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Volume 39 issue 5 July 2012
improving the l.a. county jails
& enhancing unincorporated patrol
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Fax (909) 480-3011 Pension Plan Rate Increases; Mid-Year Report . . . . . 5
(web page) www.ppoa.com Legislation, Pensions, County Vehicles and
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Opinions expressed by individual board members or
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The Board of Directors meets on the second Wednesday Be Careful Before Filing Workers’ Comp Claim . . . . 11
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BoaRD oF DIReCToRS a Look at Professional Development Day . . . . . . . 15
BRIAN MORIGUCHI, President Living Well after a Critical Illness . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
JIM CRONIN, Vice President
JIM BLANKENSHIP, Secretary California Peace officers’ Memorial Foundation . . . 18
ROGELIO MALDONADO, Treasurer
The Los angeles County Peace officers’ Memorial . . 19
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July 2012 | Star&Shield 3
Only the Beginning
o you remember where you were when John limiting it to those whose injuries prevent
F. Kennedy was shot and killed? How about them from working.
what you were doing when you heard the In San Diego, Proposition B passed overwhelmingly
Brian Moriguchi news about the Twin Towers falling on
9/11? Well, mark your memory banks for where you
with 66 percent of the vote. This proposition was
sponsored by San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and
were on June 5, 2012. What was the significance of supported by many “corporate” organizations, such
PPOa President this date? It was election day — when voters across as the California Business Roundtable, a coalition
lieutenant, laSd this country collectively voted to take away your of the top executives of the major private sector
salary and benefits! Unlike the significant emotional corporations in California. Proposition B makes the
events previously described, June 5 was just the start, following changes:
the first shot if you will, toward the collapse of your • Eliminates pensions for new hires and
rights as a public employee. That is why it will not be replaces them with 401(k)-style plans.
remembered as a significant event, but unless things • Eliminates pension calculations using bonuses,
change, you will be able to reflect back 10 years from specialty pay and other forms of compensation
now and note that this was the date that it all started. and limits it based on “base pay only.”
On June 5, 2012, voters in Wisconsin defeated an • Caps pensionable employee compensation
attempt to recall Governor Scott Walker. Governor for five years.
Both of these local Walker was a strong opponent against public • Requires public reporting of total pensions
employees and their benefits and became the first per individual annually (without names).
ballot initiatives U.S governor to defeat a recall effort. This was an • Requires employees to pay “fair share” of cost
are already being important recall not just for those in Wisconsin, but of government pension system and to incur
across the country. It was the battleground for anti- equal portion of the risk.
challenged in court by pension proponents versus government employees, Both of these local ballot initiatives are already
corporate executives versus labor unions, and some being challenged in court by the labor unions,
the labor unions,
would say it was even a battle among the political a costly battle that will have long-reaching
a costly battle parties. Governor Walker escaped by a relatively ramifications to all of us in government work. We
narrow margin, 53 percent to 46 percent, but it was have longed believed that current employees and
that will have long- a victory for anti-pension advocates nonetheless. retirees are “vested” in their retirement plans and
reaching ramifications In California, voters in two cities, San Jose and San there have been many court decisions supporting
Diego, voted overwhelmingly to overhaul government this position, but these are different times and the
to all of us in employee pension benefits. In San Jose, 70 percent voted public sentiment is against us. Stay tuned. This is
government work. in favor of Measure B sponsored by San Jose Mayor only the beginning.
Chuck Reed. Most notably, the following changes will
occur as a result of the passage of Measure B: Jail RefoRm
• Current employees must pay up to 16 percent In response to allegations by the ACLU and other
more of their salary to continue that benefit groups that LASD deputies were using excessive
or choose a more modest and affordable plan force in our jails, among other jail problems, the
for their remaining years on the job. Sheriff ’s Department has begun implementation
• Limit retirement benefits for future hires by of several jail reforms. First and foremost is their
requiring them to pay half the cost of a pension. proposal for a “dual-track” career path whereby
• Suspend current retirees’ 3 percent annual deputies can choose a career path in custody and
COLA for up to five years if the city declares promote through Custody Division through the
a fiscal crisis. rank of chief. PPOA strongly opposes the LASD
• Discontinue “bonus” pension checks to dual-track career path proposal, as there are many
retirees (i.e., spiking). problems with this proposal that have not been
• Require voter approval for future pension properly addressed. The proposal recommends
increases, essentially eliminating collective a pay differential of 5.5 percent for deputies and
• Change disability retirement with the aim of continued on page 22
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Pension Plan Rate Increases;
laCeRa membeR ContRibution can see, the County picked up the lions’ share of the
Rates inCRease contribution increases, which cost them $78 million.
s a result of the 2011 LACERA Actuarial The funding status of LACERA now stands at 80.6
Paul K. Roller Evaluation, the Los Angeles County
Board of Supervisors was forced to raise
percent and will probably go down to approximately
75 percent before it starts to recover — assuming the
contribution rates for both active members new 7.5 percent per year earnings rate is met in future
PPOa executive director and the County itself. By law, LACERA must perform years. In the short term, the County’s contribution
firstname.lastname@example.org an actuarial audit on its system every one to three rates (and possibly the employees’ rates) will continue
years and if necessary raise (or lower) rates based to rise. Again, the County’s rates could reach 22 percent
upon that audit and the subsequent action by the by fiscal year 2014/2015. The County’s contribution
LACERA Board of Investments and the Board of to your retirement is generally over twice what you
Supervisors. What this means in plain English is that pay into the system especially if you were hired on
your pension plan contribution rates will go up as of in your 20s. Overwhelmingly, most of the money
July 1, 2012. In other words you (and the County as used by LACERA is from earnings from LACERA
well) will pay more out of pocket for your retirement investments. Those investments depend upon a strong
starting this month. economy and the volatility in the economy over the
The reasons for this, of course, revolve around last four years has hurt the system. But NOT as much
according to the economy and LACERA’s inability of late to as some people would like you to believe and clearly
consistently meet its actuarial earnings assumption not beyond LACERA’s ability to recover in the future.
economic reports last rate of 7.75 percent per year. In both 2008 and 2009,
month, most middle LACERA actually experienced losses — let alone the eConomy and ReCent eleCtions
achieve the +7.75-percent gains needed each year to Last month, a number of elections were held
class americans have meet the actuarial assumptions. Even a +20.4-percent throughout America that basically attacked public
gain by LACERA in 2011 could not offset the 2008 employee pensions and unions’ ability to bargain for
lost 40% of their net
and 2009 losses because LACERA now uses a five-year those benefits and other issues. Two of the most talked
worth since 2008! “smoothing” window that will keep those losses in about were here in California in San Diego and San
play for a couple more years. In addition because of Jose and another took place in the state of Wisconsin.
the volatile nature of LACERA’s earnings over the past By an approximately 70 percent to 30 percent vote
few years, LACERA leadership has chosen to reduce against public employees — voters in San Diego and
the assumption rate from 7.75 percent to 7.5 percent San Jose elected to change their pension systems for
gradually over the next three years, which will put current and future employees. Lawsuits have already
further stress on both County and active employees been filed in those cities to try and protect current
individual contribution rates. Even with these July 1 employees’ pensions — let’s hope they are successful.
contribution rate increases, the combination of the In Wisconsin, the voters rejected a recall of the
lowering of the assumption rate and fully realizing governor that would have helped public employees
the investment losses back to 2008 will mean that the regain their collective bargaining rights.
