Vandalism and clashes mar South County campaigns

October 13, 2014

unnamed-6While the theft or vandalism of signs is a common problem for campaigns across San Luis Obispo County, in South County the battle for the Arroyo Grande mayor position and the District 4 supervisor seat have escalated to include verbal disturbances and felony vandalism.

In less than two weeks, Patty Welsh, an Arroyo Grande woman who has taken on the task of placing Jim Hill for mayor signs throughout the village, has endured vandalism on two different vehicles promoting Hill’s candidacy. In both cases, Arroyo Grande police responded to vandalism reports.

Two weeks ago, Welsh parked her truck in her driveway and placed an elect Jim Hill sign in the front window. Sometime during the night, someone smashed her front window.

On Friday night, Welsh and another Hill supporter met at Chili’s Restaurant in Arroyo Grande to discuss the campaign. Welsh parked her whiteunnamed-5 Volkswagen, which sported a Hill for mayor sign on the side window, outside the restaurant.

During their meal, someone vandalized Welsh’s hand-written campaign sign and also wrote “nigger” in black ink on one of the car doors.

On Saturday, during Nipomo’s Oktoberfest celebration, John Brunsfield, a Nipomo man who purchased and placed signs in the Nipomo area that say “Lynn Compton is a fraud,” became verbally abusive at the supervisor candidate’s booth.

After attempts by event staff to diffuse Brunsfield failed and he refused requests to leave the premises, a San Luis Obispo County Sheriff deputy escorted him from the event.

There are 23 days of campaigning left before polling day on Nov. 4.


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56 Comments

  1. Pelican1 says:

    Is anyone REALLY surprised? South County has become Santa Maria north, replete with all the creeps.

    (1) 9 Total Votes - 5 up - 4 down
  2. indigo1955 says:

    The human race doomed.

    (8) 18 Total Votes - 13 up - 5 down
    • pasoparent5 says:

      Seriously, indigo? I hardly think so.

      One or two vandals don’t represent the entire population of South County to me.

      I’m confident something good can come out of this whole Teagate fiasco.

      (-4) 20 Total Votes - 8 up - 12 down
  3. falconbh says:

    South County is becoming Ground Zero for this years election.

    With all the problems that have gained Voters Attention all across SLO County, then add all the” Taxpayer Paid Consultants” attempting to spin and manipulate all these New Sales Tax Increases, Spending for Buildings that are Not Needed, Special New Road Tax and you have a Costly Election !

    In the background, Property Taxes and/or Rents are Increasing, Automatic Rate Increases are clearly unfair and out of control, AG Sales Tax Extension and in the dark shadows the South County Sanitation District is waiting for their New Tax Increase along with the ogren csd in oceano .

    ” Can You Afford All These New Tax Increases ? ”

    Vote- Inform Others- Return Your Mail Ballots

    (18) 24 Total Votes - 21 up - 3 down
    • agag1 says:

      Write-In Jim Hill for Arroyo Grande Mayor
      Fill in the bubble!

      (4) 12 Total Votes - 8 up - 4 down
  4. agag1 says:

    Ferrara supporters apparently also need to be reminded to keep their sticky fingers off the Jim Hill signs.
    Honestly, removing a sign only makes the property or business owner irate, and they call for,or make their own replacement very quickly.
    Actually quite good publicity for Mr Hill’s campaign…I’m sure they’re spreading the word with even more passion than before.

    Write-in Jim Hill—fill in the bubble.

    (24) 32 Total Votes - 28 up - 4 down
  5. pasoparent5 says:

    Park another vehicle with Jim Hill signs on it in a public lot & have someone with a video camera park nearby, waiting for the vandal punk(s).

    (26) 28 Total Votes - 27 up - 1 down
    • MaryMalone says:

      So many public lots have CCTV, it might also be documented by their cameras.

      (18) 20 Total Votes - 19 up - 1 down
    • achillesheal says:

      The camera would probably miss the vandal but record Adams-McLish Part deux.

      (9) 25 Total Votes - 17 up - 8 down
    • kayaknut says:

      Just don’t park in downtown A.G., I understand they have lots of technical problems with their camera system and often have long periods edited, I mean missing from cameras, especially camera 6.

