Officers lodge two claims of retaliation against Arroyo Grande

January 7, 2013
Steve Adams

Steve Adams

An Arroyo Grande Police officer says the city has failed to follow due process in dealing with a claim of retaliation, and the police officers’ union also has lodged an accusation of retaliation.

On Dec. 31, Michelle Cota filed a lawsuit in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court against the city and its police department for failing to follow the city’s Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the police officers’ union in dealing with a grievance following a claim of sexual harassment.

In a suit filed in late 2011, Cota accused Chief Steven Annibali and former Commander John Hough of retaliating against her and two other women who complained that former Sergeant Barry Bridge sexually harassed them.

She also lodged a disciplinary appeal, which according to the MOA would require binding arbitration.

The lawsuit says City Manager Steve Adams unilaterally selected a person to oversee the hearing and determine an outcome, a breach of the MOA. The lawsuit asks the court to force the city to comply with its MOA and enter into binding arbitration in dealing with Cota’s workplace retaliation claim.

In another allegation of retaliation, the Arroyo Grande Police Officers Association on Dec. 20 filed a notice of unfair practices against the City of Arroyo Grande, claiming it has violated California’s labor relation laws. This followed six counteroffers the union made, to which city officials failed to respond.

In the claim filed with the Public Employment Relations Board, the association contends the city retaliated against the union over its decision to hire an attorney to represent it during contract negotiations. The union accuses Adams of threatening officers with a 3.5 percent pay cut if they exercise their rights and hire an attorney to oversee the negotiation process.

In its claim, the union is asking the Public Employment Relations Board to order the city not to implement the pay cut and to reimburse the union for all attorney’s fees and costs.

 


21 Comments

  1. smartmouth says:

    Ted, Ted, Ted……………..

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  2. Maxfusion says:

    The “sexual harassment” industry continues to grow.

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  3. Ted Slanders says:

    When in the hell are woman going to actually follow some biblical principles that are relative to their gender? So what if these Sisters of Eve “allegedly” got sexually harassed by Sergeant Barry Bridge?

    The bottom line is the biblical fact that women were created for man in every way and they are to be subjected to man’s wants in every way, period! Christian women, start following the bible and quit whining about how men treat you!

    “But I suffer not a woman to teach, NOR TO USURP THE AUTHORITY OVER THE MAN, but to be in silence.” (Timothy 2:12)

    “For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man, for man was not made for woman, but woman from man, NEITHER WAS MAN CREATED FOR WOMAN, BUT WOMAN FOR MAN.” (1 Corinthians 11:17)

    “But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; AND THE HEAD OF THE WOMAN IS MAN; and the head of Christ is God.” (1 Corinthians 11:3 )

    “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. FOR THE HUSBAND IS HEAD OF THE WIFE, as even as Christ is head of the church, and he is the savior of the body. Therefore as the church is subject to Christ, SO LET THE WIVES BE TO THEIR HUSBANDS IN EVERY WAY” (Ephesians 5: 22-24 )

    Woman should learn their place within the godly scheme of things and just accept the biblical fact that they’re second class citizens as the bible explicitly shows.

    “And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands; who so pleaseth god shall escape from her, but the sinner shall be taken in by her” (Ecclesiastes 7:26-29)

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    • changes says:

      You’re the reason why women became feminists Ted….How pathetic of you to use Cal Coast News as your neurotic sounding board of stupidity. What is it Teddy? Did you not get enough attention as a youngster?

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      • pasoparent5 says:

        Don’t worry, changes. He’s merely a troll and I’m not sure why CCN allows him to spout off on tangents which have nothing to do with the story.

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        • changes says:

          No kidding pasoparent5…wow! I have read other postings from him in the past and all I can say how incredibly sad a person uses serious issues and spouts off such trash. The Lord I know and love is not the same one Ted interprets to his warped thinking…but enough, I’m not going to address him or his narcissistic rants any further.

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          • Ted Slanders says:

            changes,

            “The Lord I know and love is not the same one Ted interprets ”

            I am NOT interpreting anything when I have brought forth the DIRECT and literal word of God in the passages in question above! There is absolutely no spin-doctoring needed by you or anyone else pertaining to said scriptures above pertaining to women. I am truly sorry if you don’t like their godly and direct outcome.

            “When arguing with fools, be sure to answer their foolish arguements, or they will become wise in their own estimation” (Proverbs 26:5)

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          • abigchocoholic says:

            The Lord I know and love is not the same one Ted interprets to his warped thinking
            ———————-
            wrong. Ted is quoting the bible. Not summarizing, not paraphrasing, not improvising. They are direct quotes. You don’t follow them because they don’t suit your desires not because they aren’t direct quotes that must, by definition, define your Lord.

            What Ted is a little consumed with is pointing out the absurd level of hypocrisy and dis ingenuousness of Christians and Christianity in general. And you just gave a prime example of such hypocrisy. You’re appalled by what your own bible says as are most so your answer is not to denounce it but rather to ignore what your bible says and to cherry pick out the stuff you like and make up your own God to fit your personal desires.

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        • Ted Slanders says:

          pasoparent5,

          You can’t see the direct nexus between the Sisters of Eve that have brought forth a law suit against Sergeant Barry Bridges, and the specific bible passages pertaining to those women and how they’re accordingly suppose to act? It is most certainly within context of the story!

          Michelle Cota, et al, therefore should drop their ungodly lawsuits post haste, and start following God’s true words for a change. Amen.

