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Priorities, Pay, Pensions and Participation . . . . . . . . 7 Custody Assistants Must Continue to Fight the Fight . . . .8 Rookies Roost . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Executive Editor: Brian Moriguchi

D.A.’s Holiday Giving Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11


What 2013 Means for the Living Trust . . . . . . . . . . 12

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

Disability Insurance Almost Everyone Can Purchase . . . 15 California Peace Officer’s Memorial Foundation . . . . 16

DIRECTORS Danya Hazen Gerardo Garcia Noe Garcia Roberto Medrano



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Critical Issues

Brian Moriguchi PPOA President Lieutenant, LASD

The Sheriff’s Department will implement a longoverdue transfer policy for sergeants and lieutenants.


here is so much going on in the Sheriff ’s Department, I would need much more space than provided in Star & Shield magazine to address them all. In this issue, I will focus on just a few critical issues: investigations and employee rights, custody career paths and contract negotiations. LASD INVESTIGATIONS: INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL We are aware that there are several federal investigations going on including the federal grand jury inquiries into our jails. Many PPOA members have been subpoenaed in these investigations and PPOA is providing each of them with attorneys to protect their rights. If you receive a subpoena, immediately contact us at PPOA so we can put you in touch with an attorney. They generally do not give you much time between the subpoena and the interview so please call as soon as possible. The Sheriff ’s Department is also conducting internal investigations, both criminal and administrative, at an astounding rate. Some are legitimate and some are politically motivated, but ALL of them should be taken seriously by our members. As we have said many times, if you are asked to speak to a supervisor it is always best to start your conversation with, “Could anything I say lead to discipline?” If the response is “yes,” you should ask for representation BEFORE proceeding with the interview. We have seen countless numbers of members proceed with an interview because they don’t want to appear guilty or uncooperative. However, we have also seen members lose their jobs as a result of their “cooperativeness.” Your supervisor and any internal investigator know your rights under POBR and shouldn’t be offended by you exercising those rights. I guarantee they would do so under the same conditions. It’s not about hiding something. It’s not about being uncooperative. It is about protecting your rights under the law. DUAL-TRACK CAREER PATH AND OTHER JAIL ISSUES In response to political pressure and independent investigations into our jail problems, the sheriff has developed the Dual-Track Career Path (DTCP) to create stability in the L.A. County jails. The DTCP will be instituted soon and will allow deputies the ability to choose a career in custody including promotions


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through the rank of chief. It will help get young deputies to patrol more quickly and maintain a more stable (tenured) workforce in custody facilities. Any deputy who stays in custody without being patrol-trained will be unable to reach top step pay from the rank of deputy through lieutenant, however, a custody captain who is not patrol-trained will have parity with other Department captains. The Sheriff ’s Department plans to incorporate the new promotional process in the next sergeant’s examination tentatively scheduled around summer 2013. It will incorporate separate sections for custody, patrol and general policies and applicants can be placed on two separate and distinct promotional lists: custody and patrol. For our current sworn personnel who choose a career path in custody (including those patrol-trained), there will be a five-year commitment to custody before being allowed to transfer to a patrol assignment. If you are not patrol-trained (which all of our current sergeants are) and you promote to a custody sergeant or lieutenant, you will be required to demote to deputy and become patrol-trained if you desire to go to another assignment outside of Custody Division. In order to staff the jails with personnel who desire to be there, the Sheriff ’s Department will be implementing a long-overdue transfer policy for sergeants and lieutenants. It will allow those sergeants and lieutenants who involuntarily are assigned to the jails priority in getting to patrol assignments. The goal is to get them to assignments where they want to work and to fill custody with those who choose that career path and want to be there as well. This transfer policy is long overdue as many of our sergeants and lieutenants have seen their careers stifled through the past process while others who promoted after them were able to move forward with their careers if they were “lucky” enough to go straight to a patrol station. There will be an effort to create more sergeant and lieutenant positions in the jails based on the reports by PPOA and the County Commission on Jail Violence (CCJV) that the jails have an abnormally high ratio of employees to supervisors. Of course, this will have a price tag attached to it, but if the Board of Supervisors is serious about fixing the jail problems, they should make this a priority. continued on page 17

Pension Issues Continue to Dominate PPOA Agenda Paul K. Roller PPOA Executive Director

This change will make LACERA look more like the PERS retirement systems — which may be good or bad.


s we discussed in last month’s Star & Shield, PPOA continues to be involved in pension issues — both in L.A. County and in Sacramento. There are a number of unresolved issues regarding the implementation of last year’s statewide “pension reform” and the problems created by the new law. As most of you know, current retirees and employees hired before December 1, 2012, are, with a few exceptions, unaffected by the new law. One of the major exceptions for current employees is the stated intent of the new law (PEPRA) to have active employees pay 50 percent of the total retirement costs within the next five years. Those issues are still to be decided in the future, but the next paragraph is a closer look at what is happening now, especially in regard to new hires. LACERA CREATES NEW RETIREMENT TIERS At the end of last year (in response to PEPRA), LACERA created new retirement tiers — “G” for general members and Safety “C” for safety members. These new retirement tiers conform to the requirements detailed in PEPRA and, in most cases, benefits for newly hired County employees have been reduced. In addition, LACERA chose last month to change the way in which new hires pay their share of retirement costs. L.A. County employees have always paid their share of retirement costs based upon their age of entry into LACERA. In other words, the younger you are at the time you are hired, the less you pay into retirement, and the older you are, the more you pay. LACERA changed that last month for the new Safety “C” plan and the new General “G” plan to a flat rate for everyone, regardless of your age at time of hire. The safety plan “C” rate was initially set at 13.25 percent and the new general plan “G” rate was set initially at 7.75 percent. This change will make LACERA look more like the PERS retirement systems — which may be good or bad. More on that below. SACRAMENTO TRIP Last month, PPOA President Brian Moriguchi, PPOA Legislative Liaison Jim Vogts, PPOA PAC Chair Art Reddy and I went to Sacramento to talk about pension issues and to attend the California Coalition of Law Enforcement Associations meeting and legislative reception. While we were there, we, along with Mark Nichols from the Association of Orange County

