Protect, Serve And Sell T-Shirts.

August 11, 2008

By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN

A San Luis Obispo police officer peddles custom imprinted T-shirts, sometimes while on duty, as a federal bankruptcy court considers his twin Chapter 7 petitions.

Officer Christopher Charles Chitty apparently runs the cash business from the home he shares with his wife, Lisa Solomon, Paso Robles’ chief of police.

Chitty said Sunday that the business, Trick Tape, no longer exists. An investigation by UncoveredSLO.com suggests otherwise.

The pair filed a voluntary bankruptcy petition in May for a business they jointly owned called Sign Sensations Inc., a promotional printing company. Chitty subsequently filed for individual protection July 17 in Santa Barbara’s U.S. District Court. In court documents, Chitty and Solomon listed debt totaling $1,039,182; assets of $512,000; and $550 in available cash.

Monthly expenses were reported to be $13,991, including $800 for entertainment and $2,792 for transportation and vehicle costs.

Solomon manages a $10 million police department budget.

None of the documents provided to the court in either action by Chitty and his wife mention an ongoing business called Trick Tape.

Shortly after the couple launched Trick Tape in 2004, they added T-shirt printing and a new name, Sign Sensations.

Within two years, though, Sign Sensations was allegedly in financial difficulties and near its end. According to a recent memorandum from Solomon to her officers, “…the business was too young and hit too hard by the downturn in real estate and local development… to be able to hang on in this recession.”

The memo, a copy of which was provided to UncoveredSLO.com, noted the chief and her husband then “closed up shop, but the business had significant debt in equipment and inventory.”

By this time, though, Sign Sensations already had been resurrected, again as Trick Tape.

In January 2007, a listing for Trick Tape was added to an online local business directory, iBegin.com. The listing provides a number for a cell phone which is answered by Chitty. A business location currently mentioned in the listing is in an undeveloped area near Union and Kleck roads in Paso Robles. The Trick Tape Web site was most recently updated in July 2007.

Since folding Sign Sensations, Chitty has been re-hired as an officer for the San Luis Obispo Police Department, where he worked in a similar capacity prior to his unsuccessful stint in business.

Contacted on his cell phone Saturday by a reporter posing as a customer seeking information about volume T-shirt sales, Chitty said, “Yes, this is Trick Tape. I can help you with those.” During the course of a conversation, Chitty suggested that design proofs be sent to ccgraphicdesigner@sbcglobal.net.

Later that same evening, at 7:35 p.m., Chitty placed a call to the reporter to discuss further details of a sale, including pricing and specific T-shirt brands.

According to a San Luis Obispo police dispatcher, Chitty had gone on duty at 6 p.m. Chitty was said to be “out of the office, probably in the field” when a reporter asked to talk to him.

“Your public safety dollars hard at work,” commented one San Luis Obispo Police Department source familiar with Chitty’s actions.

Asked Sunday if he ever conducted a private T-shirt business while on duty as a San Luis Obispo police officer, Chitty said, “I have no comment.”

Around six months ago, Chitty applied to the San Luis Obispo Police Department. Openings for police officer jobs are competitive, with applicants selected after intensive hiring reviews.

Uniformity in hiring standards for police departments was the state legislature’s intent in 1959 when it authorized the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) to “select minimum selection and training standards.” Applicants for peace officer jobs undergo background checks that include in-depth credit checks.

“The department did a thorough background check [on Chitty] with a polygraph, credit check, and fingerprinting,” said San Luis Obispo Police Capt. Dan Blanke. “It doesn’t mean someone has to have perfect credit,” Blanke responded when asked if Chitty’s credit and litigation problems raised a red flag. “We are pleased to have him back working with us.”

Blanke said the background check “was sent to POST for a thorough review.”

Gary Manini, a POST law enforcement consultant, said that police departments do not send background check results to the commission for a critique.

“We do random visits and review hires. We don’t look at backgrounds except for automatic disqualifiers,” Manino said.

