LA County sheriff Baca cuts ties with health company after ethics concerns arise

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca in 2010.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca in 2010.
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Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is distancing himself from a health products company whose products he promoted in online videos.

Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore says Baca contacted the Irvine-based company Yor Health earlier this week to tell them he'll no longer publicly promote their product and to ask them to remove the videos from their website.

A KABC-TV report found that Baca has spoken at the company's annual conferences since 2010. In a 3 1/2 -minute YouTube video, Baca is seen running and then guzzling one of its drinks. The videos have been removed from YouTube, but you can see them as part of KABC's report: 


Yor Health donated $1,000 to Baca's election campaign in 2010 and reimbursed him for travel expenses from one speaking engagement. Whitmore says Baca doesn't know who contributes to his campaign. The company didn't respond to a request for comment.