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City Stuff; New C.O.P.
After the smoked cleared and all of the interviews, background checks and more background checks (fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me) comes a stellar candidate the city manager and four knowledgeable adults on the city council agreed to hire Tuesday night. The four who voted to approve the city manager’s hiring of the new chief sent a statement they are pro law enforcement and are serious about getting a professional department to fight the huge increase in hard drugs like meth, heroine and other major crime problems Dixon is seeing, or at least becoming aware of for the first time. The new COP (Chief of Police) Robert Thompson, comes to us directly from the Sacramento division of the FBI with an extensive police background and a good working relationship established with Solano county law enforcement. The guy’s got a Bachelor’s Degree, a Master’s of Arts Degree in management and a post Master’s Certificate in psychology. His resume is impressive but so were his presentations during the multiple interviews he had. I personally nixed at least seven previous candidates but I approved of this guy.
The father of two is set to start March 1 with his immediate goal being to fill at least four vacant positions and stopping the revolving door the department has had for the past few years. He is being paid more than any other chief and potentially could become the city’s highest paid employee down the line… Why you may ask. Glad you asked. It cost taxpayers about $40,000 to hire and train each new police officer (with background checks, training, etc.). If this man can straighten out the department and slow turnover to a snail’s pace he can save taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in short order. We could have been penny wise and pound foolish. ONE resident whined about paying him too much. Some folks know the cost of everything and the value of nothing. We of course could have paid less and we would have gotten less… I think our citizens want and need the best police department we can afford don’t you? It is up to your elected officials to make good decisions based on good data and to protect our people with the best quality of personnel we can afford. Those who know me know I am tight with the taxpayer’s dollars. I’m guessing the new chief wise enough to ignore a kid’s, or his family’s complaint that he isn’t worth the money.
Another cool thing at this meeting was the council approval of the police department to submit a request for a $1,000 grant for a “Safe Route to Schools” program to be administered by the PD and it cadets. Mike Hamilton, of Grillin and Chillin, had already donated $1,000 to the cadet program and Tuesday Don Richey; a Dixon Planning Commissioner, came to the podium and volunteered to give $1,000 of his personal funds to the proposed program. This was a great thing for them to do to in support our youth.
Ever Seen A Chukar?
The Chukar is a small flighty bird. This photo is of a Chukar Redleg Partridge I took Wednesday at Hastings Island Pheasant Club. Known for their flying ability and their zebra like stripes, they are a favorite addition to game bird hunts. These birds hold well in cover and get up and go when flushed. These birds thrive in dry arid conditions; however, recently they have become a very popular additive to hunts looking to add speed to their hunts. These birds tend to run uphill and flush downhill often giving the hunters numerous chances. Habitat consists of small grain or brushy terrain. To hold the birds in the terrain a small stream or water source is necessary. They can outrun a human, trust me they are quick and fly fast and are about the best eating of all game birds… and you can hunt them at Hastings. There is a regular state season for them in California.
Part 3: Last Real Estate Lesson
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The secret is out… I am an elected official, licensed realtor, reporter, weekly columnist, (with a web page that has in the neighborhood of 200,000 views worldwide) photographer, and outdoor booking agent for fishing and hunting… so I work hard and long to make things happen… I wear several different hats and refused to be intimidated in a public meeting by any middle aged goon enamored with a title… and this is all I have to say about that!
*The most troubling examples of sexism, racism and homophobia that I’ve ever heard are things I’ve yelled when driving on California freeways.
*Overheard after the HRC/Trump debate: “I bet Abraham Lincoln would rather go watch another play than watch this debate.”
*I work with some really great people. They’re reliable. They’re honest. They’re efficient, and never cause any sort of problems… I don’t fit in at all.
*In an attempt to instill some exercise into my daily routine I’ve placed the cookies on a higher shelf… boy, I’m gonna be sore tomorrow.
*I bought a new hat today that sports a blue band… which sets off what I am assured are the twin limpid pools of simmering sexuality that are my eyes.
*The true test of if you have a weight problem is when you watch Jurassic Park… and wonder if dinosaur tastes good.
*I told myself I should stop drinking… but I’m not about to listen to some drunk that talks to himself.
*Mountains aren’t funny… they are hill areas. (Moan)
*I got pulled over by a female cop… when I rolled my window down and asked “what’s wrong?” she replied, “nothing!” (I don’t get it either?)
*It’s sorta weird to think that before Facebook all this dumb stuff just stayed in people’s heads.
*Animal fact of the day: Orca offspring live with their parents for their entire lives… just like my loser cousin Gregg.
*I’m actually a very conservative person… I don’t talk at all during sex because my mom always said “never talk to strangers”.
*As I finished the consultation my older voter got a little “flirty” with me and told me I reminded her of her third husband… “Third husband? How many have you had?” I asked… “Two.”
*I keep trying to turn my hat around backwards in an attempt to look cool… but it’s a sombrero and I’m making zero progress.
*I’m biased… I have four butt cheeks. (Moan)
*None of the scenarios in which I would require a watch that works at 200 meters underwater are situations in which the correct time would be my main concern.
*New texting abbreviation: ROTFLSHMHFOAIDMT… rolling on the floor laughing so hard my hat fell off and I dropped my taco.
*This lasagna recipe has been handed down in my family for generations… hopefully someone will eventually make it.
*I long for the days before political correctness… when kids were allowed to play livestock management technicians and indigenous peoples.
*Can’t dance…just write your name in the air with your butt. Problem solved.
*There’s no better feeling than lying next to the person you love and they don’t know you love them… or that you’re in their house again.
*I started dating a girl that works at the zoo… I think she’s a keeper.
*I always get a “yes” from women… but it’s usually followed by “that’s him, officer!”
*Don’t you just hate those people who have always got to be one better than you… if you’ve been to Tenerife they’ve been to Elevenerife.
*Remember, it’s “I before e except after c”… or when you’re running a “Feisty heist on a weird beige foreign neighbor”.
*If you’re out on a fishing boat and somebody calls you “Chum”… they’re probably not being friendly.
*My idea of an intellectual is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture without thinking of the Lone Ranger.
*Nina has 18 Snickers. She eats 4 of them. She trades 8 of them for 10 Milky Way bars. She sells 6 and buys 3 Big Macs… why is she wearing yoga pants?
*My new credit card has this awesome ‘credit protection’ feature… every time I use it says “declined”.
*I’m going to start a company in India but have all the IT call centers in Brooklyn… let’s see how they like it.
Going On This Weekend at the Fairgrounds
Proofreading is a Dying Art these days!
(One more time!)
Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter… This one was caught caught in the SGV Tribune the other day and someone called the Editorial Room and asked who wrote this. It took two or three readings before the editor realized that what he was reading was impossible! They put in a correction the next day.
Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says… Really? Ya think?
Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers… Now that’s taking things a bit far!
Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over … What a guy!
Miners Refuse to Work after Death … No-good-for-nothing’ lazy so-and-so’s!
Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant … See if that works any better than a fair trial!
War Dims Hope for Peace … I can see where it might have that effect!
If Strike Isn’t Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile… Ya think?!
Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures… Who would have thought it!
Enfield (London) Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide… They may be on to something!
Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges… You mean there’s something stronger than duct tape? I gotta get me some of that!
Man Struck By Lightning: Faces Battery Charge… He probably IS the battery charge!
Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft… That’s what he gets for eating those beans!
Kids Make Nutritious Snacks… Do they taste like chicken?
Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half… Chainsaw Massacre all over again!
Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors… Boy, are they tall!
And the winner is… Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead … Did I read that right?