Deputy Sheriffs and Kevin Mickelson from Sacramento DSA, met with the Assembly PERS consultant to talk about problems with the new PEPRA law. We discussed some of those problems in last month’s Star & Shield. Basically, we wanted to address three issues: 1. The fact that some retirement systems, including LACERA, have determined that some pay differentials for new hires are no longer pensionable, according to the new PEPRA law. We hope to overturn those decisions by amending PEPRA now rather than at local bargaining tables or in court. 2. The fact that the employee retirement contribution cap that PEPRA applied to PERS agencies DOES NOT apply to ’37 Act agencies like L.A. County. PEPRA caps safety employee contribution rates for PERS agencies at 12 percent. As you can see above, LACERA has already set a 13.25 percent rate for new safety plan “C” members. This LACERA rate already is 1.25 percent above the MAXIMUM rate that a PERS agency can charge safety members. In Orange County, the gap between it and the surrounding cities is already even greater. This obviously creates an unintended “public policy” problem. This gives cities that belong to PERS a distinct recruitment and retention advantage over ’37 Act counties, including Los Angeles and Orange County. Why would a new cop go to work for L.A. or Orange County when they could pay significantly less into retirement (and thus take home more money) by working for a PERS agency city such as Glendale or Anaheim? 3. The fact that some counties (e.g., Orange County) are purposely trying to make their systems (e.g., OCERS) look bad to turn the public further against defined-benefit pension systems. We discussed ways to make every county report the same numbers to the state so that the citizens of that county could truly compare their system to other county systems on an “apple-to-apple” basis. The trip to Sacramento was just a first step in trying to fix the problems caused by last year’s pension reform and PEPRA. Our lobbyist, Jim Vogts, will work with legislators and other safety unions to undo some of the harm caused by reform. We will keep you posted. continued on page 18

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Budget Cuts, Death Spirals and Other Fun Facts Jim Blankenship PPOA Board Secretary Law Enforcement Tech, LASD

Now we’re tied with fiscal year 2007-2008. Add in money that is branded as ‘special funds’ and you’re in the neighborhood of a $130 billion price tag.


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n my last article, I touched on the threat of the “fiscal cliff ” and the coming state budget. Well, our representatives on the federal level were able to put together a deal at the last minute that has spared us from going over the side. On the state level, Governor Jerry Brown announced his budget plan for the coming fiscal year. The governor announced a budget that would spend $97.7 billion. He expressed and boasted that even with the new taxes, general fund spending is below the record $103 billion that was spent in 2007-2008. Hold on, folks. I want to draw you a bigger picture here. Keep in mind the term “general fund.” The governor left out the “realignment” money that will go to the counties. Realignment money that totals $5.3 billion for social and correctional programs that the state pays out to the counties after giving the responsibility back to the counties last year. So now we have a total of $103 billion. Now we’re tied with fiscal year 2007-2008. Add in money that is branded as “special funds” and you’re in the neighborhood of a $130 billion price tag. With the increase in taxes the governor is able to add $2.7 billion to K-12 schools and community colleges. Each state university system will be given $250 million. This is not what the university system hoped for, so it remains to be seen whether university officials will pursue tuition hikes. The governor is proposing to increase Medi-Cal by an estimated $350 million for 2013-14. While the increase is inevitable, I would hope to see some overhaul of program benefits and giving more control of the programs to the County. One part of the budget that I was sorry to see unchanged was the operating budget for the courts. While funding remained unchanged for operations, the governor is proposing to cut $200 million in court construction funds. Without these funds, there will be court closures in L.A. County. So, how is the governor supposed to pay for that increase in Medi-Cal? These closures will ultimately see a decrease in the ability to operate the courthouses and process cases in a timely manner. Bad move, Governor. Last month, I read an article that asked, “Do you live in a death spiral state?” So what is a “death spiral state”? Two factors determine which states get this title. The first is whether the state has more

takers than makers. A taker is someone who draws money from the government as a welfare recipient and, unfortunately for us, as an employee or pensioner. A maker is someone gainfully employed in the private sector. So, what happens when there are more takers than makers? Taxes get too high. Prosperous citizens leave and businesses leave. This only makes matters worse for the taxpayers that stay behind. The taker count is the number of state and local government workers plus the number of people on welfare and Medi-Cal plus 1 for each $100,000 of unfunded pension liabilities. Basically, for California it adds up to 100 workers supporting 139 takers. In a nutshell, the state is spending money it doesn’t really have. The second element is a scorecard of the state’s credit worthiness done by Conning and Co., a money manager. Its formula downgrades states for large debts, an uncompetitive business climate, weak home prices and bad trends in employment. It’s easy to see how California made the list. Our state is not business-friendly. Our state taxes businesses too much and Governor Brown and his green friends’ recent scheme to reduce the globe’s atmospheric carbon has only made more and more businesses flee to “friendlier” states such as Nevada and Texas. Add to this the millions in spending on all types of social programs and welfare ($10 billion alone for illegal aliens) and it becomes fairly obvious that we are in a “death spiral state.” The good news is we are not the worst. But we are 3rd out of 11 states on the list. Texas is looking pretty good for retirement. In Texas, 100 makers support 82 takers, and a lot of businesses are flocking there to set up shop. Until next time, my friends, stay safe.

Priorities, Pay, Pensions and Participation Robert Medrano PPOA Board Member Sergeant, LASD

The cliché ‘United we stand, divided we fall’ did not only hold true for Aesop in ancient Greece, but for the LASD family as well.


lthough a few weeks late, I want to wish all our members a happy New Year as we enter 2013. I also want to thank the 612 members (sergeants/lieutenants) who participated in this election. It’s obvious you desired change and a fresh perspective at PPOA. It’s great to know your voice was heard and I thank you for the confidence you entrusted in me. It’s important to remember that the Board is here to serve the membership. No one is entitled to a position on the Board. I expect ethical, honest and hardworking leadership at PPOA who will “do the right thing” for all members. I want to congratulate my partner, Noe Garcia, who also was elected to a seat on the PPOA Board. I’ve known Noe for many years. He is an extremely hardworking, determined individual and we are very fortunate to have him on our team. Together, we look forward to working with the Board to make PPOA the most effective and efficient police union in the state!

