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Unit 612 Members Vote Overwhelmingly (94% ) in Favor New Approach to Promotions see pagE 4

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Positive Change: The Light at the End of the Tunnel . . 4 Contract News, CARPing and Changes at PPOA . . . . 5 Updates for Security Assistants and Security Officers . 6 Latest News for Custody Assistants . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Memorials & Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Rookies Roost . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Retiree Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 7th Annual Peace Officer Memorial Golf Tournament . . 12 What is PPOIA? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Scenes from the 2013 L.A. County Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Rumor Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Custodial Interrogation and “Selective Silence” . . . . 19 Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

PPOA AFFILIATIONS

Southern California Alliance of Law Enforcement (SCALE) California Coalition of Law Enforcement Associations (CCLEA) International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Los Angeles County Organization of Police and Sheriffs (LACOPS) Public Employees Staff Organization (PESO) Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) National Conference of Public Employee Retirement Systems California Peace Officer Memorial Foundation

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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Positive Change: The Light at the End of the Tunnel Brian Moriguchi PPOA President Lieutenant, LASD

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We will continue to work with the Sheriff and CEO on other issues and work toward getting our members the best salary and benefits possible.

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or the past several years, the Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s Department has struggled through some difficult times. Allegations of internal corruption, civil rights violations in our jails, no pay raises for its employees and the expanded use of CARPing to help the County through tough economic times all seemed to create the perfect storm of strenuous circumstances. Well, it appears that we are on the road to recovery. Maybe that is too optimistic a projection, but we are certainly seeing some positive changes from the status quo. CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS FOR UNIT 612 Sergeants, lieutenants and supervising D.A. investigators overwhelmingly ratified a new contract after several months of negotiations. The contract includes a 2-percent raise in July 2013, another 2-percent raise in July 2014 and a third 2-percent raise in January 2015. By a vote of 94.7 percent to 5.3 percent, it was clear our members recognized, as did our bargaining unit, that this contract was a good deal considering the economic climate. I work closely with police (and non-police) unions up and down this state and I can tell you that most were suffering losses this past year through pay cuts, furloughs or employee contribution increases to their pension funds. I want to thank the members of the 612 bargaining unit as well as other PPOA members who contacted me with their thoughts and opinions about contract negotiations. We will continue to work with the Sheriff and CEO on other issues and work toward getting our members the best salary and benefits possible. I also want to thank our chief negotiator, PPOA’s Executive Director Paul Roller, for his leadership and guidance. I look forward to working with PPOA’s other bargaining units to ensure they, too, get an appropriate contract later this year. CARP (CADRE OF ADMINISTRATIVE RESERVE PERSONNEL) CARPing has been a major issue to many of our sergeants and lieutenants who have been forced to work “deputy” field assignments as much as once per week while still getting their regular duties completed. This was truly unfair, but our sergeants and lieutenants, being good team players, CARPed in order to help the County and the Sheriff ’s

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Department through tough times. This year, PPOA has made CARPing our top priority. We have spoken to the Sheriff and he has agreed to support the reduction and/or elimination of CARPing. We have contacted the Board of Supervisors and asked that it properly fund the Sheriff ’s Department with monies to reduce and/or eliminate CARPing. We are happy to report we have seen a significant shift in support of this concept. The Sheriff ’s Department has estimated the cost to eliminate CARPing at $36 million per year, and we hear that the Board of Supervisors is seriously considering funding at least a portion of this cost this year and possibly more funding in years to come. This is good news for not only our sergeants and lieutenants who are CARPing, but also for the deputies who may see an increase in overtime funding to fill vacancies. We also anticipate an increase in hiring to help with the CARPing burden. This is a very good sign and a move in the right direction. LASD CHANGES: PERSONNEL AND POLICIES In another move in the right direction, we have recently seen Sheriff Baca make critical personnel changes. Whether you are a supporter or detractor of Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, his departure denotes a significant change in leadership and direction for the Sheriff ’s Department. Undersheriff Tanaka was often the lightning rod for negative media stories about the Sheriff ’s Department, and whether at fault or not, drew focus away from the outstanding police work done by Sheriff ’s personnel. Sheriff Baca has also promoted several people into critical positions, and we are seeing immediate changes to practices and policies. Sheriff Baca is getting more involved in promotions at all levels and has returned to involving the chiefs in sergeant and lieutenant promotions, which for a while, were being made by only the top executives without chiefs’ input. New policies are being developed to address areas of concern to prevent cliques, favoritism, cronyism, abuses of power and other important issues. Department members are being held responsible and accountable for their actions at all ranks, and outside folks have been brought in to provide a fresh look at how we do business. continued on page 14


Contract News, CARPing and Changes at PPOA Paul K. Roller PPOA Executive Director proller@ppoa.com

We know that the Sheriff enacted CARPing to save on overtime and ultimately to avoid layoffs, but it has gone on too long.

