"...The Animal Advisory Commission held a special-called meeting Monday night, March 5, to discuss a proposal that would allow Austin Pets Alive! to move its entire operation from its current home at the corner of Manchaca and Lamar into the city's old Town Lake Animal Center. In November, the group signed a license agreement with the city to run an overflow adoption center using about a third of the site, where 30 to 60 of the dogs from the new city shelter on Levander Loop could be sent by Chief Animal Services Officer Abigail Smith in times of overcrowding – and now APA! was coming back to ask for the remainder of the TLAC facilities...."
"...Last month, copies of a yellow trifold brochure proclaiming, "It's YOUR Association: Take Charge and Demand CHANGE," began circulating among the membership of the Austin Police Association. According to the brochure unsigned, but apparently produced and/or supported by "former and current members" of the APA's board of directors union members have been hosed by three-term President Mike Sheffield..."
"...Longstanding tensions between the Austin Police Association and the Office of the Police Monitor were rekindled April 5, when APA President Ken Casaday filed a grievance with City Manager Marc Ott requesting that Ott fire Police Monitor Margo Frasier and restructure the role OPM plays in the city's commitment to police oversight...."
"...In comments apparently made to the Statesman editorial board, printed in a Dec. 8 editorial in the daily, Futrell said that she is "prepared to withhold" a proposed 2% pay raise for Austin police officers if the APA "doesn't agree to make public" a summary of findings from the independent investigation into the shooting of King by APD Officer John Coffey..."
"...It was Winograd – contacted by his former protégée and current Chief Animal Services Officer Abigail Smith on Saturday, March 3 – who acted as go-between for Smith and APA! President Ellen Jefferson. Jefferson was asking the city for use of the TLAC site after learning that her group's current lease would not be renewed after May..."
"..."The key to being APA president," says Mike Sheffield, "is learning how to disagree with people." That is, how to disagree effectively. Prior union leaders have done plenty of disagreeing, and sometimes they've been downright disagreeable about it...."
"...Dear Editor, I have tried repeatedly to let the City Council know about a cheaper alternative to Austin Pets Alive! that would help the city maintain its "no-kill" status [“Animal Advisory Commission Endorses APA! Takeover of Town Lake Animal Center,” News, March 9]. Apparently they are only interested in handing money over to APA!..."
"...19. Terms of the new contract – yet to be ratified by both City Council and APA membership – include a package of oversight concessions aimed at strengthening the Office of the Police Monitor, in addition to a couple of key changes in the 180-day statute that governs when the chief can take action on an administrative rule violation related to criminal conduct..."
"...Last Friday at high noon, APD Chief Stan Knee received a hand-delivered letter from the Austin Police Association condemning his recent decision to reassign APA President Mike Sheffield off full-time union duty and into a part-time assignment in the Sexual Offender Apprehension and Registration Unit. The shift means Sheffield is now splitting time between SOAR duties and union duties..."
"...An affidavit signed for the arrest of Garcia, who was eventually charged with assault on a peace officer, a third-degree felony, for headbutting another cop outside of APD's Downtown booking station, indicates that officers tried to arrest him after he petted the horse, but that he "pulled away and yelled 'Don't touch me.'" Reyes' video captures what happened after that: Garcia gets swarmed by at least four other officers, and Casaday comes into the scene from the left. The lumbering APA president raises his right arm and strikes once onto Garcia, then pulls out of the scrum...."
"...Mounting evidence that McMiller was fully aware of Roberts’ violations led to him being questioned by Internal Affairs about his own inactions. There, Acevedo attests, he “offered a series of evasive, misleading and contradictory statements to Internal Affairs while admittedly omitting pertinent information.” He flip-flopped his assessment of the Capital Metro GPS system’s capabilities; “attempted to minimize his knowledge of the disparity of information” in a memo Roberts issued; and insinuated that another lieutenant would have a greater responsibility to report Roberts than he would...."
"...There was speculation among cop watchers that both Vincent and Harrison were vulnerable to defeat: Vincent earned the ire of some among the ranks for his push to buy a new union hall without vetting the expensive real estate deal with union members; Harrison was the center of his own bit of controversy this summer connected to his use of association business leave time to cover his APD salary while he was actually off working on CLEAT business. Harrison said in his campaign that being president of CLEAT will not affect his ability to serve as VP for APA..."
"...His opponents, Brandon Bullock and Aaron Bishop, each tallied fewer than 200 votes. Casaday now presides over the APA for another three years, and said this week that his focus will include outreach efforts to smooth over what he considers a false narrative that APD abuses citizens..."
"...The Austin Police Association lost a key contract negotiator last Friday after Andrew Romero was punished for his behavior at the department's Distinguished Awards Gala in November. Romero, APA's vice president since 2015, was suspended for 20 days for consuming "around ten" alcoholic beverages at the event (held at ACL Live at the Moody Theater), swearing and shouting at staff and APA members, and making "unwarranted physical contact" with two people..."
"...The union views that effectively as a pay cut, and rejected the overture on April 3 and again at this week's session. The APA has until Monday to reverse its position and take the one-year deal before the offer expires...."
"...– APA President Ken Casaday on the failed police contract..."
"...He's 59 now, retired from police work and working as a plainclothes employee at APD's Office of Community Liaison, his third job since stepping down as APA president. In 2012, his first post-APD employer, the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT), tried to send him to prison for a crime that legal authorities determined never happened..."