County’s employer contribution rates could eventually Two issues are driving these voter-supported
rise another 4 percent by fiscal year 2014/2015! initiatives to weaken or abolish public employee
Here are the numbers. On July 1, the County raised pensions and benefits. The first, as we all know, is the
its contribution rates to LACERA by 1.23 percent from economy. Most Americans have been hurting since
16.31 percent to 17.54 percent. The average employee 2008 and they are angry and envious when they look
contribution rate to LACERA went up .04 percent, or at public employee salary and benefits. According
depending on your salary, from $1.65/month to $7.22/ to economic reports last month, most middle class
month. General members in LACERA contributions Americans have lost 40% of their net worth since
went up from .03 percent to.08 percent depending 2008! So when they see public employees who they
upon your age when you were hired. Safety members think are doing better than them, their response is to
in LACERA contributions went up from .06 percent shout (and vote to) “take it away from them.” We all
to .09 percent with a 3-percent buy down in rates
still in effect for all members in safety plan B. As you continued on page 24
July 2012 | Star&Shield 5
Legislation, Pensions, County
Vehicles and Charitable Events
ello Troops, I’m back. I took some time off rhetoric can change people’s beliefs. I bring this up
to take care of some family stuff. First of all, particularly because we have so many new employees
congratulations to all the Sheriff ’s security who may not be familiar with the situation we’re in. Let
officers and assistants who recently graduated. your co-workers know that these attacks are real (just
We are growing in numbers. Make sure to drop me ask our peers in San Jose and San Diego).
an e-mail and let me know where you are assigned. Some of you have been telling me about County
Gerry Garcia Hopefully I can go visit a few of you out in the field.
Let me give you some updates on what’s happening:
vehicles breaking down and accumulating too many
miles. If you drive units on a daily basis, please keep
Some if not all of you are on the new payroll system. Just driving and be extra careful. If they break down, that’s
PPOa Board Member make sure you’re monitoring the vacation hours or any part of the natural vehicle use. Make sure you notify the
Security Officer, laSd accumulated hours and overtime you have done. There desk or the Sheriff’s Communication Center to request a
are still glitches from what I’ve have been told. It should tow to take it in for service. In addition, try to get another
be all normal within one to three months. So from the unit with your supervisor’s permission to go and pick
start of the system, check and monitor your paychecks you up, since you might be without a unit with all your
for three months. After that, it should be fine. If you have gear in the trunk. In addition, notify your fleet person
problems, make sure to notify Pay and Leave in order to of the occurrence to make sure all personnel are aware.
take care of the matter. If you’re not aware, PPOA is set to host its 1st Annual
As some of you know, PPOA has been working on Heroes Ride and Car Show on July 22. I hope you can all
Assembly Bill 2366 in regard to adding the classification attend or at least show support. If you ride a motorcycle
of Sheriff’s security personnel to the Vehicle Code book and want to be in the ride, it will start at the Hollywood
Please help spread in order to have confidential plates. Unfortunately, Bowl and finish at CBS studios. Proceeds benefit fallen
after working on it more than six months, it has been officers and military veterans. Details are available at
the word that here destroyed. It has died. You’re probably wondering how www.HeroesRide.org. Hope to see you there.
in l.a. County, we that happened. When it started, it was progressing along PPOA will also be hosting a Cigar Night on
smoothly. Then the cost of the changes in the Vehicle September 19. The location is a member’s only venue
dO contribute to our Code book was shown at the state Capitol (as is the to which we have been granted special access for this
process with all Assembly bills) and it was finished, event. More details on page 22.
retirement — it is NOt
especially with all the budget cuts happening throughout One more reminder to the personnel who qualify
completely funded by the state. But we have good news: We spoke with Sheriff’s with a firearm: practice, practice, practice. Recall what
personnel and were told that you can fill out the DMV you learned in the academy. And remember that a higher
the County. form, turn it in to your captain and go from there. So score means more bucks in your paycheck. And most
hopefully we are much closer to getting all personnel important is the goal to go home at the end of your shift.
covered. I also would like for you to send me the info, if Last but not least, always remember how long it took
you have been threatened or harassed by a member of to get through backgrounds, the paperwork and the
the public while leaving work or at the start of your shift. academy. Be safe and take care of what you have.
It’s hard to miss the daily news reports about all the That’s it for now. If you have something to share or
attacks on public employee retirement systems. Please anything you want me to discuss in this article, please
help spread the word that here in L.A. County, we DO drop me an e-mail. Until next time, be safe and keep it
contribute to our retirement — it is NOT completely in the 10-Ring.
funded by the County. It is unbelievable how quickly
Attention PPOA Members
We need your personal (non-lasd) e-mail address! if you have not received an e-mail blast
from PPoa in the last six months (we’ve sent a handful), that means:
1. Your e-mail address is not on file with PPOA, or,
2. We have only your LASD-provided e-mail address (which is regularly blocked from receiving PPOA
Either way, we need your personal (non-LASD) e-mail address so that we can disseminate important
news to you as quickly as possible. Please e-mail your address to email@example.com and reference “e-mail
updates” in the subject line.
6 Star&Shield | July 2012
Hey LASD: What Don’t
ow — $60 million in savings! graduations, etc. We are told, “No, no, no!” Why
Everyone is searching for a way to is that? Other groups have received them with
save money. We are handing it to you, no hassles.
and you refuse to look at us? As for the money issues with Orange County — it’s
You take our proposals and incorporate them into the same song and dance. They have the answer but
yours. There is no way they come close to the savings are dragging their feet as well. The answer is right
Danya Hazen we offer. On May 11, 2011, we had a PPOA delegates
meeting at the L.A. Zoo. The Department asked how
in front of you.
Flashlights: By the time you read this, you will
to save $60 million. We gave them one of the studies realize that PPOA has been working on this issue. We
PPOa Board Member we had done. What happened? had a meeting on the same day you started waving
Custody assistant, laSd Custody assistants are still doing the job. Our force your fans.
issues are ZERO or close to it. We are hired to do Why is it that you would take an individual who
a job and we do it very well. We do it better than can’t make it on patrol and pay them the same money,
most deputies! Custody assistants are proud of the give them the same benefits and lower the job specs
job we do. that they were hired to do?
For at least the last 10 years, we have asked That’s all for now. I have to finish my CARP
for a shield to wear on our uniform for funerals, position.
as for the money
issues with Orange
County — it’s the Star & Shield Contest
same song and dance. Winners
they have the answer
but are dragging their Congratulations to the PPOA members below for winning the “Find the Hidden
feet as well. Symbol” contest in Star & Shield. If your name is listed below, that means your
entry was drawn as one of five winners for that month’s issue. Please call Greg
Torres at (323) 261-3010 to claim your $100 check.
