Overpriced and Imperfect – Letter to the El Segundo Herald by Mike Robbins – With proof and background information

The following letter to the editor was published in the El Segundo Herald newspaper (HeraldPublications.com) on Thursday, August 27, 2015 in the Letters section on page 3. The El Segundo Herald has a strict 250-word limit, including the title.


Overpriced and Imperfect

The El Segundo police and fire unions have retired fire department employees extolling their perfection to defend huge pay raises. They’re overpriced, and usually do a good job, but not always. Here are some examples.

One police officer took an unauthorized and unreported hour break reading a newspaper in a patrol car at the beach during patrol duty. Another left a patrol car unattended with the engine running and windows down, in front of City Hall on Holly Ave., across from Stuft Pizza where kids hang out. That attractive nuisance could have cost lives and millions of tax dollars had a kid taken it for a joyride and crashed.

El Segundo police sergeant Rex Fowler caused an accident that killed Hawthorne police motorcycle officer Andrew Garton, during escort duty in Torrance for a royal funeral procession for Manhattan Beach police officer Mark Vazquez, who died of cancer. Garton’s widow sued El Segundo for $25 million for wrongful death, and Hawthorne filed a $718,655 claim for damages against El Segundo.

Firefighter Michael Archambault was arrested, convicted, and sentenced for shoplifting five products totaling $354.95 from Costco. He was allowed to retire early with a $110,251/ year pension.

An El Segundo resident, a firefighter for another agency, suffered permanent disability because, he said, the paramedics claimed he was okay and refused to transport him to the hospital while he was having a stroke, allowing them to get back to the fire station to watch a big sports game on TV.

– Mike Robbins


Here is proof and background information for the statements and examples in this letter.


The El Segundo police and fire unions have retired fire department employees extolling their perfection to defend huge pay raises.

David K. Sharp submitted an “op-ed” column which which was published on page 3 of the June 11, 2015 edition of the El Segundo Herald. It was basically an advertisement defending the excessive and unsustainable salaries and pensions of the El Segundo Firefighters’ Association (union) and their managers. He is a retired El Segundo firefighter who was a fire union member for most of his career, until he achieved his final rank of Fire Battalion Chief. He retired in 2007, and received $171,335.76 in 2012 and $174,770.76 in 2013 from his taxpayer-funded CalPERS pension after working for only 31.76 years.

Here is proof for David K. Sharp’s California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS) pension. It is provided by the TransparentCalifornia.com website. They obtained it from Public Records Act requests made to CalPERS.

Here is my summary and formatting of Sharp’s CalPERS pension information in the TransparentCalifornia.com database (I added his last position):

City Employee:     David K Sharp
Agency:            City of El Segundo, California
Last Position:     Fire Battalion Chief
Retired in:        2007
Years of service:  31.76
Pension:           CalPERS
2013 Total*        $174,770.76
2012 Total*        $171,335.76
  * Excluding benefits.

Note that public employee retirees in CalPERS get automatic pension Cost Of Living Adjustment (COLA) raises each year. Also, CalPERS pensions are a defined benefit pension plan and not a defined contribution plan like a 401(k), so CalPERS payments are guaranteed by the taxpayers regardless of investment portfolio performance and any risky investment portfolio mismanagement.

See David K. Sharp’s CalPERS pension information in the TransparentCalifornia.com database here:

http://TransparentCalifornia.com/pensions/search/?q=David+K+Sharp&a=&y=&s=

Rosemarie Radomsky, who submitted the “Who You Gonna Call?” letter to the editor of the El Segundo Herald, published on page 3 of the August 20, 2015 edition, is a retired City of El Segundo employee who worked as an administrative analyst in the fire department, according to a former El Segundo fire department employee. She is listed in the CalPERS pension database at TransparentCalifornia.com as a retired City of El Segundo employee with 10.85 years of service with the city. She retired in 2001.

See Rosemarie Radomsky’s CalPERS pension information here:

http://TransparentCalifornia.com/pensions/search/?q=Rosemarie+Radomsky&a=&y=&s=

Her letter made multiple false statements to defend the firefighters’ excessive compensation packages, and attacked an El Segundo resident who correctly noted stated that the firefighters are paid to sleep. In fact, they are paid regularly scheduled overtime at 150% of the regular pay rate, including regular and overtime pay for sleeping. Ms. Radomsky knows that the firefighters are paid to sleep, having worked in the fire department. They are on-duty for 48 hours, and have the next four days off. They are also paid to eat. That is why the firefighters have beds, sleeping and living quarters, and a kitchen in each fire station.


One police officer took an unauthorized and unreported hour break reading a newspaper in a patrol car at the beach during patrol duty.

An El Segundo City Council Member reported to me, and to the City Manager at the time, that he personally witnessed an El Segundo police officer reading a newspaper in a black-and-white patrol car parked at the beach for an hour. He told me the City Manager checked on which police officer was driving that patrol car, and on the work and break schedule for that officer.

The officer was parked at the beach taking an extended unauthorized break during paid work hours. The City Council Member told me the City Manager said he would take care of it. City employee disciplinary actions are not publicized because that would violate the employee’s privacy rights.


Another left a patrol car unattended with the engine running and windows down, in front of City Hall on Holly Ave., across from Stuft Pizza where kids hang out. That attractive nuisance could have cost lives and millions of tax dollars had a kid taken it for a joyride and crashed.

I personally observed the black-and-white El Segundo police car parked in front of City Hall, on Holly Avenue, right across from Stuft Pizza where local kids hang out. The windows were down, the key was in the ignition with other keys on the same key ring, and the engine was running. The noise of the engine running got my attention. I waited for some time standing next to the driver door, guarding the police car, hoping the officer would return soon. Then I turned the engine off, removed they key, went straight to the City Manager at the time, pointed out the police car from his office window, told him what happened, and gave him the key ring. He said he would take care of it.

Again, city employee disciplinary actions are not publicized because that would violate the employee’s privacy rights.


El Segundo police sergeant Rex Fowler caused an accident that killed Hawthorne police motorcycle officer Andrew Garton, during escort duty in Torrance for a royal funeral procession for Manhattan Beach police officer Mark Vazquez, who died of cancer. Garton’s widow sued El Segundo for $25 million for wrongful death, and Hawthorne filed a $718,655 claim for damages against El Segundo.


El Segundo, California police sergeant Rex Jay Fowler.
El Segundo, California police sergeant Rex Jay Fowler.


Hawthorne, California police motorcycle officer Andrew Garton. He was killed in a motorcycle collision caused primarily by El Segundo police sergeant Rex Jay Fowler on May 26, 2011 at about 12:40 p.m. in Torrance, California.
Hawthorne, California police motorcycle officer Andrew Garton. He was killed in a motorcycle collision caused primarily by El Segundo police sergeant Rex Jay Fowler on May 26, 2011 at about 12:40 p.m. in Torrance, California. Click the photo to see a larger image.

When I heard the news of this terrible accident, I was saddened and prayed for Hawthorne Officer Andrew Garton’s family, and for El Segundo Sergeant Rex Fowler’s full and speedy recovery from his broken leg which needed surgery. It was a terrible tragedy, and as a former motorcycle rider, I have a special comradely and fondness for motorcycle riders. I carefully watch for motorcycles and give them plenty of space while driving.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) accident investigation report placed most of the blame for causing the accident on Sergeant Rex Fowler, as reported in the Daily Breeze newspaper.

The City of Hawthorne also placed the blame for causing the accident on Sergeant Rex Fowler in the claim for damages they filed with the City of El Segundo.

Here are links to newspaper articles about the funeral procession motorcycle accident that support what I wrote:

DAILY BREEZE
El Segundo officer mostly to blame for funeral procession accident, CHP report says
By Larry Altman Staff Writer
Posted: 03/30/12, 12:01 AM PDT
http://www.DailyBreeze.com/general-news/20120330/el-segundo-officer-mostly-to-blame-for-funeral-procession-accident-chp-report-says

DAILY BREEZE
City of Hawthorne files claim blaming El Segundo officer for funeral crash
By Larry Altman and Kristin S. Agostoni Staff Writers
Posted: 12/02/11, 12:01 AM PST
http://www.DailyBreeze.com/general-news/20111202/city-of-hawthorne-files-claim-blaming-el-segundo-officer-for-funeral-crash

Same article in the Pasadena Star News:

PASADENA STAR-NEWS
City of Hawthorne files claim blaming El Segundo officer for funeral crash
By Larry Altman and Kristin S. Agostoni Staff Writers
Posted: 12/02/11, 12:01 AM PST
http://www.PasadenaStarNews.com/general-news/20111202/city-of-hawthorne-files-claim-blaming-el-segundo-officer-for-funeral-crash

DAILY BREEZE
Hawthorne police distance themselves from city’s claim in Garton case
By Sandy Mazza Staff Writer
Posted: 12/08/11, 12:01 AM PST
http://www.DailyBreeze.com/general-news/20111208/hawthorne-police-distance-themselves-from-citys-claim-in-garton-case

Same article in the Whittier Daily News:

WHITTIER DAILY NEWS
Hawthorne police distance themselves from city’s claim in Garton case
By Sandy Mazza Staff Writer
Posted: 12/08/11, 12:01 AM PST
http://www.WhittierDailyNews.com/general-news/20111208/hawthorne-police-distance-themselves-from-citys-claim-in-garton-case

DAILY BREEZE
Widow files lawsuit in motorcycle death of Hawthorne officer Andrew Garton
By Kristin S. Agostoni and Larry Altman Staff Writers
Posted: 03/21/12, 12:01 AM PDT
http://www.DailyBreeze.com/general-news/20120321/widow-files-lawsuit-in-motorcycle-death-of-hawthorne-officer-andrew-garton

DAILY BREEZE
Wife of Hawthorne officer killed in motorcycle accident files $25M claims
By Carley Dryden Staff Writer
Posted: 11/25/11, 12:01 AM PST
http://www.DailyBreeze.com/general-news/20111125/wife-of-hawthorne-officer-killed-in-motorcycle-accident-files-25m-claims

CONTRA COSTA TIMES
Wife of Hawthorne officer killed in motorcycle accident files $25M claims
By Carley Dryden Staff Writer
Posted: 11/25/2011, 01:16:45 PM PST
Updated: 11/25/2011, 01:34:07 PM PST
http://www.ContraCostaTimes.com/california/ci_19411521

EASY READER NEWS
Police officer’s widow files $25 million claims against Manhattan Beach and El Segundo
El Segundo, Manhattan Beach
By Alene Tchekmedyian
Added on December 1, 2011
http://www.EasyReaderNews.com/41083/officer%E2%80%99s-widow-files-claim-against-city/

Here are links to download four different claim forms filed on behalf of Hawthorne police officer Andrew Garton’s widow and two sons Garrett and Grant, the City of Hawthorne, and from Rex Fowler himself. Another driver, John Robert Mitchell, who suffered damages from the accident, also filed a claim against El Segundo:

“2011-11-08-El Segundo-Claim 11-57 Tracy Garton-Garrett Garton-Grant Garton via Panish Shea and Boyle LLP.pdf” (464 KB PDF file)

“2011-11-17-El Segundo-Claim 11-57A City of Hawthorne.pdf” (151 KB PDF file)

“2011-06-20-El Segundo-Claim 11-34 John Robert Mitchell via Allstate Insurance Company.pdf” (683 KB PDF file)

“2011-07-13-El Segundo-Claim 11-34A John Robert Mitchell via Allstate Insurance Company.pdf” (811 KB PDF file)


Firefighter Michael Archambault was arrested, convicted, and sentenced for shoplifting five products totaling $354.95 from Costco. He was allowed to retire early with a $110,251/ year pension.


Torrance, California Police Department Booking Photo of El Segundo firefighter Michael Joseph Archambault, arrested on April 12, 2011 for shoplifting five products totaling $354.95 from Costco.

Torrance, California Police Department Booking Photo of El Segundo firefighter Michael Joseph Archambault, arrested on April 12, 2011 for shoplifting five products totaling $354.95 from Costco. Click the photo to see a larger image.

Michael Joseph Archambault’s arrest and charge for violating California Penal Code Section 484(A) is documented in public record documents, and also in Daily Breeze and L.A. Weekly news stories. Archambault pled “no contest”, which is equivalent to a guilty plea for conviction purposes, and was convicted and sentenced. The $354.95 value of the five products Archambault stole was below the threshold for a felony violation.

According to my information, Archambault was sentenced to community service, probation, and a ban from Costco. After completing his sentence, Archambault was allowed to have his conviction expunged from his criminal record in accordance with California Penal Code section 1203.4 on February 11, 2014, or 2/11, which ironically, reminds us of Penal Code Section 211, which is felony robbery!

