For one officer, it was self-admitted stupidity when he and two colleagues took a city-owned car to Las Vegas while on duty for nothing put a photo in front of a sign. For that joyride, all three were fired.
But in Glendale, the Civil Service Commission has the authority to hear appeals, and for that one officer, it meant a 4-1 vote to reinstate him — albeit with a 90-day suspension without pay.
In Burbank, these disputes over punishment and workplace feuds are played out behind closed doors in front of an independent arbitrator. City employees have gained this system in contract negotiations, steadily whittling away at the relevance and authority of the Burbank Civil Service Board.