Kudos to the Tuluwat Examiner for bringing to light some information from D.A. candidate, Arnie Klein. I had no idea the district attorney's office has more investigators than it does attorneys:
“Paul got into office. He had bad relations with every police
department. He decided to create his own police department. So DA
Investigators went from like 4, or 5, to like 12 now. There are more DA
Investigators than there are DA’s…I’m like Alice in Wonderland up here
in Humboldt County, because everything is in reverse. Everywhere else
the ratio is something like 1 DA Investigator for every 5 DA’s. And
they’re the cream of the crop usually. They’re not somebody’s
brother-in-law or somebody’s father, brought in to make money….So it
takes away from the DA’s budget to fund prosecutors when you have these
special interest DA Investigators.”
That's not good. It's also not good that this is the first we've heard of this. I would think this should be a major issue in this race.
One aspect of this I'll differ on is Klein suggesting that this was Gallegos' idea. There's no doubt in my mind these rather bizarre goings on in the D.A.'s office weren't the brainstorms of Gallegos, but of now retired head of D.A. investigations (and past Humboldt County Sheriff candidate), Mike Hislop. Hislop wanted to create his own police department, not Gallegos.
Addendum: I could have sworn I'd commented here before about the D.A.'s office wanting to get AR15s and form a SWAT team, or some such. I can only find this one post that's just as much about goings- on in Mendocino County as it is Humboldt.
Addendum 2: Received notice from someone in the know that the figure for current investigators isn't correct. I was pointed to this North Coast Journal article that includes figures at the bottom of the story.
Still, if Klein's assertion that the usual ratio of investigators to attorneys is more like one to five, that would mean we have over three times more than the norm .
DA Investigators: 10
General Fund spending on DA's Office: $2.1 million