Yorba Linda again talks about who will handle policing.

Yellow Tape“YORBA LINDA (12/06) – Just hours after other City Council members unanimously appointed him mayor, Tom Lindsey put a proposal before them: Should the city seek a new proposal for police services from Brea, the city that has held the contract for the past 42 years?”

In an OC Register article dated 12/6, staff writer Michael Mello does a good job of giving a balanced accounting of Yorba Linda’s last council meeting. To get a real sense of the “drama” read the comments. All the usual suspects are already hard at work spreading their lies, half truths and purposely misguiding “facts.”

Here are the basic facts as I understand them.

  • 21 officers chose to leave Brea for positions at the OC Sheriff’s department. What precipitated this unprecedented exodus?
  • 10 officers chose to leave Brea to accept positions with other jurisdictions. Are conditions here so bad that these officers would scurry off a sinking ship?
  • 4 officers chose to retire in order to open up ongoing employment opportunities for younger officers. A magnanimous gesture to be sure, but we’ve lost their years of experience.
  • Brea is paying $35,000/week in overtime to officers in order to cover contract requirements with Yorba Linda. How much longer should we allow this excessive burden on our general fund to continue?
  • An unknown number of retired officers, in order to “refill the ranks,” have been brought out of retirement and are now on part time duty with Brea. How effective are these officers?
  • An unknown number of detectives have been put back into uniform and into patrol cars. Who is handling their investigations?
  • An unknown number of motorcycle officers have been put back into patrol cars. How is this effecting traffic enforcement?
  • There is zero chance that Yorba Linda would ever reverse the course it’s on and come crawling back to Brea. Consider the facts and think about the nature of contract law, what is the incentive to do so?
  • Brea needs to quickly put together whatever plan we can to bring our Police Department back up to full strength. How safe do you really think Brea is with our law enforcement operating at such a substandard level? How much longer are you willing to be underserved?

And Markman wants to sue the county?

Brea has no business turning an obscure statute with little or no history of litigious success to sue the OC Supervisors/Sheriff. The likelihood that Brea will prevail is too close to zero to believe there is a chance.

Rule #1 of triage… stop the bleeding.

Brea would be best served by cutting all ties with Yorba Linda immediately.

Send YL City Manager Rudometkin a letter informing him that the City of Brea will cease all law enforcement activities in Yorba Linda effective midnight December 31, 2012.

Remind him that the OC Sheriff has already picked up the officers needed to take over coverage!

Is this a tempest in a teapot?

We’re over a year past the point where we had any hope of influencing the Yorba Linda Council’s decision or convincing them that Brea hadn’t been grossly overcharging them for the law enforcement services they received.

Let the people decide!

In a closed door study session, the Brea City Council has discussed this situation at length. I think it’s about time they brought this out into the light and gave Brea citizen’s an opportunity to wade in on the matter.

This is what Measure U was all about… remember? Don’t you wish you’d passed it now?