I was contacted by Brian Moriguchi, the President of PPOA [Professional Police Officers Association].
POPA is 8700 members strong and for over 60 years has represented LA County, including Sheriffs, DA Supervising Investigators, the Coroner's Office, custody assistants, dispatchers and security officers.
is involved only in public safety employees and only in Los Angeles County
caught me off guard when he
asked me why I permitted our Business Representative, Tris Carpenter, to address his
PPOA members in a secret meeting held at AFSCME
in an effort by AFSCME
to raid their union.
told me that Mr. Carpenter, the ADDA Business Representative
, told PPOA's members how to gather signatures to decertify, told them what they wanted to hear, and promised them things that AFSCME
President Moriguchi also said that AFSCME has a poor reputation locally.
I informed Moriguchi
that I was not aware that our Business Representative
was doing this and that the ADDA
did not give him permission to do it.
In the past, we have been asked by AFSCME
if our Business Representative
could be used for other functions and we have agreed.
is of the opinion that AFSCME
did far more than they assert.
referred me to CSLEA
[California State Law Enforcement Association] and specifically to a video accessible in the lower right hand corner of that website from the President of that organization, Alan Barcelona, warning of corruption within AFSCME