San Gabriel police officers association opposes new police building

SAN GABRIEL, CA &#8211 The City Council Wednesday voted unanimously to move forward with plans for a new police department and public works facility.

The decision, made after an extensive staff presentation during a council study session, comes amid protests from the San Gabriel Police Officers’ Association.

The POA, along with the Police Management Association and the Firefighters’ Association opposes the move because of the financial strain the $36.5 million project would place on the city.

Detective Fabian Valdez, the POA president, spoke during public comment at the regular council meeting and earned applause from the meeting’s standing room only crowd.

“Right now is not the right time to incur additional debt,” Valdez said. “The council is disconnected from the community, reality and what is really needed.”

If approved, the completion goal for the public works building is Dec. 2013 and for the police department is Nov. 2015.

From The Pasadena Star-News.