MY PRIORITY My priority as a PPOA director is simple: to have YOUR voice heard. No more promises, no more talk, just action. Here are a few goals I intend to pursue in 2013: • Pay increase • Retention of pension benefits • Fair promotional and discipline process • Transparency within PPOA • Vetting candidates for two Board of Supervisors positions in 2014 Some of you may think these goals will be difficult to obtain. However, I believe that collaboration between PPOA, ALADS, the Board of Supervisors and Sheriff ’s management can get the job done. Through these tumultuous times, it is crucially important that we stick together to reach our objectives. The cliché “United we stand, divided we fall” did not only hold true for Aesop in ancient Greece, but for the LASD family as well. We will be opening contract negotiations for the first time in several years. I look forward to learning from our current negotiations team and working toward obtaining a fair contract. Despite the challenging economic climate, we are beginning to see slow signs of recovery. My hope is that the County will realize and appreciate their greatest resource — the men and women that comprise

the Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s Department and District Attorney’s Office. Another area of focus will be the promotional and discipline process. These have been hot topics in the last several years and I plan to monitor them closely. My objective is to enlist the help of our members to explore the development of a committee regarding these key concerns. Partnering with our employees and Sheriff ’s management will be the cornerstone of PPOA’s success. It’s important to note that “partnering” does not mean relinquishing our stance on issues or deviating from PPOA’s mission. Rather, it’s an approach utilized to achieve specific labor objectives by maximizing the effectiveness of our union and LASD management resources. Many have asked, what is PPOA doing for us? How do we get involved? The simple answer: Become a delegate. PPOA delegates are an essential part of our union which allows you, the members, to have an official voice. In addition, every member is welcomed and encouraged to run for a Board of Directors position. As PPOA leaders, we are not ENTITLED to Board positions that represent you. We, the Board, can be replaced at any time. A recent PPOA editorial stated, “Leadership isn’t refined by entitlement but is emboldened through sacrifice, caring, determination, hard work, performance, ethics and right choices in tough times.” I couldn’t agree more! In 2014, two positions for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will be vacated due to term limits. As you know, this is extremely important to all our members and will play a pivotal role in the future of all County employees, especially safety members. We hope to work with other County unions to vet the best candidates for these elected positions. WELLNESS By now, many New Year’s fitness resolutions have likely been broken. But take heart; it’s not too late to start over. I commend all the units who are encouraging employees to stay fit to live longer. Some members at ICIB, Homicide and MCB have taken up a Biggest Loser challenge. The challenge runs through June. We’ll see what their results are … stay tuned. Also, please keep our injured partners, Rudy Juarez from TSB, Captain Carrie Stuart from South Facility and Gerrardo Magos from Century O.S.S. in your prayers. Until next time, stay safe and stay involved!

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Custody Assistants Must Continue to Fight the Fight Danya Hazen PPOA Board Member Custody Assistant, LASD


o all my partners: I didn’t write an article last month because I was trying to figure out what was really going on. I have had a lot of questions asked that I could not answer. Now I will tell you what I have found out. The County Commission on Jail Violence (CCJV) conducted an exhaustive review of the L.A. County jails and concluded, in part, that the C/A program was very valuable and should be expanded. We are very pleased that the CCJV recognized the hard work done by C/As, so much so that they think we can handle many jobs that are currently being done by jail deputies. They came to the same conclusion that PPOA did: C/As do a great job in our jails and increasing their use will also allow deputies to get to patrol faster, where they want to be. The CCJV supported the sheriff ’s proposal for a dual-track career path allowing deputies to choose between patrol and custody with

promotional options. PPOA has been working with Commander Joe Fennell on this issue to make sure there is a smooth transition. The conclusion will allow C/As to move forward. So what is being done about C/As’ career path? Commander Fennell stated that the sheriff is in favor of creating a “bonus training” position for C/As that should include additional pay similar to bonus deputies. We are happy to hear that the sheriff is supportive of C/As and we will be working closely with the sheriff to make sure he follows through now that the deputy career path is moving forward. We realize the C/A changes will be more difficult because they require approval of the CEO and Board of Supervisors due to a change in the classification and pay description for C/As, but I will fight to make sure we do not fall through the cracks. Thank you for trusting me. It means we stand together.

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Rookies Roost By Robert Lindsey (LASD ret.)


