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Cowboy Libertarian talks ‘nut cuttin’ time’ in new book

 

'It's Nut Cuttin' Time America!' by Patrick Dorinson, Cowboy Libertarian and former California GOP communications director

Cowboy Libertarian and ex-California Republican Party communications director Patrick Dorinson has a new book out just in time for the 2012 general election called “It’s Nut Cuttin’ Time America!”

For the uninitiated, “nut cutting” refers to that pivotal moment in a male calf’s life when a bull becomes a steer. Or castration, if you prefer the more clinical term.

I haven’t read the book yet but I’ve known Dorinson for years. And the book is almost certainly humorous in a Will Rogers fashion, that wry western common sense tone one finds in places where cowboys and cowgirls must rely on their wits if they hope to bring home the cattle in one piece.

Yeah, Dorinson dresses up real nice. I’ve seen him on numerous occasions dressed up in a spiffy suit and tie, schmoozing politicos and the press corps with his cowboy charm.

But since Dorinson left the California GOP — and the GOP entirely, to become an independent a few years ago — he has been tapping into his lengthy cowboy roots. He bought a ranch in Nevada City, writes columns, blogs and hosts a weekly radio talkshow on Saturdays near his home at Newstalk 1530 KFBK.

Liberal Bay Areaites may not agree with Dorinson’s libertarian politics but you cannot help but laugh at his turn of phrase as he describes his journey from devout Republican to avowed independent.

“I have chased more false prophets than the ancient Hebrews in the Old Testament!” he wrote in the book description materials.

Hmmm. Could Dorinson be talking about Arnold Schwarzenegger?

 

Posted on Thursday, September 27th, 2012
Under: 2012 presidential election, political humor | 1 Comment »

Retired CoCo Sheriff Warren Rupf passes away

Retired Contra Costa Sheriff Warren Rupf

Retired Contra Costa Sheriff Warren Rupf, the county’s own larger-than-life lawman, died earlier today after a two-month battle with a swift and deadly form of cancer.

Rupf told folks about his diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia in early July and predicted then his time could be short. Few might have imagined just how quickly the cancer would strike.

Warren’s wife, Carole, was at his side when he passed away at a Walnut Creek hospital.

Friends and family are working on the details of his memorial service and I’ll post information as soon as it is available.

Rest in peace, sheriff. We’ll miss you.

Read the Sheriff Department’s press release here.

Posted on Thursday, August 9th, 2012
Under: Contra Costa County, Law enforcement | 5 Comments »

San Joaquin Delta water war documentary to debut with Ed Begley Jr.

It may not be an Oscar contender but folks who like to drink water may want to catch the Aug. 8 premiere of “Over Troubled Waters,” a documentary about efforts to divert water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta into the Central Valley and Southern California.

Veteran water warriors and congressional reps. George Miller and John Garamendi are scheduled to host a news conference an hour before the 7 p.m.  show.

Both Miller and Garamendi go back decades in California’s perennial fight over how to share water across the vast state between the fish, the farmers and the residents.

The congressmen and the Delta counties are gearing up for another battle after state and federal officials announced plans last month to pursue the construction of a large underground pipeline — the latest iteration of the Peripheral Canal — and divert Delta water into the Central Valley and the Los Angeles area. Delta counties say the diversion will degrade the environment and lower the quality of their drinking water supplies.

Restore the Delta, an environmental organization, produced the documentary, which is narrated by actor and environmental activist Ed Begley Jr.

“It is our chance to tell the real Delta story,” said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta. “This film reveals how powerful forces are using fear of flooding and earthquakes to make a case for transforming a unique, beautiful, productive region into a permanent way station for water going somewhere else. They are trying to shore up an outdated water system with a massive, multi-billion dollar water transfer project that Californians will be paying for decades.”

The film premieres at 7 p.m. on Aug. 8 in Sacramento at the Crest Theater. For all the who-what-where details, read the news release below.

