Vote of confidence

Vote of confidence

Bogaard denies questioning police chief’s leadership

By André Coleman , Kevin Uhrich 08/02/2012

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Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard told the Weekly he has confidence in Pasadena Police Chief Phil Sanchez, contrary to a report in Tuesday’s edition of the Pasadena Star-News.
Under the headline “Claim: Cop asked for bribe,” the story focuses on Officer Kevin Okamoto allegedly soliciting a bribe from a suspect in a stabbing in the Rose Bowl parking lot the day of the UCLA-USC game in 2010. Okamoto, who is among a number of Pasadena officers accused of corruption and is currently under investigation by the Sheriff’s Department, allegedly told the suspect’s lawyers that he could avoid being arrested in exchange for tickets to Hawaii.
Sanchez said the claim was investigated by the department and proved to be unfounded. That claim is part of a number of similar claims filed against the city alleging misconduct and corruption on the part of Okamoto and a number of other officers, which the daily paper has been covering closely.
In the Star-News story, the mayor allegedly “wondered whether Sanchez has been too busy socializing while his department has seemingly grown out of control.” Reporter Brian Charles used a paraphrase, not a direct quote, from the mayor expressing these concerns.
“I don’t have a recollection of touching on anything regarding the chief’s leadership,” Bogaard told the Weekly of his interview Monday with the paper. “I have lots of confidence in Phil Sanchez. I think he deserves the credibility the City Council has given him regarding the allegations that have been made and the questions raised regarding the Pasadena Police Department.”
Star-News editor Frank Girardot explained to the Weekly on Tuesday that the paper’s editorial board held a meeting with Bogaard in late June. “I overheard Brian’s conversation with the mayor Monday. The mayor’s unequivocal statement regarding Chief Phillip Sanchez in that June meeting was referenced and reiterated. We stand by our story,” Girardot wrote in an email.
“It’s disappointing when someone tells a reporter something on the record and then says they didn’t say it,” said Girardot, adding that the mayor made the June remarks in his presence.


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Sanchez has been socializing his way up the ladder for years, always wanting to be liked by everyone. Now he's at the top where the buck stops and he's lost. He's never been a decision maker and has always relied on others around him. He's sure quiet lately for a person who's supposed to be leading an organization. We're hearing more comments from the Mayor and City Manager about the Police Department. Bad sign.

posted by cobra on 8/02/12 @ 11:47 a.m.

Whoops! I am sure the City called the Weekly hoping to demonstrate to those who read it that the Mayor did not say anything bad about the Chief. But, what we get from this article is that the Mayor's statement was confirmed by a long-time, well respected editor of the Star News! This was a huge miscalculation by the City. If the City would not have sought to "clean this up", nobody would have known the Mayor's statements were heard by a second party. Whoops!

posted by Emporer Has No Clothes on 8/03/12 @ 04:33 p.m.

What a joke Bogaard has become. He's let Michael Beck and the PD get out of control. Then he gets caught lying about it. It's probably about time for Pasadena to do some serious house cleaning, start at the top and work down before another innocent life gets ruined by rogue third world police officers.
The Pasadena Way ???

posted by Jimbo Jones on 8/03/12 @ 05:51 p.m.

Ohhh. Mr. Mayor, you got caught with your pants down! How does it feel??

posted by Paul G on 8/03/12 @ 10:37 p.m.

Well, it's kinda' like what Nixon taught us, it's not so much the crime as it is the coverup.


posted by DanD on 8/06/12 @ 06:09 a.m.

Every one is pointing fingers. They are circling the wagons!!! Bill Bogard's legacy is officially circling the drain!!!

posted by Confidential Informant on 8/06/12 @ 06:08 p.m.
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