City HR director due in court for DUI

City HR director due in court for DUI

There are 33 comments on the Redlands Daily Facts story from Jan 10, 2009, titled City HR director due in court for DUI. In it, Redlands Daily Facts reports that:

Deborah Scott-Leistra, the city's human resources director, is scheduled to appear in court later this month for a DUI charge.

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Surprised at Paper

Yucaipa, CA

#1 Jan 16, 2009
I am amazed that our local paper would publish an article like this. We all make mistakes--what do you gain by exposing her in this way? This is not news, it is gossip. Her life is already turned upside down, why rub her face in it? Shame on the Redlands Daily Facts...
Redlands Mom

Alhambra, CA

#2 Feb 18, 2009
Give me a break! She is the city HR Director and you don't think this is news? I bet you would think different if she killed someone you love because she decided to drink and drive. She holds a public office and if she doesn't want her issues broadcast in the paper she needs to resign. They should fire her any way. Every citizen in Redlands should demand it!

“Timing & Distance!”

Since: Jul 08

Yucaipa, CA

#3 Feb 18, 2009
Redlands Mom wrote:
Give me a break! She is the city HR Director and you don't think this is news? I bet you would think different if she killed someone you love because she decided to drink and drive. She holds a public office and if she doesn't want her issues broadcast in the paper she needs to resign. They should fire her any way. Every citizen in Redlands should demand it!
Public Office is when you are elected.

FYI
Redlands Mom

Alhambra, CA

#4 Feb 18, 2009
Whether or not her position is elected she is paid by the tax payer. She serves the public. In fact her position as Human Resources has to be held to a higher level would you agree? As an HR Director does she not make decisions pertaining to employees in our city? I would like to petition for her termination if convicted. She broke the law!
Little Stevie Wonder

Redlands, CA

#5 Feb 18, 2009
Soon CM Martinez and HR Director Scott-Leistra will both be RESIGNING IN SHAME for deceiving the public and the on-going improper employment practices for Martinez, for Gallagher's son, for getting busted for DWI (that's the least of her worries, I'm sure). Isn't she one of Martinez's Department head "heroes" that are getting pay increases at the same time everybody is being furloughed? What a joke! And the JOKE'S ON US, since we allow them to continue working for the people of Redlands while they are morally and ethically bankrupt "career bureaucrats".
Redlands Mom

Alhambra, CA

#6 Feb 18, 2009
This is appalling! Just read the articles in the Daily Fax titled "Pay raise could be offered to city manager". Another article in The LA Times titled "A Spirit of sacrifice sweeps over Redlands City Hall."

The Daily Facts article says Mrs. Scott-Leinstra is getting a raise in the amount of $4,726 per year, bringing her yearly salary to $122,878.

The LA Times reports the city asked employee unions to take 10 days of unpaid furlough before July 1st to help with budget problems. Our cities police union volunteered to take the furlough to help out. Here is a quote from the article:

Officer Kelvin Bryant agreed. "It can't be me, me, me all of the time," he said. "Taking furloughs means others don't get laid off. People are losing their homes, their cars, their jobs. It's the wrong time to be against the city."

Here is Mrs. Scott-Leinstra's quote:

"We really started planning for this a year ago," said Debbie Scott-Leistra, the city's human resources director. "We decided on furloughs and went to the unions. They saw the writing on the wall and liked the guarantee of no layoffs. It wasn't contentious. It wasn't like pulling teeth."

It wasn't easy on city workers either. Unpaid furloughs hurt. Redlands' roughly 540 employees are losing hundreds of dollars a month from each paycheck.

Maybe Mrs. Scott-Leinstra wants to have less police presence on the streets of Redlands so she has less chance of getting caught for another DUI. I suggest she rethink the $4,726 increase since she knows other employees are losing hundreds of dollars a month from each paycheck.
The Gospel

AOL

#7 Feb 18, 2009
Four department heads are getting merit increases. Does that leave you with a bitter taste in your mouth?" Martinez asked. "These people who received the merit increase have earned it. Please know that I don't throw money around."
Awestruck

Blue Jay, CA

#8 Feb 19, 2009
I do not know what country you come from, but I do know this: This is The United States of America, and we, the people of this country, live in a FREE Country where we have been given the rights to FREEDOM OF SPEACH, FREEDOM OF RELIGION, and FREEDOM OF THE PRESS through our Constitutionally given First Amendment of the Bill of Rights. I thank God daily that I live in THIS country. This is NOT a Communist country where people are deprived of these rights. Where the the journalist could be executed for writing the truth. Here, in America, journalists write articles of such incidents like this as a means of transpaperncy whereby the people can know whether those who work in their government, that is, those responsible for GOVERNING THE PEOPLE, are doing their jobs appropriately, whether they are being a positive example to us and OUR CHILDREN, OR NOT so that we can have a say in who works for us. This government works for "WE, THE PEOPLE." The press is the means by which "WE THE PEOPLE" keep informed. For YOU to put this paper down in the manner you did, is the most INAPPROPRIATE thing I have EVER heard anyone in this country say. The shame is on you. I suggest you take a class on the United Stated Constitution so that you know WHICH country YOU are living in. I have.
Surprised at Paper wrote:
I am amazed that our local paper would publish an article like this. We all make mistakes--what do you gain by exposing her in this way? This is not news, it is gossip. Her life is already turned upside down, why rub her face in it? Shame on the Redlands Daily Facts...
Awestruck

