Paso Robles’ police protection dwindling

February 4, 2012

EDITOR’S NOTE: See Paso Robles Police sworn officers: a current list of department sworn staff; and Paso Robles’ Service Reduction Plan, a mandated plan for reduced police services at the bottom of this story.

By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN

Rattled by a recent spike in violent crime, several Paso Robles police officers are questioning the impact the department’s current policy of not always responding to some criminal activities is having on public safety.

Paso Robles has been operating under a reduced police presence for the past year, with stringent new policies requiring that officers not respond to reports of drug activity, driving under the influence, and incidents of vehicular hit and run, whenever the department is operating in “safety mode.”

City Manager Jim App and Chief Lisa Solomon enacted a police department service reduction plan in January 2011 that mandates officers not respond to a long list of crimes during times the department is short-staffed. In addition, the plan changes some day-to-day police response and investigation policies.

For example, during the past year, property thefts with a loss of of $10,000 or less — if not solved immediately by the responding patrol officer — are not forwarded to a detective for further investigation, according to the plan.

“They have taken away officer discretion,” said one officer who asked to remain unnamed to protect him from retaliation. “It (the service reduction plan) is absolutely affecting public safety.”

Due to budget cuts, the department has been thinned from an approved 46 sworn officers in 2007, to 26 officers today.

As a result, the department operated in safety response mode for 587 hours during the past 12 months, said Jim App, the city manager.

That was because of a prior hiring freeze, minus several officers who were placed on paid administrative leave for between four to six months each, and officers who retired or were forced to resign.

During safety mode, only two patrol officers are available to take calls. Dispatchers do not send an officer to 18 types of crimes including battery that is not in progress, theft reports when a suspect is not in custody, drug activity, family disturbances and DUI calls.

“The safety/service response levels were implemented to ensure safety to the public and officers,” App said. “It allows for delayed response to low-level service calls in order to maintain staffing for immediate response to emergency or in-progress calls for service.”

App said he informed city council members of the reduction in services not long after the new program was put into practice.

Councilman Ed Steinbeck said he agrees “that we need to prioritize calls depending on what else is happening at the moment.”

Nevertheless, several officers claim that while Solomon has reduced drug and DUI responses, she is reprimanding officers who do not write enough high-dollar traffic tickets to comply with a questionable ticket quota system further reducing their ability to combat drug and gang activity.

During the past year, Paso Robles’ violent and gang-related crimes have soared with a rash of drug and/or gang-related crimes, including murders, stabbings, robberies, assaults and drive-by shootings.

As a result, officials last year organized a multi-agency task force with a goal of identifying and arresting gang members. During Labor Day weekend, law enforcement personnel including San Luis Obispo County Sheriff deputies blanketed Paso Robles as they rolled out their “Safe Streets” campaign, making 35 arrests and issuing 30 traffic citations.

“We will bring together all resources at my disposal and introduce additional law enforcement partners, including FBI, California Highway Patrol, Monterey County Sheriffs, Probation and Parole, as well as enhancing our local gang task force,” said Sheriff Ian Parkinson during a press conference he held with Solomon in September. “I do not intend to allow this kind of activity in the North County.”

Sheriff department officials did not respond to numerous requests for information regarding the current disposition of the Safe Street campaign and how much assistance the top county law enforcement agency is providing the understaffed Paso Robles Police department.

County wide, law enforcement agencies are short-staffed, mostly by one or two officers. Even so, officials with the county’s other six cities said their police departments are not operating under service reduction plans or safety modes.

 

Paso Robles Police Department sworn officers:

Currently, the Paso Robles Police Department includes 26 sworn officers:

1 chief
1 captain
2 lieutenants
5 sergeants
2 detectives
13 patrol officers
2 patrol officer trainees

 

Paso Robles’ Service Reduction Plan:

PPDSRMemorandum


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Goddess_Enigma

1: Stop all paid administrative leave. Why? Because cops know if they cause a car chase and the driver they chase dies in the pursuit, or if they are accused of raping a mentally ill homeless girl they will automatically receive a paid vacation for up to a year or more.