“Over Troubled Waters”:

Sustainable Water Advocates, Congressman George Miller to Premiere Film on Water Wars

“Over Troubled Waters, a documentary about the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, will premiere on August 8th at the Crest Theater in Sacramento. U.S. Reps. George Miller and John Garamendi will join hundreds of sustainable water policy advocates at a news conference prior to the film premier, which will be the centerpiece of a public education effort to stop the building of peripheral tunnels.

In this visually rich documentary, Ed Begley Jr. narrates the story of how the people of the Delta are fighting to protect the region they love and to encourage saner, sustainable water policies for all the people of California.

“This is our chance to tell the real Delta story,” said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta, which produced the documentary. “This film reveals how powerful forces are using fear of flooding and earthquakes to make a case for transforming a unique, beautiful, productive region into a permanent way station for water going somewhere else. They are trying to shore up an outdated water system with a massive, multi-billion dollar water transfer project that Californians will be paying for decades.”

Tickets are available on-line for a $10 donation at restorethedelta.org. Some tickets will also be available at the door.

What: Over Troubled Waters, Media availability: 6:00 p.m.,

Film screening: 7:00 p.m.

Where: Crest Theater, 1013 K St., Sacramento, CA

When: Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Who: U.S. Representative George Miller, Sen. Lois Wolk, Assem. Bill Berryhill, Russ Fisher, Media Creations; Jason Sturgis, Open Oceans Productions, hundreds of Delta residents, including farmers and fishermen

Restore the Delta is a 7000-member grassroots organization committed to making the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta fishable, swimmable, drinkable, and farmable to benefit all of California. Restore the Delta works to improve water quality so that fisheries and farming can thrive together again in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. www.restorethedelta.org

 

Posted on Monday, August 6th, 2012
Under: water | 6 Comments »

Contra Costa reacts swiftly to revised Delta peripheral canal plan

Supervisor Mary Nejedly Piepho

Contra Costa County, whose leaders have been fending off a peripheral canal for more than three decades, reacted swiftly and negatively to a joint federal-state announcement today of a new Delta water diversion proposal.

“We need science before size,” said Contra Costa County Supervisor Mary Nejedly Piepho, who also sits on the Delta Protection Commission, Delta Conservancy and helped found the Delta County Coalition. “Science should drive the capacity of any project, not the other way around. It is completely unacceptable.”

See my colleague Steve Harmon’s full story here.

(ADDED 5:29 P.M. East Bay congressional representatives also blast plan. See full statements below.)

Smaller options must be evaluated, and science and the economic impacts of any pipeline must be more than “considered, as the announcement today said,” Piepho added.

“It’s easy to ‘consider’ something for 3 seconds, then shove it off the table and go back to your primary objective, which is to pipe massive amounts of Delta water into Southern California,” she said.

Supervisor Karen Mitchoff echoed her colleague’s dismay via  a text message from Sacramento, where she watched the announcement.

“If people believe what (Gov. Jerry Brown) and (Interior Secretary Ken) Salazar said today, I think there’s still a bridge available for sale,” Mitchoff said. “The plan will sacrifice the interest of one part of the state for the interests of others.”

The county, the Contra Costa Water District and others say the diversion will degrade both the environment and drinking water quality for tens of thousands of East Bay residents. The county board of supervisors formally opposed the plan in early July.

In contrast, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein wholeheartedly endorsed the pact, calling it a “major step toward a real solution in the Sacramento-Delta.” Feinstein led the federal legislation mandating completion of a Bay-Delta Conservation Plan by February 2013. See her press release issued today below.

 

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Posted on Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
Under: Contra Costa County, Contra Costa politics, water | 26 Comments »

Richmond Mayor McLaughlin vows to crack down on Corky Booze

Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin has run out of patience with colleague and Councilman Corky Booze, the man she says is responsible for inciting routine dysfunction and chaos at Richmond City Council meetings.

