Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Anti-Gang Flyer Distributed By Police Union In Escondido, California Triggers Hysterical Cries Of "Racism" From The Usual Latino Suspects
On March 16th, 2009, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that anti-gang flyers distributed locally under the auspices of the Escondido Police Officers Association during the weekend of March 14-15 are triggering hysterical cries of "Racism!" from some of the usual suspects.
Story also covered by KGTV Channel 10 and XETV Channel 6, both in San Diego. Discussion on the Vanguard News Network Forum.
About 17,000 Escondido residents woke up over the weekend to a full-color four-page flyer in their mailboxes with five heavily tattooed gang members flashing gang signs on the cover (one page of the flyer is displayed above). Above and below them a message in large type says: “On the streets, gang members now outnumber Escondido police officers by almost 6 to 1 ... Why isn't the City Council putting your safety first?”
Inside, the flyer contends that violent crime and theft is “sharply on the rise”, threatening levels “not seen in a decade” and cites the number of gang members, gang associates, sex offenders and parolees in the city. It says the base pay of the city's 158 police officers is the second lowest in the county, and that officers are leaving for other departments. It asks residents to attend a council meeting scheduled for Wednesday March 18th to “tell your council members and city manager exactly how you feel about their putting your community at risk”.
The full flyer can be viewed HERE in PDF format.
The central issue is a labor dispute between the police officers' union and the city. The city wants the union to agree to a suspension of city contribution to 401(k) plans, a suspension of automatic pay raises and pay increases for additional training, all of which the union rejects, as part of citywide budget-cutting. The labor dispute arose from Escondido's budget deficit. In the fall of 2008, the city projected a $7.4 million shortfall in its $82 million general fund budget, and made service and employee benefit cuts early this year to narrow the gap to $1.7 million. But sales tax revenue has continued to decline, and the gap has widened to $3.8 million.
Update: On March 18th, the City Council voted 4-1 to impose the city's financial proposal upon the police.
But local Latino supremacists and their sockpuppets are crying "Racism"! Bill Flores, a member of El Grupo, a so-called Latino "advocacy" group, said he found the gang picture on the Internet. In a news release, El Grupo denounced the police union, saying that "the flyer is replete with fear-mongering, falsehoods, innuendo and misinterpretations”, and demanded an apology.
City Councilwoman Olga Diaz joined the chorus. “The appearance they left is that they are willing to scare residents so they will side on behalf of the police for the money. The tactics they used raised an element of race baiting. They have intertwined the issue of race into a discussion that should only have included money”, said Diaz. And City Councilman Dick Daniels chimed in. “It's fear-mongering. This city continues to be safely policed. I'm not totally surprised, but disappointed. I wonder where that central casting (gang members) came from”, whined Daniels.
But another local Latino, Mike Guerrero, rebuts this criticism. Guerrero, who is president of the Escondido Police Officer Association, which commissioned the flyer, explained why he didn't use local gangbangers in the flyer. “We didn't use local gang members for a reason – I do not want to embolden local gang members,” Guerrero said. The picture used also appears on various websites, one of which describes those in the picture as Los Angeles gang members from El Salvador.
Guerrero also defended the use of Latino gang members, saying it's because the city's gangs are predominantly Latino. “It seems Mr. Flores [of El Grupo] is continuing his effort to cause a racial issue that does not exist. When crime continues to rise (in bad economic times), to cut public safety while sitting on a pile of money is not the best choice”, Guerrero explained.
In addition, Guerrero defended the statistics in the flyer, saying they were collected from the police department, parole agencies and Megan's Law sex offender registries. However, some are contradicted by other statistics. The FBI's annual crime report released in January, for example, said violent crime in Escondido dropped 24.5 percent in the first six months of 2008 and and property crime decreased 4 percent. In addition, Mayor Lori Holt Pfeiler also said in this year's state of the city speech that Escondido's crime rate dropped 30 percent last year.
According to City-Data.com, Escondido, on I-15 just north of San Diego and east of Carlsbad, has a 2007 population of 136,246, with 51 percent White and 39 percent Latino.
Analysis: This is yet another example of an occupation government imposed on the local citizenry. Comments posted to the news stories indicate the citizenry thinks 180 degrees differently than the city council. City council members are so afraid of being considered "racist" that they will sacrifice public safety for the sake of "diversity".
Particularly impressive is the reach and manner of distribution. Of course, the Escondido Police Officers Association is cash-flush and can afford to purchase mailing lists and pay for mass-mailings. Our organizations, like the Nationalist Coalition, the National Socialist Movement, and North East White Pride, do not have access to such resources, so they must use driveway distribution.
If you would like our organizations to use more sophisticated techniques, perhaps you could choose to contribute time, talent, or finances to them so they can strike out more dramatically. Or you can choose to contribute your money to a washed-up, knuckle-dragging has-been who defines "activism" as offering porn for sale via his blog, and who will invariably take down his radio show in a fit of pique once again in six months, as he has done so often in the past.