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City of Bishop releases information from PD Investigation

Bishop releases findings of the Police Department Investigation

by Arnie Palu
March 10, 2016

The City of Bishop has released details from the investigation of the Police Department following a “Letter of no confidence in Bishop Police Chief Chris Carter”  signed by 7 members of the department.  The letter was delivered to local media and the Bishop City Council on September 16, 2015.  The letter was released while Carter was on a scheduled vacation and after he had announced his retirement.  The letter alleged unethical behavior and misconduct by Chief Carter, City Councilman Joe Pecsi, and City Administrator Jim Tatum.

The City of Bishop hired Norman A. Traub Associates to conduct a investigation to determine the facts and circumstances alleged in and surrounding the letter.   Lead investigator Jeffry Johnson conducted 25 recored interviews and presented his findings to City Attorney Ryan Jones.  The final report, 623 pages, was delivered on February 23rd.  The report analyzed 17 allegations of misconduct and 13 allegations of mismanagement.

According to a statement from the city of Bishop, “The Final report determined that all of the allegations against Councilman Joe Pecsi, and City Administrator Jim Tatum were UNFOUNDED.  The Final Report also determined that with two exceptions all allegations against Chief Chris Carter were either UNFOUNDED or EXONERATED.  The allegation that Chief Carter had on two occasions used inappropriate language in dealing with police officers was SUSTAINED.  The additional allegation that Chief Carter failed to facilitate firearms qualifications to all sworn personnel on a quarterly basis as required by policy was also SUSTAINED.  With respect to the firearms qualification, the Bishop Police Department is taking steps to ensure policy compliance.  It is with the permission of Chief Carter, Jim Tatum, and Joe Pecsi that the findings noted above have been disclosed.”

The statement released by the city of Bishop also notes that, “All other allegations dealt with in the Final Report involve police personnel and are confidential under California law.  Because the Final Report addressed so many allegations, and in so much commingled detail, it is impossible to release any part of the report itself without violating California law.

The city is providing the Final Report to the Inyo County Grand Jury.

A link to the full City of Bishop statement http://www.cityofbishop.com/wp-content/uploads/March-9-2016-City-of-Bishop-Press-Release.pdf

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Bishop Celebrating Solar

City of Bishop Celebrating Solar Project

submitted by the city of Bishop
February 3, 2016
Bishop Solar Pre-Commissioning Event
There will be an event at 3 pm on February 9, 2016 to celebrate the completion of the City of Bishop solar project. The brief event will be at the City of Bishop waste-water treatment plant at 980 Poleta Road east of Bishop and will celebrate the completion and the anticipated commissioning of the project.
The $600,000 project added solar arrays at two city well sites
and at the city waste-water (or sewage) treatment plant. Once commissioned – essentially turned on – these arrays will provide most of the power used by the wells and sewage plant, will save the city about $60,000 per year in electricity costs, and will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 470,000 pounds per year. Construction of the project started in November 2015.
One 5,000 square foot solar array was constructed at the city’s Well 2 site near the Tri-county Fairgrounds, one 11,000 square foot solar
array was constructed at the city’s Well 4 site on West Line Street near Mummy Lane, and two arrays with a combined area of about 12,500 square feet was constructed at the sewage treatment plant about 1/2 mile east of the Bishop Creek Canal. The capacity of the project is 205 kilowatt.
The contractor on the project is Performance Contracting
Incorporated out of Austin Texas. The consultant on the project is
TerraVerde Renewable Partners out of Larkspur, California. The project is supported with renewable energy incentives provided by Southern California Edison. The Eastern Sierra Energy Initiative, a
Southern California Edison Local Government Partnership, supports all City of Bishop energy conservation efforts and supported this project.
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Bishop Sticks with Stec

Bishop City Council Appoints Ted Stec Chief of Police

submitted by the City of Bishop

In the fall of 2015, the City of Bishop initiated a comprehensive search for a Chief of Police following the retirement of former Chief Chris Carter. The extremely successful recruitment process was facilitated by the Executive Search Firm, Ralph Andersen and Associates, with retired Police Chief Greg Nelson acting as lead. The process yielded 24 applicants which were put through a rigorous screening, reducing the field to 5 highly qualified candidates.
On January 5, 2016, the finalists participated in an exhaustive, individual interview process lasting approximately 90 minutes that included 22 questions covering a wide range of scenarios.

At its meeting of January 11, 2016, the Bishop City Council voted unanimously to appoint Ted Stec as the new Chief of Police. Chief Stec came to the City of Bishop in late October of 2015 to fill the role of Lieutenant/Acting Chief. Prior to coming to Bishop, the Chief spent approximately 25 years in law enforcement in Northern California, starting his career as a Police Officer with the City of Red Bluff. He then spent 5 years as a D.A. Investigator for Shasta County before moving on to Suisun City, California in 2006. Chief Stec was hired by the City of Suisun as part of a team whose mission was to rebuild the Police Department.

