QUOTE OF THE MONTH “I got called a fag [by fellow Newport Beach cops] every time I wouldn’t go out for a drink or would leave [a bar] early.”
—Detective Kirk Jacobi testifying last week in the ongoing case that pits Sergeant Neil Harvey against management for promotion discrimination. Harvey, who is heterosexual and earned “excellent” ratings in his 27 years on the job, says he was blocked from rising to lieutenant because his colleagues persistently branded him gay. What fueled the juvenile blather? Though Harvey has dated numerous women, he hasn’t married one, uses proper English in reports, and—get this outrage—has owned property in Laguna Beach.
Nearly 20 years later, the law catches up with Baldomero Johnny Diaz
IT’S YOUR MONEY, BUT THE GOVERNMENT SPENDS IT A Newport Beach Police Department employee spent 400 taxpayer hours working on a retirement-celebration video in 2007 for then-chief Bob McDonell, according to court records.