The anti-pension initiative is off the ballot in Ventura County! Congrats, and thank you for being part of this fight and standing ready for all the challenges yet to come. #solidarity

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Saying it would be a "waste of public resources" to put it on the ballot, Ventura County Superior Court Judge Kent Kellegrew has ordered the removal of the ballot measure that would have switched new workers to 401ks off the ballot in that county. 

John Arnold's group had contributed $150,000 to this effort, and it was spearheaded by Supervisor Peter Foy, who directs the Koch Brothers "Americans for Prosperity" chapter in California.

PORAC was fully behind our brothers and sisters in Ventura fighting against this unfair initiative. We couldn't be happier to relay this message. Congratulations everyone!

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VCDSA is proud to sponsor VCDSA spouse Melanie Lindsey as she puts her hair on the line to raises money to beat pediatric cancer. Melanie shaved her locks 4 years ago and with the help of VCDSA and other supporters, raised almost $40,000 to wage war on cancer. She is doing it again on March 14, 2014! Come out to the event, donate to the event, or even become a shavee. Click the link below to find out more and join VCDSA to do your part beat childhood cancer. Click here


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The Retiree Medical Reimbursement Trust (RMT) provides reimbursement for qualified insurance premiums for over 300 eligible VCDSA retirees.  In order to receive reimbursement, the retiree must complete a Claim Form. This important form, along with the 2013 Annual Statements, are now available under "News & Resources: What's New".

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On May 6, 2013, members of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office and Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office honored their fallen law enforcement brothers and sisters at the California Peace Officers Memorial ceremony in Sacramento.

From left to right, they are: Sergeant Eric Hatlee, Deputy Shawn Holzberger, Deputy Kevin Kipp, Sergeant Randy Watkins, Sr. Deputy Joe Mulrooney, Sr. Deputy Tony Sanders, Detective Chris Corbett, Deputy Victor Flores and Captain Bill Ayub

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Some of you might be wondering what, exactly, is “the Cup?” While others among us know what it is and tend to view the Allan Heersche Memorial Cup as the sacred property of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.  However, each year the cup becomes the property of the fastest Baker to Vegas team from among all of the agencies in Ventura County. The cup was established by VCDSA in 2003, in memory of VCSO Sgt. Allan Heersche, who lost his battle to cancer early in life, and also to honor all of our brothers and sisters in law enforcement who have left us far too early.

Jason Havelka and Mario Molina present the VCDSA Board with the Sgt. Allan Heersche Memorial Trophy, retained in the Baker-to-Vegas Relay this year when the VSO Alpha Team posted its fastest-ever time and finished 21st out of all 260 teams competing

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On March 16, 2013, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office competed against the Ventura County Fire Department in a Charity Basketball Game sponsored by the Kiwanis Key Club.  Dubbed “The Give Back Game,” the event was hosted at Thousand Oaks High School and emphasized sportsmanship and friendly competition amongst public safety professionals.   All of the proceeds from the ticket sales went to benefit the Conejo Valley Food Bank.  All of the participants had a great time volunteering for this honorable cause.  The players represented law enforcement and the VCDSA well by defeating our Fire Department rivals by a final score of 71-35.  VCDSA supported the effort by donating association shirts that were worn during the game. 

Names of players from left to right.  Deputy Chad Bourget, Senior Deputy Todd Welty, Deputy Tyler Ebell, Deputy Cameron Henderson, Sergeant Eric Hatlee, Sergeant Mark Franke, Deputy Jerry Lopez. 

Photo and Article Credit: Sgt. Mark Franke

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VCDSA continued its proud tradition of charitable donations during the 2013 calendar year by donating over $48,000 to many worthy causes. Once again, VCDSA was able to provide financial support to over 100 different groups that provide a broad-range of assistance, essential programs, activities and services, the majority of them for citizens right here in Ventura County.

VCDSA members have a right to be proud about their Association’s charitable activities, which are reflected in a combined total of over $650,000 donated back to the community in the last 13 years. VCDSA charitable giving is another way we help demonstrate that the men and women of this Association truly care about the communities in which they work, and the citizens whom they serve.

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The Annual Battle of the Badges was another success! Cops and Firefighters raised over $18,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oxnard & Port Hueneme.

 

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In November 2012, members of the Sheriff’s Military Affairs Committee prepared and shipped out 20 care packages to Sheriff’s staff, family, and members of local law enforcement agencies who were deployed over the holidays.  The Ventura County Deputy Sheriff’s Association generously donated Sheriff’s t-shirts with the care packages.

The Sheriff’s Office continues to receive cards & letters of thanks and emails from overseas by the members of our deployed law enforcement family. 

Army First Sergeant Gilbert Zavala (son of Sheriff’s Fingerprint Technician Penny Zavala), attached to Special Forces stationed in the Philippines, emailed his thanks to the Sheriff’s Office for the care package he received.  He proudly sent the above picture to us from the Philippines, displaying the Ventura County Sheriff’s t-shirt as he stood in a rainforest.

A recent “thank you” card was sent by Scott Quamme of the Navy.  Click on Thank You Card to view.

A big thanks for all of the donations and to all of those on the Military Affairs Committee who have taken time to reach out to our deployed military members.

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Members of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Honor Guard and VCDSA Board of Directors in Sacramento to honor California’s fallen peace officers at the 2012 California Peace Officers’ Memorial.  From left to right: Deputy Cameron Henderson, Sgt Cecil Valenti, Sgt Dave Wareham, Sgt Randy Watkins, SR Dep Tony Sanders, Dep James Gray, Dep Brian Woodworth, Dep Shawn Holzberger.

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Support the POAVC (Peace Officers Association of Ventura County) Memorial Paver Project. This important project is a fundraiser for the Ventura Peace Officers Memorial to permanently dedicate your personal thanks and recognition for the sacrifices of the fallen in the form of a brick paver. You can purchase any number of bricks inscribed with your message of approx. 39 character max. Contact Matt Findlay for details at 805-509-0124. Paver donations are $300, $400 or $500. Paver donations are tax deductible and the proceeds of this fundraiser will be used to offset the cost of maintaining the memorial in perpetuity. This is a limited, one-time opportunity.

              

Steve Silver has been VCDSA’s principal labor counsel for many years, and is recognized throughout the State of California as an expert in public safety labor issues, and in public pension and retirement issues.  Steve was lead counsel in the litigation brought by VCDSA that came to be known as the  “Ventura Decision,” which benefited tens of thousands of public employees statewide.

Many of Steve’s clients have been asking questions about the current anti-pension rhetoric and proposed legislation and ballot initiatives targeting hard-won retirement benefits. These are retirement benefits that represent a modest level of future security for public employees, and they are under attack. Please click on the button below to read Steve’s appraisal of these pension attacks and what they could mean to you.

Sr. Deputy Michael Houlihan died from a sudden heart attack at his home on Sunday, January 29th, 2006.  VCDSA has established a bank account in his name to provide financial support to Mike's family during their time of need.  You can provide financial support at any branch of the Ventura County Credit Union or mail to:

VCDSA-Mike Houlihan Memorial Fund

VCCU Account# 1011920

Ventura County Credit Union

PO Box 6920

Ventura, CA 93006-6920

(805) 477-4000

 

Deputy Robert Bornet died in a car accident in November, 2006 in Ventura. A fund has been established by VCDSA at the Ventura County Credit Union to assist the Bornet family in their time of loss and VCDSA has made an initial deposit of $5,000 into the account. Those interested may send donations payable to:

 

VCDSA-Robert Bornet Fund

VCCU Account# 1046280
Ventura County Credit Union
P.O. Box 6920
Ventura, California 93006-6920
(805) 477-4000

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