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Caught on Tape: Water District Employee Admits Wrongdoing Against Ratepayers.

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June23, 2013


La Habra Heights, CA - A water district employee may find himself in “hot water” after ratepayers spotted him hauling construction debris in an overloaded utility truck to a trash dumpster at Water District headquarters on Hacienda Road. The Ford F250 Utility truck, District vehicle #7, displaying exempt license plates (exempt from registration), belongs to the La Habra Heights County Water District and is used in an official capacity to service the District’s approximately 2,000 ratepayers. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Robert (Rob) McAllister, a four-year employee who holds the position of Utility 1, according to the District’s website.

On Sunday morning we followed Mr. McAllister as he headed northbound on Harbor Blvd. turning west onto Whittier Blvd. As he approached Hacienda Road the heavily laden vehicle bobbed back and forth as he struggled to maintain lane position. We then observed him turn into the District’s parking lot, reversing direction in order to backup. McAllister stepped out of the vehicle wearing a red USC sweatshirt with blue shorts to open a locked security gate at the closed District headquarters.

With cameras rolling, we asked Mr. McAllister what he was doing and where the construction debris came from. He initially responded that he was on-call coming from a job site. He eventually admitted it came from his own house and that he was not working in an official capacity. McAllister then backed the vehicle to one of two Haul Away trash dumpsters where, for several minutes, he appeared to contemplate his next move. Now dressed in a La Habra Heights County Water District shirt, but still in shorts, he proceeded to take yet another water district vehicle leaving the loaded pickup next to the dumpster. As he emerged from a second pickup numbered (0) to lock the gate, we asked him if what he was doing was right and fair to ratepayers? He responded, “No, it’s not”.

We followed McAllister as he made his way through La Habra, Brea and into Yorba Linda where he stopped the Water District’s vehicle in front of a residence at 4433 Avenida Rio Del Oro. He then exclaimed, “Now you know where I live”. Satellite images available from Google and Bing appear to show a patio cover that matches the construction debris found in back of the District’s pickup truck.

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Feeding at the Trough

North Hollywood, CA

#1 Jun 24, 2013
This will be interesting.

Will the Water Board members, who themselves ate filet mignon, swordfish, & half-chicken, who drank Chivas Regal and expensive liquors, and stayed with spouses at fancy hotels all at ratepayer expense, be able to discipline a utility worker who also used ratepayer provided resources for personal gain?

Is this just business as usual at the water district, but the dumper was just caught at the dumpster?

How many loads had he dumped before he was caught?

If the trash held lead paint or asbestos materials, who pays for removal?
Who pays for the exposure of other employees to the hazards?

Will he have to pay for the trash disposal and use of the vehicle?

Will the Water District instead blame the reporter who caught him for picking on the Water District?

Stay tuned
Water Watch

Whittier, CA

#2 Jun 24, 2013
Do you think that the City of Yorba Linda has a building or demolition permit on file?

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