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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: What Is Bob Buster Spending Our Money On?

I recommend termination of the employment of Bob Buster effective November 6, 2012.

Evidently Supervisor Bob Buster feels entitled to spending our money on his own re-election. The 20 year incumbent has given away $80,000 of my, yours -- OUR money -- to insider friends and organizations just before an election.

It is patently obvious to even the most casual observer that Buster is giving our money away to curry favor for votes on Election Day. Evidently, the 20-year incumbent views the Community Improvement Designation Funds as being his own personal political piggybank. This is an egregious abuse of power under color of authority. Perhaps he has been in power so long that he views himself as a community improvement.

In the private sector this sort of behavior by an employee would be grounds for termination. The 20-incumbent may have forgotten he is the employee of we taxpayers. Therefore I recommend termination of the employment of Bob Buster effective November 6, 2012. 

Donna Delano,

Lake Elsinore

RESPONSE FROM SUPERVISOR BOB BUSTER’S OFFICE REGARDING USE OF COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT DESIGNATION FUNDS:

The approval for allocating Community Improvement Designation Funds requires a four-fifths vote by the supervisors.

“In Supervisor Buster’s district, the funds support programs hit hardest by state budget cuts,” contends Dave Stahovich, Buster’s chief of staff.

Programs that have been supported include Lake Elsinore and Wildomar senior centers, Helping Our People of Elsinore, senior abuse seminars, a swim program for area youth at Lakeside High School, Canyon Lake Fire Station, Boys & Girls Club at Alberhill Ranch, patrol on Lake Elsinore, etc., Stahovich said.

“Supervisor Buster has often returned up to half of the funds to the county’s General Fund. He is very frugal with this.”

Danny Boy October 03, 2012 at 03:25 PM
With Kevin's voting record he is apparently easily confused as would be his minions. How dare Buster spend money on things like public safety or seniors programs. Afterall, Kevin and his cohorts in Sacramento have worked so hard to kill the funding for all local programs by raiding the local coffers. Too bad they Kevin hasn't been able to get a meaningful peace of legislation through in 6 years. It must becuase of all those mean old Dems. Oh, but when the Reps controlled Sacramento just a few years ago, Kevin couldn't get anything done then either. In fact, it was the Republican Governor who critized Kevin as one of the few Republicans that tried to block pension reform for prison gaurds. Kevin sure did take a lot of money from that union but I'm sure it was just a coincident. Yawn.
Antonio October 03, 2012 at 03:38 PM
I have watched Bob Buster as County Supervisor for over fifteen years. The voters are lucky to have him. He is the most honest, ethical, hardworking and knowledgeable member of the Board of Supervisors. He is independent and always has the interests of the taxpayers and public as his highest priority. His challenger is a typical politician who will sell his soul to get elected and then carries the water for special interests. I support Bob Buster and urge others to support him.
D A October 03, 2012 at 03:55 PM
His office response said "He often returns up to half the funds to the county" So are they saying he uses county funds for personal items and whatever is left he returns up to half? Obviously the letter touched a nerve and the response should have been thought out a little more.
Diana October 03, 2012 at 04:22 PM
I will not vote for Bob Buster, look at the County areas around LE and Lakeland Village. Lakeland Village is a pit and although there are million dollar homes on the Lake in which one of them Jefferies lives in the entire town is in such bad need of clean up and updating. Grand Avenue is a dangerous road putting drivers, students and people walking in harms way every day and yet Buster or Jefferies neither one do anything about it. They both need to go.
Michelle Randall October 05, 2012 at 04:52 AM
Hi Diana: You have to realize that problems within the city of Lake Elsinore cannot be solved by the County. They are city problems and you have to address them to your Mayor or Council person. Lakeland Village is a County problem. Your Supervisor is not clairvoyant. One way to address this is to stop complaining and take actual action. Get a map, map out the problem areas where you need side walks and where you need signals or stop signs, then call and make an appointment with Supervisor Buster. Either he or an Executive Assistant will sit down with you and discuss your problem. Does this work? Well, there's a big First District sidewalk project in process now in Woodcrest. Call (951) 955-1010 for the office or call Supervisor Buster at home. He's listed in the white pages and is always available to you. If you're afraid to go alone, you can email me at mrantchr@gmail.com and I'll come help you with the mapping and go with you to talk to Supervisor Buster.

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