Blue Jay, CA

#9 Feb 19, 2009
correction above: READ, not heard.
Awestruck

Blue Jay, CA

#10 Feb 19, 2009
I suggest that our HR Director, mentioned in this article, get some help for her ALCOHOLISM. I have counseled alcoholics. I do it as volunteer work. There are many other people who also do who work through various agencies and mental heath places. She could put down her pride and go to anyone of them Alcoholics Anonymous is another group that helps people learn to rise above their addiction/allergy to alcohol. This woman was charged with drunk driving. Officers who make such arrests do so with testing that proves to the officer justification for the charge. Obviously she was drunk and driving. Alcoholics don't know that when they drink they become their own worst enemy. She needs to sober up so before she will have even a chance to see what she has done. There is an 800 number in the phone book for Alcoholics Anonymous. I suggest she take the charges seriously and go get the help she needs before she kills someone. As for an HR job. That is no position for her until after she gets the help she needs. You can't help other people without first helping yourself. HR is a "people" job. I wish her the best in her recovery through the removal of her denial, and a change in her behavior, while not being pleased that she did it while working in an HR job-IF the charges against her are correct. Which I would be shocked if they weren't, although mistakes do happen. GET SOME HELP LADY!
Little Stevie Wonder

Redlands, CA

#11 Feb 19, 2009
"Awestruck". you are dead right. Ms. Debbie Scott-Leistra is not a "people person" to begin with, and was brought to Redlands to implement the "will and pleasure" of City Manager Martinez, as it relates to the human resources of the City. Pure and simple that means favoritism and politicizing of the workplace. I hope she can find the help she needs with her drinking problem and discontinue compromising the sanctity of a fair and equitable personnel hiring and employment process at the City of Redlands.
Awestruck

Blue Jay, CA

#12 Feb 19, 2009
Yes, it is obvious that a narrow minded "group think" CLIQUE as such exists exactly as you described it. Thanks again. It's nice to know someone IS out there who sees what is really happening. There is no HUMAN RELATIONS occurring through that department nor the city council et al as it is evident that none of them have ever done anything FOR the people of this town. The police and fire department people go out of their way to help people. This town needs a whole new crew not like the cliquees.A real "vision" for the people of this town is needed.
Little Stevie Wonder wrote:
"Awestruck". you are dead right. Ms. Debbie Scott-Leistra is not a "people person" to begin with, and was brought to Redlands to implement the "will and pleasure" of City Manager Martinez, as it relates to the human resources of the City. Pure and simple that means favoritism and politicizing of the workplace. I hope she can find the help she needs with her drinking problem and discontinue compromising the sanctity of a fair and equitable personnel hiring and employment process at the City of Redlands.
Mentone Mike

West Palm Beach, FL

#13 Feb 19, 2009
I'll drink to that!
Little Stevie Wonder

Redlands, CA

#14 Feb 22, 2009
gurgle, gurgle, gulp. Martinez/ Filarsky, think DSL may be able to reverse charges against the CHP officer? Better bring in Carl "The Spin Doctor" Baker, he got Martinez on TV and in the LA Times looking like a saint instead of a serious sinner. P.S. DSL, do you have your own "personal" copy of the OPD locker room video? Another blogger was asking that if you've got it, and we all know you do, they want you to release it over the internet (after 13 years of anticipation by the OPD adoring public).
MTZ

Highland, CA

#15 Feb 23, 2009
The HR Director gets a big fat check every few weeks, will get a big fat check every year she is retired, and will get her so called problem (really a character flaw) fixed on health care insurance who's premiums are paid for with tax dollars.

So darn right, she is not a private person, and is subject to the scrutiny of the press. Thank God the press picked up on this!

As HR director, she is in a position to take employment actions against City employees with drinking problems and drug problems - and with her own weakness, she obviously cannot be unbiased in these personnel actions. And if a personnel director cannot be unbiased in personnel actions, then said peronnnel director must go!

Would you want a finance manager that has gone bankrupt in their personal life?

Would you want a water systems director who won't drink the city's water?

Would you want a Chief of Police that insists the City is a dangerous place to live?

Would you want a public school teacher who sends their own kids to private schools?

The HR Director has got to go!

Interestingly, it was not that long ago that Andy Williams was busted in the City while driving his Rolls through town drunk as a skunk. Unfortunately, I think somebody got an autograph and the whole case was swept. I bet that does not happend to folks living in Redlands named Garcia, or Washington, or UOR Students, or just plain Redlanders.
Skeleton Crew

Yucaipa, CA

#16 Feb 24, 2009
Fits right in with all the other bullsh*t being allowed to fly within this city council.
Little Stevie Wonder

Redlands, CA

#17 Feb 24, 2009
The really sad thing about this HR Director is that she will do anything for her boss Martinez, including braking the CA fair employment rules and laws, as a HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR? She mentored under the IE's most infamous dictator/hatchet-man Ontario's CM Devereaux (who ravaged Fontana before that). I was told a few years ago that Devereaux was providing services as a consultant to other municipalities in his "empire building" philosophy. I'll bet Martinez took Devereaux's instruction on how to be the most abusive city administrator and create your own necessity at a city (after you've run everybody out of town). And taxpayer money probably paid for this type of "continuing education" for career bureaucrats around SoCal.
Little Stevie Wonder

Redlands, CA

#19 Feb 25, 2009
"Matt", you are in LA LA LAND.
CROD213

AOL

#20 Feb 27, 2009
I love Public Safety.
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