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TABLE OF CONTENTS 188 E. Arrow Highway San Dimas, CA 91773 (323) 261-3010 | (800) 747-PPOA Fax (909) 480-3011 (email) info@ppoa.com (web page) www.ppoa.com

More Drama, Plus Scholarships and Social Media News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 PPOA Celebrates Labor Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

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Contract Negotiations and the Family Medical Leave Act . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Star & Shield is the official publication of the Los Angeles County Professional Peace Officers Association (PPOA). Opinions expressed by individual board members or contributing authors in this publication do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the entire Board. The Board of Directors meets on the second Wednesday of each month in the PPOA offices at 10:00 a.m. Star & Shield subscription: $12.00

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Executive Editor: Brian Moriguchi

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Brian Moriguchi, President Jim Cronin, Vice President JIM BLANKENSHIP, Secretary Rogelio Maldonado, Treasurer

DIRECTORS Danya Hazen Gerardo Garcia Noe Garcia Christopher Lee

Ray Leyva Roberto Medrano ART REDDY TAB RHODES

2013 STANDING COMMITTEES ASSOCIATIONS Chairman Moriguchi DELEGATES Chairman CRONIN FINANCE Chairman MALDONADO INSURANCE Chairman RHODES LEGISLATIVE Chairman REDDY MEMBERSHIP Chairwoman Hazen

612 NEGOTIATIONS Chairman Moriguchi 614 Negotiations Chairman LEE 621 NEGOTIATIONS Chairman BLANKENSHIP 631 NEGOTIATIONS Chairman MACHIAN 632 Negotiations Chairman Kades RETIREE LIAISON Chairman REDDY

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Unit 621 Salary Contract Set to Expire . . . . . . . . . . 8 Updates for Security Assistants and Security Officers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Rumor Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Retiree Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 PPOA Delegates Meeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Does a Single Person Need Insurance? . . . . . . . . . 15 Scenes From the 13th Annual PPOA Fishing Trip . . . 17 2013 U.S. Police and Fire Championships . . . . . . . 18 Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

PPOA AFFILIATIONS

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PPOA STAFF MEMBERS PAUL K. ROLLER, Executive Director CLARE FRANCO, Administrative Assistant NORMA GOMEZ, Administrative Assistant TERESA MACHADO, Labor Representative VIOLET PEREZ, Administrative Assistant Kevin F. Thompson, Intake Representative GREG TORRES, Public Relations Coordinator Mark Vidal, Media Assistant MARICELA VILLEGAS, Executive Administrative Assistant JIM VOGTS, Legislative Representative VENISE WALLACE, Sr. Labor Representative

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More Drama, Plus Scholarships and Social Media News Brian Moriguchi PPOA President Lieutenant, LASD

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Tearing down MCJ and building a new jail is the right thing to do, and we encourage the Board of Supervisors to authorize the funding.

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MORE JAIL DRAMA he Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s Department has endured severe criticism of its jails over the past several years, particularly Men’s Central Jail (MCJ). Some of the criticism may be warranted, but it is important to note that the vast majority of deputies and custody assistants working in those jails are good, honest, hardworking employees working in less-than-ideal conditions. Jail overcrowding, insufficient staffing levels and the addition of hardened state prisoners dumped into the local jails with the passage of AB 109 all contribute to a jail environment ripe for problems. Men’s Central Jail has long been a problem due to its ineffective design for today’s jail population and is simply getting too old to be an efficient facility. The poor design allows inmates to walk around in hallways, where confrontations with staff occur. The poor design requires more staff to oversee fewer inmates than other, more efficient, newer jails, thus costing the County (and taxpayers) more money to operate. MCJ was built in 1963 and is one of the oldest jails in California today. It is also one of the largest jails in the world, with a population in excess of 4,500 inmates in a single facility. It is time for MCJ to be replaced with a better, more efficient jail! Earlier this year, Sheriff Baca proposed a plan to replace the antiquated MCJ with a new state-ofthe-art jail facility at a cost of nearly $1 billion. This would replace the old jail, but it would not increase the size or capacity of the jail. It would be safer for the inmates and the staff and have proper facilities to care for the mentally ill inmates. Of course, the Board of Supervisors balked at the price tag and requested an independent analysis of the cost of the new jail (as well as other jail renovations at other facilities). On July 5, 2013, Vanir Construction Management published an independent review and comprehensive report at the request of the supervisors. This report estimated the cost to be between $1.37 billion and $1.67 billion to rebuild MCJ and make other jail improvements. Although this is a significant cost, it is necessary and will save the County money. It will reduce violence in the jails, reduce lawsuits, reduce staffing needs through greater efficiency in design and reduce illnesses caused by Lord knows what diseases are floating around in MCJ’s ventilation system. Pay now or pay

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later! Tearing down MCJ and building a new jail is the right thing to do, and we encourage the Board of Supervisors to authorize the funding of this project. AND MORE PROMOTIONAL EXAM DRAMA On July 13, 2013, the Sheriff ’s Department conducted its first “Dual Track Sergeant Promotional Written Exam.” Although this was the first “Dual Track” exam, it certainly wasn’t the first promotional exam involving accusations of misconduct and/or cheating. Over the past decade, we have seen several lawsuits alleging cheating, and there were many rumors of favoritism, changing of test scores and a privileged few getting the test answers in advance. On July 18, 2013, the Sheriff ’s Department distributed a JDIC message stating that it is investigating the sergeant’s exam. “Regrettably, it has been brought to the Department’s attention that there may have been some isolated attempts by individuals to gain an unfair advantage during the written examination for Sergeant,” the email stated. We applaud the department for investigating any alleged cheating; however, we also caution the Department to conduct a fair and just investigation. These allegations are serious, and people’s careers and reputations are at stake. Just as we demand a fair promotional examination process, we also demand a fair investigation. PPOA SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS I am so very honored to announce the winners of our second year of academic scholarship awards. PPOA is well aware of the increasing cost of higher education and the burden it creates for many of our members who are putting their children through college or pursuing college degrees themselves. This year, we awarded $12,500 in total scholarships. We are very proud to award Cameron Wegener with the Al LeBas Memorial Scholarship Award, the highest award given by PPOA. We are also proud to award Sgt. David Auner with the Dennis Porter Scholarship, given to an active member pursuing higher education for career enhancement. In addition, I would like to congratulate our other scholarship recipients: Christina Hershey, Laina Do, Parker Rhodes, Mckayla Stevens, Melanie Kim, Connor Rush, continued on page 11


PPOA Celebrates Labor Day

Paul K. Roller PPOA Executive Director proller@ppoa.com

That is the reason that Labor Day was created in the United States — to honor America’s working men and women.

