Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Pomona's Recent Press Clippings

So last week the city of Pomona sent us a letter threatening us with legal action on account of some posts we put up regarding their city manager, Doug Dunlap. We took the posts down as a precautionary measure—we didn't want to deal with possible legal action. However, rest assured we are open to the possibility of reposting some of our writings after we get some expert advice. More on this later today.

We appreciate Wendy Leung and Frank C. Girardot (who had or has a few blogs of his own) for their efforts in writing an article Saturday about the stifling threats of the city attorney of Pomona against this blog. See the SGVT (Blog deletes postings regarding city manager) and the DB (Blogger gives in to Pomona). Please note that the city attorney, Arnold M. Alvarez-Glasman, pictured at right, said of Foothill Cities: "The credence that one puts behind this publication is no greater than the National Enquirer."

Thanks, no doubt, in part to a link from Glenn Reynolds over at Instapundit, I noticed that the Daily Bulletin article was second on their "Most Viewed" list well into Sunday night. Glenn Reynolds said:

Even assuming Alvarez-Glasman has a legal leg to stand on here -- which is far from clear -- why is the City Attorney making legal threats on behalf of a private interest? Because the city has no interest in not being libeled, and the City Manager's interest is a personal one. Does the City Attorney routinely do personal legal work for city officials?




Kevin Roderick over at LA Observed was, I believe, the first to mention us, devoting a nice post to the issue even though I know his journalistic instincts are (to some extent justifiably) tweaked by "anony-bloggers," as he calls us. Roderick also quotes some of Edward Barrera's comments. Edward is the city editor of the SGVT, who has been friendly to us on his blog even though we've disagreed with each other in the past.

If you are interested in the legal issues at play, you should check out Eugene Volokh's kind post and the comments beneath it. See also Overlawyered.

Mayor Sam says (F-bomb edited):

Foothill Cities - we have your back. Don't let these bastards push you around. And private memo to Arnie and Dougie: We're not going to let you f%#k with FC. You've already made a mistake there. Don't even think about f#$%#@g with us over here - you will look like the biggest clowns to ever inhabit municipal government ever.

LAist says:

Although we have much love for Pomona, despite the fact that they don't allow booze in the Glass House, they better watch it or government officiating also might get outsourced to India. How hard is it to send a C&D via email?

The strangely named but widely read skippy the bush kangaroo blog gave us a nod as well:

...why would a city government want a blog to stop speculating about what's going on at city hall, unless there's something going on at city hall?

Little Miss Attila notices the way the Pomona city attorney's letter uses the word "blogs" as a noun:

This one features scare quotes and the usual idiot's confusion of a blog with a blog entry—these are, presumably, the same people who confuse 'faxes' with fax machines, and 'CDs' with CD players.

Peter Sean Bradley of Lex Communis says:

This is so typical of local governments . . . The post dared - dared! - to offer a theory about why the Pomona City Manager suddenly retired.

Prettier Than Napoleon takes a shot at Pomona:

The only good thing about Pomona is Juanita's Burritos.

We wouldn't go so far as to say it is the only good thing, but Juanita's is certainly one good thing about Pomona.

Thanks also to the Claremont Insider ("Pomona just may be making martyrs out of Publius and Centinel over at FC"), Sue's Place ("Just imagine if Greensboro-area city employees sought cease-and-desist actions against ‘local’ blogs spreading rumors"), State Sunshine and Open Records, Electric City, and anyone else I'm likely missing.

Now, as you might imagine, we have some more to say about this issue and the reaction to it. We'll have that for you later today, after we get all our ducks in a row. For now though, look at all of the above and consider—was it worth it to the city of Pomona to spend the taxpayer's money on the city attorney to harass us? Couldn't they foresee that they'd generate all this largely negative press? If they didn't realize that we'd post their threats and the above would result, it speaks to the PR incompetence of Pomona—and serves as a lesson to many local governments when it comes to the new media. But if they did realize this might happen but wanted to spend the taxpayer's money anyway, then why is it so worth it to them to silence us?

38 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Pomana CA has to be the dumbest CA ever. he took an issue of the City Manager hiring his much younger girlfrined with City $$ that had esesstially died...and revived it to a new level...!!! Is this guy getting paid????

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pomona jose said...

While it is great that the DB and Trib published articles about the incredibly stupid and wrong letter of the city attorney...why don't they investigate what started this whole thing??? That is the actions of Doug Dunlap !!!!!!!!!

calwatch said...

On the other hand, this is at best a minor controversy in the blogosphere, and has gone nowhere in the broadcast media, and only that mention in the local paper. Foothill Cities was correct to exercise discretion in publishing the name and exact position of the alleged recipient of the affair, and publishing that side of the information could have hurt a promising career if untrue. It would have been better if Dunlap's own lawyer (I'm sure he has one) had done the Cease & Desist, but ultimately any lawyer can request anything from anyone anywhere and it is up to the recipient to decide whether or not to take it seriously.

Anonymous said...

This City Manager, This City Attorney, and the girlfriend all deserve the crappy city they work for.

Anonymous said...

if the press won't investigate doug and his dirty little secret...the DA should!

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Just another news clip.

3667 cars were stopped. Of these, 272 (7.4%) were cited for something completely unrelated to the stop and 4 (0.1%) were cited. I'm sure that made the city better.


"PRESS RELEASE - On Saturday October 11th, 2008, the Pomona Police Department conducted a Traffic Safety Checkpoint in the area of Garey Ave and Lexington St in the City of Pomona. This checkpoint was part of a public awareness and enforcement campaign to reduce alcohol-involved collisions, deaths and injuries.

"Approximately 3667 vehicles were screened. 140 vehicles were impounded for individuals driving without a license or a suspended license. Approximately 132 citations were issued for various California Vehicle Code violations. Approximately 27 of these citations were for suspended licenses related to driving ability or convictions for drivers being under the influence of alcohol or drugs while operating a motor vehicle.

"Four (4) people were arrested during this Traffic Safety Checkpoint. All Four (4) of these people were arrested for driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs."

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Just another news clip.

3667 cars were stopped. Of these, 272 (7.4%) were cited for something completely unrelated to the stop and 4 (0.1%) were cited. I'm sure that made the city better.


"PRESS RELEASE - On Saturday October 11th, 2008, the Pomona Police Department conducted a Traffic Safety Checkpoint in the area of Garey Ave and Lexington St in the City of Pomona. This checkpoint was part of a public awareness and enforcement campaign to reduce alcohol-involved collisions, deaths and injuries.

"Approximately 3667 vehicles were screened. 140 vehicles were impounded for individuals driving without a license or a suspended license. Approximately 132 citations were issued for various California Vehicle Code violations. Approximately 27 of these citations were for suspended licenses related to driving ability or convictions for drivers being under the influence of alcohol or drugs while operating a motor vehicle.

"Four (4) people were arrested during this Traffic Safety Checkpoint. All Four (4) of these people were arrested for driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs."

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