Sunday, November 7, 2021

Killer Cop: Sometimes it's a blessing Sierra Madre can't retain its employees

Mod: My latest Sunday sermon, published today in the Pasadena Star News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune and Whittier Daily News. Please watch the video.

Sometimes it's a blessing Sierra Madre can't retain employees (Pasadena Star News link): You will occasionally hear small-town elected officials complaining about the inability of their communities to keep  employees. That is, should you care to listen. New hires sign on for jobs, gain experience and the necessary skills for running a town successfully, and once they’ve accomplished that, bolt for any big-city offer coming their way. Sooner rather than later, and always for more money.

In a small city like Sierra Madre, this has resulted in some notable occasions in which city employees went for government gold in truly remarkable ways. In a 2016 Pasadena Star-News article headlined “Why half of Sierra Madre’s police force suddenly left,” the mass desertion of the SMPD was described this way:

“Nearly half of the city’s police force has left in the last several months and there is a feeling of uncertainty in the department’s future … Nine out of the Sierra Madre Police Department’s 20 full-time officers have left, as well as a few more part-time staff. The department worries that more could eventually leave, citing concerns over job security because of the decreased Utility Users Tax.”

Things got so bad that Sierra Madre’s then-mayor, John Capoccia, went with hat in hand to an Arcadia City Council meeting to plead with them to share their PD and help save his imperiled city. Arcadia officials were unsympathetic, with some even joking about his sad plight.

This problem was temporarily solved as law enforcement became a blended affair. What remained of the Sierra Madre PD patrolled the streets during the day, while Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies owned the night. Taxes were raised, new officers hired (some while still in police academies),and the department was restored. A much better one, with officers who cared about the community they were sworn to serve. Or so it was said.

Despite all that, some employees, such as City Manager Gabriel Engeland, still heard that cash call and packed up their skill sets for greener pastures.

Then there was the case of replacement officer Eddie F. Gonzalez, who also left city employment. Whether for money or other reasons is not clear, as City Hall folks claim they cannot reveal anything regarding his employment, per state law, leaving those writing about the situation to rely on speculation.

Transparent California
, the website that lists what state government employees make in the Golden State, showed Officer Gonzalez earning $30,625 from his SMPD gig during an undetermined time there. Including benefits. Pretty much what a retired person might get from Social Security, with Medicare tossed in.

Eddie Gonzalez
departed and accepted a new job with the Long Beach Unified School District as an armed “school safety officer.” Last week he was charged with murdering an 18-year-old mother out in front of a high school.

Here is how that is explained in a New York Times article headlined “Former School Safety Officer Is Charged in the Fatal Shooting of a Teenager”:

“A former California school safety officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old girl last month has been charged with murder, prosecutors said … The former officer, Eddie F. Gonzalez, 51, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with one count of murder in the Sept. 27 shooting of Manuela Rodriguez.”

So if Sierra Madre had been able to pay Gonzalez what Long Beach Unified paid him, would he have stayed? Along with the troubling personal issues that led to him to shoot blindly into a car containing an unarmed 18-year-old mother?

There are other questions: Who exactly was it replacing the officers who walked in the 2016 cop bug-out? Who did that hiring? Was it the same people who brought in Gonzalez? Those living in the city of Sierra Madre might want to know.

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52 comments:

  1. This is a city run by geniuses.

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  2. Agree. Finding a diversified police and fireman workplace is hard in SM and Arcadia.

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    1. I think it is more about hiring a cop who later shot and killed an 18 year old girl. Apparently they’ll hire anything that can put on a uniform.

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    2. We're lucky he didn't kill anyone here. Whatever happened to psychological evaluations?

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  3. They also have budgets for police dogs. U know, those animals that require babysitters and can't drive..

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  4. Time to limit Russian Consulates in the USA, as the Russians have limited USA consulates in Russia. U.S. Consulate General Vladivostok
    U.S. Consulate General Yekaterinburg
    Embassy in Moscow, that is 3, this is the amount of Russian consulates and embassy allowed in the USA.
    Consular district of the Embassy includes states and territories: Alaska, California, North Dakota, South Dakota, North Carolina, South Carolina, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Maryland, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, Wyoming as well as the territory of Puerto-Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa and Northern Mariana Islands.

    The consular district of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in New York includes the states: Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wisconsin.

    The consular district of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Houston includes the states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

    The Russian Federation maintains Consular Offices in three locations in the U.S., with each having its own jurisdiction. Please contact your local Russian Consulate.

