Alaina Stockdill fell through the cracks

Recently, Blair Stockdill was sentenced to 25 years to life for drowning her 8-year-old daughter, Alaina, in September 2010. Ventura County Superior Court Judge Charles Campbell said that Stockdill entered the guilty plea “voluntarily and intelligently.” Prosecutor Chrystina Jensen, stated  that Stockdill’s mental problems go back to when she was 16 or 17 and “everyone who has ever treated her has found that she suffers from a very debilitating mental illness and that she was highly psychotic.” Why was this child returned to the mother after she was placed into the grandparent’s home in the first place? Disturbing? Absolutely! What part did social services play in this horrific death?   Have you forgotten how many times this “mother” tried to suffocate this child? Alaina, herself, told her friends, young and old, how her mother held her hand over her mouth trying to suffocate her. Where is the common sense? This child was placed in a very dangerous and deadly situation by adults responsible for her safety. Would you trust your child with a mentally ill woman who can, at any time, stop taking her medication?  Because of my efforts to save another child who had been beaten into a coma and returned to his abuser who had an active felony warrant for her arrest at the time, KEYT-TV did a short documentary involving me, the director of Social Services and the court-appointed attorney who represents the children of Ventura. The director was quoted as saying, “Blood is thicker than water,” and the attorney was quoted as saying, “We don’t necessarily do what is in the best interest of the child. We do the legally correct thing.” Scary? Without a doubt. Tragic? Absolutely. Preventable? Of course it is! In my 25 years of covering child homicides, the mentality stays the same to the detriment of our children.

Jane LeMond-Alvarez

From the web:

Colorful responses to Forrest Mize’s farewell article

First of all, I can’t believe VCReporter would print a racist article like this! Second, we’re glad you’re gone. One less racist person in California. How’s your paycheck? I bet top wages are $10 an hour in Idaho. Vaya con dios, amigo.

— Citizen

Brilliant. Finally someone is allowed to say what is ailing California. I thank the VCReporter for allowing Mr. Mize to highlight a few California problems.

The bureaucrats, out of control illegal aliens, business-stifling rules, taxes.

Please, Mr. Mize, keep reporting to us the advantages of other states and how California is screwing it up. It’s really a great piece that all Californians should read and learn from. I shall copy it and hang it on the wall, it’s that good.

— Scapegoat

As a white Anglo-Saxon male, I completely agree with Citizen’s comment. I am former a Ventura County resident who also now lives in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and I found “A Farewell to the People’s Democratic Latino Republic of Kalifornia” to be completely racist, starting with the first paragraph.

Mr. Mize states that California is being “strangled by decades of liberal lawmakers, environmental extremists, public union thugs and “THIRD WORLD IMMIGRANTS.” I looked up the origin of Mize and found it is either of German or Dutch origin. Doesn’t Mr. Mize realize this country was built by “third world immigrants,” his own ancestors included?

His next paragraph refers to “a vast army of unelected bureaucrats.” I guess he doesn’t know that the Ventura City Council is an elected entity; the Design Review Committee is part of the City Council, as is the Historical Preservation Society. While the California Coastal Commission members are appointed by the governor, the Senate Rules Committee and the Speaker of the Assembly, they are all elected officials. Furthermore, the CCC was established by a vote of the people. And as far as his reference to the Chumash Indians, I can’t imagine what Mr. Mize would do if his ancestors’ sacred burial grounds were being developed for commercial use.

He goes on to refer to getting an $800 photo-enforcement ticket that cannot be contested. Anyone can contest a ticket, photo enforcement or not. Sounds to me like he committed a serious traffic offense if he was required to pay an $800 fine.

I found his reference to illegal aliens uninformed and rooted in bigotry. He is “100 percent free of the lowlife criminal Mexicans that roam free in Ventura.” He makes it sound like all criminals are Mexican and all Mexicans are illegal aliens. I think it’s time for Mr. Mize to join the 21st century and end this bigotry.

In regard to his insurance rates being lower, what Mr. Mize fails to understand is the fact that California has a population of almost 38 million people as compared to 1.5 million in Idaho.

Of course, a state with 38 million people is going to have more crime, litter, regulations, traffic and other problems than a state with 1.5 million.

By the way, the average salary for a Ventura County Deputy Sheriff is $46K per year and $49K per year for a fireman. These brave souls put their lives on the line every day and get paid peanuts for it. Millionaires? You have got to be kidding!

Scapegoat, instead of posting Mr. Mize’s article on your wall, perhaps you should consider using it for toilet paper as that’s about all it’s good for. Of course, you know what they say about opinions — everyone has one.

— Coeur D Alene Dave

Dave, you sound like a retired bureaucrat. Took your crazy pension and moved to clean, cheap Idaho. You left the rest of us to pay for and clean up after you.

Mize is absolutely on the money. Sometimes it takes brutal truth to fix things, and I hope his blunt essay helps.

— Scapegoat

I love that the rant about Mexicans ends with a Spanish sign off. Best of luck to Coeur d’Alene. Mr. Mize is all yours now!

— Miss Bell

A very unpleasant read. Good riddance to Mr. Mize.

— pg

What Mr. Mize stated IS TRUE! It may not be politically correct; and as one poster stated, his family immigrated to this fine country; but I’ll bet dollars to doughnuts they passed through Ellis Island LEGALLY. DID YOU HEAR ME? I said his family immigrated to this great land LEGALLY! Something many of the Hispanics FAIL to do. We can ignore the issue or deal with it head-on. Since our elected officials REFUSE to deal with it, the only sane choice is to VACATE THE PREMESIS and leave CA behind. I did. I left two years ago and have no regrets. I moved to CO. It has its problems like all states and communities, but we’re NOT inundated with illegal aliens!! BONUS right there! I, too, enjoy lower taxes and, yes, the wages are lower, but so is the stress. I can leave my purse in a shopping cart, turn my back and expect it to be there when I turn back around. I can leave my truck running while I run into the store and find it there when I return. I can leave a $64 bag of premium dog food in the back of my truck as I drive around running errands, and guess what? It’s STILL THERE! Try that in Ventura County? If you do, you’re a fool because your purse will be gone, your truck will be gone and your dog food will be gone.

P.S.: “Coeur d’Alene Dave” is a PC Nazi — you disgust me with your social-control etiquette. Funny that you didn’t retire in the land of milk and honey that you defend. Curious, Dave —Why’d you jump ship and move to a predominantly white, English-speaking area of our country with lower taxes and more freedom? – Hypocrite.

— yousaidit

I hope he took his friends and family with him.

— Shoreline59