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Lieberstein's Calendar Reflects Arrogance


Mr. Lieberstein's D.A. calendar reveals a person who's activities are more like that of a CEO of a private corporation rather than the public servant he is supposed to be. It's no wonder leadership is lacking and morale is poor in the DA's Office.  His calendar shows that in 2011 he took 52 days of vacation/time off and 19 days at out-of-state conferences; in 2012, 44 days of vacation/time off and 6 days at out-of-state conferences; and in 2013, 50 days of vacation/time off and 3 days at out-of-state conferences. These out-of-state conferences were at such choice locations as Hilton Head, South Carolina, Washington D.C., Perdido Beach, Alabama, Sun Valley, Idaho and Nashville, Tennessee.  Additionally, as an example, Lieberstein scheduled haircuts during work hours, and also was at the wine auction on work time.

Remember, a work week consists of 5 days; so 5 work days off is a week off. This means Mr. Lieberstein spent over 14 weeks on vacation and at out-of-state conferences in 2011, 10 weeks in 2012, and over 10 weeks in 2013! Contrast this with the average county employee who only gets 3 weeks of vacation per year (and no out-of-state conferences), unless they have worked for more than 10 years. And contrast this with employees in the private sector who probably are lucky if they get 2 weeks of vacation a year.

Since a work year has 260 work days (52 weeks x 5 days/week), Mr. Lieberstein spent over 27% of his time on vacation and at out-of-state conferences in 2011, 19% in 2012 and 20% in 2013. Given his annual salary of $198,973 (and this does NOT include thousands of dollars in benefits such as lifetime medical insurance, vehicle allowance, additional monthly compensation, additional management leave, etc.) Napa's taxpayers paid at least $55,722 for Lieberstein to go on vacation and attend out-of-state conferences in 2011, $37,805 for 2012, and $39,795 for 2013. These three figures total $133,321!

Mr. Lieberstein's calendar doesn't lie - it reflects the arrogant attitude of a person who thinks he owns the office of district attorney.  It's time to get a real public servant back in the District Attorney's Office.   As a retired deputy district attorney who spent 26 years in that office, I strongly urge readers to support Tom Kensok for District Attorney.

-Daryl Roberts

Retired Napa County Deputy District Attorney
Darlene Elia May 23, 2014 at 03:03 PM
Not sure what type of conferences you are attending Robin, but I can tell you that a majority of law enforcement upper management conferences are in NO way a tedious event. I can also guarantee there is no supervisor for Mr. Lieberstein to report to at the conferences to confirm he is actually attending the 1 1/2 hour sessions. They are definitely NOT all day. Also, why would he need to go to more than one conference per year. He has an assistant that could attend one or two of these so that he can be IN his office and aware of what is going on. Mr. Lieberstein's calendar does not shock me one bit. As a law enforcement officer working in the city of Napa, I had a personal discussion with Mr. Lieberstein about issues occurring in his office (attorneys showing up late for court, attorneys not prepared for court, attorneys not meeting with officers prior to filings to determine whether they have everything they need to prosecute a case). Mr. Lieberstein was "shocked" and had "no idea" this was happening. Maybe if he spent less time trying to politic outside of the office, he would know what was going on right under his nose. One more interesting fact, ask Mr. Lieberstein where and what he was doing the night that all of law enforcement was out looking little Kayleigh Slusher's murderers. I can tell you...he was at the Kiwanis Crab Feed dancing the night away. I have it on VIDEO!
Robin McKee-Cant May 24, 2014 at 11:13 PM
I simply implied that conferences and vacations are two separate things. I'm a conference planner so I've been to hundreds. Implying that he may not be actually attending the sessions is again, not sticking to the facts. But video of a local fundraiser -- now that's solid evidence.
Rachael Clark May 27, 2014 at 12:50 PM
I agree with Robin. " Out of state conferences and vacations are two, completely separate things; as such they shouldn't be equated together here in trying to prove how Mr. Lieberstein spends his time. Work conferences always require time away for home and long days of business sessions and networking functions (where most business gets done). Conferences are no picnic - they're hard work. As far as the location of the conference -- really?" As far as Darlene Elia having video of our DA? That is strange. Maybe if she focused on following the law and officers doing solid cases they would have more convictions. Also, I am very glad to see video and audio on officers today. That is AWESOME!
jack schultz May 28, 2014 at 06:41 PM
I won't be voting for him. He arrogance is too obvious, we need someone to do the actual job - not the party circuit.
Richie Landucci May 29, 2014 at 11:29 AM
Taking advantage of all and every ostensible "perk" in the position of Napa DA, Lieberstein may seem dedicated to the job, but most certainly not dedicated to the WORK, as the late DA Jim Boitano actually was....

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