City attorney Michele Beal Bagneris (who never speaks in person) sent a letter to reporter Brenda Gazzar outlining the suspension of police review boards in Pasadena. Her reason? The Brown Act conflicts with the Police Officers’ Bill of Rights. Open public records experts disagree. Brenda got both sides in her story …which you can read here.
PASADENA – Media outlets swarmed Huntington Hospital on Tuesday waiting for confirmation that Randy Jackson, brother of the late Michael Jackson, was being treated for chest pains.
A source close to the Jackson family who spoke only on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly said Jackson, 48, experienced chest pains around noon and was taken to Huntington, where he is awaiting the outcome of tests. The source said doctors think it was a mild heart attack, but this has not yet been confirmed.
The announcement sparked a media frenzy. CBS, ABC and the Star-News were on scene, but unable to confirm whether the member of the Jackson 5 was being treated at Huntington.
The last chief Barney Melekian erned his striped in Santa Monica. Now Pasadena City Manager Michael Beck has reached out to the westside to choose Phil Sanchez as Pasadena’s next chief, sources close to the process said Wednesday,
PASADENA – Santa Monica Deputy Chief Phil Sanchez will be named the next Pasadena police chief, according to a source familiar with the hiring process.
City officials have not yet named Sanchez, but have said that the candidate for the job is undergoing a psychological exam this week, and will be revealed to the public next Tuesday.
The city manager was given the task of selecting Pasadena’s new police chief but has never released the names of the finalists for the job.
Sources close to the selection process named the three finalists as Sanchez, interim Police Chief Chris Vicino, and Covina Police Chief Kim Raney.
The 53-year-old Sanchez has served his entire career in the Santa Monica Police Department and was a candidate to become chief in that city during the last hiring process in 2006.
PASADENA, CA – On Monday, May 25, 2010, at 10:22 p.m. officers responded to the area of Lincoln Avenue and Zanja Street on reports of shots fired. Approximately five minutes later, a local hospital notified the police department of the arrival of two gun shot victims, Emilo Landaverde, 22, and Oscar Mendez, 19, both Pasadena residents. Victim Landaverde later died from his injury. Victim Mendez was treated and remains in stable condition. The suspect was described as a Male Hispanic wearing a white t-shirt.
“The motive for this shooting is unknown,” says Interim Chief of Police Christopher Vicino. “Our detectives responded to the scene last night and are still investigating this senseless crime. It is our intent to find out who did this, bring them to justice and provide the families with some sense of closure.”
Police are asking anyone having information about this incident to contact the Pasadena Police Department at 626-744-4241 or Detectives at (626) 744-4522.
This from Ann Erdman, Pasadena’s PIO: (Photo from Ron Berry)
During some testing a few minutes ago, one of our gas turbines at the Pasadena Power Plant caught fire. A fire suppression system came on automatically and put out the fire, but there is a smell of burnt oil in the vicinity. The Pasadena Fire Department responded as well.
There has been no interruption in delivery of electrical service in Pasadena.
I’m going to reprint the Star-news editorial from this morning here, because it’s an appropriate call for open government in a process that has so far been a perversion of California open public records law:
WE applaud Pasadena City Manager Michael Beck for convening a second, more inclusive and open police chief selection advisory panel.
Criticized by many in the community, including ourselves, for keeping his initial panel shrouded in secrecy, Beck apparently now sees the real need for openness in city government.
Perhaps the city manager had to scramble a bit to finally understand the reasons such openness is important. And we do strongly wish that the names of those on the original committee had been made public, the same as every other commission and committee in City Hall, before its members met, not after. But Beck can’t unring that bell. It would seem that he has heard the criticism, and responded in an appropriate manner.
One of the most telling things to come out of the after-the-fact naming of those who did serve on the panel was the panel’s clear lack of economic and geographical diversity among its members – a front-loading of insiders and bureaucrats with not even a sprinkling of regular folks.