$100 Prize Winners (april 2012 issue)
Bonnie Heinrich, Law Enforcement Technician
Julie Mason, Law Enforcement Technician
Tracy Moore, Custody Assistant
Arthur Rinard, Retired
Darrin Walker, Sergeant
$100 Prize Winners (may 2012 issue)
Bryan Gelauff, Custody Assistant
Carlos Girard, Sergeant
Allen Haney Jr., Retired
Joe Lesnick, Retired
Judith Smith, Retired
July 2012 | Star&Shield 7
DUI Arrests: Saving Lives
hile analyzing drugs for 22 years with the party and a birthday cake was on the dining room
the crime lab, I’ve heard the phrase, table waiting for dad to light the candles. Instead it was
“Well, it’s just a misdemeanor DUI,” two CHP officers with the grim task of informing the
many, many times. But is it “just” a family that their husband and dad had been killed by
DUI arrest? Excluding the city of Los Angeles, there an impaired driver, less than three miles from home.
are about 60,000-70,000 DUI arrests every year in Los So remember, there are no “minor” arrests regarding
Dave Vidal Angeles County. Most are pled to relatively minor
offenses, often to a dry or wet reckless driving charge.
DUIs. Who knows? Maybe the one Wednesday-night
DUI arrest you make will save someone’s life.
Sometimes these plea deals seem like an awfully
PPOa Board Member light punishment for the offense. But remember that PayCheCks and sPeCial inteRests?
laSd Sr. Criminalist number: 60,000-70,000 impaired drivers are removed “Stop Special Interest Money Now” and “Paycheck
from the road every year, just by being arrested. Protection” are catchy phrases for union-busting
Statistics are hard to come by, but even with a measures on the California ballot. This is another thinly
dose of common sense, how many lives are saved? veiled attempt to remove a union’s ability to represent
How many injuries and accidents were avoided just working men and women in the political arena here in
by removing these drivers from the road? Perhaps California. To represent YOUR interests takes money —
hundreds? Maybe thousands? some of it from your union dues. This measure would
Here is just one story to highlight how important make it difficult, if not impossible, for both private and
these arrests are: About three years ago, I was waiting in public employee unions to effectively represent working
the hall outside a courtroom to testify at a preliminary peoples’ interests by strangling that source of money.
how many injuries and hearing. Three of the arresting CHP officers were there The public mood right now is “I don’t have those
as well. From them, I got the heartbreaking story of benefits, so let’s take those benefits from those who have
accidents were avoided this particular incident. The defendant was driving on them.” The question they should be asking is, “Wait a
just by removing these a freeway (I can’t remember which one) when he rear- minute, my parents and grandparents had these sorts
ended the victim, sending his car down an embankment of benefits, why don’t I?” It’s not an accident that with
drivers from the road? and killing the driver. The defendant had two prior less and less union-represented workers over the last 25
convictions for driving under the influence of heroin and years, everybody’s benefits and salaries have suffered.
was out on bail on a third DUI. The victim was a quarter So here is another question to ask yourself: “Do I want
Maybe thousands? mile from his off ramp to go home to his son’s seventh the only special interest group with political influence
birthday party. A half-hour later, the wife and son of to be the corporations — the same ones that want to
the victim eagerly answered their front door expecting cut my wages and benefits? Is that really ‘protecting’
their husband and dad. The house was all decorated for my paycheck?”
2012 Professional Peace Officers Charitable Foundation Events
PPOA’s Charitable Foundation hosts a number of exciting events
each year, and we would be honored to have you join us as a
volunteer, entrant or simply a supporter. All funds raised will
benefit those truly in need, including families of fallen officers.
Announcements for the events below will be published in future
issues of Star & Shield. Please let us know if you would like
to help the Foundation plan any of these worthy causes by
calling (323) 261-3010.
• Poker Tournament • Cigar Night
• Motorcycle Ride & Car Show • Casino Turnaround Trip
The Professional Peace Officers Charitable Foundation is
a 501(c)(3) charity organization. Tax ID #95-4752410.
8 Star&Shield | July 2012
By Robert Lindsey (LASD ret.)
have a yellow lab (CJ) that has a history of Pit written all over her face, who HQDB, San Dimas — his partners and supervisors included Jack Pease, Tony
just turned 100 years old in doggie years this past week. We celebrated by Bright, Gil Leslie, Ted Von Minden, Al Brown, Jim Brennan, Jim Wheatley, Al
walking down the block and taking a break, turning around and regaining LePas, Bob Nichols, Ken Wilson and Frank Waldren, who goes back with Bill to
our balance because we were both quite dizzy, and then walking back all the 1949. Three daughters, five grandchildren and four great-granchildren vividly
way home without passing out. We both were looking forward to the couch, depict the strength in your six-decade marriage and family values. Bill, write a
the fan and a cold drink. That block, which is two single-story houses long, gets book or a novel, or maybe you can star in a new reality show that shows us how
to be formidable when you turn 100 or when you’re retired and walking with to do it right rather than all this other trash on television that shows everybody
an old buddy. how to get divorced in 61 days or less as opposed to your 61 years of success. (It
CJ has seen my kids grow up and me retire and has been along for a ride was an honor to hear from you).
that has seen dramatic ups and downs. She has been hit by a mini truck and a Clyde King, who lists his current employment as gainfully unemployed, has
ford van, is a cancer survivor and has the right to be one hell of a bitch when the absolute secret to life. Gainfully anything is the perfect goal except in waist
she isn’t feeling so good because she has earned it. She watched, guarded, loved size. Clyde is a catch-and-release fanatic, travels in the RV because his dislike
and cherished our family out of unconditional love, loyalty and blind faith. By for planes and trains is probably very wise and is enjoying life with his bride,
the time this article is distributed there is a high likelihood she will have been Cece. When you live life by running out of road in Fairbanks, Alaska, and then
called to a higher pasture. When I look back at her as a puppy with her entire again on Prince Edward Island and in mainland Canada, you are living high. All
life in front of her it makes me wonder what choices she really had. She grew I want to know is where you buy your gas because I am going to move into oil
up in a caring home and had many advantages that an urban outdoor homeless stock with you on the road. Clyde, the way this nation is going for you to already
dog did not. In return she had confidence, knew what she wanted and longed be raising 99% of your fruit and 75% of your vegetables, you better keep your
for every walk and chance she had to be free and temporarily homeless, out in address a secret. Lastly, you caught my eye and my heart when you mentioned
open air and seeing the world. When she got out she always came back but had that your wish in life is not for you, is not selfish and is certainly what I was
that mischievous look of satisfaction and adventure and eyes that asked, “Aren’t talking about earlier in my article. Your wish and greatest desire is that “I see my
you happy I came home for dinner?” It’s funny that what we have sometimes family prosper and be healthy.” The family certainly has you as a guardian angel,
never satisfies us and what we want when we get it isn’t all it is cracked up to and I have applied for you to adopt me. I am attempting to expedite the process.
be. In the real end, it isn’t about one particular thing; it is about the journey, the Anita Calloway of Olive View Medical Center: Thanks for your letter and
relationships, the memories and all of the times both good and bad that forge I will work on getting your comments to the proper venue. Thanks so very
our past, present and future. CJ made a difference in all of our lives because she much for your much-needed and very dedicated service to the County in the
sensed when we needed a hug, knew when we need to be uplifted by being playful medical field.
and clearly knew whose lawn to test her weak bladder on. (That will teach them Angelo Bosco, it is my dream to be able to golf again but here you are
to tease her over the wall). Memories are forever and may sometimes fade and be making it real and visiting those beautiful venues. You turned in 33 years with
forgotten for a period of time but it is amazing when a story is told once again how the Department, including San Dimas and as you term it also with the Psych
many people do remember the way it was, better times, more valued times and Detail. You say you have many memories and I will bet many that keep you up at
times that were truly rich with imagination, fun and yes, hard work. All of you night. Thanks also for your service in Court Services and for being the supervisor
I am certain sensed when people needed help, a kind word or necessary justice. that you were to all.
