spillway at Oroville failed, he went nuclear. He got into his car and jammed it home, keep in mind we are so far from the Oroville dam that the flood or even remnants would not have gotten close to us. He panicked on command, just as cable wanted him to do.
The less time you have to react the better, notice the news doesn’t break in saying we may have a problem, the news shows the levee or spillway failing. At that point everyone with a brain knows it’s too late, but not the 90-day types, they think they have inside info. Look for the shelves to be devoid of water soon and look for panic to set in among all those who re-did their yards during Covid. It won’t be pretty, consider yourself forewarned. By the time Tucker, Hannity, or any of the other news networks pick it up, it’ll be too late. But maybe a vaccine will exist? LOL
BTW we are now on day 432 of “2 weeks to flatten the curve.”
Folks, as I reported, I recently took a position at California’s most publicized agency, Employment Development Department (EDD). While I’m just a tiny part of the organization, I can attest that there is a lot of crazy junk gumming up the works. This post is to give you an idea of what’s happening.
To collect unemployment in California, and presumably anywhere else, you must normally meet two conditions: first you must be able to prove your identity, and second, you must have worked in California and contributed to the state’s unemployment fund.
The following are all true. Names are withheld so I can keep my job.
While I was in a training session, an applicant for unemployment was randomly picked as an example. This guy applied with a variety of documents such as Green Card, driver’s license, etc. The training allowed us to actually see the documents submitted to the State of California. While the name on all the documents matched, the birthdays were very wrong. The initial batch of documents submitted by this applicant had birthdates in two different months and on two different days. Of the documents submitted, at least two had one birthdate and others had a second birthdate. In the initial pass, this guy was denied unemployment; however, he appealed the denial. He was approved in the appeals process by someone that seems to be designated as an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Since he was now identity approved, the trainer, entered the Social Security Number that he provided into one of their many computer programs and the Social Security Administration (SSA) returned the same name with yet a third birthdate for this individual. At this point, I and another trainee, both with private sector background, challenged the instructor. How can a guy that submitted identity documents with three different birthdates in different months be approved for benefits? The instructor answered that when he appealed, he submitted two documents with the same birthdate; thus, he was now identity approved by the ALJ and it’s our job to mark the applicant as eligible.
Folks you can’t believe the ages of applicants for unemployment. A large segment of the applicants are minors. And no, I don’t mean 15 with a paper route. The youngest applicant that I personally have seen was 1 ½ years old. Born in 2019. But the little tyke is in good company. Here are some other years that I noted, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2010, 2007, 2008, and 2005.
One girl applied for unemployment because she earned $100 in cash during 2019 and due to Covid, she couldn’t babysit in 2020.
One applicant (still a minor) says he (or she) was a child actor but hadn’t worked in seven years and was applying for unemployment during Covid.
One applicant about 11 years old, said she was a part-time model and lost income due to Covid. She was the only minor that had any reported income to the state.
Not the be left out, the infirm and elderly are also trying to cash in on California’s Unemployment Give-away. The oldest applicant I personally have seen was born in 1930. This person is in good company also. Again, no reported income but they’re applying anyways. Makes you wonder if there’s a consolation prize just for entering.
Many people have notes on their accounts stating, “over 100 SSNs submitted from this address.” I’ve seen others with 35 at the same address. Multiple applicants at the same address are common to see.
Other notes on accounts include, “Claimant has not lived at address filed on this claim for 17 years” and “claimant letter … postmarked FedEx International from India” and “verified claimant address on internet maps, the address is a vacant lot.”
You may not realize that you can live virtually anywhere in the world and apply for unemployment in California. I spoke with my sister about this, and she correctly reminded me, it’s a matter of where you worked then, not where you are living now. Thus, applications have arrived from all over. In a brief time, I’ve seen applications from Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Georgia, Oklahoma, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Texas. The thought of California sending money to Texas is funny, considering that they are already send many jobs there.
This reminds me that one fellow did have a note on his account stating that he had never lived or worked in California, only Georgia, but he applied anyways.
There is a diversity of applicants. I’ve seen many great leaders seeking handouts at the public trough including Buddha, Mohammed, Jesus, and Israel. Oh and a few folks named after Greek gods as well. No matter who you are or where you live, every applicant is given the same process. If we can check the boxes for you, then you can qualify.
