We've had a lot of fun. And I think I've given as good as I've taken. So, gentlemen, you'll write about it, you'll interpret it; that's your right. But just think how much you're gonna be missing; you won't have Coleman to kick around any more. Eric J. Coleman 03/06/2013
A while ago, former Mayor Greg Hill took a trip to Europe and bought $3,000 worth of fine jewelry for his wife on the City credit card. No one in the back of City Hall caught the abuse. It took a resident to obtain records of the transaction and bring it before Council. Hill commented, "Now that's a watchdog for ya", before sweeping it under the rug and moving on to the next agenda item.
Not too long after that, the Treasurer of the Redondo Beach's Police Officers' Association, a Police Officer himself, was caught pilfering the till for between $50,000 to $100,000.
And now this:
Redondo Beach City issued credit cards are held by 176 employees, and over the last 2 years (July 2010 to July 2012). Just 6 employees have spent $41,000 in that time. One of them is the City Manager Bill Workman, the highest paid official in City Hall, making $223,463 a year (that's $18,621.92 a month) who spent $16, 824.88 during that same period. $1,422.46 of Bill Workman's tab was just on food and beverage. His Staff, making over $100,000 a year, also got in on the action.
02/26/2013 - After Steve Aspel and Pat Aust ganged up on Bill Brand for asking valid questions about why his contract was being extended into 2016 a week before the election, my good friend and Campaign Manager Christopher Quain, a.k.a. the Wolf, laid it all out on the table for them. Two corrections for the following videos; Six employees spent $41,000, not just Bill Workman. Also, there are 176 City credit cards in circulation, most of them with a $500 monthly cap, with exceptions for some cards. The TOTAL VALUE of those cards is $1,056,000. THE SHORT VERSION: