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Editorial: Binding arbitration leaves public in dark

Original post made on Jun 4, 2013

Menlo Park and at least 15 other jurisdictions in California rely on binding arbitration to resolve police disciplinary cases. The Almanac spent five months investigating the process. Among the findings: The arbitrator's decision can be legally and factually wrong, and it's still binding.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 6:36 AM

Comments (5)

Posted by Questions, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 4, 2013 at 7:24 am

Why is there an editorial on this without any indication of what City Council members have said in response to this criticism? Has the Almanac talked to Council members about this?


Posted by Michael G Stogner, a resident of another community
on Jun 4, 2013 at 7:34 am

This is the public's business, Almanac thank you for this article.

No oversight of Binding Arbitration, therein lies the problem

The above example shows 59% of 17 cases the arbitrators overturned disciplinary actions against police officers. It's that simple


Posted by Questions, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 4, 2013 at 11:54 am

It's not an article, it's an editorial. It seems like it would be good to know whether the author of the editorial is working from the same set of facts from the Council. Has the author even spoken to anyone on.the Council?


Posted by long time resident, a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jun 5, 2013 at 2:10 pm

The Menlo Park police department needs to be more transparent. If they want the community to trust them, they need to share information pertinent to the community they serve, such as the behavior of the officers and how many have been terminated and disciplined. I also agree that they need to do away with binding arbitration since as demonstrated in the case of Jeffrey Vasquez it does not work. I think common sense dictates that an officer who is on duty and commits a crime, such as soliciting a prostitute, should be terminated.


Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jun 5, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

Binding arbitration has no place in a public agency.

Elected officials were elected to represent the citizens, arbitrators are accountable to no one.


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