The City of Albuquerque's version of the Imus story just continues to snowball. It seems that Tortillagate has claimed another victim, this time Deputy Chief Michael Castro. Our Eyes are telling us that DC Castro has been removed from his responsibilities with regard to overseeing the operation of APDs 911 call center and that his is none too happy about the move.
Since being elevated to his current rank, DC Castro has been in charge of overseeing the police academy, the IT department, and the 911 call center. As of 8am today, he was reassigned to overseeing just the IT department and the academy. We haven't heard a specific reason for the move, but we can't help believing that it is related to the Michael Padilla situation.
Speaking of Mr. Padilla, our Eyes started buzzing when the Journal reported that he "he plans to stay in Albuquerque and build a small consulting business." (ABQ Journal - Subscription Required) The word out of our Eyes is that Mayor Marty has already agreed to hire the fledgling consulting firm to run the 911 unit as soon as the furor over Tortillagate subsides.
From what we've heard, Mr. Padilla did a very good job over at 311 and the Mayor has decided to implement Padilla's recommendations over at 911. However, is it really wise to rehire - even as a consultant - the same person who was accused of sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment?
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This is right from the dictionary and seems to describe Albuquerque, Berry and Schultz. Fascism (f ash ,izem) noun An authoritarian right wing system of government and/or social organization. (in general use) extreme right wing, authoritarian, chauvinistic and/or intolerant views or practices. Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one group over another, national, ethnic, especially social strata or monetarily; a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach. Compliments of one of our Eyes