UNIT 612 Ratifies MOU ast month, PPOA bargaining unit members in Unit 612 (sergeants, lieutenants and supervising D.A. investigators) overwhelmingly ratified their new MOU (contract) by a margin of 94.7 percent YES to 5.3 percent NO. The new contract contains the first salary increase for the unit since July 2008 (even though there have been increases in medical dollars over the past five years). The new contract gives the unit members pay raises totaling 6 percent over the next 18 months. All the “safety” unions in L.A. County have now agreed to the same basic contract and we expect the other PPOA bargaining units (614, 621, 631 and 632) to be offered a similar package when their MOUs expire on September 30th of this year. We had many issues and PPOA proposals to discuss at the table this year, including CARPing (more on that below), patrol bonus, POST bonuses and uniform allowances, but the County only had money this year for a basic proposal. The County is in a fragile economic recovery and we felt it best to put money in our members’ pockets while we still had the chance to do so. Thank you to the Unit 612 negotiating team for its skillful handling of this year’s negotiations and for repeatedly getting feedback from 612 members. The team was composed of PPOA President, Lieutenant Brian Moriguchi, Lieutenant John Babbitt, Sergeant Burton Brink, Sergeant Noe Garcia, Sergeant Shawn Kehoe, D.A. Lieutenant Rogelio Maldonado, Sergeant Rob Medrano, Lieutenant Tab Rhodes, Sergeant Tony Romo and Sergeant Jim Schallert. My special thanks to all of them for making my job so much easier and for having such high quality discussions during our numerous caucuses. Unit 612 is lucky to have such fine representatives willing to work on behalf of the membership!

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The Beginning of the End of CARPING? One of the MAJOR issues at this year’s Unit 612 negotiations was the issue of CARPing or the Cadre of Administrative Reserve Personnel. Most PPOA members are working a minimum of one shift per week outside of their regular assignments, on straight time, to help save overtime in units that do not have enough filled positions to maintain that unit’s viability. This means that in any one week, our members

lose 20 percent of their work time working in other units. This causes them to lose productivity, to take work home on their own time and to fall behind in their jobs. All of this causes job-related stress, and the lost hours in their assigned units reduces the law enforcement capabilities of those units. We know that the Sheriff enacted CARPing to save on overtime and ultimately to avoid layoffs, but it has gone on too long. That is why we took the issue to the bargaining table, as did the deputies’ union. With support from the Sheriff and the County CEO, our efforts have paid off. Last month, the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a motion to drastically reduce CARPing this year and hopefully do away with it on an ongoing basis within three years. This next year will see a reduction in CARPing in the unincorporated patrol areas, followed in succeeding years by what we believe is elimination of CARPing on a regular basis. The Board of Supervisors stands ready to approve substantial money in the next three years to hire more deputies, which will eventually make CARPing unnecessary. On a side note, we hope that there will also be enough money in the future to re-open the Mira Loma and East jail facilities and to fully fund the CCJV (Citizens Commission on Jail Violence) recommendations. These things all take more money and a continued recovery of the County’s finances. I would also be remiss if I didn’t thank the Board of Supervisors, the Sheriff and the last two County CEOs for getting us through these past five years without layoffs or significant loss of benefits or pay. PPOA was proud to do our part in that effort. PPOA Staff Changes Over the past two months, the PPOA staff has experienced a number of changes due to retirements and resignations. We have lost Senior Labor Representative Marlyne Rinaldi and Senior Administrative Assistant Sandra Bryant. We thank both Marlyne and Sandi for their dedication and hard work on behalf of all PPOA members. To replace Marlyne, we have promoted former Intake Representative Teresa Machado. We also hired former PPOA Vice President Kevin Thompson to be PPOA’s new intake representative. To replace Sandi, we have tapped Senior continued on page 14

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

The contract for our bargaining unit (621) does not expire until September 2013, but we will be looking at opening negotiations prior to that.

