App to Solomon: Lovely Lisa Meter Maid

March 20, 2012

Manager Jim App

By DANIEL BLACKBURN and KAREN VELIE

Paso Robles City Manager Jim App labeled Police Chief Lisa Solomon as “Lovely Lisa Meter Maid” in one of a number of sometimes bizarre emails between top city staff, in which App also identified himself as “P.B.G. phat bald guy.”

In his emails to key staff, App often signs off with “Don-key-ho-tee., or Word. J,” or “Danke!”

CalCoastNews requested all emails between certain city and police officials for the past six months, but received only a portion. City officials have not explained the deficiency. But several sources have told CalCoastNews that within the past several months, App ordered the city’s information technology (IT) department to delete emails older than three months.

For example, no emails between App, Solomon, and key police administrators have yet been provided that discuss the three-month barrage of allegations against Solomon, other than one App reference to “that other matter.” Sources in the department said that one day’s usual exchange of emails from Solomon and her top brass would number as many as 20.

Solomon used an obscenity to describe the intellectual level of individual  members of the Paso Robles City Council, and put her thought in writing to her boss, City Manager Jim App.

Solomon wrote in an August 2011 email that she was displeased that Council Member Fred Strong had talked to a CalCoastNews reporter about a police department issue. She also was dismayed that the city’s Mayor, Duane Picanco, was asserting he was unaware of a major new police policy called “safe mode.”

Solomon called the issue “complex” and wrote, “It also would be very helpful to me if council members would let me know when the press is poking around for a story so I am aware. We need to send to council a message to let me speak for the department.”

App wrote back, “The message should include diplomatic urgings to direct police related inquiries to the chief.”

Solomon’s “diplomatic urging” was in her response to App: “Fucking morons.”  The first four letters of the first word of the two-word retort was redacted by City Attorney Iris Yang, and was one of several hundred email messages between city officials obtained by CalCoastNews under Public Records Act requests.

Officials have gotten temporarily stingy with public records relating to the Solomon matter, but the limited email copies officials were willing to share were not without interest.

One was from Don Gentile, senior editor of the National Enquirer, who wrote on January 27 to Solomon: “We are preparing a story about the city’s alleged investigation into sexual harassment on your part against male officers in Paso Robles. We are asking for a comment.”

Solomon’s email to App: “I’m not responding.”

App: “Good grief.”

Without specificity, App wrote that same day to the city’s executive managers and Marlaine Sanders, head of the Human Resources Department: “We are distributing the attached to the media and public to acknowledge that allegations in CalCoastNews are noted, why we can’t comment, but generally assure that we are doing what we are supposed to do in these matters.”

Some of App’s emails to top staff in February were curious: “The order of department presentations follows the sequence of your reports in the meeting materials. (1) P.B.G. phat bald guy (intro); (2) Megatron; (3) Jimmy the ‘T’; (4) Jooo-leee; (5) Edwick (the Scot); (6) Dougie Doug; (7) Ken (but no Barbie); (8) (Lovely) Lisa (Meter Maid).

“Duane (Picanco) will likely invite council Q&A with each of the Magnificent Seven. Public comments likely after all-y’all be done. Can ewe pheel it like a phingurrtip? Word. Uhn. J”

Than App followed with this note about an upcoming social function: “To all staff re: Saturday nosh: “Roasted bean squeezing’s, bagels und phruit in da am, sammies, rabbit nibblers and phinger-sweets mid-day. Nuf fer 35, Dig? J.”

One exchange between App and Solomon  refers to requests by CalCoastNews and New Times for specific records, and calls them “fishing expeditions.”

Solomon’s emails show that in November she identified Paso Robles’ $78 million lottery winner to all officers and dispatch, and gave his address and nickname.

She revealed in August that a New Times reporter tipped police about drug use in two local bars, and then discusses with Lt. Tim Murphy an office romance between two department personnel: “Is love still in the air around here?”

Murphy: “Yes, I believe so.”

The officials then talked about getting a written statement from both people that their relationship was consensual.


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Typoqueen

Just watched the 10:00 news. No news yet.


Once again not ONE person from here got up and spoke. What a joke.


Typoqueen
eradicate ignorance

Wow…get fired and walk away with $250,000. Who says crime doesn’t pay. Good thing the cities coffers are overflowing these days.


