JOSEPH N. BOLANDER Associate Attorney Castillo Harper, APC On June 2, 2016, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal issued an important published decision that should positively impact the overtime rates of many hourly employees. The case is also mandatory reading for any association whose members can currently choose to receive some or all of the […]
Colin Kaepernick sat down this weekend, something he has been doing with greater consistency since his breakout season. Mr. Kaepernick made headlines this time because he chose to take a seat during the playing of our national anthem. His protest was non-violent and completely within his rights, and we would protect him from those who […]
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AB 1135 (Levine) – Firearms: assault weapons.
This bill redefines “assault weapon” to include a firearm with a detachable magazine that can be removed readily with the use of a tool.
This bill requires that owners of these newly defined “assault weapons,” prior to January 1, 2017, to register the firearm online at DOJ. There will be a fee of up to, but no more than, $15 to register the firearm.
Every year, PORAC provides scholarships for the children of its members and in-the-line-of-duty dependents who will be entering college or are already attending. In May, the Scholarship Committee completed the difficult task of choosing 25 recipients out of the many talented and deserving students who applied. The following young scholars were each awarded $2,000 to apply to their […]
ROBERT WEXLER Partner Rains Lucia Stern, PC In 2011, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 646, which extended the provisions in the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act (MMBA) for impasse resolution through advisory fact-finding to recognized public employee organizations. It left unanswered, however, the question of whether these fact-finding provisions applied to impasses over any […]
On May 1 and 2, officers, families and law enforcement supporters from across the state gathered at the Capitol in Sacramento for the 40th annual California Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony. The solemn and moving event honored the four officrs killed in the line of duty in 2015 (plus one from a prior year), as well […]
Friedrichs v. CTA and the Assault on Public Sector Unions in the Courts ROBERT BONSALL Partner Beeson Tayer & Bodine Corporate Counsel PORAC STEPHANIE PLATENKAMP Associate Beeson Tayer & Bodine On March 29, 2016, the United States Supreme Court handed down a one-sentence decision in the most anticipated and important union-related case in decades, […]
MICHAEL WILLIAMSON, ESQ. Attorney Stone Busailah, LLP In a lesson to be learned on just why an officer might not want to be supervised by a sergeant he had previously complained about, and who was disciplined as a result of that complaint, our client, a Carlsbad police detective with more than 18 years’ experience […]
ALISON BERRY WILKINSON Principal Attorney Berry Wilkinson Law Group In an effort to avoid having to reinstate Santino “Sonny” Lopez after he successfully defeated his 2010 disciplinary termination, the Grover Beach Police Department ordered that he submit to a psychological fitness-for-duty examination before its handpicked “independent” expert. The finding from that retaliatory examination has […]