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ello, troops. I’m going to address a few items that a number of you have mentioned in communication to me. First of all, it seems the “confidential” problem (or “hiccup,” as some have called it) has been addressed. You should be able to forward it to your respective assignment headquarters and the paperwork will be forwarded further. Hopefully all of you are aware that LASD sergeants and lieutenants (members of PPOA Unit 612) have ratified their salary contract and will be getting a raise. The contract for our bargaining unit (621) does not expire until September 2013, but we will be looking at opening negotiations prior to that. Hopefully, between now and then, we don’t have a financial disaster or catastrophe. We will keep our members informed. I have been asked by numerous personnel whether we have a different system than what other personnel have regarding vacation time or time off for maternity leave or even use of force. The answer is: We don’t. As personnel with the Sheriff ’s Department, we follow the Manual of Policy and Procedures (MPP). In some cases, we have bureau orders that we must consider as well. But we should always refer to the MPP for direction. The most important reminder of the day: If you are a subject of an investigation or some possible disciplinary action, make sure to notify PPOA. You don’t want to be so far down the road that you can’t avoid a reprimand or time off.

If you want to transfer to other bureaus or other assignments, make sure to fill out the correct forms and keep them updated. You don’t want to have personnel movement only to discover that you didn’t turn in your forms quickly enough. Another issue is that some of you have submitted the forms and then later decided not to transfer, but neglected to pull the paperwork prior to having it processed. For some of you, this is a job. But for most of you, this is a career. As I have mentioned to the new hires when I visit them at orientation, you need to consider the future you want when saving for retirement. If you signed up with LACERA (www.lacera.com) and/or you joined Horizons (www.countyla.com), but you’re not sure how your retirement is shaping up, it’s very easy to find out and you can follow it through all stages of your career. Please mark your calendars and join us on August 28th for PPOA’s Annual Pre-Labor Day BBQ at Biscailuz Center. Plenty of good food and fun prizes will be available, not to mention some old friends and maybe a few new ones. Also, the next PPOA delegates’ meeting will take place on September 5th. More details (including location) will be sent to delegates next month. That’s it for now. Practice with your tools, and if you have been trained in new tools, make time to practice and be proficient. Read the “Use of Force” policy and see if it has changed since the early days of your career. Until next time, look out for your partners and monitor the radio.

Star & Shield Contest Winners Congratulations to the PPOA members at right 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.

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$100 Prize Winners (May 2013 issue) Vivian Dodson, Law Enforcement Technician Julien Olivier, Sergeant Jose Ramos, Sergeant Betty Ring, Sr. Criminalist Greg Simon, Retired


Latest News for Custody Assistants Danya Hazen PPOA Board Member Custody Assistant, LASD dhazen@ppoa.com

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n May 29th, we had 49 new custody assistants at STARS Center ready to start their new careers. We are on the move! I know many of you have asked if we are done. We are not. Those new CAs are in the Academy right now. We had a bidding process on June 9th at the Ranch for all the CAs who were going to be moved because East was closing. The process was done by seniority and it seemed to go smoothly. If you have any problems, please don’t hesitate to email or call me. Several CAs have asked me about the use of the new Clear-Out Gas,  which is considered a special weapon. The problem is if you are in a situation that requires immediate action, should you use your

judgment to stop or curtail a situation? We will see. Stay tuned. By now, many of you have heard about other groups getting raises. Our contract is up September of this year. We are on it. We hosted a PPOA delegates on June 19th and used that event to disclose all the information we could in order to allow delegates to spread the word. Please understand that it is also a time when other groups will be involved with their contracts. Last, but not least, I am still fighting for us. What can be done to one of us can be done to all of us! Stand tall. All is not lost, my partners. I will do all that I can for us. Just ask. If I can’t get it done now, it does not mean it won’t happen tomorrow.

The California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation is a non-profit charitable foundation whose mission is to recognize and honor California’s peace officers who gave their lives ‘In The Line of Duty’ serving the citizens of this great state, and provide support to the family members left behind.

In Remembrance End of Watch 2013 Officer Kevin Tonn Galt Police Dept. EOW: January 15, 2013

Sergeant Loran “Butch” Baker Santa Cruz Police Dept. EOW: February 26, 2013

Officer Michael Crain Riverside Police Dept. EOW: February 7, 2013

Detective Elizabeth Butler Santa Cruz Police Dept. EOW: February 26, 2013

Detective Jeremiah MacKay San Bernardino Co. Sheriff ’s Dept. EOW: February 12, 2013

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Memorials & Contracts

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

Remember, practicing healthy living now will help ensure a long and prosperous retirement.

