So extreme, as a matter of fact, that one of its minion unions, the Costa Mesa Police Association, has now fired the law firm for an instance detailed in the Orange County Register articles I'm citing below. Apparently an associate of Lackie Dammeier had attempted to set a Costa Mesa Councilmember they don't like up for a DUI arrest. Something that didn't quite work out as planned when it turned out that the Councilmember reported as "stumbling drunk out of a bar" had actually had nothing more than two diet Cokes. The attempted arrest having taken place in front of the Councilmember's wife and two young daughters.
Costa Mesa councilman says unions behind DUI check (Aug 24, 2012): Councilman Jim Righeimer said Friday at a news conference that political enemies set him up for an accusation of driving drunk.
Righeimer was given a sobriety test outside his home Wednesday evening after a caller told Costa Mesa police that the councilman had been driving recklessly.
"I have no doubt in my mind the labor unions fighting in this city are behind this," said Righeimer, who has been under fire by the city's unions and some residents for backing outsourcing of city services and for leading the charge for a November charter city ballot proposal. He gave no evidence as to how the incident was connected to a union.
But The Orange County Register obtained a 911 tape that identified the caller as "Chris Lanzillo." A Google search listed a "Chris Lanzillo" as a fired Riverside police officer and linked him to the Upland law firm of Lackie, Dammeier & McGill. The firm had represented the Costa Mesa Police Association until late this week. The city and the police union are negotiating a contract.
On Friday, the union announced it had fired the law firm, saying it feared the firm's aggressive tactics would backfire.
More details about this incident can be found by clicking here.
Another article appeared in the OC Register two days later and highlights some of the serious blowback going down for Lackie Dammeier.
Police denounce hardball negotiating tactics (Aug. 26, 2012): Three major California police unions have denounced the hardball negotiating tactics depicted in a primer posted on the website of Upland law firm Lackie, Dammeier & McGill since they were revealed by the Watchdog last week.
None of these unions are represented by the firm, which is made up of former police officers. Lackie Dammeier boasts that it represents more than 120 police associations, including 19 in Orange County. Some of the primer's suggestions for negotiating with cities and counties: cast decision-makers as anti-public safety until they fall into line; convince residents their safety is at risk; and basically hound the city or county officials until they give in. The firm also talked about work slowdowns, advising law enforcers to canvass the whole neighborhood for a burglary call.
The Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs sent us a statement from its president criticizing the firm, saying that the tactics depicted in the primer are not "good faith" bargaining.
"The AOCDS board resolved to denounce Lacke Dammeier, and if asked, AOCDS informs other law enforcement associations of its serious misgivings about the firm and the unethical tactics which its associates employ," union president Tom Dominguez said in a statement.
More blowback against Lackie Dammeier is described here.
Lackie Dammeier & McGill represents the Sierra Madre Police Officers Association in its serial lawsuits against the City. Something that is setting us back a fortune in legal costs. Many here regard these frivolous lawsuits as an SMPOA negotiating tactic designed to bully the City into accepting their demands in the endless on-going negotiations for a new contract.