The mayor sent out an email letter this week (see below) castigating Booze — she doesn’t mention him by name but everybody knows who she is talking about — for what described as an unacceptable “battering situation.”

Her missive comes after Tuesday night’s huge blow-up some six hours into another marathon session, where the mayor sat as a referee between Councilwoman Jovanka Beckles who was calling Booze a “bald-faced liar” and “evil” while he repeatedly demanded the mayor shut her up when he has the floor. (Read my colleague Robert Rogers’ story on the meeting here.)

For his part, Booze calls the mayor’s email a blatant “political hit piece” intended to promote the Richmond Progressive Alliance’s slate of candidates running for the city council in November. He says the mayor, Beckles, councilmembers Tom Butt and Jeff Ritterman repeatedly interrupt him.

“This email is over the top,” Booze said. “I’ve never heard of a mayor doing something like this. But I’ve been hitting the Richmond Progressive Alliance every Tuesday.”

Councilman Nat Bates, who is also on the outs with the mayor, blames McLaughlin for the council meeting chaos.

“In most organizations, be it church, community group, business or governmental, the success or failure of the meetings almost always rest in the leadership quality of the chairperson,” he said. “A chairperson must be fair, impartial and lead by example while displaying respect for their colleagues and the public. Unfortunately, this mayor does neither and thus is the result of a dysfunctional Richmond city council.”

Here’s the mayor’s email:

Dear friends,

I am compelled to make a statement about the current state of affairs at Richmond City Council meetings.

Those of you who follow City Council meetings know how much chaos and discord exists. I want to share my feelings about this.

 There is dysfunction on this Council, but the dysfunction does not come from the Council as a whole. This dysfunction comes from one councilmember. It is truly a shame that this councilmember disrupts time and time again the needed business under discussion at the Council meeting. He forces us to deal with chaos, disruptions, and vitriolic speech that bring harm to the entire city of Richmond.

 It is the people of Richmond who suffer from all of this. It is the people of Richmond who are being held hostage because this councilmember refuses to adhere to the rules of the City Council. As chair, my job is to keep the meeting moving forward. When discussion becomes unproductive, I necessarily need to move us on. Discussion not only becomes unproductive, but as I said, it becomes chaotic, disruptive and vitriolic in its content….and it is this one councilmember who will not adhere to my role as chair. He feels that once “he has the floor” he has it until he has fully finished attacking and insulting me, other councilmembers, members of the City staff, and/or certain members of the audience. Then when the frustration level of other councilmembers has reached a limit and they intervene (after I have intervened unsuccessfully with him talking over me and talking over the gavel – as I call him out of order), we have even more chaos on the Council. I have called and will continue to call recesses of the Council meeting when such situations occur.

One of our others councilmembers, who has suffered his insults incessantly, conveys the situation in an explanatory way like this: “You have one councilmember beating up on another. The first councilmember attacks and attacks with the other councilmember not fighting back, recognizing that the public can see the despicable behavior exhibited and judge for themselves. Yet the beating continues until the councilmember under attack, now on the floor suffering more jabs, decides she has had enough and stands up and pushes back. The first councilmember and his supporters in the audience call out: How dare you push back? You are being “unprofessional.”

 This, my friends, is where the current state of affairs on the Richmond City Council is at. One councilmember is managing to hold a city hostage.

This MUST not continue. Many of us have looked toward changing the composition of the City Council in order to shift toward a better Richmond, and we will continue to do that. We have made so many gains with good councilmembers being elected in recent years. We will make more gains in November, and in subsequent elections. But we are currently dealing with something that is immediate in nature.

We are dealing with a battering situation, the result of which, if allowed to go on, will be highly destructive for our city. As a result, I will be more strictly enforcing the rules of the City Council, as per my role as chairperson, provided to me by the Charter of the City of Richmond in accordance with the Constitution of the State of California. Disagreement on issues is expected and can be productive, but where we are at right now is something altogether different.

