On the Job with PORAC
Episode 18 – SB 230: Setting a National Precedent to Reduce Use of Force

Episode 18 – SB 230: Setting a National Precedent to Reduce Use of Force

May 15, 2019
On this episode of On The Job With PORAC, PORAC President, Brian Marvel and Vice President, Damon Kurtz sit down with Ron Lawrence, President of the California Police Chiefs Association and Rick LaBeske, President of the California Association of Highway Patrolmen to discuss the latest updates on SB 230 following the major amendments made on April 11th and further amendments on April 23rd. Tune in now to hear more about our statewide law enforcement leadership and collaboration to establish the most profound use of force legislation in the nation! 
 
To learn more about how you can help us pass SB 230, visit the link below:
 
Episode 17 – Pay Parity in Houston with Joe Gamaldi of the Houston POU

Episode 17 – Pay Parity in Houston with Joe Gamaldi of the Houston POU

May 1, 2019

It’s finally here! Our special edition of On The Job With PORAC featuring Joe Gamaldi (President, Houston POU) is a can’t miss. We were lucky enough to have Joe as a speaker at Symposium-Impact 2019 this year and Monterey was buzzing for days after his riveting case against pay parity. Brian and Damon sat down with Joe at Symposium to discuss what’s happening in Houston and whether something similar will be just around the corner for California. It’s important to understand how parity impacts a city and everyone in it, listen now to find out why.

To learn more about what’s happened in Houston since we recorded, visit the links below:

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Mediation-set-between-Houston-police-13785394.php 

https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Council-approves-layoffs-of-220-firefighters-to-13792153.php

 

Episode 16 – Policing in a Hostile Climate: Where Do We Go from Here?

Episode 16 – Policing in a Hostile Climate: Where Do We Go from Here?

April 2, 2019

On this episode of #OnTheJobWithPORAC, Sacramento POA President and PORAC Treasurer Timothy Davis sits down with President Brian Marvel and VP Damon Kurtz to discuss the Sacramento Police Department response to the Stephon Clark shooting fallout, Department efforts to create better relationships with community members despite media bias, and how comprehensive use-of-force legislation like SB230 is the right answer going forward. Tune in now – you don’t want to miss this one!

Episode 15 – PORAC’s Use of Force Bill SB 230

Episode 15 – PORAC’s Use of Force Bill SB 230

March 12, 2019

On this episode of On The Job With PORAC, Brian Marvel and Damon Kurtz continue the discussion on use of force legislation - specifically PORAC supported SB 230. This is a plan to address the issue comprehensively with training, updated policies, etc., versus AB 392 which would simply criminalize officers. It’s vital that we all understand what’s at stake here and that everyone does their part to urge elected officials to support this legislation that will actually improve outcomes for community members and officers alike. Tune in to learn more!

Episode 14 – The Future of AB931

Episode 14 – The Future of AB931

February 6, 2019

On this episode of On the Job with PORAC Brian Marvel, Damon Kurtz, Randy Perry (Aaron Read & Associates), and David E. Mastagni (Mastagni Holstedt, A Professional Corporation) dive into the future of use-of-force legislation, compared to last year's AB931. As we’ve heard in previous podcasts, this type of legislation will have considerable impacts on law enforcement officers; therefore, it is critical that we have a seat at the table in getting it right. This is one of the biggest fights the law enforcement community will face this year, so it’s important to understand what’s at stake and what to expect as the legislative session ramps up. Tune in to learn more about our approach here at PORAC and how we’ll all need to work together to see that measures as drastic and dangerous as AB931 don’t become law.