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n the Wednesday before Labor Day, as we have done for the last 13 years, PPOA will celebrate by providing a free BBQ to all of our members and their significant others. The BBQ will be held at the Biscailuz Center Track and Field at 1060 N. Eastern Ave., Los Angeles, just over the hill from Sheriff ’s Headquarters in Monterey Park, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Lunch will be hot dogs and hamburgers with numerous sides and all the trimmings. In addition to giveaways from PPOA, more than 30 of our trusted vendors will join us with their own goodies for the membership. We will also have PPOA literature and hourly drawings for door prizes — all under our huge white tent in the middle of the field. A short general membership meeting will also be held around noon. The BBQ is always a great event with freshly grilled food, giveaways and prizes. It is a chance to see old friends and lots of retired members as well. It’s a nice way to spend a leisurely afternoon eating and talking to vendors and friends. Please make an effort to attend. The PPOA Pre-Labor Day BBQ was the brainchild of retired PPOA President Roger Mayberry, who thought that PPOA should honor our own working men and women in L.A. County. That, of course, is the reason that Labor Day was created in the United States — to honor America’s working men and women. The work done by America’s workforce is what has made, and will always make, America great! The first nationwide official Labor Day was celebrated in 1894, after the holiday was signed into law by President Grover Cleveland. It has been celebrated in America on the first Monday in September ever since. It is altogether fitting that at least one holiday in America is dedicated to its working men and women. For many, it is just another three-day weekend, or the traditional end of summer or the beginning of football season. But without America’s workers, there is no America. America’s workers make up its middle class, which is our strength, our foundation and our future. Here are just a few of the thousands of jobs that people do in the United States: There are approximately 800,000 peace officers in 17,985 agencies throughout the U.S. These agencies include federal, state, city, county, college and

school officers. There are also 258,000 firefighters, 718,000 hairstylists/cosmetologists, 1 million chefs and cooks, 179,000 musicians and singers, 389,000 computer programmers, 286,000 taxi drivers, 825,000 farmers and ranchers, 232,000 pharmacists, 3 million teachers and 5.9 million people who work from home. These are just some of the occupations of the millions and millions of working Americans, and all of them have a day dedicated just to them on September 2 of this year. So go out and celebrate yourself and all the other working men and women in America with a picnic, a parade, a beach day or just being with your family. This is the way Labor Day has been celebrated for over 100 years. And please start that celebration by attending PPOA’s Pre-Labor Day BBQ on Wednesday, August 28. Before you head out to celebrate summer’s last gasp, please take a minute to thank those who paved the way for what you get today in wages, benefits and working conditions. PPOA was founded in late 1951, and everything that you receive today for your work with the County is due to the PPOA pioneers who preceded you on the job. Literally everything that you think of as a benefit of working for the County was negotiated by hundreds of PPOA board members, PPOA bargaining team members and PPOA staffers over the past 62 years. Let us thank those people who worked so hard for others whom they may never meet. Let us also pay our respects to them for creating an association of which we can all be proud — an association of integrity, honesty and commitment to its members. We all know of associations and unions, inside this County and outside it, that don’t tell their members the truth (and sometimes don’t even tell their own bargaining teams the truth!). Rather, they exist just for the chosen few and care more about organizing or politics than their own members’ welfare. Shame on those associations and unions, because they are shortchanging those who pay the bills — their own members! PPOA has never been like that. PPOA is a service union, dedicated to providing service to our members — at the bargaining table, in rights issues involving grievances or discipline and in the legislative arena. continued on page 16

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Contract Negotiations and the Family Medical Leave Act Jim Blankenship PPOA Board Secretary Law Enforcement Tech, LASD jblankenship@ppoa.com

PPOA officially notified the County that Unit 621 wishes to renegotiate the contract. We will be seeking a salary increase for all members of 621.

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reetings to all. By the time you read this, we will be halfway through summer. I hope everyone is keeping cool and having fun. I’ll start off with a topic that is on everyone’s mind: contract negotiations. By now, you know that the sworn have secured a new contract that will give them 6 percent over the next 18 months, effective July 1. Why 18 months? Technically, the sworn contract expires in January, so the first six months were a loss. Add 18 months and it lines them back up for January 2015. Our Unit 621 contract is different in that it expires on September 30, 2013. So, at about the same time I wrote this article, PPOA officially notified the County that Unit 621 wishes to open the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) and renegotiate the contract. We will, of course, be seeking a salary increase for all members of 621. Please watch for updates and check with your delegates if you want the latest information on this important issue. I read an article last month that was quite disturbing to me and reminds me that power can corrupt. When an official has so much power that he or she believes they can do or say anything, they assume that they are untouchable and that no one will take them to task. The article I read had to do with a deputy sheriff from San Bernardino County. The longtime deputy had been fired essentially for exercising his rights under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in order to care for his mother, who had suffered a stroke. The deputy’s mother only had one family member — the deputy. The deputy chose to use FMLA leave in order to take time off to care for his mother, because she would be in the hospital for a time and would obviously need numerous doctor visits in the future. The FMLA entitles you to take paid or unpaid job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons. Also, the FMLA specifically states that medical insurance coverage must continue under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave. You are entitled to take off a total of 12 work weeks in a 12-month period. FMLA leave can be used for:

• The birth of a child and caring for a newborn child within one year of birth • The placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care and caring for the newly placed child within one year of placement • Caring for the employee’s spouse, child or parent who has a serious health condition • A serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the essential functions of his or her job • Any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that the employee’s spouse, son, daughter or parent is a covered military member on “covered active duty” Despite the fact that the deputy was well within his rights to take FMLA leave, it appears from damaging email and other evidence in court records that his supervisors and management had a hard time believing him. Court documents showed that the deputy’s mother has had a long history of medical issues and the deputy having to take time off to care for his mother. In 2009, a new captain was promoted and took command of the deputy’s station. This was the beginning of the deputy’s problems. In particular, a sergeant had become skeptical of the deputy’s need for FMLA leave and directed the deputy to write memos to explain why he needed it. This same sergeant also began having problems approving reports written by the deputy, returning them for minor issues and corrections. Prior to this, the deputy didn’t have any documented trouble with his reports. The question of sick-time abuse and the validity of the mother’s illness continued. Court records show that the deputy’s sergeant, other supervisors and captain continued harassing him for nearly two years, indicating poor work evaluations, questioning time off, changing shifts without prior notice and calling the mother’s doctor to get information on her medical condition (a violation of her rights under HIPAA). Now, here’s an interesting point of fact: In September 2010, the department ordered the deputy to fill out paperwork for the Hartford Group, which is the contracted vendor that the County uses to verify FMLA leave requests. The continued on page 16


Documenting Use of Force

Roberto Medrano PPOA Board Member Sergeant, LASD rmedrano@ppoa.com

I have discovered a common problem in force reports — a lack of necessary detail that places the reader in the shoes of the responding deputy.

