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1 LOS ANGELES COUNTY PROFESSIONAL PEACE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION StarShield & Volume 41 Issue 3 April 2014 YOU CAN WIN $100 SEE PAGE 16 Legal Defense Plan: The Time Is Now HEROES RIDE APRIL 13, 2014 SEE PAGE 9

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3 TABLE OF CONTENTS 188 E. Arrow Highway San Dimas, CA (323) (800) 747-PPOA Fax (909) ( ) (web page) POPA Federal Credit Union (800) Star & Shield is the official publication of the Los Angeles County Professional Peace Officers Association (PPOA). Opinions expressed by individual board members or contributing authors in this publication do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the entire Board. The Board of Directors meets on the second Wednesday of each month in the PPOA offices at 10:00 a.m. Star & Shield subscription: $12.00 Executive Editor: Brian Moriguchi 2014 STANDING COMMITTEES ASSOCIATIONS Chairman MORIGUCHI DELEGATES Chairman CRONIN FINANCE Chairman MALDONADO INSURANCE Chairman RHODES LEGISLATIVE Chairman REDDY MEMBERSHIP Chairwoman HAZEN 612 NEGOTIATIONS Chairman MORIGUCHI 614 NEGOTIATIONS Chairman LEE 621 NEGOTIATIONS Chairman BLANKENSHIP 631 NEGOTIATIONS Chairman MACHIAN 632 NEGOTIATIONS Chairman CORRAL RETIREE LIAISON Chairman REDDY 911MEDIA is a division of Trade News International, Inc. For Advertising call (818) Find us on BOARD OF DIRECTORS BRIAN MORIGUCHI, President JIM CRONIN, Vice President JIM BLANKENSHIP, Secretary ROGELIO MALDONADO, Treasurer DANYA HAZEN JODY CLOUNCH NOE GARCIA CHRISTOPHER LEE DIRECTORS Published by Connect with LAPPOA on Facebook PPOA Online Store: RAY LEYVA ROBERTO MEDRANO ART REDDY TAB RHODES Welcome to the Twilight Zone 4 Legal Defense Plan: The Time Is Now 5 $5 Well Spent Unless You Have $100,000 in Your Savings Account 6 Which Do You Value More: One and a Half Cups of Coffee or Your Career? 7 Shields, CARPing and Three Things to Watch With Inmates 8 PPOA Delegates Meeting 10 Rookies Roost 12 Retiree Events 13 8th Annual Peace Officer Memorial Golf Tournament 14 California Peace Officers Memorial Foundation 16 Always Opt for Representation When You Are in Trouble, But Be Flexible Percent of Disabling Accidents Are Not Work-Related Are You Prepared? 18 Calendar of Events 20 PPOA AFFILIATIONS Southern California Alliance of Law Enforcement (SCALE) California Coalition of Law Enforcement Associations (CCLEA) International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Los Angeles County Organization of Police and Sheriffs (LACOPS) Public Employees Staff Organization (PESO) Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) National Conference of Public Employee Retirement Systems California Peace Officer Memorial Foundation PPOA STAFF MEMBERS PAUL K. ROLLER, Executive Director CLARE FRANCO, Administrative Assistant MARTY KULLMAN, Field Representative NORMA GOMEZ, Administrative Assistant TERESA MACHADO, Labor Representative VIOLET PEREZ, Administrative Assistant SHANNON SCHRECK, Receptionist KEVIN F. THOMPSON, Intake Representative GREG TORRES, Public Relations Coordinator MARK VIDAL, Media Assistant MARICELA VILLEGAS, Executive Administrative Assistant JIM VOGTS, Legislative Representative VENISE WALLACE, Sr. Labor Representative APRIL 2014 STAR&SHIELD 3

4 Welcome to the Twilight Zone Brian Moriguchi PPOA President Lieutenant, LASD The PPOA Board unanimously voted in favor of this legal defense plan and encourages you to vote in favor of it as well. 4 STAR&SHIELD APRIL 2014 These past few months have been nothing short of spectacular full of drama, excitement and the unbelievable. I am not sure if I am watching a real-life Twilight Zone or Ripley s Believe It or Not episode, or a new version of To Tell the Truth: federal indictments born from a pissing match between the feds and LASD, high-level promotions and sudden retirements, a crazy Sheriff s race followed by Will the Real President of ALADS Please Stand Up? It s a topsy-turvy rollercoaster ride for sure. If you re like me, you re looking forward to things calming down and order being restored. FEDERAL INDICTMENTS As of this writing, 21 Sheriff s Department employees have been indicted by the federal government (five of them PPOA members). These stemmed from the FBI investigation into use-offorce allegations in the County jails, specifically Men s Central Jail. However, very few of the indictments revolve around use of force. Most of the indictments involve obstruction of justice. Why? It is obvious that the FBI and the U.S. Attorney s Office are angry with LASD for how they treated their agents. So, in response, the feds indict a bunch of LASD folks, the highest being of lieutenant rank. Rather than having them surrender to authorities, they surround their houses with armed agents, order them and their loved ones out on the front lawn for display at 6 a.m. on the coldest day of the year, handcuff them and take them into custody. Of course they did not do this to every LASD employee, only the ones who really angered the feds. It is very obvious that the feds were sending a message, Don t with us! We all know, and I am sure the feds know as well, that those indicted were not acting on their own accord. They were directed to do so by those higher up in the food chain of the Department. That may or may not clear them of wrongdoing depending on their knowledge or intent, but I will leave that up to their defense attorneys. What I do know is that the feds targeted several individuals who were following orders and doing their jobs. I am sure I can anticipate my phones to be wiretapped and my family surveilled as a result of this article. Apparently that is standard operating procedure for the feds. So that brings us to the main topic of this issue of Star & Shield: a legal defense plan that covers employees for criminal conduct allegations. PPOA has maintained the lowest dues of any union I am aware of. Our dues structure is at 1% of top-step salary, while other unions, like ALADS, are at 1.25%. I have seen some unions as high as 1.75%. In fact, when you promote to sergeant, your dues actually decrease! But that also means we run PPOA on a shoestring: no Baker to Vegas parties, no river trips, no Raging Waters events. Like every other union, our basic dues structure does not cover criminal defense. Some unions provide no criminal defense, while others charge an extra fee for criminal defense coverage. Over a year ago, we anticipated the possibility of grand jury indictments and began looking into legal defense plans for our membership that provide criminal defense coverage. Although such coverage wouldn t help those already indicted, it would help employees in the future facing criminal allegations. We looked at several other associations legal defense plans and found that the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) had the most reasonable coverage for the cost, just $5 per month. I encourage all of you to review the FOP plan information online at and judge for yourself if this is coverage you want. The PPOA Board unanimously voted in favor of this plan and encourages you to vote in favor of it as well. Ballots will be sent to the membership to decide, by bargaining unit, which members will participate in the FOP plan going forward. SHERIFF S ELECTION The Sheriff s election is a crowded field of current LASD executives, retired LASD executives and a couple of outsiders. Will PPOA get involved in this election? Of course. The L.A. County Sheriff is one of the most powerful law enforcement positions in the country and will directly impact our members well-being, working conditions and careers. We will be hosting a candidate forum in the near future, as well as conducting polling of our members and the public to determine which candidate should get PPOA s endorsement. This continued on page 19

