Car Parker

Azusa, CA

#1 Sep 9, 2013
The authority that provides insurance to government agencies in California has put Irwindale on notice that allegations of corruption in the Police Department and at City Hall could result in cancellation of its liability and worker’s compensation policies.
An Aug. 28 letter from the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority says a series of lawsuits, alleged misconduct and reports of criminal behavior forced the city into settlements that totaled nearly $2 million over the past five years. The letter also outlines a performance improvement plan, or PIP, it says city officials must adopt.
Once terms are negotiated, the city will have 18 months to improve or it could face losing its insurance coverage.
“They’re on notice that they need to improve their risk management practices within the city’s operations, specifically in the Police Department, to maintain their insurance coverage with our agency,” said Bob May, JPIA’s risk management program manager.
City Manager John Davidson did not respond to several telephone calls nor an email seeking comment.
The letter notes that on Wednesday four current and former city officials will be arraigned in Los Angeles Superior Court on suspicion of embezzlement, misappropriation of public funds and conflict of interest.
“There is also concern that the City Council may be placing undue pressure on staff to direct the outcomes of internal investigations. Several, if not many, of the Police Department’s employees are related to Council members through family ties,” May wrote.“There is also concern that the council has lost sight of its role as policy makers and is becoming involved in day-to-day operational issues under their influence.”
May also pointed to the March resignation of the city’s human resources manager and alleged she pushed through $85,000 in employee compensation for three employees on behalf of a former city manager in 2007 and 2008 and knowingly did so without the approval of the City Council. City records indicate that Glendora resident Sharmeen Bhojani served as the city’s HR manager since 2007 until earlier this year.
Bhojani is not named in the report.
Former City Manager Steve Blancarte pleaded guilty in 2011 to misappropriating public funds as part of a plea deal in which prosecutors dropped four additional felony counts. Blancarte was sentenced to three years of unsupervised probation and had to pay $20,000 in fines and restitution.
“The aforementioned areas of concern meet three of the ... criteria that suggest a member is of concern to the Authority and its members: allegations or reports of bribery, conflicts of interest, unfairness, dishonesty, or fraud; actions that negatively affect employee morale and performance, including allegations or reports of harassment or discrimination, or nepotism; and adverse public policy, including actions or inactions that create legal liability,” May wrote.
Of the Police Department’s 24 officers, three are on paid administrative leave, Chief Roy Campos said Wednesday. The Police Department is conducting 14 internal affairs investigations, according to May.
Car Parker

Azusa, CA

#2 Sep 9, 2013
Recently alleged reports of police misconduct include:
• A $20 million lawsuit a woman filed against the city alleging Sgt. David Fraijo sexually assaulted her during a traffic stop in October;
• Officer Daniel Camerano was placed on paid administrative leave amid accusations he had inappropriate relationships with Explorer Scouts;
• Officer Dennis Alva is accused of stealing $250,000 cash from his father’s home in Azusa and has been charged with grand theft, second-degree burglary and elder abuse;
• Officer Rudy Campos has filed a civil lawsuit against the city accusing Lt. Mario Camacho of retaliation; and
• Camacho is also accused of sexually harassing a female cadet.
JPIA also pointed to pending criminal charges against two City Council members — Mark Breceda and Manuel Garcia — and two former city officials — Rosemary Ramirez and Abe De Dios. The four are accused of misappropriation of public funds, embezzlement and conflict of interest. Prosecutors allege the officials took lavish trips to New York City and spent $200,000 in public funds on expensive hotels, steak dinners, Broadway plays, limousines and professional sports games.
Irwindale will have 18 months to complete each of the action items under the PIP proposed by JPIA or risk losing coverage.
Among the proposed action items, Irwindale must:
• Hire a permanent, full-time human resources manager;
• Submit any proposed adverse disciplinary action against personnel for approval by JPIA;
• Notify JPIA of any anticipated internal investigations and reasons for such investigations;
• Notify JPIA of any complaints of harassment, discrimination, retaliation or police misconduct and;
• Council members are required to complete training on council relations and cooperation.
“One of the last remedies is to withdraw coverage, which is pretty severe for a city to lose insurance coverage,” said May.
The city would then have to go to the open market for insurance or self-insure.
Car Parker

Azusa, CA

#3 Sep 9, 2013
The authority that provides insurance to government agencies in California has put Irwindale on notice that allegations of corruption in the Police Department and at City Hall could result in cancellation of its liability and worker’s compensation policies.

