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Local 685 E-Gram, May. 8, 2017
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Local 685 E-Gram, Mar. 25, 2017
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Local 685 E-Gram, Mar. 13, 2017
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Local 685 E-Gram, Feb. 6, 2017
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Local 685 E-Gram, Feb. 2, 2017
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Local 685 E-Gram, Jan. 10, 2017
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Local 685 E-Gram, Dec. 23, 2016
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Local 685 E-Gram, Dec. 1, 2016
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Local 685 E-Gram, Nov. 14, 2016
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Endorsement E-Gram, Nov. 1, 2016
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Local 685 E-Gram, Oct. 27, 2016
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Local 685 E-Gram, Oct. 13, 2016
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Local 685 E-Gram, Oct. 10, 2016
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Response to 9/28/16 LA Times article
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Local 685 E-Gram, Sept. 27, 2016
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Local 685 E-Gram, Sept. 23, 2016
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Local 685 E-Gram, Sept. 9, 2016
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Local 685 E-Gram, Aug. 23, 2016
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Local 685 E-Gram, July 22, 2016
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Local 685 E-Gram, June 20, 2016
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Local 685 E-Gram, June 3, 2016
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Local 685 E-Gram, May 27, 2016
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Local 685 E-Gram, May 9, 2016
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Local 685 E-Gram, April 22, 2016
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Local 685 E-Gram, March 18, 2016
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Local 685 E-Gram, March 8, 2016
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Local 685 E-Gram, Feb. 29, 2016
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Local 685 E-Gram, Feb. 15, 2016
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Local 685 E-Gram, Feb. 1, 2016
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Local 685 E-Gram, Jan. 15, 2016
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State of the Union E-Gram, Jan. 7, 2016
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Local 685 E-Gram, Jan. 4, 2016
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Local 685 E-Gram, Dec. 15, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, Dec. 8, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, Nov. 25, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, Nov. 13, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, Oct. 20, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, Oct. 14, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, Oct. 2, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, Sept. 25, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, Sept. 11, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, Sept. 4, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, Aug. 27, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, Aug. 20, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, Aug. 13, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, Aug. 3, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, July 25, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, July 16, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, July 10, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, July 3, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, June 29, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, June 21, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, June 11, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, June 6, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, May 31, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, May 20, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, May 15, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, May 11, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, April 30, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, April 24, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, April 16, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, April 10, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, April 3, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, March 27, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, March 20, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, March 8, 2015
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Response to 2/23/16 LA Times article
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Local 685 E-Gram, Jan. 25, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, Jan. 15, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, Oct. 14, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, Oct. 2, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, Sept. 18, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, Sept. 4, 2015
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Legislative Update, August 28, 2015
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Local 685 P-Gram Special, 
Aug. 27, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, Aug. 3, 2015
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Unit 701 Tentative Agreement
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Local 685 E-Gram, July 25, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, July 16, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, July 10, 2015
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Legislative Corner, July 9, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, July 3, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, June 29, 2015
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Local 685 E-Gram, June 21, 2015
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AFSCME, Local 685 Legislative Corner

By: Timothy Yaryan, Legislative Counsel and Advocate

The Legislature is nearing the midway point of the 2017 Legislative Session. Policy Committees have heard most of the bills introduced. Those bills that have passed policy committee are on track for passage this year. Those bills which have not passed policy committee will become two- year bills, and may be heard next January.

The midway point of the legislative session is the time when critical budget decisions are made, as budget issues move from budget sub-committees to full budget committees to budget conference committees, with June 15 as the constitutional deadline to pass a budget. In May, we also get to see the state’s revenue situation when the Governor introduces his revised state budget, which, in Capitol parlance, is called the “May Revise.”

Although we are in good shape on most budget issues, there are two important budget issues that, if not resolved, could have significant adverse consequences for public safety.

Seven or eight years ago, the state and counties entered in an agreement for a coordinated Care Initiative (CCI) which included a cost sharing arrangement for an In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Maintenance of Effort (MOE). On January 10, this year, the Governor and the California Department of Finance triggered the unwinding of the CCI. This means the county IHSS MOE cost sharing arrangement ends on June 30, 2017. This termination of the county MOE will cause major and potentially destabilizing fiscal impacts to all counties. In the first year alone, this action will result in unanticipated, additional costs of approximately $220 million for Los Angeles County. These costs to those and other counties will significantly increase over the next few years. In fact, conservative estimates project the termination of the MOE will cost counties $623 million in Fiscal Year 17/18 which will grow to $1.6 billion for all 58 counties by 2022. City police services will also be affected by the potential downsizing in prosecutors, deputy sheriffs and probation officers.

Because public safety services typically occupy about two–thirds of most county budgets, if this IHSS-MOE issue is not successfully resolved, public safety risks taking a major budget hit at the county level in the next fiscal year. In Los Angeles, if across-the-board cuts were implemented, public safety could suffer cuts of as much as $125-130 million. Cuts to public safety, to prosecutors, deputies, and probation officers, at a time when public safety assuming full responsibility for Prop 109 and Props 47 and 57 would be devastating! Crime has risen for the second year in a row, with violent crime rates up 9% and property crime up 6%. These figures will only rise if funding for public safety is significantly cut. The long-term costs of crime will also be affected. Recent studies by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) show that every peace officer hired has the effect of cutting 1.3 violent crimes and 4.2 property crimes annually resulting in a financial reduction of the cost of crime by more than $300,000/peace officer. Cutting public safety makes no sense, so resolution of this IHSS-MOE issue must be a top priority for lawmakers and the Governor!

Another budget crisis we are facing is the potential loss of Peace Officer Standards and Training funding (POST). POST’s primary funding stream has been the Peace Officers’ Training Fund (POTF), which receives its largest funding from the State Penalty Fund (SPF). The SPF is funded through penalty assessments on criminal and traffic fines. Since 2008, the SPF has been reduced by more than $62 million as California has implemented a series of criminal justice reform efforts meant to reduce penalties for low-level offenses. With offenders having the ability to pay zero or only portion of their fines, the SPF has quickly dwindled. As a partial response, $16.5 M was allocated from the General Fund in the FY 2015-16 state budget. This fiscal year’s continued decline in the SPF has left POST’s budget in the same position. As of now, POST stands to suffer a reduction of more than $30 million without additional funding. Due to these constraints, on February 1st, POST suspended ALL reimbursements for all but the most basic of mandated training. What this means is that more advanced training, the training that make for well-rounded, professional peace officers is in jeopardy of not being available. At a time when community leaders and the public are demanding more from law enforcement, the loss of POST funding will seriously set back important training for all peace officers!

For the third time, we will be opposing the parole of gang member/cop-killer Jesus Cecena. We were also shocked to learn that cop killer Voltaire Williams will be paroled even after Governor Brown overturned the parole board’s decision. Serious questions need to be raised about the state’s parole policies that favor bed- space over public safety! Important public employee pension issues will be likely heard by the California Supreme Court in June, and we will see if there will be a “fix,” or not, with public safety funding. Stay tuned!

Until next time, stay safe!