Thursday, May 21, 2015

Does Baldwin Park Have an Ethics Problem?

In the article below, notice that Ricardo Pacheco and Chief Michael Taylor are avoiding taking the ethics training. Notice how Manuel Carrillo Jr. took the "online" version.

I suspect the reason they don't want to do the training is that it makes them aware of what they're not supposed to do. And if they're aware and then do it, the prosecutors have ammunition against them if they ever get prosecuted. I've been telling you, the City of Baldwin Park is the Shame of the San Gabriel Valley.

Someone needs to follow up on Manny Carrillo that he actually does his training and on Pacheco and Taylor. Otherwise, they're in the habit of saying things they're going to do that they actually don't do.

Baldwin Park officials receive ethics training
by: Melissa Masatani (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

Is the City Attorney supposed to teach the Council Members ethics?
Someone should tell him not to misrepresent signatures in court too.
BALDWIN PARK >> Personal financial gain, perks, governmental transparency and fair processes were the major focus of a state-mandated ethics training seminar Wednesday, but two notable city leaders were absent.

Mayor Manuel Lozano, Mayor Pro Tem Cruz Baca and Councilwomen Monica Garcia and Susan Rubio were joined by city commissioners and staffers at the session led by City Attorney Robert Nacionales-Tafoya.

Councilman Ricardo Pacheco and Police Chief Mike Taylor were among the officials who missed the training. Pacheco said Thursday he planned to take an online course that is offered “before the time is up.” Taylor could not be reached for comment.

Recreation and Community Services Director Manuel Carrillo and Community Development Director Marc Castagnola took the free ethics online training course offered on the Fair Political Practices Commission’s website Wednesday, Baldwin Park CEO Shannon Yauchzee said in an email.

Yauchzee said those who had not received training “will be asked to take the online course in the next week or two.”

The city last held a training seminar Nov. 27, 2012, Human Resources Manager Shama Curian said, but she did not know when Pacheco and Taylor last had ethics training.

 Participants receive a certificate when they complete the course and they were advised to keep them for at least five years.

The state law requires cities to keep public records of proof of participation, including training dates and who provided the training, according to the Attorney General’s Office. There is no penalty system in place for government officials who have not taken the training.

Elected officials and city department leaders must receive two hours of training every two years, according to state law.

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