By Ronald A. Zumbrun, 7/11/2006 - A true nightmare story of what can happen when you find yourself outside the political “inner circle.” A relative of a disgruntled employee told Hillary Falconer of Briarcliff Farm that she was going to report Falconer to the county and other agencies. Shortly thereafter, Briarcliff Farm was inspected by the enforcement unit of the Planning Department of the County of Santa Cruz. And thus, the nightmare began!
Santa Cruz "red-tagging" is an experiment in social engineering. Those in favor with those in power get special treatment. Those who are not in favor often end up with alleged building code violations called "red tags." This is not the story of a free America that has rights protected by the Constitution. Rather, it portrays the “Gestapo of the West” where only the wealthy or those willing to commit their life savings or retirement funds have a chance to protect themselves.* [...]