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ver the past two years, the use of force has become a critical topic within our Department. Use of force is a key area in which liability risk management must be applied and monitored at all times. There has been, and will continue to be, civil litigation in which plaintiffs allege that force used in our jails or patrol was inappropriate and/ or excessive. Additionally, our members can be charged criminally for their inappropriate use of force. As supervisors, it is important that we ensure  factual documentation of force and proper articulation by deputies in  conveying the threat. It is also important that we utilize different departmental experts to effectively mitigate these issues. One expert, Dave Demurjian, is an LASD reserve deputy who has served our Department for  15 years. Dave is an attorney with a 24-year history of advising, defending and prosecuting use-of-force cases on behalf of law enforcement personnel throughout the country. He is also an instructor on defensive tactics for both state and federal law enforcement agencies. I would like to share an article that he has recently written about documenting use-of-force matters. Does Your Report Pass Muster Under the “Objective Reasonable” Standard?: A Primer It’s 0600 and your shift has just ended. You have been going nonstop. You have just had an encounter with a person who did not appreciate your conflict-resolution skills, and use of force became necessary. Exhausted, you are tempted to write a three-liner so that you can go home and sleep. Avoid the temptation. Today, the media is closely scrutinizing law enforcement officers, and there are “force experts” who have never seen the inside of a patrol car testifying about a deputy’s actions. Over 20 years ago, the United States Supreme Court set forth an objective reasonable standard for use-of-force cases in Graham v. Connor (1989) 490 U.S. 386. The court held that “all claims that law enforcement officers have used excessive force — deadly or not — in the course of an arrest, investigatory stop, or other seizure of a free citizen

should be analyzed under the Fourth Amendment and its objective reasonableness standard.” The court observed that “The reasonableness of a particular use of force must be judged from the perspective of a reasonable officer on the scene, rather than with 20/20 vision of hindsight.” Moreover, in analyzing the encounter, a court must consider that the officer had to make a “split-second decision” in a “tense, uncertain and rapidly evolving” setting. Under Graham, when analyzing whether a particular use of force is reasonable, courts begin with looking at the legal basis for the stop, the method in which the encounter was conducted and its ultimate conclusion. After having reviewed several thousand use-offorce cases from various law enforcement agencies across the country, I have discovered a common problem in force reports — a lack of necessary detail that places the reader in the shoes of the responding deputy. This is likely due to the fact that most law enforcement officers are not schooled on the nuances of the “objective reasonable” standard and the factors that weigh in on the Fourth Amendment analysis. Thus, a key objective of a force report is to paint a complete picture of the facts leading up to the encounter from the vantage point of the deputy who applied the force. The goal is to include all of the facts in order to persuade the reader that the amount of force applied was “objectively reasonable.” The court considers a host of factors when analyzing whether the force applied was reasonable under the Fourth Amendment. A good starting point is to describe everything perceived through the five senses: sight, sound, touch, smell and taste. A deputy should describe, in detail, what was seen or not seen, heard or not heard, smelled or not smelled, felt or not felt, etc. All too often, deputies forget to recount these necessary details that provide the district attorney, judge and expert witnesses with a better understanding of why force was applied, thus leaving little to guesswork. Some other factors that should be included, if relevant, are as follows: continued on page 16

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Unit 621 Salary Contract Set to Expire Danya Hazen PPOA Board Member Custody Assistant, LASD dhazen@ppoa.com

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ur Unit 621 salary contract expires on September 30. We are in the process of opening negotiations and meeting with the County to secure a new contract for Unit 621 members. We will be fighting to ensure that we get raises and will work hard to get the first raise earlier rather than later. ALADS has been working hard to create a rift between custody assistants and deputies. One of their directors has been heard publicly saying “F--k CAs!” This person obviously doesn’t appreciate the hard work done by CAs, nor do they realize how deputies and CAs work together and support each other in the jails. PPOA will not stoop to the same level. In fact, I am grateful to the deputies I work with at IRC. They are my partners. We rely on each other and should be united in protecting one another from

Contact the PPOA Staff Discount Tickets, Address Updates, Non-Job-Related Legal Consultation, Notary (by appointment): Violet Perez vprerez@ppoa.com Questions About Current Insurance Policies: Norma Gomez ngomez@ppoa.com Membership, Dues Deductions: Clare Franco cfranco@ppoa.com Job-Related Labor Representation: Kevin F. Thompson kthompson@ppoa.com

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Star & Shield, PPOA.com, Social Media, Delegates: Greg Torres gtorres@ppoa.com

Board and Foundation Inquiries, Political Action: Maricela Villegas mvillegas@ppoa.com Inquiries About New Insurance Policies (Life, Home, Auto, Disability, etc.): PPOA Insurance Agency representatives (909) 599-8627 office@ppoia.com

those who want to hurt us. (I don’t think inmates care if we are deputies or CAs — we are just the enemy to some of them.) Don’t let ALADS come between us! I encourage all CAs to rise above and treat deputies with respect and professionalism. Don’t forget: We are on the same team and must look out for one another. PPOA has been working with Assistant Sheriff McDonald on several CA issues. She has been very receptive to our concerns, and I am hopeful that we will see some things getting done that previously could not get done with past leadership. Finally, CAs, as well as all of custody, are beginning to get the respect we deserve. We are moving down the right path.

Contact the PPOA Board Executive Board Brian Moriguchi, President (bmoriguchi@ppoa.com) Jim Cronin, Vice President (jcronin@ppoa.com) Jim Blankenship, Secretary (jblankenship@ppoa.com) Rogelio Maldonado, Treasurer (rmaldonado@ppoa.com)

Directors Danya Hazen (dhazen@ppoa.com) Gerardo Garcia (ggarcia@ppoa.com) Noe Garcia (ngarcia@ppoa.com) Christopher Lee (clee@ppoa.com) Ray Leyva (rleyva@ppoa.com) Roberto Medrano (rmedrano@ppoa.com)

(323) 261-3010

Art Reddy (areddy@ppoa.com) Tab Rhodes (trhodes@ppoa.com)


Updates for Security Assistants and Security Officers Gerry Garcia PPOA Board Member Security Officer, LASD ggarcia@ppoa.com

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ood afternoon, members of PPOA. How is everyone doing at your respective assignments? I am glad to hear that many of you are contacting PPOA when you realize you’re a subject of an investigation and/or you might be questioned regarding an incident. However, I have also learned that some of you are waiting too long and then asking for help to resolve the resulting negative discipline. Please remember that most, if not all, investigations have timelines that have to be processed accordingly. Another troublesome topic I have to reference is lying when you are under investigation. Don’t do it! Aside from the obvious reasons about honesty, one also needs to realize that in modern society, there seems to be a camera phone or recording device everywhere you turn. If you deal with the public, someone might be recording you. As you all know, our classifications are still growing. As a matter of fact, good luck to the Sheriff ’s security officer recruits, who are in the

Academy as we speak. If you have transfers or are thinking of making a change, this is the time to see if spots are open at the location you are interested in and try to make the move. As for the recruits, I hope to see you at your assignments. I want to congratulate all the Sheriff ’s security officers and assistants who have hit your 12-yearsand-greater Department seniority. Everyone is important in the classifications, but you troops are the pioneers who have helped us grow to be vital employees at locations all around the County. We are still waiting on the County in regards to opening our salary contract negotiations. When we get more information, I will keep you informed. Always remember how long it took to get through the backgrounds, the paperwork and of course the Academy. That’s a serious investment. Always take care of what you have. That’s it for now. If you have something to share or anything you want me to talk about, drop me an email. Until next time, be safe and keep in the 10-Ring.

