On Monday September 29, 2014, Snohomish County Prosecutor ” Sister Sara” Di Vittorio, Our Fifth Mule, tells Washington’s Sunshine Committee ” we need help. We don’t have the resources in the Act to protect our employees, she said “she expects another batch of requests once the person learns of her testimony” ( updated retraction on May 22,2015a once learned of Snohomish County Daily Herald’s corrected its original story which said what we originally posted) That’s right, Sister Sara told Washington State’s Sunshine Committee that she is using taxpayer money ( unlawful use of pubic funds is prohibited under Washington State’s Constitution) to provide personal protection for county employees.
Sister Sara gives the impression that Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Public Records Div. is nothing more than a “Little RICO” with its main function ” to protect county employees.”
The employees Sister Sara is refering to are the same county employees, such as pedophile and former Snohomish County Director of Emergency Management John Pennington and taxpayer funded hired thug Prosecutor Sean Reay ( who threatened to physically harm a Gold Bar Reporter as witnessed by another citizen), were caught running illegal ACCESS background checks on citizens and then disseminated the journals into Gold Bar and County public records.
As a result, the illegal criminal background searches became a public record under RCW 42.56, and even far more ergregious is the fact that the City of Gold Bar, by and through its attorney Michael Kenyon ( who is also involved in a lot of shady shit all over the State of Washington) and Gold Bar’s current Mayor Linda ” High as a Fuckin Kite” Loen and former Mayor Richard Joe Beavers Nixon, misappropriated over $1,000,000 of Gold Bar’s Enterprise funds ( City’s water funds) to pay off the RICO Enteprise leaders for, as Sister Sara proudly states ” to protect county employees.”
Sister Sara’s slip of the tongue statement about how she is misusing taxpayer money to ” protect” county employees pursuant to Washington State’s Public Records Act is quite telling, and worthy of news story all of itself.
As protectors of the Public Records Act, we, news reporters, cannot let Sister Sara’s unethical and misuse our monies go without comment.
However, before we wrote a story about “Sister Sara”, Our Fifth Mule ( and the title of Chapter 4 of our soon to be published book), we believe Sister Sara should be afforded an opportunity to respond. Below is a letter sent to Sister Sara requesting comment from our good friends inside the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office.
Dear Sister Sara-
We are working on a story about County Prosecutorial misconduct and a couple of Judges.
We noted that you told the Sunshine Committee on Monday that “we no longer have money to protect the employees. ” These statements are very interesting statements; why do you believe that the PRA ( access to our records laws) is here to protect public officials?
Does to the WA State Const. not prohibit the use of public funds for personal protection? Are you using county taxpayer monies and resources to protect employees? If so, what are you protecting them from under the PRA?
Is not the better approach to protecting county employees health to increase their health care coverage? Is not the better approach in responding to PUBLIC records requests to teach employees not to commit crimes of running illegal ACCESS background checks on citizens; or as in the case of one Sno Co prosecutor, Dave Hayes, you might train him not to conspire via email to violate Attorney Kathryn Abele’s civil rights and then disseminate those violations via email?
Do you have any idea the trauma, pain and suffering, and money County Prosecutor Dave Hayes cost Ms. Abele because of his blatant disregard for her civil rights?
Also please see RCW 5.68.010 before slipping the lip about what ‘s really going on inside Sno County DIS- you’re embarrassing the taxpayers who care about open government when you make stupid slip of the lip comments about how the county is responding in ways to protect employees. After all, if you read RCW 42.56, it appears that it’s the agency actions that are subject to inspection not the citizen. But your statements yesterday leave this reporter with the feeling that you found a new meaning that you might share with our Legislature.
We realize that the County has had no checks n balances over the years except The Herald’s fantastic reporters Scott North and Noah Haglund, but this is our job just as much as Scott and Noah’s job. It’s called Reporting. So perhaps we can all learn to get along and the county can start by training employees instead of attacking citizens who request records or question their government officials.
Thomas Jefferson said ” The highest form of Patriotism is dissent.” or as Mom and Dad said “you have a civic duty to question your government officials.” Hence why we became a news reporter.
Training is key, and we are not just referring to PRA training. How not to violate citizens civil rights would be county taxpayer money well spent.
If you respond we shall post your comments to our 6 ,000 plus dedicated readers.
PS: thank you Honest Senator Dean Takko for your support on open government issues. Us reporters rely on access to public records; as you can imagine when we hear bizarre public comments about how the PRA is somehow supposed to be protecting government officials from the citizens they were sworn in to protect, not harm. We look at these statements as nothing more than Aaron Reardon’s staff are alive and well up here in Sno County. In fact, Senator, if my memory is right, Sister Sara made the same comments last year, and accused us of sending the county anonymous public records request, when in fact it was three of our lovely county Executive employees , Aaron Reardon, Jon Rudicil and Kevin Hulten. From their emails it’s confirmed that the trio were trying to create hysteria to push the County’s efforts to change the PRA. Disgraceful but true.
