Now the Sheriff has tried to distance herself from Mr. Batistella, but it still took media and public pressure to get him to resign from the SAB board. Despite the charges flying around, the Sheriff chose to take no action regarding a member of the board until the media was notified of Mr. Batistella’s role. One was left wondering, if she could have kept it under wraps, would he still be on the board? And really, since we have no idea who is part of the membership of this group providing unaccountable funding to our Sheriff’s Office in such an opaque manner, how do we know that Mr. Batistella isn’t still garnering the favors afforded to SAB members by our Sheriff, notorious for parties at the range and ride alongs in the helicopter?
So to get to the point of my post today, since the time this story started, I’ve heard many rumors. Rumors about a business relationship between our Sheriff and Mr. Batistella. One of those rumors is that the Sheriff is/was a co-owner of a limousine that she used to have a reserve deputy drive her around in. Several people have tried to verify ownership of this limo, and Batistella is listed, but the other owner seems to be able to slip behind the protections legitimately offered by the state to some, therefore the other owner is listed anonymously.
So I’m just going to ask.
Sheriff Laurie Smith, a little integrity and transparency here — are or were you at any time part owner of a limousine with Mr. Ron Batistella? Is the name being protected via the Confidential Records law yours?
I’m going to posit a hypothesis here — has anyone checked with the sheriff’s friends and donors, the federally indicted Chen family out of Cupertino see if maybe they know where Batistella’s cars went? Just curious — isn’t that the job of cops, journalists and yeah, even us bottom feeding bloggers? Isn’t anyone curious about these coincidences?