PPOA Insurance Agency All PPOA members are eligible to purchase valuable insurance coverage from the PPOA Insurance Agency (PPOIA). This agency was established in 2012 in order to help PPOA members protect themselves and their families, while saving money and gaining peace of mind. PPOIA offers supplemental plans including  • Disability • Critical Illness • Accident Expense • Life

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Rumor Control

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ith the increasing use of social media and the Sheriff ’s Department email system, many rumors (some true, some false) spread like wildfire. It is PPOA’s desire to keep rumors to a minimum and ensure that factual information is being provided to our members.

RUMOR: I heard that CAs are demanding equal pay with deputies. Is that true? False. These rumors are being spread to create animosity between deputies and custody assistants. CAs are not asking for equal pay; however, they are in contract negotiations along with other PPOA bargaining units. They will likely be asking for raises similar to those recently negotiated for sworn personnel. RUMOR: Has PPOA decided who they will endorse in the upcoming sheriff election in 2014 or in the Board of Supervisors elections? No. It is far too early for that decision. It is always best to wait to see who enters the races before making endorsement commitments, with few exceptions. Of course, PPOA will watch these races closely and endorse the candidates who have our members’ best interests at heart, just as we do for as any other elected official.

RUMOR: I heard that the sergeant’s written examination was going to be thrown out because of cheating. Is that true? We are aware that the Department is investigating allegations of cheating on this particular examination, but as of this writing, the Department has stated that they have no intention of throwing this exam out. The Department should conduct a fair and impartial investigation to uncover the facts and the extent of any misconduct before making any decision as significant as throwing out an exam. Many applicants studied hard for this test and took time out of their lives to prepare for the date of the exam. This decision should not be made lightly nor prematurely, but if the test has been seriously compromised, the Department should consider all their options to ensure fairness in the examination process.

Mystery Photo The first PPOA member to correctly identify at least three of the four gold-medal winners pictured here will receive a PPOA prize pack. One guess per person, please. Email your answer to gtorres@ppoa.com. By the way, PPOA Facebook followers always get first crack at solving mystery photos, alone with plenty more opportunities to win prizes. Check it out for yourself at www.facebook.com/lappoa.

Congrats to Lori Douglass for being the first to identify the men in last month’s photo. They are: back row — John Fleming, Jim Hough, Tim Murphy and Camie Jarvis; front row — John James, Peter Pitchess and Joseph Bush. This photo captured the signing of the first ERCOM contract with the County of Los Angeles, the District Attorney’s Office and the Sheriff’s Department under the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act. This was a significant accomplishment for PPOA, in that it required County representatives to meet and confer with PPOA in good faith regarding wages, hours and working conditions. 

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continued from page 4 Trent Kelly, Corianne Bailey, John Lewandowski and Jordon Rush. As one of the evaluators, I was very impressed with the academic achievements and extracurricular activities of every applicant. I am sure the parents of these young individuals are so very proud of them. Again, congratulations to you all! SOCIAL MEDIA AND PPOA COMMUNICATIONS Over the past several years, PPOA has moved into the 21st century and upgraded its website to provide a number of new features, including a scrolling list of daily news stories relevant to law enforcement for our members. We are also engaged in social media with a Facebook page and Twitter account (links to both can be found at www.ppoa.com). One of our most important communication tools is an email blast with time-critical information. We send these regularly. If you have not yet provided us with a personal email address to receive these email blasts, please email info@ ppoa.com with your name and (non-LASD) email address so you don’t miss out on important information. Although I am gradually moving into the ranks of the old and feeble, I am also trying to keep up with communication technology. To that end, I have my own Facebook page and Twitter account. I encourage all of you to follow me as I post important information about where I stand on issues relevant to PPOA members. My Facebook page is Facebook.com/ MoriguchiBrian and my Twitter handle is @PPOAPresident. We will also be producing video vignettes with interviews of key individuals and politicians, asking them important questions for our members. Look for these videos in the near future. Be safe!

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Retiree Events Norwalk-Pico Retirees & Friends Luncheon August 29, 2013 Maggie’s Pub, Santa Fe Springs 11:30 a.m., $19 (includes buffet) Info: (562) 947-4840 Retired Marshal’s Office Luncheon September 4, 2013 Johnny Rebs’, Bellflower Firestone Station Reunion September 14, 2013 Maggie’s Pub, Santa Fe Springs 4 p.m., $25 (includes buffet and gift) Info: (562) 345-4236 30-Year Reunion: LASD Class #220  November 16, 2013 Sheraton Pasadena Info: Angie Wilkinson, apwilkin@lasd.org

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Lakewood ROMEOs Luncheons Second Monday of each month

Los Angeles Retired Deputy Sheriffs (LARDS) Second Monday of each month Bella Italia Restaurant, San Gabriel (across from Northwoods Inn) 11:30 a.m./$10.00 Wuzz Fuzz/Victor Valley Second Tuesday of each month Hometown Buffet Victorville, 7:30 a.m. L.A. County Retired Deputies First Wednesday of each month, Carrows, Hesperia,11:00 a.m. Retired D.A. Investigators Lunch First Wednesday of each month Frantone’s, 10808 Alondra Boulevard, Cerritos,11:00 a.m. Info: Wes English, (714) 962-5862

BETTER VISION AT ANY AGE I can see at all distances without glasses. I recommend crystal clear vision with Dr. Khanna to all my friends! Please call 1-800-REAL DOCTOR (1-800-732-5362), mention my name and get your complimentary copy of the best-selling book Pi n Eye! — Jerry Detective Ret.

Desert Heat Lunch Second Wednesday of each month Elks Club, Lake Havasu The Motherlode Loafers Second Wednesday of each month Location varies among Grass Valley restaurants Info: ceklasd@earthlink.net Retired Deputies in Las Vegas Third Wednesday of each month Blue Ox Tavern on Sahara, 12:00 p.m. Info: Tony Silas, (702) 251-8088

North County SEB Retirees Breakfast Third Wednesday of each month IHOP, Santa Clarita Santa Clarita Area Retired Sheriff’s Personnel Quarterly Luncheon Second Thursday in February, May, August and November Tournament Players Club restaurant, Valencia, 11:30 a.m. Info: islandbum@ca.rr.com Firestone Station Retirees Lunch (Others welcome, too) Fourth Thursday of each month 11:00 a.m. Maggie’s Pub, Santa Fe Springs Info: usafeod54@earthlink.com or Jack at fatalitch@ca.rr.com

Compton Alumni Association Third Wednesday of each month Crystal Hotel & Casino 12:00 p.m.

Retirement Parties Sergeant Joe McDonald

For more information visit: www.1800realdoctorcom

September 12, 2013

Rajesh Khanna M.D.

Info: Bonnie McDonald, (714) 349-5325

Choice of cops, detectives, doctors and celebrities like Brenda Song (The Social Network), Judi Shekoni (Breaking Dawn), Kevin Sorbo (Hercules), Butch Patrick (Munsters)

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Inland Empire Old Guys First Wednesday of each month B.C. Café, Rancho Cucamonga 11:30 a.m. Info: Dock Parnell, (909) 981-6217

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Industry Hills Equestrian Center, $35, 5 p.m.


