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Volume 37 issue 6 August 2010
10th AnnuAl Pre-lAbor DAy
BBQ See Inside for More Info
6 The Fine Line Between
Technical and Clerical
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
188 E. Arrow Highway
San Dimas, CA 91773 Public Employees Under Attack ............................................ 4
(323) 261-3010 | (800) 747-PPOA
Fax (909) 480-3011
PPOA in Your Daily Life ........................................................... 5
(web page) www.ppoa.com
The Fine Line Between Technical and Clerical ..................... 6
POPA Federal Credit Union
(800) 369-7672 | www.popafcu.org
More on the CA Reclassification ........................................... 7
Star & Shield is the official publication of the
Los Angeles County Professional Peace Officers
Association (PPOA). Opinions expressed by indi- An Afternoon at Walnut Station............................................ 11
vidual board members or contributing authors in this
publication do not necessarily reflect the opinions of 2010 Memorial Tourney Sets
the entire Board.
New Standard for Success ................................................... 14
The Board of Directors meets on the second Wednesday
of each month in the PPOA offices at 10:00 a.m. 60 Seconds with a PPOA Board Member ............................ 21
Star & Shield subscription: $12.00
Executive Editor: Brian Moriguchi Alcohol: Nesting on a Slippery Slope .................................. 23
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Estate Planning: Will vs. Living Trust ................................... 24
BRIAN MORIGUCHI, President
JIM CRONIN, Vice President The Federal Reserve and Mortgage Rates ......................... 25
JIM BLANKENSHIP, Secretary
ROGELIO MALDONADO, Treasurer
Victory Times Three! Governor Signs Trio of PPOA
Supported Bills Into Law....................................................... 26
VICTOR CLAY ROBERT LINDSEY
DANYA HAZEN ART REDDY Fishing Trip Review ............................................................... 26
JOHN KALNAS DAVID VIDAL
ANDREW LEE GERARDO GARCIA
2010 STANDING COMMITTEES Southern California Alliance
of Law Enforcement (SCALE)
ASSOCIATIONS MEMBERSHIP California Coalition of
Chairman MORIGUCHI Chairwoman HAZEN Law Enforcement Associations (CCLEA)
DELEGATES 612 NEGOTIATIONS International Foundation
Chairman CRONIN Chairman MORIGUCHI of Employee Benefit Plans
FINANCE 614 NEGOTIATIONS Los Angeles County Organization of Police
Chairman MALDONADO Chairman VIDAL and Sheriffs (LACOPS)
INSURANCE 621 NEGOTIATIONS Public Employees Staff Organization (PESO)
Chairman KALNAS Chairman BLANKENSHIP Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)
LEGISLATIVE RETIREE LIAISON National Conference of Public Employee Retirement Systems
Chairman REDDY Chairman REDDY California Peace Officer Memorial Foundation
PPOA STAFF MEMBERS
PAUL K. ROLLER, Executive Director
SANDRA BRYANT, Adminstrative Assistant
911Media® is a division of Trade News CLARE FRANCO, Administrative Assistant
International, Inc. NORMA GOMEZ, Administrative Assistant
TERESA MACHADO, Intake Representative
Published by 911Media VIOLET PEREZ, Receptionist
For Advertising call
(818) 848-6397 MARLYNE RINALDI, Sr. Labor Representative
GREG TORRES, Public Relations Coordinator
MARICELA VILLEGAS, Sr. Administrative Assistant
PPOA Online Store:
JIM VOGTS, Legislative Representative
www.poastore.com VENISE WALLACE, Sr. Labor Representative
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Public Employees Under Attack
here is a lot going on at PPOA, and I am very irresponsibly with their firearms. Nothing could be
proud of the direction we are moving as an further from the truth. This new policy simply is the
organization. I will outline in this month’s wrong approach.
article some of the projects we have been This policy takes firearms away from RESPONSIBLE
working on to make PPOA a stronger, healthier and deputies in public, as well as prohibits deputies from
compassionate organization for all of our members: possessing firearms in their own homes. It is the
Brian Moriguchi sworn, non-sworn and retired. In addition, I will talk
about what lies ahead for us and what we are doing to
typical over-reaction to the IRRESPONSIBLE actions
of a few. It is the latest version of “Punish the masses
PPOa President address these concerns. instead of dealing with the few.” This new policy will
lead to deputies being unable to defend themselves or
lieutenant, laSd OPS Merger protect the lives of others and will eventually lead to
email@example.com The OPS merger is nearing completion, and the death of innocent people, maybe even one of our
PPOA has worked hard (in particular, Board member own. All because a small percentage of deputies acted
Kevin Thompson) to ensure that the “former” badly while intoxicated, even though we already have
OPS officers transition smoothly into the Sheriff ’s a plethora of policies prohibiting such misconduct.
Department. Although most of the OPS officers Sadly, police managers are far too often turning to
successfully passed background and medical exams, blanket policies instead of addressing individual
some have unfortunately been disqualified from the incidents or the root of the problem. "Let’s take guns
process for a variety of reasons. PPOA is reviewing out of the hands of responsible deputies because some
the 'pension each and every disqualification to ensure they were deputy acted stupidly. Let’s cancel all pursuits because
for just cause, and we have hired attorneys to handle some cop made the wrong decision in a single pursuit.
reformers' are using the appeals so that their rights are protected and no Let’s take flashlights away from cops because one cop
every opportunity to stone is left unturned. We have been working with beat a suspect inappropriately with a flashlight." It goes
the CEO to ensure jobs elsewhere in the County on and on.
turn the public against for those who were disqualified from the Sheriff ’s So, what is the alternative? Wouldn't it be better to
public employee Department. I have said this time and time again: treat the causes of the alcohol-related incidents before
The OPS officers have served this County faithfully they occur instead of creating another policy to punish
pensions ... and it — some for more than 20 years. They need to be the behavior after it occurs? I assure you that most
treated with respect and not cast aside like old shoes. deputies are not thinking about “policies” when they
is working. They have families. They have homes. They have behave poorly off duty. What are the causes? Do we
bills to pay. Lest we not forget that they are part of have a culture of drinking? Do we allow our brothers
the County family. Let’s welcome them with open and sisters to drive drunk when we know they are
arms. too intoxicated? Do we have alternatives? Are some
I am pleased to announce that PPOA successfully of us alcoholics? Do we have options for those with a
got a bill through Sacramento (at a time when drinking problem? There are many causes and there is
they are in gridlock!) and signed by the governor no single solution that fits every situation.
regarding OPS (AB 1658). You can read about it In an effort to develop a sound and reasonable
on page 26 in the legislative section of this issue. solution, PPOA is looking into a taxi program that will
Congratulations are in order to Jim Vogts, our allow deputies to utilize a cab service when necessary.
lobbyist. Well done! We are looking into creating a confidential, third-party
counseling option for those who aren’t comfortable
Sheriff’S AlcOhOl And fireArMS POlicy talking to LASD’s Employee Support Services because
I have talked about this ill-conceived policy for of their tie to the Department. In this issue of Star
several months, but many still have the perception
that PPOA supports deputies getting drunk and acting continued on page 10
Visit our newly redesigned website at
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PPOA in Your Daily Life
lAbOr dAy bbQ
qualified and committed PPOA members are elected
lease join your fellow PPOA members and to the Board every year.
