I had the opportunity to attend my first FOP State Conference
recently. Orange County Lodge 18 hosted
this impressive conference at Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel. The event was well attended and had numerous
guest speakers. More importantly, the
information disseminated was relevant to both active and retirees particularly
regarding the pension/benefit issues before the public.
The Honorable Todd Spitzer was one of several keynote speakers of the
conference. You may remember him as a
former California State Assemblyman, Deputy District Attorney for Orange County
and a current Orange County Supervisor.
He also has been a level 1 reserve police officer for the City of Los
Angeles and has served the community in many ways too numerous to mention. Many agree that Assemblyman Spitzer will
represent our concerns fairly and competently.
State President Roger Mayberry briefly reported
the National FOP is providing support to the involved officer from Ferguson,
Missouri during this difficult period. Without
judgment, I believe the unfortunate circumstances is traumatic for everyone
President Mayberry also expressed his intent to run for a position within
the National FOP Board. You may recall
he is currently the Sergeant-at-Arms on the national board. The conference of
members acknowledged his hard work and agreed to support him in a re-election
campaign both politically and monetarily.
He was honored and hopes to be able to continue his work and
representation of the California FOP.
President Mayberry was proud to announce the California FOP mobile
food trailer was nearly complete. This would
be used in times of disaster and special events by the FOP. We were able to tour the modern facilities
available which were very impressive.
Completion of the project still requires cooking utensils and a
permanent towing vehicle.
Congratulations to our own Lodge 52 for offering to host the next FOP
State Conference in 2016. The offer was
discussed and enthusiastically accepted at this year's conference. I believe we have a great deal to offer here
in Silicon Valley with unlimited venues and resources.
As a new member to this organization, I found it to be professional and
unified in its mission. In the past year,
the California FOP gained over one thousand new members and continues to grow
in strength and numbers. Nationally, we
are over 325,000 members strong. The
professionalism of national, state and local FOP leadership will ensure
continued success and growth.
Observation of the large group of participants at this conference
reinforces a belief that whether active or retired, all are afforded the same
respect and equal voice.