Waiting for Backup? It's arrived in the form of George Rodericks.
Original post made by Election purchased on Mar 6, 2013
"Waiting for Backup" details Menlo Park's alleged difficulties in hiring and retaining police officers during the height of the financial boom/bubble.
Why did Rodericks include this IN THE MIDDLE OF WHAT ARE SUPPOSED TO BE ADVERSARIAL NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE APOA?
Why does the APOA-PAC have the SAME ARTICLE up on their website?
It's really not that hard to figure out. The APOA-PAC endorsed and gave money to candidates Elizabeth Lewis and Cary Wiest. They now own these candidates. Atherton Sergeant Sherman Hall said at a negotiation meeting last year that the APOA-PAC was ENTITLED to OWN council members. Almanac, fact check this quote from this problem officer.
Rodericks is now up for a compensation adjustment for refusing to live in the house. Instead of lowering his salary to send him a message that it's a privilege to be the Atherton city manager and live in the city manager's house, Lewis and Wiest are considering RAISING the SALARY.
What better shill to pay back the APOA-PAC than Rodericks? Lewis and Wiest get Rodericks to advance the APOA-PAC's cause, they claim they're just following the city manager's recommendations, and Rodericks gets his raise.
The only loser in this is the Atherton taxpayer. Just the way the APOA-PAC wants it. And something Cary Wiest and Elizabeth Lewis care nothing about.
The Almanac seems to be hibernating, especially on the laws broken in this so-called election through felony voter fraud and voting card falsification by a former Atherton mayor and Wiest/Lewis endorser and ally.
Who is standing up for the taxpayer here? With Kathy McKeithen gone, only Bill Widmer seems to have the taxpayer's interests in mind.
on Mar 6, 2013 at 2:29 pm
Where is the controversy? The city manager has figured out that without making sure our police officers have a competitive, living wage, they will leave, and wind up costing Atherton much more than simply getting the correct compensation increase put into place for the contract negotiations. This is addressing taxpayer concerns since it will costs taxpayers more to adopt a nicke and dime strategy.
on Mar 6, 2013 at 5:34 pm
are you really that clueless? All of the departments in the bay area have cut wages, benefits and officers. Just where do you think these officers are going to go?
You've got two types of officers in Atherton. Those that are young and ambitious that never had any intention of staying in Atherton. They used it as an opportunity to get a police job so they could lateral into another department. They don't care if the pay is less as they will be out of Atherton and be able to move up later. The rest are lazy or inept and have no intention of going anywhere else.
I can pretty much guarantee you, for what Atherton officers are asked to do, you could hire people at half the pay they're getting now.
I worked for a large municipal police department and I can tell you what Atherton officers face, day to day, isn't even close. How many doors do they go through that they don't know what's waiting on the other side? Hint: there probaly aren't too many drug dealers or gang bangers in Atherton. How many felons do they arrest? Hint: judging by the last posting of one of their officers, none, last month. I was doing three a week in a four day work week.
Sorry Much, but you could get far better service at lower cost by contracting with the Sheriff's department and hiring private security to take care of the non-police nonsense you ask your officers to do, like taking in mail, watering your lawns, etc.
on Mar 6, 2013 at 11:07 pm
Menlo Voter is just plain wrong. The PAC website disproves the myth that working at Atherton PD is not dangerous. There's a video of an officer nearly getting killed in a traffic stop. Atherton is unique in that there can be a large-scale emergency at any time requiring only the best police officers.