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  5. Aren't you lucky that he was not recruited for a nuclear silo operator?

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    1. Right. Two teenage girls fighting at a high school over a boy friend could had lead to the deaths of millions.

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    2. We are talking about unpredictable deep human psychological factors that we entrusted on people in law enforcement and military institutions, etc.

      https://www.history.com/topics/1990s/oklahoma-city-bombing

      The Oklahoma City bombing occurred when a truck packed with explosives was detonated on April 19, 1995, outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, killing 168 people and leaving hundreds more injured. The blast was set off by anti-government militant Timothy McVeigh

      In early 1991, McVeigh served in the Persian Gulf War. He was decorated with several medals for his military service; however, after failing to qualify for the Special Forces program, McVeigh accepted the Army’s offer of an early discharge and left in the fall of 1991.

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  6. Maybe its a wild guess, but the shooter (ex-cop) might not be able to make friends in prison so easy?
    Suggest he bulk up and put on some muscle?

    Still wondering why after leaving Sierra Madre he didn't sign on with Glendora Police Department, they like to hire straight out of college (police training academy)?

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  7. What a pile of donny trumpee cr_p.
    Republican Jack Ciattarelli refuses to concede New Jersey gubernatorial race

    The Ciattarelli campaign has not indicated whether it would seek a recount in the tight race, instead opting to see how the rest of the voting plays out before deciding on their next course of action.

    Ciattarelli's refusal to concede comes just one day after his campaign called the media "irresponsible" for calling the race, arguing the state is not sure how many ballots are left to count.

    https://news.yahoo.com/republican-jack-ciattarelli-refuses-concede-003128368.html

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    1. Maybe he's planning to foment Coup Jersey?

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  8. Think about it. The same people who hired the killer cop in Sierra Madre are today in on the Monastery ‘process’. Feeling warm and fuzzy yet?

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  9. Another one of your idiots that never grew up.
    Rep. Madison Cawthorn Issues Sinister Warning To Anyone Opposing Him, screw him and the horse he rode in on.

    Cawthorn fearmongered about people in Washington “who are trying to insert their woke politics into our culture, trying to destroy Western civilization, trying to take all of our morality away from everyone, trying to make everyone genderless, sexless, and just absolutely Godless.”

    “I realize that the American people are sick and tired of it,” he added. “We want our country back, we want our culture back, and if you want to stand in the way that, we will run you over.”

    https://news.yahoo.com/rep-madison-cawthorn-issues-sinister-091651513.html

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  10. A California city council voted to make itself a 'Constitutional Republic City' to skirt state and federal orders it doesn't want to enforce.

    "I am quite certain that this would not result in any loss of funding for the city," Huber told the outlet. "In the event that it could in the future you could revise this and do what you will but this is not going to put it jeopardy any state or federal funding."

    Councilmember Art Hartley, who voted in favor of the resolution, called it a "political statement" that had "absolutely no teeth," according to ABC 7.

    UC Davis Law Professor Lisa Pruitt told CBS 13 the resolution likely had no legal basis.

    "My sense is the strong presumption would be that the city of Oroville does not have the power to do this," she told the outlet. " I see this primarily as a gesture."

    https://news.yahoo.com/california-city-council-voted-itself-171812178.html

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  11. Once again, the communist chinese spoiled brat government, has a meltdown.
    Communist China lashes out at press freedom survey in Hong Kong, 2021.
    Eighty-three of the 99 journalists polled said that the working environment had “changed for the worse” since the law was introduced last June. The law outlaws subversion, secession, terrorism and foreign collusion to intervene in the city’s affairs, and has since been used to arrest over 120 people in the semi-autonomous Chinese city.

    https://news.yahoo.com/china-lashes-press-freedom-survey-103447655.html

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  12. Israel: No room for US mission for Palestinians in Jerusalem
    The Trump administration shuttered the U.S. Jerusalem consulate, an office that for years served as the de facto embassy to the Palestinians. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has pledged to reopen it, a move that Israel says would challenge its sovereignty over the city. The reopening could help mend U.S. ties with the Palestinians ruptured under Trump.

    Blinken has not provided a firm date for the reopening and U.S. officials have implied that Israeli resistance to the move could act as a hindrance.

