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North County Transit District Sued To Release Records

Wow, a lot of troubling facts in this article.

So public agency NCTD paid more than $30,000 to UCSD, another public entity, to conduct a leadership assessment. That sounds like a lot of tax dollars to me!

I certainly think the public is entitled to see this report that we paid for!

Also, NCTD keeps more than seven law firms on-call? How much legal trouble does this agency have? Lawsuits from the shutdown of the Sprinter for months?

March 19, 2014 at 9 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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

On the inewsource version of this article, unbelievablebehavior commented,

As a former NCTD employee (1 of over 600) who left during Tucker’s near 5-year regime, I am still amazed at what I read in the press about that sad organization. Working for NCTD was once a sense of pride. Now it is an absolute embarrassment! Those who stay must only be doing it for their pensions and health benefits, or to build their resumes. I mean, why else can they be staying?! Of the 95 or so remaining (many of whom have only been there a few years), the revolving door still sends people out of there at least monthly if not weekly. And, yes, men seem to leave almost as frequently as women, whether by resignation or lay-off. Mr. Racino’s article didn’t reflect that, but I have seen it myself firsthand.

The recurring problem/cause of all this unrest is Matt Tucker. He is a knee-jerk, schizophrenic weirdo who changes his mind about people constantly. One day you’re in the A group; the next day, you’ve been relegated down to the B group. Before you know it, you are being marched out the door on a severance package even though your performance evaluations have been stellar for the past several years. Why is this unbelievable behavior being allowed?! I mean, we are not talking about the 1960′s to 1980′s where such behavior was tolerated. And yet the Board does nothing about this crazy guy they’ve allowed to run NCTD into the ground year after year. Everyone except the Board members themselves are perplexed about this. Why does the Board remain silent on this? The only thing we can fathom is that Tucker has something on them to keep them from firing him.

I highly commend both Virginia Moeller and Kim Stone for taking a stand against the atrocities experienced at NCTD since Tucker came on board. For those of you who were recently laid off, I sure hope you did NOT sign severance agreements. Instead, please consider filing a discrimination complaint with the Fair Employment & Housing Administration (FEHA) in San Diego. Once that is done, you can then file a lawsuit against Tucker and NCTD. I think you have 2 years from your date of separation in which to file a lawsuit, but your complaint with FEHA needs to be made within 1 year.

Since they paid off Kim Stone for at least $42,000+, rest assured, they will pay you off as well if you feel you were wronged. I hope Virginia Moeller holds off for at least $100,000 or more! I also hope that someone will stay the course on their lawsuit until Tucker is deposed. I heard through the grapevine that he decided to settle with Kim Stone right before his deposition was to be taken.

Board members…. wake up and send this guy packing. The worst thing you could do is to renew his contract. PLEASE don’t do that! If you do, I hope all of YOUR depositions will be taken as well as these lawsuits unfold.

October 28, 2013 at 9:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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

On the inewsource version of this article, Ei commented,

Your piece gives me new hope for journalism. Thank you so much for your efforts. What Tucker did was even worse than what Filner did: Women, many of whom probably had dependents, lost their livelihoods for the most corrupt of reasons. Tucker AND THE PEOPLE WHO ENABLED HIM need to be held accountable.

October 28, 2013 at 9:20 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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

The comments on the inewsource version of this article deserve to be seen here as well.

Concerned Citizen commented,

Bravo to inewsource to keep up their excellent reporting on continuing issues at NCTD. The problems with Matt Tucker are not unlike the problems with former mayor Bob Filner. Like Filner, Mr. Tucker feels emboldened without impunity to continue his harmful behavior because Bill Horn and others entrusted with oversight of NCTD appear to think board oversight is about managing political risk rather than governance & oversight of a public entity. Unfortunately, Mr. Tucker is a train wreck waiting to happen, and it will at some point, much to the harm of many people, just like Filner.

October 28, 2013 at 9:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Roundtable: More NCTD Troubles, Jail Violence, Ramona Teacher Unrest, H-1b Visas

This NCTD story just gets more unbelievable. Such a series of failures!

May 7, 2013 at 9:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Transit Agency’s Revolving Door Costs Big, Causes Turmoil

I've worked at many companies, and I've never seen such a mess. My tax dollars are paying for hundreds of thousands of dollars of recruiting fees? Is the board of directors corrupt, or just stupid?

May 7, 2013 at 9:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

North County Rail And Bus Service Suffers Without Contract Oversight

Bill Horn - a new symbol of government waste!
I just heard about this story, and could hardly believe it. The board gave this clown a bonus and guaranteed pay raises, while the Sprinter is shut down and disabled riders are left in the lurch. Unbelievable!

May 7, 2013 at 9:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )