Update: Parkinson unaware of tax liens?

May 14, 2010

Ian Parkinson

In response to allegations that San Luis Obispo County Sheriff candidate Ian Parkinson was untruthful when he said that he has never had any tax liens, attorney John Ronca said his candidate had paid off three liens and asserts Parkinson did not remember them because the amounts were so small.

“After reviewing the printout and checking the county records, Ian does not deny that liens were filed, he simply did not recall them on the show, nor does he recall them now,” Ronca said in an e-mail to Dave Congalton at KVEC radio. “The bottom line is that Ian was completely honest on your show when he said he always paid his taxes and that he was unaware of any tax liens.”

Ronca said he reviewed county records and found that all of the liens were more than five years old and the amounts were under $240.

He, however, failed to mention a 2006 lien on a property Parkinson owned in Monterey County that was also listed in the e-mail.

In 2006, after Parkinson failed to pay a property tax bill of $1,546 for a home he owned at 44250 Via Canada in King City, the Monterey County Tax Collector placed a lien on the property. More than a year later, on Aug. 31, 2007, Parkinson paid the bill, according to the Monterey County Tax Collector’s office.

In San Luis Obispo County, if a recreational vehicle owner fails to pay their boat taxes on time, the county sends out a notice of intent to place a lien on the property. If the property owner does not respond to the notice, a lien is place on the boat, said Art Bacon, San Luis Obispo County principal financial analyst.

In the 2007/2008 tax year, the tax collector sent Parkinson a notice of intent to file a lien if he did not catch up on his delinquent taxes. He paid the bill prior to a lien being recorded, Bacon said.

In the 2005/2006 tax year, Parkinson failed to respond to the notice and a lien of $164 was placed on his boat. Shortly afterwards Parkinson paid the tax and the late payment fines.

In the 2002/2003 tax year, Parkinson again failed to respond to the notice and a temporary lien of $201was placed on his boat.

In the 2001/2002 tax year, Parkinson owned two boats. The tax collector sent him notices of intent to file liens on both vehicles.

When he did not respond to the notices, the county tax collector’s office filed liens of $237 and $222 on the boats. Parkinson paid both liens off within a few months of the recording.

In the 1999/2000 tax year, the tax collector sent Parkinson a notice of intent to file a lien if he did not catch up on his delinquent taxes. He paid the bill prior to a lien being recorded.

The sheriff oversees a staff of 375 and a $57 million budget. The department patrols all unincorporated areas in the county and several cities including Nipomo, Shandon and Avila Beach.


One of the callers into Dave’s show asked Karen if she had looked into all of the other candidate’s tax issues. Her response was that she had NOT because she wasn’t asked to. Someone asked her a year ago to look into Ian’s tax liens. Let me guess, Mike asked you to do it. If it sounds like a witch hunt, looks like a witch hunt, smells like a witch hunt, it must be a witchhunt. Sorry I couldn’t be more creative then that.

Really Karen. Come on. I thought you claimed to be a true investigative reporter. What qualifies you? Post your education. Show us the document. I know Dave. Karen is not running for Sheriff.

I’ve read other postings from previous articles on this subject where people are offended that some would try to discredit CCN or Dave’s show. They rely on these sources for “knowledge.” That’s just plain sad. Didn’t Karen get fired from New Times. That’s just a rumor. I don’t know it to be fact but I think it’s okay to post rumors on here.

Hey Karen, confirm or deny you have been fired from other journalism jobs.


Lets see if you can comprehend the following. Karen said she has known about the tax liens for a long time. She said she didn’t feel it was news worthy and dismissed the liens as his personal business. Karen receives tips all the time, I suspect she could be considered a who’s – who’s when it comes to peoples embarrassing “trivia”. Now as you recall, someone called into Dave’s Show and asked Ian the question about the liens. If Ian had simply said – yes sure, I had a few small ones get past me over the years but I always paid them, I always pay what I owe, or anything like that, it would have been the end of it. There wouldn’t have been anything for anyone to say. But that isn’t what Ian said and Karen said that she knew he wasn’t being honest. Here was a man running for county Sheriff and he was lying on the radio right in her face ( so to speak).

Suddenly a piece of note book paper in a trivia file became a story. I’d say it was probably a chance in 10,000 that it ever could have been a story, but for the LIE.


Let’s see if you can comprehend:

“I suspect she could be considered a who’s – who’s when it comes to peoples embarrassing “trivia”.”

