Regarding this years elections in the City of La Mesa- While the La Mesa Police Officer's Association is not officially endorsing any one particular candidate for Mayor or Council, it is our hope that the citizens of this community will make their voices heard by telling whichever candidate that they decide to vote for, incumbent or new, that business as usual in the City of La Mesa is no longer good enough. The time for change is now before things get any worse and before it's too late to do anything about it . That being said, the La Mesa Police Officers Association continues to be dedicated to working with our elected officials, whether that means mending broken relationships from the past or forging stronger new ones for the future. Either way we want to make sure that everyone involved does what is best for the city, the people that live in the city, and those of us that work in the city.

Jeff Raybould
President, La Mesa Police Officers Association

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Comment by Ian I Shiff on October 29, 2010 at 8:55am
Jeff, I agree with Russell - can you please elaborate?
Comment by Russell Buckley on October 28, 2010 at 5:39pm
Jeff. I'm expect that everyone who has responded to this blog wants to do "what is best for our city". I take you at your word that you do and I know that I do. I expect that we often agree about what is best. But there are going to be times that we have honestly held differences of opinion. I don't know what you have in mind when you say "the time for change is now". There are lots of ways to "change" things and it will be helpful if you are upfront about what you have in mind. That way we could have an open discussion about what you are talking about.
Comment by Kevin G George on October 28, 2010 at 1:31pm
"The time for change is now before things get any worse and before it's too late to do anything about it ."
First : Not what I want to hear from my police department .
Second : Does it make sense to say the POA isn't endorsing anyone , and then say it's time for a change ?
Comment by Craig S. Maxwell on October 27, 2010 at 12:39pm
Yes, then, to fines of $750.00 OR $1000.00?
Comment by Patrick Dean on October 27, 2010 at 11:56am
One-in-six traffic fatalities is a pedestrian.From the California Driver Handbook Laws and Rules of the Road. It's a serious matter.
Comment by Craig S. Maxwell on October 27, 2010 at 10:58am
Being fined nearly $500.00 for not coming to a total dead halt doesn't seem overly punitive?
You've got to be kidding!?
How about $750.00 or $1000.00?
Comment by Patrick Dean on October 27, 2010 at 10:48am
So I'm confused. Violating the vehicle code by driving under the influence is bad. Okay, I get that. Very dangerous to everyone who comes in contact with said violator, agreed. Violating the vehicle code by making an illegal right turn on red in an area heavily populated by pedestrians (the most dangerous situation for pedestrians and where they are most likely to be harmed) is not bad. How does one keep up? As someone who feels strongly about the need to make our walking environment a hospitable place for pedestrians, I do not see that fine as overly punitive. Maybe the ticketed driver should just obey the rules of the road.
Comment by Ian I Shiff on October 27, 2010 at 9:02am
Craig - certain cases obviously don't deserve that level of punishment. There is no perfect system in place - but a system that does not punish anyone (the worst offenders) is not acceptable.
Comment by Kristin Kjaero on October 26, 2010 at 5:41pm
Ian, Russel. The red light study a few years back to which I referred was initiated by Mayor Madrid, in response to a fatality and the multiple of accidents that occurred because people were tearing down the slopes on Baltimore trying to beat the light at Fletcher Parkway/I-8 entrance.

You would need to verify this, but if I recollect correctly, there was a discussion whether red light cameras actually cause more accidents because people jam on their breaks and get rear ended instead.
Comment by Craig S. Maxwell on October 26, 2010 at 4:55pm
Ian,
So you think that my sister (and others in her place) deserve to be fined $465.00? Is that what you call just, or "needed" punishment ?

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