I call on all members of the City Council and members of the audience to adhere to my call for order during meetings when I put out such a call. The disruptive nature of our Council meetings MUST be reversed.

I will not relinquish my parliamentary procedure duties. I will not let one councilmember hold the city hostage.

Thank you for your support at this critical time. We shall prevail, even among setbacks, to bring forward a political culture whereby the people’s business can be addressed in a healthy and productive way.

 Sincerely,

 Gayle McLaughlin

 Mayor, City of Richmond

Posted on Friday, July 20th, 2012
Under: Contra Costa County, Contra Costa politics, Richmond | 3 Comments »

Contra Costa County office building is weedy and seedy

Lord knows, Contra Costa County is short on cash like every other public agency but the state of the landscaping at its offices on Arnold Drive in Martinez is disgraceful.

The grass is dead. Weeds abound. Shrubs and trees are dying. When I drove through the parking lot other evening after a county worker called and complained about it, the grounds were downright ghetto. (See pictures below.)

If my yard in Martinez resembled this one, the city would be on my doorstep and rightfully demanding I clean it up.

Public Works Director Julie Bueren says the original private building owner installed way too much lawn and when budget constraints hit the county a few years ago along with water useage standards imposed by the Contra Costa Water District, the county stopped watering the grass.

“When funding allows, the plan is to re-landscape some of these areas with drought resistant plants and landscape materials that will be less costly to maintain,” Bueren wrote to me in an email.

OK, I get the grass part. It uses a lot of water. At the very least, though, the county could put down some mulch. Replacing existing landscaping with drought resistant plants and shrubs over time is a good idea, too.

But to let those valuable trees and large shrubs die in the interim seems like a terrible waste.

As for the weeds, Bueren says abatement is scheduled for next week.  Thank goodness. Dry vegetation is a fire hazard and the fire district that protects this area has its own financial problems.

 

 

 

Posted on Friday, July 20th, 2012
Under: Contra Costa County, Contra Costa politics | 4 Comments »

GOP drops state senate line campaign; mappers still need ‘yes’ vote

With great hullabaloo, Republicans qualified a ballot measure that challenges  California’s newly drawn state senate boundaries for the Nov. 6 ballot. But now, they have abandoned the campaign.

That leaves the independent Citizens Redistricting Commission with an unenviable task: Persuading voters to vote  ”yes” on Proposition 40 and confirm the state senate districts as the commission drew them in 2011.

The Reeps said the commission favored Democrats during the mapping process although they have lost on every legal front.

Here’s what the Redistricting Commission put out on the subject:

Citizens Redistricting Commission

Proponents of Prop 40 Withdraw Support from Referendum

Challenging CRC Senate Maps

Sacramento, CA (July 13, 2012) –

The proponents of Proposition 40 have announced that they have abandoned their campaign and will not be seeking “NO” votes to overturn the certified Senate District maps created by the Commission in 2011.

However, as the proposition is still on the ballot, the majority of Californians will still need to vote “YES” to confirm the certified maps already in use. The Senate maps certified by the Citizens Redistricting Commission on August 15, 2011, have survived a number of legal challenges. In its 7-0 decision earlier this year, the California Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the maps and ordered their use in the June and November elections, stating, “…not only do the Commission-certified Senate districts appear to comply with all of the constitutionally mandated criteria set forth in California Constitution, article XXI, the Commission-certified Senate districts also are a product of what generally appears to have been an open, transparent and nonpartisan redistricting process as called for by the current provisions of article XXI.” The U.S. Department of Justice’s pre-clearance of the Commission’s maps also found them in compliance with the Federal Voting Rights Act in Section 5 counties. Despite these endorsements, should Prop 40 receive a majority of “NO” votes, the Senate maps will need to be redrawn at a significant cost to taxpayers.