Gold Bar Reporter
What cover ups Sister Sara is trying to protect Snohomish County employees from disclosure are the gross violation of the civil rights by public officers against its citizens. This illegal conduct has become a way of life here in Snohomish County.
Additional public records from King County Major Crimes Unit documented that former convicted evidence tamperer Kevin “Shorty” Hulten was also referencing law enforcement ACCESS databases on citizens as well as other online sources ( which are often wrong and not updated often) to run illegal searches on citizens. Government officers actions are subject to United States Const. limitations under the 4th, 5th and 14th Amendments.
But the thugs inside Snohomish County believe themselves to be above the laws of Washington – and spit all over the United States Constitution on a daily basis. See https://goldbarreporter.wordpress.com/2014/09/
According to Washington State Patrol’s (WSP) public records officer, law enforcement ( rightfully so) has a legal right to access non-conviction and criminal conviction history on any citizen but must have a legally permissible reason to make that search. A great example of permissible searches is when a person is pulled over a traffic violation. A police officer would ask for your license and registration, and then s/he goes back to the patrol car and runs a computer check via ACCESS. This is performed for the officer’s safety.
But, as in the case of several open government supporters here in Snohomish County, the county and its officers were running illegal background checks. Not only does this violate the civil rights of citizens, but it’s also a crime under RCW 10.97.
ACCESS database checks can be requested via Gretchen.Dolan@wsp.wa.gov and here’s a copy of one recent ACCESS record request that one Gold Bar Reporter sent to Ms. Dolan:
Ms. Dolan –
Pursuant to RCW 42.56, please provide me with electronic copies of any ACCESS checks performed on me:
Date of Birth: 12-24-1957
To provide the fullest assistance to myself, please email me copies of all records at this email address.
The above records request to the WSP confirmed beyond a shadow of a doubt that several illegal and non-permissible background checks were performed on several Gold Bar open government supporters. In all four cases, RCW 10.97 was violated. A crime in Washington State, unless you belong to Snohomish County’s ” Little RICO” club also refered to by Snohomish County most nortorious public criminal John E. Pennington
(removed as Director of Emergency Managment he caused the deaths of 44 people in Oso Washington Mudslides but still collects a $150,000.00 year welfare check) as ” My Little Gang who took a pledge to protect me.”
In a few weeks, we will post the names of people who are John Pennington’s protectors; this list includes Judges, Prosecutors, lawyers from the Law Office of Anderson Hunter and Kenyon Disend, Executive Officers, one person from Snohomish County’s Department of Information Services, and several emloyees of the Washington State Bar Association ( who recently voted to remove the word Association hoping to avoid a legal battle inside the US Supreme Court over disassociation. Too little too late).
So what’s happens when non-law enforcement personnel such as Snohomish County’s most notorious thugs John Pennington ( also the prime suspect in a child rape case in Colwitz County – child was 5) and Prosecutor Sean Reay ran illegal ACCESS searches as they did to several open government supporters up here in Snohomish County.
WSP says “if law enforcement does not have a legal right to run such searches, this may constitute an illegal search under the Forth Amendment to the United States Constitution and possibly an invasion of privacy.”
According to Washington State Patrol Gretchen Dolan, any citizen who requested under RCW 42.56, a copy of their ACCESS database information is entitled to a copy under the law. If a citizen believes that an illegal search was performed, RCW allows a citizen to contact the Washington State Patrol requesting copies of their ACCESS journals log.
One of our dedicated 6,000 readers wrote ” If what you are writing is true, each and every one of us should request copies of our ACCESS journal searches via the WSP Gretchen Dolan.” We believe that ” We the people of this great state have a legal right to know what our government officials are up to” or as two political gurus stated ” We the people have a civic duty to question our government officials. The criminal RICO members at the WA State Bar are no exceptions”
And for those readers who believe our words about Sister Sara are beyond the pale, please see Merriam’s Dictionary definition of prostitution http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prostitution ” the use of a skill or ability in a way that is not appropriate or respectable
UPDATE: As of July 2014, all records, including email communication, is now legally obtainable under new Supreme Court rules mandating that the Washington State Bar comply with RCW 42.56. The WSBA’s public records officer is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, another person asked us if we had any evidence that the AG’s Office was directly involved in covering up illegal criminal conduct up here in Snohomish County. Our response is: not at this time, but we are searching.