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Sheriff and Undersheriff standing with boxes of masks and the TCCLA
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Sheriff and Undersheriff receive Face Masks from TCClA

Sheriff Villanueva and Undersheriff Murakami Receive Face Masks from Taiwanese-American Chamber of Commerce, Greater Los Angeles

The Taiwanese-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Los Angeles (TACCLA) is a non-profit organization established in 1980 by a group of Taiwanese-American entrepreneurs and professionals, with a mission to provide networking opportunities for current and future generations of the Taiwanese-American community.  Their goal is to foster the professional and entrepreneurial spirit and to create business opportunities in our community.
 
On Tuesday morning, June 23, 2020, Sheriff Alex Villanueva and Undersheriff Tim Murakami met TACCLA President Kenneth Chen in front of the Hall of Justice, where they were presented with 50,000 face masks, as part of a surplus donation from the Taiwanese government.  In January 2020, the Taiwanese government organized machinery, weaving, and face mask production factories into the “National Face Masks Team” to mass produce medical-grade face masks with a complete chain of production.  After reaching national stockpile thresholds, they made surplus face masks available for international purchase, and donated over five million to the United States and more than 50 million pieces worldwide.
 
TACCLA, the Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce of North America (TCCNA), and other Taiwanese-American chambers organized the acquisition of personal protection equipment from Taiwan and, to a lesser extent, Vietnam and the United States.  Together, the Chambers succeeded in acquiring 10 million face masks with TACCLA leading fundraising by raising $800,000 from the contributions of TACCLA members, TACCLA junior chapter members, and local individuals.
 
The TACCLA “Million Face Masks for Greater Los Angeles” initiative plans to donate the masks to nursing homes through various Los Angeles County and Los Angeles City-based emergency departments, and districts within the county.  This non-profit hopes to join the Taiwanese-American community in contributing to organizations, individuals and businesses by pitching in $3 million to the Los Angeles COVID-19 crisis fund.  They also aim to contribute more broadly by donating medical supplies to local hospitals, distributing groceries to food-insecure households affected by the pandemic, and donating to various crisis funds. 
 
Especially helpful during a time of budget-consciousness, TACCLA presented the 50,000 face masks to the Sheriff and Undersheriff, with the intent to present 20,000 additional pieces to Temple Sheriff’s Station personnel. “Thank you, President Chen and TACCLA,” said Sheriff Alex Villanueva, “for your contribution to help us protect each other and everyone we encounter in the communities we serve.”
 
“As the biggest Taiwanese-American Chamber of Commerce in North America and one of the major chambers of commerce in Los Angeles,” said President Chen, “TACCLA is indebted to the local community, and we need to help as much as we can in times of crisis.”
 
For more information about TACCLA and their mission, visit:  www.taccla.org

Undersheriff addresses Media
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Undersheriff Hosts Media Briefing, 07/31/19

Undersheriff Tim Murakami Hosts Monthly Media Briefing

On Wednesday, July 31, 2019, Undersheriff Tim Murakami hosted the monthly press briefing. He announced the retirement of Assistant Sheriff Maria Gutierrez, who accepted an executive position at another law enforcement agency, which is unnamed at this time. During her 35 years in the law enforcement profession, Assistant Sheriff Gutierrez became recognized for her leadership performance and earned a stellar reputation. Her steadfastness led her to be the first female Hispanic in our agency’s 179-year history to hold the position of Assistant Sheriff. Undersheriff Murakami offered his congratulations and complimented her selection, “…it’s now evident that Sheriff Villanueva wasn’t the only one to recognize Sheriff Gutierrez’s boundless potential.”

The accolades continued as Undersheriff Murakami announced that the Emmy Award-winning Video Production Unit scored gold, once again. Their production of the public safety announcement “If They’re Not Secure, They’re Not Safe-Dresser Drawer” won them a second Emmy Award for Best Public Safety Announcement. Nominated were Sergeant Harry Drucker for Producer, and Video Production Specialist Vance Kotrla for Writer/Director. The piece is one of a four-part series which addresses the vital importance of safe gun storage; the decision to initiate such a production came after the tragic 2018 shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. The PSA lasted only about a minute, but its impact was compelling and emotional.

The Video Production Unit, which falls under the umbrella of Training Bureau, is an in-house video production unit staffed by sworn and professional staff with experience in the television industry. They produce public service announcements, training films, and coordinate livestreaming and filming of ceremonial events, academy graduations and press conferences. Their first Emmy Award nomination came in 2016 for the “Surviving an Active Shooter” public service announcement video. The videos are available in English and Spanish, which is translated with the title “Pistolero Activo.”

The pieces were produced with no tax payer money other than salary of Video Production Unit personnel. Fundraising, and the donation of location sites and talents also help keep production costs low. As an example of this, the recently-released “Pistolero Activo,” was produced with the help of Spanish language newscasters, Romi DeFrias and Jovanny Huerta, who donated their time and talents to help with the voice overs and translation.

To view the English version, visit: https://lasd.org/active-shooter/
To view the Spanish version, visit: https://lasd.org/pistolero-activo/