The Citizens Redistricting Commission, created when voters passed the “Voters First Act” in 2008 to bring an unprecedented level of transparency and nonpartisanship to the redistricting process, was the first independent body in history to draw California’s voting districts.

“Californians deserve the certainty of knowing their vote will be final” said Commission Vice Chair Jeanne Raya. “Fortunately, the Commission conducted meetings in a very open and transparent manner. Video, transcripts, and handouts are available by visiting www.wedrawthelines.ca.gov. We encourage all interested parties to learn about the process used to draw the certified maps so they can make an informed decision in November.”

More information on the 2011 redistricting process and the subsequent certified maps can be found at www.wedrawthelines.ca.gov.

Posted on Monday, July 16th, 2012
Under: 2012 presidential election | 4 Comments »

McCain and Black, chroniclers of the weird, to speak in San Francisco

The couple who scoured America in search of the weird and wonderful and wrote a book about their encounters, Meghan McCain and Michael Ian Black, will be the featured speakers at a July 17 event sponsored by the Commonwealth Club of California‘s INFORUM series.

Here’s what the club says about the authors of  ”America, You Sexy Bitch,”:

 Odd couple of the year, McCain and Black have written a love letter to America. In a cross-country tour to probe our beautifully weird country, encountering everyone from gun lovers, flag burners, teen moms, poker players to politicians and gay parents, the liberal comedian dad and the rising pundit and media darling explored all the nooks of American life, while stopping at every Olive Garden they come across, of course. 

Click here to see the event invite page.

Or here are the details:

  • Date: Tuesday, July 17, 7 p.m.
  • Moderator is Joan Walsh, editor at Salon.com
  • Location: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., San Francisco
  • Time: 3 p.m. will call opens to pick up tickets, 6 p.m. check-in and premium reception with appearance by McCain and Black, 7 p.m. program, 8 p.m. book signing
  • Cost: $25 standard, $15 members, $7 students (with valid ID). Premium (includes reception with McCain and Black, book and priority seating – limited number available) $45 standard, $30 members
  • For tickets, contact the Commonwealth Club at Tel (415) 597-6700 or club@commonwealthclub.org

 

Posted on Monday, July 9th, 2012
Under: Political calendar, Political events | No Comments »

Filing period for local candidates opens July 16

If you have a hankering to run for public office, the time is now.

The candidate filing period opens July 16 and runs through Aug. 10 for hundreds of local city, school and special district offices. In districts where an incumbent fails to file for re-election, the deadline is extended to Aug. 15.

In Contra Costa County, nomination forms for school and special district offices are dispensed through the county election office at 555 Escobar St., in Martinez. City council forms are available at the respective city clerk’s offices.

In Alameda County, nomination forms for school and special district offices are dispensed through the county election office at 1225 Fallon Street, Room G-1, Oakland. City council forms are available at the respective city clerk’s offices.

Contra Costa seats up for election on Nov. 6 are:

