Brent J. Meyer
PORAC Vice President
Where has the year gone?! In the midst of all that has gone on over the past nine months, we find ourselves in October and closing in on the end of the year. With the Annual Conference of Members just a month away, I am pleased to report that your region representatives have been elected by acclamation and there will be no need for ballots, as there were no contested elections in 2016.
I really enjoyed attending the regions’ election nomination meetings throughout the state again this year. In addition to identifying and vetting your elected representatives, all of these meetings provided an environment for great dialogue, as well as allowing us to field questions about what PORAC is doing and tell you where we are going in 2017. It’s this imperative feedback that guides the organization to be the best advocate for you and this profession!
As you can see below, our organization’s leadership remains solid, and PORAC is poised to excel under the leadership of some capable individuals. All of these representatives will officially take office at the conclusion of the Conference. President Durant and I sincerely congratulate them and look forward to continuing the hard work ahead of us with people who really care about you and your well-being.
As you read this, the California Peace Officers Association (CPOA) trade show, COPSWEST, is underway in Sacramento. PORAC is thrilled about our participation in this annual, nationally known event. Our partnership, which includes members of the Recruiting and Retention Committee, is a relatively low-cost way that we “touch” our membership. Not only are we educating prospective members about what we can do for them, but it is also a great opportunity for us to hear from you about where you want to see PORAC go in the future.
You’re almost out of time to join us for our 64th Annual Conference of Members, which will take place next month at Disneyland. Our host, the Disneyland Hotel, is sold out of our room block, but that doesn’t mean you cannot attend. You may still register at www.porac.org, but you’ll just have to find one of the nearby properties to stay at for the weekend. It will definitely be worth attending, as Corporate Counsel Bob Bonsall will be facilitating a greatly anticipated discussion among our panel attorneys about the prospective effects of Friedrichs v. CTA, one of the undecided legal cases to come back down from the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year, and likely to be an issue that we will have to deal with in the future.
I am pleased to report that our second formal lobbying trip to Washington, D.C., was, again, a success and very much worth the time and resources put into being so effective. Hands down, we have an incredible firm advocating for us in the nation’s capital in Steptoe & Johnson, LLC, and it continues to be a privilege to watch our point people there, Darryl Nirenberg, Jason Abel and Eva Rigamonti, take our issues and refine them into strong, articulable positions that further our credibility and build up our reputation on the other side of the country. Despite participating, I am looking forward to listening to their recap of PORAC’s federal work throughout 2016 when they present to you at Conference. I know you will be impressed with our accomplishments!
Finally, as we enter the election season, this is the perfect time to remind everyone that if your address changed or the leaders of your association are passing the torch to their successors, please don’t forget to update your contact information in PORAC’s Online Membership System (POLS). If you are a leader within your POA or DSA, you can log on directly and make the appropriate changes. For members, your association leadership has the ability to update your address, phone numbers and email address directly. In both cases, you may also contact Angie Gonzales in Membership Services via phone or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your membership, take care and stay safe!