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Labor Day, CCPOA and the next play

CCPOAWalletMaking Do, Making Dues

Paco endeavors to maintain a corrections-based website appealing to readers outside the once golden state.  More to the point, whenever the CCPOA is the topic, the commentary invariably devolves into supporters and detractors of  Mike Jimenez and Don Novey, respectively, rehashing old matters, most of which should be discussed at union meetings, not a public blog.

In fact, I unpublished the PacoVilla Forums as they had become an echo chamber of the same stripe–Posts there were actually admitted as evidence by the plaintiff successfully suing CCPOA for defamation.  The site turned a profit with the Forums but it was worth the hit shedding all the bile and controversy there.  But I digress.

The aforementioned concerns notwithstanding, this is a fitting day to discuss the union as it is Labor Day, CCPOA is on the verge of changing leadership and, for a number of reasons, the nature of state collective bargaining is in a state of flux; evolving into an as yet uncertain institution.

Here, then, are my musings, opinions and questions about the union and, specifically, its future.  As always, I will be as succinct as possible–It’s not all that complex. (more…)

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LilSuzyUzi
More on morons’ kids with Uzi’s

15 year old boy was UZI gatekeeper Yesterday’s news about the 9 year old girl “accidentally” killing a “firearms instructor” had a familiar ring to it.  So, Paco conducted extensive research (read “Googled”) and hit pay dirt–the 2008 incident in Massachusetts wherein an 8 year old was similarly handed a fully loaded, automatic Uzi. In that instance, 8-Year-old Christopher Bizilj shot himself in the head when the automatic pistol recoiled.  The boy’s father, Dr. Charles Bizilj, MD, was cautioned twice by the person in charge against letting the boy handle the gun, suggesting a single fire version be issued.

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KidsWithGuns
Guns, kids, safety and common sense

Girls just wanna have fun–Why give them a gun? The Washington Post reports, Monday August 25, 2014, “An Arizona shooting instructor died after the 9-year-old girl he was teaching to use an Uzi accidentally shot him in the head.” The 39 year old instructor, Charles Vacca, was a range safety officer or rangemaster  employed by “Bullets and Burgers” of Las Vegas, NV.  The firm’s resort is located in Last Stop, Arizona.  There, patrons may fire fully automatic weapons (actual assault rifles) and other exotic firearms prohibited in most jurisdictions. As of the drafting of this post, http://bulletsandburgers.com/ was offline.*

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BOBAtwaterSafety
Attacks on BOP CO’s discounted, whitewashed?

Federal correctional officers assaulted at USP Atwater BY ROB PARSONS | Merced Sun-Star ATWATER–Two federal correctional officers are recovering at home after they were allegedly assaulted last week by federal inmates at U.S. Penitentiary Atwater. The Aug. 15 incident, which apparently resulted in separate and controversial lockdown orders, was not disclosed until a Merced Sun-Star reporter called seeking comment… Donald Martin, president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 1242, the union representing the 325 correctional officers working in Atwater, declined to comment directly on the assault because of the investigation. Martin did say

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Alabama is allowing some cadets to commute to  the basic academy.
Alabama introduces commuter CO academy

Here are 2 ways Alabama prisons are attracting more people to work as correctional officers Jullie Bennett | AL.com News ELMORE, Alabama – When Chance Webster recently returned to Montgomery from a military deployment, he quickly sought a job in law enforcement. “I had been on the military side, and now I want to be on the civilian side for a time,” he said. Webster is among 15 trainees participating in a new program to work for the Alabama Department of Corrections. The department traditionally has required employees to undergo an intensive 12-week residential program

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Habitual drunk drivers might end up spending some time in jail, thanks to Realignment.    After all, we don't want prisons full of non-violent offenders who really just need rehabilitating.
Realignment a gift to chronic drunk-drivers

Wheeling Wino’s: Cheers, Gov’ner! Shasta County DA: Multiple DUIs won’t land you in prison Stephanie Montano | KRCR News RED BLUFF, Calif. -Law enforcement agencies spend a lot of time and money putting away impaired drivers but due to prison realignment many of them end up driving again. Christian James Hughes is currently facing DUI charges in Shasta County for his fifth DUI in the last ten years. Shasta County Deputy District Attorney Toby Powell said the reason Hughes isn’t going to prison is because there isn’t enough room to hold Hughes due to the

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The line between civil free assembly and mob behavior is blurred to some.
Exorcising our Constitutional Riots!