2. Respond only to violations of constitutional rights. in other words, whatever interferes with others’ pursuits of pleasure/happiness and the honest acquiring of property. in plain english, focus on arresting and prosecuting anyone who commits crimes gainst persons or property. if they hit you over the head with a hammer to steal your car, that is a focal point. if they crawl into your window and remove anything without your knowing it or without your blessing, that’s a focal point.


3: arrest only bad people, stop victimizing the weak and putting good people in jail so that there is more room for the bad people and more social assets for serving the public interest.

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4. Prioritize for the public interest. assemble a panel of a cross section of the community, (much like a grand jury) who are willing to serve on the panel voluntarily to decide whenpublic funds are to be spent on certain police activities. Whatever they think is important and of community interest to spend the communities money on is a focal point. if it is important to the people, it is imperative to become a priority for the public servants who collectively and individually are granted the persmission to carry out the tasks and to serve the public.


5 Stop hiding behind the wild card “transparency” misnomer. the definition of transparent is unable to be seen. invisible to the naked or untrained eye. see-through. in other words you look to see it but you cant. it is invisible, it is transparent. a more fitting term for the concept would be openness, unhidden, honest, egalitarian, revealed,, community, known, upfront, frank, candid, straightforward, direct, open, sincere, uncensored, free, democratic, populist, republican, constitutionalist, moderate, classless, discovered, out, shown, publicized, disclosed, divulged, make public.


6. This entire article could be someone just wagging the dog. it could have just been written as a manipulation of the state legislature/representatives/assemblymen and for ultimately the federal officials by local corrupt officials in order to prove or provide evidence that becries the necessity for further government funding (= ie your tax dollars in use).


The higher the crime rate the more we qualify by meeting the criteria for grants. we dont meet the criteria for certain grants? well just tweeak the responses of the local police or insert an article to sensationalize a fictitional situation and portray it as real and you can see how it wouldnt be too hard to meet the criteria.


As a analogy, think of beggars on the street who put on their dirtiest clothes and pull their faces into a sad look, grab a hungry puppy or a girlfriend with a half deflated beach ball under her maternity clothes and blacken your face with soot and walk away at the end of your shift with more charity money than an embezzler, and way more public sympathy than someone with a minumum wage job struggling by, doing things right while trying to make it on his own.


sure, you have pride and buildcharacter with the job , but then you are not eligible for all the free money the government throws at your feet because they can checklst you into a century or more of direct dependency Also, it is in the feds interest to provide this funding to you because then it keeps you from growing impatient with their abuse and neglect and you come out from the yoke of enslavement to their conflict interested investment strategies.


Just sayin’


pasoparent5

sorry Goddess but you lost me at #1


As the world turns

What is your point Goddess?


Dave

Here’s is Bob Cuddy’s attack on the professionalism of Karen and Dan. Sounds like he’s a little jealous and making excuses for why he didn’t cover the story.


http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2012/02/04/1935723/trashing-of-paso-chief-shows-bad.html


pasoparent5

LOL I needed a good laugh before bed. Poor ol’ Bob Cuddy. He sounds like a whiny senior who just lost a game of BINGO or one of my kids when they don’t get a new toy that their friends have. “Waaahh! It’s not fair! Karen Velie got this scoop and I didn’t!” Some of his comments are hilarious. With “journalists” like Bob Cuddy at the helm, no wonder the Trib’s a sinking ship.


Crusader

I wonder if Cuddy realizes just how ignorant and vindictive he appears to others? I wonder if the Tribune will end-up pulling that story? It’s fairly embarrassing…


Typoqueen

After reading your little hey hey ho ho nonesense I thought that I should chime in. In this instance Cuddy is right. Some of the stories in this forum are good but to look more professional this gossip nonesense needs to stop, I understand that this salacious pattern of writing goes back pretty far so I doubt that this will stop. We’re talking about someones reputation, their career, their family, you people are attempting to ruin this women and her family and you’re making light of it and singing (post below) with glee. What a bunch of cr@p.


danika

YOU PEOPLE??? There it is again.


Typoqueen

Danika, do I need to list everyone that is guilty of this lynch mob mentality? They know they are. Frankly you might have said something that I missed but I haven’t really noticed you reacting as badly as many of the others. How should I address them? I’m open to suggestions. I’m not going to list each person.


danika

TQ, any conversation tends to decline rapidly when “you people” is offered in reasoning. Where I respect that you don’t intend to group everyone in the same category excluding yourself, that is precisely what “you people” tends to represent.