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SOUTH LA STATION MEMORIAL RIDE n May 18th, South Los Angeles Sheriff ’s Station held its annual “10-33” Benefit Ride. More than 400 motorcycle riders participated in this event. The ride was created in 2003 by Lennox deputies with the mission of providing assistance to the families of peace officers who have been killed or seriously injured in the line of duty. The 2013 ride benefited Galt Police Officer Kevin Tonn, Riverside Police Officer Michael Crain and San Bernardino County Sheriff ’s Deputy Jeremiah MacKay, all who tragically lost their lives in the line of duty. The Benefit Ride also benefited Riverside Police Officer Andrew Tachias. Andrew was seriously wounded by gunfire during the cop killer manhunt earlier this year. Officer Tachias is the son of LASD Lieutenant Orlando Tachias, assigned to Walnut Station. Our thoughts and prayers extend to the Tachias family as they recover from this tragedy. I want to thank South Los Angeles Sheriff ’s Station personnel for organizing such a memorable event and bringing our law enforcement family together. 

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Rookies Roost By Robert Lindsey (LASD ret.)

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enneth Swan of South Gate: You are in the perfect spot. Let’s meet at my No. 1 all-time restaurant, Chuck’s, for a discussion about how I can be so bad at hitting that stupid little white dimpled ball. Owning a golf shop is many a person’s dream and you have achieved it. Owning a golf swing is my dream or maybe nightmare. Thanks for your service with the Marshal’s Department; you kept the best of company and we learned many an ethical and sound lesson from all in your ranks. Roger K. Stressman Jr. and Pamela of Stagecoach, Nevada: What a cool name, Stagecoach—Roger and Pamela are cool also. What in the heck do you farm in Stagecoach? From security officer at Pasadena Court to farmer who loves shooting, photography and your dogs. Life takes us all in different directions, but as long as we land where God intended, then let there be crops and plenty of ammo. We may need your help in learning to survive if things keep going south or coming south, whichever. Thanks for writing us, Roger. Stay well.

Retirement Parties Sergeant Dan Scott  July 11, 2013 Pickwick Gardens, Burbank, $40, 6 p.m. Info: Rose Harris, (562) 619-1302 Chief Tom Laing August 8, 2013 Centre at Sycamore Plaza, Lakewood, $40, 5:30 pm Info: Matt Burson, (323) 526-5167 Sergeant Joe McDonald September 12, 2013 Industry Hills Equestrian Center, $35, 5 p.m. Info: Bonnie McDonald, (714) 349-5325

John Del Nero  of Carson Station, Malibu Station and assignments beyond: It is really rewarding when a career with the Department lands you a job as prestigious as the head of the Criminal Justice Program at a prestigious Oregon college. Having worked LASD, the Federal Court and now the college, you are obviously well rounded and must appreciate the rides on that Harley. A motorcycle, surfing, college, grandpa…who would have thunk it? Be safe on your rides. Lonnie Timney: It is good to hear from a guy who used to save us all. What a surprise that you construct computers and repair the worst of them. That was no secret to many of us who wondered what a keyboard was. Now the cello thing that you kept secret…to play in chamber groups and pops orchestras, you must have quite the touch. You should let your friends know when and where they can see you. Enjoy that Long Beach air, and if you get a chance, go see the new courthouse when it opens. It is a sight to see and only took a couple years to build from ground up with close to 500,000 square feet. Just visit, though, I don’t encourage having to literally be there. Enjoy the grandkids. Ronald Zega: You need to hook up with Prescott Mike Jones. Both of you are tractor maniacs, and antique tractors at that. Agua Dulce is only a short plane flight to Mike, but it would be really cool if you both drove tractors and met halfway. You could make it newsworthy. Twenty-two years of service and all that narcotics experience is much appreciated. Enjoy the sun, the woodworking and your retirement. Charles Vaughn: It appears you just celebrated your 84th birthday after 36 years of service at renowned assignments such as SEB and K-9. Not only that, if I am reading your message correctly, you are a reserve still at the BC Range. My holsters off to you and thanks for your offer of coffee to all of us, but we are the ones that should be bringing you the coffee. Charlie, your list of countries visited because of your airline job and your wife’s, Celia Ann, airline job is unimaginable and humbles me as I consider a long trip as Lake Tahoe. England, Germany, Holland, Spain, Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Hawaii, Alaska, Barbados, Canada, Greece, Egypt and Israel. You have made the big-game kills and been seen hanging in a tree for two hours because of a Kenyan Buffalo that you kindly refer to as a SOB MFer to this very day. We love you, Charlie, and thanks for your continued service. I anonymously God bless everyone. Many of you read the story of retired member Paul Petredis in the May issue of Star & Shield and were moved by his honest account of healing since he escaped from a Korean War P.O.W. Camp in 1950. He welcomes correspondence. Please send email to anui1950@juno.com.

What’s New?

New Address? New Title? New Assignment? New Beneficiary? Keep PPOA Posted! Call the PPOA office at (800) 747-PPOA to keep your records current.

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Retiree Events

Retired Deputies Luncheon July 18, 2013 Bella Italia Luncheon, San Gabriel Retired Marshals Luncheon August 7, 2013 Villa Tepeyac, West Covina 30-Year Reunion: LASD Class #220  November 16, 2013 Sheraton Pasadena Info: Angie Wilkinson, apwilkin@lasd.org Lakewood ROMEOs Luncheons Second Monday of each month

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

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

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

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. North County SEB Retirees Breakfast Third Wednesday of each month IHOP, Santa Clarita

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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

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Retired Marshal’s Luncheon July 3, 2013 Beachwood Brewing BBQ, Long Beach

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7th Annual

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Thank you PPOA is extremely grateful to all the volunteers and sponsors who support our Memorial Golf Tournament year after year. In particular, we’d like to thank the following sponsors who were not adequately acknowledged at the 2013 tournament. We are honored to stand with you in commitment to the families of peace officers killed in the line of duty. Lavi Spine & Orthopedic Medical Centers Simon K. Lavi, MD (818) 377-7777 Steve Cooley Los Angeles County District Attorney (retired) AFLAC Malais Insurance Geoff Malais (323) 931-0287 office (818) 730-6893 cell Maher Al-Bouz, DDS Cosmetic Laser Dentistry Woodland Hills/San Dimas (909) 599-2029 clddentistry.com

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Not all of these changes will prove to be good and PPOA will provide its input on all these changes to ensure that employee rights are being respected as well as to simply improve the operation of the Department as a whole. But it is important that LASD change and change for the better. A wise man once said, “He who rejects change is the architect of decay.” The LASD was decaying! So I hope all of us embrace the changes, help take this Department down the right path, restore its reputation and stand proud to be part of the greatest Sheriff ’s Department in the world. These past few years have been tough, but I see light at the end of the tunnel. I see us moving in the right direction. I am sure there are still a few bumps in the road, but I believe we are on the right path. Let’s hope things continue in this direction.

held on May 26th at STARS Center. I want to personally thank the LASD members who participated in these events and hope more will attend in 2014. I also want to thank the PPOA and ALADS Board of Directors for being good ambassadors and making these peace officer events more memorable.

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continued from page 5 Administrative Assistant Maricela Villegas and moved Administrative Assistant Violet Perez into Maricela’s old job. We know that even though we will miss those who have moved on, their replacements will be fully ready to step in and do a great job for PPOA members. PPOA Golf Tournament PPOA’s 7th annual golf tournament was held on June 3rd at TPC in Valencia. This year’s title sponsor was the law firm of Hayes and Cunningham. Although we don’t have the final numbers yet to see how much money was raised for the PPOA charitable foundation—The Star and Shield Foundation—we do know that the tournament was a success and will put many more dollars into our “widows and orphans” fund. A special thanks to all our sponsors who donated money and services to make this event a success and to all the volunteers, PPOA board members and staff who worked so hard before, during and after the tournament.

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 means:  1. Your email address is not on file with PPOA, or 2. We have only your LASD-provided email address (which is regularly blocked from receiving PPOA email blasts). 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 subject line. 14

