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Sergeant Joe Friday used to say in the vintage radio and TV series Dragnet, "This is the city, Los Angeles, California. I work here, I carry a badge."

These days he might add, "We were working the day-watch out of our campaign consultant's office on Wilshire Boulevard, cutting San Diego political spots."

According to a disclosure filing posted online late yesterday by the California Secretary of State's office, the Los Angeles Police Protective League, a well-heeled labor union representing L.A. cops, has so far spent $5,000 on controversial television spots against San Diego mayoral candidate and self-professed public pension reformer Carl DeMaio.

The TV campaign has drawn a strong rebuttal from DeMaio, who has threatened to sue TV stations that run it.

In addition to the cash from the L.A. cops' union PAC, political action committees set up by two other police labor organizations from outside the city of San Diego have also contributed at least $11,000 to a PAC set up by San Diego's home-based police labor union, the San Diego Police Officers Association, according to that PAC's May 30 disclosure filing with San Diego's city clerk.

On May 29, the Sacramento-based Police Officers Research Association of California PAC gave $10,000.

The Chula Vista Police Officers Association PAC gave $1000 the next day.

According to that disclosure, on May 29 the San Diego police union's PAC spent $30,005 on the anti-DeMaio television spot.

The local police labor union has endorsed Republican-turned-independent asssemblyman Nathan Fletcher over a candidate many observers saw as a more likely choice for a law enforcement-related organization, San Diego County district attorney Bonnie Dumanis.

According to an account posted last December by the Voiceofsandiego.org online news site, Fletcher "spent much of the last year building a relationship with [San Diego police union head Brian] Marvel."

"They bonded over police stories," the site reported. "Fletcher's dad had worked as a cop, too."

As we've previously reported, Fletcher's father worked as a sheriff's deputy in Carson City, Nevada, but later quit his job and was subseqently fired from his reserve post by a review board for lying, according to testimony in a 1979 Nevada child custody case.

The father also did a stint in security for a Nevada casino, according to documents filed in the custody case.

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monaghan June 2, 2012 @ 4:33 p.m.

The fruit doesn't fall far from the tree.


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