Baldwin Park residents show support for police association
Following a recent court order hindering the city's plans to negotiate a contract with the sheriff's department, several residents and advocates spoke in support of the city's police department at Wednesday's council meeting.
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#3 May 3, 2013
Baldwin Park residents show support for police association
Court order slows city's plan to dissolve police department
By Melissa Masatani
BALDWIN PARK -- Following a recent court order hindering the city's plans to negotiate a contract with the sheriff's department, several residents and advocates spoke in support of the city's police department at Wednesday's council meeting.
The city had been in talks with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to contract police services and dissolve the current police department as part of a cost-savings move. But those plans were derailed when the police association filed a lawsuit to stop the move.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Luis Lavin issued the preliminary injunction in April, which states that the city of Baldwin Park and the Sheriff's Department cannot continue negotiations for a contract until the city meets and confers with the Baldwin Park Police Association. Specifically, the city and sheriff's department are prohibited from requiring current police officers to undergo exams or extending employment offers in anticipation of a contract.
"The Court finds that the City must meet and confer with Petitioner (Police Association) over the implementation of the Phase II Study," the court document states. "The Court views with distrust the evidence that was presented ... by the City," specifically by Chief Executive Officer Vijay Singhal.
"This (court order) is a vindication for the police officers who daily risk their lives protecting the residents of Baldwin Park," Jason Adams,
president of the Baldwin Park Police Officer's Association, said in a statement. "The city has continued to act in bad faith in dealing with the Baldwin Park police officers. "
Residents who identified themselves as being from the Baldwin Parks Citizens United group passed out a petition for the councilmembers to sign, pledging to support the Baldwin Park police officers and maintain the local police department.
The city is "acting in good faith" to work with the police association, Mayor Pro Tem Monica Garcia said, clarifying that she would instead sign a pledge in support of the city of Baldwin Park.
One resident cited a recent drive-by shooting and assaults in the city as a reason to keep control of the public safety officers local. Another speaker noted that the Sheriff's Department is facing its own cutbacks and expressed concern over how that would affect the residents' safety.
The police department staff earlier this year came out against the switch after city officials declined to offer any guarantees of employment with the sheriff's department.
City officials looking to save money have been considering dissolving the Police Department, which they say costs $19.5 million a year. The city's annual budget is about $70 million.
The leadership at the police union say the real cost of city policing is probably somewhere between $14 million and $16 million. Patrol by the Sheriff's Department would cost about $15 million annually, according to preliminary estimates.
Mayor Manuel Lozano said he supported getting the residents to vote whether they wanted to keep a local police department and whether the residents are willing to impose a tax to pay for the additional costs. City Attorney Joseph W. Pannone said that while residents could vote for a tax measure, they could only place an advisory vote on the ballot regarding the police department, since the council has the final say in dissolving the police department
#4 May 3, 2013
"The Court views with distrust the evidence that was presented ... by the City," specifically by Chief Executive Officer Vijay Singhal.
How embarrassing Vijay Singhal is a liar
#5 May 3, 2013
The big question is how much more is the Sheriff's dept going to cost the city in law suits?
#6 May 3, 2013
It is a tough decision. On one hand we have the sheriffs and their reputation and their track record.
Then we have the Baldwin Park Police department that didn't back up their old chief and became partners in crime with their renegade tow company.
This cozy criminal enterprise took millions of dollars out of Baldwin Parks fragile economy.
And Baldwin Park will likely not recover any time soon.
They are broke and they still contract with a tow company with maltipal felony convictions that include drugs and assaults.
As long as the Baldwin Park police department continues to partner with these criminals, The sheriffs are by far the best option.
#7 May 3, 2013
Sniff, sniff...can u smell that. It smells like...like "loser" in here. Oh, wait, I see why. Hunley is here. No wonder it smells like big time failure! Even the judge called him a failure!
#10 May 8, 2013
Man f**k emf esbolen gang ese
#11 May 15, 2013
Bring in the Sheriff's to clean this town up. They get respect and don't play favorites.
#12 May 16, 2013
The sheriffs can't even keep their prisoners in jail who committ murder.The sheriffs according to their own men in the sheriffs department own news letter is
disorganized,understaffed,unde rpaided,and has issues with their leader Sheriff Baca.Why don't we put Monica and Marlen Garcia in charge so we can get a better laugh.
#13 May 16, 2013
To put this in perspective.
Baldwin Park official police tow company Royal Coaches donates heavily to the Baldwin Park city council.
The Baldwin Park city council is heading a effort to get rid of the police department.
I have said it before. and I will say it again. Baldwin Park police officers are not smart officers, They are smart ass officers.
Real smart. Fight city hall for your jobs, but make sure you fund the enemy
#14 Jul 31, 2013
Who policed Baldwin park before we got our own police? I believe the sheriffs and it was horrible.
#15 Aug 6, 2013
If a judge pointed out that he lied under oath then why is he still employed there? A liar under oath....should've got the city off the hook with that contract and sent him on his way!
#17 Mar 19, 2014
We need more Police Patrols! There are so many gang members walking the streets of Baldwin Park. We VOTED for more Police Patrols and Greater Police Presence not a couple Sheriff Cars to patrol the whole city.
We want more Police NOW!
Delinquents are visible all over Baldwin Park. More Police patrols please!
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