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SALARY CONTRACT After five years without a contract, I am grateful the County finally decided to compensate its hardworking LASD personnel. Although the contract was conservative, it displayed good faith and served as a building block for future negotiations. I want to thank this year’s negotiations team for bringing new ideas and a fresh perspective to the table. It was a pleasure working with you. The first 2-percent raise will take effect no later than the August 15th paycheck. BIGGEST LOSER CONTEST Earlier this year, I mentioned members from ICIB, Homicide and Major Crimes Bureau organized a “Biggest Loser” weight-loss contest. The contest encouraged LASD personnel to stay fit and live healthy as they tackled the everyday stresses of the job. This year’s winners were:  1st Place Sergeant Dennis Duarte  2nd Place Sergeant Mike Bailey 3rd Place Captain William Carey These three really changed their physical appearances; looking drastically healthier compared to their start in the competition. Good job to all the winners. I encourage all units to conduct similar contests to inspire our employees to keep healthy. Remember, practicing healthy living now will help ensure a long and prosperous retirement. LACERA ELECTIONS Speaking of retirement, on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, the Board of Supervisors approved the Safety Member Election for the fourth member of the Board of Investments and the seventh and alternate members of the Board of Retirement. This year, LASD Sergeant Shawn Kehoe will be vying for another term on the LACERA board and representing safety members. I am urging our Department members to vote for Shawn in this election. Your ballots can be submitted to the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk from the date of receipt up until 5:00 p.m. on election day, Tuesday, July 30, 2013. Good luck Shawn. In closing, I would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of Sergeant Steve Spackman and Lieutenant James Farrell. Both of these men made their mark on our Department and will be missed immensely. Until next time, stay safe, stay involved and continue to keep our LASD family strong.


What is PPOIA? By Eddie Holmes, PPOA Insurance Agency Manager

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ou have probably seen agents at various locations throughout the County wearing PPOIA nametags while stationed near a PPOIA banner. These friendly agents are from the Professional Peace Officers Insurance Agency, or PPOIA. They are there to help you with all of your insurance needs as well as provide you with ways of protecting your IRAs, 401(k) accounts from previous employers and money you may have inherited. We have been receiving a lot of questions for ways to protect your money from loss due to the volatility of the stock and bond markets. There are many ways to provide this protection. PPOIA has the solutions to help you protect your money so that you don’t lose money when the stock market has its next big correction. Ask yourself these two questions: 1. When you think about retirement, do you envision a comfortable, secure retirement where the most difficult decision you have to make is what to order for lunch or which festival or golf course to visit next? 2. As retirement nears, do you want to have to manage your assets, whether they are a 401(k), 403(b), Deferred Comp, IRAs, SEPs or proceeds from the sale of a house or inheritance? If the answers to these questions are “no,” you should give PPOIA a call so that we can help you protect your future.

Annuities are effective in protecting your money. They typically pay a stated return for a stated period of time. This will allow you to have the comfort of knowing that your money is protected from an unstable environment. Annuities are not for everyone, but here are some of the features that a good annuity will offer: • Principal deposit guaranteed (100 percent) • Interest earned on principal is compounded and tax-deferred until withdrawal • Remove funds without penalty in case of disability, nursing home confinement or death • Estate probate avoided for heirs • Guaranteed interest for length of contract Planning is important since you don’t want to underestimate your lifespan or the money you will need to cover all of your expenses. Call the Professional Peace Officers Insurance Agency at (909) 599-8627 for a free, no-obligation meeting.

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Scenes from the

2013 L.A. County Peace OfficerS Memorial Ceremony (STARS Center, Whittier)

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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 hear new Assistant Sheriff Terri McDonald wants to change the deputy and CA uniforms in the jail. False. PPOA President Brian Moriguchi met with Assistant Sheriff McDonald and asked her point-blank if she intended to change the uniforms for deputies and CAs. She emphatically said no. She said the rumor started when she toured a jail facility and watched a cell extraction and noticed that the deputies did not have any protective clothing to defend against “gassing.” She inquired into getting protective jumpsuits for these situations and it appears it was misinterpreted by some that she wanted to change the uniforms to jumpsuits in custody for everyone. Not true! RUMOR: There is a rumor that CARPing is ending on July 1. False. PPOA is working hard to reduce and/or eliminate CARPing. We have reached out to the Sheriff and the Board of Supervisors to properly fund the “cost” of CARPing in the new budget, which begins July 1, but no budget has been approved as of the printing of this issue of Star & Shield.

We anticipate some funding specifically to reduce CARPing, but the effects of this funding will take some time. The July 1 date is the date of the new fiscal year and is NOT the date CARPing will suddenly end. RUMOR: Now that PPOA has reached an agreement on salary negotiations for bargaining Unit 612, what happens with captains and above? Will they get a raise, and if so, when? Bargaining Unit 612 members will get their first raise of 2 percent effective July 1 (probably see the raise in their August 1st or 15th paychecks). Captains and above are non-represented employees and their raises require a Board of Supervisors’ resolution instead of an MOU. However, their raises usually coincide with PPOA’s bargaining for Unit 612. According to the County, the board resolution will be submitted to the Board of Supervisors for approval the same time as the MOU for bargaining Unit 612, which means captains and above should see a 2 percent raise the same time as PPOA 612 members.