CA P.C. 211. Robbery is the felonious taking of personal property in the
possession of another, from his person or immediate presence, and
against his will, accomplished by means of force or fear.

However, Archambault was still convicted and sentenced for his crime.

Here are some links to newspaper articles and public record documents about Michael J. Archambault’s arrest:

DAILY BREEZE
El Segundo firefighter arrested on suspicion of shoplifting from Costco
By Larry Altman and Kristin S. Agostoni Staff Writers
Posted: 04/14/11, 12:01 AM PDT
http://www.DailyBreeze.com/general-news/20110414/el-segundo-firefighter-arrested-on-suspicion-of-shoplifting-from-costco

LA WEEKLY
Rich Fireman Named in Shoplifting
By Paul Teetor
Thursday, May 26, 2011
http://www.LAWeekly.com/news/rich-fireman-named-in-shoplifting-2170708

PUBLIC SAFETY PROJECT
El Segundo firefighter Michael Archambault arrested at Costco for allegedly shoplifting five products worth $354.95 (Booking Photo)
by Michael D. Robbins
Posted on May 25, 2011
http://PublicSafetyProject.org/blog/2011/05/25/el-segundo-firefighter-michael-archambault-arrested-for-shoplifting/

PUBLIC SAFETY PROJECT
Could Firefighter’s Arrest be the Result of a Culture of Entitlement?
by Michael D. Robbins
Posted on May 25, 2011
http://PublicSafetyProject.org/blog/2011/05/25/could-firefighters-arrest-be-result-of-culture-of-entitlement/

Los Angeles County Superior Court Criminal Defendant Index search result:

http://PublicSafetyProject.org/ca/el-segundo/files/docs/archambault/2011-05-23-Los%20Angeles%20Superior%20Court-Criminal%20Index-Search%20Result.pdf

http://PublicSafetyProject.org/ca/el-segundo/files/docs/archambault/2011-05-23-Los%20Angeles%20Superior%20Court-Criminal%20Index-Search%20Result-C.html

Torrance, California Police Department response to the California Public Records Act (CPRA) request submitted by Mike Robbins, received only after sending a Notice of Violation of the California Public Records Act to the Torrance Mayor, City Council, City Attorney, City Manager, and Police Chief, citing the CPRA sections being violated:

http://PublicSafetyProject.org/ca/el-segundo/files/docs/archambault/2011-05-12-Torrance%20PD%20PRA%20response%20re%20Michael%20Archambault%20arrest.pdf

Here is proof for Michael Archambault’s California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS) pension. It is provided by the TransparentCalifornia.com website. They obtained it from Public Records Act requests made to CalPERS.

Here is my summary and formatting of Archambault’s CalPERS pension information in the TransparentCalifornia.com database (I added his last position):

City Employee:     Michael J Archambault
Agency:            City of El Segundo, California
Last Position:     Fire Engineer
Retired in:        2011
Years of service:  28.31
Pension:           CalPERS
2013 Total*        $110,251.32
2012 Total*        $108,089.64
  * Excluding benefits.

Note that public employee retirees in CalPERS get automatic pension COLA raises each year. Also, their defined benefit pension plan payments are guaranteed by the taxpayers regardless of investment portfolio performance and any investment portfolio mismanagement.

See Michael J. Archambault’s CalPERS pension information in the TransparentCalifornia.com database here:

http://TransparentCalifornia.com/pensions/search/?q=Michael+J+Archambault&a=&y=&s=


An El Segundo resident, a firefighter for another agency, suffered permanent disability because, he said, the paramedics claimed he was okay and refused to transport him to the hospital while he was having a stroke, allowing them to get back to the fire station to watch a big sports game on TV.

I know this El Segundo resident. He told me sufficient information about his stroke and how the El Segundo firefighters and paramedics abandoned him as their patient and refused to take him to the hospital where he could get a drug to prevent long-term disability from his stroke if administered in time. I will provide more details on his case later. He is more believable than the El Segundo firefighter and paramedic union members, who have a culture of entitlement, and a history of dishonesty in their political campaigns to elect their own bosses who will raise their pay and our taxes.


