The last couple of APOA presidents have brought on much disgrace to the Association. For example, one Past President is accused of embezzling money not only directly from the Association, but from fundraisers as well. Another Past President (and current APOA Manager), has been accused of using the APOA money to help his "buddies". For example, there are allegations that he used APOA money to fly fellow officers to Arkansas to help with their criminal charges. Also, he is accused of using APOA money to pay for Calibers Memberships for his friends (civilian and not police officers).
The latest allegation against current APOA President, Joey (Filberto) Sigala, is mind boggling. As many of you know, the APOA was kicked out of the APD Main Police Station. BCSO offered FREE space to Joey in order to give the APOA a meeting area. Joey and his best friend, aka Vice-President, began looking at property to buy. They were unable to locate a building to purchase, so they jumped into a rental building. These two signed a year long lease at $2000 a month WITHOUT the approval of board members, let alone the general membership. What is even more alarming is that Joey and Flip signed a lease and never showed it to the union attorney prior to signing the lease. Even though a Judge ruled that they could conduct Union business on city time, the APOA is paying Joey an additional $36,000 a year and Flip (Felipe) an extra $24,000 a year. That is IN ADDITION to their APD City pay. Ron Olivas (Past President) has been hired at a rate of approximately $40,000 a year (again without full permission from board OR membership). Joey and Flip CHOSE to be in their positions. At a recent executive meeting, Joey made all of the representatives attend a full day meeting on a Saturday. No one was compensated to attend (except Joey and Flip).
Joey recently purchased a high dollar desktop MAC computer for the secretary. There was no need to purchase such a high dollar item, in fact the old computer is set up at the APOA office. Joey also purchased BRAND NEW iPHONES for himself and Flip. There was nothing wrong with their cellular phones, Joey just felt the need to spend YOUR money yet again. Another computer was purchased to allow for the construction of the APOA newsletter. A newsletter that is no longer around, however the newsletter creator has been able to keep the computer for his own personal use.
Joey and Flip have gone on numerous trips throughout the year. We want to know why they seem it is so necessary to go on trips together. Why does a Union President and Vice President have to be gone at the same time and why do they need to go on so many costly training trips? Lastly, and perhaps the most questionable is the purchase of a pool table. Joey purchased the pool table and yet again asked no permission. The pool table is conveniently housed at his residence. The pool table was purchased with YOUR money. We believe that a full audit needs to be conducted and Joey and Flip need to be removed. Bottom line, are you getting your moneys worth?
The Piercing Truth
This is right from the dictionary and seems to describe Albuquerque, Berry and Schultz. Fascism (f ash ,izem) noun An authoritarian right wing system of government and/or social organization. (in general use) extreme right wing, authoritarian, chauvinistic and/or intolerant views or practices. Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one group over another, national, ethnic, especially social strata or monetarily; a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach. Compliments of one of our Eyes