The Sheriff ’s Department is going through some tough times and maybe
very deservedly so. If memory serves me right this wouldn’t be the first time
we had a rough spell. However, the heart of the Department has always been
the employees and not the Executive Branch. The employees are the backbone,
the real energy and saving grace of the organization. The Department is one of
those anomalies that if you cut off its head, arms and legs, it still keeps breathing,
working and refining because of its heart. I am humbled by the amount of work
deputies now have to do just to go 10-8. It boggles my mind. That is why I enjoy PhOtO cOurtESY Of Six fLAgS MAgic MOuntAin
when you, as retirees, write about your successes and adventures and dreams and
reminisce by keeping life real. The Department is not only comprised of what
we read about in the papers today; it is truly enriched by a history and journey Magic Mountain Private Party
that was taken by many of you who wore the same distinguished badge for years
with honor that our street heroes wear now. It is my honor to share your lives for Public Safety
and stories and I thank you for that opportunity.
Cold case Mike Bumcrot, 22 years homicide, is still on the job making a
Friday, August 24, 2012
difference, solving the unsolvable as a 120-day employee. You investigate $28 admission (adults & children) or
shootings for the Riverside Police Shooting Review Commission and assist $38 admission with dinner buffet.
other agencies throughout the nation. What a testament to the quality of work
and experience that you have. Your wife Rose and the family must be very proud.
William “Bill” Carpenter has been married 61 years to his ever-beautiful wife
Mary Ann and was patrolling the streets in the 1950s, making it safe for when I Tickets available at PPOA. Call (323) 261-3010 for more info.
would eventually be born. Wayside, West Hollywood, Admin, ELA Detectives,
July 2012 | Star&Shield 9
Retired marshals lunch Retired d.a. investigators lunch
July 11, 2012 First Wednesday of each month
Johhny Reb’s, Bellflower Frantone’s, 10808 Alondra Boulevard, Cerritos
Retired marshals luncheon Info: Wes English, (714) 962-5862
August 1, 2012
Villa Tepeyac, West Covina inland empire old Guys
First Wednesday of each month
Class 155 Reunion (40 years!) B.C. Café, Rancho Cucamonga
September 21-24, 2012 11:30 a.m.
Bend, Oregon Info: Dock Parnell, (909) 981-6217
Info: (541) 388-4685 or firstname.lastname@example.org
l.a. County Retired deputies
lynwood station Reunion First Wednesday of each month
Possibly in September or October 2012 Carrows, Hesperia
Maggie’s Pub, Santa Fe Springs 11:00 a.m.
If you are interested, please e-mail Al Garcia at
email@example.com. desert heat lunch
Second Wednesday of each month
9th annual PPoa Retiree luncheon Elks Club, Lake Havasu
October 3, 2012
Sheraton Fairplex, Pomona the motherlode loafers
Further details TBA Second Wednesday of each month
Location varies among Grass Valley restaurants
lakewood Romeos luncheons Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Second Monday of each month
Retired deputies in las Vegas
los angeles Retired deputy sheriffs (laRds) Third Wednesday of each month
Second Monday of each month Blue Ox Tavern on Sahara
Bella Italia Restaurant, San Gabriel (across from Northwoods Inn) 12:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m./$10.00 Info: Tony Silas, (702) 251-8088
Wuzz fuzz/Victor Valley Compton alumni association
Second Tuesday of each month Third Wednesday of each month
Hometown Buffet, Victorville Crystal Hotel & Casino
7:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
north County seb Retirees breakfast
Third Wednesday of each month
IHOP, Santa Clarita
santa Clarita area Retired sheriff’s
Congrats to Carol Perry, Personnel Quarterly luncheon
the first PPoa member Second Thursday in February, May, August and November
to identify the individuals Tournament Players Club restaurant, Valencia
(including herself!) in the 11:30 a.m.
mystery photo printed in Info: email@example.com
the may 2012 issue of Star
& Shield. firestone station Retirees lunch
(others welcome, too)
the first PPoa member to
Fourth Thursday of each month
correctly identify the loca-
tion where this mystery
Maggie’s Pub, Santa Fe Springs
photo was captured will
Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or Jack at email@example.com
receive a free PPoa prize pack. Please e-mail your guess to
firstname.lastname@example.org (one entry per member). by the way,
35-year Reunion for Class #188
did you know that PPoa’s facebook followers always get
January 6, 2013
first crack at identifying the mystery photo each month?
Check it out for yourself at www.facebook.com/lappoa.
Info: Mike Naccarato, email@example.com
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Be Careful Before Filing Workers’ Comp Claim
By Alan B. Marenstein, Attorney at Law, Lewis, Marenstein, Wicke, Sherwin & Lee
hile it is very important to report incidents involving traumatic who, even if well-meaning, is not necessarily versed in the law, its
injury (e.g., falls, accidents, lifting, etc.), filing a claim for subtleties and other issues protecting your own interests. This is like
other problems could lead you down a slippery slope. walking through a mine field. You need to have professional advice and
Recently, a safety member called me to tell me that he guidance before attempting to cross.
had fallen at work and was taken to the emergency room to be checked
out. All tests were negative, however, his commanding officer filled out
a report for Tristar listing stress as the cause of the incident. PPOA Board of Directors E-mail List
Tristar is an outsourced adjusting agency acting to protect your employer
and fulfill their legal responsibilities under the law. In all probability, Tristar Executive Board
would request a list of psychiatrists from the State Workers’ Compensation Brian Moriguchi, President (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Appeals Board to determine the cause of the stress. Jim Cronin, Vice President (email@example.com)
The injured employee would then have to select one of three Jim Blankenship, Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org)
psychiatrists. Fortunately, the safety member realized the unnecessary Rogelio Maldonado, Treasurer (email@example.com)
risk that could arise. Directors
Certainly, claims for heart problems, high blood pressure, gastrointestinal Danya Hazen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
cancer — even hearing loss — and others may need to be documented, Art Reddy (email@example.com)
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July 2012 | Star&Shield 13
Living Trusts: The Bottom Line
By Graham Hawley, Certified Estate Planner (United Estate Planning, Inc.)