      (10) 16 Total Votes - 13 up - 3 down
      • agag1 says:

        True, but that’s only a problem if you’re “parked” in Steve’s City Manager ‘s office”, which is what’s covered by camera 6…when it works.

        (3) 7 Total Votes - 5 up - 2 down
  6. MaryMalone says:

    Our mayor, Tony Ferrara, needs to get his knuckle-dragging supporters under control.

    Not only are these acts of violence against a political opponents’ supporters a terrible reflection on him, if a whistleblower comes forward and outs the perps, and Ferrara is connected to these incidents, he may find himself facing a REAL investigation….this one investigating what appears to qualify as an act of domestic terrorism.

    I would urge Patty and others who experience this type of voter intimidation to call our local FBI office and report these incidents go on record should similar incidents occur, there is a record.

    ————————–
    http://www.fbi.gov › Los Angeles › Contact Us
    Phone: (805) 346-2728. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1159. Santa Maria, CA 93456 -1159. Counties: Northern Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. Ventura.

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    According to a memo produced by the FBI’s Terrorist Research and Analytical Center in 1994, domestic terrorism was defined as “the unlawful use of force or violence, committed by a group(s) of two or more individuals, against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.
    –Wikipedia source: (http://www.fas.org/irp/eprint/presley.htm)

    (13) 25 Total Votes - 19 up - 6 down
    • knowtheFACTS says:

      WOW Mary Malone

      Knuckledragger–
      A malicious term used to describe a person of African American descent. The term is used to compare African-Americans to apes, since apes are known to walk using their knuckles.

      (-22) 36 Total Votes - 7 up - 29 down
      • MaryMalone says:

        LOL. Knuckle-dragger indicates a loutish doofus. I have never even heard–let alone seen in reference materials–of “knuckle-dragger” having ANY racial reference.

        (22) 30 Total Votes - 26 up - 4 down
        • givemeabreak says:

          Mary it is all BS.
          No where does it mention a black person. More made of crap from the looneys
          http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/knuckle-dragging

          (5) 11 Total Votes - 8 up - 3 down
          • MaryMalone says:

            I was going to use the descriptive “troglodyte,” but since it also is the species name for the common chimpanzee I did not want to unintentionally besmirch an entire animal species.

            (4) 8 Total Votes - 6 up - 2 down
      • StakeHolder says:

        What dictionary do you use, knowtheFACTS? Actually, you should know your facts before accusing Ms. Malone of a malicious term.

        http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/knuckle-dragging

        knuckle-dragging

        Adjective[edit]

        knuckle-dragging
        1.(pejorative) Holding beliefs, or having attitudes thought to be primitive or uncivilised; hence apelike

        (16) 20 Total Votes - 18 up - 2 down
        • givemeabreak says:

          And Stakeholder, can you tell me where it mentions someones “race”…oh I thought not. Perhaps that came from your silly mind?

          (4) 8 Total Votes - 6 up - 2 down
          • StakeHolder says:

            To givemeabreak:

            I am sorry, but I am not sure how you could miss the racism in the vandalism. The word Nigger was written in black marker on the side of someone’s personal vehicle. They did not write “I love Tony for Mayor”, they wrote Nigger.

            Now, the question I ask again, is what does race have to do with this issue?

            (5) 7 Total Votes - 6 up - 1 down
      • agag1 says:

        So what does that have to do with the price of tea in China?
        How many African-Americans do you know that walk using their knuckles? None, right?
        Give me a break!

        (9) 17 Total Votes - 13 up - 4 down
        • givemeabreak says:

          agag1, was not going to comment but since you brought me into it I will. Do you not l understand that these DESPERATE fools will bring anything into the conversation in hopes of diverting attention to the issues at hand? Cmon? Hobo Stew? Knuckle-dragging? They are really desperate! Just another reason to vote for Lynn Compton and Jim Hill. The next think you know they are going to accuse the hobos of knuckle dragging, with a bee bee gun! ~~~~ Cant make this s@#! up!
          Carry on and ignore these fools. : ) Be happy you are not stuck with our lame mayor in Morro Bay, Jamie Irons. Tony’s prodigy.

