Buried beneath the onslaught of Commissioners Court activity yesterday was a vote that gives legitimacy to a group calling itself the Caucasian Law Enforcement Assocation.
Without discussion, commissioners approved a request that CLEA be allowed to let its members pay their dues through payroll deduction. When the request was first made to the county, it was met with skepticism, to say the least.
"The Commissioners did approve the payroll deduction agreement. HURRAY!!! Members will have equal opportunity to be represented just as members of other the groups," the organization said on its Facebook page.
Alan Bernstein, a spokesperson for Sheriff Adrian Garcia, said his boss had not commented on CLEA when the subject has come up before, and he would check to see if he had something to say now.
Bernstein noted the payroll-deduction decision was the county's, not the sheriff's office.
Earlier discussion had involved whether groups had to meet a certain minimum number of members before it became cost-effective to offer payroll deduction.
The head of CLEA, Dan McCool, a 20-year HCSO veteran, has said the group has about 20 members.
"We believe "merit does matter" and the best qualified person should be given an equal opportunity for a job or assignment. Just because someone has been in an assignment doesn't mean they are the best qualified," the group says on its FB page.
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That page also includes a link to a teacher who apparently claims to be a member of La Raza making a speech. " Is this really how La RAZA thinks? Do away with capitalism and the free enterprise system?" the posting asks.
Yes, La Raza is trying to overthrow capitalism and the free-enterprise system. In paranoid rightwing fantasy land.
Update: From Bernstein --
The sheriff said that amid the more crucial discussion [[of] HCSO personnel shortages, the study on whether to privatize the jail, and other issues, he has not had time to form an impression about the payroll deduction change.