“You better write the truth,” Blanke told a reporter. “They dotted all their ‘i’s and crossed all their ‘t’s, and if you write that the hiring was due to a favor between chiefs without the usual background review, Chief (Deb) Linden said to me in an earlier conversation that she will use the full extent of the law to go after you.”

Linden chairs the POST commission.

POST’s manual states, “The purpose of the background investigation is to verify the absence of past behavior indicative of unsuitability to perform the duties of a peace officer or public safety dispatcher. The candidate’s credit records determine credit standing with lenders as an indication of the candidate’s dependability and integrity.”

Chapter 7 is designed for debtors in financial trouble who do not have the ability to pay their existing debts, according to the bankruptcy code. Debtors whose financial difficulties are primarily due to consumer debt are subject to a “means test” — if income is greater than the median income for the state in which they reside, the court may deny the petition.

In California, the median income, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, was $74,801 in 2006 for a family of four. Chitty and his wife’s combined income is approximately $220,000 per year, according to their sworn statements on the bankruptcy petitions. Chitty and Solomon have stated in court documents that their “debts are primarily business debts” and that no inventory from the business remains.

Those court documents also assert the pair has “50 to 100” creditors including Kohl’s, Mervyns, and Gottschalk’s. Levitz Furniture is owed $13,119; Chitty and Solomon claim their household goods and furnishings are worth approximately $3,000.

About $20,000 in sales taxes remains in arrears. Four different creditors have filed lawsuits against the couple in the past few years. In two of the lawsuits, the court sided with plaintiffs. The other two remained active at the time of the most current bankruptcy filing.

Tags:, bankruptcy, chief of police, chitty, paso robles, solomon


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Stefan

By: Anonymous on 8/15/08

Again, when it turns from reporting fact to generalized cop bashing in the form of absolutes, that is when the forum goes from "news" to the merry go round of postings saying how worthless, lazy, and overpaid our cops are. Remember, these guys are a very, very small minority of everyone else out there, and the worker bees are the ones who keep the ship afloat as best as possible. The leadership is a whole other problem and everyone knows it's nearly impossible to effect change from the bottom. So, the worker bees always end up being the ones taking the beatings when these things occur.

By: Anonymous on 8/15/08

Reporting on the illegal or unethical behavior of public servants is not "bashing". It's a free press doing its job, keeping the politicians honest by informing the public.


If law enforcement or any other governmental agency does unlawful or unethical things, they should be called on it. If there is even a hint of impropriety, they must answer to the people they are supposed to be serving.


When a person enters the public sector, he must understand that his life in a very real sense becomes public property, at least as it relates to his job, and his ability to perform it.


We the people are the employers; we have a right to know if our employees are performing their jobs in an adequate fashion.

By: Anonymous on 8/15/08

Eeeeeeeeewwwwwwww

By: Anonymous on 8/15/08

Why hire him over a 'new' more qualified individual? Because as a returning officer, they already have 'dirt' on him, he's broken in, running a side business, like so so many LEO's do makes him more of a good o'l boy, maybe he was rehired to be a scape goat for someone else.

Funny, looking at the lineup of people on the POST website, it looks like reverse discrimination. If you are not a minority or female, or a female minority, you won't be serving!

Hmm, well, if other PD's or LEO's bought shirts from him, I hope he is printing in a Union shop.

By: Anonymous on 8/15/08

The point wasn't whether these things are all factual. The point wasn't whether these things merit reporting and attention. The point was given the number of articles posted here recently, it appears as though there is a disproportionate number of cop centered articles that turn into generalized cop bashing versus the other generaal interest pieces.

By: Anonymous on 8/15/08

I suggest that you take a closer look at the "cops" that u-slo has been writing about. Gooseens

didn't just crash 4 cars, he also had his computer confiscated and home searched by the FBI (remember that he had been put on leave prior to the car crash and the reason was already known to some people). Chitty didn't just declare bk and run a business out of his garage, he also got a job over other LEO who were more qualified and then he conducted his personal business (which he wasn't even supposed to own) on public time. These are situations that bring harm to all LEO's. There are higher ups who apparently prefer to protect these "friends" rather than protect the rest of the linemen from future scrutiny. Dan & Karen aren't writing stories about the average police.


