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February 22, 2010
Peter J. Polos, an Orange County Superior Court judge and Newport Beach resident, will join a major Los Angeles-based law firm, the company announced Monday. Polos will serve as director of litigation for Panish Shea & Boyle LLP. Polos, 45, was on the bench for eight years and presided over last year?s civil suit between Newport Beach Police Lt. Neil Harvey and the city, where Harvey was awarded nearly $2 million for wrongly being passed over for promotions. He was appointed to the bench by Gov. Gray Davis in December 2000 and sworn in Feb. 8, 2001.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | September 8, 2009
Newport Beach will pay a police sergeant $1.45 million after he successfully sued the city, claiming rumors at work that he was gay cost him a promotion, according to details of a settlement released Tuesday night. “All parties have agreed to a compromise in order to put the matter behind them,” Newport Beach City Atty. David Hunt said in a memo released Tuesday night. “From the city’s perspective, while it does not agree with the jury’s verdict and the council has authorized an appeal, the current circumstances justify resolving the case in this manner.
NEWS
October 26, 2000
-- Young Chang Rush hour was worse than usual for commuters returning home Wednesday afternoon on Coast Highway. Though skies were clear throughout the day, cars inched their way along on a roadway as slick as a street on a rainy day. A water main on Dover Drive ruptured at about 4:30 p.m., causing significant damage to the road surface between Coast Highway and Cliff Drive, police said. Specific damages from the rupture could not be assessed Wednesday evening, said Sgt. Neil Harvey of the Newport Beach Police Department.
LOCAL
May 14, 2009
Civil attorneys for Newport Beach police Sgt. Neil Harvey will argue that the city should cover their legal expenses after they successfully presented their case in a hearing rescheduled Thursday for June 11. Lawrence Lennemann and Jack Girardi, Harvey’s lawyers, are seeking $2.14 million in attorneys fees from Newport Beach for more than two year’s worth of work preparing for Harvey’s civil suit against the city. A jury awarded Harvey $1.2 million earlier this year after it found the department discriminated against him when he wasn’t promoted to sergeant out of retaliation and false rumors he is gay. The attorneys were originally scheduled to argue their motion Thursday, but had it pushed back until next month.
LOCAL
By Alicia Robinson | May 3, 2007
A Newport Beach Police sergeant who has worked for the department for 25 years is suing the city, alleging that superiors discriminated against him because he made numerous complaints against other officers. The suit, filed Friday in Orange County Superior Court by Neil Harvey, also alleges that he was harassed and was not promoted because he was single and colleagues thought he was gay. Newport Beach City Manager Homer Bludau said that at the city's request, over the last year an outside investigator has looked into Harvey's complaints that he didn't receive deserved promotions and that his perceived sexual preference led to discrimination.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | December 4, 2009
A city-funded investigation into the Newport Beach Police Department’s promotional process found that its integrity was “marginalized” by missteps from city leaders. But nothing in the probe’s report shows there was a deliberate manipulation of the system. In a five-month investigation, Jim Blaylock, a former Irvine police commander hired by the city, concluded that while former Police Chief Bob McDonell made decisions that gave him more control over promotions, “the preponderance of evidence does not establish that any actions were designed to promote any one individual.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | December 4, 2009
A city-funded investigation into the Newport Beach Police Department’s promotional process found that its integrity was “marginalized” by missteps from city leaders. But nothing in the probe’s report shows there was a deliberate manipulation of the system. In a five-month investigation, Jim Blaylock, a former Irvine police commander hired by the city, concluded that while former police Chief Bob McDonell made decisions that gave him more control over promotions, “the preponderance of evidence does not establish that any actions were designed to promote any one individual.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | March 13, 2009
When it comes down to it, what do Newport Beach Police Department officers, sergeants and civilian employees have to gain from taking the stand and tarnishing the organization’s reputation? Attorney John Girardi said that should be the most important question jurors should ask themselves as they deliberate next week whether the department discriminated against Sgt. Neil Harvey and failed to promote him based on false rumors that he’s gay. Attorneys presented their closing arguments Friday, with Harvey’s lawyers appealing for empathy from the seven-woman, five-man jury and the city’s attorneys pointing to a slew of testimony by lieutenants and others contradicting Harvey’s claims.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | February 28, 2009
In the quiet city of Newport Beach, where there isn’t enough criminal drama to go around, officers will create the drama among themselves, a former officer testified Friday during a civil trial against the city. “It was like being back in high school. You’re either in the ‘in’ crowd or the ‘out’ crowd. The rumor mill is crazy,” testified Steven Fong, a former Newport Beach police officer now working with Huntington Beach. “I want to help people.
NEWS
By Humberto Caspa | August 25, 2009
The so-called jewel of Orange County might not want to recognize it, but elected officials in Newport Beach have decided to clean up their messy house before it got too dirty. City Manager Homer Bludau is retiring earlier than expected, and officials are bringing new blood — sort of — to City Hall. Assistant City Manager Dave Kiff is getting promoted. Kiff has shown hard work since he got his assistant city manager assignment in 1998, but can he do the big job: help provide a major systemic overhaul in the Police Department, and in his office?