or many years, I have been involved in creating and reviewing living Any costs associated with a living trust are front-loaded with minimal
trusts for thousands of clients; as of yet I have been unable to find a expense, removing any burdens that might otherwise fall upon the children
single disadvantage to a properly prepared and funded trust. When or heirs of the estate. A will is back-loaded with the heirs assuming the
one truly understands the benefits and protection that a living trust burden of exorbitant costs, fees, etc., that are associated with probate. The
offers, it is impossible to feel anything other than relief and long term bottom line is that the key to effective and secure estate planning is taking
peace of mind knowing that your assets and your family’s security is being the time to understand what is best for you and your loved ones.
protected in the best possible way. With a living trust you can choose to have the assets distributed
The concept of a living trust is to provide a secure estate planning according to the terms you have set forth in the trust prior to your demise.
foundation by circumventing probate, probate fees, court costs and estate For example, you can provide distribution for your children at a specific age
taxes. A living trust will allow you to buy and sell the property held within while still allowing for funds to be made available for their care, welfare and
the trust, open and close financial accounts as you wish, add retirement college education. You may wish to make arrangements for children with
accounts and control life insurance proceeds, all the while avoiding probate special needs so funds from the estate do not jeopardize their government
proceedings upon your demise. assistance. Your distribution options within a living trust are endless.
Living trusts are flexible and can be altered or amended at any time. A Ultimately, the best rule of thumb when seeking advice about your trust
living trust does not have to be completely rewritten if the owner decides is to ask the experts. Countless poor decisions have been made upon the
to make a change. If the owner decides to move residency to a different word of a neighbor who works in a bank or the brother-in-law who sells
state, he need not attain a new trust as many people tend to believe. The houses. Don’t listen to hearsay; your family is too important. Listen only
original trust stays in effect and there is no requirement to create a new to the professionals and keep in mind that a revocable living trust is the
trust just because of an “out of state” change of address. keystone to every solid estate plan.
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Five $100 prizes the only reasons to read Star & Shield.
Members who find the hidden symbol in Star & Shield Each issue gives you the latest information on
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by the end of this month will be entered • Contract negotiations • Hot topics on the job
into a drawing for one of five $100 prizes. • Benefit changes • Association news
The hidden symbol is: • Retirement considerations • Upcoming events
This giveaway is open to PPOA members only. You must be 18 or older to win.
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A Look At
Hosted at Rancho Los Amigos by County Services Bureau on May 15, 2012
July 2012 | Star&Shield 15
Congratulations to the following PPOA members recently promoted to LIEUTENANT (LASD):
ALOMA, SERGIO A. LIEBERMAN, KEITH MOHRHOFF, DOUGLAS K. WESTALL, TIM J.
Transit Services Bureau Lancaster Station Pitchess South Facility Men’s Central Jail
ASHRAFNIA, WALID S. LASKO, ERIC S. MURPHY, MILTON N. WOLAK, JASON P.
County Services Bureau Santa Clarita Valley Station South Los Angeles Station Offender Services Bureau
BURCHER, JOHN P. LUCIO, MARC A. REID, THOMAS P. WOLAK JR., JOHN J.
Men’s Central Jail Transit Services Bureau Twin Towers Lomita Station
MARELLA, STEVEN J. RHODES, TAB J.
DEMELLO, JACK D.
Century Station Men’s Central Jail
DOWNEY, STEVEN S. MARASCOLA II, RICHARD M.
County Services Bureau Transportation Bureau Transit Services Bureau
FARRELL, JAMES C. MAYHEW, CHRISTIAN J. SOMOANO, IGNACIO
Inmate Reception Center Pitchess South Facility Temple Station
HUNTER, JOHN P. MC BRIDE, LOY L. STAHL, JOSHUA B.
Inmate Services Bureau Temple Station Compton Station
JONES, SHAWN E. MENDOZA, JOSE G. SYLVIES, STEVEN L.
Men’s Central Jail Pico Rivera Station Palmdale Station
16 Star&Shield | July 2012
Living Well After a Critical Illness
By Eddie Holmes, PPOA Insurance Agency Manager
ver the last two decades, remarkable technology, drugs and
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innovative procedures have made recovery from many illnesses
possible. Survival rates for heart attacks, cancer and stroke have
According to a study by the American Heart Association, coronary
events occur every 26 seconds, but 88 percent of those stricken are able
to return to their usual work.
The same study revealed that someone suffers a stroke every 45
seconds, but 85 percent of those survive. However, 75 percent suffer
some sort of long-term impairment.
An American Cancer Society study said that 1 in 3 people are diagnosed
with cancer during their lifetime and 62 percent will survive at least 5 years.
Dr. Marius Barnard saw new medical procedures save his critically
ill patients’ lives. There was a cost for survival, however. Patients were
unable to return to their professions or incomes. Others were forced to pocket when you need it most. With the first diagnosis of a covered
return to work before they were fully recovered. illness, you receive a check for the benefit amount.
So, Dr. Barnard helped develop critical illness insurance to reduce the The premiums are very inexpensive. A person, age 40-49, non-tobacco,
financial stress of an illness so patients could focus on recovery. could get a $25,000 policy for only $16.08 a month!
Chances are you have a friend, relative or co-worker who has recently Remember, you need critical illness insurance, not because you are
had a heart attack or stroke or has been diagnosed with cancer. How has going to die, but because you are going to live.
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California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation
lotteRy teams uP With PeaCe offiCeRs’ memoRial California Lottery contributes at least 34 cents of every dollar that players spend
foundation on sCRatCheRs tiCket on Lottery products to public education and returns more than 50 percent of
he California Lottery and CPOMF have joined forces to create a sales to players in the form of prizes. Since its inception in 1985, the Lottery has
Scratchers ticket that pays tribute to peace officers and assists the contributed nearly $21 billion to California schools out of total sales of more
families of their fallen colleagues. Tickets went on sale April 27, 2012. than $56 billion. Retailers benefit too, earning $3.6 billion in compensation
“We are pleased to team up with the foundation to support the since 1985.
families left behind by peace officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice CPOMF is a nonprofit, charitable foundation whose mission is to
for our state,” said Lottery Director Joan Borucki. “Customers can help recognize and honor California’s peace offers who gave their lives “In the
support the work of the foundation by buying the ticket.” Line of Duty” serving the citizens of this great state and provide support to
Part of the proceeds from the Scratchers ticket, up to $300,000, will go to the families left behind.
supporting the foundation. That
payment is a licensing fee that
will not interfere with the amount
of money that the Lottery pays
out to education.
The partnership is a win-
win situation, according to the
CPOMF Board of Directors.