Episode 13 – Welcoming in PORAC’s New VP and Treasurer w/ Special Guests, Damon Kurtz and Tim Davis

Episode 13 – Welcoming in PORAC’s New VP and Treasurer w/ Special Guests, Damon Kurtz and Tim Davis

January 8, 2019

On this episode of “On the Job with PORAC,” Brian has PORAC’s recently elected Vice President, Damon Kurtz, and recently elected Treasurer, Timothy Davis, on the show to talk about their history in law enforcement and how they are looking ahead to a new year for PORAC.  Damon Kurtz is a 24-year veteran who started as a Deputy in Santa Barbara and has now been with Fresno PD for the past 14 years.  Damon was formerly President of Fresno POA and Chairman of PORAC’s Insurance and Benefits Trust.  Timothy Davis, the son of a police officer and father of police officer, began his career with Sac PD in 1998.  Just two years in the job, Tim joined the Sac POA Board of Directors and three years ago was elected President of Sac POA, while also serving on PORAC’s Board of Directors.  Join us on this podcast as we welcome in our new PORAC leadership and see what’s in store for 2019.  

Special Episode – PORAC’s Work Comp Legislative Victories w/ Special Guest, Randy Perry

Special Episode – PORAC’s Work Comp Legislative Victories w/ Special Guest, Randy Perry

December 19, 2018

Today, President Marvel and Randy, with Aaron Read & Associates (ARA), talk about PORAC’s 2018 legislative victories.  In a time where law enforcement is constantly playing defense against bad bills, PORAC continues to work with our legislative advocates at ARA to sponsor and support critical public safety measures.  In 2018, PORAC sponsored two work comp bills that made it successfully to the governor’s desk and received a signature. The first bill, AB 1749 by Assemblymember Daly, was a result of the 2017 Route 91 shooting in Vegas.   This bill ensures that California’s Workers Compensation System covers peace officers who acted outside of state boundaries and were injured, regardless of their injuries.  The second successful PORAC sponsored bill is SB 1086 by Senator Atkins which extends the survivor death benefit eligibility to ensure that these officers’ grieving families are not deprived of the benefits they deserve due to an arbitrary and unfair timeline.  Please listen in for more!

Episode 12 – A Proper Send-off w/ PORAC’s Outgoing VP, Brent Meyer

Episode 12 – A Proper Send-off w/ PORAC’s Outgoing VP, Brent Meyer

December 13, 2018

On this episode of “On the Job with PORAC,” Brian Marvel talks with PORAC’s outgoing Vice President, Brent Meyer.  Brent is stepping down from his role at PORAC to go back to where it began as a cop for Sac PD.  Tune in to hear how Brent first got involved in police union politics with Sac POA and followed his calling to be on the PORAC Board in 2010 and then VP in 2013.  Brent brought a bold vision with him to PORAC, which resulted in remarkable membership growth, a new approach to communications, and a goal to ensure that our members have all the resources necessary to do their jobs.  Thank you Brent for everything you’ve done for PORAC.  You will be missed!

Episode 11 – Legislative Year in Review w/ Randy Perry, Aaron Read & Associates

Episode 11 – Legislative Year in Review w/ Randy Perry, Aaron Read & Associates

December 5, 2018

On this episode of “On the Job with PORAC,” Brian sits down with PORAC’s legislative advocate, Randy Perry, with Aaron Read & Associates (ARA), to discuss PORAC’s priority bills in the recent legislative session.  ARA monitors the thousands of bills introduced each year to ensure that PORAC is represented at the Capitol on all matters of public safety.  Outside of bills such as AB 931, SB 1421, and AB 748, as we discussed in previous podcasts, PORAC faces many other legislative issues such as peace officer training, workers comp, pensions, bargaining, POBR, and equipment funding and acquisition. 

Tune in to hear how PORAC and ARA work together to ensure law enforcement has the tools and resources necessary to do their job in the current political climate. 

Episode 10 – Ethics and Police Management w/ Special Guests Ed Mullins and Andrew Quinn, SBANYPD

Episode 10 – Ethics and Police Management w/ Special Guests Ed Mullins and Andrew Quinn, SBANYPD

November 15, 2018

Brian sits down with Ed Mullins, President of the New York Sergeants Benevolent Association and Andrew Quinn, the SBA’s General Counsel to discuss the high profile case of NYPD Sergeant, Hugh Barry.  Make sure to listen in to hear how the case against Sgt. Barry turned into political prosecution of extreme measures and why it is critical to have the protection and security of your association.  What happened in New York can happen anywhere, and it will.  Law enforcement must stick together to protect our officers when they need it the most.