Feb 142018
 
Subject: Contracting RSO
From: <andytakata@ci.banning.ca.us>
Date: Wed, October 09, 2013 6:08 pm
(((TO LINE DELETED)))
Dear XXXXXXX,
 
After spending and hour with most of the sworn and non-sworn staff, we spent a lot of time on the RSO contract.  I will be bringing you the preliminary numbers for the RSO and future numbers, but I will not be recommending it to you.  I just wanted you to know a head of time.
 
If you have any questions or concern, please do not hesitate to call.
 
Respectfully yours,
 
Andrew (Andy) J. Takata, City Manager
City of Banning
99 E Ramsey St
P.O. Box 998
Banning, CA 92220-0998
For the first time in public, this email sent to me provides confirmation that the City of Banning was in the initial stages of disbanding their police department and investigating becoming a contract city.
For Context, we need to identify some players. One is the former Chief of the Banning PD, John Horton – the father of current deputy Jason Horton. (More on Jason Horton in a later post) Jason Horton is one of Stan Sniff’s Chief Deputies and is not popular at all with the rank and file.
One of our favorites is then Sergeant Mark “Investigate to Terminate” Bostrom who was good buddies with then Lt. Purvis in the investigate to terminate department for the Riverside Sheriff. Apparently Purvis took his skills of terminating deputies en masse to the City of Banning. Horton had attempted a medical retirement from RSO some years earlier, then got hired by Banning and ended his career on a medical retirement only 2 1/2 years in to his 5 year contract.
Enter Purvis, who got hired to replace Horton. Purvis continued Horton’s regime of re-hiring officers who had been terminated from other jurisdictions. Purvis also oversaw terminations en masse from the Banning PD, cuts in levels of service which included practically closing police HQ in Banning to the public “because of budget cuts”. Sound familiar? He appears to have learned well from his good buddy Sheriff Sniff how to retaliate against the innocent to try and gain leverage in budget battles.
The resulting decimated morale in Banning PD (sound familiar?) led to a spate of employment practices lawsuits that were bankrupting the city. In addition, it is reputed that Purvis was in a constant state of war with the City Council over his budget. (sound familiar?)
One of the absurdities of Purvis’ tenure as Chief of Police in Banning was the purchase of an armored car. Why a City of 30,000 needed this is beyond me. It kind of reminds me of Hemet’s military vehicle except that this model appears to be obsolete militarily.
The City Council ultimately got their fill of Purvis who tapped out around about 3 months after the above email was sent confirming that the process had been started to disband Banning’s police department. The details and circumstances surrounding the settlement between the City of Banning and Purvis are outside the scope of this post.
The bottom line is that the relationship between Purvis and Sniff was well known. In addition, Purvis himself was known to have been out on a stress claim in the mid 2000’s as an employee of the RSO and again in 2013-2014 related to his tenure as Banning Police Chief.
Regardless of whether Purvis’ claim against the City of Banning had merit or not, was Purvis given the same screening and evaluation that other re-hired or new-hired deputies got? Why was Purvis back on any force within mere months of a very public stress claim and settlement?
Why did Leonard Purvis get re-hired by Stan Sniff after doing such a poor job in Banning? (It is easy to draw the conclusion that Purvis was a disaster from reading article after article) Purvis was re-hired as a Sgt. in 2014 and has made Lt. and now Captain quickly compared to most, adding to the questions being asked.
Given that the department in Banning had slid so far, their interim police Chief at the time in 2014 endorsed Chad Bianco over Stan Sniff. Many in Banning and elsewhere believed that Leonard Purvis was attempting to decimate the Banning Police Department in order to set it up to be taken over as a contract city for the Riverside Sheriff’s Office. The email that is part of this post proves that theory may well be true. Given the circumstances surrounding the hire of Leonard Purvis, it is also possible that Sniff Re-hired the man without the normal procedures and/or that said rehire was for service to the Sniff regime.
P.S. Leonard Purvis is currently the Captain of the Hemet Station (This is how he got onto my radar), Hemet is where Lt. Chad Bianco is being stuffed in the cooler as retribution for both his 2014 run and current run against Sniff.

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