Militarized police and militant momentum, Rinse, Repeat The events in Ferguson Missouri stand as a reminder the line between a peaceable assembly and a riot is, if not fine, all too easy to cross.  At risk of appearing to condescend, I offer the following from our supposedly binding Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” For

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TippedScale
DUI killer of Folsom CO arrested following pursuit, collision

Man who killed Folsom correctional officer in DUI crash arrested again Bill Lindelof | Sacramento Bee A man who was convicted a decade ago for the traffic death of a Folsom Prison correctional officer was involved in another crash overnight that injured a driver. Scott Richard St. Pierre, 39, was arrested on suspicion of evading

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If the PLO and ACLU have their way, CDCR's Chapels will take on a decidedly different look.
Lawsuit: Atheist, and ‘non-traditional chaplains’ needed

“Discriminatory hiring” of chaplains unconstitutional? Complaint alleges atheists, “non-traditional faithful” deserve state-funded “chaplains” Noam D. Plume |Los Angles Times SAN FRANCISCO– California’s Atheist, Druid and Satanist inmates, among others, are being “systematically deprived of equal protection under the law” according to a federal court filing submitted by Berkeley’s Prison Law Office (PLO) and the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU). To remedy the alleged discrimination, “plaintiffs assert the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) must provide chaplains representing all faiths and, specifically, no faith” according to the lawsuit. Don Spector, Director of the

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KelsosShopOfHorrors
CHCS slammed over inmate-patient deaths

PLO Report notes negligence and incompetence, CO responds Following is a memo from the overseers at the Prison Law Office to California Correctional Health Care Services Receiver Clark Kelso, the incompetent boob responsible for the mess at CHCF, his “model prison hospital.”  The document was forwarded by a regular reader, with the following preface: “This memo was discovered on the counter of a unit I was sworn to protect. The information enclosed is not surprising. I want to set the record straight for my brothers and sisters with badges. We are on these units as

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Looking for an Internet Dating Service?

…or a lead on a Parolee-At-Large?

NYPDcode3
NYPD lighting up!

Do Kitchen lights prevent roaches? NYPD ordered to ‘drive around flashing lights’ to deter crime Kenneth Garger and Dana Sauchelli | New York Post Members of the NYPD’s elite Emergency Services Unit — many ex-military members who scale bridges to rescue jumpers and turn into rooftop snipers to nail hostage-takers — have been ordered to drive around the city’s worst neighborhoods with their lights flashing to deter crime, The Post has learned. The voluntary overtime shifts were ordered last month… The detail has some of the most highly trained cops driving around the most crime

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The Old Prison in Port Au Prince, above, was destroyed by earthquake.  A new prison, pictured below, was gifted by the People of Canada-- It was the target of the takeover escape.
Escape with force: Prison invaded, officers shot

Are US Prisons at risk of invasion escapes? Armed Haiti prison break frees unknown number of inmates CBS News Gunmen attacked Haiti’s main prison from within and without on Sunday, freeing an undetermined number of inmates, including a member of a prominent family who faces kidnapping charges… Police spokesman Gary Desrosiers told reporters the raid apparently was aimed at freeing Clifford Brandt, a businessman who has been imprisoned since 2012 on charges of kidnapping at least two children. …at least two guards suffered bullet wounds in the attack, which occurred shortly before noon at the

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It is a virtual certainty CDCR's medical costs will triple once Sovaldi is added to the official formulary.
Hep-C drug costs $84k per inmate

“We don’t have a choice — it’s the new standard of care” Why the Hepatitis Cure Sovaldi Is a Budgetary Disaster for Prisons Margot Sanger-Katz | New York Times Prisoners, unlike most Americans, have a constitutional right to medical care. That is why the introduction of an expensive new drug to treat hepatitis C is forcing prison administrators to begin wrestling with a big dilemma — save their budgets or treat their inmates. The drug, Sovaldi, which sells for $1,000 a pill, is also a source of consternation for health insurers and state Medicaid directors.

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Budget

BudgetEgg[1],jpg Major change proposed by CalPERS

A proposal is moving forward through CalPERS that could result in a significant increase in both pensions and pension costs for CalPERS. The proposal, approved by a CalPERS committee today, is based on a 2013 law refining language that bases pensions on an employee’s “normal monthly rate of pay or base pay.”   The proposal would

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CDCRcars Krupp Files: Perk cars, Annuitants: Business as usual

Corrections Headquarters Into The Wild State Vehicle use and Retired Annuitants Ripping off taxpayers? Richard Krupp, PhD On July 1, 2014 the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) approved an audit of Corrections Headquarters use of state vehicles and Retired Annuitants. The audit was assigned to the Bureau of State Audits (BSA), 2014-117 California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation—Retired Annuitants and State-Owned Vehicles. Back in 2009 when I was working as the Assistant Secretary, Audits and Compliance my office conducted an audit on the use of state vehicles by Headquarters staff. At that time there were

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BudgetEgg[1],jpg Parole agent caseloads

There was a very good piece yesterday in the LA TIMES linked here by Paige St. John on CDCr parole agent caseloads.  Among other things it quotes retired parole agent supervisor Michael Taber as stating that the departments policy on supervision of case loads is “criminal negligence.” The general gist of the article is that

