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NCTD Chief Answers Questions About Agency Turnover

Tucker ignored the question about the Golden Fleece award during the interview. The San Diego County Taxpayers Association just awarded a Golden Fleece award to NCTD for wasting taxpayer dollars during the Sprinter shutdown. Here's what the award says: Due to a lack of preventative maintenance and internal oversight, the North County Transit District was forced to shut down the Sprinter to replace brakes that were wearing down too quickly. Taxpayers spent over $3 million during the shutdown while the train was sidelined--dangerously derailing the budget.

Who is responsible for this lack of oversight, which cost taxpayers millions of dollars? Do the NCTD Board members think they are accountable to the public, or do they believe they are aristocrats who can arrogantly ignore their taxpaying servants?

Board Chair Bill Horn, County of San Diego
Board Vice Chair Mark Packard, City of Carlsbad
Don Mosier, City of Del Mar
Tony Kranz, City of Encinitas
Ed Gallo, City of Escondido
Gary Felien, City of Oceanside
Rebecca Jones, City of San Marcos
Mike Nichols, City of Solana Beach
John Aguilera, City of Vista

July 3, 2014 at 6:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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

If I’m reading this article right, NCTD requires terminated employees to sign a confidentiality agreement to silence any criticism of the high and mighty Matt Tucker and NCTD Board. When some employees tried to comply with the confidentiality agreement by contacting Board member John Aguilera anonymously, Aguilera ignored them. And Tucker hypocritically says he won’t respond to anonymous comments. Quite a Catch-22, isn't it? Confidentiality agreements force terminated employees to provide only anonymous comments, and Tucker then refuses to respond to anonymous comments. The use of confidentiality agreements by Tucker and the NCTD Board is despicable. The only reason to do this is to hide something. There needs to be an investigation of this agency.

June 10, 2014 at 8:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Emails Show NCTD Changed Paperwork After Info Request

Cover-up, cover-up, cover-up! Trying to back-date documents. Changing records after receiving a public records request. Claiming that a consultant's study of procurement is "attorney-work product"? Outrageous!

There is quite a stench of cover-up and corruption at NCTD.

March 27, 2014 at 4:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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

I also saw the KPBS Roundtable this evening, and thought each of the stories were excellent.

The comment being referenced is the one from "GunnerChief" above. If you read the comment, it was clear that the author had already described himself as being from within NCTD. It was also revealing that "GunnerChief" chose to post from NCTD during the workday.

October 25, 2013 at 9:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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

Well, "ScoobyDoobieDoo," it's pretty obvious that you skimmed and snoozed through the article as well.

You continue to ignore the critical point that Matt Tucker and Bill Horn refused to provide any information. Why is that? It appears that "GunnerChief" who posted from the NCTD headquarters claims to have information on hirings and firings. Maybe he'll share it with KPBS today! But I won't be holding my breath waiting for THAT to happen! (Oh, there I go again, using capital letters to provide emphasis. DEAL WITH IT!)

You also ignore the point made in the article that the phrase "War on Women Over 40" originated with female employees inside NCTD itself! That's not something KPBS came up with it, it's a quote! I bet that's why it's in quotation marks at the very beginning of the article. But I expect you may have inadvertently skimmed and snoozed right over that as well.

It's also VERY interesting that you're trying to insinuate that if one cannot prove whether Matt Tucker was personally involved with a specific hiring or firing, then somehow that lets NCTD off the hook. That's a RIDICULOUS position. If NCTD has been involved in discriminatory actions, it's IRRELEVANT whether Tucker was personally involved or not!

Nonetheless, we probably all agree that it's a great idea for NCTD to release ALL of the statistics that you requested! So how about it, NCTD? Release ALL of the statistics, not just the cherry-picked, selective, self-serving ones. Let's have Matt Tucker and Bill Horn break their silence, and let's get the facts on the hirings, firings, promotions, and demotions during Matt Tucker's tenure.

Then "ScoobyDoobieDoo" can return to skimming and snoozing.

