From the Las Vegas Sun: Nevada Democratic Assembly Speaker John Oceguera is officially launching his bid for Congress.
Oceguera is termed out from seeking re-election in the state Assembly, and his announcement Monday was widely anticipated.
What remains unknown is which district he'll run in.
Nevada gains a fourth U.S. House seat in next year's election, but the boundaries have yet to be drawn.
Earlier, the Nevada Journal ran a couple of stories regard Oceguera and his double dipping: Responding to a Nevada Journal news story, the North Las Vegas Fire Department on Wednesday released copies of previously undisclosed employment agreements with Nevada Assembly Speaker John Oceguera, who also is the department’s assistant fire chief.
The documents describe schedules outlining the assemblyman’s fire department work obligations during the 2009 and 2011 legislative sessions, when he was also acting as a top officer of the Nevada Assembly — in 2009 as Democratic majority leader and in 2011 as speaker.
According to the documents, Oceguera and the department agreed that during the 2legislative session he would work 18 hours a week for the department, half of his normal fire department work week. For the 2011 session, the agreement specified he would work for the department at least nine hours a week. For the balance of the legislative sessions’ work weeks, he would take annual and holiday leave and unpaid furlough days.
The department thus confirmed on the record that Oceguera was being paid by North Las Vegas taxpayers during a significant amount of the time he was at the 2009 Legislature and also when at the 2011 Legislature. During that time he was also being paid by Nevada taxpayers as a state legislator.
Worse yet is that Oceguera abused his fellow firefighters and payroll by promising to work another firefighter's shift after they had worked for him. From another Nevada Journal article: During the 2001 session — his first session in the Legislature — Oceguera had arranged with other firemen to trade shifts to cover over 92 percent of the time he was in Carson City. At the end of the session, having paid his co-workers back 48 hours working Sundays, he still owed them 912 hours. During the rest of the year, he paid back 222.
In 2002, say departmental records, he paid back another 352 hours but used another 190 in additional shift trades. He thus ended the year with a 528-hour shift-trade deficit.
Beginning with the 2003 Legislature, Oceguera changed his strategy, the records suggest. During the subsequent regular session and two special sessions, he cut his use of shift trades in half, to 480, and was reported as working more Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays back in North Las Vegas. He also used 175 hours of annual leave and 96 hours of holiday leave. Finally, for 240 hours, according to the department staffing roster, he simply went without pay.
With the additional shift trades, 72 of which were paid back during the session, Oceguera returned to North Las Vegas after the 2003 session owing his fellow firemen 936 hours. Over the rest of 2003 and 2004, he added another 204.5 shift-trade hours but paid back 689, according to the records, reducing his balance owed to 451.5 hours.
During the 2005 legislative sessions — one regular and one special — the assemblyman added another 168 hours net in shift trades, raising the hours he owed other firefighters to 619.5. According to the roster records, he also took 351 hours of leave, put in 293 hours back in North Las Vegas, working Fridays and weekends, and simply went without pay for another 124 hours.
By the end of 2006, according to the records, Oceguera had worked off a net 273.5 hours of the shift trades he owed, leaving a balance of 346.
During the 2007 sessions — one regular and one special — Oceguera’s owed shift-trade hours increased by a net 198, to a total of 544. Then, during the balance of 2007 and 2008, he made up 112 shift-trade hours before officially assuming his new position as assistant fire chief of the North Las Vegas Fire Department.
Thus, when named to his new post, Oceguera still appeared to owe his firefighter colleagues for 432 hours they had worked for him while he was in Carson City and that he had never paid back.
Oceguera's excuse for not paying back the hours he stole from fellow firefighters: Oceguera denies that, however, saying that during the 1990s, when he was a young, single man with no children, he regularly worked Christmas and New Year’s for other firemen. Those shifts, in the eyes of firefighters with families, he said, were worth multiples of regular shifts and so he was able to begin the new century with a significant balance of shift trades owed him.
That is a load of crap. He turns his stealing of firefighter's shifts into a positive for him. This guy is scum. He promised he would work other firefighter's shifts when they worked his shift and he lied.
Further, did those firefighters get paid overtime to work those shifts for him? If so, then the taxpayers got screwed.
And when he said he worked holidays for the firefighters, he was getting paid at least time and a half, I am sure for working a holiday, so he even enriched himself even more.
Oceguera is scum- he steals from fellow firefighters and the taxpayer. And now he wants to run for Congress as a democrat? Well, I suppose he will fit right in with the likes of Charlie Rangle and other charlatan Democrats.
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