Longevity does not equal loyalty

05/13/2014 2:05 PM

05/13/2014 12:39 PM

Re "Loyalty is a lost art" and "Beard's firing is unfair" (Letters, May 9): I worked for Tony Beard Jr. and with Dina Hidalgo for 28 years. I applaud Sen. Darrell Steinberg's courage to correct a situation that's permeated the Senate staff for years.

Longevity does not equate to loyalty. In the case of Beard and Hidalgo, it seems their seniority led to a false belief that they were running the show -- rules, ethics and professionalism be damned.

They fostered a hostile environment -- Beard ruling by fear and intimidation, and Hidalgo breaking conflict-of-interest rules that should be adhered to by an "HR professional." Instead she hired and promoted many family members and close friends, and reported confidential information to Beard.

Many staffers retired sooner than they would've liked due to a climate of distrust. I hope for a fresh start for Senate staff.

-- Lynn Rasberry, Sacramento

Editor's Choice Videos


Join the Discussion

The Sacramento Bee is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service