DA Gascon’s Faux Pas

Former San Francisco Police Officers Association President Gary Delagnes alleged in March that District Attorney and former SFPD Chief George Gascon made racial slurs during a night out with police union leaders. Delagnes gave a sworn statement to a blue-ribbon task force, which Gascon had originally established to investigate allegations of homophobia and racism within the police department.

Gascon had appeared before the task force eight days earlier, at which time he criticized the police union for obstructing reform within the department.

Delagnes, who spent 25 years on the force before retiring as POA president in 2013, told of a 2010 dinner with Gascon, present POA President Martin Halloran and another union representative. The dinner, part of a police union leadership forum organized by Harvard University, took place in Cambridge, MA. Delagnes alleged that then-Chief Gascon, who had had a few drinks, “began reminiscing on his time with the Los Angeles Police Department. He made multiple statements that disparaged minorites.” Delagnes said that the former Chief “became so loud and animated that an African American patron asked him to restrain himself, as he was offending his family.”

District attorney’s office spokesman Alex Bastian wouldn’t respond directly to the allegations, but inferred that Delagnes might have embellished the account.

Delagnes said in his statement that he decided to speak up against his former boss after reading that Gascon told the blue-ribbon panel that he worried more now about the state of the SFPD than during his term as police chief from 2009-2011. The former POA president claimed that, as far as he knew, Gascon had few complaints with the police union when he headed the department, and that he spoke with Gascon two or three times per week. He even attended Gascon’s wedding.

When interviewed, Halloran agreed with Delagnes’ account of the evening, but neither would give specifics. Delagnes told the San Francisco Chronicle that, “If called as a witness by Gascon’s blue-ribbon panel, I will testify in more detail about those statements.”

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Charles Koch Remains Inspired By a Letter From His Father

Born in 1935, Charles Koch has been a dominant force in U.S. business for around half a century since taking control of Koch Industries in the 1960s. In an interview with ABC News, Charles Koch revealed he remains inspired to succeed by a letter written by his father in 1936 explaining the ways he wished his children would live their lives, already a business success, Fred Koch understood the vast inheritance he planned to leave his children could be their downfall.

In a bid to avoid problems in the future Fred Koch was inspired by the birth of Charles to put down on paper the hopes he had for his children in the future; the letter is now framed in the office of Charles and acts as a daily reminder of the potential success and failure the Koch family faces. Charles Koch has revealed the letter in an interview with ABC News, which explains how a strong work ethic was given to him by his father from an early age. The interview sees Charles Koch explain his father did not wish any of his children to waste their time by relying on the inheritance he would leave them.

Koch has remained true to the demands of the letter written by his father and teamed with his brother, David, to turn Koch Industries into the largest privately held business in the U.S. Alongside the impressive business skills and ventures developed by Charles and David Koch the successful business leaders have looked to pass on their skills through a series of articles and books; Charles Koch detailed his own approach to business, which he calls market based management, in his book “The Science Of Success”.

Over the course of his career Charles stated he has referred back to the letter that takes pride of place on his office wall to keep his feet on the ground and maintain the values the Koch family stands for. Koch has become a major part of the political and business landscape of the world, which he believes can be traced back to the values and ethics his father should take the credit for instilling in him and the rest of the Koch family.

Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/charles-koch-shares-letter-guides-life/story?id=38763293

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