their guests at PPOA’s 10th Annual Pre-Labor This year is no different. If you wish to run for a seat
Day BBQ on Wednesday, September 1, at the on the PPOA Board, you must submit a petition by
Biscailuz Center track and field in Los Angeles. September 15 to be eligible to run. The requirements
Originally the brainchild of former-PPOA President to do so are published on page 16 of this issue of Star
Paul K. Roller Roger Mayberry, the BBQ has grown immensely
since 2001 when it was held in the parking lot of
& Shield. Even if you don’t choose to run, please vote
later this fall for your chosen candidate. This will
PPOa executive director PPOA’s old offices in Monterey Park. Since then, we
have added new vendors every year and now hold the
ensure that PPOA continues to be an association run
and controlled by its membership.
firstname.lastname@example.org event under a huge tent on the SEB track and field
surrounded by PPOA vendors handing out giveaways PPOA delegAteS
and prizes. Add to that the great BBQ cooked up by Another job vital to PPOA’s success is the position of
Café-N-Stuff Catering and we have an event that you delegate. Other unions call these positions “stewards,”
don’t want to miss. So bring your significant other but at PPOA they are called “delegates” for a number
or your PPOA work partner and join the PPOA of reasons. In fact, PPOA delegates are PPOA’s liaisons
Board, staff, attorneys and vendors from 11 a.m. (or delegates) to the membership at large. Ideally we
to 2 p.m. for a great afternoon of food, prizes and would have a PPOA delegate in every work location
PPOA fellowship on September 1. It is PPOA’s way where a PPOA member works. This means every
the working of honoring our members and the work they do on station, every jail and every place of business for the
the only holiday specifically for working men and Sheriff’s Department, the DA’s office and the coroner’s
men and women women — Labor Day. office.
of america are the PPOA delegates are expected to attend quarterly
PPOA electiOnS meetings each year which qualify them to attend the
engine that drives Every year, according to the PPOA bylaws, Christmas Appreciation Luncheon, where countless
the economic train elections are held for approximately one-half of the prizes are awarded to our delegates. Unlike other
PPOA Board of Directors. PPOA’s Board sets the unions, PPOA delegates do not represent their fellow
that eVerYthiNg policy and charts the course for the organization. members in the civil service grievance/appeal process.
The PPOA Board also elects the PPOA president and PPOA’s labor reps or our attorneys handle those
depends upon. the other officers. Obviously, holding a seat on the issues. Instead, PPOA delegates are asked to carry
PPOA Board is the most important function that can information back and forth between the PPOA Board
be performed in our association, and since Board and the PPOA membership.
members derive their power from being elected by They accomplish this two-way communication
the membership, the PPOA Board members are by attending the quarterly meetings where they learn
your elected voice and representatives for all issues about issues vital to PPOA and its membership.
involving PPOA. Having an active and involved
Board is vital to PPOA’s future, so it is imperative that continued on page 12
Update Regarding Workers’ Comp and Tristar
by Art reddy (retiree, board Member)
I have received many complaints from retirees about their health care and, in particular, about workers’ compensation issues with Tristar.
Over the past year, PPOA has been working with LASD and Tristar to resolve these issues. I am happy to report that many retirees had
their issues resolved as a result of this. But this is not the end. We must continue to address this problem. Many retirees are suffering
and cannot get approval for appropriate medical care and surgeries. This is unacceptable. It’s not about saving a buck. It’s about helping
retirees who dedicated their lives to this County, and the County holding true to their commitments to the retirees. I, along with President
Moriguchi, will again be meeting with Tristar executives to continue our dialogue with them and to improve the process. Please contact
me if you are having any W/C issues that need to be addressed with Tristar. You can reach me at email@example.com or (323) 261-3010. PPOA
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The Fine Line Between
Technical and Clerical
reetings! I hope everyone is enjoying their Based on the information I have from the 35
summer. On February 16th of this year, the members that applied, 95 percent of the applications
Department opened up the OAI position submitted were rejected by Sheriff ’s Personnel,
for testing. The time period to turn in claiming that the minimum qualifications were not
applications was nine business days. As most of you met. I myself applied based on my last four-and-a-
are aware, the OA series has a career path. All of the half years of experience working Operations at my
Jim Blankenship 621 classifications are considered technical-specialty
jobs. However, over the years we have found that a
unit, doing the administrative work of an Operations
Assistant, as did most of the 35 applicants. So, you get
great many LETs, CAs and some PRDs have for one a rejection letter from Personnel (I’m not surprised)
PPOa Board Secretary reason or another been placed into administrative simply stating that the application was rejected for
law enforcement tech, laSd positions within their respective units. Why is that? not meeting the minimum requirements. Now, I
firstname.lastname@example.org There could be any number of reasons why this did not submit the VOE letter, as did a number of
occurs. Executives are given the freedom to run their individuals, so technically the application was not
respective units or divisions as they see fit. Often, a complete. However, there were a number of people
unit commander may not have an available OA to do who did submit VOE letters, and still their applications
the work they need to get done. But wait — the captain were rejected. So you call the number on the rejection
may have a very qualified LET or CA that he or she can letter to find out more as to why you were rejected.
pull from the line to get the work done. Now, it may Personnel’s simple answer was, “You did not qualify
not be in your job specs, but the trade-off is usually because you’re an LET (or CA).” When I asked for
that these administrative jobs come with the nice A+ clarification of this statement, I was told that my job
schedule. A very nice incentive if you’re working the was considered a “technical specialty,” and the OA
line with rotating days off. So, both the unit and the series was considered clerical. So, I posed the question,
employee are happy. Plus, the employee gains valuable what if I had a Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree
experience, thus making said employee a greater asset in Public Administration; how would I be able to
to the Department. move from a technical specialty to a clerical? The
Approximately 35 members (from Unit 621) answer was, “You can’t. You can’t mix classes.” Really?
applied to take the OA1 test. The 35 were LETs and Is anyone buying this? This same statement was told to
this department a few CAs. Now, I will tell you that based on the job numerous people. I further challenged the statement,
criteria, some of the 35 did not meet the minimum and all I got was, ”You did not turn in a VOE letter.”
needs to re-evaluate requirements. Most of the 35 people claimed to qualify Now, let’s talk a little about this VOE letter. This
how to better under Option A, an associate’s degree and two years is a form that was created by Sheriff’s Personnel,
of paid experience in a highly specialized clerical or not County Human Resources. This letter is used by
invest in its responsible secretarial capacity at the level of senior Personnel to document that an employee has gained
professional staff. clerk or higher in service to the County of Los Angeles. experience or performed similar kinds of work which
Option B was the same criteria above minus the degree, provided the knowledge, skills and abilities required
and you had to have three years of paid experience. for the position to which you are applying. The
Also, if you went off the criteria at the “higher level,” employee must be performing the higher-level duties
you had to submit a Verification of Experience (VOE)
letter. I’ll go further into this letter in a minute. continued on page 13
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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More on the CA Reclassification
ustody assistant reclassification has been 1. Will it be a raise so that we are paid what a
ongoing for approximately two years and deputy gets?
we can save the County a lot of money! The answer is no. Why would the County pay us
We’re talking two for one! For 20 years, we all the same amount? We don’t go out on patrol and
have proven that we are an asset, not a liability. Am I we don’t carry guns. We are cost effective. In today’s
telling you anything that you don’t already know? Well, world, it’s about money. All we have to do is look and
Danya Hazen the County knows it as well!
Don't let anyone tell you not to do your job. "Assist"
listen to what’s going on around us. Am I going to give
up? Hell no! When you contact me, please understand
is a word and just that! We do checks; we do Title 15; that I may not get back to you right away, but I will try
PPOa Board Member we back up our partners; we escort inmates; and, yes, to get an answer for you. I try to talk to you personally
Custody assistant, laSd we get involved in 415s. For 20 years, custody assistants because sometimes you come up with other questions
email@example.com have been working with their partners — deputies and or problems.