Oh, all my examples above were approved for identity purposes. Whether they eventually got a check from Uncle Gavin is unknown.
EDD has the same problems as every other state agency, the computer programs can’t talk to each other. EDD has a mind-boggling amount of resources available but at the end of the day, its up to humans to enter data because processes and programs are limited. Again, the backbone of the agency are those pesky Unix programs that we patched back in the Y2K days.
I currently have to use four different programs to do my job but I’m aware of at lease five more that others in the agency are using. My first step is to match the claim information in three different programs, if the unemployment application is not entered in all three, it’s a hard stop and the email telling me what to do gets returned to the pool of limbo and despair and I go on to the next item.
Folks, I might get into more detail about the claims process in another post, but my overall point is that all these dead-end claims are clogging up the system. All these folks with no business applying are gumming up the works and preventing others from being vetted for eligibility. Yes, EDD is a mess, but they have plenty of help as I hope I’ve illustrated.
Reader Warning: This series will contain graphic details of rape, racism, sexual assault, and straight up deplorable behavior by Dominic Foppoli and his colleagues who covered for him. Reader discretion is advised.
And we are back after a short hiatus. To drop the next big story. Dominic is a racist, and the worst kind of person.
The story takes place my freshman year in college. I was a young lad at 18, the year was 2004 (error on my part earlier) and George W. Bush was running for re-election. As a young man born with conservative values, I joined the Young Republicans on campus, led by one Dominic J Foppoli. After his “alleged” crime against 2 friends of mine, he seemed to fade away, he likely found well let’s call it “fresh meat” then he resurfaced.
It was February, I was on my way back to my dorm in Meadowlands Hall after class on a Tuesday at 8pm. One roommate of mine, let’s say he was Mexican, told me “dude you’re in deep, stupid signs you put up.” Quizzically I asked what he was saying. He told me “There are signs on campus, literally all over about MLK.” I couldn’t put two and two together as I had just come from a 3-hour class. He showed me. The signs were …. Well, I’ll let you react.
The Republicans freed the slaves
Martin Luther King Jr was a Republican
Blacks should be Republicans
Vote GOP, Young Republicans are the best party on campus.
Yeah folks, in February, AKA Black History Month, be more tone deaf you cannot. Stupidity like you read about. Of course, my third roommate was black. As I walked into the dorm room, he of course was prepared; 3 officers of the Black Student Union in tow, it was likely curtains for me. I was known to wear Bush Cheney 04 shirts or Bill Jones for Senate shirts on campus because, I was a literal troll. I was ready to take my punishment but all 4 had my side. My roommate remarking over and over, he ain’t racist while my other roommate saying he cares deeply about those in need. Lucky once again, I was not going to answer for the sins of someone else.
My roommate and his friends from BSU told me they knew the culprit. They saw him getting into a white Chevy Tahoe or Suburban, a tall, built white male (the campus was 70% plus women btw). He had an accomplice, another white male, with facial hair.
So, the next meeting of the College Republicans, oddly called that Monday went swimmingly; me, and all the officers resigned. The faculty rep made Dominic answer for his stupidity, made even more embarrassing since he was an officer in the SONOMA not MARIN GOP. What a low life. He denied any wrongdoing (duh) and was in shock his fellow officers stepped down, (wild move, we aren’t racists) and we held new elections. Dominic couldn’t face the complaints; he had a meeting to attend.
Dominic admitted to putting the signs up at Dominican University, we didn’t have a vibrant student paper. There is no record of this. Imagine if this happened after circa 2004. You see Dominic gives all Republicans a horrible name, why February? Why Black History Month? Why invoke MLK? Who cares about his political party, let him rest in peace, he deserves it.
Again, the narrative remains that he wanted me and my classmates to face the music. Maybe Sonoma and Marin wanted that too, but I came in peace, trolling, but in peace. I should be allowed my beliefs. I am no racist and will never be accused of being one.
Dominic has now been accused by a 7th woman. Another hero has come forward; former Sonoma Mayor Rachel Hundley has accused him of sexual assault. He says Dominic climbed on top of her and showed his “Johnson.” Mayor Hundley said she wanted nothing sexual to happen, but apparently Dominic had other ideas. He took pictures of her in her robe, and sexually assaulted her. We here believe all the women.