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Custodial Interrogation and “Selective Silence” By Lance Bayer, Esq.

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t is said that silence is golden, but what about silence when questioned by a peace officer? Recently, the Fourth District Court of Appeals looked at this question in the case of People v. Bowman (2011) 202 Cal. App. 4th 353. In the Bowman case, a man, on his way home from work, was the victim of robbery on a spring night in San Diego County. The suspect took the victim’s MP3 player, trolley pass and debit card. When the victim refused to give the suspect his PIN number for the debit card, the suspect pulled a knife, pressed a button to open it and asked the victim again. The victim quickly gave his PIN number. About two weeks later, the victim saw the suspect, who was later identified as Jerry Bowman. The victim told a school guard at a nearby school. The school guard arranged for a police detective to meet them at the school. After questioning the victim and the suspect, who remained in the vicinity, the detective placed Bowman under arrest. The detective took Bowman to the police station and advised him of his rights under the Miranda decision. Bowman was willing to speak and the interrogation lasted 20 to 30 minutes. Bowman denied being the robber and denied being in the area where the robbery took place. He said that he was with his girlfriend and spent the night with her on the night of the robbery. During the interview, there were three instances when Bowman did not answer the detective’s questions. When asked about his previous statement that he had never been to the area where the robbery occurred and was then confronted with a document that stated he lived near the robbery scene, Bowman made no comment and offered no explanation. When asked about the victim’s identification of Bowman’s cell phone, Bowman just looked at the detective and didn’t say anything. And when confronted with the question, “Why would the victim identify you?” Bowman gave no response. Bowman was charged with robbery. In the trial court, Bowman took his case to a jury trial. The jury was instructed that, if the jury concluded that someone made a statement outside of court that tended to connect defendant with the crime and defendant did not deny it, it could be viewed as an admission if the statement was made to defendant or in his presence, that he heard and understood it, that he would naturally have denied it and that he could have denied it but he did not deny it. Bowman was found guilty. Based on the crime and on sentencing enhancements based on his prior criminal history, Bowman was sentenced to serve 16 years in state prison.

Bowman appealed his conviction to the Court of Appeal. He argued that the trial court should not have instructed the jury that his silence when confronted with the questions could be considered as admissions. The Court of Appeal reviewed Bowman’s case and upheld his conviction. In its written decision, the Court noted that Bowman’s case involved “selective silence.” The Court stated, “Bowman voluntarily spoke with a police detective after receiving Miranda warnings. Although Bowman did not respond to certain questions during the interview, there is no evidence he told the detective he wanted to cease all further questioning, asked for an attorney or otherwise unambiguously indicated he wanted to invoke his right of silence.” The Court noted that Bowman’s decision not to respond to some of the detective’s questions was not induced by the Miranda warnings he received. The Court noted, “[W]e conclude the trial court did not violate Bowman’s due process right by instructing the jury it could consider Bowman’s lack of response to the detective’s questions to be adoptive admissions.” The Court’s ruling in the Bowman case is a helpful illustration of how silence in the face of an accusation during police questioning after a waiver of Miranda rights may lead to admissible evidence. Lance Bayer has penned his “Reliable Informer” articles for PPOA and other associations for more than 25 years. He can be reached at lbayer@comcast.net.

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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.

Eight LA Superior Courts Closed: Hundreds of Employees Affected Deputies Seize More Than 600 Pot Plants at Palmdale Home Malibu Station Volunteers On Patrol Now Issuing Parking Citations

Law Enforcement in Three Counties Seek Luger Bandit Steve Cooley and Alan Jackson Join Hollywood Legal Battle Deputies Nab Duo Suspected in String of Valencia Robberies LA County DA Revises Policy on Police Misconduct Disclosure 

California Prison Crowding is Growing, State Report Says

LASD Deputy Offers Tips to Expectant Peace Officers 

Burglar Arrested by SCV Deputies Receives Facebook Threat

LASD ‘Suspicious’ Death of 1-year Old Girl in Baldwin Park 

Sheriff’s Department Collects 152 Guns in Buyback Event

Palmdale Station to Host Public Safety Expo, Car Show and Chili Cook Off 

SCV Deputies Plan Active Shooter Drill at Arroyo Seco LA County DA’s Partial Progress on Justice LASD Investigating Hate Crime in South LA