Stefan

By: Anonymous on 8/15/08

I am sure they aren't out to belittle the cops. Purely altruistic motives, 100%. Right. Live in whatever dream world you'd like, but just look at the blog subjects and the attention paid to them. If it's not slanted at public servant bashing, I'm not sure what it is. To recap, Cop sells shirts while bankrupt, cop crashes cars, cop is investigated by FBI, cops "allow" fair patrons to be attacked and do nothing, women discriminated against by chief. Of course there was the Ernie Dalidio saga, and I am sure that if it could be done, some blame for the Dalidio project could be put on the shoulders of George Bush or Pat Hedges if someone tried hard enough. There's plenty of other drama here in SLO County, it's just better print when the cops are the center of attention.

By: Anonymous on 8/15/08

Haven't we beat this dead horse enough? If there are to be follow-up stories on the outcome of this story, why don't we all just wait it out and see what happens? Some of the comments are obvisouly from disgruntled employees while others are from those who just has a distain for cops. I'm sure there are those, if not Dan, that has forwarded everyone's concern to the proper people for review. I think we need to get away from this mob mentality and wait for the outcome.

By: Anonymous on 8/15/08

To visiting SLO,

I don't have the impression that Karen and Dan are out to belittle the police. I have the opposite impression. I think they are trying to help them. Its obvious that there are linemen who are concerned about a lack of ethics in some departments and they have come to U-SLO because its the only way to get something done about the problem. There are people from many walks of life on these blogs, each with their own opinion and many with an agenda. Take the blog for what it is, but you can take the stories by Dan & Karen as factual.

By: Anonymous on 8/15/08

I love this forum, you throw the bait out and WHAM, you get a hit. This subject has run it's course and I was merely attempting to inject some life into it.


As for Dan and karen, you are right…who cares. But, you must concede that reporters can put a slant on their reporting, and they do just that.


McCain? don't like him.

By: Anonymous on 8/15/08

Who cares where Dan and Karen are politically and how do you know? This is about fraud. It seems that if the message is undisputable, some people attack the messangers and readers while calling an issue a non-issue. The point is Solomon and Chitty cheated shop owners out of thousands. These shop owners are afraid to complain do to their positions of power.


Is fraud OK if you vote for McCain?

By: Anonymous on 8/15/08

Is it True that Dan and Karen lean so far to the left that they end up walking in a counter-clockwise circle?

By: Anonymous on 8/15/08

Just came across this site. And I must express this opinion. THANK GOD this is not a REAL Newsworthy site !! There are some people here that need to get some jobs, mental health evaluations and change professions (reporters). Infact, I just did some research on the these two website owners (aka reporters), you seem to like to go after public officials like law enforcement. WHO ARE YOU GOING TO CALL WHEN SOME PSYCHO STARTS STALKING YOU ? Dont worry, all the police you have belittled will still protect your dumb _ss.

By: Anonymous on 8/14/08

Conflict of interest people, conflict of interest…………. Dan, if this bull s#@$ is public information, what about taking ones property for the betterment of energy??? That wasn't news worthy I guess.


Stefan

By: Anonymous on 8/14/08

I'm curious..

What PD does Solomons "dad" work for?

What sort of contract work does he do?

What are his qualifications?

How much is he paid?

Did the various PD's purchase T-Shirts from Chitty with tax $$?

If so how much did PR purchase?

What was the price?

These are fair questions under any circumstance.

By: Anonymous on 8/14/08

I think Lisa and Deb's punishment for this should be having to enter a wet T shirt contest, with you know who providing the T shirts! LOL.

