Huntington Beach Interim Police Chief Resigns Amid Infighting on Police Reform

As the election nears, police reform has become a central issue in the Huntington Beach City Council race, with some candidates planning to reallocate police funding and implement reforms if elected. The issue has also split the current city council, and political infighting led Huntington Beach Interim Police Chief Kelly Rodriguez to resign on Oct. 22. Rodriguez was appointed as interim chief on Oct. 13 when the former chief, Robert Handy, announced his retirement. “I have loved being part of this amazing Police Department and had been looking forward to serving as the Acting Chief. However, there is an unhealthy level of divisiveness right now in the department, and I have no desire to be thrust into the middle of political fights that are currently occurring,” Rodriguez said in a joint statement with City Manager Oliver Chi on Oct 22. Chi told The Epoch Times, “I’ve asked her to stay, and told her I’d fight alongside her, but she doesn’t want to be part of the political fighting that’s happening.” Councilmember Erik Peterson told The Epoch Times he’s disappointed by the announcement. “I know for a fact there are councilmembers that are trying to push her out,” Peterson told The Epoch Times, mentioning Councilmember Kim Carr, who could not be reached for comment. “I’m a little ticked off, I’m a little upset because … You can talk to some of the lieutenants and captains: she [Rodriguez] is the best law enforcement example out there. She’s just honest, fair, a leader. She’s just a great, great person,” Peterson said. In an email to the Huntington Beach Police Department, Rodriguez said her last day will be Nov. 13. “I was notified that some of the City Council members would prefer a different interim while they look for a permanent replacement. I was offered the separation incentive and chose to accept it,” Rodriguez said in the email. A Change.org petition to keep Rodriguez in her position began circulating shortly after the announcement was made. Mailers Rodriguez’s resignation comes just a week after a mailer was sent out by Cal Pacific, a Huntington Beach Political Action Committee (PAC), depicting city council candidates Oscar Rodiguez, Natalie Moser, and Dan Kalmick as radicals who would bring Portland-like chaos to Huntington Beach. “The Huntington Beach Police Officers WARN Don’t Let Radical Politicians Turn Huntington Beach Into Portland,” the mailer said, referring to the arson, looting, and vandalism, that followed protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in police custody. The three candidates are endorsed by the Democratic Party of Orange County (DPOC), which has published on its website a resolution to support Black Lives Matter, including a statement that, “The Democratic Party of Orange County affirms its expectation for civilian oversight boards with subpoena and investigatory powers, overhauls in standards of use of force, the demilitarization of police agencies, the reevaluation of large allocations of city budgets for public safety …” In addition, the DPOC “will follow up with endorsed candidates in the 2021 calendar year to ensure endorsed elected officials have made good faith attempts to pass the above priorities.” The Epoch Times reached out to the three candidates but did not hear back by press deadline. The recent mailer had the stamp of approval from the Police Management Association (PMA), who endorsed candidates Gracey Van Der Mark, Tito Ortiz, and Casey McKeon. “We endorsed candidates that we felt best represented the character, selfless service, the values of men and women … and not based on any special interest,” PMA President David David Dereszynski told The Epoch Times. Dereszynski said he’s worried the Democrat-endorsed candidates will push for taking “away resources that will have a direct impact on the efficiency and effectiveness of our employees on how we deal with issues in the community.” The police department’s budget totals to about $80 million of the city’s $359 million total budget. “The department has a history of being flexible and reallocating resources as the community needs, so we feel that there’s plenty of that oversight already built in there,” Dereszynski said. “We don’t need certain factions to come in and essentially disrupt the systems that have been in place.” Pat Garcia leads Cal Pacific and serves on the planning commission alongside Kalmick. He told The Epoch Times, “He’s a really nice guy, you know, personally, but his politics are way far left.” He said the mailer was “in response to all the negative ads we’ve seen for the last 10–15 years, because the opposition keeps running negative ads.” Cal Pacific sent The Epoch Times a mailer from 2018 funded by the Huntington Beach Police Officers Association (POA), another local police union at odds in many ways with the PMA. PMA represents represents nine lieutenants and three captains, while POA represents 264 rank-and-file officers, along with other law enforcement staff. The 2018 POA mailer called then-candidates Ron Sterud and Erik Peterson “Extremists” who “Are Threatening Our Economy And Safety.” The POA has endorsed Kalmick, one of the targets of the PMA/Cal Pacific mailer, along with former mixed martial arts fighter, Tito Ortiz. City Attorney Questioned Huntington Beach City Attorney Michael Gates was questioned by the Orange County Register after records showed his wife donated $1,000 to Cal Pacific. It was a question of ethics for someone in a non-partisan public office to make, albeit indirect, political contributions. Gates told The Epoch Times that his wife’s donation was made weeks before the mailer was sent out and she had no knowledge how the money would be used. He supports her decision, which was intended to support the PMA. “I do work for the police department. I represent them in all their cases, so I totally, fully support our Huntington Beach Police Department 1,000 percent, but I didn’t want to get involved, politically, in the council candidate race, and so I chose not to donate,” Gates told The Epoch Times. “I have not endorsed any candidates and notably, I haven’t spoken out against any candidates, and there’s some of my detractors, including some of the people feeding the Orange County Register information, [that have] said that I’m part of this negative ad,” Gates said. Gates said he will work with whomever gets elected and that he’s worked well with both Republicans and Democrats.

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Anti-Cop Rioters Throw Fireworks, Bricks, Bottles at Rhode Island Police

Rioters in Providence, Rhode Island, threw fireworks, bricks, rocks, and bottles at police officers, according to the police commissioner and a state police investigator. The objects struck at least five officers and sent one to the hospital. Protesters took to the streets of Providence following an incident on Sunday where a moped being pursued by police crashed and left the

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Connecticut Republicans Launch ‘Hero’ Ad Targeting Democrat Anti-Police Law

The Connecticut Republican Party launched an ad Tuesday that targets a bill, passed by the Democrat-led legislature, that has posed dramatic changes in the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve. The ad, titled “Hero,” has been released two weeks before Election Day and seeks to alert Connecticut citizens the bill, signed into law by Democrat Gov. Ned Lamont

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Women's March: 'Defunding the Police Is a Feminist Issue'

“Defunding the police is a feminist issue,” declares the Women’s March website, which frames law enforcement as pathologized by “systemic racism.” The organization includes dedicated documents advising its political allies on how best to organize towards this end. The organization’s homepage has a “Defund the Police” section providing the following the message: The Women’s March is proud to support

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Charles Barkley on ‘defund police’: Who are you going to call?

NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley has been outspoken about politics since hitting the sports commentator scene. Sometimes he sides with the left. Sometimes he sides with the right. Either way, he sides with whichever side jibes with his logic and worldview. In the case of efforts to defund police, his worldview puts him on the right side of the debate. According to The Blaze: NBA legend Charles Barkley says he is not a fan of the political movement pushing for the defunding of police departments, arguing Thursday that pulling officers off the streets would hurt lower income black communities the most while asking, “Who are black people supposed to call? Ghostbusters?” “We have to really be careful,” Barkley said on TNT’s NBA “Tip-Off” show, “I hear these fools on tv talking about ‘defund the police’ and things like that. We need police reform, prison reform, and things like that. Because you know who ain’t going to defund the cops? White neighborhoods and rich neighborhoods.” When he’s right, he’s right. In this case, there is no doubt that those who want to defund police either don’t understand how criminals work or are criminals themselves. Kudos to Charles Barkley on this issue. COVID-19 may take down an independent news outlet Nobody said running a media site would be easy. We could use some help keeping this site afloat. Colleagues have called me the worst fundraiser ever. My skills are squarely rooted on the journalistic side of running a news outlet. Paying the bills has never been my forte, but we’ve survived. We have ads on the site that help, but since the site’s inception this has been a labor of love that otherwise doesn’t bring in the level of revenue necessary to justify it. When I left a nice, corporate career in 2017, I did so knowing I wouldn’t make nearly as much money. But what we do at NOQ Report to deliver the truth and fight the progressive mainstream media narrative that has plagued this nation is too important for me to sacrifice it for the sake of wealth. We know we’ll never make a ton of money this way, and we’re okay with that. Things have become harder with the coronavirus lockdowns. Both ad money and donations that have kept us afloat for a while have dropped dramatically. We thought we could weather the storm, but the so-called “surge” or “2nd-wave” that mainstream media and Democrats are pushing has put our prospects in jeopardy. In short, we are now in desperate need of financial assistance. The best way NOQ Report readers can help is to donate. Our Giving Fuel page makes it easy to donate one-time or monthly. Alternatively, you can donate through PayPal as well. We need approximately $11,500 to stay afloat for the rest of 2020, but more would be wonderful and any amount that brings us closer to our goal is greatly appreciated. The second way to help is to become a partner. We’ve strongly considered seeking angel investors in the past but because we were paying the bills, it didn’t seem necessary. Now, we’re struggling to pay the bills. This shouldn’t be the case as our traffic the last year has been going up dramatically. June, 2018, we had 11,678 visitors. A year later in June, 2019, we were up to 116,194. In June, 2020, we had 614,192. We’re heading in the right direction and we believe we’re ready talk to patriotic investors who want to not only “get in on the action” but more importantly who want to help America hear the truth. Interested investors should contact me directly with the contact button above. Election year or not, coronavirus lockdowns or not, anarchic riots or not, the need for truthful journalism endures. But in these times, we need as many conservative media voices as possible. Please help keep NOQ Report going. Check out the NEW NOQ Report Podcast. American Conservative Movement Join fellow patriots as we form a grassroots movement to advance the cause of conservatism. The coronavirus crisis has prompted many, even some conservatives, to promote authoritarianism. It’s understandable to some extent now, but it must not be allowed to embed itself in American life. We currently have 8000+ patriots with us in a very short time. If you are interested, please join us to receive updates.

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Seattle’s Self-Destruct: From Firing Cops to Hiring Pimps

Please respect our republishing guidelines - Click Here Despite violence and protests, despite warnings from the government and vetoes from the mayor, the Seattle City Council went ahead with its plans to defund the police. Crime in the Emerald City has skyrocketed since the death of George Floyd in May. Seattle even endured a siege of several city blocks by Black Lives Matter and Antifa. Still, the lawmakers deemed it necessary to further hamper the ability of law enforcement to protect the people. Mayor Jenny Durkan, a Democrat, vetoed three anti-cop bills, but the council overturned two of them unanimously and the third with a 7-2 majority. The bills reduce the wages of higher-ranking police officials and remove about 100 people from the police department. The mayor claimed that cutting officers from the force goes against the city’s plans to become more diverse: “If Council wanted to actually seek salary savings for this year or fully realize layoffs, it would require us to cut sworn officers, which would mean losing our newest and most diverse hires that we have worked so hard to bring on board (37% are diverse), particularly when we had been consistently advised by legal counsel and the City’s Labor Relations Director that cutting these officers could not be avoided by ‘out of order’ layoffs by November, as the legislation assumes.” Seattle is also swarming with homeless people. The council cut the Navigation Team as well, which is responsible for dealing with the homelessness problem. As Durkan explained, this will severely restrict “the City’s ability to move people out of homelessness and deal with encampments for the rest of this year.” Is it a coincidence that this vote comes on the heels of the Trump administration’s announcement that Seattle, Portland, and New York City have been declared “anarchist jurisdictions”? Such a move could mean withholding federal funding to these cities, which has Seattle lawmakers practically foaming at the mouth. Andre Taylor On top of defunding the police, the council has also hired a convicted pimp to act as the city’s “street czar” and come up with “alternatives to policing” – and they’re paying him $150,000 a year! Andre Taylor, who once went by the name “Gorgeous Dre,” was convicted of seven prostitution-related counts and sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison back in 2000, of which he served a little over one. In 2016, his brother, Che Taylor, was killed by Seattle police, and the activist said he was going to the city to seek justice. “I’m here to go to war,” he said at the time. “I will be unrelenting to get justice for my little brother.” Now, in his new role for the city, the activist told KOMO News: “Me, as a Black man has the right to be paid for my genius or for whatever my organization can provide. Black people as a whole have not been in a place to be compensated for their genius or their work for a very, very long time.” It certainly seems trendy for Democrat-led cities to rid the population of trained and professional law enforcement officers. But must we now replace them with convicted criminals while the streets run wild with violence, looting, and rioting? ~ Read more from Kelli Ballard.

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