Not only does it support two
great causes, but it also reminds
Californians of the commitment
peace officers make day in and
The ticket costs $2 and
appears at more than 20,000 retail
More than 95 cents of every
Lottery dollar is returned to
the community in the form of
contributions to education, prizes
and retail commissions. The
2011 In the Line of Duty
Officer Thomas Adams Officer Daniel R. Ackerman
CHP — Garberville EOW: February 15, 2011 Buena Park Police Dept. EOW: July 30, 2011
Officer Jermaine A. Gibson Officer Jeremy Henwood
Cathedral City Police Dept. EOW: March 18, 2011 San Diego Police Dept. EOW: August 7, 2011
Officer Andrew Garton Officer James Capoot
Hawthorne Police Dept. EOW: May 26, 2011 Vallejo Police Dept. EOW: November 17, 2011
Officer Ryan Stringer Officer Anthony A. Giniewicz
Alhambra Police Dept. EOW: July 10, 2011 Signal Hill Police Dept. EOW: December 7, 2011
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the 43rd AnnuAL
Los Angeles County
Peace Officers’ Memorial
hosted at stArs Center on May 23, 2012
July 2012 | Star&Shield 19
Welcome New Members
Adams Ii, Robert ....................... Custody Assistant Hoyt, Jonathan ......................... Sergeant
Aguilar, Kevin ........................... Security Assistant Isunza, Erick .............................. Custody Assistant
Aguilar Aldapa, Jr.,Carlos......... Custody Assistant Jauregui, Eva ............................ Security Assistant
Alatorre Jr., Alonso................... Custody Assistant Jimenez, Maribel ...................... Security Assistant
Alvarenga, Bryan ...................... Security Officer Johnson, Milton ........................ Custody Assistant
Anderson, Nicholas................... Security Officer Johnson, Ashley ........................ Security Officer
Armaleh, Michael ..................... Custody Assistant Kellogg, Jeremy ........................ Custody Assistant
Armas, Fernando ...................... Custody Assistant King, Kaleah ............................. Law Enforcement Technician
Arteaga, Mark .......................... Security Officer Kirk, Stacey ............................... Law Enforcement Technician
Avalos Hernandez, Iris ............. Security Assistant Laguana, Augustin ................... Security Assistant
Baker, Randi .............................. Security Assistant Lara, Raul .................................. Security Officer
Barr, Brandon............................ Custody Assistant Larue, Stephanie ...................... Security Assistant
Barrio, Michael ......................... Security Assistant Lindsay, Lance ........................... Sergeant
Bell, Terrence ............................ Sergeant Little, Brandon .......................... Custody Assistant
Bishop, Cort .............................. Sergeant Lu, Jane ..................................... Law Enforcement Technician
Boccanedes, Joel ....................... Security Assistant Marr, Stefanie ........................... Forensic Identification
Brewster, Carla Mica................. Security Officer Specialist I
Broad Jr., John .......................... Sergeant Maupin, David .......................... Supervising Investigator, D.A.
Brown, Catherine ..................... Security Assistant Mcdaniel, Jessica ...................... Security Assistant
Brown, Kinga ............................ Security Officer Megrdle, Randolph .................. Sergeant
Brown, Matthew ...................... Security Officer Mejia, Jennifer .......................... Security Assistant
Brown, Tenaya .......................... Sergeant Melara, Marleny ....................... Custody Assistant
Byrd, Stefanie ........................... Security Assistant Miramontes, Jessica .................. Custody Assistant
Cabrera, William ....................... Security Officer Mitchell, Debvin ....................... Custody Assistant
Carroll, Cindy ............................ Senior Criminalist Monis Jr., Aniceto ..................... Custody Assistant
Casas, Steve ............................... Security Officer Moon, Diana ............................. Crime Analyst
Castaneda, Yadira..................... Security Officer Mooney, Cheris ......................... Security Officer
Castellanos, Pedro .................... Security Officer Mukolu, Peter ........................... Custody Assistant
Castillo, Adam .......................... Security Officer Naranjo, Daniel ........................ Security Assistant
Castro, Luis ................................ Sergeant Orea, Eriberto ........................... Law Enforcement Technician
Celnik, Eli .................................. Security Officer Palm, Robin ............................... Security Assistant
Chavez, Daniel .......................... Sergeant Pamplona, Ernesto ................... Law Enforcement Technician
Clark, Candice ........................... Security Officer Panduro, Sandy ........................ Custody Assistant
Coulter, Shardae ....................... Security Officer Patterson, Gerard ..................... Sergeant
Cozine, Robert .......................... Security Officer Pineda, Liliam ........................... Custody Assistant
Crisp-Stoot, Debra .................... Security Assistant Pringle, Vern ............................. Law Enforcement Technician
Crooks, Tahitia .......................... Sergeant Ramirez, Francisco .................... Law Enforcement Technician
Dejong, Steven ......................... Sergeant Rapalo, Gabriela ....................... Custody Assistant
Diaz, Adam ............................... Security Officer Rector, Rick ............................... Sergeant
Escobedo Reyes, Jose ............... Security Assistant Reyes, Jorge .............................. Custody Assistant
Esparza, Vanessa ....................... Criminalistics Laboratory Riley, Bryan ............................... Sergeant
Technician Rizardo, Gary ............................ Security Officer
Estevez Jr., Walter .................... Custody Assistant Robles, Regina .......................... Law Enforcement Technician
Fajardo, Martha ........................ Crime Analyst Rodriguez, Elizabeth ................ Custody Assistant
Farzaneh, Farid ......................... Custody Assistant Rodriguez, Desiree ................... Sergeant
Garcia, Braulio .......................... Security Assistant Rojas, David .............................. Custody Assistant
Gardner Jr., John ...................... Security Assistant Rosales, Michelle ...................... Custody Assistant
Gavaghan, Kevin ...................... Custody Assistant Rose Jr., Raymond..................... Custody Assistant
Givens, Randy ........................... Custody Assistant Round, Robert .......................... Sergeant
Gonzalez, Yvette ...................... Forensic Identification Ruvalcaba, Elena ...................... Custody Assistant
Specialist I Ryan, Donna ............................. Law Enforcement Technician
Guthrie, Michael ....................... Sergeant Ryken, Stephen ......................... Custody Assistant
Harleaux, Dwayne .................... Security Assistant Ryken, Dale ............................... Sergeant
Haro, Genevie ........................... Custody Assistant Sanford, Anthony ..................... Custody Assistant
Hernandez, Vincent ................. Custody Assistant Santoya, Eloy ............................ Custody Assistant
Herrera, Kevin .......................... Custody Assistant Sellers Jr., Gary .......................... Custody Assistant
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Sepulveda, Jeremy .................... Custody Assistant
Shive, Douglas .......................... Sergeant
Silverman, Cory ......................... Sergeant
Soto Trani, Gina ........................ Law Enforcement Technician
Talwar, Preet ............................. Security Officer
Thompson Jr., Anthony ............ Custody Assistant
Toly, Steven ............................... Sergeant
Trumble, Courtney.................... Custody Assistant
Valenzuela, Stephanie ............. Crime Analyst
Valle, Paul ................................. Sergeant
Velasquez, Steven..................... Sergeant
Wahlquist, Amanda.................. Security Assistant
Walker, Christopher ................. Custody Assistant
Wang-Gonzales, Catherine ...... Security Officer
Westphal, Collin ....................... Custody Assistant
Zamudio, Angelica ................... Custody Assistant
Egbunkonye, Ngoz ................... Professional Staff
Gialamas, Dean ......................... Professional Staff
Ichikawa, Wendy ...................... Professional Staff
Okafor, Augustine .................... Professional Staff
Ta, Gigi ...................................... Professional Staff
Tadeo, Jeannette ...................... Professional Staff
Tellez, Marisol ........................... Professional Staff
Welch, Qweva ........................... Professional Staff
Wright, Tony ............................. Professional Staff
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Calendar of Events
continued from page 4
supervisors (but not for executive level — hmmm, any surprise there?).