Hey I know someone else like that. His name is Perez Hilton. Kind of a like Paris Hilton but spelled different. He’s a gossip writer as well.

Just take a minute to think about it. You are on the air. Someone asks you an off the wall question about previous tax liens. Tax liens that are a matter of public record. Anyone can go find out about them. Do you really think that Ian knowingly lied on air. I realized four days after he was on the air that I once had a lien on my house. Completely forgot about it. It took four days for me to remember. The reason is because it is a non issue. I didn’t care about the lien then and I don’t care now.

Karen was just holding on to the info waiting for the right moment. I believe it was Ben from Atascadero that asked Ian about the liens. Hey isn’t Mike Brennler from Atascadero. I wonder if Ben knows Mike? Sounds like a setup to me.


There is no doubt that Karen hears lots of gossip. The difference between and investigative reporter and a gossip columnist is that the reporter doesn’t write anything she can’t prove or that she is 100% certain of. I can understand where you might feel that this was a set up but I don’t think anyone could have ever planned it because no one ever would have thought that Ian would deny every bit of it or not remember. I agree that it would be easy to forget that there was a tax lien once or twice in the last 10 years especially when it’s a small one. But Ian does this all the time, he either ends up with a lien or he pays late and ends up owing close to 30% penalties. I looked up his lien from King City and the people he sold his property to were in escrow when he got liened. I’m sure the title company must have been sending him plenty of letters. That just happened less than 3 years ago. As for his college transcripts, people wouldn’t be asking him for them except for the fact that he has another strange story going on there. Think of it this way, usually when people apply for a job, they provide their prospective employer with their credentials. That’s all we’re asking for. Regarding Ben, the caller. I’m excellent with voices, I didn’t recognize his voice and no one else that I asked did either.


I looked, everyone else is clean hmmmmmm wonder why that is? maybe, responsible adults?


“Really Karen. Come on. I thought you claimed to be a true investigative reporter. ”

She is the best I seen and we are lucky to have her here in the Central Coast!

Between New Times and CCN, CCN is hot!

You sound delusional, Ian did it to himself, Karan did what she was suppose to do!

I am 1000,000% sure she (Karen) is NOBODY’S GOOD OLD BOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I feel sorry for Ian right now. He is handsome, charming, intelligent, witty, has a great job and family. What’s to feel sorry for? I believe that Ian has been skating for a long time. Gardner’s golden boy, Lindens little cutie, and he skated all the way to Captain of the SLO PD with a song, a story and a smile. Plenty of LEO like Ian, he’s easy going, a man’s/ man with the guy’s and a ladies man with the girls. Ian can pull it out of a hat. The deputies are all routing for Ian, Ian is easy.

Welcome to the real world Ian Parkinson. You arrived when you asked us all to trust $54 Million to the only candidate that has been slacking while the other disciplined candidates educated themselves and paid their dues and earned their respect. Your the only Candidate that falls short on academics, has credibility issues, no administrative skills, who demonstrates a lack of applied every day financial eptitude, who didn’t climb the ranks according to the protocols but had the bars lowed for him and only him, I’ll stop here, I really don’t mean to be hurtful. You don’t stand up to any of your piers who are running in this race, while the blades fall off your skates. Go back home to mommy Deb. Your doing just fine as her Captain.


Peers, not piers. Maybe it was meant as sort of a pun but that doesn’t say much for any of the candidates. At least there are multiple choices when it comes to the sheriff – no piers with assessor or DA.


lets address the education statement that he is 6 classes short of his degree. Prove it by giving real transcripts to an impartial counselor at the university and having it evaluated like anyone would who was serious about education. SHOW ME THE UNITS and while he’s at it what high school did he graduate from WITH A DIPLOMA!!!!!!! SHOW me and I will respect you, oh yea and Sandy Duer and TRIBUNE folks who love

IAN, how you like him now? oh yea no comment all week , defend your candidate or dump him. This education thing will not be aproven you just watch, and no one can check without Ians permission, lucky man, right now he is just another guy who takes every short cut he can to get by.


Ian was asked by a caller, during the Congalton interview if he had a GED or a HS diploma. He said that he had his HS diploma and that, those rumors of a GED were (are you ready for this) “about someone else”. He named his HS but I forgot what the name was. It’s on the pod cast. I do know that someone attempted to confirm it but I don’t believe they were able to extract that info from the HS admin. I believe they were going to try other methods to confirm it. he was very forth coming with the HS that he said he graduated from and at the time, I believe him despite the rumors. Now I don’t know especially when I think of his reply that incorporated the phrase, “those rumors of a GED were”about someone else”.