5 Legal Defense Plan: The Time Is Now Paul K. Roller PPOA Executive Director We can buy full-coverage criminal and civil case insurance for all our members for just $5 a month all you have to do is vote yes. This past year has been a difficult one for the Sheriff s Department. The Sheriff and the Undersheriff have been forced out; 21 Department members have been indicted by the federal grand jury; a new two-tiered plan has been implemented, designed to have some deputies serve their entire career in the jails from deputy to chief; a new Inspector General has been commissioned by the Board of Supervisors to oversee the Sheriff s Department; and there is talk of a Civilian Oversight Commission as well. In addition, nearly 100 PPOA members have been called to testify in front of the grand jury. This has put a major strain on PPOA s finances, as we gave every one of those members a criminal attorney to represent them in preparation for their grand jury testimony. In addition, we are helping PPOA members indicted by the feds with their criminal attorney fees as they fight off these charges for just doing what they were ordered to do. Unfortunately, PPOA s current dues structure will not cover these types of excessive attorney fees for criminal defense. In order to fully cover every member s attorney fees (from administrative issues through criminal defense), PPOA would have to raise its dues structure anywhere from $20 to $40 per month. Obviously, that is not a reasonable solution. So what was the PPOA Board of Directors to do? After studying the issues for the past eight months, the Board has come up with a reasonable and affordable solution for the PPOA membership. We can buy full-coverage criminal and civil case insurance for all our members for just $5 a month all you have to do as an active member is vote yes on this insurance coverage when you get your ballot from PPOA later this month. All of you should have received the PPOA flyer on this plan last month. The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Legal Defense Plan is a self-funded plan that provides defense for criminal and civil actions arising out of the scope of your duties as a law enforcement professional. The plan has no limits on defense costs as long as you use an FOP plan attorney. All of this costs just $5 per month. How did we decide to use the FOP plan? First of all, every full-time active PPOA member is an FOP member membership is paid by PPOA. Second, the FOP plan we chose is the most affordable because of the FOP s size (350,000 members across the country). Third, since PPOA already covers all administrative issues for our members, we just needed a criminal and civil plan, which the FOP had. We also looked at what our brother law enforcement unions were doing in regard to criminal cases. Most of them were charging their members between $13 and $40 per month for criminal attorney coverage. But some of our best friends (the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs, the Sacramento County Deputy Sheriff s Association and the Long Beach Police Officers Association all FOP members) were using the FOP plan and were happy with it. That sealed the deal. An affordable plan that everyone liked that covered criminal cases, all under the FOP umbrella: The plan was perfect for PPOA s needs. So the PPOA Board did its job to find the best, most affordable plan for our members whenever a criminal indictment is handed down even when you are just doing your job! Now it s up to you, the membership, to say yes in a vote to add this coverage to the services that PPOA already provides. The PPOA Board of Directors strongly urges all our members to vote yes when they receive their ballot on this issue later this month. This FOP plan protects everyone. It protects PPOA and its ability to continue to give our members the best service possible, and it protects you from financial catastrophe should you be charged with a crime while doing your job. The cost of $5 a month is less than 17 cents per day for the peace of mind that comes with career, personal and asset protection. Your cost for an entire year s coverage would only be $60 which would not even buy 15 minutes of a criminal attorney s time! An entire career s premium would only be $1,800 ($60 per year times 30 years) a small price to pay to save your house and other assets that might be used to pay a criminal attorney. This plan protects PPOA, but more importantly it protects you. Please vote yes when you receive your ballot. Your future may depend upon it! APRIL 2014 STAR&SHIELD 5

