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Carson Clerk Jim Dear suspended from City Hall amid concerns he could ‘snap’

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Concudan, Sep 17, 2015.

  1. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    http://www.dailybreeze.com/governme...ed-from-city-hall-amid-concerns-he-could-snap

    Carson’s embattled city clerk, former Mayor Jim Dear, was suspended from work this week after an investigation revealed employees fear he could “snap or go postal” and some have even planned escape routes in City Hall.

    The Riverside law firm of Creason & Aarvig, hired last month by City Manager Ken Farfsing, investigated claims by seven employees that Dear called them “incompetent,” “scumbag,” “evil,” “stupid and “a—hole,” and made racially derogatory comments, among other concerns, investigator Maria Aarvig said.

    Aarvig’s investigation confirmed that Dear, who served as mayor for 11 years, has been harassing, threatening and discriminating against employees. She also suggested city officials beef up security measures to protect those who work at City Hall.

    •Report: Investigation on Jim Dear

    “There is a concern that Mr. Dear would just snap or ‘go postal.’ There is a fear he could become violent,” Aarvig said. “Some employees are so concerned about personal safety that they have planned escape routes” from City Hall.

    Aarvig presented her findings to City Council members Tuesday night and, in response, the panel voted 5-0 to remove Dear from City Hall while security measures are boosted. Further, they called a special meeting at 5 p.m. today to consider new policies to combat discrimination, harassment, nepotism and violence in the workplace, and also to encourage Dear to “seek psychiatric counseling regarding the behavior issues,” as Aarvig suggested. The meeting will be held at 701 E. Carson St.

    “Given the number of complaining parties and the frequency of the offensive conduct, Mr. Dear’s conduct could be found to be severe and pervasive,” Aarvig told the council. “An atmosphere of fear of retaliation and retribution exists among the city staff.”

    Dear, who was elected clerk in March, is not subject to the strict personnel standards required of city employees because he was seated by voters. But Aarvig said he has violated the city’s established code of conduct for public officials.

    Since taking the clerk’s seat, Dear has repeatedly clashed with City Council members — particularly Mayor Albert Robles, whom he has openly criticized and accused of living outside the city. Robles now is beinginvestigated by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office over his residency, and has been told to resign one of his two public offices. His position on the Water Replenishment District of Southern California board overlaps with his duties as mayor of Carson, the office believes.

    Aarvig interviewed 13 employees, reporting that many were reluctant to say anything negative about Dear, who is the subject of a recall campaignbecause of his erratic behavior and perceived abuses of power as clerk.

    Though the issue has not yet qualified for a ballot, Dear is campaigning against the recall effort. He sent out a mailer to residents claiming that a proposed National Football League stadium could be threatened if he is removed from office. Officials with the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders, who are sponsoring the proposed stadium, said that’s inaccurate.

    During a City Council meeting in June, Dear lashed out at Robles and his political rivals with an incoherent rant after the council thwarted his attempt to block newly elected Councilman Jawane Hilton from being seated. Dear delayed final ballot counts in the city’s June 2 election after his preferred candidate didn’t win.

    Employees reported that Dear stokes racial divisions in the city, has made racist comments such as “We can’t let the blacks take over,” and blamed crime on black people, Aarvig said.

    “His public persona is entirely different to the way he behaves at work,” she said, adding that he routinely has angry outbursts and displays erratic and unpredictable behavior.

    Dear and his supporters argued Tuesday that the investigation was politically motivated, and that the longtime public official has done nothing wrong.

    “You can hire an investigator to find out whatever you want them to find out,” Dear said. “You pay them and feed them false information. Bring in the District Attorney’s Office, that’s what you should do.

    “During my 11 years (as mayor) I took extreme abuse. If you watch the council meetings on tape you will see. I usually said ‘thank you’ or ‘next, please.’ I didn’t lose my temper. I’m actually a very level-headed person and very reasonable. I get mad like everyone else and that’s pretty normal. But the issue at hand today is this is nothing but a political vendetta.”

    The Chargers want to move here? Are they looking for a group to make them miss the SD City Council?!
     
  2. Blitzy

    Blitzy Spanos Chargers Troll

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    Oh Dear!
     
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  3. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    If it wasn't for the Chargers/Raiders pushing this to such a degree, the Carson stadium situation would go down as one of the biggest jokes in Metropolitan political history
     
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  4. Blue Bolt

    Blue Bolt Persona Non Grata

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    The US Postal Service would kindly ask that you refrain from using the term "going postal" in a derogatory manner.... thank you, and have a nice day. ;)
     
  5. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    Are you 'bout to go mail carrier on us?
     

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