We all agree we want protection from those who are paid to protect.


standup

She did lose her gun. Check

She has had an officer file a claim against her illegal ticket policy. Check

Other officers have made verbal claims against her hot tub antics. Check

She filed for bankruptcy with the t shirt business and screwed over many people including myself even though she makes 250k. Check

She pushed an officer’s face into her boobs. Check

She couldn’t run down a tortoise. Check

She is not fit for a chief. Check


Sorry Typo


Ted Slanders

standup,


That officer against her ticket quota has now filed suit. Check.


http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2012/02/03/1934547/paso-robles-officer-sues-over.html


Typoqueen

“She has had an officer file a claim against her illegal ticket policy”

No proof. Check


“Other officers have made verbal claims against her hot tub antics.”

Allegations, no proof. Check


“She filed for bankruptcy with the t shirt business and screwed over many people including myself even though she makes 250k.”

Not illegal, happens to the best of people. Check


“She did lose her gun.”

This series of articles aren’t about that. But this is probably the only substantiated thing in all the gossip that is founded and she probably should be reprimanded.


“She pushed an officer’s face into her boobs.”

Allegations, no proof. Check


“She couldn’t run down a tortoise.”

Nasty ad hominem. Check


“She is not fit for a chief.”

No proof. Check


I’m not sorry standup, you’re wrong.


doggin

Folks here are talking about their lives, their families and their property not being protected as their tax dollars promised they would be,about the lies from our government leaders who have violated every ounce of trust the public who elected them to office ever held. Why do you support these individuals who betray their duties as public officials.

Go enjoy your subscription an America most waste’s of valuable resources, The SLO Tribune. They need your support more than ever Typo as their losing readers as fast as you complain about others posting here.


Typoqueen

I support Solomon’s right to proven either innocent or guilty of these allegations, I don’t support a witch hunt.


Typoqueen

LOL so far we have 3 people that support a witch hunt!


Typoqueen

12 that support a witch hunt,,woo hoo what a party!


SLOBIRD

I’m sorry, but over the years I think she did a good job of this on her own. Do not condemn us for reacting to her stupidity. She has brought this on herself with her actions and management practices,


livesinpaso

You seem to be lost on the fact that it is Lisa Solomon, by her own actions, who put herself in this position. We (the public) did not do that. She wasn’t thinking about her reputation, career or her family when she exhibited the behavior that many have witnessed over the years, did she?


So… you can spin it whichever way you want to suit yourself… I’m not buying it…


Typoqueen

“She wasn’t thinking about her reputation, career or her family when she exhibited the behavior that many have witnessed over the years, did she?”


Did you see any of this behavior?


Typoqueen

Dave, I’ve been listening to your show as long as it’s been on the radio. I really like it and feel that your are usually pretty objective. In all due respect, this is why I can’t understand why you approve of some of these stories and the way they’re being reported. Actually during the last show you had with Karen and Dan I thought ‘Dave’s going to tell them to knock it off, enough with the witch hunt’. But you didn’t, you went along with them. What happened to due process. What happened to journalists being objective and having integrity, I would think that you are for these things? What happened to the phrase ‘alleged’?


This was the very first opening paragraph for the first story in this series:


“Law enforcement officers have names for the girls offering them sex on the beat: Badge Bunny. Holster Sniffer. Uniform Jumper. Handcuff Hugger. In Paso Robles, brethren in blue have one more: The Chief.”


With that first important paragraph many people that read it had made up their minds, that’s all it took. A good professional journalist would have opened up with the facts or the basis of the claims for the story. The first paragraph is important, it sets a tone. I would have thought that you would have called them out on this rather than support it. The posters in this site have taken this and are foaming at the mouth, they are out for blood and I in part blame Karen and Dan. It’s really a shame because we could use good investigating reporting in our area and they have the ability to provide that. This could have been a balanced investigation and a good story. But without hearing the other side of the story they have pretty much told the public that Solomon is guilty. These reporters said that Solomon is a Badge Bunny. Holster Sniffer. Uniform Jumper. Handcuff Hugger, that’s not professional, they are stirring the pot and and saying right from the start that Solomon is guilty, sadly so are you.


