I spent the day today taking depositions of various City officials, including Dan Lindheim and Dan Purnell, Executive Director of the Public Ethics Commission. Here are the highlights:
1. The PEC has a rule that the Executive Director issue a formal report to the PEC within 30 business days, except if the PEC grants and extension. Mr. Purnell, admitted that he basically never complies with that rule, and never gets an extension. And he doesn't seem to care. Never mind that his job is to serve the commission devoted to upholding integrity and trust in government. Never mind that justice delayed in justice denied. He's collecting his paycheck; that's all he seems to care about.
2. The complaint regarding public records compliance that I filed in September, 2009, will likely not go to hearing until next year. The hearing is not likely to be completed until my lawsuit is over. Meanwhile, the City continues to spend tens of thousands of dollars of taxpayer dollars fighting the public's right to timely access to documents. Money it doesn't have.
3. Lindheim, who admitted that his job is to "run the City," had only the vaguest ideas about my public records complaints. He'd never read Mr. Purnell's report, outlining numerous compliance problems. He wasn't aware of specific policies or procedures that the City had regarding compliance. He was only vaguely aware that this was a cause of action in my lawsuit.
4. Lindheim wasn't aware that PSOs had been pulled off of their beats, one for six months, nor was he aware that this was a specific allegation in my lawsuit.
5. Lindheim continues to defend the City's decision not to hold police academies (other than the two lateral academies that produced only 7 or 8 officers total) and deliberately reduce the size of the police force, as within the legalities of the former Measure Y.
6. Lindheim promised to staff the PSO positions in January, from the existing ranks of the police department. When asked about the crime reduction team positions (Measure Y/BB requires that at least 6 of the 63 positions be crime reduction team positions devoted to specific duties), Mr. Lindheim appeared to be unfamiliar with that particular requirement, or the fact that the requirement had not been fulfilled for most of the duration of Measure Y. However, he assured me that the City would "comply with the law." Yeah, I've heard that one before.