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Lauren

I happen to know the recruit very well that was in featured in this story today and I also happen to know that the information given was false. ABC news investigated only ONE side of this story and provided a twisted version of events. First of all, the fact that they would even report on an unfinished story and then on top of that, provide false information is bad journalism and immoral if you ask me. This particular recruit has wanted to become a police officer as far back as I can remember and has worked hard towards achieving his goal. To portray him as a criminal and an unfit candidate is wrong because he is far from it. Unfortunately ABC news is no longer a reliable news source in my eyes.

Lee

Thanks for your reporting. Our family has worked in Oakland for over 20 years and we know what it's like to have people shooting our family members and robbing our store at gun point. When I see the cops being burned at the stake like this, it makes me really upset because I rely on them to protect our communities. Oakland is a city out of control and most people who do not live here do not know how bad it is. It's Iraq here. So if there's anyone to blame, I blame those unbridled gunslinging shameless and heartless men of evil intent who rob and steal and kill. I do not blame the police, instead I wish we could support the efforts of the police more in Oakland.

Dave

I'm disappointed in this report that was aired last night. It seems unethical to take confidential info from an illegally released personnel and medical file of a recent recruit, and adding obvious slant to it. The person(s) who gave out this info should be prosecuted for this. Channel 7 should be ashamed for adding or embellishing their own slant to this. Showing pictures of the father from years ago only convinces me that channel 7 has been looking hard to discredit this family. All I see is a young man wanting to follow in his father's career path to be a police officer for the city they both serve currently. Why did you sling mud at this young man, but not mention the recently fired city exec who's relative has tried, and failed, at the academy, only to remain on city payroll while trying the academy again? Pick and choose, seek and destroy, pathetic reporting. I only hope this family seeks legal recourse against the city personnel responsible for releasing confidential medical files, and the channel 7 reporter who added info that was obviously not in the files, but creatively added. Your reporting makes papparozzi(sp?) seem more honorable.

Helena

This type of reporting is abhorrent. First of all, who hasn't done something they are not proud of in their past? And sources???? How did a 'record' that was more than 10 years old come to light? How was ABC news able to produce CONFIDENTIAL medical information? This is not a top line hard-hitting news story, this is very clearly a situation where someone wants to hurt Bob Valladon...by going after his son. I commend Scott for wanting to serve the city of Oakland. I sincerely hope the family seeks legal recourse. I'd love to be on that jury!

Ann

I am now convinced that the City Attorney's office, specifically, Vicki Laden is behind a smear campaign against Bob Valladon. It is common knowledge that Vicki dislikes Bob's position as President of the OPOA. As well, I can't believe that Channel 7 would be so irresponsible and desparate for a story to accept stolen personnel records and confidential medical records and be willing to destroy a young man's future of service and reputation. Scott Valladon will be the 5th generation of Valladon's to serve in the City of Oakland. Nothing was mentioned that Bob Valladon has honorably served for almost 30 years and his Uncle Bill Valladon was shot on duty in 1970, after 25 years of service. Is this the kind of appreciation that Oakland shows to those dedicated officers? Scott Valladon has always wanted to be a police officer in Oakland and has been in the academy for 11 weeks, successfully passing all physical and academic requirements. This is the bottom line and the most important point not mentioned in the story last night. Again, this is a clear case of trying to get at Bob Valladon through his son, Scott. Leave the family alone!!!!

Christian

I personally know this family and KNOW this is all FALSIFIED information! If I were them (the Valladon family), I would sue ABC for carelessly and irresponsibly publishing FALSE medical information. How dare you!!!!

We should be honored to have a next-generation son desiring to get into this field that you risk your own life for.

I am honored to live in Oakland and to have such valiant servants of the City such as Bob Valladon! Leave poor innocent Scott alone! No more slander! SHAME on ABC! I will NEVER AGAIN view ABC for newsworthy information!


*** NOTE FROM DAN NOYES: It may be noteworthy that three of the six comments on this blog so far come from the same computer, but different names. ***

X. P.

Thanks again i-Team for the good report.

Deborah

As an Oakland resident and close observer of city government for the past twelve years, I am thoroughly disgusted with the sloppy, one-sided, biased reporting in this story. I’ve known Bob Valladon and his family for several years; and am personally aware of the care Bob made to not influence the hiring process of his son. Being a relative is not an automatic disqualifier for city employment (or employment pretty much anywhere for that matter). As long as an applicant follows the proper process and is qualified, that is all that matters.