By: Anonymous on 8/14/08

I don't see why it should matter who Solomon's dad works for. Are you saying that he has done something wrong through association? Thats an unfair assumption at best. As for Chris having done T-Shirts for various PD in the past, well why not? That was his business. Lets keep things in perspective.

By: Anonymous on 8/14/08

This isn't about trying to embarrass anyone in public. This is about getting something done about it. Who is policing the police? The spankings will STOP when the unethical behavior IS STOPPED and the public sees some action or explanations that make sense.

By: Anonymous on 8/14/08

it is comment blogs like this one that really makes you have to question whether they have any value…everything is a balancing test and after reading these comments i would have to say that the scales certainly seem to point to "no value" vs "value"

By: Anonymous on 8/14/08

Has anyone investigated the fact that solomon's dad is a contract employee with the PD or the fact that Sign Sinseations actually did business printing up shirts for the various City departments???? NO??? I guess Dan isn't as GREAT as he thinks he is.

By: Anonymous on 8/14/08

I fully expect to see something done about this. This has to be looked into and answers provided. I don't think post is going to do anything considering that Deb Linden is the Chairperson. That means we need City Councils and Police Commissions and I want some answers about what the outcome is.

By: Anonymous on 8/14/08

Its one thing to run into financial problems and another to be unethical.

By: Anonymous on 8/14/08

Leave them alone. Its enough of public spenking. Wonder how many of you ran into financial problem without being so publicly exposed?

Enough is enough!!!!!

By: Anonymous on 8/14/08

Leave them alone. Its enough of public spenking. Wonder how many of you ran into financial problem without being so publicly exposed?

Enough is enough!!!!!

By: Anonymous on 8/14/08

and another thing. Deb would like to hide behind the fact that she can't discuss personnel records. Oh give me a break, what an insult to the public intellect. We know what his credit looked like. We also know what the POST requirements are. How dear she disrespect all the citizens with her convenient "red tape" incredible rhetoric.

By: Anonymous on 8/14/08

You say that Lisa, Chris and Deb can't speak up for themselves. Lisa and Deb have both spoke up for themselves with letters and memo's that don't answer anything. I'll tell you about who can't speak up for themselves. There are plenty of us. It's the locals who are owed money by the cop's. It's the servants that can't complain about the boss doing unfair favors and it's those that have already been retaliated against. Thats who can't speak up for themselves.

Lets get a commission in place to look into these matters that will allow those who need someplace "safe" to speak out can do so without fear of retaliation. Where are the advocates for everyone who are effected and can only speak in whispers?


Stefan

By: Anonymous on 8/14/08

Dan wasn't anywhere near this county in the 80s. Kicked some can? Wow! That's a real crime.

By: Anonymous on 8/14/08

Another fine example of being tried by the Press. You know, something just occurred to me. Dan, weren't you fired from a local paper in the mid to late 80s for staging a bunch of beer cans in a picture you took of a traffic accident somewhere on hwy 1???? Does anyone else remember this? I believe it was in the late 80s and Dan kicked some beer cans, which had nothing to do with the accident, toward the wreckage so they'd show in the picture. Does this ring a bell with any of you????

By: Anonymous on 8/14/08

Guilty until proven innocent. Wo!!!! Let's just hang em all.

By: Anonymous on 8/14/08

The city needs to check Chitty's cell phone records. If they find excessive private calls conducted during the time that the officer was on duty, he should be fired. It would be very easy to check. The fact that they will not perform this simple audit is significant.

By: Anonymous on 8/14/08

I have read most of the comments and I guess Im a little disappointed in what seems to be a witch hunt.


No one being commented on can really come on here and defend themselves, as they work for either a city or the county. That puts them at a great disadvantage. Plus their careers and their livelihood could be affected which makes the stakes very high.


The most disturbing thing is that people comment like they know..and they don't. We really don't know any of the circumstances surrounding the hiring…and the SLO PD Chief can't really defend herself due to the confidentiality laws she must adhere to.


