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UPDATE: South Gate Police Associations Endorse Incumbents in Council Race

The South Gate municipal election is set to take place in early March.

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UPDATE at 12:23 p.m. on February 7, 2013: The South Gate Police Management Association, the union representing SGPD officers with a the rank of sergeant or higher, has also decided to endorse the incumbents. 

The Police Officers Association, the union representing non-management officers of the South Gate Police Department (SGPD), has informed Patch about their endorsements for the up and coming city council election.

“[On Tuesday] morning I called each of the candidates and personally thanked them for their input,” said Detective Heriberto Gutierrez, who serves as the president of the South Gate POA, in an email to Patch. “I also informed [Vice-Mayor Gil Hurtado] and [Mayor Bill De Witt] that they would be receiving the Police Officer's Association's endorsement.” 

Recently the POA interviewed all three of the candidates and had them answer a written questionnaire. The responses by each candidate to the latter will be published in the next few days by Patch. 

Gutierrez stated that the POA decided to back the candidates that it, “felt would continue to positively impact the City of South Gate.”

The election will take place on March 5th and only two of the three candidates will have the privilege of serving as councilmembers.

The POA also reached out to candidate Ricardo Reyes to let him know of their decision.

“I reached out to Rick Reyes and informed him that we would not be endorsing him,” said Gutierrez.  “He was understanding of the POA's decision.” 

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Hector Huezo February 06, 2013 at 07:05 PM
Did the POA release a statement as to why they made their decision? I'd like a link or update to that regard.
Mary C February 07, 2013 at 01:00 AM
I as well am supporting our Incumbents, I feel that we are heading in the right direction and no reason to think it twice, we have a GOOD City Council and want to maintain as is. There is no question on the involvment and dedication OUR CURRENT COUNCIL in OUR COMMUNITY and working to improve OUR QUALITY OF LIFE. They have been their for Our Community through Our difficult times and have proven to continue to fight for Our Community.
Mary C February 07, 2013 at 01:01 AM
I as well am supporting our Incumbents, I feel that we are heading in the right direction and no reason to think it twice, we have a GOOD City Council and want to maintain as is. There is no question on the involvment and dedication OUR CURRENT COUNCIL in OUR COMMUNITY and working to improve OUR QUALITY OF LIFE. They have been their for Our Community through Our difficult times and have proven to continue to fight for Our Community.
Allen C. Treen February 07, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Don't ask Patch; ask the City Clerk's office.
greenandtansuckingmedry February 08, 2013 at 12:42 PM
MY VOTE IS FOR REYES! I am a new resident to South Gate, and regret moving here because of the lack of leadership and vision the city's council demonstrate. The city is ran by the South Gate Police Officer's Association and the 5 member city council. Before you judge my statement ask yourselves these questions: Why are SG residents paying more tax than Beverly Hills? Are our pockets overflowing with cash to spare? Why did the city agree to pay for all roadway and infrastructure improvements for the Atlantic/Firestone retail project? DIdn't the council learn it's lession from the Gonzalez Chrysler Dealership and Lovillo Ford Dealership incidents? The city forked over loans to these companies which resulted in losses beacuse these companies are no longer in business. Why did the council pay MILLIONS of $$$ in lawsuits to former harassed SGPD officers and yet did nothing to fire or demote those responsible. As a matter of fact some of those same officers harassed sued again and won their case again. No amount of impounds or grants could ever pay for all those big money lawsuits. Did the city council forget about El Paseo (Looks like a ghost town)?
greenandtansuckingmedry February 08, 2013 at 01:15 PM
Can the city continue to afford the incompetent senior leadership and lawsuit crazy SGPD officers? My guess is that the residents will wake up soon and contract out for police services. It's cheaper and helps eliminate our deficit not to mentioned agencies like LASD provide resources SGPD can't complete with, (Except for New Charger Patrol Vehicles, hey I thought SG has a deficit?) I'm surprised the city operates with a $6.5 million deficit overhead. Maybe the residents of SG will pay for that with another sales tax increase or utility users tax? Why are SG residents not demanding accountability or a recall of the council? If you have doubts about my statements become informed and make an educated choice on election day, search the LA Times, YouTube, blogs, and even the city's own web site for the information that will guide you to a logical choice. Our vote counts only when we are well informed and not ignorant. Don't follow the opinion of others. Learn the facts as I did. When I researched how poorly managed SG has become even after Albert Robles reign, I was shocked and disgusted. Look at where the previous SG city manager is now and what he did for Pico Rivera. I have no doubt in my mind that SG need new leadership to do away with the status quo. The way I see, the last remaining old council had there chance at executing leadership but fail short when they allowed the SGPD POA to bully and intimidate them.
Cynthia February 09, 2013 at 12:27 AM
I agree with greenandtansuckingmedry, with the part about doing research and making a logical choice. Do look at the history of why the lawsuits happened, look at the minutes of the past Council Meetings, and talk to some of the people who helped with the recall of Albert Robles and then vote for the two most qualified candidates----Gil Hurtado and Bill De Witt.
Fabian Mejia February 09, 2013 at 08:53 AM
Congratulations to the incumbents. A POA endorsement speaks volumes. Public safety should be one of our top priorities. Lawsuits, deficits, and difficult business decisions/agreements are part of public administration. The key is foresight. Our council did not raise our taxes. Our tax rate is a bit higher because WE THE PEOPLE voted on & passed a law permitting increased taxes.
Tom February 10, 2013 at 08:30 AM
I too agree with greenandtansuckingmedry and Cynthia. I will be voting for Ricardo Reyes. I think Reyes' record of service to his community and country speaks for it's self. I know the residents of South Gate will benefit from his strong leadership and good judgement. A SGPD Police Officers Association endorsement means nothing to me. In the ten 20 yrs I've lived in South Gate, I have personally seen the credibility of SGPD go down hill fast. With the past and most recent lawsuits as an example and all the alligations of officers not being united. I have lost all faith in that broken disfunctional pd.
Cynthia February 14, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Tom, you read my post wrong I will NOT be voting for Rick Reyes. I will be voting for Gil Hurtado and Bill Dewitt. I have been involved as a volunteer for different programs in the City for many years, I've seen both Mr. Hurtado and Mr. De Witt give hours of their time (before they were on Council) to the Community. I saw how hard they worked on the recall. What I said I on post is do research on why the lawsuits happened look at the past minutes of Council meeting. And then vote for Gil Hurtado and Bill Dewitt, the Best choice for South Gate.
Cynthia March 01, 2013 at 12:38 AM
Tom, I have one question for you, what service to the community?

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