CAs alike. If you refuse to do your job, you hurt every 2. Do you think we will be getting a raise when our
CA who has busted their butt to get us recognition. contract is up?
Everyone who has said "yes we can" should know that From what I see and hear, the answer is no. I don’t
we are close! Reclass for custody assistants is alive! Can think anyone will get a raise any time soon. We are in
I explain why we keep waiting? No, I can’t. I do know for a few more rough years. We have to do everything
that a presentation needs to be made, and we want to we can to just keep what we have. I used to laugh when
make sure that we cover all of the bases. I want to try to
answer some questions that you frequently ask. continued on page 17
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PPOA 10th Annual labor day bbQ l.A. county retired deputies
September 1, 2010 First Wednesday of each month
Biscailuz Center track and field, Los Angeles Carrow’s, Hesperia
Free lunch and giveaways for all PPOA members. 11:00 a.m.
San dimas Station reunion bbQ desert heat lunch
September 18, 2010 Second Wednesday of each month
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Elks Club, Lake Havasu
Open to retirees and former station personnel. RV parking and
special room rates available. RSVP to Dave Campbell, the Motherlode loafers
firstname.lastname@example.org Second Wednesday of each month
Location alternates between various restaurants in the
retired Marshals luncheon Grass Valley area.
October 6, 2010 Info: email@example.com
Villa Tepeyac, West Covina
retired deputies in las Vegas
7th Annual PPOA retiree luncheon Third Wednesday of each month
October 13, 2010 Blue Ox Tavern on Sahara
Sheraton Fairplex, Pomona 12:00 p.m.
Free for retired PPOA members and spouses. Info: Tony Silas, (702) 251-8088
Info: (323) 261-3010
compton Alumni Association
investigators-On-the-go travel group Third Wednesday of each month
New Zealand/Australia trip planned for March 2011 Crystal Hotel & Casino
Info: Hershel Aron, (702) 360-0484 12:00 p.m.
former l.A. deputy Sheriffs in texas luncheon Santa clarita Area retired Sheriffs Personnel Quarterly luncheon
May 21, 2011 Second Thursday in February, May, August and November
Hosted by Jan and Marshall Priest in Waskom, Texas Tournament Players Club restaurant, Valencia
Details to come ... 11:30 a.m.
lakewood rOMeOs luncheons
Second Monday of each month Antelope Valley retirees
Last Friday of every month
los Angeles retired deputy Sheriffs (lArdS) Carrow’s on Avenue K, Lancaster
Second Monday of each month 7:00 a.m.
Bella Italia Restaurant, San Gabriel (across from Northwoods Inn) Info: Carlos Valdez, (661) 943-0125 or firstname.lastname@example.org
fuzz that Wuzz/central california
Wuzz fuzz/Victor Valley Occasional reunion for LASD retirees
Second Tuesday of each month Info: Walt Scheuerell, (559) 683-6320 or email@example.com
Hometown Buffet, Victorville
7:30 a.m. northern Sierra retirees
Occasional reunion for LASD retirees
retired d.A. investigators lunch Info: Drake Robles, firstname.lastname@example.org
First Wednesday of each month
Frantone’s, 10808 Alondra Boulevard, Cerritos deputies-On-the-go travel group
11:00 a.m. Info: Pete Moreno, (909) 941-4416 or email@example.com
Info: Wes English, (714) 962-5862
inland empire Old guys
First Wednesday of each month
B.C. Café, Rancho Cucamonga
Info: Dock Parnell, (909) 981-6217
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10th Annual Pre-Labor Day
Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010
Biscailuz Center Track & Field
(1060 N. Eastern Ave., Los Angeles)
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
FREE Lunch for PPOA Members
Visit w/ reps from:
24 Hour Fitness • 911Media • Aquarium of the Pacific • Blue Cross
Colonial Insurance • Cosmetic Laser Dentistry • D.A. Recruitment
Disneyland • Goldschmid, Silver & Spindel • Healthview Body scan
Horizons • Knott's Berry Farm • LACERA • Lavi Spine & Ortho
L.A. Fitness • L.A. Sheriff’s Athletic Assoc. • LASD Recruitment
Legoland • Lewis, Marenstein, Wicke, Sherwin & Lee
Peace Officers/Firefighters Benefits Association
Pirate's Dinner Adventure • POPA Federal Credit Union
Primary Residential Mortgage • RaSport, Inc.
Red Book Fleet Pricing • San Diego Wild Animal Park
San Diego Zoo • Sea World • Sheriff’s Youth Foundation • Sprint PCS
Sr. Wealth Management Group • Straussner & Sherman
Universal Studios • Verizon Wireless • Venture Matrix Insurance
United Estate Planning & More!
INFO: (323) 261-3010
Moriguchi employee pensions … and it is working. They are aggressive and we must be,
continued from page 4 too. PPOA is working with a coalition of unions to defend all government
employee pensions. Though much of what we do is behind the scenes, you
& Shield, we have an article written by an alcoholism expert so that we can will see our efforts ramped up in the public arena in the near future as well.
reflect on our own relationships with alcohol. It’s not for everybody, but some We have a long fight ahead of us, and PPOA will be there fighting the good
of you may find it of value. We want to help our members BEFORE they get fight. We earn modest pensions and earned every penny of it. We work hard;
into trouble with alcohol instead of seeing them punished AFTER an incident make sacrifices that others do not; risk our lives; and, as a result, have shorter
occurs. If you have any suggestions, please e-mail me and let me know if there lifespans than that of the average person. We deserve what we get! We earned it!
are other options we have not yet thought of.
PeAce Officer MeMOriAl gOlf tOurnAMent
Security Officer/ASSiStAnt unifOrMS On June 14, 2010, PPOA held its 4th Annual Peace Officer Memorial
Effective September 1, 2010, security officers and security assistants will Golf Tournament. It was a huge success! Moving it back to a private
fully transition to the new green/white uniform and away from the blue/white country club was critical to maintaining the prestige of our tournament
uniform. PPOA has organized five special uniform sale dates at locations (nothing against Brookside, where we held last year’s tournament!). I want
throughout the County to assist SO/SAs in purchasing additional uniforms. to thank the entire golf committee and a few individuals who deserve
Quartermaster has agreed to extend the special pricing to deputy sheriff special recognition. First, Norma Gomez, from our office, who handled
uniforms as well! So take advantage of this sale whether you are an SO, SA, the logistics of the entire tournament from start to finish. All of this
sergeant or lieutenant (deputies also get a price break!). Look for the sale dates on top of her regular duties in our office. Thanks, Norma! Andrew
in Star & Shield and on our website. Lee, our tournament chairperson and PPOA Board member, for his
hard work in overseeing this event. Suzie Campeau, Julie Sherman and
PenSiOn AttAckS Gold Lee, for their dedicated service as advisory board members to our
Pensions are under attack again and will likely be at the forefront of the Charitable Foundation and for getting us more sponsors this year than
political world for years to come! You may have heard about the outrageous any previous year despite the economy. Sergeant Tony Gonzalez, for
salaries given to high-level people in the city of Bell. It has been reported that volunteering to take photos of our event despite a hand injury. Thanks,
their chief administrative officer is paid over $787,000 and their chief of police Tony, for your photography and your friendship! There are many others
earns $457,000. To put this in perspective, the Sheriff of Los Angeles earns worthy of recognition. Thanks to all of you for making this one of the
about $284,000. You would think the discussions would be about the excessive top golf tournaments in Southern California. Now, let’s get to work on
salaries being dished out by the city of Bell, but the focus has turned to next year’s tournament! Read more about the tournament elsewhere in
pensions. It has been reported that the Bell CAO will be receiving a $650,000/ this magazine.
year pension if he leaves immediately and much more if he stays. The “pension
reformers” are using every opportunity to turn the public against public continued on page 19
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An Afternoon at Walnut Station
PPOA’s traveling benefits team spent a day at Walnut Station last month and talked to personnel there about everything from financial planning to
insurance to estate planning. PPOA also took the opportunity to capture a few “Kodak moments” during the visit.
