D.A.'s unit investigating South Pasad...

D.A.'s unit investigating South Pasadena City Council

There are 9 comments on the Pasadena Star-News story from Oct 14, 2010, titled D.A.'s unit investigating South Pasadena City Council. In it, Pasadena Star-News reports that:

The District Attorney's Office is investigating whether the City Council violated provisions of the state's open meetings law when members went behind closed door to interview candidates for the police chief's job.

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Ron Rosen

United States

#1 Oct 14, 2010
For the record, my concern is not so much that the Council interviewed two candidates behind closed doors, because the evidence shows that the choice was going to be Joe Payne all along. That information was published in the Star News as early as January. This final "interview" was just window dressing, although, I do think it was a violation of the Brown Act.

My greater concern is the numerous closed-session meetings the Council held last fall and in early 2010 that led to them making it clear to the City Manager that Police Chief Watson's contract should not be renewed. Those meetings were labelled City Manager performance evaluations. In fact they were discussions about Watson and his contract. Because the Council had no direct power to hire or fire Watson, it had no business discussing Watson in closed session, let alone cleverly mislabeling the meetings.

I've been following this story since December, and I have not heard one complaint about Watson from the Council, the City Manager, or the public. What we do know is that several Councilmen with heavy backing from the Police and Fire unions supported the move to remove Watson, as did the Police Officers Association itself. Neither the removal of Watson nor the obviously predetermined appointment of Payne has ever been discussed openly by the Council or the City Manager. The purpose of the Brown Act is to prevent local governments from acting behind closed doors, yet this is exactly what the South Pasadena City Council has done.


#2 Oct 15, 2010
Wake up South Pasadena! Your City council just gave you the middle finger and is expecting you o sit back & take it. You have to hold these people accountable or you will be the next City of Bell.
Well Duh

Riverside, CA

#3 Oct 15, 2010
More Republican racketeering and treason aganist America. Lovely. Let's hope that all ofthese scumbag traitors get indicted and inprisoned, they can hold their secret corporate crimnial meetings all they want behind bars.

Isn't Republicanism just lovely?
recall Philip Putnam

North Hollywood, CA

#4 Oct 15, 2010
Philip Putnam is top on the list to go.
Everytime there is an issue, he is the first to respond with some long-winded pontification on the issue, what a pointless blow hard he is.
In addition, he is more corrupt than Dave Margrave ever was. For instance, he looks the other way when his son uses the senior transportation shuttle as a personal taxi to take him to all points in southern california. No Joke!
Watchful eye

United States

#5 Oct 16, 2010
The actions of the South Pasadena Council are dispicable. Their arrogance and disregard for following rules to select the best Police Chief reflect their misplaced values. Doesn't South Pasadena deserve integrity from its elected officials?
Patrick Lee

United States

#6 Oct 16, 2010
Great story! Glad you noticed it when we first reported it on Monday at South Pasadena Patch: http://southpasadena.patch.com/articles/brown...

United States

#7 Oct 16, 2010
It's an exempt Brown Act "personnel" issue, so this might appear to some cyncial wags to be just more "grandstanding" for the election?

But, it so good to see that it works so well with the simple minded........
Ron Rosen

United States

#8 Oct 16, 2010
No, WOW, it's not. The Brown Act does not allow closed session meetings about personnel that the Council has no authority to hire or fire. That's why they mislabeled the meetings.

United States

#9 Oct 17, 2010
They were hiring, it will stand the test just fine, you watch.

Some politicians, not having anything worthwhile to run on, just need some quick "corruption fighting" headlines, that's all.

This tactic usually works well with the simple minded nitwits who dwell in the land of conspiracy theories.

This political "press release" "investigation" would appear to be entierly intended to manipulate these simple minded voters?

And, from these comments it's working on some folks real well?

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