Apparently, LASD has long forgotten the problems with the Modified July 14:
Deputy Program where morale was destroyed and custody deputies were LASD 6th Annual Professional Staff Day
ridiculed, harassed and called “steputies,” referring to their pay differential. Catalina Island
What about the custody assistant program? C/As will be working side-by- Hosted by Civilian Advisory Committee
side with career custody deputies doing the exact same job, but for much
less pay. And what about the promotion process? They are recommending
different exams for custody and patrol. You can choose to take either test July 21:
if you are patrol trained, BUT if you accept a promotion into Custody 14th Annual Gold Star Dive
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your career is extremely restricted to the limited managerial and executive
jobs in Custody Division in the dual-track proposal. There are many other
problems that have not been properly addressed in this proposal. July 22:
PPOA has developed its own proposal that not only addresses the PPOA Annual Heroes Ride & Car Show
problems in custody, but also creates a saving of more than $60 million Starts at the Hollywood Bowl.
to be used to address the multitude of problems and budget shortfalls Finish line party at CBS Studios in Studio City.
facing the Sheriff ’s Department. You can find a copy of the PPOA proposal Food trucks, live music, vendors
on our website following my testimony at the Jail Commission hearing www.heroesride.org
where our report will become public. Our proposal expands the use of
C/As and gives them promotional opportunities while maintaining more
than 1000 sworn positions in custody. Our proposal gets new deputies out
Marina del Rey Station
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retaliatory transfers to custody.
The Sheriff ’s Department has been traveling down a dangerous path Info: Lt. Gautt, (310) 482-6091
for many, many years now, and I am hopeful that Sheriff Baca will take
some action, any action, to correct some of the problems. We have noticed July 24:
an uptick in his involvement in some of the publicly known problems, Female Enforcers: Tactical Skills to Survive
but we hope he will get more involved in issues we, and many others, Orange County Sheriff‘s Regional Training Academy, Tustin
have brought to him. We need to fix our system of favoritism, stifling Open to all female law enforcement professionals
supervisors’ ability to properly supervise, “pay to play” promotional Info: (847) 833-5163
process and many other activities that are contrary to our Core Values.
Sheriff Baca must act now — before it is too late. In an effort to assist in
addressing these problems, PPOA has made several proposals to Sheriff august 29:
Baca, including policy and procedural changes. I am hopeful that Sheriff PPOA 12th Annual Pre-Labor Day BBQ
Baca will seriously consider our proposals to improve the fledgling Biscailuz Center Track & Field
reputation of the finest law enforcement organization in the world: the Free for all PPOA members
Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s Department.
Annual PPOA Cigar Night
Whom to Call at PPoa... 8EightyEight Cigar Lounge, Fullerton
Full bar, poker, pool, raffles, tacos, music
discount tickets, address free notary services: Benefits PPOA Charitable Foundation.
updates, non-Job-Related Call maricela Villegas Info: (323) 261-3010
Call Violet Perez star & shield, PPoa.com,
social media: september 22:
disability, insurance Call Greg torres SEB Mud Run
benefits: Pitchess Detention Center, Castaic
Call norma Gomez board and foundation Open to the public with a free kids’ run
inquiries, Political action:
membership, dues Call sandi bryant
Call Clare franco november 30:
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Quiet Cannon, Montebello
Call teresa machado Benefits City of Hope.
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Letters to PPOA
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Roller eVents foR PPoa membeRs, families and fRiends
continued from page 5 PPOA’s 1st Annual Heroes Ride & Car Show will take place on July
22. The motorcycle ride starts at the Hollywood Bowl, winds through
know that their anger is misplaced and PPOA members put their lives on the National Cemetery in Westwood and finishes at CBS Studios after
the line to provide public safety and protect public property. No one seems cruising through Hollywood. Hopefully, this event will be every bit as
to notice that in the same four years since 2008, the stock market (Dow Jones successful as our other Charitable Foundation fundraisers. See next
Average) has gone from 8,000 to over 12,400! Somebody is getting rich, month’s Star & Shield for photos and a recap.
and it isn’t your average public employee. But until the economic recovery On Wednesday August 29 at the Biscailuz Center track and field, PPOA
reaches down to embrace the middle class, you can expect more attacks on will hold its 12th Annual Labor Day BBQ. Please come join us for good
our pensions and benefits. food, good fun, meetings with old friends and booths and giveaways
The second issue is more hidden and politically driven. Some political from PPOA’s favorite vendors. The best food and goodies are available
operatives think if they cut out the power of unions — especially public between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., so don’t be late.
employee unions — that they can gain control of state legislatures, state houses
and a majority of the elected offices in Washington, D.C. As you all know, PPoa ChaRitable Golf touRnament
PPOA has been active and successful in the political world for more than six On June 4, the PPOA Charitable Foundation held its 6th annual golf
decades. For PPOA to lose it voice would be disastrous for our membership. tournament at TPC in Valencia. All the proceeds from that tournament
This November the “Stop Special Interest Money Now” initiative will be benefit families of officers killed in the line of duty. Otherwise known as
on the ballot. It is nothing more than a blatant attempt to silence our voice a “widows and orphans fund,” the PPOA foundation has helped countless
politically in defense of your wages, benefits, hours and working conditions. families over the years, and the golf event is our most successful fundraiser.
PPOA will continue to try and make a deal with the California Legislature Thanks to all those sponsors who helped make this year’s event another
and the Governor on pension issues and will actively fight off any political success and special thanks to the volunteers and staff who make the
attacks on our ability to do so. tournament run so smoothly.