Cindy

I’ve been ignoring your posts and have skipped reading most of them but it’s time I say something.


Do you really believe that 41% of the PRPD resigned over the last 4 years because they reached retirement and that at least 7 of the remaining 24 sworn Officers are lying about all this? Don’t you think they could make up something far more serious or even set her up “big time”, these are cops for cripes sakes? If they’re in collusion and want to get Solomon, they would certainly come up with something far more criminal, creative and less embarrassing ” to themselves”. The fact is that they’re obviously honest and she has done what they say she did. Who the hell could make something like that up? (that question is rhetorical)


Shame on you for holding all these Officers suspect of lying, perjury, falsifying reports, and all the rest that is unbecoming of their profession. Seven cops are LIARS because they all want to be the Chief, of which there can only ONE of, sure that makes sense. OR…….. maybe you think that Karen and Dan are lying and don’t have all the facts and didn’t interview the witnesses and victims over the last 2 years? Karen waited 2 years after she knew about the hot tub incident before she was willing to write this story, why do you think that is? (that question is rhetorical) Maybe she wanted to be sure??? dah……


You don’t even sound rational, but there isn’t anything new about that, which is why my questions to you, are rhetorical.


doggin

Yeah for you Cindy. Next Typo will be lobbying to have CCN censored and KVEC removed from the air because she dosent like what she hears. Guess Typo hasn’t figured out how to just stay away from that which makes her angry or upset.


pasoparent5

Yes, doggin. Some dissenters (who don’t even live in the area yet think they truly know it all) cannot simply drive away. They rubberneck in their own vehicle and keep on staring….and criticizing…and staring…


Typoqueen

Really, everyone posting here lives in Paso?


danika

I live in Atascadero. I have a rental home in Paso, lived there for 12 years (married and moved to Atas), and have had a business on main street for 16 years. I believe I qualify to have cause for my opinions.


Typoqueen

I agree. You personally have had some pretty bad experiences with the PD. Drug deals on a regular basis and even rape, why don’t you move your business? It sounds like Oildale.


danika

I don’t need to move, PRPD needs to step up and do their jobs. The next tenant would have the same issue, would they not?


Typoqueen

You’re absolutely correct. I don’t just stay away from things that make me angry. Now I’m accused of wanting censorship. My my the radishes go crazy when someone interferes with their kill.


Typoqueen

“I’ve been ignoring your posts and have skipped reading most of them but it’s time I say something.”


Obviously most here have been doing the same as they don’t seem to understand my very clear point.


“Do you really believe that 41% of the PRPD resigned over the last 4 years because they reached retirement and that at least 7 of the remaining 24 sworn Officers are lying about all this?”


I don’t know. But if that’s the case and so many of them are being mistreated, why don’t they speak up by filing complaints? If there is that many of them then they shouldn’t be afraid of retaliation. In this sue friendly country it would be very easy for them to make some type of grievance. On the other side of the coin, perhaps you’re right but we still have no proof and that includes you.


“Who the hell could make something like that up?”

Anyone, It happens all the time.


“Shame on you for holding all these Officers suspect of lying, perjury, falsifying reports, and all the rest that is unbecoming of their profession. Seven cops are LIARS because they all want to be the Chief, of which there can only ONE of, sure that makes sense.”


Shame on you for lying and putting words in my mouth. I’ve never said that, lying is very unbecoming of you Cindy. Try and stick to the truth, stay focused.


“OR…….. maybe you think that Karen and Dan are lying and don’t have all the facts and didn’t interview the witnesses and victims over the last 2 years? Karen waited 2 years after she knew about the hot tub incident before she was willing to write this story, why do you think that is?”


