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JOB OPENINGS: HELP DEFEAT PROPOSITION B
Anti-Police Activists are recruiting people from outside of our community to go door-to-door talking to your neighbors about Prop. B, the Defund Police Initiative. If you are able to go door-to-door and help us inform and educate San Antonio residents about why they should vote AGAINST Prop. B, please consider this important opportunity.
Salary: Earning potential $17-20 per hour.
Contact: Asa Bryant via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Must be 18 or over and have a valid government issued ID.
March 24, 2021
To; SAPOA Membership
Hello everyone. My name is Carlos Garcia Jr and I am a SAPOA member currently assigned to Central Patrol. My wife Catherine is a teacher and works at an elementary school. My son is in high school and my daughter is in middle school.
I am taking this opportunity, with the permission of our SAPOA President Danny Diaz, to address the membership regarding the May 1 City election, but more specifically, Proposition B. It is of dire importance that all SAPOA members living within the City limits are registered to vote against Proposition B.
What is Proposition B? To make a long story short, it is basically a defunding mechanism that will reduce each member's quality of life outside the disciplinary process. It will put all of us, from a rookie patrol officer to an assistant chief, in a negative financial position. Something that has not occurred to the membership since the mid 70s.
My father graduated from the SAPD Training Academy in 1970. I have a photo of him and my mother the day Chief Bischell gave him his new badge. You can see that my mother was pregnant with me on that day. I like to tell people this story to let them know I have 50 plus years with the SAPD.
I was too young to remember the early 70s. I do remember we lived in a 2 bedroom 1 bath house in the shallow southside with no air condition and of course no cable back then. We did have two water coolers and a couple of old fans from the 1950s that helped cool us off a bit. There were no substations back then and roll calls occurred at the Traffic roll call room at the old headquarters at 214 W. Nueva. When my dad would check out for dinner, he would have to call the dispatcher's office to let the dispatcher know where he was in case he had a call because he didn't have an assigned radio like we do now.
My father would work extra jobs like crazy in order to feed his family. He told me a story of working an extra job for $5 an hour only to get undercut by another officer for $4 an hour who in turn got undercut by another officer for $3 an hour. Different times back then.
It wasn't until we got the 1988 contract that my dad's, my families, financial situation changed. The SAPD was the envy of every police department in the nation! If it weren't for retired Sgt Harold Flammia's negotiation skills and former Mayor Henry Cisneros' realization that a strong contract was needed for the safety of the City a lot of us would not be officers at all. With its checks and balances between management and the association and its recruiting benefits the 88 contract made us what we are today, the gold standard for Law Enforcement.
I came on when Chief Gibson was our chief. Chief Gibson steered us towards a Community Policing Model. Chief Phillipus created the SAFFE unit. Chief Ortiz enhanced our disciplinary procedures and now, Chief McManus, lead us into the 21st century by having one of the most progressive, diverse, and well trained police agencies in the country.
If we lose the election on May 1, life as we know it will change. I am calling for all SAPOA members, from rookies to Assistant Chiefs, to register to vote, get your families and friends to register to vote, to sign up to man these polling sites, and vote Against Proposition B. My family and I will be volunteering at the poll sites and voting against Proposition B.
This is our March 1836 moment. The day Colonel Travis took his sword out and drew a line in the sand and asked for volunteers to defend the Alamo.
If we do not get involved by voting against Proposition B and volunteering our time at the polling sites, the earth may still rotate and the sun may still rise and set, but our way of life as SAPD officers and as a community will not be the same.
Remember the Alamo. Remember the great work and sacrifices our retirees have done in the past, remember the great work our fallen officers have done for us and the community, and remember, there is still great work for us to do now and the future.
Carlos Garcia Jr.
SAPOA Member, show San Antonio you're voting NO (AGAINST) Prop. B on May 1st by placing a FREE 'VOTE NO ON PROP. B' sign in your yard! Just email email@example.com and let her know when you'll pick it up.Have your family and friends share sign pics with us on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtags: #BackSABlue & #VoteNoPropB
210-248-4305. This is SAPOA Pres Danny Diaz contact number for those wanting to reach out to him.
Look at the tables below. Choose a polling location that you are interested in working as a poll watcher. Clicking on the link will take you to a sign up form for that location. The form will let you pick time slots for each day of early voting. You can sign up for as many slots as you would like. You can also sign other people up, but please fill out a different form for each person.
It's important that each member spend at least one of their RDs during this period volunteering.
The pay and benefits for the rest of your career may come down to volunteer turn out during these two weeks.
It's game time. All hands on deck.
Early voting dates are:
Day of Week
Locations and signup links:
Sign Up Form
Bexar County Election Department
1103 S Frio
530 Heimer Rd
Claude Black Center
2805 E Commerce
11441 Vance Jackson
Collins Garden Library
200 North Park
Copernicus Community Center
5003 Lord Rd
2803 Hunter Blvd
Encino Branch Library
2515 E Evans Rd
Great Northwest Library
Henry A Guerra Jr. Library
7978 W Military Dr
John Igo Library
13330 Kyle Seale Pkwy
6307 Sun Valley Dr
Julia Yates Semmes Library
15060 Judson Rd
Las Palmas Library
515 Castroville Rd
Maury Maverick Jr. Library
8700 Mystic Park
1023 Ada St
3134 Roosevelt Ave
Northside Activity Center (Conference Room)
Northwest Vista College
3535 N Ellison Dr
Palo Alto College (Performing Arts Center)
1400 W Villaret Blvd
20735 Wilderness Oak
San Antonio College (Victory Center)
1802 N Main
6322 US Hwy 87 E
4134 Harry Wurzbach
UTSA (Bexar Room)
1 UTSA Circle
EPB Shift Director
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Election Day is coming up! We need every resident of San Antonio and their family who Backs SA Blue and supports safe neighborhoods to get registered to vote. You have until April 1st to register. Take note of these important election dates below.
We need the help of Active and Retirees on that day.
TAKE THE PLEDGE https://www.backsablue.com/takethepledge/
Vote NO on Prop. B
DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE: April 1, 2021
EARLY VOTING: April 19 - April 27, 2021
ELECTION DAY: May 1, 2021
Attention: Benevolent Fund Members
San Antonio Police Benevolent Fund scholarship applications will be available on February 1st, 2021. All applicants must be a dependent of an active or retired San Antonio Police Benevolent Fund member, who is in good standing with the fund and who has been a member of the Fund for five or more years. Members with less than five years on the
Department must have joined the Fund upon graduating from the Academy. Applicants must be high school graduating seniors. If you would like an application please contact the Scholarship Committee Chairman, Sergeant Analisa Chavez. Email her at Analisa.Chavez@sanantonio.gov.
Applications will only be accepted by mail and must be post marked on or before March 31, 2021. Late applications will not be considered. Good luck.
PAUL BIASIOLLI, CAPTAIN - CHAIRMAN / BENEVOLENT FUND
Help is Needed
Subject: Crisis Food Relief Distribution
SAPOA has Partnered with the San Antonio Food Bank and needs volunteers to distribute food to families in need. Sign up to help.
When: February 12, 2021 / Friday
Where: Alamo Dome, 367 S. Cherry St
SAPOA Scholarship Criteria Any graduating high school senior wishing to apply must meet the following criteria:
Each applicant must:
Provide a copy of your acceptance letter from an accredited college or university. (Just one please)
Have maintained a minimum GPA of 85/3.3 throughout their high school career.
Provide an original, sealed high school transcript.
· Please send your official, stamped, and sealed transcript to:
· Blue Cares, 1939 NE Loop 410, Ste 300, San Antonio, TX 78217
· Copies Will NOT be accepted. Electronic transcripts are acceptable only if emailed directly from
your school’s registrar.
· * Please note, your scholarship application will not be complete until your transcript is received.
To email transcripts, or for further questions please reach out to Sofia at firstname.lastname@example.org
Provide an essay on why you feel you should be selected as a recipient, your future goals, and your life experiences that have influenced you to choose your career path.
Essay should be typed, no longer than two pages in length, Times New Roman font, size 12, double spaced with one inch margins.
All applications must be received on or before Friday, February 12, 2021
If selected as a finalist, you will be called for an interview with our Scholarship Committee. If awarded the S.A.P.O.A. Scholarship, you may be called upon for speaking engagements and/or be asked to volunteer at fundraising events on behalf of the S.A.P.O.A.
John “Danny” Diaz, President of the San Antonio Police Officers Association “We remain concerned by the lack of transparency on the funding of defund police group ‘FIX SAPD’ as reported in the Express-News on January 22, 2021.
Nevertheless, SAPOA plans on working hard between now and election day to inform voters about how important collective bargaining (Chapter 174) is to recruiting top-notch police officers who will keep our neighborhoods safe and to ensuring the Police Chief and the City continue to have flexibility in hiring, promotions, discipline, and boosting diversity within the Department.”
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From The SAPOA :
Dear SAPOA Member,
As you all are aware, there is a group out there, “FIX SAPD,” which is currently canvassing San Antonio neighborhoods to gather signatures for a petition that would force a referendum on the May 2021 Municipal Ballot to Repeal Chapters 143 (Civil Service) and Chapter 174 (Collective Bargaining) for San Antonio Police Officers. For nearly 6 months now, SAPOA has been working to inform voters about the dangers of such an effort.
Now, as the anti-police activists accelerate their work towards achieving their goals, we need all SAPOA members to be aware that this is occurring and informed about what it will mean to Active, Retiree’s and your Family if they’re successful.
To that end, we need all of you to follow these social media accounts, go to backsablue.com and stay informed on these important activities.
We’ll be updating you from time to time on the progress of their efforts as well as our own to oppose them.