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Police union: If Roth’s claims are untrue, he should be fired

A top officer in the Sacramento police officer’s union is saying that City Councilman Ray Tretheway’s district director should be fired if he made dishonest statements about removal of campaign signs. Lawn signs that supported Tretheway’s City Council opponent were removed Friday.

“It’s my belief that if Dan Roth has not been honest and he has been lying, I don’t see what alternative there is, for either him to resign or Ray Tretheway to fire him,” Sacramento Police Officers’ Association Vice President Mark Tyndale said Monday at a press conference held by the association and Sacramento Area Firefighters Local 522.

The Sacramento Bee reported a story Saturday about a YouTube video that shows Roth looking on as Tretheway campaign manager Corrin Choppin removed signs for City Council candidate Angelique Ashby at El Centro and Arena boulevards in Natomas.

The signs stated that SPOA and Local 522 supported Ashby, according to union officials.

Tretheway is running for re-election against Ashby.

Specifically, Tyndale said he is objecting to comments in a KCRA 3 news story.  “KCRA ran a quote from Dan Roth indicating that a complaint was made to the city’s 311 phone line that morning and that Dan Roth was acting on that complaint,” according to a media statement from SPOA and Local 522. 

Tyndale questioned whether the removal of the signs is tied to a complaint via 311. 

The statement also says Local 522 is using the California Public Records Act to find out more information about the issue. As part of their public records request, the union is asking for records on every call made Friday to the 311 phone line.

Kathleen Haley is a staff reporter for The Sacramento Press. 


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