Thursday, May 23, 2019

WATCH NOW: KTVU Highlights Alameda County Deputy Sheriff’s Association’s Demand to Fully Inspect Possible Cause of Cancer

FOX KTVU recently covered an ongoing investigation prompted by the Alameda County Deputy Sheriff’s Association into a substation possibly causing cancer. The news story, as well as the initial inquire, began after Steve Welty of Mastagni Holstedt  sent a letter last September to Alameda County Undersheriff Richard Lucia demanding the county lay out steps to ensure the substation’s safety. Watch the entire news coverage below. .

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

LISTEN NOW: David P. Mastagni Joins Panel Discussion on SB 1421

On Monday, David P. Mastagni—partner at  Mastagni Holstedt,  joined a panel discussion sponsored by The First Amendment Coalition and CALmatters. The panel, which included State Senator Nancy Skinner, discussed the current legislative landscape surrounding SB 1421 and public access to police personnel files.

Listen to the entire discussion here:

For further coverage of SB 1421, please check out previous blog posts here.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Attend Cal Matters Forum where David P. Mastagni will discuss the impacts and concerns regarding S.B. 1421 with the Bill's Author Senator Skinner

David P. Mastagni will join Senator Nancy Skinner (SB 1421's author), David Synder from the First Amendment Coalition and reporter Thomas Peele at a forum to discuss the policies, the legal battles and the perspectives raised by S.B. 1421. 

David P. Mastagni is the founder and managing partner of Mastagni Holstedt, APC, where he practices primarily in the areas of civil litigation and labor law. Mastagni labor and employment attorneys located throughout California provide representation in all disciplinary matters, from the administrative investigation through any administrative appeal, including matters involving suspension, demotion, or dismissal.  His son, David E. Mastagni represented PORAC in negotiations with Senator Skinner over S.B. 1421 and filed an extraordinary writ of mandate with the California Supreme Court on behalf of Crime Victims United and the Sacramento Police Officers Association seeking clarification of third party and officer privacy rights under S.B. 1421.  Although the court declined to review the issues raised, it did request supplemental briefing on the impacts of S.B. 1421 on another matter before the Court involving Brady tips.  The Mastagni and Wilkinson firms subsequently filed an Amicus Curiae brief brief with the Court on behalf of PORAC.  The Supreme Court will likely soon determine whether S.B. 1421 has retroactive application in the still pending Brady tip appeal.

The forum hosted by Cal Matters and moderated by Laurel Rosenhall will be held:

Date And Time
Mon, May 13, 2019

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM PDT

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Capitol Event Center, Main Room
1020 11th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Friday, April 19, 2019

READ NOW: The Sacramento Bee Publishes Compelling Personal Account On How AB 392 Will Endanger The Lives of Police Officers

Wednesday, the Sacramento Bee published a gut-wrenching special by Julie Robertson,  a Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputy who survived a "split-second" encounter in which she was shot and her partner was killed. It is a must read to understand why AB 392 must be opposed.

The entire story can be read here: 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Read PORAC Law Enforcement News: "Modernizing Use of Force on Our Terms" by David E. Mastagni

The April 2019 edition of the PORAC Law Enforcement News published David E. Mastagni's article explaining why A.B. 392 is a threat to safe communities and would unconstitutionally impair peace officers' right of self-defense and defense of others.  The article titled, "Modernizing Use of Force on Our Terms" details how the ACLU's strident desire to criminalize law enforcement derailed discussions over consensus legislation and prompted law enforcement leaders to sponsor S.B. 230 to bring California police standards and training into the 21st century.

Friday, April 12, 2019

California Law Enforcement and SB 230 Author Senator Anna Caballero Announce Major Amendments to California Use of Force Bill

Precedent-Setting Legislation Reflects Input from Attorney General, Community Leaders
Sacramento, CA – California law enforcement and Senator Anna Caballero (D – Salinas) yesterday announced sweeping amendments to SB 230 – the California use of force bill that will set a national precedent by requiring consistent policies and mandatory training standards for all 500 California law enforcement agencies.

“California has an opportunity and an obligation to protect our families, officers and communities,” said Senator Caballero. “Collaboration is key to developing the most effective and comprehensive use of force policy that results in change. These amendments reflect input and feedback from impacted parties throughout the state. As a result, this legislation will truly set an example the rest of the nation can follow.”


"AB 392 is a deeply flawed and unconstitutional bill. SB 230 will help achieve better outcomes for everybody by providing officers clear guidelines and training on deescalation and alternative tactics," said David E. Mastagni.

The new amendments to the bill have been in the works for some time now, as the bill’s author and supporters have been working with the Attorney General, legislators and community leaders from throughout the state to implement the feedback they have received. With these amendments, SB 230 now:
Establishes the first statewide guidelines to clearly define when officers are authorized to use force.
Requires that every California law enforcement officer receive the most robust training in the nation strictly designed to minimize the use of force.
Sets specific policy requirements on de-escalation, rendering medical aid, proportional use of force and more. 
Sets forth detailed, standardized requirements for reporting all instances when force is used in our communities.
Specifies that use of force policies and training are considered in legal proceedings.
Strengthens the California Penal Code’s definition of justifiable homicide for peace officers.

Law enforcement leaders throughout the state expressed strong support for S.B. 230 as amended. 

“SB 230 will establish the nation’s most comprehensive legislative solution to one of the most important issues facing America,” said Brian Marvel, President of the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC). “As law enforcement officers, we know we can improve – we need to do everything in our power to minimize the use of force. The country is watching. They are counting on California to lead.”

“These substantive amendments are a testament to California law enforcement’s commitment to achieving meaningful change through collaboration,” said Ron Lawrence, President of the California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA). “We surveyed all of the proven best practices from around the country and incorporated them into one piece of legislation that will modernize and update California’s use of force policies.”

“California’s use of force policies must be updated, not only to reflect best practices, but to reflect our shared knowledge and expectations for what it means to enforce the law in our communities,” said Carrie Lane, CEO of the California Association of Highway Patrolmen (CAHP). “SB 230 is a bill we can all get behind.”