File Photo from March 2008: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — Burbank City Council Member/Mayor Marsha Ramos
Former Burbank Mayor Marsha Ramos is speaking out again about those allegations of misconduct against the Burbank Police Department. Ramos is interviewed in Today’s Burbank Leader about a deposition she gave last month to attorneys representing five Burbank Police officers, who filed a lawsuit against the department in May of 2009, alleging discrimination, racism, harassment, and other civil rights violations.
The first time Ramos shared her concerns in the media about this lawsuit and the city “system” that produced it was last year on this blog: “I’m saddened, because I think this should have been avoided. Leadership is critical. That said, I recognize first hand, that hands are tied by a dysfunctional system that escalates conflicts to a point of no return.” More of Ramos’ comments published here on June 12, 2009.
In the Leader article, Ramos points an accusing finger at certain city officials for questionable handling of the allegations and for keeping city council members in the dark about problems in the city’s police department: “The amount of information that we, as a council, were given about police department issues was very, very limited.”
Also, Ramos blames a system that is broken:”What I really want is for the system to be improved, for the city to look at the hard issues raised through all of this and to fairly address the culture that created this.”
Meanwhile over on Jim Carlile’s popular blog, the depositions of Ramos and others have been discussed for several days now. In fact, Carlile published an interesting section from the transcripts of Ramos’ deposition showing the kind of pressure the former mayor/council member was getting from city officials. Details here.
Ramos returned to private life on April 30, 2009, when her last term on the Burbank City Council ended. During two terms on the council, Ramos served as mayor twice. Before being elected to the city council, she served on numerous city boards and commissions.