The real story, which you are ignoring, is that Bob has been the police spokesman in the investigation of Deborah Edgerly. Edgerly interfered with a police investigation into gang crime, which as any resident will tell you, is a serious issue for Oakland in which police RISK THEIR LIVES. She put police officer lives at risk with her attempt to shield her (alleged) gang member nephew, who also received his Oakland city job via Edgerly’s intervention, from the police investigation. Edgerly has also intervened to get other relatives on the payroll, including her own daughter, who failed the police physical test three times. The daughter was still hired due to Edgerly’s insistence and abuse of powers of her management position.

Scott Valladon has to date successfully completed his police training. His own doctors, who actually examined him, have given him a clean bill of health. The city physician performed no clinical tests on him. It’s very clear that this attack on him after his perfectly appropriate admission to the police academy is a political attack on Bob Valladon for standing up to the corruption of Deborah Edgerly.

Instead of playing into her hands, why don’t you investigate the real breaches of the hiring process that Deborah Edgerly conducted for her unqualified and (alleged) criminal relatives?

Helena

To Dan Noyes
All computers at a company share an IP address - the posts are all from different individuals who share the same outrage over YOUR report.

Kathy Gannon-Briggs

I was saddened to see Channel 7 go after a police recruit who has passed the tests, has to probably work harder than anyone else, and has to prove himself day after day just because his dad is also a dedicated poice officer in Oakland. We should be thrilled that someone wants to make a difference in Oakland. We should be honored that someone has chosen the police work as a profession. We should work hard to support these officers in a very difficult place to work. And why release his medical results- what's happened to a sense of privacy and the Hipa oath? This recruit deserves our support and encouragement. He does not deserve to be followed by cameras trying to catch him... Police officers need us as we need them....

Kathy Gannon-Briggs

I was saddened to see Channel 7 go after a police recruit who has passed the tests, has to probably work harder than anyone else, and has to prove himself day after day just because his dad is also a dedicated police officer in Oakland. We should be thrilled that someone wants to make a difference in Oakland. We should be honored that someone has chosen the police work as a profession. We should work hard to support these officers in a very difficult place to work. And why release his medical results- what's happened to a sense of privacy and the Hipa oath? This recruit deserves our support and encouragement. He does not deserve to be followed by cameras trying to catch him... Police officers need us as we need them....

Jeff B

This link may be noteworthy:

'Attorney planning to sue Oakland over leak of medical information'

http://www.insidebayarea.com/news/ci_10050264

"Rains said he intends to sue Channel 7 as well as the city. Attempts to reach a producer at Channel 7 were not successful. "

Danielle

This is to Dan Noyes. I couldn't find I place to email you so this is where I will address you.

I don't understand why you would spend so much time, energy, and resources just to slander a fine recruit in order to get at his father. I’m sure you've worked hard in your life to get where you are today, but I can't imagine that when you were fresh out of the University of Maryland you aspired to defaming good people in order to further someone else's agenda. As a young journalist I'd imagine that you would have been excited to present the facts to the people and let the truth be told. Yes you told some facts. There were stretches and twists on the truth. And there were also lies.

As the "investigator" you are supposed to investigate the story and look at it from all angles. You're supposed to get opinions from people that think that Mr. Valladon had paternal help getting into the academy, but also from the people that think the idea is absurd. You're supposed to present the facts and let the people decide. Presenting a one-sided story is rude to the public because we're basically being brainwashed without realizing it. You may not have even realized you're doing this because your judgment may be clouded by the positive reinforcement you’ve been receiving with your multiple investigative reporting awards.

I just want to point out that what you did with this particular story was definitely not investigative reporting. It was straight up defamation. I really hope I’ve appealed to the young, eager, truth-seeking journalist inside of you and I hope that your next investigation allows every side to tell their story as they see it without twisting of the truth or of words.

P.S. I think you should review the Message Board House Rules. I think it would be great if the first and sixth in particular were applied to your news reports.

Buster Gates

OH PLEASE! Excuse me but lets not overreact here. A curse on both your houses. We're talking public muckraking here not Peabody award. Besides, what does "Best" and "Brightest" have to do with your average big city police department anyway. We're talking about a relatively hard-to-get $70K-a-year public-sector job that the average successful candidate would never otherwise pluck. Let's be realistic here, just about every candidate is somewhat under qualified or uniquely WAY OVER qualified and yet both types still grow into the job. But it's still just a cop job. It ain't rocket science, "CSI-Oakland" or anything else that suggests the best and the brightest are really competing here. Besides, I always got the impression that your average police recruit has a lot more in common with the "Sons of Anarchy" than "The Best and the Brightest" anyway.

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