The proposed 5-person Citizens’ Commission on Jail Violence will be voted on by the LA County Supervisors today, Tuesday, and it looks as if the motion—proposed by Zev Yaroslavsky and Mark Ridley-Thomas—will likely gather the necessary three votes to pass.
Other than Yaroslavsky and Ridley-Thomas, none of the other Supes has officially committed to a YES vote. But when I spoke to Zev over the weekend he said that he believed the necessary vote had been there on Friday, but that the other Supervisors could have drifted away by Tuesday.
Only Supervisor Gloria Molina has been public about her opposition to the Commission. Molina had her own motion for jails reform that will also be considered on Tuesday.
On Monday, however, Mike Antonovich put out a press release saying that if a commission was indeed created he already knew whom he would appoint. (The way the motion is constructed now, each Supervisor is allowed to appoint one of the five commissioners.)
Michael D. Antonovich will appoint retired Federal Judge Dickran Tevrizian to the “Citizens’ Commission on Jail Violence” when the Board of Supervisors considers establishing the commission at tomorrow’s Board meeting. The proposed commission will review the allegations involving the use of force by deputies in the jails and recommend corrective action.
The LA Times took Antonovich’s press release as a strong indication that he would indeed be voting YES (a logical conclusion), but an Antonovich spokesperson insisted that the Supervisor was still making up his mind.
I’m with the Times reporters. I think it’s a done deal.
But we’ll see.
[Very light blogging this morning, more later today.]