Long Beach Police Chief Will Not Run for LA County Sheriff  LA County Court to Eliminate More Than 500 Jobs This Week 

SCV Violent Crime Down 10%; Deputies Eye Property Crimes

LA County Coroner Releases Details on Death of Santa Monica Gunman 

LA County Coroner Investigating Bones Found at Arcadia School

Deputies Arrest Lancaster Couple for Leaving Children in Vehicle 

Sheriff’s Department Graduates 126 From VIDA Program

LA County DA Honors Man for Rushing to Defense of Pregnant Victim 

Jackie Lacey Honored by Black Lawyers Association SCV Deputies Arrest Bank Robbery Suspect

Altadena Deputies Find Blood and Casings 

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 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

• Home • Auto • Boat • RV

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Mystery Photo The first PPOA member to correctly identify at least four of the seven men in this photo will receive a PPOA prize pack. One guess per person, please. Email your answer to gtorres@ ppoa.com or call Greg Torres at (323) 261-3010. By the way, PPOA Facebook followers always get first crack at solving mystery photos, along with plenty more opportunities to win prizes. Check it out for yourself at www. facebook.com/lappoa.

Congrats to retired PPOA member Nick Berkuta for being the first to identify all four mystery men in the May 2013 issue of Star & Shield. The individuals were: Fred Stemrich, Paul Strohman, Bud Hansen and Bob Ciulik. We particularly enjoyed this commentary on the photo from retired Assistant Sheriff Marv Cavanaugh: “All four were great leaders when I was just a deputy.  Stemrich was Pitchess’ aide when I worked SIB back in 1978.  Stumpy, Bud (or Harry is his actual name) and Bob Ciulik were all really on the cutting edge in moving the Department forward in their day. In fact, Bud Hansen was very active in the National Guard and retired, I think, as a one-star General.”

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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 July 9-12, 2013: 22nd Annual National Gang Conference Hosted by multiple agencies, including LASD Anaheim Marriott Hotel Info: www.cgiaonline.org July 19, 2013: PPOA 13th Annual Fishing Trip Long Beach and beyond Info: (323) 261-3010

August 2, 2013: LASAA Fishing Derby Long Beach Marina Landing Info: www.lasaa.org

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

August 5, 2013: LASD 12th Annual Star Golf Classic Hacienda Golf Club La Habra Heights Info: Connie Chandler, (562) 946-7263

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

July 27, 2013: 7th Annual LASD Professional Staff Day Knott’s Berry Farm

August 5-9, 2013: International Terrorism and Organized Crime Conference Disney Paradise Pier Hotel, Anaheim POST certified (up to 32 hours) Info: www.agiac.com

August 1-10, 2013: World Police & Fire Games Belfast, Ireland Info: www.2013wpfg.com

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

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

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Contact the PPOA Board

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

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

Board and Foundation Inquiries, Political Action: Maricela Villegas mvillegas@ppoa.com

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)

Inquiries About New Insurance Policies (Life, Home, Auto, Disability, etc.): PPOA Insurance Agency representatives (909) 599-8627 office@ppoia.com

Noe Garcia (ngarcia@ppoa.com) Christopher Lee (clee@ppoa.com) Ray Leyva (rleyva@ppoa.com) Roberto Medrano (rmedrano@ppoa.com) Art Reddy (areddy@ppoa.com) Tab Rhodes (trhodes@ppoa.com)

(323) 261-3010

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• 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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Letters to PPOA

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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)

258.00 315.00 619.00

258.00 315.00 619.00

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

99.00 (credit card only)

99.00 (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 tires & rims / 200 miles old 4 X 235-55-18” Yokohama tires on premium Kia rims (5X114). Also fits Honda, Toyota, Nissan. $800 or best/Jim @ 562.321.4122 (0512)

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)

Anniversary Edition Harleys His: Road King, 6K miles, all extras. $16K. Hers: Soft Tail, 5K miles, all extras. $12K. Matching silver/black signature models. Spare parts & manuals. Both for $25K. Call (360) 642-2491 (0512)

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)

SMITH & WESSON FOR SALE Mod. 15 4inch B/S Good condition $400.00 Contact James: (760) 822-8705. (0113)

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)

M*A*S*H* Series on DVD All 11 seasons of “Collector’s Edition” M*A*S*H* on 33 DVD’s. 8 commercial free episodes on each DVD. Still in original boxes. Perfect condition. $125.00 - Rick 562-201-1661 (0213)

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)

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