here comes a time in one’s life when you look back at where you have been and do an assessment. It includes successes, failures, good times and bad, friends made, friends lost, happy moments and moments of despair. This assessment belongs to the owner of each life we have personally lived. Yes, some of us have been abused, ridiculed, grew up poor or rich, tried it the easy way or the hard way, gave up, never relented or made it by the skin of our teeth to where we are today. You can place a number of descriptors to your personal story but each of us owns our actions, our passions and our past. The good news is that if you’re reading this, there is still at least a moment of future for you to assess the past and where you are right now. Ready? Begin. End. Now that your assessment is complete, are you happy? Do you live to blame someone else or to sink in a moment that overwhelmed you? Or are you an overcomer who takes the best, the worst, the highs and the lows and lives today to make it better and leave a legacy of positive contribution to those around you? I am occasionally forced to watch “Dr. Phil” and as a result continually consider my fortunes of family, friends and sanity (or at least a pinch of common sense). The dysfunction all around us, however, shouldn’t lead us to believe we should compare ourselves to the lowest level and acquire Jerry Springer syndrome; we should seek to attain the highest levels. It requires that we not yield to mediocrity, accept “good enough” nor condone a result less than we are capable of achieving. Don’t settle, don’t procrastinate, don’t sell yourself short and most of all don’t sell out. All too often we are led by others to the easy solution, the quick money, the fast promotion or the hidden agenda or given a key to the highest clubs in the highest buildings in L.A. It looks good and it feels good but in the end it looks bad and tastes bitter. There is no replacing an honest day’s work and the feeling that comes from personal achievement. My dad lost his long-time job when I was eight years old and landed a new job as a night janitor cleaning schools in the same school district I attended. He used to take me with him to work late at night and as he swept and mopped and emptied trash cans I was the kid pounding erasers outside to get rid of the chalk and scraping spit wads from every place imaginable. I learned very early that when I went to school during the day and made a mess in the classroom that there was someone else later that night who was going to pick up behind me, make my mess right and take the time to do what I should have done in the first place. What we do (good or bad) impacts others. Just read the Los Angeles Times. Cleaning those classrooms was a valuable lesson but even more valuable was the fact that my father never got angry, never said a mean word nor blamed anyone else for the mess he inherited. He cleaned it up and it looked better than it did the day before. He didn’t waste energy on what was wrong, he spent his energy in making it right. Every day I walked into the classroom I was proud and thankful for those who took care of me when nobody was looking, but I did grow to hate erasers. Truly, the mark of a good person is doing the right thing when nobody is watching. It might serve us well to thank those who do the less desirable tasks without any acknowledgement rather than seeking pats on our own backs or basking in the executive or selfish limelight and forgetting who and what really matters. If we did it right in the first place we wouldn’t end up in last or lost place. Jack Lass of Lockney, Texas: Congratulations on your recent 78th birthday and still managing that 725-acre ranch. I can’t imagine what the Temple Station area looked like when you were assigned there, but I can imagine that you didn’t have to go to the grocery store to buy any oranges. Thanks for your service to the Department and enjoying not only patrol but the Road Camps.

Bill and Teri Kupper: You sure are making use of those passports. Bill it appears you were with the district attorney’s office for 32 years and parlayed that hard work into cars and travel. Corvette clubs, Chevelle clubs, antique Chevrolet club and likely a club-club. You don’t stop. If your letter and plans are on track, then you likely just returned from Spain, Italy and cruising the Mediterranean. I would not doubt that foreign shores now have a new president of another car club or venture that has blessed others. Live it right and enjoy Bill, you deserve it 32 fold. Margaret Black, former Industry Station detective sergeant, former attorney at law and proud widow of Wilbur Black: Thank you for writing. Often we don’t plan for what our destiny is nor do we think out loud about our borrowed time here on earth. I wish I was exactly like you: successful career, twice, and a wonderful mother — not likely possible for me unless I purposefully get arrested and take advantage of a sex change under the new health care law and charge all of you. Excellent retirement Village including a cottage. An on-site pre-paid health care system with resident doctor. All well and pre-planned. But the best of it is you are still playing bridge, hiking and meeting new people on a daily basis. Congrats on your 87th birthday and may God bless you even more with every coming opportunity. Vince Di Girolamo, LASD DS IV of Norwalk, Vice, Lennox, Industry and Walnut: You’ve covered a lot of ground in 25 years of service. I would also have trouble picking a favorite assignment given your experience. The fact is that each assignment picked you and the Department was left a much better place because of your contributions. I am certain Bonny is proud of your career achievements but equally very happy that you have been able to spend more time with family the last 20 years of retirement than you did the 25 years in those tough assignments. Lee Taylor, Lieutenant, mentor, giant-hearted teddy bear and knucklehead (to be expounded upon): Lee, I am so amazingly gratified and boundlessly happy that you and your beautiful wife Margaret have found a safe place to land in Sedona. Save a room because I’m on my way. Working for the CAO, Pico, Temple, ELA, Return to Work Unit and other units plus law enforcement consulting are but mere portions of your resume. I feel your pain and frustration when we live in areas where law enforcement is lazy and incompetent as you experienced in Mendocino with the sheriffs’ failure to pursue neighborhood drug dealers because it wasn’t politically expedient and the sheriff needed the marijuana vote. Since there are no politics within the L.A. County Sheriff ’s Department, maybe you should have never retired. By now you could have prospered, been an assistant sheriff or undersheriff and maybe even been the mayor of Gar-bell-aywoodton or something like that. I had a like experience with incompetence of a San Bernardino County sheriff who may not still understand the number 459 and hadn’t been taught the definition of SUSPECT. I understand Margaret is published and famous and you repair and collect old clocks, all in a day’s work. Since my time is ticking now I still hold you accountable for telling me we were going on a short hike and then sending me to the bottom of the Grand Canyon with nothing but water and peanuts. I may look dumb but I’m only stupid. I would have likely killed you if I could have caught you and trust me, I was looking for you for more than a week afterward. The only problem was that I had to crawl and I was still hungry. You and Dick DeWitt both taught me the meaning of ESD supermen and I am now teaching you the meaning of I.H.A.V.E.N.T.F.O.R.G.O.T.T.E.N. A.N.D.N.O.W.I.H.A.V.E.Y.O.U.R.A.D.D.R.E.S.S.K.N.U.C.K.L.E.H.E.A.D. … God bless you all, Bob Lindsey

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Retiree Events Captain Larry Brogan Retirement February 28, 2013 Monterey Hill Restaurant 4 p.m. Info: Ana Horan (323) 526-5283 L.A. County Marshal’s Office Luncheon March 6, 2013 Matt Denny’s Alehouse, Arcadia RELAC RV Campout March 18-20, 2013 Casa Del Sol RV Park, Hemet Info: L.A. County Marshal’s Office Luncheon April 3, 2013 Marino’s Italian, Bellflower LASD Retiree Roundup April 7-10, 2013 Riverside Resort, Laughlin, Nevada Info: LASD Class 76 Reunion April 8, 2013 Laughlin, Nevada (reunion dinner at LASD Retiree Roundup) Info: Hershel Aron, (702) 360-0484 LADAI Reunion April 17-18, 2013 Orleans Hotel, Las Vegas Info: Hershel Aron, (702) 360-0484 Lt. Donal Dean “DD” Miller April 18, 2013 Jack Bones Equestrian Center, Castaic 3:30 p.m. Info: Lt. Gregg (310) 386-2562 Former L.A. Deputy Sheriffs in Texas Luncheon Weekend of May 18, 2013 South Padre Island, Texas (specific location TBA) Info: Dan Castillo, LASD McArthur Reunion June 16-22, 2013 Inter-Mountain Fairgrounds, McArthur Info: Richard Smith, (626) 444-0686 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