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Bob's Blotter

BobsBlotter Masked cop accused of attacking woman with bat

This one is fairly high up on the weirdometer.  Walnut Creek (CA) police officer Gregory Thompson, 54, of Martinez, is alleged to have accosted  a woman about 0200 hours on August 16.  At the time Thompson was off duty, wearing a mask and armed with a baseball bat. The woman had allegedly run out of

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BobsBlotter C/O shot down outside his home (Updated)

A Miami-Dade (FLA) corrections officer was shot down outside of his home Friday night. The officer was believed to have been the victim of a robbery and not a targeted shooting.  He was working on his car outside of his own home when he was shot several times.  Some property was taken at the time

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BobsBlotter When seconds count the police are only minutes away

The article linked here makes reference to a recent situation that came up in Lancaster, Ohio.  Dinah Burns was walking her dog Gracia on a path in the woods near a school when she was approached by two men, one armed with a baseball bat.  They announced their intention to abduct her. At that time

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Katz Litterbox

katz-litter4 Michael Sam Cut By The St. Louis Rams

GAY RIGHTS ACTIVIST BLASTS ST. LOUIS RAMS FOR CUTTING MICHAEL SAM Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign, says the Rams only drafted Michael Sam to be their ‘token queer’ and accused the other NFL teams of being homophobic for not picking him up The Unconventional Gazette | September 1, 2014 The GLBT community

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katz-litter4 Java Juggs Exposed For Tips

Bikini barista coffee stands operated by Carmela Panico in the Seattle-Everett area made millions in tips for providing drive-thru customers with sex acts Carmela Panico, 52, who operated six bikini barista coffee stands in the Seattle-Everett area, has been arrested by Everett police for promoting prostitution and for laundering more than $2 million. Carmela operated

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katz-litter4 Exploitation Of Michael Brown’s Death

DEMOCRATS EXPLOITING MICHAEL BROWN IN BID TO RETAIN CONTROL OF SENATE Blacks are being urged to vent their anger over the killing of Michael Brown by voting for Democrats in the November elections The New York Times reports that in a bid to retain control of the Senate, the Congressional Black Caucus and the Democratic

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Krupp Files

PissingRainBrown Krupp Files: Drought be damned, end realignment ‘rain’

Wake up California– Revolt against the packaged lie of realignment Crime is not geography Richard Krupp, PhD  Welcome to the republic of California where truth in sentencing lie is eliminating crime and punishment as we know it. We now have crime without punishment of any significance. No wonder our legislators have decided to give crime a try. According to an article in the Los Angeles Times recently, Early jail releases have surged since California’s prison realignment; …an analysis of jail data has found that incarceration in some counties has been curtailed or virtually eliminated for

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tweet ♬Dem pols just wanna have fun♫

The California State Senate Theme Song–Doses and Mimosas Champagne and cocaine help to get me through Richard Krupp, PhD Last Thursday night long after the Latino Legislative Caucus dinner ended, Senator Ben Hueso was arrested for drunk driving. He is the fourth Democratic Senator recently arrested for criminal activity that ranges from living outside his district to facilitating the sale of automatic weapons. According to the Sacramento Bee, Hueso, 44, of San Diego, was arrested at 2:39 a.m. and booked into Sacramento County Jail after the California Highway Patrol stopped him going the wrong way

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CDCRcars Krupp Files: Perk cars, Annuitants: Business as usual

Corrections Headquarters Into The Wild State Vehicle use and Retired Annuitants Ripping off taxpayers? Richard Krupp, PhD On July 1, 2014 the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) approved an audit of Corrections Headquarters use of state vehicles and Retired Annuitants. The audit was assigned to the Bureau of State Audits (BSA), 2014-117 California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation—Retired Annuitants and State-Owned Vehicles. Back in 2009 when I was working as the Assistant Secretary, Audits and Compliance my office conducted an audit on the use of state vehicles by Headquarters staff. At that time there were

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GADFLY Open

Words have a life of their own and cannot be unsaid once uttered Words We Speak

A Life of Their Own   Words have power. How we speak, what we say, and how those words are received can have long-lasting impact upon others as well as ourselves. Think about the power of words for a moment. Words bring meaning and understanding. Blessings, as well as curses, come through the use of words. How we interact with and respond to others begin with words. Wars are waged, laws are laid, paths are paved. How many inmates, presently confined within prison walls, were fettered long ago by invisible chains of condemnation, spoken over

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Is it just me, or does this view of Islam look peace-loving? Drawn Lines

Global War (Not Warming) The prevailing winds of recent political storms around the world do not bode well for anyone living on planet Earth in the very near future. Unless a decisive change in American and allied response is forthcoming, freedom will falter, fade, and fail while tyranny threatens, tests, and triumphs. Whether you like it or not, believe it or not—global war (not warming) is on the horizon. Politicians are helpless to prevent it because of their lack of resolve and complacent constituencies. History bears this out. It happened earlier in the previous century