An Aug. 28 letter from the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority says a series of lawsuits, alleged misconduct and reports of criminal behavior forced the city into settlements that totaled nearly $2 million over the past five years. The letter also outlines a performance improvement plan, or PIP, it says city officials must adopt.

Once terms are negotiated, the city will have 18 months to improve or it could face losing its insurance coverage.

“They’re on notice that they need to improve their risk management practices within the city’s operations, specifically in the Police Department, to maintain their insurance coverage with our agency,” said Bob May, JPIA’s risk management program manager.

City Manager John Davidson did not respond to several telephone calls nor an email seeking comment.

Of JPIA’s 123 members in California, only the city of Cudahy is on a performance improvement plan, May said. La Puente had been on a PIP, but recently completed it. Calexico, in Imperial County, is in the same situation as Irwindale, where JPIA staff are creating a PIP for the city, he said.

The letter notes that on Wednesday four current and former city officials will be arraigned in Los Angeles Superior Court on suspicion of embezzlement, misappropriation of public funds and conflict of interest.

“There is also concern that the City Council may be placing undue pressure on staff to direct the outcomes of internal investigations. Several, if not many, of the Police Department’s employees are related to Council members through family ties,” May wrote.“There is also concern that the council has lost sight of its role as policy makers and is becoming involved in day-to-day operational issues under their influence.”

May also pointed to the March resignation of the city’s human resources manager and alleged she pushed through $85,000 in employee compensation for three employees on behalf of a former city manager in 2007 and 2008 and knowingly did so without the approval of the City Council. City records indicate that Glendora resident Sharmeen Bhojani served as the city’s HR manager since 2007 until earlier this year.

Bhojani is not named in the report.

Former City Manager Steve Blancarte pleaded guilty in 2011 to misappropriating public funds as part of a plea deal in which prosecutors dropped four additional felony counts. Blancarte was sentenced to three years of unsupervised probation and had to pay $20,000 in fines and restitution.

“The aforementioned areas of concern meet three of the ... criteria that suggest a member is of concern to the Authority and its members: allegations or reports of bribery, conflicts of interest, unfairness, dishonesty, or fraud; actions that negatively affect employee morale and performance, including allegations or reports of harassment or discrimination, or nepotism; and adverse public policy, including actions or inactions that create legal liability,” May wrote.

Of the Police Department’s 24 officers, three are on paid administrative leave, Chief Roy Campos said Wednesday. The Police Department is conducting 14 internal affairs investigations, according to May.
Car Parker

Azusa, CA

#4 Sep 9, 2013
allegations or reports of bribery, conflicts of interest, OH MY,, unfairness, dishonesty, or fraud; OH MY,, actions that negatively affect employee morale and performance, OH MY,, including allegations or reports of harassment or discrimination, or nepotism; NO NOT NEPOTISM ,,, OH MY,, and adverse public policy, including actions or inaction's that create legal liability. OH MY,,

THEY FORGOT SELLING TOW CONTRACTS. OH MY,,
Car Parker

Azusa, CA

#5 Sep 9, 2013
I want to know what Breceda and Blancarte did with the 84 million dollars for housing.
Ha ha

Baldwin Park, CA

#6 Sep 9, 2013
Car Parker wrote:
I want to know what Breceda and Blancarte did with the 84 million dollars for housing.
They were probably trying to have NASA develop a soap that will get hunley clean. Except that 84 million didn't even cover the deposit NASA needed.
Woop There It Is

Alhambra, CA

#7 Sep 10, 2013
Ha ha wrote:
<quoted text>
They were probably trying to have NASA develop a soap that will get hunley clean. Except that 84 million didn't even cover the deposit NASA needed.
Now that's a true "Ha Ha"

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