WAlnut StAtiOn At A glAnce
The Walnut/Diamond Bar Station area is spread out over 45.2 miles, encompassing the contract cities of Diamond Bar and Walnut, and
the unincorporated area of Rowland Heights. We provide police services, including all patrol, investigative and custodial operations, to more than
148,000 residents. PPOA
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Roller labor unions that represent them, and to thank them for all they do to keep
continued from page 5 America running.
Delegates then take this information back to their fellow employees in the gOVernOr SignS PPOA bill
workplace and communicate the information verbally or through the PPOA Another area where PPOA men and women have always been effective is
bulletin boards at every work location. They also bring information directly in Sacramento and the legislative process. PPOA has long had a lobbyist in
from the workplace to the attention of the PPOA Board and staff. This way, Sacramento. For the past 15 years, that man has been former-PPOA President
issues that could turn into problems are handled in a quick and efficient way. Jim Vogts. Jim has been invaluable in keeping PPOA issues in particular and
This also allows our delegates to be PPOA’s eyes and ears in the workplace; law enforcement issues in general front and center in the minds of the governor
to ensure that every department is treating PPOA members with respect and and the state Legislature. Jim has taken the lead in writing, sponsoring and
courtesy; and to ensure that their unit is following the MOU, state laws and helping lobby enough votes so that PPOA legislation can pass through both
departmental policies. the Assembly and the Senate and be signed into law by the governor. He has
Being a PPOA delegate is not a difficult job, but it is a vital position in done this for literally hundreds of bills over his long career in Sacramento.
PPOA. Without our delegates, PPOA would be flying blind on many issues. Last month, Jim shepherded another PPOA bill through this arduous
Our delegates are our “early warning” system and our number-one method process and on to the governor’s desk, where it was signed into law. The bill,
of communicating with our membership. If you have an interest in being a AB 1658, Lieu, was written and sponsored by PPOA. It gives former OPS police
PPOA delegate, please call Greg Torres at the PPOA office at (323) 261-3010 officers who became deputies after the merger the ability to buy back some, or
for more information. all, of their safety retirement from LACERA so that their entire retirement can
be safety retirement. Jim managed to get this bill through both houses of the
lAbOr dAy Legislature and signed by the governor without a single “no” vote. A job well
Labor Day this year is on Monday, September 6. It is much more than just a done by Mr. Vogts!
holiday that gives many people a long weekend or an excuse to host the PPOA
Labor Day BBQ (see above). Labor Day is the only national holiday dedicated nOVeMber electiOnS
solely to the working men and women of America. If Americans don’t work, Just a reminder that ties into much of what we have discussed above: If you
they don’t pay taxes, and they don’t buy houses or cars or any other product have not registered to vote for the November 2010 election, please do so now!
made in America — in other words, the working men and women of America In California this November, we will elect a new governor, attorney general,
are the engine that drives the economic train that EVERYTHING depends other constitutional officers, all of the Assembly, one-half of the Senate, all of
upon. Unions like PPOA were formed to protect the working class in America. California’s congressional delegation and a U.S. senator! No public employee
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Blankenship Mr. Rampulla that I felt the VOE process was flawed, and if everyone’s letter
continued from page 6 was denied there had to be a problem with the process. Mr. Rampulla agreed
to a point and explained why the Department has the VOE. We had further
100 percent of the time. The 100 percent deal becomes a whole separate issue, discussions, and as a result Mr. Rampulla assured PPOA that anyone who had
as someone from the classification unit then determines if your duties qualify turned in a VOE was going to have their application reviewed further. Mr.
or not, or will tell you that one part of your duties does not meet the job duties Rampulla also wanted to make sure that anyone who is doing out-of-class
you are applying for, so you don’t have a 100 percent and thus your letter is work ensures that it is properly documented on their yearly evaluation. Your
denied. yearly evaluation helps to establish your VOE. He also said that any employee
So, when you start this VOE adventure, you must obtain signatures before who has a rejection letter or has questions as to whether they qualify for an
you can submit your letter to Personnel. This starts with your immediate exam should contact the classification unit for assistance.
supervisor, then onto your unit commander, then onto your division Personnel In the case of the OAI exam, Mr. Rampulla asked me why any of us were
representative and finally your division chief. After you have managed to obtain applying to take a test when the job was technically a demotion. I told Mr.
those four signatures, you must submit the package to Personnel. Personnel, Rampulla that we had been given the same answer, which was that we did not
after reviewing the VOE package, determines if they will accept or deny your qualify for the job. Mr. Rampulla said that when employees feel they are doing
VOE letter. On the VOE application it clearly states that the employee is a job that is out of class, they can ask for a job study of the position they are
responsible for ensuring a timely submission to allow adequate time for the in. This would hold true for a CA who has been working Custody Operations
review process to be completed prior to the close of the examination. Knowing Division and who, in PPOA’s view, is clearly doing the work of an OAIII or
what you just read and knowing that you, the employee, were only given nine above. This CA also has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. I told Mr.
business days to get these signatures and have them reviewed by Personnel, do Rampulla that this was a classic example of how a valued Sheriff’s Department
you really think you were given ample time to complete this task? I, along with employee has invested time and money in her education and for a number of
many other people, certainly don’t think so. This is a failure on the exam unit’s years has been doing administrative work, but all his exam unit could say was
part for not allowing enough time for this process. that she did not qualify to take an OAI exam, and by the way, her VOE was
So, really the only LETs or CAs that were allowed to test were those that also denied. I told Mr. Rampulla that this was the black-and-white thinking
had held the title of senior clerk prior to promoting into a LET or CA. Wait a his exam and classification units needed to get out of. This is the Sheriff’s
minute — you just allowed a clerical classification to merge into a technical- Department; we think outside of the box all the time. For some employees
specialty item. You can see how one can become frustrated when you are told such as this CA, this should be a no-brainer, and there should have been more
you cannot mix technical with clerical. time spent on this employee. PPOA shouldn’t have to go to a division director
PPOA requested a meeting with Division Director Victor Rampulla, and and ask him to order his people to review VOEs or look a little closer at an
on June 8th Venise Wallace, PPOA labor representative; CA Tarqueenia Ellis; employee who is clearly working outside of their job class.
and myself met with him and his staff. Mr. Rampulla was very candid with
us in our discussions, and acknowledged a number of our concerns. I told continued on page 22
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2010 Memorial Tourney Sets
By Andrew Lee, PPOA Board Member and Tournament Co-Chair
n June 14, 2010, PPOA hosted our 4th Annual Peace Officer
Memorial Golf Tournament at Friendly Hills Country Club
in Whittier. This year was by far the most successful event that
PPOA has hosted, even with the tight economic times in which we find
ourselves. With the support of our generous sponsors and golfers, PPOA
was able to surpass the totals from our previous tournaments in terms of
money raised for the families of peace officers killed in the line of duty.