If you can remove your nose from Karen’s butt for one moment then perhaps you could use some reasoning skills which might be quite difficult if you don’t remove your nose. I’m not accusing them of lying I’m accusing them salacious reporting and gossiping, there is a difference. Please, what are these ‘facts’ that referring to, inquiring minds want to know? Is there sworn testimony to these allegations, have the officers filed a grievance over the ALLEGED hot tub incident? We’ve only heard once side of this story, these are allegations. Obviously from the way these stories’ are written they have caused many, including you to believe that someone of guilty of serious charges without any, none, zero, zilch evidence at all. You know what Cindy, one of the posters here told me that you gave them an STD. It must be true because they told me. If Karen wrote a story about how Cindy is spreading STDs, how would that make you feel, is it okay to spread unfounded rumors in Cindy world? That’s not a rhetorical question. Your sucking up to Karen always reminds me of the annoying kid in school that would ask to sharpen the teachers pencils, I was the kid that laughed when the other kids would hit you with spit wads while sharping those pencils. We are different like night and day…thank God.


“You don’t even sound rational, but there isn’t anything new about that”


And you are being as you usually are.


pasoparent5

Honestly, some of your looooong posts are getting ignored because “Brevity is the soul of wit.”


Typoqueen

In part it’s because they aren’t popping up right in my email so I’m CCPing the post that I’m responding to so I can answer the points without losing the post,,hard to explain. Most of that post is CCP from the post I”m responding to. But I am guilty as charged, l have a hard time keeping things short and like you I don’t like long posts. But you wouldn’t like my posts even if they were short.


pasoparent5

Not true, typo. I’ve clicked “like” on a few of your posts over the years. On some things we definitely disagree but I’ve read some of your posts where I’ve agreed w/you completely. From what you’ve posted on past threads, you seem like a hands-on parent who’s a protective mama cub. I don’t care if you vote Left or Right, I admire that about you.


Typoqueen

I appreciate that and I don’t always disagree with you either.


Cindy

“We’ve only heard once side of this story, these are allegations. Obviously from the way these stories’ are written they have caused many, including you to believe that someone of guilty of serious charges without any, none, zero, zilch evidence at all.”


OMG! Apparently it’s fine for the Tribune, KSBY and other media to print the name and photo of an upstanding, married, local business man while stating that he has been accused of rape in the park by an unnamed woman (all based on a police report). That sort of reporting is standard with the media and occurs anytime someone is accused.


But it isn’t OK for CCN to state that 3 Police Officers claim that their female Police Chief groped their genitals, while naming the 3 victims and adding names of witnesses. That would be gossip according to you! But I’m the one who is irrational? Go figure !!


Typoqueen

“OMG! Apparently it’s fine for the Tribune, KSBY and other media to print the name and photo of an upstanding, married, local business man while stating that he has been accused of rape in the park by an unnamed woman (all based on a police report). That sort of reporting is standard with the media and occurs anytime someone is accused”


WTF,, did I say that was okay? Why are you deflecting? I didn’t mention that article and I have frequently criticised the Trib.. The only paper that I haven’t criticised is the New Times, although sometimes the Shredder bugs me.


“But it isn’t OK for CCN to state that 3 Police Officers claim that their female Police Chief groped their genitals, while naming the 3 victims and adding names of witnesses. That would be gossip according to you! But I’m the one who is irrational? Go figure !!”


It’s fine even good for CCN to report these claims. You just don’t get it. Unless I missed something, there still hasn’t been any formal sexual harassment charges/complaints filed. If there’s this many men that feel violated then why haven’t they come out and filed complaints? Not really much of a story unless they file complaints. The point is that IMO unless working for the Globe or some such rag it’s always a good idea for a journalist to be objective and check all the facts. Personally the main problem I have with this article is the opening paragraph and the radio/TV interviews. I have a much bigger problem with the posters pack mentality than this article.


danika

TQ, are you okay? I know I have asked you previously out of genuine concern for you. Your posts lately are all over the place. I know we rarely agree, but many of your offerings are, frankly, attacking. You will no doubt disagree but I think others have noticed it too.


I enjoy your challenge of my opinions as they represent another point of view. Isn’t that the purpose of this forum?


We don’t need word wars here or personal attacks. We get enough of that from The Trib.


