Paso Robles announces $125,000 ticket quota settlement

March 22, 2014

Pso signA day after signing a non-disclosure agreement, Paso Robles city officials disclosed they had settled a traffic ticket quota lawsuit filed by a former employee for $125,000.

Total costs to the city exceed $160,000. In addition to the $125,000 settlement, the city paid $33,594 in attorneys’ fees and $2,671 in other expenses.

Jon Tatro, a 25-year veteran of the Paso Robles Police Department, said he and other patrol officers were required to write increasingly frequent traffic tickets in order to reach a non-specified financial goal. Such quotas are illegal under California law.

Shortly after Tatro’s attorney, Jeffrey A. Lipow of Encino, told the nine-woman, three-man jury during opening arguments on March 13 that “the evidence would show” that city officials conspired with Lisa Solomon-Chitty to generate additional revenues for city coffers by increasing the number of traffic citations, the city offered a settlement.

The non-disclosure agreement also includes a stipulation that Tatro is not to disclose information regarding the department or city management. However, the agreement has been violated opening the door for public exposure.

 


24 Comments

  1. NorthCountyGuy says:

    It is obvious that App is a self-serving prostitute of the highest bidder.

    App is only interested in enriching his own personal bank account and enriching the personal bank accounts of his cronies.

    App maybe embezzling and mis-appropriating pubic funds for his personal gain as well.

    Where there is smoke there is fire. A thorough Financial Audit would scare the crap out of App.

    Corruption in Paso Robles isn’t limited to SLO County. App’s criminal-class cronies even include residents of L.A. County.

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  2. NorthCountyGuy says:

    Instead of robbing the taxpayers of more and more revenue, City Manager, Jim App, should be trimming the fraud, waste and abuse from his over-bloated, featherbedded and parasite-infested payroll.

    While Jim App fiddles and Paso Robles burns, criminals are moving into the north end of town and the north end of town is decaying and dying.

    Its almost enough to think the City Mis-manager of Paso Robles could be the Criminal Mis-Manager of Paso Robles.

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    • obispan says:

      Nothing new at the north end of Paso. In the mid-80’s I dated a girl from rural Paso. She told me about north Paso. I didn’t believe her. After a concert at the fair she called my bluff and instructed me where to drive to see for myself. Wow. I had a starter go out on a truck in South Central LA and felt safer.

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      • NorthCountyGuy says:

        We silly minions aren’t allowed to question the flow of graft to Burton and App from the drug fade.

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  3. isoslo says:

    As usual the government employees who caused the problem suffer no consequences from their poor decisions while the taxpayers who did nothing wrong will pay the price. Every time there is a financial penalty due to a government employee it should be paid by CALPERS and the subject employees should have their pensions reduced accordingly.

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    • willieslo says:

      isoslo says: As usual the government employees who caused the problem suffer no consequences from their poor decisions while the taxpayers who did nothing wrong will pay the price.

      As usual it is an enless cycle of Animal Farm (George Orwell)

      isoslo says: Every time there is a financial penalty due to a government employee it should be paid by CALPERS and the subject employees should have their pensions reduced accordingly.

      I pray to see the day happen before I leave this earth.
      If (big if) it should occur we can leave more in peace knowing that our children would be not continuously screwed (wool over eyes) over by bits and big pieces by government and their employees (tax, revenue wise)
      This will also make the unworthy think twice of running for office and law enforcement positions.

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  4. Citizen says:

    I’m not sure that readers are noticing that the City of Paso disclosed information in violation of a non disclosure agreement made with Tatro. Yes, apparently, the city is that stupid.

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  5. doggin says:

    Im still trying to figure out how Paso’s legal council in this matter, who’s name I wont mention, believes they apparently won the dispute by saying he was please with the outcome. Ah but then 99% of the attorneys in SLO Co wouldent qualify as a zit on a real lawyers ass, I guess its no wonder. Good Job Mr. App, Mr. Picanco. Leadership at its finest.

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  6. standup says:

    This all boils back to the root of the problem with Paso Robles which is its city manager and his cronies. Close to one half million in settlements in the police department alone in the last couple of years. Sorry Jim, this is a reflection of the job you are doing which is basically crap. We are sick and tired of you. Wait until the next scandal gets out of how Jim and Doug Monn sabotaged Charles Lorenzen with the help of the two lackeys in the building department who by the way had very unfavorable reviews by Lorenzen and wanted to get him back for borrowing a rototillar, etc. The same as many others in the city have done. In this case, shit is going to run uphill. Time to clean out 2/3 of the management in Paso. However, our city council still loves to bend over and let Jim take them any time he wishes so don’t hold out any hope unless we start with ousting Stienbeck and Hamon come this next election.

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  7. wineguyjc says:

    A ticket quota in Paso Robles, say it isn’t so! A sex deviant police chief in Paso Robles, say it isn’t so? A thief building maintenance supervisor in Paso Robles, Say it isn’t so? Lawsuits left and right over the misconduct of Paso Robles staff, say it isn’t so? Long established history of fines from the water board due to incompetent staff in the wastewater and pre-treatment programs in Paso Robles, say it isn’t so? Sex on the job at the waste water treatment plant at Paso Robles, say it isn’t so? Poorly maintained roads in Paso Robles, say it isn’t so? Ill conceived plans to bolster the City’s water supply – the Naci-Pipeline to a mudhole, say it isn’t so? Tell, that this just doesn’t all add up to incompetent management?

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