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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 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: 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 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 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: Firestone Station Retirees Lunch (Others welcome, too) Fourth Thursday of each month 11:00 a.m. Maggie’s Pub, Santa Fe Springs Info: or Jack at


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Photos courtesy of L.A. County D.A.’s Office


Giving Drive

few weeks before Christmas 2012, District Attorney Jackie Lacey presented holiday gifts to the families of murder and home invasion robbery victims as part of the District Attorney’s 28th Annual Holiday Giving Drive. The Holiday Giving Drive benefited nearly 200 families and 600 children who received more than $25,000 in gift baskets filled with toys and gift certificates. PPOA was proud to be counted among the organizations that contributed to the cause. On December 13, PPOA Board members Brian Moriguchi and Rogelio Maldonado were on hand to witness a room full of very excited children opening gifts at the D.A.’s Office (see photos).

Families are nominated to receive gifts by members of the district attorney’s staff. D.A. investigators deliver the gifts to homes throughout Los Angeles County. The Holiday Giving Drive is a combined effort of the District Attorney’s Victim-Witness Assistance Program and Bureau of Investigation. february 2013 | Star&Shield




What 2013 Means for the Living Trust By Graham Hawley, Certified Estate Planner (United Estate Planning, Inc.)


have been asked many times over the years if my job as an estate planner or the nature of a living trust has changed at all, and my answer is always a resounding “no.” When our economy was thriving, families were only too happy to protect their assets with a living trust, as the benefits a trust provides were self-evident. The ability to pass on 100 percent of one’s assets to one’s beneficiaries makes even more sense today with the looming “fiscal cliff ” and the promise of higher taxes than it did when our economic horizons looked to be on a continual upward swing. In 2013, the federal estate tax threshold will remain at $5 million, meaning that any estate valued at less than that figure will remain free of federal penalties or inheritance taxes. However, the state of California, like all states, will initiate probate services and tie up any estate in court for months in an attempt to validate the will attached to that estate. While in probate, the state will oversee the transition of assets to the heirs, all of which involves probate and legal fees which can chip away at the overall amount being transferred to surviving family members. In California, probate is required for estates that exceed $50,000 in real estate or $150,000 in total assets. Probate fees are calculated based upon the gross value of the estate. Those state fees along with attorney costs can mount very quickly and the probate procedure itself can last up to a year or longer. All of this can make the passing of your wealth to your loved ones an extremely costly and complicated affair. A revocable living trust allows you and your family to avoid the entire probate procedure so that your assets are transferred and distributed in a timely manner while avoiding all possible expenses and fees that would otherwise be charged. A simple will, on the other hand, is just a document that explains how your assets

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should be distributed upon your demise. That distribution is controlled by a legal process known as probate, which is Latin for “prove the will.” When a will enters the state probate process, it is no longer controlled by your heirs, but by the courts and probate attorneys. Again, a living trust will put your heirs back in control and save them a small fortune in costs. A revocable living trust avoids probate simply because the estate is owned by the trust, so technically there is nothing for the courts to administer or be concerned with and your assets are distributed exactly as you instruct and see fit. Many people have asked me if the living trust is simply a loophole that the government will one day shut down. This will never happen, as trusts have been authorized by law for hundreds of years and free up the legal system to take care of the myriad other issues that it faces. The probate service that government has to provide upon the execution of a will is not a punitive measure, but a service the government has to provide in order to make sure that the deceased person’s wishes are being met in a manner that is legal and best for all parties involved. The courts would much rather avoid having to do this, and so they look very favorably upon the revocable living trust, as it makes life easier for them in the long run. My job is to educate people on the benefits of attaining a living trust, as well as break down the process in a manner that makes sense. I am ready, willing and able to meet with clients throughout the entire state of California and sincerely look forward to helping you put together an estate plan that makes sense for you. I would encourage you to take the necessary action now to protect your assets and the future security of your family and loved ones.

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

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

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

7th Annual

Peace Officer Memorial Golf Tournament June 3, 2013 Please join us as we honor the sacrifices of fallen officers and their loved ones left behind. All golfers receive a golf shirt, golf balls, three meals, open bar and $100 gift card to use that morning at the PPOA tournament store, featuring Titleist and FootJoy. Early registration discounts available.

9:00 a.m. Registration 10:30 a.m. Shotgun Start 4:00 p.m. Banquet, Awards, Raffle, Auction

TPC Valencia 26550 Heritage View Lane Tournament Sponsor: Hayes & Cunningham, LLP. Presented by Los Angeles County PPOA and the Professional Peace Officers Charitable Foundation.

For more info on sponsorship, or to register to play, call PPOA at (800) 747-PPOA. Also, visit us at

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Disability Insurance Almost Everyone Can Purchase By Eddie Holmes, PPOA Insurance Agency Manager


hat is your most valuable asset? Many of you may be thinking that it is things like your home, car, an investment account or your family. In some ways this can be accurate. However, your most valuable asset is your ability to earn an income! If you can’t work, for whatever the reason, you don’t have the funds to make your car payment. You can’t pay your mortgage. The deposits into your investment account have to stop, and your family could suffer extreme financial hardship. As a matter of fact, the major reason people divorce is due to financial difficulties. The Professional Peace Officers Insurance Agency (PPOIA) understands that you need to protect your income. We also understand that many of you have health issues that may make you uninsurable. Think about it: If you have a bad back, bad knees or diabetes, you are typically unable to purchase disability insurance. PPOIA is proud to announce that we now have disability insurance that almost any County employee can purchase. If you can answer these three questions properly, then you qualify for the insurance. The three questions are: 1. Is any person to be insured now being treated or has, in the last 10 years, been treated or diagnosed by a member of the medical profession for acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) or AIDS-related complex? The answer should be “no.”