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and ends at cbs studios
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[ 4024 Radford Avenue, Studio City ]
open to public for $5 admission
music Register online:
vendors Early Bird Special
kids fun zone
(prior to 7/8/12)
$30 per rider
gourmet food trucks $10 per passenger
$20 per car show entry
Ride Route: Hollywood • Sunset Strip • Beverly Hills
Discounted Ticket Prices for PPOA Members
Venue adult Child
Adventure City (Anaheim) 9.75 9.75
Boomers 14.00 14.00
Disneyland (One-Day) 84.50 78.50
Disney/California Adventure (One-day hopper) 115.50 109.50 91.00
Disney Annual Passports
• SoCal Select (valid 170 days) 258.00 258.00
• SoCal (valid 215 days) 315.00 315.00
• Deluxe (valid 315 days) 448.00 448.00
• Premium (valid 365 days w/parking) 619.00 619.00
Huntington Library 12.00 12.00
Knott's Berry Farm 32.00 22.50
Knott's Soak City 24.50 20.50
L.A. Zoo 14.00 10.50
Legoland (Three-park (Aquarium/Legoland/Waterpark)
Legoland (Two-day ticket) 57.00 57.00
Medieval Times 42.50 30.75
Movie Tix (UA, Krik, AMC, Edwards, Regal) Range: 6.25-7.75 14.00
Pirate Dinner Adventure 37.00 28.00
Raging Waters 25.00 25.00
San Diego Zoo 36.50 27.50
San Diego Wild Animal Park 36.50 27.50
Scandia Amusement Park/Ontario 14.00 14.00
Sea World 49.00 49.00
Six Flags Magic Mountain 33.00 33.00
Universal Studios (Three-day ticket) 69.00 (credit card only) 69.00 (credit card only)
Universal Studios 12 mo. pass w/blackouts 80.00 (credit card only) 80.00 (credit card only)
Universal Studios 12 mo. pass w/o blackouts 94.00 (credit card only) 94.00 (credit card only)
Universal Premium Star Pass 134.00 (credit card only) 134.00 (credit card only)
Universal Front of the Line Pass 139.00 (credit card only) 139.00 (credit card only)
Movie Theater Restricted unrestricted
AMC Theatres 6.25 7.75
Harkins Theatre (Chino Hills) 6.25 7.75
Krikorian 7.75 7.75
Pacific 6.25 n/a
Regal/Edwards/UA 6.75 7.75
All ticket sales are final. Prices and details on the PPOA website are subject to change. Always call first to confirm prices and availability.
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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MAUI CONDO RENTAL 2009 yAMAHA MAJESTy ANNIvERSARy EDITION HARLEyS
Spectacular oceanfront, pool, sandy beach, view 400 cc scooter. Dark Gray. Gets nearly 60 miles per His: Road King, 6K miles, all extras. $16K. Hers:
of Molokai/Lanai, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, sleeps 4, full gallon. Retail value is $4,295. Asking $3,800. Call Soft Tail, 5K miles, all extras. $12K. Matching silver/
kitchen, W&D. Pictures available. Call (626) 964.2578 (951) 218-9394. (0112) black signature models. Spare parts & manuals.
or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (1011) Both for $25K. Call (360) 642-2491 (0512)
TIMESHARE FOR SALE
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PPOA Delegate Mary Pardo (Custody Assistant) 16000 credits on account. Asking $4,500. Will pay Ambidextrous safety, blue steel, night sights, used,
offers free notary service to PPOA members & $299 transfer fee. Payments up to date. More info in excellent condition. 3 magazines, 6 concealment
a discount for all other LA County employees. at: worldmarktheclub.com. Call Lorraine at (503) holsters. $699. email@example.com (0512)
This applies to service offered at CRDF. Info: 867-9968. (0811)
(562) 756-5924 / firstname.lastname@example.org (0811) EAGLE ROCk HOUSE FOR SALE
DELUxE LAkE POWELL HOUSEBOAT 3beds/2 baths plus bonus room. 1,428 sq. ft. of
1946 FORD Shared Ownership (Summer - even years). Summerset living space. Remodeled 2002, upgrades galore.
Coupe, 327 chevrolet, 3 speed column, power disk 2002, 74’X16.5’, Four Staterooms, Two full baths, Great veranda deck, great yard. $409K. Call Carlos
brakes, lincoln rear - end, great paint and tires. $6000. Call Theresa or Steve @714-282-8446 (1111) 323-855-9345. (0712)
$22,000. Please call Ed (949) 496-6432. (0811)
MAUI CONDO RENTAL INGLEWOOD CEMETERy
2004 HARLEy DAvIDSON PLOT FOR SALE
Completely remodeled, 2 bedroom, 2 bath, sleeps
Road King, Police Edition, Dark Blue, extras, only 6. Kaanapali. Pool, spa. Full kitchen. W&D. 40% Located in pineview area, Prairie street side. Asking
3,297 miles, as new. $11,900, Bob at 805 553-0124 or discount for LASD & family. Email: lasd2maui@ price $4,300. Seller will pay transfer fees. Price
E-Mail email@example.com (0811) yahoo.com (661) 600-5600 (0212) negotiable. 213 500-8639. (0712)
WANTED: LIvE-IN CARE SEEkING vINTAGE RC CARS POODLE PUPPIES FOR SALE
1970’S, 80’S, 90’S.
Mature, female retired deputy needed for live-in Purebred poodle puppies, light brown. Males and
position. Responsibilities include: meals, medications, I buy and collect vintage RC cars in any condition. females, will be available by 7/2/12. $300 each. Call
errands (with my vehicle) & light housekeeping. Let me know what you have. Joey cell 714 745-4963. or text for pics. Stewart (562) 761-6655. (0712)
Room, board & stipend provided. Call Art at (562) (0412)
SEDONA TIMESHARE PPOA classified ads are free and
TIRES & RIMS / 200 MILES OLD Available for use now. Pay transfer/recording fees
available only to PPOA members (one
4 X 235-55-18” Yokohama tires on premium Kia rims of $350. View gorgeous location online at "Los per month, 25 words max). Private party
(5X114). Also fits Honda, Toyota, Nissan. $800 or Abrigados Resort & Spa, Sedona." Call Pat/Barbara only, no business ads allowed. Send your
best/Jim @ 562.321.4122 (0512) at (760) 777-6510 (0412)
ad to: Star & Shield Editor, 188 E. Arrow
HAWAII TIME SHARE PUREBRED LAB PUPPIES Highway, San Dimas, CA 91773 or
Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villa, 2 bedroom Purebred chocolate & black lab puppies. Available e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
lock off unit for eight on the tropical Paradise Mar. 12th. Vet checked, de-wormed, and 1st shots.
island of Kauai. Asking $7,000. Call Frances at
New submissions are added on first
Call or text for pics. $300 (310) 809-0364. (0412)
(805) 499-4394 (0512) come-first served basis, each issue.
DOUBLE BURIAL PLOT - FOR SALE Please send within first week of each
2006 TRAvEL TRAILER - FOREST LAWN GLENDALE
month to ensure timely inclusion.
35ft. Forrest River, excellent condition. Sell for balance
Located in “Court of Remembrance.” Small, secluded Sellers are encouraged to list price of
owed. Contact Rudy at (661) 478-8188. (1111) area. Quiet, serene, beautiful mountain view. Near
Liberace, Bette Davis, Ronnie Dio. Asking $10,000. each item listed. No work numbers
TWO GUNS FOR SALE Call (661)618-8456. (0412) may be used in ads. Submissions must
Selling a Beretta 92FM stainless steel as well as a S&W be in writing, not over the phone.
K frame stainless 38. Asking price for the Beretta CEMETERy LOTS
is $400 and the Smith is $350. Both guns in great Ads run for 3 months. PPOA is not
Rose Hills Whittier, Garden of Affection. 2 sites,
condition. Contact Stephen: (909) 618-6921 or (909) $3,000 each and seller pays transfer fees. (626) 961- responsible for any claims made in a
597-8866. (0112) 6859. (0412) classified ad.
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