On October 17, 2013, CSLEA President Alan Barcelona and CSLEA Chief Financial Officer Ricardo Sanchez met with California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom to discuss the many issues in California that concern CSLEA members, including the current and renewed attack on pensions.
"Our members go to work every day protecting the safety, health and pocketbooks of those who live, work and play in California," said Barcelona. "The fact that a group of very wealthy individuals wants to, once again, attack our members' pensions, and the pensions of the working class, is of great concern to me and the entire board of directors. Lt. Governor Newsom is also concerned about the working class and that pensions are protected."
In addition to protecting pensions, the three discussed the state of the state, issues surrounding law enforcement, public safety, consumer protection, water and the BART strike.
"It's important that we are able to discuss issues that are of concern to our members and talk about ways to improve their lives, on and off the job," said Barcelona. "We want to make sure our voices are heard. Our members are dedicated law enforcement, public safety and consumer protection professionals who deserve their pensions after a career protecting Californians. I thank Lt. Governor Newsom for having open and honest discussions with us."