2. Has any person to be insured been disabled or hospitalized on an inpatient basis or had outpatient surgery in the last six months? The answer should be “no.” 3. Is this insurance to replace or change any existing life (if applied for) or health (if applied for) coverage? If the answer is “yes,” provide the policy number and insurance company name. You can still purchase the policy, providing you are not overinsured. The enrollment period is open now. So if you or your friends are interested in purchasing disability insurance, please feel free to call us. If your department is interested, we would be more than happy to go to your department and meet with you and your co-workers. We have other insurance plans that will be available, providing you can answer these questions as given above. We will be introducing these insurance programs throughout the year in this column. These insurance plans are available via payroll deduction. Many of you have insurance policies of various types that were not purchased through PPOIA. Let us see if you can save money on your current insurance policies. Call us for a no-obligation insurance review at (909) 599-8627.

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You can help

the Memorial Foundation in our mission to underwrite the annual

California Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony, maintain the monument, and support the

California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation families of our fallen heroes through our educational grant and financial assistance programs.

California law allows taxpayers to make voluntary tax-free contributions on their personal state income tax returns to the “California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation Fund”.

Simply indicate the amount to be donated where instructed on the tax return form.

California State Income Tax “Check-Off” Program Peace Officers’ Memorial and for activities in support of the survivImportantly, the law requires that all contributions be used to maintain the California Peace n 1999, Governor Gray Davis, in an overt expression of support for our ing families of those gallant men and women peace officers who and into for law activities support surviving families our than brave100,000 men profespeace officer heroes and theirOfficers’ survivingMemorial families, signed Senate inhave made of thethe ultimate sacrifice. Theofmore Bill 1230 authored by Senatorand Johnwomen Burton. This law allows taxpayers to sional peace officers serving you in California urge your support peace officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. We urge the more than make voluntary contributions on their personal state income tax returns and participation in this most worthwhile project. We appreciate 100,000 peace officers(CPOMF). serving California tosupport! help us Take Care of Our Own. to the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation The your process is simple. When completing FORM your California Resident Income Tax California Resident Income Tax Return 2012 540 Return, enter a dollar amount under California Peace Officer Memorial “California Peace Foundation Fund ........................................ • 408 │00 Officers’ Memorial Fund” in the “Con110 Add code 400 through code 419. This is your total contribution ....................................................... ●110 │00 tributions” section of your tax form. Imp or t ant ly, t h e law specifies that all California Peace Officer Memorial Foundation Fund………………$10.00 contributions must be used to maintain the California California Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony – May 6, 2013


CPOMF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, Federal Tax ID #95- 4350983 For more information please visit our website at

Mystery Photo

Star & Shield Contest Winners

The first member to correctly identify by name BOTH individuals in this photo will receive a PPOA prize pack. One guess per person, please. (Hint: two counterparts in the 1930s.) Email your answer to Congrats to Jonathan Dennell for recognizing that the photo in the last issue was snapped just down the street from Lost Hills Station. By the way, did you know that PPOA’s Facebook followers get the first crack at solving the mystery photo (along with plenty more opportunities to win prizes!) every month? Check it out for yourself at


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Congratulations to the PPOA members below for winning the “Find the Hidden Symbol” contest in Star & Shield. If your name is one of the five monthly winners listed here, please call Greg Torres at (323) 261-3010 to claim your $100 check.

$100 Prize Winners (November 2012 issue) Susannah Baker, Forensics Identification Specialist Ryan Bergner, Sergeant David Sanchez, Deputy Gloria Shannon, Retired Ralph Simmons, Retired


continued from page 4 CUSTODY ASSISTANT CAREER PATH The sheriff has proposed a new Custody Training Division that he would like to staff with deputies and C/As who will be responsible for all jail training. As proposed, both deputies and C/As would be “bonus” positions that will require a change in the C/A classification to permit a new “bonus C/A” classification including pay differential. Of course PPOA supports this concept and will work with the sheriff and the Board of Supervisors to make this a reality. The CCJV recommended that the C/A classification be expanded and that the ratio of deputies and C/As be changed in the jails as well. This will be an arduous process as there are many complications with implementing such changes, including MOU issues and a comprehensive study on the impact on jail operations. CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS Contract negotiation rumors are the flavor of the month and I have heard everything from we are getting a “certain percentage” raise to we are losing benefits and health care. It is far too early for anyone to know what is or is not going to happen in contract negotiations. But PPOA is going to the table this year for Unit 612 (sergeants and lieutenants) and we will start negotiations soon. The other PPOA bargaining units will likely negotiate their contracts as well when their contracts expire later this year. I have put together a strong 612 negotiating team with representatives from all over the Department so we can get a wide perspective on the needs of our members. I am confident that this team will do everything in their power to get the best contract possible for our membership. Over the past few years, we have strengthened our relationship with the Board of Supervisors and the CEO and have one of the best reputations of any L.A. County union. I am looking forward to negotiations after many years of “kicking the can down the road.”

Delegate Dedication

A record number of delegates qualified for the year-end luncheon in 2012 — a testament to the increasing number of PPOA members who want to take an active role in their Association! The next PPOA delegates meeting is scheduled for March 5, 2013, at Chevy Chase Country Club in Glendale.

PPOA Board members Brian Moriguchi and Jim Blankenship present D.A. Captain (and soon to be retired!) Jesse Prieto with a drawing gift at the PPOA Delegates Appreciation Luncheon at Santa Anita Park in December.