Typoqueen

I would imagine that she has a contract that demands this.


danika

Tq, I spent the day at Twin Cities Hospital and was unable to go to the meeting. Believe me, I had every intention of going and speaking and would have much rather have been there. I plan on going to the City Recovery meeting on the 24th. I hope others will join me there.


Typoqueen

In all fairness danika, you are the ONLY one that by writing that editorial and calling the police has actually stepped up to the plate and handled this in a respectful and mature fashion. You walked the walk.


Disgusted

How do you know she’s the only one that has spoken up? Don’t you think Lisa left because people spoke up? I know several that have contacted CC members, city govt., etc. We can’t have any idea what actions have been taken by others with respect to this situation. SOMETHING got to the CC and I’m not sure CCN and the forum has such powers.


Typoqueen

BTW, those are my posts. I was wrong they weren’t deleted, so to all of my haters I stand corrected, I’ve been deleted so many times that it wouldn’t have surprised me. I thought that they were in the other Solomon thread (Caning Solomon).


To your comment, I only know because on the news it said that no one got up and spoke last night and then during the first meeting when everyone was making their plans not one person had spoke up, not ONE. I looked for letters on the PR website and I didn’t see any in the minutes. But maybe there have been some recent letters, I’ll check it out.


I believe that Solomon left because CCN did start this investigation and then other news medias started writing about it, not because of the posters. Even though I don’t like the way they wrote some these stories, I give CCN credit for digging up this stuff. If the wording had been different then I would never have criticized the stories because I liked the investigation aspects, I simply didn’t like the guilty before proven guilty attitude.


danika

TQ, I can say in all honesty there are others who “walk the walk”. They do so in a manner different than mine, but that doesn’t make their efforts any less productive than mine. It will take us all to join for the cause: Change Paso Robles Now!


MaryMalone

Danika, you don’t owe an explanation to TQ, or to anyone. You’ve more than paid your dues, while TQ tried to tear you down at every turn.


eradicate ignorance

It is one thing to be corrupt but it’s the stupidity that flabbergasts me. Don’t they know that all of their email correspondence is discoverable? Are they stupid or just arrogant?


panflash

Little Jimmy, the pied piper of Paso politics, calls Lisa into his office to discuss the latest Cal Coast News revelations and plot their next round of directives to Picanco and the Puppets:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qS-7EPDR-PY


mtvfan

On this “fishing expedition” I could hear Karen Velie yell, “Hook-up, Yellowtail!” lmao


slowtime

App told IT to delete emails? Really! Where is the sheriff? App is admitting to attempting to destroy evidence!! Last time I checked that is a CRIME Do you hear that Sheriff Parkinson? There are some Crimes happening thar in Paso Robles that need your attention. You are the chief law enforcement Officer in the County.


oceanoguy

P.B.H. a.k.a. Danke, Lovely Lisa Meter Maid, and Megatron better get with Jooo-Leee and Jimmy The ‘T” and have a M.E.H.T.M. (Mandatory Emergency Hot Tub Meeting) to sort things out!


4paso

Love the caption on the picture “Mayor Jim App” …..Freudian slip…or slap?


R.Hodin

The best part about these articles is that they will always be available in the future for officials in other cities to ponder as they consider the job applications of the principals involved in this charade.


MaryMalone

There has been a continual stream of “WTF!?!” Paso Robles revelations, each new one more WTF-esque than the previous ones.


“P.B.G. phat bald guy.” One interpretation of that App is referencing his penis.


About the emails…the city is required to have a policy addressing how long emails must be retained, as they are now considered part of the public records of the city. Regardless of what the policy says, if there is any indication at all that the emails might be needed in a legal issue with the city, they have to be retained. Destroying them would be destroying evidence. If they have really been deleted (and not just moved off the onsite computer system), then the city is in big trouble. Even if they have been deleted, IT can probably access them. If anyone wants to have access to those emails, and they think they are deleted, shouldn’t a court order be obtained to secure the computer system before more are deleted?


As far as the rest of App’s email gibberish–he must drink or do drugs at work, or is pathetically trying to be cool. Either way, it is sickening.


To think the residents of Paso Robles are paying for this bull$hit.


R.Hodin

it’s now become clear that it was never “WTF”


It was WTPh.


MaryMalone

=) I stand corrected.


CalCoastOutrage

I am flabbergasted that the leaders of PR are acting like 12 yr olds via text message. It’s time for mommy and daddy to take away ALL their privileges.


MaryMalone

Might as well. Solomon and App have already stripped the city council of their manhood.


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