There are two versions of the agenda for a closed session of City Clowncil on today.

The revised one, linked to from various places on the site, has these two agenda items:

CS-1 Conference with Legal Counsel, Existing Litigation Pursuant to Government Code §54957.9(d)(1); John Rivas vs. City of Monrovia; LASC Case No. BS 157264; and Jason Norton vs. City of Monrovia; LASC Case No. BS 157777

CS-2 Conference with Legal Counsel, Existing Litigation Pursuant to Government Code §54956.9(d)(1); David Valenzuela vs. City of Monrovia, Workers’ Compensation Case Nos. ADJ8333169 and ADJ8437065

The original has very different wording for CS-1:

CS-1 Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957

Why? I don’t know, but that’s a whole lotta litigation going on.

john-rivas.pngJohn Rivas, according to was a well compensated employee in the Fire Department in 2010 and 2011. (The database in Transparent California goes back to 2010, but no farther.)

According to an entry people-search site He was with Monrovia from 1996 to 2013, found emplyment immediatly upon his severance, and is currently with Baker, a town in the boonies of San Bernardino County.

Last year, Mr. Rivas still seemed to be a fan of his employer.


Back in 2010, he was listed, along with a Mr. Nick Board, fellow paramedic employed by Monrovia, in the Hall of Fame in a quarterly newsletter issued by an organization devoted to establishing a certain way of dealing with stroke patients.

His current employer, Baker Rescue Services, is a private company based in Huntington Beach that provides a professional rescue team for all types of confined space entries, which include oil drilling platforms and the like.

He describes himself as a Fire Captain for La Habra Heights, but the little city of just over 5,000 residents doesn’t name him in that role. It does list a couple dozen volunteers, among which Mr. Rivas may be the Captain.

All in all, he seems to be a straight-up guy with long-term relationships with his other employers.

Similarly, Jason Norton looks to be a stand-up guy.


And when I said “well-compensated,” I was referring to total annual compensation approaching $150,000 year. So there’s no wonder someone would be in litigation with the city over loss of a job.

David Valenzuela, a former senior police officer made $191,000 in 2010. In later years, due to less overtime, his pay was in the realm of $145,000.

Perhaps some day we’ll know what the litigation is all about. We do know from the pre-revision document that Mr. Rivas and Mr. Norton’s cases have something to do with “Discipline/Dismissal/Release.” It seems we are not supposed to know that.