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continued from page 5 SAN DIEGO CITY PENSION COSTS SKYROCKET Many agencies undertook pension reform on their own last year. Among those was the city of San Diego. The city closed off its defined-benefit retirement plan for everyone except police officers and forced all other new hires into a defined-contribution 401(k) retirement plan. By closing off its old plan and going into a 401(k) plan, the city was forced into ramping up pension payments to the old plan since no new members were hired that would help pay for the old plan! This problem was the No. 1 contributor to the city having to pay $44 million more this year over last year. In other words, going to a defined-contribution 401(k) plan cost the city more money than staying with the old defined-benefit retirement plan!

Questions About Current Insurance Policies: Norma Gomez Membership, Dues Deductions: Clare Franco Job-Related Labor Representation: Teresa Machado

NO WORKERS’ COMP FOR NEWTOWN OFFICERS One last issue in somewhat the same vein. Everyone knows about the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, and the slaughter of 26 innocent people by a deranged young man. What most people don’t know is that the first responders to the incident do not get workers’ compensation benefits for emotional injuries or PTSD suffered as a result of their service after the shooting. Connecticut law does not currently provide for workers’ compensation to those who might be emotionally injured while performing their duties. Thirteen officers from Newtown went into the school immediately after the shooting. Can you imagine what they saw? Can you imagine the horror, especially considering that 20 of the victims were children under the age of 7? We all know how that must have affected those officers and how they may suffer the effects of PTSD years from now. Seventeen Newtown officers are still off work. They deserve workers’ compensation, if they need it, for what they experienced. The local police commissioner is pushing for a bill in Connecticut to fix this problem. Let’s hope he is successful. Peace officers perform services that most of the public can’t even imagine doing. Sometimes it’s not even what they do — but what they are willing to do if the need arises. They deserve protection for their pensions, their workers’ compensation and their salary and benefits! I hope the public and our leaders are paying attention.

Contact the PPOA Board

Contact the PPOA Staff Discount Tickets, Address Updates, Non-Job-Related Legal Consultation: Violet Perez

Two-thirds of San Diego voters voted for the change. I wonder how they feel about that vote now. Someday, the 401(k) may save them some money, but now — DISASTER. By the way, former L.A. Mayor Richard Riordan was pushing for a public vote to do the same thing in the city of Los Angeles. It included cops going to a 401(k) plan as well. Hard work by the Los Angeles Police Protective League stopped Riordan’s attempt (for now). Let’s hope that San Diego’s experience and related problems stop it for good.

Free Notary Services (by appointment only): Maricela Villegas Star & Shield,, Social Media, Delegates: Greg Torres

Executive Board Brian Moriguchi, President ( Jim Cronin, Vice President ( Jim Blankenship, Secretary ( Rogelio Maldonado, Treasurer (

Board and Foundation Inquiries, Political Action: Sandi Bryant Inquiries About New Insurance Policies (Life, Home, Auto, Disability, etc.): PPOA Insurance Agency representatives (909) 599-8627

(323) 261-3010


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Directors Danya Hazen ( Gerardo Garcia ( Noe Garcia ( Roberto Medrano ( Art Reddy ( Tab Rhodes ( David Vidal ( Headlines The following is a partial list of breaking news links posted at last month. Visit the PPOA website to stay up to date on the news affecting Los Angeles County’s current and retired peace officers.

Deputy Attacked in South LA, Search Continues for Assailant LASD Arrests Seven at West Hollywood Checkpoint LASD Bomb Squad Investigates Suspicious Package on Bus LASD Investigating Possible Assault Involving Singers Chris Brown and Frank Ocean Deputies Call Off Malibu Search for Carjacking Suspect

Is Cloud Computing Safe Enough to Lock Up Law Enforcement Data? Crescenta Valley Station to Host ‘Battle of Badges’ Blood Drive on Feb. 6th LASD Homicide Investigating Death of Inmate at MCJ Palmdale Station Detectives Seek Public Help to Identify Burglary Suspects

LASD Explorers Earn Awards at Arizona Competition

LASD Homicide Finds Hummer Sought in Disappearance of Fox Executive

Groups Disagree if California Crime Rise Related to Prison Plan

Three Suspects Deny Charges in Slaying of LASD Employee

Sheriff’s Investigators Arrest Suspects After Gang Threatens Compton Family LASD Gang Detectives Arrest Men for Ecstasy Pills Drug Charges

Industry Council Gets Briefing on LASD Plastic Theft Task Force LA County: Cause of Death Determinations for 2012 LASD Juvenile Intervention Team Guides Parents

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Captain Larry Brogan February 28, 2013 Monterey Hill Restaurant 4 p.m. Info: Ana Horan (323) 526-5283

Requirement: One year of full-time office clerical experience, which must have included experience operating a radiotelephone to route or communicate with vehicles. Monthly salary: $2,850.00 – $3,724.09 Details at (click on “job listings”). Department Contact Name Exams Unit: Jonathan Rono Department Contact Phone (213) 202-7730

Lt. Donal Dean “DD” Miller April 18, 2013 Jack Bones Equestrian Center, Castaic 3:30 p.m. / $20 Info: Lt Gregg (310) 386-2562

Department Contact Email

Calendar of Events


March 24: First Responder Day at Auto Club Speedway, Fontana $99 ticket includes pit pass, food and drinks Benefits California Peace Officers Memorial Foundation Info: responder

February 13: PPOA Insurance Agency @ Carson Station (break room) 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

March 3: LASAA 10K Mug Run Hosted by Temple Station Info:

February 16: Law Enforcement Family Fun Day Santa Anita Park, Arcadia Gates open: 10:30 a.m. 1st race: 12:30 p.m. BBQ, music, mechanical bull, raffle, kids free w/ adult Tickets: San Dimas Sheriff’s Station, (909) 450-2700

March 5: PPOA Delegates Meeting Chevy Chase Country Club, Glendale RSVP by February 15: March 13: PPOA Board Meeting San Dimas Info:

March 28: POPA Federal Credit Union Annual Membership Meeting Luminarias, Monterey Park Info:

