Former Montebello Police Chief's lawsuit could be headed for trial

Sep 6, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: San Gabriel Valley Tribune

A police chief who was fired in 2010 after just two days on the job is demanding the city pay him a $146,000 severance he contends he is owed, or face off in court.

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Trash talk

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Sep 25, 2012
 
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Anything the FD can do to accomplish this in Montebello, especially Plaza drive and Racket Mountain?

Crews remove non-native trees, such as eucalyptus and black locust trees, near the Turnbull Canyon Trail in Whittier on Monday. The area will be replanted in January with native vegetation such as cottonwood, sycamore and oak trees and scrub.(SGVN/Staff photo by Keith Durflinger)
http://www.whittierdailynews.com/ci_21622131/...

In January, new sycamore, oak, Southern willow and cottonwood trees as well as mulefat scrub will be planted in their place, Gullo said.

"The overall result will be a much richer habitation and more biodiversity," she said.

Plains Exploration and Production, commonly called PXP, which drills for oil in Montebello, is paying for the project.

Officials from that company didn't return a phone call or an email request for an interview.

Gullo didn't have specifics but said PXP is most likely doing the work because it's required by federal and/or state agencies because in another area - probably Montebello - it's causing impacts to the environment.
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Sep 25, 2012
 
Trash talk wrote:
EX
Anything the FD can do to accomplish this in Montebello, especially Plaza drive and Racket Mountain?

Crews remove non-native trees, such as eucalyptus and black locust trees, near the Turnbull Canyon Trail in Whittier on Monday. The area will be replanted in January with native vegetation such as cottonwood, sycamore and oak trees and scrub.(SGVN/Staff photo by Keith Durflinger)
http://www.whittierdailynews.com/ci_21622131/...

In January, new sycamore, oak, Southern willow and cottonwood trees as well as mulefat scrub will be planted in their place, Gullo said.

"The overall result will be a much richer habitation and more biodiversity," she said.

Plains Exploration and Production, commonly called PXP, which drills for oil in Montebello, is paying for the project.

Officials from that company didn't return a phone call or an email request for an interview.

Gullo didn't have specifics but said PXP is most likely doing the work because it's required by federal and/or state agencies because in another area - probably Montebello - it's causing impacts to the environment.
I believe you would have to apply for a grant in order to accomplish that.... I'll look into it...

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#23
Sep 25, 2012
 
As I said in another post, Cook-Hill's environmental landscaping is getting a little clean up along Montebello Blvd., and one employee would only say when asked what he was doing, replied 'Brush clearance for fire.'

They were clearing the very dry brush from about 10 feet from the chain link fence inward today 9/25. I wonder if the Montebello Oilfield Fire in July, or the close inspection by walkers in the March for Montebello, or even requests by MFD caused them to do it?

Why the low profile on the Montebello work, and the press release for the Whittier job?
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#24
Sep 27, 2012
 
Liz G once again got up and talked about McClure. This time wanting to know how many vacations he has taken. Really! Who the H is she and why is she on McClure all the time? She also tried to talk about one of their officers and even called him a wheesil. The City Attorney shut her down saying the first amendment is not there for her to talk poorly about a city employee who can not defend himself in that setting. Good for you Arnold ! I can't help to think that CC has it out for the chief cause Liz is CC's buddy. Why thou?
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Sep 28, 2012
 
Is one of th4e councilmen a tool of the Police Union?

The answer answers your question.
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When is the Charles is driving to Woodland Hills, California with along Ashley is my Daughter?
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Oct 2, 2012
 
settle down wrote
"called him a wheesil"
Did you mean a Wessel?
He's Fire
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#28
Oct 4, 2012
 
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Did you see the news about another broken cast iron water main this morning.
These are Los Angles County's biggest public safety hazard.
Come the "Big One" you are going to have no water to fight fires.
Many Citizens and firefighters will be injured or killed.
Especially if there are high winds at the same time.
Time for a major infrastructure upgrade-
Time to quit subsidizing water bills with deferred maintenance.
Water is expensive
No water is diasterous
It could take 6 months to restore the expected breaks in an emergency-(just to have the pipe manufacturd and shipped in)
Los Angeles would be decimated.
Source is Shakeout Scenario- USGS
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Oct 4, 2012
 
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Did you see the news about another broken cast iron water main this morning.
These are Los Angles County's biggest public safety hazard.
Come the "Big One" you are going to have no water to fight fires.
Many Citizens and firefighters will be injured or killed.
Especially if there are high winds at the same time.
Time for a major infrastructure upgrade-
Time to quit subsidizing water bills with deferred maintenance.
Water is expensive
No water is diasterous
It could take 6 months to restore the expected breaks in an emergency-(just to have the pipe manufacturd and shipped in)
Los Angeles would be decimated.
Source is Shakeout Scenario- USGS
I haven't. I do agree with you, that is why we attempted to educate the council in 1997,(I know, 42.... Last millennium) about the aging sewer and water infrastructure. Especially, in the south end of town, will present a grave danger. It fell, as you are aware, in deaf ears....