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PPOA

Delegates Meeting PPOA delegates gathered at Luminarias in Monterey Park in June to discuss contracts, CARPing, workers’ compensation and more. Special thanks to Lieutenant Coronne Jacob for her presentation on the Return to Work Unit. 

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Does a Single Person Need Insurance? By Eddie Holmes, PPOA Insurance Agency Manager

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s a single individual relying on one income, it’s especially important to consider your long-term security. We are here to help you create a financial safety net, tailored to fit your needs and budget. If you’re also a single parent, we can help ensure that your children are secure in the event that something should happen to you. Life Insurance Life insurance is the foundation of a sound financial plan. If you have children or other family members who count on your support, it is a necessity. Permanent life insurance plans not only offer protection in case of premature death, but also build cash values that can provide funds for future needs such as emergencies, education expenses, starting a business or a new career — even supplemental retirement income. Life insurance can provide funds for final expenses, including funeral costs, medical bills and other expenses that may follow a death. Disability Income Coverage Disability income insurance protects your most valuable asset: your ability to earn a living. If you were disabled by an accident or serious illness and unable to work, it would probably mean a dramatic change in your lifestyle, perhaps even requiring someone to help care for you. Disability income coverage provides a monthly income to help pay your living expenses while you are disabled.

Critical Illness Today, many people survive a serious illness, only to be faced with a difficult financial recovery. If you were stricken with a serious illness such as cancer, a heart attack or a stroke, how would you manage your monthly bills, much less medical expenses and costs not covered by health insurance? Critical illness insurance pays a cash benefit at the first diagnosis of a covered condition, just when you need it most. This payment can help ease financial stress and allow you to focus on your first priority: your recovery. Retirement Solutions Planning for a secure retirement can be intimidating — but you don’t have to go it alone. We are here to assist you with retirement funding solutions to accumulate your nest egg, avoid outliving your money and reduce taxes. We have programs that will allow you to protect your money from the volatility found in the stock market, so that you can have peace of mind knowing you have protected your retirement years. Single individuals have certain unique insurance and financial needs. The Professional Peace Officers Insurance Agency is here to help you design a plan that works for you. Feel free to call us at (909) 599-8627 for a no-obligation review of your insurance and retirement needs.

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continued from page 5 PPOAleadership has alwaysstoodforworkers’rightsandfairnessand has not been shy in advocating for those things at every level of government or in various uni on organizations. I am exceedingly proud of helping to continue that tradition at PPOA over the past 14 years. I could not work for a better labor association. That is due to our PPOA board and staff and their hard work on behalf of our membership. But we must also thank those who came before us (too many to mention individually here) for creating the template that we have always followed: to be fair, honest and hardworking and to do all that we do with integrity, with our membership as our No. 1 priority. Thanks to the thousands of PPOA members, board members and staff who have supported PPOA over the 62 years, and happy Labor Day to you all!

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continued from page 6 deputy filled out all the paperwork and had all five of his mother’s doctors complete the required forms. In the end, the Hartford Group certified that the deputy qualified for FMLA leave. This issue should have been resolved at this point, and no further question of the mother’s medical conditions and the need for her son to help care for her should have been raised. But that was not good enough for management. The deputy’s supervisors continued to demand doctor’s notes for time taken off despite Hartford certifying the need for FMLA, and threatened the deputy with insubordination if he did not comply. Also, as a result, negative comments about the deputy were increasing in the workplace and spilling over into his evaluations. Numerous examples of retaliation and harassing phone calls to the deputy’s mother continued and in August 2011, the deputy was terminated from the Sheriff ’s Department by then-Sheriff Rod Hoops. The man who succeeded Hoops, John McMahon (then Assistant Sheriff), had an active role in the decision to terminate and was aware of the other supervisors’ and captain’s treatment of the deputy. So I don’t have to tell you that the deputy sued the County for the unlawful discharge and adverse actions taken against him for exercising his FMLA rights to help take care of his mother. It’s sad to think that this whole mess was because a captain and his supervisors didn’t believe the validity of the mother’s illness or the need for the deputy to care for her, despite the fact that the County had the Hartford Group verify and certify the need for FMLA leave. As for Assistant Sheriff McMahon, guess what? He was chosen to succeed Sheriff Hoops when he retired. Well, Sheriff McMahon, you now have cost the taxpayers of San Bernardino County (pending SB Board of Supervisors approval to pay) $2 million. $2 million because management couldn’t get past the fact that this man needed to use FMLA time to care for his mother. Despite the fact that Human Resources had an outside company verify the validity of the need to use FMLA leave, it wasn’t enough for management and it wasn’t enough for him. In my opinion, the supervisors should be demoted at best. The treatment of the deputy should have stopped after his request was approved and certified. But these supervisors and managers took their power and influence and passed their own judgment on this deputy, and the punishment ultimately was termination. Perhaps Sheriff McMahon should reflect on his actions and his ability to lead his department, and maybe take a class on what FMLA means and how it works. Again, power corrupts, and when you think you are so empowered that you can ignore federal law and cast out good employees because you doubt their need, maybe it’s time for you to leave. Until next time, stay safe, my friends.

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continued from page 7 • Relative size of the deputy versus the suspect(s): Was the suspect(s) physically larger than the deputy? • How many deputies were present versus the number of suspects present: Was the deputy outnumbered? Did it “appear” the deputy was outnumbered? • What was the deputy’s defensive tactics training experience? Was the suspect trained in martial arts or in some discipline? Did the suspect have prior military training? This factor addresses special skill sets. • What is the gender of the deputy versus the suspect? This pertains to relative upper-body strengths. • How close was the suspect to any weapon or any potential weapon? This would also include the deputy’s own weapon(s). • Injury and exhaustion levels: Was the deputy injured at the time the force was applied? Was the deputy exhausted after chasing the suspect when the suspect decided to fight? • Mental illness and/or drug use: These factors pertain to the suspect’s ability to communicate and follow commands. This also addresses the suspect’s tolerance of pain when force was applied. • Historicals: How many times has the deputy dealt with this individual? How many times has the deputy been to this location? What has the deputy heard about this location from a reliable source? This factor addresses the deputy’s past experiences and it should never be underestimated in the analysis. • Training: Has the deputy received extra training in a specific law enforcement topic that affects his or her judgment? While this list is not all-inclusive, including this level of detail will help the court visualize the force encounter through the eyes of the responding deputy who applied the force, in order to determine whether a reasonable deputy standing in the shoes of the responding deputy would have acted in the same way. If the deputy has failed to include the necessary details that can explain the application of force used because he or she has assumed too much on the part of the reader, the deputy will have effectively limited the court’s ability to reach a result that comports with the legal standard. To be safe, it is better to err on the side of including the necessary details that will help those who were not there, but who are called to evaluate the action, to better visualize the encounter. This may take several drafts and revisions, but it is the safer approach to revise the report until the word picture is complete. Benjamin Franklin penned the old proverb “Haste makes waste.” The next time you are tempted to cut corners on your report, remember that the few extra minutes you spend in careful drafting may mean the difference between sailing through an arrest or being embroiled in lengthy, embarrassing and expensive litigation. Be patient, be safe and come home. This article was reprinted with the permission of the author.

