Bulmaro “Boomer” Vicente Receives Competitive Criminal Justice Reform Fellowship to Organize in SanTana

Those of you who follow us recognize Boomer from the many articles he’s written about police oversight over the last year. Now, learn more about him as he embarks on a new journey as a Soros Justice Fellow. Cover Photo Credit: Ben Camacho

Delays, Fees, Records Destruction: Police Departments Block Public’s Right to Know in Santa Ana/California

Across California, police departments shield their misconduct records by delaying their release, charging high fees, or outright destroying them at times. Photo by City of Santa Ana.

Report: SanTana Not Getting Its Money’s Worth for Police Spending

If showering the department and its police officers with money is supposed to improve safety, the desired outcome has failed to materialize.

Lawsuit: Former SanTana Cop Union Boss Alleges Retaliation for Opposing Union’s “Illegal” “Election Scheme” in 2016

Excerpt: Lawsuit by former SAPOA boss, John Franks and Laura Franks, alleges he was forced to resign as union president for refusing to participate in the union’s successful election scheme that supported city council candidates in exchange for their pledged to vote for the removals of then-City Manager David Cavazos and then-Chief of Police Carlos Rojas.

We Challenged Councilman David Penaloza to Defend his Vote for the $25M Police Contract

We challenged Councilmember David Penaloza to defend his vote for the $25M Police Contract. See the letter we sent him to learn why. Photo Credit: City of Santa Ana.

Police Union President Lashes Out at Villegas for Vote Against Police Pay Hikes

On February 5th,the Santa Ana City Council wrote a $25.6 million blank check to the Santa Ana Police Officers Association (SAPOA) in the form of a new contract, despite having no money in their pockets to approve the largest police pay raise in decades with a vote of 4 to 2. However, the POA failed […]

SanTana Cop Pay Raise and Misconduct Record Decisions Threaten to Break Public Trust

On January 31st, the City Manager and Police Chief made a joint statement in response to the Santa Ana Police Department’s (SAPD) request to destroy police records. In their statement, SAPD Chief David Valentin stated that the destruction of police records is a “routine process,” and not a response to any recently enacted legislation or […]

Santa Ana Police Department Moves To Destroy Officer Misconduct Records

This year began with a new state law, SB 1421, going into effect and giving the public access to exclusive police records of misconduct and internal investigations. In Santa Ana, decades of officers’ use of force, in-custody injuries and the department’s handling of incidents, lay in boxes ready to be released. But these records may […]

Will Todd Spitzer Be a Rubber Stamp DA on Police Brutality, Too?

In the “Blue Wave” that hit Orange County, the District Attorney continues to bleed red, with a bit of sweetness. Republican Todd Spitzer defeated twenty-year incumbent, Tony Rackauckas, who left two decades of political corruption behind him to clean up.   The Orange County District Attorney’s (OCDA) office, in Rackauckas’ final years, got hit with […]

Police Union Monopoly on Electoral Spending Threatens Santa Ana’s Democracy

In 2016, the Santa Ana Police Officers Association (SAPOA) spent over $400,000 that allowed them to place two of their three favored candidates on the Santa Ana City Council, alongside the mayor. This year, they’re already set to outspend themselves; they ended June with $462,000 in the bank, and inched closer to get a council […]