Over the last week there has been a concerted effort by some in the local blogosphere to smear Santa Ana Chief of Police Paul Walters.Â Chief Walters, currently one of those being considered to replace Mike Carona by the Board of Supervisors, has been maliciously attacked by one local blog operator and by numerous posts on several blogs.Â Their weapon of choice has been Chief Walters divorce settlement.
The local blogger and the posts only focused their attention on smearing ChiefÂ Walters and offered no support for any of the others trying to get the Sheriff’s position.Â However after some investigation I believe that I have found a link between the attacks on Chief Walters and one of those seeking the appointment from the board.Â ThatÂ link is Ralph Martin.
Martin is the candidate of choice for the local blogger that initially divulged the Walters divorce settlement and I have seen evidence that ties some of the anonymous posts to the political consulting firm with ties to folksÂ working for Martin.Â In fact my sources have shown me documentation that directly ties many of these nasty personal attacks on Walters to Beiber Communications, a Santa Ana based firm with close ties to the local Republican Party.Â My source also tells me that a consultant named Dave Ellis is working for Ralph Martin and Ellis has ties to Beiber.Â Not suprisingly the attacks on Walters diminished yesterday since according to my source Martin tooks his friends like Ellis on a tour of the L.A. jails yesterday.
Martin, a commander with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, is a resident of Coto De Caza.Â My sources tell me that Martin is the favorite of the Lincoln Club and Supervisor John Moorlach.Â They tell me that Moorlach has been lobbying his fellow board members hard on behalf of Martin.
While Martin’s credentials may lookÂ impressive on paper the truth is that he has no policy-level command experience, no experience in running a jail and he has several ranks over him that he still has to report to and to take orders from.Â In short has really has no experience in running a major law enforcement agency like the OCSD and his main qualification is that he is willing to be John Moorlach’s puppet.Â
Perhaps it is for this reason that Martin has decided to go negative on Chief Paul Walters.Â When you compare both of their resume’s Martin finishes a distant second.Â In order to compensate for this perhaps Martin decided to turn to the blogosphere and start a stealth smear campaign against Walters.Â All the evidence I have seen points to this being the case.