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Los Angeles Magazine – Jan. 9, 2023
by Jon Regardie
On Nov. 8, Robert Luna was elected the 34th sheriff of L.A. County. The former Long Beach police chief soon made what may be the most important hiring decision of his career: He tapped 28-year Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department veteran Tardy to be undersheriff, the second-in-command.
Tardy’s elevation was widely praised. She has experience at all levels of the department, starting as a deputy at the Sybil Brand Institute for Women. She served as a gang investigator and rose to sergeant, lieutenant, captain and chief. Even amid the circus atmosphere of previous Sheriff Alex Villanueva, she managed to operate with integrity—last summer she testified before the department’s Civilian Oversight Commission about staffers who were members of sometimes violent cliques.
Tardy in 2023 will be crucial to Luna’s effort to rebuild public trust in the department. She also becomes a vital conduit to a department staff notoriously cool to outsiders, and someone who can advise him on where the real problems lie, and who his true allies are. If Luna is to make progress this year, he will need Tardy’s expert hand.
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PPOA WINS UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICE CHARGE AGAINST THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES
The County of Los Angeles Employee Relations Commission (ERCOM) ruled that, “The Respondent (County) violated Sections 5.04.240(A)(1) and (A)(3) of the ERO by implementing the Oversight Legislation without first negotiating the effects of the Oversight Legislation with PPOA and ALADS.” The unfair labor practice charge (UFC) arose when the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted Ordinance 20-0520 (the “Ordinance”), which permit the Civilian Oversight Commission (“COC”) to “access information, documents, and testimony necessary to the Commission’s oversight function by directing the [Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”)] to issue a subpoena on the Commission’s behalf when deemed necessary by action of the Commission.” On March 3, 2020, County voters adopted ballot proposition Measure R, which granted the COC the power to subpoena and require the attendance of witnesses and the production of books and papers pertinent to investigations and oversight,” and to permit the COC to use its own members and staff to “undertake investigations, inquiries, audits and monitoring” and to “review and evaluate the Office of Inspector General’s handling and resolution of any or all citizen’s or inmate’s complaint.” Collectively, Ordinance 20-0520 and Measure R are referred to herein as “Oversight Legislation.”
On December 28, 2020, the Professional Peace Officers Association’s (“PPOA”) Counsel Jim Cunningham filed UFC No. 017-20 alleging that Respondent violated Section 5.04.240 of the ERO by, without meeting and conferring with PPOA, making the changes implemented by the Oversight Legislation. Collectively, PPOA and ALADS, who also filed a ULP, were referred to as the “Charging Parties.”
On May 17, 2022, a hearing officer (“HO”) held a hearing at which relevant evidence and testimony were taken and argument was submitted. On August 18, 2022, the HO issued a Report and Recommendation (“Report”) with a finding that the County had violated, as charged, its duty to engage in the meet and confer process.
Thereafter, at regularly scheduled ERCOM meetings held on October 24 and November 28, 2022, ERCOM heard oral argument on whether to adopt the Report and ruled in favor of PPOA and ALADS and in pertinent part ordered on November 30th, 2022, the following:
No later than fourteen (14) days after the issuance of this Decision and Order.
The Respondent shall meet and confer with the Charging Parties with respect to the negotiable effects of the Oversight Legislation as follows:
- The parties shall immediately meet and confer on the schedule for negotiations and shall, no later than seven (7) days after the issuance of this Decision and Order, report to the Commission on any agreement as to the schedule for negotiations.
- If the parties are unable to reach an agreement as to the schedule for negotiations, then the Commission will consider an application by any party to issue a supplemental Decision and Order establishing the negotiations schedule.
- It is the Commission’s hope and expectation that negotiations will be completed no later than sixty (60) days from the commencement of negotiations, and that the parties will take all actions necessary to facilitate such a schedule, including the pre- selection of a mediator. The parties shall have the discretion to reach a mutual agreement pursuant to a lengthier schedule.
- The meet-and-confer process outlined in this Paragraphs 4 shall be without prejudice to the exhaustion of the impasse procedure otherwise required by law.
- Members of the employee representation units represented by ALADS and PPOA shall not be required to respond to subpoenas issued pursuant to the Oversight Legislation until the conclusion of the meet-and-confer process described above in Paragraph 4.
- The Respondent shall post appropriate notices – including but not necessarily limited to email notice to affected members of the employee representation units represented by ALADS and PPOA – regarding this Decision and Order.
The parties have initiated meet and confer over the “Oversight Legislation” on December 13, 2022, and expect to conclude negotiation by mid- February. IN THE MEANTIME, ACCORDING TO ERCOM’S ORDER, PPOA MEMBERS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO RESPOND TO SUBPOENAS ISSUED PURSUANT TO THE “OVERSIGHT LEGISLATION” (See #5) above.
If you are served with a subpoena for your attendance, or for records, from the O.I.G. and/or C.O.C., please contact PPOA immediately.
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12/13/22 – NBC Los Angeles
A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department sergeant saved a man from choking while being out on patrol Tuesday.
Sergeant Duncan who was assigned to the LA County Sheriff’s Department County Services Bureau was patrolling an alley behind a Department of Public Social Services office in LA when he saw another LA County employee exit his van in distress.
The man’s face appeared to the red and he was giving Sgt. Duncan the international sign for choking by signaling with his hands towards his neck.
Sergeant Duncan pulled over his patrol vehicle and immediately got out to render aid to the man. He used the Heimlich maneuver to help dislodge any food particles that might have been obstructing the man’s airway.
After about five to six thrusts Sgt. Duncan was able to clear the man’s airway and asked him if he needed further medical assistance, but it was refused.
Sergeant Duncan waited and monitored the man for a few minutes before continuing to patrol his area.
“It was just me doing what any deputy would do,” Sgt. Duncan said.
According to research by Statista.com around 4,000 to 5,000 people die each year from choking. It is more common in younger children.
“The quick response of Sgt. Duncan was another example of the extraordinary job the men and women of this Department provide to the citizens of LA County. Thank you Sgt. Duncan,” said LA County Sheriff Robert Luna.