  • Antioch mayor, City Council (two seats)
  • Brentwood mayor, City Council (two seats)
  • Clayton City Council (three seats)
  • Concord City Council (two seats)
  • Danville Town Council (three seats)
  • El Cerrito City Council (three seats)
  • Hercules City Council (three seats)
  • Lafayette City Council (three seats)
  • Martinez City Council (two seats), city clerk, treasurer
  • Moraga City Council (three seats)
  • Oakley City Council (three seats)
  • Orinda City Council (two seats)
  • Pinole City Council (two seats), treasurer
  • Pittsburg City Council (two seats)
  • Pleasant Hill City Council (three seats), city clerk, treasurer
  • Richmond City Council (three seats)
  • San Pablo City Council (three seats)
  • Walnut Creek City Council (three seats)
  • Crockett Community Services District (three seats)
  • Diablo Community Services District (three seats)
  • Discovery Bay Community Services District (three seats)
  • Dublin San Ramon Services District (three seats)
  • Kensington Police Protection and Community Services District (two seats)
  • Knightsen Town Community Services District (two seats)
  • Moraga-Orinda Fire Protection District (three seats)
  • Rode-Hercules Fire Protection District (three seats)
  • Los Medanos Community Healthcare District (three seats)
  • Mt. Diablo Healthcare District (four seats) **This elected board is set to be disbanded on Aug. 9 and its duties reassigned to the Concord City Council.
  • West Contra Costa Healthcare District (two seats)
  • Bethel Island Municipal Improvement District (three seats)
  • East Bay Municipal Utility District (one seat)
  • Ambrose Recreation and Park District (two seats)
  • East Bay Regional Park District (two seats)
  • Green Valley Recreation and Park District (three seats)
  • Pleasant Hill Recreation and Park District (two seats)
  • Rollingwood-Wilart Park Recreation and Park District (two seats)
  • Byron Sanitary District (three seats)
  • Central Contra Costa Sanitary District (three seats)
  • Ironhouse Sanitary District (three seats)
  • Mt. View Sanitary District (three seats)
  • Rodeo Sanitary District (three seats)
  • Stege Sanitary District (two seats)
  • West County Wastewater District (two seats)
  • Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (two seats)
  • Bay Area Rapid Transit District (three seats, districts 1, 3 and 7)
  • Castle Rock Water District (four seats)
  • Diablo Water District (two seats)
  • Byron Bethany Irrigation District (one seat)
  • East Contra Costa Irrigation District (three seats)
  • Acalanes Union High School District (two seats)
  • Antioch Unified School District (three seats)
  • Brentwood Union School District (two seats)
  • Byron Union School District (two seats)
  • Canyon Elementary School District (two seats)
  • Contra Costa County Board of Education (two seats)
  • Contra Costa Community College District (two seats, wards 2 and 5)
  • Chabot-Las Positas Community College District (one seat, Ward 7)
  • John Swett Unified School District (two seats)
  • Knightsen School District (three seats)
  • Lafayette School District (two seats)
  • Liberty Union High School District (two seats)
  • Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (two seats)
  • Martinez Unified School District (three seats)
  • Moraga School District (two seats)
  • Mt. Diablo Unified School District (two seats)
  • Oakley Union Elmentary School District (two seats)
  • Orinda Union School District (two seats)
  • Pittsburg Unified School District (three seats)
  • San Ramon Valley Unified School district (two seats)
  • Walnut Creek School District (two seats)
  • West Contra Costa Unified School District (two seats)

Alameda County seats up for election on Nov. 6 are:

  • Alameda County Board of Supervisors, District 2 (one seat)
  • Alameda City Council (two seats), auditor, treasurer
  • Albany City Council (three seats)
  • Albany Board of Education (two seats)
  • Berkeley mayor, City Council (four seats, districts 2, 3, 5 and 6)
  • Berkeley Rent Board (four seats)
  • Berkeley Board of Education (two seats)
  • Dublin mayor and City Council (two seats)
  • Fremont mayor and City Council (two seats)
  • Oakland City Council (five seats, at-large and districts 1, 3, 5 and 7), city attorney
  • Pleasanton mayor and City Council (two seats)
  • San Leandro City Council (three seats, district 2, 4 and 6)
  • Union City mayor and City Council (one seat)
  • Chabot-Los Positas Community College District (four seats, district 1, 3, 5 and 7)
  • Peralta Community College District (four seats)
  • San Joaquin Delta Community College District (one seat)
  • Alameda Unified School District (three seats)
  • Castro Valley Unified School District (three seats)
  • Dublin Unified School District (three seats)
  • Fremont Unified School District (three seats)
  • Hayward Unified School District (three seats)
  • Livermore Unified School District (two seats)
  • Mount House Elementary (one seat)
  • New Haven Unified School District (three seats)
  • Newark Unified School District (three seats)
  • Pleasanton Unified School District (three seats)
  • San Leandro Unified School district (three seats)
  • San Lorenzo Unified School District (four seats)
  • Sunol Glen Unified School district (1 seat)
  • AC Transit (three seats)
  • Alameda County Water District (three seats)
  • Bay Area Rapid Transit District (three seats, wards 3, 5 and 7)
  • Castro Valley Sanitary District (three seats)
  • City of Alameda Healthcare District (two seats)
  • Dublin-San Ramon Services District (three seats)
  • East Bay Municipal Utility District (two seats, wards 5 and 6)
  • East Bay Regional Park District (three seats, wards, 1, 2 and 4)
  • Eden Township Healthcare District (two seats)
  • Fairview Fire Protection District (three seats)
  • Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (three seats)
  • Livermore Area Recreation and Park District (three seats)
  • Oro Loma Sanitary District (two seats)
  • Washington Township Healthcare District (two seats)

