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PLACENTIA

NEWS-TIMES

AN EDITION OF

THURSDAY, AUG. 8, 20 1 3

OCREGISTER.COM/PLACENTIA

PLACENTIA OFFICER

BEHIND THE NIGHT SHIFT Officer Zach Palumbo Years as a police officer: 1 6 (1 4 with Placentia Police Department and two with Buena Park) Why he loves his job: Gets to help people. Serves and protects the public. What he hates: Paperwork

BY LOUIS CASIANO JR. ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

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Officer Zach Palumbo, 38, of the Placentia Police Department says he is proud of his profession and enjoys his duties on the job.

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This is the best job in the world. Every day is different and you actually get to help people.”

ield Training Officer Zach Palumbo makes his final prep for his nightly patrol on a Monday evening. It’s almost 7, and after getting everything together, he turns on the car stereo to Tupac Shakur’s “Ambitionz Az a Ridah.” “This is my crime-fighting music,” he said. Palumbo is one of seven police officers who patrol the city during the 12 1⁄2-hour night shifts, starting the workday around 6 p.m. daily with briefings to discuss any recent significant arrests or events from the previous shift. On this Monday, the officers discuss a civil disturbance in Huntington Beach the previous day after the close of the U.S. Open of Surfing in which several Placentia officers were called in to assist, as well as a hit-and-run and a robbery, to name a couple. After the briefing, Palumbo, 38, grabs a bag and heads over to his patrol car to get ready for another shift. Some shifts run longer depending on the day’s events. He usually works three shifts a week. “There are days where you go without sleeping,” Palumbo said. S E E O F F I C E R ● PA G E 3

Z A C H PA L U M B O PLACENTIA POLICE OFFICER

KEVIN LARA, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

BELLA IS PLACENTIA’S

TOP DOG NAME BY SALLY FRENCH ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Bella, Buddy, Daisy – any of those the name of your dog? Of the 5,458 dogs registered in Placentia through OC Animal Care, those are the most popular names – 80 Bellas, 60 each of the other two. Of course, there are less-common names padding along, too. Among them are 1 6 Angels, 1 8 Bears, four Rambos, three Nachos, two Dudleys and one Bojangles in town.

Call for Bella in Placentia and expect many dogs to show up.

No conflict of interest in proposal, city attorney says Council halted plan to add billboards after concerns arose over lobbyist’s negotiations with ad companies.

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E FIL O: BY PETER LARSON T PHO R ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER STE EGI City Attorney Andrew ER

Arczynski has found no evidence of wrongdoing in the case of a lobbyist tied to the now-halted proposal to add billboards along the 57. The City Council recently froze a proposal to add five electronic displays, which would have generated at least $725,000 annually for the city. The city plans to bring back a plan later after meetings with the public. The proposal has split

the community, with many residents speaking publicly for and against it. Some residents say the city needs to zero in on its $1.5 million budget deficit, and billboard revenue marks a major step in solving the problem. Others contest that the neighborhoods closest to the proposed sites would shoulder the blight and property devaluation for the entire city. Three weeks ago, City S E E S I G N S ● PA G E 2

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If what’s being reported is anywhere near true, then this is a serious problem.” JEREMY YA M A G U C H I COUNCILMAN


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