    Palestinian official Wassel abu Yussef said Bennett's rejection entrenched Israel's “policy of occupation” and that it presented a challenge to the Biden administration to follow through on its promise.

    https://news.yahoo.com/israel-no-room-us-mission-085321982.html

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  13. Dane County judge orders Wisconsin Republicans to turn over records related to election review.
    Will the devil have its due?
    A Dane County judge on Friday ordered Assembly Speaker Robin Vos to turn over records within 10 days about a secretive review of the 2020 election that Republicans have been conducting since this summer.

    Circuit Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn ruled the Rochester Republican and Assembly Chief Clerk Ted Blazel were required to release calendars, e-mails, internal reports and other documents maintained by the team conducting the election review.

    https://news.yahoo.com/dane-county-judge-orders-wisconsin-210429906.html

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  14. Johnson Chesnutt Whittaker was the second black cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point in New York. He was born in South Carolina to an enslaved mother, Maria J. Whitaker, and her free husband, James Whitaker, in 1858. (Later in life, he added a second “t” to his name.) By October 1869, Whitaker attended a freedmen’s school in Camden, where he received lessons for five years. In the fall of 1874, he became one of the first African American students to enter the University of South Carolina. Whittaker was an exceptional student, academically ahead of most of his classmates; he averaged 94 percent in all his courses at the university. After befriending Richard T. Greener, his professor, Whitaker was nominated to attend West Point. He arrived there on his birthday, August 23, 1876.

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  15. Over on the Sierra Madre Facebook page Heidi Wang opined:

    "This article was a waste of time. The better story here is indeed when the burger place will open. Should have stopped at the headline photo."

    I guess next to dog pictures and bear sitings cops shooting children just doesn't have the charm.

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    1. There are some real charmers on that page.

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    2. The 18 year old was Hispanic. Why would Heidi care?

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    3. And... why do you care? I want to here more of your virtue signaling selective morality.

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    4. 8:23 is signaling that his head is full of bullshit.

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    5. Many Sierra Madre Facebook users get very confused and agitated if something makes them feel bad about themselves.

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    6. Must be the reason why Facebook Bob pulled it. The post is now gone.

      Of course, he'll blame it on some failed Realtor now living in the Czech Republic. Or someplace.

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    7. Oh well. Back to the bears and dogs.

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  16. Heidi is correct. Sierra Madreans really want to know why KFC and not any other brand of fried chicken was so awesome that our woodland creatures made it a point for an unannounced visit.

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    1. It's a lizard lounge over there.

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    2. Toys in the attic.

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  17. May I, suggest you all in Sierra Madre, Ca. Contact a Chicken franchise called: Krispy Krunch Chicken. Location in 47 states and 5 countries overseas. Damn Fine Chicken too. better the KFC or any of the newer franchise that have sprung up as of late. Pioneer Chicken outlets are few and far between too.

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  18. The canyon is a throwback, stuck in the 50s the force is strong there, venturing out in the real world is not supported by the dwellers of ancestral Pod people.

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  19. U.S. Gasoline Exports Surge Even as Americans Pay Up at the Pump, 2021.

    “The White House itself has limited options in what it can actually do, ”said Krista Kuhl, a Houston-based oil consultant with FGE. An emergency release has only happened three times in the almost 50 years since the SPR was created.

    Most U.S. gasoline exports go to Latin America. Refiners shipped 139,000 barrels a day to Brazil, the highest volume in data going back to 1945. Mexico, America’s biggest foreign buyer of gasoline, still hasn’t recovered to pre-Covid levels but should in the next two years as its economy bounces back from the pandemic.

    https://news.yahoo.com/u-gasoline-exports-surge-even-172610086.html

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    1. Drive an electric car. Screw the oil companies.

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  20. A California middle school removed a history teacher who told her students that Trump is still president.

    A history teacher in California has been removed from her job after she told her students that Donald Trump is still president.

    The teacher, who has not been identified by name, also made claims about President Joe Biden's son Hunter and the COVID-19 vaccine.

    "Hunter Biden, for example, is doing deals with China and Ukraine where he was funneling money illegally. He also had child pornography on his laptop. He was having sexual intercourse with his own niece," the teacher, who worked for Anacapa Middle School, said on the recording, according to CBS New York.

    https://news.yahoo.com/california-middle-school-removed-history-143236030.html

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  21. Former Georgia State professor, dean pleads guilty to possession of child porn.

    https://news.yahoo.com/former-georgia-state-professor-dean-134739560.html

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  22. Our family rates Jollybee as the best fried chicken, not greasy; something that poster 7:59am cant comprehend.

