CCPOA President announces Governor’s decision to stay in Norco
At the recent Board Meeting of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, union president Mike Jimenez announced the Governor had come to his senses, opting to keep the California Rehabilitation Center open in the face of a severe bed shortage.
Subsequent to the meeting, CCPOA's Joe Baumann mentioned the good news to Warden Cynthia Y. Tampkins–Tampkins expressed complete surprise. She had not been told of the Governor's about-face.
Paco wonders, did the Governor neglect to tell the warden for a reason, or was it simply an oversight? Or, given his propensity for double-talk, did Brown mislead Jimenez about CRC's salvation for some unknown reason?
Tampkins is one of those rare wardens who actually started as a correctional officer and worked her way up the ranks. Paco has received no negative feedback during her tenure so it is assumed she is as competent as she is experienced. Moreover, she must be one thick-skinned lady–with a last name that sounds like a hybrid feminine-hygiene product, doubtless she put up with ruthless harassment from the clientele. The boy named Sue had it easy by comparison.
Assuming Governor Brown was earnest in his commitment to Jimenez, CRC employees can expect a great deal of activity as the aging facility receives badly needed capital upgrades. Meanwhile, The Governor ought to consider the propriety and implications of keeping wardens out of the loop in favor of labor. Paco is sure CCPOA enjoys the heads up but, by any reckoning, it is bad form, nay, inexcusable, to keep her in the dark on such a critical matter as the status of the institution she runs.
Good call, Gubner–Bad form. -