6 $5 Well Spent Unless You Have $100,000 in Your Savings Account Jim Blankenship PPOA Board Secretary Law Enforcement Tech, LASD For $5 a month, you will have peace of mind. Are you really willing to gamble that you don t need this protection? I want to talk this month about an important ballot that you will soon receive in the mail. Unit 621 members will be asked to vote on obtaining a legal defense plan to cover you in the event of dutyrelated civil or criminal action. In 2013, PPOA paid the highest amount for legal services in the past 20 years. For more than 60 years, PPOA labor reps and attorneys have represented members with grievances, IAB investigations and appeals for those unfortunate enough to find their employment terminated. However, in most cases PPOA does not provide (nor do most unions) coverage for members in criminal or civil cases. If there is consideration to move forward to cover a member who has extenuating circumstances, the PPOA Board has to hear from the member and make a decision. As you know, the federal grand jury indictments have left some PPOA members facing federal criminal charges. Our members believed they were carrying out lawful orders of their superiors, and thus it should be considered course and scope of their job. County counsel should be representing them, but the County has abandoned these folks. Therefore, the PPOA Board has decided to help. In today s times, the average cost of a criminal defense trial with a good lawyer ranges from $100,000 to $250,000. Now multiply that by the number of PPOA members in question and you are well into the million-dollar club. So, the Board has had a quite lengthy discussion about the future of ensuring the best protection for the membership. The Board was given a presentation from the Fraternal Order of Police (which we all are currently members of) regarding a legal defense fund established for FOP members nationwide. It is a self-funded plan that has been around since This plan would give you: Broad legal coverage No limit on defense costs when using a planapproved attorney The right to choose your own attorney Coverage for civil and criminal duty-related conduct So, how much does all of this cost? The cost is simply $5 a month or $2.50 per pay period. That s less than my wife s foofy Starbucks drink! For $5 a month, you will have peace of mind. It s just like auto insurance; the main reason we have it is because if we cause damage to another car or our own, most of us don t have the money sitting in the bank to cover the cost. Same thought process here if you get caught up in an on-duty incident, do you have $100,000 sitting around? I certainly don t. And remember, the County has shown that it will not represent you, depending on the circumstances. I know some of you will say that you don t need it because of the job you do. That may be true, but custody assistants, SOs, SAs, LET desk officers and civilian investigators you need to have this plan. Remember, that s $5 a month. That $5 could provide $100,000 or more in legal bills if you were caught up in a criminal or civil matter. Don t think it can t happen to Unit 621 members. There was a CA this past year caught up in a criminal matter. His representation is now up to $35,000 and counting. We, as a unit, will vote yes or no. A yes vote means that all 621 members will be covered and the $5 will be payroll-deducted. If 621 votes this down, it will be voluntary to have the plan. You can still have it payroll-deducted. If you are of the mindset to say no to this, I ask you: Are you really willing to gamble that you don t need this protection because you won t ever get in trouble on duty, be accused of wrongdoing or be caught up in a scandal where management thinks you are part of the problem? I vote yes, for peace of mind. Until next time, stay safe, my friends. Connect with PPOA on Facebook Get daily posts from PPOA regarding discount offers, event announcements, public safety alerts, pension attack updates, contest giveaways and more. 6 STAR&SHIELD APRIL 2014

7 Which Do You Value More: One and a Half Cups of Coffee or Your Career? Jody Clounch PPOA Board Member Security Officer, LASD This is really a no-brainer when the devastation of being arrested or sued in today s market is so expensive. In the near future, we are going to be given the opportunity to vote to participate in a legal defense plan for PPOA members. I will tell you that once upon a time I was a skeptic and thought that I would never get in trouble at all, and certainly there is no way I would ever do anything criminal. Why waste a good five bucks that could get me a cup and a half of coffee? Today, I don t see it that way. Not after 20 indictments of people who probably followed orders and who not only have families but also may very well lose houses, cars and belongings because of no paycheck and huge attorney bills. I have a personal friend who has been to court 14 times and his case is still ongoing. How much do you think that costs, and what can you afford at $250 to $700 per hour? Yes, that is the cost of today s attorneys. Now, I look at the $5 monthly fee for the legal defense plan as an insurance policy against dummies who will sue for anything. We don t have to do anything wrong to be sued, trust me. There are people looking for deep pockets every day, and if they can reach into yours, they will. If you re ever involved in a use of force, you may be sued. If you make a logical but wrong decision, you could be sued. If you are at work and with somebody who does the wrong thing, you could be sued. I get that, now after 13 years of service with the Sheriff s Department. It is not a matter of if one of us is falsely accused or inappropriately sued, it is when. The proposed plan is offered by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) through PPOA, and is an honor to have available for sworn and non-sworn personnel. The FOP just launched a major campaign opposing a federal appointment of a lawyer who defended a cop killer and actively protested in rallies for that convicted cop killer. The FOP has prevailed thus far in that controversy. They are a force to be reckoned with and everybody knows it. The FOP is nationwide and a strong organization to be allied and associated with. This is really a no-brainer when the devastation of being arrested or sued in today s market is so expensive. This plan gives broad legal defense coverage, which is important because it covers a wider variety of issues that we may get involved in within our bargaining unit. Most important of all, there are no limits on defense costs. This is huge to you, your family and all of the things you have worked so hard to obtain. Career, personal and asset protection is also included for peace of mind. This plan covers duty-related conduct, so it won t help if you do something off-duty in your personal choices, but for a measly $5 per month, full-time on-duty protection is priceless. I m in as soon as it is available and I would recommend that you seriously consider the opportunity with me. I would say What do you have to lose? but I have already mentioned how much an attorney costs per hour. Be sure to vote. Retired PPOA member Claude Anderson has been drawing cartoons for Star & Shield since Claude says he was asked to keep drawing cartoons until he came up with a funny one it has now been 40+ years and he s still drawing! Claude has now published three books of cartoons based on his training days at Firestone Station, and they can be purchased online at or by calling (888) Thank you for your dedication, Claude! APRIL 2014 STAR&SHIELD 7