So, when I read articles like this, I always try to think "if this was me, how would I defend these acquisitions", and typically i realize you can't. So the involved must just sit on their hands and try to ignore it.


I was once on the receiving end of a law suit and I learned someone can say anything they want, make any acquisitions they want with little or no down side. I guess there are laws protecting us from liable etc., but try going after someone…I can tell you its cost prohibaitve,,,


The other thing I learned is that when people go after someone on blogs such as this, they usually have a motive…and its seldom a righteous one. it usually involves money, position or something deeper…a personal difference with someone, co-worker problem, political differences etc. In fact, I would bet you that a number of the bloggers on this site either know these parties, work for them, want their jobs, have personal differences with them etc.


In todays internet world, things are rarely as they seem.


Just my 2 cents!

By: Anonymous on 8/14/08

To, To One phone call.

I understand your point. At the time that I wrote the post I felt that it was just one phone call and felt that the police like most other people make personal phone calls on the job. The post from Carol Ann Riley sent the message home to me and now you have added clarification from a second perspective. I agree that it wasn't appropriate and that the officer Chitty knew how wrong it was and why but he didn't care. I think he knew how wrong it was to run his business out of his garage and not include that info in his bk but, again he just didn't care.

By: Anonymous on 8/14/08

Shazammm


My comments were tongue-in-cheek. That is the problem with this forum, no voice reflection and folks with no sense of humor never see the sarcasm


Amen


Stefan

By: Anonymous on 8/14/08

It's true that this site has those kinds of hits, In fact the hits were 31,000. I'm planning on selling advertising for them. At the same time this site is new and still controversial, it's becoming obvious everyday that this site is a public service and becoming very popular. The stories are accurate and informative. These stories get out to all the local government officials and the FBI reads this site as well as other press. This site is working to bring transparency to SLO County. It's a great benefit.

By: Anonymous on 8/14/08

To One Phone Call:


Your earlier post (copied immediately below) misses the point. Use your brain and be realistic.


This is not about a phone call to a family member. Phone calls to family members are fine so long as they are not excessive or unnecessarily lengthy, and they are inappropriate if the agency incurs long distance or toll expense.


What is partly at issue here is that a public employee is not supposed to engage in the functions of an unrelated side job while on duty. Certainly this type of activity must be against SLO City personnel rules.


I happen to know many cops and the large majority of them are honest, hard working people. They are disappointed that their good names are drug down with the facts reported in this article and they also support an investigation of the SLO and Paso Chiefs, and their minions, whose reported actions are questionable.


The California Commission on Police Officer Training Standards should also conduct an independent audit to determine if the rules of reappointment were compromised. From my perspective it appears they were.


I hope the City Managers and Councils take these matters seriously and conduct a thorough investigation in order to get to the bottom of what appears to be favoritism and a skirting of personnel rules.


Aside from any potential fraud issues, I also hope that the Judge who oversees the BK will delve into the facts and recognize the connection and impact upon public trust and welfare.


****************************


One Phone Call says:

Aren't police allowed to make a personal phone call while they're on duty? They (like the rest of us) have families and I'm sure things come up on occasion (like probably everyday) if they're like the rest of the working population and I'm sure that they are. This officer made one phone call to discuss personal business. He could have been sitting on the side of the road hiding next to a traffic stop and certainly can multi-task. Why is it assumed that he wasn't providing a service at the same time he was on the phone? I just don't see what the big deal is. I understand the rest of the concerns that surround this story but I think the fact that he made a personal call is really trivial. It's as if " the kitchen sink" is being thrown in.

By: Anonymous on 8/14/08

I'm considering advertising here and I've seen the statistic's on this site. It had over 25,000 hits the other day.

By: Anonymous on 8/14/08

"Whats I find sad about all this is that these people have taken one hell of a beating for something that is very common."


Yeah, if you consider that maybe 50 people read this site, it's not quite that much of a beating.

By: Anonymous on 8/14/08

Do you have names of downtown business that have been burned? I know of one.