Typoqueen

Tell me how my posts are all over the place, give me an example.? I have had one opinion throughout this whole thing. Innocent until proven guilty. It is the others here that have started this war of words simply because I ask others to step back, take a breath and look at the whole picture here. Since when has waiting for facts and wanting both sides of a story become cause for concern? I haven’t attacked anyone, I’ve only defended my stance. The only things that could be misconscrewed as attacks are pointing out the pack mentality and ‘radish’ or sheep thing and disagreeing with the way that this has been reported. But in reality that’s pretty small compared to what has been thrown at me and they aren’t attacks they are how I see it.


I’m fine danika, perhaps you should look at you are choosing to side with. It doesn’t bode well for you to side with people like this that have blood in their eyes and hate for a person without anything to substantiate such hate.


The problems that you are encountering at your office have nothing to do with these allegations of Solomon rubbing her goods on other cops and ticket quotas. She might be totally incompetent or maybe not, I don’t know. But to accuse someone of sexual harassment when even the people supposedly involved in this harassment haven’t even filed any complaints is a rush to judgement. Even if they had filed some type of grievance there’s no proof to judge this women until we hear the facts on both sides of the issue. I could understand having opinions and being concerned for these issues but many of these people are just over the top and I’m sorry that you don’t see that.


danika

I am glad you are fine. As you pointed out in another post on this thread, I have not spoken to the sexual issues of Lisa Solomon. I have not taken sides. I have no blood lust. What I do want and demand is a policy department that actually prevents crime and responds when its citizens call them to duty. Character is an important part of being the police chief. These accusations go to her character. True or not, they are damaging. Leaving a loaded weapon in your car to be stolen also goes to character and very damaging.


As the world turns

In my opinion, and based on experience with Cuddy, he goes after people who are trying to do their job, and defends those who are not doing their job.


Guess being part of the “good old boy/girl” system makes one untouchable.


Black_Copter_Pilot

I have always hope that Cuddy would do a piece on you and Santa Maria Bill, now that would be a page turner!


Crusader

Hey, hey, ho, ho, App and Solomon have got to go! Hey, hey, ho, ho, App and Solomon have got to go! Hey, hey, ho, ho, App and Solomon have go to go!…


zaphod

Any other folks closely related to Lisa that you want broken on your silly red wheel?


Dogpound

CCN needs to be next to The Inquirer at the checkout stand. The USA (and the world essentially)goes thru the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression (according to some) where THOUSANDS of Cops were laid off. Paso Robles was not immune to the depression/recession. There were ZERO Cops laid off in Paso, but they lost staff through attrition. Paso Robles took a huge hit financially just like every other city in California and the rest of the nation. Everyone had hiring freezes.

Funny how CCN does not report that there are 3 new hires that have already started with one more on the way. Where is that in the story? It is also easy to quote “unnamed Officers” who may/may not really have said anything. I know an “unnamed Officer” who said that the only calls they do not respond to IMMEDIATELY are party calls, dogs barking, parking problems and other nuisance calls. They will get there, but it may be awhile. All other calls, especially in progress, drug, and DUI’s are handled immediately just like always. CCN often distorts the truth time and time again. For example, CCN did an article on Half Moon Bay closing its Police Dept because it was too expensive and the budget could not handle it. NOT TRUE. The real story is the City was sued by a land developer and the City lost to the tune of a few million. Essentially the budget for two years or so. No money=no services. CCN twisted the article around to make it look like the Police budget doomed the City.

Why doesn’t CCN pull crime statistics for the reign of Solomon?? Let’s see them and let us decide if crime has gone up or down. That is of course, if the stats are accurate and not CCN “accurate”.


Crusader

Which Chitty is this?


zaphod

the search box on the front page is most informative, sadly underutilized..


pasoparent5

Love the “under the reign of Solomon” part… definitely sounds like it’s written by Chris or Lisa, since they consider themselves to be the King and Queen of Law Enforcement. Too bad for them, the Queen is about to be de-throned.


Crusader

I wonder if Senor Chitty (Solomon’s current husband) will survive as a cop with the SLOPD? He should be canned too for declaring bankruptcy for his t-shirt company and screwing people out of $$$ in the process.


standup

I was one of them. What they did wrong was to not include all their debtors in the bankruptcy proceedings which is illegal.


Crusader

They must be paid (for now) a cool $300K+/year combined. They should have been forced to pay every one of their debts!


