Spending keeps growing

Letter to the editor
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With John Mendes, disgraced former CEO of the Placer County Superior Court, allegedly awarding himself unauthorized raises in excess of $400,000 one would think that those involved in selecting candidates for the grand jury would be focused upon selecting highly-qualified individuals. Sadly, this is far from reality. I have submitted applications for the grand jury approximately four times over the past few years and not gotten beyond the initial interview. In fact, Mr. Mendes was one of the initial screeners at least twice. Let me outline some of my lack of qualifications, which would preclude me from serving on such a group. I served four years in USAF, earned an MBA in finance and quantitative methods, assisted five different county grand juries performing operational audits of numerous county functions ferreting out waste and management ineptitude and was CEO of several profit corporations for more than 20 years. It appears that the government employees performing the screening do not want anyone on the grand jury who might figure out what a fogged up mirror might mean. Instead, they want to ensure that the grand jury is comprised of individuals who will spend most of their term trying to get up to speed. In the meantime, county spending continues to grow while the county supervisors are on an eternal quest seeking more money from the taxpayers to fund utopian dreams of a land filled milk and honey. Carl E. Hass, Rocklin