Difference Between OCSD Bailout Request & Detroit’s?


Posted by: CotoBlogzz | 11/26/2008 01:30 PM

It was surprising to see the supervisors surprised at the backlash from Sheriff Hutchens’ CCW policy.  The chairman even saw the need to justify the board’s choice of Sheriff Hutchens, since he ” felt that Sheriff Hutchens had a better CCW policy than the other finalist for the position, “  and   “You would not have been happy with Paul Walters. His permit policy was almost exclusively for those that were retired police officers.” - the latter prompting a response from Chief  Walters asking for a retraction.

It is not even Christmas and the BOS got yet another surprise Tuesday from Sheriff Hutchens - a Detroit-type of bailout request in the form of a $250,000 jail audit report, startling among others,  Supervisor Bill Campbell: “It’s a startling number,”  he said, referring to what is in essence, an OCSD bailout request.

The CCW policy  debacle could have very well been avoided.  CCW policy is an integral part of the OCSD’s culture.  However, multiple requests to the Sheriff’s office requesting to know specifically how she planned to define, then promote such culture, went unanswered.  Our last request specifically dealt with the Chief Scott’s role in a departmental audit:  “Given that transformation is at the top of the list, we do not see how the Chief’s audit addresses the OCSD culture/subcultures:  Observable symbols and signs of an organization’s culture include organizational stories and legends, rituals and ceremonies, language, physical structures and symbols“. The Sheriff did not respond to multiple requests for information.

We also had concerns with the jail operations audit: “In Chief Scott comprehensive review of jail policies and procedures and preparation of recommendations for improvement, is this a paper review?  Is the Chief planning on using generic or standard benchmarking?  If standard, which organization(s) has he selected to benchmark against? - We hear the LASD suffers from similar issues.…” - we also alluded to best business practices, including outsourcing of certain services. The Sheriff did not respond to multiple requests for information.

In the Motor City bailout request, it does not take a rocket scientist to figure out why Ford and GM can have viable operations all over the world but not in North America - operations outside of North America do not have the benefit of the UAW.  Further Washington has aided an abetted Motor City to become arrogant,  bloated and inefficient - wit the bailout request sans any semblance of metrics and our accountability, but simply “because the nation owes it to Motor City”.  The OCSD audit seems eerily familiar.

Comments

I’m not sure Geeneral Motors is any less deserving of governmental assistance than Citigroup but the sense of entitlement and the economic malaise of much of corporate America can’t be laid solely at labor’s doorstep.Most corporate failures are non-union failures.

As for the Sheriff, hopefully she will see “the light” and be more reasonable in issuing CCW’s. Perhaps if she viewed the issuance of the CCW’s as an action with revenue generating potential she would be even more flexible with issuing the permits and help reduce this defecit.

Seems like the ‘deserving” argument is similar to the one used by the SNL skit depicting an ugly girl in denial – by simply placing herself next to an uglier girl, she was not longer ugly.

Not sure what your source is for the assertion that “most corporate failures are non-union failures”, but the limited research conducted to date shows a very strong correlation between organized labor and corporate success, or lack there of:  The starting point perhaps being philosophical - for example, American Progress does not believe that the private sector creates jobs:    Despite what some right-minded politicians proclaim, private industry is not the job creation sector; it is the profit seeking sector. One of the primary roles of organized labor is to convince employers that such easy fixes may prove to be financially harmful to the company and the economy over the long haul.

The major point with the CCW policy is that this is the visible part of the corporate culture iceberg – if that is a flop, then you can guess what the consequences can be - Buzz

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