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LA Sheriff’s Union in Political Chaos #VB127

March 27, 20143 Comments

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Two former Presidents of the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Unions expose the turmoil inside their Unions ALADS and PPOA.  Roy Burns served five terms as president and believes this is a battle for power to control the Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff’s Union (ALADS)  and the dues from 8,000 plus Deputies.   Lt. Patrick Gomez former President of the Professional Police Officers Association (PPOA)  who is a one of seven candidates for Sheriff believes that the the fight is a struggle between supporters of the candidates who are running for Sheriff in a race where there is no incumbent running.  Watch the extensive video coverage of this contentious campaign on FullDisclosure.net

3 comments to “LA Sheriff’s Union in Political Chaos #VB127”

  1. Jose Avina | March 28, 2014 | Permalink Reply

    I think you guys better go back and do more research. Let’s clear some things up. Is there a power struggle? Yes. Is it politically motivated? Maybe on Mr Macias’ and Roy Burns’ part. But, here’s the real motivating factor. “Members” who got tired of the way things have been going for the last 15 plus years took a special interest when Mr. Macias was installed as President of ALADS. Why? Because he has a reputation of not doing much and the uses “smoke and mirrors” to make it appear as though he is doing something. Well, after the first few months it appeared as though he was going to continue on his same path. Some of the members, voiced their displeasure, and it was said nothing could be done, because he was duly elected.

    Well, Mr. Macias made that a simple task, because, using his reputation as a guideline, it was discovered, by some members, that Mr. Macias did not meet the qualifications (specifically, attendance as mandated by the Bylaws) to be re-elected as a “Director,” not to mention hold an executive office. This information was presented to the Directors and a “majority” of them recognized this new information and agreed to honor this disqualification, for the good of future Director elections.

    Mr. Burns most likely knows this, as he was the President of the Association, at one time. But he chose to mislead you by sighting a removal process, not to mention, he is known as Mr. Macias’ “Puppeteer.” So, there was actually no removal process that had to take place, as he was unqualified to hold office.

    Now let’s address, Mr. Gomez. He would like you to believe that there is something corrupt in the Association “not” endorsing a candidate for the primary. The fact of the matter is, a vote was put out to the membership and of the top five candidates (which did not include Mr. Gomez, by the way) there were less than 60 votes separating the person with the most votes and the person with the least votes. So quite frankly, if they had chosen to endorse anyone, that would have definitely been viewed by the “membership” as corrupt.

    • [email protected] | March 31, 2014 | Permalink Reply

      First, let’s set the record straight about Armando Macias. He is not the President of ALADS or a director with ALADS. He did not me the qualifications to be either and was removed. He was removed because of his deficient attendance record as director. He only attended 42 % of the required meetings to run for the election and ALADS bylaws clearly state that one must attend at least 75% of the required meeting to run for an election. A law suit has been recently filed against Mr. Macias for misappropriation of a $100,000 of the union’s money and his outlandish behavior. He falsely represented himself and obtained an ALADS check for $100,000 and made payment with it for his own needs. This was after he was fully aware that any check issued for more than $1,000 required approval of the ALADS board and this expenditure was not approved by the board. The ALADS bylaws clearly state that a check issued by ALADS requires that it is signed by the Treasurer and countersigned by the President or Vice President. In this case the check did not have the required signatures, which would be another rule of the ALADS bylaws that Mr. Macias did not follow. What is also important to note is the money he obtained was from the ALADS State Political Action Committee Fund, which is used for campaign donations and not one’s personal needs. This is most likely another violation of the ALADS bylaws that Mr. Macias did not follow and possibly even criminal. This type of behavior by Mr. Macias would lead any rational person to conclude his actions amounted to fraud and embezzlement of union funds. This is only a small portion of the harmful antics he has been doing to devastate the union.

      Second, as for Roy Burns he is completely fabricating the facts and there has been no effort on your part to verify what he has been stating. Mr. Burns did in fact use to be part of ALADS, but he was banned from the union years ago due to the irreparable harm he brought to the organization. Recently, Mr. Macias attempted to hire Mr. Burns as a consultant for ALADS, but the ALADS board stopped Mr. Macias from doing so. This would have obviously angered Mr. Burns and since then he has been in high gear spreading inaccurate facts regarding the current issues involving ALADS and trying to get back into ALADS for monetary reasons, to spread in agenda and to gain power himself.

      As for Mr. Burns stating the current issues with ALADS are not political is another incident of him fabricating the facts. The situation is completely political. Mr. Burns and Mr. Macias are both supporters of the same candidate (Paul Tanaka) who is running for Sheriff. Mr. Burns is a very strong supporter of Tanaka and is often referred to by others as one of his “Enforcers” or “Bullies,” much like someone who would be part of a mob. He will often go around and “Bully” or intimidate people to support his agenda. Mr. Macias was adamant about ALADS supporting Tanaka and giving him a large campaign donation, but his plans were derailed when the membership voted to support another candidate. It is also rumored that he has been eliciting the help of Mr. Burns to get his plan back on track.

      I think what is most ironic about Mr. Burns interview with you is his comment about following the rules. It has been clearly demonstrated that Mr. Macias has violated numerous rules (ALADS bylaws) and Mr. Burns or you have not commented or questioned anyone about that. All you would have to do is go to ALADS.org and you could review the civil complaint filed against Mr. Macias, which depicts the outrages behavior he has demonstrated and the harm he has brought to ALADS.

      Now as for Mr. Gomez, he is just completely uninformed as to whom the ALADS members voted to support in the next Sheriff election. The ballots returned by its membership were counted by a Political Action Committee and not the board of directors themselves. A count of the ballots resulted in the membership supporting an outsider. This should be an eye opener for Mr. Gomez that the membership would rather have an outsider run the department than the former management and should just simply drop out of the race because he has no chance of winning.

  2. scottbs710 | April 4, 2014 | Permalink Reply

    First, let’s set the record straight about Armando Macias. He is not the President of ALADS or a director with ALADS. He did not me the qualifications to be either and was removed. He was removed because of his deficient attendance record as director. He only attended 42 % of the required meetings to run for the election and ALADS bylaws clearly state that one must attend at least 75% of the required meeting to run for an election. A law suit has been recently filed against Mr. Macias for misappropriation of a $100,000 of the union’s money and his outlandish behavior. He falsely represented himself and obtained an ALADS check for $100,000 and made payment with it for his own needs. This was after he was fully aware that any check issued for more than $1,000 required approval of the ALADS board and this expenditure was not approved by the board. The ALADS bylaws clearly state that a check issued by ALADS requires that it is signed by the Treasurer and countersigned by the President or Vice President. In this case the check did not have the required signatures, which would be another rule of the ALADS bylaws that Mr. Macias did not follow. What is also important to note is the money he obtained was from the ALADS State Political Action Committee Fund, which is used for campaign donations and not one’s personal needs. This is most likely another violation of the ALADS bylaws that Mr. Macias did not follow and possibly even criminal. This type of behavior by Mr. Macias would lead any rational person to conclude his actions amounted to fraud and embezzlement of union funds. This is only a small portion of the harmful antics he has been doing to devastate the union.

    Second, as for Roy Burns he is completely fabricating the facts and there has been no effort on your part to verify what he has been stating. Mr. Burns did in fact use to be part of ALADS, but he was banned from the union years ago due to the irreparable harm he brought to the organization. Recently, Mr. Macias attempted to hire Mr. Burns as a consultant for ALADS, but the ALADS board stopped Mr. Macias from doing so. This would have obviously angered Mr. Burns and since then he has been in high gear spreading inaccurate facts regarding the current issues involving ALADS and trying to get back into ALADS for monetary reasons, to spread in agenda and to gain power himself.

    As for Mr. Burns stating the current issues with ALADS are not political is another incident of him fabricating the facts. The situation is completely political. Mr. Burns and Mr. Macias are both supporters of the same candidate (Paul Tanaka) who is running for Sheriff. Mr. Burns is a very strong supporter of Tanaka and is often referred to by others as one of his “Enforcers” or “Bullies,” much like someone who would be part of a mob. He will often go around and “Bully” or intimidate people to support his agenda. Mr. Macias was adamant about ALADS supporting Tanaka and giving him a large campaign donation, but his plans were derailed when the membership voted to support another candidate. It is also rumored that he has been eliciting the help of Mr. Burns to get his plan back on track.

    I think what is most ironic about Mr. Burns interview with you is his comment about following the rules. It has been clearly demonstrated that Mr. Macias has violated numerous rules (ALADS bylaws) and Mr. Burns or you have not commented or questioned anyone about that. All you would have to do is go to ALADS.org and you could review the civil complaint filed against Mr. Macias, which depicts the outrages behavior he has demonstrated and the harm he has brought to ALADS.

    Now as for Mr. Gomez, he is just completely uninformed as to whom the ALADS members voted to support in the next Sheriff election. The ballots returned by its membership were counted by a Political Action Committee and not the board of directors themselves. A count of the ballots resulted in the membership supporting an outsider. This should be an eye opener for Mr. Gomez that the membership would rather have an outsider run the department than the former management and should just simply drop out of the race because he has no chance of winning.

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