By Eric Longabardi
The Enterprise Report has exclusively obtained a mug shot of Steven Charles White of Costa Mesa, CA. The photo was taken earlier this year by the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
White is a city of Costa Mesa Maintenance Supervisor at the center of an on-going Costa Mesa Police Department investigation into campaign sign vandalism in a contentious political battle in the 2012 election in the city of Costa Mesa.
This picture of White (above) was taken in relation to a domestic violence case that White was involved in earlier this year, according to court records.
White ultimately pleaded guilty to one count of "resisting arrest" according to Orange County Superior Court records reviewed for this story. White was also sentenced to 3 years probation, 4 days in Jail, 8 hours of community service and required to enroll in a "batterers treatment program" according to court records.
In the current campaign sign vandalism case, White, according to Costa Mesa Police Department spokesman Lt. Tim Schennum has had a case against him presented to the Orange County District Attorney for possible prosecution. No charges have yet been filed as of publication of this story.
... "Mr. White is suspected in the case involving vandalism of campaign signs. That case has been presented to the Orange County District Attorney's Office for review and consideration of charges being filed."
The Enterprise Report sought the release of Mr. White's Orange County Sheriff's Department jail booking shot, but the photo, a public record of the County of Orange under the law, was denied release by the Orange County Sherrif's Department based soley on a request by the Costa Mesa Police Department to keep it from becoming public.
Lt. Schennum told the Enterprise Report that .. "A release of a photo of Mr. White, albeit from a prior arrest, could unfairly prejudice any future witness identification and potentially jeopardize a criminal prosecution. Until such time as the Orange County District Attorney's Office makes a determination in this case, it is considered an active investigation and a photo of Mr. White will not be released by the Costa Mesa Police Department" ...
The mug shot photo was independently, properly and legally released to The Enterprise Report elsewhere.
It should be noted for readers of this story that at no time did this news outlet seek the release of the photo directly from the Costa Mesa Police Department. It only sought the photo's release via the Orange County Sheriff's Department. The photo is a public record of Orange County, not the city of Costa Mesa or it's Police Department. The photo we believe is a public record and it was released based on that fact.
Mug shot booking photos are routinely released by the Orange County Sheriff's Department, especially in cases like this, where the photo is historical and the case has been adjudicated. (as in this case)
Despite the Costa Mesa Police Department's attempts to thwart the release of this booking photo of White, White can be seen above in a 2011 video hosted and still available on the city of Costa Mesa's publicly available web site. At the time he was expressing his disagreement with plans to outsource city jobs to private contractors.
The Enterprise Report attempted to reach Steven White prior to publication of this story for comment. We were unsuccessful. Two telephone numbers associated with him, one listed on his California State contractor's license, were either not working, or gave out a mesage stating "the number you are calling is not taking calls at this time".
By Eric Longabardi
Jarrod Schulz is one of the stars of A&E's 'Storage Wars', the hit show that follows the exploits of storage locker hunters who try and hit it big and make money purchasing and reselling items from unpaid storage units.
The photo seen above was obtained exclusively by 'The Enterprise Report'. It was taken in 1999 as you can see from the photo itself and as for the "rest of the story", all we can tell you at this time is the photo is absolutley authentic and was obtained from a U.S. law enforcement agency via legal means under the law.
Schulz was convicted of a serious crime and spent time in prison for the offense.
By Eric Longabardi
In the spirit of the season we started a new tradition here at The Enterprise Report last year.
It was our first annual MEDIA TURKEY AWARDS!
We are back for our second year!
After serious consideration by an esteemed panel* (not really, about 5-minutes max was spent on this) Actually the winner is a direct selection of TER's editor ERIC LONGABARDI. We do apologize for the delay of a day in handing out this year's award, we were busy gobbling down turkey and the fixin's yesterday and enjoying the new Muppet movie with my child and her grandmother today.
Until yesterday we really didn't think anybody had really earned the coveted award this year. That was until someone sent us a link to an obscure blog that mentioned our mullti award-winning online news site by name. So we of course quickly reconsidered!
We have a winner again this year!
Our winner in a landslide is Jason Lanning, a so-called reporter based in Florida.
Jason it seems didn't like the fact that The Enterprise Report published his mugshot over two years ago (along with a few other media types who had some legal trouble in the sunshine state in the Tampa area) on this site after he was arrested. He also didn't like the fact that other media outlets did the same. Jason has since been cleared of some of the charges brought against him. We applaud him getting his day in court. Good for you Jason.
Jason saw fit to republish false, libelous and defamatory material about TER publisher Eric Longabardi personally on a sorry looking blog he publishes. After I pointed that fact out to Jason directly via his blog the spineless excuse for a reporter retracted what he had previously published and instead placed a link to the libelous material.
That should tell you everything you need to know about Jason Lanning. He is the kind of joke who should learn journalistic ethics (and journalism itself) before he starts going off half-cocked about what he thinks he learned in the minor leagues of the TV infotainment business.
The story TER published in 2009 about this guy Jason was in a humor feature section we call "Media Mugs: People in the News". What the feature is about, (this is for Jason, since he didn't seem to understand the premise) is a humor feature about when people in the media get in trouble with the law.
We can only guess that Jason didn't get the joke or his IQ is too low to understand the concept. Nonetheless, as with everything we publish on this online news site, it was entirely accurate and fair.
We also would like to point out to Jason that if he feels our publication was libelous or defamatory, he should say so and find himself a good media lawyer. So far he has yet to even contact editor Eric Longabardi in regards to the publishing of the story of his arrest.
We can only guess he didn't get the joke. For the record, TER's publisher/editor would love to see his own mugshot online, problem is he (nor nobody else) has yet to find one! I'm sure Jason will keep on trying, we wish him luck chasing ghosts as well as his own shadow!
But that's OK, inexperienced hack local TV infotainment reporters claiming to be "journalists" is pretty typical these days.
Nonetheless, Lanning has earned our MEDIA TURKEY AWARD for his year!
Congratulations Jason! It's not a Dupont, but it's something for you to put on your resume!
Happy Thanksgiving Turkey!