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2013

U.S. Police and Fire Championships PPOA congratulates all L.A. County employees who participated in the U.S. Police and Fire Championships held in San Diego in June.

LASD Hooks Baseball Team. Back row, left to right: Dep. John French, CHP Ofcr. John Leffert, Dep. Shane Wolf, Dep. Casey Hefler, Lt. Dave Oliva and Dep. Baldomero Enriquez. Front row, left to right: Dep. Frank Brower, Dep. Nick Wilson, Sgt. Matt Verzola, Dep. Greg Chico, Dep. Jose A. Lopez and Det. Jeff Bishop. Not pictured: Sgt. Mike Wolfe.

Straight pool: Bill Woodcock (LASD), bronze medal

LASD Soccer open team, gold medal winners. Back row, left to right: Coach Ruben Nava, Juan Jacinto, Francisco Arredondo, Ivan Rodriguez, Luis Castillo, Dustin Bernard, Tim Jennison, Sifredo Cano, Eder Arevalo and Roberto Reyes. Front row, left to right: Brian Hoist, Cesar Vilanova, Saul Castro-Ramos, Victor Rodriguez, Jose Morales, Jeff Thompson, Walter Santana and Josue Hidalgo. Not pictured: Jesus Sandoval.

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Dep. Adrian Fernandez, gold medalist in Motocross, 18-39 novice class

Dep. Ernie Carrasco (left) and Chief Richard Barrantes with their gold medals in doubles racquetball.

LASD 4x400 relay gold medalists. Their time (3:23) shattered a long-standing record of 3:27. Left to right: Dewight Meeks, Jerod Wims, Keith Major and Brent Gray.

Lt. Bret Parker participated in the Three-Gun (handgun, shotgun, AR15) competition as well as the Action Pistol competition.

Dep. Alex Chavez, gold medalist in Large Bore Service Rifle competition (200 yds/300 yds/600 yds)

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PPOA.com Headlines The following is a partial list of breaking news links posted at www.PPOA.com last month. Visit the PPOA website to stay up to date on the news affecting Los Angeles County’s current and retired peace officers.

San Dimas Sheriff’s Booster Club Plans Annual Car Show 

Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station to Co-Host CSI Teen Camp 

Violent Crime Down 7.1 Percent, Sheriff Says 

Deputies Involved in Malibu Crash 

Norwalk Sheriff’s Station Welcomes New Captain 

Law Enforcement, Advocacy Groups Plan Homicide Summit at LASD HQ 

California Develops Framework for Releasing More Prison Inmates  LASD Commander Honored at Norwalk City Council Meeting  Sheriff’s Youth Foundation to Honor Steve Cooley at Gala  SCV Deputies Seek Man Who Fled on Foot in Newhall  CV Sheriff’s Station Conducts First Community Advisory Committee Meeting  LASD Says Altadena Violent Crimes Decreasing, Vehicle Theft on Rise 

Updated Mailing Address Needed for Elections In October 2013, PPOA will send important ballots to each active member of this association. These ballots provide PPOA members with the opportunity to vote on bylaw amendment proposals and potential board

LASD Establishes First Female Inmate Fire Camp  Diamond Bar City Council Honors Deputies for Nabbing Robbery Suspect  LA County Superior Court Gets Six New Judges  Appeals Court Blocks LA County DA’s Bid to Stop Release of Serial Rapist  20 Police Apps for Smartphones on Duty 

Star & Shield Contest Winners Congratulations to the PPOA members below for winning the “Find the Hidden Symbol” contest in Star & Shield. If your name is listed, that means your entry was drawn as one of five winners for that month’s issue. Please call Greg Torres at (323) 261-3010 to claim your $100 check.

member elections. In order for us to get your ballot(s) to you, we need your current address. Election mail does not get forwarded. If you have moved without notifying PPOA, please call the office as soon as possible in order to update your file.

$100 Prize Winners (July 2013 issue) Cecilia Alvarado, Custody Assistant Paul Creason Jr., Sergeant Beatriz Molina, Custody Assistant

PPOA: (323) 261-3010

Clinton Skaggs, Sergeant Rushell Westby, Security Officer

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FREE

Lunch for PPOA Members* Hourly Drawings Give-Aways

* ($8.00 for non-members)

10 am - 3 pm

1060 N. Eastern Ave. Los Angeles

www.ppoa.com (800) 747-PPOA

VISIT WITH REPS FROM: 24 Hr Fitness • 911Media • Aquarium of the Pacific • Blue Cross • Cosmetic Laser Dentistry Costco • D.A. Recruitment • Goldschmid, Silver & Spindel • Healthview Bodyscan • Horizons Knott's Berry Farm • LACERA • Lavi Spine & Ortho • L.A. Fitness • L.A. Sheriff ’s Athletic Assoc. LASD Recruitment • Legoland • PPOA Insurance Agency • Lewis, Marenstein, Wicke, Sherwin & Lee Pirate's Dinner Adventure • POPA Federal Credit Union • Primary Residential Mortgage • RaSport Red Book Fleet Pricing • San Diego Wild Animal Park • San Diego Zoo • Sea World Sheriff ’s Youth Foundation • Sprint PCS • Sr. Wealth Management Group • Stone Busailah, LLP Straussner & Sherman • Universal Studios • Verizon Wireless • United Estate Planning & more!


PPOA Membership Application Name (Last, First, Middle) ________________________________________

Male

Female

Department (Former or Current) _____________________________________________________ Job Title/Rank (Former or Current) ____________________________________________________ D.O.B. ______________ Date Entered or Retired County Service _______________ County Employee No. __________________ Social Security No. ___________________ Place of Assignment ___________________________________________________________ Home Address _________________________________________________________________ City ____________________________________________ Phone (work) _________________________________________

Zip Code ___________________

(cell) ____________________________________

E-Mail (non-LASD) _______________________________________________________ I hereby apply for membership in the Los Angeles County Professional Peace Officers Association. I authorize appropriate deductions from my County payroll warrant or retirement warrant for payment of dues and other programs that I may select. I also authorize, at the discretion of the LACPPOA Board of Directors, the use of a portion of my dues for political action. (Political contributions are not tax deductible. For more details, please call the PPOA office.) I certify that, at this time, I know of no investigation of me by my Department, nor am I involved in any civil proceeding as a result of my performance as a peace officer.

402 (active) / 67 (retired) L A C P POA Deduction Agency : _______________ Deduction Code: ________________________

Monthly membership dues deduction

(see chart at right)

$ __________

(active member dues include additional $5 PAC Plus deduction)

Initial here if you decline to include the $5 political action deduction: ______

Optional monthly deduction for Peace Officers Charitable Foundation, 501(c)3: (circle one)

$2 / $5 / $10 / $20 / other $ __________ / decline

I hereby authorize the auditor of the County of Los Angeles or his agents to deduct monthly from salary earned by me in any department of the County of Los Angeles the amount shown hereon and to pay same to. If all or any portion of the deduction authorization includes insurance premiums and/or employee organization dues, I also authorize the auditor to adjust from time to time the amount of the deduction as may be required to comply with adjustments in County subsidy amounts in premiums under existing contracts with said insurance plans or to comply with dues schedules determined by said employee organizations governing body in accordance with such organizations constitution, charter, by-laws or other applicable legal requirements. This authorization cancels and replaces any previously signed by me by written notice. I expressly understand and agree that auditor, his agents or the County acting under this authorization shall not be liable in any manner for failure or delay in making the deduction or payments here authorized.

