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SDPD chief Lansdowne retires

Mayor-elect Faulconer says top cop wasn't asked to resign

Police chief William Lansdowne, beset by his force's sex and other scandals, resigned yesterday afternoon (Feb. 25), effective Monday, March 3. Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer reportedly did not ask the chief to resign, although the two had had a long discssion Friday.

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Scandals have marred the chief's ten years in office. Seven women have charged that officer Christopher Hays sexually harassed or assaulted them while he was on duty. Former officer Anthony Arevalos, now in prison, was sentenced for soliciting sex from women he pulled over in the Gaslamp Quarter. Two of the charges were overturned recently.

Lansdowne was nimble at playing politics. During Mike Aguirre's term as city attorney, Lansdowne refused to serve a search warrant at Sunroad Enterprises, even though it had been approved by a local judge. This decision made him popular with the political establishment because then-mayor Jerry Sanders was doing favors for Sunroad, a major donor to the mayor. But Sunroad's subsequent behavior makes some wonder about the protection then afforded by the chief.

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Police chief William Lansdowne, beset by his force's sex and other scandals, resigned yesterday afternoon (Feb. 25), effective Monday, March 3. Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer reportedly did not ask the chief to resign, although the two had had a long discssion Friday.

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Scandals have marred the chief's ten years in office. Seven women have charged that officer Christopher Hays sexually harassed or assaulted them while he was on duty. Former officer Anthony Arevalos, now in prison, was sentenced for soliciting sex from women he pulled over in the Gaslamp Quarter. Two of the charges were overturned recently.

Lansdowne was nimble at playing politics. During Mike Aguirre's term as city attorney, Lansdowne refused to serve a search warrant at Sunroad Enterprises, even though it had been approved by a local judge. This decision made him popular with the political establishment because then-mayor Jerry Sanders was doing favors for Sunroad, a major donor to the mayor. But Sunroad's subsequent behavior makes some wonder about the protection then afforded by the chief.

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It must be nice to have a gov. job, things get tough you can resign,

in the private sector ( real world) the boss has to see things through to the end.

interesting its the day Azano posted $5m bail to get out of jail ( and country ?)

Feb. 26, 2014

Murphyjunk: Except that in the public sector, some forced resignations become highly publicized permanent scars -- Nixon, Filner, etc. Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 26, 2014

and they don't end up poor

Feb. 26, 2014

Murphyjunk: No, they end up rich, but some of their loot is stashed offshore. In the private sector, even a higher percentage is stashed offshore. Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 26, 2014

In the private sector the CEO doesn't have to resign he gets a raise, see Jamie Dimon at Goldman Sachs.

Feb. 26, 2014

Dennis: That is pathetically true. Often it's known as being kicked upstairs, but that isn't descriptive of what happened to Jamie Dimon. Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 26, 2014

Thanks for mentioning Lansdowne’s role in the Sunroad Too-Tall-Building scandal. There should have been some penalty to pay for not serving the search warrant. But, who would be the penalizing authority, Bonnie Dumanis? It obviously was not Former-Police Chief Jerry “Mayor” Sanders. By the way, on pensions, is Lansdowne double- or triple-dipping come Monday?

Feb. 26, 2014

Brian: You know, I don't know about his pension. He probably has pensions from the other places where he worked. That would make him a double-, triple-, or quadruple-pensioner. He was only here about ten years and is around retirement age.

Feb. 26, 2014

Dr. Peterson it depends. He will have an option to blend his pension from San Diego with the one from Richmond via CALPERS. Or, if it makes more financial sense, keep it separate. If he blends, then he'll have two. If not, three; with pension payments from his time in San Jose, Richmond and San Diego. Either way he will be well off for the rest of his days.

Feb. 26, 2014

JustWondering: Yes, he will be well off, as public sector dippers are. Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 26, 2014

The details are discoverable at http://transparentcalifornia.com

Feb. 26, 2014

JustWondering: Folks who are interested can get to the site and check for themselves. Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 26, 2014

Next police chief will be a woman, won't that be too too bad.

Feb. 26, 2014

shirleyberan: That's quite possible, and would be a good step if the woman is the best candidate available. Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 26, 2014

Pat Flannery: Pat, once again you have hit the nail on the head. We still don't know who was responsible for bugging Filner's office, which government agency discovered it, and which agency covered it up. Also, we don't have the truth on the bodyguards on trips. We know the media made a big stink about it with Filner. But bodyguards were sent on others' trips, too, and that was covered up.

You are right: Lansdowne played politics egregiously -- always standing up for the corporate welfare crowd, which he knew essentially ran the city. But there is more to being a police chief than just snuggling up to the power -- especially when that power is corrupt. Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 26, 2014

City and Country Are Not going to evolve (correctly) without women's input.

Feb. 26, 2014

shirleyberan: Agreed. We need more female input. The Old Boys' Club that has run San Diego for decades should be dispatched to the dump. Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 26, 2014

Sorry Don, too soon?!

Feb. 26, 2014

shirleyberan: Too soon? It's now a fait accompli. Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 26, 2014

A police chief refused to serve a search warrant for political reasons? I didn't even know that sort of thing happened in the U.S. Sounds like banana republic stuff to me, like when the Army and President are struggling for power.

Feb. 27, 2014

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