How did this happen?

Published: 2/24/2017

 How did this happen?

I guess I just have to ask how did this happen? How did a known gang member with a significant criminal record get back onto the street? How did he obtain a weapon? Of course I’m talking about the two Whittier police officers who were gunned down earlier this week. Last week we heard from Captain Nunez about the impact State laws have had on the uptick in crime, and now we’ve seen the consequences. 

In California, we only have ourselves to blame. We are a different breed in this state, one who often looks for the good of the few instead of the good of the many. Maybe that’s admirable. Maybe it’s naive. We have a governor and legislature that has been happy to balance the State’s budget on the backs of local communities. As my father would say, it’s all coming home to roost now. Criminals are back on the street as it’s just too expensive to keep them in jail, and many crimes that used to be serious and felonies are considered lesser crimes. This all gives career criminals an open season to steal and cause business owners’ and resident’s heartache. Something has to change.

Okay, I’m taking a deep breath and counting to ten…better now. Did you know we are only about ten weeks away from the 37th Annual Fiesta on the Fairways Golf Classic? Don’t miss out on this year’s event, where a portion of the proceeds will help the Safe Surrender Scholarship Fund – pioneered by former L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe. We already know that Desmond Thompson from Lexus of Cerritos has committed serving as the Hole-in-One Sponsor again this year. So you can both benefit a great cause and potentially win a new car – all in the same day! RSVP here.




Scott Smith 

PS – If you want to help the family of fallen Whittier PD Officer Boyer:

The Whittier Police Officers Association has set up an account to receive donations on behalf of Officer Keith Boyer and his family. Donations can be made in person at the police station, in person at the bank location, or mailed to the address below. Please make checks out to: “WPOA Benevolent Fund” and reference account number: 488879.

Mailing Address: 
Credit Union of Southern California
WPOA Benevolent Fund
PO BOX 200
Whittier, CA 90608
ATTN: David Valencia

Bank Location: 
Credit of Union of Southern California
8028 Greenleaf Ave
Whittier, CA 90602 

13259 South St
Cerritos, CA 90703

Tel (562) 467-0800
Fax (562) 467-0840

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