The new contract raises the base salary for officers and sergeants by 5.6 percent to 10.6 percent, depending on seniority and work schedule. Supporters say it’s needed to keep compensation competitive, while opponents say Santa Ana can’t afford the increase.
Santa Ana’s acting police chief was suddenly switched Tuesday for the second time in as many months. Officials said the change was completely unrelated to the possible hiring of a former CHP officer who made national headlines when video showed him repeatedly punching a woman in the face who was on the ground along the 10 freeway in Los Angeles.
Santa Ana’s police union argues It is foolish for city council members to cut off a jail contract with ICE. Police Union Presidet Gary Serrano argues council members should do everything possible to re-engage the federal ICE contract and honor the current lawful agreement which in place.
One of the officers has been given his job back by the city’s personnel board, and the City Council is slated to decide next Tuesday whether to appeal it in Superior Court. The other two officers are also seeking to have their firings reversed.
Following the ouster of City Manager David Cavazos, expect changes in how the police department is managed, budget dollars are allocated, and the kind of leader the city will have atop its bureaucracy.
Having failed in a previous attempt, Mayor Miguel Pulido called a special City Council meeting for Wednesday to vote on whether to put City Manager David Cavazos on leave. Cavazos’ three supporters on council are out of town.
Activists helped beat back, at least for the time being, an effort involving the police union to oust City Manager David Cavazos, and convinced council members to strengthen their “sanctuary city” policy.
Sources close to City Hall say new members of the council, who were backed by the police union in November’s election, want to put City Manager David Cavazos on paid leave. Councilwoman Michele Martinez appears to be the swing vote.
The effort is being led by Councilman Sal Tinajero, who says a switch from the current at-large system would lessen the influence of deep-pocketed interests like the city’s police union in Santa Ana politics.