Imagine regaining consciousness with a dark-colored sack over your head, arms and legs restrained and unclear how you ended up that way. That is how Santa Rosa resident Andy Ford, a U.S. Army veteran with a brain injury suffered while serving in Afghanistan, recalls emerging from an incapacitating seizure he experienced in public in February 2018.
The scandal involving cheating in the $1 billion cleanup at the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard has until now focused on allegations of what was left behind at the site: radioactive dirt dumped into trenches to save the time and expense of testing and disposing of it properly.
Police misconduct, December 2012: Petaluma city has agreed to pay $500,000 to a man who was bitten by a police dog, leaving him with a missing chunk of biceps.
Abusive termination of employment, January 2013: employee/whistleblower fired for reporting fraud in the “buy-back” program of recycled glass, plastic and aluminum get his lawsuit reinstated. McVeigh leveled serious charges of fraud, embezzlement and corruption against San Francisco-based Recology, accusing the unregulated garbage collection monopoly of bilking the State of California and taxpayers out of millions of dollars.
Police shooting death case: The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for the family of a man with bipolar disorder to go to trial in a suit against Santa Rosa and its Police Department, which said officers mistakenly thought he was armed when they shot him to death in 2007.