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NCTD Chief Answers Questions About Agency Turnover

Good for Alison St. John for pointing out that the Taxpayers Association just gave NCTD the Golden Fleece award for wasting over $3 million of taxpayer money for the shutdown of the Sprinter. Tucker arrogantly ignored Alison's question about it, as he ignored all of her probing questions.

How much damage must Tucker do before he is given his walking papers? Throw the bum out!

July 2, 2014 at 8:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Managers Continue To Leave North County Transit District, Severance Adds Up

"sdbusrider" makes two excellent points. First, the total cost of turnover includes not only the $300,000 in severance payments. It also includes the money spent to keep employees on the payroll when they were not doing any actual work. The cost would include not only salary, but also benefits for the time they were not working. The total cost would be additional hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Second, this new article is showing the high rate of turnover just in 2014! Inewsource did a previous article on May 2, 2013 about "NCTD's revolving door" at The 2013 article noted that many positions had turned over many times in just a few years. The 2013 article also listed hundreds of thousands of dollars in recruiting fees as well. Turnover is not only out of control in 2014. It has been out of control ever since Tucker came to NCTD in 2009.

The waste of taxpayer money under Tucker is astonishing.

June 11, 2014 at 11:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Managers Continue To Leave North County Transit District, Severance Adds Up

The waste of money is even worse than the $300,000 mentioned in the article. Those who have the misfortune to work for Matt Tucker know that many of these employees were supposedly “on call” for months, but did not report to the office and did not work.

For example, Diane Hessler has not been in the office since October 2013, more than 6 months ago. Yet she was supposedly “employed” until April 15, 2014.

Reed Caldwell, the Deputy General Manager, stopped coming to the office in December 2013. Yet he was supposedly “employed” until February 17. (And he had just been hired in 2011.)

David Murphy, the COO, has not reported to the office for weeks. Yet he will be kept “on the payroll” through July 24. Murphy had been with NCTD just since 2012.

Nick Freeman, the Deputy COO, also started with NCTD in 2012. Tucker paid a $25,000 recruiting fee for him. Just 2 years later, Freeman is gone.

$300,000 of wasted money is just the tip of the iceberg.

June 9, 2014 at 4:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Emails Show NCTD Changed Paperwork After Info Request

There is no excuse and no explanation for this sequence of events. The training session was conducted in December. The full amount of $31,200 was paid on February 7. That same day, NCTD received a public records request. Four days later, on February 11, HR Manager Karen Tucholski asks Matt Tucker to sign the contract and backdate it 2 months to December. Keep in mind, the contract is being signed after the training has been conducted, and after the full amount has been paid! Anyone with any knowledge of business knows this is completely backwards! What is the point of signing a contract after the full amount has already been paid? This is obvious manipulation of the records, and shame on Karen Tucholski for trying to falsify public records! What discipline has she received?

And what was Matt Tucker's reaction to Tucholski's request to falsify records? Has he investigated her or placed her on administrative leave? Apparently not.

It looks like the Attorney General or the Grand Jury should take a hard look at Matt Tucker and NCTD.

March 27, 2014 at 9:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

"War On Women Over 40": Lawsuit Claims Age, Gender Bias At NCTD

Matt Tucker is the Bob Filner of NCTD. Those who have had the misfortune to work with Tucker know all about the creepy, Filner-style vibe he has around women. The fake insistent laugh, the insincere smile--it's like fingernails on a blackboard. And why was there never action taken by the Board about the Sprinter shutdown? How much taxpayer money was wasted on that mess? Why does Tucker still have a job?

October 23, 2013 at 6:06 a.m. ( | suggest removal )