Ted is joined in Bishop by his lovely wife Dawn. In the two short months they have been here, the couple has already made their presence felt, participating in numerous community events as both spectators and volunteers. Please help the City Council and Staff welcome the Stecs to Bishop.

photo courtesy of the Bishop Police Department

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Bishop Business Town Hall Meeting Set

Bishop City Council to Host Town Hall Meeting

submitted by the City of Bishop

Bishop, California January 4, 2016 – The Bishop City Council will host a Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Tallman Pavilion located on the grounds of the Tri-County Fair.

The purpose of the meeting will be to receive input and begin dialog with the local business community regarding the challenges of operating a small business in the Bishop area.

The meeting will be the first in a series of workshops to facilitate the direct interaction between the City Council, City Staff, local business owners and members of the community at large. Participation is encouraged by ALL those interested in enhancing entrepreneurial opportunities region-wide, not limited to those either doing business or residing within the city limits of Bishop.

Although not required, RSVPs to jtatum@cityofbishop.com or 760-873-5863 would be greatly appreciated. Questions regarding the Town Hall meeting may be directed to the same contact.

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City of Bishop working at Fowler and Church

City of Bishop Improving ramp at Fowler and Church

Public Works News Release

The City of Bishop Public Works staff is constructing a new curb ramp at the intersection of Fowler and Church Streets in Bishop. The work will obstruct sidewalks at the northeast corner of the intersection during the 2 week construction period.
The new concrete ramp will improve access for people with mobility disabilities traveling to and from the city parking lot at the Fowler / Church intersection and community events in the neighborhood such as those at City Hall, the Bishop High School, and the Bishop United Methodist Church. The new ramp will meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards and will help improve the city’s overall network of pedestrian facilities. In addition to the new ramp, some
curb in the area will be replaced to improve drainage and reduce ponding in the area.
Unfortunately, a tree had to be removed to allow for construction of the new ramp and adjacent sidewalk. The project includes planting a new tree in the spring.
The project was put out to bid in October but no bids from prospective contractors were received. To keep the project moving forward, it is being constructed by City of Bishop Public Works staff. The project is estimated to cost about $10,000. For more information contact City of Bishop Public Works at publicworks@cityofbishop.com or 760-873-8458
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City Extends Comment Period for Subdivision

City of Bishop Gives Public time to comment on proposed development

Several residents voiced concerns with a proposed development during a public hearing Monday night at the Bishop city council meeting. The proposed Kingston Subdivision would be located on Home Street at the current site of Bishop Nursery. The 2.75 acre parcel would be subdivided into 15 residential parcels at 785 home street. Monday night, residents voiced a wide range of concerns including the proposed projects density. Residents of Rome Drive and Home Street also questioned the depth of the environmental review including questioning the projects impact on wildlife. There were also concerns raised about a potential for increased traffic in the area.  Prior to opening the Public hearing Monday evening Mayor Gardner announced that the public comment period on the project has been extended. The deadline, which was set for Monday has been extended 30 days and will now expire on August 15th. The council encouraged comments and questions to be directed to Public works, noting the Environmental Initial Study may be reviewed at the City of Bishop’s web site, and also at the City’s main office.

Kingston Subdivision information, http://bishop-ca.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=1&event_id=131&meta_id=9709

The property is owned by Bob Kingston who confirmed the fact that the Bishop Nursery will remain open as the proposed development moves forward.  As proposed, the development would remove the current nursery building and associated improvements and subdivide the 2.75 acre parcel into 15 residential parcels ranging in size from 5,104 and 8,232 square feet.

During staff reports Police Chief Chris Carter made a statement that he is preparing his retirement papers. Chief Carter told the City Council that he is considering stepping down as soon as the end of September.

In other police business, the City Council approved the purchase of a radar trailer. The hope is to have the trailer in place prior to the start of the school year.

Fire Chief Ray Seguine thanked the VFW for manning the wye road entrance at the 4th of July fireworks show. Seguine says that the totals are still being tabulated in regards to funds received during the fireworks show. The Chief also encouraged drivers to sign up for the destruction derby, noting a deadline of August 1st.

The next meeting of the bishop city council is set for July 27th.

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Bishop Park Pool Happenings

Visit the Bishop Park Pool to beat the Heat

The City of Bishop Park Pool has a full list of events to help you beat the heat.

Swim Lessons:
The City of Bishop Swim School still has openings for this summer. Sign up at the Bishop Park Pool Tuesdays 10:45-6:00, Wednesday-Friday 10:45-4:30, and Saturday & Sunday 12:30-4:30. The Swim School offers:
Group lessons- $45 for 8 classes
Private lessons- $80 for 4 classes
First session starts June 16. Come down and sign up or call the park pool for more information at 872-7201.

Water Fitness Classes:
Looking for a cooler way to exercise throughout this hot summer? The Bishop Park pool has new times and a new instructor for water fitness.
The pool now offers:
Morning classes Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:15-9:15.
Evening classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8.
Admission-$5 or buy a 14 punch pass for $60.

Night Swim:
The Bishop Park Pool will be open for Night Swim Wednesday, June 17th from7-9pm.
Adult admission- $4
Child admission- $2
Have your family come enjoy a nice cool swim after the hot summer day!

Dive In Movie:
Dive In Movie at the Bishop Park Pool is back!! First movie will be held on Friday, June 26th at 7pm. The movie will start approximately 7:45pm.
Adult admission- $5
Child admission- $3
Call the Bishop Park Pool for more information at 872-7201, or visit the city of Bishop Park Pool link on the City’s website
, http://www.ca-bishop.us/departments/parks-and-recreation/city-pool/

cover photo courtesy of the city of Bishop, 2013 lifeguards.

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Bishop officials choose sidewalks

Bishop Proposes Sidewalk in Back of Park

The City of Bishop public works department held meetings this month to prioritize improvement projects.  City officials are looking specificly at funding opportunities that target “active transportation”.  Public works at the city of Bishop issued the following statement:
This month the City of Bishop will propose a sidewalk and bike lane project in the back of the City Park for state Active Transportation Program (ATP) funding. The $1 million project, called the Spruce, Hanby, Yaney Sidewalks project, would construct sidewalks and bike lanes on portions of Spruce Street, East Yaney Street, and Hanby Avenue in and near the east portion of the Bishop City Park, near the Bishop Senior Center. This sidewalk and bike lane project is proposed for funding even though it was not the most popular project at a recent series of public meetings held by the city. The most popular projects at these meetings were bike path and residential sidewalk projects. Because of difficulties with the most popular bike path and residential sidewalk projects, the relative ease, and substantial benefits of the Spruce, Hanby, Yaney Sidewalks
project, this project in the back of the park will be proposed for the current ATP funding opportunity. The more popular projects face difficulties in the form of resistance from the City of Los Angeles
Department of Water and Power (DWP, the landowner) in the case
of the bike path projects, and from residents and citizens concerned about sidewalk construction and tree removal in the case of the sidewalk projects. The city looks forward to working with DWP and with residents on future funding opportunities for the popular bike path and residential sidewalk projects.
The state’s ATP is intended to promote public health and safety by encouraging active forms of transportation such as walking, biking, and skateboarding to get to school, work, or every day activities.
The City of Bishop appreciates the public’s involvement identifying the best projects for ATP funding. For more information contact City of Bishop Public Works at publicworks@ca-bishop.us  or 760-873-8458.
cover photo by Arnie Palu, sidewalk work on Warren St.
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3 on 3 basketball

City of Bishop offering summer basketball

The City of Bishop has partnered with Coach Jeff Kilgore to hold a summer 3 on 3 Youth Basketball Program. It is set for kids going into the 7th thru 12th grades.  Play times are set for Sunday evenings starting on June 21st. This program is free, however pre-registration is required. Registration forms are available at City Hall or you can get one from Coach Kilgore.
If you have children younger than 7th grade that may be interested in playing summer basketball, call Karey to be put on a list, the amount of kids interested will determine the possibility of a younger aged program.  For more information or questions you can contact Karey at City of Bishop Community Services at 760-873-5863.

cover photo by Gary Young.

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Bishop cuts water usage, still short of Browns goal

City water usage down 20%

City of Bishop Public Works submission:

City of Bishop water customers used 20% less water in April 2015 compared to April 2013. Because of the drought, the state requires potable water users to use 25% less water in 2015 compared to 2013. Last summer, the State of California required that the City of Bishop implement water conservation measures to achieve the state-required reduction in water use. Most water conservation requirements apply to outside irrigation so, with the traditional start of the irrigation system in the Owens Valley 1 April, the reduction in water use is starting to show.
Water use in 2013, 2014, and so far in 2015 is down substantially in April 2015. Although water use was down 20% in April, it wasn’t down the 25% required by the state. In December, the city will have to report to the state how well its users have conserved water. The city could be subject to $10,000 per day fines if it doesn’t meet the 25% reduction in water use.

As a reminder, the current water conservation mandates that apply to City of Bishop water users are:

No outdoor irrigation except between 5 pm and 9 am

No outdoor irrigation such that water runs off property

No outdoor irrigation during and within 48 hours after precipitation

New landscaping must use drip irrigation or microspray

No washing vehicles unless hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzleNo washing driveways, sidewalks, and parking areas

No decorative water features unless there is recirculation

No serving of water in commercial establishments except upon request

Hotel guests can choose to not have towels and linens washed each day

No water waste caused by easily correctable leaks, breaks, or malfunctions

No use of potable water for construction purposes

No hydrant flushing except when required for public health and safety

Most water is used for outdoor irrigation so most measures address outdoor irrigation.  The city may allow exceptions to some of these measures in some cases. More water conservation requirements are expected from the state as the drought continues. Saving water saves money, reduces water rates, protects groundwater, is the right thing to do, and is now required by the state. Contact the City of Bishop Department of Public Works at 873-8458 for more information on water conservation and the City’s water
system.

cover photo by Gary Young.

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