I'm watching a situation in which the Riverside County, California RACES organization is apparently being threatened by a new ARES group, "Riverside County ARES", that is rapidly growing in the low desert area. Emails are going out from county officials "demanding" information about the organization and stating that "all such organizations must be coordinated and operate under the County umbrella". I remember a ham, with his accompanying halitosis, scream in my face that the RACES group has jurisdiction over "ALL" emergency communications in the county, and stating "IT'S THE LAW"!! Naturally, no such law exists, nor could it. When the local Salvation Army SATERN group began in the area, they were paid a visit by RACES members, telling them that they could not operate in an emergency, so they must join RACES, and abandon SATERN. This is a far cry from the recent Mexicali Earthquake activity in which the local RACES group, ARES, SATERN, Red Cross, and Mexican Hams all worked together. In the words of that great philosopher Rodney King, "Can't we all get along?" Emails and anger are flying back and forth!