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Cut the Raises – Letter to the El Segundo Herald by Mike Robbins

The following letter to the editor was published in the El Segundo Herald newspaper (HeraldPublications.com) on Thursday, August 13, 2015 in the Letters section on page 3. The El Segundo Herald has a strict 250-word limit, including the title.


Cut the Raises

The El Segundo Total Compensation Survey on the City website shows the police and firefighters are substantially over-compensated when compared to ten other South Bay and nearby survey cities.

The police and firefighter unions changed their campaign slogan to “We don’t want raises. We just want to stop the cuts.” But they already got their raises – many huge raises during the Great Recession – that are budget-busters. And they are talking about only one out of many annual and periodic raises hidden in their union contracts, including raises on top of raises.

There are no new police or firefighter staffing cuts as they want us to believe. The City Council is funding three additional police positions. And if the firefighters got their way, we would have fewer firefighters per shift. They put Measure P on the 4/10/2012 ballot to maximize their compensation, but reduce staffing to only 12 firefighters and no paramedic transport ambulances per shift.

The firefighters lied to the voters, saying that signing their initiative petition would preserve our local fire department, when it would have disbanded it, forced El Segundo to contract with Los Angeles County for an inferior level of service, and transferred the firefighters to the County. The fire union lobbied the City Council (2/15/11 meeting) to enact Measure P directly into law without letting us vote on it. When we finally got to vote, 90.1% voted “No”, even though the firefighters probably spent over $100,000 on their campaign.

We cannot trust them.

– Mike Robbins


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Questions the Phrase “Dehumanizing” – Letter to the El Segundo Herald by Marc Rener

The following letter to the editor was published in the El Segundo Herald newspaper (HeraldPublications.com) on Thursday, August 13, 2015 in the Letters section on page 3. The El Segundo Herald has a strict 250-word limit, including the title.


Questions the Phrase “Dehumanizing”

8/4/15 Council meeting was another organized parade of union members and their companions programed to parrot the slogans of the unions. The firefighter’s union constant fabrication about seven years of salary and compensation cuts. Since 2009 there has not been any department cuts to the firefighters salary or special compensation (source, city records). Both these salaries and special compensations have risen every year and are at all time highs. One firefighter’s earnings, in 2014, was $285,785, more than anybody in El Segundo, even the city manager.

Also no union firefighters live in town. The union’s president lives in Manhattan Beach and their V.P. lives in San Juan Capistrano. They spoke and used words like “not being able to provide for their families”, “severely understaffed”, “working in one of the most dangerous and hazardous city on the West Coast”. This propaganda makes us lose any admiration for this organization, But when they make accusations like ”personal threats to our families way of life” and “dehumanizing members and their families” now they have lost respect.

Explain how living in million dollar homes between Manhattan Beach and San Diego County, working in one of the safest city in Los Angeles County, making $150,000 to $285,000 a year, early 50’s retirement with six figure pensions is dehumanizing? And the fire department still bills you $1,800 just to transport you to an emergency room.

– Marc Rener


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Union Claims Don’t Add Up – Letter to the El Segundo Herald by Mike Robbins

The following letter to the editor was published in the El Segundo Herald newspaper (HeraldPublications.com) on Thursday, July 30, 2015 in the Letters section on pages 3 and 15. The El Segundo Herald has a strict 250-word limit, including the title.


Union Claims Don’t Add Up

The firefighter and police “associations” (unions) sent a campaign mailer to all city residents. One side contained propaganda urging attendance at the 7/7/15 City Council meeting, and the other side was a “Stop The Cuts” sign to display during the meeting.

The mailer claimed “millions of dollars in contract concessions over the past seven years”. The unions actually received millions of dollars in excessive and unsustainable pay raises during this period.

The already overpaid firefighter and police unions received the following pay raises during the Great Recession, in three-year contracts approved by City Council on 4/7/09 in Consent Agenda items E11, E12, and E8:

El Segundo Firefighters’ Association (ESFA) received 11.25% in raises for firefighters, paramedics, fire engineers, and fire captains.

El Segundo Police Officers’ Association (ESPOA) received 15% in raises for officers and sergeants.

El Segundo Police Managers’ Association (ESPMA) received 18% in raises for lieutenants and 23% for captains.

The following three year contracts gave all city union members pay raises every year.