I also think you are correct when you mentioned in one of your other posts that he is required to participate in POST continuing education courses at the community college. Yes he would have received many college credits over the years, “enough in number for a BA degree” if those credits were applicable, which most would not be. I am having a very hard time believing him. If he doesn’t prove the extent of his education and viable credits that are applicable to a legitimate University BA/BS degree in a related field to his profession, I am going to start getting outright worried about who the Captain of the SLO PD might really be? He knows everyone is questioning his college credentials, why doesn’t he just produce the transcripts and put an end to all this “possible slander”

He is running for Sheriff, what could be more important righ now than transparency?


Sorry for all the typo’s and poor grammar. I should have proof read this post first.


No worries about the typo’s. We expect it from people on this sight.


Cindy c’mon, you type so much a few errors make you perfect!


Mammoth HS


I liked the letter to the editor today. The guy with the most signs may not be the most qualified. Lenthall is out and Parkinson is out. That BAS at Golden Hill GMC is just disgusting and in your face with pretty boy. If Parkinson is the leader he claims to be, he should have put a stop to that poster — or is he so into to himself, leadership becomes foggy? He did start his LE career in Morro Bay. Ian slip away into the darkness, get your education and come back when you can show some dignity.


Thank You for this clarification. I was wondering why someone was telling Ian Parkinson to quit and ” go get his face on a Golden Hill GMC truck”,

of which ” they will never buy a truck or a car from there either”

This is comical, you have no idea how amused I am to stop scratching my head over what appeared as a post from Mars. So how big is the sign?


Is Ian Parkinson personally good friends with the other two officers that are on paid admin leave for drug convictions? His answer doesn’t sound like one of a leader.


I was listening to Lenthal on KVEC and a person called in and asked how he felt about random drug testing of LE. Lenthal immediately replied with conviction that he approves of it and plans to sit down at the table and get that negotiated. He was very matter of fact about how other professionals who serve the public such as bus and taxi drivers, air line pilots, fire fighters are tested. He also felt it would be good for the public trust and he was very matter of fact, no excuses. I was paying attention to his answer because I feel that LE definitely above all other pubic servants should be drug tested. They have too much power, too many various weapons and the deputies have made many fatal errors in the last few years. I don’t care about marijuana use, it’s the use of amphetamine type products that scares me.

When Ian was asked the identical question, he replied that he personally didn’t have a problem with it but it would have to be negotiated and the implementation of the program would be very difficult (I think he might have included expensive, not sure on that). He went on to quickly say that he wasn’t sure it could be implemented with all the rights to privacy (or something like that). The bottom line is that he was clearly taking the same stand that Linden has which is that the troops won’t like that idea.

I’m sure many officers wouldn’t mind it, some will because they are accustomed to being in total control and they would feel that it was degrading and then others wouldn’t want it for the very reasons that the public wants it.

We also need to restore the internal investigative committee (I know I’ve got that title wrong) that Hedges fired after their were so many unfortunate citizens deaths by deputy. I don’t think the Sheriff should be able to terminate that committee. They should be under the jurisdiction of the BOS.

Does anyone recall where the other 4 candidates stand on random drug testing for LE? I think they were all asked on KVEC which I missed.


It is currently 6 Cops YES and 2 Cops NO. We know how Limon and McDow just voted.




The Sheriff overseas a staff of 375 and a 57 million budget?

And this guy doesn’t remember he had TAX LIENS for 8 years????? Please.

Just remember the first and second lines when you go to vote for Sheriff.


He has been doing this all along right up until 2008. How could be possibly say that he didn’t remember any of it? He just about got a lien or a warning every year. By the way, those warning’s are late notice’s which means he was having to pay fines and penalties. How can he say that it must have been someone else and not him? He should just tell the truth, he is a procrastinator and makes enough money that he doesn’t care about penalties. He pay’s it when he feels like it. That’s pretty funny, can you imagine him actually saying that to everyone? No wonder he said it must be someone else.


Gearhart forgot a lot of investors and friends and family in 2008, so did our D.A. I say Mike Brennler for sheriff, no under sheriff or replace the under sheriff with the Janitor $780,000 a year. What a joke, lawyer writes his answers, what happens when he has to make a split second decision , say during a natural disaster, or nuclear crisis, oh he can’t remember?

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