Friendly Hills Country Club was a tremendous venue on many levels
for this year’s event. It’s a spectacular, 18-hole championship course
and is widely known as a Wilfred Hines masterpiece. The fact that it is
considered one of the finest and most challenging courses in the Los
Angeles-Orange County area was not lost on our full field of 144 anxious
Each golfer was treated to an early morning breakfast and an
impressive, custom-embroidered Peace Officer Memorial Tournament
golf bag filled with gifts from the tournament sponsors. Before heading
to the links, the golfers stood by their carts, hats in hand, as we opened the
event with our hallmark ceremony. The sound of the drums by Sergeants
Gordon and Tracy Crow and Deputy Brian Anderson filled the air as the
Sheriff’s Department Color Guard presented the flag. The talented Scott
Rate (LAPD) treated us to a moving rendition of the national anthem.
The solemn tone of the proceedings reminded us of the reason we
were there: to honor the heroes who gave their lives and those who will
inevitably do the same in the future.
We’re grateful to Sheriff Lee Baca and District Attorney Steve Cooley
for their attendance and support of our annual tournament each
year since its inception. County Supervisors Michael Antonovich, Zev
Yaroslavsky and Don Knabe all were counted among the sponsors as well.
They are to be thanked for recognizing the commitment of peace officers
serving Los Angeles County.
The day was spectacular and the links were in pristine condition.
On-course contests included a marshmallow drive, closet to the pin,
guess-your-distance drive and everyone’s favorite: hit the radio car! We
were also teased by a brand-new, cherry-red Camaro being offered as a
hole-in-one prize. In the end, the lowest-score prize was awarded to the
foursome led by Mark Skapik, who just happened to be our official title
Following the golf, guests enjoyed the open bar and a fine dinner.
Not only did the drinks and fellowship flow, but the raffle prizes did,
too! Again, none of this would have been possible without our sponsors,
especially our title sponsor, the Law Office of Mark J. Skapik. It is through
the sponsors’ support that this tournament has become the premier
police golf tournament in Southern California.
We are also thankful for all of the volunteers, tournament committee
members and PPOA staff members who organized this event. They are
invaluable. And while we will never be able to prevent the senseless loss
of peace officers year after year, we can ensure that the surviving family
members receive the support they deserve.
We are already working on next year’s tournament and look
forward to returning to Friendly Hills Country Club on June 13,
2011. If you would like to be involved as a volunteer, sponsor or
member of the tournament planning committee, please send an email
to firstname.lastname@example.org. PPOA
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New Standard for Success
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The following seats on PPOAÕ Board of Directors are up for election:
2010 Board Nominating Petition
• Two Unit 612 Representatives Incumbents: Victor Clay, John Kalnas
• One Unit 615 Representative Incumbent: Robert Lindsey
• Two Unit 621 Representatives Incumbent:
Incumbents: Jim Blankenship* Blankenship**
Danya Hazen*, Jim
• One Representative Incumbent: Art Reddy
* Seat held by Hazen is open to the following Unit 621 classification: Custody Assistants.
Seat held by Blankenship is open to open to the Unit 621 Unit 621 classifications: Law Enforcement Technicians and
***Seat held by Blankenship is open to the following following classifications: Law Enforcement Technicians and Public
Public Response Dispatchers.
The petition below has been printed for those who wish to declare their intention to run for a board seat.
We, the undersigned, who are members of the Association in good standing, hereby
nominate __________________________________________________________ ,
(rank) _________________________ (department) _______________________
for the Board of Directors of the Association.
1. (sign) _____________________________ (rank) _________________________
(print) _____________________________ (assignment) ____________________
2. (sign) _____________________________ (rank) _________________________
(print) _____________________________ (assignment) ____________________
3. (sign) _____________________________ (rank) _________________________
(print) _____________________________ (assignment) ____________________
I request that my name be placed on the ballot:
(signature) __________________________ (rank) __________________________
(department) ________________________ (assignment) _____________________
(work phone) ________________________ (home phone) ____________________
This nominating petition, along with candidate statement (500 word max.) & photo,
must be filed at the PPOA office between September 1st and the close of business
on September 15th. Elections will be held in October. Term of office: two years.
ELECTION OF DIRECTORS, ARTICLE V, SECTION 1, BY-LAWS: Candidates for election to the Board of Directors shall
be nominated as follows: A petition shall be filed with the Association between September 1 and the close of
business on September 15, or the first Monday after September 15 when it falls on a weekend, setting forth the names
of the candidates, their rank, department or group he or she represents, and the office for which they seek nomination.
Such petition may be filed with respect to any position on the Board of Directors which expires in such year.
The petition shall be signed by not less than three (3) Association members of the grade or groups of grades and
of the department for which the candidate seeks election and the petition must be signed by the candidate.
Mail completed petition to: PPOA Board Election • 188 E. Arrow Highway, San Dimas CA 91773
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STRAUSSNER & SHERMAN
people said, “You’re lucky to have a job!” I don’t laugh about that anymore.
The Department just brought in a new group to join our family. The OPS
people are now Sheriff’s Department personnel. In fact, approximately 40
of them have joined our ranks as custody assistants. I had the opportunity
to speak to their class at the academy last month. Please welcome them and
support them however you can. Remember that they are our partners now.
You never know when or how your partner can affect your life. One of them
might be the very person who saves it.
Unit 621 has approximately 2,200 members, more than half of which are
custody assistants. If you have a problem or a question, remember that a
custody assistant is fighting for us — ME!
NCCF: Keep up the communication. Good job, Hernandez! You too,
CRDF: Recent problems with your schedules are being addressed. PPOA
(including myself, CA Fierro and CA Thomas) met with Captain Lee to try to We have devoted ourselves and our staff to providing
resolve these issues. I think we were successful. the highest level of personal services to our clients.
North: This facility closed several months ago and we tried to make sure
that the custody assistants were covered.
Our emphasis is primarily on
• Workers’ Compensation • LACERA Retirements
IRC: Major changes are taking shape there. Custody assistants have been • Employment Litigation • Personal Injury
moved and schedules have been changed. Custody assistants who have gone
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Moriguchi uPcOMing OPen hOuSe With cOSMetic lASer dentiStry
continued from page 10 In an effort to provide quality services to our members, PPOA has developed
a relationship with Dr. Maher Al Bouz, Cosmetic Laser Dentistry. Dr. Al Bouz
will be hosting two open houses in August for our members to come join him
in their hOnOr chArity grAPPling eVent in learning about the services he provides. For all PPOA members who attend,
PPOA is working in concert with personnel from the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s he will offer free tooth whitening for our members or a family member (one
Station to produce a first-rate charity grappling event as part of our In Their per household.) We will send out a flyer to the membership to bring with you
Honor Fight League. A portion of the money raised at this event (currently to the event, or you can bring this issue of Star & Shield. If you are looking for
scheduled for September 18, 2010) will go to the surviving family of Santa a new dentist (or even if you are not), come join us and Dr. Al Bouz for food
Clarita Station Deputy Cameron Glover, who was killed on April 28, 2010, and fun at the open houses.
in a tragic motorcycle accident. A portion will also go to the Santa Clarita
Station Foundation for the construction of a Peace Officer Memorial fAreWell tO keVin thOMPSOn
Fund. In Their Honor events are charity events to help PPOA’s Charitable It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to long-time Board member
Foundation raise money for fallen officers. We are honored to host this event. Kevin Thompson. Kevin stepped down, as he is transitioning to a new
We are also working on a LASD/LAPD fight in the near future. Check our position within the Sheriff’s Department. He will continue to handle OPS
website for updates. issues, of course, and will always be family to us at PPOA. Thank you, Kevin,
for your commitment to this organization and all of its members. You will
neW WebSite deSign be missed.
