For Immediate Release
February 12, 2018
Sacramento, CA – Today, the California Police Chiefs Association and the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC) stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Antonio Villaraigosa to endorse him for governor saying his public safety record tops all other candidates.
As Mayor of Los Angeles, Villaraigosa increased the Police Department to more than 10,000 sworn officers, promoted constitutional community policing and violent crime was reduced by nearly 50 percent. Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck credited Villaraigosa’s public safety strategy, which included expansion of the police force, anti-gang programs for at-risk youth and a successful effort to improve schools in low-income neighborhoods for helping to reduce crime in Los Angeles.
“During the Great Recession, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa stood strong and kept public safety a priority, which resulted in the violent crime rate lowering by nearly 50 percent under his watch,” Chief Edward Medrano, President of the California Police Chiefs Association and Chief of the Gardena Police Department. “He is the only candidate for governor who has earned the trust of law enforcement, and only Antonio Villaraigosa meets the standard that earns our endorsement and wholehearted support.”
In the state legislature, Villaraigosa co-authored some of the nation’s toughest gun control measures. Villaraigosa co-authored SB 23, prohibiting the manufacture or import of assault weapons in California. In addition, he co-authored AB 106, requiring all firearms sold or manufactured in the state to be accompanied by an approved trigger lock safety device and a warning. Villaraigosa also co-authored AB 295, creating the Gun Show Enforcement and Security Act of 2000, changing the laws regulating gun shows, gun-show promoters and vendors, obligating the promoter to notify law enforcement regarding specified details of the gun show.
“PORAC is backing Antonio Villaraigosa because we need leadership that is pragmatic, experienced, respected for its efficiency, and strong enough to inspire all of us that the days ahead will be a time of opportunity and hope for everyone,” said PORAC President Brian Marvel. “In our review process of the candidates, we were impressed that he has a history of creating coalitions and bringing individuals from varying interests together.
“A safe community requires a strong partnership based on trust with the men and women who put their lives on the line to keep our families safe, and I am proud to have their trust,” said Antonio Villaraigosa. “These exemplary law enforcement organizations work to create safer neighborhoods for where our families live and work. I will support efforts to keep our communities safe so that we can foster economic growth in all regions of our state.”
The California Police Chiefs Association (Cal Chiefs) represents the state’s municipal police chiefs whose agencies protect over 26 million Californians. Cal Chiefs advocates for sound policy on public safety issues at the state capitol and has an active government relations program. In addition to its committees that focus on emerging issues and provide resources and sample policies to its members, Cal Chiefs provides professional development and training to police chiefs and seconds in command throughout the state.
The Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC) was incorporated in 1953 as a professional federation of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. PORAC represents over 70,000 public safety members and over 930 associations, making it the largest law enforcement organization in California and the largest statewide association in the nation. PORAC’s duty is to provide Californians with the safety and security they need to feel protected in their homes and on our streets. It is PORAC’s mission to identify the public safety needs in communities and provide programs to adequately meet those changing needs.