 

Posted on Friday, July 6th, 2012
Under: 2012 presidential election, Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Contra Costa politics | 1 Comment »

Retired Contra Costa Sheriff Warren Rupf diagnosed with leukemia

Retired Contra Costa Sheriff Warren Rupf has been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.

In his trademark, wry and witty voice, the 69-year-old East Bay native who served as his county’s sheriff for almost two decades, sent an email to friends and colleagues on Thursday.

He is exploring treatment options but the prognosis is grim for this type of cancer, he wrote.

“While rather morbid, this may be the only good news,” Rupf wrote. “When you buy this brand, you move rather quickly from check in to check out.”

Yes, Warren was an elected official and as a reporter, I kept my eye on him when he was in office.

But as I grew to know him over the years, I became terribly fond of him. When my son went into law enforcement, the sheriff offered his support and always remembered to ask about the young officer’s progress in the California Highway Patrol. (Warren tested with CHP as a young man but Contra Costa County called him first.)

From me and my family, Warren, we wish you and your family fair winds and following seas as you  chart your way through this hazardous passage.

But as always, his own words are far better than anything I could come up with. I included the photos we used for a profile story on him when he retired in 2010 but here’s what he wrote via email:

Lt. Warren Rupf circa 1975

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Shipmates and others with whom I have shared so much,

 I choose an e-mail to share what follows to reduce the likelihood that the message gets caught up in politics or locker room editing (also an opportunity to respond to the charges that Marines cannot read or write. ) Should you choose to offer any response, it also offers an easy to schedule means. I love you all but I am not excited by the idea of putting you (or me) on a path filled with sympathy cards and grown-man tears.

While some tests are still being evaluated and treatment options explored, both are rather grim. I have acute myeloid leukemia. While rather morbid, this may be the only good news. When you buy this brand, you move rather quickly from check-in to check-out. I hate long, slow-moving lines.

Warren Rupf as a young Marine

Some will say that I should have retired earlier and enjoyed the good life. I say: Poppycock, my life could not have been any better. Be it Marine Corps , Office of the Sheriff , going toe-to-toe with a real labor leader or a beer at the slop chute with an old-school reporter, you made my list of those whom made my life one of few regrets.

I know that there are good men with whom I have lost electronic contact please consider sharing this with them as your paths cross and offer them my regards.

Semper Fidelis,

Warren

 

UPDATE: 3:46 p.m. Contra Costa Sheriff Dave Livingston sent this message to his department and other county offices:

As you may have heard by now, our friend and colleague, retired Sheriff Warren Rupf, has been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. He is currently undergoing treatment but is facing many challenges as he fights this disease.

Yesterday he shared his condition with close friends and relatives. His family has asked that we respect his privacy during these difficult times. He is not able to accept visitors or phone calls.

Please keep Sheriff Rupf, his wife Carole, and his entire family in your thoughts and prayers.

I will update you when we have more information.

Thank you.

David Livingston

Sheriff-Coroner

 

 

Posted on Friday, July 6th, 2012
Under: Contra Costa County, Contra Costa politics | 28 Comments »