I am pleased to announce that PPOA has a new website design. We have With Kevin’s departure, the Board held an election in accordance with
improved its appearance and created an interactive section for our PPOA the bylaws to elect a new treasurer to replace Kevin. Congratulations to DA
delegates. Delegates can now post messages for other delegates and for PPOA Supervising Investigator (and fellow Board member) Rogelio Maldonado on
staff members. This will also provide greater interactivity with our delegates his election as treasurer. You have some big shoes to fill, but I am confident
and improved communication. Check it out at www.ppoa.com! you will do a fine job, as evident by your dedication and commitment as a
PPOA inSurAnce Agency It has been a bumpy one-and-a-half years for me as your president, but I am
Though in its infant stages, PPOA is working on developing a full-service excited about what we have accomplished, as well as where we are headed as
insurance agency for our active and retired members. It will include all of the an organization. As you can see, many things are brewing at PPOA and many
excellent insurance programs we currently support, but it will be expanded to are not even mentioned in this article. All of this is a result of hard work by
include home and auto liability insurances as well. At the request of the retiree your PPOA Board, the PPOA staff and the active PPOA members who dedicate
representative on the PPOA Board, Art Reddy, we will also look into specific their time and energy for the betterment of all of us. Our focus has, and always
insurances for retirees at the best possible rate. Insurance is not something we will be, on serving this membership and law enforcement in general. It is
pay much attention to until something happens and we need it. PPOA wants important that we receive feedback and opinions from our members to ensure
to provide our members with a one-stop shop for all of their insurance needs we are still on course. Please contact me anytime and shoot me an e-mail at
with the assurance that PPOA has researched and offers the best insurance email@example.com to let me know what’s on your mind.
available at the best possible rates. More on this as it develops. Be safe. PPOA
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New Board Treasurer
Mr. Rampulla agreed, and there will be more attention given to this issue
in the near future. We are going to keep on this VOE issue, make sure that you
have the opportunity to fill out a VOE properly and make sure it is given the
I want to thank Mr. Rampulla. He was great, and he genuinely wants to
make it possible for all employees to move up. I believe that with continued
talks we will be able to make things better.
There has to be room given for employees, regardless of their job title, to
move into a job class that interests them. There has to be more room given
for an employee who has been in a technical-specialty job to move into a
clerical or administrative job series. Sheriff Baca for years has advocated
that employees should further their education. I have always given him high
marks for this line of thinking. He is very committed to education. We have a
wealth of opportunities to obtain higher educations at a reduced cost. When
Undersheriff Waldie was a guest speaker at the CAC meeting, he stated that
he expected all employees to strive to promote up through the Department’s
ranks. But you get a disenchanted feeling when you take the time and a
considerable amount of money to obtain a higher education to move up in
the Department, only to be told, “Hey, sorry, but you’re an LET or CA. You’re
technical; you can’t move into these jobs unless you’ve been a clerk.” We should Supervising Investigator Rogelio Maldonado was sworn
not have to move backward to move forward. This Department needs to in as PPOA’s Board treasurer last month following the
re-evaluate how to better invest in its professional staff. Employees who have departure of Kevin Thompson. Maldonado joined the
taken on more responsibility should be given the opportunity to move up a PPOA Board in 2009 and also serves as chairperson of
step, not two steps back. the Bylaws Committee. He is currently assigned to the
I welcome your input and your ideas on the matter. Stay tuned, folks. With District Attorney’s Administration/Training Division. PPOA
continued talks and ideas, we will make a change. PPOA
Calendar of Events
August 22: September 11: September 18:
Downed Officer Support Ride 30-Year Reunion for LASD Class 201 Law Enforcement Grappling Tournament
Studio City to Valencia. Honors cops and Red, White & Bluezz Restaurant, Pasadena Featuring the LASD Grizzlies.
firefighters killed in the line of duty. 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Castaic Sports Complex
Info: www.downedofficers.com/ Info: Mike McBride, firstname.lastname@example.org Info: (323) 261-3010
September 15: October 21:
August 27: Final Day to Submit PPOA Board S.E.B. Golf Tournament and Dinner
Magic Mountain Private Party for Police Nominating Petitions Montebello Golf Course/Quiet Cannon
and Fire Personnel For more info, see page 16 or call PPOA Rooms available at Hilton Garden Inn.
6 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. at (323) 261-3010. Info: Deputy Michael Wilber,
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(323) 261-3010 September 16:
PPOA Delegates Meeting October 22-24:
September 1: Monterey Hill Steakhouse, Monterey Park Law Enforcement Retreat
10th Annual PPOA Pre-Labor Day BBQ 5:00 dinner/5:30 meeting Serra Retreat House, Malibu
Biscailuz Center track and field, Los RSVP: (323) 261-3010 Open to sworn and civilian
Angeles L.A. County agencies.
September 18: Spouses, friends and all
September 8-9: San Dimas Station Reunion BBQ denominations invited.
Street Survival Seminar 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Info: John Rueff, (323) 981-5030, or Patty
Double Tree, Anaheim Open to all retirees and former station Norris, (818) 381-7698
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Alcohol: Nesting on a Slippery Slope
By Dr. Hilary Berens, Licensed MFT
lind spots. We all have them. You know, that thing that ticks you of personal inventory. It is not too embarrassing to look inward and deal
off so much in others but that you can’t clearly see in yourself. with the emotional stuff in there.
Take drinking. What good would life be without having several We can “move on” emotionally. Identify and share your feelings with
well-earned drinks after a tough day? Unimaginable, right? Wrong. a professional counselor or a trusted friend. Admit to yourself what has
The time has come to take a fearless look at the pattern and habit you have been frustrating you. Don’t be a stranger to yourself. Ironically, what turns
developed because of drinking alcohol. out to be a bigger issue in your life is the strain that drinking puts on your
Alcohol addiction sneaks up on you. One day you are a normal drinker relationships. Understand that your drinking now functions as a bad defense
like everyone else. And, yes, there are folks who drink responsibly and mechanism, not a safety net, and decide to do something about it. It can
recognize their limitations. This article is not addressing their pattern of be a terrible burden to think that you are alone in your suffering. What’s
drinking, those lucky folks. For other types of drinkers maybe like yourself, interesting is the extent people go to in order to avoid looking at what they
gradually, without noticing it, you discover that you need to drink at the believe to be too painful. In the end, the drinking doesn’t help anything.
end of the day. The same way you need a good night’s sleep, you learn to Unfortunately, everything is usually the same or worse in the morning. ...
habitually drink alcohol. When the time comes, it is so hard to admit, and Probably worse if you have a hangover.
you have to get brutally honest because it’s kind of like suggesting a person Dr. Hillary Berens is a licensed MFT who specializes in addiction and
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Estate Planning: Will vs. Living Trust
By Graham Hawley, Estate Planning Consultant and PPOA Benefit Provider
wo of the most often asked questions regarding one’s estate are, your demise without probate and the fees that go with probate. This may
“What exactly is the difference between a will and a revocable living sound a lot like a will, as it does much of the same job as a will — with
trust?” as well as, “What are the guidelines and characteristics of one major difference. A living trust allows you to avoid probate and, most
each document?” importantly, the fees that go along with probate.
