Honoring the Legacy of a Lifelong Public Servant
July 5: PPOA was honored to join the family and many friends of the late Pete Ramirez for a celebration of life ceremony on Monday. The retired LASD Corrections Officer/Reserve Deputy died on May 29, 2021 after battling Lymphoma.

Pete was a proud US Army veteran who volunteered his time to coordinate his beloved Valley Veterans Memorial Team. Those in attendance at PPOA's Annual Retiree Luncheon in 2019 will recall that Pete and his fellow veterans provided a meaningful presentation of colors (photos here) during the Veteran's Day-themed event at the Sheraton Fairplex.

A number of PPOA representatives were privileged to count Pete among their friends and we are forever grateful to him for his lifetime of service and dedication.
Meeting re: Law Enforcement Technicians at Temple Station
July 7: PPOA representatives took part in a teleconference with Captain Reyes, Temple Station personnel and Employee Relations representatives to discuss the proposed temporary reassignment of duties for Law Enforcement Technicians (LETs) assigned to the station. Out of communicated need by the Department, two LETs will be temporarily re-assigned to vacant desk operation positions with follow-up meetings to be continued to address the staffing model of the station. 

Meeting participants from PPOA included President Tab Rhodes, Executive Wayne Director Quint Jr., Senior Labor Representative Venise Wallace and Intake Representative Kevin Thompson.

Fringe Benefits Contract Negotiations:
Employee Sacrifices Not Recognized
July 7: PPOA representatives joined fellow Coalition of County Unions (CCU) leaders at the virtual bargaining table to conduct Fringe Benefits contract negotiations with the County of Los Angeles. The fringe benefits contract expired on June 30, 2021 and PPOA, along with fellow members of the Coalition of County Unions (CCU), has been working earnestly to secure a new contract for members.
 
We are dismayed to report that, on Wednesday night, the County refused to appropriately recognize employees’ front line sacrifices during the pandemic. Instead, County negotiators proposed that we forgo our contractual right to protect health coverage for County employees who participate in the Kaiser and Cigna medical plans in exchange for as little as 21¢/hour in Hazard Bonus, when in Feb. 2021 the Board of Supervisors approved $5/hour 'hero pay' for grocery workers.

Meeting re: SSO/SSA Uniforms
July 7: PPOA Board Member Henry Jimenez led a discussion with President Rhodes, Executive Director Quint and Staff Member Greg Torres regarding PPOA's continued evaluation of possible alternatives to the white uniform shirt for Sheriff's Security Officers and Security Assistants. A follow-up meeting has been scheduled for next month.
PPOA Legislative Committee
July 8: PPOA board and staff hosted a teleconference with our full-time Sacramento legislative representatives —Lang, Hansen, Giroux and Kidane — to review the status of pending legislation that could potentially impact PPOA members and public safety employees throughout the state. Meeting participants from PPOA included President Rhodes, Board Member Nancy Escobedo, Board Member Jose Rios, Executive Director Quint and Legislative Consultant Art Reddy.


Celebration of Life for Dedicated Custody Assistant
July 9: PPOA representatives were honored to attend a celebration of life yesterday for Custody Assistant Mark A. Lopez, who died following an unexpected medical emergency on May 18, 2021. The valued and dedicated 22-year LASD veteran is survived by his wife.

New Issue of Star & Shield Hits Mailboxes
The July issue of Star & Shield magazine began arriving in mailboxes this week. Inside, you'll find: 
  • Members Under Attack
  • Next Defunding Enforcement Effort: LA METRO
  • Brutal Assault Provides Rare Glimpse at Dangers Faced by Custody Assistants
  • Breaking Down the L.E.T. Job Study
  • Photos from Deputy Jack Williams Highway Sign Dedication Ceremony

PPOA Members / End of Watch: June 2021
We extend sincere condolences to the families and friends of the following PPOA members who passed in June 2021:

Retired Lieutenant Derry Benedict
EOW: 6/9/21
Academy Class 122
Condolences can be emailed to family: puppyluv998@yahoo.com

Retired Deputy Kenneth Grigsby
EOW: 6/11/21
Academy Class 123
Condolences can be emailed to family: kgjg0705@yahoo.com

Retired Deputy Thomas Brown
EOW: 6/23/21
Academy Class 93
US Navy Veteran
PPOA 21st Annual Fishing Trip
July 16, 2021
UPDATE:
Cancellations result in six tickets available!
GET THEM BEFORE THEY'RE GONE!
Hundreds of PPOA members have enjoyed these trips over the last 20 years and we hope you join us out on the ocean this summer! Per social distancing guidelines from LBM Sportfishing, our 85-foot boat will be limited to 36 people, so please reserve your spot as soon as possible. PPOA fishing trips sell out every year. Update: This trip was sold out as of last week but recent cancellations have opened up six seats.

DETAILS

Friday, July 16, 2021

Gathering spot:
Pierpoint Landing
200 Aquarium Way, Long Beach
Please arrive no later than 5:30 am
Boat leaves promptly at 6:00 am

Destination:    
Catalina and/or local waters

Boat:
85 ft. Enterprise 
Capacity for PPOA fishing trip:
36 person capacity
All participants must have masks.

Cost:
$45 per PPOA member (1 guest $45 allowed per member)
Reservations are first come, first served. 
Call PPOA to book your spot: (323) 261-3010
UPDATE - Only 6 Tickets Left!

Fishing license required. Purchase in advance or arrive early to purchase 1-day license. Rod/reel rental can be reserved with LBM Sportfishing: (562) 598-6649.
Coffee and lunch will be provided by PPOA.

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