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City 'claims investigator' wins claim against city

Original post made on Nov 2, 2007

Former City of Palo Alto claims investigator Casey O'Neill will receive $335,000 from the city in exchange for retiring next June and dropping a "retaliation" charge, according to a federal-court settlement agreement approved today.

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Posted by Not so fast, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 2, 2007 at 9:25 am

Another $300,000+ of our taxpayer money used to settle "problems" at city hall.
Can't wait to hear the city council and benest's spin on this.

Posted by Cobbler's kid, a resident of Ventura
on Nov 2, 2007 at 9:52 am

The attorneys made out with 65% of the $409K total cost.
Maybe some training in labor laws are in order?

Posted by Fireman, a resident of another community
on Nov 2, 2007 at 10:45 am

What is iMportant here? That the City that millions and millions of dollars has to pay out money. Instead of wasting it or giving it to these leaders who have caused the problem in bonuses

That the person who was hurt and caused to feel great pain was give something for there misfortune... Working for Evil,cruel,law breaking leaders/managers

How much money has been spent going to court to fight how these leaders/managers have been leading/manageing.

Just how much money has been spent in court costs and settlements?

When will the public get involved and stop this type of behavior

Who is accountable for this type of problem?

What next??

Posted by Steven Wilton, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 2, 2007 at 2:02 pm

[Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]

Posted by Doesn't Care, a resident of Professorville
on Nov 2, 2007 at 6:54 pm

Not so Fast, you got to look at the Org Chart and realize that Benest does not have responsibility for the Attorney's Office - the City Attorney report directly to the City Council. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]

Posted by Steven Wilton, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 2, 2007 at 7:38 pm

Thanks "dosen't care"

That was my point in my deleted post.

Curious how some speech is OK and other speech is not.

Posted by Terry, a resident of Midtown
on Nov 2, 2007 at 8:27 pm

Am I the only one who doesn't understand this? The claim seems to turn on that after she started to ask for overtime, they tried to manage her schedule show she would not work overtime hours. What's wrong with that?

BTW, has Baum received any disciplinary action for this? When the City Attorney apparently violates labor laws and then retaliates against complaining employees, that's pretty bad.

Posted by Agree with Fireman, a resident of another community
on Nov 5, 2007 at 7:48 pm

There is way too much going on at City Hall. Somehow the Management is way out out of control. I think there has to be a study done throughout City Hall. Somehow this is getting overlooked by the Residents, so do something about it.

Posted by Jerry Green, a resident of Fairmeadow
on Nov 5, 2007 at 9:23 pm

What are we paying Baum to do? To sit around and let others pursue the lawsuits. Why have a city attorney at all? In my opinion, Baum has caused many problems since coming to Palo Alto. While, Frank Benest has been on the hot seat recently with the Council, it's about time they put Baum in the toaster!

Posted by Fireman, a resident of another community
on Nov 6, 2007 at 4:47 pm

Jerry,Agree with Fireman;

Do not talk like that, Do not look for accountability. Do not try to make a change.. People will think you are crazy, like me.

Just let the criminals run loose and collect big$$$$ from the City of Palo Alto.. Let them waste all the funds then tell you we have no money for the things we promised you.
Guess what... They have the money to pay Franks property tax,his bonus. Mr Braum also...
He can't work for the City, he doing his free work.. well not so free when CPA is paying you... How do you thing Fire chief Ruben got his job with the state... Palo Alto Pay for it.. Now did not Frank help him to increase his retirerment.. When they would not take him back??..