http://almanacnews.com/square/print/2014/02/26/atherton-police-budget-gets-boost-due-to-officer-disability


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Atherton police budget gets boost due to officer disability

Original post made on Feb 25, 2014

Mounting overtime costs resulting from the number of officers out on disability, coupled with the expense of recruiting new officers, have led to a mid-year budgetary boost for the Atherton Police Department. And the ongoing building boom in town is making more spending in the building division necessary as well, although revenue generated by the robust level of activity more than covers those costs.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 12:00 AM

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Posted by This can't be happening
a resident of Atherton: other
on Feb 25, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Fully 25% of the police department out on full salary disability, causing overtime expenses that the troika of Cary Wiest, Elizabeth Lewis, and Rick Degolia is only too happy to authorize.

This is appalling.

Clearly the troika kept this quiet until after the parcel tax vote and until after they voted these cops a contract making them the highest paid cops in California.

There has been absolutely zero instances of violent police incidents in Atherton over the past year (or, in fact, ever). What is the chance that 25% of the force is out on legitimate disability vs. gaming the system?

And why isn't the town monitoring these excuses to separate legitimate disability claims from hoaxes.

In the not too recent past, an Atherton dispatcher, Anita Blick, committed workers compensation fraud based on similar tactics.


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Posted by wondering
a resident of Atherton: other
on Feb 26, 2014 at 7:30 pm

How did the Atherton officers suffer the disability - in the line of duty? Recap those stories for us so we can appropriately support these officers, instead of assuming they are goldbricking. Full disclosure is needed these days to avoid negative assumptions.


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Posted by This can't be happening
a resident of Atherton: other
on Feb 26, 2014 at 8:11 pm

I'm sure line of duty. One instance was a police car being rear ended. The question is did it result in an actual disability. I also understand they get to "disability retire" on a tax-free basis by claiming a disability.

Does a normal citizen take a year off with full pay when their car gets rear ended?


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Posted by mud
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Feb 27, 2014 at 11:35 am

Now that the Almanac has moved its offices to Palo Alto, they are missing the view from their old Alameda de las Pulgas office across from the Starbuck's, where four to eight even ten disabled officers can be seen any evening around 4:45 nursing their wounds.


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Posted by Seems wrong
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Feb 27, 2014 at 1:12 pm

25% of the whole dept seems really high.


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Posted by talk about "mud"!!
a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on Feb 27, 2014 at 7:41 pm

"where four to eight even ten disabled officers can be seen any evening around 4:45 nursing their wounds"

Yeah, right. Hyperbolize much? (yes, I stopped in tonight)

So funny how often someone may have a legitimate point or question, and then lose all credibility......


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Posted by Mud
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Feb 27, 2014 at 11:59 pm

It's Ttrue. No Atherton Officers at Starbucks tonight. They read this blog.


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Posted by talk about "mud"!!
a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on Feb 28, 2014 at 2:29 am

Perfect accusations, have a perfect excuse when they don't prove out.