Interesting story from the past: For a city manager that continues to boast about being transparent, he muddied the waters.

Lake Tahoe News

Source: http://www.laketahoenews.net/2011/08/clarification-police-chief-knew-nothing-about-daughters-ticket

The public has a right to know people with connections are treated the same as someone without – especially when this town has a history of favoritism.

South Lake Tahoe Police Chief Brian Uhler was unaware his adult daughter went to El Dorado County traffic court on an infraction issued from a different agency.

He let Lake Tahoe News know about this on Saturday. His boss, City Manager Tony O’Rourke, knew none of the facts until after chastising Lake Tahoe News for inquiring about the issue.

O’Rourke continued to personally to attack this reporter through a series of emails for her initial question to Uhler: “Can you tell me anything about why your daughter was in court on a speeding ticket?”

Uhler told Lake Tahoe News his daughter wanted to handle this without him knowing about it. It was a basic speeding ticket.

Instead of the city trying to “spin” this into how this police chief does not ask for special treatment for his offspring, O’Rourke made it a story by denying the media public information. That was the story. For a city manager that continues to boast about being transparent, he muddied the waters.

The public has a right to know people with connections are treated the same as someone without – especially when this town has a history of favoritism.

– Kathryn Reed

 

Comments (10)
  1. X LOCAL says – POSTED: AUGUST 7, 2011

     

    Excellent Story.
    It kind of insures what I have been saying about The City Manager, Soon all of the citizens of South Lake Tahoe will see the other side of TONY O’ROURKE.
    This man has caused more unrest and caused a huge MORAL problem throughout the City employees, I have not found 1 employee that is happy with his actions.
    If I had a job that they gave me $200,000 dollars a year to perform, everyone would be happy! even the tax payer. It’s time for the Council to look at this man and look to the future of the City.
    Tony O’Rourke is destroying this City almost as much as Hal Cole and Tom Davis and the rest of the council for allowing it to continue.

     

     
  2. joeschmo says – POSTED: AUGUST 7, 2011

     

    “The public has a right to know people with connections are treated the same as someone without – especially when this town has a history of favoritism.”

    BINGO! Well said Ms. Reed!

     

  3. What?? says – POSTED: AUGUST 7, 2011

     

    The light at the tunnel isn’t necessarily a train. But in this case it seems to be. I totally agree with X LOCAL.

     

  4. grannylou says – POSTED: AUGUST 8, 2011

     

    WAIT! Didn’t the article say that this young woman was cited by a different jurisdiction/agency? If that is so, why are you all commenting on Tony O’Rourke and Brian Uhler? If this happened, as stated above, in a different area, they would not HAVE information to share. Maybe it’s the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Dept. or the California Highway Patrol. If so, how would Tony or Brian have anything to do with this? Let’s get things straight.

    XLOCAL, it looks like you have some other axe to grind and are trying to connect the wrong dots.

     

  5. joeschmo says – POSTED: AUGUST 8, 2011

     

    grannylou, I believe people think and expect the worst when it comes to City matters because this is a long history of ours. This is a community that does not trust the City and with good reason.

     

  6. satori says – POSTED: AUGUST 8, 2011

     

    It would seem that the City Manager is being trained in how SLT “does it”. . . to fit in well ?

    Think again . . .

     

  7. Lisa says – POSTED: AUGUST 8, 2011

     

    Let me get this straight… the ADULT daughter of the police chief gets a regular speeding ticket and doesn’t tell her father and people are thinking there is a conspiracy of some kind? It was a speeding ticket and she is an adult! If I get a ticket,I hardly need to tell “Daddy” about it. Perhaps if you get a ticket, we need to put the details in the paper. The bigger story is that even though she is the chief’s daughter, another cop gave her a ticket… THAT is the real story!

     

  8. kim says – POSTED: AUGUST 8, 2011

     

    Lisa you got it wrong. It’s about the city not releasing information — again. The traffic ticket is in many ways irrelavant. The city manager made this a story not the woman getting a ticket. How hard is that to get?

     

  9. grannylou says – POSTED: AUGUST 9, 2011

     

    Kim, read the above article. The city did not give the ticket. It was another jurisdiction. It could be the Sheriff’s Dept. or the California Highway Patrol. If that is the case, there is no reason that the city would know or have this information. How can the city release information that they don’t have??? It’s not their business…….

     

  10. Alex Campbell says – POSTED: AUGUST 9, 2011

     

    GOOD FOR YOU KAE.ANONOMOUS and the rest of the ANONYMOUS should have been around when you were EDITOR of the Tahoe Trib.
    Your GREAT INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING was something to behold.

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