I hope to have an actual Examiner article out tomorrow but I thought I would write the “rest of the story” tonight.
Last week I attended the meeting in Barstow attended by Presiding Judge Slough, Bev Lowry and Phil Paule from Supervisor James Ramos’ office and Don Holland from Robert Lovingood’s office. There were other officials there as well but these were the key players.
I found Judge Slough to be most intriguing. I wonder if her persona at the meeting is the same as her courtroom demeanor. I can’t exactly explain it but she was so different than any judge I’ve seen in action–and having been the secretary to several dozen–I’ve seen more than a few in action. She reminded me more of a counselor and a motivational speaker than a judge. You couldn’t help but like her despite her being the bearer of bad news.
Then there was Don Holland. It was until he was a minute or so into his talk that I realize who he was. Had I not had a major disagreement or three with him over the years, I would have been very impressed. I gotta say he did not come across as a newspaper editor but rather as someone who has been in that position for a long time, rather than it being his first day.
It also took me a while to realize Phil Paule was there. I don’t really have much to say either way. He was professional.
But the biggest surprise was Bev Lowry. I have heard terrible things about her–I mean really terrible. I have been holding my poison pen waiting to see for myself. I’ve got to tell you, she is a spitfire. She has bigger balls than all the guys put together. Anyone who knows me knows that is a compliment. I was impressed. I will be more impressed if she accomplishes her goal of keeping the courthouse open.
I gotta say that Ramos seems to be off to good start. Of course, only time will tell.
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