April 23, 2013 — Our legal system and the rule of law are alive and well right here in Lassen County.
The case of recall proponent Tom Hammond seeking a writ of mandate to compel Lassen County Clerk Julie Bustamante to move the recall process for Lassen County District 5 Supervisor Jack Hanson forward plainly reveals the adversarial nature of our legal system.
On one side, Bustamante and Lassen County argue the recall proponents used a form the clerk had previously rejected, and therefore the signatures on those forms should not be counted.
April 16, 2013 — A few people in Lassen County think I must be the most biased, unprofessional journalist of all time on the planet — nay, in the entire universe. They have a right to their opinions, and I doubt there’s much I can do to change their minds. I won’t lose any sleep worrying about this, I promise, but I wanted to add my perspective to the conversation.
When I first landed here at the Times about 14 years ago some people thought I was an unwanted newcomer in town on a mission to take down the good old boys. I was the wringer wordslinger (I share a name with a professional writer from New York) brought into town just to launch the revolution. Some said I was a student radical from Berkeley, even though I never went to school there. Still others said someone like me had no place in conservative, Republican Lassen County.