All of the above raises were in addition to automatic annual 5% “Step” raises, periodic “Longevity” raises, and many types of “Special Compensation” raises hidden in their union contracts for all six years.

Firefighter and police managers received the following pay raises during the Great Recession, to avoid “salary compaction”, approved by City Council on 12/2/08 in Consent Agenda item E8: Fire Battalion Chiefs, 16.9%; Deputy Fire Chief, 14.9%; Fire Chief, 32.3%; and Police Chief, 23%.

Facts are stubborn things.

– Mike Robbins


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Not Once, But Twice – Letter to the El Segundo Herald by George Hoopes

The following letter to the editor was published in the El Segundo Herald newspaper (HeraldPublications.com) on Thursday, July 30, 2015 in the Letters section on page 15. The El Segundo Herald has a strict 250-word limit, including the title.


Not Once, But Twice

Marc Rener’s letter to the Editor on July 16 is 100% correct! “Something has to change now.”

As property owners and taxpayers we should not be billed twice for the same service. And to charge $1,853.75 to transport a person 5.3 miles is nothing short of filthy Al Capone gangsterism! It seems to me the El Segundo Fire Department has a vulture mentality – they lay around like buzzards, until someone needs help, then take advantage of the situation and pounce on the poor victim’s bank account like a deranged vulture adn then claim “that’s our policy.”

Just who invented that policy? Who is responsible for that policy that whack El Segundo taxpayers in the wallet not once, but twice for the same thing?

– George Hoopes


NOTE: This letter is in response to the July 16, 2015 letter to the El Segundo Herald titled “Feels Bill is Excessive and Unnecessary” by Marc Rener about El Segundo, California paramedic transport bills sent to residents who call 911 and are taken to the hospital, although city taxes already pay for the fire department.

Feels Bill is Excessive and Unnecessary – Letter to the El Segundo Herald by Marc Rener


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Call a Taxi? – Letter to the El Segundo Herald by Lillian Wendel

The following letter to the editor was published in the El Segundo Herald newspaper (HeraldPublications.com) on Thursday, July 23, 2015 in the Letters section on page 2. The El Segundo Herald has a strict 250-word limit, including the title.


Call a Taxi?

I just saw the letter about the outrageous ambulance bill. I had the same thing happen to my daughter. Not only was the dollar amount outrageous, but how much of the bill is going to the firm contracted to collect the payment? This city should be ashamed. Next time folks, call a taxi.

– Lillian Wendel


NOTE: This letter is in response to the July 16, 2015 letter to the El Segundo Herald titled “Feels Bill is Excessive and Unnecessary” by Marc Rener about El Segundo, California paramedic transport bills sent to residents who call 911 and are taken to the hospital, although city taxes already pay for the fire department.

Feels Bill is Excessive and Unnecessary – Letter to the El Segundo Herald by Marc Rener


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Response to Letter Submitted by Robert Clark Published in the July 16, 2015 Herald

The following letter to the editor was published in the El Segundo Herald newspaper (HeraldPublications.com) on Thursday, July 23, 2015 in the Letters section on page 2. The El Segundo Herald has a strict 250-word limit, including the title.


Response to Letter Submitted by Robert Clark Published in the July 16, 2015 Herald

My name is Mitch Tavera and I am the Chief of Police of the El Segundo Police Department. On July 16, 2015, the El Segundo Herald published a letter from a Robert Clark in which he accuses an El Segundo Police Officer of threatening and intimidating him after he spoke publicly, several years ago, at a city council meeting. Mr. Clark did not disclose the date of this alleged incident nor did he provide the name of the officer. I would like to address this letter to Mr. Clark.

Mr. Clark- As all allegations of misconduct against my employees are extremely important to me, I ask that you contact me personally, in order to conduct a thorough investigation into your claims. Please understand, in order to conduct a thorough inquiry into this matter, we require your cooperation and additional information from you. Thanks in advance.

– Mitch Tavera, Chief of Police, 310-524-2280


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Feels Bill is Excessive and Unnecessary – Letter to the El Segundo Herald by Marc Rener

The following letter to the editor was published in the El Segundo Herald newspaper (HeraldPublications.com) on Thursday, July 16, 2015 in the Letters section on page 2. The El Segundo Herald has a strict 250-word limit, including the title.