October 25, 2013 at 6:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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

Regarding the ScoobyDoobieDoo comment above:

Wow, I just accidentally clicked back on this page, and noticed that another NCTD shill had posted a comment.

It seems REALLY unlikely that an actual member of the public would read this story and think, "Hey! I feel a compelling need to defend Matt Tucker." When I saw a TV report of this story on channel 10 yesterday, I thought it was outrageous. And I still do.

So congratulations, anonymous NCTD drone, as you appear to be. At least you're not posting during the workday, so that's progress!

The upshot of your post seems to be this: this news story should not have been written, because NCTD refused to provide information or otherwise cooperate. ARE YOU SERIOUS?

Last time I checked, NCTD was a PUBLIC agency responsible to the TAXPAYERS. Matt Tucker is not some feudal lord with the power to indulge his romantic fantasies on the taxpayers' dime. It's already outrageous enough that Matt Tucker and Bill Horn refused to respond for this story.

Maybe YOU don't think it's news that there's been 2 separate lawsuits making similar charges. I sure think it's news, and I'm sure most members of the public agree. And so did Channel 10, which ran the story yesterday. Are you complaining to them as well?

I'm looking forward to the inevitable next step for bureaucrats, when NCTD will selectively cherry-pick some self-serving and incomplete statistics, in order to muddy the discussion. Maybe that will be your job tomorrow, anonymous NCTD drone!

And it is LAUGHABLE that you complain that KPBS hasn't written a "positive review of NCTD" recently. If was just a few months ago that the Sprinter was COMPLETELY SHUT DOWN, costing MILLIONS of taxpayer dollars.

After that MONUMENTAL screw-up, only a myopic bureaucrat would whine that they haven't gotten enough "positive reviews."

October 24, 2013 at 10:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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

Regarding the GunnerChief comment above.

Your comment is an insult to the intelligence of North County taxpayers. According to your own comment above, you currently work at NCTD.

Your faulty grammar, spelling, and logic provide an ironic exclamation point for NCTD's sea of troubles over the past year. Follow the links above to previous stories on NCTD. Employment discrimination. Destroying emails. Poor contract administration. Faulty accounting. And the millions of dollars lost during the Sprinter shutdown, so cloyingly called by NCTD the "Sprinter-ruption," with which I'm sure you were VERY familiar.

First, you deliberately ignore the fact that BOTH Matt Tucker AND BIll Horn refused to comment for the story. And don't tell me the usual bureaucratic garbage that they can't respond because of pending litigation. OF COURSE they can respond. They CHOOSE not to respond. Speaking the truth will NEVER hurt your side in litigation. The only reason for Tucker and Horn not to respond is if the truth is not helpful to their case.

Second, you seem to be asserting that you have detailed statistics at your fingertips on hiring and firing at NCTD. All of this information, ALL OF IT, should be public information, which you should have no difficulty disclosing. I suggest you demonstrate more courage than Matt Tucker and Bill Horn did. Please, call KPBS right away and share this information. Put up or shut up!

Third, maybe NCTD should spend some of the money saved from deleting emails, and buy spell-checking and grammar software. You call the younger employees "consumate proffesionals." Wow, you've misspelled BOTH of those words. Way to make your point, dude!

Also, you state, "I love and respect all of these women..." You know, you probably could have said that in a way that was less stalker-y.

Finally, it appears that you posted your comment from the NCTD headquarters at 3:23 p.m. I think I can speak for all of us taxpayers that NCTD employees should spend less time during the workday posting comments on news stories, and more time GETTING BACK TO WORK!

That way, maybe you could avoid another multi-million dollar "Sprinter-ruption."

October 24, 2013 at 9:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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

Bill Horn and Mark Packard, you have both lost my vote! This is inexcusable! And I am going to encourage my friends to do the same with the other city representatives. Thanks for the list of Board members in the previous comment. It will come in handy at election time!

October 23, 2013 at 8:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )