Park Patrol Lawsuits May Cost City $250K
Those transgressions, however -- they're not exactly cheap. A former ranger named Mike Horan, as referenced in Smith's story, filed suit against Santiago and the city, alleging discrimination in the distribution of overtime hours. This also resulted in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filing a case against the city.
Horan's lawyer, Andrew Pierce, says that case may be nearing an official settlement. And sources within government tell SF Weekly it will involve a hefty $250,000 payout.
Pierce said the city and EEOC are still hammering out the details; when asked if the purported $250,000 payout to his client was part of those details, he would only say, "That sounds like a nice sum of money."
If the EEOC and city settle, Pierce said he'd dismiss Horan's separate case against the city.
Considering that the city is hoping to budget $150,000 to hire a park patrol chief to oversee Santiago; this suit is purportedly going to cost $250,000; and Santiago routinely manages to take home $85,000 in overtime on top of his $67,000 salary -- Rec and Park is having a harder and harder time making these numbers add up favorably.