Feels Bill is Excessive and Unnecessary

June 6, I made an emergency 911 call, for my mother. The paramedics arrived, then paramedics transported her to the emergency room at Marina Del Rey , 5.3 miles away. She was treated and is now doing fine, until July 3. She received a bill from the City of El Segundo, with a Sacramento address, demanding $1,853.75 “for services”.

It turns out this is an agency hired by El Segundo to collect money for services for transporting her, an El Segundo resident, in an El Segundo city vehicle, by El Segundo City paramedics and that she is responsible for that bill in full.

I brought this up at the 7/7/2015 council meeting. After a discussion with the Fire Chief, he stated this is now the policy in El Segundo, to bill the residences/taxpayers of El Segundo for services by El Segundo paramedics, using El Segundo City equipment, even though the taxpayers of this city continually pay for both.

There are seniors here, on a fixed income, who don’t even make half of $1,853.75 in a month. This collection is not only excessive, but unnecessary.

I find it offensive that our residence/taxpayers who paid, in 2014, firefighter salaries who make between $100,000 to $285,000, that are supplied with multimillion dollar vehicles and the best equipment, that now these same taxpayers will have to pay extra for a service by city employees to do the job they were hired for in the first place.

Something has to change now.

– Marc Rener


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Union Activism – Letter to the El Segundo Herald by Mike Robbins

The following letter to the editor was published in the El Segundo Herald newspaper (HeraldPublications.com) on Thursday, July 16, 2015 in the Letters section on page 13. The El Segundo Herald has a strict 250-word limit, including the title.


Union Activism

The firefighter and police officer “associations” are labor unions. They spent thousands of dollars campaigning for a month, with deceptive campaign ads and mailers, to keep millions of dollars per year in excess compensation they receive as rewards for their support for past City Council candidates.

None of the firefighters and only one fourth of the police live in town. They want to control and run our city for their own financial benefit.

Their unions exist to continuously increase their compensation, no matter how excessive and unsustainable, at our expense in money and safety. They support candidates and ballot measures that will maximize their pay, and raise our taxes and fees to pay for it.

For example, the firefighters put Measure P on the 4/10/2012 ballot to maximize their compensation, but reduce our safety. It would have forced El Segundo to contract with the L.A. County Fire Department for an inferior level of service. We would have lost our three paramedic transport ambulances, and been forced to use out-of-town ambulance companies, doubling hospital transport times. The firefighters hired a campaign consultant, election lawyers, and professional pollsters. They probably spent over $100,000. I led the grassroots campaign against Measure P. Thankfully, 90% of voters voted “No”.

The city unions contributed $17,500 to the Measure A campaign (4/8/2014). Measure A was eleven tax hikes in one measure, on residents and businesses. I led the campaign against Measure A. We won again. The union activism shows Council is doing its job.

– Mike Robbins


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Worried About Repercussions – Letter to the El Segundo Herald by Robert Clark

The following letter to the editor was published in the El Segundo Herald newspaper (HeraldPublications.com) on Thursday, July 16, 2015 in the Letters section on page 13. The El Segundo Herald has a strict 250-word limit, including the title.


Worried About Repercussions

The ES Public Safety Unions compensation contracts are being discussed by the City Council. I’m not here to argue for or against what the Unions are asking for, but most Public Safety union members pay and benefits seem fairly generous.

Recently, I discovered many ES residents will not express their point of view about Public Safety employee’s compensation in public if they are not in support of raises.

Why? Many are concerned about possible repercussions. I understand those concerns.

Several years ago I spoke at a City Council meeting. I assumed the council was the right place to ask for some added enforcement for traffic safety. I was wrong.

Several days later, I received a call from an ESPD officer I knew on a personal level. I was told that I had embarrassed the department, and warned to look out for tickets for offences I don’t recall doing! Like parking near a fire hydrant or in a handicap spot – tickets that cost many $100’s of dollars in fines! I was shocked… and intimidated.

I never received a surprise ticket, but it changed me. What was communicated to me was clearly illegal. But it works. If someone speaks publically against Public Safety Union contracts or matters, will they get a parking or speeding ticket for something they did not do? It’s intimidating to know the union members have that power.

We live in a very small town, and there are many citizens of El Segundo who feel this way – Intimidated.

– Robert Clark


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