President’s Message

Last month, Brent and I traveled to our nation’s capital for a fly-in to meet with members of the California Congressional delegation and other policymakers. As the new PORAC president, I, along with our federal legislative advocates at Steptoe & Johnson, thought it was important that I introduce myself to lawmakers and outline our legislative priorities for the year, which were determined by the Board of Directors. Read More »

President’s Message

One of my central goals as PORAC president is to utilize all of our communication resources to further strengthen the relationships between the Board of Directors, association leadership and, most importantly, our members. As part of that effort, we’ve been taking a close look at PORAC Law Enforcement News and how it can better serve our purpose. Read More »

President’s Message

Ronald Reagan, who knew a thing or two about politics, once said, “You and I are told we must choose between left or right, but I suggest there is no such thing as a left or right.” As the new year gets underway and the 2018 campaign season kicks offs in earnest, PORAC must make the hard decisions regarding who we endorse for elected office. The stakes are high, as every constitutional office, the entirety of the Assembly and half the Senate will go before the voters. Read More »

President’s Message

Welcome to the New Year! I hope you all had a great Christmas and were able to spend time with loved ones to strengthen the bonds of family and friendship. This holiday season, I was able to reflect on my time leading the San Diego Police Officers Association — the successes, the failures and the ideas that took time to come to fruition. I wonder how nine years went by so quickly, but I realize that some of the issues we faced had a dramatic effect on people’s careers and life choices. I know I raised the bar higher than my predecessor, and I wish my successor all the best and hope they raise the bar even higher. Read More »

President Elect’s Message

I wish you all happy holidays and a happy new year! As we look to turn the page to begin 2018, I hope you were able to spend some quality time with family, friends and colleagues. Our chosen career of being a public safety professional often means that time is limited and sometimes means celebrating after the actual holiday, while we protect and serve others as they enjoy theirs. Read More »

President’s Message

As I sat down to write this, my final article for PORAC Law Enforcement News, I thought of the many people I had met over the years and how fortunate I am that many of them had become close friends. Thanks to all of you for the profession you have chosen and the tremendous valor you show on a daily basis. Read More »

President’s Message

Last month, your PORAC Executive Committee traveled to our nation’s capital to meet with our California Congressional delegation and many other policymakers. Joining us this year was our newest PORAC Executive Committee member, Don Morrissey from Santa Clara DSA. Don replaced James Gonzales from San Jose POA, who stepped away from PORAC to take on a new assignment at San Jose Police Department. Read More »

President’s Message

Your PORAC Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting on Friday, August 4, in Reno, Nevada, at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. Your Board of Directors, working in conjunction with our trusts and PORAC staff, were able to secure a tremendous deal with the Atlantis to bring all of our various meetings to one central location. Read More »

President’s Message

Last month, your PORAC Executive Committee met in Sacramento. During the meeting, we were briefed by our advocates Aaron Read and Randy Perry, as well as PORAC Legal Defense Administrator Ed Fishman on current legislation and also our plan moving forward regarding the implementation of the RIPA regulations. Read More »

President’s Message

In early June, your Executive Committee met in Sacramento and discussed the business of PORAC. Each month when the Board of Directors is not meeting, the Executive Committee convenes to discuss the various challenges facing our members. Whether it is potentially disastrous legislation from a lawmaker who is hell-bent on releasing more convicted felons, setting dates and agendas for our upcoming federal legislative meetings, or the best possible news PORAC could receive from a member who was granted coverage on an appeal that brought them a new baby boy, many different issues are brought forward to consider and take action upon for the benefit of our members. Read More »