8 Shields, CARPing and Three Things to Watch With Inmates Danya Hazen PPOA Board Member Custody Assistant, LASD I know you have been anxious to hear about our shields. Here is the latest: The uniform specs have been changed to reflect the entire uniform with the addition of the Custody shield. The contract for badges is in the bidding process to find out how much it will cost. PPOA has agreed to help the Department pay for them. Hopefully, that helps relieve any confusion. Basically, we re waiting for the wheels to roll, but I m sorry it has taken so long. I assure you we are on the right track. CARPing is an issue we all hate because it was essentially shoved down our throats. Sheriff Scott has said the termination date will be July The phase-out starts with detectives this July and ends with Custody next year. It is what it is, but at least they realize we need relief! Three things to watch with inmates: 1. It has recently been discovered that inmates are preventing the gates from closing and locking shut. As you can imagine, this has created severe problems in an environment in which constant vigilance is required. You must double-check when working a booth. Check the light to see that all is secure and follow that with a physical check. 2. Don t allow yourself to be set up by an inmate. Recently, a K10 area deputy walked in to assist an inmate and the trusty shut the door behind the deputy. He was alone in the cell with the inmate and the fight was on. 3. A custody assistant was doing a Title-15 check when the inmate grabbed him by the neck. The CA struggled to get his radio and put out a call for help while fighting with the inmate. Remember that custody assistants are covered by 4850 time. If you are working with inmates and get injured, you are covered. If you are injured during training, you are covered. If you have to fight for your time, do it! If you get injured and an inmate saw it happen, ask them to write down their name, booking number and what they saw. The most recent custody assistant class graduated on March 28. Be professional and help your new partners. Lastly, please be sure to vote yes for PPOA s legal defense plan when your ballot arrives this month. We all need that protection! PPOA Interviews Sheriff Scott Shortly after his appointment as Los Angeles County Sheriff, John Scott spent an afternoon at PPOA to record an exclusive video interview. The discussion between Sheriff Scott and PPOA President Brian Moriguchi covered a number of significant topics, including the infamous cigar patio, CARPing, dual-track career path and more. The video is available to view at PPOA 8 STAR&SHIELD APRIL 2014

9 ANNUALHEROES APRIL 13, 2014 HEROES RIDE ANNUAL RIDE ROUTE Hollywood, Sunset Strip & Beverly Hills. Special veteran s memorial ride through L.A. National Cemetery. MOTORCYCLE RIDE $30 (pre-reg), $35 (day of event) Starting at Hollywood Bowl 8:30 a.m. Registration 9:30 a.m. Ride Starts 12-3 p.m. Finish Line Party at Hollywood Bowl, including lunch provided by In-N-Out Burger! Benefiting Fallen Peace Officers & Wounded Veterans Hosted by the L.A. County Professional Peace Officers Association (PPOA) Call for more info: (323) Register online: APRIL 2014 STAR&SHIELD 9

10 PPOA DELEGATES MEETING Nearly 100 PPOA delegates gathered for an informative meeting at Quiet Cannon last month. Special thanks to guest speakers Sheriff John Scott and Sergeant Astrid McDuffie. The Sheriff took time from his busy schedule to talk to the delegates about a few of the issues he s currently tackling and opened the floor for a number of interesting questions from the audience. Topics included career paths, morale, promotions, politics and more. Sergeant McDuffie spoke about her role with the Safety Management Unit and obfuscate delivered an eye-opening presentation about the danger of communicable diseases at stations, jails, crime scenes and beyond. 10 STAR&SHIELD APRIL 2014

11 Star & Shield Contest Winners PPOA 2014 College Scholarship Program We are proud to announce that 12 scholarships worth $13,500 total will be available to help further education for PPOA members and their dependents. Visit for criteria and application. Deadline to apply is May 16, Congratulations to the PPOA members below for winning the Find the Hidden Word contest in Star & Shield. If your name is listed, that means your entry was drawn as one of the winners for that month s issue. Please Greg Torres at to claim your $100 check. $100 Prize Winners (January 2014 issue) Richard Combs, retired Miguel Monteverde-Diaz, Custody Assistant Bennett Seno, retired Yoav Shalev, Sergeant Mary Wright, Custody Assistant APRIL 2014 STAR&SHIELD 11

12 Rookies Roost By Bob Lindsey (LASD ret.) Congratulations to John Scott, the new 10-month Los Angeles County Sheriff. Best wishes on filtering through the misinformation and trying to reach the truth of the depth of disintegration since you departed in the early 2000s. Whatever the next 10 months holds, I promise you this: There is plenty to be said and it will be said. It needs to be said. Let s just support our new Sheriff in his 10-month endeavor, which will have only scratched the surface before he heads back to the OC and to a Sheriff that we all adore. Let s pray that the new Sheriff who follows will continue reforms that need to be done to make this a great LASD once again. Judi (Cobb) Possnack: You have to have the most beautiful penwomanship I have seen in a long time. Retired sergeant from the Training Bureau and retired psychotherapist: Exactly what did you do to those cadets minds that we should be concerned with? You are a Laughlin Roundup regular, and how cool is it that you call your husband your handsome, hunky hubby? Retired in 1980 with 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, your legacy has exploded maybe because of your hunky husband, Dave. Kudos, Dave. May God bless you in your travels and may you continue to achieve more friendships than you have already obtained throughout the years. Your personality flies off the paper and I am certain you can double that in person. May your achievements overflow at the Shepherd s Grove for others to find their way. Ray Salazar of Nipomo: You are shortly going to be 85 years in the making, with one-third of that spent in the service of the Sheriff at PPOA 14th Annual Fishing Trip July 18, 2014 Departs from Long Beach (180 Marina Drive, Seaport Village) for fishing near Catalina and local waters. 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. $35 per PPOA member (+1 guest at $35). Coffee and lunch provided by PPOA. Call PPOA to pay for your spot (first come, first served): (323) STAR&SHIELD APRIL 2014 pre-employment, Carson Station and other fulfilling assignments. May you and Connie enjoy all your travel, the history you pursue in national and state parks and the whoppers you catch in your freshwater and ocean fishing. Thanks for your service and thanks for sharing. Ron the man Melton: Miss you, sir. I certainly could use your advice now and then more now. It is great to see that you are using your policing expertise at Staples, Nokia and the Oakland Coliseum. I m jealous about your European escapades. Congrats that you not only have the courage to travel, but you also do it with three grandkids hanging on your hip. My idol. They will never forget. God bless, Ron, and thanks for your 32 years of exemplary service. Edward Ward of San Juan Capistrano and your lovely wife Valerie: So you like classic cars. I just picked up a 1931 Chevy and I can t keep my wife out of it. The problem is I m not in it. I need some tips. It appears that you are going to be 81 and you still volunteer for bike patrol on the beach. I need an immediate transfusion from you. I don t even care if the blood matches. Maybe yours will take over and I will be a young man again. Enjoy Europe, but most of all, Sergeant Ward, thanks again for 33½ years of living in the greatest Department that will ever be, and for taking the time to write. Terrel Richmond of Springfield, Oregon: Terry, looks like you re approaching the 82 marker. Thirty-two years of service and retired in Parkinson s disease is nothing when you have a partner like Barbara for 54 years. Your story, like so many, is unique but familiar. The homes you lived in when residing in Walnut and San Jacinto merely paved the way to Oregon, where you are now close to beloved family. A U.S. Air Force colonel and major crimes expert are but mere commendations compared to the lives you have touched and changed. You mentioned Leo Cheney, Gil Figueroa and Al Juliano as close friends and LASD associates. You have expressed an open invitation, so watch out, as we just visited the coast of Oregon and my wife purchased an old Hotpoint stove in Depoe Bay. I told her it wouldn t fit on the plane. Guess who was right, again? Guess who is making me drive back, again? May God bless you and your family, Terry. George Seaman (photo at right) of Palacios, Texas: 80 years old and 27 years with LASD. You reveled in assisting Biscailuz, Pitchess and Block the triple threat. You saw airplane collisions, the Watts riots and the Manson case, and had real doughnuts freshly baked with bottled milk. Your ability to manufacture golf clubs took you to Texas, Taiwan and back to Texas, where you traded the clubs for a broker s license. That is a hole in one. What don t you do? Don t answer. Yes, I know, you were also a deputy sheriff in Texas. George Seaman Walker Texas Deputy Ranger. Don t answer that, George. Then you have the nerve to tell me you may find some other profession now? Don t answer that either, George. You Texas people work too hard. What s for breakfast? I m coming over. Until next time God bless one and all. P.S. PPOA continues to receive completed surveys from our retirees who are proud military veterans (more information in the September 2013 issue of Star & Shield, available online at The latest is below. Thank you for your service, Bob! Bob Braman, LASD ret Navy, Special Intel Team II, Vietnam. Commendations/medals: Presidential Unit, Navy Unit, Meritorious Conduct, Vietnam Campaign and more. The biggest and bloodiest battle I participated in was an all-night, hand-to-hand fight in a bar in Subic Bay, Philippines.