Signature ____________________________________

Date __________________

PPOA Monthly Dues as of January 1, 2013 Dues for active member classifications (in blue, below) are based on 1% of top step salary plus $5 for additional political action.

Unit 612 (Sheriff, D.A.) Sergeant & Above

$86.40

Supv. Inv. D.A. & Above

$86.40

Unit 614 (Coroner/Sheriff) Criminalist

$65.62

Criminalist Lab Tech.

$45.76

Forensic ID Spec. I

$62.42

Forensic ID Spec. II

$74.43

Senior Criminalist

$84.71

Unit 621 (Sheriff) Civilian Investigator

$63.57

Court Services Spec.

$42.89

Crime Analyst

$62.14

Custody Assistant

$51.34

Law Enforcement Tech.

$46.98

Public Response Dispatcher I

$46.88

Public Response Dispatcher II

$54.28

Public Resp. Dispatcher Specialist

$58.33

Security Assistant

$27.08

Security Officer

$40.04

Supv. Public Resp. Dispatcher

$59.93

Unit 631 (Coroner) Coroner Investigator

$66.52

Unit 632 (Coroner) Supv. Coroner Investigator I

$71.74

Supv. Coroner Investigator II

$77.93

Other Service Members

$10.00

Retired prior to 1/1/80

$ 2.50

Retired after 1/1/80

$10.00

To join more than 8,500 PPOA members, mail completed application to: PPOA, 188 E. Arrow Highway, San Dimas, CA 91773 For more info, visit PPOA.COM or call (800) 747-PPOA


Calendar of Events August 28, 2013: PPOA 13th Annual Pre-Labor Day BBQ Biscailuz Center Info: www.ppoa.com

September 24, 2013: Sheriff’s Youth Foundation “Salute to Youth” Gala Beverly Hilton Hotel Info: www.sheriffsyouthfoundation.org

August 29, 2013: Narcotics Bureau Cigar Night STARS Center Whittier, 5 p.m. Benefits 999-for-Kids

September 30, 2013: CDAIA Annual Conference Golf Tournament La Cañada Flintridge Country Club Hosted by L.A. County DA Bureau of Investigation Info: Chris Oppenborn, (213) 379-3541

September 5, 2013: PPOA Delegates Meeting (location TBA)

October 5, 2013: LASD Fun in the Sun Chili Cook Off PDC/Jack Bones Equestrian Center Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Info: www.pdcevents.org

September 14, 2013: Sheriff’s Relief Annual Family Social STARS Center Whittier Info: www.sheriffsrelief.org

October 7, 2013: LASD Major Crimes Bureau 5th Annual Golf Tournament San Dimas Canyon Country Club Info: Sgt. Maher, (562) 522-6937

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Attention PPOA Members We need your personal (non-LASD) email address! If you have not received an email blast from PPOA in the last six months (we’ve sent a handful), that 10:30 a.m - 6:00 p.m

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Either way, we need your personal (non-LASD) email address so that we can disseminate important news to you as quickly as possible. Please email your address to info@ppoa.com and reference “email updates” in the

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subject line.

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StarShield & Five $100 prizes Members who find the hidden symbol in Star & Shield and register through our website (www.ppoa.com) by the end of this month will be entered into a drawing for one of five $100 prizes. The hidden symbol is:

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Cash is great, but our giveaways aren’t the only reasons to read Star & Shield. Each issue gives you the latest information on • Contract negotiations • Benefit changes • Retirement considerations

• Hot topics on the job • Association news • Upcoming events

Online registration only. Please do not call the PPOA office to register for contest. This giveaway is open to PPOA members only. You must be 18 or older to win.

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2013 Board Nominating Petition

The following seats on PPOA’s Board of Directors are up for election: Sheriff’s Department • One Unit 611 Representative • Two Unit 612 Representatives • One Unit 614 Representatives • One Unit 621 Representatives

Incumbent: Incumbents: Incumbent: Incumbent:

Jim Cronin Brian Moriguchi, Tab Rhodes Chris Lee Gerry Garcia*

Sheriff’s Department/District Attorney’s Office • One Unit 615 Representative Incumbent:

Ray Leyva

District Attorney’s Office • One Unit 612 Representative

Rogelio Maldonado

Incumbent:

* Unit 621 seat held by Garcia is open to Security Assistants and Security Officers.

The petition below has been printed for those who wish to declare their intention to run for a board seat. We, the undersigned, who are members of the Association in good standing, hereby nominate __________________________________________________________ , (rank) _________________________

(department) _______________________

for the Board of Directors of the Association.

1. (sign) _____________________________ (rank) _________________________ (print) _____________________________ (assignment) ____________________ 2. (sign) _____________________________ (rank) _________________________ (print) _____________________________ (assignment) ____________________ 3. (sign) _____________________________ (rank) _________________________ (print) _____________________________ (assignment) ____________________

I request that my name be placed on the ballot: (signature) __________________________ (rank) __________________________ (department) ________________________ (assignment) _____________________ (work phone) ________________________ (home phone) ____________________

This nominating petition, along with candidate statement (500 word max.) & photo, must be filed at the PPOA office between September 1st and the close of business on September 16th. Elections will be held in October. Term of office: two years. ELECTION OF DIRECTORS, ARTICLE V, SECTION 1, BY-LAWS: Candidates for election to the Board of Directors shall be nominated as follows: A petition shall be filed with the Association between September 1 and the close of business on September 15, or the first Monday after September 15 when it falls on a weekend, setting forth the names of the candidates, their rank, department or group he or she represents, and the office for which they seek nomination. Such petition may be filed with respect to any position on the Board of Directors which expires in such year. The petition shall be signed by not less than three (3) Association members of the grade or groups of grades and of the department for which the candidate seeks election and the petition must be signed by the candidate.