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Sometimes we cannot see the danger coming right at us Throwing a Change-up

Helpless, But Not Hopeless No matter how well we prepare ourselves for the event of an emergency, life has a way of circumventing our efforts. Our expectations often lead to making preparations for contingencies that may never happen. Still, preparing in some way brings peace of mind when there is no crisis present. Having a container filled with a two-week supply of canned food buried somewhere in our garage might just give some comfort when the world ends. You never know. Sometimes we just have to face whatever comes and do the best with what

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Unions

CCPOAWallet Labor Day, CCPOA and the next play

Making Do, Making Dues Paco endeavors to maintain a corrections-based website appealing to readers outside the once golden state.  More to the point, whenever the CCPOA is the topic, the commentary invariably devolves into supporters and detractors of  Mike Jimenez and Don Novey, respectively, rehashing old matters, most of which should be discussed at union meetings, not a public blog. In fact, I unpublished the PacoVilla Forums as they had become an echo chamber of the same stripe–Posts there were actually admitted as evidence by the plaintiff successfully suing CCPOA for defamation.  The site turned a profit with the Forums but it

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katz-litter4 Why Gov. Moonbeam Has His Bowels In An Uproar

Thomson/Reuters reports that “Jerry Brown is furious over a court decision banning teacher tenure” Last June an LA Superior Court zapped teacher tenure for California’s public school teachers.  That really got ole Moonbeam’s bowels in an uproar.  His office announced Friday that the state will appeal the tenure ruling. Tenure for teachers is a two

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Bedlam1815 Picketing yesterday at CHCF

The Psych Techs who work at the California Helath Care Facility (aka Bedlam) located just outside of Stockton were on the picket line yesterday, according to the piece linked here from BusinessWire.com. The Psych Techs are seeking increased staffing in the Mental Health Crisis Unit.  Currently there are only two psych techs on the unit.

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Gold Star Parolee

blivet Deadly cracks in AB109

The above headline isn’t mine.  I lifted it directly from today’s Stockton RECORD.  It refers to a second revolving door parolee murder attributed to an AB109 client who was released early after serving a minute fraction of his sentence and who then went out to (allegedly) commit a murder. The person referred to the second

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GoldStarLogo Somebody’s going to emergency, somebody’s going to jail

The local cops responded to a situation at a downtown apartment complex in the wee hours of Friday that left one parolee in the hospital and another in jail. When the police responded to a call of a man shot just before 2 am they found one man suffering from gunshot wounds.  He told them

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Oregon Parolee Ernest Kirk choked the chicken in front of Clackamas County Deputies before falling off a cliff into the river Nude parolee rubs one off…cliff

Intoxicated masturbating man arrested after falling into Oregon river UPI OREGON CITY (UPI) — An Oregon man…is facing public indecency charges after allegedly falling into the Willamette River while masturbating… Oregon City Police spotted the suspect, Ernest Kirk, on a cliff…naked and touching himself… It was difficult for officers to communicate with the 31-year-old because he was about 75 feet below them, and Kirk “continued to masturbate in front of them for several minutes,” KPTV reported. The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit was called in to assist with the situation. When a boat approached

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Bad Apples

BobsBlotter Masked cop accused of attacking woman with bat

This one is fairly high up on the weirdometer.  Walnut Creek (CA) police officer Gregory Thompson, 54, of Martinez, is alleged to have accosted  a woman about 0200 hours on August 16.  At the time Thompson was off duty, wearing a mask and armed with a baseball bat. The woman had allegedly run out of

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BobsBlotter Married Tulsa cops arrested for murder

A husband-and-wife pair of Tulsa PD cops was just arrested for the murder of a friend of their daughter’s. The dead guy, Jeremy Lake, 19, was walking down the street with Lisa Kepler, 18, when Lisa’s mother, Gina Kepler, 48, confronted Lake.  The situation turned to crap and Lisa’s father, Shannon Kepler, 54, who was

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Jail Officers were not included in regular 'Townhall" meetings with the Black Guerrilla Family  conducted to '  quote' Gangster summits held to ‘run the jail more efficiently’

Stakeholder summits sack security Officer alleges jail leaders held town hall meetings with BGF Discussions aimed at resolving problems and improving management, officer told FBI Ian Duncan | The Baltimore Sun Management at the Baltimore jail held “town hall meetings” with Black Guerrilla Family gang members to get tips on how to better operate the institution… The allegation, contained in recently filed court documents, is the latest portrayal of the gang’s extensive influence at the jail before federal authorities stepped in last year. Since then, 14 corrections officers and 10 gang members have pleaded guilty.

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