13 Retiree Events Retired Deputies Lunch Meeting April 17 Glendale Elks Lodge Retired Marshal s Luncheon May 7 Northwoods Inn, La Mirada Norwalk Station Alumni Reunion May 8 Westridge Golf Club, La Habra 5:30 p.m. Info: (562) Former L.A. Deputy Sheriffs in Texas Luncheon May 17 Ninfa s Restaurant, Waco 11 a.m. RSVP: Dan Castillo, 30-Year Reunion for LASD Academy Class #221 May 29 Palms Hotel Club Red Info: Beth Smith, (323) Retired Marshals Luncheon June 4 Yang Chow Restaurant, Pasadena 33rd Annual McArthur Reunion June Inter-Mountain Fairgrounds, McArthur Century Station 20th Anniversary August 9 Century Station 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Info: (323) East L.A. Station 90th Anniversary September 27 Two events: ELA Station 11 a.m., Steven s Steakhouse 6 p.m. Current and former station personnel encouraged to attend Info: (323) th Annual PPOA Retiree Luncheon October 15 Sheraton Fairplex, Pomona Info: (323) Lakewood ROMEOs Luncheons Second Monday of each month Wuzz Fuzz/Victor Valley Second Tuesday of each month Hometown Buffet Victorville, 7:30 a.m. L.A. County Retired Deputies First Wednesday of each month Carrows, Hesperia 11:00 a.m. Retired D.A. Investigators Lunch First Wednesday of each month Frantone s Alondra Boulevard, Cerritos,11:00 a.m. Info: Wes English, (714) Inland Empire Old Guys First Wednesday of each month B.C. Café, Rancho Cucamonga 11:30 a.m. Info: Dock Parnell, (909) The Motherlode Loafers Second Wednesday of each month Location varies among Grass Valley restaurants Info: Desert Heat Lunch Second Wednesday of each month Elks Club, Lake Havasu Retired Deputies in Las Vegas Third Wednesday of each month Blue Ox Tavern on Sahara 12:00 p.m. Info: Tony Silas, (702) Compton Alumni Association Third Wednesday of each month Crystal Hotel & Casino 12:00 p.m. North County SEB Retirees Breakfast Third Wednesday of each month IHOP, Santa Clarita Santa Clarita Area Retired Sheriff s Personnel Quarterly Luncheon Second Thursday in February, May, August and November Tournament Players Club restaurant, Valencia, 11:30 a.m. Info: END OF WATCH PPOA EXTENDS CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILIES AND FRIENDS OF THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WHO RECENTLY PASSED AWAY: January 2014: Patricia Branley Robert DeBry Timothy Farmer Gene Hopkins Harold Hough Enrique Leon Michael Luzzi LaGene Peck Raul Rodriguez February 2014: Dell Freeman Luther Lanier APRIL 2014 STAR&SHIELD 13