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Oct 4, 2012
 
The water problem is of last and this millennium. Several presentations have been made by consultants and staff. The main one gave a long list of problem areas, and they are all over the city, not just in south Mtb.
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#31
Oct 5, 2012
 
Let's fix the water problem before we even think of condos in the fire prone and water poor Montebello Hills.
Water has to be pumped up hill.
The specific plan has no plans for high point storage, all supply is pumped.
Water system relies on pumps and electricty to supply even one drop.
The stystem, as proposed, is inadequate to supply the required residential fire sprinklers if more than one condo is involved at the same time.
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Oct 5, 2012
 
Trash talk wrote:
Let's fix the water problem before we even think of condos in the fire prone and water poor Montebello Hills.
Water has to be pumped up hill.
The specific plan has no plans for high point storage, all supply is pumped.
Water system relies on pumps and electricty to supply even one drop.
The stystem, as proposed, is inadequate to supply the required residential fire sprinklers if more than one condo is involved at the same time.
Doesn't the Taylor Reservoir service the proposed area?
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Oct 5, 2012
 
All the resouvoir's are below project level.
They propose only one small/ totally inadequate tank at project mid level, none at the top.
Water only flows down hill.
No power, no pumps.
Power would be restored resonable quickly, but fire is quicker.
Broken mains and broken tanks (and connections) would take much longer.
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Oct 5, 2012
 
Trash talk wrote:
All the resouvoir's are below project level.
They propose only one small/ totally inadequate tank at project mid level, none at the top.
Water only flows down hill.
No power, no pumps.
Power would be restored resonable quickly, but fire is quicker.
Broken mains and broken tanks (and connections) would take much longer.
Very true...
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When is the Lisa is driving to Apple Valley, California with along Erin is my Daughter?
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Oct 8, 2012
 
http://www.sgvtribune.com/ci_21720653/lawsuit...

Yet another lawsuit out of the Police Union playbook.
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Oct 8, 2012
 
When is the Diane is driving to Riverside, California?
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Oct 10, 2012
 
Background on El Monte story, sounds like the same script being used in Montebello and elsewhere

http://www.sgvtribune.com/ci_19024657

Updated: 10/12/2011 03:34:52 PM PDT

EL MONTE - Allegations are flying in the El Monte Police Department.
And at least one captain and one lieutenant have been placed on leave because of them.

Three claims and a lawsuit filed by Police Department employees allege harassment, retaliation and political gamesmanship on the part of various high-ranking city officials, council members, and union leadership.

The claims portray city administrators as out to destroy the El Monte Police Officers Association (POA) and its leadership.

A separate lawsuit filed by Corporal Ben Lowry paints a different picture.

It in part contradicts one of the tort claims and outlines a concerted effort by Mayor Andre Quintero and police union board members to "undermine" a proposed Wal-Mart in the city.
Union officials have worked to defame him due to his support of the project, according to Lowry's lawsuit.

City officials say they are reviewing all the claims.

"The city is mobilized and investigating, specifically, with regard to the allegations in these claims,"
El Monte spokesman Michael Chee said.
"The city has a right to investigate all these claims.
These are claims, they are not facts."

Chee also pointed to politics - the claims emerged six weeks before the contentious City Council and mayoral elections.

Politics and the POA

Who are the good guys here???

The claims - filed by POA President and Officer Brian Glick, Lt. Robert Roach and police department records supervisor Cheryl Ramsey -
accuse City Manager Rene Bobadilla, former police Chief Tom Armstrong, current Chief Steve Schuster, and various other high ranking officers and officials of "threatening and intimidating" the POA.

The city has conspired with high-ranking officials to break the El Monte Police Officers Association, specifically by harassing and retaliating against Glick, McGill alleged.

"I have no doubt it is because (Glick) is the head of the union board," he said.

The allegations have resulted in at least one police captain, Santos Hernandez, being placed on administrative leave.

Chee said it may not be coincidental the claims come weeks before a city election.

"We aren't inside the minds of these people,"

Former chief responds

Former Chief Armstrong, who is named as a defendant in the tort claims, defended his time as chief and refuted the accusations.

"I am very comfortable with everything that was done during the course in time that I was Chief of Police," he said.

Glick made similar claims in 2009, Armstrong said. Glick's attorney confirmed a claim was submitted then, but that Glick didn't feel it was necessary at the time to file a lawsuit.

"move on to the next victim."

Glick's attorneys have a history of trying to attack city officials' characters for political purposes, Armstrong said.

"When you are not getting your way, you attack an individual, whether it is the city manager or police chief, and you basically continue after them until they acquiesce or for lack of a better term, grovel," Armstrong said.

He referenced Lackie, Dammier, and McGill's website that advises unions in negotiations to "Focus on a city manager,(sic) councilperson, mayor or police chief and keep the pressure up until that person assures you his loyalty and then move on to the next victim."
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I just cant believe that councilwoman Cortez talks alot about cleaning up. She needs to start at home, im not talking about chores. Her husband is always drinking at grant rea park. He even spends time way after the park is closed with some woman in the Indians club house.
Clean it up!

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