What a sick f**k he is.
Concluding commentary: This blogger (notice, not blog owner, The Chief and The Chief alone) has info, and damning info at that, about Windsor Chief of Police Ruben “Colonel Klink” Martinez, Sonoma DA Mark “girls are sexual objects” Raasch, seriously sheriff you’re a womanizer and its over for you, oh and I have firsthand info you and Dominic are “bros.” Deborah Fudge, on the council, she is burnt toast. I’ve got too much info. Sam Salmon? I won’t waste too much time on him, he’s useless.
It’s over. I’m going to destroy you politically Dominic. I don’t have to destroy you criminally; you did that yourself. Actually, Liam, your buddy’s attorney did a nice job with his comments about you. His words not ours.
Just to speak to the victims, we are here for you. We know of about 23 women who have come forward so far, and there are many more. Dominic is a sick, disgusting creature. We understand you may not want to reach out to us; however, we strongly encourage you to reach out and be put in touch with local groups to help you, statute or no statute of limitations. This story will run in the local paper if one person can corroborate it, you can remain anonymous. Let’s get rid of this scum!
Now to speak to his “Ghislaine Maxwell,” the former campaign manager who aided and abetted in his rapes. So said you when you called me, saying and I quote “I saw a lot of horrible things”. This is a final chance to get your story to us and clear you name, or we can put you in touch with folks who you can tell your story too. We are not here to hurt folks who want to tell a story, and you can remain anonymous. We are in possession of an Instagram message from him to you inviting you to his winery as recent as March, it might be a good time to reach out. A word to the wise, after your call we received a cease-and-desist order, probably not smart to cover for a rapist.
You have 72 hours. I would call, I really would. This blogger is not scared of you. We have 23 courageous women, a great attorney (a rock star by the way). Maybe call us before you get a call, because the best case scenario for your buddy Dominic is he will be “on the registry;” look it up, not great. Go ahead sue me, I’m not scared, Dominic will throw you under the bus far before he names me.
Folks I just want to make a quick point and alert you to where this country should be spending its defense dollars…cyber security. Yeah, like to stop hackers. Like the ones from Russia who shut the Colonial Pipeline and are causing gas shortages in the southeast and eastern seaboard. Reports are that Colonial was using antiquated software and the Russians were easily able to hack into it, causing the failsafe to shut the pipeline down.
I will defer to the Blog Father on issues of hacker defense and the like since that is his wheelhouse, but allow me to point out, not a single bullet was fired. Russia didn’t need a fighter jet, a tank or a boat, just a few hackers.
We paid the hackers 5 million, because well, people were panicking due to a lack of gasoline. Folks, if you are just now starting to pay attention to this threat, the number of businesses, school districts, hospitals, and cities that have paid ransom over the last two years are legion.
We spend all this money each year on defense: jets, tanks, boats, missiles, bombs, guns etc. Why nothing on cybersecurity? This needs to be a wake-up call, actually it should be the second, we shut the entire country due to Covid-19, and now a pipeline gets hacked, and we cannot supply the south or east coast gasoline. Stop the military industrial complex and start getting with the program!
We spend all this money and have nothing to show for it, stop with all the pension and bloated payroll spending and let’s rethink this strategy before something bad happens, like I don’t know the electrical grid is taken down? Or an EMP weapon is used.
Troll commentary: Joe Biden was asked about his thoughts on the pipeline, and he said, “I stopped that pipeline the day I was inaugurated…come on man!”
This is just a quick note to explain why I haven’t been posting too much lately. Its not that we’ve run out of content, I’ve just been busy with life. I took a new job a few weeks ago and the learning curve is steep both in terms of learning new processes and procedures as well as a crazy amount of new jargon and acronyms. The job I took is with California’s Employment Development Department (EDD) and yes there will be some posts on my misadventures at EDD in the coming weeks. I also have enough material on Kirk Uhler to regularly beat him like a piñata until next Cinco de Mayo. In my spare time, I’ve been painting the exterior of the house.
The rest of the staff has been waiting patiently for the Chief to pony up at least two more articles on Dominic Foppoli. Sadly, we have agreed to hold much really damning stuff on Dominic until the court cases against him go live. Trust me, whatever you’ve read is just the tip of the iceberg. Oh, and accuser number seven has gone public with her accusations.