14 8th Annual Peace Officer Memorial Golf Tournament Sponsored by Hayes & Cunningham, LLP Hosted by L.A. County PPOA and its Star & Shield Foundation June 9, 2014 Friendly Hills Country Club 8500 S. Villaverde Drive Whittier, CA :00 a.m. Registration 10:30 a.m. Shotgun Start 4:00 p.m. Dinner Banquet, Awards, Raffle, Auction Every golfer receives three meals, open bar, golf shirt, Titleist Pro V1 golf balls, memorial T-shirt and $100 gift card to use that morning at the tournament store, featuring FootJoy and Titleist. Ample food and drinks on course, including BBQ, beer, tacos, margaritas and more. Statistics tell us that somewhere in the United States, a peace officer is killed in the line of duty every 53 hours. And no state has laid to rest more officers than our very own California. That s a distinction none of us wants, but it is the reality that peace officers face every day. The Star & Shield Foundation was established by PPOA in 1999 to provide assistance to members of the law enforcement community in need, most notably the families of peace officers killed in the line of duty. The proceeds from this Peace Officer Memorial Golf Tournament support law enforcement personnel and their families in times of crisis. Financial assistance from the Star & Shield Foundation also helps surviving family members attend annual memorial ceremonies in Los Angeles County, Sacramento and Washington, D.C. The Star & Shield Foundation is grateful for the support from our tournament sponsors and participants. Your generosity goes a long way in honoring the sacrifices made by peace officers and their loved ones left behind. Friendly Hills Country Club is noted for its spectacular beauty and considered one of the finest and most challenging courses in the Los Angeles/Orange County area. The cost to support this cause as a golfer is $250. If you would like to participate as a sponsor, auction/raffle item donor or event volunteer, please call the PPOA office at (800) 747-PPOA. All donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law under 501(c) (3) tax ID # Please make checks payable to PPOCF and mail them to: PPOA Memorial Golf Tournament 188 E. Arrow Highway San Dimas, CA Tournament brochure is available at Registration Registration deadline: May 19, 2014 Name Company Address Phone Shirt size (circle one): S M L XL Individual golfer $250 Foursome $900 ADDITIONAL PLAYERS Name Shirt size Name Shirt size Name Shirt size SPONSORSHIPS Tournament $20,000 (12 golfers)* SOLD Gold $10,000 (8 golfers)* Silver $5,000 (4 golfers)* Bronze $1,000 (2 golfers)* Golf shirt $5,000 (4 golfers)* SOLD Memorial T-shirt $7,500 (4 golfers)* SOLD Dinner banquet $5,000 (4 golfers)* SOLD Golf towel $5,000 (4 golfers)* In Their Honor video $1,000 (1 golfer)* SOLD Pin flag $2,500 (2 golfers)* Golf cart $2,500 (2 golfers)* Beverage $1,500 (2 golfers)* Food $1,000 Contest $1,000 Tee $250 *Sponsorships marked with asterisks above may add additional golfers for $200 each. I cannot participate, but I would like to support such a worthy event. Enclosed is my tax-deductible donation in the amount of $. Total enclosed (payable to PPOCF ): $. Please call PPOA with any questions: (800) 747-PPOA 14 STAR&SHIELD APRIL 2014

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16 California Peace Officers Memorial Foundation CALIFORNIA STATE INCOME TAX CHECK-OFF PROGRAM In 1999, Governor Gray Davis, in an overt expression of support for our peace officer heroes and their surviving families, signed into law Senate Bill 1230 authored by Senator John Burton. This law allows taxpayers to make voluntary contributions on their personal state income tax returns to the California Peace Officers Memorial Foundation (CPOMF). The process is simple. When completing your California Resident Income Tax Return, enter a dollar amount under California Peace Officer Memorial Foundation Fund in the Contributions section of your tax form. Importantly, the law specifies that all contributions must be used to maintain the California Peace Officers Memorial and for activities in support of the surviving families of those gallant men and women peace officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The more than 100,000 professional peace officers serving you in California urge your support and participation in this most worthwhile project. Get more information at We appreciate your support! New Contest in 2014! 300 REASONS WHY IT PAYS TO READ StarShield & THREE $100 PRIZES New for 2014, every issue of Star & Shield will feature a different hidden word. The word will be hidden in articles only and will be used only once in the entire magazine your challenge is to find it! Members who find the hidden word and register through our website (www.ppoa.com) by the end of this month will be entered into a drawing for one of three $100 prizes. Contest ends April 30, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. PST. This month s hidden word is: Obfuscate Verb: render obscure, unclear or unintelligible. 16 STAR&SHIELD APRIL 2014 Online registration only. Please do not call the PPOA office to register for contest. This giveaway is open to PPOA members only. You must be 18 or older to win.

