Sanitation district board finds no discrimination

December 11, 2016

After spending approximately three hours discussing an investigation into allegations of racism, South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District Board President John Shoals said the board determined there was not sufficient proof that District Administrator Gerhardt Hubner has discriminated against employees.

“There are no sustained complaints of discrimination,” Shoals said. “We take all complaints of discrimination seriously.”

Since he was hired in April, two employees have filed grievances against the district and another one made a verbal complaint of discrimination. In each case, the board went into lengthy closed sessions and then backed Hubner.

Following a verbal complaint of discrimination in August, Shoals and Trujillo, the district’s legal counsel, unilaterally agreed to hire the law firm of Liebert, Cassidy and Whitmore to investigate the allegations. There are currently nine employees at the plant: two are African Americans, one is Asian, and two are Latino.

On Wednesday, the board discussed the almost 100 page report from Liebert, Cassidy and Whitmore in closed session. After the lengthy closed session, Shoals said he would defer to Gilbert Trujillo, the district’s legal counsel.

“There was no reportable action,” Trujillo said. “We have reported all that we are going to report.”

However, votes taken in closed session are required to be reported, according to the Brown Act.

Shoals then read a statement saying the board determined there was no sustainable proof of discrimination.

The sanitation district serves the residents of the Oceano Community Service District, Arroyo Grande and Grover Beach and is governed by a three-person board consisting of one representative from each community.

Currently, former district administrator John Wallace is under a criminal investigation regarding allegations of conflicts of interest and fraud. Shoals had previously voted against investigating the allegations of wrongdoing by Wallace.


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10 Comments

  1. r0y says:

    When was the last time a self-investigating institution came out and said, “Yep, we’re guilty! Throw the book at uis!” ?? Yeah, it was many months ago in Neveruary.

    (2) 2 Total Votes - 2 up - 0 down
  2. ANTELOPE says:

    To get a truly unbiased investigation file a charge with the Fair Employment Practices Commission. Listed in phone book under state agencies. You might also call them and they may send complaint form.

    (3) 3 Total Votes - 3 up - 0 down
  3. Rambunctious says:

    False claims of bigotry and racism should be prosecutable just like a false claim of rape or any other false claim that is meant to do harm to an innocent person.

    (16) 22 Total Votes - 19 up - 3 down
  4. 1965buick says:

    Time well spent!

    (-3) 3 Total Votes - 0 up - 3 down
  5. Nightrider says:

    There are currently nine employees at the plant: two are African Americans, one is Asian, and two are Latino.

    This story is exactly why most most Americans mock the Elite leftist Zombies. The point is,why does it not say Nine employees work at the plant? Unless I am misunderstanding, they are American Citizens and don’t need to be identified by race or Gender. No charges,no problem. No story. Three hours of Babble. Who is the Chairman that set’s the agenda?

    (4) 14 Total Votes - 9 up - 5 down
  6. Pelican1 says:

    LOL….business as usual.

    (4) 10 Total Votes - 7 up - 3 down
  7. r0y says:

    Funny how self-investigating often finds nothing wrong. Seems to be the theme in institutions.

    (6) 28 Total Votes - 17 up - 11 down
    • kayaknut says:

      Hey it works for police departments, why not. Drive drunk, at over 100mph, newly hired police officer on probation, not a problem, no responsibility, no consequences, see how well it works.

      (8) 12 Total Votes - 10 up - 2 down
  8. TWEEKSBALMER says:

    The fox investigating the hen house?

    (6) 18 Total Votes - 12 up - 6 down
    • Snoid says:

      Exactly. Some things will never change. Still investigating Wallace? really? He’ll be dead of old age before our system finds fault.

      (5) 13 Total Votes - 9 up - 4 down

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