While everyone at that phony, permission-only “City of Burbank” Facebook page is wringing their hands over this latest BPD controversy — not knowing who to support or why, or trying to remember what their previous opinions were about the Department lest they mistakenly offend somebody now or act like they give a damn — we had a commenter this morning laying it down straight.
No cautious, measured response here:
Fact: LaChasse had the Blum survey done but refused to released the results to his own department except his “reform team.” The managers and supervisors have asked to see the results so they would know what they were dealing with as a part of the team but were not. How come no new survey has ever been done to see where the department is at?
Fact: LaChasse fired 10 people but admitted he only read the summary of the investigations to make his decision. The former deputy chief of the department Bill Taylor is being investigated and you only read a summary and not the entire investigation?
Fact: the former deputy chief is suing the department and the trial is on and where is the chief during this time? At a conference with his chief cronies, he sends Tom Angel in his absence.
Fact: Officers involved in traffic accidents and internal investigations are done and officers are held accountable in the disciplinary process. Who did the investigations and held the chief accountable for his accident(s) in a city car?
Fact: Chief is more worried about hiring and promoting diversity to fit the city image but not the best people. Promoting from the bottom and just filling a quota he set for the council or commission?
Question: Who in their right mind would go to Baker to Vegas when your own team stays home? Nice leadership or is this a”teaching moment” sent to the troops?
Question: If other members of the department have been disciplined for poor emails or comments and such while the Deputy Chief has not, shouldn’t their discipline be removed? Do the right thing and you are always on parade was the chief’s mantra when hired, do the actions match the words?
If it’s true that other employees were disciplined over their use of official email, or derogatory comments about minority groups, why not Angel? What kind of discipline is it when your old boss praises you later on right after the subject comes up?
How did LaChasse find out about those emails anyway? Who brought them to his attention?
We’re also still wondering why someone would want to “forward” these things anyway — like what kind of people do you think would want to get them, and who’s sending them to you originally.
Sounds like a fun crowd, and during company time.