The law firm represented 120 police unions, including the Escondido Police Officers Association, but it disbanded amid a billing scandal. And it bragged about its “playbook,” which taught unions how to get their way during contract negotiations. The affidavit includes a section on the playbook, given that Costa Mesa and its union were indeed involved in negotiations at the time of the DUI call.
Under its heading, “Let the Games Begin,” the playbook offers police unions this advice: “Focus on an individual: Avoid spreading your energy. Focus on a city manager, councilperson, mayor or police chief and keep the pressure up until that person assures you his loyalty and then move on to the next victim.” Yes, “victim.”
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