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Steve Meiche, an Encinitas resident and L.A.-based firefighter-paramedic, is sounding alarms on what he sees as rampant corruption and misconduct within the Encinitas Fire Department.

Meiche contends that firefighters in the department have failed to respond to emergency calls, been late getting to calls, have neglected to restock ambulances with emergency medical supplies, and have been observed acting in an unprofessional and inappropriate manner.

Meiche accuses Fire Chief Mark Muir of mismanagement and criticizes city manager Phil Cotton for not disclosing the incidents of misconduct, or the disciplinary actions taken, to the public.

"The City of Encinitas does not regularly report to the public information on disciplinary action," wrote Meiche in a March 29 email. "Unlike other cities, Encinitas has refused to release any information related to disciplinary, corrective action or investigations of misconduct."

Following up on his allegations in an April 14 email, Meiche described a discussion that he had with Michael Goralski, president of the Encinitas Firefighters Association.

"[Goralski] confirmed that all of the accusations were true and clarified a few of the exact details. He stated, ‘Yes, those incidents did, in fact, happen.’ In additional dialogue, he made it clear that corrective action was taken."

And while Meiche says he received confirmation of wrongdoing in the City's fire department, his request that the City release the disciplinary actions taken is not likely to be granted.

"Disciplinary actions are not made available to the public," wrote Tom Beckford, director of human resources for the City of Encinitas, during a previous interview. "There is a specific provision of the California Public Records Act that makes an exemption for personnel, medical and similar files, the disclosure of which would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy."

Beckford says that Meiche's claims that other municipalities release investigations of city employees are likely not accurate. "My impression is that there is general consensus about the applicability of the California Public Records Act exemptions to disciplinary investigations and disciplinary actions."

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SurfPuppy619 April 17, 2011 @ 10 a.m.

Steve Meiche, an Encinitas resident and L.A.-based firefighter-paramedic, is sounding alarms on what he sees as rampant corruption and misconduct within the Encinitas Fire Department.

Meiche contends that firefighters in the department have failed to respond to emergency calls, been late getting to calls, have neglected to restock ambulances with emergency medical supplies, and have been observed acting in an unprofessional and inappropriate manner.

What?......grossly over compensated gov employees engaging in misconduct with impunity???? Public safety employees..... the "best and brightest"?????

I am shocked at this, SHOCKED I TELL YOU!!!!!!

SDPD officer accused in sexual assaults fired FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2011 AT 11:25 A.M.

SAN DIEGO — A San Diego police officer facing charges that he sexually assaulted five women during traffic stops has been fired, the department said Friday.

Anthony Arevalos, 40, an 18-year department veteran, was terminated Thursday after an internal investigation into the allegations, Police Chief William Lansdowne said. http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/apr/15/sdpd-officer-accused-sexual-assaults-fired/ .

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THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011 AT 8:52 A.M.

SAN DIEGO — San Diego police sergeant has been charged with stalking and harassment in a case reportedly involving a female officer. Sgt. Kenneth H. Davis, a 23-year veteran of the department, was arraigned Feb. 10 and charged with one count of stalking and three counts of making harassing telephone calls, police Lt. Andra Brown said Thursday. http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/apr/14/sdpd-sergeant-faces-stalking-charge/ .

Lawyer expects charges against SDPD officer

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2011 AT 9:43 P.M.

A lawyer who represents a San Diego police officer suspected of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of a traffic incident in February said Wednesday he expects felony charges to be filed against his client.

Defense attorney Cole Casey said he has been told by prosecutors that felony DUI and felony hit-and-run charges will be filed against Officer David Hall in connection with the incident. Casey said he expects his client to be arraigned in early May . http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/apr/13/lawyer-expects-charges-against-sdpd-officer/ .

L.A. County sheriff's deputy convicted of assaulting ex-girlfriend

April 15, 2011 | 11:40am

A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy faces up to 18 years in prison after an Orange County jury found him guilty of kidnapping, falsely imprisoning and assaulting his ex-girlfriend with a firearm. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/04/la-county-sheriffs-deputy-convicted-of-assaulting-ex-girlfriend.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+lanowblog+%28L.A.+Now%29 .

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