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Comments regarding Colin Kaepernick from PORAC President, Mike Durant

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 […] Read More »

FIREARMS LEGISLATION

SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
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. Read More »

2016 PORAC Scholarship Winners

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 […] Read More »

Court of Appeal Affirms Constitutionality of Public-Sector Fact-Finding

  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 […] Read More »

LEGISLATIVE DAY on May 3rd

The annual Legislative Day at the State Capitol is an opportunity for PORAC’s leadership to meet and strategize with decision makers who support law enforcement issues and work on legislation important to PORAC and its members.       Read More »

2016 CALIFORNIA MEMORIAL CEREMONY Honoring Our Fallen Heroes

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 […] Read More »

DODGING A BULLET

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, […] Read More »

Reinstated (Again): Arbitrator Finds Grover Beach Officer Fit for Duty

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 […] Read More »