Mail completed petition to: PPOA Board Election • 188 E. Arrow Highway, San Dimas CA 91773


Discounted Ticket Prices for PPOA Members

Venue Adult

Child

Adventure City (Anaheim)

11.50

11.50

Boomers

14.00

14.00

Disneyland (One-day)

84.50

78.50

Disney/California Adventure (One-day Park Hopper)

115.50

109.50

Disney Annual Passports • SoCal Select (valid 170 days) • SoCal (valid 215 days) • Premium (valid 365 days w/parking) • Deluxe

258.00 315.00 619.00 478.00

258.00 315.00 619.00 478.00

Huntington Library

15.00

15.00

Knott's Berry Farm

34.00

24.50

Knott’s Soak City

24.00

20.50

L.A. Zoo

15.00

11.50

Legoland (Three-park (Aquarium/Legoland/Waterpark) two-day ticket)

69.00

69.00

Legoland (Two-day ticket)

60.00

60.00

Long Beach Aquarium

19.00

11.50

Medieval Times

42.50

32.00

Movie tickets (see below)

Range: 6.25-8.25

Raging Waters

26.00

26.00

San Diego Zoo

38.25

29.50

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

38.25

29.50

Scandia Amusement Park (Ontario)

16.00

16.00

Sea World

59.00

59.00

Sea World Fun Card 2013

66.00

66.00

Six Flags Magic Mountain

34.99 (online only/www.ppoa.com)

34.99 (online only/www.ppoa.com)

Universal Studios (Three-day ticket)

69.00 (credit card only)

69.00 (credit card only)

Universal Studios 2013 Pass w/blackouts

80.00 (credit card only)

80.00 (credit card only)

Universal Studios 12 mo. pass w/o blackouts

114.00 (credit card only)

114.00 (credit card only)

Universal Premium Star Pass

154.00 (credit card only)

154.00 (credit card only)

Universal Front of Line Pass

149.00 (credit card only)

149.00 (credit card only)

Restricted

Unrestricted

AMC Theatres

6.75

8.25

Harkins Theatre (Chino Hills)

6.25

7.75

Krikorian

7.75

7.75

Pacific

6.25

n/a

Regal/Edwards/UA

7.25

8.25

Movie Theater

Cinemark

7.75

All ticket sales are final. Prices and details on the PPOA website are subject to change. Always call first to confirm prices and availability. Please call the PPOA office at (323) 261-3010 for more information. Limited to six (6) tickets per member for Universal Studios, ten (10) for all others. All purchases are non-refundable. Make checks payable to “PPOA.”

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PPOA Classifieds 1998 HARLEY DAVIDSON Dyna Wide Glide w/ new black paint job, low mileage, SS Carb, 120 Radial Spoke front wheel & 100 Spoke rear wheel, custom rear fender & sissy bar. Asking $9,500. Call Richard: 951-445-4477 (1012)

Maui Condo Rental Luxury 2 bed, 2 bath. Sleeps 6. Kaanapali Resort. Pool, Spa, Tennis. Full kitchen, W&D. 40% discount for LASD/PPOA & families. LASD owned. For Photos & calendar e-mail: lasd2maui@yahoo.com. (661) 600-5600 (0212)

SHERIFF’S ACADEMY RING FOR SALE Selling my Sheriff ’s Academy ring - purchased early 1960’s. 10K gold. Interested please e-mail -- gordonseagle@gmail.com No reasonable offer refused. (1112)

2003 Special Construction Chopper 113 cu engine, 5 spd trans, custom wheels, custom paint, hand stitched seat, WCC gas tank, Chopper Inc grips, risers, oil cap, Kraft Tech frame, Custom Pipes, asking 14500 OBO. Contact: blaint28@hotmail.com (1112)

SEEKING TOYOTA 4X4 Seeking 1989 through 1994 Toyota 4x4 extra cab for sale. Please let me know what you have, thank you. Joey (714) 745-4963. (0413)

WHITTIER ROOM FOR RENT FEMALE ONLY. Master Bedroom w/bathroom near Sheriff’s Academy. Utilities included. $700.00/Month Contact Doreen Ellis (Custody Assistant) 626-419-4211 (0113)

Ford Passenger Van 2000 Ford 15-passenger van. E350 XLT V-10 loaded. 81K on new engine. Call Barry (760) 831-0138 (1112)

POODLE PUPPIES Purebred poodle puppies, light brown. Males and females, will be available by 1/24/13. $350 each. Call or text for pics. Stewart (562) 761-6655. (0113)

WANTED: VINTAGE REMOTE CONTROL CARS Seeking vintage remote control cars from the 70’s 80’s and 90’s. I buy and collect remote control cars. Please call Joey (714) 745-4963. (0413)

TIMESHARE FOR SALE Hawaii-Imperial Waikiki, 1 street to Ocean. Koa Unit, 1 bdrm, 2 ba. Slps 4. Annual usage, Floating time. Selling 2 weeks. 1 wk. for $2,800, 2 wks. $5,000. Call Marlena @ Cell 805-710-0484. (0413)

55 GAL. EMERGENCY WATER BARRELS Store inside or outside, prepare your family. Cash/check upon delivery or pickup at Walnut/Diamond Bar Station. Contact jlsaleeb@verizon.net. (0113)

New Rubber Gym Mats Perfect for home gyms, zumba, insanity, P90X, size 16 x 16 x 1 inch thick. Mats interlock as large as you want. Only $3.00 each. Call Erric @ 323 456-2353. (0513)

Cabo Time Share: August 2013 Cabo Azul Resort,  Monarch Grand Vacation. Aug. 23-30, 2013. 2 Bedroom, no pets ($250/ day for Pets). $100 Security Deposit upon Check in (Refundable). $150 Pesos / Day for Resort Amenities Fee. Price for the Offer - $1,200. Please contact Saif Kutubi: (323) 890-5027. (0713)

36’ Custom Motorhome ‘95 Coachman Sentara. Very low miles 65K,  excellent  condition, all the bells and whistles, self leveling,  slide-out  side, custom duel rear axels, rear camera, towing hitch. $29,500. Ron (760) 898-3365. (0713)

Redondo Beach Rental $1,800 per Month - Walk to Shopping, Park & Restaurants. 2 Bdrm - 1 Ba, Lg yard with storage shed. Refrigerator and Stove included. RV / Boat Access. (Address: 18320 Grevillea St.) Contact:  Bryan  949-533-2047, bsbeards@cox.net. (0713)

Land for Sale 5+ acres near Grass Valley, CA. Power, phone, well in place, and septic-tested. $89,000. Contact ceklasd@earthlink.net. (0813)

Montebello House for Rent 3 beds/1.5 baths, living & dining, plus bonus room. Remodeled 2011,  upgrades all. Near 60 Fwy. $1,800/month. Contact Matthew 626-6257301. (0813)

Classic Cars for Sale 1957 Chevy Bel-Air: 2-dr w/o post; frame off. Restoration, disk brakes, everything works. 1st place Santa Barbara car show. $40K obo. 1960 El Camino: Hotchkis suspension curry 9”. $30K obo. 1964 Chevy Malibu: Hotchkis suspension 700R4. $30K obo. Retired Deputy Spaulding Mills (323) 294-4162. (0813)

Guest House for Rent Small guest house on rear of property in beautiful foothills of Lake View Terrace. Prefer one retiree, male or female. $700 per mo. Call for details. Contact Dave (818) 445-4968. (0813)

PPOA classified ads are free and available only to PPOA members (one per month, 25 words max). Private party only, no business ads allowed. Send your ad to: Star & Shield Editor, 188 E. Arrow Highway, San Dimas, CA 91773 or email to gtorres@ppoa.com. New submissions are added on first come-first served basis, each issue. Please send within first week of each month to ensure timely inclusion. Sellers are encouraged to list price of each item listed. No work numbers may be used in ads. Submissions must be in writing, not over the phone. Ads run for 3 months. PPOA is not responsible for any claims made in a classified ad. August 2013 | Star&Shield

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