February 17: LASAA 10K Mug Run Hosted by Walnut Station Info:

March 17: LASAA 10K Mug Run Hosted by East L.A. Station Info:

April 13-14: Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay Info:

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Total Dues Paid 2012 The following year-end (2012) dues totals are provided to aid members with tax preparation. If you were not a PPOA member for the entire calendar year, please contact Clare at (323) 261-3010. Political contributions are not deductible for income tax purposes, and 8 percent of PPOA dues are used for political contributions. Unit Classification


Members 612

Lieutenant 956.52


Lieutenant, DA 956.52


Sergeant 956.52


Supervising Investigator, DA 956.52


Criminalist 725.68


Forensic Identification Specialist I 687.37


Forensic Identification Specialist II 831.13


Senior Criminalist 966.08


Crime Lab Tech 487.94


Civilian Investigator 701.12


Court Services Specialist 453.57


Crime Analyst 684.01


Custody Assistant 554.73


Law Enforcement Technician 502.54


Public Response Dispatcher I 502.56


Public Response Dispatcher II 589.93


Public Response Dispatcher Specialist



Supervising Public Response Dispatcher



Security Assistant 264.30


Security Officer 419.48


Supv. Coroner’s Investigator I 798.93


Supv. Coroner’s Investigator II 873.04


Captain 956.52


Captain, DA 956.52


Commander 956.52


Deputy IV (full member) 523.92


Deputy (PPOA full member, not ALADS)


Senior Investigator, DA 621.00

Service Member 120.00

Retired Member 120.00

Retired Member prior to January 1, 1980




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Discounted Ticket Prices for PPOA Members

Venue Adult


Adventure City (Anaheim)






Disneyland (One-Day)



Disney/California Adventure (One-day hopper)



Disney Annual Passports • SoCal Select (valid 170 days) • SoCal (valid 215 days) • Deluxe (valid 315 days) • Premium (valid 365 days w/parking)

258.00 315.00 448.00 619.00

258.00 315.00 448.00 619.00

Huntington Library



Knott's Berry Farm



L.A. Zoo



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



Legoland (Two-day ticket)



Long Beach Aquarium



Medieval Times



Movie Tix (UA, Krik, AMC, Edwards, Regal)

Range: 6.25-8.25

Pirate Dinner Adventure



San Diego Zoo



San Diego Wild Animal Park



Scandia Amusement Park/Ontario



Sea World



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34.99 (online only/

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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)

94.00 (credit card only)

Universal Premium Star Pass

154.00 (credit card only)

134.00 (credit card only)

Universal Front of the Line Pass

99.00 (credit card only)

139.00 (credit card only)



AMC Theatres



Harkins Theatre (Chino Hills)












Six Flags Magic Mountain

Movie Theater



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)

Double Burial Plot - For Sale - Forest Lawn Glendale Located in “Court of Remembrance.” Small, secluded area. Quiet, serene, beautiful mountain view. Near Liberace, Bette Davis, Ronnie Dio. Asking $10,000. Call (661)618-8456. (0412)

2009 YAMAHA MAJESTY 400 cc scooter. Dark Gray.   Gets nearly 60 miles per gallon.  Retail value is $4,295.  Asking $3,800.  Call (951) 218-9394. (0112)

Seeking VINTAGE RC CARS 1970’S, 80’S, 90’S. I buy and collect vintage RC cars in any condition. Let me know what you have. Joey cell 714 745-4963. (0412)

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)

Eagle Rock House For Sale 3beds/2 baths plus bonus room. 1,428 sq. ft. of living space. Remodeled 2002, upgrades galore. Great veranda deck, great yard. $409K. Call Carlos 323-855-9345. (0712)

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: (661) 600-5600 (0212)

LAGUNA BEACH CONDO FOR RENT New Year’s Week, 12/28/12 - 01/04/13. Ocean Front, Walk to Beach, Village, Restaurants. 1 BD.RM./2BA., sleeps 4, Full Kitchen. Email:, cell: 360-301-5509. (1012)

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

SHERIFF’S ACADEMY RING FOR SALE Selling my Sheriff ’s Academy ring - purchased early 1960’s. 10K gold. Interested please e-mail -- 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: (1112)

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)

GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPIES Beautiful AKC registered puppies. Only two left, 1 female and 1 male. 10 weeks old and have had their 2nd puppy shot. Take them home today. $600 per puppy. Health guaranteed and parent’s hips are x-rayed and clear. Vicki (cell) 909-762-6937. (0812)

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

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

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)

GUN FOR SALE New Colt M4/M15-Style .22LR caliber rifle; all black with synthetic stock; never fired; extra magazine; $400 firm. Call John at (213) 216-8828. (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. $175.00 - Rick 562-201-1661 (0213)

1988 Lincoln Town Car Signature series. Mint condition. Leather, traction control, prem. sound, CD changer, ABS 4 wheels, rear air, orig. spare, prem. wheels, always garaged. Must sell due to health. $4,500 obo. (760) 898-3365. (0113)

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 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. february 2013 | Star&Shield


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State Bar Certified Specialist

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We have successfully represented over 35,000 safety members. Our representation continues long after your case is concluded since your right to lifetime medical care may always be challenged.

We have a pension department that specializes in this area and have successfully obtained disability pensions for thousands of safety personnel under PERS, County 1937 Retirement Act and other county and city systems.

Our personal injury department has successfully litigated or tried over 5000 claims for automobile injuries, products liability, medical malpractice and other negligence areas.

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20750 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 400 Woodland Hills, CA 91364 Serving Ventura, Los Angeles and Orange Counties Making a false or fraudulent workers’ compensation claim is a felony subject to up to five years in prison or a fine up to $50,000.00 or double the value of the fraud, whichever is greater, or both imprisonment and fine.

Star and Shield - February 2013  

Star and Shield is the official publication of the Los Angeles County Professional Peace Officers Association.

Star and Shield - February 2013  

Star and Shield is the official publication of the Los Angeles County Professional Peace Officers Association.