Typoqueen

Did you fight them?


zaphod

You have to pay $ for the Enquirer at the checkout-stand.

CCN did an article on Half Moon Bay closing its Police Dept because it was too expensive and the budget could not handle it. NOT TRUE. you are referring to a “news brief” CCN usually provides a hyperlink to the source for the briefs they publish. I suggest that you start clicking on the links in CCN stories so you avoid creating more uninformed comments in the future.


zaphod

or man up and write your opinion piece with all the details CCN has overlooked and submit it for publication.


Cindy

DogPound, You mention that no PRPD Officers were laid off but that the PRPD experienced reduced staffing due to attrition. This means that for some reason, 41% of her Officers resigned. Do you really think they were all due for retirement? Don’t think it’s 41%? She staffed 41 sworn Officers in 2008 following the onset of the hiring freeze. At the time she wrote the above Memorandum (Jan 2011) she had lost 12 Officers or 30%. Currently, she oversees 26 sworn Officers but 2 are new so that would leave 24 of her original 41 which indicates that she lost another 5 officers between 2011 and 2012 for a total of 41% of her sworn staff. You don’t think something is wrong with that picture?


This gets more interesting. Currently, she claims that she only has 2 or 3 Officers to go out on calls. So if there are only 2 Officers covering a shift plus the Sergeant, it’s free reign in Paso for the DUI drivers, thieves, hit and run drivers, drug dealers, gang bangers etc. Let’s examine this dilemma a moment; I’m a numbers person so bear with me. Ignoring the Captain, 2 Lieutenants and the 2 Detectives but considering there currently are 5 Sergeants and 15 Patrol Officers or a total of 20 staff to manage the street patrol/calls, lets do the simple math. 20 Officers working 40 hours per week provide a total of 800 man hours. The operating hours to be covered are 24X7=168 per week. 800 available man hours divided by the 168 operating hours indicates that each shift is afforded staff of 4.76 Officers. Add 2 hours a week of over time to each Officer and you have 5 sworn Officers per shift. Why does Lisa end up with only 3 per shift when she has adequate staff of 5 per shift? Is she a poor manager, do others refuse to work overtime to cover for vacations or illness? Regardless, what do yah wana bet there is a load of overtime on the PRPD payroll? So again, what’s wrong with this picture?


By the way, the news brief you’re talking about is linked to the San Francisco Chronicle. This is common with most media when they are reporting the daily news; the press all simply share daily news and link to each other. No doubt the Chronicle printed what the city of Half Moon Bay told them just like the Tribune does when a city official tells them something. No doubt all the other media passed on the same story from the Chronicle, as it was their (The SF Chronicles) original piece.


Here, go look for yourself.


http://calcoastnews.com/2011/04/half-moon-bay-shuts-down-police-department/


whoowhoo

Too many Chiefs, not enough Indians…


Thanks for the quick math Cindy!


Citizen

Dogpound. Answer this question, please. Why is Lisa Solomon the highest paid city employee after only 4 years as Police Chief. Where is the proof of performance, the drop in crime statistics, for this action. If we taxpayers are footing the bill, why haven’t we heard anything about her great police work. All we hear is AMGEN, wine festival parking and smoozing, etc. Is it because she is the incompetent chief that we citizens all know she is?


whoowhoo

And the fact that we no longer have the old car show with cruise night…


Typoqueen

“Why doesn’t CCN pull crime statistics for the reign of Solomon?? Let’s see them and let us decide if crime has gone up or down. That is of course, if the stats are accurate and not CCN “accurate”.”


OUCH! Gosh, a reasonable post. But don’t’ ask for facts or stats, we wouldn’t want to uproot the radishes. They’re out for blood not facts.


Cindy

That’s it Typo freak, You say CCN should provide statistics so we can judge for ourselves and then in the very next asinine breath, you insinuate that CCN would doctor the stats!!


Then you say:


“OUCH! Gosh, a reasonable post”.. HUH?????????? Get help, better yet, find another site to piss all over. Go back to the Tribune where you used to post day in and day out until the bloggers ran you off. You really have your nerve.


Typoqueen

Nice, the mod takes my posts off for calling people ‘wild dog’s but it’s okay to call me a freak,,, I get it.