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By Lauren Williams | July 13, 2012
A fired Newport Beach police officer sued the city and Police Department on Thursday, alleging that superiors retaliated against him after he testified in a colleague's civil trial. Former Officer John Hougan's filing with the Orange County Superior Court alleges that he faced three unnecessary internal investigations, was demoted from sergeant to officer, and then was fired after testifying in 2009 on behalf of a sergeant who alleged mistreatment after rumors circulated that he was gay. Hougan, who is seeking a judgment of more than $25,000, could not be located for comment.
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Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | June 23, 2010
Amid years of sinking morale, intradepartment spats and an employee lawsuit that aired much of the police department's dirty laundry, Newport Beach is set to bring on a new chief — its third in three years — on July 3. Jay R. Johnson, 45, is looking to head a police department far from perfect, but according to officers, one that is on the upswing. "There was a lack of trust among the line-level troops and management," said Officer Dave Syvock, president of the Newport Beach Police Assn.
LOCAL
February 22, 2010
Peter J. Polos, an Orange County Superior Court judge and Newport Beach resident, will join a major Los Angeles-based law firm, the company announced Monday. Polos will serve as director of litigation for Panish Shea & Boyle LLP. Polos, 45, was on the bench for eight years and presided over last year?s civil suit between Newport Beach Police Lt. Neil Harvey and the city, where Harvey was awarded nearly $2 million for wrongly being passed over for promotions. He was appointed to the bench by Gov. Gray Davis in December 2000 and sworn in Feb. 8, 2001.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | December 4, 2009
A city-funded investigation into the Newport Beach Police Department’s promotional process found that its integrity was “marginalized” by missteps from city leaders. But nothing in the probe’s report shows there was a deliberate manipulation of the system. In a five-month investigation, Jim Blaylock, a former Irvine police commander hired by the city, concluded that while former Police Chief Bob McDonell made decisions that gave him more control over promotions, “the preponderance of evidence does not establish that any actions were designed to promote any one individual.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | December 4, 2009
A city-funded investigation into the Newport Beach Police Department’s promotional process found that its integrity was “marginalized” by missteps from city leaders. But nothing in the probe’s report shows there was a deliberate manipulation of the system. In a five-month investigation, Jim Blaylock, a former Irvine police commander hired by the city, concluded that while former police Chief Bob McDonell made decisions that gave him more control over promotions, “the preponderance of evidence does not establish that any actions were designed to promote any one individual.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | October 1, 2009
Newport Beach police officer Neil Harvey finally won his hard-fought battle for promotion to lieutenant. But Harvey, 49, who successfully sued the city for not promoting him because of false rumors that he was gay, will be paid a lieutenant’s salary without having to work at all. As part of a personnel agreement struck between the city and Harvey, he was bumped up to lieutenant from sergeant, and he won’t have to report for duty, high-ranking...
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | September 8, 2009
Newport Beach will pay a police sergeant $1.45 million after he successfully sued the city, claiming rumors at work that he was gay cost him a promotion, according to details of a settlement released Tuesday night. “All parties have agreed to a compromise in order to put the matter behind them,” Newport Beach City Atty. David Hunt said in a memo released Tuesday night. “From the city’s perspective, while it does not agree with the jury’s verdict and the council has authorized an appeal, the current circumstances justify resolving the case in this manner.
NEWS
By Humberto Caspa | August 25, 2009
The so-called jewel of Orange County might not want to recognize it, but elected officials in Newport Beach have decided to clean up their messy house before it got too dirty. City Manager Homer Bludau is retiring earlier than expected, and officials are bringing new blood — sort of — to City Hall. Assistant City Manager Dave Kiff is getting promoted. Kiff has shown hard work since he got his assistant city manager assignment in 1998, but can he do the big job: help provide a major systemic overhaul in the Police Department, and in his office?
LOCAL
May 14, 2009
Civil attorneys for Newport Beach police Sgt. Neil Harvey will argue that the city should cover their legal expenses after they successfully presented their case in a hearing rescheduled Thursday for June 11. Lawrence Lennemann and Jack Girardi, Harvey’s lawyers, are seeking $2.14 million in attorneys fees from Newport Beach for more than two year’s worth of work preparing for Harvey’s civil suit against the city. A jury awarded Harvey $1.2 million earlier this year after it found the department discriminated against him when he wasn’t promoted to sergeant out of retaliation and false rumors he is gay. The attorneys were originally scheduled to argue their motion Thursday, but had it pushed back until next month.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | May 11, 2009
FOR THE RECORD: In the May 9 story ?Police union pans promotional hiatus,? it should have read that association leaders argue that if the promotion process is deemed OK at the end of this, those who were on it would be adversely affected.. . The Newport Beach Police Department is paralyzed by a ?cloud that hangs over the present administration? and its members need the Civil Service Board to help expedite the city?s investigation of recent promotions to clear the air, a police union said Friday.
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