By: Anonymous on 8/14/08

I do not hink most folks would have the gall to file bankruptcy on a buisness and then run it for cash out of their garage. Most file BK due to medical issues not mass overspending.


How do you think downtown venders, some burned though not added to the BK filing, feel about the cheif of police ripping them off. Who do they complain to.


If they had just lied a little about assets and liabilities, I agree this would not be important. How sad.


Stefan

By: Anonymous on 8/14/08

I think its sad that Lisa is a large representation of our community. The values of a woman who is on her 4th marriage and in large financial woes with making a very decent living. She should not be in the position of high authority.

By: Anonymous on 8/14/08

Whats I find sad about all this is that these people have taken one hell of a beating for something that is very common. People do what the people in this story have done every 2 seconds in this country. Its not right but it's become the mentality of the USA. The land of the almighty buck and tho hell with what happens to the people who gave you credit or the note pad that you stole from the office. I think its sad that these three law enforcement officials are being made such an example of.

By: Anonymous on 8/14/08

It's time for a new story. Lets give Chitty a rest. We'll have to see what is going to be done about all this. I'm glad that USLO follows up on their stories. What else is going on Dan & Karen?

By: Anonymous on 8/14/08

James says:


This a clear cut case of

Personal Services. State and Federal law says that misappropriation, theft and embezzlement of public funds for Personal Gain, Personal Business or Personal Services is a Felony.


I think this applies to a literal misappropriation, not a phone call while on duty! Take your meds James. Did some LEO confiscate your drugs or is it that they didn't catch you on them yet?

By: Anonymous on 8/14/08

You sure are one crazy dude? It's true that too much power engenders mankind but give it a rest. We don't have a KKK mentality in this county. We have a "good old boys and girls" problem. They have been getting away with it a long time and those who were privy either turned a blind eye or shook hands too. It's been going on unchecked and has escalated because of lack of investigative reporting. Now we have uncovered slo to bring these problems into the light. There are much bigger problems than this little story about friends hiring friends, and cops racking up debt and filing fraudulent bankruptcy claims.

By: Anonymous on 8/14/08

July 31st, 2008 at 10:03 PM

Whatever says:

To: Who is policing the police?


How about a reality check here. First off, no one can "dismiss" debt in a bankruptcy. I suppose that if you just want to make things up, that's a good place to start. Most obligations, such as taxes, owed to government entities are unaffected by bankruptcy.

Even if your other statements are correct, how does anyone filing bankruptcy result in any taxpayers paying bankruptcy debts? That's borderline insanity. Credit card company's charge lots of interest with the understanding that a certain amount of card holders will file bankruptcy……it's their business risk…not something that tax payers have to pay towards..As a tax payer you've never paid a single bankruptcy credit card debt….but gosh it sure sounds good doesn't it?

SO….even if the other things you've claimed are true….which they might be, no one is getting away from tax debt, and no tax payers are footing credit card bills. BUT that's the same type of insanity that the credit card companies like everyone to believe.

God bless you Mr. Mastercard.

(or is it Ms. Visa?)

Could this be true?? says:

If the chief of police and her husband are this irresponsible they shouldn't be working in government positions. They are financially irresponsible and should not be in charge of any tax payers financial decisions, such as budgets, etc. This is something that should be looked into to see if it's true.


Stefan

By: Anonymous on 8/14/08

This a clear cut case of

Personal Services. State and Federal law says that misappropriation, theft and embezzlement of public funds for Personal Gain, Personal Business or Personal Services is a Felony.

We have a secret Ol'Boy Clique/Conspiracy/Gang operating in SLO County that is an exact replica of the K.K.K. Cops, judges and the D.A. are involved.

It is no coincidence that the Heads of the local K.K.K. Chapters were the local Sheriffs. The mentality of the K.K.K. is still around. It just went underground behind closed doors.

The Drive By Media never mentions that the K.K.K. preyed on whites as much as it preyed on blacks.

By: Anonymous on 8/14/08

The attorney had a prescription.

By: Anonymous on 8/14/08

What about it?

By: Anonymous on 8/14/08

Hey, what about that reefer smoking attorney caught hitting the pipe when the cops came a knockin'.

By: Anonymous on 8/14/08

There seems to be a lot being made about Chitty making a phone call while on duty to firm up a T-Shirt sale. Normally I don't think making a personal phone call while on duty would be such a big deal if it wasn't for the fact that the SLOPD demands to be paid for the time it takes the officers to get dressed for work. That's why the action of Chitty reflects on the entire department.

By: Anonymous on 8/14/08

Yes certainly LEO's are entitled to a little personal time while on duty. For instance they have to relieve themselves and that is certainly very personal. Maybe Chitty called the customer while he was on the toilet.

By: Anonymous on 8/14/08

Aren't police allowed to make a personal phone call while they're on duty? They (like the rest of us) have families and I'm sure things come up on occasion (like probably everyday) if they're like the rest of the working population and I'm sure that they are. This officer made one phone call to discuss personal business. He could have been sitting on the side of the road hiding next to a traffic stop and certainly can multi-task. Why is it assumed that he wasn't providing a service at the same time he was on the phone? I just don't see what the big deal is. I understand the rest of the concerns that surround this story but I think the fact that he made a personal call is really trivial. It's as if " the kitchen sink" is being thrown in.

By: Anonymous on 8/14/08

Is Lisa's office located at Dunkin Donuts?


Thanks for the help.

By: Anonymous on 8/14/08

I'm in need of some new shirts.Does anyone know how I can get ahold of Chitty.Is it best to contact him at the Police Station or just stop his City delivery car?


Stefan

By: Anonymous on 8/13/08

Who is policing the police? says:


Speaking of Paso Robles Police Department . . .


The Police Chief of Paso Robles and her husband (Lisa and Christopher Chitty, Sign Sensations, Inc.) have filed corporate bankruptcy. They are both employed by government agencies making more than $250,000 a year, while through bankruptcy they will dismiss more than $350,000 in debts to the government.


These include unpaid county taxes, payroll taxes (stolen from employee wages) and property taxes, in addition to numerous creditors they are hanging out to dry.


To add insult to injury, Mr. Chitty, has just filed personal bankruptcy to try to relieve themselves of the more than $100,000 in credit card debt that they have run up at local businesses.


These people are living the high life, while we the tax payers are not only paying them huge salaries but are also paying all their unpaid bills through the bankruptcy process.


This is the CHIEF OF POLICE?

By: Anonymous on 8/13/08

We can all worry about Mr. Tony and his idea's in 2010. Right now we need some immediate action in SLO county. This can't continue unchecked.

By: Anonymous on 8/13/08

To Mr. Tony; thank you for the kind words. "I will neither confirm nor deny" but I am the only man or woman who can clean up SLO County Law Enforcement. As you know I have the support of all law enforement in SLO County, the tri-Counties, the State and the United Staes of America. Dam'it I'll say it "I have the support of the entire world law enforcement community"!


P.S. My campaign t-shirts will be avaliable as soon as I find that Chitty guys phone number. Does anyone have it?

By: Anonymous on 8/13/08

so they sold the boat and bought a motorhome. who really cares…they are out of money we think…

By: Anonymous on 8/13/08

She sent the memo because someone posted about the bankruptcy on the blog attached to the story about the people who were attacked returning on the bus from the fare in PR.

By: Anonymous on 8/13/08

…..And why would you put out a memo, to your employees about your failing personal life and finances?

By: Anonymous on 8/13/08

The story stands on its own merits. It never even mentions anything about a boat sale to a high ranking SLOPD. No one has answered to the facts reported in this story. What do you all have to say for yourselves Lisa, Chris & Deb?

By: Anonymous on 8/13/08

Thanks for clearing up the boat questions. Remember that there was nothing in the story about a boat sale. Lets not attack the journalists over the rumors. It was reported in the blog by unknown people but never mentioned by Karen and Dan. Probably because there was nothing to it as you have just clarified.

By: Anonymous on 8/13/08

Thanks for the clarification …. Since your in the know what was the blue book value on the boat at time of sale?

By: Anonymous on 8/13/08

Sorry, one more point: He bought the boat about one week after our conversation, which again, was TWO YEARS AGO. And the bargain basement price? I don't know where y'all shop for bargains, but I don't consider over 30,000 for a boat to be a bargain.

By: Anonymous on 8/13/08

to all naysayers regrding the "Quick Lube in rear" sign…it's there, right accross fron the sunken garden….big boy about 3 ft by 5ft. You all must be so used to weird A-town signs all over that you failed to notice. This sigh is hanging, BTW, not ground mounted like most


Stefan

By: Anonymous on 8/13/08

To Mr. Tony: You need to audition for "The Last Comic Standing," because you're blog was truly laugh out loud hysterical! Dale Strobridge for Sheriff…Sure! Then we could have a Sheriff/DSA President who uses union funds to hire a PI when his son (who is also a deputy) gets in trouble with another law enforcement agency. I could go on and on with the huge list of Dale's transgressions but there's not enough hours in the day.


Secondly, to those of you who are commenting on the sale of the Chitty's boat. I happen to be a good friend of the boat's current owner, the "high ranking SLOPD" official. I remember when he and I had a conversation about the boat and how he was so excited to get it out on the water. This conversaton occurred…TWO YEARS AGO! And it's absolutely true, you could check that at the DMV through registration, if any of you want to be journalists actually checked your facts. PATHETIC! Thank God I'm not using my Journalism degree…today's standards for reporting have gone down the toilet!

By: Anonymous on 8/13/08

I know nothing about him, but I am leery of people who promise what you hope he will provide. Mr. Bush promised to "restore integrity" to the White House.


umm.


He did the opposite, didn't he?


I want to hear specifics that a Chief or Sheriff will no, not hear lofty promises.


So, when will we be seeing their resignations?

By: Anonymous on 8/13/08

Operating a business on city time, rather than doing your job, taking payment from the city/citizens for doing your own business on city time, getting sick hours, vacation time, and pension payments for doing your own business on city time sure sounds like a crime to me.

By: Anonymous on 8/13/08

One of the most common misconceptions concerning bankruptcy fraud is that a amending a petition or schedule to supply missing (or to correct inaccurate) information in an original filing protects the debtor from a bankruptcy fraud charge. In the classic context, suppose a debtor omits an asset from the schedules. A trustee's examination during a meeting of creditors uncovers the asset and the debtor is instructed to amend the appropriate schedule. The schedule is in fact then duly amended, filed and noticed. Does the amendment – and hence the disclosure – mean the debtor could not properly be charged with a concealment or false statement? The answer is no. While amendments are liberally allowed (see Fed.R.Bank.P. 1009(a)), subsequent remedial measures do not shield a debtor from criminal prosecution (or conviction), although the corrective action may be admissible in a criminal case to show a lack of fraudulent intent.


By: Anonymous on 8/13/08

Does the sign at the Jiffy Lube in front on Von's say "Quick Lube in Rear"?

By: Anonymous on 8/13/08

The recent scandals involving law enforcement and it's top administrators clearly shows that it is a time for a change in leadership…


From the scandals involving the bugging of sheriff's employees, to the improprieties in hiring practices at SLOPD and the shady business dealings of Paso's police chief it has never been clearer that we need change…


DALE STROBRIDGE is that change.


As Sheriff DALE STROBRIDGE will make sure that law enforcement operations throughout the county are conducted in "the light of day."


DALE STROBRIDGE will never allow the citizen's trust in their law enforcment to be violated. He will act with compassion and integrity in all his official duties.


In 2010 VOTE DALE STROBRIDGE FOR SHERIFF..