Monday, 20 May 2024

Johnston: In DA’s race, experience is everything

I received a flyer from Anthony Farrington who is running for district attorney.

In it he states, “Lake County motels have become magnets and safe havens for criminals and a revolving door for the homeless.”

I find this statement to be disrespectful to the motel owners and the homeless.

Motel owners provide a service to our county and are respected and valued business people. Mr. Farrington states that he will work with local code enforcement to fine or jail motel owners that he deems to be noncompliant. Does that mean that a motel owner would need to do background and criminal checks on every guest?

Actually, this a moot point as the DA's Office has no jurisdiction over zoning laws and enforcement.

Regarding “being a revolving door for the homeless,” why is this a problem for Mr. Farrington? If a person without a home gets to spend any time at all in a motel, it is a well-deserved respite from the misery of the streets.

At a debate, Mr. Farrington stated that to combat homelessness we must fund law enforcement. Is that really his solution to helping the homeless? Also, the DA’s Office has no control over funding law enforcement so again, it is a moot point and demonstrates his lack of understanding of the DA’s role.

I am voting to reelect Susan Krones as district attorney. She has a proven reputation for being ethical and a fighter for everyone's rights. She knows the law and what is or is not in the jurisdiction of the DA’s Office.

Experience is everything. Ms. Krones has 26 years of experience in the DA’s Office and 6 years as an Army captain. She knows the laws and keeps up to date on the myriad changes.

Please check her web page to see the multitude of endorsements she has received, and they still keep coming. That is because people in our county know she is the best candidate.

Join us in voting to reelect Susan Krones for DA on June 7.

Pollyann Johnston lives in Kelseyville, Calif.

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