“you insinuate that CCN would doctor the stats!!”


Cindy, are you delusional or are you a liar or perhaps both. When have I ever said that. Find me the post,,betcha can’t. It’s very difficult to respect such dishonesty.


LOL, once again, delusional or a liar. Bloggers didn’t run me off, I’m not affraid of ‘bloggers’.


danika

I read the same thing Cindy did. “if the stats are accurate and not CCN “accurate”. So, we are wrong, please explain what you meant by “CCN accurate” if not to imply they (CCN) doctor the stats.


ON2U

You can bet your booties this story WILL be on the front page of the National Enquirer before long!


Typoqueen

You guys are so funny. Perhaps if more comes out them maybe but I doubt it. At this point this is little cow town gossip, not even enough to make a big tabloid.


danika

Little cow town? And you don’t see this as offensive to those who have pride in their town, not because of Solomon but in spite of her?


Typoqueen

Not at all. You are too sensitive. My parents retired in a little cow town and they were proud of that. I don’t take it as an insult at all, you’re looking to have an issue with me. If you keep fishing then I’m sure you’ll catch something but this isn’t’ a catch, Paso is a little cow town, no big deal.


nocalsignora

Really, Dogpound? Attrition? Why was Afana taken off the street and promoted to Sgt when patrol was understaffed? Why do Lewis and Burton spend all day long review videos to look for reasons to write officers who are already overworked? Why was Hernandez, a model officer, put on leave? Why are there NINE administrators and only THIRTEEN patrol officers?


pasoparent5

A big sincere & heartfelt THANK YOU to CCN for continuing to report on our current fiasco in Paso.


Sure, a lot of it seems comical (our hot tubbin’, need-of-some-lovin’, can’t find her gun, singing & dancing police chief) but there IS a serious public safety issue here and it’s being ignored by the other media outlets. Drugs, gangs, grafitti, thefts…all on the rise under Chief Lisa’s reign of incompetence.


As a long-time resident, my family really appreciates how Karen Velie & Dan Blackburn (never met either one of them, BTW) are rolling the curtains back, moving the stones away, and shining the light of truth on our corrupt little town! Investigative reporting may be dead w/the Trib, KSBY, etc. but at least it’s alive and well at Cal Coast News!


JackR

Doing the math they were in “Safety Mode” 6.7% of the time in 2011.


Crusader

1 chief

1 captain

2 lieutenants

5 sergeants

2 detectives

13 patrol officers

2 patrol officer trainees


Really? Talk about top-heavy! Just out of curiosity, does anyone happen to know if the captain and the lieutenants are also trash that needs to be purged?


nocalsignora

The captain and at least one lt. are salivating over Lisa’s job right now. They need to bring in an outsider, or better yet, lateral all of patrol over to Deputies and let Parkinson run the whole show.


Crusader

This sounds like a mixture of laziness, cowardice, stupidity, and a burning desire to CYA!


Too many chiefs, not enough indians! Maybe Paso SHOULD close the PRPD and contract with the Sheriffs Office for at least a few years…


“I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!”


See you all Tuesday night at the Paso Library beginning at 6:00pm. Please bring a friend or two and please wear RED!


Hey, hey, ho, ho, App and Solomon have go to go! Hey, hey, ho, ho, App and Solomon have go to go! Hey, hey, ho, ho, App and Solomon have go to go!…


OldNed

Do you ever stop and listen to (or read) yourself?


BeenThereDoneThat

O.k. so App is an ABSOLUTE IDIOT!!! Mr App you want to respond to serious crime while ignoring gangs and drug activity? Now let me see. A LOT of gang crime can have attempted murder or murder, theft and other things. Drug crime a lot of the same. Now Mr. (clueless) App, says we will go after more seriouse crime. HEY MORON, why not stop it at the source.


For the LOVE OF GOD, it is time for us citizens of Paso to revaluate Mr. Apps and Ms. Soloman’s employ here in Paso. See you all Tues. night at the council meeting.


Crusader

Amen!


As the world turns

How much do taxpayers pay Apps and Soloman (including their benefits)?


ON2U

App and Solomon each earn about $200,000.00 per year.


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