Reporting David Goldstein
LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Caltrans has started the process to fire two supervisors, who made nearly $100,000 in taxpayer dollars last year, after a CBS2 investigation caught them drinking on the job. A third employee was also facing termination.
Our investigation caught two of the workers drinking 32-ounce cups of beer on state time and doing crossword puzzles.
For three days cameras captured them working on the widening of the 91 Freeway in Orange County in the morning. Then around 11 a.m., they would leave the job site and end up at Angelo’s Hamburgers in Anaheim.
On May 14, John Amsler, a 21-year veteran of Caltrans, was captured on video drinking four 32-ounce drafts for two hours while he was on the clock. He denied it.
Fellow Caltrans employee Kathy McGinn did not drink, but for the same two hours, she could be seen doing crossword puzzles.
A third employee, Caltrans supervisor Rick Camp, joined them and also drank two beers on two different days.
A statement issued by Caltrans says “all three employees have been served their termination papers.”
They were on unpaid leave until their exact termination date, which Caltrans had not yet released. The employees could appeal their firing.