          (6) 12 Total Votes - 9 up - 3 down
          • givemeabreak says:

            Sorry we were laughing to hard. Was suppose to be the next “thing” you know…not “think….am sure I will stand corrected and there will be some sort of discipline from the vocabulary coach. lmao

            (4) 6 Total Votes - 5 up - 1 down
          • agag1 says:

            If Mr Irons is, as you say, Tony’s prodigy, I wish you much luck in replacing him when the time comes.
            Many here in AG are hoping our time is NOW, please wish US luck.

            (4) 6 Total Votes - 5 up - 1 down
    • achillesheal says:

      Pump the brakes a little bit, Mary. Vandalism? check. Racism? check. Domestic terrorism? Not even close.

      Wikipedia notwithstanding, there is an actual law that defines domestic terrorism (18 USC section 2331):

      Domestic terrorism” means activities with the following three characteristics:
      ■Involve acts dangerous to human life that violate federal or state law;
      ■Appear intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination. or kidnapping; and
      ■Occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S.

      (-2) 6 Total Votes - 2 up - 4 down
  7. achillesheal says:

    Let’s hope this individual is caught and his name and picture put on the front page of the paper for a week.

    (27) 33 Total Votes - 30 up - 3 down
    • agag1 says:

      Like the little rat who got caught placing the fraud signs near Compton signs.
      So disappointing to see he can’t refrain from exhibiting his pathetic poor behavior, did I read the Sherriff had to remove him from a function this weekend?
      This guy has a problem…sounds like he may need an attorney if he keeps it up.

      (25) 33 Total Votes - 29 up - 4 down
      • MaryMalone says:

        A person’s vehicle was damaged by this cowardly act of intimidation. I view the incidents as demonstrating an escalation in domestic terrorism incidents.

        This needs to be taken seriously. It started with attracts on campaign signs, an escalated to an attack on a Hill supporter’ s vehicle, parked her residence’ s driveway.

        The next step in escalation would logically be attacking Patty or members of her family, including pets.

        This needs to be addressed by authorities before it escalates again.

        ——————-

        FBi-Santa Maria office
        805-346-2728
        P.O. Box 1159
        Santa Maria, CA. 93456-1159

        (9) 17 Total Votes - 13 up - 4 down
    • MaryMalone says:

      I hope Patty and others who experience this sort of attack report it to our local FBI office in Santa Maria so they can address it as fits their protocols. At the very least, it will go on record so if similar incidents occur, a pattern could be established.

      These violent attacks against a candidate’s supporter qualifies as an act of domestic terrorism, and the perps should not get a pass on it.

      Ferrara and his supporters need to be sent a message that AG citizens will not take this lying down.

      (15) 21 Total Votes - 18 up - 3 down
  8. doglover says:

    Patty
    I know you feel very passionate about your cause.
    Please put your and your homes safety as your first priority.

    What happened to the mayor’s diversity committee?
    This is hate speech.
    Were the police called and concerned after the cross burning incident in our town?

    My goodness, you start adding up the Elyse Pahlers murder, the cross burning, the kid that burned down the Japaneese Hall. Why?

    This is troubling,very upsetting.

    (20) 26 Total Votes - 23 up - 3 down
    • LeAnn says:

      Patty, I hope you are okay. Please let me know if there is anything I can do. I am so very sorry this happened. The only thing besides this is to admit that we are all onto something—there wouldn’t be backlash like this if we weren’t.

      Please be safe. Please know that we are all here for you. Do not hesitate to contact me. I think I gave you my phone number—so do not hesitate to use it. :) EVER!

      (14) 26 Total Votes - 20 up - 6 down
      • willnose says:

        An attack one on of us citizens is an attack on all of us! Regardless of political advocacy, this has now become infused with hate-crime verbiage, unfitting and UNACCEPTABLE to any good and decent citizen!

        Every one of us needs to keep our eyes open, report, and take picture, become eye-witnesses when anything like this occurs. We will not turn a blind eye to this level of hatred, race-baiting, and vandalism of property, and liberty itself.

        Let not the few be what divides us, cower us into complacency.
        Rather, be united and rise above hate and fear!

        (14) 16 Total Votes - 15 up - 1 down
        • willnose says:

          This has me upset enough to let my fingers get ahead of my mind.
          Meant to say: “An attack ON ONE of us citizens…” instead of the above
          Miss Steak ;-)

          (2) 4 Total Votes - 3 up - 1 down

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