Meet and Confers
CCSO representatives have attended two recent meet and confers. Please see below for more details:
- On April 13, CCSO representatives and our General Counsel met with CDCR’s Office of Labor Relations (OLA) regarding the Implementation of the Disclosure List Portal. On September 30, 2020 Governor Newsom vetoed Senate Bill 1220 and directed CDCR to develop a process in which CDCR proactively provides information in the form of a list containing custody names and badge numbers to the California District Attorneys’ offices in order to assist them in their prosecutorial discovery obligations. CCSO had concerns and wanted to ensure that only staff fitting the criteria for Brady would be placed on the portal list. CCSO provided many recommendations during the meeting, which were well received. Some of our recommendations were that those individuals who were exonerated through appeals should be removed from the list. Additionally, staff should only be on the list for five years, and the portal should automatically remove them once the five-year time frame has been met. CCSO was happy with the outcome of the meet and confer and feel the members will be appropriately protected regarding the disclosure portal.
- On April 14, CCSO representatives and our General Counsel met with CDCR’s OLA and Office of Internal Affairs (OIA)/ Allegation Inquiry Management System (AIMS) representatives. The meet and confer regarded the Implementation of Videoconferencing of Staff Interviews for Inquiries and Investigations. Beginning May 10, CDCR will implement videoconferencing of staff interviews. Each institution will have video conferencing units for staff use, and local facility staff will have to facilitate and schedule rooms. Additionally, OIA/AIMS will coordinate with staff to reserve in-person rooms, if applicable. OIA noted the reason for the change is twofold; videoconferencing will severely cut down on their travel costs, as well as minimize exposure to COVID-19. Regardless of whether your interview is in person or via video conference, a CCSO attorney will be assigned to you. CCSO will always provide representation and this new process will not hinder your ability to have an attorney by your side, whether in person or virtually. Please contact the CCSO office immediately if you are served with an interview notice.
- CCSO has not yet been noticed regarding the upcoming five institutions who will be implementing body cameras. We did attend a meet and confer regarding RJD’s body camera implementation, and as soon as we are noticed about the next institutions, we will request a meet and confer.
Chapter Presidents Zoom Meetings
CCSO recently conducted three Zoom meetings for Chapter Presidents in the Northern, Central, and Southern Regions. Each meeting had CCSO organizational updates, CCSO attorney presentations, and the CCSF Guardians Wellness Program information. The virtual meetings were a success, and we thank all of you who participated. CCSO plans to hold more of these meetings in the future. Be on the lookout for upcoming meeting invitations and please pass along to any members who wish to attend.
CCSO Institution Visits:
CCSO is excited to announce we are resuming our institution visits. CCSO representatives may be in your area this month. They will be touring the institution and speaking with members and prospective members. Please contact your Chapter President if you wish to visit with them or have any questions or concerns to discuss. We are scheduled to visit the following three institutions, and will provide notice of all upcoming visits as soon as they are scheduled.
- April 21, 2021: California Medical Facility
- April 22, 2021: California State Prison, Solano
- April 30, 2021: Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility
Odd Numbered Chapter Elections:
CCSO is in the preparation phase of the 2021 Odd Numbered Chapter Elections. Final Chapter Nomination forms were returned April 1, 2021. We are now emailing those members who were nominated for a Chapter Position. Nominees have until April 24th to respond to the CCSO office if they accept or not accept the nomination. If you choose not to accept, we still need to hear from you. For those that accept your name will appear on the election ballot which will mail out on May 3, 2021.
The new 4-year term takes effect July 1, 2021 through June 31, 2025.
CCSO Scholarship Fund:
The CCSO Scholarship Fund was established to recognize outstanding high school students who have a solid GPA, are active in the community, and have a determination and drive for excellence. The CCSO scholarship program is open to the immediate families of CCSO members. If your child is a senior in high school and plans to attend college, please click the link to complete the CCSO scholarship application.
Eligibility and application are available at https://ccsonet.org/member-benefits/scholarship/
CLEA Children’s Scholarship Program:
CLEA is pleased to announce a special Children’s Scholarship Program donated by the Long-Term Disability Plan Administrators, California Administration Insurance Services, Inc. Scholarship distribution will consist of $3,000 — six awards of $500 each. Five scholarships are available to high school seniors and one scholarship is available to sophomores and juniors in college. Applicants must be the child of a CLEA plan participant who has been a plan participant for a minimum of one year prior to April 1, or a retired CLEA plan participant who is currently a participant in the NPFBA Long Term Care program.
Information on eligibility and a downloadable application are available at clea.org.