Whistleblower Claims LA County's Ferrer Is Using State of Emergency to Abuse and Retaliate Against Employees, Shakedown Businesses
According to a whistleblower who spoke to RedState on condition of anonymity, Ferrer has set up the Environmental Health division as her personal enforcement army, charged with issuing as many COVID violations as possible, with no warning and regardless of intentionality, to fill the coffers with revenue from fines; sent inspectors out during the “two weeks to slow the spread” time period with no PPE, leading to employee deaths; forced night/weekend/holiday overtime for the plebes while never working those extended hours themselves; and refused to grant leave to employees on COVID quarantine. Due to the provisions of the State of Emergency, the workers are left with no redress.
In short, while Ferrer expects private businesses to abide by her “health order” diktats regarding providing PPE, shutting down entire industries, and providing employees with paid time off to quarantine, she refused to do any of that in her own department.
Environmental Health is led by Deputy Liza Frias, her Assistant Deputy Brenda Lopez, and the Chief Communications Officer, Carl Kemp. Yes, the Carl Kemp we wrote about Monday, who is a felon convicted of tax fraud for failing to report $750,000 in “lobbying” income received from clients like drug kingpin John Walker. (Walker paid Kemp and a few other Long Beach insiders thousands of dollars a month in exchange for receiving favorable treatment from Long Beach authorities at a time when marijuana collectives who didn’t have such well-connected lobbyists were being raided by the Long Beach PD.)
As RedState’s Bob Hoge reported last week, the Environmental Health Division is already offering training for employee “volunteers” who will plan to work overtime this coming weekend to enforce a renewed mask mandate. About that, our whistleblower says:
With the impending return of the mask mandate, the department has sent out an email asking for “volunteers” for the overtime shift. Make no mistake, the department has always justified forced schedule change by saying that they did not get enough volunteers. Even if they meet the required numbers, they would just move the goal post so “enough” volunteers are never really reached. They do not care about facts or data outside of their agenda.
Employees department-wide are hoping that the county will rescind the declaration as soon as possible so the perverse incentives driving DPH’s direction are removed, and so employees’ schedules and job duties aren’t subject to the whims of Frias and Ferrer. Career DPH employees are terrified of the retaliation and potential blackballing because “the current people at the top are vindictive and cruel,” and that Frias is “extremely retaliatory” but many more are coming forward to RedState and other outlets. As this latest whistleblower says: