Normally we don’t post on the weekend, but there are times when issues can’t wait. This is one of them.
For those of you who have not already seen Saturday morning’s LA Times op ed by LA County Supervisor Gloria Molina, you should tune in immediately.
In it, Molina reaches out directly to the votors of LA County and urges them—us—in very clear terms not to reelect Sheriff Lee Baca. Period. Full stop.
She also calls for a strong challenger to step up.
Molina—along with Zev Yaroslavsky—is termed out in 2014, which may have helped to free her to go all in with her statement about Baca, and her opinion that he should be replaced. Even so, it’s an unusually forthright move for any politician to make.
Here’s how Molina’s essay begins:
I’m extremely troubled that despite copious evidence of a county Sheriff’s Department in serious managerial disarray, not one challenger has stepped forward to rescue it.
As a Los Angeles County supervisor, I can’t fire Sheriff Lee Baca. Only the voters can. But I do oversee lawsuit payouts — most against his department. Each time I approve a legal settlement arising from misuse of force by sheriff’s deputies, another arises. Details vary, but what stay the same are bad management and zero accountability.
For years, Baca has circled the globe attending events while apparently neglecting certain duties at home. Serious responsibilities — like curbing jail violence and ensuring consistent deputy patrol in unincorporated neighborhoods — fell by the wayside. His lack of responsiveness indicates that not only has he failed at his mission, but he feels he never had a problem to begin with….
Click here for the rest.
Then there was Baca’s reply and the exchange about all of the above on Which Way LA?
We’ll have more on this and related issues next week….and then there will be the mystery candidate’s announcement. So stay tuned.