The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday unsealed five cases that charge 18 current or former members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department with a wide range of crimes — 38 charges in all.
Update 5:24 p.m.: LA County Supervisor Molina reacts to LASD charges
LA County Supervisor Gloria Molina released the following statement Monday:
This morning’s Department of Justice arrests are disappointing but not surprising – and, in some ways, expected. These arrests reveal that Sheriff Lee Baca’s claim “there is no institutional problem within the Sheriff’s Department when it comes to correcting itself” is untrue – especially since 18 current or former Sheriff’s Deputies were arrested. Saying you embrace change is not enough. Reform starts at the top, and strong leaders don’t simply embrace reform – they initiate it. Unfortunately, strong management has been absent from the Sheriff’s Department for years. These indictments taint Los Angeles County and the many hard-working, honest, and dedicated Sheriff’s Deputies of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Eric Garcetti Office
Ana Guerrero, chief of staff to Mayor Eric Garcetti, is reportedly considering a run for the Los Angeles City Council.
It's unusual for an incumbent member of the Los Angeles City Council to be unseated, but that doesn't stop candidates from trying. And one person who could be in a good position to make a run for a council seat is Mayor Eric Garcetti's chief of staff.
According to the Daily News, Ana Guerrero may be looking to run for the 14th District seat against Councilman Jose Huizar in 2015. Just last week, Guerrero was honored by the Hispanas Organized for Political Equality.
"Right now Ana is fully engaged in her role as Mayor Eric Garcetti's chief of staff," said mayoral spokesman Jeff Millman. "She has worked closely with communities of the 14th District inside and outside government for many years. The filing deadline for the race is a year away."
Though it is rare to see a city council member voted out of office, there may be an opening for Guerrero. Huizar is facing a sexual harassment lawsuit from his former deputy chief of staff. Though he denied harassing her, the married Huizar did say he and Francine Godoy had an affair. And Huizar endorsed Wendy Greuel over Garcetti in the 2013 race. (That said, Huizar still enjoys major support from Council President Herb Wesson.)
Dababneh and Shelley campaigns
Democrat Matt Dababneh beat Republican Susan Shelley in a special runoff election to fill a vacancy created when Bob Blumenfield went to the L.A. City Council.
Updated Mon. Dec. 9, 2013, 5:55 p.m.: After a day of hand-counting five precincts worth of ballots, Republican Susan Shelley had called a halt to a recount of results in the Nov. 19 special election to fill the 45th District Assembly seat, clearing the way for
Democrat Matt Dababneh to take office.
Earlier: The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder on Monday began a recount of ballots in the Nov. 19 special election in which a Republican candidate nearly beat a Democrat for the northwestern San Fernando Valley seat.
Republican Susan Shelley asked for the recount after she finished 329 votes behind Matt Dababneh in the heavily Democratic district.
Shelley questioned the county's official total of ballots counted, saying it exceeded the number of ballots that election officials earlier said had been cast.
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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Los Angeles Police Department officers are deployed around the police headquarters on February 7, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. A former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Jordan Dorner, 33, who had allegedly warned he would target law enforcement, is suspected of firing on two LAPD officers and ambushing two other officers, killing one. Dorner is also a suspect in two weekend killings of Monica Quan and Keith Lawrence who were found dead in a car inside a parking structure. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Today is Monday, Dec. 9, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:
The Los Angeles Times has a five-part series on the manhunt for former LAPD Officer Christopher Dorner. The series is based on more than 400 interviews and 10 months of research.
In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column special elections come at a cost, a woman looks to run in CD 14, and Planning and Building and Safety to remain two departments.
Mayor Eric Garcetti and L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin penned a Daily News op-ed on getting public transportation to LAX. "One of the myths that we both despise about Los Angeles is that we are beholden to traffic and that we can’t build big things. Or that we can’t do them right, symbolized by the Green Line veering south of the airport," they write.
Members of the Whittier Latino Coalition include homemaker Lisa Lopez, in the striped shirt. She is one of three Whittier residents who is suing the city with the Coalition's support, demanding the city create council district elections.
A trio of residents who sued Whittier earlier this year alleging violations of the California Voting Rights Act have asked a judge to cancel the April election because of the way city council members are chosen.
The residents contend that the voting power of Whittier's 66-percent majority of Latinos is diluted by at-large elections, in which all voters select all council members. Only one Latino has won election to the city council in Whittier, a city of about 86,000 residents in Los Angeles County.
Instead, the residents want the judge to order the council to create electoral districts, and they want elections to be held in June and November, said Attorney Rod Pacheco, who represents three members of the Whittier Latino Coalition. Pacheco expects a hearing on the request in mid-January.