17 Always Opt for Representation When You Are in Trouble, But Be Flexible By Michael P. Stone and Ted Dokko, Stone Busailah, LLP Insisting on one specific attorney may mean you will go without representation. For an example, let s take a look at Quezada v. City of Los Angeles (January 8, 2014, B245879), Cal. Rptr 3rd, Cal. App. 2nd Dist. THE FACTS Three Los Angeles Police Department officers, two male and one female, finished their regular work shift at 11 p.m. and went to a local bar. While the female officer only had one drink, the two male officers consumed numerous drinks and became intoxicated. They left the bar at 2 a.m. and returned to pick up their cars from the station parking lot. The female officer was talking on her cellphone when she turned around at the sound of five or six gunshots. Believing that one or both of her drinking companions had discharged his gun, she disarmed them both. Other officers from the station responded to the scene and the three officers were ordered back on duty by their sergeant and were separated from one another. An Internal Affairs investigation commenced immediately. The three officers requested that they be represented by an individual panel attorney. That attorney, however, was not available until late in the evening because he had prior interviews for other LAPD clients scheduled with LAPD Internal Affairs. The attorney advised the three officers that he could represent them at 9 p.m. Internal Affairs determined that the situation was exigent and required the officers to be interrogated that day, whether or not their requested attorney could represent them. The interrogation of the three officers began at 2:30 p.m., without the presence of the requested attorney. The three officers filed suit for violation of their POBRA rights. The trial court granted the City s motion for summary judgment. The three officers appealed, but the Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court s decision. THE HOLDING The court determined that even though the officers were at times deprived of access to food and water and kept awake for 30 hours while the two male officers were still drunk and/or hung over, their POBRA rights were not violated because the officers had access to food, water and restrooms during their actual interrogation. The Court of Appeal noted that the officers did not request medical attention and concluded that the fact that the officers had been awake for many hours before being interrogated was a result of the incident occurring after they had been on duty for many hours and not because of the Department s unreasonable actions. More importantly, the court found that the officers were not entitled to wait until their requested attorney was available. The court has taken the holding from Upland Police Officers Association v. City of Upland (111 Cal. App. 4th 1294), which requires that an officer choose a representative who is reasonably available and quantified that reasonable availability to mean available at least within the six and a half hours after his or her services are requested. The attorney in this case was requested at 8 a.m. and the interrogations began at 2:30 p.m., without the attorney s presence. In doing so, the court relied on the Department s justification that the seriousness of the circumstances the drunken random firing of shots by off-duty officers required the investigation to be conducted at the earliest opportunity while the officers memories were freshest. THE RULE FOR YOU Since the Court of Appeal accepted the questionable assumption that the interrogation must be completed while memories remain the freshest, any members who find themselves confronted with the need for representation should contact their preferred attorney immediately. However, members should also be prepared to contact other attorneys in case their preferred attorney cannot represent them due to scheduling conflicts. The Court of Appeal noted that the three officers did not seek alternate representation when Internal Affairs would not reschedule the preferred attorney s other interrogations in order to represent the three officers. To sum this up, be flexible anticipate these problems and be prepared to deal with them. Your police association maintains a list of approved panel, LDF or FOP attorneys. Get help in locating alternate lawyers! Michael P. Stone is the founding partner of Stone Busailah, LLP, a Southern California police defense and litigation firm. Ted Dokko is an associate lawyer in the firm. Dream BIG. POPA Signature Loans Rates As Low As 7.20%APR * Apply Today & Get an Instant Decision! Federally Insured by NCUA. *APR=Annual Percentage Rate. 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18 90 Percent of Disabling Accidents Are Not Work-Related Are You Prepared? By Eddie Holmes, PPOA Insurance Agency Manager Insurance is a necessity few can live without. The death or disability of a loved one can cause permanent financial damage. Without the ability to handle debts, mortgages, college tuitions or other expenses, many families are ruined. With this in mind, the PPOA Insurance Agency is now offering an Accidental Term Life Insurance with an Accident Only income benefit. This will provide the benefit you need at a very affordable price. This program is for those of you concerned about the loss of income due to an accidental death or total disability. Most likely, as you are reading this you are saying to yourself, That won t happen to me. The statistics tell a very different story. More than 90 percent of disabling accidents are not work-related (Commissioners Disability Table, 1998). Disability is the leading cause of bankruptcies (Health Affairs, February 2, 2005). Only 68 percent of U.S. adults are covered by life insurance, which means one-third of Americans have no coverage ( Facts About Life, LIMRA International, 2006). This plan offers a maximum monthly benefit of $1,800 or 60 percent of your gross monthly salary, whichever is less. Benefits are payable after a 90-day wait for benefits, and payments continue for up to two years while you are totally disabled. Your policy pays a death benefit if you die as a result of a covered accident. If your policy is in force at age 75, the return of premium rider returns some or all of the premiums paid for the policy. If you terminate the policy early, you may receive some of your premiums paid, starting in the sixth year. The amount returned is reduced by any benefits paid. There are other features, but I thought I would highlight three of the main features. This is available for spouses as well. The Professional Peace Officers Insurance Agency is here to help you design an insurance or financial plan that works for you. Feel free to give us a call at (909) for a no-obligation review of your insurance and retirement needs. By the way, our PPOA Insurance representatives have been busy going unit to unit to visit with members and discuss insurance needs. This month, you can find them at San Dimas Station on April 22 and at Norwalk Station on April 29. If you d like to schedule a visit at your unit, please call us. PPOA INSURANCE AGENCY All PPOA members are eligible to purchase valuable insurance coverage from the PPOA Insurance Agency (PPOIA). This agency was established in 2012 in order to help PPOA members protect themselves and their families, while saving money and gaining peace of mind. Call (909) for information. PPOA.com HEADLINES The following is a partial list of breaking news links posted at last month. Visit the PPOA website to stay up to date on the news affecting Los Angeles County s current and retired peace officers. LASD Says DNA Links Career Criminal to Teen s 1991 Cold Case Murder Officers Fear Body Cameras Raise Privacy Concerns Suspect Wounded in Deputy-Involved Shooting in Lancaster LASD Says Skeletal Remains May Be Linked to Cold Murder Case Palmdale Station Personnel Rescue Survivors of Glider Crash LASD Sergeant Weighs in on Uncertain Future of Police Horses Race for L.A. County Sheriff: First Public Debate Brings Out Barbs Deputies Seize 600 Marijuana Plants From La Puente Business Deputies Seize 200+ High-End Appliances in Burglary Ring Deputies Arrest Suspect Wanted for 60+ Cases of Vandalism Deputies Arrest Former Irwindale Officer for Kidnapping, Sex Assault SCV Station s New Commander Talks Shop LASD Deputies Among Group Honored for Fighting Hate Crimes U.S. Attorney Discusses LASD Indictments and More California Anti-Pension Initiative Accused of Misleading Voters Deputies Arrest Suspect in Slaying of 67-Year-Old Minister TSB Detectives Arrest Suspect in Metro Station Beating Sheriff s Sergeant Among Candidates Vying for Arcadia Council Seat LASD Among Agencies in Early Morning Altadena Raid Deputies Arrest Suspect for Cyberstalking Rape Threat 18 STAR&SHIELD APRIL 2014