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    1. The Jollibee American headquarters can be seen from the 10 Interstate in Covina. Many gather at the foot of this distinctive structure to worship the Jollibee. Many wearing distinctive Jollibee head coverings, complete with double phallic antennae.

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  23. Make your own chicken.....Americans already eat too much greasy fatty fast foods.....UGH

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  24. Judging by the video Gonzalez has gotten pretty fat. That's what happens when cops are overpaid. Donut explosion.

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  25. Gentrification of Central Market in Los Angeles brought the best of the best; Donut Man.
    Check out the overstuffed strawberry glazed, delish!

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    1. The Donut Man in Glendora has lines around the building. Then when you finally get to the window you are greeted by a tall haughty looking Asian 20 something whose attitude is reminiscent of the Soup Nazi.

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    2. yeah but the tiger tails are delicious!

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  26. Soup Nazi, ha ha ha, that's the owners son! No New York city attitude in Glendora. No ogling the tastes; just order quick, the rest of the people in line would appreciate that.
    The menu hasn't changed in a generation, no surprises, just order and shut up or get out of line!

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    1. "...just order and shut up or get out of line!"

      Donut Nazi.

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  27. Baby born with a tail

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/shocking-human-tail-surgically-removed-from-newborn/ar-AAQqkqX?ocid=

    A Brazilian baby boy was born with a real human tail that was successfully removed without complications at Albert Sabin Children’s Hospital in the city of Fortaleza, according to the Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports.

    The case report described his mother as previously healthy who did not drink alcohol or use illicit drugs, but smoked 10 cigarettes per day during her pregnancy, with one urinary tract infection during her first trimester, which was treated with antibiotics.

    She delivered her baby prematurely at 35 weeks with an uncomplicated vaginal delivery, but initial assessment revealed the neonate was jaundiced with a human tail with a ball at the end of it, per the report.

    Only approximately 40 cases of real human tails have ever been reported in the literature, according to the authors.

    Around the fourth week of gestation, most of us start to grow a tail while in the womb, but it usually disappears by the eighth week, eventually morphing into the tailbone, otherwise known as the coccyx, according to the article.

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  28. What could you say about Facebook Bob that is sexist? I'm not sure I understand what he's talking about.

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  29. Wall Street Journal Reported “Potential Star Witness” Has Emerged Amid Trump Probe

    Blake notes that the name Richard P. Donoghue, the former acting deputy attorney general under the Trump administration, appears in notes and emails over and over and over again in connection to the disgraced ex-president’s numerous attempts to somehow overthrow the results of Biden’s presidential election win.

    Should Donoghue ultimately testify, his statements could feature in-depth details of the notes he took during a December meeting with Donald Trump, in which the former president allegedly urged his Justice Department to “just say the election was corrupt” and to “leave the rest to me and the [Republican] Congressmen.”

    https://polinews.org/wall-street-journal-reported-potential-star-witness-has-emerged-amid-trump-probe/

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  30. Funny thing about this comment, Most Americans are asking the crazy right wingnuts go back to Europe from where they came from?
    At Cobb GOP breakfast, Herschel Walker calls for Republican unity; says left can get out of America.
    Otherwise, he warned, you risk waking up tomorrow and not recognizing America.
    This happened Jan 06, 2021, Herschel Walker, haven't y9ou been awake or do not you read either?

    https://news.yahoo.com/cobb-gop-breakfast-herschel-walker-233400550.html

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  31. Racist Woke is 4:45pm; not only is Herschel Walker a High School Valedictorian but he is the only Bobsledder running for a political office.

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  32. Arizona voters baffled by Kyrsten Sinema: ‘she betrayed us’

    Allie Young believed in Kyrsten Sinema. Her vote helped elect the seemingly progressive Democrat from Arizona to the Senate in 2018. But she wonders what happened to Sinema when she got to Washington.

    Young, a voting rights activist and citizen of the DinĂ©, or Navajo Nation, is appalled by Sinema’s refusal to reform or abolish the filibuster.
    Republicans have deployed the filibuster to block legislation brought by Democrats to safeguard voting rights four times this year. On Wednesday they thwarted debate on the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, named after the civil rights hero and congressman.
    It is an issue that hits home for Young, who last year organized a second “Ride to the Polls” campaign in Arizona that led Indigenous people more than 20 miles on horseback to polling places so they could cast their votes.
    https://news.yahoo.com/arizona-voters-baffled-kyrsten-sinema-080028213.html

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  33. Hiring the Sheriffs to replace the SMPD would have been the sane thing to do. But sanity is not what they do in that town.

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