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OFD Paramedic Whistleblower Announces Community Action Meeting, 6/29
by Phil Horne, Esq.
Saturday Jun 25th, 2011 8:59 AM
OFD Paramedic Whistleblower Sean Gillis announces a community action meeting on Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 at 6 p.m. at Peets Coffee in downtown Oakland (Broadway at 12th) to plan action to pressure Mayor Quan and the City Council to authorize Gillis to re-start his investigation of OFD misconduct against Oscar Grant and to address other issues presented in Gillis' civil suit.
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OFD Paramedic Whistleblower Sean Gillis' story became public this week and was widely covered--by mainstream and independent media. Gillis' hour-long interview with Labor Activist Steve Zeltzer has been watched by nearly 500 Bay Area residents in just a few days.

Gillis and his attorney, Phil Horne, Esq., want to turn this attention into ACTION now while the budget and contracts are being negotiated. A letter will be presented to Mayor Quan on Monday demanding:

1. Quan AUTHORIZE Gillis to re-start his investigation of OFD misconduct against Oscar Grant in OFD's response to the Grant 9-1-1 call,
2. Quan PUBLICLY SUPPORT a criminal investigation of the destruction of evidence (Grant paper file and computer archive of Grant Patient Care Report) by OFD,
3. Quan IMMEDIATELY ORDER further investigation of the Station 13 alleged rape and related training,
4. Quan CONSIDER substantial managerial personnel changes at OFD and corrective hiring for people of color and women (including the two Latino people we identified as wrongfully denied employment),
5. Quan SUSPEND the $4,000,000.00 in annual Measure Y payments to OFD until OFD initiates and maintains an at-risk youth mentoring program at every fire station as required by Measure Y,
6. Quan REVERSE the privatization of the OFD/Merritt College joint venture (now, OFD/NCTI) which disparately impacts black people and women while financially rewarding certain OFD managers,
7. Quan REVERSE Gillis' demotion and suspension, return Gillis' office and mailbox, and mediate the remaining issues.

Our first meeting will be at Peets. We are looking for another downtown, BART-friendly location. Anyone with a space to offer for the next meeting?

§Lawsuit PDF
by Phil Horne, Esq. Saturday Jun 25th, 2011 8:59 AM
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Complaint details misconduct against Grant, destruction of paper file and computer archive, retaliation against Dr. Michaels and Gillis, racist and sexist work environment (including alleged rape), discriminatory non-hire of Latino applicants, misappropriation of Measure Y money, and self-dealing privatization of OFD Merritt College program.
§Regrets
by Phil Horne, Esq. (justiceforseanatoaklandfire [at] gmail.com) Wednesday Jun 29th, 2011 5:44 AM
On the brink of the Community Action Meeting, OFD issued an ambivalent statement in which it claimed the Grant matter is being investigated OR has been investigated (?!). OFD concluded the statement with an expression of OFD's "regret" that Gillis' whistleblowing may be causing the family pain.

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