19 Brian Moriguchi continued from page 4 is an important race, and I hope all our members will participate in our polling and attend the forum to hear directly from the candidates. ALADS In December 2013, then-president Floyd Hayhurst was defeated by Armando Macias for the president position at ALADS. In recent weeks, the L.A. Times reported that the battle for the ALADS presidency has continued and changed several times. In fact, it has changed four times in one week! Why is this important to PPOA? There are several reasons. We would like to work with ALADS on several critical issues that impact both unions membership: CARPing, promotions, etc. We have reached out to Macias to begin working on these issues, something Hayhurst was unwilling to do. We also both have contract negotiations starting up later this year, and the turmoil at ALADS hurts those negotiation efforts, showing the County that ALADS is divided and not unified as a union. It is never good for unions to appear divided during negotiations. We, as cops, are used to being in charge and getting our way. It is often difficult accepting defeat, but ALADS would be wise to look at how politicians embroiled in a fierce election battle make concessions for the betterment of their constituents when they lose. I hope the ALADS board members put the membership s needs before their own and resolve this issue... soon. We have heard a lot of complaints from ALADS members, and I encourage ALADS members to stand by their union and not to jump ship to other unions, including PPOA. This leadership battle will soon be over (I hope), and the strength of ALADS will be restored. Strength comes from unity. Stand by your union. Mystery Photo The first PPOA member to correctly ID the individual in this photo will win a PPOA prize pack. One guess per person. your guess to Did you know that PPOA Facebook followers regularly get first crack at solving mystery photos, along with opportunities to win prizes? Check it out for yourself at Attention PPOA Members hield 10/1 We need your personal (non-lasd) address! If you have not received an blast from PPOA in the last six months (we ve sent a handful), that means: 1. Your address is not on file with PPOA, or 2. We have only your LASD-provided address (which is regularly blocked from receiving PPOA blasts). Either way, we need your personal (non-lasd) address so that we can disseminate important news to you as quickly as possible. Please your address to and reference updates in the subject line. BETTER VISION AT ANY AGE My implants are better than anyone else s! Thank you Dr. Khanna for restoring my vision. Please call , mention my name and get your complimentary copy of the best-selling book The Miracle of Pi in Eye. Michael City Attorney, former Detective Rajesh Khanna M.D. Choice of cops, detectives, doctors and celebrities like Brenda Song (The Social Network), Judi Shekoni (Breaking Dawn), Kevin Sorbo (Hercules), Butch Patrick (Munsters) benefits of making pre-arrangements 1. Avoid making decisions at a difficult time 2. Buy what you want, not what survivors feel you deserve (emotional overspending) 3. Secure today s preferred pricing, not tomorrow s going rate 4. Rose Hills convenient payment plans exclusively for LA Sheriffs and their families: Double depth burial for two: or 10% discount for pre-need cemetery property or funeral services Call for a free 30-minute, no obligation appointment Mark Ortega, Community Service Counselor *plus endowment care fee License #0D04129 Rose Hills Mortuary, Whitter #FD970 $5,280* INSURANCE APRIL 2014 STAR&SHIELD 19

20 Total Dues Paid 2013 To aid members in the preparation of their personal tax returns for 2013, the following lists the full year-end dues totals for members paying dues for the entire year. If you were not a PPOA member for the entire calendar year, please contact Clare at (323) Please note that each year a portion of the dues is used for lobbying expenses and is not deductible by members on their personal income tax returns. For 2013, the nondeductible percentage is 10 percent, meaning that 90 percent of a member s total dues are tax-deductible. UNIT CLASSIFICATION DUES 612 Lieutenant Lieutenant, DA Sergeant Supervising Investigator, DA Criminalist Forensic Identification Specialist I Forensic Identification Specialist II Senior Criminalist Crime Lab Tech Civilian Investigator Court Services Specialist Crime Analyst Custody Assistant Law Enforcement Technician Public Response Dispatcher I Public Response Dispatcher II Public Response Dispatcher Specialist Supervising Public Response Dispatcher Security Assistant Security Officer Supv. Coroner s Investigator I Supv. Coroner s Investigator II Captain Captain, DA Commander Deputy IV (full member) Deputy (PPOA full member, not ALADS) Senior Investigator, DA Service Member Retired Member Retired Member prior to January 1, Whether it s a Lexus, Acura or Honda, let me assist you with your next new vehicle selection. Call or me to schedule an appointment. Our dealerships are family owned and operated with strict professionalism. Your complete satisfaction is guaranteed. 45 Auto Center Drive Tustin, CA E La Palma Avenue Anaheim, CA Robert Bob Berardi LASD Active Sales and Leasing (714) MacArthur Boulevard Newport Beach, CA E La Palma Avenue Anaheim, CA /13 Calendar of Events These events and more can be found on PPOA s online calendar at you know of a Department-related event we can help promote? details to April 13: PPOA Heroes Ride Hollywood Bowl & Sunset Strip Proceeds benefit families of fallen officers and wounded vets (See page 9 for details) May 3: LASAA Bench Press & Deadlift Contest STARS Center, Whittier Weigh-in: 7 a.m. May 5: California Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony Capitol Mall, Sacramento May 8: Norwalk Station Alumni Reunion Westridge Golf Club, La Habra 5:30 p.m. Info: (562) May 15: National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony Washington, D.C. May 17: Retirement party for Sgt. John Bomben Santa Clarita Activities Center 6:30 p.m. Info: Deputy Keith Greene, (661) , ext May 21: L.A. County Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony STARS Center, Whittier 10 a.m. May 29: 30-Year Reunion for LASD Academy Class #221 Palms Hotel Club Red Info: Beth Smith, (323) June 5: LASAA Summer Slam Racquetball Tournament Meridian Club, Fullerton June 9: 8th Annual Peace Officer Memorial Golf Tournament Friendly Hills Country Club, Whittier Proceeds benefit families of fallen officers (See page 14 for details) June 21-29: U.S. Police & Fire Championships San Diego July 18: PPOA 14th Annual Fishing Trip Long Beach and beyond Info: (323) August 9: Century Station 20th Anniversary Century Station 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Info: (323) September 27: East L.A. Station 90th Anniversary Two events: ELA Station 11 a.m., Steven s Steakhouse 6 p.m. Current and former station personnel encouraged to attend Info: (323) STAR&SHIELD APRIL 2014

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