Danielle Pirslin, a three-year tenant in the unique position of having been a landlord in the past not-too-distant, decided to fight back. Armed with proof that Waterloo had been pocketing extra money by overcharging for garbage, water and sewage, she demanded arbitration. She also began organizing other tenants, telling them to take her lead and file claims with the city. The newly formed Waterloo Apartments Tenants Association has since won back close to $100,000. To battle the remaining claims, Waterloo hired an attorney, who has yet to respond for a request for comment.
The Silicon Valley Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 52 and the Milpitas Police Officers Association decorated a tree last week at Dave & Buster's Restaurant at Great Mall to show respect for police officers killed in the line of duty this year.
Dave & Buster's management agreed to place a duplicate of the Fallen Officer Tree -- the original one is located in downtown San Jose's Plaza de Cesar Chavez -- in the restaurant lobby so the public can see the names of the fallen officers.
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.
One has to ponder the thought process of why our
law makers are always trying to dilute our system of laws. Over the last
20 years we have had a significant drop in violent crimes of murder and
robbery, for example. What occurred? Do you remember the term
"tough on crime?" Incarceration
and longer sentences has been one answer. The three strikes law also kept our
communities safer. Current trends in crime statistics may be changing. Enacting laws to make our communities less
safe leaves us bewildered and questioning the logic of such a move.
Our President of FOP Lodge 52 andRetired Sgt. Robert
Lopez (SJPD) was Challenged
(click to view) by Ryan Welch and Richard
Calderon to complete Officer Down Memorial Ice Bucket challenge. What is
the Officer Memorial Down Ice Challenge? Officers have called out other
officers of their choosing to Donate $100 dollars to the cause, or get a bucket
of ice water poured on them while being recorded on video and then donate $10
to the cause within 48 hours, if they don’t take the challenge in 48 hours.
This past week I was in San Diego at a summit that was co-sponsored by the ALADS (Los Angles Deputy Sheriffs’ Association) and the Fraternal Order of Police. Also in attendance were representatives from Los Angles Police, National State Troopers, and International Brotherhood of Police.
I was happy to see Large and small agencies present to talk about the problems facing Law Enforcement today. I felt that the tide may be turning as more agencies realize that we need put forth a united front.