January 7, 2013
Ann Jones has a pattern of ruling against the ADDA and in the County’s favor.
Ann Jones, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge, has done the dirty work for Steve Cooley and Jackie Lacey with her bizzare rulings. Jones ruled the new performance evaluation plan, or better known as “PERSA,” was already implemented before the ADDA was certified on March 24, 2008. This ruling is not only bizarre, but completely false. Deputy DAs used to be rated “outstanding” year after year, for their hard work, from their supervisors. Thanks to Steve Cooley and Jackie Lacey “outstanding” is only for selected prosecutors (like Cooley’s daughter who was promoted faster then… well anyone we know). When Cooley left office, he made certain of two things: 1) his daughter was promoted ahead of anyone in her class or grade and 2) it would be easy to fire the next target.
For years Deputy DAs were rated “outstanding,” but under Cooley’s leadership he was determined to get rid of the performance evaluation system. Thanks to Ann Jones and Cooley’s “PERSA” system, now Jackie Lacey can fire or demote anyone who opposes her, and Alan Jackson may be next. Will Jackson receive “competent” or “needs improvement” on his next performance evaluation? The Association of Deputy District Attorneys opposed the “PERSA” (performance evaluation) change as part of their litigation, but Anne Jones has made a bizzare and unusual ruling, clearly to gain favior with Cooley and LA County. The matter is up on appeal with labor attorney Dick Shinee spearheading the appeal. If the appeal fails, any Deputy DA who sees corruption within the office, might as well turn a blind eye or be fired.
If Jackie Lacey can commit perjury and get elected, then anything is possible. Dick Shinee has 1000 Deputy DAs counting on him. A complete failure on his part, coupled with judiciary corruption in LA Superior Court (no surprise) will result in the disposal of any Deputy DA at the snap of Lacey’s fingers. Watch yourself Alan Jackson, your transfer to a desk job for running a campaign commercial exposing Jackie Lacey’s dishonesty, is only the first step in Lacey’s plan to get rid of you. If Jackson is rated “needs improvement” he will be the next DA to be placed on a “performance improvement program” then fired. It really doesn’t matter if you win 100% of your trials, like Steve Ipsen, or take down criminals like Phil Spector. What matters is that Cooley and Lacey remain in power, continue their corruption, and take out their foes.
January 26, 2012
Back in October Marc Debbaudt and the Association of Deputy District Attorneys were awarded $450,000 and $157,000 respectively in damages to pay for attorneys fees and compensation for harming the ADDA and Debbaudt’s career when Steve Cooley settled those two portions of the federal law suit for union busting. Cooley is represented by Jones Day and has racked up millions in dollars in attorneys fees at the expense of the tax payers. Cooley has refused to settle the portion of the law suit with regards to the former ADDA President Steve Ipsen and current ADDA President Hyatt Seligman. Clearly the cases brought about by Debbeaut and the ADDA were so egregious that even Jones Day couldn’t defend Cooley’s shenanigans.
The Board of Supervisors is said to have approved payment to the ADDA and union member Marc Debbeaut for damages. But, no one is exactly sure what happened in this closed session (aka. secret) meeting.
Inside sources reveal that the Board of Supervisors approved payment for the damages, but the ADDA and Marc Debbaudt have yet to receive payment. The trial for Steve Ipsen and Hyatt Seligman was supposed to begin this month, but postponed until June. If the Board of Supervisors were planning on delaying payment to see if Ipsen and Seligman won their trials, they could refuse to pay in the event Ipsen and Seligman lost. That would send Debbaudt back to court. Will the Board of Supervisors delay payment to the ADDA and Marc Debbaudt for six more months? That has yet to be determined.
August 18, 2011
After a 10 year battle, Steve Ipsen and the ADDA can finally celebrate in their hard earned victory. First certification, then affiliation with AFSCME and now passing Agency Shop.
Winning a 5:1 vote – the Association of Deputy District Attorney’s affiliated with AFSCME. Now in a vote of 3:2 by all Deputy District Attorneys, union and non-union members, Agency Shop Passes. All deputy district attorneys will pay their fair share and have representation and a voice in their future.
Just announced on his campaign Facebook page Steve Ipsen says, “I am pleased to announce that the Association of Deputy District Attorneys has won our Agency Shop election with a resounding 60% in favor: 302 to 204. As my friends and supporters know, for nearly a decade I have dedicated my efforts towards building the ADDA into a powerful organization looking out for prosecutors in the LA DA’s office, so that we can focus on prosecuting crime and protecting public safety. As the founder of the union, and 8 term president, I was proud when we became a union in 2008, joined in solidarity with AFSCME, the nations largest public employees union, in 2009, and affiliated with AFSCME AFL/CIO in 2010. Now with the agency shop election victory, we have achieved the final victory in becoming the organization prosecutors in Los Angeles deserve.”
Steve Ipsen founded the Association of Deputy District Attorney’s Union and was President of the ADDA for nearly a decade. Succeeded by President Hyatt Seligman, the ADDA continues to win their battles against overwhelming forces by the County.