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Monday, November 07, 2005

What happened on the POA TV commercial?

Got an interesting email from a reader that claims that a Detective Arroyo is wearing a Sargeant's uniform in the latest Police Association television commercial -- I haven't seen it so I cannot confirm this. As a Detective, she would be at a rank lower than Sargeant...officers cannot wear their badge in commercials by law -- I'm not sure about corresponding uniforms and their rank. I wonder what happened here -- there is probably a logical explanation. Anyone know what happened?

Update: Just saw the commercial on KEY News. Det. Arroyo definitely has Sargeant stripes on -- not sure I understand what the change in rank is about.

14 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

the poa have poa badges for just such political purposes...

11/07/2005 8:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fake uniforms deliberatly designed to look similar to the actual uniforms is a disgusting image, with this whole theme that their endorsed candidates will keep you safe, and the other candidates will let you get raped in the night. The County DSA started this four years ago.

An appearance of an actual uniform only slightly different from the real one is the same to the uneducated public as the actual uniform.

More directly illegal are the actual police officers, in real uniforms, on duty, I have seen and heard talking about their endorsed candidates, and talking trash about the other candidates when someone confronted them about all this while the cop was out in the field on duty, working, on the city clock.

Yes, I also have seen TV commercial with Detective Arroyo wearing a fake uniform with the sargeant stripes. At least that fake uniform did not have a shoulder patch deliberately the same shape and color of the actual uniform patch.

Just wear a jacket and necktie instead.

Of course this is anonymous, as the police with guns and authority will retaliate.

If these police employees have such a compelling message, they do not need to wear fake uniforms deliberately intended to fool the gullible public.

11/07/2005 11:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The POA automatic and annoyone telephone advertising also is happening.
The voice this time bemoaned that only five police officers were on duty tonight, a problem unless their endorsed candidates is elected "to keep you safe."

Of course, as correctly noted by the News-press editorial months ago, higher pay for the police actually leads to fewer police employees. Quite the contrary to the implied threat in the POA advertisement.

11/08/2005 12:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least the image of the POA was in one of their own ads. And now you guys are quoting Travis "Factswrong" to support your points? Incredible. By the time of your posts you people really need to grab the Tylenol PM and hit the sack.

11/08/2005 6:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if anonymous #2 would have been so offended had those adds been for his/her candidate? And are you implying you will get shot if you disagree? And that the public is stupid? As my nephew Napoleon says, "Idiot"!!!.

Uncle Rico

11/08/2005 8:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fake uniforms are disgusting no matter for which candidate, even the ones I like. And fearmongering messages that imply or outright say that the endorsed candidates will do something the other ones would not also is cheap and lame.

The police and firefighter unions really debase themselves for posing in fake uniforms intended to look like the real ones. Again, they should just dress up nice and look more credible that way, instead of such trickery.

11/08/2005 8:58 AM  
Anonymous a city watcher said...

Final campaign donations reported
(Tuesday's N-P, page A6:)

11/8/05

By JOSHUA MOLINA

NEWS-PRESS STAFF WRITER

Last-minute campaign contributions rolled in during the days just before the election.

City Councilwoman Iya Falcone has reported receiving nearly $10,000 in the last few days, according to financial documents at City Hall. Of that, a combined $2,000 came from developer William Levy and from his development company Chapala One.

Another $2,500 came from investor Wayne Siemens.

She received $1,000 donations from California Real Estate Political Action Committee, Santa Barbara Old Town Trolley, Scottco. Hospitality Inc., Friends of Lois Capps, and Jill Levy.

The other council incumbent, Roger Horton, received $1,000 from the California Real Estate Political Action Committee.

Candidate Grant House received $1,000 from the Santa Barbara Board of Realtors and $3,500 from the Service Employees International Union Local 620.

Santa Barbara Mayor Marty Blum also received $2,000 from the union on Oct. 28. Candidate Lanny Ebenstein collected $1,000 from Michael McAdams.

With the last-minute donations, Ms. Falcone has raised about $70,000 -- outspending all of her opponents -- in an attempt to hold on to her seat.

The last campaign finance filing period was Oct. 27; after that date, state law requires candidates to report all donations of $1,000 or more within 24 hours of receiving the donation.

Loretta Redd, Dianne Channing, Terry Tyler and Charles Quintero did not report any contributions in the last few days.

11/08/2005 8:59 AM  
Anonymous a city watcher said...

Now see what Travis chose to emphasize, the contributions by SEIU to Blum and House (and Horton) with nary a word about Entrada-Levy's gifts to Falcone, just a few pages earlier in the News-Opress!

What a surprise! And it makes one wonder whether Josh Molina will keep his job. Hope he belongs to a union that will fight for him if the push comes.

-------------------------

Is this thing over yet?

TRAVIS ARMSTRONG: ELECTION WATCH

11/8/05

*

TRAVIS ARMSTRONG: ELECTION WATCH

NEWS-PRESS STAFF WRITER

Checking the last-minute filing of campaign donations, you can learn a lot about what candidates think about the reputations of their patrons.

These filings can be a bit of political hiding the ball. Candidates ask the donors to delay writing the checks and hope people won't notice the cash. Why, for example, did Mayor Marty Blum and council wannabe Grant House get their donations from a controversial labor group, the Service Employees International Union, so late when the SEIU gave Councilman Roger Horton a $7,000 check a month earlier?

Political operatives also often use the donation filings, last minute or not, in selective ways to help or hurt a candidate.
..."

11/08/2005 9:11 AM  
Anonymous First District Streetfighter said...

A separate blog entry on campaign financing would be good, per some past postings, but sooooo hypocritical for editor Factswrong to highlight donations to the candidates he does not like, then ignore the obscenely huge budget for Falcone at more than $70K. And then SEIU is "controversial" but POA is not, per Factswrong.

But per the comment above, I also recall that editorial shortly after the bloody city council meeting last April, where Factswrong (right for a change) noted that by raising salaries for police, then the total funds available would shrink and fewer officers would be hired or not replaced. The same argument is by the opponents of the living minimum wage, noting the basic economic tenant that the higher the wage, the less money to go around so fewer total jobs.

11/08/2005 9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With all the money spent on this election, it seems like the Police PAC monies could have been better spent.

11/08/2005 11:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An audit should be done to ensure that no one was on company time. This should should include an audit of the e-mails that the POA transmited on the City's data base

11/09/2005 12:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the uniform deal is such an outrage, maybe this will finally prompt the Slugger into remvoing the picture of her with the "Monster McGrew" in his faux uniform from her website.

11/10/2005 8:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fake uniforms deliberatly to fool unknowing voters is sleazy regardless of which candidate benefits from it.

Really high integrity would be in any candiate who refuses to appear in photos with all those fake and deliberatly misleading uniforms.

The bigger dissapointment is that web site for Slugger is so old and obsolete.

11/11/2005 10:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the uniform "fake" if the person wearing actually does the job? It is against the law for them to appear in uniforms the agency paid for. So they appear in uniforms they have bought that reflect the work they actually do. It also stops candidates they oppose from playing the public safety card which they certainly would do. When candidates appear in photos taken on the dais, looking decisive or thoughtful, are they too fakes? Especially when they are neither decisive or thoughtful? Of course they are. Candidates and their consultants and fans seem to find it less sleazy the closer they get to being able to use those public safety images in their own advertising. I'll bet if you asked the Cops or Fire they don't get a lot of people refusing to be in the pictures. I could be wrong.....Naaaah.

11/11/2005 6:58 PM  

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