Here are some answers to clear up those two questions: A revocable living trust allows you to change beneficiary distribution,
A “will” is a legal declaration by which an individual names one or successor trustees, assets, etc. at any time during your lifetime and use any
more persons to manage their estate and provide for the transfer of assets “trust income” for your own needs. The balance of your trust, upon your
covered by the will to their designated beneficiaries. A will can also give demise, would transfer to your designated beneficiaries.
parents of minor children the chance to nominate a guardian to take legal A living trust is important if you want privacy and want your assets
responsibility, care for their physical welfare and look after their children’s to go to your heirs in a timely manner. A living trust keeps the courts
best interest. out of your affairs. You name yourself as the trustor and the trustee
To create a will, you must be at least 18 years old and be of sound during your lifetime. You also name a successor trustee to manage your
mind. Upon your demise, a court proceeding called “probate” takes place. trust upon your demise, liquidate assets and ultimately distribute the
Probate fees vary from 3 percent to 6 percent of your gross estate value, trust assets to your heirs according to the terms you have stated in your
and this percentage does not include the attorney fees or any assessment trust documents.
of the probated estate. Probate is necessary to transfer your assets to your Trust instructions are always written up in greater detail than
beneficiaries. Probate is costly, burdensome and time consuming. It can a simple will. This makes it much more difficult for any person to
take several months and/or years for the probate court to transfer your challenge your wishes.
assets to your beneficiaries. A will does not avoid probate. Your living trust can be fashioned to satisfy a variety of purposes. Your
The living trust is an efficient and effective way to transfer property at trust can provide care for any number of beneficiaries, provide for your
children’s education or control distribution of the assets to your minor
beneficiaries until they reach an age of maturity as authorized by you. The
living trust is a legal entity under your control while you are living. Upon
your demise it transfers to your designated heirs.
For anyone who has said, “I need to create a living trust,” but never seemed
to find the time, now is your opportunity to get educated on the benefits of a
living trust. You are under no obligation to go forward with a living trust, but
once you are aware of the savings available to you by distributing your assets
to your heirs via a revocable living trust while avoiding probate, you will then
rest easy knowing you have done the very best for your heirs.
Editor’s note: PPOA has a team of professionals in place to help our
members with everything from banking to financial planning to mortgage
consultation to estate planning. For more information, call the PPOA office
at (800) 747-PPOA. PPOA
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The Federal Reserve and Mortgage Rates:
Understanding What Causes Interest Rate Movement
By Adriana Rodriguez-Liberato, Mortgage Consultant and PPOA Benefit Provider
onsumers are often misled when it comes to the subject of the Unfortunately, selling mortgage-backed securities to fuel stock market
Federal Reserve and how it affects mortgage interest rates. Often rallies causes interest rates to go up, not down. Historically, there have
the media is the culprit causing the confusion. Many times, been many times when the Federal Reserve has increased interest rates.
the Fed has taken action that caused mortgage interest rates Stocks then sell off in fear that the increase will affect corporate profit
to move in a direction other than what consumers expected because the margins, and the liquidated stock assets need a place to park until the
media provided weak reporting on the subject. The Federal Reserve affects next rally comes along. The safe haven is found in mortgage-backed
short-term interest rate maturities, the federal funds rate and the overnight securities, which cause mortgage rates to drop. The daily ebb and flow of
lending rate. These factors have a direct impact on the prime rate. If you money is what matters most when it comes to the movement of mortgage
took only this into consideration, you might mistakenly conclude that interest rates. I make a point to continuously monitor interest rates for
changes made by the Fed will cause a similar movement in mortgage my clients, and advise them of opportunities to manage their mortgage
interest rates. However, mortgage interest rates are dictated by the trading debt at a better rate. This is the foundation of my business model as a
of mortgage-backed securities, which trade on a daily basis. The real trusted advisor.
dynamic at the heart of interest rate movement is the relationship between
stocks and bonds. Stocks and bonds compete for the same investment Editor’s note: PPOA has a team of professionals in place to help our
dollar on a daily basis. There is literally only so much money to be invested. members with everything from banking to financial planning to mortgage
When the Federal Reserve feels that interest rates need to be decreased in consultation to estate planning. For more information, call the PPOA office at
an effort to stimulate the economy, this reduction in rates can often cause (800) 747-PPOA. PPOA
a stock market rally. When the market becomes bullish, the money used
to invest in stocks comes from the selling of mortgage-backed securities.
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Victory Times Three! Governor Signs Trio
of PPOA-Supported Bills into Law
overnor Schwarzenegger signed Assembly Bill 1902 to be provided to an employee who is injured or killed during active
(Portantino) into law on July 15, 2010. One of the provisions in military duty while on leave from Los Angeles County.
this PPOA-supported bill allows a general member to waive the AB 1658 (Lieu) was signed into law by the governor on July 19, 2010.
three-year waiting period for transferring between retirement This bill was written and sponsored by PPOA and grants former OPS
plans when a worker transfers from Plan E to Plan D, becomes injured and police officers (who became deputies after the merger) the ability to buy
is not eligible to apply for service-connected disability benefits. This allows back some, or all, of their safety retirement from LACERA so that their
the disabled member to return to Plan E and apply for the employer’s long- entire retirement can be safety retirement.
term disability benefits, including return-to-work programs. As always, PPOA is extremely grateful to our lobbyist, Jim Vogts, for
Assembly Bill 1739 (Lieu) was signed by the governor on July 15, 2010. his efforts to guide these important pieces of legislation through the
This PPOA-supported bill allows specific death and disability benefits legislative process and ultimately to the governor’s desk. PPOA
Fishing Trip Review
PPOA anglers enjoyed a day on the high seas last month during the 9th Annual Fishing Trip. Association members and their guests are
invited each year to brave the high seas between Long Beach and Catalina Island. As always, PPOA is thankful to retired Board member Tim
Coomes for organizing the annual event. PPOA
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PPOA Monthly dues
as of 7/1/09
(based on 1% of top step salary)
unit 612 (Sheriff, d.A.)
Sergeant & Above $79.71
Supv. Inv. D.A. & Above $79.71
unit 614 (coroner/Sheriff)
Criminalist Lab Tech. $40.76
Forensic ID Spec. I $57.42
Forensic ID Spec. II $69.43
Senior Criminalist $79.71
unit 621 (Sheriff)
Civilian Investigator $58.57
Court Services Spec. $37.89
Crime Analyst $57.14
Custody Assistant $46.34
Law Enforcement Tech. $41.98
Public Response Dispatcher I $41.88
Public Response Dispatcher II $49.28
Public Resp. Dispatcher Specialist $53.33
Security Assistant $22.08
Security Officer $35.04
Supv. Public Resp. Dispatcher $54.93
unit 631 (county Police/coroner)
Officer Trainee $40.17
Coroner Investigator Trainee $55.20
Coroner Investigator $61.52
unit 632 (county Police/coroner)
Supv. Coroner’s Investigator I $66.74
Supv. Coroner’s Investigator II $72.93
Service Members $10.00
Retired prior to 1/1/80 $2.50
Retired after 1/1/80 $10.00
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Letters to PPOA
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Discounted Ticket Prices
PPOA Member Price
Venue Adult Child
Adventure City (Anaheim) 9.75 9.75
Disneyland or California Adventure 68.00 59.50
Disney/Calif. Adven. 1-day Hopper 83.00 74.50
Disney Annual Passports
• SoCal Select (valid 170 days) 163.00 163.00
• SoCal (valid 215 days) 211.00 211.00
• Deluxe (valid 315 days) 287.00 287.00
• Premium (valid 365 days w/ parking) 420.00 420.00
Huntington Library 12.00 12.00
Knott's Berry Farm 29.00 19.99
Knott’s Soak City 22.00 19.50
L.A. Zoo 11.50 8.25
Legoland (2-Day Ticket) 50.00 50.00
Lego/Aquarium/Water Park 2-day Hopper 61.00 61.00
Long Beach Aquarium 18.00 10.50
Magic Mountain 25.00 15.00
Magic Mountain Hurricane Harbor 18.50 13.00
Medieval Times 42.25 30.75
Pirates Dinner Theatre 42.50 32.00
Raging Waters 25.00 25.00
Raging Waters Season Pass 51.00 51.00
San Diego Zoo 32.00 23.00
San Diego Wild Animal Park 32.00 23.00
Scandia Amusement Park/Ontario 14.00 14.00
Sea World (2-day) 56.00 48.50
Universal Studios 3 day ticket 60.00 60.00
Movie Theater Restricted Unrestricted
AMC Theatres 6.25 7.75
Harkins Theatre (Chino Hills) 6.25 6.25
Krikorian n/a 6.75
Pacific 6.25 n/a
Regal/Edwards/UA 6.75 7.75
Movie Tix (UA, Krik, AMC, Edwards, Regal) Range: 6.25-7.75
Prices and details on the PPOA website are subject to change.