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      • Ted Slanders says:

        changes,

        I am not the reason that women become feminists, in part, it’s the message of the bible herewith that can accomplish that feat, and not me because I am just the messenger.

        It saddens us true Christians that you would rather stifle the scriptures pertaining to the woman’s place in the godly scheme of things, instead of making sure that women become knowledgable to their godly position while on earth.

        I am sorry, but I will not respond in kind to your last puerile statement so as to save you any further embarrassment. You can thank me later.

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        • Answer4U says:

          Hey Ted,

          I think this is the only documentation you ought to be concerned with: (If you receive a lobotomy and hardcore anti-psychotic meds ASAP, you may be able to avoid this fate)

          5150 W&I. When any person, as a result of mental disorder, is a danger
          to others, or to himself or herself, or gravely disabled, a peace
          officer, member of the attending staff, as defined by regulation, of
          an evaluation facility designated by the county, designated members
          of a mobile crisis team provided by Section 5651.7, or other
          professional person designated by the county may, upon probable
          cause, take, or cause to be taken, the person into custody and place
          him or her in a facility designated by the county and approved by the
          State Department of Social Services as a facility for 72-hour
          treatment and evaluation.

          Unfortunately, this process does nothing to address your ignorance……..

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          • Ted Slanders says:

            Answer4U,

            I will add you to the ever growing list of individuals that just cannot stand, nor accept, biblical axioms like I’ve shown in my above post relative to women and the story topic at hand.

            What you and many others just don’t understand, is the FACT that I am just the messenger, so when you call me ignorant, it then logically deduces to the fact that you’re calling God’s message ignorant. Get it? Probably not.

            What God’s word thinks of how woman are to act and be ruled over by man, of which is definitely relative to this story, is not my choice, but it is Gods. Get it? Probably not.

            If you don’t like the way the Christian God has set forth His doctrine, and if you’re an assumed Christian, then I suggest that you leave the faith and find another belief system. Get it? Probably not.

            Good day.

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            • Pelican1 says:

              Perhaps Islam? Why not? the women are treated exactly the way you suggest they should be.
              I’ve got a news flash Burqa Boy, not you, or your warped belief system will ever prevail.

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    • Pelican1 says:

      Teddy, I believe! I believe! I see the light! I see the light!
      Here…I have put my hand upon the screen so you can miraculously heal me and deliver me from reality so that i might walk with you through Fantasyland.
      Where do I send my love gift?
      Don’t ever forget, through women, God brought forth kings, leaders, prophets, pastors, and even the Son of God. While some religions do teach that women are inferior, the Bible says that God made both of the same flesh. Both male and female reflect His image. Without either sex, we could not fully understand the nature of God.

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    • Pelican1 says:

      Teddy, play this at your next tent revival meeting…it’s so perfect
      http://www.nme.com/nme-video/youtube/…/aQqC6_6Wf0... – United Kingdom

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  4. Mr. Holly says:

    Oh boy here we go another police union deal. Should be interesting to see where AG will rank against Paso Robles and their police problems. I think it has come to where these unions have become to over powering against the cities where if the union doesn’t get what they want they then go and sue, welcome to California. These lawsuits cost the taxpayers thousand and thousands of dollars that certainly could be better spent administering the cities and providing adequate services.
    Years ago it seems that the police and firemen where happy to have the jobs that they were dedicated to and glad to serve the public. Now it just seems like it’s about more money, more benefits and less work requirements.

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    • pasoparent5 says:

      I don’t belong to a union and am normally not pro-union…BUT what about circumstances where there are legitimate grievances? Case in point–Paso PD during the Chittygate years. If multiple officers were harassed under an incompetent and unethical boss like Lisa Chitty, then wouldn’t the protection of a union be a good thing in that case? On the other hand, if the cops are lying, then–by all means–fire ‘em asap.

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    • blondehare says:

      Arroyo Grande Police chief.. Hired a new officer in 2009.. That officer showed up at the board of realtors ethics panel.. He sided against this senior who was defraud by KW and Blair properties. Steven Adams signed off on this senior moderate income unit to make it a normal unit.. Then this officer showed up and said this senior called to many times.. used up valuable police time.. Chief fired him the next day.. I was told to report all of this to Arroyo grande police department since all the crimes happened in AG.. Nice to know we have such great police protection.. for our seniors.. as Board Of realtors hired Roy Odgen and they used an fabricated illness and got away with it. Blacklisted this senior from all brokers. Not one in 3 years has replied. Kamala Harris is on this and 3 citizens complaints due to covering up and retaliation. I will not rest until this county is is accountable, licenses revoked and lawyers disbarred.

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      • OnTheOtherHand says:

        blondehare, I don’t know if you are right or not but your communications skills need some serious polishing if you want to convince anyone of your case. I can’t figure out much of anything from what you typed here.

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        • blondehare says:

          good.. as from now.. on a lawyer.. will be speaking for me.

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  5. changes says:

    Intresting the city (and Adams) has asked the city employees to take cuts when they just approved in the spring to build a new muti-million dollar police depatment without funding from the twice failed tax initiavie. The question to ask here is since this tax bond failed twicew, where is the city finding money to bulid this department? And don’t say from the sales of the current Police Department as the city will not get anywhere near the price of the projected cost.

    Why not ask the current officers if they support the building of the new department? And let’s not forget the 3 now 4 pending lawsuits currently against the city and Chief Annibali.

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