Limited to six (6) tickets per member per venue. Please call the PPOA office at (323) 261-3010 for more information.
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SUPPORT THE CALIFORNIA PEACE OFFICERS’ MEMORIAL FOUNDATION
Play our “In The Line of Duty” Scratchers® game
A call out to all California peace officers, friends, and supporters… Help make this “In The Line of
Duty” Scratcher® a success!
The California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation is fortunate to once again partner with the California
Lottery on our “In The Line of Duty” Scratchers® game. This partnership supports the CPOMF mission 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.
Future collaborations depend on the success of this game, so please buy your Scratcher® today!
The CPOMF wins and you could too!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
The California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable foundation. For
more information please visit our website at www.camemorial.org.
PPOA delegates gather quarterly for a dinner and discussion of all issues related to the careers and livelihood of PPOA
members, including the LASD/OPS merger, state/county budget and upcoming elections and initiatives. To gain more insight
into the issues that truly affect your well-being on the job, come by the next delegates’ dinner-meeting on September 16th at
Monterey Steakhouse in Monterey Park. For more info, call Greg Torres at (323) 261-3010. PPOA
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FOuR NEw MiCHELiN TiREs MOLOkAi CONDO FOR sALE 24” CHROME RiMs & sTEP BOARDs
MXV4 luxury performance tires only $650.00. Hawaii travel bargain! Beautiful 1 BR (sleeps 4), Fits an ‘07 GMC Sierra w/ 295/35R24 tires. All in
Energy saving construction delivers excellent ocean view condo. Full kitchen. Wavecrest Resort good condition. $2,600 or best offer. Call (661)
fuel efficiency. Call Fred Owens Sr. (ret. deputy unit #C-313. $247,500. Call (800) 600-4158. Ask 269-1203
sheriff) at (323) 777-0418 or email@example.com for Eme.
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to schools & freeway. New wood floor, dual
by POPA Credit Union. Take over payments 641-5354
pane windows & appliances. Near Costco. $900
of $400 or refinance the remaining balance of
monthly. Call Matt (626) 625-7301 MAui TiMEsHARE FOR RENT
$21K for 4 years with interest rate of 3.75%
(100% financing avail.) Will pay you $1,000 to 2004 HARLEy DAViDsON Westin Kaanapali Resort Villas,1 bdrm w/cal
assume the loan. No kids, female owned. Call king, kitchen/laundry, living rm and bdrm w/
Diane (626) 675-3684. Road King, Fireman Edition. 10K mileage, lots of
chrome. In great condition. Asking 14K or best flat screen TV. Sleeps four, jacuzzi tub, plus
offer. (626) 893-4039 washer/dryer in unit. September 3-10, 2010.
MAui CONDO FOR RENT Asking $1500.00 for seven days, can’t make it
Napili Shores Resort is located on the Oceanside 2007 TiFFiN MOTORHOME this year. (909) 524-9090.
between Kaanapali and Kapalua. 1 bedroom, 40' Phaeton QSH, low miles. View at
full kitchen that sleeps 4. $120 per night min. 5 www.RVT.com-Ad #4508282. Call (702) 349-7654.
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night stay. Call 818-249-9012. Softtail custom, lots of chrome, all braided
1993 MACGREGOR 26' sAiLBOAT lines. Only 16K miles. Weekend bike, like new.
CEMETERy LOTs Family cruiser w/trailer & outboard. Rigged for 12K OBO. Contact Rich (951) 415-9457.
Four lots in Rose Hills Memorial Park(Whittier) single-handed sailing. BBQ, galley and head.
in beautiful Garden of Peace. List price each lot Many extras. Great condition $9,500 obo. Retired
is $5,800. Sell all for $4,500 each. Call (928) LASD LT. (760) 723-3431 Pismo Coast Village, walk to beach. $24,750.
758-7220. Well below market value. Call Ken 805-584-
OAkLAND, OREGON 6520.
CHRisTMAs VACATiON RENTAL Estate sale - 10 acres country home. 3 bd, 2 ba.
1976 Vw Bus
Spend Christmas in the desert! Rent a full mobile home, new paint & carpet. $169,500 obo.
Call Marlena or Steve (805) 929-4874 Automatic, 2.0 engine. Very clean and runs
size villa (2bd/2ba w/ full kitchen) at Marriott
Desert Springs. Sleeps 8 comfortably. Dates: great. $4,000.00. Ask for Joe cell # 323-605-
OREGON LAND FOR sALE 7955.
Dec. 23-30, 2010. Price: $1,299. Contact Kevin
(626) 664-6302 or firstname.lastname@example.org 2.3 acres near Klamath Falls Must sell due to fam-
ily illness $25.000 o.b.o. Vivian (714)821-8328 Cell 1999 HARLEy DAViDsON
2003 HARLEy DAViDsON FATBOy (310)351-8644
Sportster 883, red with lots of additional chrome,
AND 2007 HARLEy DAViDsON only 1700 miles. Runs great, asking $4000. Call
BEAuTiFuL AkC GERMAN sHEPHERD 714-420-6878.
1200, both for 20k obo. Call for details-Joe 626- PuPPiEs
831-7980 Parents police trained. Dogs are guaran- 1994 MERCEDEs s-320
teed, no health problems. $600 w/ papers. $400
2006 CHAPARRAL suNEsTA w/o papers. 10% discount to police personnel.
Fab fake. Badged as a 15K 99S600. V-12. A
truly impressive car. 130 kmi. White/grey. $7.5K.
Deck boat, 232, like new, custom graphics, red Call Cami: (909) 644-7215 Contact Barry (760) 831-0138.
flames in gelcoat, 320hp, dual stainless prop, sPRiNGFiELD ARMORy
1 yr left on warranty engine & outdrive, all
options, price 40K. (909) 866-9694 1911-A1 .45 cal. w/ 3 mags. Good PPOA classified ads are free and available
condition w/ case. $500. Call Shannon or Tracy only to PPOA members (one per month, 25
1984 yZ 490 (661) 951-8874 words max.) Private party only, no business ads
Orig. owner, classic, always garaged, runs great, 2006 DODGE RAM 2500 MEGA-CAB allowed. Send your ad to: Star & Shield Editor,
green sticker, stock, pictures available. $1,300. 4X4 188 E. Arrow Highway, San Dimas, CA 91773 or
e-mail to email@example.com.
Call John (626) 423-2686 Laramie, all options, white in color. $26,000.
New submissions are added on first come-first
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